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The Rutgers football team sent Florida International packing back to Miami with a 23-15 win over the Golden Panthers behind eight tackles and a pick-six for senior LB Ryan D’Imperio.

Judge rules in EON’s favor, overturns city clerk decision BY ARIEL NAGI AND MARY DIDUCH STAFF WRITERS


Up-and-coming artist Rotimi and R&B recording sensation Bobby V perform after Rutgers University Programming Association’s Hot Dog Knight Friday in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The concert attracted hundreds of students.

‘Knight’ of free food attracts thousands BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT

Fun, games, sauerkraut and hot dogs — more than 3,000 students turned out Friday night for all of


this and the smooth jams of Bobby Valentino at Hot Dog Knight. Rutgers University Programming Association’s kickoff event at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue

campus aimed to unify the University, said RUPA Adviser Matthew Ferguson, the assistant director for Student Life. “Hot Dog Knight or Hot Dog Day, whatever it may be, is just a

time for people to get together for no other reason than to be together and eat some food,” he said.


U. hits $128M in private donations BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON



As the new College of Nursing building gets broken in, students explain it not only offers hightech equipment but also contribute to the entire nursing community.

For the third year in a row, the University set a record for receiving the most private donations. University President Richard L. McCormick announced the 2008-09 fiscal year saw a 6 percent increase in

private donations to the University, totaling more than $128 million in gifts and pledges. “Despite one of the most severe economic downturns in recent history, many individuals, foundations and corporations have continued to express their confidence in Rutgers through their generous support of our pro-

grams and initiatives,” said McCormick in a press release. The Rutgers University Foundation, which fundraises for the University, recorded increases in total donations and pledges from individuals — from $66.2 million to $71.2



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Graffiti artist Jacy, 10, participates in the third annual Streets2k9 event for the first time. He contributes to the Raritan River Art Walk with a painting depicting a half-man, half-camel creature. Jacy says he begins his work with just a scribble and then takes his painting from there. Visit and METRO on page 9 for extended coverage.

Middlesex County Superior Court Judge James Hurley ruled on Friday that City Clerk Dan Torrisi improperly approved a petition filed by community group Unite New Brunswick because another petition had been approved to appear on the November ballot. UNB’s petition sought to ask voters to increase New Brunswick’s city council to seven at-large members from five. Hurley’s ruling that UNB’s referendum question cannot appear on the ballot overturns Torrisi’s Sept. 2 decision and the City Council’s unanimous approval on Wednesday at their public meeting. Torrisi’s lawyer Mar vin Brauth argued that statute 40:69A-21 allows multiple questions on the ballot, even if they are conflicting alternatives. But Judge Hurley said the statute does not allow multiple questions unless they are on the same petition, and in this case, two separate petitions were filed one after the other. “The harm is it wasn’t in the [original] petition,” Hurley said. “It is clear to me that [the law] simply means one petition.” Empower Our Neighborhoods’ question — which is already on the ballot after two years of litigation — asks voters if the current council should be increased to nine members — with six elected by wards and three at-large. EON organizer Matthew Korostoff said adding two more at-large council members does not make any significant changes to the current form of government, and adding more questions to the ballot may cause both petitions to lose. “My suspicion is that they were trying to split the vote [and] that this is actually filed disingenuously, hoping that it would lose and that our petition would lose, which is so diabolical,” he said. Brauth said multiple questions could be placed on the ballot and voters may choose to vote for more than one. The question that receives the majority would prevail. “As general application, you can have as many questions on the ballot that can fit,” he said. But Judge Hurley said this would weaken the vote. “If you have two questions, [and] I want to vote for government A and government B, you’re going to have the voter vote for both?” Judge Hurley asked. “Aren’t you diluting the vote?” EON’s attorney Renee Steinhagen said EON is not denying the voters two options. “There is nothing inherently wrong with two questions to voters, but they should come from the same petition,” she said.




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Crew builds character while pushing against current BY ALEX JANKOWSKI CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Banks of the Raritan River are the site for one of the most storied programs in University history — the Rutgers club crew team. Predating football by five years, the team has left a legacy both on campus and throughout the world. Even former University President Mason Gross had a stake in the team. He instituted Rutgers Lightweight Crew as a varsity sport in 1963, and to celebrate, he bought their first new boat with his own money. Head coach Steve Wagner is back for his 27th season, leading a squad that has churned out more members to the United States Olympic rowing team during the past 20 years than any other university. The best part is that you do not even have to have a history in rowing to join the team, he said. “Not too many of our rowers had experience before coming to Rutgers,” Wagner said. “We bring in a few really outstanding high school recruits but we round out the team with walk-ons. “These are good athletes from other sports who have never rowed before, and that’s the strength of our program. With 27,000 undergraduates, there are bound to be some good athletes. It is our job to go out and find them, and bring them into rowing.” You will never see Wagner raise his voice to motivate his rowers. He institutes a basic program that brings about competitive situations and forces the athletes to step up and push each other to the limit. “The motivation has to be deep seeded,” Wagner said. The team participates in the majority of its competitions, called regattas, in the spring semester, but the groundwork

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Taken in 1947, this shows the crew team more than a decade before it was instituted as a varsity sport. Due to budget cuts in recent years, the sport is no longer categorized as intercollegiate varsity but still maintains its Olympic integrity.

for their success is laid during the fall and winter portions of the year, Wager said. Fall races help athletes hone in on their skills, while the winter months bring dry land workouts consisting of running, weight training and simulations on realistic rowing machines, he said.

The team makes an annual eight-day trip to Florida in January to get them back into the water. By the second week of February, the team heads back to the scenic Raritan River in preparation for the spring, Wagner said. Home races are held behind the River Dorms on the College Avenue campus.

Assistant Coach Chris DeYoung aids these athletes to achieve goals of Olympic stardom. His job is to mold newcomers to the program — whether first-year or upperclassmen — into complete athletes for the varsity club. The team generates interest any and every way possible, he said.

“What we do is we have our rowers go out early in the year with posters and put them up around campus and in the dining hall,” DeYoung said. The team has a small amount of seniors this year, and growth will be the theme for both the coaches. “You need good team chemistry and people that are willing to work hard. You can always get fit. You can always get stronger,” Wagner said. “These can be built up during a four-year career, and it’s not uncommon to have a bad freshman class due to inexperience, but by the time they reach their senior year, they are the best oarsmen in the country.” Wagner got his start — just like this year’s athletes — as an undergraduate rower on the University’s team. But he got his feet wet in coaching during his graduate school years as a coach for the Florida Institute of Technology. That job led him to landing a spot as an assistant coach for the Columbia University team. Days before he left the coaching world forever in favor of an engineering job, he received a call from his faithful alma mater. Just three years after being an assistant at the University, Wagner was named the head coach. “I just found that I really enjoyed coaching,” Wagner said. “It just seems that at various times in my life, whenever I tried to leave coaching, there was always something pulling me back in.” Wagner has nothing but praise for DeYoung, his helping hand. “He is a tremendous mentor at teaching them rowing and getting them into training,” Wagner said. “The freshman coach is the most impor tant position because he is responsible for bringing the athletes in and getting them started.”


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KNIGHT: About 400 attend Bobby Valentino concert continued from front Within the first two hours of the event, RUPA went through almost 3,000 hot dogs. Livingston College junior and RUPA member Greg Kassee, clad in a hot dog costume, said he hoped the event would bring all the different parts of the University community together. “I want the students to come out. I want Rutgers to come out, New Brunswick to come out. Get a hot dog, have some fun at the games, care about RUPA, come to our other events,” Kassee said. “We’ve got a lot of other events coming up, this is just the kickoff.” Kassee said students had a lot of fun with his hot dog suit. “People love the hot dog suit,” Kassee said. “They dig it.” Activities available to students included a frog hop, a mini-golf putt challenge, a ladder crawl and a car smash. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Daniel Kwon said he enjoyed the free hot dogs and the spirit of the event. “It’s an event that anyone can go to,” Kwon said. “I just walked out, saw it and walked over.” Rutgers College senior Scott Huynh said the activities were well-planned and organized. Huynh watched another student take a sledgehammer to a ’01 Ford Taurus at the car smash and admitted he would miss this sort of event when he graduated.

DONATIONS: U. may see fundraising drop next year continued from front million — and foundations $32.2 million to $40.2 million, according to the release. The fundraising success they experienced last year was due to both the generosity of donors and the hard work of the fundraisers, said President of the Rutgers University Foundation Carol Herring. “The fundraising staff knew it would be a tough year, and they worked very hard and talked to a lot of people,” Herring said. “We are very fortunate to have a very loyal alumnae body that recognizes the fact that public universities need support right now — not just the private universities — because of decreases in government funding.” She said the donations came from a variety of sources, including corporate and individual donors. “Many of our donors received financial aid when they were in school, and they want to give something back… The corporate donors really stretched themselves to give, because they were hit very hard [by the recession]. We expected their donations to be down a lot, but they were not,” Herring said. Corporate giving declined to $17.2 million from $22.4 million, according to the release. Despite the success of last year, Herring said she is anticipating a tough year for fundraising in 2009-10. “The next year is going to be a really tough year,” she said. “The economy hasn’t turned around enough to make donors confident [and] they are being very cautious because they have to be. We really have to hope we receive more large gifts this year.”

“Specifically, [I’ll miss] watching people beat the crap out of cars,” Huynh said. Outside the student center before the concert, vendors and organizations showered students with coupons, keychains, breakfast milkshakes, Doritos, tote bags and other free items. “We worked hard to get all these different vendors here that would give away samples and everything,” Ferguson said. “We know it’s the beginning of the year too and that’s when students need the most free stuff.” Douglass College junior Melissa Harkins, a Rutgers Juggling Club member, said the club had been performing at the student center since its meeting let out earlier in the day. Harkins said the club had not juggled any hot dogs but it was being considered as a possibility. The Bobby Valentino concert followed Hot Dog Knight, beginning at 8 p.m. when opener Rotimi took the stage of the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center, on the College Avenue campus. An hour later Bobby Valentino walked out to the stage to a crowd chanting “Bobby.” Rutgers College senior Roselyn Jose, RUPA’s vice president of music, said about 400 people attended the concert. Valentino sang whole songs and snippets including “Beep,” “Butter fly Tattoo” and “Anonymous.” School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Johnathan Chu said he had a great time at the concert. “He’s really good live,” Chu said. But much of the success of the past year was due to large donations, such as the recordbreaking $13 million donated anonymously, said Joyce Hendricks, the foundation’s associate vice president of corporate and foundation relations. That donation will be used to erect a new building for the Rutgers Business School on Livingston campus. “I think we have great students here at Rutgers, and I have a great staff,” Hendricks said. “As we inform people that our students are top-notch, [that] we have great faculty [and that] we have great research, we inform donors of the wonderful things happening here at Rutgers, and they want to support us.” Hendricks said corporate donations came from a wide variety of sources including Johnson & Johnson, BristolMyers Squibb, Merck, Novartis, AT&T, Verizon, PSEG, Prudential and Bank of America, among others. “There are a lot of wonderful corporate supporters of Rutgers University — too many to mention,” she said. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for example, based out of Princeton, gave us a grant to begin the Institute for Food Nutrition and Health this past year. That was $10 million.” The hard work of the past year has fueled the foundation’s fundraising success, while also honing the fundraising skills of staff, said James Dawson, the foundation’s vice president of gift planning. “The foundation, by virtue of taking on more fundraisers, [is] becoming more proficient in our abilities and activities, and we have had some outstanding examples of donor generosity,” Dawson said. “We are working harder, smarter and better.”




The College of Nursing’s new building in downtown New Brunswick offers more hands-on facilities while encouraging mutual education opportunities.

New nursing building creates tighter community BY ARIEL NAGI CORRESPONDENT

Nursing students watched as a red ribbon was snipped at the College of Nursing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last semester, but now they will get what they have been anticipating for years — the chance to put the new building to work. After four years of construction and three different ceremonies dedicated to the building, the new Rutgers College of Nursing, located in downtown New Brunswick, will open their doors to students this fall. “I am very pleased that our students will have access to this building, as it has state-of-the-art equipment, and it will prepare them to become distinguished Rutgers nurses,” College of Nursing Assistant Dean Valerie Smith Stephens said. The new three-story building — located off-campus at 110 Paterson St. — not only includes bigger classrooms and lounge space for students, but is also equipped with a simulation lab located on the second floor which replicates real hospital and clinic settings, said College of Nursing Interim Dean Lucille Joel. The simulation lab features hospital beds and mannequins that simulate human diseases and illnesses, and replicate real human situations such as cardiac arrest, she said. “It allows students to encounter real clinical situations before they enter the clinical arena,” Joel said. The simulation lab is critical to nursing education because many clinics and hospitals prefer students who had this type of experience during their undergraduate studies, she said. The building has more classroom and activity space, providing a better working environment for staff as well as students. Joel said students did not have access to this type of equipment before, and nursing students usually took classes throughout the University in different buildings around campus. “We never had a building,” Joel said. “We were housed in

two small houses that offered us nothing.” College of Nursing senior Marsha Dario said the new building would make nursing students feel part of the University. “The new building is obviously bigger and much more formal … whereas before, our building was a house on a side street,” she said. Dario said the building will also help nursing students have better relations with the faculty and other students because they will all be in the vicinity of one another. “I appreciate this, because in the past, it was a game searching for peers and mentors in different places,” she said. College of Nursing sophomore Ada Wong said although she did not enter the new building yet, she thinks it is better that nursing students now have access to a building of their own. She said she barely ever went into the two small houses the department was housed in before. “I think [the new building] is going to be a lot better because it is a lot bigger than the other one,” Wong said. Joel said aside from the new equipment offered at the new building, the building will also give students a chance to learn about the histor y of the College of Nursing through ar twork that will decorate the walls of the building. The ar twork will be a timeline depicting the progress of the college from when it began 50 years ago on the Newark campus to today’s threestor y, state-of-the-ar t building, she said. The Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research building located next to new College of Nursing is currently still under construction, Joel said. The center will unite those working in health care policy, psychology, social work and pharmacy all under one roof. “[The new buildings] dramatically increase the scope of Rutgers University,” Joel said.

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DECISION: City files appeal after judge’s ruling continued from front Korostoff said placing this question on the ballot is a way of preventing a change in the city’s current form of government. “The attempts to block voters from making this choice becomes transparent,” he said. “They are not even trying to hide it anymore.” UNB member Kyle Kirkpatrick said the group is disappointed with the court’s decision. “It’s more of a bump in the road more than anything,” he said. City Spokesman Bill Bray said the city filed an appeal of the decision. “Obviously the city isn’t satisfied with the decision,” he said. The city is confident in their interpretation of the law and that the higher, appellate court will agree with them, Bray said. The appeal was filed Friday on an emergency basis to be heard before the November ballots are printed next week. EON spokesman Charlie Kratovil said he is unsure

FRENCH RESEARCHERS, U. PROFESSOR ADVANCE FREUD’S LINK BETWEEN SLEEPING, MEMORY A University-based research team has uncovered the process during the sleep cycle that solidifies learning and memory formation. Gyorgy Buzsaki, a professor at the Center of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, along with his co-researchers Gabrielle Girardeau, Karim Benchenane, Sidney I. Wiener and Michaël B. Zugaro of the Collége de France, further developed Sigmund Freud’s dream theory that the brain rehearses what we experienced throughout the day, regurgitating the information during dream episodes. Through experiments conducted on rats, researchers have determined that short transient brain events are responsible for both memor y consolidation and the transfer or information from the hippocampus to the neocortex, according to their article in Nature Neuroscience Journal. The wave ripples are intense, compressed oscillations that occur in the hippocampus, usually during stage four sleep — the deepest level of sleep. “These sharp, transient events occur hundreds to thousands of times during sleep and ‘teach’ the neocortex to form a long-term form of the memory, a process referred to as memory consolidation,” Buzsaki said. Buzsaki and his team determined that sharp wave ripples cause memory formation by eliminating those ripple events in rats during sleep, according to the University’s Media Relations Web site. The rats were trained in a spatial navigation task and then allowed to sleep after each session. An electrical stimulation removed the ripple event, impeding in their ability to learn from the training because compressed information was unable to leave the hippocampus and transfer to the neocortex, according to the Web site. “This is the first example that if a well-defined pattern of activity in the brain is reliably and selectively eliminated, it results in memory deficit — a demonstration that this specific brain pattern is the cause behind long-term memory formation,” Buzsaki said. For more information about Buzsaki’s research, visit d/indexmid.html — Lauren Caruso

whether the appellate court’s decision will be made in time, but is happy with the ruling. “It’s good that the justice system is living up to its name and … overturning the actions of the city [with the court’s rulings],” Kratovil said. He said the city has spent $75,000 of taxpayers’ money so far to fight the EON lawsuits. “Their continuing to do that … seems against the will of the people they’re supposed to represent,” Kratovil said. He said EON is working on their campaign and promoting their message throughout the community. “This second question never really stopped us,” Kratovil said. “[The second petition] was intended to be a distraction, and I think that period is over.” Kirkpatrick said while he is unsure of how the appellate court will handle the case, he hopes they rule in UNB’s favor. “We hope that we can still have the question on the ballot,” he said. If not, Kirkpatrick said the group would still campaign and spread their message of an expanded, at-large council system.

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Businesses, organizations take ‘party’ to downtown streets BY MATTHEW REED CONTRIBUTING WRITER

To encourage local businesses, restaurants and community organizations to connect with one another, the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the “Largest Networking Party” Thursday evening in downtown New Brunswick. Mayor Jim Cahill opened the night with a short speech, expressing his excitement to host the event. The Chamber of Commerce originally had the idea for the party, which is now in its 17th year, Cahill said. “Traditionally, these parties have been held at the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency parking garage,” he said. “Since last year, the hotel has gone green, and instead of having a variety of open areas and tennis courts, they have an array of solar panels.” As a result, the event this year was held on the corner of Livingston Avenue and George Street. Member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Judi Weinberg said having the party at this location offers more space than the Hyatt rooftop, with more than 800 people signed up to attend and 20 restaurants that participated. The event was open to everyone in the county and free for restaurants, since they were already paying for the cost of food samples, she said. There was a charge for booths for non-restaurant members, and a higher charge for non-chamber members. “It is a big commitment to a restaurant; you’re doing some-

thing for free on a night your restaurant is open, and you’re feeding over a thousand people to come here for the night,” she said. The networking reception brings people into the city and the county, and it is getting bigger and bigger each year, Weinberg said. The recession was a common theme throughout the night. “We have learned to cut costs in areas we never knew existed in order to operate on a lower level of sales,” said Betsy Algier, manager of Frog & the Peach restaurant in the city. Mark McCue, head chef at the Imperia restaurant in Somerset, talked about the difficulties of owning a restaurant business in a tough economy. “During a recession, restaurants are going to get hit first,” he said. “People can easily stay home and cook a quick meal for themselves.” McCue said catering and banquets hold a safety net during a time of recession. “People have contracts that they have to honor for parties that have already paid for before the recession hit,” he said. Proprietor of Due Mari restaurant Francois Rousseau described the toll the recession has put on his restaurant in New Brunswick. “To be honest, it’s been a very tough year,” he said. “Last summer, it was still a word of mouth kind of thing; then in November, the market crashed.” But the recent influx of college students has created a lot of business, Rousseau said.


Attendees at the “Largest Networking Party” in Monument Square enjoy free samples provided by local restaurants. Aimed at drawing business to the city and the county, the event is in its 17th year. “The past few weeks have been very good,” he said. Marketing Director of the American Repertor y Ballet Christine Bragg said many people are choosing to stay local for entertainment rather than travel to New York City. “Why pay to go into New York, when you’ve got something as good as this right here in New Jersey?” Bragg said. Director of Group Services at the George Street Playhouse Michelle Bergamo echoed this sen-

timent, noting that New Jersey has many worthwhile shows to offer. “For the same quality as New York, prices [in the state] aren’t anywhere near what Broadway would cost, and people are realizing this,” Bergamo said. Non-profit organizations also had a strong presence at the party. “We work off grants and donations from private sources, so these networking events are very important,” said Spokesperson for the Central Jersey Community Development Corporation Jesse

Crawford. “They let the community know what we have to offer and what’s available.” The Arc of Middlesex County, a non-profit organization that works with individuals with developmental disabilities, was also represented at the party. Arc employee Emily Myers said the organization helps individuals with housing, careers and in-home support. “It’s always great to come out to these events and get your name out there,” she said.

Interstate 287 to see rehabilitation project BY SPRUHA MAGODIA STAFF WRITER

A $29 million project to rehabilitate seven miles of I-287 kicked off Wednesday in Piscataway. The work will take place on the section starting from Stelton to the West Canal Roads, according to the Department of Transportation. The project is set to end November 2011 and preparations have been made to help accommodate the motorists with the new change. “This highway represents a critical corridor in Middlesex and Somerset counties,” Dilts said. “So, this project is indeed a wise investment in our future.” NJDOT Spokesperson Timothy Greeley assured the public the project is not going to affect those traveling during the day because the lane closures will take place overnight. In two years the seven-mile section of I-287 will be renewed and the project will especially benefit those in the two counties, Dilts said. The project is funded with the stimulus funds of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to the NJDOT Web site. This reconstruction will provide an immediate boost to the economy as it supports several construction-related jobs, Dilts said. The project promises a safer and smoother ride for thousands of daily commuters who travel on a section of the Interstate 287,

according to the site. The bridge decks will be repaired over Possumtown Road and the I-287 northbound bridge deck over the Easton Avenue entrance ramp. There will be overnight lane closures through fall 2011. “When [Route] 18 added the new bridge, that was a good move, but the closing lanes part of the 287 rehabilitation sounds like a hassle,” said Abha Huckoo, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “The good thing is that it will be taking place in the night, so majority of the motorists will not be affected.” Some students said they were apprehensive about the project, especially after the recently completed Route 18 construction, which lasted approximately five years. “After being on Route 18 a couple times when construction was going on, I hope for the sake of those who do take 287 that the construction there is handled better,” said Lavina Jethani, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. But other students realize the construction must come at one point. “After a few years eventually every road, or bridge needs to get rehabilitated,” said Ishani Sharma, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “It’s the only way to guarantee safe travel. So although there may be temporary inconveniences during construction, in the long run it will definitely benefit us for safety reasons.”




SEPTEMBER 21, 2009




More than 100 artists armed with an array of aerosol spray cans and paints came to the Raritan River Art Walk Wall along Route 18 Saturday to create an outdoor gallery of murals at the Streets 2k9 event. Sponsored by the non-profit artist collective Albus Cavus, all types of people came together to express themselves through murals and street art on the milelong wall, said Peter Krsko, Albus Cavus co-founder. “The idea is that [in this space,] people come and paint any time they want,” he said. Collective artist Leon Rainbow is in charge of organizing events in New Jersey. “It’s a great group. I’ve been with them since the beginning and I love it,” he said. The artists who attended Streets 2k9 were there not only for a good time but also for the chance to win a few prizes, such as $150 in art supplies, Rainbow said. The artist collective hoped to get a wide assortment of people from professionals to first-timers. Aja Washington, one of five winners in last year’s Streets 2k8 event, was among the many seasoned artists who returned to Streets 2k9. Washington said the collective is doing a great job with its community outreach and is able to get many different types of artists together to express themselves and expand their techniques and knowledge, as well as just relax and have a good time. School of Social Work graduate student Danica DiGiacomo

has never done street art before but paints regularly. “I have been hearing about Albus Cavus since last year’s Street 2k8, and I love that basically anyone can come and try it out,” she said. Street art, more commonly known as graffiti, is not always understood or appreciated by people, Krsko said. “There is a reason why people do it though — we need to express ourselves,” he said. Elan Wonder, a well-known street artist who has been painting for more than 15 years, came to paint at Streets 2K9. “Is [street art] always legal? No,” Wonder said. “But it’s undeniable, it’s an art form.” Krsko agreed that when found on public buildings and bridges, street art is perceived to be damaging. “The real issue is what subjects can and cannot be painted, and I think this is a problem that can be solved in a natural way,” he said. Due to the fact that street art is illegal in many public places, people who choose to paint in those places must do so stealthily and quickly, making sure they are not visible to many other people, Krsko said. This causes them to feel angry and discriminated against, which is reflected in their painting, he said. “When people are permitted to paint freely, I think what we will see is an explosion of beautiful art,” Krsko said. He said public places are just that — public and meant for the community to enjoy. “If people want to sing in public, they sing. If people want to dance in public, they dance,”

Krsko said. “I cannot sing or dance, but I can paint. I just want to make people smile.” Krsko first approached New Brunswick about the project in 2006 and learned that the Raritan River Wall was owned by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation. After receiving all the proper permits, Albus Cavus was able to launch Streets 2k7 the next year with the strong support of both the city and the DOT, he said. Albus Cavus, with the intention of developing strong communities of interactive art and free expression in public places, has spread throughout the country as well as into other countries such as Canada, Australia, China and the United Arab Emirates, Krsko said. “It is interesting to visit cities like Dubai, which have been built out of nothing, and have enormous, beautiful buildings, but no sidewalks, no places to chill outside and enjoy the day,” he said. Along with other members of Albus Cavus, Krsko learned about urban planning in these foreign countries and presented his own ideas on how to create stronger communities with more art. The collective also received the opportunity to paint a wall in Beijing before the Summer Olympics and paint the largest mural in Washington, D.C., along with 45 other artists, he said. These events, as well as many others, are co-sponsored by grants from the government, different private and public corporations and generous private donors. “There aren’t enough Rutgers students coming out,” he said. “Tell ever yone you know to come; nobody has a bad time after they come here.”



Artists came out to paint murals Saturday at the Raritan River Art Walk as a means to express themselves while also beautifying public spaces. The Art Walk runs the length of the Raritan River.




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he creators of the popular Comedy Central car toon “South Park” usually have stereotypes or critiques of American culture at the time on the money when their episodes debut. The episode entitled “Guitar Queer-o” makes fun of the hysteria that surrounds the popular video game “Guitar Hero” and the amount of time and energy young children put into getting really good at the game. The goal of the two characters Stan and Kyle is to break something like a million points and get into what would be a VH1 “Behind the Music” saga of the trials and tribulations it took to break that million points. It also made fun of the big deal people made about the skill it took to play the game and how Stan’s father’s ability to play the actual guitar was shunned by all the kids. The moral of the episode was that the whole ordeal was just plain stupid because it is, in fact, just a video game. The writers of South Park must have been looking into a crystal ball. A 12-year-old from Everett, Wash., scored 1,019,682 points on the game. “I never expected to break a world record on something that is kind of important. Maybe something kind [of] small but not this big,” Dylan Phifer said. Besides getting himself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, he also earned a top story on CNN’s website. Apparently, it is a big deal when a child puts in time and energy to get good at a video game. Even his mother was impressed because of his accomplishment; she goes on about her son’s natural ability to focus in on things that allowed him to score so high. In case you think Dylan’s talents might transfer over to a real guitar, think again. When asked about his actual musical abilities he admitted to being unsuccessful at playing the real guitar, noting what held him back was that “it had strings and notes and stuff.” He’s sticking to the plastic Xbox controller — where he really shines. The fact that this story was one of the most popular on CNN shows a lot about the skills American society is glorifying in its youth. Video games are supposed to be a leisure activity; they are something people do to take a break from reality and relax. When people start putting time and energy that could be put toward something more productive into games, the attitude toward living in a virtual reality needs to be checked. It seems like the culture of children these days is no longer going outside to play or using your imagination to break away from real life: It is now begging parents for the latest video game system and spending all your free time dedicated to mastering a game. Phifer’s mother brags about her son’s ability to focus really hard on a skill. That being said, one would think that his focus should have been put on putting effort into actually playing the guitar. It makes you wonder how much time he actually spent trying to play and practice real guitar. Because he did not like the “strings and notes and stuff,” it may be safe to assume that he tried pressing on the strings once to make a chord and then gave up because it was too hard. He has the ability to focus on what he wants to focus on, which is a video game that offers him the instant gratification of being a musician without actually having to do any work. Sure, it is impressive that someone could master such a high score, but it is sad to think of how much time and practice he put into playing a video game. What is even worse is his mother encouraging this behavior. There is nothing wrong with playing video games, but like everything else it must be done in moderation. There are wide varieties of games available for people to play and a lot of times it is hard for people to separate reality from fantasy. Video games have a way of taking over people’s lives because they are striving to achieve the highest score. People play them because they enjoy them but the amount of time spent trying to perfect their skill should be moderated. In the case of “Guitar Hero,” people should be more impressed by a 12-yearold boy who can play these same guitar riffs on an actual guitar and not just a piece of plastic. Just because you can memorize the green, red, yellow pattern and play Iron Maiden songs on “expert” doesn’t mean you can abandon any other possibilities of skills that will actually benefit you in life. Phifer has gotten his 15 minutes of fame by achieving the 1,019,682 points, but what will he have after that? Hopefully this is not the only thing that he spends his time doing. Parents should be encouraging other skills — productive ones, like building teamwork skills through sports or actually picking up an instrument and learning how to play. If they don’t, their children will be subject to getting lost in the fantasy world of instant gratification that video games give. People play “Madden” to be a football star and “Guitar Hero” to be a rock star, but what about actually trying to do these things before giving up and giving into virtual reality? A balance must be found between these two worlds in order to not be taken over by the fantasy.


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the bus when other peolthough Rutgers in ple get on! Just standing some places may there stubbornly not movnot be the most ing is delaying the bus beautiful campus, it is still a even longer. great one. The student body Fur thermore, if you are needs to remember that and waiting to get on the bus, respect our campus and our wait for the people to get fellow students. So my artiANNA NORCIA of f the bus before you cle today has to do with disr udely shove your way respectful things that peothrough. Also, concerning getting on the bus, ple do everyday. Now I wish that I was writing this do not push your way on the bus. Although the article just to the freshmen or newly transferred buses seem more crowded this year than ever students who may not know any better, but, unforbefore please keep your elbows to yourself and tunately, this is to all of the people who frequent refrain from using other students as stepping our campus. stools to get on. Some things to keep in mind are that because As Rutgers students, our other favorite mode we go to a school that tries to be as environof transpor tation is walking (since riding your mentally friendly as possible, do not litter! bike in New Brunswick is a death wish). So When you get The Daily Targum in the beginwhile enjoying a stroll through these wonderning of the day and there happens to be an fully urban streets consider the inser t in it, do not throw it on the other people who are sharing the ground. I know that it must be so “If you are trying to sidewalks. Walking down the incredibly hard to hold on to that with a group of your single piece of paper for four secenter or exit a room street friends should not be a game of onds to at least throw it in the garbage, but maybe you can give with double doors, do red rover with the pedestrians walking in the other direction. it a shot. Also just because you not all try to file out When you and your friend come leave your Targum on the bus the pivotal point where you does not mean you are not litterthrough one door; use to may need to share the sidewalk ing either. Once again the extra both sides. ” for two seconds of your epically couple of minutes you would impor tant social life, do just that, have to hold on to that paper SHARE! File behind each other would really be a hassle, but to make room for someone, do not force them to think about the hassle you are causing the workwalk around you of f the sidewalk. Driving rules er who has to clean the bus, or maybe the perstill apply. Stay to the right. Do not aimlessly son who slips on that paper because it is all over wander back and for th making it impossible for the floor. The College Avenue Greening Project others to pass you. And if you are walking will not make a dif ference if the student body toward someone going the opposite way it continues to trash the campus. would be a lot easier and much less awkward if Something else for all you bus riders: talking you both just stayed on the right side. If you do on the phone while on the bus is rude. No one happen to bump into someone, here is a wants to hear about your drunken mistake from thought: apologize! It takes one second, and it is the night before, the fight you are having with common cour tesy. Also, if you are walking your boyfriend, or the time and type of doctor’s though a door and there is someone behind appointment you have. More impor tantly DO you, hold the door open for them. I know that NOT talk on speakerphone. It is bad enough I chivalr y is dead so I am not saying hold it open have to hear you, I do not also need to hear the and let them through in front of you, but do not other obnoxious human you are on the phone just let the door slam in their face. Apparently with. Secondly, when you enter a near-empty college students can do calculus and biology, bus, do not sit next to one of the two people who are already on there. Also if the bus is now SEE NORCIA ON PAGE 11 standing room only, move toward the center of

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“If people want to sing in public, they sing. If people want to dance in public, they dance. I cannot sing or dance, but I can paint. I just want to make people smile.” Peter Krsko, Albus Cavus co-founder, on how painting on public buildings is perceived as damaging STORY IN METRO

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2009


Blatant ignorance: Racism alive in new form Letter BEN WEST


n Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Targum, Jenna Greenfield of fered her thoughts on race in American society in her article, “Racism alive in a new form.” What troubles the author is that “some black people refuse to let go of racism that plagued their ancestors, channeling their resentment toward white citizens in what is easily identified as racism.” She believes that although there are still a couple of racists in America, “we have risen above the … issue of unequal rights and undeser ved discrimination, [so] we should collectively dissolve our differences and focus on the grounds of our shared humanity.” I agree with the author that the countr y has made significant strides, having long abandoned the institution of slaver y and the Jim Crow laws that followed it in order to blossom into a society where blacks and whites are not legally prohibited from attending the same schools, shopping in the same supermarkets and playing on the same streets. I also agree that it is unfair to characterize the vast majority of white Americans as being one and the same with Eugene “Bull” O’Connor, the poster boy of U.S. racism who fought against integration by using fire hoses and police attack dogs against peaceful black protestors. With all this being said, however, I do believe that race is still an issue in American society. Race

NORCIA continued from page 10 but the double door seems to be a problem. If you are tr ying to enter or exit a room with double doors, do not all tr y to file out through one door; use both sides. Once again I know how dif ficult this can be but take a deep breath, give it a tr y, and you will be surprised how well it works. Tr ust me I could go on about the rude things the people on this campus do, but I do not have an entire page. Ask your friends what bothers them around campus and I guarantee it will be along the same lines. So the next time you go to class, pick up the Targum, or get on a bus think about what you are doing. Think about if it would bother you if you saw someone doing what you are doing. Also in this self-centered world, take a second to think of the people around you and how maybe your life is not more impor tant than theirs. Anna Norcia is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior majoring in nutritional sciences. Her column, “Just the Facts,” runs on alternate Mondays.

is still a divider, no matter how invisible it has become to the untrained eye. Although black people are allowed to go to the same schools, shop in the same supermarkets and play on the same streets as their white counterparts, many of them are still suffering from the effects of centuries of economic and social exclusion from opportunities that have existed for whites. As a result, they cannot afford to live in the same neighborhoods. This means they cannot attend the same high-quality schools or play on the safe streets of their white peers. One needs to look no farther than New Jersey in order to see that racial inequality sur vives despite the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. Schools in Camden are predominately black and poor, and have a graduation rate of 51 percent. Schools in Moorestown are only 10 miles away and predominately white and wealthy, with a graduation rate of 98 percent. One can also compare Newark to Summit, and Manhattan to East New York, and one sees that race is still a divider. The author claims that because “we have risen above the … issue of unequal rights and undeser ved discrimination, we should collectively dissolve our differences and focus on the grounds of our shared humanity.” By “we,” of course, it is clear that the author more specifically means blacks who just cannot seem to let go of past racism. As much as I wish that blacks could overcome the social and economic exclusion that they currently face — and that is a result

of past exclusion — through a thinking exercise in which they focus on their “shared humanity” with whites, the truth is race will matter, no matter how much they focus on their shared humanity. We do not live in a post-racial society. Unequal rights and blatant racism are no longer the major issues of race in American society; instead, an unequal opportunity structure has become the defining aspect of racial difference. And although our nation is

“The racism that plagued the ancestors of blacks in the form of economic and social exclusion continues to have real-world effects today.” no longer a nation of blatant racists, it is a nation in which many individuals feel no remorse for blatantly ignoring the problem of racial inequality. Many feel perfectly content five minutes after passing by the homeless black man who sleeps on the sidewalk next to the trash bags that contain all of his clothes. Many feel no urgent need to push their elected representatives to improve the conditions of lowquality schools where young minority children walk through metal detectors every morning in order to read out-of-date textbooks from 1996 under the instruction of teachers who have already given up on them and pass them through the education-

al system, not for their academic achievements but only for simply being quiet. Few deeply question why black people make up nearly 40 percent of the U.S. prison population but only 13 percent of the nation’s total population; and even fewer ever wonder why the University’s faculty is not nearly as diverse as its student body, a truth reported to The Daily Targum Wednesday in the article titled “Faculty diversity not on par with student demographics.” It is clear that the racism that plagued the ancestors of blacks in the form of economic and social exclusion continues to have real-world effects today. It is for this reason that I must criticize Greenfield’s criticism of the “black people who refuse to let go of racism that plagued their ancestors” as naïve. It is also clear that although the problem of racial inequality persists, the vast majority of white American citizens have little knowledge about it and are apathetic about learning more in order to solve it, even when confronted with the most blatant examples of it in their ver y own states. For this reason, I must criticize the author’s call on black people to focus on their shared humanity with white people in order to move America into a more positive direction as ignorant. We need to truly address the problems of racial inequality and weak opportunity structures in poor black neighborhoods instead of asking blacks to ignore them. Instead of criticizing blacks for voicing their complaints about the social and economic exclusion that they continue to face,

we should criticize the broader American public that votes for not learning about and making it a national priority to address the inequalities that continue to plague many black people and other racial minorities. As you read this, you may wonder, ‘What can I do to learn about and help address racial inequality?’ I would suggest that you take a course or two in the social sciences during your time at the University in order to gain a richer understanding of racial inequality than popular explanations will offer you. Your time at the University offers you a unique opportunity to understand the world around you, so please take advantage of it. Furthermore, I would urge you to join organizations that seek to address the social and economic exclusion that black Americans face, such as Teach for America and New York City Teaching Fellows; supporting organizations that seek to advance the lives of poor racial minorities, such as the United Negro College Fund and the University’s ver y own Equal Opportunity Fund, once you actually have an income; and by electing representatives and supporting policies that seek to address the social and economic exclusion that cause racial inequality in the first place. The question is not whether or not you can make a difference; rather, the question is whether you want to. Ben West is a Rutgers College senior majoring in political science. He can be reached at



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SEPTEMBER 21, 2009


Scarlet Knights off to worst start in school history BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER


Senior forward Brittany Bybel scored her fifth goal of the season in the first half of yesterday’s 4-2 loss to the Black Bears.

Tough day puts RU in early hole BY KEVIN O’ROURKE STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers men’s golf team does not aspire to be in the middle of the MEN’S GOLF pack this RUTGERS 871 season. But this NINTH PLACE weekend at The McLaughlin in Bethpage, N.Y., that is precisely where the Scarlet Knights found themselves. RU’s 54-hole tally of 871 strokes placed them ninth in the 18-team field. Coastal Carolina took home the title with a fiveunder par total of 835. Harvard’s Greg Shuman, Coastal Carolina’s Sam L yons and Towson’s Nyasha Mauchaza tied for the individual honors at two-under par 208. Seniors James Hilaire and J.F. Sorbella paced the Knights at six-over par 216, good enough for 26th place in the 93player field. Freshman Gene Yang bounced back from a rough first round to finish in 45th. Yang led a solid final round effort for RU by turning in a one-under par 69. Senior Jimmy Arbes struggled after an opening round 70 and placed in a tie for 54th. Sophomore Andrew Tursky rounded out the scoring for RU in 86th place at 23-over par 233. Any expectations the team had of winning the event were dashed Friday after the tourney’s opening 36 holes. The Knights finished the day 16th, 30 strokes behind firstplace UNC Wilmington. Hilaire and Arbes each turned in first round scores of even par or better, enabling them to pace the squad at five-over par. Underclassmen Yang and Tursky regressed after turning in strong showings in the Rutgers Invitational victory. Yang struggled to an opening round 78 before salvaging a 10over par day one total with a solid second-round score of 72.

Down but not out, the Rutgers field hockey team entered yesterday’s game against Maine still in search FIELD HOCKEY of its first vic4 tory this MAINE 2 season. RUTGERS But a win was not in the cards for the Scarlet Knights, who fell to the Black Bears 4-2 after dropping a tough Big East matchup Friday against Villanova. It was not the start the Knights pictured coming off of last year’s successful 14-6 campaign. The 0-8 record marks the worst start for the team in history. While the team has tried to keep the record from affecting them negatively, head coach Liz Tchou said it began to creep into their minds as the second half wore on. “I think the 0-7 took a toll on us today though coming in we were pretty positive we just weren’t executing,” she said. “Field hockey is all about being

sharp in your skill sets and we’re just not there; we’re over compensating, and that is what happens when you’re sitting there and wanting it so badly.” The Knights were on the verge of climbing back into the contest when senior for ward Sarah Dunn recovered a missed penalty corner opportunity and fired a shot into the goal. But the Knights’ celebration was short lived, as Maine forward Jocelyn Mitchell broke free from the Knights’ defenders only a minute later. Despite having 15 minutes left in the match, Dunn’s goal was the final shot the team would manage for the remainder of the game. By the end, RU was outshot 21 to 12. The Knights unleashed an offensive barrage against the Black Bears late in the first period, including a blistering shot that was turned aside by Maine goalkeeper Brittany Fleck. Maine was able to escape the period without letting up a second score and the Knights found themselves unable to carr y their momentum into the second half.

RU’s momentum was hampered by turnovers and unforced errors in the second half as the Knights found themselves unable to find the same rhythm that they had in the earlier part of the game. “When you star t to force it individually and you star t to think, ‘Well, I’m just going to do it myself,’ that’s not what Rutgers field hockey is all about,” Tchou said. “You can’t have individual ef for ts out there; it’s all about how you can combine with your teammates and that’s something we need to understand. It’s a harsh reality that we’re learning right now.” As difficult as it may be, the Knights must move past this weekend as they prepare for their second Big East contest Friday at home against Georgetown. “We’re just looking forward,” said senior back Melissa Bowman. “No matter what happens in the game before we just have to look ahead to the next game. The past is the past, and we’re moving forward.”



SEPTEMBER 21, 2009


Salmon smokes UConn with pair Knights get physical, BY KYLE FRANKO

trounce Friars in OT


Down a goal after 10 minutes and with its goalkeeper lying on the ground, the Rutgers men’s soccer t e a m MEN’S SOCCER had a CONNECTICUT 1 s t e e p oun2 m RUTGERS tain to climb last night against Connecticut. But a second half brace in the span of six minutes from junior midfielder Yannick Salmon gave the Scarlet Knights a 2-1 victory last night a Yurcak Field. “It meant a lot for us [to come back],” Salmon said. “These are games last year that we wouldn’t have won and it just goes to show the experience and maturity that we have.” RU lost freshman goalkeeper Jake Grinkevich in the 10th minute after he collided with UConn midfielder Tony Cascio. Cascio scored on the play, just beating Grinkevich to the ball and poking it into the goal for a 10 Husky lead. Grinkevich lay on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field. Head coach Bob Reasso said that he is not sure on the severity of the injury, and the team will not know more for until further tests are done. Sophomore Adam Klink replaced Grinkevich and made two saves. The Scarlet Knights equalized at 63 minutes after UConn’s Toni Stahl took down freshman midfielder Aly Mazhar in the box. Salmon stepped up to the spot and converted his penalty kick by sending Huskies goalkeeper Josh Ford the wrong way. “[Yannick] was the best player on the park bar none,” Reasso said. “I wish I had two Yannicks, but I only have one, and I’m enjoying having him. We decided to attack tonight because we were home, and instead of playing him the back, we pushed him up as a No. 10 and he was tremendous all night long.”



In a span of six minutes in the second half, sophomore midfielder Yannick Salmon put the Knights ahead for good with a pair of goals. Salmon’s work paid off again six minutes later when he picked up a ball from sophomore midfielder Nye Winslow and cut across the field beating two defenders. Salmon fired a low shot that caught Ford wrong-footed and gave RU the lead for good. “I thought it was the best game we put together,” Reasso said. “I didn’t think there was any doubt that we were the better team and it’s a shame that Jake’s hurt, but I thought we deserved it.” UConn (2-2-2, 1-1-0) presented a more technical style than the Knights saw two nights earlier against Providence. “You have to credit UConn because they are a great team and a great program,” Reasso said. “They look to play soccer

Flannigan leads team in return to Bronx BY TYLER DONOHUE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rutgers women’s cross countr y team followed up last weekWOMEN’S XC end’s RUTGERS 268 PTS s e a s o n opening 10TH PLACE race at t h e Fordham Fiasco with a return trip Saturday to the Bronx. The Scarlet Knights were among 21 college teams competing at the 15th annual Iona College Meet of Champions. The meet was held at Van Cortlandt Park, site of the team’s fourth place finish in the Sep. 12 season opener. The Knights tallied 268 points while finishing in 10th place at the meet, which was won by Har vard. Head coach James Robinson said the squad made strides Saturday. “We had a good per formance going up against ranked teams from Division I, Division II and Division III schools,” Robinson said. “We’re getting really close to being at full strength.”

Sophomore Kelly Flannigan paced the Knights in the 6k race with a time of 24:01, good enough for 26th woman overall. The Middletown, Conn., native has been the catalyst for RU so far this season, leading the team in each of the first two races. “Kelly is an outstanding young lady,” Robinson said. “She’s really come into her own over the past year.” Despite arriving at Rutgers as primarily a track and field athlete, Flannigan has focused on honing her cross country skills. “She worked very hard all summer tr ying to become a great cross countr y runner,” Robinson said. “Her improvements are impressive.” Fellow sophomore Kristen Johnson and freshman Elise Brevet finished second and third for the Knights with times of 24:28 and 24:36, respectively. Looking forward, the Knights travel to Bethlehem, Pa., Oct. 2 to compete in the Paul Short Invitational. The team looks to improve on its 22nd overall finish at the meet in 2008.

and we do better against teams that looked to pass the ball and play soccer rather than just kick the crap out of the ball.” RU (4-2-0, 2-0-0) controlled most of the play, outshooting the Huskies 15-6. The victor y over UConn gives the Knights a 100 percent start to their league campaign — something Reasso knows is invaluable. “You have to win your Big East home games,” the 29-year head coach said. “We won two ver y impor tant home games and I’m ver y proud of the guys. I thought it was our best performance of the year thus far.” But Salmon, the team leader with four goals, just keeps plugging along. “I just do what I can for the team,” Salmon said. “If they need me somewhere, I play.”

With six yellow cards given out during the game and one skirmish broken up by the referees, the Rutgers men’s soccer team’s KNIGHT g a m e NOTEBOOK Friday against Providence proved very physical. The Scarlet Knights fought ever y minute for their 2-1 win, and ended the game in the 109th minute when sophomore midfielder Br yant Knibbs’ long throw from nearly 25 yards out was headed in by junior midfielder Yannick Salmon. “I think it’s fitness, but we also have tremendous chemistry and the guys just dug in and fought,” said head coach Bob Reasso. “When you get to Big East games, it’s about fighting.” Both teams played evenly throughout the first half; each had five shots on goal and both goalkeepers made two saves. But Providence (3-2-0, 0-1-0) came out stronger offensively in the second half and had eight shots on goal to RU’s one. Still, the Knights turned that one opportunity into a goal. In the 46th minute, sophomore forward Ibrahim Kamara scored on an assist by junior midfielder Chris Edwards. And the physical play was evident from the get-go — the teams combined for 38 fouls. Providence tied the game 10 minutes after RU went in front. True freshman goalkeeper Jake Grinkevich was unable to save on a deflected breakaway. Providence’s Nick Cianci managed a breakaway from his defender, and Grinkevich came off his line and stopped Cianci’s

first attempt. But the deflection went right to Cianci, who headed the ball in to tie the game. “We grew up a lot tonight,” Reasso said. “Maybe that’s what this team needed — a big win like this.”

SUCH A PHYSICAL MATCH put a lot of pressure on the team — and no one more so than Grinkevich. In the first half alone, Grikevich made three saves. In the 14th minute, Providence’s John Raley shot the ball to the upper left corner, but Grinkevich was there, deflecting it out of the goal. Two minutes later, the ball was speeding to the lower right corner, but Grinkevich saved the team. Grinkevich went on to make two more saves in the second half and two more in the first overtime. “We play together for 90 minutes and we have to make sure we’re together for those 90 minutes,” said Grinkevich, who made six saves total. “Tonight ever ybody was there for each other and that was the key factor.” Reasso said he felt like the Manalapan, N.J., native grew up this past week. “Jake learned a lot in the Santa Barbara game,” said Reasso about last week’s west coast trip where the Scarlet Knights lost 4-0. “That lesson he learned … has carried over [Friday night]. I thought Jake was fantastic [Friday], and that’s the reason we’re staying with him. SOPHOMORE


David MacVane remained sidelined with a leg injury. This is the second consecutive game the South Carolina transfer has missed. Sophomore for ward Gaetano Panuccio is still struggling with a foot injur y, and played for only two minutes against UConn on Sunday.


SEPTEMBER 21, 2009



Guthrie’s fifth shutout completes weekend sweep BY ALEX JANKOWSKI CONTRIBUTING WRITER

PRINCETON — Injuries have plagued the 16th ranked Rutgers women’s soccer team all season, WOMEN’S SOCCER but as long as RUTGERS 2 junior shley PRINCETON 0 A Jones keeps getting touches on the ball, then the team has stayed on its feet. Jones found the back of the net in the 18th minute and again in the 64th minute of Sunday night’s 2-0 victory against the Princeton Tigers. The goals mark her sixth and seventh of the season, all of which have come in the past five games. “I just take into consideration what we learn from film,” Jones said. “If it wasn’t for my teammates, I wouldn’t be able to have the chances that I get.” The first goal came while the Scarlet Knights (7-1-1) were in the midst of putting consistent pressure on the Tigers defense. Redshirt freshman midfielder Stefanee Pace controlled the ball at the top of the 18-yard box, drawing Princeton defenders toward her. When they arrived, she showed great vision, flicking the ball with her back heel to Jones who proceeded to enter the Princeton box unmarked. One on one with junior goalie Alyssa Pont, Jones whistled a shot past the keeper into the top left of the Princeton goal. Her second strike came in transition when she worked her way down the right side to get one on one once again with Pont. This time the forward kept the ball and crossed over the left side of the field, past the goalkeeper

and tapped the ball into the wide open net. While Jones has continued to score, the RU defense and All-American goalkeeper Erin Guthrie have continued to keep their net empty in the first half — and in this case, the entire game. The team is still yet to surrender a first-half goal against any opponent this season. “We knew that there would be space out wide,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “In terms of Ashley [Jones], she is a leader on this team; and the fact that she is having all of this success shows all of her hard work and dedication.” Princeton (1-4-1) had a chance to even the score early in the second half. However, Guthrie robbed forward Marci Pasenello point blank when she sprawled to stop the ball from scooting past her and into the bottom far corner. Already the teams all-time leader in shutouts; this win gives the Knights netminder her fifth shutout of the season. Guthrie stood tall in net for the Knights, grabbing hold of countless crosses that entered her box via corner kick or free kick. The game was played in front of a filled Roberts Stadium; most of the crowd took the short trip south from New Brunswick and sported red attire. This game comes two days after the Knights lost another play due to injur y. Defender Rheanne Sleiman went down late in the 2-1 overtime win over Seton Hall Friday night with an ankle sprain. “It’s just an ankle sprain,” Crooks said. “She definitely couldn’t go tonight and will be questionable for our next match.”


Junior Ashley Jones scored both of the Knights’ goals in yesterday’s 2-0 road victory over Princeton, giving her a team-high seven scores on the season. Goalie Erin Guthrie got her fifth shutout of the year. While RU has lost four players this season due to injuries, they were glad to get one back. Sophomore defender Allie Hambleton, who missed all of the 2008 season with an ACL injur y, returned for her first game since she star ted the

entire 2007 season for the Knights. “It feels great to be back out there with my team,” Hambleton said. The Scarlet Knights were able to avenge the loss they suffered the last time they face off against

Princeton, a 5-1 decision in October of 2007. This was RU’s last game against a non-conference opponent. All 10 remaining games will be against Big East foes, the most tantalizing of which comes on Oct. 9, when No. 14 Notre Dame comes to Piscataway.

VICTORY: RU defense records five sacks, two picks continued from back After only three sacks in the first two games, the Knights (2-1) sacked the Golden Panthers five times, including another two from sack-leader Jonathan Freeny. Senior middle linebacker Ryan D’Imperio contributed eight tackles and a pick-six in the fourth quarter for his first career touchdown, and senior right end George Johnson recorded a team-leading 10 tackles. “It was a good effort but it wasn’t a complete effort because we could have actually finished the effort,” Johnson said. “In the third and fourth quarter they started gaining momentum and they started to come back on us, so we didn’t do a complete effort on defense.” The RU secondar y, featuring sophomore David Rowe in his first career star t, continually swarmed the ball and prevented the big play for the first time this season. “That was the best game that the defense has come out and played,” said senior cornerback Devin McCourty, who had eight tackles. “At the end of the game, we let them back in and we have to work on that. Two quick scores can really turn a game around. Our overall effort and performance is the best so far this season.” The usually turnover-free Paul McCall, the FIU quarter-


True freshman quarterback Tom Savage exited the Knights’ 23-15 victory Saturday in the fourth quarter after an FIU defensive player landed full-force on Savage’s helmet during a tackle. Savage lay motionless for a few moments before jogging crisply off the field. back, threw two picks on overthrown balls including redshirt freshman Khaseem Greene’s first career interception. All-purpose threat T.Y. Hilton — third in the nation in yards from scrimmage last season — caught two late touchdown passes for FIU, finishing the day with 80 yards.

“He’s a great player,” McCourty said of Hilton. “He just made plays all day and as a defense we made sure we surrounded him.” Sophomore Joe Martinek saw the brunt of the carries on offense for the second time in three games. His quiet 121 yards on the game mark a career-high.

“Just thinking about it, it’s almost three years now; it’s been awhile,” Martinek said of his first 100-yard game at Rutgers. “It feels really good to finally get it, and now we just have to build on it.” Knight Note: Schiano said yesterday in his day-after tele-

conference that Savage was “feeling better.” “As time passed, things started to clear up,” Schiano said. “We’ll keep a close eye on him … It’s hard to tell if it was his hip or his head hitting the ground. He doesn’t know which one so we have to chalk it up to it was a good hit.”



SEPTEMBER 21, 2009


Many questions left unanswered after 100 games Mind of Stein MATTHEW STEIN


ne hundred games into his Rutgers football coaching career, Greg Schiano has brought a lot of changes to the Banks — for the better — and owns one very distinct career milestone. He is the losingest coach in Scarlet Knights history. But Schiano is also among the longest tenured, coaching in an era where nothing is measured as much as victories and establishing a winning culture — the two things Schiano said he would implement when he took over for Terry Shea in 2001. There are many issues people have with Schiano’s tenure, ranging from his salary to the expansion of Rutgers Stadium to his sheer coaching decisions, and this column is sure to draw the ire of the many anti-Schiano opinions out there. But the bottom line is that Schiano managed to make the University football program relevant again, and that is something that cannot be disputed. “Ever y year something changes,” said senior cornerback Devin McCourty. “You always get a different team, but coach Schiano always sticks to what we do here at Rutgers and tries to get the team and the young guys playing how we play here.” Now 100 games in, Schiano continues to stick by the same morals and ideals that brought in players such as Brian Leonard and Mike Teel. Teel, even though he was nowhere close to a prize recruit, mentioned to me toward the end of last season that the first thing

NOTEBOOK: Greene nabs first career interception continued from back body,” Freeny said. “We just try to motivate each other. When I got my sack I just went up to Alex [Silvestro] and George [Johnson] and said, ‘I got my first one, now who’s next?’” In the third quarter, the RU defense got to FIU quarterback Paul McCall on consecutive plays.


One hundred games into his Scarlet Knights coaching career, head coach Greg Schiano owns 48 wins after pulling Rutgers out of the basement of Division I football and creating a culture in Piscataway. Schiano said upon his arrival at Teel’s house was “You are going to get your degree.” His values, believe in them or not, stress much more than just play on the field. A sign in the team meeting room reads “T.B.A.” (Trust. Belief. Accountability) and “F.A.M.I.L.Y.” hangs on a banner over the practice fields adjacent to Rutgers Stadium.

Believe in his preaching or not — which for the most part, I do not — Schiano will be the first to tell you: It’s not just a football team. It’s a culture. “I didn’t realize it was,” he said of Saturday’s game being his 100th. “That explains why I have more gray hair on the sides of my head now.” I don’t buy into that as much as some do, but I also try to be as fair

Silvestro and senior tackle Blair Bines took down McCall for a one-yard loss before Silvestro and senior end George Johnson combined for another sack. Senior linebacker and captain Ryan D’Imperio added a sack for a nine-yard loss.

Greene caught the overthrown pass at RU’s 46-yard line before his 32-yard return put the ball just outside of the redzone. “Feeling the rush of the crowd when I caught it was something I’ve always dreamed about,” Greene said. “To be honest, I was looking for the end zone. Any time I get the chance, I’m going for the end zone because those opportunities don’t come around a lot.” It was also a big day for sophomore cornerback David Rowe, who earned his first career star t and faced of f against high school teammate and best friend, FIU backup quarterback Wayne Younger. “It was real nice to see him out there and actually play against him, because in high school we played together in football, basketball and baseball,” Rowe said. After a 13-yard scramble by Younger, the Cocoa, Fla., natives exchanged words before returning to their sidelines. Younger played three drives while McCall was injured on the sidelines. “I wanted to get a lick on him; we had been talking about this all summer,” Rowe said. “I just told him it was a nice run, but it wasn’t enough for the first down. They still had to punt the ball.”

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SAFETY Khaseem Greene, seeing more playing time in the absence of injured sophomore Pat Kivlehan, recorded his first career interception in the first quarter.


Junior defensive end Jonathan Freeny leads the Scarlet Knights with four sacks after recording another two against Florida International.

HEAD COACH GREG Schiano continued his effort to find the

as possible when assessing Schiano’s first 100 games. Facts are facts. After all, this is his ninth year at the helm of the Knights, and with the exception of the 2006 run to the Texas Bowl, his best record has been 8-5. Including the 2006 campaign, RU has won three straight bowl games but has come up short of a Bowl

Championship Series bowl twice, each time by one game or one play. The bigger question is how much farther Schiano can take this program. Recruiting has improved exponentially each year, and that is undeniable. But there is a growing restlessness as people lose patience in the program, wondering when that big breakthrough or BCS title is going to come. The media loves RU. Six nationally televised games highlight the 2009 season and the University has played multiple night games the last three seasons. Ultimately, a lot rests on capturing the attention, and hearts, of the city of New York. The Empire State Building shone scarlet for the Louisville victor y in 2006, but the back pages of the New York papers have been largely RU-free ever since. It’s just not a traditional college football town, and that may have to change for Rutgers to continue to get national recognition as ESPN bores of showing Knights games. Schiano is quick to tell you about his visions of a third deck on Rutgers Stadium, national championships and establishing RU as a true football powerhouse. Controversy over salaries and stadium expansion aside, he has without question been the best thing to happen to this program in decades. He has yet to bail for Michigan, Penn State or Miami. He says he never will. As for 100 games, it’s just another notch on the stepladder as he tries to make Rutgers more relevant on the national level. Schiano knows he still has a long way to go. Personal accomplishments be damned. — Matthew Stein accepts comments and criticism at


After making his first career interception in Rutgers’ 23-15 win over Florida International Saturday, redshirt freshman safety Khaseem Greene described the sequence as a ‘dream come true.’ best offensive line, giving sophomore Desmond Wynn his first career start. Wynn played right guard, splitting time with junior Howard Barbieri. Sophomore Art Forst moved from his usual right guard position to the left side. “We’re just tr ying to find the best five,” Schiano said. “[Wynn] is a big, strong, phys-

ical kid who will continue to get better.”




Young saw his first action of the season, catching two passes for six yards as a third-down back. Young led the Knights in rushing last season but knee injuries have hampered his progress throughout his career.



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Senior linebacker Ryan D’Imperio collects his first sack of the season, one of five Rutgers sacks on the day. D’Imperio’s fourth quarter interception return for a touchdown was the deciding score in the Scarlet Knights’ 23-15 victory over Florida International. The score was the first pick-six in his career on the Banks.

Savage injury overshadows Rutgers victory BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

The crowd at Rutgers Stadium saw its life flash before its eyes at the 13-minute mark of the fourth quarter FOOTBALL Saturday when Tom Savage lay motionless on the 10-yard line. The true freshman quarterback struggled just to get to that point, taking four sacks and completing just 11-of-28 passes for 185 yards,


but a head-crunching hit on a scramble up the middle was the last straw on a hard day’s night. Though he ran off the field after the injur y, senior Dom Natale replaced him at quarterback to finish off the Rutgers football team’s 23-15 victor y over the Florida International at Rutgers Stadium. “He got dinged a little bit,” head coach Greg Schiano said of Savage after the win. “I think he’s going to be OK. Right now it’s a little foggy. That’s why he didn’t go back into the game.”

Natale and senior Jabu Lovelace bailed out the out-of-sync Savage with their feet, not through the air. Natale punched the ball in from two yards out on an option-like scramble for the Scarlet Knights’ only offensive touchdown of the game, and Lovelace put together 34 yards on three rushing attempts out of the Wildcat style “Jabu Package.” “It’s been a role I’ve spent fourand-a-half years in, so it’s nothing new,” Natale said. “It felt good to contribute and be out there and be ready.”


BIG EAST SCORES Louisville Kentucky

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Connecticut Baylor

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No. 18 Cincinnati Oregon State

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West Virginia Auburn

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“He’s going to learn,” he said. “He did a good job of handling stuff. He’s a competitive guy so you can see him get frustrated … He’ll be fine.” The RU defense was up to the task of bailing out the downtrodden offense, putting together an electric day after two weak appearances to start off the season with all three layers of the defense clicking. The defensive line more than held its own against FIU (0-2).








Natale’s big play came on a 49yard completion to wide receiver Tim Brown down the middle of the field, helping the Miami, Fla. native exceed the century mark for the sixth time in his career, hauling in 131 receiving yards. “We have two great quarterbacks here,” Brown said of Savage and Natale. “I just told Dom that you have to keep going, no matter when you get in the game, step up.” Savage was unavailable after the game, but Natale said the true freshman will be fine.

Total Yds 260 394

Pass 218 234

Rush 42 160

Sophomore Joe Martinek rushed 23 times for 121 yards against Florida International Saturday for the first 100-yard rushing performance in his Scarlet Knights’ career. The running back took more than half of RU’s 41 team carries and averaged 5.3 yards per rush against the Golden Panthers.



After the Rutgers football team allowed Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike to throw virtually uncontested in the week one rout, the Scarlet Knights emphasized putting pressure on the quarterback against a spread offense. For the first time this season, it showed. “You get aggravated, but you just have to keep working and working

and working,” said junior defensive end Jonathan Freeny. “In practice, we just keep at it and keep getting better.” For the second consecutive game, he recorded two sacks, each time for a loss of seven yards. Despite being the second string defensive end, Freeny leads the Knights with four sacks this season. “We definitely have a competition, defensive ends, tackles, every-


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