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Hundreds permanently reside in hotel for academic year BY CAITLIN MAHON NEWS EDITOR

Nearly 500 students are living in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, the same situation the University faced last August due to a housing shortage. There is one major difference, though — students are locked into their hotel residence for the year whereas they could move onto campus last year as space became available. “Last year, we rented the hotel on the 30-day rotation basis. [This year, we contracted the] hotel we have for nine months, regardless of whether or not students live there,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory S. Blimling. “We did that because we have the lowest rate that way and at the time, we had the highest demand for students to live out there.” University Residence Life allowed students on campus to cancel their housing contracts last fall for any reason, in order to move students out of the hotels completely, said Executive Director of Residence Life Joan Carbone. Because of this option, all students moved out of the Crowne Plaza and into on-campus housing by February 2009. During the housing lottery for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, 2,000 students had no place to live, so the University went to contract at hotels, including the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Holiday Inn in Somerset, Blimling said. But before the fall semester commenced, only 500 students were in need of housing. “This year, we had two options for students. We had planned on contracting with Holiday Inn, which is right next to the Crowne Plaza, and [some] students opted into the Holiday Inn on a temporary basis,” Carbone said. “It turned out that we didn’t get as many first-year students and transfer students as we expected this year, and therefore we were able to move all of those students



Two shuttle buses rotate between the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the College Avenue campus between 7 a.m. and 3 a.m. seven days a week to accomodate nearly 500 students living in the hotel for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

Aid office to award $614M after increase in applicants



More students are applying for financial aid, and the University has the funds to support them. This year, 15 percent more students — about 4,000 — applied for aid across the University, but an increase in federal and University contributions has provided adequate resources to suppor t the influx in need, said Vice President for Enrollment Management Cour tney McAnuf f. “We expect to disburse about $614 million in financial aid,” he said.

University Director of Financial Aid Jean McDonald-Rash said this fall, 28,634 students had their financial aid packages completed to date. Of the 23,000 applicants who filed for need-based aid under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application, 91 percent have their aid, she said. “We are still waiting for about 700 students to submit documents and complete the financial aid application process,” McDonald-Rash said. The slow-up stems from the large amount of applicants, McAnuff said. This


RUSA renews relationship with cultural councils BY CAGRI OZUTURK ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR


Rutgers Chinese Dance Troupe members and students Wanny Lee, Mark Maturio and Tiffany Lau perform at yesterday’s Study Abroad Fair in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.

The chaos regarding the reformation of the Rutgers University Student Assembly Constitution last year ended with the election of a new executive board. Now the assembly, cultural councils and special student populations are all looking forward to working together in the coming year. “They are a huge, integral part of the student body and government,” RUSA Chair Werner Born said. “They generate a lot of positive effort from the student body; they are a huge resource and make Rutgers better.”

There was widespread controversy last year because of the review of the constitution. Cultural councils and special student population representatives’ seats were removed and replaced with geographical seats under the proposed constitution. “We hope to see a constitution where all cultural councils are represented,” said Political Chair of the Latino Student Council Braulio Salas, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “It appears that they are in favor of more representations because they added the new seat. I just


INDEX UNIVERSITY Even though Douglass Residential College has lost a lot of its traditions over the past few years, this year’s governing council prepares to reidentify the community.

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Gay Jeopardy will be in a game format with questions surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenderrelated issues, culture and history, etc. The event is hosted by Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Allies of Rutgers University from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.


The Unplugged Board Game Club will hold a club meeting every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Busch Student Center in room 174.


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The Pharmacy Governing Council meets at 6:40 p.m. in the Busch Student Center Room 122. They hold bi-weekly meetings. The Douglass Governing Council will meet at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall on Douglass campus. They hold weekly meetings at the same time and place.

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Costa Rica houses new energy program BY SHANE BRENNAN STAFF WRITER

Imagine a 12-day excursion down to Costa Rica where you could find not only beautiful beaches, but also college credit awaiting your arrival. This is the vision of three University students heading the Entrepreneurial Renewable Energy Project, a new program that stresses the benefits of renewable energy through interactive activities. Co-Founders Melissa Lee, Mikhail Naumov and Ben Lapidus recently returned from Costa Rica, where they learned about four types of renewable energy. They hope to expand this opportunity to all students. “It would be a 12-day trip,” said Lapidus, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “The core eight days focuses on learning about four types of renewable energy. The energies we would learn about are wind power, geothermal, hydroelectricity and biomass.” Students would spend two days focusing on each type of energy, he said. “We would focus on interactive activities rather than lectures to learn about a certain types of energy on the first day, and the next day, we would go out and do an activity based on that type of

energy,” Lapidus said. “For example, for wind power, we would go wind surfing.” The group anticipates sending the first group of students in January as a pilot session. “We’re hoping to have seven different sessions after the pilot and each group would have a maximum of 40 students,” Lapidus said. Financially speaking, it would be an all-inclusive trip consisting of food and living accommodations and all students would be insured, Lapidus said. Energy companies in Costa Rica are helping to finance the project. “Another goal of the program is experiencing another culture,” Lee said. “There’s so much to do in the free time; students could go to clubs, go into town and all the different activities that they couldn’t do at Rutgers based on geographic restrictions.” Naumov, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said no other college offers a program like this one. “Although it’s not directly correlated with Rutgers, the project would have Rutgers stamp of approval and after speaking with administrators, we have support from Rutgers Deans as well Rutgers career ser vices,” Naumov said. The group has a variety of written and verbal support from

an assortment of University administration, Lapidus said. Ali Berger, a Mason Gross School of the Arts junior, shares the same opinion of many students in regards to the trip. “It definitely seems like something I’d be interested in,” Berger said. “The program sounds like it could open a lot of doors and could be a lot of fun. You don’t hear about too many opportunities like this.” Naumov stressed the importance opening up the opportunity for all majors. He pointed out how students in each major could benefit. “Business students could see the financial development of the different types of energies, engineers could learn about how these ideas are built from the ground up and political policy majors could see the cultural influence,” Naumov said. The program focuses on forward thinking and extending the traditional route to something more tangible than sitting in lecture halls, Lapidus said. “It doesn’t make sense to not want to participate,” Lapidus said. “The eco-friendly trend is going to be a major factor in the future and a lot of companies are going to look for students with experience in the field. This is the only program that really offers handson experience.”


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RUSA: Latino Student Council represents 28 groups continued from front don’t feel there is any need to disempower any groups that are already established.” One of the biggest complaints of last year’s student government was that these populations had poor attendance, but members of these seats mostly filled this year’s first meeting.

“There is definitely a better relationship already and attendance was good as well. I hope to see a larger role from them in student government. They have better communication with the students than RUSA does sometimes and we hope to capitalize on that,” said Born, a School of Engineering senior. “I am a big supporter of the cultural councils,” said University Affairs Chair Ben West, a Rutgers College senior. “Last semester, some members made a big mistake by trying to take away their

U NIVERSITY seats. This year we want to make sure the cultural councils will be more involved, and I’ll be there to make sure that happens. The Latino Student Council represents 38 organizations, he said. They are moving toward a better relationship this year and working together to effectively serve the interests of students. “I haven’t seen any problems or issues. I think that there is a better attitude, and there is a whole new executive board. There are a lot of new things to achieve and a lot of

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M different coalitions. We’re looking forward to collaborating and organizing events with them,” said Co-President of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning People of Color Union at Rutgers Shawnna James, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Some considered requesting assistance from the administration to promote diversity last year, but Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory S. Blimling said the administration will remain uninvolved regarding the posi-

tions of the cultural councils and how the student government constitution would be established. “So far it seems that [the assembly] adjusted their views about cultural councils from last year,” said Asian Student Council Vice President of Internal Affairs Jimmy Cho, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “There is a better sense of unity and a new student population representative. More will change, especially with the new chair — and I expect good things to happen.”

HOTEL: U. subsidizes

right by the window by the entrance, so it was extremely loud. Here it’s really quiet.” School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore Jen Arantes had no complaints. “It’s a lot of comfort, they provide us with a lot of [things] we wouldn’t have on campus and the commutes not that bad; so far, so good,” Arantes said. “I don’t feel any different than when I lived on Livingston last year. We still have to commute to go to classes. Activities in the hall are still the same; we still have the whole dorm dynamic.” Mike Lotito, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said he didn’t get a good lottery number and decided to live in the hotel permanently. “The amenities are great here. It’s really nice, but the commute is really the only problem I have with it. If it were on campus, it would be fantastic,” Lotito said. “It’s a little harder [to meet people] than in actual dorms just because that’s the nature of the hotel, and you kind of feel like you have to be more reser ved.” Lotito said once he was used to the commute, he began to enjoy himself. “You have to leave pretty early for class but other than that, its good,” he said. While living in a hotel is a temporary option, Carbone said she thinks students may be living in hotels again next year. “I foresee that we will need [to have hotel residence for students], but I suspect that we will not go with a permanent contract,” Carbone said. “We will probably do all temporar y just incase.” The University has plans to build housing for 2,000 students on Busch and Livingston campuses, which should offset any housing shortage in the future, Blimling said. “Five-hundred beds are going to be built on Busch campus. In fact we hope to break ground on that probably late this spring, probably around April,” he said. “On the Livingston campus, we’re planning to build apartments for 1,500 students plus about 40,000 square feet in retail space, and that will be along Joyce Kilmer Avenue and Rockefeller Road. That should open in the fall of 2012.” The University expects the new Busch housing to open in fall 2011 and will take a look at the demand for on campus housing, Blimling said. “I think that if we were to [have students in hotels again,] we would probably go back to the 30-day rotation basis that we had the year before, depending on what the demand was from our students,” he said. “So I think for one more year, we will probably have to have a hotel for at least a semester. Once we have those 2,000 beds, we think we will be very close to meeting the needs of our students, and if not, we have some other options to explore in 2012.”

million dollar bus service continued from front [who were contracted to live in a hotel temporarily] onto campus.” The students now in Crowne Plaza are there permanently, Carbone said. “If we let them leave the Crowne Plaza, then we would have to continue to pay the Crowne Plaza for that space even though no student is in there, paying us for it,” Carbone said. “It’s a financial issue.” Some of the surprise from students opting out of on-campus housing is because of the economy, she said. “We actually see that [students] are commuting; they’re not living off campus,” Carbone said. “A large percentage of our students who live on campus can commute and choose to live on campus for the experience; but with the economy and the situation that it’s in right now, I think many students who wanted to live on campus had to give it up as an option [and now commute].” Blimling said students are not paying any more for housing than they would on campus. “The cost per day to live out there is about $30.36 per day, per student,” he said. “The cost to have a room on campus in a comparable room, which would be a single room with a private bath, is about $31 per day. So it’s about the same.” The University also provides a bus service for students, which includes two buses that will run from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week — but at a cost, Blimling said. “The big subsidy comes from the bus service,” he said. “The bus service this year will cost us just shy of $1 million.” Blimling said it cost $68,000 a month last fall to run even one bus from the hotel to the College Avenue campus. The University added a second bus due to student demand and followed suit for this year. While students are stuck living at the hotel, Blimling said many of the students actually prefer living out there. “It’s a pretty nice place. They have very large room with a private bath and large screen, color TV,” Blimling said. “They have an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, a gymnasium [and] a sports bar. It’s not all that tough out there. And they get maid ser vice. They have parking next to their building.” Many students do not mind living in the hotel at all. “I like it a lot. The only negative part about it is the storage space — there’s not enough in the hotel room — but otherwise, there’s a bus every 20 minutes and we have double beds,” School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Sasha Odzakovic said. “It’s pretty quiet. It’s not as loud as the [residence hall], which is what I like. Last year, I was on Livingston and we were



New identity reinvents old college traditions BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT

Douglass women, hailing from Kenya to Livingston campus and other regions, joined the Douglass Governing Council to assist in instilling the traditions and reshaping the identity of Douglass Residential College. Students made the case for their spot on the council Tuesday at Trayes Hall in the Douglass Campus Center. Council Inter nal Vice President Emily Rogalsky said the council and DRC are armed with considerable potential this year. “DRC has finally become something. We have been in place long enough that we can actually form as a residential community,” said Rogalsky, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior. “Douglass College, in a sense, isn’t there anymore. We’re not constantly reminded of the traditions we have lost, but we are able to maybe start creating our own traditions.” Council President Jennifer Kanyamibwa said she was thrilled about the council’s upcoming goals and challenges. “I don’t even sleep anymore, I’m so excited,” said Kanyamibwa, a Douglass College senior. School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Renice Obure will be serving the council as a University senator. Obure came to the University from Kenya thanks to the Zawadi Africa Educational Fund, an organization founded to provide African women with the opportunity of a promising education. “I love the diversity, the number of international students there are around,” Obure said. “I love that there’s Douglass, something special for women. This is a place where the place of a woman in society is still a visible issue. Our position is not to be perfect wives for men but to have other things that we can do.” Obure said she plans to take the leadership skills she learned at Douglass back to Kenya to lead by example. “I think that when I go back and implement what I have learned, that’s leadership in itself,” she said. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Kayla Duran-Urena will serve as a Rutgers University Student Assembly representative. Duran-Urena lived on Livingston campus her first year at the University but decided to join DRC when she became aware of the deep traditions of the Douglass community. “I wanted to be a par t of a community where people were ver y opinionated and involved

Douglass Governing Council in things,” she said. “I want to bring that voice, those opinions, the stuf f that we hold true to ourselves and what we want to represent to the student assembly.” School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Michelle Coleman plans to serve as a RUSA representative for the council. Coleman attended the Albany Academy for Girls, which eventually became a co-ed school similar to the situation of Douglass College. She said her experience there allows her to view the shifting identity of DRC from a unique perspective. “As a freshman, I am coming in from the end of that whole process and I have insight into what it was like in the beginning,” Coleman said. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences first-year student Devinn Lambert will be a 2013 representative on the council and said she had the experience of trying to create a closeknit community at her high school since she was part of the first graduating class of a brand new school. “I had the great experience of creating a community that never existed before,” she said. “We fostered a connected women’s community at my school.” School of Arts and Sciences junior Irina Ushakov will be serving as a representative for transfer students and non-traditional students. Ushakov transferred to the Rutgers Business School this year and is enrolled in the Mary I. Bunting Program, a Douglass program for female students who have been out of school for five or more years. “A lot of the older students commute or just don’t have time for campus activities, but they definitely deserve to be represented,” she said. Ushakov said her transition to the University has been smooth but she has noticed issues in need of improvement. “I think it might be more important to have a welcoming event at the beginning of the year, almost like an activity fair for the nontraditional students,” she said. “I’ve spoken with many of them and they’re a little shell-shocked going back to a university.” Ushakov said she is enjoying her first few weeks at the University. “I really believe in love at first sight and that’s how it was when I arrived at Douglass,” she said. “There’s an amazing community here and I think it’s very important that we work to preserve it.”

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AID: Government steps in to provide need-based funds continued from front year, 4,700 students as opposed to 4,200 last year did not pay their term bill by mid-September. The majority of the cases should be resolved by this weekend. “It’s somewhat overwhelming; they’re working through the backlog of student applicants,” he said. There was a small increase in tuition this year, and students’ need versus the cost changed a little, McDonald-Rash said. “What has changed is that many families have had a reduction in income or loss of employment,” she said. McDonald-Rash said more students have applied for Tuition Aid Grants and federal Pell grants; for public institutions like the University, it is not uncommon to see more need than there is aid. “There are sufficient resources to meet the needs once we get to the students,” McAnuff said. Millions of dollars have been disbursed through increases in needbased federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant Award and Federal Work Study programs, according to the University’s Office of Federal Relations. “In fact, more than $180 million in Pell grants and $4 million in work-study funds have been awarded to students attending colleges and universities in New Jersey through the [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act],” according to an e-mail from the Office of Federal Relations.

The University received $14.3 million in Pell grants, $858,000 in work-study funds and another $500,000 in student financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, according to the Office of Federal Relations. Federal stimulus funding for the state provided the University with $55 million for student assistance programs. The University also increased its own pool, McAnuff said. “The University has upped its contribution by several million dollars in need-based aid to respond to the economic downturn,” he said. McDonald-Rash said every student’s case is unique and individually examined to determine which students require the most aid. Douglass College senior Rachel Palao said the increase in students who need aid did not affect the amount of aid she received. “I think I got about the same amount [as before],” she said. But School of Arts and Sciences junior Wafa Zahedi did not. “I’ve been getting less,” she said. Students must file the FAFSA form to be considered for financial assistance at the University — a process that has not changed in many years, McDonald-Rash said. “It’s an elaborate process because you’re spending other people’s money, so the documentation … is pretty rigid,” McAnuff said. McDonald-Rash said the University is now focused on trying to help people with paying the balance. “The Office of Financial Aid and Office of Student Accounting will do whatever we can to assist students so they can stay in school,” McDonald-Rash said.



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Hub City must find happy medium


typical weekend at the University starts with “thirsty Thursdays,” as students go carousing about campus to parties and bars. For those who have been around the city for years, the sight of packs of students ranging in numbers from three to 20 is not shocking. There is also a strong music culture surrounding New Brunswick. Bands like Thursday and The Gaslight Anthem got their start playing in basements here. People will pack themselves into these basements to hear genres of music from indie-folk to thrash hardcore, where they can just bask in the Hub City-bred counterculture. Because it’s well known that University students are out and about the town from Thursday to Sunday, it should be no surprise that the city tends to be a little noisy into the wee hours of the night. Even with commotion as the norm, students still get plenty of tickets for noise violations. Police officers issue these tickets when they bust parties or shows because the neighbors called to complain about the racket. The tickets can range anywhere from the hundreds to thousands of dollars. New Brunswick has no tolerance with noise. The curfew is at 10 p.m., which means any complaints after that will be taken care of. These tickets — even though they are sometimes warranted — are difficult for students to deal with. They require appearing in court, which is tough when students have class and work, as well as the payment of a very large fine. Most college students are just making it by with the bills and the money they already have, and these tickets are an inconvenient extra expense. Students living off-campus throughout New Brunswick should be respectful and mindful of their neighbors, but the neighbors should also be aware of the town that they are living in. They are in an area primarily made up of college students. Housing on campus is in short supply, so more students are pushed out into the city to find houses to live in. The wards are starting to be occupied by mostly college kids, with a family or older couple every few houses. College students and families must compromise with each other because, unfortunately, there will never be a solution to the noisy neighbor problem in this noisy college town. Students should introduce themselves and try to exchange phone numbers with their neighbors to establish communication. If students are trying to be mindful and appear considerate for the people in the houses around them, maybe the neighbors will call them to turn the music down before they involve the police. A happy medium is a possibility, and maybe students can avoid the expensive noise violations. Until then, both students and New Brunswick residents should remember they are not the only ones living in the city, and they should understand where each other is coming from.

24-hour computer labs easier said than done


very student has run into the predicament where they have to need to print something out in the late hours of the evening and — to their dismay — there is no computer lab open to do so. Sometimes, you need to get away from the noisy residence hall or house full of partying housemates to study for a test or work on a paper. But again, depending on the time of day, there is no place to get that relief you need because the University has no 24-hour study lounge or computer lab for students to go to. One would be very useful to students and — as preposterous as it seems to think that someone would have to print something out at 3 a.m. — someone will always need it. It would be hard to keep a 24-hour study area open, so it is easier said than done. Location would be the first thing to be addressed. If you have it on one campus, each campus would eventually fight for one. Plus, if there were only one open in one location, providing transportation to and from it through all hours of the night would present another problem. The lounge would need some sort of security, because students are walking in and out of the building late at night and early in the morning. Expenses for filling the lounge with computers, printers and furniture for student use must be factored, as well. Also, there might have to be construction done in order to build it or make an old lab more up to date. Despite the expenses, the University needs to realize that students do need some sort of place they can go to study or print out papers or homework late at night. Even if it is not a 24-hour area, labs and libraries should be kept open later and on a more consistent schedule. The only time 24-hour access to these places is given is during finals week. Students are always scrambling to do work, not just those two week time periods each semester. There is no immediate solution to creating a new place for quiet study, but the least they can do is keep labs open later.


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Cracks in another red tape system


large number of minority ore than 10 years students, but how are you ago I entered colassisting them toward lege as a freshman There need to at Washington University in YSABEL Y. GONZALEZ graduation? be safeguards in place for St. Louis, Mo., only to transall students, such as more fer to Rutgers two years later personal contact during the semester — maybe a and finally to drop out almost completely. To no mid-semester “check-in.” Also, we need teaching one’s surprise my tale is almost all too common: An assistants to readily interact with students, particualarmingly large number of bright and responsible larly in large lecture classes. Higher education students are getting lost in the swarm of college needs to be a caring community of teachers and numbers. However, unlike me, these particular stulearners that are concerned enough to hold one dents are not returning to school and waver in unatanother responsible. tainable graduation dates. What is most heartbreaking for me is that there An Associated Press article last Wednesday in was no one at the University who dared to reach out The Daily Targum shares research on colleges’ to me when my studies came to a halt and I disappoor graduating rates in “Crossing the Finish peared for months, then years from the University. I Line” and mentions that the latest findings demonnever received any type of inquiry or follow-up after strate students choosing “less selective schools” my departure; until this day, I could have been anothand failing to graduate, particularly those of a lower dropout statistic. But my parents are both educaincome or minority background. The data that tors and did not allow that to happen to me. Upon these researchers discovered may hold some truth returning back to school as a fullto it, but I believe that the probtime student in 2008 I made sure lem is much deeper than educa“A note to every to create a network of professors, tional communities care to University professor: counselors, deans and others in admit. Institutions of higher eduto make myself answerable cation are not holding themStudents want to be here order until I graduated. But for some selves accountable. Learning is about more than and want to learn. Like young adults, this conscious preventive process does not occur receiving a grade, and teaching is you, we have a thirst to and intelligent minds can be lost about more than simply marking from the University forever. your student absent. As a stuacquire expertise.’” Forgive my idealistic nature, dent, I want to feel like a valued but I believe in a better member of the class. I want to be University and know that this ability to connect in related to not only as an intelligent adult but as the classroom can be a reality — especially having someone you have hopes and aspirations for. Here met such welcoming professors in the Department at Rutgers we continue to place such a heavy of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, who emphasis on research and titles that we are forgetstrive to create a demanding classroom where disting the true essence that frames the college, which cussion, questions and continued research are is that of the intensity and care that goes behind encouraged. I have also had professors in other instruction. College is more than a lecture, more departments who have taken the initiative to perthan diagrams on a chalkboard; it is about knowlsonally connect with me; but these instructors edge and wisdom passed on to another human remain to be few too many. being. A note to ever y University professor: Therefore, I challenge instructors at the Students want to be here and want to learn! Like University and across the nation to resolve that you, we have a thirst to acquire expertise. when taking a position as an instructor in higher It’s entirely wrong that intelligent, fresh minds education you not only will be guiding adults in the are thrust into the college experience and are met classroom but outside it as well. It is not your with apathetic instructors who fail to reach out and responsibility to hold our hands on this venture, yet connect to their students. Instructors are only holdevery student — and human being for that matter ing themselves accountable on paper; in the class— should be nurtured and encouraged in developroom, they are failing to reach a large amount of ment toward intellectual stimulation and expansion. adults who are there for the right reasons. Students are falling through the cracks of yet Ysabel Y. Gonzalez is a Douglass College senior another red tape system that sets them up for failmajoring in Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. ure. Yes, you may have recruited and admitted a


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Get used to life with Murphy’s law Commentary NICOLE D’AMORE


n coming to the University, I have learned one incredibly important piece of information: s—- is going to happen to good people and despite anything you try, there’s nothing you can do about it. In the grand scheme of things, Murphy’s law is no longer the exception to my daily life — it is the rule. Anything bad that is going to happen to you will happen to you. I used to be a firm believer in the notions of karma and being nice — but seriously, Murphy is always hanging out to the left of me — and is there on those rainy days to make sure I drop my thesis in a puddle of mud. More annoyingly, he always seems to show up at the bar when I cannot get a drink and the idiot next to me is able to lure the bartender with her charms of burps and Paris Hiltonlike gestures. My best advice to the youth of this University? Get used to it. Upset about the housing lottery? So am I. Is that going to change where you’ll be living? Probably not. Move off campus and reap the benefits of sleeping in a single room and running out of toilet paper. Upset about the fact that states have started legalizing gay marriage? Times, they are a changing. Again, get used to it. As my Buddhism teacher once told me, “To forgive everything, is to forget everything,” What the hell does that mean? I’m not quite sure. In life, people are going to come up from behind you and pull your pants down. People who you consider your best friends are going to not believe you, turn you away and get drunk to make it feel better. Get used to it? You probably shouldn’t. Realize your own self-worth here, kids. The University is filled with a lot of good people, and there are also a ton of people you are probably not going to be getting along with. What I can say is remember to pick your battles. The annoying girl on her cell phone in the computer lab? Get used to it. Someone spilled a beer on you at the bar? Get used to it. I guess what I’m trying to sympathize here are a lot of my daily and uni-

versal frustrations. For example, does anyone notice that one of the H bus drivers is almost always in the Twilight Zone in trying to get us to Busch campus on time? I’m almost late for work because she’s in la-la land, waiting for every single student to cross the street at Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. Due to my high level of anxiety problems, I would normally let it bother me. But alas, I am making strides here (we’ll talk about me getting in an elevator later — baby steps). Good people exist in this world, it’s extremely evident; but there is also piling amounts of empirical evidence that there are also a ton of people that suck. Divide and conquer, my friends. Cut your loses on those who cannot respect you and stick through the hard times with the ones you know can do just that — and even more. Strangers are going to affect your life everyday, and you can either let Murphy’s law become your foe, or realize that he’s going to be a life-long friend. Perhaps I am being a bit cynical here. While some people may think that I am merely a bitter person, I would like to argue that I’ve grown from a naive young blonde and have somehow entered a cycle of continuing change and understanding. What does this mean? All my life I have truly thought I followed the saying, “Life’s too short,” but now I finally see my actions in actualizing that sort of outcome. Like I said before, if I am able to divide and conquer — and become something I myself am proud of — even if that person appears to be devoid and separated from emotion, I have achieved something most people never will. More clearly, what I am trying to persue here is a life of complete and utter happiness just resulting from my own knowledge of knowing that I did everything to make myself happy by being just that — a good, cute and endearing sort of person. Call me annoying if you will, but I take that as a sense of endearment. Nicole D’Amore is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in philosphy.

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Today's Birthday (09/17/09) You have superpowers this year, and you're determined to use them for good. Of course you would; and you will. You'll think of lots of ways. 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 — Focus entirely on the job. Put your back into it. You may feel overburdened, but don't complain. This is a test. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Your sweetheart is in a groove and can help make the job fun. Don't get so carried away that you forget to finish it. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 5 — Domestic chores take priority. Tackle them with good humor. Make your house cozier by rearranging what you have. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — By going over your figures, you'll find another way to save money in a difficult environment. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 5 — You're flooded with new assignments. You'll have to hurry to keep up, but you can do that easily. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Prepare yourself a cozy nest where you can finally relax. Something you've worried about will fade away by itself.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Take care of business early in the day. Talk is cheap. Actions serve you better. Focus on harmony when you speak. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Get off to a good start with the first person you meet. Nail down the details and save romance for tonight. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — Your energy is really raw today. Protect yourself with practical actions. Tact wins the day. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Try not to say everything that comes into your head. Stick to the issues. Diplomacy, diplomacy, diplomacy. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Your unique ideas need to be expressed. Take the time to find the right venue. Assess results later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Whatever is in the back of your mind, bring it to the front. Take note when others speak. Give appropriate feedback.





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Senior Christine Tran, above, and freshman Michelle Green combined to make a formidable doubles team in yesterday’s scrimmage.

RETURN: Scrimmage vs. LIU helps prep RU for season continued from back so I don’t think they were fully tested,” Bucca said. Although the matches were close, the performances in the singles matches did not show as much dominance as did the doubles. LIU senior Selma Babic, the No. 1 singles player on the team, gave RU a run for its money and showed the Knights that there were some things they have to improve. “I’m sure if you ask them, they’ll say they played some points really well but they played some other points that weren’t so

well,” Bucca said. “It shows that they have things to work on and try to improve their games.” Bucca liked his team’s effort and felt like the work they put in during the offseason started to pay off. “Today is just one little component of building us up to be ready for when we play our Big East matches in February and March,” he said. “So long as they compete as seriously as they’re showing how they’re competing today, as long as they continue working hard as they have been in practice, we should be able to continue with the great success we had last year.” RU heads to Rhode Island next Friday for the Brown Invitational.

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Big East play gives chance for fresh start BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

If there was ever a time for the Rutgers field hockey team to kick start its FIELD HOCKEY season, tomorRUTGERS AT row’s VILLANOVA, r o a d FRIDAY, 7 P.M. g a m e against Villanova is the perfect scenario. The final contest in the Scarlet Knights’ five game road trip is also its most crucial, as it marks the beginning of Big East play. Though a six-game losing slump mires the team’s start to the season, all of the losses came in out of conference play. A win in Pennsylvania would be exactly what the doctor ordered for the ailing Knights, who would not only pick up their first victory

but give them solid footing to move forward in the Big East. “This week one of our players has said it’s [time for] the Big East, we have a new season coming up [tomorrow] and I’ve told them that they had to prepare to get better in practice,” said Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou. “Whether you played a lot or whether you didn’t, we need to make sure we’re attacking the way we want to against Villanova and that’s our main focus.” Up to this point, RU approached the season on a game by game basis so as not to look too far ahead, but tomorrow’s game was never too far from their thoughts, Tchou said. “I think that in the back of the their minds they’re thinking about the Big East because that’s our conference schedule and its important to us, but I think we’re

all just focused on getting better this year,” she said. All season, the team has used its upcoming conference matchups as one method of gauging its performance in practice. “It’s kind of like when we’re in practice we’re practicing against a Big East team, saying, ‘This is not going to work against Syracuse,’” Tchou said. “It sets a good standard for us, which is great because the standard in the Big East is so high now. We can sort of match ourselves up to compare [to other teams] so we can say this is where we are in the Big East this season.” The Knights hope that practice pays off tomorrow as they work to address the main issue that has plagued them all season: second half scoring. Including two overtime periods, other teams outscored RU by a 15-5 margin after halftime.

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ROWE: Defense has room to improve before Big East play continued from back but everyone else needs to raise the level a little bit. That is what we are trying to do. Making plays on the football. Right now we just seem to be a little bit off. We will keep working on it, and I am sure we will get it.” McCourty agreed with Schiano that he and the rest of the defense still have a lot of room to improve before the Scarlet Knights get back to Big East play. “Looking at our stats as a defense, we’re not happy with the way we played,” McCourty said. “A lot of that came in the first game where we just had a total meltdown on defense and played poorly, but as a group that has a lot of seniors, we’re disappointed in the way we’ve played so far.” But for Rowe, getting to the point where the backs are no longer a weak-point isn’t enough. The sophomore wants to go beyond that and become a strength for the entire team. “I take it as a challenge,” Rowe said. “We want to be a strong-point for the defense and I think that all of the corners are working hard.” Though Rowe is the starter on the depth chart, he and junior Brandon Bing are still competing for the starting job and no decision has officially been made for the game against the Golden Panthers. “They’re both playing better,” Schiano said. “I have not made a decision on who will start. I don’t know how much it will matter.”



Burmeister will race in return to Bronx BY MATT SUGAM STAFF WRITER

After a third place finish highlighted by a one-two finish from juniors Kevin Cronin and Nick Miehe MEN’S XC to open the seaIONA COLLEGE MEET OF CHAMPIONS son, the Rutgers men’s cross country team heads back to Van Courtlandt Park in the Bronx for the Iona College Meet of Champions. But this time the Scarlet Knights have some different goals in mind. With the first race being a tune-up for the season, the second race serves as an indicator of where the team stands. “I’m kind of looking at it as a measuring stick kind of race to see where all the summer training has brought me and I know the other guys are, too,” Miehe said. “I think it should really tell us how good our team really is because we’ll be at full force this weekend with all our guys.” And that includes the Knights’ newest member, Taylor Burmeister. Burmeister is a fifth-year graduate student who spent his first four years of eligibility at Hartford. The transfer provides added depth to an already veteran team that includes the one-two punch of Cronin and Miehe. “He’ll probably end up being our third runner, so he’ll bring the gap between the number one and number five guys [closer],” head coach Mike Mulqueen said. More importantly is the fact that RU returns to this five-mile course two more times this season, once for the IC4A Championships at the end of November. “It was good for the guys to see how the whole course was set up,” Mulqueen said following the meet Saturday. Cronin added that the knowledge and comfort level of a course is crucial to success. “It was very important,” Cronin said. “We are going to be racing it two more times so it’s very important. I guess you could say it’s almost like a scrimmage.” As the Iona College Meet of Champions boasts a much deeper field that includes the likes of Wisconsin and Iowa, the race has a quicker pace and gives the team a gauge on how well they can do this season. “We’re going to try and run well as a pack and try and get that time differential down between our first seven or eight guys,” Mulqueen said. “We want to get that time differential down less than what it was this week where we are in terms of our gap between our first and second and six and seven.” More importantly is the finish of the top five, as they are the point scorers. “A good goal would be to bring our five man time a lot closer. I’d love to see it within a minute of each other,” Miehe said. “I just want to bring that gap closer together and that would help us a lot and we’ll finish pretty well this weekend.”

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Rowe prepping for first start at cornerback Knights look good in return to action


David Rowe has two reasons to be a little extra excited for Saturday’s matchup against Florida International. For one, Rowe, a sophomore defensive back FOOTBALL and native of Cocoa, Fla., gets the chance to face off against FIU backup quarterback and high school teammate Wayne Younger, but the primary reason for his added anticipation is a simple one. Rowe is expected to make his first career start for the Rutgers football team. “It’s really exciting because we’re playing a Florida school too,” Rowe said. “I think everybody’s out there competing and trying to earn that start and it’s just making us all better. If someone goes down, then we know we have somebody ready to come in.” Younger, a three-sport athlete in high school like Rowe, made sure to let Rowe know that he’ll be ready to play. “I played in high school with him. I played football, basketball and baseball with him,” Rowe said of the FIU backup quarterback. “He texted me Saturday and said ‘We’re next’ so hopefully we’ll be ready. I just wished him good luck.” Senior cornerback Devin McCourty, a team captain and three-year starter, said he has confidence in Rowe as a cornerback. Rowe played nickel and dime all of last season. “He’s shown that he’s able to play,” McCourty said. “One thing about David is that he’s always calm. He’s not a guy that will get too high or too low emotionally. He’s able to just play and forget about the last play that happened.” The defensive backs will take the field Saturday with a chip on their shoulders. When asked at his Monday press conference if there was a specific area on defense that he’d like to see improvement, head coach Greg Schiano turned right to the defensive backs. “I think our corner play [needs to improve],” Schiano said. “[Devin McCourty] is playing well






Sophomore cornerback David Rowe now stands first on the depth chart after junior Brandon Bing struggled with defensive schemes over the opening two games of the season.

Despite poor weather conditions, the Rutgers tennis team went to work on its first action of the season TENNIS against Long Island. The Scarlet Knights came out of the gate strong with their doubles play. “We take pride in doubles and we have what I think is an outstanding record,” said head coach Ben Bucca. That record is around a 75 percent winning percentage in doubles matches, Bucca said. One of the doubles teams that proved to mesh well was the combination of senior Christine Tran and freshman Michelle Green. “Typically, when the players come in freshman year they have a very steep learning curve, so I was very pleased with how they played and how they interacted with one another, and it looks like we got off to a great start at doubles,” Bucca said. The doubles team of senior Caitlin Baker and sophomore Morgan Ivey also showed promising results in its first match of the fall. “They played ver y strongly; they wiped out the other opponents






A Florida kid, playing in New Jersey, hosts friends from a Florida school — and won’t take them out for dinner the night before the football game. “They can take me out,” Rutgers junior linebacker Antonio Lowery joked. Lowery said he is good friends with Florida International’s starting cornerback, Anthony Gaitor, and went to high school with a pair of of fensive linemen, including star ting left guard Mario Caraballo. As the Rutgers football team prepares to host the Golden Panthers in the third game of the 2009 season, the Miami, Fla., product wants to treat this game no differently than any other, and is making a point of emphasis to ignore the familiar faces on the other side of the ball. “Ever y week is my week,” Lowery said. “There is nothing special about the game.” Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights’ defense is preparing to stop a spread offense very similar to that of Cincinnati’s, one that torched the Knights for 564 yards in the season opener. That humiliation is still fresh in the minds of the RU defense,

and the players are not making any excuses as to what needs to change. “That’s us. Running to the ball, swarming to the ball,” Lower y said. “It has to get better. It’s not one of those things like ‘Will it get better?’ It has to get better.” Though FIU plays in the Sun Belt Conference, a dangerous offense should not be taken lightly. The Golden Panthers traveled to Alabama for the Crimson Tide’s home opener last week and stuck with them for the first half before withering away after the break. Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano warned his defense to be war y of the same threats Cincinnati posed. “They are ver y good. Their quarterback is a ver y good player and is tough. He’ll hang in there and throw it facing pressure,” Schiano said. “They’ve got two great wide receivers — as good as anybody we’ll play against this year.” Despite holding Football Championship Subdivision foe Howard to only seven points, RU was not pleased overall with a defensive effort that allowed 264 total yards and struggled at times to stop key conversions. “We’re just waiting for that click — [that’s] what we do,”

Lower y said. “We take it week by week, game by game. It’s going to come, and it’s going to be something special.”

SCHIANO EMPHASIZED focusing on special teams this week. FIU’s speedy wideout T.Y. Hilton returned a kickof f 96 yards against Alabama last week and is a threat to go the distance at any time. “We’ve spent a lot of time already, I don’t know if we can spend any more time on it,” he said. “The kick coverage has been good thus far, but this is the best returner we have faced.” That includes Cincinnati wideout Mardy Gilyard, who was named Big East Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008. On the other side of the ball, Schiano is still tweaking with a unit that has not returned a kick or punt for a touchdown since September 2005 when Willie Foster took one of each to the house. “I’m satisfied with our returners,” Schiano said of kick returner Devin McCourty and punt returner Mohamed Sanu, “but I’m not necessarily satisfied with the blocking yet.” THE GAME SATURDAY concludes a stretch where the Knights


Junior linebacker Antonio Lowery (50) has posted nine tackles and a forced fumble in his first two starts as a Scarlet Knight this season. play three games in 13 days. Though it has been a slight strain on the players and coaching staff, Schiano said he made sure his recruiting efforts did not suffer.

“It’s tough to stay on top of everything, but that’s the deal,” he said. “We aren’t going to get behind on recruiting. That’s just what you do — you work harder.”

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