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Shiver me timbers! Sword fighting and piracy are a few activities Pastafarian Society members partake in. Most of the money they raise goes toward combatting childhood cancer. Read more on PAGE 7.

Gov. Chris Christie, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi, New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and New Brunswick Development Corporation President Christopher Paladino, along with a few others, broke ground yesterday for the redevelopment initiative at Seminary Place on the College Avenue campus. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR

Christie celebrates College Avenue redevelopment groundbreaking with Rutgers By Alex Meier Associate News Editor

With red shovels and scarlet pride, Gov. Chris Christie, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi, New

Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and New Brunswick Development Corporation President Christopher Paladino broke ground yesterday for the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative at Seminary Place.

Since coming into office, Christie said he has tried to make restructuring, strengthening and promoting the state’s higher education system a top priority. In this year’s budget, the state

has increased spending on higher education by $34 million, he said. “After decades of politics getting in the way of desperately needed rethinking and restructuring of our higher education system, Republi-

cans and Democrats work together in a bipartisan way to take higher education in New Jersey to the next level by completing the broadest See CHRISTIE on Page 4

Bloustein school adds new public policy degree By Alex Meier Associate News Editor

Students interested in public service often gravitate toward majoring in political science, economics and sociology, but the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy’s new major shows these students a different path that can help them reach this career goal. The school added a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy to its list of undergraduate majors this fall. Stuart Shapiro, director of Bloustein’s Public Policy Program, said this gives students a less conceptual, more hands-on approach for learning how to solve the world’s problems. Shapiro, who played a role in crafting the major, said public policy is a relatively new field of study — even master’s programs in field have only existed for about 30 years, Shapiro said. “The understanding of what it means to have [a] bachelor’s degree in public policy is relatively new,” he said. “We are, I think, one of the leaders in that — certainly in this area. We’re not the only ones. There’s a good 30 or 40 other schools, but I See DEGREE on Page 4

Campus deans and professors provided students with the secrets to becoming successful college students yesterday at all the different campus centers across the University. Pictured above: a student asks a question in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center. YESHA CHOKSHI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Professors, deans share secrets to success for students By Vaishali Gauba Staff Writer

From undecided majors and career options to organization and time management, college undergraduates often find themselves caught in a cobweb of predicaments. Undergraduate Academic Affairs, campus deans and the Division of Academic Engagement and Programming organized “Rutgers Professors Reveal the Secrets to

Success at RU” on all University campuses yesterday night. Lyn Krueger, director of the Office of New Students Programs at Rutgers-Camden, began the event at the multipurpose room at Busch Campus Center by introducing the audience of 83 students to a panel of professors from various Rutgers departments. On Busch campus, the panel comprised of Joann Messina, professor in the Department of English, Troy Shinbrot, professor in the Depart-

ment of Biomedical Engineering and Pernille Hemmer, professor in the Department of Psychology. “Campus deans of respective campuses are the moderators of the panel,” Krueger said. “They invite these panelists who are usually professors to have an open dialogue with students.” Krueger initiated the series of question and answers with the panelists by asking them to offer one piece of advice for Rutgers students.

“I was a transfer student, and as transfer students, it’s a great transition to come from community college to a University. … The most important thing is that you ask questions any time in doubt,” Hemmer said. Students should also know how to ask questions, Messina said. Instead of inundating the professor’s email with questions, students See SUCCESS on Page 4

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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 p.m. to 12 a.m. on the Livingston Campus. The event will include a prize wheel, a raffle, discounted frozen yogurt and a DJ.

Sunday, Sept. 22

The Rutgers Chinese Student and Scholar Association presents “RUVoice” at 2 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center. The show will feature music by students, and registration for performers is still available at rccsa.org. The event is free and open to all. The exhibition “Meiji Photographs: A Historic Friendship between Japan and Rutgers” is open from noon to 5 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. A rare collection, these albumen prints were taken by European and Japanese photographers during the Meiji period (1868-1912), which is considered the beginning of the modern era in Japan. Admission is free for students, faculty and staff. 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.

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Film depicting parrot’s cognitive skills to premiere at festival By Cody Beltis Staff Writer

Irene Pepperberg spent 30 years working with a colleague named Alex, an African Grey parrot who voiced plenty of input for her research. The film, “Life with Alex,” documents Pepperberg’s extraordinar y accomplishments, and is premiering on the East Coast tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the New Jersey Film Festival at Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue campus, said Al Nigrin, executive director of the festival. “What we really like about the film is the compassion and the human element,” Nigrin said. “It shows that an African Grey parrot is a thinking being, who in many ways might be smarter than a lot of humans that I know.” He said Pepperberg is attending the screening along with the director, Emily Wick. Wick said Pepperberg will introduce the film, and the two of them plan to respond to questions afterward. She said the movie shows how much there is to learn about how animals see the world and how we understand animal behavior. “We have this kind of symbiosis with our pets, but nobody thinks of other creatures as having that same kind of relationship,” Nigrin said. Wick said journalists have written about Alex, but she wants the film to be more intimate than a news article.

“What I wanted to do with this film was to really take the viewer behind the scenes of the lab with Alex, and give a sense of what it was like to work with him,” she said. Wick first read about African Grey parrots when she was 14, and said she wanted to teach one how to talk. Much to her dismay, her parents disregarded her aspiration. “I just forgot about it for many years, but when the opportunity

“The main point is to realize that a creature that is so very different from a human ... has very similar cognitive abilities … to those of humans” Irene Pepperberg Research Associate at Harvard University

came about to film Alex’s story, it felt like that dream had come true,” she said. This opportunity arose when Emmy-winning filmmaker Judy Irving saw her first film, “Buried Stories,” Wick said. That same day, Irving got a call from Arlene Levin-Rowe, the producer of “Life with Alex.” Levin-Rowe had eight hours of footage of Alex in the lab at Brandeis University before the parrot passed away in 2007, Wick said. She was interested in making a movie about the par-

rot, and reached out to Ir ving for help who of fered Wick the oppor tunity. Wick said she worked on the film from 2008 to 2009. “I knew there would be a lot of challenges, par ticularly because there wasn’t a lot of footage available,” she said. The film is made up of interviews, archived materials like newspaper headlines, animation, lab notes and footage of Alex in action. “His accomplishments with Dr. Pepperberg were ver y far-reaching and detailed,” Wick said. “What we hope to do with this movie is get people more interested in learning about what Alex did.” Pepperberg worked with Alex at Purdue University, Northwestern University, the University of Arizona, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and Brandeis University. She is currently working with bird subjects at Har vard University. A small group of students interacted with Alex for eight to 10 hours a day in the way one would interact with a toddler, she said. “He had formal training sessions, but we also simply talked to him, identifying what he was eating, the objects with which he was playing, and, later on, answering his questions as to the labels of novel objects [and] colors,” Pepperberg said.

‘Life of Alex,’ a film about a researcher’s work with an African Grey parrot, will premiere tonight at 7 p.m. at the New Jersey Film Festival at Voorhees Hall. COURTESY OF EMILY WICK She said his communication abilities matched that of a two-year-old and his cognitive capacities were that of a first-grader, proving animals have greater abilities than are presently understood. “The main point is to realize that a creature that is so ver y dif ferent from a human — whose lineage separated from that of humans 280 million

years ago, whose brain is the size of a shelled walnut — has ver y similar cognitive abilities … to those of humans,” Pepperberg said. For those interested in the specific science behind the film, there are many journal ar ticles, par ticularly in the Journal of Comparative Psychology and Animal Cognition, she said.


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do see us becoming a leader in undergraduate education.” In previous years, the Bloustein School only offered graduate programs in public policy, which gives students a more advanced understanding of the field, Shapiro said. The undergraduate program, on the other hand, teaches students the basics. Karyn M. Olsen, the school’s director of communications, added that the major introduces students to the use of analytical techniques to better understand public problems and the ability to develop and evaluate alternative solutions to those problems. The Bloustein School formerly offered an undergraduate major in planning and public policy, he said. “Essentially now, we’re having what I would term a very amicable divorce, and public policy is now its own major. … Planning and public policy is still on the books and they are engaged in faculty discussion over what to call that major now that public policy is gone, but they haven’t reached a decision,” he said. The demand for this major was noticed when polls showed that many students majoring in planning and public policy were solely interested in public policy, said Christina Miller, coordinator for Undergraduate Student Services. What is now the planning and public policy major will now focus more on urban planning and urban studies issues. The new major is divided into two concentrations, in which they need to take four courses, she said. The “Using Policy to Alleviate Poverty and Inequality” concentration offers courses such as “Poverty in Developing Nations,” “Gender, Family and Public Policy” and “American Land-Use Policy,” according to Bloustein’s website. Students concentrating in “Using Policy to Improve Health and the Environment” can take courses like “Globalization and Sustainability,” “Epidemiology” and “Mental Health and Society.” “Students who are interested in health policy but had to major in public health now have the option of majoring in public policy with a health concentration,” Miller said. Public policy majors can also create their own concentration with the approval of the program director, she said. Currently, only one student is enrolled in the program, Miller said, since the major was approved in the summer. Shapiro said the school plans to launch a publicity campaign over the course of the next few months, which should increase the number of enrollees. In addition, the school’s graduate program in Urban Planning and Policy Development is going through the reaccreditation process, Olsen said. “The reaccreditation is essential to keeping the Bloustein School ranked among the top planning programs,” she said. ”At present, our UPPD program is ranked number three in the nation by Planetizen, the leading urban planning news and information website.”

and boldest restructuring of New Jersey’s higher education landscape in our history,” he said. New Jersey voters approved a $750 million bond referendum last November, investing the money in expansions and upgrades for the state’s colleges and universities. The state has not made this type of investment in higher education in 25 years, Christie said. “I’m proud that this administration and our partners in the legislature and, at the end, the voters in the state of New Jersey have decided that that is an investment that is not only worth doing, but necessar y for us to move for ward economically.” The referendum made 176 construction projects possible at 46 New Jersey colleges and universities, he said. This allows for the expansion of classrooms, laboratories, residence halls and other facilities. Rutgers received a total of nearly $360 million for 29 projects across its three campuses. But this does not include funds allotted to the University of Medicine and Dentistr y of New Jersey. With the merger, Rutgers should receive close to $600 million in capital money over the course of the next few years, Christie said. “I think by the time we get done with this in the next two to three years, Rutgers is going to be [a] much bigger, bolder place than it was before because of the investment,” he said. Seminar y Place will be the future home of an $87 million academic building, which is receiving $55 million in grant funds from the state, he said. As a result of this investment, an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and 5,700 other jobs will be created. The hill on Seminar y Place certainly was not easy to obtain. Owned by the New Brunswick Theological Seminar y for more than 200 years, the land had been negotiated over for more than 150 years, Paladino said. When construction finishes in 2016 — the year of Rutgers’ 250th anniversar y — the facility will ser ve as the first dedicated home for the School of Arts and

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should rather approach their professors in person and have a conversation. “One tiny little secret is that you guys are paying our salaries, and we recognize what our job is and our job is to teach you,” Shinbrot said, “ Krueger then opened the floor for students to ask questions. Andre Silva Dias, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year stu-

Gov. Chris Christie made an appearance yesterday for the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative groundbreaking on the College Avenue campus. YESHA CHOKSHI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Sciences, and will have modern lecture halls and classrooms that feature state-of-the-art technology, Christie said. The building will also house departmental offices, including the School of Art and Sciences dean’s office. Barchi said this would be the first academic building built on the College Avenue campus since Scott Hall and the Graduate School of Education in 1961. He said the addition of the 200,000 square foot state-of-theart academic facility that will seat more than 2,500 students marks a major step for ward for Rutgers, creating a new heart for the historic College Avenue campus. “We pride ourselves with being one of the oldest universities in the nation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean having only the oldest buildings. We have to grow with the nation and with intellectual strength and development and with the times.” A monumental stair way ascending in the mall’s center will link the lower quad’s academic buildings with the upper quad’s residence halls. The upper quad will house a new Honors College that will accommodate upwards of 500 students in a 24/7-living/ learning environment with livein faculty.

Barchi said the project became a reality because of three factors. He lauded Christie and New Jersey’s commitment to higher education. He then said public-private partnerships were crucial for the University to undergo such a large-scale project. Last, Barchi said Rutgers’ vision for continuing excellence in higher education helped push for ward the redevelopment initiative. Cahill said the redevelopment is not only indicative of progress for the University, but for the city of New Brunswick as well. “In a bold and dramatic way, Rutgers begins its biggest and most complex undertaking in our city’s histor y.” Paladino emphasized the importance of a good relationship between DEVCO and Rutgers. “Whenever I needed encouragement, I always remember the words Mayor Cahill told me when I first took this job: ‘Chris, a strong New Brunswick makes a stronger Rutgers, and a strong Rutgers makes a stronger New Brunswick.’” New Jersey has more high school students leave the state for higher education than any other state in the countr y, Christie said. He emphasized that the state needs to provide

greater opportunities for students so they do not go away from home. “If they leave the state, they’re less likely to come back,” he said. “That type of brain drain is not something that is New Jersey’s long term interest, and just as importantly not in the best interest of the mothers and fathers who want them to come home and have their grandchildren in New Jersey.” But many New Jersey colleges and universities lack the capacity to keep these students in the state — and Christie said this is part of the problem. “[This is] because of our failure to invest in a way that would grow those universities over the last 25 years,” he said. “I’m proud to be here on the day that that ends.” Christie said his administration would also continue to invest in Rutgers’ ongoing budget as well to tr y to make sure the state deals with tuition increases in a responsible manner. “If I have another four years in office, Rutgers is going to do even better,” he said. Protestors against fracking also made an appearance, chanting loudly for their cause as Christie took the podium. “It’s good to see that all of New Jersey is here,” Christie said.

dent, asked how students can discover what they like and when they do know they like something as a profession. “I would recommend doing a lot of reading, experiencing and trying things as broadly for as long as possible and once you like something, don’t be afraid to pursue it,” Messina said. Many students asked questions about how to pursue their passions and their academic career in a span of only four years. It is pointless to narrow down the opportunities students have, Shinbrot said. Students should not refine their options any earlier than they have to. Lyn supplemented to the pro-

fessors’ advice. “I sometimes wish I could go back and redo things, start over,” she said. “So, do not rush anything, do as much as you can while maintaining a strong academic career.” The professors also emphasized the importance of time management and organization. “Do not wait for those last office hours before the final exam,” Hemmer said. “Stay on track, follow through those office hours, and try to understand the structure of the exams.” The event drew to a close after the round of student questions. Lyn asked the panelists to share one piece of information

they wish they had known before coming to college. “I wish I had known it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s better to try things, make mistakes and learn from them,” Messina said. Shinbrot said he was too shy to talk to professors, and students should talk to professors and interact whenever possible. “You should take care of school, but at the same time enjoy the college experience,” Hemmer said. “Travel abroad, do research, and go to the libraries because the experience of going to the University and taking all the classes is not in itself fulfilling enough unless you have had all those opportunities.”


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House Republicans press Obamacare defunding before enrollment WASHINGTON — Emboldened conser vatives who forced House Republican leaders to push a stopgap spending bill that unravels President Barack Obama’s health care law are digging in for a long fight, determined to stop “Obamacare” before the first individual signs up in less than two weeks. Just ask the two lawmakers — one a first-term businessman from Nor th Carolina, the other a self-described “Nor th Georgia countr y boy” elected just months after Obama signed the law — who spurred the rank and file to pressure the leadership on the tea par ty’s signature issue. “Our resolve on this is unrelenting,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, whose letter in July to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., called for collaboration to “defund one of the largest grievances in our time” and attracted 79 Republicans. Lobbied hard by outside conser vative groups such as the Club for Growth, the Madison Project and the Senate Conser vatives Fund, Republicans turned the letter into legislation sponsored by third-term Rep. Tom Graves, a 43-year-old from Ranger, Ga., who lists his high school loves as football, algebra and his Mohawk haircut. More than 140 Republicans signed on to the bill to keep the government running and delay the health care law. On Wednes-

day, the House leadership signaled it had acquiesced to rankand-file demands and set a vote for today on legislation to fund the government through Dec. 15 at existing levels while permanently defunding the health care law. Meadows, Graves and other conser vatives declined to discuss the likelihood that the Democratic-led Senate would reject their bill and dismissed talk that their actions would cause a politically debilitating government shutdown similar to the House Republican standoff with Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1995-96. “This is not 1995. This is ver y different today,” Graves told reporters. “I suggest you inter view the folks who come to our town halls and you see the hurt and the pain and the concern in their eyes. You’ll understand why we have the resolve and the constitution here to stand up for them.” Republicans insist this is their last, best chance to stop the law. Although some provisions are fairly well-established, such as children remaining on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26, a crucial change goes into effect Oct. 1. That’s when millions of people without access to jobbased health care will be able to enroll online through new state insurance markets for coverage effective at the start of next year. — The Associated Press

New Jersey judge chooses comedy over law

IN BRIEF BERLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Health of ficials say that a bat found in a southern New Jersey house has tested positive for rabies. Residents have been advised to seek medical care. KYW-TV repor ts that a family in Berlin Township killed the bat at their house on Saturday. Camden County health authorities sent the animal to a state lab in Trenton. Of ficials learned yesterday that the bat had rabies. Family members who were exposed to the bat have been advised to seek preventative treatment for the illness. A veterinarian has seen their dog and three cats. TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey of ficials are of fering $3 million in grants designed to reduce the risk of flooding along the Passaic River and its seven tributaries. The Depar tment of Environmental Protection said yesterday that 116 municipalities can now apply to fund projects like dredging shallow water ways or removing fallen trees. Agency Commissioner Bob Mar tin says clearing debris will help keep water flowing during heavy rain. Communities in the river basin saw severe flooding during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Sept. 19 in Washington, DC. Leader Reid spoke about the continuing resolution and Republican efforts to defund Obamacare. GETTY IMAGES

Eligible towns and counties have until Nov. 30 to submit letters of interest. Each grant is expected to be in the range of $100,000. NEWARK, N.J. — Two suspects have been arrested in the murder of a nor thern New Jersey woman found fatally stabbed in her home. The Essex County Prosecutor’s of fice says 18-year-old Rakeem Scott of Newark was arrested yesterday in Boonton. He faces murder, robber y, weapons and child endangerment-related charges in the death of Sandy Yuen. The 57-year-old Yuen was found fatally stabbed on Sept. 2 in her West Orange home. Police have not released more details on the killing. Scott is being held on $750,000 bail. It’s not immediately known if he has an attorney. A second suspect, 21-yearold Carline Inginac of West Orange, was arraigned Wednesday on murder, child endangerment and weapons-related charges. She remains in custody on $500,000 bail. The public defender’s of fice, which is representing her, did not immediately comment. — The Associated Press

NEWARK — Vince Sicari can tell all the lawyer jokes he wants — he just can’t play a judge in real life. The New Jersey municipal judge, who is also an established stand-up comedian and actor, resigned yesterday after the State Supreme Court ruled he can’t moonlight as an entertainer. Sicari told The Associated Press he tendered his resignation after the high court released a unanimous opinion that said his acting and comedy career is “incompatible” with judicial conduct codes and essentially gave him the choice of doing one or the other. “I’m not surprised by the result, but I’m ver y disappointed,” Sicari said. “I take great pride in being a judge, and to give that up is disappointing.” The 44-year-old lawyer, whose stage name is Vince August, has car ved out a career as a comic and actor, appearing on network television, in New York City comedy clubs and as a warm-up for Comedy Central audiences. He was also a par t-time municipal judge in South Hackensack, where he handled things like traf fic ticket cases and disorderly persons of fenses. Several justices had questioned whether the public could separate Sicari’s position as a judge from roles he has played on the ABC hidden camera

show “What Would You Do?” in which he has portrayed homophobic and racist characters. That dilemma played a central role in yesterday’s ruling, as the justices noted that someone tuning into the show might not know that actors were used in the sketches. They applied the

“I take great pride in being a judge, and to give that up is disappointing.” Vince Sicari Comedian and Actor

same standard for Sicari’s standup performances. “In the course of his routines, Sicari has demeaned certain people based on national origin and religion and has revealed his political leanings,” according to the cour t’s opinion. “The cour t cannot ignore the distinct possibility that a person who has heard a routine founded on humor disparaging cer tain ethnic groups and religions will not be able to readily accept that the judge before whom he or she appears can maintain the objectivity and impar tiality that must govern all municipal cour t proceedings.” A state ethics board recommended in 2008 that Sicari quit his comedy work, expressing

concern over his character depictions on the ABC reality show and the potential content of his sketches. Sicari appealed the ruling to the state’s highest court, which heard arguments in Februar y. Sicari’s attorney, E. Drew Britcher, insisted at the time that his client never cracked wise on the bench and never let on that he moonlighted as a comic. In his comedy routine, Britcher added, Sicari refrained from jokes about the legal profession and never divulged his judicial job. An attorney for the state attorney general’s office, Kim D. Ringler, argued against Sicari being allowed to hold both jobs, saying municipal judges represent the most frequent contact the public has with the justice system. Some of the characters Sicari has depicted could confuse the public and reflect badly on the judiciar y, she argued. Sicari, who is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and other professional performers’ unions, has said his entertainment work entitles him to health benefits and earns him more than his $13,000-a-year part-time judge salar y. He said during the Supreme Court arguments in Februar y that he was equally passionate about both his jobs and reiterated that yesterday. — The Associated Press


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Swashbuckling steers Pastafarians to give treasures to charity By Erin Petenko

fell that the world temperature began to rise. … Pirates be the holiest ones among us.” He said he was hopeful to What’s worse than pirates taking away your ship, see so many people who have family and home? Global warm- rejected the teachings of the “dark lord” Charles Dar win in ing, apparently. And according to the Pasta- favor of the words put down by farian Society at Rutgers, the the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s two might be more connected noodly appendage. His next step was a pithan you think. Pastafarians worship a deity rate-themed song played on a guiknown as the Flying Spaghetti tar about the many positive attriMonster, who invented his own butes of him and his shipmates. “We sail, pillage, plunder for version of science, said Ben Davis, the captain of the Pastafari- the FSM, it may too be good fun, but we must prevent the end / an Society. “In his version, correlation for the Flying Spaghetti Monster does indeed equal causation, grows angr y with the world / for and we have found that a de- if the seas lack pirates, then the crease in pirates has corre- seas lack cold,” he sang. The club does more than play sponded to an increase in temperature,” said Davis, a School pirates, though. At their meeting, of Engineering senior. “We con- the school’s best buccaneers discluded that the pirate must be cussed their plans for promoting the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s charities and science education. In fact, the Pastafarian relichosen people.” To that end, the members gion began as a rhetorical exof the Pastafarian Society dress ercise in response to Kansas like pirates, have sword fights schools teaching intelligent with foam weapons and cele- design rather than evolution in public classbrate national rooms, said “Talk Like a James PalmPirate Day,” “We concluded that the er, the club’s which was pirate must be the “purser,” or yesterday, by shouting “Arr- Flying Spaghetti Monster’s treasurer. “ B o b b y rrs” and “Ayes” chosen people.” Henderson from the steps argued that if of Brower Ben Davis they devoted Commons on Pastafarian Society Captain time to Christhe College Avtianity in class, enue campus. they needed to At their first meeting of the semester at Scott give his theor y time as well,” Hall Tuesday, Davis said the so- said Palmer, a School of Engiciety was endowed with an im- neering junior. “He said, ‘you portant mission to spread piracy have just as much scientific evidence for your theor y as we do.’” around campus. Henderson wrote the Gospel “Our voyage be one of piracy,” said Davis, a School of En- of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, gineering senior. “Why, do you which portrayed heaven as a ponder? For wishes and trinkets? volcano of beer and strippers, Nay. Swashbuckling thrills? Nay. and hell as full of stale beer and Booze and wenches? Nay … We STDs, Davis said. Instead of the Ten Commandknow that only as the number of salty dogs roaming the blue seas ments, the Gospel has the “Eight Staff Writer

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‘Ahoy there,’ and ‘Yarr’ are a few phrases James Palmer, a School of Engineering junior, shouted yesterday in front of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts,” he said. The society studies the Old Pastament and the New Pastament, calls their holy book “The Loose Canon” and makes “rosarinis” instead of rosaries. Paul Blessing, the club’s unofficial “first mate,” said Pastafarians at Rutgers have contributed stories to the Loose Canon, a holy book of the Pastafarian religion. He suggested the club make YouTube videos parodying the typical Christian Bible readings on the site. “We are equal-opportunity insulters,” said Blessing, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. The club discussed other upcoming events at their meeting and proposed new ones, such

as the first “Cannon Ball,” a pirate-themed ball in late February. Most of the club’s fundraising efforts go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity that combats childhood cancer, Palmer said. The club might want to contribute to scientific research, he said, such as stem-cell research, although the club has not made any decisions yet. Davis said he wanted the club to take a more active stance this year under his leadership. The group also partners with the Atheist Student Alliance and the Pagan Student Association to promote their mutual agendas, Palmer said. The two groups occasionally have more serious philosophical discus-

sions about religion, science and politics. Davis said when he first encountered club members in full pirate regalia at his freshman student involvement fair, he found Pastafarianism strange and insulting. After attending some meetings and talking to some students about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, however, he found it less of fensive and more hilarious. “I could see that the purpose wasn’t any kind of anti-religious thing, but it was tr ying to protect the integrity of science classrooms,” he said. “So here I am, three years later, president of a club I once thought offensive.”


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STRESS-BUSTING SCIENCE Here in The Daily Targum’s newsroom, we’re responsible for following leads, making stories and meeting deadlines, so one can easily understand why stress is our middle name. That’s why we’re so impressed with the team of Rutgers geneticists that developed a new model for understanding chronic stress. An extra bonus goes to their creativity in using roundworms for their project, which have far fewer neurons than (most of) us. This laurel goes to the people developing ways to make our newsroom a little more stress-free.

This week hosted our beloved King Neptune Night, the one night every dining hall provides a buffet of endless seafood. We could predict the traditional backup of overcrowded attendees, but what we couldn’t predict was that everyone would flock to Livingston. Presumably suspecting the food would be better, students formed a line from the dining hall to the Kilmer Library, while Brower had no wait at all. This dart goes not only to our student body’s lack of common sense, but also to the shocking perceived disparity in dining hall quality. MIGHTY MORTENSON

ANNOYING EARLY HOURS Dining hall hours have changed on us. Now, the student body’s primary source of sustenance can be expected to close a whole hour earlier, officially changing closing time from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. We get that takeout will still be open, but that’s under the assumption that takeout food is good. We all love sub night, but how about some other options? This dart goes to not thinking that decision all the way through.

The University finally has its first new art building in over 20 years. Mortenson Hall at the Mason Gross School of the Arts not only is a new outlet for creativity and learning, but it also flaunts a café and bubble tea spot. There’s even a performance hall for students to practice and develop their respective arts. The building’s multimillion-dollar price tag was 60 percent paid through donations. This laurel goes towards this philanthropic and welcome addition to our campus.

UNDERAGE EDUCATION The University is all about collective learning. Now, Rutgers is collaborating with the 4-H Youth Development Program on a youth oceanography program. The program is geared towards teens and features a host of interactive workshops, including an exploration of ocean studies. It is intended to create a bridge between teenagers and large universities — potentially future Scarlet Knights! This laurel goes to Rutgers for catching ‘em while they’re young!

DISAPPOINTING DINER Yes, all our darts are about food. We Scarlet Knights take our scarlet stomachs seriously, which is why we have such a huge problem with the new Henry’s Diner. Has anyone in New Jersey ever heard of a diner that isn’t open 24 hours a day? Neither have we. As the diner state, we’d expect a diner on Livingston campus to hold up to its name. This dart is for violating the sanctity of diner hours at New Jersey’s state university.

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Green party option is answer in upcoming election COMMENTARY STEVE WELZER

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mericans used to enjoy upward mobility, but in recent decades, the prospects for the middle and working classes have been stagnant. During that period of time, almost all of the increases in productivity, income and wealth have benefitted those who are already quite affluent. The failure to legislate minimum wage increases to keep pace with inflation has been a significant factor in regard to the growing income disparities in New Jersey and in our nation. For example: Had the minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would be $21.72 instead of today’s $7.25 per hour. Since the 1960s, it has lost one third of its value ­­— while average CEO compensation has skyrocketed over 900 percent. A recent Merrill L ynch/Capgemini World Wealth Report found that the

wealthiest regained nearly all they had lost in the recession of 2008, and that “ultra high net worth individuals” with investable assets of at least $30 million saw a 21 percent gain in their wealth last year. Against that backdrop, legislation that guarantees a decent hourly wage

is $2,800 more annual spending from that worker’s household, providing a badly needed stimulus for the economy. And poll after poll has shown that a majority of Americans support increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation.

“Let’s at least catch up to 1968! This issue is vital for our state’s low income workers, in particular, but the benefits of a significant minimum wage boost would be widespread.”

for the working poor seems a small price to pay for equity in our market-driven economy. A recent Chicago Federal Reser ve study shows that for each dollar increase in the minimum wage, the result

When our fellow citizens are not wholly valued in the workplace, when they are employed full time and yet still have trouble making ends meet, we must take corrective action. There will be a referendum on the ballot in November

to increase the minimum wage in New Jersey to $8.25. While $8.25 is still woefully inadequate, Gov. Chris Christie opposes this meager increase and the Democrats refuse to fight for anything more ambitious. The Greens say: Let’s at least catch up to 1968. This issue is vital for our state’s low-income workers, in particular, but the benefits of a significant minimum wage boost would be widespread. It would provide an economic stimulus and could be a first step toward addressing the scandalous disparities of wealth and income. As governor, one of my first priorities will be to send a bill to the legislature to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey to $10.70. Steve Welzer is a founding member of the Green Party of New Jersey and is the party’s candidate for governor. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1983 with a master’s in economics.

Come together to put a stop to junk food subsidizing COMMENTARY DERICK BURROUGHS

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magine winning the lotter y ever y year. Exciting, isn’t it? Big agribusinesses have received a whopping $292 billion in taxpayer subsidies since 1995. These subsidies were created after the Great Depression to help struggling small farmers, not giant agricultural operations. Today, just 3.8 percent of farms receive 75 percent of all subsidies, while fewer than 10 percent of New Jersey farmers receive any help at all.

The fact that we’re handing billions of tax dollars to profitable agribusinesses is infuriating enough. But what’s

tion of which is conver ted into junk food ingredients. Of the 37 ingredients in a Twinkie,

“Of the 37 ingredients in a Twinkie, taxpayers subsidize at least 17, including corn starch and high fructose corn syrup. Since 1995, a total of $19.2 billion of our tax dollars have gone to support junk food ingredients.” even worse is most of these subsidies go to producing commodity crops like corn and soy — a significant por-

taxpayers subsidize at least 17, including cornstarch and high fructose corn syrup. Since 1995, a total of $19.2 billion

of our tax dollars have gone to suppor t junk food ingredients. With obesity-related medical costs estimated at $150 billion annually, this is the worst kind of return-on-investment The Farm Bill, which authorizes these subsidies, is up for renewal this month. There are many problems facing America and New Jersey, but solving this one is something both sides should be able to agree on. Congress needs to stop wasteful handouts to big agriculture this fall. Derick Burroughs is campaign coordinator for the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR LGBT activists should not cast aside ideals in favor of left’s agenda

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onday’s column by Jeremy LaMaster, “US-Russia debate on Syria attracts risky homonationalism,” tries to force an awkward point about the perils of “homonationalism” into an entirely unrelated debate about U.S. militar y inter vention into Syria. But this tut-tutting of uppity American homosexuals is not only irrelevant — it is also dangerous. For many of us who remember when the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were absent from the national conversation, the column represents an unwelcome regression to “the closet,” when basic guarantees of safety and dignity were subsumed under greater, “more impor tant” concerns like international peace. The “homonationalist” idea to which the columnist refers comes from an extreme strain of thinking which implicates U.S. foreign policy as an absolute evil and misidentifies gay Americans as

the primar y conspirators to this countr y’s late Middle Eastern adventures. The Rutgers professor who coined this term also refers to “Christian fundamentalism as a state practice in the United States,” makes connections between the state of women’s rights in Bush’s America and in the Taliban’s Afghanistan and other wise shows a lack of propor tional thinking. In this Rutgers bubble, it can

men — is not borne out by the facts. The 2010 U.S. census demonstrates that same-sex couples of color are more likely to be raising children than white same-sex couples, and are doing so in mostly southern states, where the legal protections of marriage are most absent and sorely needed. Fur thermore, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy dispropor tionately targeted ser vicemen and

“LGBT people should be suspicious of an ‘intersectional’ approach which treats our unique concerns as secondary to a broader agenda of anti-militarism, wealth redistribution, or any other leftist soup-of-the-day. ” be hard to forget that LGBT Americans are not the puppet masters behind the cur tain, scheming and orchestrating war with Syria, but rather a small, despised and politically powerless minority. When solidarity is necessar y for survival, political campaigns are necessarily ver y inclusive. This tired allegation, which the column repeats — that samesex marriage helps tonly rich, gay white

ser vicewomen of color, because they are more likely to enlist in the militar y than whites. Again, this idea that marriage rights and equal employment oppor tunity in the militar y “hur t[s] marginalized communities” is puzzling, to say the least. The hysterical, Vietnam-era view that a war overseas will hur t marginalized communities at home is seriously due

for revision. For most of American histor y, war had the long-ranging ef fect of increasing national unity and acceptance of minorities, who proved their loyalty and civic character through “baptism by fire”. After World War I, “of f-white” Americans such as Italians, Greeks, and Jews found more acceptances in the American mainstream. Following World War II, Asian American veterans played a huge role in convincing Congress to repeal anti-Asian exclusion laws. I need only mention the name “Rosie the Riveter” to recall the profound ef fect that war time ser vice had on the increased autonomy of American women. LGBT people should be suspicious of an “intersectional” approach that treats our unique concerns as secondar y to a broader agenda of anti-militarism, wealth redistribution or any other leftist soup-of-the-day. Advocates of this viewpoint are fair-weather friends, who do not even deser ve to be called human rights activists, if they are willing to retreat from their principles at the slightest hint of war. James Carroll is a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore majoring in computer science.

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Horoscopes

DIVERSIONS Nancy Black

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Today’s Birthday (09/20/13). Pluto goes direct in Capricorn today, launching your year for romance, fun and creativity. Your people take priority. Expand your group leadership. Growth happens socially this year. The lunar eclipse in Aries reiterates taking financial stock and building savings. Research affairs carefully, whether they are financial or of the heart. 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 9 — Mysteries get resolved when the truth is revealed. It’s easier to advance, and new opportunities arise. A surprising group development inspires action. Toss to a teammate. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — There’s more work than expected. Money you’ve had hidden finally starts to grow. No need to spend it. Accept a challenge. Love anew. Provide facts. Review instructions. Insights emerge from silence. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is an 8 — Disrupt the status quo. Every little bit counts. Get the documents in order. Instigate changes. A partner’s suggestion works, finally. Entertain an unusual request. Your mood improves. You should end up with plenty. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Spread the word. Don’t give up. Take responsibility. Travel looks good. Don’t take major risks. Communication difficulties and emotional arguments could disrupt. Rely on your experience. Chat about past adventures and make plans. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — Do what you have to do. It’s easier to win in games and love. Purchases include items no one else will ever see. Don’t buy toys. Honesty prevails. Follow your heart. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Wait on a big change, and hold your temper. Re-assess the situation. Step into family leadership. A startling revelation teaches you about another’s passion. Create new cash sources.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Proceed with caution and keep researching. Listen; don’t argue. Studies get easier. You and a loved one inspire each other. Use what you’ve been saving. Modifications are required. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Your financial situation transform. The impossible only took a little longer. Provide information. Cash could be delayed, but it arrives. You’re full of good ideas. Act on the most profitable ones. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Shake things up. You advance more quickly now. Make great discoveries. Get what you’ve been promised. Don’t worry about an upcoming task. Despite chaos or a communications breakdown, it works out. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Repay a friend. Travel another day. Your curiosity leads you into a project deeper and deeper. Make a commitment. Positive thinking adds ease. New information threatens assumptions. Don’t lose your cool with a surprise. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Don’t discuss adventures with co-workers now. Circumstances keep you active and hopping. The financial situation seems unstable. Increase your security. Stay home and handle homework. Provide motivation to the team. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Circumstances allow more latitude and flexibility, with a breakdown and/or breakthrough. It seems like a miracle. It’s getting easier to launch new projects. Take a hike in the foothills or mountains.

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HUSKIES

Knights will host ‘Blackout’ game for Sunday’s match againt Connecticut continued from BACK

has started all six games this season. “[We need to get] the ball out of the backfield and really just sticking to our style of play,” Stever said, “which is more of a possession game, up through the midfield really getting numbers behind and in front of the ball with an attack defense.” Rutgers joins the football team with their “Blackout” game this weekend. The team will debut black uniforms and the first 100 fans will receive a free black T-shirt. Rose said the team really enjoys the home crowd advantage. “We get pretty pumped up when everyone’s cheering for us when we’re at our home field,” she said. The game takes palce Sunday at noon at the Bauer Track and Field Complex.

Sophomore midfielder Ali Stever landed one shot on goal for the Knights in its 4-0 loss Sunday to Albany. The Knights will need Stever to be more of an offensive option Sunday for the Knights to defeat No. 3 Connecticut. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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MOMENTUM Knights try out different players in different spots to push for more offensive contributions continued from BACK

That starts with continuing to push for more contributions across the board. The Knights focused this week on eight-on-eight and nine-on-nine practice drills, rotating different players in different spots. “I’m hoping [freshman midfielder Erik] Sa gets involved more,” Donigan said. “I’m hoping even a [junior midfielder Nathan] Bruccoleri or a [freshman defender] Spencer [Hambleton] can get involved on the offense side, but those guys have done such a great job defensively. Not complaining about their performances, but we’re always wishful for more from ever ybody.”

Motivation for Rutgers also lies in knowing this is its last home game until October. “We’re really excited because of the results from the past weekend,” said senior forward Kene Eze. “We’re hoping we’re going to have momentum going into our last home of the five-game home stand. We’ve been more mentally prepared in practice and our minds are on right.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.

Sophomore forward J.P. Correa said Rutgers is still fueled by the fact it has led in every game and yet only has three wins. The Knights look to extend their win streak to three games against SMU. THE DAILY TARGUM / NOVEMBER 2011

CLASH Rookie forward leads Wildcats in points this year with four goals and six assists in eight contests continued from BACK

Freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan, who captured this week’s AAC Rookie of the Week honors, will be a focal point this weekend on offense against Villanova. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

While Tiernan has been one freshman to watch this season for Rutgers, Villanova will look to counter with a freshman of its own. Freshman forward Katie Martin leads the Wildcats in points, which includes four goals and six assists this season. The Knights will also need to stop midfielder Victoria Gersh, who was named to the Big East’s Weekly Honor Roll after scoring the game-winning goal in Villanova’s 2-1 victory last weekend against St. Francis. If senior goalkeeper Jessica Janosz continues her strong play, Rutgers can replicate the defensive presence it had last weekend. Janosz has allowed just above one goal per game, and aside

from the 6-0 loss to Virginia, she has only allowed two goals to the opposition. Janosz was named this week to her second AAC Weekly Honor Roll of the season. But in humble fashion, she said she would rather see her defensive teammates receive the honor. “To be honest I think that my defenders should be on there, not me,” Janosz said. “It’s a ver y generous honor, but there should be other players on there.” A win will require a team effort Friday, and now the Knights have momentum and a team that seems to be back in sync. For updates on the women’s soccer team follow @TargumSports on Twitter.


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Page 15 VOLLEYBALL RUTGERS VISITS PITTSBURGH INVITATIONAL TODAY

Coach expects improvement from younger talent By Tyler Karalewich Contributing Writer

The Rutgers volleyball team will look to reverse its fortune when they travel to Pittsburgh for the Pitt Panther Invitational. The Scarlet Knights (3-11) have dropped four out of their last five. The Knights have struggled recently, but the team is optimistic for its future with its production primarily from underclassmen because of injury to some key players. “It’s going to be a total team effort this weekend. We don’t win or lose on any one individual,” said head coach CJ Werneke. “There are going to be kids who have contributed and started early on who won’t be traveling with us. So when a player is given the opportunity to step on the court, I expect them to step up and give us a chance to win.” The Knights begin the invite today with Morehead State (6-4). The Eagles have seven 20-win seasons in a row and also collected a 16-0 record last season in their conference. Morehead State will be a tough matchup for Rutgers, as it returns six veterans from last season. Rutgers then faces tournament host Pittsburgh tonight. Newly initiated members of the ACC, the Panthers (7-3) are a tough draw

Head coach CJ Werneke said younger Knights will have to step up this weekend because of injuries to key players. The Knights will play Morehead State, Pittsburgh and Cornell at the Pitt Panther Invitational. NOAH WHITTENBERG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER for their former Big East rival. Pittsburgh returns five starters from last season’s team that won 17 matches. The match will ser ve as the Panthers’ first home game of the season, as they look to improve upon their record.

Rutgers is 0-2 this season against former Big East programs, as the Knights dropped five-set matches to both Syracuse and Seton Hall. The Knights will conclude the invite tomorrow against Cornell. The Big Red (2-4) could be an easier matchup for Rutgers,

as they finished last season, 9-16, and return six starters from then. Werneke does not want his younger players with added roles to think too much going into this weekend. “I want us to live in the moment. I don’t want the situation

to get the best of us,” Werneke said. “I want us to compete at the highest level. If we do that, we can have the opportunity to win, and we will go from there.” For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

TENNIS RUTGERS TO PLAY BROWN, BOSTON COLLEGE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY IN BROWN INVITATIONAL

Invitational serves as first real test of fall season By Louis Petrella Contributing Writer

Senior Vanessa Petrini said she wants to experience a better individual season this fall. During the spring season last year, Petrini compiled an 11-10 singles record. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Rutgers tennis team opens its fall season this weekend in Providence at the Brown Invitational. The Scarlet Knights enter the tournament confident off of a strong preseason scrimmage against NJIT. Senior Vanessa Petrini is excited for her final autumn run. “Every year I come back, I want to do better and better,” Petrini said. “I am hoping that I have a good individual season this fall.” The Knights return all their starters from a spring season in which they went 14-9. Rutgers lost in the second round of the Big East Tournament before to Louisville, 4-0. Head coach Ben Bucca will use the Brown Invitational as an opportunity to see how the team reacts to its first live match since the spring. “It will be our first time traveling as a team, so there’s always some really strong bonding experiences that go on, but in addition, it’s always really strong competition,” Bucca said. “I think I speak for everyone on the team when I say that we are anxious to get up there and compete.” Assistant coach Hilary Ritchie, meanwhile, is curious to see how the team reacts to each other, particularly freshman Farris Cunningham. “I’m looking forward to watching the ladies compete for the first time, especially Farris,” Ritchie

said. “Every year the chemistry is always different, so it’s nice to watch them at Brown and get a few matches in.” Cunningham is the only newcomer this year, and Petrini and sophomore Gina Li will open in No. 1 doubles. Senior Stefania Balasa, juniors Lindsay Balsamo and Noor Judeh and sophomores Mariam Zein and Lindsey Kayati round out the roster. Bucca has put a major emphasis on getting the team in the best shape possible for the upcoming season. “At the level these girls are at, their shot making is very advanced, so there isn’t much to work on with that, but we spend a lot of time on fitness,” Bucca said. “I think that is why we have been as successful as we have been.” Rutgers will face Boston College, Boston and Brown. All three squads finished in the top 10 at the end of last season’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast region rankings. Other teams competing in the tournament include Binghamton and Providence. This will be the first weekend of action for all the teams except for Binghamton, which opened their season last weekend competing in the Cornell Fall Invitational. The Invitational will begin today and run all weekend. For updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.


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Knights host Wildcats in weekend clash

By Justin Lesko Contributing Writer

The Rutgers field hockey team welcomes No. 3 Connecticut this week, and the Scarlet Knights want to give the Huskies a game. UConn (6-0) has captured three road victories. The Huskies have scored four goals in each of their last four games, including shutouts against Fairfield and Lafayette. Their most recent win came Wednesday night against No. 7 Massachusetts with four different players scoring. While Connecticut is off to a good start, not every game has been smooth sailing. The Huskies’ first four games were each decided by one goal, including a 4-3 overtime victory Sept. 8 against Penn State and a 2-1 double-overtime win Aug. 31 at Stanford. UConn’s early-season results are reassuring for senior back Laura Rose, who said her team will not bow down to last year’s Big East champion. “I know we can [beat them],” Rose said. “We just need to come out strong from the start.” Rutgers has struggled with that. The Knights have been scored on first in every game except their 4-0 victory Sept. 6 against LaSalle. Since opening weekend, this has been a priority for head coach Meredith Long. Despite Rutgers’ troubles, she feels the team is prepared for the upcoming game. “I’m looking forward to this weekend,” she said. “[The team was] really focused and really competing. I think our mentality going into this week as far as our preparation and training was great.” The Knights (3-3) sit at .500 following three consecutive weekends with a win and a loss. But they feel their style provides a good match against the Huskies. Part of that plan comes with the play of sophomore midfielder Ali Stever who See huskies on Page 14

By Jim Mooney Staff Writer

With Villanova set to visit Yurcak Field, the Rutgers women’s soccer team will tr y to remain humble after a week of individual awards. The Scarlet Knights (6-1-1) want to build off of last weekend’s dominant homestand and end their nonconference schedule strong before next week’s conference debut. “We’ve been working together lately and it’s our last weekend before conference play, which is huge for us,” said sophomore defender Erica Skroski, who is part of a defensive unit that has allowed two goals in the Knights last three games. Rutgers is currently undefeated at home, which accounts for five of the team’s six wins. Villanova (3-3-2) has yet to find its first road victory of the season, as it is currently 0-2-1 away. There is a bit of history between these former Big East foes with last year’s meeting resulting in an upset for the Wildcats. It will be the programs’ 30th meeting, with Rutgers holding the all-time series lead 13-8-8. “They are really good technically and they normally have a pretty good team, so I just think we’re going to need to come out and play together as a unit,” said freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan, who is the reigning AAC Rookie of the Week. See clash on Page 14

Senior forward Laura Rose said the Knights have a chance to defeat Connecticut, which is ranked No. 3 this season. The game will serve as the team’s ‘Blackout.’ THE DAILY TARGUM / OCTOBER 2012

MEN’S SOCCER SOUTHERN METHODIST-RUTGERS, TONIGHT, 8 P.M.

Rutgers enters AAC play with momentum By Greg Johnson Correspondent

As the Rutgers men’s soccer team prepares to begin conference play tonight at Yurcak Field, head coach Dan Donigan cautions the Scarlet Knights to not take SMU (1-5) lightly. “[SMU] has got to look at this as almost like a new opportunity and a new season for them because it’s conference play,” Donigan said. “So they can throw out the out-of-conference stuff and if they can perform well in conference, it makes it a whole new season and a whole new different perspective for them. So it’s a very dangerous team, a very dangerous game right now.” The Mustangs were tabbed fourth in the AAC’s preseason poll, just ahead of the Scarlet Knights (3-2-1) at No. 5.

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time you win some games, you put a little win streak together, you’re going to feel better about things. And I think you’re going to see it on the field [tonight].” Yet in the back of their minds, the Knights are still haunted by blowing three 1-0 leads in their first four games. That eliminates any sort of complacency at home. “It’s actually kind of upsetting. I think we should be 6-0,” said sophomore forward J.P. Correa. “We’ve been up every game. We’ve been winning every game. … We showed this weekend we’re getting better at it, finding two results. We’ve just got to keep it up and be able to close out games.” See momentum on Page 14

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sophomore defensive specialist, ranks second in AAC volleyball this season in digs. She has 217 digs in 47 sets this year and has averaged 4.62 digs per set. Memphis’ Aleksandra Petronijevic leads with 229.

Senior goalkeeper Jessica Janosz has five wins to her name so far this season. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

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Despite SMU struggling so far, all its losses have come by one goal. Two of those losses were against No. 1 Indiana and No. 7 Notre Dame. So the Knights take nothing for granted. “We expect a good, competitive team,” said senior defender Joe Setchell. “We’ve got a real good schedule, so they’re going to be tough. But we’ll just stick to our preparation as we have. We won’t change anything up.” After collecting six goals and two wins last weekend, Rutgers should not have to alter anything tactically. Donigan said the key now is staying mentally confident. “I think these guys are feeling better about themselves. They have a little bit more of a bounce [in practice],” Donigan said. “Any

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