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The Rutgers defense shouldered the load for the Scarlet Knights, forcing five turnovers and scoring two touchdowns in the team’s 34-13 road win against the Maryland Terrapins.

McCormick outlines plans to improve U. BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

In his seventh annual state of the University address, University President Richard L. McCormick spoke of the school’s financial status, successes, areas of improvement and goals for the future. Standing in front of University senators, students, faculty and administrators in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center at a University Senate meeting Friday, McCormick began his address talking about the burden of the economy on the University. The decline in state support — now at about 40 percent, a decrease from 70 percent in 1990 — has made the situation harder to deal with, but it could be worse, he said. “Up to this point, the recession has not fundamentally changed the character of our institution,” McCormick said.

A comprehensive effort to find savings and efficiencies, federal stimulus funds, shared faculty sacrifices, good management and expanding revenue sources lessened the blow, he said. One saving this year came from the Livingston campus solar farm, which generates 10 percent of the electricity for the campus, he said. “These and other efficiencies are now saving Rutgers millions of dollars a year, and I thank all of you for participating in them. The next round of efficiency savings will be more difficult,” McCormick said. “They will require us to change the ways we do business and to give up some conveniences we cherish.” He thanked the faculty and their union for agreeing to defer their raises, preventing larger cuts to be made.



President Richard L. McCormick speaks to the University community Friday about last year’s successes and shortcomings, along with goals for the year ahead at his annual address.

Union protests administration outside annual address BY ARIEL NAGI CORRESPONDENT

Dressed in white jumpsuits, hard hats, construction vests and gas masks, Union of Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers members


stood in front of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus Friday, boycotting University President Richard L. McCormick’s annual address. Calling the address the “Toxic Incident Site,” the union was protesting against management


although the University’s overall funding continues to increase. “The University’s management is not listening when we tell them that they are overreaching far beyond what thousands of committed workers at Rutgers might agree to as a fair trade-off between

deferred raises and job security,” Bender said. URA-AFT President Lucye Millerand said the annual address lacks substance and fails to address these issues.


Web site acts as information hub BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The Alfa Art Gallery in downtown New Brunswick hosts a night of featured performances from local musicans and artists.

greed, which they said is hazardous to the University community. URA-AFT Executive Vice President Nat Bender said University management broke their contract and froze negotiated raises using the general economy and projections of next year’s budget as an excuse,

With the University’s 585 academic units and 27 schools, University Media Relations saw a need to bring cohesion to all the top news stories and features.

Today, they will launch Rutgers Today — a news center Web site that pulls together content from various sources around the University, said Rutgers Today Executive Editor Greg Trevor. “The goal is to better inform citizens about the University, and what

we hope Rutgers Today will become is a Web site people will turn to on a daily basis,” said Trevor, senior director of Media Relations. The site features news about University research, events,


OPINIONS Parents and conservatives are upset by a recent video circulated on YouTube involving their children singing songs about Obama.


RHA Vice President of Internal Affairs Becca Heller calls off the names of “RHA-Opoly” raffle winners yesterday at Leadership Development Day.

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Students and community members run at the seventh annual High Speed Chase for the Cure 5K Run/3K Walk yesterday in memory of RUPD officer Randy McIntyre and to fund cancer research.

Hundreds pound pavement for cure BY JOE BEGONIS



More than 1,000 students, community members and officers from the Rutgers University Police Department hit the ground running to help raise

awareness and money for cancer yesterday despite the rain. The University’s seventhannual High Speed Chase for the Cure 5K Run/3K Walk — held at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Livingston campus — was created as a way to pay trib-

Students game for developing skills as RHA leaders BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT

ute to Randy McIntyre, a University police officer who lost his life to cancer. “I’ve been running since it started,” said Ron Cohen, an RUPD officer. “It’s about family.”

The Residence Hall Association paid homage to the Parker Brothers yesterday with their Monopolythemed Leadership Development Day, which they billed as “RHA–Opoly.” The day consisted of about 21 leadership-learning sessions with titles like “Building Your Monopoly” and “How to Prevent Your Time from Being Monopolized” with the goal of ensuring every elected leader in the residence halls is competent in their role, RHA Vice




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Club hockey sports team faces double defeat BY NICHOLAS ORLANDO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A fast start turned to disappointment in Friday’s home opener for the Rutgers men’s hockey club against The University of Rhode Island, ranked seven in the country. The team lost 7-2 against Rhode Island. Head coach Andy Gojdycz was displeased with the performance his team put forward and said he planned to make major changes in lines and the way they played. “[The Knights have to] win the one-on-one battles to the puck,” he said. While he did see some bright spots in the performance of certain players, overall Gojdycz said his team took advantage of the early lead and that should not happen. The Scarlet Knights got off to an extremely fast start, scoring at 2:19, when senior forward Jeff Katz of RutgersNewark found the net for the first goal of the season after an

opportunity was missed just seconds before. “It’s always good to get the first shift off to a good start,” Katz said. The lead was preserved five minutes later by a diving save in front of an open net by forward Tim Nakajima, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. The team held off a five-onthree early, only allowing three shots on goal and clearing twice. School of Arts and Sciences firstyear student Matt Ruthberg’s put-in led to another goal, increasing RU’s lead to two, assisted by Andrew Shapiro, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, and Jason Adams, a School of Environmental and Biological first-year student. This lead did not last though, as Rhode Island scored back-toback goals within two minutes of each other to close out the first period and tie the game. Rhode Island came out in the second period firing four shots within the first five minutes. This trend continued as they outshot the Knights again and took a 5-2 lead.


Scarlet Knight John Beatrice checks a University of Rhode Island player against the boards Friday night at the Knight’s home opener. Prior to their two games this weekend, Rhode Island was ranked seventh in the country and beat the Knights in both games. URI held RU without a goal in the second and they were badly outplayed, giving up three goals at nine, 11 and 16 minutes. Starting out slowly, the third period picked up for Rhode Island as they scored goals at 7:49 and 10:53. This pushed the team’s lead to five and sealed the game. All seven of Rhode Island’s goals were unanswered

after the Scarlet Knights took the early lead. Shapiro said the team needed to turn things around for Saturday night’s game. “[The physicality] will be greater because we need to increase the amount of hits tomorrow if we are going to have a chance to win,” Shapiro said. “[We’ll need] to build on the first

12 minutes of tonight’s game and play like that for the full 60.” RU finished last year with a 15-15-3 record while going 12-11 inside its conference. The team lost in the semifinals to Cornell, who went on to win the championship, Shapiro said. The goal this year is to reach nationals in Chicago, which was so narrowly missed last season.

SCARLET KNIGHTS LOSE HEAT ON ICE The face-off between the Rutgers men’s hockey club and the University of Rhode Island Saturday night was much like the previous. Knowing the loss of the night before, the team had to play the game all three periods in order to win, said Jeff Katz, forward and Rutgers-Newark senior. But Rhode Island came

and took two from Rutgers in a convincing fashion with a final score of 6-2. The first period was tight, very sharp and almost even. Both sides exchanged hit after hit and save after save, with neither team scoring. To start the second period, the Scarlet Knights broke through with a goal 32 seconds



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in from Tim Nakajima on a redirect from Tyler Rogers. This put the Knights up again just as they were at the Friday night game. After giving up two quick goals, the Knights had to stave off two separate five-on-threes, totaling 1:34. The team would escape unscathed but Rhode Island scored two more times

toward the end of the period, including one goal with 40 seconds left. The opponents scored four times in the period as the Knights committed six penalties. The lead going into the third period was 4-1 Rhode Island, and the Knights faced a large hill to climb if they wanted to make the game competitive.

In the last 20 minutes, Rhode Island made two goals, one on a five-on-three and one on a penalty shot. This put the score at 6-1 and Rhode Island was in control. In a last, tr ying effort, Nakajima, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, would add his second goal of the night with four minutes left in the game. — Nicholas Orlando


SEPTEMBER 28, 2009

PLANS: McCormick looks for ways to generate funding continued from front Deans and administrators have reshaped business practices to better allocate limited resources, he said. This has allowed the University to add more courses to accommodate a larger student population. McCormick said more funds have been made available to offset the 20 percent increase in requests for financial aid and decrease in state support. Research funding set a new record with $391 million, a 21 percent increase from last year, he said. The Rutgers Foundation also recorded $128.6 million in philanthropic gifts. McCormick said there are ways for the University to generate funds on its own so as not to rely heavily on state support in the future. “Last year, I encouraged the expansion of revenue-generating academic programs: executive education, continuing education, certificate programs, professional master’s degrees, online and hybrid courses and off-campus degree completion programs,” he said. “These programs fill the needs of students and they improve our finances.” Revenue from online and offcampus programs increased last year to $20.5 million, McCormick said. He expects revenue from such programs to grow threefold to more than $65 million in the next five years. McCormick also expects increased enrollment, fundraising and obtaining more research grants to provide more revenue. “Through this combination of sacrifice and hard work we have a reprieve, not a pass,” he said. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Director Marvin Schlaffer said McCormick’s speech was optimistic in hard times. “The items that he covered show great growth and progress at the University … The way the University is dealing with the recession seems to be fair and equitable,” he said. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Afriyie Amankwaa said McCormick did well in discussing the economy. “He was very poised and he kind of added some relief to some serious questions, like he had a joke here and there,” she said. “I just thought that … loosened up the situation a bit.” McCormick also discussed the status of the 2-year-old School of Arts and Sciences undergraduate program. “We have unified admissions standards, enabled students to receive key ser vices such as advising wherever they live and created student-friendly offices of campus deans and deans of students,” he said. There has been an increase in the number of participants in the Byrne Family First-Year Seminars and undergraduate research, McCormick said. “Students are getting more involved in campus life and, as a result, satisfaction levels among our residential students now exceed that of most of our peer institutions,” he said. Some feared a loss in student diversity with a single admissions standard, but it increased diversity, McCormick said. But he acknowledged the program still needs work. “The University’s communications with prospective under-

graduates are less well coordinated than they should be, and confusion persists over why a student should enroll in the School of Arts and Sciences rather than the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, or vice versa,” McCormick said. The University also struggles to provide adequately for nontraditional students and veterans, he said. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Frank Garcia said he hoped for more qualitative and not quantitative information about academic units and campus communities. “Most of the talks here were financial, and I understand that’s like a hot topic — the economy — but … I’m not sure whether or not that was a good thing,” he said. McCormick explained his goals for the future in research, academics and making students more globally aware. “We will continue to seek distinction in research that addresses the most demanding challenges facing humanity across the state and around the world,” he said. “That means recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty — such as the over 100 new faculty we welcome this year in fields from poetry to shock wave theory — and it means investing in strategically selected fields such as climate change, energy, nutrition, human genetics and proteomics, advanced materials, transportation, childhood studies and urban entrepreneurship.” To help students become global citizens, McCormick proposed maximizing study abroad exposure, implementing more international courses and mastering another language. “Within five years we must increase dramatically the number of Rutgers students who have meaningful international exposure by the time they graduate,” he said. Dean of International Programs Joanna Regulska liked this proposal. “I think it’s great that McCormick recognized its importance and that we have a roadmap for a variety of issues,” she said. At the conclusion of his speech, McCormick said he would try to visit the campuses and schools throughout the year to hear student and faculty issues and concerns. Livingston College senior Ilana Warner said McCormick did not address some of her issues. “I think he just tends to be a politician about all his responses,” she said. Warner said people should not expect him to fix minute problems at the University. “The solutions aren’t going to start from the top down, they have to start from the bottom up. I can’t look to McCormick to help our groups and our cultural needs,” she said. Warner said students should work on their problems and create a better demand for their issues to make the administration notice and take action. The full presidential address can be viewed at





School of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean Douglas Greenberg speaks on the College Avenue campus yesterday at the memorial of Richard Poirier, a University English Professor Emeritus who died this summer.

UNION: President does not comment on negotiations continued from front “Since President McCormick has taken no action to establish a real dialogue, I see no real value in listening to his prepared address,” Millerand said in a press release. In July, the University decided not to pay the previously negotiated salaries without informing any of the union members, according to the release. The University has publicly claimed to hope to avert layoffs, but layoffs continue even as raises remain frozen, Bender said. “This goes against the letter and the spirit of the deal that unions such as Communication Workers of America agreed to with the state, other AFT state colleges unions agreed to and the full-time faculty agreed to here at Rutgers,” he said. The union is supposed to be negotiating salaries, according to a proposal they made more than a month ago, URA-AFT

HUB: Viewers can utilize University slideshows, videos continued from front academics and athletics, and leads those interested in the University to one place electronically, Trevor said. The University has many great stories, but they are hidden and scattered on hundreds of sites. “Unless people are looking specifically at those sites on a regular basis, they’re not necessarily going to see that,” Trevor said. The new site also features links to external media coverage and state higher education news, Trevor said. Visitors will be able to see video clips and audio slideshows of featured University stories as well as participate in an interactive poll to voice their opinion on current issues. “One of the most exciting aspects of it is we’re going to have the capacity to display multimedia,” Trevor said. Karen Smith, who works on the project full-time, said Rutgers Today plans to extend into the realm of social media sites because many people access them daily.

Campus Vice President Kathryn Neal said. “It’s been very disturbing and ver y upsetting working with them … [We] have not heard anything back from them,” Neal said. “With this kind of attitude, they are being very laissez-faire and they’re acting like this is not a big priority for them.” Although the University reached a settlement last month with the union, management is asking for more in deferrals from staff, according to the release. “We reject the idea that the State University of New Jersey should be run like a corporation where management slices and dices workers’ rights to save money for executive compensation or projects,” Bender said. “That will expand the physical infrastructure without taking into account the additional services that will be needed by the students that occupy the new spaces.” In his address, McCormick thanked faculty, staff and administrators for deferring salar y increases to help the budget. “Our faculty and the union that represents them deserve enor-

mous credit for agreeing to defer their raises,” McCormick said. “The savings from these agreements are being used to prevent what would have been devastating cuts to our essential programs of instruction and research. To my colleagues, I want to express a heartfelt thank you.” In the question and answer session following the address, McCormick said he could not comment on ongoing negotiations. URA-AFT member Professor Richard Gomez asked McCormick to layout the sacrifices administrators have made. “With respect to administrators, they too have no raises,” he said. McCormick said only full-time faculty members were asked to defer, not part-time lecturers, and staff and faculty have been figuring budget cuts throughout the University this past year, he said. “The administrative offices have been struck more severely than anything in the academic realm of Rutgers, and rightly so,” he said.

“One of our goals is to use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to deliver news and information,” Smith said. Starting tomorrow, Rutgers Today will be one of the default channels on the MyRutgers por tal for students, said Managing Editor Carla Cantor, assistant director of media-editorial communications for Media Relations. Students and faculty will also receive e-mail updates via their University address, Trevor said. The site is geared toward University employees, students, alumni, leaders, and local businesses and communities. “We define our audience in a very simple way,” Trevor said. “Our audience is anyone who is interested in Rutgers University.” Trevor said the idea for the site originated in 2004, when the University ran a research project seeking public opinion and perceptions about the University. “Among the many findings of that was a need for Rutgers to do a better job of providing important information about the institution,” he said. Many projects have arisen from the Constituency Research Project, such as the

block “R,” Rutgers Day, the new interactive University Web site, and now, Rutgers Today, he said. After the release of the survey, they came up with the idea for Rutgers Today after looking at the new hub sites of more than a dozen other institutions about three years ago, Cantor said. “Many other universities take content from all over their university and repurpose it into their own news center pages, but we didn’t do that,” she said. It is better to pull information straight from the source because the University is so diverse, Cantor said. “We are not repurposing content, but we’re actually linking to the content that is created by many people around the University,” she said. Cantor said Rutgers Today is not replacing the Office of University Relations’ news page, and they are still creating their own content. The team has been preparing for the site’s launch all summer, giving more than 40 presentations to University faculty, staff and students, Trevor said. “We really hope that this will become a place that people will turn to,” he said.

—Mary Diduch contributed to this article



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Two professors receive National Institue of Health award BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT

The University’s number of award-winning professors rose Thursday as the National Institute of Health announced that two University assistant professors received the 2009 Director’s New Innovator Awards. Vikas Nanda and Ki-Bum Lee will both obtain $1.5 million throughout the next five years to fund their research on separate projects in biochemistr y and chemical biology respectively. The NIH Directors’ Awards were given to 115 individuals this year, with the goal of promoting high-risk and innovative research that cannot fit into a specific description, said Nanda, an assistant biochemistry professor. The

goal of the award is to fund research that will launch their field forward. “What our lab does is design [synthetic] proteins; we take an engineering approach using basic physical principals,” Nanda said. “Then we come up with a specific application, whether it’s physical — like seeing how the protein interacts with say cancer cells — or industrial, whether they can conduct electricity.” Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine Director Aaron J. Shatkin, was directly involved in recruiting Nanda in September of 2005. “Nanda is officially a medical school faculty member but I consider him part of the Rutgers family,” Shatkin said. “This is just amazing for [the University]

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board member, you learn so much about leadership and [and] about workRHA members closer together cooperation ing toward a common goal. It’s just great.” continued from front Hall governments consist of a President of Public Relations president, vice president, secreJared Trachtenberg said. tary, treasurer, RHA representa“If a president doesn’t know tive and floor representatives, how to make an agenda, then who deal with advocacy issues, we really didn’t do our job. We coordinating hall events and want to make sure that ever y making students’ campus experiperson that has been elected ence the best they can be, said now has an understanding of RHA National Communications the tools that they need to do Coordinator Chelsea Hudson. what they need to do,” said RHA Leadership Trachtenberg, a School of Arts Development Days have been and Sciences sophomore. going on for three consecutive Roughly 400 students were in years, and they get better each attendance, representing the time, Petolla said. executive boards Hudson, a of all 34 resiSchool of Arts and dence halls “You’re surrounded Sciences sophoincluding the more, also thought by these people hotel, said Ryan the day was a huge Harrington, RHA success. all the time, so vice president of “We have a it’s important advocacy. A good great experience residence hall going on here. I’m to develop a board is a group so happy that all of people who positive community.” the student leaders can work togethcame out to attend RYAN HARRINGTON er to accomplish the sessions, RHA Vice President for Advocacy similar goals to because we put a make a positive lot of work into community. this,” she said. “You’re surrounded by these RHA Vice President of people all the time, so it’s imporInternal Affairs Becca Heller said tant to develop a positive commuRHA started planning the event nity. That’s what we’re trying to last May. teach them how to do today,” said “We had to pick a theme, then Harrington, a School of we had to plan what session topEnvironmental and Biological ics we thought were essential for Sciences sophomore. the student leaders to start workPresident of the Silvers ing on their hall government. So Apartments on Busch campus after that we were each assigned Christina Pettola said the sesa topic and we had to work with sions taught her a lot about delethe ResLife staff members and gation, organization and unity. grad students to plan the ses“I’m also learning a lot sions,” said Heller, a School of about how to be cohesive with Environmental and Biological the residents and work toward Sciences sophomore. “Obviously a common vision this year,” we ordered food and made the said Pettola, a School of Arts video and slide shows — just a lot and Sciences junior. “As an eof work went into this.”




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that Rutgers received two of these grants.” While Nanda will work on a biochemistry project, Lee is an assis-

“This award is extremely prestigious, as it is especially given to a select few investigators.” ANIRUDDH SOLANKI Graduate Student

tant professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Lee and researches the modulation of stem cells and cancer cells.

CURE: Competition draws in more participation each year continued from front The proceeds of the event go toward patient relief, cancer research and treatment at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which sponsored the event with RUPD, said LeAnne Kochy, special events coordinator for the institute. Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano was in attendance to kick off the start of the race. “Very few people haven’t been touched by this disease,” Schiano said. “It’s a great cause and it’s great that all the students and [fraternities] get involved.” Several contributors to the race were from University fraternities and sororities. “One of our main focuses is community ser vice,” said

“The primary research interest of my group at Rutgers is to develop and integrate nanotechnologies and chemical functional genomics to modulate signaling pathways in cells towards specific cell lineages or behaviors,” Lee said. “In particular, my group is interested in studying how microenvironmental cues functionally affect stem cell fate.” Both Lee and Nanda work with teams of graduate and postdoctorate students. Both teams — 13 students in Nanda’s group and Lee with two graduate students and one post-doctorate student — said they couldn’t be happier about the award. “We feel really excited at this opportunity, as all our hard work for almost the past two years in setting up the lab has paid off,”

said Aniruddh Solanki, a graduate student working in Lee’s laboratory. “This award is extremely prestigious, as it is especially given to a select few investigators who are willing to take up high-risk research which will have great impact on medical science.” Though Nanda’s team is significantly smaller, the students said they are just as enthusiastic about this honor as Lee’s team. “I am proud of my adviser,” said Fei Xu, who is a post-doctorate student that works in Nanda’s lab. “At the same time, I feel encouraged in my work. It is such a significant recognition of this project. This fund will give us more latitude for our group.” He said he is very optimistic about the project as a direct result of the NIH award.

School of Ar ts and Sciences junior Angelica Poon, community ser vice director of Kappa Phi Lambda. Many fraternities have been running the race for the past few years because of their strong belief in giving back. “It’s about philanthropy; it’s a good cause and it’s better than sitting around doing nothing,” said Rutgers College junior Rob Tsai, member of Phi Delta Psi. Some of the fraternities were enthusiastic about the run and what it stood for. “Every philanthropist organization has an obligation to do good for the community whenever they can,” said Rutgers College senior George Leu, a member of Delta Sigma Phi. Several alumni were also running to show their support. “As a former Rutgers student, I think this is a good way to par-

ticipate in student activities,” said Raza Merchant, a member of Psi Sigma Phi. Winners were categorized in an open competition and a master’s competition. The top runner for the male race was Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy fifth-year student Bo Wang. The female winner was 43year-old Yana Rodgers from Belle Meade, N.J. In the master’s competition, the winner of the male race was 51-year-old Farid Touati from Manalapan and N.J. Rodgers was the master’s competition’s female winner. She said the run has grown significantly since it started in 2003. Kochy said sponsors such as Wells Fargo, Road Runner Sports, The Daily Targum and New Millenium Bank were a few of the companies that joined the help the cause throughout the past few years.



SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 DOWNTOWN SALON OFFERS DISCOUNT CUTS Indigo Hair Salon is holding a “Cut-a-Thon” fundraiser today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Jimmy D’heron Foundation. The salon, located at 354 George St., will be offering $19 haircuts — including consultation, shampoo and cut — $6 eyebrow waxing and $4 lip waxing, said Indigo salon owner Olivia Fenrow. “Every year we do a cut-athon for a local charity, and this year we picked the Jimmy D foundation to work with,” Fenrow said. “We volunteer our tips and offer discounted hair cuts.” Prizes including gift certificates from local businesses will be raf fled of f throughout the day and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit burn victims, Fenrow said. The foundation was established in memory of Deputy Chief James D’heron of the New Brunswick Fire Department, who was killed in a fire five years ago, she said. D’heron’s wife and daughter started the foundation. On Sept. 3, 2004, the fire department was dispatched to a fire in a multiple-family residence and D’heron arrived first, according to the foundation’s Web site. He entered the structure to alert residents when an explosion occurred and he was mortally burned. — Heather Brookhart

CALENDAR SEPTEMBER The New Brunswick Free Public Library will be hosting the Bee Real project for seventh and eighth grade girls, a series of programs created and conducted by students from the Institute for Women’s Leadership at the University. It will feature activities centered on the novel “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. The group will meet one Tuesday a month starting Sept. 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library at 60 Livingston Ave. to discuss the book and create art projects. All materials, including the book, will be provided to participants free of charge.


The Bee Real program will allow girls to come together with women leaders from the University to discuss themes presented in the novel such as leadership, character, secrets, discrimination, voice and role models using literature, art and writing. While discussing the book, students will be prompted to reflect on their own lives and identities while increasing their literacy and social study skills. Send Metro calendar items to

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Local band debuts first music video BY AMBER MAURIELLO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Combining all forms of art, including videos, paintings and music, the Alfa Art Galler y in New Brunswick hosted a music video premiere Thursday night for local band Like Trains & Taxis. The band premiered their single “Crooks” of f their upcoming album, “Tales from a Revolving Door,” expected to be released in early 2010. “[We] tr y to play in alternative places, like the Alfa Art Galler y, to be seen in a different light,” said Like Trains & Taxis lead singer and keyboardist Chris Harris. The video, directed by School of Ar ts and Sciences senior Daniel Pillis, consisted entirely of stop-motion animation with sequences of the band per forming and themes of newspapers and dominos. “The music video is [a] commentary on the aesthetic of the music video, abstracting the basic principle of the form,” Pillis said. University alumnus Chris Harris said he wanted to choose a director that had a vivid vision for the video. “The element of his work that attracted me was the tendency toward the absurd,” Harris said. “As a visual artist, [Pillis] is amazing.” Drummer Mike Del Priore said making the music video was an oppor tunity to learn more about each other as a band. School of Arts and Sciences junior Catherine DePalma said she enjoyed the stop-motion animation. “[The event was] engaging and upbeat,” she said.


Paragraph performs at Alfa Art Gallery, located at 108 Church St., with Like Trains & Taxis and Bern & the Brights Thursday night, bringing together a mix of gallery art exhibition, music and video. Other per formers of the evening included Paragraph, Bern & the Brights, along with other video works by Pillis. Paragraph’s lead singer Daniel Lane said Paragraph and Like Trains & Taxis first worked together as an experiment and have now performed five or six shows together. “We really like working with [other] artists,” said Like Trains & Taxis bass player Owen Susman.

The galler y creates a concept of blending various ar t mediums, Alfa Ar t Galler y Assistant Director Galina Kourteva said. For this night, they had the art of film making interlinking with music, in addition to the exhibition of the galler y. Like Trains & Taxis will be touring in November, a single release of “Charlie EP” coming out on Oct. 6 and a newly record-

ed album to be released early next year. “I wrote a lot of the stuff on there, and a lot of it is influenced from being here and the New Brunswick community,” Harris said. He said he describes their music as “indie soul.” “We tr y to play anywhere and ever ywhere we can,” he said. “We’ll bring the music anywhere people want it.”



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‘Mmm, mmm, mmm,’ don’t sing about Obama


mericans have an obsession with loving or hating President Barack Obama. The president has been able to make himself a sort of celebrity. His work is not necessarily being talked about, but his physique, love of “mom jeans” and comments on some rappers who insult country singers certainly are. What started before the election even began has now escaladed into something where there is a fine line between normalcy and preposterousness. What has gotten everyone talking now is a YouTube video of children from Burlington, N.J.’s B. Bernice Young Elementary School singing about the president to the tune of “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” The song praises Obama for his accomplishments and his desire to make America’s economy number one again. Many parents were less than thrilled when news of the video broke, and they were concerned that their children were being brainwashed. Some commented that politics should be left out of school, and they were concerned their children were getting brainwashed instead of educated. Other parents thought it was absurd that there was such uproar about the song. Enough people were upset that the school had to have police supervision of the building because they were receiving a number of harassing phone calls. Some could not believe the media attention the video was getting, while others thought it was absolutely necessary that this was not swept under the rug. In response to the video’s release, the superintendent of the school released a statement saying that the song was made during Black History Month, and it was to honor achievements of black Americans. Conservatives flipped out that children sang “Mmm…mmm…mmm, Barack Hussein Obama,” in the video during school. FOX News conservative political commentator Glenn Beck went on a rant about how this would have never been an OK thing to do with former President George W. Bush, so why is it fine to do now? He also went on to say that we might as well build a statue of Obama with taxpayers’ money so everyone can worship the president. Beck’s rant goes on and on with ludicrous comparisons and suggestions just to be sarcastic, but the parents and conservatives who are upset do make a point. There is no reason to be teaching children songs praising a president and his political agenda. It is not right to sing a song lauding a president that not everyone has the same feelings and beliefs about — especially when schools get in trouble just for singing Christmas songs. Not everyone shares the same opinion, and one teacher’s opinion should not be forced onto her students. Parents can consider it brainwashing because there is no way children in elementary school understand what is going on in the political world. This song is essentially just placing ideas in their heads and teaching them what is the “right” way to think. Politics should be left out of school, and they should just be taught about the basic system of government. Let the politics be left out until they are old enough to understand it and form an opinion of their own. This is very reminiscent of the recent Obama back-to-school speech that was to be shown and how parents got upset over it. That situation was different because the president was merely telling students to do well in school. It is not like he was trying to push his ideas about health care reform on them. The split in feelings surrounding the president, and adoration or disapproval toward him, shows how polarized the country really is about Obama. What everyone needs to realize is that it is not the president himself teaching children these songs or forcing anyone in schools to teach about what he has to say. It is becoming clear that with every story that comes out like this, it is the trendy thing to absolutely love or hate the president. People are making it part of their careers, like Beck or author Christopher Anderson, who has recently written “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage.” This book only adds to the obsession that pop culture has with the Obamas and their personal lives. It is much like John and Jackie Kennedy. There was not as much controversy with America’s love of the Kennedys — people just accepted and liked that they were in the public eye. People are very quick to criticize Obama because he is appearing on talk shows and making himself seem relatable to the public. People also have to realize that the media is different now. There are so many forms that a person in the public eye can utilize, but can also work against them. The Internet is big for that, because Obama can use it to share information with the public. But also viral videos that he has nothing to do with can circulate like rapid fire. Something like the video of the students singing could not have really happened to any other president, because You Tube was not as big. That brings it back to Beck’s comments about children would never singing a song about Bush. He was a completely different president, with a whole different set of feelings surrounding him. Teaching the students the song was not right, but it should also not be the American people’s the main focus.


“Very few people haven’t been touched by this disease. It’s a great cause and it’s great that all the students and [fraternities] get involved.” Greg Schiano, Rutgers football head coach, on the University’s seventh-annual High Speed Chase for the Cure 5K Run/3K Walk STORY ON FRONT


RUSA retreat an unnecessary expense


to the Poconos together for t last week’s Rutgers their retreat. The LCC had University Student a successful year but the Assembly meeting, CAC experienced a turbuseveral student representalent year that saw the tives, including myself, took a impeachment of its presistand against the use of up to dent, consistently low atten$20,000 in student fee money dance and a few resolutions to fund a retreat for 150 memBEN WEST that made no perceptible bers of RUSA at “Happiness impact on the student body. is Camping.” The retreat was conceived of by RUSA Chairman Werner Born and Its biggest achievement was the give away of several thousand dollars to student organizations. If approved by the nine members of the Council of off-campus retreats were as worthwhile as Slavin Presidents over the summer before the first meeting asserts they are, both campus councils would of the assembly. According to Josh Slavin, chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee, “The retreat is a part have had a successful year. If it is clear that a small off-campus retreat does not guarantee success, of the assembly’s attempts to build better relationwhy would we expect a larger one to be producships between members … It’s the best way to get stutive? If the necessity of past retreats stands in dents excited about student government.” question, what justifies the use of $20,000 on To be fair to the views of those who support the retreat, retreats were once held by each of the another retreat today? It is clear that wasteful spending in the past does not justify wasteful nine separate campus and professional school spending today and that bigger councils, and this year the versions of past events will not Council of Presidents, which is “If it is clear that a succeed merely because they made up of the presidents of bigger. Success takes more each campus and professional small off-campus retreat are than a retreat, and examples school councils, thought it exist to prove this. The would be a good idea to pool does not guarantee Douglass Governing Council, their funds in order to hold a success, why would we for example, has not held its large retreat. The reasoning own retreat; however, it has behind this decision was articuexpect a larger one already arranged several events, lated by Slavin, who said, to be productive?” including a visit from three New “We’ve tried on-campus activiJersey assemblywomen, who are ties and it did not foster the type coming to speak to the Douglass of relationships we want to see community and the University community as a between people that will work together in threewhole about what it means to be a woman involved hour meetings for the entire year.” in politics. They are also assisting in efforts to find At this point in time we have been given three erroneous justifications for the retreat by its sup- a new dean for Douglass. Empower Our Neighborhoods is on the verge of changing New porters. The first justification is that spending in Brunswick government for the better, yet you do the past justifies spending today; because RUSA’s not see its executive board using $20,000 to plan a executive board is spending the same amount of retreat so that organization members can become funding that the campus councils had spent on excited and make friends. several smaller retreats in the past, it can justifiThis realization leads us to the third and most ably pool that money and spend it on an even largmisguided justification that has been given to us er retreat today. The second justification is that for this $20,000 retreat: that $20,000 should be bigger is better and that the results of the smaller retreats, which did not foster the type of relation- spent on elected representatives in order to help excite them about a position that they voluntarily ships among a small group of people, will not be decided to take in the first place, to help them repeated in a larger, less intimate retreat for 150 make friends on the assembly and to allow them to people. These two assumptions, however, are clearly flawed. Last year, the College Avenue SEE WEST ON PAGE 9 Council and the Livingston Campus Council went

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New campaign to help human rights starts with U. Letter LAURA BARRETT


imilar to America, Honduras is a country consisting of hard working people that need jobs to support themselves and their families. Unfortunately, while there are labor laws and regulations in Honduras, they are not as widely enforced when a company violates the legislation. Over the course of the last 10 years there have been two major textile factories suddenly closed down without informing its workers in advance. Not only were these workers not given any notice of the closure, they had been on vacation for Christmas for the immediate decision. Despite labor laws, these workers were not given any severance pay or compensation for sick days that

had not been used as legislation entitles them to. The University of Washington has begun a campaign to make adjustments to these events. The University is indirectly involved in these shutdowns in that the majority of the production in these factories is done for Nike, which is also a significant amount of apparel made for the University of Washington. Hugger de Honduras, a plant that produced Nike products as a majority, abruptly shut down on Jan. 19, 2009. Of the 1,200 hard-working people that were employed at the factory, none of them received any terminal compensation that the Honduran laws state. To understand the complete economic toll these workers have taken, the Honduran Ministry of Labor has calculated that the compensation owed exceeds $1,000,000.

Vision Tex, another primary contractor of Nike products, also unexpectedly closed down recently without notifying its workers.

“We at Rutgers University should help in the campaign to push Nike to pay the severance that the workers never received.” The difference between the two factories is that the workers of Vision Tex were engaging in a campaign to have their labor union recognized by the company. Before the official shut down of the factory, the company fired the union’s secretar y general,

president, vice president and treasurer. This firing spree followed with a complete shutdown of the company, and comparably to Hugger de Honduras, no compensatory pay was given to any of the workers. The money that the workers are entitled to totals about $560,000. While Vision Tex was not disclosed as a factory that produced apparel for the University of Washington, Hugger de Honduras had produced a significant amount of apparel for the school. As the workers from the two factories are relying on the liquidation of the plants’ remaining machinery and assets for their compensatory pay, workers rights activists at the University are pushing for full compensation for the workers. Rutgers also has a large contract with Nike for much of our apparel as well. In a drive to get fairness

for these employees, we at Rutgers University should help in the campaign to push Nike to pay the severance that the workers never received. They have worked hard to produce for Nike and deserve this compensation that they are legally obligated to receive. To begin this push, the Rutgers Labor Association will be having a general meeting to discuss further strategies in order to give justice and fairness to the workers in Honduras and to start this new campaign. There will be a general meeting for the campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. in Scott Hall. All interested are invited to attend. Laura Barrett is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in labor studies and employment relations. She is also the Rutgers Labor Association treasurer.

Health care reform not in critical conditon Letter JIMMY WINTERS


or those of you who read last Wednesday’s column on the “dire condition” of health care reform: Beware. The author has distorted and manipulated the facts to mislead you. The first issue is his citation of a Har vard study that states 45,000 people die annually from lack of health insurance. The number is probably right; there’s no reason it wouldn’t be. I do, however, have a problem with the author’s strategy to

WEST continued from page 8 learn how to perform their job duties. Several questions arise. Should assembly members be allowed to spend $20,000 to become excited and make friends? Should they not already be excited about the opportunity to represent others and look forward to making friends as they take advantage of that opportunity and actually work? Could these student leaders not also do both of these things by staying at the University and using the funding to perform a community service project together? Could representatives who have served longer and who are in leadership positions teach newly elected representatives how to perform their jobs during smaller meetings on campus? The answer to all of these questions is yes. Furthermore, if rope swinging, rock climbing and ziplining are that important, the University offers many of these activities on campus; one need not go to “Happiness is Camping” and pay $20,000 to make friends, get excited, learn how to perform one’s job or swing on ropes. What is most alarming is that some of my fellow representatives have seemingly ignored our code of ethics, which was passed unanimously on Feb. 21, 2008 during a RUSA meeting. This code is meant to guide the behavior of all members of RUSA, and among its several clauses it includes a clause on

appeal to the public’s emotions in order to garner support for his party’s health care plan. It’s a tragedy that these people die, but I have a comparable number. Ever y three days, 45,000 children die due to star vation. One could argue that the same number of deaths in three days versus three hundred days deser ves more attention. If the author is really concerned about needless deaths, I would recommend joining World Vision instead of the rank-andfile of the Democratic party. The second issue is the author’s quotation of one of the most polarized progressives out “Financial Responsibilities” that reads: “RUSA is responsible for approving the distribution of student fees to recognized student organizations at Rutgers University. For this reason, representatives must be aware of the requested expenditures and keep in mind that expenditures should be justifiable in terms of benefit to the students of the university.” Is an exclusive $20,000 allexpenses paid trip to “Happiness is Camping” for elected student representatives really justifiable in terms of benefit to the students of the University when the success of past off-campus retreats has been questionable, when there are countless examples of extremely successful organizations that have not needed retreats and when our University has faced a budget cut nearly every year? When the budget is so limited, why is RUSA unnecessarily spending money when so many other groups on campus are underfunded? Why is RUSA, which has been invisible to many for the past three years, retreating when it should be advancing by staying home and serving the student body? I encourage you, members of the student body, to come to the next RUSA meeting at the Student Activities Lounge on the College Avenue campus on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. to ask RUSA’s executive board, “Why?” Ben West is a Rutgers College senior majoring in political science. He is also the chairman of the University Affairs Committee. He can be reached at

there, Paul Krugman, who claims that there are no examples of free market health care systems that work. First, that is a hyperbole — this countr y’s system has some flaws, but it works. Second, there are no perfect systems because there are few examples of free market systems to begin with. The Europeans have abandoned capitalism and free enterprise, while most of Asia still operates under single-par ty governments, also known as dictatorships. I would wager that even our current plan exceeds the effectiveness of Great Britain’s public plan.

The author goes on to say that insurance companies cannot provide for the “most unhealthy, or least profitable [meaning poorest, I assume], Americans” because they are profit-oriented. With the current system, I could not agree more with the author: It is an extreme misfortune that there are people who cannot afford health care. The argument, though, isn’t whether or not reform is needed or wanted, it’s what type of reform is best. I have a hard time believing Robin Hood economics have a better solution than the free market, which has worked well

for hundreds of years with some healthy regulation. The author ends by implying conservatives are spreading propaganda and are staunchly against “progress.” Why, oh why, are we still playing this two-party game? Both Republicans and Democrats want health care reform. Both Republicans and Democrats care about the poor and ill. The debate is not which party has more humane members, it’s about which plan is best: increasing competition or ending it. Jimmy Winters is a School of Engineering sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering.



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Pearls Before Swine

SEPTEMBER 28, 2009

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Today's Birthday (09/28/09) You're not quite finished with your household renovation projects, but you're close enough to take a day off every so often and enjoy what you've accomplished. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is an 8 — It looks like you've achieved one major goal. Celebrate with friends, but don't forget your chores. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Someone wants to offer you a new assignment. Have confidence that you can do it. This will lead to more income later. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — You know you shouldn't gossip, but sometimes you do. This time there's a false rumor going around, so stay out of it. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — Is your treasure safe? Maybe you ought to go over the numbers again. Something may have changed. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — You feel like you're carrying the world on your shoulders. Get your partner involved. Together you can do anything. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Don't worry if your words are getting tangled. That's going around right now. Keep trying until you get it right.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — You change your tune today, so make sure your voice is up to the task. Do you remember the words? Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You reverse direction today. Plan on objections. Work out the kinks after lunch. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — Practical measures don't work today. But wild ideas may work if you give them just a little thought. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — If it weren't for all the changes, you'd do just fine. Try to take the new stuff in stride. Tomorrow's another day. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — If you can't change your tune today, at least sing on key. This takes effort, so apply yourself. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Ordinary methods won't work now. Use whatever you can to change course. Remember: water flows downhill easily.



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Perplexing offensive moves make Book of Blunders we weren’t exactly moving well, and it felt like we needed the points.” No changes, no nothing — just four straight dives between the tackles, and a turnover on downs. “[The defense] gave us great field position all day, and we didn’t capitalize,” Natale said.



he Rutgers football team sur vived against Maryland purely because of its opportunistic defense. Simply put, until the waning moments of the fourth quarter, the Scarlet Knights’ offense was positively atrocious. I’m just a reporter, watching the game from the Mar yland press box some ungodly height above the action, and I assume that a number of coaching decisions are made for good reason. But upwards of 60 percent of RU’s offensive game plan Saturday boggled the mind, and for a number of outwardly-visible reasons.




long been a problem for RU, so seeing the Knights burn all three of their first-half timeouts before reaching the 13-minute mark of the second quarter should not be a surprise. But the way they disappeared off the scoreboard is quite befuddling. In what has become a recurring theme, the “Jabu Package” brings a wasted timeout along for the ride every time senior quarterback Jabu Lovelace enters the game. And here’s what makes no sense: He runs the same three plays. Here’s the playbook for when Lovelace enters: fake handoff, run left; fake handoff, run right, or straight rush up the middle. That’s it. Throw in the fact that the entire Maryland defense, coaching staff, stadium and RU-tv viewing audience knows it’s coming, and the burned timeouts really become incomprehensive. The defense is going to be stacked in the box every time. That said, the “Jabu Package” was effective in the first half.

NOTEBOOK: Knights shut down Terp running game continued from back an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. The Miami native stepped in front of a slant route and walked into the endzone untouched. “When you talk about scoring on defense and creating a turnover to start the game by making a great read, breaking on it and then finishing by getting in the endzone, that gives the defense a huge boost,” McCourty said. Lowery was all over the field recording eight tackles and drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty against Maryland. “So far it was [my best game], but I’m looking for better ones,” Lowery said. “It was great out there, running around. I felt good pregame, so it was real good.” Three turnovers later, the RU defense found itself in the endzone again. Junior Joe Lefeged, a native of Germantown, Md., forced Mar yland quarterback Chris Turner to fumble. Senior defensive end George Johnson dove on the ball in the endzone, giving the Knights a lead the offense was unable to provide. “I don’t know if you want to say


Senior tight end Shamar Graves (3) throws a pass on a fake field goal attempt in the second quarter. Former Rutgers quarterbacks D.C. Jefferson and Andrew DePaola were also on the field for the play. Lovelace grinded out tough yardage ever ywhere from the middle of the field to the red zone, but one such call for his entrance made as little sense as pinch-hitting David Wright in a clutch situation — you know success is just not coming. Lovelace, who has a career 3.9 yards per attempt, struck out rushing on a third-and-11 from about midfield. Is there that little faith in senior Dom Natale’s abilities to try to complete a pass in Maryland territory? And when Lovelace comes in on third down, is there any doubt what he is going to do with the ball? If that is the play call, just take a knee and punt the ball away. There is less risk of a fumble at least. The third timeout of the half? Head coach Greg Schiano expected, but that’s what we’re trying to do,” senior linebacker Damaso Munoz said of the touchdowns. “We know that’s what great defenses try to do, so if we get the ball, we’re trying to score.” Johnson left the game after the touchdown with an injury to his “lower extremities,” Schiano said. X-ray results were negative.



game was not nearly as productive. Senior tailback Da’Rel Scott entered the game averaging 91.7 rushing yards per game, but was held to just 22 yards on nine rushes. “Certainly, our defense played very well today,” Schiano said. “When you can hold [a team] to 28 yards rushing, that to me is the biggest thing. People may point to the touchdowns and the takeaways but 28 yards rushing is a very telling stat to me.” Sophomore defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, in his first career start for a sick Charlie Noonan, said stopping the run game is always a point of emphasis for the Knights. “We take a lot of pride in that,” LeGrand said. “We have in our defensive room [a sign that says], ‘Stop the run.’ … To hold a great running back like that to 20 yards, that says a lot about the coaches, the players

burned it trying to get the referee’s attention to challenge a Terrapin touchdown. He lost the review.



what he was supposed to do — he managed the game well and did not give the ball to Maryland defensive backs. Here’s what he also didn’t do — give the ball to Rutgers’ receivers. Natale completed two passes early in the first quarter, both screen passes to sophomore Joe Martinek — and then did not complete another pass until just 31 seconds remained in the third quarter. “Obviously, it didn’t go exactly how we wanted it to,” Natale said. “There were a couple of things here and there, small things.”

The game plan was to rely heavily on the rushing attack, but Natale frequently missed when given the chance to throw and faced a ton of pressure. He completed four of 12 passes on the day, but you have to wonder when situational passes could have been utilized.



Coming off an interception deep Mar yland territor y, RU could not capitalize. Sophomore r unning back Jourdan Brooks got four straight carries on a first-andgoal situation, without success. On third and fourth downs, he lost yards. “It looked like we didn’t go in there hard,” Schiano said. “I was disappointed. At the time,


night. Fourth and eight on the Maryland 25, middle of the second quarter in a 10-10 deadlock — the Knights’ field goal unit was on, and tight end Shamar Graves took a direct snap, presumably to run for a first down. Nope. Graves, who hadn’t thrown a pass since high school, cocked back and hurled a pass downfield, a severely underthrown ball to a wide-open Andrew DePaola. “I tried to take my glove off, but I didn’t have time because it was raining,” Graves said. “We did that in practice, throwing water on my hand — but hey, that’s what happens. I had to worry about the next play.” In theor y, the play was brilliant. But why was Graves throwing the ball? Redshir t freshman D.C. Jefferson is also on the field goal unit, and he played quar terback for the Knights just five weeks ago. DePaola is a former Rutgers reser ve under center. The play call was brilliant. The personnel decision was not.

THIS WASN’T AN RU MISCUE, but a challenge flag has to be thrown on the announced attendance of 43,828 spectators. Please — Byrd Stadium was nowhere close to capacity, and to believe that many people showed up is preposterous, unless Friedgen counts for 20,000 on his own. On a quick side note, “Fridge” holds his postgame press conferences in the team dining hall. How appropriate.

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second quarter, junior Shamar Graves made his debut at fullback. The former wide receiver turned former tight end was replaced by redshirt freshman D.C. Jefferson as starting tight end against Howard. “We’re tr ying to get our best players in the best positions,” Schiano said. “D.C. [Jefferson] moved ahead [at tight end], so we’re tr ying to find a role for Shamar [Graves]. We’ll be moving him around a little bit. A lot of times we’ll do two tight ends, so he’ll play at tight end, but we’ll also do some h-back.” The move was not an indictment of senior fullback Jack Corcoran, who saw the bulk of the work at fullback.



day came in the third quarter, when Terps backup punter Ted Townsley pooched a 29-yard kick from his own goal line. After dropping the snap, Townsley recovered the ball and tried to scramble but found himself sur rounded by Knights. Somehow, out of the crowd of white shir ts, Townsley’s punt emerged over four charging RU players.


Junior linebacker Antonio Lowery took an interception to the house on the Terrapins’ first play from scrimmage to give Rutgers a 7-0 lead.


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Rutgers still on top despite defeat BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Playing more than half the contest down a man and a goal Sunday against Georgetown, the Rutgers MEN’S SOCCER men’s 0 soccer RUTGERS t e a m GEORGETOWN 2 c o u l d n o t maintain its perfect start to conference play last weekend as they split a pair of games. Georgetown scored on a fourthminute header to take an early lead and added an 89th minute insurance goal to down the Scarlet Knights 2-0 in front of a crowd of 1,233 at North Kehoe Field. The Knights played the majority of the game with 10 men after the

referee sent junior midfielder Yannick Salmon off for his second bookable offense in the 33rd minute. “The big issue was we spent so much energy [Friday night] in a big local derby and we had a shor t tur naround with an after noon game [Sunday],” said head coach Bob Reasso. “There is no doubt we had a mental hangover and we always looked likely to give up a goal.” Without Salmon — reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week — RU pushed players up the field in search of the equalizer, but were unable to breach the Georgetown goal. Sophomore forward Ibrahim Kamara registered four shots on goal and had the Knights’ final chance in the 77th minute, but


Sophomore forward Ibrahim Kamara scored 26 seconds into the second overtime period Friday to push Rutgers past Seton Hall.

his shot was saved by Hoyas goalkeeper Mark Wilber. Wilber kept his seventh clean sheet of the season. “We didn’t play well in the first half and we were flat the first 20 minutes,” Reasso said. “I thought we played much better in the second half. It’s always an uphill battle when you’re down a man and you’re chasing the game. We were up against it, but the guys fought hard and we still had some chances late. “I’m disappointed [in the loss], but I’m pleased with the effort in the second half. We have another Big East game [this Friday] against Syracuse, and we have to regroup and move for ward.” Despite Sunday’s loss, the Knights (5-3-0, 3-1-0) earned a weekend split with a 2-1 double overtime victory Friday night at Seton Hall. Kamara slid home the winner 26 seconds into the second extra time period. The goal tied the North Brunswick product with Salmon for the team-high four goals. “It took a lot of courage and resiliency in the over time,” Reasso said. “Seton Hall had all the momentum, but we were the better team in [extra time], and we can credit that to our fitness. We decided we needed to switch something up, we came out in an attacking lineup and it was a great result for us.” Seton Hall equalized one minute from time through junior defender Andrew Welker to force the extra session. Junior defender Andrew Cuevas headed home the opening goal after 15 minutes when the Pirates (4-3-1, 1-1-1) were unable to clear an RU corner. “I’m ver y pleased with the way we played [against Seton Hall],” Reasso said. “It was a tremendous ef for t in a great game played with a lot of passion. We made a late mistake to let them force over time, but give Seton Hall credit, they fought hard in the second half.” RU still sits atop the Big East Red Division with nine points. Louisville and South Florida are tied for second with seven points each. As a result of his red card yesterday, Salmon is suspended for Friday’s game against Syracuse.

WOMEN’S SOCCER WINS ONE, DRAWS ONE; TENNIS COMPETES IN BROWN INVITATIONAL The Rutgers women’s soccer team overThe Rutgers tennis team made its way to the came an early 1-0 deficit against Villanova last Brown Invitational this weekend to face three night to eventually draw the Wildcats 1-1 in the 2009 nationally ranked teams in Brown, Auburn second of two Big East games over and Boston. the wekend. With one day of competition Senior forward Karla Schacher left, sophomore Jennifer Holzberg scored a goal in the 53rd minute to remained undefeated and led the help RU recover from an early Scarlet Knights heading into Villanova goal. play yesterday. The Scarlet Knights beat To add to her impressive performGeorgetown Friday in Washington ance, Holzberg defeated two regionD.C. 1-0 on a goal by junior forward ally ranked players in her bout to Ashley Jones. remain unbeaten. JENNIFER For complete coverage of the Junior Amy Zhang and sophoHOLZBERG Scarlet Knights’ (8-1-2, 2-0-1) Big more Leonora Slatnick also conEast weekend see tomorrow issue tributed two wins each to the of The Daily Targum for a complete recap Knights’ cause. with reactions from head coach Glenn For complete coverage of the tennis team’s Crooks and select team members. tournament see tomorrow’s issue of The Daily Targum for a complete recap. — Sam Hellman

— Melissa Falica


Junior midfielder Jenna Bull scored twice in three minutes at the end of the second half to push Rutgers to a 4-3 victory over Sacred Heart.

Knights finally get first win of season BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

All good things come to those who wait. The Rutgers field hockey team waited. FIELD HOCKEY T h e SACRED HEART 3 S c a r l e t Knights 4 battled RUTGERS through nine games, enduring every manner of heartbreak along the way. The team fought through overtime defeats, setbacks against two conference opponents and seven crushing one-goal losses. But after trailing late in the second half against Sacred Heart yesterday, Rutgers roared back to pick up a 4-3 victory, its crucial first win of the year. Though their first victor y came much later than they hoped, the Knights are relieved to get over the hump. “[The win is] huge,” said junior midfielder and co-captain Jenna Bull. “We didn’t really play differently today, we just had a lot more confidence and we played together as a team for the full game this time. Our saying was, going into the game, it was getting the monkey off our back and I think that’s definitely what we did [yesterday].” With the Knights trailing by a goal with just under six minutes to play yesterday against Sacred Heart, the team appeared to be on track for another loss. But when the ball found Bull’s stick, it was all over for the Pioneers. The midfielder scored two goals in under three minutes to help key the offense late in the game. Bull, a preseason All-Big East selection, said she knew the victor y was never out of reach despite RU falling behind in the second half. “My mindset didn’t change at all; I knew we were going to get [the win],” Bull said. “It was just a matter of seeing those open balls that were there and I just happened to be the one that was in those spots.” The two goals were part of a late offensive attack orchestrated in part by senior back Melissa

Bowman, who helped set up Bull on both of her scores. Bowman delivered a crisp pass across the top of the semicircle to an open Bull, who danced into the middle before rifling a shot past the goalkeeper. The duo struck again with less than four minutes remaining with Bowman and junior back Chelsey Schwab assisting on Bull’s game-winner. Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou said the game was a far cry from Friday’s contest against Georgetown, where she felt the team failed to play together down the stretch. “When we spoke together after the game [yesterday] there was the excitement about how we stuck together,” Tchou said. “We stuck together the whole time. In this game we continued to pass the ball and possess the ball. … It was much more of a team effort when it came to building the ball out of the backfield.” Though they only scored four goals, RU (1-9, 0-2) outshot Sacred Hear t (1-9) by a commanding 26-7 margin and held an 11-2 advantage in penalty corners. The Knights put together one of their strongest halves of the season, dominating possession and preventing the Pioneers from crossing the 50 for most of the first period. Rutgers put together 14 shots, though they resulted in only two first half goals. The much-needed win served as a rebound from the Knights’ 32 loss Friday to a winless Georgetown team. The Knights never held the lead against the Hoyas (1-8, 1-0) and fell to 0-2 in the conference. The loss prompted Tchou to have her captains run portions of practice on Saturday, a move that paid off for yesterday’s game. “One thing [the team] realized is that they need to communicate with each other better and help the younger players who are out there and not leave them hanging,” she said. “It was really cool to see our captains lead the team [Saturday] and get more communication going between them and the younger players.”



SEPTEMBER 28, 2009


RU ‘punches G’Town in face’ for weekend split BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT

Head coach CJ Wer neke issued a war ning to the Rutgers VOLLEYBALL volleyGEORGETOWN 0 bt e aa ml ’ sl RUTGERS 3 opponents this weekend. “They’re going to see a different team than they’ve seen in the past, and if they don’t respect us they’re going to get punched in the face for it,” he said. It’s fair to say that he backed up his words. The Scarlet Knights split the weekend’s matches, dropping a 3-1

decision against USF before rebounding to sweep Georgetown. More importantly, the win against the Hoyas tied RU at the same number of conference victories as last year overall. “I said from day one, and our kids believe it, this year’s a new year, it’s a new attitude, it’s a new outlook, it’s a new program,” Werneke said. “The atmosphere is exciting, we take everybody seriously. … We can’t control wins and losses, but we can control how we play.” The Knights (7-8, 1-1) came out flaring in their final set against Georgetown (10-7, 0-2), taking the first four points of the set and maintaining a lead for the majority of the game.


Senior co-captain Jamie Godfrey led the Scarlet Knights this weekend with 10 digs in each contest against Georgetown and South Florida.

With a 25-19 third set win, RU secured their first Big East win of the season. The team is now 1-1 in the conference — a record that makes last year’s end record of 111 seem laughable. “[Our team is] a lot better than last year,” said senior libero Jamie Godfrey. “We’re putting it all together and it feels really good.” The Rahway, N.J. native led the team against Georgetown in digs with 10, notching five in the last set. Despite winning every set, the Knights encountered turbulence to start. In the first set, the team fell quickly into an 8-1 deficit, and faced a difficult comeback against a blazing Georgetown middle blocker Vanessa Dorismond, who provided the majority of the game’s early strife. The senior led the Hoyas in kills with 11. RU labored through the entire first set to get back into the game before winning the set with a from-behind 26-24 victory to give the team a 1-0 lead in the match. The win was exactly what freshman setter Stephanie Zielinski was looking for — the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native’s family made the trip up to New Brunswick to see the team’s first home stand. “I think we had more of a matchup this game,” Zielinski said. “We came out and we played well even though we made mistakes.” Zielinski also established herself throughout the entire game, notching 33 of the team’s 41 assists and an impressive .714 hitting percentage. Things did not go as smoothly for the Knights the day before, as the team fell to USF (9-3, 2-0) in a 31 decision. Height and experience proved to be the difference Saturday between the Bulls and RU. While the Scarlet Knights was able to stay with the Bulls in the first two sets, splitting the series at


Freshman setter Stephanie Zielinski led the Knights this weekend in assists with 33 against Georgetown and 30 against South Florida. 1-1, USF came into the third and fourth sets with new life, hitting for team-high percentages of .429 and .519, respectively. “I think we just took a little longer to recover after some of the adjustments they made,” Werneke said. “At the ten-minute intermission at this level, teams make adjustments.” Adjustments were not the only thing RU had to worry about. The Bulls came into the series ranked 30th in the country in blocks — and they showed it.

“When you’re a smaller team,” said junior outside hitter Caitlin Sacton. “You just kind of have to accept that you’re going to get blocked. It’s just a part of the game that you’re going to get blocked. … You just get another set and live to fight another day.” But the loss is only a small setback after yesterday’s sweep. “I knew we could come this far,” Zielinski said. “The progression of the team is crazy. We’re going to continue to get better — this isn’t our peak.”

HOMECOMING: Natale, offense picked up by D continued from back “It’s an awesome feeling, forcing turnovers,” Anderson said. “We pride ourselves on being ball hawks. We work on it during the week, and today it just paid off in a real big way.” Maybe Tom Savage really is the savior of this team, because the Knights’ offense is completely lost without him. Natale did not complete a pass for 41 straight minutes after two quick passes to sophomore running back Joe Martinek on the first drive, and he did not complete a pass to a wide receiver until the end of the third quarter when he hit freshman Mohamed Sanu for a first down. But Natale did the one thing that the Knights needed him to do — not turn the ball over. “It was a big thing for the whole offense just to not make turnovers,” said Natale, who got his first career win as a starter. “It’s always a huge thing, but on the road, it’s especially big.” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano made the final decision to keep Savage on the bench after a head injur y Saturday morning, but said that he’ll be OK down the road. “During the week, I was more encouraged earlier in the week thinking that he was going to get better, and it just was a little slower,” Schiano said. “I wouldn’t let my own


Senior defensive end George Johnson (31) and junior linebacker Antonio Lowery (50) each scored a defensive touchdown in RU’s 34-13 win. Lowery had a pick-six on Maryland’s first play from scrimmage, and Johnson recovered a fumble in the end zone for the decisive score. son play with it, so I wasn’t going to let Tom Savage play with it.” The running game was not nearly as effective as it had been in previous games through three quarters.

Sophomore running back Jourdan Brooks, also from Germantown, Md., had 56 yards on 17 carries. Mar tinek str uggled early, gaining only 17 through three quarters, but showed that he

knows how to close out a game. His 29-yard touchdown scamper with five minutes left sent the remaining Terrapin fans packing, and his 61-yarder a minute later turned a close

game into a blowout. “Whoever’s in the game, we’re all confident that that person will get the job done,” said Martinek, who finished the day with 147 yards.



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In his athletic return to the Old Line State, junior safety Joe Lefeged (26) turned the tides of a tight game against the Terps with his sack and forced fumble in the end zone, which was recovered by senior defensive end George Johnson for the Rutgers football team’s second touchdown in a 34-13 victory over Maryland.

HELL OF A HOMECOMING Maryland native Lefeged, opportunistic defense force five turnovers to propel Scarlet Knights to victory BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Growing up 30 miles from the nation’s capital, Joe Lefeged knows a little FOOTBALL something a b o u t bailouts. The Germantown, Md., native and the rest of the Rutgers defense executed a perfect one Saturday in Lefeged’s homecoming to the Beltway area.


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The Tom Savage-less Scarlet Knight of fense did absolutely nothing against Maryland, but the defense — behind two touchdowns and five turnovers — bailed out the ailing of fense in the Rutgers football team’s 34-13 victory at Byrd Stadium. “That’s what great defenses do — they score on defense,” said Lefeged, who played a key role in two RU turnovers. “They create turnovers, and we’ve been practicing all week, all training camp, and we came through today.”

Both of Lefeged’s forced turnovers came on hits to Mar yland quarterback Chris Turner, neither of which could be misconstrued as dirty. The first time Lefeged got to the quarterback, the ball flew up into the air, and an alert Billy Anderson camped out under the ball for his first career interception. “I just turned around and saw the ball getting bounced around, and I just went and got it,” the fifthyear senior cornerback said. “Justin Francis was with me in the bottom

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and then everyone else jumped on me,” Johnson said. “It feels good because we know that great defenses have to score on defense. We’re trying to find ways to get turnovers and score on defense.” The Knights (3-1) forced their fifth turnover against the Terrapins (1-3) minutes later when senior linebacker Damaso Munoz jarred the ball loose and junior defensive end Alex Silvestro fell on it.




of the pile, and we were both fighting for it, but I won out.” Lefeged’s second turnover, the difference-maker in the win, came in the Terps’ end zone. A bone-jarring hit by Lefeged knocked the ball out of Turner’s hand for the senior quarterback’s fourth turnover of the day. Senior right end George Johnson fell on it for the go-ahead touchdown, making the score 17-13 with three minutes to go in the third quarter. “I saw the quarterback trying to get it out, so I [jumped] on the ball


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EXTRA POINT For the first time in head coach Greg Schiano’s tenure, the Scarlet Knights scored two defensive touchdowns in a game. Antonio Lowery returned an interception to the house on Maryland’s first play from scrimmage, and George Johnson recovered Joe Lefeged’s forced fumble in the end zone.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Head coach Greg Schiano made a name for himself as a defensiveminded coach, but he never had a day like Saturday’s 34-13 win over Mar yland. For the first time under Schiano, the Scarlet Knights scored two defensive touchdowns in a game. The feat could not have come at a better time.

“When you look at our defense, we’ve got two captains over there and a bunch of guys that have played a lot of football for Rutgers,” said senior captain Devin McCourty. “Our defense has to come out and play great from beginning to end, and that’s what we’re trying to do.” Junior Antonio Lower y set the tone for the RU defense on the first play of the game, returning


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