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The Rutgers men’s soccer team was unable to build any momentum against St. John’s Saturday, falling 3-0 to the Red Storm. The Big East quarterfinals loss brings the Scarlet Knights’ season to a close.

At-large city system stands after voters reject wards BY ARIEL NAGI ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

mount, said Rutgers Hillel Executive Director Andrew Getraer. “[Students] wanted a building which was homey,” Getraer said. “The current facility that we have, that’s what people like most about it.” The principal motive for the latest move was the lack of space in the College Avenue location, Getraer said.

After months of controversy and conflict, New Brunswick voters have settled the clash between local groups Unite New Brunswick and Empower Our Neighborhoods over the composition of the city council. On Election Day, voters chose to keep the five-member, at-large city council as is by a 1.6 percent difference in vote — the result UNB had fought to see. Unofficial results indicate 50.8 percent against wards and 49.2 percent in favor of the hybrid, ward-based council EON had advocated. “It was a close race. It shows people in the city that we have to try to work together to overcome our differences,” said UNB member Glenn Fleming. After being held up for a few days after the election because of remaining uncounted provisional ballots, the final results show 2,474 “no” votes versus 2,392 “yes” votes, according to a calculation in The Star-Ledger. UNB member Kyle Kirkpatrick said this was a ver y close election because




Demolition of the building at 2 Bishop Place, which housed a former fraternity, begins last Friday to make room for the construction of a new Rutgers Hillel building. The 37,000-square foot space will hold hundreds at the organization’s events, which was not possible in Hillel’s location at 93 College Ave.

Hillel finds home at former fraternity site BY COLLEEN ROACHE CORRESPONDENT

The University’s Jewish community will soon have a new home away from home as Rutgers Hillel moves to its new site on Bishop Place in New Brunswick. The first step toward the relocation of Rutgers Hillel began with the start of demolition of a former fraternity house at 2 Bishop Place on Friday. The new 37,000 square-foot,

four-story building will replace the current facility located at 93 College Ave. University President Richard L. McCormick, along with Hillel executives and student supporters, attended the demolition ceremony Friday morning to take part in the historic transformation for the center for Jewish life on campus. Size, accessibility and visibility on campus were important factors in selecting the new location, but students’ comfort was para-


INDEX UNIVERSITY Delta Chi held a concert in their backyard where New Jersey bands battled it out for a cash prize and trophy, all the while raising money for the Jimmy V Foundation.

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Unidentified assailants assaulted a University pre-medical student outside his apar tment early morning on Oct. 31 on Condict Street in New Brunswick. School of Arts and Sciences junior Shammi Patel, who volunteers with River Road Emergency Medical Service, heard a group fighting outside his house, New

Brunswick Police Lt. JT Miller confirmed. He went to break up the fight when the group turned on Patel. The NBPD responded to a 911 call around 2:20 a.m. and found Patel injured outside, Miller said. Patel was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Hospital, which reported him in critical condition, Miller said.

Hundreds race to aid injured war veterans BY BRETT WILSHE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

To give back to injured veterans, University affiliates, city residents and veterans arrived by the hundreds Saturday for the second annual ROTC “Run for the Warriors” 5K race. The run benefits Hope for the Warriors Foundation, a national non-profit organization that helps wounded war veterans and their families. “I could not be prouder that Rutgers is a part of this event,” University President Richard L. McCormick said. “Rutgers, which has long celebrated its diversity as a university, is now welcoming back veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s important to be aware that some will have special needs, so the education we provide must be as accessible to them as anyone else.”

McCormick’s speech coincided with the University’s newfound commitment to supporting the cause. Competing in the race were several veterans. Army Veteran Sean White, an avid runner before the war, suffered injuries in 2006 when a mortar round hit his transport. His right leg was amputated below the knee, and he relies on a prosthetic “flex foot” to walk. When the buzzer sounded, he began running along with the other runners. “Since I started walking again in February, I’ve been running a lot,” White said. The foundation paid for White to come out from San Diego. Another veteran, Sgt. First Class David Booth, joined him along with several families of killed-in-action service members.

On Friday, the family said Patel is in stable condition, said a source close to the family. The NBPD is still investigating the altercation, Miller said. —Mary Diduch



SAS junior Tom Cernara of the marching band runs past three members of the glee club in their annual “Soup Bowl” football game. The glee club won the game 1813, despite a 98-yard touchdown pass late in the game by Cernera.


Students with 90 or greater credits can register for Spring 2010 classes on Monday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


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Warped Tour band wins ‘battle’ at fraternity’s fundraiser BY AMBIKA SUBRAMANYAM CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Four New Jersey-based bands came together to rock out and raise money for cancer research Saturday at the Delta Chi fraternity’s third annual “Battle of the Bands.” The bands — Skyler, Threat Level: Midnight, The Keating Experience and Death to Surprise — competed at the fraternity’s house on Union Street for a prize of $200 and a trophy. The main goal for “Battle of the Bands” was to raise money for the fraternity’s national philanthropy, the Jimmy V Foundation, said Delta Chi President John Perrone, and 100 percent of the ticket sales went toward this cause. About 40 attendees came out to watch the bands take the stage outside, and at the end Skyler took the prize. Skyler member Andrew Petracca said the band was established more than 10 years ago. “I started writing songs, and then I realized you can’t do everything by yourself and founded the band,” he said. The fraternity was excited Skyler agreed to come and play at their event, associate fraternity member Reggie Morris said. “Skyler has played at the Warped Tour and Bamboozle, so they are pretty well known,” said

Morris, a School of Arts and Science sophomore. The fraternity’s Head of Philanthropy Peter Sim said they raised about $600 by the end of the night. Sim, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said members of the fraternity selected the bands. “The four bands aren’t really household names yet, but they’re all talented young artists,” Morris said.

“We did not want the bands to do too many covers of songs ... we wanted to see their own material.” CARLOS CORREA ”Battle of the Bands” Judge

The fraternity wanted to give bands the chance to showcase their talent to the University community, he said. The bands were scored in four main categories: overall musical ability; individual members’ technical abilities; stage presence and energy; and crowd response, fraternity member Yan Lipovetskiy said. Perrone, Cook College senior Dana Gobbo and Carlos Correa judged the event.

The judges also looked at the originality of the band, Correa said. “We did not want the bands to do too many covers of songs [by other bands]; we wanted to see their own material,” said Correa, a Rutgers College senior. The event was special because all the bands are from New Jersey, he said. “Since ever yone was from around here, it was a lot of fun for people to see these really talented local bands,” Correa said. The Jimmy V Foundation, which raises money for cancer research, was started by Jim Valvano and ESPN, said Perrone, a Cook College senior. Jim Valvano was a coach for the North Carolina State University basketball team and started the foundation when he was diagnosed with cancer. “Valvano actually started his career right here at Rutgers University, playing for the team from ’64-’67, which makes this event that much more meaningful for the brothers of our Rutgers Chapter as well as the Rutgers community,” Perrone said. The event was also co-sponsored by Red Bull, which provided free drinks, said Lipovetskiy, a Rutgers College senior. Threat Level: Midnight lead singer Hugo Fuego said he enjoyed that Delta Chi chose to hold the event outside, but that


Threat Level: Midnight plays at Saturday’s “Battle of the Bands.” The event, which was held in the Delta Chi fraternity house’s backyard, raised money for the Jimmy V Foundation. there was a smaller turnout than he expected. Petracca said he was also hoping for a larger crowd but was not too disappointed after winning the trophy and cash prize. Delta Chi member Anthony Cwirko said the fraternity also held the “Dodge This!” Dodgeball Tournament last Sunday in conjunction with Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was able to raise more than $2,000.

“It would have been nice if more people had come and donated money to the Jimmy V Foundation today, but the members aren’t disappointed,” said Cwirko, a School of Arts and Science junior. Fuego said although the event was small, all the bands were great and he had fun playing around with everyone. “All in all, [‘Battle of the Bands’] was pretty punk rock,” he said.



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WARDS: EON members say fight in city is not over continued from front members of UNB and EON, University students and New Brunswick citizens care about the city’s future. “I’m very glad that we won,” Kirkpatrick said. “But I know that both sides of this issue wanted what was best for New Brunswick.” EON is a grassroots organization that had fought for more than a year in favor of changing the city’s at-large system to a wardbased system, where a representative is elected for each of the city’s six wards and three council members are elected at-large. But UNB, formed during the summer, is for leaving the city

VETERANS: Organizers hope to raise more than $16K continued from front “Hope for the Warriors really reached out to me. They’re like family,” Booth said. But students also came out to par ticipate, including Rutgers College senior William Cummings, who heard about it through the Rutgers Air Force ROTC. “We all fight under one flag so we wanted to show our support as well,” he said. While the number of registered racers closed in on 300, the number of people participating was much greater. Motorcycle group Rolling Thunder led the race on their bikes while the ROTC cadet group Rutgers Rangers brought up the rear carrying 30 pounds of equipment each. The course looped around the athletic section of Busch campus before returning to Johnson Park. “I wanted to show off the campus to people who are new to the area,” Course Coordinator Frank Bridges said.


government as is, with five council members elected at-large and none elected to wards. Kirkpatrick said the city and University students understand that New Brunswick is and will continue to be under good hands with its current system as opposed to implementing elected ward representatives. “We’re going to continue doing what’s best for New Brunswick,” he said. EON President Martha Guarnieri said she was disappointed with the results, because the “yes to wards” question originally had many supporters. She said a lot of voters were intimidated because of negative campaigning by the city and UNB on Election Day. “I guess I would feel a lot better about the results if they were fair,”

said Guarnieri, a Rutgers College senior. “I do think a lot of the people in New Brunswick were for wards. I do feel people were intimidated on Election Day.” She said the intimidation by UNB to the voters who were for wards had to do with the fact that EON is new to running an election in the city. “The current administration in New Brunswick knows how to run Election Day,” Guarnieri said. “We’re new and fresh.” Fleming said all results were fair, and he does not believe negative campaigning affected people who were for wards. “I don’t think anyone was intimidated,” he said. Fleming said a lot of people would not have been aware of the question if the groups did not campaign on Election Day. He

said everyone should know that they could have an active role in the city. “Everyone should have a seat at the table,” Fleming said. “Everybody should have a say.” School of Arts and Sciences junior Pritesh Patel said he is satisfied with the results because a ward-based system would have separated the city. “It’s good because the whole community stays as one,” Patel said. “It’s not divided.” Rutgers College senior Michelle Patroni said although she resides on campus, she did not vote for wards because she will not be a resident of New Brunswick once she graduates. “I think the issue should be decided by a permanent resident,” Patroni said. “It would affect them in the long run if

The run was not always part of the national organization. It was originally an internal event for the ROTC to raise money for events. When they affiliated with Hope for the Warriors, their goals changed. “We realized that we could be part of a much greater cause,” Recruiting Officer Douglas Larsen said. “Now all the money

He was one of the first 20 winners to receive a commemorative Steven Koch coin. Koch died in March 2008 in Afghanistan. An East Brunswick native, he has since become a symbol of duty for the foundation. The foundation’s Northeast Event Coordinator Emma Riley said she considers the run a success. The donations are not yet fully counted, and the $16,000 raised last year is a tough mark to beat, but she is confident they will. “It’s not about increasing the size of the organization right now,” Riley said. “We want to do it right — one service member at a time.” Foundation President Robin Kelleher thanked everyone for attending the event and the University for being one of the most veteran-friendly schools in the nation. “It is important to remember that every sacrifice that our soldiers make is for us,” she said. “We must all work hard to set the tone for the treatment of our veteran service members.” Athletics and Student Life also contributed to the event, Assistant Director of the Trademark Office Marybeth Schmutz said. “This has really been a collaborative effort,” she said.

HOME: New building will

“We all fight under one flag so we wanted to show our support as well.” WILLIAM CUMMINGS Rutgers College senior

goes to help veterans, and we all can support that.” As the first runners made their final approach to the finish line, they were met with cheers and clapping from rows of supporters. Scott Penick of North Brunswick, the winner of the race, clocked in at 16:25. “I really just came out here to test myself,” Penick said. “But it’s made me more aware of the cause.”

wards passed and taxes increased, for example.” School of Engineering firstyear student Reggie Viezel said he is glad the campaigning is over. “It’s nice not being handed flyers everyday,” Viezel said. “Both sides of the campaign were really aggressive.” Guarnieri said EON is exploring new ways to fight back and may be considering recounting the ballots to make sure all votes were counted fairly. “The fight is not over,” she said. “Of course I’m disappointed in the results, but we’ll have to go from here.” Kirkpatrick said in the end it is not only about who won but how the city will benefit from the results. “It’s not about the victory,” he said. “It’s about doing what is best for New Brunswick.”

Jewish students and helping to better make use of the current Jewish that’s already involved hundreds for various events population with Hillel,” said Neher, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. continued from front School of Social Work first“Any program we do with year student Jordana Ornstein more than 75 students doesn’t fit said the expansion would help in our building,” he said. “And we Hillel implement more programs literally have events multiple and encourage more Jewish stutimes a week that are larger than dents to get involved. that. We’re already turning stu“There are tons of Jews on dents away, which, obviously, is campus who aren’t involved in not what we want to be doing.” Hillel,” Ornstein said. “We hope The organization’s Friday that with a bigger space, more night Shabbat dinner draws in an people will be curious to come average of 250 students weekly, in and see what’s going on but because Hillel cannot accomhere, and we hope that we can modate that many people, the create programs that cater to organization must rent space for them as well.” the event, usually in Brower Ornstein, who became Commons, Getraer said. But the involved with Hillel during the space is only large enough to seat latter half of her undergraduate 200 people. career, said her most memorable He said the new building experience with the organization would be about the size of a stuwas arranging the greek dent center but less institutional. Shabbat, a dinner held earlier The new facility — which this year that brought students should be completed by 2011 — from fraternities and sororities will house a 400throughout the seat dining hall on University togethits top floor, which “Any program we do er. will be used for isn’t just with more than 75 stuff“Hillel Hillel events but that happens will also be availstudents doesn’t fit inside the buildable to the entire ing,” she said. “It’s in our building.” University commufor Jewish stunity, Getraer said. dents all over camANDREW GETRAER It will also feapus.” Rutgers Hillel ture prayer Rutgers Hillel, Executive Director spaces, lounge which is part of and meeting H i l l e l areas, a kosher café and a multiInternational, a network of purpose room to be used for big independent Jewish campus Hillel events, like the Hanukkah organizations, was founded in Ball and the Israel Culture 1943, Getraer said. The stuFestival, he said. The building, dent-r un organization of fers like the one at the College ser vices to more than 6,000 Avenue location, will be open undergraduate and graduate seven days a week. students at the University and In total, the project will cost hosts religious, social and com$15 million, which will come from munity ser vice events, as well private donors from New Jersey’s as programs on Israel. Jewish community, including parThis is not the first move for ents and University alumni, the organization, which has been Getraer said. Ten million dollars situated at a number of locations will cover the cost of construcsince 1943. For nearly 30 years tion, and the remaining funds will after its establishment, Hillel was be put toward the purchase of the located at a series of apartments property and an endowment for and rented spaces above stores facility maintenance. along George Street, Getraer said. Planning for the move began In 1971, the organization was five to six years ago, and Rutgers at a facility behind Douglass camHillel purchased the new location pus, which was later sold to the two years ago from the Fiji alumni University when Hillel moved to association, Getraer said. Danco its current location. General Contracting, Inc., a conA view of the Raritan River struction company in Morganville, and Johnson Park are additional N.J., will supervise the process. benefits of the new location, Hilary Neher, student board Getraer said. president of Rutgers Hillel, looks He hopes the building will crefor ward to the expansion ate a meeting place the Jewish because the new location, which community across Middlesex is visible from Route 18, would County and throughout the state. help draw in more students. “I think this will serve Jewish “We hope that by having more students, Rutgers students and, space we’ll be able to run more hopefully, the much broader diverse programs, bringing in new community,” Getraer said.




Zimmerli parties under ‘mask’ of night BY AMBER MAURIELLO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Disguises, dancing and food were only a few features of Saturday night’s “Masquerade Ball” at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. The Zimmerli Student Advisory Board held the event to raise money for the Zimmerli Children’s Fund, a program that fundraises for children who cannot afford to go to the summer camp the museum hosts, said board member Mary Greene, a Rutgers College senior. The night attracted more than 400 people. The board channeled inspiration from the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York City and other museums across the country, Greene said. “We thought it would be a lot of fun and also thought of ‘Phantom of the Opera,’” she said. “We said that’s something we’d be interested in doing.” November is a fitting time for such an event because not only is it the traditional time for galas and balls, but it is after midterm exams, Greene said. “We thought it would be a good time to get students to come to Zimmerli to check it out,” she said. “We wanted to have a big event to tell students that the Zimmerli is here, and it’s free for students.” A live deejay, scavenger hunts, art exhibitions, Rutgers Ballroom members teaching the cha-cha and a raffle were all part of the night’s festivities. “We really enjoyed the scavenger hunt,” said Francesca Fiore, a Mason Gross School of the Ar ts sophomore. “It


Students dress up and don masks at Saturday’s “Masquerade Ball.” A scavenger hunt and cha-cha lesson were among the night’s festivities.

was really nice to walk about and see the art, and the food was yummy.” The ball was the first for the board, but they plan on making it an annual event by maintaining the masquerade idea but with different themes, Greene said. “The masquerade theme [is] elegant, different and gives us a chance to wear our prom dresses again,” said Courtney Shaw, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “[The Zimmerli] is such a great space and [the ball] gives us a chance to come here for multiple reasons.” Gillian Eigo, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, said having the chance to come to the museum was the best part of the “Masquerade Ball.” “I’ve never been here and I’ve been meaning to,” she said.

This event not only brought in students but also local residents. “I love the masquerade theme,” said 22-year-old Hillsborough resident Dave Parks. “It was what attracted me to come.” The board wanted to put on an event that was different from those they already host, Greene said. “[We] have the after-hours program, which is the first Wednesday of ever y month, where the Zimmerli stays open till 9 p.m.,” Greene said. “We have music, food and different events pertaining to the month.” The museum plans to host a “Holiday Cheer Party” in December for students, she said. Greene said she was happy with the turnout, and it was a memorable night. “This will be the first of many,” she said.


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‘Turkey Trot’ brings in Zoning board approves housing project $30K for soup kitchen BY ASRAA MUSTUFA STAFF WRITER


sent out the e-mail about this STAFF WRITER event, and we decided to come out and help with this great cause Clear skies and fair weather set and have some fun doing it.” the scene for yesterday’s first annuParticipants were invited to al “Turkey Trot” at Buccleuch Park stop and sample gourmet food in New Brunswick to raise money at several tasting stations set for local soup kitchen up along the route for their Elijah’s Promise. enjoyment, said Erika The three-mile walk around Stampoulos, Elijah’s Promise the park attracted about 300 to donations and volunteer assis400 participants, who each found tant coordinator. Most of the sponsors to pledge money people providing food and mantoward their efforts of feeding ning the tasting stations were the hungry. graduates from Elijah’s “We’re getting close to Promise Culinar y School. $30,000 [raised by this event]. “It’s for people of f the We won’t know the totals today, street, out of their homes, even but it’s close to $30,000,” people who come to the soup Elijah’s Promise Community kitchen,” she said. “We provide Relations Director Michelle a culinar y diploma once they Wilson said. complete the program, and The original goal of the event these are mostly graduates was to raise $50,000 for the organ- here today.” ization, but that every little bit Stampoulos, who has worked helps, Wilson said. for Elijah’s Promise since June, Raising money was the pri- said she feels their work is ority of the day, but raising invaluable for the community. awareness for the organization Each meal the soup kitchen was also a goal, said Elijah’s provides the public only costs Promise intern Stephen Elijah’s Promise about $2.50, so Hawkins, who has worked with an event such as the “Turkey the organization for about Trot” can go a long way toward one month. feeding the hungr y in New “We’re working a lot with Brunswick, she said. those who come in for meals, “Even if we don’t reach the tr ying to get them in drug reha- fundraising goal that we have, bilitation or get them jobs or get ever y little bit helps,” them résumés,” Stampoulos said. said Hawkins, a “Even if each P r i n c e t o n person only “We all came Seminar y School raised about $20 out here to support … it would be student. Some par ticifantastic.” the cause and pants were The results of University stuthe walk yesterhelp out in any dents such as day would be a way that we can.” Rutgers Business factor in deterSchool first-year mining whether STEPHEN GADALETA student Stephen future “Turkey Rutgers Business School Gadaleta, a memTrots” would be first-year student ber of the Phi held, but the staff Kappa Psi interof Elijah’s est group’s team. Promise does hope to turn it “The woman who runs this into an annual event, she said. [walk] … her husband is a Phi Stampoulos and the rest of the Kappa Psi alum,” Gadaleta said. staff encourage anyone interest“We all came out here to sup- ed in helping out at Elijah’s port the cause and help out in Promise to go to their Web site, any way that we can.” Other par ticipants in the “Ever y little bit just really event included a team of about helps, whether you give your 45 staff members from the New time or money or food,” Brunswick law firm Hoagland, Stampoulos said. “It really just Longo, Moran, Dunst and helps so much.” Doukas and about 14 people Sandra Lanman, an Elijah’s representing New Brunswick’s Promise board member, said State Theatre. the organization is helped by Liz Hrycuna, a staff member University students, faculty, from the law firm, said she was administration and staf f and is uncertain how much the team grateful for all of the raised, but knows the firm intend- University suppor t and hopes ed to match every dollar raised it continues. by their team. “I just want to give a shoutKelly Skinner, director of out to Rutgers students, faculpublic relations for the State ty and staf f who have helped Theatre, said she couldn’t think over the years as volunteers of a better way to spend the day raising donations. They do than raising money to feed the education programs. They’ve hungr y while enjoying beauti- done so much,” Lanman said. ful weather. “That par tnership with “We work a lot with Elijah’s Rutgers is really impor tant for Promise,” Skinner said. “They this organization.”

Five vacant lots in downtown New Brunswick’s Unity Square will become homes for low-income families because of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment approval of the Catholic Charities’ development plan. Catholic Charities’ Metuchen Community Services, which provides various services to those in need in the community, obtained special permission to build affordable housing on five undersized lots, which the city sold to them at a reduced price, Director of New Brunswick’s Department of Economic Development Glenn Patterson said. “It eliminates five properties that are currently a drain on city taxes [due to the cost of maintaining them]… and provides homes for people who are other wise priced out of the market,” City Spokesman Bill Bray said. The development allows the city to address both the problems of rundown vacant lots and the need for affordable housing, Bray said. Unity Square is a 37-square block neighborhood roughly bounded by Commercial and Livingston Avenues, and Sanford and Welton Streets, according to the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen Web site. The Catholic Charities’ community development project par tnered with Sacred Hear t Parish to organize the Unity Square neighborhood and develop a state-approved plan to

revitalize it, Director of Asset Management at Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen Marlene Sigman said. “One of the main issues brought up by the people in the community at our meetings was the lack of affordable housing,” Sigman said. “So one of our goals was to help … deal with that problem [and] to actually create some affordable housing.” They hope to finish building the homes by the middle to the end of 2010, Sigman said.

“One of the main issues brought up by the people in the community at our meetings was the lack of affordable housing.” MARLENE SIGMAN Director of Asset Management at Catholic Charities

The new three-bedroom single-family houses built on the lots will be rented for $670 to $910 per month, Patterson said. The average monthly rent is $1,755 for a three-bedroom house in the New Brunswick area, according to Rutgers University Off-Campus Housing. Unity Square is targeting families who make between 40 and 50 percent of median income in the area to live in these houses, Sigman said. Thirty percent of such families’

income was determined as an affordable rate for rent. “A substantial number of people fall into [the low-moderate income] categor y [in New Brunswick],” Patterson said. “We’re always working on new affordable housing projects. There’s always a demand.” The city also supports the project by providing $785,000 in HOME grant funds, a subsidy that will allow the houses to be rented out at reduced rates, Patterson said. HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed to create affordable housing for lowincome households, according to the National Housing and Urban Development Web site. It allocates approximately $2 billion annually among the states and hundreds of localities nationwide. The city worked on a couple of projects with Metuchen Community Ser vices in the past, including the Ozanam Inn Men’s Shelter and the Naomi’s Way Transitional Housing Project for single mothers, Patterson said. Unity Square is a comprehensive, multifaceted project that consists of housing, economic development, security, parks and recreation and social services, and works with the city in a number of ways, Sigman said. It was devised four years ago with assistance from a class at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and receives funding from the Wachovia Regional Foundation, she said.



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ver yday at the University, students attend events, dances and par ties. Odd sights can be seen when attending such events, and when alcohol is involved a lot of times you can walk away from such par ties with stories about people doing some of f the wall things. Most of the time you see something and walk in the other direction. But if you saw people engaging in activity that seemed just not right, what would you do? A Richmond, Calif., high school was holding a homecoming dance where ever ything seemed to be r unning smoothly. Students were dancing and having a good time while chaperones and teachers kept an eye out to make sure no students were doing anything out of the ordinar y. It was not inside the dance they should have been checking for illegal behavior, but outside the school in the cour tyard. According to CNN, investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl on Oct. 24 outside of the high school homecoming dance. There is a $20,000 reward for anyone who comes for ward with information about the two and a half hour assault on the girl. The attack star ted when a classmate asked the girl, who was outside waiting for her father to come pick her up, to go in the cour tyard to drink with a group of people. The girl went, and once intoxicated the boy star ted his attack. As many as 10 people were involved in the assault in a dimly lit back alley at the school while another 10 people watched without calling 911 to repor t it, police said. The victim was found unconscious under a bench shor tly before midnight Saturday after police received a call from someone in the area who had overheard people at the assault scene “reminiscing about the incident.” Nineteen-year-old Manuel Or tega, described as a former student at the school, was arrested soon after he fled the scene and will face charges of rape, robber y and kidnapping. A 15 year-old was later arrested and charged with one count of felony sexual assault, and a third teenager was being inter viewed. The fact that this could happen is utterly astonishing. What may be worse than the actual rape occurring is how not a single person who saw it happen repor ted it. It had to take mumbling among students and finding the girl half-naked and unconscious for someone to realize that something shady had gone on during the dance. It is scar y to think that students who witnessed the rape didn’t feel the need to tell an authority figure that this was happening. But even so, one would think that a crowd of 20 students surrounding a girl being raped would attract some kind of adult attention. Yes, this is high school, where ever yone loves a spectacle. Teenagers love watching individuals engage in confrontation. MTV makes millions of f shows like “The Hills” and “The Real World,” where the most popular episodes involve people hooking up and getting into fights. People just decided to watch to say that they witnessed it and were there when it happened. That is really unfor tunate, because witnessing a rape is not something to be proud of or to brag about. Hopefully those students will also get into some kind of trouble. Watching it happen and not doing anything about it is just as bad as committing the actual rape itself. They let an innocent girl get defiled and humiliated and didn’t feel the need to repor t it. It is disgusting. What is even sadder is that these same kids who watched and know that this girl was raped against her will are going to be the same ones to ridicule her if she comes back to school. It seems ver y after school special and Lifetime movie-like, but that is usually how the situation pans out. Along with watching spectacles occur, high school students get of f on gossip and drama. Although there were a lot of people watching it, there are bound to be a billion dif ferent versions of the stor y. Unfor tunately, with rape there are always those who misconstrue the stor y to make it sound like the girl was promiscuous and asking for it. The fact that she was intoxicated might also add negative light to the stor y. But the problem at hand is still that there are those who know what happened and did not tell anyone about it. This can happen anywhere, but it happened to this 15 year-old, who will have to deal with this unfor tunate memor y for the rest of her life. This sad occurrence brings up the question of how dedicated people are to helping a fellow student and perhaps friend. Outsiders may regard the nature of this inhumanity simply as they do another rape case. The reality of things stands far above these feelings of sorrow and sympathy; it is much more a commentar y on the modern tendencies of society. This is dif ferent from any over-dramatized reality show or any TV repor t. This is how we as people act toward each other.


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Strengthen religious diversity K The Red Lion

erri Wilson and I Purpose Room on the hosted a discussion College Avenue campus, that focused on the which he hopes will allow possibility of creating an individuals to engage in a disInterfaith Student Council at cussion that will allow them Rutgers University. Several to overcome ignorance and student leaders from the take advantage of an opporUniversity’s diverse religious tunity to learn about the BEN WEST community were in attenmany forms of faith in our dance, ranging from leaders world and the simple art of in the University’s Pagan Student Association to the “believing,” whatever it may be. He went on to dispresidents of the Rutgers Hillel and the Jain cuss how only a few representatives from other Association at Rutgers. faiths had responded to his requests for their presBefore the meeting had even commenced, ence at the event, and how he did not even have the Associate Director for Student Centers and contact information of other groups who were presPrograms Wilson and I had already realized that the ent at Monday’s discussion. exact mission of such a council would ultimately Several legitimate concerns were also raised need to be decided and agreed upon by the diverse about the idea of an Interfaith Council. Some pointreligious leaders on campus. Nonetheless, we were ed out if the council were created, its power should prepared with a few suggestions about what the be constrained to prevent it from imposing any obliorganization could look like and do so that we could gations that would clash with the beliefs held by a provide a foundation for a discussion about the member organization. Another very valid point was structure, purpose and merits of such a council. made regarding co-sponsorships that such a counWe shared our hopes that the council would cil would be able to dole out to member organizaunite representatives from each tions. It was suggested that coof the religious organizations sponsorships of one organization “... all religious under one umbrella group that over another would serve as an could focus on addressing shared endorsement of one set of beliefs organizations share an organizational needs, offer a of another. Others representachance for religious organizatives feared that the danger organizational need to tions to work collectively toward exists that the Interfaith Council, represent and provide a common goal that they may in which representative of many have, and that could serve as a different and sometimes conflictfor those of their forum for discussion and undering beliefs will be seated, may specific faith ...” standing. Based on the conversaserve as a wellspring of tension tion that followed, many of our and argument. hopes actually turned out to Without attempting to quesaddress the needs of the many religious groups who tion the validity of these concerns, I would like to were represented that day. discuss them. First, it is important to keep in mind Representatives from the Pagan Student that ultimately, the mission statement of and powAssociation, for example, highlighted that many stuers held by the council will have to be agreed upon dents at the University did not know about their by all of the religious organizations who decide to organization, and that a major organizational need join it. Because all religious organizations share an that they faced was establishing an increased presorganizational need to represent and provide for ence despite major funding constraints. Hillel those of their specific faith, it is clear that all organPresident Hilary Neher noted that she had encounizations will also agree on a set of restraints that tered obstacles in her efforts to contact the leaders will prevent an Interfaith Council from infringing of other religious organizations in her organizaon the policies and goals of the individual member tion’s attempts to present a united front against the organizations, while also allowing a representative Westboro Baptist Church a few weeks ago. Given from every religious organization to serve comthat the Westboro Baptist Church’s hate was directfortably within the council and maintain conviction ed at any religion that was not their own, the diverse in his or her own faith. religious community at the University could have Co-sponsorships also need not be made toward found a common goal in rallying together against a specific organizations, for it is valid to assume that group that, through its blindly directed hate and the provision of funding towards the event of one sheer ignorance, serves to smudge the image of religious organization over the event of another faith as a whole. And President of the Jain organization may be perceived as an endorsement Association Shaival Shah explained that his organiof one faith over the other. One solution made to zation had planned an Interfaith Social on Nov. 17 at SEE WEST ON PAGE 9 8:30 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center MultiDue to space limitations, submissions cannot exceed 750 words. If a commentary exceeds 750 words, it will not be considered for publication. All authors must include name, phone number, class year and college affiliation or department to be considered for publication. Anonymous letters will not be considered. All submissions are subject to editing for length and clarity. A submission does not guarantee publication. Please submit via e-mail to by 4 p.m. to be considered for the following day’s publication.

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Take action to end hunger in our community Letter KELLY HANSMAN


his semester started out like all the other ones do at the University. I made and forgot my schedule long before summer vacation was written on the calendar. After summer ended, I once again packed my life up into plain brown boxes for the annual move-in bustle that was the beginning of my senior year. My schedule is plastered with electives and dreary classes that have nothing to do with my major. It’s filled with those classes that slipped through the cracks, making way for more difficult and challenging topics that actually pique the interest of a college mind. A three hour lecture on ethics was the last class I thought I’d actually enjoy. So showing up for class on Wednesday morning with skepticism in tow, I sat in a dreary grey

WEST continued from page 8 address this was to cut out cosponsorships all together, but I would like to suggest that a more creative and perhaps more beneficial solution would be to provide funding, but only to events that are interfaith in character. This leads to my final point. It was said that bringing together representatives of faiths that each have different views may lead to difficult conversations

classroom. Our professor came in and told us we’d be having no tests, no textbooks. I was hooked. The first day, we watched YouTube videos about inspirational topics. “This is going to be a cake class,” I thought. Sitting here in my apartment, listening to the tappity-tap of my roommate typing away her third paper of the week, I can’t help but feel I have got it easy this semester. Nearly eight weeks into the semester and my ethics course, I’m thinking how not easy this class actually is. One group project, on any subject, where I need to go out into the world and change something for the better is a very involved and complicated grade. I felt I would rather be saddled with exams and papers than go out into the real world to make a change in society and have your name put on it for everyone to see if you fail, not just your teacher.

But that’s exactly what I did. I chose to work with the group Hunters Helping the Hungry, Inc. This group tries to combat hunger by donating extra venison to food banks and shelters. It was founded by a small group of hunters in New Jersey looking to make a change in society, just like our class was trying to do. They saw the hungry people standing in lines to get food and they knew they could do something to help instead of turning a blind eye to this injustice. Due to the current recession paired with inflated expenses, more than 41 percent of families in New Jersey are making the decision whether to pay for food this month or utility bills. This figure is from 2006, meaning that even more families than ever are having to turn to food banks to supply their nutritional meals every day. With the inflation, food banks aren’t getting the amount of food they need to feed all of the families coming in, and donations

aren’t as high as they used to be because those who can afford to buy food are still having to cut back to pay other expenses, like gas, heat and electricity. Protein is the most important nutrient we need in our diets, and it is also the most expensive to obtain. Found in meats, cheeses and nuts, protein is necessary for healthy growth, especially in our nation’s future, children. Without quality protein, families are turning to more fattening and less filling snack foods, which are overprocessed and not nutritional. By donating an unused resource full of quality protein, this group is not only trying to help the diets of families ever ywhere, they are also helping protect our state by reducing the deer population, which in turn will lower ecological damages and save everyone from unwanted deer accidents. HHH can only do so much. Their funds are limited and processing deer safely can be costly.

Currently, the butchers participating in cleaning and cutting the venison need between $75-90 depending on the size of the deer. Contrary to logic, the larger the deer, the less it costs, so hunters bringing in deer with the big racks save money and reduce the deer population by lowering the amount of reproductive males in the wild. To continue providing venison, HHH needs more donations so they can pay the butchers for processing. Talk to your local hunters about donating deer to this program. Donate money to HHH so they can continue to provide this necessary function in society. Write your local legislator about how important it is to keep your neighbors and fellow citizens from going hungry. Raising awareness of the hunger problem is the best way to combat it.

and perhaps uncomfortable conflicts. I feel obligated to dissect the expectation that lies beneath this point. If one enters a discussion with the expectation that he or she will alter the religious beliefs of somebody else, the discussion will naturally be difficult. This expectation will serve to stir disagreements about fundamental beliefs, ultimately leading to conflict. In matter of fact, such a discourse is better termed a debate rather than a discussion. But if one expects only to increase knowledge and understanding of the contemporar y

world’s religious and secular traditions and beliefs through dialogue, education, publications and public forums, one will not be dismayed, even in the few instances that the subject of disagreement may arise. This is because one’s mission is only to share information, not enforce beliefs. What’s more, all religious organizations at the University stand to benefit by increasing knowledge and understanding of themselves and of each other, as this would allow first year students to learn about them and seek them out earlier, while also

gaining a greater understanding of themselves. While I am not an active member of any of the many respectful religious organizations on campus, I am faithfully invested in the idea that diversity is a rare opportunity, and that the University is one of the few places in this countr y that affords individuals the ability to take advantage of it. Bringing together the religious organizations on campus under one umbrella organization that seeks to bank on this diversity will allow them to collaboratively

address shared organizational needs, work collectively toward a common goals, and most importantly, increase knowledge and understanding of the contemporary world’s religious and secular traditions and beliefs through dialogue, education, publications and public forums. This is a truly rare and beneficial opportunity, and one that should be realized now.

Kelly Hansman is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior majoring in agricultural sciences.

Ben West is a Rutgers College senior majoring in political science. He can be reached at



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fought really hard, but just didn’t have enough to keep our season going.” St. John’s (8-2-8, 6-1-4) left one more parting shot when Nelson Becerra curled in a 19yard free-kick with five minutes to play putting the final margin at 3-0. The defeat leaves the Knights (9-10-0, 5-6-0) on the outside of the NCAA Tournament bubble for the third consecutive year. “No chance,” Reasso said of his team earning at-large berth. “You don’t make the NCAA Tournament with a record under .500.” RU had hopes of an at-large bid after a 2-0 victor y over West Virginia in the opening round, but probably needed to reach the Big East Tournament final to have any chance at an atlarge berth. The Knights had their two best chances to score in the opening five minutes of each half. Freshman midfielder Dan Parr found room on the righthand side of the St. John’s box three minutes into the game and should have done better to hit the target with his shot. Junior back Sal Fusari had the other chance in the opening minutes of the second half. His shot from 20-yards looked on target, but caught a deflection carrying it just over the crossbar. The Knights were missing juniors Aly Mazhar and Chris Edwards, both starting defenders. “We played very well in the first half but unfortunately we were too thin at the end and they beat us, so credit to them,” Reasso said.

Regardless, the turnover is just another example of the Scarlet Knights’ linebackers making plays. The trio combines for 127 tackles, including 12 for a loss, three interceptions, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries and two touchdowns and sacks. “It’s big. If you look at the points of the games when we’re


As a freshman on Livingston campus, Helen Becz was approached by a member of the Rutgers CREW crew team. At 6-foot-1, Becz has ideal size for a collegiate rower, making her an obvious target for a recruiter. After some persuasion, she decided to go for it and become a walk-on member of the team. Now a junior, Becz is one of the team’s most tenacious workers and a big factor behind the Scarlet Knights’ improved stamina this season, something she attributes to a trip to Bloomington, Ind., for the U.S. Women’s Rowing National Team Camp this past summer. Becz was one of many collegiate rowers invited to the camp, which is the first step in a process that ultimately determines the roster for the U.S. Under-23 team that competes in World Championship competitions. She said her involvement at the camp was a turning point in her crew career. “I worked every day with talented girls from across the country who all have national team aspirations,” Becz said. “We pushed each other a lot in an effort to make it to the next level.” The competition resulted in a tougher mindset for the junior, who

exceeding all of last season’s totals, when he started the final five games. It marked his return to strongside linebacker, his current position, after starting 10 of 13 games at middle linebacker as a sophomore. “I was just learning at that point, but now I know how to prepare,” Munoz said. “Now I just try to approach it like a beginner every week.” Munoz settled as a linebacker after he arrived at RU and head coach Greg Schiano tried him at


Senior Damaso Munoz, center, and fellow linebackers Ryan D’Imperio and Antonio Lowery have combined for 127 tackles and three interceptions this season. Munoz snagged his first pick against UConn.

Becz puts national team experience to good use BY TYLER DONOHUE

making plays, they’re big time turning points of the game,” Lowery said. The success is a product of the unit pushing each other. “We’re laughing with [Munoz] and joking on him, but it pushes us to even get in the backfield, make sacks, make tackles for losses and all those good things,” Lowery said. “If we keep pushing and pushing something good is going to happen and it’s part of the friendly competition.” Munoz is two tackles and half of a sack away from meeting or

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is determined to continue rowing beyond Rutgers. “When it comes down to it, I want to see how much I can achieve in crew,” Becz said. “The camp opened my eyes and has really made me push myself more than ever before.” Head coach Max Borghard said Becz’s new mentality is evident. “Her technique and attention to detail has gone to another level this year,” Borghard said. “It’s gotten to the point where she is one of the top rowers in the league now.” The elevated passion that Becz brings to workouts this year impacts the way her teammates approach the sport as well, Borghard said. “The training that it takes to compete on the national team level has impacted the way she trains here,” he said. “Helen’s rubbed off on the rest of the team. They see how hard she’s working and they’re willing to do the same.” Becz is hoping her performance this year will garner an invite to the U-23 selection camp next summer. Until then, she plans on doing everything she can to improve individually and help her teammates. “I’ve had a lot of drive to achieve my goals since I’ve returned to camp and my teammates have also showed a higher level of commitment,” Becz said.


safety. The Miami native played linebacker in high school as well. “We had him as a linebacker in a camp down in Florida, and he reminded me of a kid I coached in Miami [with] the way he moved,” Schiano said. “We tried him at safety because he is so athletic, and he could have played safety, but I think he’s where he should be at linebacker.” Now, Munoz is part of a unit where the starters rank second, third and fourth on the team in tackles. D’Imperio and Munoz are returning starters, but Lowery was part of a competition with sophomore Manny Abreu for weakside linebacker until the season opener. “[Lower y] is the guy who, coming in, we didn’t know who would be the [weakside linebacker],” Schiano said. “That was a great competition. He rose up well and all three of them have.” Although the third starter was unknown for so long, it never affected the group’s chemistry — a great benefit to its production, according to Lowery. “Once you go through the whole camp, spring and offseason conditioning, you build your bond there,” Lowery said. “We laugh, joke, help each other out in meetings and off the field in classes. It’s a great bond we have.” The senior experience of Munoz and D’Imperio combined with the emergence of Lower y make the linebackers arguably the most productive unit on defense. “Having Maso and Ryan back from last year, and then the way Antonio has been able to step up and play has been big for us,” said senior cornerback and captain Devin McCourty. “Those three guys are the core of the defense and have been able to make plays in the run game and the pass game.”



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Thomas delivers on Senior Day BY MATTHEW STEIN




Thomas entered Sunday’s victory over St. John’s having played only 17 sets on the season. Yet the senior was among the first substitutes in the Knights’ rotation and responded with by far her best output of the season, eclipsing her season total with 14 kills. “I know that a couple of things were rocky for me this season, and it’s so hard for you to come in as a transfer and automatically dominate,” Thomas said. “Even if you have that demeanor about you it’s so hard to come in and gel with your teammates and find your place on the court.” Thomas also sang an a cappella version of the National Anthem before taking on the Red Storm.

PAIR: RU ends homestand with thrilling win over St. John’s continued from back


The first five-set matches at the College Avenue Gymnasium since Sept. 28, 2007 against Georgetown produced a split result in an atmosphere the KNIGHT Rutgers NOTEBOOK volleyball t e a m could not feel more at home. In dropping Saturday’s 3-2 loss against Connecticut in the fifth before beating St. John’s by the same margin the following afternoon, the Scarlet Knights moved to 5-2 on the season in five-set contests. RU had won four such matches in a row, losing only to South Dakota State in the season-opening tournament Aug. 29, though none of those four wins came at the Barn. “Coming off of last year, when we got swept in three a lot, going into the fifth set two games had to go our way, two games didn’t go our way, so why not make it the third,” said head coach CJ Werneke. “We’ve been there before. It’s nothing new to us, so let’s just roll with it. They came out and responded well.” The Knights beat both N.C. State and Dartmouth by 3-2 margins in early September in the N.C. State Classic. “I just think back to all the other times we’ve played in fifth sets, and it’s the same thing except one game to 15,” said sophomore middle blocker Hannah Curtis. “We do it all the time in practice.”



Despite having played 17 sets on the season, senior outside hitter Victoria Thomas, right, made an impact yesterday, notching 14 kills.

RU did not put out the same performance as the last time the marching band’s rendition was not played, when they swept Georgetown at the Barn. “I guess the only thing I was lacking was confidence sometimes,” Thomas said. “But it’s always been in me. Even in practice, nobody can deny that I’m the biggest energy vibe on the court, and I give it off to my teammates and they take it.”



the Knights in kills and ranking in the top four on the team in blocks, service aces and digs, Caitlin Saxton excels in the classroom as well. Holding a 4.0 grade point average as a double major in sociology and journalism and media studies, Saxton was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic District 2 First Team. She is a finalist on the All-America ballot, which will be announced on Nov. 24.

“I don’t sleep,” Saxton said. “In some ways it’s easier to be really busy because you know that you have a certain amount of time to do this, a certain amount of time to do that. But don’t sleep, that’s the secret.”

two, tie and eventually take a 28-26 win. Senior outside hitter Victoria Thomas was the center of attention Sunday, swatting 14 kills — second only to Saxton, who had 23 on the day. “I left ever ything on the court,” Thomas said. “It shows. Going into the game I was thinking I had nothing to lose. This is everything for me right now, just to play in front of my mom, being able to play on [Senior Day], being able to get a chance, this is everything for me.” The Huskies provided a different story. After going back and forth with set wins and losses, ever ything came down to a final fifth set in which neither team surrendered more than a onepoint lead. But with UConn ahead 18-17, one missed Rutgers chance sealed the deal and Connecticut took the final set 19-17. “It [came down to] who makes a play or who makes a mistake,” Werneke said. “Neither team was making mistakes, and both teams were making plays. I never wavered. I thought we could win the whole time.” The Knights had a chance to put the game away in the fourth set after impressive victories in

the second and third sets with dominating finishes of 25-18 and 25-20. But something did not click, and an abysmal .000 attacking percentage led to a 25-11 clobbering that set up the final match. “They just caught us in a bad rotation and we didn’t respond well,” Werneke said. “Sometimes that happens.” They rolled with it and we just took it. You have to throw out the fourth set — it’s kind of an anomaly. It happens every once and a while.” In its other four sets, RU’s lowest attacking percentage was .229, much better than its usual play. “Looking back on last year, we’ve made tremendous strides,” said sophomore middle blocker Hannah Curtis. “That was probably the most fun I’ve had [this season].” And it showed. Saxton, Cur tis and junior outside hitter Katie Groff combined for 50 kills on the day — Saxton leading both teams with 22. Freshman Stephanie Zielinski tossed up 51 assists. “I couldn’t be more proud [and] excited for our players in a match like that and lay it on the line,” Werneke said. “It shows a lot about the character, maturity and progress of this team. “Both programs came out and were taking their best shots, they just made one more play in the end than we did.”

SENIORS SOPHIE COOK, Jamie Godfrey, Stephanie Moore, Kyra Thompson and Thomas, as well as graduating junior Katie Barends, were honored before Sunday’s match. The team hung each player’s jersey opposite a corresponding poster from the balcony on each end of the gym.



Scarlet Knights’ “Dig Pink” match, a breast cancer awareness campaign started by the Side-Out Foundation. Each fan in attendance received a corresponding pink Tshirt with the slogan stamped in white lettering along the chest.


Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Curtis, center, helped the Knights rally to win the fourth and fifth sets yesterday against the Red Storm.



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Rutgers rolls in opening-match shutout BY ALEX JANKOWSKI STAFF WRITER


he Big East honored three members of the Rutgers women’s soccer team. The conference named senior captain Erin Guthrie Big East Goalkeeper of the Year, while senior Jen Anzivino received All-Big East First Team honors. The pair led a defense that recorded 11 clean sheets this season. “This is a great honor to be named the top keeper in one of the top conferences in the countr y,” said Rutgers head coach Glenn Crooks. “[Guthrie] has performed at a consistently high level since her arrival at Rutgers, and this award is the culmination of years of sacrifice and dedication to her sport.” Junior for ward Ashley Jones, the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer despite suffering a season-ending injury in October, earned All-Big East Second Team accolades. “Even though Ashley missed several Big East games, I think it is still worthy that she earned All-Big East honors,” Crooks said. “She made such an impact that coaches around the league recognized.” Jones scored eight goals in 15 games.





Coming off a strong freshman campaign, Trevor Melde, top, bested Pioneer senior Corey Dunn yesterday in a 6-3 decision.

big win for him after what he has been through.” Two other freshmen won the first matches of their inaugural seasons. In the 157-pound weight class, Braden Turner stood strong on


for the Rutgers field hockey team, junior Jenna Bull received All-Big East Second Team honors. Bull started every game for the Scarlet Knights, scoring five goals along with two assists. The Oakville, Ontario, native earned the same standing last season as well. Bull has recorded 11 goals and 13 assists during her three-year career.

DESPITE REMAINING undefeated, the Cincinnati football team dropped in the AP Top 25 after a narrow 47-45 victory over Connecticut. The Bearcats are now ranked No. 5 in the nation, while No. 8 Pittsburgh moved into the top 10 and No. 23 South Florida returned to the rankings. Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly said he might reconsider his decision to return Tony Pike to the starting quarterback. Sophomore backup Zach Collaros led the team to three straight victories after Pike’s injur y and threw for 480 yards Saturday, the second-best passing total in school histor y. WHEN

Talk about a nice start. The 2009-10 season for the Rutgers wrestling team got off on the right WRESTLING track RUTGERS 43 with a SACRED HEART 0 4 3 - 0 blanking of Sacred Heart yesterday afternoon at the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn. The Scarlet Knights won all 10 matches — four courtesy of pins — to begin the season at 1-0. “I was very happy with how we wrestled,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “All around we wrestled well and we got out of it exactly what we wanted. Four pins is not something you come across often in college wrestling.” In his first match in an RU singlet, junior transfer Bill Ashnault pinned Sacred Heart sophomore Justin Belanger 3:45 into the 133pound bout. “I felt very comfortable out there,” the South Plainfield, N.J., native said. “I started off a little hesitant but once I got on top I took control.” Underclassmen played a vital role in the team’s success, with

four freshman and two sophomores hitting the mat and recording victories. True freshman Vincent Dellefave put the Knights in the lead early with a 3-1 decision in the 125-pound weight class. Ashnault followed with his pin, and sophomore Trevor Melde, who was 22-7 in his freshman season, followed suit with a 6-3 decision over Sacred Heart senior Cory Dunn. “Trevor beat a ver y solid opponent in Cor y Dunn,” Goodale said. Fellow sophomore Greg Zannetti locked up a victory in the 165-pound weight class with a 6-4 decision. The team’s second pin of the day came in the 149-pound weight class, when senior Kellen Bradley closed out his match less than five minutes in. Wrestling in his first match since winning New Jersey’s high school state championship two years ago, freshman Jesse Boyden returned to the circle with an impressive first-period pin, just 2:01 into the 184-pound contest. “After sitting out last year with a leg injury, we were very happy to see him back out there,” Goodale said. “It was a


Colts quar terback Peyton Manning completed a fiveyard pass in the first quarter against the Houston Texans yesterday, he made histor y. Manning is the first quarterback in NFL histor y to pass for 40,000 yards in a single decade. Manning’s first season in the league was 1998.


Junior heavyweight Dominick Russo, top, won his bout via pin yesterday, capping off the final match of the evening for the Knights. Rutgers won all 10 matches against the Pioneers, recording four pins.

his way to a 4-1 decision, and Dan Rinaldi earned an 11-4 decision two matches later in the 174pound weight class. RU’s dominance continued when senior Lamar Brown enjoyed a 12-1 major decision in the 197-pound weight class match to start his final year off on the right foot. In the final match of the evening, heavyweight Dominick Russo pinned Sacred Hear t’s Paul Schweighardt, ensuring a shutout for the Scarlet Knights. “The coaches and I had a game plan going into the match that I had to stick to,” Russo said. “I took it easy the first minute or so and then went in and started attacking.” The junior said that this win is a confidence boost for the team going forward. “This was a great indicator of how the team is this early in the year,” Russo said. “Practice and Wrestle-Offs aren’t the same as an actual match, and it feels good to get the cobwebs off.” Sacred Heart fell to 0-1 with the loss. RU takes to the mats again Nov. 14, when it travels to Brockport, N.Y., to participate in the Brockport Gold Tournament.



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BLOWN AWAY Rutgers’ season ends in Queens with Big East quarterfinal loss BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

QUEENS — For the second consecutive game, the Rutgers men’s soccer team faced a must win road game. But this time they blinked first. MEN’S SOCCER For the first RUTGERS 0 45 minutes, the Knights ST. JOHN’S 3 Scarlet evenly battled higher-seeded St. John’s, but after 68 minutes of prodding away at the RU back line the Red Storm finally got the breakthrough that opened the floodgates. The final result: a 3-0 St. John’s victory at Belson Stadium and a trip to the Big East semifinals for the Red Storm. “They just wore us down,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “Give credit to St. John’s, they were better in the second half. We couldn’t find a combination in the center of the park in the second half. That’s where their first goal came from, then we started pushing numbers for ward tr ying to get back into the game and they got two more [goals].” It was Kyle Hoffer, a Rutgers killer, that gave the Johnnies a 69th minute lead when he picked up a ball at the top of the 18-yard box a laced a shot off the underside of the crossbar and past sophomore goalkeeper Alex Morgans. Hoffer has two goals this season — both against the Knights and both game-winners. Four minutes later, the Red Storm put the game out of doubt, doubling its lead through John Tardy. The Clemson transfer played a neat one-two with Sver re Wegge Gundhus before slotting his shot past an onrushing Morgans. “It always tough when the season ends like this,” said junior captain Yannick Salmon. “St. John’s played really good tonight so you have to give credit to them. We came out and



Rutgers goalkeeper Alex Morgans, center, cannot reach Kyle Hoffer’s 69th minute shot in Saturday night’s Big East quarterfinal against St. John’s. The Red Storm added two more goals to win 3-0 and advance to the semifinals this weekend in West Virginia.

Linebacking Five-set thriller caps exciting weekend corps anchors defensive unit BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT


Damaso Munoz did not hear the jokes until he returned to FOOTBALL the sidelines. Then, the senior’s fellow linebackers on the Rutgers football team started letting him know that his first quarter interception against Connecticut was not that impressive. He didn’t even score. “When I got the interception and got to the sideline they were like, ‘Damn ‘Maso, you couldn’t get in the end zone?’” Munoz said. “Maybe next time.” But junior linebacker Antonio Lowery and senior captain Ryan D’Imperio are allowed to talk to Munoz like that. They each returned interceptions for touchdowns this season. “He has to step his game up,” Lowery said through laughter. “All these guys on defense are scoring so he has to score. We had the blockers there for him, he just has to follow his blockers.”



After collecting two awards in one week, junior outside hitter Caitlin Saxton led the Knights over St. John’s with 22 kills.

In its last two home games of the season, the Rutgers volleyball team gave VOLLEYBALL its boisST. JOHN’S 2 terous RUTGERS 3 crowds s o m e thing to cheer about. The Scarlet Knights narrowly lost a five-set match by a two-point margin to Connecticut Saturday, but followed up with a 3-2 victory over St. John’s on Senior Day. Prior to the weekend, the team had not seen any conference match go to a fifth set. “It’s a really fun time to be on this team,” said junior outside hitter Caitlin Saxton. “There’s just this energy and knowledge that you’re going somewhere and that you know great things are coming. Ever ything’s starting to come together for us now.” Down 8-5 against the Red Storm in the final set and switching sides, RU needed to find solutions. And fast. Numerous errors from the opposition and timely putaways sparked a 10-2 run that sealed

the game for the Knights and gave them their 10th win overall and third conference victor y of the season. RU stole control of the game in the fourth set, taking an early 5-1 lead, and carried it to win 25-22. “We told them at the beginning, ‘Look, it was a tough loss yesterday, but today’s a new day,’” said head coach CJ Werneke. “They proved today that they could bounce back and forget about yesterday. … Today they took another step forward and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” The Scarlet Knights took advantage of a 9-3 run after being down 14-10 to catapult themselves back into the third game, but it was not enough, as the Red Storm retook the lead late in the set to win 26-24. An eight-point deficit at 7-15 would prove to be child’s play for a win-starved RU squad in the second set. As the Knights slowly attempted to climb back into the set throughout the second half, the Red Storm kept answering, making a comeback seem unlikely — until several consecutive slipups allowed RU to reduce the lead to


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