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Behind a complete-game performance from senior lefthander Dennis Hill, the Rutgers baseball team disposed of Fordham yesterday with ease, 7-2.
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Students, faculty voice concerns about budget cuts BY DEVIN SIKORSKI ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
University students and faculty joined forces last night to present their views on Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal to government officials, hoping the severity of the cuts could be undone. In a budget forum, sponsored by the Union of Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers, professors and students showed their concern for Christie’s proposal in front of legislative directors and assembly representatives at the Graduate Student Lounge on the College Avenue campus. Chris Aikin, the political organizer for AFT, said it is important to show legislators exactly how the budget will affect the University. “The main idea is to convey what students are facing here and what faculty and staff are tr ying to do with limited resources,” he said. “The governor’s budget cuts over $1 billion to education funding, and
at the same time, proposing $1 billion in tax cuts for people who make over $400,000.” Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, D-N.J., said she believes higher education needs more funding, but there are always issues with the budget. Greenstein hopes there is a way higher education will not be affected in the future. “I would almost want to start from ground zero and figure out why we have the expenses we do in higher education and what we need to do to try and make this such that we don’t go through this every year,” she said. Legislative Director Daniel Harris, who represented Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-N.J., said the speakers who presented at last night’s forum were “preaching to the choir.” “I feel as though I’m reinvigorated to continue working on your behalf as legislative director … and I can assure you that the message was heard loud
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University student Zachary Lerner discusses his issues with state budget cuts with Legislative Directors Candace Howard and Daniel Harris yesterday in the Graduate Student Lounge on the College Avenue campus.
Act poses issues for some NJ colleges BY RINAL SHAH CORRESPONDENT
While the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, signed by President Barack Obama, will benefit college students nationwide, some N.J. colleges and universities will have to update their entire systems to conform to the change in a limited amount of time. According to a Higher Education Student Assistance Authority press release, the act consolidates federal loan programs into one. After July 1, all BRYAN BEZERRA
federal Stafford and PLUS loans will be issued through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. But since more than half of N.J. colleges and universities did not participate in a direct lending program, these institutions will have to implement new policies and procedures to conform to a direct lending program, said Anne Marie Bouse, director of communications at the NJHESAA. “About 60 percent of the other colleges in New Jersey participated in the Federal Family Education Loan Program and
will have to convert systems, perhaps acquire new hardware, software and/or hire staff to make the transition for their students by the July 1, 2010 deadline,” Bouse said. One of the most immediate concerns HESAA members have is the impact on those colleges that have to transition to the direct loan program in such a short amount of time. “These colleges must now convert their computer systems, receive training and implement
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Douglass Dean candidate Claire Potter discusses her plans for education reform if elected as dean Monday at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.
Women’s education tops third candidate’s agenda BY HENNA KATHIYA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Rounding off the last of three candidates vying for a spot as the head of Douglass campus, Claire Potter gave her vision talk Monday afternoon at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library. Her speech, entitled “The Unfinished Agenda, Women’s Education in the 21st Century,” outlined her plans to improve women’s education on Douglass campus and centered on the importance of a strong women’s college in shaping a wellrounded and scholarly woman. “A women’s college is a place where a woman can really learn what gendered equality really looks like,” Potter said. “Women’s education is really feminism’s unfinished agenda.”
If selected, Potter wants to create more oppor tunities for women and suppor t their careers in science and math. “Girls should be able to enjoy not just equal opportunity, but ever y opportunity,” she said. Potter, a professor of history and American studies at Wesleyan University, said it could be difficult for private institutions like Wesleyan to generate diverse and varied student bodies. One of the major aspects that drew Potter to the University is its diversity, but the homogeneity of Douglass is also a positive, she said. “It is a great honor to appear before a group that represents the only col-
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UNIVERSITY Columnist Gail Collins gives her take on the growing progress of American women.
METRO A University fraternity hosts a block party to raise funds for Haiti earthquake victims.
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Columnist shares history of American women BY JESSICA URIE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
New York Times columnist Gail Collins put her pen down to give a Monday night crowd at the Douglass Campus Center a tour through the history of American women, as part of Eagleton Institute of Politics’ lecture series “It’s ALL Politics.” In her lecture, Collins discussed the progress of women throughout American histor y, focusing especially on the era covered by her new book, “When Ever ything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present.” Collins kicked off her lecture with Jamestown, laughing as she described the initially allmale colony. “Nothing had happened. It was one long fraternity party in the woods,” she said. “Throughout American history, it has been seen as the duty of women to make the men behave.” The story of American women is that they went for the challenge, Collins said. At the time of Jamestown, the challenge was becoming a full-time farm housewife in the colonies. As housewives in that era, women were in control, she said. They created wealth and the things the family needed for survival. It was a position of respect. The image of the housewife as a position of power and respect changed with urbanization, Collins said. Their status dropped with the loss of their economic role, and instead they replaced it with a moral role.
New York Times columnist Gail Collins speaks on the progress of American women Monday night in the Douglass Campus Center as part of the Eagleton Institute of Politics lecture series “It’s ALL Politics.”
“They created the idea of the cult of the true woman,” she said. “They became in charge of goodness. Without moving from the living room, they would improve the world by radiating goodness.” Collins said the progression of the suffrage movement was long and slow. Even when American women finally won the ability to vote, they did not get their agendas accomplished the way they wanted. “Having political power through the ballot is not enough. You have to have economic power as well,” she said.
Collins explained that between 1964 and 1967, there were four major happenings that advanced women. “One of the most important was the birth control pill,” she said. With the introduction of the pill, women’s applications to law and medical school went through the roof, Collins said. The second was the Civil Rights Movement, which drew a social consciousness to ideas of fairness, she said. A downward shift in the economy between the 1960’s and 1970’s marked the third happening,
Collins said. Families were forced to either adapt their lifestyle or both parents had to work. “It was no longer possible to support a middle-class lifestyle on one salary,” she said. Collins said at this moment, ever ything truly changed for women. The final factor was a convergence of policy between the Republican and Democratic parties, she said. “There was a little window when they came together, and that’s when stuff happened [for women],” Collins said.
Collins discussed challenges that younger women face today. “I think it’s much harder for younger women. The problems they deal with are much more diffuse,” she said. Before Collins took the floor, Eagleton Institute of Politics Director Ruth Mandel praised Collins’ ability to obser ve humanity. “She is a dead-on observer of human behavior and folly,” Mandel said. “[In her writing,] she uses a blend of humor and irony that cuts through the crap and makes us all smile.” For the lecture series, Eagleton aims to bring some of the best and brightest observers in so students and audience members can have the opportunity to engage with them, Mandel said. She also mentioned Collins’ use of Eagleton research in her work. “I am very proud that Rutgers and the Center for American Women and Politics are seen as a valuable resource for someone as insightful as Gail Collins,” Mandel said. Highland Park resident Ron Steinwehr, who attended the lecture, enjoyed the stories that peppered Collins’ lecture as well as her sense of humor. “I can see why people want to live so close to universities,” he said. “There are lots of opportunities.” Marion Munk, a University alumna, reads Collins’ articles and said she enjoyed the lecture. “She talks like she writes. She’s very enjoyable, very available. ... She is delightful and has no airs,” Munk said.
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ACT: University will not be affected by new legislation continued from front new policies and procedures to implement direct lending at a time when financial aid offices are busy packaging financial aid for the coming school year,” HESAA Executive Director Michael Angulo said in statement. “This is all the more challenging for schools with limited personnel and resources.” But the University’s financial aid system will remain unaffected. “Some schools, including Rutgers, have been participating in the direct loan program for a number of years and will not have to convert their systems to accommodate their students’ needs,” Bouse said.
CUTS: URA-AFT suggests curbing business tax breaks continued from front and clear,” he said. “We want to continue to fight on your behalf.” The cases presented by students and faculty varied in purpose, but all had the same message: This is not the time for cuts to higher education. School of Arts and Sciences junior John Aspray, in a press conference held earlier that day, said over the past two decades, students have struggled to keep up with rising tuition costs. “In 1989, 69.6 percent of Rutgers’ funding came from the state. That has dropped to about 38 percent today,” he said. Aspray, Rutgers University Student Assembly Legislative Affairs Committee chair, said New Jersey’s priorities regarding the new budget proposal is something that needs to be addressed. “Trenton seems to be asking what can we cut to balance the budget and the go-to answer, oddly enough, is higher education,” he said. “I think that is a poor answer.”
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The University’s Office of who will qualify for a Pell Grant Financial Aid could not be reached and increase the maximum award for a comment at press time. to $5,500 between 2010 and 2013, Loans will continue to be avail- according to the release. able for University students with the “Between 2014 and 2017, Pell same terms as have Grants will be been offered in past increased based on “Students across years, Bouse said. the Consumer But students Price Index, and it the country who attend those is expected that will benefit from schools that have the maximum already applied award will reach [the Pell Grant] for student loans $5,975 by 2017,” portion of the act.” Bouse through FFELP said. but have not yet “Students across ANNE MARIE BOUSE received their stuthe country will HESAA Communications Director dent loans by the benefit from this July 1 deadline portion of the act, will need to complete new prom- including Pell eligible students issory notes through direct lend- attending Rutgers.” ing, she said. Another important aspect of Approximately $36 billion from the act is the Income Based the act will be dedicated to the Repayment program, which does Pell Grant program, which will not begin until 2014, according to expand the number of students the legislation. After July 1, 2014,
borrowers will be able to cap their loan repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. Currently, the repayment is capped at 15 percent, Bouse said. But if borrowers keep up their payments for 20 years, the balance of their loans will be forgiven. “If, however, they work in a public service job, such as teachers, nurses or those in military service, their loan balances will be forgiven after 10 years in repayment,” she said. Lana Voskoboynik, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, thinks the program is beneficial to many students. “It is important to consider the recession and the large deficit which will play a factor in students taking out loans, their ability to repay and their desire to go to a four-year school versus a two-year perhaps,” Voskoboynik said.
URA-AFT President Lucye “For the government to cut aid to Millerand said since 2001, fund- Rutgers is really looking backwards. ing from the state decreased 29 They should be investing more percent and is now worse with the money in Rutgers,” he said. “They current state of the economy. generate over $3 billion in economic “We rank at the bottom of state output here in New Jersey.” support per capita, that is per stuJay Tischfield, director of the dent, for higher education,” she Rutgers University Cell and DNA said. “New Jersey wants a Repository, said his work is a perMassachusetts workforce on a fect example of what the University Mississippi budgoffers to not just the et and that just state, but the aca“We’re here today demic world. doesn’t work.” Elric Kline, a “The RUCDR is to make sure University teaching the official agency assistant, said the [the] University isn’t that purports the proposed budget research of a large reduced to just cuts are not just number of national harmful for stuinstitutes of health,” a name on dents but for the he said. “Every sina piece of paper.” state in general. gle sample that “[The cuts] are goes to Harvard, ELRIC KLINE the wrong choice Yale, Columbia, University Teaching Assistant for cutting-edge Stanford, for research … and patients with schizthey are the wrong choice for the ophrenia comes from Rutgers.” economy,” he said. “We’re here Tischfield added he would not today to make sure Rutgers have come to the University if he University isn’t reduced to just a knew what would be the results of name on a piece of paper.” Christie’s budget proposal. Patrick Nowlan, executive “If I was faced with coming director of the AAUP-AFT, said it here 11 years ago, into the enviis not right to cut funding for ronment that existed this moment, higher education because it is an I would have stayed where I was “economic engine.” or I would have taken the other job
offers,” he said. “If I wasn’t committed to Rutgers, I would go to somewhere else.” School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Merylou Rodriguez is part of the Educational Opportunity Fund program and said the governor does not realize what the program does for underprivileged college students and how those students progress. “Though EOF doesn’t provide a full scholarship or a free ride to school, the services that go along with it and the academic coaching enrich our Rutgers experience,” she said. “Because of the EOF program, I am at the point that I am right now.” URA-ATF and its members offered different solutions to balance the budget, such as curbing business tax breaks or raising motor vehicle registration fees for “gas guzzlers.” Millerand said with an institution as vital and necessary for the state, this is not the time for the government to turn its back on the University. “With a high quality higher education, we can keep more of our students in New Jersey,” she said. “We pay our taxes and, through our work, we build a better, stronger economy throughout the state.”
AGENDA: Potter hopes to build confident women at U. continued from front lege of a near 40 institutions nationwide that still offers undergraduate women a single-sex experience,” she said. Potter said every young person deserves a quality education, and private institutions are not always necessarily better. The future of today’s generation depends greatly on public education, which is what makes the University such an excellent institution, she said. “In the 21st century, the overwhelming majority of the best students will be found at public universities,” Potter said. “In my view, the future of scholarship will depend on restoring the ‘public’ in public education.” Douglass Residential College plays a pivotal role in shaping the youth and producing strong and confident women, Potter said. “One of the things we can do with Douglass is not only teach women to compete aggressively but to support and encourage their work with concrete resources and mentoring that are exclusively dedicated to them,” she said. If selected, Potter plans to create more programs that bring more attention to the women of Douglass and help build more confident women. “First and foremost, as a residential college, Douglass creates a visible location for the university to find and connect to women who chose Douglass College because they wanted to be found,” she said. “Second, Douglass is a critical institutional base for feminism at Rutgers. … This is Douglass’ work, which is my work.” Potter closed her speech with an observation about feminism. “Institutional feminism should be a broadly inclusive, women-centered approach to pedagogy and community that recognizes and supports all women aspirations to equality,” she said. “For example, my ideal Douglass College would recognize a woman’s connection to and often primary responsibility for children and family.” Ferris Olin, director at the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, thought Potter’s speech was interesting and captivating. “I think she was able to hold the audience’s attention in a very eloquent manner, and she was able to answer each question directly in a very intelligent way,” Olin said. Carla Yanni, chair of the selection committee, found Potter’s speech to be very insightful and discussed the great ideas and prospects that have come from all three candidates. “I am very pleased with the finalists of the Douglass campus dean search,” said Yanni, a University professor of art history. “We have potentially three dynamic leaders, and we’ve been very happy with all the student and alumnae participation in the search. [We] can’t wait to see the end result.”
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Panelists offer picture of Livingston past BY ANDREW SMITH
structural and educational formatting from universities like Princeton, Gary said. The camPast and present united pus would instead establish new Monday at the newly constructed courses of study, like computer Livingston Student Center as the science, and new residential modRutgers University Historical els, like coed rooming. Society held a panel discussion But poor planning, racial tenon the history of the campus. sion and lack of funding marred Throughout the discussion, much of what was envisioned for Livingston founders and notables Livingston, he said. Livingston served as panelists and discussed was left covered in mud, isolated the early history of the campus, from the other colleges and left founded 40 years ago. largely without key structures, “Livingston [as a college] does- including libraries and a gym. n’t exist, as far as I know, not at all,” Among some of the failed poliLawrence Pervin, a former Dean cies on Livingston were permitof Student Affairs and retired pro- ting pets on campus, allowing fessor of psychology, said of smoking in residence halls and Livingston today. “It stopped exist- letting students paint their ing a long time ago, pretty much rooms, Pervin said. with the beginning Perhaps the of centralization.” most striking note L i v i n g s t o n “[Livingston College] in Livingston’s College was built past was the kidstopped existing on land originally napping of one a long time ago, owned by the govstudent by anothernment that was er in the second pretty much with purchased for $1 year of the colto account for the the beginning lege’s history, expected influx of incited by of centralization.” baby boomers in contrasting idethe early 1960s, ologies among LAWRENCE PERVIN said Gerald African-American Former Dean of Student Affairs Pomper, a former students on camprofessor of politipus. cal science. Founders envisioned Although student attendance this property as the “MIT of the at the discussion was limited to Social Sciences.” pre-existing members of the sociThis initial vision was soon ety, President John White is hopeabandoned in favor of a new, ful about increased popularity. more progressive model intend“We want to get more undered to be culturally relevant, edu- classmen involved,” said White, a cationally explorative and racially School of Arts and Sciences senequal, Pervin said. ior. “We’re mostly an upperclassLivingston College ushered in men organization right now.” a new generation of minority stuRichard Wells, a founding dents, particularly of Puerto member of the society, agreed. He Rican and African-American said the organization is looking to descent. Prior to Livingston’s start an introductory seminar on establishment, only about 200 the University and New Jersey’s non-white students had ever history for first-year students. graduated from the University, “We’re trying to get a curricusaid Melvin Gary, former associ- lum started that will cover enough ate dean for Student Affairs and disciplines where a lot of freshmen retired professor of psychology. will want to take it and will maybe Learning styles at Livingston get a little more involved with the were meant to challenge those at group,” said Wells, a School of Rutgers College, which took Arts and Sciences senior. CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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Fraternity grills up earthquake relief at block party BY KENDALL LAPARO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Customers at Hansel ‘n Griddle ordered their wraps and sandwiches with a side of charity Monday at Pi Kappa Alpha’s “Hansel for Haiti” Block Party Fundraiser. The fraternity hosted the event “Pi Kappa Alpha Presents Hansel for Haiti” from noon to 5 p.m. at Hansel ‘n Griddle on Mine Street to raise money for the victims of the earthquake that hit Haiti earlier this year. Patrons were able to enjoy good weather, free music and the knowledge that their money would help those in need. “We’re tr ying to raise as much money as possible,” said Eric Maury, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “It’s been three months, and they still need our help.” For the members of Pi Kappa Alpha, the earthquake in Haiti hit close to home. “It’s actually been a personal thing for us,” Maury said. “One of our brothers was affected by the tragedy. He lives in Haiti, and he was actually there [during the earthquake], so when he came back, it became a big deal for our fraternity to raise as much money as possible.” Hansel ‘n Griddle donated 25 percent of the profits from the event to Yele Haiti earthquake fund, an organization founded by Wyclef Jean, said John Eibelheuser, the fraternity’s internal vice president. In addition to food and drink, patrons could buy bracelets to support relief efforts.
Not including bracelet sales, Hansel ‘n Griddle received almost $2,000, about $450 of which went to Yele Haiti, said Johan Francois, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Though Francois was satisfied with the total earnings, it was not as much money as anticipated. Future fundraisers for Haiti are in the works, he said. Nick Komandis, owner of Hansel ‘n Griddle, welcomed the opportunity to donate a portion of his sales to a worthy cause. The grill is no stranger to charity work and often works with the local
Embrace Kids Foundation, which helps children with cancer and blood disorders. “Hansel for Haiti” is another chance to give back, he said. The students’ motivation made it easy for Komandis to offer a percentage of his sales to the event and set up a few tables outside his restaurant. “[Pi Kappa Alpha] seemed really into it. They really publicized the event — I had people come into the store asking me about it,” Komandis said. “I think it’s great that they’re actually doing some-
thing. They have a cause, and they’re getting people out.” Musical performances on the sidewalk outside Hansel ‘n Griddle drew in passersby. Local band The N Result opened with an upbeat mix of pop and rap and Pi Kappa Alpha’s own disc jockey Ev turned tables later in the day. “We’re so grateful to be asked to do something that will help so many people,” N Result lead singer Ross Lippencott, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said. “It might seem like a small
amount of money, but if you think about it, overall, if everybody gives a little bit and does their part, we can help a whole lot of people.” Restaurant patrons were as happy with the cause as they were with the food. “It’s just really nice to know that my money is going to a good cause,” said Christina Tulia, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. “I come here all the time anyway, so it’s nice that I can eat and help people at the same time.”
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Be professional with professors
ext-speak has come far in its decade or so long life. The LOL’s and OMG’s have evolved into T2YL or BFN — some of us even constantly make up new slang for the four or five words that are too long to spell out. Understandably then, some professors are not too pleased with text-message abbreviations in e-mails from students or emoticons in class assignments. The Contra Costa Times reported Cal State East Bay professors often receive student e-mails slangy addressed or with widely indecipherable acronyms. One student, according to Cal State’s professor Sally Murphy, started his e-mail with, “Yo, teach.” We agree with this dissatisfaction, as it is even hard for students sometimes to decipher messages from “IMO” to “IDKITTYL.” This begs the question: How far have we really come? If we address professors in the most improper of methods, how do we expect to get anywhere in life? The professional world needs adults, not a bunch of kids stuck in fifth-grade English. Those who continue to use slang when addressing the people who ultimately decide their grades, simply do not deserve the “A.” This seems like a cultural downfall. With more people entering the workforce communicating in “tongues,” the nature of the English language slowly gets lost. Perhaps soon bosses will start sending out memos saying “C U l8r.” The situation is not only grim for college students, but middle schoolers have also taken up this here-to-stay fad. A 2008 study of high school and middle school students found that a majority of them used chatspeak and emoticons in class assignments. This negligence toward writing is obvious. Students seem to disregard the language and instead use technology as a crutch and path to easier spelling. They are simply not interested in grammatical rules and proper diction when it comes to anything, including assignments. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, nearly 64 percent of teens say that they incorporate some informal styles from their text-based communications into their writing in school. If students care about doing something with their lives, they will put this gaffe of sorts behind them. And those too cool for “skool” should think about repeating grades first through fifth. When a professor receives an e-mail starting with “Yo, teach,” he will, or hopefully will, immediately delete the message. This goes for any number of people — from school newspapers to Wall Street companies. There is no doubt that education has not been able to keep up with the detriments of certain technologies and it was only a matter of years before “loling” at a professor became customary, but we cannot get used to it. This is one problem at which we do not LOL.
Look for better way to help homeless
onations Stations have hit Las Vegas. The city has thought up a clever new method of collecting money for the homeless. Brightly painted refurbished parking meters have been set up to collect coins as a way of giving money to homeless people. Officials said that these stations are a better way of helping those who are in need. But we disagree. Maybe this will collect money for the homeless and will “clean” up the streets of Las Vegas, but it is still one more way of degrading a faceless society. We no longer want to look at those who need help. The sad looks in their eyes are not able to penetrate our tight pockets. These green donation stations are the same — just metal regularities on a busy street. No one will notice them and the sums collected will not profit the homeless, as much as officials and everyone else wants. People will pass by them and will turn only to stare at an oddly colored parking meter. It is just nothing out of the ordinary. In addition, the city of Las Vegas has claimed responsibility for the meters — they will take care of them and the money distribution. We doubt the productivity of this system. While beggars are an unpleasant sight to most people, they survive on the money directly from the people. In the case of the donation stations, money will have to go through a tightly structured system, uncertain of ever fully reaching the welfare offices and pockets of the needy. The biggest problem of this new plan is its nature. It signifies the facelessness of our country. We cannot bear to look at a homeless person — we simply speed up as we go past. Everyone around us slowly disappears and we are faced with dealing with a machine virtually everywhere. The bank, the restaurant and the supermarket all rely on machines to do a person’s job. Why can’t we talk to someone real? If homeless people do not strike a chord with us, if they cannot get us to leave a dollar in their hat, what makes officials think that a machine will work better? These glorified parking meters will go unnoticed. The idea is there, yet we simply fail as a society to help each other because of our constant dependence on machines. What is one more parking meter going to do? Instead, we should focus on making the current system work. Do not leave the homeless on the street to “work” for their money, instead improve the current methods of helping them.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Nothing had happened. It was one long fraternity party in the woods.” New York Times columnist Gail Collins on the first colonists at Jamestown STORY IN UNIVERSITY
Good whiskey is never enough
Until this time, American his past weekend, whiskey had been made priduring a lively sesmarily of grain, but this was sion of late-night — about to change. As many setor early-morning, depending tlers took up residence in on your perspective — wasKentucky, which was at that sailing on a moonlit terrace time a part of Virginia, the overlooking New Brunswick’s state’s governor, Thomas scenic Hamilton Street, two JOSH BAKER Jefferson, offered pioneers 60 acquaintances and I began to acres of land if they promised discuss the merits of various to construct a permanent structure and raise corn. distilled liquors. Our deliberations rapidly yielded the Because no family could consume 60 acres worth of conclusion that whiskey is the finest, most wonderful corn in a year, and because it would be highly impracand superlatively magnificent spirit ever to be conceived tical to transport such a large volume of produce to of by human minds, being superior in its taste, texture, market, many farmers began making corn whiskey. history, iconography and pharmacology to such other Although Kentucky’s first commercial distillery was popular liquors as vodka, gin, brandy, tequila and rum opened by Evan Williams in 1783, it is widely held that — especially that of the spiced variety. Of course, these bourbon as we now know it was not actually invented other distilled alcohols are undoubtedly wonderful in until six years later when Minister Elijah Craig inadtheir own right, each having a rich history as well as an vertently aged his corn whiskey in charred oak barextensive lineup of delicious cocktails of which they are rels while taking it to market. It is this process of aging the chief component. After all, surely no right-minded corn whiskey in such barrels that subsequently came individual could deny the distinct sublimity of a perfectto define it as “bourbon,” a name taken from the counly balanced vodka tonic, of the splendorous mélange of ty in Kentucky where it was first manflavors that characterize a dirty gin marufactured. Whether it was actually his tini or of the traces of tropical paradise “... whiskey is the invention, Minister Craig’s name has to be found in each glorious sip of a finest, most ... long been recognized as one of the good Cuba Libre — that’s a rum and important in the history of bourcoke with lime for those not privy to this magnificent spirit most bon — indeed, Heaven Hill Distillery particular bit of lingo. Nevertheless, still produces small-batch bourbon none of them, in my estimation, ever to be named in his honor. approach the timeless perfection of a conceived of by It was not until 1840 that bourbon good whiskey, the flavor of which manwas established as the spirit’s official ages to be both simple and complex at human minds ... ” name. Prior to this time, it was usually the same time, standing alone among referred to as “Bourbon County spirits in its inherent majesty. It is this Whiskey.” The Civil War era saw a great shortage of reverence for the spirit that inspired Mark Twain to bourbon, as many distillers had been called to fight write: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of a and many battles took place in the areas in which the good whiskey is barely enough.” spirit was produced. In 1870, distillers began marketAlthough my associates and I quickly concurred ing bourbon in consumer-sized jugs, rather than barthat a good Kentucky bourbon is probably the greatrels, making it far easier to distribute. During the periest kind of whiskey, its Scottish, Irish and Canadian od of prohibition from 1920 to 1933, the majority of cousins were each agreed to be delicious and magical bourbon distilleries were closed, never to open their in their own respective ways. My current discussion doors again, though a select few — such as Jim Beam though, will focus on bourbon, its history and the — began operating again after the ratification of the unique place it occupies in American culture. The 21st Amendment. In 1964, an act of Congress named roots of the great American bourbon are to be found bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit” as well as the with the Scottish-Irish settlers of Western country’s official distilled spirit. The current legal Pennsylvania during the mid-18th century. To help guidelines for what may be called “bourbon” were also finance the American Revolution, in 1791 the established during this time. Finally, in 2007, the U.S. Continental Congress put a tax on the whiskey they Senate decreed that September be recognized as produced. But the distillers refused to pay, sparking National Bourbon Heritage Month in recognition of what would become known as the Whiskey Rebellion, the important role that the bourbon industry has which forced President George Washington to send played throughout the nation’s history. Although military forces to put an end to the uprising. This other spirits now outsold it, bourbon represents a traproved more difficult than Washington had anticipatdition and culture that are uniquely American. ed and so, wishing to save his fledgling government any embarrassment and avoid any further quarrels Josh Baker is a Rutgers College senior majoring in with the Pennsylvania distillers, he offered them sociology with a minor in psychology and philosophy. incentives to move to Kentucky.
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Beware of unknown dangers when traveling abroad Letter CRAIG MCMAHON
eing safe when you are traveling abroad is important. But being aware is even more critical. Many of us know the story about the savage beating of a University student in Mexico while he was on Spring Break. While the local nightly news may not discuss much about certain countries, many people are still aware that Mexico has a significant reputation for having varying degrees of corruption, poverty and violence. This is not necessarily unlike some other countries in the world, which we know only from a geography quiz. In certain places, like Jamaica, the common belief is to never leave the resort and stay near the
facilities because of the concerns for theft and violent crime. It is quite possible that others at the Mexican resort, where the student went, would believe the same thing. The issue is: Being safe on the grounds of the resort is a concept, not a fact. If the story is true, falling asleep — or passing out — in a dark area outside can be dangerous anywhere — New Brunswick, Manhattan or Mexico, even if the place is relatively “safe.” But, by using street smarts and common sense, it is the concept of being aware that will prevent you from sleeping outside and putting yourself in harm’s way. True, there may have been consumption of alcohol, and, that’s fine. But when you are going abroad, it is similar to entering a strange club, party, city location or another place you are unfa-
miliar with. Getting too drunk in a place where you might not fully understand the language, local slang or street names will eliminate your ability to be aware of things, which could significantly impact your ability to be safe.
“... people want to be treated with respect, dignity and class. ” Note how it could, not will. Many places around the world have a majority of people who are helpful, considerate and genuinely care about their fellow human beings in some way. In other words, if you believe all the evil and sinister stereotypes from
movies and television, then you will not give various cultures a fair chance to show their true nature. However, if you welcome the differences in the world with open arms, you will embrace a world that has so much to offer — and people can also sense that vibe from you. Of course, you need to be aware, not paranoid. A handful of people may care about your well-being while trying to scam you out of money, or a few helpful people may start to become overbearingly helpful if they assume they can easily profit from it. People who have developed a basic level of street smarts will know of these routines, so they can catch on quickly. But do not let this prevent you from engaging, interacting or even helping other people in your environment abroad.
Like nearly ever ywhere else in America, people want to be treated with respect, dignity and class. Going abroad and acting like a lesser countr y should be honored to be in your presence — no, that will not work out too well. Tr y to dress similar to the locals, attempt to communicate in basic words and sign language and approach others with an attitude that you appreciate being in their countr y. The locals may even watch over those who seem to respect their neighborhood or culture, as if you are a temporar y or honorar y member of their community. Craig McMahon is the author of “The New Backpacker’s Guidebook: Tips and Insight for Getting the Most Out of Overseas Travel.”
Make housing safer for fraternities and sororities Letter DANIELLE BECHTA
here is a grassroots movement underway in this nation that will make sorority and fraternity housing on college campuses safer. The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act is a solution
not only for cash-strapped universities to improve on-campus housing maintained by not-forprofits, but also opens up options for private donors who are now restricted from making tax deductible contributions. I will be part of 102 panhellenic women from across the nation headed to Washington, D.C., this April to convince mem-
bers of Congress of the importance of this legislation. We will be making certain facts known to Congress, including: More than 250,000 college students live in more than 8,000 sorority and fraternity housing facilities. Those facilities have a growing backlog of more than $1 billion in housing improvement and safety proj-
ects. And contributors and donors who want to improve greek housing across the countr y cannot receive a simple tax deduction for making their contributions dedicated to greek housing. Equitable tax treatment under the proposed legislation will make a dif ference, par ticularly in older and historical
buildings on many campuses that are owned, managed and maintained by sororities and fraternities. Guaranteeing that all student housing is safe benefits both the campus and our community. Danielle Bechta is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science.
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Today's birthday (4/14/10). Figure out what you want this year, and then go for it! Don't hold back just because others demand that you adapt to their plans. Take your destiny into your own hands. Dash out to conquer the world only after you have formulated a logical plan. 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 5 — You can't quite find your balance today. Think about expenditures carefully, and limit them to what you need now. Future requirements may shift. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Whoever suggested that you "get away from it all" didn't have the whole picture. You need to handle responsibilities first. This leads to much-appreciated results. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — No amount of pushing will bring things into alignment. Determine which part needs to be replaced. Don't break anything else. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — Opportunities presented today come with hidden problems. Analyze the situation from the get-go. Don't let anything slide without comment. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 5 — When someone close to you reveals his or her innermost thoughts and desires, you're perfectly positioned to fulfill them. Call in a favor to speed it up. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — The world beats a path to your door today. Accept the mission to perform services as required. Love grows in the process, so don't resist.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Everyone recognizes that change needs to occur. Do you need to start a revolution? Maybe not. Instead, envision your completed goal and dive in. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 5 — Management sets goals that you feel are overly ambitious. What to do? Separate the wheat from the chaff in order to focus on what's most important. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — With today's list of demands, follow the principle of divide and conquer. Parcel out tasks fairly, then help others as needed. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Check which way the wind is blowing concerning personal responsibilities. If you work more creatively, you'll get by and spend less. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — You wonder where others came up with their issues. You need to figure out a way to satisfy them while also caring for yourself. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Don't let it be said that you put your head in the sand today. You're better off counting the grains instead. Or let it all go and just enjoy the sun.
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Freshman continues torrid pace BY JOE MALONEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Junior outfielder Pat Biserta’s home run count reached lucky No. 13 in the first inning on a two-strike bomb to dead center field. The solo home run is the Three runs in eighth junior outfielder’s ninth of the year and put the Knights ahead provide necessary insurance for good. Fordham starter Ryan continued from back DeMartino (2-1) was tagged with strangers to falling behind, the his first loss of the year after Knights (18-13) struck back pitching four innings, giving up immediately in the bottom frame five hits and three earned runs. A sacrifice bunt from freshbehind a two-run home run from man catcher Jeff Mellilo plated outfielder Pat Biserta. The junior turned on an inside another run in the sixth and in fastball and drove the ball to the the ninth, the Knights put the farthest part of center field, just final nail in the coffin. With one run already on the past the 410 marker. For Biserta, the long ball is his board in the eighth and runners 13th of the year, a mark that on second and third, designated almost triples his output from his hitter Brandon Boykin smoked a sophomore campaign in which he 3-2 pitch down the right field line for a two-RBI triple. belted five home runs. “Those insurance runs make it “I’m just trying to stay on top of the baseball and drive it,” a lot easier on you,” said Coach Biserta said. “[Today’s home Hill. “It was a 4-2 game and the run] is an extra plus because it game wasn’t over yet. We got three innings in that eighth came with two strikes.” After a scoreless second, inning and I thought that was Rutgers took the lead for good in very big.” The Knights head back into the third inning when leadoff hitter Michael Lang ripped a line Big East play this weekend when drive to left field that carried just they host conference-leading South Florida in Piscataway. enough to clear the wall.
With his single in the third inning, freshman second baseman Steve Nyisztor of the Rutgers baseball t e a m KNIGHT extended NOTEBOOK his teamleading hitting streak, dating back to March 24, to 13 games. The freshman is batting a blazing-hot .405 on the year with 48 hits and 28 RBI and attributes his current hot streak to hard work. “I just try to get down to the field a little earlier to allow myself to loosen up and get as many swings in as I possibly can,” he said. “I’m just feeling pretty good at the plate right now.” However, the Toms River, N.J., native remains humble about his hitting streak. “I don’t normally like to worr y about that type of stuff, especially the statistics,” he said. “The real important thing is obviously the winning, that is definitely what means a lot to me and the team. As long as we keep going out and winning, I’ll be happy.”
both sacrifice bunting and base stealing. The Knights completed their two attempts at sacrifice bunts with both catcher Jeff Melillo and shortstop Dan Betteridge getting them down. The bunt from Melillo came in the sixth inning when the freshman laid down the sacrifice squeeze to draw the throw to first while junior first baseman Jaren Matthews came home to extend the Rutgers lead to 4-2. Betteridge’s bunt came in the bottom of the fourth inning that moved outfielder Jarred Jimenez to third after the senior doubled to lead off the inning. However, two consecutive outs followed the squeeze, leaving Jimenez on third.
The squad also went 3-4 in attempted steals on the base paths on the afternoon.
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season also marked the first part of a five-game home stand at Bainton Field. Following the next five games, the Knights hit the road for an eight-game road trip, beginning in Connecticut, where they will play a three-game series with the Huskies. After that, they play Delaware and Monmouth, before finishing up the trip with a three-game series against Louisville. The Knights do not return home to Bainton Field until May 5, when they take on Temple for one game.
against Fordham, the Scarlet Knights were 17-13 on the season and 7-2 in Big East play, which is second place in the Big East only to USF. The Bulls come into Piscataway this weekend for a three-game series between the two clubs. USF is 8-1 in conference play and are an even 16-16 overall on the season. With the win, the Knights improved their 2010 home record to 6-1 on the season. The only loss came in the final game of the series against Big East foe Pittsburgh on April 3, a 6-5 loss.
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small-ball tactics throughout yesterday’s game, including
Freshman second baseman Steve Nyisztor stole one base yesterday and extended his team-high hitting streak to 13 games.
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Tigers find net despite man-down situations continued from back keeper Billy Olin with 13:17 remaining to give Princeton its first lead of the game 7-6. Five minutes later the Tigers had a two-goal cushion courtesy of the other McBride. Again it came a man-down. Jack McBride took a long pass from goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito, ran past his mark and slid the ball past Olin. “[The momentum] got away on those two passes,” said Rutgers head coach Jim Stagnitta. “We made some bad decisions and we got fast. We threw some passes that we didn’t throw in the first half and gave away possessions. We have to shoot the ball better.” While Princeton scored twice a man-down, Rutgers shot itself in the foot again by going 0-for-7 in man-up situations. Princeton (8-2) increased the advantage to 9-6 when Rob Engelke beat Olin at the 4:19 mark. The Knights (5-5) fought back with a late flurry. Senior Gerhard Buehning fired a shot past Fiorito
EFFORT: Eight Knights find net in dominant victory continued from back Knights’ win total so far this year. “As long as the team is winning that’s all that matters,” the co-captain said. “Being 9-3 this year is really what matters. We’re Big East from here on out.” Marlena Welsh, Kristen Anderson and Lindsay Watts each added a pair of goals for the Knights, who outplayed the Wildcats (7-4, 03) nearly every step of the way. Rutgers received goals from eight different players on the evening. “It’s hard to defend a team that has multiple scoring threats. We’re not relying on one person to do all the scoring,” Brand-Sias said. “We never know who’s going to have the most goals before each game, so that’s a positive thing.” The Knights outmuscled the Wildcats in the offensive zone, denying Villanova any shot at loose balls. The Wildcats cracked under the weight of Rutgers’ physical pressure, turning the ball over on defense and in the middle of the
with 4:05 to play before junior Chris Mattes brought the score to 9-8 after he won a face-off and rifled the ball past Fiorito. But the Tigers got the final goal through Jeff Froccaro with 2:54 remaining to ice the game. The Knights outshot Princeton 36-29 and got 22 of those attempts on goal. They just could not beat Fiorito when they had to. “We got a little fast in the second half and got away from what we did in the first half,” Stagnitta said. “Our shot selection wasn’t bad, but you can’t keep shooting stick-side high on the guy because he’s a good goalie.” Rutgers played one of its best 30 minutes of the season to take a 4-2 lead into intermission behind its big three. Pennington scored twice while junior Kory Kelly and Buehning each netted once. Still, it slipped away late and Stagnitta could not find an answer as to his team’s inability to put games away. “No, honestly, if I could we wouldn’t be standing here talking about it,” he said. “You can’t keep shooting the ball stick side and high and these aren’t kids doing it. Again, it came back to haunt us.” field time after time. The Wildcats finished with 17 turnovers on the day and were outshot 32-22 by the Knights. Rutgers received a beautiful hometown connection halfway through the first period from the Wading River, N.Y., duo of sophomore midfielders Brittany Davis and Stephanie Anderson. Davis provided a feed up the field for a streaking Anderson, who threw her entire body into a shot that blew past the Villanova goalkeeper. Freshman goalkeeper Lily Kalata played all but five minutes of the contest, picking up seven saves along the way for her ninth victory of the season. But it was difficult for the Wildcat attack to get any easy looks at the cage, thanks to the stifling defensive effort by the Knights. “The refs were letting us play more [without foul calls] so we could play more to our style,” said senior defender and co-captain Emily Penn. “It’s a benefit when we can be in control and aggressive. We we’re a little out of control earlier in the season but the past five games we’ve been more in control and able to play our style.”
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Senior attack Brooke Cantwell was one of six Scarlet Knights to score two goals in their 18-6 victory over Monmouth and added four last night, putting her one goal away from fourth place on Rutgers’ all-time list.
Hill out in spirit of spring cleaning BILL DOMKE’S
T HE GOOD, T HE B AD
omething was very wrong in the last two weeks of this spring. My nose was runny, eyes were itchy and random sneezing fits plagued my afternoons. I was not so bad last year, but allergies were back, and they were going to let me know if they had to use a full brass band to do it. The remedy to such a problem was obvious — get an antihistamine — but there was just something that kept me from fixing the problem. Finally, enough was enough and I made the stuffy, blotchy trip to Rite Aid to get some Claritin-D 12. All is well now. Something was also ver y wrong with the Rutgers men’s basketball team. Players sought transfers, talent became obviously frustrated and disappointing losses plagued the regular season. The remedy to this annual problem became obvious after some time — make a personnel change — but there was something … OK, Fred Hill Jr. is not a grain of pollen. But there is something to the point of both driving their respective systems into fits of discomfort and unhappiness. After a disdaining 13-57 Big East career record that can only drive some fans to question, “Really? Seriously?” a change is finally in the works. It remains to be seen whether the coach who gets the job next will do something with the position, but booting the coach of a team that would make headlines if it won more than two Big East games is a step in the right direction.
THE GOOD Following through — Fresh off an upset over then-No. 24 Pittsburgh, the Rutgers baseball team made head coach Fred Hill Sr. proud. Less than 10 wins away from a quadruple-digit number of wins, the maverick’s squad traveled to Notre Dame. The Knights took two of three in the series to win their fifth-consecutive series this season, including a 25-5 mauling in the second game that would make a full-grown Canadian Grizzly go back into hibernation.
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Then, they tallied another one in the “W” column yesterday against Fordham. The magic number for Hill Sr. falls to two. ’Cause you’re the best, around! — Very rarely do you actually see a Rutgers team earn a No. 1 ranking. Sure, taking first in meets or winning matches is the stuff of a Monday morning water cooler, but getting the number one ranking in a poll is a first for Rutgers this year. Enter the men’s track and field team, the number one squad in the Mid-Atlantic Region according to the April 5 The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The Knights responded by going to the Sun Angel Track Classic, winning two field events and capturing a hideously large amount of Big East and IC4A qualifying times. Tripling is good, too — For ever y goal that Monmouth scored against the women’s lacrosse team, the Knights had three. Getting back on track after a rough spot and dropping out of the national rankings was a must for the team, and the win puts it back on track. Six Knights scored two goals in the win, including Brooke Cantwell, who is now just five goals away from tying for the fourth spot on the Rutgers alltime list. Life after Rutgers — It’s always reassuring to see Rutgers alumni having success after departing the Banks. Just look at former Scarlet Knight Epiphanny Prince. Once averaging 19.5 points per game for the Rutgers women’s basketball team, she played in Europe this season and was the fourth first-round selection in the WNBA Draft for the Knights since 2006, after the Chicago Sky drafted her fourth overall.
THE BAD Close calls — The softball team appeared to figure it out, and just in time.
This weekend saw the team garner its first Big East win, but only after a pair of losses in the games before situated the Knights with a 1-4 in conference play. The team has a pair of sisters that have the athletic intimidation factor of a German U-Boat to a French schooner with no sonar. Somebody has to find a way to keep these closer games in the win column.
THE UGLY Baby steps — Take a look at the numbers that the football team’s offense put up in its first spring scrimmage and anyone would be happy it was just a spring scrimmage. The most experienced quarterback in the Big East went 7for-14 for 57 yards, the opening kickoff was fumbled for a score that went the other way and the backup quarterback gave up a 49yard pick six. While it is still early, at least we can get excited for the defense. First years — First, there was an upset of top-10 foe Notre Dame. A heartbreaking loss against St. John’s followed soon after, knocking the men’s lacrosse team down to 1-1 in the Big East. Then the Knights headed down to Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins, a first-year lacrosse program eager to prove its worth. The program slapped the Knights silly in an embarrassing 17-10 loss that may make some question if the Notre Dame victory was just a dream. Jets + Santonio Holmes… Hillarity ensues — When Rex Ryan hopped on board, he made watching the Jets that much more entertaining. Now enter the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, a character who not only brings talk of big game on the field, but also off of it. His 2008 marijuana charges and Ryan’s occasional night club activity and general ridiculousness, and the 2010 season may be something to keep tabs on — on and off the field.
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Team effort crucial for RU success BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT
For the Rutgers softball team to come out of this week’s seven-game stretch, SOFTBALL t h e Scarlet LOUISVILLE AT Knights RUTGERS, need hitTODAY, NOON t i n g f r o m more than one player at a time. At the start of the season, sophomore designated player Mikelyn Messina was white hot and represented Rutgers’ entire offense. More recently, sophomore third baseman Brittney Lindley took over Messina’s role as she struggled through a slump. But in the 3-0 win over Connecticut Sunday, neither hit well and the Knights still won. Senior ace Nicole Lindley suffocated the Huskies’ bats and freshman second baseman Jennifer Harabedian delivered a two-run single that closed the door. Brittney Lindley and Messina were a combined 1-for-4 with a run. “We need to focus on playing as a team because that’s how we win,” said sophomore right fielder Lindsey Curran, who scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. “We win as a team. When we’re not stringing hits together, we don’t win. We need everyone working together.” Take away Brittney Lindley and Messina’s combined 46 RBI and 39 runs and the rest of the lineup has 60 RBI and 82 runs. Part of the issue was not getting on base, said head coach Jay Nelson. “Brittney can hit three home runs in a weekend, but if they’re all with the bases empty then it means our offense isn’t doing it right,” he said. Lindley hit three solo shots over the weekend to tie with Messina for the team lead. Both are within one homer of second place in the team’s single-season record books. The biggest hit of the weekend, however, came when junior left fielder Mickenzie Alden smacked a three-run bomb off the foul pole. For Rutgers (13-21, 1-4), hits from other spots in the order are the best shot of edging close to .500 during the week, especially when pitchers are off their game. “Sometimes we come out and we get two hits in a game and our pitchers give up only one or two runs and you just feel awful for them,” Alden said. “But then there are other days where we give up six or seven runs, but score six or seven. It’s just a matter of putting it together.” The first opponent for the Scarlet Knights this week is Louisville today at noon at the RU Softball Complex. The Cardinals (25-12, 4-2) represent a daunting task for Rutgers after beating the Knights 8-0 and 9-0 last season. UofL senior catcher Melissa Roth represents one of the toughest catchers in the nation with an astonishing .473 average to go along with 12 home runs and 36 RBI. Pitcher Kristen Wadwell leads the team with a 13-7 record and 3.07 ERA.
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SPRING PRACTICE NOTEBOOK
MAKES SPLASH AT SAFETY
BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT
After moving from cornerback to safety less than a week ago, redshirt freshman Darrell Givens made his most memorable play in a Rutgers football uniform. He grabbed a pass by backup quar terback Steve Shimko out of the air at midfield and shook multiple tacklers for a 49-yard touchdown. All head coach Greg Schiano voiced about the play at the conclusion of the team’s first scrimmage, however, was a concern that the new safety did the play correctly. “I have no idea if he was doing what he was supposed to be doing, but he caught the ball and ran it into the end zone so I’ll take the result,” Schiano said. Givens offered a quick answer after the scrimmage. “I was definitely in the right spot,” he said. Givens arrived in Piscataway late. After Penn State released the four-star cornerback from Indian Head, Md., Rutgers swooped in and welcomed him to the Banks just in time for last season’s training camp. When he got here, he had his work cut out for him to earn playing time with two other big-name cornerbacks coming in as freshmen and the likes of Devin McCourty, Billy Anderson, David Rowe and Brandon Bing ahead of him as veterans. He spent the year on the scout team but had goals of
cracking the two-deep during spring practice. “My father told me don’t come here with any expectations, just come in and play my game and do the best I can,” Givens said. So when Schiano asked him to move back to safety, only a few days after he moved sophomore Marcus Cooper from wideout to cornerback, Givens didn’t know what to say. “It was a surprise to me too,” Givens said. “It happened on Monday. Coach came to me and he told me he wanted to see what I could do at the safety position and hopefully I can help the team and become a better player.” If his interception is any indication, the move looks good so far. “I’m starting to get really comfortable there,” he said. “I’m picking up on the safety calls and all of the technique.”
tape from Saturday’s scrimmage, Schiano reiterated some of his thoughts on the team’s offensive struggles. “We didn’t play very well on offense,” Schiano said. “We just didn’t execute very well. They did better today. The defense didn’t play very well today.” Running the ball, the first team offense struggled with junior tailback Joe Martinek compiling three total yards on eight attempts. “On a lot of plays we were one guy away,” said junior guard Art Forst. “Whether it was myself or someone else, we were one guy
Redshirt freshman Darrell Givens intercepted a pass for a score in Saturday’s scrimmage, days after moving from cornerback to safety.
away. You have 10 guys executing perfectly and one guy can screw up a play.” HAD TO SHAKE
“It’s just a little more shake,” Schiano said on the offensive line through the final five practices. “We’ve shaken it a lot. We’ll shake it some more.”
up the offensive line a little more today with sophomore tackle Devon Watkis on a crutch after a left ankle sprain in Saturday’s scrimmage. Rutgers presented multiple first team offensive lines with Forst and juniors Caleb Ruch and Desmond Stapleton representing the only healthy players with significant playing experience.
Lampert injured his hip on a long reception during Saturday’s scrimmage and was limited yesterday in practice. “He gutted it out [yesterday],” Schiano said. “He’s not OK though. He can’t really move well enough to perform. He did some things that he could.”
Trio of seniors lays groundwork for program BY TYLER DONOHUE CORRESPONDENT
Rutgers head tennis coach Ben Bucca consistently utters the word “effort” when discussing his 2010 senior class. While the trio of Christine Tran, Caitlin Baker and Katherine Arlak depart the Banks next month, their coach believes they’ve helped establish a hardworking foundation within the program. “The culture and the personality of a team are best reflected by the attitude of its seniors,” Bucca said.
“This is a group that works hard. Their work ethic has been phenomenal and they always have the team ready to put forth its best effort at practice and matches. It’s an attribute that’s hard to describe.” Arlak and Baker serve as team captains, along with their duties in singles play. Tran pairs up with Arlak in doubles. All three were the key to the Scarlet Knights’ emergence in the Big East. “When we were freshman, things were completely different,” Arlak said. “There were times during matches when we didn’t have
Senior captain Katherine Arlak is one of three seniors for the Knights and pairs with classmate Christine Tran in doubles play.
a full lineup because some girls were quitting to go pro. But things have definitely turned around. We have an amazing group of girls who are dedicated to improving. It’s been great to see the program change.” Bucca is proud of the young women he has seen grow from tentative freshmen to thriving seniors. “When they first came in they were on a very steep learning curve,” Bucca said. “They got acclimated pretty quickly and have developed into terrific students and athletes. It’s been very rewarding to see them grow on and off the court. They’ve followed the right path during their time here and it shows.” Things are certainly looking up for the Knights, as the team gradually elevated its level of play over the past few years. The most meaningful factor in the program’s improvement is probably Bucca’s stellar 2008 recruiting class, but it was up to the squad’s elder members to set an example for their talented, young teammates. Tran said the seniors tried to instill a new sense of commitment in the program. “I think there is now a greater desire to compete and represent Rutgers as a team,” Tran said. “We push each other to compete hard and each of us really earn our positions on the court. “The team is headed in a good direction. We raised the bar. Our expectations have risen since I first arrived. We work hard to reach our goals on the court and in the classroom.” Those efforts translated well on the court, according to Baker.
“The program’s record speaks for itself,” she said. “We’ve come so far. The turnaround has been incredible and I’m glad to have been a part of it.” Rutgers currently sits at 117 with two home Big East matches rounding out the regular season later this week. The Knights are guaranteed at least one match in the Big East tournament. A loss in the tourney would result in the end of an era for the team’s seniors. “I’ll remember the way we came together as a team in big moments,” Tran said. “Freshman year we upset West Virginia in the Big East tournament and there have been other times when we’ve exceeding expectations as a team. Accomplishing things as a group is what really stands out.” Baker said her four years with the program have been nothing short of amazing. “My time with the team has been the best years of my life,” Baker said. “I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. It kept me focused and driven. The program provided me with structure and a great group of friends.” It appears the threesome leaves Rutgers in good hands. Bucca is certain his seniors did everything they could to help the program advance. “Team camaraderie passes on from year to year,” Bucca said. “I’m certain that these seniors have continued moving the program forward in a positive direction and have made a big impact on their teammates.”
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Lefty’s complete game gem guides Knights to victory BY A.J. JANKOWSKI ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
For the fourth year, senior pitcher Dennis Hill took the mound for the Rutgers baseball team to start a game. But for the first time, he finished the game BASEBALL as well. The lefty’s first FORDHAM 3 collegiate complete RUTGERS 7 game paced the Scarlet Knights on a dismal Tuesday afternoon to a 7-3 victory over Fordham at Bainton Field. “It felt good. It’s the first time I’ve done it so it felt very good actually,” Hill said. “It’s great to be able to finish what you started.” Hill threw a total of 111 pitches on the day with 66 being strikes. The left-hander only yielded nine hits while striking out four and issuing two walks. This is the second victory of the year for Hill (2-4) who is now on a two-game win streak after taking down in-state rival Princeton earlier in the month. “After the first inning I thought he was excellent,” said head coach Fred Hill Sr. “He was throwing the ball great. We have no problem letting someone go the whole nine innings. And I’m sure he wanted to complete [the] game if he could get it.” After giving up two runs early, Hill settled in during the middle innings. At one point the southpaw retired 11 consecutive Rams before consecutive singles in the seventh inning broke the streak. Despite allowing base runners, Hill continued his dominance by forcing leadoff hitter Ryan Lee to ground into a double play to end the threat and retire the side. “I just induced a ground ball and we got out of the inning,” Hill said. “I found a rhythm and just stuck with it.” The Rams (10-21) got on the board early against the southpaw, plating two runs in the top of the first to take the early lead. No
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Senior pitcher Dennis Hill settled in after giving up two runs in the first inning to retire 11 Fordham batters in a row. The lefthander finished the game on the mound for his first collegiate complete game, striking out four batters in his second win of the year.
Special teams crush hopes of Tiger upset
Physical effort earns second Big East win
BY KYLE FRANKO
BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON
PRINCETON — For 45 minutes the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team looked like it could upset the No. 5 team in the country. Then everything came undone in one of the worst ways possible. MEN’S LACROSSE Two man-down RUTGERS 8 goals sparked a quar ter PRINCETON 10 four th rally for Princeton as it came away with a 10-8 victor y last night over the Scarlet Knights. “We got sloppy in the fourth,” said senior midfielder Justin Pennington who recorded his fourth hat trick of the season. “We got away from our extended offense and they put in a few goals and got momentum. That made it real tough to fight back.” The Tigers won 22 straight games at home and beat the Knights in 22 of their last 23 meetings. Just how rare are man-down goals? Princeton scored just one in the last four years. Its two last night came at the most crucial time. An of fensive zone turnover allowed Chris McBride to sprint down the field unchecked and beat Rutgers senior goal-
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Senior midfielder Justin Pennington (20) recorded his fourth hat trick of the season in the Knights’ narrow 10-8 loss to No. 5 Princeton, which they led after three quarters.
VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team faced off against Big East foe Villanova yesterday on the turf of the Wildcats’ home WOMEN’S LACROSSE football stadium. The Scarlet RUTGERS 14 Knights played the VILLANOVA 6 game with the physical intensity of a group of linebackers. Rutgers outshot, outscored and outmuscled Villanova, dropping the Wildcats 14-6 en route to a second crucial conference victory. “Villanova definitely came out to win tonight and it was physical both ways but our defense really did a great job,” said Rutgers head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “We were sliding really well and offensively we were doing great things, though at the beginning of the game we were just hitting the posts.” But once the shots stopped clanging off the sides of the cage, Rutgers (9-3, 2-2) unleashed the scoring deluge that is starting to become common. Senior attack Brooke Cantwell scored a game-high four goals for the Knights to break the 30-goal plateau for the third time in her career. Cantwell’s 31 goals leads Rutgers this season, though the attack said the only number she is focused on is nine — the
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