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The Rutgers football team returns to Yankee Stadium for the Dec. 30 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, where it meets Big 12 opponent Iowa State.

RUSA event offers crash course on student activism BY YASHMIN PATEL STAFF WRITER

In light of the student activism during the Occupy movement, the Rutgers University Student Assembly sought to provide students with resources to continue their grassroots movement. RUSA’s empowerment project, “A Practical Guide to Changing the World: The Student Empowerment Project,” took place Saturday at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. It gave students the tools they need to network and use social media, said Matt Cordeiro, RUSA president. “Students really are the catalysts for a lot of the big kinds of societal jumps that we see,” said Cordeiro, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “Folks, particularly young people, are [helping] topple dictators and long-standing despots all over the world. Young people are really driving for change.”

Cordeiro said the development of Occupy Wall Street and student activism across America has encouraged students to become more aware of the issues within their communities. “The sense of what is, what can be achieved and what our options are as a country are being transformed before our eyes at a moment-by-moment basis,” said Angus Johnston, event guest speaker and student activism historian. Johnston said student activists have the ability to take local issues and use them as a starting point for their campaign. “When people start to feel disrespected at the University, when people start to feel dissatisfied with the way that the University is operating, [it] opens the door for a much broader critique of institutions in society,” he said.



Angus Johnston, student activism historian, spoke to students about creating connections through social movements Saturday during a RUSA event on the College Avenue campus.

Ceremony launches holiday season with annual tree lighting




Members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority perform at the annual “Watch the Throne” regional step show competition Saturday night at the Livingston Recreation Center. Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity hosted the event.

INDEX UNIVERSITY One student of the original “Irvine 11” spoke to students about Israeli-Muslim relations.

OPINIONS Herman Cain announced over the weekend that he would drop out of the GOP primaries.

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Student engineers test ‘real-world’ applications BY LISA BERKMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Eight teams of industrial engineering seniors presented their projects designed to solve “real world” problems Friday morning to peers and potential clients. The exhibit, hosted by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Computing, Research and Education building on Busch campus, showcased a wide range of products with defects that students in the “Design of Engineering Systems” course remedied, said Basily B. Basily, an assistant research professor. “They are given a problem and they have to find a solution for that. They actually start [with] an idea. We try to guide them through it until they find a good idea and create a prototype,” said Basily, who teaches the class. Students tracked the changes made on each product for the exhibit, making it easy for a buyer to mimic their designs, said Joseph Tadros, a member of the “Machine for Assembling Modern Electronics” team.

“We’re going to document all of our information [and] all our design specifications. If people come in with the same budget, they can develop the same machine,” said Tadros, a School of Engineering senior. Teams from the system design course have placed in national competitions for the past six years, said Hoang Pham, chairman of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Pham said high success of their designs in the competition would have a positive effect on the students’ employability. “Of those that graduate, about 75 percent of students get a job. Some of them also decide to compete for graduate school,” Pham said. The project helps students understand the actual process of creative problem solving, said Drew Flannelly, a member of the “Shop Mate for Picking Up Objects” group. “I think this class definitely prepares you for real life. [It] gives you the expectations and limitations,” said Drew Flannelly,


Hundreds from the University and local community celebrated New Brunswick’s 19th annual tree lighting Friday in Monument Square Park — despite an interruption from a community protest. The two-hour event, sponsored by the New Brunswick City Market, featured carriage rides, a chili cook-off and various stage performances. “New Brunswick has a ver y diverse community,” said Pamela Stefanek, executive director of the City Market. “This is a community event where we want to reflect that diversity so that everybody can associate with the program.” Paul Helms, one of the performers, said the show — which included carolers, traditional dancers and jugglers — was a great way to start off festivities in the community that will continue until the end of the year. “I think that we’re so isolated. It’s good to have events like this where everyone comes out because Christmas is such a widely celebrated thing,” Helms said. During the show, a small group of protesters who were upset with police and community relations in the months following the fatal



New Brunswick residents and University students gathered to celebrate the holiday season Friday with a tree lighting and chili contest.


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Muslims speak up for activism BY SYJIL ASHRAF CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Reese Herzog, right, and her mother Tania Herzog created holiday-themed cards on Saturday at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum’s “Passport to Art” on the College Avenue campus. Children learned different art techniques.

ART WORKSHOP TEACHES CHILDREN IMPORTANCE OF TEAMWORK, SHARING The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum hosted its “Passport to Art” workshop Saturday on the College Avenue campus, giving children the opportunity to create their own pieces of art. The monthly art workshops explore the new art exhibits in the museum for the upcoming holiday, which gives parents and their children the chance to interact with one another through art. As the exhibits in the museum change, children take home a lesson and craft after each workshop they attend. “‘Passport to Art’ teaches the kids a lot about working together, sharing and dif ferent ar t techniques,” said Rachel Escolar, instructor of the workshop for this month. “They get to learn something new ever y month.” Jeff Sicat, a University alumnus who brought his 6-year-old daughter to the holiday card workshop, said he and his daughter attend the workshop regularly. “Alexandra loves art. We feel she is very talented for her age,” Sicat said. “The program is good for her. She really enjoys the art.” Bonnie Wilson, the museum’s communications and education coordinator, said “Passport to Art” is a great learning experience for both the children and parents. Vanessa Jones, a participant, said she likes the workshops because it gives children the opportunity to view and appreciate the art after the workshop. Children in the past have made books, cards, scrolls, paintings and even masks, said Jones, who teaches at the Greater Brunswick Charter School in New Brunswick. “Zimmerli is a bigger art museum that doesn’t let kids just breeze through it,” she said. “It lets them actually stop and look at the art, which allows them to appreciate it more.” Jones said she incorporates some of the art projects where she teaches because she believes that art is a learning tool that can be useful for children outside the classroom. “It’s a great way for families to come together,” Escolar said. “It’s fun for the whole family and good for the families around this area.” — Matt Modzelewski

University students examined at a discussion last Thursday the issues arising from the protests held by Muslim students at the University of California, Irvine in February 2010. The Muslim Student Association-organized event, “Be The Change: Ef fective University Activism,” was held at 7 p.m. in Center Hall at the Busch Campus Center and focused on the different ways Muslim students can become active in their communities. Osama Shabaik, one of the “Irvine 11” student protesters, spoke on the after-effects of the demonstration, which resulted in the arrests of 11 individuals. “With all due respect to our administrators at UCI, they do not know how to handle protests,” said Shabaik, a UC Ir vine graduate. “When it comes to protests and these types of things, they often times drop the ball.” UC Ir vine students received an email in Januar y 2010 announcing that U.S. Ambassador to Israel Michael Oren would be speaking at the university on Feb. 8 about the historical connection between the United States and Israel, Shabaik said. The students at UC Ir vine, upset by the ambassador’s stance on Israeli policies, organized a peaceful protest in an auditorium at a student center, each with a 3-by-5 index card, he said.

Shabaik, sitting in the back left, was the first to stand up and make his statement. He said he was immediately escorted out, patted down and arrested with handcuffs. One-by-one, 10 others — some of who were UC Ir vine students — stood up to make their statements and were arrested. As the 10th protester stood up, so did a group of students, who walked out chanting and which resulted in an 11th arrest, he said.

“I think it’s important for anyone ... to be [actively] involved in the decision-making processes of their communities.” AMMAR ATHAR School of Arts and Sciences Junior

But Shabaik said the Ir vine protest should be used as a model for how to effectively challenge injustices that arise from str uctures of power. “For us, when you challenge power in the way power wants to be challenged, you’re not challenging power,” he said. “When you make state power uncomfortable, they have to listen to you.” Engy Abdelkader, president of the New Jersey Muslim Law Association, and Salim Patel,

commissioner on the Passaic County Board of Education, said the 11 were standing up for their views and exercising the First Amendment. “When you continue to hate … and dehumanize Muslims to the point that women in hijab are being attacked, that Muslim kids in school are being abused, that men are being discriminated [against] and assaulted,” he said. “It’s happened in other par ts of the world, and it can happen here.” Abdelkader and Patel said the event illustrated the need for Muslims and other groups to be politically active and aware in order to combat issues. Patel said Muslims need to get out and vote for their democratic rights, a practice that both he and Abdelkader acknowledged is not common among the demographic. “What good is power if it doesn’t result in any type of justice?” he said. Some students who attended the event agreed with the panelists in terms of political participation. “The panelists were ver y well-informed … and I think they effectively engendered a desire to be more proactive,” said Ammar Athar, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. “I think it’s important for anyone — regardless of religious affiliation — to be [actively] involved in the decisionmaking processes of their communities.”


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ENGINEERS: Design project offers hands-on training continued from front a School of Engineering senior. “It gives you a sense of how much work actually is involved in designing something, how much more goes into it than you expect.” Niccole Marcial, a member of the “Fully Automated Elevator Maintenance System” team, believes these projects help build up a résumé and boost professional credibility for the inevitable job hunt. “It gives us the skills for when we go on interviews. Any job interview I go on, I mention this project [and] the teamwork that goes into it,” said Marcial, a School of Engineering senior.


Blake Cignarella, a School of engineering has more of a techEngineering senior who nical concentration, said Keith worked on a lawn weeding and Rodgers, a member of the repair system, said the work “Shop Mate for Picking Up required to complete the sys- Objects” team. tems surpassed the skills of “Industrial engineering typiother engineering cally goes into students who do bookwork or sta“Any job interview tistical analysis, not participate. “We have the anything with I go on, I mention not most intensive sendesigning or ior design project. this project [and] mechanical or They’re telling us electrical compothe teamwork that some of the nents,” said stuff we’re doing Rodgers, a School that goes into it.” — like our coding of Engineering NICCOLE MARCIAL and the amount of senior. “This [proSchool of Engineering Senior integration we ject] definitely have to do — is brings in other more than [stucomponents of dents] in electrical and computer engineering which other universiengineering, and that’s their ties don’t do.” forte,” Cignarella said. Industrial engineering stuThe design class is unique dents appreciate the comprehenfor the curriculum, as industrial sive program and its distinct

T H E DA I LY TA R G U M hands-on style, said Zachar y Shands, a member of the “Machine for Assembling Modern Electronics” group. “I don’t think any other course really challenges you as much as this design course does,” Shands said, a School of Engineering senior. “Every other class, they kind of spoon feed you the information. We had to go out and attain the information and find ways to invent this, build this.” Kang Li, an assistant professor who teaches in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, said the curriculum is textbook-oriented and welcomes the upcoming changes. “We may add a programming class [this summer] to let them have the necessary knowledge to be prepared, rather than just rely on this course of two semesters, which we feel is not enough.”

EVENT: Johnston says movements breaks barriers continued from front Johnston said political movements and demonstrations require hard work, preparation and planning before the world will pay attention to them. He said they do not happen spontaneously. “We’ve had two-and-a-half years now of sustained activism across the country, since the beginning of the current financial crisis … all of this stuff that you’re seeing now is building on that history,” he said. Johnston said getting involved in a movement gives individuals the oppor tunity to network without societal boundaries. “[It creates] an opportunity to have a kind of dialogue, a kind of discussion, a kind of coming together across ideological lines, across political lines, across social lines that in the ordinary moment would not be possible,” he said. Johnston said mass social movements begin with interaction among social groups. “As an activist … if you give people the opportunity to connect with each other … they will flock to you,” he said. “Your movement will thrive, your organization will thrive [and] your effort will thrive.” Johnston said today’s student population is more representative of American student activism than it was 40 years ago. “Universities are now on the cusp of being forced to be responsive to student demands in a way that we are not seeing anything similar happening in the federal government, local government or on Wall Street itself,” he said. John Connelly, RUSA vice president, said the event gave students insights into strategic planning and grassroots organizing. “The idea behind the student empowerment project is that students have really great ideas. We have enough passion and the drive to accomplish our goals,” said Connelly, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. “We don’t necessarily have the tools to get there.” Spencer Klein, RUSA Legislative Affairs chair, said members of various organizations should collaborate rather than work alone. “You’ll definitely be much more capable of making a difference if you’re working together with other students,” said Klein, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “Usually it’s much easier by teaming together.” Randolph Spark, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said students could generate change because they have the time to par ticipate, organize and demonstrate. “I think student activism is really one of the best ways [to cause change],” Spark said. “Students really have a lot time, [and] students are in great positions to get things done.”




Learn about upcoming Rutgers University Programming Association events for the spring semester from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Relay for Life will be having an information session from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. For more information, contact Dillon Teisch at (908) 444-0809.


Find out about RUPA events every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center. Free popcorn and toppings will be provided.


The Daily Targum is always looking for new writers. There will be a Writers’ Meeting at 9:30 p.m. in The Daily Targum Business Office, Suite 431 in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. All majors are welcome and no experience is necessary. For more information, contact Reena Diamante at There will be Alumni-Student Career Speed Networking Event at 7 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center. Meet alumni and employer contacts from a wide variety of fields in a speed-networking setting. Career Services is hosting a speed-networking session from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Meet University alumni and employers who will show you how to develop networking skills and make contacts. With limited space, those interested have to register online via your CareerKnight account of call (732) 445-6127 or (732) 932-7997. Rutgers Student Life is hosting a personal development workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center Room 411 on the College Avenue campus. This session focuses on contemporary ethical practices and the blurring of lines between choices taken in the personal and private life and the impacts on professional opportunities. The workshop is part of the Student Professional Development Workshop Series. To register, visit sur 


Join the Deans of Love, Deans Tim Grimm, Matt Ferguson, Don Heilman, Matt Matsuda and Michelle Jefferson, as they rock out at the Red Lion Café in the Rutgers Student Center. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by Student Life. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life presents a lecture by Israel Gershoni, a professor of Middle Eastern and African history at Tel Aviv University. Gershoni will explore the role of Egyptian intellectuals in criticizing Nazism at the start of World War II. The lecture will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center. For more information contact Sherry Endick at (732) 932-2033.


Naa Oyo Kwate, an associate professor of human ecology and Africana studies, will give a lecture called, “New York City Vice: Fast Food Retail, Alcohol Advertising and Health Risk in Black Neighborhoods” from 2 to 3 p.m. at Davison Hall on Douglass campus. For more information, contact Wendy Creevy at (732) 932-9570.


Rutgers University Programming Association is hosting massages from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on Douglass campus, Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus and the Kilmer Librar y on Livingston campus.


Rutgers University Programming Association is hosting karaoke night. Students can sing and enjoy free appetizers at RutgersZone on Livingston campus.

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Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck and greet hundreds of residents during Friday night’s city tree lighting.

LIGHTING: Protesters surround Santa during festivities continued from front police shooting of 46-year-old Barr y Deloatch disrupted the tree lighting. Deloatch was shot and killed in New Br unswick during a police altercation on Sept. 22 when he and two other men were stopped for questioning. Protestors surrounded the fire truck carr ying Santa Claus to the lighting ceremony and began to chant at those riding on the truck. Police stood by as the protesters — many who held signs and shouted phrases like “No justice, no Christmas” — marched around the square. University athletes created a circle around Santa Claus and escor ted him from the fire truck to the tree lighting stage. Roots’i Mack, one of the protestors, said the protestors chose to march during the treelighting event because they do not want the holiday festivities to distract the city from the Deloatch investigation. “Ever ybody is coming out here to have fun, but we are here because of the slaying of Barry Deloatch,” Mack said. “We want to stop the police violence against citizens and the harassment of our children.” Stefanek said these types of protests are unnecessar y because they inflict negativity on children during an event that was meant to bring the community together.

“I think it’s a shame that people with their own agenda are spoiling a community-focused, nonprofit event,” she said. “I understand what the protest is, but I don’t think this is the right platform for it.” The protesters remained after Santa made his way to the stage, where Lisanne Finston, executive director of Elijah’s Promise, announced the winners of the evening’s chili contest. Glass Woods Tavern, the Hyatt Regency’s restaurant won the chili recipe competition against Harvest Moon, Hansel n’ Griddle and George Street Ale House, Stefanek said. Attendees tested each chili and casted their vote after purchasing a $1 tasting kit, with proceeds directly benefitting local soup kitchen Elijah’s Promise, she said. “This is the fourth year that we have done the chili cookout. Glass Woods Tavern won two years in a row,” Stefanek said. Although many local families came out to the event, attendance among University students was low, said Eric Connelly, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I think it’d be good to see a lot more people from the University here. Honestly, we almost turned away when we didn’t see enough Rutgers students,” he said. Connelly said the tree lighting is something that everybody could enjoy, even if a portion of the community may not celebrate Christmas. “I feel like the Christmas tree is becoming more of a holiday thing than a Christmas thing,” he said.


Deloatch protestors shout “No Justice, No Christmas” Friday night in Monument Square Park in New Brunswick.

BERLIN — Firefighters say a massive British World War II-era bomb that triggered the evacuation of half of Germany’s western city of Koblenz was successfully defused. Koblenz firefighter spokesman Heiko Breitbarth said Sunday experts were able to defuse the 1.8 ton bomb and a 275-pound U.S. bomb that had been discovered last month in the Rhine River. He says the evacuation order still remains in place because a smaller smoke grenade found nearby will be brought to a controlled explosion. Some 45,000 residents living within a radius of about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the bomb site had to leave their homes Sunday in what was one of Germany’s biggest bombrelated evacuations since the war ended. About 2,500 police officers, firefighters and paramedics were on duty across the city to secure the operation. Nearly half of the 107,000 residents of Germany’s western city of Koblenz had to leave their homes Sunday as experts prepared to defuse a 1.8 ton World War II-era bomb discovered in the Rhine river.

It is one of Germany’s biggest bomb-related evacuations since the war ended, and some 2,500 police officers, firefighters and paramedics were on duty across the city to secure the operation. Authorities set up shelters in par ts of Koblenz far ther away from the bomb site, and shuttle buses were on hand in the morning to carr y residents to safety. The evacuation of some 45,000 residents living within a radius of about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the bomb site was finished by early Sunday afternoon, the city said on its website. The British bomb could cause massive damage if it exploded. It was found last week alongside a 275-pound U.S. bomb and a smoke grenade after the Rhine’s water level fell significantly due to a prolonged lack of rain. All the devices were to be defused Sunday. Finding unexploded bombs dropped by the Allies over Germany is common even more than 65 years after the war’s end. The explosives are usually defused or brought to a controlled explosion without causing injuries. Officials have built a dam of hundreds of sand bags around the bomb site in the river bed

to pump water out in preparation for the delicate task. Bomb exper ts star ted defusing the bombs early Sunday afternoon, Koblenz firefighter spokesman Heiko Breitbarth said. Train and road traffic has come to a halt in the area, some 130 kilometers nor thwest of Frankfur t. Seven nursing homes, two hospitals and a prison with some 200 inmates in Koblenz were also evacuated. ”Please close your houses and apartments, close your windows and, if possible, the shutters. Please think of bringing sufficient quantity of any medicine you might need,” residents were advised by the city via leaflets and radio transmissions. Several hundred city officials went from door to door Sunday morning, ringing the bells to check whether any residents had failed to evacuate the area. The residents of Koblenz, which was heavily bombarded during WWII, are somewhat used to bomb scares. City officials said 28 smaller war bombs had been found there since 1999, the German news agency dapd repor ted. Such WWII bombs in Germany are often found during constr uction work or by farmers plowing their fields.



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ew Jersey’s bear hunt begins today, and the Department of Environmental Protection believes that the season could not have come soon enough. However, not everyone agrees with the DEP’s assessment of the situation. Members of various groups — most notably the Animal Protection League of New Jersey and Bear Education and Resource (BEAR), who tried but failed to have the hunt overturned in court — are raising opposition to the hunt. The two primary complaints of bear hunt opponents are that the DEP’s estimates of current bear populations are skewed in support of the hunt and the threats of these bears to the human population are greatly exaggerated. Their arguments hold a lot of water. The DEP believes that there are roughly 3,200 bears in the state, but this estimate is far from perfect. To put it simply, there is no way for the DEP to know exactly how many bears are in the state. This has caused problems in the past. For example, in 2003, the DEP’s original estimate of the bear population in NJ was lopped in half after an independent analysis was run on the DEP’s results. Also, there is evidence to suggest that a large bear population is not exactly a major threat to humanity. In the past 150 years, not one person was killed by a bear in New Jersey. Sure, bears have been known to cause property damage, but that does not mean we are justified to call an open season on them. There are other ways to handle the bear population. For example, the government could look into relocation efforts. They may cost the state more than the hunting solution does, but they are ultimately more humane. Also, perhaps we could take some time to think about living with the bears, as opposed to against them. Human beings are used to beating back nature any time it interferes with their daily lives. This practice has led to a lot of damage to ecosystems across the world. Given that such damage has led to extinctions and climate change — to name just two adverse effects of humans upon the planet — perhaps it is time we rethink our urge to kill everything we do not like.

Herman Cain lacked leadership capabilities


fter a rocky month of sexual harassment accusations, claims of a supposed 13-year affair and a plethora of other embarrassing moments, Herman Cain officially decided to drop his bid for the 2012 presidency. On the bright side, there is very little reason to mourn this loss. With Cain’s decision to bow out, the GOP primaries will become a little bit less of a circus, making it a little bit easier for the American population to take the proceedings seriously. In a lot of ways, Cain came across as less of a serious candidate and more of a parody, a walking satire of the tea party movement as opposed to someone genuinely committed to benefiting the nation with smaller government. What America is looking for is a leader, and to be frank, Cain was never a serious contender for that role. A look back at Cain’s political career will show that he was unprofessional and ill-suited for running a nation. Perhaps Cain’s biggest moment in the spotlight — before the sexual harassment allegations — was when he introduced the nation to his “9-9-9” plan. Unsurprisingly, people made all sorts of pizza jokes about the former pizza magnate’s catchy initiative, but the plan’s biggest failure was not that it sounded too much like a Domino’s slogan. Rather, it was that the proposal of a 9 percent business flat tax, a 9 percent individual flat tax and a 9 percent national sales tax was a far too simplistic take on the nation’s tax problems. It was a nice idea in theory but like so much of Cain’s campaign, it failed to fully engage with reality. Many of Cain’s flaws came from his lack of political experience. It was obvious to everyone that he had not spent much time reading up on current events when he suggested that the Taliban was to blame for some of Libya’s troubles. To make matters worse, he once asserted that he wanted to be a “leader, not a reader.” Unfortunately for Cain, these two categories should never be mutually exclusive. Of course, the final nails in Cain’s coffin were the sexual harassment allegations and Ginger White’s claims that she carried on a 13-year affair with him. To be fair, we will withhold judgment on this situation, because no definitive evidence has been presented either way. Cain is no longer a contender, which is best for everyone. Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat or refuse to align yourself with a mainstream party, you have to admit that Cain never had what it takes to be a leader of the United States. Maybe he did fine as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, but running a nation is not quite the same as running a business.

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Irrationality bolsters homophobia


gay bashing, these people ypically, I tr y to responded with what make my bi-weekly seems to be the most effeccolumn about tive method of political large-scale issues because I hate-mongering — reliwant to make it something gion. The people who comthat everyone can relate to. mented posted about However, on Thanksgiving, Islam’s feelings toward something happened that LEE SELTZER homosexuality and posted was so shocking and left a video with an Islamic such a strong impression preacher talking about how evil homosexuals are. on me, that I cannot avoid tackling it. I was on As someone who views Islam as a largely peaceFacebook, “doing homework,” when I saw a cerful religion, this especially shocked me. I don’t think tain status pop up on my news feed. This status these fanatics’ views are at all representative of what was the single most hateful, homophobic thing I the vast majority of Muslims believe. However, have seen in my entire life. I would reproduce it there were quite a few people, students at this here but it contains language so offensive and so University, who were ready to use the Quran to vulgar that I would not be allowed to do so. back up claims — like how it calls for homosexuals Now it’s rare that something I see on Facebook to be stoned to death as punishment. leaves such an impact with me. But once I saw this, Like I said, I do not see this as being repreit was all I could think about. I realized that I had sentative of the greater Muslim population, but only really been exposed to progressive people in there are many people who would look at this and my life, people who support things like gay marjust see a rationale for riage. This represented such a Islamophobia. It is ver y obvious severe form of culture shock that I “There is basically that there is a prevailing sense of could not turn away, so I tracked Islamophobia within this countr y. A this status for about 20 minutes. no logical way 2010 Gallup poll showed that a There were quite a few responsremarkable 43 percent of all es, at least 20 of them. I expected to support Americans admit to feeling at least that people would be jumping to gay bashing.” a little prejudiced toward Muslims. shut this kid up and defend the gay Knowing this, the Islamic populacommunity, but I was sorely mistaktion should tr y to show the world en. In fact, there was only one negathat Islam is a peaceful religion. The last thing tive response to this status — the rest were overthat Muslims should be doing is talking about whelmingly positive. To me, it seemed especially how much they hate gay people. ridiculous to see University students commenting This does not only affect the Muslim population, on this. After the Tyler Clementi tragedy last year, but this affects religion as a whole in the United I thought that sensitivity regarding gay rights was States. Right now, there are a lot of people that do at an all-time high at our school. Clearly though, not have any use for religion. This is because of that is not the case for everyone here. beliefs that religion goes side-by-side with reacWhen I see people getting so passionate about tionary socially conservative policies. suppressing groups like homosexuals, I am always There is only one way to remedy it, and it is a overwhelmed by how pointless it is. When it seemingly easy way. Religious groups should comes down to it, it will not affect anybody besides focus on social issues that matter and actually conthe people getting married. You are not achieving tribute to people suffering. Most importantly, some sort of spiritual victory by doing this. All you these fringe elements have to stop doing things are doing is ruining someone else’s day, to put it like protesting in front of abortion clinics and lightly. With all the problems in the world and all making horrible homophobic Facebook statuses the issues out there, why would anybody prioritize for no reason. ruining someone else’s day? The other main thing that bothered me about Lee Seltzer is a School of Arts and Sciences junior this situation was the information these people majoring in history and economics. His column, were using to back up their ridiculous claims. “‘Simplee’ Put,” runs on alternate Mondays. Since there is basically no logical way to support

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Cramps, fouls limit Biruta in second half BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR



he Rutgers wrestling team opened its home dual-meet schedule Friday with a 20-13 win against Old Dominion at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Vinny Dellefave, Mike DeMarco, Mario Mason, Scott Winston and Dan Rinaldi won by decision, while Gregory Zannetti highlighted the match with a technical fall. Zannetti, ranked No. 16 nationally at 174 pounds, beat ninth-ranked Te Edwards, 27-12. He fought to avoid a pin fall in the first period, then he recorded eight takedowns in the final two periods before building a 15-point lead and earning a five-point technical fall.



Alabama remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in yesterday’s USA Today Coaches’ and The Associated Press college football polls. The Crimson Tide still received 38 second-place votes in the AP rankings while the Cowboys got 22. The Tide received every second-place vote last week in the AP poll. LSU, for the fourth consecutive week, was unanimously voted first.




offensive lineman Stacy Andrews was treated for pulmonar y embolisms in both lungs yesterday at Hackensack University Medical Center. Andrews was admitted to the hospital Saturday night. The blood clots are thought to have originated in Andrews’ legs and then moved to his lungs, the team said. Andrews did not play in yesterday’s against the Green Bay Packers. Giants senior vice president of medical ser vices Ronnie Bar nes said the team is hopeful Andrews would be released today from the hospital. The 30-year-old Andrews played nine of 12 games this season, also missing an Oct. 30 game against the Miami Dolphins and a Nov. 6 game against the New England Patriots due to a back injury.



quarterback Donovan McNabb is not generating much interest from any teams. The veteran was released by the Minnesota Vikings, which he asked for after he was told the team planned on moving Joe Webb ahead of him on the depth chart. Once placed on waivers, McNabb went unclaimed, which he was happy about because it allowed him to sign with the team of his choosing. Chicago, Dallas and Houston were all believed to be possible destinations, but each team denied having interest.

Gilvydas Biruta’s dive for a loose ball in the first half keyed a momentum shift that gave the Rutgers men’s basketball team a KNIGHT l e a d NOTEBOOK against Louisiana State. Then his fifth foul in the second half gave it all back to LSU, which responded with a 12-2 run. Biruta played only 20 minutes in Saturday’s 55-50 loss after dealing with cramps at half time and foul trouble late in the game. “I’m healthy. I could sprint and jump, then I’m cramping and I can’t play,” Biruta said. “Then I can’t make it on defense and I’m picking up stupid fouls because I can’t be in the right spot at the right time because of my crampings. It’s frustrating.” Head coach Mike Rice called it a “mystery cramp,” which Biruta was at a loss to explain. But he was equally confused by his final two foul calls. The fourth came on the defensive end, where Biruta said his hand was straight up. “I don’t know why he called it,” Biruta said. The second came on offense after Biruta used his body to create space for a rebound. “We were working hard [in practice] on driving people under the basket with our bodies, and that’s what I did,” Biruta said. “They called a foul.” His absence created matchup problems in the post defensively, but Biruta finished second on the team in scoring with 8 points, and Rutgers failed to compensate.

LETDOWN: LSU guard converts pair of shot attempts continued from back better shot or not. Jerome’s got to take that shot.” Carter lifted the Knights earlier in the contest with a 3-pointer from the wing and a confident drive through the lane. But even Rutgers’ steadiest guard could not overcome the final moments.

Junior forward Austin Johnson was 0-for-4, and freshman forward Greg Lewis missed the only other shot one of the Scarlet Knights’ big bodies attempted. It hur t again on Rutgers’ final play, which Rice said the team practices ever y day for a situation where it needs a 3pointer late in the game. Biruta is typically on the cour t, though, so his absence forced players out of position. The play failed miserably. “When you don’t have Gil creating, drawing fouls — he’s our best paint scorer — we’re going to struggle at times,” Rice said. “I’m going to probably going to look at some fourguard lineups, including Dane at the four. I think Mike Poole played a couple possessions at four.”

THE LSU MATCHUP marked Rutgers’ first game without freshman forward Malick Kone, who will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his right knee. “He’ll come back stronger than new,” Rice said. Kone averages 14.9 minutes per game, the most of any player who has yet to start. He arrived as arguably the least heralded member of the Knights’ recruiting class, but quickly made an impact, averaging 5.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He scored 8 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a loss to Richmond in Cancun. “Malick is somebody who just does instinctive things,” Rice said. “He’s our best perimeter shooter from midrange. It’s just what’s happening, but it is what it is. You can’t control what happens, you can control how you respond.”

Sophomore forward Gilvydas Biruta finished second on the team with 8 points against LSU while battling cramps and foul trouble. marking the second consecuTHE KNIGHTS CONTINUE TO tive game a quar tet of guards receive production from their accounted for half of Rutgers’ guards on the glass. rebounding totals. Guards Eli Car ter, Myles Poole and Seagears, who had 10 Mack, Mike Poole and Jerome rebounds the last time out, tied for Seagears combined for 16 of second on the team with five the Knights’ 32 rebounds, rebounds apiece.

He likely never expected to take the spotlight on the play in the first place. LSU’s offense in the final minutes looked as unorganized, but the difference was a 5-foot-11 freshman who nearly willed the ball into the net. “They were just tough shots,” Carter said of Hickey’s makes. “He made some big shots.” The loss dropped the Knights to 0-2 against power conference teams after falling

to Miami earlier in the season and they remain winless against teams with comparable talent to their own. Rice left satisfied with Rutgers’ defensive ef for t — it held a third consecutive opponent to less than 60 points, this time allowing only a 36.4-percent mark from the field. He understood it was a case of Rutgers’ developing offense, which likely will not see full strides until prized freshman for-

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ward Kadeem Jack returns to the lineup in mid-to-late January. But junior wing Dane Miller knew what the Knights’ loss was not — a learning experience. “I can’t say that,” Miller said. “We already have a couple of those. Cancun was a learning experience. That’s too many. Now it gets to a point where, when it comes down to it, we’re not finishing the game. We should have won that game, point blank. Period.”



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Tulane’s coaching search is officially under way after it let former head coach Bob Toledo go during the season, and Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano acknowledged Saturday offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is a candidate. Cignetti is in his first season as of fensive coordinator with the Scarlet Knights after spending the previous two years at Pittsburgh. “I told our staf f this morning and I told our players, ‘If you hire good people — if you

hire people and other people aren’t coming after them, then you hired the wrong guys,’” Schiano said. “If we lose coaches to places that are a better situation in their eyes — it’s bad for me that that happens, but it means you hired the right guys.” Rutgers’ of fense averaged 336.5 yards and 26.3 points per game in Cignetti’s first regular season, when he still dealt with a str uggling of fensive line. Cignetti eliminated the Wildcat and allowed junior Mohamed Sanu to focus on wide receiver, where he


became a candidate for Big East Of fensive Player of the Year honors. Former Pitt running back Dion Lewis won the same award under Cignetti. Schiano said he believes the coaching search is moving quickly and that he would help Cignetti get the job if he wants it. He also noted it is too premature to discuss who would coach Rutgers’ of fense in its bowl game should Cignetti leave. “I don’t know if he’s even interested,” Schiano said. Still, Schiano encouraged Cignetti to inter view for the position. “There are 120 head coaching jobs available at the Division I level, so if you have an oppor tunity to talk to someone about one and you’re not a head coach, I encourage our guys to,” Schiano said. “I say, ‘Hey, just go for the experience if nothing else. Figure out if you want it.’ If you’re an assistant coach and you have an oppor tunity for one of those 120, you better look at it.”



Redshirt freshman running back Jawan Jamison leads Rutgers with 766 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.


to the practice field offered Rutgers the best opportunity to forget about its 40-22 loss to end the regular season, but count Jawan Jamison among those who welcomed a week off. The redshir t freshman running back played the entire season with a mid-foot sprain, and then injured his right ankle on his third car r y against Connecticut. And he dealt with the regular discomfor t of averaging nearly 20 carries per game — almost double his high school workload. “It’s doing better now,” Jamison said. “I’ve been rehab-




Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti chats with quarterback Gary Nova, who he recruited to both Pittsburgh and Rutgers. bing, getting treatment, REDSHIR T FRESHMAN electric shock — it’s Betim Bujari is practicing as the getting better.” The injur y against UConn second-team center to back up limited Jamison to five carries fifth-year senior Caleb Ruch in for 19 yards, largely derailing the bowl game. Bujari star ted two games at any talk of him breaking the right guard, but Schiano said 1,000-yard rushing plateau. Jamison needed 253 yards the move is not permanent for over the final two games him. It is mostly to allow sophentering the UConn loss, but omore David Osei, who star the now has only one game left ed the season at center and to pick up 234 yards. His also star ted a game at left career-high r ushing total is tackle, to focus on left tackle. Schiano said Bujari is one of 200 yards against Cincinnati. “I’m going to go my hardest four linemen who can snap the this game and try to get there,” ball, but the head coach has yet to Jamison said. “I really want it, so make a decision on who will back up the position entering the spring. I’m going to try my hardest.”

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Junior center Monique Oliver posted her fourth career double-double Friday against Florida, scoring 13 points and recording 10 rebounds. The Las Vegas native also sparked the Knights defensively, tallying three blocks.

TRIP: Knights earn short rest before facing No. 9 Miami continued from back when they did turn the ball over, it was a result of poor decision making, Stringer said.

“It wasn’t because we felt pressure, I don’t think, so much as it was that you could see the turnover coming two passes beforehand,” she said. A quick tur naround tests the Knights’ ability to be more decisive with the ball. After two days of f, the

Knights get back on the cour t tonight against No. 9 Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes (5-1) were the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a record blemished only by a loss to No. 8 Tennessee does little to suggest other wise.

Guard Shenise Johnson is second in the ACC with 18 points per game. Behind her are two other double-digit scorers in Riquna Williams (15) and Morgan Stroman (13.6). “Hopefully we [got rest yesterday] and [got] ready for Miami because we’ve got our hands full,” Stringer said.

Oklahoma State was one of seven teams ranked in the Top 25 that Iowa State played this season. The Cyclones also beat thenNo. 19 Texas Tech. Redshir t freshman quar terback Jared Barnett took over for junior star ter Steele Jantz and star ted the final five games of the season. Barnett threw for 1,322 yards and 10 touchdowns with nine interceptions in the regular season and also ran for 435 yards. Barnett’s r ushing total is second on the Cyclones behind sophomore James White, who r ushed for 701 yards and eight touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Jawan Jamison leads the Knights’ rushing attack with 766 yards and seven touchdowns, one of which came in his last trip to Yankee Stadium. Jamison carried the ball seven times for 63 yards, but 56 of them came on a late touchdown that put the game away for Rutgers. “During the game, I couldn’t really get anything going early because I was messing up on my run reads,” Jamison said. “At the end, to bust one out and finally get a long one, it felt really good. “It was fun because it was our first time [at Yankee Stadium] and we made histor y there. It was really cool, and I’d like to do it again.”


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Rutgers accepts bid to Yankee Stadium’s Pinstripe Bowl BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR


Rutgers beat Army, 27-12, on Nov. 12 at Yankee Stadium in an Army home game.

The Rutgers football team is headed back to the Bronx. The Scarlet Knights accepted an invitation yesterday to play in the Dec. 30 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at FOOTBALL Yankee Stadium, where they will face Iowa State. Rutgers played Army on Nov. 12 at Yankee Stadium and won, 27-12. “It is a terrific situation when you can play your bowl game in the greatest city in the world,” said head coach Greg Schiano. “Getting an opportunity to play in a bowl

game hosted by the New York Yankees is a great reward for our players.” The bowl berth marks the sixth in seven years for Rutgers and its second matchup against a Big 12 opponent in that time. Rutgers beat Kansas State, 37-10, in the 2006 Texas Bowl. The Cyclones limp into the bowl after ending their season with losses to ranked opponents Oklahoma and Kansas State, but their biggest win of the season came the week before. Iowa State upset then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, 37-31, in double overtime to become bowl eligible.


RU rolls past Gators to start Florida trip BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

The No. 11 Rutgers women’s basketball team may not be in championship form yet, but the Scarlet Knights (8-0) once again hinted their defense is of champiWOMEN’S BASKETBALL onship caliber. Head coach C. RUTGERS 63 Vivian Stringer led FLORIDA 49 the Knights into their first big road test of the season Friday against Florida. In return she saw 22 Gator turnovers to go along with a 31.9 shooting percentage. The end result was a 63-49 victory and the program’s best start since 2005. “I think it was a great test for us because we need to see how we can play on the road and see if we can be poised and continue to do what we do,” Stringer said. “I thought that we did.” The Knights’ defensive intensity noticeably kicked up a notch with slightly less than eight minutes remaining in the first half. With the game tied at 18, and both teams struggling to score, Rutgers smothered the Gators in the halfcourt. Florida (6-2) scored only two points in the next 10 minutes of play carrying into the second half. By that time, the Knights held a 9-point lead and never let it slip below 7 until the final horn sounded. “It’s a good team,” Stringer said. “They did a great job of attacking and we were really strained. I continue to appreciate my team’s effort. The girls played extremely hard.” Junior center Monique Oliver, who posted her second double-double this season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, played a big part in the defensive effort. “Ever ybody was talking to each other and just containing their shots,” Oliver said. But Oliver did more than simply contain the Gators’ shooting attempts. She flat-out denied them. The Las Vegas native recorded three blocks in the win, giving her 106 for her career and a tie for 10th on the Rutgers all-time list. More often than not, when Oliver was not stuf fing opponents or doing the scoring, junior guard Erica Wheeler and senior for ward April Sykes conver ted of fensively. Wheeler led the Knights with 15 points despite a 31-percent shooting clip, doing most of her damage from the charity stripe. The Miami native shot 7-of-8 from the free throw line, while Sykes went 2-for-5 from 3-point range en route to a 13-point outing. The Knights limited their turnovers to five below their season average of 18. And



Louisiana State freshman guard Anthony Hickey defends Rutgers freshman point guard Myles Mack on Saturday during the teams’ meeting in the Big East/SEC Challenge. Hickey converted the Tigers’ game-winning two points with less than a minute left.

Final-minute letdown dooms Knights BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

An undersized freshman guard hoisted up a floater last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, givMEN’S BASKETBALL ing his team LSU 55 the lead with seconds remaining. RUTGERS 50 He did the same on the previous possession, when his contested jumper at the elbow found the bottom of the net. But it was not one of the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s talented trio of Eli Carter, Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears. No, the heroics belonged to Louisiana State’s Anthony Hickey, who converted only one shot attempt prior to the final minute.

The result was the Scarlet Knights’ four th loss of the season, a 55-50 defeat in the Big East/SEC Challenge. “It was a shame we didn’t finish out with more courage and toughness on the of fensive end,” said head coach Mike Rice. “I don’t know if these guys were waiting for Dwight Howard or LeBron James to pop up. It’s not going to happen. These guys have to go make a play.” The Knights (4-4) had their opportunities. Trailing, 51-50, Carter drove the lane like he did so effectively earlier in the game. But referees called the Willingboro, N.J., native for a charge. Down, 53-50, with less than 20 seconds left, Rice said he looked for his players to make a play of f a ball screen or hand-of f, and they did. Only it was a negative one.

Carter, Mack and Seagears wove between defenders, frantically deferring to another teammate. Carter looked for the final shot, but it resulted in a turnover. The play was one Rutgers runs every day in practice, Rice said, but the freshmen went the opposite way. “We weren’t executing the right way,” Carter said. “We weren’t nervous at all.” It followed up a possession in which Mack penetrated and kicked to Seagears with Tiger (5-3) defenders collapsed, but Seagears hesitated and dribbled out. “That’s just a part of offensive toughness,” he said. “Both times, Myles penetrated and kicked to the corner. [Seagears] was wide open. I don’t know what we’re waiting for, a


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