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Christie advocates worth of public safety measures BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Gov. Chris Christie paid a brief visit to the city of New Brunswick yesterday to speak to more than 400 law enforcement, homeland security and emergency-management professionals at the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The conference, conducted by Charles McKenna, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, focused on talking with professionals from federal, state and local government agencies about challenges facing their security measures. “This year’s conference is appropriately timed — given that it comes not long after we marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and with portions of the state still working to recover from Hurricane

Irene’s destruction — [it] reinforces the importance of our mission,” he said. Christie reminded the professionals in the audience to always be ready. “People grow weary about our missions, between the wars we fought and the measures taken, people think it won’t happen again,” he said. “We can prevent feeling guilty and responsible [for the attacks] by working hard and not taking anything for granted because it’s been 10 years.” He told the audience to think of those who lost their loved ones in the attacks as motivation to always be ready for a threat to homeland security. Christie thought of this when he attended a remembrance ceremony on the anniversary and met a 10-year-old boy, born five days after his father died in the attacks.

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New Brunswick resident Mary Klimick argues against the proposed trash moratorium at last night’s city council meeting at City Hall on Bayard Street.

Council discusses city’s curb waste pick up policy BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

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Gov. Chris Christie spoke to federal, state and local government agencies on the challenges of public safety yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Some question loss of campus-specific governing councils

The City Council of New Brunswick brought forth an amendment last night addressing the revision of the City of New Brunswick Chapter 8.40, “Solid Waste Collection and Disposal,” which will effect bulk trash pick-up during the end of the spring semester when students move out. The ordinance, although tabled to Oct. 19 by Council President Robert Recine,

will affect students living off campus during the move-out period. This is the second time the issue was not put to vote, after being tabled to yesterday during an early August meeting. “We have had a lot of public awareness on this issue, and we have not met with the student advisor y board,” said city attorney William Hamilton in reference to the joint University-city council. “The moratorium

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One year after the elimination of campus-based governing councils, some student politicians are questioning the effectiveness of the new student governing system. The new system uses campus caucuses within the Rutgers University Student Assembly, in lieu of independent governing councils, as well as separate professional school councils. Zaid Abuhouran, president of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) Governing Council, said the model is not effective. He believes campus-based councils help solve many issues and concerns students have. “I hope that RUSA revisits the constitution. Hopefully we can go back to how it was before, with focus on the campuses, which worked better,” he said. Abuhouran said after the elimination of the campus-specific governing councils, including the now defunct joint SEBS and Cook campus governing council, the Cook campus, where many SEBS students reside, has not received much attention from RUSA.

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Mason Gross plays cater to theatre students needs, interests BY RAYMOND WANG CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Students at the Mason Gross School of the Arts work hand-inhand every school year with playwrights, stage managers and stage technicians to put together more than 25 plays for the University and surrounding communities. Every production is produced and designed by the student body in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, said Carol Thompson, head of the Stage Management Program. Students perform every role in each production. “Plays are chosen in order to best serve the needs of the students in the program,” Thompson said. The Shakespeare play performed this year was “Twelfth Night,” which began its rehearsals Aug. 16th and closed on Sept. 11th, Thompson said. Other than Shakespeare, the company runs a subscription season, which includes seven different plays in both the Philip J. Levin Theater and the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater on the Cook/Douglass campus, she said. The department’s Executive Committee chooses one play to meet the needs of the Rutgers Theater Company and the students who act in it, Thompson said. “We aim for a range of work that supports the students’ academic program,” she said. “Acting, writing, designing, directing — each program has its own mission that we have to take into account.” The subscription season will continue in October with its production of “Machinal”, which was chosen by director Sophie Treadwell. After that, the company is running a play called “House for Sale,” directed by Daniel Fish, a professional director.

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Students at the Mason Gross School of the Arts will perform “Hunting and Gathering” and “The Aliens” among other plays this semester at the Jameson Studio Theatre on Douglass campus. The Theatre Company works to incorporate the individual attention to students.

“[House for Sale] is really cool,” Simpson said. “It’s based on an essay by [playwright] Jonathan Franzen and is being adapted as we go along — we don’t have a script yet, so we’re playing it by ear.” The Rutgers Theater Company will also present a series of plays directed by the MFA directing students under the Jameson Project, a small studio theater in the basement of the Jameson residence hall on Cook/Douglass campus, Thomson said. Coming up in the Jameson Project’s season includes a play entitled “Hunting and Gathering,” which is set to pre-

miere mid-October, and “The Aliens,” which is set to come out the following month. Despite the different divisions and the multitude of different plays, Thompson said the company manages to apply individual attention onto each student’s needs and on the direction of the Company as a whole. “The students are guided by master teachers and working professionals,” she said. “They are led in design, acting, writing and directing by supervisors of each craft and they have access to various workshops such as the scene shop, sound shop and electronic shop.”

Jacob Gershel, a Mason Gross School of the Arts firstyear, said he is excited to use these facilities. “The University has provided me with a great workspace as a set design student,” he said. “Ever ything I need has been provided for me and I have the creative liberty I need to succeed.” Juniors have the opportunity to study abroad for an entire school year at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London at a special Shakespeare workshop, Thompson said. During their second semester, they perform at the Globe itself, then bring their play back to the University and per-

form it again in the beginning of the next school year. “Rutgers is the only school that sends students abroad for a year, with its own school set up at Shakespeare’s Globe,” said Eliza Simpson, a Mason Gross School of the Arts senior. “It’s an incredible program.” Simpson said she is grateful for the oppor tunity to meet professors and other accomplished professionals who work at the Globe. “We cover a broad range of movements and gain so much information,” she said. “[And] we were able to enjoy everything about London for a year. It’s really a priceless experience.”


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POLICY: City looks to hire additional health directors continued from front is still something to look at, not only by the mayor but also the student board.” If the ordinance is passed, the city will not pick up bulk materials during May 10 to June 10 — the 30-day moratorium period. The purpose of the ordinance is to eliminate the $40,000 cost burden to the city and problem of the sightlessness associated with the end of the college clean out of privately owned housing, according to the amendment. From about mid-May to midJune, the amount of solid waste put at the curb increases compared to the rest of the year, and most of the increase in volume is due to bulk waste. “Equipment and bulk material” refers to furniture, box springs, mattresses, doors, windows, counter tops, cabinets, rugs, wood, non-recyclable plastic products and other material similar in mass, but will not include household appliances, scrap metal, tires, metal pipes, motor parts, batteries or other machinery. The board will use the student email network to contact students about the moratorium and is working with the University to establish donation collections and have options for students to aid in private disposal of trash, Councilman Jimmie Cook said. “There is still some discussion left to be held,” Councilman Joseph Egan said. The city has also talked about hiring additional sanitary health directors, public education cam-

MEASURES: Christie says audience protects state continued from front “What struck me was how fresh it all seemed, how vivid those memories seem when you go below the surface,” he said. “He told me it seems like almost every day people talk to him about his dad. Every day he is reminded he is different in a way we don’t want anyone to be different again.” This underscored his main point, which was that all of the professionals in the room are responsible for protecting New Jersey citizens. “We do this for the people we may not meet or know, but who we know will be grateful,” he said.

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paigns for landlords and tenants to coincide with the tenant right reforms from late April to June, Cook said. Cook said he wants to give the city the opportunity to reach the maximum fine, which could rise as high as $2,000, but the issue is still under discussion. Adoption of this ordinance would address public health, safety and welfare concerns in relation to the bulk stock piling. “The bulk waste placed at the curbside during this period often impairs the safety and wellbeing of the public, as bulk items are often piled so that they block sidewalks, block on-street parking spaces and have sharp, broken pieces that are hazardous to pedestrians,” according to the amendment. Mary Klimick, a New Brunswick resident, said the trash moratorium, if passed, would be detrimental to the city. “New Brunswick relies on Rutgers,” she said. “It would be an estimated $40,000 necessar y to pick up the bulk pick-up, so you would think that if they weren’t going to collect the bulk, it would be eliminated from the budget.” Klimick said the fact that the city plans to hire more staff and eliminate bulk trash does not make sense, and the stiff fines the city plans to implement are high. Klimick said after Hurricane Irene, residents in other towns were offered dumpsters to take care of their bulk trash. “Look at pictures from other towns when bulk material was built up,” she said. “Now look at New Brunswick. What were we offered?” The amendment will be open for public discussion on Oct. 19 at the City Hall on Bayard Street.

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Christie said he felt the people of New Jersey were very thankful for the efforts of those in the room in their response to Hurricane Irene. “The same people who were charged to prevent and protect against the terrorist attacks also helped in Hurricane Irene,” he said. “There was minimal loss of life in state because you and your colleagues were prepared.” He reflected on his tour of the state in the aftermath of the hurricane and the tropical storm that followed. “We saw people devastated at the loss of things they’ll never get back, photographs and mementos of a life well spent were washed away by the water,” he said. But Christie said he was proud of the security measures carried

BY CHASE BRUSH A proposed ordinance to amend, and ultimately resurrect, a 100-year-old city-wide bicycle law was tabled until the first meeting in November at last night’s New Brunswick City Council meeting amid resident concerns regarding the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. The ordinance, which was originally enacted in 1893 by the City of New Brunswick, would ban bicyclists from riding on pedestrian sidewalks in an ef for t to encourage safe and proper operation of bicycles on city streets, said Bill Bray, city spokesman. “[The ordinance] would essentially separate vehicular traffic from pedestrian traffic,” Bray said. In this sense, vehicular traffic would also include bicycles, which are “a two-wheeled vehicle propelled or intended to be propelled by the physical efforts of the person riding it,” according to the ordinance. Subsections of the regulation also prohibit riders from operating what could be deemed by police officers as an unsafe or defective bicycle, and require all riders obey the same rules as motor vehicle drivers. Any person in violation of the provisions is subject to a first offense fine of no less than $50, according to the ordinance. The revised ordinance is being revisited due to an accidental annulment of the original ordinance on Sept. 15, 2010, Bray said. The law was unintentionally dismantled when council members shot down a separate but related proposal, he said.

“[The ordinance] has been suppor ted by council members consistently in the past,” Bray said. Council President Robert Racine and Councilwoman Elizabeth Garlatti were among those individuals who spoke in favor of the ordinance, citing pedestrian safety as one of their foremost concerns. “As a pedestrian, I come very close to being hit,” Garlatti said. “It’s scary to have bicyclists on the sidewalk. As a pedestrian I’m very concerned, not just based on my personal experience but based on my personal observation as well.” Yet throughout the meeting, community members expressed their concern not simply for pedestrians, but also for the cyclists themselves. Charles Renda, a New Brunswick attorney, argued that the ordinance fails to address the real problem. “I’m always in favor of safety but I’m also in favor of attacking the problem, and the problem is not bicyclists on the sidewalk,” he said. “The problem is bicyclists on the sidewalk who don’t heed the right of way for pedestrians.” Renda said he believes with a more effective approach to the problem, the ordinance could better ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists without forcing cyclists into the street. “It seems to me the more appropriate law would be to regulate the bicycles. Say if you are on the sidewalks, you must slow your speed to something like a pedestrian,” he said. “And if you don’t do that, then you’re violating the ordinance.”

Mar y Klimick of New Brunswick took issue with the language used in the ordinance, such as the use of “any person” to describe bicycle riders. “‘Person’ can include anybody,” she said. “The people who use bicycles the most are children. If you pass this, you’re basically saying it’s illegal for any child to ride on the sidewalk and that all children have to ride in the street.” In response to Racine’s and Garlatti’s comments, Timothy Cobb, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, also rose questions about the safety of a cyclist who is forced to ride in the street. “By proportion, the danger of a bicyclist to a pedestrian is far less than the danger of a car to a bicyclist,” he said. Cobb also questioned the relevance of a 100-year-old law enforced in today’s society. “The city of New Brunswick has got a lot more traffic than it did 100 years ago, so if anything that law is outdated,” he said. Bray disagreed by arguing that the more dangerous situation is the one between the pedestrian and the bicyclist, citing the recent deaths of three individuals in Toronto as the result of bicycle/pedestrian collisions. “You’re talking about a collision between persons with no protection,” he said. Renda said there are other methods that could be used as solutions to the problem, including the introduction of a bike lane on busy streets. “Absent of a bike lane, it seems to me that to put this law into effect would be onerous for bicyclists,” Renda said. “We want to encourage bicyclists throughout the city.”

out by homeland security, which helped these people cope. “You all stood strong and provided guidance and help. Our job in government, first and foremost, is to protect the lives of the citizens who put us here,” he said. “If we do nothing else, we’ve done our job.” He also said their response after the hurricane has instilled more confidence in the state government. “We live in an incredibly cynical place. Our citizens’ attitude [toward] government is not laudatory,” he said. “A few weeks ago, I heard nothing but praise for all of you. It gives me great confidence that we’ll be ready for something next time.” He gave some parting advice to those in attendance at the

conference, noting that homeland security works best as a collaborative effort. “We’re all in this together. Conflicts do occur at times and egos at times rise above the cause,” he said. “This obscures our vision. We cannot resort to pettiness of ego and desire for credit.” Communication is another key to successful preparedness, Christie said. “There’s no substitute for talking to one another, all of us by nature in this business tend to be secretive and protect and guard information,” he said. “Everybody must be part of the effort.” Christie said the professionals should use their resources more efficiently.

“The people don’t want to hear us moan about how we need more money, even if we’re right,” he said. “We recognize people are hurting out there, so we must make do and do great things with the resources they already give us.” For the public to be more confident in the government, Christie asked the audience members to exude more confidence in their work. “Project a sense of confidence and clarity in our mission to those who count on us,” he said. “A leader without followers is just a guy out for a walk. People expect thoughtfulness, confidence and decisiveness, and we must project this all the time.”

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Poetry collective creates first competitive team Verbal Mayhem prepares to select students for national poetry slam next year, fundraise for the trip, plans for semester programs BY ELAINA FORMICHELLA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The University’s first poetry slam team is in the works to battle it out next spring at the annual national College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) poetry slam. Gwendolyn Baxley, president of Verbal Mayhem, said she hopes to create a team by December to compete in La Verne, Calif., after generating campus community interest. “It is really important that we get support from Rutgers to support the team,” said Baxley, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “We need support from school departments, general donors and especially the Rutgers students in order to make this dream come true.” Verbal Mayhem will host the poetry slams, a competition of performance poetr y, once a month in order to select the five best poets for the team. The first event is scheduled for Oct. 5. These poetr y slams will replace the weekly open mic’s that Verbal Mayhem hosts every Wednesday, Baxley said.

MINISTRY HOSTS DISCUSSION ON FAITH, STRESS OF LIFE CHANGES In honor of the first anniversar y of Tyler Clementi’s death, the Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries is hosting “Your Faith Has Made You Well, ” a free lunch and discussion today from noon to 2 p.m. at the Trinity House. The conversation on 14 Stone St. in New Brunswick will focus on the challenges of dealing with the drastic changes of entering college life and coping with the stress that comes from it, according to a Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries press release. Rev. Gregory Bezilla of the Episcopal Campus Ministr y at Canterbur y House and the Rev. Barbara Heck of Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries at Trinity House will lead the discussion. Bezilla and Heck will discuss how to integrate faith into being able to adjust to changes and the resources students can reach out to for guidance, according to the release. A grant from The Philip N. Knutson Endowment Board of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has made the free discussion possible, according to the press release. Trinity House is an ecumenical campus ministr y with a mission to connect University students to a life of Christian faith, service and compassion. — Reena Diamante

“To be apart of the new Rutgers’ team, you have to attend all of the Rutgers’ based poetry slams,” she said. “There will be five slams in which any Rutgers student can compete.” Each poet who performs will be scored on a scale from one to 10 by five judges. There will be a final competition, in which the finalists from the previous five slams will compete for the coveted spots on the team, she said. The top-five poets will earn their place on the team and the chance to compete at the CUPSI competition. Baxley said it will be a challenge for the team to raise enough money to fund the trip to California, but the members of Verbal Mayhem are determined to find the support they need. Verbal Mayhem has some fundraising plans that include performing poetry outside of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus and selling poetry-style telegrams around the holidays. “We also have this idea. We call it tele-poems, in which a student will give us the name and location of a student, and we will

write and perform a poem for that person,” Baxley said. The development of the poetry team and the chance to perform at the CUPSI competition are important to the Verbal Mayhem members. “I am more than excited to start this team,” she said. “I can’t

“I am more than excited to start this team. I can’t even explain it and I’m a poet.” GWENDOLYN BAXLEY Verbal Mayhem President

even explain it and I’m a poet.” Verbal Mayhem is following in the footsteps of the founder’s, which started the team a decade ago, she said. “Our founders were performance poets. They now have their own poetr y trio called The Mayhem Poets,” Baxley said. “Those are our roots. Verbal

Mayhem started in poetry and performance and now, 10 years later, I see a strong interest in slam poetry.” The poetry team will be selected in time for the CUPSI competition, which takes place from April 18 to 21 next year, which is also National Poetr y Month where there are more plans for the team, she said. The Second Annual National Poetr y Month Opening Ceremony, set for April 1, 2012, is an event Verbal Mayhem started as an initiative to show appreciation for poetry and the arts. Verbal Mayhem hosted this event last year with special guest poet Sonia Sanchez, an influential figure in not only poetry, but the black arts movement as well, she said. This year, Verbal Mayhem aims to up their game. “We want to set the standards even higher,” Baxley said. “I can’t disclose to you who we have, but I can say that our guests won’t be disappointed, and that we invited our founders to the event.” The Second Annual National Poetr y Month Opening Ceremony will not only be

celebrating poetr y, but the team as well. “We are going to celebrate Verbal Mayhem, our foundation and our legacy,” Baxley said. Verbal Mayhem also hosts open mic’s once a week ever y Wednesday at Murray Hall on the College Avenue campus. Baxley said their open mic’s ser ve as a place where poets, rappers, guitarist and singers are welcomed to share their emotions. Shayla Lawz, a School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student, said at first she did not know where to get involved with creative expression, but found excitement in Verbal Mayhem. “If you want a place to go where you can spill your emotions and leave your heart on the floor, [Verbal Mayhem] is the place for you,” she said. Haresh Kapadia, a School of Business first-year student, shares the same enthusiasm about Verbal Mayhem. “I look forward to going every week,” he said.


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COUNCILS: Referendum for RUSA passed two years ago continued from front “It’s the nature of the beast. RUSA is such a large organization it has to focus on larger, University-wide issues,” he said. Matt Cordeiro, president of RUSA, agreed but said the only organizations that are campusspecific are professional school governing councils. “Unless you’re from professional school councils and your life is dedicated to being on one campus, you do not have this allegiance,” he said. “RUSA has to oversee all of the students including nearly half of enrolled students who commute [or live off-campus].” After the changes, Cook campus’s responsibilities fell to the newly created Cook Campus Caucus, which is part of RUSA. But the caucus has not taken up any initiatives, Abuhouran said. “It’s not technically our responsibility [anymore], but because the school is housed on the Cook campus we have to take initiatives,” he said. Cordeiro agreed with Abuhouran and said the focus of each caucus should be reviewed. “I agree we need to do better. We need to find out if anyone is having trouble running the caucuses,” he said. “Maybe it’s better for RUSA to support the [professional school council] instead of the caucuses taking initiative.” Abuhouran said his council invited the Cook Campus Caucus chair to SEBS Governing Council meetings but said his attendance was infrequent. “The Cook Campus Caucus works more on larger issues with RUSA, and they haven’t worked with us as much,” he said. “I don’t even know who the chair this year is.” Former Cook Campus Caucus representatives did not comment on last year’s initiatives. A new chair has not yet been elected. Parth Oza, president of the Engineering Governing Council (EGC), which serves the engineering students who reside mainly on Busch campus, said although the council does not have much interaction with the Busch Campus Caucus, he likes the fact that it allows the EGC to be more involved. “The majority of students are engineers and come [now] to the EGC with concerns,” he said “I see it as positive as the council gets to work more closely with students on campus.” Oza said there have not been significant changes since the elimination of the Busch Campus Council. “The campus dean and students now come to us or the pharmacy governing council to voice their concerns,” he said. “There has been slightly more workload but overall it did not have much of an impact.” RUSA faculty adviser Kerri Wilson said students should remember RUSA is still fairly new, as it was only formed in 2007 after the different colleges within the University merged. “Prior to 2007 each college had its own governing associations, and after the creation of the School of Arts and Sciences there was a need for a centrally structured government,” she said. Presidents of all the governing councils came together and recognized the need for RUSA, but the campus-specific governing councils remained as they were, Wilson said. “They didn’t know what the University’s structure was going

to be,” she said. “The presidents of the governing councils came together and created this structure they thought hopefully will be effective.” But students pushed for RUSA to have more control two years ago and a referendum was passed, she said. “In the 2009-2010 year the committee on structure looked at suggestions brought to the student body by students who wanted to bring the power and voice of the University to RUSA,” she said. Cordeiro said he is the second democratically elected president in the University’s history, and that things will continue to evolve for the better. “In the past, the process of electing a RUSA president was three times removed from the student body,” he said. “Students would vote for a campus governing council board, which then picked RUSA representatives, which then voted for the president.” The current RUSA government consists of a president, vice president and a treasurer and representatives from the different campuses and governing councils, according to its website. Cordeiro said there are representatives from different governing councils and there are six caucuses. “There is one caucus for each of the five campuses, Cook, Douglass, etc., and there is one off-campus caucus,” he said. Wilson believes the system is more efficient. “The campus-based councils’ main objective was to co-sponsor events,” she said. “They essentially were funding organizations for events around campus.” Since last year, that ability was taken from some governing councils, said Kyrie Graziosi, Douglass Governing Council (DGC) president. “The DGC receives funding through student fees. The council still has a budget, but we’ve lost the funding that we used to co-sponsor events,” she said. While the DGC does not represent a professional school, it remains a residential college and retains a governing council. “We’re in a unique position, we’re sort of in the status of professional schools, [but] the governing councils of professional schools maintained the funding they had before,” she said. Graziosi said the changes negatively affected the DGC and took away some power and control away from the council. “We lost our University Senate seats after the restructuring,” she said. “We were able to get a seat back after petitioning RUSA, but we used to have four seats in the past and so did all the other campus councils.” While abolishing the other campus councils had adverse effects, Graziosi said the move was neutral overall for the DGC. “We were aware why the changes had to be made. We were in the talks and were part of developing the RUSA constitution,” she said. “Also consolidation has been good and has led to an increase in transparency.” Cordeiro said the evolution of the organization would lead to more changes. “RUSA’s mission has changed, and resources are not being doled out on a campuswide basis,” he said. Wilson said RUSA has to set out specific guidelines of what it wants the newly formed campus caucuses to do. “RUSA needs to define what the purpose is of campus caucuses,” she said.


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Study shows economic divide between Middlesex County, state BY HENNA KATHIYA STAFF WRITER

Despite the economic recession that has gripped the nation, Middlesex County seems to be doing better than the rest of New Jersey in terms of median annual household income. Joseph Seneca, a University professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, said Middlesex County is faring significantly better than the rest of the country. “The latest [Census Bureau] data from 2009 indicates that the median household income for Middlesex County is $75,531, which is 10 percent higher than the median income of the state, which is $68,342,” Seneca said. The median household income for Middlesex County is

50 percent higher than the country at $50,221, he said. Seneca believes the reason Middlesex County is faring better than both the state and the nation is because residents of Middlesex County are exposed to a diverse mixture of employment across various business sectors. “There are plenty of sectors between services and information jobs that create job opportunities for the residents of Middlesex County,” he said. Rashounda Wright, a New Brunswick resident, thinks reconstruction and remodeling of certain areas also create more jobs for people. “Look at New Br unswick. There are so many construction sites as town officials are tr ying to remodel the town,” Wright said. “Erecting new

buildings gives jobs to constr uction workers, and then after the buildings are built workers are needed to work in the buildings.” Previous studies have shown that the economic gap between Middlesex County and New Jersey is continuously rising, according to the Legal Services of New Jersey. The poverty rate in New Jersey, for example, rose from 9.3 percent in 2008 to 2009 to 10 percent in 2009 to 2010. Despite the numbers, Wright remains optimistic that New Brunswick and Middlesex County, as a whole, will continue to overcome the obstacles of poverty and prove to be a successful role model across the nation. “I’m glad to be living in a county that is doing better than a lot of other counties by comparison,” she said. “It gives me hope

that one day this economy will turn around.” The economic recession has been a major concern for some people, including students who are close to graduating and entering the workforce. Jadah Riley, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, expressed her concerns of graduating and not finding a job. “Even though I’m two years away, the pace at which the economy is changing doesn’t leave for much hope,” Riley said. “But it’s good to hear that I live and go to school in a county that is doing a full 50 percent better than the nation.” Bill Bray, city spokesman of New Brunswick, spoke about the city projects and creating job opportunities. “The city does a lot to revitalize and create new business-

es and create job oppor tunities,” he said. There are a lot of projects in the works for the city of New Brunswick that will hopefully help boost the economy a little more, Bray said. “We’re doing our best to help increase the household income as much as we can,” he said. “I know people out there are hurting. Even though our county is doing a lot better … we want to ensure that everyone that really needs a job can try to find one in our area.” Riley believes in looking on the brighter side of things during this recession. “Obviously many people are being affected in this economic recession, but we should be thankful that we are living in a community in which there are some job opportunities being created,” she said.

NEW BRUNSWICK PARKING AUTHORITY OFFICIAL ARRESTED FOR STEALING MONEY After stealing more than $24,000 in parking fees, Michael Lapidus, the New Br unswick Parking Authority’s financial operations manager, was indicted in an investigation that has led to six other arrests of employees in the organization. Lapidus faces charges of official misconduct, failing to deposit parking receipts and tampering with computer records, said Bruce Kaplan, Middlesex County prosecutor, in an nj.com article.

Lt. Daniel Del Bagno and Investigator Donald Heck of the prosecutor’s office found that more than $24,000 in fees paid between April 1, 2007 to March 1, 2009 to the Wolfson parking deck in New Brunswick were never deposited. Lapidus was responsible for collecting and depositing those payments, Kaplan said. He is the seventh employee to be charged in the investigation looking into the theft of more than $100,000 in parking fees. Three have already pleaded guilty and received sentences for their offenses.

Thevio Eliscar of New Brunswick received a sevenyear sentence and was ordered to pay back the $45,000 he stole between May 1, 2009 and May 16, 2010 from parking fees. Hicham Saadi, also of New Brunswick, will serve one year in prison and must pay back $60,000 that he stole between November 2006 and May 16, 2010, according to the article. Anthony Williams of Woodbridge received at twoyear sentence and was ordered to pay back $650. — Amy Rowe


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NJ should spend on smoking prevention C

igarettes are expensive in New Jersey. Our state has the sixthhighest cigarette tax in the nation at $2.70 per pack. Given that there are more than 1 million people lighting up in New Jersey that makes for a pretty powerful revenue stream. But of all that money, a rather measly portion is going to smoking prevention programs. As things currently stand, the state government only contributes 1 cent from every tobacco tax dollar earned to smoking cessation efforts. This has led to some understandable upset amongst anti-smoking groups in the state, who are convening to ask Gov. Chris Christie and the state legislature to step up their efforts and start contributing 10 cents of every tobacco tax dollar. This, we think, is a pretty reasonable request. If the government does agree to this, anti-smoking programs will receive $30 million to aid their efforts. As long as there are smokers in New Jersey, there will be people suffering from the array of ills that the practice can inflict — including lung cancer, heart attacks, and emphysema, to name a grisly few. Diseases such as these are expensive for everyone involved, including doctors, insurance companies and the people suffering from them. Aside from and more important than the question of money, it is also an issue of human suffering. Smoking does, in fact, kill, and the state should do whatever it can to stem the tide of smoking deaths in New Jersey. The money is clearly there to support an initiative like this. New Jersey made $750 million last fiscal year in tax money from tobacco products. The anti-smoking groups are asking for a comparatively meager $30 million of that, but think of all the good that money could bring by way of prevention campaigns and cessation aids. We know that New Jersey, like every other state in the United States, is in the midst of a financial semi-crisis, and so it needs all the money it can get. This seems like a case wherein we can safely indulge, knowing that this money would be going to an absolutely great cause. For all the bad which smoking brings, here is a chance for tobacco to, in an odd way, give back to the community it ravages: by indirectly helping these anti-smoking groups fund the sorts of programs that will save lives and keep people from putting themselves in danger in the first place.

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ellphones are as ubiquitous as air in the United States — and for some, they’re about as necessary as oxygen, as well. But whereas phones began as a way to hold conversations across great distances, text messaging has quickly taken over verbal conversation as most people’s primary use of cellphones. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, adults send 41.5 text messages on average a day. Young adults, who are those aged 18-24, send a whopping 109.5 text messages on average. Even more telling is the fact that, of those who send more the 50 texts a day on average, 55 percent say they’d rather text than talk. We here at The Daily Targum are certainly not Luddites. We have our phones as well, and many of us probably fall in line with the average number of messages per day for young adults. However, we believe there’s a special quality to verbal conversations — especially those conducted in person — which text messages cannot quite match. Verbal conversation is more intimate. It fosters stronger, closer connections than text messaging. Often, it’s more practical as well: Why confine yourself to the stilted back and forth of text messaging when you could conduct a full, fluid, lively conversation verbally? Plus, verbal conversation teaches valuable interpersonal skills, which are necessary in plenty of situations. You cannot text the kid behind the checkout counter at the grocery store. Although, maybe one day, you could. Who knows? Text messaging does have its benefits, of course. It is great for sending quick reminders or alerting people to important information when you’re in a situation where speaking is prohibited. They can also serve as memory aids — say, for example, you need someone’s address. Rather than trying to memorize it, you can have them shoot you a quick text. The fact remains, however, that technology like text messaging is a type of progress, and in the process of progress, something of the old ways is lost — sometimes irretrievably. Usually, the thing lost is something we could do without, like a disease or a discomfort. Verbal communication, though, is not one of those things that we can stand to lose. Human connection and the societies that rise out of those connections just wouldn’t be the same without it. As long as we remember that, then the rise of text messaging is no problem at all.

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began the University je ne sais quoi that separates edition of my life as a the party school men from resident of Brett Hall. the party school boys. Surely For those of you who don’t our weekend fracas is just know, Brett is that charming the minimum of what’s to be little dorm nestled comfortexpected from a college popably in between a factory for ulated by young adults with garden-variety hipster expendable income and even ALEX LEWIS robots (Demarest) and the more expendable morals. place where first-year livers We may party, but the go to die (Tinsley). But Brett isn’t without its own University way of life isn’t responsible for it. derisive label that is also totally, 100 percent spot on: And yet, the perception persists: In Brett, we are the honors kids, those special little Collegehumor.com ranked us number 30 on their snowflakes who mainline Adderall to “stay ahead of list of places to get down and dirty in collegiate the curve” and ambush the professor after class debauchery. For reference, we came in at 68 on the “just to chat” — after all, every professor is a potenholy and most high U.S. News & World Report’s list tial thesis advisor to an honors kid! of Best Colleges. The Star-Ledger allegedly called What you may not know is that every single Brett us “America’s cockiest, smartest party school;” resident is, by definition, afflicted with the same anxhow’s about that for a backhanded compliment? iety: You see, we all made a massive existential comBy this point, my honors program readers should promise with ourselves when we decided to come to be curled up in a fetal ball. But wait, my grade-grubthe University. No honors student has Rutgers as his bing brethren. We still have a secret weapon — the first choice of colleges. We all believed it when our rejected Ivy League invitation! That surely sets us a parents/teachers/authority figures cut above the party school label. told us that we’d end up at the However, that legend has long “Surely our weekend been considered apocryphal, misinHarvards and the Stanfords and the Oxfords of the world, then faced terpreted or downright false. fracas is just massive life-altering identity crises The Brett resident inside of me the minimum of when we didn’t get accepted to those craved the truth. So, like any good places, or when Gov. Chris Christie school student, I did what what’s to be expected non-party came along and used our sweet came naturally and explored $20,000 scholarship as a condiment Alexander Library. OK, that’s a comfrom a college.” for his burrito. plete fabrication. Like most of us, I For whatever reason, be it fiscal treat the library as some kind of temlimitations, rejections or other, we found ourselves at porary space-time wormhole that opens up during the University. And to the infinite shock of the formerlyexam season and then disappears into non-existence Ivy League bound, it wasn’t that bad. Sure, the when finals are over. I was astounded to see that it University is no MIT, and it likely never will be. But we does, in fact, exist independently of my caffeinemanage to crack the top 100 in most of the more repfueled, 2 a.m. red-eye study sessions. Did you know utable college ranking catalogues. We boast a few standthat there are books in there? Whoa. out academic departments in programs like business Anyway, an archivist in the University libraries, and math. And a Rutgers degree is a highly regarded Tom Frusciano, confirmed for me that the whole commodity outside of the Garden State. People hear “Ivy League invitation” was about as genuine as the about how we turned down an invitation to join the Ivy “Philly” cheese steaks in Brower. In other words, League when the organization was in its formative it’s totally phony. years. Sure, we had the academic chops to hack it with “The Ivy League was formed around 1954 to those latte-sipping yuppies down in Princeton, but this is gather together schools who had rejected the Rutgers! This is a state university! This is where you can emphasis on big time college sports, particularly get a top-notch education for the price of a crappy football,” Frusciano said. “Rutgers had also adopted DeVry vocational degree! It is to this characterization that philosophy and many at the University prothat most of us subscribe, and to which honors kids posed that Rutgers join the Ivy League, if invitcling in order to legitimize themselves. ed. But that invitation never came.” And how fitting, So you can imagine my shock the first time I seeing as how 57 years later, the school subsidizes heard someone call the University a party school. $18.4 million worth of athletics. What? Rutgers, a party school? Surely that is So, Rutgers, we may indeed be a party school. impossible. I mean, it’s a school, and there certainly But I think the thing to take away from all this is how are parties, so I guess we fit the most basic definition little such labels actually mean. Everything seems to of the term. But for a school to qualify as a legitimate SEE LEWIS ON PAGE 9 party school it needs that something else, that special

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Let Gov. Christie have his freedom

LEWIS continued from page 8 suggest that we straddle the line between self-assured “public Ivy” and no-holds-barred fiesta zone. Whether or not that duality is an uncomfortable hybrid or a “best of both worlds” scenario is totally up to us. In New Brunswick, I can study and get my drink on (literally, if I bring a flask to lecture). So let’s abandon debunked myths about Ivy League invitations, as well as what other people think. Oh, except for potential employers. If they ask, tell them we got invited to the Ivy League. Alex Lewis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies and philosophy with minors in African Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures. His column, “La Nausée,” runs on alternate Thursdays.

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ov. Chris Christie is a like a boxer — broad shoulders, wide stance and quick to the punch. With that comes the need for great agility. In order to be successful in a blue-leaning state, Christie needs to be flexible, especially when the collective wallet is upturned and empty. Mandating that he broadcast his location, as state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) seeks to do with a proposed bill, is confusing the issue in a vain attempt to rally the troops. There is no precedent, necessity nor genuine need for Christie to inform everyone down the line of government and the common citizens of his whereabouts. Asking him to do so is nothing

short of “Access Hollywood” for senior public officers. This bill news junkies. Sure, Weinberg would only ser ve to hinder his would love to chain Christie with ability to act quickly if he would a GPS device and Twitter feed, be required to submit his wakbut that only seeks to restrain the ing activities in triplicate. His power of our executive in a time schedule is already intelligently of increasing dissatisfaction prioritized between his family with government. and office, even While Christie more so now does not refrain “Christie may not after he suffered from business the previous be a private citizen from trips, they are just embar rassment as advertised — of paying a visit any longer, but ... for business. This to his son’s basehe is not a dog. ” bill would limit the ball game in a number of individhelicopter earlier uals Christie this year. would be able to access. Personal As a general rule, I wouldn’t and political opinions aside, I expect more from a public offidon’t believe anyone can fault cial than you would normally Christie for a lack of commitment. expect from a significant other, Christie, apar t from being mainly in terms of personal responsible and highly success- space. So aside from some of the ful, is also more in touch with hedonistic fantasies we might all the common voter than most have from time to time, no one

Daily review: laurels and darts

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here may never come a day when everyone at the University is completely satisfied with the bus service. In all likelihood, there will always remain a vocal portion of the population who finds reasons to be disgruntled over the University’s public transit system. For those naysayers, however, there is a new, little-advertised program that may help them avoid the buses all together. This year, the University launched a bike rental program. Although the program is still small, limited to 150 bikes, it’s still a great idea, one which we hope to see expand in the upcoming years. Not only will the bike program help relieve bus congestion, but it also reduces emissions and gives students the chance to get a bit of a workout to boot. We give the University’s Department of Transportation Services and the Department of Green Purchasing laurels for starting this program. *

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Following the recession of 2008, a lot of Americans grew wary of the credit card-centric, debt-heavy lifestyles they were living, with good reason. Citigroup Inc. does not seem to have received this memo: In the third quarter of 2011, Citigroup mailed out an estimated 346 million credit card offers. To make this figure more salient, consider the fact there are only about 308 million people in the United States. That’s right: Citi offered more credit cards than there are people in the entire country. Citigroup receives a dart for their promiscuous use of credit card offers. The last thing the American people need is more personal debt. They’re shouldering enough of the government’s already.

enjoys having their freedom of movement taken away from them. The bill is a farce, albeit a weak one, to trump up voter sympathy for a debate of no substance. Christie may not be a private citizen any longer, but he isn’t a first-class private on guard duty, and he is not a dog. If for some reason this bill is a hit, I imagine a Christie clad in pajamas slinking out of his bedroom down a chain of knotted sheets and into a nearby bush as senators stalk from their parked Jaguars. Frankly, due to the previous performance of our CEO, I can take rest knowing that Christie knows how to best manage his free time. Just give him a walkie-talkie he can turn off. Stephan Liszewski is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in history and political science.

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GOLFERS: Experienced veterans lead team by example continued from back So far, both Fagan and Walters are satisfied with the progression from the freshmen and how they handle the adjustment to college golf. “There’s definitely a lot of pressure on them, so we’ll see how it goes,” Fagan said. “They’re definitely great players, and they just have to stay in it and be confident.” Another part of their co-captain jobs requires getting the more experienced team to take advantage of the jump from freshman to sophomore seasons. “Last year, we had three or four freshmen in the lineup. The difference from freshman

STRIDES: Deckert excels as RU’s middle-of-order runner continued from back Decker t continues to do what the coaching staff wants of her. While she is not the first Knight to finish ever y race, her consistency from the middle of the pack led to her success thus far. Merrill-Morin recognizes her consistency and points to the work she put in over the summer as the reason why Decker t continues to do so well. “The one thing that she has done that’s different between her freshman year and sopho-

to sophomore year is huge,” Fagan said. “This year, we have the experience and the talent. We’re going to do good things this year.” Both understand that while it is important to focus on individual

DOUG WALTERS tournaments, there is also the bigger picture of the direction of the team’s future and as co-captains, they play a huge part. “Its tough to do, but it feels good to make sure ever yone’s more year is she has adapted to the training program,” MerrillMorin said. “She went home this summer, did the training we gave her and has come back a

ASHLEY DECKERT lot fitter. She’s been finishing No. 5 or 6 for us, right in that place on our team where we need her the most right now.”

doing the right thing, and we’re putting our program in the right step,” Fagan said. A captain’s duties extend off the course, as well. Fagan and Walters have to be leaders in the classroom, making sure all the players excel academically so they are eligible to play in tournaments. So Fagan and Walters have the golfing talent, experience, vision, leadership ability and skills to be good role models. The last thing they need is a grasp of their coach’s ideals so they can imprint them on the team, and they have that, too. “‘Go big or go home’ is the motto this year,” Walters said. “We’re tr ying to win it all, and we just can’t think about the future. We have to take it one week at a time.” Freshman Felicia O’Donnell, who ran with Decker t since they were teammates at Delsea, also sees the results of Deckert’s offseason training. “She was really good [at Delsea], but her times have definitely gotten even better,” O’Donnell said. “There is definitely an improvement from when she was in high school.” As the season continues, Deckert wants to improve even more and make her sophomore season a completely different experience than her freshman year. “I haven’t gotten to run in the Big East Championships yet,” Deckert said. “So my goal is to perform well there.”

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Sophomore linebacker Jamal Merrell ranks second on the team in tackles with 12, including one and a half for a loss. In addition to his role as strongside linebacker, he is on kickoff return and coverage split time at strongside spot the teams — common proving ground for freshman linebackers continued from back at Rutgers. But he ascended quickly, earnhit. I’m the one trying to run people over, and they’re like, ing meaningful defensive snaps “You’re a wide receiver. You have against North Carolina after playing mop-up duty in a rout against to make cuts.” After two years of what North Carolina Central. “If you can deal with the physMerrell called a humbling process, the Bear, Del., native icality on special teams with began working with the ever ybody flying around, that first-team defense during makes the rest of the game come a little bit easier,” Snyder said. training camp. With Greene and Merrell It took significantly less time both new to the for Snyder to work position and his way into the Snyder new to defensive rotation, “They’re real college football, and the two will good athletes both strongside share repetitions at credthe position movand they wouldn’t linebackers it junior middle ing forward. be there if they linebacker Steve “I think they Beauharnais both deser ve to weren’t the best with helping play, and I think them adjust. neither one could guys for the job.” Like Snyder, handle it all themSTEVE BEAUHARNAIS Beauharnais selves right now,” Middle Linebacker star ted his colsaid head coach lege career on Greg Schiano. special teams, The two combut he did not earn significant plement each other. Merrell brings the physicality time on defense until nine weeks he craved as a wideout to the into the season. He played strongside lineposition, along with the speed that helped him line up wide as a backer as a freshman, then moved to the middle last searedshirt freshman. Snyder adds an impressive son and remains there now pursuit of the ball and ability to after a brief stint practicing on read plays for someone who suit- the strongside. Beauharnais sees the same ed up last season for Cumberland mistakes out of Snyder and Valley High School. “Something about Snyder is Merrell that make Schiano uncerlike he’s a natural leader out tain whether they could handle a there,” said junior weakside full-time role. But he also sees the linebacker Khaseem Greene. speed, pursuit and physicality “He’s an intelligent guy when it that make each deserving of playcomes to football. It’s kind of ing time. “You see the growing pains, uplifting to see a guy who can actually show some signs of obviously, when you see it on the leadership and not be ner vous field,” Beauharnais said. “But they’re real good athletes and or scared to say something.” Snyder still admits to experi- they wouldn’t be there if they weren’t the best guys for the job.” encing nerves.

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ew York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon became the latest Giant to be placed on injured reserve after he tore his ACL Monday night against the St. Louis Rams. Hixon did so on an impressive 22-yard touchdown catch, and originally thought he only tweaked his calf. The injury was Hixon’s second season-ending injury, as well as the second time he tore his right ACL. He brings the Giants’ total number of players on IR to nine.

P HILADELPHIA E AGLES quar terback Michael Vick took part in a morning walkthrough yesterday at Eagles practice. Head coach Andy Reid said he expects all three of his quarterbacks to be ready for the New York Giants on Sunday, according to NFL.com Backup quar terback Vince Young is recovering from a hamstring injur y and was out last week against the Atlanta Falcons. The only concussion symptoms that Vick is suffering from at the moment are a sore neck and jaw.

THE NFL

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to all 32 teams yesterday warning of fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks if the league determines players faked injuries during a game. The league reminded teams of league policy that calls on coaches to discourage the practice, although there was previously no specific rule on the topic. The news came after the Giants’ Deon Grant faked an injur y on Monday against the Rams.

J ACKSONVILLE J AGUARS head coach Jack Del Rio decided to bench quar terback Luke McCown in favor of rookie Blaine Gabber t after McCown’s poor game on Sunday against the New York Jets. Del Rio planned on letting Gabbert take a full season behind David Garrard, but his plans changed after Garrard was released and McCown threw four interceptions last week. Gabbert makes his first career star t this week against fellow top-10 pick Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

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running back Arian Foster did not return to practice yesterday after suffering a hamstring injur y. While head coach Gar y Kubiak did not officially rule him out for Sunday’s game against New Orleans, the fact that Foster has yet to practice does not bode well.

Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano said he wants to trim the offensive line rotation to only five players, but that may take some time. Redshirt freshman Betim Bujari and true freshman Kaleb Johnson figure to earn meaningful snaps on Saturday against Ohio, along with the Scarlet Knights’ usual suspects. “That’s not where we are right now,” Schiano said. “Someday I’d like to do it, for sure. It’s been a couple years. It was fun when we had it going. We’re going to get back to it. We just have to keep working.” While Johnson will make his collegiate debut, Bujari stepped in at left guard when starter Desmond Wynn suffered a knee injury in the Knights’ season opener against North Carolina Central. Bujari also saw the field a week later against North Carolina. “Right now, we’re just out there working together,” Wynn said. “I don’t really notice [the changes]. We all play the same scheme, so we know what we have to do.” The last time Rutgers boasted a relatively stable offensive line was in 2009, when the only starting shuffle occurred at guard

between Howard Barbieri and now-senior Caleb Ruch. The Knights trotted out eight different offensive linemen last season for significant repetitions. “I would say there’s a cookiecutter blueprint for how you do it,” Schiano said. “I think it’s one of those feel things. It’s not just what’s happening in the game that day, but what’s happening in the week.” Schiano believed the running game improved during practice this week, but a significant portion dealt with preparation for the Bobcats, he said.

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to prepare for Ohio’s up-tempo attack, which features a variety of run looks, Schiano said. Schiano praised Bobcats sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who has dual-threat tendencies. “Although he only has three starts, he’s as hot as a firecracker,” Schiano said. “Somehow, we have to slow him down. He makes it go. He runs the speed option. He’s very elusive.” Rutgers also has to contend with Ohio’s no-huddle offense, which ran 50 plays in the first half alone last week in a win over Marshall. “Some way, somehow, they’re getting it done,” said senior defensive tackle Justin Francis. “We just

KEITH FREEMAN / PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

Senior left guard Desmond Wynn offers the only continuity on the offensive line after starting at the position last season. have to be on all alerts, have our awareness up, have our personnel. We just basically have to be on all cylinders on our side.”

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TO

meet yesterday with De’Antwan Williams, who left the team last week after the coaching staff made changes to the depth chart at running back.

“Just because he made the decision to do something doesn’t mean we can’t communicate,” Schiano said. “I care about him. He just made a decision, and sometimes that’s the way things go.” Williams continues to evaluate potential destinations to finish his college football career, Schiano said.

Regular season starts after last week’s scrimmage BY T.J. NAGY CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After a successful scrimmage last week, the Rutgers women’s tennis team is finally ready to officially TENNIS start its season RUTGERS AT t h i s BROWN INVITE, weekend FRIDAY at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I. The Scarlet Knights found plenty of success last year at the same event, returning to Piscataway with an impressive total of 14 wins that weekend, good for second best. But this year’s competition shapes up to be a very difficult

couple of days for the Knights and head coach Ben Bucca. “There are seven teams this year in the Brown Invitational,” Bucca said. “Out of those seven, six of them ended last year ranked in their region, including us. All of them are very strong schools” The teams the Knights face this week include three very tough Ivy League schools: Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth. The Knights also go toe-to-toe with Boston University, Boston College and Binghamton. The Knights are now ready to step up after weeks of preparation, and make an immediate impact once the season kicks off. “In order to win, we just have to play really disciplined tennis.” Bucca said. “Your match

play is all about confidence and the way you feel both mentally and emotionally. We had a ver y good week of practice, and we want to implement some of the strategies that we worked on in those practices.” Even with all the time the Knights already spent on the court this season, going out and playing an official match is always a different adjustment. The senior leaders on the team plan to make this season their best, as well as their most memorable. They teach the three new freshmen additions Rutgers’ style of play and what the Knights need to accomplish in order to compete for a Big East title. Winning this weekend in Providence will certainly go a long

way in turning those dreams into reality and turning those hours of practice into success. Bucca and the team are ready for a demanding weekend, but no one on the team doubts them for a second, especially with the Knights’ senior leadership and strong competitive spirit. But Bucca, who enters his ninth season as head coach, knows one other constantly overlooked strategy, but it is as important to the team’s success. “We just want to go out there and have a good time.” Bucca said. “The competition’s going be great. Providence is a great city, and we’re excited to go out there and compete at a high level — just a fun weekend all around.”


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Sophomore sees strides due to health, training

Young golfers follow Fagan, Walters’ lead

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BY JOEY GREGORY

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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Whenever a new group of freshmen approach assistant coach Jan Merrill-Morin and the Rutgers cross country team, she knows the transition WOMEN’S XC from competing in high school to running at the college level can be overwhelming. “When you come out of high school, at first a lot of times they are used to what they are doing in high school,” Merrill-Morin said. “Sometimes it takes a month to adjust. Sometimes it takes six months, and sometimes it takes a year.” Ashley Deckert’s arrival as part of last year’s freshman class was no different. She knew running cross country for a major program would be different than at Delsea High School. But what surprised her was not the racing aspect, which she experienced for a large portion of her career. It was the training. “Yeah, it was really hard actually,” Deckert said. “High school training versus college training is so much different. In college, you have to focus on training because you only have so many meets that you can qualify for.” Deckert and Merrill-Morin know training both during the season as well as the offseason is key to success at the collegiate level. Deckert arrived last year still trying to adjust to the training program laid out over the summer for her. The adjustment period, coupled with being diagnosed with shin splits, hampered her freshman season and caused Deckert to miss the Big East Championships. “Last year, I was coming off an injury so that definitely slowed me down,” Deckert said. “I was off my game.” Last year’s results lit a fire in the sophomore, who trained extensively over the summer. The hard work paid dividends this year to Deckert’s early success. In the Scarlet Knights’ first two meets of the season, Deckert finished strong. She posted a personal-best time at last weekend’s Monmouth Invitational in Holmdel, N.J.

opening kickof f against Nor th Carolina Central. Merrell, a redshirt sophomore, took more time to see the field. He returned to the position he played in high school, linebacker, this spring after seeing time at defensive end and starting his Rutgers career at wide receiver. “[Wide receiver] was too soft for me,” Merrell said. “I feel like they don’t like to get

Any team needs a leader to help its coach mentor the younger players and keep the team in line. The Rutgers men’s golf team and its head coach, Chris Mazzuchetti, are lucky enough to have two. MEN’S GOLF Junior John Fagan and sophomore Doug Walters took over as co-captains in place of former Rutgers golfer Chris Frame, who graduated in the spring. According to Mazzuchetti, both Fagan and Walters do their jobs very well, mostly due to the fact that they understand their new roles and take them very seriously. “It’s a big step. We have to look over all of the guys, make sure they all put the time into practice, make sure they’re on time and focused — stuff like that,” Fagan said. “Usually we were just the one’s listening, but now we’re the ones telling and trying to make examples, so we can come out and get the job done.” An important part of becoming a leader is being a role model for young players, JOHN which is especially FAGAN important for the Scarlet Knights with the presence of freshmen Jacob Stockl and Hyung Mo Kim. “We have two freshmen that are new to the program, and they need someone to look up to,” Walters said. “We have John and I for them to follow.” For Fagan and Walters, the best thing they can do for younger, inexperienced players is to be the best examples they can. “If [the freshmen] see good things and they see that we get to the course early just to warm up or practice or get the extra putts in … they’re going to be like, ‘That’s what I need to do. I need to get there early with [Fagan] so I can compete with him, not show up late or goof around,’” Walters said. “[It’s] just so they can look up and have an example to follow.”

SEE SKILLS ON PAGE 14

SEE GOLFERS ON PAGE 13

SEE STRIDES ON PAGE 13

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True freshman Kevin Snyder made six tackles through two games this season, seeing time on Rutgers’ kickoff return and coverage units as well as at strongside linebacker.

Linebacker duo offers complementary skills BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

Before Jamal Merrell and Kevin Snyder began splitting time at strongside linebacker for Rutgers, each had to experience the same adjustment to college FOOTBALL football: the physicality. For Snyder, a tr ue freshman from Mechanicsburg, Pa., the speed and mental aspect of a step up in competition this season came easily. The physicality did not, but he still managed to debut on the

BIG EAST TARGETS MILITARY ACADEMIES IN EXPANSION PLANS With the news of conference realignment sweeping the nation, the Big East plans to reach out to schools in hopes of keeping its conferBIG EAST ence intact, according to The Star-Ledger. Big East Commissioner John Marinatto held a meeting Tuesday night with the presidents and athletic directors of the seven remaining football schools, including 2012 newcomer Texas Christian. Their plan is to reach out to Navy and Air Force, with the hopes that Army, Temple or Villanova will follow, according to officials cited in the NJ.com story. But if Navy and Air Force do join the Big East, their conference allegiances would be in football only. Army’s addition would also rest solely in football, but officials report the school is reluctant to make a conference affiliation. Big East officials are also considering adding Conference USA school Central Florida, but two officials close to the situa-

tion indicate that current Big East member South Florida is opposed to the addition. No other Conference USA school is being considered, as league presidents dismissed the idea of adding M e m p h i s , Houston and East Carolina. Amid the conference’s scramble to bolster its league status, it remains stern in holding Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the 27month penalty that corresponds with their jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both schools agreed to join the Atlantic Coast Conference last weekend, but given the exit penalty, neither school can compete in the ACC until after the 2013-14 basketball season. The move by Pitt and Syracuse marks the third time since 2004 that a member of the Big East jumped ship to the ACC. Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East in 2004, followed by Boston College’s 2005 departure. — Staff Report

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