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Amy Zhang will put her undefeated home record to the test on Senior Day tomorrow at the Atlantic Club, where the Scarlet Knights played their home matches this year.

Family, friends start scholarship to honor student


Solar canopies to be installed on Livingston




In honor of a community activist and former student, the University, friends and family of Pamela Schmidt — a University student murdered last month — are teaming up to form a scholarship in her honor. Schmidt was allegedly murdered on March 13 by her boyfriend William Parisio, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, in his Cranford, N.J., home. Parisio is awaiting trial. “Pamela touched the lives of hundreds of people, always seeking ways to bring together family and friends and to assist others in need,” said David Finegold, dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations. “To recognize and remember Pamela’s legacy, the School of Management and Labor Relations is proud to establish the Pamela Schmidt Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.” PAMELA The scholarship will be SCHMIDT awarded to a School of Management and Labor Relations student transitioning from an undergraduate program at the University to a graduate program, said Mark Magyar, one of Schmidt’s former professors. The student must demonstrate academic excellence and strong community leadership skills both inside and outside the University community. Schmidt, who was a School of Management and Labor Relations senior, was also an undergraduate transitioning into a master’s degree program at the University. She double majored in psychology and labor studies, with a minor in human resources management. The award is intended to reflect Schmidt’s community involvement and her academic excellence, said Magyar, a part-time lecturer at the University. “She was not only a strong academic student but also somebody who was caring and involved in the



The University plans to add more to the total of solar panels on Livingston campus, where one farm already exists across from the Livingston Recreation Center.


Sensors aim to monitor smoker activity BY TABISH TALIB CORRESPONDENT

The University’s Center for Autonomic Computing developed a wireless sensor project that detects human motion and can further medical research. The sensors, which are small devices that attach to the body, contain accelerometers and gyroscopes that measure movement and can tell what action a person is doing, said Alex Weiner, a School of Engineering junior who is fine-tuning the algorithm of the sensors. Dario Pompili, assistant professor in the Depar tment of Electrical and

CONGRESSMEN TAKE PART IN TENT STATE UNIVERSITY OPENING Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6, cut the official ribbon that opened Tent State University yesterday at a kick-off ceremony where Rep. Rush Holt, D-12, spoke in support of the movement. Holt opened his speech with a history lesson, specifically focusing on the GI Bill, which passed in 1944 despite the economic crisis of the time. “What the countr y did in 1944 instead of saying ‘Oh my god, we’re in debt. We just can’t do anything’ [is] they passed the GI Bill. [They said,] ‘We’re going to send more than a million soldiers to college. When they come back, we’re going to pay their tuition and pay them to attend,’” he said. He said most of the bill’s beneficiaries were students who came from families who never set foot on a college campus, he said. “The economic benefits of the GI Bill … continued for years. So now they’re saying, ‘We’ve got a deficit and we’re badly in debt. I guess we’re just going to have to cut the tuition, cut the tuition

The Board of Governors approved a $40.8 million operation to install 32 acres of solar canopies on Livingston campus within the upcoming months, making it one of the largest installations of its nature in the country. The University will install more than 40,000 high-ef ficiency solar panel canopy structures over two parking areas on Livingston campus, said Joseph Witkowski, director of Utilities Operations. The project will be constructed at the Yellow and Green parking areas near the Rutgers Athletic Center and at Lot 105, and will not only conver t sunlight into electricity but also provide cars shelter from rain and snow, he said. “The canopies will generate eight megawatts of power,” he said. “It will generate 11 percent of the electrical demand needed for Livingston campus

assistance for students at Rutgers and all over the country,’” Holt said. Holt mentioned how the federal budget cuts that Congress passed last week could possibly affect Pell Grants. “[The potential new budget] would cut [the grant] down to about 12 percent of the costs of attending Rutgers. Well, if you have to make up the other … 88 percent with loans or work, you can’t do it. I would imagine some of you just can’t,” he said. Holt encouraged students to take action against the cuts and make their voices heard. “Yell and scream. Let people know that you [are a] political force … find those 30,000 Rutgers students … who will lose their Pell Grants entirely,” Holt said. Tent State University, which started in 2003, focuses on policies that pose a threat to higher education while maintaining an emphasis on democracy beginning at the student level with lectures and events throughout the week. — Anastasia Millicker

Computer Engineering, said the project could help behavioral scientist Theodore Walls from the University of Rhode Island with his research into smoking habits. Pompili said smokers may not give an accurate self-repor t on their smoking habits, so doctors can rely on the sensors to give a better repor t, which can ultimately result in better care for the patient. “There is a lot of bias in self-reporting. Maybe the smoker smokes more because of the stress of the self-reporting, or he reports a lower amount,” he said. A smoker would need two wireless sensors — one on the wrist and the other on

the shoulder — for a computer to understand when and for how long they were smoking, Pompili said. “The accelerometer captures motion on all three axes, and the gyroscope measures angular velocity,” he said. The sensor project is an extension of former graduate student John Paul Varkey’s research in monitoring smoker’s actions, Weiner said. The sensor can detect the difference between an arm in the resting position and one raised to the mouth while smoking. The computer is programmed with a supervised learning algorithm, in which



INDEX UNIVERSITY A new honor society inducts 315 students who demonstrate leadership qualities.

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Honor society’s first ceremony inducts 315 students BY CLIFF WANG STAFF WRITER

The National Society of Leadership and Success, which opened at the University this semester to recognize bright individuals, inducted 315 students in its first ceremony Sunday night at Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. Students that met eligibility requirements and demonstrated hard work and dedication were recognized as members at the ceremony, said Sam Firmin, chapter president. “I founded the Rutgers Chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success because there is a strong need for student leaders to come together and advocate leadership skills through interactions with one another,” said Firmin, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. The honor society advocates community action, volunteerism, personal growth, strong leadership and a mission to equip students with the necessary motivation and tools to be successful leaders, he said. Corinne Iacobucci, associate Success Networking Team (SNT) coordinator, said students were chosen based on a set grade point average and their past leadership credentials. “Members had to also attend three speaker events, three SNT

meetings … and orientation and leadership training days to be inducted tonight,” Firmin said. An important aspect of the honor society is the SNT meetings, which will enable students to work together on projects, said Iacobucci, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy first-year student. “SNT meetings ... involve randomly assigned groups of around eight students, which over the course of the meetings will discuss their individual goals and objectives and together will track each other’s progress,” she said. The keynote speaker at the induction ceremony was Larry Jacobs, assistant director of Career Services, who delivered advice to students from his experiences as a deaf man and a University professor. “Motivation and leadership come from the power of your attitude,” he said. “If you don’t have the attitude, people can see right through you.” Jacobs said he teaches most of his classes without following any lesson plans, and he advised students to value and appreciate spontaneity. “Expect the unexpected. Relax, live, love and laugh,” he said. Jacobs conducted many exercises throughout the night that aimed to teach students lessons about embracing their opportunities at the University.

In one exercise, he juggled three balls, each of which represented a different aspect of someone’s life. He then intentionally let one drop. “What do you do when part of your life drops? You pick it back up. Don’t worry about dropping anything. You have a support system, so don’t ever quit,” Jacobs said. “If you drop something, simply pick it back up.” Students, like Michael Zuccaro, joined the National Society of Leadership and Success because of the leadership guidance and educational community the society has to offer. “I thought that it would be a great idea to gain experience and be a part of something that is focused on helping you become a better leader,” said Zuccaro, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior. Ryan Nagle, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said he hoped that by joining this society, he would be exposed to greater opportunities. “I wanted to get involved in something that would help me take the next step into a professional life,” Nagle said. Many parents and relatives also attended the induction ceremony, including Shubert Jacobs, who drove from New York to support his goddaughter Jodi-Ann


Students inducted to the National Society of Leadership and Success listen to speaker, Larry Jacobs, assistant director of Career Services.

Rankine, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. “It’s a real proud moment knowing that she is being inducted to something linked to leadership and honors success,” Shubert Jacobs said. Students said they enjoyed Larry Jacobs’ speech and found it inspirational and impressive. “He really made me realize that no matter your disadvantages, you can do whatever you want to do with your life,” said Mariel Didato, a School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student. Executive board members like Ryan Liu, director of Community Service, said they are looking forward and setting goals.

“I plan to host many upcoming events next year that will positively impact the community and inspire volunteerism among the student population,” said Liu, School of Arts and Sciences firstyear student. As the event ended, the executive board expressed their excitement to bring the honor society to the University and hoped the National Society of Leadership and Success will help students reach their goals. “I’m thoroughly excited for the society to come to Rutgers, and I believe that it will provide a beneficial support system for students to achieve their goals,” Iacobucci said.



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STUDENT: Group will ALUMNUS DONATES FUNDS IN HONOR OF PASSED LAW PROFESSOR University alumnus Joseph Barry, Class of 1965, donated $100,000 to the Rutgers School of Law-Newark to honor the memory of law Professor Allan Axelrod. Barry and other alumni created a fund focusing on subjects of law taught by the former professor such as gambling and commercial law, according to a University press release. Axelrod, who died in August 2008, also taught courses such as “Shakespeare With a Legal Bent,” “Lincoln and the Law” and “Legal Realism.”

CANOPIES: Panels to help save $28M over 20 years continued from front and 52 percent of the [general] power needs for the campus.” Typically, solar panels are 15 to 20 percent efficient. But the new panels that the University is considering would produce 9.4 megawatts, yielding about 63 percent efficiency, Witkowski said. Since its approval two weeks ago, the University is now waiting on bids from construction companies for the project and will choose a vendor in the next three to five months, he said. Witkowski projects the construction will take about 12 to 14 months once they select a company.

The $100,000 endowment will be used to enhance various areas of study that Axelrod formerly taught and will ultimately sponsor a faculty chair position or professorship in the late professor’s name, Barry said in the release. Axelrod’s former students described the professor as a legendary figure in the law school. At his memorial ser vice, U.S. Supreme Cour t Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who also taught at the school, gave a videotaped tribute.

The third party vendor would pay for the upfront costs of the project, essentially owning the solar canopies, but will have the advantage of federal tax subsidies to cover fees, said E.J. Miranda, University spokesman. “Through that arrangement, the University wouldn’t have to pay the third party. [Rather,] the third party would be able to take advantage of subsidies such as SRECs, Solar Renewable Energy Credits, which act as certificates,” he said. The University plans to purchase the canopies at the end of the 15-year purchase agreement for $3.6 million, Witkowski said. But the overall project will save the University $28 million in electric costs during a 20-year period. “The facility is expected to generate $1.2 million in electricity

Barr y, retired president of Applied Development Company, said he was for tunate to have Axelrod as an inspiring teacher. “[He was] also a marvelous friend for more than 40 years,” Barry said in the article. “The special classes in his name covering the many topics that interested him and were the subject of his wit and exposition are a fitting tribute to him and his 47 years at Rutgers School of Law–Newark.”

annually with no upfront cost to the University, which is great,” he said. Witkowski said he hopes Livingston campus will be completely off the grid within the upcoming years but not relying solely on solar power, rather other fuel alternative sources as well. There is currently a plan to expand the use of geothermal systems for heating and cooling of new academic buildings, Witkowski said. “Businesses are now using geothermal temperature as another method for businesses to heat and air condition,” he said. “Our goal is not 100 percent solar power but rather save energy with other methods, too.” Khalifa Gopaul, a Livingston College senior and commuter,

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said the canopies over the cars would not only provide a great protection for her car in the winter but also benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions. “The panels may be expensive in the beginning, but they will pay for themselves in the long run,” Gopaul said. “It would definitely be a good investment.” Amanda Quinn, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said the solar panels are a great “green” initiative. “The University should be doing more in terms of going ‘green,’” Quinn said. “People think their efforts are not doing anything because the University is so large. But in actuality, even though we can’t see it now, it’s doing a lot in the long run and it’s worth it.”


The project will be installed in the upcoming months at the Yellow and Green parking areas and at Lot 105 on Livingston campus.

sell bracelets at Rutgers Day continued from front community,” he said. “We’d be recognizing someone based on leadership and commitment as well as academic achievement.” Created by her family and friends along with the University, the scholarship will be an endowment, where they hope to raise $50,000 total, Magyar said. About $5,000 will be awarded per student. Magyar said they hope the Rutgers University Foundation, which will fund the award on a dollar-to-dollar basis, can match it. The group will set up several fundraising events like restaurant nights in Schmidt’s hometown Warren, N.J., this week, said Jennifer Rodriguez, Schmidt’s best friend since middle school. Schmidt’s high school, Watchung Hills Regional High School, will also hold a walk-athon on June 11. On April 29, a movie will be screened at the Livingston Campus Center, said Rodriguez, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. The School of Management and Labor Relations will table at Rutgers Day to sell bracelets in Schmidt’s honor with the message ‘Fearless, Selfless and Ambitious’ — three qualities Rodriguez said best represent Schmidt’s personality. “She was really the type of person who exemplified anything you’d want in an award,” she said. “She was fearless in everything she took on. She was selfless because she always thought about other people, and she was very ambitious because she had such a drive that most people her age didn’t.” Several companies Schmidt worked and interned for have also sent donations, including SiriusXM Radio, Rodriguez said. Stephanie Schmidt, Pamela’s sister, said the family thought this was the best way to honor her since the award would help others — something Pamela always did even while juggling academics, a job, an internship and volunteer work each semester. “Having this scholarship is a way she is still going to be impacting people,” said Stephanie Schmidt, a University of Delaware first-year student. She said Pamela was a hardworking and generous person who often helped many of her own friends find scholarships, another reason she knows this award would have made her sister proud. “She was ambitious. She was such a go-getter and always wanted to be the top at everything,” Stephanie Schmidt said. “At ever y job she had, she was always the best — she was just such a hard worker.” Rodriguez and Magyar said she was never overlooked, as she had a charismatic personality and was always one of the top students in all of her classes. “Pam was the type of person who would light up the room,” Rodriguez said. “She wasn’t somebody that you wouldn’t notice. Ever yone always liked Pam.” Finegold encourages people to participate in the cause, whether it is through a donation or just by showing support. “Anyone who would like to contribute, we would love for them to be part of this effort,” he said. “It’s not just the amount that matters. We’d love to just have more people involved.”



ACTIVITY: Project could in future include smoke sensor continued from front the computer begins to recognize inputs it is fed, Weiner said. “You tell the machine, ‘This is what smoking looks like,’ three or four times [and] next time it should recognize it,” he said. Weiner said the sensor has been successful in recognizing different motions and distinguishing actions like smoking from walking. “I’d say the success rate is 98 percent for recognizing different actions but only moderately successful in recognizing similar motions,” he said. The sensor recognizes actions with a larger difference in movement easier than actions that are similar, Weiner said. “Something like brushing one’s teeth is a somewhat similar motion to smoking, and the computer would have a hard time distinguishing that,” he said. Although the accelerometer and gyroscopes measure the duration one is smoking for, it does not measure the reasons for smoking, Pompili said.

“We need to understand behavior, we need to [know] when and where you smoke, or if you smoke because you are with someone,” he said. The sensors can measure other aspects besides movement, said Hariharasudhan Viswanathan, a School of Engineering graduate student who contributes to the project. “We have sensors to measure temperature and humidity, and we also have EKG or ECG sensors that can be used to measure heart rates,” he said. In the future, the project will include a smoke sensor, Viswanathan said. “Right now we only measure how long the person smokes, but with this we can see if he takes a lot of puffs, and see how much intake there is,” he said. Viswanathan hopes to create an e-doctor application, in which doctors could provide remote health care to patients. “Let’s say you need an EKG. You place three sensor nodes on the body and then the results can go to your doctor. It’s cheap and efficient,” he said. Weiner said the project could assist athletes, help doctors in third world countries



South Asian Students in Sciences is holding Research Panel in the Busch Campus Center Room 115 at 9 p.m. Professors from various fields are coming in to talk to us about their research at the University and how to approach research as an undergraduate. Food will be provided. For students who are planning to run for a South Asian Students in Sciences executive board position for next year, this event is mandatory to attend. For more information email


The New Humanist Alumni Group and Humanist Chaplaincy will listen to a lecture, “Humanism: A Life of Meaning” by humanist activist Margaret Downey, in a combined meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center Lounge on the College Avenue campus. Downey is a widely know activist for women’s rights and humanist causes. In her talk, Downey will describe some of the causes she has supported for about 40 years. Her address will be directed to the different generations who are expected to be present at the meeting in order for them to see how fulfilling it can be when those with varied experience and expertise can contribute toward common goals. Everyone who attends is invited to bring donations of canned tuna, chicken, salmon and sardines to support the Rutgers Against Hunger Campaign.


How did a Jewish boy from Chicago become one of India’s most renowned spiritual leaders and activists? Find out at Bhakti’s finale event with returning Sacred Sounds guest Radhanath Swami at Hardenberg Hall Room A7 on the College Avenue campus. At the age of 19, Swami embarked on a spiritual quest, hitchhiking from the caves of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Himalayas, studying under many prominent gurus along the way. Students can join the Bhakti Club for a free night of mystical stories, musical meditations and vegan feasting. Please RSVP at and for more information visit


There will be Shabbat Ser vices at 6:30 p.m. The Mesorah/Orthodox service will take place on the first floor of Rutgers Hillel located at 93 College Ave. in New Brunswick. The Kesher/Reform service will take place in the third floor of Rutgers Hillel. The Koach/Conservative service will take place in New Brunswick Theological Seminary located at 17 Seminary Pl. There will be a free Kosher for Passover Shabbat Dinner from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Rutgers Hillel located at 93 College Ave. in New Brunswick. Students can meet Rabbi Heath Watenmaker, the new Reform Rabbi who will be working at Rutgers Hillel beginning in the fall. Students can ask questions and get to know the new rabbi. The event is from 9 to 11 p.m. at Rutgers Hillel located at 93 College Ave. in New Brunswick. For more information contact Katie Landy at

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The University’s Center for Autonomic Computing wireless sensors attach to the body and measure movement. The study aims to monitor the frequency of arm movements of smokers.

and monitor the elderly. Pompili also suggested that sensors could be used in the military for measuring soldiers’ vital signs on the battlefield. “It would be a great application for the army,” he said.

“Through an ad-hoc wireless network, you could have vital information of the soldiers.” Pompili said the soldiers could wear a smart suit with the sensors on the field, which would feed information back to the base

and provide information that was previously unavailable. “You could read the vitals and predict fainting due to stress and many other problems,” he said. “Plus it’s a non-invasive way to obtain this information.”



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MINIVAN CRASHES INTO HIGHLAND PARK SALON Michael Bianc Salon, on 324 Raritan Ave. in Highland Park, reopened last week after a minivan crashed through its front façade last Wednesday breaking the wall and windows. Sarah Spencer, 74, was exiting the driveway of Saiff Drugs on the other side of the street but then hit a parked car before crashing into the building, according to a article. Police reported that Spencer did not know what caused her to crash into the car or the salon. An officer inspected the car and nothing out of the ordinary was discovered. Police charged Spencer with careless driving, according to the article. Lou Trenta, one of the owners of the retail and office building, thought the salon would be closed for months, but it passed a structure inspection last Thursday and was deemed sound, allowing it to reopen. “They boarded up the window and spray-painted ‘open’ across it,” Lt. Joe Vassallo of the Highland Park Police Department said in the article. — Tabish Talib

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Program to allow police into homes for emergencies BY TABISH TALIB CORRESPONDENT

The South Brunswick Police Department plans to implement the Blue Angels Program to assist elderly and disabled citizens who live alone and cannot open their doors. The program would allow officers to enter houses where the resident is in need of help. The Blue Angels Program was created to help residents who are unable to call for help or open the door in the case of an emergency, said Ron Schmalz, Public Affairs coordinator for South Brunswick Township. “All too often, a person falls and is unable to get up and instead of damaging doors and locks in order to reach them, we can use the lockbox,” he said. “I used to be a police officer, and the worst call I ever got was when someone passed away because they were unable to get up and call for help.” Although there is no set date of implementation, Sgt. Jim R yan of the South Brunswick Police Depar tment said the program could begin within a month if there are no problems. The lockbox is similar to what real estate agents use when selling a home but is actually smaller in size, Schmalz said.

Schmalz hopes to initialize the program with 30 homes and expects to reach at least 100 with funding from grants. With this program, the police department is building off a similar initiative in which a senior who lived alone would be given a volunteer who would call and check up on them, Schmalz said. “[That] program wasn’t feasible anymore due to layof fs and retirements in the depar tment,” he said. “So this is a good replacement.” It was also adopted from the Franklin Township Police Department, which last year already had a Blue Angels program instituted. “We star ted our program [in] early 2010, and it came about because of the snow storms in which we couldn’t get into a house,” said Sgt. Philip Rizzo of the Franklin Township Police Department. The Franklin Township Police Department looked to rectify the situation and analyzed a program being used in a few southern states, Rizzo said. “There were agencies in Florida using a similar program, and we took it and tweaked it to fit the needs of our residents,” he said. The program and lockbox have been used in two confirmed situations in which the

resident was unable to move, Rizzo said. “There were also several instances in which a family had called us to check the well being of a relative, so I’d say the program has worked well,” he said. Franklin Township has 80 houses with lockboxes and wants to implement another 10, Rizzo said. “Those haven’t been deployed yet because of some issues with the homeowner’s associations, because the doorknobs in cer tain homes don’t suppor t the lock box,” he said. “But they have been really helpful in implementing the policy.” An individual must be 55 years or older, living alone or have a medical condition that could leave them disabled in order to apply for the program in Franklin Township, but there are exceptions, Rizzo said. “Let’s say there was a 35year-old with diabetes or epilepsy and they wanted to apply into the program. We would allow it,” he said. Rizzo also gave the example of an elderly couple where one person still works, but the other person is home alone, making the couple eligible to receive a lockbox.

“We have not denied anyone the opportunity to be in the program,” he said. Rizzo said there have been no serious security risks in the program, and that instances where a lockbox code is accessed is when there is a call mentioning that location. “Only the police department has the code, and even then not everyone in the department has the code,” he said. The only person who can access the code is the dispatcher and only after a call is created, Rizzo said. “There is no list that can be pulled up of all the houses in the Blue Angels Program with the lockbox codes,” he said. “It cannot be searched.” After a call is generated the code automatically changes regardless of whether the lockbox has been used, Rizzo said. When other police departments implement the program, Rizzo said he is delighted. “It’s a great program. We’ve even gotten calls from Wisconsin about it,” he said. Ryan believes the program is a benefit to the elderly in the community. “There is a sense of insecurity in some older people because they are afraid that the police might not be able to reach them,” he said. “But now they can gain entry.”




People from 38 states met at the startline to compete in the UNITE Half Marathon, which this year was reduced to 10.1 miles due to flooding.

Race attracts thousands in spite of strong winds BY ANDREA GOYMA CORRESPONDENT

More than 4,000 r unners from across the nation gathered Sunday morning despite wind and gray skies to par ticipate in this year’s annual UNITE Half Marathon. The half marathon, which takes runners through the University’s Busch, Livingston and College Avenue campuses, was cut down to 10 miles instead of 13.1 because of heavy flooding in Johnson Park and Buccleuch Park, said Diane Bonanno, executive director of Recreation and Community Development at the University. “The decision was made the morning of the race because this is not a run, swim, run,” said Steve Delmonte, race announcer. Runners began at Busch campus, trekked to Livingston campus before returning to Busch and heading straight to the College Avenue campus, Bonanno said. Originally participants were supposed to run through the parks just before reaching College Avenue. First-time UNITE Half Marathon runner Janet Wall, from Glen Gardner, N.J., said she felt fantastic after the race but wished the course remained 13.1 miles. “I trained so long for 13.1 so when they cut it to 10 it was like, ‘ugh,’” she said. But Wall said she was very happy with her accomplishment and can cross the event off her “bucket list.” Running through the University’s campuses was one of her favorite par ts of the experience. “[The scenic campus route] was the nice part because at least [the run] wasn’t boring,” she said. University alumnus Justin McLean from Bedminster, N.J., who ran the New York City Marathon and the New York City Half Marathon said he still had plenty of energy left to keep running after the race. Still, he thought it was a fantastic run and said it was great coming back to the University. “I graduated from Rutgers in 1998, so there’s a little bit of nostalgia,” he said. “The roads around Busch have changed a bit.” Patty Heppelmann from Chester Springs, Pa., who ended with a time of 1:04:04.20, finished third for the women. Heppelmann plans to race for the CGI North East Triathlon in

August and the EagleMan Triathlon in June. “When I started, I was probably in sixth or seventh place, so it’s nice to get up to that top three,” she said. “The crowds were really great and when I came in, they were all telling me I was the third woman so I was very happy about that.” The women’s first place finisher was Andrea Dragone from Plymouth Meeting, Pa., and Jessica Barr from Cranford, N.J., placed second. Overall first place winner was Darryl Brown from Exton, Pa., with a time of 49:59.69. Second place winner was Kevin Collins from Liverpool, N.Y., and Dominic Kiralyfi of Summit, N.J., came in third. Dominic Kiralyfi, who won the gold medal last year, ran the race with his twin brother Max, who placed fourth. “We went off quite conservatively and gradually worked our way through the field,” Dominic Kiralyfi said. “We need each other to push each other forward, so we had a good run and we finished strong.” The race brought an unexpected surprise for runners like Priscilla Flores, a New York City resident whose fiancé, Harr y Dohnert, proposed to her after she reached the finish line. Flores and her fiancé Dohnert of Phoenixville, Pa., ran the half marathon together. “We’ve been together for six and a half years. I’ve been planning for a few months,” Dohnert said. “I was ner vous, I was tr ying to get the ring out in the last mile.” After the race, Flores said she was ecstatic and a bit dizzy. “I wasn’t expecting this at all but it feels good,” she said about her engagement. Runners participating in the UNITE Half Marathon, which is co-sponsored by Rutgers Recreation, had the opportunity to raise money for their favorite cause, Bonanno said. One of UNITE 4 Charity’s partners is Rutgers Club Sports, and runners were asked to consider donating to the University’s athletic teams, which are studentfunded, while registering for the event, she said. Sue Burns from Yardley, Pa., ran with the organization Sur viving Strong, which supports those who are affected by cancer or are survivors. “It’s my first year running with them,” she said. “My father passed away from cancer, so I ran it for him.”

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FORMER CORRECTION OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO SMUGGLING CHARGES NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A former correction officer at New Jersey’s Northern State Prison has pleaded guilty to being a member of a network that smuggled prepaid cellphones and drugs into the prison. Forty-seven-year-old Luis Roman of Avenel pleaded guilty yesterday in Superior Court in New Brunswick to racketeering and official misconduct. The state Attorney General’s Office will recommend that Roman be sentenced to 14 years in state prison. Roman and 18 other defendants who allegedly distributed contraband in the prison or acted as accomplices outside were charged last September in a grand jury indictment. Separate indictments charged 16 inmates who allegedly bought contraband. Prosecutors say inmates paid for the items by having money wired to Roman’s wife or another accomplice on the outside. Marie Roman pleaded guilty last year. — The Associated Press

NEWARK RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING, CHARGED WITH MURDER NEWARK, N.J. — Newark police have arrested a man in a fatal shooting that occurred near the site of last week’s auditions for the reality show “The X Factor.” Kyron Washington is charged in the slaying of 42-year-old Arlene Fields of East Orange. Another person was shot but survived. The 23-year-old Washington was arrested late yesterday morning. The Newark resident is charged with murder and attempted murder. He was being held on $750,000 bail and this week is expected to make his first court appearance. There is no word on whether he has retained an attorney. The shooting occurred Thursday night less than a block from the Prudential Center, where auditions were held for the national singing competition. Authorities have not drawn a connection between the event and the shooting. — The Associated Press

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Christie proposes plan for health care costs THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has long called for state workers to pay more of their health care costs and now proposes a phased-in plan over three years that would require employees, by mid-2014, to pay about a third of those costs. The Christie administration on Monday laid out more details of the GOP governor’s proposal. Under it, current workers would pay 10 percent of their health care premiums beginning in July; 17 percent in January; 23 percent in January 2013; and 30 percent by July 2014. New hires would pay 30 percent toward their premiums immediately. In addition, the plan calls for increasing co-pays and giving workers more health plans from which to choose, but those details have not yet been laid out. “Ultimately, we project annual savings at $871 million once the 30 percent premium share is fully implemented in 2014,” state Treasur y Department spokesman William Quinn said. The governor’s proposal is largely modeled after the federal health care plan and would mean a significant increase in contributions by state workers, who currently pay 1.5 percent of their salar y. On average, the state

work force pays about 8 percent of the cost of premiums. Democrats have questioned the amount of savings projected by the administration, saying the administration has yet to propose legislation because doing so would prompt an independent evaluation from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS). Quinn declined to provide a breakdown of savings. But in the budget proposal, the administration says that if the governor’s plan is adopted, the state would save $323 million in the 2012 budget year, which begins in July. “I can’t make heads or tails of where they come up with the numbers,” said state Sen. Paul Sarlo, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “I’m willing to listen and learn about it, but that’s a lot of savings. “We keep asking questions and they keep telling us they will get back to us with the answers,” Sarlo, D-Wood-Ridge, said. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has also offered a phase-in plan, one that more closely ties salaries to the level of contribution. His plan has a sliding scale of 12 percent to 30 percent of the cost of the premium, based on income and phased in over seven years. Top-tier workers making more than $100,000 would also contribute 30 percent of the cost of their premiums within seven

years while those making $30,000 or less would only pay 12 percent of their premium. OLS has estimated that Sweeney’s plan would save $206 million when fully implemented. Sweeney’s proposal also calls for increasing the number of health care plans offered to state workers. A spokesman for Sweeney declined to comment on the governor’s proposal. The state’s largest workers union, which is pushing to reform benefits through collective bargaining rather than legislation, has also put forward a plan. It would have workers continue to pay 1.5 percent of their salary and 8.5 percent of their premium by the fourth and final year of a new contract. Communications Workers of America (CWA) officials said that their plan would save the state $240 million but that the governor has refused to acknowledge it. “This belongs not in the newspapers, but at the collective bargaining table,” CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein said of the governor’s proposed overhaul. “We presented the governor with a health care proposal on March 11 and received no response.” Christie, who has made a national name for his fights with union leaders —especially teachers — has said he won’t bargain over pension and health care reform.



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Even wealthiest should sacrifice E

ver since the economy bottomed out in 2008, we’ve been hearing the same tired rhetoric: Everyone has to make sacrifices as the government works toward scaling back expenditures and bringing back America’s former financial glory. It would be fine if this were true. If everyone really did have to sacrifice in order to do their part to help the country, then we would have no second thoughts about giving up the things we could afford to lose. Yet the unfortunate fact of the matter is that this burden has not been universally borne. Instead, it has disproportionately hit the middle and working classes, as evidenced by the fact that the wealthiest Americans are still being given the luxury of massive tax cuts. Perhaps a couple of numbers will make this fact even more salient: When lawmakers approved the federal budget last week, it was said that the country would be saving $38 billion thanks to the cuts. In sharp contrast, the extended Bush-era tax cuts cost the government $42 billion this fiscal year. There’s something terribly wrong with this reality. While valuable programs like Planned Parenthood are being stripped of funding, the people who least need social services are failing to do their part and sacrifice for the good of the nation. The politicians who pushed for and approved these tax cuts are at fault as well. If they had instead decided to end the cuts, the federal budget would not have suffered so much. In fact, the federal government would be $42 billion richer. When the government has money, America has money. When America has money, the people don’t lose as much as they already have. We are not opposed to the idea of sacrificing for the greater good. We are opposed to the idea that only some of us have to sacrifice while others feel virtually no pain. There seems to be very little value on community in the United States today. Instead, we have become, in many ways, a nation of people who look out for themselves and only themselves. Perhaps we should remember that it was that kind of selfish thinking that got the United States into this financial disaster in the first place.

Do not blame RUPA for violence T

he University just cannot catch a break these days. Ever since the Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi incident, our school has been under massive scrutiny from students, politicians, alumni, the media and even people completely unaffiliated with the University. The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) has been at the center of the firestorm, decried by many as some sort of supremely wasteful — and possibly evil, depending on who you ask — bureaucratic organization which serves only to hinder the pursuit of education at the University. Because of this bleak perception, it follows that people began immediately clawing at RUPA’s throat the moment it became clear that Rutgersfest brought with it a slew of problems. However, blaming RUPA for what happened at Rutgersfest is completely unfair. We fully admit that this past Friday, New Brunswick was a mess. Four people were shot, and no one can say with any certainty just how many others were involved in violent altercations. Rutgersfest’s status as a legendary day of partying attracted massive crowds, but this is not RUPA’s fault. The only thing RUPA was responsible for is putting together the concert. So, if you did not like the lineup, then you can be mad at RUPA. But to blame RUPA for what students and non-students alike did outside of the concert space is just absurd. One must also keep in mind that the people involved in the reported shootings were not University students, and we’re willing to say the majority of the people involved in any of the major incidents were not students. University students take to the streets in fits of revelry throughout the year, but never do they leave this much destruction or chaos in their wake. The problems seem to have stemmed largely from the large amount of people who just came to the University to party. RUPA did not personally invite these people, so why make it sound as if they did? That being said, we do not wish to see the same levels of disorder and outright violence ever repeated in New Brunswick again. Something must be done to make Rutgersfest a safer event for everyone — students and New Brunswick locals alike. We’ll be honest and say that we don’t have any great ideas regarding how to bring this safer climate about, but that does not change the fact that Rutgersfest cannot continue on as is. Let’s remember that blaming RUPA for what transpired last Friday is foolish. It completely misses the point that the crowds were largely unaffiliated with the University and RUPA in every way. We’re certain that both RUPA and the University have recognized that something needs to change with regards to Rutgersfest. Rather than slinging insults, we need to come together and work with RUPA and the University to improve Rutgersfest for the future.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The decision was made the morning of the race because this is not a run, swim, run.” Steve Delmonte, race announcer, on the decision to cut the UNITE Half Marathon down to 10 miles due to flooding STORY IN METRO


Rutgersfest further damages U. Marcus P My Words

erhaps there is somefrom less affluent students? thing in the New RUPA’s claim that students Brunswick and may still want to attend Piscataway water systems events they haven’t paid for is that sways University stua non-issue. For starters, dents to defy common sense RUPA shouldn’t flatter themand bring unmitigated shame selves believing all students to our school. In what seems are just dying to attend their AARON MARCUS like a relentless pursuit by events. Secondly, there is this the Rutgers University crazy philosophy called Programming Association (RUPA) and progressive charging upon entry. I know it may startle those seekorganizations on campus to destroy the legitimacy of ing an altruistic dystopia in which everything is free, our education, one must ask a serious question — but most places on this planet charge for entertainwhy are students trusted with our valuable money? ment. If you want to go to an event, pay the price, but In the wake of a tumultuous Rutgersfest that feadon’t make your fellow students pick up the tab. tured less than mediocre acts and four confirmed The University needs to be serious about changshootings, the time has come to limit student-run ing the image of our school from a partying cesspool programming. Obviously, this would need to be conof N.J. meatheads to a distinguished university whose ducted on a case-by-case basis. An organization like prime focus is education. Disregard the raucous and the Targum Publishing Company — which produces childish approach taken by those involved with “Walk a quality product day-in and day-out, into Action” and pretend, just for a is run by optional student fees and is moment, that our school is a busi“If Rutgersfest completely operated by students — ness. In times of economic distress, is an example of a stellar organizacut programs that aren’t prois a day for students, either tion. An organization like RUPA, ducing positive results or try to make which brings subpar entertainment why is it free them revenue generators. Currently, to campus, as well as extreme viothe University isn’t generating revand open lence, is a stellar example of failure. enue and continues to support futile The president of RUPA is right in programming. Ironically, the initial to the public?” her statement that the shootings and phase of acting business-like can be arrests made on Friday do not implemented by instituting a fan reflect the University student body. No students affilfavorite — lowering tuition and fee costs. In doing so, iated with the University were involved with any of student-run organizations without committed memthe incidents. However, that does not give RUPA, the bers will crumble and those with exorbitant budgets organizer of the event, a free pass. Regardless of that bring shameful and damaging “entertainment” to whether or not University students were involved, our University hopefully won’t survive. the headlines following Rutgersfest were things like As these types of events continue and the “Shootings and violence follow Rutgersfest.” If University’s reputation continues to take damage, it Rutgersfest is a day for students, why is it free and will become harder to defend our education. open to the public? As students who pay thousands Whether or not University students were involved of dollars in fees each year, why are we giving the with the violence at Rutgersfest, those from outside rest of New Jersey a subsidy to attend events that the state who hear about the behavior will obviously come in place of fewer funds and services? The vioassociate University students with Rutgersfest. After lence conducted on Rutgersfest is pitted on students, all, we do share the same name. Whether or not you regardless of whether any student was involved. attended an event hosted by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, It is for this precise reason that the bill State Sen. people will automatically assume you participated in Joe Kyrillos, R-Monmouth/Middlesex, introduced to her worthless gathering. Strive to create a positive make all student fees at all state universities optionwork atmosphere that complements our hard-workal is necessary. While there are guest lecturers and ing professors and those seemingly few students speakers that help fulfill the “college experience,” who care. There is nothing wrong with partying most of the programming produced by student responsibly once in a while. There is something organizations comes with a hefty price tag. The averwrong when it leads to the University becoming the age University student pays nearly $1,200 a year in laughing stock of higher education. campus and student fees. No matter how many Yes, Kyrillos’ legislation will most likely lead varievents you attend, no matter what type of event you ous student-run groups to collapse. However, organiattend, you are still charged the same price. zations with a strong following and committed memFor progressive student groups that simply call for bership will continue to thrive. This new approach to taxing the wealthy in order to keep tuition costs down, SEE MARCUS ON PAGE 11 why not start with removing this egregious burden

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MARCUS continued from page 10 student-run programming will create a new business-oriented environment on campus. Organizations will not only see enhanced participation in groups, but students will build real-life experience in raising money, creating budgets and spending within their means — valuable tools that are currently absent from groups allotted various sums of money by the University. Perhaps it’s something in the drinking water, but students had the opportunity to bring affordable and respectable programming to campus, and yet they simply failed miserably. Aaron Marcus is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and history. His column, “Marcus My Words,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.

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Students deserve control over own money Letter MICHAEL KORYBSKI hile reading yesterday’s issue of The Daily Targum, I came across an editorial that got my attention. The piece, titled “Keep student fees mandator y for all,” spoke of how the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and the University have been vilified in the wake of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi coming to the University. The editorial argues that the school should continue to enforce the tuition fees so that the school may continue to provide students with enter tainment, clubs and activities. While this is a noble stance to take, I respectfully disagree.


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As a student who receives feel it’s insulting to not only the financial aid, I strive to do my students, but also the taxpayers best in order to make the tax- of New Jersey and the people payer’s investment in me worth- who generously donated money while. It upsets me that part of for scholarships. my tuition is going to entertainI do feel that clubs, events ment rather than and activities are education. To important to the “In the face of quote the 30th whole notion of president of the college experising tuition costs the United States, rience, but I do Calvin Coolidge, ... students deserve not believe stu“Collecting more dents should be to have their taxes than is forced to pay for absolutely necesthe events. By givtuition money sar y is legalized ing the students spent responsibly. ” an option on robber y.” That is essentially what whether to pay, happened when the University is Snooki visited the University. allowing the students to choose RUPA spent student money where their money is going. If unjustly to provide students students want clubs, they should with something completely work to ensure they have them. lacking any educational value. I There is nothing wrong with

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espite the flak that college journalists often receive from a multitude of sources, not all of them are childish or unprofessional. Consider the brave staff of the Collegian, La Salle University’s student newspaper, who found an incredibly clever way around the stipulations the La Salle administration placed on them. When the staff of the Collegian wanted to run a story about a professor who brought strippers to a business class, the administration told them they were not allowed to run the story above the fold. They complied — but left the space above the fold blank, so as to draw even more attention to the story, which ran below the fold. We give the staff of the Collegian a laurel for being smartly subversive journalists.





In yet another instance of a politician placing blame where it doesn’t belong, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill, has blamed the iPad for “eliminating thousands of American jobs.” Yes, that’s right, the iPad. We suggest that, rather than whining about the changes technical advancements bring to the job market, people like Jackson put some effort into realizing that what we need to do is utilize these advancements to create jobs of different types. It’s called progress, and it works wonders most of the time. We give Jackson a dart for his absurd claims.

fundraising or paying fees to be in a club. If a club or event fails, it means that there was not enough interest in the club or event in the first place. In these tough economic times, fat needs to be cut in order to make things run smoothly. In the face of rising tuition costs, a higher cost of living and higher taxes, students deser ve to have their tuition money spent responsibly. The $32,000 that was spent was money that did not need to be spent. It is not right to the people who have to sacrifice so much to be able to attend to see their money get flushed down the toilet. Let these fees be optional so the student may pick their own optimal path. Michael Korybski is a School of Arts and Sciences junior.

COMMENT OF THE DAY “At least charge non-students admission. … Might as well make some money off these idiots. Maybe consider booking bands that [don’t] attract troublemakers.” User “ZSF1234” in response to April 18th’s article “Four shootings follow Rutgersfest activities”

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Junior third baseman Brittney Lindley leads the Knights with 38 RBI, 40 runs and 13 doubles this season.

SERIES: Trio of pitchers

continued its hot streak through the entire order. see time in loss to Providence During their eight-game win streak — the longest under Nelson — the Knights avercontinued from back aged nine runs per game. “That’s what we’ve been pitching staff fell apart in an doing our whole winning eventual 14-11 slobberknocker. streak,” Nelson said. “Starting Sophomore Abbey Houston with Connecticut, we’ve been and freshman Megan Williams hitting well the whole way. won handily the day before, but It’s just a shame that the neither could get things right in pitching couldn’t hold up in the the loss. Junior Noelle Sisco saw third game.” action Sunday, as well, but was This time, first baseman equally ineffective. Mandy Craig led the charge. The As a staff, the Knights sursenior from Manassas, Va., hit rendered eight runs in the final .583 in the series with a home three innings and 16 hits for run and seven RBI. the game. Junior third baseman “I think our pitchers just ran Brittney Lindley out of gas,” belted her 10th Nelson said. “You “We’re clearly home run of the could just tell year and 24th of from watching not where her career. them that they we need to be Lindley’s average had less gas to .440 on across the board. conditioning-wise” istheupseason, and [Providence’s] she leads the hitters were just JAY NELSON team in RBI (38), able to go with Head Coach runs (40) and the outside pitch doubles (13). and pull ever yJunior Lindsey Curran startthing inside.” ed in center field for the first But in the long run, the twotime since suf fering a hand win weekend for the Knights is injur y, and she added two hits all the team needed. in eight at-bats during the Aiming for a second straight series. Nelson said she is ver y Big East Tournament appearclose to 100 percent. ance, the team climbed into sev“She plays a great centerenth place in the league standfield,” Nelson said. “I think she’s ings. The top eight qualify for back. We’ll rotate all four from the postseason. now on to make sure no one gets And fatigue was not an issue cold because all four are good for Williams and Houston in the producers for us.” doubleheader sweep. The Knights play a non-conHouston pitched four-hit softference doubleheader today ball in a 10-1 win for the Knights against Stony Brook. The next in a game shortened by the true test occurs over the weekmercy rule. In the series opener, end, when first-place DePaul Williams did not surrender an visits the RU Softball Complex earned run in a complete game for the final home series of 8-1 victory. the season. “The dif ference between “That’s the huge series for our pitchers Saturday and us,” Nelson said. “[Yesterday [Sunday] is night and day,” was] a day off. Hopefully we Nelson said. “They were both get enough rest. We’re lights out the day before, but going to rotate all three then they got tired. We’re clear[pitchers today] because we ly not where we need to be conneed to stay rested enough ditioning-wise.” for the weekend series on The Rutgers of fense two days off.” showed no fatigue, as it


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Junior defenseman Andrew D’Agostino leads the Knights this season with 17 caused turnovers and 43 groundball pickups, with his best effort coming in a 12-4 loss to No. 10 Army.

SEASON: D’Agostino credits teammates for success continued from back (17) and groundballs scooped up (43). While turnovers and groundballs are key to victories in lacrosse, D’Agostino recognizes his efforts are just one cog in an entire machine, and is satisfied that he does his part to keep that machine running. “It is a lot of hard work, but I really credit the team and everybody,” D’Agostino said. “I mean, everyone plays their part and I’m just trying to do my job, and if that’s getting groundballs or causing turnovers then that’s just what I have to do.” Stagnitta also recognized D’Agostino’s ef for ts are key not only to himself, but the players around. “Andrew getting us possessions in itself has contributed to guys like [junior midfielder] Chris Mattes, who has been having a great year,” he said. As a standalone player, D’Agostino had more than his fair share of accomplishments throughout the season, most of which took place in high profile matchups for the Scarlet Knights. The Christian Brothers Academy product spearheaded the defense against No. 10 Army in an eventual 12-4 loss, in which he caused a season-high four turnovers and scooped up seven groundballs. Prior to that, D’Agostino put in yet another season-high performance against Penn State, when he

netted eight groundballs to keep the Knights’ possessions alive. But the performance put in this year by the defenseman is nothing new, as he was productive since the very beginning. D’Agostino led the team in his redshirt freshman season with a total of 18 caused turnovers. He came in second on the team just a year after in groundball pickups with a total of 52 on the season.

And now as his final season in a Knights uniform winds down, D’Agostino can look back on a career well spent. But first he has to put the finishing touches on his collegiate sports swan song. “He isn’t going to be here next year, so this is really his last go-around,” Stagnitta said. “I know he is focused on making it his best.”


Chris Mattes, who has three asssists this season, benefitted from the play of Andrew D’Agostino, according to coach Jim Stagnitta.



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MATCH: Knights face nine-day layoff before Tourney continued from back


Junior Jenifer Holzberg, No. 1 doubles partner to senior Amy Zhang, leads the Knights in singles play with a 15-4 record. Holzberg and Zhang, who are 14-5 in doubles play this season, will play their final home match together today in Manasquan, N.J.


junior Jennifer Holzberg. “The doubles point is crucial and we didn’t win it.” After today’s match, Rutgers has just nine days to prepare for the Big East Tournament due to the postponements. Some teams might take pleasure in more time off after a grueling regular season, but the Knights favor remaining active in an effort to maintain a competitive edge. “I think the best preparation for competition is more competition,” Zhang said. “Having the match [today] is much better than two straight weeks of practice. It breaks up the practice a bit.” Zhang was a recipient last week of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which allows her to continue her postgraduate studies at Cambridge University in England. Zhang’s exit from Rutgers is sure to be emotionally taxing despite the exciting new chapter of her life looming in the near future. “I’m not sure how to take it yet,” Zhang said. “I’m a little relieved since the end of a long season of tennis is always a bit of a relief, but I’m also sad. I know I will miss tennis a lot after I have a break from it.” Connecticut will attempt to play spoiler today and ruin Zhang’s flawless home record in her final match. The Knights anticipate a hard-fought match but are confident in their ability to send their captain out on top. “We have been fortunate to defeat them in the past few years, but the matches have been very competitive,” Bucca said. “We need to come out ready to play, but if we play the tennis we’re capable of we can be victorious.”



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orth Carolina men’s basketball freshman Harrison Barnes announced yesterday that he will return to Chapel Hill, N.C., for his sophomore season. Barnes’ commitment comes a week after teammates John Henson and Tyler Zeller announced they will return to the Tar Heels. UNC hopes to improve off this season’s Elite Eight run by returning all its starters. Barnes won Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year award and co-led the Tar Heels in scoring with Zeller, averaging 15.7 per game.



Sophomore defensive tackle Michael Larrow (90) contributed six tackles and a sack last season in a reserve role for the Knights but figures to see an increased workload after junior Scott Vallone suffered a lower leg injury during Rutgers’ first scrimmage.

Larrow inherits larger role after injury BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

At 6-foot-4 and 252 pounds, Michael Larrow is not the prototype of a No. 1 defensive tackle. But after FOOTBALL j u n i o r Scott Vallone suffered a lower leg injury early in the Rutgers football team’s first scrimmage, Larrow now finds himself as the owner of that distinction for the foreseeable future. “I guess it’s a little tougher for me because I’m a little light, but we just wanted to play,” Larrow said. “We all love contact, and it’s fun.” The sophomore made only six tackles after earning a spot in the Scarlet Knights’ defensive line rotation after Eric LeGrand’s paralyzing injur y last season but figures to see extended time with Vallone nursing an injur y. And after he earned unexpected playing time a year ago, he will now line up next to a pair of players — classmate Isaac Holmes and freshman Kenneth Kirksey — who have

even less experience in a need to work on, but … that’s Rutgers uniform. what practice is for. We just have Still, Larrow remains confi- to keep coming out here ever y dent in his battery mates, espe- day and keep on teaching stuff cially Holmes, whom he lined up and fix the things that need to with occasionally during their be corrected.” two seasons with the Knights. As far as teaching points go, “Ike [Holmes] is [Vallone’s] Larrow works individually with backup,” Larrow said. “I have a defensive line coach Phil Galiano lot of confidence in Ike. He’s a in order to use his hands more good player. I’ve effectively when seen him do things engaging offen“[Isaac Holmes] right, so I think he sive linemen and can step up.” keep his pad level is a good player. Both Holmes lower, he said. and Kirksey com“We do a lot of I’ve seen him bined with Larrow extra work,” do things right, and the rest of the Larrow said. front four to play “Sometimes he so I think he on the offense’s keeps us after can step up.” side of the ball, practice, and we’ll particularly work on that. I MICHAEL LARROW Kirksey, who antichave stuff back at Sophomore Defensive Tackle ipated the Knights’ my apartment to snap counts on help me work on several occasions. my hands.” “We were flying around. We Larrow made the transition were getting stuff done in the to tackle during his freshman secondar y, our linebacker posi- season after playing defensive tions and the D-line,” said senior end in high school at Union. At defensive end Justin Francis. “It 6-foot-4, staying low for Larrow was a good showing of team and creating a push is more defense. We still have things we important in the interior of the

defensive line than rushing off the edge. As long as he continues to work on his tasks for the spring, which he admits continue to be works in progress, Larrow and the rest of the defense can expect marked improvement heading into summer training camp, he said. “I think we’re going to do really well,” Larrow said. “I think we’re just going to make an improvement … and therefore we could go into the summer with the confidence of the understanding of how things are supposed to go.” Head coach Greg Schiano said the film from Saturday’s first team scrimmage will go a long way toward correcting mistakes, including those made by the defensive unit, which was aided by poor weather conditions at Rutgers Stadium on Busch campus. “There’ll be a lot of learning from this tape,” Schiano said. “But there’s been a lot of positives, and I think we’ll have the confidence to … fix what we didn’t do right [Saturday].”



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expected to miss the second game of the New York Knicks’ playoff series against the Boston Celtics due to a left leg injury. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said the point guard is “very questionable” heading into tonight’s game, according to the The Star-Ledger. Billups was hurt in the final minutes of Sunday’s 87-85 Celtics win. If Billups is sidelined, Toney Douglas figures to start at point guard.





yesterday that the football staff responsible for advising whether it was safe to practice outside in October used out-ofdate weather information the day a student videographer fell to his death on a scissor lift. Declan Sullivan, a junior film student, was killed on Oct. 27 when the 40-foot lift fell over in a 53-mph wind gust.


Dwight Howard made history yesterday by becoming the first player ever to win three consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. Howard led the league in double doubles and averaged 14.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and a career-high 1.3 steals per game this season. He led a Magic defense that finished fourth in the league in defensive field-goal percentage and points allowed. The center received 114 of a total 120 first-place votes and accumulated 585 points in the voting.



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Junior paves way for Knights with consistency BY PATRICK LANNI CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Following a subpar indoor championship season, head c o a c h WOMEN’S TRACK J a m e s Robinson evaluated the Rutgers women’s track and field team, knowing he had to find a consistent leader who could lead by example as the outdoor season approached. After failing to score at the Big East Championships in Akron, Ohio, Robinson preached work ethic, dedication and consistency to the team. Embodying that message, junior Zainab Bisiolu and several other Scarlet Knights headed to Boston to finish out the indoor season and compete at the ECAC Championships. “Big East’s was a huge wakeup call for me,” Bisiolu said. “The fact that we walked away from the Big East without any points was devastating.” Among 50 schools and several Division I conferences represented, Bisiolu finished 7th in the 400-meter dash. A careerbest time of 56.80 earned her All-East honors, and the responsibility as a team leader soon followed. “My goal was to disprove everything that happened at Big East’s, and I came into ECACs extra hungry,” Bisiolu said. Bisiolu made it her personal goal to ensure the team walked away from the ECAC Championships with at least one point. Her personal drive, commitment and leadership led the Knights through the end of the indoor season and left the team with something to talk about going into the outdoor season. “She has really developed into a Big East competitor and leader,” Robinson said. Bisiolu’s leadership and steady performances during the 2011 indoor season left the Knights in a better position

as the outdoor installment of the Big East Championships rolls around. “She’s pretty much our workhorse,” Robinson said. “She has excelled in 200 [meter] and 400 [meter] this season and has become one of our leaders. She’s taken on that leadership role with the freshmen and young runners, keeping them in line.” Bisiolu made sure to keep the underclassmen focused, as she understands the responsibilities of being a student-athlete at a large Division I school. “It was tough for me coming in my freshman year, balancing academics and athletics,” Bisiolu said. “So when I come into practice I make sure I’m very positive and focused, because you have to lead by example.” Freshman Rachel Leeke looked to emulate her through the course of the season, Bisiolu explained. “I didn’t realize [it] at that point, but they were watching ever ything I was doing and kind of following what I did,” Bisiolu said. “It made me feel ver y important and really good that they acknowledge what I do.” As Bisiolu continues her outdoor campaign, she looks to lead by example and continue to inspire through her races. Her versatile performance at the Rutgers Invitational earned her two first-place finishes in the 200-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay, as well as a four th-place finish in an unfamiliar event — the 100-meter dash. Her responsibility as the anchor of the 4x400-meter relay shows the faith that Robinson has in Bisiolu and continual success only credits her focus. Bisiolu will lead the Knights into the Big East Championships in hopes of improving upon the disappointing results of the indoor competition.


Junior Zainab Bisiolu placed first in both the 200-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay for the Knights at the Rutgers Invitational and earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter.

Rutgers takes second despite weather concerns BY LIZ SWERN STAFF WRITER


Junior Ben Horel and the rest of the Knights’ distance medley tied for first place in the Metropolitan Championships.

The Rutgers men’s track and field team ended last weekend’s competition at the Metropolitan Outdoor Championships with a secondMEN’S TRACK place RUTGERS 131 finish. The SECOND PLACE Scarlet Knights came out just five points behind Manhattan College with 131 points total. They competed against 15 teams from the Northeast, including Columbia, Long Island and other New York programs. The Knights dealt with another weekend of poor weather conditions, as it rained all day. “In that type of condition, it’s all about competing,” said freshman sprinter Corey Caidenhead. “It is very hard to run a fast time in that weather.” Despite the weather, the Knights represented well in each event during the meet, recording five firstplace finishes. Junior thrower James Plummer won the discus with a mark of 50.3 meters. Plummer

also placed third in the shot put with a Big East qualifying mark of 51 feet 6.5 inches. In the pole vault, sophomore Chris Wyckoff secured another first-place finish for the Knights with a mark of 16 feet 1 inch. On the track, the Knights earned two other first-place finishes in two of the four relays from the meet. Juniors Ben Horel, Dan Lozano and Casey Weiss and senior Nick Miehe combined in the distance medley relay to tie for first with a time of 10:58.70 with Columbia. The 4x800-meter relay, composed of freshmen Cur tis Richburg and Hamer Farag with seniors Jon Karlsson and Kevin Cronin, won with a time of 8:04.88. The Knights also placed third in the 4x100-meter relay. The relay team, made up of Caidenhead and juniors Steve Werner, Tyrone Putman and Adam Bergo, finished with a time of 44.35 seconds. Caidenhead also placed second in the 400-meter dash earlier in the meet with a time of 50.60 seconds. “I felt good r unning the 400,” Caidenhead said. “And as for the 4x100, it was fun to run,

and I would’ve loved to do it again in good weather.” During Friday’s competition, the weather was slightly better than Saturday’s conditions. “It was chilly with some wind, but no rain fortunately,” said senior javelin thrower Jeremy Pennino. Pennino won the javelin with a championship qualifying mark of 202 feet 3.5 inches. Fellow senior thrower Chris Bradley placed third in the javelin with an effort of 187 feet 5 inches. The two combined to score 16 points for the Knights in the event. “I haven’t been able to connect this year,” Pennino said. “While throws have been good enough to qualify me through IC4A [Championships], I know they won’t be competitive enough to win any big meets.” The Watchung, N.J., native looks to improve his throwing in the weeks leading up to the championship meets in May. “Hopefully in the next two weeks, I will throw far ther and instill some confidence in myself,” Pennino said. “If not, it is going to be even more ner ve-racking on the bus ride to Big East.”



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Zhang prepares for Senior Day match vs. Huskies BY MATT CANVISSER CORRESPONDENT

Nature toyed with the Rutgers tennis team all season. Winter storms and low temperatures pushed the Scarlet Knights’ first five TENNIS home matches off campus, and CONNECTICUT AT today’s season RUTGERS finale against TODAY, NOON Connecticut will suf fer the same fate with rain in the forecast. “It would be amazing if we could actually play a match on campus, especially since it will be my last match,” said senior captain Amy Zhang. “But it looks like it’s going to rain, and we’ll have to move indoors.” The Knights (14-5, 6-3) hoped to play the match at the RU Tennis Complex, but it will start at noon at the indoor facilities at the Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J. The match was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but was postponed due to rain in an attempt to keep Zhang’s final regular season match on campus, where she amassed a 28-0 home record. “I think it will be a bittersweet moment for me. I am very proud and happy thinking back to the last four years, but I will miss it a lot,” Zhang said. “I will definitely miss the competition and the team aspect the most.” The match will certainly be emotional for all of the Knights, but they need to remain focused in their final attempt to improve their position in the Big East standings. They are currently in the middle of a muddled pack. “Notre Dame and South Florida have national rankings and will almost certainly be the top-two seeds. We are in the next group of about six teams, and we don’t know where we’ll be seeded,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “This year, more than any other year, there has been true parity in the Big East.” The Knights found themselves in this position after dropping their first two Big East contests, but later rebounded with a five-match winning streak. A surprised loss last weekend at Georgetown snapped the streak, but Rutgers followed up the defeat with an impressive shutout against Villanova. “Georgetown had a better team than they’ve ever had and we came up short,” said



Senior Amy Zhang will play in the final home meet of her Rutgers career today, when the Knights host Connecticut. The match was originally set to take place at the RU Tennis Complex, where Zhang is 28-0, but was moved due to inclement weather.

Rutgers returns disappointed in series finale loss

Junior readies for grad school in final season





There was a time not too long ago when two out of three wins against a Big East foe meant celebration SOFTBALL for the Rutgers softRUTGERS 11 ball team. Not anymore. PROVIDENCE 14 “I guess when you take two out of three, you have to say you’re happy, but we aren’t feeling like that right now,” head coach Jay Nelson said after losing Sunday to Providence. “It’s a really quiet bus right now. I like that’s it’s quiet. We should be feeling down because you’re supposed to win when you score 11 runs. We had them on the ropes.” The Scarlet Knights (18-22, 6-6) dominated the Friars (18-25, 4-10) in Saturday’s road double-header, but squandered their chance for a ninth consecutive win. Despite holding a four-run lead in the fourth inning, the

Junior Andrew D’Agostino was a solid defensive presence for the Rutgers men’s MEN’S LACROSSE lacrosse team since the moment he stepped on to the field during his redshirt freshman season. But his accomplishments are not limited to the field, and although he still has a year of eligibility left, D’Agostino plans to go on to graduate school after this season. And the 6-foot-2 defenseman plans to make his last year one to remember. “I’m going to be moving on to graduate school after this year, so I pretty much have to treat every game like it’s my last at this point,” D’Agostino said. “That’s all I’ve been focused on.” And for his last year of collegiate athletics, the Syracuse, N.Y., native certainly put in a career performance. D’Agostino leads the team in both caused turnovers



Junior Nicole Sisco, above, and the rest of the Scarlet Knights’ pitching staff struggled against Providence on Sunday, when they allowed eight runs in the final three innings.


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