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U. engineering students win packaging expo By Ingrid J. Paredes Staff Writer

Four Rutgers University School of Engineering students put their skills to the test at an annual packaging trade show held from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25 in Las Vegas, Nev. The team of packaging engineers — Miles Borgeson, Diane Jones, Diana Mayorga and Marie Misterio — designed the winning entry of the PACK EXPO 2013 Solutions Challenge. The challenge asked six competing teams to create and present proposals for a fictional company’s packaging line, said Misterio, a School of Engineering senior. She said this year the competing schools — Rutgers, California State Polytechnic University, Purdue University Calumet, the University of Florida and Virginia Tech — designed a packaging line for mouthwash bottles. “[The competition] had us apply what we learned in the classroom and at our internships,” she said. According to Misterio, the other schools spent a lot of money on the project, while the Rutgers team worked without any physical equipment. Rutgers does not have any packaging engineering laboratories. Misterio and Jones, a School of Engineering senior, had attended the competition as sophomores in 2011, so she knew what to expect. Still, she said they were nervous when they arrived in Las Vegas. “The packaging engineering program is really small. It was really intimidating to see how many resources other schools had,” Misterio said. Of the six competing teams, only Rutgers sent students with engineering backgrounds. “[Being engineers] really helped us with the research we had to do. It’s what we were taught to do,” she said. Misterio said the team conducted most of their research without guidance from faculty. To begin, Mayorga, a School of Engineering junior, said the teams contacted companies for guidelines on the types and sizes of machines they needed. They then visited some facilities to see the equipment firsthand. Mayorga said their goal was to design a properly scaled, efficient and sanitary machinery line. Each machine in the line had to properly communicate with each other as well. The team stayed in contact with the companies until the day of the competition. By then, the team had completed its proposal, but wanted to keep its information as up-to-date as possible. “Engineering is about careful attention to even the smallest details,” Mayorga said. The six judges, who each came from different packaged-good companies, also judged the team on See EXPO on Page 4

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Rutgers Clery report finds 21 percent increase in burglary By Shawn Smith Correspondent

The numbers are in, and Rutgers has reported burglar y as its most common crime of last year — with a 21 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. But Rutgers passed another year without any manslaughter charges, according to the 2013 Clery Report. The Rutgers University Police Department published its Annual

Campus Security & Fire Safety Report for 2012-2013, which includes the Cler y Report, a breakdown of all reported crimes at the University. “The ‘Cler y Act’ is named in memor y of 19-year-old Lehigh University first-year student Jeanne Ann Cler y, who was raped and murdered … on April 5, 1986,” according to the report. “Jeanne’s parents … discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on their daughter’s

campus in the three years before her murder.” The report gives a full review of crimes in the area both on and off-campus, said RUPD Lt. Paul Fischer. Fischer said the report includes not only school-owned property but also the areas surrounding the University. This gives prospective and current students an overview of the crime rates for the past three years. “Something can happen across the street from Rutgers property. It

can be on the sidewalk in front of a bar, for example. But across the street from that bar is a Rutgers parking lot,” he said. “If [something] happens on the sidewalk in front of that bar, we include it in Clery reporting.” Cler y reporting has different standards for reporting specific crimes than reporting for state reasons, said Kenneth Cop, RUPD chief of police. One example is the See BURGLARY on Page 5

University scientists find unlikely HIV cure in anti-fungal foot cream By Ingrid J. Paredes Staff Writer

The SEBS governing council said Skelly Field, which is located on Cook campus, is an EPA-protected site, but E. J. Miranda, director of Rutgers Media Relations, said it is not. A new parking lot has been proposed for the site. KARL HOEMPLER

Governing council protests construction on Skelly Field By Danielle Gonzalez Contributing Writer

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing Council has decided any future construction on Skelly Field on Cook campus is impractical, environmentally unfriendly and insensitive to the field’s sentimental value. SGC assembled and unanimously voted against a proposed plan to build a parking lot on Skelly Field, located next to the Cook Campus Center. They sent a letter justifying their case last week to make University President Robert Barchi

and other members of the administration aware of their decision. SGC is a student-run organization created to amplify the needs and concerns of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences student body. They addressed the proposed plan to construct a parking lot on Skelly Field in a recent meeting, said Shira Rosenblum, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior. “It was the first council meeting of the year where many of our recent members were present,” Rosenblum said. “It was nice to see See FIELD on Page 5

A new study conducted by Rutgers scientists shows the cure for the human immunodeficiency virus may come from an unexpected source. In a preclinical study conducted at the New Jersey Medical School, now a branch of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, researchers have found that ciclopirox, an active ingredient in anti-fungal foot cream, completely eliminates HIV in human cell cultures. Michael Mathews, head of the research team, said current anti-HIV drugs only inhibit the virus from spreading to other cells. Once a patient stops using these drugs, HIV often comes back. Mathews, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Rutgers-Newark, said the drugs’ effectiveness is limited. Development of mutations from HIV resistant to the drugs is always an issue. But ciclopirox avoids the issue of resistance completely. The team’s most recent work, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, reveals ciclopirox produces no rebound of the virus in the cell cultures. “It’s the first time we’re seeing the prospect of killing HIV,” he said.

Mathews said ciclopirox inhibits HIV’s ability to disable cells’ altruistic suicide pathway, by which infected cells normally kill themselves to prevent spread of the infection. It does this by inhibiting the protein hydroxylase, which has long been associated with proliferation of HIV. The team performed successful experiments on real and synthetic human cell cultures. Though his team has not completed clinical trials yet, Mathews said preclinical results are promising. “It’s a new chapter in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” he said. In an interview with Drug Discovery & Development magazine, Mathews said the team’s peers did not feel the same way. “To my knowledge no one else has advanced the idea. … We can be pretty sure of this because of the stiff opposition we experienced during the review process at other journals,” he said. In the same inter view, Dr. Robert Gallo, the co-discoverer of HIV, said he is unsure of the research’s significance. “I haven’t seen any results where they isolate [ciclopirox] and show it can be used systemically,” said Gallo, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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The Rutgers University Programming Association presents “College Humor Live” at 9 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Rutgers University Libraries and the Mason Gross School of the Arts present “The Remarkable Music of Robert Moevs” at 8 p.m. in the Douglass Library. The program will explore the compositions of the late Robert Moevs, a Rutgers alumnus and former faculty member. Admission is free.

Saturday, Oct. 12

The Rutgers Film Co-op, the New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies present New Jersey Film Festival selections “Art House Part One” and “The Rink” at 7 p.m. in Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. Admission is $10 for the general public and $9 for students and senior citizens.

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Students post eviction notices across campuses to raise awareness By Janine Puhak

these, as the national arm of SJP ran this same campaign at schools including Harvard ColStudents for Justice in Pales- lege, Florida Atlantic University tine hopes to inform the public and The University of California, about more than 160,000 Pales- Berkeley. The Palestinian-style tinians who have been evicted eviction movement originated at New York University and has from their homes since 1967. Palestinians learn of this em- trickled across the nation, said inent domain when they discov- Rutgers SJP President Aman Sharifi. er document According to orders nailed articles in both to their front “Essentially what they The Harvard doors, forcing do is send these notices Crimson and them to pack up and abandon out, give them a few days The Sun Sentitheir homes to move their livelihoods nel, notices on campuses with just a few and demolish everything.” those incited a controdays’ notice. versy about how The RutAMAN SHARIFI appropriate the g e r s - N e w Rutgers Students for Justice in actions of PalBrunswick Palestine President estinian student chapter of SJP groups were. posted evic“It just tion notices Sunday evening on the res- shows the realities that hapidence hall doors on all five pen in Palestine when occucampuses as par t of a campaign pying forces extend their borders, extend their occupation, to raise awareness. The mock eviction notices extend their territories,” said state they regret to inform the Sharifi, a School of Arts and resident that his or her suite is Sciences senior. “Essentially scheduled for demolition in the what they do is send these nonext three days. If residents do tices out, give them a few days not vacate the premise within to move their livelihoods and this time, they reser ve the right demolish ever ything.” It was a simple way to demonto destroy all remaining belongstrate the realities in the conflict ings under Code 211.3B. The eviction letters state while there, he said. In another light, Rutgers Hilthe information in the letter is sent purely for demonstrative lel Rabbi Esther Reed said she purposes, notices like this are the found the campaign alarming norm in Palestine and have been and reprehensible. Students have been made to since 1967. University students were not feel that they are not safe in their the first to receive notes like homes, and putting notices under Contributing Writer

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doors of students in residence halls violates University policy, she said. “These were not approved fliers, and the information was factually inaccurate and vili-

fied Israel,” Reed said. “The fact that students were made to feel that they were not safe in their residence halls is one of the most disturbing aspects here.”

Hillel released an official statement on Sunday night concerning the campaign. “There are more positive ways to engage in a factual discussion,” Reed said.

Amanda Najib, Rutgers Students for Justice in Palestine treasurer, posts mock eviction notices at a residence hall Sunday to raise awareness about the Palestinians who have been evicted from their homes since 1967. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SYJIL ASHRAF


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CURE CDC estimates 1,148,200 people over 13 in US living with HIV continued from front Mathews told The Daily Targum he disagrees. Although ciclopirox is a topical medicine, he said it is possible to transform it into a pill or injection since the Food and Drug Administration has already approved the drug for human use. He said his research team has already performed successful experiments administering ciclopirox via stomach absorption on animals. Still, Mathews stressed the importance of conducting clinical trials. “It’s in [the virus’s] name. It’s a human virus,” he said. Now, Mathews said it is only an issue of time and funding. Theoretically, trials could begin in less than one year. “We’re excited, but it’s hard to tell when we’ll get approval,” he said. For now, the team has been working with deferiprone, another FDA-approved drug that has the same effect on HIV-infected cells as ciclopirox. Matthews said deferiprone treats thalassemia, a disease that weakens and destroys red blood cells in the body. Unlike ciclopirox, the FDA has approved deferiprone for systemic use. He said clinical trials involving deferiprone have already begun in South Africa. They have shown deferiprone works against HIV both in vitro and in vivo. Mathews said the team skipped animal trials, showcasing a model for rapid development of drugs in a petri dish into forms consumable for patients. The team’s work is only at its first stage. Co-author Dr. Hartmut

Hanauske-Abel said the research team has only conceived a concept on how to terminate HIV. “We have not made any impact on the pandemic,” said HanauskeAbel, an assistant adjunct professor at NJMS. “We merely published cell culture findings.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 1,148,200 people over the age of 13 in the United States are living with HIV infection. About 50,000 new incidences of infection occur every year. “Everyone who has HIV dies from HIV — [we have] no cure,” Hanauske-Abel said. He told Drug Discovery & Development that he sees the potential in the study’s findings. “All told … the approach may offer hope that a cure for HIV may be no farther away than the local pharmacy,” he said. In response to Gallo, he said the team’s preclinical work and other studies have indicated ciclopirox may work systemically before and after infection, just like deferiprone does. But Hanauske-Abel said the systemic tests have focused on another major disease — cancer. He told Drug Discovery & Development a research group at the University of Toronto isolated ciclopirox and used it systemically with some success against a form of leukemia. He also said a Louisiana State University group showed the drug rids cells of tumors using the same mechanism to rid cells of the HIV virus. “The [PLOS ONE] paper suggests we change dogma,” Hanausuke-Abel said.

EXPO More than 27,500 processing, packaging professionals as well as 1,750 exhibitors attended continued from front their ability to communicate their proposal. On top of designing the line, the team had to give an oral presentation and write a detailed proposal for the judges. Mayorga said the overall experience was similar to that of an internship in the field of packaging engineering. “The competition really reflected what working in industry is like,” she said. Jones said the competition also gave the team the opportunity to network with companies’ representatives. According to a PACK EXPO statement, this year’s trade show attracted more professionals than ever before. More than 27,500 processing and packaging professionals and 1,750 exhibitors attended the three-day show. “The competition was not just about engineering, but professionalism too,” Jones said. “It’s opened up a lot of opportunities.” The competition’s sponsor, B&R Industrial Automation, invited the team to tour their facility and present their winning design at their headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. According to their online company profile, B&R Industrial Automation is one of the largest

private automation equipment manufacturers. It currently has 162 offices housing over 2,300 employees worldwide. In addition to more networking opportunities, Borgeson, a School of Engineering junior, said the team won a shared $4,000 scholarship from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Education and Training Foundation, a trade association representing 600 packaging and processing supply chain companies. According to the PACK EXPO statement, Purdue University Calumet’s team earned $2,000 and Clemson University’s team won $1,000 as second and thirdplace winners. All of the teams have also been entered into a new competition, the Design Galler y People’s Choice Awards, which allows attendees to vote for their favorite entries. “[The win] is a good way to highlight our school’s program,” Borgeson said. According to Borgeson, with more funding, the School of Engineering’s packaging engineering program could continue to excel and improve. “If we won without any laboratories, imagine what we could do with them,” he said.


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BURGLARY Rutgers saw total of 81 reported burglaries in 2012, 77 on campus property continued from front lack of a simple assault categor y. All assault charges are reported as “Aggravated Assault.” Cop said the 2012 Clery Report reported theft as one of the biggest crimes on campus. Many of these are crimes of opportunity. According to the 2012 Cler y repor t, Rutgers saw a total of 81 repor ted burglaries, 77 of which happened on campus proper ty. Another four happened of f-campus. “We ask that students, faculty, staff, practice personal safety habits,” Cop said. “Remain aware of their surroundings. Walk in pairs during late hours. Report anything suspicious immediately to the police. And utilize all our public safety services here at Rutgers. We offer escorts at night, a myriad of things.” Rutgers had the lowest reported rate at 81, compared to schools like the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Pennsylvania State University. Penn State had 95 burglaries in 2012, according to its 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. UMass had 86 in 2012, according to its 2012 Annual Security Report. Apart from underage possession of alcohol, burglary had the highest numbers among all the different categories, according to Rutgers’ report.

Much of the time, burglaries happened because a student left an item unattended, Cop said. This is one of the biggest precursors to theft, no matter where a person is located. Areas with high traffic, such as libraries or student centers, are ideal for these situations.

“Report anything suspicious to RUPD. Information is key. The sooner the better. I like to mirror the campaign, ‘if you see something, say something.’” KenNETH COP Chief of the Rutgers University Police Department

“Someone could put something down and say they have to go to bathroom, [when they return] that item could be gone,” he said. “We ask people to secure their valuables, and don’t leave anything unattended.” Personal electronic devices, like laptops and cell phones, make up the bulk of stolen items, Cop said. Repor ted crime rates in other categories were lower than burglar y, with 18 aggravated

assaults, nine weapons possessions, 14 robberies and 19 forcible sex of fenses including rape, attempted rape and forcible fondling. According to the Penn State report, the school reported 20 aggravated assaults, no weapons possessions, two robberies and 79 forcible sex offenses in 2012. UMass reported 11 aggravated assaults, no weapons possessions, one robbery and 26 forcible sex offenses in 2012, according to its 2013 report. These rates only include reported crimes. Theft and harassment are the two cases police most respond to, Cop said. Harassment is a broad spectrum that includes an argument where someone may feel threatened. The report does not just include verbal harassment, but does include online interactions, he said. Fischer said while crimes may be repor ted and not prosecuted for one reason or another, the University still has an obligation to follow up with the victims and make sure they do not suf fer fur ther. Fischer said the police depar tment and the Of fice of Student Conduct ser ve as resources for students who have been victimized. Ultimately, Cop said members of the community could influence the crime rates. “Repor t anything suspicious to RUPD. Information is key,” he said. “The sooner the better. I like to mirror the campaign, ‘if you see something, say something.’”

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FIELD Canavan says no plan for expansion of Lot 97 has been set in motion continued from front everyone come together and support a common cause.” According to the letter sent by SGC, Peter Canavan, the council’s president, declared that a unanimous decision of more than 40 votes was made by the council in favor of dissolving any plans to expand Lot 97. “So far, no plans for the expansion of Lot 97 have been set in motion. We are hoping that by coming together and expressing our reasons we can persuade the university to refrain from any construction.” said Canavan, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior. In the letter, SGC stated that Skelly Field is an EPA-protected wetland site and Rutgers should not permit construction on a site that has ecological benefits. However, E.J. Miranda, director of University Media Relations, said the location of the planned construction is not an EPA-protected site. “The University commissioned a wetlands study of the area of the proposed parking lot and submitted the results to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,” he said. NJDEP regulates wetlands in the state based on a review of the study and a site inspection. The department determined that no wetlands, buffers or transition ar-

eas were found in the proposed parking lot area. “The planned expansion is due to the construction of the new Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, which is being built on a site which had been used for parking,” Miranda said. “The lot expansion would help reduce the impact of eliminating that parking.” Canavan said SGC had heard the purpose of building a parking lot on Skelly Field was to provide more parking for faculty members and graduate students, so SGC looked into the parking usage on Cook campus. “The council got in contact with the Department of Transportation [Services] to see how much additional parking was needed and uncovered that there is actually a lot of underused parking on campus that is already available,” he said. According to the letter, the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services website claims that at any given time, Rutgers has 2,000 empty parking spaces available and free campus transportation is available from all of these spaces. As of right now, no decisions have been made as to whether or not the university will expand Lot 97 onto Skelly Field. Canavan said SGC is patiently waiting on Rutgers’ response. Rosenblum said as a group of School of Environmental and Biological Sciences students, the council supports agriculture and the environment, two key aspects that have historically defined Cook campus. To allow for the destruction of wetlands would contrast with what SGC stands for, she said.


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Obama administration optimistic in US-Afghan agreement WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is optimistic that a U.S.-Afghan agreement over the future role of American troops in the countr y can be finalized in the next few weeks despite two main sticking points and President Hamid Karzai’s emotional outburst yesterday alleging that the U.S. and NATO repeatedly violate Afghan sovereignty. Nearly a year of negotiations have so far failed to yield a deal and it is still possible that the two sides will never reach an agreement. The U.S. wants to keep as many as 10,000 troops in Afghanistan to go after the remnants of al-Qaida, but if no agreement is signed, all U.S. troops would have to leave by Dec. 31, 2014. Roughly 95 percent of the dozen-page agreement is complete and the rest is penciled in until the two sides can agree on language, according to an Obama administration of ficial who spoke on condition of anonymity because the of ficial was not authorized to speak publicly about the negotiations. U.S. and Afghan negotiators held their latest round of talks yesterday, focusing their attention on two sticking points — both tough issues that remain unresolved. Afghanistan wants American guarantees against future foreign inter vention, a veiled reference to neighboring Pakistan. Afghanistan accuses its neighbor of harboring the Taliban and other extremists who enter Afghanistan and then cross back into Pakistan where they cannot be attacked by Afghan or U.S.-led international forces. The second sticking point is about the role and conduct of

the counter terrorism force the U.S. wants to leave behind. “The United States and its allies, NATO, continue to demand even after signing the BSA (bilateral security agreement) they will have the freedom to attack our people, our villages,” Karzai said. “The Afghan people will never allow it.” Karzai’s outburst came in response to a question about a NATO airstrike on Oct. 5 in Nangarhar province, near an airport used by U.S.-led international militar y coalition forces. The coalition, which has opened an investigation into the incident, said its forces struck insurgents tr ying to attack the base and that no civilians were harmed. The Karzai government claims five civilians were killed. “They commit their violations against our sovereignty and conduct raids against our people, air raids and other attacks in the name of the fight on terrorism and in the name of the resolutions of the United Nations. This is against our wishes,” Karzai said, using some of his harshest language to date against the U.S.-led militar y coalition. Both par ties were seeking to finalize a deal by the end of October — a time frame that would give militar y planners enough time to prepare to keep troops in the countr y after the scheduled 2014 withdrawal. Karzai said he will convene a council of elders in one month to help him make a decision on the pending agreement. If they endorse the agreement, then Karzai has political cover to agree to it. The Afghan president is keenly aware that previous leaders of his country historically have been punished for selling out to foreign

Personnel from RAF 617 squadron based at Lossiemouth take part in a chemical attack during War Week Mission Rehearsal Exercise, in preparation for their final Afghanistan deployment on Oct. 2 in Lossiemouth, Scotland. 617 squadron will deploy to Afghanistan later this year to relieve 12 bomber squadron also based at Lossiemouth. This will be the final deployment for the squadron as the RAF have announced that the famous Dambusters will be wound down once they return from their final tour in Afghanistan until the RAF’s new fighter jets arrive in three year’s time. GETTY IMAGES

interests and wants to make sure that any U.S.-Afghan agreement is not seen in that context. Karzai, who cannot run for a third term, is slated to step down at the end of next year — the same time nearly all international troops are to have left the country. Talks were formally suspended in June and didn’t resume until last month. But even

during the suspension, informal discussions were held with U.S. negotiators traveling to the presidential palace for sessions that were several hours long. The official said the United States can only go so far on some of the Afghan demands. For instance, the Afghan government had been asking that the dollar amount of future U.S. assistance

be written into any agreement. But while Obama can promise to request financial backing for the country, he can’t legally promise that Congress will send the money. Any pact the two countries sign would be an executive agreement, not a treaty that would require the consent of Congress. — The Associated Press

IN BRIEF TRENTON, N.J. — The Christie administration made its final case yesterday for why a judge should put on hold a ruling that would legalize gay marriage effective Oct. 21. In a filing yesterday, the state says allowing gay couples to marr y starting in two weeks would make it difficult for the state’s top court to reverse course should it agree with the Christie administration’s anti-gay marriage stand. The state also says that it does not have to show Judge Mar y Jacobson that it is likely to win on appeal to have the decision stayed — just that it raises substantial arguments. The filing is the latest in a flurr y of legal activity over gay marriage in New Jersey since Jacobson ruled on Sept. 27 that the state must start recognizing marriages of same-sex couples beginning Oct. 21. Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who is seen as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is appealing Jacobson’s ruling to the state Supreme Court. — The Associated Press


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Tech Tuesday

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September sees new product launches from Apple, Amazon By Tyler Gold Contributing Writer

September was a busy month for gadget fans. Apple introduced a brand new software update, iOS 7, alongside two new iPhones. Amazon unveiled a new tablet with a first-of-its-kind technical support video line called Mayday. BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry’s famed instant message client, which was set to release on iPhone and Android, was delayed. On top of all the product announcements, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer resigned after a 13-year stint as the head of the company. The new iPhones and iOS 7 Apple changed things up this year by introducing two new iPhones — the 5s and the 5c. Released Sept. 20, the 5s is Apple’s flagship model, priced at $199 for a 16 GB model and $299 and $399 for the 32 GB and 64 GB versions, respectively. It adds in a fingerprint scanner called Touch ID, a slow-motion camera and fast new 64-bit processor — but looks identical to the iPhone 5 apart from coming in a new, sought-after gold color. In terms of color, the 5c is full of it: The phone doesn’t have any of the new features of the 5s, but comes in five bright colors — green, blue, yellow, pink and white, while costing only $99 on contract for a 16 GB model. The real Apple story of the month is iOS 7, the new software update for iPhones and iPads. The update introduces a whole new look to the phone, removing the glossy

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“Amazon’s virtual, on-device tech support line ... promises real people to help with questions or problems on the tablet in 15 seconds or less.” Amazon’s new tablet and Mayday While Apple has not yet announced a new iPad this year, Amazon refreshed its Kindle line Sept. 25, with the new Kindle HDX. It is a $229 tablet with a seven-inch display and 16 GB of storage. Thirty-two GB and 64 GB sizes are available for approximately $40 and $80 extra, respectively. The biggest new feature of the HDX is not its better display or improved battery life — it is Mayday, Amazon’s virtual, on-device tech support line that promises real people to help with questions or problems on the tablet in 15 seconds or less. After pushing a Mayday button, users can start a one-way video call with a trained Amazon

representative. The worker will answer any questions and even has the ability to control the tablet to help with tricky fixes. Amazon also introduced a larger 8.9-inch version of the HDX with the same features as the 7-inch mode, save for a bigger screen and bigger $379 price. BBM’s delayed return BlackBerry Messenger, once passionately known as BBM to millions of BlackBerry users, is back — or at least it should be soon. Despite an announcement in May that BBM would be making the leap to iPhone and Androids in September, BlackBerry ended up postponing the release to an undetermined time. The real question: Will anyone even use the service anymore with the popularity of apps like GroupMe, WhatsApp, KakaoTalk and Apple’s iMessage? Steve Ballmer resigns as Microsoft CEO After 13 years as the head of the software giant, Steve Ballmer announced his retirement as CEO of Microsoft, effective sometime in the next 12 months. He took over the company after Bill Gates retired as CEO in 2000. Ballmer leaves the company in not the best state –– Microsoft’s Surface tablet has seen low sales and hurt the company’s profits in 2012 to the tune of $900 million dollars. The company’s stock responded to Ballmer’s announcement by jumping up 7.5 percent the day of the news. Tyler Gold is a contributing tech writer for The Daily Targum and an intern at The Verge. Follow him on Twitter @tylergold.

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id anything in that headline actually sur- filed against him prior to this incident and five prise you? We know it didn’t, but it should. pending lawsuits. What we’re seeing here is a recurring pattern of No matter how common police brutality has always been, we refuse to become desensitized corruption and oversight in police departments. In to it. David Castellani’s dreadful experience isn’t our previous editorial “Circuit judgment a bad call for NJ,” we noted Atlantic City’s known corruption any different. We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard and inefficiency. Here it rears its ugly head, at the exthat name before. The trend of the media underre- pense of a college student who now has to live with porting police brutality is obvious. We can imagine the scars of 200 stitches at the hands of a corrupt the same trend applies when it comes to the known police force. Strong and respectable leadership is missing. corruption of Atlantic City. Where five armed police and a K-9 officer tackled Castellani, a 20-year-old The police chief condoned the actions of the officers and, while an “internal investigation” is Temple University student. ­ which we presume to be like the Surveillance footage of the attack is available on- taking place — line, and it is beyond clear that excessive force was internal investigations that absolved that police officer of his 15 excessive used on the prostrate force complaints — no Castellani, who was aldisciplinary action has ready lying on his stom“What we’re seeing here is a been taken against any ach. At the time, the recurring pattern of corruption and of the cops involved. K-9 officer unleashed We feel this is absolutely the dog on him and it oversight in police departments.” unacceptable. gnawed on his head and But this isn’t a probneck, which could have lem just limited to A.C. killed him. This is after the first five cops beat the crap out of him with fists, Rutgers University experienced a similar incident in feet and batons — a type of force that should only 2011, when two University students filed a lawsuit be used when a weapon is present. Castellani had against New Brunswick police for using excessive emptied his pockets in front of the cops moments force after officers wrongly broke into their apartment and attacked them while they were asleep in before the attack. What prompted it? Castellani directed offensive their beds. When cops are getting hired based on conneccomments and gestures at the police from across tions rather than merit, their superiors’ priority is to the street after they approached and released him. While disrespecting a cop seems like automatic cover up their tracks rather than carry out thorough grounds for disorderly conduct, there’s absolutely backgrounds checks and take necessary action no reason why so many needed to bumrush one against officers with repetitive offenses. We are only 20-year-old and use so many different forms of vi- fostering a breeding ground for this type of sancolence against him. Fists and batons aside, they let tioned violence by law enforcement officials on the the dog rush at his neck and could have very easily civilian population. Castellani and his stunned parents are justified in killed him. Here’s a shocker for you: The cop with the K-9 their decision to sue the city and the police departalready had 15 complaints of excessive violence ment for their clear disregard and negligence. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 145th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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New technology does not mean the end of print media AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH SHANNON RAY

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rint media is dying. We hear this said on a regular basis both by proponents of today’s digital media and mourners of the old ways. Yet I’ve always been in denial. Most of us come from a generation that grew up with newspapers, paperback books, Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday afternoons at the movie theater. We also come from a generation that will spend the majority of its lifetime consuming digital media and entertainment. Recently, we’ve seen a dramatic decrease in subscriptions to print newspapers, and by extension, the profits these newspapers are making. Hardly anyone is visiting bookstores or libraries anymore — we’ve already seen one major chain go out of business. DVD sales follow this pattern as movies and TV shows become available through companies like Netflix and Hulu. Blu-ray is struggling to survive and Blockbuster left us long ago. While the movie industry continues to thrive and Samsung comes out with 3-D and Smart TVs, it seems as though it’s only a matter of time before streaming becomes the only way to view entertainment.

It’s time for me to come to terms with the fact that a new age of everything digital is reality, and to say goodbye to the emotional connection to old school entertainment that the children of the 21st century will never sympathize with. I understand that to many, the digital takeover is of no significance. After all, we’ll still be able to access the same books, movies and TV shows that we always loved — they’ll just appear to us in a new format. But those of us who grew up flipping through the crisp, pulpy pages of the “Harry Potter” books that became so much more to us

line news databases have made it easier than ever before to access information and entertainment almost instantaneously, and in a country whose core values are efficiency and economic prosperity, it seems unlikely that this fast-paced phasing out of old-school media will end. But are these technological advancements really malevolent? What does this dramatic change in the way in which media is consumed mean for its consumers? The digital nature of the media itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing — what makes watching “Game of Thrones” on HBO GO

“These things may not seem important, but some of the most meaningful things in life are the simplest. Flipping through the newspaper while sipping a cup of coffee is a dying art.” than just a story will understand. Those of us who attended midnight film releases — whether it was “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games” or “The Dark Knight” trilogy — will understand. The rate at which new technology throws itself at us is parallel only to the rate at which we demand it. It seems like the Twitter team thinks up a new update every other day, and is it just me, or did the iPhone 4 just come out, like, last month? Technological advancements in all forms of media like the Kindle, Netflix and on-

any different than watching it on TV? And why is flipping through the pages of The Wall Street Journal so much better than scrolling down the screen of your Galaxy S4? The answer is simple: It isn’t. The media being consumed remains the same. The difference lies within the experience and its value. When television became extremely popular in the 1960s, families would gather in the living room to tune into “The Andy Griffith Show.” Up until the switch to digital, people would flock to the movie theater to lose themselves in a world

Malala Yousafzai should not be a symbol #REALTALK SARA ZAYED

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alala Yousafzai is a now a household name. Who hasn’t heard of the brave girl who got shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education? We all know of her because she has become a symbol of resistance — or has been made a symbol of resistance. Her struggle for the right to an education is something that resonates with us all. The fact that she, as a teenage girl, survived a near-fatal attack by the Taliban makes her a hero. However, we should take a closer look at the reckless decisions that have been made in the wake of her survival, and whether America deserves to celebrate it. After the attack on Malala, Pakistan attempted to name a college after her. She urged them to rescind the decision, and students boycotted the school. They said that such an act endangered their lives. Furthermore, Malala said her goal is progress, not notoriety or fame, which is the last thing she wants. So by plastering her face on magazines or turning her story into a quick comic to be passed around online (that completely eliminates context), people increase the likelihood that such an attack will happen again. Malala doesn’t want to be made into a symbol, she has made her case against it, and those who attempt to do

so are quite literally endangering the lives of other students in Pakistan. We were rightfully infuriated by the attack on Malala, but has anyone spoken out against the drone strikes that have killed 176 children in Pakistan alone and been fully documented by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism? Where is the outrage that an average of nearly five children per day are killed in Afghanistan? It is interesting that when it serves a political purpose, we celebrate the survival of a child, but other innocent civilian deaths go forgotten, unmentioned or worse: condoned. These families don’t receive fame or congratulations like Malala has. They are killed without justification or justice. Almost more painful to consider are those who survive the drone strikes but are permanently and irreversibly affected. The consequences range from post-traumatic stress disorder to lost limbs and paralysis. “I used to go to school … I thought I would become a doctor. After the drone strikes, I stopped going to school.” said Sadaullah Khan, a 15-year-old boy who lost both his legs in a drone strike. Who has even heard his name? Where is the mention of Sadaullah Khan in political discourse about the use of drone strikes? We protested the Taliban’s attack on Malala. We furiously debate gun laws here in the United States in hopes that there will be no more school shootings or one less death we will have to read about. Where is the fury over drone strikes with no political justifications that take more civilian lives

than any intelligence can actually count? To those who say drone strikes keep U.S soldiers at home, I respond: why is the United States extending its reach beyond its jurisdiction to begin with? There is no way to target drone strikes either. They have landed on funerals and schools, the very same schools that the West has bolstered Malala for championing. In fact, John Brennan, President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, has said that the United States has the right to strike anywhere in the world. So the lives of innocents are being risked at the discretion of officials who have demonstrated clear indifference. It’s easy to see numbers and not react because we have been so desensitized to the thought of death and destruction, but think for a moment about your family and friends. Think how it would be to watch them get killed and have their deaths be unaccounted for and largely ignored by the international community. Think about living in a climate of fear on a day-to-day basis, so much that it is said parents in Yemen threaten their children with drones in order to get them to behave. The West has turned Malala into a poster child while bombing the very place she comes from and killing her peers. The irony of that is dark and humorless and leaves only anger in its wake. Sara Zayed is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Her column, “#RealTalk,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.

entirely different from their own. When we forgo these one-of-a-kind experiences, the stories that we love become just another part of our fast-paced, digital world. As we trade the big-screen, family experience for media that we can consume instantly and quickly, we further embed the American mentality of wanting to consume media faster and in greater quantities. We only want constant novelty. We forget what we read yesterday. There is no story that lives within us for 10 years or more, and we disregard daily tragedies in the news with the blink of an eye. These things may not seem important, but some of the most meaningful things in life are the simplest. Flipping through the newspaper while sipping a cup of coffee is a dying art. Immersing oneself in a fictional world and theorizing about what will happen in the next volume is a dying art. As Americans begin to value these intangible connections with art and with humanity less and less, we not only lose the stories that help to shape us, but also our intrinsic values of quality and depth. I fear that it may be too late to cling to these lost values. This brave, new, consumerist world that emerges values only efficiency and the mindlessness it brings. Shannon Ray is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. Her column, “An Inconvenient Truth,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Rutgers football program still makes alumni proud It seems only recently that we witnessed one of the greatest games in college football, the 2006 upset of Louisville. For alumni and fans, that will forever be a pivotal and memorable game in Rutgers history. As you prepare for perhaps your last encounter with the Cardinals, know that hundreds of thousands of us will be rooting, cheering and encouraging you all and wishing we could be there in the stands for you.  It may be “R” time, but we know it is really your time and that you will make the best of it.   I want to thank all the staff, coaches and especially the players for all the hard work, effort and commitment that go into preparing for each game.  Your efforts, no matter what the outcome, are a source of pride and fellowship for many fans.  The desire to test your limits and push your personal accomplishments are the qualities that help define success and are among the factors that make watching sports of any kind worthwhile. Best of Luck in Louisville! Go Knights! Steve Schwab is a 1986 Livingston College alumnus.

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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black

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Today’s Birthday (10/08/13). It’s a year of exploration and discovery, as new opportunities, skills and characters appear. Travel and studies carry you away. With consistent action and focus, your finances and career status grow joyfully. The gold is in your social network; it has what you need. Keep sharing, contributing to the common good. Nurture health and happiness. 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 7 — Your traveling boots are getting restless. Explore new options. Keep a lid on costs. Finish an old job. Do some long range planning first. Love lifts you higher. Get a running start. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 — Stand firm for a cause. Figure out finances. Study where your money goes. Don’t let an opportunity slip between your fingers. It all works out, with positive outcome. Imagine success. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — Consult with experts. Set a juicy goal. Keep costs down by declining frivolity. Finish one job before making a new mess. You don’t need experience. Consider a charming suggestion. It’s all good. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 5 — Postpone a celebration. Assert your personal ideals. Things start working well. Shortages are temporary; it’s not a good time to gamble. There’s work to be done. Profit from meticulous service. Make requests; you’re irresistible. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 5 — Get the word out on your position, and clear up remaining doubts. Let others state theirs. There’s a new shuffle in your social circle. Don’t push. It works out fine with communication. Focus on fun together. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — Dispel an illusion at work. Get an important job finished before leaving. Focus on taking care of home and family. Plan menus carefully, and buy only what you need. Increase the beauty level. Take pictures.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Pursue career dreams. Limits reappear. Minimize risks, and build on what you have. You’re super smart, and find it easier to concentrate. Invite someone to play. Use your network. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Consider the future. Take care at work. Stay objective in a tense situation. Avoid impulsive spending. Don’t fund your dream yet. Develop the plan and strategy. A beneficial development arises. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 5 — You’re getting more sensitive, with extra confidence. Do a good job. Pass all previous records. Avoid gossip, gambling and shopping. You’re gaining authority. Keep it practical, and build solid infrastructure. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 5 — Shop carefully. Watch out for surprises. Take action for love, not money. Do it to gain deeper insight. Hold your temper, and stay sensitive to a loved one’s wishes. You’re exceptionally cute now. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — You gain clarity now. There’s an unexpected development. Emotions could flare. This week is good for travel. It could get hot. You’re not in the game alone. Provide services, not cash. Use your magnetism and charm. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Career matters emerge. Provide support. Be careful where you step. Don’t encourage the peanut gallery when you all should be quiet and respectful. Notice a strong attraction. Don’t fall for a trick. Get ready at home.

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Redshirt freshman linebacker Steve Longa said senior linebacker Jamal Merrell should alleviate pressure for the rest of the linebackers to produce. ENRICO CABREDO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

INJURY Longa believes Merrell’s return helps Rutgers make big plays on defense continued from back Freshman midfielder Ashpal Kaur Bhogal scored one of three goals in the Knights’ 3-2 win Sunday against Villanova. TIAN LI / FILE PHOTO / SEPTEMBER 2013

DREXEL Freshman goalkeeper delivers in relief of Stuby as Knights capture win against Big East foe Villanova continued from back

huge saves in the shootout,” Long said. “Stuby has been amazing and played an impressive game, with solid all season for us. She struga career-high nine saves in her gled a bit in the beginning of that Villanova game. I gave Shevaun a first-career shutout. Drexel did not lose easily, chance and she came in and finearning three corners in the final ished the game out really strong minute of play. The Dragons also and stepped in against Drexel and pulled their goalkeeper with 13 had a phenomenal game.” Freshman back Sofia Walia minutes left before reinserting her with eight minutes remaining. tied the game on a penalty stroke At the 10:15 mark, Rutgers with about five minutes left in regfailed to provide an insurance goal ulation. She kept the Wildcats’ defense busy with five shots. on an empty net corner. Rutgers outshot Villanova, Junior midfielder Jenn Staab said the key to winning 15-8, and recorded an 18-5 advantage of penalty was simple. corners, which “[We just they were not had to] play our game and “I gave Shevaun [Hayes] able to finish. Junior midwork the struc- a chance and she came in fielder Sophie ture that we’re working with and finished the game out Wright added and just finish,” really strong and stepped to her impressive goals total Staab said. in against Drexel.” with her fifth The Knights on the season played their meredith long to provide a first shootout of head Coach spark for the the season FriKnights 22:41 day against Vilinto the game. lanova (3-8, 0-3). Villanova back Maddy HardFreshnock, freshman midfielder Ashpal Kaur Bhogal and senior ing increased the Wildcats’ lead at back Laura Rose all were effective the halfway mark of the first half, in getting the ball past Wildcats capitalizing on forward Jessica Swoboda’s penalty corner. It was goalkeeper Julia Todd. Hayes stopped three of the Harding’s fifth goal of the season. Wildcats forward Leah High four shots she faced during the shootout to secure a 3-2 win scored eight minutes into the game when she snuck a cross for Rutgers. Hayes relieved senior goal- from midfielder Lauren Wilson keeper Sarah Stuby at the start of past Stuby. It was also Rutgers’ first Big the second half when the Knights went down, 2-1. She played 80 East win this season, following minutes, including both over- losses to Connecticut and Temple. times, and stopped two shots withFor updates on the Rutgers field out allowing any goals. “She played so well and played hockey team, follow @TargumSboth overtimes and made two ports on Twitter.

the first time he and his brother — senior defensive end Jamil Merrell — will play at the same time this season. Jamil Merrell missed the Knights’ first two contests with a lower leg injury sustained late in preseason camp. It was only with his brother injured that Jamil Merrell made his way back into the defensive line rotation. Redshirt freshman middle linebacker Steve Longa is well aware of

the potential both bring when on the field together. He especially felt the effects of Jamal Merrell’s absence, as Longa said his return will undoubtedly ease the pressure on the linebacking core. “It’s great. We got the two brothers now,” Longa said. “The energy and excitement is awesome now. We’re happy they’re back. We missed him very much and we know what he’s capable of doing. He makes big plays.” Even though the Knights’ linebackers have held their own since Jamal Merrell’s injury, his return could not have come at a better time. Rutgers’ front seven will garner the task of containing Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who Flood said is highly effective in getting the ball downfield even after the play breaks down. Flood said after practice Sunday

night that Bridgewater is one of the better quarterbacks in the country. Anything less than a No. 1 overall draft choice in next year’s NFL Draft would shock him. Jamal Merrell’s biggest responsibility may be to generate pressure against Bridgewater, or at least prevent him from making plays after contact. Despite not being able to perform that role in the Knights’ last three games, the lack of playing time this season has not discouraged him. “I’m not just focused on me,” Jamal Merrell said. “With football comes injuries, so I was just there for my teammates and my linebacking core.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow NP@TargumSports.


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IMPROVEMENT Strong play in middle gives Rutgers defensive presence despite four straight losses continued from back While Cloyd has played fewer sets than the other two, she still ranks second with .97 blocks per set. Matthews leads with one per set while Andreassian ties for fifth in the AAC in total blocks with 54. “Rachel and Mikaela have been doing a great job for us this year,” said assistant coach Rachel Refenes. “They are always available to hit. They are aware of the tendencies of the attackers and can communicate that to the whole team.” Middle blockers play a pivotal role if their opponent is strong from hitting near the pins, like Sept. 29 against Southern Methodist. The Knights position their blockers toward the outside in an attempt to prevent scoring from the opposing outside hitters. In the case of the Mustangs match, Rutgers allowed most of SMU’s kills or attacks to successfully land from the opposing middle blockers, while the outside hitters were relatively less successful. “We, as a team, always tr y to remain neutral on the middles of the opposing team,” Matthews said. “When they kick it to the outside, we are a tr ying to recover and block the shots by their hitters.” Blocking can also lead to other success. As much as a blocker looks to emphatically return attacks with a spike while keeping the possession on the other team’s side, it can also decelerate the attack of the opponent. If an opponent crushes an attempted kill, a middle blocker can block it and slow down the ball while still allowing their team three chances to attack themselves. For example, the Knights were relatively successful Sunday against Central Florida, which leads the AAC in hitting percentage and kills, in this regard. Rutgers was able to slow down UCF’s hitters, allowing them only a .230 hitting percentage — significantly lower than the team total of .297.

Sophomore middle blocker Mikaela Matthews averages one block per set, which leads Rutgers. Assistant coach Rachel Refenes said both Matthews and junior middle blocker Rachel Andreassian have performed well this year. NOAH WHITTENBERG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Rutgers also neutralized outside hitter Angelica Crump, who currently leads the AAC in kills and is top 10 in hitting percentage. Crump came up with only six kills while hitting .143 in the matchup.

The Knights forced UCF to attempt many kills with their hitters, but did not allow them to score. It gave Rutgers chances to win the first and last sets, but they lost both, 25-21 and 2519, respectively.

Of fensive consistency is the issue. The blocking has been a major point of success, but if the of fense can star t to play successfully of f of these second chances, the Knights will improve.

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WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RUTGERS PLACES 25TH AT PAUL SHORT INVITE

Invitational performance displeases head coach By Conor Nordland Contributing Writer

With unseasonable heat and unfamiliarity with the course, the Rutgers women’s cross countr y team struggled in the 40th annual Paul Shor t Invitational last weekend. Rutgers placed 25th among 45 teams in the Brown Race. Sophomore Paige Senatore paced the Knights, placing eighth. Consistency and improvement were two of the Knights’ main goals in this event, but the results that they fielded were far from the team’s standard. “As far as a team per formance, we weren’t hap-

py,” said head coach James Robinson. “We struggled with the weather conditions as well as the competition.” It was more than 80 degrees for the star t of the race and Robinson knows that his team was unprepared for it. “It was a brutal day in terms of weather and per formance,” Robinson said. “There weren’t many positives overall.” Still, Robinson was not looking for excuses regarding his team’s overall ef for ts. “You look to improve as the season goes on, not regress,” he said. Senatore and freshman Kaitlyn Bedard were among Rut-

gers’ only bright spots. Posting a time of 21:57, Senatore accomplished her goal of

“... We’re going back down to a 5K at the [Metropolitan Championships], so I think we’ll be more enegetic.” JAMES ROBINSON Head Coach

getting her time well less than 23 minutes in 6K competitions.

As for Bedard, this was her first 6K. She posted a time of 24:03, which put her in 128th place overall. “I thought she ran well for her first 6K,” Robinson said. “She has put together a ver y respectable freshman campaign so far.” Senior Rashmi Singh (24:06), junior Allison Payenski (24:12), junior Felicia O’Donnell (25:03) and freshman Nisa Cicitta (25:41) rounded out Rutgers. The Knights are now famililar with Lehigh’s course, which will be ver y beneficial Nov. 15 for the District II Championships.

“The purpose of us attending the competition was for the team to preview the course,” Robinson said. Next up for Rutgers is Friday’s Metropolitan Championships in the Bronx. “We’re going back down to a 5K at the METs, so I think we’ll be more energetic,” Robinson said. The Knights will have a few new runners there, which will also help the team’s overall per formance. For updates on the Rutgers women’s cross country team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.


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RU coach competes in tourneys By Sean Stewart Contributing Writer

Rutgers head women’s golf coach Maura Ballard recalls the day she was introduced to golf. Her mother had taken her to an LPGA event in nor thern New Jersey and she found herself in awe of the professional lifestyle. From that day on, Ballard knew golf would become a large par t of her life. She just did not think it would be teaching it. “I never dreamed I would be a golf coach. I always thought I was going to be a player,” Ballard said. “Coaching was just this fun hobby I had and then as time went on I enjoyed it. … And it’s been ver y fulfilling and has created a career for me now.” Ballard became the par t-time head coach of the Rutgers men’s golf team following a strong college career at the school. She was a letter winner from 1984-1987. Ballard won the 1986 Yale Invitational and posted several topthree finishes. She also experienced success beyond the collegiate level. She won the 1991 WMGA Better Ball Tournament with par tner Mar y Eichhorn as well as the New Jersey State Amateur Championship in 1992. Ballard is currently in her 21st season as the Scarlet Knights head coach but still competes at a high level as a player. Her most recent win was at the Garden State Pinehurst Championship in 2008 with par tner Ann Prober t, along with finishing runner-up in the 2009 New Jersey State Women’s Amateur Championship. Winning Big East Coach of the Year in 2005 while still playing brings not only her competitive experience to her athletes but also a great knowledge of the game of golf. “I would say the main thing she has taught me is that golf doesn’t define you as a person,” said sophomore Samantha Moyal. “It’s just a par t of you and what I do on the golf course doesn’t necessarily reflect on me as much as it used to.” Despite a successful career coaching, Ballard has no intentions of calling it quits anytime soon. The Flemington, N.J., native believes there is still plenty of growth to come and that the move to the Big Ten provides the per fect step for Rutgers to become one of the elite golf programs in the countr y. “You couldn’t ask for a better scenario for Rutgers at this point in time, perfect timing,” Ballard said. “As I continue to coach with the team down the years, things are just going to keep getting better and better as time moves on and I’m really excited to be a par t of all this growth right now.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s golf team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.

Redshirt freshman right guard Chris Muller, right, has been part of an offensive line that has allowed 14 sacks through five games. Muller said he made “freshman mistakes” Saturday against Southern Methodist. ENRICO CABREDO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Muller’s exit allows time to reflect, rest By Josh Bakan

that I just need to focus on my fundamentals and keep where they’re at and just knowing that they’re ver y intelligent and they’re ver y eased during the moment,” Muller said. “So I just need to work on that.”

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Head football coach Kyle Flood overhauled a 2012 offensive line that allowed 11 sacks all season. This year, the Scarlet Knights have allowed 14 sacks through five games. Because of the unit’s inconsistency Saturday against Southern Methodist, Flood replaced a new starter with an old one. Senior Antwan Lower y took over for redshirt freshman right guard Chris Muller in the second half. “I just felt like we were a little bit inconsistent up front and that’s not all Chris Muller’s fault,” Flood said yesterday. “But we just felt, ‘Hey, let’s get Antwan in there. He’s played a lot of football for us,’ and we could give a young guy just a chance to take a deep breath and look at what’s happening on the field.” Removing Muller also allowed him some rest before the short practice week for Thursday against No. 8 Louisville. Flood, Rutgers’ former offensive line coach, gambled with the unit by switching the starter at every spot except junior center Betim Bujari last spring. Senior Andre Civil regained his starting right guard position out of training camp, but Muller has maintained the job since taking over Aug. 29 against Fresno State. Sometimes the gamble has not paid off. “I just made some really bad freshman mistakes [against SMU],” Muller said. “I just need

Unless

Scout team quarterbacks Chris Laviano and Blake Rankin have attempted to replicate Teddy Bridgewater, above, in practice. NOAH WHITTENBERG / FILE PHOTO/ NOVEMBER 2013

to be the aggressor and use the right fundamentals.” Lower y, who only allowed a sack last year against Pittsburgh, eliminated the rookie mistakes. No matter how demoralizing it might have been to get benched his senior year, he stayed prepared for such a moment. “We as a collective unit have to come in and do extra work,” Lower y said. “Guys have to be on the same page. There’s no, ‘that

was my bad, that’s my mistake.’ Guys got to be on the same page because [junior] Gar y [Nova is] a great quarterback and we need him to be the same.” Muller will start against Louisville, and Flood said Lower y might not even be available because of an ankle injur y. But with Lower y and Civil behind him, it still feels like a position battle to Muller. “Lower y and Civil are both such veteran players and so strong and fundamentally sound

Louisville

quarterback Teddy Bridgewater transferred, duplicating his production in practice would be impossible for Rutgers. But scout team quar terbacks Chris Laviano and Blake Rankin have replicated Bridgewater’s style, despite its obvious dif ficulties. “What you can’t really duplicate are the broken plays that he turns into big plays of offense,” Flood said. “That’s where you’ve just got to be physical in what you do and not uncover a receiver that was previously covered.” Bridgewater also runs sometimes, with 38 yards on 15 attempts, and much of the Knights’ strategy is stopping the run. Louisville has 906 rushing yards through five games this year. Since Flood took the helm in 2012, Rutgers is 12-2 when outrushing its opponent and 2-2 when it does not. “A statistic to us that’s proven over time to win games is rushing yards,” Flood said. “And if we can limit teams in their rushing yard categor y, our chances of winning go way up.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.


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OLB returns for RU after kidney injury By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor

Senior forward Danielle Freshnock scored the game-winning goal in Sunday’s upset victory against Drexel. Freshnock’s efforts in her past two matches aided the Knights in collecting their first weekend sweep of the year. TIAN LI / FILE PHOTO / SEPTEMBER 2013

Rutgers topples No. 16 Drexel By Justin Lesko

at No. 16 Drexel, coming out with a 1-0 win against the Dragons. Senior forward Danielle Freshnock continued an impressive weekend with the game’s only goal. She dribbled into Drexel’s circle and placed the ball under a sliding Jantien Gunter’s pads into the back of the cage. “We knew we could [beat a ranked team and] knew we had it in us,” said head coach Meredith Long. “It was just a matter of the team gaining confidence, which I think they

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The Rutgers field hockey team was able to accomplish two things they have eluded this season last weekend in Philadelphia — beating a ranked team and winning both its games in a weekend. The Scarlet Knights (6-5, 1-2) carried momentum from Friday into Sunday’s game

did in the Lafayette win and that carried over into the Villanova game. There was no doubt in their mind that they were not coming off that field with anything less than a win.” The Dragons (8-3) had not lost at home before this game and pressured the Knights from start to finish. They outshot Rutgers, 7-0, in the first half and 17-4 overall. Freshman goalkeeper Shevaun Hayes

Jamal Merrell did not think he needed to wear street clothes during the Rutgers football team’s victory Saturday against Southern Methodist. It also was not the only game the senior linebacker felt he did not need to sit out because of an injury. “I felt I was ready to go for every game, but we have the best medical staff and it was up in their hands and I trust them,” Merrell said. Merrell was medically cleared this week for the Scarlet Knights’ Thursday night matchup against No. 8 Louisville, with head coach Kyle Flood fully confident Merrell has healed from a kidney injury sustained Sept. 7 against Norfolk State. Flood agreed with Merrell to an extent when it came to his availability, but he said it was not his own decision. He is even more confident Merrell can handle starter’s minutes, as the Bear, Del., native is listed as the Knights’ strong side starter. “I think he’s ready to go,” Flood said. “He has passed all the tests and qualifications that he needed to do get cleared. Physically he looked like he could’ve played last week but he wasn’t medically ready to play. Now he’s cleared and ready to go.” Not only will it mark Merrell’s first game action in more than a month, it will also be See injury on Page 13

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VOLLEYBALL KNIGHTS SHOW STRENGTH IN BLOCKING

Defense provides chance at improvement By Tyler Karalewich Staff Writer

The Rutgers volleyball team has little to brag about this season in terms of wins, but it can boast an impressive defensive effort put forth in many matches this season. The Scarlet Knights rank around the top in the AAC in the defensive categories of digs, blocks and opposing hitting percentage.

But if its offensive production is inept, the defense can only hold on for so long. The Knights fall into that category. Despite the production differences between the two, Rutgers obviously feel the defense’s importance. Blocking is just one stat line the Knights have been successful in on the defensive end. Rutgers’ success in this aspect of defense has resulted in neutralizing opponents’ strengths because they cannot attack certain areas.

The primary position that uses the block is from the middle. The middle blockers usually align themselves toward the front of the rotation toward the net and shift along that baseline to adjust accordingly to the opposing attack. Rutgers boasts strong middle blockers in junior Rachel Andreassian, sophomore Mikaela Matthews and freshman Lauren Cloyd.

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dished out his fourth assist of the season for the Rutgers men’s soccer team Saturday night in a 1-0 win against Hofstra. The sophomore midfielder leads the team with five goals, four assists and 14 points this year.

Jamal Merrell will start his first game since a win Sept. 7 against Norfolk State. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

Knights schedule

FIELD HOCKEY

MEN’S SOCCER

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vs Monmouth

at Connecticut

vs Houston

at Louisville

Tomorrow, 4 p.m. Bauer Track and Field Complex

Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Storrs, Conn.

Thursday, 7 p.m. Yurcak Field

Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Louisville, Ky.

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