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Embrace Kids Foundation at 121 Somerset St., New Brunswick is a key charity that receives donations from various Rutgers organizations such as the Rutgers University Dance Marathon. The charity helps families in need, which includes helping with bills or gas. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
By Shawn Smith Correspondent
Rutgers University Dance Marathon raised more than $500,000 last year for Embrace Kids Foundation, an organization that provides free services for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell disease or some other blood disorder.
Matthew Mednick, director of finance for RUDM, said when funds come into RUDM, they are not collected and given all at once, but rather they are distributed to the foundation as soon as they are donated. “If someone goes online right now and donates to my page, that money is immediately filtered
to Embrace Kids,” said Mednick, a Rutgers Business School senior. “It’s not like once a year from DM they get this lump sum payment, [rather] it filters down throughout the year. It’s a much better, more liquid process for them.” Anything that ends up in RUDM’s Student Activity Business Office
account, including funds from canning and the marathon itself, all get donated, he said. After any leftover operating costs are paid for, the remaining amount is given as one check after the event. Funding for the marathon itself, as well as operating costs, all comes from various means, Mednick said.
“In terms of our operating budget, we get funding [through] … football and basketball concession stands,” he said. “This is purely for our operating budget from the concession stands. We are funded through allocations like a lot of other organizations.” RUDM is funded directly See PROCESS on Page 5
Journalists share how Center caters toward Native Americans media can effect change By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
By Charlie Melman Contributing Writer
A journalist in Spain and an activist from Philadelphia convened in the Archibald Stevens Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus yesterday to tell Rutgers students how to effect change. The symposium, “From Indignation to Occupation: A New Wave of Global Mobilization,” was organized by the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, said Todd Wolfson, the event’s organizer. “The primary goal was twofold,” said Wolfson, a professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. “One, to educate people about … some of these critical questions about media, journalism and social changes and have people really imagine the ways they could get involved.” The first of the two speakers featured was Jennifer Baljko, a Rutgers alumna who graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies in 1993. She joined the group via Skype from Barcelona, Spain,
where she has done investigative reporting on Spain’s soaring youth unemployment rate. Baljko was one of three contributors to the “51% Project,” an effort she and two other journalists led using multiple media to chronicle the unrest in Barcelona. She has 20 years of experience with repor ting, writing and editing and focuses her work on social causes. “We call it covering a lost generation because that’s what it felt like for us,” she said. “At the beginning of 2012, when we started the project, there was this absolute sense of urgency about this.” When she and her two colleagues endeavored to document the economic condition of Spanish youth, 25 percent of all Spaniards were unemployed, Baljko said. During the height of the Great Depression in the United States, the unemployment rate peaked at the same level. More alarmingly, 51 percent of all Spanish youth were without jobs, See JOURNALISTS on Page 6
Chaplain Keith Ross, director of the new Rutgers Native American Welcome Center, aims to provide Native American students with social, academic and spiritual support. LUOYE WANG
Chaplain Keith Ross of the Second Reformed Church intends to provide support for the smallest minority on campus: Native Americans. Ross, who is a Native American from Saskatchewan, Canada, is director of the Rutgers Native American Welcome Center, which is at 14 Stone St. and is a new department that aims to provide Native Americans with social, academic and spiritual support. The organization had its grand opening Oct. 19, and featured traditional drummers in the celebration, he said. Ross said he has yet to meet many Native American students to participate in the program. Richard Murray, senior admissions officer for Undergraduate Admissions, said Native American students make up less than 1 percent of all Rutgers students. He said he is working to encourage Native American students to come to Rutgers in the first place, especially students from the three recognized New Jersey state tribes: the Nanticoke
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Rutgers Classical Players perform “Music of Mozart and his Contemporaries” at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Tickets cost $15 for the general public, $10 for faculty, staff and alumni and $5 for students.
Friday, Nov. 8
Rutgers Gardens presents a Farmer’s Market at 11 a.m. at the Hort Farm on Cook campus. The market features locally grown and made fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads and meats. The Rutgers Chamber Wind and Brass Band presents “A Few Strings Attached: Dvorak Serenade for Winds” at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for staff, faculty and alumni and $5 for students.
Sunday, Nov. 10
The Rutgers University Percussion Ensemble performs at 2 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for staff, faculty and alumni and $5 for students.
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Hypnotist Gary Conrad performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Stress Factory Comedy Club at 90 Church St. Tickets cost $20 and patrons are required to purchase at least two items.
Saturday, Nov. 9
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble performs “Hungarian Rhapsody” at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey State Theatre at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets range from $27 to $57. For more information, visit statetheatrenj.org.
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IN BRIEF By Sabrina Szteinbaum Correspondent
The Mason Gross School of the Arts is hosting “On the Banks of the Raritan: Music at Rutgers and New Brunswick,” in Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus to display artifacts and photographs depicting the music of New Brunswick. LUOYE WANG
Mason Gross hosts exhibition to honor choirs By Michael Du
To pay homage to the Rutgers University Choir, the Mason Gross School of the Arts is holding “On the Banks of the Raritan: Music at Rutgers and New Brunswick,” which included a performance by the Rutgers University Glee Club yesterday at the Archibald Stevens Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. The exhibition, which is on the lower level of the library, displays documents, photographs and artifacts that account for New Brunswick’s musical landscape. The event yesterday began with several remarks by Patrick Gardner, conduc-
tor of the Rutgers University Glee Club. “The Glee Club began as a group of men who gathered to sing college songs and smoke cigars,” said Gardner, director of Choral Activities at Mason Gross. This exhibition showed how The Rutgers University Choir grew at the turn of the century and detailed the history of the University’s choirs, bands and orchestras. Gardner conducted the Glee Club in singing a variety of songs including “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre, “Wedding Qawwali” by A.R. Rahman and “On the banks of the Old Raritan” by Howard Fuller. “The choral program, including the Glee Club, has sung everything
from ‘Buddhist Heart Sutra,’ to western choral music, to pieces by the Native American tradition to you name it,” Gardner said. Although the word “glee” may be associated with popular music from the television show, Gardner said the University’s Glee Club seeks to challenge its members to sing a wide variety of musical pieces. “When I look for pieces to include in our repertoire, I do not necessarily pay attention to what is fun or what sounds best,” he said. “I am looking to teach them about not just vocal technique of the poetry in the music we sing.” Jake Ohring, business manager of the Glee Club, said the club plans to perform at the American Choral
Directors Association’s Eastern Division Conference in February. Gardner said to be chosen to perform at the ACDA is an honor for him and the club. “In August, we received word that we had been chosen after a blind audition,” he said. “This will be the fifth time that the Rutgers Glee Club will sing at the ACDA, and I could not be prouder of these men for the time that they have put into the club.” With roots that trace all the way back to 1872, the Rutgers University Glee Club is the eighth-oldest glee club in the country and a distinguished men’s chorus in the United States, said Fernanda Perrone, the club’s exhibition coordinator.
There were 32,367 people killed in traffic crashes on United States roads in 2011, according to Roadway Safety Foundation. That is where roadway safety programs come in — they help reduce lost lives on the nation’s highways, according to the foundation. The Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation was awarded the National Roadway Safety Award for its road safety audit program, according to the Roadway Safety Foundation. Director of CAIT Ali Maher said the audit program, which is free for New Jersey counties and municipalities, helps improve roadway safety in New Jersey communities. “Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation has a responsibility to keep U.S. infrastructure in good repair, fiscally efficient and safe,” Maher said in a news release from the foundation. The Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration award National Roadway Safety awards to projects and programs that display excellence in roadway design, operations and planning, according to the Roadway Safety Foundation. The two organizations give these honors to programs around the country based on infrastructure improvements, operational improvements and program planning, development and evaluation.
SAFETY FIRST Top: Charles Denk, a research scientist at the NJ Department of Health and
Senior Services spoke at “To Have and To Hold: Maternal Safety and the Delivery of Safe Patient Care” yesterday at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Bottom: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, The Tara Hansen Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital sponsored the event, which aimed to identify the patient safety process.
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PROCESS Around 50 percent of donations go toward social services, emergency financial assistance continued from front
from Student Life through the Of fice of Fraternity and Sorority Af fairs, and JoAnn Arnholt, dean of the OFSA, oversees the fundraiser. Along with OFSA and allocations, RUDM also receives co-sponsorship from the Rutgers University Programming Association because the event involves musical per formances from both DJs and bands, Mednick said. Bar nights and apparel sales also attribute to RUDM operating costs. Transparency is key when it comes to fundraising for RUDM. “If I’m going canning, it’s for Embrace Kids,” he said. “If I’m running the football concession stand, that’s for our operating budget.” After RUDM turns the money over to Embrace Kids Foundation, it is then used in various ways to help families who are currently in or just out of the program, said Glenn Jenkins, executive director for Embrace Kids Foundation. Not all of the funds go directly toward the families, he said.
Each family receives a base amount, as well as ser vices that are provided by the foundation. Depending on the need of the families, each is looked at on a case-by-case basis. As far as funding for Embrace Kids Foundation, RUDM makes up about 1/3 of their annual budget, Jenkins said. Last year, the foundation’s total budget was about $1.5 million. About 80 percent of that goes back to programs that help the families. The Embrace Kids Foundation’s “Where the Donations Go” form shows that about 50 percent goes toward social ser vices, emergency financial assistance and the David E. Zullo Pediatric Palliative Care Program. The other 50 percent is used for program events and family ser vices. According to the form, a breakdown of amounts donated shows potential donors how much money is used for various programs and ser vices. “Nine-hundred and sixty dollars would provide 24 hours of home health care ser vices by a PACCT nurse through
the David E. Zullo Pediatric Palliative Care Program,” according to the document. “Fifty dollars would provide a meal for a family.” Embrace Kids of fers five core programs used to help families in the foundation, Jenkins said. The first is emergency financial assistance. This includes helping with bills, gift cards for gas or groceries and any type of daily or monthly budget issues. The foundation of fers individualized tutoring, he said, allowing children in the program to keep up with their studies.
“We have two tutors who work directly with the kids each day, making sure they stay together and up-to-date when it comes to school.” GLENN JENKINS Executive Director for Embrace Kids Foundation
“We have two tutors who work directly with the kids each day, making sure they stay together and up-to-date when it comes to school,” Jenkins said. Embrace Kids also of fers a variety of care programs, including nurses who go out to
children’s homes, he said. The care resembles the same care that would be given to elderly people who live in a home. “This is kind of unusual. Usually kids need to come to the children’s hospital to get nursing care and treatment,” he said. “This program goes out to their homes. That’s expensive care to send a nurse with [chemotherapy] out to the home.” The four th program the foundation of fers is providing a grant to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Rober t Wood Johnson University Hospital, to fund different suppor t positions, Jenkins said. These include child life, counselors, social workers and nurses. Family ser vices make up the final program, which includes fun activities for the families, he said. Par ties, holidays and lunches are all included under this umbrella term. Embrace Kids does things on a weekly basis to provide some fun for the kids. “We also have two full-time [staf f members] and one par ttime staf f member who are the family liaisons,” he said. “They go over each day and meet with the families to see how they can help them.” Along with the programming, there is a need-based par t of financial assistance for families
who fall under the “extraordinar y challenges” categor y, he said. These are determined on a case-by-case basis, but include single-parent homes, immigration barriers, multiple kids in the family who are sick and more. “Right now, we have a twoyear-old cancer patient whose mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer,” he said. “That qualifies under the extraordinar y clause. Unfor tunately, we have a lot of extraordinar y challenges, [such as] the kids who have lost limbs due to their cancer, if a child [has] had to lose an arm or leg as par t of their treatment.” There are about 100 new cases of children diagnosed with cancer each year, he said. Along with new cases, there may be rollover cases from the prior year. The cases work on a rolling basis, and as one family wraps up treatment, another joins the program. At any given time, there are 50 to 60 families receiving all five programs of ser vice from Embrace Kids, along with financial suppor t. According to their website, Embrace Kids was founded in 1991 by a group of parents, staf f and friends from the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders. The name was changed to Embrace Kids Foundation in 2007.
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Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, the Powhatan Renape Nation and the Ramapough Mountain Indians. Admissions bused 50 Lenape students on Oct. 14 from Bridgeton, N.J. to tour campus. Murray and Ross are also collaborating with the New York Indian Council, which has offered to give $3,000 per year to a Native American student attending Rutgers, Murray said. He said the new center would be an integral part of the plan to encourage Native American attendance. “The support system in place because of the new welcome center will encourage us to bring Native Americans from faraway states to Rutgers,” he said. Ross said he plans to have social gatherings, movie screenings and cultural events at the center. He invited several traditional Native American drummers to the center to teach the art to students. The tone of the programs at the center range from serious to lighthearted. Once a month, he said he buys a bucket of chicken for students to share while they talk and relax.
The center has a main room decorated with a traditional wedding quilt, dream catchers and Native American-themed art. Through the back is a library of books and a kitchen where Ross hopes to hold potluck parties. He said he would provide support to Native American students for the many problems they face. Ross grew up on a reservation and was the first of his family to graduate from college. He considered his background to be more traditional, but recognized the Native American experience is broad. Some Native Americans grow up on reservations, while others have barely any knowledge of their heritage, he said. Some reservations are rich while others barely scrape by. “Native Americans have all sorts of labels,” he said. “I’m hoping to guide them through their thinking processes.” He has faced racism from educators, the church and sometimes the public. “The first time I left my reservation, I was labeled as a Hispanic,” he said. “I went to a restaurant and a woman came up to me and started speaking in Spanish.”
They have yet to get any Native American students involved, but Ross has been getting in touch with Kaila Lim, who is half-Native American and half-Korean, to find a place for her. Lim, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said many people are surprised to find out her heritage. “I love to learn about cultures, especially when it’s my own,” she said. “There’s this self-fulfillment when you learn about where your roots are, that they didn’t just come out of nowhere.” Lim spent most of her life with her Korean father, but in 1999, she went to kindergarten at the Acoma Reservation in New Mexico. As a child, she said the experience with nature was pleasant. But when she went back to visit her junior year, she said the reservation seemed completely different — they had no running water and no electricity. Lim said the Native American cultural environment was unusual to her as well. “The lifestyle is so different. … They’re much more relaxed and easygoing.” She plans to sign up for drumming at the center, which she said was powerful and majestic. “I know right now they’re taking baby steps, I hope a lot of people do come out,” she said. “It would be nice to see what it’s like.”
JOURNALISTS Baljko said she wanted to share the story in various forms due to its magnitude continued from front
she said. The figure now stands at 56 percent. “These aren’t kids who didn’t go to college,” Baljko said. “These are kids with two degrees on their way to [a] master’s, speaking three or four languages.” Because of the magnitude of the problem and its socioeconomic ripple effect, she and her partners wanted to tell the story in various forms. “When you have that many unemployed people, what does that do to a country?” she said. “What does that do to a culture? Spain’s the fourth largest economy in Europe. We knew that if Spain fell apart, then Europe would fall apart. We knew this was going to be a global story.” Baljko knew that she needed to collect a multitude of voices to document the plight of young people in Spain. She also had to figure out some way of keeping people in America and other nations engaged in a story from which they were physically removed. Mainstream media outlets either rejected the story or did not allow her group sufficient freedom to
express themselves in different formats. So-called “new media” organizations did not possess the resources to finance the project. Baljko knew she was pursuing an extremely relevant story. Yet she needed to consider whether documenting the cause was a good business decision. “You’ve got to be smart,” she said. “You’ve got to be savvy. You’ve got to convince people this is some hot new thing they want to be a part of.” Bryan Mercer, co-director of the Media Mobilizing Project, focuses on bringing together people within and between social movements in Pennsylvania. When people decide they want to be part of a cause, his organization documents their efforts so they can connect with other activist groups. “Movements begin with the telling of untold stories,” said Wolfson, who co-founded MMP with Mercer. When Mercer graduated, he returned to his native Philadelphia to pursue a career as an activist and community organizer. To him, the media molds the outcomes of people’s struggles. “The media can shape what’s being thought,” Mercer said. “Even just a simple change — deciding not to call people illegal immigrants, but call them undocumented immigrants — changes the term and the nature of the debate.” MMP aims to document and tell the raw stories of individuals who are spearheading various causes, whether in the city of Philadelphia, the state of Pennsylvania or the rest of United States. By allowing organizations and activists to make their own media, Mercer said they could connect with distant supporters of their cause or of similar causes. Such relationships are mutually beneficial and help to foster camaraderie. MMP has been involved with protesting sweeping cuts to public education in Philadelphia, assisting students with organizing and promoting their cause. Despite his commitment to communal activism, Mercer stressed the importance of occasionally reflecting and withdrawing from the front lines. “These fights are hard,” he said. “We see people get beaten down by the struggles that they’re facing. And because of that, it’s important to take a moment to step back and celebrate.”
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November 7, 2013
IN BRIEF NEWARK, N.J. — Two Essex County sherif f’s deputies shot and killed a suspected drug dealer after he allegedly approached them with a loaded weapon. Authorities say the plainclothes deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation when they approached 22-yearold Jose Quinonez of Newark in a city building around 12:30 p.m. yesterday. After a brief foot chase, Quinonez allegedly reached for a gun and the deputies fired a total of two shots. The names of the deputies were not released. They were taken to the hospital to be evaluated. The shooting is under investigation by the prosecutor’s office, which is standard policy in police-involved shootings. The Star-Ledger repor ts some residents claimed the deputies hit the man with their vehicle and shot him while he was on the ground. Authorities declined comment on the allegations. TRENTON, N.J. — The former manager of a nor thern New Jersey diner has been indicted on numerous charges stemming from what authorities say was a foiled plot to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, his uncle. Georgios Spyropoulos faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, attempted robber y and three weapons of fenses. The 45-year-old Clifton resident faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. The indictment was handed up yesterday by a state grand jur y. Spyropoulos has maintained his innocence. State police say an informant told them Spyropoulos was searching for a hitman to tor ture and kill his boss, Alexandros Sgourdos Authorities allege Spyropoulos believed Sgourdos was withholding profits and keeping a large amount of cash in a safe. Sgourdos co-owns the Tick Tock diners in Clifton and Manhattan. NEWARK, N.J.— Federal prosecutors say the former principal of a New Jersey-based vending company has admitted his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10year period. Joseph Belasco of Cedar Grove pleaded guilty yesterday to a complaint charging him with conspiring with two others to provide a false 2008 IRS 1099 form for consulting ser vices that were never per formed. He faces five years in prison when he’s sentenced on Feb. 25, 2014. The 62-year-old Belasco will also pay the company $1 million in restitution. Pepsi Bottling Group is owned by Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. — The Associated Press
ANTI-AMNESTY Top: An anti-government protester holds signs at the sky train station after a rally against a controversial Amnesty bill which was passed in Parliament last week on Nov. 4 in Bangkok, Thailand. Bottom: Anti-government protesters wave Thai flags during a rally. Thousands attended various protests around the capitol city organized by the opposing Democrat Party. If the law goes into effect it whitewashes all crimes for which the billionaire former leader Thaksin Shinawatra was convicted, setting the stage for him to return to Thailand. GETTY IMAGES
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NY judge sets precedent in estate ruling
STINKY STRIKE Top: People walk next to graffiti on a wall, which translates as ‘dirty Botella’ Nov. 6 in Madrid, Spain. Botella is also the surname of Madrid’s Mayor Ana Botella. Bottom: A man picks a yoga mat out of the garbage dumped around rubbish bins. Street cleaners, garbage collectors and public park gardeners working for Madrid city council started an indefinite strike yesterday which was called by the trade unions. Franchise firms which employ them plan to axe around 1,000 jobs, and those who will remain will have to face working for a 40 percent cut of their wages. GETTY IMAGES
MINEOLA, New York — A New York woman found not guilty because of mental disease in the 2008 drowning of her three children might not share in their $350,000 estate, despite never being convicted of a crime in their deaths, a judge ruled Monday. The precedent setting case sought to determine if the state’s Son of Sam law, which seeks to ban criminals from profiting from their crimes, applied to Leatrice Brewer. According to Nassau County Surrogate’s Court Judge Edward McCarty, the answer is no — but the woman still shouldn’t get the money. “The fact that the state cannot criminally punish an insane defendant is irrelevant to a determination of whether it is equitable for the killer to inherit from the victim,” McCarty said, referring to his decision as the Brewer Rule. “It is one thing to say that the state should not imprison one who was insane when she committed the murder. It is quite another to say that the insane murderer can financially profit from her crime,” the judge said. Brewer, 33, was found not guilty because of mental disease in the 2008 killings of her three children inside their New Cassel apartment and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. Police said Brewer slashed her daughter Jewell Ward’s throat before drowning the 6-year-old and her two younger brothers, believing she was saving them from the deadly effects of voodoo. Hours later, Brewer sur vived two suicide attempts — swallowing a concoction of home cleaning fluids and later jumping out a second-stor y window. Brewer was brought Monday from an upstate New York psychiatric center for the court proceeding, but she did not comment. After the judge issued his order, she briefly stopped to kiss her grandmother and speak with other relatives. The children’s fathers settled wrongful death lawsuits with Nassau County after claiming social workers failed to properly monitor the woman and children. Caseworkers visited Brewer’s apartment two days before the killings and found no one home but neglected to schedule an immediate follow-up visit. Brewer subsequently filed an objection to the fathers receiving the settlement money. Innocent Demesyeux Sr. is the father of 5-year-old Michael and 18-month Innocent Demesyeux who were killed. Ricky Ward is Jewell’s father. But in his ruling, the judge said, “There is a direct causal link between her wrongdoing and the benefit she seeks. The funds only exist because of Ms. Brewer’s wrongful conduct. But for her killing of Jewel, Innocent and Michael, there would be no funds to allocate.” — The Associated Press
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Mike Rice apology insincere Former basketball coach shows no remorse for abusive past
Yet, in regards to his treatment of the players, all o former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice came out the woodwork yesterday we hear is justification. Even though he was seen in to issue what he calls an apology for the ac- the footage hitting and name-calling the players, he says that he would “be chest-bumping literally two tions that led to his firing in April. We’re not quite sure by whose standards it con- minutes later.” Rice’s statements even reveal the problematstitutes as an apology, but we are certain that it’s ic way that his situation was handled by the adnot by ours. Last semester, Rice made national headlines for ministration — as an issue of perception, rathall the wrong reasons after Eric Murdock practically er than an unhealthy violation of students by a tried to extort the University with compiled footage university employee. Apparently, former Rutgers athletic director of basketball practices, where Rice physically and verbally abused his players in the name of tough- Tim Pernetti told him at a game where he had ness. He called them homophobic slurs like “fairy” an outburst, “You’re embarrassing. You’re such a good coach. Why and “fucking faggot” would you embarrass and threw basketballs yourself and insult the at them when they “The whole thing doesn’t sound like University?” Can we weren’t performing up keep in mind to par. The inapproprian apology for his behavior, but rather please what the issue at hand ateness seen from the an apology for getting caught.” is here? What about, university employee “How could you adwas unjustifiable, but minister that type of several months later treatment on other huRice still doesn’t think man beings — your own players and our peers at what he did constituted as abuse. “I was an idiot, but I never abused anybody,” he that — in such a way?” Basically, the whole thing doesn’t sound like an said in the New York Times Magazine. apology for his behavior, but rather an apology for Sounds like a #SorryNotSorry moment to us. While Rice felt bad for what he did, it seemed as getting caught. Now, Rice is coaching a seventh grade girls’ AAU though his regret came more from the negative attention he and his players had to face more so than team in Holmdel, N.J. While it’s somewhat shockhis behavior. He talks about what it feels like “hav- ing to some of us that he was able to get another ing that taken away, your dream job...and having it coaching job after what happened, the man does done in such a visible way” as well as the embar- have to make a living. And we hope that this will rassment he brought upon the basketball team and turn the page on a bad moment in our sports histhe school, saying that “it’s an incredible place...and tory and start a new one, both for us and for Rice. Rice says, “I’ve changed,” and we truly hope we it hurts, again, for me to be the reason why it’s not can all mutually move on. looked upon as well as it should.”
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Rutgers basketball looks to rebound after offseason STUMPER’S SPORTS JAMES STUMPER
t’s difficult to imagine a worse offseason for a collegiate athletic program than the Rutgers Scarlet Knights basketball team endured after their disappointing 2012-2013 campaign. The season was bad enough, as the team finished with a lackluster 15-16 record. However, most people know the record was the least of the Knight’s problems. For about a week last spring, Rutgers was the epicenter of the college basketball world for all the wrong reasons. The controversy surrounding then-head coach Mike Rice’s abuse caught on video took on a life of its own, and left Rice and then-Athletic Director Tim Pernetti unemployed and caused one of Rutgers’ best players, point guard Eli Carter, to transfer. Whether or not everyone involved got what they deserved is debatable, but that’s a different discussion altogether. The long offseason is finally over, and now Rutgers basketball finally gets to focus on what they came here to focus on — basketball. A new era will begin tomorrow night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center when the Scarlet Knights host Florida A&M to open their 2013-2014 season under new
head coach Eddie Jordan. Many predict keep an eye on this season is J.J. Moore, a rough season for the Knights following who transferred from Pitt with immethe tumultuous offseason, having lost diate eligibility to be closer to family in Carter to transfer and almost completely his final season of eligibility. Moore, the restructuring the roster. As a matter of Panthers’ sixth man last season, averfact, in the American Athletic Conference aged eight points per game last season, preseason poll, the Scarlet Knights were along with three rebounds per game in picked to finish in 10th place, otherwise 18.7 minutes per game. Expect Moore, a senior, to have a major impact for the known as last. While the AAC certainly has some good Scarlet Knights. In addition to J.J. Moore, Rutgers got competition, (including defending National Champion Louisville) I would be very another transfer from a fairly big-time school, Kersurprised if win Okoro Rutgers has “Rutgers basketball had an awful from Iowa as bad a seaState. Okoro, son as some offseason...the best way to put that in the a Bronx, are projecting. First of past permanently is for the team to come out N.Y. native, granted all, those reand win, and also for the fans and students to was immediate turning last eligibility to season are come out and support them.” transfer in out to regain order to be some respect for the program. Guys like Myles Mack, closer to his family after the deaths of his Jerome Seagears, Wally Judge and Ka- father and brother within months of each deem Jack are all extremely talented and other. Okoro only appeared in nine games are now all upperclassmen. I believe that last season and averaged only 3.6 minutes the added experience combined with their per game but brings a physical edge to motivation and talent level will provide the Scarlet Knights, who will almost certainly Knights with a good core of players for the benefit from his tenacity on the wing. One of the most important additions 2013-2014 season. Now, while there is a lot of focus on heading into this season is head coach those who transferred away from Rutgers, Eddie Jordan. Rice, prior to the controverthe Scarlet Knights did end up adding sy, was a fan favorite. He got people excitsome talent this offseason. One player to ed about the basketball program, which
doesn’t always happen here on the banks. While Rice never got the program to the postseason the way many had hoped, there were some extremely exciting moments with him at the helm, including the upset of the Villanova Wildcats in February of 2011 and the Florida Gators at the RAC in December of 2011. Well, Rice is gone and Jordan is now the guy. It now falls on him to regenerate excitement here on campus about the team. Many fans and students were (understandably) disgruntled after the negative publicity the program received. Jordan played for Rutgers and then played 12 NBA seasons. He is a Scarlet Knight who understands what players need to do in order to be successful both in college and at the next level. Rutgers basketball had an awful offseason, there’s no way around it. However, the best way to put that in the past permanently is for the team to come out and win for the fans and students to come out and support them. It was an odd situation, but the best thing to possibly happen would be to get the team and the community excited about the team’s play on the court, not the controversy surrounding them off of it. James Stumper Jr. is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in journalism and media studies and history. His column, “Stumper’s Sports,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
Activists should not be victims of police brutality COMMENTARY JESSE MARCUS
ith a warm thank you to the Rutgers student body for its resolution of support for the Morales/ Shakur Community Center for the people, I must send this report to our brothers and sisters at Rutgers University. In the incoming fall semester, City University of New York has been hit with shameful gloom. Back in March 1971, the Reserve Officer Training Corps was thrown off CUNY campus after student protests were heeded across the globe during the unforgivable Vietnam War. In the fall semester of 2012 and spring semester of this year, CUNY reinstated ROTC courses on three of its colleges as an attempt to further institute CUNY as a blatant “war college” in which to recruit working-class students from predominantly neglected impoverished neighborhoods throughout New York City. In a non-coincidental act of militarization, CUNY hired former Central Intelligence Agency Director and war criminal David Petraeus to teach a course at the CUNY Macaulay Honors College. Unhappy with the decision to hire Petraeus, organizers and student activists united in forming the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY to protest against this breach of student safety and covert hostile militarization. Petraeus an operative overseer of weapons and tactics used in Iraq and Afghanistan is linked to the death of over 100,000 civilians. He has also worked closely with Col. James Steele who headed multiple death squads in El Salvador. After initial demonstrations outside the classes on Sept. 9, the Macaulay Honors College chose to hold a fundraising Gala
on Oct. 16 to honor war criminal Petraeus, war proponent Fareed Zakaria of CNN and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Plainclothes and other NYPD launched an attack on the students and peaceful demonstration. After the sudden arrival of a New York Police Department captain and his regiment of blue-shirt NYPD, the captain began to point out and grab different organizers, physically agitating a number of students from Queens College club, Students Without Borders, before proceeding to attack before my eyes in a cornered-off section in front of a building lobby. Police
forces, government security, undercover and NYPD were out in excessive numbers and turning away civilians from entering West 65th Street and Broadway including citizens who came for the demonstration. At a panel held at John Jay College on Oct. 15 in defense of the CUNY six, NYPD and John Jay security barred entry of Queens College and halted the distribution of flyers. Petraeus security followed committee members in attempt to spy at Central Park. A similar tactic was used against the MSA at Rutgers University. The state continued its offensive against
“All forms of dissent against militarization and imperialism shown by student body representatives at multiple CUNY campuses are being dealt through harsh extremities and physical punishment.”
physically assaulted these organizers while other brutal and ruthless officers pointed out student organizer Luis Henriquez and dealt him unprovoked striking blows to the kidney. Video footage can be found online of three of the six NYPD assaults. Students were held for nearly 20 hours by the state before released. The night of the brutality police of the 20th precinct intimidatingly followed concerned friends of the CUNY six outside the precinct until the departure of the passive group. Hundreds of signatures of support and statements of solidarity came from a multitude of CUNY professors, adjuncts, the Professional Staff Congress and other organizations. Right-wing media intensified its scrutiny of my brave comrades. The following Monday Oct. 21 outside the Petraeus class, state
the passive organizers and activists when City College of New York launched a seizure of the student-won Morales/Shakur Community Center used by the Ad Hoc Committee, the CUNY six and a number of organizations. The center has been an open space for constructive student and community work for the past twenty years. This blatant attack on the Morales/ Shakur Community Center induced a valiant demonstration and attempt to take back the space by student and community organizers. CUNY security and police retaliated by arresting a student and beating and pepper spraying army veteran and CUNY alumnus David Suker in front of his young son at the CCNY demonstration. This would not be the end of the state offensive as two more students,
members of Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee, were suspended for no given reason by administration. Later that day CCNY was on lockdown and all exits but one were closed for fear of protest, leaving a student assaulted by five CUNY security officers as he attempted to exit CCNY. The student was not affiliated with the anti-militarization campaign or any other protest. All forms of dissent against militarization and imperialism shown by student body representatives at CUNY campuses are being dealt with harsh extremities and physical punishment. The resistance is seen as an imperative threat to the well being of the structural upheaval of minority working class youth to be signed to fight minority communities from the “third world.” The Ad Hoc committee and other groups are continually planning demonstrations scheduled to take place at the Morales/Shakur center and the suspended students on Nov. 8. Planned for Nov. 13 Students Without Borders of Queens College will be holding “H.E.R Mic” a free hip-hop event to raise awareness on the detrimental assault being waged by CUNY to prepare for an anti-war movement general assemble at the campus on Nov 21. On Nov. 25 the CUNY Board of Trustees will be trying to pass a bill banning all non-processed/non-approved demonstrations or protests. This would decrease any remaining hope to the already hindered use of free speech by all students on all the 23 CUNY campuses. We are call for solidarity with the radical left for Nov. 25 in objection to this repressive decree. Jesse Marcus is a junior at Queens College in New York and emcee for Students Without Borders at Queens College.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
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Today’s Birthday (11/07/13). Jupiter’s retrograde adds a theme of peaceful introspection and planning to the year. Enjoy domestic comforts over winter, with bursts of creativity and romance. A partnership moves up a level in April. Discipline plus art equals success. Launch next summer to public acclaim. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 9 — Gather up as much as you can and share. As you look for the next opportunity, listen to your subconscious desires and make a significant move. Don’t waste a cent. Answers come now. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Review the long range view and adjust as needed. Don’t spend all your loot on your friends. No need for loud voices. Get lost in a good story. Test your theory and learn something useful. All’s well that ends well. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Activities at home demand review. Don’t brag, or you’ll stir up discontent. Make travel plans. Passion drives your argument. The deadline is fast approaching. For about four months with Jupiter retrograde, study the competition. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Your team is hot. Re-invent your partnership by aligning on a renewed mission. Harvest the energy for long-term results. A big change in your workplace is underway. Take advantage of conditions. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — Solicit ideas from imaginative experts, keep your objective in mind and gain respect. Listen to your conscience, and consider all the consequences. You may be tempted to raid your piggy bank. Thrifty buying works now. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 8 — For next few months, practice, practice, practice. And don’t give up, even when emotions are in turmoil. Get rid of excess baggage and take action. You’re an inspiration to others. Establish the rules.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Startling revelations occur about now. You want to jump for joy. And you’re exceptionally attractive now. Your characters come alive imaginatively. Talk about the future. Blessings on your home. Not a good time to go out. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — It could get messy. Embrace the dirt and gain power to do something about it. Don’t be afraid to revive old topics of discussion. At the end, compromise is achieved. Develop physical and psychological strength. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Your willingness to see things differently opens up new income opportunities. Re-evaluate valuables. And save more than you spend, with only a little effort on your part. Impress others with your good habits. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 9 — You’re on top of your game. However, it’s a good idea to get advice from another professional to figure out a difficult problem. Phone call provides insight. Persuade with words and actions. Have a backup plan. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 8 — You’re looking very good, even if you don’t quite see it. Believe you can succeed. Work from behind the scenes suits you well now. Inexpensive entertainment is best. Think over any new investment. Do the math. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Keep digging and find a valuable clue. Dress up. Aim high. Push. Invest in your equipment, but leave your savings alone. Explain again, patiently.
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injury Knights averaged 132.75 yards per game in four matches without James continued from back But Flood liked what he saw from James in his return to practice and expects him to participate fully in today’s practice. Flood does not sense any hesitation or lack of confidence in James’ rehab runs. “I thought he looked good,” Flood said. “He did probably about a little bit more than half the practice. I see him running, he looks like he’s full speed, which I expected. He thinks he could’ve played last week, so that’s great. I’m glad he feels that way.” Still, James said he continues to seek the training staff’s advice and will not push himself too hard. Even if all progresses well these two weeks, Flood feels it is too early to project how many carries James might receive against the Bearcats. And with freshman Justin Goodwin and junior Savon Huggins handling the halfback duties in James’ absence, Flood is not ready to speak about how the Knights will divide carries. “We’re so far out from the game, it would be tough to say, ‘this is going to be his role. This is going to be this guy’s role,’” Flood said. “Right now they’re all competing for roles. … I don’t know if it’s time yet to decide that. It is hard to get three guys carries. There’s no doubt about that. So we’ll have to come up with some kind of order as we get to early next week.” If James is able to rekindle his early-season success, it would
Sophomore running back P.J. James returned to practice this week for the first since sustaining a lower leg injury Sept. 21 against Arkansas in the third quarter. James has missed four games this season. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER provide much-needed stability to a Rutgers running game that lacked consistency in his absence. James averaged 7.3 yards per carry for 588 yards in the team’s first four games. His total still ranks third in the AAC. In the last four games without James, the Knights rushed for 132.75 yards per game and five touchdowns.
James surpassed both those figures by himself. “He was definitely a key cog to our offense and our team as well,” said junior fullback Michael Burton. “He’s a great leader and it’s definitely nice to see him out here running around and feeling good.” When Cincinnati enters Piscataway, eight weeks will
have passed since James last suited up. His work to return to the field would make nothing more rewarding than a return against the Bearcats. “It feels good to finally be able to get a chance to be back out there on the field,” James said. “If I get the green light against Cincinnati, it would be a great feeling
to actually go out on the game field and play with basically my brothers. It’s been really hard not being on the field with them, going through tough losses.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
TERMINATION Former head coach tells reporter he had apologized to former players since firing continued from back
email, they don’t deser ve this and especially the first year’s Rice told Rober ts he is team,” he said in the interempathetic for his use of ho- view. “Even though we were mophobic slurs, according to out-manned ever y single night, they really, really fought hard ABC News. “I wasn’t thinking that I was for me.” Rice is working with The shouting at Tyler Clementi, or anybody else who was a gay or Hoop Group, a youth basketball organization, a lesbian,” where he runs Rice said in the inter view. “I have to sit back and clinics for thirdto-sixth graders, Rice since to apologized to take it, listen to people say according all of his for- I was abusing my players? The New York mer players I was an idiot, but I never Times Magazine inter view. after his firing. abused my players.” After his terJ u n i o r mination, Rice guard Myles mike rice denied interMack, who Former Rutgers head men’s view requests played two seabasketball coach and remained sons for Rice, out of the pubhad no idea lic eye. Accordabout the two articles when asked about it yes- ing to The Star-Ledger, Rice spent more than a month with terday post-practice. “I don’t really know anything former NBA player John Luabout it,” Mack said. “I don’t have cas in Houston, Texas. Lucas runs a counseling center in a reaction to that.” In the piece, Rice said he at- Houston for former athletes tempted to reach out to Mack and coaches. Rice compiled a 44-51 reand the rest of the players he may have affected negatively during cord in three seasons with the Knights, failing to dehis Rutgers tenure. “You know, whether it was liver an NCAA Tournament for Rutgers texting, whether it was call- appearance ing, whether it was, hand- since the school made the written letters, whether it’s 1991 tournament.
November 7, 2013
Page 17 WRESTLING SENIOR 133-POUNDER TO MISS BINGHAMTON OPEN
Dellefave sits out with wrist injury to begin year By Tyler Karalewich Staff Writer
When the Rutgers wrestling team took the mat last weekend in Hempstead, N.Y., 10 wrestlers donned their singlets for the first time this season. All were ready except for senior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave, who wore street clothes with a wrist injury. “It is just a ligament sprain in the wrist,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “It won’t heal itself, but with rest, scar tissue will build around it and stabilize it. We don’t want to push him to return too quickly since it is a long year.” The injury resulted in an already green team becoming younger. Dellefave, a starter at 133 pounds, is one of only two Scarlet Knights seniors this season. But the injury is not the end of the world for Goodale’s program. “The injur y is not that bad, it’s more of a precautionar y thing,” Dellefave said. “I’m going to shoot to come back for the home opener. I’m going to use this week to get some rest and I’ll be good.” The Knights’ home opener takes place Nov. 17 against Boston University at the College Ave. Gym. If Dellefave figures to return by then, he would not have missed any significant time or any key matches. Redshirt freshman 125-pounder Sean McCabe filled in for the Toms River, N.J., native in the 133-pound matchup in the team’s
Senior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave sat out of Rutgers’ 22-21 victory Sunday against Hofstra. Redshirt freshman Sean McCabe took over, avoiding a major-decision loss, which allowed Rutgers to win a tiebreaker. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO / FEBRUARY 2013 season-opening win Sunday against Hofstra. “[McCabe] did a great job filling in and the match came down to him,” Dellefave said. “He was able to fulfill his job and win it for us.” Goodale was also impressed with the way McCabe handled Dellefave’s absence. “He actually weighed in at 125-and-a-half pounds to keep his certification for this week, so he was giving up a lot of weight,” Goodale said.
he Rutgers rowing team competed in the Collegiate Small Boats Regatta last Sunday on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ. The Scarlet Knights had five boats race in the competition, as sophomores Emily Goodman and Veronica DeSalvo recorded the top time for the Scarlet Knights. Goodman and DeSalvo finished third in the Women’s Collegiate 2X D Final with a time of 8:18.72. Senior Emilia Topp and junior Veronica Leach placed the highest for the Knights, with a second-place time of 8:37.40. The rowing team next competes Saturday on the Raritan River in the Rutgers Classic.
basketball team received seven game broadcasts on the American Digital Network, powered by LiveU, an online streaming service. With the streaming company’s agreement, LiveU will provide the production, uplink and asset delivery for 30 AAC women’s basketball games. The selected games are Dec. 28 against USF, Jan. 11 against SMU, Jan. 22 against UCF, Jan. 25 against Temple, Feb. 4 against Cincinnati, Feb. 26 against Temple and March 3 against USF.
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Tyson Chandler will miss four to six weeks with a small fracture in his right fibula, according to ESPN. The incident occurred in the first quarter Tuesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, when Chandler collided with Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker. The team told ESPN Chandler did not suffer any ligament or nerve damage and will not require surgery. Center Cole Aldrich signed with the Knicks from the Oklahoma CityThunder in the offseason and receive more playing time along with power for wards Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire. The Knicks face the Bobcats again Friday.
freshman Nathan Harries his first year of eligibility for the Colgate men’s basketball team for allegedly playing in an unsanctioned church league over the summer, according to ESPN. Harries averaged 17.6 points per game at Atlanta’s Centennial (Ga.) High School as a senior and has spent the past two seasons on a Mormon mission. Colgate appealed the decision, citing the illegitimacy of the church league as a reason for Harries to be reinstated.
By losing by just a major decision as opposed to a tech fall or a pin, McCabe kept Rutgers tied with Hofstra at 21-21. His result allowed the Knights to win on a tiebreaker. “It’s a hard thing we asked [McCabe] to do. In college you don’t see many guys bumping up weight classes,” Goodale said. “He did what he had to and was never really close to being on his back. He took a bullet for us and we appreciate him helping us get the win.”
Dellefave’s absence will not be a detriment to the team at Sunday’s Binghamton Open, Rutgers’ next event. The individual tournament ser ves as more of a tune-up for grapplers who are redshirting. One more week off provides Dellefave with a chance to heal his wrist and use some advice from senior 184-pounder Daniel Seidenberg, who spent last year battling injury. “The biggest thing is taking the time to go in before practice
and rehab the injury,” Seidenberg said. “You may not be able to work out or wrestle, but you can still do something. Some guys who get hurt don’t do anything and can’t get better. Even though Vinnie can’t be on the mat, he will keep working and show the young guys the ropes and how to improve.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
November 7, 2013 WOMEN’S SOCCER FOUR TEAMS WILL COMPETE FOR AUTO BID
Senior forward Jonelle Filigno scored two goals in Rutgers’ last meeting against Memphis, which the Knights face tomorrow in the quarterfinals. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
AAC Tourney finishes Sunday By Justin Lesko Staff Writer
The AAC’s inaugural women’s soccer championship wraps up this weekend. In the quarterfinals tomorrow, top-seeded UCF takes on No. 5 seed USF in a battle of the Sunshine State at 5 p.m., followed by No. 3 Rutgers against No. 7 Memphis at 7:30. It took the Scarlet Knights two overtimes to beat No. 6 Cincinnati, 2-1, in the quarterfinals this past Sunday at Yurcak Field. Sophomore forward Rachel Cole found the back of the net from about 30 feet out just 17 seconds before the end of the second overtime, preventing a shootout.
It is Rutgers’ first conference tournament semifinal since 2006. Memphis shut out No. 10 Houston in the first round Friday but had its work cut out for it in an upset over No. 2 Louisville. Forward Valérie Sanderson scored both goals in a 2-1 double-overtime win, with her second coming in the 106th minute. She leads the AAC in points with 155 and goals with 51 — 16 from the past four games. Rutgers beat the Tigers, 3-2, Oct. 4 at Yurcak Field. Senior forward Jonelle Filigno scored two goals for the Knights, while midfielder Marissa Duguay posted two for the Tigers. Down 3-1 with time running out, defender Kaitlyn Atkins
scored to keep a Memphis comeback alive, but they could not tie it. The hard-fought game resulted in a yellow card for head coach Glenn Crooks and the Rutgers bench in the 58th minute. UCF comes off a commanding 3-0 victory Sunday against SMU. It would have recorded a perfect conference mark this season, if not for a tie Oct. 11 against Cincinnati. The UCF Knights beat instate rival USF on Sept. 27, 2-1. USF beat No. 4 UConn on the road, 4-1, to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals. Both games occur at the UCF Soccer/Track Complex in Orlando, with the championship taking place Sunday at noon.
Senior Tricia DiPaolo received a seventh year of eligability for her injury history, which includes six knee surgeries. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Defender uses seventh year to her advantage By Lauren Green Contributing Writer
Tricia DiPaolo has been with the Rutgers women’s soccer team almost twice as long as her freshman teammates. Six knee surgeries — three ACL tears, two meniscus tears and a microfracture surgery — threatened to force the senior defender to hang up her cleats. Instead of stepping away from the game, she used those words to spark a comeback. “There were doctors who told me that I should consider stopping playing and then there were a lot of people I knew stopped believing in me as well,” DiPaolo said. “But I used that as motivation and let it fuel me to get back.” DiPaolo was unable to compete for the Scarlet Knights in the 2007, 2008 or 2011 seasons. Midway through last season, she approached head coach Glenn Crooks about applying to the NCAA for a seventh year of eligibility. It was something Crooks and Rutgers Director of Compliance Brian Warcup had never heard of. After performing research and speaking with an NCAA contact, Warcup told them while rare, it was possible. The NCAA granted the waiver in December 2012. “But the really nice thing that happened is that she was granted the waiver in early December but we decided not to tell her until Christmas Day,” Crooks said. “So I got my associate head coach, Michael O’Neill, on the phone with me and we called Tricia and her parents on Christmas morning and told her she was getting her seventh year.” DiPaolo’s resilience did not go unnoticed. “[Even] when I was younger and didn’t see really any playing time, Tricia kept getting hurt and she kept coming back,” said senior goalkeeper Jessica Janosz. “It really showed me what it meant to really, truly love the game of soccer and not let anything stop her
from pursuing her dreams of finishing all her years.” The task of coming back from six surgeries was daunting, but Crooks saw an unwavering positivity in the four-year captain as she bounced back time and time again. “To me, Tricia’s always been the same: just a determined athlete always with an unbelievable positive attitude. After every surgery, she was just so positive,” Crooks said. “Obviously that’s a lot of surgeries — six — and she was always just so positive about working her way back, how she rehabbed, and unfortunately for her there were a number of setbacks. She either redid the injury or a new injury occurred.” DiPaolo said that unlike many athletes, she failed to hit a point during the recovery process where she wanted to give up. Instead she focused on making the entire process something that she could learn from. “I think the biggest thing that I learned is dealing with adversity with a positive attitude because I mean, at certain points throughout the recovery process there’s not much that you can control,” DiPaolo said. “So you just really have to focus on what you can control and make the best of your experience. I just focused on making it a learning experience and I wanted to learn everything I could while I couldn’t help on the field.” This season, she found her feet after making the move to the backline in 2012. She has started all 19 matches this season and places second on the team in assists with four. “I’m just so happy for her that she’s been able to experience a year like last year when we recovered from a very sluggish start of the conference,” Crooks said. “She got to play in two NCAA games and now this year, having the opportunity to get to the final four in the conference and hopefully beyond.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
November 7, 2013
Page 19 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK NOVA COMPLETES FIVE PASSES ON LAST DRIVE AGAINST TEMPLE
Nova displays poise in 2-minute drill situation By Bradly Derechailo
Peele moved from wideout to corner during the practice week for Temple. The Linden, N.J., native collected one sack against the Owls and forced a crucial fumble he recovered at the end of the game to seal a 23-20 victory. “Ruhann played a significant role in the game Saturday,” Flood said. “And with more practice time through the bye week and more time in the classroom with [secondary] coach [Darrell] Wilson and [defensive coordinator Dave] Cohen, I think we can increase what he can do for us.”
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In 47 seconds, junior quarterback Gary Nova drove the Rutgers football team 33 yards to give the Scarlet Knights a chance last Saturday against Temple. A 33-yard game-winning touchdown toss to sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo capped the comeback win. While the culmination of Carroo’s play will be the one fans remember, Nova’s performance in the 2-minute drill was the effort that cemented Nova as the starter under center. “I think it’s just a time to step up and a time to win the game,” Nova said. “You’re a quarterback, and you want the ball in those moments, and everybody is looking at you to make those plays and drive down the field and score.” Nova’s supporting cast made four crucial plays that allowed Carroo to break free for his score. A 10-yard reception by sophomore tight end Tyler Kroft was sandwiched between running back Savon Huggins’ two catches out of the backfield. But it was Nova’s sideline pass to senior wideout Quron Pratt that might have been the most important of all. After looking to his right, Nova turned left and fired a pass toward the Rutgers sideline. Pratt broke free from linebacker Blaze Caponegro to catch the pass and run out of bounds. Not only did the reception stop the clock to set up the pass to Carroo, but according to
Junior quarterback Gary Nova excelled in the 2-minute drill Saturday against Temple, completing five passes, including a game-winning strike to wideout Leonte Carroo. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pratt, it showcased what Nova was able to replicate the week prior in practice. “He just went out there the calmest person on the field, and he just listened to his coaches and made the right reads he had to make in the 2-minute drill so we could execute and play at a high level,” Pratt said.
Burton attempts to correct fumble woes By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
One of the Rutgers football team’s more sure-handed players, Michael Bur ton uncharacteristically fumbled once in each of the Scarlet Knights’ past two games. The junior fullback coughed up the ball on his first and only carr y Saturday against Temple early in the second quar ter. Rutgers recovered the ball to regain possession at Temple’s 18-yard line, but two critical lost yards in the red zone ultimately kept the Knights from scoring. “That’s something I would like to have back, but I can’t dwell on it,” Bur ton said. “I got to learn from it. Shame on me if I let it happen again, but this bye week I’m going to put more emphasis on holding the ball.” Against Houston on Oct. 26, Burton lost a fumble midway through the second quarter with the Knights trailing, 21-14. The Cougars promptly scored another touchdown on the ensuring drive.
Head coach Kyle Flood has no doubts about him though. “I’ve got a tremendous amount of confidence in Michael,” Flood said. “I think the rest of the team does, too.” Burton thinks he can still be a dependable change-ofpace rusher, particularly in short-yardage situations in which the Knights most often feed their 235-pound back. His ball security is imperative for a running game that recently struggled to find consistency without sophomore running back P.J. James. “The system and the drills that our coaches have for holding the ball are great, and I’ve just got to put more of a focus on that,” Bur ton said. “I just have to be more cautious of holding the ball high and tight … and just continue to rep that and work that during this bye week and the rest of this season.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.
Nova said the offense practices that situation regularly, allowing him to get in sync with his receivers in situations such as the one against Temple. Nova admitted he feels comfortable in 2-minute situations, but credits the players around him for performing what he described as the “hard part.”
“I have the easy part. I just have to put it on them and let those guys make plays,” Nova said.
freshman Ruhann Peele will remain at cornerback at least through the Knights’ game Nov. 21 against Central Florida.
the extent of junior
center Betim Bujari’s injury still in question, Flood said it is important to build depth at the position during the bye week. “We’ll get a read on Betim a little bit later [in the week], but Dallas has played for us and has done a nice job,” Flood said. “But beyond that we don’t have anyone who’s done it, and that’s something we need to address.” Senior Dallas Hendrickson replaced Bujari in the third quarter Saturday against Temple after Bujari suffered an ankle injury and did not return. Senior offensive lineman Antwan Lowery also worked with the first-team offense at center, though it remains undecided if he will appear there next Saturday against Cincinnati. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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Quote of the Day “If I get the green light against Cincinnati, it would be a great feeling to actually go out on the game field and play with basically my brothers.” — Rutgers football sophomore running back P.J. James on returning from injury
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James returns to practices after injury By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
With a big grin on his face, Paul James took to the podium yesterday inside the Rutgers football team’s media center. The Scarlet Knights’ leading rusher returned to practice limitedly — running without contact — for the first time since suffering a lower leg injury Sept. 21 against Arkansas. For the sophomore, those six weeks on the sideline could not have been more excruciating. “Being off the field, it just hurts seeing everybody else out there practicing, you not being able to be out there and help them,” James said. “Being out on the field, even though I didn’t do too much [yesterday], it was still just a great feeling to be out there with my team.” To play Nov. 16 against Cincinnati, James must pass hurdles during the bye and game week. He said his cutting and agility are just as sharp as pre-injury, but his body still has to get used to the physical stress after missing four games. But in terms of mentally overcoming the first major hit on his leg, James does not see it as an obstacle. “You know it’s going to happen. It’s football, you’re going to take hits,” James said. “It’s not really anything I’m trying to worry about, because if you worry about that and you focus on that first hit or when it’s going to happen, or what’s going to happen, that’s when you kind of baby it and you kind of play down to it.” Head coach Kyle Flood said the Knights will thud James — contact without tackling to the turf — before thrusting him into a game. See INJURY on Page 16
Former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice, who was fired this spring after practice footage showed him throwing basketballs and using curse words during practices, said he never abused players. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO/ MARCH 2013
Rice speaks after termination By Greg Johnson & Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editors
P.J. James could play Nov. 16 for the first time since Sept. 21 against Arkansas. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
After Rutgers men’s basketball practice yesterday, head coach Eddie Jordan dismissed a question of whether Mike Rice appearing in two interviews released yesterday was a distraction to his team. “No reaction from me. None,” Jordan said. Rice, the Scarlet Knights’ former head coach, made his first two public interviews
yesterday since April, according to The Star Ledger. Rice, who was at the center of a player abuse scandal, sat down with anchor Robin Roberts of ABC’s “20/20” and claimed he learned from his mistakes. “I won’t be perfect moving forward, but I’ve changed,” Rice said in an excerpt of the interview. “Having that taken away, your dream job ... and having it done in such a visible way ... and hurting the people closest to me ... it changes a person.”
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ALEX LASSA, sophomore outside hitter, places fourth in the AAC with 3.43 kills per game. She hits 0.23 kills per game South Florida outside hitter Erin Fairs, who leads the AAC with 3.66 kills per game.
Rice also spoke with journalist Jonathan Mahler for a story released yesterday for The New York Times Magazine. In that piece, Rice said he never abused his former players. “Everything I’ve ever done is fight, scratch and claw, and now I have to sit back and take it, listen to people say I was abusing my players? I was an idiot, but I never abused anybody,” Rice said. See TERMINATION on Page 16
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vs. Cincinnati (AAC Playoffs)
vs. Central Florida vs. Villanova/ Georgetown/Seton Hall
vs. Florida A&M
Tomorrow, 2 p.m. Louisville, Ky.
Tomorrow, 4 p.m. RU Aquatic Center
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. RAC
Tomorrow, 7 p.m. College Ave. Gym