LATIN FUSION The Barron Arts Center celebrates Hispanic culture with a sixmonth long exhibition series. METRO, PAGE 5
BIG BUSES, BIG PROBLEMS Administrators of transportation at the University must tackle the problem of bus overcrowding and delays. OPINIONS, PAGE 10
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Officials try for ‘greener’ campus Departments dealing with recycling, lighting, transportation stay environmentally conscious BY BRIANNA PROVENZANO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The University is working harder than ever before to reduce its environmental footprint, according to officials in the departments of Environmental Services, Transportation and Facilities. Dianne Gravatt, director of Environmental Services and Grounds, said in order to reduce the University’s
negative environmental impact, administrators partnered with Waste Management of New Jersey, an organization responsible for managing trash and the recyclable collection. “Waste Management of New Jersey … [picks] up any solid waste that we have, and they pick up all of our recycling,” she said. Gravatt said the dining halls and student centers at the University are also
now participating in 100 percent “behindthe-counter” recycling, a process that entails reusing food that would otherwise be wasted. Members of Pinter Beef and Fork Farms, based in Hillsborough, pick up the waste from dining halls and convert it into feed for pigs and cattle, Gravatt said. In addition to plastic, paper and aluminum products, Gravatt said the University also recycles substances such as carpet, ceiling ties, lamps and rechargeable batteries. SEE
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The University weighs in lower in national rankings than Ivy League schools, despite its history. CONOR ALWELL, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
US News ranks U. 68th in country on ‘Best Colleges’ list BY SHAWN SMITH CONTRIBUTING WRITER
U.S. News and World Report released its rankings last week for the Best Colleges 2013, with the University’s New Brunswick campus coming in at No. 68 in the overall “National Universities” category. The top three schools ranked were Har vard University, Princeton University and Yale University. The report takes a number of factors into consideration when rating schools. Tuition for both in- and out-of-state, enrollment figures and accepted admission percentages all factor into the ranking. SEE
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More students riding the University buses is better for the environment than if everyone drove their cars to get to class, says Director of the Department of Transportation Services Jack Molenaar. ENRICO CABREDO, ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Debate Union cooks up arguments for competition BY NATALIE MIELES CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers University Debate Union, ranked the sixth best parliamentar y debate team in the countr y, is preparing for this week’s tournament at Columbia University, where members could take on cases about the Syrian rebellion or hostages in Mali. The team competes within the American Parliamentary Debate Association and goes head-to-head with top-ranked schools such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard, said Storey Clayton, the team’s coach. Aside from competing in tournaments, RUDU participates in public debates on campus on topics relevant to the student body, said Clayton, a senior program administrator at the University. With about 60 members, the team sends out about 10 to 15 students to compete ever y weekend during the school year.
Competitions are held in a two-by-two format, where topics can range from current events to historical events, he said. Clayton said he was a successful debate member in high school and at Brandeis University, where he graduated from in 2002. “My history teacher in high school told me I’d probably be good at it,” he said. Wanting to get involved in debating again, he started off as a volunteer at the University and soon after got a job at the school managing RUDU. Under Clayton’s coaching, the team ranked ninth in the country last year, and fifth in the nation for the 2010-2011 school year. RUDU was named the sixth best team in the 2012 North American Parliamentary Debate Championship, he said. Clayton prepares debaters by improving their speaking styles, teaching them how to think quickly and using arguments that can be applied to almost any topic. SEE
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CAMPUS CALENDAR Wednesday, Sept. 19 George Washington University Professor Dave Karpf talks about changes in the political interest group system through his new book “The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy.” The event takes place at 4 p.m. at the Wood Lawn Mansion at 191 Ryders Lane in New Brunswick. The lecture is sponsored by the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Tuesday, 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.
Monday, Sept. 24 The Rutgers University Debate Union debates whether the United States should call for a Constitutional Convention at 8 p.m. at Trayes Hall in the Douglass Campus Center.
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 RiveraVelazquez 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 Friday, Sept. 21 Jazz musician Chris Botti performs at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $35.
Saturday, 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.
Thursday, 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.
Friday, Sept. 28 British singer/songwriter David Gray performs at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Admission starts at $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit statetheatrenj.org.
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U. humanist group examines country’s politics BY MEGAN MORREALE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
“Nonbeliever Nation” author David Niose discussed how America’s political system should be more secular at Monday’s meeting of the University’s Humanist Chaplaincy at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Niose, president of the American Humanist Association, suggested that secular humanists, agnostics and atheists collaborate to become a political movement to stifle religious right-wing politicians’ voices. “What’s happened to America in recent years is not normal. The tentacles of the religious right reach everywhere,” Niose said. “Rick Perry held a prayer rally as part of his campaign. Thir ty years ago that would have been toxic to do.” The humanist movement is not one that attacks religion, but only wants to establish a community for non-believers and a presence in American politics, said Barr y Klassel, the founding humanist chaplain of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers University. “We don’t believe, we won’t leave. Get used to it,” Klassel told the group. “We want a place at the table.” During the meeting, Niose highlighted two dif ferent types of opposition — the traditional
opposition and the new opposition, the humanists. Niose said in the current election season, liberals have responded to the religious right by showing they too can be religious, which he said is futile. “If you’re going to have a battle over who is more religious, you’ll lose to the right,” Niose said. “These people wear it on their sleeves. They know what Jesus wants.” He used former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santor um as an example. Santor um wants to regulate bir th control, which is something Niose said should not be a dialogue in this centur y. The author also spoke about a trend of anti-intellectualism that exists among some conser vatives in the countr y. Concerns were raised about the evolution debate. Niose cited the example of a school in Massachusetts whose teachers were prohibited from using the word evolution. When America went to war with Iraq after the Sept. 11 attacks, Niose said uninformed people in the countr y thought Saddam Hussein was directly responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center. He said these people wrote to former President George W. Bush to go to war.
David Niose, author of the book “Nonbeliever Nation,” speaks about the humanist movement in the United States at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
“Public policy should not be crafted in this way,” Niose said. “This is not healthy.” Because the religious right has been so successful in policy movements, Niose said ever yone else should voice their opposition. “We’re not that religious,” Niose said. “We have to stop talking like that. For some reason, when you enter the realm of politics, all [of a] sudden we are a religious countr y.” The non-believers in the countr y makes up a larger population than any single group of believers — a reason to flex more muscle and become more
open in order to have a voice in politics, he said. “We are not successful until we are electing nonbelievers into government,” Niose said. Mar riage equality on the state level is one area where some success has been achieved over the religious right, he said. The humanist movement should learn from this success, Niose said. The group promoted some other groups on campus and identified with organizations outside of campus such as the University Secular Humanists, the Atheist Student Alliance and the New Jersey Humanist Network.
Lisa Ridge, a representative from the New Jersey Humanist Network, said she had similar concerns to those addressed in the meeting. “We have to [be] more for ward without making fun of other people’s beliefs,” she said. Some non-members in attendance were excited by the talk and the idea of the club. “I saw the sign for this meeting at orientation,” said Erin Burns, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “I thought that I would really like to go to something like this and that I would get a lot out of it.”
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LIST University ranked 25th among public schools in nation CONTINUED FROM FRONT According to the report, the University was selected as No. 25 in the “Top Public Schools” category during the 2011-2012 school year. Total enrollment was at 39,950, with a 61 percent fall acceptance rate and an average first-year return rate of 92 percent. In-state tuition costs were $13,073 while out-of-state tuition cost $26,393, according to the report. Other schools around the University’s ranking include the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University,
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Brigham Young University and Clemson University. “For high school students who can’t decide what their ideal college campus would look like, Rutgers University may be the solution. ... Each campus has a unique setting and identity, from the hip student feel of the College Avenue campus to the farmland and science buildings at Cook campus,” the report said. The University’s Graduate School of Education is listed among schools with the highest numbers of doctorate degrees each year among U.S. universities, according to the report. The University is also praised for being one of 63 research institutions selected to be in the Association of American Universities. Rutgers-Newark came in at No. 115 overall in the
esting, fun and rewarding activity he has participated in. “I have gained very valuable Team practices with skills, have become more confidebaters at College dent and am able to think logicalof New Jersey ly, [which are things] I will use for the rest of my life,” Bergman said. Henr y Phipps, public relaCONTINUED FROM FRONT tions chair for the team, said he enjoys being able to use logical “A lot of it is about thinking in framework to strategically win a way [where you ask yourself], arguments against opponents. ‘Why are things the way they are, Phipps, a School of Arts and and what’s the logic behind it?’” Sciences junior, said The he said. College of New Jersey’s debate Consistently placing high, team is the debate union’s sibClayton said the debate team ling team and brings honor and they often pracprestige for the “I have gained very tice together. University. Unlike other “In the last few valuable skills ... rival schools, the years, Rutgers has I will use for the RUDU does not finished well ahead require a tryout of Princeton and a rest of my life.” for membership. number of Ivy CHRIS BERGMAN Clayton said the League schools,” President of the debate team is welhe said. Rutgers University Debate Union come to everyone. The tourna“We give everyments are usually one a try,” he said. held for two days, Clayton attributes RUDU’s Fridays and Saturdays, with each openness to its many successes. round lasting for about 45 min“It’s hard to know what talents utes, Clayton said. people have before they try it,” Each team is made up of two he said. members and is appointed to Official practices are held two either the government, which times a week, but some members presents a case for something to meet separately to practice more be changed, or the opposition, often, Bergman said. which argues that the case Students can catch RUDU in should remain the same, he said. action on Sept. 24 at the Chris Bergman, president of Douglass Campus Center, where RUDU, said he is very proud of they will hold a debate in honor his team. of this week’s Constitution Day. The School of Arts and “I have very high hopes for Sciences senior said what he this year’s team,” Bergman said. loves about being on the debate “We have a lot of great talent.” team is that it is the most inter-
“National Universities” rankings, while the Camden campus came in at No. 20 for “Regional Universities (North),” according to the report.
“No one travels far for a mediocre school.” DANIELLE TOMPKINS Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Junior
E.J. Miranda, University spokesman, said the school prides itself on its students. “We are pleased that Rutgers continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s finest public research universities attracting the very best
CAMPUS Gravatt says students must pay attention when recycling CONTINUED FROM FRONT Gravatt said the materials are processed at a recycling plant, where they are sorted using magnets and optical scanners and are eventually sold on the open market to be made into new products. “Rutgers University receives residual cash back annually after [the] handling and processing of the recyclables by Waste Management. In 2011, we received over $42,000,” Gravatt said. Yet the process can run into problems, Gravatt said. If a container marked for recycling is filled with too much trash, it becomes contaminated. “Minor contamination is removed through the [recycling] process. … However, loads that are too contaminated are re-routed to waste [in] energy plants where they harvest out all recycling materials and use the remaining waste to generate electricity through combustion,” Gravatt said. She said students could play a large part in reducing the contamination in the recycling bins. “Students recycle when it is convenient most of the time. However, many disregard information printed on the containers, typically in housing and in student centers where we can get up to 26 percent contamination. Contaminated recyclables cost more money to process, so we lose the residuals,” she said. Gravatt said the University would continue to work on the recycling initiative to reduce pollution and waste. “Our overall goal is to be ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ by 2015. We [will] continue to educate the masses and hope that one day we will achieve this,” Gravatt said. She said the University tries to continually improve its record in terms of recycling waste. Eighty-three percent of everything last year at the University was recycled, while the remaining 17 percent went to a landfill, Gravatt said. “If every student could just recycle what they need to recycle, it would probably be at 90 [percent] without even blinking an eye,” she said.
students from New Jersey and around the world,” he said. But students had mixed opinions about the University’s ranking. Todd Wiener, a Rutgers Business School senior, said everyone in-state regards the University as just another state school. “When you hear the name Rutgers in-state, it seems like it has a bad connotation surrounding it,” he said. “I feel like the farther out west you go, the better it sounds.” But outside of the tri-state area, the University is seen in a completely different light. “I’m from Texas, and people there think Rutgers is a private school. They never assume it is a state school,” said Lauren Gengler, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “I think Rutgers is a good school, depending on what you go here for.”
Austin Moldow, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said he feels that compared to other higher-ranked schools, the University’s name on a degree could mean the difference between getting a job or going to another interview. “At least for me, jobs know the Rutgers brand and have less impressive views of what it is,” he said. “It affects job offers. We get Rutgers jobs, where as top school graduates get better job offers.” Danielle Tompkins, an Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy junior, said the University’s brand is seen in a more positive light outside New Jersey. “When people come here from out of state, they pay more,” she said. “I think they feel good about it. No one travels far for a mediocre school.”
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Joe Witkowski, director of University utilities operations, said the Department of Facilities and Capital Planning also conducted comprehensive lighting surveys of every space on all the campuses, including Newark and Camden, in an effort to counteract wasted electricity. “We developed a plan to replace all inefficient lighting systems that includes adding sensors except where safety is a concern,” Witkowski said. The program has spent $5.5 million with an annual savings of $1 million since it began in 2008, Witkowski said. He said University Facilities plans to continue the program as more funding becomes available. The department also sponsors an energy contest that has ever y campus compete against each other, Witkowski said. The initiative was created to bring awareness to the community on the importance of energy conser vation. “This year’s competition runs the month of October, with the winning campus to be announced at the Nov. 10 Rutgers vs. Army football game,” Witkowski said. In an effort to be more frugal with resources, Witkowski said his department hired an energy conser vation manager to promote energy saving throughout the University. “This person reaches out to student groups on all campuses,” Witkowski said. Witkowski said the success of these programs reduced the annual kilowatt-to-student ratio from 7,894 kilowatts per hour in 2008 to 7,297 in 2011. The Department of Transportation has also made
efforts in recent years to reduce its environmental impact by seeking out alternative transportation solutions, said Jack Molenaar, director of Transportation Services. “We did do some research into hybrid vehicles, and the problem is that the hybrid buses are a combination of diesel and batteries. They cost too much. The difference you make up in fuel would not make up the difference in price,” he said. Although more environmentally friendly buses might be out of the budget, Molenaar said the University’s transportation system is still a better option than having students rely on their own cars to get from campus to campus. “We look at it as ‘OK, what if we didn’t have the buses?’ Think of everyone driving to class in their cars. How much traffic would it create, how much more idling would it create all over the city?” Molenaar said. He said despite the reputation the buses have as “gas guzzlers,” his department offers a better system for the environment. “All the buses now meet the new federal clean diesel standards. They are much cleaner than they were just 10 years ago,” Molenaar said. Molenaar said the University has recently been promoting a shift toward the use of bicycles as an environmentally friendly alternative to the bus system. “From an environmental standpoint, [bicycles are] the best solution,” he said. “Our campuses are the perfect distance for bicycle riding, and with traffic it’s the fastest way to get anywhere you’re going.”
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Woodbridge art center spotlights Latin community with series BY GIANCARLO CHAUX METRO EDITOR
Hispanic culture is the focus of a six-month-long series hosted by the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge called “Latin Fusion: Jersey Style.” The series culminates with an exhibit featuring Latin and Latininspired artists from the area, beginning Sept. 13 through Sept. 21, said Brandon Powell, program coordinator at the Barron Arts Center. “The whole idea was not only showing Latin artists but also New Jersey artists [not of Hispanic Heritage] that were inspired by the Latin culture,” he said. Among the artists in the exhibit is Eduardo Santos, a local photographer. Santos said he chose to focus his artwork on his Puerto Rican heritage because he believes descendents from the Caribbean make up one of the most dominant portions of the state’s Latin community. “I have one that we called ‘Bomba y Plena’ which is a photo of somebody who was performing a Puerto Rican dance. I also have one of a sunset in Puerto Rico and a photo of Marc Anthony performing in New York,” Santos said. The series, which launched on March 22 with a jazz concert called “Ensalada De Pulpo,” began as a reaction to the diverse population in the
Mike Kaplan, right, performs with Adelante, an eight-piece Latin jazz band. The concert took place on Aug. 23 as a part of the “Latin Fusion: Jersey Style” series. COURTESY OF BRANDON POWELL Middlesex County, said Cynthia Knight, director of the Barron Arts Center. There are about 400,000 Puerto Ricans living in New Jersey, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. “I’ve been the director here for 11 years, and I realized what a strong influence we had within the Latin community in Woodbridge and our surrounding areas and … I thought it
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was about time we brought [Latin culture] to the forefront,” Knight said. Grant money acquired from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Board of Chosen Freeholders was used to fund the series, which included concerts, ethnic food lectures and poetr y readings aside from the art exhibit, Powell said.
“Our goal was to present to ever yone how the Latin culture is inspired by New Jersey and how New Jersey can’t get enough of Latin flavor,” Knight said. One of the most well received events in the series was an outdoor concert held on Aug. 23 by Adelente, an eight-piece band that combines Latin rhythms from the Caribbean with jazz influence, she said.
“You know how Latin families are — ever ybody brings somebody and then there are our regular attending people, so the place was packed,” said Knight, adding that about 150 people showed up for the concer t. Powell said the series was well attended by the college crowd as well, a fact he believes is a reflection of some of the younger artists featured in the events. “We had one fantastic artist named Carlos Rosario, and he was 21 years old,” he said. “He was the most amazing pen and ink and pastel artist that I have ever seen.” Powell, a University alumnus, said students from the University have the luxur y of being exposed to other ethnicities right outside of their campus. “I went to Rutgers, and I remember there being a very large Spanish community,” he said. Powell said the series marked a new type of project for the Barron Arts Center, which he admits might not have focused on the Latin community in the past. Knight said the popularity of the “Latin Fusion” series in the community could mean a new direction for the center. “I don’t know if it will be an annual Latin event, but we will at least have one Latin concert every year,” she said.
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Obama jabs Romney over ‘47 percent’ view He also said he wants to be president so he can help hardSALT LAKE CITY — pressed Americans find work and President Barack Obama earn enough so they become declared last night the occupant income taxpayers. Romney didn’t say so, but the of the Oval Office must “work for everyone, not just for some,” jab- U.S. income tax is designed to bing back at Mitt Romney’s jar- be progressive, so those who ring statement that as a candi- earn the most theoretically pay date, he doesn’t worry about the the most. Through programs as 47 percent of the country that diverse as Social Security, Medicare, health care and food pays no income taxes. Romney neither disavowed stamps, the government collects nor apologized for his remarks, tax revenue and pays it out in which included an observation the form of benefits for those that nearly half of the country who qualify. Obama responded during an believe they are victims and entitled to a range of government appearance on the David support. Instead, Romney cast Letterman show. “One thing I’ve learned as his comment as evidence of a fundamental dif ference with president is that you represent Obama over the economy, the entire country,” he said. As adding the federal government for Romney’s statement about should not “take from some to the 47 percent, he said, “There are not a lot of people out there give to the others.” As the rivals sparred with who think they are victims” or seven weeks remaining in a simply entitled. At the same time, his camclose race for the White House, two GOP Senate candidates pub- paign released a new ad saying licly disavowed Romney’s that if Romney wins the White remarks and Republican officials House, he might seek the elimiopenly debated the impact that a nation of a series of tax breaks series of controversies would used by millions of middle class have on the party’s prospects of Americans. “Mitt Romney, he’s so focused on big business and winning the presidency. Top Republicans in tax cuts for the wealthy, it Congress volunteered no reac- seems like his answers to middle class America tion to Romney’s are just tough remarks — just “One thing I’ve luck,” says a as they generally refrained from learned as president woman in the commercial. commenting a is that you represent Privately, some week ago when Republicans were he issued a the entire country.” harshly critical of statement that BARACK OBAMA Romney’s most inaccurately President recent comments accused the and his overall Obama adminiscampaign to date, tration of giving comfor t to demonstrators saying he had frittered away after they breached the U.S. opportunities. They also noted that with early voting already Embassy in Cairo. The most recent controversy under way in some states, the in a campaign filled with them time to recover was smaller than was ignited by the emergence of might appear. Linda McMahon, the a videotape, made last May, in which Romney told donors at a Republican candidate for a Senate fundraiser that 47 percent of seat in Connecticut, was open Americans pay no income taxes. with her criticism. “I disagree They “believe the government with Governor Romney’s insinuahas a responsibility to care for tion that 47% of Americans them ... believe that they are enti- believe they are victims who tled to health care, to food, to must depend on the government housing, to you name it. That for their care,” she said in a statement posted to her website. that’s an entitlement.” Sen. Scott Brown, in a tough He said, “I’ll never convince them they should take person- race for re-election in heavily al responsibility and care for Democratic Massachusetts, said of Romney’s comments: “That’s their lives.” In a next-day inter view on not the way I view the world.” Still, with high-profile presiFox, the network of choice for conservatives, Romney said he dential debates and seven didn’t intend to write off any weeks of campaigning yet part of a deeply divided elec- ahead, others said those contorate, including seniors who cerns were overstated. “I don’t expect the negative are among those who often pay no taxes. Instead, he repeatedly headlines of this week will be what sought to reframe his remarks we’re talking about a week from as a philosophical dif ference now,” said Fergus Cullen, the forof opinion between himself mer Republican state chairman in New Hampshire and a close ally of and Obama. “I’m not going to get” votes Romney. Like other Republicans, from Americans who believe gov- he said, “It’s incumbent on the ernment’s job is to redistribute Romney campaign to make it (the wealth,” he said, adding that was election) about Obama’s handling of the economy.” something Obama believes in.
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Chicago teachers made the vote to return to teaching after a strike that lasted more than a week. The walkout was the first in Chicago in 25 years. GETTY IMAGES
Chicago teachers return to classroom THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — The city’s teachers agreed yesterday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines, ending a spiteful stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that put teacher evaluations and job security at the center of a national debate about the future of public education. Union delegates voted to formally suspend the strike after discussing details of a proposed contract settlement worked out over the weekend. Classes could resume as early as today. The walkout, the first in Chicago in 25 years, shut down the nation’s third-largest school district just days after 350,000 students had returned from summer vacation. Tens of thousands of parents were forced to find alternatives for idle children, including many whose neighborhoods have been wracked by gang violence in recent months. Yesterday’s vote was not on the contract offer itself, but on whether to continue the strike. The contract will now be submitted to a vote by the full membership of more than 25,000 teachers. The walkout was the first for a major American city in at least six years. It drew national attention because it posed a high-profile test for teachers unions, which have seen their political influence threatened by a growing reform movement. Unions have pushed back against efforts to expand charter schools, bring in private companies to help with failing
schools and link teacher evaluations to student test scores. The strike carried political implications, too, raising the risk of a protracted labor battle in President Barack Obama’s hometown at the height of the fall campaign, with a prominent Democratic mayor and Obama’s former chief of staff squarely in the middle. Emanuel’s forceful demands for reform have angered the teachers. The teachers walked out Sept. 10 after months of tense contract talks that for a time appeared to be headed toward a peaceful resolution. Emanuel and the union agreed in July on a deal to implement a longer school day with a plan to hire back 477 teachers who had been laid off rather than pay regular teachers more to work longer hours. That raised hopes the contract would be settled before the start of fall classes, but bargaining stalled on other issues. Emanuel decried the teachers’ decision to leave classrooms, calling the walkout unnecessary and a “strike of choice.” Almost from the beginning, the two sides couldn’t even agree on whether they were close to a deal. Emanuel said an agreement was within easy reach and could be sealed with school in session. The union insisted that dozens of issues remained unresolved. Chicago’s long history as a union stronghold seemed to work to the teachers’ advantage. As they walked the picket lines, they were joined by many of the very people who were most inconve-
nienced by the work stoppage: parents who had to scramble to find babysitters or a supervised place for children to pass the time. To win friends, the union representing 25,500 teachers engaged in something of a publicity campaign, telling parents repeatedly about problems with schools and the barriers that have made it more difficult to serve their kids. They described classrooms that are stiflingly hot without air conditioning, important books that are unavailable and supplies as basic as toilet paper that are sometimes in short supply. As the strike entered its second week, Emanuel turned to the courts to try to force teachers back to the classroom by filing a lawsuit that described the walkout as an unlawful danger to the public. The complaint sought a court order to end the strike, saying it was illegal because it endangered the health and safety of students and concerned issues — evaluations, layoffs and recall rights — that state law says cannot be grounds for a work stoppage. A judge set a hearing for today, but the case was likely to be moot if teachers went back to class. The strike upended a district in which the vast majority of students are poor and minority. It also raised the concerns of parents who worried about their kids. Chicago’s gang violence has spiked this year, with scores of shootings reported throughout a long, bloody summer and bystanders sometimes caught in the crossfire.
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NATO order changes Afghanistan fight plans THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO’s decision to restrict operations with small Afghan forces to mitigate the threat of insider attacks means fewer boots on patrols and a shift in how the U.S.-led coalition will fight the war in Afghanistan. It is unclear whether the coalition’s exit strategy can succeed with less partnering with Afghan policemen and soldiers, who are slated to take over for foreign combat troops by the end of 2014, just 27 months from now. What is clear is that the mantra that Afghans and coalition forces are fighting the Taliban “shoulder to shoulder” is looking more and more like they’re standing at arm’s length. Earlier this year, the U.S. military stopped training about 1,000 members of the Afghan Local Police, a controversial network of village-defense units. U.S. commanders have assigned some troops to be “guardian angels” who watch over their comrades in interactions with Afghan forces and even as they sleep. U.S. officials also recently ordered American troops to carry loaded weapons at all times in Afghanistan, even when they are on their bases. Until now, coalition troops routinely conducted operations such as patrolling or manning outposts with small units of their Afghan counterparts. Under the new rules issued on Sunday, such operations with small-sized units are considered no longer routine and require the approval of the regional commander. NATO’s decision reflected escalating worries about the insider attacks, coupled with the widespread tensions over an antiIslam video that has prompted protests around the world, including Afghanistan. A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives early yesterday into a minibus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital, killing at least 12 people including nine foreigners — eight South Africans, a Kyrgyzstani and three Afghans. Haroon Zarghoon, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group Hizb-i-Islami, claimed responsibility, saying it was carried out by a 22-year-old woman named Fatima and was meant to avenge the anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad. But the underlying reason for the new directive that curbs contact between Afghan and international forces is the spike in insider attacks. So far this year, 51 international service members have died at the hands of Afghan forces or militants wearing their uniforms. That is more than 18 percent of the 279 international troops who have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta argued that the attacks do not mean the Taliban are getting stronger. “I think what it indicates is that they are resorting to efforts that try to strike at our forces, try to create chaos but do
not in any way result in their regaining territory that has been lost,” he told reporters during a press conference in Beijing. Still, critics pointed out that insider attacks — which have continued despite efforts to vet all 352,000 members of Afghanistan’s army and police forces — were undermining the international mission in Afghanistan. In London, lawmakers criticized the new restrictions on partnered operations as potentially undermining the strategy of training local forces to provide security once U.S. and NATO forces leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014. “It does appear to be a really significant change in the relationship between (coalition) and Afghan forces,” said opposition Labour Par ty lawmaker Jim Murphy. British Defense Secretar y Philip Hammond told lawmakers that troops would “return to normal operations” as soon as the tension eased. The coalition also downplayed the impact of the directive, saying international forces had not stopped partnering and advising Afghan forces. Coalition officials said the new restrictions were made at the recommendation of — and in conjunction with —key Afghan leaders. Companies remain partnered with Afghan units, but have changed the way they conduct their daily partnering operations with units smaller than a battalion, according to the coalition. Battalions — or kandaks as they are called in Afghanistan — differ in size, but typically have about 300 to 500 service members. In Afghanistan, however, most of the fighting occurs with tens not hundreds of troops. “We see this as temporary,” said Col. Thomas Collins, the coalition’s spokesman. “If you went out to the battlefield today, you would see partnered operations at the company and platoon level just as we’ve had in the past,” he said. “Only now, we require the regional commander to approve operations below the battalion level.” NATO Secretar y-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said yesterday that plans for a gradual transition to Afghan responsibility for security by the end of 2014 would continue despite the new restrictions, which he described as “prudent and temporary.” The Afghan Ministry of Defense also downplayed the directive. “For a long time, small units of Afghan forces have carried out independent operations and patrols,” said ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi. “This is for units smaller than the kandak level and we have already been doing that.” Noor ul-Haq Holomi, a former general in the Afghan army, disagreed, saying the Afghan security forces need more training and equipment. “This kind of decision will have a negative impact on the security situation, on the morale of the Afghan security forces and will benefit the enemy and armed opposition groups,” he said.
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Stand together in times of tragedy BEST PARTY ON CAMPUS CONNOR MONTFERRAT
he cold breeze in the early hours of the morning on Sept. 11, 2012, was similar to that eerie overcast that dreadful Tuesday morning in 2001. The “911 Never Forget” memorial at Voorhees Mall was a great way to remind students to never forget the attacks on Sept. 11 and to remember the 2,977 lives were lost that day. At the memorial, there were several moments of silence. The first was at 8:46 a.m., when Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. The second was at 9:03 a.m., when Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. The third was at 9:37 a.m. when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. The final three were at 9:58 a.m., when the South Tower collapsed; 10:03 a.m., when Flight 93 crashed in Pa.; and 10:28 a.m., when the North Tower collapsed. A nation in grief 11 years ago united around one flag, for resolve and justice. Eleven years later we are reminded again. As memorials took place, reports rang out that Egyptian Islamists had scaled the U.S. Embassy wall in Cairo, tore down the American flag, burned it and put up the black flag of jihad. This happened all in a protest of a supposed American-made film critical of Prophet Mohammad. Protestors stood around a drawing that said “Remember Your Black Day, 11 September.” In a separate episode in Libya, what began as a protest of 100 around the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, turned into violence. Within the protest was an organized assault group intent on attacking the consulate that day using the protest as a diversion. After shots were fired from the crowd, the building was set ablaze. As U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others went to a safe room, it soon filled up with smoke. Stevens
was carried to a hospital, but doctors could not revive him. Stevens helped save Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi during last year’s revolution and he died that night, along with another diplomat and two State Department security officers. Stevens was the first sitting U.S. ambassador killed in office since Adolph Dubs in Afghanistan in 1979, and is the eighth U.S. Ambassador to be killed in the line of duty. Libya’s leaders apologized for the attack, with their Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib describing it as “cowardly.” Sources tracking militant Islamist groups in eastern Libya say a proal-Qaida group is suspect. Egypt’s Islamist President Moh ammed Morsi vowed to continue to protect foreign embassies in Cairo. The United States sought today to track down those behind the killings of its ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. President Barack Obama said, “Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.” Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said “the attacks in Libya and Egypt underscore that the world remains a dangerous place … in the face of this violence America cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead … We cannot hesitate to use our influence in the region to support those who share our values and our interests.” In these times, we cannot use these attacks as political ploys, but stand firmly together. U.S. security is increasing at embassies across the globe. Arrests are still not clear in connection to the Libyan attack. U.S. officials have already deployed counter-terrorism Marine units to Libya and Yemen as well as two U.S. Navy destroyers off the North African coast. In addition, American surveillance drones are expected to join the hunt for jihadists, who may be tied to the
attack, and 50 U.S. Marines are headed to the Libyan capitol, Tripoli. Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen praised the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya as a “great event” and urged followers to kill other American diplomats across the Muslim world. The United States pulled embassy staff as alQaida called for more attacks. These attacks are not new to the United States or al-Qaida. The 1998 U.S. embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the U.S. embassies in the East African capitals of Tanzania, and Kenya. The date of those bombings marked the eighth anniversary of the arrival of American forces in Saudi Arabia. The date of these bombings marked the 11th anniversary of al-Qaida’s attacks
on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. With their leader, Osama bin Laden dead at the hands of Americans, this is not about a dubbed YouTube antiIslamic film. The small conservative Islamist groups and al-Qaida are using the movie as an excuse to continue to spread unrest
“After shots were fired from the crowd, the building was set ablaze.” through nation states like India, Yemen, Jordan, Sudan, Lebanon, and Israel. In Pakistan, the Taliban issued a call to young Muslims worldwide and within the country to rise up against the anti-Islam movie. In Tunisia, protestors set an American school on fire and trees
around the embassy, chanting, “Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas.” With respect to the United Nations Charter of Chapter VII, a collective response is needed in times of such breaches of international peace and security, yet to date the UN Security Council has not acted to authorize collective military action in response to a threat created by a terrorist network or terrorist entity. For too long al-Qaida has been a threat to many nation-states and the time has come for this resolution. Eleven years later with the world watching, let us forget political parties and stand together to defend our nation, our values, and demand peace and justice. Connor Montferrat is a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior majoring in political science and criminal justice. His column runs alternate Wednesdays.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Limited free speech would cost minorities The column titled “The real cost of free speech,” published on Monday, contains recommendations that would be disastrous for the minorities it purports to help. The author repeatedly attacked “racists,” “racist ideas,” and “right wing extremists,” declared that the US is too free, and said that the Supreme Court should ignore the “pesky little thing called the First Amendment.” Judging by his belief that the justices should do whatever they want “regardless of what’s written in the Constitution,” there goes the Bill of Rights. With it goes minorities’ best protection. Fear of “the tyranny of the majority” prompted the framers of the bill to create a document littered with limits. As a minority, I firmly believe these dead white men were onto something. Free speech protects unpopular views, including those deemed dangerous and extremely offensive. This has not always
meant racism. McCarthyism is now viewed with disgust as a fearful society worked to clamp down on freedom of expression. Eventually, free speech won, but we remember this period of suppressing “dangerous and offensive” speech with shame. Another disgrace was the Scopes Monkey Trial, where a ban on teaching evolution was justified by an offended public and the supposed moral dangers of the subject. Many considered civil rights activists offensive and dangerous. Third Reich Germans would have found anti-Nazi speech offensive and dangerous. Banning offensive speech by majority rule would harm many good causes. The author mentioned conservatives trying to “put all the Jews in camps,” but such a thing would be massively unconstitutional under any reading not clouded by Korematsu v. United States-style “emergency powers.” In Korematsu, the government detained all of the “dangerous” Japanese people during World War II, and the Supreme Court blindly deferred to the executive. Another example of the “Living Constitution” harming minorities and the
politically disenfranchised is Kelo v. City of New London, the court expanded the words “public use” in the 5th Amendment to allow cities to transfer the private ownership of poor neighborhoods to rich, politically connected developers to increase revenue. Racists are worthless, but the fact that they have a right to speak is a blessing, because this is part of the system of rights that protect the minorities and the unpopular from the majorities and the influential. Powerful people can easily get what they want, but those who lack influence must have their rights protected through strict rules. George Alukal is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore.
Univeristy athletics a pittance In response to the author’s assertion in last week’s guest column entitled “Cleaning up after U. athletics” that athletic spending is destroying academic pres-
tige at the University, I have two words — completely absurd. If real research had been initiated, the author would note the millions upon millions of dollars the state of New Jersey cut from the University’s budget over the past few decades. Schools that have supposedly passed us by, like University of Connecticut and Clemson University, have ample state support and also spend exponentially more on athletics than the University does. In fact, if one would compare the University’s athletic department budget against the average Big Ten Conference school, ours is a pittance. Lastly, if you take a peek at the U.S. News college rankings back in the 1980s, when state funding in New Jersey was much higher, our rating was much higher up. Coincidence? I think not. So in conclusion, I’d advise the author and other faculty that take his stance to open their minds a bit more and move outside of that all-too-familiar “Rutgers athletics is ruining our school” box. James M. deLyon is a Closter, N.J., resident.
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
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Outside hitter makes presence felt in first tournament of year
LEGRAND APPEARANCE Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand will be at the Rutgers Visitor Center on Busch campus Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of his two books, “Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life,” his adult memoir, and “Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand,” his young readers’ edition. Seating is limited, and a copy of either book is required for ever y attendee. Barnes & Noble at Rutgers will take reser vations via email at email@example.com. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., when book distribution will begin. Event parking will be in Lot 48, across the street from the Visitor Center.
INTEGRITY CONCERN Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said one of the replacement refs talked about McCoy on his fantasy football team. “I’ll be honest, they’re like fans,” McCoy told CBS Sports yesterday. “One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like, ‘McCoy, come on. I need you for my fantasy.’” McCoy laughed about the comment, but he did not say he was kidding. He also said Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis scared a ref by puffing out his chest in that game. “[The ref] star ted stuttering,” McCoy said. “I’m like, ‘What’s this?’”
SABOL PASSES AWAY NFL Films president Steve Sabol passed away of brain cancer yesterday in Moorestown, N.J., at the age of 69. “Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.” Sabol was diagnosed with a tumor on the left side of his brain in March 2011 after being hospitalized for a seizure. Sabol worked for his father, Ed Sabol, as a cinematographer in 1964 when Ed Sabol founded NFL Films.
HERNANDEZ OUT The New England Patriots sidelined tight end Aaron Hernandez yesterday for at least the next few weeks with an ankle injury. The Patriots also agreed to terms on a one-year contract with tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., according to CBS Sports. The Seattle Seahawks released the former first-round pick a week into the season. The Seahawks cut ties with Winslow because of his history of injuries and his large contract. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded him to Seattle because he did not fit in with head coach Greg Schiano’s style. Winslow has 437 receptions for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career, making the 2007 Pro Bowl.
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Freshman outside hitter Alex Lassa earned Big East Honor Roll recognition for a tournament-high 4.25 kills per set during the Hurricane Invitation. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
at the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla. In her first match against Samford, she recorded 20 kills and 13 digs, her first career doubledouble. Lassa picked up where she left off in the Knights’ second match against Wofford, contributing 23 kills in the victory. She added eight kills and six digs in a loss to Miami (Fla.), the Knights’ only defeat of the year.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Lassa earned Hurricane Invitational All-Tournament Team honors with a tournamentbest 4.25 kills per set, which is second in the Big East. Lassa has already added to her personal accomplishments in her young career. She believes it encourages her to constantly get better. “It motivates me,” she said. “It motivates me to keep working hard to stay at the level of play.” The coaching staff has been vital in Lassa’s growth and development as a contributor to the team. She credits its hard work and patience to her success. “I have to hold myself to a higher standard because they do,” she said.
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Freshman kicker Kyle Federico set new career highs in field goals made and longest conversion Thursday with family and friends at South Florida. ALEX VAN DRIESEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
KICKER Rookie finds success despite limited preparation time with backup holder CONTINUED FROM BACK The Redondo Beach, Calif., native had not held since his days at Los Angeles Harbor Junior College. Despite the lack of recent game experience, from 52 yards away, he took the snap, got a clean hold and watched Federico’s kick sail through the uprights. While Federico broke not only his record for his short career at Rutgers, but his personal best of 50 yards — he set that while at Ponte Vedra High School (Fla.) — he remained aware that the game was not even half over. “Just because you make one great kick, it doesn’t mean you’re going to go into the next kick and make every other one,” Federico said. “You have to go into the next kick thinking the same exact way you made the other one.” What made the kick special to Federico was that family and friends were there to witness it. His parents, brother, neighbors, family friends and friends that attend USF were all on hand to see it. Even if Federico could not spend much time enjoying his accomplishment, his cheering section did so for him. “They were excited,” he said. “Right when they saw it go in,
[it was] a big adrenaline rush for them.” To pull that kick off, he had to take full advantage of the minimal amount of preparation time he had with Doerner. They crammed a week’s worth of preparation time into less than 15 minutes’ worth of game time. Doerner said they did so, getting on the same page before their first kick. Their main job was learning what both needed to do to execute the kick, Federico said. “When you’re down on the ground, it’s definitely different looking at the ball, which way it’s angled, if it’s tilted back too far or to the left or the right too much,” Federico said. “Basically [we were] just getting a feel for what the ball should look like when he’s down on the ground.” Federico added two more field goals from 30 and 22 yards out before the game was over. His performance earned him the Lou Groza Award, given to three collegiate kickers each week for their showings in their respective games that week. “[The award] tells myself that I’m working hard,” Federico said, “and I’m just going to continue to work hard and improve what I’ve got.”
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MIDFIELDER Freshman chooses Rutgers because of lack of soccer options in Georgia CONTINUED FROM BACK
Defender Mitchell Taintor is one of three freshman starters on Rutgers’ back line, which helped shut out two straight opponents. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
and finished with a 10-7-4 record, and gave it serious consideration. “I liked Rutgers because helped Rutgers allow only 0.8 they had a very good soccer goals per game, second in the program, especially after last Big East behind Connecticut. year,” Morgan said. “We haven’t Morgan gained experience in gotten off to a fast start this the midfield and back four from year, but we’re coming around. St. Pius X Catholic High School And I really liked all the coach(Ga.), so it did not take him long es, and it seemed like a good to familiarize himself with place to go to school.” defense at Rutgers. Setchell’s injury “I’ve played is day-to-day, and defense before, “[The freshman Donigan does not so it hasn’t been know when or if he hard,” Morgan defenders] have will return. said. “Ever yone been holding their Donigan is also else back there of has also done a own amongst some uncertain whether Morgan great job.” of the best strikers.” will be a defender The Atlanta or midfielder if native said he DAN DONIGAN Setchell returns. looked at mostly Head Coach “We’re quite southern schools happy with Drew before deciding [at defender],” on Rutgers, with Donigan said. “Drew is a very Bucknell his other option up defensive-minded midfielder. If north. or when Joe comes back, we’re All Morgan knew was that he going to have some options.” was not going to stay in Georgia. Donigan, for now, is content The biggest schools in the with Morgan being the third state are Georgia State, freshman in a young yet effective Georgia Southern and Georgia. defensive backfield. Georgia State and Georgia “Those guys just know what’s Southern do not have soccer going on in the back line,” programs. Georgia only has a Donigan said. “From a performclub team because the ance standpoint, they’ve been Southeastern Conference does holding their own among some of not have soccer teams. the best strikers they’ve been Morgan noticed Rutgers last playing against.” year, when it made the Sweet 16
SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 18 FIELD HOCKEY
FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE TACKLE EXPRESSES CONCERN OF PENALTIES
Veteran proves vital in establishing tone BY ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER
Entering her senior year of high school, Ashley Yanek committed to the Rutgers field hockey team. Now a senior with the Scarlet Knights, Yanek is one of the team’s unquestioned leaders. The defender has helped the Knights record two shutouts this season — Sept. 8 against Bryant and Sunday against Sacred Heart in Connecticut. “Ashley defensively has just come up with some really big plays for us,” said head coach Meredith Long. “In the game against Bryant, she made some great tackles and against Sacred Heart, I mean, she just came up really big for us a couple of times.” As a junior, Yanek started nine of 18 games and registered her first career assist in a victory against Cornell. But Yanek dealt with the toughest moment of her time at Rutgers a year earlier. “Going into my sophomore year, I was battling a stress fracture,” Yanek said. “I couldn’t train going into that year, and it was frustrating to see everyone else play.” Yanek recovered nicely, playing in 13 games for the Knights with
starts against James Madison, Monmouth and Lafayette during the 2010 season. “On the field I am a very tough competitor, but I definitely enjoy every moment while I’m playing,” Yanek said. “I think knowing it’s my senior year, I’ve been giving it 110 percent every time I step on the field. I know I am stepping on the field for the last times, so I just want to give it everything I have and work as hard as I possibly can.” Yanek’s hard work is not the only reason she stands out. She makes as much of a difference for the Knights off the field. “Ashley every morning goes to the dorms on College Avenue and picks up the freshmen and takes them to practice,” Long said. “Ashley is just a very consistent and steady leader on the field and in her demeanor.” The Knights currently sit at 4-4, but the team shows signs of improvement every week, which has the athletes excited, Yanek said. “The biggest thing people need to realize is we are getting better,” Yanek said. “Everything we do this year is going to be 10 times better than last year, and everything this program does next year will be 10 times better than this year.”
Senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone takes on a Howard double team in the same game in which he picked up a Howard fumble near Rutgers’ end zone. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Vallone anchors new d-line BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Senior defender Ashley Yanek aided the Knights this season in a pair of shutout victories and provides the team a leadership presence. JOVELLE TAMAYO, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / AUGUST 2011
The Rutgers football team Thursday gave South Florida a free first down. USF advanced 10 yards in the fourth quarter from consecutive offsides penalties from senior linebacker Steve Beauharnais and then junior defensive tackle Isaac Holmes. Holmes committed his second penalty of the game, the third on the Scarlet Knights defensive line and Rutgers’ 11th of the game. Senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone was one of the only linemen with a clean slate. He does not want to be the only one. “It’s definitely something we need to remedy to give us a chance in the long run,” Vallone said of penalties. “Maybe one game, here or there, you can get away with it. We’ve seen it, we even watched like a penalty tape … to see how simple things are.” Vallone entered Tampa with a defensive line with little starting experience. He has started every game at Rutgers since he redshirted in 2008, but no one else on the starting line had started more than two games at the position entering this season. Holmes became a starter this year, senior defensive end Ka’Lial Glaud started only two games last year after transitioning from linebacker and junior defensive end and Marcus Thompson has only started two of three games this year.
But outside of the penalties, the defensive line has played like an experienced unit. On the run, it has helped hold all opponents this year to less than 100 rushing yards and combined for 9.5 tackles for a loss. Glaud has sacked the quarterback twice already, tying him for the team lead with senior linebacker Khaseem Greene.
“You can rely on [Scott Vallone] to do his job. It’s invaluable as a coach.” KYLE FLOOD Head coach
The line has helped Greene and other defenders do their jobs. “You just watch them, they rush — the four-man rush, the three-man rush — they get pressure on quarterbacks,” Greene said. “When we sit back in coverage, that’s when those guys eat and get sacks.” Vallone is not only the leader of the Big East-leading defense’s line, but he is also a playmaker. The St. Anthony’s High School (N.Y.) product is consistently a threat to tackle a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage, leading all linemen with two tackles for a loss, including 1.5 against the Bulls.
As a defensive tackle, Vallone is one of the least likely defenders to cause a turnover, but he has done that this year, as well. Vallone prevented Howard from scoring Sept. 8 with a fumble recover y when the Bison were on Rutgers’ three-yard line. “They were down by the goal line, and we definitely don’t want them to get any points,” Vallone said. “We’re OK with three, but we want to limit them to zero points.” Vallone regularly faces a double team, and he is preparing for the same challenge Saturday at Arkansas. The Central Islip, N.Y., native will have to get through junior center Travis Swanson and junior guard Alvin Bailey, who combine for 52 games started and 617 pounds that Vallone has to get through. But Vallone will always have more to worr y about than his own matchups this season. Even if another defensive lineman steps offsides, head coach Kyle Flood trusts him to lead by example. “Scott Vallone is one of the leaders on our defense. And he’s one of the players that sets the standard for toughness on our defense,” Flood said. “So in those two ways, he’s extremely critical. For our defense and for our team, he is a guy that when you go into the game, you can rely on him to do his job. It’s invaluable as a coach.”
SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 19 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK LINEBACKER GAINS CONFIDENCE IN YEAR 2
Snyder benefits from return to pre-spring role BY TYLER BARTO SPORTS EDITOR
When Kevin Snyder looks around the Rutgers football team’s defense, he has a broader understanding of the unit’s assignments and responsibilities. It is a far cry from where he was a year ago, when Snyder said he struggled with his own. “I was trying to understand [the scheme] still,” Snyder said yesterday. “There’s that little bit of doubt in my mind, and the physicality wasn’t quite there. I wasn’t always 100 percent sure what I was doing.” The linebacker now owns the most duties of any Scarlet Knight reserve. Combined with splitting reps with junior Jamal Merrell along the strong side, Snyder works at weakside linebacker and is responsible for several sub-packages. He understands the innerworkings of the Knights defensive line. And he said he now anticipates where the ball is going on any given play and where to react. “After the defense clicks,” Snyder said, “you can just run around more, and you don’t have any fear of messing up.” He took on more of a burden in the spring with seniors Steve Beauharnais and Khaseem Greene out for various reasons. Snyder branched out to middle linebacker, the last of three position callings. But a sense remained that the Knights coaching staff wanted to scale back Snyder’s workload. Snyder, for his part, is grateful. “That’s a lot, especially in a game week when we make adjustments,” Snyder said of learning each position during the season. “You have to know three different adjustments for every position.” The coaching decision has paid off. Through three games,
Sophomore linebacker Kevin Snyder sacks Howard quarterback Jamie Cunningham on Sept. 8 in the Knights’ 26-0 win. Snyder is only responsible for two linebacker positions after being accountable for three in the spring. JOVELLE TAMAYO, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Snyder has a pair of tackles for a loss and a sack. After serving as a spy of South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels last year, Snyder was part of a defense that held Daniels to only 15-for-33 passing and three interceptions last week. “Now the physicality’s there,” Snyder said. “I can deal with bigger people.”
said he is unsure if redshirt freshman running back Paul James will play Saturday at Arkansas, muddying an already cloudy picture in the backfield. James continues to return from a lower body injury he suffered in the Knights’ final scrimmage of training camp. “We’ll have to decide that as the week goes on,” Flood said.
James’ biggest hurdle is returning to full speed, not his ankle, said sophomore Jawan Jamison, the only running back to touch the ball at USF. Jamison’s 41 carries set a school record, while redshirt freshman Ben Martin, Jamison’s backup Thursday, did not see the field. “I feel like whatever my team needs me to do, I’ll do and I’ll get it done,” Jamison said. “But it would be a tremendous help if Paul James could get back. If they need me to carry the load, I’ll do it again.” Jamison said he felt fine following the increased workload, despite a couple of upper-body bruises. Sophomore Savon Huggins’ prognosis remains less clear. Flood said Huggins, who suffered a lower body injur y Sept. 8 against Howard, would not play
at Arkansas if he made the decision yesterday. Should he sit out, Huggins will have missed seven of 15 career games because of injur y. He watched four games from the sideline last year after suffering a knee injury against USF. “Hopefully by the end of the week, we get him back,” Flood said. But I feel like if a guy doesn’t practice — if he doesn’t take the live-fire action — it’s hard to foresee a situation where you get him in there.”
staff continues to prepare as if senior Tyler Wilson will start at quarterback Saturday for Arkansas. Wilson, a first-team All-SEC quarterback in 2011, suffered a concussion Sept. 8 against Louisiana-Monroe and
sat out Saturday’s 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama. “The starter and the backup [redshirt freshman Brandon Allen] are very similar,” Flood said. “You have to be ready for their Wildcat, gun-run-type guy [junior Brandon Mitchell]. We started that process today. We’re going to prepare for that regardless because they’ve shown that on film.”
former Bolles School (Fla.) teammate Javontee Herndon when Rutgers visits Arkansas. Herndon, a junior wide receiver, has four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown this season. “We were talking a little smack to each other, asking each other, ‘Are we ready?’” Jamison said. “I’m excited. I’m ready to play.”
RU continues preparation for next tournament BY GREGORY JOHNSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
After a successful second-place finish in the Rutgers Invitational, the Rutgers men’s golf team is preparing for the Hartford Hawks Invitational on Sept. 24 and 25 in Hartford, Conn., with some intrasquad competition on the road. The Scarlet Knights also continue to reflect on their strong performance in their lone home event of the season. It was the program’s highest finish in a collegiate tournament since Sept. 2009, when it won the Rutgers Invitational. “We did a much better job of just meshing as a team, being more comfortable,” said sophomore Jacob Stockl. “And since we have more time to practice now [between events], we can make our games peak at the right time for this next event.” Freshman Jonathan Chang, who led the Knights in scoring at the Rutgers Invitational by carding a 212, said the team’s cohesiveness continues to build as the
season draws on. “Definitely the chemistry of the team is getting a lot closer,” he said. “I’m more comfortable with more of the people here.” Now that Chang fits in more with the program’s culture, he has become a catalyst and his personal growth has reflected positively on the team’s results. “He really slingshot us and gave us some momentum going into the final round,” said junior co-captain Doug Walters of Chang’s score of 68 in the second round of the Rutgers Invitational. “Just having the experience here at our course really gave us that advantage.” Walters had the best statistical performance of his three-year career at Rutgers, shooting a 217 total scorecard and tournamentbest minus-six in par-five scoring. With a full week to prepare for the next event, the Knights focus their attention on competitive intrasquad play and honing their skills for a challenging course awaiting them. “The course [at Hartford] is much longer than Rutgers,”
Walters said. “It’s more demanding off the tee with a lot of drivers. So we’re going out to play three championship golf courses this week away from Rutgers to prepare ourselves for the length and accuracy that we need.” The Knights played in Pine Barrens on Sunday, Bedminster yesterday and will finish up on the road today in Green Brook — all prestigious PGA courses across New Jersey with elements not available in Piscataway. “Just playing at these different courses will give us confidence that going into Hartford, we’ll be prepared,” Walters said. Once road intrasquad play concludes, the Knights return to their home course Friday and have the top four scoring golfers from the three PGA courses compete in an intrasquad championship at Rutgers. Teammates who finish outside the top four will caddie for the competing golfers, upping the pressure. “It’s bringing a different level of competition and drive to get to the top,” Walters said.
Freshman Jonathan Chang paced the Knights in his first career home tournament, shooting a 212, good for fifth place. JOEY GREGORY, ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
LONG-TERM INVESTMENT Rutgers field hockey senior Ashley Yanek overcame a stress fracture to become one of the team’s unquestioned leaders. / PAGE 18
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TO BE DETERMINED Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood said he is unsure if redshirt freshman Paul James or sophomore Savon Huggins will play Saturday at Arkansas. / PAGE 19
NO REST The Rutgers men’s golf team takes part in intrasquad competition prior to its next tournament. / PAGE 19
QUOTE OF THE DAY “He really slingshot us and gave us some momentum going into the final round.” — Junior Doug Walters of freshman Jonathan Chang’s performance at the Rutgers Invitational
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
MEN’S SOCCER DEFENDER’S INJURY FORCES FRESHMAN INTO CHANGE
Rookie enjoys early spike in performance BY AARON FARRAR STAFF WRITER
Freshman defender Drew Morgan protects the ball near the Knights’ goal against College of Charleston. Morgan has played every possible minute on defense while replacing senior Joe Setchell. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Midfielder steps in for veteran BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Drew Morgan began with the Rutgers men’s soccer team as a midfielder, but he might not play that position again. The freshman moved to defender after two games once senior Joe Setchell went down with a leg injury. Three games later, Morgan is part of a defensive backfield that has put together consecutive shutouts.
“Drew has been fantastic,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “He’s given us more than we anticipated, to be quite honest. He’s been able to come in and fill several voids for us. Having three true freshmen along the back line, I think that shows a lot about those kids.” Setchell started 18 games last season and was one of the more experienced pieces returning to this year’s defense, along with senior defender Dragan Naumoski and senior goalie Kevin McMullen.
Morgan started at midfield for two games before he took Setchell’s position and made the Scarlet Knights defense a little less experienced. But that was as far as Donigan had to search for the answer of replacing Setchell. Morgan has played all 270 minutes since making the position change. Morgan shares a back line with freshmen Mitchell Taintor and Ross Tetro, who have SEE
Freshman outside hitter Alex Lassa found herself winning Big East Honor Roll recognition even before her first day of college. Lassa made an immediate impact on the Rutgers volleyball team, but she admits her adjustment to college alone is not easy. “So far it’s good,” she said. “It’s been a little stressful, but I was here over the summer for the [Summer Bridge to Success] program. It helped a lot with what to expect in college. So the transition has been good.” Lassa played four years on the varsity team at Eagle Valley High School (Colo.), earning Western Slope Conference CoPlayer of the year twice. She also earned Colorado Class 4-A State Championship Player of the Year and all-state honors as a senior, and won her team’s Best Offensive Player of the Year all four years. But the Eagle, Colo., native did not only have to worry about finding comfort in college — she had to adapt to collegiate volleyball quickly. College volleyball is “a whole different world, and it takes a toll on your body,” Lassa said. She had to alter her approach to the game and continues to work on settling in. Lassa is having an impressive season thus far, making the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for her performance in her Scarlet Knights debut
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FOOTBALL FEDERICO ADJUSTS TO BACKUP HOILDER
Kicker sets career marks against Big East opponent BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Before Thursday’s matchup with South Florida, freshman kicker Kyle Federico had never faced a field goal longer than 34 yards as a member of the Rutgers football team. He also never kicked three field goals in a game or went up against a Big East opponent as a Scarlet Knight. In less than 30 minutes of game time, he changed all of that. His first attempt against the Bulls fell victim to a botched hold and never went beyond the line of scrimmage. Soon after the ball
bounced off of Federico’s foot, it hit the hands of a South Florida defender and fell to the ground. As the clock sank below 30 seconds left in the first half, he earned a second attempt at a 52-yard attempt, by far the longest of his career. But this time he had a new holder. Sophomore J.T. Tartacoff injured his finger during the game, leaving the holding duties to senior punter Justin Doerner. “To be honest on the [52-yard attempt], I was a little nervous,” Doerner said. “It was a long kick.” SEE
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Freshman kicker Kyle Federico hit a 52-yard field goal Thursday at South Florida, the longest of his career and the first of three. ALEX VAN DRIESEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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pledged his commitment to the Rutgers football team last night. The Piscataway High School (N.J.) quarterback is a four-star cornerback recruit, per Rivals.com.
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Friday New Haven, Conn.
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Friday, 3 p.m. Bauer Track and Field Complex
Friday, 7 p.m. Yurcak Field
Published on Sep 19, 2012