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Federal study says prescription drugs up hospital visits BY ANDREA GOYMA CORRESPONDENT

While television’s “House, M.D.” may glamorize protagonist Dr. Gregory House as he diagnoses some of the world’s rarest diseases with bursts of creative insight and a bottle of Vicodin, a recent federal study shows the misuse of prescription drugs accounts for about 2.1 million emergency room visits in the country. According to data found by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA) the number of emergency room visits related to prescription drug abuse has increased to 1,244,679 visits in 2009 from 627, 291 visits in 2004. The findings also show that about one half of those emergency room visits in 2009 most commonly involved narcotic pain relievers like Oxycontin and Vicodin. “There are some people who speculate that younger people tend to trust pills that are FDA approved more than they trust street drugs,” said Lisa Laitman, director

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Middlesex county Democratic leaders listen to New Jersey residents express their opinions on the recent $1 billion cut to public education at Edison High School. Sen. Barbara Buono plans to take their comments back to her colleagues in the state senate.

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Federal data indicates that annual emergency room visits related to perscription drug abuse have doubled within the past five years.

INDEX METRO A hearing discusses how state government should act on charter schools.

OPINIONS Former Mexican President Vincente Fox has publicly renounced the war on drugs in favor of legalization.

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In response to Gov. Chris Christie’s $1 billion public education budget cut in grades K-12 this month, Middlesex Democrats Sen. Barbara Buono, Rep. Patrick Diegnan and Rep. Peter Barnes III held a public hearing in the Edison High School auditorium to give New Jersey residents an opportunity to voice their opinions. The budget cut, aimed at reducing the state’s large debt, attracted hundreds of people, from students, parents and school officials to Edison residents, who discussed how Christie’s budget cuts have cost teachers their jobs, resulting in increased class sizes and reduced extracurricular opportunities.

“I decided to hold this hearing today because I have been inundated with devastated people expressing the severity of the cuts,” Buono said. “Gov. Christie’s decision is not reform. It’s an abandonment of public education.” The audience also included representatives from Save Our Schools New Jersey, a grassroots organization that encourages increased funding to public schools. “In February 2010, the state confiscated $475 million that school districts had set aside for necessary capital improvements, and this year’s budget cuts an additional $820 million from the state’s schools,” according to the Save Our School New Jersey website.

Anne Marie, principal of Washington Elementary School in Edison, said she felt a great need to stand up for her profession and her colleagues. “We need to fight to withhold the quality of education that New Jersey is known for nationally. Remember, silence is agreement,” Marie said. Many audience members discussed the budget cuts’ effects in their own school districts. “I want to explain to whoever will listen and tell them how important the cocurricular activities were for the kids,” said Catherine DiGioia, a biology teacher from John P. Stevens High School

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U. student advocates fair labor abroad PERSON OF THE WEEK BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER STAFF WRITER

While some students at the University took off for vacations abroad with friends and family earlier this month, the goal of School of Arts and Sciences junior Richard Garzon’s trip to the Dominican Republic was reform, not relaxation. Garzon’s involvement in the University’s chapter of United States Against Sweatshops led him to join seven other students from across the United States as they explored the factor y of newly unionized Alta Gracia, a college apparel company whose mission is to give its workers a living wage, or enough money to provide for food, clothing, shelter and other necessities. “What interested me most with [USAS] is things like sweatshops and the structural problems that occur within them, and having the ability to work with a charity system that keeps people and their situations in mind,” Garzon said.

Through USAS, Garzon are not just supporting a was able to explore his company — they are options in activism. He has improving its workers’ qualworked heavily in the past ity of life. few months with the Alta “The tenet of this camGracia project in conjuncpaign is to encourage booktion with Workers Rights stores to increase orders to Consortium (WRC), which Alta Gracia apparel,” he ensured workers satisfactosaid. “As of now, Duke ry work and wages. University has the highest RICHARD Garzon said this factory sales of Alta Gracia apparel, GARZON in particular was signifiand is at the forefront of cant because it came into the ethical consumers.” Dominican Republic and listened to The Rutgers University Bookstore in the people’s needs. Ferren Mall on Albany Street sells Alta “Alta Gracia is important because Gracia apparel at an average cost, cheapit is the only factory in the world that er than some of the other brands sold supplies universities with ‘living there, with $20 for shirts and $30 for wage,’ [which is] more than triple sweatpants, Garzon said. The company the legal minimum wage and union- does not increase the cost for labor. made apparel,” said Gena Madow, an Garzon continues his activism with Alta Gracia representative. “Alta USAS at the University and is now Gracia costs no more than other well- working on a campaign to push the known brands.” University to cut contracts with the Garzon wants the University com- Fair Labor Association. munity to understand that when they “We are running a current cambuy clothing from Alta Gracia, they paign to cut contracts with Fair Labor

Association,” Garzon said. “Companies such as Nike subcontract out to factories that do not always abide by labor laws, leaving for questionable practices.” Garzon and other students visited factor y workers and union leaders in their homes and listened to stories of what happened in the old factories owned by BJ&B, a company once under scrutiny for alleged workshop labor. Mar y Yanik, a University of Maryland senior, was also a student selected to visit Alta Gracia’s factory. “Workers were sexually abused and exploited in the old factory and when the factor y closed, some employees turned to prostitution in order to make money,” Yanik said. Before Alta Gracia, another factory in the “free trade” zone of the Dominican Republic disregarded factory workers’ rights. “[The factory] was found guilty of

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Male pageant unites pharmacy school students BY STEPHANIE MENDOZA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Male students from the Er nest Mario School of Pharmacy put their talent to the test at the first ever Mr. PharmD contest on Friday in the Science and Engineering Resource Center on Busch campus. Mr. PharmD provided a chance for University pharmacy students to unite outside of the classroom, said Vani Kumaran, vice president of the School of Pharmacy Class Council of 2014. “What’s great is that pharmacy is a competitive program, but this show is representing unity in a sense,” Kumaran said. Running the show was a new experience for all involved, she said. “A lot of this is new for us. Ever y aspect of the show — the sponsors, the ticket-selling, the organization of this show, the collaboration of different classes — is all new,” Kumaran said. The contest featured 12 contestants vying to be named the first Mr. PharmD, which came with the privilege of donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to a charity of his choice, Kumaran said. The winner of the contest, John Sumandal, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy sophomore, chose to donate a portion of his prize to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Contestants of Mr. PharmD, hosted Friday by the School of Pharmacy Class Council of 2014, compete to earn the winning title and an opportunity to donate to a charity of their choice. Sophomore John Sumandal took the crown.

“They have a ‘Mr. Engineer,’ so why not a ‘Mr. Pharmacy?’” said Abhay Patel, president of the School of Pharmacy Class Council of 2014. “Many contestants were either self-nominated or nominated by friends or peers.” Contestants showcased a variety of talents,

STUDENT FINDS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD, CHILD OBESITY The International Journal of Health and Nutrition published the research of Rutgers-Camden student Kirk Groomes Jr., who analyzed the connection between healthy and affordable food and New Jersey urban and rural towns. Groomes, who is working toward his master’s degree in public policy and administration, published his research titled “Identifying Potential Grocery Store Locations in New Jersey,” according to a University press release. Groomes’ study focused primarily on childhood obesity. “Once I saw how drastic of a problem childhood obesity was, it caught my interest and I wanted to look at what was being done about this issue,” Groomes said in the release. Through Groomes’ research and development with Tetsuji Yamada, professor of economics, he assessed that a lack of healthy, affordable food options can cause higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases. He found that lower income communities in the United States are more likely to have an overindulgence of meals from fast food restaurants and convenience stores, according to the press release. These meals usually have barely any fresh produce. “What alarmed me was how many people generally don’t have access to the quality of food one would need for a balanced diet,” Groomes said. “This is as much of a rural issue as it is an inner city issue. There’s potential to locate additional grocery stores in these underserved areas, even in New Jersey.” In his research, Groomes accounted for factors like percentage of low-income households that live more than one mile from the closest store and farmers markets per capita and grocery stores, according to the release. “If you don’t have access to fresh foods, there really isn’t a way to apply nutrition education,” Groomes said. “Having access to fresh, affordable, quality food is a key to combating childhood obesity.” — Reena Diamante

including dancing, rapping and singing. A panel of judges, including two professors from the School of Pharmacy, chose the winners for individual categories. But the audience voted for the overall winner using a text-based system at the end of the talent showcase.

A raffle running throughout the event gave attendees chances to win prizes from local businesses like Moda Salon, Indigo Hair Salon and Hansel n’ Griddle. There was also a performance by the Purple Dragons dance team. At the end of the show, students who purchased raf fle

tickets had a chance to be paired up with the Mr. PharmD contestants. Patel, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy first-year student, thought the event brought the class together in a unique way. “Mr. PharmD is different from any other social events we’ve had. … It was actually created by a class organization rather than the Pharmacy Governing Council or a fraternity or professional organization,” Patel said. “It’s just regular students in the School of Pharmacy, so everyone comes together.” The remaining proceeds from the night went toward the Class of 2014 fundraising initiative, Kumaran said. “[Your e-board and your dean are] going to care about the welfare of our class, but this event shows that your own peers care,” Kumaran said. “It’s great there are other classes helping us because they want us to benefit and help others out as well.” The committee began planning the Mr. PharmD event as early as September and October of last semester. Andrianna Guo, secretary of the council, said the idea sparked much interest among students, and thoughts about future Mr. PharmD events include forming committees. “Hopefully after this, people see how much effort we put into it, and they will be more eager to get involved,” said Guo, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy first-year student.


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WEATHER FORECASTERS ANTICIPATE MORE SNOW Forecasters predict another winter storm to set in this week, but they are not sure how much snow will fall. Although the snow will not arrive until Wednesday, forecasters are checking on the track of the storm and how the temperatures vary, according to an nj.com article. Depending on the storm’s pattern, forecasters predict two scenarios. If the storm grazes the New Jersey

coastline, the bulk of the snow will fall inland, but if the storm travels slightly eastward, the state could face another blizzard. Meteorologists believe the heavy influx of snow this winter is the result of a persistent jet stream from the Southeast, which is carrying low-pressure systems up north, according to the article. Meanwhile, residents of the Northeast have experienced cold temperatures the entire season.

Accuweather.com meteorologist Andy Mussoline said regardless of how much snow is left to fall this winter, the past four weeks have produced enough snow for a season. Newark had 42 inches of snow already, compared to its yearly average of 26 inches.

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Hundreds of students, parents and school officials gather in the Edison High School auditorium Friday to discuss how education budget cuts have affected their lives.

BUDGET: Students see class sizes increase due to cuts continued from front in Edison. “They help build character and leadership, but our school has gone from around 62 clubs to now six clubs. It’s a ghost town after school.” Erica Heine, a teacher from James Madison Primar y School in Edison, said she is concerned the cuts will affect the academic ability of her students in the long run. “They have cut the morning Literacy Academy [program], which helped our kids learn to read and our school program has been cut from six hours to two-and-a-half hours,” she

said. “I already see a dif ference in the reading ability in this year’s students from last year’s.” Students who attended the event provided an inside look on how the budget cuts have affected their learning environment and resources. “Class sizes are so big this year that there are not enough seats and some seats are even broken,” said Samantha Briant, an Edison High School senior. Briant said she was worried she would be unable to wear honors tassels at her high school graduation, since many of the honor societies she worked for in her high school career have been cut. Her fellow senior, Samantha Belle, agreed that the budget cuts would affect the way she

and many other students are honored for their accomplishments in high school.

“What he’s doing is an assault on every teacher who goes into their class and is doing their best.” MARIE CORFIELD Robert Hunter Elementary School Art Teacher

“It’s disheartening that our hard work will not be recognized,” Belle said. Debbie Boyle, president of the South Plainfield Parent

Teacher Organization, described the governor’s actions as selfish and unrepresentative of the state. “When he promised that he would take us to the next level of education, did he mean the basement?” Boyle said. “All he is doing is stifling the growth of our students.” Marie Cor field, an ar t teacher from Rober t Hunter Elementar y School in Flemington, whose exchange between Christie became a YouTube sensation last September, attended the event to critique Christie’s legislation. “I am passionate with ever y fiber of my being about public education,” Cor field said. “What he’s doing is an assault

on ever y teacher who goes into their class and is doing their best.” At the end of the hearing, Bonnie Tyler, an East Orange High School teacher, said the discussion helped illuminate some critical issues surrounding the New Jersey education system. “I think it is wonderful that we are bringing to light what is really going on and I hope that this is the beginning of more to come,” Tyler said. After the discussion, Buono said she plans to bring all the comments from the hearing back to her colleagues in the state legislature when they debate the budget for the 2012 fiscal year.


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Campus voices reflect on possible health care repeal BY RASHMEE KUMAR STAFF WRITER

As members of Congress decide what their next move on the recently repealed health care reform act will be, students on campus weighed in on the issue. The House of Representatives voted last Wednesday to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in March, an effort some students say is just a means for congressmen to emphasize the fact that Republicans are now in power. “It’s a symbolic gesture to the extreme base of the [Republican] Party because they know it’s not going to go anywhere,” said Daniel Pereira, Rutgers University Democrats vice president. “They passed the repeal bill in the House, but the Senate will never pass it and the president will never pass it.” Under the act, children are allowed to stay on their parents’ health care plan until age 26 — a provision that is important for college graduates, said Pereira, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.

“For University students, that’s one more bill they don’t have to worry about until they’re 26 years old,” he said. “I think that’s an excellent advancement considering the largest group of uninsured people in the country are children, particularly those between the ages of 18 and 25.” Rutgers College Republicans President Noah Glyn, though he believes the provision will benefit children and young adults, said he does not agree with the age cap. “I think it is a little ridiculous to have 26-year-olds still dependent on their parents,” he said. If the act is a push for universal health care, then children should be able to stay on their parents’ health care indefinitely, said Glyn, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “If our only concern is to provide health care, then we should allow all children to stay on their parents’ health insurance for as long as they want, even up to 46 years old,” he said. While Republicans are putting pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harr y Reid to vote on the bill, Obama said he

would veto any health care repeal legislation, according to a White House statement. The legislation, which includes a controversial provision that all Americans be required to have health care coverage, ought to be repealed, Glyn said. “Even if the repeal fails in the Senate, repeal was still worthwhile,” he said. “This law is so damaging and so harmful that everything must be done to get rid of it. The House GOP will do everything it can to fight this destructive law.” In the event the bill does not go to the Senate, House Republicans plan to weaken the act in other ways, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in a press conference. “We need to shut off the funding that can be used to implement or enforce Obama-care, and we need to do so persistently and consistently,” he said. Glyn said he does not believe Democrats who say the act can decrease the $14 trillion deficit. “The Democrats put so many smoke and mirrors in this bill to hide the spending,” he said. “The reason why the Democrats are

having such a hard time selling this to the American people is that most people understand you can’t create a new entitlement and decrease the deficit.” According to a Congressional Budget Office report, the health care act has the potential to reduce deficits within the next 10 years, said Christopher Pflaum, president of the Rutgers University Democrats. “They wasted time and our tax dollars on a symbolic political gesture that does not create a single job and darkens the lines separating the two parties,” said Pflaum, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. The health care reform law can only be positive for Americans, as it brings the United States one step closer to universal health care, Pereira said. “I think we’ve gone a good 50 years in this countr y without a change to our health care system,” he said. “We’re the only moder nized countr y in the world that [doesn’t have] something resembling universal health care. I think it was long overdue.”

While there are problems with the American health care system, the act is not addressing the issues, said Glyn. “We need to create a true health care market, where people can make choices with their own money,” he said. “The current health care law does nothing to address health care inflation. The law does nothing to solve any of the real problems with health care.” Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., said in a press conference that Republicans want a health care law that centers on the patients instead of the government. “That’s why we thought it was so important to repeal the bill,” he said. “[If] the tree is rotting, you cut it down. And if we can’t cut it down and succeed doing that all at once, we will prune it branch by branch.” Pflaum said the repeal was a Republican tactic used to shift the agenda of tomorrow evening’s State of the Union address. “After [Obama’s] speech, I predict that the issues in the House will turn away from its current far-right agenda and re-focus on more important issues outlined by the president,” he said.

CALENDAR JANUARY Join the Rutgers Graduate School of Education Student Af fairs Committee in learning about a successful student-teaching experience from the shared memories and advice of the fall 2010 Student-Teaching Interns. This meet-and-greet is an oppor tunity to connect with faculty, students and other GSE program cohor ts. This free event is scheduled to run from 7:45 to 10 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.

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The Department of Genetics will host a lecture presented by Dr. Karen Schindler from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology on protein kinases and phosphatases that control chromosome dynamics during meiosis in oocytes from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Human Genetics InstituteAuditorium in the Life Sciences Building on Busch campus. This is the first of the Monday seminars presented by the Genetic Depar tment that will occur throughout Januar y and Februar y. Visit genetics.rutgers.edu for more information. Apply to be a staff member for Rutgers Model Congress 2011. The conference will be held on April 14 to17 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Designed for high school students, Rutgers Model Congress is a conference that simulates the workings of Congress. Help teach about 500 high school students from around the country value civic engagement and political involvement in domestic and international politics. A general interest meeting will be held at 9 p.m. in Frelinghuysen Hall in room A6 on the College Avenue campus. To have your event featured on www.dailytargum.com, send University calendar items to university@dailytargum.com.


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workers inspire, uplift Garzon to provide awareness programs continued from front labor violations for locking their employees in at night until the quotas for the day were met, as well as not paying employees for overtime, and they were refused bathroom or food breaks,” Garzon said. Workers frustrated by the lack of action from BJ&B in acknowledging their concerns formed unions, Garzon said. He found their stories of activism and cooperation inspiring and uplifting. “They had the courage to form unions even though they could have easily been fired for it,” Garzon said. “Even after the factory was closed some of them worked full time on the union to help members find jobs, even though they themselves were jobless.” Union leaders spoke with Knights Apparel CEO Joe Bozich in an attempt to bring the project to the factory, Garzon said. The point of the model was to show the company could be profitable, even with higher wages for employees. “When I was there at the Alta Gracia factor y, workers were allowed breaks and safety precautions were followed,” Garzon said. “Ever yone expressed their appreciation for the better conditions.” Although the Alta Gracia factory has been open for a little less than a year under the ownership of Knights Apparel, the factor y helped not only the employees but also the entire town. Workers were able to send their kids to school and buy them necessar y household items, such as beds. “There was one story in particular where a wife working in the factory was able to give her husband a small loan so he could pursue his passion of repairing motorcycles,” Yanik said. The WRC verified that Alta Gracia pays its workers enough to allow them to meet basic needs for themselves and their families, Madow said. This includes nutritious food, drinkable water, housing and energy, clothing, health care, transportation, education and child care, as well as modest funds for savings. “The Dominican minimum wage is $0.84 and the living wage is $2.83,” Madow said via e-mail. “While the legal minimum wage is less than $150 per month, Alta Gracia pays our workers the WRC’s determined ‘living wage,’ that is $510 per month and 340 percent of the minimum wage.” Now receiving higher wages and health care, workers are satisfied their efforts are not futile, Garzon said. The factory has become a model to other corporations showing that workers can be paid a “living wage” and still profit. “We are taking a smaller profit on sales of our apparel because we believe that once the University community is aware of the difference it makes in workers’ lives and the community they live in, they’ll choose Alta Gracia,” Madow said. University support for Alta Gracia is crucial in its success thus far, she said. “The Alta Gracia factor y receives its verification based on frequent, unrestricted monitoring by the WRC, the independent labor watchdog organization with which more than 180 colleges and universities are affiliated,” Madow said.

continued from front of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program. “So they will likely minimize the negative effects because they’ll think, ‘Oh but they’re real pills, they’re legal.’” A reason painkillers are one of the top prescription drugs abused by college students is because they suppress breathing and other vital functions, said Robert Pandina, director for the Center of Alcohol Studies. When combined with alcohol, the drug’s sedative effects are increased. “College is often viewed as a place for new experiences, experimentation and a mistaken belief that the ‘rules’ of both society and physical reality are suspended,” Pandina said. “There is some evidence that stress reduction may play a role as well — escaping the chaos of campus.” SAMHSA also found that in 2008, the majority of non-medical users of prescription pain relievers — 55.9 percent — obtained their pain relievers from a friend or relative for free.

Pandina, who conducted a study about Adderall use at the University in 2007, said stimulants like Adderall and anti-anxiety medications like Xanax are some of the other prescription drugs college students abuse or misuse. Jerry Floersch, associate professor at the School of Social Work, said he thinks the recent prevalence of people treated with psychiatric medications may be one of the reasons why psycho-stimulant abuse is also a problem on college campuses. “Psychiatric medications are becoming a more common prescription for the general population,” Floersch said. “It also means the past couple of years have signaled the first time that such a large number of people are entering college prescribed with psychiatric medication.” Floersch said people who use medication generally ask themselves three questions. “What I’ve learned is that in general we make sense of our medication first by asking the questions, ‘What problem does it solve?’, ‘What is the immediate payoff?’ and ‘Do I want to take it tomorrow?’” he said. Floersch said he thinks people who use medications without prescriptions are asking themselves

J A N UA RY 2 4 , 2 0 1 1 similar questions, but they do not think of it in terms of a psychiatric or physical problem that must be treated. Rather, they think of it in terms of everyday life. “Students may say to themselves, ‘I like that feeling of not being so anxious’ or ‘I had a test yesterday and I took some Adderall and I studied for five hours and time went by so quickly, I never studied like that before and it was great,’” Floersch said. But Laitman said there is often a placebo ef fect with most medications. “The more recent studies I’ve been reading show that those who use [psycho-stimulants like Adderall] don’t actually do better academically,” Laitman said. In a separate study conducted by SAMHSA, it was found that in 2008 the non-medical use of pain relievers among individuals age 12 or older was second highest among illicit drugs, after marijuana. Pandina said in addition to the increased availability of prescription medications from both licit and illicit sources, the media has also helped normalize drug use. “We continue with the idea in our culture that self-medication is acceptable and ‘no big deal,’”

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Pandina said. “In many ways increased media advertising has normalized drug use and led to the false belief that as ‘educated consumers’ we are able to manage our own problems through drug use.” School of Engineering firstyear student Jordan Bunner said because there is a preconception among students that many people on campus misuse nonprescriptive medication, they may not feel it is likely to be a serious misdemeanor. “Many people on campus may feel that [misusing non-prescriptive medication] may not be an outstanding type of thing and that it is more acceptable to do it around people who are already doing it,” he said. Pandina said the University is always tr ying to increase awareness and maintain its prevention program. “The University has maybe one of the best services in the country, The Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program, for students in our health services to assist students with drugrelated issues and problems, as well as other programs that alert students to the dangers related to even ‘casual’ use of these substances,” he said.


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City discusses future of charter schools in New Jersey BY JEFF PRENTKY STAFF WRITER

City residents had the opportunity to discuss the future of charter schools in New Jersey at a monthly symposium held in the Reformed Church of Highland Park. The symposium, which was sponsored by the Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, took place on Saturday and had a turnout of about 40 people. Rick Pressler, director of School Ser vices for the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, discussed the importance of fulfilling the academic needs of children. “I think that in New Jersey … education is really a tale of two cities — there are the ‘haves’ and there are the ‘have-nots,’” said Pressler, who is also the founder of the Greater Brunswick Charter School. Although a recent repor t suggests that New Jersey has the best public education nationwide, there are still many failing school districts in the state, he said. “Ultimately it’s not about charter schools and other types of

schools, it’s really about the students … having the chance to go to a great school regardless of their zip code,” Pressler said. But many parents do not have the opportunity to move to a town with a better school district, he said. In cities where parents feel uncomfortable sending their child to the district school, desperation develops for an alternative education system and charter schools often fill that role. There are 73 charter schools in New Jersey and more than 20 are expected to open in September, Pressler said. On average, 70 percent of a district school’s funding that is tied to a particular child is sent to the charter school they choose to attend. Leah Owens, founder of Teachers as Leaders in Newark, is against charter schools as a movement to replace traditional public schools. Charter schools were designed to combine innovative teaching methods with traditional practices to educate students in a particular community, Owens said. “What has happened, in particularly urban districts, is that it’s kind of become a free-for-all,”

LOCAL MAN DIES IN HOUSE FIRE A New Brunswick man was killed in a house fire early Saturday morning trying to escape from his clutter-filled, three-story home. Firefighters arrived at the two-alarm blaze around 6 a.m. but entry into the building was delayed due to the excess amount of belongings in the house, said Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bobkowski in a mycentralnj.com article. Excess junk was piled so high that it could be seen through the home’s blown-out windows, according to the article. Bobkowski described the home like a scene from the television series “Hoarders,” packed with accumulated possessions. “We’ve got it tough enough trying to fight a fire. Now try going through 2-foot passageways with stuff piled up all over the place,” said Bobkowski in an nj.com article. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, which is delayed due to the collapse of the first story into the basement. Located on 168 Commercial Avenue, the house belonged to an elderly man, who has not yet been identified because his next of kin has not been notified. Neighbors described the man as very social and charismatic and could always be found trimming their hedges and lawns, according to an nj.com article. “He’d always be outside talking to people. He loved to talk. He would talk you to death,” neighbor Allen Daniels said in the article. “He was a real nice guy.” Longtime neighbor Ted Wright, who knew the man for more than 30 years, said that the man’s niece would come and urge her uncle to discard some of his excess possessions. The two household dogs belonging to the elderly man are missing. — Anastasia Millicker

Owens said. “It’s an opportunity to start something … that’s not even necessarily innovative.” Many parents in Newark send their children to charter schools because they are safer than the district’s schools, not to reap the benefits a charter school could offer, she said.

“The definition of charter schools should be a school that’s led by the teachers and the parents.” LUCY MILLERAND Highland Park Resident

“If we don’t help to empower the parent in the community about the importance of education … the situation is just going to perpetuate itself and it’s always going to kind of be like the movie ‘Waiting for Superman’ — always waiting for someone else to come in and help,” Owens said.

Newark residents want to be more active in the community, but it’s difficult to take extra steps when you are trying to survive, she said. Educators also need to focus on the opportunity gap, so that students have access to resources such as lab equipment and field trips, Owens said. Michael Castoro, a special education teacher at the Hope Academy Charter School in Asbury Park, said his academy focuses on the community’s involvement in the child and their environment. For example, after the teachers greet ever y student upon arrival at school, the children are ser ved breakfast, which is followed by a drum circle, he said. The school day is also longer than other public school days. “We at the charter school can do a lot of things because we’re not tied into the bureaucracy of the Asbur y Park Board of Education,” Castoro said. The academy must meet the academic criteria of the New Jersey Department of Education, but they teach it experimentally by working outside of the textbook, he said.

The program was followed by a discussion with the audience. “I think we got a diverse range of perspectives on what’s going on in education, especially in relationship to charter schools,” said Paul Sauers, a member of the Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War. Lucy Millerand, a Highland Park resident, believed that charter schools could only provide better opportunities for a small number of children. “If you take a small group of people and their resources out of a district, then the bulk of the students who are still in the district lose,” she said. The innovations of charter schools are inconsistent with each other and we need to focus on doing innovative work in large, poor public school districts, Millerand said. “The definition of char ter schools should be a school that’s led by the teachers and the parents,” she said. “What you see a lot of right now are large chains of nonprofit and for-profit, and then you also see private nonprofits that have no accountability to anyone.”


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Israeli panel finds military’s Gaza raid lawful THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM — An Israeli panel yesterday cleared the militar y and government of any wrongdoing during last year’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound international flotilla, but the finding appeared unlikely to repair damage to Israel’s standing. Nine pro-Palestinian activists, eight Turkish citizens and a Turkish American, were killed as Israeli commandos boarded one of the ships in the flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, last May 31. The report said the armed defense of Israel’s maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled coastal strip was justified under international law. A wave of international condemnation of the raid forced Israel to ease the blockade. The incident damaged relations with Turkey and led the U.N. chief to order an international investigation. Turkey swiftly condemned yesterday’s report, saying it was “surprised, appalled and dismayed.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the inquiry. “I hope all those who r ushed to judgment against Israel and its soldiers will read this report and learn the truth about what happened,” Netanyahu said. “The truth is that our soldiers were defending our countr y — and defending their ver y lives.” The nearly 300-page report echoed an earlier militar y

investigation that faulted the planning and execution of the operation. Even so, it said the blockade of Gaza and the raid were legal and justified. “The actions carried out by Israel on May 31, 2010, to enforce the naval blockade had the regrettable consequences of the loss of human life and physical injuries,” read the repor t. Nonetheless, “the actions taken were found to be legal pursuant to the rules of international law.” The flotilla aimed to bring attention to the blockade of Gaza, which Israel imposed after Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier in 2006 and tightened after Hamas seized control of the territor y the following year. Israel said the blockade was needed to prevent Hamas, an armed group that has fired thousands of rockets at Israel, from building up its arsenal. Critics have noted the blockade did little to weaken Hamas or halt weapons smuggling, while causing widespread economic hardship and shortages of foods and other basic items. Israeli forces were sent to commandeer the ships before dawn after the flotilla ignored radio warnings to turn back and refused an offer to dock at an Israeli port and transfer humanitarian aid into Gaza overland. One of the ships radioed to the Israelis to “go back to Auschwitz,” according to a military recording cited in the report.

Five small ships were commandeered without incident, but soldiers rappelling from helicopters onto the deck of the Marmara, with some 600 passengers on board, were attacked by several dozen activists armed with bars, slingshots and knives as they landed on deck one by one, according to video footage released by the militar y. The Israelis, caught of f guard, were beaten, and some

“The truth is that our soldiers were defending our country — and defending their very lives.” BENJAMIN NETANYAHU Israeli Prime Minister

were thrown onto a lower deck. According to yesterday’s report, two soldiers were shot, apparently with weapons wrested from the Israelis. Both soldiers and activists have said they acted in self-defense. The flotilla was organized by an Islamic aid group from Turkey known by the acronym IHH. Israel banned IHH, which has ties to Turkey’s Islamic-oriented gover nment, in 2008 because of alleged ties to Hamas.

Turkey, formerly one of Israel’s closest allies, recalled its ambassador to Israel after the incident, and ties between the former allies have not recovered. An official Turkish commission investigating the incident condemned the Israeli findings yesterday, saying the blockade amounted to illegal “collective punishment” of Gaza’s 1.5 million people. It also accused Israel of using unnecessar y and excessive force. “Our commission is surprised, appalled and dismayed that the national inquir y process in Israel has resulted in the exoneration of the Israeli armed forces,” it said. In New York, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said investigators there had received a copy of the Israeli report. “As you know, to help complete their important mandate it is essential for the (U.N.) panel to review material provided by both sides, Israel and Turkey,” he said. Israel was forced by the outcr y to ease the blockade. Vir tually all foods and consumer goods can now enter Gaza. But restrictions on many exports and the import of badly needed constr uction goods remain in place. Israel ordered the official inquiry two weeks after the incident. The commission, headed by retired Supreme Court justice Jacob Turkel, included four Israeli members and two international obser vers — David

Trimble, a Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, and Brig. Gen. Ken Watkin, Canada’s former chief militar y prosecutor. All signed off on the conclusions. A fifth Israeli participant, 93year-old international law expert Shabtai Rosenne, died during the deliberations. Looking at 133 individual cases in which soldiers used force — 16 of them involving shooting to kill — the commission found soldiers had acted properly and that their lives had been in danger. The soldiers, the report said, “acted professionally in the face of extensive and unanticipated violence.” The report was based on the testimony of Israeli officials, including the prime minister, defense minister and militar y chief. It also looked at testimony from soldiers gathered by the military and 1,000 hours of video footage taken from the military, the Marmara and its passengers. The commission said activists on board the ship refused invitations to testify. Alan Baker, a former legal adviser to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said the committee’s makeup gave the report international credibility, but the findings would have little impact on Israel’s critics. “I doubt ver y much whether it will make an impression on those elements of the international community who are pushing the anti-Israel hostility,” he said.

PRISON OFFICIALS SEIZE INMATE’S CELL PHONE CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina prison officials say they have seized a cell phone from an inmate who was updating his Facebook page from prison. Corrections officials told The Post and Courier of Charleston that 22-year-old Quincy Howard is in disciplinary detention and can’t make collect calls or have visitors after the contraband mobile phone was taken from his cell earlier this month. Howard is serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter from Marion County. The newspaper reports Howard spent most of his time on Facebook last year playing the Mafia Wars and Cafe World games. But he occasionally gave status updates like: “RAILROADED BY THIS CROOKED A JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN SOUTH CAROLINA.” Howard’s profile picture was a photo of him in his prison jumpsuit. — The Associated Press


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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HARTFORD, Conn. — A Nor th Carolina woman who raised a child kidnapped 23 years ago from a New York hospital surrendered to authorities on a parole violation charge yesterday, days after a widely publicized reunion between the biological mother and the daughter taken from her as a baby. Ann Pettway surrendered yesterday morning to the FBI and Bridgeport, Conn., police on a warrant from Nor th Carolina, FBI super visor y special agent William Reiner said. Pettway, who has family in Bridgeport, was on probation because of a conviction for attempted embezzlement and wasn’t allowed to leave North Carolina. She remained in custody in Bridgeport yesterday afternoon and couldn’t be reached for comment. North Carolina officials said Friday they believed Pettway was on the run from authorities. Correction of ficials had tried repeatedly to contact Pettway after finding out investigators wanted to question her in the 1987 abduction of the infant, Carlina White, who is now grown and has reunited with her long-lost family. The Depar tment of Correction said yesterday it will seek Pettway’s extradition to North Carolina. White had long suspected Pettway wasn’t her biological mother because she could never provide her with a birth certificate. No suspects were ever identified in White’s disappearance from Harlem Hospital in New York. White is now 23 years old and has been living under the name Nejdra Nance in Bridgeport and in the Atlanta area. Her biological family says it believes Pettway was the kidnapper. Her parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, said a woman who looked like a nurse had comforted them at the hospital. The girl was just 19 days old and had been admitted in the middle of the night with a high fever. Her parents left the hospital to rest and found she was missing when they came back. Nance would periodically check the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, looking through photos of missing infants in Connecticut, she told the New York Post. She left Connecticut for Atlanta years ago and has a 5-year-old daughter of her own, her family said. Her family said she worked as a dispatcher and hoped to have a modeling career. On Jan. 4, Nance checked the website again, but this time she searched through New York’s missing children and saw a baby photo that looked nearly identical to hers, police said. She contacted the site, which contacted Joy White. The two exchanged photos and talked. After a DNA test, it was all confirmed.

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Extreme parenting hinders children M

ost people would recoil at the thought of a parent calling her child “garbage” or outright rejecting a birthday card from her daughter because the card did not display enough “effort.” Amy Chua, a Yale Law School professor, has no problem with such actions. In fact, the given examples are accounts of things Chua has done as a parent, taken from her memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” Quite frankly, Chua’s parenting style is outrageous and demeaning to her children. Chua claims she raised her children “the Chinese way,” and that has made them better prepared to deal with the real world than children raised via methods of Western parenting. We understand that Chua wanted to raise successful children who would achieve a lot in life, but parenting is not all about raising a virtuosic pianist or a master corporate warrior. There should be a measure of love and care in parenting. Granted, it seems today a lot of American parents go overboard with the love and care aspects of raising children, doting on their kids and turning them into selfish spoiled brats, to say the least. And Chua’s methods do have support from research in psychology. For example, Hara Estroff Marano, editor at large of Psychology Today magazine, explains in the book, “A Nation of Wimps,” that “children who are protected from grappling with difficult tasks don’t develop what psychologists call ‘mastery experiences.’” This notion lends credence to Chua’s practices of pushing her children into difficult situations and forcing them to master those situations. Western parenting may have flaws, and Chua’s method may have strengths, but the opposite is also true: Western parenting certainly has strengths, and Chua’s method has obvious weaknesses. Therefore, the ultimate goal of parenting should be a happy medium between the two. While Chua’s methods foster success in external pursuits, they seem to also psychologically damage children with respect to their emotional stability and notions of self-worth. Children are not robots — they are people, and, as such, they have emotional components, which should be encouraged. Chua may feel that all of her actions as a parent were rooted in “love and compassion,” but those qualities are exactly what are missing in Chua’s methods.

Legalize drugs to end costly war T

he Mexican war on drugs has been a contentious issue from the outset. Many have spoken for and against the war, but a commentator of particular note is former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who recently announced that he no longer believes in the prohibition approach. Instead, Fox argues that the best way to fight the drug trade is to legalize the sale of illegal drugs. Honestly, he makes a rather convincing case. Make no mistake — Fox does not just mean decriminalization, rather, he favors full legalization. He raises some very salient points regarding the failures of the war on drugs. In an interview with Time Magazine, Fox stressed the tremendous financial costs of waging a war on drugs — including how much Mexico has suffered from a dwindling tourism economy as a direct result of the war on drugs. He also addressed the psychological toll it has had on Mexican citizens. Fox brings to light a series of serious reasons to reject the war on drugs, in favor of a more tolerant approach to drug use. If illegal drugs are legalized and regulated, the Mexican government could save a lot of money that it will no longer have to expend on fighting drugs. The government could also levy taxes on the sale of such substances, which would bring more money. The tourism economy in Mexico could recover in the absence of fierce fighting between the government and cartels. Considering these possibilities, Fox’s proposed approach to the war on drugs could serve to dramatically bolster Mexico’s financial state. Not only does Fox’s approach help Mexico from a monetary perspective, but it would also serve to help the aforementioned psychological problems from which Mexican citizens are suffering. If the war ends, and the drug trade becomes government-regulated, Mexican citizens could feel safer and, therefore, happier on the whole. Also, consider the benefits a legalized drug trade could have for people who have drug problems already. Take, for example, The Chapel Street Program, which ran a clinic in Liverpool until 1995. This clinic dispensed free heroin and cocaine to addicts and also offered them rehabilitative services. As a result of the clinic’s actions, the neighborhood in which it operated experienced severe reductions in crime rates and severe upturns in successful addiction recovery rates. Fox’s plan would allow for such clinics to operate in Mexico as well. In fact, clinics of this type could operate even more freely and successfully in a country where drugs have been legalized. While we certainly feel that legalizing every drug is too extreme a step — certain substances are just too dangerous, regardless of government regulation — we do see a lot of merit to Fox’s proposition. Perhaps America should reconsider its stance on the war on drugs as well.

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Question reasons for sanctions Gods Go T Begging

The previous and current he United States govbeliefs that the governments ernment is considerof Iraq and Gaza would lead ing further sanctions to favorable political collapsagainst Iran. Although for the es in both regions overlook most part, it has approached the socioeconomics of areas these sanctions in a fashion undergoing sanctions. different from past efforts, BILAL AHMED Power structures quickly which are classified as “broad form around the distribution sanctions.” Broad sanctions of remaining resources. The Hussein and Hamas encompass intense trade embargoes against target governments spearheaded the interactions with this nations, and in the United States have been most obvistructure, causing the government of these areas to ously realized through the example of Iraq during the increase centrality in the lives of those affected by 1990s. Iraq is compelling because of its subjection to sanctions efforts. Hussein coupled this increased what is arguably the most extensive sanctions camcentrality with curtailment of internal sedition by an paign in human history, spanning the 13-year period expanded secret police, solidifying his hold on the from Aug. 6, with their introduction through United Iraqi state and making his presence almost essenNations Security Council Resolution 661, to May 22, tial. This phenomenon occurs prior to compromised 2003, and their conclusion following the beginning of assistance efforts such as oil-for-food, although it is the Iraq occupation. The results of these sanctions intensified when distribution occurs through targetoffer a historic narrative that foretells a possible Israeli ed local governments. Sanctions also cause the strategic failure in the Gaza Strip. black market to prosper in targeted nations and ultiThe motivations for the Iraq and Gaza sanctions both mately provide the infrastructure aim to contain aggressive actions by the party in questo obtain additional Qassam rockets for tion. Saddam Hussein’s attempted annexation of Kuwait continued attacks. motivated the Iraq sanctions, and the These structures also worsen continued Qassam rocket attacks on “Broad sanctions problematic wealth disparities. Israel from the Gaza Strip have justified the Gaza sanctions. Although the simply do not work. Societal elites get increased access to resources such as food and assist severity of the assaults is clearly differSpecific sanctions the central government in question ent, their respective sanctions responsto maintain their access and lifestyle. es are both publicly justified under ... are ideal.” Wealth differences intensify as a security concerns. Therefore, their result, as resources are prioritized to legitimacy partly depends on these upper-tier individuals. The effects of sanctions are concerns being addressed. thus truly felt by the poorest members of societies. The Iraq sanctions were much more successful. Propaganda efforts overlook this, as evidence for Although they were unnecessarily broad in their increased upper-class privilege through such things implementation, Hussein was successfully prevented as Gazan shopping malls, which are used as examfrom taking an aggressive stance against other Arab ples to challenge the humanitarian crises occurring nations in the same fashion as the invasion and in lower classes. The reality is that deep economic annexation of Kuwait. Sustained military assault divisions emerge where some members of society requires materials, which were greatly depleted in continue immense economic privilege while the post-sanctions-era Iraq alongside the depletion of majority are forced into starvation and unwilling many other vital resources. The 661 sanctions in this servitude to oppressive local groups. regard were therefore a strategic success. Broad sanctions are a relatively new phenomeHowever, the Gaza sanctions have not resulted non, and the fact that they are imperfect should not in significant security gains despite official Israeli be surprising to anyone. As widespread sanctions statements to the contrary. Qassam rocket attacks against Iran continue alongside more specific have continued from the Gaza Strip since the Israeli “smart sanctions,” it is important to think critically sanctions began. This is because of the difference about the motivations for sanctions campaigns and between international military incursions and spotheir effectiveness in achieving strategic objectives. radic terrorist rocket attacks, placing the usage of Rational thought leads to only one conclusion — broad sanctions in both cases into question. broad sanctions simply do not work. Specific sancThere are limited reasons for passing broad tions, which target such things as the personal bank sanctions against a target nation beyond creating the accounts of hostile leaders and luxury goods, are conditions for its disintegration, making the collapse ideal if sanctions are to be pursued. of the Hussein and Hamas governments an ultimate strategic goal for related sanctions in addition to conBilal Ahmed is a School of Arts and Sciences juntainment. This goal is shaped by the belief that ecoior majoring in Middle Eastern studies with a minor nomic collapse will cause fragmentation and a weakin political science. His column, “Gods Go Begging,” ened central government in target nations, when the runs on alternate Mondays. reality is quite opposite. Due to space limitations, submissions cannot exceed 750 words. If a commentary exceeds 750 words, it will not be considered for publication. All authors must include name, phone number, class year and college affiliation or department to be considered for publication. Anonymous letters will not be considered. All submissions are subject to editing for length and clarity. A submission does not guarantee publication. Please submit via e-mail to oped@dailytargum.com by 4 p.m. to be considered for the following day’s publication. The editorials written above represent the majority opinion of The Daily Targum Editorial Board. 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Junior Trevor Melde gave Rutgers a lead it never relinquished with a 7-6 decision in his 141-pound bout against No. 13 Chris Diaz. He just did it better. That is why Friday’s win was so important to the layman fan — those who took a bus or drove to Livingston, unlikely continued from back lured by the drawstring bags that can be found at any first takedown until DJ Russo involvement fair or orientation got the last — this win was event, but the allure of the a must. University boasting a program There are the diehards, that, at the most basic level, sure — the season-ticket holdrepresents the state. ers who would return the folThey may not have known a lowing day for a little adverreversal from a takedown or tised win over Rider. riding time from a College They are the ones who make Avenue basement par ty, but Goodale’s vision a ver y possible now they know a little blood reality. They are the wrestling does not stop Alex Caruso, and fanatics in a state where most ranked opponents do not stop sports fans know the signifiLangel or Trevor Melde. cance of Don Bosco football or They know the Knights do St. Anthony, St. Benedict’s and not fold in the spotlight — that St. Patrick basketball, but they thrive at the RAC, where wrestling has a ver y specific, they are 6-0 and outscored ver y loyal following. opponents, 188-44, in three Goodale is one of them, a years, that they created more of former New Jersey high school a home-field advantage than any coach who assembled a coachother Rutgers program has. ing staff that would not only They know it is fun as hell to attract the top local talent, but scream when Mason makes a also pull it back in with translightning-quick move and just to fers from major programs. watch when Russo imposes his Scott Winston was the No. 2 will on an opponent. recruit in the countr y and he Pernetti knows that expandremained with Goodale, his old ing the RAC schedule from one Jackson Memorial head coach. to five matches works — that the Mario Mason left his state for interest is as great as ever after Minnesota, only to return and the Knights just hosted one reunite with mentor and assismajor opponent there the past tant coach Cor y Cooperman. two years. He knows, as he and “The best par t about this Goodale plan, that wrestling can program is where we are [locatbe a revenue-making program ed],” said Athletic Director Tim — that an Olympic sport can Pernetti. “I think wrestling is benefit the University. about as big as there is in the And he knows that he has state of New Jersey. Whether something special in Goodale it’s wrestling, football, field and his group of 28 wrestlers hockey or basketball, this state — 26 of which are from continues to crank out some of New Jersey. the best student athletes in the At least 2,739 other people countr y, and our challenge is to know it, too, but it is time keep them all here. What Scott for more. has shown is that if you can get Get behind the Rutgers that done, the results can ver y wrestling team, Scarlet faithful, quickly turn positive.” because it is the best you have, Goodale has the same vision and it has long since arrived. that, after 10 years, head football coach Greg Schiano is still put— Steven Miller is the sports ting in place — establishing a editor for The Daily Targum and “State of Rutgers” that can create accepts comments and criticisms a national program with the talat steven_mi@comcast.net. ent so prevalent in the backyard.

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GRIT: Winston’s OT decision gives RU bench full confidence continued from back Scott Winston silenced any notion of a Hokie comeback with a takedown in the overtime period of his 165-pound bout against Pete Yates. The 7-5 decision sent 2,739 scarlet supporters into a frenzy and made the Knights’ bench aware of the history in the making. “After ’65 I was just about positive we were going to win,” Russo said. “Aside from something catastrophic happening.” The celebration continued at 174 pounds, where fifth-year senior Alex Caruso would not let a bloody nose stop him from eking out a 3-2 decision over Matt Epperly. When the third period ended, an emotional Caruso raised his hands to the rafters and the crowd obliged, applauding the first-year Knight who is already making a name for himself in Piscataway. “I think Alex is very excited to be in this situation,” Goodale said. “He had a rough couple of years at Lehigh of not being the [starter]. I think this is what he envisioned when he came back [to New Jersey].” Sophomore Dan Rinaldi and Wagner would also pick up victories to set the stage for the fifth-year senior and team captain, Russo. The only name on the Rutgers roster that claims seniority to Goodale, Russo’s 8-3 decision put a cap on the night — a night that may live on in Rutgers wrestling lore as the night the program launched itself into the national spotlight. But ask anyone involved and the answer remains the same: The Block R has been on the map for some time. “I told the guys earlier, ‘We’re here. We’ve arrived,’” Goodale said. “I don’t think we need to prove anything anymore.”

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Sophomore Joe Langel got the start at 125 pounds and responded by upsetting No. 13 Jarrod Garnett with an 8-7 decision. It is the second time this year that Langel upset a top-15 opponent after defeating Princeton’s Garret Frey on Dec. 11 at the College Avenue Gym.

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n defeating the Chicago Bears, 21-14, yesterday in the NFC Championship Game, the Green Bay Packers became just the second No. 6 seed in NFL histor y to punch a ticket to the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers finally showed he was human with his 244 yard, two-interception performance. A knee injury to Jay Cutler on the other side left head coach Lovie Smith no choice but to turn to third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie. In the end a B.J Raji interception return for a touchdown off a pass from Hanie proved to be the difference in the game featuring sloppy quarterback play.

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Thursday in an attempt to work out the lucrative contract, as reports indicate the deal could worth more than the four-year, $72 million contract New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady inked in September. For Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, a career in the NFL may soon escape him. The former Heisman Trophy winner wants out of Cincinnati, and if the team is not willing to deal him, he will hang it up for good.

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Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship over the weekend, Martin Kaymer displaced Tiger Woods of his No. 2 world ranking, a reign he held for just three months after he previously held the No. 1 ranking. Kaymer needed only to finish in seventh place or better, but registered a 24-under par performance to blow away the competition en route to an eight-stroke victor y.

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its home stadium for the last time this season, and with an estimated 78,000 fans in the stands the squad celebrated its National Championship victor y over Oregon. The 22-19 win capped off an undefeated season for the Tigers, giving head coach Gene Chizik and Co. the school’s first championship in 53 seasons.


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Knights win despite inability to close with foul shots BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

hand go and it went in. For the second one, I had my confidence back, and I made that one.”

NEWARK, N.J. — The Rutgers men’s basSINCE BEGINNING BIG k e t b a l l East play, Rutgers’ undersized lineteam dis- up managed to out-rebound both p l a y e d Providence and Georgetown. KNIGHT many of Add Seton Hall to that list. NOTEBOOK the marks The Knights grabbed 44 of a good boards, compared to the Pirates’ Big East team on Saturday in its 38, and both Miller and freshwin over Seton Hall. man for ward Gilvydas Biruta The Scarlet Knights were in recorded double-doubles. control for 40 minutes in the 66Miller had 17 points and 10 60 decision at the Prudential rebounds, while Biruta had 12 Center, but when points and 11 it came to the boards. game’s final min“It’s starting to “We’re both trying utes, they were become instinctive to improve to make to play hard, startunable to completely put the to become it more of a rivalry, ing game away. instinctive to jump Rutgers had 17 to the ball,” Rice I’m sure. In the attempts from the “All the future, I hope it’s a said. free-throw line in things that I fight the final four minsold-out building.” for every day are utes, but only constarting to become MIKE RICE verted on eight of instinctive, and if the opportunities, we do them, then Head Coach allowing Seton Hall we have a chance.” to stick around. THE KNIGHTS’ WIN HELPED “Yes, I would have liked for us to make free throws. Was I sweat- cut into Seton Hall’s advantage in ing? I always sweat,” said head the all-time season series, which coach Mike Rice. “We were very the Pirates lead, 33-25. Rutgers’ last win over the Hall fortunate because that aspect came on March 9, 2008, when JR was horrendous.” The opinion in the postgame Inman’s buzzer-beater gave locker room was the same: The Rutgers a 64-61 win at the Knights expect to shoot plenty of Prudential Center, where Rutgers is 2-2. foul shots in practice this week. The Knights lost each of the Rutgers finished the game 13for-27 from the charity stripe for a past four games against Seton 48.1 percent shooting clip. But with Hall, and with the win, Rice has Rutgers holding a six-point advan- hopes of making the rivalry mean tage in the final minutes, sopho- even more. “They’re in-state, but we’re both more wing Dane Miller made the trying to improve to make it more of final three attempts. “One time when I got a rebound, a rivalry, I’m sure,” Rice said. “In the I was praying they wouldn’t foul future, I hope it’s a sold-out building me,” Miller said. “When I got to the where the winner has a chance to foul line, I counted to 10, let my be in the top four in the Big East.”

TOP 25 Men’s Basketball

TEAM RECORD 1. Ohio State 20-0 2. Kansas 17-2 3. Syracuse 18-2 4. Duke 18-1 5. Pittsburgh 19-1 6. San Diego St. 20-0 7. Villanova 17-2 8. Connecticut 16-2 9. Brigham Young 19-1 10. Texas 16-3 11. Texas A&M 17-2 12. Kentucky 15-4 13. Missouri 17-3 14. Purdue 17-3 15. Minnesota 15-4 16. Notre Dame 16-4 17. Michigan St. 12-7 18. Wisconsin 15-4 19. Louisville 15-4 20. Washington 15-4 21. West Virginia 13-5 22. St. Mary’s 17-3 23. Georgetown 14-5 24. Illinois 14-6 25. Cincinnati 17-3

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PTS 1606 1526 1523 1393 1382 1294 1265 1148 1057 1015 996 975 758 672 513 495 467 448 438 409 266 195 146 146 125

Others receiving votes: Temple 99, Georgia 89, Kansas State 86, Gonzaga 84, Colorado 78, UNLV 76, Arizona 70, Florida State 64, Vanderbilt 46, Florida 42, St. John’s 27, Missouri State 25, Utah State 22, Baylor 18, Central Florida 10, Southern Miss 8, Marquette 7, Wichita State 6, James Madison 4, Butler 2, North Carolina 2, Coastal Carolina 1, Penn State 1

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Freshman forward Gilvydas Biruta scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season and lead the Knights’ rebounding effort in a 66-60 win over SHU.


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Rutgers athletics experienced a big weekend across the board, as the wrestling team topped No. 3 Virginia Tech at the RAC, the men’s basketball team beat in-state rival Seton Hall in Newark, the women’s squad routed Providence at home, and the gymnastics team won its quad meet.

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Junior forward Chelsey Lee registered her third consecutive double-double with a 15-point, 12-rebound performance Saturday afternoon at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Miami native tied for the team lead in scoring with sophomore center Monique Oliver in a 60-39 victory over Big East-opponent Providence.

Strong post play carries Knights’ sloppy victory at RAC BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ CORRESPONDENT

A quick glance at the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s 60-39 thrashing of Providence Saturday WOMEN’S BASKETBALL a f t e r n o o n PROVIDENCE 39 w o u l d make it 60 a p p e a r RUTGERS that the squad got the tune-up it needed in preparation for No. 2 Connecticut. But in the eyes of head coach C. Vivian Stringer, there is still work to be done due in part by distractions. “There were a lot of things, but there’s no question that they were thinking about Wednesday,” Stringer said. “I wish that I could put Wednesday in a vacuum, and that’s the way it is. There’s no question that they were thinking about [UConn]. I think they were, but they may say different.” Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan did say differently following the victory.

“Oh no, I don’t think so,” Rushdan said when asked if the team was looking ahead. “I know myself, I try to make sure and emphasize to everybody that we’ve got to focus on the game that’s in front of us and that we can’t take anybody lightly, so I don’t necessarily think that people were looking ahead toward Wednesday.” Whatever the cause of the sloppy outing for the Scarlet Knights (12-6, 5-0), they were still able to leave the Louis Brown Athletic Center with a 21point victory. The Knights built their lead to 23 — their largest lead of the game — with a free throw by freshman forward Briana Hutchen at the 3:49 mark, displaying the team’s knack for getting to the charity stripe in the game. The team got to the line 25 times in the contest, with 17 of those attempts coming from the Knights’ frontcourt of Hutchen, sophomore Monique Oliver and junior Chelsey Lee.

Though the trio only shot a combined 58 percent from the line, Oliver and Lee managed to finish the game with 15 points apiece. Lee’s 12 rebounds also gave the Parkway Academy (Fla.) product her third consecutive double- double. “We’ve shown that we can hit high-post shots. It opens up down low for one of us to go one-onone,” Lee said. “It really opens up the game, and it allows us to get more touches.” The Friars (9-9, 2-4) were held in check on the boards, as the Knights snagged 39 rebounds to just 32 for Providence, which came into the game averaging 44.3 a game. Even with a height disadvantage, consistency in the post is becoming a mantra of Stringer’s squad. According to Rushdan, who had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, the Oliver and Lee tandem are a sure x-factor. “Throughout the years and throughout the season, it was

either the Scarlet Knights getting great play from their guards or either getting great play from the post,” Rushdan said. “It was never a time when ever ybody was playing well. It’s definitely impor tant and definitely a good thing that the post has come around and been able to shoot now and get rebounds and finish.” With the win, the squad stayed perfect in Big East play and in the process, extended its winning streak to five games — four of which were conference victories. Still, the team was shaky for much of the contest in its halfcourt sets, as it went on to turn the ball over 17 times in the game. “There were a lot of instances out there where we didn’t really know we were into, and I’ll take responsibility for that,” Rushdan said. “Being a point guard, just making sure that I communicate with everybody just so everybody can hear me, so that it’s a little bit better out there.”

With the brief departure of Rushdan due to a shoulder injury, the Knights set the tone with the post play of Lee and Oliver in the first half. The duo accounted for 18 of the squad’s 32 points, sending the Knights into the locker room with a 32-21 halftime lead. Still, it was not until 12 minutes into the contest when the team started to mesh, as 11 first half turnovers and countless missed layups made for an unhappy Stringer. The Knights did manage to keep the game tied or within two points in that span despite the poor play, but the Friars are no Connecticut. Stringer knows better than anyone that a mirror start against the Huskies on Wednesday night at the RAC will not be as kind to her team. “Of course I’m concerned,” Stringer said. “I was really irritated. We’ve been notorious for deciding whether or not an opponent is really going to push us.”

Rushdan returns to action after separating shoulder early BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT

The Rutgers women’s basketball team held its breath for a long minute while Khadijah Rushdan lay on the floor in KNIGHT agony. NOTEBOOK In the 60-39 victor y over Providence Saturday, Rushdan crashed down hard on the floor after taking a steal coast-to-coast and dishing the ball of f to teammate Erica Wheeler, dislocating her right shoulder. The training staff popped Rushdan’s shoulder back in while she was down on the court and the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer had to leave the game. “We’re always a heartbeat away from our season being done,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer in reaction to Rushdan’s injury.

Though she returned two minutes later and finished with nine points, six assists, five boards and two steals, it appeared for an instant that Rutgers would have to go into its heavyweight clash with Connecticut without its star player. “Obviously when anybody goes down it’s a little worrisome but my adrenaline was going and I wasn’t going to let it slow me down,” Rushdan said. “I definitely think we picked it up. We started pressing a lot more and I think it gave us a lot of easy baskets.”

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depth issue with junior guard Nikki Speed’s absence, Stringer added walk-on Jaymee Tucker to the roster. Tucker, a 5-foot-10 guard from North Brunswick, logged her first action with the Scarlet Knights when she and fellow

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arrives in Piscataway, Rutgers expects to put in serious work in practice, particularly in the free throw department where the team shot just 69 percent Saturday and has a 71 percent clip on the season. “Definitely free throws and making sure we’re all on the same page,” Rushdan said on what needs to be done. “There were a lot of instances out there where we really didn’t know what [plays] we were into. I’ll take responsibility for that, being a point guard.”

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Senior guard Khadijah Rushdan separates her shoulder in the first half after falling on it while coming down from an attempted rebound.


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Miller shines as RU ends losing streak to rival Hall BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

NEWARK, N.J. — It took just over 28 minutes, but freshman forw a r d MEN’S BASKETBALL Gilvydas Bir uta RUTGERS 66 f i n a l l y SETON HALL 60 e a r n e d his invitation to the battle of the Garden State when he took a hard foul from Seton Hall’s Herb Pope. In similar fashion, the Rutgers men’s basketball team grinded out a 66-60 victory over the host Pirates — its first in nearly three years — on Saturday for its second consecutive Big East win. “[Pope] fouled me, OK, but did you have to hold my hand after the whistle is blown?” said Biruta, who posted his second career doubledouble with 12 points and 10 boards. “There is no reason to hold me, so I just wanted to show that he was holding me.” The one person on the court that no one could hold back was sophomore wing Dane Miller, who made three free throws — a sore point for the Knights — after Seton Hall (8-12, 2-6) narrowed its deficit to 62-58 with less than a minute left in the contest. Miller put together quite the statline against the Pirates, who had won four of the previous six meetings between the two programs, with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. But arguably Miller’s biggest contribution came on the defensive end, where he helped hold Seton Hall sharpshooter Jeremy Hazell to 6-for21 from the field. “Dane’s maturity defensively — you could write books about it, to be honest with you,” said head coach Mike

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Sophomore wing Dane Miller recorded his third double-double of the season on Saturday, when the Scarlet Knights beat Seton Hall for the first time since March 9, 2008 at the Prudential Center. Rice, who earned his first win against The Hall and fellow first-year head coach Kevin Willard in his first tr y. “Now he’s coming to me wanting to defend night in and night out the best player on the opposition. He was there on the catch ever y single time.” Rutgers (12-7, 3-4) controlled the pace offensively throughout the contest and never allowed Seton Hall to get within a single possession in the second half.

FOUR-STAR LINEMAN MATIAS COMMITS TO RUTGERS ON VISIT On a weekend in which He was one of three offenmany of the top committed sive line recruits on campus, and uncommitted recr uits and Keith Lumpkin, who comon the Rutgers football mitted to Rutgers in team’s radar were in September, did his part in conPiscataway for official visits, vincing Matias to join him in one prospect verbally the trenches. pledged his future to the “I was with him on Scarlet Knights. Saturday night, and we were Offensive lineman Josue talking a lot,” said Matias committed to head Lumpkins, the 32nd-ranked coach Greg Schiano offensive tackle in on Sunday, accordthe nation. “I was ing to Rivals.com. telling him that I The four-star really want to play tackle and next to him and Rivals250 prospect how I think we can hopes his decision be great on the could open a flurr y of fensive line at of commitments ever ything we do if from New Jersey’s we do it together.” JOSUE other top recruits. Lumpkin and MATIAS “I think we could Matias were familbe unstoppable,” iar with each other Matias told from playing Rivals.com. “You have Savon against each other, but Huggins at St. Peter’s and Matias was not the only Gar y Nova at quarterback at prospect Lumpkin spent the Don Bosco and a lot of other weekend recruiting. guys. Lots of guys want to go Lumpkin was teammates at out of state, but I like the St. Peter’s Prep with Huggins, idea of staying here and the top prospect in the state bringing [a championship] and seventh-ranked running home.” back in the nation. Huggins Matias took of ficial visits will announce his college decito Florida State and Miami sion on Friday after already in recent weeks, but the visiting Notre Dame, North Union City High School Carolina, Auburn and product decided to stay in- Michigan State. state when he spent his weekend at Rutgers. — Steven Miller

When the Pirates’ Jordan Theodore nailed a 3-pointer to bring Seton Hall within four with seven minutes left, the Knights responded with a pair of baskets to double their advantage. “They were too fragile,” Rice said of his team’s makeup in September. “They star ted to develop that toughness that I love my teams to have. They’re no longer fragile. Bad things can happen to them and they’re still together.”

The Knights experienced their first taste of adversity in the waning moments of the first half, when Hazell followed a layup with a 3pointer from the corner to send Rutgers into the locker room with only a 31-23 cushion. Although the Knights held a 100 advantage in second-chance points and shot 46.7 percent from the field in the first half, the Pirates were still very much in the game. “Individually, I was kind of mad because I turned the ball over twice

… and Jeremy Hazell hit a three, so I was even more mad,” Miller said. “We understood that the game’s not over. They went on a run, but we would still win the game.” Miller assisted on a Biruta dunk with less than two minutes left in the first half that put Rutgers up, 3118 — its largest lead of the contest. The Knights crashed the offensive glass en route to a 19-7 run over seven minutes, during which the Pirates appeared out of sync offensively. Seton Hall managed just 60 points against an undermanned Rutgers rotation after totaling 161 points last year in two victories over the Knights. “This league is the biggest and the baddest,” Rice said. “[Seton Hall head coach] Kevin [Willard] has done tremendous with what he’s been dealt, with some of the injuries and everything else.” The Hall turned the ball over 18 times, while three Pirates were responsible for 72 percent of the team’s shots. In the process, Rutgers equaled its total of road victories from last season with Saturday’s conquest of the Pirates. Seton Hall held Rutgers scoreless for nearly the game’s first four minutes, but senior forward Jonathan Mitchell drained a 3pointer after his defender slipped on the perimeter. Mitchell finished the contest with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting and nine rebounds. But the player who stood out the most was Miller, who anchored the Knights in a game that held special meaning, even if both parties were tight-lipped on its significance. “It feels good to get a road win,” Miller said. “It’s a rivalry win and then to get this road win is two in a row. And then we got another game on the road [at Cincinnati] and hopefully we can get that one.”


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TRUE GRIT Scarlet Knights take down No. 3 Virginia Tech before almost 3,000 at RAC, taking eight bouts, topping four ranked grapplers BY A.J. JANKOWSKI ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

For those just arriving to the party, consider Friday night a formal introduction. The No. 14 Rutgers wrestling team not only notched arguably its biggest win in school history over No. 3 Virginia Tech at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, it trounced the Hokies to the tune of a 24-7 victory. But ask any of the Scarlet Knights, they saw this coming. “As far as we are concerned, we have been on the map since Day 1,” said senior heavyweight DJ Russo. “But as far as everyone else is concerned, I hope this puts us on the map.” While the win was mathematically in hand for Rutgers when true freshman Mike Wagner held onto a 7-5 decision over Chris Penny at 197 pounds, the 125-pound bout set the tone right off the bat. Sophomore Joe Langel stepped into the circle opposite No. 13 Jarrod Garnett. The two wrestled an aggressive match, with both grapplers scoring takedowns and reversals. Tied at six late in the third period, Langel pulled off another reversal and was able to hold off a surging Garnett in the final seconds to procure an 8-7 decision. “We are all on cloud nine right now,” Langel said. “Matches like this are all about momentum. Once we got momentum going, it didn’t leave our side.” It was one of the six bouts that Rutgers (18-1) was not favored to win. Out of those six bouts, the Knights went on to win four. “[Our guys] felt the energy in this place. Everybody felt the energy in this place,” said head coach Scott Goodale, whose team defeated Rider 29-3 the following day. “We wrestle well [at the RAC].” After Langel’s decision gave Rutgers the early 3-0 advantage, No. 8 Devin Carter put the Hokies in front with a major decision at 133 pounds. It was the last time Virginia Tech (13-4) would have a taste of the lead. Junior Trevor Melde pulled an upset over No. 13 Chris Diaz at 141 pounds and No. 4 Mario Mason continued his stellar season with a 4-2 decision over No. 8 Brian Stephens to up the Rutgers advantage to 9-4. “I think some of our guys got a little tired, but that’s because of the energy. They wanted to put on a show,” Goodale said. “We battled through it, we fought through it, and we won close matches.” The Hokies would pick up only one more win from then on out, as sophomore

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ANDREW HOWARD / SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Fifth-year senior Alex Caruso held on to a 3-2 decision over Matt Epperly on Friday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center to increase Rutgers’ lead to 15-7 heading into the final three bouts.

MATCH RESULTS 125: Langel (RU) dec. No. 13 Garnett 8-7 ... RU leads, 3-0 133: No. 8 Carter (VT) dec. DeMarco 13-3 ... VT leads, 4-3 141: Melde (RU) dec. No. 13 Diaz 7-6 ... RU leads, 6-4 149: No. 4 Mason (RU) dec. No. 8 Stephens 4-2 ... RU leads, 9-4 157: No. 8 Dong (VT) dec. No. 17 Cocozzo 6-4 ... RU leads, 9-7 165: No. 7 Winston (RU) dec. No. 15 Yates 7-5 (OT) ... RU leads, 12-7 174: No. 18 Caruso (RU) dec. Epperly 3-2 ... RU leads, 15-7 184: Rinaldi (RU) dec. Dickson 4-2 ... RU leads, 18-7 197: Wagner (RU) dec. Penny 7-5 ... RU leads, 21-7 HVY: No. 4 Russo (RU) dec. Marone 8-3 ... RU wins, 24-7

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ANDREW HOWARD / SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Head coach Scott Goodale celebrates a Rutgers win.

o a man, the Rutgers wrestling team did not believe it needed Friday’s win to arrive. It hosted marquee matchups at the Louis Brown Athletic Center before, and it won them all. It beat ranked opponents before, too. So a dominant win over No. 3 Virginia Tech was just another notch on the belt of the Scarlet Knights, who established themselves as a national program in four years under head coach Scott Goodale.

The Joker STEVEN MILLER But for the almost 3,000 in attendance — those who made cries of “Two!” reverberate off the trapezoid that is the RAC when Joe Langel got Rutgers’

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