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Fred Hill Jr. resigned as Rutgers head men’s basketball coach yesterday, immediately sending Athletic Director Tim Pernetti on a search for a new coach to take the reins.

U. projects record-high enrollment

RUSA election launches with campaign week

BY MARY DIDUCH BY DEVIN SIKORSKI

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With anticipation over the University student body choosing positions for their student government, the Rutgers University Student Assembly members convened in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus last night to announce their candidacy for the April 27th elections. Chairman of the RUSA Elections Committee Ben West said the external elections will be successful. He is eager to involve the whole student body in the election process for the first time. “I’m excited that a lot of students will have the opportunity to elect their [RUSA] president,” said West, a Rutgers College senior. “I think it is going to make the whole process a lot more exciting and fun.” RUSA Chair Werner Born said he is also anticipating success with the external elections, which will produce a different student government for the University. “I think it’s a step in the right direction to have all students be able to vote on who the RUSA president is and the RUSA vice president and treasurer [as well],” said Born, a School of Engineering senior. “I’m ver y excited for that and it’s going to be really interesting to see a New Brunswick-wide campaign, not just for one campus but for all five.” West informed the members of RUSA there are certain campaigning guidelines that must be followed to ensure a legitimate and fair election process. The election guidelines allow for the distribution of printed materials, advertising in campus media and communication via e-mail, social networking sites, blogs or campaign websites, West said.

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Students leave class in the Allison Road Classrooms building yesterday on Busch campus. Enrollment deposits for 2010 to 2011 are up 4 percent for all three University campuses.

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Police arrested 14 people Thursday night in New Brunswick after raiding two brothels located at 57 Jersey Ave. and 298 Handy St. The simultaneous raids of the two unrelated operations at 8:15 p.m. occurred after a month-long investigation sparked by complaints from residents, New Brunswick police Lt. J.T. Miller said. All of the charges were related to prostitution, he said. None of the charges were related to sex trafficking. Daphne Smith, a North Brunswick resident familiar with the area, said the number of arrests is startling. “I’m absolutely surprised to hear about that on Handy Street. I’m used to hearing about that on Remsen Avenue,” Smith said. At 57 Jersey Ave. Oscar Hernandez, 37, of Somerset, was charged with promoting prostitution, Miller said. Luciana Alvarez, 39, of Chicago; Eloy Bortolo-

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Three students take home prestigious award BY ANDREW SMITH CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For the second time in the University’s history and the first time since 2006, three out of the maximum four students won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Each year, universities around the country are permitted a maximum of four student applications, said Arthur Casciato, director of the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Greg Zegarek along with School of Ar ts and Sciences juniors Edward

Police bust two brothels on neighborhood streets BY GREG FLYNN

As the University says goodbye to the Class of 2010, it also prepares for another record-breaking enrollment for the fall. Final enrollment deposits for the fall 2010 semester are due May 1, but the University administration already predicts the largest enrollment in University history — again. Vice President for Enrollment Management Courtney McAnuff said deposits are already up 4 percent for the University’s three campuses combined. “So we’re expecting a good class and a big class,” McAnuff said. Fall 2009 enrollment shattered University records with 54,645 full-time and part-time undergraduate students across the Newark, Camden and New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses, according to the Office of Institutional Research. This preceded another recording-breaking enrollment in fall 2008 of 52,471 students.

Ferre, 22, of Union City; Lorena GarciaMeza, 28, of Philadelphia; and Ruth Perez-Filpo, 30, of Newark, were charged with engaging in prostitution at the location. Guadalupe Bautista-Cruz, 43, of New Brunswick and Enrique Balladelid, 46, of Somerset were charged with engaging in prostitution as customers at the house, Miller said. At 298 Handy St. Bonfilio Morales, 33, of New Brunswick, was charged with promoting prostitution, Miller said. Veronica Garcia, 32, of North Bergen; Flor Gualupe Quintero-Perez, 23, of Woodside, N.Y.; and Maricela Sandovar, 24, and Rosalba Hernandez, 23, both of Queens, N.Y., were charged with engaging in prostitution. Two men at the house, Chander Bhan, 41, and Rajesh Kapoor, 42, both of Morganville were charged as customers with engaging in prostitution, Miller said. The four men charged as customers were released on summonses, Miller

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Lochocki and Yuliya Afinogenova became the latest University students to take home the scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarships, awarded annually to students pursuing a career in science, mathematics or engineering, will cover educational expenses up to $7,500 per year for the rest of each student’s college career, according to a University Media Relations press release. The winners were among more than 1,100 students who were nominated nationwide. This year’s recipients are all heavily involved in research around the University.

Zegarek, who is pursuing research in neuronal proteins, said he did not think he had a shot at the scholarship. “I didn’t expect to win, to be perfectly honest,” he said “But you know, when I got the news, it felt amazing.” Zegarek said while his involvement in student organizations like the Molecular Biology and Biochemistr y Society may have helped him win a Goldwater Scholarship, his research is likely what put him over the edge.

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INDEX UNIVERSITY A recent poll shows that most New Jersey residents do not agree with higher education cuts.

OPINIONS Florida contemplates smoking restrictions that infringe on people’s rights.

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School of Arts and Sciences first-year student William Velella runs in the “RU The Fastest” 50-yard dash competition yesterday on Busch campus, which includes opportunities for prizes, sponsored by Rutgers Recreation.

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NJ majority favors protecting education from cuts BY JOE GESSNER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With Gov. Chris Christie tightening the belt on New Jersey’s budget, residents feel state education and pover ty relief should be the areas least af fected by funding cuts, according to a poll from the University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. The poll, conducted March 31 to April 3, reported that 57 percent of the 953 N.J. adults polled want no cuts in aid to local schools, while 49 percent oppose cuts to state colleges and universities. Seventy-two percent was also against making it easier to lay off schoolteachers. A slight majority of 51 percent said they oppose cuts in programs for the poor. Despite their desire to protect education, the poll also indicated that New Jerseyans overwhelmingly oppose any sort of tax increase or surcharges to increase state revenue. The strongest resistance was against the options of raising the state gas and income taxes, which 72 percent of those polled opposed. But those polled do favor making it easier to lay off municipal workers to balance local budgets. About 57 percent agree with making it easier to fire

Opinion on whether state funding for colleges and universities should be cut, if at all, from 950 N.J. adults. 50 40 30 20

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A poll conducted by the University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics from March 31 to April 3 indicates that state residents are willing to lay off municipal workers in order to balance local budgets. municipal workers, with 38 per“I think there would be similar Instead, Clarke suggested that cent in opposition. reactions to any governor who taxes should be raised to help The willingness for people to takes massive cuts to the budg- close the budget gap. take cuts to their town and see et,” Redlawsk said. “I feel we can all dig a little municipal workers laid off was a But New Brunswick resident deeper and pay a little bit more big surprise, said David Janelle Clarke disagrees. and help solve this budget probRedlawsk, Eagleton poll director. “I think this poll shows that lem,” she said. “But I can never “It’s hard for the average per- people are unhappy with what approve of taking away from chilson to really see how bad the the governor is doing right now,” dren’s education.” problem is,” said Redlawsk, who she said. While Redlawsk maintains is also a University professor of Clarke said she opposes cuts the poll is not a just a reaction political science. “People don’t in both local and higher educa- to the governor, he does feel see why they have to deal with tion and feels education is one of that Christie has upset many such big cuts right now.” the best things about New Jersey. N.J. residents by taking such Redlawsk said the poll results “We shouldn’t take away from an aggressive approach to dealare not purely a reaction to our children’s education. It will ing with the New Jersey Christie or his plan as governor. hurt us in the future,” she said. Education Association.

“The strong attacks on teachers aren’t doing him much good,” Redlawsk said. When cuts are made to local schools, most people are not going to be silent about it, he said. “What it comes down to is people are proud of their local schools,” Redlawsk said. “When they see what’s happening, they’re going to feel threatened, and they’re going to react.” Ian Aspin, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, disagrees with the recent cuts in both local schools and higher education. “Cuts in education are never really beneficial in my opinion,” he said. But Aspin recognized that the state budget crisis would not go away unless serious changes are made. “I can understand why [Christie] is cutting education, but I think it should be used as a last resort,” he said. “Education is vital to the state.” Rutgers Business School first-year student Michael Ades believes the state is in desperate times, and such drastic cuts are necessar y. “From my perspective, [Christie] is doing a good job,” he said. “He’s in a tough spot right now because of the budget gap. He walked into a big mess.”


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The University hopes to enroll more international and out-of-staters on all three campuses in the coming years to help ease budget constraints. Out-of-state and foreign student enrollment last fall hit 7 percent.

ENROLLMENT: U. hopes to increase retention rate continued from front On the New Brunswick campus last fall, enrollment hit 37,364 full and part-time undergraduate students, according to the Office of Institutional Research. But the projection will not be finalized until May. “It’s an evolving number. It changes almost every day,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory S. Blimling. There are several reasons for the influx, McAnuff said. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is trying to increase retention and graduation rates slowly over the next five years. The current 92 percent first-year retention rate and 78 percent sixyear graduation rate are already University highs, he said. “We actually have an excellent retention rate now, but we want to be among the four or five best in the country, which we think we can get to,” he said. The University is tr ying to push the retention rate for firstyear students to 95 percent and the graduation rate to a percentage in the low 80’s, McAnuff said.

Compared to national averages of other public research institutions, this is about the same, he said. The one-year retention rate for Penn State is 85 percent, and their six-year graduation rate is 69 percent, according to the school’s fact book. For the University of Connecticut, the retention rate is about 87 percent. Their six-year graduation rate is about 66 percent, according to the school’s fact book. The University is also changing the dynamic of the student body itself, seeking more nonN.J. students than ever, University President Richard L. McCormick said. They are also admitting more students interested in specific fields, such as business and engineering, he said. “We’re envisioning a transformation of the character of our student body,” McCormick said. The University enrolled about 7 percent out-of-state and foreign students last fall, according to the Office of Institutional Research. They will try to more than double that in the coming years, hoping to enroll about 18 to 20 percent out-of-state and foreign students, McCormick said. The president said this past semester he taught a Byrne Family First-Year Seminar. While

his students varied in their economic and social backgrounds, they did not in their origin. “Every one of them was from suburban New Jersey,” McCormick said. “I think everybody gets a better education if they went to school with people who are from different places with different perspectives.” McAnuff said the University’s level of out-of-state students is significantly lower than other Association of American Universities institutions such as Penn State, whose undergraduate student body is 19 percent non-in-state. The influx comes during a period of economic troubles for the University, with Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed 15 percent cut in state funding. McCormick said looking for more foreign and out-of-state students would help to lessen the financial blow. “Students from out of state and from out of the country pay more money, and they help subsidize the education of New Jersey students,” he said. N.J. residents who live on campus pay about $22,262 annually, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admission’s website. Out-of-state students on campus pay about $33,172 a year, and international students pay about $44,512.

Aspray, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “One of the problems with RUSA in the past is run until April 27 elections that I don’t feel we’ve ever had a clear objective.” continued from front Aspray said with his plan of action, he hopes to tackle the One of the guidelines says tough budget cuts the University any candidate for RUSA chair is experiencing and connect the cannot exceed $200 for their gap between the New Brunswick campaign expenses. and University communities. But “If you are spending money, there is a certain team he needs make sure you document your for this to happen, he said. expenses,” he said. “If you are “People generally go to stuunable to furnish these docudent government because they ments if you are appealed, you will … are broadly seeking a leaderbe expelled from the election.” ship experience,” Aspray said. Internal Affairs Committee “I’m trying to get people who are Chair Josh Slavin said if anyone interested in working on specific witnesses a violation of the elecissues because I feel that other tion guidelines, they can submit people in the past haven’t necesan appeal, and the appeals comsarily been focused on working mittee will review the candidate’s on certain issues.” campaign procedure. Each candidate vowed to stay “We’ll be fair and reasonable within the election guidelines [but] if someone is running, they but said they are using some of should know the rules,” he said. the same methods to promote Some RUSA members were their candidacy for chair, like quick to announce their candidathe Internet. cy for the position of chair, “I have a website professionalincluding Sam Firmin, Yousef ly done that’s going to hit the stuSaleh and John Aspray. dents, and they’re really going to Each candidate provided difresonate with the ideas and all ferent reasons for why they the plans that I have,” Firmin would make an effective leader said. “I’m going to have other for not just RUSA, but the whole ways of connecting with the stustudent body. dents, making sure they know Firmin, Residence Hall what I’m doing.” Association president and a Saleh said he is also launching RUSA representative, said he his website as soon as tomorrow feels student government lacks and will use Facebook ads, flyers, motivation and energy, which is rallies and columns in The Daily something he is focusing on. Targum. But he said he would “Motivating our student leaddefinitely not exceed the $200 ers in order to better advocate for spending limit. our students is crucial, especially “As RUSA treasurer I have in these times where budget cuts been able to see how to get the are happening,” said Firmin, a most bang for my buck, which School of Enviromental and gives me a little bit more advanBiological Sciences sophomore. tage over ever y“I also feel like my one,” he said. “I campaign, in a have been fighting nutshell, concen“I feel like we for external electrates on empowhave this great tions since my ering and uniting year our students in constitution ... Now sophomore and I am just glad general or achievit is time for us this is going to ing our advocacy happen.” initiative.” to enact on Aspray said RUSA Vice besides using the Chair Saleh said the constitution.” Internet and creathe brings a SAM FIRMIN ing flyers, he will breadth of experiRUSA Representative actively involve ence to the table, himself in the involving himself University comin ever y single munity by seeking out potential facet of student government at student leaders and tackling the the University. issues they want addressed. Saleh, a School of Arts and “When you mention these Sciences junior, started off in issues, there are actually peothe Quads residence halls on ple who would not only vote for Livingston campus as the vice you because you want to work president and then the presion these issues but actually dent. He has held various posiwant to work on them themtions in RUSA, such as the selves,” he said. “People should RUSA treasurer, and is now be actively sought after as RUSA vice chair. future student leaders and “I’m very involved with the incorporated as volunteers.” community [and] I have tried to The campaigning for various mesh myself in all different RUSA positions began immediaspects of the university to be the ately after last night’s meeting best student government official and will continue until Election I can be,” Saleh said. Day on April 27, according to the Saleh said he is campaigning RUSA Election Guidelines. on a five-pillar system, where Firmin said his main goal is to he is promoting advocacy, make sure the newly implementexcellence, incentives, outed RUSA constitution is upheld reach and unity. and maintained for future mem“I’ve seen the differences in bers and the student body. each [student government] “I feel like we have this great organization. I’ve actually visitconstitution now,” he said. “Now ed other organizations to see it is time for us to enact on the how they run, their leadership constitution and make sure it is styles, what makes them work upheld and make sure we stay in and why RUSA is not working,” the right direction.” he said. “RUSA needs a good Saleh also said the new constifoundation for this new constitutution must be upheld. He is detertion and I feel that I’m the man mined to make sure that happens. to deliver it.” “RUSA needs a good foundaLegislative Affairs Committee tion for this new constitution and Chair Aspray said he is also lookI feel that I’m the man to deliver ing to unite the student body, it,” he said. “The Saleh adminiswhich he feels is a missing eletration will probably be the most ment in student government. prestigious and efficient student “I’m looking to unite students government — period.” behind the plan of action,” said


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U. recognizes dean for years of scholarly work BY KASIA KRZOSKA

History Department’s doctorate concentration in women’s and gender history, she said. A renowned exper t in But before making a career for women’s and gender histor y, herself, Marsh went through a American cultural history and personal transformation at the connections between gender Rutgers-Camden. and medicine, Margaret Marsh Marsh described herself as a exemplifies an alumni who dis- shy student during her time at tinguished herself beyond her the University, but with the help time at the University, according of classmates, a friend and a to the Rutgers University professor — Robert Zangrando Alumni Association. — she overcame her introvertMarsh, Rutgers-Camden dean ed nature. of the Faculty of Arts and “[Zangrando] was only at Sciences who is also a professor Rutgers-Camden for a few years, of history and an accomplished but he made a major difference in writer, will be inducted into the my life,” she said. “I was inspired University’s Hall of Distinguished to become a historian because of Alumni May 1, along with four his example.” others. She graduated from the Mar y Hartman, a young Rutgers-Camden College of Arts University professor at Douglass and Sciences in 1967 and from College who later became dean, the Graduate School-New also inspired Marsh during her Brunswick in 1969 and 1974. college years. “Margaret is a wonderful “I was a little bit too in awe of scholar, teacher and administra- her to get to know her very well, tor,” Rutgers-Camden Chancellor but because of her, I knew a Wendell E. Pritchett said. “She is woman could be a successful acaa leader in the field of medical demic,” Marsh said. history, and she has made many Marsh feels her family and scholarly contributions.” work experiences now Although Marsh’s original provide inspiration. work was in urban history, she She also describes her work in became interested in medicine the history of reproductive mediand health and is now a historian cine as something of a lark. of major importance in that field, When Marsh’s sister was finishsaid Gerald Grob, Marsh’s gradu- ing her obstetrics-gynecological ate mentor. residency in 1988, she said they “Her books — ‘The Fertility wanted to write something together Doctor’ as well as ‘The that would combine her own Reproductive expertise on Revolution’ — are women’s and gen“I love my work, models of scholarder history with ship,” Grob said. her sister’s expertand I believe “What is especialise on women’s in the importance health. ly impressive is that she has “She saw an of public avoided clichés announcement in higher education.” some medical puband stereotypes and illuminated in lication for a small MARGARET MARSH novel ways the grant in the histoRutgers-Camden Dean of the histor y of reprory of obstetrics Faculty of Arts and Sciences duction and its and gynecology,” role in the lives Marsh said. “We of women.” decided to write a little paper on Much of Marsh’s guidance infertility in the late 19th century.” and inspiration came from Grob, Along with a future book with a Henry E. Sigerist Professor of her sister, Marsh aspires to write the History of Medicine Emeritus a book for general readers on the Institute for Health, Health Care history of marriage in the AngloPolicy and Aging Research. American world, from arranged “He is a very distinguished marriages to same-sex marriages. historian of medicine, but never “I’ve been lucky to have a wonwhen I was a graduate student derful career,” she said. “I started did I think I’d end up in that teaching when I was still a gradufield,” Marsh said. “I trained as an ate student myself in the early urban historian, moved into the 1970s. I love my work, and I fields of women and gender histo- believe in the importance of pubry, and now I work in the history lic higher education.” of reproductive medicine and Marsh chose to study in reproductive sexuality.” Camden, because, though she Marsh’s students initially liked the University, the New sparked her interest in studies of Brunswick campus did not women and gender, she said. admit women. When she started her disserta“I wanted a co-educational tion, which was not on women experience, and I wanted to go to and gender, the University Rutgers,” she said. “It turned out approached her about teaching a to be a wonderful choice. Many of course at Douglass College on my teachers were young themthe history of radicalism. selves and were terrific role mod“While I was preparing to els, including several women facteach the course … I came across ulty, notably Phyllis Lachs. I felt the women anarchists and social- very equal in college.” ists of the late 19th and early 20th But it was after college when centuries,” Marsh said. “They Marsh said she realized gender were fascinating.” equality did not exist and in her Her first book, “Anarchist opinion, still does not today. Women,” grew out of that experiMarsh encourages students to ence, she said. pursue their passions while At the time, the women’s studying, and in life. movement of the 1970s was “Find your passion in a field — underway, and the early anar- whether it is accounting or zoolochist and socialist women gy — and pursue it,” she said. “In activists inspired the movement’s your personal relationships, if radical wing, Marsh said. you fall in love with someone who She wrote her second book, demeans you or makes light of “Suburban Lives” after develop- your work, say good-bye and ing the Temple University move on.” CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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BROTHELS: Police make no arrests for trafficking continued from front said. Bail for the other 10 suspects was set at $7,500. Under New Jersey state law, prostitution is defined as engaging in, offering or accepting an offer to engage in sexual activity with another person in exchange for something of economic value.

Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, sex trafficking is when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person has not attained 18 years of age. School of Arts and Sciences junior Daphney Dupervil said the line between prostitution and trafficking is blurry, as prostitution can often be forced or coerced. “Oftentimes, people think prostitution is something people do at their free will and they forget to think about coercion and

other factors that force [it],” Dupervil said. Duper vil has interned with Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, an organization in New York that helps girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. “The issue is not legalizing prostitution. The issue is decriminalizing it,” she said. “The thing about prostitution is people are going to do it regardless. Decriminalizing it leads you to

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M think what factors in society has pushed these women to this.” Dupervil said people leaving prostitution need security, heath safety and rehabilitation. In the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report “Crime in the United States, 2008” an estimated 75,004 arrests were made in 2008 for prostitution and commercialized vice. Havocscope, the online database of black market activities, estimates that $40 million is spent on prostitution in the United States daily.

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AWARD: Average GPA of scholarship recipients hits 3.95 continued from front “I started research in Dr. Bonnie Firestein’s lab when I was a freshman — the spring semester. We’re targeting neuronal proteins,” he said. Lochocki worked on research projects with Andrew Baker, an astrophysics professor at the University, and later with Georg Hoffstadtter, a professor at Cornell. “I did that through REU — Research Experience for Undergraduates,” he said. Afinogenova also began her research early in her college career, starting almost the moment she step foot on the Banks. “As soon as I arrived at the University, I eagerly star ted looking for research and was lucky to find Professor Nancy Woychik, who agreed to be my mentor starting from Februar y 2008,” she said. “She’s truly been an inspirational mentor for me, and I have been working with her on a ToxinAntitoxin module.” Lochocki said while Casciato had faith he could win the scholarship, he was not so sure himself. “[Casciato] thought I had a good chance to win, but me, I didn’t know if I had a good chance or not. I was very nervous about hearing back from them,” he said. The average grade point average of the award’s recipients is around 3.95, higher than other prestigious grants and fellowships, including the Rhodes Scholarship, Casciato said. He hopes the University’s success this year in securing Goldwater Scholarships will help establish an institutional memor y of achievements and secure even more awards in the future. “[Their achievements are] good, that’s very good,” Casciato said. “But we really someday want to win four out of four.”

CALENDAR APRIL Think you run fast? Compete in the firstever Rutgers Recreation “RU the Fastest?” event. It’s a 50-yard dash for both men and women. Preliminaries will be held at University Park on Busch campus from 7 to 9 p.m. Prizes and giveaways will be up for grabs.

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fter cracking down on employees who decided against using deodorant or wearing underwear, Brooksville, Fla., might make the use of tobacco by its employees illegal. According to The Tampa Tribune, city officials might crack down on employees’ tobacco use — at work and during their personal time — by requiring them to quit after one year. The proposal would also disqualify employment for anyone who smokes. Not only would this move go against any infringement on workers’ personal choices and rights, it would barely disassociate smokers from the dangerous habit. Smoking is as legal as anything else we do at work or at home, and as high as taxes may be, people will keep up the habit. Unless tobacco companies are actually banned from selling their products, nothing will change. And while this new policy might aim to eliminate the dangers of smoking — along with smoking itself — it will only infringe on people’s rights. Brooksville Mayor Lara Bradburn, who supports the creation of a tobacco-free workplace and programs that encourage employees to quit smoking, said, “There’s no reason people should smoke … nothing good ever came out from smoking.” She also referred to smoking as the “root of all evil.” Supporters may be right as they try to rid the U.S. population from a dangerous habit, yet their methods fail with the first step they take. Rather than banning employees from smoking even at home, governments — as it is not yet the case in Florida — should employ higher taxes and non-intrusive laws to slowly disassociate smokers from their habits. Florida state tax on cigarettes is only at $1, while in New Jersey it is close to $2.70. Another fault with the pending policy is the fact that smoking means nothing when it comes to a valuable employee. And while we cannot be sure if the law will actually go into effect, it will only damage the quality of work. If an employee is good at his job, why let a habit of smoking phase him out? The bottom line is that the city’s law would not work. There will hardly be anyone who admits to smoking if a law is in effect, eliminating them from the job. And there will be even less people to admit to their habit as they interview for a job in City Hall or any other city government department. People will smoke while cigarettes are still legal. People will hide their habits if they are pushed into a corner. After all, since when is it the job of the city to control personal habits — good and bad alike?

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he fishy smell of herring has been the sign of profit and production for the past 135 years in Maine. Workers have been snipping and packing the small, silvery fish into billions of cans of sardines. Yet, even the last surviving sardine cannery, Stinson Seafood, closed its doors last week because of what many seafood companies blame — federal regulations. And while the government seems to be at the head of many recent blunders, this is not the case with the sardine business. After more than a century of business, the last of these businesses — across the entirety of the United States — closed. The entire situation seems to come out of John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row.” We as people are simply wasteful. We waste food, yet we want more and more, and industries try to satisfy this gluttony. We live in excess and try to keep up this exuberant life of sorts through pure consumerism. According to The New York Times, at Stinson Seafood, two workers can pack up to 5,200 cans in 195 minutes. These numbers prove the rate at which producers can satisfy consumers’ needs. The fault with this sort of “running out of fish in the sea” then lies in company hands, which fail in providing for the excessive demand of consumers. It could be argued that government regulations were not enough. But if it were not for the rapid packaging and human crave for excess, these companies would not have been in these situations. Maine’s sardine businesses started in the 1870’s and have been going strong until their recent abrupt ends. The excessive fishing and packaging was seen at its height in the early 1950’s, when the state consisted of 50 canneries that employed thousands of workers. Now a few days after the closing of the last of these canneries, 128 former Stinson employees are without jobs. “Everybody here is in limbo,” said Peter Colson, the plant manager, who has worked there for 38 years. And while the state has offered additional aid to those workers who lost their jobs, most would not take the unemployment checks. “I’ve never been unemployed since I was old enough to walk,” he said. These series of plant closings show what a century — or more — of exuberant production and consumerism can lead to. After years of frantic packaging, canneries now stand silent, as if to show their exhaustion. Government regulations are not to blame — rather a better step would have been to extend them. It is the excess and overzealousness of the American population that has caused this collapse of a state industry.

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government requests, n particularly imporlike those asking for tant elections in government subsidized which there is quite marijuana, a drinking a bit at stake, it is often age of 14 and the prohicustomar y for major bition of Friday classes. newspapers and their ediB: Not to mention, he torial staffs to write in forgot to recount the support of one specific BRIAN CANARES & ERIC KNECHT countless resolutions that candidate over the other. pertain to reforming It is no secret, for RUSA itself and the irrelevant ones that are passed instance, that The New York Times wrote in supbut not enforced by University officials. port of President Barack Obama for his 2008 bid. E: But Brian, let’s be fair, the author is right when That being said, we Tuesday columnists do not take he says they pass resolutions that impact campus our responsibilities lightly here at The Daily life a great deal. Consider one of their most recent Targum, and understand that with an upcoming resolutions commending the University for cancelelection of such magnitude as Rutgers University ing classes due to snow on February 10. That’s powStudent Assembly’s, we have a clear obligation to erful stuff. My only complaint is that RUSA did not make our positions readily understood. More to the go far enough. They should probably spend more point, as Trenton continues to cut the University time commending the University for things that budget to the size of something comparable to that should be expected in the status quo, like not allowof a modest public library, it is imperative that we ing teachers to hit students for incorelect strong student leaders who can answers, or giving out extra maintain what is left. “... we have a clear rect credit for beating up the annoying Given that this is the first time RUSA is running external elections obligation to make kid who sits in the front and asks too many questions. We really should be –– meaning people on campus actualour positions praising our school when it gets ly get to vote. We expected the camright. paign atmosphere to get intense. readily understood.” things B: But on a serious note, the letter We could have never anticipated has really gotten me motivated about what has occurred. this year’s election. I decided to take the initiative Below is a Gmail chat transcript between the and check out who was running for each position. two of us that occurred two days ago. After re-readAfter perusing through the really professional ing the conversation, we thought the transcript RUSA elections website, I found that Yousef Saleh is said it all. So, instead of writing a formal endorserunning for RUSA chair. At this point, I became ment column, we believe it is better to simply pubvery excited, as I thought he could be the one perlish our exchange. son to really change the problems within student Brian: Eric, did you read the letter from April 13, government. “RUSA election brings student interests forward?” E: I totally agree. In fact, anyone who has the Eric: I made an honest attempt. But I have to balls to wear a suit to class ever yday would get admit I got distracted when something more intermy vote regardless of their views. Plus I hear he esting came up on Book-TV. is Palestinian, meaning it would be the first time B: Well in any case, he took a shot at our beloved in world histor y that the Palestinians would have Rutgers Debate Union. He said, “RUSA is not just a a voice in government. It would be just historic. frivolous debate union that merely argues but never But let’s be serious for a moment, why do you actually does anything about real-world issues. support Saleh? Instead, RUSA has an increasingly strong track B: For one, the kid’s humble beginnings in Jersey record of actually impacting policies on the campus City give him the best possible background to repreand even the federal levels.” sent the University. Growing up, he spent his days walkE: I suppose it is pretty ironic to be told you ing down the dangerous streets of Kennedy Boulevard are not doing anything important from someone and being forced to eat the knock-off brands of popular in RUSA. By federal levels, the author must have fast food chains. This makes him the most apt to undermeant the resolution demanding that the U.S. stand the economic disposition of young college stuCongress support increased funding for Teach dents who generally have no money and are required to For America. Indeed, I am sure our congressional representatives are giving RUSA’s resolution SEE CANARES & KNECHT ON PAGE 9 the same careful attention they give to all student

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Tent State brings people together, helps student cause Letter MICHAEL MISHKOVSKY

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ent State University, to be held throughout the last week of April, is a physical manifestation of a hope that many of us hold in common. The hope is for all people to live together as brothers and sisters rejoicing always in the love that they share with one another. Throughout the past few years, this hope has propelled us into the larger New Brunswick community, building amazing relationships and connections along the way with those who share our hope for a more open and accountable government. Our projects to better the city included the ward system and

CANARES & KNECHT continued from page 8 eat at Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. Moreover, Saleh has been exposed to a usually large amount of diversity as a young child. Jersey City has specific areas in which different races, such as Arab, Indian, and Filipino, have been known to congregate with each other –– it is practically the University on a much larger scale. This gives him the ability to empathize with different racial groups and propose policies that cater to all students regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or religion.

Democratic Committee campaigns, community cleanups, social gatherings to integrate students with other New Brunswick residents and operations to feed and house the homeless. Personally, I have been inspired to act on our common hope because the spiritual revolutionary Christ Jesus has said that we should love others as ourselves because that is like loving God with all our heart, strength, mind and soul. Others have come to embrace this hope because they know that people are capable of such greater things when they work together and make decisions together, rather than living as disengaged masses whose apathy enables those with the most money and power to make the

decisions. When decisions reflect the needs of the greater majority of people, resources can be allocated in a way that benefits those who are really hurting and need help.

But most importantly, Saleh went to McNair Academic High School, one of the best institutions of learning in the nation. He had to apply himself and overcome the rigorous academic nature of the school, despite his position in life. This experience ultimately allows him to fully grasp the importance of academics at our University. We both know that the University is no longer the public Ivy that we wish it to be — we go as far as stating it in our columns. I really think Saleh could help bring back the standard of academic excellence that we craved for the last four years. E: Agreed. But my only issue is this: Can someone who dresses so sharp be taken seriously? B: It is interesting you say that. I have heard his critics say,

Every little friendly interaction among participants during the weeklong event builds an aura of generosity and peacefulness that carries into the city, even after the week ends. The more loving people that come

out, the more epic the positive vibrations become! One essential aspect of living together in a close-knit community like Tent State is for all the neighbors to meet each evening at our town hall meetings where we digest the events of the day, hear people’s suggestions and plan for the next. In order to interact as brothers and sisters, we understand that each person’s voice is equal to ever y other person’s voice. Everyone listens to everyone at Tent State because we realize the importance of each individual soul’s expression. If you come out and have ideas about how to live more in tune with the calling of loving others as we love ourselves, we would absolutely enjoy your light at the event.

Any and all suggestions are more than welcome. My favorite way of rejoicing together is through music. The live performances on the back steps of Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus will rock the surrounding Voorhees Mall each night. People always come out and jam to the sweet sounds of local ar tists. The explosion of energy and dancing has filled my heart with joyfulness during the past few Tent States, and I hope it does the same for those who come out this year.

“If elected to RUSA chair, no one will ever take him seriously.” However, I think the opposite will occur. Wearing suits seems to be his attempt to actually bring legitimacy to the organization. Can you imagine if University President Richard L. McCormick showed up to meetings in jeans and T-shirts? It would only reinforce Gov. Chris Christie’s belief that University cuts were justified. It is important that RUSA representatives start treating the organization as if it were a legitimate wing of the administration — even if it isn’t. Because Saleh dresses the way he acts, it is only a matter of time before he brings a little more credibility to RUSA. E: You’re right. But if you had one thing to say about

Saleh that would motivate students to take the extraordinarily time-consuming initiative, all of 30 seconds, to log online and vote, what would it be? B: Saleh is not the most conciliatory candidate in this election. He may take polarizing stances on issues and be sometimes outright abrasive. But this is exactly what our student government needs — someone who will take action. In the past few years, the organization has been passive in its attempt to represent the students. Saleh brings the aggressiveness needed to challenge the administration and fight for our cause against issues, such as tuition hikes and increased enrollment. Most of all, however, I admire his genuine attempt to improve the quality of

life at the University. Even if I do not agree with his political stances or views, I cannot deny the fact that he is devoted to making meaningful change. He dedicates every waking hour to this ultimate goal. In these last few minutes, you completely trashed student government. However, in spite of your obvious disrespect for RUSA, I believe Saleh is someone who will actually change the status quo. If we are going to trash the organization, we should at least be in support of people we think might improve it.

“People always come out and jam to the sweet sounds of local artists.”

Michael Mishkovsky is a Rutgers College alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies and history/political science joint major.

Brian is a Rutgers College senior majoring in history and political science. Eric is a Rutgers College senior majoring in history and economics.


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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — If love truly does make the world go around, then your world is spinning nicely. Keep your feet on the ground by taking time to savor it. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 5 — By choosing a direct path to your own personal comfort, you indirectly satisfy the needs of an elder you respect. How fortunate! Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — By the end of the day, you'll feel most fortunate. You took on a complicated, detailed task and completed it well within budget and on deadline. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — You start the day feeling lucky. Add to that your ability to choose exactly the right method, and you'll achieve the goal easily. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Arrange today's activities to allow plenty of time for fun and romance. You know your deadlines, but relax. You'll make them. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — You truly enjoy the company of your favorite people now. Surprise them with a new game, or see a movie. Indulge in popcorn or treats.

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he Big East league office selected Rutgers men’s lacrosse midfielder Justin Pennington yesterday to the conference’s Weekly Honor Roll. His selection marks the fifth time this season that the Flemington, N.J., native earned the Honor Roll distinction. Pennington also received the Offensive Player of the Week honor March 29 for the Scarlet Knights. Against No. 5 Princeton and No. 2 Syracuse this past week, Pennington tallied a combined six points — five of them goals — in the two losses. He recorded multiple points in all 11 games this season.

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East Baseball Player of the Week honors yesterday for the second time in his career. Biserta tallied six hits — three of which were home runs — and also drove in six runs and scored six times throughout the week. His 15 home runs this season lead the Big East conference and are tied for ninth in the NCAA. His selection also marks the sixth consecutive week that a Knight earned Big East distinction, joining four other teammates. The Point Pleasant, N.J., native also received the Big East Offensive Player of the Week award earlier in the season.

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basketball senior guard Brittany Ray earned a selection yesterday to the All-Metropolitan Division I College Basketball team yesterday, the Met Basketball Writers Association announced. Ray’s selection marks the 12th-straight year that a Knight earned a spot on the All-Met squad. Ray, selected to the Big East Second-Team, averaged 14.2 points during the 2009-2010 season and played in all 34 games. Her 66 three-pointers rank third on Rutgers’ all-time singleseason list.

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Pair of victories highlight tune-up BY TYLER BARTO STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers men’s track and field team wrapped up the 10th annual MEN’S TRACK Larry Ellis Invitational yesterday at Princeton with a pair of wins at the non-scoring meet. The meet was largely considered a tune-up for the Big East Championships in Cincinnati in two weeks. “[Head coach Mike Mulqueen] decided that we were going to go to the meet as a workout,” said senior sprinter Bruce Owens. “We weren’t actually going to run it at first after we got back from Arizona, but he thought it would be good for us to workout … and get back to work.” Both victories came from the vaunted 4x100 and 4x400meter relays. The 4x100 team, featuring seniors Kyle Grady, Nii-Amon Rober tson, Mike Demko and Owens captured first with an IC4A qualifying time of 41.15 seconds. “All four of us definitely have chemistr y,” Owens said. “We’ve known each other for

four years and we’re all friends. We work with our handof fs ever y week at practice and it just comes naturally.” The 4x100-meter relay team finished third last weekend in Arizona at the Sun Angel Track Classic and previously took first at the Asics Winthrop Invitational. Meanwhile, junior Kevin Brown, sophomores Steve

BRUCE OWENS Werner and Monroe Kearns, as well as senior Tim Matlack paced the Scarlet Knights to victory in the 4x400-meter relay with an IC4A effort of 3:13.67. Robertson later finished third in the 400-meter dash in 48.28 seconds, both a Big East and IC4A qualifier. Brown and Werner followed

the Plainfield, N.J., native in the 400meter, tying for sixth with a Big East time of 48.64 seconds. Sophomore James Plummer, stellar in the discus throw throughout the 2010 outdoor season, posted a throw of 45.99 meters in the event to garner a Big East berth and 11th place. The Knights return to action Thursday when they travel to Philadelphia’s Franklin Field for the historic Penn Relays. “There’s crazy fans [at the Penn Relays] and this festival,” said sophomore high jumper Adam Bergo, who did not make the short trip down Route 1 for the Invitational. “It’s a lot of good fun out there. You just have to learn how to enjoy it and take it all in to use it to your advantage.” The storied meet is followed by the outdoor Big East Championships. Bergo knows the importance that a solid showing at the Penn Relays can have during the conference showdown. “In the Big East your goal is to go out there and try to win it,” he said. “If we do go out there and do what we’re supposed to do, then we’ll have a good time.”


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Junior Erica Gerlach earned All-American accolades after finishing third overall following a 9.625 performance on the bars.

FINISH: Knights garner All-American awards in finals continued from back forced to once again start with beam. However, Chollet-Norton’s team demonstrated the same strong attitude and resiliency that it exhibited all season. “We got beam again, but I told them that we practiced and we were ready to go,” CholletNorton said. “They say it was a random draw but the host team got the best draw and Bridgeport got the second best. When I told [the team] the random draw, they were ready to show that they can do better.” The Knights were able to recover on beam Friday night and turned in an impressive score of 190.700 to secure fourth place. While they were not able to edge out Cornell for third, both the team and coaching staff were pleased with how the season ended. “We all feel great because we are back to a level we want to be at,” Chollet-Norton said. “The team really peaked at the right moment and that is something any coaching staff would want.” During the proceedings, several Knights earned personal accolades. Along with earning All-American status, senior Laura Sevarino received the Senior Athlete of the Year award. “One athlete that has been an all-arounder for four years is recognized ever y year,” CholletNorton said. “To participate in four events for an entire career is a true accomplishment. I have never had a girl win this in my entire career.” Irrepressibly happy senior Alyssa Lewandowski also finished off her career by earning All-American honors with her performance in vault. Lewandowski finished tied for ninth in individuals with a score of 9.575.

While not attaining AllAmerican status, senior Prishani Seebadri also had a strong performance to end the weekend, only missing All-American honors by hitting her foot. Despite not being able to compete in individual competition, CholletNorton considered Seebadri’s last tournament a success. “Prishani had a great bar routine and she would have been in bar finals had she not hit her foot,” Chollet-Norton said. Junior Erica Gerlach also earned All-American honors and finished third overall in individual event finals. Her 9.625 in bars allowed her to tie for third, leading the Knights in individual performance finishes. “Erica hit only three times this year, but she hit when it counted for the team and then did it in individuals,” Chollet-Norton said. Also earning All-American honors was junior Leigh Heinbaugh for her team-leading 9.675 in balance beam on Thursday. Heinbaugh finished 10th in individual competition. “Leigh is a sleeper. She is an excellent beam worker,” CholletNorton said. “When she hits, she is a 9.7 beam worker. When you are a specialist, sometimes people overlook you.” While the season ended on a high note for all three seniors, it was a bittersweet moment as each one competed for their final time. “I am so proud of all the seniors,” Chollet-Norton said. “The whole team was crying when [the seniors] competed for the last time.” Despite losing a strong senior class, Chollet-Norton believes that with the experience her underclassmen gained this year, coupled with a strong recruiting class, her team will only continue to improve in the future. “This was a big year for the program,” Chollet-Norton said. “Next year we are going to the next level.”


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Hitting woes lead to sweep at hands of DePaul BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT

The bats were quiet in a split double-header against Army earlier in the week, and it took too long for SOFTBALL them to RUTGERS 7 start DEPAUL 10 making noise for the Rutgers softball team. Facing DePaul in Chicago in a three-game series, the Scarlet Knights didn’t push a single hit across in a five-inning, 9-0, loss to open the series. The Knights pushed two across in a 4-2 loss in game two and finally got the bats going in the third game, but it still wasn’t enough. Rutgers trailed by as many as seven runs in the third game, but its late rally fell short and the team fell, 10-7, dropping into last place in the Big East. “They had a pretty good pitcher throwing and we haven’t been hitting well,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “We swing at bad pitches and take good pitches. We’re always defending the plate instead of being aggressive.” Trailing by seven runs, the Knights rallied back with patience at the plate and well-placed hits, but did not have enough. In the third inning, a 12-pitch walk by junior Mickenzie Alden and subsequent steal got Rutgers on the board and the DePaul starter out of the game. After that key hits included a double by Alden, a pair of RBIs for junior Jen Meinheit and a home run for sophomore Brittney Lindley. Her ninth shot of the year, the third baseman moved to sole possession of second on the Rutgers single-season list. “It seemed like we had a lot more hope, we were down by seven, but we knew we could hit the ball,” Lindley said on the late rally. Rutgers had the tying run atbat in the seventh, but the Blue

Demons got Alden on a check swing to end the game. “The best par t about this game is that even throughout the mistakes, they could have rolled over and died and instead they battled and it came down to have a shot to tie the game,” Nelson said. “That was a good sign.” In the midst of the rally, the Rutgers mantra of making adjustments shone through, smacking four hits and working five walks against DePaul pitcher Bree Brown, who no-hit the Knights less than 24 hours beforehand. “We watched tape last night and we made adjustments,” Lindley said. “We swung at better pitches, which was a good sign because she was a tough pitcher.” The Knights (15-26, 2-8) dropped the first two games of the double-header after two dominant appearances by Brown. Brown hurled a five-inning nohitter against Rutgers in the first game, striking out six and walking one batter. In the second game, Brown pitched three quick innings out of the bullpen to pick up another win. Senior Nicole Lindley and sophomores Holly Johnson and Noelle Sisco combined to give up eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings. Lindley, who started the game, picked up the loss. Lindley fell to 7-14 on the year just two hours later when she gave up three runs in relief in a, 4-2, loss. Houston started the game and went three innings, giving up one earned run and putting four total runners on base. “Abbey’s learning how to pitch,” Nelson said. “She didn’t do too badly. We really didn’t support her in the first two innings.” Meinheit and junior first baseman Mandy Craig scored the two runs for Rutgers with catchers Kaci Madden and Kylee Bishop each driving in a run.

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Sophomore third baseman Brittney Lindley, top, hit her ninth home run of the year, but it was not enough to avoid the sweep this weekend against DePaul as the Knights fell 10-7 in the third game. Junior Jen Meinheit, bottom, drove in two runs in the game that brought RU to last place in the Big East.

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ROLE: Linebacker picks up sack in latest spring scrimmage continued from back

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After splitting time at linebacker over the past two seasons, junior Manny Abreu (51) is the starter at the strongside position this spring alongside sophomore Steve Beauharnais and senior Antonio Lowery.

“I don’t know if I would say [losing out to Lower y was] frustrating. I’m not going to look at it as a disappointment. You have to keep moving forward and doing what you have to do. It’s motivating.” Although two seasons of falling short or losing hold of the starting role he competed for motivates Abreu, he insists it is not on his mind on the field. “I’m not thinking about it,” Abreu said. “You just do your responsibility out there, stay focused and not worr y about who’s ahead of you or who’s behind you.” With the first team defense in Saturday’s scrimmage, Abreu put competition out of his mind and got after sophomore quarterback Tom Savage for a sack. After the scrimmage, Schiano said Abreu’s play was representative of his performance in each of the previous 11 spring practices. “He’s played at a high level for the better part of the spring,” Schiano said. “He’s doing a good job.” Abreu only recorded one and a half tackles for a loss in limited time last season, but as a redshirt freshman in 2008 he had four tackles for a loss and one and a half sacks.

Getting after the quarterback is one of the stronger points of his game, he said. Playing at strongside linebacker on the early downs, he is more than willing to get in the trenches and rush the edge in passing situations. “Right now I’m playing [strongside linebacker] and trying to be the best I can be,” Abreu said. “Every day I have to go out there with the mentality that I’m going to be the best. They moved me to end a little bit on third downs, which is good. I like getting down there on the end.” Abreu’s focus remains at linebacker, where the Knights replace two full-time starters from last season. But the unit is not inexperienced, with the trio combining for 19 career starts and 169 tackles. “It helps a lot,” Lowery said. “We don’t have to start from the beginning and learn it all again. We’ve had playing time before, so we know how to go out there and do our jobs.” And Lowery, who went from competing with Abreu last spring to playing alongside him now, is pleased with the progress of the unit and that Abreu is beginning to step up. “He does everything he needs to do as a starter,” Lowery said. “He prepares well, executes it and everything. He keeps going until he gets it. He’s a kid who won’t stop and keeps doing what he’s got to do.”


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Hill resigns after four losing seasons, two-week stalemate BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

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Fred Hill Jr. resigned from his position of Rutgers head men’s basketball coach yesterday after a turbulent month of April, which began with an argument at a baseball game.

It lasted 1,484 days after his hiring, 33 days after hearing he would return for a fifth season and 18 days after entering a verbal MEN’S BASKETBALL confrontation with a Pittsburgh baseball coach, but yesterday the Fred Hill Jr. era officially came to an end. Hill resigned from his position as Rutgers head men’s basketball coach yesterday after almost two weeks of investigation into his behavior and negotiations surrounding his dismissal. Athletic Director Tim Pernetti declined comment on the circumstances surrounding Hill’s departure and any settlement between the parties, instead focusing on the search for a new coach, which Pernetti said would begin immediately. “I have a responsibility to the University and the state to be realistic, but at the same time I think it’s clear that especially with men’s basketball, we need to invest in the program to get it where it’s going,” Pernetti said last night in a teleconference. “For the first time in a long time, we’re going to make an investment in the men’s basketball program.” Hill joined Rutgers without any previous head coaching experience, but with a reputation as a star recruiter and assistant on Jay Wright’s Villanova staff. After four losing seasons that add up to a 47-77 record and the transfer of 12 players — including prized recruits Greg Echenique and Mike Rosario — the Hill era is over. At the conclusion of his fourth season, Hill met with Pernetti and was told he would return, but after the confrontation at the baseball game, it became apparent that would no longer be the case. The Star-Ledger reported Pernetti sought legal counsel to fire Hill for cause — avoiding a settlement — but after a long stalemate, the two sides eventually reached an agreement. “In everything we do, its more important than ever that there’s a process,” Pernetti said. “I think the important thing about all of this is

that we went through the process the right way — that was the No. 1 priority not only for us as a University, but for everyone involved.” Pernetti met with the nine remaining members of the Knights yesterday and remains in contact with commitment Gilvydas Biruta, who requested out of his Letter of Intent, according to reports. “I have tried to communicate with the players as much as I could throughout this process, because to me those guys are the program — they need as much information as anybody,” Pernetti said. “It’s been well documented, there have been conversations with Mr. Biruta as well and we’ll continue to have those conversations.” In the search for a new head coach, Pernetti said he has criteria in mind, but also plans to reach out to key figures in youth basketball from the metro area to get their feedback. “This is definitely a unique state and definitely a unique area,” Pernetti said. “I think it’s just as important for me to solicit feedback during this process from people that run boy’s and men’s basketball in the area as it is for me to have my own criteria.” The athletic director, just under a month into his second year in office, declined comment on a shortlist of coaching candidates, but said he has one in mind and a relationship with Rutgers is not a prerequisite. Pernetti did not put a timeline on his next hire, but said until it is complete, he will not work on anything else. “No matter what sport you’re talking about, your head coach is always the person in the storefront window as related to your program,” Pernetti said. “When you deal with programs like men’s basketball, it’s been well documented and I’ve discussed it, there are many things I think we need to do to constantly move our program forward. “Some are related to facilities, which obviously requires success on the fundraising front, so I think the position is critically important not only from the perspective of the product going for ward, but in order to move the program for ward in ever y way.”

Surprise finish sends off seniors in ideal fashion

Junior set to capitalize on starting role

BY JOSH GLATT

BY STEVEN MILLER

STAFF WRITER

SPORTS EDITOR

When the Rutgers gymnastics team’s season began in January, head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton was GYMNASTICS content to declare RUTGERS 190.700 her team’s goal of merely getting to FOURTH PLACE USA Nationals. As the season went on, it became clear that her goal was less aggressive than the Scarlet Knights’ skill level allowed for. As the season came to a close this weekend, the Knights took a fourth-place finish at USA Nationals, a feat that exceeded early season expectations. The Knights scored a 189.400 on Thursday to finish second in their preliminary session to advance to the finals. While their 189.400 score was good enough to advance, the Knights suffered from several mistakes that needed to be quickly remedied before finals. While suffering from a poor draw of events, the Knights still recognized the mistakes needed to be fixed. “We struggled on the prelim night,” Chollet-Norton said. “We fell on beam. We didn’t have our best night.” Coming into finals, the Knights once again suffered from a poor draw, being

Manny Abreu started seven games in 2008, but Damaso Munoz displaced him and started the last five. Abreu was in competition with Antonio FOOTBALL Lowery entering last season, but Lowery started 10 games and Steve Beauharnais started two more. Since joining the Rutgers football team, the junior linebacker Abreu was always in the mix to start, but never capitalized on his opportunity. “You have to take advantage of your chances,” Abreu said. “Every time you’re out there you have to make the most of it, because you might not get the same chance again.” For the third straight season, Abreu has the chance to earn significant playing time as he works with Lowery, a senior at weakside linebacker, and Beauharnais, a sophomore in the middle of the Scarlet Knights’ linebacking corps. The week before last season’s opening matchup with Cincinnati, head coach Greg Schiano was still unsure of who would start between Abreu and Lowery — the competition was that close. Lowery won the job and finished with 55 tackles, more than three times Abreu’s 18. “I played the role that I had to play,” Abreu said. “I worked hard — that’s all I can say.

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Laura Sevarino earned Senior Athlete of the Year and All-American honors as the Knights placed fourth at USA Nationals this past weekend, participating in all four events.

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