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The Rutgers football team entered Saturday’s game at UConn with hopes of a BCS berth and a chance to win a share of the Big East title, but lost, 40-22.
Super Committee cuts threaten higher education budget BY MATTHEW MATILSKY STAFF WRITER
After the Super Committee’s failure to make appropriate spending cuts, an unspecified amount of federal funding for higher education will be slashed during the 2012-2013 school year. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the automatic spending cuts will reduce most non-defense discretionary spending, like federal student aid, by 7.8 percent in fiscal year 2013 alone, according to fastweb.com, a website that provides resources for paying for college. The remaining $2.3 billion in annual federal student aid funding — excluding the Pell Grant — next fiscal year will see about $183 million in cuts to programs, like Federal Work-Study, SEOG and TEACH Grant programs, according to fastweb.com. The potential cuts in January 2013 could also restructure student loans by eliminating the six-month grace period allowed before initial payments and reducing the funding for research grants, said Matt Cordeiro, Rutgers University Student Assembly president. “This is a total and utter failure and a bad example of leadership,” said Cordeiro, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “People prefer communism over the United States government right now. They’re sending the wrong message to kids.” He said the specific consequences of the cuts are unclear but are likely to affect the 86 percent of undergraduate University students relying on financial aid and funding for research. “It will be interesting to see what happens,” Cordeiro said. He said the Congressional Super Committee, a bipartisan special joint group formed to compromise on planned cuts like this one and increase revenue, has put pressure directly on students. Joe Cashin, corresponding secretary for RUSA, said the Pell Grant, which provides grants to low-income students, and Stafford loans, a type of low-interest loan for eligible students, are resources the government might cut. According to fastweb.com, the maximum Pell Grant will be cut by approximately $310 in 2013-14, since each award year spans the last quarter of the previous fiscal year and the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, affecting about 9 million students. RUSA teamed up with the United States Student Association in their postcard campaign, a national effort that sent about 20,000 postcards to members of the Super Committee, 2,000 of which came from the University, he said. “With the postcard campaign, we were tr ying to say to Congress, ‘Don’t balance the budget on our backs,’” said
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The possibility of new vendors and truck mobility could break the traditional idea of the grease trucks. The trucks cost the University $93,467 since 2007 between security, electric and grease removal.
Students weigh in on grease trucks issue BY ALEKSI TZATZEV ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
University officials are still discussing the future of the grease trucks and plans to send out a survey to students in an attempt to hear the consumers’ side in the upcoming weeks. But some have already made up their minds. “I’m kind of upset that they are trying to get them off,” said Alex Bugowski, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “They’ve been around for so long that they are a Rutgers tradition now, and they should be here.”
For business and health reasons alike, the University may open the space to bidders, endangering the grease trucks’ 18-year-long stay. One potential change could require the lot occupants to be mobile from 3 to 6 a.m. A major problem is cost for the University. The trucks’ owners currently pay rent of $62,400 total per year, leaving the University with a $93,467 deficit since 2007 because of security, electric and grease removal, according to data provided by Jack Molenaar, director of the Depar tment of Transpor tation Ser vices.
“They should work something out with Rutgers that could help the University out because it’s not fair that they are kind of getting a break,” Bugowski said. “But I think they should still be around because it’s a tradition here.” Bugowski said a more diverse choice of food would be a good thing because all of the grease trucks serve the same food, but they still remain a part of the University. Other students disagreed. “I find them filthy,” said Michael Saunders, a Mason Gross School of the
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Council aims to connect Jewish culture, greek life BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Max Baucus, D-Mont., is one of 12 Super Committee members, which announced their measures on Nov. 21 to close the nation’s $1.2 trillion budget deficit.
Looking to bridge the gap between Jewish and greek life, three interns from the National Peer Network Engagement Internship at Rutgers Hillel are organizing the first JewishGreek Council at the University. “The Jewish-Greek Council is a studentrun program the Jews of greek life and Jewish traditions [created] to gain more religious understanding and facilitate opportunities for the two to mingle,” said Emily Schwartz, cofounder of the Jewish-Greek Council. Ben Locke, a co-founder, said the planning began in September when he interned at Hillel with Schwar tz and co-founder David Freschl. “They were a part of the Peer Network Engagement Internship through Hillel, which connects Jewish students who haven’t been traditionally connected to the Jewish community [through Hillel],” said Sarah Portilla, Jewish-Greek Council faculty adviser. Locke, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said while working at Hillel, he wanted to
join Jewish and greek life together and the trio started their works to create the first Jewish-Greek Council at the University. There are similar programs at Cornell University and University of Michigan, and Locke said he spoke to Dean of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs JoAnn Arnholt in the past since many students expressed an interest. “We’ve been recruiting and wanted to create an executive board as soon as possible, hopefully by winter break,” he said. The first step was getting the council approved by the Interfraternity Council. After meeting with Arnholt, the group decided this would be a good way for Jewish Panhellenic members to connect, said Schwartz, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “Because we started it through Hillel, it is a completely student-run organization,” she said. “We don’t want to discourage students from joining just because we did start this through Hillel.” The details for the executive board are not complete, but Schwartz said she would
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Alumni show pride through volunteer services BY YASHMIN PATEL STAFF WRITER
After drawing inspiration from the Rutgers University Alumni Association’s Day of Service, University alumna Lynda Hinkle hosted a canned food drive at her law office. Hinkle is one of 400,000 University alumni the RUAA reached out to this month, encouraging them to help their communities through service initiatives. University graduates participated in various volunteer efforts to give back to individuals in their communities, nationwide and internationally, said Dana Shapiro, manager of Volunteer Services for RUAA. Lori Riley, editorial/media specialist for RUAA communications, said helping others in need is a natural instinct for some alumni.
“A lot of [alumni] are from New Jersey and are not necessarily from well-off families,” she said. “They’ve seen — maybe in their own communities — situations where people are in need of coats, of food, shelters — of help.” RUAA members spearheaded more than 30 service projects across the University’s five campuses, Shapiro said. Alumni from the Rutgers Club of Germany paid tribute to local veterans from Germany by handing out poppies, a memorial flower for veterans of foreign war, she said. While alumni char ter groups hosted projects on campus throughout the month, alumni also helped others within their communities. The offices within Hinkle’s law firm collected two bins of food like cereal, peanut butter and baby food to donate to local pantries.
“We helped to fill the shelves of some of the local pantries because the food banks of South Jersey provide food to the various smaller pantries in local areas,” Hinkle said. She said everybody has a responsibility to give something back to a community that provides them support. “I [work] with a lot of different kinds of people, and to me it is so valuable and important just to be able to give something back,” she said. “It enabled me to allow others to experience some of the benefits I have experienced living and working in these communities.” RUAA encouraged alumni to volunteer this month to bring together graduates from the University’s different schools, Riley said. “Rutgers has 19 or 20 different degree-branching schools
with graduates from each of them, and sometimes our graduates don’t necessarily feel as connected to graduates of another school or college of the University,” she said. The University’s service-oriented alumni body inspired RUAA to bring together alumni who volunteer all over the world, said Christine Tiritilli, board chair of the RUAA. “The hope is to get alumni involved in these initiatives or in their own communities and activities that interest them and have them come together with their Rutgers pride to impact their own community,” Tiritilli said. RUAA’s “Day of Service” brought alumni from around the world together to help others while reminding them of the University’s spirit, she said. “We were looking for a way to bring them together in an activi-
ty that would make a unified impact to show that Rutgers University and its alumni are committed to ser vice and integrity,” she said. Tiritilli said the University’s diverse alumni body makes for a variety of far reaching ser vice ideas. “We’re very inclusive. We’re very mindful that there isn’t a onesize-fits-all for alumni,” Tiritilli said. “Alumni are constantly looking for ways to better connect with each other [and] with the University.” Hinkle said volunteering on her own is something she will continue to do in coming years to help those in need. “We were able to also just really remind our clients and our community that we are dedicated to trying to improve our community and assist it in difficult times,” she said.
UNESCO, INSTITUTE COLLABORATE ON NEWARK CAMPUS Actor Forest Whitaker and University Professor Aldo Civico co-founded the International Institute for Peace, a program functioning through the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization on Rutgers-Newark campus. The institute aims to have similar ef for ts of UNESCO, to promote a culture of peace and non-violence in areas that concern education,
science and gender equality, said Civico, a professor in the Depar tment of Sociology and Anthropology, in a University Media Relations press release. “We are committed to foster a global culture and practice of peace by strengthening the human potential for peace through dialogue and negotiation,” Whitaker said in the release.
Branching of f of the institute, it currently aims to build programs that address issues such as increasing security for citizens, the impact of climate change and the reduction of pover ty. The institute also aims to value the diversities of culture and reorganize societies affected by conflict toward peace, Whitaker said in the release.
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BUDGET: Students feel distant from issue, Pero says continued from front Cashin, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. John Connelly, vice president of RUSA who also helped work on the postcard campaign, said he focuses on telling other students what is happening in Washington, D.C. “The problem is that people don’t understand when they hear about the Super Committee or the debt ceiling,” said Connelly, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “It sounds lumpy and hard to understand, but students need to get involved.” Connelly said to get involved in issues dealing with the national budget, which could affect anyone with financial aid, students should find out who their repre-
COUNCIL: Executive board to consist of co-founders continued from front like the executive board to compose of the three cofounders of the organization and would like six representatives from Panhellenic fraternities and sororities. Freschl, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior, said he also hopes for a president and vice president to represent Jewish fraternities and sororities. “We would need [the executive board] to start and be selfsustained after awhile,” he said. “Emily, Dave and I would be helping out and would do they whatever they need when they start but after that the … executive board would be up to them.”
sentative is and their responsibilities in our nation’s capital. Connelly, who is organizing a workshop called “A Practical Guide to Changing the World: Student Empowerment Project,” said students should advocate for themselves, a viewpoint echoed by other RUSA members. “I think from a student standpoint, it’s scary,” Cashin said. “Overall, all you might see are students that rely on the Pell Grant and Stafford Loans not returning to school.” Rebecca Pero, an affiliate of the National Queer Student Coalition for the United States Student Association, which also helped with the postcard campaign, said she thinks students’ knowledge of the issue is disheartening. “When I was asking students to fill out the postcards, I thought they would be more
aware,” she said. “They absolutely weren’t. I had to explain things like the Pell Grant and the TRIO program.” Pero said the TRIO program, which assists low-income students, helps them transition into higher education and Pell Grant is a term families should be familiar with. “It starts in the classroom,” said Pero, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I triple major and take a wide range of classes in economics, sociology, but the only conversation about these issues happens in my humanities classes.” She said even with RUSA working to raise awareness, students still need multiple forms of outreach to learn about national issues. “There isn’t enough activism nationally,” Pero said. “I think this will push it in their faces, and this will become a priority.”
Schwartz said for general body members, members will need to attend the monthly meetings and will be asked to participate in events throughout the month. The committee is in the process of planning to have mix-
Schwartz said the activities for this semester have not been finalized but the group would like to start a fundraising philanthropy by the end of the semester. “By next semester, we hope to have a meeting or two — getting together and getting people’s ideas,” she said. “We’re really open to new ideas.” Locke said the most challenging part has been organizing because nothing like this succeeded in past years. “Students are really busy,” Portilla said. “Students are very committed to their studies and greek life. It’s hard to get everybody to get together.” To aid with planning, the Jewish-Greek Council plans to receive some funding from Hillel to have Friday Shabbat dinners and other events, Schwartz said. But the council still looks to fundraise.
“By next semester, we hope to have a meeting or two ... getting people’s ideas.” EMILY SCHWARTZ Jewish-Greek Council Co-Founder
ers with fraternities and would like to hold a Chanukah and Christmas party before break, Locke said.
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Afghanistan under fire, calls for NATO airstrike THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ISLAMABAD — Afghan troops and coalition forces came under fire Saturday from the direction of two Pakistan army border posts, prompting them to call in North Atlantic Treaty Organization airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, Afghan of ficials said. The account challenges Islamabad’s claims that the attacks, which have plunged U.S.-Pakistan ties to new lows, were unprovoked. It also pointed to a possible explanation for the incident on the Pakistani side of the border. NATO officials have complained that insurgents fire from across the poorly defined frontier, often from positions close to Pakistani soldiers, who have been accused of tolerating or supporting them. Pakistan’s political leaders and militar y establishment, still facing domestic criticism following the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May, have reacted with unprecedented anger to the soldiers’ deaths. They closed the countr y’s western border to trucks delivering supplies to coalition troops in Afghanistan, demanded the United States vacate a base used by American drones within 15 days and said they were reviewing all cooperation with the United States and NATO. Despite those actions, a total rupture in what both sides acknowledge is an imper fect relationship is considered unlikely. Pakistan still relies on billions of dollars in American militar y and civilian aid, and the United States needs Islamabad’s help to push Afghan insurgents to engage in peace talks. The Afghan of ficials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said it is unclear who attacked the forces taking part in the joint operation before dawn Saturday, but the soldiers were fired upon from the direction of the Pakistani border posts that were hit in the strikes. NATO officials have previously said a joint Afghan-NATO operation was taking place close to the border and that airstrikes were called in. All airstrikes are approved at a higher command level than the troops on the ground. The alliance has said it is conducting an investigation to determine the details. It has not commented on Pakistani claims that the attacks killed 24 soldiers, but it has not questioned them. Pakistan army chief Gen. Ashfaq Per vez Kayani and regional political leaders attended the funerals of the victims on Sunday, including an army major and another senior of ficer. Soldiers took the coffins, draped with the green and white Pakistani flags, from army helicopters before praying over them. “The attack was unprovoked and indiscriminate,” said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas. “There was no reason for it. Map references of all our border posts have been passed to NATO a number of times.”
The attack sparked popular anger in Pakistan. There were protests in several town and cities across the countr y, including Karachi, where around 500 Islamists rallied outside the U.S. Consulate. NATO’s top official, secretar y-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, offered his deepest condolences and said the coalition was committed to working with Pakistan to “avoid such tragedies in the future.” “We have a joint interest in the fight against cross-border terrorism and in ensuring that Afghanistan does not once again become a safe-haven for terrorists,” Rasmussen said in Brussels. The U.S.-Pakistan relationship took a major hit after the cover t American raid that killed bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison town. Islamabad was outraged it wasn’t told about the operation beforehand. The United States has been consistently frustrated by Pakistan’s refusal to target militants using its territor y to attack American and other NATO troops in Afghanistan. A U.S. helicopter attack one year ago killed two Pakistani soldiers posted on the border. A joint U.S.-Pakistan investigation found that Pakistani troops fired at the two U.S. helicopters prior to the attack, a move the probe said was likely meant to notify the aircraft of their presence after they passed into Pakistani airspace. Islamabad closed one of the two borders crossing for U.S. supplies for 10 days to protest that incident. There was no indication of how long Islamabad could keep the border closed this time. Around 300 trucks carr ying supplies to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan Sunday were backed up at the Torkham border crossing in the northwest Khyber tribal area, the same crossing that was closed last year, as well as Chaman in southwestern Baluchistan province. Militants inside Pakistan periodically attack the slowmoving convoys, and took advantage last year when the tr ucks were waiting for days to enter Afghanistan, torching 150. “We are worried,” said driver Saeed Khan, speaking Sunday by telephone from the border terminal in Torkham. “This area is always vulnerable to attacks. Sometimes rockets are lobbed at us. Sometimes we are targeted by bombs.” Some drivers said paramilitar y troops had been deployed to protect their convoys since the closures, but others were left without any additional protection. Even those who did receive troops did not feel safe. “If there is an attack, what can five or six troops do?” said Niamatullah Khan, a fuel truck driver who was parked with 35 other vehicles at a restaurant about 125 miles from Chaman. NATO ships nearly 50 percent of its non-lethal supplies like fuel, food and clothes to its troops in Afghanistan through Pakistan. Critical supplies like ammunition are airlifted directly to Afghan air bases.
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The Rutgers University P r o g r a m m i n g Association is hosting a Songwriting Seminar at 8 p.m. at The Cove of the Busch Campus Center. Lecturers will teach students more about the process of songwriting and this area of the music industry.
Arts junior. “I only get the falafel. I wouldn’t get anything else.” Saunders took a health-conscious stance on the matter and said the grease trucks only push students into making unhealthy eating decisions. “They encourage kids to make unhealthy choices,” Saunders said. “I guess some other food vendor is better suited and may help them make better choices, eat better.” He said there is also a lack of food diversity since all five grease trucks serve similar food, leaving students with few alternatives. “It’s just different trucks serving the same thing,” Saunders said. He said the grease trucks are also a financial burden on the University, as figures show.
Lambda Theta Alpha, National Latin Sorority, RU Community Cares, Delta Epsilon Iota and Psi Sima Phi are sponsoring a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center Multipurpose Room. All donors will receive a free University Tshirt and snacks. Save a Life, Donate Blood. For more information email Jared at JTamasco@nybloodcenter.org.
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The vendors cost the University $32,725 in the 20102011 school year alone, as electricity and cleaning costs rose, according to Molenaar. The potential new conditions would make the trucks mobile again, therefore cutting costs. “They are a burden on our University,” Saunders said. “I go to Mason Gross and we don’t have a lot of money to begin with, so if that’s going back to us, that’s cool.” Joseph Tadros, a School of Engineering senior, said although the tradition of the grease trucks matters, he supports more choices in addition to the current vendors. “I like the idea of having a choice, but that [space] should be designated for the grease trucks, and they should stay there mostly because of tradition,” Tadros said. The grease trucks matter to the University’s reputation, he
NOVEMBER 28, 2011 said. They are a part of a certain image students from other universities see and want to experience. “People from other schools come here for the grease trucks,” Tadros said. “We are not voted the biggest par ty school or anything like that, [but] we have the best fat sandwich — that is what we are known for.” The trucks are known worldwide for their fat sandwiches and have received accolades not just from publications like Sports Illustrated and Maxim, but literally from around the world, Ayman Elnaggar, owner of the RU Hungr y? truck, told The Daily Targum. Tadros said the University should take into account the environmental impact of whoever occupies the space. Sue Dickison, health safety specialist for environmental projects at the University, said
at a preliminar y University committee meeting on the issue that the tr ucks were responsible for several grease spills and have disposed of used fr yer oil incorrectly. “They should be getting fined if they break the rules,” Tadros said. “I think they should be more environmentally friendly. You can’t just dump oil down the drain.” Elnaggar told the Targum that outside establishments often dump extra trash into their dumpsters and dispose of grease into their drums, as the area is unlocked. Elnaggar said he and his staf f take as many precautions as possible. Peter Mikhail, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior, agreed with the notion of any vendor having to comply with University requirements. “If they comply and pay, they should stay,” Mikhail said.
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Elijah’s Promise director earns community award BY KIERSTEN ZINNIKAS STAFF WRITER
Lisanne Finston, executive director at Elijah’s Promise, was awarded the 2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for her efforts with Elijah’s Promise for feeding and clothing the needy of Middlesex County. Finston was selected earlier this month to be one of the 10 recipients of the award for her work with the soup kitchen, including her initiative to improve access to healthy food, she said. “Lisanne is able to recognize a problem, connect with people in the community to develop solutions and work to make things happen,” said Camilla Carruthers of New Brunswick Tomorrow via email correspondence. The award selection process included written nominations
with a one-and-a-half day site visit where individuals from the foundation met with staff and patrons of the soup kitchen, Finston said. “It’s a great honor to receive an award like this,” she said. Finston said her goal to find innovative ways to address food scarcity led her to support the cause of food security throughout high school and college before working for the United Methodist Church at New Brunswick. “That means ever ything from being able to afford to buy food, to being able to access a market where you can buy food that’s af fordable, to having access to signing up for food stamps … [to] having access to food kitchens and food pantries,” Finston said. Michelle Wilson, development and community relations director of Elijah’s Promise, said Finston has worked to find
creative solutions that are outside of the box. “It’s an unbelievable honor, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her, but we’re not surprised that she’s received this distinction
LISANNE FINSTON because she is a visionary. She really has done amazing work,” Wilson said. Aside from receiving the award, Finston said she feels gratified through the differences she makes in the lives of others.
“I think the most rewarding aspect of this work is seeing change,” she said. “When we can see people’s lives change and people achieving goals and accomplishing things that they didn’t think they could accomplish.” Finston said since the beginning of Elijah’s Promise, the program has made many changes. Such changes included the relocation of the soup kitchen, the beginning of the culinar y school, the start of the catering aspect and the opening of the café, she said. Finston said despite the changes, Elijah’s Promise still faces challenges posed by the economy with limited funds and resources, but also has many oppor tunities for the local community. “The opportunities far outweigh the challenges,” she said.
Some of the ser vices Elijah’s Promise provides are through various organizations that provide health screenings, daily meals and a culinar y training program for low-income adults to help people prepare healthy meals on a budget, she said. The Promise Jobs Culinar y School has had more than 500 adults graduate and has a 95 percent job placement rate of those who complete the program, Finston said. Elijah’s Promise sees success stories of former patrons being able to come back and volunteer, she said. “We ser ve an average of about 150 to 200 people at each mealtime,” Finston said. “About 11 percent of the people we ser ve are families with children, [and] about 20 percent of the people we ser ve are senior citizens.”
‘HOLIDAY STROLL’ STRIVES TO BRING BUSINESS TO WOODBRIDGE STORES Local merchants in Woodbridge sponsored the fourth annual “Holiday Stroll,” an event that aims to bring holiday spirit to the community. Besides the chorus concert, horse-and-buggy rides and the opportunity to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the event was a way for the businesses on Main Street to draw in customers, said Audrey Lafenta, a local resident participating in the festivities.
“It’s an event that the town basically puts on to attract people to the stores,” she said. Some small businesses that participated included San Remo Pizza and the Woodbridge Animal Shelter, along with featured performances from the Woodbridge High School’s jazz and show choir groups. “We were invited to the event and felt that we should come since the township does a lot to support
us,” said Beth Amory, the high school’s music director. The event was an initiative of the local shop-owners as a part of the National Small Business Day, said Chuck Leonard, the DJ for the event. “After all, the merchants are the backbone of the community,” Leonard said. — Sneha Shah
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Negligent parenting does not cause obesity
e here in the United States are fighting an obesity epidemic. That is no secret, but that does not mean it has not had some startling ramifications. Take, for example, the case of an Ohio third-grader who was recently wrested from his family and placed into foster care because he weighs 200 pounds. County social workers argue that this is an obviously dangerous weight for the youngster to be at, and his mother is not doing what she ought to be doing in order to keep him at a healthy weight. It is, they say, equivalent to medical negligence, on par with a failure to seek medical attention for the child if he were ill. The mother, however, is fighting against the county’s decision, arguing that the social workers abused their power, and that the child is not in life-threatening jeopardy. It’s true that the child may not be deathly ill just yet, but seeing as he is already 200 pounds, it is clear that some changes are necessary if his mother is to prevent him from facing that danger. The county social workers who removed the child have a right to be concerned for his health. However, we have to agree with the mother that they overstepped their bounds. A 200-pound third-grader is undoubtedly in trouble. But it is unfair for these social workers to blame the child’s condition on negligent parenting. There are a variety of reasons as to why a third-grader could weigh so much. Sure, his family could be feeding him an unhealthy diet, but it may also be the case that the family has yet to figure out how to get the young boy to make healthy choices. They cannot simply force feed him. Likewise, perhaps his lack of physical exercise is because he refuses to get out and play. Again, his family cannot force him to do those things. All they can do is attempt to educate the child. If the county wants to be sure that they are doing just that, then they should monitor the situation. They should not swoop in and remove him from his family, as if foster care would somehow magically make the child develop healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. Crying “medical negligence” in this case is akin to taking a child away from his parents because she repeatedly plays in the freezing cold without a jacket on. She is at risk for developing a potentially serious illness, but her parents cannot be there 24/7 to stop her every time she tries to dart out the door into a blizzard clad in a Tshirt and shorts.
Value education over snack foods
p until only a few days ago, students in George Parrott’s psychology 101 lab class at Sacramento State had an odd requirement on their syllabus — bring snacks to class. For 39 years, Parrott ran his class this way. According to Parrott, the reason for this was to teach the students to work collectively. In his own words, “Having these goodies in the class breaks down some of the formality and some of the rigidity in the class, which is one of the most stressful for students.” If students failed to bring the snacks to class, Parrott would simply leave class for that day. Following an outcry from students when Parrott walked out of a midterm review because the required snacks were not provided, the psychology department at Sacramento State has made Parrott remove that requirement from the class. The department was absolutely right to do so. While Parrott’s snack requirement may have had good intentions, the results were far from perfect. As with any professor, Parrott’s job is to teach the students who pay tuition at Sacramento State. These students literally pay the man’s salary. He should have no right to walk out on the class because of something so petty as forgotten snack foods. To put it bluntly, such behavior is rather petulant. If the goal of the snacks was to teach students to work together in the labs, what possible benefit could Parrott’s decision to leave when those snacks were not present have had for his class? The answer, of course, is there was nothing beneficial about it. Students, then, have every right to be angry at Parrott for failing them as a professor, especially when they were promised a midterm review. Put yourself in those students’ shoes. If your professor canceled your midterm review last minute because no one brought brownies, you’d probably fly straight to the dean’s office — or at least write a particularly nasty review on Rate My Professors. Urging students to connect with one another in class is a valiant effort for sure, but requiring snacks — and then actively punishing students when they fail to provide those snacks — is not the way to achieve those connections. All that does is put the students in a situation wherein their education depends on remembering to bring a veggie platter to class that day. As Sacramento State student Francisco Chavez said to the Sacramento Bee, “Our education isn’t worth food, it’s for us.” Parrott would do well to remember that.
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New Brunswick needs better bagels
’m from a town in North bagels near his school. Jersey called Fair Lawn, When he went on a justifiand if there’s one thing able rant about how there that was done right in this were no good bagels down town —from a culinary perthere, it was a Central spective — it’s bagels. We Jerseyan of all people who had bagel stores that sold opposed him and told him some of the most delicious, how he could get good ED REEP heavenly bagels you could bagels at a fancy toaster imagine — bagels so superibagel chain called Einstein or to the cardboard that passes for bagels in New Bagels. Think about it: another person from the Brunswick that you would think they were different New York area! Is there really that strong a culturfoods altogether. al/culinary divide between people living in the You see, in North Jersey, parts of New York and same metropolitan region? I can understand why maybe southwestern Connecticut, you have what I South Jerseyans, being in the Philadelphia area, like to call “real bagels,” and in most other places, would not know about real bagels, but how is it that you have what I like to call “fancy toaster bagels.” people who would theoretically commute to the The difference between the two is stark and has to same city have such divergent perspectives? Is our do with how they are prepared. It has nothing to do state that provincial? with the water as some have suggested. To be fair, Manhattan has a lot of mediocre delis Real bagels, what I grew up with, are hand rolled that sell fancy toaster bagels, and with chains like and baked fresh in the store in batches throughout Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts also selling the day. When customers come in, they are treated fancy toaster bagels, this food is becoming more to warm bagels right out of the oven — so soft they and more widespread. Perhaps real bagels are lospractically melt in your mouth. Note that real ing the bagel war, and soon there will only be cardbagels don’t need to be toasted, even when they get board except for a few enclaves. I don’t see why cold. They remain squishy and fresh that should have to be the case, until maybe a day later. You can toast though. The bagel stores in Fair “Don’t we have one then as a way of salvaging it, but Lawn often have people lining up it ideally should not be toasted. To a moral obligation outside the door. People will start toast a fresh real bagel would be blasdemanding real bagels once they try to show this wonder them because they are so good. phemy because you are defeating the experience. The real bagel experito our ... brethren?” Someone needs to make a bagel ence is meant to be gooey, store in New Brunswick, call it not crunchy. Fresh Hot North Jersey Bagels, and Fancy toaster bagels are made off-site, often by sell real bagels. The store will require a large machines and then delivered to stores. In the store, investment in capital, but if it gives out enough they are always hard and cold, which is why they samples, it can make oodles of money because it need to be toasted in order to taste good. This type will have the undisputed best bagels in town, and of bagel, though better than a Lenders or Thomas’s people will know that. bagel, is far less enjoyable to eat than a real bagel, Now I’m only speaking to those who know what and frankly, hard and cold bagels would be turned real bagels taste like, who know how heavenly they into bagel chips or thrown in the garbage at a bagel are — North Jerseyans essentially. Don’t we have a store in Fair Lawn. Don’t get me wrong. I still like a moral obligation to show this wonder to our crunchy bagel experience, and I do frequent bagel deprived brethren? How can we ethically let others stores in New Brunswick that give me that experilive their lives not knowing about this amazing treat ence with fancy toaster bagels, but I feel deprived. when they can get it by going not even an hour up Even a stale real bagel tastes better toasted than a the turnpike? Let us not only call for a real bagel fancy toaster bagel. As a bagel aficionado at the store in New Brunswick, but whenever we go University, I’m like a vampire who can only drink home, let’s pick up some real bagels and bring them animal blood when I really want human blood, à la back with us. If we are quick, they may even still be “Interview with the Vampire.” warm. Let’s give our ignorant friends a taste of bliss! The craziest thing is that people from the And then we can convert them and have even more Central Jersey/New Brunswick area are so close to advocates for a real bagel store. North Jersey, where they can try real bagels, but so And if anyone knows of any real bagel stores hidmany have no idea they existed and think the best ing anywhere near New Brunswick, do say. bagels in the world would still need to be toasted. One friend of mine from Fair Lawn is going to colEd Reep is a Rutgers Business School junior majorlege at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md., and he, ing in supply chain and marketing science with minors like me, was very disappointed with the quality of in business and technical writing and economics.
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Rutgers United puts student concerns first Letter JORGE CASALINS
y fellow Scarlet Knights, I write to you because there is always more than one side to each story. I ask that you take everything into consideration to avoid being misinformed and thereby formulating inaccurate opinions on certain issues. I am writing about the column that ran on Nov. 17, entitled “Rutgers United serves own agenda.” Although I am studying abroad, I have ser ved and worked on pretty much every initiative that was attacked in the column and would like to issue a response, not as a member of the Rutgers University Student Assembly nor as a Rutgers United party member, but as a University student. Before going any further, I think that a brief histor y of Rutgers United is necessary to avoid such interpretations as the one that the author has suggest-
ed. This is how I became involved in what Rutgers United is today. A RUSA colleague approached me to join a group of progressive students who wanted to actually get things done rather than talk and argue. I was approached because at the time, besides being the RUSA parliamentarian, I was the Latino Student Council representative. I loved the idea of bringing together not only cultural councils, but also any organization that looked to put their mission statement into action. Anyone who has been in a student organization understands that an agenda is not only very useful, but also necessary for the success of an organization. We wrote down every issue that came to us and eventually transformed it into the platform on which every single one of our candidates ran on — as a promise to the community that these were the issues they will be fighting for when elected. In response to the “debacle” from last April, I would like to note that the author recalls how
“RUSA members clogged bus lanes, interrupted classes and occupied University President Richard L. McCormick’s office,” but in fact it was the Scarlet Knights who did so. RUSA does not have the hundreds of members that took part in these series of events. Furthermore, he says that the battle was to be fought in
“Everything that we do is because we care and because we oppose apathy.” Trenton, and while we do have people lobbying in Trenton, we put much effort and time into finding ways in which we can solve our problems at the University, and guess what? We succeeded. You don’t have to take our word for it — take the smallest increase of tuition in 20 years on your term bill as evidence.
Fellow students, I cannot stress to you how personally offended I am by the aforementioned column, which had the nerve to accuse Rutgers United and RUSA of not representing “the majority student voice at the University,” providing “campuswide advocacy on behalf of student concerns,” being run by “social activists and résumé-padders that care more about advancing their fringe social agendas and personal ambitions.” The author even poked fun at the issue of the cruel conditions of the chickens from which we get our eggs. We did not take that issue up because we want tastier eggs — we took it up because it represents the University supporting animal cruelty. If you want to criticize something, the first step is to research before you go typing away. Ever ything that we do is because we care and because we oppose apathy. The amount of work that we do in RUSA and Rutgers United is nowhere near
worth doing if it were only to pad our résumés. We sacrifice countless amounts of hours because we genuinely care about our fellow students. It is absurd to think that my colleagues or I would do this unpaid service, advocate for students who do not know how to organize, risk being arrested and/or suspended from school all to add a few lines on a résumé. In conclusion, to all of those who read the column and fell under the impression that RUSA and Rutgers United are the same, they are not. For all of those who were persuaded to believe that Rutgers United misled the student population into getting the majority of seats elected, that is also false. For all of those who felt as though we have our own agenda, well, I must admit that we do have an agenda, and it is written by you, the students of the University. Jorge Casalins is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy.
UC Davis police break law with pepper spray Letter EHUD COHEN
here is a chilling moment captured on film from the Nov. 18 protest at University of California, Davis that repeats in my mind. As students sit on the ground in silence, arms linked, a police officer raises a can of pepper spray to the crowd — as one might spray Raid onto unwanted bugs. The students keep their arms locked, enduring the pain as other officers move in to remove them from the ground. But that’s not the moment that sticks with me. No, that moment comes when an officer roughs up a pained protester and asks: “Why do you fight?” Shortly thereafter, the remaining protesters encircle the police, slowly walking them back while chanting, “You can go,” as they open into a semicircle and watch the police leave.
Major protest movements have all had their clashes with the police or their administrators. The civil rights movement had Eugene “Bull” Connor with fire hoses and attack dogs. The “Chicago 8” at the 1968 Democratic National Convention made their voices heard — or they were gagged in court trying — and those killed at Kent State in 1970 are still alive in the nation’s memory. Fast-forward to 2011, where police wound Marine veterans, manhandle professors and poet laureates in California as well as journalists and retired judges in New York, and bludgeon and pepper-spray students. But while there are still some today who defend the use of pepper spray on nonviolent protesters, what occurred at UC Davis couldn’t be further from legal. According to a January 2002 ruling in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Headwaters Forest Defense v. County of
Daily review: laurels and darts
ou probably won’t be shocked to hear that coverage of yet another pepper spray incident cropped up in new sources, but you will be surprised to learn that this incident is not related to Occupy Wall Street. At a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles on Black Friday, a woman pepper sprayed other shoppers so that she could prevent them from reaching certain merchandise before her. As a result of her bargain-hunting tactics, 20 people suffered minor injuries. It is bad enough that non-violent protestors have been assaulted with pepper spray. We don’t need more people injured, and over Black Friday deals at that. We give the woman responsible a dart for her conduct. *
When Thanksgiving rolls around to kick of f the holiday season, many people star t speaking vaguely of charitable acts and love for their fellow human beings. Some even go as far as to donate to good causes or volunteer. Few, however, take the highly laudable steps of Monique Smith-Andrews, who ser ved a free Thanksgiving dinner for the needy in her Jersey City community ever y year for the past 15 years. Of course, charity is not a competition. Ever y bit helps. However, Smith-Andrews’ contributions to her community deser ve special recognition and we give her a laurel.
Humboldt found that “officers’ use of pepper spray on activists’ eyes and faces during peaceful … protests” that consisted of them locking arms via machine “constituted an excessive use of force.” The Court noted that before 2002, pepper spray use was “limited to
“What will happen ... if a protester gets violent and assaults the police?” controlling hostile or violent subjects” and had never been seen in use against nonviolent protesters. The court also found that “the Fourth Amendment permits law enforcement officers to use only such force to effect an arrest as is objectively reasonable under the circumstances” and that “the pepper spray was unnecessary to
subdue, remove or arrest the protesters.” Police would argue they faced “active resistance” and would therefore defend the action. However, the court noted the phrase is defined “as occurring when the subject is attempting to interfere with the officer’s actions by inflicting pain or physical injury to the officer without the use of a weapon or object.” They found that characterizing the arm-linking act as “active resistance” flies “contrary to the facts of the case.” Former President John F. Kennedy said in 1962, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” This quote, coupled with philosopher George Santayana’s even more famous quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” has me concerned about the future safety of protesters and police alike. I don’t believe any sane person wishes
for a violent revolution in this country where democracy shined for generations. But I see these events and worry. What will happen, for example, if a protester gets violent and assaults the police, or if an officer decides, rightly or wrongly, that he must fire his weapon — and another Kent State occurs? That question shouted by the officer at UC Davis still rings in my ears. I hope the protesters remain as peaceful and passive as they can and that scenes like the one at UC Davis will cease, as our lawmakers in Congress see their pain and work towards trying to fix our economic and social woes. Until that time, at least we can count on Congress for some decisions. They voted last week to declare tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable. Ehud Cohen is a School of Engineering senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering.
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The Huskies had it easy with an average star ting posiat its own 48-yard line. But terrorizes RU in return game tion save for a four th quar ter fumble recover y on UConn’s 48continued from back yard line, Rutgers’ best star tthey should, and you could see ing field position was at its own 40 after UConn sent a kickof f the result.” UConn responded to out of bounds. It star ted four Jamison’s score with an 11-play, drives inside its own 20-yard 42-yard drive that tacked three line, three inside the 10 and more points onto the board as it two inside the 5. The Knights turned the ball entered the half. Another Nick Williams kick over six times and their three first-half turnovers — Jamison return made it possible. The junior from East Windsor, and Dodd fumbles and a Dodd N.J., returned a kickoff 100 yards for interception — led to 21 Connecticut points. a touchdown last “You can’t win season against when you turn the Rutgers. The wide “We’re known for ball over that receiver did not break any for six taking a short field many times, and we proved it points Saturday, but and making teams here,” Dodd said. he averaged 42.7 proved it yards per return. kick field goals. ... in They front of repreHe returned sentatives from We weren’t able the second half’s the Orange and opening kickof f to do that today.” New Era Pinstripe 54 yards to the Bowls. Dreams of Rutgers 41-yard SCOTT VALLONE help from around line. Connecticut Junior Defensive Tackle the league and a scored three trip to the BCS are plays later. Rutgers punted on its next now gone. The reality of a return trip to possession, and Williams returned it 30 yards to the Yankee Stadium stares the Rutgers 34-yard line. It took Knights in the face — although Connecticut four plays to score the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., remains a distant option. that time. As Schiano constantly “Games tend to take on a personality of their own,” said junior reminded his team, it is only defensive tackle Scott Vallone. “One because of itself. “I don’t even really want to talk thing goes bad and if you can’t stop it immediately — everything that about that,” said senior defensive could have gone wrong today tackle Justin Francis. “I’m not tryseemed to. We’re known for taking ing to go to any bowl game. My a short field and making teams kick mind was focused on the highest field goals. We take pride in that. We of the highest goals. We didn’t meet the goals.” weren’t able to do that today.”
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Junior wide receiver Nick Williams returned three kickoffs and one punt Saturday for a combined 158 yards. Three of his returns gave Connecticut starting field position on Rutgers’ side of the field.
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ntering the final week of college football before bowl season, Louisiana State and Alabama remained in the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, in the Associated Press poll. LSU is the unanimous No. 1 for a third consecutive week and Alabama received all the second-place votes for a second week in a row. The Southeaster n Conference West division powerhouses are on pace for a rematch in the BCS championship game Jan. 9 in New Orleans. Alabama finished its regular season with a 42-14 win against in-state rival Auburn on Saturday, a day after LSU beat Arkansas, 41-17, to clinch a spot in the SEC title game.
receiver Stevie Johnson caused a stir yesterday with his touchdown celebration against the New York Jets. Johnson got up following the score and began to dance before molding his hand into what looked like a handgun. The wideout then mimicked shooting himself in the thigh. Johnson was referencing Jets receiver Plaxico Burress’ incident in 2008, when the wideout accidentally shot himself. The referees charged Johnson with a 15-yard excessive celebration penalty.
suspend Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at least two games for shoving Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground and stomping on him. The league has not determined exactly how long to suspend Suh, but league officials believe two games will be the minimum. Suh also might have to attend anger management courses, according to ESPN. The Lions expect to issue the maximum $25,000 fine allowable under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement for a player ejected from a game.
Association executive director Billy Hunter sent a memo to union members Saturday about the tentative new CBA. The memo said players will receive a 51.2 percent share of Basketball Related Income in the 2011-2012 season. That number is a drop from the 57 percent share they received in the final year of the last CBA. Hunter and fellow union leaders Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans agreed to the deal Friday in a 15-hour marathon negotiating session. NBA training camps and free agency begin Dec. 9 before the regular season star ts on Christmas.
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Referees called junior safety Wayne Warren for a running into the punter penalty in the third quarter, which led to a UConn field goal. The Scarlet Knights suffered from five second-half penalties for 33 yards after their first-half clean sheet.
NOTEBOOK: RU rushes for negative yards second time continued from back growing deficit forced them to veer away from the run game. The postgame statistics showed the disparity, as Rutgers rushed only 26 times for negative-9 yards after factoring in its six sacks. The net total was the four th time this season the Knights ran for less than 100 yards against a Big East defense and the second game they rushed for negative yards. Rutgers accounted for negative-7 yards against South Florida and only 5 at Syracuse. The modest showing follows the Knights’ 203-yard ground per formance a week earlier against Cincinnati. “We did a good job last week. But we are not a negative-9-yard team,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “We’re somewhere in between. We need to get consistency so we can run the football.” Jamison netted only 19 yards on the ground, the second time in three games he did not lead the team in rushing. He nearly earned his game total on his first carry after returning to the field, when he rushed 14 yards to the Connecticut 1-yard line. Sophomore Jeremy Deering ran the ball a team-high seven times for 24 yards against the Huskies. “I just feel like we had some bad possessions, bad drives — the fumbles, the loss of yards,” Jamison said. “We can’t change it now. We just have to keep our heads up and not let it get us down.”
THE KNIGHTS ENTERED THE second half without any penalties,
but their clean sheet quickly diminished with five costly ones in the final 30 minutes. Rutgers suf fered driveextended penalties on back-toback possessions in the third quar ter, allowing Connecticut to score 10 points. “The kicker was the special teams,” Schiano said. “All year we’ve been pretty good, but we got our rear ends tattooed in the kicking game and special teams.” Referees called junior safety Wayne Warren for running into the punter after the Knights earned a third-down stop, which resulted in a first down. Senior defensive tackle Justin Francis roughed the passer on third down the previous drive, leading to a 14-yard touchdown run on the next play. “The roughing the passer call on myself, it was if fy,” Francis said. “I was just in the game. I was on edge. I saw the quar terback and all I could think about was getting to him. The ref did his job, and I have to be more cautious.” The Knights had five penalties for 33 yards to end the game.
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Redshirt freshmen Jawan Jamison, above, and Brandon Coleman accounted for the Scarlet Knights’ three touchdowns.
wide receiver Brandon Coleman enjoyed the most productive game for a Knight this season — in only one quarter. Coleman caught five of his six passes in the final 15 minutes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He nearly had his third, but freshman quarterback Gar y Nova’s pass fell into the arms of a Husky defender in the end zone on the Knights’ final drive. The 6-foot-6 target nearly doubled his season total for receiving yards with 223 Saturday. Coleman now has five receiving touchdowns this season, second best on the team behind junior Mohamed Sanu.
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RUTGERS’ SEASON ENDS WITH ROUND OF 16 LOSS AT UCLA The Rutgers men’s soccer team’s season came to an end last night, and UCLA forced MEN’S SOCCER it to play catch-up for its final 89 minutes. The 13th-seeded Bruins beat the Scarlet Knights, 3-0, in Los Angeles, where they opened the scoring 41 seconds into the Sweet
16 matchup of the NCAA Tournament. Junior forward Chandler Hoffman capitalized on a Patrick Matchett cross less than a minute into the game to put Rutgers in an early deficit. The Knights rallied from behind in a win against fourth-seeded Boston College in the previous round and responded in kind
at UCLA. Rutgers took four of the next five shots, but only one was on target and UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe was up to task. Rutgers goalkeeper Kevin McMullen made three saves in the first half, but UCLA sophomore for ward Victor Chavez capitalized on a rebound after one of them to give the Bruins
a 2-0 lead entering the half. Hoffman scored again in the 48th minute, one-timing a cross, to give UCLA a 3-0 lead and complete control of the contest. Rutgers’ flurry of shots in the final 42 minutes rarely found the net and did little to spark a comeback. The loss ends a near-flawless run of 10 games for the Knights,
which went 7-2-2 after an early October overtime loss at No. 2 Maryland. Rutgers’ only losses were against UCLA and Connecticut in the Big East Tournament, which did not stop Rutgers from qualifying for its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006. — Staff Report
Sykes’ MVP performance spurs San Juan Shootout victory BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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Senior forward April Sykes led the Knights with 16 and 14 points, respectively, in wins against Georgia Tech and Arizona State.
It was tough to gauge which April Sykes the No. 13 Rutgers women’s basketball team would get heading into the San Juan Shootout — the Scarlet Knights’ leading WOMEN’S BASKETBALL scorer RUTGERS 59 last season or ARIZONA ST. 52 t h e inconsistent shooter of the previous two. After the senior for ward earned the San Juan Shootout Most Valuable Player award, it was clear what version head coach C. Vivian Stringer had on the floor. Thanks to a 14-point effort from Sykes, the Knights held off Arizona State, 59-52, Saturday to win the San Juan Shootout after again struggling from the tipoff. Just like the Knights’ (6-0) other slow star ts, the team stayed together. “I thought that we didn’t give up,” Stringer said in a press release. “When we got hit, we fell down and staggered a little bit, but we came back. We seemed to be a step slow. Arizona State is a team that plays extremely aggressive man-to-man defense. Their
pressure created a problem, and I thought we lost composure for a split second but we were able to battle back. We’ll be better when we see a team like that again.” The Sun Devils’ pressure stymied the Knights early, as ASU went on a 10-2 run to open the contest. Rutgers also turned the ball over 18 times in the game. The early hole kept the game close until the final 1:30 of play, when a jumper by junior guard Erica Wheeler spearheaded an 82 Rutgers run. Wheeler finished with eight points after starting her second game, while fifth-year senior Khadijah Rushdan tacked on 13 points and nine rebounds. Rushdan continues to lead the team in scoring with 12.8 points per game, while Sykes begins to find her 3-point stroke. The Starkville, Miss., native posted a 4-for-6 shooting clip from beyond the arc in Puer to Rico after shooting a miserable 25 percent in the previous four games. Sykes led the team in both games of the San Juan Shootout, posting 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Knights’ tournament opening 59-40 rout of Georgia Tech.
But the victory was a product of the Knights’ ever-growing defensive success. Stringer’s 55press, combined with smothering half-court defense, held the Yellow Jackets to 13 percent shooting in the first half and 21.4 for the game. The tur nover bug still plagued the Knights, who suffered 24 in the blowout, but Stringer’s defense did enough to earn the victor y. “It was a matter of two teams that like to press and both teams like to run,” Stringer said in a press release. “It was a test of wills — which one was going to do what they do. I was really pleased with the way our team came out and executed. We followed through with what we said we were going to do and it was nice to see.” With an unblemished record, the Knights return home to the Louis Brown Athletic Center for a rematch with Temple. The Owls upset the Knights, 60-58, last season in Philadelphia, a game in which Rutgers attempted only five 3-pointers to the Owls’ 24. After Sykes found her stroke in Puerto Rico, Stringer can be sure of what to expect from her biggest 3-point threat Wednesday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Fourth-place finish in Cancun forces re-evaluation BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The Rutgers men’s basketball team left American soil MEN’S BASKETBALL Nov. 20 for the RUTGERS 53 f i r s t RICHMOND 58 t i m e since 2009 for a four-team Cancun Challenge. But it returned with a pair of losses and more questions than answers. “It’s a great situation to see if our guys are locked in, to see if our guys can understand that winning is more impor tant than anything and so playing three games in four days is dif ficult,” said head coach Mike Rice. “I wanted to see who was in and who wasn’t. Now I know.” The Scarlet Knights dropped the third-place game, 58-53, to Richmond, which advanced to the Sweet 16 last season. They scored only two points through the first eight minutes of the contest. Rutgers (3-3) narrowed its second-half deficit to 33-32 with 15 minutes remaining, but it never took a lead in its second consecutive defeat. Freshman point guard Myles Mack did not score in the contest, shooting 0-for-6 from the field. But classmate Malick Kone finished with
eight points and a team-leading eight rebounds, continuing his steady play at for ward. “[Kone is] somebody who’s playing for his teammates, playing to win a possession, not wor r ying about his shot attempts, not worr ying about his playing time,” Rice said. “That’s what a teammate should be.” The 6-foot-5 Kone continues to play out of position at power for ward for Rice, but the second-year head coach credits hustle and motor as factors in his success. Rice did not expect to play Kone, a Guinea native who played in high school in Virginia, as much during his freshman season. But Kone’s steady play forced Rice’s hand. Sophomore for ward Gilvydas Biruta led the Knights in scoring for the second time this season with 14 points. He conver ted only 5 of his 12 shot attempts, but led the team with 30 minutes on the floor. Rutgers lost its tournament opener, 76-70, to Illinois State despite taking its first lead with nearly three minutes remaining. Junior wing Dane Miller knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Knights the advantage, but the Redbirds experienced their own success from beyond the arc.
They shot 10-for-21 from 3point territor y in the opener, keeping Rutgers at bay long enough to seal the victor y. The Knights outscored Illinois State, 38-6, in the paint, but could not overcome the Redbirds in a back-andfor th af fair. But Rutgers’ post dominance did not transfer to its matchup with Richmond. “We missed 10 shots in the paint. If you’re a Big East team, you seek contact,” Rice said. “We shy away from contact. We need to grow up and be men.” The Knights return to action tonight, when they welcome Mar yland-Baltimore County to the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Rutgers is 3-0 at home this season, and UMBC (0-5) has its own areas of concern. The Retrievers boast a pair of players with local ties in freshman Jarrel Lane and sophomore Chase Plummer, who both played at St. Patrick in Elizabeth. Lane and Mack faced of f at the RAC last season, when St. Patrick and St. Anthony of Jersey City met in the Nor th Jersey, Non-Public B Championship. The then-No. 2 Friars won, 62-45, against the national No. 1 Celtics in the contest.
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Freshman forward Malick Kone scored eight points and recorded eight rebounds against Richmond at the Cancun Challenge.
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Connecticut sacked sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd four times Saturday and got to backup quarterback Gary Nova twice. Dodd threw an interception and fumbled a snap that UConn defensive end Kendall Reyes returned 9 yards for a touchdown to give the Huskies a 21-3 lead in the second quarter.
Offense turns ball over six times, defense struggles to protect short fields in loss that costs RU share of title BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Greg Schiano repeatedly offered reminders when discussing Rutgers’ FOOTBALL BCS bowl berth scenarios that the Scarlet Knights put themselves in a position where they needed help.
Then they put themselves in a situation where none of it mattered. Rutgers was lifeless Saturday at Connecticut, which dominated the Knights in ever y aspect of a 40-22 loss at Rentschler Field. Four sections of Rutgers fans traveled to see the Knights win a share of their first Big East title, but it never materialized. “We had an oppor tunity to do something special today,” Schiano said. “Unfor tunately, it
BY TYLER BARTO EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Regardless of the physical pain Jawan Jamison experienced Saturday at Rentschler Field, the Rutgers football team’s 40-22 loss to Connecticut hurt even more. The redshirt freshman running back suffered a right ankle injury on the Scarlet Knights’ third play from scrimmage, when he lost a
Freshman quar terback Gar y Nova relieved Dodd in the four th quar ter and threw 17- and 92yard touchdown passes to redshir t freshman Brandon Coleman, but save for recreating talks of a quar terback competition, neither mattered. Rutgers trailed, 14-0, less than eight minutes into the game; 2410 at the half; and 40-10 when it found the end zone for the first time since Jamison temporarily
fumble for the first time since Oct. 1 against Syracuse. “It was just a bad play,” Jamison said. “I should have held onto the ball. I was just bent in an awkward position and I just let it go. That was my fault. I feel really bad about that for my team.” Jamison returned in the second quarter and scored after only two touches, but the Knights’
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LEADERS PASSING GARY NOVA 11-18, 298 YDS, 2 TDS, 2 INTS
Total Yds 430 RUTGERS 290 CONNECTICUT
Pass 439 112
Rush -9 178
EXTRA POINT RUSHING LYLE MCCOMBS 20 CAR, 95 YDS, 2 TDS
RECEIVING MOHAMED SANU 9 REC, 133 YDS
threatened to make it a game with a second-quar ter touchdown run. “Guys just seemed flat,” said junior wideout Mohamed Sanu. “We didn’t seem like we were the same old Rutgers team that we always are, and when that catches up to you, it catches up to you. … I don’t know what happened. Not 11 guys played together like
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just wasn’t our day. … It seemed like just about ever ything that could go wrong did go wrong.” The Huskies made it known from the outset, forcing redshir t freshman r unning back Jawan Jamison to fumble his third carr y of the game, then scoring two plays later. Rutgers’ next possession ended with a Chas Dodd interception. UConn scored six plays later.
The Scarlet Knights allowed a season- worst six sacks Saturday against Connecticut, bringing their regular season total to 30. Rutgers allowed 61 sacks last season in 12 games, which was the worst sack total in the nation. Rutgers ranks 91st out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams this season.
Louisville South Florida
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