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The Rutgers men’s basketball team topped Notre Dame at the RAC last night to get out to its best start in Big East play since the 2003-04 season.
Scam victim stresses safety on Craigslist BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
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Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist, speaks about her life in Tanzania and her humanitarian efforts last night at the State Theatre in New Brunswick during a SmartTalk Connected Conversation presented by SmartTalk Media, LLC.
Jane Goodall strives for ecological awareness BY YASHMIN PATEL STAFF WRITER
From deep in the Gombe Forest of Tanzania to the streets of New Br unswick, British primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall spoke of unity between humans and their environment at the State Theatre last night during a Smar tTalk Connected Conversation. Goodall said after traveling the world, a common theme of human and animal suffering surrounded her, with the idea of cooperation echoing through not only her lecture, but also her daily life.
While researching chimpanzees in Gombe in Tanzania, Africa, Goodall learned the line that divides humans from the animal kingdom is not clear-cut. Like humans, chimpanzees have culture, ways of communicating and the ability to make and use tools, she said. Goodall said she has seen chimpanzees kissing, holding hands and swaggering the same way humans do and have the same meanings humans hold when interacting with one another. Learning about the behavioral similarities animals share with humans, Goodall said one of the main compo-
Student lands internship in NASA aerospace lab PERSON OF THE WEEK BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER
“I always wanted to be involved in the aerospace field,” Torres said. “I saw a lot ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR about it from pop culture and Jason Torres grew up movies and wanted to be a curious about the way par t of it. I found out things worked and about the [NASA enjoyed building with Undergraduate Student Legos. Years later, Torres Research] Program from is still exploring and builda teacher’s assistant ing, but instead of toy and applied.” JASON blocks, he works with NASA was one of the TORRES aerospace equipment. options Tor res considered Torres, a School of Engineering when he star ted thinking about junior, completed an internship in mid- majoring in materials engineering, December at National Aeronautics and he said. Space Administration’s White Sands The Materials and Components Test Facility (WSTF) in Las Cruces, Laboratory Office at WSTF conducts N.M., gathering information about the simulated mission duty-cycle testing behavior of composite materials that and develops full-scale propulsion sysstore life support fluids in high-pressure environments. SEE STUDENT ON PAGE 5
nents that separates humans from animals is their intellectual capacity. “If we’re so intellectual, then how are we destroying our planet?” Goodall said. “It’s our only planet.” Goodall said humans are aware of the consequences of climate change, yet they do not try to prevent it. Goodall cited air pollution, ground pollution from chemicals used to grow food and carbon emissions as preventable consequences, which could be avoided if proper precautions are taken.
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After losing his savings in a scam on Craigslist, Eddie Velez is raising awareness and money for his cause on his website, HelpEddie.com. Velez, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, had used Craigslist before. But when he decided to sell a mattress his roommate left behind on the classifieds website around the holidays, he went against the cardinal rule for avoiding scams — deal in cash and in person. “I used Craigslist multiple times, and typically I did cash and pick-up only,” said Velez, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “For some reason, this time I decided to accept a check, and it was a mistake.” Velez enlisted the help of University graduate student Nick Divakar, who is the organizer of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group’s consumer action campaign. Divakar helped Velez make the website, which explains his story and gives evidence of his correspondence with a scammer. “I think the website will help Eddie and others by providing assistance for scam victims and educating people [on] how to avoid the scam Eddie fell victim to,” Divakar said. The site offers visitors the ability to donate to a PayPal account to help relieve some of Velez’s financial stress. “Hopefully somebody will feel like giving me a couple cents to put toward the $2,600 [I owe],” Velez said. “I feel like there isn’t enough information out there that can help someone in my situation.” Velez listed the mattress on the site in December for $80, and specified the sale as cash and pick-up only. When a man named John Williams contacted him from overseas and asked if he would accept a check, Velez decided to make an exception. “I figured I would do him a favor and accept the check,” said Velez, who got off active duty from the United States Navy in September. “He offered me an extra $20 for allowing him to purchase it, and he said he
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INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED FOR SHARING CHILD PORN ON UNIVERSITY COMPUTER Police arrested a University biochemistry instructor last week on charges that he shared hundreds of child pornography videos over the Internet using a computer in his University office. New Jersey State Police members arrested Gavin Swiatek, 49, who worked on the University’s Cook campus, state Criminal Justice Director Stephen Taylor said in a statement. Swiatek was charged with second-degree distribution of child pornography and fourth-degree possession of child pornography. He is at the Middlesex County Jail with a $50,000 bail, according to the statement. “Those who view and distribute child pornography contribute to the tragic exploitation of children, because they fuel the demand that drives suppliers to produce these abhorrent materials,” State Attorney General Anthony Chiesa said in the statement. “The charges against this individual are very serious.” The State Police’s Digital Technology Investigations Unit found a user on the University’s campus was using peer-to-peer file sharing to make the content available to Internet users worldwide, according to the statement. The State Police, with the help of the University Police Department and the University’s Office of Information Technology, traced the source to Swiatek’s office. Swiatek is prohibited from returning to campus. The University is also considering termination, according to a statement. — Amy Rowe
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Enhanced images of galaxy offer insight into universe BY YASHMIN PATEL STAFF WRITER
University researchers uncovered evidence of matter over the past year that could give researchers a better understanding of other galaxies. Clearer images, enhanced since the researcher’s initial discover y of a large galaxy cluster in 2008, provide information about dark matter with the help from images National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Chandra Xray Obser vator y took, said Jack Hughes, a professor in the Depar tment of Physics and Astronomy. “It is the most massive of any of these clusters found at this distance or beyond,” he said. “It has great importance for helping us to learn about how structures in the universe formed.” After researchers discovered the cluster “El Gordo” in 2008,
they studied it through European Southern Obser vator y’s Ver y Large Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Obser vator y to understand it better, said Felipe Menanteau, study leader and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The researchers discovered two dozen objects in the souther n hemisphere of the sky using the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, Hughes said. The National Science Foundation funded the sur vey. “El Gordo” is an emerging galaxy cluster that formed through the collision of two independent clusters that went through each other, he said. The two separate clusters had already formed before colliding, Menanteau said. They collided because the rate of collisions in the early universe is much higher than the current rate.
“It’s really an exceptional object in the universe,” he said. “There might be less than a handful of these clusters.” The cluster is a look into an earlier universe because it is more than 7 billion light years away, Menanteau said. “It’s like archaeology — as you look farther, you’re also looking back in time,” he said. Usually large galaxy clusters form when big clusters absorb a small group of galaxies, Hughes said. “With time, the gravity attracts other clusters into itself,” he said. “What’s interesting about this merger is that when you have nearly equal mergers of components, that’s pretty rare.” The galaxy cluster is made up three components: dark matter, gas and the galaxies themselves, Hughes said. Dark matter is one of the main components of a galaxy cluster, but it is not yet a concept
that is well understood in detail, he said. The researchers hope to gain knowledge on how dark matter works through studying the colliding galaxies, Hughes said. “When you have a collision, they stream through each other, and that’s also the way dark matter behaves,” he said. “We can begin to say, ‘Well how does dark matter interact with dark matter when a merger like this occurs?’” Another question researchers are asking involves the region of space in which the galaxy cluster is located, Hughes said. “Because this is the largest such accumulation of matter, we can ask the question, ‘Can the universe as we understand it now produce such a glomeration of matter in only the amount of time it had from when the universe began from the Big Bang?’” Hughes said. He said the object leaves researchers questioning
whether the cluster is constant with the way structure should have formed, and if it is consistent with the way the expanding universe, gravity and dark energy is. “[Dark energy] acts in the opposite way of dark matter,” Hughes said. “Dark matter has gravity, and it tends to slow down the expansion. But dark energy appears to cause the acceleration to increase as in accelerating the expansion of the universe.” Researchers have taken X-ray images of the galaxy cluster to show the size of the object and its hot gases, but are awaiting images of dark matter from the Hubble Space Telescope to learn more about it, he said. “We will be able to put an estimate on what the interaction between the dark matter particles is, and that’s only been done a couple of times in astronomy so far,” Hughes said.
RESEARCHERS DISCOVER STRATEGY TO PREVENT DRUG-INDUCED LIVER INJURY The University and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers developed a way to protect the liver from suffering drug-induced injury, making therapy a possible way to treat patients. “This work also has the potential to change the way drugs are developed and formulated, which could improve drug safety by providing medications with reduced risk of liver toxicity,” Suraj Patel, a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Engineering in Medicine at MGH, said in the article. Drug-induced liver injury is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States, accord-
ing to the article. It is also one reason for withdrawing drugs from the market, as liver toxicity restricts the development of therapeutic strategies. The researchers used a strain of genetically mutated mice that lacked a particular liver specific gap junction, channels that connect communication between cells, according to the article. The researchers then gave the mice acetaminophen. Compared to normal mice, the genetically mutated mice were protected against the effects of liver-toxic drugs such as liver damage and inflammation, according to the article.
Upon finding a small-molecule inhibitor of gap junctions, the team was able to protect normal mice against liver damage, according to the article. Martin Yarmush, a professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, said though the team’s findings could be potentially groundbreaking for clinical applications, they still continue to research. “Before we can think about applying this approach to patients, we need to know more about any off-target effects of gap junction inhibitors and better understand the long-term ramifications of temporarily blocking liver-specific gap junction channels,” Yarmush said in the article.
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would send the check to me the next day.” While waiting for the check to arrive, Velez received an email from Williams saying that he accidentally sent him a check for another intended Craigslist purchase, and he asked Velez if he could cash the check and send him the difference for the mattress. When Velez received the check, he was surprised at the amount it was made out for — $2,950. Velez, whose suspicions were rising, followed through and deposited the check, sending $1,990 to a John Leonard in London and the rest to a William Whitesell at the same address, as per Williams’ request. Subsequently, Velez’s bank, Chase, informed him that his account had been overdrawn by $2, which made him realize that the check he received from Williams was in fact fake. Craigslist tries to help users avoid scams like this with a link on the front page, “avoid scams & fraud,” which emphasizes using cash and meeting in person, along with list of examples of scams that people have come across on Craigslist. Susan MacTavish Best, spokeswoman for Craigslist, could not be reached for comment about Craigslist scams by press time. But she said scams are rare and advised users to follow one rule to avoid them in a USA Today article. “Deal locally with Craigslist users you can meet in person,” she said in the article. “Virtually all scam attempts come from distant ‘sellers’ who try to entice people to wire money.” After filing a police report and speaking with his bank, Velez realized that he was liable for the money that was stolen in the scam. “I felt absolutely horrible. I felt like the biggest idiot in the whole world,” he said. “If I had sat down and thought about it for five minutes, I would have caught myself. I felt like my whole life was ruined, [but] that’s definitely not the case.” The scam came at the worst time for Velez, who was left with no cash to purchase Christmas presents for his family, he said. He still owes his bank about $2,600. “I definitely am trying to keep a good, positive outlook. Hopefully things do work out, and it doesn’t impact me too hard,” he said. “I’m trying to educate others on what to do because I would hate to see this happen to anyone else.” Velez has received a few donations but is relying on his work at the Navy Base in Colts Neck, N.J. to help him pay off his debt. “We don’t get paid as much as everybody thinks. It’s still hard having to pay my car [insurance], bills and living,” he said. “I can’t really put aside that much money to help pay off this debt.” Divakar said no other students have come to him for help with online scams, but he hopes to send a weekly newsletter to students that would inform them of scams. Velez hopes to help others who find themselves in similar situations by establishing a support group with any extra money he raises from the site. “I don’t want to discourage anybody from trying to do something good for someone they don’t know,” he said. “But definitely be more cautious.”
“It’s time we tried to do something about it,” Goodall said. Through her work in third-world countries, Goodall said she has seen the ef fects of the lack of clean water on people and witnessed the decreased number of chimpanzees because of deforestation. Despite these troubles, Goodall said she continues to have hope for the future. Young people share and create plans in order to make a dif-
STUDENT: Torres looks to Einstein, mother as role models continued from front tems, which accelerate the spacecraft and satellites, said Rachel Kraft, public information officer for education at NASA. While working under Nathanael Greene, mechanical engineer and combustion scientist at the NASA WSTF, Torres helped develop a computer program that predicts when composite, over wrapped pressure vessels composed of fiber-reinforced composite materials and stores fluids would fail, said Kraft in a NASA press release. “Jason’s work on the measurement of cataloging and modeling composite damage is a cornerstone in building the knowledge required to understand composite damage tolerance,” Greene, Torres’ mentor, said in a NASA release. Torres said when first arriving in New Mexico, he
ference in their communities when they see something that needs to be fixed, she said. Goodall stressed that having faith in an individual’s generation is essential. Young people have lost hope in their generation because they feel older generations compromised their futures, she said. But this is not a suf ficient reason for people to lose hope. “To get hope back is to get involved in projects that [af fect] change,” she said. Goodall said there are certain defining moments that show glimpses of a better future for younger generations. Goodall witnessed a river lose its fish population because
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the waters were heavily polluted. Then people became conscious of their polluting and cleaned the river. Soon after, the river became full of fish. When moments like this occur, she said it helps other communities believe in the idea that a vision for change can be made possible when enough people tr y. But until this happens, their actions may have a large impact on future generations. Humans continue to pollute the world because they lack wisdom, Goodall said. But people are not alone in their ef for ts though, she said, encouraging cooperation among each other. Individuals
tend to influence others when making decisions. “Things may go wrong in your life, but don’t give up,” Goodall said. Neva Lattanzo of Edison said if people come together and cooperate to make a dif ference, then it can influence others to make change as well. “One person can make a difference because one person can be contagious,” she said. Ticia Brown of Freehold said despite the state of the world, she believes that humans are capable of making change. “All it takes is one person,” she said. “Because it always star ts with one person.”
received safety training so that While working in the NASA interns would prevent hur ting lab, Torres said his most themselves and other interns. memorable experience was Torres then met with NASA when he was invited to watch personnel who he would pres- similar compulsion tests for the ent his research to in 14 weeks. Air Force. He made a presentation about “It was like mission control. propulsion vessel material that They did the countdown, and is supposed to they tested the replace titanium rocket they were with composite borrowing from “It was like pressure vessels, the Air Force,” he mission control. which are lighter said. and stronger. The NASA They tested Tor res said Undergraduate the rocket they his mentor Student Research of fered advice Program began in were borrowing about work and 2001, Kraft said. taught him “Last fall, there from the Air Force.” i m p o r t a n t were 900 qualified JASON TORRES aspects about the applicants from School of Engineering Junior interdependency several hundred of science and schools across the politics. country. Of those, “Working with him was ver y about 8 percent were selected fulfilling. Basically, he taught throughout the nation, and they me how the government and are placed in the 12 NASA cenNASA runs,” he said. “It’s 70 ters throughout the country, ” percent science. Thir ty percent she said. is gover nment bureaucracy NASA’s Undergraduate and how to work with politics Student Research Program to find funding.” of fers research and develop-
ment oppor tunities in engineering, science, mathematics and technological workforce, Kraft said. The program is NASA’s largest nationwide undergraduate inter nship program and is of fered year-round at 12 NASA centers and facilities. With Alber t Einstein as his science hero and his mother as his role model, Torres plans to major in physics and materials engineering. Torres said that since the internship is over, he aims to continue to tutor physics, science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses at the University. He also plans to apply for more summer internships with NASA, private industries and CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research and physics organizations. After completing his undergraduate studies, Torres said NASA is among his future plans, as well as graduate school, the Air Force and pursuing private industries.
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HOBOKEN CANCELS ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE BECAUSE OF SAFETY ISSUES The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee officially cancelled this year’s parade, after the city announced safety concerns. “Last year, we had ever y police of ficer possible on duty. We had the sherif f ’s of fice, NJ Transit and Por t Authority and other municipalities assisting us with security, and with all of that assistance we could not handle the situation,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a Friday afternoon press conference. Controversy over the parade sparked within the past few years when the traditional parade was also associated with young people coming into town to crowd bars and drink at house parties, according to a HudsonReporter.com article. The traditional parade was always held on the first Saturday of March, but last year Zimmer announced the parade would be
moved to Wednesday for 2012 in hopes of diminishing the excessive partying. Concerns still existed that people would come to Hoboken on the first weekend of March as they did in the past and would continue to party, according to the article. “The idea of marching in a parade in the dark on a weeknight is as insulting as it is unreasonable ... we love our city too much to lower ourselves to the level of those who speak from a place of ignorance and ethnic/religious intolerance,” according to a letter from the parade committee. The committee stated in the letter that they are not Irish on one day alone. Rather, they celebrate their heritage proudly and in closing invited ever yone to an Irish mass celebrating St. Patrick on Feb. 25 at Our Lady of Grade Church, according to the ar ticle.
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The New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2012 Film Screening, sponsored by the Rutgers Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, starts today with three films. The festival will take place at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum from 7 to 10 p.m. on the College Avenue campus. General admission fee will be $10 to $9 for students and seniors. The screening of “Calendar Girl” will host in-person director Derek Lindeman and lead actor Jensen Bucher.
Colleges Against Cancer will kick off Relay for Life at the Rutgers Student Center from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the College Avenue campus, where there will be free food and drinks for participants. Students can get into the relay spirit, and join the fight against cancer with the chance to play games and win prizes.
Rutgers University Programming Association is hosting a Just For Fun indoor ice skating rink at the Douglass Campus Center from 2 to 11 p.m. Students can attend the Winter Wonderland event where there will be ice skating, a hot cocoa bar and winter-themed crafts, while supplies last.
The Rutgers Energy Institute is sponsoring a morning Café Hour for conversation on energy-related topics. Students, faculty and staff will be attending and are welcome to learn and share ideas. The event will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in The Cove of the Busch Campus Center where there will be coffee, tea, refreshments and a light breakfast available. There is no fee or reservations needed.
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Lack of donors results in statewide blood shortage BY SASKIA KUSNECOV CONTRIBUTING WRITER
New Jersey’s blood banks are looking to pump up recruitment for more donors to help combat the statewide blood shortage. Sally Wells, director of the New Br unswick Af filiated Hospitals Blood Center, said the shor tage has raised a local need for donors of two specific blood types. “For the past several days, the state as a whole has been experiencing a shortage of both type O negative red blood cells and type AB positive,” she said. Donna Leusner, director of Communications at the New Jersey Department of Health, said 60 percent of New Jersey residents are eligible to donate blood, but only 3.6 percent do. This puts the state behind the national average of 5 percent.
“If New Jersey increased donations to the national average of 5 percent, the state could have a self-sustaining blood supply,” Leusner said. Blood shor tages are more common in New Br unswick during the beginning of the year, par tly because of its reliance on the University community, Wells said. “In general, with colleges out and with the cold and flu season, you have many more deferrals and less people available [to donate],” she said. To compensate for the lack of blood donations, the state has been importing blood from other states, Leusner said. New Jersey stands as the highest net importer of blood in the nation, with about 50,000 units of blood imported in 2010. At Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., Blood Bank employ-
ee Andrea Barker said half of its total blood supply is imported. Unlike Virtua, some hospitals do not receive a flexible blood supply. “We’re very lucky in the fact that we have a consolidated inventory between four hospitals,” she said. “When one [hospital] is short, another will help out.” The ailments that require transfusions include people with low blood count, trauma patients who are losing significant amounts of blood, patients undergoing surger y and cancer patients, Barker said. One patient alone can go through 30 units of blood in one month, and the hospital goes through 14,000 transfusions a year. With so many diagnoses that require blood transfusions, having less than a two-day supply would be problematic and potentially fatal, Leusner said.
“Sometimes, hospitals may have to postpone elective medical procedures to ensure that they have an adequate supply of blood for trauma cases, emergencies and necessar y surgeries,” she said. Mar y O’Dowd, commissioner for the Depar tment of Health and Senior Ser vices, has campaigned to bring awareness of the issue to the public, Leusner said. “The Commissioner has taped public ser vice announcements encouraging blood donation,” she said. “She held a press conference Monday, Jan. 9 at Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly and she co-chairs the New Jersey Workplace Blood Donor Coalition.” The general goal of the coalition is to make sure that New Jersey has an adequate blood supply at all times by raising the
number of donations in the work place, according to its website’s mission statement. The University, which organized 10 blood drives last semester, is to be recognized for its ef for ts, said Dorothy Kozlowski, assistant director for Immunizations at Rutgers Health Ser vices. “On Jan. 19 Rutgers is being honored for being one of the top five New Jersey schools in college blood drives,” Kozlowski said. There is anticipation that the arrival of students for the spring semester may result in a positive spike of donations, Wells said. “We hope that the students will par ticipate in any blood drives that they have scheduled on the campus and that they come down to the hospital,” she said.
MLK MARCH FOCUSES ON RAISING AWARENESS OF LOCAL VIOLENCE About 25 activists assembled at Monument Park in New Brunswick on Saturday afternoon for a peaceful march and rally to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., according to an article on Patch.com. The event aimed to raise awareness of the increasing violence throughout the city, state and country, said Salaam Ismial, director of the National United Youth Council. Ismial anticipates that the march will result in a public hearing about violence in New
Brunswick, and that it will make state legislators declare violence a “public health crisis,” according to the article. “Right now urban cities across this countr y … have been suffering, [losing lives] of young people at the hands of gun violence,” Ismial told Patch.com Following the small rally, the protesters marched down George Street along with a police escor t, where Ismial
spoke about King and the significance of the day. “Dr. King is a representative of peace, and there is no better person to honor and represent freedom and peace that he represented, not only in the United States but around the world,” he said. The march ended at the New Brunswick train station, where more people met to help suppor t the rally, according to Patch.com
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Possible fuel leakage from Italian cruise liner raises concerns THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ROME — Italy’s cruise liner tragedy turned into an environmental crisis yesterday, as rough seas battering the stricken megaship raised fears that fuel might leak into pristine waters off Tuscany that are part of a protected sanctuary for dolphins, porpoises and whales. The ship’s jailed captain, meanwhile, lost the support of the vessel’s Italian owner as he battled prosecutors’ claims that he caused the deadly wreck that killed at least six and left 29 missing. Authorities had earlier said 16 people were missing. But an Italian Coast Guard official, Marco Brusco, said late yesterday that 25 passengers and four crew members were unaccounted for three days after the disaster. He didn’t explain the jump, but indicated 10 of the missing are Germans. Two Americans are also among the missing. At least three families of Italian passengers have said that despite their loved ones’ being listed among those safely evacuated, they had not heard from them. There still is “a glimmer of hope” that there could be survivors on parts of the vast Costa Concordia that not have been searched by rescuers, Brusco said. A search of the above-water portion of the ship last yielded a survivor on Sunday — a crewman who had broken his leg. Waters that had remained calm for the first three days of the rescue turned choppy Monday, shifting the wreckage of the Costa Concordia and temporarily suspending divers’ searches for survivors. A search for bodies was suspended overnight. Italy’s environmental minister raised the alarm about a potential environmental catastrophe if any of the 500,000 gallons (2,300 tons) of fuel begins to leak into the waters off Giglio, which are popular with
ROMANIAN PROTESTS LEAVE 59 INJURED, THREATEN STABILITY BUCHAREST, Romania — More than 1,000 demonstrators jeered government austerity measures in downtown Bucharest yesterday as Romania’s prime minister warned that violent clashes like those that left 59 injured over the weekend could jeopardize stability and economic growth. Protesters who gathered in freezing temperatures for a fifth day of demonstrations chanted “Freedom!” and held banners saying “Hunger and poverty have gripped Romania!” There were no repor ts of injuries. There were smaller protests in another dozen Romanians cities, but it was not clear how many people had gathered around the country. Police clashed with a small contingent of around 1,000 protesters on Sunday in the capital. Tear gas and flares were used to repel demonstrators hurling stones and firebombs. — The Associated Press
Italy’s half-sunken cruise ship poses an environmental concern yesterday, as possible fuel leaking from the ship could threaten animals living in the water. The waters off Tuscany, where the boat remains, are part of a protected area for dolphins, whales and porpoises.
scuba divers and form part of the protected Tuscan archipelago. “At the moment there haven’t been any fuel leaks, but we have to intervene quickly to avoid an environmental disaster,” Corrado Clini told RAI state radio. Even before the accident there had been mounting calls from environmentalists to restrict passage of large ships in the area. The ship’s operator, Costa Crociere S.p.A, has enlisted Smit of Rotterdam, Netherlands, one of the world’s biggest salvagers, to handle the removal of the 1,000-foot (290-meter) cruise liner. A study could come as early as Tuesday on how to extract the fuel safely. Smit has a long track record of dealing with wrecks and leaks, including refloating grounded bulk carriers and securing drilling platforms in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A spokesman for Smit did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the Concordia salvage. The Italian cruise operator said Capt. Francesco Schettino inten-
tionally strayed from the ship’s authorized course into waters too close to a perilous reef, causing it to crash late Friday off the tiny island of Giglio and capsize. The navigational version of a “fly-by” was apparently made as a favor to the chief waiter who is from Giglio and whose parents live on the island, local media said. A judge is to decide today whether Schettino should remain jailed. “We are struck by the unscrupulousness of the reckless maneuver that the commander of the Costa Concordia made near the island of Giglio,” prosecutor Francesco Verusio told reporters. “It was inexcusable.” The head of the United Nations agency on maritime safety said lessons must be learned from the Concordia disaster 100 years after the Titanic rammed into an iceberg, leading to the first international convention on sea safety. “We should seriously consider the lessons to be learned and, if necessary, re-examine the regula-
tions on the safety of large passenger ships in the light of the findings of the casualty investigation,” said Koji Sekimizu, secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization. Miami-based Carnival Corp., which owns Costa, estimated that preliminary losses from having the Concordia out of operation for at least through 2012 would be between $85 million and $95 million, though it said there would be other costs as well. The company’s share price on Monday slumped more than 16 percent. Two of the missing are Americans, identified by their family as Jerry Heil, 69, and his wife Barbara, 70, from White Bear Lake, Minn. Costa Crociere chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi said the company would provide Schettino with legal assistance, but he disassociated Costa from his behavior, saying it broke all rules and regulations. “Capt. Schettino took an initiative of his own will, which is con-
trary to our written rules of conduct,” Foschi said in his first public comments since the grounding. At a news conference in Genoa, the company’s home base, Foschi said that Costa ships have their routes programmed, and alarms go off when they deviate. Those alarms are disabled if the ship’s course is manually altered, he said. “This route was put in correctly upon departure from Civitavecchia,” Foschi said, referring to the port outside Rome. “The fact that it left from this course is due solely to a maneuver by the commander that was unapproved, unauthorized and unknown to Costa.” Foschi said only once before had the company approved a “flyby” of this sort off Giglio — last year on the night of Aug. 9-10. In that case, the port and company had approved it. Residents, however, said such displays have occurred several times in the past, though always in the summer when the island is full of tourists.
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s the GOP primary race quickens and Republican candidates scramble to gather support in each new state caucus, the American public learns a little more about the backgrounds and characters of those who could potentially hold the reigns as our next president. It seems each candidate — from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich to Rick Santorum — has spent his or her time in the political limelight. Yet few have held a consistent position in the eyes of voters, and events up until now have shown that a short week spent riding upon a wave of popularity does not necessarily bring a candidate closer to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. With such a state of affairs, seemingly devoid of any logic or consistency, the GOP primary race could easily be likened to American politics’ version of American Idol. And just like the mediocre, karaoke-type singers American Idol produces, the GOP race looks to be producing faux-style leaders and celebrity-like politicians in place of a nominee containing the stuff of which true presidential candidates are made. To highlight this analogy, look at the series of events that so far constitute the political race. Hermain Cain, the pizza magnate that saw an encouraging amount of popularity and support towards the beginning of the race, and who polled above the rest for a period of time, has since dropped out of the race. Former house speaker Gingrich seems to be following a similar path. While it may not be surprising to find that a little light has shown candidates like Rick Perry, Cain and Gingrich to be unfit and unappealing individuals to the American public, it is a bit unnerving to find candidates like Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul — both with long, impressive track records and solid bases of support — almost entirely ignored. Compared to the rest of the bunch, such candidates do seem to contain at least a shred of that stuff of which true presidential candidates are made. But as we have seen, the Republican Party has little room for moral integrity and solid track records. So out goes John Huntsman, who bowed out of the race this past Monday. What brings such unfit candidates into the spotlight in the first place? Perhaps it’s simply the nature of the Republican Party to value candidates with controversial histories over those who reign from sound backgrounds. Maybe Republican voters are giving their endorsement to the candidate that they feel has the best hair or loudest mouth. Or perhaps each candidate must hold his 15 minutes of fame for Americans to catch a glimpse into his dark and dirty past. Yet, to be sure, politics should bear no resemblance to American reality TV. In this case, a little informed voting could go a long way in correcting GOP primary races.
Wikipedia takes appropriate measures
he Web-based, free content encyclopedia Wikipedia will shut down on Wednesday for 24 hours. “Student warning! Do your homework early,” tweeted Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to spread the news of the shutdown. Wikipedia’s action comes in response to the recent Stop Online Piracy Act, which aims at tackling online piracy through improving copywriter infringement laws and preventing search engines from directing users to sites that distribute stolen material. SOPA has had many up in arms over the last few weeks, including social news site Reddit.com and Web company Mozilla, who criticize the bill for being fundamentally detrimental to the way the Internet works. The Obama administration has also denounced support for the bill. By anyone’s standards, the Internet has revolutionized the way individuals share, communicate and obtain information. Most of us spend more time on the Internet than we do almost anywhere else. We socialize, conduct research and waste time on Facebook, Wikipedia and Reddit, among others. Such a bill, as many of its critics said, would hinder these very behaviors and undermine the innovative and dynamic nature of the Internet. Online piracy may be a problem, but an attempt to address online piracy at the expense of something which so many benefit from is a mistake. Such an amount of opposition — from companies that hold some of the most prominent Internet presences — should be reason enough to shelve the bill and forget about it entirely. But many politicians and backers of the bill continue to push for the legislation, leaving many of us scratching our heads. The Internet relies on free contribution from its users. Preventing this would surely cripple it. It seems proponents of the bill hold little regard for the importance of the Internet, as well as its place in a modern society. Though relatively young, the Internet has shown itself as a more than important resource and will no doubt continue to in the future. If proponents of the bill insist on reforming online piracy, they should at least do it in a way that leaves the rest of what we do online alone.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s like archaeology — as you look farther, you’re also looking back in time.” Felipe Menanteau, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, on astronomy and galaxy clusters. STORY IN UNIVERSITY
Abandon racial stereotypes
here has been an ruled by atheistic commuepidemic of misinnists for much of the 20th formed stereotypcentury. You can find a numing about Arabs and ber of “Muslim” countries Muslims ever since Sept. that believe strongly in reli11, whether in the United gious pluralism. You can States or abroad. While also find a number of stereotypes are sometimes “Muslim” countries where ED REEP semi-useful and supported radical Islamic beliefs are by reality, other times they actively suppressed. are flat-out ignorant and lead people to ugly prejuAlso, many only associate Middle Eastern terdice and conclusions that only distort reality. At rorism with Islam. This is absolutely false. In fact, it their absolute worst, such stereotypes can hurt peowas the Popular Front for the Liberation of ple and exacerbate delicate situations. False stereoPalestine, headed by George Habash, a Christian, types deprive people of the joy associated with which first started hijacking airplanes. knowing the true characteristics that should be I firmly believe no person is born with inherent associated with groups of people — characteristics characteristics beyond those physical ones we can that are generally more varied and interesting. And prove with genetics. Stereotyping is by definition if there are any groups whose actual characteristics never absolutely accurate and should only be used in need to be brought to light, it’s Arabs and Muslims. situations where no one can get hurt. I’ll start where I think there’s the most dangerous The problem is that, quite often, stereotypes are ignorance — Arabs in the United far from accurate and are used in sitStates. It seems that since Sept. 11, uations that do nothing but cause “You can find everyone thinks of all Arabs as pain and embarrassment. The being Muslims. The words are used a number of ‘Muslim’ author of The Daily Targum column almost interchangeably. People talk “Minority Report” brings up many countries that believe examples of this in her writing. I about Arab-Americans and MuslimAmericans in the same breath, but that I have cleared up some strongly in religious hope this is an empirically incorrect genquestions or misconceptions people eralization. The majority of Arabmay have about Arabs and pluralism.” Americans, more than 60 percent, Muslims, and I also hope I have are Christian, but less than a quarbrightened people’s days by sharing ter are in fact Muslim. Another thing to consider is this information, which I think is utterly fascinating. that, according to the current U.S. Census definition, Let me also comment on the political implicaArabs are a white ethnic group, along with anybody tions of what I’ve said. It’s been discussed in the else “having origins in any of the original peoples of past — especially following Sept. 11 — that the Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.” Arabs are United States should sanction racial profiling for aira part of America’s racial majority, and most of them port screenings and the like. It pretty much already are part of America’s religious majority as well. happens. My dark-haired, three-quarter-Italian Notable Arab-Americans include presidential candiuncle had to shave his mustache to stop getting date Ralph Nader and actor Tony Shalhoub. questioned at airports. It’s so silly, though. A Turning to Muslims, the largest racial group havMuslim from any country in the world can theoretiing that religion in the United States is actually South cally become radicalized and prone to violence. Asians, with Arabs second and blacks a very close There is no one physical trait that most radicalized third. Around the world, there are countries with Muslims are going to have, and to have security tarmajority Muslim populations in every region of the get Middle Easterners specifically, as some suggest, Old World, including Europe. Muslims can have any would make it easier for non-Middle Eastern terrorphysical characteristic, not just those associated with ists to get through. The United States has already the Middle East. The largest racial group in the world foiled plots by such terrorists in the name of Islam, composing Muslims is also South Asians just like in including Eastern Europeans at Fort Dix, and the United States, and the country containing the blacks, such as the “Underwear Bomber.” most Muslims in the world is Indonesia, an East As a society, we need to start doing two things more Asian/Oceanic nation. Of course, the majority of the than we do now — understanding the diversity within world’s Muslims have no inclination toward terrorism groups and understanding people as individuals. or desire to take over the world. In fact, many of them are rather secular, living in countries like Turkey, Edward Reep is a School of Arts and Sciences junior which underwent Westernization movements or majoring in supply chain and marketing science with countries like Albania or Kazakhstan, which were minors in business and technical writing and economics.
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ov. Chris Christie is no stranger to receiving — and dishing out — his fair share of criticism. Yet during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night, Christie may have dished out a little more than his fair share when he insisted on bashing President Barack Obama’s job performance on not one, but several occasions. Christie, even after Oprah’s attempts to lead the governor away from the subject, insisted on getting in. As a Republican, it’s only natural that Christie would oppose the Obama administration. And as a politician, it’s probably in his best interest to discredit the administration’s accomplishments. But Christie is well known for his loose lips and loud mouth. Perhaps next time, it would be in the governor’s best interest to show a little reservation. We give Christie a dart for being so eager to dish out such criticism. *
In an effort to combat the skyrocketing costs of higher education in America, some Democratic members of the Michigan Senate are working on a plan, which would give a $9,500-per-year grant to every one of the state’s high school graduates. Students could use these grants to pay for tuition and other costs at public universities and community colleges in the state. While the plan is not yet complete, a few funding proposals have been laid out, including putting an end to certain tax credits and beginning the collection of sales tax on out-of-state retailers. We give these senatorial Democrats laurels for their pro-education efforts. Even if this plan fails to make it through the senate, its very existence will hopefully spark more serious debates about the costs of higher education nationwide. This is a problem that we can no longer put off solving.
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Racism accusations come unwarranted Letter CAROLYN WILLIAMS
he letter printed Dec. 13 in The Daily Targum, titled “English Depar tment fails to address racism” is not accurate and in our opinion, is irresponsible. As far as we know, none of the authors of the article reached out to ask any of us how or whether we had responded to the bias incident that happened in our department. In fact, we responded immediately with severity and directness — it could not have been misunderstood what we thought about the of fending email. The director of Graduate Studies was in touch with the author of the email within two days of its having been written to condemn the email and to require the author to retract the email and apologize for it. The author of the offending email apologized to her fellow students in writing and in person before the entire class, and her apology was accepted. The par ty cer tainly did not take place. Many meetings then ensued between both faculty and students to discuss and work through what had happened, with a Civility Forum on Dec. 7 being one major
outcome. Faculty members worked hard to help the organizers shape the structure, timing and content of the forum. The letter seriously underestimates this participation. Faculty participated beforehand, participated at the forum and have continued to participate since. Yes, the students were in charge, and we believe that it was important to support their initiative. The department has issued an official response, which we would be happy to for ward to you. Forums, educational sessions and other events both within the department and in collaboration with those outside the department are being planned for spring semester. We are hopeful — and we do believe — that we have learned throughout this process. We are committed to restoring our community and to making it free from bias in any form. We feel strongly that the letter in the Targum — especially since it is so careless about the facts, particularly the facts about what we have actually done to address the issue — has been unhelpful, to say the least. Carolyn Williams is the chair of the Department of English. Rebecca Walkowitz is the acting director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English.
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CHANGES: Scoreless game forces Sykes to adjust continued from back scorer she expected to be as the No. 2 recruit in the nation in 2008. But occasionally Sykes’ game resembled her early days, as was the case last year against the Red Storm. The then-junior played all 40 minutes but did not put a single point on the board, turning the ball over five times. Even without any scoring from the Knights’ top offensive option, St. John’s barely beat Rutgers, 51-48. Rutgers (15-2, 4-0) ventures to St. John’s tonight a new team, one favored to beat the Red Storm for the first time since 2009. The Knights already lost two Big East matchups before they faced the Red Storm last year. St. John’s (11-7, 3-2) is on pace to finish toward the middle of the Big East. Rutgers took a leap in the standings last week to tie Notre Dame for the top spot in conference. It consistently beats teams statistically tougher than the Johnnies, with its only losses against two of the top-13 teams in the nation. Some of that progress derives from Sykes’ improved consistency. The senior leads the team with 14.6 points per game. But Sykes is now a rebounding threat, as well. She logs minutes at both the three and the four spots and notched a double-double 10 days ago against Cincinnati. But in order to avoid a fourth consecutive loss against St. John’s, Rutgers needs to stop the Red Storm’s backcourt. The junior star ting trio of Eugeneia McPherson, Shenneika Smith and Nadirah McKenith lead St. John’s in scoring, combining to average almost two-thirds of the team’s 62.8 points per game. But the Knights bring energy of their own in the backcour t, where either Khadijah Rushdan or Erica Wheeler consistently goes on scoring purges. Wheeler comes of f a highlight-reel game in which the junior scored a career-high 23 points, three of which came on a buzzer beater in over time in a 71-68 victor y Saturday against No. 15 Louisville. Meanwhile, Rushdan leads the Rutgers backcour t in scoring with 12.1 points per game this season. Junior center Monique Oliver is vital in exploiting St. John’s weak point: the frontcour t. Oliver was a bright spot the last time out against the Johnnies, notching 22 points and 11 rebounds. While another 20-10 per formance is a lot to ask of the Las Vegas native, Oliver has been a consistent double-double threat all season with 12.1 points and 8.1 boards per game. All of the key pieces returned for Rutgers this season, and they continue to prove they are much better than a year ago. And while St. John’s is not an elite opponent, tonight’s game marks another chance for the Knights to show how much they changed in the past year.
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PROGRAM: Pernetti dismisses Tchou after 5-13 year continued from back Knights’ hardships in her past two seasons as an assistant. The Knights’ problems were consistent throughout last season. They failed to capitalize on of fensive oppor tunities, and the defense could not make up for it. A year removed from their first Big East Tournament appearance since 2003, the Knights’ 2011 campaign was not good enough to merit former head coach Liz Tchou another opportunity. Pernetti relieved Tchou on Nov. 14 of her duties.
Long said the Knights simply underachieved last season, and it is her job to bring them to the next level of consistently making the conference tournament. To get the Knights to that point, Long attempts to mirror the Rutgers Athletic Department — look for solutions close to home. “New Jersey is sort of the top state for field hockey in the country,” Long said. “[Our goal is] recruiting the top players in New Jersey and keeping them in the state.” Long is familiar with recruiting in-state talent — 15 of 23 players on the current roster are from New Jersey — but the head coach wants to change the mentality by bringing in players who already sport a winning pedigree.
“We’re bringing in players from programs with winning traditions at the highest level with their experience out of high school,” Long said. “It’s going to help us with that winning tradition that we’re looking to bring to Rutgers.” Long will borrow other aspects of Tchou’s philosophy, as well, and she plans to keep in touch with the former head coach. She might not even have the opportunity to lead Rutgers if not for Tchou. “I’m very grateful that she hired me because she saw a young coach with a lot of potential,” Long said. “She’s been really nothing but supportive about them giving me a chance to interview for the position.” Tchou and Long are both experienced winners from their
T H E DA I LY TA R G U M playing days. Tchou defended for the 1996 U.S. Olympic field hockey team. Tchou hired Long in 2009 after Long won a national title all as a Maryland Terrapin in 2005. But as a coaching staff, the pair did not bring that championship caliber to Rutgers. The team that graced the Bauer Track and Field Complex could not compete with such teams, as they ended the season with 5-0 losses to Maryland and Connecticut, which finished No. 3 and No. 4 in RPI, respectively. As improbable as it will be for the Knights to achieve that level of competitiveness, Long at least looks to bring the winning mentality the program lacked in recent history.
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yracuse and Kentucky maintained the first and second spots, respectively, yesterday in the ESPN/USA Today men’s basketball coaches’ poll. North Carolina fell from their No. 3 ranking after Saturday’s 90-57 blowout loss to Florida State. The loss allowed undefeated Baylor to move up to the third spot, followed by Duke and Missouri. Ohio State fell from No. 4 to No. 6 after losing to Illinois, but rebounded in a victory over Indiana, which fell from No. 8 to No. 13. No. 7 Kansas, No. 8 UNC, No. 9 Michigan State and No. 10 Murray State round out the top 10.
team hired Doug Nussmeier as the program’s new of fensive coordinator. Nussmeier worked as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2009 at Washington. The Huskies ranked 38th nationally last year with 33.4 points per game, and ranked 25th nationally in 2009. Nussmeier was instrumental in developing firstround NFL pick Jake Locker and sophomore Keith Price, who ranked 13th this year in quar terback rating (157.9) and seventh in touchdown passes (29).
Yankees avoided arbitration with pitcher Phil Hughes, reaching a one-year deal worth $3.2 million. Hughes received a $500,000 raise despite deviating last season from his 2010 per formance. After winning 18 games in 2010, the Yankees penciled Hughes into the front part of their rotation before 2011, but a dead arm hampered Hughes early last season. He threw only 74 2/3 innings during the regular season and worked out of the bullpen during the playoffs. New York has not determined his role for the 2012 season.
training camp as the Denver Broncos’ star ting quar terback for 2012, according to chief of football operations John Elway. Elway made the announcement early in order to avoid a potential media circus before next season. Before a 45-10 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, Tebow guided the Broncos to the playoffs after a 1-4 start and then led the Broncos over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card matchup. Tebow is the Broncos only quarterback under contract for 2012.
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RECORD: Freshmen lead way again, sparking RU offense continued from back players step up. It was a ver y good team performance.” The Knights, beneficiaries of late Notre Dame turnovers, took a 39-31 lead into halftime. Car ter and freshman point guard Jerome Seagears combined for 14 points in the first 20 minutes, quelling a pair of Irish runs. Both teams had their way around the rim. Notre Dame shot 50 percent from the field in the early going, while Rutgers enjoyed a 56-percent shooting clip. But despite the presence of Irish big man Jack Cooley, the Knights dictated play in the paint. “They really wear on you,” Brey said. “Mike [Rice’s] teams always play hard.” Deft passes led to easy layins for the Rutgers frontcour t. Junior wing Dane Miller was often the man responsible. The third-year player showed flashes of the point for ward many tabbed him as at the star t of the season. He led the Knights in rebounding, provided a shot-altering presence inside the elbow — he blocked a game-high four shots — and came away with three steals. And Miller continues to do so with growing consistency. “He’s been unbelievable the last two weeks,” Rice said. “If he gives me [consistent effort], we’re such a better team when he does that.”
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Freshman guard Eli Carter, left, and junior wing Dane Miller defend Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant last night at the RAC, where Miller recorded three steals and blocked four shots to key Rutgers’ defensive effort in a 65-58 victory. The win, the Knights’ sec- victor y this season against Tournament par ticipants. managers said, ‘I don’t think ond against Notre Dame in an opponent that earned an “That’s all it should mean is we’ve ever been on the three years, returned Rutgers NCAA Tournament appearance confidence,” Rice said. “We left side.’” to a .500 record in conference last year. want to be on the left side [in So Rice and the team play, its best six-game star t By comparison, the 2010-11 the RAC]. That’s where the screamed, “Left side,” throughsince a 4-2 mark in 2003-04. It Knights took 11 conference top-eight teams are [in the out the game. His players heedwas also their third Big East games to best two NCAA Big East]. One of our team ed the call.
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Knights upset pair of top-10 opponents at RAC BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice quickly escaped the floor following the Scarlet MEN’S BASKETBALL Knights’ 84-60 thrashing at the hands of West Virginia, their second loss to the Mountaineers in 10 days. But lost in the lopsided defeat were the major inroads the Knights made during winter break, including upset victories against then-No. 8 Connecticut and then-No. 10 Florida. Rutgers’ 3-3 record during the stretch served as a sample size of its larger effort during a 10-8 season to that point.
“I’m with them ever y single day, and it’s amazing,” Rice said following the Knights’ 6760 victor y against UConn. “Even our strength coach says one day they’re lifting like they’re going into the Olympics, [and] the next day it’s like they’ve never seen a weight before. It’s just the mentality that young people have. It’s difficult bringing it ever y day, and that’s why good teams have that.” The Knights’ Big East schedule, full of the good teams Rice alluded to, welcomed Rutgers unceremoniously following its non-conference finale, an 85-83, double-over time win against the Gators.
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Freshman guard Eli Carter dribbles past Florida’s Erving Walker in his breakout 31-point performance in a double-overtime win.
The Knights dropped their first two league contests at South Florida and at the Louis Brown Athletic Center against West Virginia. Their 0-2 mark to start league play was an alltoo-familiar sign of seasons past. After all, it was how the Big East started for Rutgers for five straight years. And then the Huskies paid a visit to Piscataway. “There is no question that these guys like the big moment, and they’re not afraid of the big moment,” Rice said. The Knights went toe-to-toe for 40 minutes with UConn, a foe they had not toppled in their last 10 tries. And they left the RAC with two victories against top-10 teams, a feat not accomplished there in 30 years. “First of all, congratulations to Rutgers,” said UConn head coach Jim Calhoun postgame. “They more than earned the victory. They’re one of the younger teams in the country and frankly, just beat us up.” The Knights’ catalyst was once again freshman guard Eli Carter, who totaled 19 points in the landmark victor y, Rice’s third at the RAC against a top10 program. Carter’s effort sparked Rutgers less than five days after the Big East named him its Rookie of the Week. He dropped a career-high 31 points in a team-high 46 minutes against Florida. He followed it up with 23 points in Rutgers’ conference opener. And in doing so, Car ter emerged as the late-game threat Rice so sorely called for during the nonconference slate. “This team has it in them. You go down the line, they are athletes — they’re just inexperienced right now,” Rice said Jan. 7. “When we’re like that, when we’re jumping at the ball, when we’re paying attention to details, when we’re communicating, those things can happen.” The team’s momentum began to roll against the Gators, the
Freshman guard Myles Mack drives against UConn on Jan. 7, when he scored 14 points in a win against the No. 8 Huskies. Knights’ final game before a brutal 18-game conference stretch. The win, which rudely greeted former Knight Mike Rosario, ser ved as a measuring stick. Rutgers long dropped its final non-conference game to North Carolina, an opponent supposed to prepare it for the Big East. It ser ved its purpose, but not in an encouraging way. The Knights’ outlasting of UConn proved the win against Florida was not a fluke. And Rice finally earned a marquee road win four days later at Pittsburgh, where he once graced the sidelines as an assistant. “It doesn’t mean we’re going to win the next game or even
compete in the next game,” Rice said Dec. 29. “What it should mean is that belief in the system, belief in the execution.” Rice was right. The team dropped its next two games to open league play and fell twice to West Virginia by a combined 169124. But in less than two years, Rice already begins to paint his early legacy. And it includes a pair of top-10 wins within nine days of each other. “I’m excited because everyone counted us out and said we were underdogs,” said junior wing Dane Miller following the win against Florida. “We didn’t listen to that.” Miller’s testimony might be Rice’s greatest contribution.
Knights climb rankings with undefeated break BY JOEY GREGORY STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers women’s basketball team enjoyed a perfect span of games over winter break. The No. 7 Scarlet Knights WOMEN’S BASKETBALL bested all five opponents they faced, including four Big East teams. Concluding the unbeaten winter break stretch was Saturday afternoon’s overtime win against then-No. 15 Louisville. Rutgers (15-2, 4-0) completed its biggest comeback of the season, down 13 points early in the second half. The previous mark was nine points in the season opener against Cal. Junior guard Erica Wheeler led the Knights in scoring against the Cardinals, tallying a career-best 23 points, including an of f-balance three-pointer that gave the Knights their final lead. Senior guard April Sykes and junior center Monique Oliver also found themselves in double figures for scoring. Sykes finished with 19 points while Oliver added 17 of her own.
Senior guard Khadijah Rushdan also played an important role in the Knights’ most impressive win of the season. She fell only one point and two assists shy of a triple-double, scoring nine points to go along with eight assists and 11 rebounds. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer strayed from her usual playingtime strategy against the Cardinals — typically, most of the freshmen see significant playing time in every game. But thanks to a closer game than usual, no freshmen — except Briyona Canty, who started the game — saw more than six minutes of play.
East play against Syracuse on Jan. 3, defeating the Orange, 55-44, thanks in part to 14 points from Sykes and 13 from Rushdan. The Knights generated a season-high 27 turnovers and used them to generate 25 points. “The key in the game was the turnovers,” said Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman. “You have a chance to win the game if you just take care of the
ball. That was the difference in the game.” The Orange gave Rutgers its biggest fight in the paint since No. 9 Tennessee, besting the Knights by eight rebounds and six points in the paint. But Syracuse was lost beyond the arc, missing all four attempts, while the Knights hit four of their 14 shots. Overall Rutgers shot only 34.5 percent, making the Knights reliant on their patented defense. “A lot of times you can’t hit shots, but one thing you can do is you can play good defense,” Stringer said.
the opening two Big East games earned her Big East weekly honors. She averaged 12.5 points and nine rebounds over the stretch. Sykes leads the team in scoring with 14.6 per game, which also ranks her 11th in the conference. Against Cincinnati, Sykes earned her third double-double of the season and the fourth of her career. She tied her career high with 11 rebounds against the Bearcats, helping the team to a 58-47 victory.
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Junior guard Erica Wheeler led the Knights with 23 points in Saturday’s win against Louisville, setting a new career mark.
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Knights even Big East record, improve at RAC against ND BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The play occurred less than three minutes into the action at the Louis Brown Athletic Center MEN’S BASKETBALL last night and was NOTRE DAME 58 hardly noticeable. It left Eli Car ter, RUTGERS 65 the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s freshman guard, without the bottom half of his No. 5. A referee inconspicuously picked up the torn fabric, tossing it to the Scarlet Knights sideline. But with the back of his jersey ripped, Car ter still made sure the crowded RAC knew who he was, propelling the Knights to a 65-58 victor y against Notre Dame. “I noticed it and saw the number on the floor,” said Car ter, Rutgers’ leading scorer in five of six Big East games. “One of the managers brought it over to me, and I said, ‘Forget it.’” Against an opponent known for making the little plays, Rutgers (11-8, 3-3) outdetailed the Irish (11-8, 3-3) and Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. The Knights scooped up loose balls, ended up with second-chance rebounds and were simply a step faster. Their play hardly resembled the team returning to Piscataway of f a 24-point loss Saturday at West Virginia. “I’ve been coming to the RAC for a long time,” Brey said. “The theme is usually the same. Their guys really play with confidence at the RAC.” Nursing a slim 2-point lead, the Knights looked to scrappy sophomore guard Mike Poole. The St. Benedict’s (N.J.) product conver ted a pair of runners to widen the Rutgers margin. With 15 minutes to play, the Irish never closed the gap. The Knights finished the contest with a 7-point advantage for their third win in four tries, their best Big East run in recent memor y. And they learned to cap a back-and-for th game in the process. “To grind out a game is another step forward in the development of this team,” said head coach Mike Rice. “We had several
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Freshman guard Eli Carter drives on Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant en route to a team-high 13 points last night in a 65-58 win at the RAC. Carter led the team in scoring in six of the past seven games, including three conference victories.
Johnnies offer opportuntity to illustrate year’s changes
Long inherits program after serving on staff
BY JOSH BAKAN
Meredith Long stood on the sidelines for the Rutgers field hockey team’s 5-13 season. With that, the head coach who hired her did not earn a contract extension to return to FIELD HOCKEY the Scarlet Knights. The change immediately vaulted Long from assistant coach to interim head coach, and then Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti announced Jan. 12 that Long will take over head coaching duties on a permanent basis. Long could not be happier about the oppor tunity. “I knew I always wanted to be a head coach eventually,” she said. “To be able to begin my career as a head coach at Rutgers has promised me a dream come true for me, being from New Jersey.” By hiring a head coach from within, Rutgers tabs a familiar face that endured the
BY JOSH BAKAN CORRESPONDENT
A lot changed in the past year for the Rutgers women’s basketball team. In the NCAA Tournament last season, No. 2-seed and eventual national champion Texas A&M WOMEN’S BASKETBALL eliminated the Scarlet Knights. RUTGERS AT The No. 7 Knights ST. JOHN’S are playing for a TONIGHT, 7 P.M. similar seed in the national tour nament a year later and hope to contend for an end result similar to the Aggies. For April Sykes, it all started Feb. 1 last season against St. John’s. The Starkville, Miss., native was still in an early stage of becoming the potent
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Senior forward April Sykes leads the Scarlet Knights with 14.6 points per game this season, the highest scoring average of her career.
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