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Local groups to host day for HIV awareness By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
More than 2,000 Middlesex County residents suffer from HIV/ AIDS, according to a report from New Jersey Department of Health. About 956 New Brunswick residents, or 1.7 percent of the population, and 287 Piscataway residents have been diagnosed wtih the deadly disease. Although World AIDS Day is Sunday, Dec. 1, Rutgers and the New Brunswick population plan to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS on Dec. 5. World AIDS Day is an international initiative now in its 25th year. The event, originating in the United Kingdom, celebrates advocacy for HIV/ AIDS and commemorates the deaths of victims, according to its website. This year, the theme for the event is “Working together for an See Awareness on Page 4
U. professors named fellows in association
Barry Mitchell, co-owner of 3rd Earth Comics, sifts through comics at his store located above Sanctuary at 135 Easton Ave. The store opened last April and provides a variety of graphic novels to patrons. ALEX MEIER / ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Comic store provides sanctuary above Sanctuary By Alex Meier Associate News Editor
After the ThunderCats, a band of cat-like humanoid aliens, escaped their doomed home planet Thundera, they landed on a mysterious new planet called Third Earth. Barry Mitchell, his girlfriend Marrey Guzman and his parents Sophia Mitchell and Chris Lewis believe this story parallels their ex-
perience with opening their comic store, 3rd Earth Comics, last April. “It was kind of a new start for them, and it’s a new start for us,” Barry Mitchell said. Barry Mitchell always loved comics and dreamed about buying a comic store of his own, but his journey to reaching this goal took quite a few turns. After graduating high school, he lived in Kentucky, Virginia, Tex-
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to sell the couple a space above the 135 Easton Ave. eatery, which now serves as the current location of 3rd Earth Comics. 3rd Earth boasts a large collection of all types of comic books, from Batman and Superman to My Little Pony and Kiss, the rock band. The store also sells action figures, posters, video game consoles, See SANCTUARY on Page 4
Strong rains expected to delay holiday commute
By Erin Petenko Four Rutgers professors have been named as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a national organization of 338 researchers recognized for remarkable achievements. Eileen Kowler, a professor in the Department of Psychology, said she was elected to the AAAS because of her research into human eye movements. “We rely on moving the eye to gather information about the world,” she said. “There’s an elaborate system controlled by the brain that directs the eye to useful places.” Her team studies different cues to find the roots of attention, prediction and learning, she said. She credited her team of undergraduate and graduate students with continuing her project for many years, since they bring in new ideas. “They all have individual projects, but together they keep the group well-functioning,” she said. With this induction, she hopes to spread the word about her research and meet fellow AAAS members. Kowler said an interesting aspect of eye movement research is that it involves many disciplines — from cognitive science to computer science — and she plans to use the
as, California, Georgia and Maui, served in the military, worked as a retailer, home remodeler and HVAC technician, studied massage therapy and criminal justice and raised three children — all in a period of 13 years. Life brought him back to his native New Jersey, where serendipitously, the owner of Sanctuary overheard Barry Mitchell and Guzman talking in a comic store. He offered
By Sabrina Szteinbaum Correspondent
Alvin Zhang, left, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, and Sarah Mae Rogado, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy second-year student, pose yesterday at the Busch Campus Center for the Dress to Impress Charity Fashion Show. SHAWN SMITH
Fashion show benefits low-income workers By Shawn Smith Correspondent
In their “Dress to Impress Charity Fashion Show,” members of the Chi Psi fraternity and the Lambda Kappa Sigma sorority modeled both appropriate and inappropriate professional clothing at the Busch Campus Center last night. Proceeds from the event benefitted Dress for Success and CareerGear, organizations dedicated to providing business professional clothing to low-income men and women, said Sowmya Banda, president of Lambda Kappa Sigma.
“We want to help people in professional aspect, and everyone can benefit from something like this. It’s one of our favorite events,” said Banda, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy fourth-year student. The last event was held two years ago, she said. In the show, faculty members critique outfits and provide students with the Dos and Don’ts of dressing professionally. Joseph Barone, dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and Rolee Pathak Das, a clinical assistant professor for the See WORKERS on Page 4
Ninety percent of Americans consume turkey — roasted, baked or deep-fried — on the last Thursday in November, according to the National Turkey Federation. In the next few days, students will be putting down their books, locking their doors, hopefully taking out the trash and traveling near and far to celebrate and consume the bird, along with other popular Thanksgiving fixings like sweet potato pie and stuffing. In 1817, New York became the first of several states to adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday, according to history.com. This year, the most formidable storm since spring may affect holiday travels, said David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist. The storm, which is expected to hit Tuesday into Wednesday, could produce as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain in the area. “Given that most of N.J. has received less than 1 inch thus far in November and the monthly average is about 4 inches, you can see how significant this might be,” he said in an email. Since September and October were quite dry, this rain should greatly benefit the state, he said.
Turkey Day itself should be sunny, breezy and quite cold, Robinson said. High temperatures will be in the mid 30s. For students who will be waiting out the storm at Rutgers because they cannot return home for the holiday, the University keeps some residence halls open. Kathy McCarthy, unit coordinator for Rutgers Residence Life, said students who plan to stay on campus over the break should email Residence Life with their name, RUID number and contact information. It costs $35 a night, she said, and students would move to residence halls that Residence Life has predetermined, not necessarily their own. Students can also tune into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which was first presented by Macy’s in 1924, according to histor y.com. “New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience,” according to history.com. As a part of another Thanksgiving ritual, the president “pardons” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sending them to a farm for retirement.
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The Rutgers University Programming Association presents “Tea Time” at 2 p.m. in the Livingston Campus Center. The event is free and tea and pastries are provided.
Tuesday, Nov. 28
Thanksgiving recess begins. Classes resume Sunday, Dec. 1.
Sunday, Dec. 1
Hope for Haiyan hosts a benefit showcase/canned food drive at 5:30 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center. The showcase will feature music and performances by Rutgers students. Admission is $8 for students and $11 for non-students or one canned food item plus $7 for students and $10 for non-students. All money and food donated will go to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines.
Monday, Dec. 2
The Rutgers Jazz Ensemble II performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music center on Douglass campus. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens and $5 for students.
Thursday, Dec. 5
The Rutgers University Programming Association presents a screening of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at 8 p.m. in the Rutgers Cinema on Livingston campus. Ticketing begins at 6:30 p.m. and an RUID is required for entry. Popcorn and soda will be provided free.
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Jazz saxophonist James Ohn and his band perform at 8 p.m. at Tumulty’s Pub at 361 George St. There is a $4 soda charge for patrons under 21. The Yamato Drummers of Japan perform at 8 p.m. at the New Jersey State Theatre at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets range from $35 to $65. Form more information. Go to statetheatrenj.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Jazz trumpeter Susan Veneman and her band perform at 8 p.m. at Tumulty’s Pub at 361 George St. There is a $4 soda charge for patrons under 21.
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November 26, 2013
Douglass Library hosts 16-day exhibit on gender-based violence By Jessica Herring
“The books throughout the exhibit are important because it is good to have an expert weigh in on Rutgers University Libraries the information that is relevant and organized “16 Books for 16 Days,” have students take it upon theman exhibit that displays posters selves to explore the material,” and books that focus on violence West said. The exhibit is a part of “16 against women and human rights at the Mabel Smith Douglass Li- Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,” a campaign that startbrary on Douglass campus. The exhibit, organized in ed in 1991 and was sponsored by conjunction with the Office of the Center for Women’s Global Violence Prevention and Victim Leadership, according to the RutAssistance, started yesterday and gers Libraries website. Student organizations have oris scheduled to go on till Dec. 10, which is International Human ganized events all over campus as part of “16 Days of Activism Against Rights Day. The theme for the exhibit is Gender Violence,” West said. “It’s important for students to “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Mil- attend this exhibit because stuitarism and End Violence Against dents of any major spend a lot of Women,” according to a news re- time at the library,” West said. lease. The exhibit shows the con- “For the library to become an nections between gender-based activist space where people are presenting material about women violence and militarism. Kayo Denda, head of Mar- against violence and human rights gery Somers Foster Center and inspires people to do more.” West said she took “Women’s a women’s studies librarian, said she was involved in curating the Leadership Course: Knowledge exhibit, selecting books, creating and Power” where she learned a bibliography and contacting po- about human dignity in an academic space. tential partners. “To be taught about human The topic of gender violence is very close to one of the central dignity is sad in a way, but it is collection areas of Douglass li- also a really wonderful experibrary, which is gender and wom- ence,” she said. West said en, Denda said. the more peo“We startple read books ed creating “The exhibit helps to this this exhibit to bring the issues of the regarding material, the demonstrate campaign closer to more a perour support for the ‘16 Days students ... and creates an son’s heart will change, which Against Genopportunity for will affect how der Violence,’ discussion.” people interact one of the in the world. hallmarks of “In order the Center for ZARIN HAMID to try and stop Women’s GlobCoordinator of Gender-Based Violence al Leadership,” Program at the Center for Women’s Global women against violence, it is Denda said. Leadership important to The exhieducate youth bition also includes posters on the theme of how to prevent women against vigender violence displayed in the olence,” she said. Zarin Hamid, coordinator of entrance hall, Denda said. They were produced by women’s activ- the Gender-Based Violence Proist organizations around the world gram at Center for Women’s Globand collected by the Center for al Leadership, said she worked with Denda to determine the best Women’s Global Leadership. The images are a part of the course for the exhibit. The exhibit is important overdigital collection titled “The Center for Women’s Global Lead- all because it serves as a bridge ership Poster Collection,” an between the global campaign, the award-winning project created by issue of gender-based violence, militarism and economic and soRutgers Libraries, Denda said. The exhibit started including cial rights and the Rutgers combooks about three years ago, said munity, Hamid said. “This exhibit is important beSarah West, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Some themes cause it serves a link between the include ending gender violence campaign which is global in nature and militarism against female hu- and the Rutgers campus and comman rights defenders, domestic munity,” Hamid said. “The exhibit violence and small arms, sexual helps to bring the issues of the violence during and after conflict campaign closer to students and and violence in prison and among others in the community and creates an opportunity for discussion.” children and youth. Contributing Writer
“16 Books for 16 Days” began yesterday at the Mabel Smith Library on Douglass campus. The exhibit displays a collection of books and posters on violence against women and human rights and will run till Dec. 10. SAAD SAEED KHAN
November 26, 2013
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clothing items and everything “geek-related.” Barr y Mitchell said the store owns some rare collectibles, including X-Men Issue Volume 1 No. 6, valued at $600, and the original, first-print edition of Fantastic Four Volume 1 No. 12, “The Incredible Hulk,” valued at $7,500. The owners frequently rummage through yard sales and vintage shops. Sophia Mitchell recalls discovering a Star Trek Barbie Doll set from the 60s, which is now worth a couple hundred dollars. “Literally I climbed in someone’s second hand shop, a vintage store — I found it tucked away on a shelf,” she said. Sophia Mitchell said the store’s biggest project is working on hosting a convention this spring at 2nd Reformed Church of New Brunswick on College Avenue. They plan to showcase video games, anime, comic books and fanboy culture to create a family-oriented sense of community. “It’s a lot of older people in the church, and they miss having younger people come in,” she said. “They want to reach out to anything that will stimulate ... a nice friendly atmosphere, a more wholesome entertainment.” Lewis said the store itself also acts as a home for communal gatherings. On Mondays, the store hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! card playing tournaments and on Tuesdays, artists, engineers and other talented individuals gather to help others tweak and perfect their cosplay costumes. The store holds planning committee meetings for the spring convention on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, they host an anime
movie day, and on Fridays they organize magic social gatherings. Each month, the store selects a hero of the month based on when his or her comic debuted, Barry Mitchell said. On the first of the month, one person who likes the store’s Facebook page wins a free comic featuring the hero. This November’s prize was The Fantastic Four, as they hit the shelves in November of 1961. Barry Mitchell said college students often feel pressured to leave high school interests behind to conform, but 3rd Earth Comics gives them room to express themselves honestly. “A lot of [the] college experience has to do with drinking and partying,” he said, “and we want to have a place where the college kids can also be with elementary or high school kids.” 3rd Earth Comics plans to work on outreach to elementary or high school students by distributing comic books, certificate, socks and other comic-related items to
classrooms. They hope to partner with teachers and create a board of students: one reader, one writer, one scientist and one artist. “Everything students are learning in school now is also in comic books,” he said. “Parents think that comic books are just blood, cursing, nudity, [but] it really isn’t.” Although the Internet age threatens the future of comic books, Barry Mitchell is confident that the analog medium will make a comeback. Superhero movies have become extremely popular recently, and hits like “Strikeback,” “Sin City,” “300” and “The Walking Dead” all originated as comic books. 3rd World Comics has a loyal fan base — roughly 15 to 20 dedicated customers visit the store ever y week. Barr y Mitchell said Mr. Nelson, a 60-yearold man and avid collector, stands out in particular. “He’s disabled, but every other day he makes it his way up two flights of stairs with a cane, and he’ll sit here for about two to three hours,” he said. “We’ll talk about ‘The Incredible Hulk’ TV show, Wonder Woman, things from the 60s and 70s that are now comic books.”
3rd Earth Comics offers a variety of comics, from “Superman” to “My Little Pony.” ALEX MEIER / ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
WORKERS Barone says students do not get another chance for first impressions when meeting new people
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, provided insight for dressing and judged the event. Before the fashion show, Barone and Pathak Das provided the audience with basic tips. “Dress above your audience and look better than everyone at your meeting,” Barone said. “Dress better, even if they say business casual. You will be noticed. If everyone is wearing the same khakis and polos, you don’t distinguish yourself.” Pathak Das said when dressing, keep patterns simple and one should not reveal too much. When going to a meeting or interview, also keep in mind that appearance can send the wrong message. Barone also said students should dress comfortably when going to a meeting or interview, but should not be wearing their pajamas. They should also not wear something for the first time when trying to make an impression. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression, as cliché as that sounds,” he said. “Think about the color you use to express yourself. Do not wear something too loud or too bright — people may not go for it.” Alvin Zhang, assistant treasurer for Chi Psi, a social fraternity on campus, said the event was co-sponsored by the two greek organizations. Lambda Kappa Sigma was looking for male models, and the brothers of Chi Psi were willing to help out for a good cause. “This is our first year co-sponsoring this event,” said Zhang, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I was
asked to speak beforehand and model for the event by [the] president of Lambda Kappa Sigma. We are also here because we were able to get enough to people to participate.” While not his first time modeling, Zhang said he was really looking forward to the event. Some of the brothers of Chi Psi were also excited by the chance to help out an organization dedicated to getting people into the workforce, and James Perucho, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said he was happy that Lambda Kappa Sigma reached out to people outside the pharmacy program. “It’s really nice they reached out to a non-pharmacy organization,” he said. “This is something I think everyone can benefit from. Professional clothing is something that is not accessible to everyone.” The judges also commented on other things that students should pay attention to when going to professional meetings of any kind, including knowing the office atmosphere and personal hygiene. “Make sure you are well groomed and you have fresh breath,” Pathak Das said. According to the CareerGear website, the organization empowers men to overcome barriers and move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Along with providing professional clothing, the organization also partners with job training programs and community-based organizations to help ready people for the workforce. The last piece of advice the judges had was simple: Do not forget to remove tags and stitching from clothing before an interview.
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AIDS-free generation,” according to Natalie Aloyets-Artel, a senior project coordinator at the School of Social Work. A part of the events scheduled for the day include a series of programs from the Ryan White Project of Middlesex-Somerset-Huntington counties, a local chapter of a statewide organization that provides services to individuals with HIV/AIDS. At the Reformed Church in Highland Park, they plan to have a keynote speaker and several musical performances including one by the N.J. Gay Men’s Chorus, said Aloyets-Artel, a member of the health planning council staff support for the project. “It will be an uplifting, celebratory performance,” she said. She said they would also have a panel of speakers to talk about living with HIV/AIDS. The day is scheduled to end with a candlelit vigil for AIDS victims led by a reverend from Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Throughout the day, the organization plans to display artwork and have vendors with information about HIV/AIDS, Aloyets-Artel said.
interdisciplinary focus of the AAAS to advance her research. Linda Brzustowicz, a professor in the Department of Genetics, studies the molecular and statistical genetics underlying neurological disorders. Her team currently studies autism, specific language impairment and schizophrenia, she said in an email statement. The work varies from recruiting subjects for studies to researching the effects of microRNA, a little-understood part of gene expression, she said in an email interview. “Most recently, we have begun conducting whole genome sequencing on subjects in our studies as a means to better understand the genetics of these disorders,” she said in the statement. Brzustowicz has been a member of the AAAS for 25 years and said she is honored to be elected a fellow. Other professors who were named fellows of the association include Ronald Gilman from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who investigates the structure of protons, and TungChing Lee from the Department of Food Science, whose research concerns improving food processing, according to Rutgers Today.
November 26, 2013
National Cancer Institute awards grant for app By Tyler Gold Staff Writer
Rutgers researchers are working on an app that would deal with one of the most dif ficult aspects of cancer: sur viving. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey research member Shawna Hudson was recently awarded a $3.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop and test out a comprehensive program that aims to study and help improve the health management needs of cancer sur vivors. Part of her research includes developing a smartphone app for cancer sur vivors, said Hudson, an associate director for research at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. More than 13 million cancer sur vivors live in the United States, according to a news release from the National Cancer Institute, and the number of long-term sur vivors, or those who concluded treatment two or more years ago, is increasing. About 70 percent of these sur vivors develop or already have other health issues that cancer treatment can af fect, according to the news release. By 2050, the growth rate for cancer sur vivors is expected to outpace the growth rate for new cancer cases. Such
projections call for a more comprehensive approach to helping this population better understand their health care needs and become more proactive in managing those needs, Hudson said. “The problem with many health care programs is that people get the right care, they just don’t get their testing done at the right inter vals.” Hudson said.
“ Many other apps that do this kind of tracking aren’t very dynamic. ... We’re trying to help cancer survivors communicate better with their doctors.” Shawna Hudson Associate Director for Research at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Hudson said previous work on a website for prostate cancer sur vivors helped to inspire her. She wanted to create a way to translate that experience to something portable that patients can take with them to the doctor’s office. “Many other apps that do this kind of tracking aren’t ver y dynamic,” Hudson said. “Our goal is to provide a user-friendly platform that can track all kinds of things like which and when patients had certain tests or
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appointments. We’re tr ying to help cancer sur vivors communicate better with their doctors.” Hudson’s team intends to use videos and interactive content to create a more intensive dynamic and better conversations between patients and their doctor. “Right now the app is in the development stage,” Hudson said. “We haven’t actually started building it yet.” The program’s development will be a par t of a five-year process. NotSoldSeparately, a New Jersey-based company, is working on creating the app. Hudson said the corporation has developed technology for studies and programs for 15 years. Hudson and her team intend to hold focus group inter views with both doctors and patients to make sure the app helps create the best experience, she said. They then plan to roll the program out to a small group of about 480 patients selected from various local practices, she said. The participants are supposed to use and test the app and accompanying website to provide feedback to Hudson and her team. After the program ends, data from this study is set to be used to help other programs and systems around the countr y to improve their own testing, studies and programs involving cancer sur vivors, Hudson said.
Shawna Hudson, associate director for research at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was awarded a $3.2 million grant to develop an app to help cancer survivors track tests. PHOTO BY STEVE HOCKSTEIN / COURTESY TO MICHELE FISHER
November 26, 2013
Search for gunman at Yale unsuccessful
Strength in solitude Top: Blood and tissue are frozen with debris in the street outside an apartment building where 18-year-old Tyshon Anderson was killed on Nov. 25 in Chicago, Illinois. Anderson died after being shot in the head in the lobby of the building on Saturday evening while attending a party in one of the building’s apartments. He was one of eight people shot on the city’s Southside during an eight-hour period. Residents of the building joined together to wash the material from the lobby of the building because they did not want their children to have to pass it by each time they came and went from their apartments. The city only cleans murder scenes that happen outside and the building’s landlord was not willing to have the lobby cleaned until Monday. Residents of the area complained that police have done little to investigate the murder or curb violence in the area. A resident of the building stated that she was happy that her 14-year-old son was locked up because it was safer for him to be incarcerated than to live in the neighborhood. Bottom: The mother of 18-year-old Tyshon Anderson signs a memorial to her son which was posted outside the apartment building where he was killed. GETTY IMAGES
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Yale University was locked down for nearly six hours yesterday as authorities responded to a phone call warning that an armed man was heading to shoot up the school that they are investigating as a likely hoax. Police did not find a gunman after SWAT teams searched the Ivy League campus and a lockdown was lifted yesterday afternoon. No one was injured, police said. “New Haven is safe. The Yale campus is safe,” said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman. A 911 call was received at 9:48 a.m. from a man at a pay phone about a mile from the campus who said his roommate was on the way to the university to shoot people, said Officer David Hartman, a New Haven Police spokesman. Esserman said he was leaning toward the incident being a hoax and that a witness who reported seeing someone with a rifle likely saw a law enforcement officer. “Though it is starting to tilt in the direction of an innocent mistake, it started with a purposeful and malicious call,” Esserman said, vowing to track down and arrest the person who made the call. Authorities do not believe the caller was a Yale student or that his roommate attended Yale, Esserman said. There was nothing specific about the threat, he said, and the call lasted only seconds. Many students and staff members left campus for the Thanksgiving holiday following Saturday’s traditional football game against Harvard. But many were still in their dorm rooms, Hartman said, and Yale authorities sent out their first warning at 10:17 a.m., about a half hour after the 911 call. “The Yale police made the right call,” Esserman said. “They went to immediate lockdown to keep everybody safe.” Yale advised students and staff members to shelter in place. The school also issued an
advisor y asking people off campus to stay away from the area. The shelter advisor y was lifted by late afternoon. Police blocked off several streets near the university’s Old Campus, in the heart of New Haven, where they were concentrating their search. Several local schools also were placed in lockdown. Police in tactical gear entered several campus buildings. Pedestrian traffic in the normally bustling area was sparse, with cold and windy weather keeping many people inside. The response included several police departments, the FBI and other federal agencies, Hartman said. Police had difficulty gaining access to some rooms because those locked inside were not convinced they were dealing with law enforcement, he said. Most rooms don’t have peepholes. Yale sent out an email telling community members that officers would be slipping a Yale ID under the door or using keys to gain access. Undergraduate classes are set to resume Dec. 2 Yale has been the target of violence in the past. In May 2003, a bomb damaged an empty classroom and adjacent reading room at the law school. A Yale professor, David J. Gelernter, was seriously injured in 1993, when a mail bomb mailed by Theodore Kaczynski, the man known as the Unabomber, exploded in his campus office. Yesterday’s search came several weeks after a scare on another Connecticut campus. Central Connecticut State University was in lockdown for several hours after witnesses reported a masked man carrying a gun or sword on Nov. 4. Police arrested a student, David Kyem, who said he had been wearing a ninja-like Halloween costume and meant no harm. He faces charges including breach of peace. — The Associated Press
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IN BRIEF EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lot at MetLife Stadium for February’s Super Bowl, in a modified capacity. In other words, don’t expect to bring your deluxe grill to the festivities. In fact, don’t bring any kind of grill unless you want to be turned away at the entrance. The National Football League won’t allow grills in the parking areas at the Meadowlands sports complex on game day. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said yesterday that’s a standard rule that’s been employed at previous Super Bowls. Published reports last week suggested tailgating might not be allowed. But McCarthy said fans can bring their own food and beverages as long as they don’t bring a grill or spread out taking up empty parking spots as many fans do at New York Giants and New York Jets games. The complex has more than 25,000 parking spots available for a typical Giants or Jets game, but more than half of those will be taken up by security and television equipment, organizers have said. McCarthy added that only ticketholders will be allowed into the parking area, and will have to have purchased a parking permit as well. The Super Bowl will be the first to be played at a cold weather venue in a non-domed stadium. NEWARK, N.J. — The search for an autistic New Jersey teenager is widening to upstate New York. Authorities have been searching for Michael Karwan since he vanished Nov. 19 from his home in Marlboro, N.J. The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office says the 19-year-old may have accidentally traveled to a town in upstate New York. The Star-Ledger reports Karwan is believed to have asked for directions to Marlboro at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, but may have mistakenly been directed to Marlboro, N.Y. Webster says Karwan was spotted Friday in Highland, N.Y., which is near Marlboro. He may have been spotted yesterday in nearby Hillside. State and federal authorities and volunteers have been searching for Karwan, who may need medical attention. Anyone with information should call the Marlboro, N.J., police at 732-536-0100. TRENTON, N.J. — Trenton’s only hotel has sold quickly at auction. The winning bidder at yesterday’s auction agreed to pay $6 million for the 197-room Lafayette Yard Hotel. Edison Broadcasting, a New York-based media company which owns several television and radio stations, beat out New Jersey-based VBCE, which owns several Dunkin Donuts restaurants and hotels in Virginia, Mar yland and Pennsylvania. The city-owned hotel and attached garage cost $60 million when it opened as the Trenton Marriott in 2002. — The Associated Press
Giving Thanks Tristan McDonald, center, eats with his mother and grandmother at the New York City Rescue Mission’s 15th Annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet on Nov. 25 in New York City. Hundreds of traditional Thanksgiving meals were served to people in need at the lunch. America’s first rescue mission, the The New York City Rescue Mission was founded in 1872 to help provide food, clothing and shelter to people in crisis in New York City. Recent statistics by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development show that New York City’s homeless population increased by 13 percent at the beginning of this year. GETTY IMAGES
Storm to cause delays during Thanksgiving DALLAS — A winter storm system blamed for at least 10 fatal accidents in the West and Texas threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans traveling this week. Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport yesterday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said, mirroring disruptions at the air hub a day earlier. Some of the country’s busiest airports — New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. — could see big delays. Icy roads led to hundreds of accidents and at least 10 deaths, half of them in Texas. Yesterday, the storm brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, southern Kansas and Texas. But as the storm continues east, there are fears of heavy rain along the busy Interstate 95 corridor and sleet, freezing rain and
snow away from the coast and at higher elevations. Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said it will be “primarily a rain event” for the East Coast, with up to three inches of rain dousing travelers. “The further inland you get — especially as you get into that higher terrain — you are going to deal with frozen precipitation,” Kines said. Snow could fall in western Pennsylvania and the interior of New England. Up to 9 inches could blanket northern parts of West Virginia, where the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from this morning through tomorrow afternoon. Jeff Smidt is traveling tomorrow from his home in Toronto to visit his family in Andover, Mass., just outside Boston. “My understanding is that I’m traveling at like the worst time ever,” he said. Smidt tried to get on an earlier flight but JetBlue told him it isn’t waiving any change fees yet.
“I’m just hoping I also don’t become a statistic during the holiday weekend,” he said. “Worst comes to worst, it will be an eight-hour trek down Interstate 90.” Ninety percent of travelers this week will drive, according to AAA, and an estimated 38.9 million people — 1.6 percent fewer than last year — are expected to drive 50 miles or more from their home. Gas is about 15 cents cheaper than last year, AAA said yesterday, with a gallon of regular selling for $3.28. The car-lobbying group and travel agency says tomorrow will be the busiest travel day, a forecast based on a formula that factors in consumer confidence, stock market performance, unemployment and a survey of 418 people that has a 6 percent margin of error. Air travel will be busier and more expensive than usual this Thanksgiving. This holiday will likely see the most air travelers since 2007, ac-
cording to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group, with the busiest day being Sunday, an estimated 2.56 million passengers. Tomorrow is expected to be the second-busiest with 2.42 million passengers. The average domestic airfare is up 9.5 percent from last Thanksgiving to $313, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes tickets sold online and by traditional travel agencies. Meanwhile, Amtrak prices in September — the most recent month for which data is available — were up more than 4 percent from last year. Adding to the usual stress of holiday travel, though, is the weather that’s ahead for much of the countr y. Already, the storm system dropped several inches of snow last week in New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and West Texas. — The Associated Press
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his past Sunday marked a historic moment in the ongoing str uggle for peace in the Middle East. Iran and the West have a long, complicated histor y fraught with conflict, but a recent agreement reached between Iran and the five permanent members to the UN Security Council — China, France, Russia, the U.S. and the U.K. — seems promising. The origins of this particular issue date back to 1957. The U.S. launched the program in Iran when the two countries were still allies collaborating on efforts to find uses for nuclear energy. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the U.S. pulled its support, but since then Iran has still been building its nuclear infrastructure to continue working on ways to satisfy its civilian population’s energy needs. There has been growing mistrust from the West as well as many other countries in the Middle East that Iran’s nuclear program is growing at a rate that can give it the capacity to build a nuclear bomb, leading to years and years of tough sanctions on Iran in an effort to force it to end the program altogether. This deal calls for Iran to slow its nuclear program, and in exchange, the U.S. and its allies have agreed to lift many of the sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy and infrastructure for years. The deal from this Sunday is only a temporar y one, but it is a huge step for ward in the effort to improve relations between Iran and the West. It places limitations on Iran’s nuclear program to ensure that it does not have the capacity to create a nuclear bomb. Iran’s nuclear program uses enriched uranium, which is used to power nuclear power plants that generate electricity. Uranium enriched to 90 percent is considered “bomb-grade,” and the deal calls for Iran to neutralize any stockpiles of uranium it has enriched to 20 percent or above. It is still al-
lowed to continue to enrich uranium to 5 percent for its power plants. In exchange for this, the U.S. and the other permanent members of the Security Council have agreed to lift many sanctions and ensure that they do not impose any new sanctions for the next six months as long as Iran holds up its end of the bargain. This deal is huge for a number of reasons. First of all, the relief that Iran will receive as a result of the sanctions being lifted amounts to more than $6 billion. The consequences that economic sanctions have had on Iran in the last decade are extremely severe. Iran’s currency lost about 2/3 of its value against the dollar over the past ten years, and unemployment in the country is extremely high at 24 percent. In general, sanctions end up harming the civilian population of a country much more directly than the governments that they are supposed to be targeting. The improvements that the Iranian people can expect in the general quality of life if the government holds up its side of the deal will be a welcome relief. Secondly, we are very optimistic about what the implications of negotiations between Iran and the U.S. mean for the future of their relations. Agreeing to this deal is seen as a major gamble for the U.S., since many other countries consider it difficult to trust Iran to fulfill its commitments. But opening up relations and engaging in an agreement like this one with Iran can be a massive step forward. The fact that the negotiations have even been taking place suggests that the countries can continue to move forward in tackling other issues as well. It’s important that this deal is carried out on both ends. The precedent it sets for future talks between the West and other countries in the Middle East is pivotal. The U.S. and its allies started this mess, and it’s up to them to make every effort to continue to engage in negotiations like this to try improving otherwise rapidly deteriorating relationships.
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Holidays should be about celebrating, not shopping and not have to worry about the whole capitalism into this day that we’re supconsumeristic, commercial world.” Foley posed to be retreating from all of that.” I acknowledged that the bill probably won’t don’t think the Pilgrims and the Indians pass through the state house, but he ar- going to malls on Thanksgiving Day to gues that it does intend to curb the ridic- get ready for Christmas. That’s not to say businesses don’t ulous amount of commercialism of our national holidays. The goal of the legisla- have the right to be open on Thanksgivtion gives any retail employee the right to ing Day, or for people to spend the day work, while also calling on businesses to shopping. However, I think our homes think about opening on holidays. He also are a more appropriate place for our holsaid, “For Thanksgiving, give people the iday celebrations, if any. It’s easy to say option of opting out and not working if that if someone doesn’t want to work on they want to spend it with their families.” Thanksgiving then they shouldn’t get that job, or Part of the businesses blame for the should close commercial“The intense commercialization if they want. ism of holiday of holidays has pulled us away The problem lies with busiis that the nesses, but from our moral values.” greed of conpart of it also sumers and lies on the businesses consumers. The intense commercialization of hol- essentially ties the employee to work idays has pulled us away from our moral on the holiday. Some say the law just atvalues. As Foley said, there are some tempts to protect workers from working days when we should just be at home on Thanksgiving, but I think the law is with our families. Our holidays are now protecting our moral values of family, commercial days, and Christmas in par- generosity and community. There are some companies bucking ticular dwarfs Thanksgiving. Instead of giving, we’ve become greedy. Foley also the trend of commercializing the holnoted, “These guys are going way over- iday. Costco, Nordstrom, Radioshack board, I think there’s a sense of ‘can’t we and BJ’s Wholesale Club opted to stay get any break, any break at all?’ They’re closed on Thanksgiving. Nordstrom optbringing in commercialism and hollow ed to continue it’s now 20-year tradition
STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN MIKE DENIS
n a few days we will all get together with our families and celebrate Thanksgiving. Yet there is a disturbing trend in this countr y: Each year, we continue to push the meaning of Thanksgiving out of our minds and replace it with Christmas. Thanksgiving seems to be a day where we have a large family meal and celebrate the next holiday. Christmas is corporate America’s favorite time of year because of the substantial amount of consumerism it brings. But Thanksgiving has become a victim of the demand for Christmas, and not only have Americans who celebrate both holidays forgotten the meaning of Christmas, they’ve forgotten the meaning of Thanksgiving too. This week, Ohio State Rep. Mike Foley, D-14, introduced a bill to the state house that would give triple-time work pay to retail employees who have to work on Thanksgiving Day. Retailers cash in each year on mega sales as consumers rush in to get the latest holiday deals. Foley said of his bill, “It’s a disturbing, creeping trend. There are some days in the year where you should just be able to chill out
of closing its doors on Thanksgiving, simply stating, “We like to celebrate one holiday at a time.” Costco’s Vice President of Membership and Marketing Paul Latham stated, “Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season, and we simply believe that they deser ve the oppor tunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families.” So it seems like some companies get the idea of Thanksgiving as a time for being at home with family. Consumers need to latch onto this idea too. Whether it is Thanksgiving Day or Night, people should be at home with their families rather than out shopping. And besides being a hectic day for workers, what about consumers? The sheer commotion over consumer items seems to be hectic enough for some people. On Thanksgiving, people should sit down and think about the real meaning of our holidays. Those stores that are open and people that are shopping in them should sit down and decide what Thanksgiving and Christmas are really all about: consumerist greed or generosity and family. Mike Denis is a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science with a minor in history. His column, “Straight Up and Down,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.
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Targum’s article misrepresentative and offensive I hope everyone understands my issue with the article I was featured in, “U. sees strengthening, expansion in filmmaking culture,” is not a self-centered one. I couldn’t care less about how I was painted as a person, but I do care about how you painted me as a representative of the Cinema Studies program. Let’s back up and review the article you did not read closely enough: “Previously, filmmakers only had the opportunity to enroll in the University’s Cinema Studies minor to immerse themselves in curriculum-based film scholarship.” This statement implies to me that Cinema Studies is inadequate at providing a curriculum-based film scholarship alone, and that Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking is, somehow. Neither of these things is true. It may not have been your intention, but it is the implication of your writing. “These students often created movies as side projects, struggling to squeeze produc-
tion time into the insanity that is college. The students from the two programs do Film clubs existed but had very limited not have much reason to collude when one resources and so student-made films had works for credit and the other does not. However, this divide does not exist when trouble taking off in a professional sense.” I should take more offense to this than there is a middle ground for the two sides I do. This article failed to mention those to meet. This is why KTP is such a great film clubs with “limited resources” have thing — everyone there has a different gotten films into Campus MovieFest and area of experience. Last year we got tothe New Jersey Film Festival. Those clubs gether and made a great movie. There is no divide outare called the side of a cirScreenwritcumstantial er’s Com“As you can see, I am not all right with one. munity of this article. Several of my teachers are I love CineRutgers Unima Studies. I versity and not all right with this article. This don’t want to Knight Times see it become Productions. article is not all right.” irrelevant I know this when it realbecause I run ly shouldn’t. them both. The article ignored that although I men- I believe if the two programs combined, tioned what I have done with my films in then Rutgers could have some great film students, but it will never happen if articles my interview. The rest of the article gives gloss to like this continue to get published. Now stop telling me how upset I the DFC while ignoring the accomplishments of Cinema Studies, and my quote shouldn’t be. As you can see, I am not all right with was used as a case-in-point to hammer in this article. Several of my teachers are not a biased argument. I stated in my response to the article I all right with this article. This article is not agree there is a divide — an academic one. all right.
I don’t want to hear “but that’s what you said in your interview.” No. Nuh uh. Making sure you have all the information necessary to convey an accurate picture of a situation is the responsibility of the journalist. If it’s not clear, ask for clarification. I even gave examples of accomplishments that I made with my film clubs. The implication of the article is that they did not exist or were insignificant compared to the DFC. I am not OK with that. I feel my words were used to convey a biased point to misrepresent my program. It made Cinema Studies look like the redhaired stepchild of the “film culture” of Rutgers. This article was supposed to be about film culture, not just a pro-DFC program. I would like to request you do something about it. I have been told you guys only correct errors of “substance.” I believe this article to be composed of bad and misleading substance. Matthew Riddle is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in economics and mathematics with a minor in cinema studies. He is president of Screenwriters Community of Rutgers University and vice president of Knight Times Productions.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
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November 26, 2013 Stephan Pastis
Today’s Birthday (11/26/13). You have the gifts of communication, partnership and optimism this year. You contribute to a rise in family prosperity until midsummer, when higher education tempts you to explore and travel. Take great strides in health and vitality. Balance your busy schedule to include romance, love, creativity and playtime with friends. 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 -- Communication is key and comes easier than normal. Write a business proposal, a love letter or both. Apply discipline to communications and they’re potent. Let your partner take the lead on a project. Confide to a wise relative. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Improve your living conditions and your loving. Don’t be afraid to express your true feelings. It’s a great time for meaningful conversation. Silence can also be fun. Consider the game you’re playing, and edit for awesomeness. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Your home could use some tender loving care just about now. Do a tough job yourself and save money, or just pay for it. Take a serious approach, regardless, and get it done. Then you can announce it and celebrate. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Simplify your daily routine to improve working conditions. Take pride in your basic principles. An older person offers help. The action you’re taking feels exactly right. Send out communications, and they travel far. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Take a big step towards a new level of financial independence. Get in touch with old acquaintances and profit arises naturally. Do what seems right, even if nobody else knows. Offer compassionate listening. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Reminisce with old friends. Heed a friend’s concerns, but don’t get stopped by them. A private conversation results in greater financial flexibility. Being in charge can be sexy. You’ve got it cooking. Make poetry.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- The skies are clearing up, figuratively speaking, but it’s still not a good idea to argue, especially with authority. Phone a neighbor or friend for support, or ask someone with more experience. Emotion wins over logic. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Today is a 7 -- Look far and wide for bargains. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Keep your word. Plan a trip to a favorite place, and advance through distant contacts. Build a fun game with friends, and turn your phone off for a while. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -Today is a 7 -- It’s easier to make yourself understood today. What can you say for the greatest impact on your community? You’re included in that. Be your best. New ideas come in odd moments; catch them. You’re gaining respect. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- A friendship formed now will last. Heed wise words from a loving woman. Be open to change for others and yourself. You can delegate some of your chores. It’s a win-win. Keep good records and build security. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Trust the structures you’ve built, and continue developing support. Improving skills increases your benefits, and your level of fun. Ask for more and get it. Re-assure someone who’s wobbly. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Keep track of what you’re doing, and take copious notes, or record it. Increase your level of optimism and you’re contagious. Others love to be around you. The result is stability. Relax and have fun.
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stillman Etou makes collegiate debut after serving suspension for six games to start the season continued from back said. “We need to have enthusiasm, we need to be composed through adversity and get a hand on this type of team. We’ll face better teams and we must make sure that we will be better.” The Tigers occasionally transitioned gloriously, even giving Stillman a half-court alley-oop play from guard Daniel Bryant to forward Stanley Magee. But Rutgers’ offense, which shot 60 percent, was even better. Mack led the way with 23 points. “That makes me feel like we’re making a lot of shots like we’re supposed to,” Mack said. “And we’ve been in the gym a lot, so that’s great that we shot like that from the field.” The opponent quality allowed Jordan to stretch his bench, unlike Saturday’s loss to William & Mary. Junior Etou made his collegiate debut. The freshman forward endured a six-game suspension for accepting impermissible benefits from a third party overseas in fall 2012. The Republic of Congo native camped in the post and occasionally found open layups en route to six points, eight boards and three fouls in 21 minutes. Jordan said he expected Etou to rack fouls in his collegiate debut. But senior for ward Wally Judge, who recorded 20 points and 13 rebounds in 19 minutes, was impressed.
Page 13 “I think he’s a missing link because he can do a bit of everything,” Judge said. “He can play on the perimeter, he can make shots from the perimeter as well as the inside. He rebounds. One shot he almost got to, but then he pulled back because they called a foul, but he’s a shot blocker.” Rutgers’ 60-51 halftime lead gave the Knights its largest halftime score since 2006, showcasing a slick offensive transition that gave them 70 percent shooting from the field. But the Tigers took a 13-3 turnover advantage, which kept Stillman in the half despite 40 percent floor shooting. Senior forward J.J. Moore provided a bright spot when making his third 3-pointer in three attempts. That made it a 56-49 Rutgers lead with 2:45 left in the first as the Knights shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range in the period. But it took long before Rutgers broke away from the Division-II foe. Stillman guard Jeffrey Wherry tied the game at 28 with a 3-pointer with 9:12 left in the period. That is where Rutgers found itself in the dead atmosphere, below the teams that earned their way into MSG. “A loss is tough to take no matter what’s at stake,” Judge said. “It’s just like if you go to the national championship and you lose, you’re not going to be happy that you made it there. You’re going to want to win it. Playing at MSG is great, but we’ve been there before.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
VOLLEYBALL KNIGHT CONCLUDE SEASON WITH CINCINNATI, LOUISVILLE
Remaining games give RU challenge By Sean Stewart Staff Writer
With two games remaining for the Rutgers volleyball team, it is hard to predict if the squad will taste victory again this season. All the promise and ability the Scarlet Knights displayed Friday in their home win against Temple vanished in less than two days during their loss Sunday against Memphis. What is even more surprising is that the Owls (18-10, 9-7) have a better record than the Tigers (1416, 6-10). The Knights have shown time and again they have the ability to compete. They shocked conference-leading Louisville (21-7, 16-0) with a first-set win in their match back in late October. But pulling out consistent performances has been a struggle all season long, something head coach C.J. Werneke can attest to. “We put a pretty complete match together Friday against Temple and we told them that,” Werneke said. “We told them why and how, and that’s the type of team we’re capable of being. The trick is maintaining and replicating that, and we haven’t been able to do that.” Against Temple, the Knights collected 62 kills while boasting a .260 hit percentage. Defensively, they held the Owls to 38 kills and had 11 total blocks thanks to the strong net play of sophomores Mikaela Matthews and Anna Sudbury, along with freshman Lauren Cloyd. Rutgers had three players with double-digit kills and looked like a completely different team than it had been all season. Against Memphis, the Knights reverted to old habits. Their offense was not nearly as effective, and defensively they allowed 54 kills with a .385 hit percentage.
Sophomore middle blocker Mikaela Matthews helped the Knights hold Temple to 38 kills Friday. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
After falling behind by two sets, like they have many times this season, their attempts at a comeback failed. But despite the patterns of inconsistency that have plagued the Knights all season long, there are clear signs of progress being made. The victor y against Temple was the team’s first conference win of the season and first win against a team with a record above .500. The win also snapped a 14game losing streak, and if only for a moment, took a weight off the team’s shoulders. With two games left in a disappointing season, Rutgers can now focus on just playing volleyball.
“You get a sigh of relief,” Werneke said of ending the losing streak. “But you have to analyze why and how we came about that win and try and replicate it.” The Knights prepare to play Cincinnati (2-28, 2-14) tomorrow before heading to Kentucky on Friday to play the Cardinals again. The Bearcats broke their own 22-game losing streak against the Knights on Oct. 27 at the College Ave. Gym, so returning the favor could end the season positively. “We have two matches left,” Werneke said. “That’s two more opportunities to end on a good note.” For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
STARTER Dodd replaces Nova, who completed just 11 of his 34 attempts against UCF continued from back
Freshman forward Junior Etou backs down his defender last night at the RAC. He finished the night with six points and eight boards. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Nova struggled to find open receivers in the Knights’ 41-17 loss, completing just 11-of-34 passes for 107 yards and an interception. “On some level, there has to be a certain level of performance that you have to meet or we have to look at other options,” Flood said. That option is Dodd, a Lyman, S.C., native who has not started a game for Rutgers in nearly two years. His last start occurred Dec. 30, 2011 against Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Junior wide receiver Brandon Coleman caught an 86-yard game-clinching touchdown in that game from Dodd, his last touchdown pass for Rutgers. Coleman believes the whole team is behind Flood’s decision, though he has not lost confidence in Nova. “We’re excited. We’re going to push Chas and we’re going to push Gary, too,” Coleman said. “They’re both leaders and Gary’s a captain, but Chas has the job right now and we’re behind him 100 percent.” Dodd will take nearly all of the firstteam snaps during the week in prepa-
Junior quarterback Gary Nova lost his starting job after he was ineffective Thursday against Central Florida. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
ration for Connecticut. The Knights still need one victory to secure their seventh bowl appearance in the past eight seasons. With only two regular season game remaining, Dodd understands the urgency. “I obviously [sense it] and I think everyone does, but that’s the thing, we
can’t focus on that and can’t harp on that,” Dodd said. “We just have to go out there and play our game, and if we do that, we’ll come out with a win.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @DailyTargum.
November 26, 2013
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION REMAINS WITHOUT LANEY
SWIMMING & DIVING
All-around support offsets injury By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor
When junior wing Betnijah Laney went down Nov. 17 with a high-ankle sprain, it was easy to write off the Rutgers women’s basketball team. In recent years, injuries to former key post players such as Monique Oliver and Chelsey Lee significantly hindered the Scarlet Knights. But head coach C. Vivian Stringer asserted before the season this team has a different feel. So far, her claim has merit. Even though Laney, averaging a double-double in three games, is arguably Rutgers’ (4-1) best player, the Knights have shown few ill-effects. With Laney in the starting lineup, Rutgers averaged 67.7 points in the first three games. In the two games she has missed, the team averages a nearly identical 66 points per contest. Rutgers’ depth is evident. At least two Knights have scored double figures in every game this season, including six combined in the games Laney missed. Rutgers also offset Laney’s team-leading 11.7 rebounds in its most recent game Friday against Howard, corralling a season-high 57 boards.
“[Friday] was actually really important for us because we came down with a loss last time but we held our heads up,” said junior point guard Syessence Davis. “That’s in the past. We’ve got to get to the next thing. That was the thing we really had [Friday] — to just be positive and keep the energy flowing.” The dominant post play was largely attributable to the Knights’ size advantage, as Howard possesses no players taller than 6-foot-1. But without Laney, others still had to step up. Even Davis, standing at only 5-foot-7, grabbed nine rebounds. While defensively playing the point, she saw significant time down low on offense to help fill Laney’s void. “Betnijah, being hurt, was probably one of the most flexible players,” Stringer said. “She played the perimeter and she went inside, she played outside. We needed someone that had a real good feel for the movements, so it didn’t cause there to be a disconnect with everything else. [Davis] knows that generally point guards are that adaptable because they know the game, so they know other people’s positions.” Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay also rose to the occasion.
The 6-foot-4 Heritage Academy (Miss.) product broke out with 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks in 32 minutes. She was named yesterday to the AAC’s Weekly Honor Roll. Hollivay, the nation’s ninthbest recruit in 2012, according to ESPNU HoopGurlz, can see her development producing results. “With the help of my team and my coaches, it’s coming along really great,” Hollivay said. “I’m very excited about this season.” Now the Knights’ focus shifts back on the road, where it hopes to clean up some lingering unforced errors in the half court. The next tests come Friday and Saturday at the Barclays Center Women’s Invitational in Brooklyn, with Laney still questionable to play. “We’ve just got to get better and we’ve got to work on our chemistry,” Davis said. “It’s great now, but it has to be even greater. I feel like that’s where teams start — with their chemistry, and that’s all we got to do is keep our chemistry moving forward and keep each other energized.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
Sophomore Morgan Pfaff captured first in the 200-yard I.M. at the Frank Elm Invitational this weekend with a time of 2:04.69. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Knights take second at home invitational By Sean Stewart Staff Writer
Junior point guard Syessence Davis played some forward Friday against Howard in the absence of junior wing Betnijah Laney. Davis pulled down nine rebounds. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There were high-fives all around from the Rutgers swimming and diving team following its second-place finish Sunday at the Frank Elm Invitational at the RU Aquatic Center. The Scarlet Knights finished with 1321.5 points during the three-day event, just behind Columbia, which totaled 1378.52 points. Army, Wagner, West Chester, Drexel, Villanova, Massachusetts, St. Peter’s and Boston University followed behind the Knights. “I’m very pleased we fought very hard all three days and performed very well,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “It was better than last year at this meet, which is a sign of improvement in the program and also a sign of good things to come.” Senior diver Nicole Scott continued her strong start to the season, as she broke her second record of the year. Scott placed first in the platform diving event with a final score of 295.10, surpassing the record she set last year. The Toronto, Canada native previously reset the 3-meter diving record in early November at the team’s quad meet. Scott also finished in second place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, concluding another successful weekend. “It felt really good. It was a bit of a surprise actually,” Scott said on breaking her record. “I feel like I have been practicing really well and I was really happy that all the dives came together.” Sophomore Joanna Wu, who finished the weekend with three first-place finishes, led the swimmers. Wu captured first place Friday in the 500 free, the 100-yard backstroke Saturday and capped off the event Sunday winning the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.09.
The Kent, Wash., native also finished four th in the 200 freestyle to round out a strong per formance. “The meet was so much better than I thought it was going to be,” Wu said. “I did really well and improved so much, and finals were so fun. It was an awesome experience.” Sophomore Morgan Pfaff also collected a first-place finish for the Knights. Pfaff claimed the top spot in the 200-yard I.M. with a time of 2:04.69 and also finished fifth in the 400 I.M. Seniors Mary Moser, Allyson Perrotti and Brittany Guinee, along with juniors Greta Leberfinger and Brogan Lee also posted strong individual results. Moser placed second in the 50 freestyle while claiming fourth in both the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle. Moser also captured sixth in the 200 butterfly. Perrotti placed fourth in the 200-yard I.M. and sixth in the 100 breaststroke. Leberfinger finished fourth in both the 100- and 200-yard breastroke while Guinee placed fourth in the 200 fly and Lee captured fourth in the 1650 freestyle. The Knights’ relay teams also had sound showings. The team of Wu, Leberfinger, Guinee and Moser placed second in the 400 medley relay and fourth in the 200 medley relay. In the 800 freestyle relay, the team of Wu, Moser, Guinee and Pfaff finished in fourth. The team of Wu, Moser, sophomore Sophie Newton and sophomore Sarah Coyne finished third in the 200 freestyle relay. “We’re right where we need to be right now,” Spiniello said. “We need to continue to train hard and continue to work on our race plans, and go into the second half of the season with a focus and mentality that we’re going to be great in February.” For updates on the Rutgers swimming & diving team, follow @ TargumSports on Twitter.
November 26, 2013 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK PEELE TO PLAY BOTH RECEIVER, CORNERBACK
RU rules Carroo out versus UConn with injury By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
The Rutgers football team’s Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep duo that orchestrated two game-winning drives this season is out for Saturday’s game against Connecticut. Along with senior quarterback Chas Dodd starting ahead of junior Gary Nova, sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo is listed as out with an upper body injury. Carroo leads the Scarlet Knights with 478 receiving yards and nine touchdowns this season, but has only recorded four catch-
es for 23 yards in the Knights’ last two games. That is part of what prompted head coach Kyle Flood to implement redshirt freshman Ruhann Peele as both cornerback and wide receiver. “I think it’s two-fold,” Flood said yesterday post-practice. “You saw the injury report. Leonte won’t play. Ruhann is a valuable guy in the role he had on offense. That’s part of it. Part of it is that he has had a couple weeks playing defense, so I think he is better equipped to do it now than when he was first learning the position.”
Peele began as a wide receiver before converting to cornerback in the bye week before Nov. 16 against Cincinnati. The Linden (N.J.) High School product played slot, which senior Quron Pratt did while Peele played cornerback. Peele’s return might move Pratt to where Carroo played on the outside opposite junior Brandon Coleman. But a combination of wideouts will replace Carroo, Flood said. Out of receivers who play sparingly, he pointed to redshirt freshman Carlton Agudosi and freshmen Andre Patton, Janarion
Grant and John Tsimis. Patton had an “excellent practice” yesterday, Flood said. “I don’t think that’s any different than when Leonte is not in the game,” Flood said of who fills Carroo’s role. “He doesn’t play every snap of the game. We’re fortunate that happens to be a position where we do have a little bit of depth.” Coleman admitted Carroo’s absence slightly changes the offense’s dynamic. Training camp began with the 6-foot-6 Coleman as Rutgers’ only apparent deep threat with several small, speedy receivers.
Sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo will miss Rutgers’ next game against Connecticut with a upper body injury. Carroo leads the Knights this season with 478 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
By training camp’s end, Carroo proved he was more than a possession receiver. “He has the ability to stretch the field. We obviously all know that now,” Coleman said. “It wasn’t a surprise to me. I knew he had it in him since he got here, but everybody knows it. It’s just another weapon that we have.”
running back P.J. James’ strengths is quickly anticipating holes to run through. That is harder with fewer available holes than early this season. “Whenever there’s no holes, you can’t really read them,” James said. “So you just try to fight for what I can get. Any little gap I see, I try to get it. Even if it’s two yards, I try to get what I can get because a negative play doesn’t help at all.” Before sustaining a lower leg injury Sept. 21 against Arkansas, James was the nation’s leading rusher. James rushed for only 20 yards off 12 carries in his second game since returning Thursday at Central Florida. He said it can get frustrating that Rutgers’ offense tries to prioritize the running game but then stops doing so when trailing. “You’ve got to be a dual threat,” James said. “You’ve got to be able to do certain other things. So I try to really focus on my pass blocking to get in and protect the quarterback because you can’t just be a runner.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @ TargumSports.
WRESTLING DIPPERY CAPTURES DECISION IN FIRST DUAL ACTION OF THE SEASON
Freshmen swap spots in dual lineup at 141 pounds By Tyler Karalewich Staff Writer
When the Rutgers wrestling team took the mat this past Friday against Clarion in its third dual meet of the season, a rookie got a chance to make his collegiate debut. Tyson Dippery won by a 7-3 decision at 141 pounds to gain his first dual victory of the season. The match also marked the freshman’s first dual bout for the Scarlet Knights. Although it is early, Dipper y is happy with his improvement from the beginning of the season. “I got off to a little bit of a rough start losing my wrestle-off and I knew I had to regroup from there and put ever ything behind me,” Dipper y said. “I had to get my weight right, ever ything in school right, and work hard. Now I’m feeling a lot more like myself.” Prior to his first dual match, the Harrisburg, Pa., native wrestled unattached, making his first appearance this season at the Clarion Open. Dippery recorded a win by pin fall to go along with his three decisions in the Open. Dippery lost in the consolation bracket to his teammate, fel-
low freshman Anthony Ashnault. While competing Nov. 18 in the East Stroudsburg Open, Dippery took first place with an impressive 5-0 record, outscoring his opponents, 47-2. Dippery’s impressive finish at the open was enough for head coach Scott Goodale to give him the start against Clarion ahead of freshman Corey Stasenko. “He deser ved [the start],” Goodale said. “He had a good tournament and was wrestling well, beating some good guys. I figured I would give him a shot to wrestle. We are going with the hot hand. Corey didn’t wrestle great against Boston [University], but he will have his opportunities.” Stasenko won the starting spot before the season began, but dropped his bout against Boston’s Peter Ishiguro, 4-3. He also dropped his dual match debut Nov. 3 against Hofstra’s Luke Vaith, losing by a tech fall, 18-3, at 141 pounds. After losing the starting role, Stasenko knows some things will have to change in his preparation during each week. “It makes it a lot harder mentally not knowing what is going to happen heading into each [dual] competition,” Stasenko
Freshman 141-pounder Tyson Dippery replaced fellow rookie Corey Stasenko, above, in Rutgers’ dual lineup. Dippery won 7-3 in the Knights last dual match against Clarion. SRINIDHI BELLAMKONDA said. “It does change one thing. You have got to work harder so that you prove yourself more. But you have to get ready for every match like you would if you were the starter.” Goodale knows that competition is not the worst thing that
could happen to both freshmen. “It’s a good problem to have. We have two really good guys that are both certainly capable,” Goodale said. “Iron sharpens iron, so these guys have been getting each other better because there is competition.
Competition in the room is a good thing.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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FOOTBALL SENIOR HAS STARTED 16 CAREER GAMES FOR RUTGERS
RU cruises past Stillman for victory By Josh Bakan Sports Editor
Even the referees stopped paying attention in the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s 116-89 victory last night against Stillman College. The refs mistakenly gave sophomore wing Stephen Zurich one free throw when he deserved two with a minute left. Once Rutgers drew a foul on the other end, the officials realized their mistake and let Zurich attempt another that he converted for his first-career point. Six Knights scored double figures and three scored 20 points, but few can honestly say they witnessed it in the 392-fan crowd at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Knights (4-3) could have traveled to Madison Square Garden to face Duke, Arizona or Alabama. Rutgers settled for Stillman College (1-5) in an NIT Season Tip-Off consolation game with an exhibition feel. “Seems like we have more people here than out in the stands,” said head coach Eddie Jordan at his postgame press conference. The exhibition atmosphere did not excuse Rutgers from allowing a Division-II team 89 points. The Knights ran the high-paced offense they have attempted all year with mixed results, with the usual downfall of clumsy defense. Stillman College pounded 3-pointers off many attempts, shooting a 13-for-40 clip. “They shouldn’t look toward the [school] break or the fans or the lack thereof, but we kept saying all night — before the game — we need to create your own energy,” Jordan See stillman on Page 13
Senior Chas Dodd was named Rutgers’ starting quarterback by head coach Kyle Flood for Saturday at Connecticut. Dodd has not started since Dec. 30, 2011 against Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. NOAH WHITTENBURG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Flood anoints Dodd as starter By Bradly Derechailo
It was a decision Flood felt was in the best interest of the program. “Ultimately it comes down to us as a staff believing that Chas will give us the best opportunity to win this week,” Flood said. “That is the ultimate goal, to be 1-0 this week.” Dodd is tasked with jumpstarting a Knights offense that has averaged just 16 points in its past five games after averaging 40 in the first four contests. He believes Rutgers’ problems are not personnel related. “I think a lot of it is just execution,” Dodd said. “I know that’s kind of cliché, but when you look at it from our standpoint, that’s pretty much it. We’re
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Senior quarterback Chas Dodd had no idea why Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood called him into his office Sunday night at the Hale Center. “I obviously knew I was coming in for something, but I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was,” Dodd said. In the meeting, Flood told Dodd he was the Scarlet Knights’ star ter behind center for Saturday at Connecticut, demoting junior quar terback Gar y Nova to the bench.
just not executing to our ability.” Dodd is 29-of-46 throwing this season in limited action, accumulating 247 yards through the air with no touchdowns and an interception. Nova, who was unavailable for comment after yesterday’s practice, is 165-of-303 for 2,159 yards with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. But he has struggled in the Knights’ past five games. Nova tossed five touchdowns to eight interceptions as Rutgers dropped four of those contests. Nova’s last game Thursday night at Central Florida was the final straw for Flood. See sTARTER on Page 13
HAYDEN HRYMACK, sophomore 197-pounder, has won his first three dual matches this season for the Rutgers wrestling team. The Lincroft, N.J., native went 0-7 last season for the Knights in dual action.
Senior forward Wally Judge attempts a dunk during last night’s 116-89 victory. TIAN LI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. LSU
vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
Tonight, 7:30 RAC
Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Cincinnati
Friday, 1 p.m. Brooklyn
Saturday, noon East Hartford, Conn.