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McNeil talks problems with First Transit BY SABRINA SZTEINBAUM CORRESPONDENT
Stan McNeil, former LX bus driver, holds no animosity against anyone involved with his loss of employment with First Transit. He said his focus is now on love and making the world a better place. When the Rutgers community needs him, he said he would be here. “I don’t want any ill feelings toward anyone. I’m praying all the time for the people of the world,” McNeil said. McNeil said First Transit, the bus service operator Rutgers employs, asked McNeil to resign after he placed his hands on a wheelchair-bound girl in prayer and secured her wheelchair incorrectly. In an email, Stephanie Creech, spokeswoman for First Transit, said a full internal review revealed that McNeil failed to follow a critical safety protocol. “There are four points of restraint for safely securing a wheelchair on a bus,” Creech said in an email. “Mr. McNeil secured only two of them. First Transit’s safety guidelines state that ‘failure to properly secure wheelchairs, or other mobility devices, is identified as a safety offense appropriate for discharge.’” Creech said in her email McNeil chose to resign. McNeil said First Transit emphasized the fact that he prayed for the girl rather than how he secured the wheelchair. “They specifically told me that ‘you prayed for her and you laid hands on her, that’s not accepted here — we don’t need your services anymore,’” McNeil said. McNeil said First Transit told him he was a nice guy and offered to let SEE MCNEIL ON PAGE 4
Typhoon Haiyan claimed around 3,982 lives in the Philippines and approximately 1,602 people are reported missing. Organizations on campus are rallying to coordinate relief efforts for the victims of the storm. GETTY IMAGES
U. organizations rally for typhoon relief BY DANIELLE GONZALEZ STAFF WRITER
Although Typhoon Haiyan wrecked the coast of the Philippines earlier this month, School of Arts and Sciences junior Francis Balagtas was only able to contact her family
abroad just this weekend. Some members of her extended family had their homes destroyed. To help families like Balagtas’, student organizations on campus collaborated to create a campaign, “Rutgers for the Philippines,” which aims to raise $10,000 to
help Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan is the second-deadliest typhoon on record to hit the Philippines, according to NY Daily News. According to a CNN article published Monday, the death toll stands at 3,982 with another 1,602 reported missing.
The United Nations appealed for $301 million for emergency assistance, but disaster relief experts estimate the damage to the Philippine economy to be between $12 billion and $15 billion, according to a New SEE RELIEF ON PAGE 5
Water utility operator files false test results BY SHAWN SMITH CORRESPONDENT
Edward O’Rourke, the now-suspended licensed operator for the New Brunswick Water Utility, allegedly filed false reports for various water quality tests, submitted incorrectly calculated test results and failed to notify the public when standards were not met, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The NJDEP suspended his license without pay and fined him $17,000, said Russell Marchetta, spokesman for the City of New Brunswick. “He has asked for an administrative hearing about the issues, and he will be getting one,” Marchetta said. The NJDEP, assisted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, investigated water SEE UTILITY ON PAGE 4
Now-suspended New Brunswick Water Utility licensed operator Edward O’Rourke has allegedly filed false reports for water quality tests since 2010. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Calcado says expansion has little impact on field BY DANIELLE GONZALEZ STAFF WRITER
The highlighted green space above is where Rutgers plans to build on current parking. The parking lot is designed to be an extension of Lot 97 and looks to add 80 spaces. COURTESY OF ANTONIO CALCADO
Antonio Calcado, vice president for University Facilities and Capital Planning, said the expansion of Lot 97 plans to add about 80 spaces and will be built next to the existing parking lot. He said the expansion has little impact on Skelly Field, as the lot will be constructed toward the beginning of the field. The University will only use a small amount of space for parking so students will still have a large amount of recreational space. Rutgers plans to build the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition,
and Health on the parking lot of the Food Science building, which would eliminate that lot for parking. By expanding Lot 97, the institute will regain some of the parking that would have been lost due to construction. At the same time, the University plans to add new grass areas surrounding the institute, Calcado said. The green colored spaces outlined on the map detailing the expansion are currently parking lots that surround the old Food Science building. “We are, in effect, replacing green space with more green space than we are removing,” Calcado said.
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Rutgers Sinfonia performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for faculty, staff and alumni and $5 for students. The Rutgers University Programming Association presents a screening of an anthology of all of Pixar’s short films at 3 p.m. in the Busch campus center. The event is free and food will be provided. 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. The play will run until Sunday, Nov. 24, from Tuesday until Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities present “Trans Scripts,” a staged reading with Paul Lucas Productions, at 7 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. The event is free and open to all.
Friday, Nov. 22
Rutgers Gardens presents a Farmer’s Market at 11 a.m. at the Hort Farm on Cook campus. The market features locally grown and made fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads and meats.
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Jazz vocalist Kate Baker and her band perform at 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 2 Albany St. The Stress Factor y Comedy Club at 90 Church St. hosts an openmic night ay 8 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a two-drink minimum, and interested performers must bring at least five friends. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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November 20, 2013
Former top model discusses roles in reality TV BY ERIN PETENKO ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Leah Darrow said she had been called to live her life with purpose and asked students to consider whether they believed they were destined for greatness. Darrow spoke to the Catholic Student Association, which hosted the event, and other guests last night at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus about her time as an America’s Next Top Model contestant and her religious conversion. Darrow, currently studying for her master’s in theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colo., began by introducing her daughter Agnes Regina, a 15-week-old named for the birth name of Mother Teresa. She said her past was full of stupid actions, because she did not understand the meaning of love. No one had ever told her to try to define love, but the word is used all the time. “I love these shoes, I love necklaces, I love Jesus, I love pizza with pineapple and pepperoni,” she said. “We use the word so much it kind of loses its meaning.” An Oklahoma native, she moved away from home during high school. She decided she had to have a boyfriend to fit in and picked out a
man two years older. At her homecoming party, she had a great time but was surprised when she was pressured for sex. “I call this imitation love, counterfeit love,” she said. “It’s not real love — a love so beautiful that it demands sacrifice. And I chose imitation love.” She said society was filled with this larger problem — it does not know what love was and can not control its actions. Even in her high school, she hated the people who stayed pure, because they had such control over their passions. Pressure from places like magazines and advertisements pressured her into auditioning for America’s Next Top Model. She went to auditioned at the mall for Cycle 3 and got the part. Reality TV was not real, she said. Viewers only watch 40 minutes of content from 7 to 10 days of material spliced into that time period. “They will create conversations that never existed — moments that never happened in reality,” she said. During the finale, she said she was watching with three other models and a conversation came on among them. She said shooting was limited, because you could not leave the hotel. Producers took off all the doors, and the models had to fight to get a shower curtain.
The show had little to do with actual fashion and modeling, she said, based on her experiences with modeling afterward. They try to offer people an unobtainable life. “It’s like the Roman Colosseum, … we’re watching … their lives deteriorate,” she said. “We’re watching their lives fall apart.” She said watching Jersey Shore was sad to her, since the young people on the show had their lives fall apart. America’s Next Top Model treated her like a puppet, forcing her to do what they wanted her to do. Nevertheless, she continued to pursue modeling. Her first job was as a dog walker. Darrow said her image eventually appeared in Times Square in New York City and on taxicabs, but she did not feel like she belonged. Even when she pointed out her picture to a stranger, he simply said to her, “That girl? She’s got problems.” She said she was frightened to change. A fashion shoot with an international magazine convinced her to do so. Everything in modeling is about finding the solution to a problem with the person’s physical appearance, she said. Magazines depict perfect-looking models that compel people to buy the products that make the model look so perfect.
Leah Darrow, who was a contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” spoke yesterday about her life when she was working in reality TV in the Rutgers Student Center. SAAD SAEED KHAN “The problem is when we accept the distorted view of beauty the culture offers,” she said. Veronica Carolfi, president of the CSA, said she had heard Darrow mentioned at a retreat and was inspired by her powerful message. “When I met her she was very humble,” said Carolfi, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “She brought her baby with her and it was so wonderful to see this beautiful mother taking care of her child.” Christina Germak, vice president of the organization, said every
year they try to bring in someone to speak to the entire student body. Darrow had been a model in New York City for many years before she had an epiphany, Germak said, and decided theology, rather than modeling, was her true profession. “She was able to discern that call with her heart, and that’s what we want Rutgers students to do,” she said. “Sometimes at Rutgers you feel like you’re just a number. We want to show them what they’re really seeking is God.”
MCNEIL McNeil says he stands behind what he did, feels no anger toward anyone CONTINUED FROM FRONT
to let him resign rather than terminate him. He said he closed his eyes to focus when he prayed for the girl and did not notice the way she reacted. “She was on my bus before, and I mentioned to her ‘I believe there’s a healing for you,’” McNeil said. “I was praying that she would be healed.” He said he asked the girl if she felt like she could move, to which the girl said she could not. McNeil stands strongly behind what he did. He said he feels no anger toward anyone. The former LX bus driver sat down, white prayer shawl draped over his shoulders, and clutched
November 20, 2013 a bright green envelope, which turned out to be a card from a student with a brain injury. “I was struggling, and I felt a bit defeated,” the card said. “But there you were every week on my way to the disability services office, telling me that I was going to do well.” The outpouring of love McNeil has experienced in the past few weeks from students has been a humbling experience, he said. “The cards, they call me, it’s just been such a wonderful experience with this,” he said. “[The students] know that I pour out my heart to them and my love to them, and it’s just being reciprocated.” Students have reacted to McNeil’s resignation by signing an online petition and voicing their opinions on social media platforms. The number of supporters who signed the change. org petition is up to 8,344 people and growing. “That shows that they’re standing up for me because I’ve always stood up for them,” he said.
UTILITY NJDEP determined city repeatedly violated drinking water standards since January 2010 CONTINUED FROM FRONT
quality data kept by the New Brunswick Water Department and reported to the NJDEP, according to the statement. The NJDEP and EPA investigation, which looked at internal records kept by the water department, found that the system repeatedly violated those standards. “New Jersey sets a high bar when it comes to monitoring the safety of drinking water,” said Bob Martin, commissioner of the NJDEP in the statement. “These are serious violations. It is critical that water providers maintain and provide accurate records of water system operations and water quality data. Any deviation from those standards is an unacceptable violation of the public trust.”
From 2010 to 2013, there was a falsification of records, Marchetta said. In that time, there were no reports of health issues and no
“We move forward from here. We have taken corrective measures to ensure something like this never happens again.” RUSSELL MARCHETTA Spokesman for the City of New Brunswick
calls about the quality of the water from the general public. “We want people to know the water is safe to drink in New Brunswick and at Rutgers,” he
said. “It doesn’t look like anyone was put at a health risk.” While the NJDEP has no direct evidence that public health was impacted, the violations are considered to be serious because they had the potential to expose the public to disease-causing microorganisms, according to the statement. In March, the city faced an issue with the waters turbidity, or the cloudiness in the water, Marchetta said. It was determined that a boil-water advisor y was not needed. In June, another issue with the waters turbidity arose. A public notice was released, but again, without a boil water advisor y. The second issue prompted Frank Marascia, the department’s new director, to begin an investigation, according to the statement. While the issue was quickly resolved, the NJDEP and Marascia reviewed internal records of water quality data, such as logbooks and chains of custody documents. These records are the basis of routine reports the utility is required to file with the DEP. As part of the investigation, the NJDEP and EPA also conducted a thorough review of New Brunswick’s monitoring data, analytical results, chain of custody forms, daily monitoring records and logbooks and forms the utility used to report results to the DEP, according to the statement. In the Administrative Orders issued by the NJDEP, they determined New Brunswick repeatedly violated national drinking water quality standards for turbidity, total coliforms and residual disinfectant levels between January 2010 and June 2013. “New Brunswick covered up these violations by submitting false information in reports to the [NJDEP] and failed to issue mandator y public health and safety notices when these violations occurred,” according to an Administrative Order. “New Brunswick failed to provide a Tier 1 Public Notice within 24 hours for the violations.” As a result of the investigation, the NJDEP alleges that the New Brunswick Water Department submitted false results for turbidity, used outdated charts that resulted in the incorrect calculations for results of tests designed to show how effective disinfection was at destroying pathogens, according to the statement. The release also said the department submitted false information on tests for total coliforms, an indicator of bacteria that is used to determine if further testing is required for more serious pathogens, such as E. coli. Once the falsification of records was discovered in June, the water department took the necessary steps to correct the problems to ensure the water is safe for drinking, Marchetta said. According to the statement, the utility has undergone significant reorganization under Marascia and has brought on a new team of professionals to operate the plant. The city has also contacted a consulting firm to implement corrective strategies. “We move forward from here,” Marchetta said. “We have taken corrective measures to ensure something like this never happens again.”
November 20, 2013
RELIEF Campaign plans to host large-scale event to raise awareness, funds CONTINUED FROM FRONT
York Times article published Nov. 12. The Rutgers Association of Philippine Students is collaborating with 11 other organizations to raise awareness about this natural disaster among their peers using social media and hosting fundraising events, said Alyssa Esteban, co-president of RAPS. RAPS is a student organization focused on Filipino interest. It was founded in 1985 and works toward raising awareness to Filipino culture, said Esteban, a Mason Gross School of the Arts senior. Nolan Sucdad, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy graduate student, said a variety of organizations have joined the cause, such as the Asian Student Council, the Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Cantonese and Korean clubs, as well as many other Asian-interest fraternities and sororities. “Rutgers for the Philippines” has chosen to donate all of its proceeds to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. The largest issue in the Philippines at the moment is a lack of food and clean water, said Jonathan Cho, president of Lambda Phi Epsilon, an Asian special-interest fraternity. Funds therefore will go toward water purifying tablets that emergency services have been sending to the Philippines. Medical equipment is also needed, said Cho, a Rutgers Business School senior. Although many people are sick and injured, antibiotics cost a few cents to make — the problem is transporting the medicine. But as of right now, “Rutgers for the Philippines” main focus is raising awareness through their social media campaign, he said. “As a collaborative effort, our first priority is to create awareness,” he said. “Awareness alone will help people decided how they want to help.” Sucdad said they are using a variety of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using hashtags like #RU4PH and #ReliefPH to spread awareness for the campaign. Sucdad said many participants have changed their profile pictures on Facebook to the “Rutgers for the Philippines” logo. They are also going start updating their page with news from the Philippines as it is happening. During the first week of December, the organizations will hold events such as bake sales and penny wars, Esteban said. “We are also planning on having a fundraiser at 16 Handles where 60 percent of the profits will go toward the fundraiser,” she said. This week of events will lead up to a large-scale event, called the “Filipino Fiesta,” backed by sponsors, Sucdad said. The details for the event are still under consideration, he said. As of now, they plan to have a carnival on Livingston campus Dec. 8 where students can make a donation in exchange for tickets or a form of credit. They can then use these credits to participate in activities at the carnival. Sucdad said they are also trying to incorporate a cultural aspect to the carnival, such as cultural dance routines that will also raise funds. “Attendees can experience various aspects of Filipino culture
through hands-on activities, such as learning a Filipino cultural dance, carnival games, food and learn about the socio-political conditions in the Philippines,” Esteban said. Cho said students should get involved because as one of the most privileged and fortunate age demographics, students should take advantage of their education and assets and work together. “As students that are educated and privileged enough to get higher education, it’s almost our responsibility to aid the less fortunate,” he said. Balagtas, a member of RAPS, said she appreciates seeing members of the University community care about the situation. “I know not many are affected and I’m sure to the people who were directly affected, including me, this is very heartwarming,” she said. “So it’s definitely a good initiative and I think it helps people become aware of what’s going on.”
The money raised by Rutgers organizations for the Philippines will primarily go toward funds for water purifying tablets, as water and food are scarce, and transporting medical equipment, which is expensive. GETTY IMAGES
November 20, 2013
Variety at Sanctuary provides students late-night delights BY MATT MIKOLAY STAFF WRITER
Rutgers students can be seen donning their coats and clinging to their hot chocolates and coffees for warmth as winter approaches and temperatures drop. Despite such frigid weather, I find myself unwilling to delight in these heated refreshments and instead craving the chilly bliss of ice cream. Call me crazy, but there is just something about sub-zero temperatures that make sundaes so much better. This past week, I took a walk down Easton Avenue in search of a frozen dessert and stumbled upon a veritable sanctuary. Sanctuary first opened its doors as a coffee shop 11 years ago on West Main Street in Somerville, N.J. After two years at this location, the shop opened in New Brunswick and expanded its menu. Sanctuary now resides at 135 Easton Ave. Amanda Leroux, a manager at Sanctuary, attributes the success to versatility and variety. “We survived because we didn’t just do coffee,” said Leroux, an 11-year employee at Sanctuary who has been with the shop since the very beginning. Popular for its wide selection of handmade ice cream flavors, Sanctuary obtains its ice cream from Piece of Cake Frozen Specialties, Inc., according to Leroux. Piece of Cake is a gourmet ice cream, gelato and sorbet manufacturer based in Rahway, N.J. Sanctuary has staple flavors, including the classic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, but offers more exotic flavors, such as pumpkin pie, all year round. The shop offers seasonal flavors as well, and soon plans on stocking egg nog ice cream for the upcoming winter season. Some of their more unique ice cream flavors include apple pie, salted caramel, white chocolate raspberry, strawberry cheesecake and a new addition of “Adventures in Butterscotch,” a vanilla base mixed with butterscotch, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, a heath bar, Oreos and brownie pieces. At $3.99 for a small, $4.99 for a medium and $5.99 for a large,
the ice cream at Sanctuary might seem expensive, but the splurge is worth it. Their green tea ice cream provided a light matcha flavor, similar to a green milk tea. The ice cream was sweet, dense and creamy. I had no problems finishing a whole cup. Sundaes, milkshakes and ice cream floats are also available and can be made from any of the available flavors. Sanctuary offers hot beverages, including coffee, espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, café au lait, hot chocolate and white hot chocolate. The shop provides a lengthy menu of wraps, quesadillas, sandwiches and burgers for the customer looking to consume more than just a frozen treat. With more than 25 wraps to choose from, there is enough variety to satisfy most customers. For only an extra $2.75, any wrap, sandwich or quesadilla can be upgraded to a combo, served with a side of fries and a regular fountain soda. While dining at Sanctuary, I opted to try one of the more popular items — the “Buffadilla,” a quesadilla packed with grilled chicken and french fries cooked in buffalo sauce and cheddar jack cheese. The quesadilla flatbread was pleasantly flaky, and the grilled chicken seemed to possess a fresh flavor in contrast to more processed variants like chicken nuggets. The buffalo sauce, which provided a mild spice complementary to the poultry, was present just enough to coat the quesadilla’s contents and never oozed uncontrollably. But the fries and cheese seemed a bit like filler, becoming lost in the flavor of the buffalo sauce. The blue cheese dressing that was served on the side paired well with the quesadilla and soothed the cayenne heat, but in truth it wasn’t even necessary — the quesadilla was already delicious in its own right. I also had the chance to taste the “Kentastik” wrap, a wrap that features beefsteak, grilled onions, onion rings, barbecue sauce and cheddar jack cheese. The flaky exterior of the wrap cradled a beefy interior smoth-
The Sanctuary cheesesteak is one of many options including coffee, ice cream and quesadillas offered at Sanctuary, located on Easton Avenue. The food vendor is open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. SHIRLEY YU / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR ered in tangy barbecue sauce, complemented by the bright, crisp flavor of onions. Though the cheddar jack cheese failed to add much flavor to the wrap, the “Kentastik” was still quite tasty. Climbing the stairs located at the back of Sanctuar y will bring the customer to 3rd Earth Comics, a specialty store offering comic books and vintage video games. In the past, Sanctuary sold comics and video games in their downstairs area in front of the counter. Since April of this year, 3rd Earth Comics has begun renting the upstairs space.
Catering to the late night crowd, Sanctuary remains open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The shop offers a delivery service until 1 a.m. every day for orders with a minimum of $10. Though Sanctuary’s average delivery time is 30 minutes after receiving an order, several reviews on Yelp have mentioned lengthier delivery times. Leroux says she refuses to sacrifice quality for speed — everything is made to order after receiving a customer’s phone call. “There’s no buf fadillas sitting around waiting,”
she said. “Ever ything’s made fresh.” Leroux states that if fulfilling an order is taking longer than expected, the staff will let the customer know immediately. She said they try to have the best customer service they can offer. Sanctuary will continue to stand out as a combination ice cream parlor, coffee house and eatery. With quesadillas, wraps, coffee, ice cream and more, the options are endless. Whether it is late at night or mid-winter, be sure to stop by Sanctuary on Easton Avenue for a “Buffadilla” and a scoop of one of their many ice cream flavors.
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November 20, 2013
Study finds fitness decline in children DALLAS — Today’s kids can’t keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don’t run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975 for children ages 9 to 17. The American Heart Association, whose conference featured the research yesterday, says it’s the first to show that children’s fitness has declined worldwide over the last three decades. “It makes sense. We have kids that are less active than before,” said Dr. Stephen Daniels, a University of Colorado pediatrician and spokesman for the heart association. Health experts recommend that children 6 and older get 60 minutes of moderately vigorous activity accumulated over a day. Only one-third of American kids do now. “Kids aren’t getting enough opportunities to build up that activity over the course of the day,” Daniels said. “Many schools, for economic reasons, don’t have any physical education at all. Some rely on recess” to provide exercise. Sam Kass, a White House chef and head of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program, stressed the role of schools in a speech to the conference on Monday. “We are currently facing the most sedentary generation of children in our history,” Kass said. The new study was led by Grant Tomkinson, an exercise physiologist at the University of South Australia. Researchers
analyzed 50 studies on running fitness — a key measure of cardiovascular health and endurance — involving 25 million children ages 9 to 17 in 28 countries from 1964 to 2010. The studies measured how far children could run in 5 to 15 minutes and how quickly they ran a certain distance, ranging from half a mile to two miles. Today’s kids are about 15 percent less fit than their parents were, researchers concluded. “The changes are ver y similar for boys and girls and also for various ages,” but differed by geographic region, Tomkinson said. The decline in fitness seems to be leveling off in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and perhaps in the last few years in North America. However, it continues to fall in China, and Japan never had much falloff — fitness has remained fairly consistent there. About 20 million of the 25 million children in the studies were from Asia. Tomkinson and Daniels said obesity likely plays a role, since it makes it harder to run or do any aerobic exercise. Too much time watching television and playing video games and unsafe neighborhoods with not enough options for outdoor play also may play a role, they said. Other research discussed global declines in activity. Fitness is “pretty poor in adults and even worse in young people,” especially in the United States and eastern Europe, said Dr. Ulf Ekelund of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway. World Health Organization numbers suggest that 80 percent of young people globally may not be getting enough exercise. — The Associated Press
is seen on Aug. 9, bottom, and again, after being painted over by developers in the dead of night on Nov. 19 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Artists and representatives of 5 Pointz have been in a brutal battle to save the building, which the owner, Jerry Wolkoff, wants to knock down in order to develop high rise apartment buildings. The artists have argued that the building should be saved by the city as a historic landmark, though in the early morning hours of Nov. 19 the owners hired workers to paint over a majority of the paintings. GETTY IMAGES
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IN BRIEF TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey teens caught sharing naked pictures of themselves with peers would no longer have to register as sex offenders under a bill advanced Monday by a state Assembly committee. The change is an effort to resolve a complication that has arisen nearly two decades after New Jersey adopted the nation’s first Megan’s Law in 1994, requiring sex offenders to register and the community to be notified. As the law is written, teens caught “sexting” now must receive the same treatment. Under the proposed changes, minors who share nude photos of themselves with other minors could still be adjudicated as delinquent in family court, but they would no longer be subject to the offender registry. Maureen Kanka, the mother of Megan’s Law namesake Megan
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Kanka, who was seven when she was raped and killed by a neighbor in Hamilton Township in 1994, told the committee Monday that keeping teens who are not serious predators off the registry is a priority for her. Other revisions to Megan’s Law in the bill would toughen penalties for adult offenders and also for those on the registry who fail to notify authorities when they move to a different home. Another change would implement a $30 monthly fee to be paid by offenders; the money would be used to hire additional parole officers to monitor sex offenders. After Monday’s passage by the Law and Public Safety committee, the bill heads to the full Assembly. The bill cleared the full Senate unanimously earlier this year. — The Associated Press
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RU gets screwed with bad reporting Unethical journalism cannot continue to misrepresent Rutgers
o apparently publishing sensationalized sto- this decision more than a month ago. And yet, when ries without doing any research on the actual Thomas came to Duggan and said otherwise, Dugfacts about Rutgers’ “questionable” athletic gan did not even make the effort to try contacting department is all the rage these days. At least, the Flood or the University before he ran this story. In editors and reporters at nj.com certainly seem to fact, it was published online at 7:55 a.m., hours before think so. Dan Duggan, a new writer for nj.com, Flood would have even been available for comment. Last night, nj.com published an apology to Rutbroke the story last week that brought the Rutgers football teams defensive coordinator Dave Cohen gers for its coverage of our athletic program. They under fire for his alleged verbal abuse of players. admitted that Duggan should have gotten both sides And two days ago, nj.com published another sto- of the story and that Sports Director Kevin Manahry written by Duggan insinuating that head coach an should have made sure of it. However, the fact Kyle Flood lied in his statement last month about still remains that Duggan, as a reporter, has the bathe reasons behind former cornerback Ian Thom- sic responsibility of gathering enough information to have an unbiased account before even writing as’ decision to quit the football team. Flood announced that Thomas, a former cor- anything. And the initial reports on the story about nerback for the Rutgers football team, was quit- Cohen also ran without Rutgers’ own perspective. What we have ting the team and here is a blatant case transferring to of unethical journalpursue a career in “What we have here is a blatant case of ism. Not that Dugbaseball at anothgan is any stranger er school. Flood unethical journalism.” to that — his last job had a meeting on was at the Boston Oct. 13 with ThomHerald, which is noas and his family two days before he made torious for ethical issues in its sports stories. Duggan might think he can get away with dragging our name this announcement. According to an article written two days ago by through the mud for the sake of promoting his own, Duggan, Thomas completely contradicted Flood’s but we aren’t letting him off the hook that easily. He earlier statement and is now claiming the reason clearly has a selfish agenda to further his own career, he quit the football team had nothing to do with a and he’s trying to use Rutgers to his advantage by running stories such as these for their shock value. future in baseball. And Duggan, without even trying to contact any- Our athletic department should not be considered one to question the facts between Thomas’ story an easy target just because of the Mike Rice scandal and Flood’s original statement, took Thomas’ word — an isolated incident that happened seven months ago. If the editors at nj.com think the Rutgers comand ran an entire story on it. Since then, Flood has set the record straight again munity is stupid enough to overlook poor journalism — that Thomas did in fact tell him that his primary and gullible enough to let it slide, and if Duggan reason for leaving was to pursue baseball. It’s Thom- thinks that he can build a name for himself through as’ word against Flood’s and everyone else’s from lazy, misinformed and downright deceitful writing at Rutgers who was involved before Thomas made nj.com, they should have another thing coming. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 145th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.
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Nation needs stronger and more impactful leaders LEGALIZING LIFE MATTHEW BOYER
here is the nation today? When one considers our nation’s $17-trillion debt, an endless damaging presence overseas, the insufficient rollout of Obamacare, of the Affordable Care Act and a sluggish economy, we’re only in one place — America is between a rock and a hard place. Most Americans were probably glad to hear when the recent government shutdown ended and all of the wonderful federal government’s spending endeavors continued. Unfortunately, this is not permanently true. Come January, the same debate about the “debt ceiling” will start up again. Democrats will oppose most entitlement reforms, Republicans will not exactly compromise on defense-industry cuts and both parties will oppose cutting foreign aid. You’ll turn on CNN one evening and realize that you are all too familiar with this debate. You will probably then proceed to change the channel and hopefully recon-
sider your support for your elected officials in the future. The attempt to defund Obamacare will be even more compelling of a case by Republicans who dare to fight. Although such Republicans are not conventional, they will face just as much opposition from some of the established Republicans as they do from the president and the Democratic Party. But is the idea of reforming or defunding Obamacare necessary? Let’s take a look. Today, the program’s website is still struggling to function properly, with 40 percent of it still needing to be built, according to the political journalism organization Politico. Additionally, there have been reports of security issues and bugs on the website, healthcare.gov. As if things could not get worse for the president and his team, a report by House Republicans just came out stating that the president and his administration were warned as early as March that the reform would face trouble upon its launch. No wonder the president and top Democrats have changed their language. The president, who once touted the label Obamacare, now only addresses it as the Affordable Care Act in light of his plum-
meting ratings. To add to this mess, American health care plans are being dropped and prices are increasing under the reform, unlike what the president promised. The president and his fellow Democrats have still failed to step up and take accountability for their actions. It is much easier to blame the Republicans for “shutting down the government” despite the Democrat’s reluctance to debate the foreseeable failures of the Affordable Care Act. But there is still hope to make some change. America is about to dive into a midterm election year, meaning many seats in Congress are up for grabs across the nation. As of today, only nine percent of the country approves of the job Congress is doing, according to a new Gallup poll. Additionally, only 39 percent of the country approves the job the president is doing, making that an all time low in his presidency, according to a Quinnipiac poll. At this point, many Americans are looking for fresh faces and new leadership. They’re sick of who is in power and how they are running our country. Our federal government seems to get caught in more unconstitutional activity everyday. Americans are starting to look toward the 2016 presidential election as a beacon of hope. But whom do we possibly vote for?
As for Democrats, the obvious choices seem to be Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, for whatever reason. It still baffles me that people are not weary about electing the spouse of a former president to the presidency. In light of our federal government’s overreach and continual failure, I don’t see Clinton as the best choice for our country. As for Republicans, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush are all close in popularity. The same concerns, if not more, apply to Jeb Bush as they do to Hillar y. But Republicans must be careful. They must be cautious about giving the nomination to someone like Christie who resembles an establishment candidate like Romney in 2012. As polls would show, Christie is the best candidate against Clinton. One thing is clear — Americans want a president who can lead Congress and who is socially liberal and fiscally conservative. The real question is if America can elect such a person. Matthew Boyer is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in German. His column, “Legalizing Life,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.
GREEN programs provide priceless opportunities COMMENTARY LUCAS CORCODILOS
let the moment sink in. The cool, salty water lapped with a natural rhythm against the surfboard. I sat there in disbelief. I thought scenes like this were built for the movies, a fiction unattainable in real life. The fire in the sky — made of the bright yellows and warm oranges of the sunset — burned against the deep cool blue of the sea’s passing waves. This moment was the epitome of ever ything that I had experienced in Costa Rica, the moment where ever ything came together. I had learned so much about different cultures, the environment, balance in life and myself. This summer, several Rutgers students and I joined The Global Renewable Energy Education Network Program to Costa Rica on a study abroad opportunity to learn about renewable energy over 12 days. The group, started by former Rutgers students and awarded as one of
the Top 50 Social Impact Ventures in the World at the New York Stock Exchange in Februar y 2013, promised a study abroad experience intensive enough to for university credits but short enough to not interfere with busy schedules. What we walked away with was far more valuable. As many people are aware, the world is facing a major energy crisis. We are at a crossroads where we must choose new energy sources and implement them before our destructive habits, built by poor policies and big money, take us down a path leading to an environmental collapse unsafe for any species. While current policy makers, CEOs and world leaders are going to lay some of the groundwork for change, our generation will be the one tasked with making the important choices that will determine our world’s future. The GREEN Program recognizes this and focuses on giving future leaders the tools, experiences and knowledge that cannot be taught in a traditional classroom. The program goes beyond textbook information. Hands-on experiences at func-
tioning renewable energy facilities allow concepts and technologies to jump off the page. Cultural experiences, including ser vice-learning projects, immerse students in an enlightening setting that allows them to gain a global perspective. Additionally, through adventure excursions, students can bring themselves closer to nature. The trip ends with capstone project presentations allowing students to take all of their new knowledge and experiences and apply them to a real-world, original idea that is often further pursued after the program concludes. Above all things, GREEN allows you to escape the fast-paced life in the U.S. where people are always planning for the future, especially college students. Few get the opportunity to stop planning and enjoy and respect what is around them now. GREEN allowed Olivia, one of the Rutgers students on my trip, to do this. “After the program, I feel like I have much more of a go with the flow attitude and take life one day at a time. I appreciate what I have right in front of me while still
being excited to plan my future and make moves to develop a career that is focused on the environment” she said. Walking towards the airport terminal to leave Costa Rica was one of the toughest things I ever had to do. It wasn’t hard because of the Capstone project I completed, the facts I learned about GREEN energy or the unique animals that I saw. It was hard because of the journey that I took to get to that point. It was hard because the strangers I had met two weeks before were now my family. It was hard because the people who showed me new cultures were being left behind. It was hard because there is no other place where the people are so connected with the environment. It was hard because I was more of myself there than I ever had been. I lived in the present more in those two weeks than I did in the past two years. Olivia put it best when she said, “The GREEN experience is truly priceless.” Lucas Corcodilos is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in physics.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Targum’s report about Skelly Field deceiving and ambiguous The Daily Targum’s reporting on the expansion of Lot 97 into a part of Skelly Field has been misleading and inflammatory. Despite what the paper’s headlines and pictures of an expansive Skelly Field may suggest, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection has approved just eight percent of the field for development. According to the DEP’s letter of interpretation of the area, the majority of Skelly Field is still listed as environmentally protected wetlands and as such will remain undeveloped. Only the area approved for
the parking lot expansion, a small plot stretching southeast from where the current lot ends until the curved path leading away from the tennis courts and toward Dudley Road, has been deemed not environmentally protected. In their reporting on the issue, The Daily Targum did not make this information clear, though it seems they may have been privy to it. In a story published in the paper last week, The Daily Targum cited a letter — presumably the DEP’s letter of interpretation — that stated, “freshwater wetlands and/or state open waters are not present within the limit of disturbance.” The limit of the disturbance is mapped in that same letter. The obvious question is, why did the paper deem the details of the limit of distur-
bance — the area slated for development — not important enough for publication? If they had, much of the public confusion over the fate of Skelly Field likely could have been quelled. Instead, The Daily Targum has helped facilitate a discussion among the student body without seeking to clarify facts and provide context to the conversation. In a video published Monday on its website, a Daily Targum interviewer is heard asking students for their opinion on “them turning Skelly Field into a parking lot,” reinforcing the non-fact that a key part of Cook campus’s green infrastructure will be sacrificed for the sake of parking spaces. The paper also published a column on Monday in which the author suggested that
Rutgers convinced the N.J. DEP to declare Skelly Field environmentally unimportant. This combination of reporting and opinion has led to a flurry of letters to the editor submissions and shares of the paper’s stories on Facebook but has missed key facts resulting in the student body’s distraction from what else is happening in their community. As a fellow on-campus student publication, Muckgers hopes that The Daily Targum will do its due diligence to the student body that we serve. Simon Galperin is the managing editor of Muckgers and a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies with minors in cultural anthropology, political science and public policy.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
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Today’s Birthday (11/20/13). Creativity flavors this year, animating your career. Romance and partnership rise to a new level. Travel with your work around summer, when you’ve got the microphone and people are listening. Express what you love, your passions and dreams. Take inspiration from children. Rest in October for a blastoff next winter. 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 6 — Stay close to home as much as you can; re-juice and restore. Keep up the good work; you’re making a good impression. Don’t believe everything you think. Realize a domestic dream. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Dream up a juicy goal, and then make it happen. Your skills are getting more impressive. Stop for long enough to give yourself credit. Keep on learning. No gambling or shopping. Craft your message, and get it out. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 9 — There are opportunities to make money, as well as some to lose it. Keep a clear head. Don’t let it slip through your fingers. A little organization goes a long way. Friends succumb to your sparkling wit. Share a feast. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Your power is intense. Don’t bowl someone over with your enthusiasm. Your dreams are achievable, and you see it. Follow your yellow brick road. Bring a friend along for company and comfort. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — It’s easier to get things done privately now. Finish up old business with your creative touch. You’re especially sensitive, and risk taking things too personally. Think about it for a while before spending. Comparison shop. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Everything seems clear. You see the changes you want to make. You’re inclined to get a lot of work done; don’t forget to play. You and your friends are just getting older. Escape routine. Seize the day.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Career opportunities arise. You must be willing to play the game. Sometimes all it takes is a bold declaration, or to sign on the bottom line. You don’t need to know how. Draw inspiration from loved ones and angels. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — It’s adventure time! Go to where you’ve never been before. And discover something new about yourself by listening intently. Travel and romance both look good for the next couple of days. No need to be shy. Get philosophical. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Get ready for transformation, or just accept it. You feel rejuvenated and ready for action. Curiosity makes you quite attractive. Romance is part of the picture. Do financial planning. Grow your family wealth. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — You’re an expert at creating the right team for the task at hand now. You’re encouraging and encouraged. Together you can do more than you thought possible. Don’t leave anything to chance. Plan the route to take. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 9 — Embark on a challenging project at work, and succeed by thinking from a different perspective than normal. Avoid distractions and focus on completion. Imagine the celebratory glass of bubbly, and the impact of the job done. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Love is definitely in the air, and serves comfort when money’s tight. Finish something you promised. Honor your dreams and make them real because you say so. Make it fun.
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KNIGHTS Rutgers may be without Hollivay, Butts in post today against Massachusetts CONTINUED FROM BACK beating their first two opponents, Princeton and Northeastern, by 14 points each. Rutgers now faces injury question marks. Sophomore forwards Rachel Hollivay and Ariel Butts were both out Sunday. Hollivay suffered a concussion against Northeastern, playing only 13 minutes. “You know how concussions are, you just don’t know,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer on Sunday of Hollivay’s availability today. “Today was the first time we’ve seen her since we played [against Northeastern]. Obviously her eyes were able to handle the light a bit, but we are, like everyone, very cautious about those injuries.” Stringer said Butts practiced last week but would not set a timetable for her return.
CURVE Physical first half play from both RU, Drexel lead to technical, flagerant fouls CONTINUED FROM BACK to be a problem, as the bench combined for just 13 points, 12 coming from junior guard D’Von Campbell. But the team’s overall play is what did in Rutgers. The Knights finished with 14 turnovers and were outrebounded, 36-34. Rutgers’ leading scorer, junior guard Myles Mack, scored only 9 points, including zero on seven shots in the first half. For Jordan, the blame goes across the board. “We didn’t play well,” Jordan said. “They were the better team and we were outcoached and outplayed.” While offense plagued both teams in the first half, the contest became physical in the few minutes before Drexel and Rutgers entered the locker room. Technical and flagrant fouls in the half’s closing minutes led to both teams shooting foul shots, with the biggest set of boos pouring down from the 3,023 in attendance on a double foul by Brown. Brown arm checked Drexel guard Damion Lee with 2:59 left in the first half, forcing Lee to the foul line. But Lee also produced a technical foul on the play, which gave Mack two free throws that he made. While Rutgers faced physical play in the first half, Drexel’s one-sided play in the second half was more severe for Rutgers. Jordan and the team are still attempting to find an identity while learning from their mistakes. This learning curve cost them a trip to the Garden. “We’re trying to learn how to play physically with some poise,” Jordan said. “It was a very physical game and got emotional for a few stretches there. They kept coming at us and we have to learn to do the same thing.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. for general Rutgers sports updates follow @TargumSports.
Five minutes into the second half, trainers helped junior forward Betnijah Laney off the court with a right foot injury following a hard fall. Laney led the Knights in rebounds with double-doubles in the first two games. “She’s sprained that ankle before,” Stringer said. “It’s not as simple as it may seem. There’s swelling on top of her foot and the high part of her ankle, so we’ll do as much as we can to tighten it up and compress.” The Knights held a poor 2-11 record away from the Louis Brown Athletic Center last season, while winning 13 of 15 at home. Two of the Minutewomen’s three losses came at home this season. They lost, 66-58, against Western Michigan in their opener, followed by a 105-61 beat down from Central Michigan.
UMass shot 27.7 percent from the field against Central Michigan and made only one of 20 shots from behind the arc. Guard Jasmine Harris shot 1-for-11 and did not sink a 3-pointer in seven attempts. The Minutewomen most recently fell Sunday to American, 82-59. Guard Emily Mital led the team with 17 points off 5-of-6 shooting. Harris missed her only two shots but added 5 points from the freethrow line. The Minutewomen had trouble holding on to the ball in the first half, resulting in 19 turnovers, which American turned into 26 points. They ended the game with 23 turnovers. Similarly, Rutgers had a season-high 24 turnovers against LaSalle’s zone defense. “Generally, when you’re playing against zones, it’s going to be a low scoring game,” Stringer said. “If you rush it, you’re going to have turnovers big time and it requires all five people on the same wavelength.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow @ TargumSports on Twitter.
Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay is questionable to play against Massachusetts with a concussion sustained Nov. 13. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Page 17 WOMEN’S SOCCER KNIGHTS’ POSTSEASON RUN GIVES YOUNGER PLAYERS EXPERIENCE
Rutgers prepares for new conference next season BY LAUREN GREEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
When West Virginia goalkeeper Sara Keane stopped senior forward Jonelle Filigno’s penalty kick Saturday, the focus shifted to the offseason for the Rutgers women’s soccer team. The Scarlet Knights now have nine months to prepare for a new season in their third conference in as many years. “I think the biggest thing [to take away from the season] is that we are just as good as everyone else, if not better,” said freshman midfielder Madison Tiernan. “Next year we need to come out with a vengeance and know that we can play with these teams.” That will include some of the country’s top teams as Rutgers moves into the Big Ten. “We know that we’re moving into a new conference, a better conference with a higher level of competition match-to-match. That’s what we’re preparing for,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “[Our] motivation is moving into a better conference and playing against some of the top teams in the country and seeing how we do. We think we’ll hit the ground running.” The conference boasts eight teams that earned NCAA tournament bids. Five of those teams — Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State — advanced to the second round. Nebraska, Michigan and Penn State each earned a seed in their individual regions and finished in the
NSCAA Top 25 poll at Nos. 10, 11 and 24 respectively. Crooks and his staff enter the offseason knowing most of the team will return, including two of its three leading scorers in Tiernan and junior forward Stefanie Scholz. Rutgers loses just four players to graduation in Filigno, forward Maria Gerew, defender Tricia DiPaolo and goalkeeper Jessica Janosz. The postseason run lays a foundation for the remaining players who will don scarlet and black in 2014. “The experience of these last four games in particular shows the young players that that’s part of what it takes to win the championship,” Crooks said. “If there’s anything that’s going to be carried in, I think it’s how determined they were and how they bonded together and how they played for each other. While that occurred all year long, it really intensified in the postseason.” Scholz, who led the Knights in scoring with 10 goals and 21 points, is able to take something else going into the offseason. “I think the biggest thing I’ve learned this season is how much character everyone on the team has and as cliché as it is, how working with the team is more important than working as an individual,” Scholz said. The sting of not advancing will stick with the players throughout the offseason. “I think we are going to look back and remember how bad it hurt to lose and how bad we wanted that game,” Tiernan said.
Junior gains larger role for next season BY TYLER KARALEWICH STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers women’s soccer team’s season ended Saturday against West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. With the Scarlet Knights’ failure to advance, Rutgers has to look for ward to next year without this year’s senior class. Of fensively, Rutgers loses two for wards to graduation. For ward Jonelle Filigno leaves the program after a historic career with the Knights. The Canadian national team member ranks first all-time with 17 game-winning goals in her career and four th in points with 79 and goals with 33. Filigno collected eight goals this season along with 19 points. It will be dif ficult to match the production of a decorated of fensive player like Filigno, but Rutgers has a good star t. Junior for ward Stefanie Scholz worked her way into the star ting lineup and gave the Knights another viable scoring threat to complement Filigno. Scholz, who led Rutgers this year with 10 goals and 21 points, found herself in the starting lineup after a four-goal performance Sep. 15 against Princeton.
Her first star t came Sep. 20 against Villanova, in which she scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute. Those two moments were impor tant, according to head coach Glenn Crooks. “When you look back at the season, there were a couple of moments that stood out. Stef Scholz hit a last-minute goal to beat Villanova right before the end of regulation and that was a huge win,” Crooks said. “In the win over Princeton, Stef had four [goals] in that one over an in-state arch rival.” The South Hackensack, N.J., native knows her role for year. “I have to have the same attitude that [the seniors] had about bringing this program to where it should be, along with the elite programs in the countr y,” Scholz said. Rutgers will also lose senior for ward Maria Gerew on of fense. While Gerew star ted only one game and logged 424 minutes, she played in 20 games this season and added one goal. For updates on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @ TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @ TargumSpor ts.
Junior forward Stefanie Scholz led the Knights in scoring with 10 goals and 21 points. She was named Nov. 7 to the AAC All-Conference Second Team. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
November 20, 2013 MEN’S SOCCER
Senior forward Kene Eze, the Knights’ co-leading scorer, missed nearly all of eight midseason games with a hamstring injury. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RU makes most of injury-riddled year BY GREG JOHNSON ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
As stunned members of the Rutgers men’s soccer team reluctantly inched of f the Toyota Stadium turf in Frisco, Tex., last Friday night, it was not because they had something left to prove. Following what senior forward Kene Eze called a “heartbreaking” double-overtime to South Florida in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament, the Scarlet Knights gave ever ything they had. “We knew that we battled,” Eze said. “Coming in, [we knew] it was going to be one of the toughest games. We played our hearts out, taking them into double overtime. So basically with our effort, we were obviously disappointed, but we knew we did what we could.” Rutgers (7-11-2, 2-5-1) largely made the most of a tr ying season that saw the loss of Eze, its co-leading scorer, for nearly all of an eight-game midseason stretch with a hamstring injur y. With the Sayreville, N.J., native healthy, the Knights averaged 1.75 goals per game, not counting Eze’s early departures Sept. 20 against Southern Methodist and Oct. 5 against Cincinnati. In the eight games Eze played limitedly or not at all, Rutgers went 2-6, scoring 0.375 goals per contest. Head coach Dan Donigan exhausted numerous lineup and formation changes in Eze’s absence, but the Knights still had dif ficulty scoring without their star striker unclogging the midfield. Milder injuries to sophomore for ward Mitchell Taintor and senior defender Joe Setchell did not ease the improvisation process for a youthful team. “When guys start getting injured, other guys have to start moving around. They’re not necessarily in their most comfortable position,” said freshman midfielder Erik Sa. “That’s just kind of what you have to do in that situation, but it’s not the easiest thing to do, especially in such a tough schedule. We really don’t have any time to start feeling ourselves out at positions.”
Once Eze returned to form for the postseason, his breakaway speed helped open scoring lanes. He tallied four goals and an assist in the first and second rounds. But South Florida (8-3-9, 2-24), the eventual AAC champions, found a way to contain Eze, holding him to just two shots. “South Florida, they did a good job of sometimes doubling down or maybe even tripling down whenever we had the ball and they found space, and I was tr ying to get into space,” Eze said. “South Florida’s a ver y fast, physical team, so I guess they used that to help them and tr y to basically get physical with me and provide cover all over the field.” In the end, Rutgers needed more all-around production behind Eze. Sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz, the Knights’ other 20-point scorer, found the back of the net twice in the conference tournament. But he lacked a consistent support system. While Rutgers played sound defense most of the year, putting together five shutouts, Taintor was the only Knight besides Eze and Corboz to find more than one goal. Sa, one of College Soccer News’ Top Ten Freshmen To Watch in 2013, started all 20 games but adjusted slowly to college’s physicality and speed. He scored a goal and two assists. Overall, he feels a lack of execution hindered Rutgers’ young talent. “A lot of college soccer is finding the loose ball because it’s not always going to be the prettiest,” Sa said. “Finding the loose ball, a lot of that is your ability to fight coming off with your physical ability. But another big part about it is it gets you in the right position. … We’re always going to give it our 100 percent athletically with our effort, but sometimes I think the execution when we had the ball needed to be a little better this year.” But through all the ups and downs, the Knights came together in the conference tournament, winning consecutive games for the first time since mid-September. Donigan did not return a call to his cell phone for comment.
November 20, 2013
Page 19 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK FLOOD EXPECTS GOODWIN TO PLAY IN THE FIRST HALF AGAINST UCF
James, Huggins to both take reps in first drive BY JOSH BAKAN SPORTS EDITOR
Sophomore P.J. James, junior Savon Huggins and freshman Justin Goodwin will all receive carries tomorrow at Central Florida, said Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood. “I think there are some things [James will] do better this week now that he has played again,” Flood said yesterday post-practice. “I think you will see P.J. and Savon within that first series, and at some point in the first half you will see Goodwin.” James rushed for 78 yards of f 19 carries Saturday against Cincinnati — the nation’s sixthbest run defense with 97.4 yards per game. None of James’ previous opponents this season rank among the nation’s top-50 Division-I rush defenses. The Glassboro, N.J., native saw holes quickly and abruptly anticipated how to run through them, like he did before injuring his lower leg Sept. 21 against Arkansas. But the Scarlet Knights eventually needed to use James less in their 52-17 loss. “P.J. will start the game, and he will get an opportunity to see if he can really af fect the game,” Flood said. “I thought last week he was on his way to being able to do that and unfortunately the game got away from us and we didn’t have enough carries to give him.”
roster for the next game so more Florida natives can visit Orlando. Thirteen Knights hail from the Sunshine State, but college teams typically do not bring ever y player on the road. “We tr y to bring the local guys down to Florida on the trip even though they may be redshirting or be a little bit dinged up and not going to play,” Flood said. “It gives them a chance to visit with their family in the hotel … before the game.”
Several Florida natives shined in last year’s 23-13 victor y against South Florida in Tampa. Former running back Jawan Jamison, a Stark native, led the way with 151 rushing yards of f 41 carries. Then-sophomore left tackle Kaleb Johnson, a Jacksonville native and now a left guard, was part of an of fensive line that allowed only one sack. USF blocked then-freshman kicker Kyle Federico’s first field-goal attempt. But then the Ponte Vedra native made his next three, including a 52-yarder. “I think as a Florida kid he will be excited about kicking in front of the home crowd,” Flood said. “I do feel like he is getting into a little bit of rhythm.”
Alexander the star ting right guard over senior Andre Civil. “Taj is a little bit healthier than Andre at this par t of the year,” Flood said. Neither appears on the injur y report, but Flood says no player is completely healthy on any team at this point. Civil started consecutive games before Alexander got the nod against Cincinnati.
converting from wide receiver, redshirt freshman Ruhann Peele is Rutgers’ only definitive starting cornerback. Freshmen Nadir Barnwell and Anthony Cioffi and junior Gareef Glashen all have a chance at the other starting spot. “All those guys will play through the game and, multiple — probably three — will play in our sub packages at a time,” Flood said. Sunday’s depth char t listed Ciof fi starting alongside Peele. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.
The Knights could not afford to use sophomore running back P.J. James more late Saturday versus Cincinnati once the game got out of hand for Rutgers. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Rutgers Football Injury Report for Central Florida Player OL Brandon Arcidiacono FB Sam Bergen WR Jeff Gignac OL Bryant Gross-Armiento DT Kenneth Kirksey TE Taylor Marini DL Julian Pinnix-Odrick CB Lew Toler C Betim Bujari CB Delon Stephenson WR Carlton Agudosi RB Justin Goodwin DT Isaac Holmes DL Sebastian Joseph OL Brian Leoni DE Jamil Merrell CB Ruhann Peele SS Lorenzo Waters
Injury Shoulder Ankle Hamstring Hamstring Tricep Shoulder Knee Arm Ankle Ankle Lower body Hamstring Elbow Ankle Ankle Foot Virus Ankle
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY—NEW BRUNSWICK
QUOTE OF THE DAY “You know how concussions are, you just don’t know.” — Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer on sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay’s injury
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013
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MEN’S BASKETBALL DREXEL 70, RUTGERS 59
Knights can win fourth consecutive BY JUSTIN LESKO STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers women’s basketball team looks to continue its undefeated season tonight in Amherst, Mass., while Massachusetts (0-3) looks for its first win. The Scarlet Knights (3-0) needed a last-second bucket Sunday to beat LaSalle, 59-57. Junior point guard Syessence Davis drove the lane, drawing two defenders to her. She found junior forward Christa Evans open for a backdoor layup. They were Evans’ first points of the season. “I was trying to create a foul, but I was looking for the easiest thing, and the easiest thing was to hit Christa,” Davis said. “She was wide open.” Thirty seconds before, sophomore guard Precious Person tied the game with a free throw. Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper led the team in scoring each of the past three games, earning AAC Weekly Honors. She scored 12 against the Explorers before fouling out. Copper now averages 18.0 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. “Scoring a lot lately in the last couple games is only because of my teammates getting me the ball,” she said. “The team chemistry has gotten a lot better this year and everyone is sharing the ball, willing to make the extra pass, and I’m always there to get the pass and finish.” The LaSalle game was the closest during the Knights’ three-game win streak after SEE KNIGHTS ON PAGE 15
Drexel guard Chris Fouch steals the ball from junior forward Kadeem Jack, right, last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. It was one of 14 Rutgers turnovers for the game as the Knights fell, 70-59. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Learning curve gives RU loss BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
When junior wing Craig Brown entered the locker room with 7:34 remaining after an apparent head injur y, the Rutgers men’s basketball team had only eight rotational players. Drexel took full advantage, as the Dragons went on a 21-15 run after Browns’ injury to defeat the Scarlet Knights, 70-59, last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. “They just outplayed us both offensively and defensively,” said senior wing J.J. Moore. “We tried to match it, and it wasn’t working. They out-toughed us today.”
Drexel guard Tavon Allen almost defeated the Knights in the second half by himself. He went on a singlehanded 9-0 run at one point, finishing in the lane and on fast breaks. The New Haven, Conn., native finished with 21 points to lead all scorers, as his series of dunks and finishes showcased why he was the most effective athlete on the floor. “He was a tremendous boost for them, he made a lot of shots and tough floaters off of curls,” said senior forward Wally Judge. “He was the key component to the game.” The loss moves Drexel (3-1) on to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off to play Arizona. Instead of Rutgers (3-2) potentially playing either Duke or Alabama at Madison
Square Garden with a victory, the Knights get a pair of consolation games that have yet to be decided. Head coach Eddie Jordan understood the wasted opportunity for Rutgers, but knows he cannot focus on something that will not happen this year. “It’s a moot point now, it’s water under the bridge,” Jordan said. “There’s no real need to talk about that.” What Rutgers must talk about now is finding a way to match the physicality of opponents. Rotational issues did not help. It was the first time the Knights’ depth proved SEE CURVE ON PAGE 15
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midfielder, was named to the All-Region second team with freshman back Sofia Walia. The junior finished as the leading scorer for the Rutgers field hockey team, scoring nine goals and 19 points.
Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper leads the Knights with 18 PPG this season. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
SWIMMING & DIVING
at Central Florida
Frank Elm Invite
Tonight, 7 p.m. Amherst, Mass.
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., Orlando, Fla.
Friday, 10 a.m. RU Aquatic Center
Friday, 7 p.m., Clarion, Pa.