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Scaramucci talks anti-Semitism, Judaism, U.S. missile strike on Syria CHRISTIAN ZAPATA
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Bringing the pieces of recent anti-Semitic instances on college campuses together, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci met members of the University at the Chabad House last night with anecdotes of his experiences with Judaism, ways to promote its preservation and a look into his life during and after his time at the White House.
“Countering BDS Campaigns on Campus with Anthony Scaramucci” was an event hosted by Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and featured a panel of members from the University’s Orthodox Jewish community. Rabbi Heshy Pincas kicked off the event with a brief prayer and went on to showcase Torah scrolls and describe the tentative process that undergoes their creation. In addition to these artifacts, he described the history of their decimation and displayed shoe soles with Torah script imprinted on them — a testament to their existence in light of denial that the Holocaust occurred. The president of Young Americans for Liberty, Andrea Vacchiano, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, gave her opening remarks where she reiterated the event’s focus to spread awareness of “attempts to delegitimize the state of Israel across
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci spoke at last night’s event hosted by Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). He discussed the presence of Jewish culture early in his life and the proliferation of anti-Semitism on college campuses. COURTESY MORRIS ANTEBI college campuses by spreading false accusations that are, more often than not, also very anti-Semitic.” She then recounted Scaramucci’s accomplishments and involvement with Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) — a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality that upholds the principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity, according to its site. Scaramucci is a former Goldman Sachs executive who served between 1989 and 1996. After which he founded Oscar Capital Management and then the investment firm SkyBridge Capital in 2005.
Most recently, Scaramucci is known for his time serving as White House communications director this past summer and the 11 days, as corrected by him, that transpired between his appointment and removal from the position.
The Chabad House keynote speaker retold his story of being raised in a blue-collar neighborhood. Growing up, he said there was limited literature in his house. Scaramucci lived in a diverse racial and religious community where he made Jewish friends whose households were the polar opposite of his
— encouraging school work and education first. This secondhand exposure to the normative Jewish household set the foundation for what Scaramucci said was his educational growth and inclination toward Jewish culture. “Why am I bringing this up?” Scaramucci said. “I’m bringing this up because I am not a Jew, but I have had the benefit of experiencing the Jewish culture, and I can also look at it from a distance, I can look at it from a separation that if you are a Jew growing up in a Jewish culture … you’re not going to see it the way I see it.”
Scaramucci listed three rules that he suggested the audience never forget. The first, that it is an individual’s culture that matters most. Away from media coverage and the glamour of being in the spotlight, he said what truly matters are the friends, family and culture that binds a person together. “No. 2 … is super important to realize this, the Jewish community globally for 5,500 years is hunching over its weight … Just look at the statistics, you’ve killed it in commerce, you’ve killed it in the arts, you’ve killed it in science … the byproduct of your culture has led to unbelievable charity all around the world.” Scaramucci went on to say that he thinks hatred toward Jewish people does not stem from the religion but from its success. In a Social-Dar winist fashion, he said this is the result of primordial instincts that bring people to want the best for themselves and a behavior that should be moved away from — toward love and kindness as seen in Judaism. Lastly, he said that passing the ethos of Judaism onto new generations will benefit the culture and offset hatred with an abundance of peace, discussing his experience during a trip to Israel. SEE STRIKE ON PAGE 4
Former Rutgers board member to pay $750K for unregistered securities RYAN STIESI ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Jeffrey Mitchell Isaacs, a New-Brunswick man and former Rutgers Board of Trustees member, has been ordered to pay $750,000 in connection with selling New Jersey investors more than $7 million worth of unregistered securities that were tied to an alleged $1.2 billion nationwide Ponzi scheme, according to a news release from the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the New Jersey Bureau of Securities within the Division of Consumer Affairs announced yesterday that Isaacs and his companies — JB Financial Resources and related entities — sold the unregistered securities for the Woodbridge Group of Companies (Woodbridge). The Woodbridge company has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with running a Ponzi scheme. Securities are things like stocks, bonds and financial notes. Before
it can be offered to public people, it must first be registered with the SEC, according to Investopedia. There are certain exceptions to the rules. Records show that Isaacs served on the Rutgers Board of Trustees as far back as 2003, according to archived catalogs from the University. Another release indicates that he served until 2009, when he was an Alumni Trustee. “Despite having no legal authority to sell investments in New Jersey, Isaacs sold the unregistered Woodbridge securities to New Jersey investors,” said Kevin Jespersen, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “Isaacs shamelessly profited from this alleged Ponzi scheme while the investors that purchased the unregistered securities are now left to deal with the devastating impact of trying to recover their investments.” The company allegedly defrauded more than 8,400 investors in unregistered Woodbridge funds, according to a press release of the SEC’s charge against Woodbridge. The company advertised its primary business as issuing loans to
supposed third-party commercial property owners, paying Woodbridge 11 to 15 percent annual interest for short-term financing, according to the press release. It allegedly promised to pay investors 5 to 10 percent interest annually, according to the press release. The SEC’s charge alleges that many of the company’s borrowers were owned by former CEO of Woodbridge Robert H. Shapiro, and had no income and did not make interest payments on the loans. “Unregistered agents are often at the heart of investment scams, which is why the Bureau strongly encourages investors to verify and review the registration records of anyone offering to sell them an investment,” said Christopher Gerold, chief of the Bureau of Securities. “Had these investors checked with the Bureau, they would have learned that Isaacs is not registered to sell securities in New Jersey, information that could have prevented SEE SECURITIES ON PAGE 4
Jeffrey Mitchell Isaacs served on the Rutgers Board of Trustees between 2003 and 2009. He and his companies have been ordered to pay $750,000 for selling unregistered securities. PTINDIRECTORY
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Study-abroad programs expand educational experience ANNA CLOSE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
are more expensive, cost more. The opposite is true for other less traveled destinations where the costs can sometimes be lower than tuition at Rutgers. To help pay for these programs, Rutgers Global gives scholarships to students every year. “We give awards of $1,000 for short-term programs, so for winter and summer, and then $4,000 for semester (programs),” LoBrutto said. Scholarships can also be found in each academic department, depending on the program, she said. Rutgers itself offers many scholarships in general, but there are also specific departmental scholarships and national scholarships, one being the Gilman scholarship. “(The Gilman scholarship) is state department money that’s one of the top ways that students can get funding to go abroad,” said Mary D’Ambrosio, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. Scholarships can help diminish the costs of studying abroad, she said. Any student that receives financial aid or scholarships at
For students who feel the need to get away this summer or in the coming semesters, Rutgers has them covered through its approximately 400 global partnerships and more than 180 study-abroad programs in 50 different countries. Study-abroad programs happen all year long, with shorter winter or summer programs and longer semesterly programs, said Christina LoBrutto, a public relations specialist at Rutgers Global. The programs can range from one-week long to a full semester — and even an entire academic year. The sessions offer many opportunities for students to not only travel, but also gain experiStephanie LaCava is the senior program coordinator at Rutgers Global and said that popular ences and knowledge they may destinations, such as London or Australia, are often more expensive than study-abroad programs not be able to get in a Rutgers in less frequented locations. LINKEDIN classroom, said Stephanie LaCava, senior program coordinator at Economics in China, Rutgers has “Regardless of what you’re and scholarships one can apply Rutgers Global. a program for any student who studying, even if it’s as crazy as to. Rutgers Global also has walk“It opens your mind to new expewishes to apply. engineering or things like that, in hours Monday through Friday riences,” LaCava said. “It takes you “In our department they can re- we work with all of these de- from noon to 3 p.m. out of your comfort zone. Not only port on migrants coming to Italy, partments to find the best time LaCava said that only 2 perare you opening cent of students your mind to new at Rutgers study experiences, but abroad. “It opens your mind to new experiences. It takes you out of your comfort zone. Not only are you opening your you’re challengWith the help ing yourself. A of scholarships mind to new experiences, but you’re challenging yourself.” lot of studies and and planning, research have the possible exSTEPHANIE LACAVA shown that we periences are Senior Program Coordinator at Rutgers Global only grow realendless, she ly, as a person, said. Regardless when we’re chalof major or year, lenging ourselves.” Rutgers, including the Pell Grant, they can study media in Guatema- to study abroad,” LaCava said. there is a program that can help While studying overseas may can also use those scholarships la, they have gone to France and “We’re constantly trying to work expand knowledge beyond Rutseem like a large financial in- toward study abroad programs. England,” D’Ambrosio said about to course match.” gers campuses, and help students vestment, the cost for a semester The programs offered cater to programs in the Department of Rutgers Global gives students get hands-on experience before abroad is often similar to a semes- all majors and interests, accord- Journalism and Media Studies. hundreds of opportunities to study they graduate. ter at Rutgers, LaCava said. ing to the Rutgers Global website. Rutgers Global works with stu- abroad at any time throughout a “It can showcase a student’s She explained that some pro- With programs like Language dents to make it so study-abroad student’s academic career, accord- skills when they’re looking for jobs grams, like studying abroad in Studies in Morocco, Business classes transfer successfully and ing to the Rutgers Global website. and things like that. You set yourself London or Australia where prices in South Africa or Finance and do not put students off track. It also lists available opportunities out from the crowd,” LaCava said.
Only 2 percent of University students enroll in study-abroad programs. Rutgers Global offers hundreds of opportunities that students can apply to at any point during their academic careers. PINTEREST
April 17, 2018
SECURITIES Jeffrey Mitchell Isaacs has been ordered to pay $750K for selling unregistered securities in NJ Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and the FPCM interest payments to investors stopped, according to them from becoming a victim.” Gerold said that as the case the Summary Penalty Order. Weeks against Woodbridge continues, the later, on Dec. 20, the SEC filed a bureau will continue to identify and complaint against Woodbridge and hold accountable the individuals related companies. When reached for comment, that sold unregistered securities, Isaac said this was the first he according to the news release. According to a Summary Penal- had heard of the order and asked ty Order issued yesterday, Isaacs’s for the press release and penalagent and investment-adviser rep- ty order to review, according to resentative registrations were sus- TAPinto New Brunswick. He depended by the Bureau of Securities clined to comment further. Isaacs also in 2013 for “disattended Ruthonest or unethgers and gradical practices.” “Isaacs shamelessly uated from the Between 2013 profited from this alleged U n i v e r s i t y ’ s and 2017, Isaacs Livingston Coland his related Ponzi scheme ... ” lege in 1984. He entities allegedwas previously ly sold approxKEVIN JESPERSEN honored by the imately 88 of Acting Director of the Rutgers AlumWoodbridge’s Division of Consumer Affairs. ni Association unr egister ed with the “Loyal securities — valSons & Daughued at approximately $7.1 million — to at least 26 ters of Rutgers Award,” according New Jersey investors, according to to a list of the recipients. “Ponzi schemes only work when the Summary Penalty Order. He allegedly acted as an unreg- unscrupulous individuals lure unistered agent in the offer and sale suspecting victims into a scam for of the unregistered Woodbridge their own profit,” Grewal said acinvestment products in the form cording to the release. “To protect of First Position Commercial New Jersey from these types of Mortgages (FPCMs), according Ponzi schemes, we will continue to take action against those who seek to the Summary Penalty Order. On Dec. 4, 2017, Woodbridge to harm our residents and our fiand related entities filed for nancial markets.” CONTINUED FROM FRONT
After receiving a photo album keepsake gift, the Chabad House speaker posed for a group photo. COURTESY OF MORRIS ANTEBI
Scaramucci was White House communications director last summer for 11 days CONTINUED FROM FRONT
ELEVEN DAYS IN THE WHITE HOUSE
In regard to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes, he said the use of chemical weapons has long been a red line countries do not look to cross. “(Trump) doesn’t necessarily want to get involved in their civil war. He’s not a neoconservative interventionist, but he doesn’t want innocent children being gassed by their political leadership,” Scaramucci said. Like a domino effect, the fallout of events such as this has an impact on the possible rise of dictatorships, loss of life and liberty, he said. As the fulcrum surrounding Israel, Scaramucci said Jewish people are the first domino to fall if anti-Semitism is allowed to thrive and will just as easily affect other nations around the world.
“You can’t gas innocent people and watch them choke and die on chlorine. And so the president hit them, he hit them surgically, he dismantled some of their capability, and by the way, I’ll speak very candidly, the effort was done in a way to avoid the Russian troops who don’t want World War III over this. But we do want to send the message that we don’t want innocent people killed,” he said. Scaramucci responded to a question regarding the IsraelPalestine conflict with an assessment of the land, which he said should stay in the hands of the Jewish people in order to secure their survival. He added that it is one of the reasons why Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem, in order to “take that off the table.” He is a proponent of a onestate solution, one in which Jewish people and Palestinians retain their legal and political character
as separate nations, and suggests a strategy that protects statehood above all else. When asked what he would do differently as a college student in light of current social issues, he said he would pay more attention to the politicians who affect the small and large pieces of a person’s life and would be a more active player in the systems that control subsidies on the money he was motivated to earn early on. “If you stay with it on the downturn, if you stay with it and optimistic you’ll catch the upcycle again, but you’ve got to stay in it. Don’t leave it, be persistent, be passionate and pick something you really love doing and it’ll be really easy to do that,” he said.
SCARAMUCCI RECEIVES AWARD
In a surprise announcement, Scaramucci was awarded a photo album keepsake as a gift from the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. “This gift on behalf of YAD VASHEM, which came from them on their own good will to Anthony, demonstrates how much his visit impacted all Holocaust survivors through the recognition and understanding which Anthony generated about the Holocaust and the 6,000,000 Jews destroyed in the name of hate,” said Duvi Honig, founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce in an email to The Daily Targum. This story has been cut for concision. Read the full article at The Daily Targum website.
U. professor bats eyes at these nocturnal creatures ERICA D’COSTA ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Although bats are not the most popular field of study for most biology majors, Angelo Soto Centeno has always known he wanted to pursue the examination of these unique, nocturnal creatures. Growing up in Puerto Rico, Soto Centeno, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers—Newark, exhausted his free time outdoors, immersing himself in the interaction with all sorts of insects and animals, according to a Rutgers Today article. “My life is about bats, pretty much my favorite creature,” Soto Centeno said, according to the article. “There is something so intriguing about these mammals, one that many people living in America have never seen up close.” Soto Centono’s research focuses on the extinction of the mammals, particularly in the Caribbean. Out of more than 130 Caribbean mammal species that previously existed, only approximately 15 species of land-based mammals and 66 bat species remain today, according to the article. “What we are trying to determine is what makes these bats either vulnerable or very good survivors,” he said. His mission is to study bats alive today and the fossils of their ancestors to better understand the creatures, he said. Soto Centeno’s research takes him on adventures to tropical Caribbean Islands, including the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, according to the article.
Part of his studies involve learning how evolutionary biology, the geographical distribution between plants and animals and climate change, affect the habitats and ecosystems, according to the article. In the Caribbean islands, more mammals have gone extinct over the last 20,000 years than anywhere else on the planet. “Although bats are resilient, on many islands the number of species has decreased by up to 50 percent over the last 1 to 4,000 years,” Soto Centeno said. He explained that he plans on analyzing the past and researching the present to get a better vision of the future. Soto Centeno said that although most people might not think about the study of bats as important, the species are a crucial part of the food-chain system and their extinction would notably impact the ecosystem. “Bats have a very diverse diet,” he said. Beyond eating insects, providing a natural pest control and preventing agricultural threats, bats pollinate mangoes and bananas and are the sole pollinators of the agave plant, which is used in the production of tequila, according to the article. “Bats get a bad rap, mostly because they are secretive creatures,” Soto Centeno said. “Humans are afraid of things unknown and because bats live in places that are feared, like caves, they are often seen as unworthy, bad animals that carry disease.” Soto Centeno spends several hours everyday on bat hunts,
Angelo Soto Centeno, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers— Newark, studies bats in the Caribbean islands. RUTGERS.EDU from the morning to often times, past midnight. He said he understands the fear of the unknown, but regardless, he still immerses himself in exotic locations that this field requires him to trek, such as caves and dense forests. He and his team take on the adventures of the world most people deem dangerous, according to the article. They leave the comfort of their homes and face mosquitos,
extreme weather conditions, poisonous plants and venomous animals all for the love of research, and to him, it is all worth it. He said that when he first received his doctoral degree in biology, his family was so proud because no one in his family had ever achieved that level of education before. Their excitement was quickly eclipsed with confusion, he said —
they did not understand his work. They could not comprehend why a person with a doctorate degree in biology would be studying bats instead of people and the health of the population. “They refer to me as Indiana Jones,” he said. “To them I might not be taking care of people but I have amazing adventures and inspire other people. That’s enough for me.”
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RSVP via the web: hp://academicaffairs.rutgers.edu/rsvphd THE LEADERS IN FACULTY DIVERSITY AWARD RECIPIENTS 2018 •
Rosa Chaviano-Moran, Assistant Dean of Student Admissions and Recruitment, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Jerome Langer, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Richard V. Simmons, Director, Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, Professor of Chinese, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
CLEMENT A. PRICE HUMAN DIGNITY AWARD RECIPIENTS 2018 Gloria Bachmann, Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, RWJMS, RBHS • DuWayne Bale, Associate Professor of Teaching and Director of the BASW Program, Rutgers-Camden and New Brunswick • The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, Robert Hacke, President, Princeton NJ • Evelyn Erenrich, Associate Dean for Recruitment and Retention, School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers-New Brunswick • Keith Green, Associate Professor, English Department, Rutgers-Camden • Peter Kahn, Professor, Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, RutgersNew Brunswick • Kamal Khan, Director, Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers-New Brunswick • Roshni Rides, Najeeha Farooqi (CEO), Hanaa Lakhani (CMO), Moneeb Mian (CFO), and Hasan Usmani (COO), Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick • Deborah Spitalnik, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of The Boggs Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences •
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April 17, 2018
NJ still has long way to go on marijuana A HEALTHY DOSE OF JUSTICE JAKE WASSERMAN
n most editions of this column, I have taken extensive lengths to highlight some problem regarding the public health and show readers why both policy and leadership are failing to properly address the needs of the people affected by the problem. For this edition, I would like to take the time to discuss a new frontier that may actually be a policy move in the right direction and highlights how the changing of the guard in the United States’ two-party system can create net benefits to the public health and the needs of the vulnerable. Through Executive Order 6 (EO 6), Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) has begun efforts to revamp and expand the state’s medical marijuana program. In doing so, Murphy has stated that, “We are changing the restrictive culture of our medical marijuana program to make it more patient-friendly,” signaling dramatic departures from former Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-N.J.) approach to marijuana as a therapeutic technology. It is no secret that upon Murphy’s inauguration New Jersey would be in for reforms to marijuana across the board, with his campaign touting goals of a total legalization bill possibly within one year, and the establishment of a new $1.3 billion industry in the Garden State. EO 6 directs the New Jersey Department of Health to conduct a 60-day review of the state’s medical marijuana program, with stated intentions to expand the list of conditions eligible for medical marijuana treatment, improve patient engagement through a digital portal to manage prescriptions as well as instate a multitude of regulatory changes that would streamline accessibility to marijuana for patients, allow doctors to make prescriptions more easily and allow existing businesses to expand, while increasing support for new medical marijuana businesses. The Murphy administration’s report on EO 6 delineates policy reforms from the patient, Alternate Treatment Center (ATC) and physician perspectives, and intends to engage all stakeholders as the legislative agenda is enacted across the beginning of Murphy’s tenure as governor. New Jersey’s medical marijuana program was enacted in 2010, but only five dispensaries have opened across the entire state, creating access for just more than 18,000 patients as of 2018, which is far smaller than comparably populated states. Murphy has drawn contrast to Michigan’s medical marijuana program, which has created access for
“Expanding a more compassionate medical marijuana program is a good step in the right direction ...” 218,000 people in a similar time frame. Murphy’s new health commissioner, Dr. Shereef Elnahal, has been a vocal supporter of expanding marijuana accessibility from his firsthand experience with treating patients suffering from cancer and chronic pain. Under Elnahal, a new staff of leadership includes an assistant commissioner for medical marijuana, Jeffrey A. Brown, to oversee the development of the program. In a 2018 report from the non-profit group Americans for Safe Access called “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” New Jersey’s current medical marijuana laws and regulations were given an overall “C” grade at 76 percent, compared to the highest “B+” score given to California at 89.55 percent. Grading is issued according to categories of patients’ rights and civil protections, access to medicine, ease of navigating the medical marijuana system, functionality of the system and consumer safety and provider requirements. Although Americans for Safe Access commends the reforms put forward by the Murphy administration, it points out significant flaws in the existing system, particularly in the way of patients’ rights and civil protections. Under the current New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, medical marijuana patients are not protected from being terminated by employers for using their prescribed medicine, being evicted by landlords for using marijuana at home or from being discriminated against in receiving an organ transplant. The report recommends reforms in all the aforementioned areas, as well as advocates for expansion of production and supplies for medical marijuana products. Murphy’s stated goal is to fully legalize marijuana for recreational use within his first year of office, operating as the backbone for the governor’s entire economic legislative agenda. Through the increased revenue produced by marijuana sales, Murphy has stated interest in funding schools, fulfilling obligations to government worker pensions, creating free community college and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Expanding a more compassionate medical marijuana program is a good step in the right direction, but the Murphy administration must be vigilant in filling in the gaps that produce injustice across the medical marijuana system. Additional efforts to leverage total marijuana legalization as a means of reducing mass incarceration, expanding social justice and reducing inequality are promising, but only time will tell if Murphy can successfully use Trenton’s bully pulpit to build a fairer New Jersey. Jake Wasserman is an Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy senior majoring in public health with a minor in cognitive science. His column, “A Healthy Dose of Justice,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.
Rutgers is on upward trajectory Money being allocated toward spreading our name is worth it
niversity President Robert L. Barchi Tournament and undoubtedly drew attention to commended the University for its ongo- the school. When potential out-of-state students ing growth at the Board of Governors see and hear about Rutgers, it makes them more meeting last week. In recent years there has been likely to want to apply here — which they have a marked increase in new student applications been at increasing rates. Sports can have a huge — since last year we are up 7.3 percent at New impact on the trajector y of our school, so while it Brunswick and 9.3 percent for all three campus- may look foolish to invest so much time and eneres together. The number of out-of-state students gy into them on the face, the long-term results are coming to Rutgers is also continuing to steadily most definitely worth it. This is obvious when one increase. To boot, Rutgers has an extremely high looks at schools like the University of Michigan retention rate of more than 90 percent. This prog- and Penn State. Of course the larger the applicant pool, the more ress is likely at least a partial result of the work Rutgers has been putting into spreading and mar- options we have and therefore the more selective keting the school’s brand across the countr y. Of the admissions department can be — this is important. But there is course cross-counmore to it than just tr y marketing reselectivity. A largquires the alloer applicant pool cation of a most “... these school marketing strategies are means more applilikely hefty sum of cations from not money — which not only working to bring the best of the only everywhere in many members of best to Rutgers, but will help increase the the United States, the Rutgers combut even the world. munity probably diversity of worldview and perspective that This means that believe should be we cherish.” these school marspent elsewhere. keting strategies That being said, it are not only workseems the benefits ing to bring the best that likely entail of the best to Rutthe spending of that gers, but will help increase the diversity of worldmoney make it worthwhile. In addition to the ongoing Rutgers brand mar- view and perspective that we cherish. Though a larger applicant pool may result in less keting campaign, the University also spends 2 percent of its budget on athletics. In addition to in-state students being accepted, it can be argued that 2 percent, there is also a certain amount of that increased selectivity is generally good — not money granted to us through the revenue stream only for Rutgers’ future students, but for those of of the Big Ten — $16.1 million in 2017, and only us who are presently here or are recent graduates increasing — as well as money received through in search of a job. Being a student at or a graduate general donations. Once Rutgers is a full member of an elite school can obviously go a long way, and of the Big Ten, it is hoped that the athletics de- having fellow alumni all over the world is clearly oppartment will be self-sustaining, in which case the timal for networking. In the end, Rutgers’ marketing strategies will benUniversity will be able to allocate that part of its budget to other pressing matters. The money go- efit not only Rutgers, but New Jersey. We cannot ing toward athletics right now, though, is worth it forget that Rutgers represents the cutting edge of because our teams essentially work as walking — academics and research in New Jersey — we should or playing — advertisements in themselves. This want what is best for our state university the same year, for example, Rutgers put on a pretty decent way we want what is best for our state, that being show in the Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball growth and progress. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 150th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.
April 17, 2018
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Starbucks incident shows current lack of social equality GOT RIGHTS? HARLEEN SINGH
icture this. The year is 2018. Barack Obama, a Black man, was our last president. The Black Lives Matter movement is bigger than before. And the simple idea of racism is deemed antiquated and socially inappropriate. And yet it still exists. In fact, you do not need to close your eyes to imagine this. Simply open your eyes and observe the everyday interactions around you, because racial prejudice is still very much alive regardless of the progressive steps taken to attempt its abolishment. On April 12, two Black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. The men were at the cafe waiting for a meeting with a real estate developer for potential business but wanted to use the bathroom without the purchase of a store item. The store manager saw them and told them to leave but they refused, so the manager called 911 for assistance. At least six police officers showed up and asked the men to go elsewhere. By this time, the other customers realized something was amiss and began recording the events, thus providing footage of the altercation. In the video, the customers are heard telling the officers that the men have done nothing wrong and are victims
of the store’s and police’s discrimination but the officers paid no mind to these comments. One of the customers advises the men to leave, as it was becoming apparent that the police were being unfair. The officers said it was too late since the men did not comply the first time the officers told them to move and said they are no longer “free people” and instead they moved the chairs aside and told the men that they were under arrest. The men, who are not identified, were then taken to the police station to be photographed and
to personally apologize to the men, requesting for a face-to-face meeting with the men, who have agreed to it. Protests are still taking place outside the location of the incident and this may be the reason why Johnson publicly apologized immediately. Many people use the restrooms at stores regardless of a made purchase or not. In Philly, there are high rates of homeless people and they use the restrooms a lot without even having intentions of making a purchase, and yet are not called out for doing so. All I can do is applaud the
“... it not only showed systematic oppression through the actions of the store manager and the police but also showed the support the customers had for the wrongly-accused men.” fingerprinted and were in fact kept there for 8 hours before they were let go as the district attorney could find no evidence of an actual felony. The video of the men getting arrested has sparked a lot of fierce criticism of the Starbucks franchise with many attempting to boycott the chain completely. Due to the backlash, the Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, publicly apologized three times for the actions of his employees as he said that they are not reflective of the store’s ideology. He plans on flying from Seattle to Philly
wrongly accused men of their courage and conviction for standing up for themselves — praise them for challenging the ideas set in place by an unfair system. I am impressed with the poise both of them showed in the situation as many people of color fear the police, and it is not hard to when police are supposed to be there for the people, protecting them from crimes and violence. It is easy to forget that they are supposed to be the “good guys” that reinforce rules and regulations. This ideology has been challenged a lot recently
due to recent instances of unfair police treatment and Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Jordan Edwards are only a few of the many victims of this mistreatment. Being a person of color, it is hard hearing about your people being killed, being discriminated against, being marginalized again and again. Thus I have to commend the men at Starbucks for putting their fears, racing heartbeats and ringing alarm bells aside to calmly stand up to the discrimination they were facing. They did not resist arrest and completely complied with the officers at the police station even though they were publicly humiliated. This incident was ver y eye opening because it not only showed systematic oppression through the actions of the store manager and the police but also showed the support the customers had for the wrongly-accused men. Several customers spoke up for the men and many protested outside the store, showing that people today recognize the mistreatments faced by person of color and are making efforts to right the wrongs. Incidents like this are tragic but can be prevented by being aware and accepting the concept of social equality and taking action to address the inequalities. Harleen Singh is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. Her column, “Got Rights?”, runs on alternate Tuesdays.
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Get head start on summer reading with new April releases ALMIER MCCOY
also the perspectives of her family on her newfound freedom.
“THE FEMALE PERSUASION” BY MEG WOLITZER
The last thing on a college student’s mind might be picking up another book. Knowledge is power, though, so why not start a list of potential books for your summer reading now? Check out this list of great reads that have already been or are being released this month.
“DRED NATION” BY JUSTINA IRELAND
Dred Nation is a story that follows Jane, who was born two years before the dead rises during the Civil War. In the novel, the Native and Negro Reeducation Act requires children to train and fight in combat against the dead, but Jane has other plans. This fictional spin on the American history that is taught in grade school is the perfect end of the semester read.
A regular on The New York TImes bestseller’s list, Meg Wolitzer recently released “The Female Persuasion,” a novel that follows a college student’s feminist journey. INSTAGRAM
“AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART” BY ELAINE CASTILLO
Castillo is a California native, so it makes sense that her debut novel takes place in her hometown. The story follows Hero De Vera, a young woman who returns to the
Bay Area to live with her aunt and uncle after returning from political prison in the Philippines. Set during the 80s, Hero De Vera must adapt to life outside of prison. This story follows not only her journey trying to figure out who she is, but
In her latest release, Wolitzer, a repeat New York Times bestselling author, writes a story about college first-year student, Greer Kadetsky, who meets an older woman who is involved in a women’s movement, and how she steered her onto the right path toward finding her ultimate fulfillment. The novel also talks about feminist issues specifically on how second-wave feminism struggled to adopt intersectionality.
“THE RECOVERING: INTOXICATION AND ITS AFTERMATH” BY LESLIE JAMISON
Author of the New York Times bestseller “The Empathy Exams,” Jamison is a recovering alcoholic who reminisces about her 20s and
how she would resort to drinking in order to block out insecurities about herself and her relationships, according to her website. “The Recovering” is based on her experiences with this disease, and also includes the history of recovery and addiction literature by great writers and other alcoholics who inspired her when she was a young writer, according to Vogue.
“CIRCE” BY MADELINE MILLER
A follow up to the 2011 novel “Song of Achilles,” Miller’s “Circe” — named after the witch from the Odyssey who turned men into pigs — is an epic in which the main character goes on a journey to the island Aiaia, where she was banished as punishment for practicing witchcraft. Like Odysseus, Circe encounters many challenges. This is a great read for those who want a woman’s perspective on a classic.
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2 cups organic raspberries 8 cups spring or filtered water 1 large organic lemon, cut into half-inch slices 2 dried medjool dates 1 gallon clean glass jar with lid
Place raspberries into the bottom of your jar, add the dates, then layer the lemon slices on top, pour water into jar and place lid on top. Place water into the refrigerator and let infuse for one hour. As for more ideas, the fruit options are endless. You can freeze clementine slices to make your water citrusy and cool, or you can just slice up your favorite fruit, pop it in the water and refrigerate. You can add mint leaves and minerals, too. No matter what your tastes dictate, your creation is bound to taste better than a glass of water. Check out other recipes on The Daily Targum website.
April 17, 2018
Mark Tatulli Horoscopes
Page 9 Eugenia Last
Happy Birthday: Your changing attitude will confuse the people around you. Before discussing plans that may or may not unfold, you’d be wise to do more research. Organization and planning will make a difference in what you accomplish this year. Don’t underestimate someone waiting to take advantage of you. Listen carefully and plan your actions with detail and precision. Your numbers are 4, 11, 14, 20, 28, 37, 43.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t disregard what others do or say. Size up your situation and consider your options. Learn from past mistakes and leave no room for error. If you want something, be willing to work for it. Know your boundaries and limitations. 3 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Look for opportunities that will encourage you to take on a new challenge or pick up skills that fit the current economic trends. Take care of personal money and domestic matters that can affect your lifestyle or an important relationship. 3 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Opportunity knocks. Don’t sit back when you should be doing everything in your power to get things done. Take a unique path if it will result in higher returns. Open up to someone you love to improve your relationship. 3 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Examine alternative ways to deal with matters that put you in charge of other people’s affairs. A creative approach to your relationship with an older family member will help you avoid cleaning up a messy situation. Discuss family matters openly. 3 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’ll thrive on change and taking on new challenges. Don’t underestimate the extent of a job, or you may end up falling short of the expectations you set. You are better off doing less and adding more details. 3 stars
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Put more into your job and how you earn your living. Look for a way to make your money stretch and to use your space to create a less extravagant lifestyle. Adopt changes that promote a healthier environment. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your generosity will send a message to someone special. Nurture relationships and make plans that will bring you closer to the people you enjoy being around most. Opportunities to expand your family or circle of friends look promising. 4 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Stick close to immediate family, and be careful when dealing with outsiders. You’ll be given poor information or limited support and should be prepared to do your own research. Opportunity comes to those who are willing to do the legwork. 5 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to work and money. A responsible attitude will help you bring about changes that will make you look good. A personal incident should not be allowed to hinder your efficiency. 2 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Emotional troubles will surface when dealing with peers, a friend or relative. Choose your gestures carefully, or someone will misinterpret the signal you are trying to send. You don’t want to be accused of a slight you never intended. 2 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Business trips, educational pursuits and networking functions are favored. Your involvement will help you figure out the latest trends and set new goals that will help you keep up with technology or research in your chosen field. A partnership will intrigue you. 5 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Memories will encourage you to attend a reunion or to connect with someone you haven’t seen in ages. A personal contract can be adjusted or updated to better suit your current situation. 4 stars
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April 17, 2018
SEASON Knights suffer 1st sweep since last season, end 6-series winning streak CONTINUED FROM BACK It marked the team’s first double-digit inning since it scored 11 against Georgetown five years ago. “We knew we had enough time (to come back) because we had eight innings to chip away at that lead,” said junior center fielder Jawuan Harris. “We’ve done it before, so we just had a positive mindset. Everyone tried to do something purposeful when they came up, and we were able to put up 10 runs.” That fourth inning started modestly enough, with a walk to redshirt freshman shortstop Dan DiGeorgio. But, the wheels started to turn when junior catcher Nick Matera and fifth-year senior infielder Chris Folinusz both singled to load the bases. Harris hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run, and junior third baseman Carmen Sclafani followed with an RBI double. When senior designated hitter Milo Freeman struck out one batter later, the Knights had two outs in the inning and were still down by 7. Even with the odds against them, they kept the rally going. Sophomore Kevin Welsh hit a 2-run double and came around to score on an error. Junior right fielder Luke Bowerbank stole home to cut the lead to 2 and Harris eventually hit a 3-run double to make it 10-9 in Rutgers’ favor.
Freeman would hit his first home run of the season an inning later to increase the lead to 2, but Illinois answered with 3 runs an inning later to take the lead. The Knights tied it in the seventh, and the Illini scored the decisive run in the eighth before retiring Rutgers in order in the ninth. Despite the loss, head coach Joe Litterio praised his team for overcoming a big deficit. “We went down 9-0 right out of the gate, and it was still 9-0 after three full innings,” he said. “And yet we were able to end the fourth inning with the lead. I’m very proud of the way they responded. They didn’t collapse and fought back hard. It was a tough loss, but I was proud of how they hung in there and battled.” The next day’s game had a much lower score, but it was still the same outcome for the Knights, losing the game 2-1. Freshman pitcher Harry Rutkowski pitched six innings, striking out six and leaving nine runners on base, but only got 1 run of support for the second outing in a row. “I don’t think (low run support) gives me pressure,” Rutkowski said. “It gives me an incentive to try not give up any runs and give the team the best chance to win. Still, it would have been nice if they put up more runs early.”
Senior designated hitter Milo Freeman hit his first home run of the season in game one of Illinois’ sweep of Rutgers this weekend. THE DAILY TARGUM / MARCH 2018 Rutgers had some opportunities to score, like when they had runners on second and third in the fourth, but was unable to break through like it did the previous day. It finally cut the deficit to 1 in the seventh, but stranded the tying run on second base. The team would go hitless in the final two innings, guaranteeing the series loss. Illinois completed the sweep on Sunday with a 10-4 victory, giving the Knights a season-high three-game losing streak. Rutgers struck in the first on a double from Matera, while sophomore pitcher Eric Reardon held the Illini scoreless through two innings. It wouldn’t last though,
as Illinois took the lead on a grand slam in the third, and added 3 more runs in the frame to take a 7-1 advantage. The Knights got 3 back on senior designated hitter Kyle Walker’s first home run of the year, but were scoreless for the rest of the game. The Illini scored 3 more in the fifth to bring their lead back to 6, where it stayed for the remainder of the game. Rutgers now faces in-state rival Monmouth (12-19, 6-3) today, their first Tuesday game in over a month. The Hawks are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Maine and Sacred Heart on Saturday, and have a chance to push the Knights’ losing streak to four.
“They’re a good team, they’re ran by a very good coach who’s been there a long time,” Litterio said Sunday night. “We got to play a good game to beat them, and can’t take them lightly by any means (sic).” A busy schedule means the Knights will keep at it and try to put their first sweep of the season behind them. “If we keep hitting and playing defense I think we’ll be fine,” Harris said. “I don’t think it’s anything to worry about, and we’ll bounce back and get a couple wins this week.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
April 17, 2018
LOSS Hall takes multiple moves up program record books in doubleheader losses CONTINUED FROM BACK But after going up 1-0, the Wolverines answered with a grand slam in the bottom half of the first inning off of sophomore starter Cambria Keefer. She lasted just two innings in this one, allowing 6 runs on six hits and four walks. With the loss Keefer moves to 5-8 on the season from the circle. The Knights’ only other hit in the game came from freshman second baseman Myah Moy. Freshman reliever Tar yn Collins came in after Keefer was pulled and pitched the remainder of the game, giving up 5 runs on five hits. In game two of the doubleheader, Rutgers put out junior pitcher Whitney Jones, while Michigan countered with the second ace on its staff, Tera Blanco.
Jones lasted four innings for the Knights, allowing 6 runs on nine hits and four walks, on the way to a 9-2 Wolverine victory. With the loss, her record moves to 8-11 on the season. Blanco pitched six innings of work for Michigan, allowing 2 runs on five hits, while striking out three. Blanco picked up the win on the day, improving her record to 8-2. Sophomore right fielder Nicole Bowman broke up the shutout in the fourth inning with an RBI single that scored Hoklotubbe. Junior shortstop Jess Hughes had the second and final RBI for Rutgers in the fifth inning, with a single that scored sophomore Anyssa Iliopoulos. Looking ahead for Rutgers (17-21), it will take on Mar yland (16-27) on Tuesday in a doubleheader. The games will
be away from Piscataway in College Park. The Terrapins rank 153 in RPI, while the Knights rank 112. This should be a good bounce back series for Rutgers, as it lost its last six games dating back to April 1. The Knights have also played two consecutive ranked Big Ten opponents in series’. Mar yland hits a lowly .234 as a team, while allowing opponents to hit .290 off of them. The team ERA isn’t that great either, with a combined staff number of 4.38, while allowing opposing pitchers an ERA of 1.91 against them. The games will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Rutgers will likely throw its top two pitchers in Keefer (5-8, 4.20 ERA) and Jones (8-11, 4.04 ERA). Look for the Terrapins to counter with Ryan Denhart (8-12, 3.44 ERA) and Sydney Golden (8-13, 4.26 ERA). For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Senior first baseman Rebecca Hall is tied for second all-time in doubles and is third all-time in RBI’s in Rutgers program history. DANIEL MORREALE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2018
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK ASH HAS LONG SUMMER AHEAD OF HIM IN DECIDING HIS STARTER
Quarterback group highlights annual spring game COBY GREEN
Flacco put on a show for the fans on Saturday, going 8-for-10 for 73 yards — albeit with an interception in the mix. But it wasn’t Flacco’s arm that stole the show, it was his legs. When he wasn’t set to throw the ball, he was running with it. Flacco led the team in rushing on the day — if you don’t include four-year-old Mordechai Carthy’s program record 93-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game for the Scarlet side in the waning seconds of the game. Flacco ran four times for 25 yards, most notably an 18-yard run that resulted in a touchdown. Although his name wasn’t mentioned by Ash as a potential guy to lead the team just yet, he certainly put in the work and effort to, at the very least, make a case for himself.
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With the annual Scarlet-White game in the books and the Rutgers football team’s offseason now in an interesting but familiar spot, head coach Chris Ash and his coaching staff have a lot of work to do this summer in hopes of competing this fall. After ending the game tied at 132, there were certainly points on both sides of the ball that needed to be addressed and will need to be once summer training commences. But, none were more glaring than the quarterback carousel, which appears to be a likely sprint to the finish line. Although Ash put out all six of the quarterbacks on the roster, he really sees the spot at the top of the depth chart as a three-man race. “It’s three guys that are competing with the 1’s, between Gio, Art and Jonathan Lewis,” Ash said. “All three of those guys have gotten the reps with the 1’s here this spring.” Here are four observations of the quarterbacks that stood out at the Scarlet-White game.
RESCIGNO WILL PROBABLY BE THE STARTER ON SEPT. 1
SITKOWSKI HAS THE ARM TO REALLY THROW THE FOOTBALL
You couldn’t have drawn up a better sequence between freshman Artur Sitkowski and sophomore wide receiver Bo Melton, on a throw that turned into a 75yard touchdown. Sitkowski, who left high school early to join the Scarlet Knights for spring practices, put on a show in his debut in front of fans at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday. The 75-yard connection to Melton was 1 of 3 on the day between the two, in what may have been a preview for the fall. Sitkowski finished the game with 11 completions on 24 attempts, good for 280 yards and the 3 touchdowns to Melton. It was a shocking display for someone who should still be in high school, and to do so his first
Junior quarterback Tom Flacco led Rutgers in rushing on Saturday, running for 25 yards, while also scoring the lone rushing touchdown of the day. DECLAN INTINDOLA / PHOTO EDITOR / APRIL 2018 time in front of thousands of fans? Mind-boggling. But, Sitkowski did show that he is still raw and has some maturing to do, as he threw two sloppy interceptions that instead could have just been taken for sacks — Sitkowski was also sacked three times on the day, the most of any quarterback.
LEWIS LOOKS LIKE HE NEEDS MORE TIME
Already familiar with the Rutgers faithful after putting in time on the field last season, you would have expected to see a bit more out of sophomore Johnathan Lewis. While Ash cited Lewis as 1 of 3 guys being looked at as top
choices for starting quarterback come September, Lewis was given significantly less time on the field than Sitkowski and fifth-year senior Giovanni Rescigno. Lewis went 4-for-10 for 19 yards. Throwing 40 percent from the field in a scrimmage does not look promising for someone who, according to his head coach, has the potential to start for a Big Ten school. Last season, Lewis showed promise, but still looked like he needed some more “fine tuning.” Appearing in seven games, Lewis completed just 37 percent of his passes for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. He will need to improve significantly
this summer if he hopes to hear his number called first in the fall.
FLACCO HAS SOME WHEELS ON HIS FEET
Someone who is both under the radar on the team but one of the bigger names off of it, junior quarterback Tom Flacco made his debut in front of the Knights’ faithful on Saturday as well, after transferring from Western Michigan in the summer and being ineligible to play last season due to NCAA transfer regulation rules. Flacco is also the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco. So, you could say the pressure is on for him.
At the end of the day, you have a fifth-year senior in Gio Rescigno who has been with the team the longest, got a lot of reps on Saturday and produced well at the same time. Rescigno knows the system and seems most likely to be named the starter by Ash during summer training. Rescigno went 9-for-19 for 87 yards on Saturday, a solid performance that almost seemed like a formality for the quarterback. He started the most games of any quarterback last season (seven) while throwing just one interception over the span of nine games. He ended the season going 47for-100 for 517 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not staggering numbers by any means, but between him and Lewis coming back from last season, and Flacco and Sitkowski still too raw to start as of spring practices, we will have to see how the summer goes. But, Rescigno looks destined to be the starting quarterback for Rutgers this fall. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow @cgreen204 and @TargumSports on Twitter.
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“We knew we had enough time (to come back) because we had eight innings to chip away at that lead.” — Junior center fielder Jawuan Harris
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BASEBALL NO. 18 ILLINOIS 10, RUTGERS 4
Rutgers gets swept for 1st time this season JORDAN FARBOWITZ CORRESPONDENT
The Rutgers baseball team came into its second series against a top-25 team this season looking for results. The team certainly got results, but they weren’t the ones it wanted. The Scarlet Knights (18-14, 4-5) suffered their first sweep of the season at the hands of No. 18 Illinois (23-8, 9-3) this weekend. It was the first series loss since losing 2 of 3 to then-No. 9 Miami to open the season back in Februar y, and their first sweep since their season-ending series against Northwestern last year. The sweep wasn’t without its high points, and there were fireworks from the ver y beginning. The series star ted of f with a bang on Friday night, in a backand-for th af fair that saw Rutgers pull a massive comeback, only to fall shor t in the end, 13-12. The Fighting Illini put the Knights on the ropes early, scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the first and seemingly putting the game out of reach. But fighting back from adversity is nothing new to Rutgers this season, as it responded with 10 runs of its own in the fourth to take an improbable lead. Junior center fielder Jawuan Harris was a part of the Rutgers group that sparked a 10-run fourth inning over the weekend, but it wasn’t enough, as the Knights would lose the game 13-12 to the Fighting Illini. CASEY AMBROSIO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / MARCH 2018
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SOFTBALL NO. 17 MICHIGAN 9, RUTGERS 2
Knights skid at 6 after loss to Wolverines MATTHEW HOWE STAFF WRITER
Last weekend, the Rutgers softball team traveled to Ann Arbor to take on No. 17 Michigan in a three-game series. Due to rain on Sunday, the Scarlet Knights were only able to play the Wolverines in a doubleheader on Friday. In game one of the doubleheader, Michigan threw out its ace, freshman Meghan Beaubien, who pitched a complete game (5 innings) two hitter, allowing Rutgers to score only once, while striking out seven, en route to an 11-1 mercy rule win. Beaubien’s 25th win of the season leads the nation in individual pitching wins. The Knights scored first in the game, thanks to an RBI double from senior first baseman Rebecca Hall in the top of the first inning, which scored sophomore left fielder Hailey Hoklotubbe. Hall’s double gave her 46 career doubles as a Knight, tying her for second all-time in program history. With the RBI, Hall sits at 135 for her career, which gives her possession of third place all-time in Rutgers program history. Freshman second baseman Myah Moy had 1 of the 2 hits that Rutgers had in game one against Michigan this past weekend. The Knights lost both games by a combined score of 20-3. DANIEL MORREALE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2018
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