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Alumnus starts tutoring program for U. students BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER NEWS EDITOR
May knew of Nguyen’s story and experienced similar lewd posts and stories on her online forum website. May said the idea behind the forum is to create an online community where women could share their stories on the “Hollaback” website and raise awareness for this particular type of violence in a revolutionary web-based platform. She said revolutions start when people develop systems that elevate the voices of others — and then get out of their way. “You have a platform to share your message because you see it in the media. You see the super celebrities rise up and … down,” May said. She said when “Hollaback” first launched, it aimed to ser ve five cities around the world. Now the website branches across 44 cities, 16 countries
After Vinay Mehta graduated from the University in 2010, he started working as a demand planner for Philips Lighting North America. While working there in July 2011, he had the idea for RUTutor.me, which would be privately run but would hire only University-affiliated alumni, graduate and undergraduate students as tutors. “I began working on this project in late September and since then have developed the business structure … hired tutors, hired developers and conducted marketing research,” Mehta said. He said the website offers students an opportunity to have one-on-one tutoring at a fee of $15 per hour with a tutor that has received either a B+ or an A in the course. The University offers free tutoring for students through the Learning Centers on campus, but with the University’s ser vices, students cannot choose a specific tutor. “What makes RUTutor.me different from any other tutoring service offered is … students will have the option to select a tutor by course, but also by learning about our tutors through personal bios and requesting a tutor directly.” Mehta said another advantage to the website is that it is easy to use because it is based on an online system where students can register for tutoring in less than five minutes. He said to help students make their decision, tutors will be ranked on the website for three categories of quality, charm and power ranking on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. “Quality and charm will be based off of feedback from students after tutoring sessions,” Mehta said. “The power ranking will be determined by taking into account several factors, including the feedback from students, how many hours the tutor works and any additional bonus points a tutor can earn by helping [with promotion.]” Mehta said ranking will be calculated on a biweekly basis and posted on the website. He said each tutor will be assigned an email account and when students request a tutor from RUTutor.me, tutors will be expected to respond to emails within 24 hours. “Upon receiving a request for tutoring and contact information, tutors will be expected to arrange meeting
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Emily May, the executive director of “Hollaback,” an online forum for women to raise concerns about gender bias, shares her experience with street harassment in New York City yesterday at the Art History Lecture Hall on Douglass campus.
Activist looks to stop street harassment BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER NEWS EDITOR
Emily May was walking down the street after one of her yoga classes in New York City. As May recalled, she was in her “zen” mode — until a man shouted out to her, “I want to f— the s— out of you.” Catcalling, usually lewd language shouted out at women by men, was an everyday occurrence in the city and became a norm to May, she said to a crowd of more than 100 students yesterday at the Art History Lecture Hall on Douglass campus. But in September 2005, when May was 24 years old, she was with a group of her friends, who were starting to talk about being harassed on the way to their friend’s house. May said when hearing their stories, the males in the group were taken aback
and asked whether women had to deal with these lewd remarks often. “This is not okay. This shouldn’t be a part of living in the city. This shouldn’t have to be something to worry about,” she said. “If this happened in the workplace … then we would have someone to talk to. … People tell you to keep walking, but we thought we should address this issue.” Around the same time, Thao Nguyen saw a middle-aged man in the subway masturbating in front of her. She snapped a picture on her cellphone and took it to the police, she said. The police said they were uninterested, and she posted it online to Flickr along with her story and a warning to other women to watch out for the man. The New York Daily News published the photograph, and the perpetrator was detained and charged for public lewdness, May said.
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Café Z, a privately owned eatery located in the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum DAILYTARGUM.COM on the College Avenue campus, plans to close before the end of February.
Because of conflicting visions between the business owner and the museum director, Café Z, located at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus, is closing its doors. “I’ve been here through several museum directors. I went in there and built this place up from nothing,” said Bruno Pascale, the café owner. “This new director comes in and starts to make all these changes — spending money, changing up where I put my signage — that kind of stuff.” Pascale, who privately owns the small eater y, feels that because of museum-sponsored café renovations, such as the
redecoration, his authority as a business owner was challenged. “I’m an outside contractor,” said Pascale, who has been in restaurant management for more than two-and-a-half decades. “I should be able to do what I want to do because I pay rent.” Café Z did not receive a lease renewal, Pascale said. “We plan to be out by the end of the month, but it could be sooner depending on how much product we have left in the café,” said Caitlyn Magaleski, a café manager. Marianne De Koven, a professor in the English department, was surprised yesterday to discover the abrupt closing of the café as she stopped in for a bagel. De Koven said the café was
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Rabbi’s initiative helps students discover faith on campus BY SKYLAR FREDERICK CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker is striving to create a place on campus where Jewish students can practice their religion and be guided in the ways of Reform Judaism. Rutgers Hillel hired Watenmaker this past summer as the “Reform Outreach Initiative” rabbi. Watenmaker hopes to help students discover who they are and how they want to be a part of the Jewish community. There are about 5,800 undergraduate Jewish students on campus, which makes up about 17 percent of the population, according to the Hillel website. About 1,000 of them have a Reform background or come from parents that were involved in reform life, Watenmaker said. He said he is working on the initiative, which stemmed from the Reform Movement, that involved a liberal response to Judaism in the 18th and 19th centuries. In comparison to Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, Reform Judaism is a modern way of expressing Jewish prac-
tices and Jewish tradition, Watenmaker said. “Usually it’s largely based on understanding and relationships to Jewish law, and so the reform movement has the most liberal interpretation of Jewish law,” he said. He said a liberal interpretation of Jewish laws takes into consideration the individual’s opinion of the law instead of strictly following the text of the law. Unlike some orthodox and conservative Jews which place emphasis on dietary laws such as keeping kosher, restricting driving or turning on lights during the Jewish Sabbath, known as Shabbat, reform Jews do not take part in these restrictions, Watenmaker said. Although some reform Jews do part take in eating kosher, he said. He is using different programs to reach out to students of Reform Judaism. He meets students for coffee and holds programs in the residence halls to reach out to students and speak with them to gain a sense of the community. The initiative offers an array of programs for students to get involved in. Each semester they
have been going to Manhattan for “Shabbat in the City” and visiting reform synagogues to see different forms of reform Jewish prayer, Watenmaker said. There are informal conversation meetings every two weeks in which Watenmaker sits with students at the Douglass Campus Center or Livingston Student Center’s Dunkin’ Donuts to dis-
“College is an important time in people’s identity and development.” HEATH WATENMAKER Reform Outreach Initative Rabbi
cuss questions students have about Judaism. Watenmaker said his initiative reaches out to include the various Jewish practices that exist in the community. “We should each strive to bring our full selves to how we practice Judaism, and as long as we engage
with that exploration and step into that journey, that’s the most important thing for me — even if we have different destinations,” he said. There are services every Friday night for Shabbat for each denomination — Orthodox, Conservative and Reform — at Hillel, followed by a large dinner that unites them at one Jewish community dinner. The services vary between the different kinds of Judaism, in which Reform Jews play music while reciting their prayers, Watenmaker said. However, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews share similar prayers, he said. “Today, I think Reform Judaism really tries to understand these practices in a new way, and they might not necessarily feel the sense of obligation to follow these laws to the letter of the law,” he said. As part of a national movement, Watenmaker said the initiative on campus is a way for students to know the Jewish community has not forgotten about them. “College is an important time in people’s identity and development, and my hope is really that they sort
of think about who they are and who they want to be as Jews and as Jewish adults,” he said. The initiative has been funded for the next three years through donations from synagogues in New Jersey, Watenmaker said. These donors have also funded a program budget for the initiative. Lenny Haas, co-chair of the Hillel Reform Community, said it is important for students to gain understanding of their faiths while they are away from home. “I think it is important for students to stay involved in Judaism during their college years because many are on their own for the first time and making choices for their future,” said Haas, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Bryce Diamond, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said the initiative gives Jewish students on campus a chance to become more involved in Jewish life. “Rabbi Heath makes it easy to approach the Jewish religion in a way that we can all understand, and having a young, Jewish professional as our advisor is a breath of fresh air,” he said.
U. FACULTY AIMS TO FIND WAYS TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE A team of University faculty members are finding ways to adapt to changes in climate that are affecting New Jersey’s agriculture and economy, according to a Rutgers Today article. “You have to be pretty dense not to realize there is something going on with the climate, and we are experiencing it right now,” said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, in the article. He said in the article that public policy should be prepared to adjust to the impacts of climate change,
which will have an effect on the environment, the economy and public health. Jeanne Herb, a research program administrator at the Bloustein School, and Marjorie Kaplan, associate director of the University Climate and Environmental Change Initiative are leading the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, which is working to make policy changes based on science, according to the article. “There is no coordinated effort in the state to look at what we need to do to be prepared, and there
is potential for economic devastation in many different sectors if we don’t,’’ Herb said in the article. Robert Goodman, executive dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, said reducing fossil fuels and the amount of carbon dioxide takes a long time to take an effect, according to the article. “We don’t know how much sea level will rise, how much temperatures will increase, what the ferocity of storms and weather will be, but we are pretty sure it’s going to happen, so adaptation is something that you do now,” Goodman said in the article.
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Patricia Strach, an associate professor in the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration and Policy at SUNY Albany, will give a talk on “Selling Health: Consumer Marketing, Political Participation and the Breast Cancer Campaign in the United States” in the first-floor conference room at 112 Paterson St. in downtown New Brunswick. The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research will run from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Center for Teaching Advancement & Assessment Research will host a workshop teaching students how to incorporate media with PowerPoint presentations. Students will learn how to integrate audio and video in presentations on the PC. Different audio and video format compatible with PowerPoint and available Web resources for downloading free content will also be covered. The free workshop will run from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. in room 172A of Davidson Hall on Busch campus. The Center for European Studies and the Institute for Hungarian Studies are hosting “EU-NJ Business Forum on Technology and Innovation” from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at 30 Livingston Ave. in downtown New Brunswick. The forum will explore opportunities for expanding trade, research and commercial partnerships, and discuss regulatory developments in the European Union and New Jersey that will affect innovative firms. The program is free, but registration is required at www.surveymonkey.com/s/RutgersTechForum.
The Department of Anthropology, the Center for African Studies and the Institute for Research on Women will sponsor “Gender Justice in Africa: Historical and Comparative Perspectives” at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Douglass campus in the first-floor conference room. This symposium brings together some of the most innovative scholars at the University and elsewhere working on gender justice in Africa to consider and compare alternative approaches to framing and seeking justice on behalf of women and men. For more information, contact Renee DeLancey at (848) 445-6638.
The Rutgers University Programming Association will present Hard Rock Concert featuring Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.). Opening acts are the Stars and Weighed in the Balance. Tickets will be $15 for students and $20 for guests. Tickets will be available online and a schedule for physical ticket sales will be announced on the RUPA Facebook page.
The Rutgers University Student Philanthropy Council will have its general interest meeting at 6 p.m. in room 410 at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. For more information, go to the RU Student Philanthropy Facebook page.
The Rutgers Astronomical Society is hosting Professor Tad Pryor for a lecture on “Observing Satellite Galaxies of the Milky Way with the Hubble Space Telescope.” The lecture, part of a series hosted by the society, is free and open to the public, and is accessible for non-astronomy majors. Pryor will give his lecture at the Physics Lecture Hall from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Busch campus.
Comedian Aziz Ansari will perform his routine at the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick. This event is hosted by the Rutgers University Programming Association. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, online at statetheatrenj.org or at the State Theatre box office. For more information, visit getinvolved.rutgers.edu.
Rutgers Recreation and Rutgers Ballroom is having a “Dance Workshop: Hustle Basic and Beyond” to teach the fundamentals and some variations on the official hustle from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Gym. Attend with or without a partner. Admission fee is $15 or $8 with a University student ID. For more information, contact Carmen Valverde at (732) 932-8204.
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“I want you to imagine that ever yone in this room has canblogs to help prevent lewd acts cer right now, and you imagine that you might have the cure,” she said. “Would you continued from front speak up?” May said people should not be and nine languages all over discouraged from speaking up the world. because they fear they will not be “As women we don’t put up taken seriously. with it in the workplace. We don’t She said leadership will look have to put up with this in the dramatically different than it did streets. … We had a site in in the past with the creation of Columbia, Miss., where they did the Internet platforms and revomud stenciling — really cool lutions through technology. street art, [that said] ‘Street “[People try to] limit the qualharassment is back — holla ity of our ideas. This is similar in back,’” May said. all forms of harassment — when With the decentralized leaderpeople tell me I’m not good ship platform, the movement has enough or an idea that we have been able to expand and branch should be kept in our heads. We out both online and in the streets, should boldly she said. move our world,” “I don’t think we “Imagine that May said. are going to see She said another Martin everyone in this “Hollaback” is Luther King … in trying to expand this generation,” room has cancer, their connections May said. “I think and you might have into the college we are going to see by creating millions of them.” the cure. Would you realm sites for people She said Martin speak up?” not only mark Luther King, Jr. sidewalks where said, “I have a EMILY MAY the incidences dream” but did not ”Hollaback” Executive Director occurred but also say, “I have a list of residence halls compelling facts and dining halls. and figures.” Yujin Hong, an Ernest Answering the what, how and Mario School of Pharmacy why of a movement or idea is imporfirst-year student, said May’s tant to marketing an idea, she said. speech was really inspiring and “What would a world be like a motivation to start a similar without street harassment? … It movement in her hometown in was something I couldn’t picSouth Korea. ture,” May said. Hong said she thinks street “Hollaback” uses apps, maps harassment is a widespread and blogs to get their message issue, and a lot of women — across, she said. That message is including herself — have experithe right for people to be who enced street harassment. they want to be without discrimi“I was young when I lived nation or harassment. there, but this harassment is Women and lesbian, gay, bisexaffecting all of us — not just ual, transgender and queer people women who were harassed,” should be able to do what they want she said. without discrimination, May said.
ALUMNUS: Tutors to offer one-on-one instruction continued from front times and handle payments from students,” Mehta said. He said this entrepreneurial method would allow tutors to schedule individualized study sessions and arrange places for them to meet. Jessica Bernstein, a tutor and a School of Management and Labor Relations alumna, said one of the benefits of selecting a tutor from RUTutor.me is that students would be tutored by other students who took the exact course before and would be able to give an accurate assessment of the course. Bernstein said the tutor system is formulated to make the tutoring more personalized and more effective than group tutoring systems because the tutor has performed well in the course. Mehta said among all nine tutors employed, they are knowledgeable in about 300 courses. When the tutor’s grades for the classes they are tutoring are averaged together, they average more than a 3.9 on a 4.0 GPA scale. Bernstein said although she has not started working with the program yet, she would only tutor in a course in which she received an A and had taken recently. “An A shows that they are proficient in the course and under-
stand the material so that there will not a situation where the blind lead the blind,” she said. Bernstein said she found out about the opportunity to tutor in October in a networking event when she met Mehta, who then asked her if she would be interested in tutoring. “I think it is very important to network because you never know whom you will meet or what opportunities will present themselves,” she said. The tutoring service is not arranged for group study situations but there are plans to adopt and modify its services if necessar y once the website has advanced, Mehta said. “One thing to keep in mind is [that] everything isn’t figured out yet or set in stone. I’m going to see what happens,” he said. School of Arts and Sciences junior Matt Iozzio and the University chapter of Scholars for Charity, an organization that offers Web design services for reduced costs, designed the RUTutor.me website over the past semester. As part of their philanthropy, Scholars for Charity donated the costs charged to create the website — about $150 — to charity. “In lieu of payment, clients choose a charity of their choice, and ‘RUTutor’ chose to donate to ‘Relay for Life,’” said Iozzio, the chief operating officer of Scholars for Charity.
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restaurant’s improvements continued from front convenient, as it was less than a minute walk from Murray Hall on the College Avenue campus where she teaches. “I plan on bringing peanutbutter-and-jelly sandwiches from home more often,” De Koven said. Since Pascale decided to shut down operations in early Februar y, the café has not restocked their food and beverage inventory, Magaleski said. “We started having shortages and people were asking why, so I finally told them,” Magaleski said. “I know that all the students that have heard have been distraught and upset.” Café Z, which serves items like coffee, paninis, bagels and juice, is normally open during the museum’s hours — Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. “I’m here Monday through Friday, sometimes Saturday and Sunday,” Magaleski said of her commitment to the café. “I’m here all the time.” But the museum has made appropriate efforts to support and promote Café Z, said Suzanne Delehanty, the director of the museum. “We’ve gone more than a mile to make the café success-
Pascale does not plan to open another café in the University area unless he finds an open space that suits him. He owns two other New Jersey businesses besides the Café Z — the Mad Chef Café and Grill in Flemington and Marley’s Gotham Grill in Hackettstown — and has taught cooking at the Culinar y Arts Institute in Jersey City. “My goal is always to make the best possible food at reasonable prices with great services,” he said. Through the café, people were able to learn about the museum, said Jennifer Low, a chair for the Zimmerli Art Museum Student Advisory Board. “[The café] is a great place for people who just want to get something to eat or hang out,” said Low, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “It’s just sad we won’t have something like that on this side of campus anymore.” Stacey Hecht, the ZSAB cochair, said the café’s announcement was very sudden and unexpected. “It’s definitely going to affect how many students come into Zimmerli,” said Hecht, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “If people don’t know about the Zimmerli, they at least know about the café.” Professors and students coming in and out of class make up a lot of the café and museum’s traffic, Low said. “It’s hard to understand, but it’s [Pascale]’s choice,” Delehanty said.
“If people don’t know about the Zimmerli, they at least know about the café.” STACEY HECHT Zimmerli Art Museum Student Advisory Board Co-Chair
mystified, but it is what it is.” The museum regrets inconveniencing patrons — including staff, students, University faculty and museum visitors, she said. Because of the improvements already made to the café space, the museum will have to find a new vendor to fill that space, though there are no plans to do so yet, Delehanty said. The choice of vendor comes under contract with the University’s Purchasing Department, Delehanty said.
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What do you think of the proposed Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University merger?
QUOTABLE MARIAM MOHAMMAD SEBS SOPHOMORE
“I don’t really like it because you have Rowan benefiting off of Rutgers’ name, but I cant see what Rutgers gets out of it.”
“If the Camden campus is given more attention by becoming a part of Rowan, then it’s beneficial to them. But, I can understand why students [in Camden] would be angry.”
MAGGIE MCHUGH SAS SOPHOMORE “I don’t think it’s helpful because we are going to miss out on certain opportunities that the Rutgers-Camden campus does offer, such as their Schools of Law and Business.”
JOHN WALDT — SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING JUNIOR ADAM WEINER SAS SENIOR
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“I’m not worried about it, because I feel like Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers-Camden already seemed pretty separate, so it wouldn’t change much.”
ROSEMARIE DIZON SAS SENIOR
The year Rutgers-Camden joined the University. It was formerly the South Jersey Law School
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WHICH WAY DOES RU SWAY?
The percentage of voters who opposed the merger in a poll released by the Eagleton Institute of Politics
“Given the information, I would be against it because I wouldn’t want to pay extra money to go to a school that I thought was going to be Rutgers.”
YOUSSEF ELKHATEEB SEBS SENIOR “I’m neutral. The students should have the option of transferring out or finishing their degree as a Rutgers student.”
ONLINE RESPONSE I think the merger will establish a prominent university in South Jersey — 7%
I’m in favor of the proposed merger, but I want the new school to keep the Rutgers name — 15%
I do not have an opinion on the merger — 5%
I do not think the merger will benefit Rutgers-Camden
I’m in favor of the proposed merger, 15% but I want the new school to keep the Rutgers name I do not think the merger will benefit Rutgers-Camden — 73%
I think the merger will establish a prominent university in South Jersey I do not have an opinion on the merger
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Man stays in jail after bomb plot in Capitol THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Virginia man charged with plotting a suicide bombing inside the U.S. Capitol as part of an FBI sting will remain in jail while he awaits trial after he waived his right to a detention hearing Wednesday. Amine El Khalifi, 29, of Alexandria, appeared in U.S. District Court for a hearing lasting less than five minutes. He also waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and his case now goes to a grand jury for an indictment. El Khalifi, who according to court documents is a native of Morocco who has been living illegally in the U.S. for more than a decade, was arrested Friday following a yearlong investigation and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. An FBI affidavit traces the evolution of El Khalifi’s alleged plotting, saying he revealed his intentions to an undercover FBI operative he thought was a member of al-Qaida. According to the affidavit, El Khalifi spoke in December of wanting to attack a synagogue and Army generals. But within days, he was settling on a new plan to bomb a bustling Washington restaurant at lunchtime, the affidavit states. In January, he changed his mind, saying he wanted to blow himself up inside the Capitol as an act of martyrdom and chose the date of Feb. 17, authorities said. El Khalifi went as far as to don a suicide vest provided to him by the undercover operatives before he was arrested, according to the affidavit. The suicide vest turned out to be inert, and a gun that had been provided to him to shoot his way past security guards also was inoperative. Officials say the public was never in danger. According to court papers, El Khalifi told his supposed co-conspirators that he would be happy if he could kill 30 people in the attack. It is not entirely clear how El Khalifi came to the attention of authorities. Court papers state only that a confidential source reported El Khalifi to the FBI in January 2011 after he allegedly met with others at an Arlington residence and told others that the group needed to be ready for war, and that he agreed with others who believed the war on terror to be a war on Muslims. One individual at that meeting produced what appeared to be an AK-47 rifle. An acquaintance of El Khalifi, who attended Wednesday’s hearing, said the suspect was relatively well-known to worshippers at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church. El Khalifi stood out because he wore a Mohawk haircut and had tattoos, and was in the habit of carrying a white towel with him because he was concerned about his sweaty palms, said the acquaintance, who gave only his last name of Mohamed because he said he did not want to attract notoriety.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls for a 20 percent tax cut for personal income taxes Wednesday during the 20th debate held in Meza, Ariz. He also proposed an increase to the Social Security retirement age for younger workers.
Romney proposes 20 percent tax cuts THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MESA, Ariz. — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday called for 20 percent across-the-board cuts in personal income tax rates as part of a program to help the economy grow. Under the proposal, the top tax rate would drop from 35 percent to 28 percent, and some popular breaks would be scaled back for upper-income taxpayers, although aides provided scant details. “We want middle-income Americans to be the place we focus our help, because it’s middle-income Americans that have been hurt by this Obama economy,” Romney said as he outlined parts of his plan in a campaign appearance in Arizona, one of two states holding a primar y Tuesday. Michigan is the other. Romney did not propose cutting marginal tax rates in a book-length jobs plan he released last year. Now facing a challenge from rival Rick
Santorum, Romney is working to court conservative voters who have been reluctant to embrace his candidacy. Romney’s proposal sharpened his differences with President Barack Obama, who favors allowing tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush to expire on higher incomes. Romney also proposed changes to raise the Social Security retirement age for younger workers and curtail annual benefit increases. He would also allow younger workers to choose a voucher to pay for private insurance instead of participating in traditional Medicare. Romney said he plans to pay for the tax cuts by limiting some of the popular deductions and exemptions for charitable giving, savings, mor tgage interest and other areas. Campaign of ficials would not explain what deductions and exemptions Romney would limit or who would be af fected, though they said the changes will be targeted at the wealthiest households.
Romney said his plan would not raise the federal deficit because economic growth and more tax revenue from ending deductions and exemptions would pay for it. His aides did not offer specifics. “For high-income folks, we’re going to cut back on that so we make sure that the top 1 percent keeps paying the share that they’re paying or more,” Romney said. Romney also cast the proposal as a boon to small-business owners who pay individual rates on their earnings. “By lowering those marginal rates, we help businesses that pay at the individual tax rate to have more money so they can hire more people,” he said. Obama’s campaign said Romney’s plan was a boon for the wealthiest. “He’s giving more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, raising defense spending to an arbitrarily high level, and lowering corporate taxes without explaining how he would pay for them,” spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.
Romney’s proposals are an expansion on what he laid out in his campaign book, “No Apology,” and on a 59-point jobs plan he outlined in September. In that plan, Romney said he opposed raising taxes and would not allow tax cuts passed under Bush to expire. Ending those cuts would make the top tax rate 39.6 percent. Romney originally planned to unveil his economic plan in a major economic speech in Detroit on Friday, set to happen at Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions play football. His campaign said he decided to unveil the plan earlier because he wants to focus on it during Wednesday night’s GOP debate. Obama also unveiled a corporate tax plan Wednesday, one calling for a 28 percent tax. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the timing was not planned to preempt Romney’s announcement. Romney, who released much of his corporate tax plan last year, would lower it to 20 percent. He says economic growth would make the plan revenue neutral.
Occupy protesters plan for ‘general assembly’ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA — A group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement plans to elect 876 “delegates” from around the country and hold a national “general assembly” in Philadelphia over the Fourth of July as part of ongoing protests over corporate excess and economic inequality. The group, dubbed the 99% Declaration Working Group, said Wednesday delegates would be selected during a secure online election in early June from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. In a nod to their First Amendment rights, delegates will meet in Philadelphia to draft and ratify a “petition for a redress of grievances,” convening during the week of July 2 and holding a news conference in front of Independence Hall on the Fourth of July. Any U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who is 18 years
of age or older may run as a nonpartisan candidate for delegate, according to Michael S. Pollok, an attorney who advised Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last year and co-founded the working group. “We feel it’s appropriate to go back to what our founding fathers did and have another petition congress,” Pollok said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We feel that following the footsteps of our founding fathers is the right way to go.” The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776 and cited King George III’s failure to redress the grievances listed in colonial petitions as a reason to declare independence. One man and one woman will be elected from each of the 435 congressional voting districts, according to Pollok, and they will meet in Philadelphia to deliberate, draft and ratify a “redress of
grievances.” One delegate will also be elected to represent each of the U.S. territories. Organizers will not take a position on what grievances should be included, Pollok said, but they will likely include issues like getting money out of politics, dealing with the foreclosure crisis and helping students handle loan debt. Details of the conference are still being worked out, Pollok said, but organizers have paid for a venue in Philadelphia. Pollok would not identify the venue, but said it was “a major state-of-the art facility.” Pollok said the group planned to pay for the conference through donations. Once the petition is completed, Pollok said, the protesters will deliver copies to the White House, members of Congress and the Supreme Court. They will demand that Congress takes action in the first 100 days of taking office next year. If sufficient action is not taken, Pollok said, the delegates will go back to their
districts and try to recruit their own candidates for office. Philadelphia Managing Director Richard Negrin said the city has been in communication with the conference organizers and said the biggest concerns are logistical. The conference is coming at a time when thousands of tourists flock to the City of Brotherly Love for Fourth of July festivities. “It’s mostly a police and traffic control concern,” Negrin said. “We think that as the cradle of liberty we have to be careful and hold our constitutional rights especially reverent here. ... We’re not going to be heavy handed.” Hundreds of Occupy Philadelphia protesters set up an encampment in a plaza at City Hall in early October in unity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. The city eventually ordered them to leave so it could break ground on a $50 million renovation project at the plaza and evicted the remaining protesters in late November.
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Get creative with cheap, healthy food F
inding food on campus that is both healthy and affordable has long proved to be one of the greatest challenges for students. What can be tough is finding a vendor who offers options that are easy on the palette, won’t cause diabetes and leaves us with something left in our wallets. Off-campus students, who may not have the convenience of a meal plan, know this well — but on-campus students too are often forced to balance budget and consumption. The key, it seems, is being creative with one’s choices. Students must first weigh their options. Dining halls offer a wide range of meal options, from the nutritious to the not so nutritious. But freedom of choice isn’t free, and this option can bring pretty hefty costs. A University meal plan, depending on the size, can run anywhere from $735 to $2,270 a semester. For on-campus students who may not have access to an alternative, this is the default option. Dining halls are both convenient and tend to leave students satisfied. For those without a budget big enough to grant them access to these institutions of higher eating, the path to cheap, quick and healthy food becomes more varied, and less intuitive. It takes a sharp eye and keen sense to choose among the multitude of local businesses throughout New Brunswick for a place where one can spend prudently and leave satisfied. There’s certainly no lack of pizza places scattered about the College Avenue campus, but one can only live on cheese and bread for so long. For $7, sandwiches at the grease trucks — a campus favorite — can pack enough calories to last us almost an entire day, but this probably requires sacrificing our future health to save a few bucks in our youth. Grocery stores represent the last frontier for our budgeting endeavors. Though quite removed from the typical college experience, grocery stores offer healthy, wholesale food at, well, grocery store prices. This option may work best with a kitchen, but for students with such a luxury, shopping at grocery stores may be the most ideal option. In the end, students must be creative with their choices. Sure, you can take the $11.50 it costs for a meal at the nearest campus dining hall and spend it on five cheeseburgers at Wendy’s, but most of us have seen “Fast Food Nation.” The best meal option may be a combination both on-campus and off-campus food. At a time when unhealthy food choices abound, and budgets are tight, students must think hard about where and to what their money is being spent.
Dryden fracking ruling adds option H
ydraulic fracking, or hydrofracking, the process of fracturing rock layers by the release of pressurized fluids in an attempt to extract natural gas, has become a point of conflict in recent years. The negative effects of the controversial process are obvious and have led environmental groups, legislators and town officials to denounce hydrofracking throughout the country. One of the more recent developments — now being viewed as a victory for opponents of the process — involves a New York judge’s ruling that would allow the upstate town of Dryden, N.Y., to ban natural gas drilling within the municipality’s limits. The ruling represents an important step in allowing townships to combat the interests of large corporations who wish to bring hydrofracking to their communities. While the process has, in many instances, proved detrimental to soil and groundwater quality in many areas, we’re hesitant to argue that the process should be abandoned entirely. There are as many individuals who view the process as inherently beneficial as those who view it as inherently bad, and giving towns the option to ban hydrofracking on a case-by-case basis may be something worth considering. Moreover, the ruling may prove to be useful for the Garden State in particular, which has been battling with the idea of a fracking ban since last June. New Jersey, which recently passed legislation banning the process for one year, is the first state to do so in the country. The ban, enacted last month by Gov. Chris Christie, is set to expire in January 2013. The ruling gives states like New Jersey another option to consider when evaluating whether fracking should be allowed within their borders. While the state has seen little activity in the form of fracking for natural gas, the Utica Shale formation, running beneath parts of Warren and Sussex counties, could potentially attract energy companies looking exploit the area. This should give state officials more reason to consider all options when drafting new legislation regarding hydrofracking. Despite the controversy surrounding the method, fracking may be deemed appropriate for certain areas where its effects will not harm surrounding communities — but this would be best decided on a case-by-case basis.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “What would a world be like without street harassment?” Emily May, the executive director of the movement “Hollaback,” on public harrasment against women STORY ON FRONT
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riots soon, like the ones I saw o you ever receive in the ’60s.” unsolicited advice Determined to strike up from complete a more positive conversastrangers? It seems to happen tion, I mentioned having to me fairly often. I remember studied the riots of the 1960s distinctly shopping for my in a history course. “And prom dress with my mother how did they teach you when I was 16 years old — I COURTNEY SHAW about them? With a liberal had on a beautiful (but lowbias, I bet.” I told him no, I cut) blue dress, and an older thought it was fairly balanced. “At Princeton? I can’t lady came over to inform us that my outfit was combelieve that.” pletely inappropriate for a girl my age. We were both I explained that although I had grown up in shocked by her presumption, but my mother was Princeton and was working there, I was a student at more incensed than upset. She had been on the fence Rutgers University. “Rutgers? Coming from herself about the dress because of its neckline, but Princeton? Why?” I was at a loss for how to respond after that episode, she bought it on principle. There that one. Which “why” was he looking for me to was no way she’d let a stranger tell me how I could respond to? Why hadn’t I gone to Princeton dress, or even worse, let her overstep my mother’s University? Why did I choose to go to Rutgers? (Why right to decide what was appropriate for her daughter. wasn’t his wife through with the exhibit yet?) He barToday, I had to deal with a stranger whose prereled on anyway. “So were your parents professors? sumptuous advice I couldn’t stand up to so easily. I work Is that why you ended up living in this town?” at the Historical Society of Princeton in my hometown, No, I told him, they are actually both lawyers. and this afternoon, an elderly couple came in to see our “Both of them. Ouch, two lawyers raising you under new exhibit on Albert Einstein. The woman was enthuone roof.” He grimaced, I suppose in sympathy with siastic about the visit, but her husband balked at having my plight. to pay the $4 admission fee. So while she walked Again, I corrected him — they through, he stood at the front desk are both remarried now. That only and chatted with me. I was stuck. “I hadn’t asked for it, deepened his grimace. “Well that’s “Are you a student?” he began. I I just looked at him. I can say told him I was a college senior. “And but I guess he had the sad.” for sure I had not looked sad — they what are you studying?” divorced more than 10 years ago, “I’m double majoring English and right to express it and it doesn’t make me sad to think history, and I also have a minor in in any case.” about it now — so I’m not sure why French.” This should have made he was telling me that it was sad. He sense to him, I think, seeing as he said this with an authoritative air, as had found me working at a Historical if divorce by definition is always sad and conSociety. He screwed up his face and scoffed. “Are you demnable. How could he possibly have any say in not a fan of the liberal arts?” I asked. the matter? But he was adamant. “Useless,” he told me. “You won’t find a job. What “We don’t do that in my family. You stick with the are you going to do? Teach? Instruct younger people one you made that marriage pact with, no matter in the wonders of the humanities, so they won’t what. My mother stuck it out with her lousy man.” know how to make a living either?” I told him I was Oh. So divorce was reprehensible, but staying bitlooking into joining the publishing industry before terly married was a badge of honor? This man heading to graduate school. “Books,” he interjected. referred to his own father not as his father, but as his “Why would you do that? People don’t read books mother’s crummy husband. I cannot say I envied his anymore.” I decided not to comment. I found it family circumstances over mine, but I also was in an insulting that he took the liberty to make these judgodd position of being unable to disagree with him. ments, though of course, none of his statements had He hadn’t actually told me to never get divorced or actually been presented as advice. He just gave me that respectable people stay married — he was simhis very strong opinion on all of my education choicply informing me of his perspective and life experies and career aspirations. I hadn’t asked for it, but I ences. The other ideas were only implied. guess he had the right to express it in any case. “Well that’s one way of looking at it.” I said, softTo change the subject, I asked him what he had ly, because after all I was working and he was a visstudied in school. “Economics, taught by a crazy Greek itor — albeit a judgmental, non-paying visitor who man. He mistakenly thought he knew everything was keeping me from finishing any of the reading about philosophy because he was Greek.” I quipped for class I usually finished in my downtime. that it seems like Greece doesn’t know too much about economics right now either. “Yes, but our country SEE SHAW ON PAGE 9 knows no better, just you wait and see. There will be
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SHAW continued from page 8 “My wife and I just reached our 45th anniversary this year.” I told him that was wonderful and congratulated them both. “Hah. Thanks. Better give me congratulations and her condolences.” I was lost again. Lucky for me, he hadn’t finished his thought, so I didn’t have to come up with a response to that one. “Just don’t rush into getting married. Take time to enjoy doing what you want to do while you can.” Finally, he’d given me an actual piece of advice, so I could respond to him with my opinion. And oddly enough, it was the one opinion I agreed with. I told him that for now I’m enjoying my independence and am in no rush to get married. His wife finally made her way back to retrieve her husband. I was left a little frustrated and bemused. I didn’t mind that we had disagreed on so many things, but I would have enjoyed the conversation more had it been a dialogue in which he tried to understand my point of view, too. Instead he gave me his unsolicited opinion on my life choices when as his junior — and more importantly as an employee of the place he was patronizing — it would have been inappropriate for me to speak to him with the same candor. So I send out this request to all of the opinionated strangers in the world: I will not try to dissuade you from your fervent desire to interfere with my life — I can deal with that — but next time, please advise me under circumstances that allow me to give you a piece of my mind, too. Courtney Shaw is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in English and history with a minor in French. Her column, “Miss Conduct,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
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University community deserves answers Letter KEITH KREBS he University issued a statement on Monday regarding the New York Police Department spying on University faculty and students on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses, solely predicated upon what they believed was the religion of those individuals. “Rutgers University had no knowledge at the time that the New York Police Department was conducting surveillance near the university’s campuses in Newark and New Brunswick. Once the university learned that these activities had occurred, Rutgers was informed
that the NYPD’s investigation was not within the university’s legal jurisdiction. The university was not aware that members of the Rutgers community were allegedly targets of this investigation.” It’s amazing, but not surprising, that the University would attempt to staunch the controversy and incipient outrage of a University community, asserting that the spying occurred only “near” the University’s campuses. The University was also supposedly informed that “the investigation was not within the university’s legal jurisdiction.” Who at the University was informed that the investigations were not within the University’s jurisdiction? With all the preceding
in mind, I would ask that the White House, New Jersey’s senators and representatives — but more specifically, our own University President — demand an FBI investigation of the NYPD and its actions. I would also join with many members of the University community in calling for President Richard L. McCormick to ensure through Acting Chief of the Rutgers University Police Department Kenneth Cop, that appropriate arrest warrants be issued against all involved NYPD officers, their direct superiors and the NYPD commissioner. When civil rights violations occur anywhere in the United States, there is no moral or ethical middle ground — but that is partic-
ularly so for the campus of an uppertier public university, especially one recognized for its supposed commitment to tolerance and diversity. The entire University community deserves swift, clear and complete answers regarding the NYPD’s actions and the University’s awareness thereof. The University has provided none of the above. McCormick, when will N.J. Criminal Trespass charges be filed or alternatively, who among the University staff or police department knew who authorized what and when did they do so? Keith Krebs is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior.
Muslim-Americans part of solution Letter ZAIN AHMED he recent revelation of the New York Police Department’s monitoring of Muslim-American students at the University, New York University, Yale University and other universities in the Northeast is extremely troubling. The NYPD’s actions violate academic freedom, stain the reputations of elite American colleges and universities, and ignite distrust in the hearts and minds of Muslim-Americans — the very community that is dedicated to foiling any terrorist plots against this country. The NYPD’s actions cause bridges to burn between law enforcement and an active MuslimAmerican community. Ever since Sept. 11, the Muslim-American community has opened up all of its doors. We have nothing to hide. For years, Muslim-American
communities have built healthy relationships with local and state law enforcement officials. Imams and mosque administrators have voluntarily reported troubling issues of concern among the people that come to worship. The Times Square bomb plot was prevented from happening because a street vendor, a Muslim-American, notified the police in a timely fashion. MuslimAmericans within my own hometown of Old Bridge, N.J., have joined the Old Bridge Township Auxiliary Police Department and volunteer their time to serve and protect the great town of Old Bridge. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., are the first two Muslim-American members of Congress and contribute to our government in a beneficial way. My point is that government officials and law enforcement — in this case, the NYPD — should be engaging more with the Muslim-American
community rather than alienating it. When I interned in Washington, D.C., for the past two summers, I had the honor of attending Congressional Muslim Staffers Association’s receptions, Friday prayers in the U.S. Capitol Building and Congressional briefings. I interacted with top MuslimAmerican leaders working in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and various other nonprofits and government entities. Those interactions made me appreciate the hard work these Muslim-American men and women have put in toward being a part of the solution. One of the great things about this nation is that there is an opportunity to work toward finding solutions to the toughest problems our nation is facing. Our nation is at war, and we should remain vigilant. Our law enforcement officials
are entrusted with protecting the public’s safety in an era where nonstate actors can wreak havoc upon the global community. With that being said, we must realize that we are in this together. MuslimAmericans are a part of the solution. National security is definitely one of the highest priorities — not just for the government and law enforcement, but also for the Muslim-American community. For Muslim-Americans, the discourse of Islam was hijacked once before, and we will do everything in our power to never let that happen again. I hope the NYPD understands that and issues an apology for spying on countless Muslim-American students at institutions of higher education throughout the Northeast. Zain Ahmad is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in political science with a minor in religion.
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Today's Birthday (02/23/12). Silver dares you to catch it as it rains into your pockets. It slips out easily. Use it to pay your bills, and stick to your plan for the year's priorities. Home, family and friends are the most important puzzle pieces. Online learning could play a part. 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 a 7 — You're ready to take charge. Make new contacts while filling present orders. Stick to practical solutions. Remember to say "please" and "thank you." Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Think it over. You've got some things to handle, and planning can save time. Is there anything you can delegate? Complete old stuff to gain space. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — There's no point in blaming others. You can dig yourself out of a hole. Use the right tools. Your team can come to the rescue. Thank them and celebrate. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Don't let the stress of the test or challenge get you irritable. You can be very convincing now. Stand up for what you believe in. It could even be fun. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Your wanderlust intensifies. Travel and romance both look good for the next few days. The challenge: spend the same as you would at home. Day trips satisfy. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Your actions could rub someone the wrong way. Don't let circumstances dim your brilliance. Balance the different aspects of your life. Get plenty of rest.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — What you're learning seems to contradict what you already know. You can figure out what works for you and use it to your advantage. Don't rush. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You're getting busier, and while that's a good thing, don't burn yourself out. Take plenty of breaks to stretch and rest your senses. Breathe deeply. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Get projects complete around the house, and clean up an old mess. Don't get into a losing argument. Feed your romantic senses later in the day. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Your capacity to communicate and concentrate is increased. Listen closely. Today you can solve old riddles. A stroll out in nature inspires. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Not everything goes according to plan, but that doesn't stop you from going for it, especially where work's concerned. Do the best with what you have. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Let your loved ones build up your confidence. They have faith in you, even when you doubt yourself. Try some of those moneymaking ideas.
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Marquette senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom surveys the Bradley Center floor last night, when he scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half. Johnson-Odom is second in the Big East in scoring.
Senior midfielder Ali Steinberg looks to attack yesterday in the Knights’ 12-11 loss to Temple. Steinberg scored three goals.
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season-high 23 turnovers in loss continued from back It gave the Golden Eagles a 3point lead, and it was never as close again. “We should learn from our mistakes, but we don’t seem to get better,” said sophomore forward Gilvydas Biruta, who was one of four Knights to score in double figures. “This feels like rock bottom.” Marquette pushed the pace from the outset, pressing full-court and running at every opportunity.
Rutgers gave the Golden Eagles plenty of opportunities, turning the ball over a seasonhigh 23 times. Marquette took full advantage, turning them into 31 points. Marquette made 24 trips to the foul line. Rutgers made three. “This young group … they live to turn the ball over,” Rice said. “We want to do what Marquette does, at a tempo and a pace.” The closest thing to a bright spot came from Seagears, but then he disappeared for nearly 24 minutes. He led the Knights offensively, scoring 11 of the team’s first
25 points only 12 minutes into the game. But he did not attempt a shot again until Rutgers trailed by 14 with 8:50 remaining. Marquette grabbed the rebound off of Seagears’ miss, and Crowder made his way to the bench. It was a welcomed sight for the Knights, but the 6-foot-6 forward already put the game well out of reach. “Their whole team was tremendous on the break,” Rice said. “If you can’t stop someone from putting their head down and scoring layups, you’re not going to be very successful. We certainly weren’t tonight.”
off early Owls barrage on ‘O’ continued from back But Rutgers responded with midfielder Kristin Kocher’s first collegiate goal. The freshman from Medford, N.J. put the Knights up, 6-1, but a late 3-0 run by the Owls closed the gap, sending the Knights into halftime without momentum. Reestablishing their presence early in the second half, the Knights led by five before falling to the Owls’ comeback.
“We went through a few lulls,” Steinberg said. “We have to have a better mindset [in the second half]. Sometimes when you’re up by a few goals, you think you have to stop attacking. We’ll have to keep attacking so that doesn’t happen again.” Despite the second-half dip in scoring, Steinberg continued to attack. She added a second-half goal, garnering her first hat trick of the season. The Knights host Cornell on Saturday at the RU Tur f Field. They look to rebound from their second-half collapse with a full 60 minutes of consistent play.
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Freshmen fill holes in lineup, pitching staff BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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Head coach Jay Nelson looks on during a game in 2011. Nelson calls this year’s team his strongest during his Rutgers tenure.
With third baseman Brittney Lindley as the only one of last season’s top three hitters SOFTBALL returning, Rutgers head softball coach Jay Nelson needed to fill some gaps in his lineup. Neither Mandy Craig nor Mikelyn Messina — they had batting averages of .358 and .341, respectively — are on the roster this season. In addition to the loss of two top hitters, an injur y to sophomore Megan Williams left a hole in the pitching staff, as well, with only Abbey Houston and Noelle Sisco left as healthy pitchers. To help, Nelson brought in four freshmen that, with only two rain-shortened tournaments under their belts, have all seen significant time. So far they have Nelson’s approval. “The freshmen have all been doing their jobs,” he said. “I think in their mind they expect to step in and bat .350 and hit multiple home r uns and do really great things, and eventually they are. They may do it this year.” Ashley Alden, Jackie Bates, Chandler Howard and Alyssa Landrith make up the strongest class of freshman in the past six years, Nelson said. Alden and Bates have started all seven of the Scarlet Knights’ games this season, and Howard has appeared in six games with five starts. Landrith has made five appearances this season and leads the team in wins (three),
innings pitched (26.2) and strikeouts (13). In a rematch with Texas State, the Vacaville, Calif., native took a no-hitter into the seventh inning en route to a 2-1 victor y. On the offensive side, Bates has made the biggest splash. In the season-opening tournament in Lafayette, La., the Lincroft, N.J., native collected four hits, including her first collegiate home run, to go with
“[The freshmen are] all good enough to play at this level and be outstanding at this level.” JAY NELSON Head Coach
three RBIs. Her game-winning home run helped her earn a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. But Bates did not stop there. She currently leads the freshmen in nearly every offensive category and owns the fourthhighest batting average for Rutgers (.286). “That’s the kind of player Jackie can be,” Nelson said. “She can hit any pitching, she can play multiple positions. We’re just going to refine some of the things she does.” Alden credits the upperclassmen with the quick integration of the freshmen into the core of the team. Rather than make the new-
comers undergo some form of initiation, the veterans stressed unity from Day 1. “They always make us feel welcome,” Alden said. “There’s no hazing, there’s no discrimination. They treat us as if we were juniors and seniors.” Bates mirrors Alden’s feelings. “[The upperclassmen] are definitely suppor tive with high fives and cheers and stuf f,” she said. “They hope for the best in ever ything.” But the transition is not only about blending in with the team. Young players also have to worry about the step up in competition. College and high school softball are two completely different worlds in terms of skill level, a sentiment Nelson fully understands, especially in terms of pitching. “The pitching dif ferences are major,” he said. “When you get to the D-I level, especially in the Big East, there aren’t any weak pitchers. You’re facing all good pitchers that throw hard and make the ball move and change speeds.” To help combat the drastic change, Nelson purposely schedules tough opponents early in their schedule. The Knights faced No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 24 Tulsa this season in their opening tournament. “One of the reasons we schedule those teams is to right away see if they can compete at that level,” he said. “They’re all good enough to play at this level and be outstanding at this level. It’s just getting used to the speed and the pace of the game.”
RU seeks last-chance qualifiers BY ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
After competing in the biggest indoor competition of the season in the Big East Championships, m u c h WOMEN’S TRACK of the Rutgers RUTGERS AT women’s FASTRACK INVITE, track TODAY and field t e a m takes this week to get rest before the ECAC Championships begin March 3 in Boston. Other athletes will compete today in the New York
University Fastrack Invitational held at the legendar y New York Armor y. “We are only taking seven athletes to the Fastrack Invitational,” said head coach James Robinson. “We have three kids that are just short of qualifying for the ECAC. We are looking to give those kids a shot.” The three athletes Robinson speaks of are freshman Meagan Robinson, who is short in the 60meter hurdles, junior Ekene Ugboaja, who tries to qualify in the triple jump, and senior Danai Lendor, who is just shy in the 500 meter.
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Senior Danai Lendor is one of three Knights vying to qualify for the ECAC Championships today at the Fastrack Invitational.
As for the rest of the Scarlet Knights, they plan to rebound after completing a tough stretch that featured six consecutive weeks of competition. “We need some much deser ved rest right now,” Robinson said. The Knights continue to try to get several athletes healthy. Sophomore Corryn Hurrington suffered an ankle sprain during the 4x400-meter relay at the Big East Championships. An added week of rest will be beneficial. Rutgers plans to also use the extra week between the Big East and ECAC Championships to improve. The team wants to score a top-15 finish. “I see a situation where we have a great opportunity,” Robinson said. “I think we will do pretty well. The Big East, being an elite conference, has prepared the team well for the ECAC. We are looking to perform well and end the indoor season on a good note.” With the indoor season dwindling, the outdoor season is right around the corner. The Knights go from consistently competing in a controlled environment to having to deal with weather. “The hardest transition is going from indoor to outdoor,” said senior Nwamaka Okobi. “You go from the best indoor meets to back to trying to qualify again. Thankfully, since I am a jumper, the weather isn’t going to affect me as much as it may some of the other girls.”
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he Rutgers volleyball team announced its schedule for the spring season. The Scarlet Knights will scrimmage Seton Hall on March 23 at the College Avenue Gym before competing in two away tournaments. Rutgers will travel March 31 to play in the Army tournament featuring the Black Knights, Albany, Hofstra, Manhattan and Marist. The regular season will conclude at the Mar yland Spring Tournament with Maryland, American, George Washington and Villanova.
men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will undergo back surgery and miss at least two more games. The 69-year-old coach will remain in the hospital until his surger y Monday for spinal stenosis. Calhoun already missed six games during his leave of absence for the injury. He will not coach in Saturday’s matchup against No. 2 Syracuse and Tuesday’s game against Providence. UConn is 17-10 this season.
guard Iman Shumper t will not participate in the NBA Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend because of a knee injur y. Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans will replace the rookie. Shumpert sat out of Monday’s game against the New Jersey Nets after complaining of knee pain before the matchup.
undisclosed punishment yesterday for one of its radio announcers who used an offensive term about Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. The announcer, Spero Dedes, used the phrase “chink in the armor” in reference to Lin. He said it during Friday’s broadcast of the Knicks’ loss to the New Orleans Hornets. He is the third member of the media to be reprimanded for such comments in reference to Lin.
Nets announced for ward Shawne Williams will miss the remainder of the season because of a foot injury. Williams under went surger y yesterday to remove two bone fragments and place three screws in his left foot. The forward played in 25 games this season and averaged 4.5 points per game. Williams is the fourth Net to undergo foot surger y this season along with Brook Lopez, Damion James, and Keith Bogans.
As Mike Baird settled into his seat at the 2011 Wayne Valentine Invitational to watch the 55-meter hurdles MEN’S TRACK final, his father directed his attention to the meet packet, which listed him as the meet’s record holder in the event. Baird lost his record 7.81 seconds later, and the packet needed to be updated. The new record belonged to a senior from Whippany Park High School named Mike Fritz. Fritz broke Baird’s record by one-hundredth of a second. “I let him know about that when he came on the recruiting trip,” Baird said. Baird, a fifth-year senior for the Rutgers men’s track and field team, lives only a few towns from Fritz in Rockaway, N.J., and he was determined to get Fritz to commit to Rutgers. “I’ve been basically alone for a while doing the heptathlons and decathlons,” Baird said, “so it was really important to me to bring in a guy who was solid in all the events and ready to compete, and who was going to be good.” His efforts paid off. Fritz is in his first season as a multievent athlete for the Scarlet Knights, and he is grateful to Baird for helping him ever y step of the way. “He has helped me probably in every event,” the freshman said. “Because he’s been there, he’s been in my spot, he knows exactly what I’m going through. … If I do something wrong in an event, he could look at that and say, ‘Oh, that’s the same thing I did wrong. You’ve just got to do this,’ and right there, that could
fix so much, just change an event for me.” The encouragement is essential to multi-event athletes like Baird and Fritz, who compete in up to 10 different events per meet. “There’s so much training that we go through workoutwise,” Baird said. “We’ll tr y to train for three or four events a day. At practice we’ll run, throw, pole vault, long jump … and other guys will just pole vault that day, where we did that already plus there are other things. So no one really knows what we go through until they do it.” But the rigorous tests faced by multi-eventers at ever y meet translate into strong bonds between the contestants. “It’s not like the other events where you hate your competitors. It’s kind of like a brotherhood,” Baird said. “No hard feelings even if you lose — it’s just a mutual respect between ever ybody.” The bond between the two teammates has reached that level, as the elder Baird opened his apartment to Fritz when he needed a place to stay during winter practices. During those practices, Fritz exhibited a high level of energy unlike anyone Baird has seen, Baird said. “This guy is off the wall at practice,” Baird said. “He’s just crazy. This kid is just non-stop energy. I’ll be tired after taking 12 pole vaults — he’ll do like 50. He just loves it.” Fritz says his high energy level is his biggest strength. As for the positives of being a multi-event athlete, Fritz is thankful for the variety it provides. “I think that the most fun part is not doing the same thing every
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Senior decathlete Mike Baird competes in the long jump during the 2011 spring season’s Rutgers Invitational. day,” he said. “I look at the sprinters, and they have to sprint every day, every week. I would hate that.” Baird is on pace to graduate after this season, so the sense
of urgency to win now is higher than ever. He hopes he and Fritz are able to remain successful in his final campaign.
Rutgers returns for long-awaited home opener BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team has faced more than its fair share of challenges in the first three MEN’S LACROSSE games of the 2012 UMBC AT season. RUTGERS, Right SATURDAY, 1 P.M. out of the gate, the Scarlet Knights faced No. 2 Duke, which handed the Knights their first loss of the season. They matched up a week later against Air Force, which Rutgers battled to a 1-point win despite the military academy’s physical play. The Knights then endured their first quick turnaround of the season, notching another win against Wagner only two days after the Air Force matchup. To top it all off, the Knights did it all on the road. Rutgers (21) finally remains home Sunday as it takes on Mar ylandBaltimore County (0-1) at the RU Turf Field. “We talked about that a little bit before we got off the bus after finally getting back to campus,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “I think it is always a special opportunity when you get to play home games and you get to put on that white jersey.” Brecht said the atmosphere on the team has changed now
that it has its first opportunity to play at home. For the seniors, the game is the last home opener of their careers. “I think the guys are excited, the seniors especially,” Brecht said. “Each day, each game that goes by they lose that week, so you have to be excited for the next one. And the next one we are at home on campus here at Rutgers.” Rutgers enters the UMBC matchup with more than only home-field advantage. The first three games of the season taught the Knights a lot about themselves at an early point in the year. They now know their highpowered offense receives a lift from their first midfield. Senior co-captains Mike Diehl and Will Mangan consistently lead the team in points, combining for 16 points during the first three games. Newcomer Brian Goss, who has seven points with four goals and three assists, supports the co-captains. Mangan noticed something else about the team after the first game. While the Knights eventually fell to Duke, the fact that they stuck with the No. 2 team in the country told Mangan the team is capable of facing anyone. “In the past, I’ve opened up with some teams we were supposed to beat,” Mangan said. “I think it was a good experience with a long trip and playing one of
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Senior midfielder Mike Diehl is tied for second on the team with five goals through three games this season. the top teams in the country. I think we showed ourselves that we can play with anyone when we play well, and that will help us going forward.” And while the first three games of the season taught the Knights a lot about themselves, Brecht feels the best preparation for the weekend now is rest. For Brecht, the team has already faced challenges and
learned its lessons. All that is left now is to prepare mentally for their first taste of home play this season. “We are going to have a day off because sometimes less is more,” Brecht said. “We will gather ourselves and then have a shor t week to prepare for UMBC. I think ever yone is excited enough. We will be ready to go.”
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Freshman point guard Jerome Seagears drives to the basket as Marquette’s Jae Crowder defends last night at the Bradley Center, where the Knights lost their eighth game in nine tries. Crowder led all scorers with 27 points after scoring 29 at Connecticut.
MILWAUKEE — One of the biggest cheers last night at the Bradley Center came with fewer than nine minutes remaining, when Jae Crowder MEN’S BASKETBALL made his way to the bench. It RUTGERS 65 Marquette was the only break MARQUETTE 82 the Rutgers men’s basketball team had from the senior forward all night in an 82-65 loss to the 10th-ranked team in the nation. Crowder turned a strong first half into a dominant second, dismissing any notion of a Scarlet Knights rally on the road. So when he made his way to the bench for a brief break, he received an ovation trumped only by the final thank you for his 27 points with 2:12 remaining. “Right now, they have men and we have boys,” said head coach Mike Rice. “It’s as simple as that.” Crowder returned less than a minute after that substitution and immediately scored. It gave the Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3) their largest lead of the night at 16. The Knights (12-16, 4-11) already rallied from 15 down in the first half to twice cut the deficit to 4, and they had it as close as 6 in the second half. But they were never really in it. Darius Johnson-Odom was the reason in the first half, when he scored 19 of his 21 points with a shooting performance reminiscent of the 29 he scored last year in Piscataway. The senior guard went cold in the second half, but it never mattered. “There’s only so much you can do with a Big East leading scorer,” said freshman point guard Jerome Seagears. Crowder scored 6 of Marquette’s first 8 points out of the half, forcing Rice to call a timeout less than three minutes into a half for the second time in the game. This one came after Crowder tipped in a missed layup in transition. The first came only 2:02 into the game, when the Knights left Johnson-Odom uncovered under the basket for easy points on an inbounds play.
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Knights drop season opener to Owls in last minutes BY PATRICK LANNI STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team surrendered six straight goals in the second half yesterday, allowing Temple to erase a five-goal deficit. WOMEN’S LACROSSE Owls midfielder TEMPLE 12 Stephanie Markunas put the go-ahead goal RUTGERS 11 past junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata with 3:31 left to play, giving them the final edge, 12-11. The Scarlet Knights could not find the late equalizer, as their last offensive posses-
sion ended up in the stick of Temple goalie Tess Bishop. With less than 10 minutes to play, the Owls established momentum by winning four straight draw controls. They then capitalized on the won possessions, notching three goals in a two-minute span. Temple attack Jaymie Tabor scored two of the timely goals. The sophomore scored six goals in her first game against Oregon. Stopping her became a priority for the Knights defense. The defensive unit, led by senior captain Rebecca Alley, stymied Tabor and the Owls offense for most of the game, but could not
put together a full game’s effort to halt them completely. “We need to find a way to keep ourselves competitive for the full 60 minutes,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “We know that was a game we should’ve won and that we had the ability to win.” The Knights put together the strong start they wanted, establishing a 5-0 lead after only six minutes of play. Senior attack Lindsey Watts found the back of the net first for the Knights, assisted by senior midfielder Ali Steinberg. The senior duo continued to make noise offensively. Steinberg added the Knights’ second goal two minutes later, as the team looked for control early.
Steinberg’s second goal of the game put the Knights up, 4-0, and everything began to work for the Knights. Forcing turnovers and scooping ground balls, the Knights showcased their physicality. “Every 50-50 ball is ours,” Brand-Sias said to her players. The Knights had all of the early answers to the Owls attack. The defense blanked the Owls for more than 12 mintues before Temple’s Stephany Parcell put them on the board.
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REPORT: TEMPLE, BIG EAST NEAR AGREEMENT FOR 2012 FOOTBALL MEMBERSHIP
Temple head coach Steve Addazio may coach the Owls in the Big East in 2012.
The Big East is working on adding another school for its future makeup. The conference and Temple are close to completing negotiaFOOTBALL tions to bring back the former Big East team, according to The Star-Ledger. Temple left the conference in 2004, joining the Mid-American Conference for football and the Atlantic 10 for its Olympic sports. Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher confirmed at the BCS meeting in Dallas that the Big East and Temple were having ongoing discussions. It is still uncertain whether the Big East will add the Owls for all sports or football
only to start, with promise of full membership in the future. If Temple joins the league that kicked it out in 2004, the Owls will likely take West Virginia’s spot for league football scheduling purposes, which involves a game against Rutgers. Temple’s addition gives the Big East eight schools for football next season and 14 in 2013 if Syracuse and Pittsburgh are required to stay one more season before leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference. West Virginia reached a $20 million settlement with the Big East, allowing it to leave the conference in June and bypass the
league’s 27-month exit penalty to join the Big 12. Temple was an option to join the Big East if the addition of Boise State fell through, but both teams have a Big East future. Boise State will likely join the conference in 2013 because of late timing and prohibitive costs in leaving the Mountain West for football. The MAC buyout is $2.5 million for two years’ notice, meaning it might cost the Owls twice that to relocate its football team. The buyout for the Atlantic 10 is reportedly $1.5 million. — Staff Report