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Rise in international students expands Rutgers’ service programs 2012-2013 International student enrollment from ﬁve focus countries
Total enrollment from five focus countries represent the New Brunswick, Camden and Newark campuses for the 2012-2013 year. This year boasts the largest class of international students, with more than 1,500 students from more than 125 countries. SOURCE: GLOBAL ADVANCEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS CENTERS
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Twenty-one-year-old Radun Çiçen participated in the protests that threw Turkey into unrest for the past three months. He suffered burns on his hand from gas bombs fired by the police. The violent unrest is one of the reasons he wanted to leave his country, which he loves. “Normally I love my country, but
now I don’t want to live there because of the president ... and each day it is getting worse,” he said. “The A.K.P. party, the followers are like terrorists. They go out with big blades and knives and start to attack people and the police do nothing. They accept it.” Çiçen’s first choice was Europe, but he found it difficult to find courses for industrial engineering. And so, with recommendations from his
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Turkish friends that went to Rutgers and his teachers at Koç University in Istanbul, he came to New Brunswick on Aug. 20 to study mechanical and industrial engineering. Çiçen is a part of Rutgers’ largest class of international students, with more than 1,500 students from more than 125 countries on the New Brunswick campus alone. But Çiçen, a School of Engineering junior, is not alone in coming to
the United States for a better education in his field of study. Miriam Lisci, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, permanently moved to the United States from Rome, Italy, last year to study genetics. “Genetics is not a major in Italy — that’s the problem,” Lisci said. “For my field there are many more opportunities here, for internships and jobs at laboratories. I tried in Italy, but there was nothing in my
field. Career-wise, it is better to stay here.” Rutgers opened the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs in July 2011 with the hopes of internationalizing the Rutgers community. Joanna Regulska, vice president for International and Global Affairs, once an international student See STUDENTS on Page 4
University to offer Study finds energy drink consumption increases health risks three courses on Coursera platform By Nicole Gifford Contributing Writer
By Vaishali Gauba Contributing Writer
After joining the Coursera program last spring, Rutgers will get the ball rolling this November by opening three Coursera courses — “Analyzing the Universe,” “Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences” and “The Future of Humankind.” Coursera is a platform that partners with top-tier universities from around the world to provide courses accessible to all for free in a broad range of disciplines, according to its website. At the University, matters regarding Coursera fall under the review of the Division of Continuing Studies Distance Learning, said Richard J. Novak, interim vice president for the division. See COURSES on Page 8
Experts from the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark believe energy drinks can be harmful to children and adolescents. DENNIS ZURAW
During finals week, students tired from pulling all-nighters swarm to each campus’ student center like bees to get that extra boost from their favorite energy drinks. But disturbing details have emerged about the science behind the popular, highly caffeinated beverages. Studies show that college students are at risk for health issues stemming from excessive consumption of energy drinks. Experts at the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark believe energy drinks can be harmful to children and adolescents, said Bruce Ruck, NJPIES director of Drug Information and Professional Education. The most endangered are frequent energy drink consumers, especially those who drink large quantities in a short time, he said. “One of the big problems that we see with the energy drinks is that
they are so high in caffeine, and students tend to drink a lot of them over a short period of time,” Ruck said. “One doesn’t work so they take two, two don’t work so they take three.” Consuming too many energy drinks may make a person feel agitated, with a high heart rate, shaking, nausea and vomiting, he said. “What often brings them in initially is the uncomfortable feeling in their chest,” Ruck said. “Their heart is beating very rapidly, and they get scared.” People who use energy drinks should carefully consider what else they are eating and drinking, he said. “Many do not realize that they’re drinking coffee at the same time,” Ruck said. Snacks containing caffeine, such as chocolate, as well as certain medications, might increase health risks when paired with energy drinks. Alcohol and energy drinks
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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.
Friday, Sept. 6
The New Jersey Film Festival presents screenings of “Just Short of Sidekick,” “The Portal,” and “Mad Ship” starting at 7 p.m. in the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. The program costs $10 for general admission and $9 for students and senior citizens. The Cabaret Theatre on the corner of Suydam and Nichol Streets on Douglass campus presents “The Cabaret Coffeehouse” at 8 p.m. The evening will feature scheduled performances from students and a brief open-mic portion at the end. Coffee will be provided, and the event is free and open to all.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
The Rutgers University Programming Association presents “An Evening with RJ Mitte.” The event will feature the “Breaking Bad” actor speaking on his experiences with cerebral palsy and Hollywood.
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Rutgers student to see film reach Cannes Film Festival By Cody Beltis Staff Writer
Film has transfixed Jean-Paul Isaacs as long as he can remember. His obsession, as he refers to it, has led him to quit studying exercise science so he could get behind the camera himself. Next year, the South Brunswick native and Educational Opportunity Fund student will be heading to the Cannes International Film Festival where his movie, “The Youth,” will be featured. “The Youth” won Campus MovieFest, a national film competition based in Hollywood this spring, which earned Isaacs a screening at the reputable Cannes festival this May, said Isaacs, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “I had no idea the movie would be as successful as it has been,” Isaacs said. “I was hoping I would win the Rutgers competition, but where it has taken me so far has been unbelievable.” Isaacs said he first won the Rutgers New Lens Student Film Festival hosted by the Center for Digital Filmmaking for another film, “Lunch with Larry.” His success at Rutgers helped get him into the Campus MovieFest. “The Youth” is about an aspiring artist, he said, who gains creative insight from his spry and imaginative younger sister. His sister wants to play with him, but he has accepted a grim office job that gives him more important priorities. Isaacs said he reverts to his inner child once he accepts her request to go to the park. “It was definitely a representation of my own life, and my decision to switch majors,” Isaacs said. “I heard the little boy inside me that loved movies, and decided to listen to him.” Despite disregarding his inner youth several times, Isaacs said he switched to a journalism and media studies major so that he could practice his passion — telling stories. He appreciated the stability of a science major, but was considerably more zealous about storytelling and filmmaking. “When I watched movies I
would be inspired by the fact that I could escape reality. I didn’t really think about who was behind it all, I was just fascinated by the story itself,” he said. Isaacs is a student in Rutgers’ Center for Digital Filmmaking, a certificate program for both fiction and documentary film production. Dena Seidel, the director of the program, said Isaacs is a very talented filmmaker with a deep sensitivity to human motivation and relationships. “He understands cinematic time and plays with audience expectations through stylized pacing and smart sound design,” she said. Seidel said she was particularly impressed with Isaacs’ ability to drive narrative with limited dialogue in “The Youth.” She said his control of frame and compression of time also stood out. Isaacs said he did not know what to expect going into the festival in Hollywood. “I had only competed with people at school, but now I was up against people from around the nation,” he said. He said the festival was a catalyst for his work ethic, solidifying his dedication to film. Competing against filmmakers who were experts with spectacle was intimidating, he said he remained confident that his story would triumph. “The films I’ve made have been more about the message. I’m not really a big special effects guy,” Isaacs said. “I’m really just trying to get people to think.” Campus MovieFest allows participants a week to shoot and edit a five-minute film, Isaacs said. His friends, fellow Rutgers students, aided him heavily by producing the film, composing a score and acting. His mother has also been highly supportive throughout the process — and has even worked as his costume designer. Although she was initially reluctant to see him pursue film, he said she is very proud of his recent accomplishments. Patrick Stettner, who has instructed Isaacs in over four class-
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es in the Center for Digital Filmmaking, believes Isaacs is skilled in editing. “He has an original approach to styling and pace, and his storytelling is developing,” Stettner said. He helped Isaacs with his film, “Lunch with Larry,” that won best drama in the New Lens Student Film Festival. The film is a come-
dy about two hit men. Isaacs said Quentin Tarantino, his role model for script writing and directing, largely inspired this movie’s style. He said he just finished his last film, which he plans to send to several film festivals, including Sundance and Tribeca. The film follows two boys, one black and
one white, who explore the dynamic of an interracial friendship. “You don’t want to look for the inner child in you to do something immature, you want to do something proactive with your youthfulness,” Isaacs said. He said he hopes to make a feature-length film by the time he is 25.
Rutgers student Jean-Paul Isaacs’ “The Youth” will be featured at the Cannes International Film Festival next year. The film won Campus MovieFest, a national film competition based in Hollywood last spring. SCREENSHOT OF “THE YOUTH”
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herself, said people from different countries would bring different points of views on the same subject in a classroom space. “International students bring a lot of valuable things to [the] Rutgers community and for many Rutgers students, this might be the only time they might have an opportunity with students from other cultures,” Regulska said. “It’s a part of this effort of internationalizing ourselves and bringing different values, history and language to the classroom.” Regulska teaches a Byrne Seminar called “Human Displacement: A New International Crisis,” and she said she loves to have students from different countries because it makes the discussions different and exciting. She said the GAIA centers are always looking for more ways to integrate international students with domestic students. “New Jersey is an extremely diversified state, third after California and New York,” she said. “We have numerous diaspora communities, Ecuadorians, Columbians, Sierra Leoneans, Liberians … so [we’re looking at] how can we engage that … culture of richness, and how we can connect Rutgers students with these different communities.” The five focus countries in the 2012-2013 school year were Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Liberia, according to a document provided by the GAIA centers. The University is also developing a Center for China Studies with Jilin University, which is situ-
ated in Northeast China, she said. “So we will have a Center for China Studies here and Jilin University will have a Center for American Studies, and that’s a giant collaboration between the two universities,” she said. Regulska said language was the biggest challenge for the international students. “For all of them, no matter how good you are, English will be a second language, or maybe third language or fourth language,” she said. Çiçen was expecting much more when he first arrived in New York City. Thinking about what he has seen in movies, he said he expected more things to do, like amusement parks, rather than a clutter of tall buildings and Central Park. But the New Brunswick campus made an impression on him. “Busch campus is like 10 times bigger than my school,” he said. “I really like New Brunswick, because it’s like the movies. There are also lots of vast green areas on Cook/Douglass. The people are really warm.” Çiçen, who is 6-foot-2, is also a passionate dancer, and when asked what clubs he would like to join, he immediately said a dance club. “I always dance,” he said. “In Turkey people don’t dance too much, the Latin dance especially, but I love it. I’m an engineer but not like a nerd, so my friends in Turkey are like, you are not an engineer, it is not in your blood.” Although he is only here
for a semester, he said he is thinking about extending his stay already, but is hesitant because his dance partner is waiting for him in Turkey. “We have a dance festival, every year we perform two or three different shows and every dance is there, salsa, samba,” he said. “I don’t know, I think it would be rude. I still might change my mind.” Çiçen lives with other international students in the University Center at Easton Avenue Apartments, but that is not how living is planned for most in-
“I really want to meet with Rutgers students. In Turkey we are a bit shy about exchange students because nobody has very good English.” Radun ÇIÇEN School of Engineering Junior
ternational students. “International students are paired with domestic students,” Regulska said. “Part of the philosophy is to not to create a groups of international students but to create an opportunity for our domestic students to develop relationships with international students. But we also have 125 countries, in the sense that the student population is very diversified.” Most of Çiçen’s friends are international students, because he met most of them during the international students orientation week during the last week of August. “I really want to meet with Rutgers students, I’m okay with that, it’s better for me actually,” he said. “In Turkey we are a bit shy about
exchange students because nobody has very good English.” But even though Lisci was open to making friends with domestic students. S he said she found herself hanging out with students that were going through the same issues that she faced. As a commuter coming from North New Jersey, she finds it even harder to meet with students. “Most of [my friends] are international students. Well I mean I’m fine with American people, I feel like with international students you face the same problems,” she said. “For American people things like checking … and savings accounts are obvious but for international students, even the coins are confusing … minor things, but still.” Urmi Otiv, director of the Center for Global Services, said what Lisci goes through is what ends up happening to a lot of international students. “While I do believe it is important for them to have that comfort … the whole idea is that these students have come all the way to the United States,” Otiv said. “Their goal is to get to know the students that are local, are domestic students, get to know the faculty and culture of the place.” Lisci said she feels as though it is easy to make friends in the United States, but it is just as easy to lose them as well. “In Italy, to get to know a person it takes a long time and it’s hard to get into a group of people,” she said. “Here it’s so easy to make friends but it’s even easier to lose them. Sometimes in class [in the U.S.] we share numbers and then we never see each other again. It feels more superficial here.” The Center for Global Services is one of four centers, or “pillars” of the GAIA centers. One of the core programs they run, other than the international students
orientation week, is the International Friendship Program. “The IFP is designed more for international students to get to know the Rutgers students and the community members,” she said. “The international students that come, they get to participate and meet the community.” There are also smaller programs within the Center for Global Services, Otiv said. One of the most popular programs is English Conversations, which allows international students to meet oneon-one with other students, or in a group session. “International students are paired with a single student, whether international or domestic,” she said. “They get to practice the English language … and agree to meet one hour in a week, wherever that works for them.” The group sessions meet at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Center for Global Services lounge. Otiv said students ask questions during these sessions that they usually would not in the classroom spaces because they are afraid of being misunderstood. Otiv said the GAIA centers have also initiated an international student committee, which is campus-wide. The committee has reached out to various Rutgers departments to help find a way for international students to be more comfortable. “They’re used to certain kinds of food,” she said. “We’ve been talking to the dining hall managers about creating a more international menu that the students will have access to.” The opportunities are there for the students, she said, and it is the responsibility of the student to reach out. “We hope that these students really make the most of the programs and the opportunities that are available to them,” she said.
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are another hazardous combination because consumers become intoxicated while wide-awake. “Their perceptions and fine motor skills are not going to be improved by the energy drinks. Any of the effects of the alcohol will still be there,” he said. “They may think they can drive, operate machinery, or study because they feel more awake, but in actuality they may not be able to.” Concerns about the safety of energy drinks for minors are mirrored by recent announcements by other health organizations, Ruck said. In June, the American Medical Association announced its support of a ban on marketing energy drinks to people under the age of 18. Banning companies from marketing to adolescents is a sensible action that can be taken to protect the health of children, according to AMA board member Alexander Ding in a statement. Sivaram Cheruvu, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said he
Division of Continuing Studies at the Rutgers College of Nursing. Her research concerns the health effects of high-energy drinks, and she said it is unlikely children will stop drinking them despite the warnings. Students should exercise caution when using energy drinks, Smoyak said. The Food and Drug Administration has publicly acknowledged that they can cause adverse health effects and in some cases, people have died from drinking too many. “The most common negative effects are in the cardiac system — tachycardia, arrhythmias, even death, with a family history,” Smoyak said. “Each liquid ounce of beverage has roughly 10 mg of caffeine. Cans of [high-energy drink] have upwards of 200 mg, because they have more per ounce.” The Mayo Clinic’s website recommends healthy adults consume no more than 300 mg of caffeine per day.
“Their perceptions and dine motor skills are not going to be improved by the energy drinks. Any of the effects of the alcohol will still be in there. They may think they can drive, operate machinery, or study because they feel more awake, but in actuality they may not be able to.” BRUCE RUCK NJPIES Director of Drug Information and Professional Education
still chooses energy drinks over coffee when he needs a boost. “Coffee is addicting and costs much more than an energy drink. Plus, I prefer a cold, refreshing carbonated beverage,” he said. “I never drink more than one a day.” He said he is skeptical of efforts to limit energy drink marketing. Popular coffee companies can market their beverages to children, and he said energy drink companies should be able to come up with their own solution. “There are millions of people in this country that can’t move a muscle in the morning if they don’t have a cup of coffee,” Cheruvu said. “I think that’s a much bigger problem than the relatively few heavy energy drink people.” Enticing energy drink companies to halt marketing efforts to younger generations is difficult because of the economic benefits of reaching the youth, said Shirley Smoyak, a professor in the
“One can is probably okay with no cardiac family history,” Smoyak said. Victoria Wagner, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said she worries that the boost energy drinks provide does not outweigh their damaging consequences. “Since caffeine is a drug, prolonged use could cause a person to need a dangerous amount to feel the same amount of energy with these products,” Wagner said. College students also use energy drinks to avoid sleeping in order to be more productive, she said. “Messing with your sleep schedule through the use of large amounts of caffeine is very dangerous, especially when this becomes a patterned behavior,” Wagner said. “It really worries me when I see people using energy drinks as a way to prevent sleeping in order to complete assignments.”
Middlesex County purchases mobile command post for emegency situations By Alex Meier Associate News Editor
In order to prepare for emergencies and fight crime, Middlesex County recently purchased a new, state-of-the-art mobile command center, which was unveiled to the public last week in New Brunswick. Ronald Rios, the freeholder director of Middlesex County, said the municipality purchased the vehicle through a $180,768 state
command post,” Rios said. “It can be used in a variety of emergency situations.” The mobile command center can serve any area in the county when needed. Rios said it would enhance the county’s ability to respond promptly and effectively to deploy personnel resources to the scene of an incident. “It will assist the public in emergencies and will also be a valuable tool in the investigation of crimes,” he said. “It’s an on-the-scene unit.
there’s all different uses to assist the public,” he said. Twelve other New Jersey counties have invested federal homeland security dollars on mobile command vehicles, said Dominic Rota, a spokesman for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “[We] will continue to invest in projects that help state and local law enforcement and emergency management agencies do their jobs to prevent, respond to and
“The state-of-the-art unit is fully equipped with communications and computer technology to make it a self-sufficient emergency command post.” Ronald Rios Freeholder Director of Middlesex County
homeland security grant from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The unit includes roof-mounted satellite dish, two telescoping 500-watt floodlights, a generator, two dispatch radio command areas, communications ports for landlines, network wiring and a rear conference area with bench seating, and jacks, electrical outlets and LED lighting on the both its interior and exterior, he said. The purchase also includes training on the use of the vehicle. “The state-of-the-art unit is fully equipped with communications and computer technology to make it a self-sufficient emergency
Law enforcement can deploy and debrief officers while maintaining public safety. It will serve the residents of Middlesex County well.” Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew Carey commends the unit, assuring it will be a valuable tool for law enforcement, said Jim O’Neill, spokesman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. O’Neill said mobile command centers are widely used by various police departments and other first responders, and can be found in civil defense work, various police agencies, fire departments and health departments. “There’s all different kinds and
recover from any type of emergency,” he said. “Projects like this around the state represent our continued emphasis on effective federal homeland security grant program management.” Rios said he does not know if the unit was purchased in response to Superstorm Sandy, but said he believes the prosecutor’s office made a good choice. “Our prosecutor’s office has always been a proactive office, so I give them a lot of credit for taking the initiative to foresee the need for equipment like this,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll never have to use it, but at least if we’ll have it, we’re prepared.”
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“Leadership is provided through the [Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies], one of the units within DoCS,” he said. “But additional support for the course development is provided by other DoCS units, such as iTV studio.” He said Coursera represents the relatively recent trend of massive open online courses, which are very different from other online courses offered at Rutgers. “There is no academic credit attached to these Coursera courses and no official registrar transcript given,” Novak said. “Our online courses, on the other hand, charge tuition, grant full academic credit and actually enable students to complete degrees fully online.” According to a statement from Coursera’s public relations coordinator Charlotte Crawford, the venture is currently self-sufficient, running off its initial round of venture capital. “No state funds and no student tuition revenue has been used to fund the development and delivery of Coursera courses,” Novak said. “The costs for fully online programs are very similar to others and any differential reflects additional costs that online structure must provide such as state
licensure, robust technology and so on.” Terry Matilsky, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will be teaching “Analyzing the Universe” beginning this November for approximately six weeks. “The course is based on the idea of what scientists do as scientists. We’re online all the time with software programs looking at data from NASA,” Matilsky said. “I don’t know how [Coursera] ought to work for humanities, [but] for physics or math, it is a very useful way of communication.” “Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences” will be taught by Dan Ogilvie and Leonard Hamilton, both professors in the department of Psychology. The course was once taught in-person at the University. Hamilton said this course captured the interest of students from all backgrounds and majors. “But the course had to come to an end because of [Ogilvie’s and my] retirement,” he said. “We do not want the ideas for this course to die, so we have worked with the Rutgers iTV staff to videotape the lectures in preparation for an online version of the course and the MOOC through Coursera.”
Coursera has pioneered the development and use of technologies to allow for peer assessment at large scale and for assignments, such as essays, that cannot be graded by a computer, according to the Coursera website. Professors held differing views about the future and expansion of Coursera, which has currently partnered with 86 universities and has students registered from at least 196 countries. “Even if 10 percent [of the students] will be pursuing it until conclusion, that’s still 1,000 students taking it, which would take a very long time in a lecture-based classroom,” Matilsky said. Hamilton doubts that all 17,000 students registered for the course will complete it — many will not sign on and others may lose interest after reading the initial materials. Ogilvie said he is still uncertain about his feelings on Coursera. “Coursera is still figuring its way out, [it] is most likely to work if they add some standard substance to the courses,” he said. Novak said in terms of Rutgers’ participation, DoCS will be monitoring the impact of the courses in Coursera to see how they go, how they are received and what purpose they serve. “The DoCS does not intend to spend additional funds but will assist others at Rutgers, from all three campuses, that come forward in Coursera and have funds available to develop courses,” he said.
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Divided Senate committee approves use of force in Syria WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced yesterday toward a showdown Senate vote, while the commander-in- chief left open the possibility he would order retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack even if Congress withheld its approval. Legislation backing the use of force against President Bashar Assad’s government cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-7 vote after it was stiffened at the last minute to include a pledge of support for “decisive changes to the present military balance of power” in Syria’s civil war. It also would rule out U.S. combat operations on the ground. The measure is expected to reach the Senate floor next week, although the timing for a vote is uncertain. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky conservative with strong tea party ties, has threatened a filibuster. The House also is reviewing Obama’s request, but its timetable is even less certain and the measure could face a rockier time there. The administration blames Assad for a chemical weapons attack that took place on Aug. 21 and says more than 1,400 civilians died, including at least 400 children. Other casualty estimates are lower, and the Syrian government denies responsibility, contending rebels fighting to topple the government were to blame. The Senate panel’s vote marked the first formal response in Congress, four days after Obama un-
expectedly put off an anticipated cruise missile strike against Syria last weekend and instead asked lawmakers to unite first behind such a plan. In Stockholm, Sweden, where Obama was traveling yesterday, the White House praised the vote, and said it would continue to seek support for “a military response that is narrowly tailored to enforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons, and sufficient to protect the national security interests of the United States of America.” Earlier, at a news conference Obama said, “I always preserve the right and responsibility to act on behalf of America’s national security.” In a challenge to lawmakers back home, he said Congress’ credibility was on the line, not his own, despite saying a year ago that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line.” Secretary of State John Kerry said he believes Obama will address the nation on Syria in the next few days. The president returns home from overseas Friday night. Obama’s request also received its first hearing in the House during the day, and Kerry responded heatedly when Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said that the secretary of state, Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden all had advocated for caution in past conflicts. “Is the power of the executive branch so intoxicating that you have abandoned past caution in favor of pulling the trigger on a military response so quickly?” Duncan asked. — The Associated Press
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Newark anti-crime plan lacking Increased police presence not long-term solution
double homicide in a Newark playground and the blatant murder that is taking place in NewTuesday night marks nine homicides in the ark neighborhoods. If people are breaking laws, it’s past nine days for the city. the city’s responsibility to put them behind bars and Of the nine murders, eight of the victims were protect its citizens. But in the greater scheme of things, it feels like shot to death, while one was stabbed. It is alleged that at least five of the victims were involved in gang a cop out — pun intended. When more people are activity. Of the victims, two women were killed in do- engaging in violent behavior and the immediate remestic disputes. None of the incidents were related. sponse is to throw more cops out there, it perpetuates Tuesday night’s shootings mark an increase a cycle of more violence. More crackdowns breed in vicious crime and gun violence since last week. mistrust within communities and of course heighten Constantly referred to as one of the most dangerous the chances of police brutality. Instead of addressing cities in the United States, Newark ranks a nine on more pressing underlying social issues, it only puts a the crime index — 100 being the safest. Now, New- Band-Aid on their repercussions. Trenton is implementing a similar plan, but takes ark Mayor Cory Booker is leading a new initiative things one step further to combat wrongdoing by strengthening conby focusing on police sequences in order to enforcement. But is “Instead of addressing more pressing discourage criminality. that enough? underlying social issues, it only puts a It’s important for With the plan, any anti-crime initiaBooker aims to inBand-Aid on their repercussions.” tive to not only put lawcrease police overbreakers behind bars, time, which would exbut also to address tend law enforcement presence in troubled areas. Even more interesting, the conditions that breed that behavior. Educationthe plan would focus on “targeted enforcement” as a al initiatives and programs for at-risk youth are not only supplementary but also necessary. If more of strategy in combatting the violence. What “targeted enforcement” entails is question- the city’s energy is invested into improving the liveliable. If it’s a nicer way of saying racial profiling, then hoods of its citizens, it could finally address the root of we really have a problem on our hands. What exactly the problem. Plus, who really wants more cops on the streets? would be the criteria of deciding “targeted” populations? Would that undermine safety if it encourages We don’t want to encourage our government to fully realize George Orwell’s vision of society. No, neglecting other parts of the community? He also plans to put more cops on the streets, thank you. Basically, in order for crime to really die down, which in theory seems like it might address heightened criminal behavior in the area and is a strong re- we need to finally start seeing increased law ensponse to the increased shootings. People might feel forcement as what it is: a very temporary and shortsafer, yes, but what happens when this all dies down? term solution to a deeply embedded and ongoing While further details of the plan are still develop- problem. Any short-term fix must also be met with ing, the focus on law enforcement seems like a good long-term plans for a sustainable and truly effecidea for now. Clearly, something must be done about tive solution. Otherwise, we will only feed a rapidly the circulation of drugs, the carrying of weapons growing monster.
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Overseas experience opens eyes to student opportunities COMMENTARY HENRY GRABBE
love Rutgers. I’ve loved Rutgers since New Student Orientation and my first football game. But it was not until this past summer that I knew why I ended up here — beyond the cost-benefit ratio of the state-school education that Rutgers students have been lectured on so thoroughly. I was meant to go to Rutgers to participate in a mission trip to Tanzania through the Catholic Student Association. Each year, CSA selects 12 students to spend 17 days in East Africa to perform service work for villagers and orphans, through missionaries already stationed throughout the country. This mission trip afforded me a learning experience unlike any that I’ve ever had in a world that could not be more different from the one I know in New Brunswick. Nevertheless, I have been able to narrow my trip down to three aspects of their culture worth sharing. The first major characteristic of their culture is hospitality — something that is truly a delicacy in Africa. In Tanzania, the people we encountered, whom we had never met or talked to before our trip, welcomed us warmly, happy to take our bags, cook us
dinner and give us gifts. The highlight of this hospitality was witnessed at the end of our time in a village called Neronga. Neronga is a small African village with people living in huts with no running water or electricity. They eat what they grow: corn and potatoes. Despite this sparse lifestyle, on the last day of our project there laying the foundation for a health center in the vil-
Village of Hope, an orphanage for children with HIV, started by Italian missionaries in 2001. The missionaries had spent years in Africa seeing children affected by HIV that were dying not from disease, but from neglect and starvation. Their only goal was to provide a loving home for these children until HIV took their lives. Since its establishment, the Village of Hope has offered
“Do not pity the people of an underdeveloped country. If anything, pity the lifestyles in developed nations ... [People of underdeveloped countries] know that they have no material wealth but they value their spirituality and their happiness, so they will never think they are poor.” lage, each of the children presented every Rutgers student with a full bag of potatoes and gave us a live chicken to take with us. Being handed a live chicken was nothing short of comical for us, but to step back and realize that these people with absolutely nothing were handing away their livelihood with smiles on their face was moving. The second thing I learned from our mission was that powerful results come from powerful ideas, not powerful people. We spent the second half of our trip in the
hundreds of children facing death a family, an education, and love. World leaders debate the best way to aid the African continent, and while they talk in board rooms, a couple of missionaries will continue to change lives day in and day out because they had a dream and made it a reality. The most important thing I walked away with after my trip was the feeling that I had gained so much more from those 2½ weeks than the people I was supposed to be helping, which leads me to my last
point: do not pity the people of a underdeveloped country. If anything, pity the lifestyles in developed nations. Everyone I met in Tanzania knew their exact place in the world — that they would never own a new pair of shoes, that they would never have a weekend getaway to the shore. That being said, most people I met in Tanzania had more joy and kindness in them than anyone I have encountered in the States. One of our guides on the trip, Athanas, was talking to me one night about the people of Neronga. He said that they do not think that they are poor. Nor are they naïve. They know that they have no material wealth but they value their spirituality and their happiness, so they will never think they are poor. This trip was a blessing and an eye-opener for me. I wish that everyone could witness the culture shock I was lucky enough to experience. In the meantime, no one should be afraid to stop talking about the problems in underdeveloped countries and start acting to help. Volunteering at an orphanage in Dar es Salaam is not necessary, but next time you’re by the New Brunswick train station, drop a bag of t-shirts or flipflops off at the Catholic Center. It’s as good of a start as any. Henry Grabbe is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science and philosophy and minoring in music.
From a new graduate: savor every second of college COMMENTARY LAUREN VARGA
eaving college is not how I thought it would be. I know that you might think that it’s going to be exciting and great and it will `be, but only about 12 percent of the time. The rest is just slow boring snippets of real life. It’s alarm clocks and wearing clothes you really don’t even like — seriously, business casual is stunting my self-expression. It’s bills. So very many bills. Unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to be living at home with your parents and saving up money and reliving high school awkwardness at your local dive bar. But that comes with its own set of special emotions. But no really, leaving college is not anything like I thought it would be. I did all the things I was supposed to do. I got a job, I found an apartment and I opened up my very own checking account no longer attached to my mother’s. I even got a Victoria’s Secret credit card to start building up a good credit score, and last week I bought a coffee table. I guess you can call me a grown up but I’ll let you all decide that on your own. I’m not saying I don’t love the new adventure I’m on, I do. But graduating was not what I expected. I knew that being out on my own wasn’t going to be all fun and games. I never looked at it with rose-colored glasses because I’ve had bills before and I’ve had a
job ever since I was 15. What I did not expect was how much I would miss Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Did you ever feel like you were having your soul and happiness squeezed out of you by the thirstiest and drunkest humans that ever existed in the narrow walkway by the bathroom of Knight Club? Or have you
I kidding, someone somewhere is always puking in that town. Damnit, I even think I smiled when I thought of Delafest the other day. See, Rutgers-New Brunswick is home to so many things that I loved and that transformed me, but I was too busy preparing my escape to notice.
“I miss the girls clad in high-waisted skirts and heels like they were some sort of drunken army. I miss the smell of vomit on Thursday to Sunday — who am I kidding, someone somewhere is always puking in that town. Damnit, I even think I smiled when I thought of Delafest the other day.” encountered that one really special “frat bro” that manages to shake your faith in all of humanity just by looking at him? I have. And I have a feeling you have, too. So you can understand why by the time spring of 2013 rolled around, I was more than ready to get out. But know what, Rutgers-New Brunswick? I miss you. I might be looking through some serious nostalgia goggles, but last week I really did get excited about the aforementioned coffee table, so let me run with this. I miss the girls clad in high-waisted skirts and heels like they were some sort of drunken army. I miss the smell of vomit on Thursday to Sunday — who am
To all of the people busting their asses in the Targum office for a paper that is completely underappreciated by the rest of the student population, you guys are amazing. The work is hard, I know, but value this experience and value each other. There will always be a special place in my heart for Targumites, especially because there can so easily be a void of such passion in the real workforce. To the girls I used to live with, I love and miss everyone one of you so much. Some of you are still at Rutgers planning your futures just like I was — some of you are starting out in the world just like I am. Regardless of where I go in life, I will never forget our time in that house on Division
Street. I knew that we had something special while I was living there. But it wasn’t until I had to apartment and roommate hunt in Brooklyn that I fully appreciated what a home we had made in that house and within each other. To the people that were in my classes that I didn’t get to know too well, but who I saw regularly in the world of journalism and media studies, and the professors in the department, I will forever miss the discussions that we had. I never expected to miss the readings that I felt so bogged down by, but there is so much value in reading and discussing material in an open and safe space. Rutgers classrooms gave me that. To all of the students still there, good luck this year. May your semester be filled will all of the awful and amazing crap that only fellow students at Rutgers-New Brunswick can understand. To the academically focused, may you be screwed by RU sparingly. To the nerdy freshmen guys, may your ratios be fulfilled and cups be handed to you in abundance. To the free-spirited girl, may your skirt miraculously stay down dancing in a fraternity house basement. And may you all have a blast making every mistake that you are all going to make in college. Seriously, good luck, and don’t take any of it for granted. Lauren Varga is a Rutgers University alumna. She is the former multimedia editor of The Daily Targum.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
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Today’s Birthday (09/05/13). Your network remains your greatest resource this year. Cherished people provide opportunities, love, nurturing and support ... everything you need. Play together, and speak your dreams. Research and plan your moves, especially financially. Cool caution grows your nest egg. Work in partnership, as you go ahead and lead. 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 an 8 -- Follow directions. Keep the future in mind. You may as well lead. One phase ends and another begins regarding your education, with the New Moon in Virgo. With love, anything is possible. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- You’re learning quickly. Do what you promised. A new door opens regarding your income, reaching a new level of success. Save more for the future. Keep finances confidential and well organized to save time. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Practical measures help. Listen carefully. Your associates begin a new project to save money. Talk yourself into a new deal. One romantic stage ends and another begins. Show your team some appreciation. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Revise your rules, and stick to them. Document practical aspects of the game. Persuade skillfully. Creativity brings in more wealth. Your work speaks well for you. The best things in life are still free. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Increase productivity. Perfection pays well. Add some spice to the mix. Flaunt it. Your success depends in part on past performance. Love pleasantly surprises. Get grounded, and connect with the earth. You’re radiant. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- A door opens with the New Moon in your sign. Contact a wise friend. Prepare and consider actions carefully. Use technology to increase efficiency. Startling revelations could affect your course. Your view is respected.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Double-check the data to get to the truth. Your theory works! Capitalize on the flow of ideas. Friends keep you on the right path. Make the practical choice. Celebrate with your crew. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Today is a 6 -- Make sure your partner shows a profit. It’s a good time to ask for a bonus. The important stuff is hidden. Close deals and make new contacts. Shop to fit the available space. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Leave a margin for error. Look at new options. Let your partner take the lead. A dream reveals a new beginning. Write a poem about it. Take it easy. Do something nice for yourself. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Confirm your standards. You’re feeling more secure. Discuss a partnership with a good support person. Let your partner set the rules. You have more than what shows, and your curiosity knows no boundaries. Be persuasive. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- You can do it. An older individual supports your plan. You’re getting close to pay dirt, with your brilliant idea. Re-affirm a commitment. Set achievable goals. Maximize security. Wait a bit longer. Then move quickly. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -Today is a 7 -- You’re gaining respect, but don’t ignore reality. It’s a good time to bond with a group. Consult an expert. This leads to more work. Cinch a romantic deal. Your partner provides practical suggestions.
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Sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz said Rutgers will not forget the frustration of blowing late 1-0 leads to Duke and Elon. ENRICO CABREDO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / OCTOBER 2012
MENTALITY Knights focus on staying aggressive offensively through end of games, finishing opponents continued from BACK “From a standpoint of just how er,” Eze said. “We have to all come we played, I thought it was pretty together as a team, work together good. We definitely showed that for each other more, get into good we’re a good team,” said sopho- spots — not only in the first half, more midfielder Mael Corboz. but in the second half so we can “Last year we went to Creighton, close out games.” Donigan said that is precisely went 0-2 on our away trip and the focus in practice before Rutdidn’t play well at all.” What frustrated Rutgers was gers’ home opener Friday against not blowing both leads late in the Penn State. “Rest and recovery is of the games, but the way it happened. The overall quality of play was essence for sure,” Donigan said. good, but then suddenly, Rutgers “And then just, again, focusing in on the little things — trying to lost its identity offensively. “I think it’s more a mentality in protect the ball when you need to our heads. We kind of went ahead protect the ball and playing every and sat back a little too far,” Cor- moment, every second, every play boz said. “We welcomed them to of a 90-minute game.” There may play in our half, be no greater and when you do motivation for that, it gets danthe Knights gerous. You can “We all have to come only hold off for together as a team, work to build off its so long.” together for each other season-opening learning experiSo rather than more ... so we can ence than how become overly close out games.” they felt immedefensive, senior KENE EZE diately afterforward Kene Senior forward ward. Eze asserts the Watching a Knights need to lead held for 41 keep attacking. “Formation-wise, I think we’re minutes against Elon fade into a good on that,” Eze said. “We just loss in three minutes is something have to towards the ends of the the Knights can hold onto for the games work hard for each other. rest of the season. “It’s obviously frustrating. It’s all about who has more heart. We just have to do everything we It was a tough pill to swallow,” can to hold onto the leads and get Corboz said. “But at the same time, I think that feeling of bethe best result for us.” But this is not the first season ing really pissed off and angry Rutgers was tested for 90 minutes after a game, we’ll remember that and it’ll help us in the future against strong competition. In Donigan’s four years at the for sure.” helm, putting together what he For updates on the Rutcalls top-10 schedules has become the norm. So the concept of push- gers men’s soccer team, foling until the end likely should be low Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For gencommon knowledge at this point. “Basically [Donigan] is telling eral Rutgers sports updates, us we have to get mentally tough- follow @TargumSports.
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Senior goaltender Jessica Janosz was one of two players to land on the AAC Honor roll with back-to-back shutouts this weekend. NOAH WHITTENBERG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
AWARDS Filigno one of two Knights players to receive recognition this season from conference continued from back Filigno the AAC Player of the Week. The senior has made the most out of her final season on the banks, as she has the opportunity to rewrite the University’s history books. Filigno scored two game-winning goals, both penalty kicks, to bring her to 14 over her career. She currently sits second place all-time for game-winning goals behind Kris Kurzynowski and Carli Lloyd, who each had 15 game-winners. “Jonelle is a professional when it comes to penalty kicks,” Crooks said. “You just know she can make the most out of the opportunity when she steps into the box.” Filigno also sits at fourth alltime in school history in goals with 28.
With early season success, it can be easy to lose focus on the bigger picture. It is something the Knights cannot afford to do as they prepare for the season’s toughest test so far Friday night against No. 5 Virginia. “We have to get down to business and play together,” said freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan, who was named to the AAC Honor Roll last week. “If we do that with the talent we have, we can play with any team in the country.”
need to stick with what you do because obviously what I did worked in that game, so I’m just going to stick with what I do and move on.” He will now move on to Saturday’s game against Norfolk State where he will kick for only the third time at home since he joined the program. Federico missed the last eight games of the season to a hip injury as sophomore Nick Borgese took over the kicking duties for the rest of the season. Federico’s last appearance inside High Point Solutions Stadium was Oct. 6 against Connecticut, when he made attempts from 31 and 45 yards in the 19-3 victory. So it will be a more comfortable setting than the one he experienced at Fresno State. “As a kicker on the sideline, you always have people yelling at you and stuff, so it’s really negative when you’re away,” Federico said. “I just blank that out and focus. It doesn’t really bother me.” Federico’s biggest concern does not lie with crowd noise or hostility, but with forgetting the miss and moving on. He believes he is doing just fine in that regard. “One kick shouldn’t bring your confidence level down,” Federico said. “I’m not going to let one kick ruin the season I’m looking for.”
Federico will play in third career game at home continued from back The Ponte Vedra, Fla., native also connected on all four extra-point attempts before the miss. “I thought he hit it pretty good,” said head coach Kyle Flood after the loss. “It had some early rise to it. It just went a little wide right.” At that point, teammates are usually there to offer advice and encouragement for a player who knows he made a mistake. Senior punter Nick Marsh did the opposite. “To be honest, I didn’t say anything to him,” Marsh said. “If everyone comes up to you and everyone is trying to give you their words of wisdom, you know that you screwed up and you overthink it. He knows what he did wrong, and he knows how he can do better next time.” Marsh said that when you make a mistake like that, you already know what you did wrong, and when teammates come to offer a quick fix, it can be frustrating. Federico agrees. “As a kicker, everybody kind of has their own unique form,” he said. “Some people like to do some things better than others and everyone kind of has a different perspective of that. … I just think you
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Page 18 MEN’S SOCCER KNIGHTS HOPE EVOLVING MATURITY LEADS TO BETTER RESULTS
Unpredictable outcomes frustrate Rutgers By Greg Johnson Correspondent
Though the Rutgers men’s soccer team has moved on from its disappointing first weekend, the unpredictable nature of the sport makes it difficult to forget. With every mistake being critical, most games remain uncertain until the 90th minute. Blowouts
are uncommon, and wins come at a premium. So the Scarlet Knights know they must take advantage of every opportunity and not take any future games on their schedule for granted. “That’s why this Elon game is upsetting to me, because we had them, and instead of getting a loss, maybe you get that win, which is
a significant difference in your record, RPI and everything,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “Same thing with the Duke game. A tie is great, but a win would’ve been even that much better.” Taking solace in competing well only carries so much weight. Donigan knows not only is each individual game a toss-up, but so are the types
of seasons their opponents will have. Each result impacts a team’s RPI, but how much depends on its opponent’s strength. Elon was a second-round 2012 NCAA Tournament team and is projected to win the Southern Conference for the third straight year. But how much Rutgers’ loss to the Phoenixes ultimately im-
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pacts its RPI and NCAA Tournament chances is uncertain until the end of the season. “Everything is a crapshoot,” he said. “You have to let the season play out, and then you kind of know what effect it’s going to have on you.” All Rutgers can do is press onward and continue to prepare. The Knights firmly believe the process will tip into their favor as the season wears on, simply from the team starting to mesh as a unit. “I’ve seen it evolve, just even off and the field and within the group,” Donigan said of Rutgers’ maturity. “Their demeanor, the way they carry themselves, the way they talk amongst each other and the way we train. … We’re maturing.” But despite Donigan’s certainty that Rutgers is better on paper than a year ago, he will not make any guarantees. “I’m not a fortune teller. I don’t know whether we’re going to have a better record than last year,” he said. “There’s a lot of anxiety [and] pressure and there’s a lot of risk involved. That’s why you play the game and you put together a schedule that you think is going to work for your group.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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Page 19 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK LACK OF PRACTICE PROGRESS DISAPPOINTS FLOOD
he New York Jets named Geno Smith as their starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to CBS Sports. Smith has taken the first-team reps during practice as quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ preseason game against the Giants. It was reported that Sanchez’s injury is more serious than originally thought, and that he could miss several weeks. Smith, who has been bothered by an ankle injury throughout the preseason, has thrown 22-for-37 with one touchdown.
coach Joe Girardi told ESPN New York he would like closer Mariano Rivera to reconsider and come back next season. “I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do it next year, I don’t,” Girardi said. “He’s made it pretty clear that he doesn’t want to [return], but I always say, you know, January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do.” After he heard the comments, Rivera insisted he would retire at the end of the season. The all-time leader in saves, Rivera has accumulated a 2.12 ERA this season with 41 saves in 51 innings this season. head
Terry Collins expects first baseman Ike Davis to miss the rest of the season with a right side injury, according to ESPN New York. Davis sustained the injury while hitting a sacrifice fly Saturday against the Nationals. He did not return for the rest of the contest. Davis struggled throughout the season and batted .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBI. He spent almost a month assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas during the midst of the season. He is eligible to make $3.125 million this season. coach
EJ Manuel will start the Bills’ first game after successfully recovering from minor knee surgery, according to ESPN. Manuel missed a majority of the preseason when he underwent a minor knee procedure Aug. 18 on his left knee. He missed the Bills’ final two preseason games. While the quarterback’s status was still in doubt, head coach Doug Marrone named rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel, who went undrafted out of Washington State, the Bills starter for Week 1. Tuel went 31-for-43 on pass attempts with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Bills’ regular backup quarterback, Kevin Kolb, sustained a concussion early in the preseason and is out for the year. Manuel was the first quarterback taken in last season’s NFL Draft. The rookie passed for 3,302 yards through the air in his last season for the Seminoles with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Senior cornerback Lew Toler had never created two turnovers in consecutive possessions before his first game with Rutgers last Thursday against Fresno State. The Knights are expecting more throws downfield Saturday against Norfolk State. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
Carroo preps for potential double teams By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
Sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo said he will take more precautions to prevent cramping, which forced him out of the Rutgers football team’s loss to Fresno State last Thursday in the fourth quarter. “Just drinking more water, drinking more Gatorade, stretching,” Carroo said yesterday. “They’ll probably give me something like an IV at halftime to get more fluids in my body.” Carroo told head coach Kyle Flood he wants to stay on special teams. Both receiving and playing special teams cramped him. Before Carroo departed, though, he caught five passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns, providing a vertical threat to complement junior wideout Brandon Coleman. Now collegiate film of Carroo at wideout is available and the secret is out. Carroo will be a significant factor in opposing defenses’ plans. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Carroo is not tall enough to catch as many passes while double-teamed as
Coleman, but he already stretches the field. “Just release routes and things like that, different releases if they double cover me,” Carroo said of how to get through double coverage. “I have to know that if I’m being double covered to do my job well enough to open up other guys.” One team is bound to figure out Carroo when more information and film is public. That will be his first disappointing game since the state championship his junior year at Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep. “We still won the game, but we ended up almost losing the game with those three dropped touchdown passes,” Carroo said. “I dropped a couple passes, but mentally I bounced back from that and I worked on my hands and it made me the stronger player that I am today.”
Toler had never caused turnovers on consecutive possessions before facing Fresno State. The Western Michigan transfer recovered a fumble and then caused one in the fourth quarter.
“It’s instincts,” Toler said. “You see the ball, you just have to go get it. It’s anybody’s ball, and you want it to fall in the hands of the defense.” Both turnovers came when Fresno State’s receivers accelerated to find open space downfield. The Bulldogs were successful enough, especially on short routes, to score 52 points. “If we tackled better, we could have eliminated a fair amount of those plays,” Flood said. “We weren’t challenged as much down the field as I anticipated we would be earlier in the game. So I think they’re going to challenge us this week down the field, and I think we need to execute.” Toler said tackling drills this week have aided the Scarlet Knights’ perimeter defense. Although Norfolk State generally throws downfield, Rutgers has to be prepared for an offense like Fresno State’s. “It’s just going out there and doing your job and playing your assignment,” Toler said. “Then you play at a fast level, and once you do that, those games come. It’s hard work.”
said practice this
week has not progressed how he would have liked because of the youth’s development. “I would never want that to be normal,” Flood said. “I think we need to execute a lot better. I think what we experienced today are some of the growing pains of having a lot of young players having to learn a game plan in one week for the first time.” Junior defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey’s one-game suspension for team policy violation makes Rutgers’ defensive line somewhat less experienced. Sophomores Daryl Stephenson and Al Page will fill Kirksey’s role, and Flood was pleased with Stephenson’s Game 1 performance and progress in practice. But Page will get chances. “Now if he gets an opportunity in the game, it’s really going to be where he gets the chance to earn reps early in the season,” Flood said. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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Quote of the Day “If everyone comes up to you and everyone is trying to give you their words of wisdom, you know that you screwed up.” — Rutgers football senior punter Nick Marsh on Kyle Federico’s missed field goal
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WOMEN’S SOCCER CROOKS BELIEVES 4-0 RECORD REFLECTS DAILY IMPROVEMENTS
Individual awards reflect season goals By Jim Mooney Staff writer
Every season is different in sports, and every season must have a theme. For the Rutgers women’s soccer team, this season’s objective is to improve every day. “Whether it’s on the practice field, in the weight room or in the training facility, everyone needs to get a little better every day,” said 14th-year head coach Glenn Crooks. “That is our theme for this season — get a little better each day.” So far the mindset has paid off on the field, which has brought spotlight on individual accomplishments the early team success. For the second consecutive week, the Scarlet Knights (4-0) have had players named to the American Athletic Conference’s Weekly Honor Roll. “As a unit we have performed very well, and now there are individuals getting recognized for their effort on the field, which is a great thing to see,” Crooks said. This week, senior forward Jonelle Filigno and senior goaltender Jessica Janosz were both recognized for their performances last weekend against Delaware and Fordham. Janosz had a solid weekend, leading the Knights to back-to-back shutouts along with highlight-reel quality saves in the process. “Jess was certainly deserving of the honors this week,” Crooks said. “She made a couple of fantastic saves to go along with the shutouts.” Along with the AAC Honor Roll nomination, Collegesportsmadness.com named Collegesportsmadness.com named senior forward Jonelle Filigno the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. Filigno scored game-winning goals off penalty kicks in Rutgers’ last two games. NOAH WHITTENBERG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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FOOTBALL SOPHOMORE KICKER WENT 3-FOR-4 ON FIELD GOALS AGAINST FRESNO STATE
Federico moves on from last-minute miss By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
Sophomore kicker Kyle Federico said he is still confident after missing a potential game-winning kick against Fresno State. Federico was 3-of-4 on field goal attempts.
Kyle Federico thought everything went the way it should have. The snap was perfect, the holder made no mistakes and the freshman kicker even thought his kick and follow through all went as planned. But his kick went wide right, and the 43yard field goal attempt prevented the Rutgers football team from escaping with a last-second victory against Fresno State. “After looking at it on film, it was a great attempt,” Federico said. “I didn’t make any stupid mistakes, I didn’t miss the kick because of something really minor and dumb.” It was unfortunate for Federico, who up until then had converted his previous three attempts, including a 48-yarder in the first quarter to give the Scarlet Knights a 10-7 lead.
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sophomore midfielder, was one of two Rutgers field hockey players from England who scored a goal in the Scarlet Knight’s 5-2 victory against Vermont last weekend. Ashpal Bhogal also scored in the contest.
RU plans to strengthen mentality By Greg Johnson Correspondent
When the Rutgers men’s soccer team returned to practice this week, something bothered the Scarlet Knights more than their winless weekend in Durham, N.C. After all, during their first road trip last season, the Knights lost twice and were outscored, 4-0. So holding 1-0 leads for 110 combined minutes against Duke and Elon — a second-round 2012 NCAA Tournament team — was an improvement. see
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