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RUSA election votes break record Sabrina Szteinbaum Associate News Editor
The “Scarlet Zone” project will include questionnaires for safety in areas like Easton Avenue. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Students launch ‘Scarlet Zone’ project for safety Sabrina Restivo Staff Writer
Rutgers is distinct from the city of New Brunswick, despite the proximity between the two. Yet many Rutgers students live beyond the fine line that separates them. Sam Berman, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, recently discussed the nature of the “Scarlet Zone” project, an initiative aimed at reconstituting a formal control over off-campus activities by identifying concentrations of off-campus students and staff. “Out of 31,500 undergraduate students, only 16,000 live on campus,” Berman said. The Rutgers University Student Assembly, the Off-Campus Students’ As-
sociation, the Interfraternity Council at the Univeristy and other interested students are contributing to identify “Scarlet Zones” in off-campus areas, where the primary concern is public safety, he said. Berman said Billy McCaw’s murder warned the Rutgers community about the serious risks students might encounter in the city. “If you draw a line in New Brunswick, you can make an argument that Rutgers University must be a consistent presence within the off-campus community. McCaw’s case certainly shows the need of surveillance,” he said. For a few weeks, participants will gather information through surveys See SAFETY on Page 4
Kristine Baffo is the newly elected president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly for the 2014 to 2015 school year. The School of Arts and Sciences junior won 62 percent of the vote. Ian Wolf, public relations chair and elections chair of RUSA, said in an email that 11.15 percent of the undergraduate student body voted in the election, which is a new record for the student government. “It broke the old record from spring 2011 with the election of Matt Cordeiro, whose election garnered 7.32 percent of the undergraduate vote,” said Wolf, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Baffo believes she is RUSA’s first woman president. “It’s really exciting, I was actually really really lucky to have support from Douglass Residential College because I am a Douglass woman,” she said. Pavel Sokolov, current RUSA president, said he is proud of all who ran, and the candidates embody the best Rutgers has to offer. “I’m so proud of Kristine,” he said. “I have worked with her for years and know that she is committed to student needs and serving selflessly for her constituents.” Baf fo hopes to change the environment of RUSA, making it more inclusive. In order to do that, one initiative Baf fo wants to see is having people express their preferred gender pronouns before they speak at RUSA meetings.
Kristine Baffo won the presidential ticket with 62 percent of the student vote. GRAPHIC BY ADAM ISMAIL / DESIGN EDITOR “This will be optional. The reason why people want to do this is because we don’t want to assume someone’s gender. [We want to] make a more inclusive environment,” she said. She hopes to incorporate the idea of a newsletter next year to ensure that the student body has an understanding of what is going on at the University.
She also mentioned a strong Athletic Affairs Committee, which will work with athletes to make sure they have a voice, as well as sustainability committees to stay on top of environmental issues. As far as her leadership style, Baffo does not want things to be too See ELECTION on Page 5
Experts respond to UN climate change report Julian Chokkattu Correspondent
A student’s petition claims that free of charge NJ Transit trains and buses for Rutgers’ community could provide NJ Transit an incentive to provide more efficient services. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
Petition aims for free NJ Transit passes Erin Walsh Correspondent
Rutgers first-year student Liam Blank has created a petition seeking to provide all Rutgers students, faculty and staff with free New Jersey Transit passes. The administration has brought up questions about its plausibility and expense.
Blank hopes the petition will reach Gov. Chris Christie. Blank wants to see buses and trains become free of charge in order to create more opportunities for commuters, as well as an incentive for NJ Transit to provide the most efficient services. Students are currently able to purchase monthly rail passes at a 25 percent discount, but Blank feels
this discount is not nearly enough to make commuting affordable for students. The discount only applies to monthly passes, not daily trips, and only one route is included when using the pass. Blank felt confident pushing this program because of his experience in public planning. See PASSES on Page 4
While minimizing the impacts of climate change is vital, adaptation to the changing climate is crucial for survival, according to a recent report released by the United Nations. The report said the increase of warmer temperatures “[increases] the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III is about to release a third report about the growing impacts of climate change on Sunday. Working Group II released “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” on March 31 and Working Group I released its report in September 2013. Robin Leichenko, co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, worked with the IPCC, a scientific body tasked with assessing impacts of climate change by the United Nations, for the past three years. Leichenko served as a review editor of chapter 12 on human security of Working Group II’s report, which was released two weeks ago.
Working Group II’s report focused on what climate change would mean for human and environmental ecosystems. The report tackles what climate change would mean for poverty, including if climate change would create mass migration, or political, civil or military conflict. “The answer is no,” she said. “Climate change in itself isn’t going to cause some kind of mass migration or some mass political conflict — we’re not seeing evidence for that. But we are seeing evidence where climate change could exacerbate things that do cause conflicts. Climate change could make poverty worse.” Most of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the climate system are irremovable, Leichenko said. Adaptation to the climate change that has been occurring for the past few decades is the only option to survive. “I really feel like the work we are doing is important in terms of the future of humanity. … Climate change can really make the world See REPORT on Page 5
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CAMPUS CALENDAR Friday, April 11
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a film screening of “The Test of Freedom” and a talk with director Khaliff Watkins at 5 p.m. at the Alexander Library. Rutgers Student Volunteer Council and Rutgers Department of Transportation Services presents “Volunteer Service Clean-Up Day” as part of BikeRU week at 12 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Volunteers will clean up the area around the base of Lynch Bridge.
Saturday, April 12
The Voorhees Choir performs their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. at 5 Chapel Drive on Douglass campus. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors and $5 for students.
Sunday, April 13
Mason Gross School of the Arts presents “Rutgers Theater Company: Acting Is Believing (Lo Fingido Verdadero)” at 2 p.m. at Jameson Residence Hall D on Douglass campus. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors and $10 for students. Rutgers Gardens hosts “Easter Egg Hunt/ Spring Festival” at 12 p.m. at the Log Cabin Pavilion at Hort Farm No. 1 on Cook campus. The event is free to the public, but there is a suggested donation of $5.
Tuesday, April 15
Rutgers University Student Employment Office/Office of Financial Aid host “National Student Employment Month Kick-Off Event” at 12:30 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. Center for African Studies, Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures present “African Basketry Weaving and Storytelling in Uganda” at 1:30 p.m. at Beck Hall on Livingston campus. Department of American Studies and Collective for Asian American Studies present “Fourth Annual Asian American Studies Undergraduate Symposium” at 3 p.m. at Murray Hall on the College Avenue campus. Mason Gross School of the Arts presents “Estrella Piano Duo” at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors and $5 for students.
METRO CALENDAR Saturday, April 12
The Moscow Festival Ballet performs “The Sleeping Beauty” at 8 p.m. at the NJ State Theatre at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets range from $27 to $57.
Tuesday, April 15
The Vincent Troyani Band performs at Tumulty’s Pub at 8 p.m. There is a $4 soda charge for patrons under 21.
Wednesday, April 16
The Suzzanne Douglas Group perfroms at the Hyatt Hotel at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge.
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Professor links media to climate changes Josh Pirutinsky Contributing Writer
MENTAL HEALTH Gerald Grob, the Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine
(Emeritus) at Rutgers University spoke yesterday at an event titled, “Osteoporosis: Does the Evidence Support the Diagnosis.” DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Dean addresses public health issues Nick Siwek Staff Writer
The biggest health issue for younger generations is not the size of their hearts, but the girth of their stomachs, said George Rhoads, the interim dean at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Rhoads was the keynote speaker at the 19th annual Public Health Symposium, “Public GPS: Moving in New Directions,” held yesterday at Great Hall on Busch campus. Rhoads considers obesity the main problem in public health in the 21st century. In 1994, most states had less than 18 percent obesity. Today, almost every state has 25 to 26 percent obesity, he said. Early health effects of obesity include high blood pressure, cardiovascular risk and psychiatric problems such as lowered self-esteem, he said. Long-term health effects include disability, Type 2 diabetes and orthopedic issues. He said about 9 percent of all medical costs today are obesity-related, and this number is on the rise. Rhoads said obesity is similar to previous epidemics that have plagued the United States, such as coronary heart disease in the 20th century. With no knowledge of the disease in 1900, it was the number one cause of death by 1960 and triggered a huge public health effort against the frequently fatal disorder. “The obesity epidemic, if you want to call it that, is in some ways the 21st century epidemic that we had in the 20th century,” he said. He said heart attacks have decreased 50 percent since the 1960s due to public health efforts. Behavioral changes are as integral to losing weight as the leading weight loss drug, Orlistat, Rhoads said. “One of the things about weight gain it is kind of insidious, so we need to get people to
pay more attention, I think, from year to year because it is quite feasible to lose 3 or 4 pounds,” he said. “It gets harder when it becomes 40 pounds.” Currently 18 to 19 percent of 12 to 19 year olds are obese. Forty-two percent of people over age 50 are obese. Rhoads said most of these cases start in an individual’s 20s. Rhoads discussed smoking as another epidemic, but an epidemic in decline. Smoking prevalence has decreased 42 percent in adults since 1964. “We have made a big dent in smoking, as we did in heart attacks,” he said. Rhoads said it is illegal to sell flavored cigarettes, but it is not il-
“The obesity epidemic ... is in some ways the 21st century epidemic that we had in the 20th century.” GEORGE RHOADS Interim Dean of School of Public Health
legal to sell flavored cigars, which he said is a major issue rising in school-age boys. Currently, cigar smoking is almost equivalent to the cigarette smoking in schoolage boys. Humans have great defenses against what they eat, but not against what they breathe, he said, making air pollution an important public health issue. Two billion people are infected with tuberculosis globally, and the disease kills 1.7 people annually. The top 1 percent of the earning population in the United States now makes up one-fifth of all the world’s income, he said. The disparity in wealth has direct effects on public health. Rhoads believes the new Affordable Care Act should at least
partly relieve the costs of health insurance. The ACA subsidizes some of the lower income families in need of health care and provides a comprehensive health plan. “You can’t have a sort of halfbaked health plan,” he said. Tanya Pagán Raggio-Ashley, senior medical officer at the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Service Administration Office of Regional Operations, Region II, said the ACA eliminates exclusions for pre-existing conditions and prevents insurance companies from terminating coverage for sick people. “I really believe in my heart that the Affordable Care Act will not solve everything, but I think it is the beginning at trying to chip away those inequalities [in health care],” Raggio-Ashley said. The New Jersey Medicaid extension is an oft-overlooked part of the ACA, she said. The ACA qualifies 90 percent of the uninsured for some kind of coverage. Raggio-Ashley defines the role of public health as addressing the social determinants of health issues. Marjorie Paloma, senior policy advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said she noticed inequities and disparities in health when she began her career and questioned why one side of a neighborhood deserved better health care standards than the other. “It started a fire in my belly,” Paloma said. She got into public health after realizing the influence she could have in changing inequality. The conversation in the field has since focused more on social and economic factors. Education and income have a major impact on how long humans live, she said. Public health of ficials are in the field to represent communities. “We are a little bit of the moral authority,” she said.
Lauren Feldman believes the partisan divide on climate change is increasing and attributes it to the polarization of media in America. The Department of Human Ecology hosted an event on the issue of climate change Wednesday in a seminar at Blake Hall on Cook campus. The seminar was titled “Public Polarization on Climate Change: The Role of Partisan Media.” Feldman, assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information, discussed issues regarding America’s opinion on climate change. She said bias is present in the media and opinionated reasoning has never been more distinct. She said cable news programs treat global warming with low priority and this influences audiences to dismiss global warming. “We’re faced with a terrible problem, but the politicians are squabbling and so nothing can be done,” she said. “It gets the conversation started about the role that the media plays in perception of climate issues.” Awareness of media polarization should be a priority in the young generation regardless of their tendency to get information from news sources other than television, she said. Amanda Sorensen, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, found the event insightful and useful to the role of media in her own research. She said the event made her more conscious of the media’s ef fect on political polarization.
She also avoids mass media and subscribes to small online news outlets that tend to be politically unbiased. “[These department events are] incredibly important because this helps undergraduate and graduate students get information from primary research that is groundbreaking and has pervasive effects on society,” Sorensen said. Sara Duncan, a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Sciences, found the seminar to be a well-rounded analysis on the role media has on public perception. Duncan uses alternative online sources to avoid mass media consumption to avoid polarization in national news. Rachael Schwom, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology, noted the importance of realizing the role social media has in shaping the perception of political issues. Awareness of media influence on political issues, such as global warming, is an important aspect of a democracy, she said. “This [seminar] is to help inform researchers and students of the research on how partisan … encourages us to recognize how media selection and exposure might influence our belief,” she said. The seminar is part of a bimonthly seminar series hosted by the Department of Human Ecology, she said. “Students should definitely take advantage of the amazing researchers and academics that we have on campus and take the chance to meet with them oneon-one at these types of talks and pick their brains,” Sorensen said.
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SAFETY ‘Scarlet Zones’ aims to grant sense of belonging, solidarity in off-campus areas continued from front
and questionnaires in areas from Buccleuch Park to Somerset Street and Easton Avenue. The target population corresponds to off-campus students and staff affiliated with Rutgers. Despite the idea that being an off-campus student undermines student integration and involvement, students living near campus might just have different needs based on their lifestyles. An alternate side parking regulation has been implemented since April 1, requiring drivers to park on only one side of the street each day, mostly affecting off-campus students who own cars. Afterwards, they plan to communicate the survey’s results with Rutgers administrators. “At some point, we need to make suggestions to better meet their needs,” he said.
Berman also admitted that the administration does not distinguish off-campus students, who may live near Rutgers campuses in New Brunswick, from commuters who live farther away. Sean Summers, the executive president of the Interfraternity Council, said despite being classified as a commuter, he still lives on the College Avenue campus area. “I believe that being able to make this distinction alone would allow the University to expand on its current relations with off campus students that reside on the College Avenue area,” said Summers, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. After identifying the “Scarlet Zones,” they will work toward changing the public safety systems currently active in those zones and increasing landlord accountability, he said in an email. Summers said off-campus lifestyle lacks of an established community.
Therefore, the “Scarlet Zone” initiative aims to grant a sense of belonging and solidarity in the off-campus areas. It will also provide information about where most students reside off-campus so more public safety measures can be requested in a specific area. “In residence halls, RAs are charged with community building as part of many of their responsibilities. The ‘Scarlet Zones’ would help off-campus students identify as a community and allow their voices to be heard and taken more seriously by the University,” he said in the email. He was recently involved in incidents that prompted him to contributing to this project’s success. “Public safety is a huge issue in New Brunswick, and no one should have to feel afraid of the place they call home,” he said. Saad Shamshair, another student spearheading the initiative, said they will be knocking on doors and walking around off-campus neighborhoods to take the first steps. “We do not want to exclude anyone because we need a general perception of their living issues,” said Shamshair, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
PASSES Petition seeking free NJ Transit passes for Rutgers students currently has more than 1,000 signatures continued from front
He interned at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority for three years and is currently enrolled in a number of urban planning courses at Rutgers. For one of his urban planning courses this semester, he is required to post blog entries. He posted this idea of Rutgers providing free transportation and was surprised at the feedback he received. Blank realized the high demand for alternative transportation in the area and created the petition that currently has more than 1,000 signatures. He thinks this petition is important to many students, who are discouraged from going after internships in cities like New York or Philadelphia because of the expensive commute. “It’s unlikely that graduates will get jobs without experience,
so this would help make travelling for internships possible,” Blank said. “It’s a resume builder, essentially.” Rhode Island universities that have already implemented this free program inspired the Rhode Island native to create a UPass program, which sought to reduce car congestion in Providence and provide more transit options, according to the petition. “I would see college students just swipe a card and sit down without paying. I wasn’t sure how it worked,” he said. If brought to Rutgers, the UPass program would allow students to enter in their student identification number and receive a free ticket to any destination. At the end of the month, NJ Transit would bill Rutgers the ticket costs. Rutgers would also work closely with NJ Transit to notify them of lost, stolen or inactive identifications. According to the petition, Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University and Brown University are a few schools that have worked with their state government to provide free transportation. Brown University originally launched their UPass program with the intention of decongesting street traffic. The program costs Brown between $150,000 and $200,00 per year, but the size of Rutgers would cost the University much more. “Rutgers is a larger school, but it has the potential to serve as a model for other schools to implement the same sort of program,” he said. Jack Molenaar, director of the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services, said based on the numbers provided, this UPass program could cost up to $1.5 million a year for Rutgers. Although this idea would benefit the community, it is not plausible if there is no plan on how to finance it. “Of course people want a free pass, but who’s going to pay for it?” he said. To pay for a program like this, Molenaar said parking fees and other costs could potentially rise for students, which is how Brown was able to fund the program. “It’s a good place to start in creating a dialogue about the pros and cons of a program like this,” he said. Parking rates could go up for both on and off-campus parking, but Blank sees this hike only as an incentive for commuters to take advantage of public transportation. If Blank succeeds at getting this idea approved by both the state and the University, he said they would have to do a trial run of the program before it could be finalized. The trial would run for a month, giving Rutgers and the state the opportunity to see the increase in ridership and come up with exact numbers for a total cost. “It’s very feasible,” Blank said. “I have a lot of faith in it.”
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REPORT Robinson has been researching distribution of snow cover for nearly 30 years continued from front
much more unstable — unstable socially and unstable economically,” Leichenko said. “I’m really doing this because I’m passionately committed to trying to find a way to address climate change.” Leichenko’s role in Working Group II was to manage the process of the chapters being reviewed by external reviewers from various governments and advice from the community, which she believes is just as important as the actual writing of the chapter. In her time working for the IPCC, Leichenko traveled to Buenos Aires and Slovenia to attend meetings, which addressed the drafts and reviews from Working Group II. She said the people working on these topics were the best in the world. David Robinson, the state climatologist, worked on the first report, which looked at the impacts of climate change. With each IPCC report, Robinson said the consensus is that climate change is occurring, and human beings are responsible for a major part of that change in recent decades. “There are natural influences on climate variations and climate change, but the evidence is overwhelming that in the last half centu-
ry in particular, humans … are the cause of the major portion of the change,” he said. Robinson said the third report by Working Group III primarily focuses on the policy side of climate change. It deals with restrictions and incentives to improve the climate situation and how to stop the problem. Robinson’s research realm is snow, particularly in the distribution of snow cover across the globe, which he has been researching for the past 30 years. His research shows that during the spring, snow cover is melting sooner than in recent decades. The research identifies a potential human impact on the early spring snowmelt. He believes the impacts of climate change are only going to get worse, but there are ways to mitigate this change by reducing human influences on the environment and exploring means of alternative energy. “There is a need to adapt to the changes that are going to occur, that are occurring, that we’re not going to be able to fully stop this situation,” he said. “The train has left the station — it’s not turning back, but we can certainly slow it down.”
Top: Pavel Sokolov (right), current RUSA president, hands the gavel to newly elected president Kristine Baffo (left). Bottom: Stefany Farino, RUSA vice president, became emotional at last night’s RUSA meetng as the current board bid farewell. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
ELECTION Baffo plans to spend 10 hours per week during summer going over administrative work continued from front
top-heavy, but instead believes student government should be a communal effort. She wants to have open communication with the students and wants them to hold her accountable to her role and her words. During the summer, Baffo will spend about 10 hours per week in the RUSA office going over administrative work. She will also be present to speak with administrators who will be asking her opinion on various issues. When she first became involved with RUSA as a Douglass senator, it was the leadership that made her want to run, and she wants to have that same effect on others. Sam Clark, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was the candidate running against Baffo from his team called “Scarlet Knights United.” “I’ve been involved with RUSA for three years. … Kristine will make a great leader, and I definitely plan to stay involved,” Clark said.
BURGER BONANZA Top: Christolf Tomori, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, participates in 25 Burgers’ Burger Eating Contest. Bottom: Ivan Solares (left), Michael Goines (center) and Chris Ortiz (right) chow down. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
With 60.7 percent of the vote, School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Justin Lucero is RUSA’s newly elected treasurer. He wants to keep the budget transparent, something he said RUSA had some problems with earlier this year. Lucero, who is also an orientation team leader, hopes to im-
“It builds a stronger student body when everyone’s behind the student government, on the same page, working together.” MATT PANCONI 2016 Cook Campus Representative
prove the quality of life for students and empower them. RUSA did a lot of co-sponsored events this year, he said, like an event with the Rutgers University Debate Union. He hopes to branch out and increase the number of events RUSA co-sponsors — for exam-
ple, holding more events with the LGBTQ community. Matt Panconi, the newly elected 2016 Cook Campus representative, said he is excited to continue his involvement with RUSA. Panconi, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, ran on the Scarlet Knights United ticket. The majority of the newly elected RUSA board, including Baffo, ran on the Alliance of Scarlet Knights ticket. “Obviously I supported Sam and the Scarlet Knights United ticket, but I’m excited to get this year started. I know most of the people on the Alliance of Scarlet Knights. They’re great people and great leaders. ... We’re all going to do a great job,” he said. Panconi wants to focus on inclusiveness by reaching out to more organizations, including fraternities and sororities, to get them more connected with RUSA. “It builds a stronger student body when ever yone’s behind the student government, on the same page, working together. It makes the students stronger,” he said. “We want ever ybody on the same page. We don’t want to be disconnected.” Panconi said although Baffo and Sokolov are two ver y different people, he does not see RUSA as being run too differently next year because they are both great leaders.
April 11, 2014
EXTRADITION UPHEAVAL Protesters shout slogans after an extradition hearing for former police inspector during Franco’s regime, Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Pacheco, alias “Billy el Nino,” Spanish for Billy the Kid, outside the Spanish National High Court yesterday in Madrid, Spain. GETTY IMAGES
Colbert to take over as Late Show host NEW YORK — CBS moved swiftly yesterday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who will take over the “Late Show” next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy. Colbert, 49, has been hosting “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talkshow host. The character will retire with “The Colbert Report.” “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.” Letterman, who turns 67 on Saturday, announced on his show last week that he would retire sometime in 2015, although he hasn’t set a date. CBS said yesterday that creative elements of Colbert’s new show, including where it will be based, will be announced later. Mayors of New York and Los Angeles have already publicly urged the new “Late Show” host to choose their city. New York would appear to have the clear edge, since Colbert is already based in New York and CBS owns the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the “Late Show” has been taped since Letterman took over in 1993. Letterman offered his endorsement yesterday. “Stephen has always been a real friend to me,” he said. “I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.” It’s a rapidly changing period for that time slot. Fallon took over for Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight”
show in February, and has dominated the ratings since his arrival, with Letterman and Kimmel running neck-and-neck for second. Chelsea Handler has also said she is about to end her talk show on E! Entertainment Television. CBS chose not to break the mold: CBS, ABC and NBC will all compete at 11:35 p.m. with shows hosted by white males. CBS, which has an older audience and generally seeks personalities with the widest appeal possible, is taking a chance with a personality whose show has a much more specific appeal. But, like Fallon and Kimmel, Colbert is popular with young men and active on the Internet and social media. “Our discussions really centered on finding the most talented, the most creative (choice), the person who was going to conduct the most interesting interviews and be the most interesting person himself, and that’s what led us to Stephen,” said Nina Tassler, CBS entertainment chairman. She said CBS considered several candidates, but did not name them. Colbert’s show won the Emmy for best variety series last year and has earned two Peabody Awards. It’s another big move for a Jon Stewart protege: Colbert worked on “The Daily Show” for eight years before getting his own program, and John Oliver is about to launch a weekly show for HBO later this month. The decision opens up a hole on Comedy Central’s schedule. The network said in a statement yesterday, “we look forward to the next eight months of the ground-breaking ‘Colbert Report’ and wish Stephen the very best.” – The Associated Press
Report: Russia withheld intelligence WASHINGTON — A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the government did not miss any key details that could have prevented the attack — instead, the report found, information Russia withheld from the U.S. could have made a difference, according to an official who described the report’s findings. The Obama administration briefed Congress yesterday on the intelligence community inspector general’s findings. The inspector general examined how the government’s 17 intelligence agencies handled information it had prior to the April 15 attack that killed three people and injured more than 200 others. It explored whether there were any missed opportunities to share information that could have prevented two ethnic Chechen brothers from
carrying out the bombings, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report had not been released publicly. Shifting the blame toward Russia for possible intelligence failures before the bombing comes at a time when relations between the two countries are the worst they’ve been since the Cold War era. Russia’s reluctance to share information with the U.S. government that might have helped prevent a terror attack on American soil was one of the first major cracks in the relationship between the two countries. Over the past year, U.S. and Russia relations have deteriorated. Russia gave asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. President Barack Obama cancelled a planned security summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. And most recently, Russia
ignored warnings from the U.S. and its allies and annexed the Crimean Peninsula from the Ukraine. But the report’s conclusions could find sympathy with members of Congress and the nation who have grown increasingly skeptical about the effectiveness of U.S.-Russian cooperation on law enforcement or other matters. In 2011, Russian authorities told the FBI they were worried that one of the suspected bombers and his mother were religious extremists. The Russians were unresponsive when pressed by the FBI for more details. It was only after the 2013 attack that the U.S. intelligence community learned that the Russians withheld some details that might have led to a more thorough FBI investigation. –The Associated Press
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Students aim to raise $1,000 for leukemia John D’Amico Contributing Writer
Volunteers pitch tents in the Livingston Recreation Center for the 2013 Relay for Life in preparation for the nightlong event. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / ONLINE EDITOR / APRIL 2013
Relay for Life invigorates Rutgers Juan Sacasa Contributing Writer
Cancer’s impact became a reality for Gailen Davis when her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. She said her mother has played a tremendous role in shaping her moral frame, particularly in her altruism and optimistic demeanor. “She is so generous, intelligent and beautiful both inside and out,” Davis said. “She spends such a large part of her life helping out other people, and I want to do my part in helping her.” Davis plans to help her by participating in the American Cancer Society at Rutgers University’s annual Relay for Life on April 18 and 19 at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on Busch campus. Greek organizations represent some of the ver y involved students in Relay. The event will last from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m., where a volunteer from each team will walk around a track for the entire duration. Davis, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore, said her job as Sigma Kappa’s Relay for Life captain is to motivate her sorority sisters to participate in the event. “We have 46 sisters signed up to participate in the Relay,” Davis said. “And our team just keeps growing.” Encouraging her sisters was not difficult. After making an announcement at a chapter meeting and posting in the sorority’s Facebook group, dozens of sisters signed up and began raising money. Davis, vice president of Philanthropic Ser vices for Sigma Kappa, promoted the event through multiple outlets. She said she is dedicated to the cause and is reaching out to as many people she can through the postal ser vice and social media. “I’ve been contacting close friends and family,” she said. “I make sure to tell my donors what the money raised from Relay goes to and added in a personal stor y about why it is important to me besides some generic message.”
Davis knows a couple of family members and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer, but it was not until her mom was first diagnosed with colon cancer that the reality of the disease hit her. Ser vice and volunteer work are the core principles for Sigma Kappa. “We support three children — Naomi, Tiffani and Bella — in the RU4Kids program through Embrace Kids Foundation that are currently struggling or have struggled against cancer,” Davis said. While Davis said Sigma Kappa is still about $2,000 shy from the team’s goal of $5,000, she is unperturbed and resolute. Relay for Life has attracted a wide array of fraternities and sororities, each with their own personal motivations. Par th Thakkar, captain of Phi Delta Epsilon’s team, described their volunteer work with cancer patients as their primar y incentive. “Our involvement with our own philanthropy, [Children’s Miracle Network,] is what really motivates us to take par t in these great causes,” said Thakkar, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. “We’ve seen kids in hospitals and their family members. It’s always nice to help those families any way possible.” His team consists of 15 members, and their primar y fundraiser for the event has been tabling. They are aiming to fundraise at least $500. “As Phi Delta Epsilon’s current vice president of finance, I took it upon myself to take on the challenge of putting together a team and fundraising for this great cause,” he said. “As a premedical fraternity, all of us aspire to one day become physicians. This is one way to make a dif ference.” Michelle Cohen, Delta Gamma’s Relay for Life captain, also lauded the event as an incredible occurrence. Cohen, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, has been involved with Relay for Life since her senior year in high school
and understands the impact of cancer on families. “Losing a family member to cancer has shown me how devastating the impact of the disease is, and I want to help put an end to it,” she said. Her team, which is still growing and has a fundraising goal of $1,000, is changing their Facebook cover photos to the color purple and assisting with setting up and cleaning up the event. “The events throughout the night and the people I’ve meet are incredible and [I] can’t wait for Relay,” she said. “I’m excited to be a par t of Delta Gamma’s team.”
An organization at Rutgers is hoping to heal children through humor. The Rutgers Childhood Leukemia Foundation is one division of a national nonprofit that aims to help families of children with leukemia. They plan to hold their annual Comedy Night on April 16 to raise money for awareness of the disorder. Kinnari Modi, the organization’s event coordinator, said at the event, two comedians from the Stress Factory plan to perform at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. They expect to raise $1,000 from the event. Childhood Leukemia Foundation has had several events in the past year, such as Holiday Gift Wrapping, in which their members donated gifts to children at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, said Modi, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Holiday Gift Wrapping was the most successful of this year’s events so far, with a turnout of approximately 90 participants. Hannah Whitman, president of the organization, said their mission is to spread awareness of children suffering from the disease and raise money for the national foundation. “I like to make people aware of the other side of treatments and medication, such as lifting spirit[s] and providing hope for the children suffering,” said Whitman, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.
The group visits children’s hospitals and raises money to buy wigs for kids who lose their hair from leukemia. Whitman got involved with the club because she found it a rewarding way to help kids and their families. She longed to give children the attention they deserved. She also talked about “hope binders,” which the organization distributes to the children’s families to help make the process easier for them. According to their website, these binders contain information about treatment, nutrition, financial matters or any other information that they may need. Whitman’s job consists of organizing executive board and general body meetings, planning events, speaking with people on and off campus to accomplish their goals, communicating with the national foundation and figuring out ways to get Rutgers students more involved. Yuliana Noah, the vice president of the organization, makes sure that the e-board is executing their designated tasks. She is also heavily involved in the organization’s creative processes, like thinking of new and effective fundraising events and volunteer opportunities for its members. “Overall our goal is to make the child’s life easier so that there will be less complications while they are battling this awful disease,” said Noah, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.
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As the weather gets warmer, students are being encouraged to walk or bike around campus instead packing themselves onto Rutgers buses. Rutgers University Department of Transportation sponsors BikeRU week to encourage students to use this healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around and raise awareness about its bike rental program. We laurel these efforts to improve bike routes and bike accessibility for students to make Rutgers a more cycle-friendly campus.
construction obstruction The proposed construction on Mine Street has been surrounded by controversy — and with good reason. The plans call for an apartment building with the capacity to house 140 people, but it would only provide 43 parking spots as opposed to 106 spots required by code. More housing in this area would be great, but the parking situation on and around Mine Street is already terrible. Until there are appropriate measures taken to ensure adequate parking, we dart these construction plans.
Dance marathon champions Last weekend, participants in Rutgers’ 16th annual Dance Marathon had volunteers dance for 30 hours straight to raise money for kids with cancer. This year, the event raised a record-breaking $622,533.98. The event is completely planned and run by student organizations and volunteers, and we are incredibly proud our student community came together to independently raise so much money for an important cause. This well-deserved laurel goes to everyone involved in making this the most successful year yet for Dance Marathon.
WE DON’t LIKE TUITION HIKES Students protested rising tuition at a Board of Governors’ meeting this week, and we’re going to take this oppor tunity to give the high tuition at Rutgers another dar t. Rutgers has one of the highest rates in New Jersey, and New Jersey has the highest tuition rates in the countr y. It’s about time some concrete action is taken to help students af ford higher education, especially at a public university.
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Getting involved is the best way to adjust to college RU THROUGH INTERNATIONAL EYES EMILIE BROEK
his time of the year I not only take out all of my summer clothes, but I also begin to miss my family the most. It is hard not being able to take the next train home and spend a weekend with my parents and sister. Although I have learned to cope with this throughout the year, it is still hard not having the power to see my family when I want. This semester has been amazing and such a great learning experience, but I still cannot wait for it to be over and for me to be on the plane back home. It is no longer being homesick, since Rutgers has become my second home — it is the feeling that I want to be sharing the beautiful weather and the experiences it brings with the most impor tant people in my life. Even though I am still a first-year student and next year will be nothing more than a sophomore or “wise moron,” I feel like the most valuable advice I can share with future incoming students — especially international ones — is to keep busy. And to always tr y to find things that make you happy —it’s the small things that make the dif ference. Around a month ago I joined the #100HappyDays quest where you need to post a picture ever y day of something that makes you hap-
py. On those mornings where you wake up and think, “I just want to be home with my family and friends,” knowing that you need to go out and find your happiness for the day definitely keeps you going. A few days ago, I was eating lunch with two of my international friends: Madhavika Gopal from Jamaica and Krittika Shah from Singapore. The topic of how it felt to be away for so long came up and just like me, Gopal has to wait an entire semester before seeing her family again. She explained that it was really hard, but
often, especially during the weekends and breaks. Gopal also noted that being forced to stay on campus during the weekends and having to do ever ything on our own makes us that much stronger and independent. She could not understand why domestic students would go back home almost ever y weekend and bring their dirty laundr y with them. All these things, she argued, were part of living the college experience. While Shah has her parents living in the United States, she agreed with what we were saying, and added that next
“Once you form those friendships creating a new home here in America will be a lot easier — but do not stress out if takes a while for this to happen! My piece of advice is to simply keep busy until it does.” that surprisingly, she was only homesick for the first week. When I asked her how she had overcome it so fast, she simply said that being an international student with no relatives nearby automatically allows you to form a new family here. I remember during the fall semester a lot of the international students agreed that it was easier to befriend other foreign students. I now realize that it was probably because we are all on the same boat tr ying to stay afloat by forming strong friendships. We both agreed that if our families lived in the United States, we would probably go back home more
year her parents would be returning to Singapore so she would also have the away-from-home college experience. She noted how ever y break thus far had been spent with her family, so it would be challenging having to find something to do instead. “I guess I’ll just have to do what all the other international students are doing,” she said. One of her major concerns with this lifestyle is that she would not be able to celebrate her native holidays with her family. Since she was originally from India, she understood Gopal’s exasperation in not being able to celebrate Holi and Diwali with her
family and friends back home. Although Rutgers does organize events for the holidays, it is not the same as being home, she argued. Most importantly, during Diwali it is common to hold fireworks, which are not allowed on campus, so the girls were pretty disappointed about that as well since the holiday is meant to be full of lights. When I asked the girls how they coped best with homesickness, they both replied that keeping busy and getting involved were the main things. I remember during the fall semester I thought that making friends was extremely important, and that the first semester was the only time to do it, other wise, it would be too late. Looking back, I realize that if you just join different clubs, interact with classmates and get acquainted with your floor mates, making friends will just come naturally. I know all this has already been said a thousand times, but having been in the situation where I knew almost no one at Rutgers, I am pretty strong in my belief that ever yone will eventually find their own knit of friends — Rutgers-New Brunswick is, after all, an enormous campus. Once you form those friendships creating a new home here in America will be a lot easier — but do not stress out if takes a while for this to happen! My piece of advice is to simply keep busy until it does. Emilie Broek is a School of Arts and Sciences first year student. Her column, “RU Through International Eyes,” normally runs on alternate Thursdays.
Time banking system promotes community building COMMENTARY JESSICA FAKEH
h e launch of the Time Banking System in the New Br unswick area, by Julie Fagan, has provided many oppor tunities for individuals to get involved in the community. This system implements the theor y of giving time in exchange for ser vices. An individual can give an hour of their time doing a ser vice for someone else, that hour will be stored in a bank, and when that individual needs a ser vice done for them, they use their hour and exchange it for a ser vice. These services may include babysitting, mowing the lawn, tutoring, a ride to an appointment, etc. This system has brought many individuals together, out of isolation and into fulfilling relationships with other people. Not only that, but the use of time as a currency has benefited those who have struggled financially. With the help of another student, we intend to implement a community exchange program that targets the elderly specifically. This program will use the members
in the Time Bank and organize them into small committees that will target different parts of New Brunswick in order to make services available to as many elderly as possible. A liaison will also be chosen to help the elderly individuals get in contact with the right committee that will be able to help them. The goal of this program is to support preventative health care efforts in the
the hospital. According to President and CEO of the Monmouth Ocean Hospital Ser vice Corporation, Vincent Robbins, in 2005 the average cost for paramedic ser vice in New Jersey is about $2,000. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds that the average cost of a hospital stay in 2009 was $9,200. Upon discharge Betty finds it difficult to break her habits and continues her life-
“With the implementation of the neighbor-to-neighbor community exchange program, members of the community will become involved.” hopes of decreasing health care costs. Consider the following hypothetical scenario in which Betty, a 65-year-old woman, is living alone and is apathetic about her health. With no friends in the area and a lack of transportation, she does not go to her doctor visits, is unable to pick up her medications and is not eating properly. Suppose the combination of these factors has caused her blood pressure to skyrocket, resulting in an ambulance ride and a two-day stay at
style, causing her health to dramatically decline. This decline in health results in a myriad of adverse side effects as well as an accumulation of health care costs. Unfortunately, this is the case for much of the elderly population in the New Brunswick community. With the implementation of the neighbor-to-neighbor community exchange program, members of the community will become involved. Having members check up on Betty will reduce her seclusion from
the community. Members providing transportation will help increase her likeliness to get to medical appointments and get access to her prescriptions, while members cooking meals will provide her with the nutrition she needs. These factors will help keep her blood pressure stable, potentially saving her from the ambulance ride and two-day hospital bill, a total of $20,400. Services provided by the time banking community also reduce the chance of her condition declining further. Now that the framework for the program has been laid down, it is our hope that more people will become involved in the community exchange for the elderly. Currently, we are working on a way to make this opportunity available as a Student to Professional Internship Network internship so that Rutgers students can receive credits for getting involved. You can visit the website at www.middlesexnjstrong.timebanks. org/welcome to become a member of the Middlesex Time Bank. Rutgers students are encouraged to find out more about this program and how to get involved. Jessica Fakeh is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior majoring in biological sciences.
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“Of course people want a free pass, but who’s going to pay for it? It’s a good place to start in creating a dialogue about the pros and cons of a program like this.”
- Jack Molenaar, director of the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services, on the plausibility of a petition for free NJ transit passes for students. See story on FRONT.
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April 11, 2014
REBOUND Rutgers batters aim to improve after top four batters went 0-11 versus Columbia continued from back
“They threw two lefties at us back-to-back who kept us off balThis weekend’s series against ance and you got to give the credit Har tford (17-11) is the 13th game to those guys,” Litterio said. “They out of 15 where the Knights are gave us a tough time at the plate.” For O’Grady, the down day the home team. That gives Rutgers a distinct advantage as it against Columbia should not hurt has hit .313 as the home team the team moving forward, specifically today and this weekend this season. But Wednesday against the Li- against Hartford. O’Grady is hitting .361 this season ons, Rutgers duplicated no such with 39 hits and success at Bain13 extra-base hits. ton Field. “You just have to go back His 62 total basThe first leads Rutgers’ four batters in and get to work. To have a es next closest by 12 the Knights’ letdown like this, it sucks, bases and his sluglineup comging percentage, bined to hit but you have to refocus .574 percent, is 0-for-11, with not one of and get ready for Friday.” also a team-high. The preparathem crossing tion started yesterthe plate in BRIAN O’GRADY day at the Knights’ the game. Senior First Baseman only practice of Throughout the week, where the season, the top of the lineup has remained O’Grady said Rutgers will have to forconsistent with freshman out- get what happened in Wednesday’s fielder Mike Carter leading off, 13-2 loss against the Lions. “You just have to go back and followed by senior infielders Nick Favatella and Brian O’Grady, with get to work. We played, probably junior outfielder Vinny Zarrillo as well as we have all season last night,” O’Grady said Wednesday hitting clean up. Overall the Knights hit approxi- postgame. “To have a letdown like mately .319 one through four in the this, it sucks, but you have to refolineup, accounting for 81 of Rutgers’ cus and get ready for Friday.” 163 total runs. For updates on the Rutgers baseThe performance against the Lions could be an outlier for the ball team, follow Tyler Karalewich Knights’ offense, as Litterio gives on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For all the credit to the Columbia pitch- general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports. ing staff.
Head coach Joe Litterio was not satisfied with the offense against Columbia. Rutgers aims to improve after the top-four batters failed to reach base on hits. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / APRIL 2014
April 11, 2014 TENNIS VILLANOVA-RUTGERS, TODAY, 2 P.M.
Senior Vanessa Petrini said Rutgers will win this weekend by focusing on its doubles strategy. The Knights look to end the regular season with two wins to extend their win streak to seven games. Petrini and senior Stefanie Balasa will be honored in Sunday’s final home match. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / MARCH 2014
Rutgers takes momentum into final conference matchups Nick Jannarone Staff Writer
Looking to continue riding a five-game winning this weekend, the Rutgers tennis team will host Villanova and St. John’s this weekend. The two matches conclude the regular season for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers (13-4, 3-1) hopes to continue its recent stretch of play and provide momentum for the AAC Tournament in a week. Villanova, which has struggled mightily this season with an undesirable 3-11 record, plays in Piscataway on Friday.
FINALE RU scored in double figures in its last seven games despite poor form continued from back Villanova’s overall record is also a bit misleading, with five of its six losses versus teams ranked in the top 20 and all but one of those losses by two goals or less. The Knights enter the game losing three of their last four. Rutgers could also be without senior attacker Scott Klimchak — the team’s leader in goals scored and points — who remains questionable following a leg injury he suffered against Princeton. Rutgers has not had problems scoring during its slump, posting double digits in goals in each of its last seven games. But the loss of Klimchak would leave the Knights without their main inside presence in attack. Against a Villanova defense that held opponents to single-digit goals in its last four games, Rutgers will need its younger players to step up if Klimchak does not suit up. Freshman attacker Connor Murphy is most likely to start
Regardless, the Knights understand they cannot let their play stumble. “We definitely need to keep our focus up for these next two matches,” said junior Lindsay Balsamo. “We have a good record against Villanova and we’re definitely happy to play them at home.” Although Rutgers is executing on all cylinders, if the Knights let up and lose one of these next two matches, it may thwart the progress they have made over the past six weeks. A 10-1 record over the Knights’ last eleven matches speaks for itself, and if they could push that
to 12-1 to finish the season, there could be a long run in the tournament ahead of them. There is no doubt in head coach Ben Bucca’s mind that his team will come out on top against the Wildcats. “We’re definitely confident, and I know we’ll be ready to win,” Bucca said. “We beat them 7-0 last season, and I know the girls will come out and play sound tennis like they always do.” Following Friday’s match against Villanova, Rutgers will welcome St. John’s on Sunday to of ficially end the regular season.
in Klimchak’s place. Murphy scored a team-high three goals against Princeton when Klimchak went down. If Murphy starts, it would be the second of his career, with his first career start coming March 8 against Monmouth. Murphy scored a career-high four goals and added three assists during that game, but said he is content with his role as long as he helps out the team. “I’ll just do whatever role I have to,” Murphy said. “Obviously I hope [Klimchak’s] OK … but I’m just really ready to help out the team anyway I can, whether it’s coming in off the bench, just really doing whatever coach needs.” The Knights have had the entire week to prepare for Villanova, allowing the team some time to heal and put their rough loss to Princeton behind them. Although Brecht believes having a week off from games is a good thing, Rutgers’ biggest wins have come off of quick turnarounds following difficult losses. The Knights have struggled when they have had an entire week between matches, something Brecht is well aware of. “The staff has done a great job with understanding the sense
of urgency with the quick turnarounds to focus in and take care of understanding the detail of our opponent,” Brecht said. “But I also know that in April, league game, home game, senior night, week to prepare, we’ll certainly make sure … to have a sense of urgency for the game.” A win tomorrow will have Rutgers one foot in the door for qualifying for the conference tournament and secure the team’s first winning record under Brecht. A loss will force the Knights into a must-win matchup on the road against Georgetown, a program Rutgers has never beaten. Playing in games with so much at stake could be a little nerve-wracking for a team that had little to play for after finishing 2-13 last year, but Brecht remains confident his players can get the job done. “When you’re a competitor as a coach and as a player, you want to play when the lights go on,” Brecht said. “They came to Rutgers to compete and to play in big games, and they’ve earned that opportunity this weekend to do so.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
St. John’s has posted an 8-7 record this season, but even a decent year does not match the success that the Knights have had so far. It also marks a special day for Rutgers as it will recognize two seniors — Stefania Balasa and Vanessa Petrini. Petrini is hoping that the team plays well but is also looking for ward to seeing some familiar faces at the match. “In order to win these next two matches our focus needs to be high for our doubles strategy and performance,” she said. “If we do that, I know we’ll win.
It’ll also be awesome because we can have all of our friends and families there and that’s always nice.” A final game or match in any spor t can be dif ficult for a player to cope with. But when asked if she was dreading playing her final regular season match, Petrini tried to stay optimistic. “I don’t know if upset is really the word to describe how I’m feeling. … It’s more of a bittersweet feeling,” Petrini said. For updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
OFFENSE Rutgers fails to take advantage of early three-run lead, strands runners on base continued from back After a strikeout looking for the first out of the inning, sophomore shor tstop Melanie Slowinski appeared to have hit a sacrifice fly to right field, but Howard was called out in a tight play at the plate. “It was really close,” Bates said. “That could’ve opened it up for hits and scoring runs.” Nelson reiterated those sentiments on the close play. “It was a real close play, and it looked like a tie,” Nelson said. “So that was a double play, that kind of took us out of the inning. We had that chance, and we had the chance in the second to score some more runs, but we didn’t capitalize.” Despite combining for eight hits and opening with three runs in the first two innings for an early 3-0 lead, the inability to get timely hitting throughout the rest of the game with runners in scoring position came back to plague the Knights.
Bates led the way for Rutgers, continuing her hot streak at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a run. “We just didn’t really put it together, and it got us,” Bates said. Freshman righthander Shayla Sweeney scattered nine hits in and four and one-third innings, striking out four to just one walk and yielding four earned runs before sophomore righthander Dresden Maddox relieved her. If Rutgers does not win the conference outright, the team will look to move for ward. “It can put you down, we just gotta forget about it,” Bates said. “It’s in the past now, so we just have to focus on Temple, which is a conference game, so that’s really our main focus.” For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.
April 11, 2014 MEN’S GOLF PRINCETON INVITATIONAL, TOMORROW
Invite gives RU chance to improve before AAC tournament Daniel LoGiudice Contributing Writer
The Rutgers men’s golf team looks to improve upon its play in this weekend’s Princeton Invitational at the Springdale Country Club in Princeton, N.J. The tworound tournament will be played tomorrow and Sunday. The Scarlet Knights have not played since March 25 at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va. They tied for 18th out of 27 teams and finished with a score of 910 (304-302-304). Senior Jonathan Renza, sophomore Jonathan Chang and freshmen Michael Howe, Chase Wheatley and Ryan Rose are the five who head coach Rob Shutte chose for the invitational. Senior Doug Walters is not available due to a dislocated shoulder he suffered in a recreational basketball game last week. All five golfers have been in the starting rotation at some point this year. Of the five, Renza is the only one who has played on the Princeton course before. Despite Rutgers’ poor performance last tournament, Shutte believes the Knights are playing better than what the scores suggest. “Even though we finished where we did, we had a lot of bright spots,” Shutte said. “It’s just a matter of cleaning up our mistakes and getting reps in practice.” The forecast for the weekend is sunny and warm with little wind, something the team has not seen in recent tournaments. Though the pleasant weather is a positive, the Knights feel the conditions will not impact the outcome. “Nice weather is always good, but it’s not too big of a deal,” Chang said. “Golf is such a weird game — you could play poorly in good weather and play well in poor weather.”
Senior Jonathan Renza is the only golfer in the rotation who has played at the Princeton Invitational before. Renza said the last two weeks of practice have put the team in a good position to end the season strong. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO / SEPTEMBER 2012 The Knights have tried to simulate tournament play as much as possible during practice to prepare for the invitational. “We treat ever y day at practice as if it’s a tournament,” Renza said. “We want to get in the mindset that we should treat ever y shot like it is ver y important.” It has been a little over two weeks since Rutgers has stepped on the links in a competitive nature. The extended time off al-
lowed Rutgers to get more reps during practice. “We have had a lot of good time of f to practice what we need to work on,” Renza said. “I think we are in a better position now than we were two weeks ago.” This tournament is the second to last of the spring season before the AAC Championship, which begins April 27. Rutgers’ last regular-season tournament is the Rutherford Intercollegiate from April 19-20.
The Knights want to finish strong before the conference championship, but a string of poor performances would not affect the team’s morale entering the important tournament. “We would like to play well in the last two tournaments,” Shutte said. “But it doesn’t make or break how we are psychologically in the conference championship.” Despite what its previous scores are and what they may
score this weekend, the Knights are confident in their abilities heading down the stretch. “If we had one more put per person, that’s the difference between winning and finishing in the middle of the pack,” Shutte said. “We’re confident and it wouldn’t surprise if we were in contention this weekend.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s golf team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE MARQUETTE-RUTGERS, TODAY, 5 P.M.
Knights seek to end losing streak in Big East clash Conor Nordland Staff Writer
After dropping its last two contests, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has to get on the right track.
For their next game today against Marquette (5-6, 1-1) at High Point Solutions Stadium, the Scarlet Knights (6-6, 0-2) know they must pull out a win if they hope
to stay alive for a Big East Tournament ber th. The Knights are currently at the bottom of the standings in the Big East, with a two-game deficit to climb out of.
Sophomore attacker Kristen Kocher registered a team-high five points in the Knights’ last game against UConn. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / MARCH 2014
Rutgers has five games left to rebound and fulfill the season’s main goal made back in the preseason. Despite their loss against Connecticut, the Knights are upbeat about the way they have been playing recently, especially on the offensive side of the ball. “I think they’re gelling nicely,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “They just need to constantly focus on increasing their shooting percentage and maintaining possession of the ball.” The Knights scored 11 goals in each of their last three games and have averaged 10.2 goals per game over the last five contests. This should bode well against Marquette, as the Golden Eagles have allowed 11.55 goals per game on defense this season. Sophomore attacker Kristen Kocher, who registered five points in the Knights’ loss to UConn, said Rutgers is determined entering today’s game. “We left everything on the field last game, so we’re going to have to take a lot of anger out on Marquette,” Kocher said.
If the Knights are to come out with a win against the Golden Eagles, it must happen on the defensive side of the ball. The unit that was arguably the strength of the team early on needs to return to the way it was playing at the start of the year. Over the past five contests, the Knights have allowed 10.4 goals per game. The Knights will be looking to contain Marquette attacker Claire Costanza, who leads the Golden Eagles with 16 goals and 15 assists. After putting together a solid game against UConn that fell just short in overtime, the Knights know they are close to breaking through in Big East play. That breakthrough arguably must come tonight if Rutgers wishes to keep its postseason hopes alive. “Every game is a must-win now,” Kocher said. For more updates on the women’s lacrosse, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
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Quote of the Day “When you’re a competitor as a coach and as a player, you want to play when the lights go on.” — Rutgers head men’s lacrosse coach Brian Brecht on tomorrow night’s pivotal matchup with Villanova
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MEN’S LACROSSE VILLANOVA-RUTGERS, TOMORROW, 7 P.M.
Rutgers fails to capitalize on offense Garrett Stepien Staff Writer
After a 6-5 win over Seton Hall on Wednesday, Rutgers head softball coach Jay Nelson expressed that his main concern for the team this week was to close out games and avoid letdowns. While the Scarlet Knights managed to make Nelson’s objective come to fruition against the Pirates, they could not seem to do the same yesterday at Princeton. Rutgers (18-13, 2-4) suffered a fifth-inning letdown, surrendering a 3-1 lead as Princeton (11-18) tacked on three runs before eventually taking the game, 5-3. According to Nelson, the Knights had multiple opportunities throughout the game to breakaway with runners in scoring position, but could not collect the hit to bur y the Tigers for good. “The thing was we had other chances to score and we didn’t score,” Nelson said. Nelson referred to the top of the fifth inning before the Tigers seized control of the game with a big offensive surge in the bottom frame. Junior leftfielder Chandler Howard star ted the inning by snapping out of an 0-for-14 drought by singling to right field, followed by an odd spinner of f the end of the bat of junior center fielder Jackie Bates. After a wild pitch, Rutgers suddenly had two runners in scoring position with no outs and were poised to do some damage. But as fast as the opportunity was created, it folded.
Freshman attacker Connor Murphy could earn his second career start if senior attacker Scott Klimchak cannot go tonight. Murphy scored a team-high four goals and added three assists in his first start against Monmouth. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RU enters crucial home finale Sean Stewart Correspondent
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Nine days ago, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team faced Big East rival St. John’s in a pivotal conference matchup and earned an important victory. The Scarlet Knights (7-5, 2-2) face Villanova (4-6, 2-1) tomorrow night in yet another crucial conference matchup in their final home game at High Point Solutions Stadium.
With a win making Rutgers one step closer to qualifying for the Big East tournament in May — the first tournament berth under head coach Brian Brecht — the stakes could not be any higher. “The mark of a really good team is how you respond after a tough loss, and we definitely had a tough loss against Princeton [last Saturday],” said senior defender Andrew Parrilla. “But you just have to move for ward, it’s a 15-game
season and we’re just looking to get a big win.” Like the Red Storm, the Wildcats enter the game 3-0 against Rutgers’ senior class, though the Knights are 6-5 all-time against Villanova. The Wildcats come to Rutgers in strong form, winning three of their last four games, with their only loss coming against No. 5 Denver in overtime. See FINALE on Page 14
BASEBALL HARTFORD-RUTGERS, TODAY, 3 P.M.
Knights hitters eye rebound vs Hawks Tyler Karalewich Associate Sports Editor
After Columbia induced two ground outs and a strikeout, the Rutgers baseball team ended its game Wednesday with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning. Following a 13-2 loss to the Lions, where the Scarlet Knights were only able to collect
Junior outfielder Jackie Bates continued her hitting streak, going 3-for-4. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / ONLINE EDITOR / FILE PHOTO / MARCH 2014
five hits, head coach Joe Litterio was less than pleased with Rutgers’ performance and took no consolation in the loss. “[I told the guys] we have to come out ready to play every game and that’s the bottom line,” Litterio said after the loss to Columbia. “We can use all the excuses in the world about how we played last night in a stadium atmosphere and then coming here today in
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TYLIA GILLON, senior sprinter, was a member of the 4x400 relay team that set a new Rutgers women’s track record at the Spec Towns National Invite last year. RU competes again in the invite this weekend in Georgia.
the afternoon with not as many fans as last night. But bottom line is we didn’t come out ready to play.” The Knights (12-17) have not had a practice since last Thursday — playing back-to-back weekend series and two pairs of midweek games, and always having an off day on Mondays. See rebound on Page 13
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