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Rutgers professors appear on ‘watchlist’ created by conservative advocacy group kira herzog correspondent

Two weeks ago, the conservative group “Turning Point USA,” launched the “Professor Watchlist,” a site that documents and provides profiles of University professors who allegedly express “liberal biases.” Four of the estimated 200 professors on the vigilante site are faculty members at Rutgers. The site enables users to search for professors either by name or by school affiliation. If the professor is documented, the page will show a photo of them alongside the alleged qualifications for their inclusion on the site.

According to website’s homepage, professors included on the list promote liberal privilege. The list includes professors accused of “advancing a radical agenda” or “discriminating against conservative students” in their classrooms. Anyone using the site can “submit a tip” about a professor, but according to the site, they will typically only add a profile if the professor’s views and statements can be confirmed or if they have been discussed in news publications. For Norman Markowitz, a professor in the Depar tment of Histor y, the “transgressions” that placed him on the list relate to his af filiation with the Communist Par ty.

He is described by the creators of the watchlist as a “longtime defender of the Communist spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg” and an “active member of the Communist Party USA.” “I have taught at Rutgers since 1971, developing courses in, among other things, the history of Socialism and Communism,” Markowitz said, “I tell my students at the beginning of every course that I teach from a Marxist perspective and I explain what that means in terms of seeing political economy as the foundation of societies.” Markowitz said he also clarifies to each of his classes that he does not expect his students to share his See watchlist on Page 4

Rutgers aimed to raise more than $1 million during the second annual giving day on campus. Giving day coincides with the International Giving Tuesday. GEORGETTE STILLMAN

U. connects to donors for second Giving Day sophie nieto-munoz and chloe dopico staff writers

Turning Point USA has named several Rutgers professors, including Norman Markowitz, a professor in the Department of History, to a watchlist for holding liberal values. Markowitz says he teaches from a specific perspective, but does not expect his students to share his views. RUTGERS.EDU

International Giving Day began when the clock struck midnight on Nov. 29. And at Rutgers, the spirit of generosity was alive and well, with a University goal of raising more than $1 million and increasing alumni donations during the second annual Rutgers Giving Day. Lauren Redfern, assistant director of Student Philanthropy, said alumni are asked for gifts every day, but Rutgers Giving Day is the one day a year to really harness support from former students. Rutgers Giving Day fell on International Giving Tuesday, which is a movement following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to “help others remember that we also need to support those in need,” Redfern said.

Last year was the University’s first annual Giving Day, where more than $1.2 million were raised from more than 4,500 donors. “We’re really excited to exceed those expectations by a lot. We’re definitely going to get there by the end of the night tonight,” she said. Redfern credits the Rutgers University Foundation, the Annual Giving Office and the TAG (Teaching Annual Giving) team for the success of Rutgers Giving Day. All the teams began working six months ago to prepare for this day. The TAG team is comprised of 40 students who are a part of the Giving Office. These students plan events such as TAG Day in April and teach students about philanthropy, Redfern said. Joseph Looman, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences See day on Page 5

State Vet2Vet helpline assists veterans in need Christina Gaudino contributing writer

The Call Center of Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare offers seven different helplines, from Mom2Mom, which connects mothers of children with special needs, to Cop2Cop, which connects law enforcement professionals with retired police officers and police clinicians. Another helpline, New Jersey Vet2Vet, offers support for New Jersey military veterans and their families. Coordinated by the Piscataway-based Rutgers University

Behavioral Health and funded by the New Jersey Department of Militar y and Veterans Affairs, the helpline is accessible 24 hours a day. On the other end of the phone, veterans of the United States armed forces and a trained peer support specialist accept the calls, according to its website. As a former Marine Sergeant who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007, Terrell McCain said that individuals who have served in the United States military can better relate to See veterans on Page 4

NJ Vet2Vet is a Rutgers program that allows veterans who need counseling, support or general assistance to speak to fellow service members. This service helps veterans who want to talk with people who have shared their experiences. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BRIAN AOIWINATA

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Rutgers finds Generation X more at risk for strokes

Researchers with various Rutgers medical institutions found that the rate at which people currently between ages 42 and 51 are double that of people on average, while the rate at which people born in 1961 or earlier was declining. GRAPHIC BY HAILEY EBENSTEIN


Younger does not always mean healthier, at least when it comes to the increasing rates of strokes among adults. A Rutgers study shows the rate of strokes more than doubled among Generation X — people born between 1965 and 1974 — and declined for individuals over age 55. The study, which includes an analysis of 20 years worth of healthcare data and more than 200,000 diverse New Jersey patients, is the first of its size and scope, NJ Spotlight reported.

Researchers conducted the study at the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers Rober t Wood Johnson Medical School. The study was published on Nov. 23, in the Journal of the American Hear t Association. Strokes are the main cause of death in New Jersey, killing nearly 1,000 people each year, according to the article. Suffering from a stroke can cause brain damage and even death, but 8 of 10 strokes are avoidable. Overall, the rate of stroke has decreased since 1950 due to the progress of medicine, Joel Swerdel, author of the study, told NJ

Spotlight. This trend, however, is increasing within younger generations, most likely due to obesity

“A Rutgers study shows the rate of strokes more than doubled among Generation X — people born between 1965 and 1974 — and declined for individuals over age 55.” and diabetes. Other factors contributing to this increase can be the lack

of prescribed treatment, as well as advanced technology used to diagnose stroke, said the research project manager at the Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. While there is no clear evidence why the older generation is “stroke-healthier,” the group is recorded to have lower rates of diabetes, obesity and smoking, according to the article. They are also more prone to following advice given by their doctor regarding prescriptions. While the researchers conducted their study within New Jersey, they believe their study reflects a

broader trend across the United States, NJ spotlight reported. Researches said the impact of the study is to enable patients of all ages to avoid the risk of stroke with help of their physicians. The study also creates awareness of the effects early lifestyle choices can have on long-term health, according to NJ Spotlight. The results of the study highlights the need to research how lifestyle choices effect health of the heart over time, according to the article. Swerdel said he encourages younger people to embrace a healthy diet and exercise to avoid suffering from a stroke.

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watchlist Watchlist is similar to Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s antiAmerican committee, Markowitz says continued from front viewpoints and that he does not “reward or punish with grades” any student who agrees or disagrees with him. In response to the website’s launch, some publications, including the New York Times, Slate and BBC, have mentioned growing public concern about the watchlist posing a threat to academic freedom. In an email, Markowitz said a parallel exists between the professor watchlist and McCarthyism. “One might remember that the first words, which catapulted Joe McCarthy into the national headlines in 1950 were, ‘I have here, in my hand, a list,’” Markowitz said. “McCarthy’s stock in trade was to hurl accusation after accusation, and simply go on changing ‘facts’ to suit him.” Markowitz said the threat the list poses to first amendment rights is real and direct. During the cold war, Markowitz said

professors and students were afraid to speak out on public issues, participate in meetings or discuss controversial issues. The result— a culture of “self-censorship” and “repressive tolerance.” The other Rutgers professors listed include Vice Chair for

“I have taught at Rutgers since 1971, developing courses in, among other things, the history of Socialism and Communism.” Norman Markowitz Professor in the Department of History

Undergraduate Studies William Field, Assistant Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies Brittney Cooper and Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies Jasbir Puar. The three were not available for comment. The allegations that led

veterans Helpline exists to connect veterans with trained professionals, other veterans continued from front veterans in need of assistance and can connect them to appropriate services. NJ Vet2Vet program offers peer support, clinical assessments and case management and referrals to mental health providers for affected veterans and their families, said McCain, who is also the helpline’s project manager. “Veterans and families call seeking assistance with various things, like navigation through the (Veterans Affairs) system, talking about stressors linked to employment, housing, or trying to find resources within the community outside of the Veterans Affairs,” McCain said.

to their inclusion on the list range from blaming Brexit on white nationalism and supporting the protest against Condoleezza Rice at 2014 commencement to a professor showing support towards Palestine during lectures. Most media outlets have framed the website as an example of fear mongering and repression. But in an interview with the New York Times, Matthew Lamb, the director of Turning Point USA, said the watchlist is a direct expression of First Amendment rights.

Veterans must reintegrate into the civilian lifestyle, which can be difficult, McCain said. “When you’re in the military, you don’t have to worry about housing, support, medical expenses, job security,” he said. “When you get out of the military, all of that is yanked right from under you.” Vet2Vet places focus on finding jobs and housing resources and navigating the VA claims system, McCain said. NJ Vet2Vet was established after many veterans expressed frustration working with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The department, McCain said, offers services provided by individuals with little

“This site is a beautiful example of free speech. Professors can say whatever they want, other people can report it and we can compile the reports on whatever they say,” Lamb said in the article. The organization behind the site focuses primarily on garnering youth involvement in conservative

politics. Their stated mission is to “identify, educate, train and organize” students to promote principles of limited government and free markets. Outreach towards young voters is vital to the Republican Party, which has faced a long term struggle in securing the millennial vote. A study by the Pew Research Center showed that just 3 percent of millennials identify themselves as consistently conservative. Some students have responded to the website by submitting false tips and spreading the hashtag #trollprofwatchlist.” According to NJ Advance Media, administration at Rutgers responded to the list with a segment from University President Robert L. Barchi’s press release on free speech from earlier in the semester. As of now, no further actions or statements have been made. “it is important to stand up against attacks like this emanating from groups who wish to create a climate of fear,” Markowitz said. “Large numbers of people, especially students are worried about (President-elect) Trump and afraid of what he is capable of doing, but they are not running and hiding.”

CRIME NOV. 29 FREEHOLD — Monique Moore, 24 of Monmouth County, was arrested on Sunday and charged with first-degree murder and third-degree weapons offense after stabbing her boyfriend to death. Police arrived at the scene to find her boyfriend, Joseph Wilson, 29 of Neptune Township, suffering from stab wounds. He was pronounced dead on Monday morning at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Moore’s bail was set at $1 million. She could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on the murder charge. NOV. 29 ELIZABETH — Eslam Gad, 27, was charged with murder and related weapons offenses after a drive-by shooting in August 2012. The victim, Anthony Holmes, 21 of Pemberton Township, was pronounced dead the morning after the shooting. Gad fled to Egypt shortly after the shooting to avoid arrest. The International Criminal Police Organization alerted the prosecutor’s office that Gad was found in Manchester, England. He will be extradited to the United States and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court.

understanding of what service Morgan, a professor in the Depart- viewed as “weak” and being treated differently by others. ment of Psychology. members went through. “The culture of the military Peer-to-peer services, like the Initially, the helpline focused on providing counseling and linking ones offered by NJ Vet2Vet, are is a warrior culture that values veterans to mental health provid- effective as a triage point to help strength, courage, mental toughers in the community, but the idea assess and direct veterans to ap- ness and personal sacrifice. It is a significant challenge for the miliof a counseling line discouraged propriate services, Morgan said. By uniquely presenting itself tary to acknowledge and address veterans from calling. “They may not be willing to do as a peer support network rather the need for its force to deal with the emotional counseling at of milfirst,” McCain “When you’re in the military, you don’t have to worry impact itary service,” said. “They about housing, support, medical Morgan said. may just want Only about somebody to expenses, job security.” half of returntalk to, and ing service that’s what we Terrell McCain members seek do here.” Project Manager of NJ Vet2Vet proper treatSince then, the helpline has stressed peer than a mental health program, NJ ment for mental health conditions, Vet2Vet facilitates the healing pro- according to the Substance Abuse support over counseling. “The helpline NJ Vet2Vet has cess of returning veterans. This and Mental Health Services Adthe advantage of directly address- method is effective in helping re- ministration website. “We don’t try to stress mental ing the stigma barrier to help. If a duce the stigma regarding mental veteran is ambivalent about reach- health issues that has prevented health right off the bat,” McCain ing out for help, they may be more so many veterans from seeking said. “We might ask, what do you want to do in order to be successlikely to initiate that process with a proper help. Morgan said veterans common- ful, what have you considered and call to another veteran via the peerto-peer helpline,” said Thomas ly report concerns about being what have you tried so far?”

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day Rutgers raised $1.2 million in 2015, hopes to repeat success in 2016, Redfern says continued from front sophomore, is a member of the TAG team and participated in Rutgers Giving Day by handing out small boxes filled with chocolates and a note. “It’s fun seeing people get a smile put on their face when they open the box up,” he said. Rutgers Giving Day is a collaborative effort of all the teams working together, Redfern said “It’s really a team effort for us, along with the entire University,” she said. “Along with the entire University, we really had to partner with our schools and units across the University. We’re

here in New Brunswick, Camden, Newark, RBHS all having student events today and making sure everyone know about Giving Day.” Rutgers Giving Day worked to incorporate social media in their donations, by allotting $20,000 to be donated for social media challenges. Challenges included the BFF Challenge, where a student could post a picture on Twitter or Facebook with their best friend at Rutgers. The Stop By Challenges called on students to visit the student centers and take a selfie. The social media challenges allow students and alumni to win extra dollars for areas that

they care about at the University make a big pic-collage of all the post it to social media and tag a throughout the day, Redfern said. canvases to show alumni how the person or group they care about to win an extra $250. “Social media is a huge com- students participated. Redfern said many of the staff “I think our alumni are realponent of making (Rutgers Giving Day) so successful,” she ly going to love seeing students are working 24 hours for Giving said. “I think for students, for making their first gift,” Redfern Day, from midnight on Tuesday to Wednesday. them to not She said she even make a is happy and gift, but make proud of all a difference in “It’s fun, seeing people get a smile put on their face the donations the area they coming into care about by when they open the box up.” the University doing someand the sucthing they do joseph looman cess Rutgers all day long— School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Sophomore Giving Day has by snapping garnered in its selfies.” two years. The theme “I’m proud of this year’s of our Rutgers alumni commuGiving Day is painting the Univer- said. “That’s so powerful.” There were also 10 paint cans nity, I’m proud of our student sity scarlet. Students participated by painting R’s onto canvases if hidden around campus for stu- community, our friends, faculty they attended any of the commu- dents to find. The paint cans con- and staff,” she said. “They’re retained a Rutgers Giving Day shirt, ally painting the day scarlet today nity engagement events. After Rutgers Giving Day is and students who found it were and reminding us all why we are over, Redfern said the plan is to asked to take selfies with them, a part of this community.”

vet2vet Jump blurb jump blurb jump blurb jump blurb jump blurb jump blurb, Graham says continued from front GEORGETTE STILLMAN



Rutgers raised money as part of its second annual giving day. As part of the day’s events, Rutgers held events in the different campus centers, including painting, surprise gifts and social media contests.


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Trump conned people with phony populism


populist fever has swept the nation — COMMENTARY or so we’ve been told. President-elect Donald Trump’s narrow victory on CONNOR O’BRIEN Nov. 8 was almost universally labeled by pundits as a rejection of establishment norms. Even the most liberal members of the mainstream media at least partially bought into the narrative that he would head to Washington, rip American government from the clutches of corporate interests and hand it back to working people once and for all. They all missed something critical: Trump’s brand of populism is really thinly veiled corporatism. Trump has turned off many wealthy Wall Street bankers and corporate interests with controversial remarks on race and immigration, but his set of policies is what they’ve been dreaming of all along. His supposed populism is really an experiment in handing the already rich and powerful more influence, hoping it will somehow help the little guy. Take Wall Street reform. Hillary Clinton was labeled from the start as a puppet of commercial and investment banking. Yet it is the supposed populist Trump who made deregulating banks and financial institutions a centerpiece of his economic platform. Dodd-Frank — the massive piece of legislation containing expansive consumer protections and reigns in excessive risks in the financial system — will soon be history if Congress cooperates with Trump. Trump’s cabinet is already starting to take shape, and the short lists for each position are filled with Washington insiders, investment bankers and powerful lobbyists. JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon is reportedly in the running to head the Treasury Department. The new administration also plans on deregulating the fossil fuel industry, letting Big Oil and Big Coal trample our environment at a time when climate change is as pressing as ever. Harold Hamm, a billionaire pioneer of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), is on the short list to manage our nation’s public lands and waters as the interior secretary. The Paul Ryan budget, which Trump mostly adopted in September, would thrust millions of working people and families into poverty with massive cuts to programs like Medicaid, food stamps, Pell Grants and the Earned Income Tax Credit. The white working poor who voted Trump into office would be among those hurt the most by these cuts. Donald Trump conned the American people with his phony brand of populism, and we must fight back with an economic and environmental agenda that puts working class and middle class families first, rather than large corporations. Instead of pinning Trump’s win on racism or bigotry, Democrats must acknowledge the economic anxiety that pervades Middle America and its causes. Globalization has torn communities apart throughout the country and left millions of workers without a place in the modern economy. We must equip them with the skills that they need to compete with workers abroad by making college and technical training affordable and accessible to every American. We must end the War on Drugs that targets and oppresses the poor. We must strengthen and expand the tools that allow hard-working Americans to climb the economic ladder. Most importantly, progressives must reject politics of division that has corroded the Democratic Party. To survive as a political force, we once again must learn to empathize with struggling Americans, rather than label them racists or bigots. The Democratic Party used to be the party of the poor and middle class and a check on big business. The party must return to its economic roots that once made it so successful. Only then can we truly have a populist revolution. Connor O’Brien is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in economics.

QUOTE OF THE DAY If a veteran is ambivalent about reaching out for help, they may be more likely to initiate that process with a call to another veteran via the peer-to-peer helpline.

- Dr. Thomas Morgan, a Professor in the Department of Psychology, on the New Jersey Vet2Vet helpline. See story on FRONT.



Possible flame war on First Amendment President-elect’s flag-burning tweet suggests attack on free speech


ur President-elect has once again used his Court decided to take on his case from a smaller favorite method of communication to ad- Texas court, they decided in a 5-4 ruling that it was dress the citizens of America: Twitter. This not the government’s place to regulate the practice time, Donald Trump has utilized the social media of people’s First Amendment rights. This is a deciapp to express his negative opinions on flag-burning sion that Trump should carefully consider. The beauty of the United States of America is that and to articulate the punishments he feels would be appropriate for those who do. Trump tweeted, “No- it allows its citizens to speak their minds, even if it body should be allowed to burn the American flag — says to burn its own flag. Although the burning of if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps the American flag might not be favorable, it is not up to the government to tell people how they are alloss of citizenship or (a) year in jail!” Trump tweeted this yesterday morning at 6:55 lowed to express their anger at what they see as the a.m. without a clear motivation or cause. It is spec- government’s injustices. Punishing those who do, as ulated that this patriotic outburst was in response to Trump is suggesting, would put America in the ranks the burning of the flag by students of the Hampshire of nations like the former Soviet Union and South College in Amherst, Mass., but it would be rather Africa, where laws were implemented to punish the peculiar for Trump to respond to the actions of a col- same “offense.” And it is unlikely that Trump plans lege where the student population totals 1,400. Aside to “make America great again” by mirroring the laws of a group of counfrom the source tries that include of this seemingly one that he has unprompted dec“However, ‘expression’ can be asserted in more labeled a “crime laration of nationthan just orally or in written methods.” ridden mess.” alism, there are a P e r h a p s few other details Trump’s concern that should be considered in response to these actions. These de- with flag-burnings has to do with the fact that this action was taking place across the nation in response tails can be outlined in the First Amendment. The First Amendment is the declaration for free- to his election. Perhaps his defense is that, if people dom of expression, in a manner in which Congress should be allowed to express their feelings in such a can not stop its citizens from “restricting the rights of way, there should be no reason to discredit his preindividuals to speak freely.” However, “expression” vious uses of language regarding certain groups of can be asserted in more than just orally or in written people. Or perhaps Trump is concerned about the methods. Burning the flag can also be considered a feelings of the troops who fight for this nation who form of expression as it is the symbolic representa- might be upset by this action. What Trump must retion of petitioning or being unsatisfied with the gov- alize is that this is America, and that burning the flag ernment. But Trump was not the first to challenge is the same freedom of speech that these troops are this notion. This concern about flag-burning being fighting to protect. Burning the flag is not targeting a unconstitutional has already been settled — almost group of people or making citizens feel hated or discriminated against, it is a declaration of anger toward 30 years ago by the Supreme Court. In 1989, Gregory Lee Johnson stood outside the government. And perhaps, rather than jumping of the Republican National Convention in Dallas, to punishing these people, the government and our Texas, and proceeded to burn the American flag. President-elect should question why their actions This was his way of expressing his anger toward would make the citizens of the U.S. want to burn the then-President Ronald Reagan. After the Supreme flag in the first place. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 148th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff. Twitter: @Daily_Targum Instagram: @dailytargum

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Potential national security leaders responsible for millions REALITY CHECK STEVEN WYNEN


must say that I do not intend to normalize President-elect Trump’s divisive rhetoric by discussing his potential foreign policy team and policy blueprints. This is the reality we will have so it would be foolish to not discuss it. Before I am told to stop normalizing Trump, give Justin Trudeau a ring and tell him to stop normalizing Fidel Castro. I’ll wait. (I won’t, we all know that’ll never happen). As someone who cannot find a home in either conservatism or progressivism, and who is incredibly cynical about politicians and wielding power over people, I have no expectations for Donald Trump (I had none for Hillary Clinton either). Does he really believe his own divisive rhetoric? I don’t know. What I do know is that he lacks a clear political ideology, which leaves him susceptible to high degrees of influence from his cabinet. This is important for nearly every aspect of life that the federal government has a stake in (which, coincidentally, is nearly every aspect of American life). Critically, America is facing the most dangerous and unclear international economic, security and political landscape it has since the 1980s. Thus, we can expect his diplomatic and military advisers to play a crucial role in how Washington will respond to

Russia in Europe, Russia in Syria, Syria itself, the Middle East, China, Latin America, etc. Who will make up the inner circle of the national security wing of the Trump Administration? The Donald has already selected Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael T. Flynn to be his National Security Adviser. For the uninitiated or previously uninterested, the National Security Adviser is a cabinet position that does not require Senate confirmation. It is essentially a “broker” position, and the NSA (not the illegal spying agency) takes the multitude of policy recommendations

recently stating that Islamism (the supremacist, radical offshoot of Islam. Disclaimer: not all Muslims are Islamists, go read a book to find examples of radical “isms” in other religions) is a cancer in the bodies of “1.7 billion people” that “has to be excised”. It appears restraint and measured approaches to combating Islamism are not going to be a hallmark of this administration. Flynn’s foil comes from an unlikely source, Marine General (Ret.) James “Mad Dog” Mattis who is considered for the defense secretary position. Widely hailed as

“The Congress can play a key role in crafting a coherent strategy with bipartisan support.” from the different levels of government and breaks them down to the President in ways he (and hopefully soon, a non-Clinton she) can understand. Of course, the level of influence that this position has varies from administration to administration, but I can reasonably argue that General Flynn will wield more than the typical amount of influence. By most accounts, Flynn was pushed into retirement by President Obama for raising concerns about military intervention in Syria as well as not taking the Islamist (there is a difference between Islamism and Islam, but that is a discussion for another time) threat seriously. He has an axe to grind, more

the finest combat commander of his generation, Mattis is an intellectual, an adept strategic thinker and beloved by those who served under him in Iraq. In the lead up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mattis put his men and women of the 1st Marine Division under rigorous academic preparation in Arab culture, language, as well as general cultural sensitivity courses. In his retirement debriefing by the Armed Services Committees of Congress, Mattis offered measured and cautious advice on constructing a grand strategy for the remainder of the 21st century: “The international order built on the state system is not self-sustaining. It demands

tending by an America that leads wisely, standing unapologetically for the freedoms each of us in this room have enjoyed … While we recognize that we owe future generations the same freedoms we enjoy, the challenge lies in how to carry out our responsibility. We have lived too long now in a strategy-free mode. To do so America needs a refreshed national strategy. The Congress can play a key role in crafting a coherent strategy with bipartisan support. Doing so requires us to look beyond events currently consuming the executive branch. There is an urgent need to stop reacting to each immediate vexing issue in isolation. Such response often creates unanticipated second order effects and more problems for us. I suggest that the best way to cut to the essence of these issues and to help you in crafting America’s response to a rapidly changing security environment is to ask the right questions.” Mattis is clearly the foil to Flynn’s brashness. Assuming Mattis is selected by President-elect Trump to head the Pentagon, he and Flynn will be responsible for millions of lives, hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and providing prescient and balanced advice to a rather ill-tempered President. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see where this clash of titans will take us. Steven Wynen is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in history and political science with a minor in economics. His column, “Reality Check,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.

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being salty. The sauce tasted superb, but there just wasn’t enough. Maybe it’s just me — what can I say, I’m a saucy kind of a girl. The Bread, cheese, sauce — oh, crust had a perfect “krispy” consorry — I was daydreaming about sistency — now I know where the the jazzy za’ I inhaled earlier. restaurant’s name came from. What is za’ you ask? Za’ is the hip The cheese was melty in all the way to say pizza in my eyes, and right places. There was both chedthere’s nothing more hip than the dar and moznew Krispy Pizza zarella — now that opened up at these pizza peoThe Yard. “Is it wrong to think pizza is sexy? Nah, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is hot and bothered by ple know how to This place please. Thin, cut came in clutch that aesthetically pleasing triangle.” up pieces of steak after a stressful were embedded morning. I was underneath the walking in a big pile of gooey down pour with only one eye open and there it make a decision while hearing pizza — maybe they’ll give me an Want to know how good it was? cholesterol. Potentially getting high was, waiting for me. I instantly “Hi, can I help you” and “Were A to compensate for the damages. Every time I took a bite I’m pretty cholesterol is always worth it when One bus ride later and an annoy- sure I whispered “lit” under my it comes to pizza. There was also woke up — seeing pizza shacks is you waited on yet?” Now, that’s some green peppers and onions some fine customer service if you ing walk home in a monsoon, my breath — that should tell you. my form of caffeine. Sauce is very important when it sprinkled on top to add a nice touch. pizza bag was drenched. I mentalWhen I stepped inside this piz- ask me. All this pizza talk is making me It was a long, difficult decision, ly lit a candle in my head and said comes to pizza. I’ll give the slice za sanctuary, I knew I was in my kind of place. Buffalo chicken, but I ultimately went with the a couple prayers on my way up the three stars in that department. antsy — be right back, going to go Don’t get me wrong and think I’m order some za’. barbecue chicken, vodka sauce “Cheesesteak Pizza.” Choosing stairs hoping my pizza survived. Features Editor

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the kind of pizza you want takes some strenuous thinking. There was unfortunately no time to shove this pizza in my mouth in that moment in time — I had to head back to my sweet pad to do homework. I should email my professors and tell them they are holding me up from eating

I immediately ripped off the wet bag and there it was — my sexy slice still perfectly intact. Is it wrong to think pizza is sexy? Nah, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is hot and bothered by that aesthetically pleasing triangle. I nuked it real quick then finally took a bite of the Italian delicacy.

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November 30, 2016

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes


Page 9 Eugenia Last

Happy Birthday: It’s up to you to make the changes that will make you feel good about your future. This is a year to complete the changes you’ve been contemplating and put an end to the situations that have been slowing you down or adding confusion to your life. Look for professional opportunities that suit your skills and qualifications. Your numbers are 8, 10, 14, 27, 32, 41, 44.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Express your thoughts and put some muscle behind your plans. You can get ahead if you focus on using your skills to your benefit instead of helping someone else advance. Conversations can reveal valuable information that will encourage a wise choice. 5 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Channel your energy into activities and events that will allow you to stand out in the crowd. The response you get from someone who can change your life will give you a reason to expand your interests. Follow your dreams. 4 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Watch how others react and prepare to counter any situation that shows instability. Don’t give in to anyone who tries to push you into something you cannot afford. Someone will offer false information about a deal you consider. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A professional change or dealing with institutions that can help you stabilize your financial future will pay off. Use your strengths to help you gain ground and convince others to see the potential in your plans. Romance is featured. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It’s up to you to bring about change if you don’t like the direction things are heading in your life. Don’t wait for someone else to make the first move. Take control and don’t look back. Good fortune and opportunity are within your reach. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Emotions will swell and excitement will mount. Discipline and control will be required if you want to take advantage of something that appears to be too good to be true. Step up and take action and you will succeed. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Keep moving forward regardless of what others decide to do. As long as you keep your plans simple and affordable, you will enjoy the outcome. A partnership will undergo difficulties if you cannot agree. Be willing to do the legwork. 3 stars

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Someone with lofty ideas will try to persuade you to be a follower. Don’t feel intimidated by a pushy individual when you have what it takes to offer something far more substantial. Do your own thing and forge ahead. 3 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Travel to a destination that has something exciting or exotic to offer. Participate in a seminar or experience that will challenge you to use your talents in new and interesting ways. Important partnerships will develop. 5 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Take your time and do your best. Negotiate on your own behalf and turn something you enjoy doing into a fruitful venture. Helping others will bring high rewards. Someone from your past will make a difference to your future. 4 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A change at home may be useful if it keeps a dispute from developing. Getting to the bottom of things will take time and must be done properly if you are to come out on top. Offer incentives. 2 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll lose out if you let someone take over. Do whatever you do best and get involved in the issues that concern you the most. An honest evaluation of the relationships you have with others will lead to needed changes. 2 stars

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TEST Miami poses biggest threat to hand Steve Pikiell his first loss as head coach at RU continued from back game to the Rutgers would put a dent in the Hurricanes’ resume, who are looking to return to the NCAA Tournament and reach the Sweet Sixteen as they did last year. Miami, like its next guests, continued to receive votes in the

latest Associated Press Top-25 poll, raking in 44. Prior to last weekend, the Hurricanes won each of their four games by double-digits, including a 14-point win over Stanford at the Watsco Center, the site of Wednesday’s matchup. The 40th most efficient offense in the country, according

to KenPom, is led by junior point guard Ja’Quan Newton, who ranks 11th in the ACC in scoring with 17.2 points per game after scoring at least 13 points in all six games this season. The 24th tallest team in the country based on average height across the roster, they’ll present the biggest challenge yet to the best offensive rebounding team in the nation. “We have to do a great job rebounding the ball. They’re very, very athletic,” Pikiell said of Miami. “We have to take care of the ball too, can’t turn it over. They’re a terrific transition team … they

Miami will serve as the most difficult challenge of head coach Steve Pikiell’s first season with RU, but he’s treating it like every other game. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016

grapplers Both wrestlers had appeared in NCAA Tournament year before redshirting continued from back DelVecchio and Theobold to sit around. “It was definitely challenging to see my team — obviously, we competed really hard last year and we had ranked matches,” Theobold said. Another challenge set in their paths was the rise of others in their weight classes. Before last year, DelVecchio and Theobold were the starting wrestlers in their respective weight classes, but in their absences, others filled in the gaps and left question marks on Goodale’s lineup. “Kenny and (sophomore Anthony) Giraldo, why should Giraldo be out of the lineup?” Goodale said. “We gotta figure that out.” In Theobold’s absence came Giraldo, who posted a 17-16 record last year, qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Theobold had nothing but praise for Giraldo, who moved up two weight classes to join him at 149 pounds. Theobold has taken a coaching role of sorts, training with Giraldo and and helping him grow as the season wears on. “I’m pushing him every single day as he’s pushing me every

single day,” Theobold said. “He’s a great wrestler, and I learn a lot from him too. The biggest thing he can take out of this year is to keep a very positive mindset. Anything can happen, and I want him to look at this as another growing period possibly.” So far in the 2016-2017 campaign, Giraldo has gotten some meaningful reps in, though Theobold is Goodale’s go-to at the 149 division. Giraldo scored a major decision over Cornell’s Dan Reed at the Grapple at the Garden, improving his record to 7-2 on the season. So while Theobold and Giraldo have not come at the expense of the former’s time on the mat, the same cannot be said for DelVecchio, who had to make way for No. 13 Tyson Dippery, who also moved weights to hit the 133-pound mark. “He’s been dedicated,” DelVecchio said of Dippery. “He’s got a good diet, and he’s bringing his weight down and everything. All of it is sport, no hard feelings, we’re both good friends so it’s best man wins.” And so far, Dippery’s spotless 8-0 clip has left DelVecchio picking up the scraps as his 4-1 record, though nothing to scoff at, pales in comparison to Dippery’s.

But so is life for those who take redshirt seasons — they risk others stepping up in their places, no matter how hard they train in their year off. Though DelVecchio has certainly fallen victim to that in the early season, he and Theobold are much less concerned with the

got fantastic attackers at the rim, more options on offense. “We got their length is a problem, they (junior guard) Nigel (Johnson), have veteran guys. So there’s a lot we got (junior forward) Deshawn of problems that they pose to us.” (Freeman), we got (graduate Playing across from Newton in transfer center) C.J. (Gettys), we the opening possession will be the got all these guys that get buckets Rutgers’ sophomore point guard for us so it makes it easier for me Corey Sanders, who will have an out on the court.” The results have been posiimprovised homecoming Wednesday night. The Lakeland, Florida, tive, with early season success native is expecting around 25 of unheard of in the recent past of his friends and family to make the Knights’ program. It’s easy the four-hour drive down to Coral to get excited over it considering Gables, many of whom will watch Rutgers hasn’t reached a postseason tournahim play for the ment, or had Knights for the a winning first time. season, for “I get to go that matter, in home, so that’s “There’s a lot of problems over a decade a good thing, that they pose to us.” or gotten a enjoy some good vote in the weather,” he STEVE PIKIELL Associated said. “But it’s a Head Coach Press’ Top-25 business trip.” poll since the Sanders, who third week in was depended the 2004-05 upon heavily season when for scoring last year in order for Rutgers to have they received two votes. But those who have been a prayer in games, had a teamhigh 10 assists and career-high around for the lowest of lows arsix steals in his team’s latest win en’t letting themselves reach the highest of highs, following Pikagainst Hartford. With a number of weapons at iell’s creed of maintaining their his disposal that he didn’t have temperament somewhere in the last year, Sanders has had the middle, taking the marathon that freedom to play without the bur- is the college basketball season den of being the only offensive op- one game at a time. “It’s surreal, (but) I can’t live tion on the floor for his team. He led Rutgers in scoring just once in the moment forever,” said juin its first six games, a recipe for nior forward Mike Williams, who disaster last season turned into endured program-record losing streaks of 17 and 15 games in his success this year. Now that the wealth of the at- first two years on the Banks, of tention from the opposing defense being 6-0. “We have a mission — is spread among the five players to go down to Miami, handle our on the floor rather than almost business … go 1-0 and continue exclusively on Sanders, he could our winning streak.” operate more as the facilitator that For updates on the Rutgers he sees himself as. “It definitely does because men’s basketball team, follow teams can’t just key in me in the @briannnnf and @TargumSports game plan,” he said of having on Twitter.

repercussions of sitting out for an entire year. That lack of wrestling has made them hungrier than ever for more. Whether their goals are to become national champions or become All-Americans, the fer vor is all the same. It’s there and getting back on the mat has

been a long time coming. “It kind of just made me realize how much I wanted to get back out there,” DelVecchio said. “I’m just really amped.” For more updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

Junior Scott DelVecchio has found himself in the rearview mirror as fellow 133-pounder Tyson Dippery is 8-1 and ranked as high as No. 12. DMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016

November 30, 2016


Rutgers works to answer questions left by dismal season Brian Fonseca Sports Editor

Saturday’s 31-13 loss to Maryland bookended a tumultuous first season for Chris Ash as the head coach of the Rutgers football team. The point total in the Scarlet Knights’ (2-10, 0-9) season finale against the Terrapins was the same as the 48-13 loss in their season opener in Seattle against No. 5 Washington. In between the losses was a campaign filled with history, though not the kind Ash and his staff were looking to make in their inaugural season in Piscataway. The Knights were shutout four times, the first time it has happened to the program in a single season since 1936. In those four losses to No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 8 Penn State and Michigan State, Rutgers was outscored 224-0. The shutouts arrived in two pairs — Connecticut was the only other Division I team to be held scoreless more than once this season, according to — and with them came historic scoreless droughts. Junior running back Robert Martin’s touchdown in the second frame ended a streak of 9 quarters without scoring for Rutgers, the second longest in Division I this season. The longest? An 11 quarter drought for the Knights earlier in the season, the longest such streak in the FBS in a decade, according to ESPN. The level at which Rutgers struggled on offense becomes most evident when looking at where it ranks nationally in all major statistical categories — dead-last in yards per game, penultimate in points per game, first downs and offensive redzone efficiency, fifth-worst in 3rd down conversion percentage and the list goes on and on. But perhaps the shortcoming that Ash laments the most is the fact he couldn’t earn a conference win for his senior class, a group he’s credited plenty in the final weeks of the season for helping build a foundation for his program moving forward. “I’m just feeling for them right now,” Ash said of his senior class. “They put a lot into the second half of the season, especially in the last two games and the last home game, that we were unable to get them a victory, but we have a great group of individuals that are still going to go on and do successful things in life or hopefully in football if they get that opportunity.” As those 20 fifth-year seniors and redshirt juniors move on following the final game of their careers as Knights — some taking time off to recover from a long season before preparing for the NFL Draft while others pursue other academic or career goals to begin the rest of their lives — those who remain will begin preparing for Ash’s second season at the helm this Monday with end-of-season team and individual meetings. There, they’ll discuss offseason plans as well as the laundry list of things Rutgers needs work on improving if it plans on digging itself out of the basement of the Big Ten.

With his first season at the helm in Piscataway behind him, Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash and his staff will hit the road to recruit this week as his current players begin offseason training. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016

It all starts back in the weight room, where the Knights begin their second offseason working with strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker. With the experience of the first go-around, Ash hopes his team will have a different approach this time. “Last offseason was extremely hard for them, but this offseason will be hard also,” he said. “Mentally, they’ll have an idea of what to expect and hopefully they’ll go out and attack it this offseason rather than be nervous or afraid of what’s coming.” As the players work on improving themselves individually, Ash and the Rutgers coaching staff will be hitting the recruiting trail as they look to replace the holes left by the departing senior class and any subsequent transfers, as well as load up on areas of need. The main position group of concern continues to be the linebackers corps. The paper-thin unit was banged up for most of the season and Saturday was no exception, with juniors Brandon Russell and Eric Margolis making their first careers starts at strongside and weakside, respectively, against the Terrapins. The forced line-up change yielded similar results, with the fifth-worst rushing defense in the nation conceding 318 yards and 3 touchdowns — the last of which coming from a walk-on senior fullback taking his first career carry — on the ground to the hosts. And while Ash distributes the load of responsibility in defending the run to all 11 players on the field, he did concede that the linebackers have a lot of room to grow. “We have to get our linebackers bigger and stronger. We have to fit the runs more consistently,” he said. “We have to continue to develop that whole group so that our run defense improves.” Quarterback is listed next to linebacker at 1B on the hierarchy

of development this offseason, with the group of wide receivers the player behind center will be throwing to coming right after. Sophomore Giovanni Rescigno, who had a decent 203 yards on 22-for-39 passing Saturday, looks to be the early favorite to spearhead the quarterback pecking order heading into the spring given he’s shown to be the best balance of experience and fit in the offense of the four that featured for Rutgers this season. With true freshman Tylin Oden developing slower than offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Drew Mehringer had hoped and still two months remaining until three-star class of 2017 commit Jonathan Lewis has a chance to honor his verbal commitment and officially join the Knights on National Signing Day, it’s Rescigno’s job to lose. Knowing that, he’s prepared to fix the deficiencies in his game he’s noticed throughout his six starts behind center this year. “A lot of the times where I put my eyes on certain plays. I think I’ve gotten better with that over the last two games,” Rescigno said, before continuing the list. “And just seeing defenses, recognizing what the defense is tr ying to do, the coverages and then mechanically-wise with my feet, how they are in the pocket, not tripping in the pocket, trusting the protection, just stuff like that.” It will help that, for the first time in his time in Piscataway, it appears he won’t be spending most of his offseason learning a new offense. Asked about his confidence in Mehringer’s ability to get the offense right, Ash expressed “a lot of faith” in the 27-year-old offensive coordinator. “I was talking about that with some of my buddies, a couple of guys on the offense just going

into spring ball knowing that you won’t have to learn a whole new playbook. That’s huge,” Rescigno said. “When that happens, you can work on the things that you struggled within that offense ... which is awesome. So looking forward to that.” Aiding him further is Ash’s commitment to adding speed to the roster with the upcoming recruiting class. Senior wide receiver Janarion Grant’s future remains in doubt as he awaits for a decision for a medical waiver from the NCAA in order for him to be able to make a decision on whether he returns to Piscataway for his fifth season. His return would be a big boost to the Knights passing attack as they work to replace seniors Andre Patton, John Tsimis and Carlton Agudosi. With Michigan transfer Ahmir Mitchell gaining eligibility next season, adding a pair of quick receivers with the next recruiting class could push Rutgers’ a couple levels of production above the 131.2 passing yards per game average, which ranks dead-last among Big Ten teams, it finished the season with. “When you talk about recruiting, you look at the recruiting class reporting together. I think you’ll see that there’s an emphasis on speed,” Ash said. “It’s hard to develop speed. You get guys a little bit faster, but you have to go out and recruit guys that are fast. We have some fast guys on the team, but we need more … It can’t be just one guy. It has to be a few guys.” Based on the results within the four white lines, it’s hard to imagine Ash’s first season as a head coach could’ve gone much worse. But zoom out of the turf field and look at the whole picture of the program a year into the Ash era and it becomes clear that not everything has trended negatively for the Knights.

Ash took over a team weeks removed from one of the most controversial seasons in program history. His predecessor Kyle Flood was suspended for 3 games and fined 50,000 dollars after an internal investigation from the University concluded he had impermissible contact with a faculty member regarding the academic standing of one of his players. That player, former cornerback Nadir Barnwell, was 1 of 5 dismissed from the team for their involvement in an alleged assault case, a punishment which was announced 10 minutes before kickoff of the team’s season opener against Norfolk State. Five other players were suspended for the first half of the game against the Spartans, including star wide receiver Leonte Carroo and then-sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano. Rutgers remained in the national spotlight on multiple occasions under Ash this season, but this time due to some embarrassing moments and disastrous performances on the field rather than humiliating incidents off it. The welcome change is a testament to the former Ohio State defensive coordinator, who was able to right the ship of a seemingly sinking program. “When you talk about the way we train, investing in the players, in recovery, in nutrition, the other is really about social behavior,” Ash said. “We want a football team that makes good decisions and I think we’ve demonstrated that we have a team of individuals that does that.” He went on to say the Knights hope to transition that success onto the football field, an area where Rutgers didn’t show much growth throughout the season. It ended just as it began, with the Knights falling due to difficulties in the run game, in coverage on special teams and in operating the power-spread offense. Rutgers didn’t strike first in any of its games this season and led for just 3.9 percent of its nine conference games, according to NJ Advanced Media’s Steve Politi. The bad news for Rutgers is everything culminated in a 2-10 season without a win in Big Ten play, the worst season for the program since it went 1-11 in Greg Schiano’s second season as a head coach in Piscataway in 2002. The good news is that, barring a disastrous offseason where everything goes wrong, things can only go up here for the Knights. A forgettable first season can be labeled as an extended adjustment period for both Ash and his players. The work to prevent the sequel from being another step backwards for a program at the edge of rock bottom begins now. “We want competition in each position,” Ash said. “We got guys out there that play well, we just need to get bigger and stronger and learn their job responsibility and do it more consistently. Will we bring in more guys that have a chance to compete? Absolutely, and that’s what we’re trying to do with recruiting. But we have to develop the guys on our football team also to be better than what we were this year. And we will.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow @briannnnf and @TargumSports on Twitter.

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“We have a mission — to go down to Miami, handle our business … go 1-0 and continue our winning streak.” — Junior guard Mike Williams




Knights travel to Miami for biggest test yet Brian Fonseca Sports Editor

The fourth day of the third week of the season will see the Rutgers men’s basketball team take its second road trip and face its first real challenge of the year. The Scarlet Knights have won their first six games, a start you have to go back to 1975 to find the last time it happened in Piscataway, but the opposition they’ve defeated — four mid-major teams, a Division II program at home and bottom-of-the-Big-East-barrell Depaul in their only road game so far — has simply not been at the same level expected of a Power Seven conference program. A trip to the southeastern tip of Florida, where the jump in competition for Rutgers will be as drastic as the change in weather from New Jersey to the Sunshine State, will change that, as the Knights (6-0) take on Miami (4-2) Wednesday night in Coral Gables on ESPNU. Head coach Steve Pikiell isn’t getting caught up in the name of the program, though. “It’s the next game on the schedule, and I know you guys don’t want to hear that, but that’s what it is,” he said prior to practice on Monday. “Every game’s been a challenge — I know you guys don’t want to hear that either — but every game’s been a challenge.” Entering the match-up fresh off its first two losses of the season over the weekend to a pair of ranked opponents in No. 19 Iowa State and No. 24 Florida, losing a third-straight Sophomore guard Corey Sanders returns to his home state of Florida, where Rutgers will take on Miami Wednesday. The Lakeland, Florida, native expects around 25 friends and family members to attend the game. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016

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Patience is key for pair of Knight grapplers Jon Spilletti Staff Writer

Fifth-year senior 149-pounder Ken Theobold has started off the season 7-0 and is ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016

Ken Theobold completed his junior season with a record of 24-9 and an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. His reward was taking a redshirt season the following year. “(Goodale) wanted me around for an extra year and I wanted to pursue on that,” Theobold said of the rationale behind the decision. “Redshirt and take a year to really grow as a wrestler.” To ask one of the best athletes on the Rutgers wrestling team to not compete for an entire year is a tall task, but it is nothing out of the ordinary for head coach Scott Goodale and other coaches around the country. It is the world of college athletics, and that one year could end up being the most significant in the five a redshirt athlete spends at his or her university. “Going into my redshirt year, I knew there were two things — I could fall back on it and not do well because the pressure it not there and you lose that competitive edge or I could take that experience and redshirting and

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head wrestling coach, and the Scarlet Knights dropped to No. 12 in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll after spliiting matches against No.8 Cornell and Columbia last weekend. They beat the Lions while falling to the Big Red.

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turn it around and make it beneficial,” Theobold said. Balancing those two becomes a hefty challenge for athletes of all arenas, as they are stripped of the training, practice and match routine that characterizes their seasons. No. 10 Theobold, a fifth-year senior 149-pounder out of Toms River, New Jersey, was joined by junior 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio in the weight room last season, as he donned the redshirt in his third year as a Scarlet Knight as well. DelVecchio, like Theobold, also went from being NCAA qualifier to watching his teammates soar up the ranks the following year. “After that season, I kind of knew I was going to redshirt the next season,” DelVecchio said. “I mentally prepared for it, but a side of you doesn’t want to do it — you just want to keep competing.” And with last season’s success, with 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault and 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti earning All-American status, it was especially tough for competitors like





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Tomorrow, 7 p.m., The RAC

Saturday, 2 p.m., The RAC

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