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State approves six ATC locations BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Ser vices announced six nonprofit organizations selected to run alternative treatment centers (ATC) for the state’s medicinal marijuana program, with the highest-ranked among them to open this summer in New Brunswick. Compassionate Care Centers of America Foundation Inc. (CCAF), which will operate an ATC that serves approved medicinal marijuana patients from municipalities in Central New Jersey, has proposed a location at a warehouse on Joyce Kilmer Avenue. “We felt New Brunswick would be an ideal Central Jersey location because of its proximity to rail
transportation and major highways,” said Raj Mukherji, a lobbyist representing CCAF. Mukherji said the clinically based, medical model medicinal marijuana program would fit in among other organizations in town. “New Brunswick, as the home of Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and numerous hospitals, is no stranger to groundbreaking research,” he said. Other ATCs will be located in Manalapan, Bellmawr, Secaucus and Montclair, N.J., said Poonam Alaigh, the commissioner at the Depar tment of Health and Ser vices. Nonprofit organizations could apply to operate an ATC in February and were scored based on their proposals, including financial plans and security measures,
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Alaigh said. Out of the 21 applicants, six were chosen, with CCAF the highest-scoring applicant. “The foundation is thrilled and grateful and plans to hit the ground running in moving forward with implementing the plans,” Mukherji said. CCAF is a new nonprofit organization so this will be the first center it has operated, but two of CCAF’s board members — Michael Weisser and his son David Weisser — have experience operating seven centers in Colorado, he said. While some N.J. residents are concerned about the medicinal marijuana program being strict, Mukherji thinks it will be beneficial for research. “We are delighted the regulations in New Jersey are tighter,”
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After a recall of multiple drugs in the recent past, like Children’s Tylenol, the federal government takes over three Johnson & Johnson plants.
FDA seizes control of three J&J factories BY TABISH TALIB CONTRIBUTING WRITER
In response to the long list of Johnson & Johnson recalls this past year, which includes Tylenol, the Food and Dr ug Administration (FDA) took control of three J&J production plants. The J&J plants, located in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Lancaster, Pa., and Fort Washington, Pa., were connected to the recall of multiple drugs in 2010 and to the Children’s Tylenol three months ago, according to a McNeil Consumer Healthcare press release.
The FDA took control of the plants through the “consent decree” of McNeil Consumer Healthcare in order to bring the plants up to manufacturing standards. The plants in Las Piedras and Lancaster will continue to operate, while the Fort Washington plant will be closed, McNeil Consumer Healthcare spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs said to CNN Money. “There is the potential for some impact [in production] initially as we implement the additional steps,” Jacobs told CNN Money.
The state’s Department of Health and Senior Services selected six organizations to run alternative treatment centers in order to implement a medical marijuana program. The New Brunswick center will open this summer.
Video essays start trend in admissions
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UNIVERSITY Humanists debate the morality of tree carving and having children.
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Despite a ruling that his eduation cuts were too extreme, Gov. Chris Christie isn’t backing down. See if we give him a laurel or dart.
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Students dance with glow-in-the-dark accessories Wednesday night at “Neon Night,” a late-night party hosted by the Rutgers University Programming Association. Attendees were required to wear white or neon colors.
A growing number of American colleges now accept video essay submissions as a supplementary part of the admissions application. St. Mar y’s College of Mar yland, George Mason University, the College of William & Mary and Tufts University are among the colleges that now allow their undergraduate applicants to optionally send short video recordings describing their aspirations, distinctions and talents. “The students should be given an opportunity to show some creativity in the admissions process and a video essay in this day and age allows us to bring it back,” said Richard Edgars, director of admissions at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
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Group collects clothes to unite state BY KRISTINE CHOI STAFF WRITER
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Professor Joan Bennett talks on Wednesday night about her work on the benefits and harms of fungi on Douglass campus.
Speaker shares study in honor of women’s history BY CLIFF WANG STAFF WRITER
In honor of Women’s History Month, the University chapter of the Botanical Society of America invited Professor Joan Bennett to talk about the pros and cons of fungi in a lecture entitled “Fungi: Friend or Foe?” Bennett’s presentation, an overview of fungi that took place Wednesday evening in Foran Hall on Douglass campus, detailed the many qualities and characteristics of fungi that can be either beneficial or harmful to humans. “The point was to get people to learn something about fungi because I think that they tend to be misunderstood,” she said. “I wanted to take a global view and make the presentation both educational and also easy to understand.” After seeing all of Bennett’s past work and research as a professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, the University chapter of the Botanical Society of America approached her to speak. “We wanted a woman speaker for the month of March since it was Women’s History Month, and we heard that she was a really good speaker,” said University Botanical Society President and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior Stacy Brody. Bennett said she made the power point presentation specifically for the event and took some slides from ones she uses in her lectures. The presentation started with an overview discussing the basics of what fungi are. Throughout the slides, Bennett included colorful images of macrofungi like the Greenheaded Jelly Baby mushroom, which has bright green tops. “Macrofungi come in many unusual shapes, and some like the Torn Fiber Head are poisonous,” she said. Bennett also discussed microfungi such as mold, and more
specifically, her study of Aspergillus and potential health problems of indoor molds. In addition, Bennett talked about a group of microfungi called the filamentous fungi. “They include many of the organisms we call molds, mildews, blights and rots in everyday life,” she said. Bennett showed slides of fungi growing on things ranging from a rotting apple to dry rot, which she said is often regarded as the “cancer” of buildings due to its appearance. She then touched on the benefits of fungi, talking about the fungi in the mushrooms that people put in their soups. “For many Americans, edible mushrooms are synonymous with the cultivated button mushroom,” she said. Bennett also talked about types of Asian fermented foods made with mold such as soy sauce and miso. At the end of the presentation, she answered questions from the audience, many of whom were part of the Botanical Society. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore Johnny Voong and junior Gianna Santelli replied positively to Bennett’s presentation and said they were pleased to have learned more than they knew on the topic of fungi. “I think the presentation was ver y interesting and she was able to cover both the common knowledge about fungi and also the more specialized topics,” Voong said. “I also liked how she was able to reference and relate a lot of the information to Rutgers scientists.” Santelli, Botanical Society treasurer, said the presentation made her realize how much fungi is a part of her daily life. “It’s so interesting because you don’t realize how much fungi is part of your everyday life and how much there is still to learn about it,” she said.
University students can do some spring cleaning and exercising this Saturday at the first “Clean Up, Shape Up, Meet Up” on the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center. Celebrate NJ, the event’s hosts, will collect used clothes, shoes, handbags and household items to donate to the A&E Clothing Drive to support its initiatives to connect with the University student body and the rest of the state, said Karen Hatcher, executive director of Celebrate NJ. “It’s called ‘Clean Up’ because we’re asking students to clean out their closets and donate any used clothing,” she said. “What we heard from the students was, at the end of term, there were big garbage piles and big dumpsters full of things that students don’t want to take home.” Hatcher believes the exchange will be beneficial for both parties involved. “We’re inviting [University students] to clean out early and really get rid of the things that they weren’t going to use anymore and allow us to benefit by that,” she said. “Celebrate NJ will earn about 15 cents per pound on all the clothing donated.” “Clean Up, Shape Up, Meet Up” will be separated into three components called the clean up, shape up and meet up, Hatcher said. “The Shape Up is a 5K run that has a registration fee of $10 as a donation to Celebrate NJ,” she said. “The idea is to get people moving after this very cold, long winter.” Attendees can participate in a variety of fitness games in the gym
at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center, Celebrate NJ student intern Ben Kleiner said. “I’ve been working on setting up games for the day, promoting the event and mapping out the race course,” said Kleiner, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I will be running all of the organized games on the day of the event and I am very excited to do so.” The Meet Up portion of the event will provide a unique experience for the children participating in
“They wanted to figure out a way to further the relationship between Celebrate NJ and the University.” KAREN HATCHER Executive Director of Celebrate NJ
Celebrate NJ by connecting them with pen pals from throughout the state so that they can learn about each other and where they live, Hatcher said. “It really just went from a great idea in a brainstorming into this reality that is happening on Saturday,” she said. After challenged to plan an event that would be fun and serve as a fundraiser, Celebrate NJ student interns proposed the occasion, Hatcher said. “They wanted to figure out a way to further the relationship
between Celebrate NJ and the University,” she said. Kleiner said having an event like the “Clean Up, Shape Up, Meet Up” lets the organization become more involved with the campus community and expose N.J. children to the institution. Celebrate NJ’s goal is for kids to understand the importance of where they grew up and where they came from, Hatcher said. “[Celebrate NJ is] a nonprofit organization that is all about celebrating the best of New Jersey,” she said. “We do that through a number of educational initiatives and programs that benefit Celebrate NJ school programs.” Hatcher feels the event will be a helpful platform to raise awareness about the beauty and diversity of New Jersey. “I hope that University students will find out about Celebrate NJ and have an understanding about why it’s important to feel connected to where you come from and have a sense of place,” she said. “And that New Jersey is pretty awesome.” Hatcher expressed interest in gaining more popularity from the University similar to other successful community service projects on campus. “I would love for us to create an event that would rival Dance Marathon, to have that level of involvement and support on the University campus,” she said. Some University students like Rania Saleh, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, is looking forward to the event. “I think it’s a nice way for students to help out the community and be healthy,” she said.
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“We’ll probably offer an indica strain, a sativa strain and a blend strains of medical marijuana of both,” he said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Marcus Hughes thinks continued from front edibles should be of fered he said. “It will set New Jersey because it is the safest way to apart from other states in culticonsume marijuana. vating and dispensing marijua“They should have edibles,” na and focus on outcomes and he said. “If anything, they should data analysis.” only sell edibles. It would be Medicinal marijuana proharder for older patients to gram applicants in New Jersey smoke weed.” must suffer from a debilitating Hughes said the program condition in order to use the makes it difficult for sick, elderdrug, Alaigh said. ly patients to Applicants will be obtain the marilimited to 2 juana as well. “They should ounces of mari“I’m assuming have edibles. ... juana for ever y they won’t let a 30 days. pick it It would be harder caregiver “This is pioup for a patient neering territor y because it’s marifor older patients for the state juana. It puts strict to smoke weed.” of New Jersey,” limits on patients,” she said. “We he said. MARCUS HUGHES are now one Mukherji said School of Arts and Sciences step closer to residents of cerJunior p r o v i d i n g tain areas of New patients with Jersey would only debilitating conditions relief be able to report to an ATC in from chronic pain.” their region. Mukherji said CCAF is in supCCAF is af filiated with port of Alaigh’s plan. Meadowlands Hospital, which “New Jersey is at the forewill track patient outcomes front of the nation in determinand analyze the data to measing how medical marijuana can ure medicinal proper ties improve the lives of these and the uses of the cannabis, patients,” he said. “The health he said. commissioner has devised an The foundation’s advisor y excellent plan by virtue of the board is committed to working medical model.” with municipal and county of fiATCs are restricted from cials to see if the proposed offering marijuana in edible form New Br unswick location is and are limited to three strains, safe and secure and compliant Mukherji said. with state regulations, he said.
FACTORIES: J&J goes forward with plant changes continued from front Jacobs declined to comment on the subject. The two functioning plants will work with an independent exper t who will present a repor t to the FDA about the manufacturing standards of the plants, after which the FDA will decide on how to move forward, according to a McNeil Consumer Healthcare press release. J&J is trying to address all concerns of its consumers, said J&J Vice President of Corporate Media Relations Bill Price. “We’re moving ahead with organizational changes as well as the manufacturing changes at the McNeil plants,” he said. Price added that J&J CEO William Weldon addressed concerns over the company’s management team which some believe are responsible for the recalls. “Clearly the McNeil Healthcare recalls have been a major issue and working with the FDA we can get products back on the shelves,” he said. Michael Santoro, professor of management and global business at the Rutgers Business School, believes the blame on the vast amount of recalls lies in how the problem was handled at the corporate level. “It took Johnson & Johnson a long time to address the problems with the recalls. That is why the FDA is involved,” he said. “It’s clearly a management problem especially with the CEO and J&J’s Board of Directors.” Santoro believes these past recalls have been handled poorly compared to how they were handled in the past. The
Tylenol recall in the 1980s, in which a malicious employee laced tablets with cyanide, was handled cleaner by then CEO James Burke, he said. “The way that situation was handled is why J&J continues to have good reputation,” he said. He added that J&J also has more of a reason to care about their public image than most other pharmaceutical companies because of the line of products they sell. “Johnson & Johnson is distinctively diversified more than other companies,” Santoro said. “They sell baby shampoo and baby medication, which is why if a recall is handled poorly it could hurt the public’s opinion of the company.” Other problems, such as the loss of business due to recalls, have lasting ef fects, said Maaz Enver, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy graduate student. “You can’t forget that there is nearly always a generic drug with the same active ingredient as the name brands,” he said. “People have this idea of a name brand drug to be better.” But the danger for drug companies is that generic versions of drugs are cheaper than the name brands, Enver said. “If your product is off the shelf, it’s easier for people to try the generic version and never buy the name brand again because the generic worked for them just as well,” he said. Another incentive for J&J to allow a consent decree at the McNeil Consumer Healthcare plants are the reprimands they could have faced other wise, Santoro said. “This is a terrible blow to J&J and it shows that by allowing to be super vised by a third par ty, there could have been major action and penalties for thcoming from the FDA,” he said.
LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTS STATE UNEMPLOYEMENT RISES New Jersey unemployment rates rose to 9.2 percent this last month despite the state’s gain of 7,500 new jobs in professional, business, construction and leisure and hospitality sectors and 700 in the public sector. The State Labor Depar tment repor t released Thursday show the unemployment rates rose from 9.1 percent in Januar y to 9.2 percent in Februar y, according to an ar ticle on nj.com. Despite the increase in unemployment rates, economists say the rise in employment is not necessarily a bad thing rather an opportunity for prospective workers to return to the market, according to the article. “While it is still a ver y volatile job market, we have seen a return of prospective workers who had left the job market,” Labor Commissioner Harold Wir ths said in the ar ticle. “More people felt better about their chances for employment.” According to a mycentraljersey.com article, the biggest job gains in January
ESSAYS: St. Mary’s allows tape submissions in late ’80s continued from front Edgars, who has worked with the St. Mar y’s College of Mar yland admissions depar tment since 1987, said it is imperative for colleges to look beyond the students’ grades and standardized testing scores within the selection process. “The option of submitting a video essay gives some future students an opportunity to really shine,” he said. Recordings available on YouTube and other media-sharing websites feature prospective students singing, dancing, reciting a monologue or playing a ukulele while riding a unicycle. Many of the video essays received thousands of views and comments. College of William & Mary’s optional submission prompt is meant to demystify the admissions process and encourage applicants to express themselves in whatever way they see fit, according to the College of William & Mar y Admission Officers’ blog. “Anything goes. Inspire us, impress us or just make us laugh,” according to the College of William & Mary undergraduate application. St. Mar y’s College of Mar yland was among the pioneers of accepting video essays two decades ago, Edgars said. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, when the VHS tapes were used, the college allowed applicants to submit them. “Because of the environment and the opportunity to use … we decided to bring [the video essays] back,” he said. Mason Gross School of the Arts accepts video recordings of applicants’ music or dance performances whenever distance prohibits the prospective students from appearing at an oncampus audition, according to the school’s application guidelines. Nevertheless, the University’s School of Arts and Sciences continues to rely on prospective stu-
were in professional and business services with 3,300 new jobs, 3,000 in construction and 1,700 new jobs in leisure and hospitality. The largest job losses were in trade, transportation and utilities with 1,200 less jobs, 800 jobs in educational and health ser vices and 700 jobs lost in financial activities, according to the mycentraljersey.com article. The state government lost 2,200 employees while local governments hired 2,700 workers and federal government added 200 employees. The U.S. Depar tment of Labor released its figures for the number of people receiving unemployment benefits in the state and it showed that New Jersey dropped for the 63rd straight week, according to the nj.com article. First-time filings also fell nearly 5 percent for the week ending March 12, and continuing claims dropped 4 percent showing signs of employment improvement.
dents’ grades, standardized testing scores and formal application essays in making the decision, according to the University’s admissions website. Representatives from Mason Gross School of the Arts and the School of Arts and Sciences could not be reached by press time. Wendy Livingston, senior assistant dean of admissions’ committee at the College of William & Mar y acknowledged the dif ficulty of comparing the applicants based on their supplementar y materials, such as
“It takes a special kind of a student to record a video and to submit it to the committee.” RICHARD EDGARS St. Mary’s College of Maryland Director of Admissions
the video essays. “It will ultimately depend on the quality of the work submitted by the student,” Livingston said. “But whatever optional [submission] that helps us learn more about the student is what we are looking for.” Some colleges received examples of students who took the idea a little too far, she said. “We are not looking for rice crispy Wren Buildings to be constructed and sent to us,” Livingston said referring to one of the historic constructions of the college. St. Mar y’s College of Mar yland, William & Mar y University and Tufts University all stressed that videos are not required for applicants. “Optional essays are just that — optional,” said Director of Public Relations at Tufts University Kim Thurler. She said ideally an optional essay helps college admissions better understand what a candidate potentially brings to the incoming class. “But if it doesn’t, we set it aside and look at the other
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pieces of the application,” Thurler said. Only a fraction of applicants take advantage of submitting the video essays, Edgars said. “It takes a special kind of a student to record a video and to submit it to the committee,” he said. Still, Edgars said the continuous evolution of technology and social media is likely to affect the college admissions process in the future. “The colleges should see that if [modern technology] is important to the youth, it might be an important venue to learn about a young person,” he said. Amanda Laf fer ty, a Williamstown High School senior, who recently received her letter of acceptance to the University, said prospective students should be provided with a greater number of options to express themselves through the application process. “Even the written essay only has a single question, whereas other colleges provide you with an ability to chose from a number of questions,” she said. “I’m sure that a video essay will also help the more creative applicants.” James Malchow, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, felt an increasing number of options in the application process could put a strain on the admissions committee budget. “[A video essay] is a much more tangible way for you to be able to express to the college what makes you different from everybody else,” he said. “But it can also make the application procedure more expensive for the students.” Kevin Murray, a graduate student at the University’s School of Communication and Information, said the video essays also could potentially make the selection process more biased. “Now you can see what the person physically looks like,” Murray said. “This really provides certain applicants an advantage over the others, even if they are equally strong in their academic achievements.”
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Humanists discuss moral decision-making processes BY YASHMIN PATEL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The University Humanist Chaplaincy held a meeting Wednesday night at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus, to grapple over moral decisions and ethics. A group of University alumni, students and other local members debated about whether carving a person’s initials into a tree is morally permissible to explore the issues of consequentialism and virtue ethics. “Consequentialism is the notion that a moral judgment should be based on the effect on the conscious beings, so it’s good if it has good consequences, and it’s bad if it has bad consequences,” University Chaplain Barr y Klassel said. “Virtue ethics, which is that you should cultivate a set of virtues in yourself, like loyalty, honesty and truthfulness.” Some said such carvings are immoral because they can negatively affect trees. “If the car vings opened the bark up to disease pests, it’s going to inevitably cause the tree to die,” said Lisa Ridge, organizer of the New Jersey Humanist Network. Others expressed that a tree should be valued despite the consequences a car ving may have on a tree. “Trees should be honored for their tree-ness,” said Ron Rothman, resident of Ringoes, N.J. “Trees are for a whole bunch of things, for admiring or for whatever biological function
it ser ves, but they’re not for carving initials in.” John Zerillo of Hamilton, N.J., thought putting initials in a tree is an artistic expression and makes trees look more attractive. “Being someone who has car ved his initials in a tree, I think the tree would be safe from dying,” Zerillo said. “It might have some aesthetic value putting initials in the tree.” Gar y Brill, campus coordinator of the Human Chaplaincy, said it is important to take into
consideration why people make the moral decisions they make. “We have to live together and relate to one another and act toward one another on the basis of our understandings and our mutual interests,” he said. “It is important to know other people’s thinking, so we can negotiate a satisfactor y resolution to conflict.” Another moral decision discussed was whether one should bring a child into the world. The factors that affected the group’s discussion were whether a person was psychologically
or financially capable of having a child. “I think we take on a big burden of responsibility to think about having a child, to take ever ything into consideration,” said Kenny Rowc, a resident of Phillipsburg, N.J. “I would ask myself, ‘Can I clothe myself, feed myself and do I have shelter?’” Klassel said having discussions about morals and ethics helps people evaluate their own ideas and perspectives. “One thing about human beings is that they can
contemplate,” he said. “It’s important for people to sit and talk about these things, so they can reflect on their own prejudiced ideas and see if they are correct or if there’s a better way to think about more effective ways to think things they thought they knew.” Rowc thinks one’s environment affects what they perceive as moral. “I don’t think our decisions are our decisions,” he said. “I think influences play such a big role in whether something is more moral or not.”
University alumni, students and local members of the community talk about the moral judgments of carving names into a tree Wednesday night at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. They related the issue to ideas of consequentialism and virtue ethics.
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Local Irish pub struggles to stay open in economy BY AMANDA DOWNS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Martin McCormick’s Irish Pub, a local New Brunswick bar frequented by University students, is the latest in a long string of closings in the economy. Following bank orders, McCormick’s might have to shut its doors to the public one final time. The 24-year-old pub opened in 1986 and was named after Martin McCormick, the founder and owner’s deceased grandfather, said Jack McCormick, the pub owner. The Irish pub was the first in New Brunswick to open with 20 beers on tap and a line waiting to get in. It is one of the few dive bars left in the area, which McCormick said was unfortunate because it may be the end of an era. “Time is ticking, the building has been foreclosed, but concerning the business, I may choose to negotiate with the bank,” he said. Facing possible foreclosure to the bank, McCormick said he has to make impor tant decisions that will impact his pub’s overall outcome. “I have three choices — To reinstate the loan and negotiate to buy the building from the bank or work with the bank as a package including building, bar and business or to move the bar and the business to another location,” he said. The business closed once in 2008 for a year, when
McCormick opened another bar in Florida. Upon his and the bar’s return, he regained clientele but no longer had the 20 beers on tap to offer customers, he said. “I am in a dilemma,” he said. “I would love to reopen and keep the tradition alive, but people have to remember this is a pub not a club, we can’t go back to the 20 beers on tap.” In an attempt to revive the pub, McCormick’s offered six beers on tap, and even introduced 24-ounce cans that were popular, but could not withstand the demands of higher end beers, McCormick said. After losing customers due to this change in policy, McCormick said the pub also suffered greater setbacks when a former employee robbed $7,000 from the pub in 2008, making a recovery near impossible. In response to the pub’s closing, Jay Menapace, a regular customer, said McCormick’s is his favorite place to go in New Brunswick because it is something different. “It’s not the same crowd you would see at other bars in New Brunswick,” said Menapace, a city resident. “I have been going there since I turned 21, mostly because they play different music on the jukebox, kind of like a rock and roll bar.” Nick Arriagada, the pub manager, agreed with Menapace and said the bar, which has survived a trans-
formation, is often referred to as a place people come to “get weird.” “Mostly through music, the pub attracted many bikers at a time, gaining a funky reputation of punk rock and fringe alternative music,” he said. Arriagada, who has been going to the pub for several years and has been manager for two years, said regular customers are what helps give the bar its legacy. He also said a lot of international bands on tour would play in New York then come back to hang out at McCormick’s while in town. “This is a significant institution that came to the community and connected the community,” Arriagada said. Although the pub has certain drinks of choice many regulars seem to enjoy, there is no particular type of person the pub embodies, which Arriagada said makes it welcoming and non-judgmental. “Everyone is open-minded, we have regulars that are feminists and customers who are transgendered,” Arriagada said. “People just come here to be themselves.” Jan Butler, a bartender, said she believes ever yone who comes to the bar can bond with each other like a family. “It is a place where everyone can hang out and be comfortable,” she said. “There are very few rules.” Butler, who traveled with McCormick from his bar in
New Brunswick’s Martin McCormick’s Irish Pub, located on 266 Somerset St., might close down if it does not raise more profit.
Daytona, Fla., to New Brunswick, said the people who go to the pub are like her family and she calls everyone her kids. “We have put our blood, sweat and tears into this bar, I have pride,” she said. “I’m not going down with this ship yet.” Butler said she realizes the pub might close, but will remain hopeful it continues to run. “We may have a day or we may have three months. Don’t sweat it, don’t worry about it, just have fun,” she said. McCormick said the pub is a second home to him, and although he has seen a myriad of
customers go by, admitted he will miss the collective group established 24 years ago. Arriagada said he would miss the bar especially for its dim and calm atmosphere and the different types of people who gathered there. As of now, nothing is definite and there is no replacement for the pub, but McCormick said for now, the Irish pub will be open until ever ything is finalized with an exact date. “It’s just the kind of place you feel at home,” Menapace said. “You would never feel like just another customer.”
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Week in review: laurels and darts
ollowing Judge Peter Doyne’s ruling that Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts from the education system left N.J. schools unable to provide their students with “thorough and efficient” education, the formidable Christie is refusing to back down. Rather than give schools the money they need, Christie is fighting the ruling — and he’s pretty confident about his chances at winning. In his words, “My view is we’re going to win in the Supreme Court. The state government can’t print money.” He has a point regarding the state’s lack of money, and we definitely admire his desire to stick to his guns, but the fact of the matter remains that schools can’t work properly without the money to do so. Therefore, we dart Christie for failing to take the court’s advice or even reconsider his budget cut choices. The schools need at least some money, Christie. MCT CAMPUS
Believe it or not, there are reasons to drink beer other than merely getting drunk. In fact, when you move past Natural Ice and Keystone, there’s a whole wide world out there of beers that actually taste really good. That’s why we’re proud to be able to call Gene Muller, founder of Flying Fish Brewer y Co., an alumnus of the University at Camden, because he is one of the people responsible for stocking liquor store shelves with delicious, finely crafted brews. Sure, Flying Fish may be more expensive than a six pack of Miller High Life, but indulging ever y once in a while isn’t such a bad thing. Muller receives a laurel for starting a N.J. brewer y that produces some of the best beers around. Also, we’ re a little flattered that he’s decided to make a Scarlet Ale. *
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the possibility of Donald Trump running for president — but why? What exactly could Trump bring to the United States, other than uncanny business smarts. His foreign policy plan of “screwing” over world leaders he doesn’t like by renting them land and not letting them use it is childish, to say the least, and it’s likely to make the rest of the world more upset at the United States than they were when former President George W. Bush was in charge. Hopefully, the talk of Trump’s bid for presidency is nothing more than talk. If he actually ran and, god forbid, won the race, we have a feeling things would get pretty bad here in the states. Trump receives a dart for being a poor presidential candidate, and for actually entertaining all the suggestions of running. *
“The jumper jumps out of the car and delivers the meals.” This quote may sound like an over-excited kindergartener’s take on the deliver y process of Meals on Wheels, but it is actually the words of New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill. Cahill helped to deliver food to the elderly via Meals on Wheels on Tuesday, and we’re pretty proud of our mayor for doing something selfless like this. We could be cynical and chalk it up to a publicity stunt and it ver y well could have been, but it is refreshing to see an elected official actually get out into the community and do something good for it with his own two hands. We give Cahill a laurel for being willing to directly lend a hand in making New Brunswick a better place. *
Bad jokes aside, what the heck is up with the weather? Over Spring Break, residents of New Brunswick were treated to a few, if fleeting, beautiful days of sunny, shorts-wearing weather. Then the semester starts back up and we get treated to rain, hail, snow and plummeting temperatures. It may seem senseless to get mad at nature, but we kind of are right now. It’s hard enough to come back to school after a week of freedom — does insult really need to be added to injur y through awful weather conditions? We’ re giving the weather a dart for seriously killing the campus’ buzz. Maybe we’re just being immature, but that doesn’t change the fact we could really use some sunshine right about now.
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There may have also been o you remember a cultural difference informyour middle school ing his attitude. The first health class? I sure thing my friends told me do. In my school district, when I arrived in France was sixth grade was the first to be careful about who I year boys and girls were smiled at while walking taught together in the same COURTNEY SHAW around Paris by myself. room about health: The Apparently they found if a facts about hard drugs, sex, woman looks a man in the eye and smiles, he will mental disorders, STIs, etc. Of these I am sure presume she is coming on to him and pursue her you can imagine that sex was the most popular accordingly. I found myself suppressing my natural topic. But what stuck with me was the unit on tendency to smile, lest I accidentally find myself healthy dating relationships. encouraging a stranger. It made me more than a litA ver y instructive video informed us that one tle bit paranoid. should always ask someone permission before Perhaps my friend at the bar took my talking tr ying to kiss them. Even at 11 years old we were with him as an open invitation to kiss me based on skeptical about that point. “Ever y time you want the dating environment in which he was raised, I to kiss a person?” someone would ask the don’t know. He was not the only one to be more forteacher. Yes. “What if she’s your girlfriend?” ward and insistent than I was accustomed to. As I another would interject. Yes, even then. “Well exited the subway one night a man asked me if I that’s just ridiculous!” Yes, practically speaking, wanted to hang out, and after I firmly said no, he of course it is. Can you imagine double-checking asked me again. I had to defend my with your significant other ever y response for a few minutes before time you wanted to kiss them? It “The first thing he left me alone. It was scary after I would become a bit tedious, not to on it. Why hadn’t he taken mention horribly unromantic. So my friends told me reflected my no at face value — shouldn’t that we all laughed and rolled our have been enough? What if he had eyes. This was surely health class when I arrived followed me home? at its most absurd. in France was Essentially what I wonder is, did However, over Spring Break, I was reminded not everyone thinks to be careful about anyone ever teach these men to ask, and to listen for the answer before asking first is the best policy, and who I smiled at.” acting? The question can be asked that sixth grade lesson came to of anyone, anywhere. I just hapmind. I was at a bar — in a country pened to be in France. My experiwhere I can already legally drink, ence ultimately made me thankful that the commuthank you very much — and a French man with nity in which I grew up emphasized respect in datwhom I was speaking asked me if I knew what a ing behavior. The point my health teacher was tryfrench kiss was. Gross. Yep, I told him while leaning to make was that both parties should be coming away, I had heard that term before. At this fortable in a dating situation, and a first kiss is a point, he moved in to kiss me. What? No, I said good place to start. laughingly, I was not interested. You’re just shy! As we get older and dating presents a host of he insisted, moving in to try again. Seriously? No, new complications, her advice becomes more relesir, I just told you, I’m not interested. What was vant than ever before. I am not trying to suggest going on here? that you start asking your boyfriend or girlfriend Well actually, a few things were going on. For permission each time you lean in for a kiss. Just starters, this man was probably in a mental state remember that dating is an interaction between two that made going in for a kiss seem like a great people, and both of them have to be on the same idea. I bet every day, somewhere, a single guy page. How can you be sure you’re picking up the meets a single girl at a bar and tries to kiss her — right signals? It’s easy — just ask. no surprise there. Then there is the question of this guy himself. If “Have you ever heard of a Courtney Shaw is a School of Arts and Sciences french kiss?” is his go-to pickup line, he may be junior double majoring in English and history with a the kind of character who expects all women are minor in French. Her column, “From My dying to kiss him. There are plenty of those types Experience,” runs on alternate Fridays. She accepts everywhere in the world — believe it or not, you questions about etiquette and social conduct at can even find them here at the University — so firstname.lastname@example.org. that too is not very shocking.
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Religious organizations have positive impact on U. Letter GREGORY BEZILLA
he editorial, “Successful society requires religion,” published in Wednesday’s issue of The Daily Targum, affirms the per vasive, enduring and positive role of religions in cultures around the world, and it presents several arguments against claims that religions may be disappearing in certain places or diminishing in significance.
The writers of this letter are Jewish, Christian and Muslim chaplains at the University. We encourage the University community to better understand the role of religions locally in the lives of students, staff and faculty at the University. Religious chaplaincies at the University and the communities of belief and practice they support are a source of health and civility for the campus community, motivating members to seek academic excellence in pursuit of truth, knowledge, beauty and justice, and to discern vocationally
where their developing talents and strengths may serve others and promote the common good. Through the Office of Student Involvement, the University has established a recognition procedure and a set of standards for chaplaincies to responsibly serve the religious and spiritual needs of the University community. These chaplaincies meet as the Religious Life Council and may consult or collaborate with each other on issues or projects that benefit the academic purposes of the University and that enhance
the diversity of the University as a multicultural institution. More information about chaplaincies is available online at getinvolved.rutgers.edu/organizatio ns/religious-life. To better understand the role of religion at the University, we encourage readers to visit a program or event sponsored by a recognized chaplaincy or chaplaincies. An open mind, intellectual curiosity and the willingness to risk a new experience of religion will open new perspectives and help all to better appreciate the
many contributions of religions to the world we share. Rev. Gregory Bezilla is the chaplain at the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Rutgers. Brother Kenneth Appuzzo is the director of the Rutgers Catholic Center. Rev. Barbara Heck is the director of the Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries. Rev. Ellen Little is the chaplain of the Wesley Fellowship. Rabbi Esther Reed is the associate director of Rutgers Hillel. Moutaz Charaf is the chaplain of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University.
Humanism gives ethics, purpose to people Letter BARRY KLASSEL
he Daily Targum editorial entitled “Successful society requires religion,” which ran Wednesday, is unconvincing. Non-theistic humanism can provide the philosophical and inspirational underpinnings of a just and forwardlooking society. The fact that many countries, including the United States, are seeing a
decline in religiosity does not mean the people are losing their morals or their sense of purpose in life. Rather, they are seeing the world in a way that is more honest and more useful to them. As a humanist, my focus is on this one lifetime, on this world and the people in it. My family is all of humanity. My histor y is told in the stars, in the fossil record and in the DNA of all living creatures. I am inspired by human efforts to explore ever y corner of our
universe and our own natures. I am moved by photos of distant galaxies, by freedom fighters around the world and by the touch of a child’s hand. I find beauty in the struggle of each human being to build a meaningful and fulfilling life. My purpose is to help them succeed. One of the pillars of the humanist philosophy is a concern with morality. In fact, the day the editorial came out, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers University had a meeting on the topic of
moral issues we all face. We discussed the areas of ecology, family relationships and world events. Moral questions pervade our lives and humanist principles take that into account. A statement by the American Humanist Association expresses some of their values regarding a just society: “Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity and respect those of differing yet humane views. We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of
human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetar y duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.” This is certainly a good start if we wish to have the basis for a successful society. Barry Klassel is the chaplain of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers University.
Stay informed about changes to student fees Letter MATTHEW CORDEIRO
very year, the student governing councils of the University put together a committee called the Student Fee Advisory Committee to meet with the administration about student fees. Student fees are paid by students for specific services the University provides. The purpose of the committee is to give student input about changes in student fees to different departments. Administrators propose fee raises to increase services they provide to
students. The committee then shares with each administrator which services students would want to prioritize. The Student Fee Advisory Committee writes a report and provides a recommendation to University Budgeting about whether or not, or by how much, to increase student fees. If you have feedback, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. An open hearing on the University’s budget, tuition, fees and housing and dining charges for the 20112012 year will be held on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room on the College Avenue campus.
Jack Molenaar, director of the University’s Department of Transportation Ser vices (DOTS), wants to raise the transportation fee by $14.21, or 10 percent of the current fee. He proposes that the higher fee would increase services while decreasing dependency on the state funds for transportation. The increased bus hours would lead to more buses for longer periods of time. The buses would also run on a biodiesel fuel called B20, making the buses more environmentally friendly. There was a large cut in ser vices last year due to cuts in state aid to the University. The
increased fee, Molenaar proposes, would plateau the transportation fee. The transportation fee would not need to be raised significantly for several years. If the University did not give DOTS any additional funds, Molenaar would be able to maintain the ser vice and possibly increase par t because of the lower contract rates. In addition to discussing the transpor tation system, Molenaar also brought up a few changes to DOTS. There was discussion about hiring a collection agency to collect money from unpaid parking tickets of non-University affiliated people.
For some campuses the cost of parking will increase, and due to the construction on Livingston, some parking passes and lots will be reshuffled to accommodate students and faculty. The discussion with Nancy Winterbauer, vice president for University Budgeting, highlighted the decision-making power of the Board of Governors. The BOG has final say over the University budget. This power translates to the BOG setting tuition. She voiced concern over the loss of Pell grants. Matthew Cordeiro, on behalf of the Student Fee Advisory Committee.
Recognize the upsides of consumerism, capitalism Letter KUNAL BAILOOR
ore and more, I’ve noticed a consistent message in at least some media. It is the idea that we should feel guilty for consuming luxuries when we could instead be donating that money to charity. This argument, in my opinion, is entirely fallacious. The most common, if most flawed, view of consumerism is that when you buy a luxury good, only two people benefit — you and the fat cats in some nameless corporation who will spend their money on oppressing the proletariat. This is entirely wrong. A more accurate model of consumerism goes like this: When you buy a luxury good, like a TV, you help the cashier who rings it up for you earn a wage and keep a job. You help the store you brought it from stay in business,
creating and maintaining jobs in your local community. You help the workers who assembled the TV, whether here in the United States or abroad, feed their families. You help the electric technician who works at the local power plant pay off his or her student loans. You provide an incentive to the corporation to continue funding research into new technologies. All these people get some part of the money you spend, and they in turn spend it themselves. The cycle continues. Capitalism often gets a bad rap, especially among idealistic college kids, but it is really a brilliant system. It is one in which the phrase “mutually beneficial” is realized in every purchase, from the lettuce in the supermarket to the 30-inch plasma screen TVs. One can help almost every other person in their country while still benefiting themselves. This applies to charity as well. The best charity is the most
capitalistic. Sponsoring a local entrepreneur to start a company to cheaply produce mosquito nets in his community is far more effective than dumping a load of mosquito nets in one aid shipment. Giving genetically modified organisms and other agricultural technology to farmers to boost crop yields and allow them to sell more is far more effective than shipping in food every season, not that the latter shouldn’t be done, but it is not effective as a permanent solution. Medical aid is important, especially in the short term, but more effective in the long term is building clinics and training locals to be doctors, nurses and so on. Whether that’s in Kentucky or Kenya, whether in Boise or Bangladesh, the impoverished don’t need our donations as much as they need a good job. Charity is not about throwing money at the problem. It’s not about denying yourself luxuries or living an ascetic life. It’s certainly
not about some hazy “moral obligation” that you have to donate as much as you can, because however you spend your money, whether in donations to the Red Cross or in buying a new video game, you are helping people. Some say it is heinous to equate charitable donations to consumption. I would respond that you are helping people either way — in consumption, it’s simply less visible. I’m not suggesting you don’t donate any money to charity. However, be smart about it. By doing research and learning which aid programs are effective and which aren’t, you are doing far more good than the person who just signs a check whenever he gets a letter in the mail asking for donations. And there are bad charity programs. Not in the sense that these groups steal your money, but rather that their initiatives, however well meaning, are either useless, or worse, actively
detrimental to the cause of helping the severely impoverished. I’ll give you an example. A local entrepreneur in Nigeria set up a company to sell mosquito nets cheaply with foreign aid. Another foreign aid organization, completely well meaning, floods his market with free mosquito nets. He goes out of business. The people he employed no longer earn a wage, and people who otherwise may have been able to work their way into the middle class are again lost without jobs. So don’t stop donating money to charity, but start doing it wisely. Don’t feel guilty about consumption. Don’t feel guilty about being a consumer, because with every purchase you are helping hundreds of other people around the country and the world, and you are helping yourself while at it. Kunal Bailoor is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student.
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Today's Birthday (03/25/11). You may find yourself at a crossroads in your career. Don't worry about making the right choice. Just go with your heart. Acknowledge your own accomplishments. You have contributed. Now what's next? To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 6 — Even when you're prepared, tides can surge unexpectedly. Believe in love, even in the darkest moments. Believe in yourself, despite any doubts. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Use common sense with someone else's money. If you feel moody or grumpy, get lost somewhere beautiful. Release your artistic talents to grow your health and well-being. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 6 — Your shrewd wit could inspire laughter. Or you could just complain and lose your audience. Consider the art of communication, with yourself as an artist. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 7 — Your cleverness is paying off at work, as you contribute with competence and skill. Play with it. Defuse your cleverness by being willing to laugh at yourself. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Cleverly addressing basic ideas can propel a young group to action. Use sense of humor, artistic talent and affection to keep them inspired. Share your wonderful stories. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Your common sense view of a past incident gets everyone laughing. Play the temperamental artist role, but remember that you're just playing.
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MARCH 25, 2011
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Sophomore shortstop Steve Nyisztor is hitting .238 with two home runs and nine RBI through 18 games this season for the Scarlet Knights. After hitting .410 for Rutgers in his rookie campaign, Nyisztor looks to get back to familiar form this weekend for the Knights, when they take on Louisville in their home-opening Big East series. Louisville (13-7) joined to rebuild. They just bring in more me good last time, so I have to equally tough challenge this year, Short break theSince Big East for the 2006 season, and more good players every year.” work extra hard to pitch well and over the next three days at Smorol saw some of those against them this time around.” Bainton Field, Rutgers will not could help RU against Cards the two sides met 17 times. The Cardinals won 14 of those players firsthand as a reliever last Each of Rutgers three receive a break. matchups, including each of the season, when the Louisville bats starters — Smorol, sophomore But with Louisville opening continued from back past six. In five seasons in the chased him from a 24-6 Rutgers ace Tyler Gebler and junior Big East play, things do not get league, Louisville won two confer- loss after just one out. right back to Louisville,” said senNathaniel Roe — faced Louisville much tougher from here. ence tournaments and two reguior right fielder Michael Lang. Smorol allowed eight earned last season out of the bullpen. “There’s a little bit more preslar season titles. “This year, we’re starting with runs in that game, and nine in They combined for 2 1/3 innings sure on us to win games now,” “They’re a team that doesn’t real- the series. really good competition and and 10 earned runs last year and Smorol said. “The games down ly have rebuilding years,” sophogoing right to Louisville without a “It was my worst outing of the this year, they have a 4.60 South were a good test for us to get more starter Rob Smorol said. “They year,” Smorol said. “I’m coming staff ERA. break, so that could help us.” ready for what’s going on now. This just reload every year. They’re such into this weekend with a little bit Based on recent history, The Cardinals, who just is what really matters and these are a national power that they don’t need of a chip on my soldier. They got dropped from the Top 25, pose an the games we really need to win.” Rutgers (7-11) could use the help.
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MARCH 25, 2011
WIN: Irish provide RU with
SENIOR: Marino remains
opportunity for marquee win continued from back last year by only goal, enter of f five straight wins, including victories over No. 5 Duke and Penn State. But the Knights see their opponent’s credentials not as reason for concer n, but as incentive to tr y to take down one of the top teams in the countr y. “I think there’s definitely an added level of excitement to start league play,” said sophomore Duncan Clancy. “And just them being Notre Dame — we’re excited to try and beat one of the best. This week we’re zoned in and ready to go.” And it is not as if the Knights do not have a past histor y of squaring of f against highly regarded teams. No stranger to tough schedules, veteran head coach Jim Stagnitta is not intimidated by Notre Dame’s rankings. “We know they’re a talented group, but we play the Notre Dames and the Syracuses and Princetons ever y year,” Stagnitta said. “I think that’s what we’re used to down the stretch, playing that quality and that caliber of team. And that’s what keeps you in the hunt all the way through.” A victor y over the No. 3 team in the nation would put the Knights in serious contention for the NCAA Tournament, which eluded the program since the 2004 season. Stagnitta, still the head
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Freshman attack Scott Klimchak leads Rutgers’ offense against Notre Dame this weekend with 13 goals and nine assists. coach the last time Rutgers made a Tournament appearance, is well aware of the fact as conference play begins. “I tell the guys, ‘We’re halfway through the season. This is a certainly an opportunity against a highly regarded and highly ranked team to put ourselves in
the hunt,’” Stagnitta said. “We have a lot of opportunity to do that here down the stretch.” And the Knights would certainly be in the hunt with a victory on Sunday over the Irish. All they have to do is recreate some of the magic from their conference upset just one year ago.
has molded her way into the Knights’ chemistr y, especially consistent after strong showing with her passing abilities. “The way that our offense is set up is she has the ball, really continued from back looking for cutters in certain scored two goals coming off spots,” Brand said. “She’s been the bench. doing a good job of that. She Since then, Marino held a has really good vision when starting role and scored a point in people are open on the cuts at each game. the eight.” Even though Big East play Marino entered her senior is now under way, bench playseason after playing a comers still receive opportunities bined 15 games in three years. to prove themselves like But even in those limited Marino did. opportunities, Marino made an And Marino impact, including sees that there five goals in the are many on the six games she “Every day attack who will played her junior in practice is have oppor tuniseason. ties to take on “At the end of a competition greater roles. ever y season “I think that prior to this year, to see who we have a lot of she really got a gets on the field.” good attackers, fire underneath so if someone her,” Brand said. LAURA BRAND comes into the “We talked about Head Coach game and they this final year as show that they an oppor tunity can contribute, they can earn for her to have that fire for the that spot, as well,” whole season.” Marino said. So much changed in a year Marino’s oppor tunity to for Marino and that change star t stemmed from head was evident the last time the coach Laura Brand’s willingKnights played Syracuse, ness to experiment with dif ferwhich Rutgers hosts tomorrow ent lineups — a practice she at the RU Tur f Field. kept up all season. In its last matchup with the “Ever y day in practice is a Orange, Rutgers lost, 17-10. competition to see who gets on Seven players saw time of f the the field,” Brand said. “Other bench, but Marino was not one people were inser ting themof them. Now, she is one of the selves into our of fense more of fense’s focal points. than she was [before this But just like when Marino year], but she’s getting became an impact player of f more oppor tunities.” the bench, anyone has the That faith in Marino has oppor tunity to do the same been beneficial, as the attack against the Orange.
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M
MARCH 25, 2011
Rutgers tries to replicate winning ways BY MATT CANVISSER STAFF WRITER
Word on the Street
ith the NFL lockout, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco already began looking for another job. The wideout entered his second day of four-day tr yout for Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City. The Bengals star hasn’t competed competitively in the spor t since he was a sophomore in high school but is a lifelong fan. Ochocinco said that he would have stayed with soccer and not moved to football if it was practical or more popular in the United States.
FOUR PACE UNIVERSITY football players charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice after a shooting of their teammate by a police officer were cleared of all charges. D.J. Henr y was killed outside a nightclub in New York, where his car struck a police of ficer’s car. The of ficer shot through the windshield, killing Henr y. His teammates were arrested in the chaos that ensued.
coach Stan Van Gundy said he believes the race for league MVP is already over and the winner is going to be Chicago Bull’s guard Derrick Rose. Van Gundy openly campaigned for Magic center Dwight Howard to win the award in the past. Howard is averaging 23.0 points per game, 1 point behind Rose. But Rose is the leader of a Bulls team that charged to the top of the Eastern Conference. Van Gundy stated that he has not encountered a member of the media who is not voting for Rose. The votes for MVP are due on April 14, the day after the regular season ends. “I don’t think it’s wide open. The media seems to have made their decision, and they’re the ones that vote. So I think it’s over,” Van Gundy said.
The Rutgers tennis team’s quest for its first Big East win continues today at 2 p.m., when the team travels to TENNIS Queens, N.Y., to RUTGERS AT face St. ST. JOHN’S, John’s. TODAY, 2 P.M. T h e Scarlet Knights return from their Spring Break trip to New Orleans, where they won three straight matches, including two sweeps. “We gained some confidence from the sweeps, and it was a good team bonding trip,” said junior Leonora Slatnick. “I think it helped build our team spirit a lot, and we’re only going to get stronger as we return to Big East play.” The Knights welcome Syracuse to the RU Tennis Complex on Sunday at 10 a.m. for their first match this season on the Rutgers campus. Rutgers looks for revenge after losing on the road last year to the rival Orange. “Syracuse is always one of our biggest rivals — we definitely do not like losing to them. Last year left a bitter taste in our mouths, so we want to come out strong,” Slatnick said. “It’s great that we are playing at home, and the outdoor courts will definitely be an advantage for us.” The Knights (8-4, 0-2) continued their strong non-conference play over Spring Break, shutting out injury-plagued New Orleans and Xavier, 5-0 and 7-0, respectively. Rutgers also defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 6-1, giving it an 8-2 non-conference record for the season. “Southeastern Louisiana is a strong team that’s fully funded and full of inter national players,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “That win really boosted our spirit and confidence. This is a confident group right now, and we are right where we should be at this point in the season.” The Knights look to maintain that high level of confidence as they re-enter conference play. The opponents only get tougher from here on out, and Rutgers must now adjust to playing the outdoor style of tennis if the weather cooperates. “Adjusting to the elements will be our biggest challenge
Freshman Vanessa Petrini will likely pair with junior Morgan Ivey in doubles play against host St. John’s, while classmate Stefania Balasa will likely take up No. 2 doubles. these next few weeks,” Bucca said. “When you play indoors the conditions are per fect and then you move outside [and] you forget about things like the wind af fecting the ball. This is the time of year when footwork and preparation become most impor tant.” Bucca and Co. also prepared to counteract their struggles in doubles play by tinkering with lineups. On the Spring Break trip, the Knights found success with a new No. 2 doubles team of Slatnick and freshman Stefania Balasa, which won matches against both New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana despite never playing together previously.
“It’s hard to know what your partner is going to do in certain situations if you aren’t used to playing with them,” Slatnick said. “You need to be ready to cover them at any time and just be on your toes. [Balasa and I] just did some different formations to tr y and play to our individual strengths.” The performance of the new No. 2 team pleased Bucca, but he would not comment on any further lineup changes. The No. 1 team of senior captain Amy Zhang and junior Jen Holzberg will likely remain as a pair, but it would not be surprising to see Slatnick and Balasa’s old partners, freshman Vanessa Petrini
and junior Morgan Ivey, team up in the No. 3 slot. The new doubles teams appear ready for the step up in competition, now having a week to practice together in preparation for St. John’s. The Knights lost the doubles point in each of their Big East matches thus far, but the partner shakeup could be the key to grabbing that elusive first win today at home. “We’ve always had close matchups with St. John’s. They have many of the same players back from last year and they’re only going to be better,” Bucca said. “All we can do is prepare and get into our routine so that we can play our best tennis.”
Knights hope to carry over early momentum
retirement of head coach Phil Jackson looming, the Los Angeles Lakers may tr y to recruit the coach they tried to obtain last time: Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. Krzyzewski said Wednesday that his answer would be the same as last time: that he prefers to stay with the program that he led to four national titles. Krzyzewski was reportedly offered a five-year, $40 million deal the last time Jackson announced his retirement. That deal was one of three of fers Coach K has turned down to coach in the pros — the other deals being with the Celtics in 1990 and the Trailblazers in 1994.
BY T.J. NAGY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers women’s golf t e a m WOMEN’S GOLF continued its RUTGERS AT strong CINCINNATI INVITE star t to TODAY the season by placing second at the Homewood Suites Invitational in Por t St. Lucie, Fla. “Ever ybody played well, being the first tournament of the season,” said head coach Maura Waters-Ballard. “It’s all about continuing to focus and taking it one shot at a time.” Sophomore Brittany Weddell led the Knights with a 154 (77-77) at the two-day
event, helping the team finish phere. behind Stetson in a ver y The Cincinnati Spring close match. Invitational consists of teams “[Weddell] is a very talented from all over the countr y, with athlete,” Waters-Ballard Illinois bringing said. “I knew when I home last year’s title. recruited her that she But Waters-Ballard would contribute to this has no doubt her team and its great to see team is ready to show her start to succeed.” its has what it takes. Next up for the “This team is very Knights is the Cincinnati capable of winning the Spring Invitational. whole thing,” WatersHaving a strong showBallard said. ing in the tournament is Senior team captain BRITTANY another important step Jeanne Waters leads WEDDELL in making the 2011 seathe Knights just like son one to remember. she has for the past three years, Rutgers placed ninth in the 18- and it is clear she will certainly be team field last year, but with a missed once this season is over. total of 23 teams this year in the “[Waters] sets a great example tournament, the Knights look at a on this team,” Waters-Ballard much more competitive atmos- said. “I’m so happy to have her as
a captain. I’m really going to miss her next year.” But when it comes to next year, it is still uncertain who will fill Waters’ shoes and take the role as captain and leader of the team. “I think there’s a little friendly competition going on between everyone for that vacant captain spot,” Waters-Ballard said. Asked who she thinks could be the next captain, WatersBallard said she has an idea, but with plenty of time left in the spring season, her focus remains on the present. But the future of the Knights looks bright as of now, and the upcoming tournament is another stepping stone in ensuring that success continues over the next few weeks.
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MARCH 25, 2011
Knights host league’s best in Louisville BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
There is no break for the Rutgers baseball team this season, and with the cancellation of Wednesday’s game BASEBALL against Fairleigh Dickinson due to LOUISVILLE AT weather, there is no RUTGERS, warm-up, either. TODAY, 3 P.M. The Scarlet Knights begin conference play today straight off of a threegame losing streak, and they draw the Big East’s best in Louisville. After a 5-5 start to the season, Rutgers lost six of its last eight and that number could easily increase against the perennial power from Kentucky. “It’s a big weekend for us — the first weekend of the Big East,” said sophomore shortstop Steve Nyisztor. “We really want to make a statement against Louisville, who is one of the better teams and show everybody that we really want to do something in the Big East this year.” The Knights did that last season, but they had 12 games to gear up. After the traditionally tough pre-conference schedule, Rutgers began the Big East season with a 10-2 record against Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and South Florida. Only Pitt and USF had winning records, and the teams combined to go 49-58 in conference play. The next two conference series came against Connecticut and Louisville — the league’s runner-up and regular season champion, respectively — and a promising start turned into consecutive sweeps. “Last year, we started with great competition, went down a little bit and then were
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Sophomore lefthander Rob Smorol seeks redemption against visiting Louisville this weekend, when the Scarlet Knights square off against the Cardinals to open Big East play. The Clark, N.J., native allowed eight earned runs last season in a 24-6 loss to UofL.
RU looks for second straight win over ND
High-effort senior bides time to start
BY VINNIE MANCUSO
BY JOSH BAKAN
On paper, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team appears to have its back against the wall. Coming off a substantial loss against Army last week, the MEN’S LACROSSE formerly undefeated Scarlet Knights NOTRE DAME AT prepare to face the RUTGERS, No. 3 team in the SUNDAY, NOON nation Sunday in Notre Dame. But the Knights (5-2) still hold on to one undeniable fact: a 10-8 upset victor y over the Fighting Irish just last year. “They’re No. 3 in the nation right now, but we beat them last year and we can do it again,” said freshman attackman Scott Klimchak. “If we beat them again this year, it’s a real good chance for us to get back on the map and to prove to people we can be a top team.” But Sunday’s matchup, which marks the first Big East competition for the Knights, will not be an easy one against vaunted Notre Dame. The Irish (5-0), who were denied the national championship
The lack of job security for starting positions on the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team acts as a douWOMEN’S LACROSSE ble-edged sword. On one hand, SYRACUSE AT more players RUTGERS, receive opportuniTOMORROW, 1 P.M. ties for playing time. On the other, it is easier to lose those opportunities. Senior attack Katie Marino received a star ting spot four games into her final year at Rutgers. And she’s made the most of it, leading the Scarlet Knights with seven assists and tallying a point in all but one game this season. But Marino’s success stems from her motivation to keep playing at a high level to maintain her star ting role. “Ever y single day I’m playing like [my job] is still up for grabs,” Marino said. “I think that helps me play better than if I was comfor table in that spot.” Marino’s breakout game occurred against Delaware on March 2, when the attack
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Senior attack Katie Marino earned a starting role four games into her final campaign at Rutgers, where she entered 15 games in three seasons.
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