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Man convicted of sexual assault involving U. student receives 22 years Ryan StIEsi Staff Writer

Earlier this week, Michael P. Knight, a 39-year-old man from Newark, New Jersey, admitted to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Rutgers student, according to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. In May 2016, The Daily Targum reported that the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) identified Knight as the suspect in the aggravated assault of an unidentified University student. The investigation found that Knight followed the woman and attacked her near College Avenue and Seminary Place on the College Avenue campus, according to the press release. “Knight struck her on the head, severely beat her, dragged her to the side of a building and sexually assaulted her when a group of individuals intervened. As he fled, he said he had a gun and threatened to shoot one of the men who attempted to chase him,” the press release said.

Knight will be sentenced to 22 years in a New Jersey state prison and subject to the No Early Release Act, in result of last year’s crime. This is under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Allysa Gambarella, according to the press release. As part of the sentence, Knight must register as a sex offender, serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole and undergo parole supervision for the rest of his life. In May 2016, NJ Advance Media repor ted that Knight turned himself in after both his mugshot and the charges were released by authorities. The investigation that lead to Knight being charged was lead by Detective Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez of RUPD and Detective George Stilwell of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The sentence is expected to be imposed by Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Paone at a hearing on March 5, 2018, according to the press release.

Michael P. Knight, a 39-year-old man from Newark, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 22 years in a New Jersey state prison after admitting to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Rutgers student back in 2016. GOOGLE MAPS

RUSA legislation proposes eco-friendly initiatives by 2050 Christina Gaudino CORRESPONDENT

Legislation endorsed by NJPIRG regarding renewable energy was passed by the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) at last week’s meeting. The text recommends that the University reaches a goal of 100 percent clean, renewable energy no later than 2050. THE DAILY TARGUM / DECEMBER 2013

In the face of uncertainty surrounding national environmental policy, last week the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) took a look at the future of renewable energy at Rutgers. During RUSA’s full-body meeting on Nov. 30, the assembly passed legislation entitled, “Resolution to Support the 100 percent Renewable Campaign at Rutgers University,” which recommends that University President Robert L. Barchi commits “to achieving a goal of 100 percent clean, renewable energy no later than 2050,” according to the legislation. The legislation formally endorses and offers support to the New Jersey Public Interest Group (NJPIRG)’s 100 percent renewable energy campaign. NJPIRG launched this campaign during the Spring 2017 semester, said Amy Wang, secretar y and campaign coordinator of the Rutgers—New Brunswick chapter of NJPIRG. The Rutgers Business School sophomore said, “The goal of our campaign is for President Barchi to make a statement committing Rutgers to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050.” NJPIRG has also written several reports published by their partner, Environment New Jersey, which can be viewed online, Wang said.

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The first report, entitled “Renewable Energy 100,” explains why colleges and universities can and should lead a push to renewable energy, Wang said. The second report, “Renewable Energy 101,” describes specific strategies that schools can use to transition to renewable energy. Currently, 4,000 students and more than 100 faculty members have signed endorsement letters in support of the campaign, Wang said. The Rutgers Engineering Governing Council has also passed its own resolution in support of the initiative. Sponsored by the University Affairs Committee, RUSA’s resolution was presented by Dan Chulak, the University Affairs Committee chair and a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior. Other presenters included Michelle Glauberzon, a Livingston at-large representative and Rutgers Business School first-year and Aneesh Deshpande, the Academic Af fairs Committee chair and a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. Both of them served as authors of the legislation along with John Bacchus, the campus organizer from NJPIRG. Chulak said the purpose of the resolution is to express support for the campaign, and to show the University administration that this is an issue students care about See initiatives on Page 4

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Campus Calendar Wednesday 12/6 The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health presents “The Gut and Growth” from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Jersey Food, Nutrition and Health on Cook campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Rutgers University Geology Museum presents “Deep Sea Late Night at the Rutgers Geology Museum” from 4 to 8 p.m. at Geology Hall on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education presents “Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cook Student Center on Cook campus. This event is $295. The Center for Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Ser vices presents “Mindfulness Meditation” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The Office of the Chancellor presents “Beyond the Baccalaureate: A Look at Rutgers Graduate Education” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Association presents “ESGSA Seminar -Dr. Kyle Clem” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Building on Cook campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School presents “Concussions” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Medical Education Building on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and open to the public. The Mason Gross School of the Arts presents “Rutgers Jazz Ensembe II: The Art of Trombone” at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. This event is $5 for students.

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Harry Potter club fundraises with 3rd annual ‘Yule Ball’ Max Marcus Correspondent

On Sunday, Harry Potter fans attended their third annual “Yule Ball,” named after a formal dance held at Hogwarts in J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. The party, which was also a fundraiser, was held by Muggle Mayhem, Rutgers’ Harry Potter fan club, in the Red Lion Cafe in the basement of the College Avenue Student Center. “It’s a very chill event,” said Sky Bolkin, the vice president of the club. “We just want people to come and hang out and maybe meet some new people that also like Harry Potter.” The School of Arts and Sciences senior said that each year since 2015, Muggle Mayhem hosts the “Yule Ball” a week or two before finals begin as a way for club members and their friends to unwind at the end of the semester. Muggle Mayhem is the local chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, an international community service organization run by Harry Potter fans. J. K. Rowling is among the organization’s supporters. This semester, Muggle Mayhem partnered with the New Brunswick Free Public Library to collect and donate books, Bolkin said. So far, the club has collected approximately 100 books. The event was also a fundraiser for the International Medical Corps, which provides medical equipment and services to people lacking access to them, Bolkin said. The International Medical Corps is currently providing disaster relief to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In addition to planning community service events, the club hosts Harry Potter-themed meetings, which include trivia games, book discussions and activities such as wand-making workshops. “At our last meeting, we had a ver y big discussion about the wizarding world across the world, and what the education system might look like in other countries,” Bolkin said. “J. K. Rowling recently discussed the difference in magic and education in Africa and the United

A home away from Hogwarts, the third annual “Yule Ball,” themed after a formal dance in J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, was held at the College Avenue Student Center this past Sunday. YOSEF SERKEZ States and South America and off, it’s our book to interpret take a sorting quiz on Pottermore, whatnot, so we discussed about and go off of.” the official Harry Potter website. Bolkin said that meetings typithat ... It was super nerdy, but Bolkin said that most memcally have about 15 attendees. super fun.” bers are in Ravenclaw. Members of Muggle Mayhem Haley Dittmer, a School of Arts “Ravenclaw is not just smart,” and Sciences said Jordan Cohen, sophomore, said a School of Arts that the discusand Sciences senior. “We just want people to come and hang out sions are similar “It’s always learnin tone to those ing, always growand maybe meet some new people that also of an advanced ing, always finding like Harry Potter.” literature class. something new. It’s Even though the a little bit of craSky Bolkin club’s discuszy, taking a look at Vice President of Muggle Mayhem sions often reach everything from a subjects beyond different angle, ridthe scope of dles, always trying the novels, she said that fans are designate themselves as mem- to better your intellect.” comfortable expanding the world bers of one of the four houses of Gryffindor, despite being the Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, house associated with the heroes of the story. “It’s no longer J. K. Rowl- Hufflepuff or Slytherin. Bolkin of the novels, is severely undering’s book,” she said. “As soon said members decide which represented in Muggle Mayhem, as she published it and sent it house they want to join, but most Bolkin said.

Tuhina Chakravorty, a Rutgers Business School sophomore, is in Slytherin — the house associated with many of the novels’ villains. “J. K. Rowling hated Slytherin,” Chakravorty said. “But if you think of the qualities — cunning, self-preservation, resourcefulness, ambition – they aren’t inherently negative qualities. They’re all things you need.” Most people at the “Yule Ball” were not members of Muggle Mayhem. Bolkin said that typically the event draws approximately 100 attendees. “It’s really beautiful to see how it’s grown from when we started, with there being no one who came, to now, when we have the ‘Yule Ball’ and people actually show up and we raise a lot of money for charity,” Bolkin said.

“Yule Ball” attracts roughly 150 people each year. A majority of attendees are from outside the Muggle Mayhem family and come to have a good time while fundraising for a good cause. YOSEF SERKEZ

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Initiatives Rutgers saved $69,571,964 in operational costs over 7 years due to reduced carbon emissions continued from front

— noting that sustainability has been a priority of the assembly for many years. “It’s 100 percent feasible for us to move toward 100 percent renewable energy sources, and we’ve been steadily reducing our nonrenewable energy sources since 2009,” Chulak said. In addition to the resolution, the assembly also published a report outlining energy usage at Rutgers. Between 2009 and 2016, Rutgers—New Brunswick campus reduced its carbon footprint by an estimated 444,509 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) — saving approximately

$69,571,964 in operational expenses, according to the RUSA repor t. Deshpande noted these victories during the presentation, including the plans implemented on the Busch and Livingston campuses, which have helped to reduce overall carbon dioxide levels. The University still has a long way to go in terms of achieving higher levels of energy conservation, he said. “While these are steps in the right direction,” he said. “Some ideas that we’ve had ... are to implement things such as different satellite panels across buildings, and start working towards being even more conservative when it comes to energy.”

“He did not (sign), but we still carbon dioxide emissions and The RUSA report also included information about the do encourage the leadership com- the overall carbon footprint, according to an NJ Advance MePresidents’ Climate Leader- mitment to be signed,” she said. Glauberzon said that Rutgers dia ar ticle. ship Commitment, which is an Bacchus said that NJPIRG environmental pact signed by did sign the “We Are Still In” has not yet been able to schedpresidents and chancellors of pledge in June 2017. ule a meeting colleges and with Barchi, universities to but would reduce greenalso like to house gas “It’s 100 percent feasible for us to move toward 100 pass a resoluemissions and tion through percent renewable energy sources, and we’ve been achieve carthe Univerbon neutrality. steadily reducing our nonrenewable energy sources sity Senate There are — which is currently 574 since 2009.” composed of active signatofaculty as well ries from highDan Chulak University Affairs Committee Chair as students. er education “(The RUSA institutions, inresolution is) cluding four Big another step Ten Schools, acThis is an agreement which towards showing broader supcording to the organization’s reporting platform. Rutgers University is suppor ts the implementation port to the decision makers at of the Paris Climate Agreement Rutgers and the University Sennot a signatory on this agreement. Glauberzon said that last year on campuses in response to ate that this is something that the RUSA Sustainability Task President Donald J. Trump’s they should consider, and there Force wrote a report to encour- withdrawal from the interna- are a multitude of reasons why,” tional agreement to decrease Bacchus said. age Barchi to sign the report.

Mason Gross School of the Arts is showcasing an exhibition comprised of pieces created by first-year graduate students. The collection draws inspiration from a wide array of media mediums including photography and experimental sound pieces. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Graduate students exhibit multi-media art at Mason Gross Max Marcus Correspondent

The “Mason Gross Masters in Fine Arts First Year Exhibition” at Mason Gross School of the Arts, open through Dec. 13, is currently showcasing an exhibit featuring first-year graduate student pieces from a variety of media, including paintings, photography, experimental sound and video pieces. Valerie Suter, a Mason Gross School of the Arts first-year graduate student, has several paintings featured in the exhibit, including a large mural entitled, “A Presidential Campaign of 1872: Victoria Woodhull for President, Frederick Douglass for Vice-President.” Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in the United States. In her time, she was famous for being a publisher of a newspaper, becoming the first female broker on Wall Street and publishing the first English translation of “The Communist Manifesto” in the United States, Suter said. “There were a lot of interesting things she spearheaded in her lifetime, but because of that, in a lot of

ways she was completely outcast graduate student, incorporated In the pierce, he is discussing his by members of society,” Suter said. video, sound and physical ob- decision to raise the price of Iranian oil exports. Woodhull’s running mate in the jects in her piece. “I wanted to use the most iconic Biglow, an Iran native, said that piece, Frederick Douglass, was an abolitionist, formerly enslaved she wanted to make something stereotype about my country as a in the South. He achieved lasting that would represent the complex kind of a bait for the audience, to fame through his autobiography, state of affairs between Iran and grab their attention and make them sit and look at the quotes,” Biglow “Narrative of the Life of Frederick the United States. On a table only slightly raised said. “Usually people are not that inDouglass, an American Slave.” Suter’s mural depicts the two in from the ground, there is a pattern terested in political, complex issues.” Mason Gross School of the a venn-diagram-shaped frame, sign- reminiscent of an Iranian carpet. Arts first-year ing a document graduate stutogether. Above “I wanted to use the most iconic stereotype about my dent Will Robthem are Latin inson’s piece phrases that country as a kind of a bait for the audience, to grab mostly feacan be found on tures digitally their attention and make them sit and look at the dollar bill — manipulated “annuit coeptis,” the quotes.” photographs. which translates He said that to “he looks faMahsa Biglow his piece fovorably on our Mason Gross School of the Arts First-Year Graduate Student cuses on reenterprise,” and daction, a term “novus ordo senormally used clorum,” which The pattern, made entirely of sand, to mean a kind of literary editing. means “a new world order.” In one photograph, First Lady Me“There’s this idea of a utopi- took Biglow 19 hours to make, she an vision. Something that would said. Around it are cushions for ob- lania Trump and former First Lady have happened far before the servers to sit on. Overhead, a pro- Michelle Obama stand at opposite time when it actually could have jector displays quotes by Moham- sides of a wall, each looking at the mad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of other out of the corner of their eyes. happened,” Suter said. Robinson said that in the origMahsa Biglow, a Mason Gross Iran, in interviews with American School of the Arts first-year reporters between 1955 and 1979. inal photo, former President

Barack Obama and President Donald J. Trump filled the empty space between the women. “I redacted to create a conversation between the two first ladies,” he said. The piece also includes two framed covers of Rolling Stones albums. Robinson said that these pieces are intended to refer to a practice called “damnatio memoriae” — a Latin phrase which means “condemnation of memory.” “In ancient Rome, if a politician were disgraced, they would hack off the face from the stone statue that represented him,” Robinson said. One Rolling Stones compilation album called “Rarities,” features a photo including a bass player who had since left the band. But for the album’s publication, the photo was altered to remove him. In the other album cover, Robinson himself removed one of the band members, he said. “I though it was an interesting pop-culture representation of that idea,” Robinson said.

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U. officials employ thorough safety protocol for guest speakers Ryan StIEsi Staff Writer

As the conversation surrounding free speech on campus progresses, student organizations and University administrators are tasked with behind-the-scenes work focused on accommodating speakers and ensuring that event attendees remain safe. Rutgers has seen an increase in demonstrations regarding campus events and the political climate. Last fall, students held a protest on College Avenue voicing their concerns about then-President-elect Donald J. Trump. Milo Yiannopoulos was met with push-back from some students last year when he visited the campus. And recently on Nov. 28, graduate students joined in a nationwide walkout protesting the GOP tax bill, among other demonstrations. Speakers, speeches and demonstrations held at the University bring up many questions in terms of Rutgers’ protocol regarding expenses, safety and ensuring equal participation among all students. “Security (police services) are paid for by the sponsoring organization or by the outside group running the event,” Paul Fischer, captain of the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD), said in an email. He said that RUPD will research any potential issues, such as past incidents with the

speaker, and then communicate their findings with the organizers prior to the event. Any group wanting to bring a speaker to campus must comply with Rutgers’ Facility Use Policy. Keisha Dabrowski, special assistant to the vice chancellor, said in an email that student organizations should work with their advisors, who will help work out logistics and contact the Meetings and Events Office. Subjects to be finalized include finding an available space and developing a security plan with RUPD. In determining cost, the price varies depending on factors such as the number of officers required at an event, she said. “For student organizations, in some cases, it is funded through the organization’s allocation funds. In other cases, the student organization will have a fundraiser to raise the money to bring the speaker to campus. And in other cases, the student organization will co-sponsor with our outside agency (non-profit organizations, etc.) which then offsets the cost to bring the speaker to campus,” Dabrowski said. Last year, the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) allotted a total of $130,000 to student organizations for special events, according to the Daily Targum. Dabrowski said that if the organizer is not affiliated with the University, then he or she would have to also contact the Meetings and Events Office directly

Last fall, then President-elect Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos were a few of the people that sparked a conversation on campus. THE DAILY TARGUM / FEBRUARY 2016 in order to begin working out the logistics. RUPD also analyzes current issues surrounding speakers, Fischer said. This might include the level of local reaction, publicly stated opposition to the speaker, publicly stated intentions to disrupt the event or even publicly stated intentions to prevent the event from occurring. Demonstrations and protests are monitored as well, by establishing

contact with the organizers prior to a planned event, he said. “This allows us to let them know up front that we are there to maintain an orderly atmosphere for all involved — demonstrators and counter demonstrators alike,” Fischer said. “Most often this is accomplished in advance by sharing University policies for on-campus protests and facilitating any traffic related issues if the group(s) plan to move from

one location to another during the demonstration.” Some large events involve the surrounding communities as well, not just the Rutgers campus. Communication is key for these situations and RUPD works closely with with local towns to ensure that they are aware of the event and how it might affect them, Fischer said. He said that by working and communicating with organizers, all parties involved can benefit. “Groups who organize planned demonstrations often benefit from this communication as it allows their events to run smoothly — they get their message out while allowing for public welfare to be maintained,” he said. Dabrowski said that the organization and advisors prepare for the event by determining the best type of venue for it, considering whether it is a lecture or panel-style event. She said that in order to do this, a student organization works with their advisor to coordinate with the student centers and Meetings and Events Office, as well as with RUPD. “The safety of our students and members of our community is our top priority,” Dabrowski said. “Each event is reviewed by RUPD independently to determine what security measures are needed when a speaker comes. In some cases, security measures are requested by the organization.”

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Sommers might be able to save feminism


he feminist movement has COMMENTARY grown since its birth, for better and GIANA CASTELLI worse. From its inception at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, feminism has made tremendous strides towards egalitarian respect for women. Today, feminist ideals bleed into every facet of mainstream culture, from international social media campaigns to the prospect of having a first female president. With all this progress, a question still remains: Has modern, third-wave feminism accomplished its goal of gaining autonomy for women and empowering them? Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at a conservative think tank — the American Enterprise Institute — summarizes modern campus feminism as “‘fainting couch feminism’, which views women as fragile and easily traumatized. It calls for special protections for women ... because it views women as an oppressed and silenced class.” There are few credible feminists in academia at the forefront of the modern women’s movement. When it comes to the feminist assault on freedom on college campuses, Sommers is leading the resistance with ironclad facts and gallant politeness. Known for her defense of classic liberal feminism and critique of gender feminism, Sommers has written various pieces on what she views as the “utter madness” on college campuses, including “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men,” which received a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2001. There is copious misinformation about male and female relations in Western society that drastically divides the two sexes, especially on college campuses. The term “feminist” has attracted negative attention from people outside their circle, and rightfully so. Whether feminists like it or not, a vocal chunk of their group has been insistent on making feminism into a “man-hating club” that actively shames young men and dismisses their grievances, originating society’s problems with the male sex instead of taking responsibility for their own actions. Instead of empowering both men and women, they seek to coddle women and victimize men. Women’s equality should not be at the expense of men’s

“There are few credible feminists in academia at the forefront of the modern women’s movement.” prospects. Sommers seeks to return the women’s movement back to its roots through what she calls “equity feminism,” which harkens back to European Enlightenment ideals of basic human rights for all. In particular, she seeks to educate college students about the flaws and failings of third-wave feminism. Sommers acknowledges the differences between men and women and views this as a source of pride for women to embrace. Because women have unique moral experiences, they deserve equal consideration and respect. Modern feminism seeks to create a society where women are superior and men are subservient, completely undermining its original goal. This is the main issue that Sommers wishes to dismantle. Women like Sommers are dedicated to regaining the honor feminism once had, where women were fighting for and addressing treatment in the workplace rather than being concerned with petty and imaginary skirmishes. Once strong on college campuses in the 1960s and 1970s, feminism seems to be collapsing on itself. College feminists must address the fervent reactionaries in their coalition if they are to take back the dignity of the movement. Feminism, at its core, is about equal treatment for both men and women. Men should not be shunned but rather embraced by feminists. By promoting intolerance towards men, they are discrediting themselves and offering no incentive for others to listen to them. Their wrath is not exclusive to men — dissent feminists, which include conservative women and those disillusioned by the modern feminist movement, are banished from the feminist circle and labeled as traitors. The incessant reference to the dictionary definition of feminism no longer applies to third-wave feminists. It has been distorted into matriarchal faction that actively discriminates against the male sex and advocates nothing but malice for them. It is important that Sommers came to speak to the Rutgers community on Dec. 5. The student body likely benefitted from listening and engaging in her lecture, and challenging their own views on feminism, whether positive or negative. Giana Castelli is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in political science.



U. must do more to prevent crime RUPD said trend is declining, but recent incidents reveal otherwise


n May 4 of last year, a man severely beat and campus that are more commonly dangerous — a sexually assaulted a female Rutgers student very good start. These things can undoubtedly serve after dragging her to a less visible area. When to deter crimes and help capture assailants, but more a group of people intervened in the heinous act, the must be done. The Knight Shuttle, a free transporperpetrator began to run, warning them that if they tation service offered to Rutgers students who need chased him, he would shoot them. On Dec. 4, that to travel late at night, is a rarely discussed resource man, Michael P. Knight, admitted to the crime and that, if utilized, has the ability to prevent future latewas convicted of kidnapping and aggravated sexual night attacks and robberies. The administration assault. The original charges additionally included needs to make the student body more aware of this aggravated assault, aggravated sexual contact, mak- service and expand its use, maybe by adding a picking terroristic threats and endangering the injured up site to Easton Avenue, where many of the popular victim. He will spend 22 years in prison. This incident bars are located. The College Avenue campus is subject to crime as sounds like something plucked straight from a horror film, but it happened in an area commonly occu- it seeps in with people from New Brunswick that are pied by students — Seminary Place, a direct offshoot not affiliated with the University. With the number of students competing to live in off-campus housing of College Avenue next to Voorhees Hall. In October of this semester alone, five violent close to College Avenue, many are forced to live quite far away. Precrimes have been sumably, the farther reported to have hapaway from College pened on the College “... there is no reason why the recent Avenue one goes, Avenue campus, incrimes are not possible indications of a the more risky it is cluding an incident to walk around late of criminal sexual reversal of that decline.” at night, which some contact in Mettler students who have Hall, a student who night classes have was approached and physically assaulted by more than eight men on no choice but to do. With that said, the University Bishop Place and a shooting outside of a fraterni- should work to increase the availability of on-camty house on Hamilton Street, where a young man pus housing and offer more incentives for students, was struck by a bullet in the shoulder. Despite the especially upperclassmen, to live in housing providfact that Kenneth B. Cop, chief of the Rutgers Uni- ed by Rutgers. Students will be much safer if they versity Police Department (RUPD), stated back in are not forced to walk deep within off-campus New November that there has been a declining trend in Brunswick late at night. RUPD and the University should by no means minserious crimes as of late, it certainly does not feel that way. Additionally, there is no reason why the imize the significance of the sheer number of violent recent crimes are not possibly indications of a re- crimes reported this semester to a general declining versal of that decline. Regardless of the direction trend. The campus is still not safe, and students deof the crime trend, the fact of the matter is that stu- serve to walk around the town that they call home dents often do not feel safe here in New Brunswick, without fear of being attacked or robbed. More must continually be done to find out what the root cause of and rightfully so. The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) all of this crime is and what can be done to prevent it has pushed for increased lighting and more securi- in the future, as well as to educate students on how ty cameras around the areas of the College Avenue to better protect themselves. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 149th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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People should spread holiday spirit by being kind to others SIP ON YOUR CHAI NEEHARIKA THURAVIL


ith the holidays around the corner, as college students it is easy to be swept away by the promise of almost four weeks of doing close to nothing, eating more food than one can imagine and getting to see family and friends that you may not have seen in a long time. But it is also easy to forget those who may not be able to have any of these privileges. It is also easy to forget those who are struggling not only to find something they are thankful for, but struggling to get by as well. We could write extensively about the history of the commercialization and the capitalistic roots of the holidays as we know them today. But instead what we should do, is use that history to try and change what we know as the conventional holiday season to make it a little more communal and inclusive, and bring it somewhat closer to the spirit of Christmas that we have been taught in school. There are some ways you can improve the lives around you, not just for these holidays, but all year round, so you can show gratitude in the most impactful way possible. Make room for one (or a few) more at the table. If you are hosting a Christmas dinner, squeeze in an extra plate onto your table and invite someone that does not have a plate of

their own. It gives them something to celebrate this holiday along with you, and provides them with a community on a day that is meant to foster togetherness. Even within the frugality of college holiday events and arrangements, it is possible to fit at least one more person into your plans. This is an incredible way to get to know someone, because nothing is better during the holidays than the feeling of belonging to a group, and what better way to feel that than around the dinner table?

people in New Jersey alone are unsure of whether they are going to be able to obtain their next meal or not, and this number does not exclude college students. There is always going to be someone who will be thankful to receive your donation and need it to survive. Invite someone over for the break. Homelessness is yet another problem faced by much of the country, and some students at Rutgers are not immune to it. For these students, their only home is their

“So many of our fellow humans suffer from food insecurity — more than 1.1 million people in New Jersey alone are unsure of whether they are going to be able to obtain their next meal or not, and this number does not exclude college students.”

Donate to a food pantry. For a holiday so centered around food and its abundance, those who do not have secure access to it fall to the side. While going shopping for ingredients, keep those who face food insecurity in mind and pick up a few nonperishables to donate to your local food pantry. So many of our fellow humans suffer from food insecurity — more than 1.1 million

place of residence on campus paid for by their loans. Extra housing over break may not be an option for them. For others, money to spend on transportation to go home is out of the question. If this is the case, why not invite them home for the winter break, especially if you know them well and you live nearby? It is an exceptional opportunity to get close to a friend you have known for

a while and give them a temporary family, while they are separated from their own by circumstances that may be out of their control. Plus, it is always fun to have another person over to eat with and complain to. Give someone a ride. If you are going back home for break outside of New Jersey and are driving, offering someone a seat in your car is one of the simplest, most effortless ways to give back. Transportation is expensive, and between flights and train tickets, the costs can add up. If, for a short break, any other form of transportation back home is not viable for someone and his or her destination is near or on the way to yours, gas and snack money can be split, and when it comes down to it, having a car full of new friends to drive home embodies the spirit of the holidays — helping others while helping yourself. There are several other ways that you can help out this season, some more creative than others. Your impact on these holidays does not have to be extravagant — like donating a lump sum of money to a charity. These little things add up. As members of a society, it is our duty to look out for one another and help each other, and along the way, we will be giving others the gift of having something or someone to be grateful for this year. Neeharika Thuravil is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in computer science and astrophysics. Her column, “Sip on Your Chai,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.

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Indulge in creamy, vegan pasta dish inspired by summer Abigail Lyon correspondent

As the chilly days of December are quickly approaching, sometimes you just want a zesty, vegan taste of summer. While cooking a vegan dinner may be intimidating to some, it actually only takes 20 minutes to create an amazing, veggie-infused dish. Veganism is not the scary prison of small berries, celery sticks and empty stomachs that people try to make it out to be. Plant-based dishes can be complex, savory, sweet and overall delicious. They can also be just as simple to make as they are satisfying to eat. So, gather a few simple ingredients and combine them to make a nice, creamy avocado pasta. Why? Because everyone loves a good avocado as part of their meal, vegan or not. You can achieve all the creaminess you could ever want in a pasta dish with a creamy avocado sauce, sans butter, sans milk, with an abundance of healthy deliciousness.


12 ounces of your favorite spaghetti 2 ripe avocados, halved and peeled

½ cup of fresh basil leaves 2 cloves of garlic 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice Salt and pepper, to taste 1/3 cup of olive oil (that’s EVOO, if you’re Rachael Ray) 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes ½ cup of canned corn kennels, drained, rinsed

mixer or a sharp knife and some patience, followed by a spoon to mix. Next, season the sauce with your perfect amount of salt and pepper, and add in the olive oil delicately in a slow cascade until it is completely emulsified. You’re almost done. All that’s left is to combine the pasta,

avocado sauce, tomatoes and corn, then serve and enjoy. Maybe even garnish it with a dash of cashew-based Parmesan. So why not tr y it out? Ever yone loves a creamy pasta dish. According to recent Instagram posts, even supermodels like Emily Ratajkowski can be

champions of a nice, starchy plate. Vegans, rejoice — this is something you can enjoy. Non-vegans can also come and grab a good bite. It’s likely you won’t even realize it’s free of animal products. Plus, the dish is a simple way to make pasta night yours.


Once you have all of the ingredients, most of which you probably already do have, you can get started on your simple and quick 20-minute masterpiece. First, you want to cook the spaghetti as you normally would. Boil salted water and add the pasta, following the directions on the box. If you’re Gordon Ramsay’s protégé, you’ll add some olive oil to the boiling mix to keep the spaghetti from clumping together. Once the pasta is completely cooked, drain it out with your resident colander. Now, you’re going to want to work on the creamy and delicious standout star — the sauce. Combine the avocados, basil, garlic and lemon juice into a food processor. If you don’t have one of those, just use a blender, hand

While pasta itself is vegan, most creamy tomato sauces and pestos include dairy. Because of its fatty, soft texture, avocado is a delicious alternative to dairy-based sauce. FLICKR

Prevent illness during finals with healthy foods, lifestyle choices Morgan Rue contributing writer

While December is a month associated with the holidays, cold and flu season is also in full swing. Now that we have all come back from Thanksgiving break, it’s time to prepare for final exams, and once that time hits, a lot of us

forget that self care is essential to staying happy and healthy. Things like eating right, hitting the gym and getting a good night’s sleep will go a long way this time of the year. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, have no fear: Healthy routines can be tweaked to fit every type of lifestyle. It might not seem like something to prioritize

now, but eating right and sleeping enough will make all the difference when working on projects and studying for exams. Here are some tips for all of us who want to stay in tip-top shape this winter.

Stay hydrated

Some people may think “duh” when they read this one, but

many do not know how much water they actually need. The more water that you drink, the easier it is for your body to stay healthy. Try to avoid other beverages like coffee, soda and sugary sports drinks that only further dehydrate you.

Eat your greens

Eating a balanced diet is an ideal way to help your immune system fight back against infections, as it gives your body energy and helps protect against illnesses. Make your plate colorful with foods of different textures and tastes with essential vitamins and nutrients. A proper diet will not only speed up the healing process, but it will also strengthen your immune system and be a preemptive strike against colds and flus.

Hit the Gym

Get yourself to the gym! Do some cardio and sweat a bit. Getting into a routine at the gym not only is good for your physical health, but also benefits your mental health, as well.

Get enough sleep

Skip the all-nighter and opt for getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. If you’re already sick, sleeping more will give your body time to rejuvenate and recover. Your brain also naturally functions better when you’re well-rested. You’re more likely to retain more information and score better on your exams after studying during

the day rather than staying up all night to cram.

Vitamin C

You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s true. Make sure you are getting enough vitamin C, which is the ultimate boost for your immune system. Whether it’s from a glass of good ol’ orange juice, from fruits and vegetables or through supplements, this is an essential and delicious vitamin.

Stay Happy

This one may sound a little far-fetched amid finals week, but the state of your mental health can affect your physical health as well. If you are starting to feel overwhelmed or stressed, give yourself a break to do things that make you happy. Hang with your friends, have some alone time — do anything that you truly enjoy. A stressed mind will only further stress your body. Staying healthy isn’t always the easiest task as a busy college student. You could be the healthiest person on the planet and take every precaution and still end up getting sick. If you are feeling severely under the weather, go to one of the health centers on campus. If you want to avoid a storm before it hits, incorporate some of these lifestyle choices into your daily routine. With the holidays and final exams coming up, it is very easy to forget about yourself. In order to see the best results post-finals week, keep yourself healthy and happy.


December 6, 2017

Mark Tatulli Horoscopes


Page 9 Eugenia Last

Happy Birthday: Keep track of your spending this year. A mistake in calculations could leave you falling short. Stay focused on the best way to handle situations stemming from the past. Do your best to clean your slate of the buildup that accumulated due to too many burdens and poor choices. Much can be accomplished if you configure a plan and stick to it. Your numbers are 6, 14, 25, 28, 33, 42, 49.

Over The Hedge

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Non Sequitur


ARIES (March 21-April 19): An important relationship will suffer if you get into an emotional spat. Turn a blind eye to the flaws you see in someone and reflect more on your own. Personal awareness and growth will bring you better results. 2 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stay focused on doing a better job of making changes to the way you handle your responsibilities. Short trips will lead to new ideas and possibilities. A business or personal partnership will help improve your current situation. 2 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Make positive changes at home or to the way you live. Taking charge of your investments and life goals will help you make wiser choices with regard to how you earn, handle and spend your money. Don’t be fooled by getrich-quick schemes. 4 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A business trip or event will offer you new information that could help you reinvent how you use your skills and qualifications. The people you encounter will spark your imagination. Don’t take risks that can lead to injury. 5 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Self-improvement is featured along with relationships. If you make a unique offer, you will pique someone’s interest, but before doing so, make sure you can produce what you promise. A faulty plan will make you appear unreliable. 4 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put your time and energy into handling your financial affairs, boosting your income and working toward advancement. Update your resume and check the online job market, or try applying your skills and qualifications more diversely. 3 stars

Pearls Before Swine

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s best to be secretive until you know exactly where you stand. Whether dealing with friends, colleagues or the powers that be, listen carefully and formulate exactly what you want and need to move forward. Personal gains look promising. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Refuse to let anyone answer for you or take over your responsibilities. Make your own decisions, be innovative in the way you handle others, and stay secretive about your future plans. Preparation will be the key to success. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Take action and do your best to resolve issues or concerns you have. Helping others physically will bring about change and turn you into a lifesaver. The rewards will be greater than anticipated. Personal improvements are encouraged. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Pressure will build and conversations will turn into arguments if you aren’t careful in choosing the right words to express your feelings. Listen carefully and be prepared to back away from a no-win situation. Secrets are best kept for now. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Emotional spending will lead to added stress. Refuse to let your anger prevail. Use your intelligence, and allow your ability to make a difference rise to the surface. If you love what you do, you will do a good job. Romance is highlighted. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A situation is likely to become explosive if you have overspent or signed a document that binds you to a commitment you can’t fulfill. Tread carefully when dealing with situations that can be costly financially, emotionally and physically. 5 stars

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Pagano holds own fate in fierce weight class battle Robert Sanchez Correspondent

Coming into the season, the Rutgers wrestling team had five ranked wrestlers — sophomore 125-pounder Nick Suriano, fifthyear senior 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio, fifth-year senior 157-pounder Richie Lewis, redshirt junior 174-pounder Jordan Pagano and fifth-year senior 184-pounder Nick Gravina. While many of them — as well as other unranked Scarlet Knights — have met or exceeded expectations, some have gotten off to rocky starts including then-No. 14 Pagano. Pagano, a South Brunswick, New Jersey native who transferred from Penn State after his first year, headed into this season ready to build off his 27-12 season last year and help elevate Rutgers as a top-tier wrestling program. “Personally I feel really good, better than I felt coming in last year,” Pagano said. “Just mentally and physically, I feel a lot stronger than I did last year.” Unfortunately for him and the No. 16 Knights (3-1, 1-0), Pagano’s 2017-18 campaign has not started off the way they would have wanted. At 2-4 overall so far, Pagano has already lost more dual matches (3) this season than he had in his first two years at Rutgers combined (1), leading to him losing his preseason ranking as well. Most recently, Pagano managed to escape with a 4-2 sudden victory overtime win in his match against Lock Haven in which he moved up a weight class (184). The victory marked Pagano’s first dual win of the season.

Junior 174-pounder Jordan Pagano has started off his 2017 season with a rough 2-4 record and is in danger of falling behind Joseph Grello in the lineup. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR / NOVEMBER 2017 Two weeks before, at the Black Knight Invitational, Pagano and fellow 174-pounder teammate Joe Grello met each other in the 174 final. In a last minute

4-3 decision, Grello, a redshirt freshman, took home the title over Pagano. Grello, who is still undefeated at 5-0 on the year after missing

some time earlier in the season due to injury, has begun to press head coach Scott Goodale’s hand — a testament to the depth of the team, as noted by Pagano.

“I think as a team coming in, we look a lot better than we looked last year,” Pagano said. “I think we’ve got talent throughout the whole lineup and I think we’re going to do really well this year.” Pagano — who was once the clear starter entering the season — now needs to grapple with this newfound competition, which will hopefully motivate him and help bring him back to where he needs to be. If not, he could be left behind. In the meantime, Grello — who was once Pagano’s classmate back at Bergen Catholic High School — continues to excel as he enjoys his success this season, while doing his best to muddy the waters for Goodale. Nonetheless, both Pagano and the Knights know he is better than what his record might say right now. But no matter who is wrestling at 174 for Rutgers, the goal remains the same — to win. “We want to be considered a national powerhouse,” Pagano said. But to do that, Pagano should heed his own advice from earlier in the season. “I think (the No. 12 ranking) helps keep us grounded and we know that if we don’t work hard and we don’t prepare, we’re going to finish lower than 12,” he said. “But if we keep pushing and keep training like we did all summer, like the way we did all preseason and the way we’re doing now, we know we can break into that top 5.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

GAME Sanders, Freeman, Williams combine to shoot less than 22 percent from field continued from back against Michigan State, he makes the 63 power-five schools that didn’t give him an offer look bad. The veterans need to play better in big games The “veterans” consist of Sanders, senior guard Mike Williams and senior forward Deshawn Freeman. It was the worst offensive output of the season for that group and the three leaders of the team were holding it back at times. They combined for 27 points on an atrocious 7-of-32 shooting mark. You can’t knock the effort of the two captains, Williams and Freeman, but the shot-making simply wasn’t there for most of the night. Steve Pikiell had the RAC jumping and the students were awesome Exactly a week after a tremendous atmosphere led to a near-upset against Florida State, the Scarlet Knight faithful were back at it again. While there were still 2,000 empty seats — the announced attendance being 6,020 — the student section was filled up completely and definitely made an impact on the game. This team clearly plays its best basketball when the crowd is behind it, and

with atmospheres like Tuesday night’s, it is only a matter of time before Rutgers pulls a big-time upset at home. A decent offense will go a long way for the Knights To be a successful Big Ten team, Rutgers does not need to be an offensive juggernaut and put up more than 85 points a game. Its defense is good enough that the team just needs an average offense to be very good overall. When the Knights shoot 25.8 percent from the field like they did against the Spartans, they will likely not win very many games. Granted, Michigan State is one of the best defensive teams in the country, but Rutgers has been bad on offense all season and that is something that needs to change going forward. While Baker and sophomore forward Eugene Omoruyi have shown tremendous flashes early on, the Knights should not be leaning on them to be the top scorers. There needs to be a more balanced effort on that side of the ball. For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow @GriffinWhitmer and @TargumSports on Twitter.

Sophomore forward Eugene Omoruyi squares up to shoot during a second half fastbreak, trying to catch up with No. 3 Michigan State Tuesday night. JEFFREY GOMEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / OCTOBER 2017

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bout Rutgers, No. 3 Michigan State were tied at halftime before Spartans pulled away by star forward Miles Bridges. Without Bryn Forbes to knock one steal. After starting the sea- down 11 3-pointers against the son struggling from mid-range Knights like last year, it was up and beyond the arc, the Derry, to Bridges to fill the void for the New Hampshire native hasn’t Spartans. Though he cooled off shied away from strong competi- in the second half, the sophomore led his side with 21 points on a tion in the slightest. “My teammates kept telling 7-of-17 clip. Bridges’ strong night from the me to keep shooting ... once I saw (the looks) were open, I was gon- field bailed Michigan State out of na take them,” Baker said after poor possessions, often capping off sloppy play. Though Rutgers has the game. The freshman shared point du- made a pattern out of sloppy play ties with junior guard Corey Sand- against good teams so far this season, the Sparers for much of tans outpaced the night, as “My teammates kept the Knights part of a relaTuesday night in tively undertelling me to keep turnovers, 15-10. sized lineup shooting ... once I saw As for Rutversus Michigers players, gan State. (the looks) were open, I there wasn’t Even fieldwas gonna take them.” too much to ing a small love outside five, the of Baker’s Knights still geo baker and sophmanaged to Freshman Guard omore forstay somewhat ward Eugene even with the Spartans on the boards, a com- Omoruyi’s performances — who mon theme for Rutgers so far racked up 11 points of his own. True freshman forward Mamathis season. The Knights outpaced Michi- dou Doucoure got himself in foul gan State on offensive rebounds, trouble early and saw limited 20-14, though they notoriously minutes on the court, while Sandhad a tough time converting ers failed to get much going scorput-backs, coming up emp- ing-wise, shooting at a measly 13 ty-handed after three offensive percent mark. It was also an uncharacterisboards at one point. Fortunately for Rutgers, the Spartans were tically off night for the captain, just as wasteful with their sec- fifth-year senior forward Deshawn ond-chance points, being out- Freeman, whose 3-of-10 clip inscored 14-12 in that department. volved countless drives to the Instead, Michigan State’s hoop that ended up thwarted by game was almost entirely written Jaren Jackson Jr., who recorded continued from back



olden State Warriors’ AllStar point guard Steph Curry is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle he suffered on Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. Curry is no stranger to ankle injuries as he has dealt with similar injuries many times before in his career. “It was a dumb play because I tried to go for a steal,” Curry said after the Warriors’ 125-115 victory over the Pelicans. "And then obviously it was just a bangbang (play).” Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks but will be out against his hometown team the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.


aking over for recently depar ted Jimbo Fisher who will now be the head coach for Texas A&M, Willie Taggar t and Florida State have agreed to a sixyear/$30M deal for the head coaching job at FSU. Taggar t spent last season with Oregon and finished 7-5 in his only season with the Ducks. “We thank Willie for his efforts at Oregon, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future,” said Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens in a statement.


fter suffering a gruesome looking injur y on Monday night against

the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier will stay overnight at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for the second straight night. On the play, the top of Shazier’s helmet rammed into the side of Bengals receiver Josh Malone, crushing his neck inward. Shazier immediately reached for his back on the ground and summoned over the medical staff. He left the game strapped to a board. Nonetheless, sources are encouraged that Shazier will be out of the hospital sooner rather than later. Shazier tweeted on Monday: “Thank you for the prayers. Your support is uplifting to me and my family. #SHALIEVE”


CLA basketball head coach Steve Alford was “surprised” when he found out LiAngelo Ball withdrew from the program and the university. “I don’t think it’s angry. I think it was more, maybe, surprised,” Alford said when asked for his reaction to the news. “If you’re looking for one word, maybe it’s surprised because it’s nothing that we saw coming.” Ball was one of three players arrested for shoplifting in China when UCLA traveled there for a game back in November. The incident became an international story and even drew comments from President Trump.

eight blocks Tuesday night for Michigan State. It was the freshman and the sophomore in Baker and Omoruyi, respectively, who came to play against the Spartans Tuesday night, whereas the upperclassmen were almost nowhere to be found, at least offensively. Though strong individual performances were enough in the Knights’ first few games this year, those are not going to beat a team like Michigan State, or even Florida State for that matter.

Against a team like the Spartans, even just missing out on beating them is a tall task in and of itself. For a side like Rutgers — a team that could not even win a game in the Big Ten two years ago — almost defeating the third best team in the country is a hook to hang its hat on. “We’ve learned a lot in these last couple of games ... we’ll continue to grow,” said the Knights’ head coach Steve Pikiell. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, a Naismith Hall of

Fame inductee, couldn’t have had higher praise for Pikiell. He noted that Pikiell is doing a “hell of a job,” and consistently turned to the effort of Rutgers as to why his team struggled. “I just love the way his kids play,” Izzo said. “I think he’s doing a good job. It’s going to be a good Big Ten team in the near future.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.

Fifth-year senior forward Deshawn Freeman attempts to get a shot off inside the paint against No. 3 Michigan State, but is met by a swarm of Spartans. JEFFREY GOMEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

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“We’ve learned a lot in these last couple of games ... we’ll continue to grow.” — Men’s basketball head coach Steve Pikiell

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Rutgers loses close bout vs Michigan State Jon Spilletti Sports Editor

In no world did anybody expect No. 3 Michigan State and the Rutgers men’s basketball team to be locked at half. There was only one conceivable way the Scarlet Knights would keep Tuesday night’s game competitive, and that was by the Spartans not showing up. Michigan State may not have played its best, but it was far from completely forgetting its game in East Lansing, yet Rutgers still more than held its own. In a game that was decided well into the second half, the Knights (6-3, 0-2) failed to come away with a victory against the Spartans (8-1, 2-0), 62-52, Tuesday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC). It would have been one thing for Rutgers to stop its game at halftime as well. But the Knights, led by the efficiency of true freshman guard Geo Baker, were trading leads with Michigan State midway through the second half, a feat not many teams, let alone Big Ten teams, will be able to say they’ve done at the end of the season. Baker turned in another stellar night from the field, leading Rutgers with 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting while adding two assists and Head coach Steve Pikiell looks on as his team fights hard against No. 3 Michigan State. Rutgers led the Spartans midway through the second half, but couldn’t maintain its lead, losing 62-52. JEFFREY GOMEZ / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

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Baker, Omoruyi keep RU alive in tight game Griffin Whitmer Associate Sports Editor

There will likely not be a tougher task at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) than No. 3 Michigan State was on Tuesday night, and while the Rutgers men’s basketball team put forth a gritty effort against the Spartans, the Scarlet Knights’ upset bid fell short as they lost by a score of 62-52. Michigan State (8-1, 2-0) was led by its star player in sophomore forward Miles Bridges, who had 21 points. Although Rutgers (63, 0-2) was able to stick around for much of the game, every time the Knights got close, Bridges seemed to make a big shot to keep his team ahead. Geo Baker is the present and the future The true freshman stepped up on the big stage after a poor performance last week against Florida State. With junior guard Corey Sanders ineffective shooting the ball, Baker stepped up as an offensive catalyst and single-handedly kept Rutgers in the game during the second half. He showed a tremendous ability to create space with his length and was clinical from mid-range. Baker has been inconsistent this season, but when he plays like he did True freshman guard Geo Baker drives down the lane against Cassius Winston. Baker finished with 11 points, four rebounds and two assists for the Knights. jeffrey gomez / associate PHOTO EDITOR NHL SCORES

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fifth-year senior guard on the women’s basketball team, scored 22 points against Virginia on Monday night, for her fifth 20-plus point game of the season. Scaife moved into fourth place on the Rutgers all-time scoring list.

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