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The Rutgers wrestling team began its season with victories over Sacred Heart and East Stroudsburg by a combined score of 88-6 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

U. professor studies privacy on social sites





For Anthony Bonelli, a student born without the use of his arms, legs, hands and feet, the benefits of the digital age are not as easy to come by. Bonelli, a School of Arts and Sciences junior who transferred to the University this fall and has a rare and severe form of cerebral palsy, makes no excuses for himself. “As far as easy or difficult, I don’t view myself as different than any other college student,” Bonelli said. “I am just on wheels.” But Bonelli’s time at school has become much harder since he transferred because he is without access to a personal computer he can use on his own. “I know I am an adult, and I know it’s college, and I know they’re not going to hold my hand, but I feel like I’m being hung out to dry,” he said. The Of fice of Disability Ser vices, the agency charged with ensuring equal access of school programs to disabled students, after two months of school has not tackled Bonelli’s problem. Falling behind in his classes and frustrated with his situation, Bonelli first called ODS in late September to request reformatted class materials that he could hear being read aloud, he said. ODS responded, giving him electronic scans of paper materials and instructing him to download Adobe Reader, Bonelli said. “But I know Adobe Reader, and it didn’t really help,” he said. ODS then contacted a student who offered Bonelli a copy of ZoomText, a more powerful screen-reading application designed for users with disabilities, he said. The disabled student who loaned the software also offered to teach Bonelli to use it, but because of a scheduling conflict, the training never took place.



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Calvin Kwon, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy sophomore, browses the Internet. Research by University Professor Jack Bratich focuses on how college students interact and engage on social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter.

From posting a status about what they had for lunch or commenting on a close friend’s profile picture, the world of social networking sites has seemingly become a regular part of people’s lives. Rutgers College senior Ricardo Mercader said many of his friends are always on such social networking sites as Facebook, posting constant statuses about their day. “Sometimes, they just put every single idea that they have on their mind,” he said. “They draw it out into notes almost.” The desire to connect with others in the community, open up to new experiences and interact with a person after a face-to-face meeting are all enhanced by the use of social networking sites, said Jack Bratich, an associate professor in the journalism and media studies department.


Student’s art to bring awareness to city BY RASHMEE KUMAR CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Every time Maria Giancola dips a brush into her paint palette, she does so with hopes of skipping the starving artist phase after she graduates. The Mason Gross School of the Arts senior visual arts major worked to make her name known through several art exhibitions in New Brunswick and her hometown, East Brunswick, in pursuit of her goal. “I’m tr ying my hardest to be an artist right now,” she said. “I’m going through a crisis like, ‘What do I want to do with my ar t? How is it going to work into my career?’”

As part of her efforts to spread her name, a series of Giancola’s paintings will be on display starting today through Dec. 17 at the New Street Gallery in New Brunswick. New Jersey Blood Services will feature Giancola’s work this winter at the New Street Gallery to attract potential blood donors. The exhibit, entitled “Drip: Paintings by Maria Giancola,” will feature 30 of the artist’s pieces. “I called [the exhibit] ‘Drip’ because [NJBS] is a blood center, and I put the drip in my paintings a lot,” Giancola said. “I’ll be painting and if it drips, and I think it looks really nice, I’ll leave it. Pretty much all the paintings [in the exhibit] have drips in them.” Together with New York Blood Services, NJBS opened a gallery in Scotch Plains,

N.J., last year to create a destination for blood donors to meet other donors and view artwork, said Jan Zepka, NYBS manager of Community and Volunteer Relations. “It was so successful that we decided to repeat the same idea in New Brunswick,” Zepka said. “This exhibit is exclusive to Maria, and it’s absolutely awesome. Her work is incredible.” Zepka encouraged University students to not only see Giancola’s contributions to the gallery but to make a contribution of their own by donating blood. “We try in any way we can to bring attention to the fact that the need for blood is ongoing,” she said. “If we got 15 people to


BAKA event raises questions about fundraising BY NATALIE FLYNN STAFF WRITER

A controversial fundraising event Thursday evening ignited tension between organizers of BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice and Jewish student group Rutgers Hillel. The event’s purpose was to raise money for U.S. to GAZA, a flotilla planning to set sail against the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Although both groups want a resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in Gaza, Hillel raised concerns over where the event’s proceeds would be going, said Andrew Getraer, Hillel’s executive director. Regardless of criticisms, BAKA chose to hold the fundraiser, which about 350 people attended, said Hoda Mitwally, public relations officer for BAKA. “The point of U.S. to GAZA is to bring much needed supplies to the Gaza strip, which cannot enter now because of the Israeli siege, illegal under international law,” said Mitwally, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. BAKA Events Coordinator Ghalib Mahmoud was proud his organization was hosting the fundraiser.

“Other ships have left from Turkey, Cyprus, Ireland — so the idea that a U.S. boat, for the first time, [would be sailing] … would not only be bringing across the issue of how problematic the issue in Gaza is, but we would also be embarking on a moment in history,” said Mahmoud, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “You would have the first U.S. boat setting sail, and we would be contributing to that.” Getraer and Hillel students were not against fundraising for Gaza, but they were concerned that legal barriers would prevent U.S. to GAZA from receiving the money. “Our issue is that they’re doing something to raise money which violates U.S. law,” Getraer said. Sarah Morrison, president of Hillel, said the organization agreed that the content of the event itself was not disagreeable. “What we did object to was, if U.S. to GAZA were to break the Israeli blockade, there is no guarantee that Hamas won’t take that aid,” she said. The blockade, which prevents arms and weaponry from being sent to Hamas,


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Derby Days raises highest funding in nation BY AMY ROWE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The University’s Sigma Chi fraternity chapter raised $95,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network last week, holding several events on the College Avenue campus for the 22nd annual Derby Days. Along with the help of seven sororities, Sigma Chi broke the record for the most money raised by a greek organization in the country during the week, said Alcibiades Torres, director of Recruitment for Sigma Chi. “[Derby Days] reminds us that despite the spirit of competition and every sorority wanting to win, everyone is here for the same cause, to help people better their lives and give them a little hope,” he said via e-mail. Derby Days included events like Jeopardy and Penny Wars in which sororities competed against each other, said Torres, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Derby Days Director Chris Daniele said Sigma Chi chose the most willing and committed panhellenic sororities at the University — Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Kappa and Zeta Tau Alpha. About seven members from the Sigma Chi fraternity were drafted earlier this semester to team up with each sorority, with some acting as Derby Days captains, said Daniele, a Rutgers Business School junior. The week ended with the largest and most anticipated event, the lip sync and dance competition, where each sorority performed a themed routine, he said. Daniele acted as emcee at the lip sync along with 10-year-old Kaitlin Cuttler, a patient from the Children’s Specialized Hospital.


As part of Derby Days, the week-long philanthropic event of Sigma Chi fraternity, sororities perform a themed routine during the lip sync and dance competition, the last event of the series. Together they announced the winners of each event. Sigma Kappa won for most website donations, with team member and School of Arts and Science junior Gabbie Diassi raising $5,240 alone, Daniele said. The Derby Days participant that won by raising the most money was Gamma Phi Beta. All of the proceeds from the week went to the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital and the Children’s Specialized Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Daniele said. “All of our teams are really dedicated to their philanthropy,” said Daniele, the youngest elected “Derby Daddy” in Sigma Chi histor y at the University. “This event is a big deal to be involved in. Girls start practicing for the lip sync over the summer.” A “Derby Diva” was elected within each sorority to plan the lip sync routine and the fundraisers during the week, said Blaine

Schoen, Alpha Chi Omega’s Derby Diva. Alpha Chi Omega’s theme was “a love stor y” in which they danced to a number of songs including Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” said Schoen, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Schoen and her fellow dancers wore pink tutus, and she eventually popped out at the end of the story wearing a magnificent blue gown, which was modeled after Cinderella. “This experience has definitely been my most memorable in college,” she said. “Not only do I get to spend time with my sorority sisters for a good cause, but I also get to dance, which I love.” Each sorority ran its own fundraisers during Derby Days, with Schoen and her fellow team members holding a bake sale during the week. Alpha Chi Omega also collaborated with Fresh Frites for a deal where a portion of the proceeds from each order was donated to

the Children’s Miracle Network, Schoen said. Each sorority collected donations from students and family members throughout the week for the Children’s Miracle Network. Derby Days began on Halloween with field events at Buccleuch Park. Torres said each sorority and their Sigma Chi captains participated in activities like tug of war, egg toss and balloon popping. “The events were designed to get the teams pumped up,” he said. “We also wanted to encourage the competitiveness and sportsmanship of Derby Days.” “Sign-a-Sig” was an ongoing event the next day where sororities had to find Sigma Chi members wearing white T-shirts and sign them with markers, he said. Zeta Tau Alpha won the event by having the most signatures on any of the members. Jeopardy was held Monday night in Van Dyck Hall on the College Avenue campus, where the members of the sororities sat in the auditorium and watched a Sigma

Chi member and two members of the sorority they were drafted to compete with in the game. Before the game, Children’s Miracle Network Program Director Nicole Fulmino and her tiny Yorkshire terrier Griffin, a therapy dog, came by to tell more information about the cause of her program. Fulmino showed a video of patients at the Children’s Specialized Hospital and its atmosphere, which she said specializes in pediatric care for brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as breathing irregularities in premature babies. The Brotherhood Auction was held in Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus on Tuesday night and consisted of captains, divas and round picks from each sorority, who were auctioned off for a date with the highest bidder. “It was really fun being auctioned off,” said Schoen, who was sold for $475. “I was looking for ward to it ever since I became a ‘Diva.’” The highest bid of the night was on School of Arts and Sciences junior Evan Hackler for $2,025, Torres said. Penny Wars took place all day Wednesday on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus where teams added pennies to their own buckets and silver coins to other team’s buckets to earn points toward winning the event, Daniele said. All of the coins collected from Penny Wars were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Phi Sigma Sigma won Penny Wars, he said. After a week of raising money for a good cause, Saturday night’s lip sync concluded the record-breaking Derby Days. “It’s been unreal,” Daniele said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of ever yone around me.”


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Anthony Bonelli, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, experiences difficulties completing his coursework because standard technology does not accomodate his disability.

DISABLED: ODS sees influx of disabled students continued from front Now his computer can read text, but it does little else. Disabled students in New Jersey used to qualify for financial support for technology assessments, but since the cutting of funds to all eight of the N.J. regional centers for college students with disabilities, the cost of assistance has gone up, said Amy Dell, project director of Adaptive Technology Center for New Jersey Colleges. The technology assessment, which evaluates the needs of disabled students and recommends compatible technologies, now costs $500, she said. “The state allocation to the Special Needs Grant Program had been $1.1 million for many years,” said Dell via e-mail. But the Special Needs Program received no money in June of this year, Dell said. For the ODS, the harm caused by the cuts in state aid and funding of regional centers is amplified by a sudden influx in the number of disabled students on campus. “We’re seeing consistent and steady increase of students every day,” said ODS Director Gregory Moorehead. “It’s not a weekly thing. It’s not a monthly thing. Every day we are having students added to our case loads.” ODS reported 395 disabled students at the New Brunswick campus in 2006, according to the Survey of New Jersey Campus Programs for that year. The office reported having 997 disabled students on its rolls this October, a jump of about 150 percent over the past four years. Moorehead said the number is now more than 1,000.

Bonelli is just one student within that growing crowd. So far, technical support for Bonelli has come from people who are uncertified to tailor the technology so that he can use it on his own. One of those people is Richard Thompson, a Ghanaian immigrant and Bonelli’s around-theclock personal assistant. “After putting him in bed one day, around 10 p.m., I said, ‘Look. I will sit down and figure this thing out,’” Thompson said. In his free time between dressing, feeding and escorting Bonelli to class, Thompson has been tinkering with the program. “It has so many settings that it will take me a while to learn what’s best for him,” he said. Providing assistive technologies to disabled students at the University over recent years has floundered. The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education in 2006 listed further resources in adaptive technology to help disabled students under “Suggested Areas of Improvement” at the state’s colleges and universities. ODS released a poll roughly three years later reporting that 60 percent of faculty and staff surveyed said they had little to no knowledge of electronic and online accessibility. In response to these findings, the University Senate made a series of recommendations, including hiring an IT professional to work with the disabled, according to Senate documents. But since cuts in state funds prompted the administration to freeze faculty salaries, the University has grown reluctant to make new hires. “Well-credentialed people are expensive, and you’re talking about someone with skills

in disabilities and credentials in IT,” said Bar r y V. Qualls, vice president for Undergraduate Education. The University is looking for donors to dedicate funds for disabled students and ODS, Qualls said. “There are donors out there, like people who donate to major hospitals, who may be interested in this program,” he said. For now, ODS and Bonelli are busy finding a way to do more with less. Clarence Shive, assistant director for ODS, is Bonelli’s student coordinator. On top of handling Bonelli’s accommodations, Shive personally handles a caseload of 289 other students, according to internal data from ODS. “When we became aware of [Bonelli’s] technological impediments, we reached out to IT, we reached out to professors, and we reached out to fellow students,” Shive said. The office is exceeding its responsibilities in an attempt to be sensitive to, but still supportive of, a student who is genuinely capable of participating in classes, he said. “I spoke to Mr. Shive and said, ‘Look, what’s going on here?’ and he said, ‘Anthony, I’ll be perfectly honest with you, we’ve never had a student like you, so we’re hoping next semester will go more smoothly,’” Bonelli said. Because of the efforts of ODS, Bonelli’s professors have granted him an extended timeframe for completing work, Shive said. Bonelli commended Shive’s helpfulness given the circumstances. After weeks of trial and error, Bonelli and ODS have contacted the Adaptive Technology Center about scheduling an assessment.

about peer-to-peer theft by individual criminals,” he said. “We looks at excessive use of sites don’t typically think of the broader implications of everyday identity theft of ‘digital selves’ by corcontinued from front porations.” Rachel Mitchell, a School of “This doesn’t always mean Social Work graduate student, the best par ts of people come said this is a reason why she out,” he said. “All of the dif fisparingly uses Facebook and culties that come with social does not like the idea of personal interactions also get a new information being open to the platform — jealousy, judgpublic. But she said the same ment, self-doubt, rage, callouscould not be said for her friends. ness, violence.” “They might not see the longThis nonchalant use of term effects of it,” she said. “But social networking sites is an later on, they are going to regret area of focus for Bratich, who that they put so much of themsays the inclination to share selves [out there] for everyone experiences with friends and else to see.” colleagues is not unique to Although the average age of these sites. Facebook users increased since “College life has traditionalits launch in 2004, there is still ly been a time for young people more focus on how college stuto experiment with and discovdents use it because the site origer new things about theminated as a university-only closed selves,” he said via e-mail. network, Bratich said. “This is not only an intellectual “Even though it has opened process but a social one — up to others, this early group has meeting new kinds of people, defined much of how we think of sharing living spaces, joining social networks generally,” he organizations. Social media said. “Given the excitement and easily integrates into this time volatility of college life, it makes of life.” sense that a lot of the more interBratich focuses his research esting innovations and extreme on the politics of network culture experiences would come from it.” and is working on an article entiThis use of social networks by tled “User Generated college students was recently Discontent,” which examines the magnified and social networking received national site Twitter and “It’s a command — attention. social movements. University firstHe is also com‘You must express year student Tyler posing a book yourself!’ — and Clementi posted a entitled “Reality Facebook status Programming,” usually via ... on Sept. 23, which which analyzes said he intended reality television social media.” to jump off the but also considers JACK BRATICH G e o r g e social media as a Journalism and Media Studies Washington type of “social Associate Professor Bridge. This came software” that soon after his programs ever yroommate, Dharun Ravi, used day lives. Twitter to inform his followers Despite what side comes that Clementi was having sexual out on a social networking site, relations with another man. Mercader said a student must Although this brings up the realize he is using a site question of whether social netopened to the rest of the digiworking sites should be monital world. tored, Bratich said a proposed “You have to always be aware alert system would provide a that what you put on your plethora of false alarms. Facebook account is seen by all “A culture based on fear and your friends and can be seen anyconstant demands for security is where,” he said. a weak one. The constant stream School of Arts and Sciences of alerts can be numbing and senior Nicole Buffington said this counterproductive,” he said. “If brings up the issue of privacy, there’s a clear emergency, someadding that it is up to students to one would hopefully call 911.” make sure they filter who sees Mercader expressed the same their profile page. sentiment, saying social network“If people are concer ned ing sites should not and could not about their privacy, they be regulated. should look into the privacy “I don’t even know how they settings,” she said. “Maybe to would be able to do it,” he said. some extent, Facebook should “Whatever the person wanted to put let people know what they are. up there, they will put up there.” But other than that, it is With the world of social media pretty self-explanator y.” tangled into the daily life of Bratich said less privacy could University students, Bratich said sometimes be helpful, allowing the question of whether a social students or users to express networking site could disappear themselves and overcome shame is the same question scholars or excessive inhibitions. But he asked with the emergence of added it could also be negative. print 500 years ago. “Too much exhibitionism can “While the specific forms, be its own trap. It used to be the products and platforms will case that self-expression was tied change, the desire to communito freedom,” he said. “Now it’s a cate and connect through techcommand — ‘You must express nology will persist,” he said. yourself!’ — and usually via the This is why many people are restricted templates and interalready going through what is faces provided by corporate called “social networking social media.” fatigue,” which Bratich said is an By continuingly posting inforexample of how social media will mation to a Facebook page, cormutate in the future. porations and government agen“Social media’s changes will cies are using these “data selves” depend on the ability of users to to their own benefit by gathering make the most out of its best personal information for targeted aspects — creating in common, advertising, Bratich said. This is learning about themselves, of much more concern when enhancing their powers to act — thinking of privacy and social netwhile avoiding its worst — working sites. exhaustion, exploitation, vio“This culture focuses so much lence,” he said. on ‘identity theft,’ but it’s mostly



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Magazine founder gives fiscal advice to students BY CLIFF WANG CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Students at the University had the opportunity to hear advice about how to wisely invest and manage their money directly from a professional. Todd Romer, founder and executive director of Young Money magazine, visited the University on Thursday afternoon as part of Young Money magazine’s Live Tour Fall 2010, which hopes to bring relevant financial education to college students. The fall tour’s first stop was Eastern Kentucky University on Aug. 31, and will end with the University of Central Florida on Nov. 10, Romer said. Along the way, they will visit 25 college and university campuses. “Students, especially those in today’s economy, always desire knowledge on how to better manage their money,” Romer said. “Young Money Live is about relevancy. It’s going to encourage young adults to establish and reach personal financial goals.” Romer’s presentation included advice on how students can be financially healthy, develop an entrepreneurial mindset and obtain personal goals. “I star ted Young Money because I started to manage and invest my own money during college,” Romer said. “I am hoping to instill in students the knowledge that I have learned along the way.” Nearly 10 million copies of Young Money magazine have been published since its founding in 1999, and its content can now be found online, Romer said. Romer’s inspiration for the tour also came from a recent study by Sallie Mae, a financial institution that manages student loans. The study, titled “How Undergraduate Students Use Credit Cards,” reported that 84 percent of college students indicated they needed more financial management education, Romer said. Romer and the event sponsors chose the campus stops on the Young Money Live tour, and

he hopes to begin another tour next spring. The University’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, partnered with Young Money to host the tour. Jef frey Esquillo, Alpha Kappa Psi president, said the fraternity strives to be the premier developer of principles for business leaders. “By teaming with Young Money and PNC Bank, we hope to create more awareness about the importance of financial education for college students,” said Esquillo, a School of Environmental and Biological Studies senior. Agamani Sarkar, Alpha Kappa Psi director of Public Relations, said the event ran well and attendees were interested in Romer’s advice. “Hopefully this event will educate our student community on how to successfully manage your money,” said Sarkar, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Some students were equally optimistic that the event would benefit the student community. “I think it’s always good to learn about how to manage the money that you have,” said Michael Wong, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “We have such good opportunities to do so here at the University.” Since the event was open to all majors, students like School of Ar ts and Sciences junior Oliver Chin had the opportunity to learn about money management despite not being the business school. “Since I am not a business major, I haven’t been exposed to many tools such as investing and money managing,” Chin said. “That’s why I thought this would be a great way to immerse myself and learn how to manage my money.” Danielle Urys, a financial sales consultant at PNC bank, one of the tour’s sponsor’s, believes that the tour will get the word around about managing money at an early age. “We’ve sponsored the tour because we think it’s a great way to help students develop financial responsibility early on in their life,” Urys said.



Students dance at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum’s Masquerade Ball, held Saturday night at the museum. Guests learned ballroom dances and participated in a scavenger hunt.


National Peace Corps Associate President Kevin Quigley describes how volunteers integrate into the communities they work with during Thursday’s Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary, held at the University.

U. reunites first Peace Corps trainees BY ANDREA GOYMA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Some of the first Peace Corps volunteers reunited in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus Thursday to celebrate the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary. Colombia I was a group of 62 Peace Corps volunteers who became the first citizen diplomats to promote peace in some of the most remote places in Colombia, said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps deputy director. Thirty-five Colombia I members attended the celebration at the University, which became the first Peace Corps training site in 1961 under President John F. Kennedy. Executive Vice President for Academic Af fairs Philip J. Furmanski emphasized the University’s special relationship with the Peace Corps and the integral par t the late Samuel Proctor, the first holder of the Martin Luther King Jr. chair at the University’s Graduate School of Education, and alumnus Harr y Kranz played in that relationship. “Up until [Proctor’s] recent death, [he was] one of the University’s most loyal alums,” Furmanski said. “[He] designed the curriculum outline that described what volunteers should be taught before going overseas.” Proctor was deeply involved in the establishment of the Peace Corps and was its associate director and first director in Nigeria, where he served for 18 months, he said. Kranz, as coordinator of Recruitment Training and Selection, was instrumental in bringing that training to the University, Furmanski said. Kranz was also involved in the domestic version of the Peace Corps, the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Ser vice to America program. The University signed a memorandum of understanding in 1987 with the Peace Corps to start a graduate-level Masters in Public Administration at the University’s Camden campus — making it the only campus in the nation to work with the Peace Corps in nonprofit management and in preparing volunteers for service abroad, he said. Ronald Schwarz, a panel speaker and Colombia I honoree

who served from 1961 to 1963, discussed his memories of that time during his presentation. “[Before training] a lot of us couldn’t identify Colombia on a map, half of us couldn’t speak Spanish, and none of us had any idea what community development was about,” he said. Even though they were a diverse group, the Peace Corps’ proactive objective tied them together, Schwarz said. “We were talking about apathy in America and [how] the Peace Corps joins us spiritually,” Schwarz said. “The fact of getting out of America, on the road like Jack Kerouac said and leaving America to do something for America, that

“This is really special, after so many years there are still fond memories of being here.” JERRY MCMAHON Colombia I Honoree

was something that brought us all together.” After Colombia I’s training, the members visited the White House and met with former President John F. Kennedy and Vice President L yndon B. Johnson, he said. During the meeting, Kennedy said he viewed the Peace Corps as a training ground and as another way of looking at foreign policy. Hessler-Radelet called the members of Colombia I pioneers because they ventured into an unknown territory in the organization’s infancy. The Peace Corps had no systems in place, no standard operating procedures and no safety net. In keeping with the evening’s theme of “Peace Corps Past and Future,” Timothy Shek, an Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy graduate student, discussed his experiences in the Peace Corps when he volunteered in 2007 in Bolivia. One of Shek’s fondest memories was during training in Bolivia where he and his team members drove to a remote Andean settlement to help drill a water well for a single mother and her two children.

“For four days we battled altitude sickness, freezing wind and sun, but we finished,” he said. “She stood there with her children crying tears of joy as she pumped water for the first time in her life. She thanked us and the heavens above for bringing us to her. That was the greatest gift I have ever received.” Kevin Quigley, the National Peace Corps Association president, described how the volunteers become a part of the community in which they are working. “When you’re working, sleeping, eating and living essentially integrated into another community, it changes how [we] look at the world ... our hearts all have another home,” Quigley said. Jack Elzinga, a Colombia I honoree learned cultural humility through his experience with the Peace Corps, he said. “Cultural humility is accepting that other cultures have as much to offer us as we have to them,” Elzinga said. Jerr y McMahon, another Colombia I honoree, said he recently went with his wife and Peace Corps partner back to the community where he volunteered and was excited to see how the community evolved. “It’s exciting to see how the town has improved and the things that have changed in the lives of the people there. That was the most rewarding thing,” he said. “We saw people we worked with 50 years ago. There was a plaque on a school we helped build and their names were [printed] right alongside our names.” The reunion also offered him a chance to revisit the University and reconnect with friends. “This is really special, after so many years there are still fond memories of being here,” McMahon said. “Coming back and seeing the campus, it’s really exciting … it seems much bigger, much more active.” Denia Navarrete, a Peace Corps Regional Recruiter and University alumna, is proud of this connection the organization has with her University. “Honestly I just feel a strong sense of pride that I have the opportunity to be back as a return Peace Corps volunteer and Rutgers alum,” Navarrete said. “To hear such a great panel of speakers and to see such a passionate group from Colombia Peace Corps, it’s an honor.”



EVENT: U. to evaluate which cause will receive funds continued from front has stopped ships from Iran with hundreds of tons of ammunition, Getraer said. “People think the blockade is to starve the people of Gaza,” Getraer said. “If [there is to be] peace, people should support the blockade.” Members of Hillel expressed concern that the money would not go toward a legitimate group, Getraer said. “If their intent is to help the people of Gaza, there are 1,001 organizations to go through,” said Sam Weiner, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.

ART: Giancola plans to take year off before graduate school continued from front come out and donate blood, and each pint of blood can save up to three lives, then that would save as many as 45 lives.” Giancola said her interest in art began at an early age. By the time she started her first year at East Brunswick High School, she was taking extra art classes at Middlesex County College. “In middle school, I was taking classes in watercolor, oil painting and drawing,” she said. “I started to get a bit more serious in high school. Then I got into Mason Gross.” Even though she has only worked with Giancola for a semester, part-time lecturer at Mason Gross Wendy White said she is impressed with her work ethic and sophisticated approach to materials. “Some of her most recent paintings are as good as work I’ve seen at galleries in New York City lately,” White said. “Maria is super-focused and asks herself tough questions in the studio, and it shows in the quality of her paintings.” Mason Gross School of the Arts Dean George Stauffer awarded Giancola with the Dean’s Choice Award last semester for her painting, “MK,” and she considers the recognition to be her greatest accomplishment. In addition to her dedication to painting, Giancola’s grades have made her eligible to be on the dean’s list every semester of her career at the University. She is also a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In order to balance between her jobs as an employee at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus and as an art instructor, Giancola is now going to school part-time as she completes her Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis with a concentration in painting. “My idea is pretty complex so far, involving painting and installations,” she said. “I’m going to build a billboard in the galler y and weather the wood to make it look really old, then paint on the billboard and collage into it, and light it and possibly put sound.” Giancola plans to take a gap year before applying to graduate school so she can continue to work and figure out whether art is a viable career option. “Hopefully, I’ll get a job in the arts,” she said. “After grad school, it would be nice if I could have a job and make art — maybe teach and make art at the same time. But I always want to be painting. I’ll make time for painting.”

Elizabeth O’Connell Ganges, executive director of Student Life, said the University has been working with BAKA to decide which organization will receive the funds. “On a viewpoint and content-neutral basis as required by applicable federal law, the University is seeking to ensure that any beneficiary of the event proceeds is legally recognized as a bona fide tax exempt entity under U.S. law, and that all proceeds will be used for lawful purposes,” Ganges said, reading a statement from Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory S. Blimling. Students involved with BAKA said the controversy surrounding the event overshadowed the problem of humanitarian need in Palestine.

“In regards to Hillel and the AntiDefamation League, I strongly condemn their actions, which I consider to be racist actions — the smear campaign that they have launched against us,” Mitwally said. “They don’t want the Rutgers community to know what the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is like. To ignore what is going on is despicable.” Hillel students saw the situation differently and defended Israel’s position. “What most people don’t know [is that] Israel provides 80 percent of the energy into Gaza,” said Pam Slifer, Hillel Board Israel chair and a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Some students felt that the flotilla was more of a political statement, rather than actual help for the people in Gaza, he said.

NOVEMBER 8, 2010 “I would like to see BAKA and Hillel doing fundraising together to ensure a peaceful future for the citizens of Israel and the citizens of Gaza, because they both deserve that¸” he said. “That’s the point that’s being missed.” University Associate Professor Deepa Kumar, who attended the event Thursday, said regardless of the controversy, the issue of Gaza must receive attention. “This is not controversial in terms of this being a humanitarian crisis,” he said. “The international committees of the Red Cross and the [United Nations] have urged Israel to lift the blockade. … It is like a prison camp. People need to understand what’s going on and do what they can to alleviate the situation.”


Speakers in support of the flotilla and against the siege of Gaza attended the event. Palestinian journalist Fida Qishta showed a short film entitled “Where Should the Birds Fly?” and Army Col. Ann Wright, who was on board a flotilla that set sail in March, spoke out against the actions of the Israelis and said the flotilla is a peaceful resistance movement. Rami Abousleiman, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said no one should believe BAKA intended to offend any group of people and that the event was not anti-Semitic. “Jews, Christians, Muslims alike — one love, no discrimination,” Abousleiman said. “This event is especially for the people in Gaza and for people everywhere who are displaced.”



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GOP must begin cuts in Congress


ith soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner being pressured by voters to cut the salaries of House members, the Republican Party must keep its promise of slashing spending and bringing change. This move will show taxpayers the GOP’s efforts to rein in spending by first thinning their paychecks. The American people need to see change begin with the government itself, and we support the idea of cuts to the already sufficient paychecks that House representatives receive. “It’s pretty clear that the American people want a smaller, less costly, more accountable government here in Washington,” Boehner said on the day after Election Day. And that is exactly what must be done. The GOP gained five dozen House seats on the premise of scaling down government spending and reform, therefore the ideal move would be to show initiative and empathy for the American voter by reforming themselves. Boehner himself is set to receive a $30,100 pay increase next year when he takes the position of speaker, according to His salary will be a hefty $223,500. The base salary for Senate and House lawmakers is less in comparison at $174,000 per year. While no decision has been made yet, Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, pointed out that the GOP made promises in its “Pledge to America” in September. “The Pledge to America calls for cutting Congress’ budget, but no specific decisions have been made about how that will be done at this time,” said Steel. The GOP needs to makes these decisions as they would indicate some sort of understanding and solidarity between voters and the party in power — something that was missing at the time of Democrat majority. Congressmen are not supposed to be “in it” for the money — they should rather be true representatives for the people who elected them. A salary of $174,000 per year already provides for a pretty well-paid job and even a small cut would serve its purpose. With 9.6 percent of the labor force experiencing joblessness, people will be looking to Republicans for signals of compassion and actual change on Capitol Hill. And with expectations already pretty high for the GOP and especially Boehner, something must be done. Empty, promising words will do nothing but cause more political disillusion in taxpayers, and that is something we cannot afford. Change for once must come through.

NJ Transit has basis for firing employee


erek Fenton, an 11-year New Jersey Transit employee, appeared on the front pages in September for burning pages from the Quran in a protest against the planned Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan. According to, two days later, he was fired for “breaching the agency’s code of ethics.” The American Civil Liberties Union is now saying Fenton should get his job back for being unconstitutionally terminated for exercising his free speech right. We agree with the group’s argument for the First Amendment; however, in this case of possible religious abuse, NJ Transit did well to distance itself from Fenton. While Fenton was not wearing anything identifying him as an NJ Transit employee and he attended the protest on his day off, he was still a part of the company. Free speech rights may protect Fenton against his employer’s imposition on his civil liberties, but in this case, the company fired him to defend itself from a controversial subject. Fenton, as a representative of NJ Transit, could have brought on a lawsuit from another, Muslim employee for harassment. NJ Transit simply took the necessary measures against an employee who decided to lack the respect for another man’s religion. The claims made by the ACLU make sense as to an employee’s actions outside of work. We agree with the notion that a man cannot be defined solely by his job. He is free to express his opinions and exercise his free speech rights as much as not to put his employer in a position of choosing between the company’s safety and an employee’s dissatisfaction. Free speech is limitless, but there are deserved consequences — on part of the employer at least. We expect the president of the United States to behave and we expect our children’s teachers to uphold certain values. And this principle extends to private sector and state employees. With Facebook and Twitter allowing for almost instant news — or users’ pointless updates at least — people must be careful with their exhibition of free speech rights. This perhaps makes for a dire future, or present even, in which we cannot escape even the simplest, smallest of repercussions, but this is something we all have to face. Fenton took part in a controversial protest in a public place, and he made himself known for defacing a religious text. Individuals now have the chance of becoming public figures like never before, which puts them in a position where they must be aware of their actions at all times. Fenton became a public figure when he chose to burn a religious text, and we can’t condone the burning of any religious text.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was really fun being auctioned off. I was looking forward to it ever since I became a ‘Diva.’” Blaine Schoen, Alpha Chi Omega’s Derby Diva and School of Arts and Sciences junior, on being auctioned off for $475 STORY IN UNIVERSITY


Health reform misleads elderly


ne of the most ironic The recent launch of a federal scenes from this research initiative comparing past midterm elecdifferent treatments and delivtion season was Medicare ery techniques for various disbeneficiaries at tea party ease states certainly fueled events deriding the new the fear that cost alone will health care law. Fueled by ultimately be the determining House Republican leader factor in deciding which treatBO WANG John Boehner and other ments are covered. Again, the right-wingers, the elderly issue is about more than just demanded the repeal of the Patient Protection and cost because palliative care, which seeks to maximize Affordable Care Act along with other pieces of legisthe quality of life of terminally ill patients, not only prolation passed during the previous two years of duces better patient and caretaker satisfaction, but also President Barack Obama’s first term. In this column prolongs patients’ lives compared to more aggressive I will look at three key issues the opposition leaders measures. Imagine that — a longer, more satisfying life have seized upon to rally this age group against for the patient at a fraction of the cost. But that is not PPACA: the rationing of care, cuts to Medicare and what the drug companies will have seniors believe. the law’s purported violation of this country’s foundThe passage of judicious rationing, which should ing philosophies. decrease the blanket use of mammograms and First, the elderly have been led by the right-tilting encourage talks about palliative care, will therefore media and various health care stakeholders to believe serve not so much to insert the negative influence of the new health law will lead to harmful rationing of care government between patient and doctor, as remove by the government, thus preventing them from getting the harmful clout of industry. the most beneficial treatments from their doctors. Another point of opposition by the elderly to This fear has been stoked in part by politically PPACA is the cutting of funding to parts of untimely announcements including the U.S. Preventive Medicare, which “perplexingly” is also a point of Services Task Force’s evidence-based recommendaopposition by the budget-hawkish GOP. While I am tion late last year that annual mammograms for women strongly opposed to the law’s proposed cuts in paywithout risk factors begin 10 years ments to doctors for treating later — at age 50 rather than 40 and Medicare patients — a cut which I “That repeal is biannually rather than annually. Few believe will lead to decreased qualiimages created as powerful an impact ty of and access to care for the eldthe only way to go on the elderly as the prospect of a erly — I do support the cuts aimed when it comes to Simon Cowell-like panel refusing needat removing generous subsidies ed treatment and pulling the plug durthe new health law.” provided to cover supplemental ing their final days. benefits for the Medicare Basically, if the elderly are happy Advantage program, which will with their care now, which most of them are, then bring it in line with the rest of Medicare. shouldn’t outside hands keep away? Well, the bottom In addition, the new health care law increases line is that the care they are happy with may not be best access to medications for seniors through Medicare for their health, especially if outside interests are playPart D by closing the problematic coverage gap by ing a role in determining what care they get. 2020. This gap is known as the donut hole and The annual billion-dollar mammography industry, forced seniors to pay the full cost of their drugs out for instance, will use all the political tactics it can to proof pocket after an annual threshold of $2,830 had mote annual screening for all women as early as possibeen reached until total drug costs exceed $6,440. ble, despite evidence from the Nordic Cochrane Centre Finally, PPACA’s supposed violation of our that “if 2,000 women are screened regularly for 10 nation’s ideals and founding principles has ser ved years, one will benefit from the screening, as she will as a major unifying point among the elderly, and avoid dying from breast cancer. At the same time, 10 many others, that repeal is the only way to go healthy women will ... become cancer patients and will when it comes to the new health law. However, be treated unnecessarily. These women will have either when healthy citizens do not purchase insurance, a part of their breast or the whole breast removed, and they are not making provisions ahead of time for they will often receive radiotherapy, and sometimes future illness, an unfortunate but unavoidable fate chemotherapy. Furthermore, about 200 healthy for all human beings. Society then pays for their women will experience a false alarm.” Other stakeholdselfishness. Dr. Thomas Zeltner, the former Swiss ers whose bottom lines are threatened by rationing can secretar y of health, says, “Individual freedom be expected to engage in similar tactics. does not mean that you should be free to live irreThe anxiety about death panels often centers on the sponsibly and freeload from others.” denial of chemotherapy and other expensive “life-savSEE WANG ON PAGE 9 ing” treatments in favor of palliative or hospice care.

Doctor’s Orders

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Ideology poses as scholarship at Brandeis U. Letter

Also, at the same time, most of those opposed to the coverage mandate support a ban on denial of coverage of sick patients by insurance companies, as well as a cap on the amount insurance premiums can be increased every year. Such a combination is not viable because there would be a strong incentive for individuals to wait until they get sick before buying insurance. Why wouldn’t they wait if they could not be denied coverage and also would not be paying substantially more for their premiums? No insurance company can survive with the catastrophic economic burdens that such a scenario would pose. The Republicans, having won their relished majority in the lower chamber of Congress supported by their tea party movement-backed colleagues, are pushing the repeal of PPACA as their No. 1 priority. I respectfully ask them to deliberate on this: The elderly and the rest of the American people are reaping more and more benefits from the new, fiscally responsible health care law as implementation moves forward. It will soon establish itself as a third-rail issue and one would have to be taking illegal drugs to try to take these needed benefits away.

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eeming to confirm a world view that the brilliant British commentator Melanie Phillips describes in her new book as “a world turned upside down,” Brandeis University is hosting a troubling series of events in the tellingly-named “Israeli Occupation Awareness Week,” being held from Nov. 8-11. Cosponsored by the group Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, the events once again demonstrate the moral incoherence seen on college campuses whenever there is debate about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Brandeis University, of course, was named for Justice Louis Brandeis, who, though he was a secular Jew raised in the comfor t of the social elite, believes that “Zionism finds in it, for the Jews, a reason to raise their heads, and, taking their stand upon the past, to gaze straightfor wardly into the future,” a notion that might well have informed the thinking on the university’s campuses for much of the 20th centur y. But that was before campus ideology was hijacked by the Left’s obsessive reverence — something that came to be known as “social justice,” an ideological pathology that informs the ver y educational mission of Brandeis today (or

“social action,” a term which Noam Chomsky, who clearly Brandeis uses in its Diversity lives in an academic netherworld Statement). Students and liber- of political fantasies, conspiraal faculty on campus are urged cies and intellectually disingenuto advocate for social and eco- ous distortions of history and nomic goals described in decid- fact. If Chomsky’s vituperation edly liberal/left intellectual for- against America has been a mulations such as ‘social and defining theme in his intellectual economic justice,’ ‘distributive jihad, an obsessive, apoplectic justice’ and ‘the global intercon- hatred for Israel has more comnections of oppression,’” this pletely dominated his screeds latter view ideal for conflating, and spurious scholarship. Like at least in liberal imaginations, other anti-Zionists in the West the shared comand in the Arab plicity of America world, Chomsky “Students and and Israel in their does not even reclong-term oppresognize the legitiliberal faculty on sion of the indigemacy of Israel, campus are urged believing that its nous people of Palestine and the ver y existence to advocate “occupation” of was, and is, a their land. moral transgresfor social and So it should sion against an economic goals.” come as no surindigenous peoprise that the list ple, and that the of guest speakers creation of Israel for the repellant “Israeli was “wrong and disastrous. . . . Occupation Awareness Week” There is not now and never will includes a galaxy of notorious be democracy in Israel.” anti-Israel Jew-haters whose Of course, if the organizers contribution to the week’s of Brandeis’ Israeli Occupation awareness-raising will not be an Awareness Week actually wantanimated discussion of alter- ed different views of the situanate views of the tion on the ground in Israel, the Israeli/Palestine conflict, but a West Bank and Gaza, they might one-sided, biased, inflammato- have invited participants with r y series of exhortations call- opposing, alternate views. Such ing for the continued murder of speakers might call into quesJews in the name of “resis- tion the repeated, though mistance” and the eventual extirpa- taken, references to the West tion of the Jewish state. Bank and Gaza, as well as East Headlining at Brandeis will be Jerusalem, as “Arab” land, a speech entitled “Israel’s encumbered only by Israeli Escalating Policies of Apartheid” oppression, the dreaded occupaby the intellectually notorious tion and those pesky settlers.

That is a convenient fable, as is the fictive people that the Palestinians have been conjured up to be: an indigenous nation that had sovereignty, a coherent society, leadership and some form of continuous government — none of which have ever existed. More to the point, it is historically and legally incorrect to overlook the fact that not only all of the land that is current-day Israel, but also Gaza, the West Bank and the land east of the Jordan River that became Jordan, is part of the land granted to the Jews as part of the League of Nations Palestine Mandate and that no “occupation” by Israel therefore exists. So if the Brandeis community wants to make itself collectively feel better by seeking to bring “social justice” to the long-suffering Palestinians by demonizing, delegitimizing and libeling Israel, they will have achieved that objective with the noxious, Israel-hating event. But the only awareness that such events create is the realization that much of what tries to pass as scholarly debate on campuses today is nothing more than propaganda and ideology dressed up as true intellectual inquiry. Richard Cravatts is the director of Boston University’s Program in Publishing & Digital Media at the Center for Professional Education. He just finished a book about higher education, “Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews.”



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Today's birthday (11/8/10). Your luck shifts this year as you enter a more relaxed cycle. Handle any stress with exercise and meditation. Intuition guides decisions and conversations. The girls partner with you to create delightful social events to remember. 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 -- Your energy goes in three directions at once, but it's okay. Details come together and you achieve goals quicker than you thought possible. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -Today is a 7 -- A female associate obsesses over finishing a project that just isn't quite ready. Everyone needs to complete their part first. Divert her attention. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Energy flows among your associates easily today. Clever ideas meet cheerful agreement. You see how the final product can develop. Set priorities. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -Today is a 6 -- Whatever you try today goes more smoothly than you thought possible. You have just the right ideas to persuade others. Go for the gold. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Careful communication creates a smoother flow today. Gentle questioning reveals otherwise hidden motives. Then everyone's agendas meld like shuffling a deck of cards. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- You feel pressure to prepare for a social event of great importance. Step up the glam and write the speech in advance. Practice it in the mirror.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Lacking high energy, conditions around you still allow for forward progress. Imagine getting together with coworkers for a party to celebrate. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Today is a 5 -- Obstacles dissolve as you get into action, diving in with your natural talents. Everyone agrees that you're on the right track. This one's easy. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -Today is a 7 -- You've been dreaming about fortunate changes for family members. Today something will shift here. Use your influence to direct the boat with the tide. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Today is a 7 -- The group flaunts their brilliant ideas with great enthusiasm. Everyone's prepared to work hard to create the most positive outcome. A female takes charge. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Today is a 5 -- Without any high-energy activities, you still get a great deal accomplished. Small tasks flow into larger ones, and soon you see the end of the tunnel. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -Today is a 6 -- Harmony is restored today when you imagine that all things are possible and then take action. You get powerful help from a surprising source.



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RAC: Winston posts pair of victories in redshirt return continued from back The dominance continued in a bout featuring two NCAA qualifiers, as junior Trevor Melde faced off against ESU’s Adam Hluschak at 141 pounds. Melde scored an immediate takedown and cruised to a 6-1 decision. “I liked that second bout he had. That’s a pretty good kid he beat,” Goodale said. “Trevor just got cleared to wrestle live coming off an ACL injury. That was big.” Following two major decision victories from Mason and senior Daryl Cocozzo, sophomore Scott Winston capped off his first day of competition from a redshirt season with a 6-1 decision. “I felt pretty good,” Winston said. “There was a couple of things I wish I could have done better — I wish I would have pulled the trigger quicker. Other than that, I went seven minutes and kept my feet going. He didn’t wrestle me as much as I would have liked, but I felt good.” The Warriors (1-1) got on the board in the 184-pound contest when sophomore Jesse Boyden could not pull out an escape in the final 20 seconds and fell, 4-3, to Brendan McKeown. East Stroudsburg’s other victory came in the night’s last match, when Rutgers senior Sean DeDeyn fell, 4-0, to Will Weaver at heavyweight.

True freshman Mike Wagner continued his impressive showing early on, taking down ESU’s Ed Ebewo by an 8-2 score. “With Wagner I was ver y pleased,” Goodale said. “That’s a lot of points he put up there and we haven’t that in some time. He wrestles hard and he is just going to get better.” Against Sacred Heart (0-2), seven Knights recorded pins, starting with sophomore Matt Fusco at 125 pounds and ending with heavyweight senior DJ Russo. The fastest pin came courtesy of Melde, who took down Joseph Evangelista in just 1:17, as Rutgers recorded its largest margin of victory since a 59-0 win on Feb. 9 2002, against Wagner. “When you get the chance to put someone on their backs, you’ve got to do that and get the heck off,” Goodale said. “That was the mindset and we did a good job of that.” The Knights also got a tech fall from Wagner and a 10-3 decision from DeMarco to finish off the Pioneers. Mason earned two victories in his first two bouts with Rutgers, including a pin 2:12 into his match against Sacred Heart’s Tim Rich. “The teams were a little weak, but overall we looked good as a team,” Mason said. “It was the first time getting down to weight for me, so that’s always a little bit tougher. Now we have a couple of things we can go back and look at in practice.”

After just being cleared to wrestle following knee surgery, junior Trevor Melde, left, rebounded by posting Rutgers’ quickest pin of the day, taking down his Sacred Heart opponent in 1:17.


short of early expectations continued from back of her Connecticut commitment to spend time at Delaware. Sykes was an All-American — the start of the Scarlet Knights “Fab Five” and an everyday double-double scorer with the ability to drop 50 points per game as a high school senior. But when she got to Rutgers from Starkville, Miss., it all disappeared. As a freshman, Sykes started just two games and could not even pass her conditioning test before the season started. She showed glimpses of a deadly shooting prowess, like her 18point game against California, but finished with just 3.2 points per game. Sykes’ sophomore season was just as tough. Rutgers needed Sykes to play a key role on last year’s squad. She started 11 games

but only upped her scoring average to 5.6 points per game. Her shooting percentage plummeted to 29 percent from the floor and just 16 percent from long range. But now a junior, Sykes feels like she finally found her groove. “I wouldn’t say it’s confidence,” Sykes said on her offseason improvements. “I’m just relaxed. I used to be a relaxed player, like nothing worried me. I think I’m just more relaxed now. I’m just slowing things down and reading situations better. Defensively, it has been a huge progress for me, so it’s exciting.” Her teammates see the same improvement. “I think the number change has already helped her,” said junior guard Nikki Speed, who came to Piscataway with similar lofty expectations as a member of the Fab Five. “I think that’s going to help her with her confidence. She’s always in the weight room just trying to see what she can do. She works hard on the court, taking coach [C. Vivian] Stringer’s



After joining the Scarlet Knights as the No. 2 recruit in the country, April Sykes struggled to adjust in her first two years on the Banks, averaging 3.2 points per game as a freshman and 5.6 last season.

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— whatever you want to call it — verbal abuse and learning from it. She’s going to be a weapon on the court this year.” The relationship between the Hall of Fame coach Stringer and Sykes has not been a smooth one. “She used to yell at me all the time, but it was never for shooting. It was for not shooting,” Sykes said. “The other day at practice, she yelled at me, ‘If you’re not going to shoot, just get off my court.’ She’s embraced me as far as shooting because she knows that’s one thing we’re going to need since we don’t have Brittany Ray from last year.” Stringer’s plan this season is to not force Sykes into any specific mold, but to allow her to be herself. “I don’t intend to put anything on her in terms of expectations,” Stringer said. “I need her to be a part of everybody else and not worry about it because the greatest burden anyone ever has is the expectation that one has of one’s self and the expectations that everybody else has and it puts a burden on your shoulders.”



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t does not get much more convincing than a 47-7 thrashing win. Texas Christian laid the score on Utah on Saturday and grabbed plenty of attention to jump up to No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Horned Frogs’ win dropped Boise State to No. 4, as Utah got pushed back to No. 15 after the blowout. Oregon and Auburn now occupy the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings, respectively.



NFL being handed down for late and dangerous hits are a cause for concern for not only the players, but for NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, as well. Smith said yesterday that the NFLPA “will challenge and appeal any disciplinary decision that is unfair and disproportionate.”





a trip to Washington, D.C., over the summer to get their chance to shoot around with President Barack Obama, as reported yesterday by the Oklahoman. Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul met up with Obama at Fort McNair on Aug. 8 to play for a group of soldiers wounded in combat.



Ethiopia won the 41st annual ING New York City Marathon yesterday in his debut on the 26.2-mile course. Gebremariam is the first man to ever win the event in his debut, as the 26year-old set a modest goal to simply finish the course before departing from his homeland, but finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 14 seconds. On the women’s side, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya took home the title with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 20 seconds. The win marked the 31-year-old’s first major marathon title.



linebacker Channing Crowder was not happy after his team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens yesterday and it was not because his team lost, 26-10. Crowder accused Ravens’ fullback Le’Ron McClain of spitting in his face during the third quarter of the game and went on a rant in the locker room after the game about the referees among other things. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been spit in my face in my life,” Crowder said to reporters after the game. “And that’s the worst thing you can do to a man as another man — spit in somebody’s face.”

THE KENTUCKY BOARD of Stewards fined jockeys Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano following a fight in the winner’s circle after the Breeder’s Cup Friday at Churchill Downs. Borel received a $5,000 fine for altercation, while Castellano earned himself a $2,500 fine and six-day suspension.


Sophomore Devon Watkis made his first career start last Wednesday in Tampa, lining up at right tackle against a South Florida pass rush that ranks among the nation’s best. Redshirt freshman Andre Civil also appeared at right tackle in his first-ever appearance.

Adjustments aid o-line’s performance BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT

In an attempt to better protect quarterback Chas Dodd from the South Florida defensive attack, t h e FOOTBALL Rutgers football team tried to change two things: play calling and personnel. In the offensive game plan, the Scarlet Knights significantly shortened up their passing game, opting primarily for screens, swings and quick slant passes. “We did come in, and we sped it up some,” Dodd said. “We made a few good plays here and there, but it wasn’t enough.” The play calling paid off perfectly when Dodd threw a backwards pass to sophomore Mohamed Sanu, who tossed it over the Bulls’ secondary to an open Mark Harrison in the end zone. “It was something we practice a lot,” said the sophomore receiver, who caught a touchdown in his fourth consecutive game. “They bit on the throw to Mo and Mo made a perfect throw.” On the personnel side, Rutgers shook up the starting

SEASON: Gentile’s goal fails to spark second-half rally continued from back But not long after, Syracuse, which beat Connecticut, 1-0, yesterday to win the Big East Championship, adjusted to the press and tallied its first score at the 14:22 mark of the first half. Junior for ward Heather Susek created the opportunity by dribbling past the Knights’ backline to get deep into the circle, earning her first of two scores on the day. Syracuse got on the board again 16 minutes later, when forward Lindsey Conrad received a cross in the circle from Laura Hahnefeldt to beat Rutgers goalkeeper Sarah Stuby. The Orange blasted eight shots at the freshman in the first half alone, and while Stuby

rotation for the first time since reinserting Caleb Ruch as a starter against Tulane. Sophomore Devon Watkis started at right tackle for the struggling Art Forst, who moved back to left guard, where he played last season. “It felt good to start,” said Watkis, a 6-foot-7 tackle from Coram, N.Y. “I felt good out there. I made a few mental errors that I shouldn’t have made, but other than that I felt good out there. But the outcome kind of makes it a little sour.” Watkis played right tackle for the majority of the game after finding out he earned a starting role from head coach Greg Schiano on the ride to the stadium. “You can’t let that affect you,” Watkis said. “Coach [Schiano] always wants us to prepare as a starter. Even when I was a backup, I’m one play or one injur y away from being a starter. You have to have that mindset.” The other major change came in the addition of Andre Civil to the offensive line rotation. Civil, who first entered the game at right tackle to begin the

second quarter, debuted in his first career college football game. “It felt great to get playing time,” said Civil, a redshirt freshman. “I felt excited going into the game to get the first couple of snaps of college ball. I had fun out there.” If someone told Civil three years ago that his first snaps in a college football game were at right tackle, he wouldn’t believe it, he said. Civil joined the Knights a semester early — enrolling at Rutgers to participate in spring practice — and spent more than a year playing defensive end. After the second scrimmage of this year’s training camp, Civil traded in his No. 97 for 66 and joined the offensive line. “Really all of the coaches have helped me with the transition from the d-line,” Civil said. “Coach [Kyle] Flood has been great in just teaching me everything I need to know and getting me prepared. All of my teammates have been helpful, too. Art [Forst] and Desmond [Stapleton] have been playing this position for a while so I look to them and [senior center

Howard Barbieri] is our captain. He’s a great leader.” But neither change succeeded in holding off South Florida. Not only did a busted screen play result in a safety that proved costly in the loss, but the Knights surrendered two second-half sacks — including one on fourth down — to close the door on Rutgers. “I thought we played better on the of fensive line,” Schiano said in his day-after game teleconference. “We’re still not near where we need to be, but we took a step in the right direction. They were seventh in the countr y in sacks. They were a formidable pass rush, and I thought for the most par t [the of fensive line] did a decent job. “Now, I think we helped them out schematically, getting the ball more quickly. There were times we held it, and we were able to protect the passer. If we can make the same amount of improvement between this game and next game as we did between Pitt and this game, I think we got a chance.”

did make key saves, some of the goals were savable, according to Tchou. “If you ask Sarah, she probably could’ve gotten the first couple of shots –– just getting the timing down on the shots and the way that they were penetrating the circle,” Tchou said. “She was probably disappointed in the first couple. At the same time she had some really good saves.” Just three minutes into the second half, Susek struck again for the Orange and by that time the Knights faced a disconcerting 3-0 deficit. Still, more than 30 minutes remained on the clock and junior forward Nicole Gentile and the Knights’ played as such. The Jamison, Pa., native scored her 11th goal of the season with 13 minutes to play, giving the team hope and a possible spark. “I really fed off my teammates,” Gentile said. “They

made some really good plays and they were able to get the ball to me, and I was able to give us our first goal.” In the end, the Orange proved to be too much to handle and scored an insurance goal with less than five minutes left to halt any hope of a Rutgers comeback. Judging by the stat sheet, there should not have been much of a discrepancy. Syracuse outshot the Knights, 13-9, and posted only two penalty corners more than the team it dominated earlier in the season. Tchou’s team displayed growth since a Sept. 18 matchup against the Orange by keeping the game close statistically, but Syracuse’s ability to capitalize on oppor tunities in key situations proved to be Rutgers’ downfall. “I think we handled them the best we could,” said junior back

Mackenzie Noda. “They just capitalized on the few mistakes we had and I guess that’s just the game of field hockey.” The ebbs and flows of the 2010 season may have gotten the best of the Knights, but the postseason berth should not be diminished due to the early Tourney loss. To outsiders, a sub-500 finish and Big East Tournament loss may not be clear indications for a bright future. But to senior Heather Garces, the program is ready to latch on to more success moving forward. “I’m so excited. They only lost me and Jenna, so next year they have pretty much the same team coming in,” Garces said. “I think they have so much potential, and I think from here, ever y year from now on we’re going to make the Big East and I hope next year they go even farther.”



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Syracuse ends Knights’ season despite improved outing BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ CORRESPONDENT


Junior forward Nicole Gentile scored the Scarlet Knights’ lone goal Saturday in a first-round Big East Tournament loss to Syracuse in Storrs, Conn. The Jamison, Pa., native led the team in goals this season with 11 tallies.

From the outside looking in, one could say the Rutgers field hockey team did not enter the Big East Tournament with the same experience, FIELD HOCKEY ranking or expectaRUTGERS 1 tions as the other three teams. SYRACUSE 4 But from within their own ranks, the Scarlet Knights (8-12) headed to Storrs, Conn., with the mentality to seize an opportunity –– one that eluded the team since the 2003 season. Though a 4-1 loss to No. 7 Syracuse does little to rectify the team’s aspirations, the Knights did all their head coach could ever ask for. “We were in the game all the way until the end,” said head coach Liz Tchou. “Obviously when they scored that fourth goal that was the killer, I guess. We kept right with them and I was really, really proud of the girls and how they fought and how they performed. “It’s one thing to fight. It’s another thing to be able to fight and compete and perform and execute under the pressure that they were giving us.” The score remained even at zero through almost 15 minutes, as the Knights put the pressure on the Orange (15-4) early and often in Connecticut. The heightened pressure was something the team practiced leading up to Saturday’s opener, and as senior midfielder Jenna Bull noted, it certainly caught the conference’s top team off guard. “We were really excited and we came out pretty pumped. We played really well and there was no score for a good amount of time,” the co-captain said. “I think they were a little surprised to see how strong we were and we had good pressure up front. We played like a unit.”


New number takes pressure off Sykes’ back BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT

Basketball is a sport with plenty of important numbers. The one on the back of the jersey is not normally one of them. But for junior April Sykes of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, an offseason WOMEN’S BASKETBALL change from No. 12 to No. 24 is more significant than any number anyone could throw her way. Sykes’ father Michael Sykes — before he passed away 18 years ago — wore the No. 24 when he ran the court. April Sykes wears his number to honor him and channel his shooting ability. “I’ve always worn it to represent him and I finally got it back,” Sykes said. “I’m excited about it.” Sykes did not have the opportunity to don No. 24 during her first two seasons because the number belonged to Myia McCurdy. But with McCurdy now a Rutgers graduate, Sykes quickly asked for a number change. “I feel like my old self again,” Sykes said. “It’s just the confidence of knowing that it’s on my back. It’s like a relief. I always wore it for a reason. It’s not just a number.” When Sykes refers to her old self, she is not kidding. In high school, Sykes was the best of the best. Ranked the No. 2 overall recruit in the country, Sykes was the top player to make it to college after Elene DelleDonne opted out



Sophomore transfer Mario Mason earned two victories in his first action as a Scarlet Knight, pinning Sacred Heart’s Tim Rich in 2:12, followed by a 14-5 major decision over Eddie Stephenson of East Stroudsburg on Sunday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Rutgers routs pair of opponents at RAC BY A.J. JANKOWSKI ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Forget about the team result, the Rutgers wrestling team was not about to let anybody not wearWRESTLING ing a scarlet singlet win a single bout. 6 E. STROUDSBURG The Scarlet 32 Knights opened RUTGERS their season yesterday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, demolishing both Sacred Hear t

and East Stroudsburg by scores of 56-0 and 32-6, respectively. “I think we did a good job. We really pushed the pace and wrestled hard all day long,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “We just wrestled well in all three positions and we pinned people, which is not easy to do in college wrestling.” Rutgers (2-0) recorded a total of nine pins and came away victorious in 19 of the 20 total matches. Although they completely outmatched the opposition, the Knights were still glad to get the season of f on the right note.

“I tr y to go out the same way I would wrestle the best guy in the countr y,” said sophomore Mario Mason. “I don’t want to put on a show or be flashy or anything like that. I just wanted to go out and wrestle as hard as I could and score whenever I could.” Rutgers kicked off its contest against East Stroudsburg by getting out to an early 12-0 start behind pins from sophomore Joe Langel and junior Mike DeMarco.


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