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NJ United for Marriage vies for equality By Vaishali Gauba Staff Writer
Before same-sex couples and groups advocating for equality could begin to rejoice for the legalization of gay marriage in New Jersey, their feelings of elation changed back to long-awaiting hope. Judge Mary Jacobson of the Senior Supreme Court in Mercer County ruled on Sept. 27 that samesex couples could legally marry beginning Oct. 21. Soon after, on Sept. 30, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration decided to appeal the ruling directly to New Jersey Supreme Court, after vetoing it in February 2012. New Jersey United for Marriage is a bipartisan coalition of organizations and individuals that have come together to help get marriage equality enacted by the legislature by the end of the legislative session on Jan. 14, said Mike Premo, campaign manager for NJUM. Founders of Garden State Equality and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey formed a close partnership with the American Unity Fund, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action, the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal to facilitate conversations to support same-sex equality, according to the NJUM website. Since July 2013, NJUM has been and will continue to assist those affected directly or indirectly by marriage equality or simply those who advocate same-sex marriage to reach out to the state legislature, Premo said. “We are helping put constituents in touch with their legislators across the state and those from both parties,” he said. “[It is being] done so that legislators can understand their constituents’ support toward marriage equality.” Premo said until now, NJUM is successfully winning the conviction of five legislators who were initially opposed to the concept of same-sex marriage. He said the conversations constituents have had with different legislators have been very productive and are continuing to pick up tremendous momentum. “Constituents explain to legislators why it is a very personal issue for them,” Premo said. “Legislators explain if they have concerns, what those concerns are, and we try to address those concerns.” New Jersey is the only state in the Northeast that does not have full marriage equality, he said. From Maine to Maryland, New Jersey is the lone holdout. Premo said the quickest way to change New Jersey’s status and achieve full marriage is by reaching out to the legislature. “Despite the fact that it was a See EQUALITY on Page 5
Min Liang, left, a post-doctoral associate, and Aleksandra Biedron, right, a graduate student studying physical chemistry, work at the Wright Rieman Laboratories on Busch campus. Thirty eight percent of full-time asistant professors in the sciences and engineering are women, according to a Rutgers June 2013 policy analysis report. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY GABE ALVAREZ MANILLA
Advances for STEM women leave room for growth BY Alex Meier and Sabrina Szteinbaum Staff Writers
Joan Bennett was paid much less than her male colleagues when she landed her first job, but she never complained — she felt lucky to have the chance to work in the sciences. For a period of seven years, Bennett, a professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, worked as the only woman in the
department of biology physics at Tulane University. Forty years later, she notes that women have made astronomical strides in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In Rutgers’ 2011 to 2012 academic year, 38 percent of full-time assistant professors in the sciences and engineering were women, as well as 14.6 percent of full-time faculty members at the rank of Professor II, according to a June 2013 policy analysis report.
But as women progressed in the STEM fields, many other cultural aspects are having trouble catching up. Traditionally, gender roles dictate that fathers need to provide for the family financially, and mothers need to cook, clean and care for children. Now women have joined the working world, and households must balance responsibilities of both careers as well as remaining housework. Even in cases where both parents split familial responsibilities equal-
ly, Americans are working harder than ever as a society. But Bennett believes the average husband takes on only about 20 to 30 percent of household duties, creating another obstacle for women who wish to advance their careers. “You can’t do it. You can’t until society changes. And I think until women who are working feel more comfortable with hiring services out, it’s not going to change,” she See WOMEN on Page 5
Board of Governors induct public policy executive By Erin Petenko Staff Writer
Politifax editor and publisher, Nick Acocella, discussed the upcoming gubernatorial election over pizza yesterday at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on Douglass campus. DAPHNE ALVA
Politifax editor, publisher analyzes gubernatorial race By Ahmad Hamidullah Contributing Writer
A dominating personality, bipartisan appeal and a sense of sympathy all make Gov. Chris Christie dominant in New Jersey state politics, according to a panel held yesterday at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Nick Acocella, editor of Politifax, and Matt Katz, reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, held the panel which focused on the upcoming N.J. state elections. Both spoke about Christie’s projected victor y in the gubernatorial
election and his dominant status in politics. Despite Christie’s expected landslide victor y against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono, Katz said most New Jersey voters disagree with him on ever y issue. People simultaneously disagree with and love Christie due to his charisma after he handled the Superstorm Sandy crisis, he said. “I also think the fact that he is a Republican and not perceived as See EDITOR on Page 6
Newly appointed Rutgers Board of Governors member Richard Roper once contributed to 15 committees simultaneously. He said he has cut down substantially. Now, he only serves as a senior fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute at the State University of New York and as president of the public policy-consulting firm, The Roper Group. In addition, he is president of the board of La Casa de Don Pedro, member of the Brick City Development Corporation, member of the New Jersey Public Policy Institute, member of the New Jersey Supreme Court advisory committee on judicial conduct and chairman of the deacon board of his church. “Those things take up a bit of my time,” he said. Roper, a resident of Maplewood, N.J., does all of this despite having retired in 2010, after working for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as director of its planning department. New Jersey Legislative Speaker Sheila Oliver, D-34, nominated Roper for the position, and on Oct. 2 the Board of Governors inducted him into the organization.
University President Robert L. Barchi said he is delighted Roper’s distinguished history of service to Rutgers will continue with his Board of Governors membership. “He has served many constituencies in the New Jersey-New York region through his professional and many civic activities, and the University will benefit from his keen insight into the challenges and opportunities we face at the new Rutgers,” Barchi stated. Roper has an extensive history with working in higher education. After he earned an undergraduate economic degree from Rutgers-Newark in 1968, his first job was working for former Chancellor of Higher Education Ralph Dungan. He was hired to assist the department to implement the Educational Opportunity Fund. “It was my job to help colleges understand the challenges minorities face while attempting to matriculate at majority white schools,” he said. Roper worked at Princeton University for 12 years after earning his master’s degree there. His career at Princeton from 1980 to 1992 ended with him as assistant dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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Actor starts nonprofit that uses improv to cope with grief By Erin Walsh Contributing Writer
Today marks the four-year anniversary of the death of alumnus Bart Sumner’s son David, who died at age 10 when he popped a blood vessel in his brain during football practice. But for Sumner, today also marks a time for new beginnings. His nonprofit, Healing Improv, will host its first improvisational healing session tonight at the Civic Theater in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich. Sumner said no feeling is comparable to that of losing a child. “You never get over it,” he said. “It’s learning to live with that loss and moving forward.” Yet as an actor, Sumner discovered that taking the stage worked as a coping mechanism and helped him move forward. To help others manage their grief through acting, laughing and bonding, he founded Healing Improv in July. “This is my way of paying tribute to him as well as my way of making sense out of all the craziness,” he said. “I’m trying to use what I’ve been doing for 25 years to help others that are struggling and finding a way forward after a loss like that.” Sumner graduated from Rutgers College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts. After graduating, he started working for the east coast branch of Los Angeles’ improvisational school, The Groundlings. Known today as Gotham City Improv, the company launched the careers of many famous actors, including Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig. “Groundlings taught me how to write,” he said. “I’m a produced screenwriter. I’ve had one movie made that I wrote, and I’ve written television and other things, and it’s Groundlings that really allowed me to be able to do everything I have done the past 25 years.” Beginning his work in New York, he eventually moved to Los Angeles while continuing to work in acting. Sumner recently moved to Grand Rapids,
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Mich. after living in California for 21 years. The Grand Rapids community gave Sumner the motivation to begin this healing organization. Once Sumner became involved in the town’s theater community, he said he knew he needed to use his talents to help others in grief. “Once I began theater in Grand Rapids and really began to understand the lay of the land, I realized that this is something I could do to help people get through the nightmare we’ve been through,” he said. In joining the theater community, Sumner learned that he was not alone in his loss. Working on the set of “A Christmas Carol” last holiday season, Pastor Steve Place of Mosaic Church discovered that he and Sumner shared more than just a love for acting. “One day during rehearsal, Bart wore a shirt with his son’s picture on it, so I asked him to tell me the story,” Place said. “It so happened that I was wearing a memorial shirt for my son, who passed away five years ago this November.” This initiated a bond between the two men that developed beyond the stage, so Sumner invited Place to join the Board of Directors for Healing Improv. “He needed a board member and asked me to come alongside him,” Place said. “One of the gifts we have as actors is to give people the ability to laugh, and he thought we could use improv to make that happen. I was very honored to be involved.” Other members of Healing Improv’s board of directors have also experienced moments of grief. This includes Nancy Brozek, director of development and community relations at Civic Theater. “I do the media for productions at Civic Theater, so I got to know Bar t ver y well once he joined the theater community about a year ago,” Brozek said, “In my personal life, I have dealt with grief. My daughter is a cancer sur vivor, so I was eager to help Bar t in any way that I could.” Sumner believes that the sense of community and shared
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RUTGERS HUMOR CollegeHumor’s Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld performed yesterday at the Busch Campus Center.
grief will aid people in learning how to deal with the loss of a loved one. “One of the things that helped me most was knowing that there were other people who have been down the same dark path,” he said, “That’s part of what Healing Improv is about — that a room full of people in grief can laugh and reconnect on different levels, sort of giving people permission to get on with life.” The free session that Healing Improv will host tonight will be the first of many to come. Sumner has two sessions scheduled for the month of November. One session will specifically serve teenagers ages 13 to
17 who have lost a loved one. Sumner said having a separate session for teens is important because they deal with grief in a different way from adults. “I’ve seen improv change people,” he said. “It works for both experienced performers and for people who have never been on stage, but it’s not about performing. It’s about listening, getting out of your head and giving yourself the chance to stop being consumed by grief.” Both Sumner and Place believe improv grants people the confidence to allow them to enjoy themselves. “I’m hoping this will give people permission to laugh,”
Place said. “I really think laughter is a healer. It feels like you’re washing away all burdens when you laugh, even when you cr y. It’s a catharsis.” Tonight’s session meeting will host 15 to 20 guests. Sumner thinks a group this size will most effectively enable people to interact with one another on very personal levels. “I don’t expect there’ll be no tears from me or other people, but that’s what we’re after,” he said. “We’re after helping people to be open with their emotions and deal with sadness. It’s about finding a place to categorize or fit the grief into your life so you can move forward.”
University alumnus and actor Bart Sumner, left, created the nonprofit Healing Improv after the death of his son David, right, four years ago. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BART SUMNER
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WOMEN Female full professors on average are paid 93 percent of the salary of male colleagues continued from front said. “That’s a tough one. We may hire a cleaning lady but we have a lot of trouble hiring a mother.” The policy report also addressed this issue. “Although some of those inter viewed acknowledged that work-life balance issues are ones that do af fect women — and often dispropor tionately so — they viewed this as a major societal issue largely outside of the University pur view and not one that could be addressed with simple tweaks to University policies,” according to the repor t. Although the synopsis of inter views explained that few raised work-life balance issues as major factors impacting their experience at Rutgers, the policies report showed that female faculty members think Rutgers could be more proactive in addressing this issue. The policy report also noted almost ever y faculty member inter viewed commented on the disproportionate number of men in administrative positions, both currently and historically, at the University. “There is not a sincere institutional commitment to gender diversity and equity at the highest levels of the University,” the report states. “Even if this perception is not accurate, the existence of the perception itself is problematic.” For the 2011 to 2012 academic year, women comprised only 16 percent of academic deans and executive administrators, according to the policy report. Only one of the 11 members of the Board of Governors during the 2012 to 2013 academic year was a woman. As a Board of Governors Professor of Chemistr y and Chemical Biology, Helen Berman often finds herself in meetings surrounded by men. “From the point of view of my personal career, I have definitely felt uncomfortable in situations, but I’m pretty strong and I kept on just following my path,” she said. This academic year, three out of the 16 Board of Governors members are women. The policy report suggested the acquisition of the University of Medicine and Dentistr y of New Jersey could create a more inclusive environment, as more women held visible leadership positions at the school, including its president emeritus Denise Rodgers. Yet in 2012, merely months before the merger, 10 female UMDNJ professors settled with the University for $4.65 million in a sex-discrimination lawsuit, according to a nj.com article. Using New Jersey’s open public records law, the women proved that full-time female professors earned a mean salar y of $135,652, while men in the same position earned $154,768. On average, it took 20 and1/2 years for women to be promoted to full professor and only 15 and 1/2 years for men. But Bennett does not think this is an issue, and asser ted that Rutgers has always paid better and of fered better benefits compared to
other universities. According to the 2013 AAUP Faculty Salar y Sur vey published on the Chronicle of Higher Education, female full professors on average are paid 93 percent of the salar y of male colleagues. Female associate professors are paid 97 percent, and female assistant professors are paid 93 percent. These percentages match or are higher than the salar y differences for other members of the Big Ten Conference. None of its 14 members and future members showed cases where women’s average salaries were higher than men’s. Amy Cohen, a professor in the Department of Mathematics, hypothesizes that universities view men as having more flexibility in moving far distances, and this allows them to use outside offers more frequently to bump up their salaries. “[To a woman,] they’re going to say ‘gee, she’s got kids in high school. She’s got an aging mother on the East Coast. It’s unlikely that she’s going to pull up roots and move,’” she said. “There’s some evidence that that’s true.” With the goal of taking a proactive stance in promoting the equity of women in STEM, Bennett directs the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, or SciWomen. The office works on recruiting young female faculty members, and actively nominates Rutgers STEM women for awards.
“Why do you want to be a scientist? To do science, not to put women in science.” Joan Bennett Professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology
The program has given out $3.7 million in advanced grants, which faculty can use to start a new research project or bring a female speaker to the University, Bennett said. The office’s Objective Analysis of Self and Institution Seminar, or OASIS, is a leadership and professional development program that gives women the skills and confidence to change aspects of their jobs that may make them unhappy or uncomfortable. For example, last spring the office gave a group of female professors a mini-grant for a leadership course that involved piloting an airplane. “That’s an example of a practical kind of thing you can do that not only builds your own confidence, but may make you look different to your male colleagues,” Bennett said. Bennett firmly believes focusing on the oppression of a person’s given categor y — whether it be racial, sexual or gender — can be regressive. “Why do you want to be a scientist? To do science, not to put women in science,” she said. Bennett said her interest in sports has made her more relatable to her male colleagues. A woman will have a more
comfortable working environment if she can learn aspects of male culture. Although this may seem like a double standard, American cultural norms do not allow men to easily participate in female culture. “It’s kind of sad, but [men] don’t want to be called a wuss … acting like a girl is like an insult,” Bennett said. “Being a tomboy is not an issue. There is not an equivalent for a little boy.” More than 215 women have participated in OASIS since spring 2008, but the policy report said the decentralized environment caused by the size of Rutgers can make access to resources like SciWomen much more difficult. Berman said most graduate students in biology are female. Physics and computer science are still made up mostly of men. Ver y few women work for the University’s Department of Mathematics — three out of the 60 tenured professors in the department are women, and Cohen said she is one of them. A New York Times ar ticle entitled “Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science” published Oct. 3 states that only one-fifth of physics Ph.D. degrees in America are awarded to women, and only 14 percent of U.S. physics professors are female. In the article, Eileen Pollack said despite graduating with honors from Yale University, she did not go into physics as a career. The most significant reason she did not seek a career in physics was because not a single professor of hers encouraged her to attend graduate school. Pollack thought this meant she was not talented enough to succeed in the field. “Pained by the dream I had failed to achieve, I locked my textbooks, lab reports and problem sets in my father’s army footlocker and turned my back on physics and math forever,” Pollack said in the article. The article said women leave careers in the physical sciences not because of a lack of talent, but because they feel underappreciated and uncomfortable. Berman related to this feeling of discomfort. Berman credits her wild success in her scientific career to being an independent, strong woman, but she also credits it to the women who mentored her since high school. At Barnard College in the 1960s, she said the professors were strong about telling them what it would be like outside the realm of the comfortable, all-women environment. “I think in many ways a lot of my ability to function has been because I have been mentored and I have kind of been warned about what it was going to be like,” Berman said. Berman said because she had such inspirational mentors, she acts as a mentor for women who are involved in the Protein Data Bank at Rutgers. Cohen said the Depar tment of Mathematics should put more faculty energy into actively engaging their students so they can know which ones to nur ture to further their ambitions. “Find out the interests of the serious students and then tr y to provide some guidance so that each of our students can make the most of their combination of motivation and talent,” she said.
EQUALITY Since July, NJUM has made more than 20,000 calls to put constituents in contact with legislators constituents call the district office to speak, the legislators have been great ruling and we are very excit- responsive about talking and even ed about it, it still does not resolve meeting in person. The Christie administration has the issue,” he said. “This will get tangled up in the courts for a appealed to the Supreme Court to while, and so we continue to work seek a stay to prevent same-sex on the legislatures because that is marriages from coming into effect from Oct. 21, he said. Even if the the quickest way to get it done.” NJUM has been working since Supreme Court does expedite hearing the case, summer this it could take year to organize field staff, make “We do not have to win months before bill comes calls to constituhearts and minds on this, the into force. ents and arrange we just have to mobilize “NJUM focusface-to-face meetings with legislaes solely on getpeople.” tors, said Chris ting this done Donnelly, comby January 14th, Mike Premo munications diwhich is the end Campaign Manager for New Jersey rector for NJUM. of this year’s legUnited for Marriage The camislative term,” paign uses its Donnelly said. resources to get their members “We are not thinking beyond that personally in touch with the time frame. If it has to be done, it legislators to help them explain has to be done by then.” their issues better, Donnelly Premo said the objective of the said. Other states have used this campaign does not focus so much model of implementation. on the creation of awareness, rather “We have a very large contingent aims to find the fastest way to get of our field staff who have worked the resolution into action. on this before, and they continue to “This is not so much a public edbring their expertise,” he said. “The ucation campaign, because 60 permodel has been tested in states cent of New Jersey residents already like Rhode Island, Maryland [and] support marriage equality,” he said. Maine and has proved successful.” “We do not have to win hearts and Since July, NJUM has made minds on this, we just have to momore than 20,000 calls to get its bilize people who support marriage members in contact with differ- equality to contact legislators, and ent legislators, Premo said. When that’s what we are doing.”
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EXECUTIVE Roper says he plans to serve on Finance and Facilities, UMDNJ integration committee continued from front Prior to his professional career, Roper served as an advocate for Rutgers-Newark minority students. Student colleagues directed Roper to testify to the Board of Governors about the concern of black students at Rutgers-Newark. At the time, the black student population composed less than two percent of universities, including Rutgers-Newark. “For a university … to operate in the heart of one [of the] most racially and ethnically dynamic cities in the country, there was no excuse for there not being more minorities enrolled in Newark,” he said. For the past 45 years, Roper said he has been a part of many Rutgers organizations. He was a member of the Rutgers University Board of Overseers, the undergraduate education advisory committee, former University President Richard L. McCormick’s business cabinet, the new provost advisory council and currently is a member of the development committee for Rutgers Future Scholars. Oliver chose him because she was interested in his willingness to serve as one of the new board members, he said. According to Rutgers Today, Gov. Chris Christie appointed Roper to fulfill the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which expanded the Board from 11 to 15 members. Roper’s term will run until June 2019. Oliver felt he would bring a role of appreciation for Rut-
gers-Newark into the Board of Governors. “It’s my goal in the early days of my engagement to listen, to learn and then to discover how best to contribute to the overall success of Rutgers … on all three campuses,” Roper said. In the future, he said the board would focus on improving the University’s governor structure to eliminate the threat to the Board of Trustees. State Senate President Steven Sweeney, D-3, introduced a bill in June that would eliminate the Board of Trustees and converge power in the Board of Governors, according to an article in The Star-Ledger.
“It’s my goal in the early days of my engagement to listen, to learn and then to discover how best to contribute to the overall success of Rutgers.” Richard Roper Member of the Rutgers Board of Governors
Roper said he also wanted to continue development of the Rutgers-Newark campus. “We want to make sure it remains a spectacular contributor to the higher education community in New Jersey,” he said. The board’s biggest challenge, he said, was strengthening the public profile of Rutgers in the media.
“We want to make the media understand the unique role the University plays … and how the resources benefit New Jersey in any number of ways.” Roper plans to serve on the Finance and Facilities committee as well as the committee for integration with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He said he was eager to give back to the University that helped him. Roper met his wife at Rutgers and the couple married the year after he graduated. Mar tin Perez, another recently appointed board member, said he welcomed Roper into his new role. “He’s been my friend for many years,” he said. “He’s an important voice and an important addition to the board.” Perez was the center of a controversy last summer concerning his appointment. According to an article in The Star-Ledger, Sweeney attempted to block Perez’s appointment to the board. The senator filed a lawsuit against Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, claiming his induction was illegal. Perez said he did not know anything about the lawsuit. At the moment, he served as a full member. “I am not aware of any action,” he said. “I will continue to do my work.” He said he participated in a board meeting last week and serves on the board’s Committee on Alumni and University Relations. The two members interacted previously while working together on Latino and African-American issues, Perez said. “I’ve known him for many years and seen him work hard,” he said. “He has a lot to offer that he is bringing to the board.”
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don’t stick.” Katz said he saw a 70-year-old crazy goes a long way in 2013,” woman walk up to Christie at the Edison Diner and ask him about Katz said. Acocella and Katz said Chris- his position on gay marriage. tie’s work with President Barack Christie talked with the woman Obama during Sandy six days about his views on gay marriage before the national election for four minutes, which is highly helped him win the support of unusual for a candidate. The elderly woman dropped New Jersey voters. an f-bomb and “He has somesaid she would thing that Bill not vote for Clinton had,” said Acocella, “Decisions that are made Christie, Katz said. publisher of at the local and state Both AcoPolitifax. “He level have an even cella and Katz knows how to greater, more direct said they were share your pain.” certain ChrisChristie’s impact [than tie would run upcoming gunational decisions].” for the presibernatorial dent in 2016. election is imElizabeth Matto Elizabeth portant for his Assistant Research Professor at the Matto, assispotential 2016 Eagleton Institute of Politics tant research presidential professor at bid, said Katz. the Eagleton If Christie is able to capture traditionally Institute of Politics, said New democratic demographics in the Jersey politics are difficult to gubernatorial election, he will follow because the state’s neighbe able to utilize his bipartisan bors get more news coverage, appeal to gain conser vative sup- even within New Jersey itself. The challenge in discussing port at the Republican national politics with students is helping convention, he said. Acocella said Christie is mas- them understand how political terful at changing the subject decisions affect their daily lives, when attacked on sensitive is- Matto said. “I would argue the decisions sues, such as high property taxes and unemployment rate. He that are made at the local and compared Christie’s ability to de- state level have an even greater, flect criticism with Wonder Wom- more direct impact [than national decisions], especially here at a an’s ability to deflect bullets. Christie is also adept at me- state university,” she said. Matto said the biggest chaldia control, Katz said. He masks more complicated and interest- lenge for both campaigns in ing issues by distracting the me- the upcoming senate elections dia attention with controversial is making voters aware that laws. For instance, he vetoed a special election is taking gun control laws and signed a place. Mail-in ballot deadban on gay conversion therapy lines, voter registration deadlines and a Wednesday voting in the same day. “The guy’s made out of Tef- date all dif fer from normal senlon,” said Acocela. “The eggs ate elections.
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October 9, 2013
From authentic to instant: A look at ramen’s popularity By Matt Mikolay Contributing Writer
Few foods are worthy of being called a staple of the college population. Sure, pizza might deserve the title. Maybe coffee warrants the honor due to its invaluable assistance during those late night cramming sessions. Here at Rutgers, the Fat Sandwich is certainly a vital part of the student diet. Nevertheless, only one food has taken American colleges by storm, assuming its position as the cornerstone of university cuisine — instant ramen. According to Japan Today, ramen of the non-instant variety first appeared in 1910 in the Akasaka district of Tokyo, and the first restaurant to serve ramen was called Rairaiken. At that time, the noodle soup was called “shina soba,” or “Chinese noodles,” most likely due to its roots in Chinese cooking. From Akasaka, the dish spread across Japan, evolving slowly over time into the sensational soup that the modern culinary world has come to know and love. However, ramen would not achieve worldwide appreciation until the invention of the instant noodle. Momofuku Ando, founder of Nissin Foods, created the instant noodle. According to BBC News, Ando started the company shortly after World War II to supply the Japanese people with a means of purchasing inexpensive food. In 1958, Nissin released “Chicken Ramen,” the first instant noodle on the market. The World Instant Noodles Association (and yes, there is such a thing) states Ando pioneered the method that became the “basis for all instant noodle production” by flash-frying noodles in oil to dry them out. In 1971, Nissin again revolutionized the industry with the introduction of “Cup Noodles,” combining the packaging, cooking pot and serving bowl for instant ramen into one convenient unit. Since then, the instant noodle industry has exploded. Earlier this year, Agence France-Presse reported 101.4 billion units of instant noodles were sold in 2012. China, Indonesia and Japan led as the world’s top consumers. On its website, Maruchan Inc. claims to produce 3.6 billion packages of its Ramen Noodle Soup every year — enough to stretch from Earth to Mars and back. It’s clear that the instant noodle has global appeal, transcending borders to gain a universal appreciation. In their book “The Noodle Narratives,” anthropologists Frederick Errington, Tatsuro Fujikura and Deborah Gewertz investigate this worldwide phenomenon. It is no surprise that more industrial Asian countries have embraced the instant noodle, granting it an overwhelming commercial success. According to the
book’s authors, Japanese ramen manufacturers introduce over 600 new flavors to the market every year. There’s even a ramen museum located in Yokohama, Japan. The vital role of instant noodles in the diets of impoverished people all over the world seems less obvious. Gewertz calls instant noodles a “proletarian hunger killer,” providing the poor and destitute with an inexpensive means of acquiring sustenance that is convenient, affordable and quick way to fill their stomachs. Thus, the convenient, affordable and quick instant noodle has become a staple food for many populations — dangerous, considering the instant noodle’s subpar nutritional value. A quick glance at the back of instant noodle packages in the local grocer will reveal frighteningly high levels of sodium, often exceeding 50 percent of the recommended daily value. Be conscious of salt intake when purchasing instant ramen, and search for brands with the lowest sodium levels. Certain manufacturers, including Maruchan, market special lines of instant noodles containing reduced levels of sodium. To lower the amount of salt found in instant noodles, try using only half of the included seasoning packet. Though the resulting flavor might not seem as concentrated, the noodles will still be sufficiently tasty. High sodium levels might not be the only reason to fear ramen noodles. Some individuals believe the processed nature of instant ramen can potentially harm the human body. Last year, ABC Action News reported on Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital, whose research started to gain attention around the Internet. In the study, Kuo used a vitamin-sized camera swallowed by test participants to look inside the gastrointestinal tract. After having volunteers consume both instant and freshly made ramen noodles, Kuo was able to compare how the stomach processed each. The results showed the processed noodles were significantly less digested than the fresh noodles after a period of one to two hours. Although Kuo admits more tests must be performed before any conclusions can be made, the study raises the question of exactly how harmful processed foods such as instant ramen can be to the human body. Though instant ramen might not be the healthiest food in the world, the recurring criticism hasn’t hindered the widespread usage of ramen in the kitchen. Instant ramen is no longer just a soup, having transformed into a remarkably versatile ingredient for use in the preparation of other dishes.
A quick Google search will yield countless recipes for how to make ramen stir fries, ramen salad, ramen tacos, ramen macaroni and cheese and even ramen pizza. In August, Keizo Shimamoto introduced the world to the “ramen burger,” an unconventional hamburger consisting of a beef patty resting between two buns molded from cooked ramen noodles. According to ABC News, more than 250 hungry patrons waited in line for over three hours to experience the ramen burger’s unveiling at the Brooklyn flea market “Smorgasburg.” The resulting ramen burger craze has gained considerable press coverage. Although numerous chefs have tried their best to imitate the burger, customers are still lining up to experience Shimamoto’s original. With ramen being subject to such culinary creativity, it’s the perfect time to experiment with modifying instant noodles. In fact, it’s relatively easy to enhance ramen even with the limited kitchen equipment of a college residence hall. To add a flavor kick, Serious Eats proposes adding in pastes, spices or oils to cooked instant ramen. Among other ingredients, they recommend miso paste, Thai curry paste, Sichuan pepper, chili flakes and sesame oil. The addition of a fried or hardboiled egg can provide a bit of protein to offset the exorbitant levels of sodium. Men’s Health suggests adding furikake, pickled ginger or even a spoonful of peanut butter to the cooked ramen. The packet of dried vegetables commonly included with instant ramen provides little flavor and relatively minimal nutritional value. Instead, try adding vegetables. Certain vegetables, such as frozen peas and leafy greens, can actually cook themselves in the hot broth. Fully cooked meats can also bring the instant ramen a little closer to the real deal. Finally, the seasoning packet can be discarded altogether in favor of a homemade sauce. The following recipe combines a soybased sauce with cooked ramen noodles drained of all water. The sauce should be added for preference. Consider enhancing the recipe with the addition of freshly cooked vegetables. Instant ramen has certainly come a long way, progressing from a simple instant snack into a global culinary icon. Despite its lack of nutritional value, the hungry people of the world have embraced the instant noodle due to its versatility and simplicity. Over 50 years old, instant ramen has effectively transformed our diets and warmed our hearts. It will surely continue to do so far into the future.
INGREDIENTS 1 package (approx. 3 oz.) instant noodles
1/2 tsp. white sugar 1/8 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce 1/4 tsp. Sriracha sauce 1/2 Tbsp. water 1 tsp. oyster sauce
Food reviewer Matt Mikolay tried to add a flavor kick to his instant ramen with these ingredients. MATT MIKOLAY
Prepare the instant noodles according to the included instructions. Discard any included seasoning packets.
Microwave the mixture for five to 10 seconds.
Drain all water from the instant noodles.
Pour the sauce mixture over the cooked instant noodles. Toss thoroughly to distribute sauce.
Measure all sauce ingredients into a small microwavable bowl. Stir to combine.
Serve your noodles in a bowl and eat with chopsticks (if you can).
Food reviewer Matt Mikolay created his own dish, instant ramen and vegetables. MATT MIKOLAY
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University crime rates alarming Crimes should be accurately reported to protect student safety
he Clery Report is out, and the University’s crucial aspect of sex offenses that has helped inform the public of the nature of rape and to dispel preconstats aren’t too surprising. The report is intended to create trans- ceptions of it. Creating more subcategories can be parency among college students on crimes hap- equally as helpful for other types of crime and viopening on and around campus. It releases statistics lence. There is no doubt that we can gain better inof all reported incidents that took place within a sight on the real condition of such transgressions on our campus. yearly timespan. In the meantime, it’s vital that students take reThe 2012 report found that burglary is the top sponsibility in preventing crime where possible. Rutcrime on campus, increasing 21 percent from 2011. Among notable statistics, reported hate crimes gers University Police Chief Kenneth Cop asserts showed an increase from the prior year. There were that most of the reported crimes take place when 18 reported aggravated assaults and 19 reported the opportunity presents itself. So, the Universiforcible sex offenses, including rape, attempted rape ty community should make a greater effort to not leave items unattended, and forcible fondling. to stay in groups and esIt’s exceptionally impecially take advantage of portant for students to “In the meantime, it’s vital that the many safety services report incidents they students take responsibility in available at our universiexperience in order to ty. For example, we have make these crime repreventing crime where possible.” a police escort service in ports as accurate and efplace that students may fective as possible. But, call at late hours of the it’s also important for them to be recorded in an accurate and effective way. night if they don’t want to go somewhere by themAs it stands, the way the Clery Report categorizes selves, but not many people use or are even aware of it. crimes is a bit problematic. It would also help if the student body were alertSome categories are very broad and overarching, limiting the ways in which crimes can be considered. ed about crimes much more efficiently. Many times, For example, harassment may include threats, but crime reports are sent out after 24 hours of the crime does not include verbal harassment — an important taking place, well after the perceived danger has point that would drastically skew the outcome. In the passed in whatever area it has occurred. More immesame way, all assaults, whether simple or aggravat- diate reporting, such as instant crime alert texts or ed, fall under “aggravated assault,” whether or not a even a crime alert Twitter account, could be helpful weapon is present. These important details can have in this regard. Regardless, we hope that the student body stays a grand impact on the analysis of crime rates. We appreciate that the forcible sex offenses cate- safe — and that the perpetrators out there realize the gory is divided into offenses committed by acquain- real damage they’re causing to students’ livelihoods tances and those committed by strangers — a very and perception of safety in a higher academic setting.
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Informed political participation for a better government LEGALIZING LIFE MATT BOYER
h, the not-so-fresh smell of budget season in Washington, D.C. Today, Americans who weren’t previously interested in politics may (finally) find themselves questioning the competency of their elected officials. I’m not just talking about hating on Republicans or blindly loving Democrats, I’m talking about being disgusted with the establishment of both parties. Since, you know, both parties have been directly involved with the 17 previous government shutdowns since 1977. Oh, and by the way, this is a partial shutdown. This means the government cannot control non-essential expenditures related to the national monuments, the national park service, Washington D.C.’s museums and tuition assistance for veterans, for example. There are legitimate reasons these non-essential expenditure cuts in the budget have occurred, and they’ve promoted questions by some about the role of the federal government. Since its enactment, the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has been controversial across the nation — with the country split about 50-50 in regard to its support of the health care overhaul. So it’s no wonder in 2010 the Republicans were able to gain majority in the House of Representatives. Once there, many freshman legislators quickly became outspoken critics of the
out-of-control spending our federal government is known for. Recognizing the ridiculous and unjust nature of a roughly $17 trillion debt, many of these legislators urged Congress to cut spending and government overreach in order to financially stabilize our nation. This is a view once held by President Barack Obama himself both as a 2008 presidential candidate and as a junior senator from Illinois. And I quote, “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.” The president seems to have flip-flopped his view on this one — but hey, what’s new in politics?
to talk about anything. I am prepared to talk about anything.” Until this past Monday, the Obama administration shut down the Amber Alert website, but still kept the first lady’s anti-obesity website operating. How is anyone supposed to communicate when this is the environment in which they work? But please, do not misunderstand me — Republicans need to straighten up too. There’s a bit of practicality they must all recognize in their endeavors to immediately defund Obamacare. Although I am fully knowledgeable about the need to defund the reform’s overhaul of the health care
“As young people, politicians love and fear us. Sometimes we’re easily persuaded but we’re also passionate people who demand better from their government with conviction. We need to utilize this power.”
Though the president may disagree with this notion, during yesterday’s mid-afternoon press conference, he urged Congress to pass a full budget without spending cuts or ties to future spending cuts. Obama and the Democrats even refused to support smaller bills that specifically funded shutdown programs such as ones that provide assistance to veterans — programs that the Democratic Party campaigns for and regularly accuses Republicans of destroying. Yet, in the same press conference the president said, “Democrats are prepared
industry — in part because I recognize the financial implications of the reform — I believe Republicans need to understand their efforts are in fact dead upon arrival to the president’s desk. Though this is unfortunate, it is the truth. That being said, this does not mean Republicans should be weak in regard to proposals that cut the defense and entitlement budgets. Republicans, notorious for taking a “meat-cleaver approach” to budget reform, rarely negotiate on funding the military, as the president said yesterday.
This is the bigger picture — both parties have a set of special interests they cater to. On one side, they wine and dine with union bosses, bankers and automobile executives. On the other side, they go out with defense contractors, oil executives and bankers, too. This whole debate is a show, and the ticket price is your tax dollars. All establishment Democrats and Republicans have the same talking points. They blame the other party and then give an example of how this government shutdown will result in chaos or how the United States cannot manage our debt. Then they go behind closed doors, shake hands and end up spending more of our taxpayers’ dollars, all to benefit their special interests. As young people, politicians love and fear us. Sometimes we’re easily persuaded, but we’re also passionate people who demand better from the government with conviction. We need to utilize this power. Since the country is approaching the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 presidential election, it is our opportunity to fire all these fools in Washington. There is ample time for non-establishment democrats and republicans, independents and third party candidates to win. Balancing our budget is possible — being $17 trillion in debt is not. Americans must question the vital roles of our Federal government and start from there. We all have to make sacrifices in the time of budget cuts, so let’s make it happen. Matt Boyer is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. His column, “Legalizing Life,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.
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NJ Environmental protection efforts need improvement With the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy right around the corner, it’s time for New Jersey to have a serious conversation about tackling global warming. Environment New Jersey found that power plants remain the single largest source of global warming pollution. The five dirtiest power plants in New Jersey create nearly 65 percent of the state’s pollution, but only 35 percent of our carbon power. New Jersey has traditionally been an environmental leader, but Gov. Chris
Christie’s removal of the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — our best tool to combat carbon pollution from power plants — has moved New Jersey to the sidelines. While in Washington D.C., the majority of Congress also sits on the sidelines, I want to thank congressman Frank Pallone for speaking out forcefully for federal action on tackling climate change. Thankfully, President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have proposed a major new rule to curb carbon pollution spewing from new power plants. Because of the inaction here in New Jersey and in Congress, it is critical the EPA moves forward to cut global warming pollution as quickly as possible. Eric Bouchey is a campaign coordinator for Environment New Jersey.
Activism efforts should not make students feel unsafe This week, nearly halfway through the fall semester, close to 1,000 students woke up in Rutgers University residential dorms to find that the very place that they have called home for the past five weeks, the very place where students have felt safe, had been violated by a piece of paper that was shoved under doors, penetrating the rooms where students were sleeping. I believe this tactic contains hateful propaganda and was distributed as an attempt to harass and intimidate students at the University. Rutgers prides itself on its diversity and acceptance, creating a safe haven for students to live without fear of bias intimidation and harassment. However, this aura of accep-
tance and safety was cruelly ripped away in the early hours of the morning by the few who gleefully utilized propaganda and the cover of night to exploit students emotionally through the incitation of fear with words full of bias and hate. The bullying antics of such perpetrators cannot — should not — be stood for by Rutgers students, faculty, alumni and board members. There is no place at Rutgers for those who promote the use of bullying, harassment and other scare tactics to violate the privacy and emotions of Rutgers students. As a first-year student, I feel that my door is not a billboard for the intimidation politics of strangers who are intentionally trying to exploit me emotionally. Shoving hatred under my door violates the very principles of security, tolerance and justice that Rutgers stands for. Elisheva Rosen is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
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Today’s Birthday (10/09/13). Set lofty goals this year. Expand boundaries in many senses. New income opportunities arise, and career thrives with love. Strengthen old partnerships, while inviting new ones. Explore subjects and destinations of fascination, and share discoveries. Provide for family. More stuff is unnecessary. Share love, food, joys and sorrows. Water seedlings of possibility. 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 6 — Somebody at home lays down the law. Confide in a wise relative. A pleasant development surprises. Make sure your structure is solid at work. Let a partner make the connection. They’re saying nice things about you. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 — An old love may resurface in an amazing development. Set down strong roots. Meet with the important people on a project. Frustration leads to new ideas. Think about what worked and didn’t. Consider the big picture. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — Set your course in a new direction. Finish what you started first. Choose the wording carefully. Accept a bonus or fringe benefit. Enforce your own rules, with new assignments coming in. Do a good job. Get something you’ve long wanted. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Take pride in your basic principles, and add a few new ones to live by. Ask probing questions, and get the message out about what you discover. Find things you’ve forgotten. Adjust the budget. Hold on to what you’ve got. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Work out financial details. You have more than expected. Be practical. Wait for further consideration. Let your conscience guide you. Do what seems right, even if nobody else knows. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — Provide support to help another advance. There are perks involved; gather them gratefully. Rules are reinforced. You see the big picture. Relax and feel secure. Share your love. Heed a friend’s concerns without getting stopped by them.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Your team gains strength. Show them your appreciation. Energy builds at work. Don’t argue with the rules. Streamline your routine. Find excuses to laugh out loud. Enjoy intimate conversation. Hum your mantra as you maintain focus. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — New opportunities open to express your creative talents. You’re gaining points as well as experience. You’re really cute, too. Advance with support from distant contacts on an imaginative conquest. Keep your word. Schedule a buffer zone. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Set long-range goals. Your home can be a showplace. Search out the best deals. Learn from an older, wealthier person. Find time to meditate. New ideas come in odd moments, with help from your friends. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Ponder the situation. Revise plans and try a new tactic. Follow a strong recommendation. Listen carefully. Whose support do you want? Heed wise words from a loving woman. Consider the impact of each action. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Wrap up old business. The more you sell, the more you earn. Be among the best. The money is not what you expected, for better or worse. Your discipline is admirable. Trust the structure you’ve built. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Old ideas gel. A lucky break sparks a new opportunity. Come up with a brilliant solution to a persistent problem. Take a different route. An old trick works again. Stick to your standards regarding romance.
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LEADERSHIP Jordan said Mack could make impact on floor with or without the ball continued from back He said he had time to develop in that regard during his time with Kansas State and when he sat out a year after transferring to Rutgers during his junior season. “I just sat back and watched and I kind of learned how to communicate,” Judge said. “The main part of being a leader is getting your part across. It’s just getting your part across whether it’s by the actions you show, whether it’s about the actions you show on the court or whether it’s pulling someone to the side.” Judge did a lot of pulling to the side after the fallout from Mike Rice’s firing, when players left the program left and right. Though guards Eli Carter and Mike Poole and forwards Derrick Randall and Vince Garret found other homes, the Knights were able to secure a full roster for Jordan’s first year. Junior guard Jerome Seagears, who transferred to Auburn but came back to Rutgers a month later, said Judge was part of the reason he returned. With the season less than a month away, being the guy everyone looks up to was exactly what Judge wanted.
“I think it was easy from my part because I wanted to do it,” Judge said. “The thing about getting something done is that you have to want to do it. A lot of the guys like Myles have backed me up. [Junior forward] Kadeem [Jack] has backed me up, the guys who stuck around have not only listened, but have also become a great supporting cast and whenever I have to challenge somebody or whenever I have to say something, I know guys have my back.”
play both guard positions for the Knights, which Jordan said are identical in his offense. “We don’t really number our players,” Jordan said. “We have two guards, two forwards and a center. That’s how we look at basketball and that’s how I look at basketball. I think that’s conducive to our talent.” Jordan said Mack could play both on and off the ball, as the Paterson, N.J., native displayed the ability to score off screens and back door cuts.
offense Rutgers will now use, Jordan said it would not be a surprise to see 10 guys rotate regularly to begin the season. “With this team, I see us with solid depth,” Jordan said. “On both ends, to get our pressure up, we can utilize everyone, I like to say, at 100 percent energy.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D.
Head coach Dan Donigan said the Knights must crack down on decision-making, execution and effort to string together longer win streaks, starting tonight at UConn. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
With Eze expected to be back in action, Rutgers aims for winning streak continued from back now manages his group of talent up top remains to be seen. His primary concern is juggling it all to find stability in the midst of pivotal conference play. The Knights have won back-toback contests only once this season, and know stringing together several wins is more essential now than ever. “You have inconsistencies with typically a youthful team like we have, but every game is so important, so crucial,” Donigan said. “You’re watching what the other teams are doing, you’re seeing where you fall in the totem pole as far as conference and the national
STREAK Long’s decision to switch goalkeepers pays dividends with freshman’s success continued from back We’ve been focusing on having our forwards and midfielders generating shots inside the corner.” Senior forward Danielle Freshnock, who had the lone goal in the Knights’ win over Drexel, gave insight into the team’s recent success. “Par t of the reason why we were so successful over the
picture with everything. We can’t get in the tournament without being over .500.” The Knights’ work is cut out for them. Rutgers sits No. 62 in the first RPI, which was released this week, so it will need to climb several spots over the final six regular season games to have a shot at the 48-team NCAA Tournament field. That means the Knights likely cannot afford any more losses. Donigan said the team realistically needs at least a tie, if not a win, in each remaining game. With the team getting healthy at the right time, Donigan believes it can be done.
weekend was that ever yone gave it their all,” she said. “We weren’t planning on leaving the field without a win and we’re going to have that same mindset [today].” The Knights’ defense has picked up some slack, star ting with the goalkeeper. Freshman Shevaun Hayes replaced senior Sarah Stuby at halftime against Villanova. From that point on, Hayes has earned her playing time, winning Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday. She allowed one goal in the second half that game, followed by two scoreless over time periods and a shootout win.
But good decision-making, execution and effort will be imperative for Rutgers to avoid any more hiccups, he said. “These guys are capable of it,” Donigan said. “I don’t have them on a joystick. I don’t have them on a remote control. I let them play. That’s how they learn the game is to make their own mistakes and understand and learn from it.” And after overcoming last Wednesday’s 3-0 blowout against Hofstra, Rutgers hopes it has turned a corner. “Now that conference [play] is here, we know that conference [play] is key to our season,” said senior defender Joe Setchell. “We’re a different team in conference.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
Against Drexel, she made a career-high nine saves for her first-career shutout. “Shevaun was exceptional last week,” Wright said. “She has grown so much in her first year already and I’m excited to see what else she can bring.” Long maintains there is no goalkeeper controversy on her team, though. “The two of them are so solid, it’s really nice to have two really great keepers that can step in for each other and are really supportive of one another,” Long said. “As a coach, it’s a major strength of ours.” For updates on the Rutgers field hockey team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Senior forward Wally Judge has taken a more vocal role for the Knights, according to head coach Eddie Jordan. SHIRLEY YU / MARCH 2013
October 9, 2013 WOMEN’S SOCCER RUTGERS DEFEATED MEMPHIS, 1-0, DESPITE PHYSICAL PLAY
Knights stress rest with tourney play looming By Jim Mooney Staff Writer
Each week of the regular season brings its own challenges for the Rutgers women’s soccer team, and this week is no different. The Scarlet Knights will prepare for tomorrow night’s matchup against Houston.
Rutgers will have to adjust to being on a short week of practice, but this does not seem to be something it can handle. “I don’t think that it will affect us too much,” said senior forward Jonelle Filigno about the short week. “We just need to make some adjustments, but it should not alter our game.”
This week should serve as good experience considering the Knights will be on a short week again two weeks from now when they host Connecticut. Another challenge Rutgers will deal with is recovering from arguably its most physical game of the season Friday against Memphis.
The game was a 90-minute battle that took everything the Knights had to secure the victory. The training staff was busy at the end of the game considering the game’s physical nature. Plenty of ice bags and cool-down treatments were visible on the Rutgers sideline during the various postgame events.
Senior forward Jonelle Filigno said the Knights experienced a physical game last Friday against Memphis. Rutgers will now play consecutive home matches before traveling to South Florida and Central Florida. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
But in his 14th season at the helm, head coach Glenn Crooks understands how to get his team some rest in order to keep his players as fresh as possible. “We had some time off over the weekend and some people have been able to heal up,” said senior defender Tricia DiPaolo. Even though the Knights have displayed their depth, staying healthy for the rest of the season is key. Rutgers has already dealt with some injuries, including freshman defender Erin Smith and junior midfielder Cassie Inacio. But another injury at this stage of the season could be detrimental with tournament play soon to come. For now, Rutgers will continue to rehab as best it can. “We had a good practice today to get our legs back after having some time off over the weekend,” said freshman forward Madison Tiernan. “As the end of the season approaches we need to find a way to save our bodies for each game.” Filigno and her sophomore defender Brianne Reed were both shaken up at points during the match, but both finished the game against the Tigers. Reed played ever y minutes, while Filigno played 82 minutes. “Last game is in the past, and we need to leave it behind us in order to focus on the next game,” Filigno said. For updates on the women’s soccer team follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
TENNIS KNIGHTS REPRESENTED FROM MARYLAND, TEXAS
RU gains chemistry from geographical differences By Louis Petrella Staff Writer
The Rutgers tennis roster has come from all over the country and found a home in New Brunswick. The team’s closeness has made it a comfortable transition for all the Scarlet Knights. “You get really close to everyone on the team, as opposed to a team with a lot of people and you don’t really know what’s going on in each other’s lives,” said senior Stefania Balasa. Junior Noor Judeh took that a step further. “The relationships within your team have much more depth instead of just being on the surface,” she said. “It means a lot more to the team.” Although only four members are from the Garden State, most competed against each other before college in various regional tournaments. But learning to come together as a team did take a little time. “At first it was strange because I knew them as my competitors,” Judeh said. “We became a team really fast and now I’m so used to being on a team with them that I can’t picture us playing against each other.” Head coach Ben Bucca feels that all the Knights, regardless of
Senior Stefania Balasa said playing for such a small team has allowed the Knights to get closer. She said a larger team might not grant that chance. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2013 where they are from, have truly bought into the team concept. “We’ve had leading players from New Jersey and also other parts of the country,” Bucca said. “Although there are some slight differences, everyone always seems to come together and we truly form a team bond. The geo-
graphic region does not make a big difference as to how the team comes together.” Judeh and senior Vanessa Petrini are from the surrounding area, hailing from Maryland and Connecticut, respectively. The other two U.S. players — sophomore Mariam Zein and fresh-
man Farris Cunningham — are Texas natives. Both highly recruited coming out of high school, Zein and Cunningham lived only 15 miles apart in the Houston area. Zein attended Dulles High School, and Cunningham went to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Both Texans have had strong individual starts to the fall season. Cunningham reached the finals of the Blue Singles Flight draw Sept. 22 at the Brown Invitational, before having to retire because of an ankle injury in her first-ever collegiate competition with Rutgers. Zein, meanwhile, teamed up with junior Lindsay Balsamo to make it to the finals of the Eagles Double Flight draw against Alana Prinos and Jennifer DeLuca of Providence. Bucca is satisfied that his team’s brand has found its way throughout the U.S., especially into Texas, which is a hotbed for most of the top athletes in countr y. “We’ve had great success in recruiting players from Texas, so we build on that,” Bucca said. “Clearly Rutgers tennis has a good reputation within the Texas section of tennis. Not only are we being proactive in Texas but also those players seem to be responding to our efforts.” The Knights hope to continue to reel in the best players from both New Jersey and throughout the country to increase the team’s recognition. For updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
October 9, 2013 MEN’S GOLF
Page 15 VOLLEYBALL KNIGHTS EMPHASIZE BALL CONTROL ON DEFENSE
Knights tie for ninth at Wolfpack By Sean Stewart Contributing Writer
The Rutgers men’s golf team usually prides itself on getting better round by round in tournaments. At the 17-team Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Raleigh, N.C., the Scarlet Knights failed to improve on Monday’s impressive firstround as the team finish yesterday tied for ninth. “I thought we just didn’t convert as many puts and stuff like that,” said head coach Rob Shutte. “I don’t know if we got fatigued, but it was definitely a surprise because we normally get better each round.” The Knights finished their third round carding a dismal 307, but dealt with tougher weather conditions than opening day. The team was fifth after the first 18 holes but could not stay consistent, finishing with an 887. The outcome also marks the second straight tournament no Knights finished inside of the top 10. Senior co-captain Jonathan Renza finished just outside the top 10, carding a 216 to finish tied for 11th. While the team seemed to drop off the third round, Renza became the fourth Knight to finish first for the team. “I think all of us as a team here and there are putting together good rounds,” Renza said. “We have a lot of tournaments left and we are all feeling pretty confident we can win it individually and as a team.” Sophomore Jonathan Chang also performed well, carding a 221 to finish tied for 30th in the competitive field. The result was Chang’s first outside of the top 15 this season, but he continues to display consistency. Chang led the tournament with 43 pars. “That’s the one thing that’s been going pretty good for me,” Chang said. “I just go out there with the same mindset every day and just go out and play golf with the goal of getting my score a little bit lower each time.” Senior Doug Walters, junior Jacob Stockl and freshman Chase Wheatley comprised the rest of the Knights’ scorecard. Walters finished tied for 47th with a 224. Stockl led the Knights the first two rounds tied for 12th, but a poor third day saw him drop to tie for 72nd with a 230. Wheatley, competing in his first collegiate event, finished tied for 84th with a 240 and produced the team’s only eagle. East Tennessee State won the Intercollegiate with a team score of 843, finishing 11 strokes ahead of second place UNC-Greensboro. UNCG’s Carter Jenkins captured the individual title, carding 203. While finishing toward the middle is not ideal for Rugers, Shutte knows getting players exposure to tournaments early will only benefit them down the road. “We have had a different lineup these last three tournaments.” Shutte said. “We got some freshmen some exposure and these tournaments in the fall help give guys experience.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s golf team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Sophomore libero Ali Schroeter leads the Knights this season with 353 digs. Schroeter said the Libero is important because it sets up opportunities to complete a set and register a kill. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Libero proves invaluable for defense By Tyler Karalewich Staff Writer
Head coach CJ Werneke said the Knights spend many hours of practice improving ball control on the defensive end. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
The Rutgers volleyball team stresses the importance of defense in everything it does, especially during the week of practice leading up to games. Also among the Scarlet Knights’ main focuses are passing and serving, as all these aspects help to establish the pace of the game and control the ball. Every position on the court has its own special responsibility to account for in order for the whole team to work together. For example, setters primarily focus on placing the ball to assist the outside hitters when they attempt a kill. The middle blockers emphasize blocking the ball and the defensive specialists focus on digging. The one position missing is the libero, which ties all of these aspects of the game and positions together. The libero is more valuable for the Knights than it is for other teams. “In our gym, the position of libero is a high priority. We spend so much of our time practicing ball control,” said head coach C.J. Werneke. “Program to program, different teams place emphasis on different aspects of the game. We focus on our serving, passing and defense as the main priority and two-thirds of that is directly affected by the play of our libero.” There are many factors, besides the contrasting jersey color, that set the libero position apart.
The libero is allowed to substitute freely with any back row player during a dead ball, which proves valuable since each team is only allowed 15 substitutions per set. It is also important because the position usually showcases one of the best defenders on the team. Sophomore Ali Schroeter leads the Knights in digs from the position. The defensive act of digging is used to prevent the opposing team from landing an attack for a kill, and this fur ther establishes a good pass to one of the setters who can continue the of fense. Schroeter acts as the team’s libero, a role given to her because of the skill she has in her arsenal. She leads the team in total digs with 353. She also is second in the AAC with 4.83 digs per set. “Libero is definitely one of the most important positions on the floor, even though they are all pretty important to the team effort,” Schroeter said. “It starts with the digging which leads to good passes. If you don’t have a good pass, then you can’t have set the ball well.” Schroeter is vital to the team’s defensive success and fulfills the role of libero at a high level. For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.
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Quote of the Day “I think it was easy from my part because I wanted to do it.” — Senior forwardWally Judge on being the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s leader
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Eze gets healthy for UConn
Judge provides leadership in final season
By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
For four games after senior forward Kene Eze went down with a hamstring injury, Rutgers head men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan needed to get creative. Without their premier striker’s ability to stretch the field, the Scarlet Knights struggled in tighter trench battles, scoring only one goal to win one game in that span. Eze briefly returned to Rutgers’ lineup Saturday against Cincinnati for 35 minutes. He tweaked his hamstring just before halftime, though Donigan expects Eze to be ready for tonight’s AAC game at UConn (3-2-4, 0-0-3). But without him, Donigan made changes, most significantly playing sophomore defender Mitchell Taintor more at midfielder and forward in an effort to reopen holes on the field. It paid off against Cincinnati, as Taintor’s mobility up top recreated Eze’s speed. It opened up 12 second-half shot attempts, and Taintor scored his second goal of the year in the 64th minute to give Rutgers (5-5-1, 2-1) a 1-0 win. “I’m a versatile kid. I’m athletic, so I think I’m doing good with that,” Taintor said of his offensive development. “Coach Donigan, [associate head coach Dave] Beck and [assistant coach Brian] Grazier and everyone, they’re really helping me learn every position and fine-tuning me so I can contribute more to the team.” Donigan’s decision to groom Taintor on the offensive end provides insurance. The Knights now have two dynamic speed players to stretch defenses, but how Donigan See eze on Page 13
By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
Senior forward Kene expects to play his first full game tonight at Connecticut. He started Saturday against Cincinnati but only played a half to nurse a hamstring injury. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
It was the middle of last season when new Rutgers men’s basketball transfer J.J. Moore got his first taste of then-junior forward Wally Judge. Moore, then with Pittsburgh, faced the 6-foot-9 Judge in the post at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Off of a Scarlet Knights’ shot, Judge pushed the forward to the side to corral the offensive rebound and put it back up for the score. The two still reminisce about it, but in a good way. “We always talk about it,” Moore said. “At one point he kind of did a little cheap shot on me and we talk about it to this day. So it’s good to have somebody on the team who I can always relate to on the team from back in the day.” Judge will hold more responsibilities this season than boxing out defenders. Head coach Eddie Jordan said Judge has been one of the Knights’ preseason leaders. While one of Rutgers’ other head players, junior guard Myles Mack, has led more by his actions on the floor, Jordan said Judge’s leadership resonates from his vocal cords. “He says the right things at the right times,” Jordan said. “Wally is a verbal leader.” It was not always like that for Judge. See leadership on Page 13
FIELD HOCKEY MONMOUTH-RUTGERS, TODAY, 4 P.M.
Knights push for four-game win streak vs. Hawks By Justin Lesko Staff Writer
The Rutgers field hockey team is above .500 for the first time since Sept. 6, when it held a 2-1 record for a day. The Scarlet Knights (6-5, 2-1) can extend its win streak to four today against Monmouth at the Bauer Track and Field Complex. They won, 3-2, Friday against Villanova in a game that required two overtimes and a shootout. Then the Knights defeated No. 17 Drexel, 1-0, Sunday for their first win against a ranked team in six tries. Rutgers now holds its longest win streak of the season. The Knights have outscored their opponents, 6-3, during the streak. Junior midfielder Sophie Wright put it simply. “We’re rolling at the moment and we’re definitely not going to stop tomorrow,” she said. Wright added a goal against Villanova to her team-leading totals of five goals and 11 points.
The Hawks (3-7) enter Wednesday’s game following an 8-1 blowout loss at No. 5 Syracuse. But head coach Meredith Long is not overlooking the in-state rival. “Monmouth is always a really tough game for us,” Long said. “They are kind of our neighbors right down Route 18. It’s always a fight, always a battle and [the players] definitely are looking forward to playing Monmouth.” Rutgers was able to beat the Hawks in Long Branch last year, 4-1, but lost the previously two years, 2-1 in 2011 and 4-3 in 2010. The Knights lead the all-time series, 10-6. Long said the team is still working on some aspects of its game — most notably penalty play — as it hits the home stretch of the season. “We generated about 91 attacking penalty corners against opponents on the season,” Long said. “We’re looking at statistically where we can pick it up and convert and that’s an area we’re focusing on going into the Monmouth game, as well as getting shots. Junior midfielder Sophie Wright said momentum is key today at home against Monmouth. She leads the team with 11 points. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
BY THE NUMBERS
Where does Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s quarterback rating stand amongst all signal callers? 1. Bryce Detty, Baylor 2. Jameis Winston, Florida State 3. Teddy Bridgewater 4. Zach Mettenberger, LSU 5. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
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BRANDON COLEMAN, junior wide
receiver, caught an 85-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Rutgers football team’s match against Louisville last year. He last scored in the season opener.
Today, 4 p.m. Bauer Track and Field Complex
Tonight, 7 p.m. Storrs, Conn.
Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Yurcak Field
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. Louisville, Ky.
Published on Oct 9, 2013