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The Rutgers women’s basketball team finished its regular season last night with its fourth consecutive win, earning a No. 4 seed and double-bye in the Big East Tournament.

Anthropologist alters courtship in rural village BY TABISH TALIB CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Laura Ahearn, Department of Anthropology associate professor, first stepped into the rural Nepal village of Junigau in 1982, when she taught girls how to read and write as a Peace Corps volunteer. When she went back in the late ’90s, she discovered the people she taught used writing to become romantically involved, she said. It became a new form of communication in a conservative society. “The cour tship through love letters is not in person,” Ahearn said. “It’s still not okay LAURA to be seen in public if AHEARN you are unmarried.” A man would exchange letters with a woman that he met once on an errand or after a large social event, she said. The content of the love letters often contained lofty language and referenced being married for the rest of their lives. As technology has evolved, Nepali teenagers engage in romantic dialogue with cell phones rather than letters, Ahearn said. “Everyone has cell phones now — old people, young people, everybody,” she said. Since these conversations have to be kept secret, the villagers would go to secluded places to talk to each other, Ahearn said. “I haven’t done research on it, but my guess is that [the villagers] call each other when they are doing chores by themselves, either cutting wood or feeding the animals,” she said. Ahearn published a book based on her ethnographic research in 2001, titled


University students mingle with four Ethiopian and Darfurian students who shared their experiences immigrating to Israel last night on the College Avenue campus. The event was sponsored in part by Rutgers-Hillel and Israel at Heart.

African immigrants share experiences in Israel BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Four Ethiopian and Dar furian students spoke to University students about life as immigrants in Israel yesterday night in Campbell Hall on the College Avenue campus. The event, sponsored by Rutgers-Hillel, University’s Residence Life and Israel at Heart, is one of a series the students will speak at in the United States, said Zeke

Pariser, the Hillel student board’s orthodox community chair. “We’re tr ying to promote a better understanding of what Israel is and who comprises Israel,” said Pariser, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. “Cultural diversity thrives there, there are African immigrants. It’s their home, and they are proud Israelis.” The four Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) students, Shlomit Berhanu, Ruth Metaferya and Dina Lakao of Ethiopia and Adam

Bashar of Darfur, discussed how they traveled to Israel from Africa. Lakao, 25, described the journey her mother took to bring her family to Israel. “She was pregnant with my oldest brother, and the only way to Israel was to walk through Sudan, through the desert,” she said. “They hid from local people who would often rape, kidnap and rob refugees.”


UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION Two University students were arrested on drug charges Friday after Rutgers University Police raided their room in a College Avenue residence hall as a result of a search warrant. School of Arts and Sciences firstyear student Keith Karol and Rutgers Business School first-year student William McCaw were incarcerated in the Middlesex County Adult

Correctional Facility, said RUPD Lt. Richard Dinan. Karol, 19, of Bridgewater, N.J., faces two charges for marijuana and cocaine possession with intent to distribute, Dinan said. He was released on $50,000 bail. McCaw, 19, of Brielle, N.J., was charged with possession of marijuana as well as possession of

paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance. While specific amounts could not be disclosed, authorities found between half an ounce and five ounces of cocaine and less than 50 grams of marijuana. The case has been referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs, Dinan said. — Kristine Rosette Enerio



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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., commemorates Black History Month Sunday in Somerset. The event recognized Legislative Black Caucus members.

In light of Black Histor y Month, Sen. Bob Menendez honored black Americans for their contributions to New Jersey Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset. The event recognized Legislative Black Caucus members Sen. Sandra Cunningham, Assemblymen Jerr y Green, Charles Mainor and Gordon Johnson and Assemblywomen Elease Evans, L. Grace Spencer, Cleopatra Tucker and Mila Jasey. Menendez said he was inspired to hold this commemoration in order to promote awareness among young black Americans of their ancestor’s accomplishments. “I wanted to hold the event to … give young people in the African American community and beyond it the understanding of the possibilities [out there for them],” he said. Many community members spoke that afternoon, including Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid, winner of the fifth annual “Poetr y Out Loud” competition, Reverend Dr. DeForest Soaries Jr. of

the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, University women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer and NAACP New Jersey President James Harris. Randall Pinkett, CEO of BCT Partners, winner of Donald Trump’s NBC television show “The Apprentice” and active member of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, emceed. Pinkett said he was excited to be among a crowd bustling with energy and support. “I am looking forward to paying a fitted tribute to black history,” Pinkett said before the event. The celebration was based on the writings of 12th centur y theologian John of Salisbur y, Pinkett said. “We are like dwar fs sitting on the shoulders of giants,” he said. “We see more … because they raise us up. The truth of the matter is that we need someone who suppor ts us … so we indeed are standing on the shoulders of giants.” In addition to speakers, the Cathedral International Choir of Perth Amboy per formed along with Long



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Fraternity brothers mentor autistic teenagers BY RIDA AHMED CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Teenagers with autism have the chance to build positive relationships and experience brotherly bonds with Theta Delta Chi fraternity’s Bros UniteD. Bros UniteD is an extension of Theta Delta Chi’s international ser vice effort to help autistic teenagers successfully participate in social activities, said Alex Lewis, co-founder and program director of the service project. “The entire concept of the program is to allow for communitybased mentorship between our brothers and teenage adolescent boys with autism,” said Lewis, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “It provides an opportunity for autistic boys to be mentored by responsible college students.” The eight-week program enables teenagers with autism or other autism spectrum disorders between the ages of 13 and 18 to pair up with three brothers from the fraternity, Lewis said. The teenagers are called “Little Bros” and the fraternity members are “Big Bros” to reflect the genuine friendship bonds between the paired brothers, said Matthew Cortland, cofounder and program director of Bros UniteD. “What we could provide that others couldn’t was making the teenage boys feel like one of the brothers,” said Cortland, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. The groups meet ever y Sunday afternoon from January to March and participate in activities like bowling, rock wall

climbing, ice-skating and basketball games, he said. Besides raising money and attending local walks for autism research for the fraternity’s national philanthropy, the members wanted to have an even greater impact beyond awareness and fundraising, Cortland said. “Raising money is good, but unless you understand why you are raising money, the participants fail to have a direct connection with the cause,” he said. Theta Delta Chi collaborated with Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, to create an environment that celebrates differences and promotes the strengths of autistic children. “Autism Speaks helps us identify which teenage boys would be best for the program,” Cortland said. Autism Speaks linked the fraternity with autism consultant Katie Curran, managing director at Strength Based Behavioral Consulting, LLC, to help train the fraternity members to engage with the teenagers, Lewis said. “Along with … Curran, we have also helped train them about autism and how to interact with the teenage par ticipants,” said Peter Bell, executive vice president for programs and ser vices at Autism Speaks, whose 18-year-old son is a program participant. In the first week of the program, 41 fraternity members will go through a two-hour training session with behavioral therapist Curran, on how


Members of Bros UniteD ice skate with their “Little Bros” among other weekly activities during the eight-week mentoring program.

to interact with autistic kids, Lewis said. Curran selected which autistic students would be best suited for the program during its pilot year. “The big brothers of Theta Delta Chi are acquiring important skills in being a mentor and a friend to these special teen boys,” Bell said. “Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is having a better time, but that’s the beauty of the program. It is very much a dual benefit.” The groups participate in structured activities over the next seven weeks that allow for the formation of fun and meaningful friendships, Lewis said. “In events like ice skating, because it is an unusual thing to do, the playing field is leveled in terms of ability where the little bros have the opportunity of teaching our brothers some tricks,” he said.

The fraternity incorporates an emulation of fraternity brotherhood benefits into the activities, like receiving and designing paddles and holding an award ceremony at the end, Lewis said. “It reflects the kind of thing we do week in and week out, and the idea is to give them the feel of brotherhood and fraternal bonds that we get every day,” he said. Bell said the program brings positive changes and has a profound impact on the autistic par ticipants. “They’re developing important social skills because the Theta Delta Chi brothers have created a non-threatening environment where they are allowed to practice being cool with few consequences,” he said. “They also love the feeling of belonging to a group, something most of

them don’t experience in their schools or at home.” The pilot season ran for six weeks with eight autistic teenagers last year, Bell said. This year, the program received requests from outside. “Of the 13 boys participating in this year’s program, six of them participated in last year’s pilot program,” Bell said. “The new participants were recruited through word of mouth referrals and from families who support Autism Speaks.” Fraternity dues, fundraising for the program and $100 contributions from each family will fund the program, Lewis said. “We raise money for autism through walks,” said Paras Jain, president of Theta Delta Chi and Rutgers Business School junior. “During the spring time when we do Bros UniteD, we have one-onone interaction with the kids. We are directly helping the kids out and that’s exactly what we raise the money for.” Theta Delta Chi is North America’s 11th oldest men’s social fraternity, founded in 1847, with chapters at 31 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, Lewis said. Lewis said the fraternity is looking forward to expanding the fundraising side of the operation among the University. “The program has grown and gained some popularity in the New Jersey autism community, largely through social networks like Facebook,” he said. “Also the creation of our website portal,, makes it easier to transmit information.”


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ISRAEL: Students earn

In Israel, female immigrants are required to serve two years in scholarships to study at IDC the militar y, and male immigrants are required to ser ve three, Lakao said. continued from front “I saw many problems, but I saw a beautiful way to gather all Metafer ya said her family the multicultural immigrants in contacted a Jewish-American the army,” she said. “I’m a black family for fabricated work docuwoman, but I commanded men in ments to show the government, my army.” one of the only ways to get perAll four students were mission to leave. thankful for Israel’s help, espe“It’s amazing to see how cially to the scholarships they devoted they were to making have received to study at IDC their dream come true,” she said. in Israel. All four students discussed “It’s nice for us at Rutgers absorption centers in Israel, who have been hearing a lot of which promote integration into negativity about Israel to hear society by educating immiabout your positive experigrants in the practice of ence,” said Nataly Weiss, Hebrew and finding work in Jewish Learning their new home. Initiative on “There are a lot Campus co-eduof social workers “I want to be cator in partnerand professional a highlight for ship with Hillel. people helping Berhanu said there,” Metafer ya my community, despite the said. “I lived in an absorption center so people will see r umors, Israel is not racist for seven years. what I’m doing or separatist. We liked it “I believe because they had and follow.” Israel is not electricity, which DINA LAKAO a racist counthey did not have Interdisciplinary Center Student tr y,” she said. in Ethiopia. It was “There is no law ver y hard learning against black or the language, and Ethiopian people. We get full it still is for some people.” scholarships. Not many One student asked Bashar countries give such help to what he thought of life in Sudan minority groups.” compared to life in Israel. Lakao said Israel is not an “Soldiers in Sudan were apartheid state since it is the only killing people,” he said. “They democratic countr y in the were against citizens. In Israel, Middle East. they care. They took me to a “When you say apartheid, I base and gave me schooling. I think of no votes and no free came without documents, now I speech,” she said. “We can vote, have them.” and we’re free to express ourSchool of Arts and Sciences selves. The government gives sophomore Dylan Elber enjoyed oppor tunities and rights to hearing Bashar’s account. ever y person just for being a “I thought it was interesting human being.” to hear from somebody who Lakao, who is studying law escaped from Dar fur,” Elber and government at IDC, is an said. “It’s a different perspecintern at the largest law firm in tive to be hearing from Jews in Israel and hopes to run her own Africa, something you don’t law firm someday. always hear.” “I want to be a highlight for Lakao described her my community, so people will militar y experience as part of see what I’m doing and follow,” her obligation to ser ve as a she said. female immigrant. Hannah Johnson, a School of “I was a social worker for Arts and Sciences sophomore, seven months. I helped solthought the speakers’ messages diers with economic and medwere important to hear. ical problems that might affect “I thought it was an awesome their ser vice,” she said. “I perspective to get,” she said. resolved those problems and “You don’t usually hear it, but it’s worked with commanders on really important that you do.” the Lebanon border.”





Charles Tolliver, a jazz trumpeter and composer, leads the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble last night during a performance in the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus.

SENATOR: Twenty-four state legislators are minorities continued from front Branch Middle School’s AntiBullying Crew. Menendez was pleased the event recognized the achievements and contributions of

African Americans in New Jersey and hopes such respect follows in the future. “All different walks of life, all tremendous accomplishments, all from humble beginnings are to give an opportunity, to give a sense that anything is possible,” he said. Menendez also honored Stringer, who unlike the other


University women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer makes an appearance at the event to commend black advancement.

honorees is not par t of the Black Caucus. “So many of our young people go forward and they don’t understand,” Stringer said. Stringer spoke on the importance of applauding black advancement and said coaching is more than just teaching a sport, but it is also involves understanding the heritage of the players. “There was a time not too long ago when we couldn’t vote,” she said. Pinkett believes more advancement is necessar y for African Americans in the state. “There is tremendous work to do,” he said. “Of 120 state legislators, only 24 are persons of color. For that to reflect the diversity of our state, it would have to double.” In describing the role that should be taken to move forward, Pinkett made an analogy of passing a baton in a relay race. He said without sharing heritage, it will be very difficult to pass the baton onward and a lot of what was sacrificed to bring a better life to future generations will be lost. “What are we doing within our community to prepare others to stand in our shoes?” Pinkett said.





Ben, Duncan, Dave and Jonnie from MTV’s “The Buried Life” will give a lecture about the show and the meaning of a “bucket list” at 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The event is hosted by Rutgers University Programming Association and is free to attend. For more information, visit Kurt Schock, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers–Newark, will present a lecture titled, “Civil Resistance and the Struggle for Land: Experiences in India and Brazil.” His research seeks to understand how civil resistance movements challenge state domination and economic exploitation. He is the author of “Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus in the fourth floor lecture hall. It will be followed by a reception.


“Art after Hours” celebrates women in the arts from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Jane Voorhees Zimmeril Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. Curator Marilyn Symmes will give a tour at 5:30 p.m. of the exhibition, “Dancing with the Dark: Joan Snyder Prints.” Professional printmaker Marsha Goldberg demonstrates monoprint techniques from 6 to 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., Meaghan Woods and Co. present original choreography that responds directly to the shape, color, texture and content of work in the Zimmerli collections. Refreshments will be served.


A film screening of “The Heretics” will take place at 7 p.m. at the Douglass Lounge in the Douglass Campus Center. Written and directed by Joan Braderman in 2009, this film documents the 1970s Heresies Collective and the groundbreaking art magazine “Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics.” Twenty-four artists, including Joan Snyder, speak about extraordinary times, when they challenged established notions of gender and power. A conversation with Braderman follows the film. This program is co-sponsored by Douglass Residential College, Rutgers Institute for Women and Art, the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.


The Rutgers University Programming Association will host a movie night and dessert with Academy Awardwinning film, “Black Swan.” The movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. For more information, please visit


Rutgers University Programming Association, Rutgers Hillel and the Rutgers University Muslim Student Association are bringing “Stand Up for Peace” to the University. Comedians Dean Obeidallah and Scott Blakeman will perform their act in Trayes Hall in the Douglass Campus Center from 8 to 11 p.m. The event is free, but the groups are for small donations, which will go to Rutgers Dance Marathon to support the Embrace Kids Foundation.


Award-winning photographer Rosalie Winard will present photos from her book “Wild Birds in the American Wetlands” and her personal archives in a talk titled, “A Spectacle of Wings.” The exhibition will be at 2 p.m. at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus. Winard’s photographs have been published in Audubon, ArtForum, Time and The New York Times. Her work is also in the collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Historical Society and others.


School got you in a knot? Unwind with celebrity yoga instructor, Yogi Charu at “Pure Yoga!” a free event sponsored by the Bhakti Club at Rutgers University from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room on the College Avenue campus. Born in the Caribbean and trained in the Himalayas, Charu brings a refreshing new style to yoga and travels the globe sharing his mystic adventures. Everyone, from beginners to seasoned experts, is welcome. For more information and to RSVP, visit

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VILLAGE: Ahearn studies anthropology after Peace Corps continued from front “Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters and Social Change in Nepal.” Anthropology Assistant Professor Par vis GhassemFachandi teaches his students about Ahearn’s ethnographic research. “Her book is about love, and students love to learn about love,” he said. Ghassem-Fachandi, whose concentrations are religion, politics and rituals, said ethnographic research is vital to anthropology. “Ethnography has to do with experience,” he said. “It is different to live in Nepal or in India than to learn about it in a book.” Ghassem-Fachandi said living in Nepal made Ahearn a

MARCH 1, 2011 different person in her characteristics and manners that augment her teaching ability. “She has this attentiveness to [the person she converses with] that is only found in Nepali or Indian culture,” he said. “She has a part of that culture in her.” Professor Dorothy Hodgson, chair of the Department of Anthropology, said Ahearn’s work in Nepal is important to her work at the University. By combining her strength in anthropology, in language and in structure with social change, Ahearn adds her understanding of the centrality of language to culture and social life to her courses, Hodgson said. “She uses her interesting work in agency, and its relation by gender, class and literacy, and she brings that to her teaching,” she said. Although divorce in Nepal is rare, Ahearn said there were a


couple of love marriages initiated through letters that did not last. “I think the assumption American people have about love marriages always being better than ar ranged marriages … is not always correct,” she said. The majority of people in Nepal have arranged marriages because if a love marriage ends, the husband and wife become outcasts in their families, Ahearn said. “They’ve got a lot more to lose,” she said. Ahearn said her work with the Peace Corps inspired her to become an anthropologist, even though her undergraduate degree is not in anthropology. “I just wanted to go back to Nepal and understand the people,” she said. “Someone said that it seems like [I wanted] to be an anthropologist, and so I pursued a graduate degree so that I could go back.”



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Protein discovery validates chronic fatigue syndrome theory BY JENNIFER LIU CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The University of Medicine and Dentistr y of New Jersey (UMDNJ) collaborated with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to discover around 3,000 proteins in the spinal fluids of people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease. “We discovered that both diseases — chronic fatigue syndrome and post-treatment neurological L yme disease — are central ner vous system disorders,” said Steven Schutzer, professor of medicine at UMDNJ. “They have their own characteristic set of spinal fluid proteins that lets us distinguish one from the other.” The two diseases were thought to be similar, and many people did not believe chronic fatigue syndrome had a real biological or physical basis, Schutzer said.

“[The discover y] provides extremely convincing evidence, in my view, that these pathologies are real and distinguishable,” said Richard Smith, director of the Proteomics Research Program at PNNL. Smith said this recent discovery is especially important for chronic fatigue syndrome patients. “For a significant amount of patients, this will be validation that this isn’t all in their imaginations,” he said. Smith believes the breakthrough in this study should be credited, at least in part, to the newly available technology. “There are a couple of challenges with spinal fluid that limit what has been done previously,” he said. “One is just the small size of the samples that are typically available. [Another is] the ability to make broad measurements that detect and quantify many different proteins.” The technology used in this study was based on mass

spectrometr y and high-resolution liquid chromatography separations, Smith said. “We used state of the art instruments called mass spec-

“I think these kinds of developments are going to lead to real revolutions in medical practice” RICHARD SMITH Director of the Proteomics Research Program at PNNL

trometers ... to identify and quantify the proteins in the certain given sample,” said Tao Liu, PNNL senior research scientist. Applying extensive separations reduced the complexity of the spinal fluid sample and allowed for the identification of more proteins in the sample, Liu said.

“In the end we did arrive at a total of roughly 2,500 proteins ... which is really the most comprehensive analysis repor t to date on chronic fatigue syndrome ... spinal fluid,” he said. With the publication of this study, the medical world has a list of proteins to start making hypotheses as to the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, Smith said. This study gives them the building blocks and tools to do it. “Once you begin to look at the proteins and begin to understand which proteins are involved … you focus your attention on what you may actually be able to do in prevention to alter the outcome,” he said. Almost all drugs are targeted at proteins, Smith said. Once a person discovers a protein that is involved in crucial biological pathways, there is potential in at least targeting that protein in drug development.

Smith said this study shows that the new technology used enables careful and in-depth study of proteins in spinal fluid for more diseases than just chronic fatigue syndrome and L yme disease. “There appear to be two distinct disease states when we look at the molecular level, and there probably are many types of cancers and many different disease states that we lump together because we don’t understand the differences,” he said. The recent research development points a way to show how a lot of diseases and disease states will be studied in the future, Smith said. “I think these kinds of developments are going to lead to real revolutions in medical practice,” he said. “ They will probably reveal many disease states that we don’t know about or distinguish at the present time and that’s vital to addressing them.”

NORTH BRUNSWICK STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON TO RAISE MONEY Students from North Brunswick Township High School rocked to raise $9,000 last weekend for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The event, known as the Rock-A-Thon, was a 24-hour rocking chair marathon that North Brunswick High School holds every year, according to an article. At this year’s Rock-A-Thon, 80 students participated, most of them clad in pajamas. Participants of the Rock-A-Thon had to follow a strict set of rules for the rocking event — no sleeping and no leaving the rocking chair except for the five-minute hourly bathroom breaks. After 22 hours of rocking at 9 a.m. the students’ rocking slowed down, but they did not leave their chairs.

“The first couple hours flew by,” said North Brunswick High School junior Angela Peletier. “I’m, like, past tired now.” Past Rock-A-Thons have collectively raised about $203,000, event coordinator and social studies teacher Joel Chesler said in the article. Previous fundraising efforts have been directed toward Operation Jersey Cares, the Haitian Relief Fund and the North Brunswick Food Bank. Students who attended and participated in the event brought their own rocking chairs, according to the article. In the article, senior Matt Deluca said his rocking chair was unique because its histor y went beyond his

four years at high school to when his sisters, Christine and Meg, used it in the ’90s when they were in high school. Peletier’s rocking chair, a white glider with a matching swinging footstool, had been in her family since she was a baby. “My mom used to sit me in this and read me stories,” she said in the article. Although sleep-deprived, students like senior Anil Mathews said the event was a good way to stay up late and beat sleep. “This is what made me believe I could pull all-nighters for tests,” he said in the article. — Ankita Panda



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Government invests in development of small spy planes THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO — The Pentagon has poured millions of dollars into the development of tiny drones inspired by biology, each equipped with video and audio equipment that can record sights and sounds. They could be used to spy, but also to locate people inside earthquake-crumpled buildings and detect hazardous chemical leaks. Besides the hummingbird, engineers in the growing unmanned aircraft industry are working on drones that look like insects and the helicopter-like maple leaf seed. Researchers are even exploring ways to implant surveillance and other equipment into an insect as it is undergoing metamorphosis. They want to be able to control the creature. The devices could end up being used by police officers and firefighters.

Their potential use outside of battle zones, however, is raising questions about privacy and the dangers of the winged creatures buzzing around in the same skies as aircraft. With a 6.5-inch wing span, the remote-controlled bird weighs less than a AA battery and can fly at speeds of up to 11 mph, propelled only by the flapping of its two wings. A tiny video camera sits in its belly. The bird can climb and descend vertically, fly sideways, forward and backward. It can rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. Most of all it can hover and perch on a window ledge while it gathers intelligence, unbeknownst to the enemy. “We were almost laughing out of being scared because we had signed up to do this,” said Matt Keennon, senior project engineer of California’s AeroVironment, which built the hummingbird.

The Pentagon asked them to develop a pocket-sized aircraft for surveillance and reconnaissance that mimicked biology. It could be anything, they said, from a dragonfly to a hummingbird. Five years and $4 million later, the company has developed what it calls the world’s first hummingbird spy plane. “It was very daunting up front and remained that way for quite some time into the project,” he said, after the drone blew by his head and landed on his hand during a media demonstration. The toughest challenges were building a tiny vehicle that can fly for a prolonged period and be controlled or control itself. AeroVironment has a history of developing such aircraft. Over the decades, the Monrovia, Calif.-based company has developed everything from a flying mechanical reptile to a hydrogen-powered plane capable

of flying in the stratosphere and surveying an area larger than Afghanistan at one glance. Troops fling a four-pound plane, called the Raven, into the air. They have come to rely on the realtime video it sends back, using it to locate roadside bombs or get a glimpse of what is happening over the next hill or around a corner. The success of the hummingbird drone, however, “paves the way for a new generation of aircraft with the agility and appearance of small birds,” said Todd Hylton of the Pentagon’s research arm, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Lockheed Martin has developed a fake maple leaf seed, or so-called whirly bird, loaded with navigation equipment and imaging sensors. The spy plane weighs .07 ounces. On the far end of the research spectrum, DARPA is also exploring the possibility of implanting live insects during metamorphosis

with video cameras or sensors and controlling them by applying electrical stimulation to their wings. The drones could be sent in to search buildings in urban combat zones. Police are interested in using them, among other things, to detect a hazardous chemical leak. Firefighters could fling them out over a disaster to get better data, quickly. It is hard to tell what, if anything, will make it out of the lab, but their emergence presents challenges and not just with physics. What are the legal implications, especially with interest among police in using tiny drones for surveillance, and their potential to invade people’s privacy, asks Peter Singer, author of the book, “Wired for War” about robotic warfare. Singer said these questions will be increasingly discussed as robotics become a greater part of everyday life.

POLICE ARREST PIZZERIA OWNER FOR PLANTING MICE IN COMPETITORS’ ESTABLISHMENTS UPPER DARBY, Pa. — A pizzeria owner with mice problems he blamed on competitors tried to sabotage two rival shops by dumping mice in them yesterday, authorities in suburban Philadelphia said. Upper Darby police said a man walked into Verona Pizza yesterday afternoon and asked to use the bathroom. After he left, the owner said he found footprints on the toilet and noticed the drop ceiling had been disturbed, and he found a bag tucked up above.

The owner turned the bag over to two police officers who happened to be eating lunch there, and they found three white mice inside, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. Police said the man then walked across the street to Uncle Nick’s Pizza and dumped another bag into a trash can inside the establishment, and police found five live mice and one dead one inside. “We have never had anything like this where mice have been used as an instrument of crime,” Chitwood said.

“This is food terrorism by mice.” Nikolas Galiatsatos, 47, owner of Nina’s Bella Pizzeria a few blocks away, faces charges of disorderly conduct, harassment and animal cruelty, police said. Chitwood told reporters that investigators believe Galiatsatos was having mice problems himself that he blamed on his competitors. — The Associated Press

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Birth Name: Laura Benanti Born:


Her ability to portray classic ingenues as well as witty, modern leading ladies

Signature Tune:

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Broadway Credits:

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (as Mrs. Givings) in 2009-2010 Gypsy (as Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee) in 2008-2009 The Wedding Singer (as Julia) in 2006 The Violet Hour (as Rosamund Plinth) in 2003 Nine (as Claudia) in 2003 Into The Woods (as Cinderella) in 2002 Swing! (Swing/Performer) in 1999-2001 The Sound of Music (as Maria Rainer) in 1998-1999


Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical 2008 (GYPSY) Drama Desk Award winner for Featured Actress in

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Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (PBS, 2010) Life on Mars (ABC, 2009) Eli Stone (ABC, 2008) Falling for Grace (Off Hollywood Pictures, 2006) Take the Lead (New Line Cinema, 2006) Starved (FX Networks, 2005)

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In a recent online poll, Benanti tied with actress Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) as the favorite to play Louise in an upcoming film adaptation of Gypsy, with Barbra Streisand as Mama Rose.

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Titanic (as Thomas Andrews) in 1997-1999 The Who’s Tommy (as Tommy) in 1993-1995

Michael Cerveris

Nov. 6, 1960 (Bethesda, Md.)

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Trademark: His versatility. Singing both traditional musicals as well as powerful contemporar y ones, he has the ability to mix dr y humor and down-toearth acting.

I’ve never been good at Signature Tune: “Pinball Wizard” from The Who’s making smart career Tommy decisions or doing the right strategic thing, and yet someBroadway Credits: how it’s all led me to exactly In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (as Dr. Givings) in 2009-2010 the kind of career that I Hedda Gabler (as Jorgen Tesman) in would have 2009 dreamed of having Cymbeline (as Posthumus Leonatus) — if only I’d been in 2007 smart enough to Lovemusik (as Kurt Weill) in 2007 dream something Sweeney Todd (as Sweeney Todd) in 2005-2006 like that. Assassins (as John Wilkes Booth) in 2004





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a Musical 2008 (GYPSY) Nominated in 2002 for both a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Into The Woods)

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Best Featured Actor in a Musical 1993 (The Who’s Tommy) Best Leading Actor in a Musical 2006 (Sweeney Todd) Best Leading Actor in a Musical 2007 (LoveMusik)

Tony Award Win: Best Featured Actor in a Musical 2004 (Assassins)

Other Work: Fringe (FOX, 2008-present) Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (PBS, 2010) Stake Land (Belladonna Productions, 2010) Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (Salty Features, 2009) Law &Order: Criminal Intent (NBC, 2007)

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Students must act responsibly in class A

dmit it: As a University student, you have done more than your fair share of covert texting in class, regardless of how harsh the professor’s rules were regarding cell phone use. Of course, you’re not alone in this. According to a study done at the University of New Hampshire, 65 percent of the 1,043 students surveyed admitted to texting during class. Perhaps more interesting is that 40 percent of the students questioned believed that texting should be allowed in class, with 37 percent saying it should not. Are most college students mature enough to handle being allowed to text in class? Well, they should be. College students are, arguably, adults. They should be able to conduct themselves properly in any situation — especially the classroom, since it is the focal point of their lives. So, if given the freedom to text in class, students would have to use that freedom responsibly. They would have to make sure they were still paying attention to the lesson and not disturbing the class when texting. Unfortunately, it is hard for anyone — student or otherwise — to always police themselves when given such freedoms. This is why there needs to be a social contract between students and professors. Rather than punishing students for texting in class, professors should strike agreements with their students. That way, students would be free to take on the sort of responsibilities they should have as adults and, at the same time, professors could help make sure these students actually act like adults. As it stands, most professors have some sort of policy in place, which discourages cell phone use in class through punishment. This should not have to be the case, as college students should be able to handle the responsibility without explicit instructions. Maybe some will dismiss this as mere wishful thinking, but we still feel that students should be mature enough to respect their professors and their classrooms without the threat of punishment.

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iven the ever-increasing prevalence of social networking sites, it is incredibly difficult to avoid public scrutiny in the digital age. More than 80 percent of college admissions officers look at social networking sites when recruiting potential students, according to a Kaplan survey. Sites such as Facebook should not come into the considerations of college admissions boards. It is not — or should not — be a student’s job to always present some sort of college-friendly image in all aspects of their life. A social networking site should be a place where people can be themselves. Students should not have to worry about whether their Facebook profile presents the most professional, positive image to colleges. A person’s Facebook is not by any stretch of the imagination an accurate representation of their academic abilities. There are plenty of students whose Facebook pages are riddled with profanity, crude humor and party pictures but that does not mean those students are bad people or that they perform poorly in school. In fact, such students may very well be at the top of their class. People have to remember that there is not necessarily any correlation between a person’s academic life and their social life. The constant fear that a college official might scan your Facebook and find objectionable content forces people to present sanitized versions of themselves on the Internet. As social networking sites become more necessary for people to stay connected with their friends and families, people are simultaneously losing the ability to be real. College admissions officers — and any other authority figures who may be checking up on their charges via Facebook — have to remember that students cannot pretend to be model citizens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students should be free to pursue whatever social activities and lifestyles they desire. Also, when colleges access Facebook profiles of potential students, they gain access to information that students may not want to give. For example, say a student declines to disclose their race, ethnicity or religion on a college application. Thanks to Facebook, college admissions officers can gain access to that information, regardless of whether the student wants to keep it private. This sort of unrestricted access could invite unfair discrimination from admissions officers. Also, for example, a student’s Facebook page could be hacked by friends and an unsavory status update could be posted as a harmless prank. This could reflect poorly on that student, even if they had no part in it. In a perfect world, college admissions officers would not even consider Facebook when recruiting students. Unfortunately, the world we live in is far from perfect. So, students, remember to take full advantage of the privacy options on social networking sites. The further away from the public eye you hide yourself, the better.

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Public unions threaten liberty Marcus I My Words

to coexist with employers n the ironic words of so that terms of labor could our 35th president, John be fairly negotiated — a reaF. Kennedy, “Ask not sonable action lodged withwhat your country can do for in the confines of the right you; ask what you can do for to assemble freely. Though, your country.” Soon after his in the world of public call to embolden the nation, AARON MARCUS unions, negotiation of Kennedy issued an executive wages and benefits is unjust order lifting the federal ban since taxpayers who pay their salaries have zero on government unions. Almost 50 years later, as the negotiation power. United States attempts to recover from a near cataThere are also severe conflicts of interests that arise strophic economic meltdown, public-sector unions from public unions. Legislators who typically support continue to choke both taxpayers and state treasury their cause have most likely benefited greatly from departments. Much to the chagrin of the citizens their political donations. This is most likely the reason who pay their bills, public union bosses refuse to for JFK’s legalization of public unions in 1962. There remotely consider tightening their belts. They porwere no government sweatshops forcing public worktray those who attempt to tackle budget deficits and ers to labor long and tedious hours for minimum pay. billions of dollars of debt as villains and dictators. Rather, Kennedy saw public unions as a potential gold Case and point is in Wisconsin, where state mine for political contributions. As Michael Barone workers have been rallying at the Capitol for two stated in a column in the Washington Examiner last weeks due to Gov. Scott Walker’s modest budgetweek, “In effect, public employee unions are a mecharepair bill. The cause for the chaos in Wisconsin is nism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the an enlightening observation of the current standing Democratic Party.” Kennedy’s dream of public unions. Walker has prohas materialized. Since 1989, 12 out of posed that local and state workers “There are the top 21 donors to political causes contribute 5.8 percent of their have been unions and each of those salary to their pension, 12.6 percent also severe unions has contributed almost excluof their salary toward their health conflicts of interests sively to Democrats. premiums and a limit to the priviDemocratic state senators from lege of collective bargaining. As a that arise Wisconsin fled the state on Feb. 18, result of this measure, more than 5,000 public jobs in Wisconsin will from public unions.” since showing up for a vote would give the victory to the Republican majority be saved. Meanwhile, the average in the Wisconsin Senate. No wonder contribution that both public and why Democrats from Wisconsin have gone AWOL. A private sector employees pay nationally toward passage even without Democrat support could stifle health premiums is 30 percent, according to the the capital of public unions and then serve as a potenKaiser Family Foundation. Public workers would tial blow to financing for future campaigns. The move is also still have their pension intact but would conpetty, childish and would never be accepted in the pritribute more of their salary. A 5.8 percent contribuvate workforce. Imagine if as an employee you decided tion rate is half a percentage point lower than the to disappear for two weeks without telling your boss national average for government workers according where you were going. Now imagine on top of that, you to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. told your boss you left because you disagreed with his So what is all the fuss about? Collective bargainmanagement methods. You would be fired, probably ing privileges. Privileges, mind you, that are not on the spot and rightfully so. granted to federal employees, whose salaries are So why have Democrats in Wisconsin fled their signed into law with the national budget. Contrary home? Why are union members around the nation to popular belief, collective bargaining is not a demonstrating lawlessly and in some cases making right. Rights are natural and thus are inalienable — physical threats against those who do not support they merely exist. Man can and should protect their cause? The answer is easy — for years public rights, but rights cannot be created — man can workers have not lived in the same world as private only create privileges. Furthermore, in the case of sector employees and the fact that their world may be public workers, collective bargaining can only infiltrated by the real world scares them. Success is definitively be established if unions are forced to not rewarded in the public system, poor performance deal with taxpayers. Public unions negotiate wages is not reprimanded and the institutions in which they and benefits collectively with government, the same government in which they are a part. When SEE MARCUS ON PAGE 11 private-sector unions were created, they intended

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MARCUS continued from page 10 work do not need to create a profit. As Robert Tracinski wrote in his most recent column for, public workers live in a socialist utopia. “Generous health care and retirement benefits are provided to everyone … Comfortable pay is mandated … And because everyone works for the government, they never have to worry that their employer will go out of business,” says Tracinski. This is not a battle against public workers, but the unions that strangle taxpayers and overbear those coerced into joining their cause. Today, public-sector unions pose a grave threat to both individual liberty and limited government. Not because public workers’ salaries and benefits are exuberantly high, although in many cases they are, but because at the core of their movement they demonize individual success, handle opposition violently and allow a select few to dictate how almost eight million members must act. They trample the most basic American ideal that our creator endows us all with certain unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Aaron Marcus is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and history. His column, “Marcus My Words,” runs on alternate Tusedays.

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Build connections to oppose tyranny Letter FARAH HUSSAIN


attended a lecture recently in which Cornel West, a longtime champion for the civil rights movement, offered a compelling definition of courage: “The great enabling virtue that allows one to realize other virtues like love, hope and faith.” He continued to say that courage is the ability to “muster the will to overcome the fear … so that fear does not have the last word or so that fear pushes one into conformity, complacency or cowardice.” Since the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, my colleagues and I have been enthusiastically discussing the latest news of protests in Bahrain, Libya, Algeria and the rest of the Arab states. Ever y day, I wake up to new Tweets with the “freedom” hashtag and a Facebook newsfeed containing closely followed posts from the Middle Eastern blogosphere. As I listen to the voices of these activists, I admire their sense of inclusiveness in discussing the recent events. Just a few days ago, a dear friend said to me, “Iranians and Arabs must embrace and suppor t each others’ struggles … that despite our linguistic,

historical, cultural differences, A “mukhbir,” or informer, we can connect and love one knocking on doors in Cairo, another.” Her remarkable Egypt is the same as the “etelaati” words on “difference” bring me in the neighborhoods of Tehran, back to my understanding of Iran. The Supreme Leader and West’s thoughts — we must his supporters are the same as end fear and suspicion of one those in Saudi Arabia, who use another and actively extend our Wahabi rhetoric to marginalize curiosities and understanding secular, religious and ethnic to ever y democratic aspiration. minorities. Like the Libyan dictaWhat exactly are these arbi- tor Muammar Gaddafi, who uses trar y divisions of which we, as force against protesters, the leadhuman beings, ers of the IRI have must be unhesino issue in exer“We cannot remain cising violence tatingly war y? By connecting the against peaceful at rest when any realities of dissenters, politipolitical system str uggle that cal prisoners, stuembrace a comdents or labor victimizes mon universal unions. Every day, demand for dissenting voices.” hundreds of torhuman rights, tured prisoners of activists must conscience rot in engage in sifting through prop- Evin Prison, similar to prisoners aganda and misconceptions. in the American-run Abu Ghraib Individuals distance them- and Guantanamo Bay detention selves from recognizing the center. Just as the Israeli military Green Movement and Iranian oppresses Palestinian political struggles for democracy or are prisoners, the IRI denies access simply unaware of the severity to legal counsel and uses emoof political oppression under tional blackmail, torture and murwhich Iranians live. The belief derous tactics on the opposition. that Iranian President We must recognize that the IRI is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the the essence of an oppressive, milIslamic Republic of Iran (IRI) itant dictatorship, which sustains give life to disenfranchised voic- itself through its systemized es in the Middle East is a far cr y spread of lies, violence and from the reality that exists with- hatred. It debases the image of in Iran’s borders and extends Islam and subverts the cause of beyond them. global freedom struggles in

Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and elsewhere. The 13th century Persian poet Saadi wrote, “The Children of Adam are limbs of each other. Having been created of one essence. When the calamity of time afflicts one limb. The other limbs cannot remain at rest.” We cannot remain at rest when any political system victimizes dissenting voices, be it in Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, Israel or the United States. We must build bridges of dialogue and cooperation between activists in Iran and Arab states and speak out for Iranian activists in the same way we do for the peoples’ movements in Tunisia, Egypt, etc. To return to the incredible words of West, courage is that ability to “love across borders, across races, across gender, across sexual orientation, across national boundary … [to] never allow that despair to have the last word.” No tyrannical force can overcome the power and patience of shared struggle. Only through building connections and reminding all peoples they are not alone or forgotten will we overcome fear and despair. Farah Hussain is a Rutgers College senior majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and comparative literature.


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Today's Birthday (03/01/11). The year ahead promises renewal. Keep what works, and let go of what doesn't. Be cautious with your expenses. You can renew without spending much. Balance planning for the future with staying present in the moment. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — There's a time to Today is a 7 — Check in with a be nurturing with your friends, favorite friend or sibling. Try a and a time to be alone and focus new art or practice today: on yourself. You can have both. abstract painting, veggie roastTrust your instincts. ing, karate kicking — the possiTaurus (April 20-May 20) — bilities are endless. Today is a 7 — Express the love Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — you have for your community. Today is a 7 — Follow mom's It's a good time to plan a neighadvice to win. Home is where the borhood garden exchange or heart is, especially today. Pay block party. Embrace change: It attention to the ghosts of the past, brings you luck. then make your own decision. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Love is triumphant Today is a 7 — Demand the again. It's time for an expedition facts and get them, to figure to a faraway land, or to your artisout what's next. Work on that tic side. Paint, draw, play with colnovel, poem or letter that ors, even if unsure. Explore. you've been waiting to write. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — You've got the words. Today is a 7 — Be thankful for Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — what you've got. The end of one Today is an 8 — Money comes idea can represent the birth of easily. Nevertheless, get even another. Clear your thoughts more efficient. A penny saved with some quiet time. It all is better than two earned. It's works out. easier and faster. Don't forget Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — to rest. Today is a 9 — Accepting other Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — people's differences allows for Today is a 9 — You're irreamazing partnership. There's sistible. Kindness gives you an always something to learn. Pay inner glow. You can do anything attention to your surroundings you want. What do you want for to chart the terrain. other people? What do you want Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — for yourself? Today is an 8 — Love is the Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — game and the prize. Work also Today is a 7 — The day can be holds both the game and the more challenging than you wantprize. Learn to balance both ed it to be. Stick to it. You're today. Friends are impressed by rewarded with sweet satisfaction this and admire you. and experience points. © 2010, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.



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pair of members of the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team earned honors after Saturday’s 11-7 win over Cornell. The Big East named senior midfielder Marlena Welsh Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore goalkeeper Lily Kalata earned a place on the Weekly Honor Roll. The pair guided the Scarlet Knights to a 2-0 start with wins over Temple and Cornell. Welsh scored six goals in those two games, including four in Ithaca, N.Y. The Jarrettsville, Md., product was a preseason AllBig East selection, but this was her first weekly award. Kalata posted 20 saves and eight groundballs. The Nesconset, N.Y., native was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week twice in her freshman year.



lacrosse junior Will Mangan earned his first Big East accolade with a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Mangan tallied three points in a 12-5 win against MarylandBaltimore County on Saturday, helping lead the Scarlet Knights to a 3-0 record. Mangan’s selection marks the second straight week that a Knight was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after the Big East honored redshirt freshman Scott Klimchak for his opening weekend performance.




boycott the 2012 Olympics in London, contending that the logo for the event is racist because it resembles the word “zion.” Iran sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, said the secretary general of Iran’s National Olympic Committee. Iranian athletes also refused to compete against Israelites because the term “zion” is a biblical term that is widely recognized to refer to Jerusalem.



Redskins released running back Clinton Portis, who would make $8.3 million next season. The two-time Pro Bowler only played 13 games the past two seasons due to a multitude of injuries. The 29-year-old leaves the Redskins 77 yards short of 10,000 for his career and 648 yards short of Washington’s franchise rushing record.




selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday including Bob Knight, the all-time leader in coaching wins in Division I men’s basketball. Others selected included coach Eddie Sutton, players Ralph Sampson, James Worthy, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin, as well as contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn. The induction takes place on Nov. 20 as part of a three-day celebration, which includes the C.B.E. Classic — a four-team event — at the Sprint Center.

an effort to force low-percentage shots. “They took some shots they probably shouldn’t have taken,” Moran said. “They had some poor shots from outside or just weren’t near the cage at all.” Another reason for the improved defense was 11 saves from sophomore goalie Lily Kalata. “Lily had a really great game in the cage,” said head coach Laura Brand. “I think she was a

little bit more focused and she The of fense was able to utimade a lot of the saves that she’s lize those extra possessions. supposed to save.” “The offense The Knights made smarter “[Lily Kalata] dominated Cornell decisions,” Brand in draw controls, said. “They was a little bit boasting a 14-6 weren’t dropping more focused advantage in a stathe ball as much.” tistic that Brand But Rutgers and she made a lot needs stresses. to work on “It’s a possessustaining more of the saves that sion ever y time of those possesshe’s supposed to.” sions, according you get the draw,” Brand to Brand. LAURA BRAND said. “You’re “[Cornell] Head Coach allowing yourself had the ball a lot not to have to longer than we play defense on that possession did and that’s something we and give yourself an need to improve on,” Brand opportunity to control the pace said. “We made turnovers that of the game.” gave them second-chance

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oppor tunities. We had some silly turnovers and poor decisions in dif ferent par ts of the field.” And why did Cornell get so many opportunities? “They’re good at dodging around the crease,” Brand said. “They have some really strong players dodging on top.” But the opportunities were there for Rutgers, resulting in 11 goals including four from senior midfielder Marlena Welsh and three from Anderson. The senior duo hopes to continue its scoring output while improving upon Brand’s concerns tomorrow night in the Knights’ home opener against Princeton at the RU Turf Field.

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ESPN BRACKETOLOGIST PRAISES RUTGERS’ RECENT RUN In his most recent NCAA Tournament predictions, ESPN women’s basketball expert WOMEN’S BASKETBALL C h a r l i e Creme has Rutgers as a No. 10 seed in the Dallas regional. The Scarlet Knights would face Purdue in the first round in Cincinnati, Ohio. The winner would presumably take on second-seed Xavier, which Creme has facing No. 15 Navy. “The Scarlet Knights are the example of playing yourself into the Tournament,” Creme wrote.

WIN: Sykes paces Rutgers offensive attack against SHU continued from back Junior forward April Sykes picked up right where she left off, lighting it up from the field and finishing with a game-high 25 points. The performance marked the Starkville, Miss., native’s 21st double-figure output this season, as the team’s leading scorer returns to familiar form with the Knights on the brink of tournament season. “We come into Big East every year expecting to win,” Sykes said. “Last year we finished I think sixth or seventh in the conference. We’re the No. 4 seed right now and that’s three slots ahead of where [the Big East] put us [in the preseason]. I think that shocked a lot of people in the conference.” Sykes knocked down her final 3-pointer of the game with less than two minutes to go and a play later subbed out for freshman forward Briana Hutchen to thunderous applause. The Pirates hung around in the early going, but thanks to a 17-5 Knights run to close out the half, Stringer and Co. entered the locker room with a 10-point advantage. Rutgers turned to a man-to-man scheme defensively and it worked in the Knights’ favor, as SHU shot just 31.8 percent from the field en route to 20 first half points. Junior for ward Chelsey Lee shouldered the load in the post once again, shooting an efficient 5-for-7 to end regulation with 16 of the Knights’ 26 points in the paint.

“While others are losing their opportunity games, Rutgers has won three in a row, including two against Top 25 opponents.” Rutgers extended that winning streak to four last night, taking advantage of yet another “oppor tunity game” in South Orange, N.J., against Seton Hall. The Knights could improve their standing even more with a strong showing this weekend at the Big East Tournament.

— Staff Report The Parkway Academy (Fla.) product continued her end-of-season tear, and just like Sykes, clicked during the team’s fourgame winning streak. The Knights played themselves into a double-bye heading into tournament play with the streak. Rutgers entered the night needing both No. 22 Marquette and Louisville to drop their contests and also had to win its season finale. Luckily for Stringer, the Knights controlled their own destiny and get to watch the first two rounds of the conference tournament, which begins Thursday night. For Rutgers, which went through its fair share of injuries in the backcourt with junior guards Khadijah Rushdan and Nikki Speed, the extra rest means everything at this juncture of the season. “We need the rest,” Stringer said. “We might have been able to get away with it if maybe we played on the second day, but we’ve basically given ourselves an opportunity to get some rest.” Although the Knights shot 52 percent and blew out a lower-caliber opponent, Stringer’s squad coughed up the ball 19 times and at times played down to the Pirates’ level. In the eyes of the Hall of Fame head coach, there is still plenty of room to grow, as a deep run-in the Big East tournament can do nothing but help the Knights’ NCAA tournament seeding. “We are still a work in progress, but I think that we’re on our way,” Stringer said. “When we can recognize and have standards for ourselves, that’s key.”



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Senior outfielder Michael Lang improved his batting average to .333 after a five-hit performance against Michigan this weekend in the Knights’ three-game sweep.


weekend in the opening matchup of the series, pitching a little action as starters go deep complete-game gem to earn his first career victory as a starter and a spot on the weekly Big continued from back East Honor Roll. everything we’ve been doing is The Toms River, N.J., native finally starting to pay off a little bit.” struck out five and allowed a meaThe relief appearance ger two earned runs. Unlike last marked the second of two on the weekend, Gebler limited his walks day for Elsing, who came in to to just one in his second career start. close out a 9-4 victory over the And just like Smorol did a Wolverines in the first game of day later, Gebler got plenty of the doubleheader. run support. Hill only dipped into the The Knights jumped out to an bullpen for a combined four early 1-0 lead thanks to a leadoff innings the entire series, as triple by Lang, who scored on a Elsing and sophohit by sophomore more lefthander Steven Zavala on Dan O’Neill both the very next play. “I think as threw two innings Zavala led the apiece in the team with three we go along, doubleheader. RBI in the contest we’re going And unlike last and hit .375 in the weekend, the bats series, while Lang’s to swing came alive as the 5-for-12 performthe bat Knights crossed ance from the plate nine runs to back upped his average pretty good.” sophomore southto .333, tying him paw Rob Smorol with Nyisztor for FRED HILL in his second the team lead. Head Coach career start. The Knights The lefthander o u t s c o r e d delivered on the run support, Michigan, 22-8, in the series after going six innings, striking out managing just 10 runs in their three and allowing just two season-opening set in Coral earned runs in the first victory of Gables, Fla., and posted an early his young career. season high of 14 hits in Game After walking five runners a one against the Wolverines. week ago, Smorol eliminated That kind of offensive producextra baserunners Saturday by tion is exactly what the Knights allowing just one free pass, someneed when they venture to thing he and the rest of the rotaAtlanta to do battle with No. 24 tion was not able to do their last Georgia Tech this weekend. time out. “We were waiting for that last “That first weekend series is weekend but it takes a little time,” always difficult,” Hill said. “It Hill said. “I think we saw a little bit [was] the first time we were outof pitching last weekend and the side and it’s their first game of kids from Michigan were very the year, so I think there were good. We got some very timely some jitters there.” hits … that’s a major plus. I think Sophomore righthander as we go along, we’re going to Tyler Gebler set the tone for the swing the bat pretty good.”


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Pair of captains plan for successful seasons BY T.J. NAGY

accomplished NJPGA competitor brings to the table. “[Mazzuchetti’s] personality The Rutgers men’s and and attitude is like none other,” women’s golf teams are prepar- Frame said. “It’s going to be good ing themselves for another chal- for the team.” lenging While Frame and Mazzuchetti GOLF s p r i n g are new leaders for the Knights, season in the Big East. the leadership role is nothing As always, senior leadership is new to Waters. one of the most important aspects “I just hope to keep leading by of the teams’ successes, and this example,” Waters said. year is no exception Through her first with men’s captain Chris three seasons, Waters Frame and three-time did so not only on the women’s captain Jeanne golf course, but also in Waters leading each of the classroom. Waters their squads. is a three-time Big East Frame competed in Conference All18 collegiate events Academic selection, as with a pair of top-25 well as an All-American finishes last fall. This Scholar Athlete. season Frame hopes to CHRISTOPHER Much like Frame, end his golf career MAZZUCHETTI Waters hopes to leave with the Scarlet a lasting impression Knights on a high note and win on the Rutgers women’s golf the Big East Tournament. program once the season is “The Big East is what all of our over. She also expects great hard work comes down to,” things from her squad. Frame said. “Winning that will “Ever yone knows that if leave a pretty good lasting they go out there and play their impression for next year.” best, we’ll compile all the Surrounded by a very young scores up at the end of the day team consisting of four fresh- and have a great chance at winmen, Frame still remains greatly ning,” Waters said. optimistic that his squad will do Both Frame and Waters are nothing but succeed once the doing their best to show what season begins. senior leadership is all about and “The experience is lacking,” how they plan on contributing to Frame said. “But the talent is their team’s success. clearly there.” With the optimism that both With the addition of first-year of the captains display, it is shaphead men’s coach Chris ing up to be a very exciting and Mazzuchetti, Frame is extreme- promising season for both the ly excited about what the men’s and women’s teams. CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Senior captains Chris Frame, top, and Jeanne Waters headline the Rutgers men’s and women’s golf teams for the 2011 campaign, which features a new men’s head coach.



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RU avenges conference loss with victory over Xavier BY MATT CANVISSER STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers tennis team’s fiercest foe this season was not anyone standing across the court, b u t TENNIS rather RUTGERS 5 its own bouts of XAVIER 2 inconsistency. That nemesis popped up again this weekend as the Scarlet Knights dropped their Big East opener, 4-3, on Saturday at Louisville, but went on to defeat Xavier, 5-2, the very next day. The match against Xavier was a complete 180-degree turnaround as the Knights (5-3, 0-1) were able to pick up doubles victories behind wins from their top two teams. The No. 3 doubles squad of freshmen Vanessa Petrini and Stefania Balasa fell to Xavier, but they were the team that picked up the lone win against Louisville. Junior Jennifer Holzberg was also able to pick up a win in No. 2 singles against Xavier (6-4, 60). The victor y extended her singles win streak to seven straight contests. “Jen just has a great competitive spirit,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “She hustles, has great focus and has an intrinsic ability

to play her best at really important points in the match.” Her doubles partner, senior Amy Zhang, struggled in the No. 1 spot against top competition this season and lost singles matches to both Louisville and Xavier. Zhang has a 4-4 record for the year after losing just four matches all of last season. “Amy is a very seasoned competitor and the difference between winning and losing in the No. 1 spot is very small,” Bucca said. “She practices hard, plays hard and knows what she needs to do. It’s unusual to see her struggle, but I have full confidence that she’ll be ready to play on Sunday.” The Louisville match was reminiscent of the Knights’ loss to Columbia earlier in the season, when the teams split the singles matches but Rutgers lost the crucial doubles point. “Louisville was a tough team. We got a little bit of a slow start in doubles but came back in singles and played really well as a team,” Holzberg said. “We just came short in the end. On Sunday against Xavier we were tired, but put that behind us and just focused on playing well.” The Knights lost the doubles point in all three of their losses this season and it was now twice the deciding factor in a loss.

“There is a long tradition of strong doubles play at this school, but for whatever reason we have not been able to play to the quality that we are capable of,” Bucca said. “We just need to keep practicing strategies and get the girls to believe in themselves so they can all play confident doubles.” The Knights were able to erase their early deficit with singles victories as the trio of Holzberg, junior Mar yana Milchutskey and Balasa picked up key wins. But it was not enough as Louisville also picked up three singles wins of its own and the Knights were never able to fully adjust to the courts at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. “Their indoor tennis courts were extremely fast, much faster than what we were used to,” Zhang said. “It took a while to get used to the quicker speed of the ball.” Zhang and Co. need to be ready because the Knights play host Sunday to rival Marquette. The match is the Knights’ last at their temporar y winter home at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J. “I am looking forward to a competitive match,” Holzberg said. “Marquette is a big rival for us and we are excited to have a tough match against them.”


Jennifer Holzberg and Amy Zhang started off doubles play Sunday with an 8-5 decision in the No. 1 spot.


The Rutgers rowing team traveled to Tampa, Fla., for eight days in January to train in its first return to the water since the end of the 2010 season. The Knights have about 10 of the NCAA-high 20 available scholarships on a team that includes seasoned rowers and interested walk-ons.

Walk-ons, veterans alike find home in boat for Knights BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

When Samantha Steffier tried to find a spot on the Rutgers swimming ROWING and diving team as a freshman, she searched for a way to continue her competitive career. The high school swimmer and 2006 state champion wanted to remain involved in athletics at Rutgers, but she could not find a home on the swimming team. Steffier took the advice of her roommate and tried out for the rowing team. Four years later, the Cherry Hill, N.J., native is a member of the varsity squad along with others who turned to the Raritan River to remain competitive. “A lot of people who walk onto the team have an athletic

background, so they already offer,” Pernetti said. “Coach is, the more you progress over the have that competitiveness,” [Heather] Putnam is working hard years, the more effective you are said senior Christine Hannigan, on the recruiting end and it’s real- through the water and the faster who ran track in high school. ly starting to pay dividends.” the boat moves.” “The difficult part isn’t finding While there are seniors like But the moment when walkthe motivation, it’s W h i t n e y ons put it all together learning how to do it.” Armstrong, generally comes away The Scarlet Knights Ashley Mills, from the river, do that through a April Tobin Borghard said. novice program, comand Janine Rather than everymon across collegiate Ford who thing clicking at once, rowing for first-year rowed in high new rowers are generalparticipants. school, there ly able to sustain proper Head coach Max are still plenty technique for longer Borghard said walkwho are new periods of time once ons would remain a to the sport. adjusted to the sport. CHRISTINE SAMANTHA part of his program, To adjust “Nobody has perHANNIGAN STEFFIER although he is workto rowing fect technique,” ing with Athletic Director Tim competitively, walk-ons rely on Hannigan said. “It’s just a conPernetti toward increasing natural athleticism that translates tinuous learning process. Your scholarships. across sports and a grueling off- first year of rowing is just a Rutgers has about 10 of the season training program. crash course in putting an oar in NCAA-limit 20 at its disposal. “If your fitness is there, then the water and making a boat “There’s no way around you’re most likely going to be able move. After that, you start refinrecruiting a kid without a scholar- to make a boat move,” Steffier ing it. I don’t think I learned to ship — you have to have that said. “But the better the technique be that ef fective until junior

year, so it’s a combination of fitness and technique.” Soon the Knights will see how their fitness and technique translates to the water. They spent the winter mostly indoors, working out and simulating rowing on a machine for land training. But the squad took a trip to Tampa, Fla., for eight days in January where they returned to the water. And for a group of lifelong rowers and relative newcomers, the opportunity to compete was exactly what they needed. “When we’re indoors for four months at a time, it’s nice to have that week and a half when we’re out in nice weather and in the boats again,” Steffier said. “It resets ever yone’s mentality because being inside is so tough mentally and physically. That break in Tampa sets ever yone back on track.”


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Knights sweep Wolverines in trip to Florida BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR


Junior forward April Sykes led all scorers last night with a 25-point performance at Seton Hall. The Starkville, Miss., native shot 11-for-17 from the field and knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in the Scarlet Knights’ 71-47 win.

RU clinches double-bye with win, league help BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Only two games ago did a one-win Big East squad give the Rutgers women’s basketball team everyWOMEN’S BASKETBALL thing it had on its home floor. The Scarlet RUTGERS 71 Knights found SETON HALL 47 themselves in a similar situation last

night at Walsh Gymnasium, where they took the floor against intrastate rival Seton Hall, the last-place team in the conference. The Knights made sure to take care of business early this time, crashing the Pirates’ Senior Night with a 71-47 victory. And with Louisville’s loss to lowly Providence, head coach C. Vivian Stringer’s team earned itself a No. 4 seed for this weekend’s Big East tournament in Hartford, Conn., putting off the Knights’ (18-11, 11-5) opener until Sunday at the XL Center.

“I’m extremely proud because I think it was a real challenge and I think we learned and we grew as the season progressed,” Stringer said. “I’m extremely critical because I expect a style of play all the time, but I can’t help but be proud.” SHU (8-21, 1-15) struggled all evening to solve the Knights’ man-to-man scheme and turned the ball over early and often in the Pirates’ final home contest of the season.


There was no greater question surrounding the Rutgers baseball team entering this season than the state of its pitching staff. For those who BASEBALL had any doubts, RUTGERS 5 look no further than the Scarlet Knights’ MICHIGAN 2 three-game sweep against Michigan this weekend in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Head coach Fred Hill’s starting rotation turned in a trio of gems in the Knights’ second straight weekend in the Sunshine State, and on the arm of junior righthander Nathanial Roe, Rutgers broke out the brooms with a 5-2 victory in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. “Our intensity level was a lot better this weekend,” said senior right fielder Michael Lang. “Everyone was in the game picking each other up for the whole nine innings regardless of what was going on. We were never down. Nobody ever thought we were going to lose.” The Knights trailed for the first time in the series in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 3, only to respond with a run a half inning later off an RBI by sophomore shortstop Steve Nyisztor. Freshman outfielder Brian O’Grady earned his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth, and an inning later another rookie earned his stripes. Mike Zavala’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth sealed the victory for the Knights, as sophomore reliever Jerry Elsing was lights out in one inning of work, giving Roe his first victory. “It was good to get the first start out of the way last week,” Roe said. “I felt good but I worked a lot during the week just to try to refine some of the things I did wrong last week. It was good to know all the hard work and


Defensive effort aids Rutgers in second straight road win BY JOSH BAKAN STAFF WRITER


Sophomore goalie Lily Kalata posted 11 total saves in the Knights’ second consecutive victory of the season on Saturday against host Cornell, which earned a 35-24 shot disparity in Ithaca, N.Y.

Following a win that came down to the final minute, all it took was defensive improvement to give the Rutgers women’s lacrosse WOMEN’S LACROSSE team a little breathing room in RUTGERS 11 its 11-7 win over CORNELL 7 Cor nell on Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y. “We were in front of our cutters today,” said senior defenseman Mar y Moran. “We played crease defense [and] we didn’t really let them hold the crease at all. We held our ground and we communicated better.” The win did not have to be pulled out in the final minute as it did in the Scarlet Knights’ season opener against Temple. A last-minute Stephanie Anderson goal gave Rutgers (2-0) that win. “The last game was disappointing because we know that that’s not the best we could do,” Moran said. “In this game, we were playing great one-versusone defense. We had a lot of blocks. We’re getting our sticks on the eight meter shots.” Although the Big Red had a 35-24 shot advantage, the Knights made


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