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Rutgers’ head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice picked up his 100th career win Saturday, when the Scarlet Knights bested Cinncinnati, 61-54.
Schiano leaves mixed feelings in community BY BRIGITTE JEAN-LOUIS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Many members of the University community were caught flat-footed by Greg Schiano’s choice to leave his position after 11 years as head football coach. Athletic Director Tim Pernetti announced last Thursday that Schiano signed a five-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Schiano left the University six days before National Signing Day, which some felt was bad timing and could possibly harm the Knights’ recruiting class. “I’ll root for Schiano if we keep our recruiting class. But if not, it’s going to be tough to root for the coach that left us,” said Anthony Rodriguez, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. Some students are upset Schiano did not follow through with his promise for the team to win a Big East Championship. “He made the right decision for himself but not for the school. His legacy is incomplete because he promised the school and did not deliver,” said Christopher Lamadieu, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Schiano is obligated to pay the University $800,000 for his abrupt leave from the Knights. This includes a $500,000 payment to the University within the next 30 days as part of the buyout penalty, according to The Star-Ledger. Many attribute the success of the team and the University’s spirit to Schiano’s efforts. “A lot of people forget that the team was less than great until Schiano became coach in 2000,” said Kevin Skirka, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior. Schiano ended this past season with a 9-4 record, and his coaching career at the University with a 68-67 record. He led the team to a final victor y at the New Era
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The Livingston Theatre Company creates, produces and directs a musical within a 24-hour time constraint about seniors leaving for college last weekend at the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick.
LTC produces 24-hour musical for charity BY CARMELO J. CINTRÓN VIVAS AND SARAH INTRONA CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
With 24 hours and cups after cups of coffee, Livingston Theatre Company actors and actresses worked all day Friday and part of Saturday to prepare a musical performance featuring billboard hits and choreography. The Livingston Theatre Company continued with its annual tradition of hosting its second “24-Hour Musical Challenge” Saturday night at the Crossroads Theatre on George Street in downtown New
Brunswick. The group had the hopes of helping out Rutgers Against Hunger with food donations. The show, which represented the senior characters’ farewell before graduation, featured an array of popular songs like “Tik Tok,” by Kesha, “Rolling in the Deep,” by Adele and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” by Green Day. Melissa Gabilanes, special events director for the Livingston Theatre Company, said the goal of the event was to rehearse and produce a full-length musical in 24 hours. The final performance takes place 24
A former Super Bowl winner shares his views on Jewish tradition and his spirituality.
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hours after the first rehearsal begins. A grant from Johnson and Johnson through the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission made it possible for the show to take place at Crossroads Theatre for two years, she said. Part of the event has an element of secrecy to ensure that the participants of the musical challenge rehearse and produce a full-length and original musical in 24 hours, said Gabilanes, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
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Participants danced at the College Avenue Gym Saturday night to the music of Brian Nash. The event, sponsored by Rutgers Recreation, allowed community members to take part in dances like the cha-cha, foxtrot, hustle and quickstep.
With four years of stand-up comedy under his belt, Matt Sorrentino walked away from the New Jersey Comedy Festival this Saturday with the last laugh. Out of 15 student comedians competing in the festival, Sorrentino, a Burlington County College student, gave a prizewinning per formance that secured him $1,000, along with a scholarship to the Stress Factor y School of Comedy and a per formance at the New Brunswick club. Sorrentino said he felt proud and humbled to win the top prize. “I’ve performed all over the countr y. I work weekly, [and] I host trivia nights,” he said. “I do comedy as much as I can during the week.”
Sorrentino jokingly said he would spend his prize money at the casino, but that he would actually save the money for his production company, Tur tle Head Comedy. “I’ve been putting a lot of the money I’ve been making lately into that,” he said. Sorrentino and his company are starting a podcast, called Tur tle Head Soup. He said he is excited to network at the Stress Factor y School of Comedy and perform at the club. “I’m more interested in getting to meet the people over at the Stress Factor y,” he said of the connections he could make. “Breaking into the clubs as an up-and-coming comic is probably the toughest thing.” Comedian Bob Levy performed for the venue’s crowd before being
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Series aims to uncover women’s peace efforts in Africa BY MANUELA JIMENEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Center of African Studies looks to raise awareness of women’s roles in African development though “An African Movie and Dialogue Series.” A film screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” this Wednesday will of fer students a chance to learn and discuss African histor y and women’s influence, said Abena Busia, chair of the depar tment of Women’s and Gender Studies, via email correspondence. “Women [were] defying warlords and politicians to broker a peace — entirely without weapons — through persistence and civil demonstrations,” said Busia, an associate professor in
the Department of English. “They succeeded where even the [United Nations] failed.” Busia said the Center for African Studies aims to shed light about the peace efforts of women, particularly during the Liberian Civil War. “The Liberian Civil War was a long and brutal war that decimated the countr y,” she said. “However, how it ended is also one of the most significant stories about peace-making of the twentieth centur y, and it is a stor y about women.” The film tells the stor y of a small group of Liberian women who united during the Liberian Civil War by defying warlords and then-president of Liberia Charles Taylor, who was considered corrupt, according to
the “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” website. In one scene, women demanded a peace deal be struck during a stalled peace talk in Ghana, according to the website. When asked to leave, they retaliated by threatening to remove their clothes. “It culminated in the election of a woman as president of Liberia, [Ellen Johnson Sirleaf], and the woman at the center of the peace movement, along with the president, [who] recently won the Nobel Peace Prize for their actions,” Busia said. Peace movements of the Liberian Civil War were ignored because the international press focused on Iraq, according to the website.
Renée DeLancey, assistant to the director at the Center for African Studies, said becoming aware of the Liberian Civil War could help promote world peace. “People get bombarded with news about Africa falling apart or needing help, but they hear too little stories about successful African movements,” DeLancey said. “This is one of the most dramatic stories.” Busia said the film affects the University community through the values it imparts. “Anything that affects world peace and teaches all peoples are part of the human community should affect Rutgers,” Busia said. Busia said New Jersey has a large percentage of continentalborn Africans, including Liberians.
“Our student body has people from all over the world, not just Africa, who are here because of civil war and other kinds of turmoil in their home countries who should empathize with the stor y being told,” Busia said. The film screening will take place at 8 p.m. at Center Hall at the Busch Campus Center. “An African Movie and Dialogue Series” is par t of a regular series organized by the Center for African Studies, Busia said. “We show a film by African filmmakers or about Africa at least once a semester in a relaxed atmosphere, but that still also allows for information and discussion to set the film in context,” she said.
GEOLOGY MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE UNCOVERS EARTH’S HISTORY Dinosaurs roamed the yards in front of the University Geology Museum on the College Avenue campus Saturday during the museum’s 44th annual open house. The event featured presentations from geology professors, a mineral sale, an appearance from a man in a dinosaur suit and hands-on activity sessions for children. “The open house has been around since 1968, and it is … accessible and enjoyable,” said Lauren Neitzke-Adamo, associate director of the Geology Museum.
Two professors from the University Depar tment of Ear th and Planetar y Sciences, along with one professor from Seton Hall University and another from the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, led their own separate lectures in Scott Hall on the College Avenue campus. Topics, which were chosen based on general interest and significance to daily life, included lectures on oil availability, new discoveries in the age of fishes, the Paleocene period in New
Jersey and cannibalism in the South Pacific. “It’s [“The Search for Oil: Fact vs. Fiction”] a hot topic and is very relevant to the world today. It was specifically chosen for that,” Neitzke-Adamo said. Martha Withjack, a geological sciences professor and presenter of “The Search for Oil: Fact vs. Fiction,” said there are some false notions about oil. “Most of our oil does not come from the Middle East — in fact, it comes from Canada,” Withjack said.
During a field station demonstration on the lawn in front of the Geology Museum, attendees watched as a small dinosaur, operated by a man in a suit, and his trainer described facts about the dinosaur. Inside the museum, a mineral sale helped raise funds for the Geology Museum. “We bring minerals from New Jersey and all over the world, and it’s the collectors and mineral enthusiasts that help support us,” Neitzke-Adamo said.
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MUSICAL: Members get roles at beginning of rehearsal continued from front “One week ago, the production staff was assembled and given their scripts. No one knew who each other was and had to work individually,” said Artistic Director Sarah Boyle, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. At the start of the rehearsal, ever yone’s roles are revealed and the production staff collaborates for the first time, while rehearsal begins and does not stop for 24 hours, Gabilanes said. Nicholas Cartusciello, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, directed this year’s show. “This is my first time directing any kind of show, and I had never par ticipated in the ‘24Hour Challenge’ either,” he said. Cartusciello said although he did not know what he was getting into, that he was excited, ready to go and full of ideas.
FESTIVAL: Organizers start to plan for next contest continued from front inducted into the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame. The festival also featured guest per formances from Gordon Baker-Bone and Adam Mamawala, two previous winners of the competition. Mamawala, an alumnus of The College of New Jersey, said he was used to performing for college students and tailored his performance for the audience at the festival. “I thought [my per formance] went well. Ever ybody seemed to understand my material, and they were enjoying it,” he said. His routine covered a variety of topics, including the origin of his last name, which derives from his half-Indian and half-German ancestry, he said. He said the New York City comedy scene generally comes with tougher crowds.
SCHIANO: Coach’s 2011 salary with bonus exceeds $2M continued from front Pinstripe Bowl versus Iowa State with a score of 27-13. “After this successful season we just ended, for him to leave now is awful,” said Zach Morrison, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “The amount of money that we paid him was ridiculous. Although he came close, he never fulfilled his promise of a championship.” In 2006, Schiano’s salary of $911,000 made him the highestpaid public employee in the state. His pay exceeded $2 million in 2011, once bonuses and other compensation were added, according to nj.com. Sue Kozel, a Livingston College alumna, said in an email that she is concer ned about the University property Schiano was given for his house, and whether ownership would retur n to the University. “In 2006, I commented on Greg Schiano being given access to Rutgers Ecological Preser ve land for his home construction,” she said. “Now I understand that it is unclear
A big challenge for the show is the combination of ever yone’s ideas once ever y staf f members’ roles are revealed, he said. At one moment, everything was happening at the same time to the point where he had to
block, or set up, all the scenes in 75 minutes, Cartusciello said. “There is no time to be afraid. You have to let go of your fears. Everybody counts on you, and you just have to do the things that you have to do,” Cartusciello said.
School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Angelina Plaza, who played a lead role in the show, said the audience’s feedback was a great scale of how successful the show went. “This audience was great and really energetic. It’s so different practicing without an audience, and then once everyone’s there, it just comes to life,” she said. “It’s just great having the energy and the feedback.” Carly Conroy, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said being in the cast of a show this format enables learning endurance and allows each actor to push through difficulties while at the same time supporting each other. Jack West, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said although the show had some flaws, it was a good performance for 24 hours’ worth of practice. “I thought it was funny how they did not know all of the words, but they pulled it off really well. They played well with the audience and got ever ybody involved,” he said.
“[The atmosphere] is completely dif ferent, not even close,” he said. “Colleges are easy.” Mamawala said if he gets even minor approval for a joke in the city, he knows it will be a hit with the college crowd. He said his victor y at the 2007 New Jersey Comedy Festival was a turning point in his career. “The first time I performed at the beginning of 2006, I did not take it seriously at all,” Mamawala said. “Then after I won this, that’s when I took a step back and was like, ‘Wow, if I just won this and beat however many other people, maybe there’s something more to this.’” Dennis Hedlund, founder and chairman of the New Jersey Comedy Festival, said the festival has helped launch at least two promising comedy careers this far. He started the festival with his son as a bonding experience, he said. “My son filmed ever ything,
took all of the still pictures and it just star ted to mushroom from there,” Hedlund said. With inspiration from students at Rowan University, he star ted the festival, but he credits many others who helped him along the way with its success, he said. The first year of the festival, which took place at Monmouth University, had a small turnout, he said. “Our first Saturday event there was no one there, because all the kids go home to get their laundr y done,” Hedlund said. After the first festival, he decided to move it to the University in the hopes of a better turnout, and has held it here ever since. “We’re going to do [the festival at] Rutgers, the first Tuesday of October of this year [Oct. 2],” Hedlund said. “We’re going to do more events at the Stress Factor y. We’re going to keep ever ything around the New Brunswick area.”
whether he owns this land or [Rutgers] will have his house returned and forgive the outstanding loan on the home.” Kozel said she sent an email Friday to the Buccaneers football personnel about the proper ty’s ownership. “I asked if Schiano still owns the land, whether he would donate the land and
Everything should be transparent and public with no corporate models for coaches, she said in an email. Some support Schiano’s choice to leave the University. “I have mixed emotions because he was a great coach for Rutgers and he changed the program,” said Daniel Omrani, a School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student. “But I’m also a Bucs fan, so I’m glad that he’s coaching there now.” Katie Ghilino, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, said she recalls Schiano’s compassion for his players at the 2010 game against Army at the Meadowlands. “I was at the game when Eric LeGrand got hur t,” she said. “It was so scar y. But the way that Schiano ran out onto the field without thinking twice about it really showed how much he cared about his team.” Edwin Campos, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, said Schiano leaving is understandable because of the oppor tunity it provides him. “I’m a little upset at the fact that we lost a great coach, but happy for him that he has one of the top coaching jobs for football,” he said.
“I thought it was funny how they did not know all of the words, but they pulled it off really well.” JACK WEST School of Arts and Sciences Sophomore
“I have mixed emotions because he was a great coach for Rutgers, and he changed the program.” DANIEL OMRANI School of Arts and Science First-Year Student
house to Rutgers to create the Schiano Research and Visitor’s Center for the Rutgers Ecological Preser ve,” Kozel said in the email. “I think that is reasonable and a win-win for Rutgers and Schiano.” Kozel said for future coaches, there should not be secret deals or negotiations about perks.
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RUTGERS-CAMDEN FACULTY PROPOSE POTENTIAL LAWSUIT IN RESPONSE TO MERGER Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to merge Rutgers-Camden with Rowan University to raise more research funding may result in lawsuits from University faculty, according to CourierPostOnline.com. Janet Golden, a professor in the Department of History at Rutgers-Camden, said she believes the merge between the two universities would be illegal because professors at the University are protected under tenure. Since Rowan holds more students than Rutgers-Camden, Rowan has been selected to be the lead University of the merger, according to CourierPostOnline.com. “We are very much outraged by this proposal for many reasons. We think it’s fraudulent for one nonprofit, as in Rutgers, to dispose of its assets to another nonprofit, i.e. Rowan,” Golden told CourierPostOnline.com. Andrew Lees, another Rutgers-Camden history professor, said he is worried about the merge. “It’s hard to know what’s pushing this. I can understand the desire to bring in more research dollars and to improve opportunities, but to eliminate Rutgers-Camden will reduce student opportunities,” Lees told CourierPostOnline.com. Lees said he is afraid Rutgers-Camden may suffer if the merge between the two schools becomes finalized. “If the Rutgers name goes, I’m afraid students will all go to Glassboro where it’s easier to park. They’re not worried about crime and this campus will wither on the vine,” Lees said told CourierPostOnline.com. George Fore, former president of the Rutgers-Camden Alumni Association, told CourierPostOnline.com that if the University brand were lost in Camden, then there would be a decline in faculty and students. “I expect that many of the buildings now on the Camden campus will be shuttered and empty in just a few years,” Fore said.
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Career Services and the New Agenda on Campus are co-sponsoring “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Making It in the Real World” in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center. Guest speaker Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive, will be speaking from 6:30 to 8 p.m. about becoming successful in future careers and endeavors.
The Teaching Assistant Project and Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research will sponsor a podcasting event from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the Center on the College Avenue campus, where students can create and edit audio content using the free “Audacity” software and how to distribute the files to students as a podcast using RSS or iTunes. Counseling, ADAP and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) will be having “Mindfulness Meditation” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center. Mindfulness meditation gives people a chance to reduce stress and feel calmer. All staff, faculty and students are welcome regardless of experience level. The Department of Entomology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences will have the 2012 “Karl Maramorosch Lecture” at 11 a.m. in the Alampi Room of the Marine and Coastal Sciences Building on Cook campus. The lecture will feature Dean Robert Goodman and Associate Dean Xenia Morin, who will reflect on the emerging ecological paradigms of agriculture over the past 200 years. To register for the event, call (848)-932-4211. SHADES Theater, a multicultural peer theater group, will have auditions from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center in Room 111. SHADES is a group that explores issues that impact college students like sexual health, alcohol, racism, homophobia and mental health. No experience is needed. For more information go to rhshope.rutgers.edu/peer-education/shades-theater or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rutgers University Programming Association will host a movie night at 8 p.m. where they will be playing “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” at the Douglass Campus Center. Admission is free.
Rutgers Theater Company will be presenting “Much Ado About Nothing,” at 8 p.m. at the Philip J. Levin Theater on the Douglass Campus. General admission will be $25, $15 for students and $20 for seniors. For more information, contact Jessica Cogan at (732)-9327511 or email email@example.com. Career Services is having an Internship Career Day that will be open to all students and alumni from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. There will be a wide range of employers that will be speaking with students about internships and co-ops in various fields and industries. Bring résumés and dress professionally. The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, the Dean of Douglass Residential College and the Center for Latino Arts and Culture is sponsoring a “Money Matters” film screening and a talk with director Ryan Richmond at 8 p.m. in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center. “Money Matters” is a coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old biracial girl who tries to navigate faith and sexuality questions of adolescence.
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Ex-NFL champ speaks on Judaism CHURCH MEMBERS PLAN DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF LOCAL MARINE’S FUNERAL Westboro Baptist Church protestors plan to protest the funeral of Marine Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, a former Woodbridge resident, according to a Woodbridge Patch.com ar ticle. Sam Phelps-Roper, grandson of Westboro founder Fred Phelps, told Patch.com the protestors believe they are doing God’s work and that the legalization of gay marriage in some of the countr y’s states is to blame for the deaths of U.S soldiers oversees. “[Homosexuals] are the lowest rung on the ladder of depravity,” Phelps-Roper said in a Woodbridge Patch.com ar ticle. “You set it up on a pedestal and call it holy. [Americans] fornicate with ever ything that moves. God hates those things. This nation is awash in idolatr y in all its forms.” Phelps-Roper said that his fellow protestors fly around the countr y per forming similar protests at other funerals of soldiers. Three to five protestors are expected to show up at Reinhard’s funeral, which is being held at St. Agnes Church in Clark. Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso told Patch.com local police would make ef for ts to keep the protestors at a safe distance from the funeral. “We will have the police at St. Agnes. The protesters will be 500 feet away from the church. They won’t even be visible,” Bonaccorso said to Patch.com. “Three to five of them won’t be a problem.” Reinhard, 25, was killed when his aircraft went down during a helicopter mission in Afghanistan, according to a mycentraljersey.com ar ticle. His death came only a few weeks before his deployment was set to end. It was expected to be his final deployment, as he only had one remaining year left to his enlistment, according to a mycentraljersey.com ar ticle.
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Wearing a Super Bowl ring on his finger and a yarmulke on his head, Alan Veingrad said his experience as an ex-player for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys offers him a unique view on Jewish traditions. The former professional football player spoke yesterday morning on the relationship between the athletic and spiritual aspects of his life at Young Israel of East Br unswick, a modern orthodox synagogue. “I think Judaism is a lot like scoring touchdowns,” he said to the small crowds gathered on round tables eating bagels and lox. “There’s a lot of celebrations in Judaism. We celebrate everything.” Veingrad said his experiences at Hebrew school were dismal, a fact that led him down a negative path early in his life. “After my bar mitzvah I found myself on the streets of Miami getting into trouble,” he said. “I had more time on my hands.” He soon began to focus on his athletic abilities, earning a scholarship to East Texas State University and making it onto the All-American football team, he said. Veingrad said it wasn’t until he became a Green Bay Packer that he began to revisit his religion. Lou Weinstein, a Jewish businessman, had heard of Veingrad making the National Football League and took him under his wing, persuading him
to attend religious ser vices and introducing him to the local Jewish community. “One of the things the Torah says is that it’s a privilege and obligation to always look after another Jew,” Veingrad said. “That’s what [Weinstein] did to me.” Veingrad said he under went a massive change in perspective shortly after he beat the Buffalo
“We’ve found over the years that studying more of our heritage has brought people together.” RABBI SHLOMO LANDAU Co-Director of Torah Links
Bills in 1992 to win Super Bowl XVII with the Cowboys. “There’s no room for spiritual learning if you’re focused on material things,” he said. Veingrad said the discipline he displayed during his football career is similar to the demands of learning the Torah, the Hebrew Bible. He immersed himself in Judaism after retiring from football and enrolled his children in an allJewish private school. Michelle Wegodsky, an East Brunswick resident who heard Veingrad talk, said he was a relatable speaker for Jews with a secular background.
“I liked the way he talked about the discipline he developed in football, waking up early and ever ything required of an athlete,” she said. “He compared advancement on the field to advancement in spirituality.” Veingrad said it was vital for individuals to create a clear focus in their personal lives, inviting par ticipants to consider his stor y for their own growth. “You’ve got to zero in on your target,” Veingrad said. “I’m going to ask you [this] question: What’s your target? What do you want in your personal lives, your business lives and your spiritual lives — do you focus on the target?” Veingrad said Torah Links of Middlesex County, the Jewish community outreach program that sponsored the event, enables people to find their spiritual focus. “We’ve found over the years that studying more of our heritage has brought people together, even though they might be from different parts of the community,” said Rabbi Shlomo Landau, co-director of Torah Links. Landau said Veingrad is an inspiration for the Jewish af filiates to whom Torah Links caters. “A vast majority of our par ticipants are secular,” he said. “We’re tr ying to make a small dent in the level of ignorance, if you want to call it that.”
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Oakland protestors consider police actions unlawful THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland of ficials assessed damage to City Hall caused by Occupy protesters while leaders of the movement claimed Sunday that police acted illegally in arresting hundreds of demonstrators and could face a lawsuit. Mayor Jean Quan was among those inspecting damage caused after dozens of people broke into City Hall on Saturday, smashing glass display cases, spray-painting graffiti, and burning an American flag. That break-in culminated a day of clashes between protesters and police. Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said nearly 400 people were arrested on charges ranging from failure to disperse and vandalism. At least three officers and one protester were injured. In a news release Sunday, the Occupy Oakland Media Committee criticized the police conduct, saying that most of the arrests were made illegally because police failed to allow protesters to disperse. “Contrary to their own policy, the OPD gave no option of leaving or instruction on how to depart. These arrests are completely illegal, and this will probably result in another class action lawsuit against the OPD, who have already cost Oakland $58 million in lawsuits over the past 10 years,” the release said. The scene around City Hall was mostly quiet Sunday morning, and it was unclear whether
protesters would mount another large-scale demonstration. Dozens of officers remained present inside and outside City Hall after maintaining guard overnight. Occupy Oakland demonstrators broke into the historic building and burned a U.S. flag, as officers earlier fired tear gas to disperse people throwing rocks and tearing down fencing at a convention center. “They were never able to occupy a building outside of City Hall,” Jordan said Sunday. “We suspect they will try to go to the convention center again. They will get not get in” Saturday’s protests — the most turbulent since Oakland police forcefully dismantled an Occupy encampment in November — came just days after the group said it planned to use a vacant building as a social center and political hub and threatened to tr y to shut down the Port of Oakland for a third time, occupy the airpor t and take over City Hall. Quan, who faced heavy criticism for the police action last fall, on Saturday called on the Occupy movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.” “People in the community and people in the Occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior,” Quan said. Quan said she is tired of the protesters’ repeated actions on Sunday. “I’m mostly fr ustrated because it appears that most of them constantly come from outside of Oakland,” Quan said. “I
SACRAMENTO SUV-TRAIN COLLISION KILLS THREE, INCLUDING TODDLER SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Investigators on Sunday were trying to determine what motivated the driver of a sport utility vehicle to ignore a downed crossing arm and flashing lights and pull the vehicle into the path of an oncoming commuter train in Sacramento. Three died after the Saturday afternoon collision south of downtown, including a 21-month-old boy. One of the four people inside the Nissan Pathfinder remained in the hospital Sunday at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she was being treated for serious injuries. Authorities also were trying to sort out the relationships of those involved and were not releasing their identifications. In addition to the toddler, the dead included a 25-year-old woman and a 62-year-old man, who was ejected from the Pathfinder when it was struck by the southbound light rail train traveling at 55 mph shortly after 4 p.m. The impact pushed the SUV about 30 yards down the track and flipped it. Officer Laura Peck, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Police Department, said the woman taken to the hospital was the man’s wife. Investigators and officials with the Sacramento Regional Transit District said video from cameras mounted on the intersection showed the SUV drive around the crossing arms just before impact. That video and other pictures captured by a camera mounted on the train are part of the investigation and were not being released publicly, Peck said. Witness accounts appear to support the video evidence that the crossing arms were down and warning lights were flashing when the SUV tried to get across the tracks. Davis resident Ravin Pratab, 42, was in a car that was waiting to cross the tracks when he said he heard a loud bang and then “saw a light-rail train heading south with a big truck smashed on it.” Authorities said six of the roughly 50 passengers on the light rail train were taken to local hospitals but had only minor injuries. One question investigators are trying to answer is the length of time the crossing arms were down. The light rail train passed through the intersection after two Union Pacific freight trains, going in opposite directions and using different tracks, had passed by. — The Associated Press
think a lot of the young people who come to these demonstrations think they’re being revolutionar y when they’re really hurting the people they claim that they are representing.” Saturday’s events began late Saturday morning, when a group assembled outside City Hall and marched through the streets, disr upting traf fic as they threatened to take over the vacant Henr y Kaiser Convention Center. The protesters then walked to the convention center, where some started tearing down perimeter fencing and “destroying construction equipment” shortly before 3 p.m., police said. Police said they issued a dispersal order and used smoke and tear gas after some protesters pelted them with bottles, rocks, burning flares and other objects. The number of demonstrators swelled as the day wore on, with afternoon estimates ranging from about 1,000 to 2,000 people. A majority of the arrests came after police took scores of protesters into custody as they marched through the city’s downtown, with some entering a YMCA building, said Sgt. Jeff Thomason, a police spokesman. Quan said that at one point, many protesters forced their way into City Hall, where they burned flags, broke an electrical box and damaged several art structures, including a recycled ar t exhibit created by children.
Dozens of officers surrounded City Hall, while others swept the inside of the building looking for protesters who had broken into the building, then ran out of the building with American flags before officers arrived. The protest group issued an email, criticizing police, saying “Occupy Oakland’s building occupation, an act of constitutionally protected civil disobedience was disrupted by a brutal police response today.” Michael Davis, 32, who is originally from Ohio and was in the Occupy movement in Cincinnati, said Saturday was a ver y hectic day that originally started off calm but escalated when police began using “flash bangs, tear gas, smoke grenades and bean bags.” “What could’ve been handled differently is the way the Oakland police came at us,” Davis said. “We were peaceful.” City leaders joined Quan in criticizing the protesters. “City Hall is closed for the weekend. There is no excuse for behavior we’ve witnessed this evening,” City Council President Larr y Reid said during a news briefing Saturday. Oakland Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente echoed Reid’s sentiments and said that what was going on amounts to “domestic terrorism.” The national Occupy Wall Street movement, which denounces corporate excess and economic inequality, began in New York City in the
fall but has been largely dormant lately. Oakland, New York and Los Angeles were among the cities with the largest and most vocal Occupy protests early on. The demonstrations ebbed after those cities used force to move out hundreds of demonstrators who had set up tent cities. In Oakland, the police department received heavy criticism for using force to break up earlier protests. Quan was among the critics, but on Saturday, she seemed to have changed her tune. “Our officers have been ver y measured,” Quan said. “Were there some mistakes made? There may be. I would say the Oakland police and our allies, so far a small percentage of mistakes. “But quite frankly, a majority of protesters who were charging the police were clearly not being peaceful. Earlier this month, a courtappointed monitor submitted a repor t to a federal judge that included “serious concerns” about the depar tment’s handling of the Occupy protests. Jordan said late Saturday that he was in “close contact” with the federal monitor during the protests. Quan added, “If the demonstrators think that because we are working more closely with the monitor now that we won’t do what we have to do to uphold the law and tr y keep people safe in this city, they’re wrong.”
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Do not criminalize cheating students
n response to an elaborate SAT cheating ring busted in Nassau County, N.Y., last September, Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-N.Y., introduced a bill that would make cheating on the standardized test a crime. If passed, students could be charged with “facilitation of education testing fraud” or “scheming to defraud educational testing,” both of which would be felonies. “Forgery of a test” would become a misdemeanor. While we can all agree that cheating on the SATs is morally wrong for a multitude of reasons, getting the police involved is a step too far. Besides, the damage that a student does to their academic career by cheating on the SATs is punishment enough — there is no need to throw them into jail to compound the damage. Under U.S. law, felonies include rape, murder, arson and assault and/or battery, among other vicious acts. Making a felony out of cheating on the SATs seems absurd when you consider it in the company of these other charges. Even if we choose to ignore these violent felonies and instead focus on less brutal crimes — for instance, drug-dealing and grand theft — cheating on the SATs still falls short as a punishable offense. We should be focusing our nation’s law enforcement resources on the real felonies, rather than sending the police after high school students who whip their calculators out during the English section of the test. When a student cheats on any other test — for example, a final exam — the school’s administration deals with the offense. Your philosophy professor isn’t going to call New Brunswick’s finest if he discovers that you plagiarized a hefty portion of your paper on Socrates. He’s going to fail you — and worse will probably follow. So it should go with the SATs. If you cheat, let the College Board deal with you by canceling your scores and alerting all recipients of your score report to your misconduct. If you somehow make it into college before your transgression is discovered, the College Board can alert your school, and they’ll deal with you. Aren’t the threats of failure, expulsion and a forever-marred transcript punishment enough? Let the police handle the real criminals.
Reject Santorum’s views on college
ccording to a recent Gallup poll, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is polling at 11 percent. Perhaps poor public support has lead Santorum to stop taking his candidacy seriously — at least, that’s what one certainly hopes has happened. Otherwise, you will have to believe that Santorum’s recent comments on higher education are his serious opinion. For those who are unaware, speaking to a crowd in Naples, Fla., last week, Santorum asserted that colleges and universities are instruments of the Left, used to indoctrinate students. Santorum went on to warn the crowd against financially supporting these centers of liberal ideology. Maybe our initial interpretation of the poll was confused. Maybe Santorum isn’t joking because he cannot win, but he cannot win because people are misunderstanding his campaign statements as bad jokes. We wouldn’t blame them. Yes, it is true that, according to our traditional collegiate stereotypes, university students are perceived as being overwhelmingly liberal. Sometimes, empirical data backs up these stereotypes, as with a 2010 study conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which found that there was some correlation between level of education and liberal ideology. For example, 39 percent of people whose highest level of education was a bachelor’s degree were in favor of same-sex marriage, whereas only 25 percent of people with just a high school diploma supported same-sex marriage. But it is ludicrous to assert that that this is the case because of a liberal conspiracy to brainwash college students against the GOP. Richard Brake, a co-author of the abovecited survey, said, “Does college share all the blame? Of course not.” There are a lot of factors at work in someone’s political ideologies — like upbringing and personal experiences — aside from education that Santorum would like to sweep under the rug so that he can make an attack on higher education. Why attack higher education in the first place? Why call President Barack Obama a snob for urging all U.S. children to attend college? Such anti-intellectualist rhetoric is incredible dangerous, especially coming from someone who wants to become the most powerful man in the country. The United States is suffering under the weight of a strained economy. If we ever expect to right ourselves and maintain our status as a power player on the world stage, we need a highly educated population. What we don’t need is a president who encourages kids to skip school. If attending college makes you a snob, then let’s become a snobby country.
See flaws in retributive justice
public — say, the official firmly believe that all of story is that they died — this morality can be individual, even if they were summed up in the responsible for genocide, phrase “love your neighbor should be let off scot-free. as yourself.” In other words, The lives of everyone should right actions are those be made as good as possible actions that regard the weland if we have to take actions fare of others as equal to the ED REEP that make some people’s lives doer’s welfare. Our goal as worse, it should only be to human beings, while respectmake everyone’s lives better on net. ing people’s rights and such, should be to maximize The implications of what I’m saying are far-reachour own welfare as well as the welfare of those ing. The acceptability of retribution-based justice is around us. In practice, this idea can get very compliingrained in our society, particularly as a response to cated and subjective, but it should nonetheless be heinous actions. Surely, a sizable percentage of Jews behind any moral or ethical decisions we make. would hope that Adolf Hitler suffers in the afterlife for Following my belief to its logical conclusion, I his crimes, even though such suffering would achieve have realized a truth that is very controversial, but no nothing. I imagine also that many parents of sexual doubt this truth represents the epitome of “loving assault victims wish all sorts of suffering on the predyour neighbor as yourself.” I propose that justice, as ators who attacked their children, even though such we often understand it — the idea that some should suffering would achieve nothing. To say that we receive retribution for their wrongdoing — is moralshould theoretically accept Hitler or child molesters ly incorrect. If a government imprisons a murderer with loving open arms is an anathema purely because the murderer has to so many people, and that’s comkilled somebody, the government is just as much in the wrong as the “The lives of everyone pletely understandable. However, when one is truly morally mature and murderer. Depriving someone of should be made able to detach themselves from the freedom is ultimately an act that as good as possible” irrational emotions that often characreduces someone else’s welfare. terize the need for revenge, it is obviThat the murderer had also reduced ous that “loving your neighbor as someone else’s welfare in the past by yourself” means overlooking the past, as a rule. killing them is irrelevant. If the reason that President You’ll find too that in your everyday life, when you Barack Obama’s administration had Osama bin don’t blame anybody for wrong things they’ve done in Laden killed — I don’t think they would have taken the past, it will be much easier to make and maintain him alive — had anything to do with revenge and not friends. Truly, the world would be a better place if merely preserving national security, then the Obama everyone loved their neighbors as themselves and administration is complicit in murder. acted as such. Granted, there’s still a lot of subjectivity The New Testament, a work that firmly shares my and very many kinks that need to be worked out with view of morality, contains a prime example of an this idea, but maybe that’s part of the beauty of it. oppressor who was not punished by the group he vicThere are so many different yet equally viable ways to timized but rather allowed to join it with open arms. act in your own and other’s interests simultaneously. This can be the ideal scenario. Paul the Apostle, As per governmental policy, I suggest reforming whose job was arresting and killing Christians, ended sentencing guidelines such that no one is made to sufup converting to Christianity and coming up with fer purely for justice’s sake. I’m not sure what that much of the religion’s doctrine, including the idea that would entail, but at the very least, our judicial language all of God’s commandments can be summed up as should be changed. Also, let’s stop overseas assassina“love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:10). tions unless we know for sure that the assassination Note that I do not oppose self-defense or even the will protect our country. Maybe killing bin Laden did existence of our unfortunately named “criminal justice protect our country, but our joy at this man’s death — system.” As per the latter, I believe that it is acceptable and I was cheering too — was disturbing. for a society to punish and imprison those who break laws, both as a means of deterring further crimes and Ed Reep is a Rutgers Business School junior as a means of warehousing dangerous individuals who majoring in supply chain and marketing science with have a propensity to harm others. However, if there is minors in business and technical writing and econo chance that someone would ever commit a serious nomics. His column, “Philosophies of a Particular crime again — say, they are disabled in some signifiAmerican,” runs on alternate Mondays. cant way — and their fate will be unknown to the
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epublican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told a crowd in Florida last week that by 2020, he would have an American moon base established. He also told that crowd that he would like to see the development of commercial space industry. While Gingrich has received a lot of criticism for these outlandish ideas — including a jab from competitor Mitt Romney, in which he stated “If I had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say, ‘You’re fired’” — he’s sticking steadfastly to them. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, Gingrich reasserted his belief in establishing colonies on the moon. While we admire his confidence, we have to give Gingrich a dart for turning his eyes to the moon while a sizable portion of us languish here on earth. *
As part of a weeklong challenge posed by the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas, Nev., the city’s mayor, Carolyn Goodman, is living on less than $4.06 per day. This decidedly paltry sum is equivalent to the amount that a single person on food stamps receives for their daily living expenses. Goodman has been blogging about her experiences, keeping updates on the difficulties of her temporary lifestyle. The purpose of the challenge is “to let people understand this, so we protect the benefits and they don’t get cut or lessened,” according to Three Squares spokesman John Livingston. We give Goodman a laurel for doing something that very few public officials would do — experience firsthand the hardships of the average person’s life. We also give the Three Squares Food Bank a laurel for raising awareness about this serious issue.
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Today's Birthday (01/30/12). You and a partner have more than you realize. Home is where your heart is, and your focus this year will be to grow and expand the networks that keep those home fires thriving. Talk about what you love. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is an 8 — Money comes in. It could be easy to spend it all on food, comfort or other sensual treats. Have some of that. Pay down a debt, and save some, too. Have it all. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Hermit-crabbing sounds appealing. Taking care of business close to home recharges your social batteries. Get in the spotlight later. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — It's getting easier to step forward. It seems so comfortable to hide out, but there are costs. Your creativity wants to escape. Cook something up. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 7 — The conversation is rich: The revelation you'd been looking for gets discovered by the group. You begin to understand. Defer gratification. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Tap into abundance without spending more. Get the word out, and it goes farther than expected. Remember, love's the most important part. Be patient with someone. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Plan a fabulous adventure. A new assignment baffles. Slow down and puzzle it out. Organize for efficiency. There's fun ahead. Make a change for the better.
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he Rutgers gymnastics team earned its first win of the season Saturday, when the Scarlet Knights defeated Temple, Southern Connecticut State and Ursinus in a home quad meet with a combined score of 192.075. Sophomore Alexis Gunzelman recorded a careerhigh 38.925 in all-around competition, helping first-year head coach Louis Levine earn his first career victory. For full coverage, read tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum.
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basketball enjoyed a sporadic weekend of league play, one that included upsets, comebacks and controversy. The unpredictability began Saturday, when No. 10 Georgetown fell on the road to Pittsburgh behind 23 points by Panthers’ forward Nasir Robinson. No. 18 Marquette rallied from an 18-point deficit against Villanova to improve to 7-2 in conference play on the same day, while No. 4 Syracuse narrowly defeated West Virginia, 63-61, after referees did not call an apparent goaltend late. League action carried into yesterday, when Notre Dame knocked of f No. 19 Connecticut, 50-48, at the XL Center.
Ryan Boatright returned to action yesterdat after sitting out the previous three games while under an NCAA investigation. Boatright also missed the first six games of the season. The NCAA ruled it would take no fur ther action against Boatright, although it determined his mother accepted more than $8,000 in improper benefits during the recruiting process. The benefits included car payments, travel expenses to four schools for official visits and $1,200. They came from at least two people associated with “nonscholastic basketball and professional sports.” Boatright scored six points in his return against Notre Dame.
nearly six hours of competition yesterday in Melbourne, Australia, the 2012 Australian Open winner finally emerged. Serbian Novak Djokovic outlasted Rafael Nadal in a grueling five-hour and 53-minute match to win his fifth Grand Slam title. The match was the longest Grand Slam singles final in the histor y of professional tennis, giving Djokovic his third consecutive major championship. Djokovic is one of only five players in tennis history to accomplish the feat.
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Former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano introduces the mantras he made popular at Rutgers in his introductory press conference as the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. He said there will be a “Buccaneer way” relying on trust, belief and accountability.
SCHIANO: New Bucs coach keeps former mantras continued from back Schiano heard from countless players in the past 24 hours, he said, receiving nothing but support after an emotional meeting Thursday at the Hale Center. A “F.A.M.I.L.Y.” wristband still peered out beneath his suit sleeves. Red ties remained in his wardrobe, he joked. And he took his same Rutgers mottos with him. He preached trust, belief and accountability. He introduced a “Buccaneer way,” replacing the “Rutgers way.”
And he promised championships, as he did as a first-time head coach in 2000, when thenRutgers Athletic Director Bob Mulcahy hired him. But that never happened. “I wish we could have won the national championship at Rutgers, no doubt, but they will,” Schiano said. “I’m confident [Athletic Director Tim Pernetti] will hire the right guy. We have great players in that program right now and more importantly, great people.” But in his NFL return after 13 seasons in the college game, Schiano appeared relieved. He called telling the Scarlet Knights of his decision to leave “the hardest meeting I ever
had,” and he said an uncertain Big East did not factor into his decision. But he expressed excitement at the opportunity to focus solely on football. “In the NFL, I learned one thing: You grow exponentially as a coach,” Schiano said. “That’s all you do all day. Then you go back to college, and you don’t have the time to do that. You’re recruiting. You’re making sure Johnny hasn’t put his fist through the screen door, that they’re at class when they’re supposed to be. I’m looking forward to … just being able to throw myself into the football part of things.” Schiano last did that in 1998, his third and final season with the Chicago Bears.
Then he spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Miami and 11 seasons at Rutgers. “I didn’t believe I’d be back in the NFL,” he said. “I was engulfed in what we did at Rutgers.” He said he ran Rutgers as if it were a scaled-down model of the NFL, one that fit NCAA regulations. But he cannot wait to work with players all day now, and he will still follow Rutgers from afar. “I said to Tim before I left, I can’t wait to see Rutgers win a national championship and see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the Super Bowl,” Schiano said. “That will make me as happy as any man walking.”
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Freshman guard Eli Carter defends Cincinnati guard Dion Dixon on Saturday in the Scarlet Knights’ 61-54 win. The Knights held the Bearcats to 35.7-percent shooting.
EFFORT: Miller plays part of middle man in late moments continued from back grabbed nine first-half rebounds en route to a game-high 12. He added 10 points, four assists and two blocks for good measure. “He gives the young guys confidence when he does that,” Rice said of Miller. “When he’s engaged like that and finishing through contact, it helps.” But Rice pointed to Miller’s actions on the Rutgers sideline as one of his main points of growth. While the Knights struggled to put the Bearcats (15-7, 5-4) away, Miller halted a sideline spat between two younger players. For once, Rice watched. He did not have to be the intermediar y. For his part, Miller dismissed it. “I’m just trying to win,” he said. “Anybody could’ve done
that. Everybody was antsy a little bit because there were a few plays where we did some really stupid stuff. But anybody could’ve done that.” But this time it was Miller. At other points the Knights’ guards took control, penetrating and leading to an 18-point advantage in the paint. During more spurts they ran in transition, outscoring Cincinnati, 16-3, in fast-break points. And then they defended, holding the Bearcats to only 35.7-percent shooting. “It was part of not getting in our own way, whether it’s turnovers, fouling too much,” Rice said. “I thought we had toughness, and still we did it with discipline. We were chasing them off the 3-point line, and help was ver y aggressive and attacking.” In Rice’s eyes, the team followed his formula. It forced more turnovers (14) than the fouls it committed (13).
Rice hinted at its 2-point loss to Georgetown as a comparison and then abruptly stopped. It was time to focus on a win, the Knights’ third against a top-eight Big East team at the time. He trusts they respond with energy, but he will not place bets. “I’m going to be demanding as hell [today],” Rice said. “I hope they’re going to be happy, [that] they’re not going to want to have that level of demand placed upon them, but they have to. It won’t surprise me.” The Knights continue to inch closer to a .500 mark in Big East play. They are now tied for 10th in the conference standings with intrastate rival Seton Hall, which continues to slide after losing four straight. “It’s big,” Miller said. “We let one go against DePaul just because of how we handled things. Now we have a chance to get back on the road and get a couple wins — end up on the left side.”
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Freshman 149-pounder Anthony Perrotti wrestles Hofstra’s Justin Accordino on Friday at the College Avenue Gym, where the Scarlet Knights lost, 26-10. Perrotti needed 10 seconds of riding time in the waning moments yesterday against West Virginia’s Brutus Scheffel, but Perrotti lost in overtime.
Pair of weekend losses highlight team’s mounting injuries BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Billy Ashnault has never been through it. The fifth-year senior 141-pounder saw his fair share of WRESTLING injuries, WEST VIRGINIA 21 b u t never to RUTGERS 18 t h e extreme the Rutgers wrestling team currently endures. He wrestled yesterday, but five normal starters watched, as the Scarlet Knights fell, 21-18, to visiting West Virginia. “It sucks losing. We hate losing, but now this time of year, a lot of things are happening,” Ashnault said. “Everyone is hurt, but as team we’re just trying to get through it and wrestle hard.” Ashnault did his part, scoring a fall against the Mountaineers’
Michael Morales. Morales, a Brick Memorial product, shook head coach Scott Goodale’s hand following the bout. The pair has ties to New Jersey shore wrestling going back to when Goodale coached Jackson Memorial, a half-hour drive from Brick. The handshake was Goodale’s last until the dual meet’s conclusion. The loss dropped the Knights (12-5) to 1-3 in their last four dual meets, including a 26-10 defeat Friday against No. 24 Hofstra. “We wrestled harder, but again it’s the competition, too,” Goodale said. “Hofstra is a ver y good team. We didn’t really step up to that competition. This was a lot better.” Goodale looked for two Rutgers wins in the meet’s first five bouts. He only got a win from Ashnault. Freshman 149-pounder Anthony Perrotti came close,
needing less than 10 seconds of riding time to seal a victor y. But West Virginia’s (6-3) Br utus Schef fel escaped and scored two points in overtime. Goodale called Perrotti’s extra-minute ef for t a “young, crucial mistake.” He would not expect it from junior Mario Mason. But Mason, like Goodale and four other regular contributors, could only watch. “I don’t like to lose in anything, but we’re going to get healthy,” Goodale said. “We’re going to get better. If we do what we’re supposed to do in March and at the end of the year, nobody’s really going to worr y about what happened here.” Goodale said he understands the importance of beating West Virginia. But as sophomore heavyweight Carl Buchholz
dropped a major decision in the final bout, Goodale only thought about health. The Knights’ depth is not where it needs to be, Goodale said, because of redshir ted wrestlers. He still has starters that continue to wrestle banged up, he said. But one grappler, junior 197-pounder Dan Rinaldi, earned a day off because of a West Virginia forfeit. Combined with junior 174pounder Greg Zannetti’s overtime victor y, Rutgers still had life. “I just rode him out and got out,” said Zannetti, who earned an overtime reversal. “It’s not the style I like to wrestle, so I wasn’t too happy with that match.” Goodale shared the sentiment, but Zannetti found a way to win. Perrotti did not, but time is on his side.
The true freshman showed flair in a back-and-forth match full of warnings. The loss is part of the process, Goodale said. That par t, along with injuries, takes time. “It’s definitely par t of the spor t,” Ashnault said. “We’re tr ying to deal with it the best we can.” The Knights still face a pair of teams to close their dualmeet season before preparing for the EIWA Tournament and NCAA Championships. But with Goodale’s troop of walking wounded, he can illaf ford to look too far in advance. “It’s a constant battle,” he said. “It’s been a struggle for us. Our depth is a problem right now, and it’s going to continue to be a problem this year. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
Knights take meet with six first-place finishes BY PATRICK LANNI STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers men’s track and field team captured its second consecutive team title Saturday, scoring 164 MEN’S TRACK points at the Metropolitan Championships. Six first-place finishes at the Armor y Track and Field Center in the Bronx paced the Scarlet Knights past r unner-up Manhattan by more than 40 points. A top-three sweep in the 200meter dash positioned the Knights with 24 points, as senior Steve Werner led the charge with a time of 22.09. Junior Kevin Brown placed second in 22.25, and freshman Corey Crawford rounded out the trio finishing in 22.26 seconds.
Redshirt junior Adam Bergo picked up his season-best height in the high jump, garnering a first-place finish and 10 points in the process. A leap of 2.16 meters placed the Plainfield, N.J., native ahead of St. Peter’s Aaron Lucas. Bergo added another four points in the long jump, but did not record a mark in the triple jump. Senior Tyrone Putman made up for his teammate’s no-distance by placing first with a distance of 14.85 meters. The jumper from Fort Washington, Md., bettered Long Island’s Wilmot Stubblefield by more than a foot. Crawford then picked up a first-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 7.59 meters to complete the Knights’ sweep in the jumping events.
Thirty-nine points in the three jumping events showcased one of the team’s strongest outings in the field. Tallying another 16 points in the 400-meter dash, the Knights’ highlighted their strength on the track
STEVE WERNER between 200- and 500-meters. A combined 44 points in the 200-, 400and 500-meter dashes was good enough to top eight teams.
Factor in the distance events, pole vault, throws and relays, and it was clear Saturday the Knights had complete control. One of those relays was the 4,000-meter distance medley, which tacked on eight points with a second-place finish. The combination of sophomore Steven Burkholder, senior Ben Forrest, freshman Chris DeFabio and senior Monroe Kearns fell three seconds shy of St. Francis. The pole vaulters grabbed three top-five finishes, totaling 20 points for the team. Junior Chris Wyckoff took the individual title at a height 4.95 meters. Classmate Pat Gray finished third and freshman Anthony Genco finished fifth with distances of 4.65 and 4.35 meters, respectively.
Senior thrower James Plummer handled the throws for the Knights, totaling 14 points in the shot put and weight throw. The South Toms River, N.J., native achieved marks of 15.61 and 16.51 meters in the weight throw and shot put, respectively. The distances were good for second and fourth. Traveling to the Notre Dame Invitational this weekend, the Knights look to continue to roll through the championship season in South Bend, Ind., with wind behind their backs. Back-to-back team titles certainly have the team where it wants to be moving for ward. With momentum building, the team hopes to peak three weekends from now at the Big East Championships.
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Senior point guard Khadijah Rushdan grabs her head yesterday after slamming against the court in the first half following a collision with a Georgetown defender. Rushdan left the game after receiving help from the training staff and did not return. The Scarlet Knights trailed by 10 at that point and lost by 28 points.
Rutgers loses contest, Rushdan at Georgetown BY JOEY GREGORY CORRESPONDENT
WASHINGTON — The Rutgers women’s basketball team made a habit this year of being WOMEN’S BASKETBALL inconRUTGERS 36 s i s t e n t . It is not GEORGETOWN 54 u n c o m mon to see two completely dif ferent teams show up in each half, one of top-15 caliber and another in clear disconnect. In yesterday’s 54-36 loss to No. 20 Georgetown, the No. 11 Scarlet Knights (17-4, 6-2) never mentally made the trip to Washington, D.C. From the opening tip, the game did not look good for the visiting Knights.
They began the contest 5-for20 from the field, and with 5:30 remaining in the first half, things got a lot worse. While trying to fight for an errant pass from senior teammate Nikki Speed, fifth-year senior point guard Khadijah Rushdan collided with a Georgetown (17-5, 6-3) defender and landed hard, slamming her head against the court. She was helped off the court in a wheelchair with an apparent concussion, leaving the Knights to fight back from a 10-point deficit without their biggest offensive catalyst. Against a Georgetown defense ranking 13th in the nation in points allowed per game, that did not happen. “Once [Rushdan] went down, it went downhill from there,” said
junior center Monique Oliver. “She’s our spark.” The Hoyas switched from man-to-man to a zone defense in an attempt to limit Rutgers’ control of the paint rather than guard the outside shot. The Knights had no answer for Georgetown’s defense. Without Rushdan, the offense looked more lost than before her injur y, as the Knights str uggled from the field and battled turnovers. Rutgers went 16-for-52 from the field and threw the ball away 22 times, far more than its season average of 16.5 turnovers per game. With a little more than eight minutes to go, head coach C. Vivian Stringer sent in walk-on Jaymee Tucker. Stringer’s frustration with her team was clear when she made a similar move in
another Rutgers loss, this one a Jan. 17 defeat at St. John’s. And three minutes later, a look of absolute disbelief remained on the Hall of Fame coach’s face. Lost in an array of missed shots was Rutgers’ leading scorer, senior forward April Sykes. Sykes went only 5-for-14 from the field and totaled 11 points, most of which came when the game was out of reach. The Knights could not generate offense and shattered the team’s previous season-low in points by 19. “[The offense] shouldn’t have been like we saw,” Stringer said. “We shouldn’t struggle like we did.” The Hoyas were not much more impressive in the first half, but their leading scorers did their part to make the difference in game.
Junior guard Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown’s top scorer, tallied 19 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Senior for ward Tia Magee also cleared her season average in points, scoring 21. The burst marked the second time the Knights allowed a 20-point scorer in as many games. The team’s per formance does not bode well for its upcoming games, especially if Rushdan is not able to return to the lineup. “I don’t think people realize how important she is,” Stringer said. “She makes everything go. She makes a big difference.” Rutgers may have to go without her when it takes on No. 2 Notre Dame at home tomorrow night, followed by a date Saturday at No. 3 Connecticut.
RU feels absence of Rushdan as play, scoring dips BY JOSH BAKAN CORRESPONDENT
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Freshman guard Briyona Canty defends junior Sugar Rodgers of Georgetown yesterday in the Knights’ 54-36 loss.
WASHINGTON — Khadijah Rushdan’s momentum since her game-winning shot Tuesday against DePaul carried KNIGHT over into NOTEBOOK the opening minutes of the No. 11 Rutgers women’s basketball team’s 54-36 loss yesterday to Georgetown. The fifth-year senior point guard scored four quick points against the tight Hoya defense, and she matched it with her own toughness in the paint, snagging four rebounds. But when Rushdan was wheeled off the floor after colliding with a Georgetown defender and injuring her head on the hardwood, she took the Scarlet Knights’ scoring prowess with her. “It’s not even about her scoring. … She just makes ever ything else go,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “You need people that can penetrate, but we kept passing the ball [to our guards].” The Knights (17-4, 6-2) played into a Georgetown defense in the nation’s capital that eliminates passing lanes and forces teams to earn their points from outside.
The Knights failed to sink a single 3-pointer, going 0-for-14 from beyond the arc. “They have good guards,” said Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “We knew we would have to play a little more zone because we knew that they weren’t very good 3-point shooters.” The Knights lacked consistent guard play for the remainder of the contest following Rushdan’s injury. Junior guard Erica Wheeler, who averages 8.7 points per game, and senior Nikki Speed scored only two points apiece. The Hoyas (17-5, 6-3) also largely shut out freshmen Briyona Canty and Shakena Richardson and senior Jaymee Tucker, allowing a combined three points to the guard trio.
supposed to not only to build for the future but also to cut the slack for the veterans. With Rushdan out with an injury and senior forward April Sykes slumping offensively, two freshmen contributed all they could. Rushdan’s absence called for tenacity and versatility on the defensive end. Canty provided both, finishing with three steals and five rebounds. Because of the guard’s efforts, the only place the Hoyas could consistently score was
inside the paint. Georgetown shot only 2-for-17 from beyond the arc. Freshmen for ward Betnijah Laney also picked up the pace in response to Sykes’ offensive woes, which included a 5-for-14 shooting clip. Laney is often a question mark on the offensive end, but the Smyrna (Del.) product notched seven points against a Hoya defense that ranks fourth in the Big East.
GEORGETOWN’S DEFENSE was so tight that even though junior center Monique Oliver produced with the ball, she rarely got it. Oliver entered McDonough Arena with six consecutive games in double figures, but the Las Vegas native scored only nine points despite shooting an efficient 4-for-7. “We just packed a little more in our zone and tried to protect the paint,” Williams-Flournoy said. Oliver also grabbed seven rebounds to help the Knights win on the glass, 42-33. The rebound advantage was impressive because of Georgetown’s size advantage. The 6-foot-2 Oliver and the rest of the Knights’ frontcourt faced off against the likes of 6foot-6 junior Sydney Wilson, along with seniors Amanda Reese and Tia Magee, both matching Oliver’s height.
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Schiano appears relieved at first Bucs press conference BY STEVEN MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
TAMPA — After Greg Schiano publicly turned down job offers from Miami and Michigan and privateFOOTBALL ly turned down others, he thought he was at Rutgers to stay. He entertained other opportunities, he went on interviews and he often returned home nauseated. So he built a new home a half mile from High Point Solutions Stadium, ready to remain in Piscataway for the rest of his career. “I’ve been in the NFL [as an assistant coach]. I’ve been a head coach for 11 years,” Schiano said Friday, when the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers introduced him as their new head coach. “I did not need to be a head coach in the National Football League today.” But standing in front of a backdrop speckled with Buccaneer logos, talking to a fan base confused by the hiring of a .500 career coach from Rutgers, Schiano was. This one felt right, he said, and the only way he could explain it was the absence of that nausea. “I only felt one thing that was negative and that was sadness for leaving my players,” Schiano said. “Other than that, it was tremendous excitement.”
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FIU coach Cristobal also leading contender to replace Schiano BY TYLER BARTO AND STEVEN MILLER STAFF WRITERS
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Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano speaks to the Tampa Bay media.
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Junior wing Dane Miller puts up a shot Saturday between Cincinnati’s JaQuon Parker, left, and Sean Kilpatrick. Miller chipped in 10 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and four assists in the Scarlet Knights’ home victory.
Consistent effort lifts Knights at home BY TYLER BARTO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Mike Rice would rather think about the 100th win of his head coaching career with his feet in the sand MEN’S BASKETBALL in the of fseason. CINCINNATI 54 But the Rutgers men’s basketball RUTGERS 61 team brought the beach to Rice on Saturday, outlasting visiting
Cincinnati, 61-54, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. “There wasn’t a turnover, a foul, a missed shot,” Rice said. “We stayed the course. We had that toughness for 40 minutes, and that’s important for this team.” Freshman guards Eli Carter and Myles Mack combined for 23 second-half points, sparking a 17-5 run the Scarlet Knights (1210, 4-5) never relinquished. Carter, who scored only two points in the first half, shot 5for-6 from the field in the second half.
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He hit an out-of-rhythm 3-pointer in the waning moments of the shot clock. He finished with contact around the rim. And he even banked in a 3-pointer off the top of the backboard from the corner. “That wasn’t planned at all,” Carter said of the shot, which widened Rutgers’ lead to 9. “But it went in, so I’ll take it.” Junior wing Dane Miller did damage on the glass, as well. The Rochester, N.Y., native
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What likely began as a courtesy interview with interim head football coach Kyle Flood on Saturday resulted in FOOTBALL one of two finalists to replace Greg Schiano as Rutgers’ head coach. After Athletic Director Tim Pernetti conducted a series of interviews this weekend, he narrowed his candidates to Flood and Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal. ScarletReport.com first reported the story. Pernetti is expected to make a decision before Wednesday’s National Signing Day. “I’ve been working 19 years for this day,” Flood said Saturday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, where he hosted a handful of recruits and met with KYLE FLOOD the media for the first time since his appointment. “I’m as ready as I’m ever going to be. This is 19 years in the making.” Flood offers stability as a seven-year veteran of Schiano’s staff with well-established ties to New Jersey high school coaches and recruits. Many of the offensive linemen, who committed to Rutgers and maintained their commitments after Schiano left, cited Flood for their decisions. Flood would likely keep the Rutgers coaching staff in place. He said it is always an honor to be considered for an NFL position, but he does not expect any coaches to follow Schiano to Tampa. Schiano gave a different impression Friday, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced him as their ninth head coach. He refused to get into specifics, but said he could look to Piscataway to fill out his coaching staff. “We have a lot of great coaches at Rutgers — really, really good coaches, NFL-level coaches,” he said. “There could be some [on my staff].” Cristobal would also likely keep the coaching staff intact, which would help keep a highly touted recruiting class together until commitments become binding. That became Flood’s primary job Thursday, when Pernetti named him interim head coach. “It’s been excellent. The response from the recruiting class has been just tremendous,” Flood said. “As of right now, everybody that’s committed to us from the beginning is still committed to us. We plan on keeping it that way.” Flood joined Schiano’s staff for the 2005 season and became assistant head coach in 2008. He arrived in Piscataway two seasons after Cristobal left to coach tight ends and then the offensive line at Miami. Cristobal spent three seasons coaching the same positions at Rutgers, three seasons at Miami and then took over a struggling Florida International program in 2006. The Golden Panthers went to bowl games the past two seasons and played Rutgers twice under Cristobal, losing a pair of close games. He has connections to Rutgers and New Jersey, but would also keep a pipeline from south Florida to Piscataway. Pernetti said Thursday hiring a coach by National Signing Day is “doable,” and that appears even more likely. Cristobal was a leading contender from the outset, but Flood put himself in the conversation with an interview Saturday that he said went “very well.” “I would say I’m a big advocate for hiring from within,” Flood said. “I think it always helps recruiting. Recruiting is about relationships, and any time relationships that are built are still there for a recruit, they always feel more comfortable.”