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Head coach Mike Rice kicks off his Rutgers career with a tough challenge: a road game against preseason Ivy League favorite Princeton and its patented offense.
Veterans center opens doors on Lafayette Street
RUSA grants swipe funds to Future Scholars BY DEVIN SIKORSKI
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The house on 14 Lafayette St. in New Brunswick was in shambles just months ago. The remodeled home now serves as not only a place for veterans to receive assistance, but a representation of the University’s commitment to them. In honor of Veterans Day, members of the University community snipped the ribbon of the new Of fice of Veteran Ser vices yesterday, during its opening ceremony. “The success of our ef for ts is evidence of our 42 percent increase in the number of student veterans attending Rutgers since 2008 and our national rankings as a militar y friendly school in the Militar y RAMON DOMPOR / ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Times and the GI Joe magazine,” said Veterans Dennis Moriarty, left, and Herman Terpstra attend yesterday’s opening ceremony
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The Rutgers University Student Assembly yesterday chose the next charitable organization to receive fundraising benefits from the meal sign-away program. In a room fit for no more than 40 people, RUSA members awarded the Rutgers Future Scholars program the oppor tunity to receive meal swipe donations from the biannual program. RUSA members assured representatives from Give Kids the World, an organization providing children with life-threatening illnesses free vacations to Florida, the decision was tough and the cause of their organization was just as important. RUSA President Yousef Saleh said although it was a difficult choice, the opportunity to invest in future University students must be acted upon.
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Military personnel share experiences BY COLLEEN ROACHE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Although she stands at just about 5 feet tall, one would be remiss to judge Major Gen. Maria FalcaDodson by her stature. The two-star general and first woman commander of the New Jersey Air National Guard spoke before a mixed audience of veterans and civilians last night in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center at an event entitled “Suppor t and Defend the Constitution: The Role of The Militar y in Democracy,” presented by Rutgers University Ser vices,
Education and Resources for Veteran Students. “We have had many people in the military say things like ‘The military’s at war and America’s at the mall,’” she said. “You want America to be at the mall if you’re in the military, trust me. Our economy needs people to be at the mall. But we also need the American public to acknowledge the fact that people in the military can’t be at the mall.” Throughout the event, Dodson talked about militar y histor y in America and how the state of the Armed Forces has changed over the years. She reminded audience members that the military plays a crucial
role in everyday life, even if many overlook it. “You have to remember that you can have a military without a democracy, but you can’t have a democracy without a military,” she said. After Dodson’s speech, a panelist comprised of student veterans answered questions regarding life in and after the military in a questionand-answer session. Although many would not be able to tell them apart from other members of the student body at the University, the panelists’ stories proved their lives were different
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James Jones, a University professor of religion, delves into how religion motivates individuals to join terrorist organizations.
UNIVERSITY Students experience living with disabilities as part of Days Without Hate.
Professor looks into terrorist psycholog y BY MAXWELL BARNA STAFF WRITER
Centering on the topic of religiously motivated terrorist groups, University Professor of religion James Jones delivered a presentation Wednesday where he discussed his paper, “Motivation and Terrorism: How Religion Makes Matters Worse,” which focuses people’s psychological reasoning behind joining terrorist organizations. “One of the things that psychology is interested in is motivation, and one of the things I became interested in was the
motivation of people to become terrorists,” he said. Jones also outlined how the motivation for contemporary terrorist groups is entirely different from their predecessors, whose focus was primarily on an ethnonationalistic or politically revolutionary level. But Jones did not single out any one particular type of fundamentalist group. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to a Christian identity soldier in the West or a settler in the occupied
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U. retiree suggests grade-based aid BY TIFFANY KATEHAKIS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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School of Arts and Sciences junior Chichi Onejeme signs a pledge as part of Days Without Hate, a three-day campaign by University organizations.
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From coloring with socks on their hands to attempting to make a sandwich while blindfolded, students had the opportunity to experience what it is like to be disabled and promote equality during Days Without Hate. The three-day campaign aimed at raising awareness about issues of hate, ranging from human trafficking to understanding human disabilities and differences. An annual event sponsored by Rutgers Hillel and several other University organizations, the initiative was founded in response to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Days Without Hate program focuses on promoting tolerance, coexistence and love. The campaign, which began Monday and ended Wednesday, included blood drives, bone marrow donations and rallies with topics including “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” aimed at raising awareness about different disabilities. Many student groups within the University community collaborated to put together the event, including Scarlet Listeners, Rutgers University Campus Coalition Against Trafficking, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club and Project Civility. “The University doesn’t have a program specifically fighting ‘hatred,’” said Ariel Bucher, cochair of Days Without Hate. “It has events combating specific types of intolerance, but we are aiming to not only fight specific acts of intolerance, but the mentality of hatred.” Students signed a pledge against hatred and intolerance, to not spread gossip and rumors, and to refrain from using offensive language and being harmful to others. “I hereby take this pledge to help make this a day without hate,” according to the pledge. The campaign this year donated 34 pints of blood and signed 64 people into the Gift of Life donor registry at the Bone Marrow Drive,
said Bucher, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Some of the activities from the “Put Yourself in My Shoes” topic, included coloring with socks on your hands to see how difficult it was for a person with autism to do a task that may be simple for someone without the disability. Some students also made a sandwich blindfolded to demonstrate what it is like to be blind or stuffed his mouth with marshmallows to see how difficult it is for a person with autism to speak. “I think a lot of the students curiously come to see what’s going on and a lot of them leave here thinking about all that they learn approaching the different activities and it gets them to think,” said Dan Levine, a School of Arts and Science sophomore. School of Arts and Science senior Berkat Bhatti said Days Without Hate is an important movement for the University. “I think it’s important for more and more people to get involved,” Bhatti said. “We came out here to draw in a crowd and unite more people. I feel this is a ver y important movement for the University.” Michael Stoppielo, a member of Scarlet Listeners, said the event helped bring the University community together. “I think this event is really good to bring people together and to let them know that they are not alone and that there are people to listen, and people just like them going through the shuffle of ever yday life, which at times disconnects people from each other,” said Stoppielo, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Bucher hopes the University community will learn more about underrepresented groups and change any negative behavior toward them. “Hatred is an ever-present force in both the world and our community, and it is our goal and our mission to work on diminishing it,” she said. “Imploring individuals to change their own behavior is the first step in changing the way that groups act towards one another.”
When students are struggling to pay for college, some might think any way of alleviating the daunting debt left after graduation is worth pursuing. But Jackson Toby, a retired University sociology professor, suggests academic per formance — not just need — should be a factor that determines whether students receive financial aid. “There has to be an incentive for students to choose studying over having fun,” Toby said before the Retired Faculty Association on Wednesday in a discussion about changing the way those in higher education issue financial assistance. Students who see college as one big party often create a disruptive environment in the classroom by talking, texting and leaving early, he said. “These students arrive at school thinking that college is for fun,” Toby said. “They attend college for all kinds of reasons — friends, athletics, postponing having to work. The solution is to use financial aid as an incentive to promote studiousness.”
He compared the concept that ever yone should go to school to the belief that ever yone should own a home — an idea that led to subprime mortgages and the crisis of the housing market. Toby said loans should require good academic aptitude and credit scores, which he believes are indicative of one’s ability to repay college loans. “If students default on loans given by the government, it not only adds to the national debt, but it’s also a disaster for the students themselves, who’ve had fun for four years and can’t find jobs,” he said. At the event, critics of Toby’s idea thought the plan utilizes an elitist approach in creating a boundar y for people who seek higher education but do not have the financial means to do so. Students like school of Arts and Sciences senior Olivia Falcon agreed. “I think it should be open to ever yone, especially [because] going into college from high school, you might not have the best grades,” she said. “I didn’t do so well in high school, so if they would base my financial aid on those grades I probably wouldn’t be here.” Britney Grasman, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, said it
is dif ficult to draw the line to divide those who would be considered academically apt enough students to receive financial aid from those who would not be. “I don’t think that it really should take grades into account, but I think that you should take into account people with learning disabilities,” she said. “It would give people incentive to work harder, but there are other ways to do it besides financial aid.” Nonetheless, Toby justified his plan by saying it is properly elitist in separating the students who are interested in learning from those who are not. Toby’s teaching career at the University spanned over 50 years, and he has published 14 op-ed pieces for The New York Times. He is also the former director of the University’s Institute for Criminological Research. He is also the author of “The Lowering of Higher Education in America: Why Financial Aid Should Be Based on Student Performance.” Toby recently shared his views on performance-based aid with the ATHENA Roundtable Conference of American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a group that grades American universities’ quality of education.
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University students Jacob Kafka, left, Kyle Jackson, center, and Marvin Jules, members of the group Rutgers Cypher, free style outside the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.
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MILITARY: Veterans give advice to future leaders continued from front than the lives of their classmates. RUSERVS Secretar y Justin Sasso, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, completed two tours in the Army as a Black Hawk pilot, an experience he said changed his life. “I think what I’m proudest of is not an individual event [but] the entire experience,” Sasso said. “Ten years of my life were devoted to the militar y. It really gives you a bond with these people that is really hard to explain. If you stop and think about it, you can really get emotional about it.” School of Arts and Sciences first-year student Rian Hamilton, who spent six years in the Army as part of the 82nd Airborne Division, also said the person she was upon enlisting in the militar y and the one she is now are entirely different. “It really gives “When I joined the you a bond with Army, I these people that w a s n ’ t is really hard doing anything with to explain.” my life,” JUSTIN SASSO Hamilton RUSERVS Secretary said. “I was lazy and unmotivated and hung out with the wrong people. I joined the Army, and it was just amazing, being able to rise to that occasion. You never know what you’re made of until you have to face this tremendous adversity.” The student veterans also gave advice to those considering pursuing leadership roles in the militar y. “Think about the kind of leader that you would want leading you, and tr y to be that kind of leader,” Sasso said. “People will follow because they have to. But you don’t want them to follow you because they have to. You want them following you because they want to.”
SWIPE: Funding limited for Rutgers Future Scholars continued from front “[RUSA] members came to the consensus that their hearts were really warmed by the [the program’s] presentation,” said Saleh, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “So much so that they were won over by them.” The Rutgers Future Scholars program provides financial help to young underprivileged students from communities in the University area and creates a gateway to higher education, said Joey Remsen, a representative for the organization. “We select 200 of the most promising students whose parents could not afford to go college,” said Remsen, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “We’re
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LIVINGSTON THEATRE COMPANY HOSTS ‘WILD PARTY’ The Livingston Theatre Company hit the stage last night with its first performance of Andrew Lippa’s “Wild Party,” and as the play’s title suggests, audience members were in for something out of the ordinary. Leading lady Francesca Fiore, a Mason Gross School of the Arts junior, plays promiscuous showgirl Queenie in the musical, a character tr ying to humiliate her disinterested lover Burrs, a popular clown, at a par ty, which eventually evolves into an orgy. “I think a lot of people’s grandparents aren’t coming to the show because it’s going to be pretty awkward,” Fiore said. “But I think it’s something that people understand in the context of the show. No one gets totally naked or anything like that.” Director Corey Rubel, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said he wanted to maintain the play’s meaning, even if the sexual scene was a bit more difficult. “It’s ver y hard to keep that scene true to itself,” Rubel said. “We didn’t want to make it over the top or something that wasn’t real.” But Fiore, who watched other performances of the play and even dyed her hair blonde for the role, said practice made perfect for the actors.
“We had a lot of rehearsals with it to tr y and get comfor table with each other in our underwear,” she said. “That really helped a lot, I think.” Rubel and Fiore predicted the cast and crew’s hard work would pay off. “It’s been a really awesome experience to do this show,” Rubel said. “It’s a really challenging piece, and it’s been a really difficult rehearsal process, but we’ve done a fantastic job.” “Wild Party” never made it to Broadway, but both Rubel and Fiore agree that a lack of recognition is not the same as a lack of quality. “It’s a great show. It’s just really sultry and fun and sexy,” Fiore said. Part of its quality comes from the musical being timeless, Rubel said. “Although it’s based in the ’20s, it brings up issues that are still around today, and it challenges the audience to think,” he said. “I think that’s what theater does. It’s two hours well worth anybody’s time to come out.” The show, which runs through Sunday, takes place in Livingston Hall at the Livingston Student Center. — Colleen Roache
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just trying to alleviate one of the biggest educational inequalities in the country and New Jersey has a large amount.” RUSA Vice President Matthew Cordeiro said the best aspect of the meal sign-away program is it allows such organizations like the Rutgers Future Scholars program to acquire necessary donations. “It’s really great because normally people raise between $10,000 to $15,000 with this program,” said Cordeiro, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “So it’s an efficient way where groups can raise a serious amount of money.” Remsen also highlighted the ability of the Rutgers Future Scholars program to fundraise, saying 63 members are already committed to asking students for donations. “We will have two people at each dining hall for two hours a
day,” he said. “We’re very capable of doing this task of raising funds for future scholars.” Along with a fundraising action plan RUSA members deemed impressive, Remsen provided two
“The program enhances our thinking ... and gives us something to do after school.” JASON GAINES Rutgers Future Scholar
eighth-grade students in the Future Scholars program, Jason Gaines and Yauris Hernandez, to speak on behalf of the program. “The program enhances our thinking, our activities and gives
us something to do after school,” Gaines said after reading a poem he composed for the presentation. “We just think that the program is a good start for our future.” Hernandez said she attended a memorial service that morning for a fellow scholar who was stabbed to death and the Rutgers Future Scholars program took care of the expenses. “This is just an example to show that not only is Rutgers Future Scholars involved in our academics, they are also interested in our daily life and community,” she said. Although they were won over by their cause, RUSA members posed various questions to Remsen to make sure their decision was for the best. When asked whether a student in the program needed to meet a certain academic standard, Remsen said the scholars program
is merit-based and a high grade point average is necessary to stay in the program. “Any future scholar that you see has good grades,” he said. “Their school or teacher will make suggestions on who would be an appropriate scholar for the program.” President of the Roosevelt Institute Bhavin Patel said University suppor t for the Rutgers Future Scholars program decreased with the budget cuts, giving reason to why the organization deser ve donations from the meal signaway program. “Their funding is ver y limited as opposed to Give Kids the World,” said Patel, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior. “While both [programs] are admirable and great things, I’m for the Rutgers Future Scholars.”
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Musicians perform yesterday during Sacred Sounds in the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room on the College Avenue campus. Sacred Sounds, run by Bhakti Club, aims to destress while exposing the audience to various types of cultural music.
CENTER: About 600 veterans get benefits at U. continued from front Gregor y S. Blimling, vice president of Student Af fairs. World War II veteran Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, spoke at yesterday’s ceremony to express his gratitude to the veterans and current soldiers defending the countr y. “The best way to confirm our belief, our love, our respect for those soldiers, those who are in uniform, is the way we treat veterans,” Lautenberg said. “That shows what commitment of the countr y [is].” Col. Stephen Abel, director for Veterans Ser vices, said the new center will ser ve two purposes — to make the University a better place for veterans to study and create an office for veterans. “The transition from the militar y to college can be ver y
difficult,” Blimling said. “Our house on Lafayette Street was Veterans Ser vices office is here made in April, Abel said. The to make that transition as easy actual conversion of the house as possible. It offers resources began during the last week and support to help ensure that of August and took two months ever y student veteran is suc- to complete. cessful at Rutgers.” Before the University purSince University President chased the house, it was rented Richard L. McCormick’s plan to out to students, he said. improve the Collectively, on University’s all three Veteran Services, “These are men and University camthe University puses, 623 veterwomen who said established a vetans receive educaerans ser vices I appreciate the free tional benefits office and advisofrom the U.S. country I live in.” ry board on all Depar tment of three campuses, Veterans Af fairs, COL. STEPHEN ABEL he said. he said. Among Veterans Services Director T h e them, there are 35 University has to 40 veterans on also started an advisor y council, campus who do not use VA mentorship programs, orienta- educational benefits, because tion programs, student organi- they do not need to or are savzations, an information website ing it for graduate school. and a recruitment team, among Abel said veterans can learn other activities. and take advantage of a liberal The idea for creating the ar ts education at the new of fice began last year, and University, especially since the decision to conver t the many of the veterans spent
a lot of their time in confined environments. “In the military you lose some of your personal freedom being a soldier, sailor, airman or marine,” Abel said. “So there is learning clearly here in addition to academics.” Likewise, veterans can also bring a wealth of experiences to campus, he said. Most of the University veterans today have been exposed to other cultures in the world and can share that with students. “A lot of [University] students haven’t had that experience in living in diverse cultures,” Abel said. Veteran students can also share a unique sense of patriotism with their classmates, he said. “These are men and women who said I appreciate the free country I live in,” Abel said. “[They said] I am willing to give some portion of my life to the service of that country to make sure it remains free and independent.”
The University officially opens a new office catered to student veterans on campus. The new center, located at 14 Lafayette St. in New Brunswick, will offer resources, support and a place for student veterans at the University to study.
territories,” he said. “If you look at the issues that drive these people, [they are] almost identical. They share a common concern to impose a certain kind of morality and theology.” When discussing the psychological effects of religion in turning individuals into terrorists, Jones explored two key ideas — the idea of religion and its power in politics and the “born-again” style of radicalism. Regardless of which idea pertains more to any particular group, people are still self-motivated to join terrorist groups, Jones said. “Most converts are self-motivated,” he said. “No one is brainwashed into joining [a particular group]. People go through a self-immediate, selfdirected process.” A primary concern is that when people choose to associate themselves with particularly religious movements, these religious obligations evoke a higher level of commitment than secular goals and strivings, Jones said. “Religions can justify violence in a way that goes way beyond the normal political and social channel,” he said. “One of the things you don’t find in the writings of these people is the concept of just war or restrained violence.” After one attendee questioned other governments’ involvement with terrorist organizations, Jones said, to his knowledge, no formal government has openly endorsed individual acts of terrorism. But he said cultures are altogether less accepting than others. His example revolved around Islamist extremists and the Jewish community and explained that when Islamists denounce and condemn terrorist groups, the Western media never reports it. “There is a continuing condemnation of [terrorist] acts in the Muslim community,” he said. “Really, there’s a much stronger condemnation of terrorism in Muslim communities than there is condemnation of Israeli settlers in the Jewish community.” Jones also explored the impact of the Internet on terrorist organizations. “The Internet has changed the face of terrorism in the modern world,” he said. “Because of the anonymity of the Internet, people can try out far more radical personalities on the Internet than they would in a face-to-face meeting,” said Jones. Jones’ presentation was a part of the department’s colloquia, whose theme this year is violence and religion, geared toward faculty and graduate students, said Tao Jiang, Department of Religion chair and associate professor. “The purpose of the colloquia is to bring together scholars of religion at Rutgers and neighboring institutions to discuss issues of interest pertaining to religion, given the increasingly prominent role religion is playing in the public sphere,” Jiang said. Amir Zamani, an adjunct professor of religion, found the presentation to be fascinating but not altogether shocking. “There is an undercurrent of religion in all of these extremist movements,” Zamani said. “We should not be surprised by it.”
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Indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, a group that hails from Syracuse, N.Y., performs yesterday for the University community in the Multipurpose Room of the Cook Campus Center. Sponsored by the Rutgers University Programming Association, about 100 people attended the event. The band performed songs from various albums, including their latest release “The Orchard.” ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAMON DOMPOR / ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
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Week in review: laurels and darts
awsuits seem to be the way to go in today’s closed-minded society. Adults seek damages from their colleagues or employers. Parents sue their children’s school districts for teaching something unfitting for children. In the case of Jala Petree, a black elementar y school student in the Detroit area, her father filed a suit against Warren Consolidated Schools for racial epithets and racist characterizations read in class. The passages in fact were excerpts read out of a textbook in the school’s preparation for Black Histor y Month last year — more accurately, from Julius Lester’s “From Slave Ship to Freedom Road.” Jala’s father, Jamey Petree, did not inquire about the lessons until more than three months after the “incident” occurred. For his failing to understand the true histor y of a historically oppressed group, Petree receives a dart. The job of the educational system is to teach students the real nature of events through literature and histor y books, and the Detroit-area school did just that. *
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New York Rep. Peter King has shown his full support for former President George W. Bush’s authorization of waterboarding, going as far as to say that Bush deserves a medal for approving the practice. Frankly, we find King’s comments dishearteningly ignorant. King stated, “In the big picture, to hold someone’s head underwater, the chance of permanent damage is minimal, and the rewards are great.” While waterboarding may not cause much physical damage, King’s comments disregard the tremendous amount of psychological suffering the practice inflicts on anyone subjected to it. The fact of the matter is that waterboarding is torture. As such, it is a violation of human rights. If America wishes to uphold its reputation as a defender of freedom and a champion of justice, it cannot resort to torture tactics in any situation. For supporting the use of waterboarding, we give King a dart. *
After suffering serious losses in last week’s midterm elections, more and more Democrats are expressing distaste for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Some have even taken to pressuring Pelosi to step down. These sentiments are completely understandable. If Democrats want to recover from the elections, they are going to need a much stronger leader than Pelosi. The prospect of Pelosi retiring also takes on a level of symbolic importance for the party, as it sends a message of reinvention on the part of the Democrats. A growing number of Americans are disillusioned with the political left and a demonstration of reinvention could help restore voters’ faith in Democratic candidates. We give Democrats calling for Pelosi’s retirement a laurel. A change in leadership could give the Democrats a chance to address their weaknesses, resulting in an overall stronger party. *
It seems the Obama administration has been less than honest in reports it has released regarding the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At least that’s what a few scientists, investigators and environmentalists are claiming. The administration has been accused of manipulating scientific facts and findings to downplay the amount of damage the spill has done in the Gulf. If this is true, the Obama administration deser ves a dar t. They should be more concerned with dealing with reality than making themselves look good. If the only goal of these reports is to project a positive image, then issues of environmental damage will not be addressed and the region will suffer needlessly. The Obama administration needs to take responsibility and stop glossing over facts in favor of earning public approval points. They owe the American population at least that much. *
If anyone needs a reason to feel proud of the University, look no further than Rutgers-Newark psychology Assistant Professor Mauricio Delgado. President Barack Obama selected Delgado last week as one of the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers based on his research. We give Delgado a laurel for this thoroughly impressive achievement and for leaving such a positive mark on the University. Students and faculty alike should take pride in Delgado’s accomplishments as not only a researcher but also as a talented professor and mentor.
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the tea party into political tools. hope everyone who And we ate it all up. But I knew voted in the midterm we would be getting the same elections last week felt result no matter what. I was they did their civic duty by so relieved when the going to the polls. I hope they “Republicrats” gained control feel like they did something of the House, weren’t you? for their country, made a difSEAN CURTIS Those “Demoblicans” were ference in America and exerjust messing everything up. cised their freedom of choice. Our forefathers established government term limits They did not, but do not tell them that. I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but to be long ago to keep any certain person from collecting too honest, I stayed in last Tuesday. I did not go near much power in office and becoming a tyrant. Unfortunately, they never had the foresight to apply the polls, let alone vote. Why? these limits to the political parties the tyrants might Because elections do not mean anything. This became evident to me during the last pres- belong to. All voters do during elections now is briefly idential election. President Barack Obama used the alter the individual names and collective amount of word “change” over and over again during his cam- Republicans and Democrats in public office. The same paign. It was his ticket’s defining slogan, his prom- kinds of people with the same kinds of allegiances and ise to the American people. But Obama is a same political agendas are simply recycled. The conseDemocrat, and it occurred to me that the last thing quences have been just as terrible as voting in a tyrant. the Democrats want is change. If a political party You can take as much pride in your so-called freedom of thrives under the status quo, then I could see choice as you want, but the truth is that you are taking absolutely no logical reason for that party to that freedom away from yourself every time you vote endorse a “change” to the system. I suddenly real- “red” or “blue.” We really do not need to fear individual tyrants when we continue to allow ized that Obama was a liar. He repmasses of them to remain in power. resents as much change as former “If you actually It’s a nice pattern we’ve fallen into President George W. Bush did and — when the Democrats mess up, we as much as former Alaskan Gov. believe in terms vote in the Republicans. When the Sarah Palin and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Our presilike ‘bipartisanship,’ Republicans mess up, we vote in the Democrats. Lather, rinse, repeat. dent’s allegiance, just like the allewell then I have Sooner or later we are bound to giances of every other Democrat or notice that both parties are only good Republican politician we’ve had or a bridge to sell. ” at messing up. But what is really diswill have, lies not with us but first to turbing is the fact that everyone conthe political party to which he tinues to whine about how terrible these politicians belongs. Change cannot come from such people. Thus, I ended up voting for Independent candi- are. Well, I hate to break it to you, but you are the ones date Ralph Nader. As we all know, he wasn’t even who put them there. Voters of America, this mess is close to winning. Everyone told me I threw my vote your fault. If you do not like these people or what they away, that I should have voted for Sen. John McCain have done to the political system of this nation, then or Obama. Apparently voting only counts if you vote stop voting for them. And if you actually believe in Republican or Democrat. Not only did this complete- terms like “bipartisanship,” well then I have a bridge to ly destroy my belief in the freedom of choice, but I sell. There is no such thing. It is an illusion to make also had already established that neither party was you think that these people are actually getting things interested in either change or everyday Americans. done. Why should we accept false “bipartisanship” So I decided that if American elections provided only when we could have no partisanship at all? But I do find it thoroughly entertaining to hear that two choices and that neither were good choices, then there is no point in voting. So unlike all the cool kids there are still no signs of any improvement in America who vote just because MTV told them to, I don’t a week after the midterm. Why is everyone so surprised? The game is rigged, folks, and the dice are “Rock the Vote.” I completely ignore it. The 2010 midterm elections were no different — loaded. It is absolutely illogical and downright stupid same old lies, same old empty promises. CNN and Fox to keep playing and expect different results. If you realNews once again shoved propaganda down the throats ly want change, you will have to fix the game. We can of the American public. Republican and Democrat start by saying no to Demoblicans and Republicrats mouthpieces such as Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann who have made enough false promises of reform and pushed their political sponsors’ agendas onto us. Career SEE CURTIS ON PAGE 9 politicians turned pseudo-grassroots movements like
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have firsthand knowledge of someone who routinely provides people with highly addictive, potentially lethal drugs on a daily basis. He does this openly and seems to have little fear of being caught. In addition, he makes a substantial amount of money doing this. OK, now I am ready to identify him: He is my physician. The first thing any health care provider wants is to “do no harm,” as stated in the original Hippocratic Oath. How can this said health care provider first “do no harm” if the legal drugs he or she is prescribing to a patient have undesirable side effects or can potentially become addictive to the patient? There is one drug with well-documented benefits — particularly for terminal cancer patients and people suffering from AIDS — a drug used by at least three U.S. presidents, a drug with virtually no potential for addiction and no major side effects other than perhaps the munchies and a newfound appreciation for Phish.
CURTIS continued from page 8 progress. These two parties have had ample time to fix things. They haven’t, and it is time to take back the power that they have been
This drug is tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as marijuana. I ask: Is it fair for patients suffering insurmountable amounts of pain to be denied access to a treatment that can offer them some amount of relief just because of politics? Political opinions opposing the availability of medical marijua-
“My question to those opposed to medical marijuana is this: What are you smoking?” na to those who need it are dictated by old fashioned and negative stereotypes of marijuana users. Equating an individual who is so sick from chemotherapy that she can barely eat with a college student who smokes recreationally is an incredibly insensitive and narrow viewpoint. If scientific research and data have shown marijuana to be an effective method of treatment for collecting for years now. Until this nation realizes that, there is no reason for me to waste my time and throw votes away when the majority has been lulled to sleep by these political pigs. Sleep well America, and I hope all of you voters continue to have sweet dreams of “change” and “democracy.” The
certain symptoms of often very painful illnesses, then our government really should mind its own business. The politicians are not the ones who attend medical school, complete fellowships or see the pain that terminally ill patients endure on a daily basis. Health care providers are the experts of their field and the government needs to stop trying to make marijuana into a political football to be played in a selfish arena to further their own personal agendas. The bottom line is that, had any other plant been discovered with the same therapeutic effects that marijuana provides, it would be hailed as a sort of “miracle drug.” Instead, because marijuana has such a vivid history in the United States, personal and political opinions are taking precedent over the opinions of those who really know what they are talking about. My question to those opposed to medical marijuana is this: What are you smoking?
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Senior heavyweight DJ Russo started his final season on the Banks on the right track by posting a third-period pin on Paul Swagheart of Sacred Heart. Russo returns to Brockport, N.Y., this weekend, where he took home first place in the heavyweight bracket at last year’s Oklahoma Gold Tournament by pinning four grapplers.
SLATE: Russo returns to site of last year’s title victory continued from back finishing third last year led by heavyweight champion DJ Russo. The defending champion heads upstate looking to get back into the groove of wrestling premier opponents. “I’m not really too familiar with Buf falo’s lineup, but I know Mar yland and American are some good ones. Both of those teams have some heavy hitters in cer tain weights,” the senior from Netcong, N.J.,
said. “It’s good, though. We are going to get hammered with All American-caliber kids all year long. It’s good for us to not go to a tournament where we are going to roll through the entire thing.” Despite the stingy opponents, Russo still rolled through the entire tournament last season, going 4-0 with all of his victories coming via pin. Pinning his opponents in a combined total of 16:48, Russo also received the tournament title of “Most Falls.” That tournament crown propelled Russo into an impressive campaign and it has the propensity to do the same for the entire
lineup, according to Goodale. “It springboards you into the rest of the season,” Goodale
“It’ll be tough to do, but heck, this is why we go. We’re going there to try and win the tournament.” SCOTT GOODALE Head Coach
said. “DJ got unbelievably confident after those four pins
and won his first championship as a collegiate wrestler. We’ve got guys that as good as they are, haven’t won a tournament yet. It’s a confidence thing.” A tournament on the road this early in the season also helps the team come together as one. And with a team riddled with transfers — although several wrestlers know one another from high school — some time away from campus together might be a good thing. In fact, they embrace it. “That’s where you really get to know the guys on your team. Those are the things you remember most about the season,” Russo said. “You’ll remem-
ber a big match or whatever, but some of my best memories are just good times during the traveling process. We basically live together over the season. That’s why we’re very close. We’re like a family.” And nothing can bring the family closer than an impressive showing in Brockpor t — a showing that, if good enough, can yield a team championship. “[Winning is] the goal. That’s what we want to do,” Goodale said. “We’d have to knock off Oklahoma who is No. 8 in the countr y. It’ll be tough to do, but heck, this is why we go. We’re going there to tr y and win the tournament.”
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Freshman forward Gilvydas Biruta will handle the Scarlet Knights’ frontcourt duties along with senior Jonathan Mitchell tonight, when Rutgers takes on Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium.
TEST: RU looks to pressure Tigers on offensive side of ball continued from back The Knights enter their seasonopener on the heels of scrimmages against McGill and Siena, but nothing could prepare them for the test they face in Princeton, N.J. Former Rutgers for ward Gregory Echenique controlled the paint in last season’s matchup at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, scoring a career-high 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. But Echenique transferred to Creighton during the middle of the season, making the battle in the post at Princeton a multi-man job this year. The responsibility falls on the shoulders of senior Jonathan Mitchell and freshman Gilvydas Biruta — the Knights’ projected starters at the four and five positions, respectively. On offense Biruta brings something to the table that Echenique could not — a presence from beyond the arc.
“I’m used to stepping out and shooting,” said Biruta, who makes his first appearance in a Rutgers uniform in the regularseason opener. “That’s a part of my game. For me it’s better from outside to go inside because from inside I’m a little shaky.” The Knights struggled defensively on the perimeter against McGill in the first half on Nov. 1, allowing the Redmen to go on a 5for-12 shooting clip from threepoint range. Rice will need to shore up the Knights’ help-side defense against the Tigers, who shot 36 percent from beyond the arc a season ago compared to Rutgers’ 33 percent. “We want to put pressure on the defensive end,” Rice said. “Our close-outs and when we’re pressuring the basketball — we just do silly things, overaggressive things to be honest with you. Our defensive formula — we have to have more of a purpose with that.” In order to maintain the defensive intensity he desires, Rice plans to substitute early and
often — something many of the Knights had to adjust to during the preseason. “You’re hesitant,” Miller said of Rice’s substitutions. “But at the same time you know when you come out the coaches are going to talk to you and tell you what you did wrong, what you should have done. But at the same time they’re going to tell you something positive and then [Rice] is going to give you the chance to get back into the game.” The Knights’ contest with the Tigers is the first of many games in which Rice will establish his new blueprint, one that preaches all-out effort all the time. The first-year head coach does not shy away from the extended process that is his first season. “They’re going to scramble every game, for 31 games,” Rice said. “They have to get used to not relaxing, standing up and they have to stay locked in.” Against the Tigers, Rice’s course of action will be even more magnified, one that will repeat itself 35 seconds at a time.
the Knights to the tune of a 6652 victory. In short, the Golden Bears straight up outplayed Stringer’s team. “It was embarrassing,” said the Hall of Fame coach. “We didn’t go to a game, we went to a track meet. They were put in front all the time. So hopefully we’ve learned more from our experiences. I think that we’ve learned a lot since that time.” With the same core together in junior guards Khadijah Rushdan and Nikki Speed, as well as forwards April Sykes and Lee, the team expects a different result this time around. Stringer’s squad turned to the gametape to mark areas of improvement and simultaneously spark some extra motivation. For Rushdan, the point guard and leading returning scorer from a year ago, learning from that loss has been paramount to the growth of the quartet of juniors. “You could basically say we got embarrassed,” Rushdan said. “We have almost the same group. I mean the freshman class down there understands the way we need to approach this game. “We don’t want to go out to Cali just for a trip to Cali. We want to go out there to win those games.” While much of the group hardly saw the floor in the double-digit loss, one junior made her mark. Sykes, ranked the No. 2 women’s basketball recruit coming out of high school by Hoopgurlz.com, recorded one of the best games of her career in just her third game, ending the contest with 18 points while shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. Though similar production was hard to come by last season when the forward shot just 15.8 percent from three-point land, Sykes approaches this year’s opener just like she approaches any other game.
With a new number and newfound comfort, Sykes looks to once again establish herself as a deadly 3-point shooter. “I think just me doing whatever I have to do on the court in order to help my team,” Sykes said of the keys to her confidence. “Just staying relaxed and not getting so caught up into the game and just staying with the game plan.” A confident Sykes could go a long way in determining a Rutgers victory, but there is no question point guard play will be the deciding factor. Rushdan takes the helm at the position after seeing significant time last season on the wing to then-point guard, Brittany Ray. Though the St. Elizabeth High School (Del.) product made it clear that she is confident with her ascended role, Stringer realizes that the point guard situation, be it with Rushdan running the point or her classmate Speed, is not entirely where it needs to be. “It’s definitely a work continuing to make progress,” Stringer said. “ I think that we need to know how to win and how to think like winners. I continue to challenge the guards to really feel the game.” The Golden Bears will be no slouch and return five sophomores from last season, all of whom averaged at least 19 minutes per game. And after winning an NIT Championship last season with a young core, Cal should be much improved this time around, providing the per fect early test for the youthladen Knights. Add the fact that Stringer leads her team against No. 2 Stanford Sunday, and that test gets even harder. But the Knights wouldn’t have it any other way. “It gives us a chance to see where we are and the things that we need to work on,” Rushdan said. “I definitely think that it helps. Right from the beginning we’re able to see the things we need to work on, the things that we’re good at and the things we need to focus on.”
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Junior forward April Sykes went 4-for-7 from 3-point range, scoring 18 points two years ago in a 66-52 loss to California.
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he NCAA ruled Kentucky men’s basketball center Enes Kanter ineligible after receiving illegal benefits while playing in Turkey. Kanter player three seasons in Turkey with sport club Fenerbahce starting in 2006, but received $33,033 more than his indicated expenses for the 2008-09 season. Kentucky is expected to appeal the ruling.
quarterback Terrelle Pr yor announced yesterday that he intends to forgo the NFL Draft and return for a senior season. There has been speculation that Pryor would be interested in playing basketball again, but he silenced those claims yesterday by reiterating that he enjoyed being a Buckeye and wanted to earn his degree. “I feel like I want to get my degree and finish off strong and maybe have a better season next year with no losses,” Pryor said.
linebacker Marcus Benard collapsed in the team locker room yesterday and is currently undergoing tests at Southwest General Hospital. Benard was sitting in his chair in front of his cubicle when he suddenly fell to the floor and yelled for the team trainer. The team indicated that Benard did not lose consciousness and was fully aware during the tests at the hospital.
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Outside hitter Caitlin Saxton is one of three Scarlet Knights seniors set for their final weekend at the College Avenue Gym, where classmates Emma Chrystal, Lauren Voss and the squad play host to Big East opponents Notre Dame and DePaul.
RU hopes to see improvements in final weekend BY BILL DOMKE CORRESPONDENT
The Rutgers volleyball team faces its last weekend of the season, playing host to Notre Dame Saturday and DePaul the day after. T h e VOLLEYBALL prospect of a comNOTRE DAME AT pleted RUTGERS, season is SATURDAY, 10 A.M. a strange subject for everyone on the team. “I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast,” said head coach CJ Werneke. “Despite our record, we’re better now than at the beginning of the season and better now than we were last year.” The Scarlet Knights (10-16, 210) finished the 2009 season with 10 wins, including three in the Big East. Werneke’s team comes into the weekend on the heels of two straight losses to Marquette and Syracuse, respectively. But none of that matters to senior Caitlin Saxton. Saxton cannot believe it is the last weekend of her career that she will be playing for the Knights.
“It’s like a weird feeling,” she “[Saxton has] always put her said. “I’m tr ying not to think first effort forward and been a about it too much because it leader physically and inspiramakes me sad thinking that it’s tionally on the court,” he said. the last weekend.” “So when you think about her The senior outside hitter last weekend you’re feeling leads the team with 285 kills on mixed emotions.” the season and contributed the Saxton plans to end her final second-most ser vice aces this weekend on the court with the season behind Knights with modjunior middle “I think we always est “Iexpectations. blocker Hannah just want to Curtis with 22 — respond after losses close out my seaa pair of cateson on a good really well. I think note,” Saxton said. gories that Saxton led the everyone that we always have “Ito want team in during play well so her junior season. we have that in forward vision.” She also led our memory.” CAITLIN SAXTON the squad in kills But in order to Senior Outside Hitter as a sophomore, do so, the as the Encinitas, Knights are going Calif., native to have to find a played a critical role in the way to get past the Irish, who Knights’ success over each of her played to a 15-11 overall record four seasons. this season and an 8-4 record in Saxton is also second on the the Big East. team behind sophomore setter The key to victory is the same Stephanie Zielinski this year in as it has been all season, accorddigs with 235. ing to Werneke. Werneke admits that the final “In order to be on top of our weekend with the team captain game, we’re going to need to will be strange because of her serve aggressively and pass at a value to the program. high level to be in system,”
he said. “If we can do those two things, we’re going to be right in the game.” DePaul comes to the College Avenue Gym on Sunday for an after noon matchup with the Knights. The Blue Demons are the only Big East squad with less conference wins than Rutgers, as their 1-11 league record puts them at the bottom of the table. It poses a contrast to Notre Dame, which already clinched a Big East Tournament berth, but of fers an oppor tunity for Rutgers to end its season on a high note. “It’s another team that I think that we’re a better team than,” he said. “It’s a new coaching staff, but they’re in more games so we’re going to expect another tough-fought battle with them.” But above all, everyone just wants to have a fun last weekend of the schedule. “I think it’s going to be a great weekend,” Saxton said. “I think we always respond after losses really well. I think that we always have forward vision looking into the future.”
surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton surfaced yesterday. Former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers, who allegedly sought money to land Newton, accused Cam’s father, Cecil Newton, of putting a price tag on his son. Rogers said that Cecil disclosed to him that it would take, “Anywhere from $100, 000 to $180,000” for his son to play at Mississippi State. Under NCAA rule, solicitation of cash or benefits for a prospective student athlete is illegal.
woman who allegedly received racy text messages from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, met with NFL investigators yesterday for three hours in New York City. The allegations stem back to when Favre was the quarterback of the New York Jets in 2008, when Sterger was the Jets sideline hostess. Favre reportedly sent inappropriate text and picture messages to Sterger when the two worked together in the quarterback’s lone season with the organization. Favre met with NFL Vice President of Security Mitch Ahlerich on Oct. 18 to discuss the allegations.
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RICE RECEIVES THREE MORE LETTERS OF INTENT Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice received three more National Letters of Intent MEN’S BASKETBALL yesterday, running the Scarlet Knights’ total to six. Point guard Jerome Seagears, as well as forwards Kadeem Jack and Derrick Randall, sent their NLIs to Rutgers, nearly capping off Rice’s busy offseason. Randall, the nation’s 16th-ranked forward according to Rivals.com, played at Paterson Catholic with fellow Rutgers commit Myles Mack. “My expectation is that we work hard, play together and then make it to the NCAAs or [National Invitational Tournament],” Randall said. “Hopefully we make it to the NCAA Tournament because I want to win a championship. I’m not going there just to make it — I want to win it. I’m very competitive and I’m always in it to win it, so hopefully we get it done.” Seagears, who couples with Mack to form a pair of 2011 point guards under Rice, came from the heralded D.C. Assault AAU program. — of which three Rutgers recruits call their own. The 6-foot-1, 173-pounder gave the Knights their second commitment in Rivals’ Top 100. “Jerome Seagears [is] another physically gifted individual who is more of a pass-first, defensive-oriented point guard,” Rice said. “To sign two point guards at that level, at that caliber — that’s what wins in the Big East. We’re thrilled to have [Seagears and Mack] kind of be able to get us to the next level.” But if only one marquee recruit could launch Rutgers into legitimacy, it would be Jack, Rivals’ No. 33-ranked player in the 2011 class. The Rice High School (N.Y.) product committed to the program on Aug. 31 and helped springboard the signing of four more recruits to close out the new coaching staff’s first complete class. “Kadeem Jack [is an] athletic forward with tremendous versatility,” Rice said. “Someone who I think is going to be ready to compete, especially on the defensive end. Someone who helped us turn the tide as far as momentum for our recruiting class goes. We have a foundation and [Jack] is definitely a part of that foundation.” — Tyler Barto
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Sophomore wing Dane Miller leads the Knights defense against preseason Ivy League favorite Princeton and its patented motion offense tonight in head coach Mike Rice’s inaugural game with Rutgers, which defeated the Tigers, 58-44, last season in Piscataway.
Princeton offense poses first test for Rice’s ‘D’ BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Rutgers men’s basketball head coach Mike Rice prides himself on having his teams defend an opponent for all 35 seconds of the shot clock. MEN’S BASKETBALL But the Scarlet Knights will figure RUTGERS AT that mentality out the PRINCETON, hard way in their first regular-season conTONIGHT, 7:00 P.M. test in Rice’s first season against Princeton. Under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Sydney Johnson, the Tigers take the court at Jadwin Gymnasium fully prepared to drain the shot clock.
“Princeton is a veteran team that’s been running the same system for four years now,” Rice said. “We just have to play with more of a purpose and improve every single day.” Johnson, a former Princeton guard under now-Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, still retains the same elements of the Princeton offense that made it famous decades ago: backdoor cuts, screens and shots at 35-second increments. And now Johnson has his most experienced team since taking over the Tigers — one that returns its five leading scorers from a 2009-10 team that went 20-8. But the Knights have their own ace in the hole in associate head coach David Cox, who spent the last three seasons under Thompson at Georgetown.
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“The good thing about this is David knows everything,” Rice said. “David’s been with [Thompson], so I even take a step back and David knows the different reads, different fills.” The Knights are ready and willing to take on an offense so markedly different than the prototype, albeit in their season-opener. “It helps,” said sophomore Dane Miller, whose Knights defeated the Tigers, 58-44, last season. “After you play Princeton and you study … how they run their offense and their sets — they probably have the most difficult offense to defend, with all of the different types of backscreens. You are able to control that against other schools that just want to basically pick-and-roll.”
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Challenging slate awaits in Brockport
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BY A.J. JANKOWSKI
ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The challenge of taking on top-tier teams early in a season is something that head coach C. Vivian WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Stringer embraces. But when the RUTGERS AT Rutgers women’s CALIFORNIA, basketball team TONIGHT, 10 P.M. takes on California in Berkeley, Calif., today, it may be seeking more than a win against a quality program. The Scarlet Knights also have their sights set on redemption. “I wouldn’t say payback, but just, you know, to redeem ourselves,” said forward Chelsey Lee. “We were young. We want to just show that we’ve grown since then.” Lee, one of four juniors who made the same trip to California as a freshman, remembers the trek all too well and not for good reason. California out-rebounded, out-shot and recorded more free-throw attempts than
When the Rutgers wrestling team’s bus pulls into Brockport, N.Y., this weekend for the Oklahoma Gold Tournament, the wrestlers waiting in the circle will WRESTLING not be the same as those from a year ago. RUTGERS AT The Tournament — OKLAHOMA GOLD, which boasted three SATURDAY ranked teams last November — reloaded, featuring upper-tier programs from Oklahoma and Maryland to upstart Clarion, Buffalo and fellow EIWA school American. “We’ve always said that we are going to wrestle a tough schedule and it’s the reason we are still in this tournament,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “There’s a lot of good individuals and a lot of nationally-ranked kids, so it’s a challenging event and that’s kind of why we keep going back” The No. 23 Scarlet Knights head to the tour nament looking for gold after
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Junior Khadijah Rushdan takes control of point guard position this season for the Knights and returns as the team’s leading scorer. The guard recorded 9.0 points per game a year ago.
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