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The Rutgers men’s soccer team faces off against St. John’s tonight with a bye in the Big East Tournament up for grabs with a conference victory.
Unemployment rate in New Jersey sees slight drop BY ALEKSI TZATZEV ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
N.J. unemployment rates fell 0.2 percent during September to 9.2 percent, nearing the national rate of 9.1 percent. But some University students still face difficulties in the professional world. The decrease follows a fluctuating rate between 9.2 and 9.5 percent, and is not as low as December 2010-January 2011 when it was 9.1 percent, according to N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development data. “While this second consecutive monthly drop in the unemployment rate is good news, the weakness in payroll employment figures is disappointing,” said Charles Steindel, chief economist for the N.J. Department of Treasury. He said “soft” national job creation is a factor in the sluggish recovery of state employment. While the unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent, overall employment levels in New Jersey were lower by 11,100 jobs over the month, according to the depar tment’s data. Some recent University alumni fell into the well-known category of part-time employment with the hopes of finding a more relevant and reliable position. “I am currently employed. It’s not a full-time position at the moment, but I am searching for something else,” said Jon Pagtakhan, a Class of 2011 alumnus who graduated with a double major in history and political science. Pagtakhan said he is still determined on finding a job related to his studies, although in his field, the majority of positions are subject to exams and long selection processes. “In my situation, a lot of government positions are based on exams,” he said. “For example, I took an exam for a position at Homeland Security in early September, but I’m still waiting for results.” Internships are an option for students and recent graduates in the liberal arts. Some University students have taken advantage of the possibility of a permanent position upon completion of the internship. Monisha Siva, a Rutgers Business School senior, took an internship with Barclays Capital, one of the world’s largest investment banks. At the end, the bank offered her a permanent position.
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David Goodman, Wikipedia administrator, spoke about opportunities for users to get involved in Wikipedia page editing last night in Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus.
Panel considers Wikipedia’s validity BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
With more than three million articles and counting, Wikipedia administrator David Goodman and contributor Ann Matsuuchi spoke to University librarians and professors yesterday about the growing world of Wikipedia and the importance of open access websites. “The distinctive feature of being extremely large is the reason that it works,” Goodman said. “Anybody can collect information and start an encyclopedia and let it grow on with how many people get involved with it.” This program, hosted in the four th floor lecture hall in
UNIVERSITY Rutgers Against Hunger hosts the campus community’s first “Food Day” celebration.
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Shannon O’Connell, a Mason Gross School of the Arts senior, draws “exquisite corpses” with other students last night in downtown New Brunswick to help collect illustrations for her potential senior thesis project.
million ar ticles on the English Wikipedia, Goodman said. “On Wikipedia, there is a immense number of things to do. I can pick what I want to work on,” he said. “It tends to be a little bit addictive, that is why there is a relatively small number of contributors.” There are about 20,000 active volunteers contributing approximately one to two hours a day with the mean age being college students, Goodman said. Coverage of rock and railroad trains is superlative while detailed coverage of medieval histor y is sketchy because most people who
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Alexander Librar y, is one of three events celebrating Open Access Week, encouraging technologies without borders, said Laura Mullen, librarian at the Librar y of Science and Medicine on Busch campus. “When you imagine who is behind Wikipedia, you don’t imagine librarians,” said Matsuuchi, an instr uctional technology/systems librarian at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY. “Wikipedia was intended to be an adult encyclopedia for anyone from the high school level and up. It was not aimed at a subject field.” The academic topics only contribute to a small part of the three
Following the fatal police shooting of a city man last month, New Brunswick residents are hoping to improve relations between the New Brunswick Police Department and the community. Charlie Kratovil, a 2009 University graduate and New Br unswick community organizer, presented New Br unswick City Council members last week with a step in this direction. He proposed an amendment to the city’s general ordinances on the Depar tment of Police, which if approved, would require candidates for police officer positions to live in New Br unswick for three years before taking a civil ser vice test. Kratovil said while bringing the Barr y Deloatch case to a just conclusion will take time, this is some-
thing the council could pass in the meantime. “Police community relations are not as good as it could or should be in the city,” he said. “People want action now, and while I respect that the investigation takes time to do right, there are things that could be done now, and I think this is one of them.” At last week’s council meeting, council President Rober t Racine said police community relations used to be better and remembered a time when three city police officers lived on his block, Kratovil said. This inspired Kratovil to do some research and propose the ordinance. “[The amendment] will deter crime and create jobs for New Brunswick residents,” he said. “It will go a long way to improving officers’ knowledge of the community and the community’s knowledge of the officers.”
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RAH serves up ‘Food Day’ for healthier, cheaper meals BY KINAN TADMORI CONTRIBUTING WRITER
More than 2,300 pounds of food were donated to three food pantries on Monday for the University’s first campuswide celebration of “Food Day.” “Food Day” is a national program that brings together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthier, more af fordable production of food, said Kathleen Decker, program coordinator for Rutgers Against Hunger. “[RAH] is a University-wide initiative to address the issue of hunger across the state of New Jersey,” she said. “We do this through food drives, fundraising events and volunteer events for students, faculty and staf f.” RAH hosted food drives across the University for five weeks leading up to
“Food Day,” beginning Sept. 19, Decker said. Three dif ferent pantries, including Inter faith Food Pantr y in Mor ristown, Your Grandmother’s Cupboard in Toms River and the Highland Park Community Food Pantr y in Highland Park picked up the food donations on Monday, Decker said. “We received a variety of foods from each of the five food groups — grains, vegetables, fruits, protein and dair y,” she said. As part of RAH’s efforts to unite the campus community, “Food Day” also featured the help of other organizations. At each of the campus centers, members of the Rutgers Nutrition Club and Kappa Omicron Nu, which is the national human sciences honor society, handed out free apples from 2 to 4 p.m. to students, faculty and staff.
ShopRite provided the apples donated at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus, said Kaitlin Bennett, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior.
“Every food bank we’ve visited has stressed that this time is the worst that they’ve seen it.” KATHLEEN DECKER Rutgers Against Hunger Program Coordinator
“We’re handing out apples as a way to celebrate ‘Food Day’ and promote healthy eating,” Bennett said. One purpose of the campaign is to reduce the consumption of
processed foods and the amount of junk food some college students eat, she said. “Many students are not aware of what ‘Food Day’ is and why we are handing out apples, so we explain it to them,” Bennett said. Dining Services also joined forces with RAH when all the dining halls served local and sustainable food items on Oct. 19, said Peggy Policastro, a nutritionist in Dining Services. “There were flyers put out that night explaining why those specific food items were considered sustainable,” Policastro said. Most of the food the dining halls served came from places in New Jersey, she said. As their first event of the year ends, RAH looks to future initiatives to fight hunger across New Jersey, like the “Adopt-A-Family” campaign, which kicked off on Monday, Decker said.
The program works as a University collective to help support families in need, with necessar y items such as food, household items and toys for children, she said. “We par tner with 15 social ser vice agencies, who will provide us with a list of families in need,” Decker said. “This is one of the ways that RAH will continue to give back to those in need in New Jersey.” Decker said while she believes RAH has been an impor tant ser vice program, it is relevant during the current economic status. “The need for RAH is far greater than it has been in the past. Ever y food bank we’ve visited has stressed that this time is the worst that they’ve seen it,” she said. “There are people who used to volunteer at these pantries that now come in for assistance.”
EGC encourages members to explore research BY AIMEI CHANG CONTRIBUTING WRITER
In addition to striving toward academic achievement, the University’s research programs can provide School of Engineering students with hands-on experience. To inform the students in the school’s community, the Engineering Governing Council invited Michael Pazzani, Matthew Evans and Barry V. Qualls to present the undergraduate research opportunities for students Monday night in the Busch Campus Center. “Research is the lifeblood of the University. … The sooner the students understand what a research university does, the better of f they are through their studies and understanding what their professors do,” said Matthew Evans, director of the Aresty Center for Undergraduate Research. Evans and Qualls, vice president for Undergraduate Education, introduced students to oppor tunities at the
Aresty Research Center and encouraged students to get more involved in research. “Our mission is to encourage, facilitate and suppor t faculty-student relationships that promote undergraduate engagement in research,” Evans said. The Aresty Research Center provided $1.6 million to suppor t undergraduate research since 2004, and $192,800 of these finances suppor t the School of Engineering students, he said. The popular engineering research topics from previous years varied from developing materials and technology for ner ve regeneration in biomedical engineering to lasertissue interactions in mechanical and aerospace engineering, he said. Students also got involved with many research projects in chemical and biochemical engineering and materials science. Aresty provides the Summer Science Program, Research Assistant Program, Small Grants
NJPIRG TO ADVOCATE FOR UNCONTAMINATED WATER TODAY ON COLLEGE AVENUE The University’s chapter of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group will bring attention to the issue of clean water today from 1 to 3 p.m. on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. The Delaware River Basin Commission will meet next month to vote on whether hydraulic fracturing, also known as “hydrofracking,” should be allowed in the Delaware River Basin, said Caitlin Moran, a campus organizer for NJPIRG. “Hydrofracking is an extremely dangerous drilling process used by gas companies that not only damages our environment, but puts our health at risk,” she said via email correspondence. Moran also said contaminated water from fracking has been linked with severe illnesses and cancers in residents’ nearby drinking wells. In some instances, water was so contaminated with gas that it became flammable. “We are holding an event to educate students and draw support to pressure Gov. [Chris] Christie to vote ‘no’ on fracking in the Delaware next month,” she said. There will be photo petitions with signs encouraging Christie to vote against the move. Participants will also have the chance to make phone calls into the governor’s office to voice their opinions directly.
ENGINEERING GOVERNING COUNCIL Funding and Undergraduate Research Symposium to promote undergraduate engagement in research, Evans said. As with other research opportunities, students can develop relationships with faculty and get involved with their departments through Aresty, he said. “Students will work full-time in research labs during the summer between first and second years in the Summer Science Program,” Evans said. The Summer Science Program focuses on the students’ development of scientific disciplines, he said. The Aresty Research Center provided $42,000 plus housing to School of Engineering students through the Summer Science Program, Evans said. Students could also receive support from Aresty staff and peer advisers through the
Research Assistant Program in the full academic year, he said. “[Aresty] links student and faculty to research,” Qualls said. Aresty also provides funding to independent student research projects through the Small Grant Funding program, Evans said. “Funding is also available for students traveling to present their work at conferences,” he said. Pazzani, vice president for Research and Economic Development, said it should not be hard for first-year students to get involved with research. Through Byrne Seminars, first-year students could start doing research on certain areas in their early college career with high-ranked faculty and join research seminars in the future, he said. “Rutgers is [an] outstanding [research institute] … and we are very lucky to have such a great faculty here that is willing to work,” Evans said. Pazzani said the solid foundation for students to get involved in research should be good grades, skills and work ethic.
Engineering students should join a more research-involved society such as Engineers Without Borders and Women for Engineering, he said. Aresty also offers scholarships to students who are outstanding and involved in the center’s research, Evans said. “Research is an integral component of for engineers, especially undergraduate research. There are so many opportunities for students to get involved in their early college careers,” said Parth Oza, president of the council and School of Engineering senior. Adhaar Sharma, School of Engineering Class of 2013 Representative, said he will conduct more research after attending the meeting and believes the meeting helps first-year students and sophomores understand the importance of research and how to get involved with it. “I will tr y … building a relationship [with professors] and hopefully building upon that and getting more involved,” said Sharma, a School of Engineering junior.
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one who edits is an expert. Why would anyone believe it all?” When Wikipedia says anycontributors double from 2007 one can edit, anyone can edit, Goodman said. People do not continued from front need to register in order to contribute do it as a hobby, encourage attributers. But if a Goodman said. user wanted to create a page, “This is why the size mat- then they need to register. ters,” he said. “There’s a very “People working on controwide range of interests. versial sexual content, don’t Although medieval history may wish to use their name,” he be the weakest topic, I know five said. “The topic of pornography to 10 people who specialize in it.” apparently has a strong page, Kevin Mulcahy, a librarian in but then again some don’t A l e x a n d e r attribute themLibrar y, said he selves for good encouraged stureason. The “It’s not the dents to get away authority is based only resort from the notion on the number of of not using contributors.” and students Wikipedia as a Goodman said scholarly source. no one thought shouldn’t rely “During a the idea that unaton it completely.” seminar [that I tributed edits DAVID GOODMAN ran] on training would work on a Wikipedia Administrator teacher assistants large scale, but to how to use the their surprise the Internet in their quality has gone courses, we demonstrated learn- up substantially. ing through collaborating infor“Some of the ar ticles are mation from Wikipedia and com- so good that people are pared it to a regular website using them for such as the depth of their newspaper material and doing abstract … and currency of the stories off of them,” he said. “If information,” Mulcahy said. it were really reliable source Goodman said the proper then [it could be way for students to use understandable]. The other Wikipedia is as a first resource areas [excluding medicine] in like an encyclopedia. general are not.” “It’s not the only resort and Goodman said students students shouldn’t rely on it should be cautious when citing completely. One of the ways we the site as a scholarly source. provide for people … is its ref“The ar ticle is going to erences,” he said. “Not ever y- change. It may change 100
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Ann Matsuuchi, an instructional technology/systems librarian at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, says Wikipedia was intended for high school students and older last night on the College Avenue campus.
times a day,” he said. “The best way to cite the ar ticle is being citing the article with a specific time.” One audience member pointed out the gender inequality of contributors on Wikipedia and asked what could be done to improve the imbalance. “Men tend to be nerds,” Goodman said. “I know women
who are nerds too, but generally it’s relatively rough for women to contribute. It’s a perfectly textual endeavor [to get women involved].” Goodman said women are not the only group underrepresented in terms of contribution. There has also been ver y little par ticipation from American racial minorities on the English Wikipedia.
Women participation on Wikipedia four years ago was around 8 percent, he said. But today that percentage has doubled. Goodman said they are tr ying to improve the statistic. “Anyone can do anything they like,” he said. “It’s ver y hard to get rid of an established contributor. I think it’s something itself part of the general culture.”
and I love it. I raised my child here,” she said. “It’s not an tries to pass similar measure instant process though. It took a while for this to get broken and it’s going to take a while to continued from front fix it.” Bray said people have chalCity Spokesman Bill Bray said while council members and lenged residency requirements Mayor Jim Cahill support more in the past in New Jersey. “Residency requirements NBPD officers living in the city, a residency requirement like have been challenged successfully,” he said. “An African-American this has no precedents. “This was never enforced who wanted to be a police anywhere and the legality of it officer in Sayreville said [the was not established,” Bray township’s] residency requiresaid. “It’s completely untested.” ment was discriminatory.” Bray said because Sayreville City council members in Camden approved a similar ordi- is a predominantly white comnance amendment in 2009, but munity, this officer had socioethe state-appointed city manager conomic reasons for not living there. ultimately vetoed “It’s a negative it, Bray said. for having that Kratovil said “[We should] sor t of requireit is for tunate encourage police ... ment if you’re the City of New tr ying to increase Br unswick is to become part diversity in that not under state of the community.” police depar tcontrol. ment,” he said. “The city ELIZABETH SHEEEHAN “You’re less likely council is free to GARLATTI to draw a diverse pass it. It’s City Council Member pool.” something that W a l t e r can be done,” he Hudson, a civil said. “It’s unfortunate Camden couldn’t move rights activist and spokesman for ward with it even though the for the Deloatch family, was suppor tive of the proposed city was on board.” At last week’s Oct. 19 coun- amendment to the ordinance. “The officers should definitely cil meeting, Kratovil said the city council expressed support live in the community so they of the amendment but has yet have a full awareness of their surroundings,” he said. “They to include it on an agenda. “This current tragedy must should be more involved with be addressed so we can their community and in tune with improve the understanding its different functions and particibetween the community and pate to bridge that gap between police,” said council member the police and the community.” Kratovil said because of disElizabeth Sheehan Garlatti. “[We should] encourage police tor ted perceptions between by whatever means to become residents and police, crime occurs more often in the city. part of the community. “ “[The amendment] would She said she does not see why all police officers do not probably change the way offilive in New Brunswick at the cers perceive the folks they’re meeting, but admitted improv- policing and probably change ing community relations with the folks’ perception of police,” he said. “[It’s] an improvement police will take time. “I live in New Brunswick on both sides.”
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Children’s book illustrations relate to adult life BY KIERSTAN ZINNIKAS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Among the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Ar t Museum’s extensive collection of ar t is an exhibit featuring original illustrations from author and illustrator Frank Asch’s two children’s books. The “Popcorn and Starbaby” exhibit features 19 original illustrations from Asch’s “Popcorn” (1979) and 15 original illustrations from his book “Starbaby” (1980), which were designed to entertain kids and help them learn. The illustrations were a gift from the ar tist, a Somer ville, N.J., native who attended the University before earning a degree from Cooper Union in New York City, according to the museum’s website. Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 65 children’s books, juvenile nonfiction books, poetr y and children’s novels, according to the website. The “Popcorn” illustrations depict scenes from the book where a young bear named Sam throws a Halloween party while his parents are away. Through the illustrations, viewers become aware that the par ty could end in disaster as Sam and his friends pop enough popcor n to fill the entire house, but quickly come up with a solution to the problem. The illustrations from “Starbaby,” a book about an infant star who falls to earth, shows Starbaby’s life in the sky, his brief time spent living in the sea and subsequent adoption by a fisherman and his wife. Text from the book accompanies each panel of illustrations.
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The “Popcorn and Starbaby” exhibit at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus features illustrator Frank Asch’s original drawings from his two children’s books. Visitors are encouraged to answer drawing prompts related to the books.
Marilyn Symmes, curator and director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts, said the exhibit is an important addition to the museum. “With young people, children’s books help them learn about the world,” said Symmes, curator of prints and drawings at the Zimmerli. “The children these books are geared toward are par t of the future and future Rutgers students.” She said classes at the University use the exhibit to represent the verbal and visual components of language
LIBRARY EXHIBIT TO SHOW RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NJ, RAILROADS The University’s Special Collections and University Archives will host its opening event tomorrow for its exhibit, “All Aboard! Railroads and New Jersey, 1812-1930.” Lorett Treese, the author of “Railroads of New Jersey,” will discuss the connection between the state and this particular form of transportation at 5 p.m. in the Pane Room on the first floor of Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus, according to the University’s libraries’ website. A light reception will follow her talk. Through different mediums such as broadsides, pamphlets and art, the exhibit will feature the railroad’s history in New Jersey, particularly the Camden and Amboy Railroad, a railroad monopoly, according to the website. The exhibit represents the political climate of the time on debates of monopoly. Additional themes in the library’s exhibit includes advancement in technology, immigrant life, suburbanization and the growth of agricultural, bedroom and resort life surrounding railroads, according to the website. One medium and visual representation featured in the exhibit is Thomas Edison’s film, “The Great Train Robber y,” which was filmed in New Jersey, according to the website. Current N.J. issues could be related to issues during the progression of railroads in the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as price tickets rising, service disruptions, accidents, noise and government regulation, according to the website. Despite the complications that came with this form of public transformation during that era, they developed the state, the nation as a whole and impacted artistic expression, according to the website. “All Aboard! Railroads and New Jersey, 1812-1930” will be on display until Jan. 6, according to the website.
and how the visual and written aspects complement each other. The Zimmerli is committed to the ar t of children’s books to show how it is impor tant and just as serious as ar t created for adults, said Alfredo Franco, curator of education at the museum. “[Art for children’s books is] made with the same depth and creativity as mainstream art for adults,” he said. “The same amount of craft goes into it and this sort of art can also serve as an inspiration for adults.”
The exhibit also has a more interactive aspect that appeals to a wider audience. The room where the exhibit is on display includes an area where visitors can sit and fill out sheets that include a prompt related to each of the books. Visitors can also flip through the books to see the final product, which includes some illustrations that are not on display at the exhibit. Amanda Mammas, a School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student, said including the exhibit makes the museum
more well-rounded and can be used as a growing-up tool for children. “I think it adds dimension to the museum,” Mammas said. She also said the drawing tables add a more interactive and fun element to make the exhibition interesting for people of all ages. The exhibit will run until June 24, 2012 in the Roger Duvoisin Galler y in the Dodge Wing. It is open to the public Friday through Sunday and on Tuesday through Thursday by appointment.
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Former Palin campaigner joins congressional race THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOLEDO, Ohio — Joe the Plumber is plunging into politics because he thinks it is about time America had a few mechanics, bricklayers and, yes, plumbers in Congress. Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher was thrust into the political spotlight after questioning Barack Obama about his economic policies during the 2008 presidential campaign. He officially launched his campaign for Congress Monday night in Ohio. Wurzelbacher said he’s running as a Republican in Ohio’s 9th U.S. House district, a seat now held by Marcy Kaptur, the longest-ser ving Democratic woman in the House. She’s expected to face a primary challenge from Rep. Dennis Kucinich after Ohio’s redrawn congressional map combined their two districts into one that appears heavily tilted toward Democrats. Wurzelbacher has become an icon for many anti-establishment conservatives and has traveled the country speaking at tea party
rallies and conservative gatherings since becoming a household name. “Americans deser ve all kinds of people representing them,” he said. “Not just an elite, ruling class.” He said he is seeking office because he saw too many people forced out of their homes and leave Ohio because of the poor economy. “All I’m asking for is a fair shake,” he said. Wurzelbacher insisted that he is not trying to capitalize on his fame. “I’ve been Joe the Plumber for three years now,” Wurzelbacher said. “I haven’t made millions of dollars off it.” Republicans who recruited him to run in what is a blue-collar district stretching from Toledo to Cleveland think his fame will help bring in enough money to mount a serious challenge. He set up a website to raise money within the last week. Cuyahoga County Republican Chairman Rob Frost, who announced he would seek the
GOP nomination, dropped out last week, clearing the way for Wurzelbacher. “People have said this is a guy who took his 15 minutes of fame and turned it into a half hour,” said Lucas County GOP Chairman Jon Stainbrook. “But you’ve got a guy who’s out there and people are relating with him.” He’ll appeal to people who are tired of politics as usual, Stainbrook said. “He’s tapped into this sentiment that things in Washington are screwed up,” Stainbrook said Politicians, Wurzelbacher said, too often try to patch problems instead of fixing them. “I’m not the kind of plumber who uses duct tape,” he said Wurzelbacher, 37, went from toiling as a plumber in suburban Toledo three years ago to media sensation in a matter of days after questioning Obama about his tax policies and being repeatedly cited by Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain in a presidential debate. He campaigned with McCain and his running mate, Sarah
Palin, but he later criticized McCain and said he did not want him as the GOP presidential nominee. Since then, he wrote a book, worked with a veterans’ organization that provides outdoor programs for wounded soldiers and traveled the countr y speaking at tea par ty rallies and conser vative gatherings. He said he is also building houses and working as a plumber. Wurzelbacher showed a disdain for politicians — both Democrat and Republican. “Being a politician is as good as being a weatherman,” Wurzelbacher said at a tea party rally last year in Nevada. “You don’t have to be right, you don’t have to do your job well, but you’ll still have a job.” He said on Tuesday that he decided to enter politics as a Republican because he figured he’d have no chance to win as an independent. “Is it the lesser of two evils?” he said. “I don’t know.”
RATE: Some fields report more job gains than others continued from front “I went through the CareerKnight system and campus recruiting some time last spring semester,” she said. “I got an offer from Barclays Capital and their internship program is very structured where at the end you can either be let go or be offered a job.” Students should actively search for a job and take advantage of Career Ser vices’ CareerKnight online, she said. Applying for inter nships and constantly searching for job of fers are necessar y steps for employment. Job gains in the state also determine the chances for employment, with some industries registering job gains in September more than others, according to the state department’s data. These job gains were seen in professional and business services (+3,900 people employed), education and health services (+2,700), financial activities (+2,100) and construction (+1,000) in September, according to the department’s data. Also, the majority of professional and business ser vices gains were because of job gains in the professional, scientific and technical ser vices sectors (+3,700), according to the department’s data. Among the fields with decreased employment opportunities were the information sector and financial activities, while health, education and social assistance ser vices saw an increase in employment opportunities, according to the department’s data. “I think it really depends on your major,” Siva said. “I was in the Business School … I think it was definitely easier, and it definitely depends on what field you are interested in.” Joreen Baquilod, a Class of 2011 alumna who graduated with a degree in communication, said she has an internship lined up overseas, which would mean she would look for a job in the United States when she returns. “I am going to the Philippines, and their economy is not as good as ours at the moment, but if they offer me something better than [in the United States], then I would definitely stay there,” she said. Siva, who works at the New Brunswick/Piscataway Computing Ser vices, said the University offers plenty of services to aid the job hunt, but it comes down to the individual. She said it is about prioritizing and choosing to focus on entry-level jobs and internships with the plan of securing a permanent job down the road. “I put a lot of emphasis on doing internships and then getting jobs through there, but it really depends what your perspective is for the job hunt,” Baquilod said. N.J. non-farm employment — employment excluding government, private households, nonprofit organization and farms — has decreased since August, making it increasingly difficult for University students and graduates to find desired jobs, according to the release. “You can’t just wait for someone to just knock on your door,” Siva said. “I was proactive and was looking at the internships available.”
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Residents decorate buildings to light up awareness BY JESSICA PAO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Middlesex County residents are encouraged to light their windows purple this month to speak out against domestic abuse as part of an ongoing program called “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.” Women Aware, a New Brunswick-based organization that specializes in helping victims of domestic abuse, initiated the program to honor October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, said Phyllis Adams, executive director of Women Aware. People are encouraged to display purple lights outside their homes to shed light on the issue because purple is the color to symbolize awareness of domestic violence, Adams said. Adams said the organization, which provides shelter as well as other ser vices to victims
of domestic violence, works to bring greater awareness to the issue. The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Women Aware earlier this month with a resolution to recognize their efforts at preventing domestic abuse, said Ronald Rios, Middlesex County Freeholder deputy director. “A resolution was passed by the Board of Freeholders to … [also] encourage people not to tolerate any form of domestic violence,” he said. Rios said the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders also suppor ts the program because they believe it is a useful way to unite the community against domestic abuse. “We are asking people to display their suppor t to stop domestic violence by displaying a purple light in any kind of public way,” he said.
Rios encouraged city of ficials to support the program by displaying purple lights outside their public buildings. “We sent a copy of the resolution to all the mayors and
“We wanted to do whatever we could ... to encourage people to express their support ... of doing away with domestic violence.” BRUCE NAIDOFF Director of Development at Women Aware
police depar tments in Middlesex County to support this program,” he said. Rios also called on citizens throughout Middlesex County
to participate and bring awareness in their communities. Anita Chang of Edison said she would display a purple light outside her home to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. “I’m happy to do my part,” Chang said. “Domestic violence is a ver y real issue. People need to pay more attention to it.” Bruce Naidof f, director of Development at Women Aware, hopes there is greater emphasis to shed light on the problem. “It’s really one of the major social issues that we face, yet still one of the least discussed and publicized,” he said. Domestic violence does not happen in isolated incidents, Naidoff said. It is a frequent problem in communities across the nation and the likelihood is extremely high. “National statistics indicate anywhere from 1 in 4 to 1 in 3 women over the age of 18 can
expect to be victimized at some point during her life,” he said. “Mathematically, that means that ever yone of us knows someone who has been or will be a victim.” In addition to the suffering of victims, domestic violence also takes a financial toll on the sufferer, Naidoff said. “It costs lives,” he said. “It costs an enormous amount of money in terms of cost of health care, cost to the criminal justice system, cost of lost work days, productivity ... [and] human cost of victims and their families.” Naidof f said he hopes domestic violence can be eliminated. “We wanted to do whatever we could to bring greater awareness of the issue of domestic violence and to encourage people to express their support for our goals of doing away with domestic violence,” he said.
Hospice volunteers patch up bears to preserve memories BY SASKIA KUSNECOV CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center found a therapy to help patients and their families cope with terminal illnesses — sewing bears. Memor y Bears, which is also the name of the program, are patchwork bears made out of clothing from an individual who is ill or who already passed, said Maureen David, the volunteer coordinator at Haven Hospice. The program began four months ago when a woman named Gina Damiani called the hospice to inform them of a program her deceased sister participated in at another hospital where she made a bear out of her old clothing, David said. Damiani’s father, a former patient at the Haven Hospice,
motivated Damiani to call and ask for a similar program at JFK Medical Center, she said. “She [Damiani] asked me if we made memory bears,” David said. “I said we didn’t, but after she told me more about them, I did a little more research.” To make a memor y bear, families of the hospice patients have to fill out a form about the person the bear will ser ve as a memor y of, she said. They must also choose items of clothing belonging to the patient to construct the bear. The bears are given to the families as a token of remembrance and as a tool to overcome grief, she said. While multiple hospitals across the state have engaged in the project, Damiani’s bear was the first of many for Haven Hospice. Damiani, whose father, Al, has since passed away, said she
gave hospital volunteers his old robe. “I had given away all of his clothing except for that robe — he wore it all the time,” she said. Once families donate clothes, Joanna Delmer, a volunteer at the hospice, patches the bears up, with the help of other volunteers, David said. Delmer sewed the hospice’s first bear for Damiani’s family. Damiani said she appreciates the personalization and care Delmer put into the bear and believes it was an emotional moment for the hospice as well as for her family. David said Delmer enjoys putting in as much ef for t and emotion into these projects as possible. “Joanna [Delmer] is going to be a tough act to follow,” she said. “She really tries to bring out the personality of the loved
SOUTH BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT ADDS HINDU HOLIDAY TO LIST OF APPROVED CLOSINGS A South Br unswick school district will become the second in the state to recognize cultural awareness by closing their schools for the Hindu holiday of Diwali, the festival of lights. Of the 9,000 students populating the district’s 12 schools, about one-third are of Indian descent, and many obser ve the Hindu faith, according to an nj.com ar ticle. The school district last year obser ved Eid al- Fitr and Eid al-Adha after two years of citizens asking the township to recognize the holidays because of the large Indian population, according to the ar ticle. South Brunswick resident and school board member Deven Patel was one of the people lobbying for district recognition of the holiday. “It is a ver y impor tant Hindu holiday,” he said in the ar ticle. There was no criticism from inside the school, but the board
received a few negative emails from outside the state. After the adjusted school calendars were released last year, there was widespread approval throughout the Hindu community. “The Hindu population is ver y happy with New Jersey,” said Rajan Zed, president of the 4-year old Universal Society of Hinduism based in Nevada in the ar ticle. Since holidays fall on dif ferent days ever y year, South Brunswick school of ficials took the initiative to work with clergy members before creating the annual calendar, according to the ar ticle. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha will not be recognized by South Brunswick’s calendar this year because those holidays do not fall on school days. By recognizing these holidays, Patel said in the ar ticle that he hopes for a cultural openness that will enable South Br unswick residents to celebrate ever yday.
one with ever y bear by working with the information and materials she is given.” David said the day they presented Damiani’s family with the bear, there was not a dr y eye in the office. The hospice has since constructed four more bears for families of terminally ill patients. It is also working with those aged 3 to 21 years old in its children’s program to sew seven additional bears for sick loved ones, usually parents or grandparents, she said. Because the seven bears from the children’s program were collectively stitched together, volunteers will wait until the end of November to give the bears to the children at the same time, David said. Delmer is working on creating a bear from a collection of a patient’s old ties, she said.
Bears have also been made out of materials such as pajamas, bath wear and one bear wore glasses, said Susan Brumell, a hospice social worker. “After a bear is made, the volunteer [who made it] and the patients’ families get together to exchange it,” said Brumell, who counsels the families of patients dealing with terminal illness and particularly works with members of the children’s program. David said the families of patients are excited to receive the bears and enjoy seeing how the hospital immortalized the life of their family member. Damiani said she thinks these bears bring the families’ loved ones home. “I look at my bear and I see Papi,” she said. “Although he would have always been with us anyway, now he really is.”
OCTOBER 26, 2011
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The New Brunswick Zoning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, at New Brunswick City Hall on 78 Bayard St. The meeting is open to everyone and there is no admission fee. The Alfa Art Gallery is proud to present “Counterparts,” the third exhibition of the 2011 New Brunswick Art Salon following two exhibitions from the spring. “Counterparts” is an exhibition that highlights the collaboration of opposites. Contained in this collection of works is a variety of contrasting elements that complement each other — represented by abstract pieces, conversations from past to present, narratives from experienced to imagined and styles that are dynamic and tranquil. Featuring Ellen Weisbord, Jamie Greenfield, Lisa Pressman, Nilufer Ozturk, Sarah Petruziello and Theodosia Tamborlane, this exhibition, varied in style and medium, demonstrates an extensive scope of aesthetic sensibility, where concept is executed into art from different viewpoints, and brings together an explosive showcase of cooperative diversity. The event is currently on display until Nov. 10 at the gallery on 108 Church St. For more information, please contact curator Jewel Lim at (630)-656-7866. Main Street Highland Park and the Borough of Highland Park are teaming up to bring a new “Autumn in the Park.” Because of the repaving, the horse carriages will run along South Fifth Avenue, from Borough Hall, to the Main Street office and back. The rides will run from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating along Main Street and at the Borough. There will be music, dancing, crafts and prizes for best costume. Mad Science, sponsored by The Municipal Alliance, Horse and Carriage Rides, sponsored by Main Street; Arts and Crafts Table, sponsored by Over the Moon Toys; and Popcorn and Cotton Candy, provided by The Highland Park Police Department will also be featured. For more information, contact Main Street Highland Park at 421 Raritan Avenue or call (732)-828-8444.
The Friends of the Library Book Club meets once a month (usually on the last Monday of the month) to discuss a specific book. All are welcome to join the meeting. The only requirements are to have read the book and be willing to discuss it. This month’s book is “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Susan Vreeland. The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. The Unite Square Partnership will sponsor its fifth annual “Trunk or Treat” event. To provide a safe trick or treating experience for neighborhood children, cars sponsored by local community groups and businesses, community residents, church members and student organizations from the University will be parked in the parking lot of the Sacred Heart Church on 56 Throop Ave. Kids will trick or treat trunk to trunk — treats include not only candy, but also an array of safe and healthy treats. For more information, please contact Lorena Gaibor at (908)-698-3661 or email@example.com.
The New Brunswick Free Public Library, in partnership with the Global Literacy Project, will host three teen writing workshops this fall, facilitated by published young adult authors. The writing workshops are designed to help students understand the writing process and improve their writing and revision skills. The first workshop, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of the novel “8th Grade Superzero,” will take place at 4 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. To register for one or more workshops, please call the library at (732)-745-5108 ext. 20, or email Darby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries nationwide will celebrate National Gaming Day. Join the New Brunswick Free Public Library for snacks, Band Hero, board games and an online Smash Brothers tournament against other libraries! All ages are welcome. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room. For more information, please contact Darby DeCicco at email@example.com or (732)-745-5108 x20.
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Take responsibility for your failures
n elections, there are winners and losers. That’s just a fact of democracy. Some of those losers, however, turn out to be sore losers. Perhaps the sorest of all is former Rep. Steve Driehaus, DOhio. After serving one term in Congress, Driehaus lost his bid at reelection. Rather than accepting his fate, Driehaus decided to take the matter to court. Driehaus is suing the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group that publicly identified him as a traitor to the pro-life cause during the 2010 election on the grounds that he voted in favor of President Barack Obama’s health care reform. Driehaus claims the group is responsible for his “loss of livelihood” and, surprisingly enough, the U.S. District Court has actually allowed the lawsuit to proceed. To put it bluntly, Driehaus’s lawsuit has absolutely no solid claim on which to stand. Yes, the Susan B. Anthony List publicized material about Driehaus, which most likely hurt his standing with any members of the pro-life community. However, this material was not slanderous. It is true that Driehaus voted in favor of the health care reform, and it is also true that most pro-lifers disliked the reform because it offered no pro-life protections. Therefore, the Susan B. Anthony List’s characterization of Driehaus as unconcerned with protecting the prolife stance is not unfounded. One cannot be mad at the facts. It seems that Driehaus forgot that attack ads are and always have been part of the election game. When one side doesn’t like what the other side is saying, they are always sure to make sure the public knows it. As long as the attacks are not outright lies, then they are fairly protected under the First Amendment. If one cannot stand that sort of climate, then one should not be a politician. It’s easy to blame others for our failures, and, sometimes, other people are actually responsible for those failures. Usually, though, that is not the case, and it certainly isn’t the case here. Driehaus failed because he didn’t have the public’s support. That is not the fault of the Susan B. Anthony List. That is his fault for not serving his constituents in the way they wanted him to.
State Department misspends tax funds
t’s rather common for a politician to pen a memoir or two at some point in his career. Less common, though, is the federal government spending tens of thousands of dollars on those memoirs. The U.S. Department of State spent more than $70,000 on copies of President Barack Obama’s books, mostly on “Dreams from My Father.” An analysis of the department’s financial records shows that this is not something the State Department does for every president. Obama’s most recent predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, have seen no such mass effort to purchase their works, although each has released an extremely popular memoir since leaving the presidency. State Department spokesman Noel Clay claims that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this level of expenditure on the grounds that the books purchased are being used to stock libraries and facilitate talks between officials. Others, however, do not agree with Clay’s assessment of the situation, including the group Citizens Against Government Waste, who have identified these expenses as nothing but wasteful. We’re inclined to agree with CAGW. In a time of ever-tightening belts, does the State Department really need to spend $70,000 on books written by the president? There are a lot of social services and government branches that would kill for that kind of money right now. Instead, Obama is getting serious royalty checks from the federal government. He has already reported earning royalties between $1 million and $5 million from “Dreams from My Father.” Unlike the rest of the country, he’s not exactly hurting for money. Also, the State Department is using taxpayer money to buy Obama’s book, thus putting taxpayer dollars into his royalty checks. Not every taxpayer wants to be paying Obama extra money on top of his presidential salary — and they shouldn’t have to. But it isn’t just wasteful for the State Department to spend money like this. It also borders on propaganda distribution. When the State Department starts buying the president’s books and distributing them to libraries, ambassadors and various officials, it seems to be ministering a state-sponsored culture, and that isn’t something the American government should be dealing in. It would be one thing if there were a precedent for this sort of behavior. If the State Department always made sure that the books of the presidents were distributed across the world, then there would be a level of fairness at play. However, if they only do it for some presidents, that picking and choosing places an undue emphasis on the work of some leaders rather than others, suggesting that those leaders are somehow more officially sanctioned by the nation. Such nationalistic games run contrary to the aims of a free and democratic United States.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I look at my bear and I see Papi.” Gina Damiani on her memory bear STORY IN METRO
Unite against stereotypes I
had the pleasure of ing public assistance. An joining several other Associated Press article students last Friday in reported increased cases of a social action project to bullying in schools since combat bullying against the law took effect, with stuminority students, led by dents being taunted for the Arab Cultural Club’s their heritage and being Vice President Leila called things such as “a AMANI AL-KHATAHTBEH Brollosy. We visited the St. damn Mexican.” Residents Charles Borromeo School have even cited increased in Harlem, where we had the chance to speak with tensions against the Hispanic community, and critstudents from sixth to eighth grade about how we ics believe the law is contributing to heightened view different minorities and how that affects the fear and mistrust in the state. way we treat each other. Because of the demoNegativity and discrimination toward the graphic of the area, we chose to focus on black, Hispanic community further sharpened in the Hispanic and Arab/Muslim minorities. Our goal aftermath of Sept. 11, when racism toward minoriwas to work with the administration in creating an ties seemed to become an acceptable norm in our open and honest discussion about stereotypes, society, especially toward Arabs and Muslims. In racism and bullying. addition to their disproportionate and biased porOne of the main and most intertrayal in the news, the Arab and esting portions of the social action Muslim communities have had to “[The black project was the stereotype cards. deal with anti-Sharia laws in differLeila brought in three different ent states, hostile attacks on their students] had posters, each one representing a difplaces of worship and even a crazy a very strong ferent minority —“Black,” “Latino” pastor leading a national campaign and “Arab/Muslim” — and told the to burn their holy book. And on top and optimistic students to grab a marker and write of that, innocent children are being down on each poster what first came taunted in school everyday by being self-image.” to mind when they thought of that called things like “terrorist,” being minority. We encouraged the stutold to “go back to their own coundents to be very honest about what they wrote and try” and having their allegiance to the United reassured them that no one would be offended. All States questioned. of the students were eager to share their thoughts The students at St. Charles Borromeo recog— some were accompanied by giggles, others with nized that the media is feeding many of the stereogasps, and some students even got angry at the types and misconceptions festering across the words their friends were writing —but the final country. When we asked them how minorities are product was really an eye-opener. represented in the media, a group of students called When everyone finished writing, and we finally out in unison that the criminals on television shows held up the posters in front of the gymnasium of stuare always black or Hispanic. One student even dents, everyone fell silent, and whispers erupted raised his hand to tell us that when he and his among different groups of students. Not a single friends play video games in which the point of the minority was free from negative stereotypes. The game is to “shoot all the Arabs.” The students had “Latino” poster stood in the center, splattered with very strong feelings of hurt and anger about how words like “nachos,” “tacos,” “black hair” and black people are portrayed in our society and were “short,” with huge attention placed on physical quick to realize that this was a struggle faced by all appearance. The “Arab/Muslim” poster, which minorities in our country. One student who was grabbed the most attention, unequivocally had the moved by the posters told me, “Minorities really harshest words associated with it — many of them judge other minorities … it’s sad.” repeated, such as “terrorists,” “Osama,” “AK-47” But the poster with the word “Black” written and “crazy people.” Even though the student body on it shows signs of hope for our minority youth. was predominantly black, even the “Black” poster The students were very positive about their idenhad some negative stereotypes written on it — the tity, associating the word with terms such as word “ghetto” garnered the most backlash amongst “unity,” “beauty” and “educated.” They had a very the students, who knew that was not what their strong and optimistic self-image, signaling selfcommunity stood for. awareness about the portrayal of blacks in the There is no doubt that Hispanic minorities have media and their knowledge of the truth. While the been suffering increased discrimination in our media is trying to paint minorities in a negative country. Alabama recently passed a new law with SEE AL-KHATAHTBEH ON PAGE 11 the aim of stopping illegal immigrants from receiv-
The Minority Report
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Remember to keep helping those in need Letter CONNOR MONTFERRAT
’m writing this piece because I want to tell the University community to keep on helping people in need and to bring a greater awareness around those who, like us, are struggling and need support now more than ever. As president of the University chapter of the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, some members of the organization and I went to the Robert Wood Johnson University Children’s Hospital last Friday to carve pumpkins, an idea I had last year but never fully implemented. The children were ecstatic and with the carving kits. They were able to make the scariest pumpkins in New Brunswick. Being that I had been treated at RWJ 15 years ago, it was
somewhat of a flashback to go back. I am a childhood cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at the age of four with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I was a patient of RWJ and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey — both in New Brunswick — and I was involved in many cancer fundraisers, walks and holiday gatherings. During my initial cancer treatment, I was also featured in a publication for the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. I had the privilege to be treated for three years by many doctors, nurses and staff members who took a special interest in me. It is because of this experience that I try to live my life to the fullest each day. It is my firm belief that no one should take life for granted. As a matter of personal choice, I choose to learn something new ever y day. These people who
Daily review: laurels and darts
he It Gets Better Project has been a major name in anti-bullying movements since its inception in 2010. During all that time, not a single Republican elected official has participated in the campaign — until now. Ten members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation have teamed up to release a video for the project, and three of the members are Republicans, making this the first time that GOP-backed officials have joined the It Gets Better project to condemn bullying. In the words of Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2, “The issue of bullying is not a partisan one, but a human one.” We give a laurel to all of the delegates who participated in the making of this video, but we especially want to honor the Republicans who demonstrated that sometimes partisanship just isn’t worth it. *
Many associate Occupy Wall Street, a movement with the goal of disengaging the aims of private corporations from public interests, with notions of social revolution, First Amendment rights to peaceful protest and, on occasion, the image of free-loving, longhaired ruffians. It’s surprising, then, that the movement’s slogan would fall victim to acts of trademarking and profiteering. In what appears to be nothing more than an effort to make a quick buck, a Long Island couple is pushing to trademark the slogan Occupy Wall Street, with the intent to sell T-shirts, bumper stickers and other merchandise. Though perhaps we should be wondering why the move hasn’t come sooner, nevertheless we find ourselves perplexed that such capitalist antics became engaged with a movement that is, fundamentally, anti-capitalist. We give the Long Island couple a dart for taking what is meant to represent the 99 percent and making it represent a single individual, thereby utterly missing the movement’s point.
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took an interest in my family and I supported me through my treatment and that is why I continue to be involved today and support those who are in need of support. After leaving RWJ, I was reminded that the support from
“I want to tell the University community to keep on helping people in need.” those around you and along the way truly does go a long way, even 15 years later. Later, another member and I went to St. Peter’s Hospital to the Children’s Hospital, where we delivered an iPad and Wish
AL-KHATAHTBEH continued from page 10 light, it is actually having the opposite effect on some youth, fostering a stronger sense of identity among them. That strong sense of identity is the
Baskets donated by the national Childhood Leukemia Foundation located in Brick, N.J. The purpose of CLF is to support the families with children suffering from all kinds of cancer by raising money for various ser vices, including Hope Binders, Wish Baskets and Hugs-U-Wear. The Wish Baskets that I delivered personally with doctors are filled with age-appropriate items such as gift cards, iPods, games and personal-care items to help the children keep their mind off their cancer battle. Hope Binders are binders for the family to allow easy access to information regarding treatment, nutrition, prescriptions or financial matters for their child’s journey with cancer. Hugs-U-Wear provides patients with fashionable wigs created from human hair that
are comfor table, unlike most wigs that cause itching and irritation. It is truly a great cause that I always tr y to let ever yone know about, via word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter or even our own webpage. Being a survivor of cancer and the president of the CLF has given me great experiences that I will continue beyond my years at the University. Once again I just want to remind the University community never to stop helping bigger organizations and larger-than-life causes to help those in need, whether it be children or adults.
first major building block in rebuilding our society. The next one is when minority youth use their experiences to better understand members of different communities and recognize that we are all in one unified struggle against stereotypes and misunderstandings. Then, this culminating force for change can affect the
minds of countless people and even revolutionize an entire generation.
Connor Montferrat is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and criminal justice. He is the president of the Childhood Leukemia Foundation and the Rutgers College Republicans.
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in Middle Eastern studies and political science with a minor in French. Her column, “The Minority Report,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.
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The 6-foot-9, 218-pound Jack had an oppor tunity to earn significant early playing time in the Knights frontcour t, but the responsibility now falls on Randall and freshman Greg Lewis. Rice and Director of Basketball Operations Jim Carr, who spent the past 15 years at Rutgers, had a dif ficult time comparing Jack to other dynamic players in Knights histor y, but for now the comparisons base only of f potential. “You go back a long, long way to find somebody with his potential and his athleticism,” Rice said.
think our guys or our program need much motivation to go up there and play them hard. It is a great rivalry and we have a lot of respect for their program, but we are going there and trying to do so many things for where we are now with the season.” Senior Ibrahim Kamara, who the Big East recently named to its Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this year, does not lack motivation entering the contest. The three straight losses St. John’s handed him during his time on the Banks suffice.
Mike Poole significantly improved his of fensive game after playing in a Manhattan summer league. The Rosedale, N.Y., native played alongside St. John’s freshman Maurice Harkless in the Nike Pro City league, where he played against top New York City competition. “He got a lot better,” Harkless said. “I think he’s going to do big things this year.” Poole worked on his decision making, s h o t selection and handling of adversity, he said. MIKE “ I ’ m POOLE definitely not the same player,” Poole said. “Last year, I was thinking way too much — more than I usually do. Now it’s like ever ything’s more instinctive. I’m making plays now of f instincts instead of thinking about what I’m going to do and looking kind of ner vous.” Poole admitted to hitting the “freshman wall” last season, when he averaged 5.6 points and 1.1 steals per game as the first guard off the bench. Despite a limited game of fensively, Poole led the Knights bench in scoring and posted five double-digit scoring ef for ts, including one in Rutgers’ upset of Villanova. With no seniors, Poole may have to take on a leadership role this season, which he said he does not mind. “I’ve been through it once,” Poole said. “I’ve been through the ups and downs. I’ve been through kind of winning in college, so I can teach these guys how to stay above.”
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talk about goals normally, he said, but he wants the Knights to post a winning record this season in the Big East. “A couple of our freshmen say, ‘Why not win 17 games?’ I don’t want to put a number on it, but I want to have a winning record,” Rice said. “It hasn’t been done here.” Rutgers won five conference games last season, when it also lost seven Big East contests by less than 10 points. The Knights lost, 65-63, to St. John’s last season in the second round of the Big East Tournament to end their season.
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Junior defender Joe Setchell is suspended against St. John’s.
OCTOBER 26, 2011 “Every person on this team right now is preparing for this game,” Kamara said. “We have not gotten a good result from St. John’s since I’ve been here. I’m pumped and ready to go for [tonight’s] game and I know everyone else is, too.” The Knights enter the game with a major handicap to their back four, as junior captain Joe Setchell received a red card last weekend against No. 10 Louisville. The card prevents Setchell from playing, but it saved a game-winning goal for Louisville. Without it, the Knights may not have as much momentum entering their next game. “It happens throughout the course of the season. It was ver y unfor tunate Joe had to get
the red card,” Donigan said. “At the same time, it was a rough situation late in the game where if Joe didn’t drag the guy down he scores the winning goal.” Rutgers already has experience playing without Setchell. When the Knights battled thenNo. 2 Mar yland, Setchell sat out because of injuries. While the Knights lost the matchup, Donigan took away a number of positives from Rutgers’ effort. He knows the Knights can respond similarly against St. John’s. “It is just like the Mar yland game where we went in there without Joe and performed ver y well,” Donigan said. “Good teams and players step up when they don’t have ever yone available. This game is no different.”
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Seven ranked teams present challenge at Champs BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Big East has seven teams ranked in the women’s cross country top 30, and each squad presents a chalCROSS COUNTRY lenge to t h e RUTGERS AT Rutgers BIG EAST CHAMPS, women’s SATURDAY cross countr y team this weekend at the Big East Championships. “It’s going to be tough,” said head coach James Robinson. “But they have responded in a positive way to the training and the races, so we feel good about what they are capable of.” The race, held in Louisville, Ky., pits the women against last year’s champion Villanova along with powerhouse programs such as Georgetown, Syracuse and Providence. While the team’s challenge is unyielding, the Knights turned in an impressive showing this year under Robinson. With accomplishments ranging from capturing the
Connecticut College Invitational individual race title under her and placing second in the belt while Brinkofski placed in Metropolitan Championships, the top 10 in her past two races. assistant coach Jan Merrill“We’ve been getting consisMoran credits the team’s deter- tent and now we are focusing mination and dedication. on the training and gaining a She cites it as a key component lot of energy for this race,” to Rutgers’ success Brinkofski said. this season. “We are really “Half the team “The training confident we are has been going going into it betis running personal really well, and I ter than last year bests every week. hope to see ever yso we will hopeone make a big fully place top 10 ... They have improvement as a team.” from last year,” Much like the an opportunity Moran said. “If women, the men to run pretty fast.” also look to you compare where they placed improve from JAMES ROBINSON and their times their ef for ts last Head Coach from last year, year, when both there is going to teams finished in be an improvement factor. We 11th place. are as ready as we can be for the The Knights face a similar Big East.” challenge as the Big East For the Knights to succeed boasts three teams ranked in this weekend, the team looks for the top 30 on the men’s side, Brianna Deming and Anjelica with Providence tabbed as an Brinkofski to lead the way. early favorite. Both r unners were lynchThe men’s team experipins for the team’s recent suc- enced success, as well, includcess and both competed well ing a third-place finish at the individually. Deming has one Leeber Invitational.
The Knights enter the race of f a sixth-place finish at the Metropolitan Championships. Sophomore Chris Banafato and senior Ben Forrest look to pace the Knights, as both consistently finish among the team’s top runners. Banafato, the team’s most consistent r unner, plans to improve on his highest finish from last year’s conference championships at Syracuse. His finishing time of 28:24.3 was good for 74th in the event. For Forrest, the event marks his final championship appearance as he looks to finish in the upper half of runners and take a step up from his 79th-place finish last year. As both teams prepare for the biggest race of the season, Robinson knows his team works hard and believes the Knights will fare well. “They’ve progressed each week and half the team is running personal best ever y week,” said Robinson. “It’s going to be tough, but they have an oppor tunity to r un pretty fast and do well.”
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he three suspended Louisiana State players were reinstated yesterday after missing last week’s game against Auburn. Tyrann Mathieu, Tharold Simon and Spencer Ware are available when LSU takes on Alabama. The matchup marks the first game between the toptwo teams in the AP poll in five years. LSU has 11 days to practice for the Crimson Tide with its full squad.
officially introduced former Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations yesterday during a news conference. At the end of the conference, Epstein admitted if the Red Sox still had Francona, he would still be their GM, contrary to reports of him recommending a managerial change. To replace Epstein, the Red Sox officially announced former Assistant General Manager Ben Cherington as their new GM.
John Lackey needs Tommy John surgery, which means he cannot pitch in the 2012 season. Despite the surgery and Lackey’s forgettable 2011 campaign, the Red Sox plan to stick with him for the future. In 28 starts in 2011, Lackey posted a 6.28 earned run average and led baseball in giving up 114 earned runs. He joins starter Daisuke Matsuzaka as the second Red Sox pitcher this year to require Tommy John surgery.
Baseball attributed the issues of the Los Angeles Dodgers to owner Frank McCourt. MLB filings report McCourt took $189.16 million from the team, leading the team to bankruptcy. The recent findings bring McCourt’s broken-rule total up to 10. McCourt and his lawyers retorted by painting a picture of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig as angry and “out to harm.” The Dodgers owner said Selig fabricates all of the claims and is not helping by denying him a chance at a TV deal for the team.
THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS released wide receiver Bernard Berrian yesterday after he sat the bench without an injury Sunday for the second time in three games. Following a meeting with Berrian on Monday, the Vikings decided to move forward without the veteran wideout. Berrian said Monday he still hoped to remain with the organization, citing the pay cut he took in the offseason as evidence, but his unproductive numbers led to his release.
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Head coach CJ Werneke welcomed back junior middle blocker Allie Jones last weekend, when she returned from injury.
Jones’ return boosts RU attack from middle out BY PATRICK LANNI STAFF WRITER
Junior middle blocker Allie Jones recorded 78 kills in four games earlier this season to help the VOLLEYBALL Rutgers volleyball team overcome its 13 star t. The Scarlet Knights raised their record to 4-4 thanks to Jones and showcased a strong presence in the middle of the cour t, with Jones and senior Hannah Cur tis handling the duties. Then injur y struck, but with Jones retur ning to middle blocker last weekend, the junior returned to familiar form. Her per formance Sunday against Big East-frontr unner Marquette may prove her best showing. Landing 14 kills through the first two sets, Jones gave the Knights a 2-0 lead, putting them in position to knock of f the undefeated Golden Eagles. Marquette then shifted the defensive focus to the middle blocker, opening the door for outside hitter Sofi Cucuz, who capitalized with 12 kills. “When you have a player of [Jones’] caliber, it takes some pressure of f of other players,” said head coach CJ Werneke. “She opens up scoring oppor tunities and makes us a more mobile team.” Although the Golden Eagles won the next three sets, securing a 3-2 victor y, the Knights showed they were a more capable team with Jones in the lineup. Taking the conference’s best team the distance on the road equated to what Werneke described as “the team’s biggest step.” The Knights took their first step last Friday at Syracuse, when Jones ser ved two aces, recorded a career-high .684 hitting percentage and earned 14 kills. With her per formance against the Orange and strong showing on the road at Marquette, Jones earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll.
“To come back and really hit the ball as ef ficiently and ef fectively as she did was a testament to her ability,” Werneke said. “This tells you what type of volleyball player and athlete she really is.” Jones had the spotlight earlier in the season, as well, after productive outings against Brown and Sacred Hear t. She missed significant time after ward in the Knights’ lineup. The Chesapeake, Va., native missed a stretch of six matches while nursing an elbow injur y, and her absence from the lineup showed. The Knights responded with losses to Hofstra, Binghamton, Princeton and Florida Gulf Coast. Jones returned to the lineup Sept. 17 for a shot against fifthranked and four-time defending national champion Penn State, seeing action in the first set. But her health did not allow her to continue. After another month on the sideline because of a broken thumb, the junior faced a tough decision — redshir t and miss the rest of the season, or return to the Knights’ lineup to battle the eight remaining Big East teams. Jones chose to return for the remaining Big East slate and promptly made her presence felt. “I am excited for her and her recognition,” Werneke said. “I’m glad to have her back and playing at the level she was playing at before she was injured.” Jones and the Knights hope to finish the season strong and improve in the win column with strong play both at home and on the road. The Knights welcome Villanova and Georgetown to the College Avenue Gym this weekend in hopes of maintaining their improvement from last weekend’s road trip. “We just all knew it was the time of the season to get a win on the road,” Cur tis said. “Although we didn’t [win, the match] taught us how to win, and the next time we go on the road it’s going to be a dif ferent stor y.”
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Junior tight end D.C. Jefferson recorded catches in each of the past three games, including three for 37 yards Friday against Louisville. The Winter Haven, Fla., native has nine catches for 90 yards this season, which is one catch shy of his single-season career high, which came last year.
Schiano cites junior tight end’s mental growth BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
At 6-foot-6 and 258 pounds, D.C. Jefferson has the build of any head coach’s dream tight end. But since Jef ferson made the switch from quar terback two years ago for the Rutgers football team, his towering frame did FOOTBALL not yield the kind of production head coach Greg Schiano initially hoped for. It may be a product of Jefferson’s mentality, Schiano said. “I think D.C. is improving each week,” he said. “[Tight ends coach] Brian Angelichio is doing a great job there developing him. D.C. is learning to play in the moment and kind of put the result of f to the side and just do your job. All of a sudden you get some catches, some better blocks.” While the numbers are not staggering, Jefferson’s production over the past three weeks can vouch for Schiano’s diagnosis. The Winter Haven, Fla., native hauled in catches in three consecutive games for the Scarlet Knights. His most recent per formance was a three-catch, 37-yard game in a 16-14 loss to Louisville. In all, Jef ferson has nine receptions for 90 yards this season, not far off his mark of 15 catches the past two seasons. “It feels good being able to get the ball and being able to
help the team out,” Jef ferson said. “I’ve been doing the same thing I’ve been doing ever y other week. It’s just the oppor tunities were there [against Louisville].” For the most par t, the Knights lacked consistent tight end play the past three seasons. Only sophomore Paul Carrezola, who chipped in for two receptions and 18 yards, posed any sor t of receiving threat last season at tight end.
D.C. JEFFERSON Jef ferson made his debut two years ago at his new position and split time with Shamar Graves, who hauled in 14 catches for 159 yards in his final season. With Jef ferson creating oppor tunities of late, Schiano holds out faith he can transform into a more consistent target for freshman quar terback Gar y Nova. “I’m hoping that this is going to be a big second half push for him,” Schiano said. “We need it to be. He’s made some good catches the last two games. He’s blocked well. We
need him to be consistent.” A second-half push largely depends on Jef ferson’s maturity at the position, something he said continues to improve thanks to Angelichio. Jef ferson attributes his growth this point in the season to Angelichio’s presence, which he lacked in his first two seasons on the Banks. Angelichio made the move to Piscataway from Pittsburgh in the offseason after spending five years with the Panthers, during which time he coached the likes of future pro Dorin Dickerson. Despite playing tight end for two seasons prior to Angelichio’s hire, Jef ferson’s learning cur ve when Angelichio arrived to Rutgers was exponential, Jefferson said. “I saw the growth in a week,” Jefferson said. “Different things I didn’t know I can do to help me out — just simple things. But they play a major role when it comes down to playing football and being in the game.” All that remains is for him to become the player Schiano envisioned prior to the 2009 season, when Jefferson made the switch to his new position. “If he can just do his job correctly as he’s coached, he can be really, really good,” Schiano said. “And then, you know, when you start doing that, everything kind of fits together.” But even with a new mentality and new coach, it is still Jefferson’s burden to shoulder.
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Junior tight end D.C. Jefferson entered the year with 15 catches for 274 yards through his first two seasons at tight end.
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Head football coach Greg Schiano remains confident Rutgers will be in a good place once conference realignment slows.
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Repor ts that West Virginia will leave the Big East for the Big 12 already began circulating yesterday morning, when the Rutgers football team was on the practice field preparing for Saturday’s matchup with the Mountaineers. When head coach Greg Schiano heard the news, he welcomed it. “If they can make that announcement before the game, we’ve been pretty good against leaving teams,” Schiano said. “We’re 2-0, so maybe we can make the hat trick.” The Scarlet Knights already beat Syracuse and Pittsburgh, which will leave the league for the Atlantic Coast Conference. But their departure combined with West Virginia’s and Texas Christian’s decision not to join the Big East bring the league to only five football schools. Schiano acknowledged he heard r umors about West Virginia potentially joining the Big 12. WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen — who spent nine years coaching in the Big 12 before taking over in Morgantown, W.Va., this season — denied any knowledge of the move this morning at his press conference. ESPN reported West Virginia only lacks formal approval to join the Big 12, which believes Missouri is on the way out for the Southeastern Conference. “It’s a crazy time in college spor ts,” Schiano said. “Ever ybody is kind of shifting and moving. I’m ver y comfor table with Rutgers’ position. With our institution and our location, I think when the smoke settles, we’ll be in a great place. Whether that’s where we are or somewhere else, I don’t know.”
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anything from Syracuse’s 49-
23 win against West Virginia on Friday, it is that it needs to pressure WVU quar terback Geno Smith. The pressure avoided the Knights last weekend in Louisville, where they did not record a sack for the first time since Week 2 against Nor th Carolina. The games are Rutgers’ only two losses this season. “As we sat down and watched the tape, we all noticed we didn’t get one sack on [Louisville quar terback Teddy Bridgewater], and that’s what we do,” said junior defensive end Ka’Lial Glaud. “It was a little disappointing, but we’ll be good.” Still, Rutgers ranks sixth in the nation with 24 sacks and looks to emulate Syracuse’s four-sack showing against Smith and the Mountaineers. “He’s definitely a great, great, great pocket passer,” Glaud said. “He’s definitely the best we’ve played so far and probably the best we’re going to play. He’s a great quarterback and you have to make all great quarterbacks uncomfortable.” Opponents sacked Smith only 11 times this season. If they do pressure him, he has the ability to escape, although he prefers to stay in the pocket. “If he wanted to run he could,” Glaud said. “But he doesn’t.”
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Junior defensive end Ka’Lial Glaud, above, flipped a coin to choose between West Virginia and Rutgers as his college destination while a high school senior. Now he and senior Manny Abreu, who is practicing with his hand in a cast, will attempt to apply pressure on Geno Smith.
Manny Abreu can practice with a hand injur y he suf fered early against Louisville on Friday, but cannot do as much as Schiano would like. “He’s got a club on, but [head athletic trainer David McCune] assures me that will shrink as the week goes on,” Schiano said. “I think it will get easier for him to play his position.” Abreu has 16 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks, in his first season on the defensive line after playing linebacker.
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OCTOBER 26, 2011
Knights seek to erase memories against No. 25 Johnnies BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT
The last time the Rutgers men’s soccer team made the Big East Tournament was in 2009, and Red DivisionMEN’S SOCCER rival St. John’s RUTGERS AT knocked ST. JOHN’S, t h e TONIGHT, 7 P.M. Scarlet Knights out in the quarterfinals. The Knights head to Queens, N.Y., tonight to tr y to enact revenge from the 2009 loss when they take on the No. 25 Johnnies with only two regular season games remaining. “Obviously they are a very good team. Our team knows them very well,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “Even though it’s only my second year here, we know St. John’s has had a lot of success in the past and they are going to be a very formidable opponent. This is an opportunity to do a lot of good things for our program.” To add an incentive to the match, the Knights remain in second place in the division by at least tying the Johnnies. “If we can get a tie out of it at the very least that will assure us a bye in the first round of the Big East Tournament, which would be huge,” Donigan said. “There is a whole lot at stake going into this game. St. John’s right now sits four points behind us. With a tie, that keeps them behind us.” Even with the added stakes in the matchup, Donigan believes the Knights need no motivation other than the history between the two programs. The all-time series sits at 6-6-6. The Knights last defeated St. John’s in the 2006 season. “The least we can do is finish second in the conference, which is enough motivation in itself to go up there and battle and fight hard,” Donigan said. “But really I don’t
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Senior forward Ibrahim Kamara earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for the second time this season. Kamara recorded two goals and two assists in the Knights’ past five games, when they posted a 4-0-1 record against Big East competition.
Freshman Jack begins rehab after foot surgery
PERNETTI REMAINS OPTIMISTIC AMID REALIGNMENT Athletic Director Tim Pernetti issued the following statement yesterday, when reports surfaced that West Virginia will leave the Big East for the Big 12: The landscape in collegiate athletics continues to be a very fluid situation and we continue to be involved in discussions. We remain extremely confident that the result once the movement concludes will be very positive for Rutgers University. While there is going to be a period of time between now and then that will cause our constituents and fans a certain level of anxiety, given the unique assets we possess, including our strong and growing academic profile, our AAU status and the location and high level of interest surrounding Rutgers in the nation’s largest television market, we feel confident in the end result for Rutgers.
BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice said the team’s goal this season is to post a winning record in the Big East.
Redshir t freshman for ward Kadeem Jack continues to rehaMEN’S BASKETBALL b i l i t a t e from foot surger y after suf fering an injur y Oct. 7 to his right foot. The Rutgers basketball team’s highest-ranked recruit in 2011, Jack plans on taking small steps toward regaining his form before the injur y, he said. “The first couple weeks obviously I can’t really do that much,” Jack said yesterday at the Scarlet Knights’ media day. “I can’t be mobile on it because I don’t want anything to happen. Just upperbody strength and also working on my form.” Jack’s injur y was inopportune because he worked the hardest on the team, said head coach Mike Rice. “I don’t know if I’ve had a freshman certainly come so far
from when he stepped on campus Day 1,” Rice said. “The light went on.” Jack enrolled at Rutgers for the spring 2011 semester after spending time at Central Jersey Each One Teach One in Somerset, N.J. The Rice High School (N.Y.) product originally planned to prep at South Kent (Conn.) with teammate Derrick Randall, but Jack’s plans changed. So he redshir ted the remainder of the Knights’ 2010-11 season and reclassified to Rutgers’ 2010 recruiting class. Jack remains out for at least three months following foot surgery. “It’s real difficult because with the competitiveness that I have, I always want to get out on the cour t,” Jack said. “Last year around this time, I was real competitive. I wanted to get out there. So this time around, it’s kind of harder.”
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