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Wildfires burn more than 2,000 acres in NJ Sabrina Szteinbaum Associate News Editor
Since January 1, 291 wildfires have burned 2,120.50 acres in New Jersey. During the same period of time last year, 616.50 acres had burned due to 337 wildfires, according to njwildfire.org’s Fire Danger and Rating Indices. Larry Hajna, press officer of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, said the 1500-acre fire in the Pine Barrens last week has raised concerns for the increasing threats of wildfires in the area. The fire carried the smell of smoke across New Jersey, which State Climatologist David Robinson said happens when the smoke is kept near the ground. Last Sunday night, cold temperatures prevented the smoke from rising and mixing into the atmosphere. That, along with the precise right wind direction, carried the smell far from its origin.
In the past and under just the right conditions, New Jersey has smelled smoke from fires in West Virginia, Robinson said. When the fire was reported to the DEP, 30 to 40 acres had already burned, Hajna said. It was also in an inaccessible area, so it took a day and a half to contain. “When you have a large forest fire, you have to contain it first,” he said. “It really has to burn itself out. It’s not like fighting a house fire where you pour water on it.” The risk for wildfires is different every year, depending upon wind and humidity levels. This year’s risk is no worse than years past. Currently, an extreme risk of wildfires exists in the Pine Barrens area, which Hajna said is not surprising. “The Pine Barrens’ ecosystem is actually very fire dependent. The pine trees that grow there, See WILDFIRES on Page 5
Former President Richard McCormick played an instrumental role in the merger of Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. FILE PHOTO / SEPTEMBER 2011
Historian reviews past U. presidents Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
University President Robert L. Barchi is not the first Rutgers leader to be embroiled in scandal during his early years in office. Former Rutgers President Richard McCormick left the University of Washington to come to Rutgers after having an affair with a colleague — a scandal uncovered during his first year as president, according to a 2003 New York Times article. Alternatively, five years into his presidency, Francis L. Lawrence caused protests and a media firestorm after making a racist comment.
Ignition from inappropriately thrown cigarettes can trigger forest fires. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MICHELLE KLEJMONT / PHOTO EDITOR
Students volunteer to teach via 4-H program Carley Ens Correspondent
Head, heart, hands and health form the pillars of the nonprofit 4-H Youth Development Program, the largest youth development program in the country. The “head” represents independence and decision-making skills. The “heart” portrays community involvement and a sense of belonging, said Laura Bovitz, a Middlesex County 4-H agent. “Hands” are representative of helping others in the community, and “health” is about learning new skills and being successful. While the original 4-H program was founded in 1902 to teach kids about farming, state universities now run dif ferent branches of the program across the nation.
New Brunswick created its 4-H program in 2008, said Shane Pierre, program administrator for the New Brunswick 4-H department. Rutgers students and some local community volunteers run 4-H by teaching local children and teens in grades K-13 valuable leadership, citizenship and life skills, Pierre said. The organization forms clubs in local elementary and high schools that meet on a weekly or monthly basis. These clubs focus on areas such as sports, arts and crafts, healthy living, team leadership, science and robotics. Stephanie Silva, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, became a 4-H office volunteer when she heard about it in her “Introduction to Professional Youth Work” class. With a minor in science learning, Silva saw See 4-H on Page 5
Thomas Frusciano, University archivist, said presidents tend to bring attention to the University — both good and bad.
MASON W. GROSS
Some have performed above par, Frusciano said. He cited Mason W. Gross as the most “beloved” president for his attention to student and faculty concerns. Gross, who served from 1959 to 1971, got a degree from the University of Cambridge and served as a tutor of Latin and Greek before serving in World War II, according to a Rutgers website on past presidents. He returned to the University as a philosophy teacher and was
promoted to dean, then provost. Gross oversaw new bonds brought to Rutgers to build the University. He also served during the controversial Vietnam and Civil Rights eras, when most college presidents mishandled and mistreated their students. “During that time, how the presidents reacted … many called in the National Guard,” Frusciano said. In 1969, students from the Black Organization of Students at Rutgers-Newark occupied Conklin Hall and demanded better representation of minorities among students and faculty, according to Rutgers-Newark press release. See PRESIDENTS on Page 4
Credit union celebrates 60th anniversary Julian Chokkattu Correspondent
A handful of Rutgers employees banded together to create and charter the Rutgers University Federal Credit Union in February of 1954. In June of that same year, they changed the name to the current Rutgers Federal Credit Union. The RFCU is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, said Joanne Fabian, vice president of the credit union. While credit unions provide the same services as banks, a credit union is a not-for-profit company. Fabian said RFCU provides loans, savings accounts, student loans, home banking and debit cards, among others, exclusively for Rutgers students, faculty and staff. “A lot of people use this as their primary financial institution,” she said. Previously, the RFCU provided its services to faculty and staff alone. In April 2011, the 60-year-old credit union opened its services to students. “We’re building our base of students, but for now, we have more faculty and staff,” Fabian said. The credit union will be celebrating its anniversary throughout the
year at events such as Rutgers Day on April 26. The RFCU has four branches: one on the College Avenue campus, one on Busch campus, a branch at Rutgers-Newark and one at Rutgers-Camden. The College Avenue of fice is the only building not owned by the University, but
leased from the Second Reformed Church. The credit union recently changed its mission statement to “helping the Rutgers University community with life’s financial challenges.” “We’re like a benefit, as a part of an employment or student benefit — we’re not here for anybody but Rutgers people,” Fabian said.
The Rutgers Federal Credit Union has one of its branches located at 100 College Ave. JULIAN CHOKKATTU / CORRESPONDENT
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Mason Gross School of the Arts presents a seminar by John Kamitsuka at 2:30 p.m. at the Marr yott Music Building on Douglass campus. The Eagleton Institute of Politics presents a screening of the documentar y “Popcorn and Politics: Screening of ‘Mitt’” at 7 p.m. at the Wood Lawn Mansion on Douglass campus.
Thursday, April 17
The African Studies Association, Center for African Studies and the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures hold their ninth annual “African Studies Association Presidential Lecture” at 1:30 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. Rutgers Jazz Chamber Ensembles performs at 7:30 p.m. at Robert E. Mortensen Hall on Douglass campus. The performance is free for ever yone.
Friday, April 18
Albert Ayeni presents “Our Planet Through the Eye of a Photographer and the Mind of a Biologist” at 12:30 p.m. at Foran Hall on Cook campus.
Saturday, April 19
Rutgers Gardens offers a “Gardens Walk” at 2 p.m. at Hort Farm No. 1-Holly House on Douglass campus. The event is open to everyone.
Sunday, April 20
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Ar t Museum hosts “Films about Ar t and Ar tists” at 3 p.m. on premise. The event is free with museum admission.
Monday, April 21
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Sunday, April 27
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April 16, 2014
Panelists discuss Asian-American cultural influences Zainab Fagbayi Contributing Writer
Asian-American intellectuals were previously more concerned with racist portrayals of Asians in cartoons and their second-class status as immigrants in the 20th century. Now, their focus has shifted to Asian-Americans’ contributions to American culture. The fourth annual Asian-American Studies Undergraduate Symposium presented undergraduate Asian-American research yesterday at Murray Hall on the College Avenue campus. Allan Punzalan Isaac, chair of the Department of American Studies, said the event showcased undergraduate research related to Asian-American studies, including issues in culture, politics and media. The participants differentiated their thesis topics by focusing on many mediums, ranging from books and entertainment to visual mediums and fashion. Haruki Eda, a panel moderator, said the event was important for the Asian-American community because the students do not have their own department, only a program. The main focus is to showcase research on Asian-American culture, history and social issues, said Eda, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. “We usually have people that are studying a wide range of disciplines at the University — like public health, English, and journalism and media studies — that take part in the program,” Eda said.
Eight scholars showcased their research in two four-person panels. Dawn Angelicca Barcelona, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, explored “Dictee,” an autobiography by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. “The book traces the way pain and violation — through linguistic, religious and political oppression — helps create the best type of autobiography because it calls upon readers to use their own experiences to understand the complexity of Cha’s book,” Barcelona said. The book she analyzed demonstrated the difficulties of moving to a place with a different culture and learning a new language. The author is more than the standardized ideas of what it means to be American, and the book shows a separate history of her life, she said. Rashmee Kumar, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, discussed the representation and realities of South Asian-American women through “The Mindy Project,” a show on the Fox News Channel. “I chose to analyze how people looked at the fact that Mindy Kaling is an unconventional leading lady because she’s Indian, darkskinned, and her body type is not thin,” said Kumar, a columnist for The Daily Targum. She said she chose to focus on the show because it appears to celebrate inclusiveness, but the main character surrounds herself with “whiteness” and seems to aspire to it. The show ignores how a woman of color working as a writer,
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Joy Stoffers, one of the participants at Asian-American Studies Undergraduate Symposium, speaks at Murray Hall on the College Avenue campus. DAPHNE ALVA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER producer and actress could be inspiring and empowering to others, she said. Camille Ungco, who taught a First-Year Interest Group seminar on Asian-American Studies, chose to explore the portrayal of Asian-American terrorists in visual mediums in the United States. Ungco, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, looked at the 1899 editorial cartoon “The Yellow Terror in All His Glory” and The Gap’s recent advertising campaign that sparked controversy for using Sikh model Waris Ahluwalia. “Their presence in political and commercial visual ads subversively promotes the inclusion
of their presence in U.S. history and the American consciousness,” Ungco said. Ungco said the cartoon, which uses dehumanizing stereotypes, portrays its character in traditional clothing. “He is pushing back against assimilation while working in the American culture,” she said. Lai Wo, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, examined different ways in which Asian-American fashion bloggers and Asian garment factor y workers function within the global apparel industr y. Wo noticed the fashion blogger resisting assimilation by
claiming visibility on her own terms and defying the picture of a typical Asian woman. In a Q&A session, Joy Stoffers, a program participant and School of Arts and Sciences senior, asked where “they saw the lines blur between resistance and assimilation in their thesis.” Eda said overall, the scholars presented strong theses. She hoped the program would continue as a place for undergraduates to showcase their Asian-American research. “I hope the program gets big enough to lay a foundation for an Asian studies department here at the University,” Eda said.
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presidents McCormick was known for knowledge of history, Lawrence for love of baseball, Gross for rowing continued from front
Rather than calling in the troops, Gross met with students at his office. “All he did was ask them not to break anything,” Frusciano said. He received their list of demands and consulted with faculty to improve the situation. A patron of the arts, Gross also expanded the school’s performance program that now bears his name.
EDWARD J. BLOUSTEIN
Edward J. Bloustein, who hailed from a small, liberal arts college in Vermont, eventually became Gross’s successor. Frusciano called him the most influential president of the modern age. Bloustein focused heavily on graduate education and established scientific centers on Cook and Busch campus. His expansion was likely tied with his close relationship with the governor. Under Bloustein, who served until his death in 1989, Rutgers made its first commitment to large-scale sports and reorganized the faculty from different colleges into one faculty of the Arts and Sciences.
FRANCIS L. LAWRENCE
Lawrence was responsible for expanding construction
of buildings such as Learning Centers on each campus and the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on Busch campus. But he nearly lost his job for an offhand comment at a faculty meeting at Camden. According to an article on philly.com, Lawrence asked whether black students had a “genetic, hereditary” background that led them to perform poorly. The comment led to protests and called for his resignation. Frusciano said Rutgers was forced to cancel a basketball game at halftime because of angry student interruptions, and New Brunswick closed traffic to deal with demonstrations. “It was strange because he was very involved with multicultural involvement,” he said. Lawrence left in 2002 to be replaced with McCormick, a Piscataway native with ties to Rutgers on both sides of his family. His mother was an administrator, while his father served as a professor of history.
McCormick worked several years as an assistant professor in the Department of History. Frusciano said the president would sometimes visit Special Collections to discuss the University’s timeline.
His administration oversaw the consolidation of a historically complex University divided into separate colleges: Rutgers College, University College, Livingston College and Douglass College. He also orchestrated the merger between Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Both achievements were not without controversy or discussion. Each of the schools had their own policies that had never existed anywhere else. A 2011 article for On The Banks complimented McCormick for his work on the merger, yet it found McCormick ineffective in raising funds for the University and holding in the face of pressure. “I think Pres. McCormick was mostly right on the ideas,” the article said. “Where he often stumbled was in implementation; whether owing to the afore-mentioned funding issues, or a general tendency towards sloppiness that led to a great deal of public relations miscues.” McCormick is planning to release a book on his presidency this summer, Frusciano said. Each of the presidents had special quirks: Lawrence was known for his love of baseball, McCormick for his knowledge of history. Gross was part of the crew team at Cambridge and Barchi collects and repairs clockwork. With a background in science and health, Barchi may play a large role in the integration of the medical school and public health. “We’ll have to see what transpires,” Frusciano said.
CARNIVAL Top: Attendees partake in music and dance
performances at the Carnival held yesterday at Douglass Campus Center. Bottom: Performer Cecelia Williams dances at the carnival. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
April 16, 2014
4-h Eight high school students in 4-H teen council have scholarships to Rutgers continued from front
4-H as a way for her to gain experience working with children. Silva thinks the best thing about the organization is the direct involvement of high school and elementary school students in the New Brunswick area. Students in the schools help design the clubs, fill positions such as secretary and treasurer and figure out ways to raise money. These clubs include basketball, biology and gardening for the younger children. The students gain confidence and leadership experience while helping to build up their local community. “They really have a big voice in what goes on,” Silva said. 4-H holds workshops to educate students and their parents about issues like obesity. Bovitz said 4-H’s overreaching goal is to instill these skills in kids in order to prepare them for the real world. Club members recite the pledge with the four “H’s” before each meeting. According to the 4-H official website, the group follows the Targeting Life Skills Model of youth development. The TLS model is designed to assist youth in reaching their full potential through a positive approach to life skill development. Bovitz said along with helping others, 4-H volunteers gain leadership skills of their own as well as preparation for future careers. “It gives them a sense of what is needed in their communities,” Bovitz said. 4-H recruits youth members through flyers, displays and other promotions at community events. On “Rutgers Day” April 26, 4-H plans to have a table on Lipman Drive showcasing different activities and games to get people interested in the program, Pierre said. The organization is always looking for new volunteers — and no experience is required. Bovitz said most 4-H volunteers have an interest in community ser vice and working with children. Silva enjoys meeting younger students from the New Brunswick area because she had no idea what the schools were like. Although New Brunswick is often viewed as a dangerous place, the students are ambitious and social. Roy Hernandez, a current volunteer in the 4-H program, was surprised to find how much he could learn from younger people. Hernandez, a Rutgers University graduate who works with the teen council and environmental team, sees his involvement as a way of giving back to others. Eight of the high school students involved in the 4-H teen council currently have scholarships and full rides to Rutgers and other universities. Hernandez understands the difficulty of not having a college graduate in the family to look up to as an example. “I don’t want these kids to go through that,” Hernandez said. “I help prepare them for the next step in their lives.”
BLOOD MOON When clouds cleared the sky, New Jerseyans could see a lunar eclipse from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. yesterday morning. At certain phases, the moon glowed with a blood-red tint. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / PHOTO EDITOR
wildfireS Hajna said spring is vulnerable to wildfires because of winter’s fallen branches and twigs continued from front
they propagate when fires go through,” he said. When wildfires burn, they clear the forest floor. When pinecones fall from the trees, they can take root and cause new pine trees to grow. It is a really complex ecosystem in which wildfires are a necessity. “Spring is our biggest concern because you have whole winters wor th of leaves and fallen branches and twigs on the forest floor, and the forest itself is still relatively open,” Hajna said. “When you don’t get much rain, conditions can get hair y for wildfires.” Some risk also prevails in the fall because of all of the leaves that can easily catch fire.
The DEP talks to communities about forest fire safety and tries to get property owners to understand the importance of maintaining clear areas around their houses. People move to the woods in order to be surrounded by trees. But if the trees are too close to their homes, that can be risky when wildfires are spreading. Robinson said aside from the Pine Barrens, recent fires have occurred in Edison and the Meadowlands. Dr y days and low humidity contribute to the increased risk of wildfires, in addition to a lot of debris in grasslands and forests. “Just to sum up, your ground is dr y, you’ve got a lot of dr y debris, and then you have a dr y atmosphere, and often times the
wind can be too, and all you need then is ignition,” Robinson said. Ignition can be in the form of cigarettes, sparks from trains, campfires or sunlight shining off of glass or lightening. Robinson said citizens should report fires as soon as they know of one and avoid tr ying to fight them on their own. “Those who smoke, extinguish your butts in your car. Don’t throw your butts out the car window. Don’t throw your butts on the ground as you’re walking along … that’s huge,” he said. Other than that, moderate rain once a week instead of heavy rain once a month would be good for fire prevention. The danger for the rest of this week is minimal because of rain predictions. “It’s going to get ver y chilly the rest of the week, which means it dries of f slower, the rain won’t dr y out too fast. The fire danger this week is going to be much lower than it’s been the last few days,” Robinson said.
Michael Gallagher, a graduate student at Rutgers studying wildfire ecology and management, said people cause the majority of wildfires. Gallagher, who became interested in the subject after taking a course called “Forest Fire Protection” during his undergraduate years at the University, does all of his research in the Pinelands. “It’s tough in the Pine Barrens because you can go from rain one day to having wild fire two days later,” Gallagher said. “You can have snow on the ground one day, and two days later, it can dr y out, and there can be a fire.” Wildfires are difficult to predict, but community education is vital. In addition to clearing pine trees away from houses, it is important to construct buildings in fire-resistant ways. Although it is difficult to predict when wildfires will pop up, Gallagher said New Jersey does monitor how conditions are changing ever y day to tr y to predict where the greatest potential threat is at a given time.
NEVER FORGET Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden, Governor Deval Patrick and Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association stand together with members of the victims families to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings yesterday. GETTY IMAGES
April 16, 2014
Lack of funds nearly breaks Trust Fund DAYTON, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretar y is spreading some bad news: the government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dr y, that could set back or shut down projects across the countr y, force widespread layof fs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements. Anthony Foxx kicked off an eight-state bus trip in Ohio to whip up public support for congressional approval of legislation to keep federal transportation aid flowing to states for another four years, and possibly longer. But Congress will have to act fast. The trust fund — the source of much of the aid — is forecast to essentially run dry sometime before the end of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30, and possibly as early as late August. If that happens, the government will have to slow down or even halt payments to states, which rely on federal aid for most major highway projects. Uncertainty over whether there will be enough funds in the coming months is already causing officials in states like Arkansas, California and Colorado to consider delaying planned projects. Foxx’s warnings this week echo ones by President Barack Obama, who cautioned in February that unless Congress finished a bill by summer’s end then “we could see construction projects stop in their tracks.” But there is little interest among politicians in an election year to consider raising gasoline taxes. Many transportation insiders, including Foxx’s predecessor, Ray LaHood, predict Congress will wind up doing what it has done repeatedly over the past five years — dip into the general treasury for enough money for to keep programs going a few weeks or a few months, at which point the exercise will have to be repeated all over again. But keeping highway and transit aid constantly teetering on the edge of insolvency discourages state and local officials from moving ahead with bigger and more important projects that take many years to build. In 2012, Congress finally pieced together a series of one-time tax changes and spending cuts to programs unrelated to transportation in order to keep the trust fund solvent for about two years. Now, the money is nearly gone. “Tell Congress we can’t slap a Band-Aid on our transportation system any longer,” Foxx urged state and local officials at a stop Monday to view one of Ohio’s biggest construction projects. Other states on the tour are Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Foxx is promoting Obama’s four-year, $302 billion plan to shore up the trust fund with savings from proposed changes to corporate tax laws. The White House has said as much as $150 billion could come from
its proposal to close corporate loopholes, such as ones that encourage U.S. companies to invest overseas. “I feel it’s clearly a crisis,” Fox said in an interview, “but we have a responsibility to put a proposal out there that casts a longer-term vision, that helps Congress and the country quite frankly think past our noses, and that’s what we’re doing.” It would also be a one-time fix, but it would generate enough money to ratchet up transportation for several years. Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee, has also proposed a one-time, $126.5 billion infusion into the trust fund over a period of eight years. But his plan is part of a much broader rewrite of corporate laws, which would require heavy-lifting from Congress at any time, but especially in the hyper-partisan atmosphere of an election year. “There doesn’t seem to be much of an appetite to go after corporate tax reform this year, which is the only long term funding source that has been proposed by both the administration and Congress,” said Joshua Schank, president of the Eno Center for Transportation, a Washington transportation think tank. But Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, told reporters last week that “what seems to be coming forward as a consensus is a piece of tax reform” rather than shifting money from the general treasury or raising fuel taxes. Foxx cited the modernization of Interstate 75, which rumbles through the heart of this middle-sized Ohio city, as an example of the kind of much needed improvements communities want but may have to forgo. The $381 million project is intended to expand the highway’s capacity, reduce traffic congestion, and eliminate dangerous and confusing left-hand exits. More than a third of the project’s cost is being paid with trust fund dollars. The interstate highway program, launched in 1956, has been funded primarily through federal gas and diesel taxes under the principle that users of the system should pay for its construction and maintenance. But it’s been clear for nearly a decade that fuel taxes haven’t been keeping pace with transportation needs as the nation’s population grows and its infrastructure ages. The 18.4 cents a gallon federal gas tax was last increased in 1993 as part of a deal between President Bill Clinton and Congress to raise money to help reduce the federal deficit and pay for transportation programs. Clinton was fiercely criticized by Republicans as a tax-raiser, and the issue was one of several reasons Democrats lost control of the House and Senate the following year. It was a lesson lawmakers in both parties took to heart. – The Associated Press
April 16, 2014
Ice cream lovers can now scoop ‘Cores’
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“That’s My Jam,” a flavor of Ben & Jerry’s new “Cores” line, is a chocolate and raspberry ice cream JENNY LIN
In fewer than five minutes, rich, fudgy and chocolatey brownies can be prepared using a microwave and five simple ingredients. JENNY LIN
Dorm delicacies: microwave brownies Jenny Lin Contributing Writer
It’s past midnight, you’re doing that last-minute assignment and your sweet tooth suddenly kicks in. You want something decadent and chocolaty, but the dining hall is closed and the closest convenience store is a bus ride away. Now you can’t concentrate on the assignment because you’re craving something to eat. I would like to present the potential solution to your problems: a warm, gooey brownie — created in a microwave. With just five simple ingredients, you can sat-
isfy that sweet tooth in less than five minutes. Don’t let the fact that these brownies are made in the microwave deter you from experimenting. This dessert is fudgy, rich and chocolatey. First, combine one-fourth cup of flour, one-fourth cup sugar, onefourth water, two tablespoons cocoa powder and two tablespoons canola oil in a microwave-safe bowl or mug. I recommend adding a pinch of salt to enhance the sweetness, and you can add vanilla extract as well. Stir until the mixture is smooth and microwave for one minute and 30 seconds, or until
it is cooked through. Cool for an additional minute. One thing to note is that microwaves vary in wattage, so you’ll have to adjust the cooking time more or less depending on the power level. Start with one minute and increase the cooking time in 10-second intervals until the brownie is moist and cooked through. For the ultimate midnight snack, top the brownie with a scoop of ice cream or add walnuts and chocolate chips. Recipe adapted simplyrecipes.com
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It’s high time to legalize marijuana Public opinion in favor of eliminating penalties for recreational use
he times they are a-changin’, and most when the consequences for underage drinking are of New Jersey is now in favor of decrim- not nearly as harsh. Of course, there are the usual opponents of inalizing marijuana. We think it’s time for some serious policy action is taken to make legalization who claim that even decriminalizing the penalties for recreational use less severe. marijuana will create an out-of-control culture But before you roll your eyes and dismiss this where ever yone’s just walking around smoking as just so typical of a bunch of college kids at a pot. But that’s because the states in the countr y that we look to as examples are Colorado and liberal university, take a look at the statistics. More and more people across different demo- California — states that already have a much graphics are now in favor of eliminating penalties more laid-back lifestyle than we do in New Jersey for the possession of marijuana. Voters in New Jer- and the East Coast in general. We think it’s pretty sey reflect the overall national trend of a more re- safe to say that legalizing pot is not going to have such a significant impact on our state’s culture. laxed attitude about marijuana decriminalization. And for those who According to a recent tr y to argue about the Eagleton poll, 65 percent health implications of of voters in New Jersey “Voters in New Jersey are clearly smoking pot — how now support the decrimin favor of decriminalizing much long-term reinalization of marijuana. marijuana, and we think the search has really been This is the complete renext logical step would be done anyway? There verse of public opinion isn’t enough concluin 1972, when 56 percent to legalize it altogether.” sive evidence on either of voters were opposed side of the issue for a to it. We think it’s about time New Jersey takes discussion to be had about the effects and implisteps toward legalization to set an example of a cations of smoking marijuana on the same level state that has a more moderate stance and cul- as alcohol and tobacco use. Having some govture regarding marijuana use. In general, the ernment control over weed should mean more state has some of the strictest laws on the use funding and research on possible health effects, of alcohol and tobacco, and it will probably be and proper public education in the same way just as strict with marijuana if it is legalized. Me- that we learn about responsible drinking and the dicinal marijuana is legal in New Jersey, but it’s dangers of smoking cigarettes. Plus, there will still difficult to get and the regulations in place probably be as heavy a tax on marijuana as there to prevent its abuse are relatively effective. As- is on tobacco, which would be its own deterrent. Voters in New Jersey are clearly in favor of suming there will be appropriate regulations in place, there seems to be some clear benefits to decriminalizing marijuana, and we think the next logical step after that would be to legallegalizing marijuana. The New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors ize it altogether. By opening up the discussion Association supports legalization because of the about weed and encouraging appropriate forms unfair punishment for those caught with marijuana of regulation for it, we’re confident that New that completely ruins their futures. Jail time is not Jersey will find a middle ground and safe ways a reasonable penalty for smoking weed, especially to compromise on marijuana use. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 146th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.
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Changing face of journalism demands new media COMMENTARY CHASE BRUSH
n last Wednesday’s editorial titled “AD Situation Overblown By Media,” — ironic, seeing as they ran an editorial the day before criticizing Hermann for “drag[ing] us all through the mud” — The Daily Targum’s editorial board quoted a section of Muckgers’ Mission & Disclosures page about objectivity and mused: “Yet this brings us to a larger issue of new media. Do we read the ar ticles on websites like Muckgers.com as we would a blog, or as an actual news outlet?” Forget, for a minute, that as student-run publications, neither Muckgers (for which I’m an editor) nor the Daily Targum can lay serious claim to the title of “actual news outlet.” Forget also that some of the most widely read and renowned sources of news on the web either started or still identify as “blogs.” Forget, once more, that some of the world’s largest and most veritable news outlets — The New York Times, The Washington Post — rely in large part on their “blog” pages to attract and retain readers. Then ask yourself: in the world of digital media, is there really a difference? The line is at least blurring. Just look at the events of this past year, which saw some of the
biggest names in media fleeing from older, more established publications — from “actual news outlets” like the Post or the Times — to start new and innovative ventures online. Felix Salmon, a finance blogger for Reuters, called this exodus a “wonk bubble” in a recent Politico article, where the “wonks” are people like journalist and writer Ezra Klein, who left The Washington Post earlier this year to launch Vox.com. Salmon puts it this way: “For decades, the news business has been constrained in ways both physical and
now sophisticated enough that it doesn’t want writers hiding behind other people’s opinions: Increasingly, we want our journalists to say what they think and be judged on it.” His point, of course, is that as readers’ tastes change and as journalists’ practices evolve with them, the whole ethos of journalism as a field changes as well. Hence the popularity of sites like Gawker, BuzzFeed and Vice, but also the quickness of Old Guard publications like the Post to develop their own branches of blog-like, opinion-driv-
“Unfortunately, despite the nature of the environment as an incubus for innovation, journalism on the college campus has been slow to pick up on this change.” conventional. There was a generally breathless emphasis on the new; there was deep belief in the virtues of objectivity and impartiality; and while journalists might have a deep knowledge of their beats, they left opinions in the mouths of quoted experts. As these old verities erode, it’s the wonks who are at the forefront of creating a new type of journalism. Klein is unabashed when he says that his goal is to compete with Wikipedia more than The New York Times: The new is important only insofar as it is, well, important. The audience for such material is
en platforms. Far from a fringe movement, this is the nature of journalism today. Unfortunately, despite the nature of the environment as an incubus for innovation, journalism on the college campus has been slow to pick up on this change. The type of thinking exhibited by The Targum’s editorial – that somehow we should regard new media with a skepticism undeserving of more traditional media — seems outdated, naïve even, and reflects an unwillingness to recognize and adapt to industry changes that defines many college newspapers and
journalism departments today. In truth, Muckgers — founded largely by former Daily Targum editors sick of dealing with the institutional bureaucracy and poverty of vision symptomatic of an organization grown fat on its own excess — emerged partly in response to this problem. That’s not to say we’ve had any real success in this respect, though. Developing a credible news site that readers can trust takes time, and we’re probably still far from a point where we can run a controversial article about the school’s Athletic Director and not have to fork over a recording of the interview to prove our reporting is solid. (We’re looking at you, Steve Politi.) But trial and error eventually begets lasting innovation, and we’ve at least had the courage to try to shake the old modes, to offer readers fresh perspectives and relevant context required to make better sense of the issues and events on campus that affect them directly. Whether that kind of approach to campus journalism sticks will depend on the “them,” the readers — not, as The Targum would have it, on arbitrary judgments and standards about the way journalism should be done, invented by the media itself. Chase Brush is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in economics and philosophy. He is the editor-in-chief of Muckgers. com, as well as a former editor-in-chief of The Daily Targum.
The problem with mathematics education at Rutgers COMMENTARY LEO KOZACHKOV
ntroductor y-level mathematics education is a festering war t on this countr y’s nose. More locally, Rutgers — a university that touts some of the best researchers in applied mathematics, as well as a top-twenty graduate program — is doing nothing to heal the deep intellectual wounds incoming liberal ar ts freshman have sustained as par t of their mandator y mathematics education in public school. Recall that if you place into pre-calculus or higher on the Rutgers math placement entrance exam, you have the option of taking a course called “Math 103 — Topics in Mathematics for The Liberal Ar ts” to satisfy the “QQ” and “QR” School of Ar ts and Sciences Core Curriculum. Many liberal ar ts majors enroll in “Math 103” intending for it to be the last math class they ever take. Let’s look at some of the topics for that class and use them as a stepping-stone to briefly discuss the problems of math education today. But first, let’s inspect why so many people hate mathematics. Long story short: Public schools condition people to see math as this repulsive, unintelligible and difficult thing, primarily focused on computation, long-winded definitions and
real-world application. This is compounded by the idiocy of requiring math teachers to have 5-year advanced degrees, effectively ensuring that no practicing mathematician or mathematically talented person will ever become a math teacher. There are more contributing factors, such as the Common Core, standardization, et cetera. For more information, I strongly suggest reading Paul Lockhart’s “A Mathematician’s Lament,” which is a highly inspired look at the failings of early mathematics education.
— Be able to articulate their understanding of the above items, in clear English. Now, let’s assume all liberal arts majors have devoted their lives to the pursuit of beauty, truth and aesthetic gratification. They want to know what it means to be alive and better themselves, both mentally and spiritually. Rutgers has a golden opportunity to show these starry-eyed romantics what math is all about — truth with a capital T, internal necessity, elegance, transcendence, fun and reason. But instead, they teach them about
“How do we teach math — real math — to a bunch of bright beauty-seekers, when they’ve been conditioned their entire lives to approach it as this unattractive, arcane and difficult thing?” Returning now to our original problem: The Spring 2014 syllabus for “Math 103” provides a list of 13 things students who successfully complete the course will be able to do. I’ve provided a few for you below — completely unaltered. The rest of the list is available online. — Determine winners of elections under different voting methods, and use these to rank the candidates. — Compute the future value of assets and value of a deferred annuity. — Analyze the feasibility of performing certain brute force computation.
“the feasibility of performing certain brute force computations” and “rank[ing] candidates.” I’m not saying these topics aren’t interesting — of course they are. What I’m saying is liberal arts majors are being duped. They may think they know what math is, but they don’t. How could they? It’s never been shown to them. They’ve never been allowed to poke, prod and explore inside that pearly world of Platonic idealism. They’re being deprived of humanity’s most enduring intellectual achievement, sans written language. How do we fix this? How do we teach math — real math — to a bunch of bright
beauty-seekers, when they’ve been conditioned their entire lives to approach it as this unattractive, arcane and difficult thing? The hyper-ultra-SUPER condensed boring version of the answer is to start teaching Euclid’s Elements to liberal arts majors again, as we did for centuries prior to the pedagogical brain fart of the 20th century. The Elements — a collection of 465 propositions from plane and solid geometry and number theory — is only second to the Bible in terms of cultural and historical influence. Euclid was one of the first to take a rigorous, axiomatic approach to math — to start from first principles and from them prove True (that’s true with a capital T) geometric properties. Students should feel like they’re partaking in something that connects them to their cultural and philosophical heritage — something that brings them back to the dawn of mankind’s intellectual rebirth. Something that places them right in the middle of Alexandria, circa 300 B.C., surrounded by brown scrolls and bearded geniuses muttering in Egyptian and Greek. Let them explore a branch of math that is predominantly visual and uses just the most basic operations — and by doing so, put their general faculties of reason against the best whetstone there is. Leo Kozachkov is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in physics. He is a staff writer for Applied Sentience, a Rutgers humanist blog.
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Today’s Birthday (04/16/14). Use this creative year to strengthen networks and infrastructure for fruitful collaboration. Yesterday’s lunar eclipse in Libra influences partnerships for expanded freedom, liberty and justice. Build personal integrity through communication. Clean house and throw parties over springtime. Summer fun relaxes and builds health. October’s eclipses provide personal revelation leading to freedom, innovation and invention. Focus on what you love to grow it. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Favor rational logic over emotions today. Postpone a financial discussion. Talk about practicalities and action. Move group activities forward steadily, and keep the others on course. Clarify instructions. Delegate tasks, and talk about the dream fulfilled. Imagine what it could be like. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -Today is a 7 -- Dream up a way to improve earnings. It’s a good time to ask for money... express your passion. Start with your inner circle, and then move out. You’re in the glamour spotlight, and others are impressed. The competition’s fierce. Play full out. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Team projects go well, and dreams are within reach. Organized data and planning provide structure, which comes in useful as your workload increases. Focus on your objective, one step at a time. Money changes hands. Practice your game, increasing strength and endurance. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Change takes place just as you imagined. Try not to get flustered. Money for a lovely household item is available. Listen to a partner without judgment. Allow extra time to resolve any misunderstandings. Peace and quiet go down especially nice today. A sunset walk soothes. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Imagine a dream come true, especially with a home project. Research your objective. Friends can be persuaded to help out... provide delicious treats and other enticements. Apply their expert tricks. Clean up messes as they happen. Double-check instructions before compromising... measure twice before cutting. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Travel beckons, but take care. No need to rush things. Calm a partner’s anxiety. Don’t spend before the check clears. Reach out to your groups. An imaginative work strategy gets results. Brainstorm and plan itineraries and logistics. Express what a dream might look like.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Today could get profitable or expensive (or both). Don’t touch savings. Try a different approach. Believe in someone who believes in you. Fall in love with a dreamer. Get captivated by a fascinating conversation. Order what you need delivered, and write down what gets created. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Discover something new about yourself today. Record any dream you remember. Indulge fantasies and speculation. Imagine yourself in different roles than what’s predictable. You can instigate a change for the better. Achieve domestic objectives through bureaucracy. Untangle a miscommunication. Finish up old business. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Check for changes and study the situation before setting team goals. Copy the itinerary to everyone involved. Monitor and watch to improve efficiency and maximize your advantage. Investigate new technology. Sign documents. Teach your philosophy through humor. Be willing to laugh at yourself. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Today is a 6 -- Talk doesn’t go far today. Benefits are more spiritual than material. Enjoy parties for a good cause. Get involved in a community project. Resist temptation to run away. Bring your partner on board. Friends support your efforts. Refine your pitch. Sexy sells. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- Consider a new opportunity. There may be a test involved. Keep your eye on the ball. Practice makes perfect. Avoid impulsive spending, or a conflict of interests. Make plans for castles in the sky. If emotions get triggered, let them flow. Angels guide your actions. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Study, research and do the homework. Check each story from multiple views and catalog differences of opinion. Don’t argue with a wise suggestion. Visualize the desired result. Make plans, itineraries and reservations. Hunt for the best deal, and avoid scams. You can find what you need.
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Rutgers has lacked the necessary toughness recently to win velopment of each individual on the close games. Despite this, Brandteam. The confidence and trust she Sias has delivered the same mesimparts on everyone, Intrabartola sage to her team. “This time of year, it is defisaid, makes a larger difference than nitely harder to keep ever yone it may appear. “She’s always had confidence in focused because we have a tough my ability since my freshman year, road ahead of us, but it’s importand it has helped me grow as a play- ant stressing to them that we still er and make me feel like a leader on have opportunities to make the Big East Tournament,” Brandthe team,” Intrabartola said. Brand-Sias has stated her goal Sias said. The road to the Big East Tournathrough all of the team activities, film sessions and post-game talks ment starts again on Thursday against Cincinnati. is to improve Despite the mental sitting three toughness of “This time of year, it games behind her team, first first place, Rutand foremost. is definitely harder to gers controls “It’s definitekeep everyone focused its own destiny ly been a work in progress to because we have a tough and will qualify for the Tournakeep ever yone road ahead of us.” ment if it wins mentally tough,” out in the reguBrand-Sias said. Laura brand-sias lar season. “The coaching Head Coach The Knights staff has tried know how to be as transparent as possible with who is in impor tant the match is for the chances, thanks a position to play, and while it’s postseason not the easiest thing to do, we tr y to the reinforcement given to communicate with the team as by Brand-Sias. “She’s constantly reminding much as we can.” Mental toughness is a char- us that we’re still in this, and we acteristic that Brand-Sias be- still have a shot if we work hard lieves is the dif ference between over these next three games and winning and losing games. It don’t put our heads down and translates into focus on and of f give up,” Intrabar tola said. the field, along with keeping For updates on the Rutgers woma level state of mind in games where the Knights are down by a en’s lacrosse team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter. large margin.
Nova’s stigma during his time in Piscataway has been sporadic execution and poor decision-making, eventually resulting in his demotion to backup for the final three games last season. Bimonte, meanwhile, is showing poise in the pocket but remains a work in progress from a mechanical standpoint. Through 10 spring practices, Flood sees promise in both. “I think Gary still continues to perform like a guy who has a lot of experience, and I think Mike Bimonte continues to make plays,” Flood said. “He made some [yesterday] in those two-minute drills. It’s been a fun competition to watch so far.” The third-year head coach Senior Gary Nova tries to hold off junior Mike Bimonte in Rutgers’ gave no indication of a change quarterback competition, which will likely linger into training camp. in the distribution of reps for the NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2014 final five spring sessions, including another scrimmage Saturday gen’s playbook is still under With several key of fensive and the April 26 Scarlet-White development, Bimonte likes players currently out or limited, game. Nova, Bimonte and Lavia- its direction. Rutgers’ quar terback competino have most“You could tion is likely to drag on into trainly split firstdefinitely tell ing camp. “I think Mike Bimonte team reps to After three years of waiting his that [Friedgen] this point. turn, Bimonte feels a sense of urknows his stuff,” continues to make Bimonte, Bimonte said. gency to seize the moment. plays. He made some who considers “I feel like this is the best op“His main goal his knowledge is just to do what por tunity and the biggest one [yesterday] in those of the game we do best and I’ve had since I’ve been here,” two-minute drills.” his biggest try to play to he said. “I’m looking for ward to asset, admits our advantag- seeing how it plays out and just kyle flood mental errors es. That’s really going to continue to work and Head Coach from all the what he wants get better.” quar terbacks to focus on and have come For updates on the Rutgers footthat’s what he’s with installing a told us. He doesn’t want to really try ball team, follow Greg Johnson on new of fense. @GregJohnsonRU. For to form us to a certain scheme, but Twitter But while the bulk of new he wants to use the scheme that we general Rutgers sports updates, coordinator Ralph Fried- best fit.” follow @TargumSports.
April 16, 2014 MEN’S TRACK & FIELD KNIGHTS HAVE BEEN ON ROAD FOR FOUR STRAIGHT MEETS
Demanding travel schedule prepares RU for future events Lou Petrella Staff Writer
Florida to Virginia, back to Virginia and then off to Georgia. That is what the Rutgers men’s track and field schedule has looked like over the course of the past four weeks. After a long month of traveling up and down the East Coast,
the Scarlet Knights will finally be able to relax a little before heading back to Florida for the AAC Outdoor Championships from May 2-4. Many Scarlet Knights believe that the grueling travel schedule may actually be tougher than the training during the week. Assistant coach Robert Farrell compares travel days to be-
Junior Corey Crawford broke his personal record, the school record, and qualified for the IC4As with a 7.80m jump outdoors. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO / JANUARY 2013
ing as mentally draining as the meets themselves. “Ultimately traveling does start to take its toll on the team,” Farrell said. “Those travel days could be upwards of nine hours on the road, and in many ways that is a competition day in itself the way it wears you down.” Pole-vaulter Sean McEvoy is among the freshmen for the Knights who have performed well this season. McEvoy feels that along with the climate of the outdoors, traveling has been the most difficult part of his first Division I track season. “The toughest part about all of this is dealing with other obstacles including the weather and traveling farther than we did in the winter,” McEvoy said. As for some of the upperclassmen of the squad, like junior jumper Corey Crawford, they view this travel time as an opportunity for the younger Knights to gain some valuable experience before Rutgers enters the Big Ten next season.
“Competing at these meets is great experience for our team, especially because we are so young,” Crawford said. “Seeing teams like Ohio State and Wisconsin will start to prepare us for the Big Ten next year.” Crawford and sophomore thrower Thomas Carr have been dominant during the Knights’ southern road trip. Crawford, who was the runner-up in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, only jumped at the Spec Towns Invitational in Georgia last weekend. He has focused on the shorter sprints and relay medleys. In his lone long jump competition last week, Crawford broke his personal outdoor record, the school outdoor record and receive an IC4A qualifying mark with his jump of 7.80m. Carr, meanwhile, has been one of the most consistent members of the roster, record-
ing regional qualifying marks in all four meets on the road. The Voorhees, N.J., native was named AAC Field Athlete of the Week on March 25 after his personal-best throw of 68.42m at the Bulls Invite. He then surpassed that with a mark of 69.98m in Virginia two weeks ago. Farrell said that whenever he needs to teach his players how to make adjustments, he often cites Carr and Crawford as models of success. “[Crawford and Carr] are always the two best examples I can give as a coach of what you can achieve when you focus on making change,” Farrell said. “In order to improve in terms of Corey by two feet [in the long jump] and Tom improving in the javelin by 40 feet, you don’t achieve that without putting yourself in uncomfortable positions.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
unior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli was named to the Big East Women’s Lacrosse Weekly Honor Roll yesterday for the second time this season. Sbrilli scored twice on three shots against Marquette on April 11 and scored a career-high five goals April 13 against Georgetown. Sbrilli leads the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team with 27 points. She has scored in 12 out of 14 matches, scoring a hat trick four times and tallying at least two goals in six contests. She joins sophomore midfielder Kristen Kocher and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Amanda Currell as Knights who have earned weekly awards.
basketball coach John Calipari says he has no interest in returning to NBA coaching, according to ESPN. Calipari coached the New Jersey Nets from 1996-1999 to a 72-112 record before returning to the NCAA. He coached at Memphis in 2000 before moving to Kentucky in 2009. He had compiled a 555-174 record in 22 seasons in the NCAA and has won one national title with Kentucky. Two Final Four appearances in 1996 with Massachusetts and in 2008 with Memphis were later vacated due to NCAA violations.
Billionaire Donald Trump
said Monday that he is interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills and keep them in western New York, according to ESPN. The NFL franchise has been under increased speculation about its future ever since longtime owner and Bills founder Ralph Wilson, Jr., died in late March at the age of 95. Trump, who bought the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1983 in an attempt to compete with the NFL, said the Bills leaving Buffalo would be “catastrophic.” The Bills have confirmed that the franchise will be sold, saying, “a process will be established at an appropriate time.”
April 16, 2014
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Janarion Grant earned the opportunity to play slot receiver while fellow sophomore Ruhann Peele recovers from injury. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2014
Federico strives to peak in third year Greg Johnson Sports Editor
Coming off two seasons plagued with injury and inconsistencies, junior placekicker Kyle Federico is confident this is his year to peak. It just might have to wait until the summer to unfold. Following the graduations of four-year long snapper Robert Jones and holder J.T. Tartacoff, the Rutgers football team’s special-teams unit is undergoing a transition phase. True freshman long snapper Alan Lucy, who Federico helped recruit, will not arrive in Piscataway until training camp. Senior middle linebacker Kevin Snyder is currently handling Lucy’s duties, and so far the unit has labored. In Rutgers’ first spring scrimmage April 5, Federico and junior backup kicker Nick Borgese combined to go 1-for-6 on field goals, including two misses from inside 30 yards. Gusty wind and filler specialists did them no favors, but head coach Kyle Flood voiced his displeasure after the scrimmage. Federico made no excuses either, saying Saturday he has since focused only on himself. “You can’t really worry about no matter who’s new snapping, holding — all you can focus on what you do,” Federico said. “You’ve just got to trust those guys and their abilities, and all you have to worry about is kicking the ball.” Inconsistencies have gone on ever since a hip injury sidelined Federico for the final eight games in 2012. Borgese converted just 5-of-8 field goals the rest of the season as Rutgers shied away from the kicking game. Then Federico struggled to regain his form early last year, missing a potential game winning 43-yarder in the season opener at Fresno State. He finished just 12for-18 on field-goal attempts but came on strong at the end of the year, splitting six of his last seven through the uprights. “After getting hurt, I felt like I just kind of fell back down, and I had to build myself back up at the beginning of last season,” Federico said. “Halfway through last season is when I started to really feel confident in everything I did, and I really just saw a difference in the way I hit the ball and the outcome of my kicks.” With another full spring and training camp to pinpoint the finer
details, Federico strives to make kicking a consistent commodity for Rutgers in the Big Ten. “One of my plans this spring was to build consistency and keep doing better week in, week out,” Federico said. “I think I can really just key in on the basics every single time I kick. ... Little things make a big difference with kicking and it’s just really a precise job. I’m just going in there, trying to do all the basics correct, and I know ... everything else will be fine from there.”
P.J. James and junior tight end Tyler Kroft, two of Rutgers’ biggest offensive weapons, worked individual position drills yesterday without contact. James and Kroft are listed as out for the spring on Rutgers’ injury report with shoulder injuries, meaning they are not participating in team periods of practice. Junior wide receiver Leonte Carroo, who led the Knights with nine touchdown catches last season, is currently limited with a lower body injury. Sophomore wideout Ruhann Peele is out with a similar diagnosis. The key players’ omissions from spring are likely more precautionary than long-term issues. Flood said he expects training camp to paint a clearer picture of the offense. “Nothing that they’ve had to deal with to this point do we feel like will even go past the midway point in the summer,” Flood said. “We think by the midway point in the summer we should be in pretty good shape.” In the meantime, Rutgers is seeing benefits in building depth and versatility. Peele’s absence means sophomore Janarion Grant is taking nearly all first-team reps at slot receiver. Grant, who made a significant impact last season on special teams with two touchdowns, is getting a chance to flash his elusive speed against linebackers. “It’s starting to pay off. I see myself getting better ever y day because last year I wasn’t getting in as many reps as I can at slot receiver,” Grant said. “But now I’m getting more than I ever could have.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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Quote of the Day “I feel like this is the best opportunity and the biggest one I’ve had since I’ve been here.” — Junior Mike Bimonte on his chance to become Rutgers’ starting quarterback
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FOOTBALL BIMONTE SHOWS KNOWLEDGE OF RUTGERS’ PRO-STYLE OFFENSE, MAKES CASE TO START AT QUARTERBACK
Junior’s decision-making impresses Flood Greg Johnson Sports Editor
Through spring practice and August training camp evaluations alone, Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood might be hard-pressed to enter the Big Ten with someone other than Gary Nova as the starting quarterback. With 28 career starts, the senior remains the Scarlet Knights’ most proven commodity and arguably Rutgers’ most talented player at the position. But if any signal caller has a legitimate chance to unseat Nova in the Aug. 28 opener at Washington State, Mike Bimonte fits Flood’s criteria for the job. The 6-foot-4, 225 pounder from Manalapan, N.J., has yet to take a game snap in three seasons. What the fourth-year junior does have, though, is plenty of practice reps under his belt and a firm grasp of Rutgers’ pro-style offense. That has given Bimonte an advantage over redshirt freshmen Chris Laviano and Devin Ray. “Just being a part of game planning and things like that, you’re prepared for a lot more situations,” Bimonte said yesterday post-practice. “We played in two different conferences [the last two years], so we saw a lot of different defenses and just going through the different weeks of preparation [helped].” Flood, who calls Bimonte a “very smart football player,” has placed a premium on decision-making and ball security in the spring quarterback competition. Bimonte is happy to oblige. “I feel comfortable enough with the offense that I feel like I know where to go with the ball,” he said, “and now it’s just a matter of executing and making sure we’re all on the same page.” Junior quarterback Mike Bimonte has shown poise and made sound decisions while splitting first-team reps in spring practice with senior Gary Nova and redshirt freshman Chris Laviano. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2014
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WOMEN’S LACROSSE KNIGHTS OWN 1-2 RECORD IN LAST THREE BIG EAST MATCHES
Head coach emphasizes trust, mentality Conor Nordland Staff Writer
For the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team, to say its season has had its fair share of ups and downs is putting it lightly. The Scarlet Knights (7-7, 1-3) have experienced a three-game losing streak, a threegame winning streak and a back-and-forth fight in their last three games, going 1-2 in that stretch. With the season coming down to the final three games, a renewed emphasis has been placed on team unity and focus in order to make the Big East Tournament. Head coach Laura Brand-Sias has rallied the Knights to put the rest of the season
Senior defender Chelsea Intrabartola has started in all 14 games for Rutgers. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
behind them and focus on the task at hand, which is winning their last three games to make the postseason. For Rutgers, the theme of the entire season has been trust. Trusting in one another on and off the field, along with helping each other out through the season’s turns has been a point of emphasis for Brand-Sias, and it has rubbed off on her players. “Just coming together after these tough losses and seeing how we can help each other off the field is where the trust factor comes in,” said senior midfielder Amanda Trendell, “and how we need to rely on each other and push everyone to know that we can, and should be in the Big East [Tournament] this season.”
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COREY CRAWFORD, junior jumper, was named AAC Field Athlete of the Week. Crawford set a school record for the Rutgers men’s track and field team with a jump of 7.80m Saturday at the Spec Towns Invite.
The bonds that Brand-Sias tried to create among the team early on in the season have played a large role in keeping Rutgers together through the year. The messages Brand-Sias has stressed to her team have influenced how the players view their head coach. “She is great at getting the team together when things aren’t going our way,” said senior defender Chelsea Intrabartola. “Whether it’s during games, at practice or in the locker room, she’s really about making sure we all stay united as a team through thick and thin.” The personal level that Brand-Sias reaches with her players has also been a key to the deSee MENTALITY on Page 13
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