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The Rutgers men’s basketball team fell victim to Louisville’s prolific 3-point shooting, dropping its Big East matchup, 55-37, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Mason Gross aims to expand student facilities BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Mason Gross School of the Arts is seeking to expand rehearsal space for its music and dance students with an addition to the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. The building will contain a large choral rehearsal hall, break out room, movement studio for dance and theatre students and 12 practice rooms, said Dean of Mason Gross School of the Ar ts George Stauf fer. “The music and dance programs have expanded greatly in the past few years,” Stauf fer said. “The dance program has almost doubled in size since 2007. The school is bursting at the seams, and the new space will provide much-needed rehearsal spaces.” Mason Gross music students agree that more rehearsal space is necessary. “During most of the day, it’s a huge pain to get a decent practice room,” said Matt Cohen, a Mason Gross School of the Ar ts sophomore. “There are way more students than rooms, so if they’re all taken you’re out of luck in terms of getting space to rehearse.” Mason Gross School of the Ar ts sophomore Adam Austerlitz said even when there are rooms available to practice in, the state of the facilities is poor. “New rehearsal space is a perfect idea,” he said. “The facilities are somewhat disgusting with stained carpets, smelly bathrooms and no air conditioning.” The project, which will cost an estimated $10 million between construction and equipment, will be completed by January 2013, pending approval from the Board of Trustees in April, Stauffer said. Other features in the building include faculty offices for the dance and music departments, a hightech studio for the music technology program, as well as an atrium for performing arts students to congregate in, he said.


INDEX METRO Harris Haith opens a fund for people who cannot afford a kidney transplant.

OPINIONS An 11-year-old boy was arrested in Colorado for drawing a picture of stick figures shooting each other.

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At the state budget address in Trenton yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie presented his proposed budget of $29.4 billion for the 2012 fiscal year. Christie hopes to reform the federal health benefit and pension systems.

Christie cuts spending for second year BY KRISTINE ROSETTE ENERIO NEWS EDITOR

Gov. Chris Christie announced his plan yesterday to continue reductions in New Jersey government spending as well as reform in certain programs for a second year during the state budget address in Trenton. With a proposed budget of $29.4 billion Christie intends to cut total spending by 2.6 percent from last year, forcing many state departments to receive less funding. “For too many years, our government has operated under the belief that the baseline … is to continue to fund every

program in the budget — regardless of the fiscal climate … the economy … [and] the effectiveness of the program. Not anymore,” he said. Christie said this stifle on spending, which began last year, brought about a “new normal” that takes a different approach to budget decisions than former state administrators. “In the new normal, we can and will stop old commitments, so we can set new priorities to meet New Jersey’s 21st century challenge,” he said. One such priority includes promoting job growth, which the proposed budget plans to address by giving $200 million in tax cuts and incentives for businesses in the state.

“The tone at the top has encouraged business to stay in New Jersey, and our unemployment rate is down nearly one full point in a year,” he said. “Still too high but moving in the right direction.” Christie also aims to reform the health benefit and pension systems, two federal programs he said are increasing deficits in states across the nation. The pension system has a deficit of about $54 billion and differences between assets and liabilities could amount to $183 billion in 30 years, he said. “All across the country, Democratic and Republican governors are grappling


Johnson & Johnson finds defect in syringes BY ANDREA GOYMA CORRESPONDENT

New Brunswick-based pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson, issued a recall on 70,000 syringes of Invega Sustenna, an injectable antipsychotic drug, and 395 syringes of Simponi, a rheumatoid-arthritis drug, over the past week. The J&J unit, Janssen, voluntarily issued the Invega Sustenna recalls on Feb. 11 after detecting a crack in the pre-filled syringe barrel of the 234 mg strength. Consumers may not detect the crack because they are often covered by the labels, said J&J spokesperson Greg Panico in the Wall Street Journal. The cracks may have been caused by stress during the label application process. “Our manufacturing team did resolve this issue and the production line is up,” Panico told the WSJ. The Invega Sustenna recall affects not only those in the United States but also people who live in Australia, Canada and South Korea, according to the WSJ. Panico declined to comment further to The Daily Targum on the issue.


Johnson & Johnson recalls thousands of syringes used for medicated patients this week after finding cracks in 234 mg pre-filled barrels. A week after the first recall, J&J unit Centocor Ortho Biotech also filed a voluntar y recall of the 50 mg SmartJect autoinjector form of Simponi, according to the Centocor Ortho Biotech website. The Simponi recalls impacts about 230 pens in Germany and 165 pens in the United States, according to the

website. While most of the affected lots were detected, some slipped past the wholesale level. Centocor Ortho Biotech representative Monica Neufang declined to comment. The recall, which was also done in consultation with the FDA, resulted in a manufacturing issue with the

autoinjector device, which could potentially result in a less than full dosage of the medication, according to Centocor Or tho Biotech’s recall statement. Although the recalls have not affected J&J stock prices drastically, Mahmud Hassan, the director of the pharmaceutical MBA program at the University, believes the company’s reputation has been greatly tarnished. “In terms of their image and reputation, I’d say it suffered because they’ve now had several recalls in the last few days,” said Hassan, a professor in the University’s Department of Finance and Economics. “People will notice and say, ‘Hey what happened to this company? They’re having recalls almost every week.’” Hassan said both of the recalls were benign because there were no fatalities as a result of these recalls. “In terms of impact, if you remember the Tylenol recalls [on Jan. 14], that was a big impact because people died,” he said. “So relatively, the Invega and Simponi recalls are on a lot lower scale.”





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CORRECTIONS In yesterday’s front page brief, “Local man arrested for aggravated assault,” Rutgers University Police Department Lt. Richard Dinan was incorrectly attributed as New Brunswick Police Department Lt. J.T. Miller.


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Director responds to engineering students’ dining concerns BY TABISH TALIB CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Executive Director of Dining Ser vices Charles Sams addressed engineering students’ dining concerns at the Engineering Governing Council meeting Monday at the Busch Campus Center. Students discussed the price of meal plans and the lack of televisions in dining halls, both of which Sams said are not subject to change. “It would kind of be like tonight’s menu,” he said. “Not everybody wants meatloaf tonight, so you have to have every station different or changing.” The dining halls are too large to accommodate televisions, because no one is close enough to hear the sound, Sams said. There would need to be clusters of multiple television sets on ever y wall, but ever yone would want to watch a different station. Meal plan prices will most likely not be decreased because of rising fuel and utility costs in the University, Sams said. “Instead what I could do is buy cheaper food,” he said. “I could buy three-day-old chicken or a week-old chicken, but this is something in my career I have chosen not to do.” Parth Oza, the council senator, believes University departments are doing their best for the 3,000 engineering students, most of whom have classes on Busch campus, and said he was glad the $2 million addition to the Busch Campus Dining Hall was constructed. The addition to the dining hall last summer was implemented because of the expansion of housing on Busch campus, Sams said.

Engineering Governing Council “It was definitely worth it,” said Oza, a School of Engineering junior. “Students used to complain that the lines were too long and that there was nowhere to sit. This opened up 250 seats.” New facilities on Livingston campus will change current dining trends, Sams said. He predicted that in fall 2011, students from other campuses will be going to the new dining hall. “There are probably 300 student residents on Livingston [campus] that come every day to

eat at the Busch Dining Hall and never eat at the Tillett [Dining Hall],” he said. Tillett Dining Hall will be converted back into classrooms, but it would take some time, as food buildings are very acidic and corrosive, Sams said. William Pan, co-chair of the Engineering Af fairs Committee, provided an update on the committee’s push to make studying abroad easier for engineering students. Unlike School of Arts and Sciences students, School of Engineering students do not have a department solely dedicated to study abroad initiatives, he said. “For the School of Engineering, we have one dean,”

said Pan, a School of Engineering sophomore. “One of his tasks is to handle study abroad programs for the entire School of Engineering compared to the [School of Arts and Sciences] where you have a whole office dedicated to it.” Fred Bernath, associate dean of the School of Engineering, has worked with newly appointed Associate Dean of International Programs Yee Chiew to make a more standardized system for engineering students to study abroad, exchange and “two and two” programs, Pan said. School of Engineering junior Vincent Luo, external vice president of the council, said the adhoc Open House committee is

planning a School of Engineering open house on Rutgers Day to showcase the Engineering Department and housing tours along with interactive demonstrations and activities. The council periodically invites guest speakers from different departments so students can raise any concerns they have, said David Park, president of the council. “We try to circulate different administrators to come and speak,” said Park, a School of Engineering junior. “We had [Director of Transportation Services] Jack Molenaar and the director of Housing Services come as well and answer any questions students have.”


The Engineering Governing Council plans to expand study abroad initiatives and hold an open house on Rutgers Day. The council invited Executive Director of Dining Services Charles Sams to reply to student suggestions about additions to Busch Campus Dining Hall.


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LOCAL MAN RECEIVES SENTENCE FOR INVOLVEMENT IN IMMIGRATION FRAUD Plainsboro, N.J., resident, Syed Zaidi, has been sentenced to serve 26 months in federal prison for his involvement in a fraud immigration conspiracy. The 54-year-old man was charged last Friday for submitting fraudulent documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to an article on Zaidi and co-conspirators induced illegal immigrants to stay in the country by fabricating lies about their citizenship in the documents and submitting them to immigration service authorities. The Plainsboro man’s fraudulent documents have helped dozens of illegal immigrants escape stringent immigration

laws, according to the article. The fabricated documents listed false information about the illegal immigrants’ job positions and qualifications. Zaidi and his co-conspirators charged their clients anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s statement. The documents typically listed that Zaidi’s clients were permanent U.S. citizens who qualified for employment authorization, according to the article. Many of the applicants’ documents asserted Zaidi’s illegal immigrant clients were religious workers, computer engineers from abroad or specialized graphic design workers.

Zaidi pleaded guilty last year for his role in submitting the false documentations to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Following Zaidi’s 26 months in federal prison, U.S. District Court Judge William Martini also ordered that Zaidi has to be supervised for three years, according to Fishman’s statement. Martini said when sentencing Zaidi, he took into account the fact that Zaidi, on bail, tried to influence the testimonies of two government witnesses. — Ankita Panda

SPENDING: Christie

“One long term way to lower property taxes is to have more ups funding to schools in state corporations move to New Jersey, particularly bio-tech and pharmaceuticals,” he said. continued from front “The only way a company is with inherited budget deficits, going to move to New Jersey is skyrocketing pension and benefit if there are good employees, costs and state government culand the only way to get good tures which embrace the status employees is through a good quo — no matter how destruchigher education system.” tive,” Christie said. In his speech, Christie menTo help improve the situationed how states like tion, Christie proposed a Wisconsin, New York and series of reforms in September California are establishing that would raise the retirement reforms he put into place both age and eliminate the cost of last and this year, turning New living adjustments. Jersey into a model of how to Despite restrictions in deal with national deficit. spending, not all state depart“Democratic governors and ments will experience a Republican governors now look decrease in funding. to New Jersey as a beacon of After placing tough cuts to the hope for what can happen when education system last year, leaders lead and a people sacriChristie increased a total of $250 fice as one for the future of our million to school aid for every children,” he said. district in the state. But Ruth Mandel, director of “I agonized over making cuts the Eagleton Institute of Politics, to education aid last year,” he believes this may be due in part said. “It was not a decision I took to New Jersey’s election cycle, lightly. It was not which differs something I from other “We’re one of the wanted to do.” states. A new In terms of wave of goverhighest states ... in higher educanors entered terms of debt, and we office a year tion, Christie intends to keep Christie have to be unique and after the same level of took office, givfind new ways to deal ing him a head suppor t this year for colleges start in handling with our issues.” and universities, fiscal problems. but he increased Regardless, CHRISTOPHER PFLAUM student aid proMandel said Rutgers University grams by $20 Christie is not Democrats President million and set just referring to a aside $15 million calendar year but for capital improvements at to the attention he has earned community colleges. through his tough approach when Rutgers College Republicans dealing with the budget gap. President Noah Glyn believes “He believes his resolve and this move shows Christie’s dedihis example has given them a cation to education. model for how this can work if “I’ve heard so many people they hang tough,” she said. say things like ‘Christie hates Likewise, Glyn believes education. Christie hates teachChristie’s leadership shows politers,’” said Glyn, a School of Arts ical courage. and Sciences junior. “Hopefully “I think what Gov. Christie this puts the end to those kinds has done is he’s shown that it is of statements.” possible to make hard decisions On the other hand, Rutgers … and still remain popular,” he University Democrats said. “As long as you’re willing President Christopher Pflaum to walk that line, I think he still has some doubts over shows that voters are willing to these increases. respect you.” “He may be increasing money While Pflaum agrees with for grants and for opportunities Glyn and thinks New Jersey has for spending, but he’s also cutstood out as a state, he said it is ting by some estimates 15 pernot just Christie’s reforms that cent in terms of pay for teachhave brought attention. ers,” said Pflaum, a School of “The New Jersey legislature Arts and Sciences senior. “And as well as Chris Christie have that’s the worst thing you can do been doing some unique for education.” things,” he said. “As a state, Pflaum believes there should we’re one of the highest states be more invested in higher eduin the nation in terms of debt, cation, since it cultivates better and we have to be unique and workers and will therefore attract find new ways to deal with more businesses. our issues.”



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Professor finds social relevance in reality programming BY CHASE BRUSH CONTRIBUTING WRITER

While the popularity of MTV’s hit reality television series “Jersey Shore” has propelled its fist-pumping cast from humble middle-class beginnings to celebrity stardom, some academics believe the voyeurism of these club-hopping shore rats may be worth more than their money. Angus Kress Gillespie, a University professor in the Department of American Studies, said reality television shows like “Jersey Shore” and the geographically varied series “The Real Housewives” became a landmark feature of contemporary society and a focal point for much of popular culture. “It’s like a human chemistry experiment,” he said. “Pick a combustible mixture of characters and put them in a confined environment and let the cameras roll.” Gillespie said by watching how people react and behave in unusual situations, reality television teaches something about human nature and broadens understanding.

Boasting 8.9 million viewers in early February, “Jersey Shore” has become one of the most watched shows on television, according to an article in The New York Times. As the ratings suggest, Gillespie said there is something fascinating about the nature of the shows. “We live in an age of mass culture,” he said. “Nowadays, more people read the tabloids than broadsheets.” There remain mixed sentiments about reality shows’ impact on society, be it positive or negative, Gillespie said. While some find it entertaining, others contribute reality television shows to the abasement of popular taste. “If we believe in freedom and free speech then we have to accept reality television as an expression of popular and democratic preferences,” he said. “There’s nothing par ticularly wrong with giving people what they want and elitism is out of date.” Elizabeth Gough-Gordon, a part-time lecturer in the

Department of Journalism and Media Studies, also emphasized the distinction between the disapproving aspects of reality television programs and their redeeming social value. “It’s difficult to say ever yone’s watching a show like ‘Jersey Shore’ for the same reasons because people themselves watch television differently,” she said. “Some people are watching purely for entertainment and some are watching to re-inform and emphasize their own notions about society.” Both Gough-Gordon and Gillespie acknowledge the situations and images constructed by these programs are not clear mirrors of the average individual’s daily life, but Gough-Gordon said sometimes the audience looks for elements that could be reflections of reality. “In New Jersey the reality is that not ever yone is Italian American, that not ever yone has what many people think of as a stereotypical New Jersey accent, that not ever yone lives right of f of the turnpike and

that the tur npike smells,” she said. Reality television shows expose stereotypes in today’s popular culture, Gough-Gordon said. Still, the diamond-encrusted veneer of Botox and Prada bags in a show like “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” masks a deeper sociological motif, she said. Reality television is many-layered and should be analyzed on cultural and moral grounds. Every reality show has some sort of social construction to it, Gough-Gordon said. “In a show like ‘The Real Housewives’ there are characterizations about class, gender and race. Even a show like ‘Jeopardy’ reflects an importance placed on general knowledge in our society,” she said. Watching television is a cultural practice, Gough-Gordon said. Shows challenge what viewers know, what they do not know and how they see the world. Claude Taylor, a faculty member and lecturer in applied communications at Monmouth University, said these pro-

For The Daily Targum’s opinion on this issue, read the editorial on PAGE 10. grams strike a chord with the average citizen, and reality programming makes visible the lives of people who have been primarily invisible. “This is where people who go through the daily grind of ever yday life get to see depictions of themselves on television, whether it be employees in a hair salon on ‘Jerseylicious’ or The Situation working at the T-shirt shop on ‘Jersey Shore,’” Taylor said. By catering to the average viewer, reality shows are forcing people to question their surroundings while simultaneously re-defining traditional American values, Taylor said. “Students and young people all recognize that we’re all being asked to invest in ourselves,” he said. “Reality TV represents a sort of new gateway to the American dream.”

CAMPUS MOVIEFEST TO PROVIDE STUDENTS FILM OUTLET Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, will visit the University in March to give students the oppor tunity to make their own five minute films during their week-long stay. The festival, which travels to 50 campuses across the United States, offers students interested in film production a chance to compete for prizes and national exposure, said Kyle Ward, Campus MovieFest assistant tour manager. “We’re really excited to be at Rutgers again this year,” he said. “We’re looking for ways to give students a chance to tell their stories.”

Students receive an Apple laptop and a Panasonic HD camera to shoot and edit their movies during the week, he said. The filming week begins on March 23rd through the 29th, and students have until March 23rd to sign up. During this year’s tour, 75,000 students will par ticipate in more than 50 events, ear ning $400,000 in prizes and the chance to see their movies on the silver screen at red carpet finales, according to a press release on The events culminate in June 2011 at the Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale.

The festival began 10 years ago when four Emory University students gave their classmates everything they needed, including camcorders and laptops, to make movies in one week. Since then, 350,000 students have told their stories using Campus MovieFest as an outlet, as it provides them with the necessar y technology and training free of charge because of corporate sponsorship and some University funds. Students interested in signing up for the filming week can visit — Amy Rowe


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COURT IMPLEMENTS LAW FOR NJ DRIVERS UNDER 21 TRENTON, N.J. — A state appeals court has upheld a New Jersey law that requires new drivers under 21 years old to display red decals on their vehicle license plates. The three-judge appeals court panel court ruled yesterday that the law is constitutional and is not pre-empted by a federal driver’s privacy protection act. The measure, known as “Kyleigh’s Law,” is named for a New Jersey teenager killed in a 2006 crash. The law intends to aid police in enforcing the state’s system of restricted privileges for young drivers. Parents of two Morris County teenagers filed a lawsuit challenging the 2010 law. They claim it allows police to unfairly target young drivers and leaves them vulnerable to criminals and sexual predators. The court said the law is a reasonable safety enforcement measure. — The Associated Press




VICE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY FACILITIES AND CAPITAL PLANNING Associate News Editor Amy Rowe caught up with the Vice President of University Facilities and Capital Planning while inquiring about the status of a building expansion on Cook/Douglass campus. Calcado’s office handles the construction of all Universitiy buildings.

Question: What do you like to do in your spare time? Antonio Calcado: I often go to student performances, like those put on by Mason Gross [School of the Arts] and the Livingston Theatre Company. I bought tickets for “Into the Woods” next week, which I’m really excited for. I like to see all those performances. Q: What is your favorite place on campus? AC: I like to get out to all the different parts of the University. I try to get to as many different buildings on all the campuses as possible. I enjoy interacting with students — I’ll go around to classrooms and ask them what they like and don’t like, see what’s going on. Q: Which campus do you find most aesthetically pleasing in terms of facilities? AC: I like all five campuses because I work on all of them. I try to make sure they all have the same resources so that they don’t get left behind. I feel like Livingston [campus] has sort of been left behind, that’s why there’s a lot of construction there.



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Mason Gross School of the Arts plans to expand student buildings, including the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus.

SYRINGES: FDA can penalize plants for negligence continued from front Centocor Ortho Biotech notified consumers of a temporary supply shortage of the 50 mg autoinjector form of Simponi, according to the Centocor Ortho Biotech website. They anticipate there will be more available by the end of March. “Simponi is a very expensive drug, it’s a once-a-month injection and I believe the cost is about $30,000 a year,” Hassan said. “Because it was a tiny infraction and because it is so expensive, there is a time lag for when they can make new batches and I think there was some concern there would be some shortages in the market.” Hassan said there are two ways a company can handle recalls — either mandated by the FDA or done voluntarily. In both cases, J&J voluntarily recalled the products. “Every time a recall happens, the FDA takes note even if it’s voluntary, and they must identify the plant where it came from and inspect that plant,” he said. If the FDA finds negligence of the plant and the workers, there is a penalty, Hassan said. “In terms of a manufacturing defect versus human error, human error is obviously a lot more serious in the sense that if someone was negligent, the penalty will be a lot more severe in terms of the person involved and the company,” he said. Something like cracks in the syringes of an injectable drug can be a huge problem, said Andrew Zullo, president of the Pharmacy Governing Council. “When pharmacists and other professionals are treating patients, we can’t afford to use faulty products because patients can’t afford to sacrifice the quality of their care,” said Zullo, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy graduate student. “Overall, J&J is a great company that employs many students from Rutgers, but I think that most health care professionals and students would agree J&J needs to alter their quality control procedures to prevent mistakes rather than catch them after the products have been distributed,” he said. Simponi is the fourth in the latest of J&J recalls, which have included batches of Tylenol, Benadryl, Sinutab and Sudafed products in January after past production records found instances where company equipment may not have been properly cleaned, according to a statement issued by J&J unit McNeil Consumer Healthcare.

“The atrium will be used as a community space by the dance, music and theater departments,” Stauffer said. “We envision many collaborations springing forth from conversations held in the atrium. It will include a breakfast and lunch bar.” The project is still in the planning stage, said Kevin Viscariello, the music department’s administrator. “We’re getting faculty and student input, gauging what they see in it and what they need in it,” he said. “We’re going to have our first in depth meeting with the architectural firm this Friday, and we’ll go over designing each space, seeing what we need in each room.”

F E B RUA RY 2 3 , 2 0 1 1 Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects of Princeton, N.J., will carry out the architectural work for the project, Stauffer said. “They’ve done elegant art spaces in New Jersey, Connecticut and Colorado,” Stauffer said. “We were ver y pleased with their proposal, and we are confident that Farewell Mills Gatsch will provide a splendid result.” University Facilities and Capital Planning will handle the construction once the Board of Trustees approves the project, said Vice President for University Facilities and Capital Planning Tony Calcado. “We’re actively moving along and preparing construction documents to show the board,” he said. “We’ll take it for approval once we have all our ducks in line.” Calcado said Mason Gross School of the Arts must show the board of the building’s link to the University’s strategic plan, he said.


“They also have the responsibility of seeing how it gets funded,” he said. “When it’s approved, we manage the project and make sure it’s up to the proper codes by the time the department moves in.” Stauffer said the new addition would enhance performing arts students’ lives on campus. “It will give them more of an opportunity to master their arts,” he said. “It is an exciting, embracing building that will transform the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center.” Mason Gross School of the Arts sophomore Carlee Elghossain said the expansion would help accommodate students in terms of efficiency. “I think a new building is a much-needed addition,” she said. “Any number of rooms added is going to make it more efficient to practice, so we won’t have to wait an hour for rooms. With five or six classes a day, we need efficiency.”



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Author establishes fund to assist low-income RWJUH patients BY NATALIE FLYNN STAFF WRITER

Author Harris Haith, who wrote “Growing Up Laughing with Eddie Murphy” in 2003, announced plans last Thursday to establish a fund by the end of 2011 that would assist lowincome patients in affording safe kidney transplants. Haith, a New Jersey resident whose book chronicles his childhood with actor Eddie Murphy, said the fund was inspired by his life stor y in which he waited seven years on dialysis before receiving a kidney transplant three years ago. “I feel honored, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m doing what I’m doing,” said Haith, who also serves as representative of the New Jersey Sharing Network,

a nonprofit fund responsible for recovering and placing donated organs in the hands of N.J. residents who most need them. Haith does not know who gave him his kidney but remains grateful and indebted to the donor. “He donated his organ so that I could live,” he said. “It’s only right that I put myself in the position to help people as he and his family have helped me.” The fund will provide financial relief to anyone who can no longer afford kidney transplants, said Whitney Downer, the development assistant for the New Jersey Sharing Network. “When you’re low income, and you get your transplant through Medicare, they pay for the first three years, then they stop and a lot of patients cannot afford the medications,” Haith

said. “These medications can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 a month.” When treatment stops, the patient loses their spot on the organ donor waiting list and goes back on dialysis, which Haith said is ironically costlier for Medicare than transplant medication. “I just felt as though it was my responsibility in the position that I’m in and what I’ve gone through to try to address it as I’m being blessed by this venture,” Haith said. More than 110,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for an organ donation, and more than 5,000 of them come from New Jersey, Downer said. Of that number, 255 people in the state are between the ages of 18 and 34.

“Organ donation is such a huge thing, we have this huge goal [to] really help youth become aware of organ tissue donation,” she said. Downer believes that though college students might not have sufficient funds to help, they can still find plenty of ways to contribute to Haith’s fund. “With only six percent of 18 to 21 year olds registered as donors in New Jersey, [student] involvement will make a life-saving difference,” she said. Adena Osband, a transplant surgeon at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, said that student awareness of organ donation is very important. “For people who might potentially want to be donors in the future, there is all kinds of information available

though our depar tment,” Osband said. Haith, who used 10 percent of the net proceeds from his novel and a movie deal to establish the fund, plans to by the end of the year have the fund ready. “I don’t want to put a timeframe on it. That would be premature, but I want people to know we are aggressively facilitating when the fund money will be used,” he said. Although the exact date of the fund’s opening remains uncertain, Haith anticipates it will be successful and life-altering. “[When we die] we’re no longer in need of our body parts. We can donate them to people that would be able to benefit from them and lead productive lives,” he said. “That’s something we can be proud of while we’re living.”

PISCATAWAY RESIDENT CHARGED WITH ROBBING GIRL SCOUTS East Brunswick police officials charged Piscataway resident Jeffrey Teal Jr., 31, yesterday with stealing a cash box last month from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a Walgreens. The thief had been standing near the scouts before walking up to them, grabbing the cash box and fleeing down Ryders Lane with an undisclosed amount of cash on Jan. 29, said police in an article.

Police released a photograph last week of the Girls Scouts posing outside the store, with a then-unidentified man at the edge of the frame. Neighbors described the man as a thin, Caucasian male with dark, wavy hair, sideburns and a goatee. Milltown Officer James Mioduszewski identified the man in the photo as Teal, said East

Brunswick Police Detective Sgt. Kevin Zebro, according to the article. Township police detectives, John Breen and Eric Raps, interviewed Teal who admitted to the robbery, Zebro said. News reports of the theft brought calls from people giving tips about the theft and offering donations to the Girl Scouts. — Anastasia Millicker





Circa, a physical theater group from Australia, will perform at the State Theatre at 8 p.m. with tickets ranging from $13 to $42 with student discounts available. Circa is an all ages performance funded by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, please visit Actor Keith Robinson, from the film “Dreamgirls,” will per form his comedy routine at the Stress Factor y with shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available through stressfactor with date-night specials available. The New Providence Amateur Radio will host the largest state annual radio, electronic, audio and computer items auction at the Municipal Complex in New Providence, N.J. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for sellers and 6:30 p.m. for buyers. Auction starts at 7 p.m. Admission cost is $5 with free parking. For more information, please call (908)-244-6202. Members of the Beta Alpha Psi fraternity, the University accounting and finance honor society, will instruct residents on how to file standard tax returns. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Teen Room of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. Anyone interested in attending must schedule a one-hour appointment by calling the library at (732)-745-5108, ext. 25 or by stopping by the library’s main desk. For more information, please contact Joye Crowe-Logan at


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Arresting children solves no problems


n 11-year-old child draws a violent picture of stick figures shooting each other, and the police haul him away in handcuffs. You may think such a blatantly wrongful arrest could not happen in the United States, but the sad truth is this very scenario did occur in Arvada, Colorado. The boy in question was following his therapist’s instructions to draw pictures in situations where he felt angry or upset instead of disrupting the class when his teacher saw the drawing and sent him to the principal’s office. Later that night, once the boy was home, the police arrived and arrested him. The school is pressing charges, and the boy’s parents and therapist are both understandably upset. Both the school and the police officers involved greatly overreacted. There is no reason to punish an 11-year-old child for a drawing, especially not when the child was only trying to follow his therapist’s advice. This whole scenario reflects a disturbing trend in recent times — the crackdown on violence in schools has lead to a significant number of harmless youngsters being severely punished, and sometimes jailed, for what amounts to nothing more than being a kid. Have the adults in charge forgotten that, when they were young, they probably did the same kinds of things and yet, they grew into arguably well-adjusted members of society. Who didn’t play cops and robbers as a child, complete with the obligatory finger guns? The insistence on treating every case of childhood pseudo-violence as a legitimate threat to the safety of those around the child is detrimental. It does nothing except create a world where a kid can’t be a kid for fear that he or she will face unduly harsh consequences. Consider especially the negative effects this arrest might have in this particular case. The boy’s drawing was only his attempt to calm himself down and not disturb the classroom environment — he was being a rather responsible 11-year-old. In exchange for what amounts to thoughtfulness, this poor boy was taken to jail. The school claims it is doing what is best for the boy by pressing charges, but they’re really doing the exact opposite. They should leave decisions regarding the child’s well being to his therapist because apparently the school’s administration is inept when it comes to this. What authority figures dealing with young children need to remember is that kids are kids — they are imaginative and fascinated by the world around them. Young boys tend to have a predilection for guns and explosions but, for the most part, it is nothing more than a harmless infatuation.

Reality TV does not represent real life


University professor approached “Jersey Shore” from a scholarly angle — something we thought was impossible to do. Angus Kress Gillespie, a professor of American studies at the University, argues, “It’s intrinsically fascinating for people to see how some speak and behave in unusual situations. … They are gripped by these glimpses of human nature, and find in some ways it broadens their perspective on it.” Is that really what is going on when people watch Snooki and The Situation’s drunken antics? Well, it can be — as long as the people watching are smart enough to hold these characters at arm’s length and recognize the inherent differences between reality television and real life. It must first be noted that, despite the tag “reality television,” shows like “Jersey Shore” do not actually convey reality and, in many ways, they aren’t aiming to. These shows are cast. The people who make them actively seek out the most incredible, over-the-top personalities and place them into situations designed to heighten tensions — and America tunes in to see what sort of explosions will follow suit. There’s nothing wrong with the thrills of voyeurism and vicarious living — human beings, at least in today’s day and age, seem to be innately attracted to these things. The danger comes when viewers do not approach these shows from a distance or recognize that, for the most part, the best these programs offer is a plan for how not to live. While not everyone who watches reality television is easily influenced by the often decadent and debauched escapades of the stars of these shows, there do exist people who are. Certainly, many University students can say they know someone who has adopted “GTL” as a legitimate mantra, and not in an ironic sort of way. At the very least, the average student has probably happily attended at least one “Jersey Shore” themed house party. For the most part, these are admittedly harmless influences, but some people go overboard and decide to start emulating the borderline barbaric attitudes of the “Jersey Shore” stars. When someone like Ronnie becomes a personal hero, you need to reconsider your life decisions. At this point, reality television is deeply ingrained in U.S. culture. It seems to be our nation’s favorite pastime, and the term “reality show” carries nearuniversal connotations of absurdity and ridiculousness. But these shows are anything but real, and treating them as such can lead people to glean some dramatically inaccurate insights about how Americans live and act. Yes, the people in these shows are plucked from the streets, so to speak, but they are far from accurate representations of the general population — at least, they should be. As more people start looking up to reality stars as heroic figures, the lines between reality shows and real life become blurred, and the last thing anyone needs is more than one Snooki.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There’s nothing particularly wrong with giving people what they want and elitism is out of date.” Angus Kress Gillespie, a University professor in the American Studies Department, on reality television STORY IN UNIVERSITY


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industr y and Wall Street he Republican created this crisis. Are the Party has launched CEOs bearing any of the a full-scale assault burdens of the cuts? Not on the working and middle at all. Not only did they class in the United States. AJAY KUMAR get a bailout, which resWhat is happening in cued the companies they Wisconsin and now in had driven into the ground, but they also get Indiana, Idaho and Ohio is nothing less than the massive tax cuts while they horde corporate largest attack on workers’ rights in decades and profits. Where is the bailout for the working and the very survival of not just the unions or the middle class? Who is going to rescue the longDemocratic Party, but the working and middle suf fering majority? Not the Republican Par ty, class is at stake. I’ll tell you that. Do not be deluded into thinking this is about The GOP solution is to put more pressure on budget deficits. Wisconsin had a surplus until the working and middle classes, who are Republican Gov. Scott Walker came in and star tsqueezed by the cuts and squeezed by taxes. As ed giving tax cuts to big businesses, banks and you read this, half the public schools in Detroit the wealthy, which put Wisconsin in the red are being shut down and class sizes in the again. This entire af fair is manufactured so that remaining ones are being increased to 60 kids the GOP can orchestrate a rollback of workers’ per class. In Virginia, no school lunches for kids rights and the unions, thereby crippling the who cannot af ford to pay because it is better for fundraising and organizational capacity of the poor kids to star ve than for the financial elite to Democratic Par ty — the only par ty that defends pay their fair share. We can af ford to build the working and middle class. The unions have schools for kids in Afghanistan or Iraq, but we expressed that they were willing to accept cuts cannot af ford to even feed children in our and compromise, but Walker has refused anyown countr y? thing shor t of the wholesale If the battle in Wisconsin is destruction of collective bargain“Who is going lost, it will be the death of the ing, stripping the only defense American Dream and upward workers have against abuse. to rescue social mobility. Wages will plumSince the Citizens United ruling, met, and the already vast inequalithere has been a flood of corpothe long-suffering ty in wealth and income will skyrate money entering politics, with majority? Not rocket. Our children and grandthe vast majority of it going to the GOP — which really has become the Republican Party, children will be made poorer if the labor unions are destroyed. We a “wholly owned subsidiar y of the I’ll tell you that.” like to talk about equality of insurance industr y” as Rep. opportunity — well, the GOP is Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., so accudestroying that opportunity and rately put it. Apparently, accorddestroying the future of this countr y. So the ing to the GOP it is all right for Wall Street to question is, what sort of America do you want to pool their resources and voices to get what they live in? Do you want to live in the impoverished want, but if workers do it, they must be crushed. and destitute America where the top 20 percent The only challenge left for the Republicans controls 93 percent of the wealth, while the are the unions, who are the only institution with remaining 80 percent control seven percent? any meaningful fundraising or organizational Because guess what? You already do. capacity. If the unions are destroyed, then big It’s not too late though. If we have learned business will own this countr y to a greater anything from Tunisia or Egypt, it is that the degree than even the time of the robber barons. common people can make a difference. We stand It was big business that was responsible for the on the brink of the abyss, but if we mobilize, we financial crisis that has created this recession can change things. Support the protesters in and the budget deficits across the countr y, and Wisconsin and in other states, suppor t the now it is workers, the middle class and the poor Democrats who have made the courageous who are being made to bear the burden. Our elestand against Republican gluttony and — most mentar y school teachers did not create this criimportantly — organize and take to the streets. sis — they are already over worked and underpaid. Our garbage men did not create this crisis. Ajay Kumar is a School of Arts and Sciences junOur of fice secretaries and snowplow drivers did ior majoring in political science and history. not create this crisis. The banks, the insurance

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Oppose FLA’s flawed practices Letter RICHARD GARZON


e at Rutgers University Students Against Sweatshops are calling on ever ybody on campus to stop their tuition from suppor ting sweatshops. How can you do this? You can help by joining our campaign to get the University to disaf filiate from the Fair Labor Association (FLA). This may seem counter-intuitive at first blush, but read on. Since the FLA was formed about a decade ago, it has consistently proven that it is not an ef fective anti-sweatshop monitor. This organization was formed in 1997 in response to rising awareness in the United States about unsuitable worker conditions in the factories where many products are made. When workers in these factories attempt to unionize, or other wise address these issues, they are either fired or face violent harassment. This is where organizations like the FLA are supposed to inter vene to cor rect these problems. But the FLA has repeatedly shown it is actually an impediment to workers’ rights. Its approach has either been to do nothing or release repor ts that undermine workers’ complaints. Usually the FLA stalls on releasing a definitive repor t about a company’s violations

of our University’s Code of Conduct. If there is considerable pressure built up by workers and responsible consumers, the FLA simply puts the company in question under a “special review,” which does not actually require the company to make any real changes. Even here at the University, the FLA has acted contrar y to the interests of workers. When the University was considering cutting its contract with Russell Athletic, the FLA gave

“We take issue with the fact that our tuition goes to pay the FLA for its ‘services.’” Russell’s treatment of its workers a favorable review. But this turned out to be false. The University acknowledged this and cut its contract with the company, as did more than 100 other universities across the countr y. Even Spor ts Authority removed Russell Athletic from its shelves. Eventually, Russell Athletic itself acknowledged its unjust treatment of workers. This leads one to wonder: What exactly are the FLA’s motives?

One does not have to wonder ver y long: One-third of the FLA’s Board of Directors is composed of corporate representatives who represent organizations like Nike, Adidas Group and Gildan. All of these companies have infamous records of violating the rights of workers. To us, this seems like a massive conflict of interest. This flawed gover ning str ucture results in poor investigator y methods and weak “wrist-slaps” for companies who violate workers’ rights. We take issue with the fact that our tuition goes to pay the FLA for its “ser vices,” and we feel ever y student should too. We have presented this issue to the administration, and some progress has been made. A meeting has been arranged with FLA CEO Auret van Heerden to discuss the aforementioned issues with us and with the University’s administration. We call on students around campus to come to this meeting to listen to what he has to say for the FLA’s failure to properly protect the rights of workers. Come to Winants Hall on the College Avenue campus on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m., and tell your administration that you don’t want to support a smokescreen for sweatshops. Richard Garzon is a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and philosophy.

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Senior guard Mike Coburn tied for a season-high 18 points on Saturday in the Scarlet Knights’ overtime loss to Syracuse.

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The adversity did not stop there for Coburn, who found out school record for career wins after the 2009-10 campaign that Hill — the man who recruited him for years out of Mt. Vernon continued from back — would be replaced following up from there,” said Coburn, who a tirade at a Rutgers baseball started 70 games in a Rutgers game against Pittsburgh. And even after Hill’s entire uniform to date. Before the end of his career at recruiting class of 2008 transMt. Vernon, Coburn became the ferred following the debacle, program’s all-time leader in wins, Coburn maintained a steadfast more than former Connecticut commitment to the school that star Ben Gordon and three-year offered him the best chance to teammate Jonathan Mitchell, who play in the Big East. “[Coburn] and I grew up was a year older and whose college path then appeared different together,” said Mitchell, who likewise faced adversity at his than Coburn’s. And Coburn played an impor- own school, Florida. “We went tant role in Mt. Vernon’s two state to the same elementar y school championship teams during his and on through, so he and I had five-year career, leaving a lasting a real good relationship.” Then Athletic Director Tim impression at the school, Pernetti announced in May the Cimmino said. “Mike didn’t get yelled at by hiring of former Robert Morris me so often here,” Cimmino said. head coach Mike Rice, a basketball junkie “He was just an with a penchant incredible pleasfor passionate onure to have on “It’s tough. ... court antics. your team. He was The original guys Rice’s arrival just an amazing capped off a whirlcaptain and after I came here with wind three seasons Jonathan left, aren’t here. I stuck at Rutgers for Mike still had one Coburn, who expeyear to run the with it and tried rienced more show. His toughupheaval with the ness is not surpristo stay positive.” Knights than he ing to me.” MIKE COBURN did in a career in Coburn’s high Senior Guard Mt. Vernon-area school success basketball. translated into a “I’ve definitely few of fers from local Big East schools, he said, been through a lot with this and Coburn committed to being my four th year,” said Rutgers on Nov. 7, 2006, as part Coburn, who now ranks fifth of Hill’s first full recruiting cam- all-time in assists at Rutgers. paign after taking over “There were a lot of experifor former head coach ences, lots of ups and downs, a lot of good things and a lot of Gar y Waters. But Coburn ultimately spent a bad things. The main thing is to little more than two years in total tr y to be positive — tr y to get with the other members of the as many wins as possible. I’m class, as Earl Pettis transferred here and I enjoyed my time to LaSalle and Justin Sofman left here. I’m thankful and just tr ying to continue.” for Monmouth. But prior to Rutgers’ internal When former Newark Eastside star Corey Chandler coup, which resulted in seven was dismissed from the pro- player departures, Coburn led gram before the 2009-10 sea- the team in minutes played durson, Coburn quickly found him- ing his rookie year with the self as the lone member from Knights, who began to catch the the class with which he became attention of a Metropolitan-area player discontent with his future so attached. “It’s tough,” Coburn said. “I in Gainesville, Fla. really miss those guys when we Part 2 of a 3-part series on the came in together. I have [other senior teammates now], but the Rutgers men’s basketball seniors original guys I came here with continues in tomorrow’s edition of aren’t here. I stuck with it and The Daily Targum and will profile Jonathan Mitchell. tried to stay positive.”

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MIDWEST: RU returns clicking on all phases of game continued from back Athletic Center, a smothering defense isn’t all the Bulls should be worried about. “When we play as a team and we get going early, we play well together,” said sophomore guard Erica Wheeler, who went 4-of-7 from 3-point range last game. “It definitely was a wakeup call and it definitely showed Coach Stringer and the coaching staff that we are really trying to buy into what [Stringer] is teaching us and trying to really get it together before Big East play.” Wheeler stepped in nicely in the absence of junior guard Nikki Speed and has since worked her way to fourth on the team’s scoring list, averaging nine points per game. Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan has also settled into her new role as the point guard since Speed’s injury, upping her assist average to 5.1 per game and reviving her scoring threat from the floor after notching 20 points against Marquette. Getting all starters to show up the same night, however, is where the challenge arises.

“You’ve got Khadijah that just dealt with a triple-double, you’ve got [junior for ward] April [Sykes] who dropped 20 points on Tennessee in the first half, and you’ve got Erica who has three or four games where she led the team [in scoring],” Stringer said. “If you really think about it — player-for-player — each person is capable of having outstanding performances … what we need to focus on is being the best team.” The Bulls are the next team standing in the way of Rutgers — a team hoping for its momentum to flourish in the coming games and into the conference tournament. Despite South Florida being ranked 14th in the Big East and the possible trap the Bulls create, don’t expect the Knights to play a second less than a full 40 minutes tonight at the RAC. “We’re going to approach this game like it’s a top 10 game,” Lee said. “These games are just as important as if we were playing recreation ball or something like that. We can’t just think because it’s a lower ranked team doesn’t mean we’re not going to approach it the same way. We definitely need these wins.”




Sophomore guard Erica Wheeler looks to build off her Saturday showing at Marquette, where she scored 12 points.

he NCAA smacked Connecticut head basketball coach Jim Calhoun with a three-game Big East suspension and three years’ probation, both effective next season. The NCAA’s Committee of Infractions found that the school violated rules concerning phone calls, texts and improper benefits to a recruit. The NCAA also reduced UConn’s available scholarships from 13 to 12 for the next three seasons. The committee based the sanctions on its discovery that Calhoun failed to monitor the program and failed to create an atmosphere promoting rules compliance, according to ESPN.

SETON HALL HIRED former Iona athletic director Pat Lyons as the school’s new athletic director. The 38-year-old has been Iona’s athletic director since 2004 and will take over his new job on March 28 in South Orange, N.J. Lyons takes over for Joe Quinlan, who departed after five years in October. Head men’s basketball coach Kevin Willard also came from Iona before coaching for the Pirates. IN A BLOCKBUSTER threeteam deal, the New York Knicks acquired all-star forward Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. The deal sends Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman to the Knicks. The Knicks parted ways with Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick. Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are now the league’s highest scoring duo in the NBA, ranking sixth and second in the league, respectively. TORONTO


guard DeMar DeRozan stated that he’s done with the NBA slam-dunk contest unless props are eliminated. DeRozan’s opponents all took advantage of props — Blake Griffin used a car, Javale McGee used an extra basket and Serge Ibaka used a teddy bear. The USC product was eliminated after two prop-less dunks in the first round. DeRozan will only reconsider if props are eliminated or the AllStar game is held in Toronto, according to ESPN.



baseman Justin Morneau took the field with the Twins for the first time since sustaining a concussion in July. Morneau is wearing sunglasses throughout spring training in order to limit the harmful effects the sun can have on him since suffering the concussion. The four-time all-star only played 81 games last season before injury. In that time, the Canadian hit .345 with a 1.055 OPS, both of which are career highs.



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Early RU turnovers, UofL 3-pointers seal fate BY A.J. JANKOWSKI CORRESPONDENT

While Louisville shot the lights out of the Louis Brown Athletic Center from 3-point range en route to a 55-37 win, KNIGHT t h e NOTEBOOK Rutgers basketball team struggled early just to get a shot off. The Scarlet Knights’ first three possessions resulted in a trio of turnovers, and it was not until the 14:49 mark that Rutgers made its first shot from the floor. “The first four minutes of the game, we’d have a play, and they’d just run around and not execute,” said head coach Mike Rice. “That’s on me. I have to figure out how to get my message across better.” Rutgers spent much of the shot clock trying to get to half court while being pestered by the speed and tenacity of the Cardinals’ full-court press.

By the time the Knights were able to go into their offensive sets, the clock was working against them. “Ball movement and offense [were lacking],” said senior guard Mike Coburn. “The ball really just stuck on one side. We didn’t get that much movement.” The Knights turned the ball over 10 times in the first half to go along with just eight field goals from the floor. While on the other end, Louisville’s sultry seven 3pointers in the opening stanza covered up its eight turnovers. “It’s basketball. People are going to make shots, and you have to play,” Coburn said. “If you’re not going to play your offense because the other team is knocking down shots, then you are never going to win.”





seventh time in the past eight tries that the Knights found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard. While Rutgers dropped the past two by just a combined nine points, the 18-

Miller contributed eight rebounds in the first half, but his heave gave the Knights their improves in second half of game long 10th turnover in 20 minutes. “When do you see us do that?” continued from back said Rice of the team’s multiple Rutgers even kept Louisville full-court heaves. “You don’t do senior guard Preston Knowles, that. Dane Miller did it with 13 who had a hot hand during the seconds. Of all places to do it, you first half, in check with low per- have one shot. It was such a lack of purpose to our game tonight.” centage shots. The Cardinals started the conBut the Knights were equaltest on a 26-12 ly inef ficient on run, spurred by the of fensive the sharpshoot“Let’s get back to end, where they of Knowles shot 29.5 percent being who we are, ing and sophomore from the field for Mike Marra, who the night. figuring out and shot a combined “It was ver y understanding we 6-for-10 from frustrating,” said the 3senior guard can’t beat ourselves.” beyond point arc in the Mike Coburn. first half. “I’m not really MIKE RICE Louisville sank looking back at Head Coach seven 3-pointers in the game, just the first half as looking for ward. We basically didn’t play the way Rutgers failed to pick up its assignwe normally play. It was ments on defensive switches, leading to open looks for the Cardinals, ver y disappointing.” The Knights attempted to sal- who rank first in the Big East in 3vage their poor first half with a point field goal percentage. “[Associate head coach] David brief 5-0 run capped off by a 3pointer from senior guard James [Cox] said it time and time again Beatty that cut the Rutgers deficit in the huddle, ‘Who is this team?’” Rice said. “Let’s get back to 14. Rutgers had a shot to close the to being who we are, figuring out gap further, but sophomore wing and understanding we can’t beat Dane Miller threw a long pass ourselves and a good Louisville that was intercepted by Louisville team — any Big East team, to be at midcourt to run out the clock honest with you. That took the wind out of our sails.” in the first period.

EFFORT: Knights’ defense

point defeat at the hands of the Cardinals marks the largest defeat the Knights suffered on the year. “I know we’ve been close so many times and this and that, but tonight we just fell down a hill instead of trying to climb over,” Rice said. “The climb was too hard tonight.”



left in the season, Rice admits that his team is starting to show wear and tear. “No question [this team is out of gas],” he said. “And I never thought that possible, but what am I going to do, lie to you?” Every member of the roster saw at least one minute of action, and only Coburn surpassed 30 minutes of playing time. The senior guard believes the team is not worn down, but just did not come to play tonight. “I just think we didn’t play the way we normally play,” Coburn said. “It showed out there. It really, really hurt us and the results show.”


Louisville’s Chris Smith makes one of the Cardinals’ 11 3-pointers last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.


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Trio of captains lead on, off track for RU BY ADHAAR SHARMA

which included a fifth-place finish in the Big East Championships for the 2008 Ever y team, ever y institu- and 2009 seasons in triple jump tion and ever y organization and long jump, respectively. She also posted victories in WOMEN’S TRACK needs a leader to the Fordham Invitational in the guide it through rough times triple jump in the 2008 season, and turmoil. The leader needs as well as both triple and long to be a proven champion and jumps in the Princeton New someone who can inspire Year’s Invitational in 2009. others to unlock their Okobi plans to build on her true potential. success in 2011, even though she Seniors Natalie Clickett and academically redshirted. Nwamaka Okobi and junior But this did not diminish her Kelly Flannigan, the three cap- role on the team and her own pertains of the Rutgers women’s sonal goals. track team, have been guiding “[Okobi] competes and trains forces this season despite everyday,” Robinson said. “She Flannigan and Okobi redshirt- also comes to meets when possiing in the first ble and helps out.” half of the 2010She proved her“It’s an immense 11 school year. self in January Flannigan had when she finished loss for the team an injur y during first in both the the cross country triple and long [without Kelly season and is now jumps in the Flannigan], but now Princeton Relays, rehabbing to return in full force jumping unateveryone just has for next season. tached from to raise their level.” Rutgers. “She has started r unning and Clickett is a JAMES ROBINSON training,” said proven winner Head Coach head coach with a Big East James Robinson. Championship “Now we are just title in 2007 for seeing how recover y turns out the discus with a throw of 50.52 because we do not want to rush meters. She also won anything.” Freshman of the Year honors Flannigan leads a distance in 2007 and has since been the squad that showed promise this cor nerstone of throws for season, but still has to gain the team. experience since the entire disIn the 2011 season, the tance team consists of fresh- Union City, Pa., native secured men and sophomores with the second-place finishes in both exception of Flannigan. the Princeton Quad Meet held “It’s an immense loss for the on Jan. 7 and the Princeton team, but now everyone just has Relays held last weekend. She to raise their level and score,” missed first place by less than a Robinson said. meter on both occasions. Her loss affected the team sigRecently Clickett earned the nificantly since the Scarlet Big East Female Field Athlete Knights were only able to qualify of the Week for the best perone distance runner for the Big formance of her career at the East Championships. Valentine’s Invitational, but finFlannigan still takes a ver y ished 10th last weekend in the active role in the team and Big East Championships. helps with organization, “Natalie is a tough competistretching and recording times tor,” Robinson said. “I know in meets. she gets angr y about her lossOkobi posted high finishes es, but she has been getting in jumps the past two seasons, consistent progressively.” CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Sophomore Danielle D’Elia recorded a season-high 9.875 in the floor exercise in the Knights’ Feb. 12 meet against SUNY Cortland, which resulted in the highest team score since 2004.

Transfer complements recruiting class BY JOSH GLATT CORRESPONDENT

For the Rutgers gymnastics team, the stor y of the season has been the overall depth on the roster. GYMNASTICS Much of that is a result of a strong freshman class that has been able to perform at a high level since the start of its career. But sophomore transfer Danielle D’Elia is making a profound impact of her own. The Freehold, N.J., native is a 17-year veteran of Galaxy Gymnastics, finishing as a regional qualifier five times. Following a career in which she finished third in the state in 2007 and earned a spot on the high school national team, D’Elia elected to attend Central Michigan. While she admits her career at Central Michigan did not work out, she does not regret her time there. “It was a spontaneous decision [going to Central Michigan]. I just wanted to tr y something new.” D’Elia said. “I realized it wasn’t the best

place for me, but I learned a lot there.” After her year at Central Michigan, which was highlighted by a 9.800 performance on floor exercises at the NCAA Nor theast Regionals, D’Elia realized the best place for her would be Rutgers. Rutgers afforded her the luxur y of being close to her family, and while it was not her initial college destination, she knows now it is was the right one. “Going to Rutgers has been the best decision,” D’Elia said. “Rutgers is great because it is close to home and the program has been building over the years.” D’Elia proved herself to be every bit important as the highlytouted freshman class that head coach Chr ystal Chollet-Norton recruited this season. D’Elia also proved she is capable of consistently performing well in three events this season. On the season, D’Elia averages 9.564 in bars, 9.336 in beam and 9.771 in floor exercises. “She has done a great job for us from Day 1,” Chollet-

Nor ton said. “She works really hard in the gym, has a great attitude and is a great competitor. We are happy to have her on the team.” In the Knights’ most recent meet at Maryland, D’Elia continued her strong season. D’Elia took a top-five finish in floor exercises with a score of 9.825. On balance beam, an event the team struggled with previously, D’Elia tied for first on the team. Her score of 9.725 helped the Knights post a team-high score in the event. Despite being a newcomer, D’Elia already bought into the team concept that Chollet-Norton and her team stressed over the years. D’Elia recognizes that anyone on the team is capable of contributing beyond typical performances in meets, regardless of age or experience. “I feel anyone can provide leadership. It doesn’t matter what grade you are in,” D’Elia said. “Leadership isn’t just about how you compete on the floor — it’s about how you practice, it’s how your present yourself, it’s how you get the team going.”



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Rutgers relies on early experience heading to Texas BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT


Sophomore righthander Abbey Houston got roughed up in the Knights season-opening tourney, going 0-1 with a 12.19 ERA.

After a 0-4 star t on the West Coast, the Rutgers softball team acknowledges that it has to make changes. Heading t o SOFTBALL Corpus Christi, RUTGERS AT Texas, ARKANSAS, tomorTHURSDAY, 2 P.M. row for a fivegame tournament, the Scarlet Knights are ready to make them. “We’re comfortable now that we have our first game out of the way,” said junior right fielder Mikelyn Messina, who leads the Knights with two home runs and five RBI. “We kind of have our legs back. We’re ready to get at it again this weekend. Last weekend was just the firstgame jitters, and we’re ready to put it out of our minds and move for ward.” Teams outscored the Knights, 31-16, in Riverside, Calif., with new Nos. 1 and 2 pitchers Abbey Houston and Noelle Sisco struggling. With experience on an actual field and not the turf inside the Bubble or the floor of the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the

pitching staff expects better performances in Corpus Christi. “It was a rough star t for me,” said Houston, who stands at 0-1 with a 12.19 ERA. “It was a little dif ferent pitching outside, not in the Bubble. I think that this weekend will be better for me.” Adding freshman Megan Williams to the mix helps even more, Houston said. Williams, a freshman from Richmond, Va., was unavailable last weekend because of illness, but head coach Jay Nelson hopes she will be ready for the second tournament of the season. Without Williams, the Knights have just two pitchers for the fivegame weekend tournament. “We need her,” Houston said. “She’s ready. The only thing she has to work on is her confidence. She throws hard. She works the inside of the plate really well. She has a pretty nice drop-cur ve. She’s a good pitcher that will do well for us.” Behind Houston and Sisco, Rutgers has room for improvement on the defensive side of the diamond, according to Nelson. “We aren’t there yet defensively,” he said. “Part of that is

getting used to playing outside again, but we let some people get on base that shouldn’t have gotten on.” Rutgers (0-4) committed six errors and allowed two unearned runs in the first weekend. “We had our ups and downs. Considering we were practicing in the Bubble for a month now, we haven’t seen many balls outside,” Messina said of the defensive performance. “It’s a different perspective. Our performance was a star t. Some improvements definitely need to be made, but we’re ready to make them.” In the Lone Star State, Rutgers begins Thursday against Arkansas (5-5) before taking on Texas Southern (2-6) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (5-5) Friday. The semifinals and finals take place Saturday before the team returns to Piscataway for a week. The team’s first home game does not come until March 26 against Syracuse. “These trips made me realize that we’re living a dream,” Messina said. “This is a privilege, and we’re very lucky to be where we are, so we’re really excited about it. I’m excited to see our improvement. If our confidence is there, our improvement is going to be huge.”


Senior midfielder Marley Welsh returns to the Banks this season as the Knights’ leading scorer from a season ago, when she notched 27 goals. The captain established herself as the team’s go-to offensive threat last year and helped lead the team to an 11-5 record.

Senior midfielder steps into void in Knights’ attack BY JOSH BAKAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Attempting to overcome the loss of leading scorer Brooke Cantwell WOMEN’S LACROSSE and Co. to graduRUTGERS AT ation, the TEMPLE, Rutgers TODAY, 3 P.M. women’s lacrosse team is taking on a new dynamic. “We’re a well-balanced team this year,” said senior defenseman Mary Moran. “We have a lot of people we can rely on at the end of a game. We don’t just depend on that one person.” With that said, in a critical situation where goals are necessary, there is a good chance the ball will go to senior midfielder Marley Welsh, the Scarlet

Knights’ leading returning scorer with 27 goals last season. “If there’s a situation where we need to get the ball in the back of the net, we’d definitely give it to Marley,” Moran said. “She’s unstoppable. I’ve never met someone else who can beat a whole defense in practice or in a game. It doesn’t matter who’s trying to defend her or how many people, she’ll get through them and she’ll still get a good shot.” But part of being a midfielder means that the game does not stop on the offensive end. “When she’s not dominating on the offensive side of the field or working hard in the midfield, she’s back working hard on the other side on defense, which isn’t easy to do,” Moran said. “Defenders have a lot they need to remember and have a lot that

they need to be on top of all the time and she always is.” Over the past three seasons, the Knights relied on Cantwell, a 2010 All-American who led Rutgers in scoring. That loss alone changed the Knights’ style of play. “We’re a dif ferent type of team this year,” said head coach Laura Brand. “We don’t necessarily have that go-to player. I think certainly Marley’s going to give teams a lot of issues and she’s going to be ver y difficult to defend, but if teams do shut her down we have other people who are going to be able to create things. “I don’t even want to think about [the team without Welsh]. Whether she’s on the field or not on the field, she’s always going to bring a positive aspect to the team and really pump people up.”

As a captain, Welsh is a defining presence for the midfield and the entire team, Brand said. “She’s a huge factor in our midfield. Her speed really helps our transition,” Brand said. “If we’re playing a team that’s putting a lot of pressure on us, she’s someone that we can rely on getting the ball to and being able to transition really well. “She’s always first in every run that we do. She never allows herself to be lazy in anything that she’s doing. She consistently comes back prepared.” Welsh’s first game as captain and as the Knights’ leading returning scorer takes place today at Temple. “[Replacing Cantwell] is definitely going to be a hard thing to do,” said the preseason All-Big East midfielder. “I think that we

looked to her last year as that person who we could count on to get the ball and we knew that she could score, but we know that she’s not here now.” Welsh not only has to replace Cantwell’s scoring but her leadership as well. “Being a leader is very different for me,” Welsh said. “Being a captain, you need to make sure that when other people are slacking off, you’re there to pick them up. This being my last year, I’m definitely motivated to do something great out there.” For Welsh, all her efforts go toward making the Big East Tournament. “The last time we made postseason play was my freshman year, so I don’t want my senior season to just end with our 16 regular season games,” Welsh said.



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No. 16 Cards dominate RU’s listless effort

Coburn sticks with Rutgers after turmoil


Senior remains as only member of 2007, 2008 recruiting classes


As the fans started to file out last night with less than four minutes left in the MEN’S BASKETBALL Rutgers men’s basketball team’s conLOUISVILLE 55 test against No. 16 at the RUTGERS 37 Louisville Louis Brown Athletic Center, one thing was certain: The Scarlet Knights finally met their match. After matching wits with four teams in the Top 25 for 40 minutes over five games, the physicality took its toll, as the Knights fell to the Cardinals, 55-37. “I should be out there in the parking lot right now apologizing,” said head coach Mike Rice. “It’s as simple as that. We have sad individuals on this team. It was the first time all year that guys were sad that something was going wrong.” A pair of Gilvydas Biruta free throws got the Knights (13-14, 4-11) within 39-30 with less than 10 minutes to go, but the Cardinals promptly went on an 11-2 run over the next six-plus minutes to widen their margin. Louisville (21-7, 10-5) maintained at least a three-possession cushion for nearly 32 minutes, as Rutgers never legitimately challenged head coach Rick Pitino’s team in the defeat. “They scored more points than us tonight,” said senior for ward Jonathan Mitchell. “We couldn’t get into a rhythm. We had no flow — we had 37 points. That just sums it up.” Both Rutgers and Louisville cooled off midway through the second half, when both teams failed to score for more than three minutes. The Cardinals could not convert from the perimeter during the span despite earning open looks after penetrating the Knights’ man-to-man defense, keeping Rutgers within 12.




Senior Louisville guard Preston Knowles led the Cardinals’ dynamic backcourt with 14 points, while dishing a pair of assists and recording five steals.

Mike Coburn stood alone in front of the media Saturday following the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s loss at Syracuse, fielding questions he likely MEN’S BASKETBALL heard throughout SENIOR DAY - PT. 1 OF 3 his career. The oldest holdover and only remaining member from former head coach Fred Hill Jr.’s 2007 recruiting class, Coburn saw firsthand the many MIKE COBURN developments that took place with the Scarlet Knights over his three-plus years in Piscataway. But before the questions, before the program’s internal controversies and before the installation of a new regime, Coburn made a name for himself just a short trip outside New York City under famed high school basketball coach Bob Cimmino. “I got to meet Mike with the local CYO program and he was rock-solid from the start,” said Cimmino, who will coach the East team on March 30 in the McDonald’s High School All-American game. “He enjoyed coming up for our camp the season before he was a high school student, so he was thoroughly versed in Mt. Vernon basketball before he walked in the building.” The 6-foot guard initially garnered attention during his middle school AAU years playing in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan area and made the varsity team at Mt. Vernon High School as an eighth grader. “Coach [Cimmino] gave me the opportunity to try out for [Mt. Vernon] and I did pretty well at tryouts — enough to make the team, obviously, and then everything went


Midwest ‘wakeup call’ leads Knights back to Piscataway BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR


Junior forward Chelsey Lee registered three straight 13-point efforts in the Knights’ Midwest roadtrip last week, a stretch that featured three ranked opponents.

Ask Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer and she will be the first to tell you that her squad took 10 minutes off in the team’s WOMEN’S BASKETBALL blowout loss to No. 7 Notre Dame two SOUTH FLORIDA games ago. AT RUTGERS, Ask the players TONIGHT, 7:30 P.M. and they will tell you all about the wakeup call they received after leaving the Joyce Center, marking their second consecutive defeat. But no questions asked, the Scarlet Knights put it all together in imposing fashion against No. 22 Marquette their last time out, and finally enmeshed all phases of the game — this time for 40 minutes. “I thought that we finally just put it all together,” Stringer said of the team’s 76-55 victory in Milwaukee. “It was a beautiful thing to see, because they executed so well offensively, they were very focused defensively. In fact, one of the coaches was saying, ‘You were very calm this week,’ which caused them [the players] to be relaxed.” Now, as the Knights (15-11, 8-5) return to the Banks for a two-game home stand, they look to

tap into another offensively dominant showing against lowly South Florida (10-17, 1-12). Fresh off a 13-point, nine-rebound effort against the Golden Eagles, junior forward Chelsey Lee hopes to maintain her recent form. After a quiet stretch around the middle of the conference schedule, the Parkway Academy (Fla.) product re-emerged as a force in the post during the Knights’ Midwest trip, averaging 13 points in all three contests. A rekindled sense of urgency could be to blame. “We definitely knew that the Marquette game was a win or go home,” Lee said. “We definitely needed this. It would have been tough to do three road games all losses, so we knew we had to get one out of the three.” The Knights displayed that do-or-die mentality to kick off the road battle, building a 25point lead in the first half and holding the home steam to a mere 14.7 percent shooting clip from the field. That defense does not go without notice, and down the stretch of Big East play a strong ‘D’ is something Stringer’s squad has prided itself on and something that has turned in victories. But with the offense clicking heading into tomorrow night’s matchup at the Louis Brown


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