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Junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand remains at Hackensack Medical Center after injuring his spinal cord in Saturday’s football game against Army.
Marijuana regulations upset some
Pallone, Little face off in first public debate BY KRISTINE ROSETTE ENERIO
BY DEVIN SIKORSKI
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
As the state of New Jersey prepares to dispense medical marijuana, some members of the political sphere are unhappy with the regulations put on the drug. Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, is putting pressure on Gov. Chris Christie and his administration to repeal the regulations set for medical marijuana in the state. The regulations, drafted by the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services, only provide four dispensaries to distribute medical marijuana to patients, which is not enough, he said. “The clear intent and the clear language of the statute, as far as I’m concerned, is that there should be six. Not to mention the fact that there are only two places that the
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Some politicians are not happy with the medical marijuana regulations because only four dispensaries will provide the drug, which they argue is not enough.
ABERDEEN, N.J. — Although there are only weeks left until Election Day, candidates of New Jersey’s 6th congressional district faced each other last night for the first time at the Temple Shalom. Moderated by the League of Women Voters, Democratic incumbent Rep. Frank Pallone and his Republican challenger Anna Little answered audience-generated questions that revealed their stances and solutions on issues ranging from the economic crisis to immigration policy. Little, who believes Pallone has lost touch with his constituents, said it is essential that economic concer ns and issues be addressed immediately. “The most important issue facing us as Americans today is jobs and the economy and
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MISSING FIRST-YEAR STUDENT APPROACHES UNIVERSITY POLICE Shahan Akhter, the University first-year student who has been missing since Thursday, approached a Rutgers University police officer yesterday morning at approximately 12:30 a.m., asking for assistance, University Spokesman E.J. Miranda said via e-mail correspondence. The 17-year-old’s family was immediately notified and he was taken to an area hospital for observation, Miranda said. He was not hurt. Akhter did not tell the officer where he was for those two days, according to an article on nj.com
Akhter, a commuter student from South Brunswick, was reported missing by his parents after he did not return home Thursday. His car was found on campus, and the family believed he was depressed and expressed concern for his safety, police said. Miranda said school authorities are grateful to everyone who provided assistance during the search, adding it is no longer a police investigation.
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Several music groups will hold a concert Oct. 23 on Douglass campus in memory of Austin “Soup” Walter, a choir founder and former Glee Club director.
University music groups will hold a concert in celebration of a University Choir founder and former Glee Club director’s 100th birthday on Saturday Oct. 23 at Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. In honor of Austin “Soup” Walter’s memory, the Glee Club, club alumni and the Rutgers Symphony Band will perform a selection of songs composed or arranged by Walter at the Glee Club Alumni Concert. Walter, who died in 2000, founded University Choir and directed the Rutgers University Glee Club for 51 years. “Every story I hear from alumni of the Glee Club about Soup are more
than positive,” said Matthew Prepis, president of the Glee Club. “These men speak about his incredible energy and force as a conductor and as a person.” Frances Austin Walter earned the nickname “Soup” after a young cousin who could not pronounce “Austin” called Walter “Oyster.” The name later changed to “Oyster Soup” and eventually shortened to “Soup.” Walter graduated from Rutgers College in 1932 and was a member of the Glee Club for four years as an undergraduate. He became the Glee Club conductor as a senior after winning a competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Musical Council at Carnegie Hall in New York City. By invitation from his
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INDEX UNIVERSITY University researchers presented their studies at a showcase on Busch campus.
U. concert to honor choir founder’s 100th birthday BY ANDREA GOYMA
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About 400 attend Halo-Halloween Saturday at the Livingston Student Center where groups perform to support PhilDev, a charity for the Philippines. The Rutgers Association of Philippine Students sponsored the event.
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Student fee increase boosts club sports BY MICHAEL CARROLL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Returning students may have noticed a $10 increase to the student fee on their term bills this semester. The increase to $81 is to help support the many University club sports teams. Sport Clubs President Becky Young said the fee increase significantly helps fund necessary expenses for all club sports. “Our goal, just as any other organization on campus, is to be able to afford the opportunity to accommodate the interests of as many students as possible,” said Young, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Students voted on and passed a Rutgers University Student Assembly referendum on March 11, 2010, that enabled the University to increase the student fee. The University offers a variety of club sports teams to students, ranging from sports like basketball and soccer to Capoeira — a martial arts and dancing combination which traces its roots to Africa and Brazil. The increase of participants in club sports prompted the fee increase and restructuring, Young said. “Nearly 2,000 students were members of our spor t clubs last year and as the amount of clubs we can fund increases, so does the number of students wanting to become involved,” said Young, who is also the Rutgers University Equestrian Team president. The increased revenue helps offset high transportation costs and travel expenses, which place the most financial burden on sports clubs, Young said. Like varsity sports teams, club sports teams not only travel to away contests but also to regional and national tournaments. “When we travel we rent cars and we usually have to pay for those cars through our own club money,” said Rutgers Club Field Hockey co-President Christa Parabicoli. “Also when we travel and stay in hotels the cost can get pretty high so we have been able to get help covering those costs as well.” The new funds help with travel costs and other club business, said Rutgers Women’s Rugby Football Club member Shanice Beasley.
“Increased funding allows us to reimburse our coaches, who basically just volunteer, a little bit more. Also it goes to maintaining our equipment,” said Beasley, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Although the fee helps relieve some financial burden, club sports rely mostly on membership fees and fundraising efforts. “We still use the money from our dues and fundraising, but it is ver y comfor ting to know that when we need help we can receive it from those extra funds,” said Parabicoli, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. Currently no option to waive the fee exists. Some club sports members, like Young, appreciate the mandated fee for all. “The purpose of paying the school fee is to ensure that special events and activities that we as a Rutgers community enjoy par ticipating in are possible, and although it is unrealistic to partake in ever ything offered to us, the opportunity should be provided if the demand is there,” she said. Some club sports members think students should pay the fee, but there should also be an option to waive it. “I think students should have the right to waive the fee just like they can with other student organizations,” Beasley said. Although some students might choose not to pay, Beasley said she would still pay the increased fee even if she did not play a club sport. Parabicoli credits the availability of club sports on campus to justify paying the increase. “Clubs are available to all people and there are a lot of different clubs so I do not think it is a lot to ask for students to help support part of their college activities,” she said. Two dollars from each student fee directly supports club sports and the other $8 supports other organizations that rely on the student fee. Young acknowledges that spor t clubs cannot operate on student fee increases alone, but said this is a step in the right direction. “We do require all of our clubs to fundraise and generate additional funds to help subsidize added expenses to students,” she said.
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Students and faculty gather to listen to speakers explain a range of topics on scientific research at the Research Showcase event in the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building Friday on Busch campus.
Showcase spotlights latest research BY ANKITA PANDA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
For science lovers, the University’s Research Showcase was an opportunity to learn more about the country’s latest scientific developments. The University-sponsored showcase took place Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building on Busch campus. Speakers included some of the University’s top researchers. “The purpose of this event is to explain to [the scientific] industry what [the University] is doing in research and to see if there are ways that we can work together,” said Michael Pazzani, the University’s vice president of Research and Graduate and Professional Education, whose office organized the event. The showcase, which is new this year, will be an annual event, Pazzani said. Speakers agreed that the showcase was a good way for people to learn more about the University’s scientific research projects and their ef fects on the state. “People in New Jersey don’t really understand what they have here at Rutgers … how much funding we have, how much research we have and how this impacts education,” Pazzani said. “Students should be interested because they’re our next generation of researchers and at Rutgers, they can learn more about our cutting-edge technology.” The speakers at the showcase represented some of the University’s largest and most funded research projects, he said. Speakers presented a range of topics. The morning speakers discussed the life sciences and brain modeling, while the afternoon speakers delved into physical sciences, like computer science and wireless technology.
Stephen Hanson, director of the Rutgers Brain Imaging Center at Rutgers-Newark and a member of the University’s Center for Cognitive Science, gave a presentation on the advancement of new brain technology. “RUBIC is an imaging device that allows you to take rather detailed exquisite pictures of the brain [that are either] static pictures, which … can show you less than half a millimeter sized tumors or are dynamic pictures, which show the brain’s measurement of simple activities, like talking or reading,” Hanson said.
“Students should be interested because they’re our next generation of researchers.” MICHAEL PAZZANI Research and Graduate and Professional Education Vice President
Brain measuring allows researchers to decide whether specific brains have unique problem-solving abilities, said Hanson, a Rutgers-Newark professor in the Department of Psychology. Hanson compared the parts of a brain to a factory with many different elements and components that come together to make imitated behavior. “When you make a decision … like driving a car and deciding to turn left, there are a huge number of areas in the brain that coordinate how you should just turn your hand to the left,” he said. Hanson talked about RUBIC’s ability to record the brain’s implicit memor y — or subconscious thought — versus
its explicit memor y — or conscious thought. Hanson said the showcase was a good way to educate people about the University’s scientific research. “As a conference ... it’s ver y important that people see what we do,” he said. “The University is [among] the largest, most diverse research powers in existence.” Michael Palis, interim dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School at Rutgers-Camden, presented a new scholarship program for students involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics called STEM. “We are woefully behind other countries in the number of math and science students … and I think it’s important for U.S. institutions to encourage more math and science to students from high school onwards,” Palis said. The program is funded with $600,000 from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. Palis also talked about the Quantitative STEM Talent Expansion Program through which student mentors can run review sessions to help incoming students struggling in math and science. “With a program like this, you’re not only provided financial support, but you actually have a program in which you can participate in to succeed academically and better prepare yourself for the workforce,” he said. While both programs are new, having only begun this year, Palis remains hopeful that STEM and Q-STEP will grow substantially in the next four years, spreading from current college students to incoming college students fresh out of high school.
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U NIVERSITY DEBATE: Pallone wants
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As part of the Rutgers University Programming Association’s Pringles Xtreme Campus Tour, rapper J. Cole and band We the Kings perform Saturday at the College Avenue Gym.
CONCERT: Glee Club receives national recognition continued from front professors, he remained conductor after his senior year, according to the 1983 fall edition of the Glee Club newsletter, the Glee Gab. “I had sung under many conductors, but no one could hold a candle to him,” said the late William Wesley Konrad, a Glee Club alumnus, to Prepis in an inter view last year. “He had so much energy and was such fun. The whole experience was electric.” Walter also taught music histor y, opera, chamber music, music appreciation as well as art, music and literature classes, Prepis said. “He was a renaissance man, but his dedication to his students and the club was clear,” said Prepis, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Walter expanded the Glee Club to the size it is today, from a smaller choir consisting of about 10 members to 30. Before
Walter’s era, the group performed mostly madrigals and college songs, but Walter drove the group into a more serious and professional direction, Prepis said. Walter arranged or wrote the songs most students are familiar with, including “The Rutgers History Lesson,” “In a Quaint Old Jersey Town” and “The Bells Must Ring.” During his years as director, Walter also prepared the group to sing with prominent groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic and under the direction of Leonard Bernstein and Eugene Ormandy. The University Glee Club is now viewed as one of the top three or four men’s choruses in the United States, said Patrick Gardner, director of choral activities at Mason Gross School of the Ar ts and the University Glee Club. “Soup helped establish the importance of the arts to the development of a world-class University,” Gardner said. “His memor y has quite directly inspired some of the
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University’s most generous alumni as they matured to giving age — gifts to support everything from Glee Club scholarships to million-dollar gifts to under write the neuroscience center and the work of Dr. Wise Young in research into spinal cord injuries.” Gardner and the Glee Club performed at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 2000 where they performed a 20minute piece written by PulitzerPrize winning composer William Bolcom. The group recently sang at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City with the Kirov Orchestra. Current Glee Club Historian Daniel Comito considers Walter a symbol of pride for the University. “From his years as an undergraduate to becoming the director of the Glee Club, from his dedication to the club and the University, and to his ability to instill camaraderie in all his students — he still af fects members today,” said Comito, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior.
Right now 50 percent of Americans pay taxes, but she said it should be 100 percent. to expand green job market “More taxpayers mean each individual pays less tax,” continued from front Little said. Aside from reforming the tax the taxes and how that all relates system, Little said she intends to to a healthy economy,” she said. create jobs by cultivating the To reduce the current deficit, small and midsize business level, Little aims to reduce government where most job growth occurs. spending as well as the size of “The whole point of going into government overall. business is to make a profit and “We don’t deficit spend at to grow,” she said. “Every large home,” she said. “When the balcorporation used to be a small ance in the banking account is business. That’s how it works.” zero, we stop spending. We need The best way to help business to have more revenue before we is to support a free market that can spend again.” will foster competition and conA simple, straightfor ward sumer demand, Little said. method is the best approach to “Government needs to get deal with the issue, Little said. out of the way,” she said. “We On the other hand, Pallone need to revisit regulations and proposed a more specific reducmake sure they are not stifling tion to defense spending. economic growth.” “We have to bring our troops But Pallone believes in a home from Iraq and Afghanistan,” “Make it in America” strategy Pallone said. “We have to stop that will encourage national spending so much money on manufacturing and more jobs these overseas ventures.” at home. Pallone said he “We have to does not support “One of our plug up tax loopthe war and thinks holes that send it has been a main issues is jobs overseas and tremendous waste informing people, look at a lot of the of funding. trade pracThe deficit can educating people. ” unfair tices of other be brought under countries like control further by DEBORAH MACMILLAN China and make renewing the tax Debate Moderator sure they stop,” policy at the end of he said. the year that will Pallone said he also wants to prevent large tax cuts to corporadevelop green jobs and emphations and wealthy people, he said. size renewable energy. “My opponent … wants to “For our district, it’s ver y eliminate the federal income tax important that we have a clean — which is a progressive tax environment,” he said. “So I [that] basically taxes people more think we have to clean up the if they’re wealthy and also taxes toxic waste sites that then can corporations — and replace it with be basically recycled and made a national sales tax,” Pallone said. into good industrial sites or This change would give New commercial sites.” Jerseyans an estimated 23 perAs part of their goals, the cent national tax that would be League of Women Voters moderadded on to their 7 percent ated the debate to provide a way state tax, Pallone said. In realifor the public to hear the issues, ty, people would have to pay a said Deborah Macmillan, a mem30 percent tax on all things ber of the group. they purchase. “One of our main issues is “I think it is totally in approinforming people, educating priate in terms of tax policy,” people, encouraging participaPallone said. “It should be protion in government,” said gressive and people should be Macmillan, who was the moderpaying based on their income.” ator. “This is one of the main Although Little supports a 12 ways we do that.” percent flat tax, she said Pallone Although some members in did not understand the concept the audience attended in supof a fair tax, which is the system por t of one candidate, he described. Macmillan said she routinely “Under a fair tax, you would overhears audience members receive a broadened tax base consider the views of the where you would probably end opposing side. up paying less than the 23 per“I think there’s education even cent because more people would when [people] lean,” she said. be paying it,” Little said.
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Deborah Macmillan of the League of Women Voters moderates a debate between Republican Anna Little and incumbent Frank Pallone.
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Student group pens letter to request U. disassociation from FLA BY CLIFF WANG CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers chapter of the United Students Against Sweatshops staged a demand letter delivery to University President Richard L. McCormick. The letter called on McCormick to end the University’s affiliation with the Fair Labor Association, which the University pays for membership, because the USAS believes the FLA is not playing a productive role in the University’s mission to improve conditions in sweatshops where Scarlet Knight apparel is produced. “We wanted to personally deliver the message to him because this way he knows we’re serious about the cause,” said Zachary Lerner, president of the Rutgers chapter of USAS. The Rutgers chapter of USAS is part of a national organization made up of dozens of other college affiliates working to create a labor movement that will ensure justice for all people, said Lerner, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “This student organization is dedicated to building student and worker power through direct action both on campus and throughout the world, fighting for social and economic justice,” said Richard Garzon, a USAS of ficer and School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. School of Arts and Sciences junior Timothy Cobb said students deserve to know how the school’s money is spent.
Members of the Rutgers chapter of the USAS deliver a letter to University President Richard L. McCormick Thursday at Old Queens, asking for the University to end affiliation with the Fair Labor Association.
“Since we’re paying money to the University, we should know where it’s going, so I hope this gets resolved soon,” Cobb said. Lerner said disaffiliating with the FLA would save the University money while helping his organization’s cause. “The University is already affiliated with the Worker Rights Consortium, which has actually proven to be productive to our cause,” he said. The idea for the letter delivery has been in the works since the beginning of the semester, Lerner said. The organization’s members met near the Grease Trucks on
the College Avenue campus before walking to Old Queens to deliver the letter to McCormick. McCormick agreed to meet with the organization members once they were inside and asked the USAS officers to summarize their efforts. “The FLA is flawed in its governance and consistently inaccurate in its findings,” Garzon said. “We’re requesting that you not lend support to this organization for its acts against our goals of having Scarlet Knight apparel not made in sweatshop conditions.” The students and McCormick then discussed the monitoring
standards of the FLA, and students noted that the FLA has come under fire for covering up sweatshop abuse and failing to objectively monitor the corporations that dominate its governance structure. “I will certainly look into all the points you guys are making, and I will be sure to get back to you,” McCormick said. The letter said the USAS hopes for a response from McCormick by Oct. 28 regarding his decision on whether to continue paying dues to the FLA. The students met outside Old Queens after delivering the letter and discussed the meeting.
“I thought it was great that he decided to come out of his office and hear what we had to say,” said School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Ana Silva. “He seemed genuinely interested in what we were fighting for and handled the discussion ver y well.” The organization was successful in a similar endeavor earlier this year, Garzon said. “The USAS has previously pushed the University to cut its ties with Nike after Nike failed to live up to the University’s Codes of Conduct followed by investigative repor ts by the WRC,” he said. “In the Nike case, the FLA didn’t play a productive role, likely because of the disturbing fact that Nike sits on the FLA’s Board of Directors.” The USAS also criticized Russell Athletic for violating the University’s code that licenses respect freedom of association. The case ended with the University ending its contract with Russell Athletic, Garzon said. Members of the organization believe the labor movement is easy to ignore and hope their actions will help the movement gain more support. “I joined the club because of what it stands for — the fight for humanitarian efforts,” said School of Management and Labor Relations senior Elliot Krause. “As citizens of our society, we’re ethically obliged to look into how the things we’re consuming are actually being made.”
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REGULATIONS: Low THC could cause heavier usage continued from front substance will be grown,” he said. “The overarching theme of the regulations is basically to tighten it so much that it is going to be difficult for people to take advantage of medicinal marijuana.” Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the governor’s office, said the DHSS drafted the regulations in compliance with the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, signed by former Gov. Jon S. Corzine before leaving office. “[The governor] was going to charge his health commissioner with implementing regulations in a manner that is consistent with the law,” he said. “[This] is to make sure that the folks that actually need the medical marijuana to deal with chronic pain and suffering have access to it and nobody beyond that.” Donna Leusner, director of Communications for DHSS, said there are different requirements related to cultivation and dispensing, which the DHSS took into account when setting regulations. “The goal is to build a program that provides access, education, ser vice, security and patient safety,” she said via e-mail correspondence. “Implementation of the medicinal marijuana program is expected to phase in gradually and we will evaluate and make decisions about future expansion as warranted.” But Scutari believes the regulations must be repealed, saying it will just be harder for patients who need medical marijuana to obtain it. “Anybody that has any common sense knows that it’s not very hard to get illegal marijuana,” he said. “But we’re trying to allow people to go through a legal step to get a substance from the care of their physician to help their symptoms.” Scutari is not the only person in New Jersey upset with the regulations put on medical marijuana. Frederic DiMaria, chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in New Jersey, said he could not understand how the regulations help patients by limiting the amount of dispensaries in the state. “It makes no sense. What they’re doing is limiting people’s choices, limiting geographically where people can go and making it difficult for people with severe illness and in many cases fatal illnesses,” he said. “They made it very difficult for medical marijuana patients. They took the compassion out of the Compassionate Use Act.” In order to obtain medical marijuana, a patient must be approved by the DHSS and have a card before purchasing the drug, DiMaria said. This is why limiting the number of dispensaries does not seem logical. In order to receive medical marijuana, patients will need to have a medical marijuana card or analog, or have permission from the DHSS, he said. “The medical marijuana patient needs authorization from the state,” DiMaria said. “So you could make 100,000 dispensaries but it is not like common people can go in without being pre-approved as having a qualifying condition. In order to get medical marijuana, you need that.” But the cap put on the number of dispensaries is just the start of
many problems he and others have with the regulations for medical marijuana, DiMaria said. “One huge area in particular that I have a large problem with is that they actually limited the [tetrahydrocannabinol] content,” he said. “They made it so there are only three available strains and not one of those strains can have a THC content greater than 10 percent.” THC is an active ingredient in marijuana that causes the effect felt, with the body absorbing the chemical within minutes after smoking, according to webmd.com. DiMaria said this would force patients to smoke more medical marijuana, which is not the intent of the law. “For some reason, the DHSS, under the guidance of protecting patients, limited the strains of marijuana available to 10 percent makes no sense to anyone,” he said. “You would clearly want to have marijuana with the highest THC available so you could ingest less of the drug to get the same effect.” DiMaria said a person is able to purchase marijuana in the black market having a THC level of 18 percent. This could cause patients who need the drug to illegally seek it elsewhere. “Essentially, what those regulations are going to do is force patients who want quality marijuana to go into the black market, instead of getting their medicine from approved sources,” he said. The regulations the DHSS drafted are also manicured to increase the profit for big business, DiMaria said. This would block small business owners from partaking in the dispensing of medical marijuana. “There is a $20,000 application fee to become an alternative treatment center in order to stash and grow marijuana. Why that is? I do not know,” he said. “[But] they’re clearly tr ying to make it dif ficult for small-business owners.” DiMaria added the regulations reflect how the current administration does not support medical marijuana in the state, saying they are essentially trying to relegislate the act in order to minimize its effect. “Our governor has stated specifically that he would not have signed the medical marijuana law had it come across his desk,” he said. “So clearly he’s not in support of it and clearly these regulations are an overt attempt by the administration to circumvent the law itself.” The objective of the law is to focus on critically ill patients’ needs, which is not the case with the regulations drafted by the DHSS, DiMaria said. “Instead of putting patients first, the DHSS has instead focused squarely on pandering to the minority who would like to see medical marijuana abolished,” he said. “The regulations that they put out are completely devoid of compassion and they obfuscate the intent and spirit of the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act.” NORML NJ is set to have a peaceful demonstration today in front of the Statehouse in Trenton, according to a NORML NJ press release. Scutari added he is set to introduce legislation in an effort rid of the regulations put on medical marijuana. “I am planning on dropping legislation in the form of a resolution, which forces the governor to change the regulations,” he said. “Otherwise, the legislature … for a simple majority vote might invalidate the regulations.”
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ayor Philip Amicone of Yonkers, N.Y., should have read the Constitution. After a local newspaper published material hurtful to his re-election bid, Amicone did not approach the situation with regard to First Amendment rights. Instead the mayor resorted to confiscating dozens of news racks and copies of The Westchester Guardian. The lesson cost him $8 million and rightly so. If a newspaper publishes libelous information and runs pieces hurtful to a politician’s re-election bid, there is the legal way of dealing with things. Amicone should have known better — seizing a news rack and copies of the Guardian is not the way to go. A jury on Wednesday awarded the Guardian $8 million in a Federal District Court in White Plains. The court found that Amicone wrongly seized the copies of the free newspaper off the streets. In addition, the jury asserted that the newspaper had in fact not defamed Amicone in their 2007 article that stated he went to a strip club and got a lap dance from a woman named Sassy, according to The New York Times. What Amicone did was simply illegal. He damaged his reputation more than the Guardian’s. And instead of resorting to legal methods, he chose to disregard the First Amendment. The free newspaper had called him a “hypocrite” and “tyrant,” and his actions certainly fit the description. The move was tyrannical in itself as Amicone attempted to ban the people’s right to express their views or the simple facts. Seizing newspaper racks could not have prevented whatever it is the Guardian published. In today’s world, online publications are just as read — if not more — as print. What would confiscating copies off the streets even do for Amicone? His blunder clearly was not the smartest or most appropriate decision. Thankfully, this is the latest victory in the case of free speech. Amicone’s actions violated the newspaper’s Constitutional rights. If for one second the Yonkers mayor thought the published material seemed libelous he should have sued the newspaper — especially if he were in fact concerned with his re-election. And as a public official, Amicone’s decision to break the law puts him in a bad position and of course makes him the laughingstock of many other newspapers.
Sarah Palin show proves insincerity
s if Sarah Palin’s public life weren’t absurd enough already, the former governor of Alaska’s reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” will premiere Nov. 14 on TLC. This is incontestable proof that Sarah Palin has never been a serious political figure. She is a celebrity, and this reality show is a far better vehicle for her persona than the realm of politics. Finally, Palin recognized what many Americans have held to be true about her since she debuted on the national stage in the 2008 presidential elections: She is an incredibly entertaining joke. Palin is showcasing her lack of integrity as a political figure. People who are actually serious about politics would never allow themselves to be turned into reality-television stars. Politicians are not rock stars. They’re supposed to be dedicating their lives to leading the nation, not performing for the camera and spouting catchphrases. Politics is a serious realm. Reality television is not. Just look at some of the biggest names in reality televisions: Bret Michaels, Jon and Kate and their eight kids, and Flavor Flav. What serious politician would willingly align themselves with these people? A politician who wants us to respect her intellect and leadership abilities would never do such a thing. Palin’s reality show has repercussions for the nature of modern politics in general. Somewhere along the lines, the values of politicians changed. Rather than caring about doing what they believe is right for their country, politicians these days seem to be more concerned about becoming household names and presenting themselves as relatable to the mythological American “everyman.” Consider President Barack Obama’s recent appearance on MTV, a channel known less for political commentary than for broadcasting “Jersey Shore.” Or think about the amount of people who voted former President George W. Bush into office because he seemed like the kind of guy they could have a beer with. Sure, it is comforting when a politician seems like a down-to-earth type of person, but that personality trait says absolutely nothing about their ability to successfully run a nation. A successful politician should be intelligent enough to understand the social complexities of a nation. Sometimes, people who are that intelligent aren’t exactly down-to-earth or suitable material for a reality show and that is perfectly fine. Hopefully, Palin’s reality show is enough proof for any devoted followers she still has to persuade them to stop taking her seriously as a politician. And if that somehow isn’t enough, maybe they should take into consideration a quote Palin says in the trailer for her new show: “I’d rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office. I’d rather be out here being free.” You have to ask, if Sarah Palin finds politics so ‘stuffy,’ why should we listen to her political opinions?
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only way for a civilized socies an engineer, there ty to survive for the millenis nothing more nia to come. frustrating to me Another steady-state “no than systems and products solution” in society’s intrinsic that are unsustainable. functions is the tremendous Ideally, everything should volume of unwanted output be self-sustaining — that is, no maintenance costs, no JAMES WINTERS due to American overconsumption. We waste a lot. Not energy costs, no waste. only the pollution from the Carbon-neutral. Obviously trillions of annual driving miles, but the actual garbage that is unrealistic for most parts of modern life. that gets stockpiled in landfills. People don’t have to Structures and networks that are incorporated into look at their garbage accumulation every day, so the key elements of society should not have an sheer proportion of it fails to alarm anyone. As time absolute, finite life. When time is factored out of the moves forward, the competition for the finite land equation, there is one result. The system is broken. available on this planet will become serious. We will It doesn’t work. essentially crowd out nature. Based on our current Decades have passed since any major integramodel of living, more people mean more houses, more tion of advanced technology in this country. The food and more waste. Thus, we need a new model. Industrial Revolution completely changed the way Development of new products needs to have a prereqwe live 100 years ago: Improvements and innovauisite of exceptionally long life or at tions in transportation and in the least the ability to be recycled. In harnessing of energy made it easy “It is imperative broader terms, we need to find a less and cheap for people to travel and environmentally hostile way of living. commute. The explosion of the that we start On a related note, all of the syselectronics field gave us computers, tems that support mass transportatelevision and the Internet. adapting our tion — air traffic control, highway Through the acceleration of inforexisting technology traffic lights, etc. — are antiquated mation transport, all of those develand are at or close to capacity. In New opments afforded us more time for or start creating Jersey especially, every road is conleisure. The birth of my field, bionew technologies.” gested during rush hour. Freeways medical engineering, yielded new have not been expanded at the same noninvasive approaches toward rate that population has, and there is medical diagnostics with the CT clear evidence of how detrimental this can be. and MRI technologies. There was, though, a major What is equally as inefficient, though perhaps flaw in all of that planning and evolution — the on a smaller scale, are static traffic light patterns. main area of focus was the output of the product, At midnight, I will sit at a red light for two minignoring completely the input and waste. utes to cross a highway with no cars coming in I’m referring primarily to the U.S. transportation either direction. But as soon as a car does system. Our automobiles, trains, buses, airplanes all approach, its light turns red, forcing them to stop run on fossil fuel derivatives, the formulaic inputs. and allow me to cross. What is clearly coincidenThe problem lies in the temporary and finite nature tal is also clearly avoidable. Technology exists of those inputs. This world only has so many that allows traffic lights to gather data on traffic resources, and we will most certainly run out. The flow and instantaneous conditions and then to energy industry is pulling oil, coal and natural gas make decisions based on that data. In order to out of the Earth in an exceedingly reckless manner, limit pollution, wasted time and congestion — in primarily because there is huge demand for it. More many more instances than the midnight trip than 90 percent of this country’s energy is from nonhome — we need to start implementing smarter renewable sources. Granted, fossil fuels will not be traffic signals. depleted until a long time from now, but eventually Demand for air travel, with population, has the day will come when there are no more. grown. Because of an anachronistic air traffic conEventually, there will be zero. Nothing. It is imperatrol system, the air has essentially reached worktive that we start adapting our existing technology or able capacity. There actually have been detailed start creating new technologies that rely only on passive, limitless sources of energy: solar, wind, hydroelectric. In an existential frame of mind, this is the SEE WINTERS ON PAGE 9
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Become active citizens in movement against war Letter ANTON WORONCZUK
he ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of its 10th year was marked on Oct. 7. Many did not acknowledge that. This is distressing as it indicates indifference or ignorance among the student population of a war that has been tragic for the Afghan people and carries serious moral and economic consequences for our country. The student population must acknowledge the importance of the moral and economic consequences of this conflict if it is ever to give birth to a substantive anti-war movement. This is the longest war in American history. More foreign troops have died this year than in
WINTERS continued from page 8 plans for updating the system to double the flights in and out of major airports by making information faster and more descriptive on digital, rather than analog, signals. GPS is so cheap and commonplace, but the air traffic control doesn’t use it. The only obstruction is the labor union
any other year of the war. Mercenar y deaths (corporate soldiers) have surpassed those of our own soldiers. Suicides among soldiers are at an all-time high. We have spent more than $325 billion on the war. This money cannot be used on public education, to pay off the politically polarizing national deficit, to provide Haiti with post-earthquake aid or on national infrastructure. We do not see the price of eradicating terrorism — an impossible goal — in the same political and physical forms apparent to Afghans — and Pakistanis. Their price comes in the form of occupation, violent death and political powerlessness. A 2004 Defense Science Board report said, “In the eyes of Muslims, American occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has not led to democracy there, but only more chaos and suffering.
U.S. actions appear in contrast to be motivated by ulterior motives, and deliberately controlled in order to best serve American national interests at the expense of truly Muslim self- determination.” Afghanistan’s women have not been “liberated” as promised.
that controls aviation workers. I’m not sure why they resist more efficient methodologies, but they must realize that the current one will not work forever. There is, of course, the problem of cost, and changing the countr y’s entire foundation of energy and transportation will cost an unknowable amount of time, labor, capital and money. Realize, though, that the changes will also take place over something like 200 years, while
They continue, along with the rest of the citizenry, to live under the same oppressed and miserable conditions that existed after the 1989 Soviet withdrawal. As enumerated earlier, the economic cost of this war has resulted in lost oppor tunities
for investment in the essential elements of our society. The social cost is in the form of tragedy for our soldiers, who return from war with severe psychological trauma and commit suicide in numbers about four times higher than the national average. The political cost manifests itself in a government seeking extraordinar y powers, including the right to assassinate Americans overseas without any judicial oversight or the ability to suspend habeas corpus. The War on Terror is without borders and without clear enemies. The continuation of the Afghanistan war permits the extension of the War on Terror, in its politically and physically violent forms, beyond the battlefield. Our government has lost its moral compass when it decides
that collateral deaths are inconsequential in the realization of national security goals and global hegemony. We too lose our moral compass as we continue to re-elect officials dedicated to the jihad against terrorism. As we graduate from the University, we will further inherit the political and social realities of our world. The student population needs to become active citizens instead of mere spectators and must be integral in the transformation of our countr y and of our government, as it was during the Civil Rights era and Vietnam War, in order to build a more humane society.
the costs of not changing our current rate of consumption and waste will be far greater. The important part is that time zero is now. We cannot afford to wait until the oil reserves run dry or we run out of usable land; we need to be self-sustaining before that ever happens. It is definitely not human nature to consider or be aware of very long-term consequences of decisions and actions. It is difficult to justify allocating
resources to an issue that, as of yet, is not affecting our lives, but as predecessors we do have an obligation to future generations. We need to start solving problems that they will inherit from us and would be insurmountable once it does reach their time. On a more gratifying note, cleaner energy means cleaner air means happier people. Less traffic means more time for leisure means happier people. More innovation and construction
means more jobs means happier people. We need to lead the way in creating a sustainable future, updating and creating infrastructure to meet our growing needs while phasing out diminishing fuel sources for cleaner and renewable energy.
“We will further inherit the political and social realities of our world.”
Anton Woronczuk is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior majoring in environmental science.
James Winters is a School of Engineering junior majoring in biomedical engineering. His column, "From the Desk of ..." runs on alternate Mondays.
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Today's birthday (10/18/10). Let this be the year when you accept romance into your life. This does not have to involve heavy spending. Romance thrives when you take the time to include your partner in your adventures and follow lucky impulses. Travel may figure in your plans. 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 7 — New ideas stimulate imagination and produce intelligent activity. Your partner naturally fits into a social group and acts as host. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Others seem happy enough to handle their own quests at work. Accept guidance from an elder whose logic is impeccable. Celebrate with someone tonight. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 5 — This is no time to try to achieve total organization. In fact, if you allow things to come apart, you see where more work is needed. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — Problems at work occupy you and distract from dealing with family matters. Express your doubts out loud, so others understand. Then you can focus. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Establish a reservoir of ideas for future use. Not every day is filled with great inspirations like today. Don't bother to seek agreement. Just write it all down. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Apply your imagination and give your self-esteem a boost at the same time. Let others fret about how the details come together. Make a payment.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Don't jump to conclusions. What first looks like a massive change resolves into workable alternatives. A nearby clown lightens the atmosphere. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Someone you know falls in love head over heels. This has been a long time coming. Keep an appropriate distance as you congratulate them both. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 5 — Your best bet today is to act as though everything's proceeding exactly as planned. Roll with any punches and reserve comments for later (or never). Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Create your own agenda early in the day and pursue it diligently. Others fret about details. Stay out of that discussion, if possible. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Business matters cause circular thinking when you don't immediately perceive a solution. Take a break for a phone call and come back to it. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Most of your efforts flow smoothly today to produce desired outcomes early. Try to contact an absent team member to get their approval.
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COMEBACK: Rutgers needs overtime to topple Army continued from back
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NECK: RU rallies around LeGrand to finish comeback continued from back Schiano said. “They just came to give the family support. There were some other athletes that Eric is friends with from other teams. Throughout the night, people were rolling in and out.” The injury came in the midst of the Scarlet Knights’ comeback win, and after he left the field the defense created a takeaway, made a late-game stop and held Army to a field goal in overtime to set up the game-winning score. “[Schiano] said we still have a football game to play,” said senior captain and defensive tackle Charlie Noonan. “We all love Eric and he’s in our prayers. We went out and played for Eric. We had to
stay in the moment, stay in the now and realize that it was the Army game and that was still right here.” Schiano echoed that sentiment Sunday, when he updated his team on LeGrand’s status and again spoke of continuing to prepare and play — something many Knights said they did for LeGrand in the final minutes of Saturday’s game. “I’m very honest with the guys and I tell them exactly what’s going on and I also talk to them a great deal about how Eric plays, how he approached things and how we’re going to continue to approach them,” Schiano said. “He’s not playing right now, but there’s no doubt that he would want us to go out and prepare and play the way he did.” Schiano dealt with a spine injury on his team in 2004, when cornerback Dondre Asberry was in a car accident and hit head-on by an SUV.
But Schiano never dealt with an on-field injury. The 10th-year head coach reached out to Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, who Schiano worked under for six years and dealt with a similar situation with former Nittany Lion Adam Taliaferro. The pair spoke to make sure Schiano, who said there is grief counseling available to the team, did not overlook anything. While neither Asberr y nor Taliaferro ever played again, the latter made headlines for recovering to walk and lead the team out of the tunnel before a game. Schiano believes LeGrand will do the same. “As I talked to our team, we believe that Eric LeGrand is going to walk onto that field again with us,” Schiano said. “That’s what we believe.”
True freshman quarterback Chas Dodd, who led his second consecutive fourth-quarter comeback in just his second start, converted a third-and-6 on a pass to Stroud that got the team to the Army 3-yard line. Two plays later, Martinek punched the ball in to send Rutgers (4-2, 1-0) back down the Turnpike victorious. “It’s something that you dream of when you’re a little kid,” Martinek said. “I knew it was a touchdown even though they reviewed it. I could feel it.” To get to overtime, Rutgers made a series of poor decisions with the game deadlocked at 17 after a 14-point comeback for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers took over possession with 1:43 on the clock, no timeouts and about 30 yards to go to get into field goal range. Completed passes to freshman Jeremy Deering and sophomore Mohamed Sanu for 29 yards set up an attempt at a 47-yard field goal by kicker San San Te. But Rutgers committed a delay of game penalty, took a 10-yard sack — the eighth of the game — and threw an interception at the goal line on a fourth down Hail Mary. “At the end of the game, we fouled that thing up,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “I’ve made a lot of really good, time management decisions over 10 years, really good ones that have won games for us. That one could have lost the game for us.” At quarterback, Dodd cemented his position as Rutgers’ new starter by leading his second consecutive fourth-quarter comeback in just two starts. Past starters Tom Savage and Mike Teel accomplished the fourth-quarter comeback a combined two times in 62 games.
The Scarlet Knights trailed, 173, going into the fourth quarter, but a long, sloppy drive at the end of the third quarter left the ball at the Army 3-yard line on 4th and 2. Dodd motioned fifth-year senior tailback Kordell Young wide left with the play clock ticking down and hit him with a quick strike in the corner of the end zone to cut the lead to one score for Army. “That was just a perfect play call and perfect execution,” Young said. “Chas put it right on the money.” The Rutgers defense gave the ball back to the offense with 9:18 on the clock and Dodd subsequently led the team on an eightplay, 93-yard drive to tie the score. The big play came when Dodd hurled a perfectly-placed ball out of his own end zone to tight end D.C. Jefferson for 53 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Mark Harrison finished the job with a 16-yard touchdown catch in wide open space. “I just saw space, that’s all I saw,” Harrison said. “When I came out of my break I saw I was open and I knew Chas was going to sling it to me.” In two games as a starter, Dodd sports a 73 percent passing clip and has 285 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime. His 18 completions and 30 attempts Saturday marked career-highs for the Byrnes High School (S.C.) product. “I’d rather it not be a comeback,” Dodd said. “I’d rather have us just go out there and win.”
KNIGHT NOTES: The 14-point fourth quarter deficit was the largest comeback win for Rutgers since trailing Vanderbilt, 34-16, in 2004 on the road. Rutgers won the game, 37-34, at Vandy for the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history.
career-high 19 tackles, sophomore safety Khaseem Greene registered 10 stops for his highest career total.
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M
OCTOBER 18, 2010
‘Home’ game brings awkwardness on, off field Buffalo Soldier A.J. JANKOWSKI
AST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Before the opening kickoff in front of an underwhelming sea of scarlet, something was apparent: This was going to be an awkward game. But by the time the final gun sounded and Rutgers escaped New Meadowlands Stadium with a 23-20 victory over Army, the list of random or awkward occurrences on Saturday afternoon reached Michael Cera proportions. First off, how is it that to go to a home game you have to drive half an hour on the New Jersey Turnpike? Although the game is marked on the schedule as a home contest for the Scarlet Knights, the feeling inside New Meadowlands Stadium was anything but familiar. It might have been the armed security guards keeping fans out of certain 200 level seats or it might have been the fact that the student representation was so miniscule it could have fit comfortably on the EE, but by no means was this a home game. Even Little Jovi didn’t make an appearance on the jumbotrons during the fourth quarter. I’d have even settled for the random horseman trotting out to the block R superimposed over the NFL logo at midfield just to reassure me that this was a home game. OK, enough about the crowd. Let’s focus on the actual game. How about the fact that one drive by each team took up the entire third quarter? After a 12play drive for the Black Knights ended with a failed fourth-down conversion, Rutgers took over and proceeded to burn the remaining 8:48 left on the clock. And they did so in hardly impressive fashion. The Scarlet Knights ran the ball seven times for a total of -27 yards. That’s right, negative 27 yards. In fact, Rutgers finished the game with 35 rushes for a net total -1 yard. That’s -0.02 yards per carry yielded by an Army
PRACTICE: Rice names trio of seniors team captains continued from back ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIM Pernetti announced the hiring of new head coach Mike Rice on May 6 and the former Robert Morris head man has not disappointed. In a span of six months, Rice assembled his coaching staff, rounded out the inherited 2010 recruiting class and amassed six recruits for the Class of 2011 that earned Rivals.com’s No. 6 national ranking. “My best marketing tool will be the actual product — the actual 40-minute games — and to be honest, the recruiting,” said Rice, whose 2009-10 Robert Morris team nearly upended Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “I will go out and shake hands and kiss babies at a later date, but right now I’m more worried about the Rutgers basketball program and the 15 individuals involved.”
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Trent Steelman and the Army offense rushed for 289 yards on 59 carries, while Rutgers’ 35 carries accumulated a net total of -1 rushing yard — a product of eight Army sacks of Chas Dodd. defense that allowed 136 yards Dodd took a knee in the mid- own 1-yard line with seven secper game on the ground heading dle of both hashes on second onds to play. Of course he interinto the contest. down to give kicker San San Te cepted it at his own goal line The predominant reason why a straight shot at a 46-yard field instead of just knocking it down the Rutgers rushing figure was so goal. Army called a timeout to and setting up Army’s offense low is because Army sacked quar- tr y and preser ve some clock. In on the 45-yardline with a chance terback Chas Dodd eight times for tune with the awkwardness of to win the game. 78 yards, which factors into net the game, Dodd forgot to grab The penalties, sacks and rushing. As a whole, 30 of the his helmet heading back onto turnovers summed up a game of Scarlet Knights’ 66 offensive plays the field and Rutgers was gaffes and guffaws in a nutshell. had the offense needing more flagged with a delay of game Both teams tried mightily to than 10 yards to earn a first down. penalty, putting it out of field snatch defeat from the jaws of vicSo how did Rutgers even win goal range. tor y, but in the end, Rutgers this game? One answer is penalties. The offensive line gave up one stumbled away with the win — The usually disciplined Army, of its eight sacks on the next play salvaging a rough non-conference which committed 4.3 penalties for a 10-yard loss. On fourth-and- showing in the process. per contest heading into 20 from the Army 45-yardline, But whether Rutgers won or Saturday, committed eight infrac- Dodd threw a Hail Mary. lost and looked ugly or pretty in tions for a total of 94 yards. Five Why you would throw a Hail doing so, all of this is put on the of those penalties gave Rutgers Mary with 10 seconds to play in a back burner given the news of first downs and helped Dodd and tied football game is beyond me, injured defensive tackle Eric Co. rally to come from behind and but that’s why I’m not a head LeGrand. Intricacies and obserforce overtime. coach, right? vations about Saturday’s game Not to be outdone, Rutgers “That’s my job to take control, are dwarfed by the realization of committed 12 penalties of its own and that was a bone head move just how dangerous this game for a total of 63 yards. by me … that sucker’s on me if really is. And despite getting flagged a we lose that game,” said head dozen times, the Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano. — A.J. Jankowski is an associfound themselves in a prime posiArmy’s Travis Donovan ate sports editor for The Daily tion to win the game in regulation intercepted Dodd’s heave Targum and accepts comments, with the ball on Army’s 28-yardline toward the endzone and criticisms and witticisms at and less than a minute to play. stepped out of bounds at his email@example.com.
The former two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year also brought in newcomers Robert Lumpkins –– a senior forward immediately eligible after transferring from New Mexico State –– and Tyree Graham, a junior college guard who will miss the season while recovering from knee surgery.
RICE NAMED senior guards James Beatty and Mike Coburn, as well as senior forward Jonathan Mitchell as team captains for the 2010-11 campaign. Mitchell transferred MIKE to Rutgers two years ago before averaging 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in his first year of eligibility on the Banks. Beatty selected Rutgers after playing two years of junior college basketball at Miami-Dade. The Wilmington, N.C., native played a season-high 36 minutes in the Knights’ 71-68 victory on Feb. 14 over ranked Georgetown. “This is their last year to become successful,” Rice said of
the senior trio. “They haven’t been successful here and they’re the ones that have to have the urgency. I don’t think it has to come from me every day to be honest with you, but they have to feel that clock ticking.” The 6-foot Coburn, Mitchell’s teammate at Mt. Vernon High School in New York, comes into the season with 44 career starts at guard.
SOPHOMORE forward Austin Johnson adjusts to a completely new role for the Knights in 2010 after the team RICE lost three big men from last year’s roster. The Blair Academy product worked all offseason to add more bulk to his 6-foot-8 frame in order to be ready for a marked increase in minutes from 2009-10, when Johnson averaged only 11.0 minutes per game. “You’re talking about the most physically demanding league in the entire country with a history of big men from Patrick
Ewing on down that are great in college basketball,” Rice said of the Big East. “[Johnson’s] got to have a lot of fight in him, and he can’t get down and he can’t sulk. He’s got to be able to fight every single second.”
Gilvydas Biruta and classmate Mike Poole headline the Knights’ rookie class. The pair led New Jersey power St. Benedict’s to a 20-1 record in 2009-10 and a final No. 4 ranking from USA Today and ESPN/Rise. Biruta maintained his commitment to Rutgers after Rice’s hiring in May and Poole committed less than a month later under Rice. “We’re undermanned ever y night,” Rice said. “The reporters tell me it — the Big East coaches will pick us to finish 15th or 16th. When you’re picked that low, everyone knows you don’t have what the rest of the Big East has. But they have no idea about the fight, no idea how big our hearts are, no idea about, mentally, how disciplined we are.”
he Rutgers field hockey team wrapped up a twogame road trip to Rhode Island yesterday in losing fashion, falling, 3-1, to No. 20 Stanford. The Cardinal jumped out to a 1-0 lead early on in the first half off a deflection and then added another tally seven minutes into the second half. Junior Kat Rodziewicz scored the lone goal for the Scarlet Knights in the 59th minute for her second goal of the season. The Knights battled Big East foe Providence in the team’s first game Saturday, prevailing in the contest, 1-0. Junior Nicole Gentile scored just before the 20-minute mark to add to her team-leading goal total (9) and lead the Knights to victory. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition.
volleyball team garnered a pair of firsts in the team’s 3-2 victory over Big East rival Seton Hall Friday at the College Avenue Gym. The win marked the Scarlet Knights’ first conference victory of the season, and the first against the Pirates since a 2004 victory. The team rode doubledoubles from captains Stephanie Zielinski and Caitlin Saxton to overcome a two-set deficit and rally to victory. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition.
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soccer team fell Saturday afternoon at Pittsburgh by a 3-0 score. The Scarlet Knights put five shots on net, but it was not enough to stop them from falling to 3-8-1 on the season and 0-5 in the Big East. The Panthers scored twice in the first half and again early in the second half on goalkeeper Adam Klink before the junior was taken off in favor of transfer Kevin McMullen. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition.
soccer team endured an 0-1-1 weekend, capped off by a scoreless tie against St. John’s in Queens, N.Y. Head coach Glenn Crooks used a pair of goalkeepers in Emmy Simpkins and Samantha Perretty, who combined to allow only one goal in two road matches. The lone goal came in a 1-0 loss at Syracuse Friday night, when an Orange goal in the 86th minute sealed the Knights’ fate. Junior captain Karla Schacher earned a one-on-one opportunity in the 49th minute but failed to capitalize. The Toefield, Alberta, native registered two shots on the evening. The weekend’s results moved the Knights to 0-4-1 in their last five road matches. Rutgers failed to score for the fourth time in the five games on the road. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition.
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OCTOBER 18, 2010
Despite missing feeling below neck, LeGrand keeps spirits high BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
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Defensive linemen Alex Silvestro and Scott Vallone and middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais look on Saturday while medical personnel tend to junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who injured his spinal cord on a fourth-quarter tackle.
Junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury in the fourth quarter Saturday and has no movement beneath his neck, Rutgers FOOTBALL head football coach Greg Schiano announced. The 20-year-old underwent emergency surger y at Hackensack Medical Center throughout the night to stabilize his spine, which was injured at the C3-C4 level. The injur y came when LeGrand made a tackle on a kickoff against Army at New Meadowlands Stadium with 5:02 remaining SEND LEGRAND in the contest. SUPPORT “As you can To send Eric imagine, it’s a LeGrand a message, nightmare for v i s i t any parent,” Scarletknights.com/ Schiano said. football. “He’s got a great family. They were all there last night. We spent the entire night together. There’s going to be a lot of nights together on this path back. “Eric’s spirits were as good as you could expect and he was cognizant of me being there and his mom and everybody. I saw him before and after surgery. He’s a fighter.” LeGrand remained on the field after the hit for about seven minutes, with Schiano and the medical staff quickly at his side. Medical personnel removed his facemask, immobilized his neck and strapped him to a backboard before carting him off. Schiano spoke to LeGrand’s mother, who made her way to the sideline and, visibly shaken, held an abbreviated postgame press conference so he could join LeGrand. Teammates joined Schiano and LeGrand’s family after the 23-20 overtime win. “There were some of the guys that are very close to Eric’s mom and to the family,”
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Rice begins tenure with first practice
Dodd leads second straight comeback win
BY TYLER BARTO
BY SAM HELLMAN
ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The Rutgers men’s basketball team officially kicked off its 2010-11 campaign Friday, when the Scarlet Knights held their first full team practice at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. KNIGHT Gone from the NOTEBOOK program are guard Mike Rosario, the Knights’ leading scorer in 2009-10, who transferred to Florida in the offseason. Center Hamady N’Diaye, the 2010 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, is also absent from the roster this year, after graduating last season. Rutgers returns only five scholarship players on a team that won five Big East games last season, including sophomore Dane Miller, the Rookie of the Year runnerup in the conference. The Daily Targum provides a glimpse of what to expect of the Knights during the 2010-11 season:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — At some point in the aftermath of Eric LeGrand’s horrific injury, the Rutgers football team realized it still had a game to FOOTBALL play — a game headed to overtime. ARMY 20 In the battle of RUTGERS 23 OT the Knights at New Meadowlands Stadium, it took an extra period for Rutgers to topple Army and its triple-option attack in a 23-20 victory. “It took me like three plays to get back into it, but we had to,” said senior linebacker Antonio Lowery, who totaled a career-high 19 tackles. “We had to fight for [LeGrand], for us, for the family. It was hard going back out there. Everybody had water eyes. It was kind of hard to get back into it.” The Rutgers defense held the triple option to a short field goal to begin overtime. Sophomore receiver Keith Stroud and junior running back Joe Martinek handled the rest.
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Freshman quarterback Chas Dodd went 18-for-30 through the air for 251 yards, two fourth-quarter touchdowns and a Hail Mary interception in Saturday’s overtime win.
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