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True freshman wide receiver Mohamed Sanu played in the Wildcat formation for the first time this season in the Scarlet Knights’ 24-17 loss Friday night against Big East Rival Pittsburgh.
Clinton to rally at U. for governor’s re-election BY CAGRI OZUTURK ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Former President Bill Clinton will visit the University today as a part of a salvo of endorsements from big-name public figures to endorse Gov. Jon S. Corzine.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym. Besides endorsing Corzine, campaign organizers said he may talk about topics such as public service, important global events and health care. Clinton’s visit is in conjunction with endorsements
from Vice President Joseph Biden, President Barack Obama and Caroline Kennedy for Corzine’s reelection. “[The endorsements] may help but events don’t make voters change their minds from one candidate to the next,” Associate
Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics John Weingart said. “What they do is motivate people who already lean toward the Democrats but aren’t enthused about Corzine enough to go out and vote for him.” The Clinton endorsement comes amid low poll numbers such
a 49 percent disapproval rating by a recent New York Times poll. The poll also shows 54 percent of New Jersey voters replied positively to Corzine as a strong leader, while Christie received 38 percent.
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Biden: Corzine will move state forward BY AMBIKA SUBRAMANYAM CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Vice President Joe Biden throws his support behind Gov. Jon S. Corzine for re-election yesterday at a rally at Middlesex County College. He cited the governor’s knowledge of the financial world to bring the state out of economic hardship.
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T-shirt contest generates funds for scholars program BY MARY DIDUCH
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
What do you think is the most important issue in the upcoming election? Find out what your peers have to say.
The Rutgers Future Scholars TShirt Design Challenge dared participants to “dream, believe and succeed,” as displayed on one of the winning shirts on sale starting this month
With just two weeks left until the gubernatorial election, the Democratic Party has ramped up endorsements for the re-election of Gov. Jon S. Corzine with appearances from prominent Democrats including President Barack Obama, Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden all throughout the state. Biden visited Middlesex County College yesterday afternoon to publicly announce his endorsement for Corzine’s re-election.
“We need people like Jon Corzine — smart, honest, hardworking politicians who really get it,” Biden said. He said the United States is in the worst recession the country has ever experienced — short of a depression — and New Jersey was hit so hard because it was doing well before. Biden said the first week he and Obama were in office, they knew their first priority was to address the economic situation. “The president and I weren’t blaming Corzine for
at the Rutgers Bookstore in Ferren Mall in New Brunswick. Members of Future Scholars who participated submitted two designs each to be judged for design and creativity, how well they met the challenge’s criteria and how well the message of the design was commu-
nicated, said Rick Lee, who taught a summer course about design and business to the scholars. “The students’ challenge was to create a design for a T-shirt that would highlight the Future Scholars program and, in addition, appeal to a wide audience, from college students to alumni
to children,” said Lee, in an e-mail correspondence. The winners of the challenge were Christian Alzate and Cassidy Christopher, who both go to Piscataway High School, Lee said.
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Sigma Chi members transfer coins from jugs to bins at “Penny Wars,” one of several Derby Days events. As Sigma Chi’s fall fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network, Derby Days is a competition between six sororities to raise the most funds for charity. University affiliates dropped pennies into jugs to add points to each sorority’s points or drop in other dominations to deduct points. The event will conclude Saturday at Nicholas Music Center with a Lip Sync event.
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Extended library hours pose budget issues BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
With the help of several students, University library administrators are looking into the possibility of expanding library hours. Despite the call from students for longer hours, there are some logistical concerns that need to be reviewed, said Mary Fetzer, interim associate University librarian for Research and Instructional Services. The main issue is money. “We need to be ver y concerned about the availability of money in a time when we’re cutting budgets,” she said. It costs money to have staff and security available during later hours, Fetzer said. Head of Access Services Judy Gardner said the budget her department deals with — keeping the libraries open past midnight — has been cut 20 percent this year. “So we’re really struggling [and] relying more on work-study students,” she said. But there are major security issues as well, Fetzer said. “These are very large buildings in some instances with lots of nooks and crannies,” Fetzer said. “We are in an urban environment, and we want to make sure our students are safe.”
This could include adding more police on watch, she said. “We would like — if we were to extend hours — to have some kind of police present at least wandering through occasionally to minimize any problems that may come out from being in an urban environment,” Fetzer said. The libraries are open and free to the public, Gardner said. She said checking RUIDs was considered to increase security but would require many personnel and is unrealistic. The buses also do not run late in the night, Fetzer said, making it unsafe for students walking back. Alexander Librar y and the Library of Sciences and Medicine are open the latest, until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, Gardner said. Alexander Library and the Science and Engineering Resource Center are open 24 hours during exams. “We manage to [extend hours] during exams because we noticed a spike in use and we have all semester to plan for it and to make sure we have staff that are scheduled,” she said. One idea was to extend the hours at Mabel Smith Douglass Library and Kilmer Library so that each campus would have extended hours, Gardner said. Those two
libraries are open until midnight Sunday through Thursday. To see if this is a possibility, the staff will look at the exit statistics — the count of students who enter and exit the libraries one hour and at closing — and the sur vey to then make the appropriate resolutions, Gardner said. The libraries have performed test runs in the past, keeping the hours past 2 a.m., but student use drops tremendously, making it not wor thwhile to keep the libraries open that late even during the pilots, she said. “If an extension comes, it would be to extend maybe an hour at either Kilmer or Douglass, but not go beyond 2 [a.m.] at this point,” Gardner said. The library is also considering using volunteers to monitor during extended hours, she said. “But that brings along its own pool of problems,” Fetzer said, as it takes time and money to manage and train a group of volunteers. Rutgers University Student Assembly and the University Affairs Committee brought the idea along with several options to the library staff after a large number of students voiced concerns, said Ben West, committee chair.
Fetzer said the RUSA committee’s survey results would help clarify the needs and wants of the majority of students, not just the select few that may want this change. Students may just need more space to study, which is not necessarily librar y databases or space, she said. The sur vey would reveal these needs. “We would certainly like to see results of that survey to see what students really do need,” Fetzer said. The RUSA committee expects to distribute the surveys within the next two weeks, West said. “We’re asking a lot of targeted questions about libraries to see what kind of solution students would like,” he said. Some questions to be asked include whether certain nights should have longer hours, in which libraries students would like to see hour extension and whether students would pay for a $141.50 librar y fee per semester to pay for the additional ser vices, like the computing fee, West said. Gardner said the potential for a librar y fee would be worth exploring. “I’m just not sure how it would work, but if it would help with any of those services and it
would be something that you would see very concrete services as a result of, then that’s appealing, especially to students,” she said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Patrick Fasano said he is often looking for a place to study late at night. “I always want to go [to Alexander Librar y] and it’s never open,” said Fasano, who would be willing to pay for a librar y fee if it kept the libraries open later. School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Nick Mishkovsky said while he would love the libraries to stay open, he would not be willing to pay an extra fee. “Just because we’re paying so much to go to school, that’s a bit much to ask,” he said. Rutgers College senior Liz Chambers said she has no preference if the libraries extend their hours. “I don’t really go there,” she said. The sur vey will be for all undergraduate students and will be available for about two to three weeks after distribution at tables and campus council meetings, he said. RUSA will set up tables to pass out the sur vey and also expects the campus councils to help.
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RALLY: Leaders say Clinton will spark civil service interest continued from front The same poll showed 47 percent of voters saying Corzine explained his position clearly while Christie received 30 percent. Voter turnout for gubernatorial elections is generally lower than presidential elections, so endorsements like these are likely to motivate people to help him, Weingart said. “The president’s visit to Rutgers is definitely something that would interest a lot of students,” said Rutgers University Student Assembly Chair Werner Born. “Someone of that level of impor tance to visit Rutgers is ver y beneficial to the University community.” Clinton’s visit to the University is important for many reasons, like the sense of history and novelty of seeing the former president, Weingart said. “Bill Clinton [is a] masterful public speaker; it is a valuable experience to hear someone who is so skilled at speaking,” Weingart said. “Clinton also tends to be a serious person; he will speak about important world or local events that will affect many lives around the world.”
Others reflected on the public service address aspect of the event. His presence may act as a role model for students so they become more involved in on-campus events, President of Rutgers Chapter of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Bairon Rivas said. “It’s exciting to see such an important figure come to Rutgers. Student activity has fluctuated in my five years here at the University, and the organizations that have been active are usually underrepresented,” said Rivas, a Rutgers College senior. The issue of student’s involvement in public service projects has been important for Clinton since he was the governor of Arkansas, Weingart said. Clinton created AmeriCorps, and he believes all students should devote some time to public service as part of the social contract for living in this society and that they will be enriched for it. “If you look at the University, there is a huge number of organizations, such as those in the greek community, that have students that are ver y active in the University,” said Born, a School of Engineering senior. There are many students that work in community service, but there is always room for more — it is something you can never have enough of, he said.
“My fraternity has been expanding its community service projects since I’ve been here. I know a lot of students that partake in a lot of activities,” Born said. “For example, the third annual Scarlet Day of Service is coming up, and I know that will be a huge event.” Some students felt lukewarm about the event. School of Arts and Sciences senior Nicole Parfett said she is not excited for Clinton’s visit. “I’m not really that into politics,” she said. Angela Sharp of Salem County said she wishes Clinton would not endorse Corzine. “I kind of like Bill Clinton, and I don’t want him to like Jon Corzine,” she said. In the past, Corzine has cut arts funding and threatened to cut the Governor’s School — a state-funded summer program for talented rising high school seniors, she said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Kate Statton said people view both Hillary and Bill Clinton positively and negatively, and his visit could go either way. “Of course you think of all the controversy towards the end of his presidency, but I still think it’s pretty important for the University,” she said. — Mary Diduch contributed to this article
JACK’S MANNEQUIN TO PERFORM 90-MINUTE SET AT UNIVERSITY In Rutgers University Programming Association’s largest concert of the semester, Jack’s Mannequin will be playing Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym. They will be performing a 90-minute set, with songs “The Mixed Tape” and “Dark Blue,” according to RUPA’s Web site. “The lead singer is involved with so many charities. [Andrew McMahon] went through so much himself with leukemia. He’s a big advocate for it. And I think that’s a good message to bring to the University,” said Vice President of RUPA’s music committee Roselyn Jose, a Rutgers College senior.
Tickets are still available at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. until the day of the show, when they will be on sale at the venue, she said. As of Sunday afternoon, there were still some standing room tickets available for $20 and plenty of balcony seats for $15. Faculty, staff and guest tickets are $25 for standing floor and $20 for the balcony, according to the Web site. Students are allowed two guests with valid identification, who must be with the student at the door for admittance the night of the show, Jose said. —Sara Gretina
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CONTEST: T-shirts may
design and entrepreneurship,” Lee said. During the course, Lee met be sold online, through holidays with the designers for seven hours daily in the Writer’s House continued from front in Murray Hall on the College Other participants were Patrice Avenue campus, he said. “For both the ‘Design and Belin and Luz Torres. All proceeds of the shirts’ Business Foundations’ elective and the ‘Design sales go to the Rutgers Future course Scholars program, which pro- Challenge’ course, I used the vides a scholarship and mentor- curriculum of fered by Sweat ship to local, talented eighth Equity Enterprises, a youth graders should they be accept- development program founded ed to the University after high by designer Marc Ecko, [who attended the University,]” school, Lee said. The shirts came in the begin- he said. The four participants had ning of the month and were sold at the Homecoming Festival, brainstorming sessions, persaid Rutgers Bookstore Store ormed market analysis and marmanager John Cusick. The ket research and created their designs using interest in the Adobe Creative shir ts and Suites software, their stor y has “It’s our way to Lee said. been strong. contribute to the They also “There’s been learned about a lot of interest in program and be a public speaking. them, the sales “Through a have been good, part of the University number of public [and] people community.” speaking exercisseem to really es, the young like the designs,” JOHN CUSICK designers also Cusick said. Rutgers Bookstore Manager learned to comThe shirts municate their range from $14 to $18 and are available in sizes vision and to explain their creative process to a diverse audifrom infant to adult, he said. Soon the shirts will be avail- ence,” Lee said. The participants did not need able on the Rutgers Bookstore Web site, at the Busch conven- to aspire to become designers to ience store and at the Spirit benefit from the course and the Shop on Livingston campus, challenge, said Director of Rutgers Future Scholars Aramis Cusick said. The shirts are also sold at Gutierrez in an e-mail corresponfootball games and will be avail- dence. The skills learned are able at basketball games, he applicable to many fields. “Through this partnership — said. They will be sold up SEE, Writer’s House and RFS — through the holidays. “It’s our way to contribute to we were able to teach 21st-centuthe program and be a part of ry skills such as collaboration, the University community,” research and [the] use of technology through design,” he said. Cusick said. The program hopes the chalLee, a University English lecturer, said he taught an elective lenge becomes an annual event course on “Design and Business around the Homecoming weekFoundations” and led a prepara- end, Gutierrez said. Since the shirts are limited edition, they tion course for the challenge. “Following the curriculum hope both the scholars and established by Sweat Equity University communities look forEnterprises, the ‘Design ward to the new designs. “They can collect them all Challenge’ sought to provide our young designers with an knowing that all proceeds go to a oppor tunity to learn about tremendous cause — an investthe relationship between ment in the future,” he said.
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National UN conference awards four U. students BY SARA GRETINA UNIVERSITY EDITOR
After their four-day journey to the nation’s capital, the Rutgers University Association of International Relations returned with four awards. This was the most the University ever brought home from the National Collegiate Security Conference, Association President Harinath Amarnath said. “We did a lot better this year than we have in the past,” said Director of Communications Shariq Ahmad, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I’ve always thought that the smartest kids at Rutgers are just as good as the smar test kids at any other institution.” The conference has four levels of awards: best, outstanding, honorable and verbal, from greatest to least, said Amarnath, a Rutgers College senior. Advait Shukla, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, and Neelesh Mittal, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, were awarded verbal commendations; Samar Shah, a Rutgers College senior, was given an honorable delegation; and Amarnath was awarded an outstanding delegation. “We were up against schools like Har vard and other ivy leagues,” he said. “In my committee, I beat out U. Chicago and Harvard, and they have really smart delegates.” The conference brought nearly 500 students to Washington, D.C., where they participated in debating committees such as Indian Parliament, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Assembly on Cyber warfare, Egyptian-Israeli Joint Conference, United Nations Peace-Building Commission and others, Amarnath said. “The competition requires us to represent various countries or personalities and debate international topics,” he said. For example, the EgyptianIsraeli Joint Crisis required one of our delegates in the Egyptian cabinet to debate what policy decisions Egypt should make following the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956, Amarnath said.
“In a more contemporary simulation, another delegate representing Jamaica debated how to reform the Peace building fund of the UN,” he said. School of Arts and Sciences senior Audi Syarief played the role of Tennessee Sen. John Bell in the Senate 1850 Committee. Pretending it was the year 1850, the students considered bringing territories into the United States after the recently ended Mexican War, he said. In an attempt to compromise, the committee set up rules at the beginning of the conference that would affect later decisions. “We got so into our roles that compromise didn’t work. We wrote letters asking … to secede and so the Civil War broke out ten years early,” he said. Rutgers University Student Assembly allocated approximately $2,500 for two conferences per semester, which translates to six University representatives for each, Amarnath said. But the association fundraised to send 10 people at $120 each to the Conference. “There are so many people who want to go to Model UN Conferences and these trips. It’s horrible to say ‘no’ to some talented students who deserve to go, but we can’t afford to take them under our current budget,” Ahmad said. Nonetheless, the association has recently built its membership and as a result, has been able to take more promising delegates to their conferences, he said. “A lot of the Ivy Leagues don’t give Rutgers a second thought when we go to the conferences, but now they know that we are competition. We put Rutgers on the map [at these conferences],” Ahmad said. “And when we go to U. Penn in November we hope to continue that success.” Besides conferences, the association holds weekly meetings on Tuesday at 9 p.m. in room 402 of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus, Amarnath said. “Our mission is to improve the understanding of international relations on campus,” he said. “[We] discuss contemporary issues such as whether it is genocide in Africa or debating if Mexico is a failed state.”
WITH $25K GRANT, U. SCIENTIST WORKS TO UNCOVER EVERYDAY BRAIN FUNCTIONS Throughout the day, the brain processes and responds to external stimuli from experiences and interactions with other people, reading books, watching movies and eating food. To take a closer look at this brain activity in rats, postdoctoral researcher Eva Pastalkova at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark was selected for the 2009 Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award for Young Scientists, according to a University Media Relations press release. Pastalkova received a $25,000 grant with the award to fund her research method, developed with her adviser Professor György Buzsaki, according to the press release. “What I find fascinating is that the brain has a life of its own,” Pastalkova said. “Now that we can begin to study internally generated activity, we can, hopefully, gain a better understanding of the mechanism that generates it.” The research involves rats running through a maze and on a running wheel, while examining brain activity, according to the release. “While the rat is running on the wheel, there are no cues in the external environment to cause any change in brain activity,” Pastalkova said. “Yet during that time when there were no varying external stimuli, the brain activity looked as if the animal were running a virtual course.” Pastalkova said the process could be similar to when someone is running on a treadmill and tuning out of the immediate environment and reflecting on the day, according to the release. “What the research seems to say is that there are complex thought processes generated by the brain itself,” Pastalkova said. — Caitlin Mahon
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BIDEN: Obama, VP called governor for financial advice continued from front the economic problems; we literally picked up the phone and called him to ask what we should do,” he said. In June and July, home prices rose for the first time in three years, and last week the stock market closed at more than 10,000 points, Biden said. Also, 35 percent of the money people lost in their 401K plans has returned. He said Corzine knows about the economy and the world market. “All this progress didn’t happen over night. It’s because of Corzine at the state level and [Obama and I] at the national level,” Biden said. Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie believes New Jersey’s stimulus plan was not good when in reality, the rest of the nation is trying to catch up to the state’s progress, he said. “Corzine chose to protect the things that New Jersey really values,” Biden said. The vice president said while many think Corzine has already won the election, they should still go out and vote. “Corzine has been a governor in tough times,” Biden said. “Let’s
give him the chance to be a governor in good times.” Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6, said he believes the election will be close, but will still be a Democratic victory. “Biden is here to point out why Obama needs to work with a Democratic governor and legislature in New Jersey,” Pallone said. The bottom line is that this is an issue-oriented election, he said. “Corzine’s policies will lead us to a bright future, while Christie’s policies are the policies of the past — the policies of the Bush administration — which is what got us into this mess in the first place,” Pallone said. Corzine addressed the audience, stating the United States is in the deepest economic recession in 80 years, and the election of Obama and Biden has brought a great change to the nation. “Voters, you believe in America, like I do. You believe in America’s promise, like I do,” he said. Corzine detailed his beliefs, successes as governor and differences from Christie. “This election is not about me or Chris Christie — it is about the future, our children and the legacy we leave behind,” Corzine said.
U NIVERSITY Every child deserves quality, public education, he said. New Jersey students outperform the country in math and science, and 3,000 new pre-school students enrolled last year, Corzine said. “There is a reason why New Jersey students … have the highest graduation rate in America,” he said.
“They’re old friends, so of course he’s going to support him. ... we should take everything he said with a grain of salt.” MANISH SINGH Middlesex County Resident
Health care is another basic right he believes in, Corzine said. Christie does not think mammograms, autism screening or 48hour stays for new mothers in hospitals should be covered by insurance, the incumbent said. Corzine said the Republican wants a constitutional ban on abortion. “Chris Christie is wrong where it matters,” he said. The governor stressed the importance of college students to his campaign.
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M “We are proud of you [college students]; we know you will succeed,” Corzine said. “We want you to make New Jersey your home, and I am fighting for a better future for you.” Sen. Barbara Buono, D-18, said Corzine has been increasing funding to assist students to pay for school. Several students in attendance felt Corzine is the choice for N.J. voters. “People fault [Corzine] for the current state of New Jersey, but they have to remember that ever y state and ever y countr y is in recession,” School of Arts and Sciences junior Shariq Ahmad said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Samip Joshi said the governor’s first term was ver y difficult and controversial because he was put in a tough situation with the bad economy. “Corzine has really helped the financial aid situation in a time when students need it most,” Joshi said. But several did not. Middlesex County College student Rebecca Olvia did not like how Corzine attacked Christie throughout the campaign. “He could have given his view points without talking about [how] Christie’s [viewpoints] are bad for the state,” she said.
Manish Singh, a Middlesex County resident and Corzine supporter, thinks the rally as a whole was good, but that Biden was not a good advocate for the incumbent. “They’re old friends, so of course he’s going to support him,” Singh said. “I think we should take ever ything he said with a grain of salt.” Rutgers College Republicans President Ron Holden said Corzine is using the endorsements by the prominent Democrats this week to help him. “I think Jon Corzine needs Joe Biden, Bill Clinton [and] Obama to come,” said Holden, a Rutgers College senior. “Given his first term in office, he needs that allstar line up in three days in order to get those votes.” Holden said Corzine has good intentions but has made a lot of mistakes. “I just think Christie is a better guy for the job,” he said. In regard to the attacks against the Republican challenger, Holden said Corzine’s campaign has been misquoting ever ything Christie said. “If half the things Corzine says Christie believes in are true, such as Christie’s views on mammograms and early childhood education, then Christie couldn’t r un for office,” he said.
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The Rutgers University Libraries’ Diversity Education Initiative will be answering communication-based questions during a faculty panel presentation entitled “Intergenerational Communication Issues.” The event will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Pane Room of Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. To register for the program, please send an e-mail to Marilyn Wilt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (732) 932-7505 The Pharmacy Governing Council meets at 6:40 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center Room 122. They hold bi-weekly meetings. The Douglass Governing Council meets ever y Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall A of the Douglass Campus Center. Nick Lane of University College London combines British wit and hard science to elaborate in a most entertaining manner on the evolution of mankind and the planet in his lecture “Where Did I Come From?” at 7 p.m. at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Admission is free, but reservations are a must. Call (732) 932-2000, extension 4211 or e-mail email@example.com.
The University will be unveiling the new Rutgers Visitor Center, the 22,000-square foot, two-story facility on Busch campus that hosts admissions programs for prospective undergraduates and also offers meeting and banquet space. President Richard L. McCormick will preside over the ribbon cutting. Guests will include members of the University community and representatives of the Rutgers Class of 1951, which has donated $700,000 to the visitor center. Join the Rutgers University Programming Association as they present the biggest concert of the year – Jack’s Mannequin. At 9 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, they will be performing their hits “The Mixed Tape,” “Dark Blue” and “Swim” among others. Tickets are on sale now at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. Student tickets are $20 for standing floor and $15 for balcony seats. For faculty, staff and guests, tickets are $25 for standing floor and $20 for balcony seats. Want to write for The Daily Targum? Come join the editors tonight at 9 p.m. in the 4th floor lounge of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus to pick up your first assignment.
Demarest Hall on the College Avenue campus will be holding the first coffeehouse of the year tonight at 8 p.m. All students are invited to attend the monthly tradition that welcoming poets, actors and musicians. This month, the coffee house features Objet d’Art, who will be performing select pieces throughout the evening. This event is free of charge.
For this year’s “Make a Difference Day,” the Energy Service Corps is going into Newark homes to show residents how to save energy and money by making changes in each room of the house. Volunteers will also help residents seal up cracks around windows and doors, change old lightbulbs to CFLs and insulate hot water pipes. To participate, meet at 10 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center Room 303. Residence Life and Residence Hall Association will be hosting the Cook/Douglass Ninth Annual Monster Mash program. The community service based program acts as a safe Trick-or-Treating Alternative for children in the New Brunswick area. This is the largest Monster Mash the University has had. The event will take place between 6 and 9 p.m. in the Cook/Douglass Recreational Center.
Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel will hold an interactive discussion based on his popular course “Justice” with Har vard University Professor of Government Robert M. Bass. Sandel, host of the PBS series “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” which engages audiences in explorations of hot-button issues ranging from cheating to cannibalism and torture. The discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.
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What do you think is the most important issue in the upcoming election? MICHELLE LEE SCHOOL OF PHARMACY FIRST-YEAR STUDENT “Personally, I’m really for universal health care. It’s important that everyone be taken care of ... Health is one of the basic things that [people] should have a right to .... And if they can’t afford it, it’s not fair.”
QUOTABLE “There are a lot of issues we see. It’s really evident on campus that we are getting little to less funding from the state. And you feel it in the curriculum, in the teachers; there’s a lack of caring because everything is getting cut left and right. This is a priority from a college perspective, that we have education reform.”
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The percentage of the voting public that supports Chris Christie, which is 1.1 percent higher than those who support Gov. Jon S. Corzine, according to pollster.com
The number of dollars in budget deficits
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ALEX CICCHINO SAS SENIOR “I smoke weed. People like to smoke and it shouldn’t be illegal. There are definitely medical advantages to marijuana.” MARK HALAKA SAS SOPHOMORE “I think that the most important issue for this upcoming election is health care. So many people get sick or they have to have surgery but they don’t have the money for it, and that’s not fair. We live in the best country in the world.” GEORGE SALIBA SAS JUNIOR “Environment affects all of us at the same time. If you don’t take care of that, it won’t take care of us.”
PARLLEVY FERREIRA SAS SOPHOMORE “I go to school. It’s an issue that is important to me personally. I find that everyone deserves the chance to improve themselves. They have to be there [at school] in order to succeed or not. I think everyone should have that opportunity.”
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Can you fight hate?
veryone is entitled to his or her own opinion. We are allowed to express our opinions because we live in America, where we have freedom of speech and the power to protest what we do not believe in. But the Westboro Baptist Church will put this freedom to the test in a half-hour long protest scheduled for Oct. 28 at 8:45 a.m. outside Rutgers Hillel. While this group has the right to protest, The Daily Targum unanimously joins with members of Rutgers Hillel and the University community in denouncing the vile message of the Westboro Baptist Church. The hatred expressed by this group has no place at our University. The University community is now posed with the question of whether or not to stand up for what they believe, or just turn the other cheek to the hatred being yelled at them. The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan., is bringing about 10 picketers to stand outside Rutgers Hillel and spread their message of hatred against the Jewish faith and gay people. This is the same group, led by Fred Phelps, who stood outside of Matthew Shepard’s funeral, displaying signs with slogans such as “Matt Shepard rots in Hell,” “AIDS Kills Fags Dead” and “God Hates Fags.” They are tied into the Web site godhatesfags.com, where they spew rants about the country and the state of destruction that it is in because of the behavior the people who live in it engage in. There is also the calendar of protests the group has planned, which takes them all around the country. The University is just a stop along the way, because they feel they have to deliver a message to us. Shirley PhelpsRoper, a member of this extremist group, said, “Rutgers is a fluffy house of idols. It’s a place where the arrogant, stupid doomed Americans … send their children to educate.” When asked why the group chose to protest at the University, she said children anger God with filthy habits, false gods and a belief that they can do whatever they want. The University is known for being diverse and accepting students of any race, culture or sexual preference. The fact that this group wants to speak against the one thing the University stands firm on should outrage students. The WBC has beliefs that are crazy. They hate everyone who is not in their group and who do not share their beliefs. They only see things one way, which is their way of narrow mindedness. Their site states that they believe the “modern militant homosexual movement to pose a clear and present danger to the survival of America.” That belief is the basis of the mindset of this group. They cannot possibly think they are without fault, but when it comes to speaking about their own sins and wrongdoings, they choose not to concentrate on them. This protest they are planning is not only directed at Hillel, but the entire University student body. We are a school of diverse cultures, where students are free to meet in groups supporting their religious beliefs, sexual preference and ethnicity without judgment. Having this group show up to spread a message of hate against University students, saying we are all stupid and come here for our “edumacation,” is what will bring the students together. No one agrees with the message the WBC is trying to send. Their comments and generalizations about the students that come here are offensive and are said with nothing to back it up. They just blame the world’s problems on the behavior of students, saying the world is breeding “sluts and sissy boys and how there is not a man among them.” Now there is the question of what exactly to do about these people showing up to the University spitting out ludicrous statements at 8:45 a.m., if there is anything to do about it. The attention they are already getting might be what they are really after. Negative attention toward them just adds fuel to their fire and gives them more to rant about. They are waiting for someone to be disrespectful toward them, that way they can say that it is because of the groups of people they do not like, that people are like this. Their message, whether people believe in it or not, is also being spread with media attention. However, attention should be brought to these people, simply because it has to be known that these close-minded people do exist in society. They actually believe they are right. It is hard to even think about respecting these people, who were disrespectful enough to spew this crap outside of a murdered man’s funeral and just leave them alone while they stand shouting with appalling signs and slogans on College Avenue. Students must be mindful that anything less than a peaceful response will be seen as a victory in the minds of this group. You cannot fight hate with hate, so it would be wisest just to ignore them while they spread their message. The Targum encourages students to stand united against the members of Westboro Baptist Church protesting at the University by not overreacting to their presence. There will be passers-by who stop to watch the traveling circus that is the WBC group because people are attracted to the extreme. The group is a walking, talking contradiction. The Westboro Baptist Church hates America and everything it stands for — diversity and acceptance — and yet this is the only place they could do what they do without being stopped. These people should “edumacate” themselves on new ideas and realize that they are the ones who are wrong.
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Liberal arts inferiority complex
medicine is not actually a elow is a conversamajor. It’s just a group of tion between prerequisites required to myself, a liberal arts apply to medical school. major, and Eisha Chopra, an Most people say they’re preaspiring physician and premed because saying “cellumed student: lar biology and neuroEric Knecht: Eisha, science” or “molecular biolowe’re seniors. How did this ERIC KNECHT gy and biochemistry” just happen? I still remember takes too long, and some breaking into a sweat searchpeople don’t know what “CBN” is. Surely you don’t ing for Hickman Hall on Douglass campus and thinkalways mention your triple major whenever anyone ing that “Nature of Politics” required serious attenasks what you’re studying. But trust me, when I am tion. Arriving late to class meant sitting at broken so inclined to be thorough, I mention my liberal arts desks, but at least back then you could get one. major and minor with as much superiority. Yes, I Pretty soon, I imagine they will hold the survey have those too. I’m not so haughty so as to reject courses in the football stadium, but I suppose at least the magic of a Rutgers psychology major as a grade then the expansion will serve a long-term purpose. In point average booster. any case, we’ve taken very different academic paths But you ask, why do we feel that we’re superior? here on the Banks, and since it’s our last year, I For starters, science majors take almost double the thought it would be nice to reflect on why we chose amount of classes that most liberal arts majors do and our fields. But more to the point, let’s be blunt: Why — at least in comparison to my psychology classes — do you hold such disdain for us liberal arts majors? much harder classes at that. We’re expected in those There is always a pronounced sense of superiority in classes to absorb an inhuman amount of information your voice when you proclaim that you are studying and be able to regurgitate it on compre-med. I suppose I could just as mand, so yes, when I’m in an pompously refer to myself as “pre“Pre-med students “Abnormal Psychology” and someone law,” but that would be analogous to asks what a gene is, my first thought is announcing that I am “pre-employare taught to be wondering how they got into college. I ment,” it doesn’t actually provide cocky because we’re can’t remember the last time I saw a meaningful insight about anything I liberal arts student spending an entire do. Are pre-med students really just constantly pitted week (literally) at the library like I that much more intelligent? Or, are they simply too afraid to pursue sub- against each other ...” have to for exams. Actually, I don’t even know if some liberal arts majors jects that interest them because the know where the library is. direct connection to employment is Pre-med students are taught to be cocky one step removed? I know you may find biology excitbecause we’re constantly pitted against each other ing, but let’s keep this discussion to regular students. — only the most dedicated (or masochistic) will Eisha Chopra: Eric, I’m not too sure myself apply to medical school after being beaten down for how senior year suddenly dawned upon us. It seems the better part of four years. We’re constantly made as though we just graduated high school, and now I to feel that only the best and brightest can make it, find myself wondering how I’m going to become a so when you score two points higher than the kid productive member of society in a few short sitting next to you in “Organic Chemistry,” you months. Though, we do get to live in a student “bubthink you’re a genius, when actually it doesn’t mean ble” for a few more years — then comes the magic anything in terms of intelligence. Beyond that, preof graduate school. But you sound a little jaded med classes are like an extreme version of about school, and more than a little defensive about “Survivor”: three-fourths of everyone you meet at the path that you chose. Why do liberal arts majors freshmen orientation say that they’re pre-med, but feel so slighted? After all, we attend a liberal arts by senior year, there are only three or four of that school, so we “pre-medical” students are the minorgroup that still make that claim. Actually, it seems ity. We’re certainly the butt of plenty of “overachievthat pre-med is the go-to option that everyone picks ing nerd” jokes — I’m sure that whenever someone before realizing that they need to decide on a real sees me lugging around a cell biology textbook on career. So, shouldn’t pre-med students feel slighted the A bus, they automatically think “loser.” Most of that we are either thought of as a) elitists or b) one the time, we’re laughing at ourselves for how crazy step removed from the “undecided” track? we must seem. But I’ve gotten a little ahead of myself here. Let SEE KNECHT ON PAGE 11 me clarify a common misconception first — pre-
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Rise above the hate, embrace diversity at Rutgers Letter YONATON HILLEL YARES
n Oct. 28 the University community will once again be tested for its resolves to rise above hate. There has been a lot of talk about how to respond to this. Do we counter Westboro Baptist Church’s rally? Do we do nothing and ignore them? What to do is the big question. Here are some proposals I have been thinking about of how to respond that are longer lasting than a counter rally and better than provoking confrontation with the representatives from the group. One week before on Oct. 21, you can come to the Rutgers Student Center Graduate Lounge
KNECHT continued from page 10 Eric Knecht: Elitists, yes — but undecided, I’m not quite sure. I suppose my point was that there is a built-in bias of perception when most people think of science and math majors vs. liberal arts majors. I myself do this. When someone tells me they are majoring in psychology, I automatically split them into one of two categories: aspiring doctor or Dance Marathon captain. And when someone tells me they are majoring in communications, I fail to even bother. It shouldn’t be this way. The liberal arts could and should be a more respected
for the latest “Triologue,” a discussion among Jewish, Muslim and Christian students that is sponsored by the religious chaplaincies here at the University, as well as the office of Student Life, where we can discuss what makes us similar and different and how we can coexist with each other. Become a member of the Middle East Coexistance House on Douglass campus, where young women come together from different religious, cultural or other backgrounds to share experiences and to travel together to promote coexistence. For those of us who cannot become a member of the house, we should attend the events they sponsor. Get involved with the “Days Without Hate” event sponsored by Rutgers Hillel. This event was
created in the aftermath of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, which was an act of hatred for his views. This event is now in its second decade. Under Hillel’s direction, more than two-dozen groups participate during it, and it has become one of the largest campus-wide community ser vice events. It will take place this year from Nov. 2-4, and you can still get involved in helping plan it! Attend a meeting of the Queer Caucus, Big LaRU, Black Student Council, Asian Student Council and Latino Student Council. Go to a performance of the Laramie Project or go out and learn about Matthew Shepard. Go to religious services of a religion that you do not affiliate with. We at the University have a histor y of being proactive in
response to hate. Last year the community came together for a candlelight vigil at Brower Commons in memor y of those killed in the Mumbai attacks in India, and a discussion was held by the Association of Indians, both of which were attended by people from a variety of backgrounds. The year before that another candlelight vigil was held at Brower in memory of those killed in the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Israel, which, with Hillel’s support and leadership, brought together people who were all hurt and wanted to do something to say we will not stand idly by while hatred exists in this world. Three years ago leaders from across campus, Latino, Muslim, Catholic, Asian and many other
groups joined together with Hillel in memory of Ilan Halimi, a 22year-old French Jew who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by a fanatical group solely because he was a Jew. We must continue to stand up and be proactive in our response to hate speech, and we at the University have a great histor y of doing this and we must always be proactive. We will not sit by and let people come to our campus and speak ill of our friends and classmates; we will show through our actions in being involved in discussions and going outside our comfort zones that we never fall victim to their words.
path for undergraduates to pursue, especially here at the University. Having a fluid understanding of the world and a broad range of knowledge on academic subjects yields important skills. It can make you a strong writer (Targum articles not included), an eloquent speaker (you can use words such as “masochistic”), a critical thinker, and perhaps most importantly, an interesting person (histor y majors excepted). These are skills that carr y over. The vast majority of tasks required by jobs are learned onsite. This means that many times it’s more important to be an impressive person, rather than having a specific technical skill. But beyond this, individu-
als who study subjects they are passionate about — yes Eisha, even if it is biology — tend to do far better while in school. The problem with this romantic version of liberal arts, however, is that it is not the version we have at the University. Many liberal ar ts degrees require a mere 33 credits, or 11 courses; finishing up a triple major and completing junior year can be interchangeable ideas. As you note, however, many science majors require up to 80 credits and demand that students take seven or eight courses per term. In this sense, the liberal arts inferiority complex is somewhat deser ved. The University should change this. There should be greater parity
between degree programs, whether you are studying molecular biology or evolutionary anthropology. This does not mean that liberal arts should entail 87 degree credits, but incredibly low requirements invariably yield incredibly low expectations and standards. In fact, seemingly anything and everything difficult in the realm of liberal arts is made optional or watered down. If you can’t do basic arithmetic, you can opt to take “Math for the Liberal Arts.” If you can’t write coherent sentences, you can take exam-based classes. If you can’t take exams, you can take writingbased classes. If you can’t articulate your point of view, you can hide in large lecture halls. And if you can’t do any of these things, you can still major in communications.
It’s difficult to be proud of what you study when you’re an economics major in class with students who couldn’t make the business school, or a histor y major in class with pre-med students who need a “GPA booster,” as you mention. Perhaps I do simply have a liberal arts inferiority complex, but sometimes our University doesn’t make it much better.
Yonaton Hillel Yares is a School of Arts and Sciences senior.
Eric Knecht is a Rutgers College senior majoring in economics and history. His column, “Unfair and Unbalanced,” runs on alternate Tuesdays. He welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Eisha Chopra is a Rutgers College senior majoring in cell biology and neuroscience and psychology.
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THIRD: Burmeister, Miehe finish third, fourth in Lafayette continued from back Rutgers head coach Mike Mulqueen was pleased with the team’s efforts and said that the weather was no excuse for anybody. “That’s part of cross country; it could be really nice, it could be raining, it could be sleeting, it could be anything so that really wasn’t an excuse at all — it affected ever ybody,” he said. “I thought they put the elements out of their mind and I thought they raced well as a team.” After taking 15th in last week’s Metropolitan Championships, graduate student Taylor Burmeister came out strong with a third place finish in 26:11.80. Junior Nick Miehe, who impressed this entire fall, finished behind Burmeister with a fourth place finish in 26:18.40. Mulqueen was more than satisfied with the way Burmeister found his way to the front of the pack with Miehe. “Normally Kevin Cronin is pretty close to Nick as well,” he said. “Kevin was a little bit off yesterday, but it was nice to see Taylor come up and kind of take Kevin’s spot.” Cronin, a junior, finished 15th with a time of 26:44.40 — far from his fifth place finish at last week’s Metropolitan Championships. But Mulqueen is not worried and sees this as a good sign more than anything else. Instead of having just Miehe and Cronin at the front of the
pack, Mulqueen hopes that Burmeister will consistently join them up front. “It’s good to have three there now instead of two,” Mulqueen said. “In cross countr y that’s real key to have those packs like that.” Seniors Michael Crum and Jayram Sataluri ran most of the race as a pack and finished 28th (27:10.80) and 29th (27:12.40), respectively. Senior Andrew Morris and sophomore Ben Forrest finished 42nd (27:40.90) and 43rd (27:42.30), respectively, while senior Brett Salmon came in 57th with a time of 28:07.30 and was the last Knight to finish. Senior Simon Gordonov did not compete this weekend because of lingering soreness in his Achilles tendon and flulike symptoms. Although RU wanted to come out on top of Connecticut and Lehigh, Mulqueen was not upset by the result and the team now looks ahead to the Big East Championships. The main focus heading into the Championships is to stay healthy, continue to train hard and work on staying together as packs while getting different packs closer to the others. “That’s what cross country is all about, the scoring of the five and the scoring of the seven so our main thing is [in our] workouts [to] emphasize the pack and emphasize the pack staying together,” Mulqueen said. All of RU’s hard work will be put to the test Oct. 31 at the Big East Championships, where it faces its biggest competition yet.
SIDE: Sophomore healthy after broken foot in preseason continued from back Yet head coach Bob Reasso said a healthy Panuccio gives the Knights a better chance to win,
OCTOBER 20, 2009 thus his decision to play the Mechanicsburg, Pa., native on the right wing. “The hard thing has been getting Gaetano healthy,” Reasso said. “We want to get him on the field, and we fiddled around with a few different places that we wanted to put him during the
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After finishing his freshman season with two goals, Gaetano Panuccio struggled early in his sophomore campaign with a foot injury.
week. We decided to put him out on the right and I thought he played great.” Panuccio played the part too. He was active the entire game and looked strong in the air, creating three good chances early in the first half by winning aerial battles inside the Cincinnati box. “I’m normally a center forward — I play the [No. 9 or the No. 10], but I understood that coach wanted to push me out wide [Sunday],” Panuccio said. “I said to myself that I need to do my best for my team and work hard. You know, I played there in practice this week and I thought I did well. “In essence, you have to play to your strength and I’m not going to be the guy who’s going to run all day up and down, but I played to my strength — I got rid of the ball quickly, played some passes, took some shots and won some airballs.” More importantly than his return, Panuccio said he realizes how vital the three points the team earned Sunday are. RU now sits on 12 points and is in position to qualify for the Big East tournament. “This was great momentum because coming off five losses we really needed this,” Panuccio said. “This puts us back in a good position for the Big East and puts us very confident and positive for the games coming up against Louisville and South Florida. We need to win those games to get good positioning for the Big East and hopefully the NCAA’s.” The Knights face NJIT Wednesday before returning to conference play with a Saturday night game at Louisville.
OCTOBER 20, 2009
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Second win chalked up to improved execution BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER
Rutgers field hockey head coach Liz Tchou expressed her confidence after what she called FIELD HOCKEY t h e strongest week of practice of the season before games last weekend against Lafayette and Rider. The Scarlet Knights translated their play during the week into
game time, putting up an offensive barrage Saturday versus Rider and playing tight defense Sunday against Lafayette. With an extra day to practice during the week, the RU coaching staff elected to have the captains design their own drills to try and shake things up. “It was the week of practice that did it. We picked out drills at the beginning of the week and we kept with them the whole week,”
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After posting one goal and two assists against Rider, senior forward Brittany Bybel was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
Tchou said after Saturday’s game. “The practice that we observed them at on Tuesday was fantastic, it just shows that they are able to make changes and adjust when they need to.” After a season in which finishing plays on offense has been a problem, the Knights executed almost flawlessly Saturday against the Broncs. The performance was good enough for a win, as well as an individual accolade for senior forward Brittany Bybel who was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for the first time in her career. Bybel posted a goal and two assists on four shots against Rider. The senior is tied for the team lead in points with 19 and is second on the squad with eight goals. Four upperclassmen were able to find the back of the net for RU, including senior back Melissa Bowman, who scored her second goal of the year. The Knights are 2-0 in games where Bowman scores a goal. At the beginning of the season, RU was able to score only one goal on 22 shots against Appalachian State. Flash forward to Saturday; the Knights scored five times on only nine shots, finishing their offensive plays and never taking their foot off the gas despite having a 4-2 lead in the second half. “Usually [when we have the lead], we tend to back off but I told them to just keep going at them,” Tchou said. “The crispness of our passes were very good and we were looking
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The Knights’ second win of the season was keyed by an improved shooting percentage. Rutgers scored five goals on nine shots. around and finding the open spots on the field. We were able to move the ball around very quickly before they set up.” Though the 2-14 record is not what the team was aiming for going into the year, the game against the Broncs was a good reflection of what the Knights are capable of when they are firing on all cylinders. And with two tough Big East games on the horizon, now is the
most important time for everything to come together if RU hopes to stay afloat against Connecticut and Syracuse. “We’ve had our issues in regard to scoring but I’ve been really happy with our progress up to this point. It came a little late in terms of putting it all together but it’s really been fun to coach them, the past couple weeks especially,” Tchou said. “They’ve really taken on more of a competitive spirit.”
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WILD: Sanu getting reps as running quarterback option continued from back to happen,” Lovelace said. “Now they have so many different things they can see in a game. You saw today, anything can hap-
OCTOBER 20, 2009 pen. We just have to fine tune it and it will be alright.” Lovelace made his career as a running quarterback, working with former Knight Mike Teel during the 2007 season, when he finished second on the team in rushing. Although Sanu credits Lovelace with helping him adapt to the Wildcat, Lovelace down-
played his role, calling Sanu “a natural” because of his high school experience. And Sanu agrees. “It helps because I’ve been back there most of my high school career so I know how it goes back there,” the 6-foot-2, 215 pound freshman said. “I was just being myself.”
Senior co-captain Jamie Godfrey has roughly one-third of the Rutgers women’s volleyball team’s digs with 4.05 per set.
Libero happy to aid RU’s rebuilding effort BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT
With four years spent on the Banks under two coaches, ask senior libero Jamie Godfrey about her VOLLEYBALL college volleyball career and she can sum it up in one sentence: “Things have just got a lot better.” The Rahway, N.J., native came into her own in her senior year at Rutgers, and serves as a co-captain on the team, accounting for about a third of the Scarlet Knights’ digs with 4.05 per set. These are impressive strides from her freshman year, considering Godfrey walked onto the team without a thorough understanding of defensive schemes for volleyball. “I never played defense until I came to college,” she said. “I had a lot to learn and [the coaching staff] helped me take it and run away with it. I have a lot to owe them.” Godfrey came onto the team as a freshman, but did not see much action on the court due to a concussion. Combine that with a less-than-likeable coaching staff, and Godfrey’s underclassmen years were not so glamorous. “Things progressively got worse from my freshman year to my sophomore year,” she said. “It wasn’t ver y enjoyable playing under the old coaching staff.” But when current head coach CJ Werneke took the helm at the beginning of the 2008 season, Godfrey came into her own, crediting the switch in staffing to her improvement. “[Things] changed once CJ got the head coaching position,” she said. “From then, it’s been a
lot more enjoyable playing every single day. … It’s exciting to be a part of the rebuilding process; I also wish I could be here for some more time to see how far everything’s going to go. “From my freshman year till now, things have gotten a lot better. The program has definitely been heading in the right direction since CJ took over.” Since then, the team has taken large strides to rebuild its program. After Werneke’s pioneering year as head coach, the team has tallied its most wins in five years — something that can partly be accredited to Godfrey’s role on the team. Earlier in the season, the team captured its first tournament title since 2004. In the three games that the Knights won that weekend, Godfrey put up 56 digs, leading the team every game. “[My favorite moment ever at Rutgers was] when we won the Bucknell tournament, because it was really a great playing time for our team,” Godfrey said. “We worked hard all preseason and battled in every tournament that we went to, and in our last preseason tournament, we went out with a bang and won the whole thing.” Godfrey also places third on the team in services aces, just four away from the top spot. Until the year is over, Godfrey looks to keep competing with the people that have become some of her closest friends. “I definitely made a lot of friendships that I’ll never forget,” she said. “Working together with a group of people even though the odds are against you … that’s really taught me a lot.”
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True freshman wideout Mohamed Sanu fumbled the football after completing a fourth-down conversion in the final two minutes against Pittsburgh as Rutgers was driving the field.
OCTOBER 20, 2009
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FOOTBALL PRACTICE NOTEBOOK
RESPONDS TO FIRST LOSS AS STARTER
BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Ever y quarterback has to lose a start eventually. But not every quarterback responds to a loss in the right way. The challenge for true freshman quar terback Tom Savage this week is how he responds to his first loss, a 2417 decision Friday night against Pittsburgh.
In the first open practice since the loss, Savage’s response was clear: learn and move on. “It helped me grow a lot because you see a top Big East team out there and you get to play against them — I played against Cincinnati a little bit, but I didn’t get to play the whole game. It was actually different going out there and starting the game,” Savage said. “It was
unique. It was fun, but of course we would like to get that win. It didn’t happen, but I know we can just move on now.” His experience in the twominute drill proved invaluable, as he had yet to use the drill through his first three starts with the games out of reach by halftime. Though the two-minute drive ended prematurely with a lost fumble, the experience was crucial, Savage said. “I think I made strides with the two-minute [drill] because I struggled with it when I first got here and in practice I struggled in the two-minute, but I thought I drove the ball down a little bit,” Savage said. “It was unfortunate that we fumbled and everything, but I thought it was good to get my feet wet in a pressure situation like that.” He did not just experience his first loss as a starter, however — the Pitt game also marked the first turnover of his college career. Midway through the second quarter, Savage forced a pass to freshman Mohamed Sanu that never reached the true freshman. “[Junior left tackle] Anthony Davis came up to me and said, ‘It’s part of the game,’” Savage said. “‘You’re going to throw interceptions.’ Of course you wouldn’t like to, but I had to just put it away, and the team just needed the quarterback to stay in there and make the throws and be confident, so that’s what I tried to do.”
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After suffering a leg injury vs. Cincinnati, safety Pat Kivlehan (47) returned to the practice field yesterday for the first time. Howard died early Sunday morning from a stab wound stemming from an on-campus fight. “Some of these guys know him, they grew up with him,” Schiano said of the Miami native. “It’s an incredible tragedy, that’s all you can say. I just texted Coach [Randy] Edsall and told him we were praying for him.”
Schiano is not ready to judge his health. “That’s good stuff,” Schiano said. “I’m anxious to see the tape. He looked good, but I wasn’t just watching him. That’s big because he plays with us in games.” Ruch worked in a minimal role.
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True freshman quarterback Tom Savage threw the first interception of his college career in Friday night’s 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh.
Schiano addressed the death of Connecticut junior cornerback Jasper Howard yesterday at practice.
Kivlehan and Caleb Ruch both returned to practice yesterday from injuries. Kivlehan worked in practice, but
announced yesterday that RU’s Oct. 31 game against Connecticut will take place at noon as a part of the Big East Game of the Week.
Crucial portion of season next on tap BY TYLER DONOHUE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The changes in the weather mean only one thing for the Rutgers WOMEN’S XC women’s cross country team. The cooler temperatures and shorter days mean it’s time for the Scarlet Knights to step it up as they enter a crucial portion of the season. Head coach James Robinson said that he is thrilled with what he has seen thus far. “Our girls are gaining experience and getting faster ever y week,” he said. “I’m ver y impressed with how coachable they are. They listen to instructions and continue to progress.” Take a look at the results of the Knights’ most recent race and it becomes evident how inexperienced the squads’ front-runners are. The team’s second place finish at the Metropolitan Championships, held Oct. 9 in the Bronx, was a testament to how quickly the new Knights have caught on. Sophomore Kelly Flannigan continued her 2009 success as she led the Knights with a time of 18:22, finishing second overall.
Three of the next four runners to finish for RU were freshmen: Jennifer Spitzer, Elise Brevet and Victoria Pontecorvo added to the Knights’ point total with impressive performances as first-year collegiate runners. The race was run on the same course as the Knights’ first meet of the year, the Fordham Fiasco Sept. 12. Nine of the team’s 10 runners ran faster the second time around. With a bevy of young talent propelling RU, it’s realistic to think that the team will only continue to improve. Robinson has said the past two recruiting classes were major successes, as they reeled in a number of top high school runners. These lauded recruits have become the team’s foundation. Halloween’s Big East Championships in Kenosha, Wis., is a litmus test for the young members of the Knights as they match up against some of the nation’s best and most experienced runners. Six of the Big East opponents are currently ranked among the top 30 programs in the country. “We just need to run our race and throw all the other stuff out the window,” Robinson said. “Each week we look forward to bigger and better things.”
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OCTOBER 20, 2009
Defeat to Pittsburgh begets many questions Mind of Stein MATTHEW STEIN
utgers women’s soccer senior goalkeeper Erin Guthrie earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Week honors following a 2-0-0 week for the Scarlet Knights in which she shut out Syracuse and St. Johns. This is the second time this season and sixth time in her career that Guthrie has been given the honor. Senior back Jen Anzivino earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for her performance over the weekend.
CINCINNATI BACK Tony Pike
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had his left (non-throwing) arm placed in a cast yesterday and the Bearcats are yet to determine his availability for Saturday’s game against Louisville. Pike saw a specialist yesterday and will be evaluated by both the coaching and medical staffs to see how he is progressing. Sophomore backups Zach Collaros or Chazz Anderson could start if Pike cannot go.
standout and Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd signed yesterday with Sky Blue FC of the Women’s Professional Soccer League. Lloyd returns to Yurcak field where she was the Big East Midfielder of the Year in 2004 in her senior season with the Scarlet Knights.
Connecticut cornerback Jasper Howard showed that a single stab wound to his abdomen killed him. The state medical office ruled Howard’s death a homicide yesterday.
THE BIG EAST Conference selected men’s soccer junior Yannick Salmon to the Weekly Honor Roll after scoring two goals in the Scarlet Knights’ 3-0 win Sunday over Cincinnati. This is the second time Salmon has picked up a weekly honor.
ello, St. Petersburg. Friday’s letdown against Pittsburgh was a nearperfect resemblance of the Rutgers football team’s 24-17 loss at West Virginia last year, one in which the Scarlet Knights were out-played and out-coached in a game they had a great chance of sending to overtime with a successful drive. It didn’t happen. Take the Panthers’ superior game-management and chalk up some befuddling coaching decisions by head coach Greg Schiano and his staff, and the recipe makes for a lot of questions. Let’s answer the two biggest ones. Why hasn’t the RU of fense reached its potential yet? — “The line was awesome, the receivers were awesome; a lot of today was my fault.” An old favorite line of Savage’s — and one that he spoke after the loss to Pitt and nearly ever y other game this year — continues to be untrue. The line was not awesome. Not for a lack of effort, but the RU offensive line, all season, has been terrible. Excess penalties and a steady stream of Panther pressure breathing down Savage’s neck made it nearly impossible for the true freshman to hang in the pocket and break down the defense, and the Knights’ offense struggled because of it. “I thought we protected better tonight than we had all season,” Schiano said. “That’s a very good defensive line. I felt like Tom had a lot of time to throw back there. We threw the ball 41 times.” Savage’s final numbers — 23of-39 for 248 yards and a touchdown — do not tell the whole story, because his lack of completions in key spots can be directly dialed up to a lack of time to throw, a lack of open receivers and even a lack of catching/holding onto the ball ability by his targets. Even though the RU offense was steadily geared toward the pass, sophomore Joe Martinek
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Though a pass-heavy attack against Pittsburgh reduced the number of carries given to running back Joe Martinek, above, the sophomore struggled in gaining just 23 yards on nine carries. looked like he was running through two feet of mud. “Any time your rush numbers look that way it’s not good,” Schiano said. “We had 20 rushing attempts and 41 passing attempts; that was a plan. We’ve been bringing Tom along, and we felt like this was a game that if we could protect, he would have some opportunities. And he did, I thought he did a good job.” Savage did, but where was the rest of the group? Sophomore Jourdan Brooks and freshman De’Antwan Williams never even saw the turf. What was with the play-calling? — Facing fourth down and a halfyard away from the marker, trailing by seven in the third quarter, Schiano sent his offense out to try and draw the Panthers offside at Pittsburgh’s 42-yard line. Instead, RU punted — but didn’t pin Pitt inside the 20 — after a false start and faced a two-touchdown deficit two plays later when Dion Lewis scampered for a 58yard score. “At that point, I really felt like we were playing well on defense
and I figured we could pin them down,” Schiano said. “That was the thinking behind it. If it works it’s a great idea, but it didn’t work.” Right before the end of the first half, facing a first-and-goal from the four, Schiano dialed up a run to Martinek on the left side that was immediately snuffed out. After an incompletion to freshman Mohamed Sanu, Savage dumped the next pass off to junior Kordell Young out of the backfield but he was tackled immediately, and the Knights settled for a field goal. These are two examples that fully encompass the confusing maneuvers made by offensive coordinators Kirk Ciarrocca and Kyle Flood, who have been unquestionably disappointing since taking over the play-calling duties at the start of the season despite Schiano’s full support. “I thought Coach Ciarrocca and Coach Flood and the staff had a very good plan,” Schiano said at his Sunday press conference. “We had probably eight to nine plays that you or the fans wouldn’t know that we broke down here and broke down there that we had some opportunities
for very big plays. We just didn’t execute quite well enough to pull the plays off.” Six games into the season, RU stands at 4-2, winning and losing ever y game that they should have, respectively. The bright spot is that the two toughest Big East opponents are now in the rear window, but that’s the extent of it. An underachieving team, an underachieving coaching staff and a lack of general confidence in the fan base usually doesn’t mix well. Given the expectations at the start of the season and that the conference remains wide open, there is every right to be disheartened by RU’s two primetime home games to date. The bottom line is that the team is underachieving yet again, and with a shot at the Big East title all but out of reach the 2009 season has whittled down to a battle for Bowl position — if the Knights get there at all. — Matthew Stein accepts comments and criticisms at email@example.com
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WILD KNIGHT Rutgers football team finds success against Pittsburgh with Sanu running revamped Wildcat offense BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
Tom Savage went into motion and left Mohamed Sanu in the backfield. Then he did it again. And again. And again. The Rutgers football team put its version of the Wildcat — not to be confused with the Jabu package — on FOOTBALL display Friday night against Pittsburgh. And it worked. On four plays, the true freshman wideout, Sanu, ran for 29 yards — more than half of the Scarlet Knights’ total rushing offense — and a touchdown. “I thought he looked good,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “I think there’s some shelf life to that package. I thought [senior quarterback Jabu Lovelace] looked good running the package too.” After senior linebacker Damaso Munoz recovered Pitt’s special teams fumble on the 11-yard line, the Knights went into the Wildcat to find the end zone. Freshman quarterback Savage went into motion, leaving Sanu and sophomore tailback Joe Martinek in an I-formation of sorts without a quarterback. The pair ran to the right, but Sanu kept his option and cut behind junior guard Howard Barbieri and senior tackle Kevin Haslam to score his first career touchdown. “It’s fun,” Sanu said. “It’s something I like to do and it was productive today. I just try to do the best I can just to run the offense the way I’m supposed to run it.” Sanu, who played quarterback in high school, looked to pass in one situation, but scrambled nine yards for the first down instead. Still, his quarterback experience at South Brunswick High School makes the package a legitimate dual threat. “When the guy takes the football in his hands as the quarterback, per se, can run with it, you create a whole different numbers game,” Schiano said. “All your theories change a little bit. If the guy hands the ball off and he is no longer a factor to run, you are playing 11 against 10. That is what makes it different. Now you have to play 11 against 11 because he may run it.” During the week leading up to the Pitt matchup, Schiano said he does not pay
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True freshman Mohamed Sanu ran for 29 yards out of the Wildcat offense, providing more than half of the Scarlet Knights’ rushing total in Friday’s 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh. Sanu crossed the goal line for Rutgers’ first touchdown to open the game’s scoring. much attention to the Miami Dolphins Wildcat-dominated of fense. He also said that with limited practice time, an emphasis on the Wildcat might hinder Savage’s development. But on the Knights’ third drive, Savage and the offense developed a nice, early
rhythm between the Wildcat, the Jabu package and the traditional Savage-led attack. Sanu started the drive with a 6-yard run out of the Wildcat, followed by a 15-yard Savage pass to senior wideout Tim Brown. Savage then trotted off the field and was replaced by Lovelace, who handed the ball off
RU takes third after solid run by Burmeister
BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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Panuccio feeling fit on right side
BY MELISSA FALICA When it arrived in Easton, Pa., for the Leopard Invitational, the Rutgers men’s cross country team was met MEN’S XC with more RUTGERS 187.950 than just t o u g h THIRD PLACE competition — the Scarlet Knights were also up against tough weather conditions at Lafayette. The Knights ran to a third place overall finish with 75 points — despite snow, sleet and rain — falling behind Big East foe Connecticut and Lehigh.
to Martinek for a small gain. The next play, Savage completed a 10-yard pass to Sanu before two incompletions and a sack stalled the drive. “It makes it very tough on defenses, because now they never know what is going
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Sophomore Gaetano Panuccio (20) made his second start of the season and played the full 90 minutes in the Scarlet Knights’ 3-0 win over Cincinnati.
Two weeks ago, if you looked at the statistics for the Rutgers men’s soccer team, t h e MEN’S SOCCER n a m e Gaetano Panuccio would be curiously absent. After a promising freshman campaign, the forward broke a metatarsal bone in his foot prior to his sophomore season and has struggled towards full fitness for most of the year. But Panuccio finally has worked his way back into the lineup and made his second start of the season against Cincinnati Sunday, working the full 90 minutes for the first time. “It felt really good to get back out there,” Panuccio said after the Scarlet Knights’ 3-0 victor y over the Bearcats. “When I came back against
Stanford [Sept. 4] I wouldn’t say I wasn’t ready, but I wasn’t prepared. Now I’m finally prepared, and a lot of the credit has to go to the team because they kept pushing me and were always positive. “I finally feel confident on the ball, confident doing the running, confident coming back on defense and winning those air balls. I think I can be a real help to the team now that I’m healthy.” Panuccio contributed two goals and an assist last season and was considered a key player in RU’s need to replace leading scorer Dilly Duka after he left school to take part in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. But his foot injury combined, with the emergence of sophomore Ibrahim Kamara at forward, left Panuccio without a clear place in the lineup.
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