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The Rutgers football team heads into Homecoming weekend with a 3-1 record. The expected return of true freshman quarterback Tom Savage highlights the Scarlet Knights’ matchup with Texas Southern.
Lt. governor candidates talk taxes, tummies BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
by Verbal Mayhem and an improvisational comedy group. After 5 p.m., the bands will begin appearing, including The N Result, who won the Battle of the Bands last year, and Yoon’s own band Shakedown, Inc. “The goal of the event is to attract people and have them enjoy performances by various artists, and while they are there, if
The state’s budget, high taxes and Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie’s weight were all on the table during last night’s first and only debate among New Jersey’s top three candidates for lieutenant governor. Speaking at Monmouth University, all three candidates did not expect the moderator’s question referencing a New York Times article analyzing the unattractive images of Christie used by the Corzine campaign in television ads. The question — for Democratic candidate State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen — was whether she thinks Christie is overweight. “I don’t think that there are too many of us in this race who could make it into ‘The Bachelor’ or ‘The Bachelorette’ programs on television,” Weinberg said. While she said weight is not an issue in the election, she did not refer to the advertisement. Republican candidate Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County sheriff, said the television ads are a complete distraction from the real issues at hand — the state’s budget and economy. “In terms of Christie’s weight, I think the cat’s out of the bag,” Guadagno said. “He’s been in public service for seven years.”
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Rock the Vote member Jean Rodriguez, right, registers School of Pharmacy student Quinnetta Williams at Quad I on Livingston campus yesterday during the organization’s “dormstorming” to encourage all students to register for the Nov. 3 elections.
Group ‘rocks’ to register student voters BY CAGRI OZUTURK ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
For those about to rock the vote, organizations across campus salute you. University student groups are working to register voters as the Tuesday deadline to register to vote for the gubernatorial race looms. Organizers of Rock the Vote are holding a 10-hour event at the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue
INDEX UNIVERSITY The executive publisher of Science magazine speaks to the University on discrepencies between scientific and public belief in theories such as evolution.
OPINIONS Check out this week’s laurels and darts. A woman had a pet bear that attacked her. Did we dart the woman or laurel the bear?
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campus Monday that includes live bands, free food, a comic group and tables to register to vote. “The upcoming gubernatorial will directly affect this student population more than the presidential election,” head organizer Jack Donggu Yoon said. “It doesn’t matter who you vote for but that you do vote.” The event, which will begin at 12 p.m. and run until 10 p.m., will feature poetr y
Festival, fireworks, food to kick off Homecoming ’09 BY ARIEL NAGI CORRESPONDENT
Excitement is stirring around campus as the University community prepares for this year’s Homecoming festivities. This weekend, Homecoming will take over the University with several events sponsored by the Rutgers University Alumni Association, said the RUAA’s Director of Reunions and Homecomings, Michael Rutkowski. Rutkowski said he hopes there will be a large tur nout for the kickof f festival. “I hope [students] and all of their friends come out,” Rutkowski said.
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As a response to criticism about the $20,000 allotted retreat, the Rutgers University Student Assembly passed a series of resolutions last night, including implementing the expired code of ethics, adding a mechanism to approve expenditures and advocating community service. “These bills address something we needed,” Assembly Chair Werner Born said. “They weren’t there to make up for anything, but I think they did show that as a body,
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The Glee Club performs above at Homecoming 2008. This year will feature the football game, fireworks, screening of the Disney Pixar’s “Up” and a comedy show featuring Joel McHale of E!’s “The Soup.”
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“Everything is going to be free but the food — it will be a good time.” The “Kickoff Festival and Pep Rally,” beginning at 3 p.m. at Bucceleuch Park, will feature an appearance from the football team, game booths run by Greek Life, fireworks at 7 p.m. and an outdoor screening of Disney and Pixar’s “Up,” said Director of Student Centers and Programs Anthony Doody. “Up” was chosen for its cross-generational appeal. Students can also take their Homecoming spirit to an after party at the “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” dance party at 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose
we can be progressive and continue to move for ward.” Both University Affairs Chair Ben West and Born authored all resolutions. At the assembly meeting, held at the Student Activities Center last night on the College Avenue campus, the first resolution passed was the code of ethics, which expires every semester. Every newly-elected assembly body must adopt their own code of conduct, according to the resolution language. “For me, it was a direct response to the concerns student raised toward the retreat,” said West, a Rutgers College
senior. “Students raised a lot of valid concerns about the way in which this retreat was approved, the way the retreat was not directly serving the Rutgers community, and within RUSA, there was concern about the way in which this was being discussed.” He said they cannot take back what happened with the retreat. “I’m hoping that a similar situation won’t happen in the future through the measures we enacted,” West said. “Students should still make sure that we are held accountable for these issues. Students should ask the right questions; we should hold our leaders accountable.”
The second resolution that passed was an amendment to the standing rules of the assembly, for the assembly treasurer to create a budget for any funding allocated by the campus or professional school councils. In order for use by the assembly, one or more councils must be approved by the assembly before any money is used. “The standing rules amendment was to address a lacking, to address something we didn’t have,” said Born, a School of Engineering senior. “The policy we had in place didn’t cover this
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Zimmerli showcases individual talents in late night exhibit BY AMBIKA SUBRAMANYAM CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The University is the home of one of the three largest college museums in the country, and the Zimmerli Student Advisor y Board is working to expose students to the various forms of art found at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. The ZSAB hosted its second “First Wednesdays — Art After Hours” of the year Wednesday at the museum. ZSAB Chair Mary Greene, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, thinks the University has a great art resource within the museum, as well as a place for students to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. “We want the [‘Art After Hours’] events to show students how great [the] Zimmerli is, and to make them comfortable enough to just come in on any afternoon and enjoy the atmosphere and the people,” Greene said. The evening started off with a performance from School of Arts and Sciences senior Ross Lippencott, guitarist of The N Result. “We decided to have [Lippencott] back as a solo artist this month so we could also showcase his individual talents,” she said. Following Lippencott’s performance, attendees could choose between going on tours of exhibits in the museum, watching a film or attending the poetry showcase. Alfredo Franco, the museum’s education curator, chose to screen the film “Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story” by producer/director Janet Gardner
because he thinks her movies are not only interesting and educational, but also deliver important messages, he said. Peter Cooper symbolizes a time of transition for the American economy, from small shops to larger corporations, said Princeton University Professor Sean Wilentz. Cooper played an important role in that transition, building large, successful companies by never fearing to take risks, Wilentz said. He lived his life with great social responsibility and took his self-made wealth and gave it back to the community, which is something we can all learn from. The Zimmerli’s Community Relations Coordinator, Rebecca Brenowitz, said the audience seemed to love the movie. “It was nice that people were inspired to change their lives based on the life of a man living almost two centuries ago,” Brenowitz said. “First Wednesdays — Art After Hours” also featured an open mic and poetry showcase. School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Angela Chien and Amber Mirza, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, shared a variety of their own compositions, from sonnets to soliloquies to songs. Rutgers College senior Jewel Lim said it was great seeing such talent among her fellow students. “This is my last semester at Rutgers. I wish I had known about this and gotten more involved; everyone was so expressive and moving,” Lim said. “It makes you realize that there are beautiful souls out there.” School of Engineering junior Mike Maffei was also impressed by the amount of talent and diversity
of University students. After performing a cover of a song, he decided to sing one of his own compositions. “I know I’m not as lyrically inclined as all of you here, but I’ll give it a go,” he said. In addition to University students and the New Brunswick community, the ZSAB also invited East Brunswick High School seniors to experience Art After Hours, Brenowitz said. “We had about 60 EBHS students here tonight. … [We] were really excited to show them how much Rutgers has to offer in addition to great research, fun sports and strong academics, she said.” EBHS senior Khyra Lammers called the experience bizarre. “It was weird, in a good way, to be in such a cool museum, but still knowing you’re in a college,” Lammers said. “I feel like I should be in New York City or something.” Attendees were able to take tours of exhibits throughout the night. The ZSAB chose to conduct tours of the “Trailblazers of the 21st Century” exhibit, one of Zimmerli’s newest exhibits, as well a “Highlights of the American Gallery” tour, which board members chose because they don’t think enough people visited and appreciated the American gallery, Greene said. “I really liked the American wing, we heard interesting stories about the paintings and the histor y behind it,” Lammers said. All in all, the event was successful in the eyes of the ZSAB, Greene said.
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Dakota Wallace, left, and Jenny Csatari, right, view the “Box of Color” exhibit Wednesday at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.
“We’re always trying to get more students into the museum, and I think we’re really making progress,” she said. One of the main objects of the Student Advisory Board is to gain a strong following in the monthly events organized at the museum, Brenowitz said. “Tonight was really special, we showcased all aspects of ar t, from film to poetr y to paintings to photographs,” she said.
The next “First Wednesdays – Art After Hours” will be on Dec. 2, but members of the ZSAB hope students will first attend their Masquerade Ball on Nov. 7, Greene said. “I don’t think Rutgers has many events as formal as the one we are planning,” she said. “Hopefully people will get dressed up in their finest, and come out to experience something like the [Metropolitan Museum of Art’s] Costume Ball.”
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VOTERS: Yes We Can 2.0
Yes We Can 2.0 has been active in registering voters throughout last month. to provide vote-by-mail forms “Yes We Can 2.0’s main purpose is to get the youth vote out continued from front by asking students to vote by they haven’t registered to vote mail,” group organizer Katie they will be given the opportuniHubschmitt said. “It’s the only ty,” said Yoon, a School of Arts way to guarantee that young peoand Sciences sophomore. ple will have their voice heard.” The number of ar tists They will be supplying vote appearing may increase as by mail applications and assistMonday approaches but they ing students in voter registrawill have enough material for 10 tions, she said. hours, he said. “We’re going to help students Multiple apply for a vote by groups including mail ballot, so “If we want Yes We Can 2.0, they can vote New Jersey Public here at the school New Jersey to pay Interest Research on their own time more attention ... that or without the Group, The R o o s e v e l t of going to will only happen if we hassle Institute, Rutgers the polls,” said U n i v e r s i t y make our voices heard Hubschmitt, a Democrats, School of Arts through our vote.” R u t g e r s and Sciences senLiber tarians, ior. “It’s imporLONNIE AFFRIME Democracy tant for students President of the Roosevelt Institute Matters, Rutgers to vote in this University election because Student Assembly, RU Voting, Asian last election we turned out in masStudent Council and Alpha Phi sive numbers. Now, we want to Alpha are cosponsoring the event. prove that young people are an “The upcoming governor’s important voting block in this race will be ver y close, and it country, which will force politiwill be important for young votcians to pay attention to us.” ers to come out,” said Alex Rock the Vote will bring the Holodak, RU Democrats presiimportance of voting to students, dent and School of Arts and said President of the Roosevelt Sciences senior. “If they only Institute Lonnie Affrime. come out for presidential elec“If we want New Jersey to tions, our issues on a local level pay more attention to higher will not be addressed.” education, Pell Grants and lowMost of the groups in the RU ering tuition rates, that will only Voting Coalition are sponsoring happen if we make our voices the event, but they may get heard through our vote,” said more sponsors before the event, Affrime, a School of Arts and Yoon said. Sciences senior.
FESTIVAL: 5K charity race to wrap up Homecoming continued from front Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus for just $5 at the door, said Lori Smith, associate director of Rutgers University Student Life. The RUAA will finish up Friday’s festivities with a “Young Alumni Beer Tasting and Dinner,” which also requires registration, Rutkowski said. Tomorrow, the football team will square off against Texas Southern University at 3:30 p.m. at Rutgers Stadium. Sara Abdelmottlib, a transfer student, said although she does not know much about football at the University, she is still excited for the Homecoming activities and the football game because they will help her learn more about the University’s spirit.
“I’m a transfer student and I’m really still trying to get adjusted,” said Abdelmottlib, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “But I am planning on going to the game Saturday.” Before the game, the University community can participate in walking tours of the Old Queens campus and Voorhees mall at 10 a.m. on the College Avenue campus, Rutkowski said. Registration is required. There will be a Graduate School of Education Alumni Association information table at Scarlet Square on Busch campus and a pre-game tailgate party, Rutkowski said. During the football game, RUPA will announce the Distinguished Man and Woman of the Year Award recipient, awarded to two University students. “It’s an award for upper-class students to recognize their balance of achievement in academics, student involvement [and more],” Smith said.
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Weinberg said there is a difference between personal attacks and revealing the true character and policies of one’s opponent. “There’s been some negative campaigning, but there’s also the campaigning that talks about who opponents really are,” she said. Guadagno said campaigns bring out the worst in politicians because they are fighting for the residents of New Jersey. “In New Jersey, politics is a blood sport and we understand that when we get in the game,” she said. Independent candidate Frank Esposito, a Kean University professor, also disagreed with the negative campaign tactics used by both parties as a way to divert from discussing the real issues. Aside from Christie’s weight, one of the more serious topics discussed the state’s economy and taxes, as N.J. has the highest property tax in the country. All three made statements that corresponded with those of their respective gubernatorial candidate, repeating much of the information expressed during last Thursday’s gubernatorial debates. Weinberg referenced the record of the Corzine administration, failing to express specific policy plans. “We’ve already done what we can do in a really tough economic time,” she said, which includes cutting 8,000 state workers, reducing the budget by $4 billion and keeping property tax rebates for selected residents.
Weinberg said shared services among municipalities, school districts and law enforcement agencies would also cut the budget. A decrease in government spending, not budget cuts, is needed, Guadagno said. The Christie administration would examine every state statute to remove wasteful spending tactics, such those found in many unfunded mandates. She said cleaning wasteful government spending would help offset the state’s $8 billion deficit. Esposito agreed. “We could cut ever y state worker in N.J. and not meet the budgetary shortfall were facing next year,” he said. The Daggett/Esposito plan would work within the tax system to solve the budget crisis, slashing property taxes 25 percent across the board. This would balance the system, keeping residents in the state and driving up competition. He said his administration would consider an increase on the tax for gasoline to replete the Transportation Trust Fund, which provides money for roads and highways. “We need to find ways — and it may well be through an increase of gas tax to replenish that trust fund,” Esposito said. The Christie/Guadagno campaign opposes an increase of the gas tax, Guadagno said. “We really have to move the state away from relying on taxes,” she said. Her administration would not raise taxes, as she said high taxes drive people out of the state. Weinberg said it is the job of the governor to balance the state budget.
“When we look at next year’s budget, I think everything would be on the table,” she said. But Weinberg said the increase is not on the governor’s agenda as of now. Last night’s debate was the only one to be held for the lieutenant governor candidates this election season, but it was historical as it was the first. Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics Ruth Mandel said the state created the position — found in 43 states, including New Jersey — for many reasons. “The lieutenant governor position was created so that New Jersey had a statewide elected official in place ready to step in if the governor was incapacitated or resigned,” she said. She said another reason for creating the role was to have the acting governor be someone elected by the entire state, because the president of the Senate — who steps in for the governor — is not. The president of the Senate would also maintain his role in the legislature if asked to step in, creating a separation of powers issue, Mandel said. For this position, the election is historical for another reason: since two out of the three lieutenant governor candidates are women, this is a high chance the first lieutenant governor in state history will be a woman, she said. “It’s about time that New Jersey will have a women elected to a statewide position,” Mandel said, as the state has had no female U.S. senators, only five female U.S. representatives and one female governor, Christie Todd Whitman.
Applicants will not only be competing for the title, but also for one of eight RUexpress Award prizes, Smith said. One $500 RUexpress prize each will be awarded to the Distinguished Man and Woman of the Year; $100 RUexpress prizes will be awarded to each of the remaining finalists. Students will also be able to get some laughs in at the “Homecoming Comedy Show” featuring Joel McHale of E!’s “The Soup,” according to the Web site. The show is set to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday at the College Avenue gymnasium. Homecoming weekend will wrap up on Sunday with a “Run for RAH 5K Charity Race” at Rutgers Stadium, an effort to support donations for Rutgers Against Hunger, according to the RUAA Web site. School of Arts and Sciences junior Sean Battle said although he was unable to get
tickets for the comedy show, it was one of the only events he was looking for ward to this Homecoming season. “I’m not really doing anything for Homecoming now,” Battle said. “If I were, I would be going to the comedy show, but unfortunately I didn’t get tickets in time.” School of Arts and Sciences junior Mona Dalia said she plans to attend a tabling event tomorrow, where she hopes to learn more about the festivities going on this weekend. “I am so excited for Homecoming,” Dalia said. “I can’t wait to see what entertainment they whip up. Everyone is talking about it.” But Mohsin Rafiq, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said he is not excited about Homecoming because he does not think the festivities are as fun as they used to be. “I’m honestly not too excited,” Rafiq said. “I think it’s not going to be what it used to be.”
The Homecoming happenings kicked of f Wednesday night with the second annual “Homecoming Bed Race” in front of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. The race was an ef for t to help donate umbrellas to New Brunswick public school students, according to the University’s Student Life Web site. Today there will be a Homecoming golf tournament from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; legacy admissions tours from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., which requires registration; Rutgers Experience panels from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and the annual “Kickof f Festival and Pep Rally,” sponsored by Student Life and the Rutgers University Programming Association. More information about Homecoming 2009 can be found at www.homecoming.rutgers.edu.
RUSA: Assembly commits
for Wards Campaign,” the assembly encouraged its members to support voting, get to the polls on Election Day and have a member inform the body on the progress of the campaign. “It was a sign of support by the body, which took care not to block out other student inputs,” said Legislative Affairs Chair John Aspray, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “The tone of the dialogue was that the RUSA members want to support the campaign but are cautious not to speak for all students in one voice.” The meeting ended with Assembly Parliamentarian Thomas Minucci urging members to read the assembly’s constitution and the standing rules. “Please read [these documents] — there are things you may not know about being on RUSA,” said Minucci, a Mason Gross School of the Arts sophomore.
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to community service project continued from front ordeal, and hopefully future bodies won’t have to run into this.” The last bill was to advocate for community service. The assembly passed a resolution committing to a service project with the Student Volunteer Council, with the expectation that all assembly and council members will partake in it. “A lot of students didn’t like the idea that we were spending the money for something internal, so this community service commitment is external, which will help do something for our community rather than for the body,” West said. The Yes for Wards campaign also gained the support of assembly. In the resolution, titled “Resolution to Support the Yes
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Expert promotes ‘evolving’ public reception of science BY JOHN WILDMAN
divide, society is unable to reap the full benefits that science has to offer,” Leshner said. Evolution is an issue that has School of Arts and Sciences caused tension for decades. junior Christine Mau thinks the Alan Leshner, chief executive issue of evolution exists, but is of ficer of the American not apparent. Association for the “Personally, I think tension Advancement of Science and the is present but not always apparexecutive publisher of Science ent. It’s an uncomfortable submagazine, gave a lecture ject so people don’t speak about regarding evolution’s impact on it,” Mau said. “I don’t think peoscience and society in ple’s core values are front of a crowd of 300 hampering anything people Wednesday going on in the classnight in the Douglass room, though my Campus Center. classes don’t really “The purpose of scideal with that a lot.” ence is to provide natExecutive Dean of ural explanations of the School of nature and workings Environmental and of the natural world, Biological Sciences whether you like the Robert Goodman said ALAN answers or not,” he thinks the LESHNER Leshner said. “That University’s location clause is a really contributes to the lack tough one.” of tension on the topic of evolution. Leshner argued there is a “There’s much less of that gap of understanding between [tension] here than other comscientists and the public. munities, like those in the South “Within science, evolution is and Midwest,” he said. understood to be a core princiLeshner said he wants scienple by ever ybody,” he said. “It is tists to employ a strategy he not controversial. The problem likes to call “glocal.” is the public.” “It means what it sounds like Sixty-one percent of the pub- — taking a global issue, making lic thinks humans and other liv- it locally meaningful,” he said. ing things have evolved “People only care about issues throughout time, as opposed to that affect them personally or 97 percent of scientists, affect them locally.” Leshner said. Leshner discussed ways to There is no aspect to mod- combat the disparity between the ern life that does not have sci- public and scientists. ence embedded in it one way or Scientists should be encouranother, Leshner said. In order aged and trained in how to for people to prosper in the speak to communities. he said. modern world, they need to The AAAS has an online trainhave a fundamental understand- ing site and holds workshops ing and comfort of science. around the countr y. He thinks tensions arise with“It’s an honor for such a distinin the public because science is guished person to come to our ver y expensive and scientific University and enrich us with issues are encroaching upon understanding of a controversial issues of core human values. subject,” said Rutgers College “This tension, this conflict senior Samar Shah. “He’s giving with values is in fact causing a us a new way to reconcile religion divide between science and the and science, treating them as difrest of society, and with that ferent domains.” STAFF WRITER
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t is like there is something new ever yday on ever yone’s favorite social networking site Facebook. Now, instead of just being bothered with the normal things that come up in your news feed, Facebook games that people play are starting to show themselves; instead of dealing with just friend requests, tagged pictures and bumper stickers, there are Mafia Wars, Werewolf and Farmville requests. Farmville is the newest craze where you build up your farm by planting crops and obtaining farm animals. How many times have you signed on to see that one of your friends now has an ugly duckling or a lonely cow? It is just another thing for users of the site to bombard their friends with requests for. People are so crazy with Farmville that they wake themselves up or need to make sure they make time to plant their beans or whatever the crop of the day is. Hopefully the craze dies down soon before ever yday when you log on you see updates from ever y friend on Facebook about their farm and animals. You joined the site to keep in touch with your friends, not learn about the stats on their virtual farm. For the sheer annoyance that Farmville can cause a person who has resisted the obsession, it receives dar ts. MCT CAMPUS
***** Lions and tigers and bears … oh my! People have some pretty crazy pets these days. You see some with monkeys and small wild cat-like creatures and you wonder what possessed them to get such animals. Was it to show of f? Those who have or are considering owning a wild animal as a pet better learn their lesson from this Pennsylvania woman. Kelly Ann Walz, a 37 year old from Allentown, Pa., was killed by her pet bear when she went to do a routine cage cleaning. Walz went into the bear’s 15-by-15-foot steel and concrete cage, throwing a shovelful of dog food to one side to distract the bear while she cleaned the other side. At some point the bear turned on her and attacked. It also came out through the investigation of her death that her husband was an exotic pet salesman with an expired license. Guess she should have thought twice before making a 350-pound bear her pet. Because this family failed to settle for a simple pet like a puppy or a kitten and her children had to witness such a terrible thing, they get dar ts. ***** With childhood obesity becoming a bigger problem for the children of America, Gov. Jon S. Corzine has proposed a get fit challenge for the kids of New Jersey. The governor’s Nutrition and Fitness Challenge, issued Oct. 2, of fers a six-week nutrition and exercise program in a Web site focused on kids 6 to 17 years old. The program wants to emphasize making healthy choices and living well. The program is reaching out to elementar y, middle and high school kids with information about the program through public-private par tnerships with all kinds of fitness and nutrition organizations. This new program receives laurels for its ef for ts to make healthy living easier and more fun for children. The challenge being six weeks long gives kids just enough time to establish a new habit. Hopefully they are motivated to get of f the couch and stop snacking on junk food and get up and go out to play. ***** The Busch campus administration banned bake sales in the Allison Road Classrooms building. The Pharmacy Governing Council announced at their meeting this week that because it is flu season and due to fear of spreading germs that no more food sales by organization could be done in the building. If students want to hold a bake sale or fundraiser they have to now go to the student center. Students who normally partake in the baked goods in the ARC are upset by this decision. They enjoyed the convenience these sales offered when they were running late and needed a cup of coffee or something to eat. It also is a disadvantage to the groups of students who hold the sales to raise money, because now in the student center they have to compete with all the other options students have to choose from for snacks. It seems like a pointless ban, since eliminating the sales from one building but allowing them in another doesn’t really stop whatever spreading of germs the administration fears. It is just moving the sales from one building to another. For the disadvantage they are giving to hungr y students and those tr ying to raise money for a good cause, the bake sale ban gets a dart.
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“I know I’m not as lyrically inclined as all of you here, but I’ll give it a go.” Mike Maffei, School of Engineering junior, on the amount of talent and diversity found in University students, after performing a cover of a song and one of his own compositions. STORY IN UNIVERSITY
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lamour magazine puberty, their self-esteem recently came out levels drop. The unrealistic with a campaign type of beauty that permetitled “Are You Ready to Start ates every wall and page a Body Image Revolution?” causes girls to “feel less conThe photo shoot featuring fident, more angr y and seven women “three to five more dissatisfied with their sizes larger than the models weight and appearance,” JOANNA CIRILLO you generally see in magaaccording to a recent study zines” will run in the magazine by Dove. The study shows next month. When looking on Glamour’s Web site at that 77 percent of girls think that they are ugly. If this article, directly to the right is a link for another artimore than two-thirds of girls are thinking this, who cle, “Exactly What To Eat To Lose Weight.” That is why are the ones who decide what pretty or ugly is? until photographing plus-sized models stops being a big Perhaps it is the “mad men” who airbrush and edit deal, our culture has yet to change its idea of beauty. the pictures we are surrounded with — about 3,000 If Glamour editors were so interested in promoting advertising messages a day, in fact. Twenty-four body acceptance among women, they would eliminate million people in the United States today have an all articles on “How To Look 5 Lbs. Thinner Instantly!” eating disorder and are damaging their bodies and and “Tips For a Flatter Stomach!” and if that ever does lives to fit into an ideal body, perhaps not even their happen, it will be a slow, slow overhaul. On the pages own ideal. adjacent to Glamour’s realistic models, there are still Dove came out with a campaign in 2004 similar to advertisements for SlimQuick pills and AbCrunch Glamour’s, called the “Campaign for Real Beauty.” machines. So now we are being Advertisements, video, workshops told to love our bodies no matter and sleepover events are all part of “If anything, what, but not to forget to buy the campaign to “celebrate the natthings to make us look better. Also, ural physical variation embodied by time has only brought there is much criticism about this all women and inspire them to have more outlandish campaign in regard to the ladies’ the confidence to be comfortable sizes. If the usual fashion model is and scandalous images with themselves.” In 2006, Dove a size zero to four, that means these even started a Self-Esteem Fund of women.” plus-sized women are size four to that funds programs and worknine — hardly the average women shops that give young girls a sizes editors are going for. healthy dose of self-esteem reality. Even if these steps are publisher Condé Nast’s Dove’s programs may not be groundbreaking but are reaction to four other publications being canceled one of the highest-profiled and biggest-named compaand trying to get more readership, they are still ny to start combating this problem. And to make any steps toward a world where women see a realistic headway in our culture, a lot more companies will have ideal in advertising. And these changes are more to think that consumers want to see real women. We necessary than ever. will know the pendulum is swinging this way when Women have gotten the short end of the advershowing realistic images is the norm and not a novelty. tising stick for decades. Ever since “Mad Men” was Hopefully, that swing happens before more comreal life, and men decided what we should look at in panies pay schools to plaster their advertisements our magazines, newspapers and advertisements, everywhere. It happens enough in many high schools women have been depicted as an unattainable ideal. and colleges already, in places where students are One would think with the advent of women’s rights supposed to be trained as better citizens and not betand civil rights, and now the fight for gay rights, ter consumers. Here at Rutgers, we do not have too along would come some body image rights. much advertising on our walls. In classrooms, there If anything, time has only brought more outlandish are the ubiquitous ads for study abroad sessions or and scandalous images of women. American Apparel, work for students. And there may be the occasional specifically, has ads featuring impossibly thin men and visit from a beauty company to campus willing to do women in provocative poses. They are often nude or your makeup. But until classrooms are sponsored by barely clothed, showing advertisements have procorporations and we have to sit through commercials gressed beyond selling a product, to selling consumers before lectures, which is not that far out, I think we an ideal and way of life. Beer commercials and print ads are doing all right. always seem to objectify women as well, often times So ladies, maybe it’s time we stop dieting and even showing the woman’s curves as the beer or bottle, start rioting. which makes the woman seem to be an object to be Joanna Cirillo is a School of Arts and Sciences sophhandled, consumed and at the mercy of the drinker. omore majoring in journalism and media studies. Her Women are not immune to the relentless stream column, “So Fresh So Green,” runs on alternate Fridays. of advertising we see everyday. Once girls reach
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Quality of education remains dismal Letter STEPHEN LEE
n my tenure working as a NYC Teaching Fellow in the South Bronx, I have seen plenty of humbling and discouraging school experiences. I have survived many things in the past two years along with the worst enemy to new teachers, my own doubt, but my patience and tolerance run thinner the longer I teach. I suppose my real question is, “Where is the educational reform?” We seem to invest heavily on military, failed banks, failed auto manufacturers and health care reform, but what about education? Why does it always seem to earn a backseat or no seat in the arena of domestic policy issues? Granted, I work in an area of extreme need, but the reality is that there are areas in America that the educational quality and rigor is worse than in the South Bronx. In many discussions I have had with close friends and relatives, I often compare the failures and pitfalls of the health care industry to the educational system in New York City. One of the reasons why both systems encounter failure is because they’ve lost sight of their historical origins. The historical foundation of both medicine and education used to be built on community-centered practices. Both disciplines relied upon community recruitment to promote better practices and propagate better living conditions, whether through improved health or through higher educational attainment. These acted as mutual and common goals that everybody benefited from. But today, both education and health care have become business ventures or services industries that operate for profit motives, political leverage or as elaborate daycare systems. Essentially, parents and patients have become consumers of pharmaceutical products or customers of educational services instead of being active participants in maintaining their health or educating their own children. Another similar pitfall is the illusion of accountability that exists in both systems. In health care, liability lawsuits create the illusion of medical accountability in terms of attacking doctors for unforeseeable medical outcomes. The same is true of educators, who are held accountable for everything that students cannot, have not, will not or refuse to learn, in which case the ultimate punishment is the school receives a “failing grade” and closes. What I find interesting is that the community has lost their voice in making decisions on educational issues, yet recent reformation movements have grown violently vocal on health care issues. As a disillusioned educator, I can only hope that once the health care system changes for the better that the focus will shift toward education. Otherwise I may succumb to my own doubts. Stephen Lee is a Rutgers College alumnus from the class of 2007. He is a New York City biology teacher.
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Second conference win in reach BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT
fter a tough time on the road for the Rutgers field hockey team last weekend against ranked opponents, it’s good to be home. The Scarlet Knights take on a familiar foe in Providence this afternoon at the Bauer Track and Field complex. Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou knows how dangerous the Friars can be, having played on the United States national team alongside Providence head coach Diane Madl. “Providence is a very good team and [Madl and I] are good friends,” Tchou said. “So it’s going to be a battle.” While Providence enters the game with a losing record of 47, they are stronger than the numbers would indicate. The Friars are on the bubble of being ranked in the top-20 nationally. Providence held the No. 19 spot just last week before a close loss to then No. 10 Boston College. “We have to clean up certain aspects of our play that we’ve struggled with throughout the season,” Tchou said. “We’re hoping to get better this weekend versus last weekend, which I think we’ll do.” — Steven Williamson
Rutgers women’s golf team plays on a course that the Scarlet Knights are intimately familiar with. The Knights will host the Rutgers Women’s Invitational today and tomorrow on the Rutgers University Golf course on Busch campus. After failing to finish in the top 10 in the Lady Paladin Invitational and the Nittany Lion Invitational, the team looks to get back on track at their one tournament at home. “It’s a great advantage to play at home,” head coach Maura Ballard said. “We obviously know the course well and the girls are really excited to play at home.” Team captain Jeanne Waters will need to put forth a strong performance for the team to achieve the results they are hoping for. Waters began the season at Bucknell, finishing third on the team. At Furman, she was able to return to form, shooting a 163 to finish first on the team. Last weekend at Penn State, Waters took a step backward in her progress. “I think the issue with Jeanne was swing mechanics, but she just had a great practice that put that behind her,” Ballard said. — Josh Glatt
attending the Rutgers football team’s Homecoming game against Texas Southern should know that Interstate 287 Northbound will be closed from the New Jersey Turnpike. — Sam Hellman
After successfully stopping a dangerous skid Wednesday night against Hofstra, the Rutgers volleyball VOLLEYBALL team will RUTGERS AT not get much of VILLANOVA, a break SUNDAY, 2 P.M. with a must-win Sunday afternoon at Villanova. Both teams have a 1-3 record in the Big East, but the Wildcats boast a 12-6 overall record — considerably better than the Scarlet Knights’ 8-10. But numbers don’t faze head coach CJ Werneke or his team. “I think [the record] just indicates that they’re a good team that has played well early on in the season,” he said. “I think that’s about all our staff and team will take from it. Every match is a new day of competition and what happened before doesn’t always indicate what happened that day.” The Wildcats come into Sunday with a three-game losing
streak, pending their game against Seton Hall. After getting swept by Big East conference rival Notre Dame, Villanova was unable to turn its game around and was defeated in a 3-1 decision against Delaware. RU simply has to increase that losing streak to four, according to Werneke. While the Knights have far exceeded expectations for the season, Werneke wants to push the rebuilding program one step further and aim for a Big East tournament berth — something that requires at least a .500 record in the Big East to gain access to. “Going 1-4 to start, that’s kind of an uphill battle to get to 7-7,” Werneke said. “Up on our calendar [the match against Villanova] is one of the matches we’re looking to win.” RU will have to look out for outside hitter Elysse Studzinski on the courts. The senior was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after her performances against DePaul and Notre Dame over the weekend. Studzinski hit for an intimidating .476 percentage
through the weekend, hitting 11 and 10 kills against the Blue Demons and the Blue Hens, respectively. Sophomore middle blocker Maggie Mergen and freshman outside hitter Krista Andersen will also pose serious threats to the Scarlet Knights’ defense. The duo served as key elements in keeping Villanova in its game against Notre Dame. “We’re going to have to know where those three kids are and entertain them,” Werneke said. “They’re going to get some kills, we just can’t have them have a career day on us.” A win puts the team at 9-10 and 23 in the Big East and would be huge for a team predicted to finish 14th in the preseason rankings. According to Werneke, if RU successfully plays with their three basics, the results will be more in the Knights’ favor. “When we’re at our best, we’re serving well, passing at a high level and playing some great defense,” Werneke said. “That’s the mark of this team this year and when we do those three things well, we’re going to be a competitive team.”
TITANS: Knights expect physical game from Irish continued from back After starting the year as the No. 3 team in the country, Notre Dame has lost to Santa Clara, North Carolina and Stanford. Most recently, they tied unranked Pittsburgh 3-3. “Regardless of what they’ve done this year, Notre Dame is ready to play everyday,” Guthrie said. “They’re a talented team. But we’re ready to play them; we’re so excited for this match. If we play well, we really have confidence that we’re going to come out on top.” Despite some new faces, Guthrie is not expecting Notre Dame to look much different from the last three times she has played them. She knows it’s going to be a physical, fast-paced and intense game. The only dif ference is that this year, Notre Dame will not be the only top10 team on the field tonight at Yurcak Field. “We’re both really good teams,” Anzivino said. “It’s just going to come down to who wants it more.”
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Scarlet Knights host Big East nemesis Fighting Irish tonight in battle of top-10 conference powerhouses BY CHRIS MELCHIORRE CORRESPONDENT
Jen Anzivino was in study hall when she found out. “[Junior forward] Ashley Jones looked it up on her phone and we kind of couldn’t believe it,” Anzivino said. It’s something the team knew it was capable of all season. As hard as it was to NOTRE DAME comprehend, it was true — the Rutgers women’s soccer NOTRE DAME AT team is the No. 10 team in the RUTGERS, country. TONIGHT, 7 P.M. “That was like the coolest thing I’ve ever heard,” said senior goalkeeper Erin Guthrie. “I think it’s so cool because there’s been so much adversity that’s been thrown at this team, and we were still able to make to the top 10.” The ranking is the first time in the history of the Rutgers women’s soccer program that the Scarlet Knights have cracked the top 10 — and what a week to do it. The Knights (9-1-3, 3-0-2) get their best chance of the season to solidify that spot tonight when they meet Big East foe and No. 8 Notre Dame at Yurcak Field. To say that Notre Dame (8-3-1, 4-0-1) has been a dominant team in the Big East would be a gross injustice to what Fighting Irish have accomplished in their 18 years in the conference. Notre Dame’s all-time record in the Big East is 146-7-5, with a 37-2-1 record in Big East tournament play. The Fighting Irish have a 57-game unbeaten streak in the conference. And, yes, they are the defending conference champion. “This game is huge for us,” said senior back Anzivino. “Notre Dame has always been a great team. And we’ve kept up with them but we’ve always been missing something. But I really feel like this year is our year.” Anzivino has reason to believe this might be the team’s year to knock off Notre Dame. Not only are the Knights in the midst of one the most successful seasons in program histor y, but Notre Dame is going through somewhat of a transition this season. They are a young team and — despite their ranking — the Irish look beatable.
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Senior back Jennifer Anzivino and the Scarlet Knights find themselves in the top 10 for the first time in school history. The Knights will be put to the test tonight against No. 8 Notre Dame, which has a 57-game unbeaten streak in the conference.
Knights hope to snap losing skid against DePaul BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Sophomore midfielder Sam Archer did not join the Scarlet Knights in yesterday’s to Queens due to disciplinary reasons, head coach Bob Reasso said. Rutgers lost to St. John’s 2-0.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to snap a three game losing skid tomorrow when the Scarlet Knights travel to Chicago for an afternoon MEN’S SOCCER matinee with DePaul. RUTGERS AT The Knights DEPAUL, come off a disSATURDAY, 2 P.M. appointing 2-0 loss at St. John’s and struggle to find consistent form. “We’ve lost three straight games and we haven’t scored in three straight games,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “We have another Big East game Saturday, so we have to get back to work and get ready to go.” Neither sophomore forward Ibrahim Kamara nor midfielder Sam Archer made the trip to Queens for what Reasso called disciplinary reasons. The offense struggled against the Red Storm without Kamara. The Nor th Br unswick product is also adept at holding the ball up, something RU was unable to do on a cold and windy night. “[The weather created] really tough conditions to play in,” Reasso said. “The wind was absolutely howling, and combine that with their really bouncy turf and it made for really challenging conditions. St. John’s is
ver y good at putting the ball in behind you and pressuring you, and that’s what they did all night.” Reasso said he hopes to have both players available for tomorrow’s match with DePaul. Junior defender Aly Mazhar marks another player not to make the trip to Queens. He is recovering from a concussion he suf fered a week ago. The Egyptian is questionable for tomorrow’s game. The Knights may also be fighting some fatigue. This is the second game in a stretch of three in seven days. “Everybody in college soccer has to do it so we can’t complain about it,” Reasso said. “We have to regroup and go out and get back on track [against DePaul].” The Blue Demons (6-5-0, 3-3-0) are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory against Cincinnati. Steffen Vroom scored the winner — his fifth goal of the season. RU (5-5-0, 3-3-0) holds a 2-1-1 advantage in the all-time series with the most recent contest ending in a scoreless draw at Yurcak Field. The Knights have slipped all the way to fifth in the Big East Red Division after starting league play with three straight victories. RU still has nine points, four off the pace of leader Louisville. DePaul also has nine points and sits in front of RU on goal differential.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm The Rutgers football team goes for its 600th victory tomorrow at Homecoming against FCS foe Texas Southern in its final tuneup before Big East play resumes.
CURE FOR THE ITCH True freshman quarterback Tom Savage is ready to return after the frustration of sitting out two weeks with a mild concussion. pg. G3
CHOPPING BLOCK RUâ€™s offensive line has its last opportunity to improve pass protection before Big East play resumes against Pittsburgh. pg. G4 JOHN PENA/ SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
G A M E DAY
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KnightsGameday RUTGERS VS TEXAS SOUTHERN
GAME 5: Rutgers vs. Texas Southern, Rutgers Stadium, 3:30 p.m. TV: SNY RADIO: 88.7 FM FAVORITE: Rutgers by 44.5
RU has lots to prove before Pitt BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
In a game that literally means nothing in the grand scheme of things, the Rutgers football team has a lot to do before the Scarlet Knights can walk out of tomorrow’s game against Texas Southern with their heads held high. RU is beat up on both sides of the ball, dying for production at the third wide receiver spot and trying to find a team identity before resuming Big East play in seven days against Pittsburgh. “What matters to me is that we have to get better,” said head coach Greg Schiano, on the fact that this game does not help the Knights in the BCS standings. “As I have said many times, the exams count more than the quizzes. Practices are a quiz and the games are exams. “We need to make sure that we come out and prepare this week and then go out and execute on Saturday, because no matter who you are playing, it is really only about your team. You can’t control the other team.” On the injury front, RU has a lot to deal with. True freshman quarterback Tom Savage (concussion), freshman wide receiver Marcus Cooper (undisclosed treatment), senior defensive end George Johnson (leg), junior defensive tackle Charlie Noonan (illness) and senior safety Zaire Kitchen (shoulder) were all limited in practice in some capacity, but are expected to play. “The bye week definitely helped,” Kitchen said. “I was bumped between the concussion in the first game and then my shoulder, but the bye week did a lot for me dealing with football information-wise and as a process of getting my legs back. “We’re definitely beat up as a team, but we need to continue to play at a high level.” Johnson, who hurt his leg recovering a fumble for a touchdown against Maryland, is questionable to go against the Tigers. “George has practiced all week,” Schiano said. “I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent but I think by Saturday, he’ll be good enough to go. He looked a little bit better each day.” Another concern for the RU offense is the No. 3 wide receiver spot that has still gone without a single catch since Cincinnati.
INSIDE the NUMBERS
SCARLET KNIGHTS (3-1)
TEXAS SOUTHERN (1-3)
PASSING CMP YDS TD INT. AVG. 0 135.8 T. Savage 53.1% 534 3 3 49.8 D. Natale 48.1% 199 0
CMP YDS TD INT. AVG. PASSING A. Nelson 60.5% 758 2 1 189.5
RUSHING NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. J. Martinek 67 360 3 61 5.4 42 198 3 57 J. Brooks 4.7 RECEIVING NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. 16 167 0 19 10.4 M. Sanu 15 358 1 68 23.9 T. Brown 81 0 46 40.5 2 D. Jefferson
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With the game against Texas Southern (1-3) likely to be out of reach by halftime, tomorrow provides an optimal chance to get new wide receivers involved for the Scarlet Knights (3-1, 0-1). “We’re obviously going to have a pecking order going into the game,” Schiano said. “I haven’t decided yet what that is. No one has clearly jumped out. “They’re young and they just have to keep developing, but we have several thirds. They’re just not playing at the level that the other two (Tim Brown and true freshman Mohamed Sanu) are.” Texas Southern, the second Football Championship Subdivision team to face RU this season, brings a potent quarterback-wide receiver tandem that could be problematic for the Knights. “They are interesting in that they have so many Division I (Football
Bowl Subdivision) transfers,” Schiano said. “I do not know what the exact number is, but they have a bunch of guys that have not played together. They started the season out, and then had a chance to learn off game tape, and then had a week to get ready for us, just like we did. They do a lot of things offensively, which makes it hard to match up and know exactly what they are going to do.” Quarterback Ar vell Nelson leads the team with 758 passing yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Brian Haith has 358 yards and a touchdown. “Brian came to us in the spring and he’s been with us for these four games and he’s been improving game after game with bounds and leaps of improvement,” said Texas Southern head coach Johnnie Cole. “We’re just ready for him to put it all together and we feel good about that tandem right now.”
RUSHING M. Gilbert J. Warren
NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. 3.5 21 74 0 18 2.2 22 49 0 11
RECEIVING B. Haith J. Anderson J. Warren R. Dixon
NO. 22 17 15 10
TKL SCK INT 1 1 25 R. D’Imperio 1 0 24 D. McCourty 0 4 14 J. Freeny INJURIES Probable — QB Tom Savage (concussion) Questionable — DE George Johnson (leg), DT Charlie Noonan (illness) Out — S Pat Kivlehan (leg), G Caleb Ruch
SCHEDULE Sept. 7 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 10 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 31 Nov. 12 Nov. 21 Nov. 27 Dec. 5
SCHEDULE Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 12 Nov. 28 Dec. 5
Safety Joe Lefeged forced two Maryland turnovers in Rutgers’ last game, tipping a pass for an interception and forcing a fumble in the endzone.
L, 47-15 Cincinnati W, 45-7 Howard W, 23-15 FIU W, 34-13 Maryland Texas Southern 3:30 p.m. 8 p.m. Pittsburgh 8 p.m. Army TBA Connecticut South Florida 7:30 p.m. TBA Syracuse TBA Louisville West Virginia TBA
YDS 358 117 159 68
TD 1 1 0 0
LNG AVG. 45 16.3 6.9 34 24 10.6 6.8 17
TKL SCK 39 0 39 4 16 0
R. Joseph D. Fulghum C. Thomas
INT 0 0 3
Prarie View A&M L, 17-7 Louisiana-Monroe L, 58-0
Texas College W, 75-6 L, 52-18 Texas State 3:30 p.m. Rutgers Jackson State 4 p.m. Alcorn State 2 p.m. 1 p.m. MV State Grambling State 8 p.m. 1 p.m. Pine-Bluff `1 p.m. Southern
Key Matchup Rutgers offensive line vs. Texas Southern pass rush With the expected return of true freshman Tom Savage from a concussion two weeks ago, it will be up to the Rutgers offensive line to protect its quarterback and make sure he’s healthy for Pittsburgh. Texas Southern has 10 sacks this season.
STARTING LINEUP: OFFENSE
TIM BROWN Wide Receiver
ANTHONY DAVIS Tackle
ART FORST Guard
RYAN BLASZCZYK Center
DESMOND WYNN Guard
KEVIN HASLAM Tackle
D.C. JEFFERSON Tight End
MOHAMED SANU Wide Receiver
TOM SAVAGE Quarterback
JACK CORCORAN Fullback
JOE MARTINEK Running Back
Senior 5’-8”, 210 lbs
Junior 6’-6”, 325 lbs
Junior 6’-8”, 310 lbs
Senior 6’-4”, 295 lbs
Sophomore 6’-6”, 290 lbs
Senior 6’-7”, 295 lbs
R-Freshman 6’-6”, 245 lbs
Freshman 6’-2”, 215 lbs
Freshman 6’-5”, 230 lbs
Senior 6’-1”, 230 lbs
Sophomore 6’-0”, 215 lbs
STARTING LINEUP: DEFENSE
GEORGE JOHNSON Right end
CHARLIE NOONAN Tackle
SCOTT VALLONE Tackle
ALEX SILVESTRO Left end
DAMASO MUNOZ Linebacker
RYAN D’IMPERIO Linebacker
ANTONIO LOWERY Linebacker
DAVID ROWE Cornerback
JOE LEFEGED Strong Safety
ZAIRE KITCHEN Free Safety
DEVIN McCOURTY Cornerback
Senior 6’-4”, 260 lbs
Junior 6’-2”, 270 lbs
Freshman 6’-3”, 270 lbs
Junior 6’-4”, 260 lbs
Senior 6’-0”, 220 lbs
Seinior 6’-3”, 245 lbs
Junior 6’-2”, 225 lbs
Sophomore 6’-0”, 195 lbs
Junior 6’-1”, 205 lbs
Senior 6’-2”,215 lbs
Senior 5’-11”, 190 lbs
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FIGHTING FIT Savage feels ready to go against Texas Southern after concussion sidelined true freshman quarterback two weeks ago vs. Maryland BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
It didn’t take Tom Savage very long to get the itch. That itch you just can’t scratch. After leaving a Sept. 19 game against Florida International with a concussion, the wait got worse and worse for the true freshman quarterback as he sat on the sidelines until doctors cleared him to practice. “Of course I just wanted to go out there and play,” Savage said. “It was just frustrating sitting out on the sidelines.” The waiting game worsened the next week against Mar yland when doctors deemed Savage unfit to play and forced him to sit on the sidelines and watch his offense struggle through three-and-ahalf quarters of sultr y weather and offensive miscues. “You could see it in his eyes that he wanted to be on the field, but he couldn’t,” said senior wide receiver Tim Brown. “He was dying to get in there, but he just couldn’t.” Then something changed. Team doctors proclaimed him fighting fit Wednesday of last week, and he retur ned to practice. “It’s been two weeks, so I just can’t wait to get back out there and start, especially with the crowd noise and ever ything. It’s going to be awesome,” Savage said. “I’ve been practicing lately and ever ything’s been going good, so I think we’re on point right now. I’m not that worried about [rust] yet.” Since Savage went out in the third quarter against FIU, the Rutgers offense has yet to score a touchdown through the air and has just five pass completions. Though all members of the Knights’ of fense say that it makes no dif ference who throws the balls, Savage’s return will certainly be a sight for sore eyes. “It’s a great thing to see our players get back healthy,” said junior tailback Kordell Young. “It’s always a good thing to see
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Team doctors cleared true freshman quarterback Tom Savage (7) to practice last week after he missed two weeks with a mild concussion. Barring any setbacks between yesterday and kickoff, head coach Greg Schiano said that he expects the Springfield, Pa., native to start. anybody get healthy that was hur t. Tom is a big par t of our of fense and a big par t of our team, so it’s definitely a good thing to have him. Tom’s a competitor, so he always wants to play. He wants to play through any injur y, just anything. He’s a tough guy, so he
definitely wanted to get back out there. It’s good to have him back.” Brown, who has made a season so far on connections with Savage by pulling in 358 yards and a touchdown, said that the two weeks of f has not hur t Savage in the least.
“Tom’s a tough quarterback and I knew he wasn’t going to stay out long,” Brown said. “Now he’s back, and he’s just got to get himself right to make the throws. He’s a great quarterback so he’s just got to keep making the throws, and he’s going to be all right. Now that he’s back, he just
has to lead the offense the way he’s capable of.” Missing a game-and-a-half does not sound that costly. Former quarterback Mike Teel missed time with his hurt thumb in 2007, but returned at full strength without showing signs of regressions. But Teel was a junior. Savage is a true freshman, just five months removed from high school. “I guess, just being young, that you have to always go out there and always practice and always play in games,” Savage said. “Every game experience I get is going to help me progress, so sitting out isn’t really a big help for me.” For Savage, the worst part was the waiting. Even during the bye week when he went home to Springfield, Pa., the insatiable urge to play ball followed him. “I wanted to go outside and have a catch with my brother, but my dad just told me to relax and take the bye week,” Savage said. “My mom was more of the ‘Make sure you listen to the doctor.’ My dad’s a hardnosed guy so he’s like ‘Get out there. Stop crying and get out there.’” Since the injury, Savage has watched the play over and over again to make sure it does not happen again. He doesn’t blame the helmet. He doesn’t think there was a dirty hit. It was just one of those freak things, he said, nothing like the crushing hit on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow last week. “I’m definitely lucky after that hit,” Savage said. “I didn’t take anything like that. It’s just part of the game. You can’t play scared. You have to still go out there. I won’t be afraid to run or anything because of the hit. Sometimes you have to learn when to get down and when to stay up.” And when asked if he plans to do things differently against Texas Southern, it appears that Savage learned his lesson. “I’ll definitely try and slide a little bit more [and] get down,” he joked.
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Rutgers’ offensive line has disappointed this season, leading the confe BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
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Ex-defensive lineman Desmond Wynn was inserted into the starting lineup prior to the Rutgers football team’s game against FIU.
Inexperienced Wynn adjusting to new role BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
Sophomore Desmond Wynn is a newcomer to the Rutgers football team’s offensive line, but he could be the one to fix it. Although all five starters remain from the unit that won seven straight games with the Scarlet Knights last season, the group struggled and did not remain intact. Sophomore guard Caleb Ruch went down, junior Howard Barbieri bounced between guard and tight end, and Wynn stepped in to become the new right guard. “I think the fact that Desmond Wynn is starting at the guard position [is a pleasant surprise],” said head coach Greg Schiano. “Not that I didn’t think he could, but I am glad that he is. That means he rose up.” Wynn’s insertion into the starting lineup against Florida International moved sophomore Art Forst to the left side of the line, but Forst believes Wynn is a suitable replacement at right guard. “He’s a very, very good athlete who physically does a lot of things well, and then learns and grows into the position,” Forst said. “He’s going to be an excellent, excellent player.” Although Wynn, a converted defensive lineman, is still learning the position, his curve has been tremendous. After moving to the offensive side of the ball last season, Wynn was named Most Improved Offensive Player during the 2009 spring practices. “I need to work on everything, because I’m nowhere near where I need to be or want to be,” Wynn said. “I’m still working hard every day with the older guys — [Kevin] Haslam, [Ryan] Blaszczyk, [Forst], they’re all helping me out every day.”
While Wynn continues to study the subtleties of offensive line play, his knowledge from the defensive side of the ball can help. “At times, I can see how a dlineman puts his hand or how his foot may be tilted just a little bit,” Wynn said. “Small things like that help me to know what they’re going to be doing at times.” But mostly, the 6-foot-6 Wynn leans on athleticism to get him through his trial by fire. “There are still so many things that are new to him,” Schiano said. “He is getting it, but his natural ability and his willingness to work right now are what are carrying him, because he does not have a whole lot of experience to call upon.” While the offensive line continues their effort to improve, Schiano said he hopes to keep the starting unit together. Still, Wynn feels like he is in an open competition with Barbieri to play right guard. “It never ends, but it keeps everyone working hard and at a high level,” Wynn said. “I like how we do that to each other, though, because I’m not getting comfortable with where I’m at. I’m still on edge, working hard and trying to get better every day.”
Find someone who expected this: Someone who said the five returning starters from the Rutgers football team’s 2008 offensive line would not start a game together this season. Someone who suspected a defensive lineman who played scout team last year would start at right guard. Someone who laughed at the “best offensive line in the Big East” and predicted they would lead the conference in sacks allowed after four games. Find that person, and tell him he wasn’t crazy. He was right. The Scarlet Knights’ offensive line, expected to anchor the inexperienced offense, proved to be nothing but a question mark through the first third of the season. “The offensive line is starting to come together a little bit, but we need to be better,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “We need to sustain the block for another step, then pass protection — we need to work on that. Our quarterback has been hit too much. We need to get better.” It has been the theme since the seasonopening loss against Cincinnati, and becomes even more important as Pittsburgh and a return to Big East play looms. Texas Southern’s pass rush is not the concern. The Tigers have 10 sacks through four games against Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) teams and ser ve as the final game test before the Knights must defend against pressure from the Pitt defense. In week one, Cincinnati dominated the RU offensive line, getting to the quarterback five times and holding the run game to just 50 yards. Although neither the Bearcats nor Pitt rank at the top of the conference in run defense, they are one and two in sacks, with Pitt ahead. That may not be on the mind of Rutgers’ linemen yet, but it will be soon enough. “We just focus on this week — it’s the Texas Southern season,” said senior captain and center Ryan Blaszczyk. “We have a whole week to prepare, so we just have to go out there, practice and get better.” Everyone acknowledges that the pass protection needs to improve. Through four games, RU has surrendered 12 sacks, holding only FCS team Howard without one. As a point of reference, the 2008 line —
Sophomore left guard Art Forst said earlier in the week that the Rut Rutgers quarterbacks have been sacked 12 times and the much-he one that struggled to find itself until the second half of the season when the unit clicked — allowed 19 sacks the entire year. “The quarterback’s been getting hit a lot more than we want,” Blaszczyk said. “As an offensive line, we take a lot of the credit for that. We have to continue our blocks and step it up.” The dangers of poor pass protection are illustrated
by the week three injur back Tom Savage, who and was sacked four Florida International. “Coach says it all the fail to make a block, ‘W there? How would you But Schiano, Blasz Art Forst all agree: Th the extra work during t
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erence in sacks allowed, must regroup before Big East play resumes
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tgers offense goes as its offensive line does. Thus far this season, eralded offensive line has struggled to live up to expectations.
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Blaszczyk said the unit had three very tough practices, in which sustained blocks and overall improvement were noticeable. “I would say we’ve improved on the details of our blocking,” Forst said. “Obviously, you have to protect your passer, but if you run the ball and put yourself in third-and-threes, it takes a lot off the pass rush.” The run game is an area that obviously developed over the first four games.
After the limited role the tailbacks played against Cincinnati, either sophomores Joe Martinek or Jourdan Brooks posted 100-yard rushing games each of the past three weeks. “The run game is definitely benefiting from the O-line,” said junior tailback Kordell Young. “They’re the anchors of the offense — they drive everybody else.” The strides are never more evident than when looking at the Maryland game. Martinek carried the ball nine times for just 17 yards through the first three quarters. But 10 carries in the final period were enough for 130 yards and the second consecutive game in which he broke the centur y mark. “I definitely think, if you look at the Maryland game, in the second half, we ran the ball better,” said Forst. “There are some little things, that if you get better at, you improve immensely. I think we’re definitely moving in the right direction.” In the four th quar ter of that game, Martinek scored on touchdown runs of 29 and 61 yards. Big play opportunities are something Schiano hopes the offensive line can continue to deliver. “When you run the football, you don’t always have ever y guy blocked,” Schiano said. “Sometimes there is a safety, or a corner that is not blocked, and that is the running back’s job [to beat him]. But our whole staff wants to get it to that unblocked guy and … see what we can do. We need to just keep working on that.” Putting in the work is not the hard part for the offensive line, according to sophomore right guard Desmond Wynn. Wynn is a former defensive lineman, who credits senior right tackle Kevin Haslam, among others, in helping him adjust. “As you saw at Mar yland, things started slow, but we just kept working and working and working,” Wynn said. “Then they got tired, but we kept working hard.” That work must continue. As meaningless as the Texas Southern game in terms of rankings, it is extremely important in terms of improvement. It is the last chance before a short week of practice to prepare for Pitt, who would already be in the RU backfield if they had the chance. In order to prevent that, the offensive line desperately needs to improve. “Our guys are working their tails off to get better,” Schiano said. “If we get better, … you will see the quarterback getting hit less, [and] you will see running backs getting to that unblocked defender more often. If we get better, you will see.”
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Junior left tackle Anthony Davis was on a number of preseason awards lists and is widely considered an NFL prospect.
All-Big East lineman unfazed by scrutiny BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
Anthony Davis is a 6-foot-6, 325-pound offensive lineman. “Massive,” “mauling” and “NFLbound” could all be used to describe the junior left tackle, but sophomore Art Forst refers to Davis as something else — a philosopher. “AD is a low-key guy,” Forst said. “He’s said to me a few times — he’s somewhat of a philosopher — he’s said he doesn’t understand why, just because he was gifted in a certain way, that people treat him differently.” They treat him differently by singing his praises. Last season, he was an All-Big East selection, a year after earning Freshman AllAmerican honors. In high school, he was an All-American, the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey and a top-100 recruit. For the Piscataway native, who turns 20 Sunday, the awards are endless. “It’s something that you get used to, but at the same time you appreciate,” Davis said. “It’s a good thing — it’s not like you look at it like, ‘oh yeah,’ and throw it by the wayside. It’s something that you should take serious, because not ever yone has the chance to do things like that.” This year, he received even more preseason accolades. For the second consecutive season, he was named
to the Outland Trophy watch list for the best interior lineman. He was a Preseason All-Big East selection, called “the best passblocking tackle in the nation” by the Sporting News and featured on the cover of two magazines. The honors are enough for an impressive collection of press clippings, but Davis does not worry about the hype. “Right now, I don’t even remember any of them,” he said. “I’ve got a season to play; I have to get better every day. At the end of the season, that’s when I look back at the awards and things, but right now we just have to win games.” The Scarlet Knights won their last three games, but in their one loss to Cincinnati Davis struggled. It was a poor start for the lineman, who received attention for all the wrong reasons after entering training camp overweight and practicing with the second team. Just this week, head coach Greg Schiano admitted he may have villainized Davis, who was unable to work out this summer after an injury. While playing basketball, Davis was poked in the eye. “I was out for quite a while, without being able to work out because the pressure in my eye would have gone up and strained it,” Davis said. “It was a weird injury, but I’m past that now and just trying to get better.” He is not working on his jump shot though. Davis said he has not returned to the basketball court since the accident. Instead, he fought back to his goal playing weight. “I think he has worked himself into his old shape and he is playing like it,” Schiano said. “Saturday [against Maryland] he played like a big-time Division I tackle. We need him to continue to do that for us to be good up front.”
OCTOBER 9, 2009
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T HE DAILY TARGUM’S
K HASEEM GREENE
Targum’s Sports Editor Matthew Stein chats with the redshirt freshman safety about touchdown celebrations, fat sandwiches and playing his brother when RU faces Pitt ... Matthew Stein: Any regrets on not being able to celebrate your first interception by taking it to the house? Khaseem Greene: It’s funny, because you always dream of celebrating, but I didn’t have anything planned. It was basically going to be score the touchdown, give the ball to the referee and celebrate with my teammates. I didn’t really have a celebration made up. I wish. MS: Say this wasn’t college, say it was the NFL. What would your celebration be? KG: If it was the NFL, I probably would’ve leaped and tried to shake hands with the fans or something like that. But I’m not really a Chad Johnson-type guy yet, I have a lot of college ball to play before I can think about making up celebrations.
ANGELICA BONUS/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
In recent years, more and more college football games have been decided by the referees and not by the players on the field. The excessive celebration call on Georgia last week is one of many examples.
Refs taking fun out of football
ear Southeastern Conference officials: Take your yellow hankies and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine! Sincerely, Mark Richt, Georgia Bulldogs head football coach. That should be the letter Richt sends the SEC after this past weekend when the referees handed Louisiana State University a second chance at life after an unnecessary, unsportsmanlike conduct call. What was the penalty for, you ask? It was because Georgia wideout A.J. Green had just scored the go ahead touchdown with a little over a minute left on No. 4 LSU. Green’s teammates then mobbed him in the back of the end zone. As soon as Green was mobbed the yellow flag came out of the referee’s pocket. LSU took the 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff, which made Georgia kick from their own 15-yardline. LSU then returned the kick inside Bulldog territory and set up the game winning touchdown run from Tigers running back Charles Scott. Oh, and don’t worry — just to show their pity, the refs threw the celebration flag on Scott after he put his arms up in the air. Not only did the penalty allow LSU to have great field position to score in the remaining seconds, but it also overshadowed the amazing acrobatic play from Green originally. Green leapt over a LSU defender and somehow landed inbounds in the corner of the end zone to score. While Green was being hugged by his offensive line he did what every
Scarlet Pulse ADAM HELFGOTT player who scores is taught to do: He put the ball down and started heading towards his bench. What else do you want from the young man? He just scored on the go ahead play and the officials wanted him to act like nothing happened! His teammates were excited, his bench was excited, why not jump up and down? The argument could be made that Georgia should have stopped LSU on defense regardless. But that argument isn’t valid when you know the opponent will easily reach your territory on the following kickoff. Even if Scott didn’t score, the Tigers still would have kicked a game winning field goal. Richt should be fuming from Saturday and Les Miles should be counting his blessings. A win over LSU would have put the Bulldogs back in contention for the SEC title, but now Georgia is left scratching their heads after they battled to the bitter end against a top five team. To make it seem like they cared, the SEC Supervisor of Officials Rogers Redding said that the flags should not have been thrown after reviewing the plays. Well duh, we all know that if you look at the tape, Mr. Official. What does apologizing
after the game do for Georgia or A.J. Green? Everyone knows the penalty will be called again before the season is over, because for some reason officials are taught to look for silly things like celebrations. And this incident isn’t only closed to the SEC; this kind of celebration penalty has been called numerous times before throughout all of college football. The blame must solely go on the NCAA’s rules committee. It seems every year rules changes are made, but never do we hear that officials will take it easy on teams who celebrate after a big play. It is called common sense and apparently officials in the NCAA don’t have any. They take plays and overanalyze them according to the rulebook. Maybe instead of wondering if a player performed an “illegal celebration” penalty they should start focusing on things like pass interference. It’s pretty basic; if a player takes out a Sharpie or does the primetime dance or the Heisman pose — flag them! But if a player makes a last second touchdown or a kicker knocks through the game winning field goal, let them celebrate with their teammates. Being mobbed by the people you fight in the trenches with is not rubbing it in the opponents face. This is supposed to be a tough guys sport. Stop acting like the opponent is crying when some player gets excited over a big play. — Adam Helfgott is the sports director of WRSU-FM, where he hosts “the Scarlet Pulse” Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m.
MS: Are you OK with the 15-yard penalty rule for college celebrations? KG: The college celebration rule, it’s not that I’m not a fan of it. What we do here is go and celebrate with our teammates and not bring attention to ourselves. If it’s something where you are celebrating with your teammates and jumping up and down, then that’s fine. But anything that makes you draw attention to yourself, or a one-man act, then I’m not too big on that. MS: There are a couple of pivotal Big East matchups coming up; do you ever find yourself rooting for one team over another? KG: I really don’t get into that. I just like football and enjoy watching the game; I root for certain players, like my former teammate, Jerome Murphy on USF, and of course my younger brother at Pitt, so I root for him to do well. MS: What’s that sibling rivalry going to be like next weekend? KG: I guess we’ll see next weekend. It will definitely be a fun one, Friday night, we’re in front of our home crowd. It doesn’t get better than that. MS: Talk trash a little bit? Maybe take him out to dinner? KG: I’m more of a do-it-on-the-field type of guy and talk later. I usually leave the trash talking up to my family members, if they feel like they want to do a little trash talking among each other, then they can do that. But I just do it on the field. MS: Enough of the serious stuff. NCAA or Madden? KG: NCAA. I use us, but as a young kid all my life I grew up loving Miami. MS: Grease Trucks meal of choice? KG: I get a Fat Barry. Chicken tenders, steak, eggs, cheese, French fries and ketchup. All the good stuff. MS: Old-school Nickelodeon show? KG: “Hey Arnold!” There was just something about the show that I loved. MS: Would you ever willingly take part in a bet that would make you shave your dreads if you lost? KG: I probably would, but it depends on the bet. My mom likes me better with my haircut, so eventually I plan on cutting it anyway. If I think it’s a reasonable and fair bet, I’ll take it. MS: You’re from North Jersey. Is there such a thing as Central Jersey? KG: All I know is North Jersey. Everything else is kind of foreign to me. MS: Is it a sub or hoagie? KG: Sub!
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T HIS W EEK ’S FOOTBALL A CTION TA R GUM S P O R TS S TA FF No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Mississippi Connecticut at Pittsburgh North Texas at Louisiana-Lafayette Michigan at No. 12 Iowa No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Mississippi Connecticut at Pittsburgh North Texas at Louisiana-Lafayette Michigan at No. 12 Iowa
MATTHEW STEIN SPORTS EDITOR OVERALL: 6-4
STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT OVERALL: 5-5
SAM HELLMAN FOOTBALL BEAT WRITER OVERALL: 8-2
KYLE FRANKO ASSOC. SPORTS EDITOR OVERALL: 4-6
WR S U S P O R TS S TA FF No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Mississippi Connecticut at Pittsburgh North Texas at Louisiana-Lafayette Michigan at No. 12 Iowa No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Mississippi Connecticut at Pittsburgh North Texas at Louisiana-Lafayette Michigan at No. 12 Iowa
DANNY BRESLAUER GENERAL MANAGER OVERALL: 6-4
ARMANDO MARTINEZ WRSU PERSONALITY OVERALL: 7-3
ADAM HELFGOTT SPORTS DIRECTOR OVERALL: 8-2
JEFF TILLERY PROGRAM DIRECTOR OVERALL: 4-1
WEEKLY SIM SENDS RUTGERS SOARING PAST TEXAS SOUTHERN With the return of quarterback Tom Savage from a concussion, the Rutgers football team trounced Texas Southern 52-3 in our weekly simulation using NCAA Football 2010. The Scarlet Knights found the most success through the air behind starting receivers Tim Brown and Mohamed Sanu. Brown hauled in five balls for 177 yards and a touchdown and Sanu pulled in four for 100 and a touchdown of his own. Tight end D.C. Jefferson had his biggest impact since the position change, pulling in two touchdown passes and 40 yards on the day.
Savage rebounded strong with 294 yards and four touchdowns before being replaced by Dom Natale, who threw for 44 yards in the second half. Senior receiver Julian Hayes emerged as the No. 3 receiver in the game with three catches for 35 yards. Sophomore Jourdan Brooks led all running backs with 77 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, RU continued its streak of scoring plays when senior cornerback Billy Anderson intercepted a pass and took it back 33 yards for a touchdown. Anderson led all defenders with eight tackles. Senior linebacker Ryan D’Imperio
added a second pick and a fumble recovery and junior defensive end Alex Silvestro provided two sacks and a forced fumble in the win. Because the game does not include Football Championship Subdivision teams, we simmed the game against FCS Midwest. Senior defensive end George Johnson (lower extremity) and junior defensive tackle Charlie Noonan (undisclosed illness) were held out of the game because of assumed injuries. Junior Jonathan Freeny and sophomore Eric LeGrand started in their spots. — Staff Report
One big second-half win will lead to Bowl
OCTOBER 9, 2009
n the grand scheme of things, Saturday’s game against Texas Southern bears no meaning. Since it is the second Football Championship Subdivision opponent the Rutgers football team is facing this season, a victory will not count towards the six wins needed to qualify for a postseason Bowl game. Ultimately for the Scarlet Knights, the game becomes a scrimmage. Quarterback Tom Savage will use this game as a tune up in his recovery from a concussion; younger players will get extensive looks in the second half; and head coach Greg Schiano can implement certain things he would like to use when Big East play resumes in one week with a Friday night showdown vs. Pittsburgh. The certain victory over Texas Southern will go in the win column on the standings sheet. RU will be 4-1, a strong mark considering the loss was to a team that sits in the top 10 in the country, Cincinnati. But that’s all a win will do. The final outcome, which will be a RU victory, means nothing at all. As much as I hate to say it after hearing the term week after week after week, the main purpose of this game is to get better. “I think we are a team that is going to take the better part of the year to come close to being what we want to be,” Schiano said on Monday. “I don’t know how many teams aren’t that way. There are not a lot of teams that start the year loaded and ready and are making tiny improvements, if any at all. I think we can get a lot better. We have to do it. “My reality and my vision are two different things right now. We need to get better to fulfill the vision of what the 2009 team can be. We are trying awfully hard.” Between finding depth at cornerback, shuf fling the defensive line, stabilizing the offensive line, getting Savage healthy and finding perhaps one receiver that wants to make a catch besides starters Tim Brown and Mohamed Sanu, there is a lot to figure out against Texas Southern. Road games against Army and Syracuse are penciled in as victories. Syracuse is tougher this year than last year, but the Orange is still a team RU has handled well years running, and it would be a shock to see that change this year.
Mind of Stein MATTHEW STEIN A Thanksgiving contest on the road at Louisville will be another challenge that the Knights should emerge from unscathed. If things go according to this optimistic but realistic plan, then the Knights would become eligible for its fifth straight postseason berth — but not exactly a glamorous Bowl situation. More needs to happen to improve on such prestigious locations as Birmingham, Ala. That leaves four games to make or break the season: a road contest against Connecticut and three home games against Pittsburgh, South Florida and West Virginia. This is where the schedule gets downright fun. Pittsburgh comes to Piscataway to re-open Big East play in one week, a Friday night contest on national television. South Florida follows suit with a Thursday night game in November. And the grand finale is a nationally televised Saturday blockbuster, at home against West Virginia, to cap off the regular season in Piscataway. Find me one person who doesn’t recognize the importance and the magnitude of each of those three home games — and UConn isn’t a pushover by any means. One win out of four guarantees a Bowl berth. Two wins ensures a better postseason game and RU’s best regular-season record since 2006. Three wins or a sweep? Highly unlikely considering the holes on the roster and the difficulty of the regular season schedule, but that puts RU right in the thick of the Big East title hunt. The bottom line is that the Knights have quite a bit of work to do. Between figuring out the problems on the roster and navigating a difficult yet favorable schedule, the rest of the 2009 season will be a steady mix of uneasiness and excitement. — Matthew Stein accepts comments and criticisms at firstname.lastname@example.org
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