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The Rutgers women’s basketball team upset No. 11 Georgetown, 70-53, last night, spearheaded by sophomore Monique Oliver’s 21 points and 17 rebounds.
NJPIRG wins referendum in New Brunswick
House passes DREAM Act, Senate stalls
BY MARY DIDUCH MANAGING EDITOR
BY DEVIN SIKORSKI
The University’s chapter of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group passed its two-month long referendum this week on the New Brunswick campus. The referendum is held every three years to see if the students support the organization and its waivable $11.20 fee on semesterly term bills, said Annabel Pollioni, the University’s chapter chair. To pass the referendum and keep the fee on the bill, the group needs 25 percent of the entire student body — every undergraduate and graduate student across the New Brunswick, Camden and Newark campuses — to come to the polls. All 10 of the University’s undergraduate and graduate schools received more than the 25 percent of student votes required and the 50 plus 1 percent yes votes needed to pass referendum. The University’s referendum was also the largest PIRG vote in the nation, said Sophia Fishbane, NJPIRG State Board chair.
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A student votes at a New Jersey Public Interest Research Group station for their referendum, which they passed after a two-month-long campaign.
STUDENT DIES WHILE CROSSING ROUTE 18 A University student was killed late yesterday morning when she was hit by a pickup truck while crossing Route 18 Nor th, according to an article on mycentraljersey.com. The 21-year-old student was riding her bicycle on George Street and crossed the highway’s local lanes when a 2005 Ford pickup heading nor th through the intersection str uck her, authorities said in the ar ticle. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and it was not immediately clear whether she was riding or
walking her bike across the highway, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella said in a statement. Her identity is currently being withheld until the police notify her next-of-kin. Roger Hode, a 40-year-old South River resident, was driving the pickup and has not been charged. The crash took place just south of Commercial Avenue intersection, the same place where 15-year-old George Coleman was also hit and
killed about a year ago as he tried to cross the highway, according to the ar ticle. The accident raised pedestrian safety concerns on the newly constructed highway. New Brunswick Police Officer Mark Smith and Investigator Sean O’Lone of the prosecutor’s office are still investigating the accident. Anyone with information or who may have seen the collision is encouraged to call Smith at (732)-745-5005 or O’Lone at (732)-745-3315. — Kristine Rosette Enerio
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act Wednesday night, bringing children of illegal immigrants one step closer to obtaining citizenship and an education. President Barack Obama released a statement following the decision of the House to pass the DREAM Act, in which he congratulated congressional leaders for pushing aside partisan belief to make what he termed a “historic step.” “This vote is not only the right thing to do for a group of talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own,” he said. “But it is the right thing for the United States of America.” By adopting bipartisanship, Obama said House representatives succeeded in breaking a pattern of “tired sound bites and false debates” that surrounded talks of immigration reform for the past several months. “The DREAM Act is not amnesty. It’s about accountability and about tapping into a pool of talent we’ve already invested in,” he said. “My administration will continue to do everything we can to move forward on immigration reform.” Although the House approved the passing of the DREAM Act, opposition in the U.S. Senate successfully stalled the bill shortly after, which Obama said is halting the chance to reduce the national deficit by $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. “Today’s House vote is an important step in this vital effort,” he said. “I strongly urge the U.S. Senate to also pass the DREAM Act so that I can sign it into law as soon as possible.” Members of the Latino Student Council at the University devoted their time this semester to raising awareness about the DREAM Act, which Political Chair Jorge Casalins said culminated in an array of emotions last night after hearing of its passage. “Tears were coming down my face,” said Casalins, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “It was very
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Report shows signs of life for US economy BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER STAFF WRITER
University economists found evidence of an economic breakthrough that brings new hope to Americans searching for the end of the recession. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Dean James Hughes and Professor Joseph Seneca discuss “The Great Uncertainty” — the recent financial crisis and ambiguity the nation is facing during the recovery period — in the December issue of “Advance & Rutgers Report.” “The report focuses on recent developments in national labor markets and indicates there has been a significant turnaround since the start of this year,” Seneca said via email correspondence. The private sector of the United States gained 1.1 million jobs in the first 10 months of 2010, which was a sign of major improvement
compared to last year’s loss of 4.7 million private-sector jobs, according to the report. This provides a promising outlook for students graduating in the spring, Hughes said. Hughes strongly encourages students to be aware of their surroundings by picking up business reports, such as the employment reports released by the Bureau of Labor, to be more aware of economic opportunities. “The first Friday of the month, the Bureau of Labor releases reports of employment numbers and students should be able to understand those numbers and use them to their advantage,” Hughes said. He said while stability is not guaranteed, the nation is slowly growing economically. “In the past 11 months, things have improved but slowly as seen
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INDEX UNIVERSITY A foundation that helps Thai youth aims to set up fellowships for student volunteers.
OPINIONS A leaked e-mail from a Fox News editor reveals the newtwork’s biased agenda. See if we give them a laurel or a dart.
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Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity hosts the Battle of the Greeks: DJ Competition last night in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus to raise funds for the group’s Dance Marathon team.
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International foundation aims to empower Thai teenagers BY ANKITA PANDA STAFF WRITER
University Professor Emeritus of political science D. Michael Shafer traveled halfway across the world in July 2008 to open the Warm Heart Foundation in Thailand, and students will soon have the opportunity to experience volunteering with this organization through a fellowship program. The University is looking into establishing fellowships for the purpose of sending students to countries like Thailand to work for Warm Hear t Foundation, said Matt Matsuda, College Avenue campus dean. “The Office of International Programs is currently developing a source of funding for students at international locations,” he said. The foundation, which was created by Shafer and his wife Evelind Schecter, intends to alleviate the problem of prostitution and traf ficking many Thai teenagers face. “We decided we wanted to star t an organization that would combat traf ficking by raising the economic welfare of the poorest to the point that the sex business was no longer
a necessar y, or the only choice,” Shafer said. The organization aims to train impoverished Thai natives to sustain themselves in a competitive yet violent environment, he said. “What Warm Heart does is provide the knowledge, skills and oppor tunities. Community members have to seize the oppor tunities on their own,” Shafer said. “Succeed or fail, that’s their problem.” Tara DeWorsop, U.S. director of Warm Heart Foundation, describes the organization as a nonprofit business. “It doesn’t run like a charity. Ever ything is pretty much like teaching a man how to fish, not just one of those things in which we give handouts,” said DeWorsop, a University alumnus. “Ever y initiative has been identified by the people.” The organization welcomes ever yone and aims to help people run lucrative businesses, she said. “Most of [the people] come for educational opportunities,” DeWorsop said. “We work with ever ybody, from grad students to undergrad students to retired professionals, some are HIV positive. We don’t exclude anybody.”
Because Thai people consider the silkworm to be an edible delicacy, the foundation helps locals rear and sell silkworms for a profitable business, she said. Jennifer Nanni, a former volunteer for the health programs at Warm Heart, calls the organization’s methods in helping locals innovative and unique. “When I left, they were building a method of using
“Volunteering with Warm Heart will change the way you see yourself and the world.” JENNIFER NANNI Former Volunteer
methane gas from pigs to power electricity for the children’s homes,” said Nanni, a University alumna. “That takes a lot of initiative and insight.” DeWorsop said the organization tries to respect and adhere to Thai culture. “One of [Warm Hear t’s] main themes is to honor the past while building a better future … Warm Heart employs
Thai staff who are an integral part of it, so they identify and figure out what needs to be done in the community,” she said. “Basically, they’re r unning the whole thing [and] we follow their tradition.” Some of the funding for the organization comes from friends and families, DeWorsop said. People like Shafer and his wife have helped by donating their retirement savings to the foundation. DeWorsop and Nanni, who both had Shafer as a professor at the University, called him charitable and dedicated to improvement. Matsuda agreed and said both Shafer and the foundation have inspired the University, especially in developing more ser vice-learning programs. “Michael Shafer has developed Warm Heart ver y independently and ver y uniquely in Thailand, and he does have a lot of supporters here and he also certainly ser ves as a platform of inspiration,” he said. The Warm Heart Foundation has inspired organizations such as the University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders to help develop Thailand’s infrastructure, Matsuda said. “We have more kids in particular organizations at Rutgers
like the Rutgers chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which has worked on water purification and infiltration systems around the world and one of the earlier, most substantial projects has been in Thailand,” he said. Shafer said he is pleased with the University’s support of the organization. “Between [Rutgers’] Engineers Without Borders and other [Rutgers] interns, we have had almost 30 students at [Warm Heart] in the two and a half years we have been in operation,” he said. Nanni hopes that University faculty will encourage more students to volunteer abroad in organizations such as Shafer’s foundation. “Volunteering with Warm Heart will change the way you see yourself and the world, and by encouraging students to do so, Rutgers will only enrich the student body and give them even more oppor tunities,” she said. For Nanni, the organization has made a tremendous impact on her life. “I will always support Warm Heart and help it in any way I can,” she said. “Having seen the work they do and the lives they touch, it’s impossible not to.”
DECEMBER 10, 2010
SENATE EXPANDS TIME FRAME FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE LAWSUITS
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Following testimonies from childhood sex abuse victims, legal experts and a representative from the New Jersey Catholic Conference, a N.J. Senate panel approved a bill yesterday that would give sex abuse victims who were children more time to sue their abusers. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) cleared the Senate Judiciar y Committee 9-0 and would repeal the state’s two-year statute of limitations on lawsuits for child sexual abuse, according to an article on nj.com. Currently, victims have two years to bring suit from the point when they realize its damage to them. “[The bill is] the final chapter in trying to bring final justice for those victims,” Vitale said in the article. The bill would also expand who could be held liable for not doing anything to stop abuse, going to anyone in a super visor y role or position of authority over the victim as opposed to just parents and guardians, according to the article. This would include clergy and educators. There have been several movements across the country to repeal or change the statutes of limitations for civil cases involving childhood sexual abuse. Alaska, Delaware, Maine and Florida have eliminated theirs, and representatives of the Catholic Church have fought the changes, recently helping to end an effort to ease Connecticut’s 30-year statute of limitations, according to the article. “How can an institution conceivably defend itself against a claim that is 40, 50 or 60 years old when the alleged perpetrator is deceased and those responsible for supervision and oversight are long dead?” Patrick Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference said in the article. — Ariel Nagi
LIFE: Graduates can expect better job market, Seneca says continued from front with other depression patterns,” Hughes said. “This recovery is usually slow but it is different this time because we were in a deep financial crisis.” This slow improvement coupled with the tax cut compromise now being reached in Washington will likely mean next year’s job markets will continue to strengthen, Seneca said. “As a result, graduating seniors will find labor markets are slowly recovering, rather than experiencing the sharp job losses that occurred in 2009,” he said. A factor to consider regarding the recession is corporate America and the surplus it has gained from expanding global growth, Hughes said. “Corporations cut costs and they are sitting on $1.8 trillion. We do not know whether they are going to use it for hiring or investing, but they have to use it sometime, but as of now we do not know how,” he said. Peter Cocoziello, founder and CEO of Bedminster N.J., based Advance Realty — a leading commercial real estate owner and developer — also voiced his concern for small businesses. “In the small businesses, the future is substantial for job growth and innovative technology made small businesses a strong market force,” Cocoziello said. Larger companies have turned to smaller businesses for outsourcing, but there are not enough incentives being offered such as hiring to advocate more business, he said. Cocoziello said he and his business suffered from the recession. “During the recession there was contraction, where there is
less space and there is a downward pressure of space,” he said. Although there has been some improvements in the economy, businesses have not rebounded to their status before the recession, Cocoziello said. Instead they are still at the “new normal” that builds on downward pressure. The recovery process has not been easy and there are more challenges to be faced, especially on a global level, Seneca said. “The continued expansionary monetary and fiscal policy in this country to enhance the pace of recovery contrasts with the austerity programs being implemented in Europe,” he said. “How this all works out globally remains uncertain.” Consumers have also played a large role in this past recession, as consumer demand has went up in the past two years, Hughes said. “For two years prior, consumers were not consuming. But when household products wore out, there was a need to consume,” he said. “Similar with businesses, computers and equipment were wearing out and there was a need to consume.” One common theme resonates throughout the report — uncertainty is the only certainty there is to rely on. The nation faced a punishing combination from 2007 to 2009 of a deep recession and a financial market crisis, Seneca said. Together these forces created harsh economic conditions throughout most of the world, he said. “As a result, the length of time needed to recover from the simultaneous negative effects of both of these conditions is likely to be significant, and there will inevitably be uncer tainties and surprises along the way,” he said.
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School of Arts and Sciences first-year students Samantha Guerra and Michelle Shin enjoy the holiday movie “A Christmas Story,” yesterday in the Rutgers Zone at the Livingston Student Center.
NJPIRG: Chapter earns 90 percent yes rate on campus continued from front “Statewide, New Jersey PIRG got over 17,000 students to vote. … It really shows that students believe we are a really important part of the campus,” said Fishbane, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Normally, the entire process takes about a month and a half, Pollioni said. But this year the organization started Oct. 16 and finished this week — making the vote last almost two months. “We had some difficulty with the graduate students,” she said. “It was difficult locating them.” Whenever a student approached NJPIRG or the Oversight Committee, comprised of members of student government unaffiliated with the group, about a potential breach of the referendum’s rules — such as not counting votes or having proNJPIRG campaigners near neutral polls — Pollioni said the groups were careful to investigate every accusation of unfairness. “But I know personally that if I ever saw that happening … [poll workers] would be fired on the spot,” said Pollioni, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “So I felt like we had a very tight hand on most of the poll workers and everyone who was caught doing that.” She said another issue for the complaints could have been
students not recognizing the difference between the poll workers and NJPIRG members advocating for their cause. “After the first week, we stopped wearing T-shirts that say ‘vote yes’ because it was difficult being near to a poll,” Pollioni said. Despite the difficulties of carrying out the largest PIRG referendum in the nation, the University chapter on the New Brunswick campus garnered the votes it needed to stay on campus with a 90 percent yes rate.
“[Students] can tell us whatever they want and we can work on it.” ANNABEL POLLIONI NJPIRG Chapter Chair
“The referendum was hard, and I think we should embrace the fact that students … came out and voted yes,” Pollioni said, adding that she and the entire group thanks all who voted. Pollioni said having NJPIRG on campus is impor tant because the organization, which is run entirely by students, directly works to help University students. “They can tell us whatever they want and we can work on it,” she said. NJPIRG has been responsible for many student-led
projects on campus, such as making residence halls more environmentally friendly, raising funds for Pell grants and registering students to vote, Fishbane said. “We are doing great work, and because so many people came out and voted yes, it just shows the Rutgers community believes in the work we do,” she said. NJPIRG State Board member Pavel Sokolov, a Rutgers Business School first-year student, became involved with NJPIRG this fall when he wanted to help students register to vote because, at 17 years old, he could not. “Even though I could not vote, I still wanted to give that [chance] to others,” Sokolov said. In his first experience with the referendum, he found it an eyeopening experience to spread the word of NJPIRG and its on-campus successes. “I just thought the referendum was ver y impor tant for Rutgers,” Sokolov said. “We really do help the Rutgers community to offer community service and leadership.” The University’s chapter of NJPIRG has been on campus for 30 years and has won the referendum ever y year, Pollioni said. Though NJPIRG expects a win at the Newark campus, they are still tallying results. They are also still polling on the Camden campus, but Pollioni expects the entire referendum to finish by Monday.
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Teacher wins award for lifetime work BY CHASE BRUSH
The art reference encyclopedia re-conceptualizes the study The University’s of American art from Depar tment of Ar t the vantage point of Histor y has been the the 21st centur y, setfocus of some signifiting it aside from any cant recognition lately, such work published with many of its proto date, according to fessors recognized the Oxford University nationally — including JOAN MARTER Press website. Joan Marter, honored The project has for her work within the art his- also been recognized as unique tor y community. in its broad scope and reflecMar ter, who teaches tion on modern methodologies, University courses in contempo- Simpson said. rar y art, has been chosen to “The real usefulness of the receive the 2011 Lifetime encyclopedia lies in its compreAchievement Award from the hensiveness and conveyance of National Women’s Caucus up-to-date, accurate informafor Art. tion,” she said. “Part of the reaShe received her Ph.D. from son why we felt [the project] the University of Delaware and needed to be done was the fact has since lectured and pub- that former encyclopedias were lished widely. She is also edi- no longer up-to-date.” tor-in-chief of The Grove Aside from teaching at the Encyclopedia of American Art, University and working on the a five-volume reference ency- encyclopedia, Mar ter also clopedia to be ser ves as an edireleased in tor of the Januar y 2011 by Woman’s Ar t “Joan really had Oxford University Journal, an acathe lion’s share Press, which will demic journal focus primarily on that celebrates of the project.” American and the work of modern art histowomen artists. PAMELA SIMPSON r y. “[The jourWashington and Lee University “The work nal] is co-sponArt History Professor includes all sored by aspects of Rutgers and a American art — architecture, publisher in Philadelphia,” she sculpture, painting and photog- said. “It comes out twice a year raphy — and sur veys American and has many subscribers from ar t histor y from Native about five different countries. American art to the present ... It’s doing ver y well, and I’m so [the project] is quite an extremely happy with under taking,” said Mar ter, its success.” adding that the project took Marter’s other accomplishmore than three years ments include publications and to complete. writings on abstract expresThe project represents the sionism, women ar tists and first attempt to publish an ency- ar tists such as Alexander clopedia specifically focused on Calder. She was also inducted American ar t, said Pamela into the Alumni Wall of Fame in Simpson, an art histor y profes- 2004 at the University sor at Washington and Lee of Delaware. University in Lexington, Va. “Joan really had the lion’s “We tried to cover ever y- share of the project. She thing from painting and sculp- deser ves all the awards we can ture to photography, printmak- give her,” said Simpson, adding ing and graphic art. I think it’s that Marter’s work is a clear going to be enormously useful reflection of her dedication to for student research,” said the art community. Simpson, a longtime friend of Marter’s award will be given Marter who was invited to be at the College Art Association an editor for the encyclopedia’s meeting on Feb. 12 in American sculpture section. New York. CONTRIBUTING WRITER
PANEL TO EXPLORE WAYS OF HELPING IMPOVERISHED Rutgers-Newark will host a public forum next Tuesday that will examine strategies for eradicating poverty and constructing affordable shelter. The event features two panels of scholars and administrators who will offer ways to improve the struggles homeless face, according to a University press release. “All segments of American society are impacted by negative economic forces, none are more vulnerable than the victims of homelessness and those in need of affordable housing,” said Marc Holzer, dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration. The School of Public Affairs and Administration and Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies will sponsor the event at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, according to the press release. — Reena Diamante
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Joanna Dreby, a Kent State University sociology assistant professor, spoke Wednesday at the Livingston Student Center about the developmental issues transnational families experience.
Alumna tells trials of migrant parents BY JACK MURTHA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Joanna Dreby, a 1998 University graduate, shed light on Mexican migrant workers’ personal challenges while living in the New Brunswick area, on Wednesday night at the Livingston Student Center. During her lecture, “Mexican Migrants and their Children: Family Separation in a New Jersey Immigrant Community,” Dreby showed how work patterns can alter family development. Dreby, a Kent State University sociology assistant professor, studied 45 Mexican migrant parents from 2003 to 2006 and investigated strains on Mexican transnational families’ relationships, for her book, “Divided by Borders.” “These families really illustrate how big social structures, like international migration, have impacts on our daily lives,” Dreby said. “The work decisions that migrant parents make to leave their children behind when they come to work in the U.S. are extreme.” Mexican parents sometimes leave their children for years, she said. The distance affects all members working with the family, including children, mothers, fathers and temporar y caregivers. Children left in Mexico expect their mothers to still show affection and their fathers to act as a provider for allowance, despite the long distances, Dreby said. It can be difficult for many parents to fulfill such obligations. “Over time, it is not always easy for fathers to send money home if they are unemployed,” she said. “It is not always easy for mothers to show they love their kids through phone calls.”
As time passes, the disconnection between family members grows. “Parents often sent home clothes or shoes back to their children, that were the wrong size,” Dreby said. “There is a mismatch between migrant time and child time.” Through the extended period of separation, tensions grow between migrant parents and their children, she said. Children’s loyalties to their parents and temporary caregivers can be divided. One father left Mexico to earn money for his family, leaving behind his wife and children, Dreby said. When he returned
“Parents often sent home clothes ... to their children that were the wrong size.” JOANNA DREBY Kent State University Sociology Assistant Professor
home, his children did not respect his authority. “Once he told them, ‘I am going to leave, because you do not respect me,’” she said. “He explained that his 8-year-old son would come into the house, walk by him, looking for his mother to ask if he can go out and play.” Migrant parents’ lack of authority poses a major problem for families, Dreby said. Problems in Mexican transnational families do not purely stem from individual circumstances but also from issues surrounding immigration. “Some very public decisions about immigration policy end up having a very decisive impact on
the private lives of families,” she said. “Very intimate and really messy relationships parents and children have with each other are, in some way, shaped by migrator y patterns and U.S. immigration policy.” Although massive immigration policy reform is unrealistic, a change in the way the United States deals with Mexican migrant workers and their families is needed, Dreby said. Many Mexican children view the United States as a land with an abundance of job opportunities and the chance to earn a good living, she said. The children should be made aware of the reality of unemployment and poverty in the country. “What about a program where children who are doing well in school can get visas to come visit the United States over the summer?” Dreby said. “The kids in Mexico I met all talk about the United States like it is some great city of gold ... they still have this illusion.” The problems families face affected some University students on a personal level. “I have close friends who are immigrants, so I can see how this plays out in daily life,” said Lauren Vidal, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “Maybe when they are formulating policy on a federal level, they will take family life into consideration.” Some students understood the struggles migrant workers go through, like Mahmuda Choudhury, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I felt like this is something really impor tant and something I could relate to,” Choudhur y said. “I knew the basics of family separation, but to actually hear firsthand accounts of their lives makes you realize their situation.”
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emotional not only because it is something we are passionate about but just that we all came together on campus for this.” But even though the bill made it through the House, Casalins said the DREAM Act still faces the challenge of passing through the Senate, which will not be easy. “We have to do a quick reality check,” he said. “We are only halfway there and it is still in the Senate. So we are not fully done yet.” With the Democrats in control of the Senate, LSC Male coChair Braulio Salas said the time to pass the DREAM Act is now and hopes it will not be stalled for long. “I’m hoping that when the House version of the bill gets up, it gets voted on and passed next week,” said Salas, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “It will change the lives of thousands of students across the country.” But Casalins said the stall in the Senate could have benefits, allowing suppor ters of the DREAM Act across the nation to garner more support and raise awareness. “We are trying to gain more time, being able to get more phone calls to senator’s offices to offset the ratios and to get more persuasion,” he said. “It is a strategic move.” Seeing as Republicans in the Senate swore to not pass anything until former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts are addressed, Casalins said it would be unproductive to push the bill through the Senate. “Even if we put it up today, we know it wouldn’t happen,” he said. “So it buys us more time and it is just politically smart to do so.” Salas said although support for the DREAM Act continues to steadily increase across the nation, the reason for some opposition is because people are viewing it as an “immigration bill.”
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 masongross.rutgers.edu or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at (732)-932-7511.
Some Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell refuse to consider the DREAM Act or any other legislation until former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts are addressed.
“It is definitely not. It is an education bill,” he said. “The sooner the people begin to look at it as an education bill, the sooner it will get passed.” With the passing of the DREAM Act through the Senate, undocumented students would move closer to receiving in-state tuition in New Jersey, which Casalins said is important to him. But seeing as the bill is stalled in the Senate, all of LSC’s focus is on moving the DREAM Act through the Senate, Casalins said. “After the DREAM Act is passed, it goes together with the in-state tuition act,” he said. “[Obama] already said he was going to sign it so once we get that, we can continue to work on in-state tuition.” In order to help move the DREAM Act through the Senate, Salas said student
organizations at the University are working hard conducting phone banks and sending letters to senators asking for their support for the bill. “The first and most important thing is educating people and the second is getting them active,” he said. “People want to know what to do so it is letting them know what has been done and what can be done.” If a student at the University feels passionate about the DREAM Act and desires to see it passed, Salas said there are many ways they can get involved. “Contact the different organizations under the Latino Student Council and ask,” he said. “Come up with an idea and partner with an organization on campus because it’s not a Latino issue. It is a human issue.” Salas also said some college students do not realize that they
are the main reasons for the historical moments of change in the U.S. history. But supporting the DREAM Act is a chance for these students to take back this power. “Students feel that, ‘I’m just one college student. What can I do?’” he said. “It’s students who are the heart and soul of any major issue that needs to be changed and have pioneered the efforts.” Casalins said other students might feel it is unproductive to support an act that would not affect their life. But seeing as the United States is a nation built on equality and freedom, he said the bill is more a form of justice than a legislative package. “This type of legislation gives an equal opportunity to someone who by no fault doesn’t have that opportunity,” he said. “It’s more than what the DREAM Act does. It is what it stands for.”
The “Professors’ Oriental Abstract World” exhibit features the Chinese brush calligraphy and painting artworks of professor Zhiyuan Cong of William Paterson University and Yi-Zhi Huang of the University. The opening reception will include demonstrations by both artists. The exhibit is located in the Art History Building on the College Avenue campus.
The 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. Preregistration is required at getinvolved.rutgers.edu/svc.
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ffective immigration reform has been long overdue in the United States, but the House of Representatives took a step in the right direction on Wednesday when it passed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. While the DREAM Act will not solve all of the countr y’s immigration woes, it does aim to provide some undocumented youths with a fair path to citizenship. At the same time, the bill will provide these youths with better access to education — a chance ever y person deser ves regardless of his citizenship status. For passing the DREAM Act and leading the countr y closer to the immigration reform it so desperately needs, the House receives a laurel. Unfortunately, the bill’s prospects in the Senate look pretty grim. Here’s to hoping they make the right decision as well. *
Speaking of the Senate’s potential to disappoint, the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” failed on Thursday when it was blocked by Senate Republicans. The repeal’s failure does not exactly come as a surprise, but that doesn’t make it any less upsetting. Opponents of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” proffer a wide variety of reasons as to why the ban on gays in the militar y should not be lifted, but the fact of the matter is that not a single one of those reasons holds any real weight. Honestly, it seems to come down to longstanding bigotr y — bigotr y which is unbecoming of anyone, especially those with political power, and which must be eliminated. The Daily Targum gives the Senate a dart for failing to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” *
Sarah Palin decided to publicly announce her reading list, probably in an attempt to combat all the flak she received for being unable to name a single newspaper she reads ever yday. In classic Palin form, the list she gave Barbara Walters in a recent inter view appeared to be nothing more than a list of authors and news sources someone told her to recite — including a typically folksy statement that she reads “all [the] local papers … in Alaska because that’s where [her] heart is.” Palin’s list also included a book about “being an ultra-marathoner,” which she described as the “best book.” By now, pointing out Palin’s flaws doesn’t even seem fair. The poor woman just cannot seem to catch a break. Of course, if she is going to keep posing as a political figure, someone might as well make sure the world is aware of her ineptitude. Palin receives a dart for her unconvincing attempt to present herself as well read. Nobody is buying it. *
After Gov. Chris Christie said he was skeptical about manmade global warming at a town hall meeting in Toms River, three University scientists tried to give Christie the facts he was missing. The scientists were not able to obtain a meeting with Christie, but the efforts they made are important nonetheless. Elected officials need to be aware of global warming, even if it is a phenomenon that falls outside of their normal realm of knowledge. There is no one better equipped than a team of scientists to bring the facts straight to the policymakers who can use those facts to affect real change. For tr ying to convince Christie of global warming’s obviously manmade origins, these three University scientists receive a laurel. *
Fox News often touts itself as “fair and balanced,” but a leaked e-mail from Bill Sammon, the Washington managing editor of the station, proves that is a baseless claim. In the e-mail, Sammon directs reporters to refer to government health care as the “government option” instead of the “public option” because, as he says, “if you call it the ‘government option,’ the public is overwhelmingly against it.” Clearly, Sammons is more concerned with pushing his own agenda than fair and balanced journalism. Fox News needs to stop presenting itself as a source of objective news and just admit what ever yone knows at this point — they have an agenda and their main concern is swaying viewers to see things their way. Sammons and Fox News as a whole receive a dar t for continuing to lie to the public. Journalism should be objective — especially when a network presents itself as “fair and balanced.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY “By encouraging students to [volunteer with the Warm Heart Foundation], Rutgers will only enrich the student body and give them even more opportunities.” Jennifer Nanni, a former volunteer at the health programs at Warm Heart, on being a part of the organization STORY IN UNIVERSITY
Address issue of free speech online
This is the basis of the he aftermath of the current skirmish being WikiLeaks cable reported by The New York dump brought with Times. As many are aware it questions of national EHUD COHEN there is a group known as security and how much the Anonymous bombarding diplomatic cables af fect various websites of companies that suspended the United States’ interests abroad. Most of the WikiLeaks accounts, such as MasterCard, Visa leaked documents contain information News 12 and PayPal in an expansion of what it calls “operreporter Sonia Moghe called “TMZ for the diploation payback,” using distributed denial of ser vmatic set” — information that, while possibly ice attacks. These attempts have met with susharming the diplomatic process, should not pensions of the operation’s original Twitter affect actual negotiations with foreign nations. account and shutdowns of various operation webSeeing in print that the President of France sites that disseminate information on how to Nicolas Sarkozy is an ally of America is not major assist in the attacks. news to anyone, nor is the fact that Saudi Arabia’s The nature of Anonymous is simply that. Sunni leadership is at odds with Iran’s potential There is no central control or authority, there is nuclear weapons buildup. In fact most Arab no group — ever y person with access to the nations have their concerns about Iran’s intenInternet has the same ability as the next and in tions with their nuclear program. this regard it is the highest form of democracy However the aftermath of the cable release also possible. It is up to the general public to deterbrings with it an issue debated quietly for some mine if they will act together to do anything. If a time and just now came to the public with full force single group or government — what kind of information is privy attempts to silence or censor to the public and what is not and “Many are trying information this contradicts the how much control does the public democracy and freedom Internet have over deciding what informato figure out users desire. tion is available online. Many have The Internet is made up of milquestioned whether or not the what it means to have lions of people who want freedom cables should be publicly available, online freedom of information and freedom to as the Pentagon Papers were. Some said the information from the in the Internet age. ” share. Millions of people share information with each other ever y lower-classified cables is more day on social networking sites and damaging and incomparable to that the like, understanding that ever ything online is contained in the Pentagon Papers. public. In this regard, users around the world But if one supports the public release of the have been angered both at the attempt to censor Pentagon Papers, decr ying the WikiLeaks’ diploWikiLeaks and calls for Julian Assange’s assassimatic cables of lower-level classification is connation, as they see it as a slam to global freedom tradictor y to the premise of full freedom of inforof speech and information. mation. It is this debate about freedom of inforThe question of whether or not specific information, specifically online information, that has mation detailed in the leaks can or should be been catalyzed by the WikiLeaks dump, as the made public is still up for debate but a bigger papers are from an anonymous American source more general question has finally risen to the but are being released on the Internet, a domain surface — how much say does the Internet comwith no borders. munity have over the governments, corporations Many are tr ying to figure out what it means to and organizations of the world? How much power have online freedom in the Internet age. While to govern the Internet do users give to private some governments have censored access to cerentities? Governments attempting to censor tain areas it has always been championed as a speech will only engender more support for place to visit websites where you can discuss, those advocating for it, while hacker attacks will watch, read and share anything and ever ything, only alienate public sympathizers. The issue as long as the sites are hosted. All the informaneeds to be addressed and debated in an tion seen on the web is hosted by ser vers, some open forum. of which are local and small, and others large and belonging to businesses and organizations. If a Ehud Cohen is a School of Engineering junior website goes against the wishes of the host, they majoring in electrical and computer engineering. can shut it down.
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National security requires strong military presence Letter DONALD MOSKOWITZ
resident Barack Obama’s administration is contemplating major reductions in the Department of Defense’s budget to help cut into the huge deficits incurred by the president and his Washington cronies. They plan on reducing our conventional military
forces and increasing special operations units to combat threats from terrorists around the world. An increase in special operations forces is warranted to target terrorist organizations including al-Qaida, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas and other radical Islamic extremists in a number of countries. Additionally, large-scale conventional military operations are necessary to pacify areas in host
countries that house terrorists, and staging bases are needed to launch targeted operations against terrorists. Let’s not forget about the threats posed by the large ground forces of Iran, the North Korean army poised against South Korea and the massive Chinese communist conventional forces available to threaten Taiwan, Japan and other Asian countries. Because of
its vibrant economy, which is growing 10 percent annually, China has embarked on a significant upgrade of its land forces and strategic weapons systems and has implemented a naval shipbuilding program that includes aircraft carriers and submarines. Russia is also upgrading its military. We need to maintain robust military forces — both special operations and conventional — to
combat terrorist organizations and deter countries from hosting terrorists and to oppose the forces of totalitarian regimes in the world that threaten our national security and the security of our allies. History has taught us militar y weakness is the breeding ground for war. Donald Moskowitz is Londonderry, N.H. resident.
Sympathize with Israel in conflict with Palestine Letter MICHAEL SHULMAN
have many issues with the University’s chapter of Palestine Children’s Relief Fund’s “A Celebration of Palestinian Heritage & Its Legacy of Resilience” event’s presentation on the Palestinian “suffering” on Sunday at the Busch Campus Center. First of all, Professor Hamid Abdeljaber mentioned “the excessive use of force of Israel in Gaza.” I find it disturbing because he fails to take into account Israel’s suffering. He also failed to mention that Gaza is run by Hamas, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and many other nations. Currently, Hamas controls all of Gaza, and it has declared time and time again that its main goal is to wipe Israel off the map. To prove its point, Hamas has been launching rockets into Israel for at least eight years, which at the very least
irked many Israelis living near the Gaza Strip as well as all Jewish citizens of Israel. Israel, while tolerating these attacks, has finally had enough. Israel launched a massive air offensive into the Gaza Strip in December 2008, known as Operation Cast Lead. After the air strikes were over, the war of accusations started to go into full swing. Israelis blamed the Palestinians, Palestinians blamed Israelis, United Nations blamed Hamas some of the time and blamed Israel most of the time — apparently for the use of excessive force and disregard for human life and dignity. Like Abdeljaber, the U.N. failed to notice the Israeli side of the conflict. The U.N. objected to settlement expansion in Judea and Samaria and other parts of the land that were given to the Jews by God. Furthermore, the U.N. consistently wants East Jerusalem to become the capital of the Palestinian territories. It also wants to give the Golan Heights to Syria. I am against surrendering all
territories to the Palestinians, because if we give them Gaza, West Bank or the Golan Heights, they will demand all of Israel.
“I am not one of these average American citizens that consider Fatah to be ‘moderate.’” The main reason why Israel was created was because, in the aftermath of the Holocaust, there was an urgent need for a sovereign Jewish state where Jews would be safe from persecution. Theodor Herzl, who started the Zionist movement, really set the dream of the Jewish state in motion in the late 19th century. But it took an unspeakable tragedy — in which six million Jews were brutally slaughtered just because they were Jews — for this dream to
become a reality. After much deliberation by the newly formed U.N., the new state of Israel was born on May 14, 1948. Not everybody was happy with the Jewish state’s creation. The next day, May 15, five major Arab armies attacked Israel: Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. After many days of fighting and heavy casualties on both sides, Israel was declared a winner and the U.N. Resolution 194 passed, declaring that Arabs who fled the fighting may return as long as they live in peace with their neighbors, the Jews. Since that time, though, there has been no peace. Many terrorist attacks, including those of Fatah — which leaders of many countries declare to be a “moderate” organization — have occurred on Israeli soil with thousands of Israelis killed or wounded. I am not one of these average American citizens that consider Fatah to be “moderate.” All leaders of Fatah, including Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, were
directly responsible for terrorist attacks in Israel. And today, when much of the world seems to be sympathizing with the Palestinians, Israel and the Jewish people are being threatened in their Biblical homeland. The United States supports divestment from Israeli companies, supports the Gaza flotilla, which was supposed to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, and continues to raise money for the Palestinians through shady pro-Palestinian charities. My final fault with Abdeljaber’s presentation is that his main job is “to present information from both sides.” From what I read, he has not presented the Israeli side of the issue or the troubles Israel has gone through during its 62year existence. Abdeljaber is just one of the many people delegitimizing Israel as a Jewish state. Michael Shulman is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior majoring in environmental sciences.
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NIGHT: Rushdan earns several trips to the line in win continued from back Khadijah Rushdan was a close third with 14 points. The Wilmington, Del., native also recorded 15 free throw attempts in the contest and did most of her work from the charity stripe. “I think we’re a lot more far ahead than we were last year,” Rushdan said of the team. “With us clicking so well at the beginning of the year, obviously we’re going to continue to work hard and continue to improve ourselves, but it’s great to know we have this kind of chemistr y this early in the year.” With the trio on the floor at the star t of the second half, the Knights smelt blood in the water. From the 17-minute mark to 12:39, Rutgers went on a scoring tear, notching 21 points to just six for the Hoyas to give the squad a 52- 38 lead — its largest of the game. After a cold first half, Sykes came out and knocked down three big 3-pointers, scoring nine of her 14 points to separate the Knights from the opposition. Rushdan kept the pressure on Georgetown in the paint, getting to the line three times and getting the Hoyas’ bigs in foul trouble. But like she did to start the contest, Oliver was a force to be reckoned with down low and snagged board after board to give Rutgers its highest rebounding total of the season, besting the Hoyas, 45-27.
“Really coach Stringer just said ‘be aggressive,’” Oliver said. “Every time I went up to get a rebound I knew it was mine.” The Knights and Hoyas began the game on opposite ends of the thermostat, with Georgetown lighting up the floor in the game’s first seven minutes. But Stringer’s squad bounced back nicely to close the half, going on a 12-0 run to enter the locker rooms tied up at 28 points. Oliver got to the line six times, going 8-for-11 to bolster the team’s overall total from the charity stripe to 13-for-16 — the most free throws and attempts the Knights converted in one half this season. But perhaps Oliver’s biggest contribution came on the glass, where five of her rebounds came on the offensive boards, keeping plays alive to help Rutgers to nine second-chance points. It is no secret the defense still needs work, but the 55press came through for Stringer and Co. on countless occasions during the contest to help shut down the Hoyas after they started the game making eight of their first nine field goals. Stringer can check one big game of f the list of a slew approaching for the Knights, but at this point in the season, there is no time to be satisfied. “We’re still not there defensively, but I appreciate the ef for t because it was a full game 55,” Stringer said. “We’ll work on a lot of things, we’ll work on a lot of different presses and that, but I think we have to be pretty confident. We have a big game [Sunday], so we can only celebrate tonight.”
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Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan played a team-high 38 minutes in the Knights’ first conference victory last night against the No. 11 Hoyas. Rushdan recorded nine rebounds and four assists in the win.
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Knights take advantage of free throw opportunities Sykes said. “We’re usually a better first-half team, and we flipped it up today.” Prior to the win over the Hoyas, Sykes averaged 16.8 points in her past four games with a 64 percent shooting clip. Sykes reached double-digits in points for the seventh time in her past eight games.
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The Rutgers women’s basketball team got to the free throw line early and often in a 70-53 upset over No. 11 Georgetown last night, setting a new seaKNIGHT son-high NOTEBOOK with 30 m a k e s and 43 attempts from the line. The Scarlet Knights were already in the penalty with 15 minutes to go in the second half and free throws proved to be the harbinger in a 24-10 run to kick off the second period of play. On the run, Rutgers went to the charity stripe seven separate times. “When it comes down to the later season, we’re going to have to make free throws,” said junior guard Khadijah Rushdan, who was 10 of 15 from the line. “I’m definitely proud that we stayed aggressive and we got to the line 43 times. I don’t even know if there’s a time since I’ve been here that we’ve done that.” But the foul game went both ways in the matchup, with the Knights committing more than their fair share of fouls on the Hoyas.
MATCHUP: Return to hometown comes vs. Auburn continued from back Rice grew up when the city’s aesthetics were less than desirable, when Pittsburgh’s steel not only defined the city’s production but the personality of its residents. “I’m a big [Pittsburgh] Penguins fan — they’ve won 11 in a row,” said Rice, who has more than 60 ticket requests for the nonconference matchup. “Hopefully it rubs off on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Yeah, it’ll be fun. It’s right where I grew up.” Rice earned three varsity letters in basketball at Boardman High School (Ohio), which lies roughly an hour northwest of Pittsburgh, where Rice’s coaching pedigree began to take shape. Prior to commandeering Robert Morris to back-to-back Northeast Conference Tournament titles, Rice spent a season under Dixon in 2006-07, when the Panthers reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. But Rice’s return to his coaching stomping grounds is concentrated around his resurrection of a different Big East team, one that has not made the Tournament since 1991. “We’re excited to represent the Big East and play at a neutral site,” Rice said. “[It is] another chance to get better and improve. It’s fun. But we still have to continue to do what we do: Play to the formula, scratch and claw for one another.” The SEC/Big East Invitational offers the Knights’ freshman a chance to play their first game on national television in a Rutgers uniform. But Rutgers’ matchup with Auburn in Pittsburgh also gives the team another opportunity to improve on the road, where the Knights are 0-2 to start the 201011 season. “Of course, [I’m excited],” said freshman center Gilvydas
WNBA center Kia Vaughn was in attendance at last night’s game. Vaughn was a three-year starter for Rutgers and was the dominant post player responsible for getting the team to the NCAA Championship game in 2006, the Elite Eight in 2007 and the Sweet 16 in 2008. Vaughn averages 10 minutes per game for the New York Liberty through her first two seasons, playing alongside fellow former Knights Cappie Pondexter and Essence Carson. JEFFREY LAZARO / SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Junior forward April Sykes scored 17 points to continue her streak of reaching double-digits in seven of the Scarlet Knights’ past eight games with a strong second half against No. 11 Georgetown.
Between the two teams, there were a total of 45 fouls and 61 free throw attempts. “When you have two aggressive teams … you’re always going to have those types of fouls, those types of runs and transition points and just trying to get up and down the court,” Rushdan said.
Biruta, who comes into the Invitational fresh off his first career double-double. “[But] I want to win on the road, you know. That’s as much.” Senior for ward Jonathan Mitchell, who bought into Rice’s system when the new coach took over in May, will not be unaccustomed to the nonconference contest when the Knights take the floor against the Tigers (3-4). The Florida transfer brings with him knowledge of the style of basketball many SEC teams play, although he has not played in the league since the 2007-08 season. “With me just being a seasoned veteran and kind of taking it upon ourselves, especially as upperclassmen, we’ve been through the waters before,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been through it, so we’ve just got to step up and make plays for the team and do what we do.” Mitchell rebounded from a slow start against St. Joe’s on Nov. 26 with two straight double-digit scoring outbursts, including 16 points in Tuesday’s win over Marist. The 6-foot-7 forward is second on the team in scoring and leads the Knights in rebounding through seven games, the kind of production Rice sought from his veterans in a transition year. “That’s what you want seniors to do,” Rice said of Mitchell’s output against Marist. “[Mitchell] responded like a senior. [Mitchell’s scoring] came off of great ball movement. It came off of attacking the paint first. Again, it’s what you want your seniors to do.” Rice continues to feel out the Knights’ best lineups and the season-long process likely will not come to fruition tomorrow, when his team collides with Auburn in his hometown. But the never-ending coaching material will not stop Rice from taking a moment to appreciate his surroundings, even if the glossy Consol Energy Center more closely resembles gold than steel.
Sykes followed up her torrid four-game scoring r un with another strong second-half performance against Georgetown. The Starkville, Miss., native was just 2-of-9 from the floor in the first half but caught fire
during a second-half r un by Rutgers and finished the game with 17 points, shooting 6-for14 from the floor. “At halftime, we talked with each other and said we need to be relaxed … and I think it’s great that we came out and played well in the second half,”
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Knights is in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Sunday where they take on Boston College, which stands at 9-0 and ranks No. 25 in the coaches’ poll. The Eagles have a size advantage over most teams, with star ting center Carolyn Swords averaging 18.2 points per game and for ward Stefanie Murphy averaging 16.8 points.
TIME: Langel earned most victories in two tournaments continued from back But any notion of a position battle goes unnoticed between the two sophomores. “It never comes up. It’s not something that we talk about,” said Fusco, who owns a 7-6 record on the year. “We always just talk about other things, like school and stuff like that. We don’t talk about who’s starting or who’s doing what. Whatever happens, happens.” Langel, who paced the squad at 125 pounds last season, has a 10-5 record with most of the victories coming during the Nittany Lion Open and the Oklahoma Gold Tournament. To the Howell, N.J., native, it all comes down to the matchups as their differing styles provide problems for opposing teams. “It’s all about matchups. I wrestle better against certain kids and Matt wrestles better against other kids,” Langel said. “For now, it’s all up to the coaches and we know that.” The opposing styles have also been the deciding factor for the coaching staff, which meets once a week to break down the opponent and pick the wrestler best suited for success. “How we go about it, we sit down the night before as a staff and we go through matchups. Joey wrestles guys differently than Matt wrestles guys,” Goodale said. “They know that there is some competition there, but at the end of the day, they are still teammates. They are still pushing each other, and they are still working hard.” One thing is for sure: Both wrestlers will compete this weekend, when Rutgers (7-1) hosts Princeton (0-2) and George Mason (0-7) in a double dual at the College Avenue Gym. While it is highly unlikely that the Knights will drop either of those matches, the individual matchup against Princeton’s
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Sophomores Joe Langel, left, and Matt Fusco, right, split time thus far at 125 pounds and placed in the top five at the Nittany Lion Open.
No. 11 125-pounder Garrett Frey is a great chance for either Fusco or Langel to make a push into the national rankings. “It’s a big opportunity,” Langel said. “It’s something that can get either of us on the spot. I was ranked at the beginning of the season, but I’m not anymore. A win like this could get me back in there or get Fusco his first ranking.” And a win against the ranked Frey can go a long way toward one wrestler earning the upper hand going for ward. “With this sport you never know,” Goodale said. “These
two are going to continue to push each other. It’s going to come down to who has the hot hand.” But no matter who wins the starting job, their relationship will remain unchanged. “When we were at Penn State, we kept talking to each other about the other wrestlers and strategizing against them,” Langel said. “When you work out with someone like Fusco, it makes it that much more interesting and pushes you that much more than if you were working out with a stranger.”
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Oliver’s career night sparks first conference victory BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ CORRESPONDENT
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Sophomore forward Monique Oliver posted a double-double last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center against visiting No. 11 Georgetown with 21 points and 17 rebounds. The sophomore went 15-for-21 from the free throw line en route to her first career double-double.
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Sophomores split time at 125 pounds When the Rutgers wrestling team takes the mat in a dual meet this season, the biggest question outside of who will win has been who will be WRESTLING the team’s first grappler in the ring. GEORGE MASON AT The No. 18 RUTGERS Scarlet Knights SATURDAY, 5 P.M. boast two quality 1 2 5 - p o u n d wrestlers eligible to compete this season in sophomores Joe Langel and Matt Fusco, and only one available spot on the starting lineup. It is a problem that head coach Scott Goodale embraces, but will eventually find a solution to. “It’s a good problem to have, but we have to find a guy,” the fourth-year coach said. “It’s an ongoing process. We’ll probably split this next dual meet and then there is Midlands. We are going to have to make a decision after Midlands.” Fusco started in the 125-pound spot in five of Rutgers’ first eight duals, with Langel getting the nod in the other three. The two competed in the Nittany Lion Open this past weekend, with Fusco taking fourth and Langel finishing second.
Height was supposed to be the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s Achilles’ heel heading into WOMEN’S BASKETBALL this season. Sophomore GEORGETOWN 53 Monique Oliver RUTGERS 70 proved other wise last night. The 6-foot-2 forward played the biggest game of her career to give the Scarlet Knights a dominating 70-53 win over No. 11 Georgetown, continuing Rutgers’ dominance against its Big East rival. “We needed a quality win and this group in particular hasn’t had a chance to claim something as their own,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer, whose team improved to 4-0 at home with the win. “I think they can say, ‘You know what? We defended the floor.’” Oliver put the Knights on her back from start to finish for the team’s first conference win, converting a career-high 21 points and 17 rebounds en route to her first double-double since arriving on the Banks. The Las Vegas native got to the line with 1:02 remaining in regulation to make her 14th and 15th free throws of the game, as the forward went to the charity stripe 21 times against the Hoyas. Oliver made just three shots from the field the entire game, but showed she could be the go-to scorer in the paint for Stringer. “It felt great,” Oliver said. “I really just wanted to win the game and stay aggressive.” While Oliver carried her team, Georgetown’s Sugar Rogers did all she could for the Hoyas. The sophomore guard scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting, but too much Rutgers offense doomed Georgetown in the end. Junior forward April Sykes dropped 17 points on the Hoyas, while junior guard
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Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice returns to his native Pittsburgh tomorrow, where he and the Scarlet Knights take on Auburn in the SEC/Big East Invitational.
When Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice returns to Pittsburgh tomorrow to take part in the SEC/Big East Invitational, the homecoming will be MEN’S BASKETBALL anything but familiar. The Pittsburgh RUTGERS VS AUBURN native never SEC/BIG EAST INVITE coached in the Steel SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M. City’s new Consol Energy Center. And rather than matching wits against current Pitt head coach and former mentor Jamie Dixon, Rice will sit across from the Auburn Tigers, against whom he has never coached. “I’m looking forward to it,” the first-year head coach said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of [the Invitational], being hopefully a part of representing the Big East well.” Rice coached the Scarlet Knights to a 5-2 record almost a month into the 2010-11 season, doing battle with former employer Phil Martelli and St. Joseph’s at The Palestra in the process. But Rice will deal with a different string of emotions when the clock strikes noon tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center, which lies just 18 miles from the campus of Robert Morris, where Rice spent the past three seasons.
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Published on Dec 12, 2010