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Students sue NBPD after alleged beating BY AMY ROWE ACTING ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Two University students filed a lawsuit against the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) after an incident in December where police allegedly burst into their off-campus house, beat them and ransacked the property. School of Arts and Sciences sophomores and roommates Jake Kostman and Kareem Najjar said plainclothes police officers busted the door open to their Somerset Street rental house and entered their basement bedroom at 4:30 a.m. while they were sleeping. “They looked like robbers at first,” Kostman said. “All I heard was screaming and cursing, and I saw Kareem on the ground. We had to hope these guys were police officers.” Kostman said he and Najjar were kicked, punched and handcuffed before the officers identified themselves and presented a warrant for someone in the building. “They rounded us up and sat us on the couch in our under wear,” Kostman said. “They refused to close the front door and this was in December. We had to sit there for an hour and a half.” Kostman noticed his hand turning purple in the tight handcuffs and asked an officer to loosen them up. “I still don’t have feeling in my thumbs,” Kostman said. “I crushed a nerve, so I probably won’t get it back.” Police searched the house after rounding all four residents up, he said. “They tore our rooms apar t,” Kostman said. “They broke my computer and took all our stuf f and put it in a pile on the floor. They took a fivepound bag of pancake mix [from our house] and poured it over ever ything. They ruined a lot of stuf f.” Jim O’Neill, spokesman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, said law enforcement



Dana Sender, a keynote speaker representing OneVoice-Israel, shares her childhood experiences in Israel during an event hosted by international organization OneVoice and the Rutgers Hillel Student Board.

OneVoice promotes Israeli-Palestinian peace BY ANKITA PANDA ACTING METRO EDITOR

Invited by the Rutgers Hillel Student Board, international organization “OneVoice Movement” came to the University last night to speak at length of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last night in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. The event featured two keynote speakers — activists Dana Sender, who represented OneVoice-Israel and Roza Helou, who represented OneVoicePalestine. Sender described the Palestine-Israel conflict’s impact on her childhood in Israel, while Helou spoke about its impact on her childhood in Palestine. “We’re here to share personal stories so you know what it’s like to be an Israeli and a Palestinian,” said Sender, who ser ved in the Israeli army as a social worker. Helou, whose father was imprisoned by Israeli forces for his af filiation with

Obama cuts spending, invests in education BY MARY DIDUCH ACTING EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

President Barack Obama echoed his plans to “Win the Future” yesterday at a middle school in Baltimore, Md., where he presented his budget proposal for the 2012 fiscal year. With a $3.7 trillion budget request, Obama stressed the importance of education and investing in new technologies to tackle the nation’s growing deficit and ailing competition — a sentiment similar to his State of the Union address. “Because I’m convinced that if we out-build and out-innovate and out-educate, as well as out-hustle the rest of the world, the jobs and industries of our time will take root here in the United States,” he said. “Our people will prosper and our country will succeed.” The president projected a $1.65 trillion deficit at the end of this fis-

cal year, Oct. 1, but expects it to drop to $1.1 trillion next year. In the proposal, Obama called for a five-year freeze on discretionary spending outside of security while investing in key areas like education and technology. This is a projected savings of more than $400 billion over the next decade. Aside from the freeze, he proposed cuts to reduce waste and improve efficiency from about 200 federal programs. One example is cutting 14,000 office buildings, lots and government-owned properties no longer needed. He said these cuts would help keep the federal programs the nation does need. The president also demanded accountability from these programs and pledged yesterday to veto any bill with earmarks. Some of these cuts come to community action programs in


the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, talked about the struggles she faced in Palestine because of the violent nature of the conflict and said she wishes to be free of the trauma one day. “It’s not easy for us because we’re in a conflict each and every day … we need to live a normal life like you live a normal life,” she said. The Rutgers Hillel board invited OneVoice to speak last night because they agree with the overall message the organization promotes, said Ezekiel Pariser, Or thodox Committee Chair of Hillel. “OneVoice’s goal is to encourage and promote solutions to the conflict … to help citizens of America see the conflict from both sides [and to] encourage leaders in government to act and help in the conflict,” said Pariser, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Hillel Vice President and event coordinator Kim Schwartzman arranged the event in December after her Jewish studies Professor Samuel Peleg encour-

aged her to work more closely with OneVoice, an organization Peleg was affiliated with. Although the initial purpose of the event was for Hillel to work with OneVoice to relay both sides of the IsraelPalestinian conflict, School of Arts and Sciences senior Schwartzman said the goal has slightly changed. “At first, it was just to get people to hear both sides of the conflict, but now we think this is a perfect event to help open minds,” she said. Pariser said Hillel wanted both sides of the conflict to be heard so University students could see the real, uncolored issue at hand. “Hillel’s goal [in holding] this event is to promote dialogue that invokes the public to both sides of the issue,” he said. Rachel Steinberg, the International Education Program manager for OneVoice, agreed that both sides of the issue should be heard, but disagreed



INDEX UNIVERSITY Three students win delegate awards at the McGill Model United Nations Assembly.

OPINIONS Sandor Kepilo, a 96-year-old Hungarian man, is being charged with war crimes dating back to 1942.

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Team becomes competitive contender after conference win BY ANDREA GOYMA CORRESPONDENT

The University’s traveling Model United Nations (RUMUN) team returned from the McGill Model United Nations Assembly (McMUN) in Montreal with the conference’s prestigious “Outstanding Delegation Award” for the school with the highest percentage of individual awards. This is the second delegation award for the RUMUN team, after winning the first at the University of Pennsylvania in November, said Shariq Ahmad, president of the Rutgers University Association of International Relations (RUAIR). “We have now won delegation awards at the two largest conferences in North America,” said Ahmad, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “We have more individual awards this year than almost all our previous years combined.” Within each simulation committee, there are individual delegate awards — best delegate, outstanding delegate and honorable mention, Ahmad said. At McMUN, Ahmad and Advait Shukla, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, won outstanding delegate awards and Samip Joshi, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, won a best delegate award. “The Outstanding Delegation Award means that the ratio of how many people we [had in our team] to how many individual wins we had was the greatest of any small group,” said Aafiya Mohammed, director of communications for RUAIR.

Mohammed, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said winning the award reflects the team’s dedication and their ability to succeed when placed in competition with other schools like Georgetown University and Princeton University. Participant’s skills in diplomacy and debate are crucial factors for granting awards, Ahmad said. “The most effective delegates know their topics very well, can debate them effectively, are good public speakers, skilled negotiators, quick thinkers, problemsolvers, charismatic, work well with others and can get their point across and turn their words into action,” he said. McMUN is one of the largest, most competitive Model UN conferences on the continent where many schools travel to Montreal to compete, Ahmad said. “When we get called up for a major delegation award, there are

thousands of students in that conference room watching you as you walk up to receive it, and they all know you are from Rutgers,” he said. “Other colleges are really starting to consider Rutgers a formidable opponent.” The McMUN conference had about 2,000 students and more than 100 participating schools, Mohammed said. The structure and level of debate varies with each committee, Mohammed said. It took over a year for the team to prepare for the conference. “We prepare just by holding our general meetings,” he said. “Some meetings we focus on policy, some on public speaking, some are war game simulations and others are just round table discussions.” The head delegate, the president and some of the more experienced members also train everyone, including those who

have no previous debating experience in Model UN, Ahmad said. Positions are assigned based on the skills, experience and a specialty each delegate has, Ahmad said. Before the members assign their own delegates, they try to find out other schools’ delegate positions in the committees in order to create the best match and increase the team’s chances of winning, he said. “To be a member of the Model UN team, you just need to be willing to learn, not be shy and be able to prepare properly to go debate on whatever your topic will be,” Ahmad said. Abilities like speaking in class, giving presentations and being comfortable with argument translate into important skills at conferences, Mohammed said. “Speaking skills are something I believe are not stressed enough in classes because being


College students from across the country compete at the McGill Model United Nations Assembly. The Rutgers University Association of International Relations won the “Outstanding Delegation Award.”

able to speak your way through tough situations is much easier than awkwardly sliding out of them,” he said. Debating on the Model UN circuit also fosters a skill set that is applicable and useful towards both students’ academic career, RUAIR Treasurer Pavitra Badami said. “The ability to critically analyze and innovate unique solutions to problems presented during the course of debate can naturally be applied towards critical analysis required in many [University] classes,” said Badami, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. RUMUN has two Model UN conferences in April at the University of Chicago and New York University. To join the Model UN team, students should have an interest in international affairs and a desire to learn more about them, he said. “It certainly helps if people like to voice their opinions and keep up with current events,” Ahmad said. “That is not a prerequisite and many of our members join in order to learn more about what is going on in the world.” The many relationships fostered with other students and universities from all across the world are one of the highlights of participating in Model UN, Badami said. “The opportunity to represent [the University] on a global platform and beat schools such as United States Military Academy at Westpoint, Yale and Columbia gives Rutgers the exposure it so deserves and the opportunity to demonstrate our strengths and skills across the nation,” she said.


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NBPD: Prosecutor’s office reviews allegations of abuse continued from front authorities executed a legal search warrant Dec. 10 at the building. “During the investigation, several people were arrested and charged, and police confiscated undisclosed amounts of ecstasy, marijuana and LSD during the execution of the search warrant,” O’Neill said. O’Neill declined to comment on the lawsuit, but he said the of fice was in the process of reviewing the allegations of abuse. After police arrested some other people in the building, they told the roommates they were free to go, Kostman said. “An of ficer said sorr y for punching [Najjar] in the face,” he said. “[Najjar] told him, ‘It’s okay,’ but then I thought, is it?” Kostman and Najjar met with New York City criminal attorney Br yan Konoski a week after the incident. This is the second time this year the NBPD has been criticized for violent actions during investigations. A YouTube video surfaced one week ago featured the arrest of a University student. In the video, an officer is seen allegedly punching a student on the ground four times while four officers try to handcuff him. “We decided not to tell the press immediately,” Kostman said. “But when I saw the video, I decided we should say something.” Both Kostman and Najjar said their lives as students have changed after the experience. “I commute now, and I can only take 12 credits because I’m coming from an hour away,” said Kostman, who lives in Stanhope,


New Brunswick Police officers allegedly tore apart the Somerset Street home of School of Arts and Sciences sophomores Jake Kostman and Kareem Najjar after they searched the building. Jim O’Neill, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman, said police found drugs.

N.J. “Commuting is not fun, it’s really not. You have to play the hand that’s dealt to you. I also had to quit my part-time night job.” Najjar said he still lives in the house on Somerset Street, but he tries not to spend all of his time there. “I tried getting out of my lease, but my landlord wouldn’t

let me” Najjar said. “It’s a twofamily house, so when I hear people walking up the stairs, I get the creepiest feeling. It makes you feel like you’re never safe.” Najjar said he is filing the lawsuit because he wants justice. “I want people to understand that cops have the power

to protect people but shouldn’t abuse it,” he said. “It was just the wrong way they went about it — it shouldn’t have happened like that.” Kostman, whose father is a former police officer, said he was always taught to respect authority. But in this case, he sensed authorities abused their power.

“Cops should be held to a higher standard than we are,” Kostman said. “I’m starting to think corruption in the system runs deeper than just students getting beat up. I don’t think a police chief who allows this in the system should continue his job.” Lt. J.T. Miller of the NBPD declined to comment.



BAKA CELEBRATES MUBARAK RESIGNATION BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice celebrated former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation and the 32nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution last night at 7:00 p.m. on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. The event, “BAKA’s Celebrator y Memorial of the People’s Revolution,” featured 10 speakers who discussed the political climate in Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Iran and Palestine. “It’s a celebration of all democratic aspirations to reach an understanding of all of their victories,” said Farrah Husain, BAKA member and School of Arts and Sciences senior. BAKA originally planned to hold an event to honor the 32nd anniversary on its actual day, which was last Friday, but they moved it to Monday when they heard about Mubarak’s resignation, said Sami Jitan, BAKA events coordinator. “We didn’t know Mubarak was going to resign, so we decided to hold it on Monday,” said Jitan, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “I’m glad he’s gone, his policies on Israel relations were oppressive. But the fight isn’t over yet. I pray for the best for the people of Egypt.” The OneVoice Movement co-sponsored an event with Rutgers Hillel called “OneVoice for Peace” last night at 8 p.m., which BAKA declined to co-sponsor. “We as individuals might attend, but it’s not in line with our group’s beliefs,” Jitan said. “They discuss issues from Israel’s point of view and fail to recognize the unequal power relations. We are about human rights for all. We need activism, not discussion.” — Amy Rowe

PEACE: Rutgers Hillel hopes to encourage peaceful dialogue continued from front that OneVoice wanted to encourage any one solution. “We’re not tr ying to promote anything,” she said, “But there is significant consensus for a two-state solution based on 1967 borders.” OneVoice is a non-par tisan organization, Steinberg said. Following Sender and Helou’s narratives, as well as Steinberg’s shor t Powerpoint presentation, audience members were given the opportunity to ask questions of the two speakers to end the event. Pariser hopes the event made a positive difference to the University community. “It will promote peaceful dialogue on campus, in which both sides are given the opportunity and the chance to express themselves in an informed and intellectual and academically honest for um,” he said. The Hillel student board extended an invitation to BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice in a letter to the editor published in The Daily Targum on Feb. 7, but BAKA declined to take part in the event. Hoda Mitwally, public relations of ficer for BAKA, said she, along with BAKA, do not agree with the two-state proposal OneVoice promotes. “OneVoice’s approach takes a ver y Israel-centric approach … there’s hardly any mention of what falls upon the Palestinians,” said Mitwally, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior. “It calls for a two-state solution which is extremely flawed.” Mitwally disagreed with Pariser and said the event did not impact the University community in any way because OneVoice withholds a significant number of details that sur-

round Israel-Palestine conflict from the public. “OneVoice places a veil on these ver y impor tant issues and turns impor tant discussions on Israel-Palestine into a pow-wow session where ever ybody holds hands and talks about peace but does not talk about how to formulate the conditions for peace and justice,” she said. Although the organization refused to take place in the event, members of BAKA had the right to attend on their own, Mitwally said. Sami Jitan, BAKA events coordinator and a School of Arts and Sciences senior, considered attending the event because he wanted to know if OneVoice would spread any misconceptions surrounding the Middle-Eastern conflict. “I’m interested to see what they’re saying,” he said. “As Rutgers students are going to be listening to the event and taking what they say, I’m interested to see what kinds of misconceptions that might be propagated at the event.” Neither Mitwally nor Jitan believe Hillel or BAKA are ready to sit down alone and discuss the matter at hand. “I think a lot needs to be acknowledged before we can sit down,” Jitan said. Mitwally, on the other hand, does not agree with Hillel’s approach in any aspect. “Well the approach that Hillel is taking is to silence Palestinians and supporters of the Palestinian people, to pigeonhole them into positions, to make accusations about what they stand for,” she said. “I don’t think we’re ever going to agree on our politics.” Schwartzman said she wishes to remain hopeful that Hillel and BAKA can negotiate successfully one day. “We’re still going to keep on tr ying to reach out,” she said. “If it takes us nagging them to co-sponsor, we’ll do it.”

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true when it comes to education,” Obama said. His administration is planoverall deficit by $33 billion ning to prepare more than 10,000 new math and science continued from front teachers over the next five low-income neighborhoods years and train 100,000 more and community development current teachers in those block grants. fields. He is also keeping a “But if we’re going to walk more than $800 billion increase the walk when it comes to in federal scholarships. fiscal discipline, these kinds “That’s what families across of cuts will be necessar y,” the country do every day — Obama said. they live within their means and He proposed other cuts in they invest in their family’s domestic spending, health care futures. And it’s time we did the spending and spending through same thing as a countr y,” tax breaks and loopholes. Obama said. Obama also proposed cutThe president also plans to ting $78 billion in the invest in transpor tation, Department of Defense’s budgby budgeting $50 billion toward et plan and endjobs that help ing tax breaks rebuild, modern“We have for oil and gas ize or repair companies. transpor tation a responsibility R u t g e r s infrastructure. University O v e r a l l , to invest in those C o l l e g e Pflaum thinks areas that will have the president is Democrats P r e s i d e n t the biggest impact moving in the Christopher right direction, in our future ...” Pflaum acknowlas the proposals edged that the could reduce the BARACK OBAMA administration rate of the President cut across the deficit’s growth. board in many “We reduce areas, but he the rate and then pay our debt, thinks one area that could and then hopefully our deficit have been cut more was will begin to shrink,” he said. defense spending and the wars Noah Glyn, president of the in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rutgers University College “Without having our miliRepublicans thinks Obama’s protar y budget open and on the posal to freeze spending will not table, we’ll never really be able help the economy. to reduce the deficit,” said “We’re not cleansing ourPflaum, a School of Ar ts and selves of the problems. We’re Sciences senior. continuing them at a lesser But in his plans to “win the extent. That’s not acceptable anyfuture,” Obama pledged more. We should reverse not to invest in new technologies reduce the trend,” he said. and education. Glyn thinks the proposals to “Even as we cut out things spend more in certain federal we can afford to do without, we programs will crush the deficit. have a responsibility to invest “It’s basic math,” Glyn said. in those areas that will have “We don’t have the money. If we the biggest impact in our don’t have the money, there will future — and that’s especially be serious repercussions.”

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With massive hits like Glee and American Idol, it’s easy to forget that Fox occasionally tries its hand at drama. The Chicago Code is a new crime drama about a handful of good cops trying to stop corruption in — you guessed it — Chicago. The series follows law enforcement on every rung of the ladder, from the rookie cop and young detective, to the veteran detective and new superintendent. Jennifer Beals (Flashdance) stars as Teresa Colvin, the city’s first female superintendent. She is

apparently the only one willing to take on the city’s corruption and has to form an unofficial taskforce to do so. Colvin selects her former partner Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke, Brotherhood), a typical disagreeablebut-secretly-a-good-guy cop with a fuzzy moral code in his social life but a very strict one for justice. The show makes good use of Chicago almost as a character itself, really allowing the viewer to get a feel for the city. Each main character has a unique story to tell in a Goodfellas-style voiceover. However, the tone of the pilot was a little hard to grasp — the show constantly moved back and forth between

light and heavy material. It was hard to tell the difference between which plot points to take seriously and which were there for fun. For this reason, the plot lines are unremarkable. There is a ver y clear setup for a multiepisode, if not season-long, arc about the corrupt politician who has an in with the mob. But, like the dirty alderman, many characters suffer from the clichés thrust upon them. Perhaps once all of the clichés are out of the way, The Chicago Code will be able to show us something real. Until then, it remains as another cop show with a predictable storyline.


Kourtney & Kim Take New York E!, Sundays at 10 p.m. BY OLIVIA SLUTSKY STAFF WRITER

Kour tney & Kim Take New York is only four episodes in, but the Kardashian sisters have already encountered a series of dramatic events. Scott Disick, Kour tney’s notorious boyfriend and “baby daddy,” gets in a heated fight with a stranger because the man attempted to make moves on Kim upon seeing her sexy and “ar tsy” cover for W Magazine. “I’m so mad right now,” Kim wails.

“[The magazine] promised I would be covered with ar twork. You can see the nipples!” Eventually, Kim makes amends with W, stating that it was a great oppor tunity for her and that she loves the photos. While Kim accepts her controversial photo shoot, big sis Kour tney faces Scott’s demons. The season of Khloe and Kour tney Take Miami ended with Kour tney kicking Scott out of their Miami apar tment so he could face his drinking problem and accept the responsibilities of fatherhood. Drunken and aggressive, Scott’s problems rear their ugly

heads in the New York pilot. Sister Khloe Kardashian comes to Scott’s defense, despite not being his biggest fan. She assures Kourtney that Scott fought for the right reasons. Back in New York, Scott has been tr ying to stay sober and suppor t Kour tney and Kim while they open their store, Dash NYC. The sisters arrive in their Soho boutique on Nov. 3, 2010 and of ficially open it the next day. Stay tuned for the next episode, because these famous sisters are bound to take you for a wild ride in the city that never sleeps. COURTESY OF E!

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Former Friends cast member Matthew Perr y returns to the television world with his new series Mr. Sunshine. Perr y stars as Ben Donovan, a self-absorbed manager of a sports venue called the Sunshine Center. At the arena, the employees host everything from sporting events to the circus. In the first episode, Donovan celebrates his 40th birthday, where he starts to re-evaluate his life and usual lack of concern for others.



Additional characters such as Donovan’s zany boss Crystal (Allison Janney, West Wing) and her son Roman (Nate Torrence, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) add humor to the show. During the episode, friends-with-benefits Alice (Andrea Anders, Better Off Ted) ends a fling with Donovan, contributing to his mid-life crisis. He wonders if being alone in life is what he really wants. It can be risky for a hit sitcom actor to come out with a new show. After Friends went off the air, fellow alumnus Matt LeBlanc premiered in the spin-off Joey,

which was a flop. But there is potential for Perry’s new endeavor — not only is he the star, but he is also a co-creator and producer. In the pilot, fans of Perry are reminded of his comedic acting skills. He plays his character well as Ben interacts with his co-workers, especially his unpredictable boss. Crazy scenarios in the pilot arise, such as broken heating systems and clowns with axes, which further increase the amusement of the show. Hopefully in the coming weeks more will be explained and the talents of Perry and Janney will be aptly showcased.



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t appears that, for at least one man, World War II isn’t quite over just yet. Sandor Kepiro, a 96-year-old former Hungarian military officer, has been charged with war crimes from 1942 regarding the killing of 1,200 Serbian civilians. In response to these charges, Kepiro has stated, “I am innocent and need to be acquitted … I am bedridden and can’t leave my home. I have nothing.” The decision to charge the man now, almost 70 years later, raises a salient question — that is, should the crimes committed during wartime pursue a person for the rest of their life? In the interest of the very principle of justice, we have to say yes. We are not claiming that Kepiro is definitely guilty. His innocence is certainly up for debate, seeing as we do not have all of the necessary facts to come to any semblance of a conclusion regarding whether Kepiro should be convicted. Rather, the point is that, if Kepiro is indeed guilty, he deserves to be punished, regardless of his age or the large amount of time that has elapsed since the crimes were committed. In any case — especially one wherein so many innocent people lost their lives — justice must be served. There is no doubt about that. It is difficult to look at a 96-year-old man and demand he be brought to trial. People are bound to feel the inevitable twinge of sympathy when the accused is so near the end of his life. One almost wants to forget the charges and let him be. Yet doing so would be an injustice, even if that truth is hard to swallow for some — and it understandably is. It does not matter that nearly 70 years have passed since the slaughter in question occurred. The window of opportunity to serve justice to atrocities never closes. The crimes may seem distant now, but, on the scale of human history, they are actually fairly recent. Even if these crimes were committed over a century ago, people would be required to seize the opportunity to correct the wrongs in whatever way they could. Pain can resonate through seemingly indefinite spans of time, and while bringing Kepiro to justice — that is, if he is guilty — may not make up entirely for the loss of 1,200 lives, it certainly mitigates some of the hurt

Welcome innovation with skepticism


hile it may not be the most scholarly point of reference, Disney-Pixar’s “Wall-E” is notable for being an adorable children’s movie, which paints a morbid picture of humanity’s future at the hands of artificial intelligence. It is possible to dismiss the film as nothing more than cute and funny, with some dark adult overtones, but it is not the first movie to posit a bleak vision of a future wherein machines rule the day. Should we be taking heed of these warnings? This is where I.B.M.’s Watson comes in. Watson is a supercomputer, which has thus far done a pretty good job competing on “Jeopardy,” beating out Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter — the two most successful “Jeopardy” competitors to date. Some people have taken a rather alarmist approach to Watson, heralding him as mankind’s death knell and a sure sign of the fast-approaching age of machines. Others have decided the machine is nothing more than the next step in computer progress, more of an aide to human beings than an adversary. Whatever the opinion, Watson is a pretty big deal — one that will have some serious repercussions for the future of man’s relationship with technology. We may not have to fear an apocalyptic, “Terminator”-style scenario, but we should proceed with caution nonetheless. In Richard Powers’ Feb. 5 Op-Ed for the New York Times,entitled “What is Artificial Intelligence?”, the author likens Watson to an incredibly powerful search engine — essentially, a glorified Google. As of now, that is really all that Watson is — a machine with the ability to comb through incredible amounts of data in order to successfully answer a posed query. But one needs to consider the possible repercussions of such advanced technology. What does it mean when computers start thinking much, much faster than humans? What does it mean when those computers start understanding the subtler nuances of language — something no search engine has done just yet? What it means is that human beings now have a machine that may end up laying the groundwork for some tremendously useful instruments. But we should not wait to see what happens before considering how we should deal with artificial intelligence in the legislative realm. While Watson may be yet another stage of the human race’s perpetual march to new heights, we cannot forget that many terrible things have come out of technological advancement in the past — nuclear weaponry, for one. In the wrong hands, advanced technology has the potential to pose severe danger. So we may not end up battling robot overlords any time soon — if at all — but we have to remember that innovation can often be a double-edged sword.


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to disappear quite yet. Even o all the disappointnow, as I write, I am received readers expecting e-mails from myself in ing an ode, I offer the future, undoubtedly a my deepest condolences. result of me leaving my eUpon reflection, I realized mail logged into a Targum the only reason I wanted to computer. write this send-off as an ode For me, this is a mutual in iambic pentameter was NEIL P. KYPERS breakup. One where I am due to denial — denial that breaking up with about 20 my last days were approachpeople — it ends on good terms, but you don’t really ing, a reality I didn’t want to face and I still don’t. I have that much to say to each other. However, am writing this now because a columnist fell out, Targum persists and my name will be sandwiched but I am not sure I would be ready to do it tomorrow between a predecessor and a successor, and I can or a week from now. only hope I will be remembered so fondly. So another The first thing that I need to do is thank the past thank you, Targum, for allowing me this opportunity boards that pushed the paper independent and the and for teaching me more in the last year than all my precedents that allowed me to become editor-inprevious, as well. I can only hope that my future will chief. Undeserving, uneducated in journalism and a be as rewarding and filled with such amazing people. résumé better suited for manual labor than for coOnto the people: CEO, the staff put their faith in me and out of that To my spectacular board: I will miss you dearly, faith a respect and relationship grew. While I sit at if you couldn’t tell. I don’t think I have ever had so home writing — something new for me since I many people I call my friends at any time in my life. haven’t typed anything in my apartment for a while You accepted me, and we were able to bond in a way — I cannot help but realize the impact every single I never expected. My last request to those of you member of the 142nd Editorial Board made on me. who read this is not to forget about I came into the office with hair me on your ways to success — I long enough to put into a ponytail. “I guess it is rare want to know all about it. I will What everyone must have thought always be here if anyone of you of me. A nobody who looks like he for an EIC to say should you need anything. All you lives in the wrong decade running have to do is ask. for EIC — resentment is only natuthat he misses To the incoming board: some of ral. I leave now looking nothing like the office.” you are old, some of you are new. You the above mug of me with my will all do a fantastic job. I regret that “politician” hair. Every day was a our time together was short, but I am lesson in life, and I was the student. excited to read the paper for the rest of your term. I had the most to learn, the most to prove and the To my wife Mary Catherine: We sure had some most to lose. Believe me, there was the moment times. I would have failed without you. You taught where I thought it was all gone. Yet, despite my lack me so much but also asked for my help. You made of judgment, you all stood by me. me realize that for everything to work, I had to be It is this that I will miss the most. I will miss my completely honest with you, as you were with me. family. While I will never forget a single person, a You know I can’t lie to you. I made you cry, you face, a personality, we have come to the inevitable taught me a tough lesson. Forever I will miss seeing divergence in the road. We will see each other in you Sunday through Thursday, but it’s your turn passing, exchange our pleasantries and go about our now. Be excellent, I know you will. day, perhaps all reunite at a “Reunited and It Feels I guess that is all I have room to say. Surprisingly, So Targum” Facebook party. But today, I still wish I I am not good with words, so I hope everyone who was walking into 26 Mine St. and seeing Hansel n’ reads this understands. There is no way to effectively Griddle at people’s desks, story lists being printed convey how I feel right now. This is not a goodbye coland Matt asking if we are doing budget because he umn — it’s a see you around. Peace out, Cub Scout. wants to do edit. I want to watch our Thursday night show and get people coffee from Au Bon Pain. The Neil P. Kypers is a School of Arts and Sciences senthing I am going to miss most is being there for ior majoring in political science with a minor in phieveryone when they needed something. losophy. He is The Daily Targum’s outgoing editor-inI guess it is rare for an EIC to say he misses the chief and will always be remembered for his eyebrows, office. Most are worn-out and jaded, ready to be free which his bartender meticulously shaved. He also will from it all. I was only part of the paper for a year, one never know who moved his stone, or who the “room” fantastic year at the top — I am not ready for it to boy is in Rihanna’s classic song. Board 143 tips their end. Granted, the sports desk is making sure I have hats off to you, Renegade Cowboy. work until the beginning of March, so I don’t have


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Choose discussion over senseless argumentation Letter SCOTT SINCOFF


fter reading about the disputes between Rutgers Hillel and BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice in The Daily Targum over the past few weeks, I propose the following question: Instead of arguing about the faults of each group’s mission and actions, why can’t the groups come together and try to make a peaceful resolution on campus? We are all students at the University. This campus is

known for its diversity of educational backgrounds, religions, race and so many other traits that put our fair and hallowed place among the top places to learn in the countr y. As students, we have come together in so many recent events — 9/11, the tragic passing of Tyler Clementi and the unfortunate injury of Eric LeGrand. Quoting the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund’s” slogan, we have to “believe” in ourselves as people, as students, as Scarlet Knights. The diversity and background of the University does matter when describing both Hillel and BAKA because the debate

affects not only how unbiased students see religious organizations but also how the aforementioned groups represent themselves on campus. If both student activist groups are going to be debating publicly — in such a forum as the Targum — the groups should get together and describe the unprejudiced facts that are common knowledge to the student population rather than flinging religious and political epithets at each other which can emotionally and physically offend all parties involved. Both organizations know the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has caused some recent uproar at the

University, but knowing the true facts of the conflict does matter to us who are affected at home. With this being said, our strong political and religious beliefs should not get in the way of us knowing the correct information. Clouded conservative and liberal viewpoints have detracted both groups’ mission to fight for peace and justice while on campus. The key word for both organizations is peace. Both organizations want a peaceful resolution to the Middle Eastern conflict. Although they have different strategies and tactics to propose a pledge for harmony, both BAKA and Hillel have the same

goal and that is the important tenet in this debate. Both organizations should consider that unaffected students want a resolution to this conflict as much as they do, but they have to realize that students are getting sick of constantly hearing about this negative debate. All we, the student body, want is for both organizations to give peace a chance. Scott Sincoff is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore majoring in journalism and media studies and environmental policy, institutions and behaviors with a minor in professional youth work.

U. must engage in competitive bidding processes Letter LUCYE MILLERAND & ADRIENNE EATON


cademy Bus, the vendor which has provided the New Brunswick/Piscatway campuses with bus service for the last 10 years, will be replaced next year by another outside vendor First Transit of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, if University President Richard L. McCormick and others in the University administration are allowed to continue their race to the bottom. This is an important issue to American Federation of TeachersRutgers because thousands of our

members — faculty, staff and graduate employees — use the bus service every year. This is an important issue to students and working people in our communities because unionized bus drivers will be replaced by lower-paid drivers with no job security or benefits, no chance to speak out on health and safety concerns or report problems without retaliation. This is an important issue for student fee-payers because a lawsuit charging University executives with rigging the bid to favor the new vendor raises questions of ethics and indicates that there may not be any savings for the University from the new contract. In light of a recent report issued by the New Jersey State

Comptroller, we should all question the process by which this bid was awarded. In his report, Comptroller Matthew Boxer cited numerous instances when the

“Are we going back down to the bottom of the slope again?” University did not follow commonly accepted practices of competitive bidding and questioned how many millions have been wasted through the process by which the University awards these lucrative

contracts. We should all wonder whether this lack of competitive bidding is a partial reason for rising tuition and skyrocketing student fees. Academy Bus itself experienced a significant learning curve when it assumed the contract 10 years ago. Those of us who were here at the time remember that the drivers were inexperienced, buses were scruffy and breakdowns did not always receive a speedy response. Over the years, we have seen significant improvement. The drivers joined a union, increased their earnings and security and were able to obtain the training they needed. Are we going back down to the bottom of the slope again? When

the University can bus its donors to Newark for a fundraiser and fly head football coach Greg Schiano on his recruiting rounds in a helicopter, shouldn’t we have bus drivers with a living wage, job security and protection when they report hazards? AFT-Rutgers joins our student allies and our colleagues in the New Jersey AFL-CIO in calling on the University to restart the bidding process for campus bus service. Lucye Millerand is president of the Union of Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers Local 1766. University Professor Adrienne Eaton is president of AAUP-AFT.


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SLIDE: Defense struggles in loss to No. 8 Notre Dame continued from back 3-point land while holding both squads under 32 percent shooting overall. But against the No. 8 team in the nation, Stringer’s much harped-upon defensive effort was in opposite form. Rutgers allowed Notre Dame to shoot 51.9 percent from the field, and even more disconcerting was the Irish’s 55.6 shooting clip from 3-point range. After leaving the Joyce Center on Saturday with their fourth conference lost, the Knights now face a quick turnaround and must get back to their defensive ways while also trying to avoid their third losing streak of at least two games. And not only do the Knights have to get past the Blue Demons — one of the top teams in the Big East, as well as the nation — they also have to hurdle DePaul’s 16game home unbeaten streak. All three of DePaul’s losses this season came away from McGrath Arena, and unlike a Rutgers squad lacking a consis-

tent offensive threat, the Blue Demons boast junior for ward Keisha Hampton. Hampton averages 15.4 points per game to lead the team and does much of her damage from the foul line. The Philadelphia native went to the charity stripe 125 times this season –– good for third in the Big East –– and shoots 75.2 percent when she gets there. But Hampton also poses a perimeter threat and is second on the team in made 3-pointers and first in attempts. With a win tonight, DePaul would tie No. 8 Notre Dame for second in the conference, while a win for Rutgers would bring the Knights into a tie for fourth place. On the other hand, a Blue Demons loss drops them to third, while Stringer and Co. would fall back to eighth place in the Big East to drop their second straight. There is no questioning the significance of tonight’s game, both in terms of Big East and NCAA Tournament seeding. But there remains one looming question for the Knights: Who will be the player to lead Rutgers offensively?

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Sophomore Jenna Zito scored a career-high 9.775 on the beam this weekend to win the event against SUNY Cortland. Zito struggled in the event in recent weeks but helped Rutgers to its best score since 2004 with the event win.

RECORD: Rutgers hits stride to send off head coach continued from back “We had really good momentum as a team and we had a lot of really great routines — that was really helpful,” she said. “My teammates were doing their part and I just had to do mine.”

Chollet-Norton said it was outstanding to see Zito pull off her routine despite her struggles. “We don’t like to pull people because they are falling, so we gave her another opportunity and she did a great job,” she said. The momentum built after each routine and it was the combined effort by the team that propelled it to the top, CholletNorton said.

“It wasn’t just one star,” she said. “Yes, [Leal-Restrepo] did great, but her 9.900 on floor wouldn’t have broken the floor [exercise record] unless [the team] hit the other events like they did.” In her final season with Rutgers after announcing her retirement, Chollet-Nor ton said the team is working hard to end her career on a high note.

“We got it together at the right time,” she said. “The next meets are tough meets. We are going in with confidence.” Heinbaugh said she is also happy to see the hard work from the past three years reflect in the scores. “It’s good to know [CholletNorton] is leaving on such a high note,” she said. “It’s really cool to be a senior and be on such a good team.”

adjustments will help the team perform at its optimal level in Louisville. “We have tapered down yardage and weight room work in an effort to get the women rested,” Spiniello said. “The response to the extra rest has been excellent.” The Knights send nearly their entire squad to the Championships, as 15 of the 18 women on the team beat the conference’s set qualifying times. While Rutgers sends down a large number of competitors, there will not be much experience heading to the Bluegrass State. The Knights boast a lineup filled with underclassmen, but the coaching staff does not see that as an obstacle standing in the way of its goals. “We have a young team on paper, but these women are ready to perform at their best,” Spiniello said. “I’m just going to remind them what we’ve been training for all year and that they’re ready for this.” The Big East Championships mark the end of the season for the swimmers unless they can post times fast enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The divers will still compete in the Zone Diving Championships, another postseason meet. But it is the Big East that has been the carrot at the end of the stick all season, and it is the Big East that will define Spiniello’s first year as head coach of this team. “We will categorize the meet as a success if we see improved times and people finish in the top 16,” Spiniello said. “We want people in the top 16 and top eight.”




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Knights draw in scrimmage at No. 9 BY VINNIE MANCUSO





Returning to Piscataway for “the miracle of two minutes,” Rutgers football’s all-time leading passer spoke with the media about his next move, Knights in the NFL and Don Bosco ...

Question: What are you up to? Mike Teel: I’m throwing, staying ready and hopefully the [collective bargaining agreement] kind of sorts itself out because from the people that I’ve talked to, that’s kind of been the reason for not signing. Not necessarily myself, but more often than not, that’s why there’s a lot of free agents that haven’t signed yet. Once that kind of works itself out, hopefully I’ll kind of have an idea one way or another whether I’ll have another opportunity. Q: Are there any teams in particular showing interest? MT: I think of the teams that run offenses that I’ve kind of been a part of before. That’s a lot of the league. The Cardinals, with the terminology they use, with [former Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty] out there, the Eagles and the stuff that they do and the kind of stuff that I’m familiar with. I really don’t have any say in the matter. My agent has talked to some teams — I know Miami and Jacksonville — but in the end, it’s not really my decision, and that’s the tough part for me. Q: Do you find it tough not being out there throwing passes to Tiquan Underwood or having Devin McCourty try to pick you off? MT: A little bit. I don’t mind not having Devin try to pick me off. I miss throwing to those guys. It’s funny. We were talking about two years ago when [Underwood] came out to Seattle, and I was watching him running around playing my team, and it was just weird not having him on our side. Q: Did you think Devin was going to be this good? MT: He was always really talented, but the kind of thing that separated him was his knowledge of the game and what he brought to the table from that standpoint. As you get better physically, a lot of guys, for whatever reason, don’t get as good in the mental part of the game. They kind of level out or take a longer time developmentally, and that’s why a lot of young guys don’t play early in the NFL. When you have a guy like him who can take the physical part to another level and also the mental part, it makes it that much easier to use and obviously you have success. Q: What’s it like having Bosco kids back in Piscataway? MT: It’s going to be a lot easier for me to be a Rutgers fan. Not that I wasn’t a huge one before, obviously. But it’s nice to have some home guys and some really good players. I’m excited about them getting down here and getting ready to play here. Q: Gary Nova has said you helped bring him here a little bit. What is your relationship with him like? MT: We’re friends, and I think that was the biggest thing when he was being recruited. I was a friend to him. I didn’t tell him he should go to Rutgers. I told him all of the good and all of the bad. I told him both sides of the story. I said, ‘Listen, it’s not going to be easy no matter where you go, but if you can an opportunity to stay home and play in front of your friends and family, it’s something special, and I’m really glad I got to do it.’ When I said that he kind of got that sense, and it worked out for the better.


After a long offseason, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team returned to action on Saturday MEN’S LACROSSE when they traveled to Hempstead, N.Y., to compete in a pair of preseason scrimmages at Hofstra. And like any season-opener, the squad was anxious to finally face off against a team wearing a different color. “It was good to get out and play against other people, not be beating up on each other for a change,” said senior defenseman Brian Shemesh. “It was good to see how our offense and our defense would work together against another team.” The Scarlet Knights, hoping to improve on last year’s 6-8 campaign, showed great promise, downing Pennsylvania, 6-4, and tying the host Pride at five goals apiece. Hofstra of fered Rutgers with a challenge, as they are ranked No. 9 in the nation’s preseason poll. “When you go against a team like Hofstra, who is ranked preseason No. 9 with a lot of wellestablished players, it’s always a good test,” Shemesh said. “I think that the fact that the older guys were able to lead and the young guys were able to hold their own and play their roles pretty well shows the team chemistr y we’ve been building this year.” And for this year’s squad, team chemistr y is key. Head coach Jim Stagnitta saw his team play against Penn and Hofstra, more balanced across the field than in past years. “On the attack we’re a little better there, a little slicker,” Stagnitta said. “And defensively


Senior captain Brian Shemesh saw room for improvement with his team’s defense in scrimmages against Penn and Hofstra. as a whole, I thought we did a really nice job.” The attack unit, in particular sophomore Duncan Clancy and redshirt freshman Scott Klimchak, was the catalyst that propelled the Knights to a tie score with a ranked opponent. “Those two kids — I was impressed by what I saw from them,” Stagnitta said. “They were able to create opportunities. They were able to make things happen.” Still, a Rutgers team plagued by missed opportunities and rushed shots last year had moments when it returned to its old form. “Honestly, we out-shot both the teams we played against, particularly against Hofstra,” Stagnitta said. “We just have to be a little more patient and finish our shots.”

As a leader of the team, Shemesh was also not content with the Knights’ performance. “Obviously, there’s a lot of things we need to clean up,” the captain said. “We’re far away from the team we’d like to be, but we’re certainly on our way.” And despite the work that still needs to be done, Stagnitta is hopeful about the team’s season, which opens Friday at home against Wagner, based on its preseason performances. “The thing I like the most is that we got on a bus, drove two hours, warmed up for a half hour and played a scrimmage against a team that’s considered one of the top 10 teams in the country,” Stagnitta said. “And we more than held our own.”



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Knights turn to ‘D’ to stop slide vs. No. 14

RU sets record scores despite late changes





Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer watched her team play smothering defense in consecutive home games a week ago to generWOMEN’S BASKETBALL ate back-to-back conference victories. RUTGERS AT With the Scarlet DEPAUL, Knights venturing TONIGHT, 9 P.M. to Chicago to take on No. 14 DePaul tonight, the Hall of Fame coach hopes her team gets back to her brand of defense to avoid two straight road defeats. While the Knights boast three doubledigit scorers in juniors April Sykes and Khadijah Rushdan, and sophomore center Monique Oliver, none of the three players provided a consistent offensive spark. Rutgers got a taste of No. 8 Notre Dame’s playmaking guard, Skylar Diggins, its last time out, when the sophomore dropped 20 points on Stringer’s defense. The Knights also faced off with arguably the best player in the country in No. 2 Connecticut’s senior sensation Maya Moore, who scored 17 points on an off night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. But for the Knights, the question of who their go-to scorer remains. With the team’s playmaker never clearly defined, playing stifling defense –– whether it be in the half-court zone or 55-press –– is required to win games. Historically, Rutgers does most of its damage when it plays tough defense. And for proof, look no further than 11 Knights’ efforts this season. That is how many games the Knights held their opponents under 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc, with the most recent successful efforts coming in wins over Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The Knights held the Panthers and Orange to 15.2 percent combined from

Although an injury forced a last-minute change to the routines, the Rutgers gymnastics team turned a dual meet against Cortland into a record-setting event. GYMNASTICS The Scarlet RUTGERS 193.525 Knights recorded a combined team FIRST PLACE score of 193.525 at Saturday’s meet at Corey Gymnasium in New York — the highest score since a 2004 quad meet. An injury kept freshman Alyssa Straub out of the competition and prompted some late changes to the routine. “[The score] is just a testament to the girls and the depth that we have,” said head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton. “We can switch like that and not lose a step.” Behind freshman Luisa Leal-Restrepo’s record-tying performance of 9.875 on vault, the Knights combined to score 48.825, breaking the previous school record. A member of the Columbian national team, Leal-Restrepo also placed first in bars, floor exercise and all-around to help Rutgers to its victory. Leal-Restrepo and sophomore Jenna Zito took the top two all-around spots, setting career high scores with 39.175 and 38.725, respectively. The team showed marked improvement in its beam per formance, hitting five out of six routines, said senior Leigh Heinbaugh. “We have been working on our confidence a lot in the gym and we go out there and we are not tentative because we are confident in our skills,” Heinbaugh said. The confidence could be seen in Zito, who took the event with a career-best of 9.775. Zito, a Rockaway, N.J., native, struggled on beam in her past few meets and said finally hitting the routine was a much needed boost.



Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan entered the season as the most experienced player on the Knights roster and has at least eight assists in each of the past three games.


Rutgers hopes divers spring strong showing at Big East BY MATT CANVISSER STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers swimming and diving team worked all season long toward one goal: a strong showing at the Big SWIMMING & DIVING East Championships. The swimming competition does not begin until Wednesday, but the Championships officially began on the diving side last Friday in Louisville, Ky. Senior captain Jen Betz and Co. started the meet of f with a bang for the Scarlet Knights. “The divers set the tone for the team and what we are capable of in these Championships,” said head coach Phil Spiniello. “They got the ball rolling and it is [the swimming team’s] job to keep it rolling on Wednesday.” Betz dominated the 3-meter diving event all season long for the Knights and her success continued in Louisville. She ranked four th with a score of 296.45 after the trials, but she increased her score to 316.40 in the finals, which put her on the podium.

Just a season after placing 21st in the event, Betz showed marked improvement to take bronze in her final campaign. Freshman Nicole Scott also had a strong showing in the 3-meter, qualifying in 10th with a 246.60 score before bumping herself up to ninth in the finals with a 283.70. Scott’s impressive performance in her rookie season bodes well for the future of the diving team, which loses Betz after the season. The Knights received another major contribution from a young diver on Saturday, when sophomore Katie Kearney placed sixth in the 1-meter dive. Kearney posted a 257.25, which grabbed the No. 6 slot out of 34 divers. The Knights managed to post two divers in the top 10, as Betz added a score of 267.20 to land in the 10th spot. Scott followed closely behind with a 233.10 mark good for 13th. Tomorrow offers the swimming team its first opportunity to continue the success of their diving counterparts. Spiniello altered the team’s training for the past few weeks and believes the



Senior Jen Betz improved upon last season’s 21st-place finish in the 3-meter dive to reach the podium and earn a bronze medal at the Big East Championships.

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