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U. merger takes shape with integration teams BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The University is moving forward with plans for a merger with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the University of Medicine and Dentistr y of New Jersey School of Public Health and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Integration teams of various University and UMDNJ faculty were formed to discuss the key processes necessar y to complete the integration, said Christopher Molloy, interim provost for Biomedical and Health Sciences. But a UMDNJ advisor y group Gov. Chris Christie appointed will give a final recommendation about the merger in December. Molloy said he is corresponding with administrators at UMDNJ to discuss plans for the merger.

“I’ve already had relationships with the dean of the medical school and the head of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey,” he said. “I know the dean of the School of Public Health. I already know the important members of UMDNJ that would likely become part of Rutgers.” Molloy said he would also communicate plans between University officials and the integration teams. “It’s a ver y exciting opportunity for Rutgers in that it will really allow us to have a seamless integration of scientific education that spans from Rutgers’ undergraduate curricula all the way through to health care, wellness and clinical training at the highest levels of the medical school,” he said. He said the merger would also allow students to


Student volunteer makes difference at St. Peter’s hospital PERSON OF THE WEEK BY TABISH TALIB CORRESPONDENT

Shereen Dahab, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, was able to combine her passion for volunteering with her interest in biological sciences while spending her Tuesday after noons at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick. While Dahab was a senior in high school, her grandmother suffered a stroke and spent her recovery period SHEREEN at Overlook Medical Center in DAHAB Summit, N.J. During this period, Dahab said her grandmother’s living conditions at the hospital were disappointing. “I noticed some things that should have been taken care of with my grandmother, like certain housekeeping things in her room which I was upset about,” she said. “So I wanted to see for myself how it was done, and there is a lot of work that goes into running a hospital.” Dahab said she always wanted to become a doctor and practice family medicine, but she wanted to volunteer to immediately help the hospital. Since she started working at Saint Peter’s in July 2009, Dahab spent 230 hours volunteering, said Stacy Siegelaub, manager of Volunteer Services for the hospital. Siegelaub said Dahab went beyond what was needed and made an effort to help in any way she could. Dahab’s schedule conflicted with normal volunteer hours last semester, but to accommodate her hours, Siegelaub gave her a position super vising high school volunteers on weekends.



John Dean, former counsel of President Richard Nixon, discusses yesterday how the Watergate scandal increased criticism on presidential actions at the Douglass Campus Center.

Former Nixon counsel visits campus BY ALEKSI TZATZEV ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Almost four decades after the Watergate scandal, which brought an end to President Richard Nixon’s administration and marked the height of investigative journalism, John Dean thinks there are still lessons to be learned. Dean, a former counsel of Nixon and a central figure in the Watergate case, lectured last night at the Douglass Campus Center on ethics, law and government, connecting the scandal to contemporary issues. “It really was much more than a break-in,” Dean said. “It came to

define a whole mode of behavior. It was an abuse of power.” “Five Held in Plot to Bug Democratic Offices Here,” read The Washington Post headline on Sunday, June 18, 1972. Dean compared that day’s importance to the attacks on Sept. 11 as a time stamp people refer to. Dean said a number of lessons could be taken from the Watergate scandal. Post-Watergate, the people’s attitude toward the president was completely different, he said. “Presidents before Watergate were given the benefit of the doubt,” he said, referring to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s claims that a shot-

down U2 fighter was nothing more than a weather balloon. But for former President Jimmy Car ter, the situation changed, Dean said. “Jimmy Carter was assumed to be doing something wrong until proving otherwise,” he said. Dean turned to the present day and said public attitudes and government secrecy have reverted to pre-Watergate times. “It is back to the president largely being given the benefit of the doubt,” he said. “[Former President George W.] Bush and par ticularly [former Vice



INDEX UNIVERSITY To Write Love On Her Arms founder talks about his inspiration behind starting the organization.

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To Write Love on Her Arms founder shares stories of hope BY SYJIL ASHRAF CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, spread his message of motivation against depression and offered encouragement to students suffering with the disease Tuesday night at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. TWLOHA is a non-profit organization that supports people with severe depression and addiction, an issue many students struggle with, said Alana Milich, vice president of the arts and culture committee for the Rutgers University Programming Association. “There are a lot of college kids that are dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts or addiction,” said Milich, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. She said RUPA invited Tworkowski to speak because TWLOHA has a following at the University. In the United States, 20 million people suffer from depression and it is the leading cause of suicide, which itself is the third leading cause of death, Tworkowski said. Tworkowski said he personally witnessed depression when his friend Renee carved a selfdeprecating expletive onto her forearm after he and his friends had urged her to get help for her condition. “I think if you had the chance to meet my friend Renee, it wouldn’t be a conversation about profanity,” he said. “I think instead maybe it would be

a conversation about identity. I think she would say, ‘This is how stuck I am.’” Renee under went treatment, and as she did, she told him about coping with depression — a stor y that inspired him to star t TWLOHA, Tworkowski said. “It was the idea of believing that a better life was possible for her and believing that she deser ved that better life,” he said. “Our hope was that she could arrive at that place, at this new identity despite what she had marked on her body. Tworkowski said TWLOHA began in 2006 to help others suffering with depression and so far has donated more than $850,000 to fund treatment worldwide. TWLOHA came together rapidly, he said. A key moment was when Jon Foreman, a friend of his and lead singer of Christian rock band Switchfoot, wore a TWLOHA shirt at a concert in South Florida. Tworkowski said TWLOHA is not specific to one group of people who listen to music, but he wants the organization’s outreach to be global. “Not everyone would love all the bands we work with or the way the t-shirts are designed. But when you get down to the heart of it, the issues, the ideas are things that are … universal,” he said. TWLOHA has a staff of 12 in Melbourne, Fla., and interns respond to messages, hold interventions and promote the cause, Tworkowski said. He believes the fact that people have responded to this


Jamie Tworkowski, To Write Love on Her Arms founder, discusses his decision to create an organization to help people dealing with depression and addiction Tuesday night on the College Avenue campus.

issue worldwide reflects how poignant it is. “What that tells is that maybe this is not an American conversation,” he said. “Maybe this is about being alive on this planet instead.” Tworkowski said helping people with depression is not an easy task. Sometimes it feels ineffective, but helping can lead to inspiration. “Sometimes people say they’re still alive because of what you’re doing,” he said.

“That’s the kind of thing that keeps you going.” Guitarist and singer of the Last Royals Eric James, who is Tworkowski’s friend and a supporter of TWLOHA, played an acoustic set of five songs. Tworkowski said music has a significant place in the movement. “Music has this unique ability to remind us that we’re alive and that it’s okay to feel things. It’s okay to ask questions,” he said. “Songs have this … kind of hall pass where they’re allowed

to be honest … about stuf f that’s difficult.” Cristina Fontana, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said her work with the Scarlet Listeners, the University’s peer counseling hotline, reflects some of the topics Tworkowski spoke about during the lecture. “I think it’s really awesome,” said Cristina Fontana, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “[Tworkowski] is spreading the message that you don’t have to go through something alone.”

PROFESSOR FIGHTS TO LOWER SMOKING RISKS THROUGH WORKSHOPS Jennifer War ren, an assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, is working to reduce the numbers of children diagnosed with asthma by star ting a clean air community program in New Jersey. The program works to educate parents in daycare programs about the ways to decrease risks of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), according to a Rutgers Today article.

Warren created a similar program in Minnesota but hopes to bring it to her home state. “I would be interested in launching the program in Trenton, where I was born and raised,” Warren said in the press release. “There are so many impoverished families in the city who I feel many could benefit from education about ETS.” Her workshop focuses on teaching parents the health dangers children could acquire through second and thirdhand smoking, such as ammonia

or carbon monoxide with housing units, according to the article. During the educational process, Warren’s workshops encourage parents to restrict smoking in the home or near the area, according to the ar ticle. She is currently working on two grants, together more than $200,000, to address smoking education within the African-American community, according to the article.


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President] Dick Cheney have pushed secrecy way beyond anything Richard Nixon would have ever considered.” The Presidential Records Act, which was created in the aftermath of Watergate, acted as a lens the president would come under, but Dean said Bush diluted that law to unrecognizable proportions. “[President Barack] Obama however has brought it back halfway,” he said. After the scandal, Dean said people saw some revival of what Congress could do — exercising its own constitutional powers. “It didn’t trim the executive branch,” he said. “That has changed.” Dean, who has written several books on the matter and continues to listen to new material from the scandal, said another byproduct of the events 39 years ago was the creation of investigative journalism. “The Washington Post was the only paper covering it,” he said. “The journalists uncovered it, but didn’t crack the case.” Dean said investigative journalism allowed for additional transparency and for the FBI and other units to bring forward the people involved. One result of the Watergate scandal, which has sur vived modern-day developments, has been the American Bar Association, he said.

have hands-on experience with patients. “It will really facilitate research and the ability of undergraduates to research in clinical areas,” he said. “It will allow Rutgers to become a true academic medical center attached to a great undergraduate university.” The University will gain 5,000 employees merging with the UMDNJ entities, but little change in faculty will take place, Molloy said. “We don’t anticipate significant job changes during the merger process,” he said. “We don’t know. With respect to faculty, they’re all doing important teaching responsibilities. Some of them have tenure, so we expect to honor all those tenured positions.” Challenges in the merger process come from consolidating faculty and getting all of the UMDNJ employees access to University buildings and onto the payroll, Molloy said. It will take significant computer input to integrate all of the medical students and graduate students from UMDNJ’s units into the University’s system, he said. Molloy said the University would also need to acquire the ability to bill patients and manage clinical medicine. “It’s a ver y positive thing that’s happening, but it’s only in the planning stages,” he said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for Rutgers to grow in a ver y positive way that allows our university to become a really great institution.” University President Richard L. McCormick and UMDNJ President William Owen wrote a letter last week about the beginning stages, both expressing their institutions’ cooperation moving forward. In the letter, McCormick and Owen announced that UMDNJ and the University are working together to accomplish the merger in a way that will enhance each institution’s strengths. “It is our hope that the result of this cooperative effort is a merged medical education campus in New Brunswick and Piscataway that reaches new heights and an invigorated UMDNJ that continues to meet its current and ever-critical future missions,” according to the letter. UMDNJ refused to comment further than the letter, said Jeffrey Tolvin, a UMDNJ spokesman. Gov. Chris Christie said he looks forward to the UMDNJ advisory committee’s report by the end of the year in a September press conference. “This is a critically important issue for the future of health care in our state and making sure we have enough highly trained physicians and nurses to care for the people of our state,” he said. Once the final recommendations are out, Christie said implementation would begin immediately because of the University’s presidential search. “Giving certainty to candidates that there will be a medical school [and] cancer institute included as part of the responsibilities of a new president of Rutgers I believe will attract an even more strong and diverse group of candidates for the leader of Rutgers University,” he said.


John Dean, who came to speak to the University yesterday about his experience working for President Richard Nixon, wrote several books on the effects of the Watergate scandal.

“The only thing which has survived, believe it or not, has been the organized Bar,” Dean said. “This directly relates to my testimonial following the events.” He said 40 years ago as well as today, a lawyer has certain ethical rules that he should follow. “One of the powers lawyers have is the power their clients have over them,” Dean said. “But they don’t represent the man himself — they represent the office he is serving and you are there to protect the office sometimes from the president himself.” He said he found Nixon to hold a different attitude with each mem-

ber of his staff. When he talked to Nixon — attempting to intervene — the president had answers for every single question posed. “He managed to have an answer to everything,” Dean said. “I told him this would cost $1 million. He said, ‘I know where to get that.’” He was nonetheless surprised at how little Nixon was told of the operations in the weeks leading up to June 17, 1972. Kirsten Nuber, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said she found the lecture completely honest. “I think a lot of people say, ‘He is the one who sold out,’” she said. “But there was much more

going on there and many people who didn’t agree with what was going on didn’t say anything.” Dean’s decision to attempt to intervene and talk to Nixon was what made him such a figure, Nuber said. Christina Louis, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said she thinks ethics in government have deteriorated along with government transparency. “It’s hard to evaluate considering I didn’t live back then, but I think ethics in government have deteriorated,” she said. “We can see that in city government and in state and federal government.”



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that made me feel good,” she said. Joseph Caravaglio, a School experience may influence career of Ar ts and Sciences junior who has volunteered at Saint continued from front Peter’s for six months, said his favorite par t of volun“She really goes above and teering there is being a beyond the call of duty. She patient companion. has a go-get-’em attitude,” “One of my favorite times Siegelaub said. was as a patient companion. I More than 30 University stusat and talked with this 85dents volunteer at Saint Peter’s year-old woman and she was performing a variety of tasks, so happy to [have] anybody Siegelaub said. and it made her day while I Volunteers r un various was there,” he said. errands, like moving medical Caravaglio said although equipment, delivering newspahis time for pers to patients volunteering or samples to “They’re a key spot is limited, he labs, filing docuenjoys every hour ments in human we like to fill. he volunteers. resources, feed“Every single ing patients and They’re helping out person is just spending the staff by helping the nicest person time with them, you could she said. the patients.” ever meet. It’s “They’re a key STACY SIEGELAUB a good environspot we like to St. Peter's University Hospital ment to be in — fill,” she said. Volunteer Service Manager ever yone is so “They’re helping happy. If you go out the staf f in with a bad by helping the mood, they will brighten you patients or visiting with them up,” he said. and the patients love them.” Dahab said her Egyptian Dahab said it is the little background and her study things volunteers can do to of Arabic might lead her make patients happier. to a dif ferent career path, She recalled one of her such as Doctors Without encounters with a patient she Borders, a nonprofit organizahelped feed who was upset tion that sends doctors with the hospital slippers she to ser ve in disaster or was given. Dahab took it upon war-torn areas. herself to buy her patient new, “If the oppor tunity ever softer slippers. comes, I haven’t [been] think“There was a deal for ing that far, but I would two [slippers] for $5, so I definitely do that. Why not?” brought a pair to her and she said. she was really happy and

The University played against Princeton in the first intercollegiate football game. The University won the game, 6-4, on a field where the College Avenue Gym now stands.

Nov. 6, 1869

William Franklin, provincial governor of New Jersey and the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, granted a charter for Queen's College, making this the University's official “birthday.”

Nov. 10, 1776

Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz died. Queen Charlotte was the Queen consort of the United Kingdom as wife of King George the III. The University was named after Queen Charlotte when it was chartered as Queen’s College in 1766.

Nov. 17, 1818

John Carpenter, a Class of 1990 economics major, became the first champion of the hit TV game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Carpenter made it all the way to the final question without using any lifelines.

Nov. 19, 1999

Courtesy of Cesar Rainho, president of the Rutgers University Historical Society





Join the Associate Curator of European Art of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Christine Giviskos on a bus trip to the Neue Galerie and Morgan Library and Museum in New York City for two exhibitions of rarely seen European masterworks. The bus departs at 8:30 a.m. from the Sears parking lot on Route 1 in New Brunswick and returns by 5 p.m. The cost of the trip, which includes transportation, lunch and guided tours, is $115 for Zimmerli members and $125 for nonmembers. Please call (732) 9327237, ext. 611, or email to register. “How To Network Etiquette” will take place at 9 p.m. at Rutgers Zone on Livingston campus. Students can learn the basics of networking with business and alumni contacts. Visit to register. Not Just Yoga Club’s meeting will last from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Cook Campus Center Room 202 BC. Students will have the chance to de-stress, learn yoga and mediation methods while meeting new people. Though some yoga mats are provided, the club encourages students to bring one, as well as a water bottle and comfortable clothing. Please RSVP by emailing The Student Volunteer Council invites students to the “Winter Wishes Wrapping Day” to volunteer to wrap gifts for New Brunswick pre-school children from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Student Activities Center Raritan River Lounge. Rutgers Recreation is hosting the 23rd Annual Trivia Bowl at 8:30 p.m. at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center Annex. Check-in begins at 8 p.m. There must be three people to a team. The bowl is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and family, but one member must be affiliated with the University. The event is free and participants must register online at before Nov. 16 to gain 500 bonus points. More than 100 teams will participate and raffle prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact Paul Fischbach at (732) 445-0462 or email Palestine Children Relief Fund is hosting the Middle Eastern Cultural Festival from noon to 8 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room. Palestine Children Relief Fund is an organization dedicated to fighting the medical and humanitarian crisis for children in the Middle East. There will be free admission, free Middle Eastern food, movie screenings, exhibits, entertainment, speakers and a Middle Eastern souk, or market. For more information, visit the Facebook event page,


The Douglass Sustainability Committee is holding a cleanup at 2 p.m. The committee invites guests to meet at Passion Puddle on Douglass campus. Gloves and bags will be provided. For more information email

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If the University opens Lot 8 to bidders, what would you like to see there?


ANAHITA GHAVAMI SAS SENIOR “Honestly, I wouldn’t reallycare if they changed it around. There’s a lot of unhealthy food around here. So if something else were to open there, I would just want it to be healthy.”

“I wouldn’t want the grease trucks to go. I think it’s a staple for College Avenue. When I think of that lot I just think of the grease trucks, so I can’t think of other vendors coming in.”

ERNESTO DASET SAS SENIOR “I want to see something healthier. I started eating there freshman year, but after a while you just can’t do it anymore.”



“I personally like the grease trucks. I’ve been here for a couple of years, and I kind of knew the guys for a while, so it’s kind of disheartening that they’re probably not going to be there like they usually are.”

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Number of grease trucks in Lot 8

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The collective rent paid to the University by all five grease trucks every year

“If the grease trucks were gone, I would want a healthier option. I mean look at the stuff in the student center.”

ROHIT PRASAD SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING SENIOR “It’s a great spot to sell food because it’s right next to a bus stop, and you don’t have to walk all the way to Easton Avenue.”

ONLINE RESPONSE I’m indifferent — 7%

A new food vendor — 13%

I want the grease trucks to stay — 80%

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Christie establishes system to rate school performance THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SECAUCUS, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday his administration has developed a new system for reviewing and rating school performance for the state’s annual schools report card. The state’s nearly 600 school districts will be classified in to one of three categories; “focus schools,” the worst, followed by “priority schools,” and the best will be called “reward” schools. It’s unclear whether the best performing schools would receive any additional perks for achieving “reward” status. Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said the new system will better allow education of ficials to focus on the bottom 5 percent of failing schools and will allow for a “more sensible and nuanced way of talking about schools” which would lead to “more sophisticated and targeted inter vention” by education officials for the worst-performing schools. The reviews will compare schools to others with similar demographics, take into account performance on state tests over time, look at how well-prepared for college students are and at the achieve-

ment gaps between high- and low-income students. It replaces a system where schools were listed as underperforming if too many students did poorly on standardized tests. The new method will measure progress — not just how many students passed or failed. “The approach in what they’re looking for in the accountability reporting is much better,” said Frank Belluscio, spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association, which represents boards of education across the state. The new system was outlined in the state’s application for a waiver from some requirements in No Child Left Behind law, which critics say is too rigid and sets unrealistic standards. New Jersey was one of 11 states to apply for the waiver this week. President Barack Obama said in September that states that do certain things such as develop better teacher evaluation systems can apply for waivers. Making changes to the education system is now one of the Republican governor’s most pressing policy plans. Christie wants to use public money to fund scholarships to send children in underperforming public schools to private schools, eliminate lifetime job protec-


The new system will allow education officials to pay attention to the N.J. schools that are rated among the lowest five percentile. Ratings will be based on many factors, including state test scores.

tions that come with tenure for teachers, and paying teachers based partly on how much their students improve on standardized tests. But those proposals have languished in the Legislature since he rolled them out a year ago. “I’d like to get them moving much more quickly on it. They move at the pace they move on

— I can only do so much,” Christie said Tuesday while visiting Secaucus High School. “This work doesn’t happen overnight. It takes months to forge compromise.” At the same time Christie was saying that he didn’t expect things to happen immediately, his office was sending out news releases titled, “Recess is Over:

Time to End the Year of Inaction By the Legislature,” chastising lawmakers for stalling on his proposals. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has said he is willing to talk about moving tenure reform, but he won’t get rid of seniority rules. He supports merit pay, but for schools, not individual teachers.



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Prevent SOPA from censoring Internet


he Internet is great in large part because it is essentially the 21st centur y’s wild west — an infinite expanse of unchartered territor y wherein a person can be whoever they want and do whatever they want with ver y little restriction. That’s why the Internet is such a hot spot of cultural growth and general innovation — it affords users the sort of unbridled freedom that allows them to do the sorts of incredible things that they cannot do so readily in the outside world. But this freedom could be drastically curtailed if the House‘s Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s Protect IP Act are passed. These acts are designed with major media corporations in mind, and they give those corporations far too much power. Under SOPA, copyright holders — think The Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industr y Association of America — would have the ability to team up with law authorities in order to block websites that supposedly infringe upon copyright. The major problem with SOPA is that — while it may have good intentions of protecting copyrights — it goes too far in pursuing its goal. Because of the power it grants copyright holders and law enforcement officials, all sorts of websites are in trouble — blogs, search engines and web stores are all at risk. It isn’t only the little guys on the Internet who would suffer under the censorship of SOPA and Protect IP. Even major web companies are opposed to the acts on the grounds that they would fundamentally damage how the Internet works, thus interfering with innovation and security. Google and Facebook have both spoken out against the acts. When two such online giants decr y the negative aspects of a potential Internet reform, we should all take note. Here’s hoping that Congress and the Senate pay attention. These acts prove that, yet again, the governing bodies of our nation are looking out for major corporations instead of the people. Opposition to SOPA and Protect IP is widespread and highly vocal. Major websites, such as Tumblr, are running links on their pages encouraging users to sign petitions and call their representatives. It should be clear, then, that these acts would bring nothing but harm to the Internet. We cannot give major media corporations a nearly totalitarian power to censor web pages. If we do, we lose the freedom that makes the Internet great in the first place.

Think before you make distasteful jokes


n the wake of the apprehension of a man accused of firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, a student at the University of Texas decided to lighten the mood by tweeting a joke about the ordeal. Lauren Pierce, president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, wrote, “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in histor y as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.” Needless to say, this remark did raise some eyebrows, as any statement about assassinating the president will do. Pierce has defended herself on the grounds that her tweet was just a joke, and while that may be the case, she would do well to watch what she says about President Barack Obama — or any president, to be honest — especially in a public forum such as Twitter. We believe that Pierce was legitimately telling the truth when she said that she was joking. The wording of the tweet makes it pretty clear that she was only expressing her distaste for the man as a president, not advocating violence against him. The fact remains, though, that even if it is a joke, it is an incredibly distasteful one to make. Humor is a tricky beast, and perhaps Pierce’s joke would have been okay if she had only shared it with a group of likeminded friends who understood the point she was tr ying to get at. But as it stands, Pierce put the joke up on Twitter, and that sort of thing may come back to bite her. It’s something that she hopefully — for her own sake — thought about before she shared her quip with the Internet. See, when you publicly criticize people — especially public officials — you have to think seriously about the ramifications of what you want to say before you say it. The Constitution grants American citizens freedom of speech, but some speech crosses a line. We can probably all agree that jokes about shooting the president can easily cross that line. In this specific instance, we do not have much to worr y about, but Pierce’s tweet should stand as a lesson to all of us. Some jokes are better left unsaid.

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Rutgers United serves own agenda


or variety’s sake, I “Here it is,” I thought. try to keep “La “The one cause that literally Nausèe” politics-free. everyone at the University You get plenty of engaging, can get behind. They want coherent political discourse to take our grease trucks from The Daily Targum’s away? Well, we’ll show other fine columnists. them. Don’t they know the But there are times I canOccupy movement is here? ALEX LEWIS not help but disclose my Get ready for the protest of feelings, and the advent of your life, you fascists.” the various “Occupy (insert city here)” movements I made sure all of my protest gear was in place: is one such instance. Like many of you, I maintain Tattered denim vest? Check. Hastily hand-painted mixed and somewhat conflicted opinions on the signs? Check. Neil Young songs on my iPod? whole thing. On one hand, a massive, nonviolent Check. I was ready to go. I marched down to Lot 8 populist uprising that manages to unify the marginto join the angry mob that was surely brewing — alized communities of America to voice their conand I got halfway through the first verse of “Ohio” cerns on the largest of societal stages is nothing before I realized that I was alone. short of inspiring. On the other hand, the fluid The “Occupy Grease Trucks” protest never was. nature of the movement leaves a concerning “How could this be?” I wondered. “Where is the amount of ideological wiggle room. How can I sign bloodthirsty mob? Where’s our sense of civil dison to something that, by definition, refuses to adopt obedience? Most importantly — where is RUSA?” a steady policy platform? Couldn’t anyone hijack the Then, I recalled what “Walk into Action” had Occupy movement and substitute already taught us: RUSA doesn’t reptheir own questionable message? the majority student voice at “‘[Rutgers United is] resent So when I heard that Occupy the University. planned to cruise on down the interThis revelation led me to refine a manifestation of state and set up shop in New my thesis: RUSA doesn’t “provide a larger progressive campus-wide advocacy on behalf of Brunswick this week — as was inevitable — I grew hesitant. There concerns,” nor does it liberal movement.’” student are plenty of good reasons why endeavor to do so, despite what its University students would want to constitution promises. Instead, it has join up with Occupy. But in the recent past, the been co-opted by an even mix of social activists and activist government in the Rutgers University résumé-padders that care more about advancing Student Assembly has done a terrible job of actualtheir fringe social agendas and personal ambitions, ly representing the majority of the undergraduate respectively, than they do about doing right by population. We all remember the “Walk into Action” University students. debacle from April, when RUSA members clogged But this thesis needed independent, insider veribus lanes, interrupted classes and occupied fication. So I secured an interview with a high-rankUniversity President Richard L. McCormick’s office ing and powerful RUSA official who disclosed canto protest tuition hikes and salary freezes. Most studid details about the character of the organization. dents agreed with the rally’s core message of egaliThis official, who agreed to speak to me on conditarian access to education but had the wherewithal tion of anonymity due to his position — I’ll call him to know that it was Trenton, not Old Queens, cut“Mr. X” — confirmed my suspicions. ting state aid to the University. “What you need to understand about the Rutgers In RUSA’s defense, though, it’s difficult to find United party [which gained most of the government causes for which the majority of University stuseats in last year’s elections] is that they are a mandents feel the same. We are a diverse group, with ifestation of a larger progressive liberal movement, even more diverse ideals and beliefs. Would there the Rutgers Student Union and the Rutgers One ever really be a cause worthy of “Occupying” here coalition. They have issues like labor and were at the University? active in the Barry Deloatch situation.” Mr. X said. Then, last week, the bombshell dropped: the “They are there to advance their personal, social grease trucks were under assault by the University goals. Yes, the progressive movement on campus is administration. They were looking to remove that large. Yes, they are vocal. Yes, they are an important cadre of food vendors who, for the last two decades, part of the population. But this party doesn’t take have made Lot 8 on the edge of College Avenue their what’s best for students in general. They have a sephome, in order to open their spaces to more lucrative arate social agenda.” public bidding. They cited some rubbish about But, I interrupted, a large part of their platform has health code violations or something. Whatever. The to do with school issues — tuition freezes and cagegrease trucks are icons of the University communifree eggs in the dining halls, for instance. We all know ty. Fraternity brothers, honors kids, athletes, hipeggs must be free to graze in the open pastures in sters and even those alcoholic degenerates in order to taste good. Isn’t that what’s best for students? Tinsley Hall on the College Avenue campus all rally SEE LEWIS ON PAGE 11 around the institution of the fat sandwich.

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RUSA successfully serves student community Letter JOSEPH CASHIN would first like to thank the author of yesterday’s letter to The Daily Targum, “Student government needs to establish real purpose.” Although the information is not found in our mission statement, the Rutgers University Student Assembly always wants to hear student concerns, by any means and in any form, to better improve our standing with the student body. This is one reason why we have a public sector portion of our open meetings ever y other Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. That being said, I would like to personally invite ever y student to come out to a RUSA meeting to voice their


LEWIS continued from page 10 “Is the average student more concerned about that or about parking spaces near campus? What’s more tangible for students to be affected by? If RUSA wasn’t as heavily influenced by these outside social concerns from the United party, students’ concerns might get more time,” Mr. X said. But how could this have happened? How did a vocal minority seize the reigns of what is in theory a representative democracy? “The last few years of elections have seen abysmal voter turnouts. Only 7.5 percent of all undergraduates voted in the last election. So that’s about 2,100 students picking president, vice president and treasurer — the three positions that represent the whole campus.” It really wasn’t about the issues. It’s not about topics, or what you want to see done. It’s more about who can mobilize the most people to vote, period — whether it’s who

concerns about the University. Tonight’s meeting will be a Town Hall with President Richard L. McCormick. RUSA is giving students a rare opportunity to address their president directly and ask questions about any issue they have on campus. I personally feel this meeting will be time well spent and beneficial to ever y student that comes out, even if they do not want to ask a question. Aside from the author’s recounting of a fellow representative calling the meetings “a waste of time,” he says that RUSA is a “useless body because it has no purpose to fill.” I understand the mission statement was not easily accessible on our website, and that is something we will improve upon. But when one looks at this statement, one sees that RUSA is fulfilling its purpose. has the most friends or who’s involved in the most organizations. The voting turnout is so low that it allows for that. The conclusions to draw here is two-fold. First, it is antithetical to the purpose of a student government to have it run exclusively by activists filling the agenda with fringe — albeit admirable — missions. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the real culprit is the apathy of the undergraduate population who perennially fail to get out the vote when it comes time to pick our student leaders. Sure, RUSA cannot do all that much, but we owe it to ourselves to stock it with people who represent what the majority of students think and keep holier-than-thou activists from telling us what’s best for us. That, after all, is the true meaning of democracy. Alex Lewis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies and political science with a minor in African, Middle Eastern and South Asian languages and literatures. His column “La Nausèe” runs on alternate Thursdays.

Representation by the governing councils of the University on RUSA allows a full range of diverse opinion to better serve the University student body. In addition, the two bills just passed and brought up in the piece are also examples of how RUSA represents the student body. A bill was passed to eliminate plastic bags in the dining halls. This bill passed unanimously and will now be taken up by the University, Student and Legislative Affairs committees to reach out to Dinning Services and resolve the issue of plastic bags in the dining halls. The bill condemning action by the New Brunswick Police Department shows RUSA’s support for the New Brunswick community and was covered by the Targum for its overall student support. These are just two examples of the bills RUSA passed this year.

Not only does RUSA serve University students, but we also empower students through major events like tonight’s McCormick Town Hall and last year’s “Walk into Action.” Hundreds of people attended the “Walk into Action” rally on Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue campus where speakers talked about rising tuition at a public university. Speakers included former RUSA President Yousef Saleh, current RUSA President Matt Cordeiro and Vice President-Elect Thomas Nicholas. This event — along with the subsequent talks with administrative heads like McCormick, former Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip J. Furmanski and Vice President for Student Affairs Gregory S. Blimling — allowed students to have a summer memorandum on transcript fees. I

submit this event was in the minds of the Board of Governors when they decided to enact the lowest tuition increase in 20 years: 1.8 percent. As you can see, RUSA fulfills its mission. It is disheartening to see any student, such as the author of yesterday’s letter, who has gotten the wrong impression. We always look to improve our operations and welcome students to come out to meetings, especially tonight’s Town Hall with McCormick. For any questions you may have, please contact and follow us on Twitter @RUAssembly. Joseph Cashin is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in English with minors in history and political science. He is the RUSA corresponding secretary.

Do not exaggerate Reagan’s feats Letter TODD MESSER uesday’s column, “Pay respect to President Reagan,” attempts to portray Ronald Reagan as the champion of a decade of economic growth. The author does this simply by quoting statistics in 1980 and 1988 and attributing all of the nation’s economic growth and its ability to cut inflation to Reagan. But the author clearly has not done his homework — for if he had, he would have seen that Reagan might have done more harm than good. I want to first look at the nation’s economic growth. The author says Reagan presided over “a spike in gross domestic product from $2.76 trillion in 1980 to $5.04 trillion in 1988.” As all economics students learn in basic “Introduction to Macroeconomics,” nominal GDP is not a good measure across time. If the author had bothered to read even a few chapters of economics, he would have known to look at real GDP, which attempts to nor-


malize changes in the price level over time. We all know a dollar 100 years ago is worth a lot more than a dollar today due to inflation, which makes it difficult to compare GDP in terms of dollars. So what causes increases in real GDP? By definition, increases in real GDP come from real increases in production. Thus, nominal GDP overstates growth in the economy, sometimes by a significant amount. According to the Federal Reserve Economic Database, real GDP in chained 2005 dollars was 5.8 trillion in 1980 and 7.6 trillion in 1988. This amounts to a year on year percentage growth of around 3.5 percent — hardly an economic boom by any means. For perspective, the economy is currently growing around 2 percent, and we’re in the middle of a deep recession. I would like to add one piece to this analysis in that the choice of 1980 and 1988 by the author is very suspect. Because 1980 was smack dab in the middle of a recession, the author is overstating the growth in the level GDP.

But anyway, what about inflation? Did Reagan actually cut inflation? No, not even close. Remember, correlation does not imply causation. Inflation was actually fought by the Federal Reserve. In particular, Paul Volcker, chairman of the Federal Reserve at the time, led this battle. Volcker’s raising rates slashed inflation by targeting the money supply and slowing its growth. Even better —Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, appointed Volcker. Finally, let’s talk about the federal debt. Reagan increased the federal deficit by more than 10 percent each year. For perspective, the last quarter, Q2 2011, saw a year on year increase of 8.6 percent. I honestly feel like the column is purposefully wrong. I sincerely hope that the author takes both an economics course and a history course at some point in his writing tenure. We could all benefit from it. Todd Messer is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in economics and mathematics.


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Freshman forward JP Correa and the Knights face a Colgate team that punched its berth to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Patriot League’s automatic qualifying bid.

ROUND: Donigan focuses on RU’s preparation for NCAA’s continued from back The Raiders hold a 6-2 series advantage against Rutgers dating back to 1963. Donigan does not focus on the accomplishments of Colgate, but that of his own team entering the game. He is aware any team it faces in the tournament poses a challenge. It is how his team meets the challenges that matter to him.

“We are going to tr y and learn an awful lot in a ver y short period of time,” Donigan said. “Quite honestly, [in the] postseason ever yone you run into is going to be competitive and aggressive on both sides of the ball. If we are able to drive and advance, it is only going to get harder in this tournament. We are really going to focus on ourselves.” The one tr ue advantage Rutgers can say it has with the Raiders is the home tur f of Yurcak Field. The Knights hold

a 6-3-1 record at home this year, and it is where they did a bulk of the regular season work that got them into the position they now hold. They hope some of the productivity carries over into the postseason. “Being able to play at home is a huge advantage for us. It is where we have been practicing and it is where we know how to play,” Correa said. “It is a huge game and we are expecting a big crowd. We are just a better team at home and it is going to show.”



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Safety Pat Kivlehan (47) suits up for his final home game before the senior tries to extend his college career on the baseball team.

SHOT: Baseball hopeful anticipates final home game continued from back The Knights face their biggest test of the season Saturday, when Cincinnati visits Piscataway holding on to first place in the Big East. If Rutgers wins, it will earn a share of first place in the conference, as well as its first victor y against Cincinnati in six years. For Kivlehan, the Knights’ Senior Day script could not write itself better, even if it is his final game at High Point Solutions Stadium. Kivlehan’s role in the Rutgers secondar y was limited throughout his time on the Knights, as safeties like Zaire Kitchen, Joe Lefeged and junior Khaseem Greene operated in front of him. But his experience on the defense will only help Kivlehan when he makes the jump to baseball, Hill said. “Just the competitive aspect,” Hill said. “You’re always looking for guys that will compete — I

don’t care what sport it is. Obviously playing football has helped him in that matter so I would think that would be a major plus for him.” Kivlehan’s ability to run is another positive, Hill said. An infielder during his time at St. Joe’s, Hill says third base is the position Kivlehan is most interested in. Whether he fits into the lineup remains to be seen as third baseman Russ Hopkins returns for his final season under Hill. And whether Kivlehan’s bat can keep up with Big East pitching is another question after going four years without an at-bat. “If we can get back to hitting good pitching — that’s the difference,” Hill said. “It’s not the same as high school pitching, so you never really know what’s going to happen.” But Kivlehan embraces the challenge. After all, baseball is always the spor t he wanted to play. “It’s definitely tough, definitely going to be a challenge,” he said. “I think I still have it, so we’ll see.”


Head baseball coach Fred Hill plans to talk to Greg Schiano about Pat Kivlehan walking on following the football season.




Freshman guard Briyona Canty scored nine points last night without attempting a single jumper. Canty’s easy scoring opportunities came as a result of Rutgers’ relentless pressure.

SPEED: Evans’ play allows Stringer to rest center Oliver continued from back On a night when the Knights struggled to shoot from outside the paint, turning defense into offense was more than welcome. “It’s an exciting brand of basketball,” Stringer said. “It’s a style that I prefer.” Junior center Monique Oliver again shouldered the load in the post with 15 point and 10 boards, but saw more time on the bench to rest, courtesy of freshman Christa Evans. Evans gave Stringer 11 solid minutes after playing only three in a win against California, scoring her first points of the season on a pair of free throws to end the first half. The Jackson, N.J., native scored four points and brought down two boards. “I was proud of her,” Oliver said. “I really just want to make sure I show a great example for her on the floor. For her to hit her first shot and those free throws, it made me really proud.” But more often than not, the Knights stymied the Eagles with their unrelenting speed. Freshmen Briyona Canty and Shakena Richardson each had their own highlight reel drives to

the basket early in the first half, and Canty eventually went off for nine points without a single jumpshot. Laney, who tied Oliver with a game-high 18 points against California, made her second consecutive start and scored all nine of her points slashing to the hoop or at the foul line.

“At times we handled the pressure well, and at times we made the lazy cut. Rutgers will exploit you.” SYLVIA CRAWLEY Boston College Head Coach

And fifth-year senior Khadijah Rushdan impressed with her dribble-drive ability, as well, scoring 15 points and dishing four assists. “It’s ver y exciting,” said Sykes, who scored all of her nine points with less than eight minutes remaining in the second half. “You could understand if you came out to one of our practices. Every day we get in each other’s face. It carries over into the game. Practice is hard, and not to say anything against our oppo-

nent, but the game is where we’re more relaxed.” Though they shot 44.3 percent from the field, the Knights made very few jump shots in the contest and shot a miserable 3-for-19 from beyond the arc. But Stringer saw the most even offensive distribution in recent memory, as everyone but senior guard Nikki Speed scored at least four points in the victory. The Knights also scored 46 of their 74 points in the paint. “We don’t have one or two people that can score,” Stringer said. “I think what you recognize is we have four or five people who can score in double figures.” Despite the Knights’ struggle to shoot, they still rattled off 13-2 and 14-2 runs in the first half and converted 9-for-15 from the charity stripe. And though the Eagles boast a lineup ver y similar in size to Rutgers, BC head coach Sylvia Crawley did not have an answer for the 55. With all the speed the Knights put on the floor, Stringer would not have it any other way. “They’re long, they anticipate well, they’re athletic, and we worked at that this week,” Crawley said. “At times we handled the pressure well, and at times we made the lazy cut, the lazy pass. A team like Rutgers will exploit you.”

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Rutgers faces ups, downs during 10-win season BY PATRICK LANNI

unforeseen injuries,” Werneke said. “Shifting the lineup almost on a two- to three-week basis, our team couldn’t get comfortable, and there was no continuity. We couldn’t sustain a high level of play with the musical chairs that was going on with our lineup.” Junior Allie Jones missed a majority of the season, and the team’s production immediately suf fered without the middle blocker’s presence. Other week-to-week injuries kept the lineup shuffling, and throughout the rotations Werneke and his staff found ways to get their younger players experience. Sophomores Sheridan Taylor, Tiffany Regmund and Brittany Bozzini all gained valuable playing time, exhibiting versatility at different positions. “Getting younger players game-time experience and getting them battle tested in the early stages of their careers only bodes well for the future,” Werneke said. “Not a lot of freshmen out there in the Big East had as many big swings or big moments as [freshman] Sofi [Cucuz] did this year.” Throughout the season’s unpredictability, junior setter Stephanie Zielinski proved a consistent veteran commanding the team’s offense. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native put together a streak of 16 matches with a double-double and moved into fourth all time in Rutgers histor y in assists. Zielinski returns next season as a key component in the Knights’ now battle-tested lineup. “Obviously wins and losses is an aspect of coaching and a measuring stick all coaches are held accountable for,” Werneke said. “From year to year, we’ve made a lot of progress in different ways other than wins and losses. That’s always been the focus and my philosophy to build the program around great experiences.”


The Rutgers women’s volleyball team tallied its sixth consecutive Big East and 21st overall loss VOLLEYBALL Nov. 6 at Notre Dame. A .060 hitting percentage epitomized the Scarlet Knights’ str uggles on the court, but their six-game losing streak painted a bigger picture. Dropping a match the day before at DePaul, the Knights’ weekend proved to be the worst of the season in head coach CJ Werneke’s eyes. “[It was a] hear tbreaking five-game loss [at DePaul],” the four th-year coach said. “[It] gave a lot of character in Games 2 and 3 to take a 2-1 lead and then let it slip away and let the momentum go. Then, after that loss, having the character to respond at Notre Dame, I would say across the board that was the low point.” The loss to Notre Dame occurred six days before the Knights put together their best weekend of play. A 3-0 sweep of Connecticut and a 3-2 win against St. John’s last weekend brought the team’s final record to 10-21 and 3-11 in conference play. The final two collegiate games for senior co-captains Hannah Cur tis and Kallie Pence resulted in wins. The duo would not have it any other way. “This was the first 2-0 weekend we’ve had since Hannah and I got here, and I think that’s a huge accomplishment in itself,” Pence said. “That should never be taken lightly.” The final two weekends of the season reflect the roller-coaster season the team experienced. Injuries and a lack of execution on the road inhibited the Knights from showing their true colors, Werneke said. “There’s no question in my mind that some of the inconsistency was a direct result of


Junior setter Stephanie Zielinski made it into the Rutgers record books by placing fourth all time in assists. Zielinski notched a double-double in 16 straight matches this season.

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uke head coach Mike Krzyzewski became the winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball history Tuesday night with a 7469 win against Michigan State. Krzyzewski passed his former coach at Army, Bob Knight, for first place on the all-time list. Now in his 37th season as coach, he has 903 wins and four national titles. Several of Krzyzewski’s former players were at Madison Square Garden to witness the record-setting night.

M AJOR L EAGUE B ASEBALL announced the winners of the Manager of the Year award yesterday, as cho-

sen by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America. Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson won this year’s honors by significant margins. Gibson made an immediate impact in his first full season as manager, helping the squad to a worst-to-first finish. Maddon won his second award, taking the Rays to a playoff appearance after overcoming a nine-game deficit in September. The Rays also lost some of their star players to free agency the previous off-season.



quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plans to play through a fractured thumb on his throwing hand. Roethlisberger injured his thumb during the first half of last week’s 24-17 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers approach a bye week, giving Roethlisberger time to rest the thumb before the team travels to Kansas City on Nov. 27 to take on the Chiefs. Roethlisberger is not foreign to playing with an injured thumb, as he played through a similar injury in 2005.



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The Rutgers football team displayed a commitment to the run in its first season with Frank Cignetti as offensive coordinator, but not much efficiency. Expect little to change this week against Cincinnati, which boasts the top-ranked run defense in the Big East and faces the Scarlet Knights’ league-worst ground game. Head coach Greg Schiano was not at a loss for words when asked what the Bearcats’ do well in run defense. “They play incredibly hard. They slant and angle. They zone blitz. They’re ver y precise in their zone blitz. They tackle well,” he said. “Other than that, nothing.” Schiano turned to sophomore Jeremy Deering to boost the run game last week against Army after it lost seven yards against South Florida. Deering carried the ball a team-high 14 times for 64 yards against Army, but redshirt freshman Jawan Jamison broke a 56yard run for a touchdown. Schiano remains impressed by Deering’s big-play ability — he ran a kickoff back 98 yards


for a touchdown against USF — and quick decision making, but had to come to terms with the fact that Deering’s upright running style might not change. “I told you the things I want him to improve on — running with his pads down a little more,” Schiano said. “I don’t know if that’s going to happen. That just might be his running style. But if he gets into the open, nobody’s catching him.”



receiver D.J. Woods is off pace to repeat the numbers he posted last season, but he remains a threat to Schiano and the Rutgers defense. The senior has 14 catches for 235 yards and a touchdown in his career against Rutgers and ran the ball four times for 50 yards and a touchdown last season. He caught 57 passes for 898 yards and eight scores last year, but has only 33 catches for 397 yards and two touchdowns this season. “I think he still looks good,” Schiano said. “I think what they’re doing is they’re doing a good job of spreading the ball around, so you can’t lock in on

him. He’s been a nemesis of ours, as we all know. He probably feels pretty good about coming into our game.” Three Knights broke up passes last week against Army, including sophomore Logan Ryan, who increased his season total to a team-high nine, and Schiano said he is happy with the development of his cornerback unit. “At cornerback, you’re one play away from not being comfortable — that’s the nature of the position,” Schiano said. “I think they’ve grown and gotten better all year. They’re working awfully hard — that’s what I ask for. All I want is their best and I think they give it to us.”




Mark Harrison was full-go in practice each of the past two days after missing significant time last week with lingering effects of a head injur y. Sophomore Quron Pratt started each of the past two weeks in place of Harrison, who did not play against USF and briefly appeared against Army, but Harrison should return to his regular role as a starter and Rutgers’ primar y deep threat.


Cincinnati wide receiver D.J. Woods has 14 receptions for 235 yards and a score in his career against Rutgers.

Knights capitalize on size advantage against BC BY JOEY GREGORY STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers women’s basketball team saw a smaller lineup last night against Boston College than it did Sunday against KNIGHT California. NOTEBOOK T h e Eagles have only one starter taller than 6foot, while the Scarlet Knights sport three starters who break the 6-foot mark. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer exploited that size difference on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. To open the game, the Knights predominately tried to score from the outside, taking nine 3-point field goals in the first half.

As the game drew on, the Knights worked the ball inside on more possessions, trading in outside looks for lay-ups, where they saw greater success. “The majority of their points were right inside the paint,” said Boston College head coach Sylvia Crawley. “We have to do a better job protecting the paint.” Junior for ward Monique Oliver picked up where she left off Sunday, thriving on the post. Oliver notched her first double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four blocks. On the defensive end, the Knights limited Boston College to only 26 points in the paint, an improvement from the 38 points in the paint they allowed against Cal. In addition to allowing fewer points, Rutgers used its size to

improve on its block total. The Knights finished with 10 blocks, doubling Sunday’s total. Rutgers also allowed 12 fewer total points than it did against Cal. The Knights forced 21 turnovers, generating 27 points while committing only 10 turnovers of their own.




has this season is she can substitute players consistently throughout the game. Against Boston College, her plan to do so was immediately apparent. She sent in her first wave of reinforcements a little more than two minutes into the game, when she brought in junior guard Erica Wheeler and freshman guard Syessence Davis. “One of the reasons we’ve been as effective as we have is because our positions are interchangeable,” Stringer said. “Positions 1, 2 and 3 can interchange. It doesn’t really matter.” That trend continued throughout the game with several Knights switching in and out constantly. The Knights had a lineup midway through the first half, consisting of all five freshmen. “They’re still trying to figure it out. I do want to experiment with that,” Stringer said. “I don’t want them to be thinking of themselves as babies. In order for us to be successful, all 12 of our players have to play.” The freshman quintet remained on the floor for three minutes before Stringer brought in a more experienced group. Stringer did not wait long to substitute in the second half, either. She brought in freshman wing Betnijah Laney after only 17 seconds. “I just want to get everybody in there and play,” she said.


Senior forward April Sykes had a slow start to the game, but finished with nine points, all in the final five minutes of play.



led the team in scoring last sea-


Junior center Monique Oliver recorded her first double-double of the season last night with 15 points and 10 rebounds. son, was relatively absent from Rutgers’ offensive attack. The Starkville, Miss., native did not hit a shot until 15 minutes into the second half. Sykes found her stroke following that basket. She finished with nine points, all in the final five minutes of the game. The total for Sykes was not what she is used to. She averages only 10.5 points per game through two games, which trails her average last season of 14.1 points per game. But despite the of fensive struggles, Sykes knows there is more to her role than only scoring. “I was just fr ustrated because nothing was falling. Ever ybody knows I enjoy scoring the ball. It’s no secret,” she

said. “I still did what I had to do with the 55[-press] and rebounding.”




Boston College came at a premium. The Eagles shot only 20-for57, a 35.1-percent mark. A 3-pointer did not find the bottom of the net for BC until five minutes into the second half. Nearly half of the Eagles’ 23 first-half points came from the foul line. The Eagles began to make more shots in the second half, knocking down all five of their 3-pointers, but finished only 5for-16 from long range. A bright spot for the Eagles was their foul shooting. They were a perfect 13-for-13 from the charity stripe.



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NOVEMBER 17, 2011

Knights welcome Colgate in first round of NCAAs BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT


Head coach Dan Donigan and the Knights earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in only Donigan’s second year at the helm.

The Rutgers men’s soccer team knew after Connecticut eliminated it from the Big East Tournament that an NCAA Tournament berth was not MEN’S SOCCER guaranteed. But COLGATE AT there was RUTGERS, one mesTONIGHT, 7 P.M. sage head c o a c h Dan Donigan wanted to drill into his players’ heads: their season was not over. As the Scarlet Knights take on Colgate tonight in the first round of the tournament, they enter the matchup like the Connecticut game never happened.

“The whole time since we got eliminated from the tournament, Coach told us to prepare like we have another game. That helped ever yone to be in the right place mentally,” said freshman for ward JP Correa. “We feel pretty good. We haven’t played a game since UConn, but we’ve been working hard in practice.” While Rutgers rolls into the contest with the benefit of knowing it is prepared, it does not have the advantage of knowing much about its opponent. The nature of postseason play forced the Knights to prepare for the biggest game of their season in only a three-day span. But the short preparation time does not worr y Correa.

“Soccer is soccer and once you are on the field, whatever the scouting report is, it does not matter because you are going to figure that out by yourself,” he said. “Not knowing about them is not that big of a deal because at the same time, they don’t know that much about us.” What Rutgers does know about Colgate is it will not be an easy opponent for the first round of the tournament. The Raiders earned one of 22 automatic bids into the tournament after they defeated American, 2-0, on Sunday to win the Patriot League Championship. They ended their regular season 10-4-4, good enough for second in the conference.


Safety opts for last shot at baseball BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Pat Kivlehan’s love for baseball never wavered. The Rutgers football team’s senior safety a l w a y s SENIOR WEEK wanted to play baseball at the next level, but a scholarship offer to play football with the Scarlet Knights altered his path. Now four years removed from his last competitive baseball game, Kivlehan is not giving up on playing the sport he loves. The 6-foot-2 safety recently notified Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill he wishes to tr y out for his team. As soon as football season ends, Kivlehan will get that chance. “I wanted to play [baseball] ever since high school. I always missed it,” Kivlehan said. “I never wanted to stop playing.” The West Nyack, N.Y., native made plenty of noise with the bat during his senior season at St. Joseph’s (Montvale, N.J.), cranking 13 homeruns to go with 42 RBI. Playing collegiately was always on Kivlehan’s radar, but before the baseball recruiting process developed, Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano offered Kivlehan a spot on the roster. He accepted the football scholarship in the fall of his senior year, well before baseball season began. But Kivlehan “still has the itch to play,” he said, and Hill is eager to see what the senior has to offer. “He hit 13 homeruns in his senior year in high school, so obviously he had some ability at that stage, but that’s been … four years now,” said Hill, who plans on talking to Schiano after the season ends. “We’re hoping that we can get him back to close to where he was. Once the season’s over he’s going to try to work out.” Although playing baseball is on Kivlehan’s agenda when the football team’s season ends, he is not quite ready to let football go.



Senior point guard Khadijah Rushdan contributed 15 points and four assists last night in the Scarlet Knights’ 74-58 win against visiting Boston College. Rutgers forced 21 turnovers in the contest, converting 27 points off the Eagles’ giveaways.


There are a number of reasons the No. 15 Rutgers women’s basketball is off to its fastest start since the 2008WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 09 season. But the BOSTON COLLEGE 58 Scarlet 74 K n i g h t s ’ RUTGERS s p e e d again proved their biggest asset last

night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, where they beat Boston College, 74-58. “This group is a quick group — there’s no question about that,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “They’re quick enough, long enough and generally there’s a big person on the front end of that. [Senior for ward] April [Sykes] is doing a great job ... and [freshman wing] Betnijah [Laney] is picking it up.”

The Knights (2-0) led by as many as 19 in the first half, but the Eagles charged back to bring the game within 6 with less than eight minutes left in regulation. But the 55-press quickly diffused any Boston College run. Stringer had the Knights operate in the 55-press for the entirety of the game for the second consecutive contest, something the Hall of Fame coach could not do last season. With freshmen

Laney and Syessence Davis continuing to impress with their quickness out of the 55, the trend will likely continue. The Knights forced BC (1-1) into 21 turnovers and recorded 11 steals in the victory, converting 27 points off the Eagles’ turnovers. That also gave the Knights plenty of opportunities on the fast break, where they scored 20 points.


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