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The Rutgers baseball team takes Bainton Field today to face visiting Wagner, where assistant coach Joe Litterio spent 12 seasons.

City program connects mayor with students BY ANASTASIA MILLICKER NEWS EDITOR

New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill sat at a table for about two hours inside the Douglass Campus Center to answer questions from passerbys regarding community concer ns and happenings. The table, a part of the New Brunswick and the University’s “Student Connections” program, was designed for the city to have a “city council on wheels,” so students who want to attend city council but cannot make the meetings can voice their concerns about the community, said Kyle Kirkpatrick, New Brunswick community development administrator. But some did not even notice the mayor’s presence. “At first I didn’t recognize who he was,” said Elizabeth Davis, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences first-year student, who was born and raised in New Brunswick. One concern shared by students and residents of New Brunswick is parking, Cahill said. The city is building additional parking decks and is working with residents with parking passes



Derek Connery, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, opens his manual University mailbox at the Cook Campus Center. Next semester these boxes will be replaced with an electronic system.

Electronic mail system to debut in fall BY JOVELLE TAMAYO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Next fall, students could be using touch screens to pick up their snail mail. University Mail Services plans to replace the traditional manual mailboxes at all campus mail centers with ByBox, an electronic mailbox network system. “The current system is flawed in the sense that it’s often inconvenient for students to reach the hours that the mailing system is open,” said Grant Whelply, president of the University Residence Hall Association. “As a

result, it’s very hard for students to take time to pick up their packages.” The new system will accommodate 150 box units within a “bank” and would allow students to receive both their letters and packages in the same pickup at any time. The box units, which come in different sizes — to fit anything from a stack of letters to a golf club bag — are also interchangeable, said Frank Scalice, manager of Mail Services. “Let’s say we have an influx of students on the Cook campus. It’s very easy to add boxes from another location — all they do is plug into the back,” he said.

Mail Services will email students a notification when they receive a letter or package. Students will then type in or swipe their RUID at a bank located on their specified campus, sign the touchscreen pad and an appropriately-sized box with their mail will open, Scalice said. With the new system, students will be able to choose the campus where they want to receive their mail using the myRutgers por tal or Mail Ser vices website, he said.


Professor advocates environmental action BY LISA BERKMAN CORRESPONDENT

The climate is crashing fast and universities are being blindsided, said David Ehrenfeld, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences professor, to an audience of around 220 people in the Cook Campus Center during the “Executive Dean’s Distinguished Lecture.” Ehrenfeld stressed the importance of the University’s role in the environmental crisis yesterday with a plan during his event, “Reinventing the University for the 21st Century.”


Ehrenfeld said universities should not shut their eyes to the upcoming environmental emergency, comparing this environmental denial to the reluctance of American citizens to accept Germany and France as serious threats until the catastrophic bombing of Pearl Harbor. “Full-scale denial of that change entails great risks,” Ehrenfeld said. “Once great schools will find themselves left behind in a world that no longer exists.” Ehrenfeld said people should be alarmed that oil reserves are quickly disappearing with no tangible solution in sight. If the entire volume of the earth was oil and if every last drop was extracted — assuming

the growth rate of 7.4 percent a year — then there would be no oil left in 342 years, Ehrenfeld said. “Of course only a tiny part of the earth is made of oil, and we expect that somehow technology will make the cheap oil last forever,” he said. Ehrenfeld said the rise of oil costs is putting airlines out of business, limiting international business relations and contributing to the economic crisis-affecting students. Ehrenfeld said importing products will soon become too expensive to handle, and


The Institute of Women and Art educates students about the knowledge gained from misinterpreted perceptions.

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David Ehrenfeld, a University professor, speaks about the community’s role in climate change.

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Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno converses with colleagues, including Manish Parashar, after turning on supercomputer “Excalibur.”

The massive “Excalibur,” the University’s own supercomputer and the only one available for commercial users in New Jersey, sits in the basement of the Busch campus Hill Center. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Manish Parashar turned the IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer on for the first time yesterday afternoon in the Hill Center’s data center, to signify the launch of a high-performance computing center and collaboration between IBM and University researchers. The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, which maintains the supercomputer, intends to better the economic competitiveness of the state’s research groups and to integrate education, research and infrastructure through the IBM collaboration, according to an RDI2 fact sheet provided at the ceremony. “It’s great for students,” said Parashar, director of the RDI2 New Jersey Center for Advanced Computation. “They can work on real problems that are relevant, partnering with industry and using leading infrastructure. But what we’re most excited for is that this is just Step 1.”

The program also hopes to help companies overcome the financial and information barriers associated with using the supercomputer technology. RDI2 intends to use a revolutionary approach that combines research and education to support formerly unfeasible multidisciplinary research, education and development, said Parashar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering. Fan Zhang, a Ph.D student studying with Parashar, said his research focuses on making the programs and applications already on “Excalibur” faster and more efficient in every aspect, including writing data, power and memory usage. “It’s going to be a way for students to actually have access to a large machine, to actually do real science,” said Moustafa Abdelbaky, another Ph.D student under Parashar. “It’s going to allow us to do real experiments, so we don’t have to do smaller simulations anymore.” Undergraduates and graduates across different disciplines will have access to the computer for their research projects, as would researchers outside the University community, Abdelbaky said.



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Speakers use illusions to inform students on fallacies of perception BY SKYLAR FREDERICK CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Though usually seen as two entirely separate fields, science and art both stem from creative and perceptual backgrounds. To highlight the similarities between these fields, Ferris Olin, co-director of the University’s Institute for Women and Art, organized the “Talking Creativity: Conversations Between Scientists and Artists” series, featuring speakers with art and science backgrounds. Maggie Shiffrar, director of the Visual Cognition Lab at Rutgers-Newark, discussed the science of perception at the series’ fourth installment Monday, “Perceptual Illusion: Women in Science and Art Discuss Cognitive Processes.” Shiffrar spoke of three principles of perception, pointing out that perception is socially constructed, so perception of an object could override a person’s knowledge of it. “We bring to perception a wealth of other types of information. Perception involves a lot of construction [and] a lot of interpretation of limited bits of information,” Shif frar said. “Coming up with an interpretation of that ambiguous information is really tricky.” Ellen Levy, a scholar of both art and science, discussed the phenomenon of inattentional blindness. “Inattentional blindness is the phenomenon of not being able to see things that are actually there, and I found that in fact this is a


Panelists speak at the “Talking Creativity: Conversations Between Scientists and Artists” series about the role misconception has in overriding a person’s knowledge on Monday at the Busch Campus Center.

very old topic in art,” Levy said. Levy worked as an artist for the NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, sketching events like the Challenger launch of 1986, which made her ponder why humans sometimes fail to see the obvious. Levy conducted an experiment to test inattentional blindness through an illusion. She found that individuals frequently failed to see a moving object in the background when looking at the image for the first time because of their attention on the prominent image. From this experiment, which was briefly demonstrated at the event, Levy concluded that art is able to gain attention, if an individual focuses long enough. Shiffrar introduced the aspect of illusion to Levy’s discussion of inattentional blindness. “Inattentional blindness says that the only thing my brain is coming up with is a conscious rep-

STUDENT RESEARCHES CULTURAL BACKGROUND THROUGH FOOD Amy Tran inter viewed more than 600 Asian students at the University to find their take on the meanings behind dishes from China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan for her interdisciplinar y Asian-American and communications studies thesis. “In Asia, there are a lot of wishes and thoughts conveyed through food,” Tran, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior, told Rutgers Today. “Food has a basic meaning, but there’s also an underlying message.” She found that those whose families have lived in the United States the longest and have higher acculturation levels are less likely to know that red dates are ser ved at Korean weddings to represent fer tility, according to Rutgers Today. Tran chose her thesis topic because she believes food bridges language and generational bar riers among Asian-Americans. The East Brunswick native, whose parents are from Vietnam, with her father being half-Vietnamese and half-Chinese, learned a rice cake can have varied different meanings depending on culture and its preparation process, according to Rutgers Today. In China, rice cakes symbolize growth when ser ved on New Year’s Day, as they show a person is getting bigger and better. In Korea, cakes are ser ved in soups and sometimes formed to resemble half-moons, Tran said. The shape stands for the notion that people are always changing and that there is always room for improvement, according to Rutgers Today. Tran has an interest in food, but her study is unrelated to her chosen career path, dentistr y, she told Rutgers Today. “I think learning about all of this will help me, though,” she told Rutgers Today. “In ever y profession, you need to work with dif ferent people. And food is a good way to get to learn about them.”

resentation of the one to maybe four things that I am paying attention to. The rest is illusion,” Shiffrar said. Shiffrar used texting while driving as an example of inattentional blindness, because people cannot pay attention to the road and the cars around them while texting, which makes them more dangerous than drunk drivers. The discussion between Shiffrar and Levy stressed the importance of perception, awareness and knowledge in the fields of art and science, as well as in everyday life. “You can only learn what you pay attention to. So if you’re not paying attention to people, then how can you develop levels of visual sensitivity to people?” Shiffrar said. Jasmeet Bawa, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, attended the talk based on

her interest in how science and art overlap. “I like when people are speaking about things they’re passionate about, things that they’ve studied and dedicated so much of their lives to,” Bawa said. “My interest was also sparked by the fact that the event was focused on women.” Brittany Graf, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences graduate assistant, said science and art have a lot to gain from each other. She said she could relate to the talks from women in these fields, as she has studied women’s studies in the past and is a scientist herself. “I definitely learned a lot about the psychology aspect of science and learned that art experiments actually can exist,” Graf said. “The discussion was interesting to see more of the discussion on perception as a whole and how art and

science can both ask questions about that.” Shiffrar said creativity is a dominant aspect of science and is found within experiments and the process it takes to design them. She said she learned to break through constraints in her field to gain the freedom to study what she wanted. Women make up about 10 to 20 percent of faculty members in science and mathematic fields, said Natalie Batmanian, associate director of the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science Engineering and Mathematics. She is taking part in an institutional transformation at the University that will make women a more prominent aspect in these fields, Batmanian said. “I like to be involved in the women in science program, and I believe that science and ar t have a lot to gain from each other, so this is a ver y dif ferent sor t of program that touches on topics that I guess a lot of people don’t cover generally,” she said. The “Talking Creativity” series is funded by the National Science Foundation, which awarded a fiveyear grant to the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science Engineering and Mathematics, Batmanian said. “The grant will end in 2013, and we hope to continue with the programs that we started, like ‘Talking Creativity’ to promote best practices in faculty hiring and promotion and working with administrators and the whole community to bring visibility to women,” she said.


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Panelists stress need to conserve water BY SEOYOUNG CHOI

every dimension,” Robson said. “Think about it. … We can go many days without eating, but we While New Jersey has an can only last about two days withabundance of water, not all of it out water.” is clean and accessible. But Although technology is local activists are looking to improving, Obropta said energy change that. costs are increasing. Panelists Mark Robson, Chris Obropta said students can Obropta and Marcela Olivera take action to conserve water brought their concerns about the through lobbying to the infrastructure of water to about University to get bottled water 20 students Monday at the Cook out of the vending machines and Campus Center. to stop drinking bottled water. Obropta, extension special“We seem like we have a lot of ist in Water Resources with the water here in New Jersey, but University’s Cooperative that doesn’t mean we should Extension, said ever y person waste [it],” he said. makes either a positive or Obropta said the University negative action toward should be the leader in the environment. research for water and lead the “If you are polluting, your public in water conser vation action — no matter how small it and protection. is — it accumulates and make “We should be setting the things worse, and when you example because we have so clean it, it becomes better,” he much knowledge here,” Obropta said. “Ever y person’s action said. “We should take the knowlmakes a difference.” edge and help the public make Obropta said the water better choices.” resource program aims to take Kaitlin D’Agostino, camregular water and stop drinking paign coordinator of “Take bottle water. Back the Tap,” which organ“The bottom ized the panel, line is we need said that their clean water,” is to get rid “We can go many goal Obropta said. of bottled water He said cities campus days without eating, on should spend through giving but we can only last students free, money to protect water from reusable water. about two days where it comes “Filtration without water.” from instead of provides stupaying billions of dents with extra MARK ROBSON dollars for a filtered water for Entomology Professor filtration process. free, and this “We get way they don’t portable water have to buy botwhich saves money in the tled water and use the filtraprocess,” he said. tions located on campus cenObropta said one of the solu- ters,” said D’Agostino, tions to clearing up wastewater is a School of Ar ts and through a green infrastructure to Science junior. allow storm water to seep down She said water is an important into the ground instead of flowing resource for everyone to have into the sewage. access to. Having deeper wells can “Rutgers should care about help address the problem of making this campus bottle-free wastewater because deeper because it’s a place where one of wells usually do not contain a our most important resources — measurable amount of arsenic, water — can be shared,” said Mark Robson, dean of D’Agostino said. Agricultural Programs. Nicholas Fuzer, a Rutgers Robson said it is a problem Business School first-year stuto drill up to 100 feet deep to dent, said he learned about the establish a local infrastructure different ways water can for a well since it would require be saved. communities to become edu“People take water for cated about water systems and granted so much that we don’t water purifications to make see the possibilities,” he said. a dif ference. “This gave me a dif ferent “Water is the resource we perspective on how to need to survive — it impacts recycle water.” CONTRIBUTING WRITER



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 The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affair along with the Department of Journalism and Media Studies and School of Communication will host a documentary viewing of Gender and Global Documentary at 7:40 p.m. in the School of Communication and Information building on the College Avenue campus. For more information, contact Montague Kern,

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IBM: Center plans to offer academic training for users continued from front and computer science — to encompass areas like cancer and genetic research, medical imaging, environmental research and material science, according to a University press release. RDI2 plans to offer a master of business and science program in Discovery Informatics and Data Sciences, according to the RDI2 fact sheet. The center also plans to offer training and support services to industrial and academic users, as it makes more resources available. Richard Teitelbaum, the IBM client executive for the state, said he had personal and professional interest in participating in the project. Teitelbaum, who graduated the University in 1976,

FALL: Mail Services used students to test new system continued from front Mail that remains in the boxes three days after the student receives the email notification will be delivered to the Tillett Hall mail distribution center on Livingston campus for students who direct mail to Busch or Livingston campuses, and the Administrative Services Building II on Cook campus for students who direct mail to the College Avenue, Cook or Douglass campuses. All oversize packages, which make up about 3 percent of incoming packages, are automatically sent to the distribution centers, Scalice said. Some students believe that the route to the Cook campus distribution center is already inconvenient for students. “ASB II is a short hike down Ryders Lane,” said Zaid Abuhouran, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “There’s no safe route to get there [from campus].” But mail services would continue to work with students to make arrangements if an oversize package pickup is inconvenient, Scalice said. “When I lived on campus and used campus mail, I did not check [my mailbox] often,” said Kemberley Valderrama, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “But it was mostly because the combination wouldn’t work, or I would forget it.” Abuhouran, president of the School of Environmental and

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alluded to his time as an undergraduate. “Thirty-five years ago, I remember coming to the Hill Center, where the supercomputer is housed, to feed punch cards into the main frame there,” he said. When Teitelbaum became aware IBM sought collaboration opportunities with national universities, the University jumped to mind as one of the places to potentially start the project, he said. “It’s not about the machine. It’s not about the hardware,” Teitelbaum said. “It’s about the substantive research that our researchers and [the University’s] researchers hope to collaborate with.” Working with academia allows the expertise of places like the University to merge with other leading edge researchers in the industr y and gain leverage out of large-scale resources like “Excalibur,” said Michael Henesey, vice presi-

dent of business development at IBM. “You would think with resources like this, Rutgers and the industry with the state of New Jersey [will] be able to computationally serve those waves of data that are inevitable and upon us now,” Henesey said. Kim Guadagno, who taught at Rutgers-Newark Law School from 2001 to 2009 before entering public office, said she attended the commemoration event to market the state of New Jersey. Plans for the development of an advanced computation center, Innovation Park@Rutgers, are underway. The development is expected to cost $72 million, would create 722 direct and indirect jobs and absorb about $53 million in state gross domestic product by 2013, Guadagno said. The University’s computing center would rank eight among the nation’s 62 scientific computer centers, Guadagno said.

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Biological Sciences Governing Council, said as a two-year Cook resident, he has experienced both the window hours to pick up mail and the old lock-and-key systems implemented on Cook campus. “Lockers would be much more convenient,” Abuhouran said of the new system. “They’re more accessible during the day, especially for students that have their own schedules to follow.” Since Salice started as Mail Services manager in June 2011, he began to work on changing the state of the mail system. “The mailboxes are very old, so companies don’t even exist anymore to fix the mailboxes,” Scalice said. “So it’s very difficult to fix a mailbox — we usually just have to move a student around.” Scalice conducted a mail system survey last summer with the help of 40 student workers. He also enlisted 100 graduate students to test out the ByBox system during the summer session. The sur vey allowed Scalice to analyze the number of packages coming in, the sizes of the incoming packages, identify the high and low volume periods and to evaluate customer ser vice complaints. Results revealed that about 84,000 packages were received between Sept. 1, 2011 to the end of January 2012. Mail Services sees the highest incoming package traffic during the first month of each semester, Halloween and Valentine’s Day, Scalice said. Scalice also facilitated the installation of stamp kiosks at all the mail centers this academic

year to allow students to purchase stamps when the post office window is closed. At the kiosks, students may purchase stamp books, express and priority stamps, and soon, supply stamps, he said. Mail Services plans to install a mail chute for outgoing mail, in addition to the larger outgoing drop boxes that were installed in February 2012, he said. “We also identified that the system we have now has been in effect forever,” Scalice said. “It’s just not working anymore. We would get a lot of complaints from students about customer service and a change was needed.” Construction of the new electronic mailbox system is scheduled to begin soon after University Commencement on May 13. While the total number of bank modules per mail center will depend on the campus, Busch campus will likely have the most banks because it holds the highest student resident population. There is a total of 14,000 individual units to match the number of residential students at the University, he said. Current Mail Ser vices employees working window hours will be absorbed back into Mail Services to avoid lay offs. The Livingston campus mail center renovation will be delayed until the Tillett Hall construction projects finish. “[The new system] is an incredible way of recognizing that students have very hectic lives,” said Whelply, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.

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U. needs practical skills courses continued from front students should get accustomed to working hands-on in this new era. The dean proposed to integrate practical courses into the University curriculum to foster this movement, with potential classes including personal finance, agricultural care and computer troubleshooting. Jim Applegate, a retired professor of ecology, said the proposal is good in theory, but the courses may be difficult to integrate into the curriculum. “You have a good idea of what everybody should be exposed to,” Applegate said. “But then what are we going to strike out of the rest of the curriculum? That’s not an easy thing to do.” Daniel Van Abs, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Human Ecology, said the pro-

concerns about safety, security continued from front to ease the situation, but the city is looking to promote bicycle riding, he said. Cahill said the city plans to build a bike trail from the College Avenue campus to Douglass Campus, which is expected to cost the city about $8 million. The city is applying for grants with the N.J. Department of Transportation for money to fund this initiative. Another concern of the city, especially with the upcoming move-out for students living in off-campus houses, was the bulk trash moratorium, Cahill said. Students will still have the opportunity to call the Department of Public Works and have three bulk items to be picked up during regular trash collection time. The University also will arrange two drop-off centers on Douglass Campus and the College Avenue campus for bulk items, Cahill said. Security was also a concern that students expressed, Kirkpatrick said. Crime in the city has gone down, Cahill said. For the last 20 years, the crime rate was cut in half. “There was a spike in crime in 2011, but it’s going down,” Cahill said. He said the city created a community volunteer task force, which helps to improve the relation between the city


posed system of hands-on experience in courses would not work in the modern world. “These kinds of opportunities that he’s talking about would be great additional opportunities if the students were here on campus all the time,” Van Abs said. Christopher Smith, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior, said these courses could benefit the University’s reputation in the educational community. “It would draw a lot of people to come into Rutgers,” Smith said. “It would boost our standings. Students would definitely enjoy it. I know I would.” Van Abs said he believes teaching children early on will help them in their future and will probably be more effective. “If students were given hands-on experience in middle school and high school as I was, then they come into college expecting these opportunities instead of having them be a revelation,” he said. and the New Br unswick Police Depar tment. Cahill said the city is also engaging in more bicycle patrols and encouraging residents to know their community liaison, who is a non-police officer for those who do not feel comfortable speaking with the police. Giovanelli’s late-night hours also became a security concern, which were brought to the council’s attention last month when crime rates in the area were high. Despite the concern over late hours at this local business, the New Br unswick Diner opened this month on a 24-hour schedule. “There’s a difference — one draws in a larger crowd during lunch, while the other draws in a crowd at night,” Cahill said. Because the 24-hour-diner is still new, the council will take action if any concerns are brought to its attention, Cahill said. The “Student Connections” program also administers sur veys about the city asking students if they had any issues, in order to find out more about student concerns, Kirkpatrick said. Another feature of the survey is a por tion where students can indicate their interest in being contacted about their par ticular issue, so someone with the city can reach out to them to address individual concerns, Kirkpatrick said. The “Student Connections” program will travel to the rest of the University campuses for the next four weeks, Kirkpatrick said.



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MAN RECEIVES SENTENCE AFTER MURDERING WIFE A 42-year-old Perth Amboy man will receive his sentence May 20 for fatally beating his wife two years ago and dumping her body in Virginia. Franklin Camacho Jr. faces 20 years in prison without parole as per a plea bargain with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, in which he pleaded guilty to one murder count, according to Camacho admitted Thursday to Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone to striking Leonilda Caceres, 45, numerous times in the head with a small sledgehammer at their home around Jan. 20, 2010, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan. Caceres’ family filed a missing persons report after Camacho told them that U.S. immigration authorities arrested Caceres, according to This was the same story Camacho gave to police when they visited his apartment on Madison Avenue, according to Police followed Camacho after he left his house, tracking him via cellphone. Virginia police found Caceres’s body Jan. 21, 2010 in a trashcan in a shopping center parking lot in Woodbridge, Va., according to Camacho is being held on $2 million bail at the Middlesex County Jail.

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Middlesex centers bring care to local veterans BY GIANCARLO CHAUX METRO EDITOR

New Jersey is home to more than 400,000 veterans, with over 33,000 living in Middlesex County alone. The significant veteran population has led to the development of centers across the county that provide aid to those who ser ved, said Sgt. Armando Vasquez, public affairs specialist for the Veterans Memorial Home in Edison. “It’s just the right thing to do,” Vasquez said. “Obviously, veterans sacrifice a lot when they enlist. It’s the least we can do when they come back and need help in their twilight years. It’s an ode of gratitude from the state of New Jersey as well as the nation.” The memorial home, a 332bed facility, was rebuilt in 1999 to help veterans who are in need of assistance or shelter, he said. “Basically, what they do at the center is provide comprehensive ser vices for New Jersey veterans. They have around-the-clock medical and nursing care, which is provided by a full-time staff of physicians and nurses, as well as recreational activities for [the residents],” Vasquez said. Veterans come to the area after ser ving in many different wars across the world, yet they all share in common the fact that they spent a part of their life protecting the countr y they love, he said. “The Vietnam veterans in New Jersey are close to 140,000. We have 78,000 Gulf War veter-

ans, about 61,000 from the done at the center as well, and volKorean conflict and about unteers often work hand-in-hand 55,000 World War II veterans,” with community organizations such he said. as the Boy Scouts to better reach Vasquez said while there is a out to the veteran population. great amount of aid delivered by Tom O’Connell, a member of the staff at the local centers, the Legion Post and veteran of the there is still a lot that local resi- Vietnam War, said the veterans dents and students can offer the are happy to find places that take veterans in their communities care of them and their needs. who need support. “After the Vietnam War, the “I would say they could do countr y really spurned vetermore volunteering,” he said. ans, so here they have a place to “There are many organizations congregate, have par ties and that are veteranpicnics,” said friendly, so just O’Connell, a local volunteering r e s i d e n t . “It’s an ode whenever they “[Legion] is a self have any events sufficient organiof gratitude going on to supzation that was from the state of por t veterans star ted after would be ver y World War I in New Jersey, as well helpful to their France, and then as the nation.” population.” it spread to the Veterans in United States.” SGT. ARMANDO VASQUEZ Middlesex can O’Connell said Public Affairs Specialist for the also find support Piscataway is Veterans Memorial Home at the many cene s p e c i a l l y ters in involved in veterPiscataway, such as the an af fairs, considering the American Legion Post on South amount of residents in the town Washington Avenue, said who have previously ser ved George Morris, assistant bar their countr y. manager at the Post. O’Connell believes recent The Post provides veterans times have been kind to the with a wide range of assistance, local veterans and said the comincluding wheelchair drives, as munity in general has grown to well as recreational activities, appreciate the population — Morris said. It is a way for vet- something he did not experierans from the different wars to ence when he initially returned get together and socialize. from Vietnam. “We aid veterans dating back “I’ve found that there is more from wars such as Korea and respect for veterans,” he said. Vietnam right up to Grenada “We lost that after Vietnam. and Iraq,” he said. There were parades for the Morris believes the local non- returning [World War II] vets, veteran public appreciates the work but during Vietnam, when there

were anti-war demonstrations, veterans were more or less treated as [second-class] citizens.” Initiatives to help veterans can also be found at the University, where the Veterans Services program makes efforts to create a smooth path for returning students who have served in the current war, said Stephen Abel, director of Veterans Services. “We serve as a one-stop shop for Rutgers student veterans to help them with any issues that they may have — whether they are school-related or not — that would distract them from getting a quality education,” Abel said. Returning students, the majority coming from either Iraq or Afghanistan, can find a representative from Veterans Services in virtually every student agency office across campus, Abel said. The Veterans Ser vices office was established in July 2010 but has already gained plaudits from several publications across the nation, Abel said. The most impor tant of these is the Militar y Times, a weekly newspaper with a readership of over one million people. “Rutgers was ranked the third [college for veterans] in the country among all four-year colleges in the nation … and No. 1 among all large universities,” Abel said. “ So … we have been able to go a very long way in a relatively short period of time in terms of national recognition.” The center has helped close to 850 veterans so far with more than 2,700 separate issues, including counseling and financial problems, Abel said.



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wenty teenagers from Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., were arrested last fall for being caught cheating on college entrance exams. The students used fake IDs to take the tests — either the SAT or the ACT — for other students. To prevent future instances of cheating from occurring, the SATs and the ACTs now require students to upload photos of themselves when they register for the exam, which proctors would check on the day of the test. Cheating on college entrance exams happens, and we understand that officials would want to decrease the number of cases in which such cheating takes place. This type of cheating is unfair to everyone. But we question how serious a problem cheating actually is on these exams, and whether such a measure will be more effective than those currently in place. As college students, we all remember the long, arduous process that accompanies both registering for the SATs or ACTs, and sitting through four hours of tedious bubble-filling on the day of the exam. It was also repeatedly instilled in us throughout our high school careers just how important these exams would be. Because of this, most, if not all students tend to take these exams pretty seriously — and cheating seems to be a rare occurrence. Of course, with the sheer number of students — more than 2 million in 2010-2011 alone, according to College Board — cheating is bound to take place. The current preventative measures taken against cheating, which, among other things, require students to bring a photo ID on the day of the test, does much to deter students from this. Requiring students to upload photos upon registration, then, seems like an unneeded and ineffective step. It’s easy to imagine a determined student finding a way around this requirement, too. Perhaps a better solution to cheating on these exams lies with in-class proctors — who monitor students on the day of the exam and are also responsible for checking and verifying students — is indeed who they claim to be. As much attention must be paid to these proctors, under whom most cases of cheating seem to go unchecked, as the registration process.

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ocial media is a relatively young player in the lives of individuals in the digital age. The way in which we use this form of media is constantly changing — as is the way in which it’s handled in regard to certain legal statutes. The recent trial of Dharun Ravi, a former University student charged with spying on his roommate via webcam, is just one example of this. It’s true that the line between the acceptable and unacceptable in online conduct remains hazy, but there are some boundaries that you just don’t cross. This notion was made clear after The Associated Press reported last week that private and public agencies across the nation have been asking job seekers for their social media login information, including Facebook and email passwords. The companies were doing so in order to “vet applicants,” using information dug up from Facebook profiles to decide whether a given applicant was right for the job. In an age when Facebook profiles often house an individual’s entire personal life, such conduct is comparable to requesting the keys to a person’s home — neither of which would ever be acceptable. The actions of these companies have, of course, shocked many. Beyond privacy matters, the practice seems to run contrary to federal law itself. Nationwide employment laws specifically prohibit companies from discriminating based on race, gender, age, and religious preference — all of which can be found on an applicant’s Facebook profile. U.S. senators have already begun to inquire into the legality of such practices — though we see little controversy in the matter. We can come up with no interpretation of these practices that would deem them, in any sense, legal. Facebook profiles are extremely personal. It’s one thing for an employer to peruse the publicly displayed sections of an applicant’s profile page, but it’s something entirely different when that same employer requests the keys to the back door, so to speak. The nature of a Facebook profile is such that a person can easily customize what is made public and what is kept private, and while few may tend to utilize this feature, the option itself is an integral part of ensuring an individual’s privacy on the web. The question of whether this sort of invasive conduct should be considered illegal simply underlines the infancy of social media itself. The laws have yet to catch up with reality. But as students who have grown up with such technology and have a clear sense of how deeply personal our Facebook profiles can be, this is definitely a line that employers should not cross.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “You can only learn what you pay attention to. So if you’re not paying attention to people, then how can you develop levels of visual sensitivity to people?” Maggie Shiffrar, director of the Visual Cognition Lab at Rutgers-Newark, on the science of perception STORY IN UNIVERSITY


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Theoretically, though, an the towers, the University could surlower the gates, vive — albeit unpleasantly ready our and in a form unrecognizdefenses — the University able to current students — is under assault. by raising tuition, cutting As you all go about your costs and finding alternate daily business as a student sources of funding. here at the University, SAM BERMAN Students and faculty, on Rutgers-Camden is the tarthe other hand, are the get of what its faculty has lifeblood of a university, and this proposed termed a “hostile takeover” by Rowan University. school in southern New Jersey would threaten to Gov. Chris Christie, in what appears to be an unexdraw away bright minds that would other wise be pected alliance with the Democratic president of attracted to the University. All of these factors the N.J. Senate, Stephen Sweeney, is pushing hard together — the loss of state and federal funding, for a proposal that would transfer “all of Rutgersthe loss of the resources of Rutgers-Camden and Camden’s property, assets and state funding” to the increased competition for the brightest facRowan. In other words, Christie, Sweeney and all ulty and students — would in who support this deal are proposthe long run have disastrous ing that Rutgers-Camden — ef fects on the value of a undoubtedly an essential ele“Rutgers-Camden University education. And if you ment of what allows the is the target of what don’t think that will retroactiveUniversity to proudly wear the moniker of “The State University its faculty has termed ly af fect the value of your degree, think again. As the presof New Jersey” — be ripped away a ‘hostile takeover’ tige of a University education from us and given, for nothing in so will the prestige return, to Rowan. by Rowan University.” diminishes, of being a University alumnus. I, This is not some abstract for one, would prefer to see that national debate that will have litprestige increase. tle consequence on your daily So I’m afraid this is an issue you cannot afford life. If the merger is allowed to proceed, you will to ignore. But to understand what precisely is feel it. Funding from both the federal and state going on, some history is needed. Christie comgovernments will decrease at a time when tuition missioned the N.J. Higher Education Task Force, is already growing steadily and funding from the headed by former Gov. Thomas Kean, in summer state is already woefully inadequate, and only 2010 to look into ways to restructure higher edubecoming more so. The resources of Rutgerscation in the state, with an eye toward cutting Camden — including a world-renowned law school costs while improving the quality. The findings of from which my father graduated in 1985 — would this commission, unveiled in January 2011, includno longer be a valuable component of the greater ed about 70 individual proposals. But the most University community. But the real dangers of this ambitious by far was a proposal that the University merger — the worst effects of allowing this deal to merge with the University of Medicine and go through — would be felt three, five or even 10 Dentistry of New Jersey — or, more accurately, years down the road. With the presence of a new the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the research university in southern New Jersey — the School of Public Health within UMDNJ. The Kean language used by supporters of this proposal, as if commission made no mention of separating to ignore the fact that Rutgers-Camden is part of a Rutgers-Camden from the University. Indeed, the research university already — would come consecommission called for a greater commitment to quences that would gradually erode the value of a supporting Rutgers-Camden as an integral part of University education. For instance, the new instithe State University of New Jersey. tution would be a direct competitor to the The proposal, of course, to merge the University for students, faculty and state funding. University with par ts of UMDNJ, called for State funding, as I have already mentioned, is already in jeopardy, and that’s without adding the SEE BERMAN ON PAGE 9 load of another state university on top of that.


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BERMAN continued from page 8 additional scrutiny, and Christie subsequently appointed another commission. Sol Barer, former chief executive of ficer and chairman of Celgene, headed this one to explore ways of implementing Kean’s suggestion. The commission had completed its objective by summer 2011, and the process of integrating RWJMS and the School of Public Health into the University had begun. But then, instead of disbanding the commission, Christie gave them a new mandate. Christie essentially asked the Barer commission to review the state of higher education in New Jersey. And out of that surprise turn of events came the current proposal — the merger between Rutgers-Camden and Rowan. It’s important to note that this timeline of events clarifies something the media has unfortunately done a ver y poor job of noting — that the UMDNJ merger and the Rowan-Camden merger are not and should not be considered two parts of a packaged deal. There are many reasons why this is so. First off, a UMDNJ merger with some other institution is inevitable — the school is financially troubled, and its future over the next few years is uncertain at best. If it were to become unable to support RWJMS and the School of Public Health, those assets would need to be picked up by another institution, and the University happens to be in the best position to do that. The University, on the other hand, is in no danger of being unable to financially suppor t Rutgers-Camden. To the contrar y, in fact, the University has recently invested several million dollars in new facilities on its Camden campus. Fur thermore, the UMDNJ merger would be building upon a strong par tnership that already exists. Faculty at the University, for instance, are already engaged in important collaborations with faculty at RWJMS, such as with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and an integration of the two separate faculties could only increase their ability to conduct significant, cutting-edge research. To my knowledge, no such extensive par tnership exists between RutgersCamden and Rowan. This is not to say that the two institutions do not collaborate at all, but certainly not to the degree that the University and RWJMS do. Ultimately, this is the kind of deal that one normally refers to as a “sweethear t deal” for Rowan. They get RutgersCamden, and all of its assets, and in return they give up nothing. In fact, if this deal has so few positives — except for the generic, vague and poorlydefined benefit of “bringing jobs to southern New Jersey” — you may be wondering: What does it accomplish? Well, it’s an undeniably good deal for Rowan. See, UMDNJ isn’t the only financially troubled institution in New Jersey. Rowan faces dif ficulties of its own. Specifically, Rowan’s debt load

is nearly five times that of Rutgers-Camden. In other words, for the amount of assets Rowan owns, it has a disproportionately high level of debt. As a result, they are in a precarious economic position, and in particular may find it difficult to raise additional money in the near future. The addition of the assets of Rutgers-Camden would serve to significantly alleviate this debt burden. But why should Sweeney or Christie care about Rowan’s debt load? In an ideal world, I would say that they do not — that they are genuinely doing what they believe is best for Rutgers-Camden, Rowan and the state. But this is far from an ideal world. This is New Jersey, and politics in this state is not the cleanest of competitions. George Norcross, an N.J. insurance executive, happens to be a particularly powerful supporter of this merger — particularly powerful because he happens to be the closest thing we have to a living, breathing William “Boss” Tweed. An article refers to him as Sweeney’s “political patron and Democratic power.” I suppose this is a nice way of saying that this unelected individual is one of the most powerful political players in the state. And, coincidentally, he happens to be chairman of Cooper University Hospital’s Board of Trustees, which has just recently launched a joint medical program with Rowan. Again, in a perfect world, this would hardly be worth mentioning. But in politics, and especially in N.J. politics, it would be naïve to believe too strongly in coincidences. The Rutgers-Camden deal is far from finalized. The proponents of the deal themselves hardly know how they would accomplish such a Herculean reorganization effort. Christie, of course, thinks he has the ability to do so through an executive order, and intends to sign that order as early as July 1. This would, of course, incur legal challenges and thus could feasibly take longer than if the deal is passed through the legislature, as Sweeney would prefer. But no matter which form the reorganization takes, it has to be approved by both the University Board of Trustees and Board of Governors. At this point, the approval of the Board of Trustees, at least, appears to be uncertain at best. But given Christie’s knack for bullying his opponents into submission, we students cannot afford to leave the defense of our beloved University to our political allies in Trenton. We cannot afford to ignore the situation and hope it works out for the best. Make no mistake: This is a titanic political struggle, with many complicated and conflicting interests. The power ful players all think they dictate the r ules and make all the moves. They do not think of the students except as pawns. Well, so be it. As any chess master will tell you, it can be a grave mistake to ignore a pawn. Let’s make sure the powers that be keep that in mind. Sam Berman is a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. His column normally runs on alternate Fridays.

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MARCH 28, 2012


Today's Birthday (03/28/12). You're beginning to realize a purpose and a deeper meaning. Rather than just leaping spontaneously, it would be better to let the big changes simmer, and soak up all the implications, long-term consequences and far-reaching impacts on others. Use friends for balance and guidance. Then follow those dreams. 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 — The ball is in your court, and the shot's wide open. Stay light on your feet, and repeat signals if they get garbled in translation. Play all out, and remember: It's a game. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Take every opportunity to share your love with your partner. Assess cash flow. Seek professional advice regarding an area that's got you stumped. Get a second opinion, even. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — Your partner fields an opportunity, which gives you time to think up new possibilities. Don't take it for granted. Create something that will inspire. Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is an 8 — You're dreaming of a place, a captivating place. Is it your next vacation destination? A future study opportunity? Or a new job relocation? Consider it carefully. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Grab a chance for happiness. If you make a mess, clean it up. If you fail, try again (with some modifications). Avoid the avoidable errors, but why not live a little? Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — One last check for costume, hair and makeup, and you're onstage. You don't have time for nerves, so stay in the moment, and say your lines. You've practiced. Relax.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Your community plays a strong role in today's performance. Don't be self-conscious. Give it all for the best of others. Their victories are your victories. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Get your ducks in a row. Pay attention to details and collect the earnings of your efforts. Think twice before spending your savings. Reward yourself with a party. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Every little step moves you closer to your goal, even if you have to backtrack at times. Play well with others and you'll have more fun. Notice small blessings. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Things clear up a bit and you can complete difficult projects now. You can save by doing the work yourself, but take care of your health. Rest. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Creativity is on the rise. Allow the right side of your brain to take over for a while and surprise yourself (and others). Romance follows you around. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Telecommuting can provide new opportunities today. Listen to a family member for a new solution to an old problem. They can see something you can't.



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Gunzelman has qualified for the NCAA Regional gymnastics competition. The Raleigh Regional competition takes place Saturday, April 7, on the campus of North Carolina State at Reynolds Coliseum. The Tabernacle, N.J., native managed a career high in the all-around Saturday at the EAGL Championships, posting a score of 39.125. The score placed her fifth, the best finish recorded by a Knight in school history at the EAGLs.



baseman Miguel Cabrera has been cleared to return to action Wednesday after suffering a fractured right orbital bone. A batted ball hit Cabrera under the right eye last week during an exhibition game with the Philadelphia Phillies. The injur y required eight stitches, but Cabrera told repor ters it would not keep him from being ready for Opening Day.

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Watching his recruit in his rookie season, Brecht likens Goss an impor tant puzzle piece in building the program moving for ward. “He is a talented player and a starter for us in the midfield,” Brecht said “He is someone that will continue with us and that we can build a program around over the next four years.” Playing as a unit with co-captains Diehl and Mangan is one of the biggest benefits Goss enjoys at Rutgers. The two seniors are two of the Knights’ most consistent offensive sparks. Along with the rookie Goss, the duo has been one of the most solid units of the Rutgers offense this season, Brecht said. “[Diehl and Mangan] have been able to protect him a little bit and maybe draw some attention away from him,” Brecht said. “That group has been very good and very strong, and has complimented each other very well this year.”

agreeing to a home-and-home series beginning next season in Fayetteville, Ark. The contest with the Razorbacks highlights a four-game stretch in which Rutgers plays three road games to start the season.

MARCH 28, 2012 “You’re going to play the road games at some point,” said head coach Kyle Flood. “I’m not really concerned about it. We’re excited about our first game at Tulane, but we have a lot of things to do before that. Our focus will be one-game seasons.” Pernetti’s focus swirled around making one-game seasons possible. TCU and West Virginia’s leave meant holes on the schedule, filled in part by


Athletic Director Tim Pernetti worked to fill voids left by TCU and West Virginia in the Knights’ schedule in 2012.


playing Temple at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. But the process was far more encompassing than that, Pernetti said. “I’m not sure there were many schools we didn’t talk to during the process,” he said. “There are not a lot of opportunities out there.” One returned following a few years’ absence. ESPN picks up the Knights’ season finale against Louisville at High Point Solutions Stadium, returning a Thursday night matchup to Piscataway. Rutgers’ rise to the national consciousness occurred in large part to Thursday games, especially its 2006 win against the then-No. 2 Cardinals. Pernetti sat at attention with players in the team’s media room following practice. A return to Thursday quickly became the focus, he said. “They were excited. Going back to 2006 and in that period of a few years, Thursday night games became a major event down here,” Pernetti said. “We’ve had a lot of good success on the field in those games. … You can’t buy that kind of national exposure for your football program.”




Last Meeting

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Tulane Howard South Florida Arkansas Connecticut Syracuse Temple Kent State Army Cincinnati Pittsburgh Louisville

New Orleans High Point Solutions Tampa Fayetteville, Ark. High Point Solutions High Point Solutions Philadelphia High Point Solutions High Point Solutions Cincinnati Pittsburgh High Point Solutions

L, 17-14 (2010) W, 45-7 (2009) W (OT), 20-17 (2011) First meeting L, 40-22 (2011) W (2OT), 19-16 (2011) W, 16-6 (2004) W, 29-21 (2004) W, 27-12 (2011) W, 20-3 (2011) W, 34-10 (2011) L, 16-14 (2011)


MARCH 28, 2012




Junior Ashley Bragg snapped her four-game hit streak Sunday in the final game of a three-game set against South Florida.

WINS: High intensity, few errors remain focal points continued from back teams riding three-game losing streaks. For Nelson, it is more about limiting the issues than anything else in the game. “The challenge is to keep your team aggressive,” he said. “When you make a mistake, you should get right back after it and don’t let one mistake turn into two or three mistakes, because then you really get into a hole.” Keeping the same intensity level will be difficult for the Knights because of their opponent. Based on rankings, Seton Hall will likely not present the same type of challenge that Rutgers’ last two opponents did. But junior shortstop Ashley Bragg does not think that matters.

MATCHUP: RU pitcher enters start with innings cap continued from back “It’s the same approach,” Fasano said. “[I need] first-pitch strikes, same thing every time. I just have to attack the hitters — can’t give them free outs with walks.” Fasano’s experience as a spot starter makes him accustomed to limited rest. He allowed two earned runs in seven innings against Stetson on March 16 in a 3-0 loss. Pitching four days later, when he shut out Rider, was not a problem. He views this start as simply another time he moves around the schedule. “So far this year I’ve pitched on a Friday, pitched on a Saturday, pitched on a Wednesday,” Fasano said. “The only day left is a Sunday, so it’s just another day to pitch.” The bullpen ser ved eight innings after Corsi departed in the 9-6 win. The relievers allowed only three earned runs during that stretch. Three Knights pitched less than an inning. Head coach Fred Hill wants more.

Her aim is for the Knights to come out the same way they did in their win against No. 18 Florida State. “[Big East teams are] all competitive, and we just need to face each of them equally in order to get the results that we want,” she said. “It doesn’t matter whether we’re playing South Florida, Seton Hall, Florida State. We’re still going to come out and try to play our game.” The matchup also gives Rutgers a good chance to jumpstart its offense following three consecutive shutouts at the hands of the Big East’s best pitching staff. The Knights recorded only seven hits in the series against the Bulls and want to use the final game — a 1-0 loss that was considerably closer than in the first two games — as momentum, Bragg said. They need that momentum if they want to avoid remaining in the Big East basement.

“We have to find some guys that can maybe come in and give us more than a couple outs,” he said. Along with durability, Wagner presents the Rutgers (11-10, 2-1) pitching with the challenge of speed. The Seahawks have stolen 27 bases in 32 attempts. “You have to adjust to that,” Hill said. “You pay a little more attention to the guy who you think is going to run. You’re throwing over there a little bit more, putting on a couple of pickoff plays to let them know that you know and tr y to slow them down.” Certain baseball plays make lasting impressions, such as a home run, a diving catch or pitching to a batter’s head. If Wagner wants to make an impression on Litterio, its best chance is aggressiveness on the base paths. Litterio would not doubt a successful outing from his former team. “They’re actually doing really well,” he said. “They haven’t lost a weekend series in three weeks right now, so that’s helpful for me to give some inside pointers to help our team here.”



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Sophomore Stefania Balasa owns a perfect 5-0 record in Big East singles play and has a team-best 10 wins in No. 4 singles.

Sophomore enjoys benefits of practice BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT

The Rutgers tennis team’s 4-3 victor y against St. John’s on Sunday yielded a familiar outcome TENNIS in No. 4 singles play: a win for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers sophomore Stefania Balasa can take credit for the success in the No. 4 singles position. Balasa defeated the Red Storm’s Nakita Austin, 6-4, 6-2, moving her conference record in singles to 5-0. As of Sunday’s match, she also sports a 10-3 overall singles record, good for first on the team in the win column. “After a year of competing, I’ve come to understand what you need to play well,” she said. Balasa has embraced her role in No. 4 singles, as she was in the fifth position last season. Head coach Ben Bucca has been able to rely on Balasa’s play this season, something he credits to her work ethic she demonstrated during the summer. “[Balasa] has really developed into a hardworking and disciplined athlete,” Bucca said. “She has worked very hard on her fitness and it shows.” Bucca said her conditioning has resulted in her moving faster than she ever has on the cour t, which enables her to cover more ground. But conditioning has not always been Balasa’s favorite part of the game, the secondyear player said. It took a suggestion from a fellow teammate to get her motivated and become one of the team’s most consistent players in singles. “Last year, [senior] Jen Holzberg asked me if I wanted to go for a run with her. So I started running with her and then running on my own,” Balasa said. “When I was in high

school, I didn’t really appreciate running and never really wanted to go for a run.” That school lies five minutes away, where Bucca recruited Balasa while she played at East Brunswick High School. Bucca believed the combination of playing close to home and the fact that her older sister, Alina, competed for the Knights would sell her on the school. But initially it had the opposite ef fect. “I wanted to get as far away as possible,” Balasa said. “You love what your older sibling has done, but you kind of want to do your own thing.” Balasa considered Wisconsin and Mar yland among other schools, but realized Rutgers was where she wanted to continue her career. Freshman Noor Judeh is thankful for that choice. Judeh pairs with Balasa in No. 3 doubles. Though the duo is only 4-5 in doubles action, it has won two in a row. Balasa’s experience has helped Judeh ease into her first season competing in doubles, Judeh said. “Before I played college tennis, all I played was just singles, so I was always focused on just myself,” she said. “[Balasa] was my doubles partner from the beginning and taught me how to be a team player and how to pump up our teammates.” She and her teammates have responded to the support, winning two straight matches to bring their record to 8-6. The winning ways are something Bucca can get used to, like he has with the results of his team’s No. 4 singles player and her accomplishments this season. “She has had a good year,” Bucca said. “Her success her sophomore year has much to do with the effort she has put into the sport.”

In a way, Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood has the University’s labor studies and employment relations major to thank for landing its most experienced offensive lineman. Sure, Flood recruited tackle R.J. Dill out of high school and again when Dill decided to transfer from Maryland in the offseason. Still, the School of Management and Labor Relations offered the fifth-year senior something Maryland could not, opening the door for an NCAA waiver. “I gave the University of Maryland what I owed them,” Dill said. “This was an opportunity for me to make a change. I needed this change for me, personally. I wasn’t very happy there last year.” The 6-foot-7 Dill started 33 games for the Terrapins, including 30 in a row across a four-year career. But former Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall took over in College Park, Md., a year ago, forcing out longtime coach Ralph Friedgen. The Scarlet Knights landed Dill on Dec. 21, bolstering an offensive line that lost three starters to graduation. “Rutgers is going to have a good offensive line here for years to come,” Dill said. “But me, I’m kind of a finished product. Can I get better? Yes, but [the younger] guys have more growth to do than I do.” The NCAA ruling allowing graduates to transfer — provided they find a program their previous school does not offer — remains relatively new. But Dill insists he was not a “free agent,” willing to agree to terms for the best opportunity to play.


Kyle Flood took part yesterday in his first spring practice as head coach, overseeing the team’s various units. “In my opinion, that makes it seem like it’s all about football,” he said. “I came here for an opportunity both academically and athletically. It was not solely about football because I was on a 2-10 team last year.” Dill practiced for the first time with the Knights yesterday and began spring practice as a second-teamer. But Flood said in his introductory spring press conference he foresees Dill lobbying to start.



staff worked with players for the first time on the field, giving Flood his first glimpse of the coaches he assembled. A majority of them were familiar. “That was critical,” Flood said. “Some of the guys on staff I’ve seen … guys like Dave Cohen, Rob Spence, Dave Brock. I’ve worked with them

for a significant amount of time. I had a very good feel for what they would be like.” Another, Damian Wroblewski, takes over Flood’s former post with the offensive line, which Flood pointed to as an area of attention, among others. “The positions that I’m most interested in are the ones that don’t have true, established starters or two starters,” Flood said. “The quarterback position is certainly going to be a focal point. The running back position is going to be a focal point.” Flood walked the staff through the practice field Monday, the finishing touches to plans Flood rehearsed religiously. “Anxious is a good word. As a staff, I think we went over the practice plan about 100 times just to make sure,” Flood said. “We have new coaches. It really wasn’t me — I know how the field is set up, I know where the drills go.”



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MARCH 28, 2012

Pernetti to discuss financial obligations with league BY TYLER BARTO SPORTS EDITOR


Athletic Director Tim Pernetti said he has already engaged in talks with the Big East after TCU’s exit from the league left Rutgers with only six home games next season.

Athletic Director Tim Per netti announced yesterday he plans to seek financial compensation from the Big East for the Rutgers footFOOTBALL ball team’s six home games next season. The Scarlet Knights’ seventh home game, a regularity, vanished when TCU reneged its commitment to the conference Oct. 6 in favor of the Big 12. “We’ll deal with it in a very direct manner with the league,” Pernetti said. “We’re disappointed we’re not made whole on a league game with TCU’s departure. Having said that, we took control of our own situation.” The Big East welcomed Temple to the conference following West Virginia’s abrupt exit to the Big 12. The Big East planned to keep West Virginia for one more season, but

Knights seek rebound wins at Seton Hall BY JOEY GREGORY



New player, coach follow path to RU BY VINNIE MANCUSO


After a turbulent run-in with No. 16 South Florida, the Rutgers softball team left the Sunshine State winless in Big East play. Back in New SOFTBALL Jersey, the Scarlet Knights’ next oppoRUTGERS AT nent, Seton Hall, SETON HALL, suffered its own TODAY, 3 P.M. rout, dropping three games to a sub-.500 Connecticut team. Now both teams limp into South Orange, N.J., today for a doubleheader in hopes of improving their respective conference records. The Knights (11-15, 0-3) enter the matchup with considerable experience against ranked opponents, having played seven of their games against teams in the top 25. But the Pirates (15-15, 0-3) do not have such experience. After their first 30 games, they have yet to face a ranked foe. Seton Hall is not slotted to play a ranked team until April 6, when it takes on two-time defending Big East champion Syracuse. But records are not the only thing in play during this two-game set. Before arriving on the Banks, head coach Jay Nelson spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach on the Pirates’ staff under current Seton Hall head coach Ray Vander May. “I know the coaches there, so [Seton Hall] is always a fun rival,” Nelson said. “It’s always exciting to play those guys.” While in South Orange, Nelson helped the team to consecutive conference titles in 2004 and 2005 as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. And twice during Nelson’s time there, the staff was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Northeast Coaching Staff of the Year. But Nelson and Vander May’s history transcends college. The two were adversaries, both coaching Group 1 New Jersey high schools that sit about 15 miles apart. Vander May coached at Cedar Grove High School while Nelson led the Mountain Lakes High School squad. “We’d always battle it out and have a lot of respect for each other because we were top programs in the area,” Nelson said. But now both coaches are concerned with righting the ship, with their respective

the school sued the conference and agreed to a buyout plan. “I’ve already been talking to the league and explaining to the league how we view the situation and how we can be made whole on it,” Pernetti said. The league could earn as much as $20 million from West Virginia’s buyout, coupled with TCU’s exit fee and the entrance fee of five schools for the 2013 season. But the uncertainty of conference realignment affected Pernetti’s ability to schedule non-conference opponents, he said. The Knights could have looked to another Division I-AA opponent after scheduling Howard on Sept. 8 in their home opener. “That’s just not for us anymore,” Pernetti said. “We’re not doing that again.” So Southeastern Conference power Arkansas became the most desirable option,


Beside extra motivation, Wagner’s other advantage is senior pitcher Ryan Fasano’s expected innings limit on the mound. Fasano’s duty as a spot starter pushed him to the team’s usual midweek games, but he may need to make another start four days later. Junior pitcher Rob Corsi left after oneplus innings Saturday against Seton Hall because of injur y. If the lefthander is unable to pitch this weekend, that means another spot start for Fasano on Sunday against Georgetown. Hill capped Fasano to three innings at most against Wagner (9-14) because of the possibility of the extra start. Corsi’s injury ultimately means Fasano will pitch at least six innings less than his shutout March 21 against Rider.

Freshman midfielder Brian Goss has emerged in his rookie season as the perfect support for senior midfielders Mike Diehl MEN’S LACROSSE and Will Mangan. But only a couple of years ago, the thought of wearing the scarlet and white jerseys of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team was not on Goss’ mind at all. He was all set to bring his talents to Siena College in New York. All of that changed when former Scarlet Knights head coach Jim Stagnitta resigned last year after 10 seasons with the program. His replacement, Brian Brecht, was the man who recruited Goss at Siena. It was during the recruiting process that Brecht and Goss established a rapport that eventually led to Goss’ decision to come to the Banks. “I got to know Brian over two years ago when I recruited him when I was at Siena College,” Brecht said. “Although it is hard to step away from a relationship with a recruit and move on, I was trying to tackle a head duty.” When Brecht took the job at Rutgers, he was well aware of the effect it would have on the recruiting class he worked to build at Siena. Still, he would not ask anyone to join him at Piscataway — that was a choice they would have to make for themselves. “I knew some guys might enter tain the option of following me and coming to Rutgers,” Brecht said. “The one thing I did not want to do was make that decision for them. I wanted them to make that decision themselves.” Goss, upon hearing of Brecht’s departure, was the first player to jump on board to Rutgers with the former Siena head coach. His parents required a brief conference, but Goss had already made the decision to follow suit with the coach that recruited him. “I made the decision because Rutgers it’s such a good school — it’s bigger and it has better academics,” Goss said. “I really liked the way that Coach Brecht recruited me. We established a good relationship right away.” Goss’ decision to work with Brecht turned out to be beneficial for the first-year head coach in the early portion of the Knights’ season. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native has started every game of the season in the midfield, already notching 13 points on seven goals and six assists.




Senior pitcher Ryan Fasano shut out Rider on March 21 in his last start, but Fred Hill, the Knights’ head coach, will limit the righthander to three innings against Wagner.

Matchup with old team excites Rutgers assistant BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

During his 12 seasons as head coach of the Wagner baseball team, Joe Litterio really got to know the Seahawks. BASEBALL But Litterio will watch it today from WAGNER AT the opposite dugout RUTGERS, at Bainton Field in TODAY, 3 P.M. his first year as the Scarlet Knights’ assistant coach. Litterio might be the indirect key to Wagner’s chance of victory. “The fact that I’m over here — that’s the most dangerous thing,” Litterio said. “A few guys were upset that I left, and they want to show me what they’ve become as players. … They want to prove something to me.” Litterio returned to his alma mater after winning 240 games with Wagner, the most in school histor y.

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