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‘Snooki’ makes first Garden State college appearance BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Students got a glimpse of life inside “Jersey Store” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s studio last night at her first college appearance in New Jersey at the Livingston Student Center. Polizzi appeared at two soldout shows, one at 8 p.m., and the other at 10 p.m., accompanied by comedian Adam Ace who asked her questions about her life and her reality show. According to the Star Ledger, Polizzi was repor tedly paid $32,000 for her appearances — $2,000 more than what was paid for this year’s commencement speaker, Toni Morrison. Ace began the show by introducing Polizzi, who walked out in a black v-neck dress with a gold headband and a gold belt, complete with fingerless leopard

fur gloves but without her signature pouf. “The pouf is its own living form. It’s my trademark but people always expect it,” said the 4foot-9-inch Polizzi. “It’s a summer hairstyle, so if I want to Snook the night, I’ll wear the pouf.” The show involved instances of crowd par ticipation, with Polizzi giving School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior Chelsea Simkins her own pouf on stage. Simkins said she was ver y ner vous when getting her hair done in front of such a large crowd. “It was really awkward,” she said. “But it was also really cool. The show was awesome.” Ace moderated a question and answer session with Polizzi, who described the reaction she got



Reality television star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi replies to questions from both host Adam Ace and students last night at the Livingston Student Center.



Musical performer and drag queen Pandora Boxx entertains attendees of last night’s “Gaypril Opening Ceremony” in the Douglass Campus Center.

In anticipation of April as Gay Pride Month, more than 200 University students attended the “Gaypril Opening Ceremony” last night to show their support. Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Alliance at Rutgers University (BiGLARU), an LBGT student alliance, co-sponsored the event with other LBGT coalitions like Jewish Allies and Queers and Delta Lambda Phi at Trayes Hall in the Douglass Campus Center. Organizers like BiGLARU Co-President Ronni Auld said

they wanted the event to celebrate and emphasize gay pride. “There’s nothing negative about this ball,” said Auld, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. “It’s a celebration and we’re celebrating the strides we’ve made. We’re going to focus on celebrating who we are and who we are at Rutgers.” Jenny Kurtz, director for the Office of Diverse Community Affairs at the University said it was important for the University to highlight gay and lesbian diversity. “This event is impor tant to the community because it’s a

time for education and celebration,” she said. “It’s a time to celebrate the sexual and gender diversity at Rutgers.” In addition to the Gaypril ceremony, the University is throwing other events and programs dedicated toward Gay Pride Month. “There are many programs happening throughout the month of Gaypril,” she said. “Anyone who’s been curious about the [LBGT] community — whether because they’re an ally or because they’re questioning their sexual identity — should


Piscataway building serves as University president’s residence

INDEX UNIVERSITY The President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is one of five alumni to be inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.


OPINIONS As the 19th president of the University, Richard L. McCormick oversees one of the largest research universities in the nation. But after a long day of working to enrich thousands of students, staf f and alumni experiences, he retreats to his residence in Piscataway. Since McCormick was named president in 2002, he lives with his family on 1245 River Rd., the official residence of the University president, University spokesman E.J. Miranda said. “The President’s Residence is more than a home. It ser ves an impor tant role in the University community,” McCormick said via email correspondence. “Its warm atmosphere and convenient location provide an excellent setting to welcome donors and visitors to Rutgers and to celebrate the achievements of our faculty, staf f, students and alumni.” The house was privately built in 1929 for Roberta Johnson and her husband Robert Nicholas, members of the Johnson family, Miranda said. When the owners


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Business school recognizes student leaders BY JONATHAN SHAO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rutgers Business School honored 120 of its students Wednesday at the Rutgers Business School Leadership Summit, organized by the Rutgers Business Governing Association (RBGA). The award ceremony, held at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus, recognized the new executive boards of 11 student organizations as part of its transition to the next academic year. “It’s been an amazing year for the Rutgers Business School,” said Niloufar Mahgerefteh, president of RBGA and School of Arts and Sciences senior. “Our school was named one of the top undergraduate business schools by Businessweek and was ranked as the third best graduate business school by the Wall Street Journal.” Carolyn Slaski, a University alumna and managing partner at Ernst & Young, was the keynote speaker of the evening and commended the University for producing top students in the business world. “Students at Rutgers have always gone above and beyond what’s expected of them, which is why Ernst & Young is happy to hire a large number of its employees from here,” she said. Of fering students some words of wisdom for the future, Slaski advised them to do their boss’ job and get out of their comfor t zones, as planning ahead and being proactive are keys to success in any industr y. Aside from Slaski, corporate representatives from 20 companies were present at the event,


Business students gather at the Annual Rutgers Business School Leadership Summit Wednesday night in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Some representatives of the 20 corporations included AT&T, Goldman Sachs. including AT&T, Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson. Rutgers Business School Dean Martin Markowitz, who also spoke at the event, described college as an ivory tower that was once completely removed from the real world. “That’s no longer the case. To succeed anywhere, students must take what they’re learning in school and find applications for it in the society,” he said. Ceida Plasencia, RBGA’s incoming president, said she is confident about prospects for the business school’s future with a new building currently under construction on Livingston campus.

“We wanted to bridge the gap between students and faculty here [with] more interaction and so that students can address any concerns about coursework or school resources,” said Plasencia, a Rutgers Business School junior. Plasencia said the Rutgers Business School is looking for a stronger connection on the New Br unswick and Newark campuses. “There’s no overall dean to connect the Newark and New Brunswick business schools, so as we search for someone to fill that role, we’re serving as a liaison between faculty and students

RUTGERS-CAMDEN STUDENTS HOST ART SALE FOR JAPANESE RELIEF EFFORT Rutgers-Camden graduates Becky Lomas and Matt Robinson call Japan their second home, as they spent time there studying Japanese art, culture and language. After the natural disasters in Japan, the two graduates, along with fellow Rutgers–Camden graduate Tara Toal, Assistant Professor of psychology at Rutgers–Camden Sean Duf fy and Rutgers–Camden senior Amanda Squillace will raise money today for the victims through ar t sale, “Raise Up Japan,” according to a University press release. “I wish I could be in Japan, but I know right now I need to help,” Lomas said in the release. “I think that an art sale is a wonderful way to support Japan.” “Raise Up Japan” showcases the photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures of professional and student artists from 5 to 9 p.m. at 144 North Second Street in Philadelphia. Student artwork from Hopkinson Elementar y School in Philadelphia, Orchard Friends School in Moorestown,

N.J., and the Montessori Learning Center in Cherry Hill, N.J., will also be sold, according to the release. “I work with children, so I wanted to show them that they could also do something during this time of crisis,” Squillace said in the release. Proceeds from the art sale will be donated to Japan relief organizations. Squillace has a friend in Japan, and after learning about the natural disasters began brainstorming fundraisers for the relief effort. “I looked at all of the people who were displaced from their homes and I thought if that was me and my family, I would be so grateful for any help that was offered,” she said in the release. Squillace hopes “Raise Up Japan” can inspire Philadelphians to support the Japanese people. “We all have an opportunity to stand united and show love and support for one another,” Robinson said. “Having an art sale is but a small contribution.” — Reena Diamante

to bring them closer together,” she said. Incoming executive boards will be invited to the Council of Business Presidents next year, a series of meetings for student leaders to discuss major issues pertaining to the school in a relaxed, friendly environment. School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Dean Matt Matsuda attended the event in support of Rutgers Business School students. “Business school students always have fantastic goals and the courage to make a dif ference, whether it’s in industr y or philanthropy,” he said. “I

work closely with the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society here because they’re remarkable at connecting students, investors and inventors to bring something new into the world.” Eric Wilzig, a Rutgers Business School first-year and RGBA representative said the event is a good way to connect students with prominent companies. “This is a great event for students to celebrate the works of the old and future executive boards while interacting with some prominent companies,” he said. “Seeing these student leaders here has really been inspiring.”


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RESIDENCE: Trustees purchase property for $39K continued from front retired in 1936, the house came on the market. “Several members of the Rutgers Board of Tr ustees raised money privately in order to present the house to the University as a gift that would provide an appropriate home for presidents to live and host guests on behalf of Rutgers,” he said. At the time, there was no official residence for University presidents and most had lived in private homes, Miranda said. “The house and surrounding property was purchased by the Tr ustees in 1939 for $39,000 and donated to the University,” he said. “The house was renovated for the use of Robert C. Clothier, who was president of the University from 1932 to 1951.” The house subsequently served as the home of President Lewis Webster Jones, President Mason W. Gross, President Edward J. Bloustein and President Francis L. Lawrence, Miranda said. During the 1960s, the house went through major structural changes, including the addition of a room on the first floor and the construction of a bay window to enlarge the dining room, he said. Taylor Reveley, president of the College of William and

Mar y, has the privilege of living in the nation’s oldest of ficial residence for a college president. “The President’s House [located on campus in Williamsburg, Va.] was completed in 1733 and was built by Henr y Car y and is the oldest official residence for a college president,” Reveley said via email correspondence. James Blair, the College of William and Mar y’s first president who ser ved from 1693 to 1743, was the first president to reside there, and all but one of the college’s 27 presidents lived in the house, he said. Reveley, who lived in the house since 2008, said he enjoys living there but was initially unsure about living in a historic property. “Like the house itself, most of its furniture, por traits and the like are ver y old and valuable,” he said. “But the house has proved to be surprisingly comfor table.” Reveley said he also likes that the President’s House is only a shor t walk from the president’s office. “This makes me ver y happy because I’ve had some awful commutes in years past,” he said. McCormick considers staying at the University’s President’s House to be an enormous privilege. “I am honored to be among those Rutgers presidents who have had the privilege to live there,” McCormick said.

U NIVERSITY GAYPRIL: Poetry, music starts month-long celebration continued from front absolutely have this be the month they come out and learn something new.” During the course of evening, the organizers transformed the venue into a promlike ball, where they added multicolored balloons, pop music and dinner tables with floral centerpieces. The event featured a miniexhibit of photography and paintings, including a small set of artsy collections titled, “The Sexuality of Christ,” by Mason

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M Gross School of Arts senior Daniel Morowitz. Ar tists like drag queen Pandora Boxx and transgender spoken word artist Kit Yan also per formed last night, with Pandora Boxx playing a medley of music and Yan reciting spoken word poetr y. “We wanted to make sure to have at least two per formers,” Kur tz said. “We wanted to attract as many people as possible to our event tonight, as well as the events we have coming up through the whole month of Gaypril.” Yan said he appreciated BiGLARU’s invitation and hopes his work resonates well with the University’s LBGT community.

“I do a lot of poetr y on gay themes,” Yan said. “My poetr y is personal but most of my work has a queer under tone to it.” Auld hopes the night’s opening Gaypril ceremonies will ultimately jump-star t par ticipation and enthusiasm in events during the month. “Ever y group features a large event during this month and it’s an impor tant time,” she said. Other Rutgers Gay Pride Month events include “Queer Ball,” health programs about queer sex, information sessions on “Greek Life & the LGBTQ Community” and a “Drag Field Day.”


Spoken word artist Kit Yan performs last night as one of two main entertainment acts at the “Gaypril Opening Ceremony” hosted in part by BiGLARU.

SNOOKI: Polizzi uses hairspray to avoid cameras continued from front when she first began taping “Jersey Shore.” Polizzi said people from her past contacted her as soon as the previews for “Jersey Shore” aired on MTV. “I had this guy I knew from second grade text me,” she said. “A lot of people came out of the woodwork, but I know who my real friends are.” Ace also asked her if the situations on the show are completely truthful. “You can’t make this sh-t up,” Polizzi said. “Ever ything that goes down goes down. If it was fake I wouldn’t be a par t of it.” Polizzi’s father was present at the show donning a “Papa Snooki” shir t, prompting Ace to ask Snooki what her family thinks of the show. “They don’t like seeing me hook up on TV, but I’m 23 years old. They have to get over it,” she said. “I signed up for this — all these cameras following me.” Polizzi said she buys hairspray and bronzer once a week, claiming that she needs it not only for her face but for her legs and chest as well. Hairspray ser ves as her way of getting the cameramen to leave her alone since cameras are on her and her cast mates all day, who are restricted from computer and cellphone access when staying at their Seaside Heights residence. “If I’m ever annoyed at the camera, I’ll spray hairspray for

five years,” she said. “The only real way to get away from the camera is showering, so we take really long showers.” Polizzi also expressed how pleased she was with her New York Times bestselling novel, “A Shore Thing.” “I wanted to write a novel because I’m smar t. I went to school to be a vet tech,” she said. “I sometimes lack common sense, but I’m proud of [the book].” Ace also read questions submitted by University students that Polizzi answered, one of which asked if she ever partied at a University party. “I was dating someone in Springfield, N.J., so we came here once. I think it was three years ago,” she said. “I don’t remember what happened.” One student also asked Polizzi’s opinion of Sammi and Ronnie’s relationship. “I love them both to death, but together they are so annoying,” she said. “They actually talked to each other at the reunion.” In regard to her biggest inspiration, Polizzi cited her skin tone as the main source. “I’d honestly say being tan,” she said. “When you’re tan, you feel better.” She also responded to the “South Park” episode in which she was satirized. “It was so scar y,” she said. “The fact that they did one all about Michael Jackson and one all about me — even if it was me as a scar y rat — shows I made it. I take it all, good or bad.” Jill Weiss, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was happy the University booked Polizzi.

“I think Snooki is really popular and prevalent in the media,” she said. “It’s great that Rutgers brought her. I don’t watch the show but my friends were so excited about coming and so am I. It’s a ver y exciting event.” School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student Lisa Siehl came because she watches the show. “It’s a guilty pleasure,” she said. “It’s so ridiculous you can’t help but watch it.” School of Arts and Sciences junior Melanie Graham was surprised at how funny the show was. “Nicole is naturally funny. She’s no different on the show,” she said. “It was really good. I’m glad I got to see it.” The reality show star will appear on WrestleMania on Sunday when she will participate in a six-person tag-team match. Her experience with cheerleading and gymnastics helped her in training for the match, she said. “A lot of the female wrestlers are trained dancers,” she said. “I think I’m going to bring some back flips in and surprise the fans.” She also judged a “best abs at Rutgers” contest during the show and taught 10 students how to dance to house music. “This is my tree-branch dance because it reminds me of a windy day when trees are blowing,” she said. “I only dance to house music, I don’t do any of the booty shaking in the crotch area.” But Polizzi gave some parting advice for her audience of University students. “Study hard,” she said. “But party harder.”



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Association to induct five honorable alumni BY SONJA TYSIAK STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) selected five alumni based on their work and achievements to be inducted into the 2011 Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This year’s honorees are Jules Plangere Rutgers College ’44, Joan Snyder Douglass College ’62, James Cusumano Rutgers College ’64, Terry Stewart School of Engineering ’69 and Mark Fields Rutgers College ’83. “They have achieved great successes in their diverse professions and they inspire students and alumni to strive for excellence,” said Donna Thornton, vice president for alumni relations. Along with their professional successes, the inductees have helped the University, even though it is not a criterion for receiving the award, she said. Plangere made the Plangere Writing Center on the College Avenue campus possible, Snyder founded the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art and Stewart was a keynote speaker for a recent Rutgers Club of San Diego event, Thornton said. Many distinguished alumni also received signature awards in their careers, such as Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships, she said. “Their leadership and savvy in all they do is beyond impressive and each new class of inductees continues to amaze and inspire us,” Thornton said. For alumni to be considered for this award, they must be nominated through a two page written biography about their accomplishments, she said. The nomination form is to be emailed to the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. “I was nominated by my fraternity brother, James Parker, of Delta Kappa Epsilon,” said Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Stewart has been president of the enterprise since 1999, but beforehand he was the president of Marvel Comics, his own collection consisting of 100,000 comic books, he said. But even with four professional degrees, including one in engineering and an MBA in law, being chosen for the outstanding honor shocked Stewart.

“I am extremely flattered by this honor,” he said. “I believe I was chosen to show how someone can achieve success in a different way.” Stewart said to be successful, students need to do what they love, chase their dreams and everyday will be like a weekend. Anyone can nominate a deser ving individual for this award or honor, Thornton said. A call for nominations is issued each summer and it is the Awards and Recognition Committee of the RUAA that chooses each year’s inductees. “We had more than 35 nominations this year. It was a very difficult selection process,” said Brian Perillo, assistant vice president of alumni relations. “[RUAA] accepts nominations year-round and meet annually to determine a class of awardees that best represents the success and diversity of the talented Rutgers alumni base.” Then the full board, consisting of 21 members, of the RUAA votes on and ratifies the class, he said. “The Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni was created in 1987 to recognize extraordinar y graduates who have brought honor to themselves and to the University through their achievements in professional and civic life,” said Alyse Albaum, marketing assistant for alumni relations. University alumni from nearly every discipline — science and medicine, the arts and humanities, business and entrepreneurship, sports and entertainment, literature and publishing, among others — received the award, she said. “The RUAA is extremely proud of the contributions these alumni made to society, and we celebrate their accomplishments at the Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala each spring, when we induct a new class of honorees,” Thornton said. The gala celebration scheduled for May 7 features a dynamic awards ceremony including university-themed original performances and multimedia tributes to the honorees, she said. “This is the RUAA’s version of the Oscars or the Academy Awards,” said Lori Riley, alumni communications and editorial/media specialist for RUAA. “The gala even comes complete with a red carpet.”





Students practice their ballroom dances Wednesday night at the Werblin Multipurpose Room on Busch campus. The Rutgers Ballroom Club and Team prepare for the 12th Annual DanceSport Competition scheduled to take place on Rutgers Day, April 30, in the College Avenue gym.

Dancers to compete at Rutgers Day BY ANDREW SMITH STAFF WRITER

As April begins, the Rutgers Ballroom Club and Team is jiving and jumping into this year’s home competition on April 30 for Rutgers Day. The Rutgers DanceSpor t Competition enters its 12th year of existence as a way for members to have an oppor tunity to show of f their skill through intercollegiate competition, said Jordann Riley, home competition coordinator. Originally, the competition was not intended to be included in the day’s events. “It was just sort of a stroke of luck,” said Riley, a School of

Arts and Sciences junior. “The space was available on that day and so [the administration] was like, ‘Oh, you can have the gym on this day that is also Rutgers Day, so how can you get the community involved?’” The event has hosted talent from other northeast schools, including New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and Cornell University, among others, said Kiersten Ruisard, secretary of the Rutgers Ballroom Club and Team. “A lot of schools from the area come by. We also welcome amateur dancers from around the area, so that means local studios will send dancers,” Riley




Dancers practice their moves for the Rutgers DanceSport Competition which is scheduled to run April 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

said. “It’s college-level kids competing and representing their teams and it’s also people representing their studios.” On top of the actual dancing competition, the organizations found ways to incorporate community participation, said Ruisard, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “Rutgers wants us to incorporate not just the spectacle but also to get people involved,” she said. “During the competition’s lunch break … we’re going to be teaching an introductory cha-cha lesson and then doing some dance station activities.” In order to host the large number of competitors, the event starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., Ruisard said. Following the home competition, the organizers will host a social to expand the set of activities infused into the events schedule, she said. “It’s competition and social all in the same day,” Ruisard said. “They’re separate events, but they’re being run on the same day by the same people.” As a student organization, the individuals planning and running the competition are students, as well, which makes process extremely involving, said Irene Donne, a team member. “With the help of our coaches, we have to find judges and other employees like emcees,” said Donne, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior. “We have to work with recreation to figure out when we can rent space among other things.” Despite the amount of effort and time going into making the home competition happen, Donne finds the work is worthwhile from the amount of support of those who attend the ballroom team’s competitions. “The atmosphere is exciting,” she said. “With all the other schools and the cheering, it’s nice to get see your friends dance whereas you wouldn’t have gotten to see that beforehand. It’s cool.”


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RUSA reviews election changes, commencement BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER CORRESPONDENT

Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) revealed its new election guidelines for the 2011 RUSA election board yesterday and examined the elimination of commencement traditions. The amount of senders, or representatives, changed from 24 to 21 with two senders per campus and two of f-campus representatives, instead of the former four for campus and four for of f-campus, RUSA Inter nal Chair Af fair John Aspray said. One of the changes included RUSA-elected Douglass Governing Council (DGC) members serving as a liaison back to RUSA, said Aspray, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “For the Douglass senators, one of the two [representatives] will be designated a DGC senator and will sit in at DGC, RUSA and the Senate,” Aspray said. “This position will be elected by RUSA in the spring, but if vacated will be required by lateral election by DGC.” People will have to live on that campus either now or next semester to run for that position, he said. Any seats that are not occupied by the end of the election will be elected in the spring by the general RUSA body. Another campus issue recognized was the suspension of the tradition of breaking clay pipes and the loss of other commencement traditions. Breaking of the clay pipes has been a tradition at the University for years, and began when a group of seniors broke the pipes they used to smoke tobacco during college, said Josh David, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “Graduating students would smash the clay pipes on the cannon as they walked through the gates of Old Queens College, but currently that tradition has been suspended,” said Ross Kleiman, School of Engineering Council representative. David said the clay pipes would be worth keeping with 11,000 pipes

costing $30,000 — an average of $2 per pipe — according to numbers given by administration. “The University … [has a budget of] $2 billion … each year, so in order to preserve a sense of unity and connection, I think $30,000 is a small price to pay to keep a tradition,” he said. A part of the student fees taken out by allocations goes toward the commencements. Seniors have paid for it the past four years, said Kerri Willson, RUSA co-adviser. Donors will be willing to contribute more money if students keep up with traditions, David said. Kleinman, a School of Engineering junior, said the University is afraid of getting bad press because the money is going toward clay pipes that will only be broken at the end of commencement. “You can’t break memories, though,” said Yousef Saleh, RUSA president. Another suggestion was to purchase half the usual amount of clay pipes and have it on a firstcome, first-serve basis, but that is under configuration, David said. With commencement approaching, the initiative to take action needs to be done soon because the pipes are made by hand, Kleinman said. He said other traditions have been lost over the past years and the tradition of clay pipes should be kept. “Livingston College used to have a champagne toast before commencement and held senior toast during seniors’ celebration day. Some traditions have been infused into seniors’ celebration day,” Wilson said. Commencement is a University-wide celebration with individual receptions after commencement, but since it is at the Rutgers Stadium on Busch campus this year, some of the traditions were abandoned, David said. “[The Cap and Skull Society of Rutgers University] is trying to organize alumni to donate on behalf of Cap and Skull to donate a bell,” Saleh said. “Because it’s at the stadium — there is no bell, so we’re trying to get the bell.”



RU Wanawake, a student organization that unites college women for the interests of Africa, will host its 2nd Annual “Honoring the African Woman” banquet at 7:30 p.m., in the Douglass Lounge of the Douglass Campus Center. The club will be presenting awards to three women who improved Africa through philanthropic work and dedication. Entertainment of the night includes a performance by R&B singer Rotimi. The event is free. For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook page or email


Rutgers University Dance Marathon to support the Embrace Kids Foundation will take place in the College Avenue Gym this weekend. Dance marathon is a 32-hour student-run event to raise money for the Embrace Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids the non-medical needs of the children with cancer and blood disorders. Dance Marathon is now closed to dancer registration but applications are still available for alumni dancers, set up and clean up crew and fundraisers. For more information, please visit

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The Gardner A. Sage Library located on 21 Seminary Place is part of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary for students studying theology. The library holds rare manuscripts, artifacts and secular texts in addition to its extensive collection of religious books.

Library serves as sanctuary for students studying religion BY JADE MCCLAIN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The cathedral-style edifice on 21 Seminary Place that many city residents might dismiss as a church is actually the Gardner A. Sage Library of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. The librar y dates back to 1784, when the seminar y and the University — called Queen’s College then — used to be part of each other, said Christopher Brennan, the librar y director. The Gardner A. Sage Librar y contains a vast collection of biblical and theological material, archives and historical collections, in addition to rare manuscripts and artifacts, according to its website. Titles such as the “Journal of Biblical Literature,” “The Faith of the New Testament” and “The Goodness and Severity of God” line the shelves while stainedglass windows display the images of St. Paul and Abraham the Patriarch, and portraits of former reverend-professors line the upper railings.

The librar y ser ves as a resource for seminary students, most of whom are earning their Master of Divinity degree, while others work toward their Master of Ar ts degree or even the Doctor of Ministry degree for previously ordained clergy, Brennan said. “We do have more public users than we have seminar y users, but that’s typical for seminary libraries,” he said. Among others, visitors to the librar y include city residents, University faculty or just people who have a general interest in religion and theology and want to borrow material and deepen their knowledge of the field, he said. The librar y is constantly acquiring material, buying books and subscribing to databases to expand its collection, Brennan said. As director, Brennan makes purchasing decisions based on several factors — suggestions by members, prices of books, whether or not the source is scholarly and how it fits into the parameters of the seminar y.

Although the librar y focuses on religious materials, it also contains secular material on subjects such as psychology, sociology, general histor y and ethics, in addition to literature per taining to other religions

“I love this library… this is definitely a different atmosphere and I get to work a lot more steadily with the students.” ALICIA GRAHAM Interim Librarian for Reference and Access Services

such as Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, he said. University students who want to use the library need a letter of introduction from a reference librarian at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus who confirms that the student attends

the University and is in good standing, Brennan said. “We get quite a few Rutgers students who use the collection,” he said. “I suspect most of the students are in the religious studies department at Rutgers and primarily they’re doing material either in biblical studies or early church histor y, which we have a much deeper collection than Alexander does.” Because of this, other University students like Jef f Levine said they often pass the librar y without a second’s thought. “I just thought it was a church. Never thought anything about it, [I] pass it all the time on my way to class,” said Jeff Levine, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Alicia Graham, the interim librarian for reference and access ser vices, began working at the librar y two months ago and says she enjoys the new position. “I love this librar y … this is definitely a dif ferent atmosphere and I get to work a lot more steadily with the stu-

dents,” she said. “The part that I love about this librar y is that it’s a great meeting spot.” Graham said she often likes to see students interact with each other while they work and absorb what they learn at school. “You can really see students interacting while they work and really bringing what they’re studying in ministr y into their lives,” she said. Graham said the librar y is unique because it fosters a suppor tive atmosphere and that the primar y focus of ever yone is making it the best learning environment for the students. Brennan agreed with Graham, and he said he wants the librar y to foster a sense of peace so students can fully concentrate on their work at hand. “The men and women who are here are studying to go into Christian ministries where they will be ser ving men and women of faith, and so their faith must be supported as well as their mind and their hear t,” he said.

STUDY REPORTS EAST BRUNSWICK LANE AS NEW JERSEY’S CENTER OF POPULATION The U.S. Census Bureau reported that Nenninger Lane in East Brunswick serves as the statistical center of New Jersey’s population. Nenninger Lane, which is guarded by sound barriers to shield the loud noise of the turnpike it borders, is the best representative of the state’s 8.8 million population, according to an article. Although the state’s geographic center still lies in Hamilton Township in Mercer County, the center of population constantly changes, indicating the fluctuation in population.

Over the past few decades, New Jersey’s statistical center is heading south toward the N.J. Turnpike as more people have settled downward, according to the article. The only time the statistical center strayed toward the West was in 1890, when it reached Somerset County. James Hughes, dean of the University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, believes cheaper prices and lower property taxes are mainly to credit for this change. “It’s not surprising that our center of gravity has shifted to the South and particularly the Southwest,”

Hughes said in the article. “It’s sort of a mini version of what’s happening in the country as a whole.” For old and new residents of Nenninger Lane, like Janet Rittman, the idea of Nenninger Lane being the center of New Jersey in hard to believe. “That would be the last thing I would ever think of. It’s very strange,” said Rittman who lived in the neighborhood for 60 years before moving in 2009, according to the article. “When I moved there from New York we were originally on a chicken farm. The center? I don’t think so.” — Ankita Panda



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or cash-strapped college students, ATM fees are a giant pain already. Seriously, banks? You’re going to charge us $2 just to access money we deposited in the first place? Well, things could get worse. J.P. Morgan Chase and a few other banks are looking to tr y upping the fees to $5 per transaction. It would be utterly comical, if it weren’t for the fact it’s true. The banks have apparently taken to upping ATM fees as a means of recouping the profits they lost as a result of the regulations newly placed on overdraft fees by the federal government. We’ve got to hand it to the banks — even with the government breathing down their necks, they’re still finding new ways to treat their customers unfairly. We give J.P. Morgan Chase and the other banks involved darts. Couldn’t they find a less exploitative way to make money? *




If we told you that the University’s Dining Ser vices had 12 gourmet chefs on staff, you would probably think we were joking. Honestly, we can’t blame you but it’s true. The University does in fact have gourmet chefs on staff, and we think that’s a pretty great thing. Any measures Dining Ser vices wants to take to elevate the quality of the food they ser ve are good ideas in our eyes — after all, who doesn’t find themselves almost chronically disappointed by what, say, Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus chooses to ser ve day in and day out? For giving the students at least a few high-caliber chefs, we give Dining Ser vices a laurel. *




For a man who claims to be all about fixing New Jersey’s budget, Gov. Chris Christie has a pretty weird take on imposing a millionaire’s tax in the state. Christie is staunchly opposed to it, according to N.J. Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristof f. Then again, maybe that isn’t so weird — Christie is a Republican, and that’s the traditional Republican stance. Still, we expect better than tired party politics from Christie. The proposed increased rate on New Jersey’s highest tax bracket would bring in a projected $600 million, which we could really use right about now. Why, then, won’t Christie go for it? The GOP has to stop their senseless “taxes are robber y” crusade if our countr y is ever to get back on its feet. For refusing to make a move that could really help the state, Christie gets a dar t. *




The Medium published one of their The Daily Medium issues yesterday, in which they copied The Daily Targum’s style to parody our publication. Frankly, we thought it was hilarious. Ever yone could use a good laugh now and then, and we think The Medium succeeded in giving the student body just that. Also, we’re always flattered when they target us. It gives us a slight twinge of pride. Plus, the mock Opinions page was really well done, and brought some much-needed levity to perhaps the most controversial section of the paper. We give The Medium a laurel for their hilarious latest issue, and we mean this in the sincerest manner possible. *




As you are doubtlessly aware, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi brought her comedy act, “Inside the Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Studio” to the University last night. A quick aside before we get to our main point: Couldn’t she have a picked a less cumbersome name for her supposedly funny show? More importantly, though, according to Snooki’s Twitter, she didn’t exactly come to the University. Instead, she came to Rutgers College — a school that hasn’t existed since 2007. It’s understandable she doesn’t know that — she isn’t a student here. However, does she really need to flaunt her ignorance when she’s coming to our school and unfortunately ser ves as one of the faces of our state? Snooki gets a dart for, well, being Snooki, we guess.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “With all the other schools and the cheering, it’s nice to get to see your friends dance whereas you wouldn’t have gotten to see that beforehand.” Irene Donne, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior, on Rutgers Ballroom Team competitions STORY IN UNIVERSITY

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It’s a homely belief — a hy the existence stance many of my peers of corporal punand I are familiar with — ishment in growing up having our parschools is still a debatable ents and grandparents tell issue is beyond me. But this us stories about what week, Texas courts heard would happen if they the story of an 11th-grade PATRICK DANNER behaved like we did. It’s boy, Tyler Anastopoulos, the same “kids these days” who was paddled to the argument that our grandparents had of our parpoint of hospitalization by his school’s assistant ents, our parents have of us and we, if we revisit principal for skipping detention. high schools now, will have of the current stuHere on the Banks, most of us will find this dent body. We even hear our peers complain, hard to believe. In fact, New Jersey was the first “My parents would beat me if I did that,” as if our to outlaw corporal punishment — canes, rulers, mothers have been right all these years — the paddles, the whole lot — and did so nearly 150 world is going to hell in a handbasket, and it’s years ago. It took more than 100 years for anothbeen doing so, essentially, forever. er state to follow suit, when Massachusetts outAnd though it may be culturally ingrained, lawed the practice in 1971. Today, though, corthough the love of corporal punishment in Texas poral punishment remains legal in the public may be equivalent to New Jersey’s love of poor school districts of 20 states, and the private secmusicianship — stop defending tors of 48 — New Jersey and Iowa Bon Jovi — I still question the being the only states that have “The love of effectiveness of its use. I find it taken the measure that far. So that schools claim it’s benefiAnastopoulos’s case, strangely corporal punishment odd cial when they’ve never performed enough, is not unique. In fact, the grand experiment of outlawing multiple cases like his are underin Texas may be the paddle. In fact, it doesn’t even way in Mississippi, one including equivalent to seem to be working now — case in a broken jaw. What strikes me — pun intendNew Jersey’s love of point, Anastopoulos still didn’t go to detention. ed — most is the number of stupoor musicianship.” By using corporal punishment dents and parents alike in these in our schools, we essentially constates that will support corporal done a level of violence and train punishment at all costs, marching our children to believe that discrepancies can, and and protesting to see themselves and their peers should, be solved with a paddle, Ben-Affleckbeaten for skipping gym class and smoking a “Dazed and Confused”-style. Paddling doesn’t cigarette in the handicapped stall or for sticking ever prevent these children from engaging in proa wad of Bazooka Joe under their desks, as if hibited behavior but rather just teaches them to we’re living in a nostalgic after-school flick. And do it elsewhere. It’s shortsighted for schools to these students, as well as their parents and think punishing illicit behavior to this extent is administrators, claim two incredibly inane reaeffective at all. It wouldn’t take much for a student sons to support the paddling of their kids. First, to become eerily habituated to that level of punthat corporal punishment has been effective durishment or, more likely, to the fear of that level of ing its long, glorious histor y. Second, that those repercussion. For every student who gets paddled unlike them, those who didn’t get beat, populate for skipping detention, there are probably two or a nascent and near-mongoloid unruly mass, running riot through vomit and sawdust covered SEE DANNER ON PAGE 9 linoleum halls.

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Fix system for all students Media misrepresents Letter WILLIAM EASTMAN


he topic of affirmative action is visceral and arouses emotional debates. This letter is written in response to two pieces published in The Daily Targum — the March 24 column “Remove all bias from academia” and Tuesday’s letter “Af firmative action provides level playing field.” I appreciate the opinions of both authors and the fact they expressed them civilly. Often, we can let our emotions get the better of us. I would like to take a moment to amiably disagree with both authors’ presentations of the critical issue of affirmative action. Both letters present a binary of the typical sort — against affirmative action or for it. Often in political issues our opinions are constrained to two choices —Republican/Democrat, pro-life/pro-choice, raise taxes/lower taxes, etc. Such constraints limit our discourse and our options. There are merits to af firmative action and there are also flaws, but what is most important is we recognize that, like the author of the letter says, the concept of the American dream can sometimes allow us to forget there is inequality in this country, and it plays itself out most emphatically in education. Systemic inequality in America’s education system is a grave threat to our countr y’s future. Anyone who believes every child is given a fair opportunity need only travel from a school in the affluent suburbs of New Jersey to an inner-city school to recognize the huge “education gap.” This inequality predominantly af fects minorities, who live in poorer neighborhoods due to both formal and informal discriminations that plagued our great nation. Research has shown the

DANNER continued from page 8 three getting away with something else. I mean, like we said, kids these days, right? But who knows, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe if my principal had paddled me I wouldn’t be so unruly myself. Maybe I would have spent less time skulking the streets of my suburban hometown and more time not getting that “D” in calculus. But what we

strongest predictor of students’ success is not the color of their skin, but the quality of their teachers and their access to educational resources. Students of all backgrounds suf fer from poor teachers and a lack of access to necessary educational resources. Af firmative action focuses on the individual, not the flawed system. An individual approach is the source of a lot of personal scorn toward af firmative action. Students who do not benefit from affirmative action feel they have been personally discriminated themselves and sometimes rightfully so. Affirmative action, as is, assumes a person’s background based upon their race/ethnicity. We all know this

“Bad schools fail students. It is not the other way around.” can be extremely problematic. The author of the column is right to point out that it is unfair to benefit one person based solely on the color of their skin, not their personal experience. But the author of the letter is also right to recognize there must be some way of correcting the discriminations that led to such inequality. The way to do so is to focus on improving opportunity in the United States through educational reform that will give all students a sound education from the start and create a society that is well equipped and diverse in all aspects. Inequality in the United States is like a tree with a compromised foundation, and affirmative action is a process that trims the highest reaching — most successful — branches of that tree. By focusing on alleviating the most talented,

can say is this — a quick look at the statistics shows a fairly strong correlation between the presence of corporal punishment in a state and low graduation rates. Well, just ignore Nevada — or blame it on the residual effects of 30 nuclear testing sites. In short, if these states claim that corporal punishment keeps their kids in the books, and then report graduation rates of around 65 percent, there must be some underlying, though probably absurd, reason for them to continue breaking out the paddle.

highest-reaching students from a decaying structure we forget it is the system that is flawed, and we ignore all those who never make it to the top, or even to the middle, because of the system that fails them. Bad schools fail students. It is not the other way around. If we are to argue the merits of affirmative action, I would compel the participants in such an important debate to recognize what we are really talking about — equality in education. The inequalities in education in the black community are reflective of the societal discriminations blacks suffered. A government strong enough to inflict injuries on its people must be strong enough to redress those injuries. It is high time we work together to fix the flaws in the education system so our nation may thrive. As the graduation rate in the United States drops, we must be conscious that our strongest competitors in Europe, East Asia and elsewhere around the world have a high school graduation rate, and almost all of their students go on to some form of higher education. It is in our national interest to work to make sure every student has a chance, regardless of where they grow up or what color their skin is. Whether or not we suppor t af firmative action should not prevent us from recognizing this national imperative to fix our schools. When we do, we will realize the American dream, and we will transform our national future. I implore the great minds of the University and the nation, regardless of their personal beliefs, to begin a national discourse on how we can fix the broken education system in a way that works for all, not just the privileged. Let us not wait. The time to act is now. William Eastman is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and history.

Maybe it’s simply that for nearly a centur y these schools have paddled their kids, who go on to paddle their kids and on and on, not truly helping kids stay focused on school. At least it gives them sick paddling skills and a common bond among the locals that says, hey, we’ve all taken a lashing or two. Patrick Danner is a School of Arts and Sciences senior doublemajoring in English and Italian. His column, “Stoop Musings,” runs on alternate Fridays.

COMMENT OF THE DAY “[Rep. Dennis] Kucinich, [D-Ohio], always runs. I rather doubt that any of the top officials in the GOP want [Donald] Trump and [Rep. Michele] Bachmann, [R-Minn.], to run, but they do have free will.” User “Elon Weintraub” in response to March 30th’s column “GOP backs poor candidates”


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massacre in Israel Letter JARED FUSIA


ith the horrific event of the Itamar massacre two weeks ago, one would reasonably think that such a crime of immense brutality and cold ruthlessness would be treated with humanity and the utmost consideration. Perhaps the biggest outrage is the media’s lack of outrage and compassion for the untimely deaths of an innocent Jewish family. On the contrary, what little coverage the media has given this tragedy has been within the context of the debate over Jewish settlements and the alleged problems they cause in the IsraeliPalestinian peace process. The New York Times reported on the tragedy under the headline, “Suspecting Palestinians, Israeli Military Hunts for Killers of Five West Bank Settlers.” Firstly, this invokes the military plays in the flawed narrative known as the “cycle of violence.” It is the suggestion that this latest vicious attack on Israelis is part of a perennial conflict between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants. The New York Times went on to normalize the massacre as just another part of Palestinian actions by claiming that “Palestinians have often justified the killing of Israeli civilians, especially settlers, as a legitimate response to the Israeli occupation of territory conquered in the 1967 war, or in the case of radicals, as part of a broader struggle against Israel’s existence.” The fact The New York Times nearly rationalizes the killing of Jewish settlers as a permissible act is sickening enough, but to explain that fighting against Israel’s very existence is a radical act is beyond the pale. In addition, the term “five settlers” hardly captures the hideous reality of the butchered, desecrated bodies of a 3-month-old infant and her 3- and 11-year-old brothers. Do these children count as “settlers” simply because they grew up on territory claimed by Palestinians? Some Palestinian groups declare that every square inch of Israel belongs to them. In that regard,

every Israeli and every Jew qualifies as a settler worthy of death. BBC coverage was equally as callous. Not only did they not report the names of the family members — instead they were simply described as a “Jewish settler family” — but the circumstances of the massacre were also totally slanted. Itamar was identified not as a flourishing community, but as a presumably problemcausing settlement. The BBC description of the massacre was minimized: “The family — including three children — were stabbed to death by an intruder who broke into their home, Israeli media reported.” The family members are simply dead Jews and barely human. It should come as no surprise, then, that BBC used the rest of the article as an opportunity to editorialize against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Also, the terms “settler” and “settlement” do an injustice by misleading the general public about the thriving, productive communities that have bloomed in Judea and Samaria. Itamar, established in 1984, is an industrious hillside town, for instance. Residents have made the land flourish. Designating them as “settlers” provides an inaccurate picture of their middle class suburban lives. Of course, The New York Times and other media outlets’ main concern has been the Israeli government’s approval of the construction of 400 to 500 housing units in Maale Adumim, Gush Etzion, Modiin Illit and Ariel. Most media reports have indicated the same sentiment — that adding housing to well established communities presents more of a threat to the dim peace process than Palestinian terror attacks on Jews. Nevertheless, Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclamation — “They shoot and we build” — affirmed Israel’s refusal to submit to the brutality of terrorists and their sick, Nazi-like will in which the land of Israel should one day be Judenrein-Jew free. When will there be an end to this kind of bloodshed? Jared Fusia is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Italian.


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amount of people packing the open air stadium, communicaissues can arise. prepare for new atmosphere tionBut Stagnitta is sure these are problems the Knights can continued from back quickly solve. “We’re all on the same field, in St. John’s. The Red Storm are bolstered by a young offense, and the field is the same size as the field at led by true freshRutgers,” he man attackman “It’s not forKevin Cernuto “Things are going said. eign for our guys with a team-high to play in front of to be hectic — 27 points on — we’ve 19 goals and going to be exciting crowds done it before. eight assists. The first few “They’re a lot — but right after minutes of the like us. They can that things are going game things are create opportunigoing to be hecties and it’s a matter to settle down.” tic — going to be of taking advantage exciting — but of those opportuniJIM STAGNITTA right after ties,” Stagnitta said. Head Coach that, things “I expect a tough, are going to hard-fought game. It’s always a very good, competitive settle down.” If the Knights can overcome game with them.” In addition to the Red not only their opponent but also Storm’s onslaught, the Knights their surroundings, they have must concern themselves with the opportunity to gain their a third presence on the field — first Big East win in front of the the amplified crowd noise and largest audience they will have size of the venue. With the all year.


Sophomore Jenna Zito completed the regular season with an all-around average of 38.228 and was one of two Knights to complete all season in all-around for head coach Chrystal Chollet-Norton.

NATIONALS: Rookie sports impressive background continued from back Leal-Restrepo arrived on the Banks this season with higher expectations than most Rutgers gymnasts before her. As a member of the Columbian National Team and with her sights set on the Olympics, Leal-Restrepo has an impressive pedigree. And for the Knights this season, she lived up to the hype,

quickly becoming one of the top performers on the team. Along with Zito, LealRestrepo ser ved as an allarounder this season. The pair maintained its health in spite of the rigors of competing in four events. Leal-Restrepo ended the season with an all-around average of 38.680, while Zito was not far behind her with a score of 38.228. “They have worked hard all year in the gym and done all the right things,” CholletNorton said.

Like Leal-Restrepo, D’Elia came to Rutgers with hype. After spending her first year at Central Michigan, she decided to transfer to Rutgers. D’Elia proved herself time and again this year as a top performer. “Danielle came here and has been wonderful from Day 1,” Chollet-Norton said. “She has a great personality and has a really good routine on floor.” The NCAA Division I Gymnastics Northeast Regional Championships start Saturday, April 2, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

TEST: Rutgers loses out on home match opportunity continued from back “It’s too bad because we want people to come out and support us, and it would be fun if we were on campus,” said senior captain Amy Zhang. “It doesn’t bother us because the result of the match is still going to be the same, but we’re definitely looking for ward to our last match being on campus.” Zhang’s 28-0 career home record will not be a factor this weekend, but her outstanding play of late certainly will be. She won singles matches in seven straight contests after a rough stretch earlier in the season, when she dropped three of four. “Amy is playing fantastic tennis and moving exceptionally well with a lot of confidence,” Bucca said. The entire team played well of late, especially in doubles, an area that has been the Knights’ Achilles’ heel for most of the season. Bucca toyed with several different lineups in the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles slots since the team’s spring break trip and each of the new combinations found moderate success. “We have a lot of good players so I expect that we’ll continue having some sense of rotation in doubles,” Bucca said. “Everyone is capable of playing with one another and we feel confident


Senior No. 1 singles Amy Zhang’s 28-0 record at home went for naught on Tuesday against in-state rival Seton Hall. with just about any lineup we use.” The No. 2 squad of junior Leonora Slatnick and freshman Stefania Balasa enjoyed success in New Orleans on the spring break trip, earning an 83 victor y against Seton Hall. Junior Morgan Ivey has won three straight matches in the No. 3 slot and may have found her ideal partner in classmate Mar yana Milchutskey.

Doubles will remain the deciding factor for the Knights this weekend in Morgantown and for the rest of their journey to the Big East Tournament, regardless of their lineups. “Clearly doubles is the key to our success,” Bucca said. “Since spring break we have been playing the type of doubles that we want to be playing, and it has led to winning.”



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Word on the Street


fter becoming the first Big East volleyball student-athlete to earn multiple Academic All-American honors earlier this year, Caitlin Saxton reached another milestone. The Rutgers volleyball team’s outside hitter earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship yesterday, boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her college career. The senior, who is set to graduate in May, plans on putting the scholarship toward law school in the following year and is honored to receive yet another academic distinction.




quarterback Chad Pennington racked up a number of injuries over his career, but his latest did not even occur during a football game. The former Miami Dolphin will undergo surgery next week after tearing his ACL during a pickup basketball game. He said he hopes to return to the league next season. Pennington earned the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award twice after shoulder injuries ended his 2009 season and cut his 2010 return short after only two snaps. During his only full season with the Dolphins in 2008, Pennington led Miami to its first playoff berth since 2001. He also led the New York Jets to the playoffs in 2002, 2004 and 2006.




former assistant athletic director at the University of Kansas, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy. Jones is one of seven people caught in an investigation into illegal sales of basketball and football tickets in which key athletic directors pocketed the money. All seven directors pleaded guilty.




tackle while sophomore Andre Civil steps in at left. But the right side of the line is not completely new to Stapleton, who made one start at right tackle as a sophomore against Army. “It’s not a difference to me really,” Stapleton said. “I have to switch my calls and some stuff with footwork, but there is nothing too extravagant about it. I


Conference honored the Rutgers rowing team’s varsity eight this week after the group took the top spot at the Murphy Cup last week on the Schuylkill River. The lineup of seniors Janine Ford, Helen Becz, Christine Hannigan and Mary Gromlowicz, juniors Katie Quinn, Katherine Geithman and Kathleen Lai and freshmen Raelyn Loiselle and Stephanie Ford pulled away at the 1,000-meter mark of the five-team final and from there coasted to victory with a time of 6:38.3. The Scarlet Knights return home tomorrow to compete against Princeton and Navy.


The Rutgers football team is serious about revamping its offensive line, and it proved it by moving last year’s starting left tackle to the right side. After starting all 12 games at left tackle last season, senior Desmond Stapleton spent the first two spring practices at right




NFL lockout, news broke of talks at the two day World Congress of Sports, which ended Thursday, of every major sport other than baseball facing labor trouble, and the NBA’s season possibly being shortened next week by a work stoppage. Anschutz Entertainment Group President and CEO Tim Leiweke predicts that the NBA “is probably going to lose games.” The NBA’s current labor deal expires June 30.


Senior offensive lineman Desmond Stapleton spent the first two practices at right tackle after starting at left last season.

used to play it before I switched to left tackle, so it’s not that big of a deal or a big difference.” Civil made his collegiate debut at right tackle last season after beginning his Rutgers career practicing on the defensive line. But his raw abilities impressed head coach Greg Schiano enough to slot him in at left tackle. “He’s the most athletic offensive lineman we have and he’s one of the strongest we have as well,” Schiano said. “So just from a pure skill perspective, he should be able to play the position. ‘Should’ and ‘does’ are two different things. I hope he does.” The only tinkering with the first-team unit occured at right guard, where sophomore Antwan Lowery replaced senior Art Forst. Schiano said he would continue to move players around based upon performance to find the right mix after allowing 61 sacks last season. While it will make the position an interesting one to watch throughout the spring, the linemen just want to put last year’s performance behind them. “We’re sick of hearing it,” Stapleton said. “We’re just trying to break the mold this year and do what we can do to give people a better idea of what this o-line can be.”



also have a new look next season with only junior Scott Vallone returning as a starter.

Although first-team defensive ends Manny Abreu and Justin Francis have playing experience, the defensive tackles do not. Only sophomore Michael Larrow received limited snaps alongside Vallone last season. “We have to build a little bit of experience and comfort with having precision and getting things right,” Vallone said. “It’s going to be a long road, but I think we can get there with the type of athletes we have.” Defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey and defensive end Djwany Mera are competing for spots and enrolled early after attending prep schools in the fall. Kirksey is expected to make an impact in the middle. “It’s going to be tough for him — it’s college football for the first time,” Vallone said. “I think he’s going to get better, and I’m excited to see it because once he puts it together, he can be good.”



Frank Cignetti continued to install new aspects to his prostyle of fense yesterday. It slowed the Knights down, Schiano said, but they continue to make progress. “For most of the kids it’s new because they don’t remember 2008,” he said. “The terminology may be different, but the plays are the same — ver y similar. But there’s not many who have been here then. But I think they’re getting more comfortable with it.”

Wright works way onto field after injury BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT

In Tim Wright’s own words, a caged animal is about to break free of its restraints. Sidelined since last August with a torn FOOTBALL knee ligament, the junior wide receiver is through two spring practices with the Rutgers football team and is well on his way to a full recovery. “I had a whole year off and I hated it,” Wright said. “I missed an entire season, but I’m in a cage right now and I’m ready to be released.” Wright, a 6-foot-4, 216-pound native of Wall Township, N.J., donned the black, no-contact, jersey during yesterday’s practice but participated in most wide receiver drills. “It feels great to be back,” Wright said. “Not just being able to use the knee, but being back and playing with my teammates means a lot. Ever ything feels good, and I have been working really hard. I’m going to be back in the mix pretty soon. Everything is coming together.” Springtime is historically a very productive time for Wright. Last season, Wright soared up the depth chart in the spring to the No. 2 spot behind now-junior Mohamed Sanu. He earned the team’s spring award for most improved offensive player and went through a renaissance with new wide receiver coach P.J. Fleck guiding him along. “My spring last year was all because of hard work and dedication,” Wright said. “I didn’t lose

that. I’m still doing that and working even harder than before. As long as my knee comes along, the outcome will be the same.” Wright’s most productive spring came with Tom Savage as the lead quarterback for the Scarlet Knights. This spring is his first real opportunity to work with sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd, who did not take over the reins last season until well after Wright’s injury. The pair spent the first few days of training camp together, but never built up the chemistr y that Wright and Savage had last spring. “He got hurt so early that I never really got much of a chance to work with him, and it’s good to have him now,” Dodd said. “He’s going to be a great asset to the team. Seeing him last spring when I visited, you can tell he’s so talented.” But after Wright’s torrid spring last season, he went down early in training camp and required season-ending knee surger y. Wright tried to stay as involved as possible during his time away and remained a crucial part of the young group of receivers. “Even though he didn’t play last year, he was still on the sidelines helping me with my game, watching me and trying to make sure that I’m doing the right things and not slacking off,” said junior wide receiver Mark Harrison. “With him being on the field now, it’s definitely more exciting just being out there with one of my best friends.”


Junior wide receiver Tim Wright participated in most of the wideout drills at practice while recovering from a torn ACL. Harrison benefitted the most from Wright’s injur y, replacing him across from Sanu as a star ter and blowing up in his sophomore season. Under the tutelage of Fleck, Harrison dedicated his production last season to his friend Wright and did him proud. Harrison led the team in receptions (44), receiving yards (829) and receiving touch-

downs (9) and is excited to have the chance to put up similar numbers alongside Wright this season. “I was definitely excited just seeing him come out in a knee brace and ready to go,” Harrison said. “He always brings energy to the team and the receiving corps, so it’s definitely great seeing him back out here and working hard just like ever ybody else.”



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Three Knights grip for shot at Nationals

RU embarks on biggest test of year





The Rutgers gymnastics team had its sights set on going to NCAA regionals all season, and even though the Scarlet Knights came up short, they GYMNASTICS put together a memorable season and RUTGERS AT broke multiple NCAA REGIONALS records along TOMORROW, 6 P.M. the way. And although the Knights will not go to nationals as a team, three athletes earned the right to compete as individuals. Sophomores Jenna Zito and Danielle D’Elia, and freshman Luisa Leal-Restrepo all qualified for NCAA regionals after successful campaigns. While disappointed that the Knights were unable to qualify for regionals as a team, head coach Chrystal CholletNorton is glad that three of her gymnasts will continue competing. “It was a slightly disappointing end to the season to not be able to qualify for regionals, but we were able to finish the season strong,” Chollet-Norton said after the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship. “I’m very proud of the ones that earned a spot.” While Chollet-Norton will not coach again next year, she is still interested in the future of the program. Considering the three athletes that earned spots in NCAA regionals are underclassmen, CholletNorton believes that the future is bright for Rutgers gymnastics. “All three of those girls have very bright futures. It just shows how strong a team Rutgers will have for years to come,” CholletNorton said.


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Freshman Luisa Leal-Restrepo is one of three Knights — all underclassmen — to earn an invitation to NCAA regionals and has experience in big meets.

The mission for the Rutgers tennis team all season long is to finish in the top four of the Big East and earn a first-round bye in the conference tournaTENNIS ment. The Scarlet Knights can take a RUTGERS VS. big step toward PITTSBURGH reaching that goal TOMORROW, 1 P.M. this weekend, when they travel to Morgantown, W. Va., to face both Pittsburgh and West Virginia. “Ask any team in the Big East in just about any sport, and they will tell you that the trip to West Virginia is always a difficult one,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “We’re just expecting two really tough matches.” The Knights (11-4, 3-2) take on Pittsburgh tomorrow at 1 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend at 10 a.m. on Sunday against host West Virginia. Rutgers is currently on a three-match conference winning streak but now begins perhaps the most grueling portion of the schedule with four consecutive Big East road matches. “Our competitive nature is our strength, you can’t help but notice that when you watch a Rutgers tennis match,” Bucca said. “We are ready to compete exceptionally hard over these next few weeks and as long as we do that we will continue our winning ways.” Every bit of that strength was necessary this season for a team that has not played a single game on the Rutgers campus. The Knights were supposed to return home earlier this week, but the cold weather forced matches against Syracuse and Seton Hall to the indoor facilities at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J.


Most exposure of season awaits Rutgers, St. John’s BY VINNIE MANCUSO STAFF WRITER

Despite the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team’s two-game losing streak — with its last defeat coming at the hands MEN’S LACROSSE of conference opponent Notre Dame — RUTGERS VS. there is an undeniST. JOHN’S able sense of exciteSUNDAY, 1 P.M. ment in the Scarlet Knights’ locker room for their game on Sunday against conference rival St. John’s. The reason for the anticipation is the Knights’ move from their Piscataway home to New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., for the Big City Classic Tournament. “When we found out we were going to be doing this in the fall, ever yone on the team was pumped,” said sophomore attackman Duncan Clancy. “It’s kind of just one of those games you look for ward to just for the experience.” And it will be quite the experience for Clancy and Co. The Knights’ (5-3, 0-1) matchup with the Red Storm kicks off a scheduled triple-header in front of more than 18,000 fans. The games following Rutgers are marquee ones, with No. 11 Johns Hopkins facing off with No. 3 North Carolina and No. 1 Syracuse clashing with No. 5 Duke. The entire tournament will broadcast live on

“It’s a great oppor tunity, a great venue,” said head coach Jim Stagnitta. “It’s nice exposure for the program to be involved in this type of event. I know ever yone is pretty excited to have this opportunity to play there.” But all exposure and fanfare aside, the Knights head into a veritable must-win situation. Entering off a substantial loss against their first Big East opponent in No. 3 Notre Dame and a fall against Army, Rutgers has a chance to not only gain a much-needed win, but even its conference record. “We’re all real excited for this game,” said freshman attackman Scott Klimchak. “We know it’s a game not only that we can win, but that we need to win. The fact that it’s a big venue and there is going to be a lot of people there only adds to it.” As if the Knights needed any more incentive, they have a chance to avenge an 11-10 loss last season to the Johnnies — a rare loss given Rutgers’ 16-3 overall record with their rival. “Last year against St. John’s we felt like we outplayed them but we didn’t get the ‘W.’ We felt like that was due to a lack of focus,” Clancy said. “We’re not going to let that happen this year. This game has that little extra incentive just from last year leaving a bad taste in our mouth.” As a team with a lot of youth on offense, Rutgers looks at a team very similar to itself



Sophomore attackman Duncan Clancy leads the Knights with 16 assists on the season to go along with seven goals under head coach Jim Stagnitta.

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