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TIMELINE OF EVENTS LEADING TO LAWSUIT Nov. 28, 2011
August 15, 2012
July 9, 2012
Laura Federico commences employment with Rutgers on or about this date as a senior public relations specialist at Douglass Residential College.
April 2012 In Federico’s first employment evaluation, Douglass Residential College Dean Jacquelyn Litt indicates that Federico’s job performance met standards in all regards.
Following the meeting, which Federico interpretes as Litt requesting her resignation, Litt allegedly begins a pattern of bullying, harassment and intimidation against Federico, including calling Federico to a meeting on or about July 9, 2012, at which time Litt presents Federico with a written reprimand. Litt denied accusations of requesting her resignation, as well as any form of bullying, harassment and intimidation.
July 31, 2012
May 25, 2012 In the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, all employees are given permission to leave at 1 p.m., except Federico, who is advised by Litt that they will meet at 2:30 p.m. and later both of them will attend a meeting with other Rutgers’ personnel.
Around this time period, Federico sends a letter to Kathryn Bannai, associate director of the Office of Employment Equity, where she advises Bannai that she believes she is being discriminated against in the workplace because she is a lesbian.
Litt compels Federico to attend, under threat of insubordination, a meeting with Litt and Edward Scheer, who is introduced to Federico as the head of finance at Rutgers. Litt advises Federico this is a follow-up meeting to the reprimand she administered on July 9, 2012.
Oct. 9, 2012 Despite Federico’s requests for assistance and a quick and thorough investigation of her allegations of discrimination and retaliation, Federico is advised in a telephone message from Litt that she is terminated.
Jan. 24 2013 Federico files a lawsuit against Rutgers.
SOURCE: CIVIL ACTION COMPLAINT
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Rutgers defends dean of Douglass Residential College in lawsuit By Julian Chokkattu News Editor
Rutgers is defending Douglass Residential College Dean Jacquelyn Litt in a lawsuit accusing her of lesbian bias. Former employee Laura Federico was first
employed by Rutgers around November 2011 as a senior public relations specialist at Douglass Residential College. Federico is accusing Litt of terminating her employment because of her sexuality, according to the complaint filed by Federico’s attorney’s firm, Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl, LLP.
“Shortly after commencing work, [Federico] was advised by co-workers of other individuals who worked in the office who were either terminated, forced to resign or left for other positions within Rutgers because of defendant Litt,” according to the complaint. Federico, who reported to Litt as a part of
U. pairs with youth program for interactive workshops
Sabrina Szteinbaum Correspondent
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Amanda Badger, Mason Gross School of the Arts junior, smokes a cigarette on campus. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY KARL HOEMPLER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Tobacco dependence program suggests smoking cessation By Vaishali Gauba Contributing Writer
Donna Richardson’s patients have a hard time coping with stress without smoking a cigarette. For the patients that are students, exams are almost impossible to get through without a smoke break and the cost of buying cigarettes leave their funds low and anxiety levels high.
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State Senate president calls for change to tuition process, suggests Pay It Forward
By Ingrid J. Paredes At the end of September, a team of Rutgers educators and the 4-H Youth Development Program will host an interactive series of workshops centered on Cape May County’s shore. Julie Karavan, county agent for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, said the workshops, collectively called Sea-science Investigations, are going to bring interactive learning to the community. The series will take place at the Ocean City Free Public Library, in Ocean City, N.J. The first workshop, “Ocean Exploration,” will be held on Sept. 24. Targeted at teenagers, the workshop will provide attendees an overview of the technology scientists use to study the ocean. The second workshop, “Creature Feature,” is planned for Sept. 27. It is for children from kindergarten to fourth grade. It will be the program’s most interactive experience,
her job, was openly lesbian and kept a picture of her wife on her desk. “[Federico] subsequently learned that most, if not all, of the prior employees who were terminated, forced to resign or trans-
Richardson, the treatment coordinator of the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program, assesses program participants seeking treatment for tobacco dependence. Started in 1991, the program became part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2000, she said. It has collaborated with Rutgers School of Public See CESSATION on Page 5
After four years of undergraduate education, many college students find themselves discouraged by depleted bank accounts and stacks of student loan debt. But New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Rutgers might soon implement a plan that will allow recent graduates to begin living the American dream without being strangled by student loan debt. He is proposing the University implement Pay It Forward, a program that would allow students to attend college tuition-free. “Basically what this idea is, you would go to school without a bill, and you’d pay three percent of your income over 20 to 25 years to pay off your debt,” he said. The government feels a responsibility toward high school graduates to make it possible for them to go to college, and for more college graduates to have the opportunity to live debt-free lives after college, Sweeney said. “The sole focus of this is to get a better system that works better for young people coming out of college so they can have the benefits of a lot of generations prior to them,” he said.
Sweeney said he has friends whose children are graduating college with $80,000 to $100,000 worth of debt, which prevents them from proceeding with normal lives. Graduates are forced to move back in with their parents, and they cannot even think about buying a house, starting a family and enjoying the post-grad life. Right now, nothing effective is being done to aid college students with the rising cost of tuition, and Sweeney wants to change that. “Einstein said when you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result — that’s called insanity,” he said. It is getting more difficult each year, because Sweeney said each graduating class accumulates more debt. “Oregon was talking about it,” he said. “Then we started talking about it. Then the president of the United States started talking about it.” Kevin Rackham, the communications intern with the Oregon Working Families Party, pitched Pay It Forward to legislators when he attended Portland State. He said this program would benefit students of all socioeconomic statuses. See forward on Page 6
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The Rutgers University Programming Association presents a comedy show at 8:30 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center. The event is free and will feature local comedians Brindu, Kevin Norris and Stephen Hilliger.
Thursday, Sept. 19
The Rutgers Film Co-op, the New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies present screenings of the New Jersey Film Festival selections “Allegory of the Mind” and “Life with Alex” at 7 p.m. at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. Admission is $10 for the general public and $9 for students and senior citizens. The Zeta Beta Tau fraternity hosts ZBTape from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the steps of Brower Commons. Donate $1 for a strip of duct tape to help tape one of the brothers to a wall. All proceeds benefit Dance Marathon. The Rutgers Business Governing Association hosts the Soft Skills Conference from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center. There will be free food and the event is open to all students.
Friday, Sept. 20
The Rutgers Film Co-op, the New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies present screenings of the New Jersey Film Festival selections “Allegory of the Mind” and “Life with Alex” at 7 p.m. at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. Admission is $10 for the general public and $9 for students and senior citizens. 16 Handles hosts its grand opening celebration from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on the Livingston Campus. The event will include a prize wheel, a raffle, discounted frozen yogurt and a DJ.
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Sunday, Sept. 22
The Rutgers Film Co-op, the New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies presents New Jersey Film Fesitval selections “AliveAndKickn” and “Foreign Eye in the Storm” at 7 p.m. in the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. Admission is $10 for the general public and $9 for students and senior citizens.
METRO CALENDAR Wednesday, Sept. 18
Victoria’s Secret sponsors PINK Spirit Week from Monday, Sept. 16 to Saturday, Sept. 21. The event, which will take place all over the New Brunswick Campus, will include scavenger hunts and a tailgate for the football game against Arkansas.
Thursday, Sept. 19
University improv comedy group A 4 Effort performs a free show at 9:30 in Room 135 in Scott Hall on College Avenue campus.
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September 18, 2013
Alumnus creates college basketball, football management company By Charlie Melman
I think that there’s cer tain ways to compensate them.” Belzer currently ser ves as an adjunct professor at Rutgers, When Jason Belzer graduatwhere he teaches a class called ed from Rutgers six years ago, “Organizational Behavior in he was unable to procure a job Spor t Management.” as a sports agent, so he simply “From a practical standpoint, decided to create his own manI regret not taking more classagement company. es in finance, statistics and “I just said, ‘You know what? accounting — things that you I’m going to go through this by probably absolutely hate to take myself,’ and I started my own but are actually giving you real company,” Belzer said. world experience and informaThus Global Athlete tion that you can use when you Management Enterprises, Inc. get older,” he said. was born. Belzer said while classBelzer’s company manages es in the humanities such as and advises college basketball political science and writing and football coaches at variare impor tant, learning tangious Division I schools across ble, marketable skills in college America. GAME, Inc. also cois vitally impor tant to one’s fuordinates the CollegeInsider. ture success. com Postseason Tournament, Additionally, he said stuor CIT, a college basketball dents need to brand themselves competition that Belzer said and network as soon as they aris the second-largest privately rive on campus. run sporting “That means event in the going out there, countr y, be“The reality was that I was entering a business building relahind the Rose that was firmly entrenched in multimillion dollar tionships and, Bowl. more impor tantHe develcorporations and agencies, and I was only a getting their oped both 21-year-old kid that had no experience whatsoever ly, name out there his company and no realtionships in the business, through writing and the tourand in this way, I started from complete scratch.” and social menament — dia, and showwhich attractjason belzer ing people that ed 90,000 Rutgers Alumnus they’re smar t, spectators intelligent last season, young individufeatured 32 Division I basketball teams and publish articles on their web- als that are going to work hard broadcasted on the CBS Sports site. This Januar y, Forbes invit- to achieve whatever they’re goNetwork — while he attended ed him to contribute on a regu- ing after,” he said. Jared Schoenfeld, Belzer’s Rutgers School of Law-Newark. lar basis. Belzer has written numer- longtime friend and business When Belzer created GAME, Inc., he discovered ous articles on the debate over associate, said his success he had to force his way into a whether or not student-athletes stems from his ability to develmarket already saturated with should be compensated beyond op friendships. “Some people call it networktheir scholarships. existing powers. “It does generally create a ing, but he really works as hard “The reality was that I was entering a business that was morass,” he said. “I think there as he can to build friendships firmly entrenched in multimil- is generally a great deal of in- and get things done,” Schoenlion dollar corporations and equity, and I don’t know if nec- feld said. Belzer star ted using social agencies,” he said. “And I was essarily outwardly paying stuonly a 21-year-old kid that had dent-athletes is the answer, but networks like LinkedIn while in Contributing Writer
no experience whatsoever and no relationships in the business, and in this way, I star ted from complete scratch.” David Vine, an employee at GAME, Inc., said Belzer has a tremendous work ethic. Vine is reluctant to identify Belzer as his boss. Instead, he emphasizes Belzer’s role as a mentor. “He’ll look out for me and make sure I’m going down the right path, because he’s gone down this extraordinar y path at such a young age,” he said. “He’s not someone to sit back and say ‘Oh, that would be great.’ He’s one that says ‘Great, now how do we get it done?’” After building his writing portfolio and signing on with Fox Sports as the initial broadcaster for the CIT, he was given the opportunity to occasionally
Jason Belzer, a Rutgers alumnus, created Global Athlete Management Enterprises, Inc., a company that manages and advises coaches at various Division I schools. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
college to connect with people he still remains in professional contact with. He encourages all students to fully explore ever y club and organization available at Rutgers. To Belzer, writing frequently and well is a crucial part of establishing one’s reputation and brand. “One thing that did help me, not only get into law school but just in general, was that I wrote for a magazine called ‘The Centurion,’” Belzer said. “I worked my way up. Being able to write … helped me build my brand, and that opened up doors that I didn’t even imagine.”
He dreams of becoming his alma mater’s athletic director, and he is encouraged by his membership in a distinguished pedigree of alumni with successful careers in sports management, including NBA Commissioner David Stern and Bill Rasmussen, the founder of ESPN. “I think ever y day that I’m following in a long line of sports business executive entrepreneurs that are graduates of Rutgers University,” Belzer said. “So somewhere I hope I can end up and make my University proud and be amongst the echelon of great leaders to graduate from Rutgers.”
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lawsuit Federico was fired on Oct. 9, 2012 via a telephone message from Litt continued from front
ferred were lesbians,” according to the complaint. “[Federico] was advised by a co-worker that defendant Litt did not respect lesbians and that defendant felt that women who had men behind them were stronger and better employees.” E.J. Miranda, director of Rutgers Media Relations, provided a statement on the accusations brought up by Federico in her complaint. “As a matter of policy, Rutgers University does not comment on pending litigation. As the University’s legal response indicates: The plaintiff was dismissed from her position because she did not fulfill her job responsibilities [and] the University followed all applicable policies and procedures in this matter.” Litt, who came to Rutgers in 2010, is also a professor in women’s and gender studies and sociology, according to the department website. Her primary research has been on motherhood, carework and inequality. In the complaint, the attorneys wrote that Federico prepared at least seven news articles about Douglass events, as per her job, and Litt continuously refused to authorize her to have these items released and would never give Federico any specific reason. But in an answer to the complaint written by Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis, LLP, the attorneys defending Rutgers and Litt, Litt admitted that Federico provided her with a disk containing photographs and documents relating to the identity and function of Douglass campus. In Federico’s first employment evaluation, which took place sometime in April 2012, Litt indicated that Federico’s job performance met standards in all regards. But in the answer to the complaint, the attorneys write that although Litt admits her performance met standards, it also identified areas in need of improvement. The response also said the quality of these items was such that they could not be released or published without “substantial revisions, changes or reworking.” Rutgers and Litt denied that they failed to inform Federico of those reasons. On May 25, 2012, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, the complaint states that all employees were given permission to leave at 1 p.m., except Federico, who was told by Litt that they would meet at 2:30 p.m. for a meeting with other Rutgers personnel. In the answer to the complaint, Litt said the meeting had been scheduled at the beginning of the day and employees were allowed to leave unless they had previously scheduled appointments. At the meeting, the complaint said Litt told Federico the meeting was cancelled, and went on to say that Federico appeared unhappy in her job and asked if she wanted to resign. “[Federico] was absolutely shocked by this request as she was very happy with her position at Rutgers despite being frustrated by the Dean’s reluctance to authorize release of any of the
materials that [Federico] had prepared,” the complaint read. The answer to the complaint written by attorneys defending Litt and Rutgers, said defendants denied that Litt asked Federico to resign. The complaint said Litt began a pattern of bullying, harassment and intimidation against Federico after the May meeting, including calling Federico to a meeting on July 9, 2012, where Litt presented Federico with a written reprimand. The defendants, Rutgers and Litt, admitted to the written reprimand, but denied allegations of bullying, harassment and intimidation. Around July 31, 2012, Federico sent a letter to Kathryn Bannai, associate director of the Office of Employment Equity, in which she said she believed she was being discriminated against in the workplace because she was a lesbian. Miranda said Rutgers thoroughly reviewed the matter and found that Litt behaved appropriately at times. “Throughout her academic career, Jackie Litt has been a forceful and effective advocate for equality in education and the workplace,” Miranda said in the statement. “During her tenure as Dean of Douglass Residential College, Jackie has led new initiatives that are making the DRC more inclusive and supportive of the needs of today’s students.” The answer to the complaint said defendants admitted that Litt knew Federico is a lesbian, but she took no employment actions or made any employment decisions. Federico completed a formal discrimination and harassment complaint and filed it with the Office of Employment Equity, according to the complaint. “Despite repeated requests by [Federico] and on [Federico’s] behalf to OEE and the Office of General Counsel at Rutgers, absolutely no action was taken by Rutgers to intervene or assist [Federico’s] complaint to the OEE was creating a hostile work environment and causing severe physical and emotional issues for [Federico],” the complaint read. The Rutgers Office of Employment Equity did not provide a statement at press time, but referred The Daily Targum to Rutgers’ Media Relations. According to the complaint, on Aug. 15, 2012, Litt told Federico, under threat of insubordination, to attend a meeting with her and Edward Scheer, who was introduced as the head of finance at Rutgers. The answer to the complaint said the purpose of the meeting was to see how Federico’s performance was progressing and to tell her that certain deadlines were not being met. The defendants denied that the meeting was unauthorized or improper. “The retaliation, intimidation and bullying by defendant Litt became so intense that [Federico’s] physical health began to suffer and she again contacted OEE concerning the situation and requested assistance,” the complaint read. On Oct. 9, 2012, Federico was advised in a telephone message from Litt that she was terminated. Federico filed the lawsuit in January 2013. Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl, LLP could not be reached at press time, and Litt’s telephone number was not operational. Other efforts to reach the Douglass Residential College failed.
September 18, 2013
CESSATION Steinberg says program has been in close relationship with Rutgers for 13 years continued from front
Health since before UMDNJ’s integration with Rutgers. “It is official now, but since 2000, we have helped Rutgers staff and students,” Richardson said. “We’ve had a total of 7,000 patients, of which a proportion of 3 percent may be Rutgers students.” She said Rutgers health centers, as well as addiction programs, refer these students when they are infected with bronchitis or pneumonia. The treatment begins with a histor y of patients’ smoking habits. “We take a reading of the carbon monoxide contained in their red blood cells, just by breathing in the carbon monoxide monitor. … Students like this machine because it shows what kind of effect smoking is having on their oxygen levels,” Richardson said. The treatment plan is comprised of seven medicines, which can ease the process, she said. Depending on their compliance to the treatment plan and motivation, quitting rates have varied from 30 to 50 percent. “They are self-motivated and have their own reasons to quit,” Richardson said. “Some are in a relationship, some are tired of spending money or tired of their teeth being yellow or their breath being stinky.”
Page 5 The office of Tobacco Dependence Program, run by the School of Public Health, is located at 125 Paterson St., according to its website. In addition to face-to-face treatment, the Tobacco Dependence Program provides training for health care professionals who want to help people quit and opportunities for clinical research according to the website. Yasmine Omar, a doctoral student in the Department of Clinical Psychology, said she con-
“We’ve had a total of 7,000 patients, of which a proportion of 3 percent may be Rutgers students.” DONNA RICHARDSON Treatment Coordinator at the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program
ducts her research in a Rutgers lab that has collaborated with the program. “We do a part of a study associated with program testing, examining people’s ability to resist smoking in different situations,” Omar said. “I study smoking cessation, and as far as my own perspective goes, smoking overlaps any mental disorder.” The Tobacco Dependence Program provides free assistance to anyone looking to quit smoking and uses treatment based on research evidence, she said.
UMDNJ has worked with the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J. and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey to implement a campus-wide tobacco-free policy, said Michael Steinberg, director of the Tobacco Dependence Program. He said the policy encourages people who smoke to attempt to quit and prevents others from second-hand smoke exposure. “We have been in a close relationship with Rutgers for 13 years,” he said. “Now that we are officially a part of Rutgers, we thought, why not here?” Steinberg said the University might want to think about adopting similar policies. “Does Rutgers really want to be selling cigarettes at convenience stores, or [allowing] people to be smoking outside Scott Hall, near other people walking?” he said. Some universities such as University of Austin at Texas and the University of Michigan have completely banned tobacco use, including smoke and e-cigarettes, he said. He said the program is willing to help the university in assessing the pros and cons of such a policy and getting input from students, staff and faculty. “I don’t think we should build a preconceived notion, rather [we should] go with a feeling that is for the well-being of the students and staff to see what policy works best for Rutgers students,” Steinberg said.
WORKSHOPS Maher says programs held at the library are usually popular continued from front
with a focus on horseshoe crabs. The third and final workshop, “Aquatic Robots,” it set for Sept. 30. It will feature both remotely operated and automated robots from the SeaPerch regional competition for aquatic robots held annually at Drexel University. “We want to connect kids to big universities,” Karavan said. Karavan said she decided to focus on marine science because of Cape May’s location on the shore, and her interest in the work of the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. Sam Wilson, an environmental educator for the 4-H Youth Development Program, said by using horseshoe crabs that live and reproduce in the Delaware Bay, the program relates to the local community’s culture. The crabs are important to the environment and the medical field, Wilson said. In addition to being a key food source for birds migrating north along the shore, pharmaceutical companies use them to test human medicine. He said allowing kids to see and touch the crabs helps them understand and remember those roles. “It’s hands-on learning, not just classroom learning. The kids can learn by experience,” he said.
Karavan said she hopes the program will bring more collaboration between Rutgers and the library. “Libraries are great places to start community clubs,” she said. Hosting the program at a library could encourage adults to volunteer and bring more programs and learning opportunities to the community, she said. The program is the first of its kind. Before she took her position as county agent, Karavan said the Cooperative Extension office did little to serve the 16 municipalities in Cape May County. Karen Mahar, the Ocean City Free Public Library’s program coordinator, said the library is the perfect venue for reaching out to the city’s community. “The library is the cultural hub of the city,” Mahar said. Maher could not provide the number of children currently registered for the program, but programs held at the library are usually popular, she said. She said the lecture hall that will host the program has a capacity of 160 people. Besides educational programs, like Sea-science Investigations, the library regularly holds concerts for Ocean City residents, she said. It is also located right next to the city’s art center and aquarium. She said 4-H and Rutgers are known for running high quality programs. The library shares the goal of education by means of community involvement. “We want to provide for our patrons,” she said.
September 18, 2013
forward Rackham says program is a long-term investment, but will pay for itself in due time continued from front
“In the long run, this is a program that needs to be inclusive … because we want to lower the barrier of access to higher education, not increase it.” For students who can af ford college, they can benefit from tuition money for Pay It Forward and use their own money for other necessities. “Right now, we’re living in a world where a lot of people don’t get cars and don’t get houses and can’t start families right after they graduate,” he said. Not only will this program benefit students today, but Rackham said it would also benefit the students of the future. “One of the attractions isn’t just the fact that it helps pay for your college, it’s the fact that you can star t contributing into the system after wards and making sure that you’re helping sustain the system that will pay for your kids’ college,” he said. “It’s a public good.” Sweeney said it is not fair that some students are shut out of the oppor tunity to go to college simply because they do not have the economic means. “Education is the great equalizer, it truly is,” Sweeney said. “People with a college degree
now earn more money and normally have more successful careers than their counterpar ts.” He said he plans for Pay It For ward to be implemented before the end of the year. James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, said with the rising costs of tuition, looking for alternative ways for students to af ford college makes sense. Hughes was skeptical because he was not sure how Rutgers would cover the costs of sending so many students to school before they graduate —
“Education is the great equalizer. ... People with a college degree now earn more money and ... have more successful careers than their counterparts.” STEPHEN SWEENEY New Jersey Senate President
before their salaries would begin to cover the loss. “In order to maintain the classrooms, in order to pay the salar y of the faculty and staf f — tuition income is a significant flow of dollars to do that. If that’s cut of f then the University would have to probably borrow,” he said. Rackham answered this question with the ways Oregon is going about getting funding for Pay It For ward.
“The thing that we’ve worked with is bonding … [our treasurer] is sounding like he’s on board with putting for ward some of that bonding money into Pay It For ward Pilot programs,” he said. Bonds would allow Rutgers to borrow money in order to of fset costs for the University. In addition to bonding, U.S. Sen. Jef f Merkley, D-Ore., is working on a federal bill that would fund Pay It For ward pilot programs for five years, Rackham said. He said the program is a long-term investment, but will pay for itself in due time. “The actual star tup cost of Pay It For ward can definitely be high,” Rackham said. “But if you wait for about 20 years under most of the models that we’ve looked at, the program star ts making back what you originally put into it.” Hughes said Pay It For ward could possibly work, but for now it is only an idea. Sweeney acknowledged that better solutions may exist, but he said change come first. “Maybe this won’t work, maybe we’ll have a discussion and find something that works better or maybe we can make this work,” he said. “We have to talk about it.” He said although this idea might not be per fect, it needs to be given the time of day. “The important thing is to have this discussion now, and to have it with a broad group of professionals, because, like I said, we can do better and we need to
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney proposed the Pay It Forward plan, an alternative method for students to pay for a college education. THE DAILY TARGUM / OCTOBER 2012 do better,” Sweeney said. Peter McDonough, University vice president for Public Affairs, said Pay It For ward is not yet a legislative idea and needs to be shaped up. “The idea doesn’t exist yet,” he said. “We have to look at how Pay It For ward would effect current students, how it would ef fect future students.” McDonough said he is all in favor of programs that would allow more students to attend a top research university like Rutgers. Rutgers suppor ts the creation and commission of new and innovative ideas like Pay It For ward, and McDonough said he looks for ward to par ticipating if it becomes a reality. “You were always taught growing up that if you work
really hard, if you get good grades, you’re going to do okay,” Sweeney said. In reality, students must earn good grades and have money, he said, or the leeway to accumulate debt, if they even want to think about college. “So that’s why we’re going to tr y to change this, and turn this tide,” Sweeney said. Sweeney said he would be surprised if Pay It For ward does not pass. This is a program that has broad-based bipar tisan suppor t, and he cannot imagine that the governor would not back it. “You can always make things better, you can always do things better, it’s just a matter of looking and recognizing something’s not working and then fixing it,” he said.
September 18, 2013
Henry’s Diner underwhelms at first, redeems with second try By Matthew Mikolay Contributing Writer
Welcome to New Jersey, the diner capital of the world. Drive down any major highway in the Garden State, and you are bound to eventually come across a diner. After all, Jersey holds more diners per capita than anywhere else on the planet, according to the New Jersey Environmental Health Association website. I’m not about to start counting, but one thing’s for sure — here in New Jersey, we’ve developed a deep appreciation for the diner. It’s become part of our culture, as much as pork roll, Bruce Springsteen and never pumping our own gas. In times of need, the diner’s been there for us, offering a seemingly endless plethora of edible options to satisfy even the most fervent of food cravings. Breakfast, lunch, dinner — the diner does it all. Until recently, the hungry Scarlet Knight was forced to venture off campus when in need of some classic diner comfort food. Now, Henry’s Diner is granting the Rutgers community an option a bit closer to home. Henry’s Diner, located in Livingston Plaza, opened to the public Sept. 9. After receiving countless recommendations from my fellow students, I decided it was high time to try out the new eatery. I was unaware of the forthcoming emotional and culinary adventure. The diner’s appearance takes a contemporary spin on the retro atmosphere of Jersey-style diners. The first thing patrons will notice upon entering Henry’s is the lengthy diner-style counter, which provides a more authentic diner feel inside of the restaurant. Bright, sleek and spacious, Henry’s offers both table and booth seating in addition to space at the counter. Stylish light fixtures, a glass dessert case and retro-patterned red cloth covering the booth seats complete Henry’s vintage-made-modern ambiance. On Friday around lunchtime, Henry’s was remarkably busy. Though there were plenty of seats left at the counter, my fellow Targum writers and I chose to wait a few minutes for a booth to open up. With stomachs rumbling, we took the crowd as sign of assurance. Such a steady stream of business must mean good eats. As we were seated, we looked over the menu, which immediately stands out due to its newspaper-like style. Printed in full color on newsprint paper and designed by Targum Productions, Henr y’s menu makes a lasting impression when compared to more typical, mundane diner menus. At Henry’s, breakfast is served all day. The restaurant features numerous lunch, dinner and dessert options as well. Their menu includes all the traditional diner favorites — omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, gyros, burgers, fries, soups, sandwiches, wraps, etc.
In addition to the usual fare, Henry’s offers several more gourmet options to satisfy the sophisticated palate, including filet mignon and veal saltimbocca. I chose to start my meal with an appetizer of duck confit roulade, marked as “awesome” on the menu, but I was informed by management that the duck is only served at dinner time. Henry’s neglected to note this on the menu, which fails to distinguish between lunch and dinner at all. If a dish is not offered at a certain time of day, it should be made clear upon reading the menu. For my entrée, I eagerly selected the brie and cranberry grilled cheese, hoping to see whether it lived up to the hype it recieved in both Rutgers Today and the Star-Ledger. After waiting for a long and arduous hour, the grilled cheese arrived. The sandwich seemed rather small, especially on its unnecessarily large plate. The cranberries inside of the grilled cheese provided a light tanginess to offset
“...one thing’s for sure here in New Jersey, — we’ve developed a deep appreciation for the diner. It’s become part of our culture, as much as pork roll, Bruce Springsteen and never pumping our own gas.” the cheesiness of the brie. The two contrasting flavors complemented each other quite well. Unfortunately, I found the bread taste too prevalent considering how little cheese was held inside the sandwich. Although the whole grain bread was buttery and nicely toasted, I occasionally felt as if I was eating the crust of French toast. The grilled cheese sandwich was served with French fries, coleslaw and a pickle. Lightly salted with a slight crunch, the thickcut fries offered a fresh potato flavor pleasing to the palate. The coleslaw was worthy of praise, featuring a delicate crunch of cabbage countered with the sharp taste of vinegar-based dressing. Overall, the sides at Henry’s were satisfactory, a suitable accompaniment to the entrée. Regrettably, the ser vice at Henr y’s Diner during lunch was severely lacking. Aside from the lengthy wait for the arrival of our food, members of my party had to send back dishes not made according to their specifications. Unexpected, especially when the waitress had to question us several times regarding our order. Our table never received the smoked gouda bruschetta appetizer that we ordered. At the conclusion of our meal, we noticed it was never even added to our bill. I understand it’s still opening week at Henry’s Diner. Restaurants are bound to face unfore-
seen setbacks during their first days of service. It seems unfair to judge a new restaurant poorly from just one experience — which is why I chose to give Henry’s one more chance a few days after my first visit. I stopped by Henry’s for breakfast early on a Monday morning. This time, the restaurant was much less crowded, and service was commendable as compared to my past visit. I was seated and placed my order almost immediately after I walked through the door. In contrast to my first visit, every staff member, including the waitresses and management, were friendly and accommodating. For my second time around, I chose to order a more conventional diner meal. I opted for the Western Omelet along with a short stack of pancakes, which arrived quickly out of the kitchen after I specified my order — a relief after my previous experience. The mammoth Western Omelet took up nearly half of the plate on which it was served. The egg base of the omelet was evenly cooked to yellow perfection, permeated by bits of bell pepper, onion and ham. The ingredients meshed naturally into one satiating egg breakfast, balancing savory and meaty flavors in each bit. The chefs at Henry’s clearly know their omelets. Light and fluffy, the buttermilk pancakes impressed as well. We’ve all experienced the disappointment caused by excessively dense and flavorless pancakes, requiring a hefty dose of syrup to compensate for their shortcomings. Fortunately, Henry’s Diner has mastered the flapjack. The pancakes were soft and airy with a delicate buttery flavor — so delectable, you won’t even need syrup. The omelet was accompanied by toast and a side of homefries, which was the only aspect of my meal worthy of any sort of criticism. Though they offered the typical fried hash-brown flavor, the homefries really disappointed both texturally and in appearance. The potatoes seemed moist and flimsy, lacking the beloved crisp edges so often found in dinerstyle homefries. I left Henry’s after breakfast with a full stomach and a renewed outlook. The food, service and environment were all praiseworthy during my second visit. Henry’s Diner represents a valuable addition to the growing set of food options on the Rutgers campus. Though my first experience was rather unfavorable, I am confident that the negative factors can be attributed to inevitable first week difficulties. I sincerely hope that students will stop by Henry’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If the reader’s first exposure to Henry’s is similar to mine, try dropping in when the diner is not as crowded. I look forward to returning to Henry’s once they’ve become acclimated, as I am confident they will develop into an esteemed, first-rate eatery. Maybe next time, I’ll be able to order the duck confit.
Henry’s Diner, which opened last week, is bright, sleek and spacious, offering both table and booth seating in addition to space at the counter. SABRINA SZTEINBAUM
September 18, 2013
How do you feel about the proposal to raise minimum wage in New Jersey? “Yes, the minimum wage should be increased because inflation has gone up and the minimum wage hasn’t. People who have been working at minimum wage for ten years or so have actually been making less money.”
Mark Bollettiera School of Arts and Sciences Junior
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Mason Gross School of the Arts Junior
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“Yes I [agree], because people who have those jobs can’t live a regular lifestyle with $7.25, so I feel like it should be increased to at least $8.00 to $8.50 or $9.00.”
“Yes [I agree], because it’s really low right now.”
“[I disagree], because there’s other jobs out there that pay more — you’ve just got to find them and work hard to get it.”
“[I agree], because I’m poor and a college student, so, yeah.”
“No [I disagree]. It puts an increased burden on small businesses which are the backbone of productivity in the United States.”
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0 — number of states where a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment working a 40-hour week
SOURCE: AFLCIO.ORG PERCENTAGES MAY NOT ADD TO 100 DUE TO ROUNDING ERRORS
September 18, 2013
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Mental health needs attention Mass shooting discourse cannot be limited to gun control
nother day, another mass shooting. Such is the society we live in. In our short term as an editorial board, this is at least our third time writing about such an incident. It’s deplorable and frankly, just sad. This week’s Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. is one of the most recent tragedies to send shockwaves across the country. A former full-time Navy reservist allegedly opened fire and killed 12 people. The ensuing gun battle resulted in the shooter becoming one of the casualties. We not only feel regret over the tragedy, but also hope that it becomes an opportunity for our country to rethink the significance of mental health in mass shootings, military and gun ownership. One thing that has become clear in the aftermath of the shooting is the shooter’s history of mental illness. Thought to have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since his close proximity to the Twin Towers on 9/11, the shooter exhibited disturbing behavior to the people that surrounded him — yet still was able to join the Navy. Even while in the Navy he continued to have a troubled experience, with instances of insubordination and disorderly conduct, eventually leading to his honorable discharge. Weeks prior to the shooting, he mentioned hearing voices in his head, alluding to serious mental issues. He received treatment by the Department of Veteran Affairs, clearly acknowledging that he had some things he had to deal with. Yet, he not only was able to serve in our Navy, but also was able to get a civilian job with ease and eventually get his hands on a gun. When mass shootings, bombings, and similar tragedies occur, the public is quick to jump to a variety of issues in speculation of the perpetrators’ reason for killing innocent people. We immediately wonder whether the crime was religiously charged, politically motivated or an illustration of faulty gun legislation — and, in do-
ing so, we often dismiss the individuality of the person. We overlook the fact that they may have had serious mental issues that led them to do what they did. And when we become guilty of dismissing those possibilities, we also eliminate the potential of addressing mental issues as a means of preventing these types of tragedies from happening again. While stricter gun control laws — with, most importantly, stringent background checks — are a must, they are not the only variable that needs to be adjusted in this situation. We live in a culture of extreme violence. It permeates all forms of our entertainment — whether movies, video games or music. It’s splattered across our news coverage everyday. In many ways, we’ve become desensitized to it, to the point where lax gun laws — a distinctive characteristic of American life — are the norm. Such conditions breed normalcy to bloodshed, making it a typical endpoint of mentally disturbed episodes. The Navy Yard shooting brings to light many issues regarding mental health’s reception in our country as a whole. While the military gives much-needed attention to PTSD and other disorders in the form of programs and support, what’s needed is a reevaluation of how we address mental issues. With a more effective approach — which absolutely must include relinquishing the “taboo” stigma around topics of mental health — properly providing for psychological needs can become an effective way of stopping the problem long before a first casualty hits the ground. How many more cases of mass shootings need to take place, how many more innocent people need to die, how many more redundant and pointless headlines need to get some limelight for us to finally learn our lesson? People hurt people in all parts of the world, but excessive gun violence seems to be an ailment that afflicts our country in a relatively overwhelming way. It’s time to heal it at the root.
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Asian American studies necessary addition to Rutgers BRIEF AND WONDROUS NOMIN UJIYEDIIN
rowing up a person of color in America can be alienating, to say the least. I was raised in a diverse suburb of Central Jersey, and I remember the incongruities of my childhood: seeing Asian faces all around me but hardly any on TV, in movies or books. My dolls were all white, save for Mulan, clad in a red qipao. When I was old enough to be curious about fashion and makeup, I couldn’t find any magazines where the angles and shadows of the models’ faces matched the contours of my own. I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I saw people who looked like me in the pages of my textbooks. It wasn’t so much a deliberate message as it was a relentless subtext — You are different. There is no place for you here. You don’t exist. Although I’m old enough to have mostly reconciled the complexities of my ethnicity, race and nationality, a lifetime of identity crises never resolves itself quite so completely. I’m still very much aware of how my race affects my position in American society. As an Asian American and a middle class college student, I recognize that I don’t face the same kind of racism encountered by other people of color, especially those in unfavorable economic circumstances. But Asian Americans are still subject to discrimination
and our communities still face challenges that have gone unacknowledged by American public discourse. We’re perpetually foreign — floating uneasily between the black-white binary that characterizes race relations in the United States. We are, to use a phrase common in academia and among activists, the “model minority:” hardworking and successful enough to set an example for the rest of the brown people but quiet enough so that we never cause any real trouble, especially in the political realm. We’re cultural non-entities, too. We don’t have nearly as many TV
marriage, land ownership and naturalized citizenship. Even today, Asian Americans have their share of struggles: around 10 percent of undocumented immigrants are of Asian descent, and despite the “model-minority” stereotype, many ethnic communities still suffer from violence and poverty. Of course, we don’t hear about this on the news or in our classes. Even at Rutgers, where we comprise 22 percent of the undergraduate population, Asian Americans are overlooked. Boasts of “diversity” are plastered all over the Uni-
“Unfortunately, because there is no major, minor, or department in Asian American Studies, there are few other avenues to further our interest in the subject. Rutgers owes its students more.” channels, radio stations, sitcoms or publishing houses. We have to make do with a handful of YouTube artists and an occasional cameo by Lucy Liu or Kal Penn. It’s not easy being so invisible in your own countr y. Especially when there is so much histor y and diversity to counter that erasure. Asian Americans have been in the United States since the eighteenth centur y. We have been active participants in labor and civil rights movements. We built the railroads, worked plantations and grew communities — at least before a plethora of exclusion laws were passed to keep us out. American courts have, over the centuries, denied us interracial
versity, but the experiences of its largest minority group go unacknowledged: Rutgers still hasn’t established a department in Asian American studies, despite having departments in Africana studies and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies. It’s immensely meaningful for young people, especially minorities, to see their personal experiences reflected in the world around them, particularly when they are legitimized by the educational institution they call home for four years. However, despite the efforts of a few faculty and student activists, Rutgers’ forays into Asian American studies haven’t expanded beyond three or four courses each year.
Last semester, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Asian American studies Learning Community, a 1.5-credit class held at the Asian American Cultural Center on Livingston Campus. It was unlike any other class I’ve taken. The other students and I, all Asian-identified, were empowered and humbled by the experience. We learned that in a countr y that so often denies us our individuality, our relevance and even our existence, the ability to place our experiences into historical and political context is indispensable. Even for just 80 minutes per week, we were finally at the center of the conversation. Unfortunately, because there is no major, minor or department for Asian American studies, there are few other avenues to further our interest in the subject. Rutgers owes its students more. College is supposed to be a time of self-discover y and personal growth. Allowing minority students to learn about themselves and their place in American histor y is, if not an ethical imperative, at least an intellectual one. A full-fledged Asian American studies department would be an invaluable resource for Asian American students. And by denying us this opportunity, Rutgers is doing us more than a grave disser vice. It’s telling us that we don’t matter. Nomin Ujiyediin is a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior majoring in economics and political science. Her column, “Brief and Wondrous,” normally runs on alternate Tuesdays.
Bike ride for charity became journey of fulfillment COMMENTARY GABRIELLE ROSSI
here were definitely times when I wanted to stop riding for the day. There was the day we left Havre De Grace, Md. for 85 continuous miles of hills that twisted and turned all the way to Washington, D.C. There was the time we spent in the Outer Banks riding on the same road for 40-mile stretches fighting dueling headwinds from the ocean — winds that would shake my bike from side to side as I tucked my head in and tried not to count ever y single mile marker we slowly passed. There was the ride to Charleston when it rained nonstop from the time we left Myrtle Beach to the time we finished. I wanted to stop ever y time the heat slapped me in the face. I wanted to stop ever y time we had to go back out into the rain after dr ying off. I wanted to stop ever y time I took a nice nap on a ferr y and woke up remembering we still had another 50 miles to go for the day. But that last day of riding? Those last few miles heading through Orlando? I never wanted to stop. I wanted those miles to stretch out before me like the previous 1,600 had behind us. The 1,600 miles of climbing, soaring, cursing, sprinting, chasing and singing that were behind us.
We sprinted through traffic in West Philadelphia, spent hours biking solely through fields of corn, crossed three state lines in a single day, chased the sunrise and raced the setting sun. We biked in the rain, heat, cold, fog and wind. Local cycling clubs from Virginia to Florida joined us along the way. We camped in the woods, by the beach, in a swamp and in backyards. We stayed in friends’
roofs to sleep under we received. The love and support revived our tired spirits to keep going ever y day. This bike ride wasn’t like traditional charity races. We saw no balloon arches, heard no live bands lined up along the road and passed no kids handing out cups of water along our route. There was never a crowd of people cheering for us to go the extra mile. No — the roads were some-
“I never wanted to stop. I wanted those miles to stretch out before me like the previous 1,600 had behind us. The 1,600 miles of climbing, soaring, cursing, sprinting, chasing and singing that were behind us.” apartments, hotels, schools, homestays, ghost towns, campgrounds and a hobby farm. The funds we raised for Embrace Kids don’t go toward medical research or chemotherapy treatments. They are strictly used for the nonmedical needs of pediatric cancer patients and those with blood disorders. The amenities our hosts on the road offered — homecooked meals, laundr y ser vice, showers, and a warm place to sleep — are the ver y things Embrace Kids offers its families. We would never have left New Jersey if it wasn’t for the kindness, good food and
times lonely and sometimes congested with cars. Some days were long and hot while others were cold and wet. Some days we would be on the same road for forty miles of monotonous, flat terrain while other days we climbed hills so steep we thought we might start slipping backwards if we stopped pedaling. There were flat tires, bent derailleurs, broken spokes, worn-out brakes and stretched out chains. We got lost, stuck behind cars and had to take many detours. If you want to see the countr y, I suggest no other way than by bike. Drive
down I-95 and the only thing that you will see are billboards. The most authentic food you will eat will come from Cracker Barrel and your room at the Hampton Inn will disconnect you from the charms of the city you are visiting. Fly down the coast and you will sleep through most of your journey. The sweeping cornfields that dot the landscape will look like nothing more than green blips from your window seat. You will neither understand the height of each stalk nor have the chance to stare in awe as deer happily prance across the fields. This journey wasn’t for personal accolades. It was for the kids. Now we want to pass on the dream. Our mission won’t be over until we raise $1 million for the Embrace Kids Foundation. If you want to join the Dream Team, we want to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how you want to continue our mission. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Run from coast to coast. No feat is too big or too small. Make the impossible possible, and make a difference in the lives of others. Gabrielle Rossi is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and American Studies. She recently completed a 1,615-mile bike ride from New Jersey to Florida with the organization Dream4TK.
QUOTE OF THE DAY Does Rutgers really want to be selling cigarettes at convenience stores, or [allowing] people to be smoking outside Scott Hall, near other people walking? - Michael Steinberg, director of the Tobacco Dependence Program, on the possibility of tobacco cessation on campus. See story on FRONT.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
Pearls Before Swine
September 18, 2013 Stephan Pastis
Today’s Birthday (09/18/13). Your next solar year begins auspiciously; discipline and authority amplify power and regeneration. Perseverance can lead to a revolutionary shift. Group efforts bear greatest fruit this year, so increase community participation and leadership. Careful financial management allows growth. Love blooms. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — Infuse love into your efforts and activities today. Put more into the household account. No need to rush. Build your partner’s self-esteem. Compassion and passion go together. Apply creativity at home for impressive results. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Use what you’ve learned for success. A discovery supports what you know by experience. Plan your verbal campaign. Foreign contacts love your ideas. The money looks better. Add to your hidden treasures. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Be frugal with a windfall profit. A surprising development allows for a shrewd new plan. Get more for less. You’re testing the limits. Make a beneficial addition at home. Enjoy it with good company. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — You have what you need. Back up your ideas with practical data. Allow your decision to carry you forward. Good news comes from far away. Get something you’ve been saving appraised. Make plans. Include your love. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Balance all the factors. An older individual offers an interesting opinion. Advance to a whole new level. Let friends advise you. Make a tantalizing promise. Don’t insist on making your own mistakes. Learn from others. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Make a positive commitment. Use what you’ve been saving. Working at home increases your benefits. Abundance can be yours. Lose yourself in an art project. You don’t need to reveal your agenda, yet.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Take care of family. Take a phone call in private. You hear from a distant relative. Decide what to learn next. Consider comfort and profit. Okay, you can go now. Never give up. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Fix up your place. Find the perfect solution. You have what you need. It’s also a good time to travel. Enlist support. Associates nail down practicalities. You’re making a good impression. All ends well. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — Work faster and earn more. You gain career stature with a lucky break. Don’t try a new idea just yet. Take a moment. Dig in your claws and maintain decorum. Prepare to venture farther out. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Collect a debt. It’s all for the family. Be loose with your imagination. Help arrives. Shop carefully, and store away extra provisions. There’s another profitable development. Roast a feast and toast your client. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 9 — Streamline your work routine and make more. Monitor results. Friends help you make an important connection. Share information. Get your message out. Friends act as mediators. Party big or party small, but celebrate. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Finishing old tasks satisfies. Provide excellent service. Collect a nice paycheck. Invest in your business. Keep practicing. Strengthen your infrastructure. Allow for household improvements. Go for romance and other personal aims.
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H. Arnold and M. Argiron THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.
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Senior outside linebacker Jamal Merrell is listed as doubtful for Rutgers game Saturday against Arkansas with a kidney injury. NISHA DATT / PHOTO EDITOR
PLATOON Snyder provides help to young linebackers with his experience at all three linebacker positions continued from front
That allowed both Gause and let me know. He’s a big help. We Jacobs to ease into their roles on miss him.” In terms of replacing the pro- the defense. “It’s great [having Snyder],” duction of Merrell, both combined for 15 tackles against the Gause said. “Kevin knows all Eagles. Gause registered eight three positions so he’s a great tackles for the Knights, including role player.” Rutgers will need Snyder, 1.5 for a loss. Jacobs had seven Gause, Jacobs and the rest of the tackles and 0.5 for a loss. It remains to be seen if Jacobs front seven to produce against Arkansas, who will make his secfeature the ond-straight start, 11th best rushor if Gause will “It’s great [having ing attack in receive his first Snyder]. Kevin the country. career one Saturknows all three The Razorday against the positions so Razorbacks. he’s a great role player.” backs feature two tailbacks But head that average coach Kyle Flood QUENTIN GAUSE above 100 is impressed with Sophomore Outside Linebacker yards per Gause’s work ethgame. Freshic this season. “Quentin is a great work- man running back Alex Collins, er. He really is. Ever y day he the nation’s fourth-leading rushis a ver y consistent worker,” er, has 418 yards on the ground Flood said. “High-energy level. in three games this season. It is a challenge Gause High-ef for t level. I think that’s he and Jacobs star ting to show up on the field. believes I think that is going to continue can handle. “They love running the ball, to show up on the field. He is a guy who is a physical football and we’re going to stop the player and this is the type of run,” Gause said. “We’ve been game — with what I think we’re built for this. In the winter time going to see from their of fense and summertime we’ve been — that he will be excited to training to get to this point.” play in.” For updates on the Rutgers Gause said another help for him has been junior outside football team, follow Bradlinebacker Kevin Snyder, who ly Derechailo on Twitter @ played both WILL, MIKE and Bradly_D. For general RutSAM linebacker positions in gers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts. Rutgers’ last game.
September 18, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL
RU to play Canisius in NIT Preseason Tip-Off By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
The Rutgers men’s basketball team will host a portion of the first round of this season’s NIT Season Tip-Off. Elon will play Drexel at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Nov. 18 before the Scarlet Knights face Canisius. The winner of both games will play each other the following night at the RAC, with the winner of that contest earning a trip to Madison Square Garden for a spot in the Semifinals. Rutgers is guaranteed at least two games in the tournament. The Knights are one of four programs to play host for the 29th installment of the tournament. Arizona, Duke and Alabama will also serve as regional hosts. The tournament will conclude Nov. 29 at MSG. National run-
ner-up Michigan defeated Kansas, 71-57, in last year’s championship game. If Rutgers wins both games at the RAC, the Knights have an opportunity to play Arizona in the semifinal. The Wildcats went 27-8 last season and lost, 73-70, to Ohio State in the Sweet 16. The Knights are the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Rutgers went 15-16 last season in its final year in the Big East, losing to Notre Dame, 69-61, in the second round of the Big East Tournament. Rutgers went 3-1 last year in games at the Garden, including wins against Iona, St. Johns and a 76-57 defeat of DePaul in the first round of the Big East Tournament. Other notable teams in the field include Fairleigh Dickenson, Rhode Island, East Carolina and UNC Ashville.
Senior goalkeeper Jessica Janosz let in one goal in 135 minutes in two games this weekend, en route to AAC Weekly Honors. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
Rookie collects two goals, assist to earn weekly honor continued from BACK
that freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan earned Rookie of the Week and senior goalkeeper Jessica Janosz earned a spot on the honor roll. It is the second time this season that both Tiernan and Janosz have been given AAC recognition. Tiernan scored two goals and had an assist to give her five points last weekend, while Janosz was impressive in goal, only allowing one goal in 135 minutes of play.
Tiernan also earned AAC Rookie of the Week for the first time this season. With Scholz and Tiernan both winning AAC player of the week honors, it marks the first time since the 2006 season that the Knights have had two players receive honors in the same week. Yet, with all of the good that the team did last weekend, it is still looking to improve entering Friday’s matchup against Villanova. “It was a good weekend for us, but it wasn’t perfect,” Filigno said. “There is still a lot we can improve as a team.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
September 18, 2013
Page 17 FIELD HOCKEY
Veteran goalkeeper strengthens defense By Justin Lesko Contributing Writer
If there has been one constant for the Rutgers field hockey team the past three seasons, it is the player between the pipes. Since 2010, senior goalkeeper Sarah Stuby has played 52 games for the Scarlet Knights, including all 19 games last season and all 18 the year prior. The Roxbury, N.J., native currently sits 10th all-time in Rutgers history with 252-career saves, trailing Stacey Gaenzle by only 18 saves for ninth. Her career goals against average of 2.41 before the season started placed her ninth all-time among goalies with at least 15 starts. “Coming into this program I was happy to even be able to be on the team,” Stuby said. “To know that I have made an impact in that way is something that’s very rewarding.” Stuby is doing her part this season, as the Knights look for their first Big East Tournament berth since 2010 and first winning season since 2008. “I really want to make the Big East Tournament one more time and also the NCAA tournament — something we haven’t done,” she said. In four starts this season, she has only allowed six goals. Her goals against average of 1.53 ranks 24th in the country. Stuby tied a career high of 11 saves in last week’s loss to Duke. She played all 100 minutes of that double-overtime game, but took it in stride. “I’m pretty used to [playing that long],” she said. “I’ve been
doing it a lot for three years. I think my mentality made it a lot easier.” With a 2-1 record on the year, the goalkeeper earned a shutout Sept. 6 during the team’s 4-0 trouncing of LaSalle. Following the weekend’s games against LaSalle and Duke on Sept. 8, she was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll — her fourth time after being honored twice in 2012 and once in 2010. She was the second Knight to earn the honor this season following junior midfielder Sophie Wright. “It feels great [to be named to the Honor Roll],” Stuby said. “As a goalie, sometimes it’s difficult to get recognized, especially when it’s after a game that you lose. It’s awesome, but my team is working just as hard.” This season, Stuby has been able to earn some rest with the addition of freshman goalkeeper Shevaun Hayes. Hayes has played in three games and started twice. Her record stands at 1-2. “Stuby’s playing well and Shevaun is, as well,” said head coach Meredith Long. “We like to have that competition between them. We love the fact that they’re pushing one another. Both keepers have very different strengths in goal.” The Knights play No. 3 UConn (5-0) on Sunday at noon at the Bauer Track and Field Complex. For updates on the Rutgers field hockey team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Young roster receieves leadership from senior By Louis Petrella Contributing Writer
Every successful team needs players who provide leadership while encouraging the group to get better every day. For the Rutgers tennis team, senior Stefania Balasa fills that role. Assistant coach Hilary Ritchie talked about the value of having two seniors on the squad —Vanessa Petrini being the other. “Being on such a small team, having seniors really makes a big impact,” Ritchie said. “Stef especially has been leading, for a while, and Vanessa has been playing high-level tennis at her position, so they both are ver y important.” Balasa has led since her time at East Brunswick (N.J.) High School. A four-year first singles player at East Brunswick, Balasa compiled at career record of 108-10, including a 20-3 record in her senior year. That season, The Star-Ledger named her Middlesex County Player of the Year. She also won the Greater Mid-
dlesex Conference first-singles championship all four years of her high school career. Last season, Balasa recorded a 7-6 mark and a 4-4 record in the Big East at both fourth and third singles position. Balasa also teamed up with junior Lindsay Balsamo in third doubles and earned a 5-5 record. Balasa and Petrini both helped Rutgers experience a strong spring season when it advanced to the second round of the Big East Tournament. Off the court, Balasa was an integral part of Rutgers’ largest summer acquisition, new Athletic Director Julie Hermann. “Stef is on the executive board for [the Student-Athlete Advisor y Committee],” said head coach Ben Bucca. “[She] was also on the board for the committee for the search for the new AD. So she is definitely one of the role models for our team.” Although currently injured, Balasa will cheer for her teammates this weekend when they travel to Providence, R.I. for the Brown Invitational.
September 18, 2013 MEN’S SOCCER
Head coach Dan Donigan said Rutgers is working in practice on deepening its rotations to relieve the minutes of tiring starters. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
Coach seeks to nurse health of key players By Greg Johnson Correspondent
With the Rutgers men’s soccer team riding a two-game winning streak and beginning to hit its stride, head coach Dan Donigan feels nearly everything is situated fundamentally. Since losing to then-No. 5 Akron Sept. 8 in double overtime, the Scarlet Knights (3-2-1) have scored three goals in back-toback games. More importantly, Rutgers is effectively working a balanced number of players into the attack, as six different Knights have already contributed a goal this season. “We knew we were going to be good this year if we just iron out the mistakes,” said senior defender Joe Setchell. “We just needed to focus on staying strong the whole game.” The backline grinded out its first shutout Sunday against South Carolina. It culminated a conscious effort the last few weeks to secure better positioning and retain possession. Freshman goalie David Greczek, the American Athletic Conference’s Goalkeeper of the Week, is allowing only 1.25 goals a game. It has left one of the team’s harshest critics with virtually nothing to complain about. “I don’t want to just go fishing for things,” Donigan said. “If it looks good on the surface and it looked good in the game, then it probably was. So I’m not going to go and nitpick too much. I’m going to feed off the fact that [Sunday] was a good performance and a good game for us, and these guys should feel good about it because we are getting better as a whole.” But now comes the hard part. Donigan knows he cannot heap too many minutes on Setchell and sophomore forward J.P. Correa this early in the season, as both are coming off of offseason hip surgery. Donigan rested Setchell on Sunday with sophomore defender Drew Morgan rejuvenated after serving a one game suspension Friday against Princeton because of a red card against Akron. Sophomore defender Bobby Spracklin, who started only one game last year, is now a full-time
starter and played 90 minutes for the first time this weekend. Sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz has also taken on a larger workload. For Donigan, it is now about finding deeper rotations for the wear and tear the season brings. “We’ve got to continue to get better because guys break down, take on injuries and other guys need to step in and play,” Donigan said. “So the more opportunity we can get to play guys some minutes like we did the other day … we become better and a deeper team for it.” Donigan said the team’s agenda in practice now centers on tweaking positions and rotations to spell key players without compensating the strength of the team. That includes getting talents such as freshman defender Spencer Hambleton and freshman midfielder Erik Sa involved more offensively. The Knights’ mental approach, though, remains unchanged. Rutgers intends to keep the level of urgency high Friday with its first conference game looming. “We’re going to be training at a high tempo, keeping the energy up, pushing each other,” said senior for ward Kene Eze. “How we train is going to be how we play, so we’re definitely going to keep on coming out, working in practice to help us just keep doing what we’re doing right now.”
Knight Note: Top Drawer Soccer and National Soccer Coaches Association of America each named Corboz its Player of the Week yesterday after he tallied three goals and two assists combined against Princeton and South Carolina. He also garnered AAC Offensive Player of the Week and a spot on College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week on Monday. Corboz leads Rutgers with five goals, two assists and 12 points. For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
September 18, 2013
Page 19 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK NOVA LIMITED IN FIRST PRACTICE SINCE CONCUSSION
Opposing QBs’ playing prospects stay uncertain By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
The Rutgers football team’s first home game against an SEC opponent might be a battle between backup quarterbacks. Junior quarterback Gary Nova, who suffered a concussion Saturday against Eastern Michigan, received limited practice reps on Monday. Arkansas starting quarterback Brandon Allen will miss Saturday’s game against the Scarlet Knights, according to a sportstalkwithbo.com report. This contradicts Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema’s confidence that he will play. “I think it means you’ve got a chance,” said head coach Kyle Flood yesterday regarding Nova’s practice despite his injury. “I don’t know if it gives you any certainty at all. Those are decisions that I don’t make. The medical staff makes them. They give me an idea of what they think he can do and we try to do it. [Today] we’ll see how he feels.” Senior quarterback Chas Dodd took most of the first-team reps yesterday in practice. Nova,
on the other hand, might be a game-time decision. “If a guy doesn’t practice, it’s different,” Flood said. “When a guy can do certain things you can wait and see how he feels.” Allen, meanwhile, is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Backup AJ Derby only has three-career completions, all with Iowa before he transferred. The Razorbacks’ quarterback situation does not affect Rutgers’ game plan. The focus is on running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, who have respectively rushed for 418 and 393 yards this season. “They run the ball 80 percent of the time, so I don’t think the game plan is going to change,” said redshirt freshman linebacker Steve Longa. “We still want to stop the run. That’s our main goal. If he’s not in the game, I don’t think that changes it.” Derby lacks experience, but presents a different physical challenge. He is 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. “You have to hit them hard,” Longa said of larger quarterbacks. “He’s the type of quarterback that could break tackles, so we have to
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa leads RU with 169 kills and 197.5 points this season. Lassa is also second with 122 digs. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
Sophomore’s talent relieves key losses By Tyler Karalewich Contributing Writer
Entering its 2013 campaign, the Rutgers volleyball team lost a multitude of production because of graduating seniors. That included two starters and two role players. Despite these losses, redemption for the Scarlet Knights came in the form of sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa. She is part of a group of core players returning for head coach CJ Werneke. Lassa is already off to an impressive start a third of the way into the season. She has firmly planted herself in the starting rotation and made a big impact in her second year so far, becoming the biggest offensive threat on the team. As far as statistics go, Lassa leads the team in kills with 169, averaging 3.67 per set as the main offensive weapon for the Knights. The sophomore also leads the team in points with 197.5, averaging 4.29 points per set. “We ask a lot out of her specific position, outside hitter,” Werneke said. “She needs to be able to hit and score in the front row, pass out of the
back row and play defense all of the time. She is coming into her own as a player and accepting her responsibilities. We look forward to her continuing to play at the high level that she is.” To go along with her stellar offense, Lassa also contributes defensively. She is second on the team in digs, tallying 122 total and 2.65 per set. Lassa’s defense complements her offense well, evident by her 6 double-doubles on the year. Another contributing sophomore looking to break out this year is Ali Schroeter. As the team’s libero, she functions as one of the more vocal defensive leaders. Schroeter’s defensive numbers stand out, as she leads the team in digs with 217 total and a 4.62 average per set. Her importance to the team cannot be quantified, as she leads the team defensively and has not missed any action, playing in all 47 of Rutgers’ sets. “She works hard every day and is unbelievable in defensive effort,” Werneke said. “She is a solid player and an even better kid. You can’t say enough good things about her.”
“They probably have different personalities,” Waters said. “Each quarterback varies. You never want to get two guys who are exactly alike. In that sense, it’s different. But for the most part, they do what they do, which is run the ball, and we’re going to anticipate them running the ball and we’re going to anticipate stopping them.”
Junior strong safety Lorenzo Waters (21) said he must be ready stop the run and defend the deep ball Saturday vs. Arkansas. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
wrap him down once we get the chance to.” Lorenzo Waters might have the most difficult job on Rutgers’ defense against the Razorbacks. The junior strong safety must be instrumental in Rutgers’ plan to stop the run, but the quarterback’s uncertainty complicates his job. Waters said in defensive coordinator Dave Cohen’s scheme, his duties involve more pass coverage than last year. He needs to
watch for Arkansas’ occasional deep throw. “They like to take some vertical shots down the field, get you biting up on the run and they like to go over the top,” Waters said. “But we’re prepared for anything.” Rutgers’ defensive schemes will involve stopping Allen, with run defense as the priority. Like Rutgers, Arkansas has not said if its starter will play. This complicates more than offensive plans.
running back carries between junior P.J. James and junior Savon Huggins will remain the same against Arkansas as it has since the season opener. The starter plays the first two drives, and the backup plays the next. “[P.J.] will be out there for the first two series,” Flood said. “Savon will take the third series and then we’ll go from there just like we have the first three games.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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Junior’s big weekend lands her awards By Jim Mooney Staff Writer
With all of the focus last weekend on the Rutgers women’s soccer team returning to winning in dominating fashion, there was also a bit of history made during the team’s two wins. Junior forward Stephanie Scholz was the main attraction this weekend for the Scarlet Knights as she scored five goals last weekend, including four against in-state rival Princeton. “It was just one of those days where everything seems to just go right,” Scholz said. It was the most goals scored in a single game by a Knight since 1984. Scholz’s performance earned her the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. “Scholz had a brilliant weekend with the way she played,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. For Rutgers, it marked the first time a player was named conference player of the week since last season when senior forward Jonelle Filigno earned the honor three times. Filigno also made a bit of history Friday against Bryant. Her game-winning goal was the 15th of her career and tied Filigno for first place all-time in game-winning goals along with Kris Kurzynowski and Carli Lloyd. “It’s a pretty exciting feeling to have that honor and I didn’t even know it at first until some of the parents started bringing it up after the game,” Filigno said. “A lot of those goals are a team effort so some credit needs to go to them too because I couldn’t have done it without them.” The honors continued for the Knights on Monday afternoon as the AAC announced See AWARDS on Page 16
Sophmore outside linebacker Quentin Gause will have an opportunity to see extensive action Saturday against Arkansas. Gause had eight tackles in the Knights’ last game against Eastern Michigan, including 1.5 tackles for loss. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Gause, Jacobs platoon at OLB By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
As the Rutgers football team gets set to host the program’s first SEC opponent Saturday against Arkansas, sophomore linebacker Quentin Gause could hardly contain his excitement. “Playing an SEC school here in Piscataway, yeah [it’s a good feeling],” he said. “I always wanted to play an SEC school in my college
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That means a platoon of both Gause and redshirt freshman Davon Jacobs, who started the game on the left side against the Eagles. Jacobs said though Merrell has been absent on the field, he has been present off of it to offer advice to the Patterson, N.J., native. “Jamal helps me a lot,” Jacobs said. “He just tells me what I have to do, where I have to be and if I made a mistake he’ll See PLATOON on Page 15
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his first career goal Friday against Princeton. The junior forward’s score came from nine yards out with less than eight minutes to go in the first half. It proved to be the game-winner as the Knights defeated the Tigers, 3-2.
Junior forward Stephanie Scholz scored five goals this weekend for Rutgers. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
career at home, so I know it’s going to be a great game. I can’t wait.” And while Gause had less of a defined role at the beginning of the season, injuries have forced the outside linebacker into the spotlight. Senior outside linebacker Jamal Merrell is listed as doubtful for the Scarlet Knights with a kidney injury. He was not in attendance for Saturday’s 28-10 victory against Eastern Michigan and is not expected to be available until after the Knights’ bye week.
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