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Irish Dance Club ranks in regional competitions Thomas Lohan Contributing Writer
The Irish Dance Club recently placed first in the Fourth Annual Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival and won several awards at the Catholic University of America’s Cherry Blossom Irish Dance Competition. The group works to spread knowledge about Irish culture by offering students the opportunity to compete in Irish dance competitions and participate in local shows, said Shea Shovlin, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and president of the club. One goal of the organization is to add diversity to the Rutgers student body, Shovlin said. “Everybody knows about the club soccer team, everybody knows about club basketball team, but not many people know about our sport, so I feel like we’re adding to the diversity of Rutgers University,” Shovlin said. They placed first in the “fourhand” competition in the Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival at Villanova University this past October. The club has already started preparing for the Dayton University Intercollegiate Irish Dance Competition in Ohio this upcoming spring semester, Shovlin said.
“We went into the first competition at Villanova not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into,” Shovlin said. “I think everyone was shocked when we placed top three in almost every category.” Doing well motivated the group to practice harder which lead to their success at Catholic University. Miranda McKiernan, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore and the group’s secretary, said she never danced before she joined the club. Coming from an Irish family, McKiernan said she was strongly interested in Irish dancing throughout her life. Although she knew of her interest, she did not know how to perform. McKiernan most enjoys the social aspect of the club, she said. “My favorite part is the mini get-togethers that we have. For example, last Wednesday we had Friendsgiving,” she said. The club feels like a family, said Caitlin Brennan, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and the public relations chair of the Rutgers Irish Dance Club. “I’m a senior this year, so I just wanted to make sure there was a See competitions on Page 5
Rutgers eSports is hosting a Fireside Open competition on Sunday, inviting students from both the University as well as other institutions around the area to compete. While most similar competitions cost students about $50, the Fireside Open will be free of charge. COURTESY OF ALICE BALASHOVA
Rutgers eSports prepares to host 1st annual Fireside Open contest sophie nieto-munoz associate news editor
Rutgers’ eSports organization is hoping to unite the gaming community at the University by hosting their first annual Fireside Open competition on Sunday, which will be free to the public and to participating gamers. A diverse player base will compete in games including League of Legends, Starcraft II, Hearthstone,
Overwatch, Pokemon and more, from noon to 11:59 p.m. There will also be an exhibition match with the League of Legends Club facing off against the Dota Club on Heroes of the Storm. This is one of the biggest events eSports is hosting this semester, said event organizer Alice Balashova. The event will showcase the competitive side of gaming, with a clean and professional aspect in a fun and friendly environment.
The School of Engineering sophomore said she hopes this event brings awareness to Rutgers’ gaming community, especially since other universities are invited to compete at Fireside Open. “We want to show that our team at Rutgers University (can) compete against other universities and show that we are also part of the See contest on Page 4
Study finds carbonated drinks best for thirst Kayon Amos Contributing Writer
A Rutgers study found that cold, carbonated beverages are more efficient at quenching thirst than warmer beverages, or even non-carbonated drinks like water. Colder non-carbonated drinks are likewise better than warmer non-carbonated drinks. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY GEORGETTE STILLMAN
Researchers at Rutgers recently discovered that cold, carbonated drinks quench thirst more effectively than warm, non-carbonated drinks. Paul Breslin, a professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences was a member of the research team behind this report. His academic studies focus primarily on nutritional sciences. “You are thirsty because your body is sending signals that it needs water or it anticipates that you are going to need water,” Breslin said. The findings of Breslin’s study are presented in an ar ticle titled “Oral Cooling and Carbonation Increase the Perception of Drinking and Thirst Quenching in Thirsty Adults.” The piece was published in the Public Librar y of Science (PLOS), an open access science publication journal. Breslin said his interest in regulatory physiology prompted him to research the subject.
The research primarily investigated thirst-signaling mechanisms, including the function of temperature sensors. If a liquid is colder or carbonated, it sends a stronger signal that notifies the body of the liquid’s presence, Breslin said. The publication said sensor y clues in the mouth, throat and stomach, create a delay in the sensation of thirst being quenched. As a result, there is a dif ference between thirst quenching and hydration. Breslin said if water has not yet been absorbed and distributed through the bloodstream, the brain can still anticipate that it will be absorbed. To prepare for the study, 98 research subjects abstained from drinking and eating overnight, then ate a small breakfast. When subjects became thirsty, they were given 13.5 ounces of water to drink in a five-minute period. Some subjects were given room-temperature water, carbonated or plain, while others were
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Jewish Rutgers fraternity celebrates 60 years on campus Chloe Dopico Staff writer
When Josh Blackman was a first-year student, he was able to ease his transition to college life by forming a bond with fellow fraternity brothers in Alpha Epsilon Pi. Earlier this month, the Jewish fraternity’s 60-year history at Rutgers was celebrated in a Nov. 12 event in Somerset where alumni and current members gathered to share stories about the bonds they made. “The event was meant to signify not only 60 years at Rutgers University but also our collaboration with Rutgers,” said Blackman, a Rutgers Business School junior. The anniversary, which took place at Double Tree Hotel, featured a raffle, speeches from alumni and current fraternity members and a performance from the Rutgers University Glee Club, Blackman said. “Not only (were we) connecting with alumni, but alumni were connecting with other alumni as well. People who didn’t even graduate within 10 years of each other still were able to connect and have a great time,” he said. Although 60 years have passed since the conception of Alpha
Epsilon Pi at Rutgers, Blackman said the high standards of the fraternity are largely unchanged. At the event, Blackman said he noticed an environment of honor and respect between fraternity members of different ages. “We’re all very respectful people, we have respect for our elders. Nothing major has changed in the past 60 years, and I think that is a good note rather than not,” Blackman said. Despite societal differences between generations, the current brothers are still able to bond with alumni over the same beliefs and values, said Jacob Scott, President of Alpha Epsilon Pi. “The fact we are a Jewish brotherhood has remained throughout the years. I think that’s what keeps us strong and keeps us aligned with the goal of the organization,” the Rutgers Business School senior said. More than 20 alumni, including one brother who graduated in 1962, came from across the country to attend the event, Scott said. “It was a really great turnout, and I’m really happy with the support we have received from our alumni,” Scott said. Alumni of Alpha Epsilon Pi are proud of the recently re-chartered chapter at Rutgers and are
Earlier this month, alumni and current members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity gathered at Double Tree Hotel to network and share their experiences. More than 20 alumni attended the event. COURTESY OF NATHAN GOLDWASSER passionate about the progress that it has made, Scott said. Scott was a founding father of the chapter when it was re-chartered in Spring 2014. He said he helped found the
chapter because he believed it would be a great experience to be involved in shaping the future of the organization. “We provide leadership experience and personal development
for future Jewish leaders, and I think that’s what really makes us different, is our focus on service, on personal development, on philanthropy and on just enhancing our members,” Scott said.
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rather stay thirsty than drink warm water.” This is not just a physiological Cold, bubbly drinks are superior to warm study, Breslin said. The results actually show a conscious allucarbonated drinks for quenching thirst sion towards the different types of water. “To be honest these results temperature drinks because they continued from front definitely do not quench my won’t change my drinking habits,” said Sienna Jones, a given cold water, carbonated or thirst the way I need them to.” Holmes said prior to learning School of Ar ts and Sciences plain. The researchers quantified the subjects’ thirst after- about the study, she already junior. “Regardless, I am going ward by noting how much reg- preferred cold water, but she to drink whatever I want and I’ll simply just ular water the drink enough subjects chose to satisfy my to drink after “Coldness is a part of the signal of water being thirst.” a short break, Breslin said according to swallowed. Strong coldness is a stronger signal of some papers the article. water that goes to your brain.” published The research around the is interesting paul breslin same time as because it ofProfessor in the Department of his obser ved fers a different Nutritional Sciences cer tain neurons perspective on in the brain that something evseem to process eryone encounthe signals. ters on a daily “The difficult part comes from basis, said Lauren Holmes, a Rut- still finds the results interesting designing a proper study that has gers Business School sophomore. and reaf firming. “I feel like for most people, good controls in it,” Breslin said, “This explains why they always serve cold drinks at amuse- preference for cold water is invol- “It is important to think carefully ment parks,” Holmes said. “I nev- untary,” Holmes said. “Room tem- about your question and what is er have the desire to drink room perature water is gross. I would the best design to execute it.”
contest Both U. community, non-Rutgers students are invited to free event, Balashova says continued from front gaming community, not just for fun, but competitively,” she said. The event will be streamed on Twitch and has eight sponsors, including kite+key, Twitch, Discord and more. The sponsors are also having giveaways, with prizes including lanyards, gaming pads, gaming mouses and headsets. The 34 members of eSports began brainstorming for this event months ago because the organization wanted to end the semester with a big finale, Balashova said. “We want to make this the biggest (event) because it’s right before the final of some seasons and the start of other seasons,” she said. The organization also hopes to recruit members and gain recognition on campus. “We really want to bring others who do not know about us into this community. I have several people
who have yet to find out about our club, they had no clue that this actually is a thing,” she said. She said she hopes to truly show the community of gaming, since it has brought her some of her closest friends. “We’re a community that bonds a lot of people together, and it’s a huge community but a very, very tight family, for sure,” she said. Balashova noted how important it was to make this event free for student gamers, because as a gamer herself, she knows how expensive it can be to pay a tournament fee, which is usually roughly $50. She said eSports does not want to take that money away from students because that is not what the event is about. “We want to showcase that we’re not just all about money, we want to show that we’re all a big community,” she said. Any funding that comes along throughout the semesters is used for extra prize money, renting out more professional equipment and paying for anything that makes the gaming community better, Balashova said. On Tuesday, for Rutgers Giving Day, eSports was given a $1,000 donation. Balashova said the organization is still unsure what the money will be used for, but they are ecstatic they received this money. “Our group chat blew up within seconds and we were like ‘Oh my God, we won $1,000,’” she said. “We’re still deciding what the money is going to be used for but it’s definitely going to come back into the community.” ESports is planning for Fireside Open to become an annual event, so every fall semester can end on a positive note, Balashova said. The organization is planning for another event in January, although they are undecided on exactly what it will be. They plan for it to be a more casual event. As fun as this event will be, Balashova said it is important to her and the others students that the gaming community brings people together, and they hope this event will bring more gamers to eSports. “Here at Rutgers University, gaming is not just (about) sitting behind a screen on Friday nights and playing video games,” she said. “This is a family type of thing.”
CRIME Dec. 1 TRENTON — Shannon Philipsheck, 39, and Magdaleno Cruz, 25, are facing prostitution charges after police caught them having sex in a parked car Tuesday night. Passerbys reported suspicious activity in a grey Chevy van to police, who found the pair partially undressed and engaged in sexual activity. Cruz admitted that he knew Philipsheck was a prostitute and picked her up. Dec. 1 NEWARK — A 16-year-old boy was arrested by police after assaulting and robbing a 49-year-old man. The teen assaulted the man and demanded his money at about 3 p.m. on Sunday near Chapel Street. The teen into custody, where he was charged with robbery and conspiracy.
December 1, 2016
The Irish Dance Club at Rutgers competed in two different regional competitions this semester, ranking in the top three for various events at both. FACEBOOK
The executive board is more organized this year compared to last, Shovlin said. The club plans Club placed 1st at Villanova, earned several to increase their volunteering in awards at Catholic University the near future and plan more social events. Last semester, the club per“I really like the competitions formed at Dance Marathon, continued from front because I (have) competed where they taught “The Siege group for Irish dancers. Some my whole life,” Shovlin said. “I of Ennis,” which is a traditionschools that have a lot of dancers stopped for a while before com- al Irish dance that is usually performed do not have at weddings, a club, so it’s Shovlin said. more difficult “I feel like we’re adding to the diversity The club to network for plans on hostthem,” Brenof Rutgers University.” ing Rutgers nan said. first-ever culBrennan shea shovlin ture night in said WednesSchool of Arts and Sciences Senior 2017. day night McKier nan practices are encourages her favorite part of the club because she ing (to Rutgers), but I realized more students to participate in gets to “goof around” with her how much fun I had been miss- the The Irish Dance Club to learn ing out on when I got back on a new skill. favorite people. “It’s really fun and you meet But Shovlin said the competi- stage with a group of girls that great people,” McKiernan said. I love.” tion is what entices her.
Student launches Muslim sexual education program Noa Halff
Two other classmates worked on the project with Razzaq. The workshop consisted of eight interactive modules, which incorpoDuring her first year at the Rutrated games, roleplaying and vidgers School of Nursing, Shaakira eos. It took place in a New Jersey Abdul Razzaq gave birth to her mosque and lasted two consecuson and began to raise him as a tive days, she said. single mother. Participants included single, Now 26-years-old and schednever-married Muslim women beuled to graduate from Rutgers in tween the ages of 13 and 19, from May 2017, Razzaq is using her northern New Jersey. personal experience to provide Razzaq has received both possex education for young Muslim itive and negative reactions to women, she said in an email. her project. “Sex Education in the Mosque” Some of Razzaq’s academic is a research project created by colleagues felt her project was the Rutgers Doctorate of Nursing not productive because abstiPractice Team. The project was nence-based curricula are cominspired by Razzaq’s personal exmonly viewed as “ineffective and periences of being a Muslim teenimpractical,” she said. age mother. She said because sex is considThe workshop uses an interacered a taboo in the Muslim comtive curriculum combined with munity, many felt Razzaq was out Islamic principles to promote of line when she used the phrase abstinence and sex education, “Sex Ed in the Mosque.” she said. “They felt Razzaq’s (the phrase) research is a was very inapstarting point “They felt I would be a great mentor to conduct the propriate and for other Musprogram as I was a young, Muslim female myself, another choice lim instituof words should tions. Her goal highly qualified as a registered nurse and even have been was to address experienced teenage pregnancy.” used,” she said. premarital “Such negative sex among shaakira abdul razzaq responses and Muslim youth School of Nursing Doctoral Student misconceptions while upholdon what I would ing Islamic rebe teaching ligious values. “My overall goal was to edu- of Nursing and Health Profes- about sex affected the number of cate Muslim adolescent females sions at Drexel University, Loret- participants I was able to recruit on abstinence and its benefits, ta Jemmott, who is well-known (to the workshops).” While her goal was to recruit at increase their knowledge about for conducting similar communileast 20 girls in each age group, the prevention of HIV, STDs and ty-orientated curricula. “I informed her of my plan to only nine attended the session of pregnancy while helping them to obtain positive attitudes and stron- adapt one of her already estab- younger girls. Many also criticized the reger intentions to abstain from sex lished curriculums, specifically until marriage,” she said. “Most for Muslim youth and we soon search for not including men, Razimportantly, I recognized the developed a professional relation- zaq said. “We decided to start with fehigh prevalence of premarital sex ship,” Razzaq said. Razzaq then adapted her curric- males only as a basic starting in the Muslim community and no one (is) really addressing it. I felt ulum, which she called “Making a point and (then) further adapt I had to initiate change for the Difference by infusing the Quran the curriculum in the future for health and spiritual well-being of and Sunnah.” She said an Islamic males, as they learn slightly difscholar reviewed the curriculum ferently and may be more recepother Muslim youth.” Razzaq said that while premari- to ensure its accordance with Is- tive to male facilitators,” she said. Still, Razzaq said she received tal sex is strictly forbidden under lamic practices. “The Making a Difference” positive feedback. Islam, a large number of Muslim Girls ages 16 to 19 were much curriculum uses social and behavyouth engage in it. “Limited or absent sexual edu- ioral theories to educate partici- more receptive to the program cation contributes to risky behav- pants about sexuality and sexually and enrolled themselves in sesiors and uniquely places them at transmitted diseases while instill- sions independently rather than a higher risk compared to other ing confidence to promote absti- relying on parents to do so, Razzaq said. nence, she said. populations,” she said. Associate News Editor
Unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases — including the HIV infection — contribute to the high rates of suicide among adolescents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “The best method of prevention for sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy is abstinence,” Razzaq said. “Practicing safe sex by utilizing condoms, spermicides or birth control can help prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (and) pregnancy, but it does not help to build the adolescent’s self-esteem or self-confidence.” Razzaq said she began her project by researching community-orientated sex education curricula that were proven to be ef fective. At the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Conference last year, she met the Dean of the College
School of Nursing doctoral candidate Shaakira Abdul Razzaq is teaching two workshops on abstinence-based sex education. COURTESY OF SHAAKIRA RAZZAQ
She said Muslim scholars and Imams showed approval for the project. “They knew sex was rarely discussed in the masjid (another term for a mosque) and even in the homes with Muslim youth,” she said. “They felt I would be a great mentor to conduct the program as I was a young, Muslim female myself, highly qualified as a registered nurse and even experienced teenage pregnancy.” Razzaq received help from the Muslim communities in northern New Jersey who promoted the project and helped gain participants for the study. The masjid, which hosted the project also donated food for participants during the duration of the project.
Razzaq said her family was also a motivating factor and acted as a support system throughout her years of school. Over the past few weeks, she has received a response from individuals and Muslim organizations around the country and world, hoping to conduct similar seminars in their communities. Razzaq plans to analyze the data from her research to confirm the curriculum’s effectiveness and expand her research going forward. In the future, she aims to replicate the study with a male focus, as well as copyright the curriculum with Jemmott so it is available to Muslim institutions and communities with large Muslim populations. The School of Nursing did not respond to a request for comment.
December 1, 2016
Capturing moments while staying in them
hen I see an interesting or LONDON BY KNIGHT just plain pretty sight, my first instinct is to appreciate it. I let the sight, ABIGAIL LYON the composition of my surroundings, the colors and the daylight flood over me as I take it all in. I feel this every time I go somewhere new, savoring Venice’s canals and architecture and Paris’s Eiffel Tower and mood. I feel it every single time I’m wandering by the River Thames and my eyes blink, opening to focus on the structure of London’s Elizabeth Tower. Once I have had all my initial enjoyment, my next instinct is to capture a photo of it all. However, simply documenting moments with an iPhone is the smallest bit controversial. I mean, as controversial as travel photography to update an Instagram account can be. Friends and strangers alike can always be quick to stand on an elevated piece of land and begin voicing their opinions, denouncing that artificial clicking noise in the direction of a historic European landmark or sometimes a (completely delicious) Nutella crepe or the standard avocado toast. In the past, I was one of those people who thought that documenting moments was silly, but I now think a bit differently. I have developed an appreciation for it. I think it’s okay to document things both beautiful and kind of silly — a photo has the power to preserve a moment, and a person should be able to preserve the moments they’d like to. I personally enjoy the ability that snapping photos afford me to take in my surroundings and to keep the photo as a kind reminder that I was there, I really saw this breathtaking sight and, yes, it actually happened. I also get to share these little memories with my family and friends, both via a quick text message and on a variety of social media platforms. I get to include the photos in my online scrapbook for my memories and for people I care about to see. A problem arises when enamored by the sights and intent on remembering them it’s far too easy to keep on snapping and snapping. That is, unless one’s phone is low on memory, and therefore it becomes necessary (and insufferable) to economize photo taking. But for a lot of us, it’s too easy to keep going with the photo-taking habit and end up with too many shots of an experience and not enough memories. At points, I’ve experienced this myself by being abroad and feeling a particular duty at the urges of my friends and family members to “take pictures!” I’ve additionally seen this in others. Like all things in life, it is important to find a balance. I realized this, going from demonizing photo taking to taking far too many photos of Amsterdam’s canals that mostly ended up deleted. Recently, I have decided that if a moment is moving or just cute, and I feel like it must be captured, then it probably should be captured. I shouldn’t take photos aimlessly, and I should value quality memories above constant hand-to-phone interaction. Once this balance is found, it’s so much easier to enjoy the moments as they happen, while keeping a delightful collection of memories to be savored and remembered for years to follow. It is not necessary to sit on our photo-taking instincts after we’ve appreciated a sight. We shouldn’t deny ourselves this, as we can preserve our moments and share with others just with snapping a picture. We should aim to make sure the moments are meaningful to us. We should aim to make sure they’re all moments worth capturing. Abigail Lyon is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in economics and theater arts. Her column, “London by Knight,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
QUOTE OF THE DAY The fact that we are a Jewish brotherhood has remained throughout the years. I think that’s what keeps us strong.
- Jacob Scott, President of Alpha Epsilon Pi. See story in UNIVERSITY.
Only funeral needed is for these rules New Texas legislation requires burial of fetus after abortion
aving an abortion is a difficult decision to of abortion. These are the same people who advocate make. Contrary to popular belief, women do that “life begins at conception” and rally to defend the not just get up and get abortions whenever rights of the “unborn.” But that seems to be the only they feel like, and abortions are not always a result time lawmakers care about these “babies.” Texas is of unprotected sex. Rather, the women who choose ranked ninth in the nation in poverty and yet, ranked to have an abortion usually do so for a plethora of 45th in the nation in terms of welfare use. What does reasons, and more than half of them used some type this mean? This means that the same people who of contraceptive while having sex. This is why the are making cries of “defending the unborn,” against choice to have an abortion is something that is care- abortion and demand that women do not take the fully thought-out. When women do choose to have lives of “innocent children”— are the same ones that an abortion, it can be because of many reasons in- do nothing to help these same women once the bacluding an inability to financially provide for a child, bies are born. So does this mean that for Texas, the personal problems with a partner, the desire to not “unborn” should be respected but as soon as a fetus raise a child alone, the desire to focus on careers and turns into a baby, it suddenly becomes the woman’s school work, etc. But whatever the cause is, each problem? Does Texas make these laws to make aborwoman has their own reasons for having an abortion tions more difficult to get just to abandon the prethat are personal to them and make the — otherwise cious fetus that they fought so hard to protect? Those who enforce these difficult decision laws speak about — a little easier. respecting the The state of “Texas has a long history of trying to limit “sanctity of life,” Texas wants to women’s opportunity to have abortions.” and yet do not do make a woman’s so themselves. decision harder. This shows that it Just this week, Texas created and approved a new set of laws that is not necessarily the life of the mother, child or fetus complicate the process of getting an abortion. Ac- that these lawmakers care about, it is just the idea of cording to these new rules, any healthcare facilities abortion that is so problematic to them. Requiring cremation or burial of a fetus after an that perform abortions must also have other methods of disposing fetal remains instead of the usual meth- abortion is merely disrupting the privacy of the od of disposing in sanitary landfills. Now woman who woman who is getting an abortion. It makes the pohave an abortion must either cremate or bury the tentially already-difficult decision that much more inremains. In essence, the woman who makes the deci- vasive and complicated. For women that are already sion to get an abortion must also give a funeral once hesitant in getting an abortion, it makes doing so a harder decision to make, just as Texas intended her pregnancy is terminated. Women who have miscarriages or abortions at when implementing these laws. The costs for these home are not required to do this. So what does this processes are unclear, and yet the woman, who is already paying a hefty amount for the abortion, has to say about the people implementing these laws? Texas has a long history of trying to limit wom- cover these costs. Imagine being a woman, already en’s opportunity to have abortions. Whether these carrying the mental and physical strain of making attempts included cutting off abortions after a certain this decision, being forced to pay for the burial of number of weeks or blatantly defunding certain or- a baby she decided she didn’t want. But, of course, ganizations, including Planned Parenthood, it is not Texas won’t imagine this. Why should they, when hard to see that the lawmakers of Texas are not fans they want to protect the “unborn” so badly. 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.
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December 1, 2016
Current political climate necessitates meaningful discourse COMMENTARY DANIEL GERSHBURG
n the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was a junior living on Morrell Street and working at The Daily Targum. I awoke to find my roommate staring at the Twin Towers imploding on television. Outside, roars from F-15 fighter jets screamed across the perfectly blue sky. Television was my salvation. For weeks on end, I obsessed over al-Qaeda, Islamic extremism and the perfect military response. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was changing. My belief system and worldview began to calcify. To disagree with me no longer meant you had an opinion that differed from mine, but simply that you were wrong and you were stupid for not knowing you were wrong. Why didn’t you know that invading Iraq made perfect sense? That no one could ever get intelligence gathering wrong? Fifteen years later, 9/11 taught me that we’re wrong about what we think we “know” and that we should operate on that assumption. The experts who could have never imagined it were wrong. The experts who said they knew how to respond were wrong. The experts who said they knew just how to fight this were wrong. All of them,
including me, wrong. Which brings me to Donald Trump. If you’re like me, you are shocked and appalled at having to say the word President Donald Trump. You feel as if your ver y foundation, what you’ve held dear for so long about yourself and the stor y of this countr y, has been ripped from you. My question to you now is: What are
right-wing Fox News machine, that you no longer want to engage in discourse. Both of these choices may make us feel good, but they do nothing to advance our respective causes. Discourse, right now, is the only antidote we have to what’s going on. Discourse, the ver y principle behind democracy, is what we should all tr y and engage in.
“Don’t try and change their minds. Don’t try and think of a responses as soon as they start talking. Just listen. Learn about their backgrounds. If you listen to a poor person from Camden tell you why she voted for Trump because her parents haven’t had a stable job in years, I assure you, you will not magically turn into a Trump supporter.” you going to do about it? What’s your response to this visceral change you feel? You could do what most people did after 9/11 and go into your respective political corners. You could, for instance, genuinely believe that students who voted for Trump are racist fools who could care less about your well being or that of the planet. You could, on the other hand, grow so wear y of pro-Hillar y supporters discussing her flaws as nothing but a
When you leave college, you can’t exactly scream “MAGA!!” in the elevator on your way to your job (though if you do, please send me the video). You can’t talk to your Uber driver about your concern over Planned Parenthood because that’s weird, and you know it’s weird. However, you are, right now, matriculated in a liberal arts institution that values and needs diversity, not just of ethnicity and religion, but also of opinion. Talk to people
on the other side of the political spectrum to understand why they voted the way they did. Listen empathetically to their stories. Don’t tr y and change their minds. Don’t tr y and think of a responses as soon as they start talking. Just listen. Learn about their backgrounds. If you listen to a poor person from Camden tell you why she voted for Trump because her parents haven’t had a stable job in years, I assure you, you will not magically turn into a Trump supporter. What you may do is look at things in a slightly different way. We don’t do enough of this because it’s easy not to. It’s easy to make judgments about other people and tell ourselves stories. It’s easy to assume the woman from Newark is voting Hillar y Clinton and the guy from Cherr y Hill is voting Trump. But you’d be shocked to learn how different people’s views are. John Stuart Mill espoused the Marketplace of Ideas. The idea that the “truth” will emerge from the competition of ideas during public discourse. We don’t have enough of that now. We have misguided safe spaces and political caricatures. We don’t have enough people willing to engage in actual, real discourse. I regret that I didn’t do more of that when I was a student at Rutgers. I hope you won’t make the same mistake that I did. Daniel Gershburg is a Rutgers University, Livingston College Class of 2003 alumnus.
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Rutgers alum uses comedy to reflect on experiences Nicolette Accardi
I can’t watch my neighbor’s HBO,” Rosenfeld said. You can hear the crowd losing Rutgers is the breeding ground it in the background of the track for a variety of things — fat sand- and it was barely a minute into wiches, scientific findings and the show. They must have tried comedians. Comedians? Yes, you spying on their neighbors with binoculars themselves — free caread that correctly. Rutgers 2006 alum Ben Ros- ble, right? Rosenfeld then went on to enfeld released a comedy album called “The Russian Optimist” and compare glasses to condoms. of course I had to give it a listen — “It feels better without them.” That gave me a good, hearty laughing is in my DNA. Rosenfeld has been featured on chuckle — I’m sure we can all FOX’s Laughs, CBS This Morn- appreciate a good condom joke ing, National Geographic’s Brain or sexual innuendo. Throughout Games, NPR the album, he Weekend Edikind of gives off tion and Roofa vibe similar to top Comedy someone you just to name a would see on few of his acSaturday Night complishments. “I’m slapping myself morphed I’m slapping right now because I had Live with someone myself right no idea this guy existed giving genuine now because I experihad no idea this — I need to step up my real-life ences. The best guy existed — I comedian game.” kind of humor need to step up is the kind that my comedian is so relatable game. Well, the with your own past is the past life situations — and now let’s you can’t help cut to the chase. but laugh. The first If you’re into track is called “Forced into Being a Nerd” Saturday Night Live you would and it was the perfect opener. definitely like this album and He spoke about being forced should order it off of Amazon. It into wearing glasses, which I’m was ranked #5 on Amazon’s Best sure many of us can relate to. I Selling Comedy Albums after all. Moving along to the fifth remember getting tear y eyed when the doctor told me I need- track called “My Russian Dad,” ed glasses back in the day. Too he pokes fun on his experiencbad this album wasn’t around es growing up with his father’s back then, I really could’ve used transition into American life. He shared a memor y about his a pick-me-up. “I don’t know about you, but dad getting pulled over by the I have to wear glasses because police for speeding. In Russia, contacts hurt my eyes, and the you’re supposed to get out of cops took my binoculars — now the car and go to the cops, but Features Editor
Ben Rosenfeld is a rising star in the world of comedy. He ranked number five on Amazon’s Best-Selling Comedy Albums. COURTESY OF MICHELLE ADRIENNE obviously you can’t do that in America without the police losing it. While living in Connecticut, his father got out of the car and went up to the police. We can only imagine how that one could have ended. Continuing with the story of his dad, on the ninth track called “No Childhood,” Rosenfeld jokes
about how he felt like a grown up when he was younger. That can hit close to home for some people, so might as well make a joke and laugh about it. “Sometimes my dad would borrow money from me to pay my mom alimony — that’s right I was paying for my own child support,” Rosenfeld said.
Ah, there’s nothing like some divorce jokes to throw into the mix. Why be angry about it if you can put it on blast to make other people laugh? I like how this guy thinks. With finals coming up, I would order this if I were you — you’re going to need a laugh after studying and cr ying for five hours.
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Mark Tatulli Horoscopes
Page 9 Eugenia Last
Happy Birthday: Take advantage of every opportunity to get ahead. Avoid indulgences by making structured progress that will help bring greater opportunity, improve your financial situation and enhance your living situation by easing stress and adding comfort. Less is more this year on all levels. Look for quality, strive for simplicity and aim for peace of mind. Your numbers are 8, 15, 21, 27, 32, 41, 45.
Over The Hedge
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take a long, hard look at what’s going on around you before you step into an emotional confrontation. Consider every angle before you make a comment you cannot retract. Watch your dietary intake. You can enjoy without being indulgent. 2 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Travel, meetings or educational pursuits will lead to new beginnings. Participate in events that will bring you in contact with interesting people. A partnership looks promising. Discuss your ideas and implement the contributions into your plans. 4 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Greater involvement in activities or events that align with your beliefs will expand your friendship with someone who shares your concerns. Romance is on the rise. Travel plans can be made and family gatherings or school reunions discussed. 5 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Dismiss what other people do. Concentrate on what you do best and how you can make the most of your attributes. Importing new ideas into an old plan will help you turn an important corner. Trust your instincts and follow through. 4 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Money matters will surface. Don’t lend or borrow. Living within your means and working hard to establish a secure financial future should be your main concern. Start a dialogue with someone in a key position to help you strategize and reach your goals. 3 stars
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t let anyone toy with your emotions. Look at the big picture and make adjustments that will ensure you are the one to benefit. A problem with someone from your past is best dealt with before it grows. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Delve into the intricacies that a partnership offers. Check out how you can work with the person who fits your plans personally or professionally. Take the time to visit a destination that can play an important role in the way your plans progress. 3 stars
Pearls Before Swine
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Listen to suggestions, but don’t believe everything you hear. Someone will have ulterior motives that may not benefit you. A professional change may not be physically doable, but it is worth considering for future prospects. Make domestic changes. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Becoming a participant doesn’t mean that you have to follow the leader. Gather information and study the ins and outs of whatever situation you face. Take the path that allows you to use your skills successfully. 5 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Emotions will rise to the surface. Whether dealing with a friend, relative or someone you’ve never met before, stay calm and reserved regarding how much time and effort you are willing to contribute. Personal gains should take top priority. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A sensible attitude will help you avoid someone who is trying to take advantage of you. Stick to the people and prospects that are a sure thing. You don’t need to take any big risks. Show discipline and be willing to work hard. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your insight and ability to make a difference in others’ lives will help you deal with the outcome of any situation you face. Don’t go along with someone else’s approach if their actions do not resolve the issues you face. 2 stars
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December 1, 2016
LOSS Hurricanes used 19-4 run in start of second half to hand Rutgers its first loss of season changes this team has seen over the past 10 months. It came with 47 seconds reentire game, but they took advantage of sloppy play from the Hur- maining and the Knights down ricanes to mount the comeback, 12 and led to a pair of free throws using 11 first-half turnovers for from Freeman, who bounced back from the worst half of his time with more opportunities to score. But the Hurricanes took bet- Rutgers with 11 points and four reter care of the ball in the second bounds in the final 20 minutes. Pikhalf, allowing them to focus on iell’s team was in a full-court press blowing Rutgers away with a 19-4 and, despite needing a comeback run out of the gates to take a 53- that would make nearly every endof-the-year high32 lead midway light reel if comthrough the pleted, played closing frame. The Knights “I liked our heart, though. tough defense stuck to wouldn’t conWe dug and they fought and their defenders cede defeat until the end and that’s a like glue. easily though, good sign.” A year ago, playing hard the Hurricanes until the fiSteve Pikiell would probanal whistle. Head Coach bly have zipped Rutgers imthrough and plemented a drained the full-court press shot clock, but as the game reached crunch time, reducing not without hitting one last layup Miami’s lead to 10 with two layups to push an embarrassing route a little further into history. off of two consecutive turnovers. Not Wednesday night. Though “They’re learning that too. That’s a work in progress too,” they never reduced their deficit to Pikiell said of playing from be- single digits for the final 15 minhind late in games. “It was a utes, the Knights played the final 30 good opportunity for some guys seconds like it was a 2-point game. Progress. to really step up and play some of “I liked our heart though, we our defenses there in late game situations so it’s a good sign dug and they fought until the end and that’s a good sign,” Pikiell moving forward.” Rutgers won the turnover said. “Moving forward, you gotta margin, 19-11, much to the plea- play better against the Miami’s of sure of Pikiell. It was led by Mike the world … We’ll continue. This Williams, who finished with a is a marathon, game 7 and we got game-high four steals to go along a long ways to go.” with his team-high 16 points off For updates on the Rutgers the bench. The junior guard’s final swipe men’s basketball team, follow epitomized one of the biggest @briannnnf and @TargumSports. continued from back
Junior quarterback Hayden Rettig finished his career on the Banks with 233 yards, and 2 touchdowns in five appearances. THE DAILY TARGUM / APRIL 2016
Despite competing in heated QB battle, Laviano says he, Rettig are close friends continued from back behind Gary Nova in his redshirt freshman season, or he could be a good teammate, a positive reinforcer of Rescigno as he learned the ropes of the job. He chose the latter. “After that happened, after the week that I got benched, after the Minnesota game, I made a decision to continue that great relationship with Coach (Drew) Mehringer, Coach Parker and Coach Ash although they didn’t think that I was in a position to help them win or play,” Laviano told Dunleavy. “It was a business decision. They had to move on, and I completely respected that.”
A controversial topic among the fanbase, Laviano had his fair share of controversy in his time on the Banks. Before making his first career start, he was suspended from the first half of Rutgers’ season opener against Norfolk State last season after attempting to enter a bar with a fake I.D. Once he was named the starter, his rocky play spurned shouts from the fanbase for former head coach Kyle Flood to swap Laviano with Rettig, a highly touted transfer from Louisiana State University. It would never happen as Laviano would start the final 11 games of a 4-8 campaign which would lead to Flood and his staff being fired after four years at Rutgers. Before he was fired, though, Laviano showed his support for the coaching staff with a post on Instagram in which he fired back at the fans, defending both Flood and himself. It came a day after boos were heard from the High Point Solutions Stadium crowd when he returned to the field after missing a play due to injur y in the fourth quarter of the Rutgers season finale against Mar yland. Approached about it during the following spring, Laviano said it was in the past and that he and the new coaching staff led by Ash “all had support for each other.” A similar situation appears to have occurred with those same fans, a majority wished him well on social media and in the comment section of the article in which the decision was announced. “As far as the fan base goes, I want to thank them and appreciate everything that they’ve done for this program,” Laviano told NJ.com. “...there is no rivalry between me and the fans. I’ve had multiple encounters, multiple conversations of tremendous support throughout my career of them black-and-white wanting to see Rutgers do well and win.” Rettig’s portrayal among the fan base has never waivered from positive in his two-year stay in Piscataway. A former four-star high school, Rettig reportedly chose Rutgers over California, Boston College and Tennessee when he transferred from Baton Rouge. After completing a redshirt season, Rettig started that season opener in 2015 because of
Laviano’s suspension. Despite throwing for 110 yards and a touchdown on 9-for-11 passing in the first half without star wide receiver Leonte Carroo, it would be his last start, a trend which the vocal portion of the fanbase were not shy of disapproving. Twitter would be filled with #FreeRettig, a movement from fans to have Rettig start in place of a struggling Laviano. Though the change was never made, the Los Angeles native felt the support from the Scarlet Faithful. “The fans have always been behind me, which is great. I really do appreciate them. They kept me going. I never had anything bad said to me. Rutgers University is a classy program.” The debate on who should start behind center for the Knights was a heated one amongst the fanbase. At first, Laviano took Rettig as a threat, he said to Dunleavy. But after two years of competing for the starting role, both leave Piscataway not as bitter enemies but as close friends. “It’s funny because throughout my four years you would never think that me and Hayden were kind of best friends,” Laviano told NJ.com. “... the maturity that me and him have grown throughout the years — even while the competition was still going on this past year — we were very close and our relationship has gotten better and better.” The departure of the pair came as little surprise to those who followed the team closely. Upon losing the job, Laviano joined Rettig in working behind Rescigno and junior Zach Allen both in practice and in pregame warmups. Both Rescigno and Allen, who transferred from Rutgers to Texas Christian University over the summer to “throw a bomb into the quarterback room” according to Ash, will be apart of a quarterback competition for the second straight offseason. Ash revealed the competition would be open, and with Jonathan Lewis, a four-star recruit out of St. Peters Prep (N.J.), verbally committed to the Knights and Tylin Oden having an entire offseason to build off what he learned as a true freshman this season, there is no telling which direction it will go. “The quarterback room will look different with the recent decisions by Hayden and Chris and we’ll have an incoming quarterback next year,” Ash said in a teleconference with reporters to wrap up the season Wednesday. “We’ll have to sit down as a staff and evaluate the overall, the big picture of the offense and who’s going to be the quarterback.” With that, the Rutgers quarterback room enters its umpteenth straight year without a clear cut favorite. But this time, it will be without Rettig and Laviano. Despite how tumultuous their experience seemed from the outside, both told Dunleavy they have no regrets. “My life has completely changed being at Rutgers,” Laviano said. “I’m never going to sit here and say I regretted anything. It’s actually quite the opposite. I’m extremely thankful for everything that this school has brought me. I’ve enjoyed the time here with my teammates and my coaches tremendously, and I wouldn’t honestly do anything different.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow @briannnnf and @TargumSports on Twitter.
December 1, 2016
Page 11 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DUKE-RUTGERS, TODAY, 7 P.M.
Knights to honor former player on night they host Duke Griffin Whitmer
As for the game, the Knights will face a tough challenge in the Blue Devils. They are led by head coach Joanne McCallie, Fresh off its first win of the seawho brought them to 4 consecson, the Rutgers women’s basketutive ACC championships and 4 ball team faces a tough challenge consecutive NCAA Elite Eight apahead as Duke visits the Rutgers pearances in a four-year span. Athletic Center Thursday in the Playing this season without their Big Ten/ACC Challenge. undisputed best player, Rutgers is The Blue Devils (7-1) boast a still trying to find its identity on strong record, but have only beatthe court. Some players are doing en a few of the mid-major teams things they are not used to and and lost at the hands of SEC oppoduring games, Stringer is not shy nent Vanderbilt. about making substitutions as freThe Scarlet Knights (1-5) are quently as poscoming off a sible to get in 60-52 win over a player’s ear Bryant on Sunabout someday, their first “I can’t think of anyone that’s more deserving than they of the season. Cappie (Pondexter). She’s probably the most heralded thing need to fix. Rutgers will basketball (player) to ever come out of Rutgers.” Junior forhave something ward Kandiss extra to play for, C. Vivian Stringer Barber is one as Knights legHead Coach of those playend Cappie Poners moving dexter will be in around, as she the building for are certainly aware of Pondex- is transitioning into playing more a ceremony to retire her jersey. While at Rutgers, Pondexter av- ter’s legacy. There may not be of a power forward position this eraged 18.3 points per game over another player in the near fu- year. She played JUCO basketball her four year career and shot a ture with the magnitude of Pon- at Southern Idaho and was more of clinical 42.6 percent from three- dexter, but she is certainly the a wing/combo guard player there, point range. She was the 2003 Big right one for the young players but she is taking these changes East Rookie of the year and was to model themselves after. In with stride and seems comfortable named the 2006 Big East Confer- fact, sophomore guard Aliyah in what she is doing on the court. “I was mainly playing the guard ence Women’s Basketball Player Jeune seeks to be just like her position at my junior college,” of the Year, averaging 21.6 points on the court. “I met Cappie a couple times Barber said. “It wasn’t too much per game and shooting nearly 50 now. She’s just my idol,” she said. of a huge transition. I gradualpercent from deep. Her stats and accolades don’t do She’s like a great player. She’s ly began to play the four, but it’s nothing too serious.” her justice, as she was the center- someone I look up to a lot.” Staff Writer
piece of the program in her four years as a Scarlet Knight. The season before she arrived, the team went 9-20. With Pondexter, they reached the NCAA Tournament four years in a row and averaged over 24 wins per year. “I can’t think of anyone that’s more deserving than Cappie,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer of her former player. “She’s probably the most heralded basketball (player) to ever come out of Rutgers University.” Current members of the team
If the game against Bryant was any indication, the transition is going just fine, as she led the team with a career-high 14 points. She will need to continue her strong play if her team wants to stand a chance against Duke. Stringer was glad after finally getting the first win of the season, but knows they need to consistently play at a high level. The fact that Pondexter’s ceremony will occur
at a big nonconference match-up is fitting, but according to Stringer, it wouldn’t matter either way. “I know she wouldn’t care who (we) were playing. She basically breathed fire and life into everybody. We need everybody to step up. Duke is a big-time game.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer coached Cappie Pondexter, who is getting her jersey retired Thursday, in her four years on the Banks. THE DAILY TARGUM / DECEMBER 2015
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Knights suffer first loss of season in Miami Brian Fonseca Sports Editor
Junior guard Mike Williams led Rutgers in both points (16) and steals (4) in RU’s first loss against Miami Wednesday night. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016
The Rutgers men’s basketball team entered Wednesday’s matchup with Miami with an unblemished record of 6-0, its best start since 1975, and a single Associated Press Top-25 poll vote, something they hadn’t gotten since 2005. But the wins came without much resistance, the Scarlet Knights bulldozing all but one of their first six obstacles by double-digits, all of which were teams below the standard head coach Steve Pikiell is holding his team to. The Hurricanes represented the first real test for Rutgers, an opportunity to measure itself against a team vying to return to the NCAA Tournament, a competition the Knights haven’t reached since 1991. And while Rutgers came short of the upset, falling 73-61 to Miami in front of 7,064 at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, it validated some of the early signs of improvement under Pikiell. For one, the team that suffered blowout losses of 31, 34, 39 and 50 points last season was able to prevent the Hurricanes from jumping out to a similarly sized lead after a fast start. The Knights took their only lead of the game at 2-0, hitting the first shot of the game before Miami went on a 25-8 run to take a hefty lead. The Hurricanes held just as dominant a lead at the rim. Miami outrebounded its
visitors 44-30 and it was most dominant early on, at one point quadrupling the number of boards (16-4) Rutgers, the nation’s leading offensive rebounding team entering Wednesday, had. The hosts could’ve had even more boards if not for the eight shots they swatted, four of which coming in the first half. Junior forward Deshawn Freeman, who entered the match as Rutgers’ leading rebounder and tied for the team lead in scoring, struggled the most early on. He finished the first half with no points and no rebounds, going 0-for-5 in 13 minutes on the floor. And while two of the misses came as a result of his shot being blocked by a group of long Miami defenders, the first two were uncontested layups the Knights’ captain is expected to convert. “They’re so long, didn’t really let us get anything. And when we got some good looks, we didn’t finish them,” Pikiell told Rutgers’ IMG Radio Network’s Jerry Recco after the game. “So, you know, it’s a combination of the blocks and few layups. I thought Deshawn got some good opportunities to score, just couldn’t finish it. But their length, they were aggressive.” Rutgers weathered the early storm, reducing the deficit to just 5 points when halftime came around with an 18-8 run to close the first frame. Shots weren’t falling for the Knights, who shot 31 percent in the first half and 39 for the See LOSS on Page 10
FOOTBALL PAIR OF QBS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY ELIGIBLE AT NEW SCHOOLS AS GRAD TRANSFERS
Laviano, Rettig to transfer from RU Brian Fonseca
touchdown reception in 24 games, 18 of which he started. Rettig finishes with 233 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions on 14-for-25 passing in five appearances. The announcement comes following a season in which Laviano saw his streak of 18 consecutive starts come to an end midway through, with sophomore Giovanni Rescigno being handed the reigns by first-year head coach Chris Ash for the final five games of the campaign. With Laviano behind center, the Scarlet Knights ranked penultimate among 128 FBS teams in total offense and were shutout in back-to-back blowout losses to No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan. A competitor by nature, Laviano was naturally unhappy to get bumped from his spot at the helm. But after evaluating his options, he reached a conclusion. He could either be a bad teammate, cause a ruckus in the locker room after returning to the backup role he played
After spending their sophomore seasons pitted in the latest of a long string of quarterback battles and the latter half of their junior year watching from the sidelines on Saturdays, two signal-callers are leaving the Rutgers football team for the fourth and final years of their eligibility. Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig are transferring from Rutgers to greater pastures upon graduating from the University, they said to NJ Advanced Media’s Ryan Dunleavy in a pair of exclusive interviews with NJ.com. Both players will be immediately eligible to participate with their new programs. Rettig is on pace to graduate this winter with a degree in labor relations, while Laviano is headed toward a spring graduation. Laviano completes his career on the Banks with 3,102 yards, 21 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on 268-for-480 passing, 83 yards rushing on 117 attempts and a five yard
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Junior quarterback Chris Laviano’s tumultuous stay in Piscataway has come to a close with his decision to transfer from RU. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / SEPTEMBER 2016
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sophomore midfielder, was named to the NFHCA All Mid-Atlantic Region first team, while freshman midfielder Katie Larmour was named to the second team. The two underclassmen started in all 18 games for the Knights this year.
MEN’S BASKETBALL WRESTLING
vs. Morgan State
Today, 7 p.m., The RAC
Saturday, 2 p.m., The RAC
Saturday, 7 p.m., The RAC
Sunday, All Day Hempstead, N.Y.
Published on Dec 2, 2016