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Author shares trends in international courts By Sabrina Restivo Contributing Writer

In the case of “Hadijatou Mani Koraou v. The Republic of Niger,” an international court heard the horrors suffered by 12-year-old Hadijatou Mani, who was sold as a slave for $400. The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States held that the Republic of Niger failed to enforce the prohibition of slavery under international law, said Karen J. Alter, a professor of political science and law at Northwestern University The Center for European Studies and the Department of Political Science at Rutgers invited Alter to speak yesterday at Hickman Hall on Douglass Campus, where she discussed how international courts played increasingly significant roles on the worldwide political arena. Alter provided insight into her book, “The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights,” released this year, as an introduction to international courts’ shifting power dynamics and their impact on global issues. Alter said five international courts existed in 1980 while at least 24 international courts existed in 2006. Her presentation stressed the binding rulings and growing number of European courts that have operated since 1958, but noted the initial lack of cases, which undermined the courts. “Being active does not mean to be effective, but simply to not waste lawyers’ time when they bring cases to courts,” she said. Alter detailed how the international courts are active in determining rules, rights and duties that affect domestic politics while diminishing governments’ control. “The international courts’ contributions are to name violation and

specify remedies for each case,” she said. She also explained the opposing traits of old and new style international courts. The old courts were characterized by optional jurisdiction in which only states can initiate litigation, still under the government’s control. On the contrary, the new courts follow a compulsory jurisdiction policy in which government cannot block litigations. Alter observed the courts’ influence on both domestic and international politics. She argued that the courts have the power to create a political system. She said courts regulate standards of behavior within a non-compliance system — the power of the courts does not derive from the governments, judges, administrators or the military, but from the support of outside actors such as citizens. Alter’s desire to explore international law prompted her to write the book, starting with a theoreatical explanation and moving on from there. “The book was initially rejected by the European press, triggering a negative reaction from lawyers. Now, it is considered the status quo of international law,” she said. Antonia Schreiber, a Rutgers University graduate student, shared her reactions following Alter’s presentation. “My major is political science, but I have always been interested in international criminal law. I knew Karen Alter because I have read some of her articles,” Schreiber said. Douglas Jones, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said the presentation was informative and a satisfactory introduction to international law. “The lecture started from the general spectrum of international law, delving into the courts’ purpose and functions,” Jones said. “Despite the complexity of the subject matter, her presentation was accessible.”

New Brunswick Police Department revoked Rutgers University Police Department’s ability to enforce traffic off campus. FILE PHOTO / DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FEBRUARY 2014

U., city face lawsuit for not disclosing police jurisdiction By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor

For the failure of disclosing maps of off-campus areas over which the New Brunswick and Rutgers police departments have jurisdiction, Charlie Kratovil, the editor-in-chief of New Brunswick Today, filed a lawsuit against Rutgers University and the city of New Brunswick. Kratovil filed the suit with the Middlesex County Superior Court in hopes of clarifying changes made to RUPD jurisdiction since 2010, according to the official complaint. The New Brunswick Police Department revoked RUPD’s ability to police traffic off-campus and granted them “Title 39” authority, or the power to issue parking tickets, according to a Dec. 20 article in New Brunswick Today. “Even though technically it only affects traffic enforcement, the Rutgers police will probably stick to areas where [they’re] allowed to pull

people over,” said Kratovil, a New Brunswick resident. He said the change would also strongly affect DUI arrests, since RUPD could no longer pursue drunk drivers in off-campus areas. Russell Marchetta, spokesperson for the city, said he could not comment by press time due to lack of information about the suit. Capt. JT Miller of the New Brunswick Police Department could not be reached by press time. Greg Trevor, senior director of Media Relations, said Rutgers does not comment on pending litigations. Kratovil said he heard from an anonymous source that NBPD had a map of where exactly RUPD is allowed to patrol, but Rutgers never responded to requests and New Brunswick refused to release the information, which it deemed confidential. He said based on information from his sources, the new rules would probably allow RUPD to patrol one to two blocks from the main

campus, where University buildings are mixed with businesses. But the limits would not include Easton Avenue, north of Stone Street or west of Easton Avenue. The lawsuit requested information about RUPD jurisdiction since 2010, so the public can see how the police ser vices have changed over time. Walter Luers, attorney for the case, said the map did not contain sensitive information. “There’s really nothing special about the division of jurisdiction within the city,” he said. “Most of the time, you already know because you know where the town ends.” Criminals do not plan where they commit crimes depending on the police in charge of that area, he said. In the last city council meeting, Miller said the police are continually changing the map of jurisdiction for RUPD depending on construction and the location of buildings. See LAWSUIT on Page 5

Film shows pink ribbon culture Erin Walsh Staff Writer

Karen J. Alter, professor at Northwestern Univerisity, talks about the increasing role of international law courts at Hickman Hall on Douglass campus. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

Consumers have made merchandise bearing a pink ribbon, a symbol for breast cancer, into a multimillion-dollar industry. The author of “Pink Ribbons, Inc., Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy” wants consumers to think about what the money spent on these products is actually doing to prevent breast cancer. “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” is a documentary based on the book “Pink Ribbons, Inc., Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy” by Samantha King. She argues that the “pink ribbons culture” conceals the severity of breast cancer and stunts the prevention of this disease with an overly optimistic approach to creating awareness.

At the Douglass Campus Center yesterday, King referred to this phenomenon as the “tyranny of cheerfulness.” She believes enthusiasm for breast cancer awareness and for corporations who sell pink ribbon products takes away from support of breast cancer prevention and awareness. In the film, writer and breast cancer survivor Barbara Ehrenreich said pink ribbon culture is an inappropriate way to spread awareness of the disease. “I resent the effort to make it pretty, feminine and normal,” she said. “It’s not normal — it’s horrible and needs to be stopped.” The original breast cancer ribbon, created by Charlotte Haley, was a simple salmon-colored ribbon she made by hand.

Haley created the ribbon as a grassroots movement to protest lack of funding for breast cancer research. At the time, only 5 percent of money raised toward breast cancer was used for cancer prevention research. When Self Magazine asked Haley if they could feature the ribbon to show support for women diagnosed with cancer, Haley declined the offer because the magazine would commercialize the cause. Haley’s decline meant nothing to Self Magazine, who could legally use the ribbon if they changed its color. Their pink ribbon is the face of breast cancer awareness on many products, from cosmetics and office supplies to food, which is popular in today’s consumer culture. See CULTURE on Page 5

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Author offers new insight on Islamic traditions in book By Jessica Herring Staff Writer

John Willis, author of “Unmaking North and South: Cartographies of the Yemeni Past,” lived in Yemen and Egypt and traveled to India and the Persian Gulf while conducting research for his upcoming book. Toby C. Jones, director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, invited Willis to speak yesterday at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. “I have admired Jones’ work for a while,” Willis said. “It is a good situation in which I can present some of my newer work.” His upcoming book is about the interwar period in the greater Islamic world, he said. It approaches the idea of using the ethical vision of Islam to create an alternative to the European state and empire system containing the holy city of Mecca. “The book can teach students there are other ways of imagining political communities that do not correspond to our notion of the democratic state to liberal political freedoms to forms of secularism that liberalism is grounded in history and not universal,” Willis said.

One challenge Willis faced was deciding what sources to use to create a coherent framework for understanding that the issue of Mecca does not only concern Arabs, but also the entire international community. Willis’ inspiration for the book came after former President George W. Bush characterized Al-Qaeda as wanting to form a caliphate after the Sept. 11 attacks. “This is a form of Islamic political authority — which they did not want to do — but it made me wonder why there is a general fear of this idea,” said Willis. He said while in Yemen he found inter faith understanding when dealing with historic scholars. Willis said he became interested in the field of Middle Eastern studies because he started college in Kentucky during the first Gulf War and felt he did not know enough about the Middle East. He began teaching himself Arabic and read extensively about the area. Anasuya Ray, a graduate student, said she felt Willis presented an interesting view of Islam. “He described Islam through a new lens,” she said. “His talk was really good and informative.”

John Willis, author of ‘Unmaking North and South: Cartographies of the Yemeni Past’, speaks at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. His book revolves around the interwar period in the greater Islamic world. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The mission of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies is to organize events around Middle Eastern ar t and culture

and to bring in speakers so students can learn more information outside the classroom, Jones said.

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Experts share opinions on climate change, erosion By Carley Ens Contributing Writer

Concerns about climate change are increasing with the rising sea level, while erosion is becoming a serious problem on N.J. shores. Director and producer Ben Kalina screened his climate change documentary “Shored Up” at the Cook Campus Center yesterday with a panel of experts in marine sciences and climatology. The Rutgers Climate Institute and Cook Campus Dean Barbara Turpin, among five others, coordinated to sponsor the event. “Shored Up” discussed the impacts and risks of sea-level change on coastal communities from New Jersey to North Carolina. Marjorie Kaplan, associate director of Rutgers Climate Institute, said the organization aims to educate and inform society about the causes and consequences of climate change. According to the film, about six inches of N.J. shoreline are lost every year to erosion. If sea levels continue to rise, changes could happen around the planet. “Thinking about ways in which we can address or adapt to sea-level rise in our own backyard is a dialogue that we thought would be important to the Rutgers community,” Kaplan said. Scientists claim the changes in sea level and climate are highly correlated, according to the film. The 1990s saw temperature increases not seen in at least 1,500 years. As ice sheets melt, water enters the ocean, causing the sea level to rise. This also interrupts the gravitational attraction of water to ice sheets. Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Soci-

ety, said the “danger zone” caused by rising sea levels is bound to get larger and more intense over time. According to the film, the Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey predicted a 39-inch sea-level rise in North Carolina by 2100, which could have serious economic consequences. Humanity is in constant conflict between their desire to control nature and their inability to control it, Dillingham said. “In the aftermath of Sandy, we are seeing some of those same tensions unresolved,” he said. “The debate about whether or not we should acknowledge climate change continues.” Norbert Psuty, professor emeritus of Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, said throwing sand on the beaches would do nothing to change the amount of flooding. Sea-level rise is drowning the coast and eroding the land, he said. But society could use funds to change the exposure of water to the land and reduce the costs. “We must discuss it, debate it and act on it,” he said. Both the guest speakers and those speaking in the film agreed one of the biggest issues faced with global warming and its consequences is getting public recognition and support of preventative actions. Benjamin Horton, professor at the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, hopes the film brings the public into the debate and makes them see the importance of taking action. He had debated with the NC20, a collaborative of North Carolina coastal counties, and said

none of its members have studied sea-level rise. “I have spent 50 years of my career studying it, so I think I know more than them, but that doesn’t seem to matter,” he said. The film mentioned many people are reluctant to fight climate change because of the subsequent tax hike. According to the film, for some the priority is to preserve the money they have at the expense of the majority of the population. Jeffrey Gebert, chief of Coast-

al Planning Section in Philadelphia, Pa., said cost sharing was the key issue. “There is a night and day difference between which areas are protected and which areas are not. It’s a political decision,” Gebert said. “The most important question is, ‘Who should pay for what?’” Psuty said society must identify which places are most vulnerable to nature in order to prevent an endless cycle of building, rebuilding and replenishing as a result of storms.

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CULTURE Kentucky Fried Chicken, Yoplait, Fuze use pink ribbon symbol to attracts consumers continued from front

King has found that big corporations have commercialized the pink ribbon, claiming their products would promote research for a cure. Ravida Din, the producer of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” said in her research for this film she witnessed corporations’ exploitation of people, using the pink ribbon as a way to make money. “There is so much emphasis that as citizens, you do good by raising money. … What shocked me the most was the competition between all the entities who say they want to find the cure, when they are all competing with one another for our dollars,” she said. “Everyone wants to own a cause.” According to the film, fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken,

yogurt company Yoplait and beverage manufacturer Fuze are some of the big corporations using the symbol of the pink ribbon to gain more consumers. The documentary featured clips of advertisements from these companies and showed their presence at breast cancer awareness events, where hundreds and thousands of runners and walkers participated. Numerous organizations and such as the Susan G. Komen foundation, Avon Foundation, Revlon and Estee Lauder host these events to emphasize their goal of finding a cure. These fundraisers raise millions of dollars in their efforts, and when participants were asked why they participated in the events, many responded they hoped their involvement would lead to a cure.

LAWSUIT Changes in patrol areas affect safety of students in off-campus locations continued from front

Kratovil said he did not understand how the process could take so long, since Rutgers had not recently changed the location of construction. He has heard rumors the changes were happening for an unspecified inappropriate reason. The changes may already be affecting crime in the city, he said. Two students have been assaulted in the past month, and a former Rutgers student was murdered this month. “There’s a lot of pressure to explain the public safety plan,” he said. Kratovil said RUPD might have prevented the assaults, a cell phone robber y on Hamilton Street and a sexual assault on Townsend Street, if they were allowed to patrol where students live. Since NBPD altered the jurisdiction during winter break,

RUPD spent most of winter break patrolling around an empty campus, he said. The questions about RUPD connect to wider concerns about accountability in the city police force. After NBPD’s internal affairs division received criticism for mishandling complaints, Mayor Jim Cahill established a separate court for reports of bad conduct, Kratovil said. “The culture in the department is fatally flawed,” Kratovil said. “They’re all cowboy cops. They don’t tell you anything. They don’t want to help if there’s a problem.” He said RUPD has a better reputation among students, and it should communicate better to help NBPD in neighborhoods that contain mostly students. In 2011, two Rutgers students filed suit against NBPD for badly beating them during a raid in their building that uncovered no crime, according to

Samantha King, left, author of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” engages in conversation with Ravid Din, right, producer of documentary “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” DAPHNE ALVA “Pink Ribbons [Inc.] is perfectly fitting to our idea in generating dialogue with different communities around issues in global health,” she said.

The point of “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” is not to discourage people to participate in these runs but to be more critical of how their involvement is making a difference.

Joanna Regulska, vice president of International and Global Affairs at the Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs, said this dialogue relates to wider issues about cancer research.

In Piscataway, RUPD is allowed to patrol in ever y area, he said. Michael Martinez, a member of the Rutgers University Student Assembly’s public safety committee, agreed RUPD was a helpful resource. “Ever yone should be looking toward a safer campus, so you don’t have to worr y about getting mugged when you walk down the street,” said Martinez, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences first-year student. RUPD also provides free patrolling for the city, Luers said, since their funding comes from the University budget. He said the real reason the city would not release the documents is they are embarrassed that they could not take advantage of free extra officers. Martinez said RUSA would begin discussing a school-wide safety campaign this week. Since the majority of crimes happen off-campus, he is concerned about the ability of RUPD to protect students in those areas. “There’s still a lot of questions about why Rutgers lost their jurisdiction,” he said.

Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today filed a lawsuit against Rutgers and New Brunswick. MICHELLE KLEJMONT / PHOTO EDITOR

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President of Uganda signs harsh anti-gay bill ENTEBBE, Uganda — Uganda’s president on Monday signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda’s beleaguered gay community fur ther underground as the police tr y to implement it amid fevered anti-gay sentiment across the countr y. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said the bill, which goes into ef fect immediately, was needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa.

Museveni may have defied Western pressure to shelve the bill, four years and many versions after it was introduced, but his move — likely to galvanize suppor t ahead of presidential elections — pleased many Ugandans who repeatedly urged him to sign the legislation. Nigeria’s president similarly signed an anti-gay bill into law just over a month ago, sparking increased violence against gays who already were persecuted in mob attacks. Some

watchdog groups warn a similar backlash of violence may occur in Uganda. “Experience from other jurisdictions with similarly draconian laws, such as Nigeria or Russia, indicates that their implementation is often followed by a surge in violence against individuals thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said in a statement Monday. “The Ugandan government has not indicated any plans to counter such vi-

olence or to investigate potential allegations of abuse.” The Ugandan law calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in jail. It sets life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults and acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV. Uganda’s new anti-gay law has been condemned around the world. In Washington, White House press secretar y Jay Carney called the law “abhorrent,” urged its repeal and said the White House is reviewing its relationship with Uganda. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the law would institutionalize discrimination and could encourage harassment and violence against gays. The office of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a statement said she is “is deeply concerned” by “dra-

conian legislation” to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda. At least six people have already been arrested over alleged homosexual offenses and more than a dozen have fled Uganda since lawmakers passed the bill in December, according to a prominent Ugandan gay activist, Pepe Julian Onziema. “The president is making this decision because he has never met an openly gay person. That disappoints me,” he said. Museveni signed the bill at the presidential palace as government officials, journalists and Ugandan scientists looked on. Government officials applauded after Museveni affixed his signature. Scientists had written a report which found there is no proven genetic basis for homosexuality, Museveni said, citing it as a reason for signing the bill. “They should rehabilitate themselves and society should assist them to do so,” Museveni said after signing the bill. — The Associated Press

Drug trade moves to seas

REMEMBERING SACRIFICES A woman throws a rose down onto a pathway of flowers placed in Independence Square for the anti-government demonstrators who were killed in clashes with police last week on Feb. 24 in Kiev, Ukraine. GETTY IMAGES

SAN DIEGO — While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas. The area where boats were seized off California and the northwest coast of Mexico tripled to a size comparable to the state of Montana during the 2013 fiscal year, which ended in September. Off South America, traffickers over the years have been traversing territor y so big the continental United States could be dropped inside of it. Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel has been loading marijuana bales onto 50-foot vessels as far south as the Mexican port of Mazatlan — where its leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was captured early Saturday — and running them up the Pacific coast to the U.S., deep into California. It’s unclear if Guzman’s arrest will hinder the maritime runs. Meanwhile, budget cuts have hit one of the lead U.S. law enforcement agencies on international waters — the Coast Guard, the only U.S. militar y ser vice able to make drug arrests hundreds of miles offshore. To meet automatic federal budget cuts, it reduced its operating costs by 25 percent in 2013. It also lost help from U.S. Navy ships on drug missions off Latin America that were decommissioned and not replaced because of cutbacks, or sent elsewhere because of Washington’s new militar y focus. As such, only a third of suspected drug smuggling boats or aircraft out of South America that were tracked by U.S. intelligence in cocaine-trafficking corridors in the Pacific and Caribbean were stopped last year, the Coast Guard’s top officer, Adm. Robert Papp, told The Associated Press. “Our interdictions are down 30 percent from the year before, when we had more assets out

there, so that’s an indicator to me that as soon as we start pulling assets away, they’re running more drugs and they’re getting through,” Papp said. U.S. authorities stopped some 194,000 pounds of cocaine last fiscal year — more than 40,000 pounds less than in 2012, according to Coast Guard statistics. Marijuana seizures dipped between 2012 and 2013 from 124,000 pounds to 81,000 pounds. Defense officials have warned the cuts would hamper efforts to reach the president’s goal of intercepting 40 percent of the illicit drug shipments flowing into the region by 2015. Fighting drug traffickers at sea is crucial because small aircraft used by traffickers can only carr y about a ton of drugs versus large boats that can cart up to 20 tons of cocaine or more, authorities said. As much as 20 percent of the cocaine moving through South America ends up in the United States. Large amounts also travel across the ocean into Africa, providing funding for insurgents and drug traffickers, and then on up into Europe. “We’ve had to cut back in hours and funding, and cut back on resources on the water,” said Cmdr. Chris German, deputy chief of law enforcement for the 11th District, which stretches from Oregon to Peru. “The Coast Guard’s aircraft and ships have cut back on fuel, so ever y hour we’re not in the air or on the water, it does leave a gap.” Even so, sea smuggling has not grabbed the attention of lawmakers like the flow of illegal goods across the land border, where billions have been spent on beefing up security. Part of the reason is the challenge to patrolling the ocean. — The Associated Press

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Tech Tuesday

Sakai may soon see replacement through Kipin Hall

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Kipin Hall is an online classroom management system that could soon replace Sakai. It has a more convenient mobile compenent which Sakai lacks. PHOTO COURTESY OF NIS FROME

By Tyler Gold, Daniel Borowski and Nis Frome Staff Writers

Kipin Hall, an online classroom management system that could soon replace Sakai, offers students something they are not used to — a system that is easy to use. Recently launched at New York University, Kipin Hall aims to tackle the numerous inadequacies of existing online classroom supplements. “We did an initial beta test with 2,000 students and 17 professors at NYU back in September,” said Abhinay Ashutosh, co-founder of Kipin Hall. Ashutosh, a sophomore at NYU majoring in computer science, said NYU used Blackboard in the past. “After piloting our platform, they decided to transition the Learning Center, the University’s tutoring and academic assistance department, as well as the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to Kipin Hall,” he said. He credits his company’s focus on data as the driving force behind its adoption at NYU. He said professors were enamored with Kipin Hall’s dashboard, which enables them to gain a deeper insight into their class’s academic progress without having to do excessive testing. Ashutosh said his goal is to provide students and teachers with data that allows them to learn to teach better. Kipin Hall is not stopping at NYU — the startup has its eyes on Rutgers for immediate expansion. Jeremy Nuñez, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said he was browsing CareerKnight during winter break when he came across an advertisement for Kipin Hall. He got in touch with one of the co-founders to learn more. Nuñez is now the student ambassador responsible for bringing Kipin Hall to Rutgers.

“Right now, we’re technically still in a testing phase and making changes every day for users,” Nuñez said. “We’re still figuring out the best way to present this to professors.” Kipin Hall differs from Sakai or eCollege because of its accessibility, Nuñez said. “Kipin Hall is content-based and free of distractions,” Nuñez said. “It’s geared for academic life. You can make study groups and divide tasks up amongst members — it puts faces to the names in your classroom.” Unlike Sakai or eCollege, Kipin Hall focuses heavily on its mobile experience, Ashutosh said. The team perceives smartphones as the preferred method of communication among most students, so he made Kipin Hall available on Android and iOS devices. “Surprisingly, many students and professors really wanted to be able to access Kipin Hall on the go, so we designed and released native mobile apps,” Ashutosh said. That does not mean that traditional web clients were neglected. Screenshots of the service in action on Kipin Hall’s website show a clear dedication to user interface design on all platforms. Ashutosh said initial feedback led the company to implement numerous features, including announcements, sticky posts and polls. Saikiran Yerram, co-founder of Kipin Hall, met Ashutosh at a Tech@NYU event and is an industry veteran with 15 years of experience working on startups. “I had this idea of a higher education platform that collected data from students using very simple tools and be able to give a holistic view to professors,” Yerram said. “It didn’t end up materializing until I met Abhinay.” Ashutosh said onboarding universities from the administrative level required a lengthy buying process that took more than a year.

“So instead we went with a bottom up approach, letting professors sign up for free,” Ashutosh said. “Soon we’ll be selling directly to students for $5 to $10 per semester, all classes included.”

Nuñez is currently organizing a research project with the Department of Economics to quantify the advantages of Kipin Hall. “I’m going to see if we can do an experiment at Rutgers with a large class to compare Sakai,

eCollege and Kipin Hall and then measure results,” he said. It still remains to be seen whether Kipin Hall will slay the archaic giants that make up the online collaborative learning environment, but students can hope.

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utgers has big plans for its future, and since limited to the point that many students were placed the five-year Strategic Plan was approved ear- into temporary housing earlier this year, and classroom allocation is becoming an issue too as more and lier this month, the ball is already rolling. University President Robert L. Barchi recently an- more students are enrolling. In addition to introducnounced the new Henry Rutgers Merit Scholarship, ing this scholarship, the University will also be reducwhich will be awarded to the top 100 students from ing the number of admitted students starting in Fall each incoming class over the next four years. The 2014. The incoming class of 2018 will have 300 fewscholarship provides each student with $6,000 per er students than last year’s first-year student class. year at Rutgers for a total of $24,000 for all four years. Three hundred students may not sound like much This scholarship is great, but there are a couple when more than 60,000 undergraduate students are of other things we should keep in mind. It’s in the currently enrolled at Rutgers, but it’s a significant reUniversity’s interest to increase enrollment from out- duction for just one class. Rutgers plans to improve in a number of areas of-state and international students, and yet these students currently make up only 14 percent of the overall in the near future, and these changes to the admisstudent population. The higher tuition from out-of- sions process are important steps to achieving many state students will bring more money to Rutgers, and of these goals. Offering a merit scholarship with as there could be more of a focus on this oft-forgotten much value as this one will be a strong incentive for the top-tier students that part of the overall student tend to leave the state for population to increase higher-ranked private their enrollment. “Offering a merit scholarship with schools. As Rutgers beNew Jersey really sufas much value as this one will comes more selective in fers from a “brain drain” be a strong incentive for admissions and attracts — approximately 30,000 more of these students students leave the state top-tier students.” and competitive faculty, each year to attend out-ofthe domino effect will state colleges, the highest rate in the entire nation. Part of this may have to do only work in the University’s favor. At the same time, we should think about what with the fact that our state isn’t very big and has relatively few state colleges and universities from which Rutgers’ main priority is: Should it become a more to choose. One of Rutgers’ main goals is to attract a exclusive and prestigious institution, or should it remore competitive pool of applicants, and ultimately main accessible to New Jersey as a state institution? students, to the University. The recent integration There’s no solid answer to this, but it’s definitely with University of Medicine and Dentistry of New something to keep in mind. This is going to be a Jersey and the upcoming move into the Big Ten ath- recurring question as Rutgers continues along the letic conference are already helping to boost Rutgers’ trajectory of this Strategic Plan and as it transitions rankings. It’s important that the administration take into the Big Ten over the next few years. Barchi, to advantage of this opportunity to improve admissions his credit, has been addressing this over the last year statistics and increase graduation rates for the overall as the Strategic Plan was being formed, and it seems to be something he is acutely aware of as we move image and quality of the University. Over the last few years, the University has been forward. This is a commendable short-term initiative overwhelmed with almost more students than it can in a long-term project for Rutgers, and we’re glad that physically handle. On-campus housing is extremely the next five years seem to be off to a good start.` The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 146th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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Millenials at forefront of liberal majority THE CHAMPAGNE SOCIALIST JOSE SANCHEZ


any ink cartridges have been emptied in recent years tut-tutting the so-called “millennial” generation, whose supposed narcissism and laziness will perhaps spell the doom of the American century. Born within what seems to be an era of imperial decline between the Reagan Revolution of 1980 and the destruction of the World Trade Center, to many commentators, millennials seem to be a generation of Emperor Neros: a generation Snapchatting away as the Republic’s actual and perceived status as “the world’s only superpower” grows ever more precarious. Some time ago, in a now infamous feature article in Time magazine, editor Joe Klein wagged his finger at the inflated egos and sense of entitlement that this generation is said to possess. It’s been claimed that we are far too immersed in our iPhones and under the influence of our mocha frappuccinos to have the sort of civic-mindedness that our forebears had. Those generations, namely our parents and grandparents, matured through tumultuous circumstances such as the Great Depression, the Second World War and the riotous 60s. They were the ones who landed at Normandy and marched on Washington, molded by hardship with both the sort of ambition and communitarian spirit required to construct a more perfect union. In fact, ask them about it all at your next family gathering. You won’t be disappointed. Needless to say, such caricatures of us millennials are out of the same vein of prejudiced berating that your least favorite elderly relative would give at the dinner table — you

know, the one who insists on calling Asian Americans “Orientals.” You see, not only are people like Klein inaccurate, but they’re also missing the forest for the trees. As we all may know at this point, millennials are also the same generation growing up in an era of profound and systemic socio-economic stratification with levels of inequality not seen in the United States since the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. The pillars that once supported a decent middle-class livelihood have all but evaporated after Reagan’s counterrevolution, which rolled back the gains of the welfarist New Deal and Great Society programs of Roosevelt and Johnson.

“Millennials are responding in their political behavior by coalescing into an emerging progressive majority. ” The generation that has borne the brunt of this collapse in living standards have been Americans under the age of thirty, who despite being the most highly educated generation thus far, have nevertheless been shuttled into a deteriorating higher education system that saddles them with a debt load of an average $30,000. Spurred on by all of these historic challenges, millennials are responding in their political behavior by coalescing into an emerging progressive majority. After President Barack Obama’s triumphant 2012 re-election, Ruy Teixeira, an American political scientist, wrote in the pages of The Atlantic that the electoral results had confirmed a decade-old thesis of his and fellow researcher John Judis that the “country’s shifting demographics were giving rise to a strong new Democratic-voting population base.” For them, the 2012 election was a confirmation of the 2008

election, which had constituted what some political scientists might call a “realigning election:” shifts in the coalitions and zeitgeists that dominate the political system primarily at the national level. The growing number of young voters of color, unmarried and working woman, college graduates and the religiously unaffiliated have produced a culturally liberal rainbow that not only shows no signs of slowing in growth, but also is impervious to the right-wing culture wars of yesteryear, e.g. the “God, guns, and gays” crowd. As an American writer and astute observer of U.S. politics, Mike Davis wrote in a New Left Review, establishment Republicans and others are “coming to dread” a GOP dictated by “aging but militant white people dominated by Misean ultras, extreme Christians, assault-rifle owners and diehard Confederates.” Now, what Teixeira makes clear in his well-substantiated predictions in his book, “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” is that the growing numbers of young voters are seeking out a more activist government to fix the dire economic consequences they’ve grown up and graduated into. He writes that these Americans, “want government to play an active and responsible role in American life, guaranteeing a reasonable level of economic security to Americans rather than leaving them at the mercy of the market and the business cycle. They want to preserve and strengthen social security and Medicare, rather than privatize them. They want to modernize and upgrade public education, not abandon it.” It remains to be seen whether or not President Obama will deliver on those hopes or not, but if he does, this progressive majority will be here to stay. José Sanchez is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in history and political science. His column, “The Champagne Socialist,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.

Targum must practice equal treatment COMMENTARY SIMONE LOVANO


quality is a dream we strive to make a reality. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela spoke words of equality, which reverberate in our ears. Equality is fair and equal treatment for people regardless of any differences. Having respect for others helps us to treat people equally, to transform thoughts into both words and actions that help to unite us as a human community. Frankly, elements of respect and equality are currently lacking in The Daily Targum. In 2013, the Targum published an Islamophobic advertisement funded by the David Horowitz Freedom Center — a group known for its strong anti-Muslim views — which quickly initiated a grassroots response by many Rutgers students, both Muslim and non-Muslim. The Targum received many phone calls and written messages asking for a response to the ad, which targeted the Muslim community at Rutgers. Student leaders met with Rutgers administrators to discuss the issue and their response was one of support. The Targum, however, did not offer an apology for publishing the advertisement. A recent commentary by Rutgers student Colleen Jolly was published questioning Hillel’s funding and included numerous inaccuracies as well as an anti-Semitic undertone. Hillel rightly lobbied against the discrimina-

tory remarks. However, instead of focusing their energy on fighting anti-Semitism and anti-religious bigotry, they shifted their focus to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. The Targum accepted money from a hate group to run the full-page ad and published it side-by-side with its editorial content. The anti-Semitic commentary was written and submitted by a Rutgers student with no affiliation to the paper and published on the Opinions page, which has a disclaimer saying no opinions expressed are reflective of the editorial staff.

“I think it is important to have real “Days Without Hate” and stand in unity against all forms of anti-religious attitudes and racism.” With the approval from Targum’s Board of Trustees, Hillel not only received a full personal apology, but also a pledge that all new Targum staff would undergo “sensitivity training.” All articles focusing on Palestine and Israel would also be censored after being submitted to the Board of Trustees, who in my opinion has clearly shown a pro-Israel bias. The original article by Jolly had nothing to do with this political issue and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was not even mentioned. The article was filled with anti-Semitic connotations, but Hillel con-

strued the issue as a door to push their own political agenda in our college newspaper and stifle freedom of speech on a topic actively debated at our university. The Board of Trustees completely welcomed this. It is clear the Board of Trustees does not treat all communities with equal respect and concern. With the Islamophobic ad, the Targum failed to offer an apology, whereas with the anti-Hillel article, an apology was issued at once. After the Rutgers community mobilized against the Islamophobic ad, no changes were made to the Targum’s protocol. After Hillel mobilized against the anti-Semitic article, “sensitivity training” was added to the Targum protocol and restrictive censorship of Palestinian-Israeli-focused articles has recently been added to the procedure, which stifles political discussion and does not address religious intolerance. Criticism of Israel or discussion of Palestine is not anti-Semitism, nor should it be equated as such. It is clear the Board of Trustees is selective where it concerns itself about bigotry and bias. I think it is important to have real “Days Without Hate” and stand in unity against all forms of anti-religious attitudes and racism. Let’s reach a spirit of equality in The Daily Targum and push for freedom of speech, while promoting mutual respect for all religious and ethnic groups and their opinions. Simone Lovano is a Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick student majoring in plant biology.


McCaw’s death should be acknowledged by University officials Rutgers, I am disappointed in your leadership team. You can just ask my daughter, currently a Rutgers senior, how much worse it is for me to be disappointed than for me to be angr y. Four years ago, I sat in the College Avenue Gym and was welcomed as a Rutgers parent during incoming freshman orientation. The statement I most remember was, “Parents, college is not a vocational school. Don’t worr y if your child does not have a career path in mind. College is a place of learning and our students learn, grow and develop tools to be successful for the rest of their lives.” Rutgers — you just missed an important TEACHABLE MOMENT. A beloved young man was killed in your community. He was not currently a Rutgers student. It was not on official campus property. But look around. Billy McCaw continues to be embraced by the Rutgers students and community that he loved so much. They are grieving. They are stunned, and some are scared. There has not been one statement from Rutgers. Not even a response to multiple questions on the Rutgers Parents Association’s Facebook page regarding safety concerns for our children. I have to surmise, it is because, officially, the crime does not “belong” to Rutgers. There is not an announcement of increased security or more cohesive cooperation between New Brunswick and Rutgers University Police Department, not an expression of sorrow at a life cut too short, not an offer of counseling or support for our children who we entrusted to your guidance, not even an acknowledgement that is happened. We belong to one universe. What happens to one of us happens to all of us. Even though Billy McCaw was not a current Rutgers student, he was part of the culture and touched many, many lives. I am so disappointed that Rutgers promotes such an inclusive environment, and your complete silence about his death seems to be saying something completely different — that he was not our responsibility. That is wrong. Look around. Students have stepped up to support each other and his family. There is a Facebook page with more than 1,000 members in memor y of Billy McCaw. In just four days, there have been hundreds of contributions totaling more than $24,000 to a fund to help support his family and memorials for him. There was a vigil on campus attended by hundreds. T-shirts have been designed to honor his memor y with a smile. It is never too late to do the right thing. Let your students teach the University this time. Billy McCaw left a lasting impression on the Rutgers community. Acknowledge it, express sympathy and inspire confidence that safety concerns are important for ever y human being in your community. Jacqui Klein is a member of the Rutgers Parents Association.

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Pearls Before Swine

February 25, 2014 Stephan Pastis

Today’s Birthday (02/25/14). For success at work and home this year, take disciplined actions. Seldom has your creativity been so inspired, especially through August, as career gets lifted to a new level. Balance between work and family with organization, communication and partnership. Delegate. Build energy with rest, exercise, healthy food and peaceful time. Romance fills summer into autumn. Focus on 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 6 — Don’t make a promise you won’t keep. Don’t avoid promising from fear of failure, though. If you’re going to risk, make sure it’s worth it. Get support, for a wider view. Self-discipline, plus your big heart, earns success. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Stick to basics. Don’t gamble or speculate. Consider the effort involved. Do the homework. Don’t be late for a family affair. Keep confidences. Circumstances play a big role in your decisions. Find balance and harmony. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 6 — Put your heads together to get to the bottom of a situation. A revelation leads to proposed changes. With responsibility comes strength. Avoid risk and travel. Put your heart into your work, play by the rules and beauty arises. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Your input makes a difference. Support your partner. Postpone a trip. Use your common sense regarding changes at work. Keep digging for the clue, and work together. Test your hypothesis. Family comes first. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — A new income possibility arises with creative inspiration. Stick to practical goals, and take quiet action. Stay home and handle important homework behind the scenes. Don’t drop out exercise and health routines. Create something of beauty. Virgo ( Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Link up with a creative partner to get to the heart of the project. Consider all possibilities, and think huge! Let your passion flavor the work. No shortcuts... follow all steps, and polish carefully.

Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Creative collaboration thrives. Together, you see farther. Gather essential facts, supplies and an articulate message. Call an experienced friend, for private advice. Simplify your routine. Apply discipline to what you love, and discover the sweet spot. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — An opportunity arises for your group. Listen to all considerations. Make secret plans for a jump on the competition. Postpone travel for a day or two. Craft a message expressing the heart of the endeavor. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Follow a hunch to avoid possible breakdowns. Don’t give away all you know. Spend carefully, and budget to bring a passion project to life. Change your tune, and sing in harmony with creative partners. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Rely on someone stable to discover the missing piece. Apply self-discipline to distractions. Assume authority, and put your heart into it. Do a good job, despite annoyances. You’re getting wiser. Encourage love and harmony. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Plan your road ahead. Consider well being, health and family. Take on a project that inspires. Do it for love, not money (although that could come). Your past work speaks well for you. Keep it cost-effective. Create beauty. Express your love. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Taking on more responsibility leads to fatter account balances. Dress for the part. Practice your art. Something you try doesn’t work. Get help from family and friends. New possibilities open up.

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WOES Rutgers scores all six of its first-game runs in first three innings on Saturday continued from back In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Knights sparked the hitting trend early, scoring all of their six runs in the first three innings. Leading off in the third inning, senior outfielder Lou Clemente saw a mistake and put the ball over the right-center field wall. Six hits and five runs the first two innings helped Rutgers win, 6-2, in the opening game. In total the Knights out-hit the Dolphins, 23-14, and outscored them, 16-4. Clemente attributes the team’s success in hitting to the practice they had during the week. “I wanted to put myself in good counts and the best situation possible. The home run was a mistake by their pitcher and I capitalized on it,” Clemente said. “[As a team] we put in a lot of work during the week. We spent most of Thursday hitting the ball. [That extra hitting] jumpstarted us for Saturday’s game.” Behind an effective hitting team and wide margins of victory was an impressive pitching staff. While the staff was a sore spot in the previous weekend’s losses to Florida International, the Knights rebounded effectively this weekend.

Junior righthander Jon Young pitched three innings of relief in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, earning his first save of the season. Young pitched as a starter last week but is now in the bullpen. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / APRIL 2013 Sophomore lefthander Howie Brey opened up the weekend with a strong outing, pitching six innings and only allowing three hits. Brey struck out five and allowed no runs in the 6-2 victory. The Middletown, N.J., native earned his first win as the ace of the staff. “It felt really good to get the first win under my belt,” Brey said. “The first time we came out last weekend we had some butterflies and I was really nervous, so I walked a few guys. This weekend I settled in and didn’t really worry about the nerves. I pitched like I know I can.”

A few changes in the staff also aided Rutgers. Junior righthander Jon Young, who started last weekend, relieved Brey in the seventh inning. Young allowed one earned run in three innings pitched, earning his first save. Redshirt freshman right hander Kyle Driscoll earned the first start of his career in the second game Saturday, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on four hits. In six innings of relief for the weekend, the Knights allowed only one earned run. Rutgers allowed 12 runs in relief last weekend.


While there is no question the pitching changes sparked the team, those changes were not necessarily that drastic, according to Brey. “Jon [Young] had a tough start last weekend, but we know that’s not who he truly is. He is a great pitcher, whether it’s in relief or as a starter,” Brey said. “It’s just too early for us to set roles for everyone. No one is really set in stone yet and everyone has to fight for a job.” While sitting on the bench shortly after Sunday’s game was called, Litterio expressed satisfaction with the team he is managing.

He knows the weekend provided a good look into the future of the program. “We came down here this weekend and we did what I was hoping for. We came out aggressive and set the tone early and scored a bunch of runs early in the first three innings,” Litterio said. “Our pitching staff kept our leads. [This weekend] really gave us confidence and a glimpse at what we could be.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.


Judge has scored more than five points in Levine gives up two runs, lasts only one just nine games so far this season inning in first collegiate start continued from back

growing and coming together,” Jordan said. “But you put the inside. We need you. You have rope out there, and guys who to score,’” Kone said. “… I like don’t tow the rope the right way him a lot because he always lis- [make it] a shor t rotation. It is trust, and the guys are going to tens to what I tr y to tell him.” Jack continues to carr y a do what we want to be done.” Jack scored 6 of 8 Rutgers points frontcourt that lacks consistent within four minutes. That culminated scoring outside of him. Senior forward Wally Judge in a heavy-traffic layup that gave the Knights only a only scored more 53-49 deficit with than 5 points in nine games this “I wanted to use every 3:49 remaining. J o r d a n season. He also guy. But you put the rope trusted Jack only played 16 out there, and guys who enough to play minutes against him for 36 Memphis, not don’t tow the rope ... starting be- [make it] a short rotation.” minutes. Etou also clocked cause of a minor in 36 minutes, team violation. EDDIE JORDAN and Mack Sophomore Head Coach played 35. for ward Greg Those were Lewis’ offenthe usual startsive arsenal is ers Jordan underdeveloped, as the 6-foot-9, 260-pound- trusted in those final minutes, er averages 1.6 points per game as Judge and senior wing J.J. Moore combined for 33 minutes this year. Jordan used the same line- against Memphis. “We just had to band togethup for the final 10:19 against the Tigers. Neither Judge nor er and kind of just tr y to pull Lewis played that frame, forc- it through because I think he ing Jack to center, to which he liked what we were producing on the floor,” Jack said. “And is accustomed. The lineup was Jack, he just wanted us to keep doing Kone, junior guard Myles that and tried to ride it all the Mack, freshman for ward Ju- way out.” nior Etou and junior for ward For updates on the RutCraig Brown. Jordan’s replacing of Judge gers men’s basketball team, with Brown was the final substi- follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general tution of the game. “I wanted to use ever y guy. I Rutgers spor ts updates, follow wanted our guys to be a par t of @TargumSpor ts.

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“When their bats are hot, which they have been pretty Earlier in the game, Durando much ever y game, it does take drove in two runs with a single to a lot of pressure off in the cirput the Knights on the board. She cle,” Maddox said. “If I were also walked in the second inning. to have a game where I gave Freshman righthander Aubrie up a big hit, I know my offense Levine started her first collegiate can pick me up, and they have game but was pulled after giving so far.” up two runs in the first inning. Originally scheduled for Friday Appearing in relief, junior evening, the game was postponed lefthander Alyssa Landrith pitched because of inclement weather. six innings, alRutgers also lowing just four split two games hits and two with a “When their bats are hot, Saturday earned runs in a 3-0 win against which they have been losing effort. Massachu“I was hopepretty much every game, setts (1-4) and fully going to a 10-6 loss to it does take a lot of stay close and DePaul (11-4). bring her in, but pressure off in the circle.” Landrith I brought her in shined against Dresden maddox real early,” NelUMass, strikSophomore Pitcher son said. “She ing out 11 pitched six inwhile giving nings and they up only three beat us in the hits in a comseventh. If I started her it might plete game. have been a different story because After reaching first base on she pitched a full game anyway.” an error, senior right fielder LoLouisiana-Lafayette pitcher ren Williams crossed the plate Jordan Wallace earned the com- on a passed ball with two outs in plete game win. the third. The Knights had a better reLandrith allowed four earned sult earlier in the day with an runs and six hits in six innings 11-3 win against the College of pitched in Friday’s 5-2 loss to Charleston (5-7). James Madison (8-7). Bates hit a two-run home run The Knights could not hold on in the bottom of the second in- to an early 1-0 lead and had only ning before Rutgers’ offense ex- one hit after the fourth inning. ploded in the third with five runs. The run support was promisFor updates on the Rutgers softing to starting sophomore righty ball team, follow @TargumSports Dresden Maddox. on Twitter.

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Rutgers breaks records, falls short of national prominence By Sean Stewart Correspondent

When the season started for the Rutgers swimming and diving team, head coach Phil Spiniello’s goal was to become a nationally ranked program. While the Scarlet Knights ultimately fell short of that goal this season, they achieved just about everything else. The Knights broke seven school records at last week’s AAC Conference Championships. Six of them came from sophomores Joanna Wu and Morgan Pfaff. The total surpassed the five school records the Knights set at last year’s Big East Championships. Their third-place finish was also the best placement at a conference meet since the 2004-05 season, when they placed third in the Big East, garnering Spiniello AAC women’s swimming coach of the year honors. “This is exactly where I want to be [in terms of team progress],” Spiniello said. “I think this exceeded my expectations for year four, and it raises the expectations

for year five and moving forward into the Big Ten.” During the regular season, the Knights earned some notable results, including a dual-meet draw against future Big Ten rival Illinois. The Knights also avenged a defeat to former Big East rival Villanova by beating it in the team’s first quad meet of the season. Senior diver Nicole Scott and Wu had the most success in the regular season. Scott broke two records during the season, setting a new school record in the platform event Nov. 24 at the Frank Elm Invitational. The Toronto native also reset her record in the 3-meter dive in early November during a quad meet against Villanova, Georgetown and Seton Hall. Wu was dominant throughout the entire season, with her most impressive result coming against two top-25 teams in No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 20 Michigan, where she claimed first place in the 200-yard backstroke. Although Wu unsurprisingly broke two school records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, Pfaff

who finished the conference meet with the most records broken. The Red Lion, Pa., native claimed silver in the 200- and 400yard individual medleys, breaking both school records in the process. She then broke senior Brittany Guinee’s record in the 200-yard butterfly during the preliminaries despite placing behind Guinee in the finals. “I really surprised myself,” Pfaff said of her performance. “I took this year to make sure I really gave my all ... and I surprised myself in a good way and fingers crossed for NCAAs.” The sophomores may have stolen the show at the conference meet, but the Knights’ senior class was also very strong this season. Led by senior swimming captain Allyson Perrotti, the senior class was the first to spend all four years under Spiniello’s coaching and it did not disappoint. Perrotti set a new school record in the 200-yard breaststroke while seniors Mar y Moser and Guinee were members of the record-setting 400-yard medley relay team.

Sophomore Morgan Pfaff earned silver in two events and broke senior Brittany Guinee’s school record in the 200 butterfly. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / NOVEMBER 2013

“It was definitely weird knowing it was my last race,” Perrotti said. “Overall I am very happy with my last year. I am very happy with my past four years in college … and there’s nothing I would ever take back from that experience.” While the conference championships are over, Wu, Guinee, Pfaff, Perrotti and junior Greta Leberfinger all qualified in races under NCAA “B” cut time.


The official invites come out Monday and if any of them qualify next month for the NCAAs, it would be the first time under Spiniello that a swimmer has qualified to compete on the national stage. “It would put us back on the national scene making the NCAA meet on the swimming side, which we haven’t done since 2009,” Spiniello said.


Strong singles play leads to road win By Nick Jannarone Contributing Writer

Senior 184-pounder Dan Seidenberg won his first match in a month against Drexel on Friday after only wrestling twice in that span. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR

Senior uses win to gain momentum By Tyler Karalewich Associate Sports Editor

While the concept of wrestling for the EIWA seeding has almost been brought to the point of overkill in the amount of times it has been stressed — but for good reason — it is tough to put a finger on Dan Seidenberg’s season. The fifth-year senior has had as many ups as he has had downs this season. Seidenberg started out his season coming off a shoulder injury, which he sustained last year that had him in and out of the lineup all year at 197 pounds. The Red Bank, N.J., native chose to rehab his injury instead of undergoing surgery, which would have sidelined him for four-to-six months, in order to have a chance to be more productive than a season ago. Seidenberg started out the season exactly how he wanted — winning six out of his first eight matches. Since then, Seidenberg has leveled out his play and has grappled to an 11-11 overall record, reaching a 7-7 record in dual competition.

Only winning four out of his next 13 matches was not what Seidenberg had in mind, but it is not something all that rare in collegiate wrestling. “It’s a long season, so obviously everyone has their ups and downs,” Seidenberg said. “Even at the highest levels, you see ranked guys getting picked off. It’s just all about peaking at the right time and coming out hot when it counts.” With that on his mind, and only wrestling once — Feb. 8 against Lehigh — in a month, Seidenberg took the mat Friday against Drexel at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Seidenberg notched a takedown early in the first period and a reversal in the third period, plus rode out his opponent for nearly two and a half minutes to collect the 5-2 decision. The decision brought the nearly 1,000 fans in attendance to their feet, as it was Seidenberg’s first win in over a month. The win did much more for him. “That’s just a whole momentum shift right there. I was out and had to deal with injuries a little bit,” Seidenberg said. “I just wanted to finish my last dual meet out strong and get a good momentum heading into the EIWAs.”

Extra work and competition in the room has benefitted Seidenberg. The midseason addition of sophomore Ethan Orr has allowed Seidenberg to prepare better and give him a match off whenever needed, as Orr has been wrestling at 184 pounds on a few occasions. For Orr, it is all about helping a teammate. “I was trying to get Seidenberg ready a little bit for the EIWAs. Me and him work real hard in the room. We push each other,” Orr said. “He’s a little banged up here and there, so I’m happy to step in and give him a breather so he is ready to go, when it’s time to go.” The rest is up to Seidenberg as postseason play approaches. The time is now for the fifth-year wrestler in his final season. “[His rest] has been for some nagging injuries and more of a coach’s decision. Believe it or not, he is an old man and we have to keep him fresh,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “He’s got one big tournament left in his career and this needs to be the one to hopefully advance him to the NCAA tournament.”

A string of strong performances lifted the Rutgers tennis team to a hard-fought road victory Sunday at AAC rival Cincinnati, 4-3. The win came two days after the Scarlet Knights’ (4-3, 1-1) lost a tough match against Louisville, 6-1. Sophomore Lindsey Kayati holds the team best for a singles matches after she improved to 6-1 following a strong win against Cincinnati’s Katya Bure by a score of 6-1, 6-3. She credits her strong performance to the motivation that her teammates provided her. “Even if they were three or four courts down from me, I could see the whole team fighting hard and refusing to quit even if they were down,” Kayati said. “Being able to see that really motivated me to work hard and win my match as well.” Freshman Farris Cunningham dominated her singles match, beating Bearcat Carly Wilson 6-0, 6-0. Regardless of her opponent, Cunningham maintains a consistent strategy. “Play my game,” Cunningham said. “It comes down to being confident and hitting my shots.” Cunningham won both of her doubles matches this weekend as she was paired with senior Vanessa Petrini. “In doubles, Vanessa and I had to stay consistent but also be aggressive, which is why we were able to win both matches,” Cunningham said. In her singles match, Petrini pulled out the decisive victory for the Knights. She lost her first set, 2-6, before winning the second set, 6-2.

In the tiebreaker, Petrini got down early, 2-3, before rattling off four-straight points to win the match and earn the tiebreaking point for Rutgers. “I struggled at the beginning of my match but I knew that I had to collect myself and step my game up for my teammates since I was the last deciding match,” Petrini said. Head coach Ben Bucca was extremely proud of how the Knights played from top to bottom. “Well there were obviously certain players who played better than others, but this was an overall team victory for us,” Bucca said. “Every single person brought extremely high energy for our team to help us win.” Even though the team is excited over the recent victory, Bucca explained that Rutgers has much to work on as it prepares for Saturday’s road match against Cornell. “We had a team discussion after the match and we know that we definitely have some things that we need to work on,” Bucca said. “Some of those things include putaway shots and approach shots. Once we make those minor adjustments, we’ll be fine.” The next few weeks provide the opportunity for the Knights to maintain success and keep the strong momentum going for the rest of the season. “This weekend was crucial leading into our next few matches,” Cunningham said. “We now know that we can win the close matches. Our energy is at an alltime high and we just need to stay positive, play our game and continue to work hard. I think the results will follow accordingly.” For updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.


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Quote of the Day “You put the rope out there, and guys who don’t tow the rope the right way [make it] a short rotation.” — Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan

TUESDAY, february 25, 2014




Jack begins to peak at crucial time of season

Knights lack power in Fla. tournament

By Josh Bakan

By Justin Lesko


Staff Writer

The goal of the Rutgers men’s basketball team to finish sixth in the AAC is modest, but head coach Eddie Jordan wondered if the Scarlet Knights are truly worthy. “We had to have some type of redemption,” Jordan said after the Scarlet Knights’ 64-59 loss Thursday to Memphis. “The first thing I asked [pregame] was, ‘Do we belong?’” Junior forward Kadeem Jack had the answer to Jordan’s question. Memphis pounded Jack in the post and forced bad angles on his midrange shots. But as Jack worked toward his 22-point, 10-rebound performance, he kept Rutgers competitive against the No. 21 team. Jack recorded 18 points and seven rebounds in the second half, also shooting 10for-14 from the field. The Queens native finally showed why he is an NBA prospect, averaging 14.5 points and 6.9 boards per game. Since Jan. 25 against Connecticut, Jack holds 19.1-point and 7.3-rebound averages per game. Rutgers stands one game behind Houston for sixth in the conference. Jack continues to peak at a convenient time for the Knights, which validates junior wing Malick Kone’s faith in him. “I always tell him before the game, ‘Just be ready. I’m going to pass you the ball

The Rutgers softball team left the NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic on Sunday with two wins in five games, as the Scarlet Knights could not find the power they showed the previous weekend. Junior centerfielder Jackie Bates hit the Knights’ sole home run in Clearwater, Fla. Last weekend, Rutgers (5-5) went deep five times, leading to three wins. “Last year, Coach Nelson had me batting a little earlier in the lineup and now he has me batting fifth,” she said. “As the fifth batter, they will throw you a lot more pitches as opposed to when you are the third or fourth batter. A lot of times they will throw you junk pitches.” Bates’ performance earned her the tournament’s MVP award as well as a spot on the AAC’s weekly honor roll. She hit 7-for16 with three doubles and nine RBIs during the weekend. “She’s been hitting the ball real well all spring,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “The nicer thing is we have people in front of her and behind her that are hitting. The topfour batters are doing a pretty good job.” The Knights threatened No. 22/20 Louisiana-Lafayette (9-5-1) on Sunday in the bottom of the seventh inning, down, 4-3. With sophomore second baseman Stephanie Huang representing the tying run on first base, senior first baseman Alexis Durando grounded out to third to end the game.

See TIME on Page 14

Sophomore lefthander Howie Brey tossed six scoreless innings against Jacksonville on Saturday. Brey earned his first win of the season as the ace of the staff. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO / APRIL 2013

RU reverses pitching woes in Jacksonville By Tyler Karalewich Associate Sports Editor

Junior forward Kadeem Jack averages 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Sitting in the visitor’s dugout Sunday in Jacksonville, waiting for the umpire’s ruling on whether the Rutgers baseball team’s game would be cancelled due to a torrential downpour was probably the low point of the weekend for head coach Joe Litterio. But sitting there gave him a chance to review the hectic and rewarding previous four days for the Scarlet Knights. First, Litterio received a vote of confidence Thursday from Athletic Director Julie Hermann. Then the Knights swept their doubleheader Saturday, making it seem like missing out on the third game was not that bad for the new skipper. After Litterio was named the 12th head coach in the program’s 144-year history, the Knights found everything they missed in the opening weekend.

The last run that Rutgers scored in the second game of the doubleheader came on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning by senior first baseman Brian O’Grady, which drove in senior second baseman Nick Favatella, who tripled in the at bat prior. The run did little but push the Knights to their final tally of 10 runs, winning, 10-2, in the second game against the Dolphins. A strong first inning propelled the Knights, where they plated seven runners after 11 batters received a chance to hit. After two singles, a double, a walk, two more singles and then another two doubles, Rutgers officially found its hitting. “One through nine hit ver y well. Going into the year, that’s what we planned on having — that kind of game,” Litterio said. “It was good to see ever yone swing it this weekend.” See WOES on Page 14



Dallas New York

110 108

Milwaukee Philadelphia

130 110

Boston Utah

98 110

LA Clippers New Orleans

123 110

Golden State Detroit

104 96

MIKE TEEL, former Rutgers football quarterback, joined the team’s coaching staff yesterday as a wide receivers assistant. Teel ended his career in 2008 as Rutgers’ all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.

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Center fielder Bates earned tournament MVP with a home run and three doubles. NISHA DATT / FILE PHOTO / APRIL 2013

knights schedule




at Princeton

at Central Florida

vs. Temple

AAC Championships

Tomorrow, 6 p.m., Princeton, N.J.

Tomorrow, 7 p.m., Orlando

Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., RAC

Friday, Bronx, N.Y.

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