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The Rutgers men’s basketball team evened its record Saturday at Seton Hall with a 77-72 overtime win, highlighted by freshman Jerome Seagears’ game-winning 3-pointer.
Witness testimonies begin in Dharun Ravi trial BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER NEWS EDITOR
More than 60 people packed the courtroom of the Middlesex County Courthouse Friday as opening arguments were presented in the trial of Dharun Ravi, which is scheduled to continue for the next three to four weeks. Ravi, 19, dressed in a black suit, light blue shirt and blue plaid tie, rocked back and forth in his swivel chair on the left side of the room as the court came to session. Ravi’s family piled into a row behind a bench full of press photographers. The Clementis — parents Joseph and Jane, and their son Brian — sat on the opposite side of the room, on the same side as the jury box. The jury initially consisted of 16 members, but shrunk to 15 just before opening statements, as one of the jurors was excused for amending an answer on the questionnaire all potential jurors filled out. First Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure started with a statement on behalf of Tyler ANASTASIA MILLICKER / NEWS EDITOR Clementi. She described the first few online Dharun Ravi leaves the second-floor courtroom in the Middlesex County Courthouse after interactions between Clementi and Ravi prior to living together, Ravi’s conversations with the first day of trial. The trial, which began on Friday, is expected to last three to four weeks.
his friends regarding Clementi, his online commentary on Clementi’s sexuality and the events leading up to Clementi’s death. In two separate incidents during September 2010, Ravi used a webcam that automatically accepted phone calls to spy on his roommate and another male, known as M.B., in Room 30 of Davidson Hall on Busch campus, McClure said. After hearing his encounter was streamed live on the Internet, Clementi, 18, jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010, she said. Ravi is charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest with up to 10 years in prison. McClure said the webcam incident — an invasion of privacy — and Ravi’s actions were not a prank, but rather planned with malicious intent. “You can never take away another person’s dignity. It means ever ything to them and nothing to you,” she said. “This isn’t about Dharun Ravi having to like Tyler Clementi’s sexual orientation or the
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NJUS ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD, ACCEPTS MEMBERSHIP INTO USSA DURING SECOND ANNIVERSARY MEETING New Jersey United Students met Saturday at a convention to elect a new executive board and organize goals for the semester. Spencer Klein, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, was elected chair of the executive board, which includes representatives of student governments from colleges and universities across the state, said Matt Cordeiro, president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly. “It’s a great step forward to a statewide student movement,” he said. “We saw a lot of commitment from a bunch of different schools’ student governments across the state.” Among the schools represented at the NJUS conference were Bergen County Community College, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, The University’s New Brunswick and Newark campuses, Kean University, The College of New Jersey, New Jersey City University, Montclair State University and Rowan University, Cordeiro said. Initiatives for the semester include increasing government support for higher education, which Gov. Chris Christie proposed to raise by about 6 percent in his budget proposal last week, he said.
“We want to see if we can push him and the state legislature a little further to increase those numbers,” Cordeiro said. Other goals for the semester are solidifying student autonomy over student fees and lobbying for tuition caps, he said. NJUS was accepted into the United States Student Association, which ser ves as a platform for student governments across the countr y to interact. It also provides legal suppor t to student governments, he said. “It opens up a national network, which is the most valuable aspect [of USSA],” he said. Cordeiro was happy to exchange dialogue with other student governments in terms of the problems they face. “A lot of problems student governments face on other campuses are similar [to ours],” he said. “It’s just great to see that we want to work together on these issues. … We’re going to strengthen the student voice in the state.” —Amy Rowe
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The city passed an ordinance requiring cars to give cyclists a 3-foot clearance. Legislators are looking to make it a state law.
Students of various faiths gather Friday in memory of Avi Schaefer to promote religious unity.
Bikers, legislators address safety issues at annual summit
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The University’s revised Code of Student Conduct improves an outdated guide to student behvior.
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Jeffrey Broughton Jr. and members of the Union Baptist Church Choir perform during the 30th annual “Evening of Gospel Choirs” featuring old-fashioned gospel music Saturday at the Voorhees Chapel. Rutgers Student Life Multicultural Involvement sponsored the concert.
More than 100 legislators, advocates, students and planners attended the Third Annual Bike/Ped Summit on Saturday, addressing the benefits of a safe environment for bicycle riders in the local communities. Speaking to a near-capacity auditorium at the University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Mayor James Cahill said the city is building bike paths throughout New Brunswick and adding flashing crosswalks at busy intersections because it is an economic way to make the community safer. “[The city’s] willingness to adapt will always be paramount to our success in New Brunswick, and it’s the main reason our city just keeps getting better,” Cahill said. New Jersey is the second worst state for pedestrian fatalities, with about 25 percent of traffic deaths in the state being bicycle and pedestrian related, said Jeff Miller, president of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, a national coalition that supports bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups.
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Groups foster interfaith connections Students of various religious backgrounds honor student’s death, spread his ideas BY KYLE SWEET CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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Student organizations came together Friday in honor of Avi Schaefer, who was struck and killed by a drunken driver in February 2010, in efforts to continue his mission: to find commonalities between students with different religious backgrounds. Rutgers Hillel, along with the University chapters of the Muslim Student Association, Ratio Christi, Trinity House and Rutgers Shalom/Shalaam, co-hosted the “Avi Interfaith Dinner” at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus to spread awareness of Schaefer’s attempts to unite faiths on campus while he was a student at Brown University. Dinner participants were seated with people of different faiths from their own, in which they recited Muslim, Christian and Jewish prayers before dinner, said Taylor Barger, the president of Trinity House and one of the event’s coordinators. Barger, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said the dinner is an event that occurs at universities nationwide in honor of Schaefer’s death. Barger said the dinner is a part of the Avi Shabbat Fund, which Schaefer’s parents created to donate to Hillels nationwide in order to host interfaith dinners. “The goal of tonight is to bring the different faiths together and to not really recognize the difference, but to find all the commonalities between all the different faiths,” Barger said.
Barger said during the day, the groups were invited to different prayer services, including Muslim and Judaic services to connect with others in a different way than they normally would through observing other people’s religious practices. Senior Dean of Students Mark Schuster said he thinks people should believe in interconnected communities and have respect for one another. Schuster said recent police activity regarding the New York Police Department affects not only the Muslim community, but also the entire University community. Information recently surfaced that the NYPD placed Muslim students in Northeast universities under surveillance without permission, according to an nj.com article. “In the context of what just happened, where some perceptions that the Muslim community has been profiled, we’re here to show support and that both the Dean of Students office is mutual an affirming and that we love the idea of everyone sharing birthright and cultural sensitivities,” Schuster said. Ibaad Sadiq, the MSA president, said the incident with the NYPD af fects the entire Muslim community. “Whenever there’s an instance when a certain faith or religious group or ethnicity is going through some challenge, they need to know that they have a whole campus of people there for them,” Sadiq said, a School of Engineering sophomore. Zeke Pariser, the president of Hillel, said the interfaith dinner helped him realize that although people of different backgrounds
may look and sound different, they may actually have much in common. “We’re all college kids and it’s really a waste of four years if we don’t take advantage of getting to know the different people out there,” said Pariser, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. William Eastman, president of Shalom/Salaam, said the goal of his organization is to bring people of different faiths together through charity, community service and mutual respect. “I did not know Avi personally, but I think one of the things you learn from faith is everyone has things they go through, whether you’re Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, whatever. Whatever they are we need to start mourning the loss of every person,” said Eastman, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Matt Cordeiro, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said in light of what happened with the NYPD issue, it is important to cherish the times when individuals of different backgrounds come together. “It really shows that these groups can coexist and accept each other, and often its forces outside this place that causes a split,” said Cordeiro, an event attendee. Annie Yang, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said this event allows individuals to learn from students of different faiths. “This event helped me understand where my friends are coming from in terms of what they believe in. Just because we have different religions, it doesn’t mean we can’t share and connect with each other,” Yang said.
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Alumni examine history behind ‘The Help’ BY JAY CHOPRA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
University alumni and students watched and discussed Oscar-nominated film “The Help” on Friday, which focuses on the experiences of African-American maids during the 1960s. The event, sponsored by the Rutgers University Alumni Association, is part of a series of educational programs for University alumni, but was the first film screening and lecture the organization has hosted. Donna Donahue, the RUAA assistant director of Alumni Programs, said the film was an appealing way for people to discuss the history of black women in the United States. “We were trying to find a way to talk about African-American history and women’s history, but in a way that would capture audiences
TRIAL: Students say Ravi is not homophobic, malicious continued from front nature of his private sexual activity. It’s about having the decency to respect it and respect Tyler’s privacy.” Ravi’s attorney Steve Altman said his client’s behavior was not criminal. Rather, Altman said Ravi was without criminal intent, because he was just an 18-yearold boy straight out of high school at the time. “He was a boy, [what] you need to do is understand the dynamics of what occurred, close your eyes and look back as to how it existed,” Altman said. Altman said Ravi never harassed his roommate or spoke negatively of him, and the webcam stream was not recorded or distributed. Student witnesses said Ravi was not homophobic, but expressed some concern about living with a gay man. Austin Chung, a Stevens Institute of Technology sophomore, took the stand as the first witness. He, Ravi and their mutual friend Molly Wei attended high school together at West WindsorPlainsboro North High School. Ravi and Chung were on the Ultimate Frisbee team and ate lunch together sometimes. Wei was in her room — across the hall from Ravi and Clementi’s — along with Ravi and other students, when they viewed Clementi with his male visitor via webcam. Chung and high school friend Jason Tam visited Ravi at the University one weekend in September. Wei, Chung’s thengirlfriend, had continuous interaction with the group through AOL Instant Messenger and cellphone. Chung said he briefly met Clementi during that visit, but did not otherwise interact with him. Chung said Ravi told him Tyler was a nice guy and did not think Ravi had a problem with Clementi’s sexual orientation. Ravi and Wei messaged Chung via AIM on Sept. 19, 2010 at 9:20 p.m. to tell Chung they just saw Clementi “making out with some dude,” to which Chung responded “… Ew. Wtf [What the f—-?].” Wei text messaged Chung on Sept. 21, 2010, saying police in an unmarked car was picking her up. Otherwise, Chung did not
of all genres, ages and genders,” she said. The film screening was followed by a lecture from University history professor Deborah White, who discussed the film’s historical relevance to the Jim Crow laws in the South and the Montgomery Bus Boycott of the civil rights movement. “In the segregated South, whites believed black women passed diseases between dirty black neighborhoods and pure white homes,” White said. “Earlier in the century, some proposed licensing legislation that forced black women to have their homes inspected or subjected themselves to medical examinations by public health nurses and social workers.” White compared the film’s portrayal of southern white women who employed domestic workers to that of a white woman interviewed in 1988, who, based on experiences with her black maid, shared the
beliefs of the segregated South about black women and disease. “To [“The Help” author Kathryn Stockett’s] credit, she has exposed these seemingly innocent women,” she said. “She has forced us to think more critically at the real-life Jane Stafford of the world. Dare I say, she has forced everyone who employs domestic workers to look more critically at themselves.” Douglass College alumna Bernice Venable shared the experience her mother had working as a maid for a white family around the same time “The Help” takes place. “They considered my mother a member of the family. Long after she passed away … they kind of watched over me and my father and my brother to see how things were going and that lasted all the way to when I went to Douglass College,” Venable said. Venable said the film highlights the real personalities of
hired help, which reminded her of her childhood. “It still lingers in [the systems of] those of us who are women of color who lived during the time when our parents … worked in the domestic work,” she said. “‘The Help’ brings out … what is really in our hearts no matter what we look like.” Fran McClain, a Newark College of Arts and Sciences alumna, said the film was a good start in exploring the lives of black domestic workers in the 20th century, but recommends audiences read the book as well. “The one thing that you really don’t see in there is how these women really interacted with their own children,” McClain said. “You don’t know, you don’t see anything about their care of their own children. … The book goes into much more detail — that movie is very superficial.” Shelley Alexander, a Douglass
College alumna, said the movie is popular because the story is told from a different perspective than how it is traditionally told. “I think it’s … popular because somebody white wrote it. When we have movies that come out that are produced by black people or written from a black perspective it seems like it is more geared to a black audience,” she said. “White people don’t go to the theater in droves to see a black movie.” McClain said the novel was also more popular among white audience members. “I heard about this book ‘The Help’ from one of my white classmates,” she said. “I didn’t hear too many black people talking about it.” The Association of Black Women Historians have criticized the film for oversimplifying the experiences of black domestic workers and its depictions of African-American men, McClain said.
receive much more information from either Wei or Ravi. Cassandra Cicco, Wei’s firstyear roommate, was the next to take the stand. Cicco answered each question with little hesitation. Wei and Cicco, a Rutgers Business School sophomore, lived across the hall from Ravi and Clementi in Room 29. Cicco said that she could not see much past the doorframe into Ravi and Clementi’s room. Cicco and five others were in her room during the second streaming incident. Cicco said she saw one male with his shirt of f leaning against another male “making out.” She said the viewing lasted no more than a few seconds. “Someone pressed ‘end’ on the feed and it ended abruptly, and we’re like, ‘That happened,’” she said. Cicco described M.B. as a thick man shorter than 6 feet with facial hair. Cicco figured the other male was Clementi. Ravi told her this incident proved Clementi was gay. Despite the incident, Cicco said Ravi was not uncomfortable with gay people. “He said he didn’t have any problem with homosexuals, and in fact, he had a really good friend who was homosexual,” Cicco said. Ravi’s gay friend was not present at the case. Alvin Artha, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, lived down the hall in Room 26. Artha said he had difficulty remembering the details of the incidents. Artha called the night scandalous because M.B. was an older man. He said he remembers Ravi saying he was uncomfortable sleeping in his room and told Ar tha he would stay with a friend on Livingston campus. Scott Xu, one of Ravi’s teammates on the West WindsorPlainsboro Nor th and University Ultimate Frisbee teams, spoke last. Xu, a School of Engineering sophomore, said Ravi spoke about streaming Clementi’s encounter the same night as the team practiced. Xu, who lived at Allen Hall on Busch campus, said he did not view the stream. The trial is set to resume Monday morning with a crossexamination of Xu and statements from Wei, Ravi’s residence hall assistant and University Housing representatives.
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as a Pedestrian Safety Focus State, she said. While Miller said he was pleased with Cahill’s efforts in drawing up plans for cross-city bicycle lanes, he reminded those present that they also have to play an active role in making the city law — which requires motorists to give bicyclists three feet of clearance between the car and the bike — a state law. The Summit included a panel discussion consisting of John Sowell, president of the Irvington City Council, Jerry Fried, mayor of Montclair, and Paul Matacera, former mayor of North Brunswick. Fried said bicycle advocacy groups should begin with small, easy victories that gain the attention and support of the community before spreading to county and regional levels. Mike Viscardi, manager of project development at NJ Transit, said organizations had a responsibility to
contact government officials to offer solutions for the biking issues that have recently come into light throughout the state. “You’ve got to let [your legislators] know this is a serious issue,” he said. Viscardi said he works alongside advocacy groups in New Jersey to provide bicycle equipment, such as bike racks, to NJ Transit stops. Miller said college students are especially influential in safety advocacy because school administrators are responsible for their well-being, a factor that should not be underestimated. “College students have a bigger voice than they think they do,” he said. Sofia Recalde, a teaching assistant at the University, said individuals from different groups should work together to raise awareness and attract others who want to be engaged with the issues.
Pedestrian Safety Focus title continued from front “New Jersey has great policies … but we want to make sure they’re being implemented,” Miller said. “[New Jersey citizens should] take advantage of the great policies you have. Push them, implement them, remind elected officials, leaders and others that they’re there.” A New Brunswick city ordinance passed in 2011 requires cars to give bicyclists a three-foot clearance on the road. Similar legislation was proposed on the statewide level, but did not pass in the Senate, said Debbie Kingsland, section chief in the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The federal government designated New Jersey, which has more than 100 pedestrian deaths per year,
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Some Syrian residents discredit referendum, killings continue THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s authoritarian regime held a referendum on a new constitution Sunday, a gesture by embattled President Bashar Assad to placate those seeking his ouster. But the opposition deemed it an empty gesture and the West immediately dismissed the vote as a “sham.” Even as some cast ballots for what the government has tried to portray as reform, the military kept up shelling of the opposition stronghold of Homs, which has been under attack for more than three weeks after rebels took control of some neighborhoods there. Activists and residents report that hundreds have been killed in Homs in the past few weeks, including two Western journalists. The Red Cross spokesman said the humanitarian group had been unable to enter the besieged Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr since Friday, describing the humanitarian needs there as “very urgent.” Activist groups said at least 29 people were killed on Sunday, mostly in Homs. At least 89 were reported killed on Saturday alone, one day before the referendum. Activists estimate close to 7,500 people have been killed in the 11 months since the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent began. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sunday’s vote “a cynical ploy.” “It’s a phony referendum, and it is going to be used by Assad to justify what he’s doing to other Syrian citizens,” she said in an interview with CBS News in Rabat, Morocco. Speaking to reporters in Rabat, Clinton called on Syrians in business and the military who still support Assad to turn against him. “The longer you support the regime’s campaign of violence against your brothers and sisters, the more it will stain your honor,” she said. “If you refuse, however, to prop up the regime or take part in attacks ... your countrymen and women will hail you as heroes.
Other countries also lambasted the vote. “The referendum in Syria is nothing more than a farce,” German Foreign Minister Guido Wester welle said. “Sham votes cannot be a contribution to a resolution of the crisis. Assad must finally end the violence and clear the way for a political transition.” U.S., European and Arab officials met Friday at a major international conference on the Syrian crisis in Tunisia, trying to forge a unified strategy to push Assad from power. They began planning a civilian peacekeeping mission to deploy after the regime falls. “It is time for that regime to move on,” President Barack Obama said Friday of Assad’s rule. For his part, Assad said Sunday that Syria is subject to a “media attack.” He often blames the uprising on Islamist extremists and “armed gangs.” “They may be stronger on the air waves but we are stronger on the ground, and we aspire to win both on the ground and on the air waves,” he said in footage broadcast on Syrian state TV. Cheering suppor ters surrounded him and his wife, Asma, as they voted at the capital’s state broadcasting headquarters. The Britain-based Syrian Obser vator y for Human Rights repor ted intense clashes between troops and army defectors in the villages of Dael and Hirak in the province of Daraa, where the uprising started. The group also said explosions were heard in the village of Khirbet Ghazaleh and Naima as well as the provincial capital, Daraa. The Observatory and other activist groups reported violence in several areas including Idlib, Homs and the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. The two main umbrella opposition groups, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, have
Many residents deem President Bashar Assad’s referendum for a new constitution — intended to pacify dissidents — dishonorable. But some, like members of the Druze religious community, above, support Assad.
called for a boycott. Other groups have called for a general strike. “I am boycotting the vote,” Syria-based activist Mustafa Osso told The Associated Press by phone. He added that previous “reforms” have made little difference. Assad’s government revoked the country’s official state of emergency in April, but the crackdown on dissent has only intensified. The referendum on the new constitution allows at least in theory for opening the country’s political system. It would create a multiparty system in Syria, which has been ruled by the Baath party since it took power in a coup in 1963. Assad’s father, Hafez, took power in another coup in 1970. It also imposes a limit of two seven-year terms on the president, though Syrian legal expert Omran Zoubi said Assad’s time in office so far wouldn’t count. That means he could serve two more terms after his current one ends 2014, keeping him in office until 2028. Such changes would be unthinkable a year ago, but since Assad’s security forces have killed thousands in their effort to end the uprising, most opposition groups
COLOMBIAN REBEL GROUP CLAIMS TO DISCONTINUE KIDNAPPING BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s main rebel group said Sunday it is abandoning the practice of kidnapping and will soon free its last remaining “prisoners of war,” 10 security force members held for as long as 14 years. The leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, announced on its website that it would no longer kidnap civilians “for financial ends,” marking the first time the rebels have unequivocally renounced a tool they have long employed against Colombia’s well-heeled. It is not clear whether an order has been given to release ransom-kidnapping victims currently held by the rebels, whose number is not known. The FARC did not provide a date for the liberation of the 10 security force members, two fewer than the government says it holds. Sunday’s announcement could advance prospects for a peace dialogue sought by the rebels. The government has insisted the FARC end all kidnappings as a minimal first step. The rebels did not say, however that they were abandoning hostilities. The FARC has recently stepped up hit-and-run attacks and the military blames it for bombings and mortar attacks on two police posts in the past month that
killed 15 people and wounded nearly 100, most of them civilians. President Juan Manuel Santos responded to Sunday’s statement positively but cautiously via Twitter. “We value the FARC’s announcement that it is renouncing kidnapping as an important and necessary, if insufficient, step in the right direction,” he said. In the 1990s, kidnappings by the FARC or by criminal gangs that sold the abducted to the rebels helped make Colombia the world’s kidnapping capital. Rural highways became perilous scenes of “miracle fishing” by laptop-toting rebels who employed chamber of commerce databases at roadblocks to identify the wealthy. Weakened by militar y pressure, the rebels have been hard pressed to house and feed hostages. The FARC has been releasing captives piecemeal since early 2008, and some have been rescued by the military in operations such as the daring ruse that July that won freedom for a group including Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors. — The Associated Press
say they’ll accept nothing short of his ouster. In the capital Damascus, a regime stronghold where many in the business class and religious minorities support Assad, the Information Ministry took foreign reporters to visit polling stations. Many said they were eager to vote, though the proximity of government minders who accompanied journalists could have prevented them from speaking freely. “This is a good constitution. It calls for party pluralism and the president can only hold the post for two terms. These did not exist in the past,” said civil servant Mohammed Diab, 40, who waited with four others to vote in the posh Abu Rummaneh neighborhood. Jaafar Naami, 28, who works for a private insurance company, said: “I am here to say yes for the new constitution. This is not the time to say no. People should unite.” Fewer voters turned out in the areas of Rukneddine and Barzeh, where anti-government protesters have recently demonstrated. In Barzeh, about 20 percent of shops were closed, apparently in
compliance with the calls for a strike. Turnout was very low at a polling station in the area, with individuals trickling in to vote every few minutes. One man said he had come to vote at a center away from the district’s center, where he said there was “pressure not to vote ... intimidation and calls for public disobedience.” He did not give his name for fear of reprisal. In Rukneddine, turnout in the mor ning was low, but picked up in the after noon. Still, people cast ballots as they arrived with no need to stand in line. A Syrian-American voter who only gave her first name, Diana, said after voting yes: “My friends attacked me for voting. They said, ‘Don’t you see people are dying?’ But for me, voting is my right. The president is on the right track. When someone hits you, you have to hit back.” She added: “Syria is under attack.” Posters around the capital Damascus urged people to cast ballots. “Don’t turn your back on voting,” one said.
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he University Office of Student Conduct unveiled last week its revised set of rules and regulations that govern student behavior: the University Code of Student Conduct. The revamped document, which features simpler wording and a condensed length, brings muchneeded changes to a code of conduct that has not seen a revision since 1990. For students who have read through the University’s current code of conduct (and we hope this includes more than a handful), problems with clarity and readability are surely apparent. At a cumbersome 40 pages, the document is not only hard to navigate, but leaves many important aspects relevant to campus life unaddressed. One such aspect that has been previously ignored — but has been included in the revised document — explicitly states what constitutes the rights and privileges of students who become involved in the University’s disciplinary process. The proposed code of conduct lists the rights of both responding students, or the accused, as well as members of the complaint party or anyone who has filed a report against the accused. Defining the rights of each of these parties makes clear what students should expect of the University, as well as what they are entitled when undergoing the disciplinary process. Another aspect that has been made to the new code of conduct concerns the level of evidence University officials need to determine a given student’s responsibility for violating the code. That is, under the new code, this level of evidence is lowered from 70 to 75 percent certainty to 51 percent. While requiring less evidence may run contrary to our usual notions of a just and effective disciplinary process, it seems to work well in this case. One, an adequate level of evidence can not always be available, even if it is reasonable to assume an individual is guilty of wrongdoing. And two, the code will counteract the implications of the reduction in required evidence with a relaxation of consequences. As a whole, these changes seem to improve the new student code of conduct. The new document consists of a total of just 18 pages — a much less daunting read. Moreover, the fact that the document could be reduced from 40 to 18 pages is in itself evidence that the old code probably included extraneous material, and this revision has effectively shed the unneeded, while retaining the more important parts. But perhaps what is most noteworthy of the revised code is the fact that it was a unified effort, bringing together administrators, faculty and student representatives. The changes do not come by the dictum of one party alone, but rather come at the advice and counsel of the school as a whole. For this alone, the revised University Code of Student Conduct is an important step in the right direction in guiding student behavior.
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n an effort to curb what is seen as a problem of underage drinking among teenagers, high schools across the country are considering taking disciplinary measures against misbehavior occurring off school premises — but they’re not limiting themselves to police reports or underage drinking tickets. Several school districts have gone as far as punishing students for simply being photographed with alcohol outside of school. The idea of a student’s Facebook photo serving as justification for their suspension from extracurricular activities — an idea that some schools have not only entertained, but enacted — is outrageous. The issue here, we believe, is two-fold: One, how does one prove beyond a doubt that the individual is consuming the substance, if it indeed is alcohol, in the picture? And two, such an action taken by the school would clearly violate the personal life of the individual. While scholastic and social life should not be divorced from one another entirely, there should be some space between the two. We understand that these schools are acting under good intentions. But we reject the notion that underage drinking in today’s society is more of a problem than in the past, and we also reject the methods many have employed to counteract the issue. But we should also question the legitimacy and legality of this approach. Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District was sued in 2010, for example, over its policy, which barred students who were caught using alcohol on or off school premises from partaking in extracurricular activities. It’s important that these schools not infringe upon the private lives of its students nor the parental responsibilities of those students families. It’s one thing to take disciplinary action against students who become involved in legal cases or are arrested by law enforcement officials for misdemeanors, such as underage drinking. But it’s entirely different when schools begin to actively monitor the behavior of its students for this type of behavior and take action based on Facebook pictures or wordof-mouth. But regardless of these issues, we still cannot imagine these measures working. Punishing students because of their Facebook pictures will not stop them from drinking. If anything, it’ll just encourage to them keep those pictures off their profiles.
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women have access to birth o many Americans control, regardless of what on all ends of the his opposition thinks. political spectrum, Although his opponents Obama’s presidency has have responded by estabbeen disappointing. To lishing hearings, these Republicans, many of his hearings have only ser ved actions stand at direct odds as negative publicity for with values that they hold LEE SELTZER them. Obama’s actions, dear. To Democrats, he has while clearly unilaterally appeared to be a man interfavoring access to bir th control, did show some ested in catering to everyone rather than standing desire for compromise. On the other hand, the up for his beliefs. One of his recent policy moves, lack of representation from women in favor of though, has clearly shown leadership and courage. bir th control — those most af fected by such This policy move was his recent requirement measures — were not granted space to testify for insurance providers for religious businesses to during the hearings. This shows that the other provide bir th control for their employees. side is not willing to hear from anyone dif fering Representatives from the conservative members from their standpoint. They have unintentionalof the religious right have met this bill with stern ly granted Obama a political vicopposition. In fact, they responded tor y by appearing less willing to by establishing a House hearing to compromise than he is. discuss the new requirement. “Obama is doing Lastly, and perhaps most There was one notable flaw in this: all that he can impor tantly, Obama’s actions The panel was made up of all men were politically smart because he and only heard from two women, to make sure that is finally showing some backbone. both of whom were against the women have access Throughout his presidency, new policy. Obama has tried to appeal to Many could see this as a failto birth control.” ever y side and appear as a man of ure due to the amount of controcompromise, but that has only led versy it has generated, or as a way to resentment from liberals and of further polarizing Washington conser vatives alike. Moreover, conser vatives by dividing Democrats and Republicans. I would have shown that they are not at all open to supargue, though, that this action is both couraporting him. They go as far as choosing to supgeous and politically smart. Now, I will recogport people like Rick Santorum, whose priorities nize that I am biased because I am ver y strongly include banning pornography, and Newt in favor of a woman’s right to birth control. It Gingrich, who wants militar y bases on the moon, allows for women to control the size of their famover Obama. ilies as well as the timing of their creations. The By working to advance birth control rights, use of such technology as the pill prevents many Obama has appealed to his liberal base while sacwomen from eventually resorting to abortions, rificing the interests of his opponents. He has not which should make many conser vatives happy. only shown that he is a man of principle who is Use of this technology does not hurt anyone, committed to advancing the causes that he and in my opinion, opposition to it is entirely believes in, but also that he is not afraid of taking based in arbitrar y and subjective moral views. any flak from the Republican Party. Obama’s actions are powerful for reasons Obama’s statement is more than just a way to beyond the moral implications. First and foreensure everyone has access to birth control. It is most, by forcing religious organizations to use a call to all the people that supported Obama in their insurance to provide employees with birth 2008 that he is the capable and pragmatic man that control, he is affirming a standpoint that tangible they labeled him as. needs — such as the right to birth control — supercede religious beliefs. And, while putting the Lee Seltzer is a School of Arts and Sciences junresponsibility upon insurance, he is not making ior majoring in history and economics. His column, the religious groups directly liable. Therefore, “‘Simplee’ Put,” runs on alternate Mondays. Obama is doing all that he can to make sure that
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RUTGERS: RU defense stifles SHU attack after halftime continued from back But Miller and Rutgers’ efforts paid off, holding Seton Hall to 34.6 percent shooting in the second half. Theodore alone missed 10 shots after sinking Rutgers in the teams’ first matchup Feb. 8. “We wanted to get Dane on him because I thought it would affect him,” said head coach Mike Rice. “Jordan hit a ridiculous 3 on the wing, but they bothered him. They made him work for everything.” Miller responded with a career-making game. His final stat line read a game-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and no turnovers. But nearly one of the biggest plays was one Miller did not make. He faced an open-cour t layup with two minutes left in regulation, with Seton Hall center Herb Pope trailing. Miller remembered a play from his freshman year, he said, when Pope opted for a hard foul on a similar series of events. So instead of opting for a dunk, Miller laid the ball up with a 3point lead. The shot did not fall as Pope fell back with four fouls. Rice called the play “the most bizarre thing.” Miller wondered what Rice thought. “I looked at the assistant coaches and a couple of my teammates, and they looked at me like, ‘I can’t believe you just missed that layup,’” Miller said. “They had my back, and I love them for that.” Miller met with those same teammates before the Knights left to face their in-state rivals. They sent text messages to each other Friday night about playing the spoiler against Seton Hall, on the verge of making its first NCAA Tournament since 2006. Miller could not envision the scenario, not when Rutgers entered the season with its own high expectations and did not match them. There was no way the Knights, especially Miller, could see it happen. So they delayed it, at least for the time being. “It’s big, especially this year,” Miller said. “They’re probably the best team in New Jersey with the way they’ve been playing. We knew we couldn’t go 0-2 and go back to Piscataway and go to class. We knew how impor tant this game was.”
But for part of the first half, Rushdan saw five freshmen hold their own against the Friars (1315, 5-10), making her more at ease in her aggressiveness. “You’re comfortable with the fact that you got to give 100 percent, and whatever’s coming in is going to fill that void,” Rushdan said. “I didn’t realize that I had four fouls, which is dumb on me, but I’m smart enough to know what to do when I have four fouls, three fouls.” But the Wilmington, Del., native did not have to do much. Rushdan played only 23 minutes, tied for her second-lowest total of the season. Freshman for ward Betnijah Laney was one rebound from a double-double with 10 points and nine boards, but Rushdan also noted her leadership. “She’s had the most experience with the upperclassmen,” Rushdan said. “So for her to be vocal is very good to see.” Rushdan was not the only Rutgers veteran to rest.
Junior guard Erica Wheeler had the hot hand early with 5 of the Knights’ first 7 points, but she only played 21 minutes. Junior Monique Oliver led Rutgers with four assists out of the center position, and senior for ward April Sykes notched 9 points and six rebounds, but they played 22 and 24 minutes, respectively. The first freshman off the bench was point guard Syessence Davis. The Neptune High School product played 21 minutes. But the Knights stretched deeply into their bench, which gave Davis’ Neptune teammate, Richardson, the opportunity at the point. Richardson was the answer for Stringer. “I saw more leadership out of Shakena,” the Hall of Fame coach said. “She was beginning to speak with a lot of her voice. She still has some improvement to do on that part, but she seemed more confident.” Rutgers has one more chance to look to answer the many questions about its bench tonight against Marquette, the Knights’ Senior Day. Providence’s Senior Day was Saturday, but Alumni Hall was all about the Rutgers freshmen.
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Knights drop first home opener under Brecht BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT
As Brian Brecht looked on from the sidelines during his first home opener as Rutgers h e a d MEN’S LACROSSE men’s UMBC 11 lacrosse coach, RUTGERS 7 h e noticed a lot to be unhappy about. Mar yland-Baltimore County handled Brecht’s Scarlet Knights on their home turf en route to an 11-7 Rutgers loss. Among the myriad of mistakes made by the Knights (22), Brecht said the biggest problem for his team was a lack of execution. “I saw the same thing that the paying ticket fan that came to watch us play saw,” Brecht said. “To be successful, you have to make plays. The execution of some things and how we played out some situations maybe was not as sharp as it needed to be to get the win.” One of the lone bright spots for the Knights came in the fourth quarter, when an offensive surge led by two goals from sophomore attack Scott Klimchak cut a five-goal deficit to only 10-7. But a goal by the Retrievers (11) with less than two minutes in the game effectively ended the Knights’ momentum and proved to be the final nail in Rutgers’ coffin. Brecht saw a team during the final frames of the contest that was far different than the one
that battled Wagner to a hardfought win only five days earlier. “When you are playing at this level, no one is giving you anything,” Brecht said. “We earned the game on Tuesday on the road and we did not earn this one. I thought we gave this one away.” Coming out of the gates after halftime, UMBC fired of f three straight goals within a minute to take a six-goal advantage. While the Knights showed signs of life thanks to two goals from senior Mike Diehl a n d soph-
NICK DEPAOLERA omore Nick DePaolera, the Retrievers responded immediately with two goals of their own to give them a 10-4 advantage entering the final quar ter. UMBC again dominated the second quarter, firing four straight goals past junior goalkeeper Rudy Butler to take a 5-1 advantage. And while UMBC’s of fense streaked past the Knights defense in the early periods, the Retrievers defense was a brick wall. The Knights held a 9-6 shot advantage in the second quar ter, but UMBC goalkeeper Adam Cohen tallied
seven saves to stop the Rutgers of fense. While the Knights ultimately failed to find the solution for their shooting woes against the Retrievers defense, Brecht does not see the struggle as the biggest contributor to the loss. “One shot is not going to make a difference in a win or a loss game like this,” Brecht said. “Could we have shot better on a left-handed goalie that we had prepared for? Yes, but that is going to happen.” Rutgers managed to finally cut the Retrievers’ momentum short with less than two minutes left in the first half. Senior Will Mangan found the back of the net to cut the Retriever lead to 3 heading into halftime. The first quarter of the matchup was an even affair, ending with both teams knotted up with two goals apiece. UMBC drew first blood, but DePaolera evened things up with a goal of his own. As the Knights found out, the parity did not last. And for Brecht in his first home game, it is not because UMBC stopped their shooting, but because the Knights stopped themselves. “It is not just the shooting, it is the violations, reacting to the whistles and being able to play out of situations in transition,” he said. “The shooting is one aspect, but if we had done the other things well, too, we wouldn’t be talking about the question of our shooting.”
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Sophomore attackman Scott Klimchak scored two goals against Maryland-Baltimore County yesterday in a losing effort.
Final-minute goal sinks Rutgers BY PATRICK LANNI STAFF WRITER
With less than four minutes remaining and the score tied at 7, junior midfielder Stephanie WOMEN’S LACROSSE
Anderson forced a timely turnover that positioned the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team well against visiting Cornell. But the Scarlet Knights failed in transition, and after back-andforth play, the pressure fell on the defensive unit to halt a final Cornell attack. The squad could not blank the Big Red in the closing minute as Cornell’s Olivia Knotts fired a goal past junior goalkeeper Lily Kalata with 52 seconds remaining, the final one in an 8-7 Rutgers loss.
“We can’t have our defense hold a team for 15 minutes at the end of the game,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “It stinks that the focus is going to be on the defense letting that last goal in because I don’t think it should be. I think the defense did a great job.” The defense limited the Big Red (1-0) to 17 shot attempts, and Kalata saved eight. Although all eyes tuned in on the Knights (0-2) defense in the closing minutes, the miscues on the offensive end ultimately plagued Rutgers. The opportunities arose, Brand-Sias said, but the Knights did not convert. Failing to connect on three free-position shots in the second half, the Knights felt the effects of their mistakes. “We played a ver y stagnant of fense and that’s not how we play,” the 10th-year head coach said. “We got caught up in their
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Sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli runs downfield Saturday in the Knights’ loss to Cornell. Sbrilli scored two goals.
pressure and star ted standing around.” Cornell, on the other hand, capitalized on its opportunities. Finishing seven of 17 shot attempts and one of two freeposition shots, the Big Red cashed in. Knotts led all scorers with three goals, and the senior’s game-winner capped her first hat trick of the season. A Knights midfielder led the scoring for the second consecutive game. Sophomore Lauren Sbrilli filled the void offensively for the Knights, tallying two of Rutgers’ seven scores. Ali Steinberg notched three scores in the season-opening loss to Temple, but Cornell held the senior midfielder in check. The co-captain tied the game at 2, but she could not find the offensive prowess she displayed against the Owls. Despite her squad’s second straight loss, Brand-Sias knows the team owns its destiny. “The one thing we’ve done consistently is that the game has been in our control,” she said. “We controlled whether or not we won those last two games.” Neither team played with more than a one-goal lead in a game that featured seven ties. Senior midfielder Brittany Davis gave the Knights the lead with 17:05 to play, but Cornell’s Lindsay Toppe erased the lead on the next play. While Rutgers failed to score for the rest of the game, its defense limited the Big Red attack for as long as it could. The team hopes to continue to control its games, but that will be no easy task Wednesday against No. 8 Princeton.
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Miller embraces scoring role at SHU BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
NEWARK — The Rutgers men’s basketball team established its long-range game from the outset Satur day against Seton Hall, KNIGHT as 9 of the NOTEBOOK Scarlet Knights’ first 11 points at the Prudential Center came from 3-pointers. Four of the five starters connected in the first 10 minutes. Only junior wing Dane Miller did not have a 3-pointer to his name, but he entered the game 8for-33 from long range. Then he banked in Rutgers’ first points of the second half. Miller was active in the first half, but he took over in the second, scoring 16 points — 6 from the 3point range — to lead Rutgers to a 77-72 overtime victory. “[Head coach Mike Rice] wants me to be aggressive and shoot the ball,” Miller said. “It’s something that I’m working on because I’m so unselfish. Sometimes I try in practice to be aggressive and score, then on game day I come back to the same thing. It’s hard.” Miller scored a game-high 21 points, topping the 20-point plateau for the first time since Jan. 20, 2010, when he scored 26 points for the second time as a freshman. He struggled to impose himself offensively since, but not at the Prudential Center. In three games in Newark, Miller averages 18 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. “That’s sometimes the frustrating part of Dane Miller. You love that he has this ability, but maybe it will become consistent,” Rice said. “I’m always a glass-half-full guy … but you just never know with Dane.” Miller forced himself to become active against the Pirates (19-10, 8-9) with his defense and rebounding, which turned into an impressive offensive display in the second half. Save for a missed lay-up when he did not realize Seton Hall’s Herb Pope had four fouls and would not contest his break to the basket, Miller looked in control the entire game. He repeatedly attacked the rim, finding space in the lane to put up shots.
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he Rutgers baseball team completed its sweep against Old Dominion yesterday to bring its record to .500. The Scarlet Knights (3-3) beat the Monarchs, 5-1, in Norfolk, Va. Junior lefty Rob Corsi (1-1) earned his first win as a starter. Junior pitcher Rob Smorol put together the first dominant start of the weekend in Saturday’s 11-8 win. Smorol allowed only one earned run in seven innings, but the Knights allowed four unearned runs on five errors. The Rutgers bats began their momentum with 15 hits in Friday’s 8-6 win to secure the Knights’ first win of the season. See tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum for complete coverage.
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Junior wing Dane Miller dribbles around Seton Hall’s Fuquan Edwin on Saturday in the Knights’ overtime victory at the Prudential Center. Miller’s 21 points were his most since 2010. And when he scores in double digits this season, Rutgers (13-16, 5-11) is 7-3. “He was the best athlete on the floor, and he should be that every single night to be honest with you — maybe not against Syracuse and Marquette,” Rice said. “He wasn’t moving the ball, jelly-rolling it from 15 feet. All the things that Dane likes to complicate situations, he didn’t. I thought he did a tremendous job playing at his tempo, and when it was time to be athletic and relentless, he was.” PRAISED
over time with four fouls, providing the only inside presence after Rice quickly went away from bench options Kadeem Jack, Austin Johnson and Derrick Randall. Biruta played 33 minutes, while the trio off the bench combined for 17. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds, but the rest combined for 4 points and two rebounds. Johnson fouled out after playing 10 minutes. “If [Biruta] rebounds, he’s successful, and he was rebounding,” Rice said. “He was very, very active.”
Gilvydas Biruta’s ability to play under control against Seton Hall, the sophomore for ward again flirted with foul trouble. Bir uta played the final minute of regulation and all of
game in five tries against Seton Hall under Rice and against Pirates second-year head coach Kevin Willard.
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It was the fifth over time game since 2005 between the teams, four of which Rutgers won. In the past 17 meetings, 15 were decided by 6 points or less, or in over time. “That’s what you get in your neighborhood get together,” Rice said. Rice said he did not motivate his team to play spoiler against the Pirates, who would have all but assured themselves an NCAA Tournament bid Saturday with a win. Now they must close the season with one next week against DePaul. But his team was aware, meeting before tipoff to discuss the same theme. “There was no way we could see them go to the tournament not knowing what we had here and our own expectations,” Miller said.
Three-set victory seals outcome for RU BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT
It is not often the outcome of a match is decided by the last contest. But that is exactly what happened in TENNIS t h e GEORGETOWN 3 Rutgers tennis RUTGERS 4 team’s 43 victory Friday against Georgetown. With the score tied, 3-3, the Hoyas’ Tina Tehrani took sophomore Vanessa Petrini to a third set. The players went back and forth, resulting in a third-set tiebreaker. Petrini was then able to defeat Tehrani, 7-4, in the deciding set, which gave the Scarlet Knights their first Big East win of the season. Head coach Ben Bucca said it was the first time during his coaching career the last match
came down to a third set tiebreaker. “That is as intense and pressure-filled moment you can have in college tennis,” he said. “Vanessa was outstanding.” The Knights began the match in the same hole they faced against Syracuse. While the pair of senior Morgan Ivey and freshman Lindsay Balsamo delivered a win in the No. 3 doubles position, Georgetown took wins in both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions. Senior Jennifer Holzberg and Petrini dropped their doubles match, 8-6, while sophomore Stefania Balasa and freshman Noor Judeh lost, 9-7. The doubles losses meant Rutgers had to win four of six singles matches to walk out of the Atlantic Club with a victory. “We really showed just an incredible competitive spirit,” Bucca said. “The players on our
team know how to compete and know how to compete well.” Balasa delivered the first singles victory in the No. 4 position in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, against Victoria Sekely. Ivey battled Georgetown’s Kelly Comolli all match and defeated her, 7-5, 7-5, to put Rutgers ahead, 2-1. The Hoyas swept two singles matches with Holzberg and Judeh before Balsamo battled back to win her match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Balsamo’s victory capped an impressive day for her and Ivey, the only Knights to win in both singles and doubles play. The rookie’s performance also made Petrini’s match against Tehrani the deciding factor in the game. “That was a significant victory. That was definitely one of the closest, if not the closest, college match I’ve ever coached,” Bucca
said. “Right down the line it was just so competitive in doubles, as well as in singles.” Rutgers improved to 5-2 on the season while the Hoyas dropped to 4-2. The Knights’ victory serves as their last appearance until March 2, when they travel to Milwaukee to face off against Marquette and DePaul on back-to-back days. They then compete in South Carolina against the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern and Boston University. The five-game road schedule gives the team an opportunity to gear up for the rest of its Big East matches. “We are looking forward to traveling,” Bucca said. “But the reality of it is that we have five away matches in which the competition is going to be extremely tough. It always makes it tougher when you’re traveling.”
gymnastics team placed third Saturday at the Livingston Recreation Center. The Scarlet Knights put up a season-high 192.400, but they fell short to Bridgeport (193.875) and Eastern Michigan (193.125). Air Force finished last with 190.950. “There were a lot of positives that came out of this meet, including a number of strong individual performances,” said head coach Louis Levine in a press release. The Knights (8-9) earned the highest floor exercise score of the four teams with 48.925, a season high. See tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum for complete coverage.
Buccaneers paid Rutgers $500,000 to finalize the buyout of former head football coach Greg Schiano, according to The Star-Ledger. Schiano left the Scarlet Knights with five years remaining on his contract, which was worth more than $2 million per year including bonuses, according to The Star-Ledger. He was required to pay $500,000 if he left Rutgers before the deal expired Dec. 31, 2016. Rutgers is still due $300,000 from an interest-free home loan, which Schiano must pay when the property is sold or within a year of his resignation, according to The Star-Ledger. He finished his stint at Rutgers at 68-67 before Kyle Flood took over the program.
School, a perennial New Jersey powerhouse in basketball, will close down at the end of the school year, former assistant basketball coach Ray Miller told Maxpreps.com. Miller compared the school closing to what happened to Paterson Catholic two years ago. St. Patrick is in its first season without former head coach Kevin Boyle, who left to coach Montverde Academy (Fla.).
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Seagears’ 3-pointer lifts Rutgers past Seton Hall
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Sophomore forward Gilvydas Biruta’s pair of free throws provided finality Saturday at the Prudential Center, where Seton Hall’s Jordan Theodore missed a game-tying 3-pointer on the Pirates’ final possession of overtime. Freshman point guard Jerome Seagears sealed the game with a 3-pointer from the right baseline with less than 14 seconds left.
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NEWARK — As Jerome Seagears slipped, the first thing he thought was to find a way to get up Saturday and get back into play. He responded with a MEN’S BASKETBALL (OT) game-winning 3pointer from the RUTGERS 77 corner in overtime SETON HALL 72 against Seton Hall. The Rutgers men’s basketball team took longer than
Seagears’ two seconds to pick itself up out of a nearly month-long funk, but it did not mind the results at the Prudential Center. The Scarlet Knights left with a 77-72 win after an extra five minutes. Seagears, an unlikely candidate earlier in the season, provided the clincher. “It doesn’t even feel like we had a monkey on our back,” the freshman point guard said. “It felt like we had a gorilla on our back.” But as the seconds ticked down in overtime, the only thing that sat underneath Seagears’ back was the Prudential Center
hardwood. He does not know how he fell — “If I knew, I’d probably be a mind reader,” he said — but Seagears felt the separation. Seton Hall freshman Aaron Cosby left to double-team junior wing Dane Miller, and Seagears found himself alone along the right sideline. His lightly contested 3-pointer found nylon, giving the Knights (13-16, 5-11) a 75-72 lead. But Jordan Theodore wanted to re-write the ending, especially with 13.5 seconds left on his Senior Night. The Seton Hall (19-10, 89) point guard nearly did, but his last-ditch effort caromed off the rim.
“Thank God,” Miller thought to himself. The 6-foot-7 wing often found himself on the gritty Theodore, who scored a team-high 17 points. Miller watched as Theodore’s early overtime 3 fell through the net, inching the Pirates closer. He shook his head as Theodore hit three free throws in the waning moments to send the contest past 40 minutes. The Knights, losers of six straight and eight of nine, would have to try to lift themselves up again.
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Knights freshman takes over Providence’s Senior Day BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
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Freshman guard Shakena Richardson surveys the court Feb. 21 at home.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It all started with a flashy behind-the-back dribble that became a midrange rattler in the season opener. As the Louis Brown WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Athletic Center excitedly RUTGERS 68 crowd gasped over the PROVIDENCE 47 street-ball move, 5foot-4 Shakena Richardson stood tall. But the road was not easy for the freshman guard. The Rutgers women’s basketball team’s depth at point guard left Richardson with an average of only 10.6
minutes per game under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. In the No. 24 Scarlet Knights’ 68-47 win Saturday at Providence, Richardson raised eyebrows again. But this time, it lasted for more than a play. Richardson was the catalyst off the bench against the Friars with 7 points in 21 minutes. “It started with Shakena Richardson,” Stringer said. “She took command of the game, and she proved that with veteran players as well as freshmen.” Richardson was productive not only with seniors, but also when three or four freshmen surrounded her on the floor. Stringer put her underclassmen to the test and said they passed in the lopsided win.
“If we can’t do it now, there’s nothing we can do next year,” Stringer said. “Shazam, there it is. There’s nothing magical coming to next year’s squad.” The Knights (20-8, 9-6) needed it from their freshmen not only to prepare them for next week’s Big East Tournament, but also because of Khadijah Rushdan’s four early fouls. The senior point guard was aggressive on both ends of the cour t. Of fensively, it spurred her to 21 points with only one turnover. Defensively, she racked up her four th foul six minutes into the second half.
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