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Man arrested after harassing student on bus
U. receives class action lawsuit over fundraiser
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Undercover police arrested 33-year-old North Brunswick man Errinson Medrano last Tuesday after catching him exposed on a New ERRINSON Jersey Transit bus. Medrano had MEDRANO allegedly exposed himNorth Brunswick self multiple times to a Resident University graduate student during her New York to New Brunswick commute on the public bus. The School of Arts and Sciences graduate student, who remains anonymous for her protection, said she first encountered the suspect in fall 2011, when she noticed him masturbating while looking at her during a bus ride. “Out of the corner of my eye, I could tell that someone was staring at me,” the student said. “It felt kind of uncomfortable, so I looked and not only was he staring at me, but he was fully exposed and masturbating.” Without knowing what to do, the student called around and eventually spoke with state police. The police drew up a suspect sketch of Medrano and told her to SEE
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Lisa Grab, vice president of NJUS and Montclair State University student, discusses the organization’s voter campaign. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
New Jersey United Students plan to register 20,000 voters BY MARISSA OLIVA CONTRIBUTING WRITER
New Jersey United Students met Saturday at New Jersey City University to discuss a campaign to register more than 20,000 students to vote in the presidential election. NJUS, formed in February 2011, is an organization made up of students from 10 of
New Jersey’s public universities and three community colleges that aims to educate, advocate and provide a collective voice for all New Jersey college students. One of the group’s overarching goals is to keep education affordable and accessible, said Spencer Klein, president of NJUS. “NJUS is a building process. This is SEE
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The University is facing a possible classaction lawsuit two years after a fundraiser for a flotilla ship against the Israeli blockade of Gaza was not paid out. Chemistr y professor Larr y Romsted, along with University alumna and parttime lecturer Manijeh Saba, are suing the University for failure to release the funds, adding that by withholding the funds, the University is infringing on their freedom of speech. The fundraiser’s cause was the “U.S. Boat to Gaza,” a relief effort organized by the group Stand By Justice to help break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza strip by sending supplies, Saba said. Saba said she teamed up with Romsted and BAKA: Students for Middle Eastern Justice, a former University group two years ago, to host the fundraiser for relief efforts in Gaza. The event was held on Nov. 4, 2010 in the Busch Campus Center, and Saba said about 250 people donated money to the cause. SEE
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SouperVan provides food, work through social enterprise BY LISA BERKMAN CORRESPONDENT
Usually stationed on Douglass campus, the SouperVan is trying to solve the world’s hunger problems one cup of soup at a time. The charity-driven truck has partnered with Elijah’s Promise, a New Brunswickbased soup kitchen, to provide a meal for the hungry with every purchase made, said Nicholas Kubian, co-founder of the SouperVan. “We’re trying to create an example for a solution that allows people to eat healthier and simultaneously feed someone else while doing so,” he said. Chris Retzko, program manager for Rutgers Against Hunger, said the initiative began last year in an attempt to alleviate the hunger problem in New Jersey, citing that 1 in 5 Americans struggle to put food on the table. But the original plans for the truck stretch back to 2009, when the owners of the SouperVan approached RAH to formulate the project, Retzko said. “It was a great idea, and we started moving for ward with it,” he said. “They went through a number of possibilities to
make the van a reality, and we took care of the logistics.” Dominick Rodriguez, co-founder of the SouperVan, said RAH was critical in the development of the business and helped spread SouperVan’s publicity throughout the University. “They created this for us so this thing could really be tested and come to life,” said Rodriguez, who worked as an architect before he helped create the SouperVan. “That’s very important. It’s all about synergy and helping each other out with some community work.” Lisanne Finston, executive director at Elijah’s Promise, said charitable enterprises are needed now more than ever with the recession making the hunger problem even worse. “The recession created a huge escalation in the amount of need,” she said. “Over the last three to four years since the recession began, we’ve seen the percentage of people in need of food increase roughly from 8 to 9 percent to now 13 to 14 percent.” Finston said Elijah’s Promise helped alleviate the situation last year when they used SEE
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Students line up outside of the SouperVan on Douglass campus. The mobile vendor offers healthy soups and sandwiches, and for every meal purchased, one meal is donated to Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen. COURTESY OF DOMINICK RODRIGUEZ
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CAMPUS CALENDAR Tuesday, Sept. 18 Students can stop by Career and Interview Center in the Busch Campus Center at noon to learn “All About Internships.” To register, RSVP online through CareerKnight or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Sept. 20 The fourth annual “Postdoc Appreciation Day Symposium” takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the West Lecture Hall of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The symposium includes the chance to view the work of postdocs, attend career panels and network with researchers. Register for free online at pda-nj.appspot.com/symposium.html.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 The monthly “Reel Queer Film Series” kicks off with a screening of “Queen of Myself: Las Krudas d’Cuba” at 7:30 p.m. in Room 202BC of the Livingston Student Center. Filmmaker Dr. Celiany Rivera-Velazquez will be available to talk about her documentary on feminist Cuban hip-hop group Las Krudas. The series is sponsored by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities.
METRO CALENDAR Tuesday, Sept. 18 Judah Friedlander of “30 Rock” performs at 9 p.m. at the Stress Factory Comedy Club. For more information and to buy tickets, visit stressfactory.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 21 Jazz musician Chris Botti performs at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $35.
Wednesday, Sept. 22 “30 Rock” actor Tracy Morgan will perform a stand-up routine at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets range from $22 to $65.
Monday, Sept. 27 Childish Gambino performs at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick. Student tickets start at $5, and guest tickets start at $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit statetheatrenj.org.
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Startup developers give insight to building business SoundCloud, Mozilla maker provides solutions to technological issues, concerns “Every startup is much more transparent,” said Osman, who worked for Mozilla and FreshBooks before joining the Nathan Smith had a day’s audio content platform notice to design and build a 20-foot SoundCloud. “We get daily product display at Bed Bath & emails from the analytics and Beyond. He and his team worked insights teams. Everyone knows until 2 a.m. to finish it, despite the what’s going on.” store being closed and locked up Osman said this kind of enviat 9 p.m. — so Smith stocked ronment helps you learn more shelves until morning and headed about running a business than off for another day’s work. working for a company like Such is the allure of the Microsoft, which employs 94,000 lifestyle that drew about 90 stupeople. In contrast, both dents to the Busch Campus SoundCloud and Quirky started Center on Friday to learn about less than five years ago and have what it is like to work at a tech less than 200 employees. Osman startup company from two of the said that is a good thing. industry’s leading entrepreneurs. “There’s an inverse relationReadyforce, a career network ship between accountability and that connects college students company size,” Osman said. with entrepreneurs, set up the At SoundCloud, Osman said “Rutgers Readyforce Hacker developers know how to deploy Tour” as part of a countrywide code while also understanding bus tour to inform students about how the infrastructure is set up. startup companies, said Anna It is key to reducing bureaucracy Binder, vice president of Client while increasing knowledge-sharServices at Readyforce. ing, he said. “Startups are extremely variBoth Osman and Smith admitable,” said Smith, head of Tech at ted bias toward Quirky.com, a startups, but stuwebsite launched dents attending in 2009 that helps “You can never event echoed inventors bring really slow down if the their sentiments. products to mar“I’m really ket. “Embrace the you want to remain interested in peaks and valleys.” competitive.” working for a While allNATHAN SMITH startup. I like nighters like the Head of Tech at Quirky.com doing my own Bed Bath & thing,” said Beyond incident J o n a t h a n are not necessariEckstein, a School of Arts and ly routine, both Smith and Paul Sciences junior. “With a startup, Osman, developer evangelist at you do something and it’s yours. SoundCloud, drew sharp distincIf it’s successful, it’s your baby.” tions between working for a With fast-growing startup startup versus a larger, more companies, there’s a high potenestablished company.
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Paul Osman, developer evangelist of SoundCloud, advises students about the skills needed to have a successful startup business Friday at the Busch Campus Center . NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
tial for reward. SoundCloud has grown to serve more than 20 million users and continues to expand at a rate of 1.5 million per month, Osman said. Quirky.com has developed 229 products and partnered with 188 retailers, according to its website. But students should be wary and leave a margin for error, Osman said. Before coming to SoundCloud, he said he worked for a few startups that tanked. Dealing with issues and mistakes is the central focus of the startup life, Osman said. “Your job isn’t to write Java code,” he said. “It’s to solve prob-
several dif ferent languages for coding. “Don’t worry about if there’s already something out there in this space,” Osman said. “Just build it and see how people react.” But even when people react well, Smith and Osman refrain from relaxing or patting themselves on the back. “When we go to bed at night, we’re not happy or thinking we did a good job. We’re uncomfortable. We’re paranoid. We’re looking at our competitors,” Smith said. “You can never really slow down if you want to remain competitive.”
U. specialist informs of state-grown grapes, wine BY DOMENIC RUGGERI CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Wine might not come to mind as one of New Jersey’s specialties, but Dan Ward, pomology extension specialist in the University’s Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, aims to change that perception. He discussed his work on Friday in an hourlong seminar on Cook campus. The Garden State, which many know for its tomato and blueberr y crops, has great potential for growing wine grapes of many popular varieties, which Ward said growers and vintners are beginning to realize. “The wine industry in New Jersey ... has been growing, like much of the wine industry of the east,” he said. “It also has been attaining high qualities in the vintages of late, and we also have a good cultural environment for wineries and winemakers.”
Ward said his work, which is based out of the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center near Bridgeton, focuses on analyzing problems and developing new strategies and production methods for New Jersey’s fruit industr y. About 1,000 acres are used in New Jersey for grape growing, but after analyzing many ecological factors all over the state, Ward said there are about 1 million acres that could be used to grow fruit. “That’s as much grapes as California,” he said. Tom Orton, extension specialist in vegetable breeding at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said while the numbers are positive, New Jersey cannot realistically expect to be on par with California instantly in terms of grape and wine production.
“It’s going to be slow and cabernet sauvignon grapes incremental ... it’s par t of a from New Jersey to analyze long-term general trend to keep what quality of fruit was being agriculture viable in the state,” produced, he said, and to connect it with weather data he said. One of the most important obtained from an airpor t in factors for good grape growing is Millville, N.J., over a period of 36 years. heat accumula“We pulled tion, Ward said, “The wine industry that in to look at which is a measthe relationship ure of how much in New Jersey . . . between the qualheat is available to has been growing, ity of the grape ripen grapes durand weather variing the summer. like the east.” ables,” Ward New Jersey is DAN WARD said. “There were similar in climate U. Pomology Extension Specialist only two varito about three of ables which the five regions made a signifiCalifornia has appor tioned for growing to cant difference to the har vest, reflect these heat accumulation those being rainfall in August differences, he said. The Garden and heat accumulation.” The har vests are then sepaState’s heat accumulation is similar to places known for great rated into four categories based wines such as Bordeaux, Napa on quality such as: poor, adequate, premium, super premiValley and southern Spain. The next step was to take a um and what they found to be look at the actual har vests of outstanding, Ward said.
Robert Goodman, executive director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, said his organization’s agricultural practices help the state advance in terms of jobs and development, but lasting results will require time and funding. “Some of that kind of work can be done today to improve the situation tomorrow, but a lot of it is long-term work that takes years and needs sustained, longterm funding, and this is a great example,” said Goodman, executive dean of agriculture and Natural Resources. Rober t Pyne, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences graduate student, said the seminar presented some surprising results. “Most people don’t consider wine a serious industr y in New Jersey, and I think Dan did a good job to show that it is possible,” he said.
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VOTERS University representatives at NJUS say 1,500 students are registered so far Klein said legislative change is in order. “This is a way to bring educathe first time we are able to tion to all,” he said. “I truly believe make our name known for the that this is the leading civil rights voice of students within the fight of our generation.” state of New Jersey,” said The New Jersey Dream Act Klein, a School of Ar ts and Coalition ser ves as a support Sciences senior. system for undocumented In an effort to get students youth. Its main goals are to to sign up to vote for the receive higher education and November election, NJUS delework experience, said Juan gates from each campus are Pablo Orjuela, a board member tr ying a few different methods, of NJDAC. Klein said. “We have a relationship with One example is class and NJUS and we tr y to come out organizational wraps, where and strategize together,” said delegates speak to classes Orjuela, a sophomore at and University organizations Bergen Community College. about the importance of voting, Orjuela moved to the United while circulating voter registraStates from Columbia in 1994 tion forms and pledge cards, and is an undocumented resiKlein said. dent. He works to pay for his Delegates also par ticipate tuition, which for him, costs at in tabling ef for ts and least three times more than it “dorm storming” to get studoes for New Jersey residents. dents registered. “A lot of us aren’t able to The University’s individual vote,” he said. “NJDAC is buildgoal is 7,000 registered voters. ing allies with people who can Delegates believe they vote, for people who do have the have signed up at least 1,500 leverage. That is why I am here students thus far, said today, representing our organiPavel Sokolov, a NJUS zation and supporting NJUS.” voting delegate representing The motion to support the the University. New Jersey Dream Act was Sokolov, a Rutgers Business passed with unanimous conSchool junior, said at least 1,000 sent. students signed up at the fall NJUS will continue to work involvement fair. with NJDAC and will support He said other delegates have anything the organization proset up water fill stations, where poses to them, said Andrew they handed out voter registraGr una, parliamentarian of tion forms. NJUS and a junior at RutgersSokolov said he is working Newark. with the Rutgers Student Additionally, the Honest Union, greek life, Rutgers Budgets Now Campaign was University College proposed and approved. Republicans, Rutgers The Honest University Budgets Now Democrats, “This is the point Campaign requires Residence Life and other campus where we begin to governing boards at each university groups to get build power and to release a comeven more stuprehensive budget dents to sign up. make our names at least 30 days John Aspray, known in the state. before they the empire garapprove one, Klein dens national It starts today.” said. field associate for SPENCER KLEIN The organizathe United States President of New Jersey tion also aims to S t u d e n t United Students establish student Association, said advocate posihe believes stutions on all NJUS member camdents can sway the elections. puses, he said. The position “We want to send the meswould allow students to experisage to legislators, that ence judicial processes in their students, if educated on own campuses. the issues, can have win or Kaitlin Cibenko, South Jersey lose power over the elections,” recruitment chair for NJUS, said he said. she enjoys being part of the stuThe New Jersey DREAM dent-led group that educates and Act, a bill that would, if passed, fights for issues faced by higher allow young immigrants the education. chance to become lawful U.S. “It is such a young organizacitizens, was also discussed. tion, but it keeps building and A diploma or GED is building momentum,” said required to be eligible for the Cibenko, a senior at Richard proposed program, as well as Stockton College of New five years of continuous resiJersey. “It has been a great dency in the United States, for learning experience. Before I those without criminal records. became a part of NJUS, I hadn’t This act could make higher realized the effect that empoweducation more affordable for ering students could have.” immigrants, who would be able Klein ended the meeting by to pay in-state tuition. addressing his goals for the next Klein said education is a month and emphasizing the imporright that should be accessible tance of student voter registration. to ever yone. “I wish to spearhead voting “Undocumented students in registration at each of our campusthe United States often come es and reach each respective from lower income backschool’s goals,” he said. “This is grounds, so it is dif ficult to the point where we begin to build afford an education, especially power and make our names when paying non-citizen tuition known in the state. It starts today.” fees,” he said.
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Kristyn of DACAV, a musical group, performs on the College Avenue campus while Rock the Vote is on tour to gain student voter registration. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO
Rock the Vote rolls through campus BY MATTHEW BOYER CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Rock the Vote parked its red, white and blue tour bus on the College Avenue campus Friday in the hopes of getting young people registered to vote in this year’s presidential election. Rock the Vote is a non-par tisan, donor-funded organization with a mission to get 1.5 million young people to exercise their voting rights before the election this fall, said Michelle Clark, manager of the Rock the Vote Bus Tour. The Rock the Vote initiative also uses blogging and other forms of social media to feature student experiences from their events, Clark said. To attract students, Rock the Vote hosted booths for Honest Tea and Music Choice,
LAWSUIT Romsted says check was stopped after BAKA changed charity CONTINUED FROM FRONT The event raised $3,345 for the “U.S. Boat to Gaza” effort, she said. Members of the Jewish group Rutgers Hillel had opposed the cause and said they did not want the University to be used as a fundraising venue for organizations that violate international law or conduct illegal actions against Israel, according to nj.com. Some students felt the flotilla was more of a political statement, rather than actual help for the people in Gaza, said former Hillel Board Israel chair Pam Slifer in November 2010 to The Daily Targum. But trouble arose when it came time for the University to send out the check. The University released a statement saying the fundraiser had been approved, but because the “U.S. Boat to Gaza” lacked the proper taxexempt status to qualify as a charity, BAKA would need to choose a new recipient, said Hoda Mitwally, a University alumna who ser ved as the public relations of ficer for BAKA in 2010, to the Associated Press. Mitwally told The AP that BAKA was maligned by organizations that put out press releas-
along with music by DACAV, Kinetic & One Love and The Indecents. In Rock the Vote’s famous patriotic RV, there is a confession booth where concerned student voters can talk in a private environment and access their videos later, Clark said. Jennifer Ilcyn, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior, said Rock the Vote motivates students to go to the polls on Election Day. “Seeing this, it was almost a pressure to sign up to pledge to vote because of the candidates,” she said. Allyson Souza, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, said she knew about Rock the Vote’s ef for ts through commercials on MTV and thinks using a tour bus to get students to vote is ef fective.
“I think it’s a good idea. I mean, I don’t think it would have drawn me in if I wasn’t planning on registering though,” she said. Katie Fuentes, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore, said she wants to vote this year because of the issues that are concerning the countr y. “I just think that a lot of people would die to have the oppor tunity to vote, so I feel like I’m kind of lazy if I don’t use that oppor tunity that I have to go out and vote,” she said. Rock the Vote also allowed students to change their voter registration. “I’m registered to vote in New York. I have to switch it over to New Jersey. I just changed my residency over,” said Joshua Stamas, a RutgersNewark graduate student.
es insinuating the group was linked to terrorism and attempted to misuse school funds. “On a viewpoint and contentneutral basis as required by applicable federal law, the University is seeking to ensure that any beneficiary of the event proceeds is legally recognized as a bona fide tax exempt entity under U.S. law, and that all proceeds will be used for lawful purposes,” read a 2010 statement from former Vice President for Student Affairs Gregor y S. Blimling. But BAKA announced in June 2011 that the fundraised money was going to the WESPAC Foundation, a 501-c charity, Romsted said. “The University sent out a check, but then placed a stop on it,” he said. Romsted said he knows the University is redirecting the money because they stopped the check even after BAKA members said it would go to WESPAC, a West Chester County organization that does peace and justice work. “We believe the school is violating the free speech rights of the student group, and if they can do it here, they may do it again,” he said. In a statement Saba sent on Sept. 11, she lists the University President Robert L. Barchi, former University President Richard L. McCormick, the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees as defendants in a pending class-action lawsuit. John Leschak, Esq., is representing Romsted and Saba as the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. BAKA is
not involved in the lawsuit. “As our complaint alleges, we believe Rutgers violated the free speech right of the plaintiffs and attendees of the fundraiser,” Leschak said. “We believe the evidence will show that the decision making process is not content neutral.” The plaintiffs are seeking a class-action lawsuit, meaning any of the attendees can become a member of the class. “We are seeking judgment to declare that what Rutgers did was unconstitutional,” Leschak said. “We want to give the money to the beneficiaries, and we are also seeking damages to compensate for violation of their civil liberties.” Romsted said Saba and himself are sometimes asked why they are doing this. He said they are standing up to the University for individual rights. “We are doing it because we don’t believe the University should be violating the free speech rights of the students,” he said. “They are doing that by holding onto the money and redirecting where it goes.” Romsted said he wants the University to give the money to the people it was intended for. “We just want the school to say ‘OK, we will give them the money,’” he said. University spokesman E.J. Miranda said it is the University’s practice not to comment on pending litigation. “As an institution of higher education, Rutgers is committed to academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas in an atmosphere of mutual respect,” he said.
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STUDENT Police encourage witnesses to come forward to help build case CONTINUED FROM FRONT aler t them if she ever saw him again. “I didn’t ever want to see this guy again, so I star ted taking the train at that time,” she said. The student changed her route accordingly, assuming the suspect was a repeat of fender. But when she took the bus last week for the first time since 2011, she thought she saw the same man again. “I sat in the closest seat to the driver, which was four seats back, and he sat right across from me,” she said. “He was r ubbing himself the whole ride. And so at that point, even though it was kind of just in my peripheral vision, I felt pretty sure it was the same guy.” The student pulled out her
iPod to take a shor t video of the of fender, which she viewed after she got home that night. “In the end of the video, he tur ns and looks at me and just has this gross, sinister face,” she said. “So then I was like, ‘Okay, this is definitely the guy.’” After she informed police of the sighting, they immediately ar ranged to ride with her undercover Tuesday in the hopes of catching Medrano in the act. “They busted him. He was fully exposed, they shined their light on him and had a squad car pull over the bus and took him of f,” she said. Medrano was charged with stalking, harassment and lewdness, with his bail set at $20,000, according to state police. Medrano was previously ar rested in 2007 for a similar incident, according to
state police. But Medrano is already out on bail, and the student said she worries there is no way to stop him. “As of right now, I don’t feel ver y confident that he’s not going to do it again because it is a repeated behavior,” she said. Many of those who are involved in or witness cases like this do not report them, said Ruth Anne Koenick, director of the University’s Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. “They tend not to repor t things until they feel frightened or threatened,” she said. But Koenick said these people could be helpful if they report any information or evidence to her at the center or the police. This is especially true if the harassment occurs indirectly over the Internet, she said. “If they’re getting emailed, texted, tweeted [at], the victim [should] save these things,” she said. “The initial inclination … is to delete it. But it makes it harder to retrieve for a legal or judicial case. I encourage them not to delete those things.” The OVPVA is a resource
for students who find themselves in these situations on campus, Koenick said. “We can really help and be an advocate for them should they decide to repor t [an incident,]” she said. The student that repor ted the suspect to police said because commuting is par t of her daily routine, the possibility of seeing him again is something that she worries about often. “I’m probably going to star t taking the train,” she said. The student said she encourages anyone to come for ward who saw anything at all related to the case. “If more people come forward, then they are able to pile on the charges,” she said. State police ask those who may have witnessed Medrano’s lewd activity to repor t it to detectives at (609) 860-9000. “Charges are merely accusations and the suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty,” said Sgt. Adam Grossman of the Of fice of Public Information, in a statement.
FOOD Van uses steam to cook all food instead of oil, Tezc says CONTINUED FROM FRONT $5,000 to provide 10,000 meals to the homeless, but she said more work needs to be done. “The challenge is enormous and the need is great, so there’s really never been a greater time for a project like this to be on the road,” she said. Kubian said the SouperVan is a test model for the self-sustainability of charitable organizations. “You can’t really end hunger, because every day you wake up, and if you’re alive, you’re going to be hungr y,” he said. “We need to create perpetual solutions to perpetual problems. We’re trying to create an example for a solution.” He said the cause depends on the United States taking on a leadership role in fighting against world hunger. “New Jersey is the second wealthiest state in the most power ful empire on the planet,” he said. “If we can’t figure out hunger here, what chance does anybody else on ear th have?” Retzko said the SouperVan is committed to fixing the hunger problem through healthy means — starting with the food, which is prepared with steam instead of oil. Suppor ting for local businesses is another benefit from this social enterprise, Kubian said. All ingredients are locally sourced, and the SouperVan donates excess materials to Cook campus farms. “If we bought it somewhere else, we give the money to some distributor — and where does the money go?” he said. “But when we give it to the farm, we know where it goes. It is being cycled around the community and helps foster business here. It’s about knowing where the money goes.” The menu at the SouperVan is meant to address an obesity problem that Kubian said should be focused on more. “You think a fast-food burger chain cares about diabetes?” he said. “Six-thousand people die from heart disease a year, and what we’re worried about are terrorists. People aren’t paying attention to what the real dangers are.” He said the employees at the SouperVan have been given a working opportunity that saves them from the risk of falling into poverty. “They might not have graduated high school, they might have had a criminal record or come from a low-income community, but if you could give them a culinar y background, they could provide for themselves,” Kubian said. “Now they have a livable wage.” Rodriguez said he hopes the SouperVan will show citizens the power they have to influence the world around them, a goal that is a par t of the SouperVan’s core mission. “The positive aspect is being able to really help people empower themselves and show them that there’s a different way to work with one another,” Rodriguez said.
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NJ senator speaks at U. for National Hispanic Heritage Month BY ZACH BREGMAN STAFF WRITER
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez spoke Saturday at the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey conference about what he thinks are some pressing issues the Hispanic community is facing today. LLANJ hosted “Commanding Our Present to Build Our Future,” at the Rutgers Labor Education Center to inform the community about the nonpartisan organization’s activities and to discuss issues like immigration, health and education, said Luis Vargas, one of two LLANJ vice presidents. Menendez, who spoke to a crowd of about 100 people, said the program came at an important time for the Latino community. “I think that as we celebrate this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month we need to celebrate what the Latino Leadership Alliance has done collectively — what we have done collectively as a community — each of us working together to help every Latino,” he said. Menendez said he is tired of turning on the television and hearing certain pundits imply the
Hispanic community is a recent addition of the United States, as there is a large history of Latinos living in the country. “The history starts over 500 years ago when the oldest city in America, St. Augustine’s, Florida was founded by someone named Pedro Menendez de Aviles,” Menendez said. He touched upon certain issues in the senate that could have repercussions within the Latin Community. Among the bills Menendez is trying to pass in the senate is the Opportunity Scholarship Act, he said. The bill would fund scholarships for low-income students and allow them to attend out-of-district public schools, or non-public schools anywhere in the state, that choose to participate in the program, according to nje3.org. Vargas said the LLANJ stood behind Menendez in support of the legislation. Menendez also spoke about the DREAM act, a piece of legislation currently being considered in the U.S. Senate that would grant permanent residency to undocumented residents who arrived in the country at a young age and graduated from high school in this country.
Menendez praised President Obama for providing administrative relief to undocumented residents who have good moral character and lived in the country continuously for at least five years, he said. “[The DREAM act] would take our young people out of the dark and into the light and be able to
“... We need to celebrate what ... we have done collectively as a community.” ROBERT MENENDEZ New Jersey Senator
start them on a path toward realizing their dreams,” he said. Menendez discussed health care for Latinos and said he supported initiatives such as thePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act for providing New Jersey residents with effective and affordable healthcare. Menendez also supports Obama’s “Race to the Top” fund,
which is a government-funded contest aimed at improving education on the state and local district level. “[Race to the Top] uses the power of the federal government to challenge and incentivize school districts to reform and to make sure that there is greater student achievement,” he said. Several other speakers also discussed the role of the Latino community in New Jersey as well as issues concerning education and healthcare. Gilberto Acette Jr., a Camden resident who attended the event, said he came to learn about how the senator and the organization could help parents with the education of their kids. “Camden schools are like prisons … I have a 15 year old that I send to school ever y day, and ever y day I’m hoping that he comes back in one piece,” Acette said. Acette said his son is confined to the same classroom all day and he feels his child is not learning enough. The problem, he said, comes from a combination of under-qualified teachers and an unsafe learning environment.
“I don’t know what else to do. They want to get rid of him at Woodrow Wilson [high school] and send him to a school that’s even worse than Woodrow Wilson,” he said. An answer to some education problems could be found in Menendez’s OSA legislation, Acette said. “There’s a scholarship that he’s tr ying to pass that gives us, the parents, the opportunity to choose a school that we feel is perfectly fit for our children” he said. Edna Arguello-Hitchner, an event attendee, said she found out about the convention on the Internet and because it is Hispanic Heritage Month, she thought it was important to come out for an organization that supports and nurtures Latino leadership. Two themes during the conference that struck a chord with her were health and education, she said. “I definitely support Bob Menendez’s efforts to create a level playing field for all Americans, particularly the children of immigrants who were born in this country and would like equal access to education and health,” she said.
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Third Afghan inside attack kills four US troops THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan police killed four American soldiers coming to their aid after a checkpoint attack yesterday, the third “insider” assault by government forces or insurgents disguised in military uniforms in as many days. The escalating violence — including a NATO airstrike that killed eight Afghan women and girls gathering firewood in a remote part of the country — strained the military partnership between Kabul and NATO as the U.S. begins to withdraw thousands of troops sent three years ago to route the Taliban from southern strongholds. So far this year, 51 international ser vice members have died at the hands of Afghan soldiers or policemen or insurgents wearing their uniforms. At least 12 such attacks came in August alone, leaving 15 dead. The surge in insider attacks is a sign of how security has deteriorated as NATO prepares its military exit from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The U.S. is days away from completing the first stage of its own drawdown, withdrawing 33,000 troops that were part of a military surge three years ago. The U.S. will remain with about 68,000 troops at the end of September. NATO and U.S. forces are working with the Afghan government to tighten vetting procedures and increase security
between the forces, but nothing has so far been able to stem the attacks on troops, which NATO frequently asserts are standing “shoulder by shoulder.” The airstrike that killed the eight women and girls, meanwhile, drew an apology from the U.S.-led coalition, condemnation from Afghan President Hamid Karzai and cries of “Death to America!” from villagers who retrieved the bodies. The insider attacks began Friday night, when 15 insurgents disguised in U.S. army uniforms killed two Marines, wounded nine other people and destroyed six Harrier fighter jets at a major U.S. base in the south, militar y officials said. On Saturday, a gunman in the uniform of a government-backed militia force shot dead two British soldiers in Helmand district in the southwest. An Afghan police officer turned his gun on NATO troops yesterday at a remote checkpoint in the southern province of Zabul, killing four American ser vice members, according to Afghan and international officials. “It was my understanding that it was a checkpoint,” said Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for international military in Afghanistan. One police officer was killed in the clash with NATO troops, he said. Other officers at the site fled; it was unclear if they were involved in the attack or not.
Two international troops were wounded and were receiving treatment, Graybeal said. He did not say how serious the injuries were. Afghan officials said the checkpoint in Zabul’s Mizan district came under attack first from insurgents sometime around midnight. American forces came to help the Afghan police respond to the attack, said Ghulam Gilani, the deputy police chief of the province. International forces often work with Afghan police to man checkpoints as part of the effort to train and mentor the Afghan forces so that they can eventually operate on their own. It was not clear if some of the Afghan police turned on the Americans in the middle of the battle, or were somehow forced into attacking the American troops by the insurgents, Gilani said. “The checkpoint was attacked last night. Then the police started fighting with the Americans. Whether they attacked the Americans willingly we don’t know,” Gilani said. He said all four of the dead were American, as did a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity because the information had not been officially released. The latest deaths make at least 247 American troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year. Nearly 2,000 American troops
have been killed in the conflict since the 2001 invasion. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the police who attacked were not affiliated with the Taliban insurgency. “But they are Afghans and they know that Americans are our enemy,” Ahmadi told The Associated Press. He said in email correspondence that the police who fled have joined up with the insurgency. The coalition said in a statement that they were investigating what happened. In the airstrike in Laghman province, Afghan officials said NATO planes killed eight women and girls who had gone out before dawn to gather firewood. The International Security Assistance Force, as the U.S.-led coalition is known, acknowledged that civilians had been killed and expressed its regret over the airstrike. It insisted known insurgents had been the target. “ISAF takes full responsibility for this tragedy,” a statement said. Villagers from a remote part of Laghman’s Alingar district drove the bodies, covered in white blankets, to the provincial capital, Mehterlam. “They were shouting ‘Death to America!’ They were condemning the attack,” said Laghman provincial government spokesman Sarhadi Zewak. Seven injured females were also brought to area hospitals for
treatment, some of them as young as 10 years old, said provincial health director Latif Qayumi. NATO forces spokesman, Capt. Dan Einert, said that the strike killed as many as 45 insurgents, but may have also killed five to eight Afghan civilians. “Protecting Afghan lives is the cornerstone of our mission and it saddens us when we learn that our action might have unintentionally harmed civilians,” Graybeal said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai “strongly condemns the airstrike by NATO forces which resulted in the deaths of eight women,” a statement from his of fice said. It said the Afghan gover nment was also investigating. The attacks come amid an international uproar about an Internet video mocking the Prophet Muhammad that many fear could fur ther aggravate Afghan-U.S. relations. The video has sparked protests throughout the Muslim world and the Afghan government blocked the YouTube site that hosts the video and its parent company, Google Inc., over the weekend in a move to prevent violent protests. The Taliban claimed that Friday’s assault on Camp Bastion was revenge for the video insulting Prophet Muhammad, but protests in Afghanistan have so far remained peaceful.
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ark Killingswor th, a professor in the The default solution, recommended by Rutgers economics department, praised Killingsworth and now Barchi, is then to cut. But it’s University President Robert L. Barchi in equally important to remember precisely what value Friday’s issue of The Daily Targum for his recent the University’s athletic endeavors do bring to the proposal to cut school subsidies to the University’s table, specifically when it comes to its football program. intercollegiate athletics program. Killingswor th As students, it’s almost impossible to deny that one of called the proposal “long overdue” and outlined the components of the school that makes receiving an steps to systematically and pragmatically reign in education here on the Banks so attractive is its robust the inordinate program and balance a historically and distinguished football team. The presence of a unbalanced budget. Division 1 football team on campus, the opportunity to Killingsworth brings up several valid points that attend weekend games at a state-of-the-art stadium, certainly beg the attention of University and athletic and the recognition associated with it, all helps to boladministrators alike. Yet cuts in subsidies to the athster University spirit and provide opportunities for stuletic program alone are only useful insofar as they dent bonding. Without it, the attraction of a University cut fat from the right places — education is inevitably lost. indeed, outright cuts, when made It would therefore be wise for in the wrong places, can not only University administrators like “It’s equally important prove detrimental to sports proBarchi to approach such cuts with a to remember precisely little discretion — and greater grams across campus, but to the whole of the University itself. The transparency on the part of the athwhat value most serious issue, in our opinion, letic department would go a long is found in the third step outlined way in helping them do so. The the University’s by Killingsworth: the University’s debate between athletics and acaathletic endeavors do athletic program needs to open demics is one of the most polarizing their books. issues in the University’s history, bring to the table. ” Aside from being heralded as and one of the reasons for this can home to one of America’s oldest be attributed to the very fact that and most storied football teams, the we’re often hard-pressed to find University’s athletics program also shares a reputaconcrete, verifiable statistics regarding the program’s tion as being one the most consumptive and fiscally finances and budgetary matters. While information corpulent. Multi-million dollar investments paired relating to the program’s operating losses, subsidies with chronic deficits have painted the program as not and deficits are easily obtainable, information relating only wasteful, but virtually unsustainable. And at a to exactly where and how the program’s funds are time when the University has had to slash funding to being spent is not. As Killingsworth noted in his colseveral of its departments in the face of waning state umn, “the University needs a comprehensive, open support, such allocations often seem to come at the and honest discussion of the athletic program’s budgexpense of other areas, most notably academics. So et, priorities and future plans.” it’s understandable when faculty members like Considering this, Barchi and University adminisKillingsworth who, seeing their own departments suftrators should first and foremost work to bring about fer because of an athletic program that cannot keep greater transparency regarding the athletic departitself in check, judges the University priorities as ment and its finances. rightly inequitable.
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The real cost of free speech PHILOSOPHIES OF A PARTICULAR AMERICAN ED REEP
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nsurance giant American International Group Inc., which was bailed out four years ago during the 2008 financial crisis, broke a record last week selling $20.7 billion in stock. The U.S. Treasur y reported a profit from the sale, while at the same time dropping from holding a 53 percent stake in the stock to holding just 15.9 percent. Detractors of the 2008 bailout may take a moment longer to consider — despite other misgivings, at least the treasur y profited from its inter vention. And the news puts me at ease. The bailout of AIG and the Occupy Wall Street protests that followed once put me in a personally strange place. I’m still there, but it’s less awkward now. I lean left toward many matters and once insincerely spoke for the glories of communism. My family falls under the rather large economic categor y of the American “middle class.” The bailout of AIG happened after my mother started working for them. The pay was more than that at her previous job, and she had to support three dependents. I know that there was huge backlash against the bailout, but I think I benefited from it. I would be a fool to bite the hand that feeds me, despite popular opinion. The Occupy movement last year protested large financial firms such as AIG. Claiming they were the “99 percent” (but who has really bothered to r un the numbers?) and claiming to be protesting against the top 1 percent (which to my memor y was not clearly defined), they were repor ted to be protesting against a messed up balance of power in America. Yet, because of my family’s connection, I feared that they would take out their anger toward the workers of AIG and other financial firms who were themselves par t of the 99 percent. I feared that the lines between the corporations, its workers and its of ficers would
become blurred. Rationally, I realize that the Occupy movement was harmless and repor ts of violence were unduly weighted toward police. But one must be more cautious of that close to home. The Occupy movement provided unease in another way for me. It was primarily a student movement, and some noticeably politically active students in my residence hall went to protest. Just judging from how the line was drawn, the Occupy Movement was something I would benefit from: the obscenely rich versus ever yone else. But if I were to go out to the streets of Manhattan, I would be protesting in front of the building where my mother worked. How could I do that? I did not find an answer, so I concluded that I couldn’t — and I didn’t. And explaining things to my mother was absolutely out of the question. Instead I went a dif ferent route. I turned into a sor t of Steven Colber t, but more troll-like. My rhetoric distills to this: “The Occupy movement was just protesting the natural order of things. For years wealth has been divided unevenly and unfairly. It’s nobles and peasants, guys. How were feudalism, the industrial revolution and colonialism any different than what’s happening now? Let’s just be complacent. And while you just be complacent, I’ll tr y to become one of the 1 percent.” That rhetoric still remains in a half-ironic, half-sincere way. And it’s probably a poisonous influence to my ideas. But at least the treasur y turned up a profit from AIG sales. Something good came from an ambiguous time — although, I don’t expect this brief respite of clarity to last for too long. Shaodi Huang is a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. He is a design desk assistant at The Daily Targum.
’m pretty sure that my attitude toward censorship is different than the attitude of most Americans. In certain ways, I think our society is too free in terms of speech, and in other ways, I think we are not free enough. On one hand, I think our society is too harsh in the way it treats fictional portrayals of sex, violence, profanity and nudity. It’s crazy to me that anti-obscenity laws are still on the books and the FCC still regulates the content that can be on primetime television. The censorship of sex, profanity and nudity that occurs today is nothing but a kowtow to prudes, whose alarmism about protecting children from smut has already been debunked. Societies that espouse exceeding liberalism in regards to the decimation of smut, such as France, have not collapsed the last I heard. And the censorship of fictional violence in our society is equally ridiculous, stemming from a belief that people have trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality — that somehow the average sane person thinks about the murder of imaginar y figments the same way they think about the murder of flesh and blood human beings. A moral nonviolent person will not be convinced by any kind of violent media to do something violent and against their morality in real life, even if they endorse or enjoy violence and immorality in imaginar y contexts. The censorship that disturbs me most is the censorship of fiction, art and other such forms of speech that don’t necessarily express specific ideas. This speech is not only harmless, but it can also be immensely enter taining, and depriving people of entertainment causes real suffering. On the other hand, I think our society incorrectly places political speech — really any speech that expresses specific ideas — on an undeser ved pedestal. The United States af fords far too much protection to political speech. Sure, we don’t want a society where there cannot be debates and
civil discourse. Disagreeing about impor tant issues is necessar y to a functioning of democracy, but what good possibly comes from allowing groups to operate openly if they condone and promote abhor rent things like Jim Crow racism, genocide or terrorism? What good possibly comes from what we do now, which is allowing the neoNazis or Ku Klux Klan to make speeches and hold public demonstrations?
“But if right-wing extremists say we should put all the Jews in camps, stifling their free speech would be a no-brainer.” They just offend ever yone, rile them up and perpetuate awful racist ideas that people have sacrificed their lives to stifle. If these groups ever did seriously tr y to implement their ideas, if they ever did get the governmental power they seek, many right-minded Americans would be willing to die or even engage in lethal violence to stop them. I firmly hold there is a dif ference between legitimate unpopular political positions and political positions so dangerous and contrar y to humane society that they no longer deser ve society’s protection. For example, it would be one thing for a group to say that homosexuality is wrong or that sodomy should be illegal or even that homosexuals will consciously suf fer forever in the afterlife (all misguided claims), but going too far would be for a group to say that those attracted to people of the same gender should be treated as subhuman or lobotomized or segregated from ever yone else. I don’t think anyone should go to jail for their beliefs, but the government should be allowed to block people who hold truly abhorrent views from expressing them in public. And yes, we should
probably err on the side of allowing more people to express their views than not express their views, but if right-wing extremists say we should put all the Jews in camps, stifling their free speech would be a no-brainer. Think about this, too. If we really start moving in the direction of political censorship I describe, we’ll be no different than a lot of other countries in the Western world, which don’t make as big deal about free political speech as we do. Germany, for example, has laws against Nazi symbols and Neo-Nazi parties, and Britain has stopped Islamic demonstrations deemed sympathetic to terrorism. Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Nor way and Canada all prohibit hate speech, and France banned the wearing of religious head garments in public, though I personally think that is a bad idea. Political free speech is an oddity of the United States among industrialized nations. The idea that American-style free speech is somehow more noble or more enlightened or better for society is true only in our imagination. Our nor thern neighbor has not collapsed because it bans hate speech. They have not become totalitarian. They have merely stuck it to the racists, which is something we should do, too. You may bring up that pesky little thing called the First Amendment, which supposedly guarantees political freedom of speech. You may ask: “But Ed, how can we possibly do what you ask with the First Amendment being the law of the land and unlikely to change anytime soon?” To ask that question is to not understand how our government works. The Supreme Cour t, when interpreting the Constitution to determine whether laws can stand, is allowed to come to any conclusion it wants, regardless of what’s written in the Constitution. All we would need is 5 of 9 judges on the Supreme Court who share my views on political free speech and subscribe to the idea of a “living Constitution.” Ed Reep is a Rutgers Business School senior majoring in supply chain and marketing science with minors in business and technical writing and economics. His column runs on alternate Mondays.
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SPORTS PAGE 15
Pair of rookies help seal second victory at Penn Invitational
HEAD START The Rutgers women’s cross countr y team captured first place Saturday at the Monmouth Invitational. The Scarlet Knights had four top-10 finishers in the event, led by sophomore Ashley Deckert’s second-place finish. Her finishing time of 18:31.7 was good for second best in the 57-runner field. Junior Jennifer Spitzer finished in sixth place with a time of 18:54.6, and freshman Allison Payenski’s time of 19:19.8 was good for eighth. Sophomore Briana Deming represented the four th Knight in the top-10 with a ninthplace finish. Freshman Felicia O’Donnell was the Rutgers’ fifth finisher, just missing the top 10 with an 11th-place time of 19:32.7. The Knights’ next event is Oct. 5 when they compete in the Metropolitan Championships in the Bronx.
SEC SUPERPOWERS Alabama and LSU are once again No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the Associated Press poll after both moved to 3-0 over the weekend. Alabama received 58 of the 60 available first-place votes while LSU earned the other two. This is the third week in a row Alabama is atop the poll. Oregon moved up one spot to third while Florida St. and Georgia placed four th and fifth, respectively. Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Stanford and Clemson rounded out the top 10 while USC dropped from second to 13th after its loss to Stanford. Just one Big East team was represented in the poll, as Louisville dropped one spot to 20th in the rankings after its win against North Carolina. Rutgers received 19 votes in the poll after its 23-13 victory Thursday against South Florida.
PLAYERS PAY The NHL locked out its players yesterday as its collective bargaining agreement expired. The lockout began at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, of ficially locking out the players from team facilities. The lockout is the third in league history and the first since 2004, when the entire season was cancelled as a result. The NHL Players’ Association attempted to restart negotiations, but talks fell through, leaving no timetable for when the two sides will come to an agreement.
REF REPLACEMENT The NFL removed a replacement of ficial yesterday from working the SaintsPanthers game. The league removed side judge Brian Stropolo after discovering on his Facebook page that he is a Saints fan, replacing him with Tim Keese. Stropolo’s page had pictures of him tailgating in Saints apparel, and his page has since been taken down. “We took the safe and appropriate measures,” said NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson to the NFL Network.
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Freshman outside hitter Alex Lassa registered 17 kills to lead the Knights this weekend against George Mason. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER, SEPTEMBER 2012
The weekend wrapped up outof-conference play for Rutgers. The Knights look to carry their play into matches against their Big East opponents. “It’s way more competitive in the Big East,” she added. “Every ball matters, and we need to play our best game.” George Mason gave Rutgers the most trouble in the second match of the tournament. The Patriots rallied with Rutgers in five sets, but the Knights came out on top after winning the first, fourth and fifth sets with scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 15-13, respectively. “We were in a little bit of a fog,” Werneke said about the team’s struggles in the match. “We weren’t clicking on all cylinders against George Mason. But when it mattered, we executed at a high level. We finished on a really high note.”
Freshman outside hitter Alex Lassa and freshman middle back Rachel Andreassian were catalysts against George Mason (2-11). Lassa had a team-best 17 kills and tied her career high with 13 digs for the four th time this year. Andreassian chipped in with a career-high seven kills. Senior setter Stephanie Zielinski handed out 55 assists, her fifth match of more than 50 this season. “We finished ever y game strong,” Schmid said of the team’s effort. “Even if we were behind, we would come back from long runs and finished games well.” The Knights took care of business in the opening match of the event. Rutgers swept Radford in straight sets with scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-23. Even though it was close, the team found a way to grind out a victory against the Highlanders (7-7). “I think one of the things we did against them was beat them at their own game,” Werneke said. “They played great defense and we played greater defense. Also, we were able to hit at a high efficiency.”
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FASHION Eze ends five-game scoreless skid to sink game-winning goal CONTINUED FROM BACK The William Paterson transfer’s goal last season kick-started Eze’s six-goal output, which tied for the team lead. Eze was scoreless entering the game, and the pressure mounted. “It’s been five games I’ve been waiting for that first goal,” Eze said. “Coaches were telling me they saw it out of me, they were just waiting for that one goal to come. Luckily for me, it came.” The Sayreville, N.J., native’s offensive presence was even more important because of sophomore forward J.P. Correa’s absence with an undisclosed injury. “Obviously he has an injury that we have to stay on day-to-day and determine what’s going to happen to him,” said head coach Dan Donigan of Correa. “Whether he’s going to return or not, we don’t know, to be honest.” But Rutgers (3-2) spent most of its time on the defensive side of the field, where Charleston recorded a 15-11 shot advantage,
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 the third straight game in which the Knights trailed in attempts. Rutgers got only two shots off in the second half before Eze’s goal. Donigan said Rutgers was lucky to pull out the win. “[Charleston is] a good, mature soccer team,” Donigan said. “They kept us chasing and defending, and we never really figured things out, to be honest, for 80 minutes or so.” Charleston (3-3) came close to getting a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute, when Cougars midfielder Tony Kattreh headed the ball and senior goalie Kevin McMullen was on the other side of the net. Luckily for Rutgers, senior defender Dragan Naumoski was there to head the ball away for a save. “When he saves it like that, there’s nothing more that I could ask for,” McMullen said. “I do my part, they do their part. I can’t thank them enough for being there to support me.” Charleston held possession for most of the game, which added pressure to Rutgers’ defense. The Knights had trouble even getting the ball past the midfield early, when Charleston got three consecutive shots off in the first 11 minutes before Eze got the first one for Rutgers in the 15th minute.
Senior goalie Kevin McMullen sets up to punt against the College of Charleston. The Cougars recorded 15 shots on McMullen and Rutgers’ defense. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 17 MEN’S GOLF ROOKIE GIVES RU BEST FINISH OF SEASON
Freshman Jonathan Chang, left, finished in third place this weekend at the Rutgers Invitational, where he shot a 212 to lead the Knights to No. 2 overall finish on their home course. Junior Doug Walters, meanwhile, recorded a score of 217. JOEY GREGORY, ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Rutgers takes second place at home Invitational BY GREGORY JOHNSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers men’s golf team returned to Piscataway this weekend for its first home event of the season and redeemed itself, taking second place in the 15-team Rutgers Invitational. The Scarlet Knights finished with a total scorecard of 877 (296289-292) for all three rounds Friday and Saturday, only three strokes behind the final score of tournament champion South Carolina Upstate. Despite coming off a disappointing 1-2 finish in STX Match Play in Towson the previous weekend, head coach Rob
Shutte does not think the Knights made too many significant adjustments or changes this time around. “The match play is a different format,” Shutte said. “We had some good play in the match play. The cards just didn’t go our way. It’s real hard to compare the [match play and stroke play]. So I don’t think necessarily there was that big of a difference in terms of preparation.” Freshman Jonathan Chang was a critical factor in Rutgers’ second-place finish, pacing the team by carding a 212 (73-68-71), one under par for the entire course and good for third place overall in an
83-player field. He was also the tournament’s top per former in par-three scoring, finishing with a minus-two. “I thought his performance was good,” Shutte said. “He hasn’t seen our home course as much as some of the other guys. And in a team-structured event, obviously every shot matters.” As Chang noted last week, he and his teammates need to set high standards for themselves going forward, and their performance is only the beginning of the success they plan to maintain. “From an individual standpoint, he obviously should be proud,” Shutte said. “But I know as athletes, you’re never really
BIG EAST LEAGUE REMAINS IN TALKS WITH ESPN
Aresco reinforces Big East’s stature BY TYLER BARTO SPORTS EDITOR
Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said Thursday that the conference continues to look into adding a 14th school for football only. The announcement, made prior to kickof f of the Rutgers football team’s game against South Florida, came on the heels of Notre Dame’s decision to leave the league for the Atlantic Coast Conference. “Our numbers are part of our strength,” said Aresco, hired Aug. 14 following the resignation of John Marinatto. “Beyond a certain point, it might not make sense, but we’re not there.” The conference adds five schools, including Boise State, next year, with Navy joining for football only in 2015. The additions stretch the league through the nation’s four time zones and
allows it the most exposure, Aresco said. “It’s up to me to articulate a vision for a national conference, because that’s what this is now,” he said. “As you know, geographical boundaries have melted away a little bit.” When Pittsburgh and Syracuse jettison for the ACC next year, only five original Big East members will remain. Of the five, only Connecticut participates in football. It joined Division-I classification in 2000. But Aresco spent the majority of his time preaching the depth of the league’s basketball schools, which he said remain the strongest group in the country. “You refute the critics by what you do and also by telling your stor y,” Aresco said. “I don’t know how any fair-minded person couldn’t argue that these are outstanding basketball
programs. Our basketball is going to remain great.” He pointed to the addition of Memphis and Temple in basketball in 2013 as a point of strength for one of the nation’s oldest hardwood conferences. Both programs made the NCAA Tournament last year. The league’s relationship with Madison Square Garden for the Big East Tournament remains its “crown jewel,” Aresco said. It is part of a plan to improve the Big East’s stake in a new TV deal. The league continues to undergo preliminary talks with ESPN, with which it has a 60-day negotiating period, Aresco said. Other networks have also shown interest, he said, although the conference is not looking for a specific amount of money in the deal. “What we want to do, though,” Aresco said, “is ensure financial stability for our schools.”
satisfied. You’re always going to look to find areas to improve and do better next time.” Junior Doug Walters also helped lead the way for Rutgers, carding a 217 (71-74-72). He also tied for a tournament-best minussix in par-five scoring, which included one eagle. He finished tied for fifth overall in the individual player field. Sophomore Jacob Stockl, senior John Fagan and junior Jonathan Renza rounded out the rest of the team’s scorecard, finishing with final stroke tallies of 220, 228 and 236, respectively. The Knights had to fight through an uphill climb
Saturday, as they stood in four th place entering the final round. They carded a 292 in the final 18 holes, three strokes better than any other school in the event, to propel the squad to second place for the Invitational. “While ever yone else was going backwards, we were going forwards,” Shutte said. “So as a team, that was something we can certainly take note of and build off of.” The Knights return to the practice green this week and aim to maintain their good fortunes Sept. 24 and 25 at the Hartford Hawks Invitational in Hartford, Conn.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 18 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK FLOOD TRUSTS JAMISON TO CARRY FULL LOAD
Huggins’ status remains questionable BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
With 151 yards on 41 carries Thursday against South Florida, sophomore running back Jawan Jamison proved he could handle the full workload at his position. He might have to do it again. Sophomore running back Savon Huggins was inactive against the Bulls because of an ankle injury, and Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood is not certain of his status for Saturday’s game at at Arkansas. “I’m optimistic, but I’m optimistic by nature,” Flood said Friday of Huggins’ chances of playing. “I think I’ll know a little bit more by [today].” Jamison became more vital in the Scarlet Knights’ backfield when Huggins got hurt Sept. 8 against Howard. Huggins had rushed for 70 yards this season, which put the St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) product on pace to surpass last year’s total of 146 rushing yards. Redshirt freshman running back Ben Martin took some pressure off Jamison with nine carries against the Bison, and sophomore fullback Michael Burton rushed the ball twice. But Jamison took ever y carry against USF, and Flood does not mind. “You’re never going to hear a guy like Jawan Jamison say, ‘Hey coach, don’t give it to me again,’” Flood said. “They always want the ball again. I don’t think that’ll change next week.”
J.T. Tartacoff mishandled his second snap of the season against USF, and it might be a while before he has a chance to redeem himself. Senior punter Justin Doerner took over holding duties against the Bulls and made no mistakes, and Flood said Doerner is the holder at the moment.
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison runs with South Florida safety Mark Joyce in his path. Jamison was the only tailback to record a carry against the Bulls with sophomore Savon Huggins injured. ALEX VAN DRIESEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER “As of right now, [Doerner] is [the holder],” Flood said. “I’ll have to check Tartacoff’s status going forward.” Tartacoff had a finger injury, which hindered his abilities to
gather the ball. Flood did not say if Doerner would be the holder going forward, but he will be until Tartacoff regains his healthy form. “[Doerner has] always been a viable candidate to do that job,”
Flood said. “So it’s no surprise to us. But we’ll have to evaluate J.T. as we get into the week.” Tar tacof f also mishandled a snap on an extra point against Howard, one of
Rutgers’ two failed point-aftertouchdown attempts. But Flood evaluates Tartacoff on more than only his two mistakes. “His body of work has been excellent, and that’s kind of how I evaluate the players,” Flood said. “I try not to make a onegame or one-kick judgment on those guys.”
Senior punter Justin Doerner may own more holding duties if junior holder J.T. Tartacoff is not completely healthy Saturday at Arkansas. Tartacoff fumbled a snap with an injured finger Thursday at South Florida. ALEX VAN DRIESEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
yards this season, the total it has lost on 31 penalties. The Knights committed 11 violations against USF, which raised their total to the largest in the Big East. Flood credits some of those mistakes to the Bulls playing off their strengths. “It’s a highly intense environment, and I think you have to give their defense some credit, as well,” Flood said. “Some of those penalties to the offensive line and our tight ends are attributed to the athleticism that you’re playing against. You play against great athletes, sometimes they get you in awkward positions.” Raymond James Stadium held 44,219 fans, and Rutgers expects another tough atmosphere against Arkansas, which had 74,617 in attendance in Saturday’s 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama. “I think when you go on the road, there’s going to be a hostile environment,” Flood said. “[Arkansas will] have a great atmosphere when we go down there, and we’re looking forward to it.”
SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 19 WOMEN’S SOCCER GEORGETOWN 1, RUTGERS 0
Senior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins records a save in front of a crowded net Friday in the Knights’ 2-1 overtime loss to Big East foe Villanova. Simpkins suffered an injury yesterday against Georgetown after diving for a save, forcing head coach Glenn Crooks to substitute in classmate Jessica Janosz. LAWRENCE CABREDO
Pair of losses changes Knights’ outlook BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT
The No. 16 Rutgers women’s soccer team’s ultimate goal was a 2-0 start in Big East play. But with the Scarlet Knights’ 1-0 loss to Georgetown yesterday, the focus now shifts to breaking their first losing streak of the season. “I’m very disappointed,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “Although Georgetown is good, I thought we were very organized on defense. I thought we defended them the way we wanted to, we just didn’t generate enough up top.”
The Knights (7-3, 0-2) managed only three shots in the game after producing 20 against Villanova on Friday, while Georgetown (9-1-1, 2-0) managed 15 attempts. The lone goal in the contest came after senior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins suffered an injury on a diving save, colliding heads with senior defender Shannon Woeller and forcing junior goalkeeper Jessica Janosz into the contest. It was the first game for Janosz since the Knights’ 4-1 loss to Texas A&M, and the Hoyas managed to go after her before she really found the field.
Not even a minute later, Georgetown for ward Sarah Adams found defender Christina O’Toussa for a score to put the Hoyas up for good. Though Simpkins has been consistent in net for Rutgers, Crooks said both keepers can get the job done. “I’m extremely confident in Jess as a goalkeeper,” Crooks said. “That goal had nothing to do with the goalkeeper move. We left an area open, and the girl finished the ball well. She did fine in there.” Rutgers’ best chance at scoring came in the 70th minute, when freshman forward Rachel
Cole broke away from the defense, but goalkeeper Emma Newins saved her shot. And with Crooks looking for more of a scoring punch in the first half of the Knights’ games, Rutgers did the complete opposite. The Knights did not get a shot off in the first period, barely getting the ball in scoring position for the forwards to convert. “They definitely had their game plan,” said junior forward Jonelle Filigno. “They defended pretty well back there, but we can always use more shots and be better at attacking.” Crooks also believes the Knights need to attack more.
Freshman forward Rachel Cole chases down a loose ball Friday against Villanova. Cole recorded the Knights’ best opportunity to score yesterday against Villanova, but she could not convert a breakaway. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO
“Certainly Georgetown deserves a lot of credit for how they played us,” Crooks said. “But we have the talent that can produce more than three shots on goal.” Although the Hoyas got off seven shots in the first half, each was barely a threat for Simpkins, who kept Georgetown in check in front of the net. The shot total did not mirror the effort in the Knights’ 2-1 overtime loss to Villanova, when Rutgers outshot the Wildcats, 20-7. The shot total did not matter, as Villanova converted two of those shots into goals, including a strike by freshman forward Renee Hart in overtime to win the game. Hart took a pass from senior forward Heidi Sabatura with two minutes left in the overtime period and chipped it over Simpkins to seal the win. Filigno tied the game at 1 on a penalty kick after she was tackled in the box. She proceeded to drill the penalty shot past Villanova’s Kelsey Quinn for the Knights’ only goal of the game and her eighth of the season. Villanova midfielder Stephanie Myers found the back of the net in the 18th minute to put the Wildcats on top, and besides the penalty shot by Filigno, the Knights could not answer. With South Florida and Marquette on deck for Rutgers this week, the focus turns to breaking a losing streak the Knights have not experienced since dropping two straight contests last season from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, when they lost to St. John’s and Syracuse in consecutive games. “Against Villanova we were all over the goal, and against Georgetown we couldn’t get close to the goal,” Crooks said, “so we have to prepare for our opponents and just focus on specific aspects of our game.”
REALITY CHECK The Rutgers women’s soccer team took two tough losses this weekend to open Big East play, falling to Villanova and Geogretown. / PAGE 19
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UNCERTAIN Sophomore running back Savon Huggins remains on the sideline because of an ankle injury suffered against Howard. He remains a question mark for Saturday’s game at Arkansas. / PAGE 18
MOVING UP The Rutgers men’s golf team took second at the Rutgers Invitational behind only USC Upstate. / PAGE 17
QUOTE OF THE DAY “While everyone else was going backwards, we were going forwards.” — Head coach Rob Shutte on the team’s play in the final round of the Rutgers Invitational
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
MEN’S SOCCER RUTGERS 1, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 0
Knights win Penn Invite with defense BY AARON FARRAR STAFF WRITER
Junior forward Kene Eze (9) sinks the game-winning goal in Rutgers’ 1-0 victory against College of Charlestown on Friday for his first goal of the season. Eze scored his first goal last year against the Cougars. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Forward lifts RU in familiar fashion BY JOSH BAKAN
It was only last week that the Rutgers volleyball team celebrated its championship berth at the Spartan Classic in Norfolk, Va. By Saturday evening, the Scarlet Knights were singing the same song as they became champions of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational. Rutgers extended its winning streak to a program-record 12 matches and clinched its third tournament title of the season, its first coming at the Rutgers Invitational. “I think we played very well,” said freshman Sarah Schmid, the tournament MVP. “We came out playing strong and we did what we had to do.” The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native claimed the honor after contributing a career- and match-best 20 kills against Penn and a total of 49 in the three contests. Rutgers closed out the weekend by clinching its third tournament championship after defeating host Penn in four sets with scores of 22-25, 28-26, 25-19 and 25-16. Rutgers (14-1) piled on a season-best 113 digs, surpassing its previous high set earlier in the day of 87, marching past the Quakers (4-5) to continue its winning ways. SEE
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Junior forward Kene Eze vividly remembers his first goal for the Rutgers men’s soccer team. Former midfielder Bryant Knibbs shot the ball across, and Eze rebounded it toward the inside of the goal area for the score. The score put the Scarlet Knights up, 2-1, on Sept. 4, 2011, against the College of Charleston, which the Knights faced again Friday. Eze ran inside the goal area again and the ball came to him at a similar angle to his first goal. But this time his first goal of the season came from a cross pass from freshman midfielder Dimitri Vassiliadis. That was the biggest difference, as Eze’s score in the 82nd minute was another gamewinner in the Knights’ 1-0 victory against the Cougars. “I was thinking [about last year’s goal] all game,” Eze said. “I was actually set up kind of the same way. I just made sure that I was in perfect position to score.” Senior defender Dragan Naumoski takes on a College of Charleston player Friday. Naumoski recorded a defensive save against the Cougars. CAROLINA CUARTAS COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES Virginia Tech Pittsburgh
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Middle blocker Sarah Schmid recorded 20 kills against Penn. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR
SARAH STUBY tallied 11 saves
in a losing effort against No. 5 Connecticut this weekend, setting a new career high for the Rutgers field hockey team. Her old high total was nine saves.
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