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The Rutgers women’s basketball team hosts Pittsburgh tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in a Big East matchup as the Scarlet Knights enter the home stretch of the season.

NBPD hires officers from neighboring town BY ANDREA GOYMA CORRESPONDENT

With a recent federal endowment, the New Brunswick Police Depar tment (NBPD) swore in five new police officers who were laid off duty from another township in an ongoing effort to recruit more officials on the task force. University alumni Sean Cahill, 32, and Branden Salter, 31, as well as Kevin Conway, 27, Nicholas De Falco, 26, and Matthew Riepenhoff, 30, were taken in after laid off from the Franklin Township Police

Department in July 2010, NBPD Lt. J.T. Miller said. “All five officers expressed an interest in working in New Brunswick and submitted résumés requesting to be considered for available positions,” Miller said. After receiving a large number of résumés from other officers who served in the Franklin Township Police Department, the NBPD found after an extensive background check, the officers met and exceeded the criteria it looks for in its officers.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT EVACUATES RESIDENTS DUE TO GAS LEAK The New Brunswick Fire Department (NBFD) responded to a gas leak on Jones Avenue yesterday afternoon while University public safety evacuated students in proximity of the fumes. With the quarantined road on Douglass campus turned into a construction site, Rutgers University Emergency Services Chief William Scott said the University needed to evacuate the students of Jameson Hall B and C while NBFD looked for the leak’s source. “We evacuated the students as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the gas leak,” he said. “There is no gas in the building.” As they kept warm in a University-provided bus, Jameson Hall residents Brittany Kelly and Jasmine Muhammad said they were not sure how much longer the inspection would take. “They said it could took take all night but they didn’t know,” said Muhammad, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “They have to check all the buildings first.” Kelly said she did not know there was a gas leak until RUES informed her after the evacuation completed. “I didn’t know what was going on,” said Kelly, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I came out and thought it was a fire drill. I mean, I am still wearing my slippers.” Ernesto Calvimontes, a resident of Jones Avenue for more than 10 years, stood on his front porch as firefighters inspected his basement for any sign of a leak. “[NBFD] said they detected a leak and needed to check it out,” he said. “They are going to every house on the road.” University Media Relations Senior Director Greg Trevor said the leak did not occur on University property. — Devin Sikorski

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School of Arts and Sciences seniors Yorbelid Herrera and Mike Davis discuss “The 9/11 Project” with Hasbrouck Heights High School senior Lee Ciocia. The class will produce media content for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

U. course to document 9/11 stories BY AMY ROWE CORRESPONDENT

University and high school journalism students, professors and New Jersey newspaper editors met last night to discuss a commemorative journalism project in the School of Communication and Information Faculty Lounge. “The 9/11 Project,” a course in the University’s School of Communication and Information, gives 20 University students the opportunity to conduct inter views with subjects who lost a parent during the 9/11 attacks, said

Ronald Miskof f, one of the course’s instructors. “Inter viewers will be approximately the same age as the interviewees,” he said. “The inter views would produce more empathy than if they were done by anyone else.” The student-written ar ticles produced from the course will ser ve as part of this year’s 10th anniversar y coverage of the attacks in September in many of the state’s newspapers, including the Star-Ledger and the Trenton Times, he said. Each student in the course will team up with a par tner and

conduct individual inter views with a subject, who will range between the ages of 10 and 27, and alternately film the inter view in process, Miskoff said. The majority of the college students enrolled in the course are N.J. natives and come from dif ferent areas from around the state, especially those most af fected by the attacks like Nor thern New Jersey. Additionally, 11 journalistically inclined students from the state’s high schools will be involved with the

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Council discusses faulty bus shelters, student concerns BY REENA DIAMANTE CORRESPONDENT

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing Council met last SEBS night to Governing pass a reso l u t i o n Council that opposes the possibility of a new bus shelter model to replace the ones on Cook campus. Department of Transportation Ser vices Director Jack Molenaar spoke to the council last semester to discuss making the bus shelters on the Cook campus resemble the ones currently in front of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus, said Shannon Loelius, SEBS Governing Council secretary. “We were kind of upset when this shelter, created with student money, didn’t protect them from the rain,” said Loelius, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore. “[Molenaar] said students could stand inside if it was raining. It didn’t make sense to us that we didn’t want that.”

INDEX UNIVERSITY The equestrian team aims to place higher on the national competition level.

OPINIONS The FCC is considering changing the Universal Service Fund into a subsidy for broadband Internet access.

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Members of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing Council voice their opinions regarding a new model for bus stop shelters last night in the Cook Campus Center.

The closest building to the Biel Road bus stop on the Cook campus is the Cook Campus Center, she said. If students see a bus arriving they would need to dash toward it. In the meeting when Molenaar spoke to the council, he explained bus shelters were not designed to protect students from the rain and weather elements.

“But rather, [they were designed] to have a low profile behind it,” Loelius said. “Also the architecture designed it such that there was a scarlet shadow when the sun hits it.” Heather Afford, University Affairs chair and Class of 2013 representative, said the council would appreciate the new bus shelters because the

current ones on Cook campus are falling apart. “We want it to look nice, but it’s still not very functional for the purpose we want it to serve,” Afford said. During the last meeting, the council also discussed plans for initiating new

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Equestrian team builds community of riders BY NICOLE JOYCE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rutgers University Equestrian Team (RUET) has actively par ticipated in both regional and nationwide shows while working to improve its competitive standing since the club’s establishment in the early 1980s. The team practices weekly with weekend shows in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and holds meetings on Tuesdays alternating between the College Avenue and Cook campuses, said Jillian Cutone, RUET publicist. “The team is a student-run club sport for equestrians of all different experience levels with ten shows each year split between the fall and spring semesters,” said Cutone, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. The team is divided in two groups depending on whether a person rides in an English or Western style, said team Captain Samantha Sagot. “[The difference is] basically the style of riding, what kind of saddle you are riding in, how you dress and what you are judged on,” said Sagot, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. The team receives points for every show it performs in and averages between 30 and 40 points per game, Sagot said. Points are used to help the University club win in its region and zone as well as confirm its eligibility for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships ever y year in Kentucky, she said. “Rutgers has sent several girls each year to Nationals, which is ver y difficult to do because the riders first have to

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Kate Felter, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior, competes in the East Stroudsburg University Hosted Show in Briarwood Farm in Readington, N.J. Currently, the Rutgers University Equestrian Team (RUET) is third place in their region with 140 points.

individually make regionals then attain a first or second [place] to move to zones where they again need a first or second place to head to Nationals,” she said. Despite a third place ranking with 140 points, Sagot hopes RUET will be able to make it to Nationals. “Hopefully with one or two big wins we can jump in to first place, winning our region,” she said. Riders also win individual merits and prizes depending on how well they perform, Cutone said. “Some members of the team did receive High Point Rider at some shows, which means they placed the highest in both their divisions and/or tied for the

highest points and competed in a ride-off at the end of the show day and won,” she said. The team has doubled in size to reach over 60 members within the past two years, said Rebecca Young, team president and threeyear team member. “We have worked hard to not only remain competitive in our region but to also afford all the members interested in showing us their skills an opportunity to do so,” said Young, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Sagot said as the season progresses, most of the girls advance and improve. Some girls who did not place at all in the early shows of the season place first and second in later shows.

“[This] shows that we have a lot of dedicated and hard-working riders this year,” she said. Young said RUET is different from other University sports clubs because it is a student-run team with a strong sense of unity. “I was not only a transfer student but also a commuter, and being a part of the team, which inevitably became like family, really made me feel like I [was] part of the Rutgers community, not just a student taking classes here,” she said. Cutone said it is this idea of collective unity that makes RUET a good place to meet people. “Being student run is very complicated in that we organize, coordinate, fund and make all of what we do possible,” she said.

Young said anyone is welcome to join the team regardless of experience. “Ever yone and anyone is welcome to join the team, whether you have never ridden a horse before or if you spent your entire childhood addicted to the show ring and sitting saddle,” she said. Rutgers is scheduled to host an English show on March 5 at 8:30 a.m. at Briarwood Farm in Readington, N.J. “We love having new members come and join our team whether they are beginners interested in taking lessons, or just love being a part of such a big group of people and love supporting the team,” Cutone said.


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because they believe it is not an appropriate use of student fees. “RUSA is composed of 90 collect student housing concerns members, and those 90 members can do enough work on continued from front their own if they delegate jobs effectively,” Abuhouran, a School student housing. Its members of Environmental and Biological created a housing survey for Sciences junior said. “If they are SEBS students to express their not motivated to be student rephousing complaints and what resentatives then they should they would like to see changed, not be on the assembly.” Loelius said. Abuhouran said many of the “We basically want to comprofessional school councils at the pile as much information as we University are not can so we have a in favor of RUSA’s good background “We’ll all be passing plans and other on how students have also feel,” said Afford, the same resolution. councils shown interest. a School of Environmental It’ll be introduced The Mason Gross S t u d e n t and Biological to RUSA to show Government Sciences sophoAssociation formore. “So we’re our disdain.” warded their resonot talking to the ZAID ABUHOURAN lution to the coundirector of housSEBS Governing Council cil to see if they ing, Joan Carbone, President are interested. with just our “It’ll be a joint ideas. We want resolution,” more facts.” Abuhouran said. “We’ll all be Council members also dispassing the same resolution. It’ll cussed their role in the Rutgers be introduced to RUSA to show University Student Assembly’s our disdain.” plans to create a position for a University Professor of envigraduate student whose job ronmental science John would be to ensure members are Reinfelder and Rober t doing their work, Loelius said. Goodman, executive dean of They would be given a $15,000 School of Enviromental and tuition remission and $10,000 Biological Sciences, were stipend from student fees. scheduled to attend last’s night Council President Zaid council meeting but could Abuhouran and Loelius are draftnot attend. ing a resolution against the idea,

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Council members discuss plans at last night’s meeting for creating new student housing. The council created a survey for students to answer questions about housing complaints and suggestions.

OFFICERS: COPS grant funds to hire seven officers continued from front New Brunswick received a $1,588,644 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant in October 2010 to either fund or prevent the firing of seven police officers, said Bill Bray, New Brunswick city spokesperson. “In the past we lost police officers to attrition and there have been retirements we haven’t filled,” he said. “Because New Brunswick was not planning any layoffs we decided we’re going to hire seven police officers with the grant, and five officers were already sworn in on [Feb. 1] as the first part of that process.” The COPS grant covers the salar y and benefits of seven police officers for three years, Bray said. “We have worked very hard to control our spending to prevent layoffs here in New Brunswick, and we are very fortunate to not only have the ability to put more cops on the beat but to hire these experienced officers without impacting property taxes,” said New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill in a press release. Franklin Township laid off eight police officers last year, said Craig Novick, chief of police of the Franklin Township Police Department. “[Franklin Township was] approximately $10 million short at the end of the budget term, so the governing body made a decision last year to make layoffs throughout the town and involved in those layoffs were [the five] police officers,” Novick said. Bray said Franklin police force’s decision to fire the eight officers does not mean they are incompetent to serve. “When you lay off for example, police officers, it’s ‘last one hired, first one fired’ so these officers were laid off because they were the least senior of their department,” he said. Under civil ser vice laws, when law enforcement officers

are laid off, they become eligible to be hired from the New Jersey Department of Personnel Rice Bill List, Miller said. “Other municipalities can hire people from [the list] if they choose. [NBPD] was aware of these officers because [Franklin is] a neighboring jurisdiction,” Bray said. The COPS program and the Rice Bill List provide local jurisdictions the opportunity to put more police officers on the streets who are experienced in community policing, Bray said. “[Community officers] interact with residents — they’re really involved in the community and that results in a significant lowering of some crime,” he said. “Because

“We’re going to do everything possible to keep our residents and our student population safe.” ROBERT CORRALES Camden City Spokesman

they’re already trained and well regarded officers, they will be put to action that much faster than someone hired straight out of the police academy who has to undergo training.” Novick said NBPD and Franklin Township Police Department share an excellent working relationship despite working in different counties — Franklin in Somerset County and New Br unswick in Middlesex County. “Our units do work on projects together but the case here is that New Brunswick was able to get the COPS grant and we were not,” Novick said. The federal government evaluates many variables, including crime rate and community or county wealth, to determine whether a community or county receives COPS federal aid, Novick said.

Although Somerset is a fairly wealthy county, Novick said Franklin Township is one of the poorest in the county. “I think that went into their whole calculations and unfortunately we didn’t qualify, so I guess the federal government didn’t deem us as a township that needed the funds,” Novick said. “It would have helped us tremendously.” Other jurisdictions had larger layoffs than Franklin, Bray said. The Camden Police Department laid off 167 police officers — about 43 percent — and 67 firefighters on Jan. 18, said Robert Corrales, Camden city spokesperson. “Camden is facing a $26.5 million budget deficit and we were looking to get concessions from both the fire and police unions to minimize the impact of the layoff but unfortunately we have not come to an agreement with the unions and the layoff had to occur,” he said. The new budget goes up to council this week and if passed there would be a tax levy increase, which Corrales said would hopefully allow at least 47 police officers and about 10 firefighters to regain employment. “Just because there was a layoff doesn’t mean we’re going to stop doing what we do here [in Camden],” he said. “The current police force is leveraging FBI, Rutgers police and all these powerful law enforcers and we’re going to be working together even more now.” Camden will be utilizing technology like ShotSpotter, which is currently working toward implementing the city’s video surveillance program Eye in the Sky that will help police, Corrales said. Another measure is Global Command and Control System, a command post that is on 24 hours in the community. “Rutgers Camden Police has a presence [in Camden] too and whom we’re still working in partnership with and we’re going to do everything possible to keep our residents and our student population safe,” he said.


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A resident of Queens, N.Y. on 9/11, School of Arts and Sciences junior Shannel Douglas describes her personal connection to the attacks. The project unites college students, high school students and newspaper editors to create a mixture of 9/11-related articles and videos.

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The New Jersey Press Foundation is a smaller branch edit work on project’s website within the New Jersey Press Association, in which 18 of the state’s daily newspapers continued from front are members. Miskoff said this creates an project, asking questions on interopportunity for student work to views with the University stube showcased in these publicadents and documenting the tions in September. process, said Elizabeth Fuerst, “The core of what’s importhe course’s other instructor. tant in journalism, no matter “It’s a wonderful opportunity how it happens, is good jourfor high school students to nalism for years to come,” said learn about journalism at George White, New Jersey Rutgers,” she said. “Hopefully Press Association’s executive they can form an alliance with director. “This is also part of our students that will make this our major initiative to strengthproject meaningful.” en our connection with the One high school student was University. We think it’s fantasinspired to join the project tic and we’re excited.” because of her connection with The911project.r utgers.edu the 9/11 attacks. will be the project’s website, “My uncle was killed as a where students can add and edit firefighter on 9/11,” said Laura their ar ticles throughout the Reilly, a junior at semester along Communications with videos High School in “We’re trying and blogs. Wall, N.J. “I’m of Ar ts really interested to show a different andSchoolSciences in narrative, feature stories so I side of journalism, seniors Jason Scharch and thought this was that is narrative.” S a m a n t h a a good project to Breuer are filmparticipate in.” JASON SCHARCH ing the project as Other than School of Arts their senior honwriting ar ticles and Sciences Senior ors theses at for the course, the University. students will also “We’re filming ever y class create videos and utilize the and conducting inter views Internet to convey their stories. with the high school students “I’m very interested in multiand editors of the [par ticipatmedia reporting, and I like the ing] newspapers,” Scharch idea of telling someone’s story,” said. “We’re tr ying to show a said Catherine Carrera, a School dif ferent side of jour nalism of Arts and Sciences senior that is narrative.” enrolled in the class. “I don’t As par t of the class, just like hard news. I’m into students will read a number using other outlets like online of books recounting 9/11 news and video, which is a lot of experiences in the narrative what journalism is today.” style and hear guest The project, funded by a grant lecturers, which will help the from the New Jersey Press students conduct research Foundation, aims to help educate before their own inter views, the next generation of journalists Fuerst said. in New Jersey, said John “It’s groundbreaking,” said O’Brien, director of the New New Jersey Press Association Jersey Press Foundation. General Counsel Jennifer “This project is in line with Borg. “I think this is the only our initiative and we are ver y commemorative project done proud to provide financial by students.” suppor t,” he said.

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Ananya Roy, a leading scholar in comparative urban studies and international development, will present a lecture entitled, “The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South.” In this talk, she will present an analysis of global urbanism, paying particular attention to cities of the global south. Roy is a professor of city and regional planning at the University of California-Berkeley. The lecture will take place at the Alexander Library in the fourth floor lecture hall at 4:30 p.m. It will be followed by a reception. Spike Lee is a notable writer, director, producer, actor and author who revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the “do it yourself” school of filmmaking. He will speak at 8 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center Multipurpose Room. Writers House and Rutgers University Programming Association sponsor the event. It is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Rhea Ramey at 732-932-7380 or rhea.ramey@rutgers.edu. Those interested on taking part in a research project are welcome to attend the Spring Undergraduate Research Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cook Campus Center Multipurpose Room. The Undergraduate Research Mixer provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to be introduced to research programs and specific research projects. Some of these programs require research assistants and are sometimes paid positions. Undergraduates can be recruited for independent research projects or senior honors program for the spring or fall semesters. Please confirm attendance by e-mailing joanba@echo.rutgers.edu.

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An executive dean’s lecture featuring Susan Solomon titled, “A World of Change: Climate Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Solomon, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an internationally recognized leader in atmospheric science, particularly for her insights on explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone “hole.” Solomon’s current research focuses on issues relating to both atmospheric chemistry and climate change. Come see this dynamic presentation, which is part of the “Ecologies in the Balance?” yearlong seminar to examine possible solutions to global environmental challenges.

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The Department of Religion is hosting a public forum called “Religion and Violence: South Asian Perspectives” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Cook Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Edwin Bryant, a professor from the Department of Religion, will moderate the event. The event will feature Maya Chadda of William Paterson University and Michael Jerryson of Eckerd College. Chadda will discuss “The Challenge of Designing Strategies for Preventing Religious Violence in South Asia,” while Jerryson will discuss “Buddhism and Violence: Discourses, Antecedents and Manifestations.” For more information please contact Susan Rosario at (732)-9329641 or srosa@rci.rutgers.edu.

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NJ senators, Amtrak talk plans for rail link THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWARK, N.J. — Amtrak and New Jersey’s two U.S. senators think they have a way to add a rail link to New York City that will spread the cost around and prove more popular, among commuters and politicians alike, than the project Gov. Chris Christie killed last year. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez and railroad officials on Monday proposed two tunnels under the Hudson River as a $13.5 billion alternative to the “Access to the Region’s Core” plan, which Christie refused to approve because his state would have been on the hook for cost overruns. ”New Jersey is facing a transportation crisis,” Lautenberg said. “When the ARC tunnel was canceled, it was clear to me that we couldn’t just throw up our hands and wait years to find another solution.” Amtrak had been looking to build a second tunnel to increase capacity beyond one built in 1911 and to allow for a higher-speed line along the Northeast Corridor — but not for decades. When Christie killed the ARC tunnel in October, it began looking to speed up those plans. The main rail link between New York and New Jersey carries 62 trains a day; the new proposal would raise the number of daily trains to 92. Underscoring congestion problems, an Amtrak derailment Monday afternoon near a tunnel under the East River, on the other side of Manhattan, stymied the evening rush hour. The “Gateway Project” proposed Monday calls for the new Hudson River tunnel to open in 2020, two years later than the scrapped ARC tunnel. It would follow the same basic nine-mile path from Secaucus to New York that had been proposed for the other tunnel. There are significant differences, though. The ARC tunnel would have ended short of New York’s Penn Station, which serves Amtrak in addition to Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit commuter trains. The proposed one would connect directly to new tracks at Penn Station, rather than end far beneath the Macy’s store at West 34th Street, and save commuters a few blocks of walking. Unlike the ARC project, Amtrak would also have use of the tunnels, so it would not increase capacity as much for NJ Transit riders. But it may be a cheaper project for the state in the long run because of partnerships. Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman and Tony Coscia from the Amtrak Board of Directors joined Lautenberg and Menendez in announcing the proposal. Amtrak will ask the federal government for $50 million on preliminary engineering and design, said Boardman, who called the project “essential to the future growth and economic development of the entire Northeast region.”

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LOCAL CITIZENS REMAIN STRANDED IN EGYPT In the midst of the political upheaval in Egypt, many New Jersey residents are still stranded in the country. Muriel Siragher, 86, of Englishtown and her boyfriend went abroad for vacation, according to an nj.com article. The two are trapped in the nation’s capital, Cairo, where pro-democracy residents are protesting against the government. Because the Egyptian government cut most forms of phone and Internet communication to retaliate against protesters,

Siragher’s loved ones in New Jersey are concerned for her well-being, according to the article. “Because of all the bedlam … she does not think she’ll be able to get out,” said Siragher’s son-in-law Arthu Klein of Millburn in the article. Other N.J. residents stranded in Cairo include Montclair State University students Jaclyn Serchuk of Hillsborough and Adrienne Sherwin of Lawrenceville, as well as 62-year-old retired educator, Mar ylu Simon of Princeton.

Serchuck and Sher win caught a flight to London and are expected to return to New Jersey sometime soon, according to the ar ticle. But Simon remains in Egypt after being unable to access her flight out of the countr y. “We’ve been treated extremely well by the hotel, but we haven’t been able to get out,” Simon said in the article. “Today, we missed a charter flight because there was not a police escort to take us to the airport.” — Ankita Panda

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owadays, most Americans cannot imagine what it must be like to live without Internet access. It has become an integral part of our everyday lives. For example, most — if not all — of us were appalled when the Egyptian government shut down the entire country’s Internet. President Barack Obama himself called upon the Egyptian government to return the Internet to the people. That’s probably why the Federal Communications Commission is currently considering changing the Universal Service Fund from a telephone line subsidy to a broadband Internet connection subsidy. In fact, the Internet’s key position in contemporary society is why the FCC should go through with the proposed changes. These days what poor and rural areas need are Internet connections – not so much telephones. There was a time when the telephone was the best and fastest way to communicate with the outside world. In those days, the Universal Service Fund made sense. Now that fund is outdated. The Internet has arguably become the most important fixture — technological or otherwise — in American society and abroad. Who needs a phone line when you can video chat with, say, your relatives in Italy for free? Not only does the Internet allow people to communicate with each other just as well, if not better, than the telephone does, but it also doubles as a one-stop source for basically every bit of information one could ever need. Telephones can only deliver the news that the person on the other end can deliver. The Internet, by contrast, can deliver the news that anyone with web access can share. Needless to say, that’s a lot of news. Not to mention the fact that the Internet is a pretty great source of seemingly endless free entertainment — games, movies, television, music and even books. Telephone entertainment is limited to gossip and prank calls, which are just plain mean anyway. The Internet, then, is almost infinitely more valuable than its predecessor, the telephone. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s claim that “Broadband serves the same role in the 21st century that telephone service served in the 20th century” is ultimately an understatement. In fact, the Internet does so much more than what the telephone services could ever do. What poor and rural areas need now is broadband, and we’re confident that the FCC will transform the Universal Service Fund, thereby making America a better place for everyone. That is, as long as the president never decides it is necessary to shut down the entire country’s Internet.

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exas State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, has proposed a measure to the Texas Legislature that, if passed, would allow judges to sentence the parents of sexting teens to go through an educational course on the harms of sexting. While sexting is a problem that needs to be dealt with — especially when it comes to teenagers — Watson’s proposal is asinine. There is no reason to punish the parents for their teens’ behaviors. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the teenagers themselves. They are, after all, the ones engaging in misconduct. There comes a time in a child’s life when their failures are no longer the fault of their parents. Teenagers sending sexts to one another have reached that point. It is not a parents’ responsibility to go through their teen’s inbox or personally oversee every text message they send. Sure, a parent should be responsible for instilling in their child the proper values and alerting them of the possible dangers of a practice like sexting. Even then, if a parent fails to do so, a teenager should know better. Teenagers are old enough to make informed decisions. As such, they are old enough to bear the sole responsibility for their actions. In punishing parents, the state of Texas is sending the message that teenagers only make poor decisions when their parents have not properly educated them. This is a ridiculous message to send. As anyone who has ever been a teenager is aware, that’s a time in one’s life during which they are most prone to disregard all of their parent’s commands. Often, they disregard those commands on purpose, to rebel or assert their independence. A teen can have the most loving and caring parents in the world and still decide to start sexting. In such a situation, a judge would be essentially punishing parents for having a teenage son or daughter. If the state of Texas is going to start blaming parents for the shortcomings of their maturing children, it might as well start blaming every bad influence those children may or may not have had. How about television shows like MTV’s “Skins,” which portray high school students engaging in all sorts of raucous debauchery? Or, going back even further, Texas can start blaming the various Disney Channel shows marketed towards young teenagers, which portray oddly mature relationships between 14-year-olds. The point is it is just as absurd to blame these television shows and other cultural influences, as it is to blame the parents. If a teenager messes up and sends a sext, the teenager is responsible. They should be the only ones who have to suffer the consequences.

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newsletter form that a group AKA: Students at the University was showUnited for Middle ing a perceived anti-Semitic Eastern Justice held film, and showed up with an event a week ago entitled venom and vitriol in their “Never Again for Anyone,” voices during a student which planned to shed light on event. Was the price change the injustices faced by CODY GORMAN before the event wrong? Yes. Palestinians in the frame of Was the reaction worse? horrible injustices done to Probably. With situations like these, “so it goes” from Jews in the Holocaust. The panel included two Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” comes to Holocaust survivors who intended to share the mesmind. What can and should be seen as a tragic breaksage that the atrocities committed in the Holocaust down of communication and an inability to reconcile should not be forgotten or isolated from history, but is further polarized by opposing sides into more vitrather remembered and kept in mind so that such riol and slander. Students at the University and anyevents never happen again to anyone — hence the title. one versed in the realm of Palestine-Israel debates As is almost necessary in today’s Israel-Palestine conjust end up sighing, whimpering “so it goes.” versation, mistakes were made and problems were This can no longer feasibly be the case at the blown out of proportion until the situation reached and University, let alone in general. The students of BAKA passed a threshold and entered the realm of prejudice. put on “Never Again for Anyone” with the honest While the event organizer’s choice to impose a $5 fee — intentions of spreading awareness of Palestinian sufwhich was outside of BAKA’s control — the resulting fering and opening discussion for Jewish and Arab hoopla brought more negative attention and contempt attendees alike. There was no intention to exaggerate for opposing sides than the event alone would have origthe treatment of Palestinians, lie inally created. The ensuing xenophoabout the state of Israel or belittle the bia and racial or religious slurs thrown “If you want gross injustices endured by at University students from protestors European Jews in the Holocaust. — who were mostly non-students — to protest or voice Despite the best intentions, it took created an enormous debacle. an opinion, do it one small act of raising the price — The entire event was a microoutside of BAKA’s control, mind you cosm of the situation on campus and with dignity — to set off a tidal wave of overreacelsewhere in the United States. It tions, oversimplifications and offense seems that whenever the Palestinian and respect.” taken. In the meantime, gay, question is brought up, the rational Islamophobic, anti-Arab and even proponents of a free Palestine or the anti-Semitic remarks — one Jewish helper was called opponents of Israel are defamed as anti-Semitic. On a “traitor” by a Jewish protestor — were hurled with the flip side of the coin, the rational proponents of disdain at innocent students helping to set up the Israel’s sovereignty are made out to be Islamophobic event. I can’t personally speak for the hurt, the heartor blind religious fanatic imperialists. There hardly break, the pain or the ostracization each one of those seems to be a middle ground in the debate, and it cerstudents felt. What I can say is that hearing that news tainly will not be able to continue on such grounds. will forever have an impact on me. As I sat in the The disputed Israeli and Palestinian territories obviBAKA meeting following the event, and each student ously bring into question the religious claims to the had a chance to “vent,” I could see the toll facing such land. As a secularist, I frown upon claims of religious abuse had. I am sure the same pain is also endured by absolutism or divine truth. Religious claims to land Jews in Arab lands, Christians in some parts of Africa generally disguise underlying racism or ethnic prejuand other such religious minorities I could come up dice while using religion as a shield against critiwith. But this is America, and this is the University — cisms. But this is not the case. Religious radicals on if you want to protest or voice an opinion, do it with both sides of the issue polarize the problem and dignity and respect. The culture of pain exclusivity — demonize the “enemy.” the idea that only one group can really claim to underThe event started with wrongs on both sides — stand what “suffering is” — must stop for a real the fee change on the filmmakers’ side and the exchange of ideas to be had. If it happened before, it protest on the opposition’s side, which went beyond can happen again. It is our responsibility as students, its defined zoning by going inside. The ensuing mess citizens and human beings to make sure that “never is largely the fault of the non-University protestors, again” really is for “anyone.” who used racist slurs and incendiary language to intimidate the mostly Arab group members, includCody Gorman is a School of Arts and Science juning “towelhead,” “Nazi” and “terrorist.” Many of the ior majoring in political science. His column, “The protestors did not even know what they were protestTuning Fork,” runs on alternate Tuesdays. ing, but had only received notices in e-mail or 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. 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AKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice wrote that they deser ve an apology in yesterday’s issue of The Daily Targum. We agree. Rutgers Hillel sincerely apologizes for those individuals who used our peaceful protest as a forum for voicing their prejudice. We do not endorse this type of behavior, and we call out the members of our community who were out of line. In fact, ever y e-mail and vocal announcement about the rally that went out from Hillel stated, “This protest will be peaceful and civil. We respectfully request that there be absolutely no verbal or physical altercations of any kind ... Those who cannot respect these guidelines are asked not to participate in our protest.” We regret that some individuals did not respect our instructions and intent and categorically reject them and their comments. We apologize to the individuals whom they defamed. There are, though, issues for which we will absolutely not apologize. We will not apologize for objecting when their speaker equates the Nazi genocide with Israeli policies defending itself from constant attacks since the birth in 1948 of the modern state of Israel. We will not apologize for standing up to be heard when

BAKA describes Israel’s defense against 10,000 rocket attacks from Gaza by Hamas as a “massacre.” We will not apologize for being outraged and pained when a student defended BAKA in the Targum by claiming that Ashkenazi Jews aren’t really Semites because they “are from Germany.” The implication here is that not all Jews are affected by anti-Semitism. This is absurd.

“We will not apologize for standing up to be heard.” We will not apologize for feeling attacked by the multitude of BAKA events this year, which attacked Israel with outright lies, using a few Jewish individuals who are anti-Zionist in an attempt to insulate their claims. This is offensive on many levels, but imagine how of fended BAKA might be if we held rallies and showcased Palestinians who disagreed with BAKA and used them to showcase what BAKA considers lies. We will not apologize on behalf of Jewish students who have been threatened with violence, made to feel unsafe in their residence halls and sought formal counseling because of physical threats as well as emotional and verbal attacks on them. This

includes individuals who BAKA has publicly targeted. Rutgers Hillel respects that BAKA has differing opinions on the struggles between Israelis and Palestinians. We respect their right to believe what they believe and fight for those beliefs. We will not, though, sit idly by when they — or their speakers — belittle the impact of the Holocaust, ignore the plight of Israelis who live under the fear of constant attack or depreciate the impact of anti-Semitism. But all of this is not truly the point. Rutgers Hillel advocates for respectful dialogue. We can disagree on the issues but not, as President Barack Obama often says, be disagreeable. The time for fire and brimstone rhetoric is over. Hillel leaders have repeatedly asked BAKA leadership to work with us on a program that might bring the campus together, a program that might recognize the shared humanity of Israelis and Palestinians. BAKA has repeatedly rejected this over ture. We extend our hand again to BAKA and invite them to cosponsor the event “One Voice,” a program designed to bring together voices of Israelis and Palestinians so that both sides of this most difficult divide can dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect. If BAKA rejects this invitation, we will offer it again and again. We will not give up hope. Rutgers Hillel

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o be quite frank, I find it hard to respond in patience and charity to last Friday’s column, “No murder occurs in abortion.” Not only did it offend me as a Catholic man for stating that a child in a womb is not alive, but it also offended me as an English major for its complete misunderstanding and misquotation of the Bible. The author produces a reading of Job, Ecclesiastes and Genesis that he feels proves that God does not acknowledge people as alive until birth. His argument takes all too literally the phrase “hath not been” to expand a few out of context quotes into “powerful evidence” for his nonsensical belief that people are not alive before they are born. As much as I’d like to go on a rant about how common sense it is that we are alive during our first stages of growth, I feel the best method to continue is to show biblical evidence that disproves the previous author’s argument by showing that God does in fact consider children alive in the womb. God tells the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:5). The Lord tells the prophet that he was made to be a voice to the nations on behalf of God since before his birth. In fact, before Jeremiah was even conceived, God knew him. Not only was Jeremiah alive, but God also knew him — the Lord doesn’t

say that he “planned” his prophet but that he knew him like a mother knows their child in the womb. It is the most personal form of knowing one can imagine, a form that can only occur between two living beings who love each other by their very nature.

“Abortion is not humane as it denies a person their humanity.” Second, I want to move to the New Testament when Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth who is carrying John the Baptist in her womb. At the greeting of Mary, Elizabeth exclaims loudly “the infant in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44). Not only does the child leap, but he also leaps with joy, anticipating the birth of his Lord, who at this very moment lives within the womb of Mary. This Biblical passage raises the common sense point about babies kicking while in the womb, which would seem to prove that they are alive. But John has an emotion as well, not just movement. He is joyful as only a person can be. The final passage is from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus says, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung

around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:4-6). The Lord is referring to a child who has already been born, but the message here is clear that Christ had a special connection to children, having humbled himself so much as to become a child from conception, not from birth. As he warns that it is better to die than to lead a child to sin, we may also speak with confidence that to sin against a child is equally horrid, especially if that sin leads to the death of a child. Abortion politics are a reality that must be faced in our society, and as much as I hope abortion becomes illegal in this country, I know it will take reasoned, patient, truthful discussion to show the truth of its horror to those who politically support it. But we must begin conversation with the first truth — that a child exists in a mother’s womb and that it is alive from the moment it is conceived. Many people, perhaps like last week’s author, are afraid to admit this fact, knowing that if they do there is no defense for the immoral act of abortion. If the child is alive, no argument can change the truth that abortion is then murder. Abortion is not humane as it denies a person their humanity. A child is reduced to a zygote, a fetus, a hazard to a mother’s health, an inconvenience or a bad memory that is easier to exterminate than be reminded of. Regardless of religious views, abortion is wrong. It’s that simple. No use denying it. Anthony Lodato is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in English.

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Sophomore center Monique Oliver continues to be the Knights’ go-to scorer in the post, as the Las Vegas native registered 15 points on Sunday against Syracuse. Junior forward April Sykes is averaging just 4.0 points per game in the team’s past two contests.

KNIGHTS: Resurgence of Rushdan helps RU’s offense continued from back recent of fensive struggles and created plenty of of fense from the point in her last time out. The Wilmington, Del., native conver ted 14 points and also dished out nine assists, with a number of those dimes

coming down the stretch to sophomore center Monique Oliver, who finished the game with a team-high 15 points. “I believe that Monique really has good hands, and she’s always watching me, so she’s able to catch my passes,” Rushdan said. With a 13-point scoring outburst from sophomore Erica Wheeler — her 10th

double-digit scoring ef for t of the season — Rutgers stayed in the game against ’Cuse long enough to seal the victor y. Junior for ward April Sykes registered just eight points last game for the Knights and still seemed uncomfor table with her shot against the Orange. Stringer star ted freshman guard Daisha Simmons over Sykes against Syracuse in

hopes to clear her mind and let her see some action from the bench. The Starkville, Miss., still had her str uggles from the field, but hitting the reset button should bode well for the Knights’ leading scorer tonight, when the team hopes to improve to 10-1 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Panthers’ visit to Piscataway marks the first

game in a slew of key conference matchups for Stringer’s team. And for the Hall of Fame head coach, seeing is believing. “It will speak a lot to our growth as a team if we can really fend off great competition with some outstanding teams and pull off some wins,” Stringer said. “Then we’ll know that we’re ready, and to be honest with you, I don’t know that right now.”

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[but] by a few points.” Banfield said. “It’s fr ustrating, but I top five spots in floor exercise know that ever yone worked hard and tried their best. It really doesn’t make much continued from back sense. We are all hitting Rutgers once again relied in practice and warm-ups and on its floor exercise team to then we all just fall apar t provide consistent scores. in competition.” Leal-Restrepo, Straub, freshHead coach Chr ystal man Alexis Gunzelman, senior Chollet-Nor ton was disappointKiah Banfield and sophomore ed with the per formance Danielle D’Elia all posted on beam, but also scores over 9.700 en acknowledged that route to taking the the other three events top-five spots overall were successful. in the event. “We really just had Prior to competing three good events and in Connecticut, the then beam,” CholletKnights hosted a Nor ton said. “We tri-meet at the Louis showed what we could Brown Athletic do in three events, so Center Friday in I’m happy about that. which Rutgers took We just need to figure ALEXIS second place. out how to do all four Despite star ting GUNZLEMAN events well at the the meet strong in same time.” vault and bars, the Knights Chollet-Nor ton continues to str uggled on beam, falling trumpet her team’s improved several times. depth as the mechanism for While the team rebounded on improvement on beam. With the floor, it was not enough to topso many capable athletes, ple eventual winner Bridgeport. Chollet-Nor ton is able to rotate Rutgers earned a score of athletes into the event without 191.225 — just behind any drop-of f in talent. Bridgepor t’s 191.975 — and “As a coaching staff, it is up to could have won the meet us to find out what to do on with a passable per formance beam,” Chollet-Norton said. “It’s on beam. really open to anyone. We have “We should have won that so many kids waiting in the meet and not just by a little, background to step up.”

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Freshman Alyssa Straub finished second in overall competition with a score of 37.975 for the Knights on Sunday in New Haven, Conn., and competed with the floor exercise team.


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Rutgers takes sixth in State College BY LIZ SWERN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rutgers men’s track and field team returned from Penn State this weekend with a s i x t h MEN’S TRACK place RUTGERS 49 f i n i s h overall. SIXTH PLACE The Scarlet Knights competed against 11 teams in total at Penn State-Ashenfelter Track, including Cor nell, East Carolina and South Florida. Leading the top scoring per formances, sophomore Chris Wyckof f won the pole vault with a Big East and IC4A championship qualifying mark of 15 feet 9 inches. “My season is going really well,” Wyckof f said. “I’m really

close to clearing 16 feet 3 inch“I did pretty well,” Younger es, and I would like to jump 16 said. “My time wasn’t bad, but I feet 6 inches before the end of know I can go faster.” this indoor season.” Junior sprinter Also in the field Steve Werner placed events, freshman sixth in the 200-meter jumper Devin Jones dash, securing a Big placed second in the East and IC4A long jump with a leap of qualifying time of 4.80 meters — just over 22.05 seconds in 24 feet. The Boonton, the process. N.J., native already Freshman Corey qualified for the Big Caidenhead ran the 800East and IC4A champimeter with a seventh CHRIS onship meets, but place finish, as well as a continues to improve Big East and IC4A WYCKOFF every weekend. qualifying time of “At 24 feet, I jumped a 1:54.51. Senior Kevin Cronin lifetime best,” Jones said. “I finished just behind in eighth keep getting better with time.” place with a time of 1:54.61. The Knights also had a strong “It was my first 800-meter showing on the track. Junior in almost two years,” Aaron Younger finished third Caidenhead said. “It was also overall in the 400-meter dash, my first time ever running the clocking a time of 47.5 seconds. 800-meter indoors. I was a

second of f my personal record, so I know I’m in great shape.” In the relays, the Knights secured two four th-place finishes. Caidenhead, Werner, Younger and junior Kevin Brown combined to finish four th with a time of 3:15.58 in the 4x400-meter relay. “We still need to tighten up some things,” Younger said. “We’ve got two weeks to work on it before the championships.” The distance medley relay, comprised of seniors Jon Karlsson and Nick Miehe, junior Ben Forrest and freshman Karon Purcell, clocked an IC4A qualifying time of 10:15.74 to finish four th. Rutgers resumes action on Saturday, when it competes at the Virginia Duals at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City.

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he Rutgers football team hopes to make another NFL addition, as former Scarlet Knights safety Joe Lefeged was invited to the 2011 NFL scouting combine, which takes place on Feb. 23 to Mar. 1 in Indianapolis. The three-year starting safety and two-year starting kick returner holds the school’s single season kickoff return record with 984 yards on 38 kickoff returns in his 2010 season. He also finished second on the squad with 84 total tackles and six pass breakups.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the Most Valuable Player for the 2010 season, leaving no room for argument. Brady received all 50 votes in The Associated Press poll, the first time in history a unanimous decision was reached. Brady’s Patriots finished the season with the best record in the league, 14-2, primarily on the arm of Brady. The quarterback had 355 straight passes without an interception and finished with 36 throwing touchdowns and only four picks. The closest the AP poll has ever come to a unanimous decision was in 2007, Brady’s first MVP, in which he received 49 votes.

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Senior captain Amy Zhang provides her team with leadership on and off the court, as the Knights’ No. 1 singles player earned the Big East Scholar Athlete Award as well as two team MVP awards in her career on the Banks.

SUCCESS: Zhang claims pair of All-Big East selections continued from back fundraising and having more decision-making power with the team. “The most challenging thing is now coach Bucca asks for my opinion on reprimands when my teammates do something wrong,” Zhang said. “It’s tough because they’re my teammates and I don’t want to punish them.” Zhang earned the team’s Most Valuable Player award for the past two seasons. She was also an All-Big East selection for the past two years, earning the honor last year with an 8-2 singles record within the conference. “I put pressure just because I want to do my personal best,”

Zhang said. “I’ll be mad at all look up to her as our myself if I don’t play as well as I captain — she’s the leader.” know I can. But I tr y not to But Zhang’s success is worr y about MVPs and things not limited to tennis, as she is like that.” the gold standard for what it Playing in the number means to be a student-athlete. one singles slot She was named for the Knights, the team’s “I put pressure Zhang star ted scholar-athlete of f the season at in 2008 as a [on myself] just 2-1 after posting freshman and a 16-4 mark in because I want to do again in 2010 as her last cama junior. my personal best. paign. Zhang also Zhang also received the Big I’ll be mad at myself occupies the top East Scholarif I don’t play as well.” A t h l e t e doubles slot with her par tExcellence AMY ZHANG n e r , Award, one of Senior Captain junior Jennifer the highest acaHolzberg. The demic honors pair is 2-1 on the given in the conseason after it went 14-4 last ference. Her continued domiyear as a tandem. nance in the classroom has “As doubles par tners we been instrumental in Rutgers feed of f each other,” Holzberg being named an Intercollegiate said. “On and of f the cour t we Tennis Association All-

Academic team for five years in a row. “She sets a ver y high standard that ever y girl on the team wants to reach,” Holzberg said. “It’s something we can all strive for.” In her last season with the team, Zhang tries not to get preoccupied with the accolades and awards, but instead focuses on enjoying her teammates and reaching her goals. Her expectations for the team may be sky high and to doubt an intelligent athlete would be a mistake. “Our win against Army was an indication of how good we are,” Zhang said. “I think we’re going to do better than we ever have in the past. We want to be nationally ranked and reach at least the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. If we play to our potential we can achieve those goals.”

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Bon Jovi expressed interest to own a part of the Atlanta Falcons. Bon Jovi has been in secret negotiations with Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank in which the rockstar would buy 15 percent of the franchise for a reported $150 million. This is not the first time that Bon Jovi had his hands on a professional football team. He was the owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League from 2004-2009.

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comeback, but Peter Forsberg is returning to the NHL. The onetime league MVP signed a contract to return to one of his former teams, the Colorado Avalanche. Details of the contract have not been released, but the winger already joined the team as it traveled to Phoenix. The 37-year-old helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001 and notched 106 points in 2003, the year he was named MVP. In his career spanning with Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville, Forsberg has 249 goals to go along with 636 assists.

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State basketball continued yesterday as the Spartans fell at No. 18 Wisconsin by a score of 82-56. Michigan State entered the year as a favorite to win the Big Ten, but with the loss to the Badgers, the Spartans now fall to a mere 5-6 in the conference. Kalin Lucas led the squad in the losing effort with 20 points, as the team could not rebound from a shocking 20-point loss to lastplace Iowa in its previous contest. Wisconsin upped its Big Ten record to 7-3 with the win.


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Junior sprinter leads RU at New Balance Invite BY PATRICK LANNI CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For the third time this season, the Rutgers women’s track and field team traveled to WOMEN’S TRACK t h e Armor y Track and Field Center in New York, N.Y. The New Balance Invitational provided the Scarlet Knights with a diverse field of competition, including many Big East schools and ranked teams. Rutgers did not place in the crowded field. Junior sprinter Brittni Rodriguez led a strong showing for the Knights in the 60-meter dash. Rodriguez ran a time of 7.74 seconds, placing fifth. Rodriguez is ranked 10th in the Big East and looks to crack the top six at the Big East Championships. “It is about being consistent. [Rodriguez is] staying very consistent that way, almost [hitting] her personal best from last year,” said head coach James Robinson. “So she’s shown an improvement in that respect, and although it wasn’t a particularly good race [in her eyes], the consistency that she’s showing bodes well for the future.” Teammates Jamie Walker and Tylia Gillon also contributed wins in their preliminary heats to place 12th and 13th, respectively. Rodriguez, Walker and Gillon all earned Big East qualifying times and are set to compete in Akron, Ohio, in two weeks.

Freshman sprinter Rachel Leeke took a step in the right direction in the 500-meter. In just her second time running the race, the Brooklyn native ran a personal-best time of 1:17:46, narrowly missing the Big East qualifying mark. “I feel real confident Rachel will get the time at Boston [in the Valentine’s Invitational],” Robinson said. “Now it’s about race strategy. She’s been slow between 200 and 300-meters and will need to pick up her pace.” In the 400-meter dash, senior Courtney Sample ran a personal best and Big East qualifying time of 57.85. In a competitive field, Sample finished fifth among Big East competitors and 26th overall. In the field, senior Natalie Clickett added another solid performance to her senior season with an 11th-place finish in the shot put. With a throw of 14.05 meters, Clickett finished third in the field of Big East competition. Sophomore Ekene Ugboaja was the top performer for the Knights in the long jump, finishing 17th with a jump of 5.53 meters. Ugboaja and freshman Emily Vargas will represent the Knights in the jumps at the Big East Championships. Three Knights already punched their tickets to Akron in the long jump, with sophomore Shantal Athill closing in on the qualifying distance. Although sophomore Asha Ruth qualified for the Big East Championships in multiple events, she will miss the meet at Akron and the remainder of the season due to an injury.

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Junior sprinter Brittni Rodriguez, ranked 10th in the Big East, led the Knights over the weekend at the New Balance Invitational with a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter dash.


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Knights hope defensive momentum carries over BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ CORRESPONDENT

The Rutgers women’s basketball team broke out of its three-game losing streak Sunday against Syracuse thanks to a stifling defensive effort. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL But with the heart of Big East PITTSBURGH AT play approaching, SYRACUSE, head coach C. Vivian TONIGHT, 7:30 P.M. Stringer and the Scarlet Knights cannot afford a letdown tonight against Pittsburgh. “They finally realized that there’s a sense of urgency,” Stringer said after the team’s win 54-47 win against Syracuse. “Let’s see what happens [tonight].”Defense proved to be the deciding factor against the Orange at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, as the Knights (13-9, 6-3) forced 19 turnovers and held their conference rival to a 29.3 shooting percentage. To duplicate their success and make it two wins in a row against the Panthers (1111, 3-6), the Knights have to do much of the same against a Pitt team that shoots 42.8 percent from the field. Senior guard Taneisha Harrison leads Pitt with 14 points per game to go with a 44.2 percent shooting clip. But the St. John’s College transfer is not the only offensive spark the Panthers boast. Senior guard Jania Sims and senior for ward Chelsea Cole also anchor the experienced Pitt squad. Sims averages 13.2 points per game and Cole, a Rancocas Valley High School product, is just shy of averaging a double-double with 10.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest. Stringer’s 55-press worked to perfection against the Orange, so do not be surprised if the Knights take a similar approach against the 12th-ranked team in the Big East. “As with anything, it’s not a coach being brilliant or anything,” Stringer said of the 55-press. “It’s the effort that the individuals put into what it is that they’re doing.” The Knights bested the Panthers, 52-44, last season in Pittsburgh, and with games against top-15-caliber conference opponents looming, a win would go a long way in deciding postseason seeding. Luckily for Stringer, junior guard Khadijah Rushdan snapped out of her

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After struggling during the Knights’ three-game losing skid, junior guard Khadijah Rushdan came alive Sunday against Syracuse, finishing the game with 14 points and nine assists to lead her team to a 54-47 conference victory.

Zhang’s success earns respect of teammates

RU places in top two twice in busy slate

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Leadership is not a skill that comes naturally to ever yone, but when an athlete excels in TENNIS their spor t and in the classroom, respect is not hard to come by. Rutgers tennis captain Amy Zhang has earned the respect and admiration of her teammates, coaches, fans and the legion of organizations that previously presented her with awards. “Amy has always led by example,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “This year she is really star ting to asser t her presence, speaking up more and just doing a great job as the senior leader.” Leading by example on the cour t is nothing new for Zhang, a Scarlet Knights standout since her sophomore season. But as captain she has been faced with new tasks this season, including

After a three-day span in which the Rutgers gymnastics team competed in two tri-meets, the Scarlet Knights came away with a first and secGYMNASTICS ond place finish and scores above RUTGERS 190.575 two 190. FIRST PLACE The Knights traveled to New Haven, Conn., on Sunday to face Yale and Ithaca. Despite competing only two days earlier, the team took first against the two squads. But Rutgers’ score of 190.575 was only five points higher than second place Yale. The star of the meet was freshman Luisa Leal-Restrepo, who finished first in vault, floor exercises and bars. Her 38.775 score was good for first in all-around competition, followed by fellow freshman Alyssa Straub, who finished second with a 37.975.

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Freshman Luisa Leal-Restrepo finished first in all-around competition against Yale and Ithica over the weekend with a score of 38.775.

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