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Fifth-year senior Mason Robinson tore his ACL on Sunday, leaving the Somerville, N.J., native with his second season-ending injury during his time in Piscataway.

Self-reporting absence system alters attendance process for professors BY ANKITA PANDA METRO EDITOR


Students and staff enjoy refreshments yesterday at the launch of Scarlet Latte in Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus.

University launches library café, lounge BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The Scarlet Latte served its first Scarlet Knight dark roast coffee yesterday afternoon during its ribbon-cutting ceremony. Deans, library staff, students and coffee drinkers alike gathered for the opening of the first University café situated in the basement of the Alexander Librar y on the College Avenue campus. The plan to create a café in the librar y was in the making for more than two years, said Marianne Gaunt,

University officials put a policy, the Self-Reporting Absence Application (SRAA), into effect this semester — one that both professors and students admit will test student honesty and integrity. SRAA is a result of numerous faculty complaints regarding the disorganized manner in which absences were reported in the past, said Barry Qualls, vice president of Undergraduate Education. “We’ve had questions here for years about student absences and illnesses, particularly in the sciences,” he said. “Faculty members have wanted students to document their illnesses for lab.” In response to students reporting absences to teachers through email, in person or by obtaining a letter from the dean, many professors asked officials to create a centralized system. The final result — the SRAA, which requires students to record upcoming absences through the Student Information Management System (SIMS) — was inspired largely by the University of Michigan, which successfully used a similar model, Qualls said.

vice president of Information Ser vices and a University librarian. “A lot of academic institutions have cafés in their libraries,” she said. “In fact, Montclair [State University] has one, and I said if Montclair could have one, why not Rutgers?” The Scarlet Latte came about two years ago when Gaunt met with Vice President for Student Affairs Gregor y S. Blimling and student leadership at the Rutgers Club to talk about

“If the student will use the policy, the system automatically sends a note to the professor in the class. So automatically sending the letters means the faculty members know that the student has been absent, know the reason and can record it in the grade book,” he said. Students should use the SRAA system to report any upcoming absences, but professors ultimately decide whether the absence is excused or unexcused, Qualls said. For students who do not use the system and are absent without notifying the professor, absences would still be considered unexcused. Qualls said he believes this system is already an improvement from the last because students are forced to be accountable for their own illnesses and absences. In the past, many deans approved student excuses without checking if the absence was verifiable, he said. “The deans never question the student because they never ask for any documentation,” Qualls said. “We want students to be accountable for their actions.” But Marjorie Yuschak, an assistant professor at the Rutgers Business School, said while she likes the idea of


TOXICOLOGY RESULTS SHOW PARISIO AS CLEAN DURING ARREST Former University student William Parisio was indicted Friday morning for the murder of his girlfriend Pamela Schmidt in March. Parisio, 23, of Cranford, N.J., was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said in a statement. According to the investigation, Parisio struck Schmidt, 22, of Warren, N.J., with a 12-pound dumbbell weight and strangled her. Schmidt was two months away from graduating from the University with a degree in psychology and had plans to attend the graduate School of Management and Labor Relations at the University before her death. She was issued her

diplomas posthumously. Parisio’s mother said in an article that her son abused the now-illegal synthetic drug bath salts during his time at the University. But toxicology reports show the substance was not present in the defendant after his arrest, Romankow said. “Now knowing that there was no bath salts in his system makes it even more horrifying in that he did this fully and knowingly and murdered my daughter in cold blood,” said Schmidt’s father Werner Schmidt Jr. in an article. “[Parisio] should pay with the strongest the law will allow.” —Amy Rowe


Journalism course connects students, 9/11 families BY ALEKSI TZATZEV STAFF WRITER


New Jersey newspaper editors talk to students in the “9/11 Student Journalism Project,” a class where they interviewed victims’ children.

As part of the “9/11 Student Journalism Project,” 20 journalism students at the University had the unique opportunity of retelling neverbefore-heard stories of victims’ children nearly 10 years after the attacks. Taught by two journalism and media studies professors, Ronald Miskoff and Elizabeth Fuerst, the course allowed a small group of University and high school students to inter view the children, ages nine to 28, of those who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center. “The idea was that the ‘children’ of 9/11 would be able to open up to the students of Rutgers, because there would be some sort of generational

cross-pollination, so to speak,” Miskoff said. The mission of the semester-long course was to allow children of the victims of the World Trade Center attacks to speak out 10 years later, and to do so in a comfortable environment with their contemporaries asking the questions. “A number of the children mentioned to the Rutgers students that they have never given an interview and probably would not have given an interview if it were somebody else,” Miskoff said. In the interactions between the students and the children, Miskoff said the children gave out information they never shared before, because in most cases, they were not even asked. He said a feature in this week’s “People” magazine

titled “The Children of 9/11” had interviews with mothers and children who were not born at the time of the attacks and reported how the children were growing and developing without the fathers they never met. But the “9/11 Student Journalism Project” was much different, he said. “The people we interviewed were nine, 10, 11 years old [at the time] and had vivid memories of that day, and as a result the stories were so much more interesting,” Miskoff said. The children of the victims recalled playing baseball with their fathers and faint memories of spending time with their families in their tales. Students were actively involved in their stories by researching and choosing


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NJ’s longest-running film program celebrates anniversary BY HENNA KATHIYA STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center (RFC/NJMAC) is celebrating its 30th anniversar y this fall and kicking off the semester with its annual film festival. Albert Nigrin, founder of the RFC/NJMAC, said the festival is highly celebrated in that it is New Jersey’s only venue exclusively dedicated to the non-commercial exhibition of independent and progressive cinema. “The film festival essentially is a celebration of original films and movies that are not mainstream,” he said. “We pride ourselves on the fact that we shed light on more underground films and documentaries that reflect deep thought about current issues.” The documentary “After the Fire,” which will open this Saturday, follows Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos’ lives after their residence hall caught fire in 2000 at Seton Hall University. Following is the feature-length documentary “In God We Teach,”

which delves into issues of religious freedom and freedom of speech through the stor y of Matthew LaClair, a public high school student in Kearny, N.J., who secretly recorded his history teacher’s religion-infused lessons and took them to the media. Nigrin said the audiences not only have the opportunity to view premiere films, but have the added benefit of meeting with the filmmakers, screenwriters and actors. Each year, famous screenwriters and directors attend the festival, like Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker. The screening of “In God We Teach” is followed by a questionand-answer session with the director, Vic Losick. Even though the festival has a rich history and a deep-rooted foundation today, this was not always the case. Nigrin founded the organization 30 years ago with money from his own pocket. As a graduate student at the University, Nigrin decided the campus needed a venue to revive independent films. He took $300 of his own money

and invested it in a seat-of-thepants film program. The RFC/NJMAC New Jersey Film Festivals stands today as the state’s largest and longest running year-round film program, Nigrin said.

"We’re always trying to push the envelope in terms of what films we show and how they impact the public.” STEPHEN DOVIDAS Friday Night House Manager

Stephen Dovidas, Friday night house manager at the festival, spoke of the high values of the films that are chosen and screened. “The festival’s strength has been its flexibility over the years to change with the times and change with any issues that come up,” he said. “Distribution has evolved, we’ve been showing

quality films to people that pertain to current ideals and issues going on during the time period.” The RFC/NJMAC New Jersey Film Festival receives submissions from all around the world. Nigrin said he gets about 1,000 movies sent to him every year, but only about 120 films are a part of the competition. The festival received 366 film submissions this fall, with 40 making the final cut. “It’s pretty much like ‘American Idol,’ just without the filmmakers standing in front of the judges,” Nigrin said. “We have a committee that watches films and judges them based on certain criteria.” The films go through a screening process before certain ones are selected, he said. “We select films based on their original content. We look for films that evoke deeper thoughts,” Nigrin said. “Basically we look for films that stand out and demonstrate unique qualities.” Because of today’s tough economic times, many comparable programs across the countr y have ceased operating over the

last few years, but the RFC/NJMAC has always tried to stay ahead of the game. The staff hopes to keep this program alive. “The one thing I enjoy most about the film festival is the integrity of the program,” Dovidas said. “There’s no pandering to certain films in particular. We’re always trying to push the envelope in terms of what films we show and how they impact the public.” The film festival begins on Friday, Sept. 9 and will continue until Sunday, Sept. 11. Films will be screened over the weekends in the new screening location at Vorhees Hall, Room 105, and admission is $9 for students. The facilities offer cushioned seats, stadium seating and high-definition projection and sound systems. Sabina Weglinska, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior, has attended the film festival every year. “I love going every year,” she said. “The films they screen have such a wide range in topics and really shed a light on movies that don’t necessarily make it to the big screen.”

U. SCHOOLS JOIN HANDS TO INTRODUCE FILMMAKING PROGRAM The Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, a collaboration between the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the School of Arts and Sciences, is set to launch in the spring 2012 semester. Both schools will offer classes that will go toward the overall seven-course certificate program that has tracks in fiction and documentary filmmaking, according to the Mason Gross School of the Arts website. The center will house the Rutgers Film Bureau — a professional documentar y filmmaking unit that ser ves clients in and outside the University community on a per-fee basis, according to the website. It will also host an archive of film shot at the University.

Dena Seidel, a lecturer who has taught the digital storytelling and documentary filmmaking course at the University’s Writer’s House since 2007, will be the director of the new center “You could be a biology major and graduate with a certificate in digital filmmaking. Rutgers students have stories they want to tell,” Seidel said in a statement. Mason Gross School of the Arts has wanted a film program at the University for many years, Mason Gross Dean George Stauffer said in a statement. “I am delighted at the alliance between the School of Arts and Sciences and the Mason Gross School of the Arts that makes such a program possible, at long last,” he said.

Douglas Greenburg, School of Arts and Sciences executive dean, believes the center makes a valuable link liberal and fine arts, and opens educational and creative opportunities. “Providing hands-on filmmaking experience to Rutgers students while enhancing the creative mission of Writers House, this Center moves Rutgers into the digital future,” he said in a statement. Of fices can be found in the Civic Square Building in downtown New Brunswick and the Writers House on the College Avenue campus, and students can register for classes in November, according to the website. — Kristine Rosette Enerio



COURSE: Class teaches narrative journalism writing continued from front the families featured on their own or with Fuerst’s help. “Some things the students learned were completely new to them — the reaction from the students was more dramatic than I had anticipated,” Miskoff said. “The students felt they received an education from being able to go back and look at 9/11.” Megan Schuster, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, interviewed the Hargrave family from her hometown of Readington, N.J. As part of the project, she spoke to the three girls in the family whose

father perished in the attacks — Corinne, Casey and Amy. “I was the first person to interview the children. There had been interviews with the family, but never anything from the kids’ perspectives,” Schuster said. “I was touched by how open they were — it was more of a conversation than an interview. I felt like I was talking to my sister.” Schuster said she felt affected by the 9/11 attacks even though no one close to her was involved. Something that big happening so close to home affects everyone, she said. “I was able to incorporate a very sensitive subject in a different writing style,” Schuster said. “I gained more knowledge about 9/11 — from this new journalistic

U NIVERSITY perspective, I was able to write a 10-page narrative on the topic.”

“I hoped to teach students a subject that was in a completely new area.” RONALD MISKOFF Journalism and Media Studies Professor

Krystle Rich, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, felt the same as she inter viewed Jacqueline D’Ambrosi, a college graduate involved in community services like Habitat for Humanity.

SYSTEM: Qualls believes SRAA improves former method continued from front the policy, she is not sure how it will fare in the long term. “The system relies on honesty and ethics of students. We know there’s a lot of cheating going on in the University, so I’m not so sure I see it work here,” she said. “Cheating goes unpunished many times and I’m afraid this might motivate students to take advantage of the policy.” Yuschak, who teaches numerous classes but does not know all her students by name or whether they are to be trusted, said that without a dean’s permission or another authority’s knowledge of an upcoming absence, she is not sure what to make of the SRAA. “When you have a class of 60 kids and you don’t have an opportunity to know students one-onone, then you really have no way of knowing who is here and who isn’t,” she said. In response to Yuschak’s concerns, Qualls said professors would have to rely heavily on student integrity.

LOUNGE: U. graduates provide coffee for Scarlet Latte continued from front feedback on the libraries, Gaunt said. “There was a suggestion to have a café in the library,” she said. “After that I handed Dr. Blimling a white sheet of paper with money signs drawn on it. Since then we’ve been working earnestly selecting a spot.” The Scarlet Latte was funded by three sources: Blimling, Librar y Ser vices and the alumni of the Class of 1981, Gaunt said. “We wanted to get involved when we first started raising money,” said Al Internosia, Class of 1981 alumnus. “We wanted something tangible. I mean scholarships are great, but we wanted something that all students could use.” The café features coffee provided by Red House Roasters, while the food is cooked in Cooper Dining Hall on Cook/Douglass campus and the bakery on Ethel Road behind Livingston campus, said Joe Charette, interim director of Dining Services. Red House Roasters, run by University alumni Richard and Stacey Seiden from the Class of 1996, is an organic and freetrade coffee roasting company with its main mission to deliver

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M Her father, who worked on the 103rd floor of the North Tower, died at 45 years old on Sept. 11. “It’s really hard to be open with someone who you don’t know,” Rich said. “I had never heard anyone else’s stor y, but she really opened up when she talked with me. I was ready with tissues.” The style of writing taught in the course — narrative journalism — was unique to the project as there are no courses at the University that stress it, Miskoff said. Schuster and Rich, along with the other 18 students in the class, told the stories differently from the hard news stories found in most newspapers. “I hoped to teach students a subject that was in a completely

new area and at the same time, teach them some of the basics of narrative journalism,” Miskoff said. “This was a good opportunity to teach students how to tell a news event like a stor y.”, The Star-Ledger and the Courier News among others published a number of the students’ stories, displaying the skills students picked up in their interactions with the children of 9/11. “I am very proud of the students who took this course. All the students came through — I was ver y impressed by that,” Miskoff said. “Some of them found it very difficult, but they did a great job and I am very proud of them.”

“I tr ust students. I don’t think the majority of students at Rutgers have used this system at all,” he said. “Maybe I’m too trusting.” Other professors were concerned they would receive large influxes of emails from SIMS, said Susan Lawrence, dean of Educational Initiatives and the Core Curriculum for the School of Ar ts and Sciences, via email. “We were able to assure [concerned professors] that this system was unlikely to increase the traffic in their in-boxes since students already email faculty when they are going to be absent for exams or other inclass assignments,” she said in the email. Saumya Santosh, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said she is excited to use the policy because it could simplify life for her. But she remains unsure of whether her peers will properly make use of the system. “I like how [University officials] trust students to take their own control and report future absences because it shows a heightened sense of responsibility,” she said. “But I’m worried that a lot of kids will only see this as an excuse to not go to class.”

Santosh said she fears that students at the University do not see a pressing need to attend lectures that rely solely on a textbook. “Some classes are super textbook heavy so students are like, ‘Why do I need to go when all I have to do is read?’ and probably see the self-absence policy as a great way to get out of class,” she said. Contrary to what Qualls said, Santosh still wishes students could go to the dean’s office. “Students who go to the dean’s office probably have a sound excuse for missing class, because why else would they put the extra effort of seeking permission from the dean? This just makes it easy to bunk,” she said. But Santosh, like Qualls, hopes students who use the policy take it seriously and use it for the reasons intended. In order to prevent abuse of the system, students who use the SRAA to miss class more than twice are required to meet with their dean, Qualls said. “If you abuse the system, you abuse the system,” Qualls said. “However, I hope students will use it because this makes life simpler for them. I’m hoping this will assist them.”

high-quality, specialty-grade coffee, said Richard Seiden, owner of Red House Roasters. “Eighty percent of coffee is commercial grade while 15 to 20 percent is specialty-grade coffee,” he said. “We’re proud of our outstanding craft and roast our beans to perfection.” Seiden said Red House Roasters likes to keep in close communication with their farm-

“Students during finals are here until 2 a.m. — even 4 a.m. — and now they can just come downstairs have a cof fee and not need to leave the librar y,” she said. “They could even study down here in the lounge.” The Scarlet Latte will ser ve cof fee Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m, but the lounge is planning to be open past closing so that students can study, Puniello said. Constance Lam, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, said the Scarlet Latte was a convenient addition to the Alexander Librar y. “It’s really nice,” she said. “Now I don’t need to leave the librar y to get coffee, but the lounge is great.” Puniello said there are already several programs planned for the Scarlet Latte, including a “banned book” reading and coffee features. “We are going to offer a different coffee of the week, and we are trying to do a feature on each coffee of the week and displaying it on the screens in the café,” she said. Deans, faculty and professors have the oppor tunity to read selections from their favorite banned book, Puniello said.

“Every cup is a unique experience ... There’s a story behind every cup.” RICHARD SEIDEN Red House Roasters Owner

ing providers and ensure that their farmers treat the earth and their product correctly. “When you drink a cup of our cof fee, you’re not just drinking a good cup of coffee — ever y cup is a unique experience,” he said. “There’s a stor y behind ever y cup.” Francoise Puniello, associate University librarian for Facility Planning and Management, said the Scarlet Latte was a great addition to the Alexander Librar y.





Study abroad program expands to reach more locations BY CHASE BRUSH STAFF WRITER

From a semester in the restructured streets of Cairo, Egypt, to a summer of servicebased learning on the West African coasts of Accra, Ghana, students looking to study abroad can consider adding these and more options to the list of potential destinations. A total of 26 programs — four offered during summer and 22 during the semester or as yearlong programs — have been added to the department’s program directory since early last year, said Amanda Goodman, Recruitment and Outreach coordinator for the Study Abroad program office. Programs in Olso, Norway; Cave Hill, Barbados; Amman, Jordan and Cape Town, South Africa, are all among the new programs offered. “With the addition of these new programs, we have programs in basically every region of the world,” Goodman said. “Our list can look pretty intimidating.” Program locations are scattered across nearly every continent, from Australia to Asia to Central and South America, she said. While many of the programs were open to students since fall 2010, others — like programs in Hong Kong and New Zealand — were added to the depar tment’s website as recently as this summer, she said. “This is the very first semester that a lot of these programs are being offered,” Goodman said.

For some, being the first to participate in a program that has seen little to no applicants can be a little unnerving, said Warren Gerstacker, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. But for Gerstacker, being the first and only student from the University to study at the University of Oslo in Norway, had little bearing on his decision to ultimately study abroad in the capital and most populated city of the Scandinavian nation. “I went in not expecting anything. Cultural questions were up in the air because I had no one to ask, and no one had been there before,” he said. “But I’m not one to be concerned with any of that anyway.” In addition to traditional direct-enroll program — where the university serves as an intermediary between the student and a foreign university — the Study Abroad office offers a number of International Ser vice Learning programs (ISL), faculty-led programs and programs offered in partnership with CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange. “One of our new programs that was launched this past summer is a faculty-led creative writing program in Lewes, England, where a Rutgers faculty member developed and led students on a two-week program,” said Lauren Randolph, director of the Study Abroad office. Goodman said the department is particularly involved in trying to promote the ISL programs, which focus on an engaged form of instruction, volunteer work

and being an active member of the community. Service learning is an educational method combining the academic study of a problem or issue with the practical experience of collaborating with a community and seeking to solve it, according to a description on the department’s website. New ISL programs include semesters in the West African city of Accra, Ghana, and the archeologically rich city of Oaxaca, Mexico, Goodman said. She hopes offering programs in regions like Africa and Central America will attract a greater number of students to the ISL option. Goodman noted that the department also aims to provide programs in Latin American countries to students interested in the Spanish languages. At least five new programs are located in Central and South America, she said. “Before, we didn’t have as many options and students expressed a real interest in Spanish-speaking countries,” she said. “Programs in places like Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo have really opened up Central and South America to students.” Amanda Reed, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was also the first and only student to study abroad at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill in Barbados — one of the department’s newer programs. Reed harbors no regrets when recalling her time spent on the small Caribbean island.

“It was a 10 out of 10,” she said. “If I could rate it higher than one through 10 I would.” Now as a Global Ambassador for the Study Abroad office, Reed said she would have the opportunity to advise and encourage students who may be interested in studying abroad and share her experiences in promoting the department. “I’m supposed to go around and help people join, but I think I do more during my off-time telling people about [studying abroad] because I really encourage it,” Reed said. Around 700 students at the university chose to study abroad through the department last year, a 28 percent increase over the past two years, Randolph said. “We have seen an increase in the number of students studying abroad from fields such as engineering, health science, math, computer science and physical and life sciences,” she said. Still, two-time study abroad scholar and intern at the Study Abroad of fice, Shadi Mousavi said the number should be higher. Despite the wide variety and increasing number of program offerings at the University, the number of students who go abroad each year remains relatively low compared to schools that are characteristically similar, said Mousavi, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “Between all three campuses and with the number of students at Rutgers, that number is really, really small,” she said. Mousavi, who spent the fall semester of her junior year in

Brussels and the following spring semester in France, has ample experience as a student living in another country. She said the only question in her mind when considering studying abroad was — “Where?” “It’s one thing to live in a country because you have a job there, but to be educated within that culture…is such an invaluable experience,” she said. “You learn so much about how the people of that culture are learning to see the world.” With up to 100 programs in more than 40 countries around the world to choose from, Goodman and Randolph are confident students interested in studying abroad will likely find a program to fit their needs, no matter how specific. “All of our programs have been very successful,” Goodman said. Randolph said the office is always expanding and dedicated to increasing opportunities for students in the sciences and studying abroad in developing countries. “[The Study Abroad of fice] is constantly getting new programs and dropping the inef ficient ones,” Mousavi said. “From my understanding it’s only getting bigger, not getting smaller.” The office will host a study abroad fair on Sept. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus, where representatives and alumni will answer questions about the process of studying abroad.








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School of Arts and Sciences senior Ricardo Membela speaks to a group of students interested in joining Chi Psi last night at the fraternity’s house on College Avenue.


There will be a change in destination class day. Students should attend Monday classes.


Come to the Involvement Fair to sign up for a variety of student organizations from 3 to 7 p.m. on Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus. Today is the last day to drop a class without a “W” grade via WebReg or in person at the Undergraduate Registrars Office at the ASB Building Room 200B on Busch campus.


Today is the last day to add a class.


King Of The Couch Tournaments will host “LeGrand Bowl 2011,” a video game tournament for Eric LeGrand at 11 a.m. on the Busch Student Center. The tournament will have participants play Madden 12 and NCAA 12 on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Students can join the tournament for $10 with their student identification, while nonstudents will pay $20. For more information visit or call (201) 981-3537.


Do you have what it takes to be the next Rutgers Homecoming Idol? Upload your two-minute video to YouTube and then email your video link to and let the battle begin. Videos are due by 11:59 p.m. Contestants must be 18 or older to enter this contest. A group of semifinalists will be entered in Homecoming Idol’s online voting, scheduled from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. The top contestants will be selected from that group and will compete at the Homecoming Festival on Oct. 15 on Busch campus before the football game.



The Fourth Annual Skin Workshop, titled, “Skin Reconstruction for Wounds, Burns and Deep Skin Trauma” will take place at 1 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building on 145 Bevier Road in Piscataway. The Rutgers Cleveland Clinic Consortium of Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (RCCC-AFIRM) will endorse the event, which draws more than 100 of the leading experts in skin healing and transdermal drug deliver y. Register online at 80. For more information contact Christine Otto @ or (732) 445-0488 ext. 40001.


Rutgers Homecoming 2011 takes place this weekend. Highlights include the Rutgers University vs. Navy football game, pregame tailgate, wings bowl, Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards, Young Alumni Celebration, Alumni Leaders Conference, and a historical walking tour. For more information and the Homecoming schedule, visit

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Sept. 3, 1994 The first football game was played at the then “New Rutgers Stadium,” what is now known as “High Point Solutions Stadium.” It marked the 125th anniversary of the first intercollegiate football game Rutgers played against Princeton in 1869.

Sept. 10, 1970 The University Board of Governors voted to admit women into Rutgers College, a traditionally male institution since its founding in 1766. This made Rutgers one of the last institutions to adopt a co-educational policy — an issue that had not arisen earlier due to the founding of the Douglass Residential College for Women established in 1918.

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NJ politicians to redraw congressional district map THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. — Republicans and Democrats have begun puzzling over how to redraw New Jersey’s congressional districts to eliminate one of the state’s 13 seats. The congressional redistricting commission — made up of six Republicans, six Democrats and a tiebreaker chosen by the other 12 — faces a Jan. 17 deadline to come up with a new district map. That map will be in place for the November 2012 election, when New Jersey and

eight other states will lose seats in the House. “Obviously we’d like to get it done before (the deadline), but the reality is New Jersey is losing a seat in Congress, so it’s likely to be a protracted negotiation before any kind of map is adopted,” said commission chairman John Farmer Jr., the tiebreaking 13th member. Farmer was counsel to the tiebreaking member of the commission that drew a new state legislative map earlier this year. Congressional and legislative districts are redrawn ever y

10 years to reflect population changes measured in the U.S. Census. New Jersey’s population grew over the past 10 years, but not as robustly as the nation as a whole. As a result, New Jersey is one of 10 states that will lose at least one seat in Congress. Pennsylvania is also losing a seat; New York is losing two. Seven Democrats and six Republicans represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives. The state’s two senators, both Democrats, will not be affected by redistricting.

Both parties will argue for district lines that keep their party members in Congress. “As far as I’m concerned nothing is predetermined,” Farmer said. “The optimum outcome is a map that is fair and balances all the different interests in New Jersey. The population has shifted, so we have to take account of that.” The U.S. Constitution requires that districts contain an equal number of residents, Farmer said, and that is the principle that will drive the debate.

About a dozen Rutgers University law students have been selected to help with the process. The public will also get a chance to comment. The first of three public hearings will be held Sept. 22, likely at Rutgers-Camden. The time is to be determined. Two other hearings will be held in October. The commission also is setting up a website — www.njedistrictingcommission.o rg. The site should be live in a few days.

FDA reports low opinion on developing J&J drug THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. — A negative review from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff bodes ill for a new blood thinner from Johnson & Johnson. An FDA staff report released yesterday recommends against approving Xarelto for preventing strokes in patients with a common irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. It says an additional study is needed. The report states that data from a late-stage study of more than 14,000 patients, known by the acronym ROCKET, doesn’t make clear how safe Xarelto is, or whether it’s as effective as widely used warfarin. Johnson & Johnson and partner Bayer Healthcare of Germany developed the drug, known chemically as rivaroxaban.

“ROCKET does not show convincingly that rivaroxaban is as effective as warfarin when the latter is used skillfully,” states the 388-page report by three FDA staff reviewers. The report adds that there are several reasons to deny the makers’ request to include a claim in the detailed package insert that Xarelto is superior to warfarin. Among the reasons, it says such a claim “might induce physicians to switch patients who are doing well on warfarin to rivaroxaban.” Xarelto was approved in July for reducing the risk of deadly blood clots in patients getting knee and hip replacements, a small part of the potential patient pool. That approval followed a delay of roughly two years due to FDA concerns about internal bleeding risk — a side effect listed on the package insert along

with itching, muscle pain, blisters and fainting. A panel of outside advisers to the FDA is to review data tomorrow on use of Xarelto in patients with atrial fibrillation, including the staff report and a presentation by the makers. The advisers will then vote whether to recommend that the agency approve it. They could urge an additional patient study be done, which would cause a long delay before the drugmakers could again seek approval. FDA officials often follow advisers’ recommendations, but are not obligated to do so. “We now see a first-time approval as being unlikely,” Jerffries Research analyst Jeffrey Holford wrote to investors. He noted the staff comments “point to poor clinical trial design.” “We’re confident in the effectiveness of rivaroxaban in

preventing strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation and look forward to presenting our data to address the FDA’s questions on Thursday,” said Johnson & Johnson spokesman Ernie Kniewitz. “In our book, we’ve laid out a lot of points that support the effectiveness of rivaroxaban.” Bayer Healthcare already markets rivaroxaban in 110 countries around the world. The daily pill works by blocking a clotting protein called factor Xa. Older blood thinners, including warfarin, work by preventing platelets from sticking together. Warfarin, sold as Coumadin and other brands, has its own drawbacks. It’s notoriously difficult to get the dose of the drug correct, so patients need frequent blood tests because too much warfarin can cause dangerous internal bleeding.

That has made a replacement for inexpensive warfarin a key goal for numerous drugmakers. Last October, the FDA approved the first alternative to warfarin for atrial fibrillation — Pradaxa, known chemically as dabigatran, made by the German company Boehringer Ingelheim. The FDA staf f repor t states that the large RE-LY study used to get approval for dabigatran showed it clearly was superior to war farin in preventing stroke and dangerous blood clots. But ROCKET did not prove that was true for Xarelto, the repor t states. “It seems advisable to make rivaroxaban a third-line agent, behind both warfarin and dabigatran,” the report adds. In late trading, Johnson & Johnson shares were up 40 cents at $64.47.



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USPS must take steps to save itself T

he United States Postal Service (USPS) is one of those institutions we Americans take entirely for granted, and why wouldn’t we? For as long as any of us can remember, the USPS has been there, responsibly handling and delivering all of our mail and packages. It may come as a shock to some, then, to learn the USPS is on the brink of total financial disaster, which may lead to a total shutdown of services this winter. While the end of the USPS may not be the end of the world, especially in the age of email, it is still something we don’t want to see. The USPS is a valuable federal service. There are steps the USPS could take to save itself, especially in the area of labor. Labor expenses make up 80 percent of the USPS’s operating costs and, unfortunately, mail volume is so small these days the USPS cannot keep paying its employees as much money as it currently does. The agency is imploring Congress to overturn a no layoffs clause in union contracts, which would allow the USPS to significantly cut their workforce. Though we certainly do not like the idea of seeing around 120,000 people lose their jobs, we also don’t like the idea of seeing the USPS come to an end. Desperate times, as they say, call for desperate measures. Some people point out that, if the USPS does shut down service, there will always be companies like FedEx and UPS to fill the void and offer shipping services. However, the increased privatization of traditionally government-provided services is a frightening thought for too many reasons to list here, and, therefore, we’d rather not have to rely on private companies for all of our mailing needs. Also, one must remember that there are post offices in every town, but are there FedEx or UPS offices in all of those towns as well? We think not, and we think people should not be barred from a basic service such as shipping because private companies are not setting up shop in their towns.

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erhaps the biggest problem with college — aside from unrelenting workloads and nasty hangovers — is how absurdly expensive it is. According to the Project on Student Debt, graduates of the class of 2009 went into $24,000 worth of debt on average just to pay for the privilege of obtaining a degree. Whereas most students look to scholarships — or generous relatives, perhaps — to help defray the rising costs of education, some students at the National Louis University in Chicago (NLU) can now look to an unlikely source of aid: Groupon. According to the Huffington Post, the University is teaming up with Groupon in an attempt to promote its graduate teaching program. Groupon will offer students a 60-percent discount on the tuition for an introduction to teaching class, cutting the original tuition amount for the class from $2,232 to $950. While it’s an admittedly odd partnership — an institution of higher education and a website which generally deals in cheap meals — we find ourselves amused by and admiring of the idea. Levels of student debt are at record highs these days, and that fact has sparked an understandable amount of discontent on campuses across the United States. For example, recall last spring, when a mob of students stormed University President Richard L. McCormick’s office, demanding affordable education. This partnership between NLU and Groupon is a way of meeting just such a demand — albeit, a strange and imperfect way, but a way nonetheless. Couple today’s economic climate with the vast sums of money schools demand from their students, and we’re at the point where we’ll take anything we can get. The pairing is also interesting on another level: It acts as a way for NLU to attract students to an introduction to education class. These students may have never given a second thought to such a course, but under the inducements of this deal, they could find themselves in love with the idea of teaching as a profession. As Jocelyn Zivin, vice president of marketing and communications for NLU, told the Chicago Tribune, “There are all kinds of factors in the K-12 world that are really discouraging teachers and people seeking teaching degrees.” In this context, NLU’s decision to team up with Groupon looks like a good way to attract people to an oft-overlooked but vital profession. In a perfect world, deals like this one wouldn’t be necessary, because college wouldn’t be expensive enough to warrant them in the first place. Of course, as we all know, the world we live in is a far from ideal one. As for now, we applaud both Groupon and NLU for their unlikely incentive program, and we wonder what sorts of innovations — good or bad — may grow from this transaction.


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ny University stu“Donkey Kong” with dent who has spent “badonkadonk” as much as more than a semesthe next person, but if ter on campus could probaenjoying a smaller-name bly tell you about a little colartist means we still get to lege ritual known affectionkeep our party, I could play ately as the “walk of shame.” ball. Conventional school It is the slow, staggering, yet wisdom says that if you’re ALEX LEWIS resolved gait of a hapless enjoying the ’fest for the individual who has spent the music, you’re doing it previous night reveling in drunken collegiate wrong anyway. excess, and as a result, woken up in a strange locaElsewhere in the University, the school tion far from their home or residence hall. received visits from two prominent female cultural “The Walk” is an embarrassing, degrading ritual. icons. One is about 3 feet tall, sports a pouf and has And yet, there is something decidedly cathartic — a spray-tan fetish. The other is Toni Morrison. The even therapeutic — about it, as well. The crisp former (it’s Snooki, by the way) got paid about morning’s sunlight absolves the Walker from last $2,000 more than the latter for her esteemed servnight’s sins. It isn’t just about walking home — it’s ices, and it made a lot of people very angry that about walking into a fresh day. The walk of shame is our school had its priorities so mixed up. Isn’t the an opportunity to try again and do better. University the place where they tout that myth For the University, last year was the ultimate about turning down an invitation to join the Ivy drunken embarrassment. We lost Rutgersfest, League? Guess they really do just want to be a gained Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and party school, huh? Never mind that convinced everyone that we bully a cursory glance at the facts reveals “Our great lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender that the entire Snooki/Morrison and questioning students to the comparison is way off base, since collective hangover point of mental collapse. But it’s a one was entertainment programbrand new school year and a bright is finished.” ming selected on the basis of stumorning — what we need is a dent response. But ignoring all that proverbial walk of shame to put the logical stuff meant a great opportumistakes of the not-so-distant past into perspective. nity for everyone to whine about wasted student So come on, University: take the lampshade off your fee money, instead of realizing that the real culprit head, wash the crudely spelled Sharpie obscenities is just the student body’s collective bad taste in TV. off your face, and get ready for a double dose of retAnd finally, we watched the hype-machine rograde sensibility. morph a tragic case of privacy invasion into a damnI learned a lot of lessons about proper behavior ing indictment of the University community as an growing up. The simple courtesies (put the toilet intolerant, homophobic den of bigots. Read the seat down when you’re finished, chew with your media accounts of the Tyler Clementi saga, and mouth closed, don’t visit a college you don’t attend you’ll probably get the impression that he was the and shoot people in the buttocks on their biggest victim of a sustained bullying campaign against gay social day of the year) go a long way to ensure order students. Of course, the reality is nothing like that: in society. Rutgersfest is — err, make that was — a It was actually an isolated incident of callousness day when we could skip most of those little rules of and disregard for others’ privacy on the part of a order in the name of having a good time. But for the couple of individuals. But it still provided enough of majority of us actual students, that meant smuga pretense for sensationalists within the University gling some Four Lokos and relaxing hygiene habits. to call for special “progressive-only” residence halls. Instead, we watched in horror as New Brunswick You know, because diversity can only begin once did a passable impression of downtown Baghdad for we’ve all separated ourselves into uniform enclaves a day, and five people ended up with bullet wounds. based on our differences. Right. When the dust had finally settled, University The silver lining about all of these past debacles President Richard L. McCormick had pulled the is just that: They’re in the past. University, our great plug on Rutgersfest forever. collective hangover is finished. Now that we’ve It was a rash, knee-jerk reaction by the administaken our walk of shame through the mistakes of tration to a problem that called for more sensible the past, we can make this school year one to really solutions. Couldn’t we start requiring Rutgers ID remember — for all the right reasons. cards for admission to the concert? Wouldn’t that shrink the mass pilgrimage into the student neighAlex Lewis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior borhoods after the show? Couldn’t we feature local majoring in journalism and media studies and phiartists instead of crowd-drawing superstars? I losophy with a minor in African, Middle Eastern and mean, I love to get drunk and hear Pitbull rhyme South Asian languages and literatures.

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Students should work for better understanding Letter ZEKE PARISER & IBAAD SADIQ s you adjust to new class schedules, residence halls and the general hustle and bustle inherent within a university lifestyle, we ask that you take a few moments to consider the following: the University is one of the most diverse universities in our country, with three of every five students belonging to a different ethnicity. That means that in a classroom of 15 students, nine different ethnicities are likely to be represented. Take advantage of this wonderful statistic during your time here. Learn about your roommate’s background, family life and religion. A conversation with a student culturally different than you can change your world perspective, and you


will often find that you share more in common than you would have ever thought. We did. As the student presidents of Rutgers Hillel and the Rutgers University Muslim Student Association, we represent two of the three largest religious groups on campus. We ser vice 4,000 Jewish and Muslims students respectively via cultural, educational and religious programming, while providing a plethora of other opportunities for our students to get involved with. Along with the responsibility to lead and represent our own diverse and expansive communities, we share the equally important responsibility to work and develop relationships with student leaders of different faiths. Collaboration is necessary for tolerance, respect, and, most importantly, progress among its interlocutors. We are

committed to fostering a culture of not only respect between students of different faiths, but one also conducive to the development of symbiotic relationships that produce learning, new perspectives and friendships.

“The small steps of the student body ... make up the large strides of the University.” Together, we are planning interfaith events through which Muslim and Jewish students can learn more about each other’s faiths, and explore and discover shared commonalities between them. This coming Monday, Sept. 12, Shalom/Salaam — a student

organization whose aim is to bring Jewish and Muslim students together through voluntary community service work — will be bringing the mayor and deputy mayor of a north New Jersey town, a Muslim and Jew respectively (and both University alumni) to campus to speak about working closely with one another effectively in a town largely populated by Muslims and Jews. The event will take place in the Raritan River Lounge of the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus beginning at 8:00 p.m. All are encouraged to attend and to look for more interfaith events as the semester continues. One of the ironies of our time is that despite having volumes of information readily accessible, people still do not realize how common our faiths are. If, at the very least, an effort is made to

understand, so many myths would be dispelled, and mutual respect and coexistence would be inevitable. We are dedicated to bridging gaps through education of our faiths. To all the students of the University, this year we are looking forward to moving forward. The steps we are taking may seem small, but it is always the small steps of the student body that make up the large strides of the University. Zeke Pariser is a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior majoring in philosophy with a minor in English. Pariser is the student president of Rutgers Hillel. Ibaad Sadiq is a School of Engineering sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. Sadiq is the student president of the Rutgers University Muslim Student Association.

Recognize Obama’s many conservative tendencies Letter MATT KUCHTYA resident Barack Obama rejected a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this past week, which would have imposed stricter air quality standards. Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator, fought for these ozone reductions but was on the losing end of a battle with Obama and his White House staff. The decision to abandon the tougher emissions standards angered environmentalists and liberal Democrats who formed a large portion of Obama’s political base since the lead-up to the 2008 election. Despite Obama’s protestations that the new policies would hurt potential economic growth, these constituencies see Obama’s most recent pivot as a betrayal of principles they believe the president once held when “change” was the buzzword around the country.


At first glance, this move seems to be another sellout by the president, which r uns counter to the ideologies many liberal Democrats believed he held. In the recent debate over the raising of the debt ceiling, Obama was all too willing to compromise with Republicans at any cost and succumbed to their brinkmanship tactics. Of course, the president was unwilling to foolishly let the countr y default on its financial obligations, but he did not push hard enough for what many people on both sides of the aisle feel the president believes in. The resulting debt “compromise” featured some shared sacrifice on the targeted areas of future spending cuts, but the deal did not contain meaningful revenue increases, of which Obama has supposedly been a proponent. Moves that repeatedly appear as political sellouts to Democratic followers of the president, however, may in fact

be decisions consistent with a moderate conser vative ideology. In the same way that former President Richard Nixon was painted as a far-right conser vative by those on the left despite some of his center-left policies, Obama may indeed be a centerright moderate who has been

“Some liberals ... are correctly beginning to peceive [Obama’s] conservative tendencies.” painted as a far-left liberal. Republicans felt betrayed by Nixon’s support of more liberal policies such as maintaining Great Society programs, creating the EPA and opening relations with China, prompting rebuke from liberals and conservatives alike.

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Obama’s campaign rhetoric falsely enticed people into believing he would produce extreme changes, but he was often noncommittal and careful with what he was actually saying. Many of his policies while in office have been very moderate or conservative. In regards to domestic issues, his fiscal stimulus package was half the size his economic advisers suggested. His health care reform legislation rejected the single-payer system advocated by members of his liberal base and was rather similar to proposals by Mitt Romney when the latter was governor of Massachusetts. Obama also maintained the Bush tax cuts with little opposition to conservative demands. In foreign affairs, he continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and failed to close Guantanamo Bay promptly as he said he would. His personnel included former President George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense and many other longtime Washington advisers who

would make change difficult. Seeing Obama as a political sellout rather than a moderate conservative showcases the fissures and divisions in our current political environment. Some liberals still believe in the “change” Obama advocated on the campaign trail, while others are correctly beginning to perceive his conser vative tendencies (see Paul Krugman). The recent rejection of more stringent EPA standards highlights this latter fact perfectly. However, conservatives, even those closer to the center of the political spectrum, still label Obama as a big-government socialist and even question his identity as an American. Misunderstanding Nixon as a farright conservative and Obama as a far-left liberal demonstrates the close-minded nature of the American two-party system. Matt Kuchtya is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in economics and political science with a minor in history.

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Junior wide receiver Tim Wright played 12 games as a sophomore in 2009 and was slated to start in 2010 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in training camp. Wright recovered and a year later, made his first career catch in this season’s opener.





While the Rutgers women’s soccer team managed to escape the weekend largely unscathed record-wise, the Scarlet Knights took a huge hit to their roster with an injur y to fifth-year senior midfielder Karla Schacher. The captain tore her ACL during a collision with Loyola Mar ymount’s goalkeeper during the Knights’ 2-1 victor y on Friday and will miss the rest of the season. “The loss of Karla was huge,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “She was in the hospital until 4 a.m. Monday morning with our trainer. The news was not good, but we sensed it at the field. There was a doctor on the field and he did all the tests. She was in a lot of pain.” Schacher is currently eighth all-time in Rutgers history with 155 career shots and tied for ninth with 18 goals for her career. Because the midfielder already used a redshirt following

ROLE: Simpkins follows guide of Guthrie, WPS goalie continued from back really well so they kept me there, so I grew to like it, then grew to love it and now I’m stuck there.” As a captain and now the star ting goalkeeper for the Knights, Simpkins has the oppor tunity to establish her legacy in a Rutgers uniform. Luckily for Simpkins, she had the past four seasons to watch another Knight put her stamp on the school’s histor y books. Guthrie, now in the Women’s Professional Soccer League, depar ted from the Banks as the school’s all-time

her sophomore season, she is unable to return to the team for another season and will be forced to sit out her final year on the Banks. “I feel ver y bad for Karla. She’s been through a lot but it’s the way she plays,” Crooks said. “She goes at it. She was

long, but she did admit to being initially frightened. The Mississauga, Canada, native was forced to use a medical redshir t during her freshman year after tearing her ACL in a scrimmage against Montreal. “It’s just a sprain under my kneecap and I was really worried, so I didn’t risk it,” she said.”


KARLA SCHACHER not going to back off this keeper, who really laid her out.”



Jonelle Filigno sustained an injur y of her own in Friday’s contest, spraining her knee early on in the action. According to Filigno, the injury will not keep her sidelined record holder in shutouts (44) and minutes logged (7,981), achieving All-Big East status in two out of her four years under head coach Glenn Crooks. That, along with her hard work and dedication, did not go unnoticed by Simpkins, who trained with the Sky Blue FC goalie over the summer to fur ther improve her game. “I’m still lear ning from Erin,” Simpkins said. “My freshman year, I redshir ted because I had ankle surger y, so being able to sit out helped a lot, as well. Being able to watch Erin and see how she trained and how she led the team meant a lot in the long run.” Although Simpkins had some humble beginnings through her first two years — undergoing


Junior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins is 11-9 as a starter over the past two seasons for the Scarlet Knights.



DiPaolo continues to make strides in her ACL recovery and looks to make a return sometime in October to the Knights. That would place DiPaolo in the hear t of the squad’s Big East schedule and would go a long way in aiding the Knights for their postseason run. DiPaolo led Rutgers last season with three game-winning goals. “I have a doctor’s appointment on Friday, so hopefully I’ll get cleared to do a little bit more,” DiPaolo said. “I should be cleared to play by October, so I should be good to play for the postseason.” two surgeries in as many seasons — she got her shot last year to prove her worth in goal. The result was an 8-7 record, five clean sheets and invaluable experience. “Goalkeeping is an experience position probably more than any other,” Crooks said. “It’s ver y tough for goalkeepers that don’t get in ver y many matches because outside of catching the ball and being able to use your feet, it’s about angles. It’s about reading the game. It’s about organizing your backs. Honestly, you only truly get that in the game.” The greatest proof of Simpkins’ growth may have been in the Knights’ 1-0 loss to No. 6 UCLA on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Bruins fired 20 shots at the Nor thwest Cabur r us (N.C.) High School product, but Simpkins made a careerhigh 12 saves to keep the game in reach. With her 18 star ts last season, combined with experience from games against teams like No. 10 Boston College, Loyola Mar ymount and UCLA, Simpkins seems to be settling in nicely for Crooks. Through the Knights’ first five contests, Simpkins boasts a goals-against average of .78 and a save percentage of .862, leading her head coach to believe his keeper is ready for the challenge. “We’ve been blessed with our goalkeeping, with Erin for the four years and Emmy getting tutored under Erin,” Crooks said. “Now Emmy’s ready for the battle.” With the Big East season right around the corner and the stakes rising higher as the weeks go by, Simpkins embraces the pressure of being in net, and understandably so. Because with Guthrie gone and Simpkins now holding the torch, it is her turn to help the Knights make history, and she had plenty of time learning. “I didn’t want to go to a school that had already been established,” Simpkins said. “I wanted to be a part of a program that was striving to become that, and I wanted to be one of the players to get it to that level.”










Justin Doerner admits he was nervous before Thursday’s opening kickoff at High Point Solutions Stadium, but once that was out of the way, he just played football. The Junior College transfer from California will handle kickoffs and punts for the Rutgers football team, and he had plenty of practice in a 48-0 season-opening rout of North Carolina Central with nine kickoffs and five punts. “I thought I did well,” Doerner said. “There’s definitely room for improvement. I’m looking forward to this week, so I can step up my game a little bit. I know it’s going to be a bigger game, so hopefully I can help out the team.” Freshman Anthony DiPaula enrolled in the spring, when he had mixed results with his punting but was in competition with Doerner throughout training camp. Doerner learned he won the competition a day before the season opened, but he always expected to at least kick off. “I feel like they wanted me to come in and play,” Doerner said. “That’s why they brought me here.” The Redondo Beach, Calif., native has family friends in northern New Jersey and traveled to the East Coast before enrolling at Rutgers, but not since seventh grade. There is a faster pace, he said, but his biggest adjustment comes in growing accustomed to the demands of a Big East program compared to the JuCo ranks. Doerner will also have to get used to punting in the Northeast weather once winter arrives but said he is not worried.


“A few days during camp it got pretty windy, but they say it’s supposed to get worse as the year goes on,” Doerner said. “I’m from a beach city, so we constantly have the ocean breeze coming in. I’m used to kicking in the wind. I’m comfortable with it.”




Desmond Wynn did certain drills during yesterday’s practice in the Bubble but remains a question mark for Saturday’s game at North Carolina. “I’m not sure if he’ll be functional to play, but it’s good to see him out here,” said head coach Greg Schiano. Schiano would not name a definitive replacement for Wynn, but redshirt freshman Betim Bujari remains the most likely candidate. “He’ll play a big part in the game,” Schiano said. “He’s got an edge to him, but he has strength. If you have an edge, you better have something to back it up.” Schiano also said true freshman Kaleb Johnson, who is practicing at right tackle but played guard in high school, will play this season, and expressed regret at not playing him in the season opener.



end Jamil Merrell practiced yesterday after suffering a foot injury in training camp. Merrell was expected to contribute on a defensive line with limited experience and many moving parts if healthy. “He’s doing some stuff,” Schiano said. “We’re getting him going and that would be a huge shot in the arm if we could get him back some time this season.”


Junior punter Justin Doerner averaged 46.6 yards per punt with two touchbacks and one inside the 20-yard line in his Rutgers debut Thursday at High Point Solutions Stadium.

INJURY: Cooper assumes

Robinson returned punts from the time he was a freshman backrole as Knights’ nickel corner up running back to Ray Rice, and he returned one for a touchdown last season against South Florida. continued from back He returned two punts against “He instantly earned the North Carolina Central, but freshrespect of the DB’s because he’s man wideout Miles Shuler also such a hard worker and such a lined up to return a punt late in the good guy on and off the field,” fourth quarter. Ryan said. “He’s been around Shuler, junior receiver here longer than I have, and he’s Mohamed Sanu and sophomores someone I look up to, but he’s J.T. Tartacoff and Quron Pratt are all still with us. He’s still watching options to fill the void, Schiano said. film with us every day, and he’s Robinson used his redshirt still coaching at practice. We’ll season after his first injury but be fine.” appears a likely candiJones, Ryan and date to receive a medCooper will handle the ical redshirt. bulk of the responsibilLinebacker Edmond ities in Robinson’s Laryea appeared in two absence, but redshirt games last season freshman Gareef before suffering a seaGlashen and sophoson-ending knee injury, more Jordan Thomas and he is back for a will also see increased sixth year at Rutgers. practice repetitions. “I’m just giving him MASON Jones did not praca little bit of time so he tice Tuesday due to tencan relax, but he ROBINSON dinitis, but Schiano was knows I’m here,” unconcerned. Laryea said. “I told him I’d talk “We’ve been playing a lot of to him about everything. The guys,” Schiano said. “It’s all thing about Mason is he’s such the guys. It’s Coop. It’s Gareef. a positive kid. That’s one of the It’s Jordan Thomas. It’s ever y best things about him. We’ll talk corner that’s there — they’re about it and see where his head all in the mix. There are none is. If he does come back next who are not competing.” year, it’s going to be a great Schiano also has to find a new impact, and he’ll have a great punt returner. contribution to the team.”







unior Alex Jones of the Rutgers volleyball team ear ned recognition on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Jones totaled 78 kills in four matches last week, helping Rutgers to a 3-1 record. With a career-high 27 kills against Hartford on Friday, Jones recorded at least 20 kills in three straight games. Jones saved match point four times against Brown, adding five digs to her 21 kills. Jones also earned a spot on the Sacred Heart Invitational All-Tournament team with only 19 errors in 157 attempts.



team will host three one-day round robin tournaments this Fall in addition to one road trip to Lehigh for a doubleheader. The Scarlet Knights open their season against St. Peter’s on Sept. 25 at home. Fall play concludes on Oct. 16 against Rider. The Knights will search for their third consecutive Big East Tournament in the spring season.




football players earned reinstatement for Saturday’s game against Toledo after being suspended for NCAA violations. Tailback Jordan Hall, cornerback Travis Howard, linebacker Jordan Whiting and cornerback Corey Brown are all available to play. The status of the four players beyond this week is still uncertain, according to head coach Luke Fickell. The Buckeyes still remain without four of their players through the first five games, including 2010 top rusher Dan Herron and leading returning receiver DeVier Posey.



head coach Brian Kelly announced yesterday he will star t Tommy Rees at quarterback against Michigan on Saturday in place of Dayne Crist, who star ted a seasonopening loss against South Florida. Kelly said two of the factors that went into the decision were Rees’ performance in the second half against USF and his ability to run the offense and make quick decisions.



Jaguars cut starting quarterback David Garrard on Tuesday, leaving the seasonopening star t to backup Luke McCown. Garrard was the starter since he replaced Byron Leftwich in 2007, throwing for 16,003 yards, 89 touchdowns, 54 interceptions and a 61.6 completion percentage during his tenure. First-round Draft pick Blaine Gabbert will serve as McCown’s backup.


Sophomore goaltender Sarah Stuby allowed 10 goals in the Knights’ first four games, recording 18 saves with a .643 save percentage. Stuby started 11 games as a true freshman last season after earning a spot on the team as a walk-on.

Walk-on reminds coach of close friend BY JOSH BAKAN CORRESPONDENT

Goalie Sarah Stuby is known to make a clutch save here and there for the Rutgers field hockey team. FIELD HOCKEY S h e also can keep the Scarlet Knights in the game when the shots do not go their way. But the sophomore goalkeeper took an arduous path to get to this point in her collegiate career, and it did not even begin with a scholarship. Stuby decided she would become a Division I field hockey player late in her senior year of high school while recruitment came to a close. Head coach Liz Tchou heard about Stuby from her late friend and colleague, Kenwin Nancoo, who coached the Rutgers club team. “He was sort of a mentor to me. He’s the one who told me about Sarah,” Tchou said. “When he recommended a player, [I thought], ‘OK, I have to see this player.’” Since Nancoo passed away at 50 on Feb. 28, Tchou and Stuby

ADVANTAGE: Hofstra rallies against RU to take match continued from back disable double-teams and create isolations. Jones, who ear ned Big East Weekly Honor Roll recognition this week, when the middle blocker tallied 78 kills in four matches, had to be sidelined as a precautionar y measure. The Knights (4-5) came out strong, and never relinquished a lead in the first set. Junior setter Stephanie Zielinski assisted sophomore outside hitter Brittany Bozzini to seal the first set, 25-23.

continued to share a bond emotions of the game get to through his memory. her,” said senior back “I want to kind of take care of Mackenzie Noda. “A goalie’s her through his memory,” Tchou position could be seen as the said. “It was just a real shock that most stressful one.” he passed away this past year.” Noda has already seen a lot Stuby’s success carried on from Stuby, from the time the Nancoo’s legacy, as Tchou sees goalie tried out as a walk-on to many of his qualities as a reason her time as the star ter. why Stuby is successful And although in net. Noda will not play “A lot of traits that with Stuby after this he taught her you can season, the captain see in her. I can defihas high hopes for nitely see him in her,” her because of what she said. “I know that Stuby had to do to get whether she’s playing to where she is. well or not, she’s “She’ll probably be going to continue All-American status to fight through by the end of her because that’s how Rutgers career,” Noda KENWIN Kenwin was.” said. “Just deciding NANCOO So far, Tchou was that you want to be right in taking Nancoo’s advice Division I at the end of and giving Stuby a chance, as your senior year of high Stuby takes the star ting helm school — she sets high goals for her second season in as for herself, and she ultimately many years. achieves them. If she’s this Despite the Knights’ 1-3 good now, there’s nothing that record, the Roxbury, N.J., native’s can stop her from being defensive efforts this season kept that good.” Rutgers in every game. Whether Stuby can reach “She is such a clearheaded All-American status or not, she player and she doesn’t let the already crushed the doubts of

many to get to the point of star ting in goal. And she proves so game after game. Stuby allowed only two goals on 11 shots and nine penalty cor ners against William & Mar y on Friday at the Bauer Track and Field Complex. After the Tribe scored two goals in two minutes, they were a threat to score ever y time they obtained a penalty corner. But Stuby did not let in any goals in the remaining 23 minutes. The Knights also look forward to the Stuby’s future because of her drive to improve, which she displays in every practice. “She does many things to get in better shape than any goalie I’ve ever played with,” Noda said. “Sometimes goalies are a little slower than regular field players, but Stuby is an excellent example of someone who works their butt off to get a starting spot.” And so far, that hard work has not gone unnoticed, as Stuby remains a threat at the starting helm of the Rutgers goal.

“After the first set, Hofstra the set, 25-22. brought it to a different level that “We broke down a bit, comwe were not able mitting too many to match,” hitting and ser vWerneke said. “After the first set, ing er rors, and As Hofstra w e Hofstra brought continued to pick were not as up the intensity, aggressive,” it to a different the Knights conWerneke said. tinued to break A lack of level that we down. Er rors aggression was were not able doomed the uncharacteristic Knights the rest of a Knights to match.” of the match. squad that last After falling week showed CJ WERNEKE behind early, the tenacity and Head Coach Knights clawed an of fensive back in the secprowess. ond to tie the set at 15. “The credit goes to A Regmund kill put the [Hofstra] for stepping their Knights up, 18-17, but that lead game up,” Wer neke said. soon flipped as the Pride took “There were just too many

breakdowns for us tonight.” The undefeated Pride continued their seven-game win streak by topping the Knights in the third and four th sets. Sloppy play, a .141 hitting percentage and Jones’ absence explain the drop in Werneke’s of fense. Jones provided a consistent firepower for the Knights and led Rutgers of fensively for the past six matches, but it is not an individual ef for t that carries the team. The Knights’ 19 errors are key indications of the poor performance against the Pride. With a week of preparation, Werneke and the Knights can hope to be set for a better per formance this weekend at home.



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Wright returns after year of rehab, haircuts BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

back and wide receiver over his first four seasons in Piscataway, then switched to cornerback during spring practices. He split repetitions with juniors Brandon Jones and Marcus Cooper and sophomore Logan Ryan, and while no one distinguished themselves, Schiano repeatedly praised Robinson as a natural at his converted position. He was the starting nickel cornerback in Thursday’s season-opening win.

The line for Tim Wright’s expertise stretched outside of the bathroom and into the Rutgers football team’s locker room. Sometimes, the junior wide receiver has so many customers that he stays long hours in front of one of the FOOTBALL Scarlet Knights’ bathroom mirrors, where he even has his own chair. “The line gets long,” said freshman wide receiver Brandon Coleman. “He has some late nights here since he’s the only guy.” Along with his presence as one of the Knights’ team leaders and a veteran wideout, Wright also holds another occupation inside the confines of the Hale Center: team barber, with a client list that even included head coach Greg Schiano once. The Wall Township High School product began cutting hair when he was 12 years old, he said, learning from his father and adding his own styles over time. But Wright’s experience in the Rutgers locker room failed to match his time on the field, as a knee injury during training camp in 2010 derailed his chances to earn the first significant playing time of his career. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder earned Most Improved Offensive Player honors during 2010 spring practices and even found himself as a starter on Schiano’s two-deep depth chart. But the knee injury altered Wright’s aspirations for the Knights’ 2010 campaign. Instead of worrying about making his first career catch, Wright focused on an intense rehabilitation regimen to repair his knee. Wright finally made his first catch Thursday against North Carolina Central, a 13-yard grab on a curl route. “It was a great experience,” Wright said. “When you’re in the game, you don’t really think about it too much. But after the game, my family was celebrating. My teammates and I were celebrating. It was a real good feeling, but I was just chopping the moment during the game.” The end of the play still showed Wright’s caution, as the junior opted to go down on his own will instead of fighting for more yardage. “I was running a route, and the ball kind of surprised me a little bit,” he said. “I was like,




Fifth-year senior Mason Robinson returned a pair of punts for five yards and made three tackles defensively in the Scarlet Knights’ 48-0 season-opening win against North Carolina Central before tearing his ACL on Sunday in practice.

Robinson suffers season-ending injury BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

Fifth-year senior cornerback Mason Robinson suffered the second season-ending injury of his Rutgers career Sunday when he tore his ACL. He will FOOTBALL undergo surgery and apply for a sixth year of eligibility, according to head coach Greg Schiano. Robinson previously missed the entirety of the 2009 season after injuring

his knee in the season opener against Cincinnati. “He has some issues with both knees,” Schiano said. “It’s going to be an opportunity to get them both cleaned up and bring him back as a sixth-year grown man next year, and he’ll have a great season.” The loss only adds more uncertainty to a secondary begging for someone to step up. Robinson appeared on his way to doing that in just his first season on defense. The Somerville, N.J., native played running

Apprentice grasps role as netminder

Knights fall to Pride despite early advantage





The first time Emmy Simpkins took the field as a goalkeeper, she was just 11 years old and forced into net by her head coach to assume WOMEN’S SOCCER the duties of an injured teammate. Now, with former All-American goalkeeper Erin Guthrie out of the picture, Simpkins is once again responsible to man the net, now for the Rutgers women’s soccer team. But this time, the junior netminder is not in net by default. “I didn’t want to — I was kind of chosen to,” Simpkins said of her star t. “I was one of the larger kids, our goalkeeper got hur t and they threw me in. I guess I did

As one of fensive weapon returned to the Rutgers volleyball team’s lineup last night, one had VOLLEYBALL to be held out, RUTGERS 1 as junior middle blocker Allie HOFSTRA 3 Jones was scratched from the lineup and the Scarlet Knights dropped their second straight match, 3-1, against Hofstra. With sophomore outside hitter Tif fany Regmund back from injur y, the combination of Jones, Regmund and senior middle blocker Hannah Cur tis would have provided head coach CJ Werneke the opportunity to strategize of fensive schemes to



Senior Hannah Curtis led the Scarlet Knights with 17 kills last night in a loss to Hofstra. The loss drops Rutgers below the .500 mark nine matches into the season.




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