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GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS Former University student Dharun Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation for spying on his former roommate, Tyler Clementi, in two separate incidents in September 2010. Ravi turned down two plea deals, including one without jail time.

M.B. finds jury’s final verdict ‘just’ BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER NEWS EDITOR

turned down a three-to-five-year jail sentence. In December 2011, he rejected the opportunity to avoid jail time and turned down a plea bargain of 600 community service hours and sensitivity training. Ravi’s father influenced his son’s decision to turn down the plea bargain, according to an article in The Star-Ledger. Ravi’s father said he did not believe his son was a hateful person and turned down the plea bargain “on principle,” according to the article. Three months later, Ravi had run out of options. Ravi kept poker faced throughout most of the trial even as the jur y found him guilty of all counts. After the verdict, Altman told The Star-Ledger outside the cour troom they would be requesting an appeal.

Tyler Clementi’s mysterious guest, only identified by initials M.B., commented for the first time Friday about being a part of the highly publicized Dharun Ravi trial. Through a press statement issued by his pro bono attorney Richard Pompelio, M.B. said he found out about the verdict while at work and was pleased with the jury’s “just” verdict on the case. Ravi is a former University student who spied on his roommate Tyler Clementi and M.B. on two separate occasions in September 2010. M.B. learned Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge in late September 2010 after seeing the 18-year-old’s photo in the newspaper. Ravi was convicted of all 15 counts on Friday, including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, tampering with physical evidence and a witness, and hindering apprehension. M.B. testified in court at the Middlesex County Courthouse on March 2. “I had hoped for all concerned that a trial could have been avoided, but that was not my choice,” M.B. said in the statement. “It was Mr. Ravi’s decision and now he will have to live with it.” M.B. said although he was required to remain anonymous during the trial, it became necessary for him to protect his privacy. Only the jurors, attorneys and the judge involved in the trial know M.B.’s full name. “For all of my life, I have been known to the world by my name,” he said. “That simple luxury was taken away from me as my identity became reduced to simply M.B. in order to protect the privacy of myself and my family.”




Dharun Ravi shows little emotion after the verdict is read Friday at the Middlesex County Courthouse. Ravi was found guilty on all 15 counts, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.



harun Ravi kicked the garbage can outside the Middlesex County Courthouse as he headed toward his car Friday after being found guilty of privacy invasion, bias intimidation of Tyler Clementi, tampering physical evidence, hindering physical evidence and tampering with a witness. Steve Altman, Ravi’s attorney said Ravi was playing a prank when he viewed Clementi, his roommate, and his male companion, only identified as M.B., through his computer’s webcam. Clementi, 18, realized Ravi was spying on him. Shortly after the spying incidents, he committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010. Ravi, a former University student was not “a bigot” but an “18-year-old

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boy” who did not know “how to deal” with his roommate being gay, Altman said. Ravi’s boyish prank was not established with any criminal intention, but was rather just a college prank, he said. “He was a boy,” Altman said in his opening statement on Feb. 24. “[What] you need to do is understand the dynamics of what occurred, close your eyes and look back as to how it existed.” But the jury did not share Altman’s perspective, finding Ravi guilty on all 15 counts held against him, including two counts of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation of Clementi. Ravi was not charged in connection with Clementi’s suicide. Ravi, 20, faces up to 10 years in prison and may face deportation to India, where he was born and holds citizenship. Ravi was given two opportunities to accept plea deals. In October 2011, Ravi

NJ legislators look to pass bill to enter green initiative BY GIANCARLO CHAUX METRO EDITOR

New Jersey Democratic lawmakers announced last Thursday their revived attempt to pass a bill that would re-enter the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a multi-state anti-pollution deal Gov. Chris Christie opposed last May. The bill was introduced with the intentions of combating global warming through the use of a “cap and trade system” that would involve the auctioning of emission allowances by participating states, according to the bill’s official website. Nine other states have joined the initiative as well as several Canadian provinces. Christie wanted New Jersey out of the pact last year and is expected to veto a second attempt to introduce the bill if it passes the New Jersey Assembly, a move

that has brought disapproval by New Jersey lawmakers such as Sen. President Steve Sweeney, D-3. “The effects of greenhouse gases on the environment are really indisputable at this point,” said Sweeney in a press release. “That makes Governor Christie’s action all the more short sighted and without merit. For the governor to withdraw New Jersey from RGGI was a bad move.” Christie said he pulled out of the initiative because he felt it was simply a “gimmick” to appeal to the environmentalists while in fact, it was not able to solve any of the problems it addressed. “The program is not effective in reducing greenhouse gases and is unlikely to be in the future,” Christie said at a news conference according to an article on “The whole system is not working as it was intended to work. It’s a failure.”



President Barack Obama advocates public involvement and environmental activism Thursday in his speech at Largo, Md., community college.


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Equestrian team’s victory carries to regionals BY SAMIEL CAMERON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Six individuals from the Rutgers University Equestrian Team retur ned from spring break as champions after placing either first or second place Saturday in a regional horseback riding competition at Briar wood Farms in Flemington, N.J. These winners now qualify to compete in the zones competition at Delaware Valley College, said Jillian Cutone, a RUET member. Winners include School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior Kate Felter, School of Ar ts and Sciences junior Hailey Pamula, School of Engineering first-year student Gwen Campbell, School of Engineering senior Trista Kuna, and School of Environmental and Biological first-year student Elisabeth Van Embden. Riders were judged Saturday on the coordination of their riding and their posture, said Cutone, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “[The] judge … usually looks for hands at a good position usually above the mar tingale [the horse’s collar], a soft bend at the elbow, shoulders back with back arched slightly, eye looking straight ahead, quiet [and] not swinging leg, heels down and a constant pace,” she said. Before moving on to the regional competition, the team


Cait Doran, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, rides the horse Martel during a regular season show clearing a hurdle in her open fences class at the Briarwood Farm in Flemington, N.J. ended their regular season on March 11 with a victor y in their region with a score of 27 points, Cutone said. The team has not won their region in 25 years. The final regular season show included dif ferent levels of competition including both English and Wester n riding styles. Under the leadership of Coach Kelly Lamont Francfort, the team competed against several other universities including Lehigh University, Lafayette College and University of Scranton, said Samantha Sagot, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.

ALUMNUS GIVES $1.5M TOWARD UNIVERSITY’S $27M FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE Steven Temares, a University alumnus and CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond, donated $1.5 million to endow a chair of the Brain Health Institute affiliated with the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. The gift is the second toward a $27 million challenge grant that aims to establish 18 endowed chairs at the University, according to University Media Relations. Temares, who graduated from the University in 1980, and his wife will name the position the Charlotte and Murray Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience/Brain Health in honor of Temares’ in-laws. “My family and I feel ver y strongly about the importance of research and education — it’s something we value tremendously,” Temares told Media Relations. “We also feel ver y strongly about giving back. This gift is a commitment to giving, as well as it is a commitment toward Rutgers’ future.” The challenge grant, which is the largest donated in the University’s histor y, comes from an anonymous donor and is par t of the “Our Rutgers, Our Future” fundraising campaign. The aim of the challenge grant is to recruit faculty in disciplines including business education and sciences by matching ever y $1.5 million donated to create the $3 million cost of creating an academic chair, according to Media Relations. The Strongwater Chair position will go a faculty member who will ser ve as the director of the Brain Health Institute, a research program focused on advancing understanding of brain disorders and coming up with treatments, cures, and preventative measures, according to Media Relations. The new director will collaborate with partners involved in the industry and various academic disciplines, according to Media Relations. “I hope that this gift will attract and secure a strong leader for the Brain Health Institute and that it will help the institute succeed in its mission,” Temares told Media Relations.

Team scores are based on the judges critique of the University team’s point rider in a given class of the competition, Cutone said. There are eight classes that individuals can obtain points from: open fences, intermediate fences, novice fences, open flat, intermediate flat, novice flat, walk trot canter and walk trot. “Since our team is so large, it is always hard for us to select the riders we think will do best that day,” Sagot said. RUET is made up of more than 60 members who specialize in various horseback-riding skills such as English and Western styles, Cutone said.

The English style of horseback riding involves bringing the horse from a walk, to a trot and then to a gallop while dressed in full English dressage including an English riding jacket, Cutone said. Unlike the attire required for the English style of horseback riding, western style has formal attire and involves controlling the horse’s reigns with one hand, she said. Cutone said the competitions are about luck and the way someone is riding the day of the competition. “Sometimes one of us will get an unlucky horse or get nervous,”

Cutone said. “It’s a mind game as well and about staying focused even if you see somebody else on your team mess up.” Lauren Blaha, RUET publicist, said the rider may be assigned a horse for a show that they have not practiced on and must react to its behavior accordingly. “Really the test is we’re given a horse, and it’s [about] how well you ride the horse. ... You can still win on a draw that people don’t consider great,” said Blaha, a School of Arts and Sciences firstyear student.

Yashmin Patel contributed to this article.



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SEPT. 21, 2010 Clementi asks Ravi for the room again, and he and M.B. have a second sexual encounter. Clementi takes another screenshot of a tweet on Ravi’s Twitter page: “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and [midnight]. Yes, it’s happening again.” Ravi later modified the tweet to read, “Roommate asked for room again. It’s happening again. People with iChat, don’t you dare video chat me from 9:30 to [midnight].”

SEPT. 1, 2010 The fall semester begins.

Dharun Ravi’s case has recieved national attention since September 2010, initiating a dialogue on cyberbullying, privacy and tolerance. The following events led up to last Friday’s verdict.

SEPT. 16, 2010 Clementi meets M.B. in person at his residence hall room.

BY RASHMEE KUMAR / COPY EDITOR AUGUST 2010 Dharun Ravi and Tyler Clementi are assigned as roommates. Ravi emails Clementi but receives no response. He conducts web searches on Clementi’s email address and deduces that his future roommate is gay, according to an article in The New Yorker written by Ian Parker. Clementi comes out to his family.

AUGUST 2010 Clementi begins talking to an older male only identified as “M.B.” through social networking site Ravi and Clementi move into Room 30 of Davidson Hall C on Busch campus. After meeting Ravi’s parents, Clementi instant messages friend Hannah Yang and says his parents seem “sooo Indian first gen americanish” and that they “defs own a Dunkin’ [Donuts],” according to Parker’s article in The New Yorker.


SEPT. 19, 2010 Clementi invites M.B. to come over and asks Ravi if he can have the room for the evening. Ravi sets up the auto-accept feature on iChat for his webcam before leaving the room and tweets, “Roommate asked for the room [until] midnight. I went into Molly [Wei]’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Clementi and M.B. have sex. Clementi takes a screenshot of Ravi’s Twitter page at 1:10 a.m.

SEPT. 21, 2010 Ravi is at Ultimate Frisbee practice from 9 to 11 p.m. According to University computer system manager Timothy Hayes, Ravi’s computer is disconnected between 9:25 and 11:19 p.m. Clementi realizes that Ravi might be spying on him again and goes to his residence assistant, Raahi Grover, around 11 p.m. to report the incident. Grover asks Clementi to write an email expressing his concerns, which Clementi sends at 12:03 a.m. In the email, Clementi states that he is uncomfortable sharing a room with Ravi and wants a room change as soon as possible.

SEPT. 28, 2010 The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office charges Wei and Ravi with invasion of privacy and transmitting a sexual encounter on Sept. 19, 2010. Ravi is charged again for the Sept. 21, 2010 viewing.

SEPT. 22, 2010 Clementi checks Ravi’s Twitter page for a last time at 5:16 p.m. He posts on his Facebook wall, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry” around 8:42 p.m. Ravi sends a text to Clementi admitting that he knows Clementi’s sexual orientation and apologizes for any misunderstandings. Rutgers University Police Department officer Krzysztof Kowalczyk conducts a welfare check — one step below a missing persons report — at Davidson Hall C around 9:30 p.m. Ravi says he has not seen Clementi since around 4:30 or 5 p.m. when he dropped off his backpack.

SEPT. 23, 2010 Police picks Wei up in an unmarked car and take her to headquarters for questioning. Ravi sends her text messages instructing Wei what to say during the police interview. Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office investigator Michael Daniewicz interrogates Ravi. When asked if he thought setting up a webcam in his room invaded Clementi’s privacy, Ravi replies “yes.” He admits Clementi’s gust made him uncomfortable, and his posts encouraging friends to view his webcam were meant to be sarcastic.

MAY 6, 2011 Wei agrees to testify against Ravi in court and is accepted into a three-year pretrial intervention program, which stipulates that her invasion of privacy charges will be dropped. The program requires Wei to complete 300 hours of community service and counseling about cyberbullying and alternative lifestyles, according to an article.

APRIL 20, 2011 A Middlesex County grand jur y indicts Ravi on 15 counts, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, witness tampering and evidence tampering.

OCT. 1, 2010 University President Richard L. McCormick releases a statement reaf firming the University’s values and condolences for the Clementi family, friends and classmates. Students wear black and create a memorial on the steps of Brower Commons to commemorate Clementi.

University instructor Robert O’Brien organizes a University-wide “die-in” in front of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus to symbolize the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender suicides that occurred across the nation in 2010.

OCT. 20, 2011 Ravi turns down a plea bargain that would have given him only three to five years in prison, with a chance that prison time could be waived altogether.

FEB. 24, 2012 The New Jersey v. Dharun Ravi trial begins on the second floor of the Middlesex County Courthouse with Judge Glenn Berman presiding. First Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure and Ravi’s lawyer Steve Altman present their opening statements. Four of Ravi’s friends testify that he has never expressed an issue with Clementi’s sexual orientation or homosexuality in general.

DEC. 9, 2011 Ravi rejects a plea deal to avoid jail time and deportation, and instead be required to attend counseling and perform 600 hours of community service and receive counseling on cyberbullying and alternative lifestyles, according to an article.

FEB. 28, 2012 Ravi spends his 20th birthday in the courtroom as Wei finishes testifying against him. Wei says she and Ravi have not spoken since she transferred from the University following the incident.

FEB. 27, 2012 Wei testifies against Ravi, in accordance with her pretrial intervention program.

SEPT. 29, 2010 Police recover Clementi’s body in the Hudson River.

FEB. 29, 2012 Lokesh Ojha, who lived in Davidson Hall C, testifies that Ravi used Ojha’s computer to set up the webcam on Sept. 21, 2010.

MARCH 2, 2012 Clementi’s guest, only identified as “M.B.,” testifies in court. M.B., 32, goes into detail about his initial meetings, text message exchanges and brief sexual relationship with Clementi.

MARCH 8, 2012 Ravi’s lawyers attempt to dismiss nine charges, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and hindering apprehension. Berman refuses, and all 15 counts remain.

MARCH 7, 2012 The court views a video of Ravi’s interrogation, which Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office investigator Michael Daniewicz conducted the day after Clementi’s suicide. Ravi admitted he thought setting up a webcam in his room invaded Clementi’s privacy, that M.B. made him uncomfortable, and his posts encouraging friends to view his webcam were sarcastic.

MARCH 14, 2012 Jury deliberations begin a day after the prosecution and defense present their closing arguments.

MARCH 16, 2012 Ravi is found guilty of all 15 counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation of Tyler Clementi, tampering with physical evidence, hindering arrest and tampering with a witness account. Altman says he will appeal to the court. A tentative sentencing date is set for May 21.

Clementis reflect on spying trial BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER NEWS EDITOR

The Clementi family sat in the first row of judge Glenn Berman’s courtroom Friday for one last time as jurors announced the verdict of Dharun Ravi, who spied on their son before he committed suicide. Prosecutors charged Ravi, a former University student, with using a webcam to view an intimate encounter between Tyler Clementi and his male guest, M.B., in two separate incidents in September 2010. Joseph Clementi, Tyler’s father, wrapped his arm around the shoulder of his wife, Jane, a 53-year-old public health nurse, as the jury responded to each count brought against Ravi. As each count was read, Joseph Clementi let out a few tears as he, his wife and oldest son, James, exchanged glances of relief. Ravi was charged with 15 counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation of Tyler Clementi. “The trial was painful for us, as it would be for any parent who must sit and listen to people talk about bad and inappropriate things that were done to their child,” said Joseph Clementi in a press conference following the verdict. Joseph Clementi said the criminal law in this trial is important because it deals with Ravi’s conduct. “We believe the trial was important because it dealt with important issues for our society and for our young people today, and because of worldwide media attention that was brought to it,” he said. The Clementi family has come to understand the law is only one way of addressing the problems presented in this trial, including the idea behind responsibility and privacy in the digital world. The Clementis established a foundation dedicated to raising awareness about suicide prevention and acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as well as education on cyberbullying, according to the Tyler Clementi Foundation’s mission statement. “We’re on a mission to address these issues in an affirmative way through the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which we have set up in memory of our son,” Joseph Clementi said. “We hope that the media attention will not fade, and that positive efforts on these important issues will be acknowledged.” Joseph Clementi closed the press conference advising students to speak up especially if they think something is wrong. “You’re going to meet a lot of people in your lifetime. Some of these people you may not like. …[It] does not mean you have to work against them,” he said. “When you see somebody doing something wrong, tell them. … You can make the world a better place. The change you want to see in the world begins with you.” For an audio summary of the Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi case, visit



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THE CHARGES AND OUTCOMES EXPLAINED THE JURY’S VERDICT After Supreme Cour t Judge Glenn Berman announced the verdict, defense attorney Steve Altman polled the 12-member jur y to confirm that they agreed upon all counts.

COUNT 1: 4TH DEGREE INVASION OF PRIVACY Dharun Ravi observed Tyler Clementi and his guest, only identified as M.B., in sexual contact without their consent on Sept. 19, 2010. Sexual contact includes any touching of an erogenous zone of another, including without limitation the thigh, genitals, buttock, pubic region, or breast, for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying either person, Supreme Court Judge Glenn Berman said during the trial. 4th Degree Invasion of Privacy of Clementi: GUILTY 4th Degree Invasion of Privacy of M.B.: GUILTY

COUNT 2: 3RD DEGREE BIAS INTIMIDATION For the offense committed in Count 1 on Sept. 19, 2010. a. Invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate Clementi because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY b. Invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate M.B. because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY c. Invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause Clementi to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY d. Invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY e. Invasion of privacy, under the circumstances that would cause Clementi to be intimidated and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, would cause Clementi to reasonably believe he was the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

COUNT 3: 3RD DEGREE INVASION OF PRIVACY Ravi activated the webcam on his computer inside the Davidson Hall C room on Busch campus he and Clementi shared, so others could view Clementi and M.B.’s sexual encounter on Sept. 19, 2010. 3rd Degree Invasion of Privacy of Clementi: GUILTY 3rd Degree Invasion of Privacy of M.B.: GUILTY

COUNT 4: 2ND DEGREE BIAS INTIMIDATION For the offense committed in Count 3 on Sept. 19, 2010. a. Invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate Clementi because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY b. Invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate M.B. because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY c. Invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause Clementi to be intimidated

because of sexual orientation: GUILTY d. Invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY e. Invasion of privacy, under the circumstances that would cause Clementi to be intimidated and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, would cause Clementi to reasonably believe he was the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

COUNT 5: 4TH DEGREE ATTEMPTED INVASION OF PRIVACY Ravi attempted to observe Clementi and M.B.’s second sexual encounter without their consent in Ravi and Clementi’s room via webcam on Sept. 21, 2010. 4th degree attempted invasion of privacy of Clementi: GUILTY 4th degree attempted invasion of privacy of M.B.: GUILTY

COUNT 6: 3RD DEGREE BIAS INTIMIDATION For the offense committed in Count 5 on Sept. 21, 2010. a. Attempted invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate Clementi because of sexual orientation: GUILTY b. Attempted invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate M.B. because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY c. Attempted invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause Clementi to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: GUILTY d. Attempted invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY e. Attempted invasion of privacy, under the circumstances that would cause Clementi to be intimidated, and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, would cause Clementi to reasonably believe he was the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

intimidate Clementi because of sexual orientation: GUILTY b. Attempted invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate M.B. because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTY c. Attempted invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause Clementi to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: GUILTY d. Attempted invasion of privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting offense would cause M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: NOT GUILTYe. Invasion of privacy, under the circumstances that would cause Clementi to be intimidated, and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, would cause Clementi to reasonably believe he was the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

COUNT 9: 4TH DEGREE TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: GUILTY Ravi’s deleted of tweets on Sept. 23, 2010 that were relevant to police investigation with the intention of affecting the outcome of an investigation.

COUNT 10: 4TH DEGREE TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: GUILTY Ravi created and posted a false tweet on Sept. 23, 2010 with the intention of affecting the outcome of an investigation.

COUNT 11: 3RD DEGREE HINDERING APPREHENSION OR PROSECUTION: GUILTY Ravi destroyed evidence relevant to the investigation with the intention of affecting the outcome of an investigation.

COUNT 12: 3RD DEGREE HINDERING APPREHENSION OR PROSECUTION: GUILTY Ravi prevented a witness from providing testimony with the intention of affecting the outcome of an investigation.


COUNT 7: 3RD DEGREE ATTEMPTED INVASION OF PRIVACY Ravi attempted to show Clementi and M.B. engaged in sexual conduct to others using his webcam on Sept. 21, 2010. 3rd degree attempted invasion of privacy of Clementi: GUILTY 3rd degree attempted invasion of privacy of M.B.: GUILTY

Ravi lied to police during the investigation with the intention of affecting the outcome of an investigation.

COUNT 14: 3RD DEGREE WITNESS TAMPERING: GUILTY Ravi tried to influence what Molly Wei told police via text messages and phone calls on Sept. 23, 2010.



For the offense committed in Count 7 on Sept. 21, 2010. a. Attempted invasion of privacy with the purpose to

Ravi deleted text messages sent to and received from witnesses knowing a police investigation would be occurring.

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M.B.: Clementi’s guest says

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Ravi said in a Sept. 23, 2010 interrogation with Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office investigator Michael Daniewicz that he thought he violated Clementi’s privacy. Ravi said in the interrogation, which was recorded and played in court, that the webcam was set up so he could view his possessions in his room. “I was little creeped out,” Ravi said in the video. “I just got a bad vibe from him.” The use of the webcam was legal, Altman said, but Judge Glenn Berman said if Ravi were actually concerned for his belongings, he would have pointed the webcam toward the door, not Clementi’s bed. Lokesh Ojha, a University student and one of Ravi’s friends from Davidson Hall, said in his testimony he helped Ravi position the webcam, but Ojha also admitted in the same testimony that he lied to police in his initial statements. Multiple student witnesses and Ravi’s family friends testified that Ravi never expressed any malice toward gays or homosexuality in general. Ravi was “uncomfortable” with his roommate, said Geoffrey Ir ving, a former University

M.B. said he testified in court because he was required to do so though he bore no hatred toward Ravi. But having to testify under “ver y intimidating circumstances” has reopened some “wounds that will take a very long time to heal,” he said. “When I learned of Tyler’s death, it bothered me terribly that perhaps there had been something I could have done or said to him that would have changed the course of events,” he said. “I will never have that chance nor will his family … who saw him differently than Mr. Ravi did.” M.B. said with the help he was provided from Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office, Julia McClure and her prosecution team, he will be able to move forward. M.B. said he believes Ravi’s punishment will make him a “better person.” In his testimony, M.B. said he did not want Ravi to be sent to prison. “We must be mindful that when one person truly hurts another, society must have the right to demand justice for all,” he said. “And if that means that Mr. Ravi should be reminded that his type of conduct must be deterred, then so be it.”


Jane and Joseph Clementi enter the second-floor courtroom in the Middlesex County Courthouse followed by their older son, family and supporters Friday before jurors announce the verdict.

Ultimate Frisbee captain, in his testimony. In an instant-message exchanged between Ravi and his friend Michelle Huang, Ravi wrote “Yeah keep the gays away” and that he was “so creeped out” after watching Clementi and M.B. kissing. Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said trial proceedings referred heavily to technology, including iChat, AOL Instant Messenger and text messaging,

as well as testimony from residence hall members and friends. “We did not have Tyler [here] to tell us in his own words what happened,” Kaplan said. But with the effort of the prosecutor’s office, as well all investigators involved, they were able to gather evidence and protect the identity of M.B. A notification will be sent to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement concerning immigration actions for Ravi, Kaplan said.

The Middlesex County Courthouse will release a statement at a later time, he said. University spokesman E.J. Miranda said in a statement that this tragedy has not only touched the University community, but the global community. “[This] should make us all pause to recognize the importance of civility and mutual respect in the way we live, work and communicate with others,” he said in the statement.


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The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health and the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research are hosting “Frontiers in Lipodomics: The Food, Nutrition and Health Connection” at the Cook Campus Center’s multipurpose room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The symposium will discuss the use of mass spectrometry-based lipodomics while answering nutrition and health-related questions. It is free and open to the public.


Academy Award-nominated documentary “If A Tree Falls” will show at the Cook Campus Center at 8 p.m. The screening will follow pizza, popcorn and a Q-and-A with director Marshall Curry. For more information, contact Lauren Choinski at (848) 932-5273.


The Thaakat Foundation presents “Live, Laugh and Learn,” an event featuring performances by University groups Dhol Effect, Bhangra Academy, SWARA and Focused Movement. The event is at the Cook Campus Center multipurpose room at 7 p.m. Shahnawaz will cater the event. Tickets are $10 in advance or with a student ID, and $15 at the door or without a student ID.


The Rutgers University Leadership Empowerment Society presents “Dance Steps to Leadership” at 6 p.m. in the Busch Campus Center multipurpose room. The program includes performances by TWESE African Dance Troupe, Rutgers Belly Dance Troupe, Chaos Theory, Team Technique, Official Re’Jectz and more. Attendees can vote for their favorite performers to win a prize. Tickets are $5 and sold at the door. All proceeds go to the Computer Literacy Program to empower underprivileged youth in Bangladesh. For volunteer and other information, contact The Rutgers Theater Company presents “Homemade” about a young gay couple that decides to start a family. The opening show takes place at 8 p.m. at the Phillip J. Levin Theater on Douglass campus. Tickets are $15 for students.


University Professor Charles Keeton will give a special presentation about the University’s astronomical research at the state capital’s planetarium. The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hosting the event at the planetarium in Trenton, N.J. Attendees can also see the popular exhibit “Stars” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Rutgers Student Life and Rutgers Health Services sponsor the “Sex, Love and Dating” Conference at 11 a.m. at the Busch Campus Center. Students will learn about intimacyrelated topics that affect everyday college students. Email to pre-register.


Artist Ellen Levy and University psychology professor Maggie Shiffrar discuss cognitive processes in relation to art and science at the Busch Campus Center’s Center Hall Auditorium from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Nicole Ianuzelli at or (932) 732-3726.


Career Services will host a panel of professionals from the entertainment industry including film, music and television who will talk about their work and path to their careers. Students who attend can learn how to break into entertainment, find internships, network and other experience. The panel will be held in the Raritan River Lounge of Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus from 6 to 8 p.m. To pre-register, email


Denis Johnson, winner of the 2007 National Book Award for his novel “Tree of Smoke,” will be at the Rutgers Student Center multipurpose room on the College Avenue campus as part of the “Writers at Rutgers Reading Series.” Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leandra Cain at (732) 932-7633 or email Rhea Ramey at

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U. scientists discover new species of frog in NYC BY LISA BERKMAN CORRESPONDENT

A species of frog has gone unnoticed for almost two million years until now, hiding in plain sight on the streets of New York City. University scientists helped discover this new species with scientists from the University of Alabama. It all started with a research paper. Evolutionary biologist Cathy Newman was completing her master’s degree on the southern leopard frog at the University of Alabama, and asked her collaborators in New Jersey to collect some tissue samples. But what researchers found surprised them. “It’s incredibly exciting to have discovered a new species in a metropolitan area, and it’s so close to Rutgers,” said Joanna Burger, a University professor in the Division of Life Sciences who helped make

the discovery. “People have been studying animals in this area for a couple hundred years, and yet it was missed. It’s exciting to find something in your own backyard.” The new frog has a brown pattern, a distinct mating call and an entirely separate set of genes. Though these differences become obvious after paying close attention, the species has been confused with the leopard frog until now, said Jeremy Feinberg, a Ph.D student working in Burger’s lab. “You have to realize [scientists] had no DNA technology and couldn’t use complicated software,” Feinberg said. “They couldn’t even drive between different sites easily to compare stuff. They just didn’t have the technology or the technique.” Burger said the discovery is particularly unusual because it was found in an urban environ-

NEW BRUNSWICK CITY COUNCILMEN WILL NOT SERVE ANOTHER TERM AFTER 16 YEARS New Brunswick City Council President Robert Recine and Councilman Jimmie Cook Jr. will not run for reelection this year after serving the council for about 16 years. The New Brunswick Democratic Organization announced the members’ retirement Tuesday, according to Councilwoman Elizabeth Garlatti’s seat also expires this spring, but she intends to run again, the organization announced. Recine has served on the council since 1996, with three terms as president, according to Cook was also elected to the council in 1996 and has been absent from meetings in recent months because of personal health issues, Recine has said in council meetings. “New Brunswick is a better place because of the ser vice of Bob Recine and Jimmie Cook. During their 16-year tenure, New Brunswick has become a modern, thriving urban center and a great place to live and work,” Mayor James Cahill said in a statement. NBDO Chair T.K. Shamy said in a statement that the organization would screen prospective candidates for council seats for the June 5, 2012 primar y election.

BILL: Draft law would make governor re-examine legislation continued from front Yet Sen. Bob Smith, D-17, said Christie has taken a flawed view on the initiative, claiming that the pact is indeed useful in improving the future of the environment. “Participation in RGGI is really a matter of common sense. That is why the Legislature made it clear five years ago that New Jersey was to be a participant. Being part of RGGI is the right, responsible thing to do,” Smith said in the release. The new bill would require Christie to re-enter the initiative by altering the original legislation to make it mandatory — instead of simply recommended — for the state to cooperate with the RGGI. The bill is on its way to the Assembly to be voted upon, according to the press release. Christie told his refusal to join similar federal projects should not be interpreted as an unwillingness to support other protective measures for the environment. Instead, he said his administration hopes to solve the pollution issues through their own strategies. “It is a priority of this administration to achieve improved air quality for all residents of New Jersey, and we are taking decisive action to hold out-of-state polluters accountable when they violate the Clean Air Act,” Christie said in the ar ticle.

In a speech Thursday, President Barack Obama stressed a need to adopt new strategies and ideas to fight global warming, something he said some other politicians will not embrace. “There will always be [those] who just want to keep on doing things the same way that we’ve always done them,” Obama said to a crowd in Largo, Md. “They want to double down on the same ideas that got us some of the mess that we’ve been in.” Obama said the American public is ultimately responsible for bringing the changes they want to see in environmental policy and urged them to contact their representatives. “I need all of you to make your voices heard,” Obama said in his address. “Get on the phone, write an email, send a letter [and] let your member of Congress know where you stand. Tell them to do the right thing. Tell them you can win this fight.” Environment New Jersey issued a report last month concerning the potential benefits New Jersey would reap from the bill. The results showed that the state would receive between $340-$380 million to invest in programs that support clean energy, according to “We wanted to take a step back, clear the air and set the record straight,” said Matt Elliot, an advocate for the organization in the article. “This report really proves once and for all that RGGI is a win-win, both for NJ’s economy and the environment.”

ment, which is not exactly known to be eco-friendly. “In cities, you don’t have a lot of biodiversity. You have malls and parking lots and people and Yankee Stadium, which are in the center of the species range,” Burger said. “It’s unlikely to find these things.” The geographical range of the species is abnormally small, extending to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said Leslie Rissler, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Alabama. “This is one of the first [species] that’s actually had such a limited range,” said Rissler, who helped determine the genetic variance of the new species. “When species are first found, they’re found from a particular place, but how much of the country they cover is usually much greater.” Amphibians are one of the most threatened groups on the

planet because of their sensitivity to environmental change and pesticide exposure, Rissler said. “It’s exciting to find a new species of amphibians in New York City that are able to hang on,” Rissler said. “It adds a little bit of hope to what otherwise is a group of organisms that is rapidly going extinct.” Rissler believes the species survived by finding suitable aquatic environments to reproduce in and should be protected to ensure it does not become extinct. “We need to have long-range plans to ensure that the next generation of our children respect the environment,” Rissler said. “Whether or not politicians agree on climate change, it’s happening. All these organisms on the planet are telling it to us.” Feinberg said researchers are working on a paper to introduce

the species to the scientific community, so it can finally be assigned a name and put under government protection. “We can’t make this [species] endangered as a science game, but we can provide the opinion,” Feinberg said. “Maybe even the federal government can consider this species.” Though researchers have not yet determined the genetic divergence between the new species and its sister, the pickerel frog, the species has probably existed for at least 2 million years, Burger said. “We know the glaciers [were] around [the tri-state area] about 10,000 years ago,” she said. “[The frogs] could have been very old.” Rissler believes technological developments will increase the rate of discoveries, with more surprises to come.



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How do you feel about the Invisible Children's KONY 2012 campaign?

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“It’s weird that it takes an Internet viral video to get people to worry about dying kids.”

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“People see something trending, and it becomes this exponential thing, but people might lose the original intent.”


The percent of Invisible Children’s budget in 2011 ANDREW RODRIGUEZ SAS FIRST-YEAR STUDENT


The number of views the video has accumulated on YouTube as of March 18

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that went towards programs in Africa

“I like how there’s an issue people are crazy about. I liked how it inspired people.”

KYLE BOMEISL SAS SENIOR “It’s certainly a positive step forward. There’s no harm to the videos, but they’re probably low in benefit.”


I fully support the This is not an important issue KONY 2012 campaign and the methods to me they are using — 13% — 16%

I think Invisible Children is all talk and does not have a valid approach to stop Kony or help child soldiers — 33%

I agree with Invisible Children’s message, but I see flaws in its strategies to raise awareness on Joseph Kony and child soldiers. — 38%

I agree with Invisible Children’s message, but I see flaws in its strategies to raise awareness on Joseph Kony and child soldiers I think Invisible Children is all talk and does not have a valid appraoch to stop Kony or help child soldiers I fully support the KONY 2012 campaign and the methods they are using This is not an important issue to me

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Iran’s bomb construction is inactive, officials say


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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM— Despite saber-rattling from Jerusalem, Israeli officials now agree with the U.S. assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defense figures. Even so, there is great concern in Israel about leaving Iran “on the cusp” of a bomb — explaining why Israel continues to hint at a military attack on Iran’s nuclear installations before it moves enough of them underground to protect them from Israel’s bombs. Israel’s leaders have been charging in no uncertain terms for years that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. Though officials say they accept the more nuanced American view, they warn that it is just a matter of semantics, because an Iran on the verge of being able to build a bomb would still be a danger. The United States is playing up its assessment that Iran has not made its final decision in a public campaign to persuade Israel to call off any attack plan and allow the increasingly harsh sanctions against Iran time to persuade Tehran to back down. The concern — which is widely shared in Israel as part of a complex calculation — is of an Iranian retaliation that might spark regional conflict and send oil prices soaring, at a time when the world economy is already struggling and U.S. presidential elections loom. Also in the equation are concerns about the ability of the Israeli home front to withstand a sustained barrage of Iranian missiles fired in retaliation. Iranian surrogates Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip could also bombard Israel with thousands of rockets, and U.S. troops in the Gulf region could also become targets. Several senior Israeli officials who spoke in recent days to The Associated Press said Israel has come around to the U.S. view that no final decision to build a bomb has been made by Iran. The officials, who are privy to intelligence and to the discussion about the Iranian program, said this is the prevailing view in the intelligence community, but there are also questions about whether Tehran might be hiding specific bomb making operations. The concern, they said, is about allowing the Iranian program to reach the point where there is enough enriched weapons grade material that a bomb could quickly be assembled, within a year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, “Iran, whose leader foments terrorism and violence around the globe and calls for our destruction ... this regime must never be allowed to have nuclear weapons.”


The Federal Assembly at the Bundestag elect Joachim Gauck as the new president of Germany on Sunday in Berlin. He was a favored candidate of Germany’s leading political parties and won with a strong majority in the first round.

Thousands mourn over Egyptian pope’s death THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAIRO — Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians lined up outside a cathedral in the Egyptian capital on Sunday to pay their final respects to the spiritual leader of their ancient church, whose body was seated inside on an ornate throne. The grief of the faithful filing past Pope Shenouda, who died Saturday at 88, may also reflect the uncertainty felt by the countr y’s Christian minority following the recent rise of Islamists to power. In his death, Egypt’s 10 million Christians have lost a seasoned protector at a bad time. “He has been our protector since the day I was born,” said a tearful Antonios Lateef as he waited in line to take one last look at the Pope, who spent 40 years at the helm of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The crowds outside the cathedral in central Cairo carried crosses and por traits of Shenouda. “Ya Allah!” or “Oh God!” they chanted in unison. Tragedy struck during the sorrowful day. Three mourners suffocated to death in the crowded church, said Church official Anba Younnes. Soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers deployed outside the cathedral, possibly as a

deterrent to possible attacks by militant Muslims targeting the large number of Christians gathered or angry over the traffic disruptions they caused. Shenouda, seated on the throne of St. Mark, or Mar Morkos, was clad in the elaborate regalia he traditionally wore to oversee ser vices. His head slightly tilting to the right, he held a scepter. “Please, let me come a little bit closer,” one woman pleaded with a tearful voice to guards surrounding the body to keep the mourners away. “I am so sad. It’s a massive shock to all of us,” said Eileen Naguib, dressed in mourning black, as she wiped tears from her face outside the cathedral. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads Egypt’s ruling military council, visited the church with other generals and consoled Coptic leaders. Shenouda’s death could lead to a long power vacuum. It could take months before a successor is found, according to Fuad Girgis, a prominent Christian from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and a member of the Church’s local layman council, known as el-Maglis elMelly. “Pope Shenouda assumed the throne of St. Mark eight months after the death of his predecessor,” he noted. Shenouda will be buried on Tuesday.

During his 40 years as patriarch, Shenouda strove to ensure his place among the main players in this mainly Muslim nation, pressing demands behind the scenes while keeping Christians’ anger over violence and discrimination in check. It was a delicate balancing act undertaken for years by a man who kept a relatively high media profile during most of the past four decades, giving interviews, speaking on key domestic and regional developments and never allowing himself to show anger at times of crisis. Authorities deny discriminating against them, but the Christians say discrimination is practiced in numerous and subtle ways. Christians, for example, rarely assume leadership jobs on the police force, particularly the security agencies. The Islamist-dominated parliament only has a handful of Christians, and there are never more than one or two Christians among 30plus Cabinet ministers. As Egypt grew more religiously conservative over the past 40 years, the discrimination became more manifest in everyday life, particularly when Christians are in direct contact with government departments or for their children at state schools, where Islamists often dominate teaching staff. The pope, accustomed to the monastic traditions of Egypt’s

unforgiving desert, had on occasion protested what he perceived to be gross injustices to his flock by living in seclusion for days or even weeks in remote monasteries. Although he had publicly acknowledged that Christians were discriminated against, he never accepted that they be referred to as a minority, insisting that Copts were an integral part of the nation’s fabric. Shenouda suppor ted President Hosni Mubarak during the 29 years ruled, until his ouster 13 months ago in a popular uprising. In return, Mubarak gave him and his church wide powers in the Christian community. “Baba Shenouda,” or Father Shenouda, as he was known, came to be viewed by many Copts as their guardian. A charismatic leader, his sense of humor belied a deeply conservative doctrine that angered liberals within the church as well as young secularminded Copts seeking a more assertive role and inclusive identity in society. More recently, Christians’ worries have deepened with the rise of Islamic movements to political power in parliamentar y elections, a string of deadly attacks on their community and places of worship and heightened anti-Christian rhetoric by ultraconser vative Muslims, or Salafis.

AMERICAN CAPTIVE RELEASED IN IRAQ, SHOCKS US OFFICIALS BAGHDAD — The American who was released this week after being held captive nine months by an anti-U.S. militia was working alone in Iraq and was not on a government contract, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said Sunday. The man identified as Randy Michael Hultz had been described as both a U.S. soldier and a contractor by Shiite lawmakers who turned him over to United Nations diplomats. His sudden appearance stunned U.S. Embassy officials who did not even know he was in Iraq, much less gone missing. Hultz was not available for comment Sunday as embassy officials interviewed him about details of the June 2011 kidnapping, at the hands of a Shiite militia controlled by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

“Mr. Hultz, a private citizen, is not an employee or contractor of the U.S. government and was in Iraq on private business,” Embassy spokesman Michael McClellan said in a statement. The embassy “continues to assist Mr. Hultz as he considers his plans.” While security across Iraq has greatly improved over the last few years, it is still unusual to see Westerners on Baghdad’s streets. Most Westerners still travel with security guards in armored cars around the capital, and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad routinely issues warnings about kidnapping threats against American citizens. At a press conference before he was released Saturday by the two lawmakers, both of whom represent al-Sadr’s political party, Hultz wore a U.S. Army uniform. He said he initially came to Iraq as a U.S.

soldier and later moved into a job in what he described as a “civilian capacity.” By the time the Sadrist lawmakers turned over Hultz to the United Nations mission in Baghdad, he was wearing a suit. One of the lawmakers, Maha alDouri, said in an interview Sunday that the wardrobe change was Hultz’s choice. The United States and the Sadrists have been, at best, highly suspicious of each other since the cleric’s followers won political clout in Iraq by capturing 40 seats in parliament in national elections two years ago. At worst, they have been unapologetic enemies, with al-Sadr accusing Americans of illegally occupying Iraq after the 2003 invasion, and U.S. officials blaming the Sadrist militias for some of the bloodiest attacks against American troops at the height of the war. — The Associated Press



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Final verdict misses details of Ravi case The jury’s decision does little to bring justice to either party in the case against Dharun Ravi


fter almost three weeks of grueling court proceedings and deliberation, the case on former University student Dharun Ravi has surmounted in one final verdict: guilty on all counts. Ravi was convicted last Friday on 15 counts — including invasion of privacy, witness tampering, evidence tampering and bias intimidation — for using a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi in a sexual encounter with another man. The case has helped to fundamentally alter the way we view hate crimes, as well as the level of tolerance society holds toward them. Yet the trial’s conclusion seems to have done less to rectify the situation — which began with the one student committing suicide and ended with another facing deportation and up to 10 years in prison — and more to compound the issues surrounding the tragedy. The jury’s decision adds yet another victim to the list of those who have been affected by the case, and Ravi himself has not been spared. In this case, both Ravi and Clementi can be considered victims — albeit of two separate agencies. The latter was a victim of the actions of a young, mislead and immature 18-year old first-year college student, who may or may not have carried with him malicious intent to harm his roommate. The former, of an arguably biased jury and the needs of a public to have someone held accountable for the death of a similarly young, mislead 18-year old college student. But neither, we believe, have been truly understood in their own light. The most troubling aspect of the trial’s outcome seems to be the way by which it has overlooked so much of the details of the situation, and instead, has sought more to provide an outraged and impatient public with a scapegoat to account for Clementi’s suicide than to make honest attempts to bring to light the intentions of either party. Little attention, for example, was given throughout the trial to the cultural backgrounds of the trial — such as what sort of environment Ravi was raised in that might play in to his attitude toward homosexuality. Additionally, no thought seems to have been given to the fact that none of Ravi’s friends attempted to stop him from handling the situation in the way he did. And, indeed, most seem to have been accepting of the attitude he took up against his roommate. Instead, it seems that the media’s reporting — which cast Ravi’s actions as hateful and homophobic in nature and presented the tragedy as an instance of a hate crime rather than one of cyberbullying or an invasion of privacy — set the tone of the incident early on and helped to significantly shape the jury’s decision into one that reflected just this. It is easy for University students to view Ravi’s actions as less-thanmalicious. Much of the sympathy that we feel toward his situation stems from the fact that we, too, have shared in similar experiences. We, too, have spent our first year of college away from home, in an unfamiliar residence hall. We, too, have heard stories of friends with roommate problems or have ourselves shared a room with someone whom we may not have felt especially inclined toward. We, too, might have found ourselves surprised by the presence of an older, unknown man walking the halls of our building late at night. As college students ourselves, we can relate. Of course, this does not justify Ravi’s actions, but it does help to put them in perspective. The jury’s decision expresses little sympathy in this respect, however. Most likely basing their decision off the idea that Ravi’s actions were the main contributor in driving his roommate to commit suicide — despite that fact that Ravi was not supposed to be charged in connection with Clementi’s death — the jury seems to have overlooked these factors. We wonder how many jury members have actually spent any portion of their lives in a dormitory, have grown up in an environment like the one Ravi did or have ever had roommate troubles. Without the testimony of Clementi himself, it’s difficult to presume to know what the young man was actually thinking leading up to the days before his death, as well as what factors ultimately drove him to commit suicide. All of this considered, it’s even more difficult to judge — beyond a shadow of a doubt — that Ravi’s actions were indeed the stuff of hate crimes. It’s more likely that Ravi suffered from ignorance, immaturity and stupidity than malicious intent — none of which should be enough to land him in prison. It’s difficult to grasp in what sense an individual can be convicted of intimidation, but not of the tragic result of that intimidation. But if we’ve learned anything from the final outcome of this case, it’s that every instance of injustice needs its scapegoat – or at least public opinion usually demands that this be so. As such, we, along with so many others, are left to wonder: Where’s the justice?

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In cities, you don’t have a lot of biodiversity. You have malls and parking lots and people and Yankee Stadium.” Joanna Burger, a University professor in the Division of Life Sciences, on discovering a new species of frog in the metropolitan area STORY ON FRONT


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between them was more comn the March 6 column plex than simply invasion of titled “Public Rushes to privacy. Rather, it was the Judgment” published in forced interaction of two indiThe Daily Targum, the viduals who were utterly author built a case that the incompatible. Clementi was public has been unintelligigiven every reason to believe bly critical of Dharun Ravi in that his roommate was homothe wake of the Tyler LEE SELTZER phobic, although Ravi denies Clementi suicide. Utilizing a this later on. Moreover, even if popular recent article in The Clementi had not been gay, their personalities still New Yorker, the author described why there is reaclashed — Clementi was very shy and introverted while son to doubt how illegal Ravi’s actions were, regardRavi was more social. These two issues combined may less of the fact that they were blatantly immature have fueled Clementi’s belief that he was inescapably and irresponsible. I applaud the author’s efforts in and irreconcilably different from the rest of the world. looking to bring out such an important yet little disAlthough there is a lot of debate regarding the cussed viewpoint. However, although I do believe Clementi incident, one thing seems painfully clear: that it is necessary to reflect constructively on Ravi and Clementi were a horrendous roommate Ravi’s actions and their connection to Clementi’s match. In fact, I propose that they had not been set suicide, I do not think that this is nearly enough. to live together, Clementi might Now the University needs to still be alive today. Now, there is step back and think of what “While they knew each no perfect way to randomly match brought on the suicide, and what two strangers to live with each can be done in the future to preother, they actually other. But I think the University vent similar misfortunes. To do this, one must research everything knew fairly few things could do a slightly better job. In fact, I recently examined the that happened to Clementi before about each other. ” survey used to match first-year stuhe met his tragic end. Luckily, Ian dents with roommates. It contains Parker’s story in The New Yorker six questions, ranging from things makes this quite easy to do. Parker like “Are you messy?” to “Do you smoke?” Aside from worked to catalogue the relationship that developed the most basic aspects of a person’s lifestyle, the surbetween the two young men in the few weeks that vey did not go into anything really specific. In fact, I they actually crossed paths. can think of two questions that could have had a While they knew each other, they actually knew direct impact on the lives of Ravi and Clementi. These fairly few things about each other. One of the few would be “How would you define your sexual orientathings that Ravi knew about Clementi was his sexution?” and “Would you feel comfortable living with a ality, and he posted on his Twitter page about it gay roommate?” Certainly, people do not need to tell soon after he found out. Clementi saw this post, the truth with regard to answering these questions. which is enough to cause anyone to feel discomfort. More specifically, there is a very good chance To further this tension, Ravi built some sort of a fort Clementi in particular would not have told the truth, to change his clothes in, presumably because he did as he did not come out to his parents until the end of not want to arouse the temptations of his roommate. the summer. Regardless, he would have been certain To Clementi, this certainly served as further evithat whoever he was matched with would have been dence of his roommate’s homophobia. tolerant of his lifestyle. Their living condition did not change, with awkIn response to an incident as influential as the wardness built as time went on. Eventually, tragedy that occurred last year, it is not enough to Clementi had a guy come over, but did not make an simply seek out criminally satisfying and short-term effort to introduce Ravi to him. Although this was a justice. Rather, it is important to prevent the probstrange action, Ravi responded inappropriately by lem from happening again. I challenge the capturing them on his webcam once and attempting University to re-examine its system for matching to a second time. Clementi, who already felt differroommates and actually do this. ent and had difficulty relating to other people, spoke to his residence assistant to request a room change. Lee Seltzer is a School of Arts and Sciences junior Soon after, he committed suicide. majoring in history and economics. His column, Upon looking at the relationship between Ravi and “‘Simplee’ Put,” runs on alternate Mondays. Clementi, it is achingly clear that what transpired


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Schiano promotes University spirit Letter DON SNEDEKER was casually barefooting it down the boardwalk in Belmar, N.J., reading a book on a summer day in 2007 — which was now possible without the risk of a splinter making its way into my foot since they replaced the old, weather-worn, wooden boardwalk with a newer composite that was not designed to hurt people five years after installation. Belmar, as opposed to, say, Spring Lake (the beach next to Belmar), is made up of a younger and more energetic crowd, some of whom would be a significant part of New Jersey’s future. So I’m reading, peripherally sensing when to avoid plowing into people. The ocean was doing its usual thing in the background, as was the traffic on Ocean Avenue and the thousands of people preoccupied on the beach. I’m midway through my book as I catch a glimpse out of my peripheral vision of three 10-yearolds throwing a football close to the boardwalk, as that’s the only place the lifeguards don’t harass people with whistles that also double as shark alarms for throwing things around. This is the Jersey shore — full of New Jerseyans and a few New Yorkers, but not exactly the representation of the TV show. There is something quirky enough about the 10-year-olds that steals my attention away from reading. Of the three kids, two are the scrawny type of 10-year-old and the other is a little bit bigger than his friends — he’s as big as both of them combined, but such is the nature of friendship. They are taking turns running random routes, and the guy with the ball has to dig his feet into the sand to try to launch it with his undersized arms to the receiver, who can barely get any traction himself on the sandy field. Ten seconds or so have now elapsed since I stopped reading and was watching them throw the ball and randomly blurt things out to each other. It brought back a few memories of time spent on the beach with my buddy, Jeffrey, who, like me, would later go to the University. We didn’t wear shirts on the beach when we were younger since we were not told to. We also didn’t wear seatbelts in the car or wear bicycle helmets, since no one of influence had yet considered these to be worthwhile social accoutrements. That came later. The bigger kid, who ran well even on the sand, was wearing an oversized T-shirt and had his back to me the whole time. Then one of the skinny kids throws the ball to the other skinny kid who was running a go route, which was just out of his reach and it landed in the sand. Typical beach ball toss, no big deal. Or so you’d think. It turned out that this was a problem for the chunky kid. “Couldn’t you dive for it? It was close enough — why wouldn’t you dive for that? It was right there.” It was hard to argue with the kid telling his friend he should’ve dived for the ball, since it would have been a sweet catch if he had made it. The bigger kid was calling it as he saw it, and he said what I was thinking, too. I actually wanted to see the kid make


that catch, wanted to see the aggressiveness to the ball, wanted to see him lay out to at least try to make a great catch. A nice catch is a nice catch, whether in an NFL game or on the beach. As this exchange between friends played out, as I’m sure it did a thousand times before and after this 20-second clip I saw, the kid who dropped the ball stooped down and picked it up, buried his feet in the sand and threw it to his bigger friend. As he catches the ball, I see the front of his shirt: “RUTGERS.” I couldn’t help but smile as I returned to walking down the boardwalk. Back in the day, we didn’t wear T-shirts on the beach, didn’t wear seatbelts or bike helmets and didn’t have a good football team to root for so never wore University apparel. Nobody cared. Dermatologists addressed the first problem, legislators took care of the second and third, and former head football coach Greg Schiano took care of the fourth. This is to acknowledge our coach of 11 seasons, who took us from the lowest echelon of college football to respectability, to people caring more about our University, and who is largely responsible for kids in University shirts on the beach encouraging their friends to try harder, to do better and to dive for the ball if there’s a chance to make a play on it. This is now one of the benefits of growing up in New Jersey, with so many more of us aware of our state university and more people around us encouraging better ways of doing things. Dive if you must. When that kid turned and had our scarlet letters on his shirt, I knew right then and there it was University football. Rightly or wrongly, depending on who you ask, that had changed the perception of the University and increased the interest in it. It generated greater awareness of millions of people across the country, many of whom have or will come to the University because they’ve looked and discovered top-shelf programs, some of which are among the top-ranked in the nation. Applications for admission are up. Academics and athletics are not mutually exclusive, and when both are done well enhance the college experience and generate enthusiasm for our alma mater long after graduation. Thank you to Schiano for your contribution in getting us to this point. I, along with tens of thousands of University football fans, hope new head football coach Kyle Flood and his new staff take us to the next level and that we don’t leave the ball in the sand since it is here to be caught. But, Schiano, without your original vision and passion, without you diving in headfirst to take the University’s football program to a higher level, we wouldn’t have this hope. The mantle has been passed to Flood, and without you showing up on the Banks 11 years ago, there wouldn’t be a mantle to pass. And there definitely wouldn’t be 10-year-olds on the beach wearing University shirts who want to see better catches made. It’s a great time to be a University football fan, and for that, thank you Greg Schiano. Don Snedeker is a Rutgers College Class of 1991 alumnus.

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Today's Birthday (03/19/12). Continue paying down debt this year, until you can throw a Paid Off Party (if you're all paid up, consider chipping in for someone else). Career and finances hold your focus until June, when thoughts turn to home and family. Do some creative writing. Have at least one adventure. Learn new skills. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is an 8 — List your promises, keep them, and gather up the riches. A mid-afternoon nap especially refreshes. Consider new opportunities, then go ahead and apply. Dream big. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — The next two days are great for hanging with friends. Dream up some new moneymaking schemes, and set goals high. Get into action. You can do it. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — Put on your power suit, and up the action. Someone's watching and measuring. You can do it! Share your elevator pitch when given the opportunity. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Rules simplify things: Stick to basics. Expand to a wider view as you plan an adventure, but don't get distracted from your priorities. You can find the funds. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — If you follow the directions, you save time (over making them up as you go), which is useful, as it's getting so busy. Encourage someone to put their dreams on paper. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Learn from a friend's mistake. Partnership is key for the next few days. Unleash your imagination together, and cut through the gray fog to create in Technicolor.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — The right side of the brain keeps you, and others, entertained. Listen to its crazy ideas, and consider putting them into action. Now's good for making money. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Your creativity is enhanced for the next two days. Your inner child would like to come out and play. It's getting really romantic; give in to the moment. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Work from home over the next two days, if you can. Clear your space and clear your mind. Imagine the people you love being happy. Imagine yourself happy, too. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Hunt and gather for knowledge to solve a great mystery. Things are falling into place. Plant a tree that will give shade to your grandchildren. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 9 — Let go of things that you don't need, and make room for pleasant surprises. Stick to your budget. Don't spend what you don't have. It's simple (but not always easy). Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Hang in there a little bit longer. You're actually doing better than you give yourself credit for. Rewards come to those who persist. You're getting stronger.



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GOAL: Touted wrestlers leave with quick pair of defeats continued from back season, each exited on Day 1. But Goodale was not surprised. Ashnault, junior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti and junior 197pounder Dan Rinaldi were the steadiest wrestlers for Rutgers this season, and each advanced to Day 2. Mason lost his first-round match, then took a medical forfeit to end his tournament, two weeks after he sprained his ankle at the EIWA Tournament. Winston dropped his firstround matchup with Hofstra’s 12th-seeded P.J. Gillespie, 3-2, with riding time as the difference, then fell to Appalachian State’s Kyle Blevins, 4-1. “It hurts when you lose like that, especially going 0-2,” said Winston, who said entering the tournament it was two-time AllAmerican or bust for him. “I haven’t gone 0-2 in my life at anything. It’s an experience and I guess I have to learn from it.”


Junior guard Erica Wheeler shoots against Gonzaga.

FEELING: Early deficit proves costly in Rutgers loss continued from back you can’t miss. The reality is she’s fearless.” Gonzaga also won in the interior, mostly because of senior forward Kayla Standish, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Junior center Monique Oliver is a focal point in the Knights’ halfcourt offenses, but Gonzaga’s fastbreak attack put Rutgers out of its usual motion and took Oliver out of the game. Senior forward April Sykes ended her collegiate career with 9 points on 4-for-16 shooting, highlighted by her offensive struggles in transition. “We had to pick it up,” Stringer said. “We had to be much more intense, and that’s why we changed, started picking it up to the fullcourt level.” Rutgers outscored the Bulldogs, 50-48, in the second half. But the Knights spelled out their fate with their 38-23 halftime deficit. “We got into the same thing that we did against UConn [in the Big East Tournament],” Stringer said. “With less than nine minutes to go, we were within 9 … but what killed us is what happened in the first 10 minutes, and that’s also what killed us today. It was a bit too much to overcome.”

Goodale said Winston lacked energy and excitement entering the national tournament, something he saw in Ashnault as he arrived to his third national tournament as a fifth-year senior. “I just got that in my head that I could be an All-American,” said Ashnault, who will remain at Rutgers next year as a member of the coaching staff. “I obviously fell short, but I had that positive mindset. All year I was focused on that.” The entire team stressed it all season, as Goodale and his staff focused on March throughout the dual-meet season after falling short of the podium last year. It did not matter, as Tom Tanis in 2002 remains the last Rutgers All-American. They will attempt to change that again next season, this time without Ashnault — the one wrestler Goodale saw with the mindset to make the jump. “The kid worked so hard I thought he would gut it out and find a way to win that match,” Goodale said. “He wrestled hard. It’s a shame. I knew that he really wanted to do it.”

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Junior 165-pounder Scott Winston takes down No. 12 P.J. Gillespie of Hofstra in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Winston lost, 3-2, and fell in his next matchup to exit the tournament.



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Sophomore, Knights cap season with diving invite BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT

While the platform event was not familiar for the Rutgers diving team this season, it proved the SWIMMING & DIVING S c a r l e t Knights’ most successful dive at last week’s NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Nicole Scott led the way for the Knights in the event. The sophomore totaled 255.95 points in the preliminar y rounds of the platform dive and 267.05 points in her finals per formance. Her 523.00 total score for the event gave the Toronto, Canada, native a second-place finish behind Virginia Tech’s Kelli Stockton. “[Scott] did a fantastic job,” said head diving coach Fred Woodr uf f. “She scored well with ver y consistent and ver y strong diving. I was really happy with her.” Stockton’s combined score of 590.65 qualified the Hokie for the NCAA championships. Virginia Tech diver Sara Mokhtari followed Scott with a score of 463.20. Rutgers competed in the platform event once before this season, but Scott’s performance was not a surprise. She placed third last month at the Big East Championships while the Knights made the platform dive more of a focus in practice leading up to the Zones. Scott also reached the finals in the 3-meter dive. She fin-

ished 12th with a final score of 531.85 after placing 10th in the preliminar y rounds with a total of 279.55 points. Sophomore Valentina Gordon finished 23rd in the event, while freshman Nicole Honey placed 32nd in the preliminary round with a score of 217.40. Fellow Big East diver Danielle Cecco of Connecticut took home the 3-meter title with a 643.05 total score. Virginia Tech’s Logan Kline finished second with 613.50. Mar yland’s Alisa Kurbatova followed her with a 607.30 third-place performance. In the 1-meter dive, Scott missed making the finals by one position. Her 228.40 score was .5 points shorter than Virginia’s Laura Gartrell mark. Scott finished in 19th place. Junior Katie Kearney finished 29th with a 213.35-point per formance, while Gordon and Honey placed 40th and 43rd, respectively. Virginia Tech’s dominance at the Zone Championships continued in the event with the Hokies’ Kaylea Arnett taking first place in the 1-meter final. Her 585.00 total score beat Cecco and Kurbatova, capping a weekend that witnessed three Virginia Tech divers qualify for the NCAA championships. The Zone Championships concluded the season for the Rutgers swimming and diving team. The Knights placed eighth at the Big East Championships in Febr uar y after they finished 9-2 in the regular season.


Sophomore diver Nicole Scott totaled 523.00 points last week at the NCAA Zone A Championships, giving her a second-place finish in the platform dive in the Buffalo, N.Y., meet.



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Rutgers overcomes first half lapse in home win BY PATRICK LANNI STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team put together a timely three-goal run halfway through WOMEN’S LACROSSE the first MONMOUTH 7 period



Saturday, giving it a spark against in-state foe Monmouth in its 13-7 victor y. But the two-goal lead at the break was not satisfying for head coach Laura Brand-Sias or the squad. “We were playing terribly,” said junior attack Annie McGinley of the team’s first half performance. “No matter how many goals we scored, we were just awful.” Exchanging goals with Monmouth, the Scarlet Knights found themselves str uggling from the start. “We weren’t catching, throwing or getting after ground balls the way Monmouth was,” McGinley said. Despite the poor star t, Brand-Sias found a way to counteract her squad’s woes with the visiting Hawks. “There were some miscues in the midfield,” the 10th-year head coach said. “It gave them wideopen opportunities.” The second-half turnaround was about being patient for sen-

ior co-captain Ali Steinberg, who recorded five goals and two assists on the day. “We didn’t want to force anything,” Steinberg said. “We were waiting for the other team to make their mistakes.” Steinberg and the Knights did so by forcing seven Monmouth turnovers in the second half.

“[Head coach Laura Brand-Sias] laid out all of our obvious mistakes. Our halftime talk turned it around.” ANNIE MCGINLEY Junior Attack

Rutgers also limited its turnovers, committing three less giveaways in the second period. Holding a 12-6 cushion with six minutes to play, Brand-Sias substituted in junior goalie Aimee Chotikul for junior starter Lily Kalata. Kalata recorded nine saves in her 54 minutes of play, and her classmate tacked on two stops in her closing stint between the pipes. Senior defender Rebecca Alley won three draw controls and limited Monmouth’s leading goal scorer, Sam

Lillo, scoreless in the second half. Control was the team’s second-half theme. Outscoring the Hawks 7-3 in the second half, the Knights eliminated their costly mistakes. Backed by four second-half scores from Steinberg, Rutgers dictated the pace. Brand-Sias’ halftime pep talk became the turning point for the team. “Coach laid out all of our obvious mistakes to us,” McGinley said. “Our halftime talk really turned it around.” Brand-Sias made the defensive adjustment to keep the Hawks offense in check. The second-half per formance helped to null two quick strikes and a 2-1 Monmouth (16) lead. The Knights will also tr y to control Wednesday’s home matchup against St. Joseph’s (4-4), which arrives in Piscataway with a loss against Monmouth. “We need to make sure [that] mentally, we’re not looking past St. Joe’s,” McGinley said. “We can’t think it’s an easy game for us because ever y time we do that, we end up not playing as well.” With momentum building and a two-game win streak, the oppor tunity provides a final surge before diving into the Big East season.

Pair of teams begin spring season BY AARON FARRAR CONTRIBUTING WRITING

The Rutgers men and women’s golf teams competed for the first time this weekend at the Homewood Suites Invitational in Port St. GOLF Lucie, Fla., a long-awaited event for both teams. On the men’s side, the Scarlet Knights placed fifth with a team score of 621. The tournament also began a new era for the Knights, marking the debut for head coach Rob Shutte. “I didn’t make too much of it,” Shutte said. “I’m just concerned with continuing to build the chemistry with my players. I try not to make a big deal about who I’m coaching.” But coaching a new a group of faces for the first time in a competitive match can be overwhelming. “There were definitely mixed emotions,” Shutte said. “Everyone was just excited to get back in the flow of things. Even though conditions were tough, I liked how we handled it and I am pleased.” In the Knights’ first match of the spring season, Shutte saw some things he hopes will remain throughout the season. “I like how my players played basic golf and showed their talent,” he said. “The guys allowed the light switch to go off and they played their game. They understand the concept of allowing their talent to coincide with their play.” Freshman Jacob Stockl and sophomore Jonathan Renza finished in the top 20 of competitors to close out the weekend.

Stockl carded a 151 and tied for seventh overall. Renza complemented Stockl with a 155 to finish in a tie for 17th. While both golfers finished in the top half of the field, Shutte knows his team needs to continue to improve as the season progresses. “Overall, ever ything could have been better,” Shutte said. “We had good clarity, but it needs to get tighter throughout the season.”

“Everyone was just excited to get back in the flow of things. I liked how we handled it and I am pleased.” ROB SHUTTE Head Men’s Coach

One of the main areas Shutte believes Rutgers needs to focus on is its short game. “Stats dictate what we are good at, as well as what we need to work on,” he said. “So that means we need to put in practice time. Due to our need of getting better at putting, right after the match, I held a practice simply focusing on putting.” Shutte wants to see his players understand the importance of constant growth by the way they play match after a match. “I want to get them back in the flow on the course,” he said. “They need to get back in the flow of competing. I want to

see this attitude throughout the season.” The women’s team faired better during the weekend, placing third with a score of 648. With the Knights returned to the greens for the first time this spring season, it was hard for the team to contain its emotions. “It felt great and we were excited,” said head women’s coach Maura Waters-Ballard. “It was what we were waiting for. We were excited when this weekend came.” Junior Brittany Weddell and freshman Kortnie Maxoutopoulis were catalysts for the team, as both finished in the top 10 of the 49-player field. Weddell tied for seventh with a score of 157, while Maxoutopoulis carded a tied 158 for a ninth-place finish. Waters-Ballard was pleased with her team’s effort at the tournament and is confident the Knights’ play will be consistent throughout the season. “Everybody kept a great attitude and stayed positive,” WatersBallard said. “They stayed upbeat and enjoyed their time here, which encouraged them to compete at a high level.” The debut of Rutgers’ spring campaign can set the tone for the rest of the season. “This match made us realize that we have to work harder,” Waters-Ballard said. “We have to remain hungry and remember what our goals are to be successful this season.” Both squads continue their pursuit of a decorated spring campaign April 2 at the Penn Invitational in Pine Hill, N.J.


Junior attack Annie McGinley registered three goals and an assist Saturday in the Knights’ win against visiting Monmouth.



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he Rutgers baseball team defeated No. 14 Stetson yesterday, 80, to prevent the Hatters from taking a three-game series sweep. The Scarlet Knights dropped their middle game Saturday in the ninth inning, 4-3. Stetson scored four runs in the bottom half on four hits, including the game-winning single by Stetson’s Robert Crews. The Knights were shut out Friday in their opening game of the series, 3-0. For more coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum.



Senior midfielder Will Mangan registered his fourth hat trick of the season Saturday against St. John’s. But the Knights scored only three more goals against the Red Storm at home, returning to a .500 record with the defeat.

Late goals drop RU in Big East opener BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT

For 59 straight minutes Saturday, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team was on top of St. John’s in MEN’S LACROSSE t h e ST. JOHN’S 7 Scarlet Knights’ RUTGERS 6 first Big E a s t matchup of the season. With only 16 seconds left on the clock, St. John’s attackman Kieran McArdle fired a shot past redshirt freshman goalkeeper Steven Lusby to tie the game at 6, and suddenly the idea of extra minutes was on the Knights’ mind for the first time. The Johnnies had other plans. With only two seconds remaining, St. John’s once again found the back of the cage to seize the 76 come-from-behind victory. From the sidelines, head coach Brian Brecht witnessed the final-second loss through an optimistic lens. “All I saw was a team make a play with seconds left to win the game,” Brecht said. “There were no bad plays, no mistakes — there was just a team that had the ball after a face-off victory, and they made a play to win. They just made a play with a short clock.” Up until the final seconds of the contest, Rutgers’ defense effectively kept the Knights (4-4, 0-1) one step ahead of St. John’s.

Lusby recorded 12 saves in only his second start at goalkeeper in his young career. St. John’s (4-2, 1-1) notorious goal scorers — Kutner and midfielder Terence Leach — both went scoreless and without assists for the majority of the game. “I thought we prepared very well. We talked about taking away their knowns,” Brecht said. “All their big-goal scorers and leaders, we took them away. We made them beat us with their other players, and they did that today. Give credit to St. John’s.” In only his second effort between the pipes, Lusby was let down by the last-second defeat. “This was a really tough loss. We came out fired up and ready to go,” Lusby said. “We just could not get the win.” The closest St. John’s came to overtaking the Knights before the last-second goal was less than three minutes into the third frame, when the Johnnies scored to come within 4-3. But senior Nicholas Zerillo and sophomore Scott Klimchak tallied off two goals to once again extend Rutgers’ lead. The third period scoring was only a continuation of the productivity enjoyed by the Knights offense in the early periods. Senior midfielder Will Mangan got off to a hot start, recording three goals in the first quarter. The co-captain’s hat trick was his fourth of the year.


team picked up its third straight win yesterday with a victor y against top-25 Florida State, defeating the Seminoles, 1-0, in the South Florida Invitational. The Scarlet Knights’ lone run came in the bottom of the four th, with junior second basemen Jennifer Harabedian scoring in senior center fielder Lindsey Curran. Freshman pitcher Alyssa Landrith posted her fourth complete-game shutout, allowing three hits. Rutgers took two wins Saturday, defeating Colgate, 3-0, and Nor thern Colorado, 4-2. For more coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum.



team went 1-2 last week during its three-game trip to South Carolina. The Scarlet Knights dropped their first match against the College of Charleston, 4-1. In their next match, the Knights defeated Boston University, 5-2, behind a three-game sweep in doubles play. Rutgers lost its third match of the road trip, 7-0, against Charleston Southern to complete its spring break matches. For more coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum.


Senior midfielder Nicholas Zerillo scored a goal Saturday against St. John’s that widened the Knights’ lead before they lost. “Our offense was flowing real well in the first quar ter. We were just picking them apart,” Mangan said. “I think they caught on to the kind of things we were doing and sor t of slowed us down. We really should have had this one.” Now 0-1 in Big East play, the Knights look to gain the coveted three conference wins needed to qualify for the tournament.

And for 59 minutes of lacrosse on Saturday, Brecht saw a team that was more than qualified. “At the end of the day, I believe we are a much better team than we were last week, and we are a much better team that opened up the season against Duke,” Brecht said. “Big boy lacrosse is changing. Give credit to our guys because we are digging in, and we are getting better.”


gymnastics team placed second Thursday, falling behind North Carolina State in its last regular season meet of the season. The Scarlet Knights registered a team score of 192.600 points, good enough to edge out William & Mar y in the tri-meet. The meet was the last competition before the East Atlantic Gymnastic League Championships for the Knights. For more coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum.



MARCH 19, 2012



Freshman forward Betnijah Laney jockeys for position Saturday against Gonzaga. Laney scored 4 points and recorded two rebounds in 16 minutes in the loss to the Bulldogs, while the team’s other freshmen combined for only 2 points and four rebounds in 28 minutes.

Stringer looks to rookies for momentum change BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

SPOKANE, Wash. — Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer rarely went to her bench in the team’s two KNIGHT Big East


Tournament games. And when she did, freshman Betnijah Laney saw most of the minutes. Stringer said she would play the rookies more in the NCAA Tournament, and she lived up to her word. In Saturday’s 86-73 seasonending loss to Gonzaga, all five of her freshmen saw the floor and four of the five played at least eight minutes. Stringer did not think anything of their lack of tournament experience when putting them in. She only wanted to change the course of the game. “It didn’t matter. I was just putting people in that could make a difference,” she said. “But they shot the ball well, rebounded the ball well, did what they do.” Laney once again earned the most time, logging 16 minutes. She notched 4 points and two rebounds. The rest of the freshmen played a combined 28 minutes, scoring only 2 points and pulling down four boards.




(22-10, 10-6) call home to one of the toughest venues for visiting

teams to play: the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Several coaches mention how loud the RAC can become during games. But when the tides turned in Rutgers’ loss at the McCarthey Athletic Center, the Knights did not have an answer. Bulldog fans filled the arena, which bears similarities to the RAC in size and how close the fans are to the action. And once Gonzaga (27-5, 14-2) pulled out to a 15-point halftime

“The game plan was for us to score, get inside, press, and it’s hard to do when you’re not scoring the basketball.” APRIL SYKES Senior Forward

lead, the crowed sensed the potential victory and never let up. Because of the noise level, Stringer needed to use substitutions to communicate with her upperclassmen. “It was loud in there … so we just couldn’t yell,” she said. “We had to make substitutions so that we could personally [give the players instructions] and give them a chance to see what was going on.” With four full seasons of experience, senior April Sykes knows full well how important the home crowd is and what

kind of boost it can give to a team. “At Rutgers our crowd probably would have played a factor,” she said. “[The Bulldogs] responded to their crowd, so they went on runs and we couldn’t sustain it.”





a defensive team. At the front of that defense is Stringer’s patented 55-press. But Stringer did not use the press compared to what she had game planned for in the loss. Although the Knights pressed for much of the game, they wanted to press more. “We were supposed to press the whole game,” Sykes said. “It’s hard to get into a press when you’re not scoring the basketball. We weren’t making shots, we weren’t getting to the free-throw line.” Gonzaga, meanwhile, went 25-for-33 from the line and made more free throws than Rutgers attempted. The free-throw disparity dug Rutgers into a bigger hole, which it struggled to climb out of. “The game plan was for us to score, get inside, press, and it’s hard to do when you’re not scoring the basketball as you should,” Sykes said. “That’s what made us struggle so much.” When the Knights were able to get into their press, they cashed in. They managed 19 turnovers despite not pressing as much as they wanted to. Rutgers converted those giveaways into 20 points in the losing effort.


Senior forward April Sykes puts up a shot Saturday in Rutgers’ first round loss. Sykes scored 9 points in her final game.



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MARCH 19, 2012

Rutgers leaves tournament short of goal BY STEVEN MILLER CORRESPONDENT


Junior center Monique Oliver collides with a Gonzaga defender Saturday in the Knights’ first round loss in the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers has lost in three of its last four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including an opening round defeat in 2010.

SINKING FEELING No. 6 seed Knights trip up against ’Zags in virtual road game, allow season-high point total in regulation BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

SPOKANE, Wash. — One of March Madness’ universal thrills is watching a lower seed upend the favorite. The Rutgers women’s basketball WOMEN’S BASKETBALL team’s 86-73 loss to GONZAGA 86 Saturday Gonzaga was the RUTGERS 73 first example in the NCAA Tournament. Numerically, the result was an upset. Realistically, it was not. The No. 24 Scarlet Knights (22-10) were the sixth seed while the Bulldogs entered at No. 11, but Gonzaga also ranks No. 23 in the nation. And the shaking McCarthey Athletic Center gave new meaning to home-court advantage for the Bulldogs. As loud as the arena was, head coach C. Vivian Stringer was as quiet about her anger toward the loss. “You know, I’m going to be tempted to say what I think quite honestly,” Stringer said, “So I’m going to leave you these words, OK? We enjoyed our trip. It was very good. We got a chance to meet and we had a nice, long conversation. It was wonderful. OK? That was good.” Gonzaga (27-5) rode its home crowd’s momentum with a fastbreak attack that exploited the Rutgers defense.

The most points the Knights allowed were 92 in a double-overtime loss Dec. 5 to nowNo. 8 Miami (Fla.). They previously allowed no more than 71 in regulation. But the Bulldogs had their way, especially from 3-point territory, where they converted nine attempts in 19 tries. Four Rutgers seniors played their final game in a Scarlet Knights uniform. Junior guard Erica Wheeler played like it was her last as well. Wheeler contested Gonzaga’s perimeter reign with 28 points and six 3-pointers. She played until the final whistle blew. Despite a 13-point deficit with 10 seconds left, she hustled down the court to put up another 3. She dove for her own rebound and hoisted up another. Wheeler wanted to extend the seniors’ careers for at least another game, especially fellow guard Khadijah Rushdan, who ended with 16 points and 11 rebounds. “The seniors really deserve to play for a long time because they work hard,” Wheeler said. “And you have Khadijah that came back for a fifth year, so she really deserves it — to play in extra games — so I was mainly playing hard for the seniors.” Wheeler embarked on a two-horse race with Gonzaga guard Haiden Palmer, who gave Wheeler problems on both ends. Palmer notched five steals. Wheeler turned the ball over six times. Palmer also led the Gonzaga offense with 21 points.

ST. LOUIS — As Rutgers wrestlers fell in the early rounds last week at the NCAA Championships, head coach Scott Goodale knew one Scarlet WRESTLING Knight could will himself to AllRUTGERS AT American honors. NCAA TOURNAMENT Senior 141ST. LOUIS pounder Billy Ashnault fell one match short of the podium — the only goal for the Knights this season. But after facing seeded wrestlers in four of his five bouts at the Scottrade Center, it was not for a lack of effort. “Have a fight and pride in what you’re doing … that’s what he does,” Goodale said. “That’s what I would like our program to be about. The kid wrestles his ass off. He’s not the best wrestler out there, but he fights hard all the time.” Third-place finisher Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly simply proved too much. A third-period takedown was the difference in a 6-3 decision for Novachkov, but Ashnault and Goodale believe a pair of firstperiod calls shifted the match. Ashnault scored the first takedown and attempted to turn Novachkov for back points when officials stopped the match for a potentially dangerous situation. But the whistle was absent when Novachkov brought his foot down on Ashnault’s head. If called a technical violation, Ashnault would receive a point and have a 3-2 lead with 1:12 of riding time entering the final period. Instead it was tied, and Ashnault’s riding time disappeared after Novachkov took him down. “I thought there were a lot of chances for us to score points, but for whatever reason, it just didn’t go our way,” Goodale said. “That’s not an excuse. I thought [Ashnault] did a good job of making his own breaks. He did a great job of scrambling and won that first takedown. That, I thought, was the match.” It was Ashnault’s third matchup of the day against a ranked opponent, and second rematch from the dual-meet season. He lost to Novachkov and Kent State’s Tyler Small in February at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, but beat Small in St. Louis to advance to the Round of 12. A year after both junior 149-pounder Mario Mason and junior 165-pounder Scott Winston represented Rutgers in the All-American-deciding round, only Ashnault remained. Mason and Winston, the favorites for Rutgers to reach the podium entering the



Head coach C. Vivian Stringer drops her head following Rutgers’ first round loss. “Once in a while, she goes Dwyane Wade on us,” said Gonzaga head coach Kelly Graves. “There’s a reason she wears No. 3. She likes him. She plays like him. And from time to time, she gets into stretches where



Senior 141-pounder Billy Ashnault reacts to Cal Poly’s Boris Novachkov.

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