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U. taps solar power as next energy source MARY ELLEN CAGNASSOLA CORRESPONDENT
When former Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick marked the official opening of the University’s seven-acre solar energy facility in October 2009, the 1.4 megawatt solar farm was projected to generate about 11 percent of Livingston campus’ electrical needs, according to a previous article in The Daily Targum. As one of the nation’s largest college renewable energy systems, the Livingston solar energy facility was projected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1,300 tons yearly and save the University more than $200,000 in its first year, according to the article. “As an institution, Rutgers is a national leader in bringing environmentally sound practices to higher education,” McCormick told Rutgers Today in 2009. “By partnering with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to build this remarkable solar energy facility, Rutgers demonstrates our commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.” This effort to save University funds and protect the environment has been fairly successful, according to a previous article in The Daily Targum. Between June 2009 and May 2010, the solar projects located on Livingston campus resulted in about $225,000 in electricity savings. The solar canopy stretching over Livingston’s parking lot helped Rutgers save about $135,000 in monthly utility expenses, according to the article. More than five years after Rutgers’ initial foray into solar energy leadership, the University has continued to work toward cleaner energy on and off campus. Dozens of students, New Brunswick and Piscataway residents and solar business representatives came to Rutgers on March 25 to hear from a panel of renewable energy experts and engage in discussion, according to MyCentralJersey.com The New Jersey Public Interest Research Group’s (NJPIRG) current student-led campaign aims to encourage New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark and Camden city councils to reach a goal of producing 20 percent of electricity costs from solar energy in their respective communities, according to MyCentralJersey.com. The panel and discussion, made possible by Environment New Jersey, NJPIRG Student Chapters, Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment and Rutgers Engineering Governing Council’s Sustainability Affair Committee, brought awareness to current solar energy efforts and provided a space for concerned community members to SEE SOURCE ON PAGE 4
Kim Osterhoudt, a Rutgers Business School Class of 1978 alumna, pitched her line of fruit jams, “Jams by Kim,” at a casting call for Season 7 of CNBC’s “Shark Tank” Friday afternoon at Rutgers Business School on the Newark campus. DAN COREY / ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
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NEWARK – Plus-sized lingerie, a hat brand revolving around pineapples, homemade hot sauce and roasted garlic jam were only a few marketable commodities showcased here Friday afternoon. New Jersey residents, Rutgers students and alumni shuffled in-
side two classrooms at the Rutgers Business School at 1 Washington Park to pitch ideas and fulfill entrepreneurial dreams in the pursuit of being on the seventh season of CNBC’s “Shark Tank.” There is opportunity for entrepreneurship for all majors and career paths, said Alfred Blake, assistant director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs.
“This is an opportunity for students throughout the campuses –– the time is like no other,” he said. “Students can actually go into entrepreneurship without as much capital, and really follow their dreams.” Entrepreneurship is greatly benefiting the economic recovery in terms of job creation, Blake said. It gives innovators the ability to have freedom and do things that are im-
portant to them, because pursuing it is a personal choice. In the midst of more than 100 nervous contestants pitching their ideas at the business school’s fifth floor, student entrepreneurs from the New Brunswick campus pitched as well. Alexander Babatunde and Jerrell Chalmers, both School of Arts SEE AUDITIONS ON PAGE 5
Milosz Pierwola, 28, a Rutgers alumnus, former lawyer and professional adventurer, shares his adventures in finding his true calling in life after trying his hand in a profession that failed to bring him the happiness he had envisioned. COURTESY OF MILOSZ PIERWOLA
Alumnus talks trek from boardroom to baggage claim JEFF GIBBONS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
He once believed that all he needed to face were a few tough years of law school until he
would have a career, make money and be happy. Yet, as time passed and he eventually began working at various law firms, that anticipated happiness switch never flipped.
“One day it all just ... my brain kind of snapped,” said Milosz Pier wola, a professional adventurer and Rutgers alumnus. “I thought, ‘Here I am. I’m sitting here and for ever y second that
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ticks, I am not doing what I want to do.’” After quitting his job as an attorney at 28, Pierwola is living proof SEE ALUMNUS ON PAGE 4
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New mobile apps such as Meerkat and Periscope, which enable anyone with an Apple iPhone or iPad to share videos as they take them, can bring a new dimension to the technosphere just as easily as they can bring drawbacks. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EDWIN GANO / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
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Showing the world your friend’s new skateboarding trick just got easier. New apps –– specifically Meerkat and Periscope –– enable anyone with an iPhone or iPad to share videos as they take them, actions that traditionally required setting up cameras and other technical equipment ahead of time. Livestreaming has the potential to both help and hurt students, said Divas Singh, a School of Engineering first-year student. As with most other forms of social media, the results of sharing videos in real-time depend on how they use it. “People tend to overuse social media, such as Snapchat,” he said. “They’ll Snapchat everything they do, so you can’t help but see everything certain people do. Livestreaming makes it easier to share everything one does to the Internet.” Misusing the apps has the potential for harming both a student’s and the University’s reputation, he said. If a video shared online clearly showed
Rutgers property in the background, it could imply that the students in the video represent the University. The University of Oklahoma is a prime example, he said. While the video featuring a racist chant was not a livestream, it still showed a distinct lack of judgment by the students in the video, and its contents are all many people nationwide now know about the university. Part of this is because some news outlets will disproportionately cover negative events, Singh said. Livestreams could also be used to illegally share videos of people without their consent, said Rahul Gupta, a School of Engineering first-year student. Rutgers Snapyak is already used to share explicit photos or short videos of University women to anyone with access. “There are so many issues with Snapchat, with people taking screenshots and then posting (them) online,” he said. “There’s a huge security issue.” It would be “inevitable” that people would do the same with livestreams now that they are so much easier to set up, he said.
This could in particular be an issue for off-campus parties with underage drinkers, he said. While some organizations, such as fraternities and sororities, would likely be strict about drinking and videos, other party hosts might not be as careful. “There’s definitely a possibility over the next few years (for) more apps that come out (that
“There are so many issues with Snapchat, with people taking screenshots ... There’s a huge security issue.” RAHUL GUPTA School of Engineering First-Year Student
will) increase (this kind of) display,” he said. In the past, illegally sharing videos has had severe consequences for students, Singh said. Students whose privacy is invaded in that manner could react very negatively. Livestreaming could be used in a positive manner as well, he said. In classrooms, livestreaming
can be used to help students who are unable to attend. Bernard Kear, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, said it would be a “good idea” to provide absent students with another way to watch a lecture. Sharing review sessions outside of normal class hours would also help students who are busy, Singh said. Many of these review sessions consist of professors writing out problems on the board (for STEM subject classes), he said. Streams are an easy way to ascertain that type of information online before an exam. Many of the events that the University hosts can be livestreamed to share with a wider audience, he said. TEDxRutgersU, a TED event hosted in March, was livestreamed for people who were otherwise unable to view the talks. Singh, who volunteered at the event, said that this event and other events such as one hosted by the Rutgers University Student Assembly, were good options for livestreaming. George Takei’s visit to the University is one example of an
event that ran out of tickets, and by extension seats, very quickly, he said. Politicians should also take advantage of their newfound ability to livestream –– even student ones, Singh said. The Engineering Governing Council is holding elections for its board until Thursday, April 16th, he said. Though all engineering students can vote, few of the candidates have been able to speak to them. “I think that’s more out of inconvenience,” he said. “Hopefully a livestream would have a chatbox so (candidates) could answer (questions in real-time).” Both Periscope and Meerkat include chatrooms for each video, according to an article on fusion.net. Overall, if used appropriately, livestreaming events cannot hurt users, and will likely just open up new avenues of social media sharing, Singh said. “An in-person experience is nothing (like a live one), but we watch sports on TV and we don’t feel that’s different from going to the stadium, so I don’t think this would be different either,” he said.
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ALUMNUS Pierwola says he credits success to being open to opportunities life presents him thought it was a terrible decision. Not only was he walking away that it is never too late to follow from a career, for which he had dedicated many years in academyour dreams. “I had invested my entire life into ic preparation, but he was also an academic pursuit of a specific ca- leaving behind a good salary. “I found myself being the only perreer,” he said. “My dream was one son who believed that I was going thing and my reality was another.” Growing up, Pierwola said that to be successful, and that is a really he had always wanted to go on ad- tough place to be,” Pierwola said. Today, three years after leaving ventures and explore the world. In spite of this, once he got to his job as an attorney, Pierwola college he found himself studying has successfully established his subjects that were of little interest own adventure company in which he takes clients on personalized to him. Instead of initially following his and private tours to various places own passions, Pierwola was guid- around the world. From surfing in Brazil alonged by others to pursue practical side professional surfer Jacquecareers that paid well. “The people I was looking up to line Silva to trekking around the dangled the proverbial carrot of Scottish Highlands, Pierwola happiness in front of me,” he said. said that he credits much of his What resulted was a tremen- success to being open to the dous dissatisfaction with being a opportunities life presents him and having a genuine passion for lawyer, he said. “Milosz would have done great as what he does. “I love sharing the excitement a lawyer and he finished the program without a problem, but he really likes that I have when I go to places adventures and the outdoors,” said that I don’t know and see incredifriend Mohamed Najjar, product de- bly beautiful scenery,” he said. While Pierwola agrees that velopment innovator at Pepsi Co. As Pierwola began professional- money is important, he said that ly traveling to places as a guide, he he does not think money is somerealized that he would love to take thing that should dictate anyone’s life, especialtrips for a living, ly the lives of Najjar said. young people. “What I am trying to “He made Rather than the courageous convey to people with following decision to go everything I am doing is someone else’s after it,” Najjar that chasing your dreams idea of sucsaid. “And the cess, Pierwola more he does it is possible. It is thinks it is vital now, the more absolutely possible.” for college stuwe know that dents to carve this is where MILOSZ PIERWOLA their own he belongs.” Rutgers Alumnus, Former Lawyer, World paths based Friend Beau Adventurer on what makes D e C o u r c y, them happy. mountain “College (is) a resource pool to guide and co-creator of existanew. com, a wellness blog-style web- create the career of your dreams,” site, thought Pierwola’s experi- he said. Pierwola said he made every ence served as a good reminder for people to not feel confined to a mistake possible regarding his course of study during college. certain identity. “If you’re tired of something, no That being said, he believed it was matter how much time or money never too late for him to create the you have ‘invested’ into it, be will- life he desired for himself. “What I am trying to convey to ing to walk away and start anew,” people with everything I am doDeCourcy said. “Having known Milosz for some ing is that chasing your dreams is time before he left his practice of possible,” Pierwola said. “It is ablaw, I knew he had to stop, at least solutely possible. And you can do it at any time in your life. Whatevfor a while,” he said. When quitting his job, Pierwo- er your dreams are, you can begin la said that most people in his life pursuing them today.” CONTINUED FROM FRONT
As one of the nation’s largest campus renewable energy systems, the Livingston solar energy facility was projected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1,300 tons yearly and save the University more than $200,000 in its first year. EDWIN GANO / ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
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learn more about how they may affect residents, according to MyCentralJersey.com. Nick Jermer, campaign coordinator for NJPIRG’s solar campaign and a Rutgers Business School junior, said the rising issue of climate change and the poor air quality in many New Jersey cities caused by dirty energy pollution, inspired the initiative. More than 2,000 signatures have been collected so far for the campaign, which Jermer said hopes to reach 5,000 signatures by the end of next year. “Solar energy as a growing alternative helps respond to some of these problems,” Jermer said. “(We are) building a coalition of small businesses and raising petitions for Rutgers students who
are calling on (New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill) to make a commitment.” Panelist Jeanne Fox, former president and commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, said due to extreme weather, cyberterrorism and cybersecurity, energy storage like the kind provided by solar energy will be essential to staying connected to power. Since the inception of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program more than a decade ago, the state has made itself a model for solar development through an “integrated approach” that includes a Solar Renewable Energy Certificates program that allows access to the SREC tracking system and marketplace, providing a revenue stream and
long term financing options for solar installations, according to New Jersey Clean Energy. David Beavers, campaign organizer of Environment New Jersey, reiterated New Jersey’s standings in the nation’s renewable energy community to MyCentralJersey.com, pointing to multiple factors that have put New Jersey at the forefront of the solar energy movement. Currently, New Jersey boasts more than 33,000 solar installations, making it the third-most installed solar capacity in the nation, according to MyCentralJersey.com. With electricity costs in the state reaching more than 15 cents per kilowatt-hour, nearly four cents higher than the national average, both residents and institutions can and are benefitting from the savings permitted by solar installation. “New Jersey owes its solar leadership to the forward-thinking vision of our energy policy experts, the quality of our research and the development facilities and the progressive nature of our citizens,” Beavers said.
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Osterhoudt is an artisan foods producer –– specifically, fruity sugarless jams, she said. Her best jam flavors are blueIt was ‘no-brainer’ to host ‘Shark Tank’ at RBS, berr y and lemon, roasted garZemrak says lic and sweet onion, carrot and ginger and Bartlett pear, Osterhoudt said. CONTINUED FROM FRONT “If I get the money, I would States that wear clothing size 14 take maybe three of my flaor larger. vors and have them made by and Sciences seniors, and Dean Now in its fourth year, Curvy a co-packer in gigantic batchFlamio, a Rutgers Business Girlz was founded after Williams es so I can get the price down School senior, are all co-found- was inspired by a previous relaand maybe put them on store ers of Qilo, a hat branding com- tionship she had with an actor. It shelves,” she said. “I’d really pany focused expressly on the began after she asked 237 Harlem love to be able to do that.” image of a pineapple. women about the types of lingerie Among othThe pineapple imagery ap- they would like er pitch charpealed to many customers be- to wear. acteristics, the cause the fruit is a universal sign “I was dating “Just have passion and know your numbers. casting crew for of hospitality, Chalmers said. a Hollywood acWhether you’re a start-up or are an “Shark Tank” “Our plan is to use the money tor, and he likes established company, if you know your mainly focusto get into trade shows,” Flamio sexy lingerie numbers, that’s really going to help you define es on intrinsic said. “We’re just trying to get –– but I was 327 motivation and equity from the sharks for exper- pounds,” she who you are and what you need from the quantifiable tise advice.” said. “It’s hard sharks — that goes a long way.” goals, said MinSurrounding the student en- finding things dy Zemrak, casttrepreneurs was a larger pool of in your size ... MINDY ZEMRAK ing manager for alumni hoping to make their mark instead of just Casting Manager for “Shark Tank’s” Seventh Season the show’s sevin front of the sharks. thinking about it enth season. Precious Williams, a Rutgers and reflecting, I “Just have pasSchool of Law-Newark Class of said I’m going to Class of 1978 and Entrepreneur- sion and know your numbers,” 2007 alumna, pitched her Cur vy create it.” Girlz Lingerie line, which is Local New Jersey residents ship Pioneers Initiative Class of she said. “Whether you’re a startseeking to tap into a market of also patiently waited to be 2013 alumna, founded her prod- up or are an established company, if you know your numbers, that’s 40 million women in the United called in, in hopes of standing uct line, “Jams by Kim.”
CRIME APRIL 13 NEW BRUNSWICK — Miseka A. Diggs, a South Bound Brook woman, is charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of prohibited ammunition, possession of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute. The police allegedly found a stolen weapon and crack cocaine in her vehicle. APRIL 13 HACKENSACK — Five people, Ernestine Bowman, Glen Bowman Sr., Jessica Renee Copeland, Glen Bowman Jr. and Tokina P. Williams, have been indicted by a state grand jury on various human trafficking charges after they allegedly conspired to force a 16-yearold girl into prostitution. According to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office, the defendants — some of whom are related — trafficked a 16-year-old girl between New York and New Jersey as part of a prostitution ring. APRIL 12 TEANECK — The U.S. Attorney’s Office states that Joseph Ferriero received almost $500,000 to help the case of a dermatologist who was allowed to avoid prosecution on charges that he groped patients. APRIL 12 NEWARK — A 25-year-old police lieutenant shot a man who pointed a gun at him, following a car chase that ended in a vehicle crashing into a home. The lieutenant was on patrol when a woman told him she had been robbed at gunpoint in the South Ward. He then spotted the vehicle, and the chase ensued. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Bureau and the Major Crimes Bureau are investigating the incident.
out from the remaining aspiring entrepreneurs. Justin Harris, a Piscataway High School first-year student, pitched and created a hot sauce called “Justin’s Hot Stuff” with his mother while cooking together one evening. About 10 percent of every bottle sale has been donated to either Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen located at 18 Neilson St. in New Brunswick or the Foundation for HIV/AIDS and Kidney Dialysis. Along with Harris, Kim Osterhoudt, a Rutgers Business School
really going to help you define who you are and what you need from the sharks –– that goes a long way.” The casting crew of “Shark Tank” looks for anything and everything when listening to a pitch, Zemrak said. The crew does not set a limit because the final decision comes down to producers in Los Angeles. At the end of the day, Zemrak said it was a “no-brainer” to have a casting call at Rutgers because it has one of the top business schools in the nation, and the casting crew always enjoys hearing new ideas and inventions. “People come to the table and you never know what they’re going to bring,” she said. “Whether it’s something unique and new to an industry or it has a twist on something that’s already existing, it’s exciting (to see) what people come up with.” Dan Corey is a Rutgers Business School first-year student majoring in pre-business and journalism and media studies. He is an Associate News Editor at The Daily Targum. Follow him on Twitter @_dancorey for more stories.
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LiveScribe pen offers enhanced learning for U. students
Kelsey Mulgrew, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, writes in the LiveScribe Dot Paper notebook with the partner LiveScribe pen issued to her by Rutgers’ Office for Disability Services to help her with her Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NAAZ MODAN / PHOTO EDITOR
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From childhood, Kelsey Mulgrew’s teachers suspected that there was more to her incessant chattering than just being bored during math class. “I couldn’t focus at all,” said Mulgrew, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. “Like, I was talking non-stop and whenever the teacher told me to stop talking it would last for, like, a minute, and then I would be talking to someone again. It was awful.”
Mulgrew, who was first formally diagnosed at the age of seven with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), a variation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), struggled to cope with the condition which affects up to 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17, according to a November 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From the age of seven and onward, she was prescribed Ritalin, homeschooled and assigned to meet with various counselors and therapists, but she only encountered a new tactic to manage living
with adult ADD when she arrived at Rutgers and was offered a smartpen to lease, courtesy of the Office of Disability Services. The device, the LiveScribe 4 GB Echo Smartpen, which can capture thousands of pages of notes and more than 800 hours of audio for $270 on the online marketplace Amazon, measures about seven inches in height and sports a glossy black body with a rubberized grip. The power button sits at the top of the tool, which measures about an inch in circumference, and the “LiveScribe” logo and large microphone sleekly trail down one face of the thicker-than-average pen. “You can write with it normally, like a normal pen,” Mulgrew said, as she scrawled the word “hi” across a sheet of paper in a notebook that accompanies all LiveScribe pens. The notebook is lined with LiveScribe Dot Paper, or regular paper printed with an inimitable sequence of microdots that operates as a type of pen GPS so it can follow what the user writes, draws or, indeed, casually scratches across the paper to show a fascinated observer across a table. When the tip of the pen presses an icon — including but not limited to the record, play, stop and jump buttons — from a printed dashboard of icons that run along the bottom of the paper and the
writer proceeds to scribe on the paper, the pen records everything the user hears, says and writes and plays it back with another tap on one of the icons. Better, the pen, equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack and a Micro USB connector, allows the user to hook the LiveScribe pen to a Mac, PC or Apple iPad to review notes leading up to a big paper or exam. “I’m surprised it exists, honestly,” Mulgrew said. “I didn’t even think anything like this would exist.” Despite her general positive impression of the LiveScribe, she found a problem with the tool that marginally dampered the overall practicality and effectiveness of the pen. “You can buy more (LiveScribe Dot Paper) online, it’s not that hard,” she said. “It’s just a little annoying that you can’t use any notebook or find your own organization or whatever it is — like if you had your own specific way of organizing things you’d have to revamp that for this type of notebook.” Organization — or at the very least, routine — as it turns out, is of particular importance to Mulgrew. Since her brief stint taking Ritalin as a child, she said her mother assigned her various therapists over the years to assist her with organization skills in the face of hyperactivity and forgetfulness. Now as a college student, she said she has her own way of
organizing her school work after honing a certain method, and says the LiveScribe pen is another tool for her to remember to use to help her with her ADD in class. “I have a notebook with sections per subject and I’ve been using that for a while,” she said. “It’s not that inconvenient as a weakness, it’s just a little annoying if you’re used to a certain system. But besides that, it’s a pretty cool tool.”
Student Kelsey Mulgrew holds the LiveScribe pen and the pen’s companion notebook. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NAAZ MODAN / PHOTO EDITOR
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resident Obama has called for the end of “con- unsupportive and shun them for their actions. Howversion therapies for gay and transgender ever, being ignored is assuredly the lesser of two evils youth” in the wake of the death of transgender when it comes to being sent to a conversation camp or teenager Leelah Alcorn. A petition was created in her undergoing conversion therapy. Simply put, conversion therapy is psychological memory to ban conversion practices for minors and has garnered support from more than 120,000 indi- abuse. It’s taking an individual’s identity, that many viduals. In his statement, Obama specifically refer- have struggled to admit to themselves, and transformences a situation that likely plays out across America ing it into a web of lies. When parents subject their every night — a young boy afraid to let his “secret children to conversion therapy, they are undoubtedly out.” But after he makes the decision to express who forcing their children to become inauthentic versions he is, the rest is up to his family, his teachers, his of themselves, further creating an identity crisis and friends and the rest of his community. Obama ends causing irreparable damage. Similarly, conversion the statement saying it depends “on the kind of soci- therapy is particularly damaging for younger children, ety we engender, the kind of future we build.” There- as opposed to teenagers. As teenagers, some individfore, meeting these individuals’ expressions with uals are able to discern through friends, the Internet or social media that their identities are normal. Yet, at conversion therapy is unacceptable. As defined, conversion or reparative therapy is the a certain age, some children do not know that being use of treatments, both medical and non-medical, in who they are, either as a homosexual or a transgender an effort to change an individuals’ sexual orientation individual, is becoming more accepted by society. Children are reasonably subjected from homosexual to heterosexto their parent’s mercy — whatual. In this sense, individuals ever they say, goes. Therefore, if are taught that their sexual “Simply put, conversion a child realizes they are attractorientation is wrong, and that therapy is psychological ed to the same sex or were born they should reject who they are abuse in its purest form.” in the wrong body, their parents and embrace a heterosexual or have full reign over forcing cis-gender identity. them to “change.” When homosexuality was The fatal flaw with conversion therapy is that it can first recognized on a national scale, it was perceived as a disease or affliction. Society has evolved so immea- be administered by almost anyone who proclaims surably since that point, thus making the sheer fact they have the ability to change someone. However, that conversion therapies are still considered appro- religious leaders, therapists and psychiatrists are the priate, inconceivable. It is archaic to think that sexual most common outlets for receiving such treatment. orientation is as simple of a choice as wearing yellow Yet, as expected, conversion therapy has been disprovsocks on Tuesday. Sexual orientation cannot be “taken en as an effective practice and is not medically corroborated. Therefore, an additional step that can be taken off” or transformed through treatment. Gay and transgender teens are already placed in a is making it more difficult for people to find and afford difficult situation. While society is moving toward ac- conversion therapy. Such practices should not be fedceptance and in many instances has proven to be very erally subsidized by public health insurance, Medicare supportive, there are still hordes of individuals and or Medicaid. Conversion therapy cannot be used as a organizations who disagree. Therefore, an individual recovery service like Alcoholics Anonymous, because that is coming out or deciding to show the world their being gay or transgender is not a disease. Individuals true colors, instead of hiding behind closed doors, is cannot change their sexual orientation on a whim and already facing stigma. Oftentimes, their families are should not be subjected to such detrimental treatment. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 147th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.
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On blaxploitation, sensationalist headlines as clickbait FRONTLINE YVANNA SAINT-FORT
erguson. Staten Island. Chicago. Since August 2014, America’s relationship with black people has been contentious, to say the least. The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner sparked a cataclysmic awakening of the mind for the entire nation. Everyone was alerted to the fact that more than “a couple” black people are dying unjustly as a result of police action. As President Obama said in his speech after the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced, “... Communities of color aren’t just making these problems up.” But were black people dying at such an alarming rate at the hands of police officers all along, and no one noticed? Or has there been an uptick of in such deaths? As expected, headlines reading “black man fatally shot by white cop,” surface more than once a week. And at the start of the phenomenon it made sense. Such headlines and news reports made it clear that the abundance of claims concerning law enforcement officers targeting black individuals were not myths. This is happening, and media organizations are capitalizing on it, fostering the perfect environment for a revival of Blaxploitation. As a portmanteau of black and exploitation, Blaxploitation is essentially media
created specifically for the purpose of appealing to black people. The term was originally applied to a film genre that emerged in the 1970s. In this sense movies and films under this genre were designed to target black audiences. They used funk, soul or jazz music to please “urban black audiences.” The Coalition Against Blaxploitation was formed though a conglomeration of predominantly black organizations coming together with the express goal of putting an end to the genre. Their actions came to fruition. Additionally, from
without a doubt. But considering the social climate that currently exists within the nation, headline blaxploitation may be necessary, there is no wrong or right. It’s difficult to tell if the elimination of such sensationalism would yield a more accurate depiction of events. If the race of the victim and the shooter are not explicitly mentioned in the headline then there will be backlash. Whatever media publication that releases the article, they will be accused of burying the story, avoiding the real issue or unfairly putting race on the backburner. Yet if race
“The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner sparked a cataclysmic awakening of the mind for the entire nation. Everyone was alerted to the fact that more than ‘a couple’ black people are dying unjustly as a result of police action.” the movement emerged a group of black film directors such as Spike Lee and John Singleton, who were able to portray black people in an accurate light. Media usage of blaxploitation makes sense, audiences are targeted based on their demographics everyday. Even so, media organizations need to move past using race as clickbait and only employ such identifiers when explicitly necessary. In 2012 headlines that are racially explicit would have been considered sensationalist
is mentioned, a publication will be similarly scrutinized for exploiting the present plight of black people in America. Regardless of how they are worded, headlines feed on what the masses interpret the situation as and vice versa. However the interpretation of these instances are so disparate it’s impossible and inappropriate to attempt to appease each audience. On the one side, with each case comes the mentality that, “this is the one.” That this case, with inconclusive video, or this case with dozens
Energy saving scam targets U. students 149 of electric. That is 65 times more usage of gas and 12 times more usage of electricity. VAISHALI GAUBA Both PSE&G and IDT refuse to recheck the meter, offer decent customer service or give us a breakup of these last five months. The y roommate and I occupy two sinonly breakup they offer is a 6-month installgle bedrooms in our apartment ment to pay off the outrageous amount. on Hamilton Street. Toward the As for cancellation, nothing is immediate. end of September, my roommate was comThe contract with IDT will only be termipelled by a company called IDT Energy to nated after one more electric cycle and two sign up for its “money-saving” electricity and more gas billing cycles. gas supplying service. The problem — there We had been juggled enough between the is no money saving. hands of these two companies, so I decided Before enrolling in this plan, our electric to pen down my frustration in an email to and gas bill was $50.35 for August, $57.67 IDT and have agreed to offer us an for September and $53.53 for Octo“account investigation.” My roomber. This is when PSE&G was supand I are not the only targets plying and delivering our electricity “My roommate and I are not the only mate of this egregious scam. IDT’s reand gas. Two weeks ago, my roomtargets of this egregious scam. IDT’s review view page is filled with angry cusmate received her biggest shock, carefully sealed in an envelope — page is filled with angry customers voicing tomers voicing similar complaints. Students at Rutgers too have been an electric and gas bill of $1441.70. similar complaints.” the target of such swindling. If you look up IDT energy, the I do not know the ultimate outsecond suggestion Google offers is come of this scam. In the end it “IDT energy scam.” In retrospect I wish we would have known this, but being — did they mention its variability in prices. might burn a deep hole in our pockets, but a college student, especially an internation- Another pitfall is that while PSE&G says the it is important that more and more students al student who pays $15,000 more in tuition bill has accumulated for the past five months know about this so IDT, or any such fraudthan in-state students, the words “money (still impossible) since we weren’t letting the ulent company, doesn’t continue to screw saving” were as appealing as “free food” is to meter-reading guy in, IDT says the bill is for over college students just because we are easy prey to catch. the past month (absolutely impossible). any broke University student. Two people, who weren’t in the house for Without any written contract, my roomVaishali Gauba is a Rutgers Business School mate was asked to provide her details to a month between December and January as someone on the phone who narrated the well as a week in March, cannot use 912 units junior double majoring in business manageterms of the contract in a jargon that a col- of gas and 1903 units of electricity, compared ment and journalism and media studies. She lege student with zero to little knowledge to 14 estimated units of gas in February and is a former News Editor at The Daily Targum.
about how these bills work, may not necessarily understand. “Throughout the year, as electric and natural gas rates rise and fall, IDT Energy scours the wholesale energy markets seeking the best rates,” is what its website reads. Translation: we increase our rates for electric and gas every month. Between December and March, its rate for electricity increased from 0.5564 to 0.7383, and gas from 0.1231 to 0.1387. Thanks to just this increase, our bill was $200 more than what it would have been if the rates were stable. Nowhere on the website, the bill or the contract — that took place over the phone
of witnesses or this case with undeniable evidence will be the one to get the police officer that’s in the wrong convicted for their actions. Another interpretation however is that each of these individuals likely did something wrong and inconclusively contributed to their own demise. But this argument, the one that alleges that the police for a justified reason shot an individual or that they caused their own death is so incredibly nonsensical, it’s absurd. Regardless of whether or not an individual committed a crime does not mean they deserved to die. Thousands on thousands of individuals are apprehended for wrongdoing without being fatally shot, proving that less violent outcomes are an attainable reality. Still more audiences see these shootings as unfortunate but feel as though race does not need to be explicitly mentioned. Despite the necessity for brevity and clarity in headlines, race should not be used to increase clickbait. Yes, it’s impossible to ignore race when so many of the same instances occur disproportionally and have a negative effect one racial group. However, continuing to exploit a marginalized group of individuals after an injustice has occurred is unequivocally flagrant. Yvanna Saint-Fort is a School of Arts and Sciences junior double majoring in journalism and media studies and political science. She is the Opinions Editor at The Daily Targum.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Gov. Pence, bigoted actions, speech prove you are bigoted Using the term “religious freedom” in the title of your Bill is an Or wellian attempt to fool Americans into believing that this is a wholesome reaffirmation of one of the pillars of our Constitution. We have the Bill of Rights. Most, if not all, attempts to “redefine and restate” this wonderful document are thinly veiled attempts to circumvent the ver y freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. As ratified by the U.S. Congress in 1791, Article 3 of the Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Do we really need to rework this? Particularly during this Easter season, Gov. Pence, seek the help and guidance to love thy neighbor, as this is the basis of your professed religion, is it not? Or simply re-read the Bill of Rights and stop insulting us. Steven E. Keller, Ph.D. is the Research Director of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School.
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Knights seek bragging rights over Pirates in non-conference clash in South Orange
Rutgers looks to rebound after scoring only seven runs in past three games
CONTINUED FROM BACK Whitley feels that the exposure to an elite team like Michigan can only make Rutgers grow as the season progresses. “After playing a team like Michigan, we are definitely ready to play a team like Seton Hall, as well as Villanova,” Whitley said. “We are ready to come after them.” Nelson echoed that, describing Michigan as a “different animal” when compared to the Pirates.
That experience, coupled with the familiarity of playing against an in-state rival for so many prior years, is why Landrith agrees. “We have played Seton Hall quite a few times,” Landrith said. “We know what to expect against them. I think this just lights a fire in us to go out and win this week. We always want to come out there and get a ‘W’ against Seton Hall.” For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
CONTINUED FROM BACK “The biggest thing we need to work on is executing,” D’Annunzio said. “(In the game Sunday against Indiana), we needed to get two bunts down that we didn’t. We have to score a runner when we have the bases loaded in the second (inning) and runners on almost every other inning. We have to get runners in with less than two outs and getting that big hit. We just have to keep
working hard, play solid defense. Our pitching is starting to come around and our offense just has to pick them up all the time.” While most weeks Rutgers would have the chance to practice before their midweek game, the NCAA forces college baseball teams to have one day off in a seven-day schedule. The Knights had Monday off before their two midweek games, but Litterio said the squad needed to sharpen up on a few things in
the games Tuesday and Wednesday before playing the Spartans this weekend. “We have to have our off day on Monday due to NCAA regulations,” Litterio said. “Heading into the midweek, it’s the same as last week going into the midweek. We have to be able to — and we did it at Fordham last Wednesday — score the runners when he have the bases loaded. We have to start scoring runners and that’s the bottom line. We have to play unselfish baseball, execute and get the runs in that the defense is giving us.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow @TylerKaralewich and @TargumSports on Twitter.
After getting swept by No. 4 Michigan in three games, Rutgers and senior left-hander Alyssa Landrith return to action at Seton Hall. COLIN PIETERS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Senior left fielder Vinny Zarrillo hopes the midweek non-conference clashes will help the Knights get back to basics. Zarrillo leads Rutgers in hits with 41. EDWIN GANO / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
April 14, 2015 FOOTBALL CARLTON AGUDOSI TALLIED JUST FIVE CATCHES FOR 32 YARDS IN 13 GAMES LAST YEAR
Rutgers wide receiver works to crack rotation in 2015 KEVIN XAVIER ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The Rutgers football team will head into the 2015 season with a mixed bag of pass catchers. Although the wideouts are headlined by a proven commodity in a First Team All-Big Ten selection, the remaining collection in the receiving corps remains filled with question marks. After Saturday’s first practice on the playing surface
where the games will take place in the fall, head coach Kyle Flood drew a few positives and note some negatives. “We’re making progress,” Flood said. “Those guys are working really hard. We just gotta continue to build on the reps that we’re getting and we got seven more practices to do it.” Junior wideout Carlton Agudosi hopes to change that punctuation into an exclamation point –– and he didn’t hurt his cause
Junior wide receiver Carlton Agudosi heads up the field after hauling in a pass on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / MANAGING EDITOR
in Saturday’s scrimmage at High Point Solutions Stadium. During the two-minute drill, Agudosi made a spectacular play with a post route on course for the block “R” painted in the turf at midfield. Sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano’s pass was slightly off-target, two yards behind the galloping Agudosi. “Dose” –– as he’s known by teammates and coaches –– reached back with his right arm in full extension to snare the throw from the air, corralling the ball to his body before falling to the ground just short of the fifty-yard stripe. The catch drew gasps from on-lookers, but flashy plays in practice are not uncommon for Agudosi. The real question everyone is asking regards whether or not No. 13 can make the same plays when it matters most –– on Saturdays in the fall. “With all those guys, it’s about consistency,” Flood said. “Carlton (Agudosi) makes a spectacular catch to keep the two-minute drill alive. Isaiah Johnson makes an interception return for a touchdown. … Those things are exciting.” The split end from Somerset agreed with his coach’s sentiments. “There’s been times where I had a good start, but a bad finish,” Agudosi said. “So I just wanna keep it focused and keep it steady.” Primarily a red zone target in 2014 due to his size, Agudosi definitely has the frame NFL coaches covet. Standing at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, the receiver’s wingspan extends his catch radius beyond the reach of most cornerbacks
in the Big Ten. But after a 2014 season where he had only five receptions for 32 yards despite playing in all 13 games, Flood is looking for Agudosi to increase his impact. “Somebody like Carlton (Agudosi) can be a big weapon for us if he does all those (little) things,” Flood said. After packing on an extra 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, Agudosi thinks the added strength will assist him in making tough catches in traffic. “I gained 10 pounds, up to 220,” Agudosi said. “It’s got me more explosive and faster and more comfortable with my body, so it definitely helped.” Agudosi recognizes the most important aspect of his game is focus, and the junior seeks to clear the clutter from his mind in order to execute. “I think I’ve improved a lot,” Agudosi said. “It was just –– my mind would be in a thousand places. ‘What’s the play? Do I know what I’m doing? Do I know the assignment?’ I wasn’t really focused on just playing football. Knowing the offense and being more comfortable allows me to just go out there and play.” Junior Andre Patton, slotted No. 2 on the depth chart for wide receivers, showed potential last season with 20 catches for 223 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights. As it stands on the spring depth chart for now, Patton will lineup opposite of last year’s leading receiver, senior Leonte Carroo. Arguably the best pass-catching talent on the banks since Mohammed Sanu — now starring on Sundays for the Cincinnati Bengals — Carroo garnered national attention with a top-flight season last fall. He finished second in the Big Ten and sixth in school history with 1,086 receiving yards, leading the nation with 19.7 yards per catch. His 10 touchdowns in 2014 tied a school record held by New Orleans Saints receiver Brandon Coleman and tight end Marco Battaglia, a former second round selection by the Bengals in the 1996 NFL Draft. Carroo captured the hearts of Knights fans last spring when he announced his decision to return to Rutgers for his final season of eligibility, foregoing the NFL Draft,
where he was projected as a likely pick in the first three rounds. Since arriving to spring camp, Carroo has taken a strictly business approach — and the leadership shows in his criticism. “You know we gotta fix the details that we’re lacking right now,” Carroo said. “Too many penalties out here for the first day (of scrimmaging at High Point Solutions Stadium). We just gotta execute better and finish.” According to the spring depth chart, junior John Tsimis projects to line up in the slot for sets that call for the Knights to spread the defensive with three- or four-wide. Janarion Grant will also see time at wide receiver, but the junior’s role remains undefined as the Trilby, Florida, native continues to sit out the remainder of the spring due to a lower body injury. Grant is expected to return healthy in time for summer camp and the Rutgers coaching staff will look to expand the 5-foot-11 175-pounder’s role in the offensive after spreading his talents across the skill positions last season. In 2014, he finished second in receptions behind Carroo, compiling 25 catches as a wide receiver. Past his position on the offense, he proved vital to the special teams unit with 910 kick return yards, good enough for second-best in a single season in program history. With Carroo, Patton, Tsimis listed as the top three on the spring depth chart and Grant awaiting his return to the field come training camp in August, Agudosi clearly still has some climbing to do. But he appears to have the right mindset to make a push for playing time in sets outside the red zone. “Just keeping my focus — I feel like I keep saying that, but it’s really a big deal,” Agudosi said. “The second you lose focus on a play, that’s when mistakes happen so I’m trust tr ying to stay focused ever y day and on ever y play to show my coaches they can count on me. I just have to take it day-by-day and keep working hard because you don’t win spots in April.” For updates on the Rutgers football team follow @KevinPXavier and @TargumSports on Twitter.
Returning to Rutgers for his senior season, Leonte Carro leads the receiving corps for the Knights in experience and by action. EDWIN GANO / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
April 14, 2015 WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Junior hurdler Kaprice James preaches the need for positivity and camaraderie to achieve success in the outdoor season. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / MANAGING EDITOR / MARCH 2015
Knights credit unity as key to prosperity KAYLEE POFAHL STAFF WRITER
There is a distinct difference between a team and 33 individuals. The Rutgers women’s track and field team has reached the same conclusion, realizing that individual performances cannot equate to overall team success without one key factor: unity. For the Scarlet Knights, the bonds were there, however, the carr y over into competitions was not. The close, supportive team dynamic had always played a role in motivating Rutgers on the track in practice and competitions. The Knights just needed to comprehend the idea that more could be harnessed from their bonds. “We’re more family-oriented. The coaches act almost like our parents in a way and all the teammates are more like siblings,” said freshman sprinter Bria Saunders. “We all want to do better for ourselves and also (for) each other, so when we go out there we run for ourselves but we’re also running for everyone else.” The necessity for team unity became particularly evident for Rutgers at its most recent meet when the team traveled to Williamsburg for the Colonial Relays on April 3. The Knights ventured down to Virginia with big shoes to fill. Rutgers captured the Colonial Relays title for the previous two consecutive years — the only team to do so in the event’s 50-year history. On the other hand, the hopes of a three-peat were shattered after the first day of competition. The Knights struggled to get on the board and capture top-10 finishes amid the 58 college teams and 2,100 athletes competing. Rutgers rallied after the conclusion of the first day and discussed the pressing need to come together in gearing up for the second day. The contrast of performances between each day could give reason to question whether it was the same team competing while donning a black shirt with a block “R.” An answer came when the Knights posted four top-five finishes, two season-bests and an ECAC qualifying time in relay
events. All credit for the change in performances can be given to Rutgers’ ability to unify and come together as a team. Head coach James Robinson feels that the two days at the Colonial Relays are a prime display that collective individual intensity with a team focus will be the key in yielding all-around successful results. “I think it showed that if everyone focuses and brings their A-game at the same time, then we have the opportunity to be a good team, so it gives them kind of a glimpse into the future of the season,” Robinson said. “When they really bring their best game to the table, they can do good things and that’s really the best take away from it.” The Knights are constantly working to strengthen the bonds they’ve forged as a team — those bonds have not just carried over onto the competition field prior to their last match up. As championship meets inch closer and closer, the team hopes to use strong unity to improve upon what has already been a strong star t to the 2015 season. “We just want to be more positive about ever ything,” said junior hurdler Kaprice James. “As a team, we just have to get together and work together more.” Unified team support paired with improved performances prompts positive mentalities among the team. Rutgers is innately aware of the power that one’s mindset can have on the track. Motivated by a team dynamic of unity, support and enthusiasm, the family that the Knights have created remains eager to tackle their next competition with a fiery zeal for success. “I think the fact that our team’s so close knit really impacts all of our mentalities,” Saunders said. “You go out there and you want to represent your teammates well, you want to represent the school well yourself, so the fact that we’re so close motivates us to do better.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I just have to take it day-by-day and keep working hard because you don’t win spots in April.” - Junior wide receiver Carlton Agudosi
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Knights seek offense in midweek matchup TYLER KARALEWICH CORRESPONDENT
When the Rutgers baseball team arrived in Bloomington, Ind., over the weekend, it came with the idea that it wanted to continue its stretch of timely hitting, clean defense and effective pitching. After a sweep at the hands of Indiana — losing by tallies of 4-3, 6-0 and 5-4 — the consensus from head coach Joe Litterio and the Scarlet Knights was that the hitting needed to improve. The recovery for the offense starts with the slate of two midweek games this week. The Knights (11-23, 5-7) play Lafayette (7-18, 5-7) on Tuesday in Easton, Pennsylvania, on the road before a slate of six straight, starting with Columbia on Wednesday at Bainton Field. Senior left fielder Vinny Zarrillo thinks the pair of midweek games will help to calm things down for Rutgers so that they can get back to baseball’s fundamentals. The details are highlighted by having effective pitching, good defense and aggressive offense. “We just need to get back to the basics,” Zarrillo said. “We need to play good defense, continue pitching well, getting runners in scoring position and then driving them in. We are looking forward to getting these next couple of midweek games to gain some momentum before we go into our home series this upcoming weekend against Michigan State.” When the Knights matched up with the Hoosiers on Sunday, they committed three errors and failed to support the starting pitching of sophomore right-hander Gaby Rosa. Rosa pitched five innings and allowed only two earned runs on eight hits. Senior first baseman Joe D’Annunzio said that the starting pitching this season has been on the rise and consistent of late, but the offense has failed to support them. Senior first baseman Joe D’Annunzio believes that the Knights’ offense has to step up and match the consistency of the starting pitching for Rutgers. He has started all 34 games for the team this season. LUO ZHENGCHEN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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brought the Knights back down to earth, this week’s games present the opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Rutgers’ head coach says that star ts with getting back on track against the Pirates (17-20). “We have to turn the page and start another win streak,” Nelson said. “We need to go back to doing what we do. This rivalry gives both teams incentive to do well and it’s always a battle between the two.” After starting the season red-hot with five straight wins, the Pirates lost all momentum, winning only six of their next 24 games. But they have responded well to the adversity.
Tuesday brings the chance for bragging rights, a chance to showoff to local recruits and a chance for Jay Nelson to earn a win over the program he once coached as an assistant. After sweeping Seton Hall last season in both games, the Rutgers softball team looks to keep the trend going by getting a much-needed rebound victory. The Scarlet Knights (20-12) have won the last eight games between the two dating back to the 2009 season and lead the all-time series, 45-21. After shellacking in a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 4 Michigan this past weekend
Utility player Yasmin Harrell and infielder Alexis Walkden led the team at the plate batting .369 and .350, respectively. Offense has carried the Pirates to this point in the season, as the pitching staff sports a gaudy 5.03 earned run average. After committing countless errors and suffering untimely mental lapses over the weekend, it’s no secret that Rutgers needs to polish things up. After scratching just three runs across the plate in three games against the Wolverines — two of which they were shutout — the Knights desperately needed a day to regather themselves at the plate.
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senior midfielder, set a pair of career-highs for goals (17) in a season and groundballs (25) in a season after his goal in Sunday night’s 9-8 loss at home to No. 3 Maryland at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Alyssa Landrith thinks having Monday off came at the right time. “I think we are going to come out red-hot like always,” the senior said. “I think the day of rest is really important for recovery because our schedule gets crazy.” With seven games in the next week, the pressure only continues to mount. With Landrith tossing twice this past weekend, junior right-hander Dresden Maddox or sophomore right-hander Shayla Sweeney could receive more time from the circle against Seton Hall. Junior third baseman Jordan SEE RIVAL ON PAGE 13
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