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ARC cancellation sparks discontent among US, state leaders BY DEVIN SIKORSKI ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Both federal and New Jersey politicians are voicing their disappointment after Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday the cancellation of the Access to the Region’s Core project because of financial complications. In a statement from the governor’s office, Christie said the $10.9 to $13.7 billion estimate to build the trans-Hudson River tunnel for public transportation would prove too costly for the economic climate in New Jersey and would be fiscally irresponsible. “The potential for $2 [to] $5 billion cost overruns was something that was unacceptable for me to contemplate, knowing that it was just the beginning, potentially, of what this project would cost,” he said in the statement. U.S. Secretar y of Transportation Ray LaHood attempted to work with Christie on the ARC project, providing an additional $378 million in federal funding. But after paying respect to LaHood, Christie said his decision to cancel the project was unchanged. “Nothing in the last two weeks has changed that, and so in the end what the proponents of this plan are asking me to do, on behalf of citizens of this state, is to hand them over a blank check,” he said
Construction workers rally earlier this month at the planned site in North Bergen, N.J., for the Access to the Region’s Core project. Sen. Frank Lautenberg said Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to stop construction would kill the opportunity of improving N.J.’s economy.
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Students pick produce for needy BY NATALIE FLYNN STAFF WRITER
Rain did not stop University students from picking peppers at Giamarese Farm in East Brunswick on Wednesday morning in order to take part in an ancient practice called “gleaning.” In cooperation with Rutgers Against Hunger, the owners of Giamarese Farm agreed to have their crops gleaned, a process that allowed widows who had no means of income to collect whatever had not been har vested, said Diana Orban Brown, director of
the Of fice of Community Engagement. RAH took that concept and applied it to modern times, Brown said. Working with Farmers Against Hunger, local farmer Jim Giamarese opened his fields to University students. “There are a lot of people out there in need,” said Sue Giamarese, Jim Giamarese’s wife. “If you’re in a position where you can [give], you should do it.” The 20 students who went had the option of going home because of the weather, Brown said. Instead they chose to go out in
the fields despite the mud. The students collected 60 baskets of fresh peppers by the end of the day for Elijah’s Promise, a New Br unswick soup kitchen, Brown said. “For a state with a very high standard of living, there are still people who go hungry,” she said. About 15 minutes from campus, Giamarese grows a variety of crops including apples, strawberries, pumpkins and eggplants, Brown said. Late-season produce is crucial to
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UNIVERSITY Researchers are testing the efficiency of treadmill desks to see whether they enhance concentration.
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Kate Zernike, a New York Times reporter, talks about her latest book about the tea party at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Kate Zernike steeped audience members in knowledge about the tea party Wednesday at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on the Douglass campus. Speaking to a crowd of more than 70 people, Zernike offered insight about the growing political movement and discussed her latest book, “Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America.” “This is a fantastic time to learn
about this rising movement,” said Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. With the midterm elections just days away, Zernike mentioned that the par ty is bringing several people to the polls, she said. “Nearly 20 percent of the nation identifies with the tea party,” she said. “These are people either explicitly involved with the movement or just supporters from afar. Either way, it is a movement on the rise. By sharing their
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U. tests benefits of treadmill desk
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University a cappella group Shockwave performs yesterday on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. They will perform today at the annual 4gy concert at 8 p.m. at Hickman Hall on Douglass campus, along with three other a cappella groups.
Some may find it hard to head to the gym after a long day. But through a new study at the University, students may be able walk and work all at once. In the lab of the Loree Building on Douglass campus, students at the University will have the chance to participate in a study for the Department of Exercise Science and Spor ts Studies to find out if walking while working at a treadmill desk can benefit productivity. Brandon Alderman, an assistant professor for the Depar tment of Exercise Science and Spor ts Studies, will research students doing low-intensity walking on a treadmill to study its effects on attention and concentration, as exercise psychology is one of his interests. “The study will look at attention, concentration and cognitive benefits of walking of the participants,” he said. This treadmill study will test University students ages 18 to 30 years old on two separate days for a brief period of time, Alderman said. Many existing studies analyzing the effects of exercise on cognition only consider what happens after the participant is done with the exercise, he said. Diana Mattina, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior
majoring in exercise science, will help Alderman test par ticipants in the lab. They hope to have about 100 par ticipants, she said. “Conducting the study at Rutgers is advantageous to our research by allowing us to find a more representative sample of the general population,” Mattina said. Research shows the physical benefits of using the treadmill desk, but there is ver y little evidence on how it could affect
“If we let [children] move around, maybe it would promote better learning.” BRANDON ALDERMAN Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies Associate Professor
cognition, Alderman said. The treadmill desk study will help determine what kind of effects walking will have on the participants’ cognition. “The purpose is to get people up and not sitting because they are sitting for large parts of their day,” Alderman said. According to a British Jour nal of Spor ts Medicine 2007 study, it is estimated that more than half of the workforce in developed countries
will be working at computers by 2010. Society is becoming more inactive and that includes the college population and younger people, Alderman said. “In elementar y schools, children are forced into desks because teachers don’t want them moving,” he said. “If we let them move around, maybe it would promote better learning.” This type of research could determine the positive effects the treadmill desk has on the body, as well as the mind. For a society facing an epidemic of obesity, this type of study could highlight a potential solution. “If the treadmill desk has a positive effect on cognition, people could use them to be more productive,” Alderman said. Even if the cognition is the same for walking, then it means people can exercise without losing productivity. Joanne Walsh, an administrative assistant for the Depar tment of Computer Science in the Hill Center on Busch campus, expressed doubt about the treadmill desk improving productivity. Never having heard of the desk, she doubted whether it would be practical for a full workday. “Physically it would be good,” she said. “I don’t think it would work for me, when I would want to stop walking to concentrate.”
RAVI, WEI WITHDRAW FROM UNIVERSITY University first-year students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, charged with invasion of privacy for alleging filming and broadcasting over the Internet a sexual encounter of fellow student Tyler Clementi, withdrew earlier this month from the University, said Ravi’s attorney Steven Altman in a Home News Tribune article. Altman said in the article that because of this, they do not face University Student Conduct hearings.
“They were given the option of withdrawing and they can reapply,” Altman said in the article. “Realistically, they couldn’t go back no matter what. He definitely plans to go somewhere else.” After Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge soon after the alleged actions of Ravi and Wei, people have called for the students’ expulsion, but neither student was suspended, Altman said in the article.
University spokesman E.J. Miranda did not comment on the issue because of federal privacy laws, according to the article. According to the article, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the possibility of bias crime charges against the students, and the investigation is ongoing. — Mary Diduch
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Zimmerli to host second annual masked ball BY ANDREA GOYMA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
University students will have an opportunity to socialize, dress up in their best attire and don a mask during the second annual Zimmerli Masquerade Ball on Nov. 6 at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. “The masquerade ball is a formal event for students. It will be a night filled with dancing, socializing, awesome food, raffle prizes and a lot of fun,” said Victoria Natenzon, a Zimmerli Student Advisory Board member and a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. One of the motivations for Zimmerli’s Student Advisor y Board and the Rutgers University Programming Association to host the ball was to inform students about the fun side of the museum, said Ria Murray, chair of the Student Advisory Board. “There aren’t that many formal events [at the University] so we wanted to open [the museum] up to all students and let them have fun,” Murray said. “[It’s] a way for people to know that the
museum is not a stuffy building a way to also celebrate stubut actually a fun place to go.” dents’ imaginations. The ball is open to all “We are providing masks, but University students from differ- people can bring their own so ent academic backgrounds, said they can use it as a platform to Jennifer Low, co-chair of the showcase their creativity,” Student Advisory Board. Murray said. “The majority of the people Students must also wear forwho came last year were art mal attire for entrance to the histor y stuevent. dents, but we “[The ball] “You can go want people to is formal attire, know that this is which means [to the ball] a University no jeans or and still have event — it’s not sneakers,” Low just for art stusaid. “Guys the ability to do dents,” said don’t have to Low, a School of something afterward.” come in tuxeAr ts and dos, but they RIA MURRAY Sciences junior. do have to Chair of the Student Advisory Board Guests can come in with expect catered nice dress food, a hired photographer, a pants and a dress shir t and disc jockey, raffle prizes and a maybe a tie.” scavenger hunt involving museThe Zimmerli Student um pieces. Advisor y Board discussed the “The scavenger hunt is in the possibility of having a theme but art, so you’re looking for stuff in considered it to be too limiting, the museum,” Murray said. “The Murray said. scavenger hunt is also an oppor“We played with the idea of tunity for students to go around having a theme, but we thought it the museum and view the art.” would be easier for people to In tr ue masquerade ball come if they weren’t restricted to fashion, masks are required as a theme,” she said.
The board drew their inspiration for hosting a masquerade ball after the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted one last year, Murray said. “There weren’t any events like a masked ball at Rutgers, so we figured we could fill that gap,” she said. The masquerade ball last year was considered a success after hearing the general feedback, Murray said. “It’s earlier in the night and it’s a Saturday so people are going to want to go out,” she said. “You can go [to the ball] and still have the ability to do something afterward.” In order to attend the event, students must have a ticket, which are $10 each and available for sale in the museum’s lobby. Tickets will also be sold during the Zimmerli’s “Art After Hours,” held the first Wednesday of every month. E x t r a money the mas-
querade ball makes will benefit the Zimmerli’s Children Fund, Low said. The last day to buy tickets is Nov. 5, but students are encouraged to purchase their tickets early because during the last two days ticket purchases increase dramatically, Murray said. Depending on ticket sales, tickets may or may not be available for purchase at the door. Festivities will take place from 7 to 11 p.m., but the doors open at 6:30 p.m. “[Students can] get the lay of the land, check your coat and see where ever ything is,” Murray said. “The whole museum is open.”
she said. “[With that], we can put more trains through, increase the transit ridership and take an estimated 22,000 cars off the roadway.” By taking a large number of vehicles off public roadways, 66,000 tons of carbon emissions would be removed from the air each year, Baldwin said. But she added the significance of the tunnel rides with the benefits for the state’s economy. “In the immediate term, it would create about 6,000 construction jobs in an incredibly dry economy. We need to get people to work,” Baldwin said. “We need to make sure that we’re protecting the economic viability of the state and job creation is the way to do that.” The creation of the ARC tunnel would lead to transit-oriented development around train stops, citing New Brunswick as an example to show how this can provide economic vitality for local
sure that people and goods can move freely about the state when we have a broken transportation funding system and we’ve just killed the most important public transit project in generations?” she said. Although economics played a significant part in Christie’s decision, John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, explained how politics played into the cancellation of the ARC project. Weingart said although policy reasons influenced the decision of the governor, it is unusual for an elected official to stop such an advanced and major project as the ARC project. “By doing that, Gov. Christie was sending a signal, consistent with the way he’s been governing, that he is going to be extremely vigilant about limiting state financial obligations,” he said. “I think it politically, in the shor t-term, bolsters the image that Gov. Christie has been building.” But by improving his image in New Jersey, Weingart said the governor also alienated the mass amount of supporters who deemed the project to be finalized. This doesn’t mean it was politically wrong though, he said. “It was very good politics to raise the issue,” Weingart said. “Either he was going to be able to cut a better deal, save the taxpayers’ money and then get deserved credit for doing that, or he was going to kill the project and, at least in the short-term, save taxpayers’ money.” Weingart added Christie is using the power as governor to a degree that has not been seen in New Jersey for decades. Weingart did not count the project as being completely nullified, saying just as there are no final victories in politics, there are no final defeats. “There were a lot of people with powerful interests who believe it is a good project and conceivably it can rise again,” he said. “It could rise again where the Port Authority [of New York and New Jersey], New York City, New York State and others could contribute in a way that would make it acceptable to Christie.”
FIRE INSPECTOR DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT Scott Arnold, a fire inspector with the University’s Department of Emergency Services, died Tuesday in an automobile accident returning from a trip to Texas. Arnold was 27 years old. “He was a great employee, a great person and very sincere in everything he did,” said Chief of Emergency Services Bill Scott. “It’s truly a loss to our department and the University. The staff is taking it pretty hard.” Arnold, a University alumnus, had been a fulltime fire inspector since 2005 at the University. Prior to that, he had been an emergency service officer with the Rutgers University Police Department during his time as a student. He later became a coordinator for student Emergency Service officers at the University. Co-worker Ben Garnecki said Arnold, a hardworker, helped him learn his way around campus when he first joined Emergency Services. “His work ethic is above reproach. He was a very thorough inspector, very specific in what he did,” Garnecki said. “I can’t say enough good things about him. The guy was good.” Outside of work, Garnecki said he and Arnold enjoyed good times together while participating in activities of common interest. “He was a friend as well as a co-worker,” Garnecki said. A past member of the Gordons Corner Fire Company in Manalapan, Arnold was also an active member of the Englishtown-Manalapan Volunteer First Aid Squad. He is survived by his mother, father, brother and fiancée. Freeman Funeral Homes, of Manalapan, will handle funeral arrangements. — Colleen Roache
project could create 6K jobs continued from front in the statement. In response to the governor’s decision, LaHood told the Associated Press the cancellation on a chance to improve New Jersey’s economy was a “devastating blow.” “The governor’s decision to stop work on this project means commuters — who would have saved 45 minutes each day thanks to the ARC tunnel — will instead see no end to traffic congestion and ever-longer wait times on train platforms,” he told the AP. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, DN.J., a key supporter for the ARC project, issued a statement Wednesday calling Christie’s decision a tragic day in New Jersey’s history and said the governor planned to eliminate the project from the beginning. “He killed the prospect for improving New Jersey’s economy and creating thousands of new jobs,” he said in the statement. “He increased the amount of toxic fumes that will be discharged from idling cars stuck in traffic, and he took away an opportunity for New Jersey housing values to go up.” Lautenberg added New Jersey Transit is healing from a minor derailment that occurred Monday and a summer containing 1,400 traf fic delays, calling it one of the worst in recent memor y. Politicians are not the only ones who are frustrated with the governor’s decision. Many transpor tation advocates are up in arms with the loss of the ARC project. Zoe Baldwin, a spokeswoman for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said the ARC project would have benefited the region in many ways, first of which was by alleviating traffic crossing the Hudson River. “Our rail lines and our roadways are at capacity going into the state and the best way to free up people’s commute to make it easier is to get these tunnels,”
“To get the situation where we have the project ready for that again … is going to take decades.” ZOE BALDWIN Tri-State Transportation Campaign Spokeswoman
businesses, Baldwin said. After Christie announced the cancellation of the project, Baldwin said these economic opportunities were lost, and he could not foresee the project coming to fruition in the near future. “You are not going to see this come back for a generation,” she said. “To get the situation where we have the project ready for that again … is going to take decades.” Baldwin added the governor’s repeated reference of “dollars and cents” as being the problem did nothing to solve the transportation problem in New Jersey. “So this is the challenge to [the governor] — how do we deal with this and how do we make
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views on a large scale, they are able to get many other people involved in politics that normally wouldn’t be.” Many of the people who attended the event were there to learn what all the hype surrounding the party was about. “I see the tea party all over the news, and you hear so much, but I can’t say I know what it really is,” said Burt Wolpin, a regular attendee at Eagleton events. Wolpin said he did not know what to expect prior to Zernike’s talk, but wanted to learn more. “I want to stay informed and I want to know what the movement is all about,” he said. Zernike began her talk by tracing the roots of the tea party. After President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory, many conser vatives were demoralized, Zernike said. “Most conservatives were unsure of what the future held,” she said. “Obama’s victory was, in modern times, a landslide victory for Democrats. This really deflated the majority of conservatives.” The tea party derives its name from the Boston Tea Party, in which angry colonists threw tea into Boston Harbor after the British put an exorbitant tax on it, Zernike said. The modern day tea party stands for a similar set of beliefs. “Supporters of the tea party believe that federal spending and deficit are too high, along with taxes,” she said. “Also, they want to make their presence and opinion felt and heard in Washington.” The party advanced the right’s agenda, Zernike said. “The tea party really turned around the conservative movement,” she said. “After 2008, it came as a jolt of energy.” When writing her book, Zernike said she wanted to formulate an objective view about the movement. She shared her experiences and described her research and the people she met along the way. “For many of the supporters that I spoke to, it was a fervor, a quasi-religious feeling,” she said. “Many felt that by taking on the government, it was the most important thing they had done in their life.” But the tea party is much more than just rebuking the government, Zernike said. “We need to remember that the tea party is about organization,” she said. “They are citizens who want their voices heard.” The tea party echoes the “take our country back” theme of the Populist party, Zernike said. The tea party emerged in the midst of the bailouts President George W. Bush initiated toward the end of his presidency and President Obama carried forward as he transitioned into office, she said. The most recent economic stimulus package and health care reforms angered tea party supporters. “The tea party is different in different places,” Zernike explained. “Although the central belief is the same, how people showcase their opinions is different.” After the lecture, many felt they were better informed about the movement. Wolpin, a member of the audience, said he was glad he attended the event. “It was a very partial discussion about a prominent topic in our nation,” he said. “I learned a lot.”
collect before the first frost, and often there is a lot left over in the fields, she said. If the crops were not used for more humanitarian reasons, they would have been commercialized. “[These peppers] would be at Wegmans,” Brown said. A major goal of RAH is to get fresh produce to have a longer shelf life and eventually make it into school lunch programs, said Larr y Katz, director of Rutgers New Jersey
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Agricultural Experiment Station suant to the Morrill Act of 1862 — Cooperative Extension. the University has a mission to It is a major reason why peo- educate the public. ple go hungry in New Jersey, The University launched acaBrown said. demic programs “The missing with a local focus “I am so excited ingredient is fresh to get people fruits, vegetables about and impressed by thinking and produce,” she hunger issues in said. New Jersey, Katz the level of RAH works to said. The School student interest directly collect of Environmental food that can proand Biological and enthusiasm.” vide for an immeSciences faculty LARRY KATZ diate need, Katz already particiRutgers New Jersey Agricultural said. pates in research Experimental Station As a land-grant on food producCooperative Extension Director university — a tion systems. public university To make food originally established as a land more available RAH started a grant college of agriculture pur- Farmer’s Market on Jones
Avenue to get fresh produce out to the local public, Brown said. The University partakes in the collection of food, but people also want to know where their food comes from, Katz said. By pairing with Farmers Against Hunger, people know their food is grown down the block and not from faraway countries. Gleaning is just one of the many activities RAH participates in, and there are opportunities to participate for all the student clubs, he said. “I am so excited and impressed by the level of student interest and enthusiasm,” Katz said.
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BY THE NUMBERS
What do you think is going to be the most popular costume this Halloween? BY ARIEL NAGI
“I’ve been hearing a lot about nerd and geek costumes. That’s just what comes to mind right away.” ROBERT YU
RUTGERS COLLEGE SENIOR
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES SOPHOMORE
The number of adults, kids and pets that will dress up this Halloween
“I feel like there is going to be a lot of Snookis, a lot of fake tanning and a lot of poofs.”
The amount individuals spend on average for Halloween, with the majority toward a costume
KELLY BAYER — SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES JUNIOR
“Nicki Minaj costumes — basically anything for females would be sexualized like animals and celebrities.”
“I considered being The Situation.”
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES JUNIOR
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES SOPHOMORE
The amount Americans are expected to spend on candy and Halloween paraphernalia this year
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Week in review: tricks or treats
n the wake of NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams, Fox News pundits have been calling for Congress to pull all funding from public broadcasting. The Fox pundits unanimously claim that public broadcasting delivers nothing but left-wing programming, which the majority of Americans disagree with, and the government should not waste taxpayer dollars on supporting it. In typical Fox style, Bill O’Reilly and friends have proven that they haven’t taken the time to engage with public broadcasting and understand the good that it brings to America. PBS stations are responsible for bringing educational programs like “Sesame Street” to children across America. Unlike Fox, PBS stations present truly unbiased news programming with the type of in-depth journalism that most major news outlets gave up long ago. Thankfully, the American public seems to disagree with Fox’s shamelessly biased agenda. According to a poll conducted by the Roper polling firm, Americans believe PBS is the second-most valuable service funded by tax dollars. For waging a senseless war against PBS, and for once again demonstrating astounding ignorance, the Fox News pundits deserve a trick. *
It is always heartwarming to see the University give back to the New Brunswick community. The Residence Hall Association will be hosting their seventh annual “Monster Mash” on Oct. 29 at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center’s gymnasium. The event offers a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating for local elementary school children. It is easy for University students to get wrapped up in campus life and forget about the other people who live in New Brunswick. Events like the “Monster Mash” are a great way for students to reach out to those people and build community ties. Because of the size of the University, a big chunk of New Brunswick is occupied by students, and many local businesses exist to serve them. As a result, much of New Brunswick isn’t very family-friendly. The “Monster Mash” helps to rectify this situation, even if it is for only a day. The University and its students have to remember that New Brunswick does not exist solely for them. Rather, a diverse community of people live in New Brunswick, and the University has a duty to be an active member of that community. RHA gets a treat for upholding that duty. *
While most people decide on their own to stop trick-or-treating once they hit their teenage years, some cities in the United States have decided to enact legislation that makes that decision for them. Cities such as Belleville, Ill., among others, have ordinances in place that make it illegal for anyone over the age of 12 to go trick-or-treating. When did it become the government’s place to tell people how they were allowed to celebrate holidays? Young teens have just as much a right to go trick-or-treating as anyone 12 or under. Also, such legislation could easily result in unfair punishments. Consider a scenario in which a teenager decides to supervise his younger sister while she goes trick-or-treating. In cities with age limits, this teenager could be slapped with a $100 fine just for being a good brother. That, quite frankly, is absurd. These cities that have decided to enact age restrictions receive a trick. There are certainly more important things for citizens to focus on than trick-or-treat legislation. *
The question of marijuana legalization will be on California’s voting ballot. According to Reuters, the voters will be able to decide on the legalization and sale of the controversial drug. The measure has been certified by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen in a written statement. This came into being after backers submitted the required number of signatures in a petition. Bowen said that supporters of the legalization needed 433,971 signatures, but had submitted 694,248. The war on marijuana has generally been a disaster. With police doing nothing more than handing out petty fines, the battle has been senseless. We give the state a treat for its decision to let its people choose its own laws. The legalization might go a bit further than the citizens’ potential vote for the law, but this is another step toward a profitable business for the state. *
The White House declared President Barack Obama’s appearance on “The Daily Show” a success. And while a Washington Times’ columnist declared that the joke was on Obama, we believe that the interview between Obama and Jon Stewart was as good as it gets. The comedy show famous for interviewing everyone from athletes to Nobel Prize winners allowed for the president to be heard by voters who may not earnestly follow traditional news outlets. This then was the ideal outlet for the words of a president fighting to keep his party in Congress. The questions weren’t “a list of softball questions,” as White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. We give a treat to Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” for a successful interview and the audacity to call Obama “dude.”
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Keep God, politics separate
most archaic Biblical rules, s it just me, or is God but are above following even suddenly a major playthe most important and releer in politics nowadays? vant ones. This is the The midterm elections are hypocrisy typical of today’s just around the corner, and “religious” politician. everybody’s using his name The Bible is not a politiin their speeches and rallies. Why? It’s like the SEAN CURTIS cal document or manifesto, America. Its teachings “Beetlejuice” of politics: belong in churches, synaCandidates seem to believe gogues and temples, where ordained and legitiif you say “God” at least three times he may not mate men and women of faith can preach them appear, but you will be magically elected into office. and spread the message of love and acceptance Sorry former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but it doesn’t they contain. If we don’t trust the diagnoses of a work that way. What is really unfortunate is that relidoctor who didn’t pass the MCATs, then why gious citizens all over America are eating it up, as if would we trust the religious preaching of a politiwe actually believe these politicians know what they cian who studied political science, not religion? are talking about. As a religion minor and as someAnd yes, Delaware Republican Senate hopeful one who was raised in a Christian home, it is rather Christine O’Donnell, the First Amendment does insulting to see low-life politicians using God’s name define the separation of church and state in the simply to attract votes. It seems kind of vain to me, Constitution — oh, and witchcraft is punishable and I think they have a commandment for that. by death according to the Bible. For someone Do these candidates really believe God is one of who is so into religion, O’Donnell seems to know their political supporters? Sorry, but I seriously so little about it. Please, America, just because a doubt the angels have either “Vote Democrat” or candidate isn’t in favor of abortion or thinks Jesus “Vote Republican” bumper stickers on the backs of would have supported Medicare does not make their heavenly chariots. God does not care who wins them a prophet. Stop considering the election, because neither party these people as such. And that really cares about him. If they did, “The Bible is not goes for the insane TV host Glenn we wouldn’t have so many poor peoBeck as well, who is about as benple in this country, we would love a political document eficial to religion in America as our neighbors and not judge them or or manifesto.” English-American author try to regulate how they live their Christopher Hitchens is. private lives, and the sick and weak All over this nation, American would be tended to. These are recurChristians have been duped by politicians into ring themes in the Bible. But, of course, politicians believing that they are making the choice God ignore these idealistic fantasies. The Bible is much would want them to make when they vote. These more useful as a tool in combating, say, homosexual politicians are the farthest possible thing from conduct. This, of course, is mentioned in the Bible workers of God. Their own personal agendas — far less than the aforementioned issues, yet it seems not the true Christian agenda of creating a world far more important to politicians. But if conservative of love and peace — are their highest priority. politicians are going to use the Bible to fight gay Other wise, they wouldn’t be politicians. Religion, marriage, than they should really have the guts to which is supposed to be an institution of spreadsuggest the punishment for homosexuality as preing love and helping others, is brought into the scribed in Leviticus: the death penalty. Then we’ll political arena to be corrupted in order to suit the see how many votes they get this year. needs of those who use it in their campaign sloThat, of course, would be insanity. Face it — gans. “Religious” candidates attract religious many of the rules you find from Genesis through votes, and that’s why we are seeing so many of Revelation are not applicable in today’s society. The them lately. We need to stop trusting these men next time some politician tries to use the Bible to and women when they use God’s name in their tell us that homosexuality is wrong, call him out for speeches. It’s poor and unethical salesmanship, eating pork or checking the astrology section in the and they’re only doing it to get you to the polls. newspaper. These too are sins (Leviticus 11:7 and Instead, look to the candidate’s political histor y Deuteronomy 17:2-5). If he wants to take the Bible and personal background. Do they reflect the literally then fine, hold him to it. And how about Christian teachings they so eagerly preach? If not, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighdo not vote for them. We have enough hypocrisy bor?” Politicians obviously have no problem with in our government. lying. They do it all the time. But this is one of the Ten Commandments, so obviously, they believe SEE CURTIS ON PAGE 9 themselves capable of telling us to follow even the
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Oppose Christie’s cuts to education funding Letter RICHARD MOSER
he Daily Targum’s lead editorial on Wednesday, “State cuts viable method of reform,” endorses Gov. Chris Christie’s continuing policy of layoffs and cuts to employee pay and benefits. The ver y same program of “reform” that the Targum endorses along “with Christie’s wide array of state cuts,” includes steep funding cuts to the University. I hope the
Targum’s readers realize the Christie cuts have been used as a rationale to cut compensation for faculty and staff and increase tuition and fees for University students. Does the Targum really believe that students and their families should bear the brunt of Christie’s policies or that the faculty and staff of the University — state employees all — are the first place to look for cutbacks? We all need to shift our sights to the real problem and the real problem is the economy — state and institutional budgets are a
Take small steps to conserve water Letter JOANNE THEISEN
lmost every living thing on this planet needs water, including the more than six and a half billion humans. The only problem is that we use and waste water at such a high rate that our surface and groundwater sources can’t replenish themselves. Out of all the water on Earth only 2.5 percent is fresh potable water. And less than 1 percent of the world’s fresh water is accessible, leaving a mere 0.5 percent as fresh water we can use. This leaves us with a resource that is perceived as unlimited but is quickly decreasing due to greed and misuse. There are one billion people on the planet that don’t have access to safe clean drinking water. Thousands of people in developing and underdeveloped countries die each week because of dirty-water-related illness. What would you do if there wasn’t drinkable water coming out of your sink or stocked in your grocery store? You have access to as much clean water as you could ever possibly want just gushing out of your sinks tap. This is a luxury and people treat it as a commodity they deserve.
CURTIS continued from page 8 The truly religious and moral politicians — if there are any — are the ones who follow the word of God without boasting about it. They are the ones who know that God is a being far superior to any ridiculous political campaign, and they do not arrogantly assume that their political standings represent his will. And to those Christian Americans out rallying for their Republican and Democratic candidates, with your campaign posters in your yard and colored pins on your jackets, I ask you to remember the Israelites, who were punished for worshipping a golden calf. Reshaping the calf into an elephant or an ass and coloring it red, white and blue does not make it any less of an idol. As the Bible tells us so, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Sean Curtis is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in East Asian studies. His column, “The Friday Rants,” runs on alternate Fridays.
When people think and act as if water is an unlimited resource they end up wasting more than they should. Eventually we are going to run our aquifers and surface waters dry, and there will be nothing anyone can do to find new sources of potable water. If people think gasoline is expensive, they’re in a world of surprise when a gallon of water starts to cost more than $20. This isn’t an “Oh, this will only happen thousands of years from now, I don’t need to worry about it” issue. This will affect your grandchildren and their children. The depletion of water is happening right now, and it is not stopping. Right now green is trendy, so be green. Reduce the amount of water you waste, and only use what you need. Instead of bringing one-time use bottled water to class use a reusable bottle with water from filtered tap water. When you brush your teeth don’t leave the water running, and try to minimize your time in the shower. Small things can really make a difference if everyone pitches in and does their part. You can make a better, healthier life for your children and grandchildren. Joanne Theisen is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior.
symptom of the recession, not the cause. The current “Great Recession” was caused by the dubious practices of the financial industry and a lack of government regulation of financial markets. Yet by a remarkable twist of logic, everyday working people have become scapegoats and are forced to pay the price of failure of our financial sector. While this rhetoric was used for political gain it comes with a high price: continued economic weakness. The primary reason the economy has not made a robust recovery is that demand — consumer
demand — has remained weak. That weakness is based on unemployment, fears of unemployment, loss of household wealth, loss of retirement savings and declining income. Christie’s policy will only increase unemployment, continue to weaken consumer demand, erode New Jersey’s sales and income tax revenue further damaging New Jersey’s budget. These misguided economic policies are one of the primary causes behind the widely reported and well-documented shrinkage of the American middle class.
Maintaining adequate funding for programs such as education and health care is one of the most important ways to preserve the eroding American middle class. The University is an economic powerhouse and adequate funding for education is the best investment for economic recover y. New Jersey’s families, already struggling to survive the great recession, need to have access to quality education and other essential public services. Richard Moser is a Class of 1992 University alumnus.
Continue to support EOF Letter JOHN CONNELLY
he only thing remarkable about my story is how truly unremarkable it is. Like all Educational Opportunity Fund students, I am the first member of my family to attend a university. Like all EOF students, I come from an economically disadvantaged home and would not be able to attend the University without the aid and support of the EOF program. Like most EOF students, I am in good academic standing, and like most EOF students, my grade point average is higher than that of the average University undergraduate student. Like many of us, I have to balance my grades with my two jobs, and like far, far too many of us, I find myself performing a juggling act, doing everything I can to make ends meet every semester. I do not write this for sympathy. Economically, I am far from the worst off of my EOF brothers and sisters. Nor do I inform you of my struggle in an attempt to illicit your respect. I tell you these things because, for an EOF student, I am the rule rather than the exception. Since its inception in the late 1960s, EOF has provided the oppor tunity for a quality education to thousands of
underprivileged New Jersey students. I do not write today to recount their accomplishments; I fear there would not be enough space in an entire month’s worth of The Daily Targums to do so. I write merely to thank the Targum staff for illustrating the efforts we EOF students must go through just to keep our heads above water. Far less achieve the academic excellence for which we are known.
“EOF has provided the opportunity for a quality education to thousands ... of students.” Throughout most of its existence, the program has not been threatened by budget cuts. There are a number of reasons for this. Par tially, it is because the program has always existed between the idealistic activism of the students who had once campaigned for its existence and the centrist realism of politicians such as former Gov. Thomas Kean, who was largely responsible for the legislation that created the program. Mainly though, the reason why EOF has managed
to avoid cuts in the past is because it works. The only way we can help our most disadvantaged communities, and, in turn, the only way we can solve the problems we face as a state and as a nation, is through education. If we are to seriously talk about making education more attainable, we must admit that programs like EOF are absolutely essential. I fear the austerity measures put forth by Gov. Chris Christie last year have already hindered the progress of a generation of N.J. college students. I also fear that these measures are a taste of what’s to come. It used to be the case that education was considered the chief public good in the United States. This is a tradition that goes back to the time of the Puritans and prompted sociologist Carl Bankston to refer to public education as America’s “civil religion.” Fixing the American education gap requires continued support for programs like EOF, but it also requires that we return to the educational ideal set forth by our forbearers. John Connelly is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore and the Educational Opportunity Fund Program Student Association’s parliamentarian.
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Today's birthday (10/29/10). Direct your personal power and will toward all types of creativity. Your career blossoms as you gain fluidity in expression. This year may be about imagining the many uses of the treasures stored within your memory. Make your findings public soon for best results. 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 5 -- You find yourself deeply involved with your own feelings today. Don't try to talk yourself out of them. Instead, face them squarely. This brings peace. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -Today is a 7 -- You achieve balance between social obligations and personal desire for travel. The two may combine in a natural way. Enjoy the trip! Gemini (May 21-June 21) -Today is a 7 -- You love the passionate response that you get from your favorite people when you share an idea. It's not time yet to put the plan into action. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -Today is a 6 -- Productivity gets a boost when you allow yourself to chase your passion. Take advantage of the circumstances to make hay while the sun shines. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Your week comes to conclusion on a most satisfying note. Go out and celebrate your success with good food and good friends. Record this day for the future. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Today is a 9 -- As you look forward to the weekend, handle small tasks as you go. That way you free up time for everyone to do something fun together.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -Today is a 6 -- Nurture your own social position by bringing something unusual to the plans. A male handles the invitations, while you focus on refreshments. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Today is a 9 -- Everything gets accomplished that you need to do today. Oddly, your enthusiasm isn't as important as consistent effort. Tease others into compliance. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -Today is a 7 -- It's easy to stay on track today with major changes. Just take the next step. You already have a great plan and the necessary energy. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Today is a 6 -- Keep yourself focused on what's on your desk. Don't get distracted by associates and chatter. You want to get home to something more fun. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Today is a 9 -- Enjoy every moment shared with associates. Everyone seems alive, thriving and working at their optimal level. You see success ahead. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -Today is a 9 -- Plan on spending a lot of time in public situations today. Circumstances require your presence. Clear your schedule and remain flexible.
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MEET: Technique serves as focal point for conference race continued from back forces us to give 100 percent every single day in practice.” Fontana is coming off a year in which she redshirted due to a knee injur y. Spiniello did not express any concern about the condition of her knee coming into this season. “Good things are on the horizon for Kirsten Fontana,”
Spiniello said. “She has the experience others can learn from. Her eagerness to get better and desire to be great make her a role model day in and day out.” This weekend the Knights attempt to focus on technique and not beating themselves. Connecticut and Villanova already won meets against Division I competition and appear to be ready for a Big East showdown. “It’s about racing, not worrying about the time,” Spiniello said. “Race the woman next to you, that’s the focus.”
DESTINY: Keeper, backs
Senior outside back Chris Edwards started only three games this season due to various injuries. Head coach Dan Donigan said Edwards could see a limited role tomorrow night as a midfielder.
CHANCE: Salmon plays diverse role throughout career continued from back “We know that if we don’t win, it’s over. I think that’s enough motivation in and of itself,” said junior captain Andrew Cuevas. “This is definitely a game for [our seniors]. Yannick always has gotten that clutch goal for us and Chris has been such a great defender for us over the last four years. It would be great to send them off with a win and let them play in at least one more Big East game.” After transferring from Maryland his sophomore year, Salmon amassed 12 goals — six this season — and has started every game in three years on the Banks. The 6-foot midfielder from Westbur y, N.Y., arrived at Rutgers as a defender and has seen time at different positions all over the field. “One thing that I have learned is that I’ve played a number of positions. Rutgers showed me just how versatile I could be,” Salmon said. “Rutgers gave me a second chance after I transferred from Maryland. Altogether it’s been the best experience I could have asked for.”
TEAM: Pair of away games offer substantial early obstacle continued from back inexperience may work for or against them. “There are two ways to look at that: Too young to know any better and too young to demonstrate the kind of experience that’s necessar y to pull of f games in big situations,” Stringer said. “Well, let’s say it like this. I think that ever y player that is going to be on that floor in a crucial situation except one was probably not on the floor in a crucial situation.”
a couple top-echelon teams to kick off the season, but that does not worry Stringer. Admitting that there has been a greater of fensive focus during practices thus far, Stringer feels the team will be ready for the challenge of playing California to star t the year, as well as national runner-up Stanford, which welcomes
Edwards, a mainstay on the Knights’ backline since 2007, has only seen time in nine matches this year as injuries hampered his senior campaign. As one of his defending compatriots, Cuevas knows just how tough the year has been on Edwards. “It’s been really hard on Chris,” Cuevas said. “It has taken a toll on him this year, but he has tried to remain positive through it all and he understands that if he isn’t healthy, he’s not going to be able to help out the team. Hopefully he sees some minutes on Saturday because he is getting healthier.” Head coach Dan Donigan noted that Edwards might see some action against the Blue Demons (3-9-5, 0-5-3) but not in his usual outside back role since sophomore Dragan Naumoski’s emergence in the senior’s absence. “Dragan has done a great job in his stead, so I don’t see the need to make a change. We might give Chris some minutes in the midfield on Saturday night,” Donigan said. “[Chris is] healthy and he’ll be available. It all depends on how we decide to manage his return to the team.” Even if Edwards is unable to go Saturday, Donigan praised his and Salmon’s ability to aid the
coaching staff’s transition in its first season — a transition that could have been hard on the senior class. “As many people know, they have had some tough times in the past,” Donigan said. “To come in and have the smooth transition and just the environment that we try to create here has been very good. And without the help of the captains and the leadership of those kids, that’s not possible. “I am very proud of them. I hope that they get opportunities — whether it’s soccer or post-soccer opportunities. I want the best for these guys. That’s the reward out of our job, when those kids go on and do good things.” There will be a time to discuss post-soccer plans, but now is not that time. The Knights are fighting for their playoff lives, and according to Salmon, it could not mark a better end to a four-year ride. “It kind of feels like all of the cards are falling into place for us,” Salmon said. “We haven’t done our part to win games, but other teams haven’t been winning either. And our last game of the season is at home against the team that we are fighting with. We really couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”
the Knights in their second contest. “We’re going to play one of the top-three teams or four teams within two or three games anyway. Every year that’s going to happen,” Stringer said. “I like that because it puts you on high
Stanford finished No. 2 in last season’s USA Today/ESPN Division I rankings.
“We still approach practice the same way — we’re still going to work hard.” KHADIJAH RUSHDAN Junior Guard
alert. It makes it much easier for us to coach and to teach because sometimes you can be fooled when you’re playing against one another, and you go in there and you blow this team out and then all of the sudden halfway through the season, you’re dealing with tough competition. If we go at it right from the beginning, we get a chance to measure up.”
In the final 12 minutes of last Sunday’s game against Columbia, the Knights tallied combine for pair of shutouts three scores to seal the victory. Freshman for ward Gia Nappi continued from back was in the middle of the action so you really can’t give up cor- with a goal and two assists. The ners on them. They’re just real- Fairfield, N.J., native is six points team-leader Nicole ly sound, they’re ver y skilled behind overall and they’re top five Gentile with 15 on the season. For the Knights to have sucin the countr y and they cess tomorrow in Storrs, Conn., deser ve it.” Hoping to deter some of those they will need to put up goals as corners is freshman goalkeeper often as they can, especially Sarah Stuby, who continues to with Connecticut goalkeeper impress in her rookie campaign. Sarah Mansfield in the cage. The walk-on made eight saves total The freshman allows just .89 in the team’s two shutouts last goals per game this season and holds a .789 save perweekend, and with the centage — just anothhelp of junior backs er test for a team in Mackenzie Noda need of a win. and Christie Morad, Despite slow starts looks to continue over the past couple her dominance. games, the Knights It all star ts with expect to get scoring being on the same together early enough page and that is someto have a chance to thing Stuby believed take down the No. 4 the team was able to JENNA BULL team in the land. do against Columbia Tchou noted the team needs and Bucknell. “It was a lot of hard work,” to play well, but with the postseaStuby said. “The entire team just son on the line tomorrow, snagkind of connected and we were ging a guaranteed tournament able to do what we needed to do berth may depend on the to win the games. The beginning Knights’ ability to figure out of both of the [Bucknell and UConn’s style of play. “The past couple games Columbia] games didn’t go well, but we really came together we’ve taken some time to kind of figure things out and once we [and] were able to connect.” And when that connection is figure it out we’ve clearly shown strong, the Knights do the most that we can get the ball in the damage, according to senior cage and things like that,” Bull said. “I think if we figure this Jenna Bull. “We’ve been focusing on playing game out soon enough, then we as a team and making sure that should be able to do that we’re connecting as a team and that because with video and things everyone’s moving every unit,” the like that we already have a head co-captain said. “We’ve got some start. Hopefully we go into the good individual players, but when game without having to figure we move as a team and move as one things out, and we’ll just take it unit we’re pretty tough to get past.” to them.”
make the NCAA Tournament last season and then getting knocked out in the first round against Iowa, the Big East Conference tabbed Rutgers as seventh in the preseason rankings. The ranking projects the Knights to be right in the middle of the pack, representative of their 19-15 record last season. Still, rankings don’t ring high in the minds of many on the team. Rushdan, now the leader on the floor after the team said goodbye to point guard Brittany Ray last season, never considers the rankings when she takes the floor. “Regardless of whether we’re first or last, seventh or whatever, it doesn’t matter,” Rushdan said. “We still approach practice the same way — we’re still going to work hard. We’re not going to work any harder or any less because we were seventh as opposed to 16th. We’re going to work hard regardless and that’s the mindset.”
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Champs await pair of squads BY MICHAEL KUPERSHTEYN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The last weekend of October has all of Rutgers riled up for Halloween, putting on costumes and ready CROSS COUNTRY to take on the BIG EAST weekend. CHAMPIONSHIPS T h e SATURDAY Rutgers m e n ’ s and women’s cross countr y teams will be doing something similar when they don their Scarlet Knights’ uniforms and prepare to face their conference competition at the Big East Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Syracuse, N.Y. Both the men and women face their toughest test yet, as the Big East is a loaded conference in cross country. The men will run an 8K race against a conference which includes six of the top-30 teams in the nation, while the women have a 6K run against four of the top 15 nationally-ranked teams, including No. 1 Villanova. The women’s team has shown significant progress from last year as they have already won two races, including the Metropolitan Championships and the Paul Short Invitational. “The team is more talented and a more tightly-knit group of runners. The freshman have added a lot of depth and talent to the improving sophomore class,” said head coach James Robinson. “The biggest dif ference has been the improvement of the sophomore class and the talent of the freshmen has elevated ever yone’s performance. The sophomore class is doing a great job and the freshmen class is doing a great job, as well as the lone junior.” Not only did the Knights become a more complete team this season, but they also had to persevere through injuries to their top five runners. Sophomore Victoria Pontecor vo was unable to race in the Metropolitan Championships on Oct. 8, and other runners have been nursing various injuries. The time off between the events should benefit the Knights. “The long layoff between the meets ser ved us well. It panned out the way we thought it would. Three of our top-four runners actually had injuries, so it helped us and they got to recover,” Robinson said. “All of our top-five runners were hurting, and we needed it. It worked out well, and hopefully we’ll be as fresh we can. The only major concern is Kelly Flannigan. Hopefully she holds up and pulls through.” The men’s cross countr y team seeks to improve its performance from last year, when it finished 12th at the conference championships. The team returns three runners from last year, including standout seniors Kevin Cronin and Nick Miehe, who have been the top finishers for Rutgers in ever y event this year.
OCTOBER 29, 2010
STRUGGLES WITH SACKS
BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
Of the 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Rutgers football team ranks dead last in sacks allowed. But on the opposite side of the ball, things are not much better. The six sacks the Scarlet Knights recorded through their first seven games places the squad at No. 115 in the nation — one of eight teams averaging less than a sack per game. “We’ve been getting back there, but a lot of teams are getting the ball out quick on us and doing all the little things,” said senior defensive end Jonathan Freeny. “But when we get back there we’ve been able to get hits on the quarterback and all that stuff.” Senior safety Joe Lefeged took down Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri last weekend for the Knights’ first sack since Sept. 25, when they played North Carolina. Rutgers is on pace for 10 sacks this season, after tallying 40 a year before. Freeny led the team with 9.5 sacks in his junior campaign, but after recording half a sack in the season opener against Norfolk State, he has yet to take down the quarterback. “I’m not really worried about it because we still have five games left in the season,” Freeny said. “There’s still plenty of opportunity to get into the groove of things and get some sacks.” But Freeny’s fellow defensive end Alex Silvestro is not concerned with the lack of sack results, as long as the defense is making stops some way or another. “It’s down, but at the same time, until the last game our defense was doing a good job,
especially with third-down stops,” said Silvestro, who also had a sack in the opener. Freeny and Silvestro agree that the results are more important than the numbers or the rankings, and although they might be a step late for a sack, they can still affect the play. “Whether it’s getting touches on the quar terback, hitting him, rushing him, it makes the quar terback get the ball out quicker,” Freeny said. “There are most definitely ways to be successful without getting the sacks.”
Mar tinek remains hampered by an ankle injur y he suffered Sept. 11 against Florida International. Although he played a bigger role against Pitt, earning 13 carries for 52 yards and a score, he suffered a setback. “I think he’s a little more sore than he’s been,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “The strange thing with ankles is if you get it tweaked a little bit, it can set you back. Now he has some time before the game, so hopefully that will change, but he’s not 100 percent. He’s not as good as he was going into Pitt right now.”
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Senior defensive ends Jonathan Freeny (99) and Alex Silvestro are part of a defensive unit that has just six sacks on the season.
Manny Abreu was unavailable against Pitt because of a knee injur y he suf fered against Army, and although the original prognosis would keep him out against South Florida as well, he is making improvements. It remains likely that he will be unable to play, though. “He’s getting better,” Schiano said. “I don’t want to build false hope there. I don’t think he’ll be ready this week, but hopefully the week after he’ll be ready.”
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Junior tailback Joe Martinek carried the ball 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown against Pitt but is still hampered by his ankle.
Rutgers needs focus for successful road trip BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT
In terms of the Big East season the Rutgers volleyball team has two choices this weekend: execute or face execution. There are four home games left for the VOLLEYBALL Scarlet Knights after RUTGERS AT this weekGEORGETOWN end’s road TONIGHT, 8 P.M. trip to Georgetown and South Florida, none of which are pushovers. “Execution [is the top concer n],” said head coach CJ Werneke. “We’ve been in a ton of matches this year past 15 or 20 points and par t of the reason is we lose a little focus and we don’t focus in a key point in the match.” Going by that logic, the only Big East match this year in which the Knights focused was against Seton Hall. Something needs to change and soon. “If I knew [what caused it] we’d be fixing it,” Werneke said. “It’s a combination of things. Sometimes the other team makes one more play than we do.” Last year, the Knights got the best of Georgetown in three-
Senior outside hitter Caitlin Saxton leads the team with 239 kills during the 2010 campaign, despite two recent conference losses.
straight sets after a 3-1 loss to South Florida that was closer than the score would indicate. The Hoyas head into the matchup with a 3-6 Big East record and are fresh off of two conference losses to Cincinnati and Louisville. Hoya Ashley Mallone comes into the match 18 assists shy of the millennium mark for the season.
“We match up well with them and the team understands that we’ve been good playing against them in the past,” Werneke said. “We’re going to try to keep the focus on our side and play some consistent volleyball.” The Knights then face the Bulls on Sunday at noon for a Halloween matchup.
Paced by Allie Boaz with 194 kills on the season and Janice Rivera with 333 digs, South Florida worked its way to a 9-11 overall record, but a winning 5-4 Big East tally. The Knights and Bulls are tied in the all-time matchup with four games apiece. Going into the weekend, Rutgers is led by senior outside hitter Caitlin Saxton with 239 kills and sophomore setter Stephanie Zielinski with 764 assists and 206 digs. Rutgers concentrated more on the Georgetown matchup this week, trying to extend its winning streak to two games in the series. “We’re focused on Georgetown for now,” Werneke said. “I’ll talk about South Florida [with the team] after the match against Georgetown.” But the team still only has a chance of victor y this weekend if it can eliminate inconsistencies on both of fensive and defensive errors, according to Werneke. “For tunately, so far we’ve been playing with them since we’ve been here and they’ve been pretty good matches so I think our team will have some confidence playing against them,” Werneke said. “It all just comes down to execution in the games.”
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OCTOBER 29, 2010
RU controls own destiny at UConn
Stringer’s team lacks experience
BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ
BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ
Win and get in. That is the goal for the Rutgers field hockey team tomorrow, when the Scarlet Knights FIELD HOCKEY (8-10, 2-3) trek up RUTGERS AT the east CONNECTICUT coast to SATURDAY, 1 P.M. take on No. 4 Connecticut to gain a Big East Tournament berth. Though head coach Liz Tchou and her squad have a good shot at making the tournament even with a loss, a win gets the team in for good and that is what everyone is gunning for. “We’re just going to go for it,” Tchou said. “We have to play really well in order to win [tomorrow] and the girls understand this. First and foremost we want to be fresh for Saturday. We want fresh legs and we want to be motivated to win.” The Knights enter the weekend with all the momentum they could ask for. Two shutout victories last weekend brought the team to just two games below .500, while also marking its fourth shutout in the past five games. Team defense is something that continually improves week-by-week for the Knights, but in order to halt a tough Huskies attack, there will have to be a greater team focus. UConn (13-4, 3-2) boasts three players that eclipsed the 20-point mark this season in junior forwards Ali Blankmeyer (21) and Cara Silverman (24), and freshman forward Anne Jeute (25). The team averages 3.12 goals per game and should be ready to defend its home turf, where the Huskies are 7-0 this season. “They have a couple players that are top-level,” Tchou said of Connecticut. “They are ver y good at attack corner execution,
for us. I’m excited. I can’t wait for Saturday night.” Rutgers (4-10-1, 1-7) enters Saturday’s matchup after falling, 2-1, Wednesday night at South Florida. While a win would have given the team momentum heading into the weekend, it would not have guaranteed a postseason berth. No matter what happened, it still comes down to DePaul.
C. Vivian Stringer made two things clear yesterday at the Rutgers women’s KNIGHT basketball NOTEBOOK t e a m ’ s a n n u a l media day: The Scarlet Knights are young and inexperienced. Coming into the 2010-11 campaign, junior point guard Khadijah Rushdan is the most seasoned on the team, having started 31 of 32 games last season and averaging nine points per game. Behind Rushdan, though, there is a bit of a drop-off. Junior forward Chelsey Lee is the second-leading returning scorer and leading rebounder, averaging 7.2 points and rebounds per game last year for the Knights. With three other juniors in guards April Sykes and Nikki Speed, as well as forward Julie Paunovic, the roster is a juniorheavy one. For the first time in recent memory, there is no senior leadership on the squad. “It’s a little bit unusual,” Stringer said. “I think that there are few times in the history of Rutgers women’s basketball that we do not have seniors, and this is one of them. It probably happens once in a blue moon.” Inexperience is another problem plaguing the 2010-11 edition of the program. After Rushdan, Lee, Speed and Sykes, who all played at least 20 minutes per game last season, no other returning player on the Knights’ roster logged more than 14 minutes a contest. Sophomore forward Monique Oliver and classmate Erica Wheeler are both expected to assume heightened roles this season, and according to Stringer, that
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Senior captain Yannick Salmon takes to his home field one last time in Piscataway tomorrow night against DePaul, as the Knights look to earn a postseason berth in the Big East Tournament.
Senior Day offers win-and-in chance BY A.J. JANKOWSKI ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
It may not have been the storybook ending that seniors Yannick Salmon MEN’S SOCCER and Chris Edwards DEPAUL AT e n v i RUTGERS sioned in their final SATURDAY, 7 P.M. season on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, but the final
chapter has not yet been written on the duo’s collegiate career. The Scarlet Knights have only one Big East triumph thus far, but a win over DePaul in the regular season finale would give the team a berth in the conference tournament. The stage is set for a Saturday night showdown at Yurcak Field: Win and the Knights advance. Lose and the season is over. “These are the games you live for and go to college for,” Salmon said. “It’s just a huge opportunity
First meet helps Knights gauge conference competition BY MATT CANVISSER CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers swimming and diving team SWIMMING & DIVING j u m p s RUTGERS VS. UCONN, into Big East comG’TOWN, ’NOVA petition TODAY, 4 P.M. with both feet this weekend in a quad-meet against Connecticut, Georgetown and Villanova at the RU Aquatic Center. The meet begins Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. The meet is the first of the regular season for the Scarlet Knights, as they face three Big East rivals and receive an immediate indication of where they stand within the conference ranks. The Knights have been preparing for this moment for the past seven weeks under the tutelage of first-year head coach Phil Spiniello. Spiniello was most
recently an assistant coach at Princeton before taking the head job at Rutgers in July. “I approached every day like I was the head coach when I was an assistant, so it has been a smooth transition,” Spiniello said. “I want to create a team atmosphere between the swimmers and divers — a culture of working together to reach the team’s goals — and a base of camaraderie around hard work.” With only one senior on the team and freshmen in many key roles, the Knights’ relative inexperience cannot be questioned. It remains to be seen just how far their youth can carry the group. “This team as a whole is a very young team, but I’m not concerned about the inexperience. It will set us up for years to come,” Spiniello said. Without experience to fall back on, Rutgers will need to rely on talent and technique to accomplish their Big East Tournament goals.
The team does have one defining characteristic that sets it apart from the pack, according to freshman diver Valentina Gordon. “Sometimes in practice we make careless mistakes that we would never want to make in a meet,” Gordon said. “But our greatest strength is positive energy. If someone is down we all support each other to get back up.” Rutgers will also count heavily on the leadership of its captains in senior diver Jen Betz and redshir t junior swimmer Kirsten Fontana. Betz, identified by Spiniello as the person who stood out most in practice, broke the school record in the three-meter dive last weekend at the Sonny Werblin Invitational. “Jen pushes us all to work hard. She’s the oldest on the team,” Gordon said. “All of us work hard because she works hard. She
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Junior Michelle Berman is the Knights’ distance freestyle specialist during the 2010-11 campaign and also swims the butterfly.