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U. to unveil housing selection alterations BY MARY DIDUCH
going to be,” said Firmin, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore. One of the most contentious issues to be addressed is the apartment sign-backs on Cook and Busch campuses, which allow students living there to renew their housing contract for the following year. “Sign-backs were a huge concern addressed by the [RHA lottery] committee,” said RHA Vice President of Public Relations Jared Trachtenberg in an e-mail correspondence. “Tons of oncampus spaces have been unavailable for years because of signbacks, and the committee did set out to investigate that problem.” Another issue is establishing priority housing for professional students, Firmin said. As of now,
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As the housing lottery creates stress and confusion every year for students trying to snag a place to live, the Residence Hall Association is holding a Housing Lotter y Town Hall Meeting tonight to announce changes to the process and allow students to voice their opinions. The meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. in McCormick residence hall on Busch campus and will reveal policy changes in regard to top housing issues such as apartment sign-backs, professional school priority housing and class priority, RHA President Samuel Firmin said. “Registering for housing is almost as stressful as registering for classes. … The more people that come, the less stressful it’s
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Residents in the Newell Apartments on Cook campus, above, can sign back into their housing assignment. The Residence Hall Association will address this and other concerns with the lottery process tonight at a town hall meeting.
Councils cook up reversal of campus bake sale ban BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT
The three governing councils located on Busch campus have collaborated on a recipe to lift the bake sale ban smothering academic buildings.
Pharmacy Governing Council President Bo Wang said the councils are on track to pass legislation regarding the ban by next semester. “The legislative process is pretty much wrapped up,” said Wang, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy fifth-year student. “The
proposed resolution has been looked over and approved by the deans, and is pretty much all ready to be voted on by each of the councils that are situated on Busch campus.” Busch Campus Council President Shaival Shah said cam-
Position on legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey 50
46% - In support of gay marriage 40% - In opposition of gay marriage 2% - In support of civil unions and in opposition of gay marriage 12% - Don’t know
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riage. Meanwhile, 42 percent opposed it. “[The opinion] isn’t a majority because there’s 12 percent who say they don’t know, but more New
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NJ favors gay marriage by slim margin By a slight margin, more New Jersey residents favor the legalization of same-sex marriage than oppose it, according to a recent poll
City strives to light way for largest solar panel system
UNIVERSITY After months of research and travel, the RU-27 glider, which originally sunk at its debut in Passion Puddle, has reached Spanish waters.
Donations were not just monetary, as food donations were also accepted. “People may not have money but may be able to donate food. Some came from unions that were able to donate, church members and a big donation came from an anonymous donor,” said Lakeisha Hamilton, a member of the ministr y and University alumna. Jasmine Graham, head of the event, has been with the ministry since 2001 and said the sizes of the baskets were based on the number of family members in each household.
Lincoln University is making a new requirement for graduation, passing a body mass index test. Those who do not pass are subject to taking a physical education class in order to graduate. UNIVERSITY . . . . . . . 3 OPINIONS . . . . . . . . 8
LOCAL CHURCH PLACES FOOD ON 100 FAMILY TABLES One hundred families received baskets with canned foods and a turkey on Tuesday at the Abundant Life Family Worship Church’s sixth annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. ALFWC works with social service agencies in the New Brunswick area to gather the names of families within the community who are in need. The Puerto Rican Action Board provided the names of 13 families from Middlesex County and one family from Edison, said Carmen Peña, a PRAB employee.
The poll, conducted Nov. 6-10, of a random sample of 903 New Jersey adults, has a sampling error of +/- 3.3 percentage points. While most participants favor gay marriage, many do not view it as a top issue.
conducted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Of the 903 adults who took the poll, 46 percent were in favor of changing New Jersey’s legislation, which only recognizes civil unions, to legalize gay mar-
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Major players in the city are collaborating to build the largest public solar power initiative in New Jersey, City Spokesman Bill Bray said. The New Brunswick Parking Authority is in the process of outfitting public schools, parking garages and municipal buildings with cost-saving photovoltaic equipment, said Mitchell Karon, executive director of the parking authority. Bray said the idea is to save money, but the plan has many benefits. Solar energy is one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy, as solar panels do not give off emissions.
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it’s to help an organization generate money or if it’s for a cause.” Engineering Governing Council President Christine Ho said bake sales benefit student organizations and sleepy students.
Poll information courtesy of University-Eagleton Institute of Politics
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pus of ficials recognize the impor tance and popularity of bake sales. “Having bake sales is a tradition in America,” said Shah, a Rutgers College senior. “People love baked goods, and people love the causes that bake sales support — whether
“It’s about the people, knowing that you are able to touch someone’s life,” Hamilton said. This is the second year Bridgette Cooper, a resident of Somerset County, has received a basket. “They called me and told me my name had been selected,” Cooper said. “This is an excellent program because it helps and feeds a lot of people.” — Lucy Veloz
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Transatlantic glider slides into Spanish waters BY DEIRDRE S. HOPTON STAFF WRITER
After months of hard work from a group of professors and undergraduates, the team responsible for sending the RU-27 glider on its transatlantic voyage finally has reason to celebrate. Last Saturday the glider crossed into Spanish waters. “[The team will] pick it up at sea some time between Dec. 2 and Dec. 4, [but] weather is always an issue,” said Ken Branson, University public relations specialist. “There will be a formal celebration in Baiona, Spain, on the ninth.” The glider has been at sea for 216 days, according to the Atlantic Crossing Web site. In that time it crossed roughly 7,359 kilometers. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior Emily Rogalsky has been with the glider team since the beginning. She worked as an engineer before the glider was deployed and piloted it from the Coastal Ocean Observatory Lab once it was in the water. “It is just amazing knowing the glider has finally reached the coast of Spain,” Rogalsky said. “It just makes all of this tangible.” There is still plenty of work ahead for the glider team, even after the RU-27 is retrieved, she said. “We’re going to look at all the data, look for patterns [and] put
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University marine technician Chip Hadleman swims to remove biology from the RU-27 glider in August that had attached to its framework and hindered its travel. Since the barnacles have been removed, its trip has seen smooth sailing. Now that the glider has reached its goal, the research team will analyze data.
the information we obtain into other gliders so we can deal with … other complications,” Rogalsky said. She was part of the team which traveled to the Azores in August to find the glider and
remove the biology that become attached to the vessel, which affected its behavior. Students going to Spain to retrieve the glider include Cook College senior Colin Evans and School of Environmental
and Biological Sciences juniors Dakota Goldinger and Nilsen Strandskov. “All three students are very deserving. They’ve worked really hard to make the glider mission a success,” Rogalsky said.
University alumna Pilar Timpane said she and her coworkers will make the trip to Spain to film the retrieval of the glider. Under the super vision of Russell Teaching Fellow Dena Seidel, Timpane and University alumni Lizette Gesuden and Chantal Eyong have filmed more than 300 hours of footage about the glider’s voyage. The documentary team’s difficulties are just beginning as the glider’s first mission ends, as they now have to turn more than 30 hours of footage into a documentary that will be about 40 minutes, which they will then shop around to various television networks. “[When the glider is retrieved] we are in post-production, so we have to work on editing and getting [our documentary] sold,” Timpane said. Everyone who was involved with the glider’s journey has been affected by the experience, Timpane said. The sense of work ethic and team building she has taken from this experiment will be invaluable to her in the future. “No one person or two people could have done this on their own,” Rogalsky said. “We needed the professors and the 30 undergraduates and the international team. This is just the kind of collaboration we need if we’re going to fight larger issues like global warming.”
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U. screens reality of living with HIV BY GREG FLYNN CORRESPONDENT
Students can witness the struggles of three of the 33.4 million people living with HIV to commemorate World AIDS Day. “Speaking Out: Women, AIDS and Hope in Mali,” a documentary that follows three HIV positive women working on behalf of the infected community in Bamako, Mali, will be screened at 1:30 p.m. today in Room 201 in Beck Hall on the College Avenue campus. Sponsored by the Center for African Studies and the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, the documentar y shows how the women pressure the Malian government to develop a more effective HIV and AIDS strategy. According to estimates by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV. Among those infected are 2.1 million children.
About half of all people diagnosed with HIV are infected before they are 25 and die from AIDS before they turn 35. More than 25 million people around the world have died of AIDS-related diseases to date, according to International AIDS Charity AVERT’s Web site.
“Looking at statistics or reading something is completely different than actually seeing it ... ” JENNY LAU School of Arts and Sciences senior
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that at the end of 2007, 468,578 people were living with AIDS in America, about 20,000 more than 2006. The number includes all people believed to be alive who have ever been diagnosed with an AIDS-defining con-
dition, including many people who have recovered their health by taking antiretroviral therapy. School of Arts and Sciences senior Jenny Lau said seeing the stories of three HIV positive women on screen offers students a personal connection that numbers cannot provide. “Looking at statistics or reading something is completely different than actually seeing it in the forefront or experiencing it personally,” Lau said. There is no cure for AIDS but treatment is available, according to AVERT’s Web site. Sunke Sagar, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior, said people have a tendency to disregard AIDS because it is seen as a fatal disease. Sagar said a documentary might broaden his understanding of the disease, but AIDS will remain a difficult subject to fully grasp. “AIDS is just a word and we don’t generally see the effects of AIDS,” Sagar said. “We know that AIDS kills.”
Members of the Whitman-Walker Clinic hold a candlelight vigil last year outside the Bethlehem Baptist Church in the nation’s capital. More than 25 million people around the world have died of AIDS-related illnesses.
STUDENTS TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO TALK CAPITAL A team of five University students from the Newark campus compete at the national finals of the ninth annual College Fed Challenge Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C. The team, comprised of students from the Economics department, earned a Golden Eagle Award by placing first Nov. 20 during the New York finals. This year’s team members are Newark College of Arts and Sciences junior Victor Castaneda, Newark College of Arts and Sciences seniors Sharissa Barrow and
Diego LaFuente and Rutgers Business School-Newark seniors Lakshya Aeri and Michael Martins. Once in Washington, the three will act as if they are members of the monetary policy committee of the Federal Reserve. “Team members give a 20-minute presentation … of economic and financial data, and then conclude each presentation with a monetar y policy recommendation concerning the federal funds rate and the Fed’s other credit easing policies intro-
duced after the financial crisis of 2008,” according to a University Media Relations press release. A panel of judges will then question each team for 15 minutes on its presentation, policy recommendation and overall knowledge of macroeconomics, the Federal Reserve and current major monetary issues the Fed faces. Scoring is based on several categories such as teamwork, knowledge and presentation skills.
If the team takes first place at the national level it shares a $15,000 award from the Moody Foundation as well as earn $10,000 for the University. This marks the second time a team from the Newark campus has advanced to the national level. Department of Economics Chair John Graham returns to coach the team. Harvard University, Northwestern University and Lafayette College provide the competition. — Kristine Rosette Enerio
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HOUSING: U. may offer priority to professional programs continued from front only students in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Mason Gross School of the Arts can have priority to live on Cook campus, where their classes are. The meeting focuses on whether students in other professional programs can also receive priority housing. For example, those in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy or the School of Engineering could have the priority to live on Busch campus, where those classes are, Firmin said.
“SEBS had a big influence, and that’s going to change. … Professional schools are going to get a more equal percentage of priority,” Firmin said. Pharmacy Governing Council President Bo Wang said many pharmacy students would be interested in having priority housing on Busch campus, as most of their classes are located there. “It will definitely make it easier for students. … It definitely should be considered for all professional schools,” said Wang, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy fifth-year student. It would reduce traveling for many School of Pharmacy students, and he estimated that close to 50 percent of pharmacy students already reside on Busch
an allergic reaction to [this ingredient], don’t eat this,’” Ho said. Shah said repealing the bake system set for U. organizations sale ban is important because of the limited snacking opportunicontinued from front ties on Busch campus. “It helps cover their cost as an “The way Busch campus is set organization, and it generates up, you have a lot of classrooms revenue,” said Ho, a School of by [Science and Engineering Engineering senior. “It’s a sugar Resource Center] and [Allison boost. We all go to class and we Road Classroom building] and all have our down days, and that whole area, and if you have when you see these organizaclass within 20 minutes, a student tions, you dish out the 50 cents does not have time to go all the for a cookie.” way to the student center or to Campus deans presented the the dining halls to pick up food,” councils with a list of eight issues Shah said. to address. Bake sales are preferable to “All of these points have been the vending machines found in addressed in the resolution that I academic buildings, Ho said. wrote in conjunction with the “Would you rather spend BCC and EGC Presidents,” $1.50 in a vending machine for a Wang said. 2-ounce bag of chips, or would A reservation system has to you rather have five brownies for be implemented so organizations $1.25?” Ho said. can be held Many student accountable for organizations earn the mess that is needed funds “A student does often left behind through bake not have time to go sales. after each bake sale. A time limit “With generatall the way to the for each fundraised revenue, you er will also be student center or to have more freeenforced so that in terms of the dining halls to dom organizations are how to spend not fighting to get funds for your pick up food.” the best vendor organization,” SHAIVAL SHAH area, Wang said. Shah said. “Let’s Busch Campus Council President Student organisay your organizazations must also tion wanted Tfind a place to shirts or to give out deposit the funds raised immediprizes at an event. You could do ately after the conclusion of each that through generated revenue.” bake sale. Shah said students are left “Students have to be held with relatively few ways to turn accountable,” Ho said. out profits once brownie baking A full disclosure of the puris off the table. pose of the bake sale should be “There aren’t too many ways made beforehand, Wang said. to generate revenue, unless your Student groups need to organization holds events and gauge the furniture essential to charges tickets,” Shah said. hold the bake sale in order to Organizations are also able to avoid stealing chairs and tables raise money for charities through from classrooms. bake sales, Shah said. “Sometimes teachers will Ho said she is optimistic that notice that a desk is missing, and the Busch student government students no longer have a place organizations will resolve the to sit,” Ho said. matter with campus officials by Bake sale items will be the beginning of next semester. restricted for sanitar y and “We really want to take the health purposes, and yogurt and right steps to get this done corpizza are banned because of rectly the first time around and their temperature dependency, make sure that Student Life Wang said. and student government are on “It’s a liability for the the same page going through,” University when you serve items Ho said. at temperatures that they shouldThe bake sale ban is in effect n’t be served at,” Shah said. in all academic buildings on all Student organizations will be campuses — not just on Busch, given requirements for ensuring Wang said. that homemade products are pro“Since we are looking more at duced in a sanitary environment bringing about change than foland follow food safety guidelines, lowing a tedious legislative Wang said. process, we will likely not be Student groups must alert bringing this resolution at a subpotential customers of possible sequent [Rutgers University allergens contained in the products. Student Assembly] meeting, “There needs to be some kind because the solutions that we are of visible reference that says, ‘We proposing to deal with the Bake are the Engineering Governing Sale ban on Busch campus can Council. We made these cookies be applied to the other campuses with these ingredients. If you have as well,” Wang said.
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campus, Wang said. Older students may prefer off-campus houses, but if they were to live on campus, many would prefer Busch. But he said the priority system could bring problems. Many School of Arts and Sciences students also have their majors based on Busch, reducing housing availability there for those students. Trachtenberg, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said the University’s lack of housing — a concern for many students — will also be tackled. “The University has attempted to combat that with routes like the hotel spaces, but this is obviously not a sufficient permanent option,” he said. Other policy changes to be addressed are whether older stu-
dents receive lottery priority and who can apply for the lottery, Firmin said. This is the second meeting University Housing will hold this year for students. At the first meeting in October, few students attended to give recommendations to University Housing administrators about how they could make the process fair and less confusing. This meeting will only disseminate the new policy already decided and receive student feedback, Firmin said. It will not affect the policy. He expects more students to attend this time, as it affects about 15,000 students who apply annually for the lottery.
“I feel like a lot of people are going to attend this, especially SEBS students,” said Firmin, noting a Facebook group advocating keeping School of Environmental and Biological Sciences priority housing sign-ups. Both Trachtenberg and Firmin recommend all students who wish to sign up for a lottery number to attend the meeting. “This is something that’s going to directly affect everyone soon … not a few years down the road,” Firmin said. The increased advertising, more convenient time and more accessible location may also bring more students, Trachtenberg said. Students can begin registering for the lottery after the winter break in late January and early February.
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“As this is a Power Purchase Agreement, there is no cost to the consortium,” Karon said. “The power provider bears all cost and the member bodies of the consortium reap the benefits of less costly power.” Bray said this would save taxpayers’ money. As part of the city’s 15-year purchase plan agreement, Karon said solar panels would be installed in multiple locations. The New Brunswick police impound site, the water treatment plant, surrounding buildings and lots, public school buildings and parking decks on Church Street, New Street, Plum Street and Paterson Street will host the equipment, he said. While not the most sunny state in the country, New Jersey averages around 200 days of sunshine a year, according to CityData.com. Mayor Jim Cahill was very motivated to make a greener New Brunswick, Bray said. After pledging the city to the Kyoto Protocol several years ago, multiple measures have been taken to lower New Brunswick’s carbon footprint.
Cahill’s administration has begun replacing municipal vehicles with hybrids, Bray said. They have also outfitted the police with high-efficiency scooters that get 70 miles per gallon. “We put LED streetlights in Pittman and Feaster Parks, and expanded the shuttle system that covers the second, fourth, fifth and sixth wards,” Bray said. The Board of Education, which became energy conscious last year, saved a million dollars in energy costs by flicking off lights at night, he said. The recently built New Brunswick High School is the next location planned for photovoltaic installation, Bray said. The rest of the projects will continue throughout 2010. “I think it’s great that Mayor Cahill is moving ahead on this,” said Kate Barbour, a Douglass College senior and external vicepresident of the Douglass Governing Council. “It’s commendable that he’s chosen the high school. It will set an example for the students and hopefully be a great learning tool.”
riage] is wrong,” said Pecoraro, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior. She said that there are clear distinctions between older and younger generations when it comes to this issue. “A lot of older individuals don’t think it’s important,” said Pecoraro. “They overlook coming out and don’t see it as more of a big deal.” But the issue of what should be considered top priority is an
“It’s not a drastic issue, but it should be considered and should be definitely changed,” she said. With only a few weeks left in Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s term, legislators have a slim margin of time to submit a bill legalizing gay marriage to his desk before Governorelect Chris Christie, who is antigay marriage, takes his place. If lawmakers pass the bill legalizing gay marriage, 52 percent would accept it, while 40 percent would support a constitutional amendment banning it, according to the poll. Redlawsk said it is really up to the leaders of the legislature to bring the bill up to a vote, but there are a few factors that are causing its delay. “There’s some thoughts expressed that the legislature should focus on things like the economy right now rather than on social issues like marriage equality,” he said. Aside from arguments of priority, New Jersey already recognizes civil unions, which some people believe provide same-sex couples with the same benefits and privileges as heterosexual couples, Redlawsk said. On the other hand, Lugg is highly doubtful that any gay marriage bill will be passed within the next few weeks. “The N.J. legislature has consistently failed to lead in this area,” Lugg said. “The general public is far ahead of their own elected leaders on the issue of gay marriage.”
to install, maintain city panels continued from front “This is one of many ways the city is looking to reduce its carbon footprint and save money,” Bray said. The New Brunswick Renewable Energy Consortium consists of the Board of Education, the parking authority and the city, Karon said. “The consortium on whole will save approximately $15 million [per year],” he said. This projection is based on the 11 cents per kilowatt hour consumers will pay for solar energy, Karon said. PSE&G customers pay around 15 cents per kWh. The consor tium hired Birdsall Engineering to make the calculations and estimate savings. The city will not have to pay for the costly installation, Karon said. The NBS Energy Par tners of Trenton, a solar company, will install and maintain the equipment.
MARRIAGE: Issue not important for many NJ residents continued from front Jerseyans support gay marriage than oppose it,” said Eagleton Poll Director David Redlawsk. “There is more of a ‘live and let live’ attitude in New Jersey than in many other states that have dealt with the issue.” Despite the results, the poll indicated 44 percent of participants find the issue not important and 37 percent dubbed it somewhat important. “For most New Jersey residents, this is not a very important issue,” Redlawsk said. “However, it is more important for the people who support gay-marriage.” Joseph Focaraccio, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, supports gay-marriage and thinks it should be discussed, but does not think it is the most important issue right now. “I think one of the more impor tant problems that should be addressed is the economy or the corr uption going on in the state government,” Focaraccio said. Krista Pecoraro, co-president of the Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Rutgers University, said gay marriage is an important issue because a lot of people overlook marriage equality. “No matter how old people are, they have the right to be happy, and to deny the right to say they are really married, happy and to have those rights [that accompany a legal mar-
“The general public is far ahead of their own elected leaders on the issue of gay marriage.” CATHERINE A. LUGG Graduate School of Education professor
argument made by those who want to avoid talking about gay marriage, said Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education Catherine A. Lugg. “It implies that civil rights for one historically stigmatized group aren’t important,” Lugg said. “It’s a way of politically erasing a politically troublesome minority group.” School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Marissa Curcio, who is bisexual, said same-sex couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples but thinks that legalization is moderately important.
— Sara Gretina contributed to this article
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efore entering college, many students are expected to take entrance exams in English, a foreign language and math. These tests are given to see the class level students should be in and are common among universities. What if scholarly knowledge was not the only thing being tested upon entering college? Now, your body mass index is up for being measured and indicating whether you have to take extra classes throughout your college career. This new rule unfairly gives certain students an extra class that can keep them from graduating if not completed. According to The New York Times, more than 20 students at Lincoln University, a historically black college in rural Pennsylvania, are in jeopardy of not receiving diplomas due to a Body Mass Index of 30 and over. Those students must take a designated one-credit fitness class to graduate. The first class to fall under this rule is due to graduate this spring, and 15 percent of those students whose BMI was judged to be over the limit back in 2006 must have taken “HPR 103 Fitness Walking/Conditioning” in order to receive their bachelor’s degrees. Some 24 seniors are yet to take the class, with one semester to go. A number of professors and students have commented on this rather discriminatory requirement. “What’s the point of this? What does my BMI have to do with my academic outcome?” Dionard Henderson, a first-year student, asked. This brings up the question of how accurate a BMI number is in regards to being called overweight or obese. In fact, the method of calculating “a healthy weight” came around during the late 1990s in an effort to make sure that doctors, researchers and other health-related agents were on the same page. With this universal number, dietitians have more successfully told their patients that they are overweight, without knowing how accurate the diagnosis is. Further, BMI does not take age, gender or muscle mass into account. Nor does it distinguish between lean body mass and fat mass. As a result, some people, such as heavily-muscled athletes, may have a high BMI even though they do not have a high percentage of body fat. Numerous BMI charts and graphs are deliberately placed in school nurses’ offices in order to aid students in maintaining a healthy weight, only to be taken lightly by the majority of those students. Why should a requirement of such pre-collegiate nature be implemented in a university? A bigger issue is the fact that only students who have “failed” their BMI test must take this special one-credit course, a fitness class that meets three times a week. If a student who has been deemed overweight must take this course, so should any other student attending the institution. Preparing the student for the future is a respectable goal, however, the entirety of the student body should be required to attend “wellness” classes, regardless of current weight. A large number of people who were slender in their college years have gained weight once they started a family or took a physically inactive job. If the school is to require only overweight students to take a fitness course, it would not only be discriminatory and unfair to students, but to the rest of the college population that is exposed to the same physical hazards later in life. Further, a special fitness class such as the one described above could conflict with other more important college courses. A school such as Lincoln University would err in its ways as it could bar a number of intelligent, potentially successful people from receiving degrees. A BMI number has no relation to such scholarly matters, and thus has the ability to prevent students from entering fields ranging from publishing to, ironically, health. While some may consider this course useful and beneficial, Lincoln University is a public school, therefore it should be regulated by state government and should not be allowed to fulfill its own agendas indiscriminately. “I don’t necessarily agree with the BMI being a requirement,” said Yvonne Hilton, a professor in the health, physical education and recreation department. “It is understood that obesity in America is growing fast, but maybe there should have been a different approach in informing the students about their health and building their awareness.” The biggest issue remains the discriminatory nature of this rule. While Columbia, Dartmouth and Cornell still retain their antiquated swimming tests, Lincoln University goes too far. Students enroll in college for its educational purpose, and the administrators of such an institution should be concerned with just that. A given person may still change their life after college, and a class titled “HPR 103 Fitness Walking/Conditioning” would not be able to significantly alter that. Ultimately, this foolish requirement will do nothing but make life harder for people who fall under the “overweight” category according to an index made to simplify relations between certain health-involved agents. No one should be singled out due to a high BMI number, especially when a simple college requirement becomes a matter of discrimination. If one student is obligated to take the course, then so should the rest of the student population. Many brilliant people have come out of institutions of higher education, and it would have been a shame if they were held back by a physical index.
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6. Look at the stars over am graduating this on College Farm Road. I semester, and in 17 days know that you can still see I will no longer be a the shooting stars from your Rutgers student. My experiresidence hall or porch, but it ences here have been unfordoesn’t compare to the pitch gettable, and I am truly glad black night over on Cook that I made the decision to campus. There are no lights come here. Rutgers is such a ANNA NORCIA so you can really see the sky, diverse school with so many and living in this city it’s nice things to do that if you tried to see the stars every once in a while. to experience them all, you would never have time 7. Play tag. We are college kids; we have infifor classes. So as my parting column, I would like to nite excuses to do stupid things. So why not use reveal my top 10 favorite things that I have done them to do something fun. I can guarantee you with my time here. that it will be the most fun you have had since fifth 1. Skip class when it’s raining. I know everyone grade gym. likes to skip out when its 70 degrees and sunny, but 8. Walk around or go to the gym without an never underestimate a good snuggle day with your iPod. If you don’t have headphones on, you are roommates. A good movie and some mindless conmore approachable and you can talk to people. versations can give anyone the day off they need Make a friend on the bus or at least shoot the without tiring you out. breeze about the weather. If nothing else, you can 2. Do something that is so much fun you forget hear some really awesome converto take pictures of it. I know that we that people have when they all love to have thousands of pic“You never know who sations think no one is listening. tures of every little thing we do at 9. Walk or ride your bike in college, but for once, let yourself will listen to you and between campuses (during the dayget so wrapped up in the moment who may actually time that is). It really is relaxing to that you don’t even think of anything else. think your opinion is just spend some time outside — and I know with all of your class 3. Never eat a fat sandwich. I worth something.” work, clubs and who knows what am proud to say that I may be part else — you just don’t have time. So of the 1 percent of students who take 10 extra minutes and just walk; has not eaten a “Fat Daryl” or you will really enjoy it. some other disgusting concoction of fried meat 10. Speak up when something makes you angry. and potatoes that equals somewhere up to 2,000 That’s how I started writing for The Daily Targum, and calories. I know they are a landmark and tradition it’s one of my favorite experiences at the University. at Rutgers, but that is a surefire way to gain the You never know who will listen to you and who may freshman 15 and set yourself up for a heart attack actually think your opinion is worth something. by age 30. Notice how none of these things had to do with 4. Get drunk and play board games. Everyone going to football games, or joining a greek organican play pong or flip cup until your fingers fall off, zation. So do something different and make your but a board game — now that’s fun. Try having to experience at Rutgers your own. Don’t be a cookiemaneuver that after a few screwdrivers. My roomcutter college student. Sure, being a member of mates and I still have jokes from the first night we every club is nice, but don’t forget about the fun moved in together from playing board games. It’s a things that you cannot find in any club. Have fun great way to have fun and do something different. and don’t do things for your résumé, because in 10 5. People watch. We are one of the most diverse years your résumé is just a piece of paper, but the campuses in the entire country, so enjoy it. Just sit friends you make and the experiences you have will on a bench in front of any of the student centers last in your heart forever. and observe. There are so many things that you can see and learn. Don’t do it to make fun of people Anna Norcia is a School of Environmental and because that is just mean-spirited, but do it purely Biological Sciences senior majoring in nutritional to enjoy the fact that at no other time in your life sciences. Her column, “Just the Facts,” runs on will you be surrounded by this kind of diversity alternate Mondays. coexisting so peacefully.
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PCRF works for children Letter GHADEER HASAN
ear Honorable Members of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, Thank you for allowing the representatives of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund to speak before you on Nov. 19. I would like to further clarify the credentials of the PCRF and reinforce the legitimacy of its humanitarian work in providing medical care to children in need. The PCRF is a non-profit, non-political, American-based (not international), organization that operates under the United States Treasur y AntiTerrorist Financing Guidelines and has been a registered 501(c)(3) since 1991. The PCRF has also been registered with the United States Agency for International Development since 2004 and is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign, which allows government employees to donate to the registered charity of their choice. The PCRF was one of the first non-profit organizations working in Palestine to get a license from the Treasur y Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to continue to work in Palestine after the elections, which Hamas won. The PCRF has been cleared by the FBI and works with the U.S. Treasur y and the Israeli and Egyptian embassies. The fact of the matter is that if there were any links to terrorist organizations, the PCRF would not be allowed to operate under these conditions. The PCRF provides exper t medical care and humanitarian ser vices, not monetar y funds. Its staff on the ground in Palestine is in charge
of making all necessar y purchases for medicines and any other materials and they provide a receipt for each purchase. All funds are used in the PCRF’s humanitarian efforts to provide medical care to sick and injured innocent children. PCRF has received letters of endorsement from Rep. Rush Holt D-12, former President Jimmy Carter and others. Also, here is the link for details regarding the U.S. Treasur y Antiterrorist Financing Guidelines: http://www.pcrf.ne t/?page_id=1804. The PCRF Annual Report, which provides details about the organization’s work and budget, can be viewed at http://www.pcr f.net/pdfs/ PCRF2008.pdf. The main accusation against the PCRF is that it is linked to the Holy Land Foundation, an organization that was charged with channeling money to Hamas. Ever y organization approved by the IRS for taxexempt status under IRC section 501(c)(3) must provide in its charter that in the event the organization is dissolved or must cease its charitable activities, any funds in possession of the organization must be transferred to another 501(c)(3) organization with similar charitable goals. This is to ensure that funds collected for charitable purposes are in fact used for the charitable purposes for which the donors intended and do not benefit the directors or officers of the organization being shut down. By law, the HLF had to transfer their funds to another charity, and it was only logical to choose the PCRF since it works in the same part of the world. In the end, none of the money was transferred because the HLF’s accounts remained frozen. In addition, the PCRF worked with
the HLF once in the past only to bring a group of children to the United States for care. Therefore, the PCRF is not guilty by association and is not linked to any terrorist group. The second issue of concern was the allegation that the founder and current President and CEO of the PCRF, Stephen Sosebee, was anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic. Regardless of whether the things he was accused of saying were true, the fact of the matter is, none of his supposedly alleged remarks translate into the work of the PCRF, which has proven to be a purely humanitarian organiza-
“The PCRF will not divide the Rutgers community; it will unite them together in hope and for a better purpose.” tion with no political agenda. Additionally, Sosebee, like any other American, does not have to support the policies of any foreign countr y. According to accusers, Sosebee states that he suppor ts the Palestinian “struggle.” Believe it or not, this struggle is a humanitarian one. How is sympathizing with the Palestinian people or criticizing militar y actions grounds for being called a terrorist or an Islamist militant? If Sosebee were to be judged at all, he should be judged by his exceptional work with the PCRF and in providing medical relief to children. I would also like to reveal the nature of the sources from which these rumors and accusations are rooted. Some of the allegations
appear to have been retrieved from a subjective Web site, MilitantIslamMonitor.com. The mission of this site is “to provide an online resource documenting the activities and identities of Islamist individuals and groups in the United States and abroad” and aims “to provide the informational arsenal necessary to take part in the struggle against militant Islam and terrorism.” There is no contact information and no explanation of the credibility of any of the sources used on the site. This Web site posts slanderous and defamatory articles from blogs and similar unreliable sites. It is very clear that the agenda of this Web site is to spread hatred and prejudice against Muslims and Arabs. The ar ticle specifically pertaining to the PCRF can be found here: http://www.militantislammonit or.org/ar ticle/id/196. This ar ticle has little or no citations. There are random links throughout the ar ticle that lead to bogus sites. How does this “resource” live up to the standards for repor ting and presenting data at Rutgers University? It is quite disturbing to know that this site formed the basis of a ver y serious accusation. How can an unsubstantiated, poorly researched Web site/blog compare to well-respected newspaper ar ticles, television repor ts and the endorsements of prominent U.S. gover nment of ficials and world-renowned members of the international community? Politicizing the ef for ts of a humanitarian organization in this case — and slandering its founder — with such poor documentation, emphasizes the political/racial agenda of our critics, and do not reflect the work, accom-
plishments and unifying results seen with the PCRF. The PCRF has been promoting both physical and spiritual healing. It has been able to bring people of all faiths together and has provided them with a common ground — helping sick and injured children. It has been brought to the attention of the assembly that sponsoring such a charity will create a political division within the Rutgers community. Through its work, PCRF has been able to bring people of all faiths and backgrounds together. This is evidenced by the way Christians, Muslims and Jews, through the PCRF, have been working together to care for and treat the children that are brought to the community for help. The PCRF has worked with many Jewish doctors who were willing to donate their time and services to the cause. The PCRF will not divide the Rutgers community; it will unite them together in hope and for a better purpose. Denying the Meal Sign Away program from the PCRF will directly contradict the University’s principle of having “Jersey Roots” and a “Global Reach.” We are not — in any way — asking anyone to take a side in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and we are only asking for aid to help provide innocent children with the medical care they are entitled to. Rutgers will unite in the face of humanity for the sake of helping children. This notion should be celebrated and not destroyed based on false accusations driven by inherit racism and prejudice. I urge you not to make a decision that will impeccably taint the University’s treasured values that are rooted in diversity and harmony. Ghadeer Hasan is the president of the University chapter of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
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Today's Birthday (11/30/09) This year your energy shifts toward greater imagination and independence. Maintain a practical perspective as you move forward with fresh ideas. You don't need to dump the past in order to make this year a huge success. 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 7 — Start the new week with high energy. Emotions respond to physical work. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Present your findings as though you're certain. Others introduce emotional diversions. Stick to your point. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 — Even though it's Monday, spend extra time at home. Can you take a mental health day? It would be nice. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Try to check one thing off your list at work today. If you get more than one, give yourself a gold star. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Getting back into the workload takes effort. Apply physical energy to relieve emotional stress. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Yeah, sure, it's Monday. Still, be sure to make extra time for the ones you love.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Group effort moves a project forward. Get everyone on the same emotional wavelength for best results. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Put in special effort to understand the work you have in front of you. Ten minutes of thought can saves hours of wasted effort. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Apply your effort to something you love. This could mean putting a less enjoyable task on hold until tomorrow. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Back to work on changing the group dynamic. Reassign tasks to suit each person's skills and interests. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Rested and ready, you blast through work that has piled up recently. Then clean — yes, clean — your desk. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Back to the daily routine after a holiday. Actually, you feel pretty good about yourself and your work now. Enjoy.
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LOUISVILLE FIRES HEAD COACH KRAGTHORPE AFTER THREE SEASONS One day after losing to the Rutgers football team Friday and finFOOTBALL ishing the season 4-8, Louisville fired head coach Steve Kragthorpe. The former Buffalo Bills assistant led the Cardinals to a 15-21 record after inheriting a team with a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl title. Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich met with Kragthorpe Saturday morning, but said he decided earlier in the week he would let go of the third-year coach. “I thought he would be a great fit here, certainly he had a great pedigree,” Jurich said in his press conference. “I thought his experience would bode well for us, but it didn’t.” Kragthorpe guided a rebuilding effort at Tulsa and in 2003 finished in a third-place tie
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Steve Kragthorpe compiled a 15-21 record over the previous three seasons with the Cardinals, never making a Bowl game.
CHAMPIONS: Ray drops 56 en route to MVP continued from back RU (4-3) had all the momentum going into Saturday night after two big wins over USC and Mississippi State. The team’s 62-54 upset of the No. 19 Bulldogs was its first victory over a ranked opponent this season. The Knights held Mississippi State to 29 percent shooting in the game and dominated in the first half, limiting the Bulldogs to only 19.4 percent from the floor. Sophomore for ward April Sykes complemented Ray’s 27point outburst, including an NBA-range three-pointer in the second half that helped RU pull away for good. “Coach [Stringer] always emphasizes the team and that somebody has to show up for each game, like the first game Chelsey Lee showed up for 15 points and 12 rebounds,” Ray said Friday night. “Monique [Oliver] continues to come off the bench and give us a spark, and [Junaid] did a good job for us today. It’s just a team effort, and if we continue to do that we’ll continue to win ball games.”
Lee was the big stor y Thursday night in the Knights’ 66-51 drubbing of the Trojans. The sophomore scored a careerhigh 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds for her first ever double-double. The sophomore willed herself to score, completely overpowering the USC defense. She helped overcome a huge night from the Trojans’ Ashley Corral, who finished with 24 points on 6-of-13 shooting from threepoint range. USC was on fire from beyond the arc all night, with 27 of their points coming from downtown. RU’s three losses this season all came at the hands of ranked teams — No. 2 Stanford, then No. 16 Georgia and Saturday against No. 13 Texas. But as the schedule only intensifies as December wears on, the tournament ending loss to the Longhorns will be one that the Knights will not soon forget. “If we don’t know where we all need to be then we will fail; we’ll either swim together or we’ll fail,” Stringer said. “I thought we had gotten through these two games and it is unfortunate because we could have gotten through this game.”
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — A sign in the crowd said it all. “Unbe-LEE-vable.” With the first double-double of her career propelling t h e KNIGHT Rutgers NOTEBOOK women’s basketball team to a 66-51 victory Thursday night against Southern California, sophomore forward Chelsey Lee was just that: unbelievable. Lee dominated the Trojans on both ends of the court, finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The sophomore added two emphatic blocks and a steal for good measure, helping the Scarlet Knights push the dagger into the Trojans’ armor. The game marked her career high in points and rebounds. She earned all-tournament honors in the Reef Division. “I just wanted to play hard. After losing to Georgia by one point and we were leading the whole game. … I know how badly [Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer] wanted it,” Lee said. “And as a whole team we really wanted it, and I wanted to leave everything out there. I didn’t want to walk off thinking ‘I could have had this, I should have done that.’” With Lee and her teammates dominating down low, the paint belonged to the Knights. “Some people see a rebound and it takes them forever to get up, but I think Chelsey just has a natural aggressiveness,” Stringer said. “As does Monique Oliver, and Rashidat Junaid has gotten considerably better. That
helps a lot. I think our post is the strongest it’s ever been.”
check some birth certificates, because while RU lists three true freshmen on its roster, they didn’t play like it over the past three games. The trio of guard Erica Wheeler, for ward Christine Huber and Oliver made their presence known in the islands. Oliver received the most minutes of the three, stringing together three solid games. The 6-foot-2 forward racked up 30 points and 20 rebound points during the tournament, narrowly missing her first career doubledouble twice. In her 17 minutes of play against Texas, Wheeler was a force to be reckoned with, slashing to the basket from every direction and draining a contested three pointer. The guard finished with 10 points, a career-high. The Knights put their youth on display in the middle of the first half against USC, as all three of RU’s freshmen were on the court simultaneously. In her first significant playing time of the season, Huber was solid against the Trojans, scoring four points on two jump shots and grabbing five rebounds in an 11minute stretch. The forward finished with a career-high seven rebounds in the game. “Chris [Huber] came in there as a freshman and had seven rebounds in 12 minutes; that’s real good to see,” Stringer said. “[The team is] spending a lot of time working on their shots and on the little things, and I’m really proud of them.” TO
past two games with a knee injur y, sophomore guard
Khadijah Rushdan entered the Knights’ final game against Texas with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half. The sophomore finished the game with eight points, three steals and two assists in 25 minutes. If the injury bothered her, the guard certainly did not show it. Rushdan attacked the basket repeatedly and picked up two quick steals only minutes after she checked into the game. “I felt like this was one of the times that the team needed me and I was going to go out there and give them as much as I could no matter how I felt,” Rushdan said. “My adrenaline took over so I really wasn’t feeling that much pain, I was just trying to contribute as best as I could, and driving [the basket] was one of the things we needed.”
start the tournament, sophomore Nikki Speed knew she would get the nod to lead RU’s offense against some of the toughest teams in the nation. It was a challenge the guard was willing to accept. “I was ready [to star t],” Speed said. “I know how Coach Stringer wants [the offense run] and my main thing for her was slowing it down and not being so antsy, so I wanted to make good passes.” Stringer threw Speed into the fire from the get-go, starting her at point for the Knights against USC where she responded with a career-high scoring performance. The guard came alive in the second half, finishing with 13 points and three assists. Speed also contributed three steals and, most importantly, limited her turnovers to two.
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“Steve Beauharnais is a guy we’ve got to get on the field,” Schiano said. “I can’t wait to watch the film on the plane home because I hope he played the way I think he would have played, but I didn’t watch him at all to be honest with you.” He was not without fault, however, committing a defensive pass inter ference and falling behind a Louisville receiver on a big play that led to the Cardinals’ first touchdown.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If senior wide receiver Tim Brown didn’t have his right ankle wrapped in black tape in the 3414 win KNIGHT Friday NOTEBOOK o v e r Louisville, there wouldn’t be any inkling of a lingering injury. He pulled in a 29-yard pass from true freshman quarterback Tom Savage on the Rutgers football team’s first play from scrimmage and never looked back. He even cracked a few milestones on the way. He added to his school record in career touchdowns with his 19th career grab and closed within four games of former receiver Kenny Britt with his ninth career 100-yard receiving game. “It feels good,” Brown said. “I’ve worked hard all year and we’ve just still got more games so there’s still more football to play.” His 124 yards on the day gives him 1,051 yards on the year, the fourth time any RU receiver cracked the 1,000-yard plateau. His 2,158 career receiving yards put him ahead of Jim Guarantano for fifth in school history. “He deserves it,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “It’s not been easy. He was a guy who battled. Tim Brown has done a lot for Rutgers, and Rutgers has done a lot for Tim Brown. It’s really been a good thing.” Going into the game, health was an issue at receiver, with Brown nursing his ankle and true freshman receiver Mark Harrison
strange recent history when it comes to playing Louisville. Prior to the win, the Cardinals scored a combined 97 points against RU in the last two games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In the last two meetings overall, however, RU has a total of 97 points of its own. The Knights lost their last two games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium: 56-5 (2005) and 41-38 (2007). DAN BRACAGLIA/ MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
With his 124-yard performance Friday, senior wideout Tim Brown cracked the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time in his career. struggling with a head injury. Harrison did not play, but Savage found little help along the way from other options. Junior tight end Shamar Graves pulled in a 10-yard catch before getting leveled and leaving in an ambulance. Senior fullback Jack Corcoran and freshman receiver Mohamed Sanu each added a catch apiece. The only other receiver to get a real look was redshirt freshman Keith Stroud, who dropped a pass right in his chest.
Graves left the game with some sort of internal injury, Schiano said. He was the only newly-injured player for the Scarlet Knights.
ON THE INJURY FRONT, junior Antonio Lowery did not play because of previous injuries and true freshman Steve Beauharnais started in his stead at weakside linebacker. In his second career start, the Saddle Brook, N.J., native compiled a sack and five tackles.
back Joe Martinek’s 90 yards and a touchdown, he improves to 874 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. “We put the Syracuse game behind us and we learned from it,” Martinek said. “We worked on our game plan all week, and it feels good to have a day like we did.” Both are school bests since Ray Rice’s departure in 2007. NING
San Te (knee) booted four extra points without showing any signs of lingering pain.
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THE RUTGERS MEN’S basketball team announced the verbal commitment of Lithuanian forward Gilvydas Biruta for its 2010 class. The 6-foot-8 Biruta played the last two seasons at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, the same school that produced sophomore for ward Gregor y Echenique. THE RUTGERS
volleyball team’s junior outside hitter Caitlin Saxton earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team honors last week. Saxton holds a 4.0 grade point average and is a double major in sociology and journalism and media studies.
THE TOP SIX TEAMS IN college football — Florida, Alabama, Texas, Texas Christian, Cincinnati and Boise State — remained unbeaten and unchanged in both the AP Top 25 and BCS standings. Georgia Tech — 10th in the BCS — and Pittsburgh each dropped out of the top 10 in the AP, while West Virginia moved into the national rankings after beating Pitt in the Backyard Brawl.
four touchdowns in easy win continued from back until you go out there and do it. I thought they played hard. And they played with class.” True freshman quarterback Tom Savage responded powerfully to what was most likely the toughest week of his young career, opening strong and only getting stronger as the Knights pulled away. He finished the game with 163 yards and a touchdown after completing his first eight passes of the game. “I felt like I was getting in a groove in the beginning and I was doing it,” Savage said. “Our offensive line was blocking awesome like they always do so it was easy out there.” Savage and senior receiver Tim Brown beat up Louisville through the air in the first half. Savage hit Brown for a 32-yard touchdown at the end of the half for a 28-7 lead and five other times in the half, setting up a trio of touchdown runs. “We’re becoming a great offense,” said Brown, who cracked 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. “We just need to keep working to get better and better every day.” Sophomore tailback Joe Martinek provided the first of the three rushing touchdowns to open the scoring, followed by a three-yard run by Savage and Sanu’s Wild Knight touchdown. Savage’s touchdown came on an option play to the right — a trick RU may have picked up at the Carrier Dome. “I think we just got it going,” said Savage, who was 9-for-10 for
ormer Scarlet Knight Kenny Britt had the biggest game of his NFL career yesterday in Nashville. As time expired with the Tennessee Titans trailing the Arizona Cardinals, Britt pulled in the game-winning touchdown in the 20-17 Titans win. Quarterback Vince Young scrambled out of the pocket, threw the ball up and Britt used his 6-foot-3 frame to jump for the pass, banging into a crowd of defenders. The Bayonne, N.J., native had seven catches for 128 yards and his second career touchdown.
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Senior safety Zaire Kitchen (29) delivers the hit that knocked out Louisville wideout Doug Beaumont. The referees flagged Kitchen with a personal foul for leading with his helmet. 151 yards in the first half. “In the first half we were on fire. The offense was going awesome and the defense was getting the ball back, so we can’t get ask for any more than that.” After entering the halftime scorching hot, the Knights cooled off coming out of the gate in the second half. They punted twice on offense to open up the half and gave up a 66-yard pass from quarterback Adam Froman to receiver Trent Guy that set up a quick score and cut the lead to two touchdowns. On the Cardinals second drive, however, senior safety Zaire Kitchen delivered a wrecking-ball
hit to receiver Doug Beaumont that knocked him out of the game and called for a stretcher. “I don’t go out there to hurt anybody,” Kitchen said. “I hoped that he was OK because we all got called to the sideline and we said a prayer and he was still down and I saw the cart coming out and I knew it was something serious.” Neither team played with much enthusiasm after the injury. Louisville continually gave the ball back to RU on punts and a fumble recovery by redshirt freshman safety Khaseem Greene, and the Knights punted on every drive
until Sanu wrapped the game up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with a 29-yard touchdown run. The win all but eliminates RU (9-3, 3-3) from the International Bowl, making Saturday’s matchup with West Virginia likely the difference between the Meineke Car Care Bowl (if RU wins) and the St. Petersburg Bowl (if RU loses). Louisville (4-8, 1-6) ended its season with the loss. “I’m sorry for the seniors because we wanted to win this game for them,” said Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe who, was fired after the loss. “That’s a great group of guys.”
worst drive of his career last weekend. Woods crashed his Escalade into a fire hydrant and tree outside of his house around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Woods’ wife used golf clubs to break a car window and pull the world’s No. 1 golfer out of the car after he suffered facial lacerations. “Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating my family and me are irresponsible,” Woods said in a statement.
THE NEW JERSEY Institute of Technology men’s basketball team doubled its win total from the past two seasons. The Highlanders’ second win of the season last week came just four games into their season. THE NEW JERSEY NETS fired head coach Lawrence Frank Sunday after star ting the season 0-16. The Teaneck, N.J., native was in his sixth season with the Nets and has the most wins in the team’s NBA histor y.
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RU pressed into submission in Legends Classic BY KYLE FRANKO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
ATLANTIC CITY — For all the hard work the Rutgers men’s basketball team put into the first MEN’S BASKETBALL half, it all came FLORIDA 73 u n d o n e RUTGERS 58 in an allt o o familiar second half. Florida pressured the Scarlet Knights full court from the opening tip, eventually wearing them down en route to an emphatic 73-58 victory Saturday night in the championship game of the Legends Classic at Boardwalk Hall. “We have a very inexperienced team and that showed tonight in stretches,” said Rutgers head coach Fred Hill Jr. “When things aren’t going your way you need experience and maturity.” The key culprits for the Gators — Kenny Boynton and Vernon Macklin — combined for 33 points as Florida made it difficult for RU to get into any offensive flow extending a five-point halftime advantage to as many as 20. The Gators (6-0) made turnovers a staple of their climb to the Legends Classic title, forcing 23 in their semifinal victory over No. 2 Michigan State and 15 Saturday against the Knights. “Even Fred [Hill] made a comment at the end of the game that those two guards at the front of the press make it difficult to get into any offense,” Florida head coach Billy Donovan said in reference to Boynton and Er ving Walker. “Those guys are great up there, and to do it in back-to-back games with the amount of minutes they played is phenomenal.” Boynton’s three pointer with 9:58 to play sparked a 13-4 run that spelled the end for the Knights.
The trey gave Florida a 55-42 lead, and by the time the next 4:04 of game clock ticked away, the game was effectively over. Florida built an insurmountable 65-46 advantage. Macklin hammered home a power jam following Boynton’s three, and after Chandler Parsons converted a layup, Boyton added one of his own. Two more easy baskets followed putting the exclamation point on the run. “I always said it before the second half that we need to bring the energy,” said senior center Hamady N’Diaye. “It’s hard to come out and stretch [the lead] out for any team. They would have to bring out more energy
“We lose sight of our identity — of who we are, what we’re trying to accomplish and where we’re headed.” FRED HILL JR. Head Coach
than us. … You could sense [the momentum shifting] a little bit but we still had to keep fighting and try to come back.” The Knights (3-2) hung around for the opening 20 minutes behind sophomore guard Mike Rosario’s 11 points. But Rosario was stifled for much of the second half and finished with just 14 points. It was the second straight game Rosario followed a high-scoring first half with a low output in the second. “I was just trying to do things other than shoot the ball — and as you can see I had six rebounds
— because coach is always telling me to get in there and get some rebounds,” said Rosario, whose six boards were a team-high. “I try to be an all-around player, other than shooting the ball, and get my teammates involved.” N’Diaye finished with 12 points and freshman for ward Dane Miller chipped in nine in the losing effort. RU reached the championship game in Atlantic City by surviving a late Massachusetts rally Friday night to win 83-75. Up by as many as 19 in the second half, the Knights saw that lead dwindle away to four when UMass guard Ricky Harris connected on a three with 1:31 remaining. But junior guard Mike Coburn converted three-of-four free throws inside the final minute to make sure the Minutemen did not stage an epic comeback. “It got a little difficult,” Coburn said after Friday’s win. “Basketball is a game of runs so we knew they were going to make a run. We had a great run in the beginning and they made their run and we had to fight and pull through, and that’s what we did.” Coburn finished with 13 points while Rosario led the team with 22 points (18 in the first half). N’Diaye added 14 points and three blocks — two of which came in the final seven-and-a-half-minutes. Harris led UMass (2-4) with 22 points. RU went 2-2 in the Legends Classic — a victory over Drexel and a loss to Vermont accounting for the other two games — and return to Piscataway with some lingering questions. “We lose sight of our identity — of who we are, what we’re trying to accomplish and where we’re headed,” Hill said.
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Senior Hamady N’Diaye dropped 26 points over the weekend as the Knights split the championship rounds of the Legends Classic.
Opposition cashes out on glass in Atlantic City BY MATTHEW STEIN SPORTS EDITOR
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Before allowing only 13 offensive rebounds to Florida, the Rutgers men’s basketball team surrendered 68 in the previous four games.
ATLANTIC CITY — After surrendering 68 offensive rebounds in the previous four games, the Rutgers m e n ’ s basketball KNIGHT team took NOTEBOOK care of t h e boards in Saturday’s 73-58 championship game loss to Florida. In fact, the Scarlet Knights had one more offensive rebound — 14 — than the Gators, despite being outrebounded 35-32. “We didn’t rebound as well as I wanted to, but I thought we were better at that [Saturday] than even the [Friday against Massachusetts],” said Rutgers head coach Fred Hill Jr. RU only allowed six offensive rebounds in the first half, a little under par from its season average, but that provided all the difference. Florida turned those extra helpings into nine second-chance points, while Rutgers translated its four offensive boards into four points. The five-point differential accounted for the Knights’ 34-29 deficit at intermission. For the second straight night, sophomore guard Mike Rosario was the team’s leading rebounder. “That’s two games in a row where he’s our leading rebounder,” Hill said. “That’s what we need our guards to do.”
Friday’s semifinal victor y over Massachusetts was a different story. Although the Knights played their most complete offensive game to date, they were still cleaned out on the glass. For the fourth time in as many games, RU allowed its foe to reach double-digit offensive rebounds. It was the third straight game the Knights were outrebounded as a team, though some of that can be attributed to their small lineups with both senior center Hamady N’Diaye and sophomore forward Gregory Echenique in foul trouble. “I had to be mindful of the [four] fouls but I still had to be aggressive,” N’Diaye said. “I wanted the whole team to be aggressive and I took it upon myself as an example.”
this potential matchup circled on his calendar a long time ago. Given the chance to square off against his former team Saturday — he transferred from Florida prior to last season — Mitchell came out hot. The junior forward sank the game’s first basket, a smooth pull-up from the right elbow, and had four of the Knights’ first six points. Then his fire turned to ice. Tentative play led to Mitchell’s team-high four turnovers. He dribbled off his foot, under threw a streaking player on a break
down court, missed a finger role late in the first half and was called for a moving screen in the second. Though a second-half jumper helped spurn a Florida run in the second half, Mitchell finished just three-of-eight from the field with two rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. “We were just struggling to score,” Hill said. “We have to get easy baskets, and that’s why we’re playing the way we play. We had a couple of opportunities and we didn’t capitalize.” The Mt. Vernon, N.Y., native won a national title as a true freshman with the Gators, seeing time in 30 games on a veteran-laden team. After averaging 11.4 minutes as a sophomore, starting once for head coach Billy Donovan, Mitchell switched gears and returned closer to home.
named Rosario to the AllTournament Team and gave him a plaque after Saturday’s loss to Florida. Rosario dumped 36 points in the semifinal and final games, including 18 first-half points against Massachusetts.
Okam saw the first action of his collegiate career, sinking a short jumper in the lane in the closing moments. Okam missed multiple practices prior to the season with a foot injury.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Just a stone’s throw away from the home of the Kentucky Derby, Mohamed Sanu FOOTBALL entered Friday’s game against Louisville with the football triple crown — a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown on the season. But the true freshman left the game as nothing short of the Rutgers football team’s offensive workhorse. The Scarlet Knights utilized more of the Wild Knight than in any other game in a 34-14 drubbing of the Cardinals on their senior day, and the package had its greatest success of the season. On 18 rushing attempts, Sanu compiled a career-high 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns and propelled the Knights to four straight touchdowns to start the game. “Mohamed is a really special talent,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “We keep expanding that little by little. You earn your touches around here, so we feel like Mohamed needs to keep getting the ball in his hands. “We have to find different ways to do that. The Wildcat is one that we know will be in his hands. We need to keep building around him as long as he keeps producing.” Sanu’s four-yard run with 3:13 left in the second quarter put RU ahead 21-7 after a pair of early scores on the ground, and the team never looked back from there with 239 net rushing yards. “I’m really proud of our kids,” Schiano said. “They really responded the way I thought they would, but you never know
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With a career-high 23 touches in the Rutgers football team’s 34-13 victory over Louisville, freshman Mohamed Sanu compiled 148 rushing yards — the highest single-game total for any Scarlet Knight this season.
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Tiebreaker makes Rutgers Paradise Jam champions BY STEVEN WILLIAMSON SENIOR WRITER
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Though the Rutgers women’s basketball team won two out of three games at the Paradise Jam WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Tournament and TEXAS 70 won the championship of its diviRUTGERS 67 sion in a tiebreaker, the Scarlet Knights view this weekend as the one that got away. After picking up wins over Southern California and No. 19 Mississippi State, the Knights found themselves down by 12 against No. 13 Texas in the second half. But RU staged a remarkable comeback keyed by a 13-0 run, evening the game at 67 with less than five seconds to play. Then, the crushing blow — the Longhorns drained an open-look three pointer with 1.7 seconds left on the clock. Ball game. Texas wins 70-67. “What can you say? Oppor tunity missed,” said Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “That’s the best way I can say it. It’s much easier to lose by 15 to 20 points, you know? And we had a go at it, we had the will to win.” Despite the loss to Texas (4-2), senior guard Brittany Ray won MVP of the tournament after scoring 56 points over the
three game span, and sophomore for ward Chelsey Lee also made the AllTournament team. Ray was a key part of the Knights’ secondhalf comeback against the Longhorns, scoring nine of the team’s 13 points during its run. The senior’s 17-point night came on the heels of a career-best 27-point performance against Mississippi State where she scored at will, shooting a blistering 54.5 percent from the floor. “I think we fought hard toward the end, we just had a breakdown in the last five seconds of the game, something that we go over ever y day in practice,” Ray said. “We let the best shooter on the team get the last shot.” Saturday’s game also marked the return of injured sophomore guard Khadijah Rushdan, who was helped off the court in the Knights’ game at Georgia, and sat out the first two games of the tournament after being diagnosed with bone spurs in her knee. The sophomore delivered a gritty 25minute performance. “[The Texas game] was important because I saw who the warriors were, I saw the people who were going to gut it out,” Stringer said. “Despite how tired they were or how much they hurt they got it done. You either show up as a warrior or you also ran, put on your swimming suit and came here for a sun bath.”
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Rutgers senior guard Brittany Ray exploded for 56 points in three games en route to earning the Most Valuable Player award in this weekend’s Paradise Jam Tournament.