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The Rutgers softball team welcomes Big East stalwart DePaul to Piscataway this weekend, when the Knights honor their three seniors in the final home series.
Monk offers students spiritual guidance BY ARIEL NAGI CORRESPONDENT
A Hardenberg Hall classroom filled nearly to capacity last night as the Rutgers University Bhakti Club held its last meeting of the semester, bringing in Radhanath Swami, a renowned monk who travels across the word discussing spirituality and Bhakti yoga traditions. Giving advice on how to deal with stress, Swami said the key to happiness is gaining a powerful spiritual foundation so when it hits, there is internal strength to combat any circumstances that lead to it. “It’s our natural duty to try to do the best we possibly can and to be as progressive and successful as possible,” he said. “But we should build our life on a solid foundation — a foundation that when things change dramatically, we will have stability.”
Swami said a common mistake people make is they forget about the most important thing a human being needs — to love and to be loved. Instead, so many people focus on themselves and on feeling powerful rather than helping others. “The desire for power is just an internal emotional weakness,” he said. “Real strength is the desire to serve.” He questioned the notion that the world is happier today than it was years ago due to the rapid advances in technology and medicine, arguing that the world has become too focused on consumerism. While he said these advances hold a lot of value, they could still be a distraction to people and cause them to lose touch with building a foundation that keeps them strong.
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New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie names Matt Cortland, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, a New Jersey Hero yesterday for the launching of an autism mentorship program with his Theta Delta Chi brothers.
Governor’s wife honors BUD work BY JOHN MALCHOW CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Renowned traveling monk Radhanath Swami spends an evening with students in Hardenbergh Hall on the College Avenue campus.
New Jersey First Lady Mar y Pat Christie visited the University yesterday to recognize student efforts toward building greater awareness of autism. Matt Cortland, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, was named a New Jersey Hero for launching BrosUniteD (BUD), a program in which the members of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity mentor teenage boys with autism. “I really am thrilled to be here to honor Matt,” Christie said. “Theta Delta Chi is doing some amazing things.” The event, held at the Rutgers Zone on Livingston campus, was
J&J employees wear casual attire for Japan BY TABISH TALIB CORRESPONDENT
Employees at two Piscataway locations of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Health Care Systems Inc. added a charitable twist to casual workdays. Workers raised $3,382.36 last weekend for the Greater Somerset County Chapter of the American Red Cross for Japan relief effort by each donating $5 to wear casual clothing to work, said Angela Culver, director of communications at J&J Health Care Systems. “We combined the ability of employees to wear jeans along with a small donation,” she said. “But people gave much, much more.” Culver said the number of people participating in the fundraising efforts could not be determined due to the large number of employees at the 425 Hoes Lane and 800 Centennial Ave. offices. “We raised the money during lunch hours of April 16, 17 and 18, and people just came in droves,” she said.
Employees chose to donate to the Greater Somerset County Chapter of the American Red Cross, because some employees had previously volunteered with the organization, Culver said. The focus to raise funds for Japan was in light of the massive earthquake and tsunami in early March, devastating the eastern coast of the countr y, she said. “We donated to the Red Cross as a way to contribute to the relief efforts in Japan,” Culver said. “We wanted to help the people there cope with the devastation.” Several employees at J&J Health Care Systems contacted the organization to discuss how to send the collected donations to Japan, said Jessica Alfrey, community development relations manager for the Greater Somerset County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We mostly serve county residents with blood drives and training, but
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par t of Christie’s promotion of Autism Awareness Month. “I’m traveling around the state [this month], and I’m trying to highlight some of the great things that we’re doing in the community,” she said. Christie said the motivation to educate the public on autism has grown in recent years, particularly in the Garden State. “New Jersey has a 1 in 94 rate of children with autism,” she said. “We must be aggressive and at the forefront of the entire country.” The first lady credited BUD’s success to Cortland and Alex Lewis, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, who next semester will take over the program. Theta Delta Chi members spend their Saturdays with par ticipating
autistic teenage boys, taking them on spring recreational trips, Courtland said. “The program has really taken off in the past two years,” he said. “The brothers have taken an active part in it. We had a committee of 19 brothers planning.” The newly named “hero” said the honor would help put some negative labels about greek life to rest. “There are some stereotypes about fraternities, and we want to show that good can be done, too,” Cortland said. Lewis hopes to expand BUD in the future to the fraternity’s other chapters. “We’d really like to see similar programs at [other] universities
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INDEX UNIVERSITY The Debate Union prepares for a national tournament at West Point this weekend.
OPINIONS Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker make it to Time’s most influential people list.
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Students enjoy authentic Taiwanese food, games and performances in front of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus yesterday for the eighth annual “TASA Nightmarket.”
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APRIL 22, 2011
RUTGERS DAY TO FEATURE GOOD EATS From international cuisine to hot dogs and hamburgers, Rutgers Day attendees will be able to sample food from all around the world on April 30 throughout all campuses. On Busch campus, students will be grilling chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers at the Engineering Barbecue. Attendees who want barbecue but will be on Cook/Douglass campus for the day can feast at the Food Science Barbecue or the Animal Science Barbecue, or chow on hot dogs prepared by C.O.S.I.N.E, according to the Rutgers Day blog. The Cook/Douglass campus is also hosting the New Jersey Folk Festival that will house foods from numerous ethnicities including Lebanese, Japanese, Iberian and South American. People interested in locally grown food can participate in the third annual “First of the Season N.J. Asparagus Sale” hosted by Slow Food and learn about the local food scene at Cook/Douglass campus, according to the blog. Greek pastry fans can stop by the Hellenic Cultural Club and enjoy traditional pastries and desserts along with Greek art and music at the College Avenue campus. — Tabish Talib
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Debate Union prepares for national competition BY GREGORY FOREST CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) is getting ready this weekend for its final debate tournament of the year at the National Debate Tournament at West Point Academy, where it is sending four teams to compete. RUDU prepared with practices and drills for the tournament on April 23 and 24 and will face teams from colleges across the countr y, said Storey Clayton, the team’s debate coach. “We’re going over the cases we run and the cases other teams might r un,” he said. “Normally, the kids just debate [with] each other, but I’m going to be getting involved in some of the practice rounds so that they have the best possible competition to prepare them.” The team met every day this week leading up to nationals instead of their normal two times a week, Clayton said. “We have been meeting for about four hours a day, and I’m meeting separately with each team,” he said. “I am meeting individually with each of them to make sure they are prepared
on their cases, and then we’re als, Bergman said. RUDU is tied meeting as a group at night to with the College of William and go over [specific] cases.” Mar y for third place, with Yale Chris Bergman, tournament University in second and director for RUDU, said know- Har vard College in first. ing what the competition is like “No other school besides ahead of time will play Har vard, Yale, and William and to his team’s advantage Mar y can send as many teams at nationals. that we can, and that reflects “We need to our success prepare for throughout the other teams that year,” he said. “We’re helping we know are “We’ve been one each other prepare, of the most domigoing to nationals,” said teams on the we practice against nant Bergman, a [debate] circuit School of right now.” each other and Engineering club ranks we tell each other fifthTheand sophomore. “We boasts know how they the seventh best our cases.” r un, and we team in the BHARGAVI SRIRAM know what they nation, said Rutgers University Debate have and how Bergman, who Union Member we would attributes RUDU’s respond to success to their cases.” their coach. But Bergman said having “Clayton deser ves a huge the cases prepared is just as support for ever ything he has impor tant for success at done for this team,” he said. the competition. “Just last year, we had a grand “We also need to prepare our total of eight points for the own cases, so we need to make school for the course of the sure they’re strong enough to entire year. “This year, we have beat any team that we [face],” 219 points. That one-year differhe said. ence is because of him.” RUDU is ranked third in the Bhargavi Sriram, a RUDU nation because of the number of member, thinks the closeness teams that qualified for nation- between the members of
School plans convocation changes
the union is helpful on the debate circuit. “Our team is ver y bonded compared to [other teams] on the [debate] circuit,” said Sriram, a Rutgers Business School sophomore. “We’re helping each other prepare, we practice against each other and we tell each other our cases. We find any flaw that we can find with each other’s cases.” Clayton said the team is preparing ahead of time to maintain confidence at the competition. “We’re going to tr y to stay pretty loose,” he said. “There’s a lot of downtime between rounds and the national tournament. A lot of the time, teams get anxious and take a lot of time wasting their energy, so we’re going to tr y to stay loose and have fun.” Bergman said he values the debate skills he developed from RUDU because they have practical applications. “Debate is a wor thwhile activity because we all end up learning how to think on our feet, how to present in a persuasive manner and how to be comfortable speaking in front of crowds or in public,” he said. “Prepping for nationals shows our dedication to our team.”
Engineering graduation features student speaker, different location BY SONJA TYSIAK STAFF WRITER
Graduating School of Engineering seniors will be no longer celebrate their graduation ceremony in the gymnasium in the Livingston Recreation Center. Rather, it will be held in the convocation tent on Busch campus. The ceremony was relocated this year to Field D, adjacent to the Busch Tennis Bubble, to better accommodate students attending University commencement, said L ydia Prendergast, dean of the School of Engineering. Because of the Universitywide commencement’s move to the Rutgers Stadium on Busch campus, Prendergast said holding the school’s graduation ceremony on the field seemed more practical. The School of Engineering convocation will not have an outside guest speaker, but rather a student speaker who will conduct a short speech, she said. “Since the School of Engineering ceremony is right after University commencement ... it doesn’t make sense to have another outside speaker,” said David Park, president of the Engineering Governing Council. But the student speaker’s identity is still unreleased, said Park, a School of Engineering junior “The School of Engineering convocation will include words from Dean [Thomas] Farris, a student speaker, the reading of graduates’ names and other traditional elements of a
convocation ceremony,” Prendergast said. In line with traditions, the ceremony will feature a presentation of Outstanding Scholars, or students with a 4.0 gradepoint average, opening remarks by the School of Engineering dean and department chairpersons will read the graduates’ names, Prendergast said. “There will be 530 graduates graduating that day, and they will be called individually by the engineering depar tment such as the biomedical engi-
“I am really going to miss the fun times at Rutgers, my experience was really positive here ...” CASEY MOURE School of Engineering Senior
neering depar tment or the mechanical and aerospace engineering depar tment,” Park said. Engineering school students will wear the traditional black hood garment with red lining to associate University colors, as well as an orange trim — the School of Engineering school color, Prendergast said. “Several years ago, the School of Engineering used red and yellow like for the School of Arts and Sciences. Red is for Rutgers, yellow is for sciences. We changed ours to
reflect engineering,” Prendergast said. After the ceremony, engineering departments will have separate receptions, she said. “During the reception, the depar tment may also honor certain students for academic achievement, research initiatives or other commendable achievement,” she said. Kendra Cameron, assistant to the dean of engineering, said the School of Engineering graduation ceremony demonstrates the close-knit community of the school and usually has a large turnout. “A lot of coordinating within the dean’s office and the Office of Academic Affairs goes into graduation. ... We like to say that we are like a well-oiled machine,” she said. Even without an outside guest speaker, Casey Moure, a School of Engineering senior, said the School of Engineering’s graduation would be a special event considering the amount of work students put into getting their degrees. “It is a bittersweet feeling [graduating],” Moure said. “I am really going to miss the fun times at Rutgers, my experience was really positive here, but I am ready to go out into the world and utilize my degree and do something productive.” The School of Engineering ceremony will follow University-wide commencement on May 15th beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m., in the convocation tent in Field D, across from the stadium.
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John Pavlik, chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, speaks Wednesday in the Livingston Student Center about the ethical challenges journalists face in the era of digital technology. The School of Communication and Information sponsored the event.
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GALLERY OF JOURNEYS
There will be Shabbat Services 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 ser vice will take place in the third floor of Rutgers Hillel. The Koach/Conser vative ser vice will take place in New Brunswick Theological Seminar y 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. Student 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Alfa Art Gallery will present “The Double-Edged Search for the Truth & the Ideal,” the first of two spring exhibitions of the New Brunswick Ar t Salon 2011. An opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and the exhibition will run until May 12. Alfa Art Galler y is located on 108 Church St. in New Brunswick. The Rutgers Per forming Dance Company (RPDC) will have its Spring 2011 Showcase beginning at 8 p.m., in the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. RPDC will perform a variety of different styles of dance including tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporar y, modern and ballet. The showcase costs $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, contact Cher yl Henr y at email@example.com or call (201) 452 - 7484. The New Jersey Public Interest Research Group’s (NJPIRG) Energy Ser vice Corps — a joint project of NJPIRG and AmeriCorps — and student volunteers will be celebrating Earth Day by going out to educate the community of Highland Park on how homeowners, can be more energy efficient. They will be going door to door to educate people of the ways that they might be wasting energy as well as give advice to help the homeowner run a more energy efficient household, which will save them money on their energy bills. Their goal is to educate a total of 450 people within three hours. Interested participants can speak to NJPIRG members about the project at 4:30 p.m., in the Rutgers Student Center fourth floor lounge. To have your event featured on www.dailytargum.com, send University calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rutgers Alternative Breaks presents “Stories of Solidarity,” a showcase of the past year’s trips yesterday in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. The organization featured slideshows of their involvement in states like Tennessee and Virginia.
JAPAN: Red Cross raises millions toward tsunami relief continued from front whenever there is a national or international crisis, we always provide an opportunity to send funds,” she said. Alfrey said there is a good system in place for people to send money to Japan through their local American Red Cross chapter. “Any money we raise from local chapters of the Red Cross goes directly to the national chapter, which then sends money to the Japanese Red Cross,” she said.
MONK: Swami calls love most fundamental human need continued from front “We have seen when people don’t have this spiritual foundation how much havoc it can cause in the world,” Swami said in regard to rises in suicide, crime and drug abuse around the world. He said technology is turning humans into consumers, as corporations constantly come up with new ways to convince people that artificial things like beauty products, cars and computers are necessities for happiness. Swami called it a world full of “unnecessary necessities.” “All these things distract us from what we really need and what we really want,” he said. “If we have fulfillment within, we
The American Red Cross has raised more than $103 million as of April 18 for Japanese relief efforts, Alfrey said. “Most of that money comes from individuals, as we’re not a government agency,” she said. Relief efforts in Japan are still ver y active, Alfrey said. The American Red Cross is currently helping victims of the disasters rebuild their lives, including those within the 18 miles near the Fukushima nuclear power plant. “The Japanese Red Cross is providing cash grants to those victims who would have to relocate from there,” she said. The Japanese Red Cross has received $800 million in aid
thus far and is using some of that money with the government to give grants from $2,100 to $4,200 to each relocating family, according to an American Red Cross memo. “Japanese Red Cross has moved from relief health care to early recover y programs and social services,” Alfrey said. Japanese citizens affected by the disaster have begun to receive thousands of individual care items for the 128,000 people still in evacuation centers, according to the memo. “They’re getting blankets, clothes, radios, flashlights, sleeping mats and a few other things as comfor t items,” Alfrey said.
don’t need things from this world, rather our condition is to give things to this world.” Swami reminded students that while pursuing their studies, success is always something to be proud of, but it should never replace the basic spiritual necessities of human beings. “The most fundamental need of each human being is to love and to be loved,” he said. “Accomplishments are great but not as the substitute to the real need for the heart.” Swami was born and raised in Chicago. He left his home when he was 19 years old and traveled to Europe in search of spiritual knowledge. After traveling for months, he reached the destination he had been anticipating for a long time — India. Since then, he has done charity work in several countries and continues to travel the
world providing knowledge on Bhakti traditions and general wisdom on how to live a spiritually fulfilling life. Bhakti Club President Aksh Sharma said Swami’s wisdom inspired him. He often turns to him for answers to tough questions and situations. “A lot of times I’ll be in a situation and I’d [wonder] ‘What am I going to do?’ Then I think, what would Radhanath do?” said Sharma, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy senior. Bhakti Club Vice President Gopika Kapadia said Swami’s experiences traveling the world and practicing Bhakti Yoga makes him the right person to talk to students about spirituality. “He’s honestly lived life — he has a real life story to tell,” said Kapadia, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
Born and raised in Chicago, Radhanath Swami spends his time traveling the world to teach people about Bhakti traditions and how to live a spiritually fulfilling life.
WIFE: Program mentors 13 autistic children this year continued from front through dif ferent chapters throughout the countr y,” he said. “Now that we’re established here, and we’ve got a good model of what the program should look like, we’ll be able to show our brothers across the countr y how to do it.” Christie introduced the New Jersey Heroes initiative last year to honor deser ving N.J. residents. “New Jersey Heroes is something I started to highlight different New Jerseyans who are doing great things ever y day,” she said. “I wanted to be able to shine a light on what people should be proud of in New Jersey. Cer tainly Matt and Alex exemplify that.” Christie encouraged others to offer their input for who should be named a New Jersey Hero, which they can do on her website, www.nj.gov/firstlady. “Programs like BrosUniteD are a great way to show how we can make [New Jersey] a better place,” she said. “We want our children to be the best they can be and to have the most fulfilling life they can have.” BUD is in its second year, but the founders said they are pleased with their success so far. “It’s phenomenal that it has taken off with the speed it has and the support that it has,” Lewis said. “We want this to be the beginning of what’s going to be a long-running tradition for our fraternity and for Rutgers.” Lewis said the scope of the program is relatively small but growing. “This year, we had 13 ‘little bros,’ which is the term we use for the children with autism. We had 39 ‘big bros,’” he said. “I believe [that] is almost double what we had last year.” Phillip Edwards, one of the “little bros,” appreciates being a part of the program “I would like to thank all the brothers,” Edwards said. “It’s been great. I hope we can do it again next year.”
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APRIL 22, 2011
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Mural depicts different aspects of New Brunswick life BY ANDREW SMITH STAFF WRITER
A Wells Fargo branch on Albany Street adorned its walls with a mural depicting historical moments and scenes of New Brunswick’s development. Managers decided to hang the mural up after the merger between the closed Albany Street Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo in Februar y was complete, said Eduard Quezada, assistant manager of the Albany Street branch. The merger made several changes, including the commissioning and placement of the mural, he said. “Previously, with the Wachovia branch, we didn’t have the signage,” Quezada said. The mural depicts scenes that date back to the 1860s from around the University and New Brunswick, he said. It was developed with the help of several local historians and intends to demonstrate Wells Fargo’s commitment to community. “Every single branch has a different picture that represents that particular community. This one represents the first Johnson & Johnson (J&J) building, Rutgers buildings,” Quezada said. A large reason why bank managers decided to put the mural up was for New
Brunswick residents to see the bank has some histor y with the community, he said. In developing the mural, Wells Fargo reached out to Robert Belvin, director of the New Brunswick Free Public Library, and asked if there were any historical photographs on file they would be able to use to create their collage. “They contacted me, they contacted Rutgers Special Collections, and asked, ‘Do you have any pictures?’” he said. “So, I sent them probably 30 pictures that we had previously scanned, and they ranged from pictures taken from the top of the Reform Church to the West Point Candidates picture.” Some pictures Belvin sent the bank were century-old photos. “Obviously it’s a community mural, but it’s also a symbol of their bank,” he said. “So, they’re looking for not precisely a historical record, but they’re looking to do something that’s symbolic of their connection to the community.” Belvin said it was difficult for him to find pictures that represented the full spectrum of New Brunswick’s multi-ethnic populous given the largely European population during the city’s early histor y, but he managed to find diverse enough images.
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The mural in the Wells Fargo on Albany Street depicts historical moments and scenes of New Brunswick. Managers aimed to show customers the bank’s connection to the city through the mural.
He found a por trait of Japanese exchange student Mitsuye Oi from the 1860s, an image of African-American West Point cadet Philip Johnson from 1946 and a skyline view of New Brunswick by local photographer Isaac Van Der veer, who showed the town peppered with redbrick factories. In response to the bank’s J&J photos, Belvin said the pharmaceutical company had been a major factor in bringing forth ethnic diversity to New Brunswick because of the large number of Hungarian immigrants the company hired.
The portraits of the Japanese students were important to Belvin because they showed the close relationship between the University and religion, as many of those students were missionaries from Japan. Steve Rocha, president of the Rutgers University Historical Society, was pleased with the inclusion of the mural and said that Wells Fargo was utilizing history in a positive manner. “I think this combines the University’s past and the city’s past in a distinct way,” he said. “As president of the Historical Society this year, my biggest
goal is to actively integrate participation with histor y, so I think that’s the only way to apply histor y.” As an advocate for histor y, Belvin was happy with the mural overall and said it gave an interesting perspective of the development of New Brunswick. “Because we have Rutgers, because we have J&J and because we were a county seat, this city has done much better [than others], and I think that mural was supposed to reflect that,” he said. “I think Wells Fargo did a good job.”
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Residents discuss clean water alternatives at City Hall BY CHASE BRUSH
A total of 25 fill stations are to be installed around campus within the next month, A representative from the said Struble, a School of Arts “Take Back the Tap” campaign and Sciences senior. proposed the idea of imple“We want to expand beyond menting eco-friendly water fill Rutgers and into the city so stations in New Brunswick on that what has worked so well Wednesday to the City Council. for Rutgers will work in the Kaitlin D’Agostino, a cam- municipality,” D’Agostino said. paign coordinator on campus, Both Struble and D’Agostino advocated on behalf of Food said the program would pay for and Water Watch, an organiza- itself, saving both the city and tion that works to ensure the residents money. food, water and fish that are Council members were not consumed are safe, accessible opposed to the idea, and and sustainable. Council President Rober t “There are three basic Recine said it is something that resources that our body should be looked into with needs, and one greater detail. of them is water,” The Council “There are three said D’Agostino, also discussed a School of to improve basic resources that plans Arts and Sciences the city’s solidsophomore. waste collection our body needs, Instead of conand disposal and one of them ventional water along newly rensources and botovated streets in is water.” tled water, individdowntown New KAITLIN D’AGOSTINO uals can fill their Brunswick, City Campaign Coordinator reusable water A t t o r n e y bottles with cold, W i l l i a m filtered water at Hamilton said. the fill stations, she said. After investing $3 million D’Agostino said these meth- in the reconstr uction of ods have already been fairly suc- George Street in one of the cessful on campus or in public city’s major business districts, schools and municipal buildings City Administrator Thomas throughout the city. Loughlin hopes to keep the Fill stations were installed sidewalks free of trash and prearound campus earlier this ser ve the improvements of month, and the first 12 hours these areas. recorded more than 800 fills per Garbage trucks will be retrounit, said Eric Struble, campus fitted to mechanically pick trash coordinator for the New Jersey units up and empty them approWater Watch Campaign. The priately, he said. number has now increased to “We want to tr y and keep 5,000 fills per unit. these streets that we put so much STAFF WRITER
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At a City Council meeting Wednesday on Bayard Street, Kaitlin D’Agostino, a campaign coordinator for the “Take Back the Tap” campaign, encouraged City Council members to add ecofriendly water fill stations around the city in order to replace conventional water bottles. into clean for the public,” Loughlin said. Additionally, the fate of some New Brunswick taverns and drinking establishments were brought into question under a number of noise violation ordinances. Any establishment ser ving alcohol must possess a license,
which is subject to revocation, Loughlin said. “If you are notoriously a problem site — meaning you’ve caused noise complaints or have been caught serving underage kids — you can get that license taken or have conditions placed on it,” he said. Some of these conditions require many places to hire off-
duty police officers to act as security guards inside the establishments, Loughlin said. Hamilton said upcoming council meetings will revisit the conditions applied to these establishments, and disputes will be worked out between owners and council members.
Skateboarding store expands to Menlo Park Mall BY MORGAN MURRELL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Extreme-spor ts enthusiasts could go “of f the wall” this season with the opening of a spor ts-apparel manufacturing retail store in Menlo Park Mall in Edison. The store, Vans, will introduce a summer line of clothing and accessories. The store is known for being the original spor ts, ar t, music and street brand since 1966 and will star t of fering dif ferent shoes, clothing and accessories for several extreme-spor ts markets and casual wear. Vans officials intend for the store to remain loyal to extreme sports despite where it is located, said Chris Overholser, Vans spokesperson. “Remaining true to where we star ted is what sets us apar t from other brands. We don’t
chase trends. … We realize who we are,” he said. “We have evolved, but we’re not going to chase what the new thing is. We’re always going to be an extreme-action Souther n California-based brand.” Although the store opened in late March, executives are making additions to the store this month, introducing more clothing and shoe accessories for the music and skateboarding lovers, Overholser said. The Menlo Park Mall’s Vans store offers apparel for youth and adults, featuring some of their most popular collections like Authentics, Era’s, Sk8-His and OTWs, he said. Founder Paul Van Doren opened the first store in Anaheim, Calif., — then known as the Van Doren Rubber Company — where he wanted to be the manufacturer and the seller, so he could sell his
shoes directly to the public, Overholser said. After the VF Corporation bought the company in 2004, Vans expanded its market into apparel and accessories, he
“They will begin to receive a different type of clientele ... It will bring in more diverse shoppers ...” CHRIS OVERHOLSER Vans Spokesperson
said. Following this change, Vans evolved from being a $200 million company into about a $1 billion company. Tyquan Glaster of Jersey City, who recently purchased a pair of Authentics from the Vans
in Menlo Park, said he was excited to hear another store opened up in Newport Plaza in Jersey City. “I think it’s great. More variety and items to choose from,” Glaster said. While some might argue the brand is becoming more commercial and in a sense, more popular in other cultures, Overholser said the company maintains a balance of truth by remaining loyal to their core customers — skateboarders. “The brand has become more than just a skateboard company, it has star ted to target other subcultures and become a par t of a lifestyle,” said Justin Taylor, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior. “I don’t think it has gone commercial, just increased its fan base.” Marlon Davis, a School of Environmental and Biological
Sciences first-year student, is a dedicated Vans fan who believes the store will see further success and gain more popularity with different cultures. “Vans is dif ferent from other labels because they are literally wor n by ever yone. Whether you are black, white, Asian — you’re bound to see someone you know wearing Vans,” he said. “Now you will see dif ferent subgroups wearing them — not just skateboarders.” Vans began using environmentally friendly and biodegradable materials to create their products to market to their ecofriendly surfer customers, Overholser said. “They will begin to receive a different type of clientele — the skater subculture. It will bring in more diverse shoppers and wordof-mouth will drive in even more customers,” he said.
COURT INDICTS NEW BRUNSWICK OFFICER ON FRADULENT VOTING CHARGES The Middlesex Superior Cour t yesterday indicted Lt. Rober t Tierney on third-degree charges of fraudulent voting and theft by deception. Tierney ser ved the New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) for more than 16 years, according to an nj.com article. Following his offenses, Tierney will be suspended from the force without pay.
NBPD originally suspended the officer with pay in September when word of the charges first came to light. The ex-officer is charged with voting in four general elections from 2004 to 2009 despite not living in the cities where he voted, said Bruce Kaplan, Middlesex County prosecutor in the article. Tierney, 39, resides in East Brunswick but previously lived in Milltown when he voted in a
New Brunswick election. Among the officer’s other charges were requesting for spousal beneficiary insurance from 2009 despite divorcing his wife a year before that. Since that time, Tierney’s insurance company, Aetna Insurance, paid the officer $850 in claims to his ex-wife, according to the article. — Ankita Panda
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Justice Department to search for fraud in oil markets Attorney General suggests possible legal reasons behind increase in gasoline prices to $4 a gallon, about $1 more than a year ago THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RENO, Nev. — President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Justice Depar tment will tr y to “root out” cases of fraud or manipulation in oil markets, even as Attorney General Eric Holder suggested a variety of legal reasons may be behind gasoline’s surge to $4 a gallon. “We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain,” Obama said at a town-hall style meeting at a renewable energy plant in Reno. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.84 on Thursday, about 30 cents higher than a month ago and almost a dollar higher than a year ago. Obama, decrying such levels as yet another hardship “at a time when things were already pretty tough,” said Holder was forming the Financial Fraud Enforcement Working Group. The task force will focus some of its investigation on “the role of traders and speculators” in the oil-price surge Obama said. The group will include several Cabinet department officials, federal regulators and the
National Association of Attorneys General. In Washington, Holder said he would press ahead with the investigation, even though he did not cite any current evidence of intentional manipulation of oil and gas prices or fraud. “Based upon our work and research to date, it is evident that there are regional differences in gasoline prices, as well as differences in the statutor y and other legal tools at the government’s disposal,” Holder said in a memo accompanying a statement announcing the task force. “It is also clear that there are lawful reasons for increases in gas prices, given supply and demand.” “Nonetheless, where consumers are harmed by unlawful conduct that has the effect of increasing gas prices, state and federal authorities will take swift action,” Holder said. He promised to “be vigilant in monitoring the oil and gas markets for any wrongdoing so that consumers can be confident they are not paying higher prices as a result of illegal activity.” There’s not much Obama can do to af fect the price of gasoline in shor t term, something he acknowledged in his
remarks. Gas prices have risen steadily as a result of tensions in the Middle East and nor thern Africa and rising demand from China and other emerging economies. Given that no evidence has yet surfaced of actual fraud or price
“We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain.” BARACK OBAMA President
manipulation in oil markets, Obama’s remarks appeared, at least in part, as more of an attempt to assuage public anger over rising gas prices. Other presidents also launched similar inquiries at times of rising oil prices and widespread public suspicions of market manipulation by the oil industry or by speculators. In an Associated Press-Gfk poll last month, 51 percent of adults said they thought recent increases in gas prices were
due to “oil companies that want to boost profits” rather than changes in the global oil market. Nine percent said higher prices stemmed from a combination of both, 37 percent from changes in the market. Obama renewed his proposal to end roughly $4 billion annually in various government subsidies to oil and gas companies “at a time when they’re making record profits and you’re paying near record prices at the pump. It has to stop.” Asked by a member of the audience about prospects for advancements in clean energy, Obama predicted that, with time, prices of now-expensive devices such as electric cars would come down. “Having a flat-screen TV used to be a big deal,” Obama said. But he said now such TVs are commonplace because prices have dropped so much. While acknowledging he doesn’t spend much time these days behind the wheel, Obama said, “I’ve been in one of these Chevy Volts. This is a nice car. It drives well.” He said when such vehicles become more affordable, “those of you out there driving that 8mile-a-gallon SUV” should consider a purchase. Other wise, by
buying gasoline that likely came from imported oil, Americans “are putting money in the pockets of people who do not like us at all,” he said. Earlier, he told suppor ters in San Francisco that he is pressing ahead with his agenda in a dif ficult political environment and that “change turned out to be a lot tougher than expected.” Obama addressed about 200 people who paid up to $35,800 apiece for the fundraiser at San Francisco’s St. Regis Hotel, the first of four fundraisers of the day. The other three were scheduled in Los Angeles. Obama was interrupted by a small group among the paying guests who protested the detention of Bradley Manning, an Army private accused of leaking secret documents to the WikiLeaks website. “We paid our dues, where’s our change?” the protesters sang to the president. “We’ll vote for you in 2012, yes that’s tr ue. Look at the Republicans — what else can we do?” Obama paused while security removed some of the protesters, then joked, “That’s a nice song. You guys have much better voices than I do.”
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Week in review: laurels and darts
e usually find ourselves impressed with Google, both in terms of the company’s products and how it carries itself. This time, however, things are different. In Spain, 90 citizens have filed complaints against Google with Spain’s Data Protection Agency in an attempt to have the search engine erase less-than-flattering search results about them from all future searches. Google is staunchly refusing, arguing that altering search results would harm the integrity of their search engine. It would be one thing if these were public figures, whose lives are and should be largely matters of public knowledge. But many of the people filing complaints are just normal, everyday citizens. They should have the “right to be forgotten,” as many people have taken to calling it. Google, recognize that personal information that has no impact on the public need not be retained. We give Google a dart for failing to make this distinction. *
Time magazine released its yearly list of the 100 most influential people in the world yesterday, and citizens of New Jersey can take pride in knowing that not one but two of our state’s politicians made the list: Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Regardless of how you may feel about either one of these political heavy-hitters, if you’re from New Jersey, you can’t help but be proud that they’ve been given a chance to represent our state on the global stage. Also, you have to consider that Christie’s a Republican and Booker’s a Democrat, which means that N.J. is producing powerful players on both sides of the political spectrum. We give Booker and Christie laurels for making it onto the list and for giving us a reason to be proud of our state. *
Google isn’t the only big name in online media that made questionable moves this week — Facebook too is guilty of taking a strange stance on its users’ rights. The social networking site is in talks with partners in China to bring the site over there. This would require the site to abide by Chinese law, which may mean that they would have to block certain content from Chinese users. Unfortunately, Facebook does not seem to be putting up much of a fight on this matter, as evidenced by the fact that, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Facebook lobbyist Adam Conner brought up the notion that Facebook may perhaps be allowing “too much” freedom of speech in certain areas. We’re a little disappointed in Facebook for this. One of the strengths of the site is that it does allow users access to their own personal soapboxes on the Web. They shouldn’t let that go so easily. We dart Facebook for acquiescing so easily. *
New Jersey law forbids voter registration on Election Day, and that is a huge hassle for many college students in the state. It can be difficult for people — especially first-year students — bogged down by classes and near-constant moving to register the requisite minimum of 21 days before Election Day. In order to combat this unfairness, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and the University’s student government, among others, have banded together to file a lawsuit against the current legislation. We applaud their efforts, and we definitely hope to see the lawsuit succeed. We give each of the groups involved a laurel. *
No matter where you are, if you’re waiting for an organ donation, you’re going to be waiting for a very long time. Christian Longo, an inmate on death row in Oregon, has recognized this, and now he’s fighting to do his part to help. The current method of execution in Oregon is the use of a lethal injection that destroys the organs, thereby preventing them from being donated. Longo, who says that his desire to donate his organs stems from his yearning to atone in some small way for his crimes, is pushing for Oregon to switch to a different method, one that would leave the organs usable for others once the inmate passes on. Oregon’s Department of Corrections is completely opposed to the idea on moral grounds, but we think the truly moral thing to do here would be to allow Longo to donate. As he pointed out in a letter to The New York Times, he “could clear nearly 1 percent” of Oregon’s waiting list if he were allowed to donate all of his organs. We give the Oregon Department of Corrections a dart for not allowing an inmate the chance to do some good before he pays the ultimate price for his crimes.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We like to say that we are like a well-oiled machine.” Kendra Cameron, assistant to the dean of engineering, on planning the School of Engineering graduation ceremony STORY IN UNIVERSITY
Say exactly what you mean From My A Experience
you. Say, for example, you certain conversainsult my boyfriend. I tion-opening phrase should have the right to has been growing in defend myself. Perhaps you popularity during our lifeare right, maybe he is a jerk. time. It works like this: Two But by refusing to acknowlpeople are engaged in a diaedge my right to be offendlogue, when one takes it COURTNEY SHAW ed by your statement, you upon himself to introduce a leave me helpless and frusnew topic by saying, “No offense, but ...” I’m sure you’ve heard it before. trated. You have put the conversation entirely under Perhaps someone has said it to you. If you’re like your control. If I get offended, I am breaking the me, you cringe immediately, before the person even rules you set by saying “no offense.” This combination of laziness and lack of responhas the chance to offend you. What exactly is the purpose of saying “no sibility presents a huge problem for the future of lanoffense?” I imagine some people think it cushions guage. It’s visible not just in careless conversations, the blow of the offensive statement they want to the “no offense” and “you-know-what-I-mean’s” that make. As in: “No offense, man, but your haircut is pepper our daily dialogue, but in political discourse hideous,” or “No offense, but I think your new and the media. If a political pundit calls someone he boyfriend is a jerk.” The idea is, if I tell you I don’t disagrees with a “Nazi,” most people are thankfully mean to offend you, you cannot be offended by discerning enough to step back and find that comwhat I say. The speaker may even get angry when parison ridiculous. And yet those types of statethe other person gets offended because he feels he ments are still made constantly. They are a symptom of a great disease of laziness that gave fair warning — “But I told has overtaken the American system you, no offense!” of speech. Calling someone a Nazi “What we need These wrong-headed people are is certainly a great way to grab missing the source of the issue is to take the time attention. But if the comparison is entirely. In a conversation your not valid, it shows that the speaker intention matters far less than the to think about is too careless to come up with a actual words you speak. The whole what we say.” more accurate portrayal of his politpurpose of verbal communication is ical opponent. He is content to to express an idea of yours to anothreduce him to a symbolic evil in er person so that they can understand you. That is what language is for. Words are order to express his dislike for the other’s politics. imbued with a precise meaning so they can be This is dangerous. The word begins to lose its speunderstood in a precise way. So it may be that these cific meaning, because it is being accepted as slang “no offense” conversationalists are just lazy speak- in the political sphere. If words are thrown into coners. They don’t take care in deciding how to express versations with such reckless abandon, the system themselves, and they know it. So instead they tack of verbal communication will eventually break “no offense” on to the beginning of their statement down, because nothing concrete can ever be said. Hopefully, this worst-case scenario will never to save themselves the effort of constructing a wellhappen. There is still time to fix the situation. formed phrase. The other problem is that these people do not What we need is to take the time to think about recognize that in effect, yes, they do mean to give what we say, and say what we mean. Don’t be a offense. If they truly did not wish to offend, they lazy speaker. Think about what you intend to say, could simply not say what you were going to say. “If and try to make sure your words match your you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.” It’s intentions. If we try to express ourselves as best a sensible policy. If, however, you intend to say it we can, there is hope that we will be able to anaanyway, be honest about your intentions. “No lyze each other’s words, extract their meaning and offense” is a brazen form of doling out criticism come to a real understanding. without accepting any responsibility. If something Courtney Shaw is a School of Arts and Sciences truly deserves a critique, by all means, it is a good thing to have the courage to be a critic. But critics senior majoring in English and history with a minor should also be held responsible for what they say. in French. Her column, “From My Experience,” runs By refusing to take any blame for the consequences on alternate Fridays. She accepts questions about etiand social conduct at courtof your statement, you deny the other person their quette right to stand up to your criticisms, to disagree with email@example.com
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Find alternatives to canceling Rutgersfest Letter SANTIAGO MELLI-HUBER
acebook was reeling Tuesday when President Richard L. McCormick’s email to the student body effectively canceled Rutgersfest indefinitely. Needless to say, University students are unhappy, and it’s easy to understand why — this was not our fault.
University students celebrate the weekend by partying week after week, whether at a bar or at a house, with little to no noteworthy incidents. Rutgersfests in years past have not seen this level of danger either. Four people were shot this year, countless others got into fights, and some tried to break into sorority houses. The interesting thing is that aside from a possible few unnoticed
fights, University students were not involved. For students, Rutgersfest happens during the day. For outside visitors, it happens at night. They walk the streets looking for parties after many students are already exhausted from a day of partying. You know a person doesn’t belong when they ask you outside of PJ’s Grill and Pizza where Easton Avenue is. Here’s a hint: Look around you.
Canceling Rutgersfest is an overreaction. A more sensible solution is to take steps to ensure non-University students do not attend. If the concerts were held in, say, Rutgers Stadium on Busch campus, people could be required to swipe in. This would ensure that no outside visitors attend and cause damage, congest buses and enjoy a concert our tuition pays for. There is already a Facebook event for “Slutgersfest 2012” with
thousands of members. This goes to show that there will still be a day of excessive partying a year from now. Canceling the concert will do nothing to deter this, but making the concert open only to University students would help deter outsiders from coming. Santiago Melli-Huber is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in journalism and media studies with a minor in theater arts.
President McCormick cares about University Letter REBECCA LEMMEL
ith recent deaths, the stadium expansion, consolidation of the colleges, tuition increases, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and the most recent Rutgersfest incident, the University has had a rough couple of years. Being such a large university, it is not surprising that students may feel University President Richard L. McCormick and his administration are sometimes out
of touch with students’ needs and tend to hide away in the Old Queen’s ivory towers — cue the YouTube video of students storming into the president’s office with megaphones. Although we as students may disagree with the decisions being made, and even be angry when we don’t understand why, we must keep in mind that the administration does truly care about the University’s future. I saw one such example this weekend. After seeing one of the most out-of-control nights I have ever seen, my boyfriend
and I were driving to the mall the Saturday morning around 11 a.m., after Rutgersfest As we were at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Easton Avenue, we saw two men, alone, picking up trash in front of a house. At first I didn’t think anything of it — could have been the landlord of the house or a member of the community that was upset about trash being all over the streets? Then my boyfriend realized that one of those men was McCormick. The president
of the University was on the corner of Hamilton and Easton picking up trash, in the rain, with his bare hands. We turned the car around, stopped and said, “Hi.” He seemed almost star tled we recognized him. People were passing by without even glancing at him. No one had any idea that the man picking up trash was the president of one of the most prestigious research institutions in the countr y. People can interpret his actions however they want.
Never theless, McCormick cleared his Saturday morning schedule — I have no doubt that he works on Saturdays — to survey the damage from Rutgersfest. You may believe that McCormick doesn’t care about the students, but what I saw Saturday morning was the president picking up trash — not for good publicity, but because he cared. Rebecca Lemmel is a Class of 2010 Douglass College alumna.
Students deserve recognition at graduation Letter BRADY YOCOM
hile everyone is distracted by recent controversies surrounding Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s campus visit and the cancellation of Rutgersfest, a far more important issue is going unnoticed by students — the cancellation of the School of Arts and Sciences convocation. While there will still be a ceremony on May 15, School of Arts and Sciences students will not have their names called or be allowed to walk. Douglas Greenberg, executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, notified students of these changes to graduation in an email, explaining that it would take too long to call all the School of Arts and Sciences’
students’ names at one ceremony. He assured students that individual depar tments would have their own ceremonies to recognize graduates by name. This all sounds very reasonable, except the School of Arts and Sciences did not even notify individual departments of the need for these ceremonies until midMarch (only two months before graduation), so many depar tments were unable to reserve a space for such a ceremony. The Department of Psychology, as well as many others, was forced to tack this so-called “ceremony” onto a poster presentation event that was already planned. Not only is it ridiculous to have a convocation ceremony more than a month before graduation, but many students could not attend these early ceremonies due to class or other academic
engagements. Also, out-of-state students can forget about having any family members attend their individual department’s convocation due to the short notice and month-long gap between ceremonies. My parents, proud and excited to see their only child walk at graduation, purchased their plane tickets for the May 15 ceremony just days before the School of Arts and Sciences announced to students there would be no walking or announcing of names. My family is very upset they cannot watch me walk or celebrate my name being called after four years of hard work and thousands of dollars in tuition. I can only imagine how upsetting this news is to parents and grandparents who were looking forward to witnessing their family’s first college graduate walk across the stage
and have their name called. To add insult to injury, graduates are still forced to pay the University Bookstore more than $70 for the cap and gown that is required to participate in the abbreviated ceremony. This lack of planning and communication on the part of the School of Arts and Sciences administrators is inexcusable, especially considering that the School of Arts and Sciences had four years to come up with a viable plan to have convocation for the first School of Arts and Sciences class, which enrolled in 2007. Rather than waiting until the last minute and dumping the responsibility on individual departments that were already over whelmed with their own end-of-semester plans, the School of Ar ts and Sciences should have come up with their
own solution. They act as if there was no other option but to deprive graduates and their families of a moment to which they’ve been looking for ward for years, but many universities with a large graduating class simply divide their convocation into multiple ceremonies throughout the day, based on graduates’ last names. Most students to whom I speak about our cancelled convocation are not even aware of the issue and express surprise and outrage upon finding out. It’s tragic that our last memory of the University will leave us feeling cheated and betrayed by our alma mater. Brady Yocom is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in psychology with minors in sociology and criminology.
Foster unity among disparate student groups Letter WILL EASTMAN
his letter is in response to the letter published April 11 in The Daily Targum, titled “Engage in debate instead of resorting to attacks.” The letter gave recognition to the Rutgers Shalom/Salaam’s event on March 5 called “StandUp for Peace.” As co-president of Rutgers Shalom/Salaam, I wanted to thank the author for mentioning the event and its success. More than 250 people showed up and hundreds of dollars were raised for Dance Marathon.
It was brought to my attention that the letter sounded as if it suggested that Rutgers Hillel and BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice should play more of a role in events like “StandUp for Peace.” I wanted to take a moment to recognize that Rutgers Hillel did in fact participate in the show as co-sponsors, and I would like to thank them and the other co-sponsors: the Rutgers University Muslim Students Association, the Pakistani Student Association (PSA), the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, the Rutgers University Programming Association and the campus deans of the College Avenue, Busch and
Livingston campuses for making “StandUp For Peace” possible. Rutgers Hillel has always supported Rutgers Shalom/Salaam since its inception, and we really appreciate the support. We would also like to thank the University community for making Shalom/Salaam’s first year on campus a great success — Thank you. The author pointed out that our campus needs less argumentation and more unity. This could never be truer, and it is high time we start working on building bridges, not burning them. The PSA and the Association of Indians at Rutgers (AIR) recently
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co-hosted “Salaam Namaste,” which was not only a great success but focused on bringing different campus constituencies closer together. I applaud them for their efforts in promoting unity on campus. It was a fantastic moment for the University and its students — thank you PSA and AIR for making it possible. We welcome the participation of any student organization on campus at all our future events. We would like to extend an invitation to all organizations and ever yone in the University community to partake in the Second Rutgers Shalom/Salaam Family Dinner, Wednesday,
April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall A of the Douglass Campus Center. Free Kosher and Halal food will be provided from Jerusalem Pizza and King Pita, respectively, and Early Grey will perform live. As previously stated, the dinner will be free. A suggested donation to the Children’s Cancer Hospital of Egypt 57357 will be requested. For more information on how to co-sponsor or get involved, contact me at email@example.com. Will Eastman is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and history.
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Senior Mickenzie Alden, left, started every game to date during her final season and last year, led the Knights to their first Big East Tournament appearance. Depending on the outcome of its series with visiting DePaul, Rutgers can put itself in solid position to return to the Tournament for the second straight year.
TRIO: Rutgers seniors leave significant mark on program continued from back “They really are the kids that kind of started to change the attitude of the program,” Nelson said. “Before we got here, they had some tough seasons and they didn’t really have the push, the attitude to win and be champions. They just didn’t have that. This group, and Nicole Lindley last year, helped change that attitude. I’ll miss them.” And that’s how all three want to be remembered — as the class that changed things for the better. Alden, from Central Valley High School in Spokane, Wash., is an emotional leader for the team who made significant improvements since arriving on the Banks. The left fielder has essentially been a starter since her freshman year, but her statistics
and leadership abilities grew every year since. As a senior, she started every game so far and sports a batting average more than .100 points higher than her first season. She helped lead Rutgers to its first Big East appearance last year and put them in place for a second this season if the team finishes strong. “That was one of my goals coming in as a freshman,” said Alden, one of the team’s three captains. “I didn’t go play at a school that was already No. 1 in the country or anything. It was a goal of mine to help change a program around and leave more accomplished as a senior than what was accomplished as a freshman. It was a good feeling.” Craig, from Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Va., was a mainstay in the heart of the order since her sophomore year and a steady fielder at first base. As a sophomore, Craig made second team All Big East with a
.314 batting average and the team’s leading slugger. As a senior, Craig is making a case for a spot on the conference’s first team with her .361 average, 28 RBI and five home runs in 40 starts.
JEN MEINHEIT “I think being Coach Nelson’s first class here, it helped change the program around a bit,” Craig said. “We were all on the same page because our current coach recruited us. Not that the other girls weren’t hard working or good, but it was a different kind of
WEEK: Rival Orange own 11 wins over ranked opponents continued from back
Redshirt freshman attack Scott Klimchak and the Knights aim to defeat the Orange for the first time since the 2004 season.
I think we’re getting the chance to get some real good looks at them. It’s certainly a team we could use a whole week to prepare for.” The Knights (5-6, 0-2) certainly have their hands full when they step onto the field this weekend against Syracuse. The Orange own 11 wins on the season — all over ranked opponents — including a 12-10 upset in March over then-No. 1 Virginia. A number of those wins came on the back of senior goalie John Galloway, who holds the record for most wins in NCAA histor y by a netminder with 54 in 61 starts. “It’s a really good thing we had a whole extra week to prepare for a team like Syracuse. They are a real talented team, especially defensively,” said junior defenseman Andrew D’Agostino. “I think if we show up prepared and stick
attitude. Being on the same page is good for this program.” For Meinheit, from Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, Calif., her senior season took a turn for the worse at the start of conference play. Before even getting a chance to play a home game, she tore her ACL. “That was a tough blow to this group,” Nelson said. “She was a great lead-off hitter, a captain and a really great centerfielder. She doesn’t make errors. She takes hits away. We’ll miss her. We picked up the slack without her, but she’s a great kid.” Before Meinheit’s injury, she started 22 straight games and led the team with seven stolen bases and 19 runs. Meinheit’s best memor y, like ever yone else’s, came last year when the team clinched a playoff spot in a win over Pitt. “It was the greatest moment I’ve had here,” Meinheit said. “I’ve had so many good memories
on that field, but to be there in centerfield and storm in to the dugout after the last out and have Coach Nelson tell us we made it was the best.” Since Meinheit’s injury, her involvement with the team remains crucial, Alden said. “Jen has always been a quiet, lead-by-example person and she has changed that,” she said of her fellow captain. “She stepped into a new role and made it her own in a way. She’s been keeping everybody up. Even now, she hasn’t been to a couple of practices, and you can feel her absence.” After the season ends, Alden will remain a student as she continues through the five-year education program. Craig has no definitive plans yet, but she does not expect trouble as a biotechnology major in the shadows of Johnson & Johnson. Meinheit plans to remain in New Jersey and pursue a career in law-enforcement.
to our gameplan we can definitely beat them.” A large part of the gameplan centers around the Knights’ offense. Although it saw moments of brilliance, it struggled throughout the season to perform for all four quarters. Consistency is key to gaining the first Big East win of the year for the Knights, according to Stagnitta. “I think we’ve continued to make some real good progress, par ticularly on the of fensive end,” he said. “The most important thing with Syracuse that we have to focus on is stopping them and making all of our possessions count.” On the flip side of the field, the Knights must combat an explosive Syracuse offense that ranks second in the Big East in goals per game (10.42) and first in assists (6.17). The key is to keep the ball in Rutgers territory, something that did not prove problematic with junior Chris Mattes on the field. Mattes is No. 1 in the nation in face-off win percentage (.679).
“Limiting their possessions, definitely,” said Stagnitta on what would take down the Orange. “Which means we may have to approach this one a bit differently from the last few.” The Knights have a lot of history to avenge tomorrow against their longtime rivals. The Orange lead the all-time series between the two programs, 38-9, including an 11-5 victor y last season at Yurcak Field. The Knights last beat their rival from upstate New York in 2004, when Rutgers pulled out a 14-10 win in Piscataway. But after a full week of watching film, practicing and preparing, this year’s squad may be more familiar with Syracuse than any team before it. “We’re familiar with the way they play. We’ve seen them play many a time,” said redshir t freshman Scott Klimchak. “Some of us even have some friends on that team, and we know what to expect from them. They play a run-and-gun style. We’re expecting it all.”
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Word on the Street
he Rutgers football team announced its matchup against Army on Nov. 12 will kick off at 3:30 p.m., at Yankee Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on CBS. The matchup will mark the first time the Scarlet Knights played in Yankee Stadium since 1948, when they played New York University. The Knights, no stranger to large venues, faced off against Army last year at New Meadowlands Stadium, which resulted in a 23-20 overtime victory for Rutgers.
defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a drug possession charge. Jolly faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of possession of more than 200 grams of codeine. The controlled substance was found on Jolly after the lineman was arrested in 2008 outside of a Houston club. Jolly, who star ted all 16 games game in the 2008 and ’09 seasons, was also ordered to undergo a 90-day drug treatment.
rival Barcelona in extra time off a Cristiano Ronaldo header to win the Copa Del Ray cup, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos dropped the victor y trophy under the wheels of a bus. The incident took place in front of more than 60,000 fans who gathered in Cibeles to celebrate Madrid’s first domestic cup since 1993 and its first trophy of any kind in three years. The 33-pound trophy slipped out of Ramos’ hands during the celebration and fell under the right wheel of the team bus before the driver was able to stop. Ramos later made light of the situation on Twitter, saying the trophy jumped from the bus after seeing the thousands of fans.
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Senior Mason Robinson transitioned to cornerback from running back during the offseason, where he totaled 491 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson served as a backup to now-Baltimore Raven Ray Rice during his freshman season.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he will not consider changing Bar r y Bonds’ achievements in the record books. The former San Francisco Giant slugger was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice last week during a trial stemming from steroid testimony. The jur y found that Bonds gave an evasive answer when asked if his trainer ever injected him. Bonds currently holds the career (762) and single- season (73) home run records. “I think that anybody who understands the sport understand exactly why,” Selig said.
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With each spring practice, Mason Robinson said he feels more and more comfortable at his new position. Playing cornerback this spring after converting from running back, Robinson’s name continues popping up in praise from head coach Greg Schiano as he climbs the depth chart. “It’s coming back to me,” said Robinson, who played cornerback and running back as a top recruit out of Somer ville High School. “It’s all natural. I just have to work on the little things.” Robinson spent four years in the Scarlet Knights program as a running back, including his true freshman year, when he served as Ray Rice’s primary backup. In his career as a running back and receiver, Robinson compiled 491 total yards and two touchdowns, but the fifth-year senior is all about defense now, he said.
ADJUSTS TO DEMANDS OF CORNERBACK
“I’m getting everything down, but new things are going in every day, so I have to keep learning on the fly,” Robinson said. “I felt pretty comfortable in the first scrimmage and that keeps building as I adjust to the position.” Robinson has minimal experience tackling at the college level, but he said he is comfortable with it. “When you grow up with brothers, hitting isn’t a big deal,” he said.
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field had balls flying everywhere. But when sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd set up in the redzone, he was spot-on with multiple touchdown throws in a package he is very comfortable with. “I feel really good with the redzone right now,” Dodd said. “As soon as we get into the redzone, we’re able to put the ball in the end zone. We’re doing a really good job with it. I like the plays that we have for the redzone.”
Dodd said he hopes that success carries over to tomorrow’s scrimmage after the offense struggled with wind last Saturday at Rutgers Stadium. “We want to come out here, and we’re going to compete every time we go against the defense,” Dodd said. “We just want to come out here and work hard and get some good plays in.”
sidelines at yesterday’s practice may be more important than the practice itself, with major Class of 2012 recruits attending while on spring break. Elijah Shumate, Leonte Carroo and Darius Hamilton represented Don Bosco Prep and Erasmus Hall Campus’ (N.Y.) Wayne Morgan was also among the recruits visiting. All are very high on Schiano’s wish list. Shumate, a safety, holds more than 20 Division I scholarship offers and is widely considered a top recruit in the state. The No. 1 ranking goes to Hamilton, though.
The defensive end is a consensus five-star recruit. Shumate is a four-star recruit and the No. 7 safety in the countr y according to Scout.com’s early rankings. Morgan, a cornerback, holds nine offers, including one from Alabama and is a three-star recruit. Recruits were not the only big Rutgers football names at yesterday’s practice. Former Rutgers standout and New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty took in yesterday’s practice. Two of the biggest incoming freshmen, Savon Huggins from St. Peter’s Prep and Gary Nova from Don Bosco, also visited.
back Aaron Hayward spent yesterday’s practice on crutches with a knee injur y. Junior safety Duron Harmon wore a black no-contact jersey in yesterday’s practice after sustaining a head injur y earlier in the week.
Qualifying times occupy RU’s focus BY PATRICK LANNI CONTRIBUTING WRITER
There is one phrase that became synonymous with Princeton’s Larr y Ellis Invitational: last chance to qualify. For a WOMEN’S TRACK dozen athletes RUTGERS AT on the LARRY ELLIS INVITE Rutgers TOMORROW women’s track team, the objective is clear: hit the Big East qualifying standards. The Scarlet Knights’ distance squad heads to Princeton with extra motivation, as the group has not qualified in any events above 400 meters. Weather conditions offer one explanation for the distance squad’s lack of qualifications, but Kelly Flannigan’s redshirt season may be the better answer. The Knights’ captain and top distance runner from last year is recovering and training through
an injury. Competing unattached But Saturday’s forecast calls for from Rutgers, Flannigan will take mid-day rain, throwing another the track Friday night to test her curve ball at head coach James training. Robinson and his Knights. Although the distance squad “One reason why a lot of peoshowed signs of improvement ple haven’t qualified is the mental and depth, the aspect,” said senneed for a standout ior hurdler “Everyone has runner became Courtney Sample. apparent. yone has talent and everyone “Ever Sophomores talent and everycan qualify, Jennifer Spitzer one can qualify, and Victoria it’s just battling it’s just battling Pontecorvo look to the conditions improve their we’re up against.” the conditions 1,500-meter times S a m p l e we’re up against.” explained how to achieve the Big East qualifier. practicing on COURTNEY SAMPLE Similarly, freshtechnique and Senior Hurdler man Briana form this week Deming and sophowill allow the more Stephanie Krausser look to Knights the performance qualify in the 5,000-meter and they want. 800-meter runs. “We’re outside in the cold As the last three weekends of and wind, and so it’s giving us competition presented the an opportunity to really experiKnights with the challenge of bat- ence what we’re going to be pertling the weather, the team hopes forming in on Saturday,” Sample for a day without wind and rain. said. “So because of that, we’re
working on [technique and form] this week. We’re going to hone our abilities, perform and come out solid.” Robinson needs his team to perform tomorrow in order to have the best chance possible to improve upon the team’s performance from the Big East Indoor Championships at the outdoor installment. Junior sprinter Brittni Rodriguez looks to qualify in the 200-meter dash. Already qualified in the 100 meter, Rodriguez is an essential member of the Knight’s sprinting corps and her qualification in the 200 meter is important for the squad. Freshmen Rachel Leeke and Victoria Clark also hope to qualify in their rookie campaigns. Leeke needs to shave a little more than a second of f her 400-meter time to qualify, while Clark is within a half-second in the 400-meter hurdles.
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RUTGERS DROPS DOUBLEHEADER TO HOST PITT With inclement weather on the forecast for the Pittsburgh area this weekend, the Rutgers baseball team’s three-game series with Big East foe BASEBALL Pitt got bumped RUTGERS 0 up a day. Instead of PITTSBURGH 3 opening the series yesterday and playing Game’s 2 and 3 today and Saturday, respectively, both squads agreed to play a doubleheader yesterday, making the series finale today at 3 p.m. It seems the change of pace may have gotten to the Scarlet Knights (14-21, 6-8), as they dropped both games of yesterday’s doubleheader to the Panthers to fall below .500 in conference play. Sophomore lefthander Rob Smorol took the hill in the nightcap looking to avenge the team’s loss in Game 1, but was outdueled by Pitt’s Alex Caravella, who pitched the Panthers (24-13, 10-4) to a 3-0 win with his shutout outing. For six innings, the southpaw surrendered just one earned run, but allowed runs to cross in both the seventh and eighth innings to cap his eight-inning losing performance. The Knights got just six runners on base in the game — a common theme of the day — and got shut out for the second straight contest after being shut out four other times this season prior to the matchup. In the series opener, the Pitt bats got to Rutgers ace Tyler Gebler, who allowed four earned runs in an uncharacteristically short outing. The sophomore righthander went six innings while allowing just five hits but struggled with his control, giving five free passes en route to a 4-0 loss. The Rutgers bats struggled to start the series, as the Knights drew a mere seven base runners in the contest, with only five coming in the form of base hits. The last time Rutgers was shut out was on March 20 in a 5-0 loss to East Carolina. Overall, the Knights suffered four shutout losses this season, with the average margin of defeat in the losses being 6.25 runs. The two teams close the series out today at Charles L. Cost Field, and on the mound for the Knights will be junior righthander Nathaniel Roe. Roe allowed five earned runs and six hits in six innings of work last weekend against Cincinnati. — Anthony Hernandez
Seniors Mickenzie Alden (middle) and Mandy Craig (88) embark on their final home series with the Knights, who take on DePaul today with legitimate Big East Tournament implications on the line. The pair helped turn Rutgers into a postseason threat.
Senior Day sends off trio of Knights BY SAM HELLMAN CORRESPONDENT
To the Rutgers softball team’s senior trio, memories are nice, but that’s all they are. Embarking on their final home series as Scarlet SOFTBALL Knights today against DePaul, DEPAUL AT Mickenzie Alden, RUTGERS Mandy Craig and TODAY, NOON Jen Meinheit do not plan on using their Senior Day to reflect on good careers. They plan on making a new memory.
“I’m hoping that we do something this weekend that outweighs [my best memories],” Alden said. “A win or two against DePaul [today] and a win on Saturday would be unbelievable I think. I hope this weekend tops my best memories here.” Senior Day for the Rutgers softball program in recent years meant a chance to say goodbye and that’s about it. The Knights were rarely in contention for anything that late into the season until last year. On Nicole Lindley’s Senior Day, the Knights beat Pittsburgh and clinched their first Big East Tournament bid under headcoach Jay Nelson. “Pittsburgh was a feeling that I never felt at Rutgers,” Alden said. “I’m looking
for ward to having that feeling again this weekend I hope.” Senior Day last season was do-or-die for Rutgers, but this year has nearly as much importance. Rutgers (18-23, 6-6) faces off against the Blue Demons (26-11, 10-1) in a battle that could go anywhere from locking up a tournament spot for the Knights to knocking them back a significant step. The significance, however, is not the game itself, but the fact that a game this late in the season is so important. According to Nelson, the thanks goes to the trio being honored before tomorrow’s game.
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RU uses week off to prepare for Syracuse BY VINNIE MANCUSO STAFF WRITER
After inclement weather postponed the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team’s matchup against No. 11 Villanova, the Scarlet Knights had an entire week MEN’S LACROSSE of uninterrupted practice in preparaRUTGERS VS. tion to play SYRACUSE, Syracuse tomorrow TOMORROW, 5:30 P.M. in the ESPNU Warrior Classic. And with the mighty Orange (11-1) standing at No. 4 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big East, the Knights could not ask for a better team to have extra preparation time for. “It’s nice to have this whole week, certainly,” said head coach Jim Stagnitta. “Obviously they are a very talented team and
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Junior defenseman Andrew D’Agostino and the Knights defense face a Syracuse offense tomorrow that ranks second in the conference in goals per game and first in assists per game. The Orange are currently No. 4 in the nation.