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Symposium attracts top stem cell researchers BY LISA BERKMAN CORRESPONDENT
BRIDGEWATER — Scientists from all over the country gathered for the sixth annual New Jersey Stem Cell Research Symposium on Wednesday at the Bridgewater Marriott hotel. Researchers presented discoveries to an audience of about 250 people, with the University contributing 42 displays on findings in fields ranging from leukemia to addiction. The symposium was designed to help different personnel in the field meet to boost productivity, said Kathryn Drzewiecki, a University graduate student in biomedical engineering. “It’s good to have research and industry together to help each other,” said Drzewiecki, who studied devices meant to culture stem cells. “We can tell them what they need and they can get those products to be developed.” The University’s Center for Stem Cell Research co-sponsored the symposium. Ron Hart, professor of cell biology and neuroscience at the University, said the University is on the forefront of stem cell research and has the largest collection of human blood cells in the world. Half a million samples are stored in the Cell and DNA Repository and are now being used to generate stem cells for research, he said. “We turn them into neurons and begin to study mechanisms of disorders,” Hart said. SEE
Marios Athanasiou, a member of the Rutgers Student Voter Coalition, outlines upcoming efforts for the group to register students to vote in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Coalition aims to up voter turnout BY BRIANNA PROVENZANO STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers Student Voter Coalition will participate in a grassroots effort to get students to register to vote over the coming weeks. Leading up to Election Day on Nov. 6, the coalition, which is part of a statewide campaign run by New Jersey United Students, will join together with dozens of other organizations at the University to promote awareness about registering. Marios Athanasiou, a member of RSVC, said organizations participating in the coalition include the Women’s Center Coalition, Rutgers University Student Assembly, 90.3 The Core, Rutgers Student Union, and New Jersey Public Interest Research Group among others.
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“It’s a completely non-par tisan ef for t, not pushing for either par ty but just attempting to get students registered and involved in their democratic process,” said Athanasiou, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore. Athanasiou said in addition to tabling, the coalition has planned many other efforts to encourage student voter registration for the coming weeks. “We have tabling, we’re also working with the campus centers to do mass registrations and scheduling those events,” he said. “We are also doing dorm registrations, so after floor meetings, taking students who want to register to vote and aiding them in that process.” In addition to tabling, Athanasiou said the coalition would also participate in class wraps
and organizational wraps, which involve passing out registration forms to entire classes and organizations, respectively. One of the coalition’s largest efforts will take place on Sept. 25, which is National Voter Registration Day, he said. Members will participate in tabling efforts on all five campuses for the better part of the day in an effort to spread awareness. He said he was particularly invested in the project because of the low voter turnout among college-aged students. “Youth turnout is appalling. It’s a very low percentage and it’s a shame. I think that percentage is so low because we’ve been alienated. We’ve been told that our vote doesn’t matter,” Athanasiou said. SEE
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Students remember Sikh temple shooting victims BY HANNAH SCHROER STAFF WRITER
More than 60 people huddled together with candles in hand on the steps of Brower Commons last night for an interfaith vigil in memory of the seven Sikhs who died Aug. 5 after a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The vigil was held to bring awareness and understanding about the hate crime that occurred, said Rashmeen Kaur, president of the Sikh Student Association at the University. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion based on prayer, earning an honest living and serving the community around its followers, said Gurpal Sran, public relations officer for the Sikh Student Association. With more than 20 million practicing Sikhs, it is the fifth-largest
organized religion in the world, he said. Kaur, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior, was upset a crime against Sikhs could happen now, when many have learned to accept the differences of others. “Even though it wasn’t my mother or my uncle, it still affected us deep in our heart,” Kaur said. Sran said he was in Michigan on a cross-country road trip with his father when the shooting happened. “We were shocked. We were appalled. We didn’t think that something like that could happen in this country,” said Sran, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Sran said they took a detour to visit Oak Creek the next day and attended a vigil at a sister temple. SEE
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About 60 students gathered on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus to honor those who died during the Oak Creek, Wis., Sikh temple shooting. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO
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CAMPUS CALENDAR 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 UMDNJRobert 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 pdanj.appspot.com/symposium.html.
Sunday, Sept. 23 Paula Birnbaum of the University of San Francisco presents a lecture on “Reconciling Judaism and Feminism in Contemporary Israeli Art” at 7:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The event is sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life in conjunction with the Institute for Women and Art.
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.
Sunday, Sept. 23 The Raritan River Festival and Duck Race takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at Boyd Park in New Brunswick. Activities include water taxis, cardboard canoe races and the Beez Foundation Rubber Duck Race on the Delaware Raritan Canal. Free food and drink. For more information, visit www.raritanriverfestival.net.
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.
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Alum’s scholarship program to help students affected by cancer BY SKYLAR FREDERICK STAFF WRITER
Through a scholarship fund called Marna’s Pals, recent University graduates aim to provide aid to students whose family members have been affected by cancer. David Pal, a University alumnus, was left as an independent, paying his own way through school after his mother died of pancreatic cancer in 2007 during his time as a first-year student, following his father’s death during his junior year of high school. Based on merit and need, the University covered the cost of tuition for Pal, which allowed him to graduate from the University without having any loans to pay back. “I realized how fortunate I was to be able to graduate without loans and to have so many scholarships help me through my time at Rutgers,” Pal said. Pal, founder of Marna’s Pals, said he was looking for a way to give back to the community. Cancer is hard on any individual, he said, and struggling to pay for school only makes it harder. Pal named his scholarship fund after his mother Marna. Marna’s Pals offers scholarships to N.J. residents who are entering college or are already in college, with an immediate family member that has been affected by cancer, he said. Pal said that dealing with cancer in the family should not
get in the way of student’s success, so Marna’s Pals offers a way to help these students pay for college. While at the University, Pal majored in biomedical engineering and public health, was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, as well as a member of the Cap and Skull honors society. Pal is now a second-year Ph.D student in environmental engineering at Princeton University. Pal approached his girlfriend of two years, co-founder and University alumna Elizabeth Diaz, in December 2011 with the idea to create this organization and asked for her help. From there, Marna’s Pals has grown to include 15 members, almost all of who are University alumni or current students, he said. Diaz got involved with the organization as she too experienced the affects of cancer in her family. Diaz grew up living with her grandfather, who died of brain and lung cancer during her junior year at the University, she said. “I experienced a lot of the same obstacles,” Diaz said. “I understood where David was coming from, and it’s a really great cause.” Diaz said she hopes to see the organization grow beyond the local area. The goal is to reach all of New Jersey in five years and to be able to provide scholarships that can cover costs for an entire semester.
Marna’s Pals solicits applications through its website, which are then reviewed to find the top applicants based off need, merit and the general ef fect cancer has had on their family, Pal said. The organization was founded in Januar y 2012 and will be offering its first round of scholarships in Januar y 2013. These initial scholarships consist of a total of $3,500, which will be divided in to seven scholarships of $500 each, Pal said. The first 100 applications to be submitted will be accepted for review. One scholarship will be reserved for a South Brunswick High School senior, the same high school Pal attended, he said. Through numerous small fundraisers, bake sales, Super Bowl events and general solicitation, Marna’s Pals has raised $13,000, Pal said. The remainder of the money that is not being used for scholarships this year has been invested, so the organization can grow a reser voir of funds for future applicants, Pal said. Marna’s Pals aims to raise $50,000 within the year through more events and fundraisers, including its of ficial launch party in Februar y 2013, he said. Neil Stocco, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, is one of the student volunteers for Marna’s Pals and has been a member of the organization since it began. When Stocco pledged Sigma Alpha Mu in fall 2010, Pal was
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president of the fraternity, and Stucco said his involvement began there. When Stocco heard that families are forced to put medical bills before tuition and other education costs, he was immediately on board with the organization, spreading the word to family and friends, he said. “No teenager deser ves to be denied an education because his college fund is paying for medical bills,” Stocco said. “I
want Marna’s Pals to have a more scholastic appeal.” Stocco works as the public relations officer for the organization and is the author of the quarterly newsletter, with the first issue expected to be out in the beginning of 2013. To donate to Marna’s Pals, you can visit the website or Facebook page. The organization has a PayPal account and also accepts cash and check donations.
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Video contest aims to raise green awareness BY SIMON GALPERIN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
University students have until Nov. 15 to enter to win $1,000 through submitting a video with an environmentally aware message to the Viral Green Video competition, a contest only open to college students. “I want to harness [people’s] creativity and give them an outlet to use this to support a green message,” said Mary Reilly, creator of the Viral Green Video competition. Reilly, who is a green consultant at Reilly Green Associates, began to spread her message of environmental awareness by giving free public presentations. But she noticed attendees were already drinking from reusable water bottles and toting reusable shopping bags. “I was preaching to the converted,” Reilly said. Tasked with determining how to bridge the gap between the informed and the uninformed, she gathered donations from private citizens to launch the Viral Green Video competition. The problem with informing the public about climate change, Reilly said, is that it not always welcomed information. “You need this information, but it’s not what you want to hear,” she said. The natural wish to make ideas about global warming go away is
TURNOUT Group consists of several campus organizations CONTINUED FROM FRONT John Connelly, RUSA president, said NJUS has made a goal of registering 20,000 students statewide. At the University’s New Brunswick campus, the coalition aims to get 7,000 students to register, said Connelly, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Connelly said the coalition plans to follow a networking model, which will involve members reaching out to the organizations closest to them in order to get eligible voters to register. The coalition formed without much effort at the University, he
Students can also choose to visible in some institutions putting out information to disregard cli- focus on global climate change, water usage and needs, or waste mate change, Reilly said. Students can choose to focus as the subject of their video, on doubts of the seriousness of the according to the website. The judges will award students planet’s environmental imbalance in their video submission, accord- up to a total of 50 points for picking one of the subjects, alluding to ing to the competition’s website. “I am a true believer in global climate change, citing facts, mankind and womankind — that meeting the time limit and getting if enough people had enough a message across in the video. The amount of views the video information they would make the right decisions, and things would receives from Nov. 15, to Jan. 15 determine the final quickly change,” 50 points. The subReilly said. mission closest to Reilly said the “You need this 100 points will win. competition could information, but The video does help ensure that not have to be a future generait’s not what you quality production, tions have the want to hear.” Reilly said, sugsame opportunigesting that some ties the current MARY REILLY viral videos are generation has. Creator of the Viral Green Video poor in quality but She cited the Competition have a message Great Pacific people want to see Garbage Patch and drought throughout the and share with others. “It’s got to be funny, cute, sexy United States as examples of the negative environmental impact or just plain weird,” she said. The environment a video of humans on the planet. The Great Pacific Garbage enters also determines whether it Patch is an area of the Pacific will go viral, said Steven Miller, Ocean with a higher concentra- coordinator of Undergraduate tion of plastics than other parts of Studies in the Department of the ocean, which poses a danger Journalism and Media Studies. Miller said there was a confluto wildlife in the region, according to the National Oceanic and ence of events that led to the newfound popularity of the video of Atmospheric Administration. candidate Mitt The United States experienced presidential the worst drought in five decades Romney, in which he classifies 47 this summer, according to Reuters. percent of Americans as victims.
“You have to capture a video at the right place and the right time to get things going,” he said. A green message is not going to make a video go viral, Reilly said, pointing out how there are many green videos that are documentaries. Greenpeace, the Environmental Defense Fund and the clean-coal industry put out videos all the time, Miller said. Reilly anticipates receiving eight submissions in this round of the competition and wants to see at least one of the videos get around 30,000 views. She said she hopes to advertise for the third round of competition nationally. Net Impact, a nonprofit membership organization focused on encouraging its members to make positive social impacts in their respective industries, will bring the winning video to the national stage, Reilly said. Tamanna Mohapatra, events leaders at the New Jersey chapter of Net Impact, said she hopes at least one of the videos goes viral. There is plenty of imagination out there to create the right video, Reilly said. You have to have an audience that is ready, willing and waiting, Miller said. “You have to have something that will capture people’s imaginations,” he said.
“Because Rutgers students come from so many different backgrounds and come from so many different walks of life, it’s sometimes very difficult to bring them all together,” he said. “Even on something as simple as registering them to vote.” Jagga Singh, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said his involvement with the project began with an interest in the political process. “I’m a political science major so I’m really involved with politics and one thing I believe in is that everyone should go out there and be politically active,” Singh said. He said he did not join the coalition through any particular organization, but because he felt he had the opportunity to help his community in particular to register. “I do have a feeling there’s a lot of apathy within my certain background, which is Southeast Asian students,” Singh said. “I do see a lot
of political apathy where they just don’t want to get involved, they maybe don’t have the time, the resources, whatever it may be.” He said voter registration is especially pertinent for students since there are many issues that will directly affect them. “Especially dealing with student debt, it’s at an all-time high and we need to think for ourselves and for future generations to see who is going to be the right candidate for us,” Singh said. Connelly said his particular investment in the grassroots effort to get students to register stemmed from his own passion for the electoral process. “The reason I care so much about this particular project is it’s a good way of showing Rutgers students the way that democracy was intended to work — that it doesn’t come down from the top,” he said. “It rises up from everywhere.”
said, thanks to the organizations already in place on campus. “RUSA is a member of New Jersey United Students and also the United States Student Association, so because we were already kind of being asked to do voter registration work for those two organizations, it kind of only made sense for RUSA to spearhead it here,” Connelly said. He said the number of registered student voters at the University could be higher, and the Rutgers Student Voter Coalition hopes to bolster these numbers. “It’s always been so low, and there’s a lot of different factors for that, and the only way to really fix the fact that young people feel divorced from the political system is to start getting more young people involved in it,” he said. Connelly said the biggest challenge he is faced with is uniting the diverse University community to achieve this common goal.
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Studies lack funding from government, Hart says CONTINUED FROM FRONT “So there are several labs in Rutgers that are dealing with various diseases. That’s what makes our University special in this aspect.” Among the projects featured at the symposium was a new machine introduced by Life Technologies, a global life-sciences company, designed to copy a genome sequence quicker and cheaper than before. Although the machine, called the “Ion Proton Sequencer,” costs $200,000, the chip used to take tissue samples has been reduced from its current cost of $500,000 to about $1,000, said Marsha Slater, application specialist for Life Technologies. “That’s going to create a lot of change in how medicine is done,” Slater said. “Cancer patients will be able to get their tissue samples sequenced, see what mutations are there — which will help choose the best chemotherapy for the patient.” In addition to tissue sample projects, presenters also focused on how to extract stem cells from eggs, even if they are not fertilized, said Ann Kiessling, associate professor of surger y at Harvard Medical School. Although stem cells from unfertilized eggs, called parthenote cells, can be used without any controversy, Kiessling said the DickeyWiker Amendment has blocked scientists from using federal funds for research. “It seems to be that the federal government did not want to get involved in the discussion on whether women should be asked to donate eggs for research purposes,” said Kiessling, director of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation. But Kiessling said parthenote cells are not as effective as fertilized embryos. Only 2 percent of these cells can be reprogrammed into stem cells, a stark contrast with the typical 20 to 50 percent success rate found with the use of fertilized embryos, she said. Research has stalled because of a lack of government funding in the entire field, Hart said. While New Jersey refuses to spend any money on stem cell research, he said scientists are finding ways to make adjustments in their work. “The key is to reduce the cost of research,” Hart said. “That means making more stem cells with fewer cells and smaller cultures. We’re learning how to do that.” Stem cells have been found to increase neuron production, which can potentially cure a variety of mental diseases that were once thought to be irreparable, he said. Aniruddh Solanki, a University graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, said he developed a cheaper, toxic-free method to improve the usual solution Life Technologies uses. “Stem cells are very sensitive,” said Solanki, who personally designed the nano RU particle that makes this possible. “You can’t do much with them or they’ll die. What we have is a unique system that doesn’t use viruses but neutralizes the cell environment.”.”
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
OFF THE CUFF Comedian Aaron Kominos-Smith warms up the crowd for the Rutgers University Programming Association’s open night mic night at the Cook Campus Center. About 50 students attended, with a few taking the stage themselves to perform. CONOR ALWELL, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
VICTIMS Sran says attacks on Sikhs stem from American xenophobia Harinder Singh, community educator and co-founder of the Sikh Research Institute, said The people at the vigil were the shooting should be used not just sad and angry, but proud as a moment to teach their community could come religious tolerance. together after an event like this Sikhs do not have an idea of and hope for better things grieving, Singh told the crowd at ahead, he said. the vigil. Sran said many tend to conSikhs believe evil is a perverfuse Islam with Sikhism. sion of mind, and the way to fight “Islam and Sikhism are both is to educate more people to ver y peaceful religions. The diminish this kind of perversion, people are peaceful, and the he said. fact that they’re confused with They instead pray for each other isn’t really a big strength to become agents of deal with me — that happens,” change to prevent future hate, Sran said, adding that most he said. religions have “We invoke the same goals of “We’re not the one force, the tolerance, equaliuniversal force, ty and ser ving terrorists. to help us deal others. with the tragedy As an American We’re peaceful, that has taken citizen, Sran is loving people.” place,” Singh troubled by xenosaid, adding that phobic attitudes RASHMEEN KAUR President of the there needs to be toward unfamiliar Sikh Student Association systematic govreligions in this ernment policy countr y, and he changes to help thinks that needs prevent this from happening in to change. the future. “I think we’ve accomplished “When we come together as harder things in this country, and citizenry, as students, what matI think we do have the ability to ters is everyone has a right to really go out there and really live the way they want to live,” campaign for knowledge — to he said. show that all these people are the Singh said the shooting same,” he said. teaches others to stand up for Kaur said she thinks the other people’s rights even when shooting occurred because they might not follow their reliAmerican citizens have failed to gion or lifestyle. learn about other people and “In Sikh tradition, we believe understand their religions over there is no ‘other,’” Singh said. the past 10 to 15 years. He said persisting judgments “We’ve become less accepting about non-mainstream religions than we should be,” she said. only create new manifestations Sikhs are sometimes labeled of hate. as Pakistani or Muslim or ter“When somebody is belitrorists if they wear a turban, tling the ‘other,’ if you stand up Kaur said. and question them, [if] you “Just by looking at our outstop being a bystander and side appearance, they fail to recbecome an upstander, that’s ognize who we are,” she said. when the hate and vengeance “We’re not terrorists. We’re will stop,” Singh said. peaceful, loving people.”
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S EPTEMBER 20, 2012
Bilingual road signs undergo trial run in New Brunswick BY DOMENIC RUGGERI CONTRIBUTING WITER
Certain street signs in New Brunswick are now to include messages in both English and Spanish after the Puerto Rican Action Board, a New Brunswick-based human services organization, began a traffic safety campaign which was launched Wednesday. The “Slow Down/Mas Despacio” campaign aims to reduce the high rate of traffic accidents in the city and consists of 20 signs on Livingston Avenue between Suydam and Sanford Street, said Cuqui Rivera, coordinator of PRAB’s “Caminos Seguros” program. The signs, which urge motorists to slow down in both English and Spanish, will be used in an area of New Brunswick that has a very high incidence of accidents where pedestrians are hit by cars, Rivera said. “We wanted to target the area because of
[those incidences], and if we can make any difference at all it would be nice to do that when kids are going back to classes,” Rivera said. The signs will stay up for a trial run from Sept. 12 until Sept. 26, she said. The New Brunswick Police Department conducted random radar screenings of 100 drivers on the stretch of road before the project, and will do the same survey during and after the campaign for comparisons, she said. Rivera said the results would be very useful in determining if the project was successful and whether similar initiatives should take place in other areas. “What they are going to do with that data is look to see if the behavior [of drivers] changes in any way — good, bad or ugly,” Rivera said. “Obviously, we want to do this in other high-traffic areas like Trenton.” Russell Marchetta, city spokesperson, said the bilingual
aspect of the program would make it easier to reach everyone who could possibly use the street, especially since New Brunswick has a large Hispanic population. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population in New Brunswick is 49.9% Hispanic.
“If we can make any difference at all it would be nice to do that when kids are going back to classes.” CUQUI RIVERA Puerto Rican Action Board Coordinator
“It’s an initiative that serves as an important step with the city’s ‘Complete Streets Policy’… with Complete Streets, we work to design, build, maintain and operate our streets for ever yone,” he said.
PRAB is not alone in its attempts to make the streets safer, said Marchetta, adding that the city is also working with the University to make local streets safer and easier to use. “We received a community university research grant from Rutgers … to make it more efficient for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists,” he said. Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President and CEO of the American Conference on Diversity, a New Brunswick-based organization devoted to increasing cross-cultural cooperation, said the project is a good way to accommodate the community as a whole. “Whenever the community takes a concern for its people and remains proactive, not letting anything like language become a barrier to safety, that’s really important. I think that’s being responsible,” Williams-Riley said.
The project received support from the local residents who had to give the initial approval for the signs to be planted in the first place, Rivera said. “We knocked on [the doors of] the businesses and said ‘We want to do this, will you let us stick a sign in your lawn?’… and everybody did agree,” she said. Yichen Wang, a Rutgers Business School junior, said the project sounded like a good idea, but felt it could be expanded to include more demographics within the population. “We have a diverse student body, so we do have other groups that could be represented … but I view this as a positive,” he said. The project came at no cost to New Brunswick or to PRAB, Rivera said. The Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program, a project led by H. James Polos, chairman of the Middlesex County Public Safety and Health Committee, donated the signs.
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City Council votes to keep restrictions on bar BY ALEX MEIER CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Local resident Peter Montague, top, complains about the noise coming from Tropicana Bar and Grill. City Council members voted to keep the zoning restrictions on the establishment, maintaining the midnight curfew currently in place. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
The New Brunswick City Council unanimously ruled yesterday to renew restrictions on a liquor license for a local bar and grill after residents raised complaints. City council first placed restrictions on the Tropicana in July 2011 after receiving noise complaints from frustrated residents, according to Patch.com Since last year’s decision, the bar and grill has been the subject of numerous complaints, said Det. Michael Debonis of the New Brunswick Police Department. “From June 1 to today, we’ve received four calls for ser vice,” Debonis said. “On [Sept.] 14, we were called to the scene for an argument.” The restaurant, located on the corner of Georges Road and Commercial Avenue, is required to have special provisions on their license, Debonis said. A uniformed police officer must be present from 10:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on restaurant grounds. Additionally, all recorded music must be turned off after midnight. Despite the restrictions, the restaurant continues to test its limits, he said. Music is played past the midnight curfew on most weekends, often until police take measures to address the issue. Many times, patrons are seen crowding around the restaurant after closing. An on-site security guard was found carr ying an unlicensed firearm last summer, according to Patch.com Peter Montague, member of the Second Ward Neighborhood Block Club and Crime Watch, said local residents wanted the
council members to keep the current restrictions in place. “This has been an issue among our members for at least three years.” Montague said. The Tropicana is zoned only to operate as a restaurant, but Montague said many believe the establishment functions as a club. He said the problems come from enforcing the zoning laws, which he believes is a legal “gray area” for police forces. “My feeling is that they bought this property to turn it into a nightclub, and they did that,” Montague said. “If you stand a couple hundred yards away, you hear thumping dancing music.” Glenn Fleming, a city council member, said establishments are generally expected to respect the zoning rules. “You have to work within the confines of the neighborhood,” Fleming said. Representatives from the Tropicana were not present at yesterday’s meeting. “The people from the Tropicana knew about the meeting and were supposed to be here,” said Rebecca Escobar, council vice president. Montague said he believes the Tropicana owners avoided the meeting deliberately. “They’re trying to get out of the business,” he said. “We were told that the owner of the liquor license wants to transfer the liquor license to somewhere else.” While Montague believes the establishment should revert to its intended operation as a restaurant, he said he is pleased with the council’s decision. “It’s not the ideal solution,” he said. “But this solution is second best.”
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Death toll rises to 29 in pipeline fire THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REYNOSA, Mexico — The death toll in a pipeline fire at a distribution plant near the U.S. border has risen to 29, Mexico’s state-owned oil company said yesterday. At least 46 others were injured, and more might be missing. Juan Jose Suarez, director of the state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos company, told local media earlier in the day that at least five workers had not been seen since the blast. The company, known as Pemex, said in its Twitter account on Tuesday that a total of seven people were unaccounted for. President Felipe Calderon said the quick reaction of emergency teams prevented a “real catastrophe,” by controlling the fire before it reached the huge tanks of a neighboring gas processing plant. The enormous fire Tuesday hit a distribution center near the border with Texas that handles natural gas coming in from wells and sends it to a processing plant next door. “The timely response by oil workers, firefighters and the Mexican army was able to control the fire relatively quickly and avoid a real catastrophe of bigger proportions and greater damages if the fire had spread to the center for gas processing, which is right there,” Calderon said in a speech in Mexico City. The blast and ensuing fire left charred tanks and a mound of tangled steel at the walled plant near the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. Two of the injured were reported in serious condition. Dr. Jaime Urbina Rivera, deputy medical director of Hospital Materno Infantil de Reynosa just a few miles from the plant, said his hospital had received nine injured workers with first- and second-degree burns covering 10 percent to 40 percent of their bodies, with the burns concentrated on their backs and legs. They all arrived conscious, he said. Pemex officials said the blast appeared to have been caused by an accidental leak, and there was no sign so far of sabotage. The facility’s perimeter walls, topped with razor wire as a security measure in a country that has seen thieves, saboteurs and drug gangs target oil installations, presented an obstacle for plant workers trying to flee. Esteban Vazquez Huerta, 18, who was inside the plant when the fire erupted, managed to find a gap in the wire, scale a wall and escape. “We had to climb the wall from that side because the fire, the heat was reaching us,” Vazquez Huerta said Wednesday as he stood outside the plant, waiting for word of missing co-workers.
Democrat Tim Kaine, who is running for senate in Virginia, speaks during a question-and-answer session yesterday, highlighting budget, health care and education. GETTY IMAGES
Rivals for Senate talk up cooperation THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LEESBURG, Va. — Democrat Tim Kaine talks a lot about Republicans — the ones in his family, the ones he’s worked with and the ones he hopes will help him bridge the caustic political divide if he’s elected to the U.S. Senate. “We can’t have a functioning nation with a dysfunctional legislative branch,” the former Democratic Party chairman says at a recent campaign stop. “John Warner said something to me: ‘It’s not sick-building syndrome, it’s not in the water supply. It’s in the character and the inclination of the people who walk in there every day.’ The only way it will change is if we put in people who have a different set of character and inclinations.” Kaine’s words draw loud applause from the seniors at Leisure World in this northern Virginia suburb, most of them Democrats, a few wearing “Grandma for Obama” buttons. Former Virginia Sen. Warner isn’t the only Republican whom Kaine mentions in his hour-long question-and-answer session on budgets, health care and education. He cites President Dwight Eisenhower, praises Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and mentions that his hero is his father-inlaw — Linwood Holton, who in 1970 was Virginia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction. A few days later, at a retirement community near Fort Belvoir, Republican candidate George Allen eagerly recounts stories of successful bipartisan-
ship from his days in the state leg- Republican Mitt Romney. It also is islature and talks of being “united one of about a dozen Senate races regardless of party or where we that could decide who’s in charge live.” The former senator ticks off on Capitol Hill in January. Polls have shown Kaine, 54, the names of Democrats he worked with — Hillary Clinton, the former Richmond mayor and Ron Wyden — and the ones he’s lieutenant governor, and Allen, 60, certain would join forces with him namesake son of the legendary on energy — Mary Landrieu, Joe Washington Redskins coach, essentially tied for much of the Manchin, perhaps Mark Begich. “I hope to win not because year. Two new polls out this week someone is so much against the gave Kaine a slight advantage. other side. There’s obviously dif- The difference on Election Day ferences. That’s to be expected in could be fewer than 10,000 votes. a representative democracy. Not In 2006, Democrat Jim Webb everyone has the same opinion. ... edged out Allen by just under Then you have civil engagement 9,000 votes out of 2.3 million cast. “Our country where you discuss was formed on those ideas. Civil “Our country compromise,” said engagement is the Preston Hewitt, 62, best approach to was formed a Republican who create more jobs, on compromise.” heard Kaine talk to better security, workers at the whatever the issue PRESTON HEWITT Raging Wire data may be and let the Republican centers in Ashburn, people decide,” Va., and is considerAllen says. Kaine and Allen — two former ing backing the Democrat. “That’s the way it should be,” governors locked in an excruciatingly close race for Senate — pur- said Monique Baird, 81, an Allen posely are talking up cooperation. supporter at the retirement home It’s not only recognition of the near Fort Belvoir who faulted electorate’s dissatisfaction with Obama for divisive politics and a months of Washington vitriol and move toward socialism. In the campaign’s final seven gridlock, it’s a political necessity in an evenly divided state as they weeks, Kaine and Allen have pitch to the few remaining inde- three debates — one today, another Oct. 8 and the last one at pendent voters. Yes, Virginia is the decider this Virginia Tech on Oct. 18. “You’ve gone through a few renyear, a genuine swing state that holds an outsized role in deter- dezvous with destiny,” Allen tells mining the presidency and control the World War II veterans and of the Senate. It is one of roughly a other military retirees, “but as far dozen battleground states that as younger generations, for all of could tip the election to either us, this is our time for choosing, or President Barack Obama or as my father would say, ‘The future
is now.’ That future is going to get decided on November 6.” All year, roughly a dozen Senate races have been fiercely competitive as Democrats fight to hold onto their slim majority — 5147 plus two independents who caucus with the party — while defending 23 seats to the GOP’s 10. Republicans need a net gain of four seats to grab control. Some races have receded in the final stretch — New Mexico looks more certain for Democrats, Arizona for Republicans. The GOP establishment abandoned Missouri after Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about pregnancy and “legitimate” rape. Polls suggest that once vulnerable Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill will hold the seat. At the same time, Republicans are more upbeat about keeping the Maine seat of retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe, with both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spending money on ads in the state. The three-way race pits independent Angus King, the former governor who is likely to side with Democrats if elected, against Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill. The GOP also sees an opening in Democratic-leaning Connecticut where Rep. Chris Murphy, who doesn’t have much statewide name recognition, has str uggled against Republican Linda McMahon, the professional wrestling executive who has focused on her business background in her second consecutive bid for the Senate.
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Sudan refugees flee intensified bombing runs THE ASSOCIATED PRESS YIDA, South Sudan — Newly arrived refugees at a camp along the volatile South Sudan-Sudan border say renewed fighting between rebels and Sudan’s military is likely to send thousands more people to an expanding camp here filled with refugees of war and hunger. Two teenagers — Abdul Karim Mustafa and his neighbor Zeinab Abdallah Kuwa — are looking for ward to beginning school in October at the Yida camp. The two say classes will help them forget the violence they left behind. The two traveled to Yida from the town of Tuna, in South Kordofan state in Sudan. South Kordofan has been gripped by the violent struggle between the rebel SPLA-Nor th — a force once allied with what is now South Sudan’s militar y — and the Sudanese Armed Forces. The fighting began in June 2011 following disputed gubernatorial elections. As the fighting intensified, tens of thousands began streaming into South Sudan. Since February, the population of Yida has skyrocketed from 17,000 to around 65,000 refugees. Mustafa, 15, and Kuwa, 18, left home on Sept. 11. Mustafa said his parents stayed behind because his father was too sick
to move. Kuwa said her parents had already left for Yida camp. The two walked four days in order to reach Yida. They drank water from rivers and accepted food from well-wishers. They brought nothing but the clothes they wore. In its ef for ts to quell the rebels in South Kordofan, Sudan has routinely employed crude bombs rolled from the backs of Antonov warplanes to target the SPLA-North fighters. But the bombs often fall in civilian areas. After months of bombings, many were unable to plant their crops and took refuge in nearby caves in the Nuba mountains. Others simply fled south. Those fleeing often cross the paths of Antonov airplanes continuing their campaign against the rebels. The two teenagers said they encountered the war planes on the second day of their trip near the town of El-Buram, just south of South Kordofan’s capital, Kadugli. Sitting in Yida just one week later, Mustafa said the planes caught him and Kuwa by surprise. His eyes — the right is colored by a cloudy white cataract — darted to the ground as he described what happened. “We didn’t even have time to turn around,” Kuwa said. “As soon as we heard the plane, we dropped down and the bombs hit.”
When the two stood up, they found that six people from the group they were walking with had been injured. One had been killed. The bombing took place a 30-minute walk away from ElBuram. There were a few scattered houses along the way but they were mostly empty. “Those people were already in Yida,” Mustafa said. Ryan Boyette, a former American aid worker who now lives in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, said yesterday
“As soon as we heard the plane, we dropped down and the bombs hit.” KARIM MUSTAFA Refugee at Camp in Sudan
that Sudanese warplanes have dropped 81 bombs on 11 villages since early August. He believes Sudan is increasing its attacks to discourage the implementation of a humanitarian agreement signed Aug. 4 that would see aid deliveries to the region. Boyette — who r uns a media website called NubaRepor ts.com — said hospitals in Nuba are seeing the highest numbers of malnourished children since the
fighting began in 2011. Sudan’s government does not allow aid groups to operate in the region. At Yida’s registration center, new arrivals relay stories of fresh fighting in the war-torn state. Yusif Ibrahim Adam, a refugee, said fighting erupted just more than a week ago around Abu Hashim, in between Kadugli and Umm Dorain. “The Sudanese Armed Forces are now in control of Abu Hashim,” he said. Yusif al Farik came to Yida with his daughter Sara from Dolakha, just south of Kadugli. Al Farik said Sudanese forces occupied the town around Sept. 10, killing two-dozen rebel soldiers. Farik says the rebels regrouped after two days and retook the town. “The civilians were scattered,” he said. Several new arrivals, including al Farik, say the new round of fighting has included shelling into civilian areas under SPLANorth control. Al Noor Tutu Kafi, a 64-yearold who goes by the title chief, said he hears the same thing from new arrivals from his region. Kafi tries to gather information about how many more refugees might be on their way. “We are expecting all the people to come. No one will remain behind because the war is going on and the bombings are still going,” he explained.
When the war star ted, many residents — especially children — remained behind to continue with school and help elderly and sickly residents who could not make the journey. There were no schools in Yida, and some children who came earlier even returned to South Kordofan to continue their education. Now community leaders like Kafi say most of the schools in the war-tor n region have closed, while dozens have opened in Yida. Kafi also represents Mustafa and Kuwa. It was in front of Kafi’s new, makeshift home in Yida where the pair explained that they also came for school. A wizened man with a beard and a clean white cap atop his head, Kafi says he is grateful that the two survived the journey. After the bombing in ElBuram, the teens rested briefly before continuing south. Again the two encountered Antonovs just outside of El-Buram, but the planes did not drop bombs. The rainy season has made the roads into the camp nearly impassable, but people are still arriving. With ongoing fighting and the resulting hunger, the U.N. refugee agency believes there could be an additional 15,000 refugees in the camp by the end of the year. If the war continues, community leaders say such an influx is likely.
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hether its mode of transit be through the spoken word, text in a newspaper or journal, or an act a simple as donating money to a given cause, free speech and expression is something that we, as Americans, hold pretty close to the heart. And as college students — notoriously liberal in our opinions and belonging to an atmosphere most ideal for voicing and expressing those opinions — this is doubly so. It’s because of this very fact that we find the University’s handling of recent litigation relating to the withholding of fundraising money for a flotilla ship against the Israeli blockade of Gaza two years ago so concerning. BAKA: Students for Middle Eastern Justice hosted a fundraising event on Nov. 4, 2010 in the Busch Campus Center in an effort to raise relief funds for a flotilla ship headed to the Gaza Strip. Roughly 250 people came out and donated money to the cause, and the event ended up raising $3,345 for the “U.S. Boat to Gaza,” a relief effort organized by the Stand for Justice to provide a blockaded Gaza Strip with supplies. Despite opposition to the cause by other University groups, BAKA’s aim to show support for an issue they felt was important is, and was not at the time, at all uncommon. The group was simply exercising a freedom of speech and expression to which all students on campus are — and should — be entitled. Yet problems arose when the University issued a statement explaining, despite approval of the fundraiser itself, BAKA would have to choose a new recipient of the funds because the “U.S. Boat to Gaza” did not qualify as a charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Complying with this statement, the group then told the University that the fundraised money would go to the WESPAC Foundation, a recognized 501-c charity. Ultimately though, neither BAKA nor their intended charity ever received a check from the University.
Larry Romsted, a chemistry professor in the department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and University part-time lecturer Manijeh Saba — both of whom were involved with hosting the fundraiser back in 2010 — are now suing the University. They contend that, by withholding the funds, the University is committing a clear infringement on the group’s freedom of speech. The issue is a complicated one and is certainly not helped by the fact that the University, because the litigation is pending, has declined to comment on it. In our eyes, it remains unclear as to what prevented the money from reaching its intended destination in the first place. Why, exactly, after verifying that BAKA’s second charity was indeed tax-exempt and bona-fide under U.S. law, the group’s fundraised money still didn’t get there is especially puzzling. While the cause BAKA chose to support was understandably a controversial one, we cannot see how this would — or could, under the tenets of an academic community founded on the “free exchange of ideas in an atmosphere of mutual respect,” as University Spokesman E.J. Miranda put it — have factored into the University’s actions. These are questions that the University community must demand from administrators, and we’re encouraged to find the University’s own faculty members spearheading the effort in bringing the issue to absolution. A brief statement from the University explaining the circumstances under which the check was stopped would clear much of this confusion up. But in the absence of such a statement, we can only speculate — something we seem to be doing a lot of when it comes to the University and its affairs. As it stands now, the issue looks like a definite case of the University infringing upon the free speech of the members of BAKA — and as such, it deserves the attention of every member of the University community. In the meantime, however, the University should return the money back to its rightful owners: BAKA and its donors.
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No good deed goes unpunished SWIMMING UPSTREAM JOE AMDITIS
eath is a sobering and intriguing phenomenon that has the distinct capability to cause a great deal of pain and sorrow, while simultaneously invoking a sense of urgency and purpose that has ser ved as a catalyst for revolution. The key components that allow us to distinguish one death from another are the circumstances in which the death occurs. Human beings have the ability to assign value and worth to an incident that would other wise go unnoticed. It is this crucial aspect of the human experience that allows us to find strength and solidarity in the suffering and sacrifice of others who fight for causes we feel are justified. Conversely, we sometimes express collective outrage when we learn of injustices perpetrated against people engaged in activities we deem to be righteous. This is especially true in cases involving external authorities, over which we have no direct control. Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa District Court in Israel handed down a judgment late last month dismissing a civil suit brought against the State of Israel for the unlawful killing of Rachel Corrie — an American citizen who was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer in 2003 while protesting the destruction of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip. Corrie was a 23-year old from Olympia, Wash., and a student at Evergreen State College who had traveled to the Gaza Strip as a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). During her time in Gaza, Corrie participated in several demonstrations in protest of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the destruction of the Canada Well and the demolition
of Palestinian homes by armored IDF bulldozers. Corrie was wearing an orange reflective jacket and carr ying a megaphone on March 16, 2003 as she, along with other members of the pro-Palestinian ISM, attempted to prevent the IDF from destroying the homes of Palestinians, several of whom Corrie had befriended since she arrived in the region. Witnesses claim that Corrie had been in the presence of the bulldozers for several hours, and she had been using the megaphone to amplify her voice during the moments before she was killed. In response to her death, Corrie’s family filed suit in 2005, and both sides began giving testimony in 2010. Since the proceedings began, there have been 15 hearings, with testimony from 23 individuals on record. During his testimony in 2010, the driver of the bulldozer recalled the events of Corrie’s death, claiming he wasn’t aware that he had killed Corrie until he witnessed her friends huddled around her body. He went on to explain that he couldn’t even recall the time of day when he plowed over the 23-year old college student with his bulldozer and then proceeded to back up over her body a second time. Notwithstanding seven years of mounting evidence that strongly suggested a mistrial and cover-up, Gershon declared that Rachel was to be blamed for her own death. The ruling represents the continuation of the culture of impunity within which Israeli forces have operated for nearly 50 years. The decision, coupled with the testimony of Israeli military officials, sets a foreboding tone regarding future confrontations between activists and Israeli forces. According to the testimony, Israeli forces operate with the understanding that “the problem of foreigners is wellknown in this area, and as a policy we do not stop our missions because of the presence of foreigners in the area, so as not to set a dangerous precedent.” The Fourth Geneva Convention and
other tenets of international humanitarian law, however, explicitly outline Israel’s duties of distinction and discrimination to civilians, and groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have frequently expressed concerns over Israel’s use of lethal force in response to Palestinian demonstrators. The Corrie family is determined to seek justice, and has promised to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. For the rest of us, the stor y of Corrie’s gruesome and untimely death ser ves as a painful and unfortunate reminder of the ongoing struggle for self-determination and basic human rights in the Occupied Territories. Meanwhile, Israel continues to receive copious amounts of militar y and economic aid from the U.S. government — the Obama administration has requested $3.1 billion in Foreign Militar y Financing (FMF) for FY2013 — as well as contributions from transnational corporations like Caterpillar Inc., despite the fact that the bulldozer used to kill Corrie was a Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer. International law, U.S. law and even Caterpillar’s own corporate code of conduct prohibit the distribution of aid to countries suspected of breaches in international humanitarian law and human rights violations. The section of the U.S. Code titled “Human Rights and Security Assistance” prohibits the United States from “providing security assistance to any countr y the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” Principles of international, humanitarian and federal law seem to have little effect on the constant flow of U.S. and corporate aid to Israel, which many claim allows the violence to remain at such high rates. The House of Representatives introduced on March 5, 2012 the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 — H.R. 4133 — calling for
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virtually unlimited aid to Israel in the form of additional FMF spending, an expanded role for Israel during NATO operations, and additional surplus defense ar ticles and ser vices, among other things. While the U.S. government has expressed concerns that the investigation surrounding Corrie’s death was a failure, the money continues to flow directly into the hands of the ver y same legal system that has allowed countless crimes against the Palestinian people — and those who support the right to self-determination — to go unpunished. The UN Security Council released in 1980 the Draft Resolution 13911 concerning the rights of Palestinians. It voted to determine whether to recognize Palestine’s right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent State in Palestine. As stated in the text of the resolution, the UN recognized that the “question of Palestine is the core of the conflict in the Middle East” and was concerned about the “continuing deterioration of the situation in the Middle East, and deeply deplore[d] Israel’s persistence in its occupation of the Palestinian and other Arab territories.” That conflict still rages on today, and the recent wave of attacks on diplomatic establishments across the Middle East and other parts of the globe are a reminder of the ongoing instability in the region.
Corrie could have been any one of us. She could have been your friend, your sister or your daughter. She was an example of the selflessness, altruism and humanity we all want to believe still exists in the world. Corrie was a hero and her stor y, while tragic, is far from over. It is our responsibility as students, as citizens and as human beings to tell the stor y of her sacrifice and inspire people to take a stand against injustice. The power of information and cooperation among the masses can only be harnessed if we take it upon ourselves to decide who is remembered in the histor y books. If we fail to act, we allow one of our greatest weapons to fall into the hands of tyrants. With the tragic death of U.S. personnel in Libya still fresh on the minds of the American people, the possibility of peace may seem like a fairytale. But we cannot let the magnitude of a challenge prevent us from taking steps toward a solution. Instead we must understand, as Corrie did, that regardless of how intimidating the challenges may appear to be, there are some goals that are worth the fight. It is up to us to spread the word of Rachel Corrie’s courage and sacrifice to anyone who will listen. Joe Amditis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in criminal justice and political science with minors in psychology and criminology. His column runs on alternate Thursdays.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Teachers unions are not all bad The author of Tuesday’s commentar y in The Daily Targum on the leadership of Gov. Chris Christie was truly dishear tening. Time and time again, people choose to criticize New Jersey’s teaching system and the quality of public education here without really knowing much about it. The author claims teachers unions are “eroding the quality of public education” and cites the tenure system as problematic. While I agree somewhat with the tenure comment, I could not help but roll my eyes at the one about unions. That argument is getting stale. She goes on to talk about how Christie really won her over with his defense of the Islam. I applaud our governor for doing so, and I am glad the author has a religious ally in Christie. But that’s no excuse to criticize the N.J. public education system
using feeble and ill-researched arguments. Just call a spade a spade and say you like him because he stands up for Islam. My mother has been a public school teacher in New Jersey for more than 20 years and has been a union representative for quite a few of them. The purpose of a union is to maintain or improve the quality of a job. While they champion better conditions for people like my mother — conditions the author might not personally agree with — they are hardly the reason for the decline of public schools in our state. It’s public school administrators who are the real problem in this situation. It’s also the No Child Left Behind Act, former President George W. Bush’s severely misguided education reform. We have too many public school administrators who are paid way too much money, and we have teachers who are held to the ridiculous and educationally unhelpful standards of NCLB. It forces many teach-
ers to “teach to the test,” and instead of actually learning, students are reduced to rote memorization in order to pass the ludicrous number of state tests they are forced to take. Nothing is going to change in N.J. public schools until the problems with administrators and NCLB are addressed. In the meantime, I urge people to take a step back and appreciate the fact that public school teachers arguably have the most important job in the world. They are educating the youth of the world so that those children can one day take charge as leaders. A lot of us are at the University today because of the hard work of N.J. public school teachers. Before we lambaste their jobs and the unions that protect them, let’s do a little more research in order to discover the true problems at hand. Leena Meola is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in English with a minor in American studies.
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Freshman midfielder Olisa Eze is the second in his family to play for Rutgers. Junior forward Kene Eze is in his second year with the Knights. NELSON MORALES, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
BROTHERS Siblings encourage brother to pursue multiple college sports at Rutgers CONTINUED FROM BACK
Olisa Eze has played forward in the past, but Donigan prefers him and Kene Eze in the posi“His passion is track, but he tions they currently play. was also a ver y good soccer The brothers hold the titles as player. If it’s possible, we’re tr ythe two highest scorers in ing to get him to see if he can Sayreville High School history, do both sports,” Kene Eze said. but both have work to do to leave “It’s going to be difficult, but a legacy at Rutgers. it’s up to him if he really wants Olisa Eze has played only five to do it.” games for Rutgers, and Kene Eze Kene and Olisa Eze are both only played one year for the at different developing points Knights. of their careers. Most of their Kene Eze is a teammates have year removed “[Kene and only seen their from tying for the Knights’ Olisa Eze] both fight shor t histor y at team lead with for time and fight Rutgers, but Kene and Olisa Eze will six goals. Olisa for a spot ... always remember Eze is a midfieldmore than that. er, so goal scorin our rotation.” “It’s a dream ing is less of his DAN DONIGAN come true playing job, and he is still Head Coach with your brothin his first year of er,” Olisa Eze collegiate soccer. said. “[In] high “They both school, we played two years fight for time and fight for a together. I really loved it — spot on our team and in our great energy. Teams didn’t know rotation,” said head coach Dan what to do with our speed.” Donigan. “I don’t look at those two as kind of the same or even For updates on the Rutgers similar. Competitively, they men’s soccer team, follow Josh bring two different things to Bakan on Twitter @jbakantargum. the table.”
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SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 TENNIS ROOKIE ADJUSTS TO COLLEGE, NEW JERSEY
Texas native headlines new freshman class for Rutgers BY MIKE MORTON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers tennis team brought in its best recruiting class in team history this year. The class, which consists of three players, ranked 28th in the nation — the highest ranking in team history, according to Tennis Recruiting Network. Mariam Zein is one of those players. The freshman from Sugarland, Texas, was the Class 5A girls singles state champion for Dulles High School. She was a five-star prospect and ranked 73rd nationally, according to Tennis Recruiting Network. The Scarlet Knights have a histor y of pulling recruits from the Lone Star State for tennis.
“We’ve had a very strong tradition of attracting players to the team from Texas,” said head coach Ben Bucca, “so Mariam just continues that long line of tradition of having some very fine tennis players coming to Rutgers from Texas.” Zein crossed paths with Bucca while attending a tour nament in 2011, an encounter that prompted her interest in Rutgers. “I met Coach Bucca at a tournament the summer before my senior year, and I talked to him and liked his ideas of coaching and his coaching style,” Zein said. “We started talking back and forth, and he invited me for an official visit. I came on my
official visit in September and really loved the school.” Several elements of the school stuck out and appealed to Zein. “I really liked the girls on the team,” Zein said. “They were one of the main reasons I came because of the team atmosphere. Also, the academics are really good.” Adjusting to a new culture has not been too dif ficult for Zein, who claims there are only a few small things she had to get used to. “Ever ything is so much more fast-paced up here,” Zein said. “The environment is different, too, from the way the houses are to the way people
speak. It’s not too dif ferent, though. I’m not having culture shock or anything. It’s definitely a nice change from being in southern Texas.” Zein got her first taste of college tennis action Sept. 12, when the Knights scrimmaged NJIT, an experience she believes went well. “I was a little ner vous going into it, because college tennis is so much dif ferent from junior tennis in the sense that you’re playing for a team and the competition is higher,” she said. “I just tried to stay calm and focused and had a couple key things I wanted to focus on doing — and I think I was successful.”
Zein and her teammates compete in their first tournament of the season this weekend, something Zein is both anxious and excited for. “I’m pretty ner vous because we’re going against a bunch of schools, and it’s an away game, so it’s a combination of factors,” she said. “I’m totally ready to play with my team and I’ve been practicing hard, so hopefully I’ll get some good results.” Bucca also believes she is ready. He said he is confident the freshman will have a good first tournament and successful career. “Her style of play is wellsuited for college tennis,” Bucca said, “and her future is ver y promising.”
Junior forward Jonelle Filigno leads the Knights this season with eight goals. Her penalty strike last Friday against Villanova was Rutgers’ most recent goal. LAWRENCE CABREDO
VICTORY High-shooting South Florida forward presents issue for Knights defense CONTINUED FROM BACK The Knights put their hard world on display tomorrow, when South Florida visits Rutgers (7-3, 0-2). The Bulls (4-3-1, 0-0-1) feature a zero in the Big East win column, as well, but their record has no effect on what the team can bring to the field, Crooks said. “They are a very good team,” Crooks said. “They are strong, physical and an excellent attacking team.” For ward Sharla Passariello leads the attack. She is currently third in the league in shot attempts this season with 37 and tops in shots per game with a 4.62 shot average in eight contests. Rutgers held Villanova to only seven attempts and Georgetown to 15, but both games resulted in losses.
Senior defender Shannon Woeller knows how important it is for the team to play for an entire 90 minutes, especially with a player like Passariello, who gets off plenty of shots. “We just need to know to stay focused for 100 percent of the time,” Woeller said. “In both matches we had our chances, but we weren’t focused to finish them, so the other teams took advantage of our mistakes.” And while getting on the board first is ideal for any team, Crooks is not concerned at the moment with the lack of scoring in the first period, given the team’s track record of producing better results in the second half of games. “We are not going to be worried or frustrated about it,” Crooks said. “We are going to be deliberate when we work on it. I’m not worried about it.”
The Knights’ other opponent this weekend comes Sunday, when Rutgers faces Marquette, currently second in the Big East American Division. One of the high-scoring teams in the league, the Golden Eagles (5-2-1, 1-0) are tied for third in goals scored and sixth in shot attempts. “They have been a top-15 program the past three years,” Crooks said. “They are relentless in their attacking. They are strong on all parts of the field and play a solid game.” Rutgers features the talent on both sides of the ball to pull off victories in both games, but Filigno knows it will take a better effort than last week’s performance to get a win before the Knights begin a four-game road swing. “You can never let up for a second,” Filigno said. “We can’t stop, we have to keep going.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s soccer team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @BradlyDTargum.
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SPORTS PAGE 17 VOLLEYBALL WERNEKE DEVELOPS SOLID RELATIONSHIP WITH TEAM
Rutgers head volleyball coach C.J. Werneke earned a double-digit win total this year for the fourth time in five seasons in New Brunswick. The Knights’ 14-1 mark is Werneke’s best since he joined the program in 2008. NOAH WHITTENBURG, PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Coach brings new culture to program BY AARON FARRAR STAFF WRITER
The relationship between a coach and players can help measure a team’s success. A team can only go so far without a coach genuinely caring about chemistry and what needs to be done for the team to succeed. Rutgers head volleyball coach C.J. Werneke strives to become that coach each year. He hopes to guide the Scarlet Knights to the Big East Tournament, the squad’s ultimate goal. “It’s been a real challenge,” Werneke said of his experience so far. “It’s been a grind to come in and try to change the culture of a losing mentality to a winning mentality. It’s been a work in progress.”
Werneke joined Rutgers in 2008 with a long-term plan, which he is still committed to. “When we first got here, we set a five-year plan in place, and we never strayed from that plan,” he said. “We never strayed from believing in how we want to run our program and the structure that’s in place. It’s good to see that all that hard work is paying off.” The fifth-year head coach arrived at Rutgers after a stint with Fairfield, resulting in Werneke becoming the Stags’ all-time winningest coach. He led the Knights to their third-straight season with double-digit wins a year ago, collecting 10. Werneke witnessed many of his players grow not only as volleyball players, but also as individuals. He holds high standards for everyone
who enters the program and wants “players of character,” he said. “We want players who work hard and want to earn what’s given to them and not expect it,” Werneke said. “We look for athleticism and players who can handle the academic career of Rutgers. We want to bring in true student-athletes, players that understand their game but also are proven in the classroom. If they’re proven, have goals and are focused in the classroom, it tends to translate to the court as well.” It may seem easy to stick with a team when things go well and wins mount, but when hardships loom, Werneke tries to be a devoted leader who accepts them. “We just reassess what we believe in,” he said. “We talk about it as a staff, self-evaluate and think
outside of the box. I knew coming here was going to a big challenge and wasn’t going to happen overnight. Along the way, you have to bring in the players and staff that believe that and embrace it. When we’ve had some down moments and some discouraging seasons, we just look to each other to stay together as a team.” Werneke has made an impact on his players during his tenure as coach. Senior setter Stephanie Zielinski credits the coach for her development as a better player and understanding of the game. “I think that he’s made me so much more consistent,” she said. “He’s taken the talents that I have and molded them into me becoming a better athlete, a better teammate and team player. I think he’s
made me a better volleyball player and got a lot more technical. I learned how to contribute more to my team.” The lessons Werneke learns from his players contribute to him becoming a better coach, he said. He takes a step back and adopts their perspectives of the game, as well. “I learn as much from our players as they learn from me,” Werneke said. “I’m always learning of the sacrifices they make, the fortitude that they have, and anytime that I think I have a lot on my plate, I look at what they’re balancing. They make me a better coach because each one of them is different, so we have to be able to reach and communicate with them in different ways.”
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 18 FOOTBALL JEFFERSON DEVELOPS IN FINAL SEASON
Tight ends add depth to Knights’ offensive unit BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Entering the season opener against Tulane, Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood had an injured tight end, another criticized for his trouble catching passes and a young tight end with no experience at the collegiate level.
Only two days away from his toughest out-of-conference matchup in Arkansas, Flood now has a healthy tight end, a tight end who recently tied his career high for catches in a game and one that has appeared in all three contests this season for the Scarlet Knights. Junior Paul Carrezola, senior D.C. Jefferson and redshirt fresh-
man Tyler Kroft form a tight end platoon that leaves Flood with many options. “[Having three tight ends] is really good,” Jef ferson said. “For one, me and Paul have been here a while, and we pretty much know what we have to do to win games. Tyler is a great, athletic tight end that can
Senior tight end D.C. Jefferson tied a career high with four catches for 38 yards Thursday, when the Knights won their Big East opener at South Florida. KEITH FREEMAN, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
catch and block. It’s good having both of us being able to help and direct.” Jef ferson caught four passes for 38 yards in last Thursday’s win at South Florida, earning the majority of the snaps. But now he and the rest of the Knights have what is perhaps their biggest challenge to date in the Razorbacks, who are much more worthy of an opponent than their 1-2 record and lack of a rank suggest. Senior quarterback Tyler Wilson stands at the forefront of the Arkansas offense as one of the more formidable signal callers in the nation. But Jefferson thinks Rutgers will be ready. “He’s a very good quarterback,” he said. “He’s an AllAmerican quarterback. He has experience, and he knows how to make plays when plays are needed. I feel like we have a great defense, and our defense is going to be ready to come and compete and play.” The defense has been the team’s strength in recent memory, but the offense is beginning to catch up. Jefferson and the tight end platoon have played a significant role as to why. Not only does Jefferson work to execute in practice, but he also takes advantage of film study. “I strictly look at the defense and see what I have to do to get better from it,” he said. “I just see how they play certain looks that we get in and what I can do
to make myself be more productive in the looks they give us.” In addition to his role with the of fense, Jef ferson has a hand in developing Kroft. Although Kroft has limited experience, Jefferson still believes the Downingtown, Pa., native can get the job done. “[Kroft] can be in there every down,” Jefferson said. “Me, Paul and Tyler, we all have to get better and I think Tyler can definitely come out there and make plays and do what we have to do to win. We have confidence in him. He did it the first two games. When Paul went down, he backed Paul up.” Flood shares the same sentiment and is not afraid to utilize all of the weapons at his disposal. “I think you’ll see all three play [against Arkansas],” Flood said. “I think you’ll see D.C. and Paul more than you’ll see Tyler, but I think you’ll see Tyler in the game.” The Knights need all three of them in their effort to topple the Razorbacks, even if Wilson watches the game from the bench. Flood has made it clear his preparations are for Wilson to play, and he believes Arkansas still presents a tough challenge even if it does not have its starting quarterback. He finds out in two days. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @jgregorytargum.
Secondary preps for rangy wideouts BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
One of the most important parts of the Rutgers football team’s game Saturday at Arkansas is whether Razorbacks senior quarterback Tyler Wilson plays. But even if Wilson is inactive, the Scarlet Knights still face a tough receiving corps. “I know one thing they do well is they run vertical routes — the receivers, tight ends,” said senior safety Duron Harmon. “So we know that we’re really going to have to play a lot of things from top to bottom.” The Rutgers defense already knows it will play with a height disadvantage when it faces 6-foot-3 wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, 6-foot4 wide receiver Brandon Mitchell and 6-foot-3 tight end Chris Gragg. The Razorbacks are deep with tall vertical receivers, but the Rutgers secondary has already practiced covering its own wideouts. The Rutgers defense is used to lining up against sophomore wide receiver Brandon Coleman and senior wide receiver Tim Wright, who stand at 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-4, respectively. “They’re the same type of receivers Arkansas is going to
have,” Harmon said. “They have big, strong, tall receivers, and we have big, strong, tall receivers. So to get that type of look in practice, this prepares us even more for what we’re going to see on Saturday.” Mitchell and Hamilton have 127 and 126 receiving yards, respectively. But Arkansas’ most threatening receiver is Gragg, who has 17 catches for 226 yards, more than any Rutgers receiver. “I think the guy that you really have to watch out for is [Gragg],” Harmon said. “He’s a very fast tight end.” Arkansas also sports junior wideouts Javontee Herndon and Mekale McKay, who have each caught a pass this year for more than 60 yards. Most teams with a cornerback of junior Logan Ryan’s caliber would put him on the opposing offense’s best receiver, but head coach Kyle Flood will not limit Ryan because of Arkansas’ depth at the position. “I think they have three receivers that can really play at a high level,” Flood said. “I don’t know where you would put [Ryan] this week if you were going to do that.” But Harmon is confident in the pass coverage, which has helped Rutgers allow a Big East-low 8.3 points per game this season.
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SPORTS PAGE 19 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK STARTER NEARS RETURN FROM INJURY
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receiver Hakeem Nicks was ruled out for tonight’s game against the Panthers. Nicks has been dealing with a foot injury all season and reaggravated it when it was stepped on in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Nicks sat out of practice the past three days and was ruled questionable for the game. Wide receiver Ramses Barden will likely replace him in the lineup. Nicks is coming off the best game of his career after racking up 199 yards receiving and a touchdown in the Giants’ 41-34 victory against the Buccaneers.
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men’s basketball coach Roy Williams underwent surgery yesterday to remove a tumor, the school announced. The tumor, located in Williams’ right kidney, took more than three hours to take out and was removed by robotic partial nephrectomy at UNC Hospitals. Doctors discovered the mass earlier this month, and Williams may have to undergo a second procedure to remove a tumor in his left kidney as well. The hall-of-fame coach is expected to return Oct. 13, when official practices commence. Williams has been the head coach of the Tar Heels since 2003 and has led UNC to two national championships.
Junior Andre Civil will see time at right guard Saturday at Arkansas along with sophomore Taj Alexander, head coach Kyle Flood said yesterday. Civil suffered an ankle injury Sept. 8 against Howard, sidelining him for a game. JOVELLE TAMAYO, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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interfere if San Francisco Giant’s outfielder Melky Cabrera wins the National League batting title, announced Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday. Cabrera was suspended 50 games Aug. 15 after testing positive for testosterone. This year’s All-Star Game MVP has a National League-leading .346 average, seven points ahead of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Cabrera has 501 plate appearances this season, one below qualifying for the batting title. But he would win if an extra hitless at-bat is added to his average, and it remains higher than any other player. “You can’t change records because once you get into that it would never stop, and it would create more problems down the road,” Selig said on the Yes Network.
After appearing in 17 career games and starting 15, Andre Civil was not used to layoffs. But after suffering an ankle injury Sept. 8 against Howard and missing the Rutgers football team’s Big East opener at South Florida, Civil will split time with sophomore Taj Alexander on Saturday at Arkansas. “As a competitor, you always want to be the No. 1 guy, but I feel like Taj is a great player,” the junior right guard said yesterday. “He can help the team as well as I can.” Alexander started his first career game in place of Civil, who moved inside to guard after starting 12 games last year at left tackle. Head coach Kyle Flood said Tuesday he hopes Alexander builds off his performance against a stout Bulls defensive line. Civil, meanwhile, looks to regain his form from nearly two weeks ago.
He said his ankle has returned to full strength, even if it took a longer timeframe to do so. “Actually, I thought I would’ve come back a little faster and played South Florida, but I didn’t. I wasn’t ready for that,” Civil said. “I felt like the trainers did a smart job of not letting me play.” Civil has spent more than a month and a half at the position after transitioning during training camp from tackle. Flood initially pegged Alexander ahead of Civil during the summer, but the Brooklyn native ultimately won the job. Senior right tackle R.J. Dill calls Civil, a recruited defensive lineman, the Scarlet Knights’ most valuable offensive lineman because of his versatility. Civil said he is completely comfortable in his new spot. “It’s a little different,” he said. “I would say it’s not as much of being on an island and being with the guys on either side of you — it’s the speed. At tackle, you had time to time your punches. At guard, everything’s faster.”
fullback Michael Burton’s name yesterday to the list of players who could earn carries behind sophomore running back Jawan Jamison. Still, the coaching staff is not prepared yet to announce a pecking order, which remains a gametime decision, Flood said. “Michael could play tailback for us if we needed him to,” he said. “He would know how to line up, he would know how to run the runs, how to protect for us. He’s an option.” Bur ton, a former running back at West Morris Central High School (N.J.), converted to fullback in 2010. He eventually took reps away from Joe Mar tinek last season before becoming the Knights’ ever yday fullback. “I’m feeling really good about my role,” Burton said. “If coaches give me the opportunities to have the ball in my hands, I’m just tr ying to take advantage of it.”
ATLANTA FALCONS RUNNING back Michael Turner apologized yesterday for being arrested on DUI and speeding charges. “I’d like to apologize to Mr. [Arthur] Blank, Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith and the whole Falcons organization and the fans out there for the situation that I’m in right now,” Turner said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Turner was arrested following the Falcons’ 27-21 win against the Denver Broncos on Tuesday morning after running for 42 yards and a touchdown and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. He was released two hours later on bond. Turner is a first-time offender and will not likely face a suspension by the league. He plans to play in the Falcons’ game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Burton rushed 10 times last season for 44 yards and caught 10 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. His experience within the offense likely puts him ahead of redshirt freshman Ben Martin, who earned his first touches against Howard. But Flood expressed confidence that redshirt freshman Paul James, once hobbled by a lower body injury, could see his first-career playing time at Arkansas. “[James] ran around again and he looked a little better,” Flood said. “I’m a little more optimistic that he’ll be a guy that we can turn to if we need him on Saturday. I don’t know yet if he’ll be the first guy we turn to.” James walked on to the team last season from Glassboro High School (N.J.), where he was a four-year starter. Burton, also a walk-on, said James brings a physical presence. “He did really well in the spring, but he really started last year when he was on the scout team,” Burton said. “He was doing really well against the firstteam defense, and I think that started it.”
philosophically the Knights have always leaned toward speed rather than size along their defensive line. The team’s recent NFL products — 6-foot-2, 265pound Eric Foster and 6-foot-3, 260-pound Jamaal Westerman, among others — fit the mold. “Every week we seem to play against offensive lines that are 15 to 20 pounds man for man bigger than we are,” Flood said. “That’s nothing new. … That matchup is something we deal with very frequently.”
Sophomore fullback Michael Burton could play running back Saturday at Arkansas if the Knights need him, head coach Kyle Flood said yesterday. ALEX VAN DRIESEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “At tackle, you had time to time your punches. At guard, everything’s faster.” — Junior Andre Civil on change to right guard from left tackle
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
MEN’S SOCCER KENE EZE WORKS WITH YOUNGER SIBLING
Junior forward Kene Eze is the all-time leading scorer at Sayreville High School (N.J.) with 106 career goals. He used to hold the record for most goals in a season with 34 before freshman midfielder Olisa Eze, his brother, surpassed his toal with 36 goals in the second-to-last game of his senior year. CAROLINA CUARTAS
Brothers reunite after dominant high school play BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Freshman midfielder Olisa Eze kicked a ball that went a little over junior forward Kene Eze’s head Thursday, which could have potentially been the first time the brothers connected on a goal for the Rutgers men’s soccer team. They did it before in the two years they played together at Sayreville High School (N.J.). “In high school, we’d always joke around the headlines would be ‘Eze does it,’ ‘Eze to
Eze’ or ‘The connection: Eze brothers,’” Kene Eze said. “That happened a couple times in high school. It was fun.” Soccer has been a big part of the lives of Kene and Olisa Eze along with both of their other brothers. Their oldest brother, Ike Eze, watched the 1998 World Cup Final between France and Brazil. Kene Eze was 4, and Oliza Eze was 3. They were both inspired. “That’s how both of us got into it,” Kene Eze said. “We went outside, thought we’d try to play and we loved it.”
All four brothers went on to play soccer in high school, but Kene and Olisa Eze dominated the record books. Kene Eze scored a program-record 106 goals at Sayreville High School. He also held the record for most goals in a season with 34 his senior year, but the record did not hold for long. Olisa Eze took his brother’s record two years later with 36 goals in his senior season, and Kene Eze was on his mind when he broke it. “I was bragging about it. I told him I was going to beat him,” Oliza Eze said.
“We had about two more games, I was at 34 goals. Then the second-to-last game I scored my 35th. I said, ‘I told you I was going to beat it.’” Ike Eze also played soccer in high school and went to Rutgers, but he did not play in college because of asthma. Emeka Eze, Olisa’s twin, is also a Rutgers athlete on the men’s track and field team. But Kene and Olisa Eze are still hopeful of getting a third brother onto the Scarlet Knights. SEE
BROTHERS ON PAGE 15
WOMEN’S SOCCER KNIGHTS SEEK IMPROVEMENT IN FIRST HALF
Rutgers shoots for season’s first conference victory BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT
Senior defender Shannon Woeller anchors a back four that tries to aid Rutgers in ending a two-game Big East losing streak. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO
In what Rutgers head women’s soccer coach Glenn Crooks called “Season 1,” or the out-of-conference schedule, the Scarlet Knights got off to a 7-1 start despite scoring only one goal in the first half of any game. The Knights relied on the heroics of late scoring — spearheaded by junior forward Jonelle Filigno, who constantly found space in Rutgers’ opposing defenses to score — along with the their ability to convert late in matches. The Big East season has produced different results, as Rutgers owns a 0-2 record and sits in seventh place in the Big East National Division. While Crooks was disappointed in the Knights’ results last weekend, he sees no
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SARAH SCHMID leads the conference in hitting percentage at .409 and is the only player with more than .400. The middle blocker leads all Big East freshmen in kills with 199 kills this season.
reason for the team to look back on those matches negatively. “I would say that if we worry about the fact that we lost the past two games, then I don’t think Friday or Sunday will go well,” Crooks said. “We live in the present and don’t live in the past, so right now we are preparing for [South Florida].” Crooks would not pinpoint exactly what the team would work on in preparation for the weekend, but pointed to the fact that there is always room for improvement. “The atmosphere is great,” Crooks said. “But it was a very difficult week result-wise. The biggest thing in training this week is that we stay together on the things we need to work on.” SEE
VICTORY ON PAGE 16
RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR WOMEN’S GOLF
vs. South Florida
Tomorrow New Haven, Conn.
Tomorrow Providence, R.I.
Tomorrow, 3 p.m. Bauer Track and Field Complex
Tomorrow, 7 p.m. Yurcak Field