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The Rutgers baseball team hosts South Florida this weekend in a three-game series with pole position in the Big East and head coach Fred Hill Sr.’s 1,000th career win at stake.

Brothers take escape stunt to U. streets

Congressional race kicks off in 12th district

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With his red fedora outstretched to the crowd, Griffin Hennelly encouraged students to drop in spare dollars as his older brother, Austin Hennelly, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, stood with his arms strapped tightly to his body by a straightjacket. “We sort of started it for the hell of it,” Austin Hennelly said. “[My brother] was coming down to visit me and brought a straightjacket.” A spur of the moment trip turned into a plan to take the act to University streets Wednesday on Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus when the brothers realized they needed enough money for Griffin Hennelly, a first-year student at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting School in New York, to return home. “The straightjacket gets the most visceral reaction from the crowd because it’s associated with such great stuff in the past,” he said. “Mental patients first off and, of course, Harry Houdini. This is a big feeling. It’s better than just shackles.”

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Griffin Hennelly asks people on the College Avenue campus for money Wednesday to shave off the time his brother, Austin, has to break from the straightjacket for their improptu act.

Although primary elections take place in June, potential candidates in the 12th district of New Jersey are already turning up the heat for November’s congressional election. Investment banker Scott Sipprelle, a Republican, is set on unseating incumbent Democrat Rep. Rush Holt for the congressional seat of the district. Sipprelle, who announced his candidacy in January, plans to focus most on job creation, tax reform and controlling government spending if elected into the position, said Chris Russell, spokesman for Sipprelle. “The professional politicians like Rush Holt … are part of the problem and not part of the solution,” Russell said. “Someone like [Sipprelle] who comes from the private sector and is a successful businessman has created jobs in his own right. The Princeton resident is founder of Westland Ventures, a lead investor in The Bank of Princeton, according to Sipprelle’s campaign Web site. The Bank today employs

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Father, daughter to race for AIDS charity support PERSON OF THE WEEK BY DEVIN SIKORSKI ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Ramona Belfiore is like many college students. The 22-year-old loves writing poetry, being outdoors and spending time with her family. But unlike most, she is HIV positive. Belfiore, a native of Romania, was born ver y ill and needed a blood transfusion when she was only a few weeks old. This

was where she contracted the HIV virus. “Romania didn’t have enough money to buy new needles, so they used the same ones over and over again on the same child,” she said. “So, when one kid got it, the rest of the kids got it.” Belfiore, a junior at Drew University, said the former Romanian dictator Nicolae

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Ceausescu isolated children who contracted the virus in orphanages to keep their families from becoming sick. “Ceausescu said a child that was sick needed to stay in the hospital because they were too sick to be home with the family,” she said. Belfiore said her mother in Romania was put in a tough

position because of the 1992 revolution that overtook the country. “I’m assuming my mother just left me in the hospital because she had nine other kids to take care of at the time,” she said. “They were under a lot of stress and a lot of her farm animals had died. So they left me there because I guess they assumed I was going to die anyway.”

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RUSA endorses two education programs

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BY COLLEEN ROACHE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

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University seniors Heather Kralewski, left, and Avonie Parchment participate in a book drive with Sigma Delta Tau and the Rutgers English Honors Society Wednesday at the Douglass Campus Center.

The Rutgers University Student Assembly may have held its final meeting last night before the new Executive Board takes over, but the decisions members of student government made could mean a new beginning for thousands of disadvantaged students throughout the state. RUSA members passed two resolutions — one to suppor t the adoption of an in-state tuition act at the University and the other to support the Educational Opportunity Fund program. Latino Student Council Political Chair Braulio Salas, who authored the resolution, was elated to see it pass. Under the in-state tuition resolution, RUSA agreed to endorse and support all N.J. students’ pursuit of higher level education regardless of citizenship status. “It’s a really important day,” said Salas, a School of Arts and Sciences

junior. “I don’t think they understand how big of a deal this is. … We’ve been fighting for a really long time.” Though Salas has marched in support of the issue and spoken before the Board of Governors, he said having the support of RUSA will give further credence to the idea that an in-state tuition act is something students want, a message he hopes gets to University President Richard L. McCormick someday. An in-state tuition act would allow any student who attended a New Jersey high school for at least three years and received a high school diploma or GED to pay in-state tuition rates. Such an action has been proposed in the New Jersey legislature and in Congress, but neither was enacted. As of now, undocumented students must pay out-ofstate rates. “If it can’t get passed on the federal level, and it can’t get passed

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INDEX UNIVERSITY Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott brings his world experiences to a poetry reading.

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NEW BUSINESS BUILDING TO OPEN IN 2013 The University’s Board of Governors approved the construction of a new business facility yesterday on Livingston campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in late spring 2011, and the building will be ready for occupation in the fall semester of 2013, according to a University Media Relations press release. The project will cost $85 million and will partially be funded by the largest private donation in University history — $10 million from a donor who wished to remain anonymous. Revenue from increased enrollment in the Rutgers Business School will fund the rest of the balance, according to the release. “Over the next several years, we anticipate that enrollment in the Rutgers Business School will increase from the current level of 1,900 students to 3,200 undergraduates,” said University President Richard L. McCormick in the release. The plans for the building include 156,000 square feet of classrooms, lecture halls, instructional labs, meeting spaces, student lounges, faculty offices, a business library and a trading floor, according to the press release. — Aleksi Tzatzev

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Whether they came for the complimentar y breakfast, a primer on the news industry or both, University students had the opportunity to learn more about the world of journalism Wednesday morning in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. A panel made up of four journalists from print, electronic and broadcast media took part in the hour-long question-and-answer segment, sponsored by members of the New Jersey chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. This was the first time the Todd Hunt Chapter of the society hosted the event at the University. The panelists said objectivity is a major concern when it comes to news reporting, and both sides of a story should be told but agreed that truth and accuracy are more important. “To me, the working definition that I like to use is that investigative reporting is about getting to the truth. It’s about reporting the truth,” News 12 reporter Walt Kane said. “If you just tell both sides and give each side equal weight, then the implication [is] that the truth is somewhere in the middle.” When asked about the impact of today’s age of fast information

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Professionals in print, electronic and broadcast media give insight Wednesday into the journalism industry, saying remaining objective is one of the top priorities in news reporting. on how news is reported, the panelists stated different views. Jolie Solomon, a blogger for CBS Money Watch, said the fast transit of information could hurt a company or individual’s reputation almost immediately. “New media really has changed this thing called ‘reputation management,’” Solomon said. “Your reputation used to be something you would build in the long term … but now it’s this wild ricocheting thing that could be gone tomorrow.”

There would also be use of the social media outlets, such as releasing an of ficial statement via Twitter or some sor t of video on YouTube. These dif ferent avenues can sometimes let an individual get out in front of a stor y before receiving too much negative press, said Mike Smith, a super vising writer for “Fox & Friends” at Fox News. After panelists responded to several preformatted questions, students stepped before

the panel with inquiries of their own. Many students asked questions about recent news events, like a new Nike commercial that features the voice of Tiger Woods’ deceased father. “The reaction was really split, as some people felt the commercial was creepy, and with others it resonated,” Associated Press reporter Dave Porter said. “It was one day that was not focused on how many women Tiger had slept with.”

Nobel Prize winner’s visit takes U. around world BY LIV REN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Banks of the Raritan got a taste of Caribbean literature as poet Derek Walcott read from his latest collection of poems. Hundreds packed the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus Wednesday night to hear Nobel Prize winner Walcott deliver selections from his collection “White Egrets,” published this year. Speaking as par t of the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, Walcott’s visit to the University was an amazing oppor tunity, said Yolanda Mar tinez, a professor in the Depar tment of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. “The idea to invite Derek Walcott to par ticipate in the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series was a tribute to creativity and imagination, [an idea] that seemed like an almost impossible dream,” Martinez said. Mar tinez introduced Walcott as a poet, playwright and visual ar tist from St. Lucia, one of the many islands in the creolized archipelago of the Caribbean. “To change your language, you must change your life,” she said, quoting Walcott’s poem “Codicil.” The selections from “White Egrets” took audience members on a journey through the places and moments that Walcott experienced, from his native Caribbean to Italy, Spain, England, the Netherlands and the United States, as he reflects on nature, past love, the passing of time and mortality.

Walcott emphasized the themes of history, language and politics in his poetry. One poem related to an incident he had coming out of the New York City subway to find the streets completely empty because of a nuclear drill during the Cold War. Walcott also read his poem, “Forty Acres,” commissioned after President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election victory. The famed poet also offered advice to young writers in the audience, telling them to respect

their teachers and learn from what they have to say. “I teach, so I find joy in finding talent in young people,” Walcott said. “Teachers are selfless people, so students need to have a sense of hierarchy.” Walcott’s reading was the culminating event for the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series this academic year, and his voice as a culturally aware artist was the perfect way to end the year, said English Professor Carolyn Williams, director of the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series.

Williams said the program aims to get six to eight first-rate writers to speak at the University ever y year. In addition to Walcott, this year, the series featured readings from Adrienne Rich, Miguel Algarin and Temple Grandin. Williams said the series is already being planned for next year, providing students with even more opportunities to experience diverse writers. “There will be many more poets, an evening to celebrate the

fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and Michael Pollan, a scientific food journalist, are some highlights,” she said. Genesis Mendoza, a School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student, said she enjoyed Walcott’s readings and found it inspiring. “I was happy that [Derek Walcott] came here,” Mendoza said. “His experiences and culture show in his work, which inspires people who came from the Caribbean, like me.”

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Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott reads parts of his collection of poems, “White Egrets,” as part of the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series Wednesday night at the Rutgers Student Center. Walcott’s poems encompass themes of history, language and politics.


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for EOF, a program from which he benefits personally. Saleh, author of the resolutrims $3.6M in EOF funding tion, said he wanted RUSA’s action to complement a lettercontinued from front writing campaign that is already going on among EOF students, on the state level, we can still who are protesting a $3.6 million do it here as students,” Salas cut to the program in Gov. Chris said. “[The act would acknowlChristie’s proposed budget. edge] that there’s an issue “This is a time when the stuwithin our universities that is dent body should support the creating an underclass of citiEOF students,” Saleh, a School of zens and preventing students Arts and Sciences junior, said. from getting the education “We are the most disadvantaged they deser ve.” students. We don’t have the finanRUSA Legislative Af fairs cial means to go to college. If Chair John Aspray, was also these funds get glad that memcut, some stubers of student dents may not be government gave “This is a time able to attend coltheir support. when the student lege next year.” “These people Saleh said the who are already body should EOF program prodisadvantaged in support the vides, in addition having to pay for to funding, lifeeducation are furEOF students.” long friendships, ther disadvanYOUSEF SALEH academic counseltaged by these dising and pre-colcriminatory RUSA VIce Chair lege training for rates,” Aspray, a students. He School of Arts and hopes RUSA’s efforts will help Sciences junior, said. “I believe convince state legislators to the issue of undocumented peomaintain level funding for the ple is actually a civil rights strugprogram which provided him a gle of our era, and discriminatory number of opportunities. access to education is a problem “I get money from the taxpaythat we need to solve.” ers of New Jersey, so I’m trying to Yousef Saleh, RUSA vice give back to the community,” he chair, said it is also important for said. “That’s really my motivation.” student government to advocate

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School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Joseph Pottackal plays guitar at the Rutgers Bioethics Society benefit concert Wednesday at The Cove in the Busch Campus Center to raise awareness about the various stigmas associated with people who have HIV or AIDS.

CHARITY: Proceeds to benefit kids AIDS foundation continued from front Susan and William Belfiore, who live in Princeton, were watching primetime news one evening and were shocked by what they saw. When they saw the terrible situation Romanian children were in, Ramona Belfiore’s struggle as a child with HIV gained hope. “[We saw] the situation with the children in Romania, and it was hor rific,” Susan Belfiore said. Susan Belfiore, after listening to the broadcast, asked her husband if she should go. William Belfiore said she should, and Susan Belfiore felt she met the criteria for helping the children in the orphanage. “[Volunteers] need to be flexible, need to be willing to put up with hard situations and willing to cry a lot,” she said. With her husband agreeing she should go to Romania, Susan Belfiore left the United States in 1992, hoping to help the sick children. “She volunteered to go there and work for six months as sort of a mother, and she was in charge of four children,” William Belfiore said. “Well, she fell in love with them, and I would travel back and forth every couple months to see her and the children.” William Belfiore said his wife lived with the HIV-positive children in the orphanage for almost two years and wanted to adopt them. “So, in July of 1992, they came home to the United States,” William Belfiore said. “After 21 years of marriage, we now had four children.” Ramona Belfiore said originally, there were five children Susan Belfiore wanted to adopt. “About a year and half later, she adopted only four of us,” she said. “The fifth found out he wasn’t HIV positive and was able to go home.” In 1992, William and Susan Belfiore along with Ramona, adopted two other daughters, Mihaela and Loredana, as well as a son, Ionel. Every child contracted the HIV virus while in Romania, William Belfiore said. Ramona Belfiore said later in her life, she found out she had a rare type of the HIV virus.

“I only have 25 copies [viral load] in my body and I’ve never gone above 100 copies. I don’t take any medications, only vitamins,” she said. “We’ve all been ver y blessed with ver y healthy lives.” Susan Belfiore said Ramona handles the HIV virus extremely well and does not shy away from speaking about it. She said when Ramona was younger, a fellow student approached her and would not shake her hand because of the virus. “[Ramona] said, ‘Did you not listen in health class?’ She has that way of being out there and being a leader in our family as far as we are concerned,” Susan Belfiore said. Although Ramona Belfiore lives with HIV, she said this does not stop her from enjoying everything in life, especially poetry. “I live it and breathe it. It’s just my thing. When I’m really anxious or upset, it’s just something

“I think it’s a great father-daughter thing. It’s for a good cause, and it’s a special time for them.” SUSAN BELFIORE where I can get my words out, and there are no rules with it,” she said. “So no one can tell me it’s not a poem because it doesn’t rhyme. It’s what I say and what I want to do.” She also enjoys being outdoors and breathing in the fresh air she feels blessed to experience. “Ever since I was little, my mom always says she can’t get me out of trees,” she said. “I’m always climbing and scraping my knees. I just like being outside.” Ramona Belfiore will have this chance coming up this Sunday, when she and her father will par ticipate in the inaugural Unite Half Marathon at the University. CGI Racing Director Michele Redrow, the sponsor of the Unite Half Marathon, said it is a chance to bring a healthy and fit lifestyle to a University atmosphere. The half-marathon of fers the chance for many charities to raise funds for their cause, especially for William and Ramona Belfiore.

“They are in the race together, and it’s really to bring awareness to [their charity],” she said. “These two have come this far along, and it’s just phenomenal that the father and daughter will be racing and finishing it together.” CGI Spokeswoman Juliana Delany said she is excited to have both William and Ramona Belfiore participate in the half-marathon. “It’s just a really great success story where [William and Susan] took on the responsibility only a few people would take on,” she said. “Now all their kids are in high school and college and are doing very well.” Ramona Belfiore said she did not see much of her father growing up because of his rigorous work schedule. “He would go to work at five o’clock in the morning and come home late at night,” she said. “I’ve been tr ying to connect more with him and hang out with him more.” William Belfiore ser ves as a board member for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which is the charity he and his daughter will be r unning for. He said when Ramona found out, she could not wait to participate. “She’s got the biggest heart and I thoroughly enjoy being with her,” he said. “When she heard I was going to be running, she said ‘I want to do that!’” Ramona Belfiore said although she is excited for the half-marathon, she does have her limits. “I don’t like to move very much because I’m a college student and 13 miles is a lot for me,” she said. “But I’m ver y excited especially because I get to do it with my dad. It’s going to be fun.” Susan Belfiore said even though she is not running in the half-marathon, she loves the idea of it because it gives her husband and daughter time to spend together. “I think it’s a great fatherdaughter thing. It’s for a good cause, and it’s a special time for them,” she said. Susan Belfiore added she loves all her children and said Ramona is one of the greatest people she knows. “It was one of those things that was just meant to be,” she said. “She is spicy, a really nice girl, extremely loving and I’m just so happy she’s mine.”


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The last kicker chosen was Iman Abdelhady, an Ocean College student visiting hope to develop, lengthen acts County University friends. “I feel quite disappointed that continued from front I didn’t get to kick the man in the The unusual sight of a man nuts, but he was out of the wriggling to free himself attractstraightjacket in less than 39 seced more than 100 students chantonds. He did it,” Abdelhady said. ing and clapping to a countdown The act was almost as unplanned when the two brothers struck up to the brothers as it was to the stuthree impromptu street acts. dents, Austin Hennelly said. The brothers traded places as “We started practicing it performer and promoter after together two days [before each act. Wednesday],” Griffin Hennelly Money donated shaved secsaid. “But we had done it a lot onds off a two-minute deadline for when we were little.” escape, with the threat of a painful Growing up with a professionconsequence for al magician for a not breaking out father, the in time. Hennellys had “We’ve been “Each dollar years of experigiven gets a secdoing stuff like this ence with breaking ond taken off of restraints. since we were little, out“We’ve [and] the time been gets smaller and doing stuff like escaping out smaller,” Griffin this since we were of most things.” Hennelly said. “If little, escaping out we can’t get out in of most things — GRIFFIN HENNELLY time, we allow a ropes, chains, Stella Adler Studio of Acting volunteer from the straightjackets,” School first-year student audience to kick Griffin Hennelly us in the testicles.” said. “I’ve known The brothers enlisted randomhow to do this since I was seven. ly selected students to be “the kickIt’s just kind of been a family ers,” although none had the thing for a while.” chance to fulfill the job description. The reactions the Hennellys The Hennellys collected more received from University students than $30 and four cigarettes in ranged, Austin Hennelly said. Griffin Hennelly’s fedora by the “Anything between complete end of their three performances, skepticism and delight at the and every act ended with cheers prospect of someone being hurt — from the crowds as one of the that’s sort of what motivates the brothers wrenched free before whole thing,” he said. “And then time expired. also excitement when it works out.” “When the crowd is loving it, The impromptu acts sparked we’re happy,” said Austin a desire to bring more performHennelly, who managed to break ances to the University, said free in 39 seconds during the Griffin Hennelly, whose ensemfinal act. ble of a polka-dotted button up

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Austin Hennelly tries to escape from his straightjacket Wednesday in front of the Grease Trucks on the College Avenue campus. The Hennellys hope to perform more acts in the future. underneath a plaid blazer showcased his flair for vibrancy. “We’re hoping to start reviving vaudevillian kind of live entertainment performances and exciting, interesting new stuff that hasn’t been done in a while,” he said. The brothers’ act received support from Austin Hennelly’s roommate Gidon Weisberg, who donated money and motivated other students to follow. “I feel that there should be more danger involved, but it’s a pretty decent amount,” said Weisberg, a Graduate School of

Education student. “We’re almost to the threshold of people paying five bucks to see it.” School of Engineering sophomore Eric Vergara was pleased with the performance. “[It was] pretty funny. It was great entertainment,” he said. “They’ve got a pretty good act.” Vergara was also impressed by the brothers’ ability to escape the straightjacket. “I am not as flexible as I used to be, so there’s no way I could pull myself out of a straightjacket,” he said.

The Hennelly brothers want to develop and lengthen their acts, Griffin Hennelly said. “Hopefully we’re bringing back live entertainment,” he said. The brothers hope to have more acts for the summer and plan to perform later this month at Tent State University, a weeklong campout on Voorhees Lawn on the College Avenue campus to protest state budget cuts to the University. “We will have more performances next week,” Austin Hennelly said. “Different illusions, higher stakes.”


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RACE: Holt plans to work on creating job opportunities continued from front more than 50 people and has loaned more than $200 million to local businesses. This election will mark his first run for an elected office. As a result, he faces the challenge of eliminating his anonymity by forging an identity among his constituents. “What he’s been doing since he’s gotten in the race is going out and meeting as many people in the district as possible,” Russell said. “He’s been going to all five counties in the district, meeting folks, talking to them about what he thinks is wrong with the country and how he plans to fix it.” Russell said Sipprelle feels now is the best time to get involved in order to make a positive change in his country, which he believes is heading in the wrong direction. “This is not something that [Sipprelle’s] looking to make a career out of,” he said. “He’s looking to go down to Washington and make some very tough decisions and put the country back on the right track.”

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Sipprelle has already pledged clearer picture of their ideologito limit himself to three terms, cal differences to the district’s Russell said. residents, according to a press Conversely, Holt will be running release from Sipprelle’s camfor his seventh term and has expe- paign Web site. Holt replied the rienced a number of marginal victo- same day with a letter rejecting ries that have kept him in office for the challenge. the past 12 years as the district’s “I have been elected to serve representative in Congress. the people for two years, not to “I’m continuing to work on, as spend two years working to get reI always have, economic opportu- elected. … There will be more nity for people in New Jersey,” than enough time to campaign Holt said. “[I will also work to] and debate once the Republican make sure we nominee is selecthave adequate ed,” Holt said in “[Sipprelle is] energy sources his response letter. that are environSipprelle is looking to ... put mentally sustaincampaigning for able and other Republican candithe country back things in the envidacy in June’s prion the right track.” mar y elections ronment to protect out water and air.” against David CHRIS RUSSELL Although he Corsi, president of Spokesman for Scott Sipprelle has already petireal estate, finance tioned for re-elecand property mantion, Holt said it was too soon to agement firm Peace of Mind discuss plans or form anticipa- Management Corporation. tions for the coming election. Although Holt holds the “I was elected two years ago incumbent advantage, Eagleton to represent 700,000 people in Institute of Politics Associate central New Jersey, and that’s Director John Weingart said if he what I’m doing and that’s what were to win, his victory would not I’ll do until January of next year,” come easy. he said. “National studies indicate that Earlier last week, Sipprelle Republicans, particularly more challenged Holt to a debate on conser vative Republicans, are health care in order to provide a more likely voted on this election

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M than are Democrats this year,” Weingart said. The larger than usual Republican turnout poses a new threat to incumbent Democrats who would otherwise have safe seats, he said. Weingart said not much is known about Sipprelle except that he has a lot of funding. “[Sipprelle] seems prepared to spend much more money on his candidacy than Holt’s opponents or that Holt has spent in past elections,” he said. In his first 90 days of campaigning, Sipprelle raised about $589,000 and will start the second quarter with about $451,600 cash-on-hand, according to a press release on Sipprelle’s campaign Web site. Aside from the support of 217 donors, Sipprelle donated more than $420,000 out of his own pocket to the race thus far. Political science Professor Ross Baker said one of the most important considerations in a campaign is the amount of money a challenger can raise. “If the challenger’s got a lot of money, it makes it a much more competitive race because he can get his message out,” he said. “Money — more than anything else — is the main ingredient to success in congressional elections.”

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Coffee-mate will be handing out free samples including stickpacks, post-its and dr y erase boards from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center. In addition to this event, Coffeemate will be on campus over the next few weeks giving out free product samples, coffee, travel mugs and much more.

The Livingston Recreation Advisor y Council will host “Hoops for Haiti,” a three on three basketball tournament from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Deiner Park on the College Avenue campus. The annual charity tournament is run in conjunction with Residence Life’s Resfest and will benefit RU Haiti Relief. There is a $25 registration fee for teams, which can have up to six players. Sign up early, because only 25 teams will be able to participate. Contact Kevin O’Connell at 4455401 for more info.

Phi Delta Epsilon is hosting a kickball tournament from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Skelley Field on Cook campus. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network. Teams can have a minimum of five players and a maximum of 10. There is a $50 entrance fee for all teams. First, second, and third place teams will win a free T-shirt and the first-place team will also win an additional cash prize. To sign up your team or to ask any questions please email: phide@eden.rutgers.edu.

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Rutgers Day hits all the University’s campuses with fun for N.J. residents of all ages. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free event allows the University to showcase the best of what it has to offer the state. Various events and activities are scheduled to occur throughout the day, rain or shine, including a folk festival on Douglass campus, a walkthrough of Olde Queen’s Building on the College Avenue campus and a rock climbing tower on Busch campus. Livingston campus joins this year as well, with obstacle courses for the kids and live music from 90.3 The Core playing all day.

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Week in review: laurels and darts

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or those of us who do not get enough adrenaline in our English or politics classes, Paul Steiner compensates fairly well. The Austrian skydiver pulled off an incredible stunt at 6,000-feet above the ground, at 100 mph. He somersaulted from the wing of one glider to another, landing on the second aircraft safely, without any ropes or aids. Steiner gets a laurel for doing what the rest of us only dream of in the middle of each one of our classes — at least we are almost done. *

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“The Artist is Present,” the Marina Abramovic retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art was the cause for some improper interaction — touching — between audience and models. Many of Abramovic’s performance pieces involve nude models, yet the fact that MoMA resembled a crowded subway surprised even her. Performers were required to sit, lie or stand in order to create an interactive atmosphere with the visitors. The audience resorted to groping or the “accidental” stepping on the toes of the naked performers. We dart these “avid art lovers” for disobeying the “do not touch” signs. *

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Russia suspended all its adoptions of Russian children by Americans after the case of a 7-year-old boy whose adoptive Tennessee mother sent him back to Moscow alone last week. Dart to the mother. Yet we cannot all be judged by this particular case. While this makes for a pretty poor argument for American adoptive parents, the United States is still one place that anyone would be lucky to live in. As long as the parents — as each case is different — are approved, the adopted children would be as safe here as they would be in any other country. We also dart the Russian authorities for making such a general rule and creating a false image of American adoptive parents. *

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Toyota is in the news yet again for reasons not too far from the failing pedals on the Prius. The Lexus GX 460 — made by Toyota — has been rated as “unsafe at any speed.” The vehicle is based on Toyota’s current 4Runner model, but in this case, the GX 460 experiences difficulties through sharp turns when the driver eases off the accelerator and the SUV begins to skid — a condition called trailing throttle oversteer. Toyota has pulled the vehicle from the U.S. market and will soon delay its sales in other countries. While we agree with this important move, the vehicle should have been properly made before consumer report magazines had gotten their hands on it. We dart Toyota for yet another blunder and another blemish in recent times. *

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According to Ananova, two Argentinean convicts escaped the maximum security jail in which they were held by disguising themselves as sheep. These convicts in sheep’s clothing embarrassed the local police as more than 300 men searched for the escapees. Police said that they virtually could not differentiate between the sheep and the two men. While we do not endorse crime, we laurel the ingenuity of the convicts and dar t the inability of the authorities to answer it. *

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Immigration authorities conducted their biggest raid this Thursday on illegal immigrant smuggling. Both American and Mexican forces were involved as they aimed to dismantle large smuggling rings on both sides of the border. According to The New York Times, 800 law enforcement officers targeted suspicious companies running the shuttle vans that have been linked to carriers of illegal immigrants across the border. We laurel this move as the right step in preventing additional burden on the U.S. financial system. Some 50 people were arrested and 17 illegal immigrants were captured and will be used in cases against the “coyotes.” The crackdown has long been coming and authorities have finally made a step in the right direction.

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Mitt Romney-Sarah Palin 2012 has yet to happen, but it is closer than any of us think. According to the Boston Herald, Palin opened the door Wednesday to a ballot with both Republican superstars’ names. Nevertheless, this seems to be the warranted spectacle that all of us expect from Palin. If she misses out on the spotlight for more than a week, there might be something wrong. For this consecutive, pointless media coverage, Palin gets a dart. Romney-Palin, Huckabee-Palin, Montag-Palin — it really isn’t different when Palin is in the equation. *

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solution at all. I cannot say I ith a 2000-yearam surprised, because the old history, the Catholic Church is comRoman Catholic prised of mediocrity and Church has acquired more ROBERT PAVLESZEK falsehood, but I am definitethan one billion members ly disappointed. worldwide. It is this one bilThis disappointment is warranted and stems lion that devotes their life to defending the Catholic from the fact that the only real measure the Church at all cost — even if it means believing that Vatican is providing is the formulation of a policy Adam and Eve had a conversation with a “talking” within the Catholic Church to report sex crimes snake or that Jonah lived in a big fish for three days to the police, instead of keeping them a secret. In (Yes, I already know how ridiculous this sounds). other words, up until now, the Catholic Church With this devotion of faith, and by faith, I mean did not have to report sex crimes to the police believing the mythological fairy tales found in the and could handle them in secret. Catholics obvibible, also comes with the belief in the system of the ously defend this policy, as they should, and Catholic Church — the system that appoints priests, praise the Church for taking such bold reforms. clergymen, cardinals, bishops and popes to be the For me — and the rest of the rational people official messengers of god. The Catholic communiaround the world — this praise is absolutely ty is taught to trust these figureheads as agents unwarranted, as stricter policies that would keep responsible for spreading the word of Jesus Christ children safe and away from the pedophiles disand overseeing the Catholic Church’s principles guised as righteous people should have been put around the world. It is the pope himself who is into place within the Catholic Church a long time responsible for maintaining the stability of the ago. My question for the believers and the Catholic Church, and it is the pope himself that defenders of the Catholic Church: must be deemed responsible for the could you stand by a pope, in recent accusations placed on the “Catholics obviously How this case, Pope Benedict XVI, in Catholic Church. Unlike most of the pope’s critics, I defend this policy, 2001 who made a public statement that sex abuse in the church am not going to try and debunk the as they should, and stating should be kept a secret, not reportmythological stories found in the Bible, because science has already praise the Church ed to authorities. It seems troubling, and borderline disturbing, to done that. I will, though, criticize the for taking such trust a figure who is suppose to repcurrent state of the Catholic Church resent God and commit his life to and point criticism on the pope for bold reforms.” passing on the word, but at the the way he has handled the recent same time, is responsible for the allegations against the Catholic 4,392 priests and deacons in the United States in Church. You would think that after the recent — 2002 who were consumed in sexual abuse allegaand perhaps most heinous accusations — Catholics tions by their diocese. would start to lose faith in these flawed figureheads It seems equally troubling for humanity as a that hold the responsibility for maintaining the faith whole to accept the notion that the near one billion of the near billion believers around the world, but people who stand by the pope, could also praise a unfortunately, that is not the case. Instead of frownsystem that has been involved, and tried to cover up ing upon, or holding the pope accountable, one of the most horrific crimes in society. This is Catholics have done something equally as heinous not about discounting the fairy tales found in the as the alleged sex abuse itself — they have made Bible, but more so about the lack of trust, and perexcuses and continued to trust the Catholic hierarhaps lack of faith the people should have towards chy. This lack of accountability has let the Catholic the system of Catholicism in its entirety. At one Church change their policies, contradict thempoint are these near billion people going to hold the selves, and worst of all, turn into the worst criminals Catholic Church accountable? And at one point are known in society — child molesters. Catholics going to lose trust in the Vatican? Because I was really interested to see how one of the most obviously, the molestation of little kids and the maspowerful men in the world would address the public sive cover up, just is not enough for Catholics to in a time when Catholics are searching for answers spark the Vatican’s fall from grace. from the same people they have been taught to fear, idolize and defend. Perhaps, I thought that maybe in Robert Pavleszek is a School of Arts and Sciences a time of crisis, Catholic officials would offer a plan junior majoring in political science with a minor in actually worthwhile and substantial. Instead, they English. His column runs on alternate Fridays. have done exactly what I expected and provided no

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Flat taxes benefit no one, oppose prosperity Letter TOM MATALENAS

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fter reading Tuesday’s column entitled “Flat tax yields productivity,” in the April 13 issue, I feel it necessary to explain the mindset on the other side of the political spectrum. While opinions on whether a flat tax is moral or politically acceptable may never be resolved, the facts behind the effects a flat tax imposes on societies are well documented. It is no surprise that the implementation of a flat tax would benefit the rich and be detrimental to the poor. This is obvious since the marginal tax rate for income at the lower end of the spectrum is much lower than tax rates at the higher end of the spectrum. The

effect on the polarized ends of the income gradient is obvious, but the real question lies in how it would affect the majority of American citizens. Our government is, after all, based on democracy and the belief that a majority should benefit from governmental actions. If we were to implement the flat tax system — specifically 17 to 20 percent on gross income — anywhere from 60 percent to 90 percent of the population would experience an increase in the amount they pay for taxes. These are the numbers flat tax proponents do not want you to see. The proponents claim that a flat tax will benefit the workers and punish the poor and this, while morally reprehensible, is not accurate. Implementation of a flat tax will raise tax rates on the majority of the hard-working

middle class. In order to benefit from the flat tax, you will have to earn an individual income between $75,000 and $125,000 per annum. Let me put those numbers in context for you. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2008, the median individual

“Progressive taxes’ main aim is to equalize income. ” income was about $46,000. More than 80 percent of people over the age of 25 who received an income earned less than $75,000. Of these people, none would see any benefit from a flat tax. On another level, studies by famed political scientists

including Eric Uslaner, Mitchell Brown and Robert Putnam have shown that equality in income is directly proportional to social capital, governmental trust and overall happiness in a country — that is, the more equal people are in terms of income, the happier and more trusting they are. Progressive taxes’ main aim is to equalize income. This has been a main talking point by conservative pundits and politicians, most notably during this previous election cycle when then presidential candidate Barack Obama was criticized for tr ying to “spread the wealth.” A flat taxing structure will help polarize the income scale so the rich have more money and the rest of us have less. I think Abraham Lincoln said it best in his Gettysburg

address when he described our government as “by the people, for the people.” This perfectly emphasizes the ultimate goal of our government: A body of works whose main goal is to maximize social capital among its citizens. Perhaps if Lincoln had said “by the people, for the corporations” or “by the people, for the rich,” then those who espouse a flat tax would have some ground to stand on. But, luckily for those of us who are not rich, that is not what Lincoln said. The government’s job is to make its people happy and let them prosper. Study after study has shown that flat taxes and income inequality do the opposite of both these things. Tom Matalenas is a School of Arts and Sciences senior.

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graduated from the University and joined Teach For America in 1990, the charter corps of a then-more conceptual than thriving organization that would go on to send thousands of recent college grads into the classroom in urban and rural schools across the United States. On a personal level, I was thrust, at age 21, into a classroom and given a world of responsibility. I felt the weight of the world put upon my shoulders. I tore my hair out and failed as much as I succeeded the first year. A deep respect for the degree of responsibility for young people’s learning is something that needs to be at the core of every first-year teacher. It is an awesome responsibility

that faced head-on brings about a maturity that I am not sure what other job would. The patience, diligence, time management, standup comedy chops, versatility and so many other skills that a successful teacher must have are imbued over the first year and stay with you forever. Since my years in the classroom, I have entered every interview and now every client engagement talking first about my work as a teacher. I do this because it forms the foundation of all of my professional skills. When I set about managing my time, when I analyze a corporation for investment potential, when I adjust to unpredictable outcomes in a meeting or in the markets, even when I put my kids to bed at night, I draw on the skills set that I developed as a teacher. This is not about resume building — there is no clear career path from

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oday is the time for change. It is out with the old and in with the new. Old is using coal, oil and other fossil fuels almost to the point of depletion and polluting our airs for today and future generations. Old is seeing rising costs over the price of oil and daily disputes on when and where to drill for more resources. New is exploring the use of nuclear energy for a cleaner and safer way to power our cities. But not just any type of nuclear energy. Two monstrous nuclear power plants in the state power almost all of New Jersey. Two students at the University are in the process of submitting an idea to the Rutgers Energy Institute of placing a micronuclear reactor within New Brunswick to power the University as well as many other surrounding towns. A micro-nuclear reactor is a much smaller investment than a regular-sized power plant. It generates electrical power using steam turbines produced by a nuclear reaction of uranium-238. At the size of a hot tub, these small-scale rectors can generate enough power to provide electricity for College Avenue, Busch, Cook/Douglass and Livingston campuses, as well as tens of thousands of surrounding homes and businesses in the area. Another perk is some companies

manufacture them so they can be buried underground, unseen to the human eye. This would be preferred to the eyesore of a large power plant right in the middle of a busy town. The micro-reactors also use a passive system to operate so there is no chance of mechanical breakdown, and maintenance is only necessary every 30 years. For $25 million, these reactors are definitely worth the expense for all the service it would provide. As opposed to a power plant, which employs thousands of workers, the micro-reactors would only need a security guard to secure the area and a few maintenance personnel on call just in case any issues may occur. The last huge benefit of having nuclear power in town is that the University could now offer a nuclear engineering major. Another positive stemming from this proposal is that other towns in New Jersey or the surrounding tri-state area would also start to contemplate the idea of using a cleaner type of energy, further promoting this great alternative. Now is the time to start taking the steps necessary to make a change — a change that would benefit the lives and well-being of most everyone in the area, as well as generations to come. Courtney Langan is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior majoring in nutritional sciences.

elementary school teacher to fund manager or advertising executive or fashion designer. This is about professional development and baseline skills development on the job in a high intensity environment with dramatically clear and high-risk outcomes.

“... it represents the thousands who are at least as involved in education ... ” Which leads to the community impact, because there are even fewer opportunities for this kind of professional development that also help make the world a better place. On a purely personal and anecdotal level, I know that I had a positive impact in the classroom. Test scores attested to this in a

statistical way. The personal development of my students attested to this in a way more subjective but equally important to me and their parents. And I, staying personal and anecdotal, have remained involved in education ever since. I have helped open a number of charter schools, I have raised millions of dollars for handful of education non-profits and I remain involved in the lives of many of my former students. I mention all of the above not because I like to talk about myself, but because it represents the thousands who are at least as involved in education, most much more so than I am. Well beyond my small corner of the world, the impact that Teach For America corps members has is powerful and long-term in nature. The impact of Teach For America alumni has changed the nature of the debate on education in the country — from DC Schools Chancellor

Michelle Rhee to the Knowledge Is Power Program and other model schools to the thousands still in the classroom to the many who have left education but keep a foot or two in the reform movement — an entire generation of young people who understand how schools work on a first-hand level are now leading the charge for education reform, the key civil rights movement of our time. Teaching is definitely not for everyone. It is a grueling job and a daunting responsibility. But for those who choose to pursue the opportunity to spend two or more years in the classroom, the impact is multi-faceted and profound. On a personal level, on a professional level and a community impact level, I think one would be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend a couple years out of college. Michael Kirkbride is a Rutgers College alumnus of the Class of 1990.


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Today's birthday (4/16/10). Develop relationships with others in your field throughout the year. Take time to understand these people, their desires and needs. A group effort produces a winwin result. The key is knowing what winning means to each team member. 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 an 8 — Gather associates to identify and pursue a practical objective. Work with ideas presented previously. Now is the time to take action. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — You discover that you're in the right place at the right time, with the right people. Pool resources to take advantage of this hot opportunity. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — When you focus on the big picture, you see the moral implications that escaped you before. Think before you act, and watch for pitfalls. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 5 — Invite your significant other, even if you're sure the answer will be "no." Back-room conversations could cause problems if you're not completely forthcoming. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 5 — Your best strategy is to acknowledge a major change in your career direction, which will allow for more creativity. Professional associates approve. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Romance walks in the door today. Think about how your partner will love the attention and creativity you put into your plan. Flirt shamelessly.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — You're torn between work and play. You realize that if you don't get the work done, you won't be able to focus on fun. Get friends to help. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 5 — The quality of your work today depends entirely on the materials you use. An attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear may fail. Use silk. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — If you handle business diligently today, unforeseen and amazing new opportunities become available. An invisible door reveals possibilities. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 5 — It seems as if you've gathered all your eggs in one basket. Let the batter fly; your confections will rival those of the greatest chefs. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Personal magnetism carries you a long way toward satisfying your deepest desires. Be sure you really want something before you ask. Then, revel in the possibilities. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Spend time with family or close friends to resolve a peculiar problem that arises. Everyone wants to put a lid on it quickly.

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ROSARIO: Hurley asks junior to take responsibility continued from back But the purpose of the meeting is not as much about Rosario’s destination as his attitude, Hurley said. “I want him to be responsible,” the longtime St. Anthony coach said. “ In his two years if he ever said to [assistant coaches] Darren [Savino], Jim Carr or any of the guys there, ‘Can we go in and shoot for an hour?’ they would have always been there. “He stopped doing those type of things and the next place he goes I’ll have a long conversation with the coach and say that he needs to be pushed, because that’s how he got to where he was. He will respond to being pushed.” Countering reports by Gannett New Jersey from last weekend, Rosario said there will be no restrictions on his transfer, “Because, I’m a great kid and never did anything wrong while I was at Rutgers. [Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and I] have a great relationship. He wants what’s best for me. That’s what I’m thankful for, is everyone at Rutgers making me what I am today.” Rosario joined Rutgers and was not shy about sharing his goals of rebuilding the program. The former McDonald’s AllAmerican led the team with more than 16 points per game each of his two seasons, but it only resulted in a 26-38 record. “Now I can still have a shot at accomplishing my goals and start over,” Rosario said. “I’m excited that I still have a chance to do something. I’m thanking God every chance I get for having my back and giving me the opportunities I have been given. I got the monkey off my back and I can be a kid again.” Hurley acknowledged the differences between Rosario’s role on the 2008 USA Today National Championship team at St. Anthony, which had nine future Division-I players, many highly touted, and that at Rutgers. But the coach dismissed the notion

that Rosario was under too much pressure as the undoubted go-to player with the Knights. “The opportunity to have unparalleled freedom offensively is a terrific thing, and he certainly had unparalleled freedom,” Hurley said. “Being told you need to take more shots than anyone on the team is not exactly a burden, that’s something that, ‘I want to get my legs in shape, run down there and have the same role.’” Rosario could reunite with one of those high school teammates, Jio Fontan, at Southern California — another school in the r unning according to Rosario. The guard only spoke with Florida so far, because his transfer did not become official until yesterday, but he did speak with Fontan. “He told me just how good of a program it is and how beautiful it is out there,” Rosario said. “I’m going to take a look, but right now my focus is on Florida.” There was speculation that Rosario would wait for a decision on the head coaching position, soon to be vacated by Fred Hill Jr. According to The Star-Ledger, Hill met with Pernetti Wednesday and lawyers for each side are scheduled to meet today. Pernetti offered Hill a $600,000 buyout last week or the option of being fired with cause, but the coach did not accept the offer and has yet to be fired. Hurley said Hill’s impending dismissal did not factor into Rosario’s decision. “I just think he thought he needed a change,” Hurley said. “Waiting for the whole [coaching situation] to play out — by the time he did that he would have less options [of places] to transfer.” Rosario said the biggest reason for his transfer was to follow his dreams — dreams he felt were unattainable on the Banks. “My dream is to go to the big dance that is the NCAA Tournament,” he said. “My second is to make it to the next level and now I have an opportunity to do both.” more sportsmanlike. Live-ball penalties will be assessed from the spot of the foul and take away the score from the team, while the anti-wedge blocking rule states that no two players on a team receiving a kick-off can be standing within 2 yards of each other, or a 15 yard penalty will ensue. Messages written on eye black will not be allowed during game play.

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he Rutgers men’s golf team looks to make a statement at the 2010 Big East Championships starting Sunday in Palm Harbor, Fla. The championship takes place at the Innisbrook Resort on the par-71, 7,340-yard Copperhead Course and is considered to be one of the more challenging courses in golf. For full coverage, view online at The Daily Targum Web site.

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THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS fired head coach Eddie Jordan yesterday, after the team had a dreadfully disappointing regular season. Team President and General Manager Ed Stefanski called the step backward taken by the team, “unacceptable” after the team finished 27-55 and missed the playoffs for the first time in three years. Jordan has two years left on his contract and is now owed $6 million by the team following his dismissal.

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NCAA football, eye black with messages will be banned, a tougher taunting penalty will be enforced and wedge blocking on kick returns will be deemed illegal during game play. The changes come with a series of three rule changes approved by NCAA’s playing rules oversight panel, which hopes to make play safer and

the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault cases leaked new information yesterday concerning what happened. According to the friend, one of Roethlisberger’s bodyguards dragged the woman into a bathroom where the two had sexual relations and stated that “she was extremely intoxicated and not aware of what was happening.”

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Freshman second baseman Jennifer Harabedian knocked in the Knights’ lone run in the second-half of their double-header with Army and earned another RBI in the first-game win.

SPLIT: Freshman pitcher dominates in complete effort continued from back Sophomore right fielder Lindsey Curran tried to start a rally in the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off walk, but the Knights went down in order after that to end the game. “I think they’re disappointed from this game,” Nelson said. “We talked [afterwards] about how we didn’t adjust and why we didn’t adjust.” Freshman pitcher Abbey Houston from New Egypt, N.J., ran through the Black Knights with ease in the first game of the double-header, putting together a complete game shutout. Houston, star ting her first career home game, struck out

nine batters, allowed just four base runners and only allowed two runners to get in scoring position. She ear ned her second career win at the college level. “It felt great having my team behind me and pitching well,” Houston said. “I worked on controlling my ball today. I only gave up one walk and that’s what I focused on.” Rutgers first got on the board in the second inning when junior left fielder Mickenzie Alden scored classmate Mandy Craig on a sacrifice fly. The inning ended prematurely when the Black Knights threw out freshman catcher Kaci Madden at home on a single by junior Jen Meinheit. Harabedian continued her success as an insurance batter. The second baseman drove in a sec-

ond run in the sixth inning on a single after doing the same thing in wins over Connecticut and Louisville earlier in the week. “I just go up and tr y to clear my head and learn from my previous at-bats,” Harabedian said. “By my third at-bat, I know what to expect from the pitcher and I know where to stand in the box.” Madden knocked in the third run as the next batter on a line drive double into the leftcenter gap. With the split against Army (19-15), the Scarlet Knights (1523, 2-5) have two wins in their last four games and head to Chicago to take on DePaul (21-14, 5-3) for a three-game Big East series. “DePaul has a whole new set of pitchers and we just have to make the adjustment,” Harabedian said. “We have to be ready for them this weekend.”


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Rookie goalkeeper wastes no time making impressions BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

One of the biggest questions coming into the season for the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team w a s WOMEN’S LACROSSE whether t h e RUTGERS AT t e a m GEORGETOWN, could SATURDAY, 1 P.M. find a solid presence in the cage between three newcomers. Freshman goalkeeper Lily Kalata answered that question pretty quickly. Now 12 games into the season, Kalata boasts a 9-3 record and is racking up saves. Simply put, the rookie knows how to make a good impression. “I was at a summer tournament and watching Stephanie Anderson’s club team, I was watching their other goalie,” Rutgers head coach Laura BrandSias said on recruiting Kalata. “And Lily was late to the tournament and came running onto the field all disheveled and throwing her stuff on. “She got into the cage and made a split save, then the next three saves after that. So I was there to watch the other goalie, but she obviously caught my eye.” Perhaps the best impression Kalata made was her first game in a Scarlet Knights uniform in the team’s season opener against Temple. The freshman posted 12 saves and allowed only three goals — the first time since the 2007 season the Knights held an opponent to three goals or fewer. For someone who made the switch from the field to the cage in her sophomore year of high

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Freshman Lily Kalata’s .544 save percentage leads all Big East goalkeepers this season. Kalata’s save percentage was fourth in the nation prior to Wednesday’s game against Villanova. school, Kalata has embraced the position, thanks in part to her defensive background. “By the time I was in eighth and ninth grade I was a defensive midfielder because I was pretty smart on defense,” the freshman said. “I was always focused on that and being a goalie you need to have a good perspective on the defense.” Kalata ear ned Big East Defensive Player of the Week in her first week with Rutgers,

and she has not looked back since. Prior to Tuesday night’s slaughter of Big East opponent Villanova, Kalata ranked fourth in the nation in save percentage, 13th in saves per game and 24th in total saves. While the NCAA rankings have not been updated yet, Kalata’s seven-save performance against the Wildcats Tuesday certainly is not going to hurt. The freshman allowed only five goals against Villanova —

marking the fourth time this season Kalata has started a game and held an opponent to five goals or fewer. Kalata’s .544 save percentage ranks first among all Big East goalkeepers. The freshman averages 9.75 saves per game and maintains a goals against average of 8.9 — both good for second place in the conference. But the biggest victor y for the freshman was simply winning the starting position at the

outset of the season. The Knights’ roster boasts two other new goalkeepers in freshman Aimee Chotikul and sophomore transfer Michelle Zaffuto, meaning the position was never guaranteed. “Coming into the season all I wanted to do was start,” Kalata said. “I wasn’t expecting even if I did start to climb anywhere in the [national] statistics. But my team and my coaches have made me really confident and as a freshman confidence is the most important thing. They’ve helped me a lot with that.” With the departure of Sandra Abel in the offseason — the Knights’ full-time starting goalkeeper for the past three seasons — Rutgers needed to fill the void in cage. After winning the battle for the position, Kalata picked up right where the former Knight left off, posting a 9-3 record through 12 starts, including victories over then-No. 9 Princeton and then-No. 20 Cornell. Still, the presence of the two other goalkeepers is the best type of system for support and competition, Brand-Sias said. “Obviously it’s great for her to have such a successful freshman campaign and I think it speaks volumes to the support that she has around her,” Brand-Sias said. “We’ve got two other goalies who are pushing her … they know that it’s a 50-50 battle every day and that will continue.” The freshman, set to start against No. 14 Georgetown (7-5, 5-0) this weekend, agreed. “I always looked at [the competition] as a positive thing,” Kalata said. “You have two other goalies who are really good and could potentially take your spot any day. It keeps me from becoming complacent.”

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fact that it was unseasonably warm, and the makings of a physically draining afternoon are born. Team ace junior Amy Zhang fell behind early before regaining her momentum and earning another victory. Sophomore Leonora Slatnick fell victim to a heartwrenching loss that lasted well after her teammates finished playing. Slatnick’s loss means the Texan’s 10-match unbeaten streak is history. But she believes the defeat will not have lasting effects for her or the team. “I’m just going to keep taking it one match at a time,” Slatnick said. “You’ve got to move on whether you win or lose. Now that we’re at the end of the season, I think we’re ready for the Big East tournament. That’s what we play for. We’ve been playing pretty well and there’s not much more we can do to prepare. “ Sophomore Mar yana Milchutskey, the Knights’ No. 4 singles player, feels that success in the Big East is vital. “We started off pretty bad losing 7-0 to Syracuse,” she said. “But after that we realized that every Big East match is really important and we’ve been playing really well. Hopefully we can continue to do that.” Milchutskey earned a win against the Red Storm and is one of the Knights’ most consistent players this season. Her play could be an X-factor for Rutgers in the tournament if she continues to flourish in the fourth spot.

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Sophomore Leonora Slatnick snapped her 10-match unbeaten streak with a loss to St. John’s. The Austin, Texas native had not lost since February, but the Knights still topped St. John’s 5-2. “I bring a focus to every match and tr y to play hard,” Milchutskey said. “I guess I’ve been lucky too and winning.” Rutgers is approaching the finish line of the 2010 season

that began nearly three months ago. The Knights played in 19 matches over that time. They fought hard to win 12 of those and Ivey believes the team has more fight in it despite the

growing fatigue that comes with a long season. “I think the season has taken a toll on us physically and mentally, but I think it makes us stronger to stick together through the end.”

just want to go out there and play our best.” If the Knights (18-13, 7-2) take two of three games from USF (16-16, 8-1) it marks their sixth-straight series win. But that is not the only thing it marks. Coach Hill begins the series with 998 career victories and is two away from becoming the 16th active coach to achieve 1,000. However, the one they call “Moose” wants nothing to do with the accolade. “I don’t care about that stuff,” said Hill, in his 27th season at the helm of the Knights. “That’s because we have had a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches.” The players admit that it’s something they have spoken about, but they know that Hill cares little about the mark. “There’s a little extra incentive [in the series],” said Matthews. “We have talked about it. He doesn’t care too much about it.” It’s business first, and the business at hand is climbing to first in the Big East in a quest to regain conference supremacy. “The first thing is to go out and sweep, then it’s to win the series,” Biser ta said. “I’m sure [Hill] just wants us to win the series. If we win the series, then the 1,000 wins come with it.”


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HUNGRY FOR REMATCH IN SCRIMMAGE

BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

The Rutgers football team will line up Saturday inside Rutgers Stadium for the second of three scrimmages during the spring. The Scarlet Knights’ defense dominated the first effort last weekend and has sophomore quarterback Tom Savage and the offense itching to get back on the field. “We were talking about it all week and we’re really excited to get out there, start playing and actually get back at the defense,”

Savage said. “They’ve been talking trash all week and it’s our turn to get back at them.” The Knights scored one offensive touchdown on a Joe Martinek scamper last weekend, but bounced back in Tuesday’s practice. Now, both the offense and defense enter Saturday’s scrimmage with something to prove. “They came out here on Tuesday and whooped us, but we came out today and played very well,” said sophomore defensive tackle Scott Vallone. “It’s going to be back and forth. They’re a

good offense and they’re starting to get the hang of it with a good offensive line and experience backfield. We’ll throw punches back and forth.” Head coach Greg Schiano said the number of plays the team runs largely depends on how the scrimmage develops and that better execution is the goal. Vallone echoed the sentiment, adding that the chance to get into the stadium amps up the players fighting for their spots. “We’re only in there for the scrimmages and the games, and I think coach [Schiano] organizes like that so we’ll step our game up,” Vallone said. “That stadium raises our level a little bit and guys are competing for jobs at the same time, so everybody is stepping their game up on Saturday.”

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Sophomore quarterback Tom Savage and the offense are anxious for a chance to avenge last weekend’s scrimmage performance.

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Antwan Lowery, in his first spring on the offensive line after moving from defensive tackle, will miss the remainder of the spring season. Schiano said the 6-foot-4, 325pound lineman had work done on his hand after injuring it in Tuesday’s practice. “It holds him back five practices,” Schiano said. “I think it will be five to six days, he won’t do anything. He probably won’t be able to lift weights for a while, but he can do other things.” With Lowery, senior center Howard Barbieri and sophomore tackle Devon Watkis all going

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Tom Savage hands the ball off to junior tailback Mason Robinson, who is rehabbing from an injury, in a drill earlier in the spring.

down during the spring, true freshman Betim Bujari and senior Mo Lange worked with the firstteam offensive line.

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tailbacks Martinek and Tyrone Putman are earning the bulk of the carries this spring, senior Kordell Young and junior Mason Robinson are making progress in their injury rehabs. “They’re progressing well,” Schiano said. “Mason is ahead of Kordell. Mason’s been doing more and more. He’s doing drills, but he’s not in thud or live, and he won’t be.”

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their second commitment for the recr uiting class of 2011 Wednesday from 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle Al Page, according to Rivals.com. A steady stream of recruits made its way through Rutgers’ spring practices this season, and yesterday tailback Jameel Poteat was the highlight at the RU Turf Field. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has 15 of fers, according to Rivals.com, including Florida, Tennessee and Southern California.

National powerhouse offers chance for U-turn BY KYLE FRANKO CORRESPONDENT

When the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team faces Syracuse Sunday night, there will be a sense of urgency in the Scarlet Knights. They MEN’S LACROSSE have no choice. SYRACUSE AT The RUTGERS, Knights SUNDAY, 6 P.M. are losers of TV: ESPNU three straight and their season hangs in the balance as the No. 2 team in the countr y visits Yurcak Field. “We still have a lot to play for,” said Rutgers head coach Jim Stagnitta. “I tell them, I understand you being disappointed, but you can’t be discouraged. “This isn’t a team going out there that doesn’t have a chance to win ever y day and is getting their asses kicked and getting humiliated. It’s a team that walks off the field ever y day kind of scratching its heads wondering why the scoreboard isn’t tilted in our favor.” Syracuse (9-1, 2-0) presents a steep test for Rutgers. The Orange hold seven players who have scored in double figures and are outscoring opponents 127-79 and 35-18 in Big East play. Stephen Keogh leads Syracuse with 22 goals while Chris Daniello leads it in points with 33 (17 goals, 16 assists). “We have to be physical and we match up with them pretty well in terms of size and athleticism,” Stagnitta said. “We’re going to trust in our guys that they are able to contain them because once you

star t sliding and double-teaming them that’s when they become really dangerous.” The Orange have won five straight over the Scarlet Knights (5-5, 1-1) including last season’s 10-3 victor y at the Carrier Dome and are 37-8 alltime in the series. This is the first time the two meet as members of the Big East conference. Nobody on the current roster has ever beaten Syracuse. The last time Rutgers beat the Orange was in 2004. The Knights finished that season 8-6 and made the NCAA tournament. “It would be great [to beat Syracuse],” said senior Justin Pennington who leads the team in goals (20), assists (12) and points (32). “We’ve never had a chance to get a victory against Syracuse yet and they’re one of our biggest rivals. If we could, it would be huge and it’s something I think we can do and everybody is looking forward to it.” Both senior Gerhard Buehning and junior Kor y Kelly sit right behind Pennington with 19 goals each. But Kelly’s last multi-goal game came March 20 in an 11-8 loss to Army. Both Stagnitta and Pennington said they have worked on some things to get the 6-foot-5, 220-pound southpaw out of his funk. “Confidence is real big with him,” Stagnitta said. “When he’s confident, he’s as good as anyone and it’s something we continually try to instill in him. I’m not sure he realizes how much of a force he can be.” Kelly is a big par t of an offense that has taken 125 more shots than its opponents. Yet for all the shots the Knights get away, their shooting percentage is just 28.9 percent.

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Senior midfielder Justin Pennington leads the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team with 20 goals, 12 assists and 32 points entering Sunday’s matchup with No. 2 Syracuse at Yurcak Field. At this point in the season, there isn’t much Stagnitta can do to change things up. The ninthyear coach said it isn’t for a lack of effort and all his team can really do is play better.

And with a sense of urgency. “Absolutely,” Pennington said when asked if the team felt like it was now or never. “We kind of felt like we let one get away Tuesday [vs. Princeton]

with the way we played and how it turned out. But on Sunday we have the No. 2 team in the countr y and that’s a chance for us to get another big win and turn the season around.”


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Big East leaders meet with 1K on horizon BY A.J. JANKOWSKI ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

With first place in the Big East standings and a historic milestone on the line, this series between t h e BASEBALL Rutgers baseball SOUTH FLORIDA team and AT RUTGERS, S o u t h TODAY, NOON Florida at Bainton Field is much more than just a mid-season meeting between two conference opponents. The Scarlet Knights surprised many Big East forecasters thus far, sitting second in the table, miles ahead of the eighth spot they were pegged to finish the year in. However, standing ahead of them are the Bulls, a team that relies heavily on three superb starting pitchers. The Knights know that relaxing and not over-thinking the game is key to taking the series. “I think that’s the only thing you can do,” said head coach Fred Hill Sr. of staying relaxed. “If you put too much pressure on yourself, then you aren’t going to play your game. “It’s not like football where you got to get excited. You can’t get excited in baseball. You’ve got to relax. You can’t be lackadaisical, of course, but you’ve got to stay under control.” The USF pitching staff enters the weekend with a 3.71 ERA and three of its starters were named

Big East Pitcher of the Week at one point this season. Getting runs on the board is the key to shaking their confidence. “If you’re out in front and they are tr ying to catch you then the pressure is always on them,” Hill said. Countering the Bulls’ plethora of hurlers is a Rutgers batting order that can launch an aerial assault at any moment. Through 31 games this season, the Knights smacked a total of 46 home runs. To put that in perspective, the 2007 squad set the single-season home r un record with a total of 63 long balls. That team had 30 home runs through the first 31 games of its season. Its first three hitters, junior outfielders Michael Lang and Pat Biserta and freshman second baseman Steve Nyisztor, lead the lineup. The trio combines to account for 24 of the 46 homers. “We just got to play our brand of baseball,” said Biser ta about the series. “The hitting will come. I heard they have good pitching, but it’s just nine against nine and the best team wins that day.” The notion of playing the Rutgers brand of baseball is the motto throughout the entire roster. “That’s what we have been trying to do all year,” said junior first baseman Jaren Matthews. “We know it’s a big series, but we don’t want to treat it like it’s too big. We

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Athletic Director Tim Pernetti granted guard Mike Rosario a release from his scholarship without major restrictions, allowing him to visit Florida today and also consider Southern California.

Rosario to visit Florida, meet Hurley BY SAM HELLMAN AND STEVEN MILLER STAFF WRITERS

Mike Rosario wants to let everyone know that although he will no longer play for the Rutgers men’s MEN’S BASKETBALL b a s k e t b a l l team, the Scarlet Knights will always be a part of him. Making the decision to transfer from Rutgers was a tough one, he

said, but it was just something he needed to do. “If I could give a message to the Rutgers students it would be, ‘Thank you,’” Rosario said, when reached by cell phone yesterday. “I sacrificed a lot. I tried my best. I gave my blood, sweat and tears. I will never turn my back on New Jersey because it’s my home. “I hope they understand. I had an incredible time here and I am very thankful. I want to thank all of

them — from the students, to the alumni, to my friends and teammates. I will always have Rutgers in my heart.” Rosario said he began his search for a new home Wednesday and will visit Florida today after meeting with high school coach and future Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bob Hurley Sr. in the morning.

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RU handles Johnnies in home match

Inconsistency results in split against Army

BY TYLER DONOHUE

BY SAM HELLMAN

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The Rutgers tennis team got back on track yesterday afternoon with a 5-2 victor y over Big East adversar y St. John’s. The win allows TENNIS Rutgers to put last ST. JOHN’S 2 weekend’s disappointing matches RUTGERS 5 in the rear-view mirror as it closes out the regular season. Playing in front of a solid crowd, the Scarlet Knights reversed their Big East fortunes and strengthened their case for a quality seed in the conference’s postseason tournament. The team was well aware of the importance of yesterday’s contest, said sophomore Morgan Ivey. “St. John’s has given us trouble in the past,” Ivey said. “It was really crucial for us to win in the Big East and go into the tournament with a strong record.” Saturday’s home match against West Virginia is the Knight’s regular season finale. The team’s tussle with the Johnnies was crucial for its tourney resume. Hoping to lock up a top six seed in the field of 12, Rutgers needed to play sharp throughout the match. St. John’s was no lightweight and did not go away quietly into the night. Many of the Knights’ singles players were saddled with tough, lengthy matches. Add the

The Rutgers softball team needed strong outing from its pitchers yesterday against Army with senior ace Nicole Lindley unavailSOFTBALL able after 162 ARMY 5 pitches Tuesday in a split with RUTGERS 1 No. 25 Louisville. The Scarlet Knights got the pitching they needed in the first game to win, 3-0, but a late-inning str uggle for sophomore pitcher Holly Johnson and an inability to string hits together led to their demise in game two. The Black Knights put up four runs, including a three-run home run, in the top of the seventh inning to beat the Scarlet Knights, 5-1, in the second game. “I thought we should have hit the ball more,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “The problem was, I think, that [against Louisville] we faced pitchers that were throwing 65 and [yesterday] we faced pitchers that were throwing 55.” Johnson took the loss and fell to 5-7 on the year, allowing seven hits and two walks in a complete game. The only run for Rutgers in the second game came on an RBI single by freshman second baseman Jennifer Harabedian.

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Freshman pitcher Abbey Houston threw a complete-game shutout in the first game against Army yesterday, striking out nine in a dominant performance in her first home start.

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