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NJ general election to see minimum wage ballot amendment
The N.J. general election on Nov. 5 will include a ballot amendment to change the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.25. Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill the state legislature passed and his counter-proposal was to raise the wage by a dollar over three years instead of immediately. GETTY IMAGES
BY ERIN PETENKO STAFF WRITER
A ballot amendment this November may decide the salaries of 41,000 New Jersey workers earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to a survey from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The New Jersey Legislature voted to include a constitutional amendment raising the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour on the Nov. 5 ballot, said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics Poll.
This policy would change the financial status of low-income workers as well as corporations and small businesses, he said. “The federal government has a minimum wage, but states are allowed to have a minimum wage that is higher,” he said. “The minimum wage decides the least that the business can pay.” Paul Penna, the director of the Raise the Wage campaign, said the N.J. Legislature last voted to raise the minimum wage in 2005 from $5.15 per hour to $7.15 over two years. Federal laws intervened in 2009 to increase the minimum wage to
‘RU Ally Week’ aims to bring people together BY VAISHALI GAUBA CORRESPONDENT
Students signed pledges to be “allies” as a part of the RU Ally Week at a pledge station yesterday at the Gathering Lounge in Livingston Student Center. Some of these pledges read “everyone deserves happiness,” “love whoever you want” and “everyone needs somebody to love.” RU Ally Week began yesterday and will last until Friday. It was organized by the Center for Social Justice and LGBT Communities. The week aims to emphasize the importance of an “ally” and visualize support for different communities on campus, said Chris Famiglietti, a graduate intern at the center. “Allies support any type of community, whether it is the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community], or anyone who
is differently abled,” Famiglietti said. “Someone who is leading them in a fight or helping them being a partner.” Organized for the second time at Rutgers, Ally Week is being co-sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center, the Tyler Clementi Center, Rutgers Health Services, the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, and Health, Outreach, Promotion and Education, said Zaneta Rago, assistant director at the center. Ally Week started at New York University four years ago, she said. There is also a national Ally Week. The national Ally Week asks straight people to pledge as “allies” to the LGBTQ community, Rago said. The Ally Week at Rutgers is different in some aspects. “To be an ally to the LGBT SEE WEEK ON PAGE 4
$7.25 per hour, or slightly more than $15,000 per year for a full-time worker, Penna said. The proposed increase would lead to a yearly fulltime salary of just over $17,000. In a Rutgers-Eagleton poll, 76 percent of all likely voters were found in favor of the increase, including 93 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans. Support varied depending on the wage of the voter, according to the poll. Out of high-income voters, 68 percent were found in favor, while 83 percent of low-income voters said they would support the amendment.
Those who favor it say that the current minimum wage is too low, he said. They think the wage is not enough to keep people out of pover ty. “New Jersey is a high cost-of-living state, and people know that, even if they themselves are not living on minimum wage, it’s hard to get by on,” Redlawsk said. The cost of living in N.J. is 30 percent higher than in other states, Penna said. Others claim the increase would hurt small businesses and may lead to job losses, he said.
One of those opponents is Gov. Chris Christie, according to an article in The Star-Ledger. When the N.J. legislature passed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, Christie vetoed the measure. His counter-proposal would have raised the wage by a dollar over three years instead of immediately, according to the article. It also would not have accounted for inflation, while the current referendum would allow automatic increases. In his veto message to the legislature, Christie said the sudden SEE AMENDMENT ON PAGE 4
Conference looks at Sandy’s aftermath BY WILSON CONDE STAFF WRITER
Rutgers faculty discussed how climate change is expected to affect how society lives in a series of presentations yesterday at the Cook Campus center. The Rutgers Climate Institute sponsored the series, titled “Bridging the Climate Divide: Informing The Response to Hurricane Sandy and the Implications for Future Vulnerability,” said Marjorie Kaplan, associate director of the institute. The presentation featured talks on the connection of climate change to events like Hurricane Sandy. Norbert Psuty, a professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, said rising sea levels would make communities in the Barnegat Bay area — already more open to flooding than any other region in the state — experience much more frequent flooding. Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology,
Evolution, and Natural Resources, said many marine species along the Northeast coastline have migrated north over the past few decades because of the region’s rapid climate change. “In the Northeast, temperatures have doubled [in their rate of increase] over the global rate over the past 40 years,” he said. Pinsky said migration could make marine species vulnerable to new predators and make it more difficult for them to find suitable habitats. Tania Lopez-Marrero, assistant professor in the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies, said the Caribbean region is vulnerable to climate change because of the economic dependence of the region on economic activities such as tourism and the small amount of land available for residents. “There are limits to where people can settle,” Marrero said. Marrero said her primary area of research is local communities’
adaption to the effects of climate change, as well as how to effectively inform the population about the future of the Caribbean. “We also need to think beyond the technical information that is available,” she said. After Marrero’s talk, Oscar Schofield, a professor at the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, said predictions of hurricanes’ paths have vastly improved. “They’re [now] usually not off by more than a few kilometers,” Schofield said. “Fifty years ago, that would have been an unmitigated miracle.” Although scientists now have improved hurricane tracking, prediction models of a hurricane’s future intensity are not as reliable. “There has been no improvement over the past 20 years,” he said. Schofield said improving the accuracy of predicting a hurricane’s intensity was important for SEE CONFERENCE ON PAGE 5
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Thursday, Oct. 17
The Rutgers Film Co-op, the New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies presents a showcase of American experimental films from the 1960s to 1990s at 6 p.m. in Ruth Adams Building on Dougless campus. Admission is $10 for the general public and $9 for students and senior citizens.
Sunday, Oct. 20
Rutgers Recreation hosts the Fall Co-Rec Softball Tournament at 10 a.m. at University Park Fields on Busch campus. Teams must have a minimum of three females. Registration is $10. To register, visit imleagues.com/rutgers. The Rutgers University Programming Association presents “Live Vibes Rutgers in the Spotlight” at 8 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center. The night will feature Rutgers student bands and musicians, and admission is free. If you are interested in performing, send an email to email@example.com.
METRO CALENDAR Wednesday, Oct. 16
The Stress Factory Comedy Club at 90 Church St. hosts an openmic night at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a two-drink minimum, and interested performers must bring at least five friends. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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October 15, 2013
Film attempts to depict human side of victim BY DANIELLE GONZALEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming student murdered in a hate crime, is an icon in the public eye, according to Michle Josue, director of the documentary “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.” Few accounts of his death reveal his human side, but yesterday’s screening of the documentary in the Livingston Student Center showed this perspective of the tragedy. The Tyler Clementi Center partnered up with the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities to present the movie, which documents the life, death and memor y of Matt Shepard. Two guest speakers, Beth Loffreda, author of “Losing Matt Shepard,” and Josue hosted a post-screening discussion. “The film is a chance for people to reflect upon how important and difficult it is to create historical memory, to make stories that serve the past and the present both as precisely and as beautifully as possible,” Loffreda said. Rick Lee, associate director of the Tyler Clementi Center, said he decided to bring the documentary to Rutgers after researching the 15-year anniversary of Shepard’s murder. Shepard was a political science student at Wyoming University who fell victim to an anti-gay hate crime and was tragically kidnapped and murdered in 1998. The aftermath of the murder galvanized the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to take action against homophobia and anti-gay violence, and set the stage for the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which
President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009, Lee said. The film screening kicked off this year’s RU Ally Week, Lee said. “We wish to introduce students to this important historical figure in LGBT and American histor y and to create a conversation, especially among young people, about Matt Shepard’s legacy 15 years after this death,” he said. As a close friend of Shepard, Josue brought an intimate perspective to the event.
“We wish to introduce students to this important historical figure ... and to create a conversation ... about Matt Shepard’s legacy.” RICK LEE Associate Director of the Tyler Clementi Center
“When Matt was attacked, I was a sophomore in film school in Boston, and that was the very first time I saw how hostile and cruel the world could be,” she said. “I was devastated.” Josue said her heart broke when she saw Shepard’s humanity slowly fade away. Her friend became an icon of the hate and intolerance the LGBT community struggle against, and his identity was forever tied to horrendous, unspeakable violence. “I wanted to make this film to share with the world that before Matt became ‘Matthew Shepard,’ he was a normal, complex, gay young man with friends and family who supported and loved him,”
she said. “I think it’s important for the world to really know that.” Loffreda added that this portrait also demonstrates the great amount of grief experienced by his loved ones, and how the loss still burdens them today. Josue described how making this film after all these years reminded her how much she misses Shepard and his friendship. “The reason I waited so many years to make this film is because I wanted to be sure I was professionally and emotionally ready to handle such a difficult project and reconnecting with Matt so vividly,” she said. “I knew it was going to be one of the hardest things I would ever do.” Josue explained that directing this movie helped heal her by giving her the opportunity to transform the tragic event into something positive for the world. Loffreda was a Rutgers alumna who had started teaching at the University of Wyoming when Shepard was murdered. “Matt’s death cast Wyoming suddenly into international attention, attention that was largely negative and felt as generic and unfair by its residents,” she said. “I wanted to tr y to make sense of Wyoming — particularly what kind of place it was for the LGBT people who lived in the state — in, if possible, a more nuanced way.” Loffreda focused her book on the effect his death had on people who had never known him, but acted like his death affected them in some way. She was fascinated by the way the murder transformed into a story that so many people, even strangers, felt intensely attached to. She hopes that readers of her book will gain a richer understanding of how LGBT people make a
The Tyler Clementi Center partnered with the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities yesterday to present ‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.’ COURTESY OF MATTSHEPARDISAFRIENDOFMINE.COM
life for themselves in seemingly inhospitable territories. “I also hope that people will gain a more complex understanding of how homophobia plays out in both scenes of violence, like what happened to Matt when he died, and in everyday scenes of daily life, like what Matt likely faced before he died,” she said. Lee mentioned because more LGBT people have opened up about their identities and legislation on marriage equality has changed, many tend to think these acts of violence no longer occur. However, cities with several gay communities, such as New
York, have seen an increase in anti-gay hate crimes during this past year. Jeffrey Longhofer, director of the Tyler Clementi Center, said the film reminds people that anti-gay hate still exists. It shows that even though the LGBT community and its allies have made progress since Shepard’s death, inequality and hate crimes still continue to affect these communities. “It think it’s a film that helps us imagine the distance that we have traveled since Matt’s tragic murder 15 years ago to the present and how much further we have to go,” he said.
October 15, 2013
AMENDMENT Penna says states have raised minimum wage above federal standards without seeing job loss CONTINUED FROM FRONT
and significant minimum-wage increase in this bill would jeopardize the economic recovery of the state, according to the article. Penna said the annual wage increase is a key par t of the referendum. “The referendum allows minimum wage to increase as the cost of goods and ser vices goes up,” he said. “The price of food and gas goes up ever y year, so this is impor tant to many families.” Christie and his adherents are concerned that small businesses, which often pay minimum wage, would suf fer from the higher cost of labor, Redlawsk said. They argue higher costs may force businesses to lay of f workers. Penna said other states that have raised the minimum wage above federal standards
have not seen corresponding job loss. “It will be beneficial to small businesses, because people earning minimum wage will spend the additional money on local businesses,” he said. Redlawsk said the ef fects are not as straightfor ward as either side proposes. “We would definitely see a pretty significant wage increase, but whether it would increase other wages is not clear,” he said. “It’s also not clear whether it would cause companies to cut jobs, because they will still need people to do the work. … The one thing we are sure of is that people earning minimum wage would see an increase.” Those people typically include employees in the fast food and retail industries, he said. They are typically younger than the average employee,
although many older workers also earn minimum wage and are not college-educated. “They’re in jobs that are less seen as professional jobs,” he said. Jack Yoon, the student-labor coordinator at New Jersey United Students, said the upcoming referendum would heavily influence the wages of many Rutgers students. “Most universities like Rutgers … would most likely be impacted,” he said. “Somebody in the [Douglass Campus Center] or the Rutgers Student Center would be benefitted by this.” Some students he has met are working par t-time or fulltime jobs to pay for tuition in addition to being a full-time student, he said. Others have taken a sabbatical from school to earn enough money for tuition to continue at Rutgers, he said. Students have a hard time saving money when their wages go toward paying their bills. “It won’t completely pay for school, but it would be significantly helpful,” Yoon said.
WEEK Rago says week will feature rock climbing, lecture by mountaineer, closing reception with NFL star CONTINUED FROM FRONT
community, you can’t just worry about LGBT issues,” she said. “So we talk about racism, classism and sexism because there are LGBT people of color, because there are LGBT folks living with disability. … We have to talk about ages, classes and racism.” The pledge station and photo shoot will be a feature throughout the week, Famiglietti said. The rest of the week includes a screening of the documentary “Matt Shephard Is a Friend of Mine,” free rapid-result HIV testing with H.O.P.E. and the Queer People of Color reception. At the first day of the Ally Week, the center witnessed a turnout of 40 people, Famiglietti said. They wrote pledges about why they want to be allies and took pictures with their pledges, which will be displayed on the center’s website.
Famiglietti said it is important people sign up to advocate for the LGBTQ community and other oppressed groups to which they may or may not belong. “The entire week is to emphasize the importance of any ally to the LGBTQ [and other] communities,” Famiglietti said. “Without allies, these groups won’t get a push to get a legislation to pass, or even for school equality.” Toward the end of the week, there will be rock climbing, a lecture by mountaineer Cason Crane, and a closing reception featuring NFL star Wade Davis, Rago said. “At the closing reception, Wade Davis will be talking about intersectionality around ally-ship, but it’s going to be interesting because he is a former athlete, a professional athlete who came out as gay after leaving NFL,” she said. Alex Chong, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said he signed a pledge to support his friends who are a part of the LGBTQ community. “I do have friends in the LGBTQ community, and I personally don’t understand what they are going through,” Chong said. “So I came to try to advocate and support not just my friends but the entire community, and this is a small step towards doing that.” Chong said Ally Week is a great way to reach out to unrepresented and oppressed communities and to students. Both these groups can then be combined to see where and what the problems are. He said he would also make an effort to stop by at least one or two other events that the center has planned for the week. Rago said she expects around 200 to 300 people to sign up at the pledge station and show up at the various events coming up in the week. “This week is not the end of how to be an ally, this week is more so the beginning of starting conversations,” she said. “For me, the most simple form of social justice work is actually getting to know the people in the spaces you inhabit. … Allyship is a life-long process.”
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October 15, 2013
CONFERENCE Broccoli says most Americans are ready to address climate change with gathering and analyzing data so they can decide how to best allocate resources. protecting coastal residents. “They’re looking at data to figure Fred Roberts, director of the Department of Homeland Security out where to best invest their reCenter of Excellence, said climate sources,” Roberts said. “Mathematchange is connected to Homeland ics professors may have something Security because potential future to contribute.” Anthony Brocconflicts over coli, the co-director resources such of the Rutgers Clias land and “I think it’s a more mate Institute, said clean water worthwhile strategy to try using mathematimay occur. C l i m a t e to persuade them than to cal models to prefuture events change could persuade those who do dict based on current lead to epidemics of tropical not want to be persuaded.” data is an imperfect, yet necessary diseases, such ANTHONY BROCCOLI process for climate as malaria, on U.S. soil, said Co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute change. “How many peoRoberts, a prople know exactly fessor in the how much interest Department of they’re going to earn on their 401K Mathematics. “We’ve seen the rising number from now until the day they retire?” of cases of dengue in the South- said Broccoli, a professor in the Dewest area of the United States,” partment of Environmental Science. “There’s a lot of practical decision Roberts said. Roberts said he assists govern- making that has to be made based ment agencies, such as the Federal on imperfect evidence.” Broccoli said most Americans are Emergency Management Agency, CONTINUED FROM FRONT
Left to right: Patricia Findley, associate professor in the School of Social Work, Michael Kennish, research professor in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Richard Lathrop, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, discussed the response and recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy yesterday at the Cook Campus Center. NIDHI BELLAMKONDA ready to address climate change. Those who believe climate change is not happening compose a vocal, but small minority. “It’s not 50 percent, it’s more like 15 percent,” he said. “That’s a lot of people who are still open to persuasion. I think it’s a more worthwhile strategy to try to persuade them
than to persuade those who do not want to be persuaded.” Thomas Segear, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior, said he wanted to learn about the panel’s research into the concerns of coastal communities, such as beach replenishment and dune restoration.
He was glad panel members responded to an audience member’s challenge on why climate scientists do not become activists as well as scientists. “They did bring up the point that being an advocate sometimes [discredits] them as being scientists,” Seagar said.
October 15, 2013
Students from universities such as the University of Maryland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology attended Rutgers’ ‘HackRU’ over the weekend at the Douglass Campus Center. The hackathon ran from Saturday Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. to Sunday Oct. 13, ending at 5 p.m. NIS FROME
Rutgers ‘HackRU’ sees developers from across the country BY NIS FROME CONTRIBUTING WRITER
“HackRU” ended this Sunday afternoon, marking the finish of the first official Major League Hacking season. Before the event, Rutgers was in fourth place overall with 405.66 points behind Carnegie Mellon University with 753 points, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 498.5 points and University of Maryland with 412.66 points, according to the MLH website. Mike Swift, the commissioner of MLH, said CMU did not send a delegation to “HackRU,” squandering their guaranteed lock to finish in first place at the event. With Mar yland University sending 47 students and plac-
ing first at “HackRU,” and with Rutgers accumulating par ticipation points and a home field advantage, the final results are too close to call right now, Swift said. “It’s going to be between CMU, Maryland, and Rutgers,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll know for sure this week.” The second place team consisted entirely of high school students who invented “Quicktron,” a revolutionary way for professors to use Android devices to grade Scantron tests and send detailed score reports to students, said Kaushal Parikh, one of the event’s organizers, in an email interview. “If that makes the difference in the competition, you could say some high school kids screwed over their university counter-
Top: The Major League Hacking trophy sits on display at the Rutgers ‘HackRU.’ Bottom: Kyle Johnson, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, created ‘Gravatar: The Last Twerkbender,’ with Abdulaziz Ramos, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. COURTESY OF RuMAD
parts,” Swift said. “That would be quite the controversy.” The event at the Douglass Campus Center featured demos ranging from location-aware
“It’s going to be between CMU, Maryland, and Rutgers. Hopefully we’ll know for sure this week.” MIKE SWIFT Commissioner of Major League Hacking
photo-sharing apps to browser plugins that shake web pages and reverses typed inputs to simulate drunk web-surfing. “Gravatar: The Last Twerkbender,” invented by Abdulaziz
Ramos, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, and Kyle Johnson, a School of Arts and Sciences jumior, uses the accelerometer data from a mobile device to count the times it is shaken back and forth. In an onstage demonstration, the two showed how users could start the game, put their phones in their back pockets and begin “twerking” for points. The app even randomly selects party music it finds on the music-playing site Rdio, Johnson said. Johnson’s onstage presentation included an uncensored demonstration, to the applause of most audience members. “It’s not fully scalable yet, but we’ll finish it so people can start playing around with it soon,” Ramos said.
Johnson said a project at a previous hackathon that made use of a mobile device’s accelerometer inspired him. “With all the faux pas with the Miley Cyrus stuff, I thought this idea would be hilarious,” Johnson said. Despite generally being the biggest hassle for most hackathon organizers, the demos ran smoothly at “HackRU,” said. “The feedback from participants and sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Parikh, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “People really liked the ice cream truck and bubble tea, and have given us many complements on the quality and quantity of food as well. Personally, I was really impressed with the quality of hacks as well.”
October 15, 2013
Three Americans win Nobel Prize in economics Ordinary investors don’t stand much chance of beating the market. It moves way too quickly and efficiently. Or it behaves in ways that make no sense at all. Three Americans won the Nobel prize in economics yesterday for their sometimes-contradictory insights into the complexities of investing. Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago and Robert Shiller of Yale University were honored for shedding light on the forces that move stock, bond and home prices — findings that have transformed how people invest. Fama’s research revealed the efficiency of financial markets: They absorb information so fast that individual investors can’t outperform the markets as a whole. His work helped popularize index funds, which reflect an entire market of assets, such as the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index. “Fama’s work was incredibly fundamental in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” said David Warsh, who follows economists at his Economic Principals blog. “It led to enormous practical change in terms of people not buying particular stocks but buying index funds.” Shiller’s research examined asset prices from a contrasting angle. He showed that in the long run, stock and bond markets can behave irrationally, reaching prices that are out of whack with economic fundamentals. Shiller, 67, predicted the dotcom crash of the early 2000s and the implosion of home prices in 2007. He has also been a pioneer in the field of behavioral econom-
ics, or how human emotions, biases and preferences can collectively influence financial markets. Using mathematical tools like the well-known Case-Shiller index of home prices, Shiller has expanded the available information on asset prices. Meb Faber, chief investment officer at Cambria Investment Management, said his firm uses a model developed by Shiller to seek stock bargains around the world. Hansen has focused on statistical models, creating ways to test competing theories of why asset prices move as they do. Fama and Shiller “provide the ends of the spectrum” between those who believe financial markets are efficient and those who think them deeply flawed, with Hansen “in the middle doing the math,” said Allen Sanderson, a University of Chicago lecturer in economics. The three economists share the $1.2 million prize, the last of this year’s Nobels to be announced. “Their methods have shaped subsequent research in the field, and their findings have been highly influential both academically and practically,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in Stockholm. Fama, 74, and Hansen, 60, became the 11th and 12th professors from the University of Chicago to win a Nobel in economics, the most for any university. Harvard is second, with six laureates. Hansen said he received the phone call from Sweden while on his way to the gym yesterday morning. He said he was “still working on taking a deep breath.”
Peter Hansen, right, plays around with his father, University of Chicago professor Lars Peter Hansen, center, and mother Grace Tsiang while posing for a picture after learning Lars had won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on Oct. 14, in Chicago, Illinois. Lars Peter Hansen, his colleague Eugene Fama and Yale University professor Robert Shiller will share the prize. GETTY IMAGES Fama was preparing to teach his first class as a Nobel laureate yesterday. Asked whether his students would get a break, he said: “We’ll see, but they’re going to get an exam tomorrow, anyway. They paid their money; they’re going to get the full pill.” The Nobel prizes in medicine, chemistry, physics, literature and peace were created by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel in 1895. Sweden’s central bank added the economics prize in 1968 as a memorial to Nobel. Americans have dominated the Nobel in economics in recent years. The last time there was
no American among the winners was 1999. Collectively, Fama, Shiller and Hansen didn’t create a simple, unified theory of how financial markets work. Rather, they worked like “blind men feeling an elephant” — each finding a bit of the truth in a vast and complicated field, Sanderson said. Fama’s work drew criticism after the financial crisis of 2007-09 seemed to prove that financial markets were anything but efficient. Housing prices, after all, had scaled great heights and then crashed. But David Backus, an economist at New York University, said
“people completely misunderstand” what Fama was arguing. “He said that information out there will be reflected in (asset) prices. That is completely different from saying financial markets work well,” Backus said. It was striking that yesterday’s prize went to both Fama and Shiller, who emphasizes not market efficiency but market failures and inefficiencies. “The committee covered all the bases,” George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen quipped on his blog, Marginal Revolution. — The Associated Press
IN BRIEF NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey’s Senate candidates hit the road yesterday in a final push to ask for voters’ support and just as importantly, to remind them that the special election is tomorrow. Republican Steve Lonegan appeared at a Westfield train station and diner, Ocean County GOP headquarters and a handful of small businesses. He took a swing through Newark for a news conference in front of Democrat Cory Booker’s house, and also planned rallies in Medford and Atlantic Highlands. Booker was on the third day of a bus tour that was to take him to the southern half of the state, from Trenton to Atlantic City. The Newark mayor also planned to go for an after-dark jog with supporters in Willingboro. Voting is tomorrow. The winner will take office immediately to fill the remaining 15 months of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term. Both candidates have spent recent weeks characterizing the other’s political positions as extreme. — The Associated Press
October 15, 2013
Banksy sells artwork for $60 in New York City NEW YORK — Banksy, the British graffiti artist causing a sensation in New York City, says he sold a few of his artworks over the weekend for up to $60 apiece, far below the thousands they typically go for. Banksy wrote on his website that he had set up a stall in Central Park Saturday with original signed works. But the secretive artist warned Sunday: “That stall will not be there again today.” The website features a photo and video of the pop-up stall with a sign that read: “Spray Art. $60.” Eight people over the course of the day are seen buying the works
and getting a hug, a peck on the cheek or a handshake after a purchase from an elderly man working the stall. It is not clear who the man is. Banksy refuses to give his real name. The total take for the day was $420, according to the website. It said one man from Chicago bought four works because he was decorating his new home and needed something for the walls. One woman bought two small canvases for her children but only after negotiating a 50 percent discount, the website said. — The Associated Press US President Barack Obama visits with furloughed federal workers volunteering at a Martha’s Table kitchen on Oct. 14 in Washington, DC. During a statement, Obama called on congress to end the budget stalemate and allow federal employees to return to work. GETTY IMAGES
Furloughed workers share stories after US government shutdown
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They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war. And all of them have one thing in common: They were sent home on unpaid furlough last week after a political standoff between the president and Congress forced a partial shutdown of the federal government. More than 800,000 federal workers were affected at first, though the Pentagon has since recalled most of its idled 350,000 employees. What these sidelined government employees are doing with their spare time varies as widely as the jobs they perform. Some are tightening their budgets at home, watching what they spend on food and other necessities, fearing it could be weeks before they earn another paycheck. Others are having a tough time keeping their workplace projects shelved and agency emails unread. While Congress and the White House work on a deal to ensure furloughed workers receive back pay once the shutdown ends, some expenses can’t be put off, whether it’s replacing a broken furnace for $6,500 or buying diapers for a baby due before the month ends. Here are the stories of just a few of the government workers directly affected by the shutdown. As the government shutdown began its second week, Donna Cebrat was focused on stretching each dollar of her savings under the assumption she might not be able to return to work for a month or longer. “Instead of having a dinner, I’ll have a bowl of cereal. Maybe for dinner and lunch. Or maybe I’ll go down to McDonald’s for a hamburger off the dollar menu,” said Cebrat, 46, who works for the FBI at its office in Savannah, Ga. “Lots of budget cuts. Not that I was living extravagantly before.” Cebrat makes her living processing requests for public access to FBI records made under the
Freedom of Information Act. She lives alone in a middle-class suburb and estimates the money in her savings account could last her anywhere from two to six months. She checks headlines for any news on negotiations between the president and Congress, but said she avoids reading full stories or watching shutdown reports on TV that would only bring her down further. “I don’t need to see the name-calling,” Cebrat said. “I just need to see the headline.” Otherwise Cebrat has spent her days sanding and repainting her bathroom walls — a new tub, toilet and vanity will have to wait until next year — and taking walks in her neighborhood. She’s avoided trips to the mall or the movies. Catherine Threat sat at the bar, typing a note to her friends on Facebook. “How do I serve my country from this barstool in the only restaurant in this tiny town outside a training base that is mostly shut down?” she wrote. The 40-year-old staff sergeant in the Army Reserve returned from Afghanistan in July, taking a civilian job at Fort McCoy in central Wisconsin. Then, last week, she and most of her colleagues were furloughed — a maddening existence for a woman who isn’t used to sitting still for very long. So she headed to Chicago to help fellow veterans patrol the streets to help keep school children safe. It wasn’t much different from the foot patrols she did during her three years in Afghanistan. Foot patrols there created a presence, built bonds and deterred violence. “That’s what we’re doing here, too,” she said as she stood with other veterans outside an elementary school in a neighborhood that has had gang violence and other crime. The assignment was shortlived. Threat was called back to Fort McCoy, along with hundreds of other civilian employees. She didn’t see the recall as a victory “because there are still a
lot of people out of work” because of the shutdown. But either way, she was grateful for the chance to serve in Chicago. “Sometimes, I think this has almost been better for me. I’ve gotten more out of it than I’m contributing,” she said, quietly monitoring children walking by her. “But hopefully, I contributed something.” Jonathan Corso sat at his dining room table, the signs of a terrible week all around him. At his feet, his family’s beloved dog, Dixie. The sad-eyed, 14-year-old spaniel/mutt has terminal cancer and the day before had been given only about a month to live. Under his feet, the banging of workmen installing a new $6,500 furnace at his Decatur, Ga., bungalow after the old one broke. And there was Corso, home at 9:30 on a Friday morning. He would normally be at work at the Atlanta regional office of the Economic Development Administration, a small federal agency that provides help and construction grants to industrial parks, colleges and local governments. Corso, 44, and his wife, Liza, who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were both furloughed. In recent years, their federal jobs seemed stable while people working in state and local government and many private companies saw wage freezes or layoffs. But now this. The couple has savings, and they and their 7-year-old son should be fine financially for a while. There have been a few silver linings: The couple went to lunch together on a weekday. Corso, a marathoner, began his daily 10-mile run at 6 a.m. rather than his more onerous 4:45 a.m. usual start time. That allowed him to stay up one night to watch a baseball game. “We’re trying to make the best of it right now,” Corso said.
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Mock evictions demonstrate Palestinians’ life experience COMMENTARY STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE
ast Sunday night, Oct. 6, Students for Justice in Palestine board members printed mock eviction notices and distributed them in residence halls at Rutgers-New Brunswick. This action was intended to call attention to the systematic demolition of the homes of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and Israel. Since 1967, approximately 27,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel, as estimated by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. The facts about Palestinian home demolitions included on the mock eviction notices are all true and substantiated by human rights organizations, as well as international bodies such as the United Nations and International Court of Justice. For more than 65 years, successive Israeli governments have used home demolitions to displace the native Palestinian population of the region in order to create and maintain a Jewish-majority state and to “Judaize” certain areas. In 1948, Israeli forces expelled approximately 750,000 Palestinians from their homes during the state’s creation, systematically destroying more than 400 Palestinian population centers in the process. Since 1967 and the start of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, Israel has destroyed more than 27,000 Palestinian homes in the occupied territories. According to the United Nations, in the first nine months of 2013 alone, 862 Palestinians were made homeless by Israeli home demolitions. These facts about home demolitions, and those contained
in the mock eviction notices, are all accurate and substantiated by internationally respected human rights organizations. Just a few weeks ago, both the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch condemned Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes, with the latter noting that it amounts to a “grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.” We posted the notices under many doors on different floors of residence halls. We chose doors at random, aiming to maximize the number of people who
country, including Harvard University, Yale University, San Diego State University and Florida Atlantic University. This action is part of our long-term mission to draw awareness to a human rights issue that affects the global community on social, psychological, humanitarian and economic levels. The displaced Palestinian-Arab refugee population is the largest in the world, and forced evictions are one of the milder methods used to achieve this. It cannot be truthfully denied that for 65 years now, the Israeli government has oppressed
“Our completely fake notices caused no harm. It is Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes and confiscation of Palestinian land — which these notices were intended to highlight — that cause harm to millions.” would be viewing the notices, with one exception: We intentionally avoided the Hillel building and Les Turchin Chabad House, locations with many Jewish residents. This was done to avoid the possibility that Jewish students would feel that they were singled out. The fake eviction notices were just that — fake. The notices clearly stated the eviction was not real and was authored by SJP, saying “We thank you for taking the time to read this mock eviction notice and would like to invite you to find out more information.” This peaceful, quiet demonstration is not unprecedented. It originated with student activists at New York University and has spread to other schools across the
and traumatized the Palestinian people by means of racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing, illegal settlement and colonization, forced military occupation, apartheid and more. Thousands of Palestinian men, women and children have been killed since the beginning of this conflict, and Palestinian refugees and their descendants number in the millions. Rutgers University has a strong history of student protests and being the voice for those whose cries have fallen on deaf ears. We are proud to uphold this tradition that is fundamental to what it means to be a student at this university as well as a citizen of this nation. The First Amendment protects our right to free speech at a public university — especially speech
about one of the most urgent international human rights issues of our time. This is a college campus, the quintessential marketplace of ideas, where vigorous debate about serious problems is part of the educational experience. Free speech is sometimes controversial and upsetting to some — it would be worthless if it were not. But as was recently noted by the U.S. Department of Education in dismissing complaints against campuses like Rutgers alleging that pro-Palestinian activism creates a hostile environment for Jewish students, “In the university environment, exposure to robust and discordant expressions, even when personally offensive and hurtful, is a circumstance that a reasonable student may experience.” Our completely fake notices caused no harm. It is Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes and confiscation of Palestinian land — which these notices were intended to highlight — that cause harm to millions. We hope those who received and read them were given more insight into the plight of the Palestinian people after being put in their shoes for just a few seconds. We have faith the Rutgers community and administration will recognize our cause is important, not only to Palestinians, but also to the humanitarians in all of us. We ask for your support not only in our fundamental right to freedom of speech, but also in fighting for Palestinian liberty, justice, human rights and self-determination. Students for Justice in Palestine is proud to be at Rutgers University, and we should not and will not be silenced. This commentary was submitted on behalf of Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers University.
Redskins team name meant to honor, not disrespect STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN MIKE DENIS
e all know right now that the city of Washington is embroiled in controversy over conflicting ideologies. Two sides debating over issues they think are wrong and must be changed is the new norm. And I’m not even talking about the political climate of Washington. I’m talking about the debate over the Washington Redskins football team name. Over the past few weeks, the debate over the racial implications of the term Redskin heated up to become a national discussion. During the Sunday Night Football telecast on NBC this week, sportscaster Bob Costas offered his take on the name controversy. He said “there is no reason to believe that owner Daniel Snyder or any official or player from his team harbor animus toward Native Americans or wishes to disrespect them.” I think that is true — Snyder and Washington fans do not seek to disrespect Native Americans and think the term Redskin in a modern context is not a racial insult to Native Americans. Snyder wrote a letter this past week to Redskins fans and stated, “Our past isn’t just where we came from, it’s who we are. … On that inaugural Redskins team, four players and
I agree with Snyder in that our sports our Head Coach were Native Americans.” Many note sports team names often repre- teams represent who we are. Sports are sent strength, courage and pride. Snyder a social bond, and the names often reprewrote that the term Redskin indeed rep- sent the historical or cultural characteristics of an entire city. Hence Green Bay’s resents the aforementioned traits. Dozens of sports teams employ nick- football team is the Packers, named for names of Native Americans. Florida State the meatpacking facilities that covered University’s nickname is the Seminoles, the city. Our sports teams essentially Atlanta’s baseball team is the Braves, Kan- represent our characteristics — pride, sas City’s football team is the Chiefs, and courage and strength. But to define who my hometown Cleveland’s baseball team we are as a people, we have to know is the Indians. The owners of teams with where we come from. Costas noted that Stanford Uninicknames versity and based on Dar tmouth N a t i v e “Sports are a social bond, and the names C o l l e g e Americans changed their argue the often represent the historical or cultural sports team n a m e s names from are meant characteristics of an entire city.” the Indians to honto the Caror people dinal and of Native American heritage for their work building Big Green, respectively. The Miami communities in those cities. Certainly that University Redskins in Ohio became was the case in Cleveland, when in 1915, the RedHawks. Polls indicate 90 percent of Native the former Cleveland Naps — named so to honor legendary player/manger Nap La- Americans do not find the term Redskin joie — became the Cleveland Indians, to offensive. 79 percent of Americans do honor the contributions Louis Sockalexis, not think Washington should change the a Native American, made to revive base- team’s name. Snyder noted in his letter ball in the city. Other sports teams use that a radio host who is Native American different cultural figures for their team believed changing the team names would names. Those at Notre Dame Universi- be an issue, as it would remove Native ty call themselves the Fighting Irish and American identity from the national conBoston’s professional basketball team is sciousness, and is a source of pride among a history of bad events. Costas said “It’s called the Celtics.
an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.” I would agree with Costas. I don’t believe that using the term Indian or Braves denotes a racial insult. But the term Redskin does, no matter how far we are removed from past atrocities. Redskin has the historical connotation as a racist term, and nothing can change it. Costas asked viewers to think about naming team names after other racial groups. I did. There is no sports team called the Sambos or the Wetbacks. The only current sports team to have an insensitive racial connotation is Washington. Do-gooders will rail against the team name and the fans. I’m not. I think the fans of the team should decide for themselves if they want to continue to use the term Redskin. Perhaps they could change the team name to Indians or Braves, which have less of a racial connotation. Again, sports teams represent who we are and define our cities. I agree with Costas that the issue needs to be carefully examined, but the team should not give into the pressures of outside groups. The fans need to decide if Redskin represents who they are, just as any other team needs to decide if Native American names represent their fans. Mike Denis is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in history. His column, “Straight Up and Down,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.
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Today’s Birthday (10/15/13). Home, finances, romance, travel and career highlight this year. With Mars in Virgo (until Dec. 7), provide great service. Channel energy towards invention, study and research. Write, create and record. Obsess on details. Things get profitable. Revise habits for healthier practices. Relationships require flexibility and communication. Follow your passion star. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — Mars, the action planet ruling your sign, enters organized Virgo until Dec. 7. For about six weeks, research and sort information. Take advantage to reduce chaos and clutter. Count your blessings at home. Be realistic about resources. Get methodical. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Jump up a level. Actions speak louder than words; pay close attention to details. Get the family to help. Take a leap of faith, and travel. Keep your objective in mind. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — Imagine a fun, profitable adventure. Renovation takes your physical effort. Don’t be intimidated. Do what you promised and create a marvelous illusion. Come up with a plan to have it all over. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 5 — Sort the numbers. For about six weeks, education and research play a crucial role. You’re spurred to action. Heed recommendations and warnings. Investigate distant possibilities. Re-assess your assets. Postpone mundane chores while you embrace a big project. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Get creative with presentation. Glam it up. You’ll find lots to buy, but earn extra points (and respect) for cutting expenses. Meet your obligations with style. You can do it. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Trust intuition. Focus on personal growth and partnership. Accept a challenge. Take action on a long-held dream. Some things your friends suggest won’t work. Others set the rules. Combine business and pleasure.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Listen to your dreams. It’ll be easier to throw things away. Weed out unused stuff. Create space, and imagine the potential. Fancies turn to love. Your job interferes with playtime. Rely on an organized schedule. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 5 — You’re keen to understand and learn. Share important data with your team. Don’t give it all away. Take care of family first. Let a partner take charge. Imagine bliss despite confrontation or controversy. Work it out. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 5 — Consider all possibilities. Advance in your career. Romance sparks creativity to surmount any complications. You’ll also find bargains for your home. Follow a hunch and discover a truth about yourself. Abundance is available. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Get yourself a little treat. You’ll have severe wanderlust, itchy to start an adventure. Don’t officially begin your project, yet. Wait until it rings true on the practical level. Shop carefully and prepare. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — You’re inspiring folks. Make plans with great detail to the financials. Move a dream forward. Don’t break the bank. Apply finishing touches to your promotional material. Get ready to launch. Love emerges. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Spend time in contemplation. Increase your efficiency. Delegate as much as possible, and increase physically activity. Partnership aids your work. Add harmonious touches to the project. Write down your dreams and steps to realize them.
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Head coach Dan Donigan has shuffled several players’ positions to generate offense for the Knights. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
INJURIES Scoring goals has been difficult for RU in absences of pair of key players continued from back “We continue to try to tweak and see if something’s going to spark us in the attacking third of the field, but quite honestly, the attacking part of the game is the most difficult thing,” Donigan said. “It’s easy to defend because you can just be destructive, whereas on the offensive third of the field you have to be constructive, you have to create. You have to really almost be an artist within the game.” Inconsistency across the board has made life especially difficult for sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz. Rutgers’ leader in points scored five goals with Eze in the lineup but has not put one through the net in a month. The team is undefeated when he does. But until another Knight improves, Corboz will likely continue to be stuck in traffic. “Teams can swarm him and bottle him up, and it makes it tough,” Donigan said. “But other guys have to shoulder some more of that responsibility so they can’t just key in on him.” Why that has still not happened likely remains a product of Rutgers’ youthful core. Despite learning experiences and film review of mistakes throughout the season, Donigan believes the Knights sometimes cannot avoid lapses in games. Tough teams on Rutgers’ challenging schedule exploit
their mistakes, making it difficult to create consistent offensive opportunities. It has forced Donigan to confront the reality of the situation. “We have inconsistencies. We have a youthful group,” he said. “We could perform real well on any given night, but then we can come out and make some mistakes that really cost us on the next night.” Time for Rutgers to mature is running out, but its window is not yet shut. The Knights have three conference games remaining — two at home — which could be enough to finish in the AAC’s top four and host a first round tournament game. That final push begins Saturday, with Bucknell ser ving as Rutgers’ last tune-up until then. “They’re going to come here with a little chip on their shoulder,” Donigan said. “I’m sure they’re saying, ‘Oh, Rutgers, they’re obviously a beatable team because they have seven losses.’ So they’re going to come in here with their chest out and they’re going to fight … and if we don’t show up to play in all facets, it’s going to be a difficult evening.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @ GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.
October 15, 2013 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
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Coaches tab Knights fourth in conference By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
Coaches voted the Rutgers women’s basketball team to finish fourth this season in the AAC at the conference’s media day yesterday. The nine other coaches unanimously picked Connecticut — the defending national champion — to win the conference Louisville — national runner-up a year ago — was chosen to finish second in its final season in the conference before moving on to the ACC. South Florida projects to finish just behind at No. 3. Rounding out the preseason standings behind the Scarlet Knights at No. 4 are Southern Methodist, Memphis, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Temple and Houston in order. While Connecticut boasts the AAC’s Preseason Player of the
Year in forward Breanna Stewart, the conference selected a Scarlet Knight as its top freshman. Tyler Scaife, a two-time state player of the year at Hall (Ark.) High School, is the AAC Preseason Freshman of the Year. The last Knight to receive the honor was former wing April Sykes, who became Big East Freshman of the Year entering the 2007-08 season. Rutgers signed Scaife last November as the top point guard recruit and the No. 9 overall recruit nationally, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 23.8 points, 4.5 assists, four rebounds and 3.3 steals per contest in 85 varsity games across three seasons. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer enters the last year of her current contract as Rutgers is ranked No. 4 in the AAC’s preseason poll. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Depth changes without Filigno By Jim Mooney Staff Writer
Junior Jacob Stockl was one of four members to finish first in tournament play this season for Rutgers. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
Coach creates winning mentality for Rutgers By Sean Stewart
naments and executing that game plan.” Contributing Writer Shutte has tinkered with the With the Rutgers men’s golf past two tournament’s lineups, team failing to win a tournament allowing freshmen Ryan Rose and since 2009, head coach Rob Chase Wheatley to gain valuable Shutte took over the program in experience. While this may have 2012 knowing there was work to stunted some of the Knights’ early success, Walters feels Shutte’s be done. Now in his third season, emphasis on building depth will Shutte has not only led the benefit Rutgers long-term. “There’s kind of a sweat of havScarlet Knights to a tournament victory but also implemented a ing other guys take our position, competitive environment he be- so I think he’s established that lieves will prepare the team for he’s going to bring in guys that can challenge and bring out the long-term success. “We needed to create a cul- best of us,” Walters said. Shutte has also demonstrated ture of winning and an idea of what it was going to take to win,” an ability to recruit out-of-state talShutte said. “That took a lot of ent, particularly from California. Since joining the program, breaking down and having them understand what the obstacles Shutte has recruited three California residents: were ahead of Rose, Chang us to get us and freshman where we need “[Shutte’s] answer was Howe. to be and have to be a top 25 program. Michael All three play them buy in to Right off the bat, I knew significant roles what we wanted to accomand he’s one of the best on the team. Shutte beplish with the coaches that I have had.” lieves the diprogram.” versity of local One idea jonathan chang and out-of-state the team has sophomore talent increases adopted is that the team’s comeach player is petitiveness and capable of winprovides a bondning any tournament. It worked Sept. 24 when ing experience. “I think it’s a better experience Rutgers won the 17-team Hartford in the long run for the guys,” Hawks Invitational. In the four tournaments Shutte said. “They get to experithe team has played, four ence guys from different parts dif ferent Knights have led of the country … and it’s what makes the team fun.” Rutgers’ scorecards. Rutgers faces a two-week tourJunior Jacob Stockl won the Rutgers Invitational on Sept. 14, nament layoff. While some teams senior Doug Walters tied for a ca- may see it as a time for leisure, the reer-high second at the Hartford Knights will continue with their Hawks Invitational, sophomore regular practice routines. Shutte’s dedication toward Jonathan Chang led the squad Oct. 1at the Badger Invitational the team attracted Chang to and last Tuesday, senior Jona- the program. “I could see what he was than Renza led the team at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Ra- trying to do with the program and he was just [the] coach I leigh, N.C. With so many players perform- was looking for,” Chang said. ing well early, Walters believes “Talking to other coaches, I alShutte’s leadership has played a ways asked what they would see big role in helping many players happening in the next five years with the program and [Shutte’s] realize their potential. “I think just my competitive answer was to be a top-25 prodrive has been increased with gram. Right off the bat I [was Coach Shutte on the team,” confident] and he’s one of the Walters said. “Coach has best coaches that I have had.” helped me with my putting and For updates on the Rutgers my swing, but mentally he’s helped me a lot with the details men’s golf team, follow @Targumand preparations for the tour- Sports on Twitter.
Throughout the season, the Rutgers women’s soccer team has overcome different forms of adversity to earn its 11-2-1 record. But the team will face arguably its biggest challenge Friday, as it plays conference front-runner Central Florida without one of its best players. Senior forward Jonelle Filigno must sit out the road game after she received a red card and was ejected from Sunday’s game against Southern Methodist. Filigno has been one of the Scarlet Knights’ leaders all season and is tied with junior forward Stefanie Scholz for the team lead in points and goals. Rutgers will have to find a way to replace that production for one game. But Filigno’s experience might be the greatest loss. Along with being a fifth-year senior, Filigno also has won a bronze medal in her time with the Canadian national team in 2012’s London Olympics. Head coach Glenn Crooks must decide who replaces Filigno in the starting 11 alongside Scholz and Tiernan to round out the forwards. Senior forward Maria Gerew is one of those candidates, as she has the most experience out of the group of forwards. Gerew has scored one goal this season and appeared in all 14 games. Another player who may start Friday’s game is sophomore forward Rachel Cole. Cole has scored one goal and added three assists this season while showing off some playmaking ability in her 14 appearances this season.
Senior foward Jonelle Filigno will miss Friday’s match against Central Florida after earning a red card last Friday against SMU. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
No matter whom Crooks decides to start in Filigno’s place, it will likely require replacement by committee. While there may be no way to replace that kind of knowledge of the game, the Knights have shown all season that they are capable of competing with most teams in the country. Scholz has broken out this season. She went from playing as one of the first substitutes last season to making the starting 11. If Friday’s match is close, Rutgers may turn to Scholz in a situation where Filigno would normally step up.
Filigno broke the school’s career game-winning goals record earlier this season with 16 and has routinely been in the right place in clutch moments. Scholz is second on the team in that category this season with three game-winners. The Knights will also need production from some of their younger forwards, including freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan. Tiernan is third on the team with five goals and 13 points as a rookie. For a team that has been all about playing for each other, Friday may need to be the biggest team effort the Knights have put out all season.
October 15, 2013 VOLLEYBALL KNIGHTS RANK SECOND-TO-LAST IN AAC IN KILLS, HITTING PERCENTAGE
Rutgers focuses on converting more ‘O’ chances By Tyler Karalewich Staff Writer
The Rutgers volleyball team’s losing streak, now at five games, keeps growing, and the Scarlet Knights have lost 11 of their last 12. The bulk of the blame does not fall on any one individual or position, but rather the whole team. But the confusing aspect with the Scarlet Knights is what continues this trend. “We are a better team than the record shows,” said head coach CJ Werneke. “Our effort is there and we have played well enough at times where we could have won 10 games. We just have to keep working at it week in and week out at practice. If we get some more wins, we can validate what kind of team we truly are.” The most glaring reason for the Knights’ lack of success falls on the offensive output. The team ranks toward the bottom of the conference in hitting percentage as well as total team kills. To better understand the offense, a player must familiarize with the position of outside hitter. In volleyball, and specifically for Rutgers’ offensive mindset, the offense runs through that position. The hitters are usually the most skilled offensive players, and oftentimes lead the team in kills and points scored. The offensive act of a kill is an attack that is not returned by the opposition, thus resulting in a point for the offense. A kill is not the only way to score, but for the most part, the
Knights primarily generate offense through it. Rutgers has 831 kills this season but have forwarded only 1,102 points. “We take the majority of the balls from the setters in each match, so it is vital how we play our attacks,” said sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa. “We focus on bettering the ball with each play. We want to get our kills and control the ball.” Lassa is the team’s leader in total kills and points thus far this season. She is also the AAC leader in total kills with 267 kills and is four th in kills per set with 3.56. The Knights may be able to lean on the offensive production of Lassa, but they still rank second-to-last in the conference in kills and hitting percentage. “Consistency is the most important aspect of our offensive attack,” Lassa said. “Our offense needs to get better at converting our chances. We have a very strong defense, so we must play off of their success.” Rutgers’ hitting percentage for the season is a dismal .125, which opponents expose. So even if the defense is strong like the Knights’, it can only hold on for so long. Rutgers looks to improve offensively against two AAC foes — Friday against Memphis and Sunday against Temple. For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa leads the Knights in points and kills this season, but Rutgers ranks low in the AAC in hitting percentage. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Both RU squads place high at championships By Conor Nordland Contributing Writer
The Rutgers men and women’s cross country teams both performed impressively Friday at the Metropolitan Cross Country Championships in the Bronx. The women finished third, and the men placed fourth. Several of the women notably improved. “The ladies really ran well [Friday] and we posted four personal bests,” said head coach James Robinson in a statement. Sophomore Paige Senatore paced the Scarlet Knights again, finishing sixth overall with 18:41. Six Knights placed in the top 50. “Coming of f less than a week rest and on their first 6K course of the season, they delivered really good results and times,” Robinson also said in a statement. Junior Allison Payenski’s time of 18:52 was good for ninth place, freshman Kaitlyn Bedard finished in 13th with 19:03, senior Rashmi Singh posted 19:34 for 24th place, junior Felicia O’Donnell came in 31st with 19:49 and freshman Nisa Cicitta finished 38th with 20:11.
“We’ll set our sights on competing at the inaugural American Cross Countr y Championships next,” Robinson said in a statement. As for the men’s team, it fared nearly as well, earning four th overall at the METs. Key contributions for the Knights came from senior Chris Banafato, junior C.J. DeFabio, junior Anthony Horton, sophomore Jamin Vekaria and freshman Sam Habib. All five finished within the top 40 of competitors. Banafato ran an impressive time of 26:28, which placed him seventh overall. DeFabio finished 21st after posting 26:58, Hor ton finished 31st with 27:23, Vekaria ran a 27:32 for 35th and Habib followed him with 27:36 for 36th place. Both teams are likely pleased with their per formances over the weekend, and they are each preparing for a strong outing at Nov. 2’s AAC Championships in Madison, Conn. For updates on the Rutgers cross country teams, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.
October 15, 2013
KNIGHT NOTEBOOK FLOOD TO REEVALUATE RUTGERS’ OFFENSIVE LINE
he Rutgers athletic department announced that single game tickets are now available for both basketball teams. It also announced fourgame mini plans available for purchase. The men’s mini plan includes oppor tunities to purchase tickets for games against Louisville, Connecticut, Memphis and Cincinnati. The women’s mini plan will include games against Georgia, Connecticut, Memphis and Central Florida. Men’s mini-plans are available for $104.00 with seating in the 200 level, and women’s mini-plans begin at $104.00 in the 100 level and $60.00 in the 200 level.
Director Jeff Long became the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, according to CBS Sports. Long appeared in an online video distributed over the Playof f’s social networks. He said he was “proud and humbled” to be the head of the committee. Long ser ved in the athletic administrations at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Oklahoma before he became Pittsburgh’s athletic director in 2003. He took over at Arkansas in 2008. His tenure included terminating former Razorback football coach Bobby Petrino after Petrino’s motorcycle accident cover-up scandal. Wisconsin’s Barr y Alvarez and USC’s Pat Haden are the other athletic directors expected to ser ve on the committee.
James Franklin will miss three to five weeks with a shoulder sprain, according to CBS Spor ts. Franklin, who suf fered the injur y in the Tiger’s 41-26 win Saturday against Georgia, was originally going to miss at least six weeks. It was first diagnosed as a shoulder separation. Head coach Gar y Pinkel told CBS Spor ts redshir t freshman quar terback Maty Mauk would star t Saturday against Florida. In six games this season, Franklin has thrown 1,577 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions for undefeated Missouri.
The Buffalo Bills signed
free agent quarterback Matt Flynn yesterday, according to CBS Sports. The signing came after quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who star ted for the Bills in their 2724 over time loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, suf fered an injur y in the game. Lewis filled in for former rookie star ting quar terback EJ Manuel, who sprained his LCL and will miss a few weeks, according to CBS Spor ts. The Oakland Raiders cut Flynn earlier this season after Terrelle Pr yor took the star ting job. Oakland signed Flynn last of fseason, and he also played for the Green Bay Packers.
Junior running back P.J. James will not practice during the Rutgers football team’s bye week and head coach Kyle Flood said James will be reevaluated at the end of the week. James leads the Knights this season with 573 rushing yards. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
James continues recovery in bye week By Bradly Derechailo
The offensive line could have allowed more sacks, but junior quarterback Gar y Nova avoided several takedowns in the backfield when the pocket collapsed.
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Coming off its worst rushing performance of the season Thursday against Louisville, the Rutgers football team will be without sophomore running back P.J. James during its bye week. “He will be re-evaluated at the end of the bye week,” said head coach Kyle Flood via teleconference. “We will have a little bit of an update in terms of timeframe. He will not practice this week. He is not at that point yet where he needs to do that.” James missed the Scarlet Knights’ last two games against Southern Methodist and the Louisville after sustaining a lower leg injury Sept. 21 against Arkansas. It is still undetermined whether the Knights’ leading rusher will return this season. In Rutgers’ first four games, James led the team with 573 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. His four runs of 50-plus yards tied Ray Rice for most in program history. In his stead, running backs Savon Huggins and Justin Goodwin have taken the bulk of the carries. Goodwin, a true freshman, received most of the carries Oct. 5 against the Mustangs and impressed in the process. Goodwin rushed for 149 yards on 24 carries for two touchdowns, including a game-winning 17-yard scamper in triple overtime of Rutgers’ 55-52 victory. Huggins complemented Goodwin in that contest with 18 carries for 48 yards. But last Thursday against Louisville, both combined for just 60 yards on 17 carries, well
Senior Andre Civil replaced junior right tackle Taj Alexander along the line that allowed eight sacks against Louisville. JOVELLE TAMAYO
below Rutgers’ average of 151.7 yards per game. Flood credited the Cardinals’ run defense but also said the lack of production fell in the laps of the Knights’ run offense. “In the run game, we need to execute better,” Flood said. “In a lot of ways, up until this point, we did that against Louisville, and we didn’t. Some of that was Louisville’s defense, and some of that was us not executing the way I think we’re capable of.”
evaluate the offensive line during the bye week after the unit al-
lowed a season-high eight sacks to Louisville. “When you don’t do a good enough job, you have to see if there are other people on the team who can make you better and do a better job,” Flood said. “We’ve got a couple practices this week to see if that’s the case.” Throughout the game, Flood rotated four players on the right side of the line, with seniors Antwon Lower y and Andre Civil respectively entering for redshirt freshman right guard Chris Muller and junior right tackle Taj Alexander.
Gareef Glashen will return to practice after missing the past two weeks with a personal issue. The timing of his return correlates with Lew Toler’s injury, as the senior cornerback will likely miss the season after breaking his arm against the Cardinals on the opening series. “I think that this bye week and every day in it is critical to every player in our program,” Flood said. “Gareef has not played in a couple games. To get him back will give us some more experience in the secondary.” Glashen has played four games this season and started in the Knights’ opener against Fresno State. Without Glashen and Toler against Louisville, freshmen Ian Thomas, Nadir Barnwell and Anthony Ciof fi all played substantially. But this season, Rutgers nationally ranks 116th this season in passing yards allowed with 306.8 yards per game. Flood believes Glashen’s presence can only help Knights’ chances at improvement. “I think the more players and the more options you have at a position, the stronger your football team is,” Flood said. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @ TargumSports.
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With recent injuries to senior forward Kene Eze and sophomore midfielder Mitchell Taintor, teams have keyed in on sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz, above. Corboz, who has 15 points, has not scored a goal since Sept. 15 against South Carolina and will be a pivotal factor tonight against Bucknell at Yurcak Field. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RU tries to overcome injuries at Yurcak By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
Rutgers men’s head soccer coach Dan Donigan knew injuries would hit the Scarlet Knights this season, but he did not anticipate the stark ineffectiveness of the team’s contingency plans. Donigan touted the Knights’ depth early this season, but a distinct production drop-off in the absence of a key scorer has overshadowed that collection of talent.
Before losing senior forward Kene Eze to a hamstring injury Sept. 20, Rutgers averaged 2.17 goals in its first six games. In the seven games since, where Eze played 35 total minutes, the Knights (5-7-1, 2-3) have scored just three total goals. They have gone scoreless four times. Converted sophomore midfielder Mitchell Taintor, Rutgers’ best alternative to stretch the field, is recovering from appendectomy surgery from Thursday to compound the issue.
“Now we’re even more short-handed because we don’t have that versatility with being able to throw Mitchell up top in the frontline to give us a little bit more of a dimension in the attack,” Donigan said. “Having those two guys out really makes things difficult for us as a whole.” Donigan said he hopes to have both back by Saturday against South Florida, but for tonight’s home game against Bucknell (7-3-1), his options are dwindling.
Donigan has expanded his rotation to give more bench players an opportunity. He has tried shifting the alignments of freshman midfielder Erik Sa and sophomore for ward J.P. Correa — two of Rutgers’ best on-ball players — to generate of fense. Nothing Donigan has tried led to a multigoal output. See INJURIES on Page 15
FOOTBALL KNIGHTS WILL PLAY ON EITHER ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS OR AAC GAME OF THE WEEK PACKAGE
Rutgers Homecoming game against Houston to start at noon By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
When the Rutgers football team takes the field next Saturday against Houston, it will be the first time the Scarlet Knights play in High Point Solutions Stadium since Sept. 21. The AAC and ESPN announced yesterday the game between the Knights and the Cougars will begin at noon. The contest will serve as Rutgers’ homecoming game.
The game will either show on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews or as part of the American TV Game of the Week package. While Rutgers will enter the game after a bye week, Houston will have a game against nonconference foe Brigham Young under its belt. “[Houston] will be a tremendous challenge for us,” Flood said yesterday via teleconference. “They’re very well-coached. I think Coach [Tony] Levine has done an excellent job taking over that program.”
How has the Rutgers football team fared on Homecoming over the past five seasons? The Scarlet Knights are 3-2 in that time span, with wins over Navy, Connecticut and Texas Southern. Rutgers most recently lost last season to Kent State, 3523, following a 7-0 start to the campaign.
The Cougars (5-0, 2-0) have defeated both Memphis and Temple for their two conference victories and tie with No. 8 Louisville and South Florida for first place in the AAC. “They’re as good as anybody in the country on special teams,” Flood said. “They run the ball very, very well for excellent yardage in every game. That’s going to be a great challenge for our defense for sure.” The Knights will go against one of the better offenses in the country, as Houston ranks 27th overall in total offense.
senior, reached the semifinal round of last season’s ITA Invitational before she was beat in three sets by Amanda Mulliawan of Princeton. The Rutgers tennis team will compete in this year’s event Thursday in Boston.
Rutgers will look to rebound from generating just 10 points against Louisville. “Offensively, we have to try to get back on track,” Flood said. “We were a little disjointed in that last game and certainly the Louisville defense had a lot to do with that, but certainly there are a lot of things we think we can do better.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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