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U. campuses crippled by power outages Nearly 100 buildings face fluctuating power avalon zoppo and nikhilesh de staff writers

Rutgers is dealing with power outages on Cook and Douglass campuses that are affecting 90 buildings, including 39 residence halls housing roughly 3,000 students. This is the third disruption that the campuses have faced in the past two days. As a result of the outages, all classes held on Cook and Douglass were cancelled and all student centers, health centers, recreational centers and dining halls on the two campuses are closed until further notice, Antonio M. Calcado said in an email sent to students. The issue has been ongoing, with the two campuses without power around 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 and 7:30 p.m. that same night. Calcado said arrangements have been made to provide shelter and transportation for the roughly 3,000 residential students affected by the disruptions.

Affected buildings on Cook and Douglass were closed from 12 p.m. Wednesday until further notice. Calcado said Non-Essential Employees assigned to these buildings will not report to or remain at work, but Essential Service Employees may be directed to remain at work as scheduled during the outages. “The Division of Student Affairs and Residential Life will be communicating directly with the affected students to advise them on next steps,” Calcado said. “Further information will be provided on the Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Student Affairs websites as well as on our social media accounts.” Deputy Chief Michael Rein of the Rutgers University Police Department released a statement on Wednesday that said Institutional Planning and Operations was aware of the outage and was working toward resolving it. See power on Page 4

University students were directed to the Werblin or Livingston recreation centers or to the Rutgers Athletic Center overnight as the Cook and Douglass campuses continued to suffer from a lack of power to most of its buildings. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR

Students spend night away from home after 36 hours of blackouts avalon zoppo, nikhilesh de and bushra hasan staff writers

Roughly 3,000 students living on the Cook and Douglass campuses this semester were relocated Wednesday night as Rutgers continued to suffer from a power outage.

Rutgers administrators met at 5 a.m. to decide whether to reopen the campuses on Thursday, said Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operations Antonio Calcado. University Facilities and Capital Planning worked through the night to resolve the power issue.

“We’ve identified what we think is the root cause ... a lot of the campus is up and running (but) a lot of the equipment has to reset and we need to make sure we don’t drop out again,” he said. “I’m cautiously confident, given See BLACKOUTS on Page 5

Shelters set up in recreation centers nikhilesh de news editor

About 2,000 cots were set up for students in the recreation centers to sleep in overnight. Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operations Antonio Calcado said this number is based on previous experiences evacuating students from the two campuses. There are roughly 3,200 students being evacuated in total. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR ­­VOLUME 148, ISSUE 65 • University ... 3 • opiNIons ... 6 • classifieds ... 7 • lifestyle ... 8 • Diversions ... 9 • SPORTS ... BACK

In response to fire-safety issues, Rutgers announced contingency procedures for the roughly 3,000 students who reside on the Cook and Douglass campuses. Dan Morrison, executive director of Residence Life, said in an email that temporary shelters would be prepared in the Werblin Recreation Center, the Livingston Recreation Center and the Rutgers Athletic Center. Students will be notified which location to report to at a later time. The College Avenue Gymnasium was later added to the list of temporary shelters. Students can make alternative arrangements for housing overnight, Morrison said, including staying with friends off-campus or in residence halls on different campuses. “Until the problem is fixed, we cannot allow anyone to occupy the apar tments and residence halls on Cook and Douglass after dark,” he said. “This is a fire safety See centers on Page 4


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Researcher receives $2.9 million grant to study bees, pollinators bushra hasan staff writer

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences researcher Cristi Palmer was awarded $2.9 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her research on bees and other pollinators. Congressional staffer Anton Becker explained that the grants were part of a project called the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative, established by the Department of Agriculture. The funding was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. According to NIFA’s website, the initiative aims to “address key challenges of national, regional and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems.” Palmer’s research specifically will address “the impact of downy mildews and the declining health of pollinator populations, both of which threaten global food production,” Becker’s statement reads. The grant spans five years, with the first two years funded at $2,849,975. “(The project will) identify pollinator attractiveness of top-selling crops; fill specific regulatory data gaps for pollinator risk assessment of systemic insecticide residues within ornamental horticulture crops; compare current pest management practices with alternative strategies; provide guidance to growers and landscape managers with updated Best Management Practices; and develop outreach tools for multiple stakeholder audiences,” according to the press release. The second project titled “Identifying Knowledge Gaps and Novel Management Strategies for Downy Mildews Impacting Environmental Horticulture Crops” was awarded $50,000 by the government. Environmental horticulture crops (EHCs) are one of the highest value-per-acre specialty crop industries in U.S. agriculture, according to Novack’s press release. EHCs generate $20.34 billion to the annual U.S. GDP and are versatile plants, able to grow in residential and commercial landscapes, interiorscapes, arboreta, parks, sports fields and recreational areas. In the long run, the project is part of a bigger plan to reach the U.S. President’s goal of restoring the vitality of pollinators. President Barack Obama created the “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators” in 2015. “In the current environment, farmers face a variety of challenges that make it harder to produce the safe, affordable and nutritious food that Americans have come to rely on. And as we look at ways to overcome these barriers, you cannot overstate the importance of investing in research,” said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey’s Sixth District.

“Rutgers University has a long history of supporting the Garden State’s agricultural production and through advances made in projects like these, we can continue to enjoy Jersey fresh blueberries for generations to come,” Pallone said.

“Farmers face a variety of challenges that make it harder to produce the safe, affordable and nutritious food.” frank pallone U.S. Representative (D-6)

These studies are part of a greater project called IR-4, which hopes to “facilitate regulator y approval of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and specialty uses to promote public wellbeing,” according to Outlooks on Pest Management.

A press release by Sherrilynn Novack, IR-4’s public relations and communication manager, said IR-4 essentially exists to develop research data to support registration clearances for different tools that aid and support crops. IR-4 partners with several different organizations to make agricultural advances possible, including the government, industry land grant universities and growers to develop data. IR-4’s focus is on products respecting human health and the environment. As of Aug. 4, IR-4 has helped more than 50,000 registered crop uses, and about “80 percent of IR-4 research projects are conducted on reduced-risk chemistries and biologically based products that fit well into Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems.” IR-4 was established in 1963 with a $25,000 budget and two staff members, and has since grown into a major resource in U.S. agriculture. Palmer, who is the principal investigator for the program, declined to comment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $2.9 million in federal grants to study bees to a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences researcher. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR

The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute recently acquired Caliburn, the most powerful supercomputer in New Jersey. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

U. develops state’s most powerful supercomputer Gabriela Amaral contributing writer

The Fall 2016 semester has brought several changes to Rutgers as new apartments, eateries and bus stops adorn the campus. Another less visible addition to the school arrived this summer in the form of big data. Caliburn — a new supercomputer acquired by the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute — is the most powerful in the state and the second most powerful among Big Ten universities. Design and implementation of the cutting-edge supercomputer was made possible with a $10 million award from the New Jersey Higher Education Equipment Leasing Fund, according to their website. Caliburn is a completely modern system that runs big data applications, and is the first to use the new communication architecture designed by the Intel Corporation. Manish Parashar, founder of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, designed the architecture for Caliburn along with Ivan Rodero, an associate research professor with the group. “We’ve been working on this for about a year and a half to come up with the architecture and to

get the vendors to assemble it for us with the different components we designed and to deliver it for us,” Parashar said. Parashar believes Caliburn will assist students in learning skills and conducting research that was not previously possible, and offer opportunities for the University to collaborate with industry leaders. “Now we are number eight among U.S. universities which is a very big achievement, so now we can play at a level playing field with our peers in terms of the type of research we can do,” he said. All Rutgers students will be able to use Caliburn to conduct their own research. “Anyone with a NetID can have access to the system,” Parashar said. “For more special access, (students) can make arrangements for different types of usage.” In addition to research, Caliburn can be used as a learning tool for students to learn about new applications and even collaborate with certain industries. Using Caliburn does require certain specific skills that students can also learn, such as being able to run programs on many different small computers simultaneously and breaking down large problems into smaller components.


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Administrators talk timeline of campus power outage avalon zoppo and nikhilesh de staff writers

Unspecified power issues impacted two of the five Rutgers—New Brunswick campuses in the second week of classes, inconveniencing students and disrupting staff. The exact cause of the issues could not be discussed, said Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operations Antonio Calcado. He believes University personnel have located the issue and spent the night testing building systems to ensure the power does not go out again. Tuesday around 9 a.m. The University had power problems around 9 a.m. that lasted about an hour and one-half, Calcado said. “We looked into it, we thought we found the issue that fixed it (and) in the meantime we continued to evaluate the system to see if we found the root cause,” he said. Tuesday around 7 p.m. At 7 p.m. the campuses lost power again before regaining electricity around midnight, Calcado said. Facilities personnel worked through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to determine the cause, but were not confident they had found it. “Over the last two days we’ve had some intermittent power problems,” he said.

Wednesday around 9 a.m. At 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, power went out for the third time through academic, administrative and residential buildings. “At that time we activated our emergency operations center (where) we put all our contingencies in place,” Calcado said. “We look at our resident students, we look at our dining options, we look at our staff ... we look at transportation.” Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The decision to cancel classes through 5:35 p.m. was made at a meeting that ended at 11 a.m. At that same meeting, the decision was made to plan for sheltering students overnight. When power remained intermittent at 3 p.m., the decision to cancel classes through the night and move students into temporary shelters was made. Wednesday around 6 p.m. Students were advised to begin locating to the temporary shelters at 6 p.m. Students will not be allowed into their residence halls without an escort until the power situation has been completely resolved for a few reasons, Calcado said. The obvious issue is that students need to swipe their RUID cards through an electronic device in order to access those buildings, but right now a physical key is needed to enter them. Alarms and other security features are also offline while there is

The Douglass Student Center was closed throughout Wednesday after the Douglass campus lost power at 9 a.m., just a few hours after it regained power on Tuesday night. The Cook Student Center and campus recreation centers were also closed. CASEY AMBROSIO no power to the buildings, which creates a safety hazard if students are constantly entering or exiting buildings, he said. The emergency operations center focused primarily on student safety, Calcado said. “We began to modify the transportation system so we could keep people moving, and all the while we continued to try to find the root cause,” he said. “We had about 50 people at our subsystem and around looking at it.” Thursday around 5 a.m. At 5 a.m. on Thursday morning, administrators met again to decide whether they can open the affected campuses, he said. Until then, University personnel, including

Calcado, worked through the night to test different systems and ensure the cause has been isolated. In the meantime, students were able to stay in the recreation centers on Busch and Livingston campuses. Extra food from Neilson Dining Hall was trucked over to the different campuses on Wednesday afternoon, he said. Since Neilson Dining Hall staff knows roughly how many students eat there each night, they were able to approximate how much food each other dining hall might need. “We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 beds available, that’s based on experience of what we’ll need when

power 90 buildings, including 39 residence halls, lost power Wednesday, Calcado says continued from front

Some buildings were kept online through the use of generators, but this is not feasible due to the number of buildings on the impacted campuses. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR

“We are working to restore power as soon as possible,” Rein said. “Further information will be forthcoming.” Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Salvador Mena said in an

email that the Cook and Douglass student centers will remain closed due to the outage. Updates on their operating status will come after power is restored. There is no confirmation on whether any other buildings on the campuses are closed.

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issue. In addition, there is no food ser vice available in the Student Centers or Neilson Dining Hall.” Rutgers will continue to update students via email or through the Residence Life website, Morrison said. Students are encouraged to check the site on a regular basis. “Please know that Rutgers and PSE&G are working hard to isolate and permanently correct the issue,” Morrison said. “We are sorry for the impact this has had on you.” Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operations Antonio Calcado said all classes

Students residing in on-campus housing on Cook and Douglass campuses have been relocated to the Livingston and Werblin recreation centers, as well as the Rutgers Athletic Center. Calls to University Media Relations and Public Safety were not returned. All other campuses are operating on a normal schedule. Editor’s Note: Student Affairs notified The Daily Targum that they are working to restore power on the campuses.

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Non-essential employees had Wednesday off, essential ones should report to work, Calcado says continued from front

we’ve had these types of issues in the past,” Calcado said. “We’ve augmented our Wi-Fi and internet capability because there’ll be a lot of devices on these other campuses.” While the campuses’ buildings may be closed, facilities on other campuses will still be operational, said Rutgers Department of Transportation Ser vices Director Jack Molenaar. All commuter students or residential students with parking permits for the Cook or Douglass campuses can continue to park in their assigned lots, and bus ser vice will continue regardless of whether the campus is open or closed on Thursday, he said.

on the affected campuses were canceled through the night in an email update. “At this time, approximately 90 buildings continue to experience intermittent power outages, including 39 residence halls. We are working to resolve the issues,” he said. “Arrangements have been made to provide temporar y housing as well as transpor tation for the approximately 3,000 residential students who live on those campuses.” All non-residential buildings were closed throughout the night. Non-essential employees should not report to work, while essential ones may still have to report to their buildings.

Sept. 14 LAKEWOOD — Two teenage boys were arrested for allegedly painting swastikas and other anti-Semitic messages at the playground of Yeshiva, a Jewish school last month. Of ficers Dennis Dowden, Matthew Richardson and Joshua Spagnuolo arrived at the scene and said they saw six teenagers vandalizing the building. The two boys arrested were charged with bias intimidation and criminal mischief. Sept. 14 PHILIDELPHIA — Angelo Colon, the cousin of Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill, was shot in the head outside a takeout restaurant in South Philadelphia. The 21-year-old was killed along with other four people who were shot or stabbed to death. Meek Mill took to Instagram to mourn the loss.


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blackouts U. Facilities will spend night testing equipment to ensure power does not go out again, Calcado says continued from front what we’ve been through the last 36 hours.” Some of the buildings may have power sporadically as systems are tested, he said. While these buildings’ lights may be on, it is still unsafe to have students live in them. The emergency lights that normally illuminate buildings without electricity are designed to help people evacuate, but do not have the battery capacity to stay on for extended periods of time, he said. The outage has impacted students trying to submit homework online or use facilities in their buildings. Rutgers Business School firstyear student Sreenija Nalla said she was unable to complete her homework on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. “The bathrooms are dark, so I take a flashlight in with me,” she said. “But I can’t shower there, so I

have to visit my friends at different campuses to do so.” She also said the dining halls were unable to cook food, so primarily salads were served. Elizabeth Fogarty, a School of Communication and Information

professor) couldn’t use any PowerPoints or anything.” The Neilson Dining Hall suffered during the blackouts. David Donlon, the dining hall’s manager, said they have experienced power outages before due to hurricanes, but this is the first time the power has gone out three times in a 24-hour period. “(With this outage), we don’t have any news on how long this’ll be, so we’re erring on the side of caution and we’re going to shut down,” Donlon said. The dining hall closed early at 1

unfortunately. We’re here for them every day and we want to take this opportunity to make sure we’re doing the right thing for them by offering services where they can get full accommodation.” Amanda Autore, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, described her day as “crazy, unpleasant and eventful” — waking up, taking 10 minutes to get ready and then having the power go out. When the power goes out in her residence hall, she said an alarm sounds off, meaning “a lovely

“A lot of the campus is up and running (but) a lot of the equipment has to reset and we need to make sure we don’t drop out again.” antonio calcado Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operations

sophomore, said she was also unable to access her class materials. Two of her classes have online components, while several more use online textbooks. “I had a class in Hickman Hall this morning, (there was) no power on Cook campus and in the apartments, (Neilson) Dining Hall was out and we still had class,” she said. “We sat in the classroom in the dark (and) we just had discussions, (the

p.m. because they “(didn’t) know how long the power will be out,” he said. Neilson was not running out of food the evening of Sept. 13, and Donlon said there have “not necessarily” been any problems preparing food. “We purchase in advance all the products, and we prepare in advance for all your meal periods,” Donlon said. “It’s just an inconvenience to students,

screech was going off all day.” Autore planned to go to the Livingston Recreation Center for temporar y shelter, saying it was “not exactly what (she’s) paying for.” She was also concerned about the food spoiling in her fridge. Tuesday night, Austore said Rutgers police were condoning students propping doors open because swipe access into the residence hall was not working.

Resident assistants informed Autore to pack for a minimum of two days, but to plan for a week without power in order to be safe. She said she expects a refund from the school for the inconveniences. “I’m paying way too much for this. To live on a cot with 300 other students in a recreation center is just unacceptable for the amount of money we’re paying for housing,” she said. “It’s ridiculous.” Calcado said it is too early to determine what sort of refund students might get. “(Of) primary importance is the safety of our students and our staff, and then the comfort of our students,” he said. “(This) has been an inconvenience and we recognize that and we hope we’re taking care of this. We hope we could have had a resolution sooner and we’ll continue to work on that.” Calcado said generators will not solve the issue. “The way the system is set up, it’s not a generator issue. The bottom line is it’s not about putting more power in because the same thing could continue to happen. They’re trying to isolate why it’s happening to find a solution,” Morrison said. RuOnCampus.rutgers.edu has updates on the power outage available for students.

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BLACKOUT THE CAMPUS The Cook and Douglass campuses were left without power three times in two days. While the first two outages only lasted a few hours at most, the third shut down the campus through all of Wednesday.


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House bill back-pedals lunch reform progress

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lmost six years ago, the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) THALYA REYES enacted substantial changes to the federal Child Nutrition Programs the bill authorizes, including the beloved National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Among several noteworthy provisions, CNR 2010 set strengthened science-based nutritional standards for school meals, expanded school breakfast and summer food service programs, and laid the foundation for a healthier future for all children through the Farm to School Program, school garden grants program and nutrition education requirement. I witnessed these successes in New Brunswick, New Jersey as an AmeriCorps service member with FoodCorps in 2014-2015. All kindergarten through eighth grade public school students receive free school breakfast — a pivotal part of ensuring the students I taught were focused and engaged. Three preschools run by the Puerto Rican Action Board received materials to start school gardens through the grants program and funding through Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Seeing a child’s eyes light up after trying zucchini pizza boats with zucchini picked from their school garden reinforced how transformative these programs and policies are in building a culture of health. However, our nation’s children have since been at the center of an odd, partisan school food fight, backed by House Republicans calling for weaker nutritional standards so schools can deal with the increased associated costs. Nevertheless, teachers and staff at schools across the country did what they could for their students with great success: 95 percent of schools are providing more nutritious meals that meet or exceed standards. Now, more than five years later, the passage of the 2015 CNR is long overdue. Despite a generally positive and strong bill proposed by the United States Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the House Education and Workforce Committee chose not to adopt the Senate compromise and presented a bill that would negatively impact school food and student health. Under the House’s version, thousands of children would be denied the nutritious meals they need for their health and academic achievement, and the meals children could still attain would be significantly less healthy. Two major issues are outlined below: The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) reduces administrative work and increases access to school breakfast and lunch in high-poverty schools with student populations of at least 40 percent free or reduced price lunch (FRPL) eligible. The House’s bill seeks to increase the threshold to 60 percent, impacting 7,000 of the 18,000 schools currently participating. Moreover, 11,000 additional schools not currently participating would lose the opportunity to participate in coming years, according to the Food Research and Action Center and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Furthermore, the House’s bill fails to address gaps in the summer food program by not allowing nonprofit organizations and local government agencies, that are not schools, to operate the Summer Food Service Program. It would also be limited in influence by allowing only eight states and the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations to participate. What is more, the House’s version does not include a provision made by the Senate that allows childcare centers to serve an additional snack to children in care for extended hours. The House outlines that the full implementation of the sodium standard would be stalled and the whole grains standard would be limited in scope while “under review.” It would also weaken the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability to establish the procedures necessary for effective administration of child nutrition programs. Additionally, the 2010 CNR Smart Snacks standards for snacks and beverages permitted only healthier fare to be sold as “a la carte” items and for foods sold for school fundraisers. This House bill would throw both those provisions out, bringing with it the return of the proliferation of school junk food. While the House bill provides much-needed funding for the expansion of the school breakfast program and preserves the half-cup of fruits and vegetables requirement, it largely does a disservice to the students that need these healthy meals to succeed, now in school and into the future. However, with the presidential election season in full swing, it remains to be seen if these two CNR bills can be reconciled in Congress before the November election. I was a FRPL public school student and understand how important it was to my parents to know that I was being given all the tools I needed to succeed academically. After two years of working with students, teachers and parents in underserved schools, I know that we cannot afford to retreat on the progress made. It is my hope that House members will listen to the overwhelming number of parents with children in public schools who support the current nutritional standards by a 3-to-1 ratio. The greatness of a nation can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable — we must stand up for our nation’s children and continue to build on the successes of 2010 CNR, for our country’s prosperity is tied to their healthy futures.

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Thalya Reyes is an Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy master’s candidate for public policy and city and regional planning.

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Hate adds fuel to discrimination’s fire Recent assaults prompt reflection on status of Muslims in US

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fter 9/11, the state of America and the rest Muslims face in the aftermath of 9/11. Many of the of the world were marked by intensified people using the hashtag were children when the atfear. Terror became the overarching theme tack occurred, and so they share stories of not growin media as well as in political rhetoric, and this ag- ing up without a mom because someone decided to gravated fear insidiously, whether wittingly or un- gun her down and of not having friends growing up wittingly, pit groups of people against one another. because parents not approving of her “kind.” Trump America was shook by the seismic tragedy in 2001. is not the cause, but a symptom of widespread misYet the fear of random acts of violence committed conceptions about the world, people, cultures and reagainst oneself has ironically resulted in some ligions. Assaults against innocent Muslims are misdiAmericans committing random acts of violence rected and polarize human beings along ethnic lines. Muslims should not be afraid to step outside their against others. A day before the Islamic holiday, the celebration of home because of the color of their skin and the preEid al-Adha, a 36-year-old Muslim woman dressed in conceived notions about their people. Not every Musreligious garb was set on fire on Fifth Avenue in Man- lim is part of ISIS, and, in fact, they are the primary hattan and she saw a man standing in front of her with victims of the Islamic State, as a U.S. government a lighter. She doused her clothing before sustaining National Counterterrorism Center report shows that Muslims suffer 82 to 97 perany injury, and the man fled, cent of terrorism casualties. so his intention is still unSince this September known. But regardless of “Fear pits one group of people holds a close proximity his reason (we may never over another, but there is a way to between Eid al-Adha and find this person or discover the anniversary of 9/11, his reason) for assaulting a replace that with understanding it is worthwhile reflecting stranger, the act is situated and acceptance, requiring on the status of Muslims within the grand context of open-mindedness and effort.” in America and around the increasing violence against world today. As many in the Muslims. Among a variety Muslims in in Iraq, Turkey, of other incidents earlier this year, two Muslim mothers were harassed and Bangladesh and Syria face terrorism committed by punched by another woman as they were walking groups like the Islamic State, they also continue to enand trying to push their children’s strollers, and two counter harassment, assault, abuse and murder at the Muslim men were shot in the back of the head in hands of discriminators from the people in countries broad daylight. The rate and severity of these type like the United States. Fear pits one group of people over another, but of incidents prompted racial and civil rights activist Linda Sarsour to say that as a Muslim woman, it takes there is a way to replace that with understanding and acceptance, requiring open-mindedness and effort. courage to even step outside her home. As Muslims are perceived as terrorists and aggres- There is a responsibility to welcome people of varisors, Donald Trump is pointed to as the source of ous faiths, including Muslims, into the University and anti-Muslim sentiment with his harsh language and there exists many gestures to achieve that. Education incitement of violence. But before Trump was even is a powerful remedy to fear, and understanding othrunning for president and proclaiming Muslim travel ers through acquiring adequate knowledge in others’ bans, Muslim antipathy already existed in the Unit- culture, religion and overall experience is crucial. ed States. A circulating hashtag, #AfterSeptember11, Recognizing differences and celebrating those differillustrates the painful experience of prejudice that ences are possible, especially in a University setting. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 148th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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Politicians are wrongfully evaluated by their disease or illness WAXING PHILOSOPHICAL JONATHAN FINNERTY

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ecent developments on the campaign trail have been nearly void of topics on policy, character evaluation and commentary on the state of things. Rather, the focus of the media has been on the notion of health and wellness. Not in the sense of the wellbeing of citizens or health care, but rather the health of our political candidates. During a 9/11 memorial service, it was reported by various news agencies that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suffered some type of fatigue or illness-related fainting spell. Rumors spread of various diseases and conditions, including the infamous Martin Shkreli’s (popularly known as “Pharma Bro”) speculation about her having late-stage Parkinson’s Disease. In contrast, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was recalled as having excellent blood pressure and praised for possibly losing up to 15 pounds on the campaign trail, according to a Fox News opinions piece. The question at hand, however, is not what state of health our hopeful nominees are in, but why do we care so much about their wellness? Surely a nominee with a terminal illness would present problems to the election

cycle (or would it?), but also, there is no real regulation preventing such a limitation. Various politicians have held office with a variety of illnesses, some even terminal. President John F. Kennedy, for example, was on multiple medications for a lifelong case of colitis and Addison’s Disease. At times he was prescribed 12 medications a day for multiple issues, as testified by Dr. Jeffrey Kelman. One could hardly forget the many images of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, sitting in his wheelchair due to a late diagnosis of polio. Despite these

microphallus, does that change his character or ability? Not in the least, nor should anyone give more than a thought about it — why was this a thing in the first place? Anyway, does America lack the necessary faculties to disregard the soap opera that is biased news reporting? Should Clinton collapse again due to ailment, would you care about her health more than her alleged allegiance to corporate enterprise? I certainly would not, as it holds no bearing on her capabilities and proposed agendas. Health, in my opinion,

“When we charge candidates with claims of illness and disease, are we not making a statement about beliefs in general towards anyone with that ailment?” illnesses, both Roosevelt and Kennedy, for better or worse I add, changed America profoundly. So was health a factor? Many on the left chide the admirers of President Ronald Reagan with accusations that he had Alzheimer’s while in office. Despite the various claims and counter arguments, Reagan is still revered by some, and his actions have lasted through the decades — again for better or worse? You decide. Following the rich history of American officials and their health-issues, the question still stands: Why do we care? Should The Donald actually be paired with a case

should always be a personal matter. When we charge candidates with claims of illness and disease, are we not making a statement about beliefs in general towards anyone with that ailment? Are people with Parkinson’s and Addison’s inadequate for office or inferior to lead? If so, then why worry about policy and ideas or the democratic function? A perfect specimen, a sort of Rocky Horror, can lead to many misgivings about character and motives. Considering also that we are species like all others, that degrades over time, it seems foolish to look for matters of health in a world of ideas.

This discussion hardly touches the surface of our natural biases, toward the biological reality of what we are, or perhaps what we have. Throughout the lens of history, we look towards diagnosis when it comes to evil men — generally men, because there still exists that gender bias through the ages. Hitler suffered a microphallus and schizophrenia. Winston Churchill was said to have a bipolar disorder and depression. A plethora of Roman emperors are speculated to have been mentally ill. Why not just accept that these figures are a product of time and place, rather than some causal relation to wellness? To justify the actions due to illness in retrospect is to ignore the true causal relation of action in the first place, the promulgation of ideas. Instead of searching medical records for abnormalities — whatever that entails — ask rather what the ideas and plans are: Look to previous action and factual occurrence. American media operates on a positive feedback loop. Therefore, the more dramatic we are about trivial and often unwarranted claims, like the microphallus or Parkinson’s, the more information about such things will be presented. Character and elements of the mind will always trump petty physical differences. Jonathan Finnerty is a School of Arts Sciences senior majoring in classics and philosophy. His column, “Waxing Philosophical,” runs on alternate Thursdays.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Theater companies team up to showcase life’s hardships

Students portayed difficult situations in life through songs from musicals such as “Seussical” and “First Date: A Musical,” as well as pop hits such as “Til It Happens to You” by Lady Gaga. COURTESY OF FACEBOOK

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sincerely about love’s “open door” (Frozen), and later with sarcastic wit and irony to complain about the initially rosy misperceptions Cabaret Theatre and the Livabout their relationship (First ingston Theatre Company preDate: A Musical.) sented their collaboration show The concluding number was Illuminations: A Musical Revue “Light” from the musical “Next to last weekend at Cabaret Theater Normal.” Taken from a musical on Douglass campus. about a dutiful housewife’s menPatrons were treated to a tal illness, the lyrics acknowlmedley of songs from Broadway edge grief, pain musicals and and emotional char t-topping dysregulation. pop songs, with There is hope the show having “Throughout the revue, confident self-creation was offered as one potential answer to life’s difficulties. ” that as part of no star and no that acknowlplot. The miniedgment, we malist qualities can recognize of the show hardly stopped at its narrative their treasured secrets — that tragedies from this past sum- enjoyment, with which the LGBT the light is in us that strives for form and its simple presenta- they had wings, which then they mer such as the lenient prison community has responded to ig- improvement. Perhaps this is the honesty and moral courage that sentencing of Brock Turner and norance and mockery. tion. The smallness of the the- could fly. The show had its moments of all change, personal and political, These lyrics echoed the show the massacre of Pulse nightclub atre embodies one of the best aslight-hearted fluff too, which are begin with. pects of college performing arts opening tune from “Tick Tick in Orlando. The show had the courage and While the music and lyrics just as meaningful and just as — having the luxur y to witness Boom,” in which the performers the talents among Rutgers on an wonder if it is preferable to be do not speak explicitly of these hard to pull off as pensive med- honesty to cover topics as urgent caged or to fly away. Through- events, comparison is invited itations on topics of social and for the University as they were intimate scale. diverse in scope, and it is regretWhat the show lacked in terms out the revue, confident self-cre- and is evident upon the audience political relevance. Twice, two of the cast members table that the show only ran for of formal qualities, compensated ation was offered as one poten- to allow the associations seep with sheer energy and the abil- tial answer to life’s difficulties. through. It was hard to watch the played lovebirds. Once to sing one weekend. Contributing Writer

ity to engage in the audience’s imagination. Tying together these performances were themes of personal and collective struggle with hardship and tumult. “Alone in the Universe,” taken from the musical “Seussical”, was re-purposed for a classroom setting as the players sat at desks bullying each other. Victims stood triumphant singing about

One feels the passion of dedication among these performers as inseparable from the rest of Rutgers pride. In their introduction, the co-directors, Emily Reineke (Cabaret Theatre) and Julia Mendes (Livingston Theatre Company), promised to deliver heavy topics. The show’s inspiration includes heinous

expressive, emotive dancing of one of the cast members to Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” without considering the negligence of the legal system and the additional injustice toward victims of sexual assault. Even the upbeat and whimsical “Freak Flag” from the Shrek musical took on a somber quality, as it called to mind the jubilant

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DIVERSIONS

September 15, 2016

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes

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Happy Birthday: Do what you do best and enjoy doing the most. Success is within your reach. The opportunities heading your way will encourage you to branch out and follow your dream. Changes are best embraced and can be turned into a chance to do something that is satisfying as well as profitable. Romance is highlighted. Your numbers are 4, 11, 18, 25, 33, 41, 45.

Over The Hedge

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t share others’ secrets. The less involved you are in gossip or what others are doing, the easier it will be for you to make the positive changes you want to see happen in your life. Romance is encouraged. 3 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Learn your lessons from those with expertise, not from someone who is trying to bully you into doing things his or her way. A positive change is one that allows you greater freedom to do as you please. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Step up and participate in a worthy cause. Stand up for your own beliefs. Take action and make a difference to those who don’t have a voice. Your strength and courage will put you in a leadership position. 4 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your charm and unusual approach to home, life and helping others will put you in a unique situation. Your powers of persuasion will help you succeed and may qualify you for bigger and better opportunities. 5 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Friends, children or people you are indebted to will pose a problem. Clear your calendar in order to deal with matters that have the potential to escalate. Precision and technique will be required to meet your responsibilities. 2 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Avoid anyone who is trying to take advantage of you. Deception and disillusionment will lead to poor judgment and loss. Focus instead on what you can do to make your life better. Physical improvements are highlighted. 2 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your relationships with peers will face troubles if you can’t agree on how things should be done. Consider your options and look for a way to compromise now in order to get something in the future. 5 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A walk down memory lane will do you good and remind you why you have moved on from the things that were holding you back. You have little to gain from reconnecting with someone from your past. 4 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t fall for a fast-talking sales pitch that promises the impossible. Keep your money and possessions in a safe place and focus on self-improvement and personal growth. An elder’s point of view will be worth listening to. 3 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’ve got the drive to bring about the changes that will make you happy. Ulterior motives may be held by someone who is trying to deter you from reaching your goals. Put your own needs first and work hard to achieve your goals. 3 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t take on more responsibilities than you can handle. Someone will criticize you if you can’t produce what you promise. You’ll get the best results if you update your skills to foster greater professional and financial opportunities. 3 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your emotions will take over, causing problems when dealing with superiors, older relatives or colleagues. Don’t voice your opinions until you have time to mull over all the information. Emotional manipulation is apparent. 3 stars

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Yesterday’s Solution

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INJURY RU lost multiple players to graduation, Erik Sa, Brian Hawkins to injury continued from back providing five assists to go with a pair of goals.

They both were projected to be critical pieces this fall, but are both injured and out for the whole 2016 season, Sa with an

Junior forward Jason Wright hasn’t been able to replicate last season’s production with many of his teammates out injured. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / SEPTEMBER 2016

ankle injury and Hawkins with a Miles Hackett into that conversation as well because he went knee injury. Add in the hamstring injury down in the Creighton game junior forward Miles Hackett with a hamstring injury and he sustained in the season opener hasn’t played since.” So far this season, Rutgers has against then-No. 7 Creighton, and scored sevthe team that en less goals ended last seathen they son at No. 23 did at the in the NSCAA “We’re missing a few key same point poll is much pieces, but we still have the in its previdifferent than the one that personnel to score goals.” ous season. T h e started 2016 Knights also at No. 25. NIEL GUZMAN have just one The goal Junior Defender more shot was to surfour games pass, if not into the 2016 replicate last season (20) season’s accomplishments, but the compet- than they did in the opening game itive squad from last year has last season against Siena (19). Rutgers has just one goal so turned into a team with a 0-4 start. “Quite honestly, Erik really far this season and with a schedwas an integral part of our at- ule that doesn’t ease up at all, tack and our midfield play last the Knights could be in for a year, and obviously Brian Haw- long season. Although Rutgers has four kins had a very good freshman season and we were certainty players injured and two more out dependent upon those guys to for the year, the eligible players come in and start, (and) if not can still step up to the plate, get play 90, play significant min- past the adapting period and proutes,” said head coach Dan Do- duce for a team that is struggling, nigan. “I would tell you that you according to Sa. “I think me and Brian Hawprobably would need to throw kins were a big part of creating chances last year and a big part of the offense,” Sa said. “So it’s tough for the team. Like I was saying, there’s lots of new guys from last year and it takes a little time sometimes. When you have a schedule like we have it’s not gonna be easy ... It might take a little time, but the guys have the talent.” The guys may have talent, but in Donigan’s eyes, his team just cannot find the right personnel combinations to perform. “I’ll be very honest with you, I think it’s just the personnel. We’re trying to figure out who’s gonna be able to perform where and right now we haven’t been able to find the right combinations,” Donigan said. “Last year, you had the Mitchell Taintor’s with Mitch Lurie and (centerback) Drew Morgan and (forward) JP Correa out wide and Jason was able to be more productive. And now, not only is Jason not being productive because of the other guys that are not on the field with him, its just different personal out there.” But not everyone believes personnel is an issue. Junior defender Neil Guzman said his teammates are missing but personnel is still there. “To be honest, we’re missing a few key pieces, but we still have the personnel to score goals,” he said. With injuries piling up and lack of creating offense increasing, Rutgers as a group must enhance its defense to create and build up an attack to eventually give itself a chance to score. “I think collectively as a group we gotta do a better job of defending and then we gotta be able to build up some kind of an attack,” Donigan said. “Right now, we can’t even keep the ball, we can’t protect the ball, we’re not holding on to the ball as we enter the mid-third and cer tainly final third of the field. We just can’t sustain possession and build up an attack to create good chances, and that’s the game.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

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he New York Yankees have had a resurgence since cutting ties with some veteran players in favor of younger prospects, but one of those promising prospects will not take the field again this season. Yankees rookie right fielder Aaron Judge is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with an oblique injur y, general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. “These things usually take a while,” said Cashman according to ESPN.com, who wouldn’t rule out a possible return if the Yankees make a deep run into the playoffs. The 24-year-old Judge, who is hitting .179 with four homers and 10 RBIs while striking out in half of his 84 at-bats, had an MRI on Wednesday. “He obviously struggled with the strikeouts,” Cashman said, according to ESPN.com. “Part of the process was to get him up here and get the growing pains out of the way and speed up the adjustment process.” Rob Refsnyder is expected to take a bulk of the starts in right field in Judge’s absence and with Judge’s struggles in 2016 he is not guaranteed to start next season in the big leagues. “He will have to earn his way on to next year’s roster,” Cashman said, according to ESPN. com. “There are no absolutes. Without question, he’ll be better for the experience.”

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hris Bosh is ready to return to the basketball court. The question now is if and when the Heat will clear him to play. Bosh said he’s gone through treatment and workouts and is ready to rejoin the Miami Heat for the start of training camp in a podcast released Wednesday. Bosh appeared on Open Run -- a part of the Uninterrupted digital media platform -- and discussed his situation for the first time this summer. He announced he’s directing and producing a documentary series for Uninterrupted showing his recovery after being diagnosed in February with blood clots -- a condition that derailed him for a second consecutive season. “Absolutely (ready for training camp),” Bosh said in the podcast according to ESPN.com. “We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement in May that as soon as I’m ready to play, as soon as possible, I’ll play. I’m ready. I’ve done all my work working with the doctors. I’m in incredible shape ... I look good when I take my shirt off.” Bosh has yet to be medically cleared by the team and has been working out -- away from the team -- in Los Angeles this summer. The Heat, who have not officially commented on Bosh’s playing status since May when he was declared out for the season, did not immediately return messages from ESPN. Bosh said a tweet from Heat owner Micky Arison on Aug. 31 is making him feel welcome at the Heat’s training camp, which begins Sept. 27. The first episode of Bosh’s documentar y is scheduled to be released online Sept. 21.


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September 15, 2016 FOOTBALL 4-STAR RECRUIT AHMIR MITCHELL TRANSFERRED FROM MICHIGAN

Transfer begins practicing at RU, prepares for 2017 debut Brian Fonseca Sports Editor

Two games into the Rutgers football team’s first season playing in offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer’s no-huddle, power spread offense, one issue has been more prevalent than the rest — the lack of a deep ball threat. While their first two opponents — ​ then-No. 14 Washington and​ Howard — have been able to find space between the cornerbacks and safeties using a seemingly endless amount of go-routes, the Scarlet Knights have struggled to find similar separation with their wide receiver corps. One of the more veteran groups on the team — 3 of the 5 receivers who have caught at least one pass this season are seniors — the margin of improvement is slim as the season is in full swing and there is little time dedicated to improving fundamentals. Head coach Chris Ash is aware of the issues, evident in the current crop of players he has gathered in his first full recruiting class since arriving on the Banks. Of the 20 commits from the class of 2017, four of them are wide receivers, including 3-star Cedar Creek product Bo Melton. The wideout most likely to make an instant impact in his first season in Piscataway also attended Cedar Creek, but unlike his fellow Egg Harbor City native, Ash won’t have to worry about his commitment to the program leading up to National Signing Day. Ahmir Mitchell, a class of 2016 4-star recruit out of Cedar Creek, transferred to Rutgers this season after committing and enrolling early at Michigan last January.

True freshman wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell transferred to Rutgers this fall after being suspended by Jim Harbaugh before beginning his first season in Ann Arbor, Michigan. THE MICHIGAN DAILY Because of NCAA transferring rules, Mitchell won’t be able to play until 2017, assuming he’s granted a hardship waiver that will reduce the original 2-year stoppage period for transferring to a school in the same Big Ten East division as his original school. Mitchell was 1 of 6 New Jersey players who committed to Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines last February, but after being suspended at the start of the season for an undisclosed reason, he decided to transfer out. With his recruitment reopened, the Rutgers program

ABILITY Jimenez is playing in place of first team All-American goalkeeper Casey Murphy continued from back The Knights are sure glad to have her, as Jimenez has proved herself to be a competent replacement for Murphy. In her first season as a starter, she has four shutouts, 23 saves and a goals against average of 0.56 goals per game. “Alana has worked very hard and played tremendously,” said goalkeepers coach Lubos Ancin. “As a fifth-year senior with little game experience, she’s finally got her time and is showing why she deserves to be here.” Jimenez’s lack of playing time was considered worrisome by some as she didn’t see any game action last year, which allowed her to redshirt and stay for a fifth season. She has suffered several injuries over her tenure at Rutgers, but a love for the game of soccer kept her going through the tough moments. “Alana is a great teammate and leader,” Ancin said. “She came back for a final year because wants to write her own story and leave without any regrets.”

That type of attitude should propel Jimenez to new heights despite the looming expectations that come with being the Rutgers starting goalkeeper. Yet, it’s important to note is that it’s not just Jimenez who is attempting to replicate last year’s production. Rutgers as a team rewrote the record books on numerous occasions in 2015, setting a new standard for the program. The Knights won a record 19 matches, advanced to their first College Cup in the program’s fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament trip and ended the year ranked No. 4 in the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Coaches Poll — their highest position ever. So far this season, Rutgers possesses five wins, one draw and one loss, as well as the current No. 22 ranking in the latest NSCAA poll. Although it’s not quite the mark the squad is used to, if Jimenez and company can succeed in the upcoming Big Ten schedule, then they can get right back to the top. “Our goal this year is to win the Big Ten, even though we have a young team,” Jimenez said. “I’ve

that sought him under former head coach Kyle Flood returned under a new coaching staff and another direction, which appealed to Mitchell. “Throughout my entire recruitment, Rutgers was always within the top three,” he told NJ Advanced Media in an exclusive announcement of his commitment. “For a while they were leading. It basically came down to the staff. And now that they have a better staff at Rutgers, that’s what made me basically want to come back home along with everything going on back at home

with my family and stuff like that. So it just seemed like a good fit and every aspect just pointed back home.” Ash arrived in Piscataway months after an offseason littered with off-the-field scandals from Knights players and coaching staff alike. He installed a code of conduct on the team and held his players accountable for their actions. Sophomore wide receiver Dontae Owens was the first to suffer the consequences of violating the code, becoming the first player to be dismissed by Ash due to

been preparing for this season for a long time and I’m ready for us to take another step forward with me being a part of it.” The jury is still out on whether Jiminez could rise to Murphy’s level come tournament time to help bring a championship to Rutgers,

but so far she’s done well. Her teammates and coaches both seem to be confident in her abilities and leadership, which can only help the team’s chances at a potential Big Ten title. “We’re very grateful that Alana came back for another year,”

violating team rules, a source told NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy. Mitchell’s suspension at Michigan didn’t deter Ash from recruiting him and after going through a vetting process, the first-year head coach made the decision to extend an offer. Four years after his brother Damon Mitchell committed to Arkansas, where Ash was a defensive coordinator at the time, Ahmir committed to the Knights and enrolled at Rutgers. “Any player that we bring into the program, whether it’s out of high school, junior college, prep school or transfer, we’re going to do our homework on,” Ash said. “Is ever ybody going to be perfect? No, they’re not — I don’t care where you come from. But we’re going to do our homework and do our due diligence to make sure we’re bringing in the right type of people into our program.” Though he won’t see game action for another year, Mitchell is allowed to practice and has begun to do so this week. Wide receivers coach Jafar Williams got a taste of what he’ll have to work with in his second season at Rutgers, and while there are things that need improving, there were also some promising signs. “Got a little bit of time to spend with (Ahmir) after practice,” Williams said following practice Tuesday. “Very explosive young man, just obviously you have to learn the offense and polish up some things.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow @briannnnf and @TargumSports on Twitter.

said senior midfielder Tori Prager. “It was a super honorable move and the team trusts her completely in net.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

Junior goalkeeper Casey Murphy is currently with the United States U-20 women’s national soccer team as it prepares for this fall’s U-20 World Cup. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / NOVEMBER 2015


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WOMEN’S SOCCER ALANA JIMENEZ PLAYING IN PLACE OF FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN GOALKEEPER CASEY MURPHY

Senior shows ability in teammate’s absence Alex Gold Staff Writer

It’s extremely difficult to replace a star player in any sport, and in many cases, the newcomer fails to live up to the expectations left by their predecessor. There has been no such nostalgia among the Rutgers women’s soccer team faithful this season, though, as redshirt senior Alana Jimenez has done a commendable job in net as the successor to All-American goalkeeper Casey Murphy. Murphy, who would be entering her junior season for the Scarlet Knights (5-1-1), is currently working with the United States Women’s National Soccer team as it prepares for the 2016 FIFA U-20 World Cup, a competition she is practically guaranteed to be called to participate in. The Bridgewater, New Jersey, native is most likely taking a redshirt this season. “Anytime you get a chance to represent your country, you’ve got to take it,” said head coach Mike O’Neill. “We’re excited for Casey and rooting for her, but the focus is now on the team we have here.” Jimenez, meanwhile, doesn’t have the collegiate accolades that Murphy has accrued, but by the same token, she is no slouch either. Coming out of Ocean, New Jersey, the 5-foot-9 keeper was named Second Team AllShore by both the Asbury Park Press and the Star-Ledger in her senior year. She was also included on the 2012 ESPN High School Goalkeepers to Watch List. “I went on a lot of visits, but Rutgers felt like home,” Jimenez said. “I was really excited to join the team.” Senior goalkeeper Alana Jimenez has impressed in her first seven career starts at Rutgers, earning four clean sheets. Jimenez is playing in place of Casey Murphy, who is likely redshirting her junior season. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / SEPTEMBER 2016

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MEN’S SOCCER RUTGERS IS WITHOUT ERIK SA, BRIAN HAWKINS FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON

Knights work to fill holes left by injury Bret Levinson

Wright was complimented by a midfield led by Mitchell Taintor. Taintor, who was drafted by Toronto FC in the 2016 Major League Soccer Superdraft and is currently playing at Toronto FC II in the United Soccer League, played in 20 of Rutgers’ 21 games, putting up five goals and as many assists. Center back Mitch Lurie was drafted before Taintor by the Philadelphia Union and is now playing for Saint Louis FC in the USL. He started all 21 games and led a defense that held eight clean sheets — the most in a season for the Knights since 1998. Current senior midfielder Erik Sa and sophomore forward Brian Hawkins also played big roles in last season’s accomplishments. Hawkins earned a unanimous selection to the 2015 Big Ten All-Freshman Team while Sa was a vital piece to the Rutgers midfield,

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The Rutgers men’s soccer team surpassed all expectations in 2016. The Scarlet Knights went 12-7-2, making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament and finished ranked No. 23 in the final NSCAA Coaches poll. The Knights shocked everyone with their accomplishments, but they had many contributors to that success. Jason Wright was the main one. The junior for ward captured the Big Ten Of fensive Player of the Year award, earned Second Team NSCAA All-American honors, NSCAA First Team All-Region honors, unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and was chosen as the Big Ten Of fensive Player of the Week award four times.

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Senior midfielder Erik Sa is missing the 2016 season with an ankle injury. He is one of many Knights struggling with injury. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / NOVEMBER 2015 knights schedule

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