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The Rutgers University Student Assembly debated changes to their constitution, concluding a process they began roughly a month ago. The existing constitution has been in use for nearly a decade. NIKHILESH DE / NEWS EDITOR
RUSA continues month-long revision process to chief governing document Bushra Hasan correspondent
The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) spent
hours discussing the overhaul of their constitution, star ting late Thursday night and debating until midnight. If enacted, the decision would lead to changes in
many of the document’s amendments and a restructuring of the assembly’s branches. See document on Page 4
After the unexpected outcome of the 2016 presidential election, many Democrats and liberals are counting on local and state governments to oppose the incoming Donald Trump administration. In that same vein, Phil Murphy, the current Democratic front-runner in the upcoming New Jersey gubernatorial race, stated his mission to “take back” the Garden State and America at a former a town hall in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus Wednesday night. “Twenty-two days ago the world and our countr y changed,” the former Goldman Sachs (Asia) president and a U.S. ambassador to Germany said. “The stakes got a lot higher.” New Jersey and Virginia are the only two governor’s races up in 2017, and they will be the first two state elections to take place after Trump takes office, he said. The gubernatorial hopeful, who labeled himself an “outsider,” unveiled the main premises of his
platform. He said he will focus on strengthening New Jersey’s economy, revamping infrastructure, investing in public transportation and tackling college affordability. In his speech, Murphy vowed to increase funding for public education in the state, with particular attention to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He said investing in these fields will help to bring New Jersey back to its roots as the original “Silicon Valley.” Murphy also advocated for including a voting student member on Rutgers’ Board of Governors. Murphy said Gov. Chris Christie (R) has hijacked New Jersey to fit his personal narrative during the past years. He asked the crowd what had happened to the state that was once a leader in environmental policy, that funded women’s health, embraced gun-safety laws and allocated more resources to higher education. At the national level, Murphy said the Democratic Party is in See governor on Page 5
Graduate student seeks out donor for Leukemia treatment Stephen Weiss correspondent
Siqi Li, an international student from China who is pursuing a master’s degree in human resources at Rutgers, was diagnosed with Leukemia on Oct. 10 and began phase two of her chemotherapy treatment near the end of November. At first she turned to online forums to find donors, but then she found out about Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei (DKMS) — a database that stores cheek swabs of possible donors and stores them anonymously for the global patient search, according to their website. “I found that DKMS makes their registration process free and ver y simple. If people register through DKMS, they increase the chances of people finding their donor,” the School of Labor Management and Labor Relations student said in an email. In order to find a match, the patient needs to find your “genetic twin.” Since the Asian community represents only 7 percent of the National Donor Registr y list, Li said it is difficult for her to find a donor. “DKMS has been very helpful through this process and has worked with me to raise awareness
on my story in hopes that I find my match,” she said. Jordan Segal, the donor recruitment coordinator for DKMS, said the organization’s mission is to end blood cancer. He sets up events for DKMS and has held blood drives for patients like Li. Drives with specific victim’s faces attached to them are significantly more successful, Segal said. “We actively advocate for and register people for the National Donor Registr y,” he said. “We make the process as easy as possible.” People who want to register can go to the DKMS website and fill out an online sur vey or call them to find the closest drive. If a person qualifies for the registr y, a donor kit is sent to their house to be completed and sent back, Segal said. “A huge portion of the registry is caucasian and a small portion is minorities,” he said. “Less than 10 percent of people ever get matched with a patient.” It is important for people of various ethnic backgrounds to register because when looking at a genetic print it is much more likely to match with a See treatment on Page 4
More than 60,000 people were diagnosed with Leukemia last year. Treatment often includes Chemotherapy and can require bone marrow and blood transplants. Bone marrow donors require complete genetic compability with recipients for transplant to work. GRAPHIC BY HAILEY EBENSTEIN
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Rutgers alumnus recieves award for medical advancement
Rutgers graduate Bob Oliver was honored for the development of Abilify, an antipsychotic drug, on Wednesday night. Oliver is CEO of Otsuka America Pharmaceurtical, Inc., and was recognized at the event alongside olympians and musicians for his landmark achievements in the field. COURTESY OF STEPHANIE HERZFELD
As mental health conditions are some of the most misunderstood and maligned in healthcare, Oliver said he is proud to Rutgers alumnus Bob Oliver lead an organization continuing of the Class of 1981 has been to persevere in addressing the named to Ebony Magazine’s significant and per vasive unmet 2016 Power 100, an annual list needs of patients in this space. of the world’s 100 most influenIn a given year, one in five tial and inspiring members in the adult Americans experience menblack community. tal illness, reported the National Oliver, president and CEO of Alliance on Mental Illness. Otsuka America PharmaceutiIn the future, cal, Inc. (OAPI) Oliver said he is among many to develother honor“Healthcare and digital medicine are areas that will continue to grow and where the next generation of leaders looks op and offer ees, including are greatly needed.” sustainable musician John solutions in Legend and Bob oliver mental health gymnast SimCEO Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Incorporated that lie far beone Biles, who yond a pill. attended the anIn addition, nual gala in Los The challenge of new clinical- he said the company will focus Angeles Thursday night held by manage OAPI’s big picture and am introducing products in neurosciEbony Magazine, an online mag- responsible for U.S. business oper- ence, oncology and cardio-renal ly relevant targets, coupled with research and development in burazine for African-American cultur- ations,” Oliver said in an email. “I’m since 1989, according to its website. the escalating placebo response geoning areas of interest, such as OAPI’s initiative with neu- in certain conditions like major digital medicine. involved in every sector of OAPI, al insight, news and perspective. “At OAPI, we believe in doing Honorees were recognized in as well as managing our alliance re- roscience and mental health depressive disorder (MDD) and 10 categories, including “First in lationships within the pharmaceuti- research, for which Oliver was schizophrenia led to a large in- our part to help create a healthier honored, faced many difficulties dustry-wide exodus from neuro- world, and we won’t stop until we Line,” which recognized pioneer- cal and technology industries.” do,” Oliver said. “I’m passionate Oliver, who holds a Bache- because of the stigma associated science research, Oliver said. ing individuals in their respec“Our perspective is that men- about education. Healthcare and tive industries, “Players,” which lor’s degree in Urban Studies with the mental health space, Oltal health operatives should take a digital medicine are areas that recognized artists and “Elevate,” from Rutgers, continued his edu- iver said. The negative perception of page from the cancer playbook, as will continue to grow and where which recognized ambassadors cation at St. Joseph’s University, committed to uplifting others, ac- receiving a Master of Business mental illnesses provides difficul- far as treatment research and de- the next generation of leaders ties for both pharmaceutical com- velopment is concerned,” he said. are greatly needed.” Administration degree. cording to Ebony. staff writer
Oliver was honored as an “Elevate” for successfully leading his pharmaceutical company in addressing the challenges of research in neuroscience and mental health. He is “credited with the success of the antipsychotic drug Abilify, one of the top-selling pharmaceuticals in the United States today,” according to Ebony’s description of Oliver. “As president and CEO, I
“I worked through a variety of sales, marketing and general management positions at a number of well-known pharmaceutical companies until I joined OAPI in 2010 after more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry,” he said. A part of the Otsuka Group, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, OAPI has overseen commercial activities in the U.S.,
panies and patients alike, and thus, pharmaceutical companies may have been hesitant to focus on mental health conditions, he said. For many years the industry largely abandoned drug development for mental illnesses, leading to a near standstill of drug discovery for treating psychiatric disorders in 2012, according to a Science Translational Magazine commentary.
December 2, 2016
document Covello says current constitution is no longer relevant to students continued from front Up until this point, no major changes have been made to the constitution in nearly a decade. The Constitutional Committee, a subsection of RUSA, drafted a new constitution to “bring the student government of Rutgers— New Brunswick in line with peers in the Big Ten Association,” according to the resolution. RUSA Vice President Evan Covello said the current constitution is being revised because it is “part of an outdated system.” The University is restructuring, and RUSA aims to stay updated as well, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy junior said. He said changes in representative university functions are evidence of this. The University no longer runs on a campus-oriented system, Covello said. Under the current system, students travel to multiple campuses to attend classes,
so the system of electing representatives based on campus no longer reflects the values of the student body. “The current student government will not be based on the campus model. Before, there were representatives from each college, and each college had its own governing council. They operated for the most part independently,” Covello said. “Before, alumni attended Livingston College, or Cook College. If you were part of Cook College, you probably never left Cook campus.” One potential amendment proposes restructuring RUSA based on the schools, such as the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Covello said. If this method is approved, the assembly would likely be based on the population of each school. The changes that would be included in this new version of the constitution encompass voting protocol, maintenance of
CRIME Dec 2. CAMDEN — Authorities are investigating the location of a vehicle involved in a fatal hitand-run accident this past weekend. The 39-year-old victim was crossing Baird Boulevard near Randolph Street just before 8 p.m. when he was struck. The driver of the brown 2000 Buick sedan fled the scene after the accident. The victim was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Dec 2. JERSEY CITY — Jonathon Hussey, 20, pled guilty to criminal mischief today after spray-painting anti-Muslim graffiti and “Donald Trump” on a building in a local Muslim community. Hussey wrote crude phrases including “ F--- Muslims” and “F--- Arabs” on the St. Henry School building where the
local Muslim community leases space sometime between Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. Hussey will be sentenced on Jan. 3 by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Paul Depascale. Dec 2. SALEM — Adan Hernandez, 43, was arrested by police after allegedly attacking a coworker with a machete on Aug. 19. Hernandez allegedly used the machete to attack another worker at the Spina Farm where they both lived. Police were called to the scene and found an unidentified man with serious wounds to his neck. A Salem County grand jury charged Hernandez with first-degree attempted murder and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Hernandez remains in the Salem County Correctional Facility on $150,000 bail.
Another amendment to the the academic year system and efficiency and concentrates the student voice into effective policy constitution concerns the exclutiming of elections. sivity of membership. The previIn the new system, the vice and programming.” Covello said a hotly-debated ous constitution did not specify president chair would cast the tie-breaking vote in an equally di- topic at the meeting was the possi- in detail who could hold a posible addition of a judiciary branch. tion in RUSA. vided assembly. Now, the language indicates According to the proposed Viktor Krapivin, the RUSA Inthe judiciary that no member of any branch ternal Affairs chair and a School constitution, of Arts and Sciences junior, said branch would be comprised of a may hold a position in another senators are currently elected by five-member board appointed by branch and that no member of the assembly may students per have two votes. population, but The assemthe proposal bly, in the cursuggests that “The current student government will not be based on rent constituthey be elected the campus model.” tion, allowed internally by for legislation School of Arts evan covello to pass as a and Sciences School of Arts and Sciences Junior single body representatives. and decided The biggest the executive change that committee will occur in the constitution is the division of the president and confirmed by could approve legislation that the current assembly into two dis- the assembly. The board would would be discussed by the astinct branches: Legislative and the exist to “adjudicate disputes be- sembly. With an amendment, executive. Currently, Covello said tween other branches,” and to the president could veto particuinterpret and challenge decisions lar legislation even if the assemRUSA acts as one branch. The committee said that af- related to constitution or universi- bly passes it. The change would still allow ter a study of student govern- ty policies themselves. Anish Patel, a RUSA parliament the assembly to re-approve the ments across the Big Ten, a two or three branch system member and School of Arts and legislation by a two-thirds vote. The committee said this new is the most effective form of Sciences senior, said the rules committee, which will now be system will keep the power to student government. The new format, according to called the internal affairs commit- pass legislation in the assemthe committee, embodies “fair- tee, is capable of fulfilling the roles bly but will still allow for execness, checks and balances and of a hypothetical judiciary branch. utive input.
The donor is put under general anesthesia and the bone maris extracted from the back of Graduate student Siqi Li is looking to obtain bone row the pelvic bone, he said. Segal is a past bone marrow domarrow after being diagnosed with Leukemia nor himself, and he said the most discomfort he has experienced that of a person actually suffering was a few days of being sore. continued from front with the disease, he said. “We want ever yone who joins Most of the misconceptions the registr y to be 100 percent person of the same ethnicity, come from the thinking bone committed to it and almost exSegal said. pect that call,” “One of the he said. “One misconceptions of the worst about it is that things that hapit really hurts,” “A huge portion of the registry is caucasian pens is when we Segal said. “It and a small portion is minorities.” match up a dois very easy. If nor to a patient you have ever Jordan Segal and that donor given blood, it is DKMS Donor Recruitment Coordinator backs out.” just like giving Blood cancers blood except for do not discrimia longer amount nate and can apof time.” There is some mild discomfort marrow donations are used 20 pear in anybody, Segal said. “By joining the registry you are involved with giving blood due to percent of the time, Segal said. “While people think it hur ts kind of raising your hand and saythe use of needles, but the level of discomfort a donor goes through a lot, that is really far from the ing that you are there if anybody ever needs you,” he said. is quite insignificant compared to truth,” he said.
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December 2, 2016
Rutgers raises funds for bike share program on campus Sharbel Skaff contributing writer
With enrollment at Rutgers on the rise, the school’s transit system has become increasingly overwhelmed. In response, the University has begun to explore new ways to solve the problem. One idea that has gained significant traction is a public bike-share program for students. Rutgers has already begun to raise funds for the program. Once completed, it would operate similarly to New York City’s Citi Bike program, which allows anyone to rent a bicycle, ride it around campus and return it, said Jack Molenaar, director of the Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services. “We are working on getting a million dollar grant for a bike share,” Molenaar said. “The ones that everybody is familiar with are the ones in NYC where you lock them into stations. The ones we’re looking at you can lock onto anything.”
Every bike at Rutgers will have a GPS attached to it, which will allow students to locate bikes on their smartphones. A specific app will unlock the bike and allow students to use it, Molenaar said. The move to include GPS tracking on the bikes will also allow Rutgers to detect traffic patterns and help administrators to track high volume areas where infrastructure and facilities need to be updated. A similar bike share program currently operates at Princeton University. The school expanded their bike share last month to include 60 additional bikes, according to their website. “When people have options like this, it makes it easier to leave a car at home, which reduces congestion, pollution and emissions on and around campus,” said Kim Jackson, director of Transportation and Parking Services at Princeton. Molenaar said he predicts that roughly 10 percent of current Rutgers bus riders will take advantage of the bike share program.
He said the program could also inspire students to eventually begin to bring their own bikes to campus. In an article published in the Washington Post, users of bike share programs in cities such as Virginia discussed its operation. The consensus, according to the article, was that bike shares in cities consistently reduce traffic and commute time for users. As more students transition to bikes at Rutgers, Molenaar said he predicts it will become easier for all students to get to classes. This includes students who are physically unable to directly take advantage of the bikes because the buses will be emptier and more accommodating. “Let’s say two years from now we have a bike share and you come out and you have to grab something quickly and you see a bike, you’re going use that instead of waiting for a bus,” he said. “I know that if we get a bike share implemented it will be astute because it’s just faster.”
Phil Murphy discussed his stances on immigration, infrastructure and education at town hall meeting Wednesday night. Murphy is projected to be Democratic front runner in the 2017 gubernatorial race. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR
Democratic candidate Phil Murphy is current front runner for gubernatorial election next year continued from front need of fresh and full-time leadership now more than ever. Murphy said former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) is a viable option for the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. Murphy worked alongside Dean during his time as financial chair of the committee.
In his speech, Murphy also devoted a substantial amount of time to condemning the policies of President-elect Trump. Murphy denounced proposals by Trump and his circle including the proposed Muslim registry and said he would like his name to be included if such database is authorized. He likened the registry to when Nazi Germany began requiring Jewish citizens to register.
“What we found out collectively as a (society), we thought you could catch up to that. You cannot catch up to that. We got to nip it in the bud at the ver y first step, and let us never forget that lesson in histor y,” he said. Murphy said he finds Trump’s rhetoric on undocumented immigrants unacceptable. He said he supports granting state IDs to undocumented immigrants, as well as the ability for undocumented students to qualify for state financial aid to New Jersey colleges. “With the election of Donald Trump, you have to add to that
Director of Department of Transportation Services said bike share program is in the forseeable future for Rutgers. Similar programs in other cities have been successful. PIXABAY
agenda. You have to say listen June, is state Assemblyman … we will protect the identities, John Wisniewski (D-19). When he announced his bid, we will protect the rights of these individuals, so I endorse Wisniewski said voters have the wholeheartedly the notion of “opportunity to choose between protecting our brothers and sis- Wall Street and Main Street.” This was assumed to be an atters,” he said. If elected, Murphy said his of- tack on Murphy, who had a long fice would not participate in any tenure at Goldman Sachs. Murphy said he “doesn’t take federal edict that would involve stuff like that personally” and “rounding people up.” He said he approves of New- that he looks for ward to debatark Mayor Ras Baraka ensuring ing with Wisniewski. “I will be the governor that that the state’s largest urban center would remain a “sanc- makes decisions at every turn based on tuar y city” what’s best for undocufor the next mented immigeneration in grants. state, not Major cit“As soon as the election the what’s best for ies across the happened, it became my next eleccountr y, inpretty clear that we are tion, and the cluding New next generaYork City and not going to have the of the state Los Angeles, type of leadership that we tion was sitting in have vowed to want in the White House.” the room toprotect their night,” he said. undocumentMichael Zhadanovsky Rutgers ed residents in defiance of Rutgers for Phil Murphy Strategy Manager for Phil Murphy, formerthreats made ly known as by the presRutgers for ident-elect Hillar y, is during the campaign trail of cutting federal one of the various University groups that co-hosted the funding, Murphy said. “This is a moment of char- town hall. The student organizaacter. This is a character test. I don’t know where the money tion’s strategy manager and will come from. The question is, School of Arts and Scienc‘are we on the right side of his- es sophomore Michael Zhadanovsky said he considers tor y or not?’” he said. The former U.S. ambassador Murphy the best choice to lead has secured the endorsements New Jersey. “As soon as the election hapof high-profile Democratic officials in the state, including pened, it became pretty clear Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop that we are not going to have (D) and state Senate President the type of leadership that we want in the White House,” he Stephen Sweeney (D). His most competitive chal- said. “So, we need New Jersey lenger in the Democratic and we think Phil Murphy is the primar y, which will be held next right answer for that.”
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December 2, 2016
Polls are not long-term truths, just snapshots
ow that the presidential election THE PRINCIPLED MILLENNIAL is over and some time has passed, I think it is time to dive into the numMICHAEL PIQUERO bers to see exactly what took place on Nov. 8. How did the overwhelming favorite to win the election, former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, lose in a historic upset to billionaire real-estate mogul, now President-elect, Donald Trump? What did the pundits and pollsters miss? A cursory analysis of Election Day can provide solutions to some of those questions. Surely it is impossible to analyze such a vast undertaking in one column, so I will split my analysis into two parts: one centering on the media and polls, and the other on economics and demographics. Conventional wisdom, propagated by the establishment media, pointed toward a moderate to large Clinton victory based on a multitude of factors including historical indicators, economic indexes, polling numbers and preconceived biases. Media coverage of the election featured an almost daily barrage of negative story-telling, conflicting analysis and tabloid-worthy headlines. The first step in understanding how Donald Trump could win the election is understanding the very real problems with the current state of the American mainstream media. A Gallup poll conducted in September found that an astonishing 68 percent of respondents had little to no trust in news media. Gallup researchers, commenting on the results of the poll, wrote, “The divisive presidential election this year may be corroding Americans’ trust and confidence in the media, particularly among Republicans who may believe the ‘mainstream media’ are too hyper-focused on every controversial statement or policy proposal from Trump while devoting far less attention to controversies surrounding the Clinton campaign.” Any individual who spent even a few hours watching broadcast news can attest to this, and it provided the fuel to the argument promulgated by the Trump campaign that the election was somehow rigged against him. This toxic blend of dishonest reporting and outlandish rhetoric about a rigged system created a setting by which a huge proportion of voters completely tuned out of most major news networks, or otherwise chose not to believe what they were hearing. This greatly benefited Trump who, despite his many improprieties, continued to rally his army of loyal supporters even when damning revelations about his philanthropic foundation, past lewd remarks and dubious business dealings came to light. Trump voters felt personally vindicated and chastised by a media that they viewed as elitist, opinionated and ultimately hostile to their own identities. The mere societal notion that a connection can be drawn about a typical “Trump supporter” and a racist bigot is enough to justify these claims about an unfair media. Are there racist Trump voters? Unquestionably. Are the majority of Trump supporters racist? Anywhere in between highly improbable and impossible. The media’s characterization of a typical Trump supporter as a low-educated, white racist with no care for living in an increasingly multi-cultural world is negligent and degrading. This label, applied brashly onto the foreheads of each Trump supporter, created what many pundits called “silent Trump supporters,” or in other words, Trump supporters who refused to publicly express support for their candidate under fear they would be labeled racist, xenophobic, sexist or something else. It was precisely these voters who were growing increasingly angry and frustrated with a media conglomerate that virtually declared war on their candidate. In a final act of protest against a political and media establishment they grew to despise, millions of these silent supporters showed up on Election Day to hand Trump the Presidency. In the end, the media had proven to isolate and denigrate 46.2 percent of the entire electorate. What about the polls, one may ask. Didn’t they point to a Clinton victory all along? Polling is complicated and oftentimes the media flaunts individual polls as long-term truths as opposed to the more correct interpretation of brief snapshots. One poll could show Clinton up by 6 percent and another conducted during the same period could show Clinton up by 1 percent. The best way to analyze polling data is by taking an aggregate of reputable polls and using that as your baseline for how to make sense of the election. The aggregate polling data for national polls on Nov. 8, according to Real Clear Politics, showed Clinton up by around 3.3 percent. Taken in terms of her actual popular vote percentage of 1.8 percent, it was strikingly accurate. However, battleground state polls, crucial to a candidate’s chances of winning the electoral college, were off by a margin of about 3 percent, which is large considering some of those states were polling well for Clinton for months. In the midwestern states that handed Trump the election (Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan), the polls were off by an average of 5.4 percent, which is unprecedented. Michael Piquero is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and history. His column, “The Principled Millennial,” runs on alternate Fridays.
EDITORIAL WEEK IN REVIEW: Laurels and Darts ONLY ONE CALL AWAY The Call Center of Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare added New Jersey Vet2Vet to offer support for New Jersey military veterans and their families. Rutgers University Behavioral Health partnered with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs to create this helpline that is accessible 24 hours a day. This program offers peer support, clinical assessments and case management and referrals to mental health providers. We laurel New Jersey Vet2Vet for creating a supportive option for the veterans in need.
DON’T DENY THE DATA Brian Strom, the chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, released a study that shows that a database that provides researchers with anonymous data regarding existing trials of experiments is widely underused. With more than 200 submissions to use the data, Strom found that barely any papers were amounting from them, despite the data being useful in learning about what has worked or not worked in the past. We dart the fact that this resourceful database is not being used to its full potential.
FEELING LIKE A MILLION BUCKS Rutgers hosted its second annual Giving Day on Nov. 29. This day, in conjunction with International Giving Tuesday, is based on harnessing support from University alumni. By incorporating other campuses and other social media platforms, Rutgers Giving Day was able to aid the Rutgers community in raising more than $1 million. We laurel the Rutgers alumni for being so generous and continuing to make an impact at Rutgers even after leaving.
WATCH THAT WATCH LIST Recently, a conservative group known as “Turning Point USA” came out with the “Professor Watchlist,” which is a site that is dedicated to documenting and providing profiles of university professors who allegedly express “liberal biases.” Norman Markowitz, a professor in the Department of History, was 1 of 4 Rutgers professors listed. His affiliation with the Communist Party is what landed him on the list, despite his statement that he does not care if his students share his views when he is teaching. We dart “Turning Point USA” for targeting four Rutgers professors, despite their open attitudes to other students’ views.
PROTECTION AGAINST PESTICIDES The Rutgers Department for Agriculture Food, and Resource Economics has partnered with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences to create a section for Farm Safety to educate students on proper pesticide use. The department’s main focus is learning about exposure from applying chemicals in small confined fields and environments. We laurel Rutgers for taking a stand to provide learning and tools for good decision making in terms of environmental safety.
STROKE OF BAD LUCK A recent study done at Rutgers shows that the rate of strokes more than doubles for those among Generation X. Generation X accounts for those who were born between 1965 and 1980. Strokes, being the main cause of death in New Jersey, kills nearly 1,000 people each year. Although these numbers are a decrease from 1950, it seems to be increasing within younger generations. We dart the fact that Generation X has to suffer from these health issues that put their lives at risk.
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December 2, 2016
Memes are unknowingly shaping 21st century culture DIGITAL CANVAS EPATIA LILIKAS
he internet wants to tell us that 2016 has been the worst year in human history. And although some pretty terrible things have occurred since last January, is it too absurd to think this is just us millennials being melodramatic? This isn’t too far-fetched of an idea. I mean, come on, 11,000 people commemorated Harambe, the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo, by writing in their votes for him to be their President of the United States. With the assistance of the internet, people have learned to use their online voice to stand up for things they feel strongly about, or the things they feel have made this year the worst ever. People are no longer passive. In fact, it seems like, as a society, we have more to say about everything and something to say about anything. Our opinions are stronger and our voices are louder than ever with the help of social platforms and their immense popularity. Our fingers never stop typing and scrolling in this day and age because there is not a moment that passes where we are not attached to our phones or staring at a screen. But with all of the unfortunate events happening in
our world today, I believe it has made us a generation of cynics. We try to be humorous about the things that are most troubling. The more cynical you are online, the more popularity you seem to gain. And we all know the kind of endorphin rush we get when we our phones buzz with a new notification. My most passive-aggressive, pessimistic tweets are the ones that have been favorited and retweeted the most because it is just easier to laugh off hard-hitting issues
are used to just get a quick chuckle, too, being that they are easy to create, almost always relatable, and simple to share. Look at any millennial’s photo stream and you’ll find at least a handful of “dank memes” saved in there. Aside from using memes to get a laugh through the difficult times (cough Election 2016 cough), they seem to be a great source of information. And yes, I mean that in all sincerity. This is the age of information, meaning that we tend to get
“I’m only a little embarrassed to admit this, but if there is an image or meme out there that I don’t understand, I will take the time to look up its meaning because society now is full of people that never want to miss a beat, including myself.” instead of embracing the struggle and overcoming them. Because humor, too, is a great way to overcome struggle without directly addressing the problem. And this is the reason I like to call 2016 the year of the meme. People use memes to sometimes downplay serious problems in the world and use humor to heal. And if you don’t believe that, search any worldly or current issues into Google with the word “meme” next to it, and you’ll be surprised by the plethora of results. Of course, they
too much knowledge thrown at us at once, which I suppose is also the crisis of being in the information age. Small headlines and short updates on Twitter and Facebook are filling our brains and our news feeds faster than we can even realize. These small snippets of information are always being thrown at us, so why not make them funny enough to go viral and have everyone in the know, right? Many only know a little something about everything, but most don’t know very
much about just one thing. Even if memes are meant to be a joke, they still manage to spark conversation with even the most unlikely of people, making people more knowledgeable just one meme at a time. Images seem to speak louder than words for many people, so memes are a painless way to get us younger generations thinking. I’m only a little embarrassed to admit this, but if there is an image or meme out there that I don’t understand, I will take the time to look up its meaning because society now is full of people that never want to miss a beat, including myself. Science has even researched the power of the meme and found that internet searches have increased more than ever because of them. Even if our facts are skewed or misinterpreted or many times biased based on what website or profile you get your information from, at least conversations are being started. Some of the more sensitive topics are discussed more and more, so we should give more credit to this weird 2016 internet trend. Memes are a lot of fun and still pretty powerful and influential over the internet community, which we all know is beyond enormous. Without even realizing, they are shaping 21st century culture. Epatia Lilikas is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in English and economics. Her column, “Digital Canvas,” runs monthly on Wednesdays.
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December 2, 2016
How my social media detox completely imploded
Everyone knows social media is mindlessly addicting, but very few of us have attempted to free ourselves of its powers. Between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, a pure social media cleanse stands no chance. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JEFFREY GOMEZ
Nicolette Accardi Features Editor
Social media should have its own rehabilitation program — it’s just so darn addicting. If you deny switching between Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook at least 10 times a day, you are lying to yourself. My name is Nicolette Accardi and I have a problem: I’m addicted to social media. I would say it started back in circa 2005 when AIM and MySpace were poppin’, but it really took a turn for the worst when Instagram and the rest of the gang came along. I noticed one day that I went on Instagram about 20 times, just refreshing my feed constantly. That for sure has social media addiction written all over it — not healthy. I’m surprised my eyes haven’t turned square shaped to match the screens of my small technological devices.
I knew I had to make a change and attempted to go on a social media detox for a week— okay, only four days. Not going to
Once that went out the window the Facebook scrolling binge began. Dang, I have a huge problem on my hands.
urge came back. My stress outlet is posting ver y weird posts on Instagram because it makes me laugh. Oh no, now I’m con-
“I noticed one day that I went on Instagram about 20 times, just refreshing my feed constantly. That for sure has social media addiction written all over it — not healthy.”
lie, it was kind of an epic fail. At least I ended up not posting anything though (score.)
Day 1 — Monday
This day was a complete fail. It was going okay in the morning and afternoon, but once the evening came around it went all downhill from there. I don’t know what hit me, but the minute I got to work I just went on a swiping spree on Instagram.
Day 2 — Tuesday
This day was a little better, but also kind of challenging. I ate some five-star stir-fr y and was tempted to put that up on my Snap stor y, but I defeated the urge. It’s a shame, though. My followers couldn’t enjoy my food porn with me. At 6 p.m, the stress of the day is strolling on in. I have to deal with overly dramatic people left and right all day in my life, so that Instagram
doning the chronic use of social media — I’m a bad influence.
Day 3 — Wednesday
This day was an ultimate win, kind of. The only social media that was opened up was to check some Facebook notifications. Okay, I liked a couple of posts too — I’m weak. Memes are too funny not to like and I needed a good laugh. Instagram and Snapchat were
kind of haunting me throughout the day. I think I started hallucinating little red one notifications as I glanced over the apps by 7 p.m. Social media withdrawal is clearly a thing.
Day 4 — Thursday
This day was a flat-out disaster. Morning: liked multiple Instagram posts, checked Facebook and Snapchat. Noon: scrolled through Facebook for an hour, followed Snoop Dogg — okay you get the picture. I think I deser ve a free pass though. Thursday was doomed the moment I woke up. Therefore, Instagram was the answer. Wow, I feel so rejuvenated after that social media detox — just kidding, it was a total joke and a half. Now I have to go look up programs that treat social media addiction because I clearly couldn’t even handle four days — pathetic.
December 2, 2016
Mark Tatulli Horoscopes
Page 9 Eugenia Last
Happy Birthday: Be careful how you handle work-related matters or problems from the past that surface unexpectedly. Do your best to take a reserved approach when dealing with others. Don’t let anyone get the better of you. Refrain from making demands or refusing to compromise. Getting along with others will make the difference between your success and disappointment. Your numbers are 9, 16, 20, 27, 38, 42, 44.
Over The Hedge
T. Lewis and M. Fry
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Personal problems will interfere with your work if you don’t take better care of your emotional and physical well-being. Keep your life simple by attending to your basic needs. A partnership situation will be in your best interest. 2 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Do what comes naturally to you. If you try to push something you don’t agree with or believe in, you will fall short. Adapt whatever you do to fit your lifestyle and you will make an honest impression on someone. 5 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Temptation can be daunting if you believe you will be left behind if you don’t sign up. Time is on your side, so reject any deals that are not in your best interest. Bide your time and something better will come along. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Let the talks begin. If you want to structure a change to the way you do things or how you choose to live, now is a great time to air your thoughts and consider the feedback offered from a reliable source. 3 stars
Pearls Before Swine
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your desire to make a sudden move could lead to conflicts. Do your best to take a patient approach before you agree to take part in something volatile. Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Avoid getting involved in joint ventures or get-rich-quick schemes. Attend an event that will allow you to network and socialize at the same time. You’ll attract someone with your common sense and detailed plans. Romance is highlighted. 5 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll face opposition at home if you are spending too much time taking care of outside business. Turn your focus toward what needs to be done to keep the peace before a small issue turns into major conflict. 2 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Refrain from getting sucked into other people’s problems. Do your best to stick to your own plans and focus on getting ahead. Ulterior motives may be behind someone’s emotional manipulation. Don’t give in to bullying. 4 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Consider all the angles before you get involved in a joint venture. Don’t let an emotional plea put you in a precarious position. Protect your home and family from any situation that is unpredictable. Don’t invest in someone else’s scheme. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Do something that will make you feel good. Getting into a workout routine or updating the way you look will give you the boost you need to take on new and exciting challenges. Don’t give in to emotional manipulation. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Hidden facts could impede your ability to make a good decision. Time is on your side, so sit back and work on projects that offer the highest return until you see concrete evidence that your interests are worthwhile. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll be in a good position to call in a favor. Don’t lose out because you aren’t willing to ask for help. An emotional plea will demonstrate your courage, determination and desire to get things done. 4 stars
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Universal Crossword ACROSS
60 Slippery aquatic critter
1 Tennis great Chris
61 Chinese philosophical principle
62 What the designer engaged in
11 Jamaican music genre
for twin girls?
14 Old pro
68 Home of the 20s?
15 Even the score once more
69 “This ___” (crate words)
70 Lose rigidity
17 What the bird doctor had to
71 Kathy Gifford’s middle name
make casts do
72 Grating, voicewise
19 Prefix that means “new”
73 Noted gift-giver
20 In-flight info
21 It has a supporting role
1 Helper of 73-Across
22 Tonic complement
2 Seven, on a sundial
23 Strangling device
3 Amphibious young’un
27 Three-note musical interval
4 Send, as a patient to a specialist
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5 Bring forward for inspection,
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6 Common savings-plan feature
33 Where one hopes to find an
7 Waiting for its first owner
8 Cocked, as a hat
9 Features of winter jackets
36 Made into strings, in the kitchen
10 Like taller models
42 Thing to do with a coupon
39 Carries with great difficulty
11 What the melodious caveman
45 Keep an online business happy
41 Cellphone transmitter
47 Enjoys a book again and again
43 Faux butter
12 Calvin of fashion
44 Church authority
46 Not even once
18 Drumroll sound
53 Wreck beyond recognition
48 Web address
54 Give a keynote address
49 Non-jingling change
24 Make void
55 Planter’s needs
51 Lacking in manners
25 The prayer of a jeweler?
57 Prefix for “violet”
52 Drill insert
26 Use, as dinner plates
63 Eat dinner quaintly
53 Parts of a drum set
28 Three harmonizing as one
64 Person handling bugs?
56 Looks over
31 Ax wielder, often
65 Lithium-battery link
58 Fearsome Tolkien creature
35 Add punch to, as an engine
66 “Death Be ___ Proud”
59 Type of whiskey
37 Inducing the creeps
67 Score that’s 4.0 or below
50 Atlanta suburb or city of ancient Ionia
December 2, 2016
DEVILS Duke shoots 55 percent from field, gets to line 24 times in win over Rutgers continued from back only player in double digits with 11 points and ever y single player that got in the game grabbed a rebound. Duke was simply far and away the better team and the Blue Devils showed it. They made difficult shots in transition, played great defense and shot the ball well from behind the arc. These are all keys to success, and the Knights were struggling in all facets of the game.
“We’ve gotta be a very good defensive team and we’ve gotta find ways to score points,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. Scoring-wise, sophomore guard Jeune led the Scarlet Knights with 8 points while junior guard Shrita Parker added 7 of her own. Parker has plenty of pride and took the loss to heart. Stringer, a Hall of Fame coach, expects a lot out of her players, and you can see that they were disappointed in their performance.
“We honestly beat ourselves. They got rebounds, they out-hustled us,” Parker said. “It starts with pride and we have to compete. If we want it as bad, we’ll be fine. But right now, we’re just tr ying to find ourselves. We don’t know what it’s like to win right now.” Despite the result on the court, it was a big night at the RAC as Rutgers legend Cappie Pondexter had her number 25 jersey retired and raised into the rafters. It really seemed as if the night was about her. The recognition also extended beyond the Rutgers program, as Duke head coach Joanne McCallie had high praises for her. “What a well-deserved honor,” she said. “Cappie was one of those incredible players. She was
a programmatic player. She was beyond an All-American”. Pondexter also holds a special place in Stringer’s heart, as she was one of the best players in Rutgers Athletics’ history and helped bring the Knights to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Any time Stringer talks about Pondexter, you can tell how much she meant to the 22-year head coach. “I have been waiting for this moment and it’s finally come here,” Stringer said. “I don’t know who could not have appreciated the great player that she was. I have a feeling there are a lot more accolades she’s going to get.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Chicago Sky guard Cappie Pondexter (center) looks on as Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs (far right) and Deputy Director of Athletics Sarah Baumgartner (center right) reveal Pondexter’s retired jersey at halftime of Thursday’s game. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR
ormer USC Trojans and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot to death in an apparent road rage incident outside New Orleans on Thursday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said. McKnight was 28. “At approximately 2:43 p.m. today we received a call of a shooting that occurred here at Holmes [Boulevard] and Behrman Highway (in Terrytown),” Normand said. “Our officers arrived on the scene and immediately began giving CPR to an individual who was shot and lying on the ground, with EMS and others assisting at this location.” McKnight was born in River Ridge, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, and starred at John Curtis Christian High School. The Jets made him a fourthround pick in 2010. He spent three seasons with New York, amassing one start in 39 games and totaling 502 yards rushing and 177 yards receiving. He also was one of the NFL’s top kick returners in 2011 and ‘12, averaging 29.4 yards per return over that span. But McKnight landed in the doghouse amid a turbulent training camp in 2013. He flunked the team’s conditioning test, blaming dehydration; he was arrested in New Jersey on outstanding traffic violations on an off day; he missed practice time with what the team characterized as a “head injury” and McKnight later called a concussion; and he got into a war of words with a fan on Twitter, suggesting they meet for a fight. McKnight was released by the Jets in August 2013, the biggest surprise of the team’s final cuts before the regular season. “Joe McKnight was a loving father and a genuine, kind-hearted person,” the Jets said in a statement. “It is sad when life is taken in what appears to be such a senseless act of violence. Joe, you will be missed.”
December 2, 2016
Page 11 WRESTLING JOURNEYMEN TUSSLE, SUNDAY, ALL DAY
Knights look to rebound in Hofstra this weekend Jon Spilletti Staff Writer
Rebounding is not just restricted to basketball. In every sport, teams have to bounce back from adversity in order to prosper, and the same goes for the Rutgers wrestling team. After a 28-10 loss to No. 8 Cornell at last weekend’s Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden, the No. 12 Scarlet Knights (5-1) look to redeem themselves on Sunday at the 2016 Journeymen Tussle at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Going from Manhattan to Long Island, the Knights will participate in the round-robin event, doing battle with any of North Carolina State, Penn, Brown, Campbell, Citadel and the hosting Pride. Rutgers stands as the only ranked team involved in Sunday’s all-day affair, but that does not necessarily rule out the other programs. Especially with the likes of NC State and Penn, the event poses a significant challenge to head coach Scott Goodale’s squad. “NC State, nationally ranked program, really, really deep,” Goodale said. “Every kid they’re going to put out is going to very talented. Very, very tough team. UPenn is a very, very tough team. Hofstra’s getting better. I don’t know much about Brown. Campbell’s getting better.” Above the team measures, Goodale also hopes that this weekend bodes some compelling individual matchups. “There will be some really key individual matchups as far as national rankings go with an opportunity to get our guys some national recognition, that’s what you want,” Goodale said. Outside of the Knights’ roster, there will be seven ranked wrestlers competing Sunday. One of the most anticipated potential battles for Sunday is junior 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault squaring off with NC State junior Kevin Jack. Ashnault and Jack are jockeying for position in the rankings, at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively,
Junior 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault could potentially find himself wrestling in a top-10 matchup on Saturday against NC State junior Kevin Jack. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016 which would spell an impactful re- of duels possibly in the books, the lineup is going to be, a lot of is the coach will most likely employ going to shake out probably over sult if the two were to wrestle. Ashnault and Jack have only a rotational side at some aspects this tournament and the Midlands wrestled once before. In the of the bouts, in order to keep his tournament over winter break.” third-place match at the Midlands guys fresh. And though rotations may come But lately, Goodale has said that into play against lesser opponents, Championships last season, Jack served Ashnault his first loss of the lineup is far from set in stone, one guy who will almost surely as competition between same- factor into play on Sunday will be the season after starting out 17-0. “I’m just looking forward to it, weight wrestlers has left him with senior 149-pounder Ken Theobold. I’m looking At No. 10 with forward to a 6-0 record so improve, esfar this season, pecially since Theobold’s suc“This early in the season, (the Journeyman Tussle) is a cess has come I lost to him really good tournament for us.” last year,” on the other side Ashnault of a redshirt SCOTT GOODALE said. “I really season, a time Head Coach wanna make in which tranit something sitioning from personal for unattached play me because I to attached play lost to him, and I want to be able a few tough decisions to make. could take time to manage. “The good thing about this to beat him. And get back on top, “I’ve just been consistently doget under his skin to make him weekend, in a tournament-type ing hard work every day,” Theoknow that I’m the better wrestler.” situation, is we’ll be able to wres- bold said. “I came off my redshirt The other matchups all depend tle more than one guy at a weight,” year expecting a lot and having on how concrete Goodale’s lineup Goodale said. “A lot of our issues high expectations for myself. is for this Sunday. With a couple with who’s going where and what So therefore, I’m happy with my
performance right now. I’m looking forward to moving on and beating better ranked opponents.” And in the same light as Ashnault, if Rutgers were to go up against NC State this Sunday, Theobold would meet senior Sam Speno on the mat. Six spots below at No. 16, it would be Theobold’s third ranked bout of the season so far, after defeating then-No. 19 Jordan Laster of Princeton at the Battle at the Birthplace and then-No. 19 Joey Galasso of Cornell at the Grapple at the Garden. Other ranked competitors that could spell trouble for the Knights include Campbell’s 125-pounder Nathan Kraisser, Penn’s 133-pounder Caleb Richardson, NC State’s 157-pounder Max Rohskopf, NC State’s 184-pounder Michael Macchiavello and Penn’s 197-pounder Frank Mattiace. From those, potential matchups could see No. 6 Richie Lewis against No. 4 Rohskopf, pending Lewis’ status, after Goodale mentioned over the weekend that Lewis is battling some injuries and does not want to rush him back before Big Ten action. No. 14 Nicholas Gravina and No. 18 Macchiavello could also do battle Sunday, which could pose as redemption for Gravina after an up-and-down day last weekend in Manhattan. Gravina scored a fall in under a minute in the duel against Columbia, but lost handily to No. 1 Gabe Dean of Cornell soon after. For Goodale’s group, a lot can happen over the course of a multi-duel event, and a lot of the questions regarding the lineup and the overall status of the team will be in clearer view come Monday. It’s the reason these tournaments stack up toward the early season, and for Goodale, it could not have come at a better time. “It’s a good tournament for us,” Goodale said. “This early in the season, it’s a really good tournament for us.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow @ jon_spilletti and @TargumSports on Twitter.
BEARS Knights have yet to lose game at home, outscoring opponents by 11.6 on average continued from back Morgan State ranks 333 of 351 Division I teams on KenPom.com. It’s only two wins came against Division II Wilmington (Del.) and Campbell, a Big South program ranked 11 spots above the Bears at 322. The Bears depend heavily on junior point guard Tiwian Kendley, who handles the ball on more than a third of their possession, according to KenPom. He leads the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game. None of it — the record or the stats — matters to Pikiell, who tells his players to ignore records, both theirs and the opponents. He said he’s a big film guy, building his assessment of opponents from watching them play rather than looking at the numbers without context. Playing with a record in mind leads to performances like the one
they had against Hartford, said sophomore guard Corey Sanders. The goal is in playing with humility, said junior guard Mike Williams. “We gotta go out there and play like we’re down,” he said. “Like we’re the underdogs.” So when the Bears come to town, they won’t be a 2-5 team in the bottom 25 of Division I basketball entering a gym that the home team has yet to lose in this season. To the Knights, who would equal last season’s win total if they win on Saturday, but Morgan State presents as difficult a challenge as Miami presented three days earlier. “You gotta play hungry,” Pikiell said. “Every game is a different challenge.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow @briannnnf and @TargumSports on Twitter.
Graduate transfer center C.J. Gettys said the crowd played a big role in Rutgers’ 13 point comeback against Hartford in its most recent home game. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DUKE 68, RUTGERS 32
Blue Devils storm past Knights at RAC Griffin Whitmer Staff Writer
It got off to an ugly start and didn’t get much better for the Rutgers women’s basketball team, as it was blown out by Duke 68-32 at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Blue Devils raced out to a 13-0 lead, as they whipped the ball around and found open shots. Aliyah Jeune finally responded for the Scarlet Knights, but Duke came right back up the floor and hit a 3-pointer. Duke started off blistering from behind the arc, hitting 4 of its first 6 shots from deep. Rutgers really struggled to shoot the ball early on, and most of its attempts were not close. There were multiple airballs and shots that hit the backboard and no rim. Duke stretched its lead to 28 points in the first half, when Lynee Belton hit a free throw to make it 35-7. The Knights eventually found themselves facing a 39-13 halftime deficit. Duke then went on yet another run, this one being an 11-0 one to start the second half. They pushed their lead to 37 points, but the Blue Devils didn’t take their feet off the gas, as they continued to play tight defense and drive for open looks on offense. In fact, their biggest lead of the game came with 4:17 remaining in the game when they went up 64-26. They cruised to victory and improved their record to 8-1 on the season. Duke received a balanced effort from its players, as Rebecca Greenwell was the Junior wing Kandiss Barber steps back her dribble during the Knights’ 68-32 loss to the Duke Blue Devils Thursday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Barber led Rutgers with eight rebounds and also chipped in 6 points. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR
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MEN’S BASKETBALL MORGAN STATE-RUTGERS, TOMORROW, 7 P.M.
RU hosts Bears with chance to bounce back Brian Fonseca Sports Editor
Head coach Steve Pikiell and his team could match last season’s win total of 7 with a win over Morgan State Saturday. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2016
When the Rutgers men’s basketball team stormed out to its best start since the greatest season in program history and earned its first Associated Press Top-25 vote in over a decade, head coach Steve Pikiell told his players not to get too high on themselves. Upon losing their first game of the season in Coral Gables against Miami, he told the Scarlet Knights in the locker room not to get too low. The philosophy the experienced head coach brings to Piscataway, a measured approach to a long season he’s likened to a marathon — take it one game at a time, not letting the previous affect the next. “No one cares about the last game, they care about this game,” he said prior to practice on Tuesday. “Just trying to get them to think one day at a time because it’s a long season, a marathon. Don’t want to be too high, don’t want to be too low.” With that mindset, Rutgers returned to work Thursday to prepare for its next contest, a matchup with Morgan State at the Rutgers
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senior defender, was named to the All-Great Lakes Region Second Team after leading Rutgers as its captain, it was announced Tuesday. Smith was joined by teammate senior Madison Tiernan, who led team with 11 goals on the year.
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Athletic Center this Saturday night. The Knights have turned the RAC into a fortress early on in the season, winning all five of their games there by an average margin of victory of 11.6 points. It would’ve been even higher had it not been for one outlier, the 77-75 contest against Hartford in the most recent battle in Piscataway. With a crowd of 4,028 behind them, Rutgers fought back from a 13-point deficit with five minutes remaining to defeat the Hawks 77-75. The Knights finished the game on a 20-5 run ending with a game-winning layup by graduate transfer center C.J. Gettys with seven seconds on the clock. “The crowd was really giving us a lot of energy. We fed into it,” Gettys said after the game. “I’m glad to walk out of here with a win and I appreciate everyone that was in the crowd cheering us on.” With a home crowd behind them, Rutgers will be facing a more manageble side Saturday than the Hurricane team it fell to 73-61 Wednesday night in Coral Gables.
vs. Morgan State
vs. James Madison
Tomorrow, 2 p.m., The RAC
Tomorrow, 7 p.m., The RAC
Sunday, All Day Hempstead, N.Y.
Monday, 7 p.m, The RAC
Published on Dec 2, 2016