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True freshman wide receiver Mohamed Sanu tries to replicate his 10-catch breakout performance against Cincinnati and prove that he can be an every-down receiver for the Scarlet Knights.
Programs assist veterans’ transition to campus life
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Student veterans and the University are working to implement new programs and services that will recruit more veteran students and provide them with a smooth transition into college. The new G.I. Bill that takes effect this year will make it easier for student veterans to go to college by allowing them to count some of their military training toward their college credits, Dean of University College Susan Schurman said. The University worked on providing more benefits and ser vices to veterans around campus this year after student veterans brought up concerns in President Richard L. McCormick’s annual address last year, she said. “We spent the last year getting ready for the new G.I. Bill,” Schurman said. “We began working on how to make sure all of the campus services veterans might need, from efficiencies to financial aid to health services to military services, [were readily available, and] we set up a veterans mentoring group where staff, faculty and post veterans can mentor students and get them up and ready [to transition into college].” Rutgers-Camden senior William Brown, a veteran, said the concerns that were addressed last year at the presidential address were the turning point for University student veterans. Many student veterans felt isolated from the rest of the students on campus and not adequately represented, Brown said. “You look at Rutgers — it has a total of 54,000 students and there’s only 438 military and veteran students combined, so
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A fatal car accident Sunday afternoon on Route 18 South killed a Summit, N.J., man and injured a University student, police confirmed yesterday. The passenger, Taimur Ashraf, 19, of Summit, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred after the black Toyota Camry struck the back of a University bus at 3:24 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the John Lynch Sr. Memorial Bridge, said New Brunswick Police Lt. J.T. Miller. The driver, Mohammad Saquib, 23, a University student, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was admitted with injuries, Miller said. “[Saquib] is listed in fair condition,” hospital spokesperson Cheryl Sarfaty said yesterday afternoon.
No one on University bus 2123 was injured in the accident, Miller said. Southbound lanes of Route 18 were closed for several hours following the crash, Miller said. The New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office continued their investigation yesterday, which closed two southbound Route 18 lanes between the River Road and College Avenue exits. They re-opened all lanes around 1 p.m. The cause of the accident was still under investigation at press time. — John S. Clyde
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Congress reviews Senate bill allowing guns on trains BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
UNIVERSITY Professors continue to ask students to purchase electronic clickers for their classes despite a long-standing objection to the devices.
OPINIONS A columnist reflects on what the Rutgers University Student Assembly really does for the University and students’ general attitude toward it.
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For U.S. Congress this month, the issue of security in public transportation is in contention with the Constitution’s Second Amendment. Law-abiding Amtrak passengers could be allowed to carr y licensed firearms in checked luggage with the Sept. 16 passing of a U.S. Senate amendment proposed by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. The amendment to the fiscal year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Appropriations Bill would force Amtrak to comply by March 2010 or forgo their $1.55 billion government subsidy, according to a press release by Wicker. Director of Amtrak Media Relations Steve Kulm
said the amendment’s conditions do not make this feasible for the company. A m t r a k trains do not have the same security provisions as airports to comply with the proposed conditions within six months with their resources, he said. “There’s a lot of things that have to be done before then,” Kulm said. Airports have the aid of the Transportation Security Authority to screen baggage while Amtrak trains do not, according to an Amtrak letter to the Senate. Kulm said Amtrak does have its own police department to ensure top security. “The weapons would be in a controlled environment … but not as secure as an airport in
nature of operation,” he said. Unlike on airplanes, it is possible for passengers to access the baggage cart at stops, Kulm said. Amtrak would also need to retrofit carriage areas, create more compartments to store firearms and implement more internal policy regulations, among other changes.
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Recruiters tour country, globe to increase diversity BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT
“[The amendment] is a very practical concern of ours,” Kulm said. A detailed cost analysis also needs to be conducted to see if Amtrak has funds for the
University students can be from any background, any race, any creed and any color, but not all can be from New Jersey. Although Vice President for Enrollment Management Courtney
McAnuff said the University is the most popular school for New Jersey residents to attend, recruiters are now working around the country, as well as around the globe, to attract students. “We have not in the past, until this year, consciously made an effort to bring in international students,” McAnuff said.
The University has a representative on the Linden Tour, an international recruitment tour, McAnuff said. “This year, we have an international recruiter — he’s in Indonesia today. He will visit 25 cities around the world this year, as part of the Linden Tour … [that is] going to visit 25 cities around the world
this year, as far as I know,” McAnuff said. Linden Tours provides information to various locations around the globe including Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Scandinavia, according to the tour Web site.
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U. fights hunger one family at a time BY MATT REED CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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The Silent Witness Exhibit pays tribute to victims of violence. The exhibit will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Wednesday in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.
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Rutgers Against Hunger has come a long way since last November. More than 45,000 pounds of food have been collected through food drives, and the organization has raised more than $105,000 in donations, said RAH Coordinator Julie Sylvester. “It’s been terrific,” Sylvester said. “The Rutgers community has really embraced this whole initiative. People are excited. Depar tments are gathering together as a team and adopting a family. I’d like to think that we’re not just doing good for families, but also creating teamwork and camaraderie within the departments. I think it’s a real healthy thing that this is happening on campus.” Through newspapers, emails, their Web site and faculty, RAH has been asking students and community members to get involved, she said. “The local community has also embraced Rutgers Against Hunger,” Sylvester said. “We have church groups, cub scouts, Girl Scouts — all kinds of groups that contact us and say they’d like to par tner together and raise food and awareness.” Public school districts are working now on having food drives to support RAH, where students are creating their own posters that will hang around the schools.
“It’s teaching them to donate and do good, teaching them that there are people in their community that don’t have enough food to eat, and teaching them how nutritious food is important,” she said. Whenever they go into the schools, RAH will be bringing age-appropriate literature that will consider the importance of nutritious foods, Sylvester said. Sylvester sees RAH as an opportunity to put into practice all the work that the Rutgers-
“We don’t want to overcommit this year. We’re going to watch the numbers ... and see how it goes.” JULIE SYLVESTER Rutgers Against Hunger Coordinator
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension has been doing throughout the years. “As a land grant institution, Rutgers University has been doing a lot of education on food distribution, nutrition and safety. Now we can share our research, teach nutrition in English as a second language classes and encourage volunteerism,” she said. “The amount of students who are interested
in helping and volunteering on their own is terrific.” School of Arts and Sciences junior Nicole Lessner thinks RAH is doing a good job in their outreach efforts. “They do a really good job with e-mails, and I see donation boxes all over the place,” Lessner said. So far this semester, 80 groups have signed up through the University to adopt a family, Sylvester said. “We don’t want to overcommit this year,” she said. “We’re going to watch the numbers as well as the amount of families we can help, and see how it goes.” Johnia Osias, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, thinks the dining halls are a good source for leftover food. “Overall, I think they are doing a good job. I just see all that extra food in the dining halls and hope it can go out to the poor in the New Brunswick and Piscataway area,” Osias said. RAH prefers to measure its success not in pounds and dollars, but number of families helped. “Our goals aren’t based on the amount of money or food we collect. Our goal is to make a difference and educate people about food insecurity, that there are people that are hungry, and that children are going to school hungry,” Sylvester said. “We want to make sure in our academic classes that we are requring community service type work, and that students are going out to make a difference.”
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U NIVERSITY VETERANS: Mentors available on each campus continued from front we are, without a doubt, the greatest minority on campus,” Brown said. The hardest thing for veterans to deal with is the transition into college, student veteran Bryan Adams said. “There’s a lot of programs in place for [student veterans] now,” said Adams, a Rutgers-Camden sophomore. “That is one of the things we pushed for last year in the address. There was a lack of transitional programs.” Each University campus — New Brunswick/Piscataway, Camden and Newark — has a veteran resource officer, who assists student veterans with various issues such as knowing their rights and benefits as a veteran, said Adams, the president of Veterans for Education, a University student organization. Student veteran William Brown said having a mentor on campus is beneficial because a large majority of veterans are
GUNS: Amtrak allowed firearms before Sept. 11 attacks continued from front effort, he said. They may require more federal funding or reallocate their own resources, which takes away from other projects. “As a result of these significant differences with the airline industry, Amtrak would need a significant amount of time and funding to properly address this Congressional mandate,” according to the letter. The House passed its own version of the bill this past summer without this amendment, Kulm said. The bill is now in conference stage to reconcile differences. Restricting Amtrak passengers from carrying arms is a constitutional violation, Wicker said in his release, as airline passengers are allowed to transport unloaded firearms in secure checked baggage. “Americans should not have their Second Amendment rights restricted for any reason, particularly if they choose to travel on America’s federally subsidized rail line,” Wicker said in his release. Rutgers Business School first-year student Lap Nguyen said since Amtrak receives federal funding, it should adhere to the Constitution. “If it receives that federal funding, then it has to have those fed-
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M unaware of what resources are readily available to them. “Once I started going to college, I realized that a lot of academics — at least in my perception — kind of had this negative stereotype about men and women who serve the country,” he said. “I kind of felt like [people thought] we weren’t intellectuals because we served our country.” Brown said Veterans for Education is helping students learn more about why veterans are a vital part of the country. “I think a lot of people don’t realize that without the military we won’t have civil liberty, freedom and great capital building markets that we have,” he said. “I think for too long there has been discrimination against militar y veteran students, especially in academic universities and campuses across the nation.” Brown said he thinks this kind of behavior and discrimination discourages militar y veterans from going to college. Adams said he thinks many veterans are hesitant to go to college because of the lack of programs available to them and
the lack of students they can relate to, which causes them to feel isolated. He said this was difficult for him his first semester and it still continues to be somewhat of an issue. “A lot of [veterans] are older students. Some of them have kids, mortgages … I guess I can’t really relate to the average college student, so that kind of naturally forms an isolation between [us],” Adams said. “Recruiting is one thing we really care about. We’d like to see more veterans on campus. Now that the new G.I. Bill was passed, it’s a lot easier for them to go to college, so we’re just tr ying to make it as attractive as possible to them.” Schurman said the University is making further efforts to recruit more veterans to campus this year. “This fall is kind of an initiation of the new veterans’ benefits,” she said. “It’s clear that our number of veterans is up somewhat compared to a year ago. Our expectation is that next year there will be more.”
eral regulations, and guess what? The right to bear arms is one of them,” he said. Christopher Kozub, associate director of safety and security programs for the University’s National Transit Institute, said surface transportation systems do not have the same integrated security measures as airports. People do not use planes everyday, so they are willing to wait more than two hours to go through security, but for daily transit, society would not tolerate the delays and complications increased security would cause, he said. “I think the measure will challenge and complicate the security efforts that are already being carried out by Amtrak as well as the transit systems and railroads that jointly operate with Amtrak around the country,” Kozub said. Increased security would provide too many delays and would be difficult to enforce, said Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy graduate student Amanda Broadbent. People could make mistakes or slip past, threatening the security of others. “I feel like [society is] not responsible enough to have that option,” Broadbent said. Nguyen said this law could make it easier to sneak firearms illegally onto the train, but this is also possible now. “They’re going to get the gun anyway regardless if they don’t have a license. They’re not going to abide by arbitrary rules [like
the amendment]. They already broke the law to get an illegal weapon,” he said. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Marion Clement said even if Amtrak increased security measures, she would not feel comfortable knowing another passenger had a gun in their checked luggage while she was also on the train. Clement, a native of France, said developed European countries do not allow citizens to bear arms and the crime rate is lower than the United States. “The majority of crimes in the United States are because of guns,” she said. Kozub said in any public transportation system there are security issues. “The only way to absolutely prevent anything from ever happening on any sort of transportation system … would be to shut them down,” said Kozub, a former Amtrack employee. Amtrak passengers have not been allowed to carry any firearms or weapons in checked or unchecked baggage since the Madrid bombings, and restrictions on firearms were enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Kulm said. He said prior to Sept. 11, Amtrak did allow firearms in checked baggage. “Historically and statistically, traveling by Amtrak trains … have been one of the safest and most secure means of transportation in our country,” Kozub said.
CAPITAL PROJECTS TO CHANGE FACE OF LIVINGSTON CAMPUS As the University continues to progress on reaching its objectives, it will have finished many of its 2005 projected building goals. Among the finished buildings are the Life Sciences Building, the Biomedical Engineering Building and the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation on Busch campus and the Camden School of Law addition. But projects that are still in development are the Health Sciences Center near Robert Wood Johnson-University Hospital and the “Vision for the Livingston Campus” project. “The $10 million first phase of the center was built between Paterson and Bayard streets,” University spokesman E.J. Miranda said about the Health Sciences Center. “Completed in the fall of 2008, the five-story, 23,000-square-foot building serves the College of Nursing and includes units associated with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.” The second phase of the project will cost $25 million and will include a 58,000 square-foot building that will house the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, he said. Currently under construction, it is scheduled for completion by summer of 2010.
Another project that is due for completion is the “Vision for the Livingston Campus” which was originally called “College Town” until the name change during an address by University President Richard L. McCormick. “Consolidating professional education programs at Livingston would provide a coherent academic identity; build on Livingston’s long-standing commitment to leadership, diversity and social responsibility; and promote synergies that enrich education and deepen the impact of research across the state,” Miranda said. The redevelopment of Livingston campus has already begun with the expansion and renovation of the Livingston Student Center — the final phase of which will be completed by the end of this year, he said. The construction of a new Livingston Dining Commons is under design and anticipated to open in the fall of 2011, Miranda said. A year later, the University expects to complete the Livingston student housing project, he said. The project is under design. — Cagri Ozuturk
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OCTOBER 6, 2009
On-campus fair explores possibilities of off-campus service JUSTINE D’SOUZA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
On-campus, off-campus and other nonprofit volunteer agencies will be recruiting members at the Community Ser vice Fair on Morrell Street today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. “What is unique about this Community Service Fair is that we did not focus primarily on one type of community service area. We realize students are interested in all types of community
ser vices,” Ser vice Day Coordinator Lorna Adu said. The objective of this fair is to provide students with opportunities to volunteer in the community, meet many service representatives in one place and obtain more knowledge about specific humanitarian groups. “It’s like the involvement fair, just smaller and with community service organizations,” said Program Coordinator Heather Mullendore. The main strength of the fair lies in its diversity, she said. The fair is co-sponsored by Student Involvement, Student Volunteer
Students lose cash click after click BY MATT REED CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Electronic clickers for quizzes, student polling and attendance are used in classrooms throughout the University. But complaints have been raised by the student body that the clickers are not being used enough, they cost too much and they have to buy too many of them. “It obviously is a lot of money,” said Nathan Gwira, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “If we could universally use just one clicker, that would make it easier on students. The cost is really a big deal for some of us. Tuition and books are already enough money.” Michael Beals, vice dean of Undergraduate Education for the School of Arts and Sciences, said this is a problem he’s been hearing about for years. “When we first started using clickers several years ago, the goal was to have a single clicker system,” Beals said. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Nisha Joshi said she’s sick of juggling clickers. “I’ve had three clickers so far and haven’t used the same one twice. For chemistry, organic chemistry and psychology I had a different clicker,” she said. The main difficulty in having a universal clicker system is the publishers sell different types of clickers with their books, Beals said. “We make choices on academic grounds, trying to select the best book for the material that the course is supposed to be covering. These books come bundled with various technologies, including clicker technologies,” he said. “We still have not overcome the problem caused by different publishers using a variety of systems.”
Nick Arvaneni, a School of Engineering sophomore, said there is one type of clicker that is especially problematic. “We had to buy a [personal response system] clicker. Right after that, the teacher said that we aren’t going to use them anymore. … You can’t resell the clicker and they’re more expensive than the others,” he said. “Once my teacher realized how complicated it was, she decided not to use the clicker — and now I’m stuck with it.” Andrew Abdou, a University alumnus and information technology representative for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, thinks the clickers are more trouble than they are worth. “The assortment of clickers you’ll collect is remarkable,” he said. “Clickers in general are just an advanced way of taking attendance. They don’t keep you any more engaged or provide a more interactive class experience.” Clickers do not stop students from skipping out on class. “A lot of the time, students give their clickers to a friend to click for them,” Abdou said. “One time, a professor caught a girl doing that and he smashed the clickers against the wall.” Beals said there is hope for the future if universities organize together and push the textbook companies to adopt a single clicker technology. “There are still discussions going on. This is frequently raised in faculty discussions. We don’t have much clout over the textbook companies,” he said. “If there were the possibility of universities banding together and saying ‘we need some kind of uniform technology here,’ I think that would be more successful.”
PROFESSOR USES BASEBALL TO STUDY DYNAMICS OF PROFITABLE DIVERSITY Through a study of baseball teams, a University professor is learning how diversity affects organizations. In his study involving research of 30 Major League Baseball teams, Rutgers Business School-Camden Associate Professor Chester Spell explains how changes in demographic groups in baseball teams will affect the behavior and efficiency of the teams. “Diversity within a group plays a role in improving the group’s performance and behavioral health,” Spell said in a press release. “Shared experiences among subgroups within a larger team promote better communication and collaboration. Through changes in team composition, groups can enjoy positive changes in individual and group performance.” Management scholars regularly observe that the operation of a baseball team reflects many attributes of modern organizations, Spell said. “Moreover, since team composition regularly changes in baseball, we are studying whether demographic diversity actually adds to the long-term stability of a group,” Spell said. There are times when diversity may be counterproductive, Spell said. There are still teams where there are racial tensions, but under certain conditions teams can feed off diversity. —Cagri Ozuturk
Council and The Hillel Foundation. “We have groups there that tai-
“We are often blinded by the Rutgers community ... This fair is to get students outside.” LORNA ADU Service Day Coordinator
lor to working with children, elderly and even the homeless,” Adu
said. “This may consist of delivering food to the needy, tutoring after school, working in a soup kitchen, collecting toys for disadvantaged children at Christmas or helping the disabled.” Groups such as Alternative Break, Habitat for Humanity, Unite for Sight, ARC of Somerset County and the Highland Park Community Food Pantr y represent some of the associations that will attend the fair. “Many students do not know that there are homeless people living right on College Avenue,
sleeping at the bus stops each day,” Adu said. “We are often blinded by the Rutgers community of buses and student centers, and so the idea behind this fair is to get students outside into the community not only to volunteer but to be aware of these issues.” Students interested in volunteering or learning about organizations and their work are encouraged to come. “It’s important [for students] to give back to the community that they live in,” Mullendore said.
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DIVERSITY: U. recruits students from high school lists continued from front “We also have domestic recruiters working within 150 miles of the campus,” McAnuff said. “They are expanding to college fairs in other states.” Recruiting students from out of the country is in line with the University’s long-standing values, said Deborah Epting, associate vice president for enrollment management. “The University has always valued a geographically diverse campus community because interacting with people of widely varied backgrounds, life experiences, beliefs
and ideas prepares our graduates to But McAnuff said the be global citizens,” University is being particular Epting said. about out-of-state students. To recruit stu“We don’t want dents in the counto attract too “We also have try, McAnuff said many low-income the University from domestic recruiters students buys a list of potenother states; we tial student names just don’t want the working within from American state to have that 150 miles of College Tests that kind of dif ficulty high school right now,” the campus. ” students take. McAnuff said. COURTNEY MCANUFF “We buy Some students Vice President for Enrollment names from many like Sarah Olsen Management services, like the said out of all the college boards schools in New and the ACTs. We Jersey, the buy about 150,000 names per year University was the best possible … [and] roughly 7,000 students choice for her. come out of that amount,” “It made the most sense, acaMcAnuff said. demically and financially, plus loca-
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M tion isn’t bad either,” said Olsen, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior Melissa Marie Nutini said she came to the University because she had heard it provided support for undergraduate education. “It’s affordable, and it’s not too far from my home state of New York,” Nutini said. “I can go home on the weekends and visit grandma, but I also really love the Douglass community, and there’s so much opportunity to learn [here].” Nutini said the University provides mentorship, guidance and opportunities for friendship. “We have been making an effort to improve undergraduate education for years,” McAnuff said. “Now, we are expanding.”
VICTIM ASSAULTED, ROBBED IN COLLEGE AVENUE CAMPUS LOT The Rutgers University Police Department is investigating a reported robbery that occurred early Friday morning near the Lot 8 bus stop on the College Avenue campus, said Capt. Kenneth Cop of the RUPD in an e-mail crime alert to the community. The victim repor ted three males demanded the victim’s sweatshir t at about 3:30 a.m., Cop said in the e-mail. Once in Lot 8, the victim repor ted being assaulted. Cop said the victim was not seriously injured during this assault. Authorities asked anyone with information about the assault to contact (732) 932-8025. — John S. Clyde
Decision to restrict exit polling may not stand ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON—A court decision that bars exit polling within 100 feet of New Jersey polling places is unlikely to stand because federal courts around the country have consistently rejected such restrictions, according to legal and polling experts. New Jersey is the only state to keep exit pollsters and journalists from approaching voters within 100 feet of a polling place. Ten states have tried to ban exit polling close to polling places and, in each case, a federal court rejected the ban, saying that exit polling is one activity allowed near polling places. The state Supreme Court acknowledged the federal rulings, but said it disagreed. Experts say error rates are higher with such buffers in place. “Exit polls provide accurate data about voter behavior because of the near certainty that persons interviewed have actually voted,” Joseph Lenski, co-founder and executive vice president of Edison Media Research, said last year when Minnesota tried to create a 100foot buffer zone. Edison Media Research, based in New Jersey, helped run exit polls during the 2008 presidential race for the National Election Pool — a consortium that includes The Associated Press, CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS. Both the quality and quantity of the information decreases significantly because interviewers are supposed to approach voters in a preset pattern, such as every fourth voter. As the distance from polling places increases, Lenski said, so does the likelihood that a voter gets into their car without being approached or blends into a crowd that includes people who didn’t vote.
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eople appreciate having the ability to get a meal at their convenience. Fast food and other unhealthy choices make it easy for people to get a quick, cheap meal on the go or even when they just don’t feel like grocery shopping and cooking dinner. But what if the cheap component was taken out of the appeal of junk food? If unhealthy food was expensive and healthier choices were more accessible because of lower price, would Americans eat better? This is what the government has been pondering for a while now. Talk of putting a fat tax on unhealthy food was discussed this summer, and people are still critiquing the idea. According to CNN, taking their cue from steep taxes on tobacco, which have helped reduce smoking rates, the health policy experts who wrote the report argue that a tax on fattening foods could not only raise a lot of revenue to pay for health reform but could also help curb obesity and thereby slow the growth in health care costs over time. Statistics show that there has been a 25 percent increase in obesity-related medical expenses between 1987 and 2001. Obesity is becoming — no pun intended — a bigger problem for Americans because levels of physical activity are down and consumption of fast food is up. Putting a tax on these foods can be a good idea. People go to McDonalds or prefer a fattening frozen dinner because of convenience; it’s quick and easy to make or obtain and it’s cheap. If anyone does try to eat organic foods or even get a water instead of a soda it is more expensive to do so. It is possible that the food being more expensive deters people from going straight for it and may have them considering eating things that are better for them. There will also have to be strict guidelines with what constitutes a food as healthy or unhealthy. There are a lot of factors to look into: fat, sodium, artificial ingredients, etc. This will be where a big gray area occurs. At the same time, there is also the chance that putting a tax on fatty foods will do nothing to make the health of Americans better but only generate more money into government pockets. This is not a bad thing if the money is used for something like reforming health care. But if the main concern is the health of the American people, government officials thinking about adding a few more dollars or cents to an already low price to stop unhealthy eating habits will have to think again. People already know that these foods are bad for them but they do not stop. It is just like cigarettes: People know that they are dangerous and can cause health problems, but despite the high price and health risks they continue to smoke. Campaigns for healthy eating, like quitting smoking, can go on but it really doesn’t change the way people live. The price of healthy foods will have to go down while unhealthy foods go up to really make any kind of a difference.
Beer shows school spirit
ameday is a big deal at many universities across the country, including our very own. Students, teachers and fans alike celebrate by wearing their school colors loud and proud, and participate in activities such as tailgating. Anheuser-Busch has launched a new marketing campaign to help you show your school spirit even more. Beer cans in school colors are being sold around college campuses throughout America. Scarlet, black and white beer cans should be available around the University area to help you really show your support for the Scarlet Knights. Universities are having issues with this new marketing plan, because they fear that it only promotes underage and binge drinking on college campuses. Anheuser-Busch has responded to the universities’ complaints by saying that their campaign is only geared toward those fans and students who can legally consume alcoholic beverages. They also defended their campaign by saying that there is still warning against underage drinking on their products, and they also promote responsible drinking. Universities need to wake up and realize that no matter what color the can is, students are still going to drink on gamedays, regardless if they are of age or not. The only thing the school color cans will do is make people want to drink Anheuser-Busch beer over other brands — smart marketing on their part. Drinking is part of college culture, and gamedays are big for partying and tailgating. It has been this way for quite some time. By removing those cans from the stores surrounding the University, they are only taking one kind of beer away. There are still others, and the students will drink it. Universities are also arguing to Anheuser-Busch that it is trademark infringement because school colors are used, according to the Wall Street Journal. There are no logos or names of schools on the cans, just colors. That is just a big excuse to get the beer away from campuses by blaming it on something as stupid as “color infringement.” This is all one big overreaction from these schools. It almost seems like showing opposition to the campaign is something they felt they had to do, just to prove that they are against underage drinking, even though it is prevalent on practically every college campus. It is what it is, and gameday will always be reserved for celebrating the school and team, and drinks will be served whether the cans don the school colors or not.
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another day, with or without ince its inception the REXL Quads bus stop. about two years ago, But seriously, the letter I’ve been baffled as was a microcosm of to precisely what the RUSA’s inability to prove Rutgers University Student its own self wor th. In counAssembly does here on tering the barrage of criticampus. Occasionally — cism hurled its way this and sometimes just for ERIC KNECHT past week, the letter prokicks — I would ask someclaimed that it will be passone from the organization ing not one but three resolutions. The first is to what it is they do. Their face would light up. open up the idea of a future retreat to public “What a wonderful question!” they must have debate, the second to reenact a code of ethics in been thinking. “At last, an opportunity to enlightorder to maintain decorum during this debate en an interested constituent.” and a third to mandate community ser vice projThey would begin their statement quite confiects by members. Born and West added this dently and be sure to hit all the talking points. third resolution as a response to “the biggest There would invariably be some mention of repcriticism with the retreat’s merits … that it is resenting students’ voices on campus and passnot community-ser vice oriented.” Is that really ing resolutions to make positive changes. But the biggest criticism? Would we be OK with up this never seemed to clarify the issue for me. I’m to $20,000 being squandered if it somehow just a layperson, I would tr y to explain, and it is involved RUSA members “painting at local unreasonable to expect me to understand what schools” or helping with “gardening projects” as such abstract terms actually mean. And so they they suggest? would backpedal and attempt to The ver y line of reasoning reconstruct what it is that RUSA “Let’s be honest, behind the resolutions is problemdoes. It was no use. It seemed I atic. It suggests that RUSA has a was too dense. there are middle romanticized image of itself. We’re In fact, it wasn’t until the current school class led to believe that any problem debate about RUSA’s retreat that I faced by the organization can finally understood what the organicouncils passing instantly be fixed by its own interzation actually does. It’s simple you nal mechanisms. A few “whereas” see: They conjure up creative ways more impactful and “be it hereby resolved” stateto waste our student funding! I can resolutions.” ments and poof, problem solved. rest peacefully. The above three resolutions would Yesterday’s letter “RUSA stands be unnecessar y if they took the united despite disagreements on simple step of not having the retreat ever again. retreat,” coauthored by University Affairs Chair The ver y notion of opening the idea up for Ben West and RUSA Chair Werner Born, only future debate misses the point entirely. reassured me of how out of touch RUSA is. I Students have already expressed their dissatisexpected to hear some compelling reasons why faction. Moreover, they are unlikely to waste we should no longer be upset that RUSA was their time attending meetings to remind spending up to $20,000 to tell ghost stories and the organization of their position a second or toast marshmallows. What was published instead third time. was a heartfelt letter, assuring us that West and This idea of student apathy speaks directly to Born are working out their disagreements and the larger issue: Only the individuals within stuovercoming their differences. The student body dent government actually care about student govshould have no qualms, the duo exclaimed, since the balance of student government no longer SEE KNECHT ON PAGE 9 hangs on their precarious relationship. We’ll live
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KNECHT continued from page 8 ernment. The barriers to entr y for joining RUSA have more to do with the patience involved with acquiring a par ticular amount of signatures than it does with anything that makes our representatives inherently qualified. Beyond this, the turnout of campus elections is dismally low. Most authoritarian dictators have a more credible election mandate than our RUSA representatives. Even more alarming, despite the low barriers to entr y, students overwhelmingly opt not to participate in running for student government; elections continue to feature candidates running unopposed and seats often remain unfilled. It follows that only the individuals who truly wish to be in student government are joining in the first place. Are these self-selecting students really the types who need a team building retreat to inspire them toward a common cause? But even more per tinent, what is this common cause, and is it essential to the point that student funds should be displaced from more productive usage in order to fund it? Last spring, RUSA passed 20 resolutions. Of these, six dealt with matters per taining to itself. These included impeachment, election guidelines, standing rules and various internal restructuring. The
remaining resolutions ranged from banning adver tisements in classrooms, approving meal sign-aways and of fering symbolic gestures commending the University for cutting its contract with Russell Apparel and suppor ting the Day of Silence rally. Let’s be honest, there are middle school class councils passing more impactful resolutions. In retrospect, the question I posed at the beginning of this ar ticle remains valid. I don’t understand what RUSA does and have never heard a valid justification for why it should be funded beyond what is absolutely necessar y. I’ve never even heard a cogent argument for its existence. Essentially it has one ver y meaningful purpose — to judiciously allocate funding across student groups. Bor n’s letter seemed to avoid the issue. If you can’t clearly ar ticulate the purposes of this retreat, why should it even be open for discussion? Why should money that could potentially boost severely under funded organizations be instead spent on a student gover nment powwow? That is what your letter was supposed to address, but I’m happy for you and West, really. Eric Knecht is a Rutgers College senior majoring in economics and history. His column, “Unfair and Unbalanced,” runs on alternate Tuesdays. He welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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when he arrived at Rutgers in the spring. When the wide receiver depth became an obvious concern late in spring practice, Sanu made the switch to wide receiver and has not looked back. “We are learning every day about those guys,” Schiano said of
the freshmen, namely Sanu. “I think as we learn more about them, we will be able to do more things with them and more effectively. It is definitely, as I said in the beginning, a work in progress. But it is a fun work, I think.” Savage looks to join in on Saturday, returning to the field
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True freshman Mohamed Sanu was a high school quarterback, played safety in the spring and now plays wideout, drawing comparisons to both Courtney Greene and Kenny Britt from head coach Greg Schiano.
and re-creating the connection he displayed with Sanu against Cincinnati. “The talent that he is, teams should definitely be concerned,” Savage said. “I’m excited to go out there and start competing with him again, to go out there and get the connection going again.” Although Savage expects to play Saturday, and Schiano expressed the same hope, Sanu is confident with either his classmate or senior Dom Natale under center. “I feel comfortable [with Savage], but I feel comfortable with both quarterbacks,” Sanu said. “You just have to play the game.” No matter who is at quarterback, Sanu is more concerned with improving the wideout side of the receiving connection. “Ever ybody works of f of each other, and we’re always helping each other out,” Sanu said of the receiving corps. “Whenever we run routes, we ask, ‘What did we do wrong?’ We have to make sure we’re doing everything right, because if we do it the wrong way, it’s a broken play. That’s why we have to make sure we focus on the little things.” While Sanu leads the group in receptions and Brown has pulled in the most yards, a third receiver has yet to step up for the Knights. During the bye week, finding that third wideout was a point of emphasis. “The past few days, a lot of different guys have stepped up,” Sanu said. “I’m just excited for whoever it is that steps up and makes plays.”
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Freshman quarterback Tom Savage suffered a concussion against Florida International and didn’t play vs. Maryland, but said he feels a lot better and expects to play Saturday against Texas Southern.
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Tom Savage cannot wait to get back on the field. After rejoining the team for practice Wednesday from a concussion, the true freshKNIGHT man quarNOTEBOOK terback just wants to get back in a game situation. “I feel a lot better,” Savage said. “Maybe sometime last week I started feeling better and I wanted to get out there and start practicing and got cleared by the doctors.” Savage went home to Springfield, Pa., because the team was on its bye week and had extra time to relax. “I hope he does,” said head coach Greg Schiano when asked if Savage will play Saturday against Texas Southern. “He has been practicing for two days now. I guess the only way that would preclude him from playing is if something took a turn in the other direction. Right now, he is on the way up.” Savage had no prior history of head injuries while playing for Cardinal O’Hara High School, but he did break his foot, forcing him to miss five games. “I’m excited to go out there and start competing with [the receivers] and go out there and hopefully get the connection going again,” Savage said.
Granted, [Smith] is a ver y good returner. But when you start series outside the 30, that is not a good thing.” The Scarlet Knights are not yet planning on personnel changes in coverage. “I think with anything — offensive, defense, or special teams — you have to identify ‘Is it the same guy over and over again?’” Schiano said. “If it is, then you really have to consider making a personnel change. It wasn’t. What we need to do is make sure that we continue to teach. ... I thought we were doing quite well in the first three games and then we weren’t quite as good in the fourth.”
turnovers on defense from last year to this year has been widely discussed, but what has not been is a similar positive trend on the offensive side of the ball. Through four games last season, the Knights turned the ball over 11 times, but so far this season, RU has just four turnovers — three of which came in the first half of the team’s first game. “If we can hold on to the football, we have a chance to win,” Schiano said. “You would like to see what the game would have been if we didn’t turn it over three times in the first half and get it to the third or four th quar ter, where it’s still a game. ... You are turning the ball over at this level, it makes it awfully hard.”
start the season, the kickoff coverage disappointed Schiano against Maryland. UMD receiver Torrey Smith returned five kicks for 120 yards against Rutgers and had a long of 29 yards. “In the special teams, for the first time, I wasn’t overly thrilled with our kickoff coverage team,” Schiano said. “They got a little more than I thought.
enter Saturday’s game against Texas Southern with the opportunity to get win No. 600 since the team’s inception 1869. In 140 years, the Knights are 599-591-42 overall and would be the 38th team to reach the 600-win plateau if they successfully tame the Tigers.
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Guthrie hits 40 mark with latest clean sheet S T G ,T B T U treaking down the right sideline before somersaulting into the end zone, sophomore cornerback Bill Domke’s game-sealing interception closed the pizza on WRSU. Just one year after getting thoroughly embarrassed on the football field, The Daily Targum Great Danes pulled off an upset in a game they never trailed, besting the Tusken Raiders 42-28 Saturday in a defensive struggle
(last season, the score was roughly 142-50 in favor of the WRSU Battle Penguins). “We went into it knowing we had the odds stacked against us,” said Great Dane head coach Sam Hellman. “They certainly won the recruiting battle. But it’s not all about the talent that you’re blessed with; it’s all about the heart and motivation to win.” WRSU answered ever y Targum score to tie or pull within
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Senior goalkeeper Erin Guthrie (1) owns 40 shutouts in 77 career starts as a Scarlet Knight, amounting to a 52 percent shutout rate.
a touchdown on four different occasions, but Domke’s pick-six sealed the deal. “Almost all the people who played for both sides showed a tremendous amount of hear t and determination,” said WRSU junior tight end Josh Glatt. “Anyone on either side who didn’t play will regret missing the oppor tunity to declare themselves true men.” Four interceptions and a fumble recover y in the end zone by junior transfer defensive end Alex Jankowski paced the Great Danes’ defense, which dictated the game from start to finish despite an oftensputtering offense. WRSU quarterback Adam Helfgott’s scrambling touchdown and ensuing pick-six tied the game early in the second period, but that was the last time the Tusken Raiders held a share of the lead. The connection from junior quarterback Steve Jacobus to senior wideout Kyle Franko amounted for two Targum touchdowns, and junior Pat McGuinness busted a pair of runs for the remaining Great Dane scores. “It wasn’t the way we drew it up,” Hellman said. “We planned on a lot more short game. … They didn’t follow the playbook, but they followed their hearts and they found the end zone.” WRSU netted two more offensive touchdowns, each to pull within a touchdown, when senior h-back Steve Beeston busted a 71yard score off a screen pass and Helfgott hit a surprised, stumbling Danny Breslauer. WRSU starting quarterback Armando Mar tinez moved to wideout after suffering a concussion when Breslauer connected with an elbow to his teammate’s head. “The true heroes of the battlefield, like Armando Martinez, took their lumps and
continued to play all out and show respect for their teammates,” Glatt said. “Others merely whined and blamed their mistake on others being out of their spot.”
But kudos to head coach Bob Reasso, who unlike other coaches on the Banks, actually came out and disclosed the severity of one of his best players’ head injuries.
The big 4-0 — Women’s soccer goalie Erin Guthrie recorded her 40th career shutout Sunday in a scoreless draw with South Florida. It was her seventh shutout in her senior year, coming after seasons of nine, 10 and 14 shutouts, respectively. Take a second to chew on this: In 77 career starts, Guthrie racked up 40 clean sheets. That’s a shutout in 52 percent of her starts. That’s ridiculous! Guthrie is averaging three saves per start this season, and the lack of shots coming her way is also a true credit to the Knight back line. Back at it — True freshman Tom Savage is back at football practice. That explains enough; this is a good sign. Savage gets Texas Southern this weekend to rebound from his concussion and prepare for Pittsburgh next Friday when Big East play resumes.
Long overdue — With a win Saturday over Texas Southern, RU will become the 38th college football program to reach 600 victories, after playing the very first game in history 140 years ago. Here’s a nice tidbit: The program holds a 599-591-42 mark. Simply ridiculous — In honor of the rediscover y of “Major League Baseball” featuring Ken Griffey Jr. for Nintendo 64, in which Rico Brogna — of all people — slugs like Barry Bonds, here is a small sampling of the most ridiculous players on the major Rutgers sports teams the last few seasons. Jeremy Ito: Ito is the most arrogant field goal kicker to miss his first — and should have been only — chance to thrust the Rutgers football program into the national spotlight. Before the visions of Ito celebrating and pointing to the ESPN cameras cross your mind when the Knights beat Louisville to go 9-0 in 2006, don’t forget that he shanked a 33-yard chip before an offsides penalty bailed him out. “I was a little spooked on the penalty,” Ito said of his first miss. “I saw the guy jump offsides and that distracted me.” Challenge flag. Linda Miles: Ever hear of Shaniqua, manager of the Basham Brothers and a crazily muscular woman in the WWE? Corey Chander: Without prodding too much on a sensitive subject, it takes a lot for one player to be kicked out of two basketball programs in the span of a month for repeated code violations.
THE BAD Beaten to a pulp — The Big East leading Rutgers men’s soccer team was shut out by the conference’s bottom feeders. Syracuse embarrassed Rutgers on its home turf by a 3-0 margin thanks to some big gaffes by the RU goalkeepers. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights dropped to 3-2 in the Big East and fell from their pedestal atop the conference standings. The c-word — Also in the game, junior defender Aly Mazhar went down with a concussion. With Big East play underway, this was not the most opportune time for one of the team’s best players to go down.
HALT: RU swept in Big East WEDDELL PACES RU IN KEYSTONE STATE The Rutgers women’s golf Freshman Brittany Weddell team traveled to Penn State is beginning to make pacing the WOMEN’S GOLF t h i s Knights a habit. Weddell has led w e e k - RU in two of the three tournaend to participate in the ments in her young career. Her Nittany Lion Invitational. The score of 233 was not only best short trip preceded a long on the team but good enough weekend as the Scarlet for 13th in a 90-player field. Knights finished 13th in a 16In her second tournament team field. of the year, sophomore Lizzy The Knights Carl performed compiled a team impressively. After score of 965, which an opening round 82, was 56 strokes off Carl shot back-tothe pace of Rollins back scores of 75 to College’s tournafinish with a 240. Her ment-winning 909. three-round total Rollins snuck placed her 42nd overpast host school all in the competition. Penn State by 16 Rounding out BRITTANY strokes on the back competition for RU WEDDELL of a strong perwere sophomores formance by junior Kristina Lee and Joanna Coe. Elisa Mateer and junior capPrior to the tournament, tain Jeanne Waters. head coach Maura Ballard The next step for the said that the team’s goal Knights is this weekend’s was a top 10 finish. Despite Rutgers Invitational. not meeting that objective, Ballard could not be RU was only 15 strokes reached for comment. away from 10th place finisher Longwood. — Josh Glatt
road trip by SU, MU continued from back
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The Rutgers volleyball team struggled on the road this weekend, failing to win a set in a pair of 3-0 losses to Syracuse and Marquette.
ful early on in the season and get back to the basics.” The weekend was not a complete washout, however, as junior outside hitter Caitlin Saxton improved to 211 kills on the season against the Orange, eclipsing her season-best 209 from last year. The 211 kills in 16 games mark a huge improvement over last year’s season total. “She’s done a tremendous job,” Werneke said. “Even though teams are starting to game-plan for her more and more, she’s still played at a pretty high level. It’s a great accomplishment for her to be at this point where she was at the end of the season last year, but she knows she has some unfinished business.” For Werneke’s young squad, shaking off this weekend is crucial for the rest of the season to go as planned. “These things happen,” Werneke said. “We’re going to have to win some games on the road to make our ultimate goal, which is the Big East tournament.”
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Crooks calls Sanu out to prove he’s not just flash in pan for NCAA to address road trips BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
BY CHRIS MELCHIORRE CORRESPONDENT
Rutgers women’s soccer head coach Glenn Crooks has never been one to make excuses for his team, WOMEN’S SOCCER a n d Sunday’s 0-0 draw with South Florida was no dif ferent. Crooks was adamant about it after the match. In his view, what he witnessed was a great battle where both teams left everything they had on the pitch. The result was fair, and he was more than happy with his team’s effort. But the condition of both teams after two overtimes in 90-degree heat did bring something else to the coach’s attention. For Crooks, the match in Tampa shed light on what’s becoming a glaring problem in women’s college soccer. “Watching that game, I think both teams did the very best that they possibly could,” he said. “But what it really did, in an alarming way, was just show that the FridaySunday rhythm is too much, and with this trip in particular.” The Scarlet Knights’ weekend started with a Friday trip to Marquette for a match with the Golden Eagles. According to Crooks, his team played energized, sharp soccer and the result was a 3-
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Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu hauled in 10 passes in his first game as a Scarlet Knight against Cincinnati, a Rutgers freshman record, but caught just six passes in the following three contests.
Freshmen Tom Savage and Mohamed Sanu shone against Cincinnati, FOOTBALL but since then, their visibility has waned. While Savage’s concussion kept him off the field the past two weeks, Sanu’s production dwindled after his dazzling debut. “I don’t worry about that,” Sanu said. “I’m just trying to do my best with looking at the game tape and doing my assignments.” Ten catches for 101 yards in the season-opener only added to a historic debut for the South Brunswick native. Sanu became the first true freshman wideout to start his first career game under head coach Greg Schiano. He also broke the record for receptions by a freshman in a game. The previously-unknown freshman made himself known — and it happened in a big way. In the three games since — where he has six receptions for 66 yards — Sanu noticed more attention from opposing defenses. Flattering, yes, but a catch-22 that makes it more difficult for Sanu to repeat his week one success. “You just have to stay in the moment and go through the game one play at a time,” Sanu said. “You can’t look forward or anything, you just have to play offense.” Still, Schiano said that both Sanu and senior wideout Tim Brown are playing like legitimate Football Bowl Subdivision receivers. The feat is all the more impressive considering Sanu played just four games at the position and practiced there for less than a year.
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Sloppy play brings momentum to screeching halt BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT
Victory was not in the cards for the Rutgers volleyball team this weekend as the Scarlet Knights w e r e VOLLEYBALL unable to RUTGERS 0 maintain t h e MARQUETTE 3 momentum of a three-game sweep against Georgetown and were swept by both Syracuse and Marquette. The Knights enjoyed a revival in their 2009 season, going into the weekend one game shy of the .500 mark. But after the dust settled, the sheer magnitude of the road trip and sloppy hitting doomed RU. “It was the rigorous travel. It was a four day trip, leaving Thursday, getting back Monday morning basically at 2 a.m.,” said head coach CJ Werneke. “No excuses. We knew [this] was going to be our schedule since last year. … Other than that, it’s on the road in the Big East. [Our] first road game in the Big East [was] a little different for us.” A little might be an understatement. One of the first things the Knights set out to change in the beginning of their comeback season was to improve hitting.
Negative percentages killed the team in important games last year, as they did again this weekend. The Knights did not score more than 18 points in any of the six games they played this weekend. Against Marquette Sunday, RU hit a .167 percentage, but then plummeted to -.143 and -.032 in the second and third sets. The situation was similar in Syracuse two days earlier. RU began with a -.065 percentage before putting together .095 and .161. “When our passing breaks down and we become pretty predictable, and against bigger teams like Syracuse and Marquette … you’re at a disadvantage of fensively,” Wer neke said. “Our ball control wasn’t what it had been in recent weeks. That was a direct correlation to our outcome and our statistics of fensively.” With the two losses, the Knights drop to 7-10 and 1-3 in the Big East. With a night home game coming up Wednesday against Hofstra, the team needs to do something to regain its momentum. “Obviously, when you lose two matches in a row in the fashion that we did, … it’s a little bit of a setback,” Werneke said. “We’re not quite over the hump. We have to rediscover what made us success-
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Outside hitter Caitlin Saxton continued her strong play despite a two-loss weekend. The junior eclipsed her previous career high in kills when she registered her 211th against Syracuse.