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Rutgers released its Emergency Preparedness Task Force Report last week, providing extensive details and recommendations on how the University can improve its emergency preparedness in the wake of a disaster. Only 170 pages of the 275-page document were made public, with Rutgers citing safety measures. GETTY IMAGES

Sandy report reveals flaws in Rutgers emergency procedures By Julian Chokkattu News Editor

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Rutgers evacuated more than 6,000 students from Cook, Douglass and the College Avenue campuses. Rutgers, along with the Red Cross, provided shelter for about 1,200 people. About 900 were from Atlantic County and around 230 from Middlesex County’s surround-

ing shore communities, according to an article previously published by The Daily Targum. Last week, The Daily Targum and several other news organizations received a redacted version of Rutgers’ Emergency Preparedness Task Force Report through the Open Public Records Act. Only 170 pages of the 275-page document were released, and some sections are redacted with Rutgers citing security reasons.

The report, completed in March by a Rutgers-appointed task force, presents multiple recommendations to help the University prepare for another disaster. The task force highlighted weak communications, lack of backup power and a lack of business continuity and contingency plans in the event of an emergency as critical issues in Rutgers’ emergency system. Sandy also revealed critical failures in support and sustainability

Award-winning alumnus sees new play debut

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er for STEM research projects, Rutgers will jeopardize its ability to garner competitive federal grant support.” A lack of backup power and proper communication largely led to the failure in safeguarding research during Sandy. The report said some employees who were evacuated from their homes came to Rutgers only to find See REPORT on Page 5

University graduate wins distinguished scholarship

By Danielle Gonzalez Joe DiPietro has written numerous plays and won three Tony Awards since he graduated from Rutgers in 1984. Now he is on his way to get recognition for his accomplishments by celebrating the debut of a new play in his former town. His musical, “Memphis,” won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, according to his online biography on He said Rutgers plans to include him in its Hall of Distinguished Alumni for his contributions to theater and to the reputation of his alma mater. DiPietro said the nomination was a wonderful surprise. “It is a great honor to be remembered by my alma mater like that after graduating nearly 30 years ago is just thrilling,” he said. DiPietro’s latest play, “Clever Little Lies,” made its debut Nov. 22 at

of research at Rutgers. The report said Rutgers lost power to freezers, experiments and laboratories, and in the process, many research projects were “compromised.” “Those in the STEM fields also need continuous, uninterruptible power supplies to support animal research, ongoing experiments and the storage of critically important samples,” the report said. “Without the assurances that we can provide continuous pow-

Joe DiPietro, a Rutgers alumnus, has won three Tony awards since his graduation. His new play, “Clever Little Lies,” opened last week at the George Street Playhouse. COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER HOWATT

In September 2014, Matthew Cortland plans to take his experiences from teaching and traveling to study educational technology at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Cortland, a Rutgers graduate, is one of 12 recipients in the countr y this year of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program. His 12-month-long graduate program at the Dublin Institute of Technology is a part of his scholarship. The Mitchell Scholarship program, named after former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, is designed to introduce and connect future American leaders to Ireland, while recognizing intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to community ser vice, according to the program’s website. The Mitchell Scholarship Program provides tuition, accommodations, a cash stipend for living expenses and an international-travel stipend to 12 or fewer Mitchell scholars for a year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and

Northern Ireland, according to the website. Cortland, who graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and art history and a minor in Italian studies, is studying Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan, as a part of the Luce Scholarship he received last year. Arthur Casciato, director at the Office of Distinguished Fellowships at Rutgers, said he met Cortland six years ago, when he started applying for fellowships at Rutgers as a sophomore. Of the scholarship’s 300 applicants, 20 were shortlisted for a finalists’ inter view at the Irish Embassy, Casciato said. Recipients of the scholarship include graduates from renowned universities such as Duke University, Columbia University and Cornell University, among others. Cortland is also the first Rutgers graduate to accept the scholarship, Casciato said. A Rutgers graduate who won the scholarship two years ago had to decline it due to personal reasons. “Two years ago, Tara Kousha won the Mitchell, but because of an illness in the family, she had See SCHOLARSHIP on Page 4

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The Rutgers Jazz Ensemble II performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music center on Douglass campus. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens and $5 for students.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

The Rutgers Early Music Ensemble performs at 4:30 p.m. at Voorhees Chapel on Douglass campus. The concert features the music of 17th century Italian Masters performed on instruments from the period. Admission is free.

Thursday, Dec. 5

The Rutgers University Programming Association presents a screening of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at 8 p.m. in the Rutgers Cinema on Livingston campus. Ticketing begins at 6:30 p.m. and an RUID is required for entry. Popcorn and soda will be provided free.

Friday, Dec. 6

Rutgers Gardens present a farm market at 10 a.m. at Hort Farm No. 1 on Cook campus. The market features locally grown and made fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads and meats.

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Jazz trumpeter Susan Veneman and her band perform at 8 p.m. at Tumulty’s Pub at 361 George St. There is a $4 soda charge for patrons under 21.

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U. chess club competes in National Chess Congress tournament By Sabrina Szteinbaum Correspondent

When Jeffrey Gugliotta was a child, he made a promise to himself that he would one day beat his father in chess. Gugliotta, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, joined the University’s chess club in order to fulfill his promise, and he has done just that. “I don’t know how I lost to my dad one time,” he said. Gugliotta is a member of the Rutgers Chess Club, which collectively practices ever y Tuesday and Thursday night from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center. Robert Forney, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, created the chess team three years ago. Chess Club president Shai Horowitz said anyone can play chess at the meetings. When it comes to selecting a team, priority goes to those who attend club meetings most often,

and then skill level is taken into account. Students of all levels are welcome to join the chess club, said Horowitz, a School of Arts and Sciences Junior. “We have people of all levels, from people who have no idea how the pieces move to people who have been playing all their lives,” he said. Horowitz said the team participated in their second tournament of the semester, the National Chess Congress, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Saturday. He tied for second in his division. The first tournament of the semester, the Boardwalk Open, took place right outside of Atlantic City. He said the team saw many of its members place and receive trophies and prizes. Horowitz explained that chess has a ranking system based on the outcome of every game — the higher a player’s number, the higher the player ranks. “The top-rated person in the world right now has a rating of

2,873, and that’s the highest ever,” he said. “Fifty percent of chess players who play chess for their entire lives never go above 1,500.” The highest-ranked student the Rutgers team took to Saturday’s tournament has a rating of 1,800, Horowitz said. This tournament was Gugliotta’s first, and he said it was intellectually exhausting. “First I felt good, and then I started feeling hungry and tired, and now I am exceptionally tired,” he said. To be good at chess, one must have a developed spatial and mathematical thinking, endurance and a great deal of patience, Gugliotta said. In a so-called rapid game, Gugliotta said players are given a total of 50 minutes to make all of their moves. “You can take 20 minutes on one move, or you can take three seconds on one move,” he said. The most amount of time he took for one move in Saturday’s



tournament was about eight minutes, he said. “There are a number of possible options, and I just start going through every single one of them,” Gugliotta said. As for Horowitz, he said he is currently underrated because he has not played in a while, but he plays at around a 1,350 in the rating system. Forney has been playing for five years, which he said is not a very long time in the world of chess, where many start as young children. He said the individual aspect of chess is more important than the team aspect because players cannot get assistance from those around them. “You can play chess individually without a team, but you can’t play team chess without an individual,” Forney said. The game is not dictated by chance, rather strategy, and that is what Forney enjoys about the game.

“I think it’s attractive that there’s this sense of fairness and culpability in chess,” he said. “It’s not like a lot of games where there’s a random element. Chess is not random in any way.” Forney said Rutgers does not allow the chess team to hold traditional-style tournaments with prizes because the University considers chess a gambling game. “It’s kind of unfair since chess is a game of skill,” he said. Forney would like to see the club have meetings on every campus and become more widely known and respected within the Rutgers community. He said he would also like to add a charity component. “Chess is fun because you get to play with people’s minds, and you get to see how people think, and you get to see how you’re thinking,” Gugliotta said. “And it’s fun to win, and it’s fun to lose if you lose with style.”

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campuses and television outlets in the area. “Clever Little Lies” tells the story of an adult son who tells DiPietro says latest play shows nature of his father about his extramarital long-term parent-child relationships affair. The play portrays how the revelation impacts their relationship with each other as well as types of restaurants when he continued from front went to school. In the early their loved ones, said Christothe George Street Playhouse in 1980s, the majority of the stores pher Howatt, the associate director of marketsmall New Brunswick, one of the top were ing and public regional theatres in the country, businesses. relations at the “But the he said. “... If you want to go into George Street He said he is thrilled and privi- campus itself leged to have his third world pre- is still the the performing arts, you Playhouse. Howatt said same,” DiPiet- have to become a life-long miere at this venue. watching the se“For me it’s really a thrill to ro said, “So it student of theatre and of crets unfold as go back to New Brunswick,” Di- is really nostalart and of humanity and the whole famiPietro said. “I spent four years gic and a home ly gets involved of my life at Rutgers, my entire coming for me of behavior.” is exciting. college education was in New to work here.” “Clever Little His love for Brunswick, so it just feels like JOE DIPIETRO Lies” is a modwriting began home to me.” Rutgers Alumnus and Playwright ern comedy, DiDiPietro said not much has in high school Pietro said. It is changed since he left New Bruns- and continued fast moving and wick. Some of the restaurants he throughout his once visited as a student, like Tu- college career when he studied funny, yet covers the long-term reliterature, drama and theater as lationships grown kids have with multy’s Pub, still exist. their parents. One big difference, he said, an English major, he said. “I am so happy with ‘Clever LitHe enjoyed writing soap operas is the increase in fast food and chain restaurants, such as Star- for Rutgers’ old TV station. He tle Lies,’” he said. “It debuted less bucks and Subway. Students and other students would make than a week ago at George Street at Rutgers did not have those videos and distribute them to Playhouse, there is a fantastic

December 2, 2013 cast starring Marlo Thomas, it’s a great theatre and I am just so proud of it.” He said students would enjoy watching a play that examines older people dealing with relationships while showing the similarities of relationships between people of different ages. “I also think they’ll really enjoy watching true adults deal with their meddling parents,” he said. He said students who want to go into theatre or writing should always keep learning. “What I always tell students is if you want to go into the performing arts, you have to become a lifelong student of theatre and of art and of humanity and of behavior,” he said. Students should learn both inside and outside the classroom, he said. They should also get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible to gain more experience performing in front of an audience and having their words read aloud. “I consider myself a lifelong student of drama, writing, narrative and theatre,” DiPietro said.

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to turn it down,” he said. “So Matt is the first at Rutgers to accept it.” After graduating from Rutgers, Cor tland said he was a high school reading teacher as a par t of Teach for America in Miami. At the same time, he was pursuing a master’s degree in education and social change at the University of Miami. Cor tland said his experience at Miami got him interested in education and educational technology, and he wants to pursue his master’s degree in Dublin for creative digital media with a specialization in mobile, smar t device and dynamic web applications design. “I want to apply app design to the field of education and design educational software,” he said. “For my field, for entrepreneurship and technological innovation, Dublin is one of the best places in the world.” Cortland is ver y grateful to his professors and mentors at Rutgers. He said Casciato, Jenny Mandelbaum, a professor in the Department of Communication and Barr y V.

“It will allow me to pursue what I am academically interested in my career through involvement in the Irish community.” matthew cortland Rutgers Alumnus and Mitchell Scholar

Qualls, former vice president of Undergraduate Education, all played a significant role in his achievement. The Mitchell Scholarship is a tremendous opportunity for him to study Ireland in-depth and meet people from dif ferent walks of life, Cortland said. “I feel ver y fortunate and humbled. It’s like allowing a dream I have to become a reality,” he said. “It will allow me to pursue what I am academically interested in my career through involvement in the Irish community.” Cor tland, who studied abroad in Italy as a Rutgers undergraduate, said traveling has always been instrumental in helping him see the world with a global perspective. Casciato said he believes Cor tland has an outstanding record not only as a member of Teach for America but also as the recipient of three major scholarships: Luce, Fulbright and Mitchell. “In a ver y real sense, I am the fellowships coach for Rutgers students. In my seven years at Rutgers, Matt has been one of the most impressive and reliable players,” he said. “Matt’s success is not only a testament to his abilities but also to his determination and courage.”

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REPORT Report says lack of backup power affected ability of researchers to sustain labs, experiments continued from front

their buildings closed with no notification on the main Rutgers website. “These building closures were never communicated to employees who are, generally, advised to visit the homepage to view campus operating status,” the report said. “At the same time, Rutgers Utilities had the buildings that were without power listed on their website.” Power failure and the lack of backup power affected the ability of researchers to sustain experiments and laboratories as well, according to the report. “Preserving and protecting the animals and ensuring that they are safe at appropriate temperatures is absolutely essential,” the report said. “Back-up power is also needed to preserve critical biological samples, hazardous chemicals, and for the continuation of longitudinal research projects. Without back-up power, years of research work can be lost.” The report included survey responses from researchers and how the hurricane affected their lab work. “I didn’t lose anything from the storm but a prolonged power outage would be devastating to my animal colony, which is in my laboratory in psychology,” according to one of the survey responses. “These mice are genetically engineered and irre-

placeable. Please provide backup support for these facilities.” Another response stated how some biochemical and molecular biology reagents, radioactive isotopes and lipid reagents were lost or compromised. “In some cases a commercial yeast mutant collection with 4,800 strains was compromised, another dating back 35 years was compromised. Several purified enzyme preparations were lost, some date back to 1983,” the report said. The inability to safeguard research directly affects Rutgers’ ability to receive competitive federal grant support, the report said. The most oft-mentioned problem the report cited was Rutgers’ ability to get up-to-date and accurate information across the board for students and faculty. “Communications failed in ways none of us expected them to fail. We went through back-up system after backup system,” said President Robert L. Barchi at a University Senate meeting in September. “We were down to carrier pigeons, which in the wind didn’t work so well either.” Of the 1,258 faculty and staff who responded to the survey, 38 percent said they thought they were notified about the campus’s operating status in a reasonable amount of time, but almost 40 percent did not find the notification as timely.

Of the 1,149 students who responded to the survey, 59 percent agreed they were notified within a reasonable timeframe, but 26 percent disagreed. “Some complained that they wished decisions could have been made earlier, even days earlier,” the report said. “Given the evolution of the storm and its extraordinary impact both on- and off-campus, it is unclear how good decisions regarding closings could have been made any sooner.” As 52 percent of evacuated students rated the evacuation as poor or very poor, the report stated clear procedures for communications concerning the evacuation of residence halls need to be developed and implemented for future emergencies. The report outlined five primary points for improvement in Rutgers’ emergency management: improving communication, using alternate sources of information, campus closing, backup power and advance preparation. To improve communication, the report recommends making messages across the University consistent, without leaving communication to individual departments. The University is also looking to make better use of a text message system and increase the use of social media as alternate sources of information. The report stated the University should make decisions to close campus in advance of disasters and develop emergency telecommuting policies. “Refrigerators and freezers must be supported so research samples are not lost,” the report said about backup power. “Have backup serv-

major task force recommendations 1. Develop a university policy for business continuity planning 2. Identify locations that need emergency generators and re-architect RUNet 3. Designate emergency work sites 4. Procure a Rutgers private IT cloud 5. Improve IT infrastructure at Rutgers University 6. Identify mission critical research operations 7. Mandate adequate staffing of EOC 8. Develop a university policy for emergency management 9. Revise University Policy 60.3.16 10. Test the cogeneration plant 11. Clarify communications procedures SOURCE: Emergency Preparedness Task Force Report GRAPHIC BY ALEXA WYBRANIEC / DESIGN EDITOR

ers and support for email systems. Priority for all animal facilities. Have generators in place before the storm and test them.” For advance preparation, the report recommends Rutgers upgrade mechanical and electrical systems in aging buildings, ensure individual department emergency plans as well as checking the status of buildings to let people know if they can return.

In terms of business continuity, the report stated all departments should review and develop business continuity plans to address continuity of service, including prioritizing critical services. “The efforts of this Task Force will help to develop a unified approach to dealing with future events by identifying flaws in systems, policies, and information sharing procedures,” the report said.


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Engineering students create practical design projects By Andrew Rodriguez Staff Writer

The end of the fall semester signals the beginning of a project every student in the School of Engineering must contribute to — the Senior Design Project. The project, a graduation requirement, allows students to collaborate in groups of between three and five to design a real-world application of their undergraduate education. Faculty members, doctoral candidates or corporate employees mentor the groups. The projects aim to create products that cater to different audiences. In the last few years, groups have created products ranging from ingredient-tracking refrigerators to lunar rovers. Val Red, a School of Engineering senior, is a part of a team working on automated data storage defense tools. Transmission Control Protocol is a method of reliable data transfer for computer programs connected to the Internet. Web browsers use TCP to connect to servers on the World Wide Web. “We’re planning on constructing a suite of open-source network threat-detection tools that work on both the TCP and application layers,” Red said. “We’re working

on producing different kinds of attack-trace patterns right now to build an early warning detector for the TCP component.” The TCP layer of their group’s tool traces and analyzes packets of data as they enter and exit, he said. They look for patterns that may signal a penetration attempt. The application layer of the

Some groups collaborate with other teams to work on larger projects. Sagar Patel, a School of Engineering senior, is part of a threeteam unit that is working on constructing an energy-efficient solar-powered scooter. “We are concentrating the [solar] heat in a phase-changing ma-

work load at the end of the fall semester and planning their spring design project. Wayne Chang, a School of Engineering senior, is a part of a team trying to make wireless speakers. “We’re not sure how we’re going do it yet,” he said. The projects’ costs vary greatly and can be costly, so sponsorship

“We’re working on producing different kinds of attack-trace patterns right now to build an early warning detector.” Val red School of Engineering Senior

tool monitors logs as they are being updated, he said. For example, an unusual amount of login attempts would be noted on Secure Shell, a network protocol for secure data communication. “[Our] project … would ensure information security with automated measures,” he said. “It would help secure servers in non-business hours when there isn’t a human available to monitor or defend against network penetration attempts.” He believes these tools would allow an average consumer to store his or her private data in a safe manner.

terial,” he said. “The heat storage tank prevents the [collected] heat from dissipating.” The heat storage tank is planned to then be stored with a Stirling engine, he said. A Stirling engine delivers more power than the traditional internal combustion engine found in cars and produces less noise. The three groups are working together on different parts of the scooter — one works on collecting the solar energy, another develops the heat storage mechanism and the last creates the engine, he said. Many students have to find a realistic balance between their

is available through many largescale companies. According to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s website, companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boeing and Schlumberger have sponsored student groups. Companies also send mentors to search for promising students who might eventually be of fered jobs. According to the MAE depar tment’s website, the program is a great oppor tunity for companies to discover new research, interact with potential hires and exper t faculty members.

A poster fair is held at the end of ever y design project season. Much like a science fair, groups make posters with their project’s intentions, results and applications. Last year’s Electrical and Computer Engineering winning design in the competition was a project called Photovoltaic Thermal System. The project attempts to improve upon the conventional solar cell model by using the heat generated from a solar cell to make hot water added efficiently to the system, according to the group’s website. The finished product is now patented. The MAE department does not award specific projects as all projects are posted on their website equally. The Department of Biomedical Engineering also holds a conference to demonstrate the engineering students’ projects. For some departments, such as the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the capstone project lasts an entire year, according to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Master Document. The project is also offered during the spring semester for those who wish to participate in a project during another semester.

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EU refusal instigates mass Ukrainian rally

DEADLY CLASHES Riot police fire tear gas as anti-government protesters try to remove a

barricade and occupy the government house on Dec. 1 in Bangkok, Thailand. Anti-government protesters in Bangkok say they plan to occupy the government house and the zoo. Demonstrators calling on the government to step down have marched on ministries and government bodies in an attempt to shut them down. GETTY IMAGES

IN BRIEF EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Two central New Jersey teens were killed when their car ran off the roadway and overturned in a wooded area. East Brunswick police tell The Home News Tribune that both the driver, 17-year-old Jeffrey Szatkowski of Spotswood, and his 18-year-old passenger, Nicole Surace of Milltown, had to be extricated from the vehicle. Both died a short time later at a hospital. It’s not yet known what caused the crash, which occurred around 7:50 p.m. Saturday on Dutch Road, near Fresh

Ponds Road. Authorities say the southbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a telephone pole, then overturned in a wooded area before striking a tree and landing on its roof. It does not appear that any other vehicles were involved in the accident. NEWARK, N.J. — Motorists are now paying more to the Por t Authority of New York and New Jersey when they drive from New Jersey into New York City. The third of five annual toll hikes took effect yesterday at bridges and tunnels.

Cars with E-ZPass tags will now pay 75 cents more when they cross the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges and Outerbridge Crossing, or go through the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. That makes the E-ZPass peak toll $11 and the off-peak toll $9. Cars paying cash will still pay $13. The heaviest burden will be borne by trucks or towing combinations with six or more axles. Their off-peak E-ZPass rate has risen from $66 to $78, while the peak E-ZPass rate went from $72 to $84. — The Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine — A protest by about 300,000 Ukrainians angered by their government’s decision to freeze integration with the West turned violent yesterday, when a group of demonstrators besieged the president’s office and police drove them back with truncheons, tear gas and flash grenades. Dozens of people were injured. The mass rally in central Kiev defied a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a political and economic agreement with the European Union. The protesters also were infuriated by the violent dispersal of a small, opposition rally two ttnights before. While opposition leaders called for a nationwide strike and prolonged peaceful street protests to demand that the government resign, several thousand people broke away and marched to Yanukovych’s nearby office. A few hundred of them, wearing masks, threw rocks and other objects at police and attempted to break through the police lines with a front loader. After several hours of clashes, riot police used force to push them back. Dozens of people with what appeared to be head injuries were taken away by ambulance. Opposition leaders denounced the clashes as a provocation aimed at discrediting the peaceful demonstration and charged that the people who incited the storming of the presidential office were government-hired thugs. Several opposition leaders, including world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, walked over to Yanukovych’s office to urge protesters to return to Independence Square. Order appeared to have been restored by last night, with rows of riot police standing guard behind metal fences. Some protesters then headed to Yanukovych’s residence outside Kiev, but their cars were stopped by police. Speaking before the vast crowds on Independence Square from the roof of a bus, the opposition leaders demanded that Yanukovych and his government resign. “Our plan is clear: It’s not a demonstration, it’s not a reaction. It’s a revolution,” said Yuriy Lutsenko, a former interior minister who is now an opposition leader. Chants of “revolution” resounded across a sea of yellow and blue Ukrainian and EU flags on the square, where the government had prohibited rallies starting yesterday. Thousands of protesters remained late into the evening and some were preparing to spend the night on the square. The demonstration was by far the largest since the protests began more than a week ago and it carried echoes of the 2004 Orange Revolution, when tens of thousands came to the square nightly for weeks and set up a tent

camp along the main street leading to the square. The opposition leaders urged Ukrainians from all over the country to join the protests in the capital. “Our future is being decided here in Kiev,” Klitschko said. Ukrainian lawmakers meet today for consultations and planned to hold a parliament session tomorrow. The opposition is hoping to muster enough votes to oust Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s Cabinet after several lawmakers quit Yanukovych’s Party of Regions in protest. The U.S. Embassy issued a joint statement from U.S. and EU ambassadors encouraging Ukrainians to resolve their differences peacefully and urging “all stakeholders in the political process to establish immediate dialogue to facilitate a mutually acceptable resolution to the current discord.” Protests have been held daily in Kiev since Yanukovych backed away from an agreement that would have established free trade and deepened political cooperation between Ukraine and the EU. He justified the decision by saying that Ukraine couldn’t afford to break trade ties with Russia. The EU agreement was to have been signed Friday and since then the protests have gained strength. “We are furious,” said 62-yearold retired businessman Mykola Sapronov, who was among the protesters yesterday. “The leaders must resign. We want Europe and freedom.” As the demonstrators approached Independence Square and swept away metal barriers from around a large Christmas tree set up in the center, all police left the square. About a dozen people then climbed the tree to hang EU and Ukrainian flags from its branches. Several hundred demonstrators never made it to the square. Along the way they burst into the Kiev city administration building and occupied it, in defiance of police, who tried unsuccessfully to drive them away by using tear gas. The EU agreement had been eagerly anticipated by Ukrainians who want their country of 45 million people to break out of Moscow’s orbit. Opinion surveys in recent months showed about 45 percent of Ukrainians supporting closer integration with the EU and a third or less favoring closer ties with Russia. Moscow tried to block the deal with the EU by banning some Ukrainian imports and threatening more trade sanctions. A 2009 dispute between Kiev and Moscow on gas prices resulted in a three-week cutoff of gas to Ukraine. Yanukovych was traveling to China for a state visit this week. Afterward, the president planned to visit Russia and reach agreement on normalizing trade relations, Azarov said yesterday. — The Associated Press


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urricane Sandy was arguably the worst disaster to hit New Jersey in our living memories and probably the state’s history. It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since the storm, but at the same time it’s a little concerning that an entire year later, we are finally getting to hear the official side of things. The 275-page Hurricane Sandy Emergency Preparedness Task Force Report was completely released to the public just last Monday, although it was apparently completed in March. The report is a very thorough assessment of the University’s response to the hurricane and the follow-up measures that it took after the disaster. It addresses the things the University did right as well as the things that it needs to improve. While this report is a great step in the right direction as we try to better prepare ourselves for the future, some of the highlights of the report were a little concerning. In the days and weeks immediately after the hurricane, we applauded the University for its quick response, despite the fact that it was disorganized — a seemingly forgivable lapse given the severity of a hurricane that no one was really expecting. In retrospect, however, being that disorganized during what Gov. Chris Christie formally declared a state of emergency is a dangerous mark of a lack of preparation for natural disasters that only seem to be getting worse. And being unprepared is simply unacceptable for a public university as big and as old as Rutgers. One of the biggest issues we all had with the administration before, during and after the storm was the lack of efficient communication. Classes were only officially cancelled the day before Sandy hit, giving most students who should have been able to go home no time to actually leave. Rumors about classes being cancelled circulated for days before the fact. The University claims to have an emergen-

cy alert system in place that sends out emails and text messages, but most students received neither or were unable to access them due to power outages. Even communication between the administration and staff was inadequate, as many faculty members were unsure of whether or not they were supposed to report to work. A lack of communication is often the root cause of a whole host of other issues, and it’s an avoidable problem that we can’t afford, especially at the administrative level. The lack of backup power is probably the most surprising problem that is addressed in the report. Rutgers is a renowned research university, and our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that house some of the most important samples in modern science. Unfortunately, many lab cultures and samples — including some that were decades old — were ruined because of the inability to keep labs running during power outages from the storm. We pride ourselves on cutting-edge research, but what does it say about our priorities when we are unable to keep our labs running during a power outage? It’s understandable that during a hurricane as severe as Sandy there were a lot of things that needed to be dealt with, but at the administrative level, this isn’t something that can be overlooked. The longer we wait to properly address these issues, the more of a problem this is going to become. Natural disasters are only getting worse, and we have to be ready for them. We’re a big, public university, and with a lot of our resources going into funding the future of Rutgers, we can’t let current safety precautions slide. When we’re on campus, our lives are literally in the hands of the Rutgers administration. It’s time that the university stops anticipating the best and starts preparing for the worst. After all, we definitely learned the hard way that we’re better off safe than sorry.

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Networking crucial to accelerate and sustain success FOURTH WAVE DANNIELLE ROMOLEREUX


wo weeks ago I attended a Public Leadership Education Network seminar on Women, Law and Legal Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Luckily, Douglass Residential College is a PLEN member institution, which meant my seminar and hotel was paid for, and more excitingly, it meant I was going with a couple other Rutgers students. The trip was amazing. Aside from meeting other motivated Douglass women, I met students from across the countr y, both undergraduates and law students. What surprised me was meeting firstyear students, mainly because I was impressed by their go-getter attitudes. As a third-year student, I sometimes feel I am running out of time to explore and network within my field. Watching my younger peers have such drive reminds me of all the opportunities I was unaware of or uninterested in until now.            The seminar taught me a great deal of information about things that we sometimes think are unnecessar y and ineffective. The seminar emphasized small details matter the most. Although I am not certified to give professional advice, there

are certain tips I am sure you may have found this was the most relevant to college already heard but have failed to follow.            students, considering we are paying for an My favorite piece of advice was one education, one that we should take advanHeather Podesta, a legislative and public tage of especially when we have a faculty policy strategist based in Washington, that wants to see us succeed.           Networking, networking, networking D.C., gave while discussing how she arrived where she is today. She has been rec- — I cannot stress this enough. It is reognized as one of Washington’s Most In- peated to us students all the time because fluential Women Lawyers, and she is in the it is crucial for our careers during and afTop 10 Leading Lawyers in Government ter college. You might be wondering who Affairs in the Legal Times. She remind- you could possibly network with when ed us that we have to be the “smart one all you do is attend classes and a couple of school in the room. organizaNot the prettions, but ty one or the Networking, networking, and the reality stylish one, networking — I cannot stress this is that netthe smart working is one.” As enough. It is repeated to us all the time something much as I because it is crucial for our careers you can be hate to admit doing with it, this is a during and after college. your provery importfessors and ant thing to classmates. remember because as long as we live in a society that I honestly had not thought about it bejudges women by appearance, our voices fore, but our professors make the best become easy to overlook. This brings us networks, they know how hard we work, to another great point Podesta made: It is how punctual we are and ever ything else much better to ask for forgiveness than you want a future employer to know. The to ask for permission. What this means is responsibility falls on us to assure that we simple. If you decide you want to approach impress our professors and make them a solution differently, then do it. Of course, actually want to write great recommendain order to do this you must prepare your tions for us. Let us not discount our classmates, beown research and have a great explanation for why you made the decision you did. I cause these are the people who will be

entering the workplace at the same times as you. From experience, I have realized that communicating with other students about your career goals can actually help you find out about internships and jobs available. It was one of my classmates who encouraged me to join Douglass and another friend offered me an internship through her summer job. What I am tr ying to say is that your peers are great sources of knowledge and growth — don’t shut them out. But what happens after you have these connections. You already landed your dream internship, so why keep in touch? You never know where you will want to do next. Remember those who have taken their time to help you by sending a handwritten thank-you card or an email during the holidays. Regardless of your major or your class year, it is never too late or early to start making connections for yourself and your career. Sometimes this is difficult to remember because we are in a college environment, but we have to keep in mind that the people we meet now can help us in the future and vice versa. Dannielle Romolereux is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and women’s and gender studies and minoring in French. Her column, “Fourth Wave,” normally runs on alternate Wednesdays.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Attacking support for Stan uncalled for regardless of facts Recently, The Daily Targum published an opinion piece by a University student that attacked the over whelming support for Stan McNeil, the former LX bus driver. The student justified First Transit’s decision to fire Stan over a safety breach and criticized those defending Stan over religious freedom. The author did note that Stan was a positive influence, but despite the good, feels Stan’s treatment was deser ved. Stan’s person had a distinctly religious overture, but his bus driving did not. When Stan delivered his famous speeches, he did not make them Christian-themed. He said we were destined for greatness, that we were rock stars

and champions. He high-fived us. In all my trips on Stan’s LX, I never heard him mention God. When he did show his religious beliefs, it was when he asked single students to pray with him. Stan’s prayers were between two consenting adults. Others may have overheard them, but Stan never pushed anyone to hear something. The author asks if we would have defended Stan the same way if he rallied the bus in Muslim prayer. Sadly, we will never know. He never rallied the bus in Christian prayer, much less in Muslim prayer. Rutgers prides itself on its diversity, its myriad thoughts and ideas. Why then are we condemning a man who has helped us experience that diversity? Even I, as a Christian, had never met a man like Stan. And I would be glad to meet someone who had the courage to share his peaceful, uplifting, motivating Muslim faith with me while driving a bus.

The author took par ticular exception to Stan’s faith healing claims. Maybe the author is right, and such claims are impossible. But I know that medical industr y is filled with the impossible ever y day, and I know some students feel Stan healed them. How can I know which is true unless I investigate? I can only learn if I am taught something I didn’t already know. First Transit had ever y right to fire him. But this was a man who did good for a living. Oh, and he drove a bus. If anyone deser ves a second chance, it’s Stan. This was a man who gave of himself ever y single day. By accepting Stan’s dismissal, we learn that procedures are more important than people, that covering yourself is more important than character. If this is true, then I would like some more “crackpots” in my life. Andrew Yuskaitis is a School of Arts and Sciences alumnus.

Stan’s resignation an attempt for U. to save its own image I wanted to share my opinion about Stan the LX bus driver. I feel that the “safety violation” is an attempt to save face and isn’t grounded in what actually happened. Rutgers and the bus company wouldn’t want any negative press, especially as they are rebuilding their image after the sports scandals and other scandals over the past several years. Dealing with claims of anti-religion and violating the First Amendment, regardless of the terms of Stan’s employment, would be a nightmare. To quote Eminem: “See ever ything you say is real, and I respect you because you tell it.” Michael Prihoda Rutgers University.






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Pearls Before Swine

December 2, 2013 Stephan Pastis

Today’s Birthday (12/02/13). If you love your work, it will grow. If not, accept new opportunities. Prioritize passion. Collaboration thrives with balance and respect. With persistent attention, creative and romantic risk pays off. Record springtime muses for late summer launch. Pitch and negotiate then. New flavors inspire your work. Maintain high standards and your nest egg will grow. Follow love. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 9 — Embark on a wild adventure, and take a partner along. Your universe is expanding. Empower assertive behavior. Don’t spend on celebrations; keep the money in the bank and find low-cost alternatives. Test new recipes in private. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Past deeds speak well for you, so keep up the good work. Don’t confuse enthusiasm with being impulsive. Stand up for what’s important. Consider the impact before acting. Handle financial matters now. A friend’s referral opens a door. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 9 — Adjust to the demands and needs of others now. Put fantasies on hold for a while and study. Finish up all the old tasks on your list. The effects will be far-reaching. Do a little bit at a time. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Discover and take advantage of new opportunities. Put insights to imaginative use. Intuition reveals a winning strategy. Fulfill a promise to a colleague. The pace quickens. Water enters the picture. Balance your work with rest. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Provide something that’s required. Make time for love over the next few days. Prepare a glamorous event. Imagination is your best asset to generate creative and unusual ideas. Organize and delegate, then celebrate with friends. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Stick close to home for the next two days, and relax. Reassess your view of a situation. A disagreement about priorities could arise. Work the numbers and negotiate a firm deal. Research options by reviewing expert opinions. Create a workable plan.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Take care of a household emergency with quick thinking. You’re extra brilliant today and tomorrow. Don’t spend money just to look good. Actions speak louder, so work faster and make more money. Communicate your feelings. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Household finances take top priority. Upgrade domestic technology without getting distracted. Go for it together. Provide the perfect atmosphere using available resources. The next two days could be very lucrative. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — Verify connections and reconfirm the plan. Consult an expert. You’re getting stronger. Dreams provide answers. You’re extra hot today and tomorrow. Save for a rainy day. Change things around at home. Use your skills and enjoy the results. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Focus on keeping old commitments today and tomorrow, freeing space for new ideas. Get your partner involved. Don’t worry about the money. Get the team to play along. Get advice from somebody who’s been there, done that. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Obstacles make you even more determined. Friends help out, too. Dance with surprises. Let your partner take the lead. Schedule meetings for today, and think things through to the logical conclusion. Upgrade equipment. There’s a positive outcome in the works. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Career matters claim your attention today and tomorrow. Consider an interesting proposition and discover an answer. Offer your own ideas. Meditate on a problem, then act on your convictions.

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WORSE Late comeback attempts end in inaccurate passing, Dodd’s second interception continued from back we’ve got some young guys out there running around that as they mature are going to be much better football players.” Dodd, throwing 16-for-35, gave the offense a new look but no newfound productivity against UConn (2-9, 2-5). Operating mostly out of the shotgun with a mildly spread formation, Rutgers’ only offensive touchdown came from a 3-yard rush from freshman running back Justin Goodwin. That put the Knights ahead, 17-14, with 2:27 left in the third quarter. “Gary’s been in the shotgun quite a bit, as well. It’s really just a matter of personnel group,” Flood said. “You’ll see us under center at 21 [two tailbacks, two wide receivers, one tight end] personnel, we’ll be in the shotgun a little bit on 21 personnel. And 11 [three wideouts, one tailback, one tight end] personnel, you’ll almost always see us in the gun.” Rutgers’ final comeback attempt ended with cornerback Taylor Mack’s second interception of the game with 1:58 left in regulation. The previous trial came with Rutgers at its own 3-yard line with 9:04 left. The three and out consisted of a throw to junior wideout Brandon Coleman’s feet, a 5-yard Goodwin rush and a low and away throw to senior wideout Quron Pratt’s left after he turned around in light coverage. Rutgers’ offense appeared smoother when Dodd completed a 26-yard touchdown to redshirt freshman wideout Ruhann Peele early in quarter. the second One mistake erased it. Redshirt freshman right guard Chris Muller’s personal foul made it a 15-yard penalty instead of a touchdown that would have tied it at 14. Pratt also gave UConn a short field for its second touchdown when the ball sailed in front of him on a kickoff-return fumble that running back Martin Hyppolite recovered. Six plays later, the Huskies moved 31 yards for a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead with 3:57 left in the first quarter. Pratt looked at the locker-room ground and spoke under his breath when answering how he took his mind off the fumble. “Stay focused, try to not worry about it, just having great teammates

to be there on your side saying just to let it go and everybody’s going to play with you until the end,” he said. “They are great teammates.” If Rutgers loses Saturday to South Florida at High Point Solutions Stadium, its season is over. The Bulls (2-9, 2-5) enter with five straight losses, but their 2320 loss Friday to No. 19 Central Florida at least makes a USF win in Piscataway a legitimate possibility. That would make it four straight losses to end a season

PASSING Chas Dodd J.T. Tartacoff RUSHING P.J. James Savon Huggins Justin Goodwin RECEVING Ruhann Peele Tyler Kroft Quron Pratt DEFENSE Steve Longa Kevin Snyder Jeremy Deering Djwany Mera FIELD GOALS Kyle Federico PUNTING Nick Marsh RETURNS Janarion Grant Jeremy Deering Quron Pratt PASSING Casey Cochran RUSHING Max DeLorenzo Lyle McCombs Casey Cochran RECEVING Deshon Foxx Geremy Davis Brian Lemelle Dhameer Bradley DEFENSE Yawin Smallwood Andrew Adams Taylor Mack Obi Melifonwu FIELD GOALS Chad Christen PUNTING Cole Wagner RETURNS Lyle McCombs

when Rutgers was one win away from bowl eligibility. It reminds Dodd of his freshman year in 2010, when Rutgers ended the year with four total wins and six straight losses. Dodd’s career began with a game-winning drive against UConn, giving the Knights what could have been a clearer picture of their future. Three years later after a defeat to the two-win Huskies and having no consistent quarterback, it appears the Knights lost control of their destiny. “It didn’t play out the way we wanted it to that season, and these past few games, they’ve been the same,” Dodd said. “But it’s now in the past.”

RUTGERS STATS CMP YDS TD 16-for-35 286 0 1-for-1 10 1 NO. YDS TD 11 49 0 7 14 0 6 15 1 NO. YDS TD 4 79 0 4 51 1 3 132 0 TKL SCK INT 11 0 0 9 0 0 8 0 0 6 1 0 FG LONG PAT 1/1 34 2/2 NO. YDS AVG 4 220 55 KICKOFFS YDS PUNTS 3 63 1 1 30 0 1 26 0 CONNECTICUT STATS CMP YDS TD 25-for-33 311 2 NO. YDS TD 15 52 2 8 6 0 3 1 0 NO. YDS TD 9 117 0 5 98 0 5 28 1 3 41 1 TKL SCK INT 9 0 0 9 0 0 7 0 2 6 0 0 FG LONG PAT 0 0 3/3 NO. YDS AVG 6 223 37.2 KICKOFFS YDS PUNTS 56 1 3

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freshman Justin Goodwin combined for just 18 rushing yards in the second half. The lone highlight came from Goodwin, who scampered for a 3-yard scoring rush to give the Knights a 1714 lead in the third quarter. But with the overall ineffectiveness of the running game, senior quarterback Chas Dodd was forced to attempt 35 passes in the game. Though he felt the lack of a running presence put no added pressure on him. “A little bit bigger runs here or there obviously would have helped, but [it didn’t put pressure on me],” Dodd said postgame. “You get put in a situation where you have to be able to be productive and that’s just what we weren’t able to do today.” The running game, especially on third down, was one of Flood’s biggest issues with the offense’s performance against the Huskies. With James’ status for South Florida in question, it may be hard to correct.

In Ruhann Peele’s first game playing both ways for Rutgers, the redshirt freshman had mixed results. Peele started the game at cornerback but played in just the two first defensive series before primarily playing offense. Flood said he held out Peele from most defensive snaps because Peele needed to see the adjustments against Connecticut’s offense.

“That’s one of the things that’s a little bit tricky for the player, you can’t just put him back in the game,” Flood said postgame. “You have to be able to get the adjustments and we did that with him at halftime.” But Flood abandoned using Peele defensively in the second half, electing to go with junior Gareef Glashen and freshmen Anthony Cioffi and Nadir Barnwell. Peele, meanwhile, finished with four receptions for 79 yards, including a 40-yard reception in the third quarter. The Linden, N.J., native planned to play more series in the Knights secondary than he did. “I expected to play more defense,” Peele said. “There was supposed to be a rotation, first two series ‘D’, second two series ‘O’, but as the game went on, I stayed on ‘O’.”

Junior wide receiver Brandon Coleman failed to duplicate his success from the last time he visited Rentschler Field in 2011, when he accumulated six receptions for 223 yards and two scores. Though most of his production in that game came in the fourth quarter, Coleman’s only receiving production this time against the Huskies was in the first quarter. Coleman finished with two receptions for 36 yards, with both catches coming during the Knights’ first three drives. Dodd looked at Coleman early in the contest, but Coleman once again was rendered ineffective for Rutgers’ offense. Coleman was disappointed he could not produce more with Dodd behind center. “I did [think we were going to have a rhythm], and it didn’t turn out that way,” Coleman said. “We tried to connect some other times, but it just didn’t come out that way. We’ll look at the film and we’ll regroup.”

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Matches provide RU glimpse into Big Ten future By Bradly Derechailo Associate Sports Editor

Competing against two future Big Ten opponents in one weekend and participating at a prominent venue in Madison Square Garden impressed sophomore 197-pounder Hayden Hr ymack. For the Rutgers wrestling team, it is something the Scarlet Knights must get used to for next season. “I think we responded pretty well,” Hr ymack said. “You saw the Rutgers wrestlers come out and want to battle.” The Knights (5-2, 2-2) went 2-2 in dual action this weekend, but their most important match of the four resulted in a victor y. Rutgers defeated Michigan State (5-3) on Saturday at the Northeast Duals, 20-18, in large part because of the Knights’ younger grapplers. Five underclassmen won against the Spartans, with the most impressive victor y from sophomore 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti. Perrotti captured a 10-7 decision against Michigan State’s Ryan Watts, who entered the match as the No. 19 wrestler in his weight class, according to Intermat. Perrotti’s and redshir t freshman 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckus’ decisions provided Rutgers a 20-9 lead against the Spar tans. It was enough for the Knights to deliver a victor y against their future Big Ten opponent despite dropping their last three bouts of the dual contest. Head coach Scott Goodale felt Rutgers could have won by a bigger margin. “Our focus is going to be consistent in ever ything we do,” Goodale said. “… Even though we’re young, we’re going to have to engrain in their mind consistency and showing up ever y day and sticking it out. We had an opportunity to blow that match open.” The team victor y against the Spartans is something Bakuckus felt was important for the younger grapplers, who make the transition into the most competitive collegiate wrestling conference in the countr y next year.

Redshirt freshman 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckus went 3-1 in dual action this weekend for Rutgers, including a 6-0 decision against Maryland’s Anthony Gardner yesterday during the “Grapple at the Garden.” SRINIDHI BELLAMKONDA / FILE PHOTO / NOVEMBER 2013 But he also admitted it did not really cross their minds when they took the mat. “I think we’re more focused on who we’re wrestling, I don’t think we thought about who we were wrestling was a Big Ten opponent,” Bakuckus said. “I guess it was more of who was in the moment.” Rutgers dropped its previous match of the day to No. 11 Virginia, 22-9, its first ranked opponent of the season. The dual loss has little implications on this year or future

seasons, as Virginia (8-2) competes in the ACC. The Knights’ performance yesterday at MSG does. Rutgers handily defeated George Mason), 29-10, in its first dual action of the Grapple at the Garden, as eight Knights earned victories. The lone two losses came from non-regulars in Goodale’s lineup against George Mason (4-5). Rutgers’ next opponent, Mar yland, gave the Knights a chance to go 2-0 against future Big Ten opponents.

Sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith’s second-round tiebreaker loss to No. 7 Spencer Myers gave the Terrapins a 19-18 victory. Hr ymack believed the Knights earned a team victor y. “I think we’re definitely better than they are, it’s just we didn’t have all the pieces in all the matches go our way,” Hr ymack said. Goodale believes the performance was how he wants his program to compete in the future, as Rutgers will compete

on a weekly basis with the talent level of Michigan State and Mar yland (4-3). This weekend was just a glimpse. “That’s life in the Big Ten, that’s the way it’s going to be,” Goodale said. “We need to get used to it, and not ever ything is going to go according to plan.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers sports updates follow @TargumSports.


Knights lose final two games to close five-win season By Sean Stewart Staff Writer

Following a five-set loss Wednesday at Cincinnati, the Rutgers volleyball team closed its season Friday with a straight-set loss on the road against AAC regular season champion Louisville. The Cardinals’ (23-7, 180) well-rounded attack overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights (527, 1-17). Louisville finished with an impressive .400 attack percentage, in large part thanks to outside hitter Maya McClendon, who finished with 16 kills and 15 digs for a double-double. The Knights trailed the entire third set despite ef fi-

ciently hitting for their match with .276. Rutgers trailed, 18-15, but a late 4-0 run saw the Cardinals pull away for the 25-19 win to finish the match. After the Knights jumped out to a 6-5 lead in the second set, Louisville responded with a large run of their own. Rutgers recorded only four kills, dropping the set, 25-13. Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa and sophomore middle blocker Mikaela Matthews opened up scoring in the opening frame with a kill each before the Cardinals answered with a 10-2 run. The Knights never recovered and dropped the set, 25-16. The Reigning American Freshman of the Week, outside

hitter Micaela Anderson, led the team with 10 kills for her seventh double-digit kill performance of the season. “Louisville was an OK game,” said senior libero Tracy Wright. “They’re obviously an amazing team, but we did some good things against them, like serving really well. So I was happy with how we played.” Against Cincinnati, the Knights looked to avenge the loss earlier this season when the Bearcats defeated them in five sets Oct. 27 at the College Ave. Gym. Rutgers fell short once again in five. The fifth set came remained tight as both teams traded early leads. Two attacking errors from

the Knights allowed the Bearcats (3-29, 2-15) to pull ahead 11-6. Lassa delivered a pair of timely kills to pull Rutgers within 2, but Cincinnati responded with two kills to seal the match, 15-11. The fourth set went back and forth until the final 7 points. Tied at 17, the Knights went on an 8-4 run thanks to kills from four different players to win the set, 25-21. Rutgers recorded its highest attack ef ficiency of the match in the second set, hitting .235, but 18 Bearcats kills were too much to overcome dropping the set 22-25. Cincinnati started the first set with a 5-0 run and never looked back taking the game 25-15. Matthews finished the match with career-highs in

both kills and blocks, with 19 and 10, respectively. Her performance marks the first time since 2006 a Knight finished with a double-double in kills and blocks. Andreassian finished with a career-high 13 kills and Wright ended with 38 digs, a career high and second highest in the conference. “Cincinnati was a great game, probably one of the best we have played all season,” Wright said. “We did a lot of great things and we were finally playing together. Our offense and defense really clicked.” For updates on the Rutgers volleyball team, follow Targum Sports on Twitter @TargumSports.

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Freshman guard Tyler Scaife started her second game and led Rutgers with 18 points Saturday against Texas Tech in Brooklyn. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FILE PHOTO / NOVEMBER 2013

Rutgers splits invite during play in NY By Justin Lesko Staff Writer

Less than a week after making the AAC’s Honor Roll, freshman guard Tyler Scaife impressed Saturday night in the consolation game of the Barclay’s Women’s Basketball Invitational. Scaife, ESPN HoopGurlz’s top point guard recruit for 2013, scored 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting in the Scarlet Knights’ 61-52 victory against Texas Tech. The Knights turned the ball over only 11 times in the game, their lowest of the season. Defensively, they forced 21 turnovers, leading to 24 points. Rutgers (5-2) forced at least 20 turnovers in all seven games this season, their longest streak in the past 10 years. But the effort did not come without a comeback attempt by Texas Tech (3-3). The Red Raiders utilized efficient 3-point shooting to stage a comeback. Five minutes into the second half, Texas guard Amber Battle connected from behind the arc before a 14-1 Knights run. With less than nine minutes in the game and Rutgers up 52-42, Texas Tech made two 3-pointers to bring the score within 4. That was the closest margin for the rest of the game. Battle averaged 19 points per game this year for the Red Raiders entering the match, but Rutgers limited her to a season-low 8 points. She shot 3-for-11 from the floor but grabbed 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper scored 14 points in 34 minutes. She scored double digits in all seven games this season. The Philadelphia native ended one rebound short of her third

double-double of the year, adding four steals. Junior guard Syessence Davis scored 11 points off the bench, marking the third time the Knights sported at least three players in double figures this season. Rutgers led 36-25 at halftime, with 12 points coming from Scaife. Turnovers plagued the Knights in their first game of the tournament against No.15 LSU, Rutgers’ 69-65 loss. The Knights gave the ball up a season-high 29 times Friday against the Tigers. With 1:38 left in the second half, Rutgers was down 10 before a Copper layup. Junior wing Betnijah Laney, who sat out the previous two games with a high-ankle sprain, stole the ball from forward Theresa Plaisance before scoring on a layup. Laney converted the and-1 opportunity after a foul from Plaisance. After two LSU (6-1) free throws, Copper rebounded her own missed layup and scored to get the Knights within 5. She stole the ball, leading to two Davis freethrow conversions. Sophomore guard Briyona Canty failed to tie the game with eight seconds left from beyond the arc. Filling in for two suspended guards, Raigyne Moncrief scored a season-high 27 points for the Tigers, adding seven steals and seven rebounds. She converted 15 of 20 free throws in the game. LSU went on to win the tournament in a 64-62 bout against Michigan. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow @ TargumSports on Twitter.


Sophomore tight end Tyler Kroft goes up for a jump-ball with Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu on Saturday. Kroft on a field-goal fake for a touchdown. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR

Trickery play provides silver lining By Greg Johnson Associate Sports Editor

EAST HAR TFORD, Conn. — An ineligible receiver downfield negated senior holder J.T. Tar tacof f’s first-career touchdown pass Nov. 29, 2012 against Louisville. Nearly a year to the day Saturday at Connecticut, Tartacoff finally secured a score, giving him more than senior quarterback Chas Dodd has this season. With 10:15 left in the first quarter, sophomore Kyle Federico lined up for a 27-yard field goal on fourth and 3 to give the Rutgers football team its first lead in nearly a month. Then the Scarlet Knights called an audible, making some blockers into receivers. Tartacoff took the snap from shotgun and faked a run option to the right, drawing the linebackers in. Swarmed by two Huskies, the former wide receiver at Montgomery (N.J.) High School lobbed a 10-yard pass tailing left into the end zone. It looked like Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu, coming in with leverage up top from the left side, had an interception. Two linebackers fell back late into coverage. But sophomore tight end Tyler Kroft, one of three initial blockers on the audible, went up and came down with the jump-

ball for the touchdown, cradled under Melifonwu. “The idea was to put me in the guard spot and then we make the shift call and everyone moves, and I step off the ball to get myself eligible,” Kroft said. “And then once we snap it, I hold it for a few seconds and then let the defense kind of disperse to play the run.” It capped a 13-play scoring drive — Rutgers’ longest of the season from scrimmage — and was one of few bright spots in a 28-17 loss. “The fake field goals, faked punts on special teams have always been a part of our repertoire,” said head coach Kyle Flood. “It’s one of the positives of the game for us.” Tartacoff admitted he was unsure how the play would end as he let go of the pass. But even with a safety gunning for Kroft, Tartacoff had faith in one of Rutgers’ more gifted receivers. Kroft, who leads the team with 37 catches and 479 receiving yards, was the only pass option on the play, Tartacoff said. “He’s a great athlete, a great player,” Tartacoff said. “It was something that if I did see the safety there and the run option wasn’t there, then we were hoping he would make a play.” Rutgers ran a similar play Oct. 10 at Louisville on fourth and 3 from the 27-yard line. On that night, Tartacoff’s pass to Kroft went for 26 yards just short of the end zone.

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The audible, which Tartacoff said has no specific name, is something the Knights are confident in. Both times they ran it this season came in the first half. “We’re always trying to draw fakes that’ll work,” Tartacoff said. “We usually always have something in our back pocket, and the look they gave us, we were able to run it and I’m just happy coach Flood gave me the go to.” Trickery on special teams may be Rutgers’ best asset this Saturday in hopes of securing bowl eligibility with a win against South Florida. Rutgers’ offense produced only one score each of the last two games, as the team scored only 17 points in three straight contests. It recently had another special teams score on a blocked punt Nov. 21 at Central Florida. But the Knights know they still need more offensive consistency to supplement special teams creativity. “We know we have a lot of playmakers, especially at the receiver and tight end positions,” Kroft said. “When it comes down to it, we know we can make the plays. We just overall have to execute better. … I know nine out of 10 times it comes down to execution.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.



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“That’s life in the Big Ten, that’s the way it’s going to be. We need to get used to it, not everything is going to go according to plan.” — Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale on facing two Big Ten teams last weekend

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Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu and cornerback Taylor Mack leave senior quarterback Chas Dodd with little space to run in his first start in two years Saturday against the Huskies. The Knights now must beat South Florida on Saturday to clinch bowl eligibility as Rutgers has lost five of their last six games. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR

Knights’ sloppy play on offense, defense keeps RU from clinching bowl eligibility for third consecutive game By Josh Bakan

was nearly a guarantee? The Scarlet Knights’ 28-17 loss Saturday to Connecticut was Rutgers’ (5-6, 2-5) third failed attempt at bowl eligibility, surrendering its fifth game in six tries. Starting senior quarterback Chas Dodd instead of junior Gary Nova allowed Rutgers’ of-

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Remember when the Rutgers football team was 4-1? How about 5-3? Remember when clinching a bowl berth

fense to start anew. Unfortunately for Rutgers, defenses cannot turn a page like that with one late-season move. But the predictable losing formula stuck on both sides of the ball, as the Knights played staler than the colorless dead grass surrounding the navy-tinted

Rentschler Stadium in the barren section of East Har tford. “It’s not the NFL,” said head coach Kyle Flood. “You don’t sign players during the season, but we’ve got our football team and See WORSE on Page 13


James’ status against USF stands 50/50 after last injury By Bradly Derechailo

Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood said yesterday via teleconference James might not be available for the regular-season finale Saturday against South Florida. Flood will continue to monitor James this week. “I’m going to put him right now at 50-50, but I’m personally probably more optimistic

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Sophomore running back P.J. James’ status is once again uncertain after sustaining a lower right leg injury Saturday against Connecticut.

than that that he will be able to go this week,” Flood said. James sustained the injury during the second quarter against the Huskies after leading the Knights with 49 rushing yards on 11 carries. James, who leads Rutgers with 720 yards on the ground this season in seven games,



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already missed four contests with a lower left leg injury. Without James in the second half, the Knights struggled to generate a ground presence. Junior Savon Huggins and See injury on Page 13






















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