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City council passes bike ordinance with changes BY MATTHEW MATILSKY CORRESPONDENT

New Brunswick residents clashed with city officials at a city council meeting last night, after council members passed an ordinance prohibiting cyclists 12 years or older from riding on the sidewalk and requiring bikes to have bells. Under the ordinance, cyclists charged with riding on the sidewalk will be fined $25 for the first offense occurring in a year, and $50 to $100 for the second, third and further violations within the year. The initial bicycle ordinance — first proposed last September — stated that the fine would be no less than $50 for the first offense.

Council members claimed the ordinance would prevent bicycle collisions with both cars and pedestrians. But residents who spoke at the meeting alleged the ruling was unsafe and unfair, particularly for minority residents. Glenn Patterson, director of the Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development, cited a University of California study, the New Jersey Department of Transportation guidelines and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials manuals to indicate that bicycles are safer on roadways than on sidewalks.

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Charles Renda, a New Brunswick resident, argues against the bicycle ordinance last night at a city council meeting in downtown New Brunswick.

Professor considers factors behind childhood obesity BY LISA BERKMAN STAFF WRITER

Researchers have found a link between childhood obesity and father involvement among children with unmarried parents — a growing epidemic that is on the rise in the United States. Lenna Nepomnyaschy, a School of Social Work assistant professor, explained the significant role fathers play in the rising obesity epidemic yesterday in Davison Hall on Douglass campus. “More frequent contact with fathers and more child support through the formal system are associated with higher instances of obesity among children,” she said to a crowd of about 40 people. Circumstances like these are deemed common since about 40 percent of all births in the United States belong to unmarried mothers, Nepomnyaschy said. Obesity is a dangerous condition for children to live with, as it could lead to mor tality, said Paul Breslin, a professor in

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Lenna Nepomnyaschy, a School of Social Work assistant professor, connects low-income with childhood obesity yesterday in Davison Hall on Douglass campus.

the Depar tment of Nutritional Sciences. “You can die from all kinds of things like cancer, hear t attack, stroke and so on,” Breslin said. “That’s all correlated

with obesity, so we want to tr y and control that.” Though obesity is a problem throughout the countr y, it is more

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visible in cer tain social spheres, Nepomnyaschy said. Those with an abnormally high Body Mass Index often belong to a low-income minority and live in single-parent families, according to studies Nepomnyaschy presented. “Kids who are poor are more likely to be obese,” she said. “I think that’s an upsetting thing. Your socioeconomic status should not determine your health.” Gaining access to some of the more helpful gover nment programs also becomes more dif ficult for families when fathers are involved, Nepomnyaschy said. “The notion of ‘let’s get money from fathers to help children in single-parent families and that will make ever ything better’ doesn’t really work in a situation like this,” she said. But the arguments made during the demonstration did not sit well with

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes the early lead in the GOP race for candidacy, with wins in both Iowa and New Hamsphire Republican caucuses.

Presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s early wins at the Iowa and New Hampshire Republican caucuses show that most voters consider a candidate’s electability over their principles. His lead has extended to 20 delegates, leaving candidates Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, behind at 12 and three, respectively. Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, has none. “In politics, anything can happen,” said John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. “But unless some information is revealed about Romney that is new and ver y damning, I don’t see how anyone else could win the nomination.”

Weingart said electability is the major driving force behind Romney as Republican constituents look for someone to face President Barack Obama in November. “For a large part of Republicans, it is most important that Obama be defeated. That is more important than preference for one candidate or another,” he said. Weingart said if Romney wins the GOP candidacy this summer, it would be because of his electability and the fact that his opposition divided the voters — never forming a unified front. Romney won the Iowa caucus taking 24.6 percent of the vote, leaving Santorum a mere 0.1 percent behind. The following week in New Hampshire, Romney again led the state, but Paul came in second, and Jon Huntsman — a recent candidacy dropout — came in third, according to The Associated Press.

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Business association plans pageant Contest to feature dance rountine, talent show, interview portion professional and a good example for the audience to follow.” May Chiu, Rutgers Business Governing Association secretary, will lead the organization of the event alongside a group of 10 students. A portion of the event includes a pageant fashion show, which is designed to help students learn the kinds of attire to wear and

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The Mason Gross School of the Arts is having an art exhibit at 4 p.m. at the Civic Square in downtown New Brunswick. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., extended hours on Wednesday until 6 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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There will be dancing on the 4,500 square-foot wooden dance floor to Brian Nash at the main gym from 8 to 11:30 p.m. on the College Avenue campus. Music includes chacha, foxtrot, hustle, jive, merengue, polka, quickstep, rumba, samba, salsa/mambo, swing, tango and waltz.

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TA Project & Center for Teaching Advancement & Assessment Research will sponsor a podcasting event from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. where students can create and do editing of audio content using the free “Audacity” software and how to distribute the files to students as a “podcast” using RSS or iTunes.

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In response to student requests for a pageant, the Rutgers Business Governing Association is working on a show that will judge contestants not only on their beauty but on their talents and smarts as well. The association plans to hold a “Mr. and Miss Business School” pageant on March 27, an event that aims to include a coordinated dance, a talent show and a chance for students to learn to be professional in the work place. The organization adopted the idea for the event after a number of Rutgers Business School students said they wanted an event similar to the School of Engineering and Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy’s pageant show, said Louis Catizone, marketing representative for the association. Catizone, a Rutgers Business School junior, said the group is working to find 16 potential contestants for the event — eight men and eight women. Only juniors and seniors are eligible to compete for the 16 spots. “We’re obviously looking for someone who has an entertainment factor,” he said. “But we also want someone who can be

The panel will consist of a professor, a member of the school’s dean’s office and a member of the association, said Nachwalter, a Rutgers Business School sophomore. He said the committee does not know exactly what questions they would ask, but that they have a variety of categories in mind. “We’re thinking of asking a few riddles and some questions about behavior during interviews,” Nachwalter said. “There will also be some questions where we give the contestant a random object and they have to try to market it.” After the contestants perform, the audience will pick their four favorites. From these, the judges will choose a winner, Chiu said. They will be scored on an 80-point scale on which judges will look to see whether or not the person met the requirements to win the contest. Chiu said Mr. or Miss Business School should embody the characteristics of creativity, humor and intelligence. Although set questions have not been made for the event, she said the association plans to ask unconventional questions that will make students think. “[For example,] if you were the size a nickel and if you were put into a blender, how would get out?” she said.

“We ... want someone who can be professional and a good example for the audience to follow.” LOUIS CATIZONE Rutgers Business Governing Association Marketing Representative

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COURT TAVERN TO CLOSE AFTER 26 YEARS OF ROCKING The Court Tavern’s owner Bobby Albert told mycentraljersey.com yesterday that the landmark musical venue is closed indefinitely. Albert refused to comment further when press contacted him at his North Brunswick home. Both the club’s website and the Facebook page show no notice of the announcement. New Brunswick has not taken action to close the business, and there was no state action against its liquor license as far as city officials are aware, according to mycentraljersey.com.

Andy “Diamond” De Nicolo, a music promoter, said he did not know of the club’s closing and was unsure of how it would affect future shows scheduled at the club, located at 124 Church St. in New Brunswick. The tavern has hosted a number of local performers over the years — like the Smithereens, Crossfire Choir and The Gaslight Anthem — including many who started there before gaining national and international popularity. “The Court Tavern is really the last stand,” musician Gary Kaplan of Highland Park told mycentraljer-

sey.com. “There is nowhere else where you can see national, indie or new rock bands in this area or the surrounding area. There’s no place where bands can showcase their music.” The club owed $26,000 in property taxes, as well as water and sewer payments to the city in 2009, Alber t said to mycentraljersey.com. About 20 friends and customers came for ward with loans, which have been repaid. A concer t in spring 2010 at the city’s State Theatre also helped defray costs.

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Somerset resident Noble Aaron El Shabazz expresses his concern of whether the ordinance was constitutional last night during the New Brunswick city council meeting. He said the rule could target the minority population living in New Brunswick.

“I think it’s horrendous. I think it’s outrageous that they would do this,” Renda said. “There are many areas of the city where it’s unsafe to ride on the roadway for bicyclists.” Patterson said other towns have similar ordinances that ban riding bicycles on sidewalks. Somerset resident Noble Aaron El Shabazz said the rule could negatively affect the minority population in New Brunswick, he said. Shabazz, whose son police detained for violating the ordinance, said he worried city police officers would use the rule as an excuse to detain members of the black community. “They harass people who look like us,” he said. “That’s why we always file inter nal af fairs complaints [with the NBPD].”

ORDINANCE: City to consider building bike paths continued from front “The reason they do this is because pedestrians are walking on the sidewalk at a much slower rate,” Patterson said. “Pedestrians often make jerky movements, which are unpredictable, and cyclists will have dif ficulty avoiding them.” Poor visibility puts cyclists at a higher risk of cars hitting them at intersections when they ride on the sidewalk, he said. New Br unswick resident Charles Renda said city roads are unfit for cyclists because riders must bike in the same flow of traf fic, which poses problems to some on one-way streets.

After his son was detained, Shabazz said he filed a series of complaints with internal af fairs, which they promised to address but continued to ignore. Shabazz faced other criminal charges at the time of his initial complaint. NBPD internal affairs agreed to consider his complaints after his charges were taken care of, he said. Once his son was acquitted of these charges, he said internal affairs continued to disregard his complaint. Other people in the meeting made similar allegations toward the internal affairs department of the NBPD. These complaints follow the suspension of Sgt. Richard Rowe, an internal affairs officer charged with mishandling 81 internal affairs complaints during 2003 to 2007.

Rowe was suspended without pay on March 21 after the New Br unswick Police Department’s Office of Internal Affairs discovered that files he assigned were missing. Assistant City Attorney Charly Gayden said she has established an office for residents who feel internal affairs ignored him during this eight-year period. The office is open every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. in city hall on 78 Bayard St. “I feel like that could be useful but I can’t be sure,” Shabazz said. “It could just be a dog-andpony show.” The council promised to take further measures to convenience city residents. Among their suggestions was the potential to build bike paths and create a bicycle safety awareness campaign to encourage residents not to abandon riding.

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cer tain attendees, such as Alison Brown, senior program coordinator for social marketing of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Ed. Brown, who expressed her concerns to her peers, said Nepomnyaschy failed to consider cultural factors in her studies. “A lot of [the subjects] were Hispanic, and in that culture, chubby babies are a good sign,” Brown said. “Even though the father was there and was providing the extra income, it was [because of] the compounding factor that babies should be chubby, because that’s what they believe.” Breslin said the panic over obesity may be blown out of proportion, and it may actually be a favorable reality when seen from a global viewpoint. Looking at the matter from a biological perspective, millions of children die ever y year — generally from malnutrition, he said. “I think what we’re seeing here is the more care fathers provide their kids, the more ‘robust’ kids become, and that might be a good thing,” Breslin said. Breslin said obesity is a problem only the rich can afford, and people should recognize larger tragedies occurring in thirdworld countries. “They will go to sleep naked on the street and not wake up,” he said. “They’ll be dead in the street and people walking to work will step over them on their way. That’s poverty this country does not know.” Sheetal Bhatia, also SNAP-Ed senior program coordinator for social marketing, said despite the growing hunger among the poor, the wealthy class is beginning to develop an obesity problem as well. “In India and other developing countries, childhood obesity is really in high-income groups,” said Bhatia, who wrote her dissertation on childhood obesity. “These are people who were cooking before and making healthy choices and are now taking their kids to fast food, which is becoming the social norm.” Nepomnyaschy said the government should allocate funds to improve children’s health as obesity continues to be aggressively on the rise. “I believe we should be spending more on children,” she said. “All the research shows that the more money you spend on kids in terms of health, education and opportunity development, there are huge benefits down the road.”

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UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SELECTS FIVE CANDIDATES FOR HALL OF DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI The Rutgers University Alumni Association revealed its five inductees yesterday for the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The alumni will be inducted on May 5 at The Heldrich in New Brunswick. This May marks the 25th anniversar y of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni, where more than 200 University graduates have been inducted, according to an RUAA press release. Honorees for 2012 include Dennis Bone, Rutgers Business School Class of 1984 and president of Verizon New Jersey, and David Schuller, an oncologist from the Rutgers College Class of 1966, according to the release. The RUAA will recognize two Rutgers Camden College of Arts Sciences graduates: George Hill, Class of 1961, who is a biomedical scientist, and Kathryn Holloway, Class of 1980, who is a neurosurgery pioneer. One honoree, Flora Darpino, School of Law-Camden Class of 1986, is the commander of the United States Army Legal Services Agency and the chief judge in the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. James Cusumano, Rutgers College Class of 1964 and Graduate School of New Brunswick Class of 1968, will be master of ceremonies at the event. Cusumano was also a 2011 inductee to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni, according to the release.

RACE: Obama still ahead of all GOP candidates in polls continued from front Weingart compared the upcoming election between Obama and the Republican Party’s choice to the one in 2004 when Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., faced former President George W. Bush. “It wasn’t as much antagonism against Kerry in the Democratic Party as there is against Romney in the Republican Party,” he said. “The Democrats united behind Kerry because he was the most electable even though he lost.” Rutgers University College Republicans President Connor Montferrat said he believed Romney would win the candidacy but that Paul had a chance at swiping the nomination. “In the end though, it’s about party unity,” said Montferrat, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “No matter who the candidate is, it’s going to come down to us coming together to beat Obama.” Montferrat said Paul was overlooked because most voters do not consider him a true Republican, but rather a Libertarian. Weingar t said Paul is in his current position in the polls because there was not a large enough group to suppor t his policies, although a great par t of younger voters have backed him. In Iowa, Paul won the majority of under-30 voters’ support and more than a third of those between 30 and 45 years of age, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. “[The youth vote] just isn’t nearly enough to propel to him to the nomination of the Republican Party,” Weingart said. “There isn’t a large enough segment of the electorate who subscribes to the mix of his set of views. There is an intellectual consistency to them, but it’s a real mixture.” Rutgers University Democrats President Matt Kohut said he saw Romney as the strongest candidate, but there could be a close match-up between him and another Republican vying for the nomination. “Romney has an aura of fighting strongly for the rich and powerful

and continuing tax breaks for fellow high-income earners,” said Kohut, a School of Engineering senior. Although Romney seems to be the strongest opponent to Obama, the president still leads all the GOP candidates in recent polls, he said. “The youth of this school and across America tend to favor those issues and continued funding for the agencies protecting their world,” he said. Kohut said he is hopeful in regard to Obama’s chances in November when he faces either one of the candidates. “When November comes and they look at what the candidates were saying today, they will overwhelmingly see that Obama generally supports the issues they care about and return him to the White House for another term,” Kohut said. Opinions ranged across the University campus. Some said Paul had their support in the Republican candidacy race, but they did not think he would stand a chance against Romney or possibly Obama. Hadiya Abdelrahman, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said she liked Paul best of all the GOP candidates, but would still vote for President Obama. “[Paul] seems so far the only one whose policies I would support, but I guess it’s like picking the best of the worst,” she said. “But it would be very hard for him to catch up to Romney.” She said the Republican Party had a chance against Obama as their influence has grown in Congress and especially in the House of Representatives. “I think we are underestimating the growth of the power of the Republican Party,” Abdelrahman said. “It’s going to be a real standoff between Obama and Romney.” Alex Tsouristakis, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said Romney seemed to be the only candidate to stand above the rest. “I think he is one of the only candidates that doesn’t have serious baggage, even though he is one of the least interesting candidates,” he said. “For the most part, I think people are going with whoever says the right thing at the right time and what the people want to hear.”


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The Gateway Transit Village apar tment complex “The Vue” is opening its doors to future renters, but high costs and a co-signer law are turning away students. The building, headed by residential development company Pennrose, will place 20 percent of the 150 rental apar tments under a categor y known as af fordable housing targeting those in the $20,000 to $30,000 salar y bracket, which is out of most student’s salar y range, said Christopher Paladino, president of New Br unswick Development Corporation (DEVCO). In addition to the pricing, Pennrose implemented a rule preventing potential apar tment renters from co-signing with someone who will not be living in the apar tment, Paladino said. This includes parents cosigning for a student. “We did not conceive this project, nor finance it, with students in mind as the primar y market,” he said. “[‘The Vue’] is not designed to be student housing.” Kristin Cor rigan, a Graduate School of Education student, said considering the

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The newly constructed housing complex “The Vue,” a part of the Gateway Transit Village, presents obstacles for potential student residents because of a co-signing rule and high prices.

amount of students in the nearby area, it is confusing that the building would make it dif ficult for students to live there. “It seems strange that they would build an apar tment building so close to the Rutgers community and make the rent so expensive,” she said. “There are only a limited number of dorms and apar tments on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus as it is.”

Christina DeLeon, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said she has no problem with high prices at “The Vue,” even if it may be an obstacle for students who, like her, rely on their parents for rent. “Probably no Rutgers students will live there,” she said. “But if that’s what the city of New Brunswick wants, there is really nothing wrong with that.” Megha Kamra, an Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and

Public Policy junior, said the building appears to be an appealing place for students to live, but the annual income restrictions and co-sign rule would make it difficult for students to become realistic renters. “I think that it would be a place where many college students would enjoy living because of the convenience,” Kamra said. “However, they would not be able to afford the costs.”

“The Vue” may not be the solution for University students looking for reasonably priced housing, but it could be a great location for young professionals and commuters living in New Brunswick, Paladino said. “Most of the people who have rented out apartments so far are graduates from Rutgers-New Brunswick, many who are lawyers and doctors,” he said. Michael Beltranena, city spokesman, said despite some opposition from students, he expects “The Vue” will provide benefits for the community. “‘The Vue’ will definitely impact the city in a better way,” said Beltranena. “It’s a beautiful new building.” Kasi Arunodayam, a New Brunswick resident, said the building is attractive and appeals to many non-students because of its location near town and the train station. “I would consider living in this new building,” Arunodayam said. “There are also a lot of good eateries and shops around.” Although “The Vue” was not intended for students, Paladino said DEVCO has not forgotten student requests for affordable housing. “We are planning to build additional student housing,” he said. “We believe there is a need for it.”


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Obama delays plans for oil pipeline through US THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — In a politically explosive decision, President Barack Obama yesterday rejected plans for a massive oil pipeline through the heart of the United States, ruling there was not enough time for a fair review before a looming deadline forced on him by Republicans. His move did not kill the project but could again delay a tough choice for him until after the November elections. Right away, the implications rippled across the political spectrum, stirred up the presidential campaign and even hardened feelings with Canada, a trusted U.S. ally and neighbor. For a U.S. electorate eager for work, the pipeline has become the very symbol of job creation for Republicans, but Obama says the environment and public safety must still be weighed too. The plan by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. would carry tar sands oil from western Canada across a 1,700-mile pipeline across six U.S. states to Texas refineries. Obama was already on record as saying no, for now, until his government could review an alternative route that avoided environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska — a route that still has not been proposed, as the White House emphasizes. But Obama had to take a stand again by Feb. 21 at the latest as part of an unrelated tax deal he cut with Republicans. This time, the project would go forward unless Obama himself declared it was not in the national interest. The president did just that, reviving intense reaction.

“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessar y to approve the project and protect the American people,” Obama said in a written statement. “I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision.” Republicans responded unsparingly. “President Obama is destroying tens of thousands of American jobs and shipping American energy security to the Chinese. There’s really just no other way to put it. The president is selling out American jobs for politics,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. Insisting that the pipeline would help the economy, he declared: “This is not the end of the fight,” signaling that Republicans might try again to force a decision. The State Department said the decision was made “without prejudice,” meaning TransCanada can submit a new application once a new route is established. Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer, said the company plans to do exactly that. If approved, the pipeline could begin operation as soon as 2014, Girling said. It did not take long for the Republicans seeking Obama’s job to slam him. Newt Gingrich, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination in South Carolina, called Obama’s decision “stunningly stupid,” adding: “What Obama

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has done is kill jobs, weaken American security and drive Canada into the arms of China out of just sheer stupidity.” Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney said the decision was “as shocking as it is revealing. It shows a president who once again has put politics ahead of sound policy.” Project supporters say U.S. rejection of the pipeline would not stop it from being built. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Canada is serious about building a pipeline to its West

Coast, where oil could be shipped to China and other Asian markets. Harper yesterday told Obama he was profoundly disappointed that Obama turned down the pipeline, Harper’s office said. Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines, said last week the company soon will have a new route through Nebraska “that everyone agrees on.” The proposed $7 billion pipeline would run through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma en route to Texas.

The pipeline is a dicey proposition for Obama, who enjoyed strong support from both organized labor and environmentalists in his winning 2008 campaign for the White House. Environmental advocates have made it clear that approval of the pipeline would dampen their enthusiasm for Obama in the upcoming November election. Some liberal donors even threatened to cut off funds to Obama’s re-election campaign to protest the project, which opponents say would transport “dirty oil” that requires huge amounts of energy to extract.


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ome to about four dozen wineries, New Jersey is no stranger to that bittersweet elixir of fermented grapes we so affectionately call wine. In fact, the Garden State is the seventh largest wine producer in the country. No, we didn’t know that either. Wine aficionados around campus and throughout the state will be happy to hear that come April 1, those wineries producing 250,000 gallons or less a year of the tasty brew will be allowed to ship their product directly to the doors of their customers. Yes, you will now be able to have your own Jersey-grown Pinot noir brought to your door alongside your morning milk, as well as that new pair of shoes you ordered on eBay last week. We cannot find anything wrong with this idea. Whenever convenience is paired with comfort (read: an alcoholic beverage), we cannot help but get excited. And with 38 other states delivering their bottled wine to their customers’ doors, we find it hard to understand why our local vineyards weren’t already able to do this. The news comes with the recent passing of a law, sponsored by Sen. President Stephen Sweeney and signed yesterday by Gov. Chris Christie, that allows small N.J. wineries to ship to their customers beyond the state’s borders and door to door. Out-of-state producers will be able to do the same for residents within the state’s borders. From an economic perspective, allowing these wineries — most of which are small operations and boutique vineyards — promotes small businesses and spurs economic growth. The new law enables these businesses to get their brand name out there and in the process, reach a wider customer base. And in the economic slump we’re in, every little bit counts. For those who think this will turn the state’s population into stumbling winos and alcoholics, there’s probably an unlikely chance of that happening. If that were our aim, we’d have much more easily made use of that new drive through liquor store down the street.

Tax cuts may prove detrimental to state

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uring his annual “State of the State” address Wednesday at the State House in Trenton, Republican Gov. Chris Christie offered an optimistic vision for the future of the Garden State: “Today, I am proud to report that the New Jersey comeback has begun.” From tenure reform to the mandatory treatment of non-violent drug offenders, the governor introduced a number of aggressive proposals, each in hopes to strengthen the economy and continue the state’s upward momentum. Christie’s words are laudable. New Jersey is truly a place to plan futures, raise families, grow businesses and someday retire — and Christie himself has made huge strides in making this so. As a politician, Christie stands above most others as a man of conviction and true character. The destination that Christie has set — where the grass is green and the tarmac far off — is one that all can agree with. His route to take the state there, though, may not be. Among the proposals, and perhaps most aggressive, was the call to restore earned income tax credits and slash income taxes by 10 percent for all N.J. residents. In theory, such a steep tax cut sounds fairly beneficial, but in reality, we’re not so sure. In an economic environment riddled with uncertainty and instability, it’s easy for politicians to reach for this familiar anti-tax rhetoric when the public needs a little coaxing. But the reality is that in such an environment, cutting taxes so drastically could quickly and easily make matters worse. Proposing tax cuts for N.J. residents assumes that, with less in tax obligations to draw on their bank accounts and more money in their wallets, individual’s and families will be more willing to spend freely, resulting in greater levels of economic prosperity. Yet, if the last five months have been any indication of the liberty with which people are willing to spend their savings, more hard cash in the hands of residents may not necessarily equal greater spending. On top of that, the state’s own budget must be considered. With new figures indicating a weak recovery for the state and revenue collections falling short by $325 million, the N.J. economy may not be in the strongest position to take on further tax cuts. So far, Christie’s enthusiastic plan does not extend beyond a handful of promising words. If Christie is serious about taking such measures, which will inevitably have a huge impact on both the economy and household, he must be sure he’s doing his homework — and this means making sure a 10 percent tax cut does not put the state’s economy in a deeper hole.

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magine, for a moment, offensive, rude and sarcaswhat “Rutgers Nation” tic. I wasn’t shocked that would look like if all its they had nailed my modus residents suddenly dropped operandi. What was shocktheir pretenses. So much of ing, though, was the hostility our everyday behavior is with which Rutgers United prescribed by the image we members greeted Mr. X’s want to maintain among our criticisms. He was ridiculed, ALEX LEWIS fellow University citizens. and his points were disBut imagine if, instead of missed offhand. The sitting playing pretend, we all started saying what we truly RUSA vice president even said on Facebook that if Mr. meant. Things would look a lot different here on the X turned out to be a Rutgers United member, he would Banks, wouldn’t they? be removed from his position and made to apologize Professor So-and-So, with his throbbing inferiorpublicly. This is the polar opposite of the kind of enviity complex and repressed hatred of bratty college ronment that should prevail in any government, stukids, would tell you right in his syllabus that he dent or otherwise. The debate floor ought to be a place plans to fail any students who disagree with him. where ideas, including minority opinions, can be Creepers would waltz into random parties and yell, voiced and then succeed or fail based on their own “Hey yo, where all the girls with the daddy issues merits. If a senior RUSA official is unable to voice his at?” The residents of Tinsley Hall would finally concerns because of the chilling environment for disadmit they have a problem and go to an AA meeting. course that Rutgers United has established, it’s eviIt’s safe to say the University would be a starkly difdence of a larger systemic problem with how the powferent place if we all just said what we ers-that-be are running the show. meant. As I’m quickly learning this Enter Mr. Y. Almost immediately “Imagine if, instead after the column ran, I received conyear, the Rutgers University Student Assembly would be way different, too. from yet another RUSA official of playing pretend, tact I wrote a column last semester in who, speaking under the condition which I interviewed a senior RUSA of anonymity, disclosed startling we all [said] what official who disclosed serious condetails about the inner workings of we truly meant.” cerns about the representativeness of our student government. According our supposed-student government. to Mr. Y, “[Rutgers United] never Mr. X noted that instead of a body of wants to address issues they don’t our peers fulfilling their constitutional obligation to agree with. They say, ‘dissent is fantastic,’ but they “provide campus-wide advocacy on behalf of student never actually want to hear dissent.” By way of an concerns,” we have an idealistic clique who seized the example, Mr. Y pointed to the controversial resolumechanism of student government to work on causes tion passed in October that condemned the actions they deem crucial to the school or to the world at large. of the New Brunswick Police Department during The problem is, the causes that seem to receive the the fatal shooting of city resident Barry Deloatch. lion’s share of RUSA’s time and energy rarely match up “The bill was very strongly worded and very antiwith actual student concerns. And their advocacy defipolice, and it was written at a time when new infornitely isn’t campus-wide — a very small number of stumation was coming to light about the situation. dents actually voted for those currently in power. When the bill was proposed, several people tried to Mr. X noted the problem isn’t that the things RUSA, speak out against it because it made several outunder the leadership of the Rutgers United Party, landish claims. [Rutgers United members] kept which holds a vast majority of the seats including the cutting them off, smirking and laughing at the presidency and vice presidency, focus on are bad things they were saying,” Mr. Y said. “It came off things. In fact, the few big-ticket items that have made as very unprofessional, and you can’t take a body headway in student government this year are comseriously if they’re not going to allow regular mendable. RUSA passed a resolution in November to debate of the issue.” oppose the process of fracking in the Delaware River Mr. Y also told me about how one particular comBasin. They also began a postcard-writing campaign to mittee, Academic Affairs, was unable to get significant the congressional “super committee” to oppose cuts in attention from the general RUSA body about an issue federal Pell Grants for students. I generally like it when of actual student importance, simply because many of college is affordable, and I generally dislike it when I the members on that committee are not Rutgers can ignite my drinking water, so I’m a big fan of both of United. “Right now, psychology majors have to take these measures. The problem comes in when one realthree prerequisite courses before they can declare izes that these concerns are taking precedence over their major. The problem is, there are so many psych issues closer to our University home. majors that the prereqs fill up, and students that want The reaction to the column from Rutgers United SEE LEWIS ON PAGE 11 Party members was swift and angry. They said I was

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LEWIS continued from page 10 to major in psych can’t declare it by their sophomore year. So they have to declare something else in the meantime. But, if the school is looking for accurate data on which departments have a lot of students so they can allocate more resources there, the data would be skewed since there are all those future-psych majors declared in random majors.” Mr. Y said the Academic Affairs committee tried to make this issue a central focus on RUSA’s agenda, but received only cursory lip-service from the Rutgers United majority. I asked why I didn’t get to hear about issues like this. “The cause itself is probably something United members would get behind,” he said, “if it wasn’t proposed by someone from another political party. Our voices aren’t heard very much. When we’re five of 60 people, it’s kind of tough.” You can tune into C-SPAN any day of the week and observe these same kind of political games in Congress. The difference is that in Congress, people who try to keep legitimate issues off of the debate floor just to keep their opponents from a political victory are swiftly labeled as “the bad guys.” Rutgers United has been getting away with it, scott free. To his credit, Rutgers United leader and RUSA President Matt Cordeiro isn’t one who squelches dissent just to gain political points. “I don’t think someone who speaks out should be called

to resign. That’s not the appropriate way to handle it,” Cordeiro said. “I think we can reach across the aisle even to people who ran against us and be a productive body. I’ve put forth a good faith effort to receive feedback.” This is positive news. Also positive are some of the reforms that RUSA, under the Rutgers United Party, is undertaking in response to recent concerns. An overhaul of the RUSA website, which lacked meeting minutes, passed legislation or a working calendar, is currently underway, Cordeiro said. While these are great steps to take, RUSA will never run properly until the people who hold the reigns increase transparency and actively tailor their agendas to prioritize issues on the University home front. It’s not surprising that Rutgers United is single-minded. Like Cordeiro said, they won the election by reaching out through “informal networks,” as well as “special populations” like the cultural organizations and professional schools on campus. This is another way of saying that their friends did most of the voting. But I like to think that true democracy provides a forum for all voices to be heard. I like to think that plurality is a necessary condition for progress. I like to think that RUSA will take these concerns to heart, and change how they do business. But now I’m just being pretentious. Alex Lewis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies and political science with a minor in Arabic. His column, “La Nausée,” runs on alternate Thursdays.

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Stringer has not utilized the bench in Big East play as much extend to guards, frontcourt as she did earlier in the season, and she utilized it less so against the highest-ranked Big East team continued from back they faced. The St. John’s backcourt In a double-overtime win drove to the basket and earned a Saturday against then-No. 15 combined 23 free throw shots off Louisville, only Speed left the of late fouls or lay-ups. bench for more than six total “We knew they weren’t perminutes. Rushdan, Sykes, sistent shooting from the outWheeler and junior center side, and they weren’t [on Monique Oliver each played 39 Tuesday],” minutes or more. Stringer said. Despite the “Instead of movlengthy playing ing our feet, “We knew [St. John’s time, Rutgers according to the wasn’t] persistent pulled out the 71of ficials, we 68 victory at the shooting from fouled.” Louis Brown The problems Athletic Center. the outside, did not end in the Bench players and they weren’t backcour t. In scored only three fact, the probof those points. [on Tuesday].” lems began in the Stringer experfrontcour t when imented with C. VIVIAN STRINGER senior for ward bench players in Head Coach April Sykes non-conference limped to the play, but also in bench two minblowout minutes. utes into the game after diving The loss to St. John’s (12-7, 4for a loose ball. 2) was the first conference loss Laney subbed in, but she for Rutgers and also the first time only contributed to the Knights’ Stringer used the bench liberally foul trouble, notching her in a competitive matchup. fourth foul six minutes into the The Knights face a team of second half. similar record Saturday when Sykes watched from the they travel to South Florida bench until Laney’s fouls forced (11-8, 3-2). Sykes back into the game. Still, In order to avoid déjà vu, she did not appear to be fully Rutgers needs to avoid fouling healthy, converting only one field as frequently, both to keep goal in the second half. its starters on the floor and “We always lose when the to keep the Bulls off the chariopposing team shoots more free ty stripe. throws than we do,” Sykes said. And once again, Stringer must “We know who we are — we just gamble with decisions as to how weren’t smooth.” to utilize her bench.

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Sophomore 184-pounder Dan Seidenberg wrestles Brown’s Ophir Bernstein in a Jan. 6 dual meet. Seidenberg lost a 2-1 decision but won each of his seven matches since.

FOE: Seidenberg set to face defending national runner-up continued from back es by a combined score of 22-1. “Lately I’ve been going out there and forgetting about winning and losing, just scoring points,” Seidenberg said. “The wins have been falling into place.” He will need that mentality Friday at Lehigh, where he will face last year’s runner-up at 184 pounds in the NCAA Tournament, Robert Hamlin. Hamlin started this season as the top-ranked wrestler in the weight class, but sits at No. 4 now after dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 3 Steve Bosak of Cornell.

SEASON: Knights grip for pair of opponents in Virginia continued from back Association Diver of the Week honor after last weekend’s performance. She won the 1-meter dive and took second in the 3meter event. Her award was the fifth such recognition for the Dukes’ divers. The Knights have experience with their first opponent. They defeated the Dukes at the Big Al Invite at Princeton in December. But Spiniello knows facing them head-to-head presents a different challenge than when they faced them in an invitational format. “We were fortunate enough to beat James Madison in Princeton, but we know they are going to be strong head-tohead,” Spiniello said. The Knights face off with Richmond on Saturday to com-

“We’re a little undermanned, but you can’t think that way,” Goodale said of Rutgers’ matches at 184 pounds and heavyweight. “I’ve seen crazier things happen, you just have to give yourself an opportunity. That’s the focus with those guys: Give themselves an opportunity, keep themselves in the match and you never know.” Seidenberg shares the sentiment, saying he will take the mat at Stabler Arena embracing the experience and unconcerned about the result. That is the same mindset he took into each of his past few matches, though. “[Goodale] doesn’t want us going out there to win or lose, he just wants us constantly going, never letting up at any point of the match,” Seidenberg said. “If

you’re constantly on top, constantly pushing the pace, you have nothing to worry about.” Seidenberg’s best wrestling of late has been on top. Goodale believes it is Seidenberg’s best position and told him to stress it, refusing to allow any opponents to escape. None did in Virginia, where Goodale says Seidenberg also turned every opponent onto their back, picking up near-fall points. “He’s wrestling really good,” Goodale said. “He’ll probably have the nothing-to-lose mentality, which can be good. He can wrestle free with no anxiety, no pressure, just wrestle hard. That can be dangerous. But he can’t go out there in survival mode. He has to take it to him and wrestle the way he’s been wrestling.”

plete their Virginia trip. Richmond enters competition with losses to Villanova, Maryland and Pittsburgh at the Panthers’ quad meet. The Spiders feature some impressive athletes, including sophomore Mali Kobelja. Kobelja took home four top-three finishes at Pitt’s invitational which earned the young swimmer her third Atlantic-10 Performer of the Week award. Spiniello knows Richmond presents a roadblock for his program, which he calls the most successful team he ever coached. “Richmond was the Atlantic-10 champion for women’s swimming and diving last year,” Spiniello said. “A good meet’s a good meet — [it] doesn’t matter who the competitor is.” The Knights enter this weekend’s slate after taking down Bucknell, 155-83, last Sunday. Senior swimmer Jacquelyn

Ward took home two individual victories in the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butter fly, while sophomore Mar y Moser also took gold twice in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. The divers look to capitalize from the momentum generated from their recent success. Sophomore Nicole Scott led the group by sweeping the 1and 3-meter dive events against the Bison. While James Madison and Richmond present two of the biggest challenges of the season, Spiniello believes his team worked hard this week in preparation for their trip to the Old Dominion state. “They realize that this weekend is going to be a challenge, and I can see that they’re ready for it,” Spiniello said. “They’re embracing the challenge these two teams bring this weekend.”

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The Rutgers men’s track and field team emerged from the Night at the Armory meet Saturday as a leader among 14 local schools. The MEN’S TRACK Scarlet RUTGERS 115 Knights finished SECOND PLACE second behind Princeton, earning115 points with limited competitors. “We scored a lot of points,” said head coach Mike Mulqueen. “To be honest, we didn’t compete to compete.” Although the Knights did not focus on their score, they found success in multiple events, including the “bright spot” of the meet, according to Mulqueen — the triple jump. “The triple jump was terrific with [Adam] Bergo and [Tyrone] Putman,” he said. Finishing first and second, they were the only competitors

to surpass the 15-meter mark. Jumping career bests, Bergo and Putman reached 15.26 and 15.22 meters, respectively. “It was another good competition between me and my teammate, Tyrone Putman,” said Bergo, who redshirted the indoor season last year after winning a Big East Championship as a sophomore. “We went at it again trying to one-up each other, and by doing that we ended up competing and getting first and second in the competition.” Sophomore Corey Crawford added another victor y with a first-place finish in the long jump. A leap of 7.21 meters positioned the Oakland, N.J., native a tenth of a meter ahead of Lafayette’s Jerome Rudolph. On the track, sophomore Corey Caidenhead led a trio of Knights to three top-six finishes in the 800-meter run with a winning time of 1:54.23. Classmates Karon Purcell and Hamer Farag finished third and fifth, respectively.

Freshman D’Andre Jordan picked up his first collegiate top-three finish in the 500meter dash. A time of 1:04.58 placed the Brooklyn native third overall. Similarly, veteran James Plummer added a third-place

“[Tyrone Putman and I] went at it again trying to oneup each other ... getting first and second [place].” ADAM BERGO Junior Jumper

finish in the shot put with a throw of 15.24 meters. A four th-place finish in the weight throw added another three points to the senior’s total, rounding out the South Toms River, N.J., native’s total

to nine for the day. Pole vaulters Chris Wyckof f and Pat Gray continued their early season success with second- and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Wyckof f cleared 4.85 meters. An encouraging outing at the last meet satisfied Mulqueen, who recently signed a three-year contract extension. “Mike has helped establish a winning culture with both the athletic and academic successes his teams have achieved,” said Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti in a press release. Hosting Fordham and Monmouth on Jan. 7, the team found success across the board. Seven first-place finishes highlighted the competition, as the Knights out-placed their Nor theast and Atlantic-10 Conference foes. Senior sprinter Steve Werner led a one-through-four

finish for Rutgers in the 400meter dash with a time of 48.11. “It was great to compete at home in the Bubble and to feed off that,” Mulqueen said. “We had some good marks and 18 Big East [Championship] qualifiers.” The Knights hope to continue to build on their successful star t Saturday in Annapolis, Md., in a quad meet against host Navy, Rhode Island and Temple. The meet provides the team the oppor tunity to earn necessar y Big East and IC4A qualifying marks. Rutgers follows up the quad meet with a trip to the Metropolitan Championships a week later in the Bronx and then the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The Big East Championships follow two weeks later from Feb. 18 to 19 in the Bronx, the Knights’ home away from home during the indoor season.

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Sophomore Brianna Deming finished with a personal-best time of 10:19:09 Saturday in Princeton, where the Scarlet Knights took third place, 11 points behind Big East rival St. John’s.

Jumpers shine at Princeton BY ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

While students enjoyed their last weekend off before having to return WOMEN’S TRACK for the RUTGERS 108 s p r i n g semesTHIRD PLACE ter, the Rutgers women’s track and field team competed. The Scarlet Knights took part in a quad meet Saturday held at the Jadwin Gym in Princeton, N.J. The Knights finished third, totaling 108 points, behind champion Princeton (195 points) and St. John’s (119). Saint Joseph’s placed fourth with 100 points. “We look to continue to improve,” said head coach James Robinson. “This past weekend was much better than the previous weekend. I think that was mostly due to our athletes not taking care of their workouts during the break.” The Knights received several impressive performances from their athletes. Senior Nwamaka Okobi returned to action after not competing in the Rutgers

Invitational and turned in a solid performance, breaking her own school record and winning the triple jump with a mark of 41 feet 1 inch, as well as also winning the long jump with a mark of 19 feet 2.5 inches. Other standout performances included sophomore Kristen Bradley, who won the high jump, clearing a height of 5 feet 5 inches, and freshman Meagan Robinson, who placed first in the 60- meter hurdles, clocking a time of 9.09 seconds. Juniors Ekene Ugboaja and Jennifer Spitzer also ran well. Ugboaja placed third in the triple jump with a Big East qualifying mark of 38’10.75”. Spitzer qualified for the Big East Championships with a time of 5:05.68 in the mile. “Regarding my individual performance — personally, I thought it was an improvement,” Ugboaja said. “As a team, I think we are progressing nicely, but I still think there is room for improvement.” Spitzer’s performance provided optimism for the Knights. After missing most of the cross country season in the fall due to a stress fracture, Spitzer’s performance

showed that she is healthy and ready to compete. “I felt very strong,” Spitzer said. “This was the first race I felt strong in since the injury. This season has been a good start for everyone.” The Knights saw several personal bests posted this past weekend. Sophomore Brianna Deming posted a personal best time of 10:08.73 in her respective event. Barrie Cohen, a mid-year transfer, also posted a personal best time of 10:19:09 in her first collegiate race. “Overall, we had at least seven or eight personal best performances,” Robinson said. “We continue to look for fast times.” The Knights return to action Friday, when they compete in the Great Dane Classic at the New York Armor y in the Bronx. The opportunity to compete at the facility has the coaching staff excited. “It’s a great venue for us to race on,” Robinson said. “It will be the fastest track we will compete on all year, and the Big East Championships will be held there. We are looking for real good performances.”


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utgers head baseball coach Fred Hill announced yesterday the hiring of new assistant coach Joe Litterio. Litterio returns to his alma mater after 12 seasons as Wagner’s head coach. He played infield for the Scarlet Knights from 1990-1993. The 1990 Rutgers team came within one win of advancing to the College World Series. The former head coach guided eight Wagner players to the Major Leagues, including MLB All-Star Andrew Bailey of the Boston Red Sox. Litterio leaves Wagner as the winningest coach in school history, with 240 victories and seven postseason appearances after the program only qualified once in school history.

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competing on Championship Sunday also missed some practice. New England Patriot Tom Brady was inactive yesterday due to a left shoulder injury. Brady injured his non-throwing shoulder on Dec. 24 against the Miami Dolphins. The injury did not result in him missing any action. But after Aaron Hernandez left the Patriots’ 45-10 thrashing of the Denver Broncos with a head injury, the tight end proclaimed himself “ready to play” this Sunday in the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens. Ravens safety Ed Reed was the only player on Baltimore’s injury report. His practice participation was limited yesterday by an ankle injury.

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Sophomore Luisa Leal was part of the Scarlet Knights’ trio of gymnasts that placed in the top-three spots on the uneven bars in Rutgers’ first two meets. The Colombia native leads the Knights tomorrow against UPenn.

RU works to bounce back at UPenn BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT

Even with their 0-2 star t to the season, the Rutgers gymnastics team’s positive attitude did not GYMNASTICS w a v e r. FirstRUTGERS AT y e a r UPENN h e a d TOMORROW, 7 P.M. coach Louis Levine preaches a motto of improvement week in and week out. When the Scarlet Knights travel to Pennsylvania tomorrow, they look to keep their steady improvement alive. “We put on a lot more of a clean per formance [last weekend] at West Virginia than we did in our opener [against New Hampshire],” Levine said. “That is our main goal, to improve and take positive

steps for ward from week-toweek and meet-to-meet as the season progresses.” The Knights head to Pennsylvania with their confidence in the beam event higher than ever. Despite a slow star t against the Mountaineers last weekend, the Knights eventually landed all six of their routines on the beam. The team feels execution is the most impor tant thing to carr y with it on the road tomorrow in Philadelphia. “We definitely need to bring the attitude on beam we had against West Virginia to this meet at Penn,” said sophomore Luisa Leal. “We need to do the same exact thing and be the same exact way.” Leal and her teammates also hope to continue their dominance on the uneven bars. For two straight meets Leal, junior Danielle D’Elia and sophomore

Alexis Gunzelman took the top three spots on the podium in the event. The Knights know if they can bring up the rest of their scores on the bars, the event could become one of their strongest. “It’s the same with bars, we need to bring that same performance to Penn,” Leal said. “We had a couple falls, but the people that hit did a great job.” In the floor events, the Knights feel they are not living up to their potential. Fixing the inconsistencies that plagued them on the floor this year is the key to coming away with their first victor y of the season, Leal said. “We definitely need to do a better job on floor because that is our strongest event, and we had a weak day [at West Virginia],” she said. “We know what we need to do to get better, and we are going to do it.”

Pennsylvania enters the meet tomorrow without much competitive experience this year. The Quakers have only one meet under their belt so far, placing third in the Lindsey Ferris Invitational with an overall score of 189.025. Of the 10 gymnasts who competed for the Quakers at the Invitational, five of them were freshmen making their collegiate debuts. But Levine is sure the first victor y for the Knights on Friday depends not on what Pennsylvania brings to the table, but rather his team’s ability to per form up to its full potential. “After our first two meets we definitely need to keep working on our consistency and our execution,” he said. “When you enter into a spor t that’s judged, we have to make it so there is no doubt in anyone’s mind as to how great we are.”


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PAIR ENROLLS EARLY FOR SPRING PRACTICE The first two members of a potentially historic recruiting class enrolled for the spring semesFOOTBALL ter and joined the Rutgers football team. Offensive tackle R.J. Dill joins the Scarlet Knights as a transfer from Maryland, but will not have to sit out a season per transfer regulations because he will pursue a postgraduate degree not offered in College Park, Md. Kicker Kyle Federico arrives in Piscataway from Ponte Vedra High School (Fla.). Dill has one year of eligibility remaining after redshir ting and playing three s e a sons — a n d star ting 33 games R.J. DILL at right tackle — with the Terrapins. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder figures to compete immediately at right tackle, allowing freshman Kaleb Johnson to move to guard, where he played in high school. Dill joins junior center Dallas Hendrikson, who redshirted this season with a torn ACL, as one of two transfers expected to vie for major playing time along the offensive line. Federico is in line to replace San San Te as the Scarlet Knights kicker, after Te held the same role for the previous four seasons. Federico’s career began as a soccer player — he scored 13 goals as a junior — but he shifted his focus to field goal kicking and ESPN.com ranked him as the nation’s 10th best kicking recruit. He connected on a 50-yard field goal as a junior. — Staff Report

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Senior point guard Khadijah Rushdan was on the court for 38 minutes in Rutgers’ 62-57 loss to St. John’s. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer never took out Rushdan, who fouled out with two minutes remaining.

Loss raises questions of depth BY JOSH BAKAN CORRESPONDENT

The good news for Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer is she has one WOMEN’S BASKETBALL of the deepest benches in the program’s recent histor y. The bad news: Sometimes utilizing that bench is a fatality. Stringer gave heavy minutes to the bench in Tuesday’s 62-57

loss to St. John’s, especially to senior guard Nikki Speed and freshman for ward Betnijah Laney. But the Hall of Fame head coach exercised that depth because of foul trouble and injur y. When Speed does not star t, she is often one of the main staples of f the bench. But she had to play little extra because of junior guard Erica Wheeler’s four fouls.

The foul trouble did not stop there for the No. 7 Scarlet Knights (15-3, 4-1) backcour t. Stringer did not even take fifth-year senior Khadijah Rushdan out of the game at Carnesecca Arena. But the of ficials sent Rushdan to the bench after the Wilmington, Del., native fouled out following 38 consecutive minutes on the floor.

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Dan Seidenberg says it took him some time to readjust to wrestling every weekend. Workout par tner WRESTLING S c o t t Winston believes it took Seidenberg some time to figure out what works at the college level. Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale has another theory. “Honestly, I think he probably got tired of getting beat on a little bit,” Goodale said. “Last year he got beat on a little bit, early this year he got beat on a little bit. Now he’s the man [at 184 pounds] so there’s expectations of being in the lineup, so he has to step up his game a little bit.” Seidenberg has in recent weeks. He redshirted last season, meaning the beatings Goodale says he took came in the practice room with partners Winston, Mario Mason and Dan Rinaldi, each of whom spent significant time as ranked wrestlers. Then Seidenberg took over as the Scarlet Knights’ 184-pounder to start the season. He won his first two matches, then lost five in a row. The final loss came in a dual meet against Old Dominion’s Billy Curling. “He wasn’t competitive,” Goodale said of the match. “He couldn’t get off the bottom, couldn’t breathe out there.” Seidenberg faced Curling again last weekend at the Virginia Duals. “He totally dominated in every position,” Goodale said. The redshirt sophomore turned a 5-1 loss Dec. 3 into a 5-1 decision that is part of a six-match winning streak. Curling’s point was the only one scored against Seidenberg in Virginia, where he won four match-

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Knights look to keep perfect season alive BY BRADLY DERECHAILO STAFF WRITER

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Senior Jacquelyn Ward leads the Scarlet Knights into their meet at James Madison after winning a pair of individual races Jan. 15 against Bucknell. Rutgers faces Richmond following its JMU matchup.

With an undefeated season hanging in the balance, Rutgers head swimming and diving coach P h i l SWIMMING & DIVING Spiniello knows the RUTGERS AT next two JAMES MADISON, m e e t s TOMORROW, 2 P.M. a g a i n s t J a m e s Madison and Richmond will be the toughest stretch for his team. “[This weekend] is a big challenge,” Spiniello said. “Both of these teams are strong competitors and are very well-coached teams. If we swim and dive just well against

these teams, we are going to lose, so we’re going to have to be close to perfect.” The Scarlet Knights begin their quest to sweep the weekend meets tomorrow, when they take on James Madison. The Dukes enter the meet with a 12-2 record and boast victories against Georgetown, American and Virginia Militar y Institute from Saturday’s meet held on their campus. One of the main threats to the Knights unblemished record will be James Madison’s Nicole Jotso. The senior diver collected her third Colonial Athletic

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