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U. community marches to end sexual assault Chloe Dopico Associate News EDITOR
More than 250 students, staff and community members took to the streets of the Douglass and College Avenue campuses in the annual Take Back the Night protest against sexual assault, organized by Women Organizing Against Harassment (WOAH) for the fourth consecutive year. School of Engineering senior, President of WOAH and lead organizer of the protest Maci Nordone said the demonstration was in protest of sexual and gender-based violence within the community and in support of survivors. The protest kicked off with a rally at College Hall on Douglass campus at 7 p.m. Students were invited to make posters, and the first 100 students who arrived received free t-shirts. The rally featured a performance from the Vagina Monologues, titled “My Short Skirt,” and a speech by the Assistant Director in the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance Laura Luciano. Luciano said it was important for her to be there in order to provide assistance and resources to student organizers so that they can do the best they can. “The other reason I’m here is because this is a really emotional event for people … so I want to make sure the participants here
really feel supported and have people to talk to if they need that. And finally, I really love and admire our students that are willing to put themselves out there and to try to be change agents,” she said. Trained confidential advocates were involved in the march in case students needed someone to talk to, Luciano said. Luciano was involved in the organization of the event from the beginning, she said. “It’s really powerful when we’re all together like this. You know, what I hear from survivors all the time is that they feel alone and they don’t feel like people will believe them or support them, you know we get those messages every day on social media and in rape jokes, and then when we have events like this, where there are so many people just here to support each other, that’s really strong and powerful,” Luciano said. After the rally, the protest took to George Street, where demonstrators chanted while holding signs and posters. They marched from Voorhees Mall where a Speak Out portion of the event allowed members of the community to speak. The all-female a capella group ShockWave performed, and students performed poetry or shared their experiences with sexual assault. Nordone said eight people signed up to share experiences and poems at the Speak Out, but they
On Wednesday night, students marched from College Hall to Voorhees Mall for the fourth annual Take Back the Night protest for sexual assault awareness. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR then opened up to the public where many more community members stepped forward. Abby Schreiber, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and a member of ShockWave, performed a poem about her rape, which she said occurred her first year of college, and said it was the first time she publicly called her assaulter a rapist. “The reason I wanted to speak was because I feel like there are so many men, and women, and people who are walking around and have genuinely no idea that they ever assaulted a person — they think that they just got laid, they think that this was an incredible night, they think it was just a one night stand and they don’t know (about) the trauma that they
left people in, and that’s absolutely the case in my situation. And if we don’t educate these people about what is assault, what is consent, then it’s just going to keep happening, and that’s how we end the culture,” Schreiber said. The demonstration had over 40 co-sponsoring organizations, which is double the number of co-sponsors from last year, Nordone said. “(This is important because) sexual violence doesn’t go away, and (the march) is a way to say every single year ‘hey, this is not tolerated within our community and we’re here to stand up against it and support survivors’ … I hope people walk away feeling really empowered from the event, and supported as well, that they have friends
within the community that support them,” Nordone said. Luciano said a few possible outcomes from the protest include giving individuals a sense of empowerment and can be a springboard for other actions. “I think that it raises awareness about the fact that this kind of violence is happening on our campus community and all over the country, and so I think that’s really important. And I think it has the potential to let survivors know that there is support and help available to them. Survivors often operate believing they’re completely alone and that there’s nobody here to help and I think a program like this, an event like this, can really bring everyone together in that way,” she said.
Only 4 students attend open tuition hearing Kira Herzog News Editor
Every year, the Rutgers University Board of Governors holds an open session for students to voice their concerns regarding tuition, fees and housing charges. Members of the Rutgers community have historically turned out in large numbers, using the event as a platform to protest tuition hikes or communicate to administrators, but this year only four students sat in the audience. The annual hearing represents one of only two formal opportunities for students to provide their input to the budget prior to its finalization. The second takes place in July each year after the plan has already been drafted. Students and administrators alike noted the low turnout of the event this year, and the hearing wrapped up in an unprecedented 52 minutes.
To kick off the meeting, Vice President of Financial Planning and Budgeting Kathy Dettloff ran through the allotment of the University’s $3.9 billion expenses. Currently, she said 50 percent of the University’s spending goes towards paying the salaries and wages of professors and faculty. The other 15 percent is divided between utilities, services, fringe benefits, debt services and materials. Dettloff also noted the declining support of the state and federal governments towards higher education institutions like Rutgers but said the school has managed to still minimize its tuition increases. “Over the last five years, Rutgers has increased its rates an average of 2.4 to 2.5 percent annually but last year the increase was only 1.7 percent. This increase puts us in the middle of other New Jersey institutions,” Dettloff said.
Only four students sat in the audience for the Board of Governors’ open budget hearing in the College Avenue Student Center. The event took place at the same time as the campus march to end sexual assault and emails were not sent out to students until one week prior to the event. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR This year’s tuition hike has not yet been announced. “There were fewer (attendees) than I expected,” said University President Rober t L. Barchi. “And I think there were two reasons for that. One is that if you look back over the years that I’ve
been doing this, probably half or more of the students that spoke belonged to a common group of individuals who demonstrate around campuses for a variety of causes — and they were not here tonight for whatever reason … I think the other piece of it is that
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Campus Calendar Thursday 4/20 The Department of Nutritional Sciences presents “The Hans Fisher Lecture 2017: Intersection of Nutrition Science and Policy—Current Challenges” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health on Cook campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research presents “Health Care Reform and the Healthcare Delivery System: What Types of Medical Groups Provide Better Health Care” from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services presents “Mindfulness Meditation” from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center on Douglass campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Mason Gross School of the Arts presents “Master Class: Violin with Catherine Cho” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Marr yott Music Building on Douglass campus.
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April 20, 2017
U. team makes breakthrough in tuberculosis treatment
A team from Rutgers—New Brunswick recently took a major step forward in their research of the drug rifampin, which is commonly used to treat tuberculosis. The team published a paper, studying the drug from a structural standpoint. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Nikhilesh De correspondent
More than 40 years ago, doctors in the United States began treating tuberculosis (TB) with the drug rifampin, but they only recently began understanding how rifampin could stop the spread of TB on a structural level. Earlier this month, a team from Rutgers—New Brunswick made a major breakthrough on this front. Rutgers researchers collaborated with a group from the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark published a paper outlining the structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis ribonucleic acid polymerase (Mtb RNAP), which rifampin binds to in order to inhibit the bacteria from replicating, said senior author Richard Ebright. “The drug rifampin is critically important, it’s a cornerstone of anti-(tuberculosis) therapy,” he said. “It has the property that it can kill not only replicating bacteria but also dormant, non-replicating bacteria, and TB infection involves a substantial component of dormant bacteria. The only way to clear the infection is to have a compound that can kill those bacteria.” When rifampin binds to Mtb RNAP, it prevents the enzyme
from acting — it literally blocks the action — which halts bacteria replication. The Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Edward Arnold said the paper’s other purpose was to explain alternate binding sites for new drugs, due to the increasing number of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis. These mutated strains are as dangerous as any other type of tuberculosis bacterium, but are immune to rifampin because their binding site is different, he said. As a result, they can continue to replicate, complicating treatment efforts. “Therefore, there’s an urgent need to find new classes of compounds that can inhibit the same enzyme but can do so with different binding sites,” he said. “Around a decade ago we began working on the project. We knew this was the rate-limiting step, the critical essential step, to finding new compounds which inhibit this enzyme.” By finding new binding sites, other drugs can be created to treat tuberculosis which is resistant to rifampin, he said. The reason they could not be created before is because researchers did not know how tuberculosis looked on a structural level.
“In order to (create new medicines) one needs to know the structure of the enzyme,” he said. “You can’t use rational, structure-based drug design methods if you don’t know the structure of the target that you’re addressing, and until now, there has not been structural information available on that target.” By understanding how the enzyme works, researchers can see
“It represents a 10-year effort, and it feels very good to have had that effort succeed ... ” richard ebright Senior Author
more clearly how rifampin binds to it and prevents tuberculosis bacteria from replicating. To determine how rifampin works, researchers first needed large amounts of the tuberculosis bacterium’s enzyme, he said. They placed Mtb RNAP genes into E. coli bacteria, which allowed them to grow and assemble the enzyme.
The enzymes were then extracted from the bacteria and tested, he said. “We developed assays that allowed us to demonstrate the activity of the enzyme and we began efforts to try to determine its structure using a technique called x-ray crystallography, which requires that you first crystallize the structure so it diffracts well,” he said. By seeing how the rifampin binds to Mtb RNAP, researchers can also see how the protein changes, which would indicate drug-resistant bacteria, he said. This is also how the research team was able to discover new binding sites. By using new binding sites, researchers can make sure to avoid overriding rifampin’s binding site, he said. It took nearly the full decade to discover the enzyme’s structure, Ebright said. “We finally succeeded in obtaining its structure … and have spent the last two years performing additional experiments validating the structure and verifying the structural inferences we drew,” he said. “It represents a 10-year effort, and it feels very good to have had that effort succeed and know that the results are now available and can be
used both by us and others in the scientific community.” Ebright said he plans to continue researching ways to kill the bacterium which causes TB. Discovering different sites on the bacterium which can be used to inhibit it should help in developing a new medicine. “From our perspective, the most important avenue to pursue is the new class of compounds that bind to a different site on Mtb RNA Polymerase, and are therefore able to inhibit versions of the enzyme that are resistant to rifampin,” he said. The research project was performed by a team of researchers from Rutgers—New Brunswick and the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers—Newark, Ebright said. The 2013 merger between Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey made working with the New Jersey Medical School an easier process, he said. “Just for the half of the period before the merger, we were working with researchers from another university,” he said. “And after the merger, we were working with colleagues in the same university, which greatly simplified the bureaucratic process of collaboration.”
April 20, 2017
Students push for new store on Cook/Douglass Max Marcus correspondent
In its latest student advocacy effort, the Douglass Governing Council has turned its attention to the lack of food and grocery options available on Cook and Douglass campuses. Zahra Bukhari, a junior in the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the president of the Douglass Governing Council, said that food is scarcely available on either the Cook or Douglass campuses. The food vendors close at 8 p.m. on weekdays, and earlier on weekends. There is also nowhere to buy basic household supplies like toilet paper or toothpaste, he said. “Deans at Douglass have voiced these concerns to Rutgers administration,” Bukhari said. “What the deans asked us to do is to provide a visual of the student support, which is why we wanted to use a petition to get some quantitative information rather than just qualitative information.” The council has created a petition on change.org, which is co-sponsored by the SEBS Governing Council, the Rutgers Commuter Student Association and the Mason Gross Student Governing Association. Bukhari said that the petition was created about three weeks ago. So far, there are 1,150 signatures, with a goal of 1,500. The petition lists three main objectives — first, that a convenience
store should be established on either Cook or Douglass campuses. Second, that food trucks should be on campus. Third, that the hours of operation for the Douglass Cafe should be extended. Mikayla Sciscente, a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences and the internal vice president of the Douglass Governing Council, said that the petition has been enthusiastically received by students. “We’ve been physically tabling at student centers, but even before Students drafted a petition after noticing the shortage of late night food options on either Cook that, just having it online, there or Douglass campuses. The document has collected more than 1,000 signatures and calls for the was a lot of positive feedback,” school to open a convenience store and to keep the Douglass Cafe open later. Ana Couto Sciscente said. “Even when you’re sitting in the student centers and and Biological Sciences, said that the Mason Gross School of the “By 8 p.m., the student center is people hear about this, they’re the Rutgers administration does Arts attend classes on Douglass empty, and there’s places to sit, have a long-term plan to revitalize campus. Their schedules keep places to study. Having food on like, ‘Yes, finally. We need this.’” Sciscente said that one of the diffi- all the New Brunswick campuses them on campus all day until late campus, having a convenience at night. Because there is nowhere store, really establishes Cook and culties of this campaign is that there by the year 2030. “So in 13 years we’ll have (a to buy food on either Cook or Dou- Douglass campuses as a student is no single office that determines glass campuses, hub. We want to rebuild that.” how the food In the past, there were more performing arts vendors conduct “What the deans asked us to do is to provide a students either dining options available on eibusiness. She visual of the student support, which is why have to bring ther Cook or Douglass campussaid that the counfood themselves es. Sciscente said that there was cil is trying to we wanted to use a petition to get some or take a bus to a convenience store four or five appeal to the stuquantitative information...” George Street or years ago, and more recently dent centers and College Avenue, there were regularly accessible offices in charge zahra bukhari where they can food trucks. of development. Mason Gross School of the Arts Junior “We’re hoping that the sugbuy food. But because the Bukhari said gestions that we put in place are change does not hinge on the decision of a single of- convenience store),” Abdelhamid that having places to buy food on not anything that’s overbearing fice or individual, student support is said. “It’s not an answer to ‘I have either Cook or Douglass campus- for the administration to answer es would encourage students to to,” Bukhari said. “Like keeping a problem now.’” especially important. the cafe open until 9 p.m. mayThere is a real urgency to having make use of the campus centers. Shahinaz Abdelhamid, the exter“Any opportunity to eat is defi- be. Having food trucks on camnal vice president of the Douglass better food options on both Cook Governing Council and a junior and Douglass campuses, Bukhari nitely what attracts students to pus. It’s not like that was never in the School of Environmental said. Performing arts students at stay on campus,” Bukhari said. a thing.”
tuition This year’s budget has not yet been released, but last year, Rutgers increased tuition by 1.7 percent the positions well stated. I have to say I am ver y sympathetic to the Take Back the Night March, the issues that are raised here,” which drew a crowd of more than Barchi said. “I have major con300 protesters to march from Col- cerns about the financing of higher education in this countr y, lege Hall to the Voorhees Mall. David Hughes, the president I have major concerns about the of the American Association of state and federal government University Professors-American pulling back from their responsiFederation of Teachers (AAUP- bility. I happen to think that pubAFT), said the overlap between lic education is a public good and the two events was primarily re- not a private endearment and I sponsible for the low turnout at don’t think that the cost should the Board of Governors hearing. be shifted to the students.” Despite this, Barchi noted that In 2011, he said 22 students stood external presup to speak at sures make it the hearing difficult for the and the board “I don’t want to raise administration subsequently tuition at all and I to keep the lowered their certainly want to make tuition steady, tuition hike sure that we keep Rutgers let alone defrom 5 percent crease them. to 2.5 percent. affordable for the “Unfor tuIn 2016, The students least able to nately we are Daily Targum afford it.” in a situation reported on where we have a protest that ROBERT L. BARCHI no other revtook place at University President enue sourcthe Board of es. And if the Governors state continopen hearing. Students made signs and stood in ues to ratchet down its support solidarity with the speakers and we tr y to be more and more effinearly every seat in the room was cient, we tr y to squeeze dollars full. Students also organized pro- out of operations but there’s a limit to how much you can get tests in both 2015 and 2013. In regard to this year’s hearing, out of that, so I don’t want to Barchi said he believed it was raise tuition at all and I certainproductive in bringing together ly want to make sure that we a representative cross-section of keep Rutgers affordable for the students least able to afford it,” the problems. “I thought the comments from Barchi said. “I think we’ve been the students were well made and able to do that.” continued from front
April 20, 2017
U. opens 4 intensive outpatient programs Anushtha Mittal contributing writer
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (RUBHC) opened four intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), licensed by The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) of New Jersey, which provide behavioral health care to meet specific needs of the populations. The programs focus on women’s addiction in New Brunswick and Newark, mood and anxiety disorders in Edison and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues in Newark. Mary-Catherine Bohan, vice president of Outpatient Services at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, said the programs are within the already-established outpatient clinics. They are a continuation of care for students who are experiencing behavioral health issues including mental health, addiction issues or co-occurring disorders which are a combination of both. “These can be viewed as a step down from a higher level of care or a step up for somebody who needs more than traditional outpatient services,” she said. Each group under the new intensive outpatient programs will have a census of 12:14 people at a time. The target for the group is about 10:1 ratio, she said. “Because it is fairly short term, individuals will cycle in and cycle out allowing for other people to come in to participate. So it is not a closed group that everyone starts on the same day. There will be people coming cycling through the program,” she said. The goal of these programs is to provide a fairly intense level of care to individuals while continuing and enhancing their functioning at work and in school, she said. She said individuals who are in treatment receive a high level of treatment in intensity while still maintaining work or school commitments or family obligations. “We saw this as a need that we were not providing up to this point,” Bohan said. The gender specific program for women with addiction issues enables the patients to share more freely since they feel more comfortable dealing with their own gender, she said. The program in Newark is focused on women with children whose addiction issues are impacting their relationships with their children. “Our women’s program in New Brunswick and Newark are already operational. We are currently screening individuals for our Edison program and our Newark co-occurring program,” she said. The IOP programs, which accept public and private sector
insurance plans, address specific concerns beyond the core issue to give more targeted treatment than is provided by traditional outpatient treatment programs, according to Rutgers Today. Participants are screened for PTSD and other co-occurring disorders. The IOPs include psychiatric evaluation and medication management by psychiatrists and advanced practice nurses. Participants have access to 24/7 crisis management services, according to the article. IOPs can also be used as a diversion from inpatient level of care through the emergency department or crisis ser vices. Upon discharge, the programs provide for the transition to a less intensive level of care and community supports, according to the article. Lida Pascual, the program coordinator at Specialized Addiction Treatment Services (SATS), said women have special needs in substance use treatment which need to be approached from a perspective that addresses the context of women’s lives. These include relationships with family, social and economic environment, and the impact of gender and culture. “Additionally, women have unique risk factors including but not limited to higher rates of trauma, experiences of discrimination, and limited access to treatment which place them at a higher risk for developing co-occurring disorders. Societal expectations and gender roles ascribed to women have contributed to women being an underserved population,” she said. The women’s IOP program is tailored to the specific needs of women with a focus on trauma-informed care, she said. Licensed professional staff provides individual, group, couples and family therapy along with psychoeducation and relapse prevention, she said. An American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) credentialed psychiatrist provides psychiatric services including medication management and monitoring. “Groups meet up to three times weekly for a total of nine hours (for up to 12 weeks) and incorporate a trauma component. It provides structure and support in early recovery and reinforces key skills that support long-term recovery,” she said. Random urine drug screens and review of current self-reported medical status are central to monitoring progress in treatment, she said. “We (at SATS) utilize a blend of evidenced based interventions that aim to build on consumer’s strengths while providing case management and supportive services,” she said.
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April 20, 2017
Turkey is now ‘trendy’ in face of oppression
ince the 2013 Gezi Park protests, a symFAHRENHEIT 250 pathetic international community has glued itself to Turkey’s streets like MERYEM UZUMCU a television series’ plot that only seems to get juicier every year. From being unfamiliar with where Turkey is located on a map to knowing intimately the Turkish actors in its political realm, the international community’s’ position has escalated its concerns in tone. Rather than using my platform to criticize the Turkish state and its multiple violations in the name of international human rights, as I am sure many already have, I want to insist on reverting this gaze that has developed back onto a U.S. public on the edge of their seats after the results of this week’s Turkish referendum. During 2013, a left-leaning Turkish national opposition made international, articulated its discontents with then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership of the country, as well as his party (the Justice and Development Party or AKP). The Gezi Park protests along with the failed coup attempt this past summer has generated a critical international spectator who makes judgments as the events unfold. The punctured hole that has shed light onto the happenings in Turkey, has expanded to let in a myriad of international criticisms. From live stream video footages to international archives produced after 2013, the platform has widened a Turkish public’s’ visibility without generating a political outcome. Though, a political outcomes is perhaps the effect to fear from international actors. The stage that emerged in the Istanbul streets in 2013 has carried its viewership to present day as we see the White House inserting itself as “at odds with the Turkish president” who recently won the referendum that secures his presidency indefinitely. I am not suggesting a call to action, but rather a criticism of the kind of position forming in the Turkish diaspora as well as the international community at large. I am addressing my commentary to those who desire to show their solidarity with a repressed Turkish opposition to the AKP. I made a checklist of notes to keep in mind for those who feel the need to criticize the situation in Turkey: One — the people that
“One needs to be critical of the media’s shift in narrative just as much as the Turkish policies.” will be affected by the results of this referendum live in Turkey. I, as a Turkish American, will not be affected. Two — this is not the time to flex your knowledge on the Kurdish question in Turkey, as I am sure the sound bites one consumes are not outside of the interests that the U.S. holds in the region. Also, the Kurdish identity is not automatically at odds with the AKP, in fact, many AKP supporters are also Kurdish. Three — get involved in local politics to make sure that President Donald J. Trump is not elected again. Four — Turkish politics is not the next trend. It is not the next country that needs saving from the next up and coming dictator The kind of international attention Turkey is receiving made a sudden shift from its emergence as the most powerful economy in the next decade to it. One needs to be critical of the media’s shift in narrative just as much as the Turkish policies. Just recently, Trump officially intervened in Syria. The media platform that generated images of chemically assaulted bodies, traumatized children, bloodied streets and chaos makes the international community sympathetic to such interventionist war policies. As it seems the Turkish political soap opera is becoming more dire and complex each year, expanding the Turkish set for all to cast their gaze, one needs to take a position that is critical of this international sympathy and media platform. The narratives that frame a dictatorial Turkish actor are productive in generating a judgment for U.S. intervention that is not only viable but “necessary.” I am suggesting then that we also need to remain extremely critical of human rights policies and rhetoric coming from right and left leaders, but also out of international bodies, like the United Nations. It makes little sense for renowned Western scholars and even my own peers, many of whom are university educated American citizens, to veil their criticisms with sympathy to the Turkish political climate. Taking a critical stance requires a recognition of the position one occupies and the platforms one uses to engage with a Turkish public. What are the relationships of power that are being reproduced when one takes a stake in a Turkish public opposition? What is the productive outcome of sympathizing with people’s experiences of whom one has never been privy to understanding outside of a television screen and a Huffington Post article? What is the productive linking of leftist thinking on the international stage, aside from clearing the steps for a “human rights” or war intervention? Here’s how to support the Turkish opposition to Erdogan: Don’t. Meryem Uzumcu is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in planning and public policy, Middle Eastern studies and women’s and gender studies. Her column, “Fahrenheit 250,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.
March for Science to stand up for reason U.’s support of demonstration is good for everyone
ou’ve seen the Women’s March, the “No will lose the most funding with a 31 percent decrease. Ban, No Wall” protests and several other To go hand in hand with this, the administration is public demonstrations fighting the current also decreasing funding for education by 14 percent. presidential administration and some of its attitudes It is no question as to why our University, especially towards certain groups or situations in the United one that is a nationally renowned research university, States. But one of the most recent public protests is would be affected by these changes. It is even possisomewhat of an unexpected one. On April 22, Wash- ble that the administration is making these cuts in ington, D.C. is having a March for Science, and Rut- order to stifle the voice of students, especially those interested in research that could rebuke the beliefs gers is publicly endorsing it. More specifically, the Rutgers American Associ- of the administration. Lastly, the faculty has complained that the secation of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) backing up these ond travel ban implemented by the Trump adminefforts with a satellite march in Trenton, New Jersey. istration, which banned travel of citizens from six Students and staff who want to attend will even be Muslim-majority countries, is extremely detrimental to the status of science in the United States. Global provided with transportation. scientific research One may woncan be greatly affectder why something ed by this. Coming as broad as sci“It is no question as to why our University, together to protest ence would merit a especially one that is a nationally renowned these ideas is necmarch. But this is essarily now more not just about recresearch university, would be affected by than ever. ognizing the importhese changes.” The most sigtance of the subject. nificant part of the The reason that the March for Science is University is supporting the March for Science is because science that it is not only for those who are scientists, just as itself is being threatened by the current administra- supporting liberal arts is not just the job of those in tion, and the faculty endorsing this march is aware of liberal arts fields. The March for Science is for anythis. In fact, they have broken their concerns down one who believes in the significance of science and into three different aspects of President Donald J. scientific evidence in decision-making. It is for anyone who wants to ensure that research is continued, Trump’s administration. The first complaint is that the Trump administra- that we can continue to collaborate globally and that tion is too rash and acts “imprecisely and impartial- research is allowed to be accessed by the public. In a political climate where the existence of clily.” By this, the faculty means that the Trump administration is run with an agenda to benefit those who mate change is actually debated and the future state of the planet is listed at the bottom of priorities, any benefit the administration. The second complaint from the faculty is the en- support for the scientific method is not only importtirety of Trump’s budget and spending plans. Anyone ant — it is necessary. And this is especially the case who has listened to any news regarding Trump and for a university as esteemed as Rutgers. Rutgers is right to join in with the March for Sciscience knows of his extreme dislike of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and he does not fail ence in its fight to advocate for the scientific world. to display this contempt in his budget plan. Accord- Perhaps if the world sees how dedicated the future of ing to his spending plan, the EPA is the agency that America is to science, it will be inspired to follow suit. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 149th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff. Twitter: @Daily_Targum Instagram: @dailytargum facebook.com/thedailytargum youtube.com/targummultimedia
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April 20, 2017
Bipartisan climate change solution is already in existence POLICY OVER POLITICS CONNOR O’BRIEN
he climate change narrative pushed by the media is horribly wrong. No, the science is neither disputed nor “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” as the leader of the free world once tweeted. Human carbon emissions are surely warming the planet, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s poorest people. But the potential solutions the media offers misrepresent the underlying economics and actually make a long-term, bipartisan climate plan less likely. Americans are often presented with two options: either tax the economy into the ground to fund government-sponsored renewable energy investments or save jobs, continue on our current trajectory and pretend it’s no big deal. The truth is prominent economists from across our political divide have already reached a consensus on how to fight climate change efficiently and not leave Americans worse off financially. It’s an idea championed by leaders from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former President Barack Obama to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) — a revenue-neutral carbon tax.
Carbon emissions have huge “negative externalities,” or costs to society not reflected in the price of oil, coal and natural gas. Emissions cause billions of dollars in health problems, harm to the environment and most importantly, create global warming. The solution to this is what economists call a Pigovian tax, which “internalizes” negative externalities, making polluters pay the true cost of what they emit. It’s the market-based solution to climate change, supported by liberal
for a $40 per ton tax that gradually rises over time. That is roughly in line with the EPA’s estimates of carbon emissions’ social costs. This tax would obviously raise a massive amount of money for the federal government, but most proponents agree that the revenue should go right back to Americans through decreased taxes. This would offset the higher prices they pay as a result of the tax. Under the plan produced by Shultz and Baker, revenue would be evenly distributed
“At the same time, it would still be extremely effective in reducing emissions.”
and conservative economists. A carbon tax would be more economically efficient than specific regulations imposed on polluters since it gives firms the ability to creatively reduce emissions, rather than use a technology or processes mandated by the government. At the same time, it would still be extremely effective in reducing emissions. According to a 2013 Energy Information Administration study, carbon emissions would be dramatically reduced over the next few decades with relatively small carbon taxes. The proposal put together by former Reagan administration Cabinet members George Shultz and James Baker (endorsed by Romney) calls
to Americans, amounting to around $2,000 for a family of four. That would be a net gain for the bottom 70 percent of Americans, but it can be tinkered with to make everyone just as well off as they were before the tax. Proposals vary, with some using a portion of the revenue to lower corporate or payroll taxes. A carbon tax isn’t the only policy needed to effectively fight climate change since it would not cover all emissions. Methane, nitrogen oxides and others must be dealt with separately, probably through traditional regulations. The need to protect our communities, public lands and waterways from other types of pollution also remains as important
as ever. But for carbon emissions, a per-ton tax makes much more sense than the current piecemeal policy. It’s also within reach if conservative Republicans in Congress are ready to stop denying the overwhelming scientific consensus behind climate change. It satisfies their need for a market-based solution while achieving the massive reductions in emissions liberals have been demanding. The biggest obstacle has long been — and remains — our toxic politics. The disinformation campaign waged by people like the Koch brothers, who fund climate science-denying organizations around the world, is as strong as ever. They frame the choice as one between sky-high taxes to protect the environment and economic growth, which as a carbon tax shows, is a false one. As a result, many politicians must run on anti-science platforms or risk being devoured by false notions about climate policy spread by the media and special interests.In the current divisive political environment, it seems as unlikely as ever that Democrats and Republicans can come together on anything, let alone a policy on the biggest issue facing humanity. But if there is any hope left, it runs through a carbon tax. Fortunately, this last resort compromise also happens to be the smartest policy available. Connor O’Brien is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in economics with a minor in history. His column, “Policy Over Politics,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
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Poet Christopher Soto bravely shares his work from queer perspective
Last Tuesday, Christopher Soto came to Rutgers to recite poetry and headline GAYpril’s Queer/Trans Poetry from Stonewall to Orlando. Soto, who also goes by Loma, uses poetry to express himself as a queer person of color, recognizing how language can shape reality. COURTESY OF AVA RANDA
Clarissa Gordon Correspondent
Rutgers students sat for a lecture and poetry reading provided by nationally-acclaimed writer Christopher Soto on Tuesday, April 18. During the event, the group explored the healing space that poetry can create in a time of continuous suffering and oppression. Created as a GAYpril celebration, the lecture hit close to home as the LGBTQIA community continues to recover from the Pulse nightclub shooting attacks and the overall oppression they face on a day to day basis. The lecture also put a focus on coping with oppression as a person of color, specifically regarding the ongoing issue of police brutality.
“I felt compelled to come out to this poetry reading because after what happened at Stonewall and in Orlando, I think expressing ourselves creatively is helpful in processing and grieving,” said Daria Martin, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “It’s also going to be important for people of color whose oppressive experiences are often overlooked.” Soto, who sometimes goes by the name Loma, briefly introduced the lecture with describing his mission as an activist and his experiences as a queer person of color. Soto discussed his fascination with society’s definition of violence, and asked the audience the same questions he once asked himself: “How can my community heal on an interpersonal level, and
The poetry reading was fol“You have to use language how can we love each other in the to create your own existence,” lowed by a Q&A where Soto midst of discrimination?” shared his history and experiencThe question was answered Soto said After a brief discussion of other es as a poet. In a sea of unsure with a reading of four poems written by femme people of col- people’s poetry, Soto went on to college students, the biggest or, including Audre Lorde, Ai, read some of his own work, start- question asked how he gained June Jordan and Joshua Jenni- ing with the poem titled “Los Pa- the courage to share his work drinos Juvenile Detention Center and stories. fer Espinoza. Like many young people, Soto Each poem addressed the pain Unit Y2.” said there was caused by raa time where cial oppression, he did not feel police brutality “Language morphs the reality in which we exist, so he had the and served as examples of the when I hear other poets speak about police violence, authority or intelligence therapeutic and I’m like, ‘Wow, you created that world.” to be a publiberating proplished writer, erties of poetry. Christopher soto especially as a As a queer Poet queer person person of color of color. himself, Soto With guidadmitted that Separated into five sections, the ance and encouragement from the fearless qualities of Lorde’s popoem deals with Soto’s experienc- published roommates, Soto is etry initially shocked him. Inspired, the writer realized es as a poetry teacher in a juvenile now a nationally-recognized writthat with poetry came power and detention center and his depres- er who is making a living off of sion over the systemic racism pres- his work. expression. “It was a process to realize the “Language morphs the reality ent in America’s prison system. Soto also read “All the Dead value of my words and to feel in which we exist, so when I hear other poets speak about police vi- Boys Look Like Me,” a poem he comfortable with putting it all out olence, I’m like, ‘Wow, you creat- wrote the morning after the tragic there,” Soto said. Passionate and impressive yet 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in ed that world,’” Soto said. still funny and relatable, Soto’s The oppression of people of Orlando, Florida. Typed in five minutes and post- visit to Rutgers was an inspiration color and people of the LGBTQIA community is often denied or ed on a friend’s Facebook page, for aspiring writers and anyone pushed under the rug, and Soto Soto received thousands of digital affected by systemic oppression, credited writing as a way of resist- shares, proving the impact of po- and his lecture and readings proved the power of poetry. etry in a time of grieving. ing that oppression.
Arts Calendar Thursday, April 20
Catawampus — Rutgers BFA Thesis Show Exhibiton Opening // Civic State Building @ 6 p.m. The Vagina Monolouges // Busch Student Center @ 7:30 p.m. (Running through April 22) LTC presents Oklahoma! // Livingston Hall @ 8 p.m. (Running through April 23)
Hub City Music Festival // Glo @ 8 p.m.
UNherD Release Party NJ Skateshop @ 7 p.m.
4.20 Show ft. Conudrum, The Alligator, Sentient Moss, Killer Shrimp // The Reptile Zoo @ 8 p.m.
Exposure: A Photography Exhibition // Livingston Student Center @ 7 p.m.
Friday, April 21
Installation Reception — Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association // Zimmerli Art Museum @ 6 p.m.
Lawnchairs, El Americano, Pendejo, El Noordzo, Professor Caveman // J House @ 7 p.m. Milkmen, Haunter, Nerve Damage, Sibyl, Din // Aisle D @ 7:30pm
April 20, 2017
Mark Tatulli Horoscopes
Page 9 Eugenia Last
Happy Birthday: Ease into whatever you do. Look at all the pros and cons and the people involved before you make a commitment to offer assistance. Your prime concern should be mastering the skills, techniques or knowledge required to help you achieve your goals. Take care of your health issues and do your best to avoid minor mishaps and injuries. Your numbers are 1, 12, 22, 26, 32, 38, 40.
Over The Hedge
T. Lewis and M. Fry
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Control what’s going on instead of initiating change. It’s important to know where you are headed before you take a step in any one direction. Size up your situation and aim to stabilize your life. 4 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’ll be encouraged to follow when you should be leading. Don’t feel like you have to use force to get your way. Choose to go about your business, refusing to become entangled in what others do or say. 2 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look for any opportunity to expand your knowledge and insight into situations that can influence your position or your reputation. Short trips, meetings and exploring what’s available will help you get over emotional matters that have been holding you back. 5 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): You’ll be tempted to get involved in something that excites you, but before you do, make sure you can afford the emotional and financial burden that comes along with the offer. Draw on past experience and try to avoid loss. 3 stars
Pearls Before Swine
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Problems will arise if you make impulsive moves regarding relationships. Take a step back and listen to what others have to contribute. Once you have gathered enough information, you will be able to make a responsible decision. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An opportunity will come from an unexpected source. Be willing to take on something extra if you want to bring about the changes that can help you get ahead. A change at home could have an important impact on your future. 3 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get involved in events that you can share with the people you enjoy being with the most. Fraternizing with people who challenge you mentally and stimulate you emotionally will lead to new beginnings and unexpected opportunities. 5 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Work at home or do your best to avoid a situation that will require you to reveal information you aren’t ready to discuss. Delve into a creative project that will give you the distance you need from difficult situations. 2 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Take initiative and do your best to bring about personal changes that will bolster your skills, knowledge and future plans. Open up a dialogue with someone who can help you advance your career. 4 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Look for any opportunity to broaden your knowledge or to gain information that can stop you from making a poor choice. Don’t give in to pressure or get involved with someone who is unpredictable and risky. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Emotions will surface just as an opportunity or unexpected gift comes your way. Look at the big picture and you will be able to balance the good with the bad in order to bring about positive results. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If your emotions are telling you one thing and someone you love is telling you another, you need to rethink what’s going on in your personal life. Secrets will be revealed if you pressure someone for answers. 3 stars
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64 Puts out for delivery
65 Nothing-matters link
5 Stuff on baseball cards
10 Steel mill residue
14 Calling “code”
2 “La Boheme” solo
15 Birchbark floater
3 Pitch without throwing
16 Emperor and son of Claudius
4 Fashionable London street
17 Small stream
5 Some Toyotas
18 More slippery
6 Snacks in shells
19 You’ll find one at a pizzeria
7 Japanese cartoon film style
20 Activity at a gala, sometimes
8 ___ the line (obeyed)
23 Clerical home
9 Lyric repeated after “Que”
24 Kilns stuffed with hops
10 Frigid-weather vehicle
25 Tests one’s metal?
11 Jeans brand
28 Rifle part
12 “___ we all?”
30 Break in the action
13 Cymbals’ bigger kin
31 Friend of Squirrel, in cartoons
21 Sunlight unit
33 Type of service from the sassy
22 Jotted down
36 Feature of petty people
47 Dreadlocked Jamaican, often
40 Make a choice
26 Pump in the basement
48 Island of immigrants’ arrivals,
41 Buenos ___
27 Thin wooden strip
42 Snakelike fishes
28 Hunks’ assets
49 What he says goes
43 King James preposition
29 Deplete (with “up”)
50 Work pizza dough
44 Type of knife
31 Artist Joan
52 TV show with
46 Place for NBA hoops
32 The loneliest number
49 It’s a real stinker
33 Onion relative
53 Child’s play?
51 Doing as the others do
34 Small bit of land
54 More than a hero
57 Norway’s main port
35 Whispered attention-getter
58 Famous actor’s walk-on role
37 Hilo patio
56 What the good life is full of
59 Brainstorm result
38 Cambridge school (abbr.)
39 V formation, in clothing
61 “So why on Earth should ___”
43 Have the right combination?
(“A Hard Day’s Night” lyric)
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April 20, 2017
INNINGS After getting out to early lead, Rutgers surrenders to Seton Hall in extra innings continued from back came in with two outs and two on in the bottom of the eighth. Hermann allowed three straight singles that would tie the game at 7-7 at that point.
After the Knights scored twice in the top of the ninth, Herrmann came back out — now in line for his seventh save on the season, but Seton Hall wasn’t done yet. After striking out the first batter, Herrmann gave up back-to-back
Head coach Joe Litterio saw Rutgers through its 21st loss of the season with the team’s 12-inning defeat to Seton Hall. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017
singles and a walk to load the bases before walking in a run to make it 9-8. The Pirates made it 9-9 after a fielder’s choice and the game was headed to extra innings. Rutgers and Seton Hall traded zeros for the first two innings of extras, with the Knights’ best chance of scoring coming in the top of the 11th inning. With runners on first and third with two outs and Harris coming to bat, Rutgers seemed poised to steal one. Harris would end up flying out and the game would continue. But not for long. After freshman reliever Kyle Muller got the first two batters to ground out, Dadona sent the home crowd in attendance home happy with an inside-the-park home run. Sophomore right hander Dante Scafidi started the game but left in the fourth inning with two outs. Despite only giving up one hit, Scafidi walked six batters and gave up 3 runs. Offensively, each Knight starter had a hit with the top of the order leading the way. Senior designated hitter Mike Carter added four more hits to his team leading total, including a home run. Both Harris and sophomore left fielder Mike Martinez also had two hits apiece. The tough loss came on the heels of another disappointing game Rutgers played against Seton Hall in which they lost 9-6 at Bainton Field. The Knights hope to regain its momentum from last week as it heads to Iowa City, Iowa this weekend to take on the Hawkeyes (22-12, 5-4) in another Big Ten weekend series. For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
MOMENTUM Knights look to continue strong marks from win at Metropolitan Invitational At last year’s invitational in Atlanta, Brown was the new athlete Then-sophomore Mirabelli everyone kept an eye on. His first was the only one taking home a ever race in his collegiate career winning title, as other Knights was a campaign that blew everywere far from the top three fin- one away. Placing fourth against more ishes in almost every event. He is hoping to keep that javelin title, experienced college athletes at especially with his outstanding the time, he captured yet an unexperformance that surpassed the pected fourth place in the 200-meter race. school record. Now as a household name, Eze, another record breakBrown hopes er this past to keep taking weekend, has first place in some theories the 200-mefor this up“And by the end of the ter dash and coming meet. season, I want to his 4x100 and “This meet will have good definitely beat the (long 4x400-meter rejust as he competition jump) outdoor record ...” lays, did during the for sure,” he Metr opolitan said. “I’ll defiemeka eze Indoor Chamnitely be comSenior Jumper pionships. peting in (the) The most long jump this common seaweekend, and son goal for possibly put these track and field athletes fall down for triple too.” Even as a school record under the same umbrella — beatbreaker, with the alumnus re- ing school-wide and overall record holder watching him right cords, their own personal records from the crowd, Eze said he has and most importantly, qualifying some specific things to perfect for nationals. “The team kind of has evbefore this meet. “I have to practice my take off, er ything down pack. With the and just work on my run, making personal records and wins, it sure I go through the board,” Eze gave the team a lot of motivation said. “And by the end of the sea- and a lot of confidence. We are son, I want to definitely beat the definitely, especially after last (long jump) outdoor record, and weekend, ready for this meet,” Eze said. I’m about five inches from that.” Sophomore sprinter Izaiah For updates on the Rutgers Brown will also head to Georgia with really good times and with men’s track and field team, follow the potential to win under his belt. @TargumSports on Twitter. continued from back
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Rutgers splits squad after 1st-place finish Kevin Stapleton Staff Writer
The Rutgers women’s track and field team will see its first split-squad action of the 2017 outdoor season this weekend, as it heads to the Georgia Tech and Larry Ellis Invitationals in Atlanta, Georgia and Princeton, New Jersey, respectively. The Georgia Tech Invitational will begin on Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22 at the George C. Griffin Track with mixed track and field events scheduled for both days. The larger portion of the Scarlet Knights’ squads will participate at the Georgia Tech Invitational this weekend. Last year in Atlanta, Rutgers took home the 4x100-meter relay title, nine Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifiers, and six top-five placements out of a field of 29 competing teams. The Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton, will also take place from Friday to Saturday at Weaver Stadium with mixed track and field athletes competing on both days. Last year, the Knights also sent a small split squad to Princeton.
They came away with three ECAC qualifying times and one runner-up placement out of a crowded field of nearly 70 competitors. Current student-athletes who saw success last year in Atlanta and Princeton include graduate athlete Paige Senatore, senior Sarah Robbie, juniors Bria Saunders and Sabrina Alexander and sophomore Phyllis Gordon — all who will likely participate in this weekend’s meets. The Knights came away with nine first place titles, six runners-up and seven ECAC marks, good for their first team championship of the 2017 campaign. For Rutgers, this weekend’s split squad action in both Atlanta and Princeton will mark its penultimate meets before the team heads to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania next weekend to par take in the three-day Penn Relays. The Penn Relays represent the last major test before the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, which takes place from May 12 to 14 in State College, Pennsylvania. For updates on the Rutgers women’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
April 20, 2017
Page 11 TENNIS RUTGERS TAKES ON WISCONSIN FRIDAY, MINNESOTA SUNDAY
Knights host 2 Big Ten foes in Wisconsin, Minnesota Nick Bove Staff Writer
The Rutgers tennis team will take on its last two Big Ten opponents and its final opponents of the year this weekend. The Scarlet Knights (7-12, 1-8) will face off at home against Wisconsin (4-14, 0-9) Friday and Minnesota (12-10, 4-4) Sunday. Both matches are expected to be played outdoors at the Busch Tennis Center. Last time out, Rutgers traveled to Mar yland and fell to the Terrapins by a score of 6-1. The team has one win on the season in the Big Ten, and the match Friday at noon against Wisconsin presents its best opportunity to double that total. To get another Big Ten win would obviously be huge for this team seeing as the first one was so historic for the program. “Oh it was huge, it’s been a long time coming. Everyone was really excited,” said junior Chloe Lee of the win. That first Big Ten win came against rival Penn State who ranked lower than the Knights in Big Ten play at the time. Rutgers capitalized off of the Lions’ slump at the time. But the Badgers are currently in a much worse slump. They have lost their last nine matches, they sit last in the Big Ten and they have not secured a single Big Ten win this season. In fact, their nine straight losses are all Big Ten matches. Rutgers is poised to keep Wisconsin in that slump. One thing that has determined how matches go is the energy at the beginning of the match. If the Knights are excited and energetic, they generally play better. “We have to find the energy to finish strong here at home,” said head coach Hilary Ritchie after the team’s last match against Maryland. In matches that Rutgers has won the doubles point, it has won the entire match, save one exception. Meanwhile, the confidence and energy from the Badgers cannot be high considering they have not scored more than two points in a match since Feb. 24. While the Knights may not be in the best position to get a bid
Head coach Hilary Ritchie has already seen her team win its first Big Ten match in school history and will have a chance to double that total this weekend with the Scarlet Knights hosting a struggling Wisconsin team. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / APRIL 2017 for the Big Ten Championships next week as they are currently sporting a .111 Big Ten winning percentage, they still can win Friday and use the momentum to snag a late season win Sunday. Sunday’s match is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the Rutgers Tennis Complex located on Busch campus. If all goes well on Friday, Rutgers will have a huge confidence boost and another Big
Ten win. Minnesota has been better than the Knights in Big Ten play thus far.
of which have been against Big Ten competition. Rutgers will hope to end its
“We have to find the energy to finish strong here at home.” hilary ritchie Head Coach
It is currently on a two-match winning streak against Big Ten teams, with consecutive wins over Purdue and Indiana. But the Gophers have lost four previous matches, three
winning streak if it continues past its Friday matchup in College Park against the Terrapins. It has to improve on a few things to get this win. “We have to step up to the ball more and move our feet
more, play aggressive,” Ritchie said. If the Knights establish a rhythm and play like they want to win, then finishing the year off on a twomatch winning streak is not impossible. “I feel good about the remaining schedule. I think we can pick up some quality wins here at home,” Ritchie said. For updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
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“With the personal records and wins, it gave the team a lot of motivation and a lot of confidence.” — Senior jumper Emeka Eze
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THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017
BASEBALL SETON HALL 10, RUTGERS 9
Seton Hall powers through RU in 12 innings Robert Sanchez Staff Writer
The Rutgers baseball team lost 10-9 in walk off fashion on Wednesday night in a wild game against Seton Hall — losing both games of the home-and-home midweek matchup versus the Pirates. In a game that took a little over five hours, the Scarlet Knights (13-21, 2-4) lost in the 12th inning on an inside-the-park home run by Rob Dadona. It was the first extra inning game Rutgers has played this year. The game had three lead changes and two ties through nine innings and was locked at 9-9 until the Pirates (18-16) came to bat in the 12th. Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Knights were up 9-7 after scoring 2 in the top of the inning thanks to a balk that brought in freshman Tommy Genuario who pinch ran for junior third baseman Milo Freeman, who had worked a walk. Later during the at-bat, sophomore centerfielder Jawuan Harris hit an RBI double to left field that made it 9-7 in favor of Rutgers. The Pirates never gave up though, scoring 2 runs in both the eighth and ninth innings off of senior Max Herrmann, who Senior first baseman Mike Carter continues to lead the Big Ten in batting average with a .408 mark on the year, factoring in his four hits in six at-bats in Rutgers’ 10-9 loss against Seton Hall on Wednesday. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / FEBRUARY 2017
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MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD GEORGIA TECH INVITATIONAL, TOMORROW, ALL DAY
Rutgers uses momentum for GT Invitational Libby Hur Staff Writer
This may be the largest wave of momentum in the 2017 outdoor track and field season yet. The Rutgers men’s track and field team is looking forward to the Georgia Tech Invitational held in Atlanta. Even with the few traveling and performance hiccups throughout the season, the many title wins and reclaimed Metropolitan Indoor Championship crown are definitely giving the players confidence going into this weekend. This weekend from Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22, the Scarlet Knights will enter the home of the Yellow Jackets, hoping to maintain event titles with this group of competition as well. Stars from last weekend’s meet such as junior javelin thrower Christopher Mirabelli and senior jumper Emeka Eze are looking to continue their successful streak in their respective events, as the rest of the team hopes to turn last year’s disappointing results in Georgia around in their favor. Mirabelli was first in the javelin preliminaries in 2016, winning the overall event during finals the next day. Graduate athlete Emeka Eze is coming off of a school record in the triple jump and now has his sights set on the long jump record, set by Corey Crawford last year, a record Eze is just 5 inches away from. JEFFREY GOMEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / APRIL 2017 MLB SCORES
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former wide receiver currently on the Falcons, along with former safety Duron Harmon, currently of the Patriots, will serve as a guest head coach at the football spring game this Saturday. The two most recently faced off in this past year’s Super Bowl.
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WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Georgia Tech Invitational
Georgia Tech Invitational
at Penn State
Tomorrow, All Day, Atlanta, Ga.
Tomorrow, All Day, Atlanta, Ga.
Tomorrow, 6 p.m., State College, Pa.
Tomorrow, 7 p.m., Iowa City, Iowa