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Hundreds counter Westboro Baptist Church protest BY JOHN S. CLYDE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Hundreds of students and community members stood together outside Rutgers Hillel yesterday and drowned out the voices of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting on the opposite side of College Avenue. “[Rutgers Hillel] was so happy with the turnout,” Hillel Student Board President Hilary Neher said. “We’re so happy that all of these people came out to stand with us against hate. [The counterprotest] was peaceful and it was tasteful, and that’s exactly what we wanted.” Six members of the Topeka, Kan., based group, known for protesting outside funerals of fallen American servicemen, protested at the corner of Mine Street and College Avenue with signs saying “God Hates You” and “Fag University.” The group arrived and left earlier than scheduled, and protested from about 8:15 until about 8:35 a.m. The protest had been
scheduled to take place between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. yesterday. Despite the early arrival and a rainy morning, students lined both sides of College Avenue surrounding Rutgers Hillel, forcing the Westboro Baptist Church, which had planned to protest in front of the Hillel, to move across the street. Neher said the counterprotest was successful and united the community. “Everything that we did was completely on our terms,” said Neher, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “Nobody was looking at them, nobody was acknowledging them, everyone was focused [on Rutgers Hillel] and that’s exactly what we wanted.” Lt. J.T. Miller of the New Brunswick Police Department confirmed that the protest remained peaceful and there were no arrests. University officials estimated that more than 650 people attended the “Rutgers United
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Sam Weiner, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, thanks hundreds of University affiliates peacefully rallying against yesterday’s Westboro Baptist Church protest outside Rutgers Hillel.
Women find support, success in unique campus program BY ARIEL NAGI ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
More commonly known for its strong women and dedication to women’s leadership, Douglass is a campus composed of many identities and is one of the most unique college communities in the country. Douglass College, founded in 1918, is distinctive in many ways, campus Dean
Harriet Davidson said. It attracts many women to the campus because of the Douglass Residential College tight-knit community, one of the only all-women communities in the nation. “Douglass is not only unique at Rutgers because it has retained its unique identity as a women’s campus, but it’s the only public research university that has a women’s community like this,” Davidson said.
DRC is open to all women on campus, whether they are first-year students or upperclassman, and traditional, nontraditional or transfer students, she said. DRC offers hands-on guaranteed internships with alumnae, scholarships to study abroad, specialized advising and portfolio building for career opportunities, Davidson said. A lot of students are attracted to these different aspects of the campus.
“We seem to have a lot of women that come to Rutgers that want to stay here, not because they don’t want to be around men, but they have a sense of the advantages here,” Davidson said. “There are women who are impressed by our statistics. We have really high-achieving women here.”
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Students endure burden of rising tuition rates at U.S. universities
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UNIVERSITY The Eagleton Institute of Politics held a day-long workshop for local high school students to encourage them to demonstrate leadership.
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SPORTS The Rutgers men’s soccer team was shut out 3-0 by Villanova last night at Yurcak Field. Despite the loss, the Scarlet Knights still qualified for the Big East Tournament.
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The steepest climb in published tuition and fees at public four-year colleges in the last 30 years occurred in the past decade, Rutgers University included. After being hit hard with state budget cuts, four-year public colleges hoisted tuition and fees by an average of 6.5 percent last year, according to a repor t titled “Trends in College Pricing” released by College Board last week. Tuition and fees rose at an annual rate of 4.9 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. In July, the University Board of Governors approved a resolution limiting tuition, fees and room and board raises to 3 percent, which came after tuition rose 8.5 percent last year and 7.8 the year before. “The goal of the University as a public institution is to keep tuition as low as possible in order to attract students from a variety of backgrounds,” said Vice President for University Budgeting Nancy Winterbauer. She said the cap is only in place for one year, but the University is always looking for new ways to keep tuition low while promoting quality. The State Assembly implemented the cap into Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s recommended New Jersey budget bill.
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The Brodsky Center and the Institute for Women and Art staff is presenting its “Halloween Party: A benefit for the Artist Residency Program at the Brodsky Center” at the Mason Gross Galleries at 33 Livingston Ave. Bring a friend and get an admission ticket for $25 each or purchase an individual ticket for $30. To purchase tickets, call (732) 932-2222 ext. 838. Purchase your tickets in advance to secure your spot. The party includes food, beverages, music, dancing, a costume contest and other treats, tricks and prizes. Black or white themed costumes are encouraged, witch or warlock, mummy or ghost! The Rutgers Rugby Football Club, which recently entered the MARFU Premier League, travels to Delaware for a game at 7 p.m. against the Blue Hens. The Unplugged Rutgers Board Game Club will be having its weekly meeting at 7 p.m. at Room 174 in the Busch Campus Center. Come by to meet new people, chow down on food and try some board games that you have never seen! They play everything from chess to “Last Night on Earth,” a zombie-survival horror game.
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Several University students are encouraging local high school students to become active in politics and function as better leaders. RU Ready, an initiative by the Eagleton Institute of Politics, held a leadership training session Tuesday for New Brunswick High School students on Douglass campus, said RU Ready Program Director Elizabeth Matto. “The purpose of RU Ready is to reach out to the entire senior class of New Br unswick High School and provide them with the tools that they need and the encouragement that they need to be engaged in their communities in the political process upon graduation,” she said. Matto had University students go into New Brunswick High School classes three times throughout the year to speak to and interact with students, she said. In these sessions, students par ticipated in discussions, debates and role-playing activities. “We [have University students run the program] because we feel that the messages we try to convey with RU Ready are going to be heard better by high school students if they are com-
ing from college students who are not that much older than they are,” Matto said. A new component to RU Ready is the leadership training session held at the institute, she said. This program is designed to help students become more efficient leaders. “We are having them for the day to, first of all, applaud them [and] to help them explore what it means to be a leader,” Matto said. “[It is to] help them understand that even if you are not the best public speaker — even if you are not terribly charismatic, loud or outgoing — there are lots of ways that you can be a leader and exert leadership skills.” In the training session, the high school students par ticipate in multiple activities to become better leaders in their community, New Br unswick High School senior Talisa Sanchez said. They work interactively on public speaking and techniques to r un meetings more ef fectively, such as making an agenda and taking minutes properly. “We are doing the training to get an idea of how to run our meetings and how to incorporate everything we learn in our clubs. What we learned today is going to help us become leaders in New Brunswick High School,” Sanchez said.
The RU Ready University leaders spend countless hours getting ready for the sessions with the high school students, School of Ar ts and Sciences junior Brendan Kaplan said. Assigned readings and weekly meetings — often several hours long — prepare the University students for the leadership sessions. “We do a lot of assigned reading that has to do with youth participation in politics and civic engagement among young people,” Kaplan said. “In addition, we do simulations ourselves for all the different programs we are going to run at least a few times before we go into the classrooms, so it is never us saying it for the first time.” RU Ready hopes to encourage students to become active leaders in both their high school and community, Matto said. The training session provides the high school students with a fun, interactive way to learn leadership skills they can bring back to their own community. “Our goal is to help the students become active in politics,” Kaplan said. “If I can do one thing for them this year, I want them to understand coming out of the program that political behavior has consequences for their lives. [I] tr y to empower the kids a little bit that way.”
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DGC: Careless driving warrants U. investigation BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT
Hoping to diminish the impact careless drivers have on pedestrians, the Douglass Governing Council passed a measure Tuesday night that recommends reinvigorating University traffic law enforcement. Council External Vice President Kate Barbour wrote the resolution to address the difficulty pedestrians have crossing any street throughout campus due to the negligence of drivers toward posted speed limits and traffic laws. “People are not courteous drivers: they don’t observe the rules, they don’t respect pedestrian’s right of way and it’s dangerous,” said Barbour, a Douglass College senior. This resolution aims to bring this to the attention of the Rutgers University Police Department, she said. “Since these roads are privatized, it’s their responsibility to enforce the laws on them, and Rutgers is also charged with protecting students and the University community,” Barbour said. A car turning into a parking garage on Easton Avenue struck Barbour on Oct. 20 while she was riding her bicycle. She received minor injuries. The council discussed the “Resolution to Enforce the Posted Campus Speed Limits” on Oct. 13 and passed it unanimously on Oct. 27. Barbour sent the resolution to Lt. Kenneth Ackerman of the RUPD, Douglass Community Policing Officer Jennifer Hammill, Cook Community Policing Officer Richard McGilvery and Director of Transportation Services Jack Molenaar. Transfer and non-traditional students’ representative Irina Ushakov said the resolution reiterates the council’s commitment to a safe campus. “There are clearly issues with people speeding through crosswalks [and] people making illegal turns at lights, and it has really come to our attention,” said Ushakov, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
Douglass Governing Council Exceeding posted speed limits and ignoring stop signs jeopardizes the safety of pedestrians and drivers, according to the resolution. The University is responsible for maintaining and enforcing laws laid out for motorists on its privately-owned roadways on Cook and Douglass campuses, and protecting the University community and guests, according to the resolution. University Senator Valerie Weiss said a crosswalk cop could regularly patrol the intersection of George Street and Nickel Avenue to impose traffic laws and ensure pedestrian safety. Ushakov said an increased police presence at certain key locations during rush hour would send the message to students and commuters. “There’s rush hour in the middle of the day and people drive the same route every Tuesday and every Wednesday,” Ushakov said. “If there was a police presence there just once or twice a month, those people would be reminded to drive safely.” While discussing the aggressive state of many New Jersey drivers, Ushakov said drivers might be more polite in other states because pedestrian laws are more stringent. Cops actively ticket jaywalking in Seattle and San Francisco, while jaywalking is not targeted in New Jersey, Ushakov said. Weiss said commuters should understand that as soon as they park their cars, they become pedestrians. “Most students should understand while driving that they will eventually have to walk,” said Weiss, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Weiss and Ushakov said the council aspires to garner support for the resolution from other campuses to bring light to the issue. “It happens on all campuses, but this is what we can do on our campus, and we’d love to forward [this resolution] to the others,” Ushakov said.
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STUDENTS: Tuition may rise faster than inflation continued from front
University a capella groups, including Deep Treble, Shockwave and Kol Halayla, perform while hundreds counterprotest in the rain.
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them the connection to one another that we all built here,” Getraer said. “Anything that in red at counterprotest unites people, that brings people together and makes them continued from front feel connected to one another is a positive thing.” Against Hate” rally, Senior Across the street from the Director of Media Relations Greg Hillel the Second Reformed Trevor said. Church hung rainbow colored The counterprotest featured flags and large banners which performances by student a capread “Love thy neighbor,” pella groups Deep Treble, Kol “Love your enemies,” “Let love Halayla and Shockwave, joint be genuine” and “God is love.” interfaith and diversity state“We wanted big beautiful banments, and recitations of the ners to overpower their puny University’s fight song. hate-filled banner,” said the Rev. “I’m amazed and grateful,” Barbara Heck at Rutgers Executive Director of Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries. “I Hillel Andrew Getraer said. “You almost have to thank Westboro just saw people from ever y Baptist Church for coming aspect of the campus coming because it brought the campus together, and I think that’s what together in a it’s all about.” beautiful way.” The University Students held has the third “You just saw signs saying largest Jewish poppeople from “God is Love” ulation of any camand “Coexist,” pus in America, every aspect of and spoke out said Getraer of why the campus against the he thinks the group’s message. group protested coming together ...” “I wasn’t near Rutgers Hillel. ANDREW GETRAER planning on “The impetus Executive Director coming because for the trip was of Rutgers Hillel I thought it Kosherfest. We would be best if were stopping at we just ignored the colleges and the picketers because attention high schools of New Jersey and is exactly what they want, but I Rutgers because they were decided to come because I saw raised on a lie,” said Megan a lot of Rutgers students were Phelps-Roper, the granddaughcoming [and it was going to be ter of the group’s founder and a peaceful protest which is pastor Fred Phelps. “We’re to what was needed],” said Zaid inject a little truth into this Abuhouran, a School of insane orgy of fag lies.” Environmental and Biological The group protested at New Sciences sophomore. Brunswick Public High School Senior Dean of Students Mark prior to coming to the University. Schuster said the group has a hisAbout 30 counterprotesters tory of seeking media attention were present during the protest, and he came out to support Miller said. Rutgers Hillel to oppose mes“We finished at New sages of hate. Brunswick High a couple min“I was also there to support utes early so we decided to get the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and out here and get [started],” transgender] community as an Phelps-Roper said. openly gay and proud LGBT The group has protested in administrator,” Schuster said. more than 41,000 locations, Rutgers College senior and according to its Web site. Busch Campus Council Jael Phelps, a granddaughter President Shaival Shah said he of Fred Phelps, said the countersaw a group of students who protest was similar to the others were united against hate, and it she has been to. was a good sign that Westboro “We’re not tr ying to convert Baptist Church left early. anybody. We’re not tr ying to “There’s so many different get anybody on our side. This groups that came together is the typical showing,” Jael today for the purpose of uniting Phelps said. against the hate that does exist Across the University students in this world,” said Sam Weiner, wore red today in opposition to a School of Arts and Sciences the Westboro Baptist Church. sophomore. “It was an empow“Hopefully [members of the ering site to see.” community] will carr y with
The economic climate led the University to consider a cap before the state mandated one, Winterbauer said. The University prefers to develop its own cap as the legislature will often not take into account the cuts it has made to the University’s budget. “If the state were to provide us with adequate funding, we in fact could keep tuition increases low, but [the legislature] is not providing us with the funding we need and then they cap our tuition,” Winterbauer said. The University does not have the money it needs to provide for the programs and ser vices required, she said. “I think political people in Trenton like to say that they kept tuition low, but what they’ve taken out of that equation is they didn’t give [us] the funding that we need,” Winterbauer said. Full-time in-state tuition at the University for the 2009-2010 school year is $9,546, and fulltime out-of-state tuition is $20,456, which is $974 more than last year. In the 2009-2010 academic year, New Jersey had the second highest average published tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year colleges and universities at $11,167, according to the report. In the academic years of 1999-2000 and 2009-2010, the average University tuition and
OCTOBER 29, 2009 fees increased at an annual rate of 4.3 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. The highest hike of 8 percent occurred in 2003-2004. The lowest increase happened during 2000-2001. School of Arts and Sciences junior Joshua O’Neal said he has seen his term bill swell over time and said rising tuition prices are the biggest problem facing universities.
“If the state were to provide us with adequate funding, we in fact could keep tuition increases low ...” NANCY WINTERBAUER University Budgeting Vice President
“Higher education prices are kind of out of control,” O’Neal said. In an e-mail cor respondence, University Clinical Associate Professor of Finance and Economics John Longo said tuition could continue to increase at rates faster than inflation for another couple of decades at private schools and perhaps three decades for public schools. A breaking point would be reached for all but the top-ranked schools, he said. “Consider a private school that charges $40,000 per year and has their average graduate earn $50,000 per year upon graduation,” Longo said.
“Assume the cost of attending a four-year college will increase at 5 percent per year, and inflation and the students’ salar y will increase at 3 percent per year.” A private school that currently costs $40,000 a year will grow to cost $106,000 per year in 20 years. The students’ starting salary would grow to $90,000 per year, Longo said. A student would wind up losing nearly half their pre-tax income to ser vice $400,000 plus in loans. “The increased expenses for student loans may force them to delay other important purchases, such as that of a new home,” Longo said. “At this point it becomes unsustainable, unless substantial grants or scholarships were awarded to the student reducing the loan amount.” He said higher education would remain sustainable as long as wealthy families can af ford exorbitant college expenses and the less well-off are willing to take on significant amounts of debt for the possibility of superior job prospects and learning experiences. School of Arts and Sciences junior Jason Moreira said rising tuition is a problem but is more intrigued by which issues receive priority in the University’s budget. “What I think is a bigger problem is, where is the money going? For instance, there’s a debate about whether we should keep the libraries open longer, whereas we somehow have the money to expand the football stadium and do [a] myriad [of] other things,” Moreira said.
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School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Allison Cole 11 living-learning residence halls said she loves everything about the campus. “Douglass is just wonderful,” continued from front Cole said. Although the merging of the There are a number of negaliberal art colleges eliminated tive stereotypes about Douglass Douglass College, DRC has kept women, ranging from the “manthe women’s community alive, hating” campus to the radical she said. Five of the seven resifeminists, Davidson said. dence halls on the campus are “Any woman that has still all women. expressed interest in women’s There are 11 living-learning issues has been labeled a mancommunities on the campus, hater, and I don’t know why we where women live in residence still think that, because most peohalls with other women who are in ple, if you ask them, they support the same program and take a class women’s rights,” she said. “Yet as in the residence hall, Davidson soon as you say something about said. Some of the living-learning women’s issues, they say somecommunities travel as well. thing derogatory.” “These 11 livingDiaz said she learning houses came across a few “I think it’s kind provide a really wonpeople who have derful experience of negative of silly. ... The girls made what we call integracomments about tive learning … it Douglass campus. aren’t even gives you the sense “I think it’s that radical.” of studying with a kind of silly. … group and working The girls aren’t SHERYLENE DIAZ together … so it creeven that radical,” Douglass Residential College ates a tight-knit she said. “It’s not student c o m m u n i t y, ” that serious. It’s Davidson said. not like we’re School of Arts and Sciences going to go hunt you down sophomore Sher ylene Diaz, a because you’re a man.” DRC student, said she loves Davidson said the Douglass Douglass because of the various community continues to reach living-learning houses offered. out to other people in the She lives in the Spanish University community to try to Language House in Jameson erase any negative stereotypes Residence Hall, also known as the about the campus. Global Village. She said many of the dorms “The dorms are so peaceful and on the campus are coed, so she the girls on Douglass are so united,” does not understand why people Diaz said. “Most of them are very still label the campus as prejugoal-oriented and determined.” diced against men. She said although the campus is “There’s nothing here about not as exciting as the action-packed man-hating,” Davidson said. “This College Avenue campus, Douglass is about having women equality, has more of a home-like setting. having women leadership.” “It’s so peaceful. That’s what I Not all of the women on love about Douglass,” Diaz said. Douglass are feminists or “I feel like when I come home, I women’s and gender studies would want to come home to a majors or minors, she said. The peaceful environment.” campus is diverse, and a lot of She said the opportunities for people in the University do not women’s leadership offered on recognize that. Douglass are not offered in the But the Douglass community same capacity anywhere else. also comes together regardless of “I feel like there are so many their differences, Davidson said. opportunities for Douglass girls,” “It also is scattered because Diaz said. “That’s why I chose to the majors are so scattered,” she live here.” said. “But when you come at the Davidson said these living-learnend to some of our events in the ing communities establish close senior year, like the senior brunch relationships among the women livand our convocation, everyone ing on the campus, especially really feels like a Douglass because the University is so large. woman. And that’s really part of “I think that there’s a sense the strength of this group.” from some women that they realDiaz said more women should ly just want the small community consider joining DRC. in the large University, and that’s “I just feel like if you’re a girl a wonderful thing because a on campus, you should join large university can be kind of DRC,” she said. “There are just overwhelming,” Davidson said. so many opportunities here.”
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magine you go into a library hoping to check out your favorite book or open an encyclopedia to do research, only to find that half the books in the library were scrapped for an electronic device. That is what students at Cushing Academy, a boarding school near Boston, experienced. Recently, the school decided to scrap the idea of books in its attempt to introduce a new fad in the sphere of publishing. We have all heard of the decreasing trend in paper media, however, this has only just asked the question of new media entering the market of book publishing. Cushing Academy is the very model of such modern transformation. The venerable school has begun its elimination of physical text, and in lieu has chosen the newly-popular Kindle electronic reader. According to USA Today, the school has chosen to forsake the palpable aspect of the library, and instead introduced a “cyber café.” While this new scheme of digital media may aid the shopper-friendly Web sites instantly sell e-books, it also has the ability to destroy the very essence of traditional learning, be it high school or collegiate. The school in question is an institution for very privileged children. It may have the financial means to put forth such a large operation, however, this may be a problem for many public or private schools. This disassociation from the general idea of pre-collegiate education could potentially put the graduates of Cushing Academy into a social and educational disadvantage. No institution of higher learning would adapt to this newly-founded system of reading and learning. Most colleges, including those targeted by kids who attend private schools, have the tendency of retaining the values of their forefathers. Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League, would not desert the idea of libraries in exchange for additional cafes and hang-out spots. It would aim to retain the traditionalism within the foundation of the school. While perhaps a large portion of Rutgers students only visits the library for its abundance of computers, graduates of Cushing Academy would have no choice but to resort to this electronic source. The written word would essentially have absolutely no meaning in their undergraduate or graduate careers. Tons of dusty books would be left untouched and therefore unlearned, leaving only the thought of all that lost information. Surely, scholars would attempt to transfer the billions of books into one Kindle, but would they also bring along the essence of the written — the physically present — word? To address the more sentimental side of matters, a Kindle e-reader would simply take away from the traditional book-reading experience. The feel of paper as one flips through the book would be lost, along with the emotional attachment to a certain book. If technology progresses as it recently has, we might attain affections for .doc or .pdf files. The idea of a “favorite book” could disappear, or only be retained by the older members of society. The children of people who grew up with books would be left disconnected from values taught by these objects of knowledge. Our memories of book projects and research assignments in school could soon be based on intangible sources of information such as the Internet and now Kindle. The idea of reading a book on a rainy day might disappear. Instead, our children may be looking forward to drinking coffee and reading their Kindles at the local coffee shop. Perhaps that is a thought not far away from contemporary times. Think about the idea of reading T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” or James Joyce’s “Ulysses” on a lit-up electronic screen. Imagine a classroom full of students who happily, ignorantly, study the presence of realism in contemporary literature. The easiness of portability and cost of a newly programmed Kindle may be the attraction for most. The idea being impregnated is that as technology advances, one should not lag behind with his or her printed book or old Kindle. The update will always come due to the large number of soon to be moderately paid programmers. A consumer America would always opt out for the new, more marketed piece of technology, and perhaps that is where modern society goes wrong. While the old and established might be a source of weakness in society, the thought of books retains its qualities of knowledge and education. It may be the only thing present today to have come from the past and to have held its position for that long. Works from as far back as “Beowulf” to as contemporary as “Harry Potter” have been written or printed on paper, and if justice had its way, these pieces would remain there. An opponent of such burial of technology might argue that Kindle is simply a part of a developing world, however, The Daily Targum is not convinced. The image of a young child reading “Where the Wild Things Are” or a Rutgers University student reading “Don Quixote” brings a certain feeling of trust in an ever-developing society. Maybe this is just an idea of an ageing generation, the last to praise books, but maybe the thought of a library full of Kindles is truly a picture painted by economists and programmers. Cushing Academy, Rutgers University and any other institution of education has been based on books long before the beasts of technology showed up, and it should stay that way.
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Ignorance is not your friend Letter ABRAHAM GREENHOUSE
hey may seem like a handful of idiots, if particularly obnoxious ones. It is tempting to just ignore them. Unfor tunately, histor y has proven time and again that even the most outlandish ideologies of hate can rapidly evolve into something that extends far beyond mere words. Likewise, mere words are an insuf ficient means of responding to those who would incite the world to hate. We cannot af ford to wait until demagogues — even those as ridiculous as the Westboro Baptist Church — become too power ful. No one understood this better than Marek Edelman. The last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Edelman died at the age of 90 only weeks ago. By the time resisters began their uprising — the idea of such a struggle having been resisted by most of the Ghetto population — it was too late to win, but they fought anyway. As Edelman put it, “We fought simply not to allow the Germans alone to pick the time and place of our deaths.” Fighting impossible odds, the uprising lasted only a few weeks, but succeeded in striking a startling blow to the Nazi war machine, no doubt saving many innocent lives. Edelman survived the war, but unlike many of his fellow
resisters, he refused to abandon the country of his birth to emigrate to Israel or the United States. To leave, he felt, would be a capitulation to the same racist attitudes, which had inspired the Nazi Holocaust. For Edelman, living out the rest of his years in his native Poland, to exist was to resist. And resist he did. Edelman remained active in politics, speaking out against the injustices of the Stalinist regime, which took power after the war.
“Edelman believed that it was his duty to speak out against injustice wherever it existed ...” For his refusal to be silent, Edelman was even jailed for a time. When the Stalinist government asked him to speak at 1983 commemoration of the Uprising, Edelman refused. To speak at the event, he said, “would be an act of cynicism and contempt” in a country “where social life is dominated throughout by humiliation and coercion.” Edelman believed that it was his duty to speak out against injustice wherever it existed, with no exceptions. In later life, Edelman noted with dismay that the Israeli government,
falsely claiming to act in the name of the entire Jewish people, was engaging in oppressive behavior of its own. Founded on land seized after 800,000 former Palestinian residents had been violently expelled — to this day denied the right to return — Israel has no fewer than 30 laws which bestow rights upon Jewish citizens that are denied to Palestinians. Edelman resented the manner in which the oppression experienced by Jews was now offered as a justification for the oppression of another people and remained a vocal defender of Palestinian rights to the end. For his insistence on moral consistency, Edelman, despite his heroism, has been largely ignored or denounced by many Israeli historians. Westboro Baptist Church may be a tiny fringe group. But their beliefs — that those who do not conform to their warped vision of a homogeneous, totalitarian world must be pushed to the margins of society — are dangerous. Like Marek Edelman, we must take a stand against oppression. Like Marek Edelman, we must not be afraid to speak out — and to act — even as others urge us to be silent. And like Marek Edelman, we must refuse to oppose some manifestations of bigotry only to endorse or ignore others. Abraham Greenhouse is a 2005 alumnus of University College, where he majored in history.
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Today's Birthday (10/29/09) Romance provides a central focus in your life this year. Pay attention to each opportunity, and grow from each experience. You discover that you don't need to force anything. You experience joy as a natural outcome. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is an 8 — Others tell you about your responsibilities. You want to tell them to take a hike. Save your response for later. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Focus on the details and follow up on anything strange. The goal is balance, not perfection. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — You feel rushed. Everything needs to be done 10 minutes ago. Do one thing at a time and you'll make good progress. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — An older person supplies the format you need to use. Follow it. This is not the time to get creative. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Romance seems stale right now. Try energizing the situation with invitations or candles. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Take stock of your progress in recent days. To balance the ledger, take care of at least one problem.
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TACKLE: Haslam played both guard and tackle spots continued from back fight it,” Haslam said. “If Coach does tell me to go to left tackle like that, it’s an opportunity.” Haslam returned to right tackle, the spot where he has spent the last two years of his career, but his versatility on the line throughout his time at RU proves to be invaluable. “Kevin’s one of my best friends, and we’ve been here for
five years and we’ve watched each other grow, and his potential is through the roof,” said senior center and team captain Ryan Blaszczyk. “He’s really come into his own on the right side and he’s so versatile. He can play any position on the offensive line. He’s really grown.” It isn’t just Haslam that provides versatility on the line, however. Every starter on either side of Blaszczyk has game experience at other positions. Davis came into the rotation as a right guard, sophomore left guard Ar t Forst got his
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Senior Kevin Haslam has started at both guard and tackle positions on the offensive line over the past two seasons.
star t at right guard, junior Howard Barbieri plays both guard spots and center and Haslam played it all. “I think it’s a theme with Rutgers linemen,” Haslam said. “If you look in the past, other linemen have played multiple positions as well and I think it’s just important to learn every position just to know what everybody’s doing on the field. “All you really need to know is tackle and guard. Left side or right side is just a matter of how you feel. If you just know both positions, it gives you a better feel for the game.” For Haslam, wherever Schiano and offensive line coach Kyle Flood ask him to go is where he wants to play. Tackle is tackle and it does not matter which side he’s on, just where he’s comfortable. “Where I’ve been the longest,” Haslam said on where he prefers to play. “It’s not that I really want to play this specific position. Anybody will say that when they’ve been there for a while, they would say they’re more used to it.” Opponents often attack Haslam on the line because they have the choice of him or Davis — a consensus All-Big East tackle last season — but the fifth-year senior said that he’s OK with that and welcomes the challenge. Ask the running backs and Haslam blocks just as well as Davis. “Everyone talks about AD as the big blocker, but I’m just as comfortable running behind Haslam,” sophomore running back Joe Martinek said. “He helps open up big holes on the right side of the field for all of the running backs.”
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Junior Yannick Salmon came closest to scoring for Rutgers when his shot rolled off the crossbar early in the second half.
BERTH: Rutgers closes regular season against USF continued from back because they’re so good at sitting back and cutting off passes. If you can’t catch them on the counter, they’re going to be difficult to score against.” Nova’s Chris Christian added insult to injur y with an 82nd minute penalty after RU’s sophomore goalkeeper Alex Morgans tripped Lawrence inside the box. “This is the game we needed to win, and it was pretty obvious
that a few guys were just fatigued from the week,” Salmon said. “I think a lot of the guys were tired, and that caught up with us tonight.” The Knights still have the opportunity to finish the regular season with a win when they host USF Saturday at home. “We were abysmal [last night] at the worst time,” Reasso said. “It was a horrible effort all the way down the line that lacked effort, competitiveness and fighting spirit. We want to win a ball game [Saturday], but we’re just destroyed over this and it’s very disappointing.”
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Junior forward Karla Schacher leads all non-injured Scarlet Knights with 13 points on five goals and three assists.
HOME: Depleted Knights take on Mountaineers Sunday continued from back The Knights did not play West Virginia this season but pulled out a dramatic 1-0 win over the Mountaineers last season. At the time, West Virginia was the No. 13 team in the country. Though West Virginia failed to garner a national ranking this season, they have been a solid team this decade, earning a bid to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The Knights are tr ying to bounce back this year after a disappointing showing in last year’s tournament. A third-place finish in Big East last season had the Knights traveling to Milwaukee where
they lost to Marquette 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament. The 2008 Knights had an equally, if not more depleted roster than this year’s team. But RU went on to make it to the Sweet Sixteen, where they lost 1-0 to Stanford. Crooks sees no reason why his team this year cannot top that success. “I think with what we’ve gone through already this season, a less strong, less resilient team might not be able to deal with it the way we have,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot about each other over the last two years, and the biggest thing I’ve learned is that we don’t make excuses, we don’t belabor the fact that we don’t have everyone in our fold. What we do is we deal with it and we move on.”
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Comebacks, upsets cap autumn season BY MELISSA FALICA STAFF WRITER
unior Charlie Rigoglioso returned to the Rutgers men’s basketball team after playing for the school as a freshman before transferring to Moravian College, but must sit out because of NCAA transfer rules. “It feels like my freshman year again, even though I have two more years of basketball under my belt,” Rigoglioso said. “I like being the underdog and trying to work my way up. I like being lost in the big school.”
THE RUTGERS VOLLEYBALL team faces the statistically best and worst teams of the Big East this weekend. The Scarlet Knights travel to Chicago to take on DePaul Saturday at 3 p.m. and then South Bend, Ind., to take on the Irish — the only team left undefeated in conference play. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum.
and diving team takes on Connecticut and Villanova this Friday and Saturday at a trimeet in Storrs, Conn. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of the Targum.
basketball team holds its annual media day today at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of the Targum.
ANDRE AGASSI, AN eighttime Grand Slam winner in tennis, admitted to using crystal meth in his book “Open: An Autobiography.” Agassi said he used the drug in 1997 along with his assistant, Slim, who was a known drug user. Later, when Agassi failed a drug test, he blamed Slim and said he drank a spiked soda. A PHILADELPHIA
because we were more familiar with each other’s game,” Ivey said. “We could feel each other out on the court and I think it worked really well.” The duo ended up falling to Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev of Boston College 8-5 in the next round. “On a better day, we could’ve definitely beaten them, but we played well and it’s not like we played badly, they just outplayed us a little bit,” Ivey said. For Arlak, the weekend was bittersweet because it marked the last time she took part in the ITA Regionals since she is graduating at the end of the spring. “I went in thinking my first match that this could be my last match of the fall so I played as hard as I could,” Arlak said. “And I played as well as I could so I’m happy with whatever results this weekend.” On the other hand, it was Ivey’s first time in the ITAs.
“I found myself actually more excited than ner vous because I realized what an opportunity this was,” she said. “It was the last tournament of the fall and we’re not going to play again for a few months, so I was just really excited to go out there,” RU kicked off the fall season with a successful scrimmage against Long Island, had some great showings in the Brown and United States Tennis Academy Invitationals and won all of its matches in last week’s scrimmage against Columbia. Despite the team’s successful fall run, Arlak said there is always room to do better. “I know this team wants to do really well this spring, better than our results last year, so there’s always room for improvement,” she said. RU won’t be back in action until Jan. 31 against Big East foe Syracuse.
Ultimate tournament to gauge fall progress BY KEVIN O’ROURKE STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers men’s golf team can make a statement this weekend when it travels to Pine Needles Golf Club for MEN’S GOLF the inaugural Big BIG EAST E a s t MATCH PLAY, Match SATURDAY P l a y event. Coming off of a ninth place finish in last year’s Big East Championship, the Scarlet Knights aim to cap off their fall slate in style and carry momentum into the spring season. “I think whatever wins we can rack up at the Pine Needles … will go a long way to showing the
other schools and even ourselves that Rutgers can be one of the elite teams,” said coach Jason Bataille. None of RU’s players competed in a match play event in college, but the change in format could be beneficial. Unlike in stroke play, scores from each hole do not carry over in match play. As a result, streaky play is sometimes rewarded since one bad hole cannot mar an entire round. “Anything can happen in match play,” said senior captain Jordan Gibbs. “It’s not necessarily the best team is going to win each day so [the] potential for an upset is much bigger. Any given day we can play with the best teams.”
In preparation for the tournament, Bataille split the squad into two units to face off against one another for the Rutgers Cup. A simulation of the Ryder Cup, the practice served to give the Knights a taste of head-to-head play, as well as alternate shot and scramble match play formats. It also helped create excitement during the two and a half week layoff from the team’s seventh place finish at the Connecticut Cup. “Anytime you’re competing against your friend it’s always something a little extra special,” Bataille said. Senior Jimmy Arbes said the event serves as a gauge to measure the progress he and his teammates made since last season.
“We definitely take our seeding in Big East very seriously. I think if we can do well in this tournament, it would be a huge confidence booster given that it is the hardest field that we’ve faced this fall.” Play begins Friday in Southern Pines, N.C., at the 7,015 yard Pine Needles Golf Club, which played host to the 2001 U.S. Women’s Open. Defending Big East champion Louisville is the conference’s model program and will be the favorite, Bataille said. “It’s ver y impor tant to compete in the Big East and that’s one of my top priorities — to be one of the best teams in the Big East.”
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took a page out of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” using a form of “the World Series defense” in pleading not guilty charges of offering sex for World Series tickets. Susan Finkelstein’s lawyer said she is “a nice lady overcome with Phillies fever.” Finkelstein posted ads on Craigslist, but never explicitly offered sex, her lawyer said. Undercover police arrested Finkelstein when they met at a bar.
The Rutgers tennis team wrapped up the fall season this weekend TENNIS with its biggest competition of the year at the ITA Regionals. The event was marked by great comebacks and upsets for the Scarlet Knights in both singles and doubles play. Junior Amy Zhang and sophomore Jennifer Holzberg represented the Knights in singles play. Zhang, who was seeded in the main draw, prevailed over Buffalo’s Adi Petrova (6-3, 4-6, 63), but later fell to Yale’s Jessie Rhee, 6-3, 6-0. “I’ve seen Amy play better tennis and I’m sure she’s a little disappointed,” head coach Ben Bucca said. “But nevertheless she competed hard and put out a great effort.” Down early against Rhode Island’s Kiersten Leikem,
Holzberg mastered a terrific comeback to take the match and defeat Leikem 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. “That was a great win for Jennifer because she started out where she was clearly not playing to the level she was capable of,” Bucca said. “She stayed patient and competitive and worked her way into the match and eventually started playing to her level, and that is when she dominated her opponent.” She later fell to Hilary Bartlett of Princeton, 3-6, 2-6. Zhang faced Rhee again, as her and Holzberg fell to the doubles team of Yale’s Rhee and Sarah Lederhandler 9-7. Senior Katherine Arlak teamed up with sophomore Morgan Ivey to pull off a huge upset against Jesse Adler and Sara Leonard of Dartmouth 8-5. “I think we’ve gotten more comfortable with playing with each other and I think that definitely showed this weekend,
Tim Donaghy was set to release a tell-all book, “Blowing the Whistle: The Culture of Fraud in the NBA,” but the publisher cancelled it. Donaghy remains in jail, part of a 15-month prison sentence for trading inside NBA tips, sometimes involving games he called, in exchange for thousands of dollars from a gambler.
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Up-tempo style new wrinkle in ’09
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If one thing is different for the Rutgers men’s basketball team MEN’S BASKETBALL this season, it is the offensive tempo. Head coach Fred Hill Jr. and players stressed the team’s emphasis on running the floor in a fast-paced, transition offense yesterday at the Scarlet Knights’ media day. “You’re going to see a different style of play — the way we’ve always wanted to play,” Hill said. “We want to get up and down, we want to play like North Carolina. But you need talent and depth to be able to do that.” After a season when the Knights averaged 63 points per game and were held under 50 points six times, Hill expects a more productive offensive game with six new faces. “We’re going to play a style that is much more conducive to scoring and much more efficient,” the fourth-year head coach said. “That is part of us moving forward. I think what you’ll see is a much more explosive offensive team.” Defensively, Hill does not plan on making many changes. The Knights will press more, a departure from Hill’s traditional belief. “I’m not a big pressing guy, but we will add that to our repertoire,” he said. But the offensive tempo will start on defense, where Hill counts on a healthy senior center Hamady N’Diaye. The Dakar, Senegal native struggled with a back injury last year after he finished 10th in the nation in blocks as a sophomore. “I think we’re going to get back the H that we need to have,” Hill said. “As a shot blocker and rebounder, he is going to ignite
D.C. J EFFERSON
Targum Sports Editor Matthew Stein chats with the redshirt freshman tight end about road-tripping with Marvin Booker, doing the Dirty Bird and being “the guy” ... Matthew Stein: What was D.C. Jefferson like in high school? D.C. Jefferson: D.C. Jefferson was the guy; he definitely was the guy, playing quarterback. I’m just telling you how it is — excited about everything and being the guy to make the play.
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Junior tranfer James Beatty ran an up-tempo offense while at Junior College, which will benefit Rutgers as it adapts to a similar style.
our break from the defensive point of view.”
settled on a starting lineup or rotation yet. “We’re still evaluating each and every day and we change our teams each and every day,” Hill said. “What I do have the luxury of doing is we’re two-deep at every position.” Point guard is one of those two-deep positions where a battle to start is taking place. Junior Mike Coburn and junior-college
transfer James Beatty expect to share time at the spot. Coburn arrived at RU as a scoring guard but changed his style when sophomore Mike Rosario arrived last season. Beatty is a more traditional point guard. “[Coburn] still likes to score, but he did a great job this summer in developing a pass first, score second mentality,” Hill said. “I think James brings the natural ability of a pass-first point guard. He really sees the floor and understands the game.”
MS: What’s your favorite position to play, offensively or defensively? D.C.: I only played quarterback. I played defensive end in Pop Warner; that was fun. I like to hit people, so I got a kick out of that. MS: What’s one thing about D.C. Jefferson we wouldn’t know? D.C.: I like to draw. Anything, I just draw. MS: Which teammate would you go on a road trip with and where would you go? D.C.: Marvin Booker. We were here together when we first got here and we’re close now. I would take him to Florida, show him a good time. People there are more laid back and friendly, they have a good time wherever you go. MS: What Nickelodeon character are you? D.C.: Squidward. I’m just different. MS: Who would play you in a movie and what would that be about? D.C.: Jamie Foxx. It would be a football movie, called “D.C. Jefferson.” From right to left. MS: What’s your favorite thing from the Grease Trucks? D.C.: The “Fat Homo.” MS: What’s the name of your fantasy team? D.C.: I don’t have a fantasy team. I’m not big on video games. My free time is spent socializing. MS: If you were a McDonald’s item what would you be? D.C.: The “Big Mac.” MS: Say there was no excessive celebration rule in college football, what would your end zone celebration be? D.C.: I would do the Dirty Bird, old-school Atlanta Falcons style. MS: From being on the campus itself, what makes Rutgers better than other colleges you visited? D.C.: I would say the diversity. There are all different types of people here. MS: What’s your favorite other Rutgers sport to attend? D.C.: Men’s lacrosse. I’ve been to a couple of games, so I would say that’s one I would like to attend. MS: Cash, credit or RU Express? D.C.: Cash. MS: What’s your favorite piece of gear given to you by the football program? D.C.: The Rutgers beanies that we get. I love those.
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FOOTBALL PRACTICE NOTEBOOK
SLOWING DOWN TO NEW TIGHT END J EFFERSON
BY SAM HELLMAN AND STEVEN MILLER STAFF WRITERS
D.C. Jefferson is 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, but his focus is on the little things. About two months ago, the redshirt freshman switched from quarterback to tight end. Having no experience at the position, everything was brand new. But seven games into the season, things are starting to slow down for Jefferson. “It’s pretty much the small stuff [that I’m working on now],” Jefferson said. “I’ve got the big picture down, but there are all the little things I have to get used to doing. I’m pretty confident with what I have to do, but I still have to get better.” Jefferson made a splash in his debut against Howard, pulling in a 48-yard reception. Against Florida International a week later, he added a 35-yard catch. Since then, Jefferson has just one catch for three yards. “When you play a position for only a month and a half or two, there are going to be ups and downs,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “He is going to be a great tight end — there is no doubt in my mind. There is a want to, and there is a physical
ability to. When you have those two things, it is going to happen.” Jefferson’s toughest game was Friday against Army. The Winter Haven, Fla., native dropped a pass and was called for a holding penalty that negated a 12-yard run. “He is frustrated in that he knows he can do it and he has done it,” Schiano said. “Now, it is just a matter of doing it consistently. There is not a doubt in my mind that he will do that. If you look at him, that is what [tight ends] are suppose to look like.”
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other receivers in terms of playing time, making two catches for 48 yards last week, true freshman receiver Mark Harrison has another tough battle on his hands for Connecticut — the battle for tickets. Harrison, a native of Stratford, Conn., wants to get all of the tickets he can for the Rutgers football team’s visit to East Hartford so his family can watch him play. “It’s going to be exciting. I can’t wait,” Harrison said. “It’s kind of tough, but a lot of people know I’m from Connecticut, so they’re kind of helping me out a little bit.”
Harrison began his college search as a low-level recruit, but after he blew up at a local camp with a 4.38 40-yard dash, his size and speed made him a big-name guy overnight. True freshman quarterback Tom Savage, who knows a little something about being a bigname recruit, said that his athleticism comes as no surprise. “He’s one of the most gifted receivers you could possibly imagine,” Savage said. “He’s 6foot-3, 221 [pounds], and he’s fast, strong and can jump. When he caught the ball and punctured up the middle, I thought he almost broke four tackles. He was carrying guys on his back. He’s definitely a talented receiver.”
through his senior season, fouryear playmaker Tim Brown already smashed his career-high in receiving yards. His 101-yard day against Army boosted the wide receiver to 648 yards on the season after recording just 565 as a slot starter last season. “I’m not surprised at all. I’ve worked hard for it,” Brown said. “I went in with a chip on my shoulder because people thought that I couldn’t do it. I had to step up. I have to be the man.”
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Converted quarterback D.C. Jefferson has three catches as a tight end this season, but none since a three-yard grab against TSU.
returned to practice this week after missing the past five games with a leg injury. The sophomore responded well. “He looked a little rusty, but health-wise he was OK,” Schiano
said. “I don’t think he’s starting this week, but he’ll be back in the competition.” Sophomore Desmond Wynn also returned to practice after suffering a shoulder injur y before the Pitt game.
Big East rivals square off in conference championships BY MELISSA FALICA STAFF WRITER
The stakes are higher than usual when facing a fellow confere n c e MEN’S XC opponent, but BIG EAST imagine CHAMPIONSHIPS, t h e SATURDAY height of an event where you will be facing all of them at once. The Rutgers men’s cross country team is in that exact position this weekend when it heads to the Big East Championships Saturday in Kenosha, Wisc., to face its toughest competition yet. Although it may be ner vewracking to face conference
rivals, junior Kevin Cronin thinks of it in a positive light. “We’re very competitive against our rivals in the Big East and we have to show them that we’re Rutgers and we’re better than them,” Cronin said. “It’s very exciting and very motivating to go to a race and know that you’re competing against rivals in the Big East.” That added motivation is exactly what Cronin needs, as he has been nursing a bruised knee. But just being in the zone in a race makes him block ever ything but his performance out of his mind. “Most of the times, whenever I go into the race with an injury it doesn’t really affect my performance, mostly because I’m more
focused on just running and not really what’s bothering me and what’s hurting,” Cronin said. He is not all that worried about his knee, as it keeps getting better ever y day — perfect timing since the Scarlet Knights KEVIN have set CRONIN big goals for themselves this weekend. If he had to depict the race in any way, head coach Mike Mulqueen would describe it in terms of two races.
“You got six teams that are nationally ranked and then you have from seven to 14,” he said. Both Mulqueen and Cronin agree that the Knights’ focus is primarily on the second part of that race. “I really feel like we can really show up this year and make a definite improvement, maybe even move up three spots because we were 10th last year, and maybe move up to the seventh, which is really good in the Big East,” Cronin said. Mulqueen said that the team’s practices and previous races this fall would bolster RU’s chances of placing higher than last year. The team has shown improvement both place-wise and timewise, which was its goal for the fall season, Mulqueen said.
The head coach also has no doubt the Knights will tr y to improve that goal Saturday. “I think when they finish the race, I don’t think anybody who competed in the race will say, ‘I held back or I had more in me,’ or something like that,” he said. “I really think that they’ll put it out there because they’ve trained real hard and they’re excited for it.” Regardless of what place the Knights finish the race in, Cronin wants the team to come out of the Championship with an increased sense of confidence. “Well, our season isn’t over after this race so we want to gain more confidence going up against stronger runners or opponents going into Regionals,” Cronin said.
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TAKE ME HOME West Virginia visits Piscataway as Rutgers hosts quarterfinals after bye in Big East Tournament BY CHRIS MELCHIORRE CORRESPONDENT
The Rutgers women’s soccer team celebrates Julie Lancos’ game-winning goal on Oct. 11 in overtime against DePaul. The Scarlet Knights host the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament this season in a contest with West Virginia, a team Rutgers has not faced.
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Knights earn Tourney berth despite shutout
Versatility keys senior’s progress at right tackle With left tackle Anthony Davis benched for disciplinary reasons at the start of the Army game, freshman quarFOOTBALL terback Tom Savage’s blindside seemed ripe for the taking by the Black Knights’ pass rush. But that wasn’t the case. Normal right tackle Kevin Haslam filled in for Davis on the left side, with sophomore Desmond Stapleton on the right. Haslam’s ability at left tackle orchestrated a quick touchdown and field goal in the first half before Stapleton went down and Davis entered the game. “Coach [Greg Schiano] asked me to step in for whatever the time period was and I said, ‘Sure, whatever, no problem.’ I wasn’t really going to
It’s hard to understate the importance of having home field advantage in the Big East Tournament. But the fact that the Rutgers women’s soccer team finished WOMEN’S SOCCER second in the Big East means the WEST VIRGINIA AT Scarlet Knights get RUTGERS, a bye Friday and do SUNDAY, 1 P.M. not have to play until Sunday when West Virginia comes to Yurcak Field. And, any way you look at it, the Knights could use the rest. “It’ll be nice to for team to get that rest this week,” said Rutgers head coach Glenn Crooks. “From that perspective, what we accomplished [last weekend] worked out very well for us.” As someone who has coached in the Big East for the last 10 seasons, Crooks knows just how rare it is for a team with the Knights’ depleted depth have to be where they are this weekend. “Our depth has taken a beating this year,” Crooks said. “And, over the years, the deepest teams at the end of the season tend to rise to the top. So for us to be where we are this weekend is significant.” West Virginia finished third in the Big East American division with a 5-3-3 overall record in conference play this year. The Mountaineers finished with an 8-5-6 overall record and their résumé this season includes wins over Penn State when the Nittany Lions were the fifth ranked team in the country. The only other top-20 opponent the Mountaineers faced this season was Virginia which was ranked ninth in the country when the Mountaineer tied them Sept. 11 1-1.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team was shut out by Villanova in what head coach Bob Reasso called “the worst performance of the year.”
For a team that could have clinched a Big East Tournament berth with MEN’S SOCCER a win, the VILLANOVA 0 Rutgers socRUTGERS 3 men’s cer team did not play like it. The Scarlet Knights fell behind after 13 minutes and never got back into the game, dropping a disappointing 3-0 decision last night against Villanova at Yurcak Field. “They wanted to win more than we wanted to win,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “I’m absolutely shocked. That was our worst performance of the year.” RU still clinched a spot in the Big East Tournament after Louisville beat Cincinnati 3-1 in Kentucky. Villanova (9-6-2, 5-4-1) jumped on top after Jordy Griffith flicked home a cross from Emerson Lawrence 13 minutes into the game. The Knights responded well with sophomore midfielder Gateano Panuccio going just wide in the 22nd minute. RU managed 12
shots on goal, but none of them really troubled Villanova goalkeeper Chris Bresnahan. Junior forward Yannick Salmon came closest to scoring for the Knights (7-9-0, 4-6-0) when his leftfooted lob rolled across the top of the crossbar one minute into the second half. The inability to equalize proved costly when the Wildcats doubled their advantage in the 48th minute on a strike by Sean Mergenthal. The junior picked up a pass at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a shot into the top corner after the RU defense failed to close him down. “That second goal we gave up just killed us,” Reasso said. “It was something simple where we left the guy wide open at the top of the box. We just didn’t compete tonight, and I take responsibility for that.” The Wildcats played without leading scorer Mike Seamon, who was sent off in their 3-1 loss to South Florida. “They’re always going to be difficult [to break down],” Salmon said. “The whole purpose is to get them on the counter attack,
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