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Sophomore Mario Mason and the No. 18 Rutgers wrestling team traveled over the weekend to the Nittany Lion Open. Mason finished first in a packed 149-pound bracket.

NJ residents feel burden of unemployment

Chabad House receives $500K for future goals





There are nearly 400,000 people currently claiming federal unemployment benefits in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development website. After receiving a phone call one morning on her way to class from the head chef at the restaurant where she worked, Jacqueline Cherko, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, became one of these people. Like some of the state’s unemployed taxpayers, Cherko was laid off with little to no warning. At first she was nervous and worried about what she would do next. “It was kind of surreal in the beginning,” she said. “And then there was a hole — like a part of [my] life was missing.” Cherko, who was employed by her Highland Park restaurant as a server and bartender for more than a year, said the job for her was more than just a place to work. It was her means of social interaction and how she paid her bills and enjoyed certain luxuries. Three days after being laid off, she began the process of applying for and receiving federal unemployment benefits. After her request for benefits were granted, Cherko decided she would take only what she required from her benefits until she could find another job. “I cannot sit around and do nothing,” she said. “I am a worker, plain and simple.” Cherko’s story is not unlike that of RutgersNewark senior LaQuay Weekes, who has been unemployed since April of 2009. Weekes was herded into a room of co-workers at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino. It was there that he and his colleagues were informed they would be let go at the end of two weeks. Sharing similar sentiments as Cherko, Weekes was shocked.




The Chabad House Jewish Student Center on the College Avenue campus will use the donation in order to advance the center’s studies and assist with its plans for expansion.


The Engineering Governing Council last night debated and failed to pass a budget cut bill that would minimize the amount of funding allocated to the engineering fraternity, Sigma Phi Delta. The debate during the council’s meeting at the Busch Campus Center reflected views for and against the bill written by the Finance Committee of the council. Opponents of the bill argued the budget cut would leave the fraternity unable to adequately host a rush event. “This budget is sentencing us to not have recruitment for next year, meaning we get

no new members coming in at all,” said School of Engineering junior Dave Friedeborn, who was this year’s rush chair for Sigma Phi Delta. Many fraternity members complained that the council’s bill, which would cut funding down from $200 to $150 for the rush event, was putting them at a disadvantage. “Our rush [to recruit any new members] is equivalent to ever yone else’s interest meeting. We do the same thing ever y other society does,” said School of Engineering junior John Nycz, a member of Sigma Phi Delta. Without funding, the fraternity cannot host events such as rush, said Sigma Phi Delta Treasurer Matthew DeCarlo.


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“If we do not recruit enough people, [some of our events] stop happening. We need recruitment so we can do other events,” said DeCarlo, a School of Engineering senior. DeCarlo said the fraternity has been funded every other semester in the past and requested members vote against the bill. “We have received funding for it in the past. The fact that we are going to start a precedent that was not brought up in an EGC council meeting … I do not necessarily agree with it,” he said. Nycz said the entire fraternity felt discriminated against.


Investor service gives city lower credit rating


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Council turns down bill to lessen funds


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The University’s Chabad House Jewish Student Center received a $500,000 donation this week in an effort to further advance Jewish studies and the center’s plan for expansion. Myron Shevell, chairman and CEO of New England Motor Freight, Inc., provided the donation. It honored Shevell’s late son, Jon Shevell, for his service to the center over the years, whose last wishes included the desire to further Jewish studies, Shevell said. “Jon was always great with working with kids, as he coached basketball at Tufts University,” he said. “He helped the rabbi with ideas on how to work with younger people.” Shevell said his donation would help a center that proves to be an effective place for children to obtain a good education and build meaningful social relationships.


Pledges to support the bridging of the Asian-American and LGBTQ communities decorate a table in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. A talk by Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan last night preceded the signing.

Moody’s Investor Ser vice gave the city of New Brunswick an A2 rating this year, which the company says reflects lower financial stability in the city. Moody’s works to provide credit ratings, research and financial risk analysis for countries and municipalities. It cited weakened fiscal flexibility and the city’s guarantee of $183 million in parking revenue bonds, according to a Dow Jones newswire article. The city received an A1 rating last year — one notch higher than its most recent one. “Although the New Brunswick Parking Authority has a long track record of healthy financial operations with no support from the city, we believe the current project’s reliance on commercial lease revenues could strain the authority’s financial health should these

revenue sources erode,” Moody’s told Dow Jones. The city’s backing of the parking authority’s debt puts it at a greater risk of default, making it responsible for coming up with the necessar y funds should the agency face financial trouble, according to Moody’s logic. New Brunswick city spokesman Bill Bray said the statewide cap on local property taxes, which limits the city’s ability to raise revenue, is a major reason for the A2 rating. “One of the biggest things impacting the ratings — both here and in other communities — is the new 2 percent cap on proper ty taxes,” Bray said. “If a cap has been imposed upon our ability to increase taxes, that has an impact — according to Moody’s — on our bottom line.” The credit ratings agency lowered its ratings on a total of 12



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DECEMBER 7, 2010


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Panel explores Palestinian perspective of conflict BY HENNA KATHIYA STAFF WRITER

Centered on Palestine and the war-torn region of Gaza, the University chapter of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund hosted an event called “A Celebration of Palestinian Heritage & Its Legacy of Resilience” Sunday at the Busch Campus Center. The program featured movies, exhibits and presentations about Palestinian life, as well as a panel of exper ts who commented on the cur rent Arab-Israeli conflict in Gaza. Speakers Hamid Abdeljaber, a University professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Khalid Abdelshaffy, the

senior program advisor at United Nations Development Program for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Fida Qishta, a journalist and filmmaker, discussed dif ferent aspects about the issue, including histor y and current affairs. “The issues between Gaza and the West Bank are deeply seeded in the histor y of both countries,” Abdeljaber said. Abdelshaffy, a native of Gaza, explained the conflict is more than a humanitarian crisis. “It is more than a political tragedy, but instead a tragedy of human dignity,” he said. “The excessive use of force of Israel in Gaza is the collective punishment of a whole neighborhood.”

Through their personal experiences of living and growing up in a turbulent area, two of the panelists discussed the violence in Gaza. “It was either taking the shor t and dangerous fiveminute walk to school or the safe way that took half an hour,” said Qishta, a former resident of Gaza. “These were decisions I had to make living in Gaza.” Qishta showed a short film entitled,“Where Should the Birds Fly?” that centered on a young girl who lost her family to the violence in the Palestinian city and served as a representation of its present conditions. Panelists also discussed solutions to combat violence in

Gaza, noting that focusing on the unification of Palestine will not bring the change they are looking for. “Critics say Palestine is not united as a countr y. There is a disconnect between the people of the countr y and the top of ficials,” Abdeljaber said. “There needs to be a focus on internal issues of the countr y. Power has the ability to blind people.” Abdeljaber emphasized the impor tance of looking at the situation in Gaza objectively and examining both sides of the issue. “As a professor, it is my job to present information from both sides. It is vital to maintain an element of neutrality and objectivity in education,” he said. “We

present both sides and allow students the responsibility to form their own opinions based on the information given.” Sherif Ibrahim, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, said it is important to raise awareness on the issues mentioned at the panel discussion. “I think cultural events such as these are great for educating people, but we need to generate more public attention,” Ibrahim said. “So many do not know what is going on in Palestine and we need to broaden the views of the people.” Abdeljaber hopes the panel discussion helped people form their own opinions about the conflict in Gaza rather than be influenced one way or another.

STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION Three University students are charged with possessing and distributing marijuana in a Busch campus residence hall after their Friday arrest. First-year students Suraj Shah of Old Bridge, Visheh Shah of Sayreville and Milan Matarazzo of Whitehouse Station were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an article on

They were arrested around 5 p.m. after an individual called the Rutgers University Police Depar tment to investigate an odor of marijuana at a Busch residence hall, Lt. Richard Dinan said in the ar ticle. RUPD Of ficer Swanetta Pitt found the three in a room with 130 grams of marijuana, two scales, $600 in cash and 1,000 small plastic bags all in plain view, Dinan said.

Matarazzo also faces a count of possession with intent to distribute, Dinan said. The three were released on their own recognizance, and the case has been turned over to the University’s Office of Student Conduct. — Kristine Rosette Enerio



DECEMBER 7, 2010



COP BUSTS TWO AFTER POSING AS 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL Two N.J. men are accused of making arrangements online to meet an undercover cop posing as a 6-year-old girl in Bergen County, according to an article on Seth Dixon, 28, a resident of Brick, N.J., was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual assault, according to the article. Walter Domanski Jr., 51, of Ship Bottom, N.J., and Dixon’s accomplice, was charged with third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree attempted aggravated sexual assault, according to the article. Dixon is also accused of arranging for Domanski to meet the girl in Bergen County for the purpose of having sexual contact with her, according to the article. Authorities in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit were previously investigating Dixon, who allegedly distributed child pornography online and then introduced Domanski to an undercover officer he thought was a young child, according to the article. — Ariel Nagi

GOALS: Carlebach says center is for all type of students continued from front SCOTT TSAI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Visitors peruse and ask questions as small business owners promote their products to sell yesterday during the Intersect Fund’s Holiday Bazaar at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. The Intersect Fund is a New Brunswick-based organization that offers services to low-income entrepreneurs in the area.

CUTS: Congress does not extend emergency benefits continued from front “I was pretty stunned. It was the same feeling as when I found out they were cutting the extensions now,” he said, comparing being laid off to the unemployment benefit cuts announced last week. “I had a source of income, but all of a sudden it was dropped.” Congress last week did not prolong the emergency extension for the fifth time to federal unemployment benefits, said Kevin Smith of the Office of Communications and Marketing at the Department of Labor. The extension would increase the maximum claim period to 99 weeks from 46 weeks. Weekes said the confusion about which claimants the decision was to affect was the worst feeling of all. “I do not even know if [my benefits are] being cut right now,” he said. “From what I understand, some people are still

going to be able to claim so many more weeks.” Weekes said the lack of notice put forward to the general public about the change in the benefits makes the decision to not extend even more taxing. “[Not knowing] makes it a lot worse,” he said. “Had they told us in advance it would have been fine. But this is just coming from left field.”

“I had a source of income, but all of a sudden it was dropped.” LAQUAY WEEKES Rutgers-Newark Senior

University economics and public policy Professor Joseph Seneca felt this congressional decision was immature. “Given the tepid nature of the national and state labor market in terms of their ability to create new job opportunities,

the overall effect [of this extension failure] is to dampen economic activity,” Seneca said via e-mail correspondence. Seneca also said the impact of the decision will have a tremendous impact on aspects other than New Jersey’s economy and work force. “The impact [of the decision] is that there will be a loss of disposable income for those whose benefits expire, creating significant individual hardships and an overall decrease in consumer spending, both in New Jersey and nationally, compared to what it would have been had the adjustment not been implemented,” he said. Weekes suggested exempting those claimants already receiving benefits from the adjustment. “I think a good compromise would be that if people were already on unemployment, they should be allowed to keep collecting,” he said. “We were guaranteed 99 weeks of unemployment, but now they are cutting it off.” Congress is continuing its attempts at reaching a compromise.

“I am continuing his wishes and his desires and seeing that it gets carried forward,” he said. “It should be a fabulous program for students.” The donation will allow the center to create a program for University students interested in Torah studies, said Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, executive director of the Chabad House. Beginning next semester, students can receive a stipend to complete 60 semester hours of study. “I want to fur ther Jewish studies at the University,” Shevell said. “Once kids have their bar or bat mitzvah they forget about religion. The program will keep them interested in Judaism, with a little incentive to help them along.” The Chabad House is working to expand its space by 55,000 square feet, said Shevell, who is also vice-chairman of the New Jersey Transit board and head of the Shevell Group of Companies, a transpor tation ser vices business. The current Chabad house features a synagogue, a dining hall with 250 seats and a female residence hall, Carlebach said. “A new 8,000 square foot dining hall is being built,” he said. “On the weekends we have hundreds of kids eating at our dining hall, especially on Shabbat. Our new kosher dining hall will feature more seating and will ser ve about 800 meals on Shabbat.” As part of the $10 million expansion plan, new kitchen facilities are being built to accompany the new 770-seat dining hall, along with a 72-bed male residence comprised of double rooms and an international coffeehouse, Carlebach said. The expanded Chabad House will also have two synagogues with an addition of a Sephardic synagogue, which could be utilized by the significant amount of Sephardic students at the University, he said. “When they come here, they are used to certain customs from the Sephardic synagogues they grew up going to,” Carlebach said. “They can feel comfortable with the customs they are used to in the new synagogue.” Fundraising for the new Chabad house comes exclusively

from individual and corporate donations, he said. Shevell will present his gift at the organization’s National Founders Dinner tonight, where fundraising is expected to reach close to $3 million, Carlebach said. “The Chabad House is by far the largest Jewish student center on a college campus,” he said. “I have been asking for support primarily from local donors. I will visit them and acquaint them with the Chabad House. There are some donors from Australia, Europe and all over the U.S.” Carlebach said the vision of the Chabad House around campus is incorrect, claiming people think of the center as a place solely for Jewish prayer and study instead of a place for all University students. “It is not just a bunch of rabbis in black hats there, and it is not only for Jewish people,” he said. For example, the Chabad House offers counseling ser vices for any student at the University, which Carlebach said proved helpful for students during the week of 9/11 because his center was the only one open for counseling. “We had 3,000 students of different religions come in and just talk and cry together. We do this on a lesser scale every day,” he said. “People have crises and we try to help.” Shevell said the Chabad House’s ser vices are not limited to Jewish students and can make an impact on all University students. “They do not turn nonJewish kids away,” he said. “If they can be helpful to anyone, they will be.” The expanded Chabad House will enhance this atmosphere for University students and is another reason why he made the donation, Shevell said. “I think it is great for the University and great for the kids,” he said. “It is a fabulous par t of education and will bring more camaraderie around the kids.” Ilana Avila, the resident assistant of the Chabad House’s female residence hall, said the donation would be put to good use. “Through his money, one of the most power ful and influential ser vices provided on campus can continue and make a dif ference in a lot of people’s lives,” she said.



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U. group earns six-figure grant





School of Arts and Sciences junior Amanda Padro opens a memorial event last night in the Douglass Campus Center, held on the 21st anniversary of a Montreal massacre where an anti-feminist gunman shot students and a professor. Andrew Nieporent, top, was one of several performers throughout the evening. The Human Rights house hosted the event.

Although the state’s economic climate remains dr y, a student organization at the University received a $100,000 grant for their effort to keep children in r ural African schools both physically and mentally hydrated. Chase Manhattan Bank awarded the grant to A Spring of Hope, a student-run non-profit organization that constructs wells for rural and poverty-stricken schools in Africa to better health conditions and alleviate global poverty while promoting grassroots-level education. ASOH President Brittany Young said the $100,000 grant would go a long way in helping the organization’s mission in Africa. “We are now able to help thousands more students than we have ever helped before,” she said via e-mail correspondence. “With this grant, we can invest in the educational futures of students through educational programs and infrastructure in schools.” Volunteers recently installed two wells and Young said she is optimistic they will be able to meet their goal of building five wells by the end of the year. But she added this goal would not be possible without the help from Chase Manhattan Bank. “I could not be more grateful for this grant,” she said. “It changes the face of our organization, which is given greater legitimacy and importance, and allows us to help people in ways we have only dreamed of.” Eric Hsu, president and founder of the University chapter of ASOH, said the organization received the grant through the Chase Community Giving program that provides funding for nonprofit organizations at both a local and global level. “The program I think is a viable way for companies like

Chase to give money, and all parties benefit,” said Hsu, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “Chase receives huge amounts of publicity, as do the participating non-profit organizations.” Since its founding in 2006, ASOH developed into a successful non-profit organization and the grant proves how much it grew in only four years, Hsu said. “The grant is the first contribution of this magnitude and will kick start new activities that will sustain the organization for the long-run through new funding sources,” he said. This is the first semester ASOH is recognized as a student organization, allowing it to mutually engage in bettering the community with other student organizations, Hsu said. “We engage students by providing opportunities for meaningful volunteer work and the means to develop a better understanding of non-profits and alleviating poverty abroad,” he said. Although their overarching goal is to better health conditions and education for African students, Hsu said the chapter focuses on raising local awareness through education and fundraising for the program. In order to educate students about ASOH’s mission, the chapter is working on a display to help inform the University community of the organization’s work in Africa, he said. “Alleviating global poverty is a complex [problem], and new members learn about these complexities and the nature of non-profit work through engagement with existing members and tasks that fur ther ASOH’s mission,” Hsu said. As for their fundraising efforts, Hsu said ASOH is working on The Bottle Project, a plan to develop a business branch that will use sales of stainless steel filtered water bottles to provide sustained revenue. “In New Brunswick, we are currently identifying and developing relationships with local businesses where ASOH’s filtered

bottles will make sense in their business model,” he said. “We are looking for prospective volunteers who are motivated and interested in joining this team.” Kaivalya Deshpande, an executive board member of the chapter, acts as an ambassador for ASOH and said his main priority is to increase awareness impoverished African schools in the University community. “All of us in A Spring of Hope are continuously thinking of ways to raise money and awareness for the national organization,” said Deshpande, a School of Engineering sophomore. “The more people involved the better.” Deshpande decided to join ASOH because he feels it is the only non-profit organization true to its name, providing relief in a tangible form instead of rhetoric and unfulfilled promises. “Ever since I joined, I felt that I became par t of something greater that had to power to change things in the real world,” he said. “ASOH is ver y young organization, so the more people join the more they can contribute.” Young founded ASOH at the age of 14 as a way to help underser ved rural communities in South Florida, utilizing high school students from around the area as volunteers, Hsu said. After she visited South Africa and realized many schools were without running water, Young decided the volunteer efforts of ASOH should be focused on improving health conditions for African students in rural areas, Hsu said. Although the organization is considered new, Hsu said it has grown into an ef fective organization that improves the lives of African students, and will continue to expand because of the grant. “ASOH has come such a long way in the past four years so this grant is ver y exciting,” he said. “ASOH’s histor y really shows what young people are capable of doing.”


DECEMBER 7, 2010



RATINGS: Bray hopes city projects will help economy continued from front


Members of the Engineering Governing Council listen as Sigma Phi Delta debates why a bill to minimize funding for their organization should not pass, arguing that the fraternity has been more involved in the community and engineering school this year.

FUNDS: Friedeborn says bill could deter future members continued from front “We are not just a fraternity … we are recognized by the Engineering Governing Council. We specifically cater toward engineers,” he said. Fraternity member Scott Sivco agreed with Nycz and questioned the council’s motive for cutting funding specifically from Sigma Phi Delta.

“If they can receive funding for their events, why can’t we receive money for ours?” said Sivco, a School of Engineering senior. “To tell us that we should not get this funding is almost a slap in the face that we are not doing what we should be doing.” Sivco said the fraternity should further be funded, because this year they have been more involved with the engineering school. “We have been getting more involved with the engineering school. We have been getting

more involved with the community,” he said. “Yes, we are requesting money for entertainment purposes, like pizza, but other organizations get funding for that anyway.” Friedeborn also said the bill should not pass because future first-year students will be dissuaded from joining the fraternity if cuts are made. “[First-years] this year have had more questions … about greek life,” he said. Friedeborn asked that all members put themselves in the fraternity’s place and consider

how they would react if a similar bill affected their committees and organizations. “If this was any of your societies up here and your budget was cut … what would you say?” he said. In response to the backlash, the chair of the finance committee, Casey Moure, a School of Engineering senior, said the Engineering Governing Council was not cutting all funding to the fraternity but was allocating the fraternity $150. He did not offer a reason for wanting to make the cuts at the time.

New Jersey cities since August, likely because of the economy and the consequent cuts to many municipalities. Regardless of Moody’s analysis of the city, New Br unswick has managed to maintain a high level of municipal ser vices for its residents, Bray said. He also cited self-sustaining projects, such as the Gateway Project and the for thcoming New Br unswick Wellness Plaza, as examples of city endeavors that will bring economic success for the city in the future. “These investments, at a time when cost of c a p i t a l “These and coninvestments ... str uction are at an will position all-time the city to take low, will advantage position the city of growth to take opportunities.” advantage of growth BILL BRAY oppor tuniCity Spokesman ties as the national a n d regional economies rebound,” Bray said. Although the economic outlook seems negative, the financial decisions the city makes now will lay the foundation for a better future for the city’s residents and the 100,000 daily visitors, he said. Unlike Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s, another financial agency that rates the outstanding debt of various companies and municipalities, once again gave New Br unswick an AA-credit rating. The S&P rating is considered higher than that of Moody’s.




The Center for Latin American Studies will host a lecture featuring two keynote speakers, Alan Knight of Oxford University and Eric Van Young of the University of California at San Diego. The event will take place in the Lecture Hall of Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information please contact Martine Adams at


The Clothing Swap from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center Multipurpose Room aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sexual violence. Bring new and gently used clothing, shoes, bags and accessories to swap. A $2 entry donation gets you two “new” items. Equally trade for everything else you bring, or buy two items for $1. All money collected will go to support survivors of sexual violence in New Jersey. The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance will sponsor the event. New Jersey Jobs and Economic Report-Alumni Program will have Carl Van Horn speak from 1 to 3 p.m. at Winants Hall on the College Avenue campus. Van Horn is the founding director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and a professor of public policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Career Services will sponsor the lecture. To attend this event, please register at


The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra’s “A Strauss Affair to Remember” program begins at 8 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors and $15 for students with valid identification. For more information about any Mason Gross event, visit or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at (732)-932-7511. The “Professors’ Oriental Abstract World” exhibit features the Chinese brush calligraphy and painting ar tworks of professor Zhiyuan Cong of William Paterson University and Yi-Zhi Huang of the University. The opening reception will include demonstrations by both ar tists. The exhibit is located in the Ar t Histor y Building on the College Avenue campus.


Winter Wishes Party will take place from 11 to 3 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center Lounge and Multipurpose Room on the College Avenue campus. Winter Wishes provides New Brunswick children presents for the holiday season. Students, faculty and staff can volunteer their time by participating in the party while about 600 pre-school children will receive their gifts. Pre-registration is required at Kappa Phi Lambda will host their annual Dear Santa Toy Drive from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center Multipurpose Room. There will be different activities ranging from stuffing animals to gingerbread house making and eating. For more information, please e-mail or Check-in for the Big Chill 5K Run/Walk is from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. Line-up for the race begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is an unwrapped toy. Toys are donated to eight charities. To help support Rutgers Against Hunger, purchase one yard of the race for $1. All runners/walkers receive a Big Chill T-shirt.

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It’s a Date! New Year Calendar Workshop will take place in the Zimmerli Ar t Museum on the College Avenue campus from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Par ticipants may wish to bring photographs of friends and family to include in their calendars. Instructor Dot Paolo guides parents and children in the use of collage, stamps and many other ar t techniques to create these one-of-a-kind calendars. Tickets are $5 for museum members, $7 for nonmembers and $3 for pre-registration in all six workshops. Walk-ins will be allowed if space is available.

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Where is your favorite place to study?


YVETTE CEDANO SAS FIRST-YEAR STUDENT “The Catholic Center. It is really peaceful, just the environment — it is really welcoming.”

“I prefer to study in the engineering building in the computer lab, because when I study I need computers right in front of me with everything like the different software [engineers] use, so I don’t have to carry my laptop around.”

POOJA MODH SAS FIRST-YEAR STUDENT “The Library of Science and Medicine because it is really quiet and I get a lot of work done there.”




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The number of libraries and centers on campus

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The percentage of students who reported studying between four to six hours for a final exam in a University of Wisconsin study


“The Cook Campus Center because it is really quiet and it is close to my dorm and it has printers.”

NAMAN DIWAKER SAS JUNIOR “Alexander Library because I like to study in groups. Me and my friends go to a group room over there and study.”

GEORGE DAWOOD SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING JUNIOR “SERC [Science and Engineering Research Center] on Busch campus, because it is quiet.”


A computer lab — 5%

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Google eBooks brings more to online market


oogle Inc. is joining yet another virtual space with the goal of making a massive profit. Yet even in this case, consumers will benefit. The company launched its Google eBooks yesterday, entering a market that has so far been dominated by Apple and Amazon. The venture includes hundreds of thousands of popular titles for sale and millions more free, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new service is an extension of Google Books, the online search engine for books and scholarly articles. We are glad Google entered yet another Internet sphere. This will promote competition between the current giants of eBooks and Google, which has already proven it can conquer any industry. The market is valued at around $1 billion and will probably grow as more and more devices come out supporting the electronic book format. The competition will simply benefit publishers with more companies entering the business as well, as it will enable people to find what they need more easily. If a book is not available on Amazon’s or Barnes & Noble’s websites, customers who could be students, professors or just occasional readers will be able to access it for free or buy it from Google. And that is one advantage that Google holds over its competitors. The company has spent countless hours scanning entire libraries of universities in order to preserve thousands of otherwise inaccessible out-of-print books. A smart move by the company is its accessibility on multiple devices. Users will be able to purchase books through and will be able to transfer them on tablets, computers, smartphones and open-format devices. It will also be available on Apple’s own iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices, as well as the competing Android mobile phones. This would allow users to switch devices and have the system save their page, book or whatever they marked. The books will simply be available anywhere technology reaches with pricing not different from other eBook vendors. We approve of Google’s somewhat-innovative introduction into the eBooks market, as we expect another useful service from the tech giant. The service will become available internationally starting the first quarter of 2011, making this simple service accessible to even more people.

See something, think before saying something


t may sound like a chapter out of “1984,” but the new partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Walmart could lead to much needed safe spaces. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced yesterday the inclusion of 230 Walmart store in the department’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. Walmart and DHS will help the American people play a role in protecting the nation’s security and ensuring its safety. Walmart is not the first big-time partner of the DHS with New York City’s Metropolitan Authority already benefiting from the $13 million given by the Department. It is simple and effective, as it should be. It allows for employees to identify and report indicators of crime, terrorism or any other sort of threat to the American public. In the case of NYC’s MTA, this means averting any danger in the nation’s busiest transportation system by aiding law enforcement authorities. Walmart’s partnership with the DHS will not be much different. More than 230 stores, which have already launched the nationwide campaign, will be joined by stores in 27 more states, totaling 558 Walmart stores overall. Video messages will play in stores warning customers of what to do or say in the case of suspicious activity. Despite this cleverly designed campaign, we must be careful not to whistle-blow on the smallest of occasions — resulting in a case of “the boy who cried wolf.” The DHS has got the right idea with targeting places that attract a large diversity of people, such as Walmart, and yet there must still be a restraint. Walmart, otherwise, is an ideal place for targeting possible terrorist actions. Customers will have to use discretion, which could only be wished upon by the DHS and Walmart. Over the past few months, the DHS has been working with many federal, state and private sector agencies in order to expand its “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. It is attempting to introduce it across many states including New Jersey and Minnesota. Utimately, it is up to the American people to call the fouls. There is no pressure from DHS to report crimes left and right. There is the fully liberal notion that allows people to report anything that seems suspicious. We agree with this somewhat-scary step of looking at literature and emulating its methods because this would provide citizens with the more open ability to report what they need. The DHS must be careful to sort these reports, but otherwise, security remains an integral part of living in this nation.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was kind of surreal in the beginning. And then there was a hole — like a part of [my] life was missing.” Jacqueline Cherko, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, on losing her job STORY ON FRONT


Peace depends on strong US military


and steer clear of international solemnly bow my head conflict. What they fail to today in honor of the men understand is that Islamic radand women who have icalism has one goal: global served in the United States domination. The United States Armed Forces and in many abandoning infrastructure cases given their lives for rebuilding in Iraq or fighting American ideals and the proal-Qaida in Afghanistan makes longation of liberty — not just AARON MARCUS little difference to Islamic radiwithin the United States but cals. They will merely bring also around the globe. Today the fight to America, the same way they did on 9/11. marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on If the United States does not stand up for liberty, who Pearl Harbor. The day will live in infamy as a brutal and will? Europe views world politics from the position of surprise attack against the United States that took the Immanuel Kant — largely peaceful with room for diplolives of more than 2,400 Americans. It was this attack matic cooperation. This forces the United States to view that thrust us into World War II and the attack that once the world from the outlook of Thomas Hobbes — anarand for all set the United States apart from the rest of the chic, dangerous and with little order. We must use force world. It was the birth of American exceptionalism. at times to protect the innocent from evil. It is only While the French author Alexis de Tocqueville may through this paradox of strategic culture that the be the first to describe the United States as exceptionKantian perspective of Europe can exist. If we throw off al, it was World War II that would guide us to glory. this equilibrium, we risk driving the world back to the What truly sets us apart from the rest of the world is violent days that existed prior to American hegemony. our most basic principle: the idea that all humans have Is it a burden to our troops? Yes. Is it a burden to our the unalienable right to life, liberty and property. Yet it pockets? Yes. But would any of you prefer to see a took an act of war from the Japanese to propel the world run by the likes of Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il United States to defend those rights not only at home, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? They are the Hitler, but also across the world. It was the post-World War II Mussolini and Stalin of our generation — just as brutal atmosphere accompanied with the Marshall Plan that and just as against individual liberty as would set up American greatness. It is the former evil rulers of Europe. also the policies of both Truman and “If we give up our Government’s most basic purpose is Eisenhower that caused critical skeptito protect life and liberty, which is why cism of American foreign policy — prifreedoms and way fighting those who want to enslave us marily from those who wish to of life, the last best or kill us is must. describe post-World War II America as When the Japanese attacked us a global police force. hope for mankind on Dec. 7, 1941 the United States The title bears negative connotawill be extinguished.” could have just as easily retaliated tions and the false claim that the against Japan and left the wars in United States is an imperialist democEurope and North Africa for the racy. Yet it must be noted that prior to allied forces. If that happened, history would have American investment in international democracies, the played out differently and for the worst. After 9/11, world was largely at war and constantly involved in conthe United States could have just retaliated against flict. While there has been violence and war in the past the Taliban, but history would have played out dif70 years, it has been at low levels. Meanwhile, can anyferently and for the worst. Unfortunately, evil will one deny the evils and violence created by the alternacontinue to exist as long as the United States exists. tive way of life, authoritarian monarchies, Nazism, It is something we will be forced to deal with as long Fascism or Communism? After American success in as we live. As long as we value the ideals and rights World War II, it only made logical sense to go after of life, liberty and property, enemies will want to what would become the greatest threat to mankind: take us down. communism. It was American intervention that If we give up our freedoms and way of life, the destroyed the Iron Curtain. Communist rule cost last best hope for mankind will be extinguished. If many lives, and it was American courage and resistthe promise of freedom does not prevail, then by ance to the deadly culture that shut it down. default enslavement becomes our only option. In With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the conWorld War II, it was liberty versus Nazism and clusion of the first Gulf War, the United States experiFascism. In the Cold War it was freedom versus enced 10 years of a relatively conflict-free internationCommunism. Today the battle is freedom versus al policy. With the 9/11 attacks, evil once again took totalitarianism, and our generation will decide aim at America. It is no coincidence that the three which one we want to live under. greatest evils of the last 70 years have aimed to dismantle our American ideals. The only way evil exists Aaron Marcus is a School of Arts and Sciences junior is if someone or something stands for good. majoring in political science and history. His column, Many now claim that the United States should aban“Marcus My Words,” runs on alternate Tuesdays. don international allies, cut defense spending drastically

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Healing potential expands now. This could involve yourself or family members. Love and compassion work wonders. Pour your energy into each act. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Dress up your style and message today. Even the most practical concepts can use a bit of marketing. Don't be afraid to sing your own praises, with compassion. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — Pay your own way today. That way, you maintain as many possibilities as possible, while enjoying great company. Stay close to home rather than traveling far. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Ideas come together today in unusual ways. What appear to be very different directions actually arrive at the same place. If one fails, try another. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Private gatherings take advantage of multiple possibilities. Each group member can pursue an idea independently and then bring it to the table for consensus. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Pay close attention to the role independent action plays regarding physical well-being. Listen to professionals. Then check with your own body for confirmation.



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Fifth-year senior Alex Caruso, right, placed third this past weekend at the Nittany Lion Open in the 174-pound weight class.

FIELD: Caruso takes down pair of ranked grapplers in PA continued from back effort by winning four matches by a combined score of 38-0. “I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things,” said Langel, who has a 6-4 record this season. “Last year I had a rough start and picked it up in the second semester. I’m sure the other guys agree that once you get into that rhythm, you feel unbeatable.” In one of the heftier brackets boasting over 50 grapplers, 174pound senior Alex Caruso made a strong push for the national rankings by defeating No. 18 Ethan Headlee of Pittsburgh and narrowly falling to No. 8 Mike Letts of Maryland. Caruso put the exclamation point on his day by defeating No. 9 Scott Griffin of Penn with a convincing 7-1 score. “[Caruso] hasn’t beaten Scott Griffin since the New Jersey State finals when he was a senior in high school,” Goodale said. “When he went to Lehigh, he

hadn’t beaten him. Now he comes here and wins 7-1. That’s a big win for him.” Coming off knee surgery, junior Trevor Melde put it all on the line in the 141-pound bracket, taking on the 52-wrestler weight class and coming out with a fourth place finish. Melde won his first two matches with a pin in less than a minute and an 8-0 major decision. “He’s [healthy enough] to go,” Goodale said. “The thing that we want to see with Trevor is to see him finish out a tournament. It’s about being consistent and finishing the day.” Heavyweight Carl Buchholz rounded out the placing for Rutgers with a sixth place finish. While some of the Knights’ heavy hitters sat this tournament out, it was still a grueling test for those involved — a test that Goodale’s squad took head on. “It was a good week in that we could give our starters a break, but the starters that we brought, we did for a reason,” Goodale said. “Just the fact that we are getting through a day in adverse conditions … that’s a good thing.”


Junior Trevor Melde, top, underwent knee surgery in the offseason and recovered to finish fourth in the Nittany Lion Open.

DECEMBER 7, 2010




POSITION: Rookie fits into unfamiliar role for Rutgers continued from back


he Rutgers men’s basketball team’s matchup against Auburn on Saturday in Pittsburgh is already set to be televised nationally on ESPN2, but the network announced yesterday the game will also be shown on ESPN 3D. The network first launched ESPN 3D on June 11, 2010 and reaches more than 45 million viewers nationwide under agreements with DirecTV, Comcast and AT&T.



men’s basketball freshman JayVaughn Pinkston for the rest of the season following the forward’s involvement in a fight at an off-campus apartment. The incident occurred last month and Pinkston is set to appear in court in the near future for two counts of simple assault and harassment. Pinkston is eligible to return to the Wildcats next summer and is not allowed to take classes for the upcoming spring semester. Luckily for Pinkston and head coach Jay Wright, Pinkston will be able to return as a redshirt freshman during the summer and will not lose a season of eligibility.



quarterback Brett Favre has a sprained joint in his right shoulder in addition to ankle fractures suffered earlier in the season. Still, interim head coach Leslie Frazier expects the 41year-old to make his 298th consecutive start this Sunday when the Vikings take on the New York Giants, as long as Favre gets the appropriate rest. “It’s just a matter of rest and then the rehab that they’re going to put him through,” Frazier said.

THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES acquired slugger Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday for right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. While Reynolds certainly provides a bit of a spark from the plate, the third baseman has struck out at least 200 times in each of the past three seasons. Reynolds averaged nearly 35 home runs a season in the process.

THE DENVER BRONCOS fired head coach Josh McDaniels yesterday after just two seasons at the helm. Replacing McDaniels will be running backs coach Eric Studesville, assuming the role at an interim position, McDaniels won his first six games as head coach of the team, but the Broncos have won just five games since, compiling a 5-17 record dating back to last season. McDaniels now marks the third head coach to be fired this season in the NFL, as the Dallas Cowboys fired Wade Phillips and the Minnesota Vikings cut loose Brad Childress.

20-point, 7-rebound performance at the Louis Brown Athletic Center against NJIT. The St. Benedict’s (N.J.) product was the first Knight to reach 20 points this season and ranks third on the team in scoring through six games. But Biruta’s early success comes while playing out of position under head coach Mike Rice, who is strapped for size in his first season on a Rutgers sideline. “[Biruta] is not really a post player. He’s finding out how to succeed in Division I, to be honest with you,” Rice said. “A lot of the freshmen only play seven to 10 minutes and they get to find out in practice. Well, Gilvydas has to play 20 to 25, 27 minutes, so you see it right in front of you.” But before notching doubledigit scoring outputs in three consecutive games, Biruta struggled just to remain on the court. Biruta logged an average of 18 minutes in each of the Knights’ first three contests, while committing 12 fouls during the same timeframe. The native Lithuanian registered just nine fouls in Rutgers’ past three games, helping Biruta average 23 minutes per game. “I just don’t do stupid fouls,” Biruta said. “I still did one [Wednesday]. I fell on the floor [and] tried to reach the ball. I have to stay away from those fouls.” On the offensive end of the court, Biruta has been sent to the line more than any other Knight through six contests and sports a

71 percent shooting line from the charity stripe. Biruta also owns the secondbest field goal percentage on the team, despite playing farther from his usual spot on the perimeter with St. Benedict’s. But Biruta’s level of familiarity with the position is growing, according to Rice. “You saw a confident young man [Wednesday],” Rice said. “You saw a confident player who’s kind of developing.” Biruta’s growing contributions will be needed even more as the Knights continue into their nonconference schedule, especially on a team without a definite first scoring option. Rutgers had four different players lead the team in scoring through six games, including a different leading scorer in its past four contests. “We don’t have a first option, second option, third option,” said senior guard James Beatty, who averages nine points in 31.3 minutes per game. “We know any given night anybody can be the leading scorer, like [Wednesday night] it was Gil. Everybody can score one through five.” The Knights (4-2) plan to continue their scoring parity tonight, when Marist (1-6) visits the RAC for a nonconference matchup. The Red Foxes dropped their first six contests before upending conference foe Niagara, 80-72, Friday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Rutgers defeated Marist, 7467, to open its 2009-10 campaign at the RAC, where the Knights narrowly won the rebounding battle, 39-36. The Red Foxes return five of their six biggest contributors

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St. Benedict’s Prep product Gilvydas Biruta struggled with foul trouble in the early going but averaged 23 minutes in the past three games.

from last year’s showdown, including sophomore guard Candon Rusin, the team’s leading scorer through seven games. But the Knights added two key pieces in the offseason in Rice and Biruta that will undoubtedly affect tonight’s matchup in more ways than one. And Biruta is earning the firstyear head coach’s endorsement

when it matters most, according to Rice. “I’m calling a set play for Gilvydas Biruta in the post with four minutes left to go [Wednesday],” Rice said. “I talked to [associate head coach] David [Cox], ‘Should I have my head examined?’ Two games ago, he couldn’t catch the ball. So again, there is some growth, there is something to take away.”


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The Rutgers football team lost each of its final six games en route to its first season in the past six years that did not end with a bowl berth. The Scarlet Knights were plagued by pressure on their quarterback, an ineffective running game and missed tackles on defense.








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Wideout Mohamed Sanu will have offseason surgery after struggling with ankle and hamstring injuries throughout a sophomore season that yielded 727 yards of total offense and six touchdowns.

TIME: Savage, Turner set to discuss future with Schiano continued from back “When you have a 4-8 season and you’re not going to a bowl game, you certainly look at things with even more scrutiny,” Schiano said. “One thing we do have is a little bit of time on our hands. Then I will use all of the information gathered to make some very tough decisions on where we go. And I say they’re tough — they’re only tough because it’s going to take time and effort.” From a personnel standpoint, the immediate concerns are keeping Savage and Turner, a three-star running back out of Jacksonville, Fla., who redshirted. Both are subjects of transfer speculation, and Schiano admitted as much when he said only they know whether they will retur n to Rutgers next season. Schiano wants both to stay, and the return of a healthy Turner, who suffered from surger y complications and still has issues with his groin, could help with the other thing Rutgers needs to emerge with after an offseason of evaluation: an offense. “As we move forward, there will be answers,” Schiano said. “I definitely think physical play adds to your running game. I think when we run the ball effectively around here we win. And we will do that again, there’s no doubt.” Turner is one of a handful of freshmen that could have changed, or at least impacted, the course of Rutgers’ season, with Schiano admitting he regretted some decisions. Schiano played freshman J.T. Tar tacof f at wideout for nine games, when he made a pair of catches for 21 yards. As he was limited by an injur y and unable to play in the seasonfinale loss to West Virginia,

The Rutgers swimming team needed a dominant victory to restore its confidence after beginning the SWIMMING season with losing WAGNER 100 a record. The RUTGERS 179 team found that confidence-boosting win Friday, as it defeated Wagner, 179-100, at the RU Aquatic Center. The Scarlet Knights (2-3, 1-3) won a total of 12 events in the decisive victory. Head coach Phil Spiniello deviated from his usual lineups a bit, but the tinkering seemed to have worked, as several Knights were able to capture their first victories of the season. Junior Michelle Berman earned her first victory of the year in the grueling 1,000-yard freestyle by finishing in 10:35.51, almost five seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Sophomore Melanie Gaffey, who won the 200-yard freestyle against Wagner last season, continued her success against the Seahawks with a victory in the 50-yard freestyle. Perhaps the most emotional victory of the meet for the Knights came when redshirt junior captain Kirsten Fontana took first in the 200-yard backstroke for her first regular season victory since coming off of knee surgery. “Kirsten is someone who all of the girls on the team look up to,” said sophomore Taylor Curado. “She, along with our other captain, Jen Betz, has done a great job leading our team in the direction that we need to go in order to accomplish what we want at the end of the season.” There were also some familiar faces that grabbed victories in the meet, like junior Jacquelyn Ward who had three wins. Ward won the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard

freestyle, posting season-best times of 2:05.71 and 5:08.21, respectively, while also touching the wall first in the 200 freestyle. Curado, who won the 100-yard butterfly at every meet this season, took a break from her signature event and instead placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.67. The relay team of Curado, Ward, junior Brianne Lindblad and freshman Mary Moser also continued its success with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The Knights also got a huge contribution from their freshmen. Freshman Emilie Kaufmann finished the 100-yard backstroke in 58.87 and the 200yard breaststroke in 2:23.15, each good for a first place finish. Fellow freshman Trisha Averill also added a win in the 100-yard breaststroke with her seasonbest time of 1:05.92. “The younger girls on our team have stepped up this year and are a vital part of our team,” Curado said. “The way that they have been performing in practice and at meets shows that we have a very bright future ahead of us.” The diving team did not compete against Wagner, but travelled to Princeton for the Big Al Open, where they faced Harvard, Penn, Drexel, Florida and host Princeton. Senior captain Jen Betz bested 26 other divers to take first place in the one-meter dive with a score of 272.20. Freshman Nicole Scott had a second place finish in the platform diving event while also taking fourth in the one-meter dive. The Knights get a break from competition for the holiday season before their training trip on Dec. 30 to Indian Shores, Fla. The Knights do not see live action again until they travel to Maryland on Jan. 8, so they must continue to train and improve to avoid any untimely rust.


Junior tailback Joe Martinek finished last season 33 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark but totaled just 276 rushing yards this season.

Schiano wondered if there were better options — options that Schiano believed better suited for a redshirt year. “There’s some guys I kick myself in the rear end that we probably should have played,” the 10th-year head coach said. “If we had decided to play [wideout Brandon] Coleman six, eight weeks ago, could he have helped us? Yeah, he could’ve helped us. [Jawaun] Wynn — one or the other. “So you make decisions, but how can you predict things that are going to happen? It’s ver y hard. How am I going to predict that Mo Sanu, who was our leading producer last year, wouldn’t play at full strength from the third game on? You know, that’s hard to predict.”

As was the collapse of the Knights’ defense. When Schiano talks about a program built on a rock foundation, that defense is the rock. The defensive-minded coach saw his team allow 38 points per game in their six-game, seasonending losing streak and 144 points in the last three games. The defense finished ranked No. 63 in the nation — the lowest since 2004. “I think the cumulative effect of not only playing tired in a given game, but in our preparation — I think it’s a defense that ran out of gas a little bit, quite frankly, and a defense that made too many mistakes,” Schiano said. “I know exactly what to do. We have to get back to the nuts and bolts of doing it.”


Junior captain Kirsten Fontana won the 200-yard backstroke against Wagner, marking her first regular season win after a knee surgery.



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Mason leads way in crowded Nittany Lion field BY A.J. JANKOWSKI ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR


Sophomore Mario Mason won the 149-pound bracket at the Nittany Lion Open this weekend, defeating No. 2 Frank Molinari of Penn State with a 3-1 decision. Mason defeated a Nittany Lion in three straight rounds to finish the day with a 6-0 record.

If the competition was not enough for the Rutgers wrestling team at the Nittany Lion Open, then the WRESTLING tournament itself set for th a daunting task for the No. 18 Scarlet Knights. A total of 437 wrestlers trekked to Happy Valley, Pa., for the Open as each bracket packed talent to the brim. And while what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, several grapplers certainly felt the effects of a Saturday chock full of wrestling. “Yeah, I’m pretty sore,” said sophomore Matt Fusco. “You also get pretty tired. I usually don’t sleep too well the day before a match. So I’m tired and sore, but I still feel pretty good.” When the dust settled, six Knights broke apart from the masses to reach the podium, including sophomore Mario Mason, who finished first out of 62 wrestlers at 149 pounds. “To tell you the truth, I haven’t had that many college matches in a row,” the Moorestown, N.J., native said. “Usually you only wrestle three to four times in a tournament. I didn’t even know that tournament was going to be that big.” Mason, who transferred from Minnesota in the offseason, went 6-0 on the day and capped off the tournament with a 3-1 decision over No. 2 Frank Molinaro of Penn State. The decision came just two weeks after Molinaro got the better of Mason in Rutgers’ dual against the Nittany Lions. This time around, Mason got his revenge. “It was Mario being in on a lot of shots — being aggressive,” head coach Scott Goodale said. “I know he would be alright when Molinaro hit him with his patented doubleleg and it wasn’t close to scoring. Mario just wrestled hard and he wrestled [Molinaro] harder than he did last time.” The Knights were one semifinal away from having an All-Rutgers final in the 125pound bracket as sophomores Fusco and Joe Langel breezed through the early field to come close to gold. Fusco fell to Penn State’s Frank Martelloti for the second time in as many weeks, while Langel took down Maryland’s Shane Gentry. The Howell, N.J., native fell to Martelloti in the finals, but put together an all-around solid


Biruta shows progression in post position

Schiano takes time with RU evaluation BY STEVEN MILLER




It is Day 3 of the evaluation process, and when Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano is not on the road recruiting, he is in the depths of the Hale FOOTBALL Center, meeting with players and coaches, attempting to assess what went wrong. The tangible results are unlikely to come any time soon. In a time when the Scarlet Knights would typically be on the field practicing for a bowl game any of the previous five years, giving young talent extra time to develop, they will be heading to surgery — Mohamed Sanu and Joe Martinek — or deciding if their futures are in Piscataway — Tom Savage and Casey Turner. Schiano will break down the program from top to bottom in an effort to get back on track for the Big East titles and national championships once promised.

Freshman Gilvydas Biruta slammed home a dunk on a pass from sophomore teammate Dane Miller last week in the first half of the Rutgers men’s basMEN’S BASKETBALL ketball team’s win over NJIT. MARIST AT The 6-foot-8 cenRUTGERS, ter’s follow through TONIGHT, 7:30 P.M. was so forceful that the basketball ricocheted from the ground and made contact underneath the backboard. For Biruta and the Scarlet Knights, the line between calm play and aggression is a thin one, but the results cannot be denied. “Coaches are always yelling, ‘Keep the poise, keep the poise,’ and, ‘Calm down,’” Biruta said. “That helps a lot.” Biruta posted career-highs in points in each of the past three games, capped off by a



Freshman forward Gilvydas Biruta posted a career high in points with 20 in last week’s victory over NJIT and sports a 71 percent shooting clip from the free throw line.




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