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After shutting out both Towson and No. 13 Penn State this weekend, the Rutgers women’s soccer team moved up to 17th place in the NSCAA rankings and No. 11 in the Soccer America polls.
WESTFIELD — Independent gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett; Assemblyman John McKeon, D- 27, representing Democratic candidate Gov. Jon S. Corzine; and Atlantic County Utilities Authority President Rick Dovey, representing Republican candidate Chris Christie, set aside partisan divide last night to discuss the importance of clean energy across the state. At the town hall meeting held in the Westfield Memorial Library, Daggett said he would hear all sides of every environmental issue to accomplish an agenda for clean energy in a nonpartisan way. Specifically, he said the state needs to be involved in more research development and technology — especially at institutions of higher education — to achieve new ways to advance clean energy initiatives. McKeon said the Corzine administration has set high goals for clean energy and has achieved many of them, such as making the state second in the nation for most solar power usage. He said the governor’s Energy Master Plan intends to have 30 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2020. Dovey said there is a lot of polarization in many of the gubernatorial issues, but clean energy should not be one of them. Christie differs in his recognition of the sense of immediacy in making the goals set by Corzine a reality, he said. “We always have to stand back a little bit and figure out what do we have to do in the next few years to make [clean energy] reality,” said Matt Elliott of Environment New Jersey, one of the state’s largest statewide environmental groups that hosted the event. “And that’s where I think the governor’s race comes in.”
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Students gain voice on local committee BY MARY DIDUCH While some students were hanging at the beach or tr ying to earn some extra cash this summer, one group started working for their community as elected politicians.
Several University students won seats on the Middlesex County Democratic Committee in June as par t of the Democrats for Change campaign. School of Ar ts and Sciences junior Barbara Cepeda, the new committeewoman for the 5th Ward, District 2,
said winning the campaign was an invaluable experience. “It’s great though because with any [organization] you network [and] you meet new people. It’s also good just to gain an
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MEMBER OF 9/11 COMMISSION, FORMER NJ ATTORNEY GENERAL PUBLISHES DECLASSIFIED GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS
The U.S. government publicly disseminated misleading accounts of the nation’s response to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to John J. Farmer Jr. The former senior counsel and team leader to the 9/11 Commission, Farmer presents this theory in his new book, “The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11.” Published yesterday, Farmer revisits the attacks through recently declassified tapes and transcripts, including data previously omitted by the Departments of Defense and Transportation, according to a press release. “At some level of government, at some point in time, a decision was made not to tell the truth about the national response to the attacks on the morning of Sept. 11,” Farmer said in the release. “We owe the truth to the families of the victims of Sept. 11. We owe it to the American public as well, because only by understanding what has gone wrong in the past can we assure our nation’s safety in the future.” Farmer offers several lessons in “The Ground Truth,” proposing the government learns from past mistakes. “Unless we change government, unless we plan to respond to crises the way we now know they are experienced, we will fail to protect ourselves,” Farmer said in the release. “[This will bring] horrifying consequences.” A former attorney general of New Jersey, chief counsel to former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and founding partner of a New Jersey law firm, Farmer added dean of the Rutgers School of Law to his resume July 1, according to the release. “The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11” is available wherever books are sold.
The English Department discovers the idea of filmmaking as story writing through their lecture series this semester.
OPINIONS The football team is facing more pressure to do well after blowing its first game in the newer, bigger and better stadium.
U. faculty delay salary increases to avoid layoffs BY CAGRI OZUTURK
— Mary Diduch
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— Lauren Caruso
The University faculty is safe from layoffs for two years but will accept a delay in pay raises. Other unions continue negotiations to protect their members’ jobs. Though the University administration has finished negotiations with the American Associations of University Professors – American Federation of Teachers on an agreeable note, negotiations still continue with the Union of Rutgers Administrators – American Federation of Teachers. “Almost all of the University unions are in the middle of contracts but the University asked them to reopen. We reopened our contract because of the financial crisis,” President of Rutgers AAUP-AFT Adrienne Eaton said. The AAUP-AFT represents 2,500 faculty and 1,700 teaching and graduate assistants, according to the AAUP-AFT Web site. The state tied some of the state aid to the University cuts in labor cost, Eaton said. The faculty contracts have finished negotiations but the other labor unions are still in dialogue. The University approached the union during the middle of their contracts with a negotiation, which is not usual, but because of the financial crisis the faculty agreed to negotiate, she said. “Nobody wanted to give up any of their pay increases. What we did is delay the pay increases rather than give them up permanently,” Eaton said. The teaching assistants, graduate students and part-time lecturers made no concessions while full-time faculty will suffer delays in pay raises, Eaton said. The faculty had no job security concerns unlike the other unions. The issue regarding furloughs, teaching loads and research funds were resolved favorably, according to a letter Eaton sent to University faculty. “We are gratified that the University community has come together to help mitigate our budget difficulties so that Rutgers can continue to provide the best educational experience and greatest value for our students,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Phillip J. Furmanski said. The union membership ratified the agreement last Friday, he said. The University administration thinks it is a good agreement for the University and for the union’s membership. “In these ver y challenging economic times, this is a fair and equitable agreement that will prevent disastrous budget cuts and
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Dean envisions engineering program improvements BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT
During his teenage years in the small town of Daisetta, Texas, Thomas Farris repaired eighteen-wheelers, helping
truckers by figuring out how to get the big rigs back on the oil field roads. Now Farris is figuring out how to increase the size and strengthen the stature of the School of Engineering as the new dean.
“The primar y goal is to make the school bigger in all dimensions,” he said. Farris, appointed as dean in June, said he has plans to enhance the school’s existing strengths.
“The challenges of the 21st centur y include health, energy, transpor tation and sustainability and those are all areas where the School
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English department explores filmmaking as writing BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT
Martin Scorsese, the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino and David L ynch have the knowledge on how to become a filmmaker and thanks to Dena Seidel of the University’s Writers House, students can as well. Seidel, a University professor, teaches two filmmaking classes called ‘Digital Stor ytelling’ and ‘Documentar y Filmmaking for Writers,’ and both are considered to be a par t of the Writers House in the English depar tment because she highlights the creative writing standpoint of making a film. “In both [classes], I’m emphasizing stor y and stor y structure, but it is storytelling for the screen,” Seidel said. “There are no prerequisites for these classes other than basic
composition. These are creative writing classes taught through Writers House.” The “Digital Stor ytelling” class focuses on how the filmmaker writes for the screen and learns to adapt to the changes, which take place when sounds and images are added to a story, Seidel said. The “Documentar y Filmmaking for Writers” class revolves around a professional inter view conducted by each student, which is then shaped into a short documentar y film, she said. Douglass College senior Lizette Gesuden said she decided to take both classes because she was curious about filmmaking. “The first class I took was ‘Digital Stor ytelling’ and then I took ‘Documentar y’ the next semester,” Gesuden said. “It has been, overall, an amazing and life-changing experience
for me and a tremendous learning experience.” Pilar Timpane, a recent University College graduate, has taken both of Seidel’s class-
“It has been, overall, an amazing and life-changing experience for me.” LIZETTE GESUDEN Douglass College senior
es, worked as a Writers House intern and is now a paid staff member working on a documentar y project with Seidel. “I’ve enjoyed so much working with the people I get to work with, and we all love working with Dena because we learn a lot ever y day. It’s like we get personal tutor hours all
day long,” Timpane said. “I’ve learned so much about how a production happens and how it gets made. I’ve learned tons about making a frame look good and thinking about frames.” Students like Timpane and Gesuden can make seven-minute films for the “Documentar y Filmmaking for Writers” class and can be viewed on the program’s Web site. Timpane’s film, which is available for viewing on the program’s Web site, is titled “Veo A Vicente” and focuses on the regrets of an immigrant who left his family behind. Gesuden’s documentar y is titled “Being Balut.” It highlights the trials and tribulations of assimilating her family’s Filipino culture with her own American upbringing. Besides teaching the course on her own, Seidel often brings
guest speakers to her classes through the program. Past guests include Jennie Livingston, who made the film “Paris Is Bur ning;” Ross Kauf fman, who won an Academy Award for his documentar y “Born Into Brothels;” and Sam Pollard, whose film credits include the documentar y “When the Levees Broke.” “Sam Pollard’s visit helped me decide I didn’t want to do print journalism,” Gesuden said. “Ever ything he said, it just really got my head turning.” Seidel said all levels of technical proficiency are welcome in her class because she grades ef for t and stor y rather than technical ability. Interested students are encouraged to check out the Writers House Web site and look for Seidel’s classes in the spring semester.
William & Mary students see change in drug, alcohol policies COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY U-WIRE
The College of William and Mar y has joined a growing number of universities offering medical amnesty for both drugs and alcohol. At the star t of the school year, students seeking help for medical emergencies caused by illegal drug use no longer face disciplinar y consequences from the Dean of Students Of fice for violating the College’s alcoholic beverage or drug policies. While students at the College will not face disciplinar y action if they invoke medical amnesty, they may still suffer consequences including required counseling and drug and alcohol education. Similar to the College’s alcohol amnesty policy, students must invoke amnesty “proactively,” according to the language of the policy. Students cannot ask for amnesty after having been caught. The policy does not
apply to the William and Mar y and Williamsburg Police Departments. Medical amnesty policies for dr ugs and alcohol have been implemented on college campuses throughout the United States. Other universities of fering full drug and alcohol amnesty include the University of Ohio, Brown University, Vanderbilt University and the California Institute of Technology. The University of Virginia and Duke University provide medical amnesty solely for cases involving alcohol use. Achieving full drug amnesty has been a long-term goal of student government at the College, according to Student Assembly Vice President Ryan Ruzic J.D. ’11. “It’s something that the Student Assembly’s been pushing for a long time,” Ruzic said. “It’s a really great idea because other wise students wouldn’t get the medical help they need for fear of being punished by the university.”
Ruzic believes that dr ug amnesty makes sense for the same reason as alcohol amnesty — student safety. “It’s a very common sense expansion of the alcohol amnesty,” he said. According to Ruzic, there
“Otherwise students wouldn’t get the medical help they need for fear of being punished by the university.” RYAN RUZIC College of William & Mary Student Asseembly Vice President
was little opposition to full drug amnesty in the SA, though some senators asked if full medical amnesty might send the wrong message. “There were some in the SA who were reluctant to extend amnesty because they viewed it as con-
doning that sort of behavior,” Ruzic said. Nevertheless, the SA legislation urging the administration to adopt full medical amnesty passed unanimously this April. This most recent, successful initiative was passed after discussions between SA members and the Dean of Students office. Sen. Ben Brown ’10 and SA Undersecretar y of College Policy for Drug and Alcohol Reform Will Sinnott ’11, developed a proposal for the new policy, which they presented to the Dean of Students office in the winter of 2008. The idea was then seized upon by Associate Dean of Students Dave Gilbert. According to Brown, Gilbert would rather see [students] seek medical attention than not do so for fear of a student conduct violation. Brown was pleased with the role the SA played in updating the College’s medical amnesty policy. “I don’t think [full medical amnesty] would have been enacted this year or in coming years without the SA,” Brown
said. “[Dean Gilber t] hadn’t been thinking about it until we came to him.” The new policy is something of a triumph for the SA. According to Brown, the SA is often handicapped by its lack of influence in the administration. “It’s really frustrating not having any authority to change things at the school,” he said. “Most of the bills like that don’t actually change the policy because we don’t have authority over student conduct.” Neither Ruzic nor Brown foresee the policy having an immediate effect. According to Ruzic, a student at the College has not died of a drug overdose in at least the past two years. The policy is nevertheless a significant achievement. “We’ve done all we can in the policy because it’s extended to where it covers pretty much everything,” Ruzic said. “Going to full amnesty from limited amnesty certainly puts William and Mary on the forefront of drug policy.” Dean Gilbert could not be reached for comment.
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DEAN: School strives to attract faculty with research continued from front of Engineering has great strengths,” Farris said. “There are a lot of great things about the School of Engineering. A lot of faculty members here are doing extremely well at attracting federal research dollars, which is ver y good for our reputation and provides lots of opportunities for our students.” He said one of his goals, as dean, is to increase the number of faculty and students at the school. School of Engineering senior Werner Born said the expansion of the school presents possibilities and problems. “This is ver y exciting to hear, but there will be a lot of logistical concerns students will have. I’m excited to see what great faculty Dean Farris will bring in,” said Born, chair of the Rutgers University Student Assembly. The school will attract more faculty members by creating unique research opportunities, Farris said. “We are working with the existing faculty to identify our technical themes around which we can hire faculty,” he said. “This gives potential recruits an opportunity to join a group of faculty that are doing very collaborative work centered around some of the needs of the 21st century.” Born said fur ther fostering the University as a think-tank and research haven would benefit ever yone. Farris said the school would increase enrollment by targeting talented New Jersey students and recruiting out-of-state and international students. “I think there are great engineering students that are now leaving the state to study engineering,” Farris said. “I think it would be great for us to keep them here at Rutgers.” Born hopes an increase in the student population will lead to an increase in the amount of course sections offered. “Engineering has a fairly static course schedule from freshman to senior year, and sometimes those classes only offer one section and at times that really inhibits students from being able to take part in other things or explore courses outside of the major,” Born said. He said with the increasing population of the school, adding more sections would enable students to get out and experience other great things at the Univesity. School of Engineering first-year student Swayam Thacker said the static course schedule restricted his class selection process.
“For the freshman year there’s a limit to the courses you can take. I already took a lot of AP classes so I didn’t have many options,” Thacker said. Farris said the static course schedule issue would be addressed as the School of Engineering grows and is able to offer more course sections. He hopes the school will attract new students by raising money for scholarships and developing research and education programs with humanitarian aims. “Students that are coming to college today want to pursue careers where they know they are going to be making a difference and helping people,” Farris said. He said the thought of making a difference and helping people encouraged him while working on trucks in Texas and eventually led him to become a professor. “The notion of being a faculty member and being involved in research and also being around students and young people all the time was very appealing to me,” Farris said. After he received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University, Farris earned his master’s degree and doctorate in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Northwestern University. In his 23 years as a Purdue College of Engineering faculty member, Farris advised 22 engineers who completed doctoral degrees in engineering, received his school’s outstanding undergraduate teacher award in 2008 and helped increase fundraising for the school from $1 million to $3 million annually. After Farris became the head of aeronautics and astronautics department in 1998, undergraduate and graduate student enrollment more than doubled. Under his leadership, the number of women on faculty increased from one to five. In 2008 the department awarded more undergraduate degrees to women than any of its peer aerospace programs. Born said generating interest in engineering for female high school graduates is a daunting but important task. “Although the population isn’t huge, the School of Engineering has two very active groups for women. The Society of Women Engineers and Phi Sigma Rho, the Engineering Sorority,” he said. “I’m sure both of those groups would be thrilled to see and assist in this development.” On Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., Farris will be at the Engineering Quad on Busch campus for the convocation welcoming new firstyear students. “I’ve met a few students,” Farris said. “Rutgers students are very energetic, bright and come from great backgrounds.”
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Gov. Jon S. Corzine speaks at a picnic Sunday in support of the URA-AFT union, even though the state did not follow through with promises to increase salaries for higher education faculty because of budget woes.
FACULTY: Negotiations are not set for URA-AFT union continued from front layoffs across the University while addressing areas of concern to the AAUP-AFT,” Furmanski said. Despite the perceived agreeable end to contract negotiations with the faculty, University administration is still in negotiations with the Union of Rutgers Administrators. “We have had ongoing talks with management over the summer, and we have not come to an agreement. We’ve exchanged proposals but we are still quite a way apart,” President of the URA-AFT Lucye Millerand said. “Management as we understand is asking our members to give back more than they asked from the faculty. Our members make an average half of what the faculty makes.” Members of the URA-AFT, which represents 1,900 workers, handed around 10,000 leaflets at the football
game last Sunday to raise awareness to their contract negotiations. “Other state bargaining units have come to agreements where they’ve revised the economic conditions of their contracts to save management money. In exchange,
“We have had ongoing talks with management over the summer, and we have not come to an agreement.” LUCYE MILLERAND URA-AFT President
they’ve gotten other protections; in particular, very strong, no layoff protections,” Millerand said. “And management has not offered us that kind of protection.” People in the URA-AFT are still being laid off and there are no
scheduled discussions. The management did not negotiate with them before they held back their raises in June and they only notified them, she said. Communication Workers of America and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees gave up part raises but their pension contributions were protected. “We have the problem that they’re not offering layoff protections; they’re asking more money back than they do of the faculty,” Millerand said. “We need protections of our pensions.” The URA-AFT has worked under the saying “do more with less” for a long time. The University budget crisis has been going on for a while, and as staff members are laid off, those still employed have more work to do. “We have a lot of people funded by grants in our unit. The University saves any money from holding back those people’s salaries,” Millerand said. “We don’t think management is even factoring that when they do calculations.”
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UMDNJ TAKES PART IN SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow will feature a theme on “Suicide Prevention in Different Cultures” to raise global awareness of suicide. Someone commits suicide in the United States every 16 minutes and every 40 seconds worldwide, according to the American Association of Suicidology. The latest year on record for suicide numbers is 2006, when 33,000 people committed suicide in the U.S., according to the AAS. Four thousand one hundred eighty nine were between the ages of 15 and 24. “The day represents a call for action and involvement by governments and organizations worldwide to contribute to suicide awareness and prevention,” according to a press release from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Donna Amundson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and manager of UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare’s Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program, will be available until Sept. 12 to discuss suicide and other related issues. Amundson will be available to discuss suicide prevention and intervention as well as coping strategies for those impacted following death by suicide, according to the release. These subjects also will be addressed at the TLC’s upcoming 7th Annual Youth Suicide Prevention Conference, entitled ‘Ethnocultural Variables in Youth Suicide: African American, Asian and Latino Perspectives.’ “The conference continues the World Suicide Prevention Day theme of preventing suicide in different cultures and will be presented in three regions of New Jersey on Nov. 16, 17 and 18,” according to the release. A meeting with Amundson can be scheduled through Zenaida Mendez at (973) 972-7273 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Sara Gretina
Today is the last day to drop classes. Daniel Kurtzer will hold the S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Ambassador Kur tzer ser ved as the US Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005) and as the US Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001). For more information, contact The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at email@example.com. The Victoria’s Secret Pink bus is coming to the University! The bus will be parked at Morrell Street, next to the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. In addition to giveaways and items for sale from the Rutgers Pink collection, the University Dance Team will be at the event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come outdoors for a Tie-Dye frenzy to tie-dye your favorite shirt, fill your belly with fries and enjoy some music. Shirts to tie-dye will be provided. The event begins at 2 p.m. near the fountain on Livingston campus. Supplies are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Rain location is at Tillet Hall: Yorba Lounge on Livingston campus. Like to sing? Think you know the words to all those oldies and hit songs? Then come prove it in the Douglass Campus Center at 8 p.m. and try to win fabulous prizes! Brought to you by RUPA. Free snacks will also be provided.
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STUDENTS: Politicians cite time management as key continued from front experience from it … I’ve always said work hard young so when you’re older, you can reap the rewards and just relax,” said Cepeda, who has lived in her district since the fifth grade. The other winners include School of Arts and Sciences juniors Eddie Rodriguez and Tom McKeon, seniors Caitlin Ferrer, Leor Tal and Carmen Rao, Rutgers College seniors Meredith Neely and Mike Shanahan and Livingston College senior Patrick Lee. When Cepeda entered her first meeting, she said she felt taken aback due to her age, but that feeling dissipated. “We actually had a reorganization meeting, and that was one of the topics that was brought up, us
being college students,” Cepeda said. “But I think honestly, they respect us taking the initiative, but I can’t really speak for them.” L ydnel Myles, a 4th Ward, District 5 committeewoman, said the student politicians impact the community. “They are energetic, they are fiery, [and] they are just wonderful, and the residents just love them,” she said. In her new position, Cepeda said it may be difficult to balance school and work at times. “There are weekly meetings, so it’s basically like another [organization],” Cepeda said. “It’s a lot, but time management is key.” But juggling a busy schedule does not only apply to the student politicians. “It could also be said of someone who has a career for 30 hours of the week and children to raise,” Cepeda said. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Stacey Milliman, a
U NIVERSITY committeewoman for the 6th Ward, District 3, said working on the committee presents a new experience she can learn from. “It’s really great to be able to see how the actual politicians interact with one another,” Milliman said. She said the campaign was a worthwhile opportunity to get involved outside the University, although her constituents are mostly students. “The people I represent are virtually all students; there are very few non-students,” Milliman said. She said while there are no assigned positions on the committee, there are several subcommittees. Milliman works with the city relations committee, which aims on improving the relationship between the community, the city and the University. Both Cepeda and Milliman are unsure if they will run again after their two-year terms expire.
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M Cepeda, who is majoring in biology and education, is interested in medicine while Milliman plans to pursue a major in urban planning. “Potentially there are big political changes that are going to happen, so I guess we’ll just have to see what happens,” Milliman said. Cepeda and Milliman said the Democrats for Change campaign is still going strong. “Now we have a strong front,” Cepeda said. “I know we’re still trying to go through the community and help out a lot [and] do fundraisers.” Milliman said the group is focusing on Empower Our Neighborhoods’ ward campaign. “As far as student issues and the city goes, we’re trying to canvass and attract as many people as possible,” she said. Committee Chairman T. K. Shamy was unavailable for comment as of press time.
PROFESSOR TO EXAMINE ALCOHOL DAMAGE WITH $3.5M GRANT Animal Sciences professor Dipak K. Sarkar was recently granted a $3.5 million Method to Extend Research in Time Award from the National Institutes of Health. With the award, Sarkar plans to continue his research on the damaging effects of alcohol on nervous systems of unborn children, according to a University Media Relations press release. “Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a significant public health problem and may result in a wide range of adverse outcomes for the child,” Sarkar said in the release. “Many fetal alcohol syndrome patients have problems coping with stress; they have learning disabilities, infections and increased susceptibility to diseases.” The award will extend NIH support for Sarkar’s research grant for another 10 years; his research is now in its 13th year. Sarkar, the director of the University’s Endocrine Research Program, has obtained five active grants that support the work of 16 research assistants. These assistants consist of postdoctoral students, graduate students, undergraduates and a senior scientist who help collaborate on Sarkar’s research projects. The problems associated with fetal alcohol syndrome stem from alcohol-induced destruction of neurons in the hypothalamus of the brain. These neurons produce the endorphin hormone and are especially vulnerable during the early development of the fetus. Sarkar became interested in alcohol research in 1990 when he observed the neuron-killing effect of a small dose of alcohol while working on neuronal development. His research has exemplified that the seemingly irreversible reduction in the number and function of beta-endorphin neurons results in a permanent impairment of stress and immune system functions throughout life. While the body displays the ability to recover from damage or disease, this does not appear to come into play with the loss of beta-endorphin neurons, according to the release. — Heather Brookhart
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High dropout rates plague nation’s colleges THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four years ago, two of the most influential researchers in higher education dove into a huge pool of data hoping to answer a bedeviling question: Why do so many students who start college fail to graduate? They report their findings in a book out today, and perhaps the biggest is this: Students aren’t aiming high enough, settling for less selective schools they imagine will be easier, but where in fact they’re more likely to drop out before earning a degree. In “Crossing the Finish Line,” William Bowen and Michael McPherson, former presidents of Princeton University and Macalester College, along with researcher Matthew Chingos, chime in on what many experts consider American higher education’s greatest weakness: college completion rates. By some measures, fewer than six in 10 entering college students complete a bachelor’s degree, among the worst rates in the developed world. The latest findings may surprise those caught up in the wellpublicized admissions frenzy at high-end colleges who assume all students push for the most selective school they can find. But the authors focus on the phenomenon called “undermatching” — the surprisingly large number of well-qualified high school seniors
with credentials to attend strong four-year colleges, but who chose other options instead — less selective schools, two-year colleges, or no college at all. They may have had their reasons, such as staying close to home or lack of money — though more selective schools aren’t always pricier. But the authors argue bigger factors are “iner tia, lack of information, lack of forward planning for college and lack of encouragement.” The data suggest lowincome and minority students, and especially those whose parents don’t complete college, are especially susceptible. For instance, examining 1999 Nor th Carolina high school graduates who could have attended the flagship University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill or Nor th Carolina State — but instead went to less selective schools — they conclude barely one-third even applied to the state’s leading universities. Most of the rest got in but went elsewhere, or nowhere. Those students who “undermatched” may have figured they would be in for an easier time; they did in fact get higher grades, but overall paid “a high price,” taking longer to move through school and eventually graduating at a rate 15 points lower than comparably prepared students who went to more selective schools.
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Yes, he can President Barack Obama has been stirring a lot of controversy since taking office. He’s been called a socialist for his health care policies, and his stimulus package has raised concerns over inflation and big government spending. But it is hard to believe that his speech to the students of America would be another addition to his list of controversial things to do. Yesterday at noon, Obama addressed the youth of the nation in a back-to-school speech. Many conservatives were worried that this speech would be used to push a partisan political agenda. No political agendas were discussed with the students; Obama just shared experiences and advice about being responsible and in charge of your own education. Some schools chose to show the speech, while other opted against it. According to CNN, one school in Ohio decided to show it to children in the third grade and up, but not to the younger children. Nine students also opted not to watch the speech in the school. This is because their parents felt that the speech would be too political. It is ridiculous that there were parents who were bothered by Obama’s speech being given to their children. According to CNN, one mother went as far as to say, “Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me … I’m an American. They are Americans, and I don’t feel that’s OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now.” No matter if you agree with his policies or his way of running the country or not, he is still the nation’s leader and he should be respected like a leader. This is especially true because he was not trying to talk to the students about anything political. He was just trying to address the future leaders of the country by inspiring and encouraging them to work hard and to stay in school. It is a good thing that children in America have a president they can look up to and aspire to be like. Obama gave a very charismatic speech, making him easy to listen to and for children to understand. A lot of these kids need someone that they can look up to, and because the president did not come from the typical background that most of his predecessors did, it makes him a little more relatable. It also shows the students that if they set their standards high, work hard, are determined and ambitious they too can achieve their dreams. It is a good thing that Obama decided to address the young students of America. They are told every day by teachers, parents and guardians to work hard and do well, but when someone in a position of power — like the president — is talking to you like he understands where you are coming from, it changes the way you hear things. Obama told the children, “This isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” How any parent can be upset with the leader of the nation believing in their children and encouraging them to reach for the top is a mystery. They should stop and listen to his words themselves before they impose their own beliefs upon their children.
It’s only a game Students and Scarlet Knights fans alike filled the new Rutgers football stadium on Monday for the first game of the season. With high hopes of a good first game shattered, many fans left at halftime, and the ones who did stay watched the Knights lose to Cincinnati 47-15. This is an embarrassing start to a season, especially one where the pressure was on to do well because of the new stadium that the team is playing in. There were those who argued that the stadium was a waste of money. The performance of the team on Monday was not proving the non-believers wrong. Although the final score of the game was embarrassing, it is not fair to judge the football team already solely on the one game. One game does not make a season and one season does not make a program. It has to be said, though, that the team does have some added pressure on them this year, whether they realize it or not. They have a bigger stadium to fill and there is the possibility of the student body getting sick of going to games just to see their team lose. There is also added pressure on head coach Greg Schiano because he defended the stadium expansion, and now his team has to prove themselves with a good season. Although the team did lose, there were some successes of the game. The new stadium was packed and will be for the next three games because tickets are sold out. The sea of red was a sight to see, and the chants and screams of fans throughout the stadium showed the school spirit the University possesses. Sold out tickets, merchandize sales and not an empty seat in the stadium is not anything to be embarrassed about; these things will always bring revenue to the University. It just cannot be forgotten that to keep students interested and proud of their team, they have to do better than a score of 47-15. Although it should not spiral back down to what it used to be, where the stadium was half empty because no one would want to watch the team lose, it is important to keep students interested and showing support. If the team is doing well more alumni support will come to the University, which is needed. The way it is right now, winning or losing may not matter as long as the game is sold out — that way there is money being brought in from the program and to pay off the debts accrued from expanding the stadium. But that attitude will not last for long. The football team better brush this bad game off their shoulders and try better next time. Winning isn’t everything, but it does help in keeping the student body and fans interested and supportive during the season. The school spirit will help in making sure those extra seats are filled with students who are proud of their football team and their University.
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recent piece for The ince his inauguration in Independent: “The US is the Januar y, President only major industrialised Barack Obama has been [sic] country that does not contending with a number of provide regular health care crucial issues that continue to to all its citizens. Instead, affect virtually all Americans. they are required to provide Among the most pressing of for themselves — and 50 these is health care reform. It is necessary to note here that, JOSH BAKER million people can’t afford the insurance. As a result, according to an ongoing Gallup 18,000 US citizens die ever y year needlessly, trend poll, a sizeable majority — about 60 percent — because they can’t access the care they require. of the public still sees the floundering economy as That’s equivalent to six 9/11s, every year, year on the nation’s “most important problem.” This figure year. Yet the Republicans have accused the has dropped steadily from a peak of 86 percent Democrats who are trying to stop all this death by since the beginning of the year, while the number of extending healthcare of being ‘killers’ — and they Americans citing health care as their foremost conhave successfully managed to put them on the cern has risen from 4 percent to 25 percent during defensive. The Republicans want to defend the the same time span. This trend is not at all surprisexisting system … [b]ut they can’t do so honestly: ing: As more and more Americans lose their jobs — some 70 percent of Americans say it is ‘immoral’ to and, concurrently, their health insurance — the retain a medical system that doesn’t cover all citidemand for a publicly-funded alternative has zens. So they have to invent lies to make any lifeincreased. To be sure, the president has taken sevsaving extension of health care eral steps in the right direction, sound depraved.” bypassing Washington’s infernal “This is a crucial One of the most incessant of political bickering and taking his lies is the right’s assertion party’s case directly to the people juncture in our history, these that the implementation of a puband addressing their concerns in and our only options are lic option will negatively affect a series of town hall meetings the quality of care patients across the countr y over the capitulation or receive, but a recent Gallup analycourse of the summer. But his sis of historical data “finds only a actions, along with and those of persistence.” slight difference in how the Democratic leadership in conAmericans with Medicaid or gress, have not as of yet gone far Medicare versus those with private insurance plans enough toward achieving the goal of universal rate the quality of care they receive, and no differhealth care. ence in how the two groups rate their coverage.” Addressing the American Federation of Labor Many of the other falsehoods being repeated by and Congress of Industrial Organizations during opponents of a public option (e.g., that Obama and the organization’s annual Labor Day picnic on the Democrats wants to set up “death panels”) are Monday, Obama said, “I see reform where so transparently ridiculous that they should require Americans and small businesses that are shut out no response. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to a of health insurance today will be able to purchase well-funded media campaign spawned by a number coverage at a price they can afford … Where they’ll of large private insurance companies, a formidable be able to shop and compare in a new health insurproportion of Americans believe such rubbish, forcance exchange — a marketplace where competiing progressive Democrats to waste their time and tion and choice will continue to hold down cost and energy painstakingly clarifying that, in fact, they are help deliver them a better deal.” While the presinot in favor of indiscriminately killing the elderly dent has readily and repeatedly stressed the need and the disabled. for an overhaul of how health care in the United This is a crucial juncture in our history, and our States is operated, he seems reluctant to definitiveonly options are capitulation or persistence. We ly state his support for a public option, having been elected Obama and then Democratic majorities in continually put on the defensive by the generally Congress last November because they promised outrageous and untenable criticisms of such a plan us change. It is their duty to overcome the roadbeing made by the American right. Steve blocks to progress being erected by the GOP, and Hildebrand, one of Obama’s former campaign it is our paramount civic responsibility to hold advisers, stated recently that the president “needs them to their promises and demand the reform our to be more bold in his leadership.” Like many nation so desperately needs. Americans, Hildebrand is “frustrated” with the lack of assertiveness the administration has shown thus Josh Baker is a Rutgers College senior majoring in far: “I gave up a lot to elect Democrats, and I expect sociology. He welcomes feedback at them to give it up for me.” firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Rebuilding Twin Towers restores symbol of peace to country Letter NELSON MORALES JR.
ne of the worst days in American histor y occurred eight years ago on Sept. 11. Two planes struck the World Trade Center, one plane hit the Pentagon and another plane crashed in Shanksville, Pa. Ever yone has these images of this day stuck in their memories; it is impossible to forget. As we look at what happened in eight years, Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda became household names for terrorism, a war in Iraq still rages on, and a countr y has moved on, with a wound not healed. Yet there is one place that is a constant reminder of the Sept. 11 attacks — the World Trade Center site. A few years ago, the Por t Authority and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation had a contest to find a developer to rebuild the
World Trade Center site, but the site and waste eight years of who pushed for a plan that they were abandoned; a new taxpayer money on the most defines what is wrong with this plan was created which includes sacred ground in America. c o u n t r y ? four towers, one of them called What does this result in? An There is another plan that is Freedom Tower. example of how the elite can growing in popularity with both The Port Authority and Larry have their way by shoving a plan the victims and American public, Silverstein, leaseholder and that no one wants (A poll on yet barely gets any recognition chief architect of the site, man- MSNBC.com early this year by the media. It’s called “Twin age this tower, now called One showed that 90 percent of Towers II” and the plan is basiWorld Trade Center, and they cally a 21st century version of said that this tower would be iconic Twin Towers “The Port Authority and Larry the built by 2012. It’s 2009 and (façade, lobbies, entrance), nothing is built. which are taller, structurally Silverstein, leaseholder and If you go into the World sound, have one story higher chief architect of the site, Trade Center site, you see than the original towers, and the tower in construction. manage this tower, now called a price tag so low that it could News keeps coming out that be built in three years as One World Trade Center, and opposed to 30 years. What the tower might be complete by 2017 — and the whole this plan superior to they said that this tower would makes complex in 30 years — the official plan is that it has including factoring the abantwo functions — office towers be built by 2012. ” donment of two of the towers and a living, breathing memofor “retail stumps,” a transit rial that is free of charge and hub that keeps skyrocketing in Americans are against the have significant meaning. price tag and a memorial that’s Freedom Tower)? An example of Rebuilding the Twin Towers generic and may have to charge fear to the world (the base of would be restoring a symbol of people just to go in because of One World Trade Center is a peace and tranquility, making the high cost of maintenance. 100-foot slob of concrete past Americans proud seeing the New York Gov. David Paterson street level)? A tower/complex greatest towers back in the wants Silverstein out of the proj- that has no meaning to the vic- greatest city in the world, and ect due to his inability to build tims of Sept. 11 but for the elites most impor tantly a healing
wound to Sept. 11 victims and a restoration of a symbol not just of New York, but of America. What makes this plan more interesting is that a University alumnus is helping to design this plan. Kenneth L. Gardner — with help from the late Herbert Belton, one of the original designers for the original Twin Towers — has a complete replica of what the new Twin Towers, the surrounding buildings, and the memorial will look like, and he is willing to show the public how superior this plan is architecturally and emotionally to the Silverstein/Port Authority plan. More information is available about this plan at www.twintowersalliance.com, www.twintowersII.com and w w w. w t c 2 0 1 1 . c o m . I am not affiliated with any of these organizations but I feel that the community should see this and decide what’s right for the WTC site. Nelson Morales Jr. is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore.
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Today’s Birthday (09/09/09) Set down roots this year. You can get past the concerns that have kept you off balance. Modify your idea of perfection just a little bit. You can live with it. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 5 — There’s a hassle getting the money to do what you want to do. Rather than tap your savings, offer to do more work. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — You’re determined to achieve your goals, and you’re not in this alone. Your family believes you can do this easily. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 5 — Something you already have fits perfectly into your home, preventing you from having to buy an entirely new item. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Your group is anxious to get involved. Make sure they know what they’re doing before you turn them loose. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 5 — Keep holding onto your dream. You’re another step closer to making it come true. Stay committed. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Go ahead and start a new project. The odds of success are in your favor, even if a small miracle is required.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 5 — If you’re stuck at home tonight, don’t pitch a fit. You can’t go out partying ever y night. Get some rest. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Ask friends for a referral. They’ll lead you to the perfect person for the job you have in mind. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — If things get messed up today, it won’t be all your fault. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Proceed with what you had planned. The time is right to follow through on decisions you’ve already made. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — You’re not stuck in the mud; you haven’t given up. Continue what you’ve been doing and you’ll eventually succeed. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Somebody has a ver y urgent message for you. Stick to your studies: You’ll absorb the material easily.
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KNIGHTS ADD GUARD HASANI TO 2013 CLASS The Rutgers men’s basketball team added the final piece of the 2009-10 roster yesterday when MEN’S BASKETBALL h e a d coach Fred Hill Jr. announced guard Muhamed Hasani signed a scholarship with the school. Hasani, a native of Pristina, Kosovo, has played for the KB Sigal Prishtina Junior team since 2005, where he won two U-18 titles. In the summer of 2007 he was named the best player under the age of 21 by the Basketball Federation of Kosovo. “We feel very fortunate to add a player of this caliber to our roster at such a late stage,” Hill said in a statement. “We are confident that Muhamed can be a key contributor. He is a solid player with experience, who handles and shoots the ball well. We are very excited to welcome him into the program.” The 6-foot-3 Hasani helps soften the blow of losing Corey Chandler, who was dismissed from the team for a violation of athletic department policy this summer. Hasani is also the fourth member of the Scarlet Knights to have played for a senior national team. Sophomore guard Mike Rosario (Puerto Rico), sophomore forward Gregory Echenique (Venezuela) and junior guard Mike Coburn (Jamaica) all got senior national team call-ups this summer. — Kyle Franko
BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
A demoralized Greg Schiano spoke to the media yesterday in his weekly teleconference, breaking down what happened Monday in the 47-15 loss to Cincinnati. Because of the short week before Howard, Schiano will not have a weekly press conference as the team goes immediately into game mode for Saturday.
Schiano said that he and his staff have yet to make any decisions on depth chart changes for Howard, adding that changes, if any, will be made later in the week. “We’ve been watching the tapes since shortly after I left [Monday night,] but we’re trying to watch all three phases and we’ll get together,” Schiano said. “We probably won’t make any depth chart changes here today. It’ll be later tonight and in the morning tomorrow.”
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FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NOTEBOOK NO CHANGES
MADE TO DEPTH CHART...YET
The coaching staff is evaluating every position for potential changes to the depth chart for Howard, meaning that significant changes could be made in the next few days with the exception of a few veterans like cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive end George Johnson. “Guys that are either new to the position or not performing at a high level, they know that there’s a guy behind them that wants their spot,” Schiano said. “We evaluate it every day. I really mean it — it’s at every position.”
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to evaluate the tape on defense, Schiano concluded that there wasn’t anything wrong with the scheme on defense, despite giving up 564 yards and 45 points. It was just a matter of coming out sluggish and not executing. “We were a step behind and we didn’t play fundamentally very well,” Schiano said. “When I say fundamentally, it was obvious we didn’t tackle well. Although we were very physical we just missed tackles. But we didn’t execute technique with a great deal of precision, and boil it down, whether it was a pass drop or a rush move or a linebacker fit on a run play, you add it up and it ends up not being a great performance.” JOHN PENA/ SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
The Rutgers defense gave up 564 yards in total offense to the Bearcats Monday in the Scarlet Knights’ 47-15 loss.
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more days to prepare for Howard, which can be an advantage and a disadvantage. The Knights have
less time to prepare and fatigue could be more of an issue, but it also gives them a chance to right the sinking ship quickly. “Coach is making sure we do ever ything to get out bodies ready,” said senior defensive back and team captain Devin McCourty on a separate conference call. “I think mentally it will be good for the team to play again and just play football.”
THE LOSS TO CINCINNATI is comparable to last season’s 4412 loss to UNC. Both came early in the year with ver y high expectations and both ended in embarrassment. Rutgers managed to overcome the loss to the TarHeels and eventually make a bowl game, but RU doesn’t want to assume that will happen again this season. “I think Coach [Schiano] said it perfectly when he said ‘don’t think everything’s going to be OK because of the 1-5 start last year because that was the ’08 team and this is the ’09 team,” McCourty said. ON
junior receiver Mason Robinson will be OK minus some soreness and senior safety Zaire Kitchen will be on a wait-and-see basis for Howard. “It was a very physical game,” Schiano said. “We’re going to be a sore football team today, but we have to go do some things just to get on schedule a little bit.”
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Intensive training keys success for Knights BY MELISSA FALICA STAFF WRITER
Training for cross country is a time consuming, difficult and exhausting process that does not come easy MEN’S XC to any student athlete. Take the Rutgers men’s cross country team as an example. The Scarlet Knights’ practice consists of more than just running and lasts for nearly two hours at the very least. “Even though practice is much shorter than many other practices, you’re still ver y tired because it’s condensed to an hour and 30 minutes,” junior Kevin Cronin said. The Knights run up to twice a day, every day, adding up to around 80 miles a week, a lot more than what they ran back in high school.
“With distance running it takes time for your body to adjust,” said Rutgers men’s cross countr y head coach Mike Mulqueen. “These guys had to run three miles in high school and had to run five miles when they got to college.” Mulqueen can easily tell when the team has been up to par on practices and when it has not been and trusts that his team will train as expected. “A lot of it comes from their own desire,” he said. “I’m too old; I can’t even stay with them so I try to follow them in the car.” The key to being good at cross country, according to junior Nick Miehe, is dedicating time to the sport 24/7, 365. “In the past, such as freshman year, I didn’t do that,” Miehe said. “Last year I changed that and I started living and breath-
ing running, and this year I’m even more focused.” Living and breathing cross country plus the extra task of studying for classes can take a pretty big toll on the body. “When you’re doing your homework, you’re kind of a little bit dreary,” Cronin said. But that has not stopped the team from academic success, as the Knights were named to the All-Academic Track and Field Team for the second year in a row. Mulqueen hopes that the team will be considerably better than last year and has a lot of faith in the team and its older runners. “As you get older you get stronger, so this year we have a lot of juniors so they should be better and stronger and able to handle tough workouts easier than they have in the past,” Mulqueen said.
RU will need its strength as it faces some tough competition this fall. Miehe said that Regionals and the Big East matches pose the biggest challenge and hold the most significance for the team. Besides practice, pre-game warm-ups and rituals have helped lead to the team’s success in the past and RU hopes that they will continue to do so this year. “We do striders, which is basically like 100-meter sprints, and that gets our speed acclimated to the beginning of the race and getting off fast and getting good positioning in the race,” Cronin said. The Knights believe that their age, training and rituals will all contribute to a very successful season this fall. “We’re an older team and I feel that we’re going to do well,” Miehe said. “I’m excited.”
CONFIDENCE: RU now No. 17 in NCSAA polls continued from back game went on and we could move the ball, and we were getting into some tackles and winning the air game, I think just a little bit into the match they really realized, ‘We belong here, and, yes, we’re going to win this match.’” Going forward, Crooks still sees aspects of his team’s game that he expects to improve. He points to things like making less self-inflicted turnovers and a need for better relationships between the forwards and midfielders. There’s no denying Crooks’ visions of his team before the season took a major step toward coming to fruition on Sunday. It’s certainly something both he and the team are looking forward to building on. “I think the win gives the team major confidence,” said junior forward Ashley Jones who scored the go-ahead goal Sunday. “I wouldn’t say we got off to a bad start, it was pretty good. But we just took ourselves to the next level. And I think a win like that is just going to help us continue to grow.” The win over Penn State vaulted the Knights back into the national rankings. After the 1-1 draw with Stony Brook knocked them out of the top 25, RU now stands at No. 17 in the NSCAA rankings, while the Nittany Lions dropped from No. 13 to No. 23.
ANDREW HOWARD/ PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Senior keeper Erin Guthrie (1) blanked both Towson and Penn State this weekend to help the Knights improve to 4-0-1 on the season, recording her 35th career shutout in the process, a new Rutgers record.
MARATHON: Knights open season Saturday in Bronx continued from back “Each meet builds to the next meet and eventually to the championships,” he said. “Where we are September 12 will be nowhere near where we are going to be on October 31 [which marks the beginning of Big East Championships].” The Knights will be in the Bronx, N.Y. Sept. 12 to lay the first of the aforementioned building blocks in the season’s foundation at the Fordham Fiasco and Follies. The team that will take to the Bronx has a totally different look this year. With the loss of perennial frontrunners Cheyenne Ogletree and Alison Caruana, a slew of new faces — seven to be exact — will dawn the scarlet and white to represent the University. One constant, though, is Asha Singh. The junior, who had a stellar freshman campaign before completing a slower, sickness-riddled sophomore season, will be called upon to lead the young team. Being the longest tenured Knight, she and Robinson expect a return to full form. “I definitely increased my training this summer to tr y and get back into top shape. I did a lot more mileage,” Singh said. “I took it easy on the speed work so that I don’t get burnt out.” Singh’s training won’t get any less intense since returning to the Banks. Assistant Coach Jan Merrill-Morin has implemented an extremely intense “periodization training” program for the entire squad. The training program is designed to enable runners to peak at the right times — namely the respective season championships. Moreover, it is crafted so that the runners remain in top race condition without getting injured or pushing too far too soon. “We work out at race pace, not anything faster, so that our body knows what it’s like to race, but doesn’t break down in practice,” Singh said. The Knights are hoping that this training will allow them to post a solid finish in their season opener and to begin separating themselves from the pack from there.
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Game’s first drive illustrates running is key BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
It was calculated and it was methodical. It featured dives, draws, endarounds, quarterback sneaks a n d FOOTBALL four th down conversions. But most importantly, the Rutgers football team’s first drive was successful. After the Scarlet Knights allowed Cincinnati to march 81 yards in less than three minutes to start Monday’s 47-15 debacle, the offense delivered the perfect remedy. The Knights controlled the ball on a 20-play drive that ended with sophomore tailback Joe Martinek scampering towards the new student section in the south endzone. Sixteen rushes and four passes covered 78 yards during the drive that lasted over 10 minutes. “Our offense was confident because it was a long, long drive,” Martinek said. “We kept it together — things were rolling and we felt pretty confident about that — but we knew that we couldn’t just dwell on that one drive. We had to get a couple more of those.” But the next touchdown drive didn’t come until the fourth quarter, and that one would look completely different — for reasons other than who lined up under center. The box score says that RU attempted 33 rushes and 37 passes. In reality, after rearranging the numbers with sacks and scrambles, the Knights called 27 designed run plays and 43 passes. Subtract the opening drive and that is 11 rushes to 39 passes — not a healthy mix, even if it was the 2008 offense with Mike Teel and Kenny Britt. Martinek, who carried the ball 10 times on the first touchdown drive, rushed five times over the remaining three quarters. Sophomore Jourdan Brooks ran the ball once in the second quar ter, but did not see the
JOHN PENA/ SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
After getting 10 touches on the Rutgers football team’s first drive, sophomore running back Joe Martinek got just five more carries over the course of the game and finished with 54 yards and a touchdown in the Knights’ 47-15 loss Monday to Cincinnati. ball again until the final drive handed the ball of f and was home loss, the running backs Brooks, a big-play threat who of the game. rewarded with first downs. have to figure more prominently was last seen at Rutgers Stadium “I think when you get behind Two three-and-outs and two into the offense. one dreadlock short after a 62in a game substantially the best interceptions later, Rutgers’ hole Not just Martinek, but Brooks yard run, needed to see the ball chance to win the game is to get continued to increase. as well. more than just once during meaninto the two-minute offense and The second half and the After competing for the start- ingful time. see if you can do it,” head coach debut of freshman quar terback ing spot all of camp, Martinek The backfield duo were limitGreg Schiano said. “You have to Tom Savage forced RU to had five times the carries that ed in their ability to contribute give it a shot and that’s what we throw the ball as much for the Brooks had, although the lopsid- while too much was heaped on did today. I felt that we were sake of Savage’s experience as edness was not by design. Natale and Savage — who behind enough that we would run to tr y to outshoot the relent“I talked to Jourdan Brooks should only be expected to limit out of time.” less Bearcat of fense. right after the game because that their mistakes in a run-dominatThe Knights trailed, but it was “It’s not too frustrating was not how I wanted it to go,” ed attack. a product of costly interceptions because they gave me some car- Schiano said. “On the first drive, “I just keep preparing and as much as poor defense. ries and they gave me some pass we ran the ball a lot … So then keep working hard, and I know On the opening drive, plays,” Martinek said of the Jourdan goes in the next series Jourdan is doing the same Schiano nursed first-time star t- diminished rushing attack. “Any because we want Jourdan to get thing,” Mar tinek said. ing quar terback, senior Dom way to help the team and any way carries and keep them both fresh, “Anything that the coaches put Natale, relying on the r un to try to score and get back in the but that series goes differently, in front of us, we’re confident in game to move the chains. game, I’m up for any of it.” and then we get behind and the each other and our own abilities Twice, on third downs with But if the Knights are to running game isn’t such a big that we can contribute.” more than six yards to go, RU rebound from the embarrassing part of what we’re doing.” Now all they need is the chance.
FUTURE: Sanu sets record Monday with 10 catches continued from back
JOHN PENA/ SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had 101 yards on 10 catches Monday against Cincinnati, setting a new record for receptions by a true freshman in a game under head coach Greg Schiano.
Don’t take that as me calling out starting quarterback Dom Natale for a bad performance, because a lot of what went wrong offensively wasn’t his fault. Two of the three interceptions were on tipped balls, and his 20-play, 10:40 drive on the first possession was nothing short of impressive. The guy was 8-for-12 for 108 yards. “We just didn’t execute,” Natale said after the game. “I didn’t execute and I put that all on myself.” Given that, Savage had to deal with the same conditions as Natale — minus the fact that he never had the ball with the game still close — and just played better. He was 15-for-23 for 135 yards and a touchdown and did not throw an interception. Savage has much more of an upside than Natale as well, given that Natale has, at best, 12 more games in a Rutgers uniform whereas Savage has four full seasons to get better. “I didn’t ask any questions. I just closed my eyes and went
out there,” Savage said. “I was a little ner vous going out there the first time with the crowd noise and ever ything … It was awesome going out there and I definitely got my feet wet.” But don’t glorify the kid from Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, Pa.) just yet. He made mistakes on the field just like Natale and senior Jabu Lovelace did. Savage held the ball too long and got sacked three times, including an intentional grounding call in the end zone resulting in a safety. But as Savage gets used to the speed of the college game, the mistakes will be minimized and his talents will be maximized. “I think I have a lot to learn so I have to get out there and keep working,” Savage said. “I think I need to improve on just getting the ball out quicker.” Par t of Savage’s success can be attributed to the immediate emergence of Sanu as an impact player. It took the 6foot-2 receiver just over three quar ters of his first game to cement his place in the Rutgers record books. His 10 catches against the Bearcats mark the most catches as a true freshman in a single
game under Schiano as he hauled in 101 yards on the day. “I’m just happy to have an opportunity to be here,” Sanu said. “[The second half] was just me trying to get open and Tom just making the play … We have to make sure we look at a lot of film, know the defense we’re going against and be ready to play another game.” Sanu has already emerged as the most dynamic offensive weapon for Rutgers. His size makes him a much easier target to find downfield than the 5-foot-8 Tim Brown, who continually seemed to be just an inch short Monday for every pass thrown his way. “I think he’s one of the best receivers out there,” Savage said of the guy he completed seven of his 15 passes to. “I just have to use [Sanu as a weapon down the road] and keep doing what I have to do.” The bottom line: No. 7 to No. 6 is a combination fans need to get used to quickly, because the future is now, when Savage and Sanu take the field Saturday against Howard. — Sam Hellman accepts comments and criticism at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Confidence without cockiness Surging Scarlet Knights riding wave of success after outdueling then-No. 13 Penn State in Happy Valley BY CHRIS MELCHIORRE CORRESPONDENT
It’s not that the Rutgers women’s soccer team was off to a bad start when the Scarlet Knights came into last weekend with a 2-0-1 record, but with so many new faces trying to WOMEN’S SOCCER mesh with a core of returning players, RU understandably came into this season as a work in progress . That was never more evident than in the Knights 1-1 draw Aug. 30 with Stony Brook. But even after the tie with the Seawolves, a remarkable calmness surrounded the team. The Knights understood that, despite mixed results, they were close. They were close to becoming the top-10 team they strived to be and closer to realizing the enormous talent level that they were undoubtedly fielding. And then came Friday’s 1-0 win over Towson. The match — won on senior midfielder Gina DeMaio’s late penalty kick — saw the Knights finally show some of the spark that carried them to a Sweet 16 last year. So when RU walked off the pitch in State College, Pa., Sunday with a 1-0 win over No. 13 Penn State, the Knights weren’t the least bit surprised. Ask Rutgers head coach Glenn Crooks, and he’ll tell you he merely saw what he had been expecting to see all season. “Every aspect of the game was better than at any other point in the season so far,” Crooks said. “So I’m just hoping the way we played becomes a habit because, not only did we play with great effort, but we played great soccer as well.” Crooks will tell you a major reason the Knights has been so successful against such high-caliber opponents is because they were confident they belonged on the same field as the No. 13-ranked team in the country. Rutgers assistant coach Karina LeBlanc calls it “confidence without cockiness.” It’s
ANDREW HOWARD/ PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Junior forward Ashley Jones kicked home the game-winning goal in the waning minutes of regulation to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 1-0 victory over Penn State on Sunday, vaulting Rutgers back into the national rankings after completing a perfect weekend. the feeling the team has of not wanting to win, but expecting to win every match they play. The Knights point to that attitude as a big reason for last years’ success, and
it was cer tainly evident Sunday in Penn State. “From the opening kickoff, you could tell we were playing with a great deal of confi-
dence,” Crooks said. “I think initially we might not have been certain deep down, but as the
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Upcoming Savage, Sanu display glimpse of future XC season Hell’s marathon, Kitchen not sprint I SAM HELLMAN
BY JOSH SPIELMAN STAFF WRITER
The cross country and track and field season is a marathon. Combined, the athletes who participate in WOMEN’S XC these sports compete for a total of 10 months, by far the longest NCAA Division I athletic season. So, it’s safe to say the Rutgers women’s cross countr y and track and field team will be pacing itself. After a short break, the Scarlet Knights hit the ground running exactly where they left off, building upon recent individual and team successes to climb the Big East, ECAC and national standings. Rutgers cross countr y head coach James Robinson believes that each meet serves a purpose in the team’s overall goals.
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DAN BRACAGLIA/ ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Despite getting sacked three times, heralded freshman quarterback Tom Savage showed why he is the future of the Rutgers football team in completing 15 of 23 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.
f you follow the Rutgers football team’s one-game season mentality, then the Rutgers football team just had its worst, most demoralizing season under Greg Schiano — given the expectations. But in ever y bad season — except for maybe the 2008 Detroit Lions — there’s still a bright spot, a “wait-till-next-year” moment or a player fans can look to for inspiration, and the Scarlet Knights had that. They had two, in fact. Throughout training camp we heard and saw that true freshmen Tom Savage and Mohamed Sanu had great potential, but it was shocking just how quickly that potential evolved into collegelevel talent Monday in the 47-15 loss to Cincinnati. After seeing what Savage could do against what is probably the most confusing defensive scheme in the Big East, one thing is clear: Savage should be the Knights’ quarterback. Right now.
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