The Rutgers football team picked off UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer four times on its way to a 19-3 win Saturday, boosting its record to a perfect 5-0. / SPORTS, BACK
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CULTURAL CONNECTION The New Jersey Italian American Heritage Foundation met to call for more cultural education. / UNIVERSITY, PAGE 3
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With election season in full swing, the Rutgers United Student Coalition aims to get the word out on voter registration, the bond referendum and other breakout campaigns. The coalition, composed of student representatives from groups, including the Rutgers University Student Assembly, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Rutgers Hillel, plan to show support for the $750 million bond referendum N.J. residents can vote on in November. Pavel Sokolov, RUSA treasurer, asked members to come together for an important event concerning the referendum, which would give the University state funding for construction projects if passed. “At Monday at 10:30 a.m. on the steps of Brower [Commons], various legislators
from around New Jersey — as well as presidents of every public university — will come together to have a kickoff event for the bond referendum,” Sokolov, a Rutgers Business School junior, said during Friday’s meeting on the College Avenue campus. The meeting was largely split into two groups, with one group focused on the internal structure and the coalition’s mission statement, and the other focused on specific projects the organization will tackle. David Bedford, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, went over a few potential projects and causes the coalition plans to advocate for over the course of the semester. “There was a project last semester to design solar powered houses. … Rutgers purchased about 27 solar panels, including the fuel cells and all the equipment to use them to build this house, but they’re currently in storage,” Bedford said.
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Dolani Ajanaku started doing research in the spring of her first year at the University. She now calls it a wonderful opportunity to learn about health issues and the sciences. “The best way to learn about the sciences is to do the research, because it’s not enough to just read the textbooks,” said Ajanaku, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “You have to be in the labs and understand how the science is going to affect the future generation and you — and the people around you.” Ajanaku is just one student who presented research findings Friday at the Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation conference at the Cook Campus Center. The National Science Foundation funds national program LSAMP to increase minority presence in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, said Alexander Gates, executive director of the GS-LSAMP.
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There are 200,000 participating students in 40 NSF-funded LSAMP alliances across the United States, Gates said. “This has been going for about 20 years at NSF — that’s when they started,” Gates said. “We’re just new kids on the block.” Kathleen Scott, assistant vice president of Instructional Support, said a $5 million GS-LSAMP grant was awarded to the University’s Newark campus, which was then distributed into sub-grants for the other eight participating colleges. The grant provides research financing and academic support for the 600 University students currently enrolled, Scott said. Ajanaku spent her summer researching the effects of anti-obesity drugs on Sprague Dawley rats. When there is a growing health issue like obesity, she said, it is important to see what affects obesity and what medications can be used to treat it. “When you read this stuff in your textbooks and you see this, it’s a completely different way of understanding it,” Ajanaku said. The rats were fed a high-fat diet for 12 to 14 weeks then treated with a combination of Citrus aurantium and
NJ minority students display scientific research on campus Program seeks to increase minorities in STEM fields
A poll of New Jersey voters shows a majority would vote for a proposed $750 million bond to bring state funding for building higher education facilities. The poll, conducted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics, counts 62 percent of those polled as in support of the bond referendum, which will be included on November’s ballot. The bond will improve the quality of education that University students receive for years to come, said Peter McDonough, University vice president for Public Af fairs, in a statement.
Support for the Building Our Future Bond Act has climbed steadily during the year, including a sixpoint jump since late August, said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. “As we get closer to the election, support for the higher education bond seems to be solidifying, reflecting the lack of vocal opposition so far,” said Redlawsk, a professor in the Department of Political Science. Most of the increase in support stems from raised awareness about the issue, Redlawsk said. Voter approval of this bond issue has bipartisan support. The state’s Democratic and Republican legislators support the measure, Gov. Chris Christie SEE
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CAMPUS CALENDAR Monday, Oct. 8 Professor Rajeev Bhargava of the Center for Developing Socities in New Delhi talks about “Political Responses to Religious Diversity in Ancient and Modern India” at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room of Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. The event is sponsored by the South Asian studies program.
Tuesday, Oct. 9 The Rutgers Jazz Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on the College Avenue campus. Tickets are $5 for students, $15 general admission.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 The “Reel Queer” film series presents “Criminal Queers” at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Campus Center. The filmmakers will be available to talk about the documentary, which focuses on the radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex. The event is sponsored by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities.
Thursday, Oct. 11 Professor Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong speaks on public health, medicine and ethics in a talk titled “Whose Organ Is It Anyway?: The ‘Amazing Placenta’ as a Biomedical and Cultural ‘Object’” at noon in Room 120 of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at 112 Paterson St. on the College Avenue campus.
Friday, Oct. 12 “Math and Actuarial Career Day” kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Busch Campus Center with many employers available to speak with students about jobs in the field of mathematics.
Friday, Oct. 12 Rutgers Colleges Against Cancer holds a bake sale from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. The fundraiser is for the American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk.
METRO CALENDAR Wednesday, Oct. 10 The State Theatre presents “Ariana Lecouvreur in HD, The Royal Opera” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students, $12 general admission. For more information, visit statetheatrenj.org.
Thursday, Oct. 11 Four stars from the original cast of “Jersey Boys” perform at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $32.
Friday, Oct. 12 Dance company Ailey II performs at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets start at $25.
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Foundation advocates for Italian Studies Members say youth should be educated on heritage’s history BY SHERRY SALEM CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The New Jersey Italian American Heritage Foundation held its ninth annual congress meeting Saturday, where members spoke about how New Jersey should maintain its Italian-American culture. Members of the community spoke about the group’s cultural histor y and their individual experiences in the United States as Italian-Americans at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. For the past 100 years, Jeffrey Laurenti, senior fellow at the Centur y Foundation, said society has mocked ItaliansAmericans, from their beginning in this countr y as immigrants to their status within pop culture today. Italian immigrants were considered second-class citizens to the White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, who composed a majority of the United States, he said. Contemporary Italy at the time did not give immigrants a boost of selfesteem, Laurenti said. “We have as much a right a place here as the English and the [Scottish] and the Germans who imagined themselves to be the people who have constituted the United States,” he said.
“I think one of the reasons I overcome bias is because I’m really insensitive,” she said. “People could say things, and I won’t realize they’re insulting me. Since I don’t realLaurenti said Christopher ize you’re insulting me, I don’t Columbus is one of the reasons take offense.” behind why Italian-Americans William Connell, professor were inter woven into the fabric in the Department of Histor y at of American life. Seton Hall University, said a When a new image of Italy project should be put into emerged, the Italian communiaction to teach younger generaty’s position changed in the tions about the heritage’s histoAmerican perspective. r y and unity through language “The new democratic Italy put and literature. the country in the “There doesn’t world’s front ranks. “Kids today are seem to be suffiSuddenly, here in cient unity and the United States, growing up not purpose among things Italian knowing how to the institute and became fashionable, including speak Italian ... and chairs that they had created, Italian-Americans,” that’s a problem.” which is common he said. because universiM a r i e PETER LUCIANO ties are all in Garibaldi, the Member of Amici Della competition with first woman to Lingua Italiana one another,” he ser ve on the New said. Jersey Supreme He said Italian history needs Court, said she was not disto be re-written from the criminated against as an Renaissance to the 21st century. Italian-American in her field, “We’re putting together 30 to but has experienced discrimi40 authors, exper ts on all nation as a woman. aspects of the Italian-American “One of the main reasons I experience from the time of never felt discriminated against Coloumbus down to our own because of my heritage is times,” he said. because I was so focused against The New Jersey Italian all of the discrimination that I was American Heritage Foundation directed against me because I pushes to unite and was a woman,” she said. advance Italian-American She said it never occurred to organizations within the state her that anyone would think of and promote a statewide curher as being Italian-American.
riculum that includes teaching Italian language in all schools and universities. Peter Luciano, a member of Amici Della Lingua Italiana, and his wife Julie Luciano, said it is impor tant for future generations to lear n about their heritage and speak the native language. “Kids today are growing up not knowing how to speak Italian, even though their parents speak the language, and that’s a problem,” Luciano said. The foundation hopes to make this year the year for Italian culture in the United States by continuing to advocate progress for ItalianAmericans’ image, despite receiving no state funding, said Gilda Rorro Baldassari, chair for the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission. Maria Sachele-Mor rison, commissioner of the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture, said it is all a matter of politics but no one tr uly knows the reason behind why the foundation does not receive funding. “The foundation used to receive funding in earlier years, but that slowly decreased as the years went on, even in Delaware,” Sachele-Mor rison said. “The foundation is great — each year they have phenomenal lecturers, and it’s just a great experience.”
IN BRIEF UNIVERISTY PROGRAM REACHES OUT TO FAMILIES DEALING WITH AUTISIM After receiving help from the University’s Natural Setting Therapeutic Management, Sue Howell saw a dif ference in her son Jack’s behavior, according to University media relations. Her son, who is autistic, required Howell to monitor him at all times because he enjoys to climb on top of windowsills and dressers and draw numbers on the walls. Howell began to receive help from a therapist and University graduate student, who made char ts to address Jack’s behavior and reward him when he did not climb a wall and drew numbers on paper or specific toys. “It was just so nice to have someone you could talk to who knew what she was talking about because things that work for a typical child are not going to work with a child with autism,” Howell said. Doreen DiDomenico, assistant director of NSTM, said the program has changed over the decades, in which the average age for a client was 27 and is now 12and-a-half. “The autism community is a lot more vocal and fights for advocacy and suppor t,” DiDomenico said. NSTM was founded in 1980 by Dr. Michael Petronko and joined the University 12 years later.
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BOND Approval increases along with outreach, Navrot says CONTINUED FROM FRONT has signed it, and former Gov. Tom Kean is leading the campaign to approve it, McDonough said. Facilities built with those bonds are in serious need of upgrades, said Sherif Ibrahim, vice president of Rutgers University Student Assembly. “It’s been talked about state wide for quite some time since it
RESEARCH Ajanaku says she studies obesity for its increasing incidence CONTINUED FROM FRONT Rhodiola rosea for 10 days, Ajanaku said. Ajanaku said Citrus aurantium affects food intake and helps reduce body weight, but causes cardiovascular issues, whereas Rhodiola rosea does not affect body weight but improves cardiovascular health. Ajanaku said she tracked food intake and body weight every morning to determine what each animal ate. At the end of the treatment period, researchers withheld food for 24 hours before sacrificing the rats to ensure there was no interference with blood testing. She said she tested blood glucose because of the link between obesity and diabetes. She also tested levels of leptin, which tells the brain when to stop eating, because higher levels found in obese individuals lead to overeating and weight gain.
was passed in the state legislature,” said Ibrahim, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “A lot of politicians support the idea of a bond referendum and what it represents because it prioritizes higher education in this state.” A bond to support higher education has not been on the ballot since 1988, McDonough said. “While people often don’t want the state to borrow money, there’s broad support for education in this state,” he said. Voter approval of this bond issue could save the University $100 million, McDonough said. If the bond is not passed, the University would have to pay for ren-
ovations out of pocket, greatly affecting the cost of tuition, said Joe Cashin, a student representative to the Board of Governors. “Eventually these buildings are going to have to be built so that Rutgers can further sustain our reputation of being a top-tier research university,” said Cashin, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. Despite widespread support, activists believe the challenge is to get people to remember to vote in support of the bond, Cashin said. He said voters might forget to go down to the bottom of the ballot and vote ‘yes or no’ for the bond issue. “A lot of people going into the ballot box will be very excited to vote
for their candidate ... so they’ll hit Democrat, and they’ll vote straight down the ballot for all Democrat, or they’ll hit Republican and vote straight down the ballot for all Republican,” he said. Ibrahim said nonpartisan issues, such as the Building Our Future Bond Act, are often ignored by 40 percent of voters. “The fact that it comes from the state and not students’ money is also a plus,” Ibrahim said. Bond supporters at the University are hosting events and publicizing the issue to ensure students will remember to vote. Pam Navrot, legislative af fairs committee chair for
RUSA, said the University is playing a huge role in the campaign for the bond. “A few weeks ago, we started pushing the issue, and there’s already been an increase of percentage of those supporting it,” said Navrot, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. The “Kick-Off Rally for Building Our Future” starts at 10:30 a.m. today at Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus. Among those in attendance are Kean, University President Robert L. Barchi, and N.J. Senate President Steve Sweeney, who will help raise awareness for this issue, Navrot said.
Ajanaku said she did not see a difference in subcutaneous fat, body weight, blood glucose or leptin levels after the 10-day treatment period but, because the visceral fat content dropped in treated rats, the results are still promising. “Subcutaneous fat is not that hard to lose — it’s just the fat under your skin. You can sweat it out,” Ajanaku said. “The fat around your organs is a tough fat to lose.” Ajanaku said she learning about obesity is important because parents can pass on unhealthy lifestyles to children, with the World Health Organization estimating 700 million people will be clinically obese by 2015, Ajanaku said. “I’m not talking about the specific disease [that only affects a small population]. I’m talking about general health issues,” Ajanaku said. Scott said the University provides tutoring, academic advising and workshops on finding internships, as well as student stipends for research and travel to conferences and internships. “Rutgers is a large and confusing place,” Scott said. “It means
you have a lot to learn when you come, but it also means a huge number of opportunities.” University students are doing research with civil engineering and water quality, exercise physiology and spinal cord injury, she said. “It’s really amazing how many of our students are doing incredi-
blood, Ekar said. Beta cells release insulin, which takes up the glucose and binds it to the insulin receptor. It goes through the insulin-signaling pathway and from there it can go through either the mTORC1 or mTORC2 pathway, Ekar said. “The cell ultimately converts glucose into energy, but insulin signaling makes sure glucose gets to the cell to be turned into energy,” Ekar said. She said her research examined the effects of mTORC2 glucose disruption to learn more about the components and functions because little was known about its function. “It’s not understood how the chemicals interact with each other,” Ekar said. Ekar said her findings show mTORC2 may be crucial in regulating the insulin-signaling pathway and will give scientists a better understanding of diseases such as diabetes, mellitus and cancer. “Since that complex regulates a lot of what goes on in the cell, we hope that understanding that will
help us gain more insight into how these types of diseases come about,” Ekar said. The GS-LSAMP is beginning the fourth of its five-year grant and looking to expand its reach, Gates said. “We’re making real impact,” he said. “[We’re] starting new programs, interacting with other programs, so it’s made quite an impact in New Jersey already.” Gates said two of the nine colleges, Rutgers-Newark and Farleigh Dickenson, have already doubled the number of students in STEM degrees and that New Brunswick representation had increased 60 percent. “This is kind of a different thing because what it does is makes learning communities,” Gates said. “Instead of having people fight with each other it has people work together to be more successful.” Gates said the GS-LSAMP gives students an opportunity for tutoring, socializing and peer-led team learning. “All the sudden, you have people helping each other out to get to a goal,” he said.
“It’s really amazing how many of our students are doing incredible work.” KATHLEEN SCOTT Assitant Vice President for Instructional Support for Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance
ble work, and we’re really pleased to be able to help them do that,” Scott said. Kirsty Ekar, a University junior, spent her summer researching the role of mTORC2 in insulin signaling. When eating, there is a higher concentration of glucose in the
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COALITION Group formed to monitor RUSA measures, Yoon says CONTINUED FROM FRONT
David Caicedo, state coordinator for the Building Our Future campaign, updates the Rutgers United Student Coalition about the bond referendum and upcoming events to promote it in a meeting Friday on Stone Street on the College Avenue campus. VAISHALI NAYAK
He said the group could advocate for the University to use these panels to promote both fiscal and environmental responsibility. “This is just millions of dollars of solar panels that are just in storage, so we wanted to start an event to get Rutgers to actually use these things because not only would it promote green energy, but it’s wasted money,” Bedford said. He said other causes the coalition could potentially decide to undertake include spreading awareness of the University’s decision to hire a Sallie Mae subsidiary organization to collect unpaid student tuition. Sokolov said RUSC is in its third year of existence in its current iteration. “[RUSC] was formed my freshman year … as a response to the Latino Student Council’s walkout during [former] President [Richard L.] McCormick’s University address where he refused to acknowledge support for the instate tuition act,” Sokolov said. Since its inception, he said the group’s leadership has changed frequently. “Because our coalition is made up of representatives from various organizations, they have to do respective turnovers in their organizations, so every year there are a few [returnees], but it’s mainly new faces who haven’t been really involved before,” Sokolov said. As the coalition tends to accumulate a large number of new members in the beginning of the semester, Sokolov said the group’s first few meetings are mainly devoted to organization and planning purposes. “The first few weeks of the semester is usually trying to get everyone acquainted with one another and trying to make up our own personal vision for this year’s coalition,” Sokolov said. University alumnus Dong Gu Yoon said that RUSC was originally formed as a way to empower students from as many different types of organizations as possible. “This started before my time. Before I got involved … about three years ago, student government at the time was pretty regressive,” said Yoon, a founding member of New Jersey United Students. “They wanted to rewrite the constitution. … With that current structure of RUSA, special student populations couldn’t vote.” Yoon said disgruntled students sought to form a coalition in which other like-minded individuals could find strength in numbers. “We came up with the idea of making a permanent student coalition that will one, keep an eye on RUSA and make sure it doesn’t do the regressive things that it’s done in the past and two, fight for student power,” Yoon said. Sokolov said the coalition provides a channel for student group leaders to collaborate on common goals. “Essentially we try to bring diverse groups of students together, so we can work on issues that affect all students, as well as have an open forum, so we can discuss what tactics are effective and what events are going on on-campus,” he said.
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Turkey, Syria trade fire, border tensions mount THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AKCAKALE, Turkey — Turkey and Syria fired artillery and mortars across their volatile border for a fifth consecutive day yesterday, in one of the most serious and prolonged flare-ups of violence along the frontier. The exchange of fire stoked fears that Syria’s civil war will escalate into a regional conflagration drawing in NATO member Turkey, once an ally of President Bashar Assad but now a key supporter of the rebels fighting to topple him. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had warned on Saturday that Ankara would respond forcefully to each errant Syrian shell that lands on Turkish soil. Ankara’s warning was coupled by an apparent diplomatic push by the Turkish leadership to promote Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa as a possible figure to head a transitional administration to end the conflict in the country. In an interview with Turkish state television TRT Saturday, Davutoglu said that al-Sharaa was a figure “whose hands are not contaminated in blood” and therefore acceptable to Syrian opposition groups. It was not clear whether the Turkish stance was coordinated with other allies, but the candid remarks by Davutoglu suggested some consensus might be emerging over a future role for him. Al-Sharaa, 73, a close associate and longtime loyalist to the Assad family, has been a controversial figure since the start of the uprising. He appeared in public in late August for the first time in weeks, ending repeated rumors that he had defected. The regime has suffered a string of prominent defections in recent
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu issued a warning on Saturday that Ankara, the country’s capital, would respond forecfully to Syrian attacks on Turkey soil. GETTY IMAGES months, though Assad’s inner circle and military have largely kept their cohesive stance behind him. Early on in the uprising, the Syrian president delegated to al-Sharaa, a skilled diplomat, responsibility for holding a dialogue with the opposition. A Sunni from the southern town of Daraa, bir thplace of the Syrian uprising, al-Sharaa’s silence since the start of the uprising made him a prime candidate for rumors that he broke with the regime. “No one knows the system better than Farouk al-Sharaa,” said Davutoglu, adding that alSharaa has not been involved in the violence and massacres in Syria. The Syrian opposition is deeply fragmented, and various factions would likely disagree on whether they would accept him to lead a transitional government. Meanwhile, there was little sign that the exchange of fire near the border, although still at a fairly low level, was ebbing. It began five days ago when a Syrian shell
killed five civilians in a Turkish border town. Turkey’s parliament subsequently approved a bill that would allow cross border military operations there. Damascus offered a rare apology, but shells and mortar rounds continue to fly into Turkish territory. An Associated Press journalist yesterday witnessed a round landing some 200 meters (yards) inside Turkey, near the border town of Akcakale. A short time later, eight artillery shells could be heard fired from Turkey. In the Turkish town of Akcakale, mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan said shrapnel from the Syrian mortar round caused some damage to a grain depot, but no one was hurt. He confirmed that Turkish artiller y immediately returned fire. The Anadolu Agency reported that Assad’s forces have been shelling the town of Tal Abyad, just across from Akcakale, which is controlled by Syrian rebels. Turkey’s private Dogan news agency reported that a six-vehicle militar y convoy,
including two carr ying howitzers, was seen traveling from the city of Gaziantep toward the Syrian border. Inside Syria, forces loyal to Assad clashed with rebels across the country, from the northern city of Aleppo to the southern border with Jordan, killing, according to activist groups, at least 90 people across the countr y. Activists said opposition fighters were strengthening their hold over the village off Khirbet al-Jouz, in the northern province of Idlib, which borders Turkey and where violent clashes broke out a day earlier. The Turkish state-r un Anadolu news agency said yesterday that the rebels had regained full control of Khirbet al-Jouz. It said the Syrian army was forced to “pull back” following an “of fensive” by some 700 rebels. It also reported that Assad’s troops were forced to retreat some 20 kilometers (12 miles) toward the town of Jisr alShughour. It said rebels in Khirbet al-Jouz celebrated their
victory by firing their weapons into the air. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime forces pulled out of two villages in the Idlib countryside near Turkey. In Khirbet alJouz, wounded Syrian soldiers were left to fend for themselves after government troops were forced to retreat from the area, the Observatory said. The reports could not be independently confirmed, and it was not clear whether the wounded soldiers were captured by the rebels. A car bomb exploded in the parking lot of the local police headquarters in central Damascus, killing one member of the militar y, the state-run SANA news agency said. The explosion is the latest in a series of bombs and suicide attack targeting security personnel and government institutions. Elsewhere, Syrian troops were widening their offensive to retake rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus, as well as the central province of Homs and villages on the southern border with Jordan. The Observatory said some of the heaviest fighting yesterday was in Aleppo province. At least three people were killed and scores were wounded when the army pounded the town of Manbaj in Aleppo’s suburbs. Syria’s defense minister said Saturday that the government is ready to give amnesty to rebels who repent and those who don’t “will be crushed under the feet of our soldiers.” Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij, who became defense minister in July after his predecessor was assassinated, also claimed that the regime was getting the upper hand. “The most dangerous parts of the conspiracy have been passed and the killing is on its way to decline,” he said.
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f you happened to have missed the email two weeks ago, the University is now accepting honorar y degree and commencement speaker nominations for the 2012-2013 academic year. Recommendations should “reflect the cultural diversity and international character of Rutgers University,” according to the email, and will be accepted until Oct. 15. We’re glad the administration is continuing to engage the University community in the selection process, and we hope students in particular will take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to such an important decision. Commencement speakers and honorar y degree recipients can occupy a particularly meaningful role on university campuses in that they represent, or at least should represent, the values and ideals held by a school and its constituents. Through their accomplishments and standing, these individuals should both ser ve to inspire graduating seniors as well reflect certain aspects of the University itself. In years past, the University has seen such speakers as Pulitzer prize-winning author Toni Morrison as well as Livingston College alumnus and CEO of Motorola Corporation Greg Brown, both of whom have shown a commitment to the University’s own diversity and hard-work. For our own editorial board, a model candidate for this year’s commencement would perhaps be, for the second year, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot
Diaz. Last year, the Rutgers alumnus was supposed to deliver the University’s commencement speech, yet was forced to decline last-minute due to unexpected back-surger y. Diaz’s work, which pulls largely from his own experiences growing up in New Jersey, is exemplar y of the experiences so many at the University have gone through in their own lives — namely, coping with diversity and change in the Garden State. Diaz is also a recipient of this year’s MacAr thur Fellowship, an accomplishment that underlines his continued relevance. In any case, this year’s nominations are especially important for the University community, and students should make it a point to contribute to the selection process. Graduation at the end of this year will mark the University’s 247th anniversar y commencement — but it will also coincide with a pretty pivotal point in the school’s histor y. It will be the first year since the University received its newest addition in the University of Medicine and Dentistr y merger, as well as the first year it will have operated under the guidance of it’s newest president, Robert L. Barchi. Careful and calculated selection of this year’s commencement speaker and honorar y degree recipients is essential therefore to ensure that these individuals not only reflect the time-honored cultural traditions and ideals of the University community itself, but also its changing nature as it moves through a period of transition.
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Hub City is home to students too COMMUNITY MATTERS SAM BERMAN
o most students, the University exists in a bubble. To be fair, concern about the community occasionally does pierce that protective shell — such as in 2011, when two shootings led to the cancellation of the beloved annual Rutgersfest. Though no students were involved in the shootings and none were fatal, it is fair to say that students, as a result of the immediate consequences of the shooting on official University policy as well as the frightening proximity of the shootings to places frequented by students, were more aware than usual of the fact that the University exists within a large and diverse city. Because of the nature of this awareness, however — founded as it was on acts of violence — the tendency on the part of students was towards fear. The University responded by cancelling Rutgersfest, stressing that the violence was perpetrated by non-students, and reminding students to be wary whenever they had to travel through New Brunswick. The community at large, never very familiar even in normal times, took on an even more dangerous and foreboding air. Little wonder, then,
that students quickly returned to the concept of the University as a bubble. In some students’ minds, no doubt, the analogy of a fortress would be more apt. In recent weeks, that illusion has begun to evaporate. A string of shootings — two of which occurred in areas frequented by students — has forced the problems of the New Brunswick community violently into the forefront of student consciousness. “Man the barricades!” goes the cry. “Students, stay within the walls! Keep your eye out for invaders, and if you must leave Rutgers Fortress, be sure to do so only in groups and during daylight hours!” This predictable reaction is, of course, only natural — as with the University’s reaction in 2011. If the foundation of a greater awareness rests on fear, then the tendency will be towards isolation. It is also counterproductive, and only serves to exacerbate the alienation of University students from the Greater New Brunswick area — a community which they belong to and ought to share in just as much as their campus community. New Brunswick, of course, has far more to offer University students than crime. There is the Stress Factory, one of the state’s best comedy clubs. The State Theater, recently host to a Childish Gambino concert sponsored by RUPA, is a large concert venue and has performances all year round
that are worth seeing. The city itself even hosts events occasionally – for instance, just last month there were a series of free concerts in Boyd Park, on the banks of the Raritan River. The downtown area that spans most of George Street is rife with restaurants, bars and shops, but students who limit themselves to Chipotle, Qdoba and Starbucks miss out on a great deal of what New Brunswick has to offer.
“New Brunswick, of course, has far more to offer University students than crime.” This isolationist attitude on the part of most students is partly perpetuated by the very nature of how students interact with the city. In their first year, students are in some real sense discouraged from the idea of spending a lot of time enjoying the New Brunswick nightlife. They are inundated with public safety reminders never to travel off-campus alone, and (importantly) to avoid traveling at night if at all possible. As a result, even first-year students learn to think of New Brunswick as “a place to avoid,” or “somewhere else,” rather than the community in which they live, one with plenty to offer. Students who live off-campus
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Peel off labels, work together Something didn’t happen in Washington last week, and if you would like a job after college or the income to pay off your loans, then what Washington didn’t do is something to worry about. For another year, Congress has missed the deadline for passing a final budget and the spending bills needed to fund government operations for the next 12 months. This may not have made the headlines, but it’s a big deal. The most basic job Congress has is deciding how much money the government takes in and how much it spends. And when Congress does not do its job, you suffer. One reason the economy is growing too slowly to cut unemployment or create jobs for new college graduates is because there is uncertainty about federal tax and spending plans. With Congress gridlocked, businesses can’t plan reliably or make investments in new equipment or new workers. That’s part of the reason why many recent college graduates are moving back home with mom and dad and working at jobs they did right out of high school, if they are lucky enough to find any job at all. The missed budget deadlines are only the latest example of congressional dysfunction. By wide agreement, the current Congress is the least productive since the end of World War II, passing far fewer bills than any of its predecessors in the last 60 years. Most college students are unfortunately too young to remember that America’s government hasn’t always been this dysfunctional. Thirty years ago, President Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill, agreed on a plan to strengthen the finances of the Social Security system. In the early 1990s, the first President Bush worked with Democrats on a plan to reduce the deficit. President Clinton and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich put aside their personal battles to help reform the welfare system. More recently, President George W. Bush and
Ted Kennedy, a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat, cooperated on a law designed to improve America’s schools. It is possible for our leaders to work together, if citizens demand it. College students across America need to insist on it, too — and the best way to do so, in 2012 and beyond, is by joining No Labels. We are a group of almost 600,000 Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to moving America away from the old politics of point-scoring and toward a new politics of problem solving. We have citizen leaders in every congressional district in America and most importantly, we have growing influence on Capitol Hill. No Labels’ work will be critically important matter no matter who wins or loses in the November elections, because many of our nation’s problems have become election-proof. Democratic and Republican leaders come and go but the dysfunction remains. It’s the only certainty you will find in our nation’s capital. That’s why No Labels supports specific reforms, leaders and legislation that will make it easier to create effective, principled and pragmatic solutions to America’s problems. No Labels is above all, an action- and results-oriented organization — offering common-sense reforms to our nation’s problems and exerting grassroots pressure on our leaders to work together. But the success of our effort to get our government to stop fighting and start fixing depends almost entirely on the size and dedication of our grassroots army, which is growing every single day. You don’t need to shed your identity to join the No Labels movement. You can be a proud liberal, a proud conservative or anything in between. You just need to be open to the idea that people with different beliefs really can set aside the labels and come together to solve problems. And we would love a few Scarlet Knights to climb aboard this movement. Nancy Jacobson and Mark McKinnon are No Labels Co-Founders
or in Rockoff apartments by nature are forced to abandon this mentality, but many students live in dorms throughout their undergraduate career, and as such may very well hold onto this outlook until they graduate. And four years is an awfully short time anyway — even if most students overcome the initial fear, they’re gone in no time, to be replaced by a new freshman class that is given the same warnings, and must go through the whole process over again. To combat this, students need to open their minds, and the University needs to stop closing them. Students ought to read local news, stay informed about local events, and vote in local elections. Indeed, with the deadline for registering to vote fast approaching (forms must be postmarked by October 16th), everyone should be sure to complete their forms and register as soon as possible. And in this columnist’s opinion, there’s no reason for resident students not to register locally. Part of living in a community, after all, means having a stake in the decision-making process. There’s no reason for students to abdicate this responsibility, especially since — as recent events show — there is, in reality, no wall separating the University from New Brunswick. The University has a duty as well. This columnist is not arguing that the University ought not to make sure students keep in mind the
dangers of urban living — indeed, they have a duty to do so — but it would be helpful if the University took as much care to ensure that incoming freshmen understood the positives as well. One idea, proposed by local activist and former student Charlie Kratovil, would be for the mayor to come speak to students when they first arrive and market those positives to them early on, thus ensuring students don’t define New Brunswick by their exposure to crime reports and safety warnings alone. Ultimately, students coming to the University (and parents sending them here) need to be aware that New Brunswick is a city, just like any other. This fact does mean that students need to be aware of their surroundings and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety. But that certainly shouldn’t keep them from enjoying the benefits of attending school in a city. Concert venues, comedy club, bars, restaurants, beautiful riverside parks — New Brunswick offers a great deal for students to enjoy, if only they can get out there and enjoy it all instead of letting fear keep them locked inside the imaginary bubble of Fortress Rutgers. Only then can progress be possible. Sam Berman is a School of Arts and Sciences junior. His column, “Community Matters,” runs on alternate Mondays.
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golf team repeated as runner-up this weekend in the Rutgers Invitational. The Scarlet Knights carded a 610 (304-306) to place seven strokes behind tournament winner Seton Hall. Senior Brittany Weddell and sophomore Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, last year’s individual champion, tied for second place in the 119-player field as both finished the two-day event with a score of 150. Freshman Gabrielle Sacheli put up a score of 153, good for 11th place. It was the first time in her career she contributed to the Knights’ overall team score. Freshman Melanie Chambers and senior Karen Cash rounded out the scorecard for the Knights, ending with a 157 and 165, respectively. For full coverage, see tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Targum.
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a 2-0 lead against the Oakland Athletics yesterday in the American League Divisional Series, winning Game 2, 5-4, in walk-off fashion. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Don Kelly, who was brought in as a pinch runner earlier in the game, flew out to right fielder Josh Reddick, allowing second baseman Omar Infante to score the winning run.
Knights botch three snaps, avoid turning ball over in victory CONTINUED FROM BACK He followed that up a year later with a five-catch, 112-yard
outburst headlined by 52-yard touchdown reception. This year’s score ended up being timely in a game that was closely contested to that point. UConn was down by only three points, and the Rutgers of fense had yet to push the ball into the end zone, save for an 18-yard touchdown run by Jamison that was called back
Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova and center Betim Bujari dealt with snap troubles three times Saturday against UConn. YEE ZHSIN BOON
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the turnover battle against UConn, 5-1, those numbers could have been closer because of difficulties with center-quarterback exchanges. Sophomore center Betim Bujari and classmate Gar y Nova failed to end up on the same page three times. One play was negated by an illegal procedure penalty, while Nova recovered the other two bad exchanges. “It’s more mental, just a lack of focus on the snap,” Bujari said. “You just learn from it and move on.” On the play negated by the illegal procedure, the Knights of fense went to conver t on a four th-and-1. But while Nova discussed the play with coaches, Bujari snapped the ball before anyone was set, resulting in an infraction. “I was [thinking], ‘What did I do?’” Bujari said. “I turned
around and no one was even set. It’s something I can definitely learn from.”
it looked like it would be a battle of field goals. Freshman kicker Kyle Federico drilled his first two attempts from 45 and 31 yards, respectively. UConn kicker Chad Christen responded near halftime with a 19-yard field goal. Ferderico made two appearances in the second half — the extra point on Har rison’s touchdown and a blocked field goal attempt — but did not retur n because of injur y. Head coach Kyle Flood said Ferderico suf fered a lower body injur y, but he did not give any fur ther updates. He said should Federico not be available to kick Saturday against Syracuse, there will be a competition for who will fill the void. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Joey Gregor y on Twitter @JGregoryTargum.
OCTOBER 8, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 14 VOLLEYBALL LOUISVILLE 3, RUTGERS 0
Big East powerhouses prove too tough for Rutgers BY AARON FARRAR STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers volleyball team was no match this weekend for two of the conference’s top competitors. The Scarlet Knights suffered a sweep at No. 17 Louisville yesterday to close out a weekend in which they could not win a set. The Cardinals dominated the Knights in a matinee match, winning, 3-0, with final set scores of 2520, 25-13 and 25-18. Rutgers (15-6, 1-5) stuck with Louisville throughout the opening set, but fell short. The two teams remained close to start the second stanza until the
Cardinals (16-2, 5-1) broke away with a 6-0 run midway through to extend their lead to19-12. Rutgers responded with consecutive kills, but Louisville took control of the set, closing it on a 5-0 run. The final set of the weekend was much of the same. The Cardinals began with a quick start and did not hesitate to separate themselves. Rutgers closed the gap to 22-18, but it was not enough as Louisville ran away with the slim lead. “We had a lot of communication and did a lot of good things,” said senior middle blocker Alex Jones of the team’s effort. “We stayed
positive the whole time. At times, we executed at a high level, but other times were just not there.” Senior setter Stephanie Zielinski, who collected another double-double with 20 assists and 13 digs, led the Knights. Jones chipped in with four kills on the day. Rutgers continues to struggle against Big East opponents, especially on the road. Head coach CJ Werneke believes the team can pull out victories, but the problem is that it lacks consistency. “I want to see how much fight we have,” he added. “I want to see how tough we are, not only physically, but mentally. Our tough-
WOMEN’S SOCCER RUTGERS 2, NOTRE DAME 2
RU begins late playoff push BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT
It was important for the Rutgers women’s soccer team to escape its two-game road trip this weekend with points to move up in the Big East Standings And while head coach Glenn Crooks would be happier with a win yesterday, a 2-2 tie at No. 24 Notre Dame can only help as it continuse to collect points for a Big East playoff push. “The draw is a good result for us,” Crooks said. “There was a lot of desire, and it was so great this weekend as the team came together even more, and we are pretty excited. We have three games left, and hopefully it results in something good.” Senior goalkeeper Emmy Simpkins kept the Fighting Irish scoreless in both overtime periods, highlighted by a tip save with eight minutes left in the second overtime to prevent a Notre Dame (10-3-2, 6-0-1) victory. The save was one of eight for Simpkins as she contested 27 shots during the course of the match. “Emmy had a ver y good game,” Crooks said. “She came
TIME Pass to Coleman sets up lengthy drive that flips field for Knights CONTINUED FROM BACK It was part of a routine for a Knights defense that has yet to crack on the ground. “We pride ourselves on stopping the run,” said Beauharnais, a senior linebacker. “We just did our job today. We didn’t really do anything special.” Rutgers’ offense did not, either. But pinned at its own 1-yard line at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the unit gained traction. The drive started on a 19-yard pass from sophomore Gary Nova to classmate Brandon Coleman, and it did not lose steam until only seven minutes remained. And this time, UConn’s offense stared down its own end zone. “That was a 13-play drive,” said head coach Kyle Flood. “I’m not sure how many of those were
up big in the first half. They put some pressure on us, but I thought we defended really well.” Though Notre Dame had control of the ball all throughout the contest, Rutgers’ (9-6-1, 2-5-1) defense managed to prevent the Irish’s opportunities around the box with constant deflections. Senior defender Tricia DiPaolo prevented the closest shot on goal in the second half when Notre Dame rocketed a shot toward the back-left of the net with 18 minutes left. DiPaolo slid and kicked the ball before it crossed the goal line. Though Rutgers usually waits — unintentionally — until the second half to get on the board, it diverted from that against Notre Dame, as the Knights put two goals in the back of the net in the first half. For ward Stephanie Scholz struck in the 36th minute to combat two straight goals by Notre Dame forward Crystal Thomas, giving the Knights a 2-2 tie. Senior defender Shannon Woeller scored 10 minutes in to put the Knights up, 1-0. But the bigger game for Rutgers came Friday night, when
the Knights knocked off DePaul, 1-0, in overtime. Junior forward Jonelle Filigno played hero once again with a goal only 38 seconds into overtime — past DePaul’s (7-7-1, 2-4) Megan Pyrs — for the win. The goal from Filigno was her sixth game-winning goal of the year, with her latest arriving in timely fashion. “It was fantastic,” Crooks said. “It was set up by winning the ball in the back with great team defending. When Jonelle gets the ball in that position, she’s money.” Rutgers moved from last place to fifth in the Big East National Division with its performance this weekend, and only three games remain in the regular season. “It is extremely important,” Filigno said of the team’s performance. “We are almost fighting for our lives right now, so we will take anything we can get. Obviously every single weekend we are striving for the six points, but we are happy with the four points we got.”
runs, but I know quite a few of them were. It makes a difference.” Jawan Jamison was again the difference maker. The sophomore rushed for 110 yards, his sixth consecutive game with at least 100, and seventh in eight tries. He danced, cut back and eluded a defense that ranks ninth nationally against the run. “If you’re going to have a good run game, you need a back that can ultimately make something out of nothing,” Flood said. “All of the great backs do that at every level. I think Jawan has that ability.” And while the performance never proved overwhelming, it did not need to be. With a 13-3 lead thanks to senior Mark Harrison’s 14-yard touchdown reception, Rutgers could afford to be conservative. “I think it affects it in the second half of the game,” Flood said. “I don’t think you think that way in the first half of a game. I do think as the clock becomes your ally, then you have to think about calling the game differently on offense.” The Huskies did not fare much better in the first half. With
McCombs — the league’s top returning rusher — out, head coach Paul Pasqualoni turned to Whitmer, making his first career appearance at quarterback in the Big East. The Knights lacked proper etiquette. Despite recording only one sack, Rutgers kept consistent pressure on Whitmer, who never gained footing in the pocket. “It’s frustrating because we want to be able to celebrate at the quarterback and get sacks,” said senior defensive tackle Scott Vallone. “As long as we’re able to get to the quarterback [and] disrupt his timing, that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re not trading it for anything, but when they come, they’re going to come.” Vallone, with 43 career starts, knows more than anyone the spurts defenses go through. “We can’t have a letdown for one second. You see it every year. Ever y year I’ve been here,” Vallone said, “we’ve gotten blindsided at one point.”
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ness needs to be inserted now that we are about to start the second half of the season.” The Knights’ defeat was a continuation from Friday’s contest with Cincinnati, the defending Big East champion. Rutgers matched up well against Cincinnati (5-13, 3-2), but still fell. The Bearcats found a way to sweep the Knights with score sets of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-20. “[Cincinnati] just knows how to win,” Jones said. “That’s something that we’re still figuring out as a team in the Big East. I think at some crucial moments in the match we just didn’t execute as
highly as we needed to. We just couldn’t pull it off.” Werneke started off the trip by shaking up the lineup. He inserted freshman outside hitter Megan Stephenson, who ended up providing instant offense for the Knights. Stephenson and Jones were the team leaders with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Rutgers kept each set close and challenged the Bearcats, but Cincinnati found a way to grind out victories each time. “We took a lot from that match,” Jones said. “We continuously are learning things about our team and what we need to work on.”
OCTOBER 8, 2012
SPORTS PAGE 15 MEN’S SOCCER RUTGERS 2, SOUTH FLORIDA 2
Knights manage tie at USF BY JOSH BAKAN ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
When the Rutgers men’s soccer team faced No. 21 South Florida, the Scarlet Knights were 0-2 against ranked opponents and 0-2 in overtime games. Now Rutgers can add a draw column to both as it tied the Bulls, 2-2, Saturday in Tampa. Both of the Knights’ (5-4-1, 1-21) Big East losses came in overtime, but neither period surpassed five minutes as Syracuse and No. 3 Georgetown scored game winners. Head coach Dan Donigan wanted progress in that aspect. “We just [had] to focus a little better and play those two overtime periods better than the last ones,” he said. The Knights improved, at least forcing USF (6-2-4, 1-0-3) to stay on the field until time expired. USF generated an offensive attack that spearheaded a 3-1 shot advantage in the 10-minute double overtime period. Bulls midfielder Wesley Charpie launched a late scare with a shot in the closing seconds that went wide.
But then time expired, and Rutgers walked out of the overtime game without another loss. “We were just a little more committed to defending and just making sure we didn’t have any letdowns or mental lapses or mental mistakes,” Donigan said. For more than an hour, Rutgers thought it might not get a chance to continue its effort against the Bulls. That came when neither team was on the field, as bad weather delayed the game during the 57th minute, when Rutgers was tied, 1-1. The time away gave Rutgers time to rest up and ready for a high-tempo assault. “We told ourselves to keep the energy high and to make sure we focused,” said junior forward Kene Eze. Senior goalie Kevin McMullen saved a header from Charpie in the 62nd minute, and McMullen did not have to see the ball again until after it went into USF’s net. Rutgers maintained a five-minute possession on USF’s end, which began with a saved shot from freshman midfielder Mael Corboz and then a wide attempt from sophomore midfielder Nathan Bruccoleri.
Corboz got the ball back and placed it to Eze, who scored his fifth goal of the season and his fourth in as many games. After a slow start that included four scoreless games, Eze is now on pace to surpass last year’s goal total when he tied for the team lead with six. “I don’t know about better player, but I feel like I’ve definitely gained more confidence,” Eze said of his play compared to last year. “I’ve gotten myself in better positions, and the team has been helping me. They’ve been getting balls behind defenses, making things easier for me to get goals.” Corboz gave Rutgers its first goal on a free kick in the 54th minute to tie the game. The Green Brook, N.J., native’s goal and assist gave Corboz his second game this season with at least three points. “I think it’s just something that happens,” Corboz said. “As long as we keep working hard, everyone will get their chances in. “ For updates on the Rutgers men’s soccer team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JBakanTargum.
FIELD HOCKEY RUTGERS 5, GEORGETOWN 1
RU earns first Big East win BY ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers field hockey team entered Friday’s contest at Georgetown knowing it had to win. After 70 minutes of play, the team could say it accomplished its task. The Scarlet Knights defeated the Hoyas, 5-1, out-shooting them, 23-8. Junior for ward Lisa Patrone, who continued her hot streak by scoring three goals, led the Knights. Patrone now has eight goals on the season. “We looked at this game as a marker and a turning point,” said head coach Meredith Long. “We asked ourselves what team are we going to be, and our team really came out focused. Our finishing was phenomenal, and just overall I think the way the team
responded to some of our tough losses says a lot about the team we are becoming.” The victory against the Hoyas (2-11, 0-3) was the first Big East win on the season for the Knights (7-6, 1-3). The team must win its final two Big East games — one against Louisville and another at Providence — to accomplish its goal of making the Big East Tournament. “In my freshman year, we were in the same predicament and were able to battle back and make the tournament,” Patrone said. “I think that it adds a little more pressure, and pressure is good if you handle it the right way and make the best of it. But I don’t really think we need must-win games to keep us focused.” The Hoyas gave the Knights all they could handle early in the game, using high pressure and
Junior forward Lisa Patrone scored a team-high three goals in the Knights’ 5-1 win Friday at Big East foe Georgetown. CONOR ALWELL, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
capitalizing. Georgetown’s Annie Wilson broke through on an assist from Sarah Butterfield to put the Hoyas up, 1-0. With the way the Knights started, Long thought the team needed a timeout. “It is kind of rare that a coach calls a timeout that early,” Patrone said. “She needed to get us together and ask, ‘What are you doing?’ Right away I think we answered with a goal in the next five minutes, and it led to a great second half where we took complete control of the game.” Long said the timeout was the turning point of the game. “We adjusted our formation in the backfield with our out-letting,” Long said. “Georgetown was really committing their numbers to one side of the field. We structured our backfield to create gaps, which opened up options in the outlet.” As the Knights progress in their journey toward making a run at the Big East Tournament, the team hopes to return one of its key injured players. In their game against Villanova, senior midfielder Christie Lonsky suffered a dislocated shoulder. She has been working with an athletic trainer, but her timetable for return is still unknown. “She is such a tough kid, and I love coaching her,” Long said. “I know we will get her back.” After having off Saturday and Sunday, the team returns to practice today. “I think since last spring to now, we have definitely matured more,” Patrone said. “We hold ourselves more accountable.” Now that the game against the Hoyas is over, the Knights already look toward their next opponent, Louisville, which they take on Friday at home.
Junior forward Kene Eze scored his fourth goal in as many games Saturday in Rutgers’ 2-2 tie against South Florida. CONOR ALWELL, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / SEPTEMBER 2012
EZE GOAL The Rutgers men’s soccer team earned a tie at No. 21 South Florida on Saturday thanks, in part, to junior Kene Eze’s fifth goal of the season. / PAGE 15
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CONFERENCE CLIMB The Rutgers women’s soccer team collected four points this weekend after a 2-2 tie with Notre Dame yesterday and a 1-0 overtime victory Friday at DePaul . / PAGE 14
ONE DOWN The Rutgers field hockey team picked up its first conference victory Friday, defeating Georgetown, 5-1. / PAGE 15
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are almost fighting for our lives right now, so we’ll take anything we can get.” — Rutgers women’s soccer forward Jonelle Filigno on team’s postseason chances
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2012
FOOTBALL RUTGERS 19, CONNECTICUT 3
Rutgers’ defense piles up on Connecticut quarterback Scott McCummings in the Knights’ 19-3 victory Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. Rutgers, No. 1 in the nation in run defense, held UConn to only 53 rushing yards and ranks fifth nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 10.8 points per game. YEE ZHSIN BOON
TIME AFTER TIME Knights defense forces four turnovers against local rival UConn, wins first game as ranked team in nearly six years BY TYLER BARTO SPORTS EDITOR
Steve Beauharnais could sense the potential. The factors — more than 50,000 fans at High Point Solutions Stadium, a bye week and heaps of praise to anyone willing to listen — provided a ripe atmosphere for it.
But the No. 20 Rutgers football team avoided a letdown Saturday, intercepting four passes en route to a 19-3 victory against Big East rival Connecticut. “The mistake of teams,” Beauharnais said, “is it’s too late when they want to turn it up.” The Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0) defense seldom lacked intensity. But it finally paid off in
the fourth quarter, when the Knights intercepted UConn (3-3, 0-1) quarterback Chandler Whitmer three times in the final four minutes to cap another impressive performance. Rutgers held the Huskies to only 53 rushing yards — below their 62.5-yard-per-game average, tops in the country. UConn running back Lyle McCombs, held out of the first
quarter following an arrest Friday, managed a season-low 32 yards. Wildcat quar terback Scott McCummings was the Huskies’ only consistent run threat, but he carried the ball only four times.
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KNIGHT NOTEBOOK HARRISON CATCHES ONLY OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN OF GAME
Senior continues scoring tear in series with UConn BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Sophomore running back Jawan Jamison has been a key cog for the Rutgers football team’s offense all season. He opened the year with five straight 100yard rushing games in the Scarlet Knights’ first five contests, all wins. But Rutgers’ only of fensive touchdown Saturday against Connecticut came cour tesy of exactly who histor y said it should. COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES
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Nearly six minutes into the second half, senior Mark Harrison hauled in his third catch of the game at the UConn 14-yard line, fought off two defenders and found his way into the end zone. “I knew [the defender] was going to play a little bit of an off-coverage on me,” Harrison said. “I knew once I got in the open field, I had to make him miss and give him a weapon. Once I did that, I just knew I had one more person to beat and I just stuck it out there.” It was not the first time the Stratford, Conn., native found the goal line against the Huskies.
Harrison has faced UConn, a school a little more than an hour from his hometown, three times in his career and scored in each contest. “You always want to score against your home team,” he said. “It feels good to be out there scoring.” In his first appearance against the Huskies in 2009, Harrison’s only reception was a 20yard touchdown grab from then-quarterback Tom Savage.
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Mark Harrison crosses the goal line for a 14-yard touchdown grab Saturday. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR
KHASEEM GREENE moved into
ninth place in the Rutgers football team’s history with 300 career tackles. The senior linebacker had eight stops Saturday in the Knights’ 19-3 victory.
Today Flushing, N.Y.
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. College Park, Md.
Friday, 3 p.m. Bauer Track and Field Complex
Friday, 5:30 p.m. Yurcak Field