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The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team squandered a five-goal lead against Princeton last night on the RU Turf Field and lost 11-10 to its in-state rival.
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RUPA spends $95K for Friday concert lineup BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEW EDITOR
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A 1920s-themed band plays swing Jazz music in the Douglass Campus Center last night, which was transformed to an Atlantic City boardwalk when author Nelson Johnson talked about the history of corruption in the city.
Author rolls out Atlantic City history BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER CORRESPONDENT
More than 250 University students were taken back in time to the 1920s Atlantic City boardwalk last night during an evening with Nelson Johnson, author of “Boardwalk Empire: The Bir th, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City.” Trayes Hall and the New Jersey Commuter Lounge in the Douglass Campus Center were transformed into the Atlantic City boardwalk, minus the sea salt air, with authentic 1920s apparel and swing Jazz music. “This idea was suggested by [assistant director of Student Life programs] Matt Ferguson, who is good friends with Nelson Johnson and it started from there,” said
Andrew Zharnest, a member of Rutgers University Programming Association’s (RUPA) Traditions and Community committee. “It’s great though because the Department of American Studies co-sponsored this event with RUPA.” Attendees not only had a chance to learn more about the 1920s, but also about Atlantic City and its history, said Zharnest, a School of Engineering sophomore. “Atlantic City not only has a good bunch of night clubs and one great hoagie shop, but provides us with a full stor y of modern urban community,” said Ferguson, an adjunct professor in the Depar tment of American Studies. Although Johnson originally had no intention to write a book, he found interest in the topic in 1980 when he joined the planning board.
U. receives notice of nine Fulbright grantees BY ARIEL NAGI CORRESPONDENT
With nine Fulbright grantees already confirmed and seven finalists still waiting, the University might exceed last year’s all-time high of 11 total Fulbright recipients. Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Post-graduate Guidance Director Arthur Casciato said he is keeping his fingers crossed. “Up until four years ago, the highest number of Fulbright grantees among graduating seniors and Rutgers graduates was three,” Casciato said in an email correspondence. “We have a legitimate chance to match or exceed last year’s all-time high of 11 Fulbright grantees.” With students traveling anywhere from South America to Europe and Asia, Casciato is sure the top candidates have been chosen.
“Fulbright searches for and recognizes our nation’s best and brightest young people to act as our cultural ambassadors throughout the world,” he said. Guiseppe Cespedes, a Rutgers College alumnus, is the first student to participate as an English teaching assistant in Brazil. Coming from a background focused on community ser vice across the globe, Cespedes said Fulbright always caught his eye. “Fulbright is something I got interested in more toward the end of my senior year,” he said. “I always liked the idea of traveling. I wanted to get out of my comfor t zone and see the world through a dif ferent set of lenses.” The Brazil program is one of the most competitive, Casciato said.
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“I went into city hall expecting corruption but … [I found] it’s corruption without organization, so in order to make sense of this place I gravitated toward ‘Lets read something about Atlantic City,’” he said. Johnson said there are many books about different aspects of Atlantic City, but there was no one piece that focused on the whole history. “[I star ted by] focusing on the central character of Enoch ‘Nucky’ Johnson,” he said. “I had access to local newspaper morgues and [I went] finding out the whole process of what happened from people who were still alive. I [realized I] needed to star t inter viewing people.”
The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) spent a total of $95,000 for this Friday’s Rutgersfest concert lineup, which includes Pitbull, 3OH!3 and Yelawolf. “The amount we spend on talent only went up to what it had to,” said Lori Smith, assistant director of student centers and programs at the University. “It’s a pretty cost-ef fective event. We expect 20,000 to 30,000 people to come out to Rutgersfest.” Smith said although the event is free to members of the University community through the funding of mandatory student fees, the cost per person at the event is low. For rapper Pitbull, RUPA paid $50,000 while they spent $35,000 for electronic duo 3OH!3 to perform, she said. In an effort to bring an up-andcoming act to Rutgersfest, RUPA paid Alabama-based rapper and Eminem’s new protégé Yelawolf $10,000. “I think he’ll be big and has a lot of potential,” Smith said. “We got Ludacris and Kanye West before they were huge. It’s a fun, strategic thing the committee members get to do, figure out who’s going to make it.” Ana Castillo, president of RUPA, agreed that Yelawolf has potential. “I’ve heard a lot of inklings about him. He has a pretty big underground following,” she said. Smith said the fees they spent on performers are average compared to the asking prices of other acts that perform at colleges. Ludacris, who played at 20 different schools this year, costs between $70,000 and $75,000, she said. Meanwhile Kesha, who had 10 dates this year, costs $50,00 to $100,000. “It’s interesting, we range in the kind of upper-middle class in terms of school level and cost of bands,” Smith said. Smith, who always hears requests for Lady Gaga to play Rutgersfest, said the per former
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Graduate student Ian Evans recites prose at last night’s “Evening of the Arts Coffeehouse” at the Honors House on the College Avenue campus. Students were able to perform and listen to a variety of music, poetry and prose.
Students with 0 or more degree credits can register for classes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Students showcase contributions to workplace graduate students with research. “We scan the field notes, and make them available for everyone to see, and just do everything that University officials are holdneeds to be done in the office so ing a series of events this week to [the professors] can focus more honor student workers and their on their actual work,” Mohyuddin efforts on campus in the said. “It’s kind of like the behindUniversity workplace. the-scenes of the department.” With the arrival of National The Federal Work Study proStudent Employment Week, the gram helps students pay for their University wanted to highlight education through part-time student workers’ roles in enhancemployment positions within ing the daily operations of differtheir institution, working in a ent departments at the range of areas, from libraries to University, said Cynthia farms. Work-study students are Meekins, associate director for permitted to work between six Student Employment. and 20 hours per “We wanted week, with stustudents to have “It’s good to make dents working an the opportunity to average of about showcase the your own money 15 hours per week, work they do and and not just live Meekins said. … the great contriSchool of Arts butions they make off your parents.” and Sciences firstand their achieveyear student ments … and for OLUWADAMIL AKINOLA Michal Skalski did departments to School of Arts not expect to work showcase that and Sciences Senior on the University they have students farm when he working there, applied for work-study. Although what the departments do and how it was not his first choice, Skalski students work there,” she said. said he enjoys his job. Other events for National “Since I’m a history major, I Student Employment Week really love to go to Cook and take include yesterday’s Student a break from this academic Employee of the Year event, a world, and go breathe some fresh Part-Time and Summer Job Fair air there on the farm and do tomorrow and on Friday, a some physical work, which has departmental event celebrating been a good balance,” he said. the student employees in the Despite the dual responsibilities Financial Aid and Student of work and academics, many stuEmployment office. dent employees like Tiffany Smith, There are about 3,500 federal a Student Life worker and a School work-study students at the of Arts and Sciences junior, have University, with about 10,000 not struggled to find a balance. work-study students in total “Student involvement has gotacross the Newark, New ten me more involved within Brunswick and Camden campusRutgers. I’ve joined organizations es, Meekins said. because of working here and I One employee is School of know about certain events workArts and Sciences first-year stuing here, so I think it’s actually dent Azka Mohyuddin, who helped me out a lot in the Rutgers works for the geography departcommunity,” she said. ment and assists professors and
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Daphrey Dupervil, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, and Christopher Glass, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, work behind the circulation desk of the Art History Library on the College Avenue campus. They are two of 3,500 federal work-study students at the University.
Oluwadamil Akinola, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, shared Smith’s sentiments and said her job at the Marr yott Music Building on Douglass campus gave her unique opportunities and a chance to do homework during her shifts. “The work I do now is nothing compared to what I did in my last job. Because for the most part, I’m sitting there and doing my own homework, because there’s not much for us to do,” Akinola said.
At the Marr yott Music Building, Akinola works as an office assistant making copies and creating and distributing documents. She formerly worked as a student assistant to the wrestling coaches for three years, but said she took a semester off to focus on her academics. Akinola said she makes slightly more than minimum wage and appreciates not having to interview for work-study positions. “I think [students] need to know that if you’re in college and
you have the opportunity to work, you should probably work. You don’t want to be in college, not work, leave college and have no work experience,” she said. Akinola encourages students to work in all kinds of fields, because she believes there is always something to learn. “Even if it is just working in an office or working in the dining hall, it’s still something,” she said. “It’s good to make your own money and not just live off your parents.”
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LINEUP: RUPA invests in additional concert security continued from front charges anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million. “3OH!3 is also playing at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Southern Florida around now,” she said. “It’s hard at this time because we’re up against Coachella and Bamboozle, and a lot of people don’t star t their tours until the summer.” Rutgersfest also provides an opportunity for this year’s Battle of the Bands winner Dirty Mac to play a large-scale concert, said Castillo, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “Sometimes it’s the first chance for a student band to perform in a huge setting and to be in front of that many people. It’s a great beginning of a career,” she said. Smith encourages those who are unfamiliar with the bands in the lineup to come to Rutgersfest on Busch campus. “It’s a free concert, an opportune time to investigate new music,” she said. “I see a lot of different bands that I didn’t know before at Rutgersfest. You find out you like the music.” RUPA’s Concerts and Coffeehouses committee starts planning the lineup for Rutgersfest in May, almost a year before the event takes place, Castillo said. “The students do a significant amount of research to see who’s starting a tour and if it matches up with our date,” Smith said. “They work with a middle agent who knows the trends and who is on tour.” The event, which usually takes place in the Yellow Lot on the Livingston campus, will be at Yurcack Field and the surrounding areas on Busch, Castillo said.
“There’s more space to use on Busch, it’ll seem bigger,” she said. “It’s a grass field, so the ground is softer. There’s less asphalt for you to crack your head open on if you do something crazy.” Smith said RUPA does not only invest in entertainment for the event, but also in security and safety. “We want the event to be as safe as possible,” she said. “We want the student body to have a good time but not get injured or hur t, so we tr y to provide as safe of an environment as possible.”
“Dance music will make it a different kind of experience from past Rutgersfests.” ANA CASTILLO RUPA President
RUPA members will be stationed at bus stops Friday to prevent students from pouring out into the streets when waiting for buses, the encouraged mode of transportation, Smith said. “There’s not a lot of parking on Busch, and there are normal parking rules in effect for the day as well as road closings,” she said. “We added shuttles that take people from College Avenue to the concert site.” Aside from the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) that will be patrolling campus, RUPA has hired around 20 to 40 extra security guards to stand at the front of the stage, Smith said. Rhonda Harris, chief of the RUPD, said the department is coordinating with the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) for after the concert shuts down.
“We’ll have 35 extra officers in the evening hours,” she said. “That doesn’t count the concert itself. Both the RUPD and NBPD limit officers from taking personal days on Rutgersfest.” Harris said the departments would be on the look out for alcohol-related incidents and fights after the festival in the 5th and 6th wards of New Brunswick, as Rutgersfest draws in a large crowd of people not affiliated with the University. Smith said NBPD officers would be a significant force offcampus, looking for fire code violations like too many people at house parties and too many people on rooftops in New Brunswick, where the houses are old and not strong enough to support them. RUPA also wants students to drink responsibly on Friday and stay hydrated with water in between drinks. “We expect a cer tain amount of drinking to happen that day — we’re not telling them not to,” Castillo said. “Don’t get too wasted. You won’t remember you were there. We want to make sure that the reputation of Rutgersfest doesn’t get out of hand.” Harris encourages students to use their judgment for Rutgersfest. “Enjoy the day but remain aware of the surroundings, and call the police to report suspicious activity or anyone who is behaving in an aggressive manner,” she said. Castillo said RUPA is confident that the three-artist concert lineup will be a hit. “Just from the response since we announced the lineup during our Michael Jackson tribute event, the amount of screaming and yelling and jumping, gave us an idea of how excited people will be,” she said. “Dance music will make it a different kind of experience from past Rutgersfests.”
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Author Nelson Johnson tells students last night about the history of organized crime and corruption in Atlantic City.
HISTORY: Johnson says
“Money was coming from him as county treasurer, and he HBO show misrepresents ‘Nucky’ got into the mind of people because he signed their checks,” he said. “His salary alone was continued from front half a million dollars a year, Johnson said he was able to which today equates to about five pull together first person or 6 million in cash.” accounts from people who The HBO series lived through the experience. “Boardwalk Empire” creates Atlantic City began with an Nucky as the star, which island and sand, he said. The Johnson enjoys but said they idea to make a resor t of the missed one impor tant aspect island was thought of by Dr. of Nucky’s character. Jonathan Pitney, who “The disturbing [thing] is collaborated with South Jersey that HBO por trays Nucky landowner Samuel Richards Johnson — in the series Nucky to develop the southern par t of Thompson — as violent,” the state with money Johnson said. “Johnson never from Richards. got violent, he had real “Atlantic City was designed power —there was no need to to cater to the get violent.” desires of the pubSchool of Arts “Atlantic City is lic,” Johnson said. and Sciences “If they came to senior Matthew a place for anyone Atlantic City and Bouroult said wanted Bible who’s trying hard F e r g u s o n reading, they assigned this to make a buck.” would have given book to his class it to them.” and quizzed stuNELSON JOHNSON Developing dents on it before Author close to an industhey attended the trial city and to event. por ts for trade was key to early “The HBO series isn’t like the development, Ferguson said. book, the episode only features Atlantic City’s roots lie in one chapter of the book,” industr y, not for the access of Bouroult said. “It’s different in so trade but rather for leisure, many aspects.” and that gave rise to middleAna Garcia, a School of class tourism. Environmental and Biological The Commodore Louis Sciences senior, thought the Kaestner forged a partnership presentation gave insight to New that had three sides — the Jersey’s history. hotels, people who provided “I really enjoyed the histor y ser vices and people who proas well as the reasoning vided the unlawful enter tainbehind the title of the book,” ment, Johnson said. When she said. “I mean if [Johnson] Prohibition was legalized, would have stuck with his iniAtlantic City was selling alcohol tial idea with Nucky’s name in in a wide-open fashion. the title, I wouldn’t have pur“The Paradise Club opened chased the book. But up as a place as music, dance ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is not only and drinking right in the middle catchy but accurate.” of Prohibition but was believed Johnson said Atlantic City is to be the oldest nightclub,” still corrupt today. While Old Johnson said. Atlantic City had organized Johnson said when Enoch crimes, he said today it is now “Nucky” Johnson came into power disorganized crime. he wore two hats in a way that no “Atlantic City is a place of one was able to — he was an authenopportunities for anyone who’s tic member of organized crime and trying hard to make a buck,” power broker in the community. Johnson said.
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Teaching assistants find ways to balance work, school BY ELIZABETH ZWIRZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
As part of the teaching assistant job, David Wilson holds office hours and runs smaller recitation classes to clear any confusion over material from large lectures. But some students do not realize their TAs are students as well. Wilson, who works in the mathematics department, said this could give the TAs an ability to better understand undergraduates. Wilson is a graduate student working to finish his postgraduate masters at the end of the spring semester, and is a TA for Calculus II for the mathematical and physical sciences. His responsibilities include running three workshop recitations per week where he spends the first 20 minutes reviewing the lectures and assigns problems for homework assignments. “I help the students work through three or four workshop problems in groups,” he said. “These are reasonably tough questions that they have to use a range of problem-solving skills to work out.” Wilson holds two sets of office hours every week to assist students with specific problems, which he said he enjoys because it is a chance for him to help students work out their problems with material. “It is awesome to help my students work through the
problems and is really rewarding when a student gets it,” he said. Although there are perks to the job, Wilson said grading assignments, midterms and finals is one aspect that is not exciting. “By the end of the term, I’ll have graded just shy of 1,000 write-ups [homework assignments], and I spend a good amount of my Sundays grading them all,” he said. “Grading midterms and finals can be really time consuming too, since they all get graded at once.” Along with the demands of his TA job, Wilson works to find time to conduct the research to complete his own degree. He said one of the struggles is time management and having to prioritize his job ahead of his research. “It can be a little annoying. I think as long as you are organized though, it doesn’t interfere too much,” he said. “I set aside Sunday after noons for grading and planned my of fice hours to avoid inter fering with my own deadlines.” Even with his workload, Wilson said he believes he is a useful resource to his students, since he remembers learning the material that he teaches to his students. The memories help him relate to the problems students have and share the tips that helped him learn the material, he said. Professors also take advantage of TAs and their services by using
them to help with certain tasks in class, like Virginia Yans, a professor in the history department. Yans said TAs attend classes, act as graders or lead discussion groups during lectures and likes using them especially when the classes are large. “I have one class that has about 200 students. I can’t grade all those papers by myself and get them back at a reasonable time,” she said. “At the end of the semester, the grading is really important because you need to get everything in a certain amount of time.”
“[TAs] can’t organize loads of extra office hours or respond to emails right away. We’ve got lectures and research to do as well.” DAVID WILSON Graduate Student
While Yans expressed her appreciation for the TAs, she admitted she does not understand why students do not use them more. “In one class, I offered the students to have a conference with the TA and nobody went,” Yans said. “It’s an opportunity to work with somebody one-on-one, but the students didn’t take us up on that.”
While some students neglected TAs in Yans’ class, this is not necessarily true for all. John Waldt, a School of Engineering sophomore, said he utilizes the TAs about every other week, depending on the class and how well he understands the course material. “I find TAs very helpful. I like going to them better than the professors,” he said. “I find them less intimidating, and I find that I learn better from someone closer to my own age.” Jason Emrani, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior, said he attends TA office hours when he finds it necessar y but admits it is not always as useful as some make it seem. “Overall, I’d say they’re pretty helpful because they do break down the material. But a lot of TA’s are there because they have to be, not because they want to be, so they could care less,” Emrani said. Wilson said he thinks there is a misconception about the TAs at the University, because many people see it as their fulltime job. “All of us TAs are primarily here to try and get a postgraduate degree,” he said. “So students need to understand that we can’t organize loads of extra office hours or respond to emails straight away. We’ve got lectures and research to do as well.” Some University students may have never stepped inside a
TA’s office and those who have hold varying opinions on them, but Wilson still thinks students value TAs. “I don’t think we are underappreciated though,” he said. “My students seem grateful for my help, especially those who come to office hours.” Wilson, originally from the United Kingdom, attended Oxford University and graduated with a first class undergraduate master’s degree, he said. He found his way to the University after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States, he said. “The Rutgers math department is one of the leading centers in the world for combinatorics [a branch in mathematics], my area of interest,” he said. “When I received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the states, Rutgers was one of the first places I applied to.” The Fulbright Scholarship provided Wilson with tuition money for his first year at the University, but the mathematics department offered him a TA position to fund his second year, Wilson said. “I was actually more excited about the experience I would get teaching, but the fact it would cover my funding was nice too,” he said. After leaving the University, Wilson will be heading to the University of Bath in the United Kingdom to complete his Ph.D., he said.
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Plane collision at NYC airport raises concerns THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — A frightening collision between one of the world’s largest airliners and a commuter jet on a dark, wet tarmac at Kennedy Airport is underscoring worries about ground accidents as U.S. airports begin handling a new generation of giant planes. A total of 586 passengers and crew members were aboard the two aircrafts Monday night when the left wing of an Airbus A380 operated by Air France clipped a Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet flown by Comair, spinning the smaller plane nearly 90 degrees. No one was injured. The superjumbo Airbus is so immense — as tall as a sevenstory building, with a wing span as wide as a Manhattan block — that its wing almost cleared the smaller plane. But not quite. “It’s the sheer size of these aircraft and the congestion at these airports that’s the problem,” said Allan Tamm, a consultant with Avicor Aviation, based in Portland, Ore. “It’s a serious concern for all these airports trying to accommodate these aircraft. It’s going to happen more and more.” The collision happened at one of the nation’s most congested airports on a rainy night when flashing lights reflecting off wet tarmac can obscure small aircraft. It comes as airports around the country are beginning to receive a new class of huge aircraft. Fourteen airports have obtained waivers from the Federal Aviation Administration to receive the new Boeing 747-8, which falls into the same new size class as the A380, The Associated Press reported this week. And Boeing is working with 13 more airports to get approval from the FAA, though not all of them may require waivers. Most U.S. airports cannot legally handle the A380 or 747-8 because of FAA space requirements aimed at keeping planes from bumping into each other. But the FAA can issue waivers if airport officials agree to certain procedures, such as using only certain taxiways or halting other traffic when one of these mammoth planes is on the move. Many of the airports asking for permission to handle the Boeing 747-8 may have trouble handling them, especially when aircraft are turning, Tamm said. “A lot of these airports are only marginally ready,” he said. The flurr y of new waivers coincides with an increase in air traffic as the U.S. economy recovers. The number of passengers flying in the U.S. increased from 767 million in 2009 to 782 million in 2010. JFK was built in the 1950s, when jets were smaller. Airport officials had to secure FAA waivers for both the A380 and the 747-8. Monday’s collision might spur the FAA to take a second look at JFK’s rules for handling large aircraft, said aviation consultant John Cox. The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing radio recordings, radar data and flight recorders from both aircraft in Monday’s accident. The impact tore open the leading edge of the Airbus’ left wing and broke off half of the wing fence, a vertical fin that sticks out from the wingtip, photos from the NTSB show. The
Bombardier had a hole in its rudder and a dent on the leading edge of the tail. “This wasn’t just two airplanes bumping together. The Air France plane really creamed the regional jet,” said Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, an advocacy group. The regional jet was carrying 62 passengers and four crew members, the Airbus 495 passengers and 25 crew members. Comair is a regional subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Audio of the collision indicates the Comair jet, which had just arrived from Boston, was trying to exit the taxiway as the France-bound Airbus made its way to the runway. But the Comair plane may have stopped short because of congestion in the parking area, Voss said. In the dark and rain, “both pilots and controllers would have been confronted with a sea of flashing lights and reflections which could partly explain why the Air France pilot may not have seen the regional jet,” Voss said. The main danger in a collision between two taxiing aircraft is that a fuel spill will lead to a fire, Cox said. He praised the flight crew of the regional jet for immediately requesting airport fire and rescue help. Kennedy’s FAA-approved rule book for the A380 is 36 pages long and limits the planes mostly to Taxiway A, which encircles the terminals. The Air France flight was on Taxiway A. Other planes may have to be held on taxiways until the A380 passes by, Cox said. But Michael Barr, who teaches aviation safety at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, said that could cause an uproar. “You try to sterilize an area for an A380 and just listen to everybody else at that airport have a heart attack,” Barr said. Ultimately, he said, it is the responsibility of the pilot to make sure there’s enough room. The problem of planes colliding with each other on runways — or with baggage carts, other vehicles or people that might be crossing runways — has been a top aviation safety concern since the late 1980s, when there was a spate of deadly incidents. Among the steps taken by FAA have been briefings on runway safety for air traffic controllers, improved airport signs and other markings so that pilots know where to turn, and installation of runway lights that turn red to warn pilots against entering or landing on the runway or taxiway. However, only about two dozen airports have the runway lights. Beginning in 2001, the FAA began installing warning systems that collect and analyze data from airport radar in order to detect potential collisions on airport runways and taxiways. When a potential collision is detected, controllers receive visual and audio alerts. But the NTSB has said the alerts don’t give flight crews enough time to react. The agency also has been encouraging airlines to equip cockpits with electronic displays that show pilots the positions and movements of all aircraft on runways and taxiways. However, the agency has stopped short of requiring the equipment and it has not been widely adopted.
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STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE IN TRAIN COLLISION University student Lily Seegobin, 19, killed herself Saturday at 9:37 p.m. after an eastbound New Jersey Transit train collided with her car in Spring Lake. The Point Pleasant, N.J., resident entered the track from Monmouth Avenue, driving her 2004 Honda CRV around the lowered railroad crossing partitions, said Marc Lemieux, director of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau. Detective Tim Giblin, of the Spring Lake Police Department, responded first to the scene and Detective Delisa Brazile of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office followed after. Authorities pronounced her dead on the scene. An autopsy preformed by the Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s
Of fice ruled that the incident was a suicide, Lemieux said. Law enforcement investigations also reached the same conclusion. N.J. Transit authorities also investigated the case. According to the University’s director y, Seegobin was a Rutgers-Newark School of Business first-year student studying pre-business. Those contemplating suicide are encouraged to talk to the Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Ser vices (CAPS) oncall counselor between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (732) 932-7884. There is also a 24-hour emergency hotline at (732) 235-5700. — Kristine Rosette Enerio
students to teach in Korea continued from front Only five English teaching assistants are awarded each year. Cespedes, who majored in Spanish literature and linguistics and comes from a PeruvianAmerican background, decided to apply to the Brazil program after he realized he never explored the other side of South America — the only Portuguese-speaking country in the continent. He traveled to other Spanishspeaking countries both in South and Central America, including Peru, Argentina and Costa Rica. “I realized a big chunk of my knowledge of South America is missing,” he said. Cespedes also coordinates the Americorps program at the University, where he places more than 20 students with community service projects each semester. He hopes this experience will help him overseas. “I hope it’ll expand my knowledge of people,” Cespedes said. School of Arts and Sciences alumnus Jacob Phillips and School of Arts and Science senior Artemus Werts will both be English teaching assistants in Korea, also a first for the University. The Korea program is different than most, because it places the grantees with host families in smaller, rural towns around the country rather than larger cities, Casciato said. “The Korean Fulbright is a very proud organization especially interested in students ready and able to write about their experiences as English teaching assistants in Korea,” he said. Phillips, who studied abroad in China for a year, said he wants to expand his knowledge of Asia. He recalls having Korean students in his classes abroad, and it got him interested in pursuing an English teaching career in Korea. “I really just want to go into it with an open mind and experience everything I can,” he said. “Hopefully it’ll just broaden my horizons further. Right now, China is my only view of Asia, but that’s not what is just in Asia.” What excites Phillips the most is the idea of a host family and getting to know the
culture more by living with actual Koreans as opposed to experiencing it in a University setting, like he did in China. “I think living with a host family will really be the coolest thing and a great experience,” he said. But Wer ts is going into Korea with a slightly different approach — an interest in international education policy. “The Fulbright program star ted getting me thinking about comparative education policy … as a means of bettering educational policy in America,” said Werts, who added that the United States still lags behind other nations like Japan and Korea in education. Werts knew he wanted a career in education. He was accepted into Teach for America, but when Casciato contacted him about the Fulbright opportunity, he got his hands on it as soon as possible. “I’m most excited for just being in a completely dif ferent culture. I’ve never left the countr y before so this is going to be a real culture shock for me,” he said. An active member in the community in the United States, he plans to take up other activities in Korea, like studying Tae Kwon Do and par ticipating in other community ser vice projects. “I’m excited to see the world from a non-American perspective,” Werts said. The other Fulbright grantees so far are alumnus David DeMair, who was granted a full Fulbright for graduate study in the United Kingdom, and Fulbright English teaching assistants are School of Arts and Sciences seniors Elizabeth Sahner for Colombia, Ed Lochocki for Indonesia, Melissa Chedid for Bulgaria, Sarah Esmi for Spain and Rutgers College senior Glenn Poole for Germany. Casciato is hopeful for the other seven finalists awaiting decisions and the three alternates who could also possibly change into winners. “I hope ever yone in the Rutgers community will keep their fingers crossed for our remaining seven finalists even as they congratulate their nine peers who have already received their own good news,” he said.
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The New Jersey United Students invite all members of the University community to come out and rally against tuition hikes. Hundreds are expected to gather from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus. Meanwhile, 10 other public universities such as William Patterson University and The College of New Jersey will hold similar events on their own campuses.
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership is hosting the film premiere of “Passionate Politics the Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch,” a film by Tami Gold. The screening will take place at 6 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass campus. Douglas Greenberg, executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will give a welcoming speech. Abena Busia, University professor of English, will give remarks. There will be a question-and-answer session with Charlotte Bunch and Tami Gold. Reception will follow.
Rutgers University Programming Association will host Rutgersfest beginning at 1 p.m. at Yurcak Field on Busch campus located at Frelinghuysen Road and Scarlet Knight Way, off the traffic circle. Inflatable games and rides, free photo booths and a free musical performance are all part of the day’s activities. Musical guests include the Battle of the Bands winner, Yelawolf, 3OH!3 and Pitbull. For more information, visit getinvolved.rutgers.edu.
As part of the Scarlet Series, Rutgers Student Life is hosting “How to Relate Your Leadership Experience to the Real World” at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Livingston Student Center, Room 111. Students can attend the workshop to learn how to present their involvement and leadership on campus on their resume and in a professional manner. This event is part of the Scarlet Series: the Student Professional Development Workshop Series. It is comprised of eight leadership development workshops, which aim at developing personalized leadership skills to give you a competitive edge. These workshops are open to all University students and cover diverse leadershipthemed topics including: team building, goal setting, conflict resolution, retention, public speaking, effective communication, customer service and how to relate your leadership experience to the real world. The Student Volunteer Council in a Hawaiian luauthemed “Senior Citizen Social” for residents of the F.E. Parker Memorial Home at 1:30 to 4 p.m. on 1421 River Rd. in Piscataway. Volunteers will help to set up and organize the event as well as interact with residents.
Unite Half Marathon, a 13.1 mile run to support more than nine charities, will start at the Werblin Recreation Center on Busch campus and continue through Johnson Park and end on the College Avenue campus. Racers must be able to complete the half-marathon in four hours or less, and race numbers are required to participate. Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate, be in good health and must show photo ID to receive a race number and timing tag. Coaches, baby-joggers, bikes, dogs, in-line skates, skateboards or dogs will not be allowed on the course. Racers must pay an entry fee, which includes registration and a T-shirt. For students, race entry will cost $45 and $85 for individuals with no University affiliation. Teams of two may enter for a reduced rate of $120 for the team. Entertainment, as well as health expos, will be provided throughout the racecourse. For more information, please visit unite.cgiracing.com.
The Social Justice House is hosting a screening of the documentary “Food, Inc.” in the Bunting-Cobb Main Lounge of the Woodbury-Bunting Cobb residence hall 7 p.m. on Douglass campus. The film presents an inside look at the food system in the United States and issues related to food justice and sustainability. A panel discussion will follow on April 25.
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The Rutgers Oceanography Club visited the Baltimore International Aquarium on January 23, and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior Christopher Filosa snapped a photograph of an Emerald Tree Boa Constrictor, which is native to South America. They kill their prey by wrapping tightly around them.
What do you think of the Rutgersfest lineup? PRATHYUSHA KURRA SAS SENIOR “I’m so excited. As a senior, I think it’s going to be the best Rutgersfest that I’m going to see as a student. I’m so excited for Pitbull. He’s got a lot of great songs out now. 3OH!3, I like them. They’re cool and they’re different, so I’m super excited.”
“It’s okay. It’s sort of not super exciting. I think the idea is more that people are going to have a good time no matter who’s there. It’s not really the kind of lineup where I say, ‘Oh my god, I need to be at this concert so that I could see these people.’”
NICOLE MATOS SAS JUNIOR “I’m OK with it. I like Pitbull. I think there’s going to be a lot of fun as far as dancing. But my personal taste in music, I might have selected other artists. I was more satisfied last year with the selection of Brand New.”
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ROXANNE BEDOYA SAS SOPHOMORE “I actually really like Pitbull. I’m not sure about the other two bands, like 3OH!3 and Yelawolf. I don’t listen to them at all. They cater to a strictly mainstream type of pop audience this year. Last year they had a rock band, and this year they don’t. That’s kind of disappointing.”
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The day Rutgersfest begins this year on Busch campus
The amount of money the Rutgers University Programming Association paid rapper Pitbull to perform at Rutgersfest this year.
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The number of musical groups — Pitbull, 3OH!3 and Yelawolf — expected to perform at Rutgersfest.
TIFFANY TANG RUTGERS BUSINESS SCHOOL JUNIOR “It’s pretty good. I mean last year, a lot of the people didn’t really know people like J.Cole and Talib Kweli. So this year, I feel like a lot more people actually know who’s on the lineup.”
JUNSEOB SHIN SEBS FIRST-YEAR STUDENT “It’s very interesting. It’s definitely catering to the masses. I don’t really listen, but I think there are a lot of YouTube videos on them. I think it’s an OK choice. I don’t disapprove of them.”
Who is Yelawolf? —26% I love it, can’t wait to go —39% I don’t have an opinion —6%
I don’t like it. They could have picked better artists —29%
I love it, can’t wait to go
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e don’t commonly associate LOL, OMG and FYI with the talk of intellectual college students. Instead, use of these abbreviations is looked upon by older generations as a sign of laziness and immaturity, and even younger folk agree that they are only suitable for very casual conversations. What are we to make, then, of the fact that these three acronyms have been officially recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) — the be all, end all of proper usage in the eyes of English professors and many others? Is this a sign of language degradation? Are the younger generations destroying English by introducing these acronyms into everyday speech and perpetuating their usage? To anyone who answers “yes” to these questions, calm down. Everything will be just fine. While many people — especially the more conservative English majors at the University — may find this news unpalatable on first glance, this is not a sign of a linguistic apocalypse. Language is a living thing. It constantly evolves. The introduction of these acronyms into the OED is just another step of that evolution. If the OED didn’t accept new words into its pages every once in a while, we’d have a pretty stagnant and lacking language on our hands. Thankfully, we don’t, and we should all be happy about that. If you still aren’t buying it, perhaps a couple of examples will help. Consider William Shakespeare and John Milton, two writers who need no introduction. These two men, who are both widely considered to be among the greatest writers of the English language, engaged in creating neologisms, or new words. For example, without Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have the words “critic” or “cater” in our vocabulary. Likewise, Milton is, according to some sources, responsible for bringing 630 words to life, including “pandemonium” and “sensuous.” So let’s not look at this as a bad thing. In fact, you should be happy every time the OED decides to recognize new words. Surely, no one would accuse Shakespeare or Milton of being lazy, unintelligent or immature for making up new words. So why should anyone level those criticisms at the makers and users of LOL, OMG or FYI? Those people have the OED on their side.
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ddressing our planet as “Mother Earth” is the sort of thing we expect from hippie stereotypes, not from politicians. Regardless, Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted the Law of the Rights of Mother Earth in January, a law that extends to the natural world the same rights that humans enjoy, including the right to life and the right to be free of pollution. Now, Bolivia has presented a draft of a treaty meant to mirror this declaration of rights to the United Nations. Seeing that we are in an undoubted period of environmental turmoil, facing global warming and mass extinction issues, protecting the environment should be as close to the top of the list as possible for the people in power. Human rights for the environment may seem like a weird, neo-hippie ideal, but that’s not the best way to look at it. Instead, we should be considering this proposed treaty as a novel approach to getting people to care about the natural world. Up to this point, many efforts to get people to become more environmentally friendly have not gone as far as they need to. “Go green” is little more than a hip catchphrase — hardly a way of life for most people. Portraying nature as a living thing with human rights may make people perk up and pay more attention. At the very least, the language of the treaty is sure to spark debate, which may lead to great strides forward in environmental protection efforts. Besides, we’ve already granted corporations personhood, and those aren’t even living things. It makes far more sense to treat plants and animals like humans than it does to treat bundles of contracts. The only possible problem with this treaty seems to be the difficulty of putting it into practice. The Bolivian Law of the Rights of Mother Earth creates a Ministry of Mother Earth and appoints an ombudsman to pay attention to the planet’s problems and bring them forward to be addressed. While this is a good way to enforce the rights for nature, the fact remains that, unlike people, the planet does not have a voice. As such, the ministry and the ombudsman may have a much easier time missing serious issues that need to be taken care of — or worse, ignoring those issues altogether. Even with this admitted hitch, there’s nothing outright negative that could come about from the legislation. The worst outcome is that nothing changes. Therefore, the treaty is at least worth a shot. Who knows what positive changes it could make?
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m sitting there and doing my own homework because there’s not much for us to do.” Oluwadamil Akinola, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, on her job at the Marryott Music Building on Douglass campus STORY IN UNIVERSITY
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he Oxford dictionary it seemed unjustifiable to have defines democracy Snooki as a speaker and for as “a system of govher appearance cost to be an ernment by the whole popuabsurdly high $32,000. But I lation or all eligible members eventually learned more of a state, typically through about the situation and elected representatives.” The promptly was dismissed by basis for democracy lies in the facts. Polizzi’s price of CODY GORMAN participation of the general $32,000 covered the cost of public, and the opinion held not one, but two shows, which by the most voters will eventually be implemented. It would effectively make the cost of each appearance is possible for this system to fail the intelligentsia of a around $16,000. This does not include the booking fee population or the needs of a country. One need only for an event. What the complaining public seems to look at the election of Hamas in Palestine, which largely ignore is that the $32,000 also covers the bookdrew criticism from Israel and the United States, or ing and payment of opening comedian Adam Ace, who the 2000 and 2004 elections of George W. Bush as the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities president of the United States, which drew criticisms named College Comedian of the Year. In reality, the internationally and among the liberals in the country. price for a Snooki appearance was well under $15,000 The resounding result of subjectively unfortunate per show and is rightfully only about a quarter of the elections is “tough cookies.” At the regular cost of having Toni Morrison end of the election, the result was appear on campus. “RUPA followed final and left those who did not parEven if one is to disregard the barticipate scratching their heads. rage of facts surrounding Snooki’s a simple model The preceding anecdote is imporappearance, the choice to bring her to tant because it highlights the spectathe University for an appearance was that responds cle that has been made of the based on student feedback, with nearto campus trends University hosting Nicole “Snooki” ly 2,000 students expressing their Polizzi for two shows as part of the wish that RUPA have such an event. and student input Rutgers University Programming RUPA would not purposely fund an for events to hold.” event they thought would be detriAssociation’s (RUPA) planned entertainment for students. The hoopla was mental to the University community, raised when it was revealed that nor would they fund one that would RUPA spent $32,000 for her two shows here. The not have a large number of students in attendance. Say hoopla became a national spectacle when the amount what you want about what Snooki has to offer to any paid for Snooki was compared to the amount paid for global conversation, but she managed to sell out two Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni shows at the University, in an event that was almost Morrison to speak at the University’s 2011 comexclusively billed as “entertainment.” Finally, state mencement ceremony — Morrison was paid only funds, tuition money or donor contributions to the uni$30,000. At first glance, I was outraged, too. How could versity did not fund the event. RUPA only uses funds my school, a respected state university with renowned designated for student programming. Not many were graduates, research and diversity, waste so much complaining when the same funds were used to bring money on a vapid television personality with no colaward-winning writer and director Spike Lee, comedilege education that would undoubtedly (in my mind) an Bo Burnham or environmental journalist Vanessa only encourage partying and other licentious behavior Farquharson to campus. in students? Then I did some research and asked Thus are the effects of democracy. RUPA followed some questions, and boy, was I surprised. a simple model that responds to campus trends and As it ends up, Toni Morrison is a former University student input for events to hold. A large support of professor, and due to her allegiance or respect for the Snooki in the student body led to her show here, and University, agreed to cut her normal speaking price in RUPA would be ignoring a large number of student half. Morrison normally asks for $60,000 or higher for requests by not making an effort to comply with what appearances and speeches. While she did not particthe student body wants. If other students don’t like it, ularly explain why, we know that she did significantly they are free to email or talk to a RUPA representative reduce her normal price. Morrison told the New York and suggest other celebrities to bring to speak. If not, Post she neither knows who Snooki is or cares that the popular voice will continue to be the major influSnooki made more for making an appearance. ence at the University, as it should. Morrison lived up to her reputation as a class act and is confident in her role as a prize-worthy celebrity. Cody Gorman is a School of Arts and Sciences Snooki, on the other hand, was a separate issue. In junior majoring in political science with a minor in my mind, and in the minds of countless other students, general history.
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TIME: Chotikul calms ’Cuse with 35-minute effort in cage continued from back which was on March 26 in an 11-7 loss to Syracuse. The Orange scored eight goals in the first 25 minutes of action until Chotikul entered and allowed only four goals in 35 minutes of play. The sequence helped the Knights all season. When one goalie struggles, the other one makes up for it.
“Me and Lily are a really good support system,” Chotikul said. “Playing goalie is a really hard mental game, so we’re always there for each other. If something bad happens, we won’t get angry. We’ll just be like, ‘Do this.’ We coach each other.” The same support system was also present last year when there was a third goalie on the roster, Michelle Zaffuto. “Me and Michelle were very good friends, and I’m good friends with Lily, so I’m happy and we’re all happy with whoever plays,” Chotikul said. “I’m happy when Lily
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Sophomore Lily Kalata usually headlines a Rutgers defense that ranks second in the Big East in goals allowed.
plays, she’s happy when I play and it’s the same thing with Michelle.” Head coach Laura Brand enjoys the prospect of two proven goalies this season, making her more confident with substitutions at the position and seeing Chotikul and Kalata push each other in practice. “It makes a huge difference to know that there is someone pushing another goalie on a daily basis to perform at her best, and also knowing that on any given day, if we need to have her in there, we’re confident she can get the job done,” Brand said. It has been easier to incorporate both of the goalies into the defense because both bring different styles of play into the mix, Brand said. The difference in styles not only helps the Knights fix their problems at goalie with a substitution when one is struggling, but it also helped both netminders improve their games by working off each other. “They both understand that they bring different strengths to the table,” Brand said. “Lily is a bit more of an unorthodox goalie. She relies a lot on her instincts whereas Aimee is a little more textbook in the way that she plays the position and makes saves.” Chotikul and Kalata are the last line of a defense that ranks second in the Big East in goals allowed. Sometimes a team that uses two goalies so liberally might be unstable at the position, but variety has been the spice of the Rutgers defense. “You don’t want your defenders to be afraid to make decisions because they can’t trust the person behind them to make a save, and we don’t have any drop-off with Aimee in the cage,” Brand said. For the Knights, the problem of having two worthy goalies is no problem at all.
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PRAISE: Meisner draws on less than full season on ‘D’ continued from back
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Junior defensive tackle Scott Vallone took Shane Meisner under his wing during the offseason in Meisner’s first stint on defense.
a freshman in 2010 despite a similar opportunity at West Virginia, a much closer destination to his native western Pennsylvania. But less than one day into training camp, Meisner found himself swapping sides of the line of scrimmage, where he admitted he had little experience — less than a season at Kiski Prep (Pa.) — and obvious skepticism. And despite following senior defensive end Justin Francis and junior tackle Scott Vallone extensively during the offseason, Meisner first knew he needed to bulk up. “I ate a lot,” Meisner said. “Justin Francis and Scott Vallone, when we come in and do some extra stuff, they really help me. They both have been here for awhile, so just listening to them and watching them has helped a lot.” But behind Francis and Vallone lies a variable of uncertainty for defensive line coach Phil Galiano, who regularly
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M spends time with Meisner during his development as an edge rusher. Eric LeGrand likely would have earned star ter’s repetitions at defensive tackle if not for his paralyzing injur y against Army at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Little-used freshman Michael Larrow took over LeGrand’s reps as the first tackle off the bench, but still faces a steep learning curve along with senior Manny Abreu, who transitioned to end after starting last season at strongside linebacker. “The lack [of clarity] I think is better,” Schiano said. “My clarity on the defensive line is Scott Vallone and sometimes [Francis]. Ever ywhere else, we’re waiting to see it get clearer. But that’s not bad — that’s where we are right now. Before Sept. 1, we’ll get clear.” The 240-pound Meisner said he is comfortable at either defensive end position, an aspect of line play that Galiano preaches. Galiano’s passion for the game impressed Meisner, enough so that the two-time Rutgers coach’s toughness began to rub off on the walk-on.
“I love him,” Meisner said. “He wants you to give everything you’ve got every play, and I like his attitude and toughness.” Meisner largely spent the 2010 campaign beginning to grasp the defensive concepts that eluded him as a permanent member of the offense during high school, but now fully considers himself a defender with nearly a year under his belt. The converted tight end confessed he is far from a finished product at defensive end, and the coaching staff would likely agree, as he still faces an uphill battle for significant playing time. Meisner said he needs to work on using his hands at the line of scrimmage and edge rush moves. “It’s going well,” he said. “Last year, I was able to learn ever ything in my first year. Now it’s kicking in. I’m able to pick it up easier and quicker now.” With an improved knowledge of the Knights’ defense, Meisner afforded himself the oppor tunity for fur ther looks from Schiano and Co., even if they are on a different side of the pigskin than he initially expected.
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Junior Mike Diehl gave the Knights a two-goal lead in the fourth quarter after scoring the squad’s final goal in an 11-10 loss.
LOSS: Klimchak brothers give RU two-goal lead at half continued from back The second period belonged to the Rutgers offense, starting with a goal by junior Will Mangan to even the contest up at two. After the Tigers struck back with a goal of their own minutes later to take the lead yet again, brothers Scott and Matt Klimchak, both redshirt freshmen, netted a goal apiece to give Rutgers its first lead of the day at 5-3 going into the half. The Tigers got out to an early lead, firing the ball past goaltender Joseph Donnelly within the first 10 seconds of the contest. After Princeton extended its lead to two
minutes later with another goal, Scott Klimchak found the back of the cage, bringing the Knights within one and keeping momentum going into the second quarter. The loss marks a significant setback for the Knights not only in terms of extending a four-game losing streak, but also failing to gain some much needed momentum heading into a Big East matchup Saturday against Villanova. The Knights have yet to capture a conference win, losing to Notre Dame and St. John’s earlier this season. “This one hurts going into this weekend, but I’m proud of the ef for t and how we did,” Stagnitta said. “As we grow older and we mature, we’re going to get better.”
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Junior Will Mangan got the offense going for the Knights in the second period, when he notched the first of three Rutgers goals.
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Sophomore shortstop Pat Sweeney is hitting .300 in 17 games played this season for the Scarlet Knights.
Midweek matchup sets stage for weekend BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Dead set on avenging a Big East series loss to South Florida, t h e BASEBALL Rutgers baseball RUTGERS AT t e a m TEMPLE, prepped TODAY, 3 P.M. for a r o a d trip to the Bronx yesterday to take on Fordham. But due to inclement weather that rained out yesterday’s contest, the squad’s redemptive aspirations have to wait until today, when the Scarlet Knights trek to Philadelphia to take on Temple. With just two wins in their past five games, the Knights plan on using today’s game as a stepping stone into another conference series this weekend against Cincinnati. “We have Temple [today] and Cincinnati on the weekend,” said head coach Fred Hill. “It could be time for us to get started in the right direction and put five or six together.” Still, do not expect the Knights to take the Owls lightly when they take Skip Wilson Field this afternoon. Rutgers (12-18, 4-5), which is just 3-2 this season in midweek games, is all too familiar with getting more than its money’s wor th from inferior opponents. Its two losses came courtesy of in-state Princeton and Wagner, with both games taking place at the friendly confines of Bainton Field. But the play of the team’s defense was anything but friendly to Hill. Eight errors spread throughout the two losses were what ultimately plagued the Knights in the end, and while the blunders disappeared in the team’s subsequent games, they returned again over the weekend in
Tampa, Fla., where the Knights committed four errors. “Errors are part of the game — they happen,” said sophomore shortstop Pat Sweeney. “We just have to work on minimizing them, and a lot of it comes down to concentration. Hopefully we can improve on that in the future.” One of the most concerning factors for Hill is the strain that errors put on his pitchers, as they extend innings for the other team and force the Knights’ hurlers into throwing more pitches. “Errors are going to kill you,” Hill said. “The more atbats you give the opponent, the more opportunities they have to beat you.” But production from the plate is another aspect of the team’s game that Hill surely hopes can turn around. The Knights showed flashes this weekend in their 11-6 victor y over South Florida in Game 2, but matched the 10 hits from that win with three from Game 1 and seven from Game 3. And in both games, the Knights came away with losses. In visiting Temple, a squad with just three losses at home this season, the Knights can ill afford to commit more blunders later today on unfamiliar ground. But another day to mull over their recent series loss could work in the Knights’ favor, giving the squad more time to think about what it will take to turn a thus far mediocre 2011 campaign around. “We have to execute when the oppor tunity comes,” Hill said. “I think we’ve learned that — it’s just a mater of doing it now. Hopefully we’ve played enough close games and been in enough different situations that now we can star t some kind of a run.”
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Knights’ first eight claims team’s best time at Cup BY JOVELLE ABBEY TAMAYO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers rowing team competed last weekend amongst m o r e ROWING than 50 RUTGERS 6:47.61 c o l l e g i a t e SECOND PLACE teams at t h e Knecht Cup hosted by Villanova. The first eight came home with a second-place medal, but
the second eight and varsity four boats suffered disappointments in their races at the two-day regatta, held at the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. “Coming into this competition, we knew there were a lot of crews with a lot of speed,” said head coach Max Borghard. “We knew it was going be a tough weekend to race in, but they did very well.” Rutgers’ first eight won its first qualifying heat with a time of 7:12.59, a six-second margin over
Kansas and 10 seconds over Massachusetts. The Scarlet Knights also finished first in the semifinal with a two-second margin over West Virginia, qualifying their boat to race in Sunday’s grand final. Seniors Christine Hannigan, Helen Becz, Mary Gromolowicz and Janine Ford, as well as juniors Katherine Geithman and Kathleen Lai and freshmen Stephanie Ford and Raelyn Loiselle rowed for the first varsity
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The Knights’ first eight finished in second to Grand Valley, who bested Rutgers by a 27-millisecond margin at the Knecht Cup in Camden, N.J. The second eight took second to Delaware.
eight with junior Katie Quinn as the coxswain. Grand Valley closely edged the Knights in the grand final on Sunday, as Rutgers lost by a 27millisecond margin. Rutgers placed second overall at 6:47.61. “They really executed ever ything well,” Borghard said. “In the finals, they got the lead and tried to control it, but Grand Valley made a nice charge at the end.” The second eight placed second to Delaware by a nine-second margin in their first heat, but came up short in their semifinal heat, which they raced all out. “Everything we could possibly put out on the water, we did,” said senior captain and second eight bow Samantha Steffier. The Knights placed fourth, advancing only to the petite final to compete for seventh through 12th place. Steffier and classmates Stephanie Nunziato, Whitney Armstrong and Ashley Mills, sophomores Laura Ford and Emily Nowlin and freshmen Katie Bakaj and Kara Trivolis raced the second varsity eight, with junior Ellie Kleiman as the coxswain. “Ultimately, we weren’t able to put together a fast enough race to make the grand final,” Steffier said. “Once we placed into the petite final, our immediate expectation was that we had to win. If we didn’t win, it would have been even more disappointing.” Rutgers bounced back with a solid race in the petite final on Sunday, racing with better execution than its initial race to place
first at 7:11.10, edging second place Drexel by a boat-length. “I’m hoping that all of the girls in the boat channel their upset and frustration into pushing even harder on the water,” Steffier said. The varsity four, manned by senior April Tobin, freshmen Ashley Cha, Amanda Dothe and Emilia Topp, and Hoan Kichen as coxswain, placed last in the qualifying race, finishing six seconds behind Philadelphia at 8:46.23. “Two V was disappointing and for the varsity four, [the results weren’t] what they wanted or expected. It was a bit of a slap in the face,” Steffier said. “While we’re getting faster, a lot of other schools are getting faster, so we just need to keep pushing ourselves harder.” The Knights plan to continue their rigorous practice drills in order to increase their strokes per minute and pick up speed. “I thought we had a really strong weekend, and I’m proud of the team and staf f,” Borghard said. “Ever yone’s been working hard, and we’re really starting to see the benefits of all that hard work.” The Knights are scheduled to race in Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend against Cornell and Pennsylvania, in one of the oldest continuous women’s rowing races. The varsity eight teams will compete for the Raritan Cup, which the Knights last won in 2006 and that they hope to break a four-year streak by the Cornell Big Red.
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Long-time Rutgers throws coach plans retirement BY LIZ SWERN STAFF WRITER
Senior javelin thrower Jeremy Pennino had an important sentiment to say MEN’S TRACK about his coach, Tony Naclerio: “He embodies dedication.” Naclerio, the men’s and women’s throwing coach for the Rutgers track and field program, plans to retire at the end of the spring season after 21 years of coaching the Scarlet Knights. “He is always encouraging athletes to work harder and set higher goals,” Pennino said. Naclerio has 52 years of coaching under his belt from high school, college and Olympic levels. He was the Olympic coach in 1996 for throwers and decathletes at the Atlanta Summer Games. The NCAA gave Naclerio a special award in recognition for his throwers and decathletes, who won two gold medals and added a silver at the 1996 Games. He coached the U.S. teams in Europe and Asia, as well as at the World Championships in Tokyo. Naclerio ran the U.S. Development program from 1972-96 for throwers. “It was a program for potential Olympians,” Naclerio said. “We’d track young, elite athletes across the country, take them to meets and train them for the Olympic trials.” During his tenure at Rutgers, Naclerio had All-American athletes, an Olympic trial thrower and a host of Big East and IC4A champions. He also has a group of championship-bound throwers currently on the team, Pennino included. “I came into Rutgers with a torn elbow,” Pennino said. “I didn’t throw correctly in high school — that’s why I was hurt. I was going to need to relearn how to throw javelin in college.”
Pennino met Naclerio when he arrived at Rutgers and immediately began working on his form while he regained his health. “Coach stuck with me the whole way,” Pennino said. “He always kept a positive attitude. When he could’ve given up on me, he didn’t. When he saw an easy way out, he didn’t take it.” Pennino’s teammate, junior James Plummer, had similar struggles when he joined the Knights. Plummer struggled with his spin technique in the discus throw as a freshman. He left high school in 2008 as a state champion with no technique. “Coach always has a way of seeing potential in people,” Pennino said. “He worked with James for three years, turning him into one of the best throwers in the country.” Plummer ranks fourth in the nation in the discus after last weekend’s Sun Angel Classic in Arizona. At Arizona State, Plummer won the collegiate discus competition with a personalbest throw of 194 feet 9 inches. “I want to help [Plummer] prepare for the Olympic trials,” Naclerio said. Naclerio is preparing for knee-replacement surgery at the end of the season after his retirement. Once he heals, he plans to come back to Rutgers in an unpaid position. “I will always remain as a consultant to Rutgers and all young throwers,” he said. Naclerio has a motto when it comes to training: “Education extended through coaching.” “He has not only taught me the javelin,” Pennino said. “He has also taught me a lot about life and why it is so important to be a good person, a leader and a friend to all.”
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Junior James Plummer worked with assistant coach Tony Naclerio since he arrived at Rutgers, where Plummer and teammate Jeremy Pennino developed proper form in the field events.
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NBA ALL-STAR CHRIS Paul said he will consider signing with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012. Paul referred to Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan as his mentor, and he is interested in making Jordan his boss. The point guard expressed concern over the New Orleans Hornets’ impending first-round playoff series. The Hornets have not made it past the first round since 2008. During his tenure as Bobcats owner, Jordan has mostly overseen cost cutting, including trading the franchise’s only AllStar, Gerald Wallace. But Jordan said that the costcutting moves are meant to give the team more financial flexibility to improve the roster for the next few seasons. THE
Nationals put third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle. This is Zimmerman’s second trip to the DL since arriving to the majors in 2005. Zimmerman is hitting .357 with a triple, a home run and four RBI in eight games. The Nationals recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse in his place. Flores gives the Nationals three catchers, including Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos. Zimmerman hit .307 last season with 25 home runs along with a .388 on-base percentage and a .510 slugging percentage.
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H EALTHY W YNN BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
Senior guard Desmond Wynn, above, is experiencing his first extended stint of good health since earning time on the Knights’ offensive line, while senior running back Joe Martinek sits out.
For each of the past two seasons, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano considered Desmond Wynn an option to help fix the offensive line. The fifth-year senior started three games after Schiano inserted him into the lineup as a junior, but a shoulder injury ended his season with surgery. After a limited spring, Wynn returned to the starting lineup at left guard last season and started every game. For the first time since he switched from defensive to offensive line, Wynn is in the middle of a prolonged stretch of good health. “I was healthy all camp, healthy all season, so coming in here I’m just picking up where I left off,” Wynn said. “Before I was healthy, but then I’d have a break where I couldn’t practice and then I’d come back. Now I feel great, and it’s worked out.” Schiano also sees the results, as Wynn remained as a first-team left guard through the offseason and the spring. “He’s playing with confidence. He looks very good,” Schiano said. “That’s huge. He’s been here 12 months now without an injury for the first time.” But seven practices into the spring, Schiano is still looking for answers. He did not change the firstteam unit since the second day of practice, but none of the starters are set in stone. Wynn and Co. remain in competition with some of the secondteam linemen. “Some are doing better than others,” Schiano said. “I think [Caleb] Ruch is performing at a pretty good level. Devon [Watkis] is kind of hovering. [Art] Forst is doing OK. We’re still looking for five starters.”
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Knights’ offense returning to a two-back set, the fullback battle
is an interesting one to watch in the spring. But no matter how well sophomores Marcus Thompson and Robert Joseph and freshman Michael Burton perform this spring, the competition will look different in the summer. Senior Joe Martinek is out of spring practice after undergoing shoulder and ankle surgeries, but Schiano remains pleased with what he sees at the position. “I think we’re seeing good stuff at fullback,” Schiano said. “I think Marcus is doing a good job. I think Robert Joseph’s doing good things. Burton is doing good things, too.” While Thompson converts from the defensive side of the ball to fullback and Martinek moves from halfback to fullback, Joseph has the benefit of being recruited at the position. The Brooklyn Poly Prep (N.Y.) product struggled through stress fractures and a torn ACL in the past, but this spring he is fully healthy. “It did get frustrating and I got down at times, but I just kept looking forward and knew there would be a time when I’d get back on the field,” Joseph said.
SCHIANO PROVED HIS punting competition is no joke or gimmick yesterday when asked if junior wideout Mohamed Sanu is a legitimate option to punt. “An option? Right now if we played he’d be the punter,” Schiano said. But Schiano admitted he would like freshman Anthony DiPaula to win the competition. “He’s hit some bombs. He’s just hit some shankers, too,” Schiano said. “I’m hoping he can get some consistency because he certainly has the talent.” WITH A WEALTH OF options at wide receiver, Schiano hinted some of the excess talent could be on the move. “Who knows? Maybe we can steal one over on defense and bring them over there,” Schiano said.
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APRIL 13, 2011
Knights blow five-goal lead in tough loss to Tigers BY VINNIE MANCUSO STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team took the field yesterday after inclement weather delayed its matchup with intrastate rival Princeton for more than an hour. But the thunder and lightning over Piscataway paled in comparison to the ferocity shown in MEN’S LACROSSE the 89th meeting PRINCETON 11 between two of New Jersey’s RUTGERS 10 top-tier lacrosse programs. And when the rain cleared, the result was an 11-10 loss for the Scarlet Knights –– their fourth loss in a row. “I thought the guys played their asses off, they really did,” said head coach Jim Stagnitta. “It’s the second one in a row like this. It’s tough to see, but you have to be happy with the way we played.” As rain poured down at the RU Turf Field, the Tigers were able to tie things up at eight following a third quarter that saw them battle back from a five-goal deficit. But redshir t freshman Matt Klimchak found the back of the net seconds later to regain the Knights’ lead. Minutes later, junior Mike Diehl added a goal of his own, but Princeton rallied back with a pair of goals to tie it up at 10 apiece. A Tigers’ goal minutes later gave Princeton its first lead since the second quar ter, which held until the end of the game. The Knights’ offense came out of the locker room on absolute fire, surging to three straight goals in five minutes. The surge began with a goal from freshman Nicholas DePaolera, followed by scores from Klimchak and sophomore Duncan Clancy to extend the Knights lead to 8-3, forcing Princeton to call a timeout to stop the momentum. “I just acted like I hadn’t scored any goals yet coming out of the locker room,” Klimchak said. “We moved the ball well and just made things happen.” After composing themselves, the Tigers battled back to draw within two, setting up an exciting fourth period.
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JEFFREY LAZARO / ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Redshirt freshman attack Matt Klimchak gave the Knights yet another lead after visiting Princeton rattled off five consecutive goals to even the contest at eight. The Tigers erased yet another deficit in the second half to take the intrastate matchup.
Walk-on earns reps, praise in rookie spring
Sophomores share time in cage for RU
BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
BY JOSH BAKAN
Shane Meisner has not seen live-game action in nearly two seasons. So when Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano pointed to the redFOOTBALL shirt freshman walkon as a recipient of praise early in spring practice, the announcement likely drew surprise. Midway through Schiano’s 11th spring at the helm, Meisner has a legitimate chance to crack the Scarlet Knights’ two-deep at defensive end. But the oddity continues — Meisner never lined up on defense at Hempfield Area (Pa.), where he starred as quarterback and tight end. “I’m just trying to do the best I can,” Meisner said. “I don’t look at the scholarship or walk-on thing. I want to get on the field, so I’m giving it all I can give.” The 6-foot-4 Meisner accepted the Knights’ coaching staff’s option to walk on as
One of the best problems any team can have is two worthy players battling it out for one availWOMEN’S LACROSSE able spot on the field. The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team found a solution to that problem. At goalie, starter Lily Kalata held her own, allowing 8.20 goals per game — good for second in the Big East. But backup Aimee Chotikul has been pivotal for the Scarlet Knights, as well. Even though the sophomore appeared in only five of 11 games this season, Chotikul found a way to make her mark. “I’m always motivated no matter how much playing time I get, no matter how small,” Chotikul said. But the goalie recently saw increased playing time. Chotikul played in each of the past three games coming off the bench, the first of
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CAMERON STROUD / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Sophomore goalie Aimee Chotikul split time with classmate Lily Kalata in net for the Knights, appearing in five of the team’s 11 games this season.
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