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Daggett gains voter support in recent poll BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

With the state’s gubernatorial election less than two weeks away, the polls are showing an unprecedented amount of support for Independent candidate Chris Daggett. According to the poll conducted Oct. 15 through 20 from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, 20 percent of likely voters would vote for Daggett. This is a surprise, because in New Jersey no Independent candidate has garnered more than 5 percent of the electorate on Election Day, said David Redlawsk, the poll’s director. “I think that probably the key take-home is that Chris Daggett has really made this an interesting race,” Redlawsk said. While the results — of 583 likely voters — show that Daggett seems to be drawing from both the Democrat and Republican candidates, he may be hurting

Republican candidate Chris Christie more, Redlawsk said. Democrat Gov. Jon S. Corzine has 39 percent of the vote and Christie has 36 percent, according to the poll — a shift from past polls where Christie has often led. “In the summer, a large percentage of New Jersey voters had no opinion about Christie,” Redlawsk said. This gave Christie the voters who disliked Corzine, he said. “Now, the Corzine campaign has done a good job of making people feel more negative about Christie,” Redlawsk said. The combination of the Corzine campaign and Daggett’s presence in the race has weakened Christie’s lead, he said. Daggett has been more visible than past Independent candidates, proven his credibility and won key endorsements, such as from The Star-Ledger, Redlawsk said.

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Candidates clear the air on environmental goals BY MARY DIDUCH ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The personal attacks were limited during last night’s final gubernatorial debate, as the candidates gathered for the third debate before the Nov. 3 election. During the radio debate broadcast by Newark-based jazz station WBGO, the three explained their goals for the environment, a littlediscussed issue during this election. Republican challenger Chris Christie said the environment was at the top of his priorities. “I had the most detailed and aggressive plan on environmental protection than the other three candidates,” he said. One of his goals is to return the Department of Environmental Protection to its core mission of cleaning polluted areas, Christie said. The DEP has failed in cleaning up sites. An aggressive renewable energy plan, the protection of

fish in Barnegat Bay and the cooling of water from nuclear power plants are also part of his plan, Christie said. This plan led Christie to garner the endorsement of the New Jersey Environmental Federation, the largest environmental group of the state, Christie said. The group interviewed all the candidates and their policies prior to its decision. Democrat Gov. Jon S. Corzine pointed to his track record and ties to President Barack Obama to explain the importance of the environment to his campaign. Under Corzine’s administration, the state has the second-most solar panels in the nation behind California, Corzine said. They have initiated a plan to create the largest offshore wind farm in America, he said. Corzine’s administration is also working to increase the efficiency of the DEP, the incumbent said.

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At the corner of George Street and Remsen Avenue, police search the surrounding area after a 56-year-old man was shot Wednesday night by an unidentified assailant. The victim has non-life-threatening injuries.

EDISON MAN SHOT AFTER ASKING FOR CIGARETTE An unidentified assailant shot Gregor y Mar vin Sr., 56, of Edison late Wednesday night at the corner of George Street and Remsen Avenue, police said. The victim told police he was shot at 11 p.m. after asking the gunman for a cigarette, said New Brunswick Police Department Lt. JT Miller. “Mar vin Sr. was shot in the arm and stomach,” Miller said. “He was transpor ted to Rober t Wood Johnson Hospital. His injuries are not life threatening.” Multiple New Brunswick Police Department vehicles rushed down George Street responding to the scene.

Part of George Street was closed off after the shooting, and police searched through trash bins and the surrounding area. Police made no arrests and the case is under investigation, Miller said yesterday afternoon. Several local residents stood outside their homes after hearing gunshots. “It was more like a bang,” said a witness, who wishes to remain anonymous. “My boyfriend was like ‘What the hell was that?,’ and I’m like ‘Oh, it was probably a gun shot.’” The area is crime prone, the witness said. “There’s no peace anywhere anymore,” the witness said. “This is ridiculous.” — John S. Clyde

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INDEX UNIVERSITY Have you ever seen a classmate bring her pet dog into class or onto the bus? Learn more about a select Cook campus club.

METRO Expert says foreclosed properties throughout the state are down this year by 6 percent, but homebuyers are facing other issues within the market. JENNIFER MIGUEL-HELLMAN/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

As a part of events for the Derby Days competition, Director Gregory Smith, right, leads a game of “Jeopardy!” with members of six sororities and Sigma Chi fraternity at last night’s Jeopardy/Charity Information night. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

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Housing shortages deter co-ed policy adoption BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON CORRESPONDENT

Princeton University administrators recently announced plans to allow juniors and seniors to live in coeducational housing units, but Rutgers University students should

not expect the same on campus anytime soon. The program will be piloted in the Spelman Hall Apartments, according to an e-mail from Princeton University Student Government President Connor Diemand-Yauman to the student body.

“By introducing the gender-neutral housing in this manner — using Spelman Hall as a pilot program — we will allow the Housing Of fice, the Undergraduate Life Committee, the [University Student Government] and other interested bodies to study the outcome of the

first year of a gender-neutral housing policy,” Diemand-Yauman said in his e-mail. University Residence Life Executive Director Joan Carbone said there are other issues preventing the

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Crowd calls ‘Jack’ back for encore BY SARA GRETINA UNIVERSITY EDITOR

With ears ringing from 90 minutes of electronic piano, guitar, bass and drums, a crowd of approximately 1,500 students filtered out of the College Avenue Gym Wednesday night after the Jack’s Mannequin concert. Sponsored by the Rutgers University Programming Association, the show turned out to be a piano-stomping, stooltossing hit. “I think it was probably one of my favorite concerts ever,” said Matt Loving, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “[Andrew McMahon] was so into the music. You don’t see that very often. … But that was awesome.” Song by song the crowd cheered on singer/songwriter McMahon and his band as familiar chords began turning out from the amps. “Alright, Rutgers, don’t be afraid to dance,” McMahon said to the crowd between songs. McMahon performed songs from both “Ever ything in Transit” and “The Glass Passenger,” including favorites

“Dark Blue,” “The Mixed Tape” and “Swim.” “His energy on stage is like no other,” said Steve Murray, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. The positive reception of McMahon’s music was an impor tant reason in bringing Jack’s Mannequin to the University. The idea to stay positive through good times and bad could be interpreted well by students. “I really feel that they are not just popular around here, but they have a good message that they bring with them also,” said Vice President of RUPA’s music committee Roselyn Jose. “I thought it was a good message to bring to campus. I think a lot of people are touched by his music and I thought that was important to bring in.” Plans for the show began last semester, and the band was booked by June through Concert Ideas booking agency, she said. McMahon said coming to the University was a personal point of interest. “I made a point [to play at colleges] probably since the second Something Corporate

album broke. It became an ef for t of ours,” he said. “When you end up doing the college gig, it’s a more af fordable show and it becomes a campus event, and in that sense, it gives us an oppor tunity to reach out to people who are online and talk a lot, and that’s good for our base.” Because RUPA operates under the Department of Student Life, the show was made possible through student fees. RUPA would not disclose the actual cost of the show, Jose said. “It was really great. All of our hard work paid off and Andrew was really glad to be here. He told me himself,” said Jose, a Rutgers College senior. As icing on the cake, the band returned for a three song encore, ending with a rocking cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “American Girl.” “This one is for all the Jersey girls,” McMahon said before starting the song. The crowd went wild. When he jumped off stage and nearly into the crowd, security guards rushed to the barricade between stage and floor to keep the

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Andrew McMahon, creator of the band Jack’s Mannequin, sings at Wednesday night’s show in the College Avenue Gym. The 90-minute set featured songs from both his solo albums. screaming students from pulling him over. By the end of the night, many thought McMahon lived up to his expectations. “Our goal when we go out to play shows is just to play well, to give a good, entertaining rock show, to

give people a good rock concert. To try and conceptualize too far beyond that is a step away from what rock music is to begin with,” McMahon said. “We don’t try to over think it. Everyone just plugs in and hopefully people are dancing and having a good time, and it’s all said and done.”

Major monotheistic religions mingle at on-campus event BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT

Seeking interfaith understanding, Muslim, Christian and Jewish students visited the Graduate Student Lounge in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Three students began the discussion, “Trialogue: A Search For Understanding,” Wednesday night by summarizing the basic tenets of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Sam Weiner, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore representing Hillel, said Judaism is a religion that creates community. “Judaism, for me, at least, and for a lot of other people, is not

only a religion but a community,” Weiner said. “We’re a religion that supports love, supports peace; we support study and we support knowledge.” New Brunswick Theological Seminar y student Mar y Beth Perkins explained the concept of the trinity and the different sects of Christianity. “We have three gods in one,” she said. “We have the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that they act as one God, but they are distinct beings.” Rutgers College senior Anen Hashni, representing the Muslim Student Association, described the six principles of the Muslim faith.

Once the speakers finished their summaries, students splintered off into groups of 10 to discuss love, death, the afterlife and which religious holiday they enjoy the most. Brian Thompson, a computer science graduate student, said he saw in sharing his thoughts with a Muslim student how their spiritual growth process was similar. Thompson mentioned how both religions tr y to strike a balance between faith and logic. “It’s good to have a logical foundation but it’s also important that you base your religion on faith, as well,” Thompson said. “I think that is something

that Islam has in common with Judaism.” Douglass College senior Melissa Sellam discussed the structuring of prayer and explored notions of sin in her group. Weiner brought up a faithbased dilemma he has been grappling with. He wondered if he was committed enough to construct an ark for the Judeo God if so commanded, and pondered the theological question with humor. “If that were to happen to you, what would you do? Would I build the Ark?” Weiner said. Livingston College senior Diego Santelices, a Maronite, said the event broadened his horizons.

“I feel that one of the reasons I came to [the University] is because of the diversity and that I get to meet more people who I would never have gotten to meet had I stayed where I live,” Santelices said. “I learned a lot about Judaism that I didn’t know, even though my step dad is Israeli.” The General Board of Higher Education and Ministr y and the United Methodist Church funded the discussion. The Catholic Center, Episcopal Campus Ministr y, Rutgers Hillel, Office of the Muslim Chaplain, Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministr y, Wesley Fellowship and Student Life sponsored the event.


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OCTOBER 23, 2009 GATEWAY PROJECT TRANSACTION CLOSES, NJ BOOKS TO RELOCATE The city of New Brunswick, the University, the New Brunswick Parking Authority and the New Brunswick Development Corporation released a statement yesterday announcing the closing of the real estate transaction of the Gateway/Transit Village project site is expected to take place today. The Board of Governors approved the transaction yesterday at a meeting in Winants Hall on the College Avenue campus. The site of the project includes the area bordered by Somerset Street, Easton Avenue and Wall Street at the New Brunswick Train Station. In addition, the transaction closing includes the transition of New Jersey Books from 108 Somerset St. to 39 Easton Ave., according to the statement. Once New Jersey Books relocates to Easton Avenue, the remaining buildings at the site will be demolished, and the first phase of construction will immediately follow. This project is expected to create about 3,000 direct and indirect construction jobs, according to the statement. The project will include a new University bookstore, office space and 650 additional parking spaces. — Heather Brookhart

SUPPORT: Daggett is only contender rising in polls continued from front Some of Daggett’s increase in support could stem from voters’ discontent with the other candidates, he said. “I think that while the two major candidates are busy beating each other up, that makes room for some other candidates,” Redlawsk said. School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Erin Sweeney said neither Corzine nor Christie appeal to her, and Daggett is the lesser of the two evils. “I really don’t like any of them … I really might end up voting for Daggett,” she said. Daggett Campaign Spokesman Tom Johnson said Daggett is the only candidate rising in the polls, and his likeability is increasing the more voters get to know him.

“Ours is the only campaign that is attracting support from disappointed Democrats, Republicans who want change, independent voters who will decide this election and voters who are voting because for once, there’s a candidate they can believe in,” Daggett said in a statement. Redlawsk said it would still be hard for Daggett to win because it depends on who brings the most voters to the polls. Corzine has energized many voters by bringing big-name Democrats to the state, such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton. “It really does help the turn out if you get people excited,” Redlawsk said. The poll also showed that 8 percent of voters believe Corzine would handle the economic crisis best. Three percent thought that of Christie, and 2 percent for Daggett.

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consideration of this change for the New Brunswick/ Piscataway campuses. “There’s an overriding issue right now — we can’t even debate [coeducational apartments] because we are overcrowded,” Carbone said. Because of this, options such as gender-neutral units are simply impossible, she said. They alienate students who wish to live with same-gender roommates from mixed-gender units. “If we have an apartment with two male and two female residents and someone drops, I then have to find someone who is interested in taking a spot in a coed unit,” Carbone said.

The University may not be ready for co-ed housing units, said Jared Trachtenberg, vice president of public relations for the University’s Residence Hall Association. Males were not even allowed to visit female housing units until the 1960s, and even then, they were only allowed to visit on Sundays, said Trachtenberg, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. “It’s hard to say [if the University is ready for mixed-gender housing],” he said. “It may be too soon. That kind of decision has to be made by the school.” School of Arts and Sciences senior Erica Gara said introducing co-ed housing could increase student pregnancies and domestic violence situations. She said she would like to see the idea of mixed-gender

housing tested before it is implemented. “I think they should tr y to not necessarily implement it yet. … They should do it [and] tr y it out but know that there are problems that we don’t normally see,” Gara said. Fights between same-gender roommates are more easily settled than those of mixed-gender roommates, especially if those roommates are romantically involved, she said. Whether the student body is ready for the responsibilities of mixed-gender housing, it is not an issue that will be in question any time soon, Carbone said. Overcrowding is a bigger issue with no immediate solution. “When we have enough space to rent a unit out to two men and two women, then we can start to consider it,” she said.

“That was a little bit of a surprising result just given ever ything that’s going on, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that relatively few people say the economy as their number one issue,” Redlawsk said. More than half of voters cited taxes as their main concern this election, according to the poll. Unemployment followed at 11 percent and corruption at 9 percent. While voters trust Corzine more with the economy, they feel Christie would handle taxes better, Redlawsk said. Voters think Daggett would do the best with corruption. “In general there just may be a sense of we’d rather stick with the guy we know in times of uncer tainty,” Redlawsk said about Corzine’s lead in economic security. Since Daggett is not a part of the two major parties in the state, he looks like a better

choice for voters who view corruption as their major concern, he said. Another interesting result of the polls was the views of young voters, Redlawsk said. In the 2008 presidential election, young voters voted overwhelmingly for Obama, an endorser of Corzine, he said. But the poll’s results do not show the same, Redlawsk said. Corzine has 36 percent of voters ages 18 to 35, while Christie trails with 35 percent. This 1 percent difference is negligible, he said. Redlawsk said these poll results are not absolute. “The real question is will these people really show up and actually vote for him,” said Redlawsk, adding that in New Jersey, Independent candidates typically do worse on Election Day than polls predict. “Clearly the only poll that matters is on Nov. 3, but it’s clear that people across New

Jersey recognize that Jon Corzine is fighting for what matters to New Jersey families,” Corzine Campaign Spokeswoman Lis Smith said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Prerana Katti said as a Democrat, she will vote for Corzine. “I just believe in his policies and what he’s going to do for the state,” she said. Katti said for her the main issue is healthcare, and she agrees with Corzine’s decision to make mammograms more available for women. School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Nicole Palmarozza, a Republican, said she would vote for Christie. “My parents own a small business and they’re hurting so much from what the Democrats are doing,” she said. People should keep what they work for, Palmarozza said. The Christie campaign was unavailable as of press time.

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expand the sales tax to help pay for this. He said the DEP is no longer ef ficient and needs to be improved through the recommendations of the task force he led. “I’ve proposed a number of specific reforms … and we’re going to implement every one of

Corzine said of state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen. Weinberg is committed to protecting families, children and quality of life, Corzine said. She has fought back excessive waste in the government. Corzine said she would be a full partner with him in every aspect of governing. Christie said his r unning mate, Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, is an intelligent, straightfor ward and articulate candidate. In the first 90 days of office, she will head a review committee to find waste in the government to save money, he said. She will also lead the New Jersey Partnership for Action, a group to help develop private sector jobs in the state. Christie said he would consult with her on each issue. Daggett said his lieutenant governor candidate, Kean University histor y Professor Frank Esposito, has a long track record of service to New Jersey education and higher education. As former acting president of Kean University, Esposito saved the budget while not cutting jobs, Daggett said. This is a trait he wants to bring to Trenton.

policy if shortages are resolved continued from front

to work alongside candidates continued from front “We’ve done a lot in this area; some of it is controversial, but it’s the right thing to do,” he said. In December, Obama selected former DEP Head Lisa Jackson to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “[Obama] picked the person who ran our DEP for three years,” Corzine said of Jackson, the only state commissioner who went to the president’s cabinet. Independent candidate Chris Daggett — endorsed by the New Jersey Sierra Club — said his 30year track record in environmental policy trumps those of the other candidates. “I have a long track record that is probably greater and deeper than anyone that’s run for governor,” Dagget said. He has worked on various committees, task forces and served as commissioner of the DEP. Especially committed to saving open space to convert to parks, Daggett said he wants to

“I have a long track record that is probably greater and deeper than anyone that’s run for governor.” CHRIS DAGGETT Independent Gubernatorial Candidate

them,” Daggett said. To conclude the debates, the candidates said their reasons for selecting their respective lieutenant governors and the role they would assume if elected. “I am extraordinarily proud of the person I’ve chosen as my lieutenant governor partner,”


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Club trains new dogs old tricks BY JOE BEGONIS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

On University campuses, it is not out of the ordinary to go to class or step on the bus and sit down next to a dog. These dogs aren’t pets but par t of the University’s student-r un Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club. “The program started nine years ago,” said Chris Parrillo, president of the program. “One student wanted to raise a Seeing Eye dog, he went to the University, they eventually approved it and the program just grew from there.” Most University students and faculty have embraced the program by going out of their way to accommodate the dogs and their trainers. “We are allowed on the busses and with the permission of the professors they can sit in on the classes,” said Parrillo, a Cook College senior. “Generally, if we have a problem, like on the bus, we can just call an administrator and they will clear it up for us.” Parrillo said the program is small, but its impact is significant. “Currently we have six dogs on campus, and we have 15 raiser apartments and five sitter apartments,” Parrillo said. The program does not accept all breeds of dogs, Parrillo said. It takes more than a year to train each dog. “We receive golden retrievers, [Labrador retrievers], shephards, and mixes of Labs and retrievers,” Parrillo said. “We get them when they about seven weeks old and they leave when they are about 15 to 18 months old.” One of the raisers was particularly excited about being in the program, but noted the difficulty of letting the dog go. “I’ve had my dog since December and it’s great having him on campus, because you never feel lonely,” said Katie Letson, a School Of Environmental And Biological Sciences junior. “It’ll be tough letting him go, but I feel better that he is going to help someone.” The dogs are trained to be desensitized to all environments, so they are usually at all of the big events at the University. Some of the students are amazed at how well behaved the dogs are in a college environment. “Last semester when I was in physics class, a girl used to come into class and the dog was really obedient,” said Alvin Nyaboga, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. The trainers take their dogs to University events like Rutgers Day, concerts and guest lectures, Parillo said. The program is non-major specific, so anyone can join. One student was upset about not being able to join the program. “I would love to get involved, but I don’t live on Cook,” said Dhruv Vasant, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Parillo said everyone is welcome to visit the dogs as long as a raiser is around. There are 17 raisers and more than 100 sitters. To get involved, Parillo said students can visit their Facebook page, Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club, or visit www.eden.rutgers.edu/~ruseprc.

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HARVARD PROFESSOR CONSIDERS RIGHT, WRONG OF JUSTICE Harvard Professor Michael Sandel will head an interactive discussion titled “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The discussion will engage the audience in issues ranging from cheating to cannibalism. Sandel is an Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard and has been teaching philosophy at the University since 1980. His latest book, “Justice,” is being

published this fall, according to the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Web site. Sandel’s previous books have been on topics such as democracy, liberalism, bioethics and morality in politics, according to the site. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New York Times. Sandel received his doctorate from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. The course he teaches at Harvard is also the basis for a new public

television series that shares the name of the discussion. The event will be sponsored by the Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government, which was established by the University in 1989 to honor Arthur J. Holland, a distinguished alumnus and longtime mayor of Trenton. Students can RSVP to the event online at eagleton.rutgers.edu or by calling (732) 9329384 ext. 331. — Heather Brookhart

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The New Brunswick Elks are hosting a benefit dance for Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen Saturday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Free draft beer, wine and soda will ser ved from 7-9 p.m. and Jerr y Hat Trick and the Flatliners will provide live entertainment. All proceeds will benefit Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen and tickets are available in the Grille Room of Lodge 324 for $20 per person. New Brunswick Elks’ Lodge No. 324 is located at 40 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick. For more information about this event, call (732) 249-3420. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will put on its 8th Annual Fall Community Diabetes Education Program on Monday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This year's program, titled “Diabetes in the Family,” is free and will be held in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard. The event will include exhibits and refreshments and is sponsored by a grant from Johnson & Johnson. To register, call the RJUH Community Education Department at (732) 418-8110.

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While foreclosed homes for sale may appear on free listing Web sites in abundance throughout New Jersey, experts say these properties in the state have actually decreased. “Foreclosures are coming down,” said Kathe Newman, assistant professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. “But I don’t think it reflects [all of the foreclosure and mortgage] problems of the state.” Although the foreclosure rates are slowly dropping, other problems and challenges persist every day pertaining to home buying in New Jersey, Newman said. These issues range from loan interest rates, debt and issues with paying mortgages — all problems arising from a plunging economy and significant unemployment rate. Since a lot of people are unqualified for particular loans because of job loss and poor credit scores, many are turning to nonprime loans or second-chance lending, loans usually lent to those with a lower credit score, she said. These types of loans, which originated in 2005 because of a credit-crunch and economic meltdown, are low quality and

have nonadjustable rates, which are slowly decreasing, they still in turn lead to unpaid debt in the notice homes decorated with foremidst of a plunging economy, closure signs, some even boardNewman said. ed-up. “The underwriting of [these Piscataway resident David loans] was very loose,” Newman Bang said although he does not said. “This [was] compounded know of any personal stories with the effects of the recession about foreclosure filings, and job losses.” he noticed foreclosed homes Sites such as foreclosure.com in Piscataway. and FreeForeclosureReport.com “I can’t think of the exact show foreclosed properties scat- names of the streets or addresstered throughes off the top of my out the state, head, but I have but according to seen a few [fore“When the credit an article pubproper ties] market dried out … closed lished in The a r o u n d Star-Ledger on it was hard to sell Piscataway,” said Monday, state Bang, a School of your house or officials argue Management and that forecloLabor Relations refinance sures in the graduate student. state are down 6 But when walk[your house].” percent from ing around New KATHE NEWMAN the June high of Brunswick, some Associate Professor 6,133. students said they These rates seldom see forehave also slowly closed properties. decreased in the past few months, “I really don’t know of any and state officials said lenders [foreclosures],” said Ladina started 5,757 foreclosures in Lane, a School of Ar ts and August, down 1 percent from Sciences sophomore. July’s rate, according to the artiNew Br unswick resident cle. The number of foreclosure fil- Cassy Vash said she is sure ings was up 40 percent just a year there are foreclosed homes in before that in August 2008. New Brunswick, she just does New Jersey residents say not really pay attention although the foreclosure filings to them.

“I just know [there are foreclosed homes] because people are losing their jobs and cutting back,” said Vash, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Even a lot of professions that were in demand are cutting back on employees, which are causing people to sell their homes, she said. “I know even hospitals are cutting back on nurses,” Vash said. On the national level, the foreclosure filing rate is increasing, according to RealtyTrac data. More than 925,000 borrowers received a foreclosure filing, up 23 percent from last year. The number of homes repossessed by lenders increased to 238,000, up 21 percent, according to RealtyTrac. Lenders signed up more than 500,000 borrowers for “ Making Home Af fordable,” a federal foreclosure prevention program. Newton said foreclosures can also result from the fact that many people are simply not buying homes that were put up for sale. “When the credit market dried out … it was hard to sell your house or refinance [your house],” she said.


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chant of “F- yeah, we can live like this!” could be heard down College Avenue Wednesday night, as hundreds of students filled the College Avenue Gym to see Jack’s Mannequin. The band played songs off their first album “Everything in Transit,” their sophomore album “The Glass Passenger” and even treated the audience with a B-side from front man Andrew McMahon’s old band Something Corporate’s album “North.” They closed their set for the evening with a rendition of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” The band gave an awesome performance that had the crowd cheering as McMahon jumped on and off his piano — and even into the crowd during the band’s last song. Fans who waited outside after the show were also pleased to see that McMahon signed autographs and took pictures. He is truly a modest and charismatic guy who really remembers that the fans are who makes him successful and share his music with others. The Rutgers University Programming Association sponsored the event, and they got an artist that many die-hard fans appreciated having on campus. RUPA receives laurels for putting together a great night, and so does Jack’s Mannequin for coming to the University and putting on a fantastic show. *

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A man in Lebanon, Pa., gives the term “pothead” a very literal meaning. Police officers spotted 29-year-old Cesar Lopez inside a convenience store with a bag of marijuana stuck to his forehead. Investigators said Lopez was seen peering inside his baseball cap early Saturday morning in Lebanon, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. When Lopez looked up, the officer noticed a small plastic bag appearing to contain marijuana stuck to his forehead. The officer peeled the bag off Lopez’s forehead and placed him under arrest. He was charged with drug possession. Police say that the sweatband of a baseball hat is a very common place for people to hide drugs, but surely people make sure that they either put it so it will be tucked in for good or they do not take their hat off in public. Lopez receives a dar t for being so oblivious to the fact that he was out in public with a bag of drugs stuck to his forehead. It is amazing that one wouldn’t realize a plastic bag was stuck to them, let alone one filled with an illegal substance. The next time he stuff his baseball cap full of drugs he should make sure they trucked in there snuggly, that way he does not embarrass himself when he goes out into public. *

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It was a great week for famous visitors on campus. Tuesday night hundreds of students filled the College Avenue Gym to see former President Bill Clinton speak about Gov. Jon S. Corzine. Before speaking about the governor, Clinton addressed the audience about major issues affecting the United States and the world. He cited the lack of stability in the financial crisis, climate change and security issues. He endorsed Corzine by listing his accomplishments in office, increased funding for student aid while reducing the budget, ranking first in the nation for high school graduation rates and closing the racial gap in school performance. He also encouraged students to go out and vote because it is their future that they should be trying to shape. The speakers before Clinton included Middlesex County Freeholder Carol Barrett, Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola, University President Richard L. McCormick and recent alumnus Dymir Arthur. The only downer of the evening was that hundreds of students were not able to get into the event because there was no room to fit everyone in the gym. Clinton receives laurels for coming to the University and for giving a speech that inspired many young voters to get out there and use their voice to speak for what they want in New Jersey. *

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People really do some ridiculous things while intoxicated, and a lot of times they have to pay the price. A man from Duluth, Minn., has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk. A criminal complaint said 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers. Anderson’s blood alcohol content was 0.29, three times the legal limit. The chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders. Sixth Judicial District Judge Heather Sweetland stayed 180 days of jail time Monday and ordered two years of probation for Anderson. First of all, why this man had a motorized La-Z-Boy chair is yet to be found out. That itself should earn the man a dar t, but the fact that he was drunk while driving it out on the road just gets him an even bigger one. A DWI is not funny, but when a guy gets one for driving a motorized recliner drunk it is hilarious. Next time he decides to take the La-Z-Boy out for a spin he better be the designated driver or find one for himself. That way he can stay out of trouble.

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f the New York Giants The Phillies traditionally and Jets played in the have been rivals more with Super Bowl — which the Mets since they are usualseemed like a possibility ly in an annual battle for the before quar terback Mark National League East title. Sanchez pulled a JaMarcus However, this year, the Mets Russell for the Jets — people put up one of the most laughthroughout North Jersey and ably terrible seasons to date MATTHEW TORINO — from the injuries and the New York would care, but hardly anyone would be infighting, to Tony Bernazard thinking about that in the South. They would just taking off his shirt and threatening the Double A be wondering how Donovan McNabb choked team. So they made the playoffs rather easily and again. If the New York Knicks and Philadelphia blew through the Colorado Rockies in four games in 76ers played, few would really even look at them. the National League Division Series. They even Basketball is just not big enough in this part of the destroyed the chance at the most romantic World country and it does not matter, since the chances Series by eliminating the Joe Torre- led Dodgers, of the Knicks going to the Finals any time soon preventing Torre from facing his former team. are about as big as the University winning the Yankee fans usually concern themselves with the national title in football this year. If the Flyers and Boston Red Sox and laugh at the Mets but neither of Rangers met — oh, that’s right, nobody cares those teams really entered the consciousness of the about hockey. But the one matchup that would fans, as the Yankees ran away with the division and capture the imagination of all of the Mets put up their aforementhe state and the University is on hilariously terrible season. “The New York Yankees tioned the verge of happening. They blew through the The New York Yankees and and Philadelphia Phillies Minnesota Twins and are having Philadelphia Phillies are perway with the Angels in spite are perilously close to a their ilously close to a World Series of Joe Girardi’s Bobby Valentinethe likes of which our generaWorld Series the likes of esque over-managing. tion has never seen. Sure, there In a season where both teams’ which our generation has chief rivals faded away and posed was the Subway Series in 2000, but that was a much smaller no threat, it almost seems right never seen. ” area with one team clearly supethat these teams could form a rior to the other, as the Yankees new, nasty rivalry by meeting in were in the tail end of their dynasty years and the the World Series. No fan base has anybody to worry Mets proceeded to fall apart over the next couple about, at least since the Yankees started pounding of seasons. But this matchup would be of two the Red Sox into submission late in the season. seemingly even teams whose fans occupy two Throughout the season, it just seemed like it would large geographical areas that push right against be another ho-hum playoff season as a Yankee-Red each other. Sox series seemed unlikely with the rise of the Most Mets fans reside in places like Queens Angels’ and the Phillies’ bullpen was in shambles all and Long Island, while a lot of Yankee fans live year. But everything broke right in the end, and in North Jersey — one reason Yankees’ owner now the two teams that play in some of the most George Steinbrenner was threatening the Bronx home-run friendly stadiums in baseball will get the by moving there if he didn’t get his new stadium. chance to play for the soul of New Jersey. And all of South Jersey is made up of The tough-as-nails Phillies and the new fun-lovPhiladelphia sports fans. They are two much ing, pie-throwing Yankees seem almost too good to larger areas going at it that already have an be true. If the Yankees win, it will show just how ongoing rivalr y. superior the American League was and has been for People from South Jersey always proclaim that it the past few years. But if the Phillies win, we have a is better down there — from the Wawas to more potential dynasty on our hands. rural kind of environment. They’ve also got the For the foreseeable future, our home state could shore, which you cannot take away from them. be divided into two warring factions: the ones that North Jerseyans see their southern counterparts as have always been there before and the one that has hicks who live on farms and can’t pronounce the letbeen there recently. Between all the trash-talk and ter “O.” It’s seen as the Pine Barrens vs. the jersey wearing, it may just be too much to take. Concrete Jungle of Bergen County, or Philadelphia vs. New York — even if this is the most lopsided Matthew Torino is a School of Arts and Sciences contest. Bragging rights for the next year will be on junior majoring in political science. His column, the line. “From the Sidelines,” runs on alternate Fridays.

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am writing to publicly address the concerns that have been raised recently in regards to the Rutgers University Senate’s report in response to Charge S0802, “Policies on Participation in Blood Drives.” As the author of the report, which was approved by the University Senate’s Student Affairs Committee on Sept. 25, as well as the University Senate’s Executive Committee on Oct. 9, I stand behind the report and its findings when it comes to blood drives and the Rutgers University Nondiscrimination Policy. I still plan on presenting this report before the Senate at our meeting and also intend to support this measure when it comes up for a vote. This report was the efforts of countless hours of interviews, research and deliberations of the Student Affairs Committee. As the report indicates, representatives from the Office of General Counsel, Health Services-New Brunswick and the University Blood Drive Committee were consulted in developing this report. The decision to exclude men who have had sex with men from donating blood is a decision first introduced over 30 years ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The exclusion of men who have had sex with men from donating blood amounts to only a small percentage of persons who are automatically denied the right to donate blood because of FDA policy. Other groups include persons born in certain regions of the world, those who have traveled to certain areas or even those who take medications for common conditions such as acne. Since its inception 30 years ago, the policy has continually been challenged as discriminatory, but in each and every instance over that time span the policy was found to be nondiscriminatory, as there was medical data to support the claim. It is the Senate’s responsibility to review and make recommendations for change to the policies and procedures of the University. This committee reviewed all data, including the legal advice of the University’s Counsel, and has concluded that the FDA policy is not in violation with the nondiscrimination policy of the University. To quote the FDA, “[The] deferral policy is based on the documented increased risk of certain transfusion transmissible infections, such as HIV, associated with male-to-male sex and is not based on any judgment concerning the donor’s sexual orientation.” The FDA policy does not ban gay men from donating blood; it does, though, exclude a specific at-risk group, men who have had sex with men, from donating blood, because of clinical tests which show this group is more susceptible to an increased risk of HIV infection. I encourage any members of the University community who feel that this policy is discriminatory to get in contact with the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/C ontactFDA/default.htm. Kevin Wild is a University College senior. He is also the co-chair Student Affairs Committee and a member of the Rutgers University Senate.

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Apathy stronger weapon than words Letter BRIAN SADEJ

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pathy is a power ful weapon. It has halted social movements, won elections and silenced voices the world over. It is exactly the tool that must be used to silence hatred. This is meant to be directed toward the University population that plans to meet the members of the Westboro Baptist Church in the streets outside of Rutgers Hillel at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 28. My best advice: stay at home. This radical hate group is obviously not welcome on the University campus. The only problem is that they do legally have the right to be here and make their voice heard at that site on that day. There is legally nothing that can be done to stop this event from happening. They followed the procedures to the T, as they always do, in order to ensure that they get their time in the spotlight.

We cannot silence their voices, but as a collective unit we can greatly minimize their audience. Groups like the Westboro Baptist Church have no political goals or policy objectives that they hope to achieve by peacefully protesting around the country; they simply wish to legally stand on the street corner and scream their messages of hatred to the world in order to get a reaction from the immediate vicinity. Why would they do this? Media Coverage. They want to be interviewed by Fox, NBC and CBS and have their 15 minutes of fame all around the country. They want to be seen as the devilish figures that most Americans are embarrassed about so that they can spread their message to a global audience. What do media sources want? A good story, and what better story would there be then thousands of University students meeting 10 members of a radical group to denounce their dogma? If no one shows up to the “protest” of the church, the story is not as interesting and the groups’ action

begin to fade into obscurity. This is the most powerful weapon that we have, to force them to fade into obscurity by not reacting. This group knows what they are doing, that is why they chose the University, one of the most liberal universities in the country, as the site for their next protest. They know we vehemently oppose their ideas and will react exactly the way they want us to. They want us to gather all our friends and family and meet them on the steps of Hillel. Shortly after they meet us, they will meet the news crews coming in to check the latest story, which will display the events of New Brunswick to the entire world. They want us to react irrationally and to think with our hearts instead of our heads so that they can achieve what they want. This University was targeted specifically and is a calculated movement by a group that is getting less attention as time drags on. This is a chance for their small, radical chapter to step into the spotlight, if only for a few more moments.

Our strategy should be one of general apathy, to avoid the counter-protest and continue on with our day as if it was no different then any other day. This overall should not be that difficult, since most University students do not get up before 11 a.m. Stay in bed, study for exams, go to the gym, eat a fat sandwich, go on Facebook, do absolutely anything other then organizing and staging a counter protest to their legal protest. If we ignore this group and let them pass peacefully through the city unimpeded, the news sources will not care and we will deal the Westboro Baptist Church a more powerful defeat than we could do standing across the street from them, yelling at them and saying they should go home. They are not welcome here and we know it, so do not give them a place at the University. Apathy is a powerful weapon — let’s utilize it for good. Brian Sadej is a Rutgers College senior majoring in political science and criminal justice.


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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — This would be a good day to stay home. You could take care of quite a few personal things. Avoid conflict at work. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You move into your own romantic emotional space. Bring someone else along and you'll make memories. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — You have a hard time listening to others now. They babble and don't get anywhere. Take independent action. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 5 — An older person sets up a roadblock. At first you think you can't pass. By day's end, you're on another highway. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — Whatever you have in the back of your mind, keep it there today. This isn't the time to try to convince others. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Make changes on a practical level as necessary. They don't have to be big changes in order to be effective.

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head coach Bob Reasso goes for career win No. 350 Saturday night when the Scarlet Knights travel to Louisville.

THE RUTGERS

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women’s basketball teams host meet the team events this Sunday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The women’s team will hold an open practice in the afternoon, with doors opening at 12 p.m. The men’s team’s event kicks off later in the day at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.

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a return game. We think that the risk-reward is there so that is why we do it.” The Knights benefited last Friday, when McCour ty blocked a third quarter punt to give the offense the ball at the Pitt 39-yard line. It was McCourty’s fifth career punt block, but RU punted the ball back three plays later — the most successful aspect of the Knights’ special team’s play. Junior punter Teddy Dellaganna leads theBig East with 13 of his 28 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line. The Knights also performed well on kick coverage until Pitt returned two kicks for a combined 78 yards. Against Florida International, RU faced the nation’s seventh best returner T.Y. Hilton and held him to 20.3 yards per return — more than 10 yards below his season average. “We were doing well in kickoff coverage, but then we blew a gasket,” Schiano said. “Drive starts are so important. On kickoff coverage, if you can pin them inside their 20 and make them play on a long field, with our defense, we have the odds in our favor. If they get it out to the 35 or the 40, things begin to go the other way.” After a Dellaganna punt bounced off the foot of a Pitt player last Friday, senior linebacker Damaso Munoz recovered the ball at the 11-yard line. The offense scored on its first play, but on the ensuing kickoff Pitt returned the ball 54

“When we don’t execute in that many stages in the game, you’re going to have a result like that,” Werneke said. The Knights were able to take a 27-25 victory in the second set to tie the series at one, taking advantage of Fordham’s worst set of the night with a .053 attacking percentage. But that would be the only victory the Rams would allow. “I thought we took advantage of matchups [in the second set], and not only taking advantage of it but executing it and getting the right plays called and executing those plays,” Werneke said. “They had their runs, we had our runs, we responded and at the end we made one more play than they did.” The remainder of RU’s schedule consists of only Big East opponents, of which the Knights beat only one last year. In terms of Werneke’s dream of making the Big East tournament at the end of the season, the squad needs more than a little luck. The first of the final seven conference matches on schedule is an afternoon start Saturday at Seton Hall. Last time the two teams met, the Pirates swept the Knights. If RU is swept again it would mark the sixth straight time they’ve failed to win a set against Big East competition. “Management wise, I think we’re just trying to figure things out on our end,” Werneke said. “Our focus is trying to get everybody on the same page.”

BRYAN ANGELES/ SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Junior punter Teddy Dellaganna (93) averages 41.8 yards per punt through the first half of the season. He won Big East Special Teams Player of the Week Sept. 29 against the Maryland Terrapins.

yards into RU territor y, a letdown for the kickoff coverage team. “We have to get better,” McCourty said. “We were able to make a play on our punt team to

get the ball back to our offense and get in the end zone, then we can’t come out on kickoffs and give up a 50-yard return. That totally takes the momentum out of a team.”


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Tough weekend ahead for RU KNIGHT NUGGETS BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER

Coming of f what was arguably the most successful weekend of FIELD HOCKEY the seaCONNECTICUT AT son, the RUTGERS, Rutgers f i e l d SATURDAY, 1 P.M. hockey t e a m prepares to face its biggest challenge of the year. While the Scarlet Knights are playing their best field hockey of the season, Connecticut established itself as a conference powerhouse on day one and enters the weekend with a 14-2 record. The team has to keep its foot on the gas if it hopes to stay

afloat Saturday against the No. 7 Huskies. “I think more than anything we just want to go out there and put together 70 minutes of team hockey,” said Rutgers head coach Liz Tchou. “I think there will be an added effort because it is the seniors’ last home game, but I’m just asking them to put together another good game with good chemistr y.” With UConn the only game on the schedule for the Knights this weekend, the Big East opponent is square in their sights. The Knights seek to build on last weekend’s success. RU scored five goals on Saturday to stun a 13-0 Rider squad at home, handing the Broncs their first loss of the season.

ANDREW HOWARD/ PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

Junior co-captain (23) Jenna Bull and the Scarlet Knights face a tall task this weekend when they face off against No. 7 UConn at home.

The Knights followed up their performance with a defensive battle against Lafayette a day later, narrowly dropping the contest 2-0. Both the Broncs and the Leopards received votes in the national poll, but the Knights have not faced a team ranked as high as the Huskies. UConn started the year with 10 straight victories before losing their first game to No. 4 Princeton. Their only other loss came at the hands of No. 5 Syracuse, the only other team the Knights have yet to face in conference. Though the game is a big one, Tchou said the team is working on treating it like any other as her team continues to steadily improve. “Each player is reaching their peak right in regards to both skill and decision making, and I think we’ve done a good job of just staying it in the present,” she said. “This game is definitely important, but at the same time, we’re not making it bigger than it is.” The contest marks the final home game for the Knights’ seniors, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony. After the team’s loss to Saint Joseph’s two weeks ago, Tchou challenged the team to finish their year strong for their seniors. The Knights responded last weekend, and all eyes will be on them Saturday to see if they can deliver a repeat performance. Regardless, Tchou said she is happy the team has finally coming together. “I think that in the past couple of weeks our practices have been much better. Communication has been better, more than anything I think,” she said. “I think the last couple of weeks have been so great, it hasn’t been so much about the wins of the losses but it’s that we’ve continued to learn at each practice.”

Young squad opens season at home BY KEVIN O’ROURKE STAFF WRITER

Fifth-year senior captain Catherine Whetstone is optimistic SWIMMING & DIVING that the Rutgers SWRC INVITE, swimTODAY, 4:15 P.M. m i n g and diving team can get back to where it was in 2006-07. In that season, the Scarlet Knights claimed their second consecutive runner-up finish in the Big East as Whetstone gained honorable mention All-American accolades, participating in the NCAA Championships as part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team and setting a school record en route to a 14th place showing in the 100-yard butterfly. Whetstone knows it will take a lot of hard work to get to that point, but she has been encouraged by the team’s performance in preseason training and practice. “I think that we have a really, really good squad this year and there’s a lot of depth,” Whetstone said. “All the seniors are looking phenomenal in practice … [and] we had an intra-squad meet a couple of weeks ago and a lot of the new girls swam really fast.” The Knights need strong efforts from underclassmen if

they are to improve on last year’s fourth place Big East finish. In the wake of graduating key seniors such as captain Linda Tate and former 100-yard fly conference champion Kasey Kesses, RU’s 27 player roster consists of 17 underclassmen, including 11 freshmen. Whetstone said it is the responsibility of herself and the other seven seniors to convey the tradition of RU swimming

“If they’re confident in what they’re doing, we’re going to be a pretty powerful team.” CATHERINE WHETSTONE Senior Captain

and diving to the newcomers. At the same time, Whetstone said she does not foresee the team’s youth being a problem. “They’re just really good workers and there are so many of them that are really passionate about swimming and diving,” Whetstone said. “It’s not that hard because they really want to be there.”

She said head coach Chuck Warner will also help the young team develop. In 11 seasons at the helm, Warner collected four Big East Coach of the Year honors thanks to a 69-28 record. “In the world of swimming, he’s a really, really respected coach,” Whetstone said. “He has so much knowledge in the sport, and he can really help all the new girls get to a whole new level [like] he has with the rest of the team.” RU begins the 2009-2010 season this weekend by hosting the SWRC Invite, beginning tonight at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. Whetstone said the event serves as a warm-up for the dual meet the following weekend against Big East foes Connecticut and Villanova. The remainder of the pre-winter break slate features home meets with West Virginia, Wagner and the Galbraith Diving Event, which the Knights will also play host for. In between, the team travels to Cambridge for the Har vard Invitational. “I just love how the attitude of the team is right now,” Whetstone said. “If they’re confident in what they’re doing, we’re going to be a pretty powerful team.”

BY THE NUMBERS Army scored a combined nine points against Rutgers in its last two games against the Scarlet Knights. The Black Knights kicked a field goal for their only score last season.

The Rutgers football team has not returned a kick or punt for a touchdown since the 2005 season when Willie Foster took one 74 yards for a touchdown against Pittsburgh.

After recording 96 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh, senior wide receiver Tim Brown is just 18 yards away from his career-high in receiving yards in a season with 565.

The Scarlet Knights went for an all out attack through the air against Pitt and ran for just 38 yards throughout the game. Mohamed Sanu led RU with 29 yards and a touchdown.

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How will Tom Savage perform in his first game away from Piscataway? True freshman quarterback Tom Savage did not play in RU’s game against Maryland, meaning that tonights game at Michie Stadium is the first road test of his career.

TOM SAVAGE RUTGERS QB

NCAA FOOTBALL 2010 SIMULATION With the Rutgers football Senior receiver Tim Brown team reeling after its second hauled in a career-high 11 Big East loss of the season, balls for 109 yards on the NCAA Football 2010 predicts game, and Mar tinek added for the Scarlet Knights to five catches for 42 yards to his bounce back tonight impressive day. with a two-touchdown Senior linebacker win over Army. Ryan D’Imperio made Behind a monster 11 tackles and forced 186-yard, three-toucha fumble that he down day for sophoinstantly recovered on more tailback Joe defense, but the playMartinek, RU took er of the day against down the Black the triple option was Knights 31-17. junior safety Joe Martinek’s 186 JOE LEFEGED Lefeged, who made 13 yards came on only 19 JUNIOR SAFETY tackles and picked off attempts after Rutgers a pass for a 37-yard yet again focused on a pass touchdown. attack. Freshman quarterback The Daily Targum’s weekly Tom Savage threw 48 times in simulation is 5-1 this season, the win, completing 23 attempts incorrectly predicting only the for 246 yards. Savage did not loss to Pittsburgh. find the end zone, however, and threw two picks. — Staff Report

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Against Navy’s triple-option last season, RU gave up big plays to lose the lead. That can’t happen against Army’s similar offense.

NEW YORK.

Rutgers showed up late to Michie Stadium two years ago, but won. It’s the only realistic way Rutgers loses this game.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’re working hard to do well against it. Everything, every play, you have to know. They do this for a living. We’re doing it just for one game.”

ANTONIO LOWERY JUNIOR LB

FINAL VERDICT

RUTGERS, 28-10 The Rutgers defense limits Army’s triple-option offense and knocks off its final non-conference foe.


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KnightsGameday RUTGERS AT ARMY

GAME 7: Michie Stadium, 8 p.m. TV: ESPN2 RADIO: 1450 AM FAVORITE: Rutgers by 10.5

Triple option poses unique threat BY SAM HELLMAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Though Army runs the triple option offense, the Rutgers football team has just one option if it wants to go bowling for a fourth straight season — victory. With two Big East losses in the first half of the season, the Scarlet Knights need a win against the Black Knights to get within two games of Bowl eligibility before the toughest part of the schedule begins Oct. 31 in the form of Connecticut. “This is definitely a big game for us coming up,” said junior linebacker Antonio Lower y, who led the team with 12 tackles last week. “[The triple option] is a unique offense. They do it all year, and we’re just getting ready for it for one game. So we’re working hard to do well against it. Ever ything, ever y play you have to know. They do this for a living. We’re doing it just for one game.” Only a select few Bowl Championship Subdivision teams actually run the triple option, including Army, Navy and Georgia Tech. RU has experience against it, facing both Army and Navy last season and going 1-1 in the two matchups. “It is very unique in that not a lot of teams run it anymore,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “If you are not disciplined, it will make you look silly. You have to put your eyes where they are supposed to be and you have to have the discipline to keep them there.” The triple option attack is a run-frequent attack where the quarterback snaps the ball and has options to keep the ball himself — either to run or to pass — instantly hand the ball to the fullback or sweep around and pitch the ball to a tailback. “Ever ything is happening in front of you at high speed,” Schiano said. “You want to look because your nature is to find the football and go get it. If you do that against this offense, you are going to struggle. It is going to take a great week of preparation.” Senior middle linebacker and team captain Ryan D’Imperio, who is third on the team with 34 tackles, faces the triple option for the

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SCARLET KNIGHTS (4-2)

ARMY (3-4)

PASSING CMP YDS TD INT. AVG. 1 188.2 T. Savage 57.3% 941 5

CMP YDS TD INT. AVG. PASSING T. Steelman 51.0 % 266 2 1 106.0

RUSHING NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. J. Martinek 84 434 5 61 5.5 51 236 4 57 J. Brooks 4.6

RUSHING T. Steelman P. Mealy

RECEIVING NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. 28 548 3 68 19.6 T. Brown 26 245 0 21 M. Sanu 9.4 43 0 26 6 K. Young 7.2 61 0 21 12.2 5 J. Hayes

RECEIVING NO. YDS TD D. Hunter 19 134 0 A. Villanueva 16 253 4 J. Carter 3 34 0 A. Barr 2 16 0

TKL SCK 0 38 0 35 20 6.5

DEFENSE

D. McCourty A. Lowery J. Freeny

INT 1 1 0

INJURIES Probable — S Pat Kivlehan (leg), LB Ryan

NO. YDS TD LNG AVG. 3.5 117 407 3 32 6.9 56 386 1 75

DEFENSE

LNG AVG. 7.1 14 30 15.8 16 11.3 8.0 11

TKL SCK 57 1.5 44 0 41 9.5

S. Anderson D. Travis J. McNary

INT 0 4 0

INJURIES N/A

D’Imperio (stinger), G Desmond Wynn (shoulder)

Out — G Caleb Ruch (leg) SCHEDULE Sept. 7 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 10 Oct. 16 Oct. 23 Oct. 31 Nov. 12 Nov. 21 Nov. 27 Dec. 5

L, 47-15 Cincinnati W, 45-7 Howard W, 23-15 FIU W, 34-13 Maryland Texas Southern W, 42-0 L, 24-17 Pittsburgh 8 p.m. Army Noon Connecticut South Florida 7:30 p.m. TBA Syracuse TBA Louisville West Virginia TBA

fourth time in his career tonight after playing both Army and Navy last season and Army the year before. “You have to be very disciplined to go against it, so it’s a challenge,” D’Imperio said. “Past experience goes a long way in this case. It basically relates all the way back to high school.” RU stomped Army 30-3 last season to become bowl eligible after starting the season 1-5. The defense had no trouble with the triple option on that day as junior safety Joe Lefeged’s fumble recovery for a touchdown two minutes into the game set the tone for a dominating defensive performance. The last time the Knights made the trip to Michie Stadium, they also won big, but in an ugly fash-

ion. After brutal snowstorms and traffic forced a late arrival, quarterback Mike Teel hurt his thumb on the first drive and had to leave the game. Quarterback Jabu Lovelace and running back Ray Rice were up to the challenge, however, leading RU to a 41-6 win. Rice set a new career high — only to be broken in the International Bowl — with 234 rushing yards, but Lovelace and junior running back Mason Robinson still arguably had their best games as Knights. Lovelace, filling in for Teel, ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns and Robinson, Rice’s backup after an injur y to tailback Kordell Young, had 82 yards on the ground.

EMU Duke

Ball State Iowa State Tulane Vanderbilt Temple Rutgers Air Force VMI North Texas Navy

W, 27-17 L, 35-19 W, 24-17 L, 31-10 L, 17-16 W, 16-13 L, 27-13 8 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Noon 4 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Key Matchup

DAN BRACAGLIA/ MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Last time the Scarlet Knights visited Michie Stadium, running back Ray Rice ran for a then career-high 234 yards against Army.

SCHEDULE Sept. 5 Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 23 Nov. 7 Nov. 14 Nov. 21 Dec. 12

Rutgers front seven vs. Army’s triple-option offense One of three FBS teams in the country that run the rushing-based attack, the Black Knights will try to ram the ball down the Scarlet Knights’ throats. Rutgers must stay disciplined and keep on their assignments across the field.

STARTING LINEUP: OFFENSE

TIM BROWN Wide Receiver

ANTHONY DAVIS Tackle

ART FORST Guard

RYAN BLASZCZYK Center

DESMOND WYNN Guard

KEVIN HASLAM Tackle

D.C. JEFFERSON Tight End

MOHAMED SANU Wide Receiver

TOM SAVAGE Quarterback

JACK CORCORAN Fullback

JOE MARTINEK Running Back

Senior 5’-8”, 210 lbs

Junior 6’-6”, 325 lbs

Sophomore 6’-8”, 310 lbs

Senior 6’-4”, 295 lbs

Sophomore 6’-6”, 290 lbs

Senior 6’-7”, 295 lbs

R-Freshman 6’-6”, 245 lbs

Freshman 6’-2”, 215 lbs

Freshman 6’-5”, 230 lbs

Senior 6’-1”, 230 lbs

Sophomore 6’-0”, 215 lbs

STARTING LINEUP: DEFENSE

GEORGE JOHNSON Right end

CHARLIE NOONAN Tackle

SCOTT VALLONE Tackle

ALEX SILVESTRO Left end

DAMASO MUNOZ Linebacker

RYAN D’IMPERIO Linebacker

ANTONIO LOWERY Linebacker

DAVID ROWE Cornerback

JOE LEFEGED Strong Safety

ZAIRE KITCHEN Free Safety

DEVIN McCOURTY Cornerback

Senior 6’-4”, 260 lbs

Junior 6’-2”, 270 lbs

R-Freshman 6’-3”, 270 lbs

Junior 6’-4”, 260 lbs

Senior 6’-0”, 220 lbs

Senior 6’-3”, 245 lbs

Junior 6’-2”, 225 lbs

Sophomore 6’-0”, 195 lbs

Junior 6’-1”, 205 lbs

Senior 6’-2”,215 lbs

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Starting position poses special teams issue Rutgers drops fourth straight at Fordham BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT

Mohamed Sanu stands isolated in the end zone with a punt and an entire football team heading towards him. It is a pregame ritual for the Rutgers football team, as the FOOTBALL Scarlet Knights gather around the freshman punt returner before heading into the locker room ever y game. But take one glance at the RU kick and punt return stats and it looks like the return men are tasked with evading entire teams during the game as well. RU ranks last in the Big East in both return categories. In the nation, only five teams average less on kick returns than the Knights, and only seven teams average less on punts. The last time the Knights returned a kick for a touchdown was over four years ago — Sept. 30, 2005. “The [kickoff return] we need to get better at, there is no doubt, and I think we will,” head coach Greg Schiano said. “I think we were making progress early in the year, and I think we have plateaued and maybe even gone down a little bit. We are going to have to look at personnel and we are going to have to just get better.” Senior wideout Tim Brown could be involved in those personnel changes, replacing junior Joe Lefeged, owner of the longest return of the season for RU. Although Lefeged returned a kick 36 yards at Mar yland, his three gaf fes against Pittsburgh do not show up in the box score. The Germantown, Md., native muffed two kicks and went to his knee at the one-yard line while catching a third kick, giving the offense a 99-yard field to drive. Brown handled return duties along with senior captain Devin McCourty after that, and said he is not concerned with the Knights’ lack of production. “We’re just tr ying to take care of the ball,” Brown said. “We don’t get to return

BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT

est defender no less than 10 yards away, Schiano said he would never second guess a punt returner — the hardest job on the field, he said. “On the punt return, we are a punt block team,” Schiano said. “A lot of the time we are coming. When you do that, you have more fair catches and you have not as great

Whatever magic the Rutgers volleyball team worked with in the first half of the season is gone. The Scarlet Knights dropped their fourth consecutive match Wednesday night at Fordham, losing 3-1 with scores of 17-25, 2725, 22-25 and 11-25. The match also marks the Knights’ sixth loss in seven games — five of those were sweeps. “I think we underachieved,” head coach CJ Werneke said of Wednesday night’s performance. “I thought we were a better team, but we didn’t execute like we’re capable of. Not to take anything away from Fordham, I thought they played pretty well, but I thought we were the better team.” Underachieving may be one thing, but the Rams outplayed RU in pretty much every aspect. The Knights lost the error battle in every category except blocking, putting up 30 attacking errors, 11 serving errors and two blocking to the opposition’s 18, 10 and six. On offense, RU was outdone in kills, overall attacking percentage and service aces. “I just don’t think that every point mattered,” Werneke said. “We weren’t engaged enough in the play in the now and that leads to runs that other teams get against us. That’s [what happened] against Fordham.” The loss drops the Knights to 8-14 overall and 1-6 in the Big East. The final set for RU was something out of a bad dream. With a -.107 attacking percentage reminiscent of last year’s sloppy style of play, the Knights were only able to score 11 times before the Rams (10-15, 1-7 A-10) took the final match.

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Senior Devin McCourty plays the role of kick returner, as well as starting at cornerback, for the Scarlet Knights, though he averages just 18.4 yards per return. the ball much during the games, but we want to go out there and take care of the ball, field the kicks and give our offense good starting field position.” While Schiano recognizes the strides needed from kick returns, he is not concerned with Sanu’s 3.4 yards per punt return average. After the Texas Southern game in which Sanu fair caught a ball with the clos-


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