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City council holds off decision on sidewalk biking ban BY TABISH TALIB CORRESPONDENT

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The New Brunswick City Council tabled a resolution last night that may prohibit bikers of all ages from riding on the sidewalk. It does not clarify whether it applies to campus sidewalks.

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The New Brunswick City Council last night decided to wait before voting on an ordinance that would reinstitute a ban on sidewalk cycling, instead choosing to take a deeper look. In the mandate, cyclists are only allowed to ride on multi-use sidewalks on Rt. 18, Rt.1 and Rt. 27. The city’s ban on sidewalk bicycling has existed since 1893, before it was eliminated last year after it was unknowingly revoked along with another ordinance regarding bike registration, said Bill Bray, city spokesman. The council is working to undo this action. “The section was deleted in error, so this is all a housekeeping issue,” he said. But some residents and riders at the meeting held in City Hall on Bayard Street criticized the ban for its lack of age and zoning specifications.

Bray said the ordinance was once a law for more than 100 years and that no one complained about it in the past. “It wasn’t until some people thought that it might be politically advantageous [to] … fight the city because they [think we] are anti-student,” he said. Andrew Beshold, a North Brunswick resident and instructor for the League of American Bicyclists, said in his experience most cyclists ride on the sidewalk because of the lack of bike lanes. “Ver y little has been done to engineer city streets, not just here in New Brunswick, but all throughout New Jersey to accommodate cyclists safely and properly,” Beshold said. Charlie Kratovil, a community activist, said he was disappointed in the city not getting its first bike lane as promised because of a lack of funds from the state and logistical issues.

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The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office will purchase 29 tasers, one for each municipal police department and law enforcement agency in the county, in an effort to provide another way to protect officers and the public. As much as $72,500 will be available to buy these electronic control devices, according to a release from the prosecutor’s office, which came after N.J. Attorney General Paula Dow approved police officers who complete Taser International training to use these tasers. “Properly trained police officers will now have another tool to protect the citizens of Middlesex County,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said in the release. Aside from training with the manufacturer, which released the X2 and X26 models meeting the attorney general’s criteria for conducted energy devices, of ficers will train with the New Jersey Police Training Commission. Kaplan offered to provide one device to any police department that sends officers for training, as he served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Group to study less lethal ammunition. By offering funds for the initial device purchase, he hoped authorities would see its benefits and purchase more devices while also training more officers to use them. The New Brunswick Police Department will accept a taser from the prosecutor’s office. “We plan on working with the prosecutor’s office under the guidelines of the Attorney General to have one or two officers trained with the taser,” said Sgt. Mark Pappas, spokesman for the NBPD. As the attorney general’s office had not previously acknowledged officers’ use of tasers, the NBPD has never worked with the electronic control devices, he said. After more guidelines are released from the attorney general’s office or the prosecutor’s office, the department will move forward with training their officers, Pappas said. “Any tasers we purchase in the future, those two officers will train the newer officers,” he said. “We plan to purchase more, but from here we’ll have one and go from there.”

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Students style around the world by dressing in saris, kurtas, paji and kimonos to learn about traditional fashions last night during the Rutgers University Programming Association’s “How to Wear the World” Multicultural Fashion Workshop in the Multipurpose room of the Busch Campus Center.

University ranks as one of top Fulbright fellowship producers BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

For the third year in a row, the University continues to remain a prominent figure when it comes to producing Fulbright fellows. With 14 recipients last year, the University is tied with Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown and Cornell, according to a Fulbright publication in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “Last year, Fulbright had 86 people apply, and 13 from my group received Fulbright grants. This year we had 93 applicants and on both sides [graduate and undergraduate applicants],” said Arthur Casciato, University director of Distinguished Fellowships. Casciato, who started at the University five years ago after working at the University of Pennsylvania, said the increase started after he made modifications to the program in his second year. “The first year I was here, eight people applied,” he said. “During my second year, I changed things up and 32 people applied, the year after 36 people. More people are coming in and applying.” Casciato said the increase was because of two reasons — more people are applying and the University now offers trained faculty Fulbright advisers.

“I began to reach out to faculty to become Fulbright advisers,” he said. “There are two advisees per one adviser. You need support to be competitive, and working with two people you get direct support.” Diana Won, a Fulbright grantee in Colombia, said via email correspondence that the University has done well in receiving Fulbright grants o Colombia over the past few years. “There are two Scarlet Knights here now, and there have been grantees in the past two years as well,” she said. “I think more than anything it brings more national recognition to Rutgers, something that we deserve and should be proud of since there are so many incredibly bright students here.” Won said she thinks the number of Fulbright grantees has increased because of Casciato’s student outreach. “We have always had good students at Rutgers, but it was a matter of having them apply for Fulbright, which was not as frequent before we had this Office of Distinguished Fellowships,” she said. Matriculating undergraduate seniors, graduate school students or those who graduated from the

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DGC prepares for semester of campus center changes BY LISA BERKMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Changes to the Douglass Campus Center did not end last month with the opening of a Dunkin Donuts. Randi Mack, director of the DCC, discussed its aesthetics, relaying the building’s scheduled improvements during Tuesday night’s Douglass Governing Council meeting at the center. “They’ve already made some changes to the building, they might potentially be making more,” said Kyrie Graziosi, president of the DGC. “So I think that’s something students are really going to care about.” Mack said she is working to make some changes to the collaborative learning room and the game room. Commuter lockers and couches will be added to the center’s lounge as well. Accompanying those renovations are some entertainment features, including a flat screen television and a new XBox added to the game room, she said.

Mack said such changes contribute to the atmosphere of the community, which could attract the attention of Douglass residents. White boards that can be connected to laptop computers have already been installed, a technological development she believes is of social importance. “It’s a great way to share and work with the rest of the students,” she said. “You’re doing teamwork.” Renovations might be a positive factor for businesses, as Nick Kraus, manager of the Douglass Café, said he saw more people visit the Dunkin Donuts. “We did a kind of soft opening, and we gave out free coffee, free donuts,” he said. Kraus said the results of the event surprised him. “I came around 1:30 [p.m.] and there was a line wrapped around the building, which was awesome,” he said. At the DGC meeting, Donggu Yoon, a student senator at the Rutgers University Student Assembly, brought the issues of education’s financial vulnerability to the table.

Douglass Governing Council Yoon said education might undergo dangerous cuts if congressional members do not reach an agreement about budget cuts by Nov. 14, a potential reality that concerns some students. “This whole cutting of the scholarships … you really do need to be aware of it,” said Bianca Lucien, a DGC and RUSA member. “But no one’s going to realize what’s going on until it’s too late.” Yoon said one of RUSA’s possible solutions is the “Postcard Campaign” that aims to organize collected postcards students signed in protest, a tactic he said he thinks would prove ef fective with suppor t from the DGC. “While [senators are] making their decision on what to cut and what not to cut, they’re sitting with 40,000 stacks of signatures

saying, ‘Please don’t cut education,’” said Yoon, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. The DGC is also working on fundraisers and charities for the rest of the semester. Among them is “Winter Wishes,” a chance for DGC members to give children the presents they asked for this holiday season, Graziosi said. “We have five little toddlers that we’ll be adopting, ranging in age from 3 to 4,” she said. “We’re spending $20 on each child.” Another charity event is the annual Dance Marathon in which students dance for 32 consecutive hours after donating money for children who have serious diseases, said Valerie Weiss, the external vice president of the DGC. “There’s a Red Pine Ambassador that started this initiative to start a [Douglass Residential College] dance marathon group so we all participate,” said Weiss, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “DRC as a whole is going to try to raise $40,000.”

Lucien said activism in the community is crucial for development because it helps students learn about their surroundings. “Being in the student council not only made me more aware of what’s going on, but it also made me bring in more,” she said. Krishana Jackson, the Class of 2012 representative for the DGC, said she believes more students should take par t in their community. “I would like to see everybody get involved as much as they can as far as coordinating events, getting the word out, even if they’re not on the governing council,” said Jackson, a School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student. “I would like to see everybody have a voice.” Weiss said the council’s primar y mission is to empower women on topics varying among charities, renovations and political campaigns. “The floor is open to talk about anything we feel is relevant or necessary to approach as a council,” she said.

COUNCIL DISCUSSES UPCOMING PHARMACY GROUP EVENTS The Pharmacy Governing Council met on Tuesday in the Busch Campus Center to discuss upcoming lectures and events hosted by organizations that are part of the council. Ami Shah, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy firstyear student and member of the Alpha Zeta Omega fraternity, asked her fellow pharmacy students to come out and support them at the Turkey Trot on Nov. 6. She also said AZO would be canning from Nov. 11 to Nov. 15. Michelle Greulich, a School of Pharmacy graduate student and member of Rho Chi, said the organization

would help students prepare for an upcoming pathophysiology exam Nov. 10. “If you’re having any problems, you can personally email us and we’ll try to find a tutor that will help for your specific class,” Greulich said. External Vice President, Jennifer Poon, a School of Pharmacy graduate student, said the Pharmacy Governing Council would be collaborating with the Engineering Governing Council to plan a Trivia Bowl for both schools in November.

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Meerat Oza, a School of Pharmacy sophomore and member of The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, said his organization would be par ticipating in a Diabetes Walk on Nov. 6. She also said Nov. 10 that the AMCP would give the first installment of a series of lectures at Parker Senior Home. The lecture is meant to inform senior citizens on the importance of medication compliance. — Rina Mody


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TASERS: Devices cost about $2,500 per instrument continued from front The first officers from each county police agency who train with the manufacturer and the state will then be authorized to train other officers on how to use the devices, Kaplan said. While the NBPD would not comment on how the tasers might benefit the department in terms of protecting citizens, South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka approved of the plan in the release. “The last thing a police officer wants to do is use deadly force,” he said. “Not every situation may involve going to a taser, but having that option is a benefit to the officer, the department and the public.” Kaplan gained support of the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police, which includes Hayducka, who voted Oct. 18 to approve the offer to provide a device to each department meeting the training requirements. The devices, which cost about $2,500 each, will be purchased using funds seized

BAN: Bray says city streets cannot accomodate bike lanes continued from front “I know there was a hold up of utility companies not wanting to move their stuff [on the street],” he said. “I implore the council to do whatever you can to make this plan for this bike lane to happen in New Brunswick.” Kratovil, a New Brunswick resident, said while the city did not get enough grant money to construct bike lines, the city should take it up. “Use city funds to get other bike lanes going in the meantime,” he said. “If the state can’t do it, if the county can’t do it, then we have to pony up ourselves.” Bray said the city suppor ts bike lanes but for numerous reasons it unfor tunately did not happen. “You need to improve intersections to new [Department of Transportation] standards,” he said. “Our storm sewer infra-

by court order from criminal activities, like dr ug sales, Kaplan said. Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher Rafano in the release said he and his colleagues are happy to see the prosecutor’s office use these funds for the benefit of law enforcement. “I wish to thank the prosecutor’s of fice for finding fiscally responsible ways to provide law enforcement of ficers with the tools they need to protect and ser ve the residents of Middlesex County,” he said. The one-device offer will be presented to each of the 25 municipal police depar tments in Middlesex County along with the Middlesex County Sherriff’s Department, the Rutgers University Police Depar tment, the Middlesex County College Police Department and the Middlesex County Depar tment of Adult Corrections, according to the release. The manufacturer and the State Police are planning the training sessions but dates have not yet been established. Training could begin as early as next year, Kaplan said.

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University students Camille Sennett and Megha Desai paint Japanese characters yesterday at a calligraphy workshop. The Off-Campus Student Association hosted the event in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus.

structure … would need to be sidewalk, but I think there are addressed, and the cost was certain circumstances where it brought to our attention at the should be allowed. Residential 11th hour, so we weren’t pre- neighborhood streets should not pared to absorb those costs be an issue.” which were in the hundreds of Beshold was also curious if the thousands of dollars.” ordinance applied to sidewalks on Every street in New Brunswick the College Avenue, Cook or would not be Douglass campusable to accommoes. “You have to give date bike lanes, “I would considBray said. er that you do procyclists the carrot pose adult prohibi“Bicyclists are going to have tion on cycling and not just the to ride in those on the sidewalks, stick of the law.” roads without that you make an the bike lanes. exception for the ANDREW BESHOLD They are going campuses because League of American Bicyclists to do that in a lot of those are Instructor the future, they multi-use pathcould do that ways,” he said. now,” he said. Beshold said while the city The lack of age or zoning has a lot of bikers, the city does restriction on the ban was discon- not have bike lanes. certing to some residents, “New Brunswick is a college Beshold said. town. You go to most college “Most towns that have a ban towns throughout the country on sidewalk riding do make an and you will see very well-engiexception for cyclists age 15 or neered bicycle lanes all through14 and under,” he said. “We do out the central business disnot advise people to ride on the trict,” he said.

He believes cyclists would help improve the city in a number of ways. “More cyclists are good for business, they keeps cars off the street, keep the parking free for those who have no choice but to drive into town,” he said. Beshold said the bike lanes should be implemented to reduce riding on the sidewalk and not just a ban. “I ride through the city all the time on the street and I see other cyclists on the sidewalk and I believe they are scared,” he said. “You have to give cyclists the carrot and not just the stick of the law that says you have to get off the sidewalk.” Bray said it is safer to ride in the street, and it will create a safer environment for bicyclists to ride on the street. “The more bicycles you have on the street — that is a traffic calming activity, and it heightens the awareness of people that there are bicycles on the street and makes it safer for bicycles,” he said.

UNIVERSITY: Grant includes teaching English abroad continued from front University have the opportunity to apply to the grant, Casciato said. There are two types of grants available — an English Teaching Assistant grant or an independent research grant, he said. “Teaching assistant, you end up assisting a teacher or teaching in some cases for about 20 hours a week, but it’s also a way to get to know the community,” said Giuseppe Cespedes, University alumnus and Fulbright grantee in Brazil. “The other [program] you propose a research project. Everything that their project entails is calculated into their budget.” The ETA program does not demand too high of a grade point average, Casciato said. “Fulbright tells us not to chase away your 3.00 [GPA]. It’s not solely driven on GPA. You’re there to be a global ambassador,” he said. “You’re there to represent your country. That means being able to be a resource on a daily basis.” In the ETA program, grantees help in the classroom as a native speaking English and have the opportunity to do an independent project, Casciato said. “Out of the 93 applicants this year, 81 applied for ETA program,” he said. “While 16 out of the 17 graduate students applied for independent research, one applied for the Education Teaching Assistance program.” Casciato said the ETA program is not confined to only english or education majors. “People who teach [first-year interest group] seminars, English tutor to a student, a teacher’s assistant, a residence hall assistant, a coach, a Sunday school teacher — all are good applicants,” he said. “What it is is your ability to articulate.” During the past five years the fellowship department also received an increase in membership, Casciato said. “The total numbers of fellows has grown equally as fast,” he said. “There are 176 fellowships awarded each year which reflects the growth, but the most growth has occurred in Fulbright fellowships.”


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Join the Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries for soup, salad and bread during an open Bible study to learn about leading a meaningful life and finding the faith to live. The study will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity House on 14 Stone St. on the College Avenue campus. For more information, email Rev. Barbara Heck at revheck@gmail.com or call her at (609) 273-1349.

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The Rutgers Gardens Farmers’ Market takes place every Friday from noon to 5 p.m. until Thanksgiving. Purchase local fresh produce, pasture-raised meat, artisanal cheese, baked goods, flowers and more. Then take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy a picnic. Rutgers Gardens is located at 112 Ryders Lane, next to Hort Farm 2 and the Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center. For more information and directions visit rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/farmmarket.htm. TGIF! Now you can have some fun at another “Responsible Drinking Happy Hour” in the Cook Café from 4 to 7 p.m. — your usual place to socialize with faculty, staff and friends or make new friends. Don’t forget to bring a faculty member, staff or friend along to join in the fun and your identification.

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Visit the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum for free first Sundays of the month. Visit the museum from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to all the first Sunday of every month at the Zimmerli. Scavenger hunts are offered between 12:30 to 4 p.m. and tours for children and adults are available at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Visit Studio Z throughout the day for selfguided learning and creativity.

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There will be HIV Testing, rapid-result finger print testing, from 3 to 6:45 p.m. at the Health Outreach, Promotion and Education building at 8 Lafayette St. in New Brunswick. For more information please visit rhshope.rutgers.edu. Dance! Drums! Devotion! Bhatki’s award winning Sacred Sounds is back. Join the extraordinary kirtan bands Guara and the Mayapuris from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room for an electrifying evening of musical meditations, exotic drumming, entrancing dance and free cultural food. Sample the experience by visiting bhatkiclub.org/sacredsounds. Rutgers South Asian Students in Sciences will host a “Movie Night” at 8 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center in Center Hall. They will be screening “Inception.” Food will be provided for free. For more information email ru.sass@yahoo.com. “The Power of Genomics:” Executive Dean’s Distinguished Lecture featuring Debashish Bhattacharya begins at 6 p.m. followed by a reception in Winants Hall General Assembly Room on the College Avenue campus. Bhattacharya will discuss how his fascination with marine biology while training in Atlantic and Pacific Canada led him to begin exploring single cell genomics to answer important questions about biodiversity and the evolution of life forms. For more information visit discovery.rutgers.edu/debashish.html.

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Celebrate Geographic Awareness Day from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center featuring speakers, posters, refreshments and networking opportunities. For more information email RUGISday2011@gmail.com. Fundamentals of Environmental Geomatics students organized the event.

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Thanksgiving walk to shed light on world hunger BY YASHMIN PATEL STAFF WRITER

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen is planning its third annual Turkey Trot to raise money for people in need of food in New Brunswick and the greater Central Jersey area. The 3k Turkey Trot walk will be held Sunday near the College Avenue campus at Buccleuch Park. Participants can donate money to raise funds to feed those without food, said Michelle Wilson, development and community relations director of Elijah’s Promise. “There is no minimum as to how much a person can donate, but we are hoping that people donate at least $10,” Wilson

said. “It costs approximately $2.50 to ser ve a meal to the soup kitchen, so even raising $10 can make a difference.” Elijah’s Promise aims to provide 20,000 meals by raising more than $50,000 from the donations participants choose to make, said Lisanne Finston, executive director of the soup kitchen. Those who are interested in par ticipating in the walk must register to take par t, Wilson said. “There is no fee for registration,” she said. “We hope [everyone] will do their best to raise whatever they can to raise meals for the soup kitchen.” Participants can engage in various activities prior to the start of the walk, she said. During the registration process there will be arts and crafts, a

band and a reading fairy, where someone in costume will read a book to children. “Snack stations will line the walking route for participants who get thirsty or would like to grab a bite,” Finston said. “Elijah’s Promise volunteers will ser ve mini pumpkin muf fins, red velvet cake, red pudding and tea sandwiches.” Finston said she and other Elijah’s Promise members would like to use the walk as a means to promote awareness about world hunger, a cause she believes is unknown to many. “It’s important for people to recognize and understand that there’s a serious problem with hunger in our backyard and food insecurity,” she said. By taking part in the event, Finston said residents would ben-

efit the soup kitchen as well as their own community. “Participating in the walk is a great way to demonstrate what really makes our community a great community,” she said. “I think it’s always great when folks can give back. It always feels good to give back to the community.” Finston believes it is imperative for residents to work together to make any headway in solving issues like world hunger. “Hunger is certainly one of our most serious problems that we face in our community right now when 1 in 8 people go hungry,” she said. Lauren Kim, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student who will participate in the walk, said all students should join in as a combined effort to promote the right cause.

“I don’t see a reason not to ... it’s a good cause,” she said. “We should fight hunger to be considerate of other people.” Kim said more people in the United States could benefit from a walk like this because, unlike other nations in which hunger is prevalent, Americans sometimes disregard its severity. “We’re in a country where it’s really easy to throw away all your food,” she said. “I think we take advantage of it, and it’s important to realize that not every country has that kind of privilege.” Finston said Elijah’s Promise aims to help change the lives of those affected by poverty and who are without food. “We harness the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger and change lives,” she said.

MAN IDENTIFIES ATTACKERS THROUGH LICENSE PLATE NUMBER, LEADS POLICE TO QUICK ARREST Although four robbers attacked him at once, a 21year-old Carteret man managed to escape Tuesday and got their license plate number, resulting in a speedy arrest. The victim pulled into a townhouse parking lot on Langholm Court in Edison at 5:11 p.m. when the men called him over to their nearby car, said Edison police Sgt. Darrin Cerminaro in an nj.com article.

As he approached, one man pulled him into a headlock and held a knife to his abdomen while another man demanded his wallet and cell phone. The victim grabbed the knife, freed himself and took note of the plate number as they fled, Cerminaro said in the article. Two witnesses in the lot also yelled at the attackers to stop.

Police traced the license to an owner in Elizabeth and within five hours after the incident, the attackers were in custody. The suspects — Robin Nunez, 18; Jerome Rodriguez, 20; George Norena, 20; and Jose Garcia, 19 — are currently in the Middlesex County jail on $50,000 bail each. All suspects are charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and attempted robbery, according to an nj.com.


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The Middlesex County Family Success Center set up its first annual Winter Coat Drive to collect winter garments for people unable to afford them this upcoming season. Jennifer Shamy, FSC director, said she was disappointed with the amount of donations when the first day of the drive came to a close Tuesday, as they only equaled a tiny fraction of the demand for winter gear. “So far we have a lot of families that need coats and we’re not getting a lot of donations,” she said. The drive, which lasts until Nov. 11, is a way for event organizers to collect winter clothing — coats, gloves, scarves and hats — for people who cannot afford such clothing themselves, she said. Residents can drop donations off at the Puerto Rican Action Board building on 90 Jersey Avenue. “[If students] want to donate coats, especially fraternities and sororities, they should just reach out to us,” Shamy said. “If they can’t get to our office on Jersey Avenue, we’ll come collect.” The FSC, which is part of the larger nonprofit organization PRAB, decided to host the drive after members sat down with families and discussed some issues, she said. “Ever y month we sit down and plan activities and programs that would benefit the community here,” said Jacqueline Rivera, a family success worker at FSC. To put this coat drive into motion, Shamy and two of her family success workers par tnered up with Diana Starace, the injur y prevention coordinator at Rober t Wood Johnson University Hospital, to form a drop off agreement at the medical center. Starace said the hospital was interested in contributing in any way so children without adequate clothing would not be at risk of catching any illnesses.

“I know in the past we do coat drives here ever y winter at Robert Wood — many employees drop off coats that I’m sure get used immediately,” she said. “You see [kids] wandering around with sweatshirts on when its 20 degrees outside.” Starace works with all different age groups to educate them about common risk factors and said she thought the drive would be a good way to get her point across. “We look at the reasons people come into the hospital. It’s totally prevention,” she said. Family success workers like Rivera meet with impoverished families regularly and work on weekly homework assignments with them and put together educational workshops and monthly support groups, Shamy said. Apart from winter coat drives, programs geared toward discouraging drug use and promoting literacy, Rivera said FSC is about family togetherness. “We do parent-child activities like fright night last week [for Halloween and] ice cream socials,” she said. “[Things like that] promote an environment where people can spend time with their family. They don’t have to spend any money. They just enjoy it.” All the ser vices are voluntar y, free and available to all county residents, Shamy said. The main purpose of the drive is to provide ser vice to struggling families, which she said would ultimately help strengthen the community. “We see a lot of young parents,” Shamy said. “We’re serving a high proportion of Spanishspeaking Latino families.” Starace said she and her department like to team up with PRAB as much as possible to reach out to Middlesex County residents. “Everything [the board] does is really geared toward helping those families be successful — whether it’s at home, the workplace, working to find necessary food and shelter,” she said. “Helping residents in the community [gives them] a higher standard of living.”

WOODBRIDGE STORE OFFERS HEALTHY SNACK CHOICES A North Brunswick entrepreneur, Cherri Oglesby, recently opened Doc Popcorn at Woodbridge Center Mall, offering an alternative to fried snacks with all-natural, fresh-popped snacks. The newest addition to Woodbridge Center marks the 34th Doc Popcorn retail location, according to a mycentraljersey.com ar ticle. It is the second Doc Popcorn location in New Jersey, the first being on the Asbur y Park Boardwalk. “Doc Popcorn fits all of my objectives to become an entrepreneur and has the flexibility I have always wanted,” Oglesby said in the article. “Not to mention, serving an all-natural, healthier snack alternative that makes people smile is something I truly feel passionate about.” Oglesby left her career in corporate America where she held merchandising positions with brands including L’Oreal and Toys ‘R’ Us to open Doc Popcorn. “We are thrilled to see Cherri open at the Woodbridge Center Mall and continue the growth of the brand in New Jersey,” said Rob Israel, CEO and cofounder of Doc Popcorn in the article. “With ever y location we open, our dream of changing the way people snack in high-traffic venues across the nation becomes more and more attainable.”


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dmit it: No matter how much of a music elitist you may be, you’ve found yourself dancing un-ironically to a Lady Gaga song at least once in your life, but probably even more. But, regardless of how you feel about her pop tunes, you will find it pretty difficult to hate on her latest venture. Gaga teamed up with two unlikely partners — the MacArthur Foundation and Har vard University — to create the Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to instill the youth with a healthy self-confidence, as well as combat bullying and similar issues. According to a statement from the singer herself, “We hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.” If almost any other celebrity pulled a similar move, we’d be automatically war y of their aims and intentions, likely to chalk it up to a publicity stunt at best. What sets Lady Gaga apart from the pack is her demonstrable advocacy record. She has been an outspoken supporter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights since pretty much Day 1 of her fame. For example, last year, during the midst of the controversy surrounding the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy she made a public appearance in Maine to show her support for the repealing of the measure. This is not to mention the fact that she’s not averse to using her songs themselves as political platforms — lest you forget that “Born This Way” was a song before it was a foundation. We can think of the Born This Way Foundation as a national, more high-profile version of the University’s own Project Civility, which has done so much good around campus. If Project Civility can shed light on important issues here at home, think of how much good a foundation with the backing of someone like Lady Gaga will be able to do on a nationwide scale. Bullying is one of the most serious issues faced by young people today. It’s good to see someone using her celebrity in order to challenge tough issues, rather than just looking out for herself.

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ften, when a state finds itself in a budget crisis, some of the first things hit hard by the cuts are state parks. Like art programs in public schools, parks are seen by many as things that are really nice but, ultimately, completely unnecessar y. As soon as money starts to run out, all the benefits of public parks are swept under the rug, and the parks themselves are left to rot. Thankfully for the residents of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has a plan that will prevent the same fate from befalling our state parks. Christie wants to privatize certain aspects of New Jersey’s state parks to save the state money and save the parks from abandonment and disrepair. State parks cost the state roughly $39 million a year, and yet they only bring in about $8 million. Needless to say, in the current economic climate, we simply cannot maintain that pattern. Bleeding $31 million a year is not exactly a viable option right now, no matter how many benefits the parks may offer citizens. Under Christie’s plan, current amenities offered in state parks would be privatized, and new private amenities would also be added at the same time. Things like concessions, event planning, boat docks, etc., would no longer be under the state’s control. This would save the state a lot of money. At the same time, we may see an uptick in the quality of these amenities. Putting them into the hands of private companies with more spare cash and better-trained employees may result in an overall better-run, more enjoyable park. For example, what would you rather have: an old, barren concrete shack that claims to sell refreshments but which never seems to be open when you’re at the park, or a well-stocked, well-staffed concessions stand that runs smoothly and provides real snacks to its patrons? We’re willing to bet no one would prefer the former, and the former is what you would get if you left these amenities in the hands of a government with a slim budget and few employees to spare. But the concession stands in the hands of a capable private company, and suddenly, you’ve got money and personnel flowing in. Perhaps these partial privatizations could even create a few new jobs? As long as the parks remain largely in the hands of the state with only a few amenities controlled by private companies, then we here at The Daily Targum are in full support of Christie’s plan.

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It’s actually an ingenious he ingenuity of the thing: we use “party” to average University cover for all the things that student never ceases would compel judgment and to amaze me. Only some of us disapproval if we said them are engineering majors, but for real. Imagine John Q. almost all of us have little Tuitionpayer writing on MacGyver moments that Facebook, “Can’t wait for this make college life a little bit easALEX LEWIS weekend, I’m gonna get belier and a lot more fun. Sneak a ligerently drunk and hopefulTupperware into Brower ly have anonymous sex with multiple partners!” Commons on the College Avenue campus so you can That certainly wouldn’t fly. But when we substitute smuggle out a midnight snack. Hop onto any bus at the in our handy-dandy empty verb, we get: “Can’t wait Rutgers Student Center to gain a turbo boost on your for this weekend, I’m gonna party!” Brilliant. commute to Scott Hall. Take “Theater Appreciation” Talking to — This one is a little more subtle. You for an easy “A.” You know — the shortcuts. talk to many people in the course of a college day — Though most of us spend just four years on camyour friends, your professors, the soulless Public pus, these little tips and tricks accumulate and form Safety vampires who give you parking tickets. But a body of knowledge that sticks around for future even though you’re conversing with these people, generations of students. But no college trick amazes you aren’t “talking to” any of them. me more than that of the empty verb. It’s confusing, so I’ll elaborate: University students What is an empty verb, you ask? Why, it’s somesay they are “talking to” someone they’re interested thing you and I use all the time. There is actually a in romantically or physically. “Talking to” refers to collection of highly specialized vocabulary that the courtship process, but the two serves useful purposes in the life of aren’t congruent synonyms. When the average University student. These “‘Party’ is probably someone says “courtship,” it conjures words, most of them verbs, are essenimages of hand-kissing, carriages tially “stand-ins” that we use to reprethe most frequently up and inviting Mary Lou to the box sent things we would be uncomfortable saying in regular society. They utilized empty verb social. “Talking to” someone is a far cry from that antiquated picture. are standardized, so that when one of on campus.” For one, most of the “talking” is us uses them, we all tacitly acknowlconducted via text message because it edge what they’re trying to say. It’s allows for direct communication while the rhetorical equivalent of nudging maintaining that crucial layer of impersonality that someone with your elbow and winking at them. would elevate run-of-the-mill “talking” to full-fledged Here’s a brief survey of some oft-utilized empty “courtship.” And Jesus, we all know that’s the last verbs. If they’re new to you, take notes. They may thing we want. No one is looking to get married here. just save your life one day. Here’s another helpful real-world example: Partying — “Party” is probably the most freunless you dorm under a particularly thick rock, quently utilized empty verb on campus. There is no you know that last weekend was “Halloweekend” at such thing as “partying.” The word doesn’t pick out the University. Imagine that you and your friends an actual activity in which one may engage, as “runhead onto the College Avenue campus for a night of ning” or “eating” does. “partying.” All the usual costumes are well-repreIf this whole empty verb concept is still confussented: there’s your basic slutty cat, the slightly ing, here’s a quick experiment you can try at home more ambitious slutty tiger and, for those with a to get the idea. First, stand up in the middle of hearty sense of irony, the slutty slut. Your friend whatever room you’re in. Are you standing up? says he’s “talking to” the tiger. It instantly registers Good. Now, mime running. Are you jogging in in your brain that she’s off-limits. You can speak to place? Good, that’s it. Now, mime eating. Are you her, but you definitely cannot “talk” to her. raising an invisible fork to your mouth and pretendThis list is by no means exhaustive, and there are chewing? There, you’ve got it. OK, now, party. Err, many more words in our collective lexicon. So the no, wait, you’re just jumping up and down and next time you hear one of your fellow Scarlet pumping your fist. That’s dancing. I said to mime Knights mention that they are headed out to “party” partying. No, now you’re miming drinking. That’s with someone they’re “talking to,” then maybe invite another thing you do at a party, but it’s not partying them to get some “coffee” the next day and “chill,” in and of itself. Try again. OK, now you’re just fist smile. Give them a knowing glance to let them know pumping with your other hand, that’s the same as that you get their drift. You’re in the club, too. Yo the first thing. It’s still not partying. And stop fist comprendo, amigo. pumping — it’s people like you that give New Jersey a bad name. Jerk. Alex Lewis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior Now you see: “to party” is a stand-in verb to majoring in journalism and media studies and phisubstitute for other, less flowery activities that we losophy with a minor in African, Middle Eastern and don’t want to say outright. Why did we, as a colleSouth Asian languages and literatures. His column, giate community, feel the need to invent this little “La Nausée,” runs on alternate Thursdays. rhetorical veil?

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he author of Tuesday’s column, “Liberals perpetuate poverty,” demonstrates a mind-bogglingly limited capacity for perspective and seeks, one can only assume, to spew inflammatory invective in hopes of gaining notoriety. The other option is that he truly believes liberals deliberately seek to propagate poverty, which I submit would reflect more poorly on his character. I will therefore proceed under the assumption of the former. His trivial ad hominem arguments aside, what the author falls victim to is the perpetuation of pointless and destructive partisan bickering. Baseless charges of racism are a straw man at best and divisive and destructive at worst. In either case, they are applicable to both sides. The true problems are myriad, nuanced and subject to influence from countless factors both seen and unseen. As a general rule, anybody who tries to give you a simple solution to a complex problem is either stupid or lying. Liberals have balked at Republican candidates like Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin not because these liberals are racist or sexist — though in some cases that cannot be discounted — but because the candidates have proven themselves to be unqualified for the post they seek or have sought. More to the point, the aforementioned candidates are simply a distillate of capitalism. We live in a society that is interconnected to a degree inconceivable a generation ago. As a result, there are more media outlets fighting for advertising revenue gained from pageviews and television ratings from a populace with a decreasing attention span. To gain attention, they must be outrageous and hyperpartisan. This is as true for Ann Coulter and Andrew Breitbart as it is for Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher. The result is what you see before you — a presidential primary that more closely resembles a reality show than it does a forum for constructive political discourse (“So You Think You Can Be

President?”). It’s just like “American Idol.” You can even vote for the winner. What we lack is reasoned discourse and empathy. In order to understand another person’s point of view, you must truly be able to put yourself in their position and that takes more than reading up on the opponent’s talking points. You must consider each individual as the sum of their life experiences, which takes more than five minutes of listening to them. Name-calling and finger-pointing from either side accomplishes nothing, for both Democrats and Republicans have maneuvered us into our current situation. That tree-hugging hippie liberal you hate? Maybe she was raised in a cabin in the middle of the woods and thus has a deeper appreciation of our ecosystem and the fact that a seemingly innocuous perturbation can have profound and unforeseeable impacts. That smug fat-cat businessman conservative you’re protesting against? Maybe he’s a true John Galt — or Dagny Taggart, if the ladies prefer — a man who built his fortune from the ground up in the novel “Atlas Shrugged,” who genuinely understands the powerful engine that capitalism can be and rightly wants to keep the fruits of his labor. The fact of the matter is, our societal tools are imperfect, but they are the best ones we’ve been able to find so far. The problems we face as a nation are ones inherent to a capitalist democratic society. High unemployment, despite record corporate profits, is a result mainly of lack of demand. I’m sure corporations do want to sell more product and thus hire more employees to handle that, but there is no market for it right now. People need to pay off their debt and get by with their old jalopy before they can think about buying a new car. Rampant poverty is an extremely complex problem, and only one of the factors is a bloated and selfdestructive welfare system. Let’s start fixing these problems rather than apportioning blame. There’s plenty of that to go around. Daniel Duffield is a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

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PACE: Rice plans cautious display of RU’s full-court press continued from back Regardless, the wait was long enough, Miller said. “It’s an opportunity to play against another team and to see where we are as a team,” he said. “It’s important because it’s going to give us a chance to see how the RAC is with a lot of people in it. Now, it’s not practice.” When Rice opened last season with an audience in an exhibition against McGill, he did so with a guarded philosophy. The defensive-minded coach preached full-cour t defense during his tenure at Rober t Morris, but lacked the bodies to imitate his style in Year 1 in Piscataway. So he abandoned the fullcourt press more often than not and scrapped his more uptempo tendencies. Now with a loaded deck and roster full of athletes, the numbers game is no longer an issue. But youth now poses a concern, albeit less of one than Rice suffered through last season. “I’d like an attacking, energetic, urgent, passionate type of play by Rutgers, but if you play with that pace, sometimes our freshmen tend to not play with a purpose,” Rice said. “Until we have an understanding … sometimes it’s going to be slowed down.” When the Knights take the floor against an opponent for the first time Sunday, fans will see Rice’s vision for the program with less restriction than his first season.

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Junior forward Dane Miller continues to work on becoming a more aggressive offensive player under head coach Mike Rice. The look remains a mystery even to his players. “I’ve never seen a collective group of guys with this much talent come in, especially

at Rutgers,” Johnson said. “It’s something Rutgers has never seen before. The ceiling is so high.”

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Junior punter Justin Doerner transferred to Rutgers during the summer after spending two seasons at Los Angeles Harbor Junior College. He is No. 5 in the Big East with 37.9 yards per punt. least encouraging for the firstyear punter. Doerner ranks fifth in the Big East with 37.9 yards per punt. But unlike the league’s other players summoned on fourth down, Doerner also handles kickoff duties for the Knights. “He’s definitely been a big help,” said junior safety Wayne Warren, who is on the kickoff and punt coverage teams. “When he hits it well, that thing goes.” But Doerner suffered through sending early-season kicks out of bounds, despite being flagged only once for illegal procedure at his junior college. “I was kind of surprised with myself, little bit upset that I kicked three out the first three games,” Doerner said. “I’m kicking the ball straighter now, so I

CLIMATE: Punter faces rough conditions on East Coast continued from back the Pacific Ocean, so he brought his own notions with him to Rutgers. But the wind he experienced during spurts of his eight games as a Knight trumped the weather he faced at Los Angeles Harbor Junior College, he said. “It’s a little bit more extreme here,” Doerner said. “The Navy game was pretty bad.” The biggest key in combating the wind is the punter’s drop, Doerner said, which he must anticipate. His leg swing and kick remain the same, and the results are at

haven’t really had that problem since then.” Doerner adjusted from the JuCo level, where coaches made him focus on directional punting. The Rutgers coaching staff reversed the trend when Doerner arrived, concentrating on aiming toward the center of the field rather than the sidelines. He did enough to beat out true freshman Anthony DiPaula during training camp, steadying the position after Dellaganna suffered through injury last season and gave way to Kyle Sullivan. Dellaganna graduated and Sullivan is no longer with the program. “[Dellaganna] got better. He got it,” Schiano said. “[Doerner will] get it.”

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exas Longhorns quarterback Garrett Gilbert plans to transfer to Southern Methodist. Gilbert must sit out the 2012 season and will play in 2013 as a redshirt senior. The former coveted Texas recruit sat the bench this season when head coach Mack Brown replaced him with a combination of freshman David Ash and sophomore Case McCoy. Gilbert came in to replace an injured Colt McCoy in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game and started until this season.

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golf team finished in 10th place at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational yesterday in Kalopei, Hawaii. The Scarlet Knights shot a 54-hole total of 938, 89 strokes behind the No. 1 team in the nation, tournament winner UCLA, which carded an 849. Freshman Kortnie Maxoutopoulis led the Knights, shooting a 229 to place her tied for twenty-seventh. This concludes fall play for the women’s team, which resumes March 16 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday to gain a better understanding of the rules. Goodell and Suh reviewed tape and went over questions Suh had about his play and the game in general. Suh said the meeting went well and his questions and concerns received clarification. Goodell commended Suh for his initiative and willingness to come for ward and make adjustments to keep his play within the rules.

THE OAKLAND RAIDERS added a veteran presence this week, signing wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The experienced wideout joins a team that already has two people he is familiar with from his days with the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Hue Jackson used to be the wide receivers coach for the Bengals, and new acquisition Carson Palmer was the Bengals signal caller. Once he left Cincinnati, Houshmandzadeh saw a decline in production last season with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Baseball announced the 2011 recipients of the Gold Glove Award, which names the top defensive player at each position from each league. Notable winners include St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove, and Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who won his third-straight award.

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Senior back Christie Morad (3) started every game this season for the Knights. Morad is one of seven veterans Rutgers graduates this year after missing the Big East Tournament with a 2-4 conference record and a 5-13 mark overall.

SCORING: Knights rank second in Big East in corners continued from back how much we’d improved. It was nice for an umpire to kind of notice that.” One of the ways Rutgers improved was by generating more penalty corners. The Knights ended the year averaging 7.89 per game, good for sec-

ond in the Big East behind only Syracuse. While the extra corners gave the Knights more oppor tunities, head coach Liz Tchou said they did not score enough on them. “Drawing corners does not mean you get a shot off,” the ninth-year head coach said. “We definitely improved in drawing corners, but our corner execution was not as strong as it could have been.”

The Knights have to overcome an even greater loss in experience next year than they saw this year, losing seven seniors instead of two. But Tchou hopes to still incorporate the seniors in future practices this year to utilize their leadership while they are still at Rutgers. “We talked to them about helping us in the spring because there’s a new possible NCAA ruling about lessening the competitions allowed in the

spring,” she said. “If that goes down, we’re going to need ever y senior that can help us during the spring.” And with the season ending without a tournament ber th, the Knights are focusing on next year earlier than they expected. “They’re really hungr y to get themselves back to the Big East Tournament and score more goals and win some games,” Tchou said.


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Forward Tricia DiPaolo, left, who will return for a sixth season next year, did not play in the Knights’ front third this season for head coach Glenn Crooks. Fifth-year senior Karla Schacher played only five games for the Knights before tearing her ACL against UCLA. Schacher is tied for ninth in Rutgers history with 18 goals.

GROWTH: RU suffers through string of early injuries continued from back season against UCLA marked the first of many setbacks Crooks faced. Only three games later, sophomore Jonelle Filigno — who led the Knights with six goals despite playing in a little more than six games — suffered an ankle injury against Villanova and never recovered. Tricia DiPaolo, who will return for a sixth year next season after suffering knee injuries of her own throughout her career, never played a minute for Crooks. Amid losing his most potent offensive weapons and coping with nagging injuries to junior forward April Price, Crooks saw his youth-laden for wards quickly thrown into the fire.

Despite minimal collegiate experience, freshmen Cassie Inacio, Stephanie Scholz and Amy Pietrangelo shouldered the Knights’ offensive burden. “I’m really proud of the team,” said senior midfielder Ashley Medcalf, who tied for third on the team with two goals. “We had a lot of freshmen come in here and the freshmen had to play a big role, and I thought they played well, being that it was their first year.” Scholz stood out among her class and became the go-to scorer in Filgino’s absence. The rookie finished second with three goals, with Pietrangelo and Inacio each scoring once. Sophomore midfielder Stefanee Pace scored two goals, as well, but the brunt of the scoring responsibilities fell on Crooks’ freshman class. That will only help them moving forward, Crooks said.

“They’ve gained a lot because we’ve put a lot on their shoulders. We expected a lot out of [Inacio and Scholz], along with Amelia Pietrangelo,” he said. “There were greater responsibilities for them than if Karla and Jonelle and April would have been 100 percent for 100 percent of the year.” But that is not to say there were not growing pains. The Knights suffered through a 381-minute scoreless streak in the middle of the season, a span during which the team gained only one conference point in four matches. And even after scoring started again, the team finished the year averaging only 0.95 goals per game. That put pressure on junior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins and the defense and — more often than not — the unit answered the call. Simpkins recorded five shutouts in her second full season in net and

finished fourth in the Big East in goals allowed average (0.95) and save percentage (.800). “Goalkeeping is all about experience, so of course it’s nice to get another year under my belt,” Simpkins said. “I had to thank my team for everything.” But the Knights were as young in the backfield, especially late in the season. Junior back Shannon Woeller missed the team’s final four games with the Canadian National Team, and senior Julie Lancos moved up top to spark the offense, creating voids that freshmen Logan White and Morgan Kennedy had to fill. Both gained an immensity of knowledge from their increased roles, and in Lancos’ eyes Kennedy will continue Rutgers’ defensive tradition. “She stepped in and she learned so much this year that

she’s only going to learn more and more, and she’s going to keep getting better,” Lancos said. “I’m excited to come back next year and watch her play.” With all the Knights dealt with leading up to their first-round exit to Providence in the Big East Championships — the team’s 12th consecutive trip — excitement is a good word to gauge the emotions of those returning. When mayhem strikes again, the players will be ready. “I was proud of them because despite the adversity we knew the result we needed going into that Seton Hall game,” Crooks said of the Knights’ final game of the season, when they tied Seton Hall, 2-2, to earn a playoff berth. “The end result was that it gave us an opportunity in the playoffs, and I think that spoke a lot of the character of the team.”


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Mark Harrison did not wince or fast forward through his dropped pass against Louisville while watching film before last week’s game. The junior wide receiver already suffered a shot to his confidence earlier in the season after a drop against North Carolina and knew how to deal with it: move on and get back in the end zone. Harrison did that against WVU last week, when he caught a 45yard touchdown. “I felt like I came into the game not even thinking about, just wanting to play and have fun out there,” Harrison said. “[Confidence] really didn’t waver. After the North Carolina game, it really did humble me a lot. I knew it was a possibility it could happen. You never know what can happen. I felt like I had to go out for each game the same way, prepare the same way and stay focused the same way.” Head coach Greg Schiano greeted Harrison on the sideline, where he reminded arguably his best deep-threat target that he never lost faith in him. The coaches’ support was critical, Harrison said, and it was visible during pre-game warm-ups at High Point Solutions Stadium. Wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck sprinted toward Harrison after nearly every pass thrown Harrison’s way and got right into the face of the 6-foot-3 wideout. “[Fleck] always stays on top of us, no matter what,” Harrison said. “He brings a lot of energy and it helps to have a coach like that who stays on you and lets you know that you haven’t arrived and you still have things to work on.” Harrison likely thought he arrived a year ago, when he tied for the team lead with 44 catches and led the team with 829 yards and nine touchdowns. His two touchdowns this season and one from his freshman year give him 12 for his career,

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which ties him in ninth place on the Rutgers leaderboard. “You can’t really dwell on things that happen,” Harrison said. “You have to move forward.” Harrison learned that the hard way.

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this season, the Knights pass rush proved its worth. The Knights recorded 25 sacks — good for ninth nationally — in that span and showed their ability to rush the passer against quality conference opponents, evident in their six-sack showing against Pittsburgh. But they only recorded one sack in their two-game losing streak. “I hope we can pick it back up,” he said. “I hope that.” South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels, a dual threat, averages 4.9 yards per rush when he strays out of the pocket and is second on the Bulls in rushing. While Schiano admits he enjoys getting to the quarterback, he also noted getting off the field is of the utmost importance. The high-powered West Virginia offense went only 2-for-13 on third-down conversions, while Louisville struggled two weeks ago, going 3-for-10 on third down. “I’m not as concerned with the statistical sack number as I am pressure on the quarterback and our ability to alter the throw,” Schiano said.

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snowstorm that dropped over Piscataway in the Knights’ loss to West Virginia last week, Schiano sees an advantage to Saturday’s 7 p.m. kickoff. Temperatures are set to hover around the 30 degrees during the evening. “I’m sure when [USF] looks at that those kids are like, ‘Oh, what is that?’” Schiano said. “So we’re trying to convince them that that’s the way it’s going to be Saturday night.”

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Junior wide receiver Mark Harrison rebounded with a 45-yard touchdown reception Saturday against West Virginia after wrestling with inconsistency earlier in the season.

Rutgers seeks to halt road struggles against DePaul BY PATRICK LANNI STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers volleyball team hopes to end its road woes Friday at DePaul with a win against VOLLEYBALL t h e strugRUTGERS AT gling DEPAUL, h o m e SATURDAY, 3 P.M. team. The Blue Demons (6-19, 2-8) enter Friday’s match with only six wins overall, but the Scarlet Knights’ record is equally ordinar y. Boasting eight wins and a 1-9 Big East record, the Knights still search for their first conference road win. DePaul earned its first road victor y at St. John’s last Friday, when the team swept the Red Storm, 3-0, but stumbled two days after at Connecticut and lost, 3-1. DePaul also owns a 3-2 win over Georgetown, something Rutgers does not. Falling, 3-2, to the Hoyas on Sunday, the Knights could not add a Georgetown victor y to their résumé. With their only Big East win coming against instate rival Seton Hall, the

Knights sit a game below the Blue Demons in the conference standings. His squad faces pressure, but head coach CJ Werneke says it is ready for Friday’s match. “I think we match up ver y well against DePaul,” the fourth-year coach said. “One of the big things, though, when you go on the road, is that you have to match the team’s energy and intensity.” With building fr ustration among his squad, Werneke lit a fire under the Knights in hopes of increasing their energy level for the weekend’s match. “I asked them what type of team they want to be,” Werneke said. “How do they want to respond? Do we want to let a team beat us because we didn’t match their intensity and play at the highest level possible?” When playing at their highest level, the Knights show an ability to compete. Junior Allie Jones proves to be one of the strongest offensive players in the conference, and the middle-blocker showcased that at Marquette with 19 kills.

But the Knights need to prove that Friday consistently on every point. “If we commit to ever y point and play our style, we’re the better team,” he said. If committing to ever y point and playing their style at DePaul results in a win in Chicago, the Knights travel to Notre Dame on Sunday with momentum on their side. “[A victor y] would give us confidence and let us know that we can win on the road,” Werneke said. The Irish enter the weekend sixth in the Big East with a 6-4 conference record. Only a game above eighthplace Seton Hall, a loss for the Irish could complicate the postseason picture. With two weekends left in the season, ever y game matters, and the Knights are not yet mathematically eliminated. Still, the task is daunting, as the Knights must win their last four games to hope to qualify for the Big East Tournament. To do that, the Knights have to match the home team’s intensity while on the road.

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Head coach CJ Werneke and the Scarlet Knights face a DePaul team that struggled as mightily during the 2011 campaign.


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For the Rutgers men’s basketball team, the wait is nearly over. Junior forward Dane Miller said the offseason and preseason seemed like “a long time.” MEN’S BASKETBALL Even head coach Mike Rice RUTGERS-NEWARK felt the effects. AT RUTGERS-NB, “Whether it’s SUNDAY, 2 P.M. two weeks, three weeks into the season, it feels like it’s two months,” the secondyear head coach said. Such is life in a Division-I program, where the stakes and expectations are usually daunting. It was not the case last year, when Rice inherited only eight returning scholarship players. But the Scarlet Knights unveil their new look to the public for the first time Sunday, when they host Rutgers-Newark at the Louis Brown Athletic Center for their final tune-up. “It’s going to be great with the excitement of the younger guys coming in. I know there’s going to be a huge crowd,” said junior forward Austin Johnson. “I’m just ready to play somebody else for once instead of beating up on my teammates every day.” The Knights follow up their scrimmage last weekend against Iona with an exhibition against the Scarlet Raiders, Rutgers’ final opponent before beginning the season Nov. 11 against Dartmouth. With seven freshmen on the roster, the focus is on the finer print, Johnson said. “We don’t always listen to the small things and implement the small details,” he said. “Those are the things that help us win games. One minor-detail miss can lose us the game.” With one of the nation’s most heralded recruiting classes, the microscope at the RAC will be larger than any in recent memory. Rutgers’ highly touted backcourt, consisting of freshmen Eli Carter, Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears, makes its first appearance in scarlet. Mack committed to Rice and the Knights before his senior year of high school, while Carter went to prep school and offered an April 22 commitment.

“It seemed like every injury was to an attacking player, and it ultimately had a major impact on the season,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “You can’t lose some of those kinds of kids … and still produce in the same fashion. That made it difficult, but at the same time it wasn’t going to be an impossible task. We just didn’t get it done.” A season-ending injury to fifth-year senior Karla Schacher in the Knights’ fifth game of the

Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano had his worries. The 11th-year head coach walked the High Point Solutions Stadium turf early Saturday as FOOTBALL the temperature dropped below freezing. He wondered how his punter, in only his first season with the program, would fare with the snowy conditions. Schiano’s doubts were legitimate. Junior punter Justin Doerner hails from southern California. “You know, for a California kid I was really worried about it,” Schiano said. “It wasn’t so pretty. It has to be the first time he’s ever seen anything like that.” Doerner performed well, Schiano said, averaging 34 yards per punt and landing one punt inside the West Virginia 20-yard line. When Doerner punted five times Saturday and performed kickoff duties, it was only the second time he ever experienced snowfall. “I’ve been in weather like that before but I was on vacation,” he said. “I wasn’t playing a football game. If I had to go my whole life without having to do it again, I’d be all right.” Schiano has experience with California punters. Teddy Dellaganna, Doerner’s predecessor at the position, suffered his fair share of poor outings because of East Coast playing conditions. It did not take long for Dellaganna to receive his unof ficial welcome to sporadic weather. “He was horrible,” Schiano said. “The first spring scrimmage of his career, it was freezing, windy. He was shanking them all over the place. I said, ‘Haven’t you ever kicked it in some wind?’ He goes, ‘No.’” Dellaganna went on to punt for the Scarlet Knights for three seasons, averaging 41.8 yards per punt — a Rutgers record — in 35 career games. He also earned Big East Special Teams Player of the Weeks honors during his time in Piscataway. Doerner, from Redondo Beach, Calif., punted through windy conditions along

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Sophomore forward Jonelle Filigno missed most of the season with a nagging ankle injury. Despite the missed time, Filigno still led the Knights with six goals.

Adverse year fosters growth for inexperienced RU squad BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

All the pieces for success were in place for the Rutgers women’s soccer team prior to the star t of the season. Then, WOMEN’S SOCCER mayhem struck. Only in the Scarlet Knights’ (8-8-3, 3-5-3) case, no insurance existed that could compensate for the damages.

Knights miss tournament, reflect on lack of scoring BY JOSH BAKAN CORRESPONDENT

The magic number for the Rutgers field hockey team this season was 30. It took the Scarlet Knights 30 goals to FIELD HOCKEY qualify for the Big East Tournament last year, and the Knights wanted to surpass that total in order to make a second consecutive conference tournament. Twenty-seven goals and one regular season later, the Knights are staying in Piscataway for this year’s Big East Tournament, which was not what they expected with a team returning all but two players from the first team to qualify for a tournament spot since 2003. “It was really hard not making the tournament, especially after making it last year,” said senior back Christie Morad. “We expected to do just as well — if not better — this year.” Although the Knights fell only three goals shy of last year’s total, the inability to capitalize on offensive opportunities is one of the main factors keeping the

Knights (5-13, 2-4) out of the playoffs. “We could have improved on finishing aspects,” said senior midfielder Bridgette Sands. “We had all kinds of opportunities in the circle. We need to capitalize on them. That’s what should have happened.” The Knights began the season Aug. 26 with a good start for their 30-goal target and a 5-1 victory over James Madison. But once Rutgers began facing tougher competition, the team dug itself into a deep hole with a lack of scoring. The Knights suffered seven consecutive losses after their season-opening win, scoring no more than one goal in each of those losses. The Knights snapped the losing streak with a 3-1 win against Bucknell and became a much-improved team from that point forward, Sands said. “We definitely got better from the first game to the last game. We were much more in tune with each other,” she said. “A ref who we had one of our first games who we actually had one of our last games actually told us

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Sophomore forward Gia Nappi led the Knights offense with a team-high six goals on the season. Rutgers scored 27 goals this year after hoping to surpass 30.

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