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U. sees strengthening, expansion in filmmaking culture By Alex Meier Associate News Editor
School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Lindsey Williams quickly became involved in a variety of small video projects on- and off-campus when the Rutgers’ filmmaking community learned of her interest in film production. Williams’ success in flimmaking came after she finished directing Rutgers Hillel’s “Days Without Hate.” The video, which has only been on YouTube for five days, has more than 900 views. She currently works as a production designer for a New York University student’s thesis project, and in her spare time, updates her YouTube channel “Makemeupology by Lindsey Michelle,” where her laid-back style has earned her more than 2,500 views on some of her makeup tutorials. And just last week, the University approached her about directing a 15-minute documentary on homelessness in New Brunswick. Yet if Williams enrolled in the University two years earlier, the Rutgers’ film culture may not have See culture on Page 6
Karissa Gannon, a Mason Gross School of Arts sophomore, works on editing a film in the Civic Square Building in downtown New Brunswick. The film program has expanded significantly since The Center for Digital Filmmaking began their film certificate program in spring 2012. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Rutgers committee finds SJP campaign unbiased By Julian Chokkattu News Editor
David Maiullo, a physics laboratory support specialist, slams a sledgehammer into the abdomen of Mark Croft, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. FILE PHOTO / DECEMBER 2010
Professor spices up class experience By Charlie Melman Staff Writer
Professor Mark Croft walked into a recent class with a fire extinguisher, a helmet and a pair of roller skates. They may not be items typically used to teach, but Croft’s physics students have seen his demonstrations many times by now. In the stunt, Croft, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, jettisoned air from the fire extinguisher while wearing the roller stakes to thrust him forward, demonstrating Newton’s third law of motion. As the extinguisher’s
force traveled away from its holder, Croft was propelled out of the room. It was one of many demonstrations Croft used to enliven his class, and Chioma Moneme, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, appreciates both their humor and utility. “They actually help me to understand the concepts that he teaches in class,” Moneme said. “There are times where he does things that should not be attempted by anyone.” Croft said the department uses its extensive repertoire of demonstrations to illustrate specific lecture topics. For example, students ascertain the momentum of the gas leaving the extinguisher and
use that information to calculate Croft’s momentum. “There aren’t a lot of people who have done that before,” he said. “Because of the acceleration, it could be a little dangerous if you don’t have substantial experience.” Indeed, Croft suffered the most embarrassing moment of his life when he tried this ver y demonstration without the requisite training. The first trial yielded no results, so he attempted it again with a 50-pound fire extinguisher and a new pair of racing roller skates. See PROFESSOR on Page 5
On Oct. 6, Students for Justice in Palestine distributed more than 850 mock eviction notices in residence halls across the dif ferent Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses. This action was a part of a national campaign to raise awareness about Palestinians being evicted from their homes. The mock eviction notices stated that students’ suites and apartments were scheduled for demolition in the next three days. The campaign sparked bias complaints, and according to a previous article published by The Daily Targum, similar complaints were filed against Har vard University’s SJP chapter when the campaign ran. But in an email sent to Liz Jackson, cooperating counsel for the Center for Constitutional Rights, who was representing SJP, the Rutgers Bias Prevention Education Committee said the mock eviction notices incident did not constitute a violation of the student life policy prohibiting harassment. “Although the distribution of the mock eviction notices did not violate that policy, it did violate the housing and residence life posting policy, copies of which were made available during student organization orientation. This violation was appropriately addressed,” accord-
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ing to the email statement penned by Sarah Luke, senior assistant general counsel. SJP was found in violation of a University posting policy in residence halls, and according to a previous article in The Daily Targum, Kerri Willson, director of student involvement at Rutgers Student Life, said the policy states students need to have all posters stamped with approval by Student Life. “We have a process where there is a staff member in residence life. The student organization is supposed to reach out to find out about getting something approved to be posted and that individual would say, ‘okay, I get this many fliers’ and they drop them off at a central location,” she said in the article. Jackson, who coordinates Palestine solidarity legal support with the Center for Constitutional Rights, said she provides legal support to community activists facing legal bullying and intimidation tactics. “SJP or the students doing the postering did not target Jewish students and the notices were distributed randomly,” she said. “The committee seems to understand that criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic, but political speech of nation states and its policies, and that is not considered bias speech that targets anyone because of their race, religion or ethnicity.” Rutgers Hillel’s Rabbi Esther Reed said regardless of the comSee COMMITTEE on Page 6
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The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series presents author Salman Rushdie at 7 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.
Friday, Nov. 15
TThe Rutgers Film Co-op, the New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies presents New Jersey Film Festival selection “Crude” and at 7 p.m. in the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art museum on the College Avenue campus. Admission is $10 for the general public and $9 for students and senior citizens. Rutgers Theatre Company presents “Cyrano de Bergerac” at 7:30 p.m. at the Philip J. Levin theatre on Douglass campus. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for faculty, staff and alumni and $15 for students.
Saturday, Nov. 16
The Mason Gross School of the Arts presents “Opera at Rutgers: Britten’s ‘The Rape of Lucretia’” at 2 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for faculty, staff and alumni and $5 for students.
METRO CALENDAR Thursday, Nov. 14
Saxophonist Todd Bashore and his quartet perform at 8 p.m. at Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant at 338 George St. There is a $5 cover charge.
Saturday, Nov. 16
The Shanghai Ballet performs “The Butterfly Lovers” at 8 p.m. at the New Jersey State Theatre at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets range from $27 to $57. For more information, visit statetheatrenj.org.
Sunday, Nov. 17 The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey State Theatre at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets range from $20 to $85. For more information, visit statetheatrenj.org.
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November 13, 2013
WeatherWatcher broadens program with new equipment By Vaishali Gauba Correspondent
What began in a closet-sized room more than 10 years ago with a camera pointed at a chalkboard has evolved into a media-based weather-reporting ser vice with high-definition camera equipment. Meteorologist Jim Nichols founded RU-tv’s WeatherWatcher in 2002 and held the reports at Walter Hall on Cook/Douglass campus. They now forecast three times a day on weekdays and twice on the weekends on RU-tv Network Channel 6, broadcasting from Perry Hall on Cook campus, said Scott Sincoff, associate producer at WeatherWatcher. Sincoff, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior, said the station also does weather forecasts on WRSU-FM News Hour and has a presence on “Wake Up Rutgers,” RU-tv’s live morning show. Beginning this semester, WeatherWatcher has received brand new equipment from RUtv, such as a high-definition camera, a reflective grey screen to improve picture quality on air and a tricaster system for recording, Sincoff said. “It’s really top-notch technology,” he said. “The camera comes with green ultraviolet light. Everything is clean, crisp without any halos around the head.” Sincoff, who began working at WeatherWatcher as a first-year student in 2009, said he started
as a member of the WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community on the first floor of Perry Hall, which currently holds 14 first-year students learning broadcast meteorology. John McCarty, lead producer at WeatherWatcher, said he also made his way into WeatherWatcher through the Living-Learning community, which helped him build networks with other students studying meteorology and gain exposure in the field of broadcast. “I am ver y happy I did it,” said McCarty, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior. “It’s really hard to forecast, being put in that position on camera, but I had a ver y positive experience.” He said the program includes forecasters, who prepare graphics and go on air, as well as technical assistants, who look after the recording and airing of the broadcasts. Forecasters currently work on PowerPoint slides, but the University is negotiating with Weather Systems International, a supplier of advanced weather systems for meteorological institutions, to provide WeatherWatcher with a new graphics system that would allow them to produce graphics similar to those by major news outlets, McCarty said. The team faced significant challenges when it provided forecasts and updates during Hurricane Sandy last year, Sincoff said. The program produced
WeatherWatcher’s studio in Perry Hall on Cook campus has a new green screen, grey reflective screen, tricaster recording system and high-definition camera. The station gives forecasts on RU-tv three times a day. PHOTO COURTESY OF TYLER CASE broadcasts every three hours and updated their social media constantly for warnings. “I was temporarily in charge at the time of Sandy, and it was crazy to manage ever ything,” he said. “Social media was blasting, and we were updating even in the middle of the night, making graphics and discussing with meteorologists.” Tyler Case, the manager of WeatherWatcher, said he learned a great deal in times like Hurricane Sandy and snowstorms. “Nothing excited me more than waiting ‘til three in the morning to broadcast updates,” said Case, a School of Environ-
mental and Biological Sciences junior. “I am from California, where it hardly snows, so even waiting was exciting for me.” Sincoff said working at WeatherWatcher taught him how to prepare broadcasts, feel comfortable on-air and communicate a scientific message to the public in a manner ever yone can understand. Most importantly, the job prepared him for the real world and for working under intense pressure. The program currently has nearly 45 students and 16 others in the Living-Learning Community, he said. These students, many of whom are me-
teorology majors, are engaged in not only learning meteorology broadcasting, but also in interactive discussions with other meteorologists. Case said WeatherWatcher is a very close-knit group where everyone knows each other and is a great resource to discuss meteorology. He believes Rutgers is the only institution that could have provided him with such a unique opportunity. “It’s been an experience of a lifetime,” Case said. “Not many students can graduate from a four-year program in a university and still say they have four years of broadcasting experience.”
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“If you just look back over your lifetime, you could usually find a low point,” he said. “I got on a table that was about four feet off the floor. I flew myself … rotating off of the table.” As he was in midair, he said, he saw the error of his ways. A video of Croft correctly propelling himself with the extinguisher was recently uploaded to YouTube. The clip shows amused students using their phones to preserve the action. Croft’s commitment to scientific demonstrations is rooted in his childhood. His father, an engineer and chemist, would conduct experiments with him in the basement of his home. Science became his passion. “I asked father, ‘What would be the hardest thing to do?’ And he said physics,” Croft said. “So I tried physics.” He works with David Maiullo, a physics laboratory support specialist in lecture demonstrations, to build and maintain his arsenal of classroom tricks. Maiullo, who has worked to create interesting demonstrations at Rutgers since 1987, said he displays his work at schools, bars, science festivals, museums and other small venues across the United States and Canada. He received the President’s Award from Rutgers for his outreach efforts. “He’s essentially the best guy in his business in this hemisphere,” Croft said. “He was actually in one of my classes when he was an undergraduate, and now he has matured into the top guy in his field.” Maiullo said their physics demonstrations captivate and encourage the people who view it by presenting physics concepts in a fun and unique way. “Our audience has been both thoroughly entertained and much more cognizant of the way physics is all around them,” he said. Maiullo and Croft co-host the annual Rutgers Faraday
Christmas Children’s Lecture, after the famous English scientist Michael Faraday, who founded the Children’s Christmas Lectures in 1826. The Faraday Christmas Children’s Lecture features the very best demonstrations the department offers, Croft said. Despite its name, people of all ages attend Maiullo and Croft’s lecture. According to the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s website, the lecture is for “children” between the ages of 5 and 110. Ever y year, Croft said the two perform three shows in the beginning of December. Approximately 500 people attend each performance. The 17-year-old lecture is held in the Physics Lecture Hall on Busch campus, but Croft said he has recently had to display a live video in a nearby room to accommodate demand. The show would not be possible without an extensive repertoire of demonstrations, which Maiullo said has steadily grown to one of the best collections in the world. In one popular demonstration, he lies on a bed of nails while a student stands on another bed on his chest. Croft said he normally performs this right after he releases midterm exam grades. In another version, someone breaks a cinderblock over his abdomen. Though the pressure of the nails is dispersed so Croft feels no pain, the interactive nature of this demonstration has made it a favorite amongst his students. “The classes can be a little dry, of course, and humorless,” he said. “We like to try to make it so that it adds a little bit of fun to it — and surprise, if they work out the way they do.” Maiullo said his toughest task is presenting the course material in just the right way. “Getting them to enjoy the process of learning this information by making the demonstration fun, intriguing and memorable is the real challenge,” he said. “I think we succeed fairly often.”
November 13, 2013
Najib said SJP deliberately avoided Chabad and Hillel houses when posting mock eviction notices
Dodson said she completed more than 18 videos since joining the living-learning community
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mittee’s decision, students came to Hillel expressing feelings that SJP’s actions were an act of bias. “We encouraged them to report it to the Bias Prevention Education Committee,” she said. “We’re very happy there is a bias committee on this campus to handle such matters, and regardless of their decision, we still recognize that students had these feelings.” Jackson said hard-nosed political debate should be protected and nurtured on a university campus, and using false allegations to silence and intimidate students who advocate for Palestinian rights on campus is not correct and should be condemned by university officials. Rutgers SJP President Aman Sharifi said SJP understood their speech was protected under the First Amendment, and when they went to the bias committee, the committee declared the same. SJP Treasurer Amanda Najib said the fact that SJP was called
biased took away from the point of the campaign, which turned into a Hillel versus SJP battle. She said when they were posting the mock eviction notices they purposely avoided the Chabad House and the Rutgers Hillel house. “Ever ything was random and it was calculated that we avoid Hillel and Chabad,” she said. “The action wasn’t against anyone, but for the plight of the Palestinians.” In the email to Jackson, Luke said Rutgers works to promote a robust exchange of divergent ideas and to safeguard the right of students to enjoy an educational environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. “Rutgers addresses First Amendment issues such as this ver y scrupulously, and students are never sanctioned for expressing controversial views, even when such views may offend other members of the University community,” Luke said.
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been strong enough to let her reach her full potential. Since the Center for Digital Filmmaking introduced their Film Certificate Program in spring 2012, the University’s filmmaking culture has rapidly transformed and expanded, giving students like Williams the chance to exercise their talents within a tight-knit community. Previously, filmmakers only had the opportunity to enroll in the University’s Cinema Studies minor to immerse themselves in curriculum-based film scholarship, said Zack Morrison, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. These students often created movies as side projects, struggling to squeeze production time into the insanity that is college. Film clubs existed but had very limited resources and so student-made films had trouble taking off in a professional sense. Yet now the Film Certificate Program allows students to earn credit for their passions, giving them the opportunity to learn cinematography, animation, directing and more skills in a classroom setting taught
by professionals. “I feel that that’s just radically changed the quality of the work, the amount of work being done for the better,” Morrison said. “In the last three years, I’ve seen student projects just exponentially get better in terms of quality and the types of stories they’re telling.” The presence of a filmmaking program has created a culture in and of itself. Between classes at Mason Gross School of the Arts and the annual Campus MovieFest each spring, Morrison said the same 50 to 60 people are constantly interacting and working together. This community has a few Facebook groups for filmmaking and often uses it to connect with one other for help with projects. “People are constantly posting ‘Hey, I need a group this day. I need a camera guy this day,’” Morrison said. “Everyone’s always trying to help each other out, because honestly the more we can get our hands on things, the better we’ll all get.” Since Rutgers does not have as many resources as art schools, Williams said the community
has become ver y self-motivated and passionate in working with what they are given. She would like to see the small community expand. “Not a lot of kids know that they can be involved in it so easily. As I’ve met more people in the film community, ... I have learned there is a film community. It’s very unique. It’s very niche. It’s very tiny,” she said. “We really have to push ourselves since it’s a new and growing community.” Yet Jessica Dotson, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, believes this film culture is amazing. Dotson, who lives with Williams in RU-tv’s Broadcast Communications Living-Learning Community on Busch campus, said it gives these students access to use equipment whenever she needs. With this availability, Dotson has completed more than 18 videos. Currently, she focuses on launching her web series “Mental,” a dark comedy that follows a girl who was accidentally admitted to a psych ward. Now, she is working on the pre-production process of a short film that takes a look at what a female god would think if she came down from heaven in 2013. She said everyone in the film certificate program, RU-tv and the living-learning community crosses paths, and each one of them pushes one another to reach for the same goal. “I am filming 24/7, and it creates a close knit group between all three. People know people from every way in the community,” she said. “I’ve grown from just liking film and video to production.” But some students like Matthew Riddle feel out of the loop, far removed from this bubble. Riddle, a School Of Arts And Sciences senior, did not have the opportunity to enroll in the certificate program because of his age. He is the president of Screenwriters Community of Rutgers University and vice president of Knight Time Productions and feels as a divide exists between students in the Department of Cinema Studies and students in the certificate program. “It’s hard because it’s not that I’m not a part of that. I come from a different place, and I learn different things. Cinema Studies is film theory, film scholarship. The digital filmmaking certificate program is getting behind the camera, learning how it works ... those two camps of film students don’t mix all that great.”
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November 13, 2013
Kaati Zone rolls out new George Street location
The chicken tikka roll and the mango lassi, a yogurt-based drink, are options available at Kaati Zone, an Indian food vendor that recently opened on George Street.The Kaati Zone vendor in New Brunswick is the first U.S. location for the nine-year-old franchise. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
By Matthew Mikolay STAFF Writer
A culinary melting pot, New Brunswick has proudly embraced a multitude of ethnic cuisines. The streets of the Hub City provide the hungry student with a taste of global fare — Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Greek and a myriad more. Last month, the New Brunswick restaurant scene saw the addition of a newcomer with a fair amount of experience behind it. Kaati Zone opened its newest location Oct. 25 on George Street. With more than 25 fastfood style restaurants, the Kaati Zone franchise has been serving customers throughout India. The New Brunswick location is Kaati Zone’s first venture into the American market. CEO Kiran Nadkarni founded Kaati Zone in 2004, in the Indian fast-food industry’s infancy. Nadkarni sought to create an international franchise dedicated to serving quality Indian food. “Having been a venture capitalist myself, I wanted to do something which is of a significant scale rather than just a single restaurant,” Nadkarni said. “The idea was to build an Indian food brand that would be available not just to Indian customers, but also to international parties.” The kati roll proved the perfect product for Nadkarni’s purpose. A popular street food from Kolkata, India, the kati roll contains one or more fillings wrapped inside an Indian flatbread. Since its first restaurant opened on Church Street in Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, Kaati Zone has experienced profound growth. The franchise has enjoyed notable success in India at sporting events and concerts, sometimes selling more than 2,500 kati rolls per night. At their Bangalore International Airport location, off-
peak turnaround time for an order is less than two minutes. Portable and convenient, the kati roll lends itself well to hungry costumers on the move. In addition, the kati roll represents a healthier alternative to more mainstream fast-food products. Kaati Zone uses lean meats, and its fillings are never deep-fried. When ordering, customers are given the choice of a white bread or whole wheat roll. For an additional charge, egg can be added to each kati roll. In the future, Nadkarni hopes to extend egg whites as an option to the New Brunswick location, as they are available at Kaati Zone restaurants in India. Eager to acquire a dedicated customer base in New Brunswick, Nadkarni has many plans for the newly opened George Street location. He aims to implement a catering service in the near future and hopes to offer a delivery option as winter arrives. At the moment, the New Brunswick Kaati Zone is expanding and using customer feedback to refine their menu. The restaurant prepares its products using recipes identical to those in its locations in India, but Nadkarni anticipates localizing the menu to better fit American tastebuds. The menu includes one of the chain’s most popular rolls, the chicken tikka roll, as well as a vegetarian paneer tikka roll. Both rolls are also offered “achari,” or spicier. The Kaati Zone menu will shortly see the addition of a grilled vegetable kati roll. Besides rolls, customers can try rice platters and samosas, potato-filled triangles. mango lassi, a yogurt-based drink, has been added due to popular demand. At Kaati Zone, a customer’s second kati roll is always $1 off. For a limited time, patrons that order two rolls or a rice platter will receive a free medium drink.
Nadkarni said Kaati Zone will distinguish itself among the other Indian restaurants in New Brunswick because of its speedy service and affordability. “The customer ultimately demands great food at [the] right prices,” Nadkarni said.
Intent upon achieving his dream of ser ving Indian cuisine on a global scale, Nadkarni sees much potential for the Kaati Zone franchise outside of India. To fur ther establish Kaati Zone’s presence in the United
States, he hopes to one day expand the franchise fur ther into cities with a large Indian-American population. For Nadkarni, the opening of the New Brunswick Kaati Zone is just one move into integration with the American market.
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e’ve all heard different versions of the what. However, there are always two sides to every truth behind former LX bus driver Stan story. We can’t assume First Transit forced McNeil McNeil’s resignation. But it’s hard to to resign for implied reasons. We also can’t assume gather what we actually know and what kind of con- he did the “right” or “wrong” thing or that he was clusion we can come to about the situation in order a victim. Regardless of what happened last week, McNeil’s to take appropriate action. Although McNeil isn’t blaming anybody specif- effervescence and positivity have always been a ically, two stories are in circulation: Either First constructive part of LX riders’ lives. McNeil continTransit, the bus company that Rutgers employs, uously showed concern and offered helpful advice forced McNeil to resign, or he had to take care of to get students through all circumstances, be it the “other endeavors.” Either way, the facts are blurred, day’s events or more arduous personal issues. How and we as students took immediate action regard- many people can we say personally touched the lives of the overall Rutgers environment, providing less of which facts are actually factual. Students created a petition on change.org to get inspiration on a daily basis? Despite any complaints that might have arisen, McNeil back, currently asking for 5,000 signatures. The petition reached a majority of these signatures his words and spirit could not go unnoticed. It’s essential that we in less than a week. We come together as both have the power to shape a student body and a what can happen in the “We have to encourage and support university community future, so before we sign each other, just like McNeil has been to replenish this kind petitions and jump to conof spirit on a daily basis. clusions, we should know doing for the past couple of years.” We have to encourage what actually happened. and support each other, As students that expejust like McNeil did for rience the LX bus ride and words of encouragement from McNeil, we the past couple of years. By starting the petition, the student body acted deserve to know the entirety of his resignation. In fact, we need to know. If it were a matter of bring- on this desire to create a healthy, positive environing up God in general, it would be a completely dif- ment but jumped the gun in doing so by neglecting ferent argument than a matter of supposedly plac- to get all the facts straight. Before the student body ing a hand on a student for “healing.” First Transit formulates an opinion on something — or, more imand the University should voice the concrete facts portantly, takes action in response — it’s important that all sides of the issue come to light instead of to students. We cannot start a petition without knowing why assuming one person’s story is the truth. We hope we’re actually signing it or what impact it will have. we can get the story straight in order to really upMcNeil acted as a figure of comfort and opti- hold the best action for the Rutgers community as mism, and our community needs that no matter a whole.
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Expressive writing can promote a healthier lifestyle FOURTH WAVE DANNIELLE ROMOLEROUX
ournal writing can be your key to inner peace and healing — at least it is for me. My history of keeping a journal dates back to my middle school days. I took a short break and started up again this summer. I do not recall what got me writing in a journal years ago, but I know for a fact that I decided to start because I wanted to write about a very sensitive topic that I had been keeping a secret from most people around me. Needing to get certain emotions and memories off my chest was the only reason I bought myself a new journal. I did not realize this form of expression would lead me to find out what my fears and haunting thoughts said about me. A journal, I found, is a place to write without judgment and with complete privacy. For starters, the lack of judgment comes from writing to no audience — no one can edit or criticize your work. And with this lack of judgment and full privacy comes writing in a pure form, one that is natural to your emotional state. I replaced my family and friends with journal writing with this one particular experience, because to be honest, although one might
have the best support system, privacy is of writing he explained in an article with nice. Not because we do not trust these Cindy K. Chang, “Expressive Writing Conpeople, but because it can be easier to nections to Physical and Mental Health,” to show great impact in the lives of pawrite than to say aloud. It was not until I sought outside help that tients experiencing traumatic experiencI was commended for my journal keeping; es from being diagnosed with cancer to apparently it’s something many therapists a sudden job loss. Pennebaker finds that recommend to patients. Apart from the individuals who write their emotions and thoughts in more obvious high numreasons as to bers have why journal “Expressive writing is not going to solve lower blood writing could pressures be good for all your problems, but it is the start to and heart anyone dealbetter understanding yourself...writing rates. Fired ing with trauemployees matic expeone’s emotions becomes evidence of who wrote rience, I was emotional and mental progress.” about their wondering if experiences there could were found be a deeper to get back explanation. Is there a magical cure that would come on their feet faster than their non-journalwith writing certain experiences out writing peers. After a couple of months writing simin paper? I did not know the answer, so I did what ple journal entries, I started to write my I do best and Googled “journal writing feelings in poems. Recently I was asked and healing.” This search led me to James to read my writing, specifically a poem, W. Pennebaker, a social psychologist at an open-mic event. I agreed because I at University of Texas. Pennebaker has thought I was more than ready to share spent much of his life studying the physi- my thought with others. I did, to my surcal and mental health benefits of keeping prise, manage to make my way to the front a journal when dealing with past traumat- of the audience and read the first few lines of my poem. I did struggle to finish withic experiences. Pennebaker called what I had been do- out tears falling down my face. Although ing, “expressive writing.” This is a form I was extremely embarrassed to find my-
self in that situation, I conclude from this that my acceptance of my experience has improved, but this nonetheless makes it harder to share it openly with others, especially strangers. My own experiences with expressive writing have been positive. Katja Gaschler summarizes Pennebaker’s warning in her “The Power of the Pen” article, that positive emotions or experiences can have mixed effects when expressively written about. Gaschler writes, “Perhaps because writing created a psychological distance from these memories, the students’ satisfaction with them ebbed in the weeks that followed.” Expressive writing is not going to solve all your problems, but it is the start to better understanding yourself. Whether in form of poems or journal entries, writing one’s emotions becomes evidence of emotional and mental progress. As Pennebaker said in his paper, “There are times when we are forced to stop and look back at our lives and evaluate what issues and events have shaped who we are, what we are doing, and why.” There is no better person to do this than yourself, so pick up your pen and pour it all out. Dannielle Romolereux is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and women’s and gender studies and minoring in French. Her column, “Fourth Wave,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.
Students must shift concerns to cause real impact BRIEF AND WONDROUS NOMIN UJIYEDIIN
ast Tuesday wasn’t the first time I’ve been to a protest, but it was the first time I was truly impressed by one. The location was the center of Paris, where I’m spending a semester abroad, and the occasion was a controversy that has been subject to much public debate in France — the recent deportation of Leonarda Dibrani and Khatchik Khachatr yan, two young undocumented immigrants who were living in France. Their expulsion immediately ignited a series of demonstrations by “lycéens” (high school students) in Paris and across France. Despite the fact that I am not a high school student, nor French, nor an immigrant to France, that was how I found myself among hundreds of shouting, jumping, smoking French teenagers last Tuesday, soaked by an icy November drizzle, marching from one public monument to another, preceded by a police escort and accompanied by dozens of journalists, the oldest people in attendance. I had originally attended the protest out of curiosity, rather than passion for the cause. But the students’ enthusiasm was so infectious I eventually began chanting in unison with them — there is an undeniable romance to demanding “liberté,” “egalité” and “fraternité” for all while marching over the former site of the Bastille prison. What was remarkable about the protest was not, however, the catchiness and historical relevance of its participants’ many chants and slogans — which unfortunately lose most of their charm and sass when translat-
ed into English, or I would provide a few examples. Nor was it the nature of the students’ demands — as much as I support amnesty for undocumented immigrants and universal access to education, it’s easy to criticize such broad positions as vague and impractical. In fact, what I found most impressive about the demonstration was that it was occurring in the first place. The youth of its participants, who were almost all younger than me; its size, which allowed it to effectively block some of the busiest thoroughfares in Paris; and the competence with which the event was executed, with some students in red armbands regulating the speed of the march, others covering parked cars with flyers and a few
that little scuffle that started in 1789, which resulted in a few dead aristocrats and the founding of the French First Republic. Considering that their forebears have faced tear gas, guillotines and civil war, politically active French students probably don’t think that skipping school and marching in the freezing rain is much of a sacrifice. If only more Rutgers students felt the same way. As Americans, we have the United States’ rich histor y of revolution and protest to inspire us. As college students, we also have our own tradition of activism, most famously exemplified by the demonstrations of the ‘60s and ‘70s. But the fer vor of our predecessors has long since fizzled out, to be revived only
“We possess the energy, uncertainty and restlessness of youth... Imagine what 30,000 Rutgers undergraduates could do, if only we were so inclined.” marshaling the crowd with megaphones in hand. I’ve never seen so many young people express so articulately their concern for the education and well-being of other students. Despite my penchant for progressive politics, I’m not accustomed to my peers being so proactive. But the French, of course, are no strangers to revolt. The tradition of French student activism goes back to May 1968, when Parisian students, angered by university bureaucracy and police brutality, ignited nationwide labor protests and inspired student demonstrations around the world. French revolutionar y spirit goes back even further. There is, of course,
rarely. We do demonstrate on occasion: to protest the annual hike in the University’s cost of attendance, to demand that undocumented New Jersey students be allowed to pay in-state tuition, to mourn the victims of national tragedies. Unfortunately, these events are characterized more by their infrequency than by their popularity. The students who organize them are passionate and socially aware. They genuinely care about our communities and view self-expression as just one way to change them for the better. But the politically active, regardless of affiliation, are only a small minority at Rutgers. These demonstrations are
barely on most students’ radar, just another crowd to weave through in front of Brower Commons or another clipboard petition to ignore. We’re too busy with classes, jobs, clubs and parties to care too much about other people’s problems. This sort of apathy contradicts our interests as students and as young people. We possess the energy, uncertainty and restlessness of youth. We attend one of the largest universities in the countr y and a public one at that, constantly subject to the vagaries of state budget cuts and bureaucracy. We’re on our way to being educated, to paying debilitating student loans, to braving the hostile job market and eventually to starting families of our own. Our lives are inextricably tied to issues like immigration, federal spending, climate change and education reform. We should be upset about the way the world is going. We should be protesting something. Last Tuesday, I learned that a few hundred French high school students can obtain a massive police escort and shut down the busiest public squares in the largest city in of the world’s most powerful countries. They can attract the attention of the international news media. They can not only demand, but also receive, a response from federal officials. They, despite their youth and inexperience, can hold their government responsible for its actions. Imagine what 30,000 Rutgers undergraduates could do, if only we were so inclined. Nomin Ujiyediin is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in economics with minors in women’s and gender studies and political science. Her column, “Brief and Wondrous,” normally runs on alternate Tuesdays.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
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Today’s Birthday (11/13/13). Creativity abounds this year, quite profitably. Write, record and document your expressions. This autumn and next spring prove especially fertile, with late next summer a perfect launch. Partnership grows and gets romantic. Career communications peaks with new opportunities around July 25. Work may include travel. Rest up next October for a busy winter season. Play. 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 — You’re on top of the world in a variety of ways. There are some interferences in romance. Invent something new in your relationship. Your self-confidence helps, but don’t get arrogant. Try listening for what’s wanted. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — For the next seven months with Neptune direct, work and career flow forward. Decisions seem easier. Take care, but don’t get stopped by old fears. Consider what you want. Slow down and contemplate. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — This week spins some good party days. Avoid excesses that could cloud your thinking, as tempers run a bit short now. Relaxing is a priority. Plan a vacation, even just by scheduling time to do nothing. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Consider new opportunities; however, don’t take a job you don’t understand. Listen to your heart before saying yes. Until about the middle of next year, it’s easier to save money. Take advantage. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 8 — Travel is appealing, although it could be challenging. Expand your boundaries. Team actions move toward goals you set some time in the past. Be polite. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 8 — Focus on what you love, and the money will come. Tailor your passion to the market. Track your finances to increase the bottom line. Reaching an agreement could seem like a balancing act. Divining fact from fantasy gets easier.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Everything works better together with a reliable partner now. Supporting each other, you both get farther. Your romantic fantasies seem more achievable. But there’s still room for misunderstanding. Listen more than speaking. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Do like the bees, and get busy collecting nectar. There’s plenty of work to be done around the hive. Use safe cleaning supplies. It’s not necessarily the best time for romance. Make long-term plans. Creature comforts are nice. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — There’s room for conflict and disagreement but also for love and pampering. Find the balance you strive for. Things are falling into place. For the next few months, it’s easier to understand abstract thoughts. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Home is where the heart is. The next two days are good for domestic projects. And your income seems to rise naturally, now that Neptune’s direct. Trust your own good judgment. Keep in action, and pace yourself. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — An unexpected bonus arises. It’s easier to achieve your goals. You’re getting smarter by the minute, but don’t get cocky. There’s a lesson here. Postpone romance until you get it. Write your musings. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Focus on making honest money. Your dreams are more achievable, now and for the next seven months. Complete one project, and then dream up new ones. Remain obsessed with details.
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Junior fowards Betnijah Laney looks to build on the 14 points and 10 boards today in Boston from the season opener. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Laney says Knights did not use revenge as factor in win against Princeton
Eze scores career-high four goals against Cincinnati to help continue his career
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“One of the big things that we’re looking for as coaches is to see that we don’t recognize who the opponent is. That is to the point where we [don’t] play up or down. We have a same level of expectations.” The players believe they now possess that quality. Rutgers could have easily abandoned its identity in the interest of a revenge factor against Princeton after having lost, 71-55, to the Tigers last season. But junior forward Betnijah Laney said that attitude did not fuel the team’s win. “It wasn’t so much a revenge,” Laney said. “It was just going into a new season and making sure that we started out the right way.” Laney picked up her second-career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against the Tigers, earning her a spot on this week’s AAC Honor Roll. But now the Knights must prove they can flourish in another opponent’s building. “I suspect that we know what it is to go on the road. They’ve all been there,” Stringer said. “Bri couldn’t help us obviously last year, and I think that there were a lot of injuries, a lot of reasons for what happened last year, whether people understand that or not. But having said that, we’re a year ... a lot more focused in terms of what we need to do.”
games I came back I didn’t score, but I knew I was getting close. I had an assist [Nov. 2] against Central Florida, so I knew it was coming. I told myself if I get this first goal, the goals are going to come.” He was right. Cringing at the thought of letting his team down, Eze put on a show in Louisville, Ky. He punished Cincinnati with a career-high four goals in the second half, as Rutgers advanced with a 5-1 win. “I knew that could’ve been my last game as a Rutgers player and our last game of the season obviously, so it was really emotional,” Eze said. “We knew going in if we played our game, we’d have a chance. Going in the chances were grim, but we pulled it out.” It rescued a season in which the Knights (7-10-2, 2-5-1), a reeling eight seed, never won since Oct. 5. The momentum carried Rutgers to a 1-0 upset win against top-seeded Louisville the next night. Sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz delivered the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to push the Knights to the semifinals. It was no coincidence that Corboz — Rutgers’ second-leading scorer — found the back of the net for the first time since Sept. 15. “When Kene went down earlier in the season, ever ything became more difficult for ev-
er yone on the team — I think more importantly, me, because a lot of the teams were kind of queuing in on just marking me,” Corboz said. “They didn’t have to worr y about Kene. But when Kene’s here, they’re worried about his speed and the defense drops.” Now back to form for the first time in nearly two months, a rejuvenated Eze is stretching defenses to their limit again. His last three goals against Cincinnati came within 13 minutes of each other as the Bearcats ultimately became helpless. “As the game was going on, the game opened up,” Eze said. “I felt like I was able to get more space from my defender, so I knew whenever they had the ball, I’d get forward and make sure I’d get behind the defense.” Eze’s resurgence has the Knights on the cusp of their first NCAA Tournament appearance in two seasons if they win the AAC Tournament. Head coach Dan Donigan said Eze must keep his sense of urgency high while not looking ahead. “You can’t really worry about becoming a professional or getting a chance in MLS,” Donigan said. “You’ve just got to focus on your season because those things will have a negative impact on you if your head’s not where it needs to be.” With two more wins this weekend, Eze can help further save a season that held little hope less than a week ago. “That’s what every senior wants, so just to have the opportunity, I know I’ll do everything to help my team get as far as we can,” Eze said.
November 13, 2013 WOMEN’S SOCCER REED PICKS UP MOVE FROM TELEVISION
Flip throw makes RU unique By Lauren Green Contributing Writer
Junior left guard Kaleb Johnson said Rutgers’ presence in the NFL will benefit the program’s recruiting. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Pro teams have selected 21 Rutgers players since 2007, three in first round continued from back “It’s exciting,” Johnson said. “Just knowing that those guys were in the same locker room as me and went through the same path, it’s reassuring to me.” If Rutgers’ recent NFL Draft history is any indication, more players could follow. Seven Knights were drafted this year — the most in school history. Twenty-one players were drafted since 2007, which includes three first-round selections. Wide receiver Kenny Britt became the first-ever Knight picked
in the first round in 2008, while offensive tackle Anthony Davis became the highest pick in school history when the San Francisco 49ers picked him 11th overall in 2010. Cornerback Devin McCourty got picked 27th overall the same year. So for Issaka, turning on the television every Sunday and seeing so many former players provides hope for a future NFL career. “When you look at a lot of the players you’ve seen or played with or practiced with in the NFL, all you can think about is, ‘If I work as hard as I can and follow and believe in the program, I can be there one day,’” Issaka said. “So the hope is really high.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
When opposing teams ready for the Rutgers women’s soccer team, there is a rare wrinkle they must prepare for: a flip throw-in, where a player runs and front flips before inbounding. Sophomore defender Brianne Reed honed the skill in middle school. She spent 10 years competing as a gymnast and made it to Level 8, just two levels away from becoming an elite gymnast. Then she had a choice to make. “For a while, I was able to keep it up because I hadn’t gotten that serious with soccer,” Reed said. “My gymnastics meets and soccer games didn’t conflict. But I eventually reached a year where my soccer coach was like, ‘I know you love gymnastics too, but you have to pick, you have to commit to one side.’” After weighing her options, Reed decided to pursue a competitive soccer career. “When it was the time then, I didn’t feel that young,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh, I’m pretty old, this is a pretty big decision, I’ve [got to] make this decision.’” The magnitude of the decision didn’t hit her until much later. “But now, looking back, [I was] 13 years old and I [had] to make this decision whether I was going to commit my life to soccer or to gymnastics,”
Reed said. A middle school teammate encouraged Reed to try the flip throw after her friends saw it on TV. Reed admits that after initially falling several times, it may not have been the best idea to try. “I don’t know why I agreed to try it because I probably could have broken my neck,” Reed said. “I gave it a try and I fell the
“Somebody who has the ability to do a throw-in and put it in a dangerous spot ... [is] just an additional weapon.” GLENN CROOKS Head Coach
first few times but I was pretty close. After that I just kept working on it to try to perfect it.” The skill became something that gives the Scarlet Knights an edge in the attacking third. “It’s a major weapon at every level, men or women,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. Somebody who has the ability to do a throw-in and put it into a dangerous spot, much like a corner kick — it’s just an additional weapon. Certainly for us it’s paid off on several occasions. It just puts a lot of pressure on the opponent. … So when you consid-
er the number of throw-ins that might be in that area, it certainly adds to your opportunities.” Opposing teams are aware of the danger — it allows the throwin to become a service similar to a corner kick or free kick. “I mean it’s extremely dangerous. I know it’s something that every team kind of sets up for, [and] every team knows that’s something that we have,” said senior forward Jonelle Filigno. “But we still make use of it because it is so dangerous and [Reed’s] just able to get such a good ball into the box every time that we use it. … I think this past weekend [out of] all the games, her flip throw was very effective in creating chances.” But beyond the danger that it creates, Filigno admits it is interesting someone who has such a skill is on her team. “It’s pretty cool because I’ve never been on a team with a player who’s been able to do that,” Filigno said. “Right from the start when she came here, it was awesome to have someone who’s able to do that. Growing up, players do that and it’s the coolest thing so it’s [great] to have someone who can do that on your team.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, follow Lauren Green on Twitter @lgreenWPSoccer. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
November 13, 2013
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KNIGHT NOTEBOOK SENIOR IMPROVES COMMUNICATION
Hendrickson adjusts to center By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
Freshman outside hitter Micaela Anderson holds eight starts this season. She led Rutgers in kills Sunday against USF with 10. NOAH WHITTENBURG / SEPTEMBER 2013
Versatility on offense gives hope for Rutgers By Sean Stewart Staff Writer
If one walked into the College Avenue Gymnasium at the start of the Rutgers volleyball team’s third set Sunday against South Florida, they would not think the team has lost 13 straight games. The Scarlet Knights (4-23, 0-13) outplayed the Bulls (1511, 9-3) for large portions of the third and fourth sets, led by a balanced attack and solid defensive rotations. Rutgers lost the match, but the team finally began to unlock its offensive potential. Three players collected double-digit kills for the Knights — a feat Rutgers performed in just six games this season. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa, who leads the team with 340 kills, was not in double digits, a sign the Knights attack is becoming more versatile. “I think a lot is the attacker’s execution against setting decisions, being able to pass, being able to dig and also working hard in transition,” said assistant coach Lindsey Lee. “It’s definitely a confidence booster to start to see the numbers show all their hard work and I think moving forward that’s what were going to start seeing out of them.” Junior outside hitter Sofi Cucuz, sophomore middle blocker Mikaela Matthews and freshman outside hitter Micaela Anderson all recorded double digits, as all finished with 10 kills each. Matthews is known for her defensive contributions, as she plays the position of middle blocker. The San Diego native is second on the team in blocks behind junior middle blocker Rachel Andreassian and third in
the conference with 1.24 blocks per set. But Matthews’ offense began to hit its stride. She tied her career high in kills against USF and collected six kills on the first set for a .857 hit percentage. “Offensively, I made sure I was up all the time and tried to be loud even if I wasn’t getting set to try and pull the defense of the other team and really just try to be a good teammate,” Matthews said. Anderson’s strong performance against the Bulls also played a large role in the team avoiding a straight-set sweep. Her five kills were critical to the team winning the third set. Anderson finished the game with an impressive .269 hitting percentage. Anderson started the season with an impressive performance Aug. 31 against Robert Morris, including a career-high 22 kills. But since then, Anderson struggled to get on the floor as she dealt with injury. The freshman is starting to gain some valuable experience. “It definitely took some time,” Anderson said. “I had a little downfall in the middle of the season, but you just have to keep pushing and have confidence in yourself.” The Knights showed glimpses of their potential, and now it’s all about producing on the court. Lee believes putting the team in real game scenarios during practice can help. “We’re putting them in the situations and hoping at some point it starts to register and they start to learn,” Lee said. For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
The Rutgers football team got its second quarterback from Iowa Western Community College. Junior left guard Kaleb Johnson labels centers with that metaphor. Senior center Dallas Hendrickson transferred from IWCC in 2011 and will likely start Saturday against Cincinnati. “Dallas is one of the smartest guys on our team — coming in, stepping in, taking that role,” Johnson said yesterday. “I’m excited to see how he does this game.” That excitement might not have existed when junior center Betim Bujari suffered his first injury. Bujari sustained a head injury Sept. 14 against Eastern Michigan, which eliminated him from the game’s remainder and the next game. Then Bujari suffered an ankle injury Nov. 2 against Temple, but Hendrickson said he felt more acclimated then than at any other point this year. Like quarterback, center is an extremely difficult position to jump into midgame. “You’ve got to know your stuff,” Hendrickson said. “You lead the o-line as far as calls, but as long as you take their stuff off the field and in meetings, you’ll be alright.” The center must communicate with the offensive line and seamlessly sync with the quarterback, which did not happen against Eastern Michigan. Bujari and senior quarterback Chas Dodd miscommunicated for a botched snap. Eastern Michigan also sacked Dodd three times — once for every three of his pass attempts.
Senior center Dallas Hendrickson, middle, will start his second game this year because of another injury to junior Betim Bujari. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
But the miscommunications disappeared against Temple and when Hendrickson replaced Bujari midgame Oct. 26 against Houston. Hendrickson’s snaps to junior quarterback Gary Nova went smoothly, and the Owls and Cougars never sacked Nova. “With offensive linemen, there is no production chart,” said head coach Kyle Flood. “What you want those guys to do is come out and work hard and get in sync with the other guys around them and make sure that as a unit they function smoothly. That’s probably what I’m most pleased with.”
Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville never met Flood, and Flood was never on a staff that coached against one of his staffs, Flood said. The circumstance is unusual for coaches within a conference, but Flood has a strategy for facing a stranger.
“You try to look at the close games they’ve been in,” Flood said. “What’s their strategy at the end of the half? What’s their strategy at the end of the game? If they need a play to win the game on offense, what do you think they’re going to do? If they need a play to win the game on defense, do you think you will get coverage? Do you think you will get blitzed?”
The starting kicker competition is still open, and sophomores Kyle Federico and Nick Borgese both impressed Flood yesterday. “Both guys hit some long field goals today,” Flood said. “They got the ball up, some early rise to it. [Yesterday] was probably one of the better days we’ve had in a long time.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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Quote of the Day “All you can think about is, ‘If I work as hard as I can and follow and believe in the program, I can be there one day.’” — Rutgers football defensive lineman Max Issaka on Knights in the NFL
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NFL Knights provide promise By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor
Max Issaka admitted the Rutgers football team’s NFL presence was not a major deciding factor when he committed to the Scarlet Knights from Woodbridge (N.J.) High School. But seeing the amount of contributors during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins was promising for the sophomore defensive end. “It just gave me an extra push and extra motivation knowing how our program is run. From the coaches to the players, we all have a chance, and having that chance it the greatest hope of all,” Issaka said. “It’s really exciting.” Monday night’s game featured seven active players who dawned Knights uniforms, including six for the Buccaneers. The six players under Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano mark the most players from one school on any given NFL franchise, according to ESPN. Against the Dolphins, former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard led the Buccaneers in rushing yards with 57 off 20 carries. Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood posted three receptions for 64 yards, while tight end Tim Wright — a Rutgers graduate last year — recorded a 19-yard reception. Head coach Kyle Flood, who replaced Schiano after he left for Tampa Bay in 2012, knows what it can do for recruiting. “The ones that come here and really desire to be a part of our program, and the way we develop players, God willing if you can stay healthy, you are going to have a great opportunity to play in that league,” Flood said. “And not only will you have an opportunity to play in it, you will have to be prepared so that you can stay there.” Former Knights Jeremy Zuttah, Gary Gibson and Khalil Glaud also played for the Buccaneers on Monday, while former linebacker Jonathan Freeny registered two tackles for Miami. In all, 20 former Rutgers players have played on Sundays this season — a promising number for junior left guard Kaleb Johnson. See PROMISE on Page 14
Forward Kene Eze helped extend RU’s year with four goals Friday in Louisville. LUOYE WANG / OCTOBER 2013
Eze’s breakout gives Rutgers hope in AACs By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
Former Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano currently has six former Knights on his Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster, which is the most of any school for any NFL team, according to ESPN. THE DAILY TARGUM / NOVEMBER 2011
Nearing the end of a season littered with inconsistencies, there was only one certainty for senior forward Kene Eze entering last Friday’s AAC Tournament play-in game. If the Rutgers men’s soccer team did not prevail against Cincinnati, that meant the ending of the Sayreville, N.J., native’s college career. Eze vowed on Oct. 19, upon returning from a month-long hamstring injury, that his season was far from over. But he did not score a goal in the Scarlet Knights’ final three regular season games, as the team failed to win and improve its tournament seeding. “The whole season was frustration, going to games and sitting out,” Eze said. “The three See BREAKOUT on Page 13
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RU thinks road experience will translate to scoring By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
Despite losing four of its top six scorers from last season, the Rutgers women’s basketball team proved after only one game that scoring might not be an issue this season. Six Scarlet Knights tallied double figures in the team’s season-opening 79-65 win Sunday against Princeton. Three are returning starters, but the others showed growth within the program.
Sophomore for ward Rachel Hollivay flashed a variety of post moves against the Tigers, shooting 6-for-7 from the field for 10 second-half points. As one of Rutgers’ most talented true post players, she might break out this season. The Knights also saw fresh legs in sophomore guard Briyona Canty’s return from knee surgery and the debut of freshman point guard Tyler Scaife. The former top-10-overall prospects combined for 23 points in the season opener. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer attributed the balanced scoring to a vo-
cal unit that developed tight chemistr y last summer. “I was saying to them, if there were 15,000, 20,000 people, I think that they would hear each other, because it really matters,” Stringer said. “They know the only way we can win is to play together. … I’m not surprised. They’re making the pass to the open person, and they all recognize what each one does and they play to that.” But the Knights (1-0) face the task today of remedying perhaps their biggest issue from last season: an inability to win on the road.
Rutgers performed distinctly worse away from the Louis Brown Athletic Center last season, going 2-11 on the road in contrast to 13-2 in the confines of the RAC. Stringer admits she is unsure how the Knights will handle their first test in Boston against Northeastern (1-0). But with the experience most of the roster gained from last season, Stringer expects improvement. “Quite honestly, I’m anxious to see how we respond to playing on the road,” Stringer said. See EXPERIENCE on Page 13
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL wing, recorded in double figures in his first two games at Northeastern with the Rutgers men’s basketball team. Moore Today, 12 p.m. posted 12 points Monday Boston night against UAB and had 17 points in the season opener.
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