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The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team takes on No. 8 Princeton tonight after the Knights dropped both of their earlier games in the second half. Rutgers upset Princeton in 2010.
Witness testimonies continue as trial reaches third day
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only 12 percent have a favorable opinion of Kyrillos, 4 percent unfavorable and 84 percent are indifferent. “Ultimately the job of any campaign is to make the candidate known,” Redlawsk said. “It takes time, it takes money, and there cer tainly is time. The question is the money.” Following the release of the Rutgers-Eagleton poll, Chapin Fay, Kyrillos’ campaign manager came out with a statement targeting Menendez’s previous election to Congress. “With gas prices 50 percent higher than when Bob Menendez was elected to the Senate and unemployment skyrocketing from 4.7 percent to 8.3 percent, it’s no surprise Bob Menendez continues to struggle in the polls,” according to the release.
Dharun Ravi spent his bir thday in a cour troom, watching his defense attorney cross-examine an old friend as she testified against him. The former University student, charged with bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and hindering arrest in connection with Tyler Clementi’s September 2010 suicide, turned 20 while quietly watching his attorney Steven Altman question Molly Wei, the prosecution’s key witness. Although Wei was initially charged with third and fourth degree invasion of privacy for collaborating to record Clementi’s encounter with a man on Sept. 19 via webcam, she was accepted into a threeyear Pretrial Intervention program for her testimony, which includes counseling and community service. Wei’s testimony against Ravi was crucial to her acceptance into the program, which continued yesterday as she recounted her experience with police in the days after Clementi’s suicide. Police picked Wei up from class on Livingston campus Sept. 23 to bring her in for questioning about the webcam incident. She provided them with a statement, vowing that she knew nothing about Ravi’s second attempt of recording Clementi and his guest on Sept. 21. Wei described her meeting with police as overwhelming, as they told her Clementi was missing and possibly committed suicide. “I felt very bad if anything happened, I was overwhelmed with emotion,” she said. “I just wanted to be with my parents.” Wei voluntarily met with police to give them more information on Sept. 27 and was soon arrested for invasion of privacy. “Upon discovering what did happen [Sept. 21], [I thought] it could help with the search for Tyler,” Wei said. Altman’s questioning of Wei also covered interactions between friends in the days surrounding the incident. Wei said Ravi never gave her instructions as to what to tell police if she was questioned, and he did not tell her to delete any text messages they had exchanged. Altman showed text-message conversations between Ravi and Wei to demonstrate this. Ravi told Wei via text message on Sept. 21 that Clementi wanted the room to himself again. Wei replied, “WTF [What the f—-?] I’m worried for you LOL [laugh out loud].” Wei explained her response, saying she was not worried for herself because it did not directly affect her. “Just from the standpoint of being his friend, I was concerned that he would go through the same experience of being kicked out of his room,” Wei said.
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Craig Owens performs the song “The Only Thing You Talk About” with his hard-rock band, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.), for more than 100 attendees. The Rutgers University Programming Association hosted the concert last night at the Rutgers Student Center multipurpose room.
Senate incumbent leads in Eagleton poll BY ALEKSI TZATZEV SENIOR STAFF WRITER
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, DN.J., holds a commanding early lead over State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, R-13., a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll found. Forty-four percent of registered voters said they supported Menendez, while only 22 percent said they would vote for Kyrillos, according to the poll. The poll also found that few voters had even heard of Kyrillos. Eighty percent of voters are indifferent toward the Republican candidate — 50 percent have no opinion and 30 percent are unsure about him. “Menendez’s favorability numbers crept up slightly early last year, but for an incumbent, he has a very low profile,” said David Redlawsk, the poll director. “Kyrillos, however, is completely unknown at this point, a huge advantage for Menendez. ... Menendez starts off in a good position.”
Redlawsk, a professor in the Department of Political Science, also said it is common for state legislators such as Kyrillos to be well-known in one part of the state but not in another. Disregarding the individual candidate, the poll also found 45 percent of registered N.J. voters would vote for a Democrat while only 28 percent would vote Republican. “It’s actually common,” Redlawsk said. “Any challenger would have difficulties beating an incumbent, because they have a built-in advantage, and that is certainly true in New Jersey for Democratic incumbents.” He said even though the state is led by a Republican governor in the face of Gov. Chris Christie, voters are still predominantly Democrat. But Kyrillos’ problem spans beyond the issue of incumbents’ advantages, the poll found. Even among Republican voters, he is virtually unknown. The poll found
Panel explains gender differences in religion
INDEX METRO Perth Amboy officials hope to install a safety fence on Victory Bridge after 22 people jumped off and died since 2004.
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Rabbi Esther Reed, associate director for Jewish Campus Life at Rutgers Hillel, speaks about gender equality yesterday at the Douglass Campus Center.
A panel of representatives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam discussed gender roles in religion yesterday at the Cook Campus Center. Rabbi Esther Reed, associate director for Jewish Campus Life at Rutgers Hillel, said followers of Judaism do not believe that a man and woman are inherently different. “I personally do not believe that gender is a fixed thing,” Reed said. “I don’t believe God made human beings so that men are made one way and women another way.” Reed said gender disparity is an ongoing sin in society and is not a reflection on Judaism. “How we construct gender is different in different societies,” she said. “It’s something that’s culturally
imposed. There can be a society where women are perceived as sexually aggressive, and societies where men can be viewed as sexually aggressive. These are gender roles which are culturally evoked.” Imam Moustafa Zayed, who represented Islam on the panel, said his religion recognizes the importance of women, a belief represented in the text of the Quran. “The only holy scripture that speaks to readers in the male and the female term is the Quran,” he said. “The first scripture that rectified how it was the mother Eve that helped deceive Adam is the Quran — it said that the devil deceived them both.” Zayed believes Islam’s advocacy of women’s rights is reflected by the Prophet Muhammad himself, who
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RHA aims to improve living quality Organization adds question to survey addressing issues in residence halls BY RENE POLANCO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Daily Targum will have its weekly writers meeting at 9:30 p.m. in the Targum editorial office at 26 Mine St. on the College Avenue campus. Stories will be distributed for the upcoming week, and editors will discuss writing and reporting techniques. Interested writers who cannot make the meeting should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Career Ser vices will host “What Do You Want To Be With Your Liberal Ar ts Degree? Major and Career Decision Making” from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The interactive seminar will help students use their academic and general interests toward a career path. Space is limited and registration is required, email email@example.com to register.
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. 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.
Rutgers Student Life will host “Student Professional Development Series: Professionalism/Interview Etiquette” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raritan River Lounge in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. Presenters will provide participants with tools needed to have a successful interview. Participants will be provided tips that will help them make a great impression throughout the interview process. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/73D836S to participate.
The Mason Gross School of the Arts will host the Symphony Orchestra at the Nicholas Music Center at 7:30 p.m. on Douglass campus. The event will feature the University Kirkpatrick Choir and Riverside Choral Society under the direction of Patrick Gardner. General admission will be $20, but $10 for students.
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The University Residence Hall Association will release the Housing Renovation Survey this week, which looks to improve the living conditions for on-campus and future residents. Matthew Zielinski, coordinator of Special Programs for Residence Life, said RHA aims to bring student voices to the administrators that help make policies and decisions. “This is something that RHA has been doing for three years in the spring,” Zielinski said. “This particular survey is asking the residential population for information on the physical buildings of their residence halls — how [they are] and what upgrades can be made.” He said the online survey will ask students about the concerns they have regarding the residence halls’ rooms, laundry rooms, floor lounges and bathrooms. “RHA then compiles all this information and presents it to the executive directors of Housing and Residence Life,” he said. “It helps them learn what students are saying and helps them [know] where they need renovations.” RHA President Grant Whelply said RHA is a student-run program and is in charge of creating questions for the survey. The questions tend to remain
unchanged from year to year when, every spring, RHA releases the survey, he said. “They’re mostly general questions ranking the quality of their living conditions,” said Whelply, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “For example, we ask things like, ‘How would you rank the wireless connection in your building?’” This year the survey will include a new question in which students will determine the quality of water fountains on a 1-to-5 scale in residence halls, said Jennifer Jung, advocacy director for RHA. Jung, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy sophomore, said they felt water fountains around campus were sufficient and wanted to see if residence halls had water fountains of similar quality. Whelpy said the results of the survey are important for the future of students. “Who knows better about what is best for the conditions of the residence halls than the people who live there? The survey is very simple, but it can definitely impact future students who will live on campus,” he said. Jung said in the past, the survey has proven to make changes that students have requested. “Most recently, the results of the Housing Renovation Survey have implemented wireless Internet in all apartments and
[provided] blackboards in many study lounges for further focus,” Jung said. She said it is not possible to address all of the students’ concerns, but they do prioritize the issues based on whether they need immediate attention. “Something like mold is a priority, but there are other ways to be heard, like filling out a simple maintenance request on the Rutgers Housing website, talking to your hall government and hall staff and getting involved with RHA,” Jung said. Arij Ayub, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said he questions the results of the survey. “It would be beneficial, but I don’t really expect anything big to be done,” Ayub said. “I feel like there isn’t much to do. I think our living spaces are good enough.” Another student hopes this year’s survey addresses current issues of his residence hall. “I know for my apartment in the Easton Avenue Apartments, the elevators have been a problem ever since I’ve lived there,” said Qin Lou, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “I hope things like that will get fixed for the future.” Jung said students will be able to fill out the survey between March 1st and March 22nd through an email that will be sent through the MyRutgers portal.
RUTGERS-NEWARK SCHOOL OF LAW PROFESSOR, STUDENTS FILE AMICUS BRIEF BEFORE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT Penny Venetis, a Rutgers-Newark law professor, and students at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark filed amicus curiae, “friend of the cour t” brief for two U.S. Supreme Cour t cases, according to a Rutgers Today ar ticle. The amicus brief argues that the Supreme Cour t should establish civil rights laws when interpreting the Alien Tor t Statute, according to the ar ticle. In the cases, Esther Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Asid Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization relates to the
Alien Tor t Statute, which per tains to the human-rights issue since 1980, according to the ar ticle. The Supreme Cour t will look to see whether the Kiobel and Mohamad cases involve corporations and organizations which violate human rights under the Alien Tor t Stature, according to the ar ticle. Civil rights scholars who are exper ts in constitutional law signed the brief, which endorses the brief and leads the ef for ts to receive more signatures from around the countr y from civil liber ties professors.
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Author and educator Laura Simms conducts the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum’s sixth annual “Celebration of Storytelling,” which will focus on the themes friends and the gift of dreams. The free event is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the museum on the College Avenue campus. For more information, call (732) 932-7237, ext 640.
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“If you believe Jesus loves you, then it completely changes the way you read his word,” he note faith misrepresentations said. “If you believe that God doesn’t love you, if you believe continued from front you should be on the outside, if stressed the value of women in you believe you’re less, when his time. you read the Bible, you’ll search “If you look at the position of for those things.” Islam toward what women do, it Walton said reading the Bible actually tells a story severely to in context is the easiest way to the side of women,” Zayed said. understand the Christian per“A man came to Mohammad and ception of gender roles, and that asked, ‘Who’s the most deservthe responsibility of its truths ing of my companionship?’ and might be frightening. the prophet said, ‘Your mother.’” “It’s a dangerAlthough Islam ous thing to do,” encourages genhe said. “You “It’s ... describing der equality, it might just love does not consider somebody a lot. Shaquille O’Neal men and women You might actualas ‘that short, to be the same, ly lay your life out Zayed said. white, skinny guy.’ for them.” “One gender Reed said can do what the It’s totally Judaism has an other does, but the oral law separate the opposite.” two elements canfrom the Bible IMAM MOUSTAFA ZAYED not fill themselves and cannot be Islam Panel Representative and their worth understood by unless they complesimply analyzing ment each other the text at and complete each other,” he said. face value. Jonathan Walton, assistant pro“Judaism is not a literal, fessor of African-American reliBible-based religion,” Reed said. gions at Harvard University, “You can’t just read the Torah believes Jesus should be a role and understand everything that model for human relationships and Jews do today.” recited a poem reflecting this idea. Zayed said Islam is also mis“He is the ultimate briderepresented and should not be groom, who died for me and judged based on its representayou,” Walton said. “And though tion in the media. he couldn’t bend his knee, “You see these hor rible because of the nails in his feet, he pictures they bring from dropped his head and proposed, refugee camps,” Zayed said. will you marry me?” “This information is not just Walton said the Bible is often wrong. It’s like somebody misconstrued and should be read describing Shaquille O’Neal after accepting Jesus’ love to be as ‘that shor t, white, skinny understood accurately. guy.’ It’s totally the opposite.”
TRIAL: Clementi’s guest expected to testify this week continued from front Another text message Ravi sent Wei while she was first questioned by police asked if she told those questioning her that the two had recorded Clementi on purpose. “It wasn’t an accident that the webcam was turned on,” Wei said. Ravi seldom made eye contact with Wei during her testimony. Wei, who transferred from the University, said they have not spoken since she left school. After the lunch break, the prosecution called Alissa Agar wal, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore, to the stand. Agar wal was Ravi’s friend who lived on the opposite side Davidson Hall C on Busch campus. She said she never heard Ravi say anything negative about Clementi or his sexuality. When asked of her memories of Clementi, Agar wal said she remembered Clementi’s par ticipation in an icebreaker as an exercise to lear n residents’ names. “Tyler was the only one who could recite all our names,” she said. Screen captures of Ravi’s tweets sent to Agarwal’s phone were used as evidence in the trial. In response to Ravi’s initial tweet, which said he saw Clementi “making out with a dude. Yay,” Agar wal said she did not have much of a reaction to it. “It didn’t faze me much, as much as it should have,” Agar wal said. “I don’t even
remember at the time if I knew of Tyler’s sexual orientation.” Ravi tweeted three days later, “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12 [p.m.] Yes, it’s happening again.” Agarwal said she was with Ravi at this time, and he situated his webcam so it was angled toward Tyler’s side of the room with his bed in view. Ravi enabled an “auto-accept” feature for iChat, Agarwal said. “[Auto-accept was] in order for multiple people to be able to view Tyler’s side of the room upon their demand,” she said. Agar wal said she viewed the stream on her computer as Ravi attempted to capture Clementi’s encounter for a second time. “I don’t remember why we turned it on,” she said. “I don’t remember why we turned it off.” Ravi told Agar wal that Clementi’s guest was older and that Clementi had probably met him online. She remembers Ravi encouraging her and other friends to watch the stream that night. “I clearly remember him hyping it up,” she said. “I think he was just hyping up viewing … Tyler’s encounter with his guest.” Altman exhausted his questions for Agarwal at 4 p.m., and court adjourned for the day. The trial, which is expected to run for three to four weeks, continues today with Raahi Grover taking the stand. Grover is a University alumnus who was the resident assistant in Davidson Hall C when Clementi and Ravi lived there. Also expected to testify this week is Clementi’s guest, M.B., whose full name has not been revealed.
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PRESIDENT MCCORMICK ADDRESSES NYPD SURVEILLANCE IN LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL CHIESA University President Richard L. McCormick sent a letter to Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa in support of the investigation, that Gov. Chris Christie requested, into the New York Police Department’s alleged unauthorized sur veillance near the University’s Newark and New Brunswick campuses. The NYPD investigated Muslim student associations, between 2005 and 2007, at colleges and universities across the Nor theast, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and University campuses in Newark and New Brunswick. McCormick said in a statement that members of the law enforcement community have a dif ficult job ensuring the safety of citizens but he does not know the circumstances surrounding the activities of the NYPD. “These alleged actions have caused grave concern among students, faculty, staf f and
POLL: U. students validate candidate’s missing public image continued from front Fay also said in the release that Menendez’s ratings do not show any major advantage for him in the future. “His favorable/unfavorable rating is an anemic 37-24, and he is 44 percent on the ballot, which is Jon Corzine territory,” according to the release. “When voters learn how Joe Kyrillos helped Governor Christie turn New Jersey around, they will support his effort to do the same in Washington.” University students seemed to support the poll’s findings indicating the nonexistent public image of Kyrillos.
alumni at Rutgers, especially within the Muslim community,” he said in a statement. “If it proves true that these students were targeted for sur veillance because of their religion, such actions are abhorrent to our values as a university.” McCormick said in the statement that Muslim students and alumni should not be subjected to sur veillance solely because of their religious beliefs and ethnicities. “Our Muslim community is a vibrant and valued par t of Rutgers,” McCormick said. “These men and women are hard-working students, dedicated faculty and staf f, and successful alumni who contribute to the economic and civic strength of our state.” The case is being looked at by the Justice Depar tment to determine whether to investigate civil rights violations, according to an ar ticle on foxnews.com.
“I can’t really say I know much about [Menendez’s opponent],” said Haresh Kapadia, a Rutgers Business School first-year student. “I’d rather know more about the candidates.” Kapadia said a good way of reaching voters and students in particular would be visiting the University itself and educating voters on the issues and policies. He said name recognition sometimes was enough to make up a voter’s mind about their choice of candidate. In the case of this November’s election, Kapadia said he would most likely vote Democrat because he knew more about the candidate. Eric Lee-Schalow, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said it is an issue when people vote for
a candidate solely based on name recognition. “If they are going for the name, then they are clearly happy with the [incumbent’s] job, but when people aren’t happy with the politicians, they research and try to find other alternatives,” Lee-Schalow said. While there is the possibility of students searching for a candidate’s name and policies online, candidates themselves should reach out to voters, he said. “If a politician wants to make an impression, he has to reach out and ask the people, ‘What would you like to see change?’ rather than having the people tr y to get in contact with them and always being hung up,” Lee-Schalow said. “Essentially, they are going to need the … votes.”
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PSE&G MACHINERY FIRE RESULTS IN EDISON POWER OUTAGE Thousands of Edison, Metuchen and Woodbridge homes and businesses were left without power yesterday when a PSE&G electrical transformer exploded and caught fire 4:23 p.m. The substation, located on Pierson Avenue near Route 1 and Interstate 287, suf fered four explosions and forced the closure of Route 1. The fire was contained to the failed transformer, although nearby buildings and structures were threatened when the fire spread to an area of brush. Flames were seen about 50 feet in the air and plumes of black smoke were visible for miles. PSE&G spokesperson Karen Johnson said there is an ongoing investigation concerning the start of the fire. “We are still gathering information. … We do know that one of the transformers at the Pierson Avenue substation failed and caught on fire … that is not normally manned. Therefore, we had no one up in that area,” Johnson said in a mycentraljersey.com article. Firefighters and PSE&G personnel were able to bring the fire under control by 6:15 p.m. when a foam truck from Carteret arrived to the scene. No injuries were reported. — Ramon Dompor
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Officials seek to prevent suicides on Victory Bridge BY DAN ROGERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
After the deaths of 22 individuals who jumped off of the Victory Bridge since 2004, Perth Amboy city officials and local residents are asking for a fence to be built alongside the 110-foot bridge in order to prevent further incidents. Perth Amboy city officials sent a resolution to Gov. Chris Christie and the state Assembly last week requesting that funds for a safety fence along the town’s Victory Bridge be included in the N.J. Department of Transportation’s budget, said Wilda Diaz, mayor of Perth Amboy. “[The assembly] has to understand that this is a serious issue,” Diaz said. “How many more lives are we going to lose and risk?” The bridge, which sits along Route 35 and connects Perth Amboy to Sayreville, has become known as the “suicide bridge” due to the alarming number of attempted suicides in recent years, including a young mother and her baby, said Ken Balut, president of the Perth Amboy City Council. Balut said the bridge’s design offers a tempting location for troubled individuals to make jump attempts because of its easy access. “The problem is that there’s no thinking on this bridge,” Balut said. “By the time you stop the car, you can be off the bridge.” The city has reacted to the suicide problem with a series of preventive measures, with a fence being the only protective option left, said Councilman Fernando Gonzales.
“At this point in time, we have tried everything we can, including having the police [patrol] the bridge, but beyond that there is not a whole lot we can do,” Gonzalez said. Suicide hotline signs were placed on the bridge to offer a hopeful alternative to potential jumpers, said Diaz. The city also offers a mental health center for troubled people as well as for the families of those who have committed suicide. Diaz expressed concerns not just for the suicide victims, but also for the safety of the rescue and search teams that are on-call for these types of occasions. “The biggest issue is that you also put other people at risk, [such as] the safety personnel,” she said. “What people don’t understand is that those waters have a current.” Rescue workers, including the police and fire departments, have to endure the Raritan River’s currents — oftentimes at night, Balut said. The city is also affected through the substantial funds required for search boats and resources. Perth Amboy officials have been pressuring the State Assembly and the Department of Transportation for a few years, with requests for the fence dating back to 2007 and 2008, said Tim Greeley, spokesperson for NJDOT. Jim Simpson, commissioner of NJDOT, issued a letter to Assemblyman Craig Coughlin this past December reiterating that the department has no plans to move forward with the fence due to costs and prioritization, Greeley said. “We determined it would be cost-prohibitive,” he said. “We have
to prioritize and put [resources] towards projects that we feel can maximize the value of those dollars in terms of safety and infrastructure and improvement.” Despite the recent controversy regarding the issue, NJDOT’s position remains unchanged, Greeley said. Last month, Perth Amboy native Ron Snipes gained attention in the news after he successfully prevented a man from jumping from the bridge. Snipes grabbed the man as he was about to jump off the bridge and held onto him until the police arrived. Snipes said that due to the tough economic times, there is an added risk for people who suffer from depression and know that the bridge is known as a “suicide spot.” The problem, he says, affects the entire state. “Lots of people in the past have come from Freehold [and] from Sayreville,” Snipes said. “It’s a bridge that goes to the major highways.” Jeff Dingler, a University alumnus and a Sayreville resident, said he crosses the bridge frequently and doesn’t think a fence would be enough to keep troubled people from committing suicide. “I think the idea has good intentions, but I don’t see how that would prevent people from jumping off something else if they really had suicidal intentions,” Dingler said. “I think people would find a way to climb over it if their intentions were serious enough.” Balut said he thinks a fence would at least make it harder to jump from the bridge and give people more time to think.
“When you have a fence, it’s not as easy [to jump],” he said. “If it took five minutes [to jump], a person has time to think about it, and there’s always somebody who can catch them.” The bridge, which began as a drawbridge in 1928, was reconstructed and reopened in 2004. The new bridge was much taller, since boats could now pass directly underneath it without having to stop traffic to lift for boats, according to a mycentraljersey.com article. The original design of the bridge was presented with a built-in fence, but the previous Perth Amboy administration changed the plans for unclear reasons, Balut said. The bridge was also not meant to be as tall as it stands now. “That’s the problem when there is political interference,” Balut said. “This is not the first bridge that has ever been built. This design should have had a fence covering.” Snipes said he agrees that the bridge was poorly designed, recalling his initial reaction to the size of the bridge. “How can you design a bridge that’s a mile long and not think about safety?” Snipes said. “They don’t think anyone will jump?” Snipes said N.J. residents should start a grassroots petition stressing the need for a safety fence — an idea that Balut endorses as well. Diaz said she has made it one of her missions to get a fence built along the bridge since she took office, and she wants to increase awareness of the issue in the hopes of pressuring the assembly to fund the fence.
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t’s hard to believe — given his views on Iran, access to birth control for women and public education — that Rick Santorum is still in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Despite boasting a set of political ideologies that many view as appealing to only the very fringe of American voters, Santorum continues to make national headlines across the country, and, in some cases, lead in national polls. In many cases, Santorum’s statements seem so far removed from sensible public opinion in America that we’re forced to wonder how he does remain more than a fringe candidate. Santorum’s latest comment on the separation — or un-separation — of church and state has made this especially apparent. Recalling former U.S. president John F. Kennedy’s famed speech on the relationship between religion and politics (of which he argued there should be none) in 1960, Santorum said Kennedy’s words made him want to “throw up.” And while it remains obvious that his point could have been made effectively without referencing the sensitivity of his gag reflex, the comment still forces us to question Santorum’s grasp on true American values — along with his sanity. The separation of church and state is, and has always been, central to American political philosophy. Our nation’s founders knew well that mixing organized religion with political affairs could only lead to a conflict of interest between the two, and such a division has helped to create a country in which individuals are able to practice freely religions of their choosing. Santorum, blinded by religious dogma, seems to have forgotten this. But the most interesting implication of Santorum’s rash comment is this: Paired with his wanton calls for heavy sanctions and preemptive war with Iran, the statement paints the man as a walking contradiction. Santorum’s views on Iran, like many others who consider the country a serious threat to national security and stability in the Middle East, stem from the idea that the country is a victim of religious fundamentalism. Radical religious ideals, according to Santorum, play too large a role in the governing of the country. We’d argue that, compared to the religious ideals of the vast majority of Americans, Santorum’s beliefs take on a similar air of radical temperament. Santorum criticizes a country in which the separation of church and state is non-existent — yet his own beliefs would promote the same conditions here.
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Recognize issue of apartheid in Israel Letter MURTAZA HUSAIN uman-rights activists throughout the world are recognizing “Israeli Apartheid Week” as a time to spread awareness about the system of oppression faced by Palestinians and Arab-Israelis at the hands of the Israeli government. The assertion, of course, is that the conditions in Israel and the occupied territories are akin to those of apartheid South Africa, wherein the black population lived under a system of racial segregation and were subjected to separate systems of laws, rights, education and agency designed for their suppression. This analogy is not bold or hyperbolic — rather, prominent activists of the South African anti-apartheid struggle attest to its validity. Activist Desmond Tutu, for example, has said, “If I change the names, the description of what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would be a description of what is happening in South Africa.” Nor is the analogy somehow offensive to those who lived under South African apartheid. As Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, puts it, “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” About 20 percent of Israel’s citizens are Arab. Their status is a blatant affront to the designation of Israel as a democracy with equality and freedom for all its citizens. A measure approved in 2010 requiring new non-Jewish citizens to pledge loyalty to “the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” is inherently discriminatory. In these words, new citizens are required to accept the primacy of their Jewish neighbors. They are denied freedom of speech when it comes to their plight or concerns. Another bill proposed last year bans commemoration of the Nakba day, which mourns the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from Israel during its 1948 founding. Another law stifles the nonviolent Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by allowing anyone to sue parties engaging in BDS actions without proof of damages. Arabs are sequestered into small, separate sections of Israel that face severe restrictions on expansion and receive disproportionately poor government funding — an average of $1,415 is spent on each Jewish citizen and $310 on each Arab citizen. The result is overpopulated ghettos that lack basic needs such as garbage collection, water and sewers. Furthermore, other long-existing Arab towns, as a result of a 1965 zoning law, were retroactively reclassified as “nonresidential.” The state literally does
not recognize the existence of these villages and the needs of their residents. So they receive no water, electricity, connection to sewer systems, public support for school or health care. They also face the constant threat of unjust home demolitions aimed at dislodging these citizens from their land. As college students, we recognize the importance of basic education as a tool of empowerment. In Israel, schools for Arab students are completely separate and inferior to schools for Jewish children. According to figures by the Central Bureau of Statistics in 2004, Jewish schools received at least four times as much funding as Arab schools. This translates to schools that lack computers, lack science equipment, have unmanageably large classrooms and are subject to strict control of curriculum. Recall that there was a time in America when school systems, among other things, were segregated and unequal. Most of us today would agree that this was a shameful time in our history. The conditions of life for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which I cannot contain in a 750-word limit, are considerably more atrocious. The infrastructure of Israeli domination is manifest in the military law to which Palestinians are subject, which allows for indefinite detention without cause or trial, collective punishment in the form of 24-hour curfews, road closures, military raids, violence and harassment and unwarranted home demolitions; hundreds of checkpoints, roadblocks or barriers that chop up the West Bank’s 70 small cantons and strip Palestinians of their freedom of movement within their own land; the expropriation of most of the West Bank’s water for use in Israel or in illegal Jewish settlements; the daily annexing of Palestine’s internationally recognized land through settlement expansion and the Israeli separation barrier. These characteristics of oppression are synonymous with the policies of apartheid. I implore students of conscience — and anyone who disagrees with this characterization — to learn more about Israel’s form of apartheid during this “Israeli Apartheid Week.” You can find members of BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice, our allies and me at the “Apartheid Wall” this Thursday at Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. Murtaza Husain is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in religion and Middle Eastern studies. He is the treasurer of BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice.
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Israel boycott unnecessary Letter ZEV NEWMAN AKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice will hold events this week for “Israeli Apartheid Week” on the University campus. “Israeli Apartheid Week” is closely related to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. There is no apar theid in Israel, yet the week continues to be known as “Israeli Apartheid Week.” The term “apartheid” is meant to recall the situation in South Africa pre-1994. Using the term apartheid to describe the situation of Arabs in Israel is not only erroneous, but takes away from those who suffered the hardships of actual apartheid in South Africa. The International Criminal Court met in Rome on July 17, 1998 to establish a treaty, known as the Rome Statute, which 120 states eventually accepted. In the Rome Statute, we find a definition of apartheid: “Inhumane acts … committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of retaining that regime.” This definition correlates strongly to the events that took place in South Africa from 1948 to 1994, which involved white supremacy and Afrikaner minority rule. The situation in South Africa involved what is referred to as “petty apartheid.” The National Party passed a string of legislation, which began with the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages, Act No. 55 of 1949,
which prohibited marriage between whites and blacks. Moreover, blacks were not allowed to run businesses and were supposed to move to black “homelands” and set up businesses there. Ever ything from bus stops, trains, hospitals and ambulances were segregated, and blacks were not allowed to buy hard liquor. Blacks who were injured in accidents were left to bleed to death if there were no “black” ambulances to get them to “black” hospitals. Additionally, blacks were prohibited from filling government positions and were not allowed to employ white people. However, the situation for Arabs in Israel is nothing like that of pre-1994 South Africa. IsraeliArabs make up about 20 percent of Israel’s population and play a huge role in Israel’s democracy. Arabs vote in elections, serve in the Knesset and even hold highranking positions, such as Justice Salim Joubran in the Israel Supreme Court. Furthermore, unlike blacks in pre-1994 South Africa, Arabs not only run successful businesses in Israel, but are also encouraged to do so. The Israeli government categorized all Arab communities in the countr y as “class A” development areas in July 2006, giving them tax benefits. This decision was made in order to encourage investments in the Arab sector. Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office Raanan Dinur declared in December 2006 that Israel finalized plans to give NIS 160 million private equity funds to help develop the businesses of the country’s Arab citizens. The Israeli government approved a $216 million investment in March 2010 with the goal of increasing the Israeli-Arab sector. The plan
is set to put more than 15,000 new Arab employees into the workforce by 2014. Unlike blacks in pre-1994 South Africa, Israeli-Arabs participate in Israel’s public health system. This public health system is far more advanced and prosperous then those in neighboring Arab countries. IsraeliArabs lie alongside Jewish patients in Israeli hospitals, receiving identical care. Despite the fact that more than half of Arab men smoke, the life expectancy for Arab citizens has increased by 27 years since 1948. Moreover, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (Israel), the Arab infant mortality rate dropped from 32 deaths per thousand births in 1970 to 8.6 per thousand in 2000. In respect to health care, IsraeliArabs are better off living in Israel then in the vast majority of Arabic countries in the Middle East. In essence, the situation of Israeli Arabs does not compare to the apar theid of pre-1994 South Africa. Thus, boycotting Israel is not only unnecessary but destructive. It points all the blame on one side of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Doing so simplifies what is in reality a nuanced and complex issue. Furthermore, by putting all the blame on one side, we therefore stifle discourse and in the end, ever yone loses. Instead we should work as a student body to promote dialogue and the exchange of ideas. Perhaps, we can turn a week that often promotes hatred into a week of peaceful dialogue and discussion. Zev Newman is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student.
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hree former members of the Rutgers football team took part in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Defensive tackle Justin Francis, wide receiver Mohammed Sanu and offensive lineman Desmond Wynn all showcased their skills for NFL scouts. Of the three, Wynn improved his prospects the most. His 5.05 40-yard dash time was fourth best in his position, while his 32.5-inch vertical was second only to Oklahoma Sooner Donald Stephenson’s 35.5-inch jump. While Wynn’s 28 reps in the bench press left him outside of the top 15, his mark was equal to that of offensive tackle Jake Long, the No. 1 pick of the 2008 NFL draft. Sanu did not wow any of the scouts, but he likely did not hur t his prospects, either. While his 40-yard dash time of 4.67 left him three places from the bottom, he per formed well in the rest of the tests. His 10-foot-6 broad jump placed him fifth among wideouts, and his three-cone drill time of 6.88 seconds was good enough for a tie for 10th in the position. The South Br unswick High School product’s 19-rep bench press and 4.22 20-yard shuttle time were also above average for a receiver. Exper ts still projected him to be selected in the first three rounds of this year’s draft, according to SB Nation. Francis did ver y little to impress scouts at the Combine. After opting not to r un the 40-yard dash, his only highlight was his 3-come drill time of 7.05, placing him four th in his position. His 32-inch vertical, 4.35 20-yard shuttle time and 23rep bench press put him barely inside the top 15 in each event. Francis also recorded a 9foot, 1-inch broad jump.
players were named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, one on the men’s team and one on the women’s team. Senior midfielders Will Mangan and Ali Steinberg received the honors despite each time experiencing their fair share of issues in the past week. Mangan earned his thirdcareer hat trick en route to a seven-point weekend and a 1-1 record, with a victory Feb. 21 against Wagner. Through the Scarlet Knights’ first two games, Steinberg leads the team in both goals (four) and points (eight).
He spent an entire summer away from the mat for the first to rebound from loss at NCAA’s time since he started wrestling this offseason, when he underwent knee surgery. continued from back Then he returned only to It is the mindset Goodale injure himself two more times. wants from the star of “It was star ting to get a lithis program. tle frustrating,” he said. “I feel Winston followed Goodale, clear in my mind [now], his former Jackson Memorial because it’s been one thing High School coach, to after another these Rutgers as the secondpast two years ranked recruit in the with injuries.” countr y, according Now he says he to Intermat. feels “rejuvenated and Immediately, there alive,” and his coach were expectations. sees it. Goodale believes Goodale sees pressure from the Winston preparing the state’s ardent same way he did for wrestling community last season’s conferSCOTT weighed on Winston, ence tournament, GOODALE although Winston when Winston denies it. checked off one of his college “I tr y my best and I know goals for the first time. we have a big following here,” But there is still a lot more he Winston said, “but at the end wants. That starts with another of the day, the guy who’s going title and a fresh, new mindset. to be mad if he loses is going “Maybe the time away from to be me, and the guy who’s the mat rejuvenated me mengoing to be happy if he wins is tally more than anything,” going to be me. I’m the only Winston said. “I’m excited. one out there.” Ever ything I’ve done this year More than anything, the comes down to these injuries weighed on Winston. two weeks.”
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Junior Scott Winston, top, controls Harvard’s Ian Roy on Jan. 6. Winston wants more than an EIWA title this weekend.
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Senior adjusts to off-court role BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT
When Leonora Slatnick first joined the Rutgers tennis team, she never imagined her senior season TENNIS w o u l d consist of rooting on her teammates as an assistant coach harnessed in a sling. After three years of competition in which the veteran held winning records in both singles and doubles play, Slatnick was ready to take on a leaderships role on the court during her final year. Shoulder surgery changed all of that. “It’s kind of tough looking past this and all the matches and everything and not being able to play,” Slatnick said. “But [head coach Ben Bucca] let me be an assistant coach for the season, so it’s nice to still be involved”
Slatnick first started to experience pain in her shoulder last season during the Big East Championships. The veteran thought it was only inflamed and took time off to let her injur y heal. But after rehab, her shoulder problems did not improve. An MRI revealed the cause of her pain was more than only inflammation. Slatnick had torn her labrum, which required surger y. She would have to watch her senior season from the sidelines. “At first, they said I could go the intense-rehab route and try and get it better so I could play and then get surgery,” Slatnick said. “But after a while it just wasn’t getting any better. So I’m disappointed but wanted to take care of it now rather than deal with it later.” Her injur y also affected the depth of the team. Last season, Slatnick competed on the No. 2
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Junior catcher Kaci Madden has earned the right to call games. She owns six starts in seven games this season.
TRUST: Veteran catcher helps young pitcher earn wins continued from back With Landrith as a big part of the staff, an experienced catcher is especially important. Landrith is not a power pitcher, so it is up to Madden to help get the right combination of pitches for each batter. “[Alyssa’s] velocity is average of a Division-I pitcher. But her movement is above average and changing speeds is above average,” Nelson said. “It’s important that [Landrith and Madden] keep the batter guessing and throw to keep them guessing both with which side of the plate and what speed the ball is coming at.” Madden’s veteran presence makes her especially effective at pitch calling. Luckily for her, Nelson does not expect any more from his
signal callers, as might be the case for coaches with their former position. Instead, he only wants from Madden what he wants from the rest of the team: to perform her job the way he knows she can. “I expect them to throw runners out and call the game and do all of the things that catchers do right,” he said. “That’s the goal for the whole program.” It is one thing to try and teach a catcher what to do. To have her grasp something as tricky as pitch calling is something completely different. Nelson knows first-hand how tough getting behind the plate can be. But Madden has shown great skill at the position, Nelson said. “[Calling games] is kind of an art, not a science,” he said. “Getting the right balance is sometimes difficult but [Madden has] been pretty good at it.”
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Senior Jennifer Holzberg joined the Knights four years ago with Leonora Slatnick, who sits out her final season.
doubles team and saw consistent action in the No. 5 and 6 singles positions. While her injury prevented her from competing on the court, her experience with the team gave her an opportunity to serve as an assistant coach for the Scarlet Knights. Her knowledge of the game provided Bucca with a veteran communicator who could relate well to the rest of the team. “I was really glad that Leonora still wanted to stay active with the team although she had a season-ending operation,” Bucca said. “ So we discussed ways that she could remain engaged on the team. The biggest way she has done that is she has, in many respects, taken on the role of a coach.” That role included running practices, leading the team in discussions and even coaching during matches. Fellow senior and team captain Jennifer Holzberg is glad Slatnick has taken on the capacity as coach and supportive teammate. The two have known each other since they both arrived to play for Bucca their freshman year and are best friends, Holzberg said. The familiarity they have with each other helped Holzberg on the court all season. She competes in both No. 1 singles and doubles positions. “She has helped me a lot,” Holzberg said. “When she comes on my court during matches, she always has good advice and just knows my strengths. She’s smart about certain strategies.” For now, Slatnick provides crucial knowledge for a young team going through a successful season. The Knights feature four underclassmen in their rotation and are currently 5-2 this spring. Slatnick’s ability to relate to what they go through on the court has made her effective in her approach. “I like to think that they look up to me,” Slatnick said. “But I just think just being able to coach them and having a younger person instructing them and helping them, it’s a lot easier for them to take it from me than the coach.”
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Sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli handles the ball Saturday against Cornell. Sbrilli scored 13 goals last season.
Kalata surrendered the game-winner late in the extra session. The late-game defeat has become a spark of motivation for the Nesconset, N.Y., native. “We lost by one goal,” Kalata said. “It’s always hardest on the goalie. It was that one last goal. It’s been driving me [as we’ve been] training for them, thinking, ‘I never want to have that feeling again.’” After upsetting the Tigers on their home field in 2010, BrandSias said her current squad has all the workings to do it again. “We have the talent to get it done,” she said. “It’s just a matter of us putting it all together. One thing that we can always count on is that we’re going to fight.” On the road trip, the Knights must continue to fight not only against Princeton, but also against their third Ivy League foe, Pennsylvania. Rounding out the trip at Hofstra, the Knights hope to return with their secondhalf stumbles solved.
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Rutgers rookie adapts to new event BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT
For the Rutgers gymnastics team last season, the incoming freshmen tur ned out to be some of GYMNASTICS the greatest assets en route to the most wins in program histor y. Cur rent sophomores Luisa Leal and 2012 all-around leader Alexis Gunzelman came into their own last year, breaking many records, some of which they set themselves. The Scarlet Knights lineup boasts two newcomers: freshmen Anastasia Halbig and Sara Skammer. The new additions to the lineup are opposites in personality, but they still bring their par ticular skills to the Knights’ routines ever y week. Skammer, the more outspoken freshman, is more suited to her place on the floor exercise, during which she gets the chance to perform and excel this season. Halbig, the more soft-spoken of the two, has made her largest contributions on the balance beam, where concentration is the key to success. But Halbig did not star t her career at Rutgers on the beam. The Gwynedd Mercy Academy (Pa.) product’s year started slowly. She did not compete in the Knights’ season opener at home against New Hampshire, and her performance on the bars in Rutgers’ next meet against West Virginia earned her a last-place finish. Head coach Louis Levine decided the freshman needed a change. A week after competing in West Virginia against Pennsylvania, Halbig competed for the first time in her career on the balance beam. Her score of 9.700 was good enough for a tie for second place. Levine began to see the possibilities for the rest of the season. “Anastasia finally got into the beam lineup because she has been sick, and we had not been able to use her. She really showed us what we have always seen from her in practice,” Levine said following the meet in Januar y. “She did a really good job on beam. She looked really good out there for her first time.” Ever since the UPenn meet, Halbig has been a consistent part of both the Knights’ bars and beam routines. In the Knights’ most recent outing — a third-place finish in a quad meet against Air Force, Bridgepor t and Eastern Michigan — Halbig was the top contributor with a season-high beam score of 48.325. The freshman’s career-high 9.875 was good enough for a firstplace finish. “Individually [in the quad meet] I made some mistakes on bars, but I did a lot better on beam,” Halbig said. “It felt really good to take first on beam. It is always good to make your routine.” Halbig only hoped to make it into the lineup when she arrived on the Banks so she could have a chance to compete at meets. Halbig’s teammates are there to make the process easier. The freshman cites the team as her favorite aspect of the Rutgers atmosphere. “It feels great to compete. To make lineup is ver y excit-
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Junior catcher Jeff Melillo leads the Knights in RBI and slugging after moving from the eighth spot last year to the four hole.
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Freshmen Anastasia Halbig, above, and Sara Skammer perform on the beam and bars, respectively, Saturday in a quad meet.
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ing,” Halbig said. “I love it here. Our team is like a family. It is really nice to come here ever y day.” Now that she found herself a spot in the lineup in her rook-
ie year, Halbig strives to keep that position. “I come in here and try and do my best every day, so it goes into the meets,” Halbig said. “The goal is to just practice like you compete.”
Catcher thrives in cleanup position BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Jeff Melillo hit eighth a season ago. He hit below the Mendoza line, slugged barely above it BASEBALL and had more strikeouts than hits. Now the junior catcher hits cleanup. Melillo has played to his lineup position. He sports a .400 onbase percentage and a .607 slugging percentage. The latter leads the Rutgers baseball team. But before Melillo put it together on the field, head coach Fred Hill gambled with the lineup by moving him from the back of the lineup to the fourth spot. “I learned about [it] a couple hours before the first game of the year,” Melillo said. “He waited a while to tell us the lineup.” The Scarlet Knights (3-3) entered the year without their third and fourth hitters from last year, graduated sluggers Michael Lang and D.J. Anderson. Lang and Anderson earned their way into the middle of the order by fitting Hill’s concise hitting philosophy. “There are two things that are important: getting on base and [hitting] with runners in scoring position,” Hill said. “I’m not concerned about anything else.” Lang’s .445 OBP led the Knights. Anderson finished second on the team with 25 RBI. Melillo was nowhere near the lead. The North Hunterdon High School product finished with a .248 OBP and 13 RBI, good for second-to-last among Rutgers ever yday players in both categories. The departure of Lang and Anderson gave all Rutgers hitters an equal oppor tunity to occupy the middle of the order. According to Hill, Melillo earned it.
“He had a good fall and preseason. He was swinging the bat really well,” Hill said. “He has a little pop. He has a chance to hit the ball over the fence ever y once in a while. He was put in the air because of the work that he did.” Junior right fielder Steve Zavala is the one carryover from the heart of last year’s order. Zavala’s and Melillo’s relationship stems back four years through summer league teams. Zavala noticed something dif ferent this summer about the catcher. “He seems to be a little more relaxed out there,” he said. “He had a great summer, so it’s more of a confidence thing.” Whether Melillo hits eighth or fourth, the Annandale, N.J., native maintains the same approach. He sacrifices plate patience — he walked 10 times in 119 at-bats last year — but his hitting philosophy fits his cleanup role. “The approach stayed the same as it always was,” Melillo said. “Just to try and drive balls to drive people in and get on base for people to drive me in.” The rest of the lineup this year has not missed a beat. The Knights scored at least five runs in their last four games. They are fulfilling Hill’s philosophy of getting on base with a .382 percentage, which has given Melillo plenty of opportunities with his team-leading 17 RBI. Rutgers travels to No. 10 Georgia Tech this weekend. While the out-of-conference play gives him opportunities to tinker with the lineup, Hill expects to keep things similar. And Melillo is as likely to secure his spot as anyone “To be frank, we want to win the game,” Hill said. “We’re not just going to put a guy into the game. I’m not a big ‘change-thelineup-every-day’ type guy.”
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Junior earns coach’s trust, calls pitches
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The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team hits the road for a three-game stretch today, hoping to leave its second-half struggles in Piscataway. WOMEN’S LACROSSE Dropping their first two games RUTGERS AT against Temple and PRINCETON, Cornell by one-goal TONIGHT, 6 P.M. margins, the Scarlet Knights (0-2) want a fresh start at Princeton. “We have to just shrug off the last two games,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “They’re over and done with.” With a shot at the No. 8 Tigers, the Knights have the opportunity to get back on track in their 6 p.m. showdown at the Class of 1952 Stadium. But Princeton enters its home opener with a 1-0 record from a 16-3 rout of Villanova. Its high-powered offense featured six players with multiple scores against ’Nova. Junior attack Jaci Gassaway led the way with five. “They have some good shooters,” said junior goalie Lily Kalata. “That’s why they’re ranked so high, but our biggest strength is our ability to take out key players.” The Knights defense held Temple’s leading scorer, Jaymie Tabor, scoreless for 50 minutes and kept Cornell’s best offensive threat, Jessi Steinberg, blanketed at the net all game. The unit must continue its success and limit Gassaway in the process. Sophomore Lauren Sbrilli said it starts in the midfield. “We have to try to match up the speed and keep them outside so they don’t have that ready shot,” the Martinsville, N.J., native said. On the other end, the offense needs to match the effectiveness of the defense. Blanked for 15 minutes in the game’s waning moments Saturday against Cornell, the Knights could not find an offensive rhythm, which put too much pressure on the defense, Brand-Sias said. “We have to be prepared to not let down for any portion of the 60 minutes,” the 10thyear head coach said. “We have to bring our best game.” The Knights brought one of their best games a season ago against their in-state rival. Taking the then-No. 20 Tigers to overtime,
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Junior goalie Lily Kalata scans the field Saturday in the Knights’ matchup with Cornell. Kalata faces a Princeton attack tonight that scored 16 goals in its season opener.
To fans and onlookers, when a pitcher has an impressive outing, he or she deserves all of the credit. But the team almost always gives praise to the SOFTBALL catcher — the often unsung hero — as well. That was the case after freshman Alyssa Landrith’s two-win tournament for the Rutgers softball team two weekends ago in San Marcos, Texas. Senior Brittney Lindley gave the rookie her credit, but was also keen to point out junior catcher Kaci Madden did a great job calling the game. Lindley is not the only one to realize the value of a good catcher. Head coach Jay Nelson shows great faith in Madden by letting her call the game on her own. In his eyes, catchers that can call a game well are more effective than if a coach were to call it because of their perspective. “[Catchers are] right there with the batter rather than a coach,” he said. “[Coaches] have the stats and know where they hit the ball, but we can’t see the minor adjustments the batter is making mid-at-bat — whether they’re moving in, moving back of f the plate, moving up, closer to the pitcher or away.” As a former catcher himself, Nelson is more than able to help Madden and backup catcher Kylee Bishop make adjustments. But he is not the only resource for helping the catchers develop. Assistant coach Ryan McMullen caught for Oklahoma State — she was a four-time All-Big 12 catcher — as well as in the National Pro Fastpitch league before spending four years at Hofstra. She coached the catchers and ser ved as a hitting instructor at the Long Island, N.Y., school. Both of the coaches work to expedite the growth of the catchers. “If [myself or McMullen] see they’re making mistakes, we talk to them about it,” Nelson said. “We try to get that corrected.” Not only does he give Madden free reign over calling pitches, Nelson also allows pitchers to shake off calls if they disagree with them.
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Refreshed Winston prepares for shot at EIWA title BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT
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Junior 165-pounder Scott Winston sizes up a Harvard opponent on Jan. 6.
Scott Winston was 12 years old when he first star ted thinking about the postseason. The sixth grader from Jackson, N.J., sat WRESTLING down and wrote out a list of goals. First, high school, where he went 137-0 with three state titles in his career. Then, college, where he has an EIWA title, but still plenty more he wants to accomplish. “I definitely feel a little bit of heat,” the junior 165-pounder said. “I thought for sure I’d have a couple more credentials than an EIWA title at this point. Things happen, so you just have to eat it and roll with the punches. It’s a new year, a new competition and a new me, so let’s go.” Winston enters the postseason having missed each of the Rutgers wrestling team’s past three matches with a pinched ner ve in his neck.
He wrestled and won an EIWA title last season with torn ligaments in his knee, but then he fell one decision short of AllAmerican status at the national tournament. It prompted a change in every manner of how the Rutgers program operates. So Winston sat out and rested with his neck injur y, as he did earlier in the season after he dislocated his shoulder in a Jan. 6 match. It sends him into the postseason ranked 17th nationally and second in the conference with a 16-5 record, but also in the best shape of the season. “He just trained really, really hard without injur y and has a lot of energy,” said head coach Scott Goodale, who said Winston’s past two weeks of practice are the best since his freshman year. “It hasn’t been his shoulder, it hasn’t been the trainer’s room. He’s been here. He’s been doing stuf f in the morning. He’s been doing stuf f at night on his own. He’s running mountains. He’s running stadiums. He’s focused. He’s focused.”
Winston is focused on those sixthgrade goals. He wants to win another EIWA title, then a national championship. “People might think that’s far of f, but I’ve been up and down this season, and I’m on my way up this last par t of the season,” Winston said. “I want to turn some heads and open some eyes.” He wants to start with Lehigh’s Brandon Hatchett, the ninth-ranked 165-pounder in the nation who enters this weekend’s conference tournament as the favorite. Hatchett beat Winston, 7-2, to shift the momentum of a dual meet last season at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, then beat him again in overtime to catapult himself onto the podium at the NCAA Championships and eliminate Winston. So Winston is not traveling to Princeton to defend his title. “I’m going after somebody,” he said. “He’s taken a lot from me.”
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