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From the Rutgers Mobile App Development club to the Undergraduate Student Alliance for Computer Science, Nis Frome takes a look at the many ways students can get involved with the technology scene at Rutgers.
The Class of 2017 is one of the most academically accomplished ever to enter Rutgers, with the average SAT score reaching 300 points higher than the national average and 14 points higher than last year’s class, said Karen Stubaus, vice president for Academic Affairs and Administration Saturday at Convocation. KARL HOEMPLER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Rutgers welcomes more than 8,000 at Convocation Sabrina Szteinbaum Staff Writer
A sea of first-year and transfer students flooded High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday evening as faculty members and upperclassmen welcomed the class of 2017 to Rutgers University. Aside from speeches from University President Robert L. Barchi,
students enjoyed the tunes from the marching band, performances by the cheerleaders, the a cappella group OrphanSporks and the Livingston Theatre Company. According to the University’s website, 7,900 new students are attending Rutgers this fall along with 300 medical students. Karen Stubaus, the vice president for academic affairs and administration at the
University, said this increases the number of undergraduates on the New Brunswick campus to 40,000. “I know when you’re on the buses and you’re trying to get to classes and everything that seems like a big number, but these are all your compatriots all around you,” Stubaus said. She also outlined the academic record of first-year and transfer stu-
dents as a group, referring to the new class as one of the most accomplished ever to enter the university. “The average SAT score for [the class of 2017] is 300 points higher than the national average and 14 points higher than last year’s,” she said. Stubaus also said the group includes a large amount of international students, representing more
than 100 countries. Additionally, there are transfer students from more than 500 colleges and universities around the United States. Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Chancellor of the New Brunswick campus Richard L. Edwards encouraged the See CONVOCATION on Page 7
U. begins College Avenue Students placed in temporary housing redevelopment initiative still awaiting place to call their own By Shawn Smith Correspondent
Many changes have occurred at Rutgers University, but none is more obvious right now than the construction on the College Avenue campus. While the famous grease trucks have relocated from their 20year home at Lot 8, what is replacing them will radically change the look of the campus. University Spokesman E.J. Miranda said the University is working with the New Brunswick Development Corporation and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary
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to redevelop ten acres of land on the College Avenue campus. The redevelopment project will include five major components — a new Rutgers Residential Honors College, a new academic building for the School of Arts and Sciences, an apartment-style housing building complete with retail space, a new parking garage and a new Theological Seminary. “This comprehensive initiative to redevelop the College Avenue campus will take place over the next three years, culminating in 2016,”
When 23-year-old transfer student Daniel Drechsel called Rutgers this summer, he felt relieved when the University informed him that he would be assigned to live with students of the same age group and major. But in early August, he received an email from the Rutgers Assignments Office stating that he would be placed in temporary housing until further notice.
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Students placed into temporary housing will live in the lounges of various residence halls, and up to six students may share a space. SHAWN SMITH
New Brunswick developers rebuild surrounding community By Sabrina Szteinbaum Contributing Writer
As new and returning students find themselves walking around the College Avenue campus over the next few weeks, months and years, they will notice a changing landscape.
Mitchell Broder, president of Construction Management Associates, a New Brunswick based development company, said he and his team have developed and are building apartment buildings on Bartlett, Hamilton, and Ray Streets as well as a new sorority or fraternity house on Sicard Street.
Broder said all of the new apartments would be ready by the fall of 2014. “When I went to school here, there was none of this product … I lived in these old, run-down, unsafe houses … So I knew firsthand what was going on with the off-campus housing market in New Bruns-
wick,” Broder said. As a graduate of the University, Broder said he was aware of the need for modern, safe and clean housing for students. He said these apartments are providing students with a high level of living, with security cameras, garbage collection, and affordability.
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He said the new fraternity or sorority house on Sicard Street will have 17 bedrooms, each 200 square feet, and will be ready by the spring. “This $3 million project will See COMMUNITY on Page 4
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Wednesday, Sept. 4
The Mason Gross School of the Arts hosts a Welcome Back show at 10 a.m. at the Mason Gross Galleries at 33 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick. The show features programs, lectures and curated professional shows and will run until September 20. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Rutgers Against Hunger co-host the New Brunswick Community Farmer’s Market at 11 a.m. at Kilmer Square Park at 108 Albany Street in New Brunswick. The market features fresh local produce, artisan breads and baked goods, specialty coffee and locally-raised meat. The Episcopal Campus Ministry hosts a Welcome Cookout at 6 p.m. at 5 Mine St. in New Brunswick.
Thursday, Sept. 5
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick Farmer’s Market, Rutgers Against Hunger, Slow Food Rutgers and the Cook Campus Dean co-host the Jersey Fresh Farmer’s Market at 11 a.m. at Waller Hall on Cook campus. The program will run every Thursday in September and October. Those attending are asked to bring a bag.
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Hundreds come together for Rutgers’ annual Involvement Fair By Zach Bregman Staff Writer
Despite a rainy afternoon, hundreds of students crammed into the Rutgers Student Center and the College Avenue Gymnasium yesterday for the Involvement Fair. Turnout was very high despite the weather, as students came to check out a range of clubs and organizations, from academic, cultural and religious clubs to sports, greek life and community service-based organizations. Sheri La Macchia, the office administrator at the Office of Student Involvement, said she worked on coordinating the event for over a month. “Determining who’s going to go where, how many tables we can fit in certain spaces, that type of thing,” she said. Four hundred and twenty-two organizations showcased themselves to incoming and returning students this year, she said. She and her colleagues had to organize everything very carefully. “One of the things that I worked on, which is new this year, is making [the fair] flow better and make the check-in process better,” La Macchia said. Different categories of clubs and organizations were separated into different color-coded zones to make things easier to find as well as manage, she said. “This is kind of a new concept here. We tried to make the process easier for the groups,” she said. “Whereas in the past it’s been ev-
erybody rushing one table and it’s been total chaos.” The fair featured a full performance schedule of student organizations putting on shows, she said. These performances were held on several stage areas set up in the Atrium of the Rutgers Student Center. “We’ve got The B-boy Club, that’s a little break dancing, and we’ve got several different singing clubs,” La Macchia said. The Rutgers Swing Dance Club, The Rutgers Belly Dance Troupe and The Rutgers Yoyo Dojo were among the many organizations that performed. “I think the most important thing is just to give people opportunities to get exposed to different things. A lot of times what happens is people don’t know what’s available,” La Macchia said. “This is a wonderful place for the student organizations to shine, they can make the connections, [and] they can say ‘this is what we’re about.’” She said changing the location from outdoors at the Voorhees Mall to an indoor setting at the student center and gymnasium took a considerable amount of time and thought. La Macchia said she believed they clearly made the right choice to move the fair indoors. Stephanie Brescia, a student at the Graduate School of Education, said she also spent the summer planning and organizing the fair. She said the involvement fair is important because getting in-
U. Student filmmaker invited to MTV’s VMAs By Simon Galperin Staff Writer
While most people watched the MTV Video Music Awards on their TV, Rutgers University student Zack Morrison watched celebrities walk the red carpet through his camera’s viewfinder and the performances from backstage. Morrison, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, found his passion for filmmaking in a toy camera he was given while in elementary school. That has led him to spend half of his life taking pictures and making movies. The opportunity to attend and be a part of the red carpet photography team at the VMAs came after mtvU asked Morrison to participate in a photography project related to a new award being given this year for the best song of summer, he said. After completing the project, mtvU invited him to work the red carpet, Morrison said. “They had us right in the center of all the screaming fans,” he said.
Backstage of the awards show, Morrison said he gave a head nod to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and was passed by Taylor Swift several times. But Morrison is no stranger to awards shows. His short films have been recognized nationally at Campus MovieFest for each of the three years he has been at the University. Campus MovieFest visits universities and colleges around the country to hold competitions from which a university’s winners go on to the national Campus MovieFest in Hollywood. Most recently, Morrison’s short film “Don’t Make Me Sing” was a national nominee for the Campus MovieFest Best Soundtrack award. “Don’t Make Me Sing” was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France, he said. Morrison said he hopes to attend the national Campus MovieFest again this year. Student filmmakers who attend for all four years of their undergraduate career receive special awards, he said.
volved in different organizations is a big part of students’ careers. Brescia said she was responsible for organizing the live performance aspect of the involvement fair. “I’m [excited for] our two emcees from the Cabaret Theatre,” she said. “I’m looking forward to them kind of spicing up the show a little.” Rob Gross, a School of Engineering first-year student, said he looked into various organizations, including the Robotics Club, the Society for Hispanic Engineers and the Residence Hall Association. Dmitri Fendis, a School of Arts & Sciences first-year student, said he came to the fair not looking for anything in particular. He said he just wanted to see what the University had to offer in terms of student organizations and greek life. “We’re mostly just browsing around, but we did see a lot of [fraternities],” he said. Fendis said he plays soccer and joining either a club or intramural team would appeal to him. He said the fair was very informative to him overall but that he felt it would have worked a lot better outdoors. Akul Desai, a Rutgers Business School first-year student said greek life stood out to him. He said that the networking aspect also appealed to him. “I’m going to be in the business school so maybe one of the business [fraternities],” Desai said.
Hundreds of students packed the Rutgers Student Center and the College Avenue Gymnasium yesterday on the College Avenue campus for the annual Involvement Fair. Dennis zuraw
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result in a state of the art building featuring sound proofing, fire sprinklers with monitored alarm systems, [and] surveillance cameras,” according to a statement provided by Broder. The fraternity or sorority house will also feature luxuries like granite counter tops, maple cabinetry, high-speed internet and state of the art security features, according to the statement. Broder said the current development is the end of a very long and involved process, and has nothing to do with the University’s College Avenue redevelopment plan. “Everything that you see has been in the works for years, and it’s all just breaking ground simultaneously,” he said, referring to the fact that this off-campus housing development and the College Avenue redevelopment are happening at the same time. Though Broder’s company is privately funded and does not work with the University, he said in building these new apartments, his company is targeting a Rutgers demographic, and the University is probably happy to have cleaner, safer and more modern housing for the ever-growing number of students. In order to accommodate even more students in an ideal proximity to College Avenue, Dave Adams, owner of a 32-unit apartment building at 10 Union St. that opened its doors in June, said he hopes that the building provides a safe and affordable environment for students. “I think one of the problems we
were having at Rutgers is the fact that there was a lot of substandard housing,” he said. “And I think by removing this and building new housing with the latest codes and benefits, it makes it better for everybody.” Not only is the new housing better for students, but also for landlords, Adams said. Once landlords of smaller, less modern properties find they are in competition with state-of-the-art apartments, they will be motivated to clean up their properties. Broder also talked about the revitalization of Union Street, and how it has changed since he was a student. “Union Street, when I went to school, was probably one of the worst streets in town,” he said. “It was a disaster.” Broder said Union Street was better known as “frat row,” and that the fraternities housed on the street were in terrible condition. Twenty years later, it has been completely modernized with new buildings. The greek houses that still stand, like Kappa Sigma, have been renovated to fit with the modern décor of the other buildings. “What we’re doing on Union Street is we’ve organized a few of the developers on the street and we’re called the Union Street Coalition,” Broder said. The coalition started their work 20 years ago with an abandoned fraternity house at 50 Union St. that is now an apartment building. Adams said 10 Union St. has underground parking, and is main-
tained both inside and out on a daily basis. “Everything is the way that it should be, everything is working perfectly and the students absolutely love it,” he said. “We seem to have more of a demand for it than we do units. We are still getting calls even though it’s all rented.” Adams also mentioned off-campus redevelopment prospects for the future. He said he would like to develop housing for graduate students and students who have graduated and would like to stay in New Brunswick. “I think one of the problems is that there’s not enough high quality, good, affordable housing for young people in their mid-twenties who want to work and live in New Brunswick,” he said. Adams thinks this could curb the number of young adults leaving the area right after graduation. Glenn Patterson, director of Planning, Community and Economic Development for the city of New Brunswick, said the reason for investment into off-campus housing has to do with the proximity of these apartments to Easton Avenue restaurants and the bar scene. He also said a lot of the existing housing stock is worn out, and is comprised of single-family homes, which are not designed for groups of students to live in. “The new housing is better designed … they’re smaller units that are popular with a lot of the off-campus housing population,” he said. One of the other benefits to the new apartment buildings is the parking situation. “They have their parking underground, so you’re taking it off the streets which frees up more space on the streets for the other neighbors, to make the parking situation a little better,” Patterson said.
Patterson said in the future, he hopes to be able to build new housing in the 5th and 6th wards of New Brunswick to attract homeowners and students alike. “You don’t just want to have one population in an area, you want to have a mix so that people get to
know each other and understand each other’s problems and raise the quality of life throughout the entire neighborhood,” Patterson said.
Construction Management Associates, a New Brunswick-based developer company, is building a new fraternity or sorority building at 34 Sicard St. RENDERING COURTESY OF MITCH BRODER
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housing Each lounge will hold a minimum of three students and a maximum of six continued from front
“I wanted the housing thing to be an easy process on top of all the other things, but now it’s just a huge pain,” he said. “I wanted it to be an easy transition and I wanted to be with students going through the same transition.” Due to an increased demand for on-campus housing, Rutgers placed a number of first-year and transfer students in temporary housing, said Joan Carbone, associate vice president of Student Affairs. Transfer students, like Drechsel, were assigned to live in Old Gibbons on Douglass campus. “[Old Gibbons] was graduate student housing and we stopped housing there at the end of last year because it needs renovation and we weren’t able to renovate it right now “ Carbone said. “They’re old houses and we don’t really want to house students there right now.” First-year students were placed in closed lounges within residence halls on each campus, she said. The lounge furniture was relocated to a common area outside of the lounge and a bed, dresser and desk were provided for each student. They share the hall bathroom with the floor where they reside. Each lounge will hold a minimum of three and a maximum of six students, Carbone said. “We’re going to try to avoid the six, but it’s possible we may have to go to six,” she said. “If we have six, it will be a very large lounge.” Lucas Majkowski, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, lives in a closed-off lounge in the Lynton Towers on Livingston campus with two other students. He said the lounge is not a bad space. “I had bad expectations when they were telling me, but otherwise, when I got here, it was substantial enough for me,” he said. “The beds are reasonably spread apart, and everyone has a desk, but really there’s no privacy.” Students in temporary housing pay half the price for room and board, and the fee will be pro-rated on a daily basis, she said. The rebate will be in the form of a credit placed on each student’s account when they are assigned to a regular space. Rutgers anticipates that all students will be in permanent housing within a couple of months of the start of the semester, Carbone said, but this is not guaranteed. This pro-
cess will begin once the University determines how many residents do not move into their assigned rooms. Although Rutgers eventually assigned Drechsel to live in the Newell Apartments on Cook campus, he said he is unsatisfied with the assignment since he would have had to live with sophomores on a campus where he does not have classes. Instead, Drechsel is renting an off-campus studio apartment. “I wish they told me that months ago when I could have been looking for housing, signing leases and what not, because it’s right now really difficult to find any place that’s of any good value,” he said. Majkowski believes moving out in the middle of the semester would be very inconvenient. “I don’t know how long I’ll be waiting. I feel like it’s never going to happen,” he said. “I feel like I’m going to be adjusted to everything here and just be shipped off to somewhere else.” The Rutgers Assignments Office sent out an email July 26 alerting students contracted to reside on campus that the University relaxed their cancellation policy. From this, Carbone said more than 100 students chose to cancel their contracts, opening up spaces for transfer students. New student housing on the College Avenue campus should prevent this situation in future years. The University managed to subside the housing crunch in the past two years by opening 2000 new spaces — the Busch, Engineering, Science and Technology building on Busch campus in 2011 and the Livingston Apartments on Livingston campus in 2012, she said. Yet in the fall of 2010, a lack of on-campus space led the University to house first-year students at the Crowne Plaza in Somerset, she said. Rutgers contracted with Academy Bus to provide those students with a shuttle to campus. The University has fewer students living in temporary housing this year, so Carbone said placing students in hotels would have been unnecessary. “The biggest problems we had with the hotels was the distance,” she said. “The students felt extremely isolated, and while the accommodations were very nice, I don’t think the students felt a part of the community.”
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new class to take advantage of the opportunities that the University offers, like Byrne seminars and the Aresty Research Center. “From across America and from around the world, students like you come to Rutgers to chase all sorts of dreams … It’s great to have a plan as you enter college … But your path may not end up being such a straight line,” he said. Edwards told students they might find a passion in a field they never before considered. He advised students to not graduate without trying new things like taking an exciting elective or a semester abroad. Edwards talked about life outside of the classroom as well, and told students to get involved and to not be afraid to make their voices heard.
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Miranda said. “Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the founding of Rutgers.” Chris Paladino, president of DEVCO, said the University’s development of Livingston campus might not have been forward thinking. “Rutgers has always been an urban university,” he said. “It services kids from New Jersey ... When I’m out at Livingston, I could be at the University of Nebraska.” Paladino said the College Avenue campus has always remained the first choice among students. The attraction comes from its location — with the bars, the train station and everything on Easton Avenue all nearby. But Paladino said while the University has grown over the last 20 years, it has not built any new housing on the College Avenue campus with the exception of Rockoff Hall, which DEVCO built. “We estimate there are 8,000 students who live within the ten-block
area of the campus. The common thread is they want to be close to College [Avenue]. It’s the center of the social universe.” The new buildings aims to provide the campus with a new look, and Miranda said it would add an additional 1,000 beds to the campus. “These projects will improve the academic and residential quality of student life, and provide facilities and upgrades that will benefit the entire campus community,” he said. “More than 90 percent of Rutgers’ current housing stock is older than 25 years, including 18 buildings that are more than 75 years old.” The new lecture halls will add an additional 2,500 seats, Paladino said. On busy days, he estimates that between 18,000 and 22,000 students will use the new facility. Sarah Clarke, executive vice president for DEVCO, said the new academic building would not be specifically for honors students. “The new SAS building would be
used for classes the same way you would go to Scott Hall or Loree for classes,” she said. “Anyone can use the buildings.” The design for the SAS building was inspired by traditional architecture, like that of Old Queens, Paladino said. Robert L. Barchi, University president, was very involved with the design process. “He put in the peaked roofs, a lot of the stone that is reminiscent of Old Queens,” Paladino said. “But when you look inside, it’s very modern with all glass. You want to invite [people] inside.” Clarke said the lecture halls will seat anywhere from 80 to 120 students, along with five 300-person lecture halls. “There was really a need for those, Rutgers doesn’t have enough 300s, so they are pretty significant,” she said. “It’s a [two-floor] tiered seating hall.” The SAS academic building will house a number of departments and should be complete by 2016, Miranda said. “University enrollment has grown by 14 percent since 2006, while classroom space has increased by 3.8 percent,” he said. Miranda said the Honors College is a proven vehicle for attracting top in-state and national students and provides them with housing and pro-
gramming space that indicates how important honors undergraduate research is at Rutgers. The residential college is expected to be complete by fall 2015. The new University housing will be placed where Lot 8 currently stands, Paladino said. It will consist of four buildings of two to four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, and housing approximately 485 students. Some will have three and two bedroom apartments. The apartment building will be broken up into two, four and six stories tall, he said. It will maximize sunlight on the park that will be constructed in the plaza of the building. “We wanted to create this as a public space and not a private space for those who live there, so we faced the U-shape of the building out towards College Ave,” Paladino said. “It’s pretty much an apartment building once you get onto the second floor.” Along with housing, Paladino said he is excited about the public space the building will contain. Besides the park, the apartment building will also be home to a number of retail shops, as well as a Times Square-sized Liquid Crystal Display screen that will be used for news, sports and movie nights. “During the day, it will probably have CNN or ESPN on, the scroll
will run and maybe a piece of the box will be the weather. It will be a place for you to get information,” he said. “What we really want to do is create events. If Rutgers is playing an away football game at Michigan, this is where people can watch it together. If the Yankees are playing the Red Sox, or the Jets and Giants playing on Sunday, this is where people can come together. We can also hold cultural events, like the Metropolitan Opera.” Along with the cable networks, Paladino said he wants to work with the Journalism and Film departments at Rutgers to create original programming. The idea is to give grants to students to go out and create a program that will gain a following. “We want to let people be creative and use this for original, Rutgers-type of programming,” he said. The park will fit around 700 people using lawn chairs and blankets, and can increase up to about 1,200 people if an event is being held, he said. There will also be a boardwalk that will start outside and continue into the building. “If you don’t live in a building, for the most part you’re not welcome into it. This space is truly public space. It’s inside and it will have free See INITIATIVE on Page 10
Clockwise from top left: The Honors Residential College building is looking to provide honors students with housing and programming space and is expected to complete at fall 2015. The new School of Arts and Sciences building will provide classroom space and the design was inspired by Old Queens architecture. The new residence hall will replace the grease trucks former location on Lot 8, and will hold a large recreational space where students can watch football games or even opera shows. COURTESY OF NEW BRUNSWICK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
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Wi-Fi, television sets and soft seating,” he said. “There are big glass fold up doors that will close when it is cold outside. If you are waiting for a bus and it’s cold or raining, or you
just want to chill, you are welcome to come sit in this space.” Along with the public space, Paladino said the apartments would also contain retail shops. “We’ve talked to the Windmill guys, and the Jersey Mikes guy. I’d love to find a pizza guy,” he said. “We’re also meeting with the grease
A rendering of the Honors Residential College. COURTESY OF NEW BRUNSWICK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
A rendering of the School of Arts and Sciences building. COURTESY OF NEW BRUNSWICK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
truck guys to try and get them into there as well.” Along with food, DEVCO is looking to add clothing retail shops to the plaza and is meeting with different vendors, Paladino said. The apartment building and additional retail shops are expected to be complete by fall 2016, Miranda said.
A rendering of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. COURTESY OF NEW BRUNSWICK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
A full layout of Lot 8. COURTESY OF NEW BRUNSWICK DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
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RU-tv has changed their channel output from analog to digital, which will require students with analog TVs to get a digital converter to watch all the channels available to them, said LeeAnn Gerosolina, engineering manager at RU-tv. TVs will now use DirectTV to receive channels, and Gerosolina, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said the switch provides the community with more channels and better quality. Students with analog TVs that do not get a digital converter will still have access to a few basic channels, but with the switch to digital, Gerosolina said students now have access to around 110 channels.
“If you have a regular plasma TV, you’ll be fine,” she said. “You just have to go and program your TV. There’s [information] on the website … rutv.rutgers.edu.” Students without remotes for their TVs will have to get a universal remote to program the channels. “Usually you have a setting for it, go to the menu and it will let you automatically find the channels and it’ll do it,” Gerosolina said. Changes have also come to RUtv’s morning program, “Wake Up Rutgers,” she said. “Instead of having a set, we now have a virtual studio, kind of like a green screen,” she said. “It’s a lot more interactive and it’s easier to use. We can do whatever we want, and put whatever we want in the studio at any time. It’s very user-friendly and it’s really awesome.”
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Developers give advice for aspiring computer science students By Nis Frome Contributing Writer
Student developers at Rutgers have a place on Busch campus to call home, and it is known as “the Cave.” Except this cave has electricity, tables, chairs and most importantly, computers. “The greatest environment for really dedicated engineers is ‘the Cave,’” said Billy Lynch, president of the Undergraduate Student Alliance for Computer Science, in reference to Hill Center Room 252. “There are many weekly events there that can help young developers get ahead of the curve.” Lynch, a software intern at Google, said every Friday afternoon, “the Cave” comes alive. From 3 to 5 p.m., tutoring services known as “Code Red” are available for students in “Intro to Java and Data Structures”. At 5 p.m., “Hacker Hour” commences, during which an educational lecture will be given on a topic not typically covered in class. From there, many students quickly head over to either the
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from a University alumnus and founder of HackerLeague.com, Mike Swift. But computer science is far from just being about fun and games, so University student leaders are sharing their insights to prepare incoming students for the challenges ahead. “Computer science is widely regarded as one of the most challenging, but rewarding disciplines — students interested in pursuing CS should be mentally and physically prepared,” Zafrani said. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Technology is one of the fastest growing and highestpaying industries. “It’s difficult to compare computer science to any other industry, said William Langford, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “I always recommend to students that think they might be interested in technology to give it a try on interactive coding websites like Codecademy. com, and see if they like it.” He warned students that waiting for an introductory course to try
code-writing for the first time is potentially risky. “The first few courses are always interesting with regard to churn. [Intro to Java] is really easy as far as computer science goes,” Langford said. “If you find it challenging, as many students do, either get help immediately and prepare to be dedicated for the next four years, or find another major,”. But it’s not just about the coursework for students in particular, Langford said. “Make sure your peripherals are taken care of. Know where the buildings are, who the professor is, how the buses work,” he said. “You can’t afford to let the little things get in the way.” Langford’s final piece of advice to the new students is simple: Try things outside the classroom. “As far as classes go, don’t be afraid to experiment outside of your assignments,” Lynch said. “Don’t settle for just tackling whatever you’re assigned.” As an example, Lanford brought up hackathons. Hackathons are
programming competitions, typically lasting between 24 and 48 hours, in which engineers are tasked with building projects to meet a set of predetermined criteria. “Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s impossible to come out of a hackathon without learning something cool. If anything, you’ll come out with swag,” Langford said, referring to the numerous branded items handed out by hackathon sponsors. Rutgers University is home to one of the largest university hackathons on the East Coast, HackRU. This year’s event is set to take place Oct. 12 and 13. “We’re expecting another great turnout,” Lynch said. “It’s a testament to just how far students are willing to go to learn more about technology.” Nis Frome is the co-founder of Hublished.com. He has written on the topics of growth hacking and content marketing for Forbes, The Social Media Monthly and Content Marketing Institute.
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Any US action in Syria would immediately draw t’s that time again. No, not back-to-school season —time for another contemplative discussion on in the involvement of other members of the interwhich country the United States should start a national community. While months ago Obama had war with next. This time, it’s Syria on the menu, and already given the green light for the CIA and other while a forward action would be much justified, it is federal agencies to aid Syrian rebels in getting rid of Assad, Russia has long been providing the weapons unfortunately marred by bad timing. Let’s catch everybody up on the most pressing that the Syrian government is using against its own debate that will be hitting our airwaves over the next people. Lest we forget, Russia and China were the few weeks. Syria has been embroiled in a deadly civil only countries to veto a Security Council decision to war since the Arab Spring in 2011, when protesters impose sanctions on Syria back in 2012. Meanwhile, took to the streets against the 42-year-long Assad re- France is quickly positioning itself as a strong ally of gime and were met by the government’s open fire. the US for Syrian intervention. Assad warned that a US action would prompt a Since then, the most conservative estimation of casualties over the past two years peaks over 100,000. regional conflict, and it is not difficult to imagine that we are on the brink of a On August 21, 2013, it possible World War III in was alleged that Syrian president Bashar Al-As“It is not difficult to imagine that we this regard. From a domestic sad used chemical arms on a suburb in Damascus, are on the brink of a possible World standpoint, it is easy to see why 75 percent of prompting Obama to seek Americans are against congressional approval War III [through intervention].” getting involved. We are to conduct US military still lingering under the strikes in the country. shadow of our costly wars While we believe the senseless killing of civilians has long necessitated in Iraq and Afghanistan and struggling under the some type of intervention, what the United States weight of trillions of dollars of debt. Congress reconcurrently has in mind will only worsen an already venes this month for a very limited time to discuss budget issues, and discussing Syrian action now inflamed situation. The type of involvement that the US should only throws a wrench in an already stressed system. carry out is already questionable at best, but its in- Even so, Edwards sadly sidestepped questions about volvement at this moment of excessive ambiguity, whether or not Obama would still go forth with milicomplicatedness and speculation is impetuous. The tary intervention if Congress voted against it. While the most ideal scenario would have been United Nations has acquired and is currently testing samples taken from the alleged chemical attack site Syrian intervention before so many lives had been in Damascus, and the world is still waiting for the lost to political conflict, now the best course of acUN to reveal its findings, which could potentially tion would be to create a rational and thought-out take weeks. While Secretary of State John Edwards plan with an end goal that is best for Syria. That claims that US tests found that sarin gas was used in plan needs clear objectives, planned sustainability Damascus, no official independent test results have and the involvement of the international community come back yet. Plus, even if the results are positive through the United Nations — not a unilateral milfor chemical weapons, they still would not tell us itary action. Otherwise, things will frighteningly take a turn which party used those weapons. Right now, Assad for the worst from here. is denying his responsibility.
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Is new debt legislation helping students? Is there an alternative? The state of Oregon seems to think so. On July 1, the Oregon legislature passed into law a plan called “Pay It Forward, Pay It Back,” which MIKE DENIS would allow students at public universities to attend college without paying for it first, and then after graduation pay up to 3 percent of their income for the next 20 years hile we were off enjoying our back to the state. Organizers say this is summer vacations, a funny thing only a step into rethinking how higher happened between Congress and education is financed in the United States. President Barack Obama: they agreed on As I’ve said before, a national flat tuition something. Senator Lamar Alexander (Rrate plus higher admittance TN) said “I wish all of the standards would help. Cutting major problems that come back on extravagant spending before us could be resolved “And while many legislators applauded the new in sports and in facilities is in this way.” And while many also a necessary step. legislators applauded the student loan legislation ... they weren’t doing it so university is at fault. new student loan legislathat America’s students could go to college cheaper. Every Politicians, business leaders, tion signed into law by the school administrators and President early in August, No, they were applauding the continuation of the other important figures like they weren’t doing it so that policies that continue to rip off young Americans.” to tout the value of a college America’s students could go education every time they to college cheaper. No, they talk to young people and their were applauding the continuation of the policies that continue to rip off timated $185 billion by the Congressional parents. But they’ve made it harder to young Americans just so they could all say Budget Office. Students will be forced to reach with their greedy policies. The state they got something done during their Auborrow more, and thus poor and middle of higher education funding in the United States is in dire crisis, and unless students gust town halls. Instead of easing the burclass students are those targeted most. den of higher education costs for students, And when you can’t pay, it only gets worse. stand up to the universities and the governCongress only made the problem worse. Fees and penalties are added onto the ini- ment, then horror stories of debt-ridden It is common knowledge that student debt tial debt if a default occurs. Senator Barba- despair will become a reality for in the United States exceeds $1 trillion, ra Boxer (D-CA) vehemently opposed the many more. more than that of credit card debt. And bipartisan deal, telling of a woman who there is no relief in sight. The deal that the was disabled and had her Social Security President signed ensures the interest rates checks garnished in order to pay for her Mike Denis is a School of Arts and Scion loans will now be tied to the financial debts. And unlike most other debts, you ences Sophomore majoring in political market through ten-year treasury bonds. cannot discharge them through bankrupt- science with a minor in history. His colThe rates will be set at a minimum of 3.86 cy — a twisted irony considering gamblers umn, “Straight Up and Down” runs on alternate Tuesdays. percent, and can rise up to a max of 8.6 percan while students can’t.
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cent within five years. Rates for graduate students could rise higher than 10 percent. With no end in sight to the rising tuition costs by universities, it’s hard to imagine how we can be expected to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in debt years and years after graduating, while also trying to start a family, buy a house, etc. Universities spend wildly on athletic programs and exorbitant dormitories paid for by federal loans. The government is set to profit greatly from the new deal — an es-
A sad farewell to a greasy U. tradition BRIEF AND WONDROUS NOMIN J. UJIYEDIIN
rease trucks, we hardly knew ya. My first two years at the University weren’t enough time to fully acquaint myself with your myriad high-calorie delights. How many times I stood in line with the 1 a.m. Friday crowd, under the yellow lamps of Lot 8, listening to slurred gossip and avoiding the flashing lights of drunken selfies — it wasn’t enough. My body is thankful that it didn’t have to digest more than a handful of fat sandwiches, but my sense of nostalgia wishes for one more pilgrimage to the former glory of the Scott Hall bus stop. The grease trucks themselves are still around, of course. It’s just their location that’s changed. But the dispersion of the University’s favorite late-night food vendors also heralds the death of one of our few remaining traditions. One can argue that gathering in a parking lot to eat 1500-calorie sandwiches wasn’t much of a tradition to begin with. Other schools have centuries-old lore, massive alumni reunions and tailgates that put ours to shame. But we have the fat sandwich, and other than riding the buses and complaining about the RU Screw, it’s the closest thing that passes for school culture here on the banks of the old Raritan. The loss of a communal gathering place for their consumption is an undeniable, if minor, blow to our collective identity. But such is the experience of attend-
ing one of the largest universities in the country. This fall semester welcomes a medical school, a new athletics conference and construction all over campus. The coming years will see our entry into the Big Ten and the implementation of University President Robert L. Barchi’s Strategic Plan. These tectonic shifts might improve the University’s reputation and further its missions of education, research and service. But they haven’t made it any easier for me, as one undergraduate among thousands, to define my experience at a school
“We’re a school that’s existed for longer than the United States of America, with a national reputation and a legion of alumni. But not enough of that history has survived to form a cohesive school culture today.” that can’t seem to stop growing. Rutgers is the first place I feel like I truly belong, but what do I belong to other than a loose confederation of campuses? What makes us different from any other immense public university? I have yet to find a satisfactory answer. Rutgers is like thousands of schools
in one. Two students could enter the same semester and graduate on the same day, but never set an eye on each other, let alone share a single experience. And our lack of unifying campus traditions contributes to the separation already imposed by highways, rivers and city boundaries. We’re a school that’s existed for longer than the United States of America, with a national reputation and a legion of alumni. But not enough of that history has survived to form a cohesive school culture today. As a collective, we students don’t have much in common, other than the red block “R” plastered on our rear bumpers and dorm windows. And as proud as I am of that ubiquitous symbol, I wish I had a better idea of what it stood for. So here’s to Lot 8, former site of the grease trucks — more than a parking lot, more than a place to buy cheap food and smoke a cigarette. As a Rutgers tradition, enjoying a fat sandwich was one of the few student experiences that were universal and unique to our school. As an all-hours hangout, the lot was more accessible than any frat or bar. And as a thoroughfare between Rutgers and downtown New Brunswick, between College Avenue and the other campuses, it epitomized the constant arrivals and departures that characterize life at the University. Even with its destruction, the grease truck lot symbolizes transition — perhaps the only consistent thing about Rutgers. Nomin Ujiyediin is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in economics and political science. His column, “Brief and Wondrous” appears on alternate Tuesdays.
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Today’s Birthday (09/03/13). It’s easier to make important changes this year. Your network has everything. Up your game by taking new group responsibility. Contribute to others, and it comes back to you. Respectfully and frugally expand your influence. Discover or amplify romance. Inspiration and connection abound. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 6 — You’re gaining respect. Friends give you a boost, especially regarding love. Appreciate and enjoy what you’ve acquired. A female works out details with useful suggestions. Emerge unscathed from a possible situation. Share thanks. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Gather support. Love emerges triumphant again. Find the money. It’s a good time to sell and profit. Tardiness will be noticed. Do work you love. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — Consider another’s opinion, or trouble breaks out. Stay respectful. You’re the peacemaker. Continue your studies and, with a loved one’s encouragement, your career takes off. You’ve earned it. Satisfaction is the best reward. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Grasp an opportunity. This will bring great satisfaction, with good reason. Re-affirm a commitment. Friends are there for you. Your partner scores. You can build what you want and need. Your creativity busts out. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Replenish reserves for later. A female handles picky details. Relax and keep momentum. Get into communication, and express what you’re up to. There’s a happy ending, with a delightful discovery. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Repay a favor. Provide leadership and visualize immense success. Great ideas for home improvement develop. Count your blessings. Set priorities. Others help out behind the scenes.
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Donigan insists Knights cannot take early leads for granted
Walk-on says he will not change mentality as starting running back
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Part of the issue in Rutgers’ opening weekend, Donigan believes, is that the Knights shied away from aggressive play that earned them early leads. Rutgers outshot Duke, 8-6, in the first half, but the Blue Devils dominated that category in the second half, 17-3. Eventually, Duke knocked in a deflected shot near the back post in the final seconds. The Knights played back on their heels, desperate to hang onto their lead. “It’s simply just having a mindset to continue to play and push the game a little bit when you’re up 1-0 and finishing those games off, as opposed to playing for the result,” Donigan said. “You have a tendency to kind of sit back and the wide guys get tucked in and pulled down a little bit to kind of build a more defensive wall for ourselves. That can hurt you.” And that mental resolve comes with maturity as a team over the course of a season, Donigan said. Much of Rutgers’ core is still young and prone to miscommunication. It is something Donigan wants to convey to the team in practice this week, especially with Akron —a top-10 team — looming Sunday at Yurcak Field. “There are no breaks, there’s no plays off, there’s no mental lapses,” he said. “You have to play a complete game against the schedule that we have.” But the fact that Rutgers’ few problems do not center on anything tactical is a positive for Donigan. He said he is happy with what he has received thus far from his back four, particularly freshman goalkeeper David Greczek, who is replacing long-time starter Kevin McMullen. “The goals [against] really for the most part were for second chances and rebounds and deflected shots,” Donigan said. “They weren’t so much a mistake from the goalie or the back four. So I’m really pleased with those guys.” The Knights are also still tweaking their formation and depth chart, trying to find what ultimately clicks. That is Donigan’s preference until about midseason, when he hopes to have Rutgers peaking. “You’re going to get thrown curveballs throughout the season,” Donigan said. “You’ve got to roll with the punches as you get hit. It’s inevitable, it always happens every season. Guys get hurt, guys don’t perform consistently and you have to make changes and tweak things a little bit.”
guy.” By the end of the night, James, whose previous career-high was five carries, had rushed 22 times for 182 yards. Huggins, meanwhile, ran the ball just six times
for 15 yards. It prompted Flood to name James the starting running back yesterday for Saturday’s home opener against Norfolk State, despite initially saying Rutgers just played the hot hand. While impressed with James’ rise in the second half in Fresno, Flood said producing more steady running gains will be emphasized this week in practice. “On offense, we need to run the ball more consistently,” he said. “We certainly had production and made some big plays and we are really excited about those things, but the consistency of the
running game is something that we will focus on this week to eliminate the negative runs.” That responsibility now falls largely on James, who admits the game speed caught him offguard. He said he will focus on more sprints in practice to finish off bursts in the open field. But even with the added pressure, he said his mindset as a starter does not change. “I feel like there is a pressure, but I don’t look at it that way,” James said. “I look at it is as what can I do to improve and what can I do to help the team out and give them what they need out of run-
ning back.” Still, with how far he has come, James knows he cannot afford to allow everything he has worked for slip away. Once a walk-on whose only options at the end of the high school were Rutgers and Temple, his time has finally come. “I’m excited. Happy. Been waiting for it for a long time,” James said. “It’s finally here.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
September 3, 2013 WOMEN’S SOCCER
Rutgers begins season with four straight wins By Jim Mooney Staff Writer
The Rutgers women’s soccer team found its footing to start the season. The Scarlet Knights are currently 4-0 after their most recent victory Sunday against Fordham. The victories have not come easy for the Knights, but they have shown early on that they will have to be outworked to be defeated. During the four-game winning streak, the Knights have won three one-goal contests and have shown a tendency to shine in the second half. Six of its eight goals came in the second half. Senior forward Jonelle Filigno and junior midfielder Sara Corson have provided strong play. Filigno leads the team with seven points and three goals. She also netted the game-winning goal on a penalty kick Friday against Delaware for a 1-0 victory. She followed that performance with another penalty kick late against Fordham before the Knights added on two more goals to give them the 3-0 victory. Corson’s early play put her on the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll last
week along with freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan. Corson produced five points in Rutgers’ 3-2 victory Aug. 25 over Army. Tiernan scored the game-winning goal in the season opener Aug. 23 against Drexel and is the first true freshman to earn a spot on the conference honor roll since 2007. She also tallied an assist against Army. While Filigno, Corson and Tiernan have all been successful finding the back of the net so far this season, senior goaltender Jessica Janosz has left opponents still searching for the net. Janosz has started every game so far for the Knights and has yet to allow a goal. Rutgers will need her to continue that play on the road this weekend after it played three out of its first four games at home. This weekend’s road trip includes Rutgers’ first big test of the season as it travels Friday night to face Virginia. The Knights fell to the Cavaliers, 6-1, last season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. For updates on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Knights excel against Kent State, RMU By Tyler Karalewich Contributing Writer
The Rutgers volleyball team traveled last weekend to the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. The Scarlet Knights began with a victory Friday in their matchup against Kent State. Then Saturday they faced future Big Ten adversary Indiana and Robert Morris. The Knights fell to Indiana in straight sets 16-25, 21-25 and 2025 in their morning contest for a loss, but would eventually prevail against Robert Morris in the evening with a 25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 2522 score. In the 22-year history of Robert Morris’ program, Saturday was the first time they faced the Knights. Against the Colonials, the Knights had a breakout performance, gathering 64 digs and hitting for .224, marking their best performances of the tournament. In the first and third sets, Rutgers hit more than .300 as a team. The Knights got a lift against Robert Morris from a few of their six freshmen. The Knights swept Kent State in straight sets with scores of 2624, 25-20 and 27-25. Sophomore defensive specialist Ali Schroet-
er highlighted the defense with 12 digs, while freshman middle blocker Lauren Cloyd and freshman outside hitter Micaela Anderson added 10 kills each. Sophomore Alex Lassa and senior libero Tracy Wright also contributed defensively, both adding 8 digs. Anderson went on a tear, tallying 22 of her 28 kills for the weekend and .391 hitting percentage. Cloyd added 11 kills with a hitting percentage of .250, while freshman middle blocker Dulce Duran played limitedly and added a quick three kills with a .500 percentage in two sets. Rutgers also has plenty of experience returning for the upcoming season. The Knights return three starters, their libero, and 11 letter winners. Wright came up with 14 digs against Robert Morris. Schroeter and Lassa also came up big defensively with dig totals of 20 and 10, respectively. Junior setter Nicole Bayer compiled 26 assists and sophomore Anna Sudberry came up with 28. In its straight set loss to Indiana, Rutgers was able to keep the scores close. For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
September 3, 2013
Page 23 FOOTBALL GLASHEN STUDIES MISCUES ON FILM
Secondary learns from mistakes against Bulldogs By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
Allowing more than 50 points and 450 passing yards would make any secondary coach cringe. Junior cornerback Gareef Glashen was a little more blunt about his performance Thursday at Fresno State. “I feel like I played horrible,” Glashen said. “I feel like I played bad, and that’s the worst game I think I’ve ever had. I just really have to go out there and just get back to the fundamentals to go out there and play better.” Part of that process included watching his performance play out all over again in the video room. There, Glashen was able to point out his mistakes, which he said included missed tackles and assignments. He believes seeing what needs to be corrected from a different perspective is vital. “It’s very important, just as a whole just to see where we can get better in the little things that will help us have an advantage in games to come,” Glashen said. “It’s just knowing our weak points, so we can go out and practice and work on what we can get better at.” According to head coach Kyle Flood, Glashen was not the only one at fault. “On defense we need to tackle
better,” Flood said. “When you play against a team that puts as much stress on you all over the field as they do, they really didn’t stress us in terms of throwing the ball down the field. Their stress was really more in terms of spreading the field and making a tackle in space. And there’s no doubt in my mind we are a better tackling football team.” It is part of the growing pains for the Scarlet Knights secondary, a unit that features three new starters including both corner positions. Going up against the nation’s leading passing attack is not the ideal situation to break in a green secondary. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr threw 456 yards and five touchdowns against Rutgers, continuing last season’s success. He finished last year with 4,104 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. Carr attempted 73 passes in the contest. Glashen saw the experience as a positive for his unit. “They had a very great offense and it was very up-tempo and fast,” Glashen. “They got a lot of plays out against us, so that was great for us to see very early. We just have to regroup and adjust to everything in case another team tries to do it.” That will continue this week as Rutgers begins to prepare for its home opener Saturday against Norfolk State, an FCS opponent for the first of three straight
Junior cornerback Gareef Glashen said he wants to correct the mistakes he made against Fresno State. Glashen registered three tackles, including one for a loss. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR home games for the Knights. So for now, Glashen and the rest of the secondary will continue with film study and work on fundamentals in practice. He can only take the positives and negatives from his first start and learn from them. “We went out there and made
a few plays, but I left a lot out there,” Glashen said. “If I would have made those plays, it would have been a big night for me, but it went in the opposite way of what I thought would happen. … That was a big game for us and it didn’t go as planned, but we just have to adjust and regroup and
play a lot better.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
September 3, 2013
Page 25 FOOTBALL CARROO EMERGES, DEFENSE NEEDS TINKERING
he Georgia football team announced it has lost its top wide receiver for the season in Malcolm Mitchell, according to ESPN. Mit chell needs ACL surgery after injuring the ligament celebrating a teammate’s 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter Saturday night against Clemson. “I’m not sure when we’ll do the surgery, but sometime in the near future,” head coach Mark Richt told ESPN. “So what we thought happened did happen. It was confirmed by the MRI today.” Richt added Mitchell will likely be eligible for a medical redshirt, since he suffered the injury so early in the season. Mitchell landed awkwardly after he jumped to celebrate the score with running back Todd Gurley, who also injured himself on the play. Gurley only suffered a quad strain and returned in the second quarter. Mitchell sat on the bench with an ice bag on his knee, and tests revealed Sunday that his injury would require surgery.
football coach Mike Gundy said yesterday sophomore quarterback J.W. Walsh will be the Cowboys’ starter going forward, according to ESPN. Gundy originally planned on using a two-quarterback system, but that is no longer the case. Senior quarterback Clint Chelf was pulled from the season-opener against Mississippi State after two ineffective possessions. Walsh, meanwhile, finished out the remainder of the game with 125 yards rushing and 135 yards passing in the team’s 21-3 victory.
head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed yesterday quarterback Robert Griffin III will start Week 1 on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles barring a “crazy setback,” according to ESPN. Speculation has recently swirled that Dr. James Andrews may still have concerns about Griffin’s surgically repaired right knee, but Shanahan said the team’s star quarterback is “ready to go, full speed ahead. “If we didn’t feel Robert was full-go and ready to play and do all the things you ask a guy to do, he would not be playing in this game,” Shanahan told ESPN. “If that’s sprinting out, if it’s running the option, if it’s drop back, he can do all those things because he proved it to us in practice.” Griffin underwent ACL, MCL and LCL surgery on his right knee just eight months ago. The Redskins eased Griffin back into training camp to avoid any setbacks, not having him participate in any 11-on-11 snaps until the third week.
up top outfield prospect Billy Hamilton and infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville before the team started a four-game series yesterday against the St. Louis Cardinals. It is the 22-year-old Hamilton’s first promotion to the majors. Last season in Class A and Double-A, he set a professional baseball season record with 175 steals. He has stolen 75 bases in Triple-A this season while batting .256 in 123 games. called
Sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo recorded five receptions for 135 yards and three touchdowns in the Rutgers’ game Thursday against Fresno State. Carroo will benefit from play alongside junior wideout Brandon Coleman. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
Four takeaways from the Fresno game By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
Here are four takeaways from the Rutgers football team’s 5251 overtime loss Thursday night to Fresno State, the first season-opening Scarlet Knights loss since 2009 against Cincinnati.
Leonte Carroo will benefit when both he and junior Brandon Coleman are on the field: Carroo had arguably the most impressive training camp for the Knights, and his work in the offseason with junior quarterback Gary Nova looks to have paid off. Carroo caught five passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns against Fresno State. “It felt pretty good,” Carroo said. “I was excited with my performance, but I’m not satisfied. I want to get out there and keep going. I want to keep getting better in practice every day and keep playing and score more touchdowns.” The presence of Coleman will help Carroo accomplish that, as the 6-foot-6 wideout will draw attention away from Carroo. Despite facing double and even triple coverage against the Bulldogs,
Coleman still managed 94 yards and two touchdowns off nine receptions. This will create opportunities for Carroo, though it is not the only thing he said Coleman provides. “Just watching him perform is great to see,” Carroo said. “Someone that you’ve spent so much time with out there playing on the other side of you, he’s really good. It motivates you out there on the field and you say to yourself ‘Hey, If Brandon’s doing it then I want to get some catches too.”
some work to do when it comes to stopping high-pace offenses: It is never good when a defense gives up 52 points in one game, and junior linebacker Kevin Snyder said the quickness of the Bulldogs offense played into the units’ performance. “I don’t think we had any communication issues,” Snyder said. “I think the only thing we struggled with at times was that they were moving so fast. By the time they were lined up we got our calls in and tried our hardest to get it going, but sometimes they beat us to it.” Led by quarterback Derek
Carr, the Fresno State offense used a no-huddle offense and quick one-step drops, which Snyder said took away the effectiveness of the front seven. The pass-happy offense also put pressure on the secondary, a unit with three new starters. “It’s kind of like baptism by fire almost,” Snyder said. “Now I think people have a heightened sense of urgency in preparation and in the game and all of that understanding how to win games at this level.”
Flood wanting to use two to three running backs during games, sophomore P.J. James will get the bulk of the carries: James rattled off 182 yards rushing on 22 carries in the loss to Fresno State, including runs of 65 and 55 yards. Though Flood moved him ahead of junior Savon Huggins on the depth chart, he still wants to use more than James. “I think Paul has done a great job,” Flood said. “Certainly his production in the last game, he earned the right to go out there first in the game. The plan going forward is two and possibly three running backs in the game. The production will dictate the carries.”
Huggins’ 15 yards on six carries bodes well for James getting carries though. Flood said redshirt freshman Desmon Peoples and freshman Justin Goodwin could also see carries in upcoming games, but Flood will put the ball in James’ hands as long as the Glassboro, N.J., native continues to produce.
night’s loss puts
more pressure to avoid an upset against Norfolk State: Though the Knights own a 2-0 series record against the Spartans and a 9-0 all time record against MEAC teams, they are aware of the damage FCS schools have done in the first week of the season. Eight FBS teams fell to FCS opponents over the weekend, which included Eastern Washington’s upset win against No. 25 Oregon State, 49-46. Snyder and the rest of the team know it is important to put them away early. “You can’t take them lightly, because they have athletes that can beat you just like everyone else,” Snyder said. “You need to prepare even better now and come out there and play the best game we possibly can.”
September 3, 2013 FIELD HOCKEY NO. 19 BOSTON COLLEGE 2, RUTGERS 1 (SEASON DEBUT)
Season begins with weekend split in Vermont By Justin Lesko Contributing Writer
The Rutgers field hockey team opened the season 1-1 after a trip to New England. No. 19 Boston College proved a challenge in the season opener and delivered a 2-1 victory Saturday against the Scarlet Knights. With 1:47 left in the game, freshman midfielder Ashpal Kaur Bhogal found junior midfielder
Sophie Wright in the circle for a late goal to pull within one point. But the Knights could not find the back of the net again. The Golden Eagles scored both of their goals in the first half. Emma Plasteres scored on an unassisted goal in the 26th minute, while AshLeigh Sebia connected on a pass from Plasteres in the 12th minute. Close losses were all too common for the Knights last season,
as they suffered six one-goal games en route to a 9-10 record. Head coach Meredith Long views those losses as positive for this year’s squad, which now features 12 underclassmen. “We were a young team last season, and we gained some really valuable experience in those close games,” Long said. “We learned what it takes to get the result [we want]. That experience is really going to come into play
this year.” She also believes the team benefited from last year’s schedule, which featured six ranked opponents. The Knights face two more ranked foes this season in Duke and Connecticut. “I think for us that’s really a key to taking the program to the next level,” Long said. “I really believe we need to push ourselves against the best and that’s what we’re really looking to do in
Junior midfielder Sophie Wright scored one goal Friday in Rutgers’ 2-1 loss to No. 19 Boston College. The Knights will face two more ranked opponents this season in Duke and Connecticut. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
our scheduling this season.” The Knights fared better Sunday with a 5-2 win against Vermont at its home field. Five players each scored in the win with goals in the 66th and 62nd minute by Wright and freshman forward Sarah Regn, respectively, to seal the game. After a Vermont goal, senior midfielder Lisa Patrone passed to Regn for a goal in the 62nd minute. Wright added more insurance, scoring on a penalty corner from freshman Devon Freshnock. Catamounts’ forward Colleen Slaughter, an Ocean City, N.J., native, scored early after a turnover, but Bhogal, senior back Laura Rose and freshman back Danielle Freshnock scored in the first half to give the Knights a 3-1 lead. Rutgers next two matches will be at home, with the first game coming Friday against La Salle. The Knights will then host Duke Sunday. The Blue Devils are 2-0 this season, and are ranked in the top-10 nationally in the first preseason poll. It will be up to Rutgers to take advantage of the two-game home swing and return to above .500 For updates on the Rutgers field hockey team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
September 3, 2013
Page 27 FOOTBALL TEAM DETERMINES JACKSON’S, POLLARD’S INJURIES TO BE CAREER-ENDING
Junior defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey was suspended for Saturday’s game against Norfolk State for violating team policy. Kirksey splits reps at defensive tackle, primarily relieving senior Isaac Holmes at nose tackle. He will not participate in practice or team meetings this week. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
Suspension, injuries reduce d-line depth By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
The Rutgers football team will be down two defensive linemen for the rest of the season and one more Saturday against Norfolk State. Sophomore defensive end Myles Jackson’s and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jamil Pollard’s injuries were determined career-ending, but they will remain part of the program. Junior defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey is suspended one game for violating team policy. This gives the defensive line a second game in a row with sparse depth, especially if senior defensive end Jamil Merrell cannot return. Merrell is a game-time decision. Junior David Milewski and sophomore Djwany Mera combined to fill Merrell’s role Thursday against Fresno State. Milewski’s first game in two years was successful, as he accumulated three tackles, a fourth-quarter fumble recovery and a tipped pass. “Djwany’s going to bring the passion. Milewski, with what he’s been through, you know he’s going to be hungry to get out there on the field,” Merrell said yester-
day. “Seeing them, I have nothing but great feeling at the position. I know when I get there it’s going to be a battle to try to get my position back” At defensive tackle, senior Isaac Holmes and sophomore Darius Hamilton will have a less experienced backup without Kirksey, who will not practice or participate this week in team meetings. Head coach Kyle Flood said sophomores Daryl Stephenson and Al Page would have opportunities in Kirksey’s role. The backups at defensive tackle are particularly important because the physicality leaves players more likely for injury. The learning curve was clear at defensive line against Fresno State, as the Bulldogs’ open holes in the middle got tighter through the game. Runs through the middle were rarely viable for Fresno State, and there was enough pressure to force quarterback Derek Carr to consistently throw screens instead of downfield. “We have a lot of young guys,” Hamilton said. “For a lot of them, that was their first time seeing game action. They came out guns blazing and went down that field, and we got to the sideline and
Coach [Flood] told us, ‘Everybody relax. We’ll make these corrections right now.’” Only one game has passed, but redshirt freshman Chris Muller has already held the starting right guard position, lost it and returned yesterday to the starting lineup. Senior Andre Civil injured his elbow against Fresno State and ended the game on the sidelines in street clothes. Muller is back on the first team, and Civil is a game-time decision for Norfolk State. “I think every player in our program would like to go out there with the first team every time,” Flood said, “but if you get too focused on that and not focused enough on just getting better every day, it’s going to be hard to progress through your career.” Muller played a significant role is blocking for sophomore running back P.J. James, who rushed for 182 yards off 22 carries against Fresno State. Flood feels confident in sophomore tight end Tyler Kroft starting Saturday if senior Paul Carrezola cannot play. Carrezola (lower body) is a game-time decision. He caught
Rutgers Injury Report for Norfolk State Player
CB Jonathan Aiken
TE Paul Carrezola
WR Carlton Agudosi RG Andre Civil
DE Jamil Merrell
DB Bryant Gross-Armiento DE Max Issaka
DE Myles Jackson
DL Julian Pinnix-Odrick C Dallas Hendrickson DE Quanzell Lambert
Hamstring Sholder Sholder Knee
Lower leg Sholder
one pass for 11 yards against Fresno State, while Kroft caught one for seven. “Tyler has played enough football here that he’ll take the bulk of the reps this week, and he’ll be ready to go,” Flood said. “And then after him, you’ve got guys like [senior Tyler] Bellia and [freshman Nick Arcidiacono] that are going to have to step up, and when they are on the field, they have to consider themselves a
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starter and be ready to produce.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @ TargumSports.
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Tuesday, september 3, 2013
FOOTBALL FORMER BACKUP RUNS WILD, CLAIMS STARTING JOB
RU faces difficult schedule By Greg Johnson Correspondent
Sophomore running back Paul James ran 22 times for 182 yards in Rutgers’ season opener Thursday night at Fresno State. Head coach Kyle Flood named him the starter yesterday for Saturday’s home opener. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
James becomes starting RB By Greg Johnson Correspondent
Paul James has been overlooked since high school. As a Group I player, the sophomore running back thinks recruiters may have looked down on his competition. He also dealt with a nagging high ankle sprain his senior year at Glassboro (N.J.) High School, and no schools were willing to offer him a scholarship. So when he came to the Rutgers football team as a walk-on two years ago, James knew it was going to be a challenge. “I figured it was going to be hard work, but that’s always how it’s been for me,” he said. “Coming into high school, when I first got there, there were like six, seven running backs. So it’s always been a climb and process to get there.” Scores
After redshirting his freshman year, James saw limited action in just two games last season. He made an impression early during spring practices, but missed the majority of that time with a hip flexor. James was finally healthy for the start of training camp and an opportunity arose. The No. 2 running back job behind junior Savon Huggins was up for grabs, and James saw a chance to solidify himself as a force in the rushing attack. “This year I made a big emphasis on trying to stay healthy,” James said. “Working, going into the training room, doing extra things to work on keeping my little muscles stronger.” That hard work soon translated into a much greater opportunity Thursday night in the Scarlet Knights’ season opener at Fresno State.
With Huggins — a former four-star recruit — struggling to get anything going on the ground early in the shootout, head coach Kyle Flood gave James carries at the start of the second quarter. The running game turned into a platoon, but James distinguished himself in the third quarter. In that period alone, James ran for 164 yards, including 65- and 55-yard bursts. It coincided with the insertion of redshirt freshman right guard Chris Muller, who entered in the second quarter in place of senior Andre Civil. Civil left the game with an elbow injury. “It’s nice to say that he got some big runs [because of me], but it’s not strictly because of the offensive line,” Muller said. “Paul James is such a hard runner that he’s not going to get taken down by just one see
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Rutgers head men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan will not back down from his preseason claims, nor make any concessions. He knew what he was getting into when he made the Scarlet Knights’ schedule. And he has no regrets, despite what has transpired through two games. Rutgers squandered 1-0 leads Friday and Sunday, respectively, against Duke with 13 seconds remaining and against Elon in the 75th minute. The Knights salvaged a tie against the Blue Devils after two extra sessions, but surrendered the lead for good against the Phoenixes in the 77th minute. So close to two wins against two strong opponents, Rutgers instead came away with an 0-1-1 record. “We have to somehow find a way to persevere through those situations,” Donigan said, “and find a way to manage those games and manage those leads, so we can come away with positive results.” It is a similar script to when the Knights dropped six games by one goal last season and just missed the NCAA Tournament. So Donigan is fully aware of the impact each game has on the team’s RPI. Yet he remains patient and willing to let the process take its course, insisting Rutgers is deeper, healthier and more experienced than a year ago. “I have the confidence that we’re good enough now to compete and play against anybody in the country,” Donigan said. “I wouldn’t have challenged them with this schedule if I didn’t feel that we’re capable of getting the results that we’re hopeful to get.” see
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was selected to the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll after the Knights’ sweep this weekend against Delaware and Fordham. The senior forward tallied five points off two goals and an assist in the pair of victories.
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