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This Sunday, the best artists of 2012 will be celebrated during the music industry’s most illustrious award ceremony. Inside Beat looks at the year’s Grammy Award nominees. INSIDE BEAT

THE ART OF THE DEAL Students learn the ins and

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Professor pursues candidacy in Iranian presidential race Amirahmadi, Iranian native, requires approval from country’s Guardian Council BY ALEX MEIER CORRESPONDENT


BENEFIT BANDS Rutgers University Student Life hosted the “Shorecase: Benefit for Victims of Hurricane Sandy” last night at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. The event featured comedians and a series of bands. Lovelectric guitarist Doug Rockwell, left, drummer Mike Diguglielmo, bassist Jared Leibowitz, center, and guitarist Jordan Sciabica, right, played original songs. See more photos on PAGE 7. SMARANDA TOLOSANO

A University professor is in the midst of campaigning to become the presiProfessor in the Bloustein School of dent of Iran. Hooshang Amirahmadi, Planning and Public a professor at the Policy Bloustein School of Public Planning and Policy, said he is confident that is the best candidate for the Iranian presidency. “I have the background, the motivation, I am qualified,” he said. “That’s why I am running.”

Amirahmadi said he is a bridge-builder, peacemaker and economic development expert, which qualifies him as a suitable president for Iran. “They need a person who can act as a bridge builder . . . among the various political factions that are fighting each other,” he said. “[They need] someone who is a peacemaker that can make peace between the U.S. and Iran and also some who knows how economies work.” Amirahmadi said he became a peacemaker by spending past 25 years mending U.S.- Iranian relations. One of his proudest accomplishments was creating the American Iranian Council, organization that promotes dialogue between the two countries. SEE


Students create conference to inspire youth leadership University worker talks move to United States, job search Rutgers Student Life sponsors first U. WORKERS APPRECIATION WEEK

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Hoping to inspire a new generation of leaders, Rutgers University Student Life’s Leadership and Training Office has joined with University students to host its first annual Mark Conference on Saturday Februar y 16th in the Busch Campus Center. The Mark Conference will include a wide range of speakers from different

fields who have overcome obstacles and excelled in exceptional ways, said Courtney O’Connell, associate director of the Office of Leadership and Training. “We are hoping that the students hearing all these experts who have been successful [can] feel like, ‘You know what, I am going to pursue that,’ or ‘I’m going to go for that position’ … we are looking to inspire action,” O’Connell said. SEE



The trash that students and staf f leave behind each day and night disappears the following morning. Much of that is due to custodians like Jose Santiago, who work to keep the University clean and safe. Santiago, 59, said he has worked at the

University for more than 12 years. He first became a custodian at Records Hall on the College Avenue campus before transferring to the Rutgers Student Center, where he has spent the last six years. Santiago said he cleans the men’s bathrooms, changes garbage bags and cleans up after big events or meetings. He is also in charge of cleaning stair ways and distributing salt on the ground when it snows, so students and faculty can commute with ease. He said he has enjoyed working at the SEE


Panelists look at data transparency, technology Changes to OPRA and OPMA sparked debate between panel members BY HANNAH SCHROER CORRESPONDENT

State lawmakers are amending the language of the Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act to provide New Jersey citizens with more access to public records.

Access to public records is important to journalists, activists and everyday citizens concerned about transparency in government, all of who were represented last night at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus on a panel discussing how technology affects open government. SEE


Clockwise from top left: Panelists John Paff, Ronald Miskoff, Robert Kubey, Josh Rosenau, Scott Devlin and Walter Luer debate the amendments to the Open Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act. NISHA DATT

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CAMPUS CALENDAR Thursday, Feb. 7 The Center for Social Justice and LGBT Communities holds its monthly Q Café at 7 p.m. at Tillet Hall, Room 247 on Livingston campus. There will be free food and drink.

Friday, Feb. 8 Senses Fail, Hands on the Stereo, The Early November and Yes, Virginia perform at 8 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center in the multipurpose room on the College Avenue campus. The concert is free and part of the Rutgers University Programming Association’s Changemakers Week.

Monday, Feb. 11 Career Services hosts an event to teach students how to get the most of a telephone or Skype interview at 4 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center, Room 174. Pre-registration at is required.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 The Rutgers University Programming Association hosts a Mardi Gras-themed masquerade coffeehouse at 8 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center International Lounge. There will be Cajun and Creole food, crafts and a live jazz band.



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Company sponsors dinner to teach business etiquette BY WILSON CONDE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

University students learned how to conduct themselves during intimidating business dinners at last night’s “Dining Etiquette.” Tina Knight, a career management specialist for Career Services, said the event helped teach students how to use proper etiquette while conducting business meetings in a dining setting. Proper etiquette is necessary for those who wish to advance themselves in the business world, said Douglass Ricci, a University career management specialist. “Proper dining and business etiquette is important for potential employers,” Ricci said. “That is because they want to know whether or not they have the proper skills to entertain their customers and clients in social settings.” Career Services and Altria sponsored the event, which was held at the Rutgers Club on the College Avenue campus, Knight said. Altria is a firm that owns several tobacco companies, such as Phillip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, said Jennifer Turner, a unit sales manager for Altria. The company also owns Chateau Ste. Michele, a high-end winery. The presentation included several items such as appropriate attire for formal and casual business occasions, proper topics for conversation, how to do a proper handshake and the ideal table setting.

Doug Ricci, a University career management specialist, addresses the crowd Wednesday at the Rutgers Club on the College Avenue Campus on the proper way to make a good impression over dinner to employees and colleagues. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Knight said handshakes should ideally be palm-to-palm and only involve two to three shakes. She said overly strong and excessively weak handshakes should be avoided. “The worst kind of a handshake is the sweaty palm shake,” she said. “If your palms are sweaty, wipe off your hands with a tissue ahead of time.” Knight also said women should give the same style of handshakes as men. “The dainty style handshakes that some ladies give may impress some people in some situations,

IN BRIEF ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ANALYZES NEW BRUNSWICK TRAFFIC Eric Gonzales, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will be working with the city of New Brunswick to help make on-foot and vehicle traffic run smoothly and safely, according to University Media Relations. “Traffic studies have been very car-focused for a long time,” Gonzales said. “We looked closely at pedestrian behavior. How often did they wait for a walk signal? How often did they jaywalk? When did cars have to slow down for them?” Gonzales will receive funding from the University’s Office of Community Affairs and the New Br unswick chancellor’s office to partner with community organizations. “The city is always concerned about the safety of its intersections,” Gonzales said. “Our objective was to identify countermeasures — inter ventions that reduce congestion and improve safety.”

NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS LESS CONCERNED ABOUT GUNS Since the Sandy Hook elementar y school shootings, New Jerseyans’ concern about gun violence has gone down, according

to a recent Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Immediately following the shootings, 77 percent of New Jerseyans were concerned about the Connecticut shootings but now the number has gone down to 69 percent. “The immediate aftermath of Sandy Hook saw a clear increase in concern about guns in New Jersey,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll to University Media Relations. “As that par ticular shooting fades in the public eye, concern has also dropped, though it remains slightly above preSandy Hook numbers.” Thirty-four percent of New Jerseyans believe that easy access to guns is the primary cause of gun violence in America, 16 percent believe inadequate background checks is responsible, while 15 percent believe it is the way a child is raised the affects gun violence. Redlawsk said partisanship and self-interest gave way the belief that gun violence had become a serious problem immediately after the Sandy Hook shootings. “But we are beginning to see the usual partisan differences again, with Republicans supporting gun owners and owners reasserting their rights,” he said. “At the same time, these positions are not shared by the majority of New Jerseyans.”

but are inappropriate for business settings,” she said Conversations in business settings should involve safe topics, such as sports and positive current events, Knight said. Potentially offensive topics and jokes should be avoided. “Politics and religion, unless that’s the common purpose of everyone being there, should be avoided,” Knight said. “Also, no gossip should be discussed at business settings.” To appear professional to employers, an individual should begin by talking about his or her

professional accomplishments, she said. Ricci said correct attire is key. Ties should not make political or religious statements, and should end in the mid-belt area. “Ties should not be so long as to appear almost clown-like,” he said. For women’s attire, Knight said women should minimize make-up and avoid polishing their nails or wear conservative nail polish. In some formal situations, a black dress may be appropriate. “They should not be the kinds that you would wear to go club-

bing,” she said. “But other than that, they are a good investment for many business situations.” Ricci said discretion is important when excusing oneself from the dining situation, and bread should be broken and eaten rather than bitten into. “When you must leave the table, you should not make a broad statement, such as needing to go to the bathroom. Instead, you should say ‘excuse me, I need to leave, but I will be right back,’” he said. Knight also discussed some dining etiquette rules, such as how to sneeze and serve food. “You should always sneeze into your elbow,” she said. “If a sneeze comes on very suddenly, then you should turn away from the table … When it comes to serving food, always serve to your left, yourself, and then to the right.” Tim Zhong, a Rutgers Business School senior, said he registered for the dinner after learning about the event from an email sent by the Rutgers Business School listserv. “I’m hoping to gain knowledge as to how to dine in formal situations, which will be very helpful in our future careers,” he said. Knight said the event’s components were very interactive. “People are asking questions, which is a good sign, since that means they are eager to learn the skills they’re being taught,” Knight said.

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RACE Davis says Guardian Council approval is unlikely CONTINUED FROM FRONT Iran’s economy is in deep trouble—the countr y’s unemployment is high, inflation is high and Iranian currency has plunged, he said. Restoring a relationship with the United States would boost the economy. “If I become president, I will be in the White House in the first 100 days to mend that relationship and get it over with,” he said. “That will open up the country to foreign investment . . . using that opportunity will help the economy grow.” Amirahmadi said he will be an effective bridge-builder because his lack of affiliation with any political parties will make him a mediator among the different political factions. He said experiences teaching economic development, global change and public policy at the University give him expert knowledge on developing economies like Iran. Within the four years of his administration, he plans to create six million jobs. Amirahmadi said the desire to help his homeland drives his campaign, along with a feeling of responsibly to mend U.S. Iranian relations. “If Iran becomes a failed estate, it will harm the American interest in the region as well. Iran is a big country, it’s a huge country, a historical country and god forbid if Iran becomes a failed estate then we all suffer,” he said. In 2005, Iran’s Guardian Council turned down Amirahmadi as a candidate for president. He said the campaign failed because he had not campaigned in Iran long enough and did not have a strong platform. “I didn’t have people, organization, [a] website, nothing. I was there just to put my name out there,” he said. But Amirahmadi said Iran’s government in 2005 was very different from today’s government and is confident the Guardian Council will accept his candidacy this year. “In eight years, there’s more than 100 years difference now. . . . The economy, it wasn’t doing that bad then but today it’s very bad. Now it’s qualitatively, fundamentally different and I’m hoping that this change . . . will make the Guardian Council rethink its view of me.,’ he said. Amirahmadi said his biggest challenge is gaining approval from the Guardian Council. He will spend four months this year campaigning: This year plans to spend four months campaigning in Iran: putting together policy statements and policy positions and educate the people and government. “If i get approved, I will be elected, no question what so ever, no problem. They will vote for me,” he said. Amirahmadi is on sabbatical his campaigning. But he said running for Iran’s president will not make him forget the University. Eric Davis, a professor in the Department of Political Science said he does not believe Amirahmadi has a chance of winning Iran’s presidential election. “Even if [the Guardian Council] were to allow him to run, I think that since he’s living outside the country then some people will be suspicious of what he’s trying to do

that he’d not get the necessary votes to actually win,” he said. But Davis, the past director of the University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, said he doubts the Guardian Council will approve his candidacy. The council, run by the Islamic clerics, view Amirahmadi as a a secular individual. Although the Iranian government is hostile to the United States, David said public opinion polls show that the Iranian people have very favorable views on the American people. “It is very striking that very few countries in the world where the populace has such favorable views of the United States as Iran. A lot of people might do a double take when they hear that . . . They’re ver y admiring of American political freedoms, American culture,” he said This hostility perpetuates because the real power in Iranian lies within the Guardian Council, not the presidency, who has the final say in all executive decisions, Davis said having a strong relationship with the United States would undermine the council’s power. “By keeping up this conflict, they use that as a way to suppress democracy . . . it’s in their political interest, their economic and political power, to keep up a state of tension with the United States,” he said. Davis said Amirahmadi s intimate knowledge of both Iranian and American cultures would make him a great bridge between Iran and the West. “That could be very, very valuable in trying to do away with this crisis that exists now in trying where the Iranian government is trying to develop nuclear weapons and the international community posed dramatic economic sanctions on Iran in trying to prevent it from achieving that goal,” he said. Davis said Amirahmadi’s platform represents the youth’s voice, who generally do not support the policies of the council. “Atthe very least what he’s doing is a very good public relations campaign to call attention to the fact that their are people in Iran such as he who would like to see better relations between Iran and the United States,” he said. Matt Pienkodski, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said Amirahmadi’s policies in action would be effective, but does not think the theocratic council will approve his candidacy. “He will improve relations with the west which will improve Iran’s economy,” he said. “All the sanctions being put on them are hurting their currency and that in turn is causing inflation.” Eva Warsak, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said Amirahmadi will have trouble winning the presidency because Iran’s current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has many supporters. “This guy is going to be up for a tough fight against the current president’s party but he does have a chance with a lot of the younger people I think because there is a big pro-democracy movement going on [in Iran],” he said. Tyler Gold, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said he likes the idea of having an American sympathizer in Iran’s government, but he said Amirahmadi’s chances of winning are slim. “I feel like there’s no precedent,” he said. “He’s a professor at an American university. He’s here. When was the last time he was in Iran? I feel like if he were in Iran it would be different.”


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Devlin says technology will increase transparency by making data available

Santiago says a sense of family is important to him



“There’s a fundamental difference between public entities and private interests,” he said. Ronald Miskoff, a professor Technology is beneficial to in the Depar tment of those townships and governJournalism and Media Studies, ments willing to embrace it, but it said technological conveniences is not enough on its own to prochange the public lifestyle, vide better access to government which both contributes to and records, Paff said. reduces citizens’ access to govThe application of technoloernment documents. gy at the municipal level He said OPRA and depends on the town’s informaOPMA should change as tion technology capabilities, technology advances. said Walter Luer, panelist “We usually don’t think about and president of the New it much, but things change rapidJersey Foundation For ly,” he said. Open Government. OPRA allows any citizen to Luer said it was not fair for request to see government docusome to have easier data ments, while OPMA allows the access than their neighbors public to sit in on government because their town has better meetings, such as city council data capabilities. meetings. It also requires gov“There need to be standards ernment agencies to release in where data is stored,” Luer agendas and meeting minutes to said. “There need to be standards the public. in how data is stored. Right now Panelists debated with each no standards exist.” other and audience members Much of the debate centered on changes to the Mar tin on wording that changed how O’Shea Public Records Act open records court cases would sponsored by state Sen. Loretta be paid for. Weinberg, D-37. If a citizen or journalist hires a Municipal governments lawyer to sue the would face less government over hassle from OPRA “There need to be an alleged violarequests by putof OPRA or ting data online standards in where tion OPMA, he or she and reducing bureaucracy costs, data is stored [and] would be responsible for paying said Scott Devlin, standards in how the lawyer, legislative director Miskoff said. for state data is stored. “The reason Assemblyman Right now no OPRA is such a Gordon M. powerful bill is Johnson, D-37. standards exist.” that if you hire a Devlin said a WALTER LUER lawyer to get a software program President of the document and that any state New Jersey Foundation win, the governmunicipality for Open Government ment agency has could use to store to pay,” he said. public informaMiskoff said the new law tion should be developed to changes the wording to say the make records easier for the state may pay the lawyer public to access. depending on whether the act“Technology will increase ing judge agrees. transparency by making data Devlin said although many more available,” Devlin said. people were opposed to the Weinberg, who was supposed changed wording, it was done to appear on the panel, could not to avoid judges having to pay make it last night. Devlin sat in on a technicality and not out of for her instead, Miskoff said. bad intent. Devlin said the Martin O’Shea Josh Rosenau, a panelist and Public Records Act is a modernUniversity alumnus now workization of OPRA and OPMA that ing as an investigative reporter has been in the works for two for Strauss News, said governyears. One of the reasons for the ment of ficials’ attitudes bill is that communications techabout requests determine nologies, such as texting and their response. tweeting, were not popular when Sometimes a clerk shows OPRA was passed in 2002. interest in the request and works Panelist John Paff, chairman to fulfill it, but other times of the New Jersey Libertarian requests are met with hostility Party’s Open Government and scrutiny, he said. Advocacy Project, said governRosenau said he relies on the ment still works as it did in the good will of the court in ’80s and ’90s even though the Pennsylvania, which he said has technology to make it open and some of the weakest open accessible exists today. records rules. He said private companies While New Jersey is more effiare more motivated to provide cient than Pennsylvania and New data to customers because they York with releasing records, he risk losing business if a request said other states like Florida is not met. Public entities, howmake information even more ever, have a captive audience, available online. Paff said.

University because it treats him well. He expects to retire in about four years. “I like it here because we get good benefits. The pay is good. They’ve been good to me,” he said. Santiago was born in 1954 and immigrated to the United States with his family in search of the American dream. When they settled in New Brunswick, Santiago did not know a word of English, which proved dif ficult for the 14-year-old. After attending New Br unswick High School for three years, he dropped out in 1973, he said. As soon as he left high school, Santiago said he found work in a factor y in Milltown, N.J., where he worked for 13 years until they went out of business. He was left without a job for a little more than a year. He worked at a variety of places for a few years, including Pressman Toy Factor y Corporation in New Brunswick Township and did maintenance for Johnson & Johnson until he found work at the University. Aura Rivera, who works with Santiago, said she has been employed at the University for two years. She said the two of them are responsible for the entire stu-

dent center in the afternoons from Monday through Friday. Rivera, 56, cleans the women’s bathroom, while Santiago is in charge of the men’s. “We work well together, and he is a good coworker,” Rivera said. Rivera, who came from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic in 1995, said Santiago works a lot, especially when there are events going on in the student center. He cleans the food bazaar daily

“Their job is just as difficult or more difficult than a lot of people’s... They deal with a lot of stuff.” WILLIAM BRUNING School of Arts and Sciences Junior

and is in charge of handling clogged toilets. Santiago said he enjoys his job because of how close his coworkers are. Because he is not married, has no children and most of his family lives in Puer to Rico, he said a sense of family is impor tant to him. “In the group I work in, they treat [me] nice. They’re

like family,” Santiago said. He said his colleagues tr y to help each other out if one of them ever has any problems at home. Though he has no children, he plays a father-figure role for his sister’s three sons. He said he takes care of them as if they were his own. Allyson Souza, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, said she learned to appreciate custodians when she moved into her own apar tment. “Going from on-campus housing to an of f-campus apar tment has really shown me how helpful and impor tant Rutgers custodians are,” Souza said. William Bruning, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, said he thinks custodians often go unappreciated. “Their job is just as dif ficult or more dif ficult than a lot of people’s,” Bruning said. “They deal with a lot of stuf f.” Santiago said that often some students would leave trash on the floor even though the trash can is right next to them. “[Students] should take care of us a little bit better and treat us nice,” Santiago said. He said he urges students to be a little more careful the next time they leave their garbage behind for custodians to clean up. “It’s a huge job keeping the school buildings clean,” Souza said. “And it’s not something you realize until you have to do those things on your own.”

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CONFERENCE Danku says event will have social hour for networking opportunities CONTINUED FROM FRONT Experience Director thing that hopefully the audiCamille Sennett said the conence will be able to take away ference is different from a typifrom,” she said. “They really are cal training event to offer stuinspiring stories and they’re dents a unique experience and coming from your peers, the new perspective when looking people in your classes and the at leadership development. people that you can potentially “There are different leaders see every day.” out there and I think that one of She said every story will not the main reasons we want to do be relatable to every student in this is so students can see that the audience but she hopes there they can explore their respecis at least one message in sometive interests and maybe one’s story they will be able to become a leader in a specific connect with. way that suits those interests,” Amber Danku, promotions said Sennett, a School of Arts director of the Mark and Sciences senior. Conference, said in addition to She said when students usuthe guest and student speakers, ally hear about events similar to the event will have a social netthese, they have a preconceived working aspect, where the notion about the dynamics of the attendees will be able to connect event and assume they will be with the speakers in a meet-andlistening to the usual, dr y greet during the conference’s keynote speaker. social hour. Brandon Rogers, creative “It’s for ever yone who might director of the Mark not consider themselves a Conference, said the speakers leader to gain inspiration from will not only encourage students the speakers and take a new who are already leaders on caminnovative look at leadership, pus, but can reach those who do [dif ferent] from the normal not consider kind of résumé themselves to be building confer“Students are leaders as well. ence you would “It’s to target normally think of running the students who — something new conference so we don’t have a leadand fun,” said ership position a School want to put a value Danku, but we know of Ar ts and they’re leaders,” to this. It is diverse Sciences junior. said Rogers, a Danku said that in that we are.” School of Arts some of the conand Sciences senference speakers BRANDON ROGERS Creative Director of the ior. “This gives are scheduled to Mark Conference them the opportube Mark nity to meet the Finkelburg, creother presenters ator of DC while giving them motivation and Cupcakes, Bill Rosemann, ediinspiration to be able to lead tor for Mar vel Comics, author themselves to where they want to Kambri Crews, Mar ty leave their mark.” Yudkovitz, senior vice presiThough the conference is run dent at Walt Disney, and Janet by Student Life, planning was Mock, transgender activist divided among students who and author. served as captains of a team they Many students may be relucselected to assist them in the tant to pay the $20 ticket to attend process, O’ Connell said. the conference, but Sennett said “The people that are planning the day will be beneficial and really big portions of this conferhopes the fee will not be of conence are students. The people cern to them after the conference that are contacting speakers and is over. whole committees … are stu“It’s not a free event, you dents that go here. We know have to pay for it. Students are how to connect with other sturunning the conference so we dents because we are actually want to put a value to this. It is still in school,” said Paige diverse in that we are … thinkWalwyn, a School of Arts and ing outside the box. I see this as Sciences junior. an opportunity to help my A section of the conference peers,” Rogers said. will be devoted to speakers from O’Connell said she has tried the University chapter of Ignite to make the process as original Rutgers, a nationwide program as possible for the students compromised of students speakinvolved with planning by eliming about topics ranging from inating any constraints on their their experience in college to a creativity and hopes this has change in their lives and what ser ved as a learning experimakes them stand out from ence for how to go about other students. working together and The presentations will include stirring excitement. 20 PowerPoint slides, which auto“This current workforce is matically advance every 15 seclooking for leaders. Part of that is onds, Walwyn said. getting students to come to these “They are all very different leadership conferences and the stories but they all have someother part is making it exciting


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SANDY SUPPORT Top left: Lovelectric bassist Jared Leibowitz and guitarist Jordan Sciabica played music for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Bottom left: Airi Yamada, a Japanese native, Kina Abe, a Rutgers Business School senior, and Kana Abe, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, handed out raffle tickets and managed donations for the benefit. The Lords of Lichtenstein band members Dan and Noah Rauchwerk sand their original songs, “1985” and “Siberia.” SMARANDA TOLOSANO

Team leaders are extensions of the Referendum Coordinator. They will be responsible for: · Managing polls and employees on their assigned campus. · Assisting with the hiring process of poll workers/promoters. · Creating work schedules and recording employees’ hours. · Keeping track of traffic and supplies at all designated locations. · Transporting, sorting, and tabulating ballots. · Communicating with Referendum Coordinator daily to review completed tasks and duties. Individuals must be charismatic, great problem solvers, and able to manage people. Please request an application and submit resume to Jaime Brown, the Referendum Coordinator at: by Monday, February 11, 2013.

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Do you opt out of the NJPIRG fee on your term bill? “Yes because I don’t use it and it’s on my term bill, so why pay extra if I’m not using it? It’s not too important to me so I don’t feel I should pay for it.”

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“I probably don’t, it’s usually my parents that are paying the term bill. For the stuff that they’re trying to do — helping the environment — I think 11 bucks isn’t really that big a deal.”

“I don’t think I opt out of [the fee], mostly because I honestly don’t know that much about it. But it’s not that big of a fee to pay for one semester. So I figure if it’s going toward a cause, I will pay $10 to support just about any cause that’s not bad.”

“I usually do [pay it], but I don’t actually know what it is. I don’t opt out of anything. I think $11 dollars compared to the $11,000 term bill … [is] hardly anything that I am too concerned about. It’s just a Rutgers mystery.”

“Yes, if it was listed on my term bill, I paid for it. I don’t really know what it’s for, to be honest. I figured that it was going to be used to run the program — which is one that I generally support — but I don’t actually know what it’s used for.”

$11.20 the NJPIRG fee on student term bills. SOURCE: UNIVERSITY TERM BILL

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“I pay my tuition myself so I usually take [the fee] off just to save that extra $11. If you pay through the payment plan it’s not very easy [to cancel the fee]. You have to do it yourself, there’s forms for all of that.”

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City Council turns down property tax break for developer BY MEGAN MORREALE STAFF WRITER

The New Brunswick City Council voted against an ordinance yesterday that would give Boraie Development a six-figure tax break on property taxes if they continue their plans to build a high rise on 135 Somerset St. The council decided in a six to one vote. City Council President Rebecca Escobar voted no, effectively canceling the ordinance. If the ordinance had passed, Boraie Development would pay the city about $552,000 a year in lieu of property taxes, said Glenn Patterson, the city’s planning director. Amy Braunstein, a New Brunswick resident, urged the council not to approve the ordinance. “I feel that we are all in this together,” Braunstein said. “These tax revenues go toward [things] we all benefit from.” New Brunswick resident Charlie Kratovil said tax cuts would take money away from the school district. But Patterson said the tax break would only apply to the building itself and the land beneath the building could still produce tax money for the school district. Kratovil said the high rise might not be suitable housing for many New Brunswick families in the school district.

The high rise would consist of mostly studio and one-bedroom apartments, which are generally units avoided by families with children, Patterson said. “There could be a handful of children living there, but probably not,” Patterson said. After the public hearing concerning the new high rise, city residents Tormel Pittman and Danielle Moore raised concerns about police activity and council action. “There was a raid at my neighbors house at Joyce Kilmer Avenue,” Moore said. “You told me last time you couldn’t warn me of a raid, and I disagree with that.” Escobar said Moore needed to follow up with the police department, but police cannot warn the public of raids because this could compromise the operation. City resident Roberto Martinez said he feels entitled to payments from the city and City Attorney Charly Gayden had not responded to his inquiries about payment. “I was suspended from work with the city and all the charges were dropped,” Martinez said. “I’ve been a good worker for this city for 20 years. I’m falling back on my mortgage. I need the city to respond.” Assistant City Attorney T.K. Shamy said he was familiar with the case and encouraged Martinez to reach out to his lawyer. But Pittman said city council was br ushing aside Martinez’s concerns.

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“Is this how the city operates?” Pittman said. “Is this your culture? This is the same thing that happened with the firefighter Michael Davis last year. He had to fight for his money from you guys.” Pittman said he is concerned about the internal affairs in the city and said the police department mistreats New Brunswick citizens on the streets. “There is a serious situation in this community, and something

needs to be done about it,” Pittman said. Councilman Glenn Fleming said Pittman should not make generalizations about the whole police department because of a few bad experiences. “You can’t make a sweeping indictment against the whole profession because of a few bad seeds,” Flemming said. “I’ve been pulled over and falsely accused and I don’t make a sweeping

indictment about any group of people at any time.” But Pittman said even the City Council’s Vice President Kevin Egan spoke unfavorably about the police department. “I ran into [Egan] in Nordstrom’s and he said to me ‘there are a lot of cops I’d like to get rid of but I don’t have the power,’” Pittman said. Egan denied Pittman’s statement.



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New Jersey senator has made it his goal to do the seemingly unthinkable: Ban jughandles. In New Jersey. That’s almost like banning Bruce Springsteen from doing any more concerts in the Garden State. Jughandles — or the famous “Jersey Left” — are those loops on the right side of the road that let us cross an intersection to make a left or take a U-turn. Because they only exist in the state of New Jersey, they have unmistakably become as much a part of our culture as the Jersey Shore. We’re so used to anticipating right turns to get to wherever we need to go that it would almost seem unnatural for an alternative. However, we can’t help but consider that, as sad as it is, it might just be time for Jersey to get an upgrade. Think about it: Jughandles have become inef ficient. They cause traf fic, delays, and you can some-

times get caught in one for several lights before you can finally cross into your desired lane. As funny as it is to make fun of confused drivers from other states tr y to make sense of them on the highway, they can in fact become dangerous because of simply how dif ferent they are compared to the rest of the roads in the countr y. They can be so confusing that even the most technologically advanced GPS navigation systems can’t wrap their logic around them. It’s not like we’ll be completely wiping jughandles of f the map. The new bill will simply stop new jughandles from being created. So we’ll still have that piece of our histor y and tradition preser ved for years to come, whether we like it or not. It hur ts to say this, but maybe Jersey is finally ready for left lanes.



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nough with the fat jokes, Jersey. We get it. Our governor is fat. Can we move on and start focusing on the real issues at hand now, please? Gov. Chris Christie went on the “Late Show with David Letterman” a few nights ago and shared a jelly doughnut with the host. The media’s main takeaway from that inter view was exactly that: a jelly doughnut. During his press conference on Tuesday, a portion of the governor’s statements was about his weight and dietar y habits. Wait, are we missing something here? Is Christie running for N.J. governor or a Weight Watchers campaign? We find it irritating that ever y time we’re tr ying to read up on our state politics, we have to sift through literally headline after headline about Christie’s weight. The media is pulling a cop-out by slacking on quality gubernatorial coverage, while also giving Christie a free ride by focusing on his weight instead of his policies and stances on issues

pertinent to the N.J. community. There are more important issues to consider, like jughandles getting banned, for example. (No, really, check out our other editorial today). While some sources seem to have Christie’s best interest at heart — pun intended — this phenomenon speaks volumes about our culture’s take on body issues: that they’re ever ybody’s business, and that ever yone is entitled to be a critic. It also ties in Christie’s shortcomings as governor to his hefty weight and body frame, instead of obser ving those issues, and the way Christie chooses to address them, independently. When people want to criticize him, they don’t say, “He’s an incompetent governor.” They say, “He’s so damn fat” as if that has anything to do with his politics. Basically, enough is enough. Let’s get back to real coverage, please. Christie, we’d much rather share some real and thought-provoking dialogue with you instead of a doughnut.

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An open-borders immigration policy RUN WITH IT ERIC ANTISELL


was born in Red Bank, N.J., on June 8, 1992. On that day I became a citizen. I didn’t have to pay the government any money or pass any tests. It was a good thing, too, because at that time, I didn’t speak a word of English, I had no clue who the president was, and I was the most unskilled worker you could imagine — totally useless in the labor market. There is nothing fair about the government requiring people that were born on foreign soil to go through immensely more trouble than I did to become a citizen, but let’s consider the economic or social arguments for keeping the current system. Do immigrants really take natives’ jobs? Sure, sometimes. Anyone that can do a job more efficiently than someone else can replace the less efficient person. You can be replaced by anyone, Americanborn or otherwise. People can also be replaced with technology, which earns $0 per hour and receives no employee benefits at all. Is that bad for the economy? Of course not. It means that goods and services are provided more easily. Deporting immigrants to make jobs available for unem-

ployed natives is like outlawing labor-sav- how many foreigners end up immigrating ing technology for the same effect. Why here. There is no need for any kind of govnot make printing presses illegal? Books, ernment quota system. newspapers, all printed material would “Well what about the deficit? If we then have to be handwritten. Think of all just ‘let them all in,’ it would explode!” the natives we’d have to hire if all printers opponents aver. The concern is that were “deported.” unskilled workers will take advantage of Some maintain that they welcome all public ser vices and pay little in taxes, immigrants that are doctors, scientists, of f-setting fur ther the already unbalengineers, etc., with open arms, and anced budget. that it’s only the immigration of Who is to blame if the deficit does unskilled laborers that the government explode? Certainly not the people. The needs to restrict. people just use the How would the goods and services government know “The people are supposed to that the government how many skilled provides. If governcontrol the government — and unskilled laborment institutions ers we need? Do collapse when not the other way around.” they know how everyone within its many department jurisdiction has stores we need? access to them, then How many computers we need? How the institutions were unsustainable to many Adrian Brody films we need? begin with. It is the function of wages and prices to The people are supposed to control the determine the proper allocation of government — not the other way around. resources, including labor. They do a far If the government cannot provide for the better job than any government can. people, then it should be altered or abolFree people buy what they want or ished. The state has no right to decide need. If a certain kind of a laborer is how many people there will be under it to urgently needed, the wage for that job will be ruled. tend to increase. Higher wages attract Social conservatives fear that an openworkers to industries that need workers. boarders policy would threaten ‘American Thus, wages and opportunities for employ- culture’. But why are they so insecure ment will determine how many of each about it? Does it have some defect that kind of worker — “skilled” or “unskilled” they’re not telling us about? If ‘American — is needed, and will therefore regulate culture’ is really as great as they claim,

there’s no harm in introducing a little competition. Competition is healthy. Let’s assume for argument’s sake that all of the anti-immigration arguments above are correct. Suppose that “letting them all in” would result in massive unemployment among natives, increase the budget, and destroy the culture. Why tr y to avoid these things by only restricting immigration? There are thousands of new citizens who are pouring into the country every day – not just over boarders, but through the birth canal. Why not have the government make it illegal for any parent who already has a child to engage in sexual intercourse. See, when the government is trying to keep the “correct” number of people within its jurisdiction, you lose the right to do what you want with your body, your property, and your life. Any peaceful individual on property where he is welcome is not breaking any just law. A property owner has the moral right to invite whoever he pleases — foreign or otherwise — to live in his home, to work for his business, or to exchange voluntarily in any other way. If anything ought to be considered “illegal,” it is the state’s forceful interference with that fundamental right. Eric Antisell is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in history and political science with a minor in organizational leadership. His column, “Run With It,” runs on alternate Thursdays.

Not your forefathers’ revolution JOE AMDITIS


ometimes I feel like I spend too much time on the Internet. I sit at my computer and scroll through endless pages of indiscriminate vitriol and intellectual diarrhea. It doesn’t matter if the conversation is about gun control, birth control, the war on drugs, the war on terror, climate change or regime change. The Internet is a place where, if it exists, there’s someone out there who hates it — and there is certainly never a shortage of people willing to argue to the death about it. When used properly, however, the Internet has the potential to change the world in ways that have never been seen before, and in record time. Therefore, it’s important to understand why calling for violence on the Internet can be dangerous in the real world. During this last year alone, for instance, I’ve noticed a growing number of individuals advocating online for things like violence, secession and even a ‘second American revolution.’ This becomes problematic when people forget the difference between voicing political dissent and unseating the power elite. It’s not a question of whether you agree with certain policies or the behav-

ior of the government and its agents. The the brink of another massive awakening. real question is this: Is now the right Thanks to the Internet, we have the tools time for revolt? I’m not saying I don’t that allow information to reach more peounderstand why some people might feel ple in less time than ever before. All we this way. I completely empathize with the have to do is keep tr ying to wake people frustration and anger some people have up, bide our time and prevent things been feeling. They see whistleblowers from breaking down into violence. thrown in jail while villains walk free. I cannot stress this enough: violence They feel the financial squeeze on their can only be used as a last resort, if at all. own checkbooks even as they watch the Nothing would do more to entrench the government squandering our taxes to current power structure than a violent subsidize corporate hegemony and fuel attack on US soil. Using violence will get wars of aggression. More importantly, you immediately labeled as a domestic terthey see the ver y health of our planet rorist, whisked away to Quantico, or used sacrificed in the as target practice name of shortsightfor the drones. The ed greed — the list worst part is, the “Popular resistance cannot goes on. majority of the be forced — it has to So, is it time to countr y would break out the old applaud your downhappen organically.” muskets and wigs fall. In fact, many then? The answer would even hail it as is, of course, no. a triumph of the The sense of urgency and the desire to oppressive system you set out to dismanfix things are great, but being mad at the tle in the first place, because that’s exactly government isn’t enough. General dis- how it would be portrayed by the media. content is not the same thing as unity, If you prefer a revolution with a more and mass movements without clear ideo- optimistic outlook, however, then I suglogical frameworks or a common sense gest that you join the ideological revoluof direction are doomed to fail. tion already under way. Start by tr ying to Successful revolutions are driven by connect with people and build common small groups of people, but they never ground. Make a point to talk to someone get off the ground without significant you wouldn’t normally agree with. Find a public opinion on their side. neutral starting point for discussion, and This is not a minor detail, and it is not work with them to find the facts they optional. Luckily for all the Starbucks need to make more informed judgments. Secessionists and Francis Scott Tr y to understand where people are Keyboards out there, our society is on coming from and, if you do hit an

impasse, keep tr ying or just move on to someone else for a while. In my experience, I’ve found that the problem is usually just a lack of information or a simple misunderstanding. Finding a solution won’t happen overnight, however, and it can be extremely frustrating. Popular resistance cannot be forced — it has to happen organically. When the time really comes for people to take up arms, you won’t need to convince them. In fact, you won’t be able to stop them. In the meantime, the trick is to expose them to the truth little by little, letting their eyes adjust as they gradually get used to the light. You can’t just drag them out of the dark kicking and screaming. It’s not the revolution most people are used to hearing about. It may not be exciting, and there will be times when it feels hopeless. But this is the only way a revolution can actually work. Don’t be fooled by its unorthodox outer layers. Beneath the thick veil of cats and conspiracy theories, the Internet is the most revolutionar y tool ever created, but the realization of that power relies on the user. I think Stephen Fr y put it best when he said, “Technology is like a mirror. If an idiot looks in, you can’t expect an apostle to look out.” Joe Amditis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in political science and criminal justice and minoring in criminology and psychology. His column, “Swimming Upstream,” runs on alternate Thursdays.


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NEEDS Flood’s first true class shapes secondary starters next season CONTINUED FROM BACK the needs that I set out before we go into this class.” The Knights’ defensive backfield suf fered the biggest loss, losing five of six defensive backs that commanded most of the playing time.

SPORTS PAGE 15 Sophomore Tejay Johnson is the next most tenured player left in the secondary, but he played almost exclusively on special teams. That means Rutgers may be forced to play more freshmen than it did last season. “When you look at our secondar y, there’s oppor tunity,” Flood said. “There’s no doubt that there’s going to be opportunity.” Flood said Piscataway native Nadir Barnwell and Milford (N.Y.) Academy product Delon Stephenson will have an advantage

with their early enrollments, but there are more than two spots open in the defensive backfield. Eight different Knights saw time in the secondary thanks to the various defensive schemes coordinator Robb Smith implemented. “It’s a position where it’s not just the starters,” Flood said. “It’s the starters and the subpackages. You’re looking for multiple people.” Springfield, N.J., native Anthony Ciof fi, a cornerback and the first of 22 players in the 2013 class to commit, could fill

one, especially since his position may be the most in need. While the safety position is in better shape with Waters, South Carolina transfer Sheldon Royster and redshirt freshman Davon Jacobs in the fold, there are no remaining starters at corner. But the team’s secondar y is not the only area of the field with openings. Along with the loss of Greene, the linebacker corps must adjust to life without four-year starter Steve Beauharnais.

To help, the Knights recruited players like Lester Liston, the only player in the class from outside Rutgers’ typical recruiting area (Grand Blanc, Mich.). Flood said Liston is a good example of the defense’s speedheavy philosophy, but that he also has the size that will allow him to compete immediately for a spot at linebacker and on special teams. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @JGregoryTargum.


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RECRUITS Miller stays close to home with decision to attend Rutgers CONTINUED FROM BACK big, big school type of mindset. Once I got deeper into the recruiting process, I knew Rutgers was where I was going to be.” Dorian Miller said he initially flirted with traditional powers like Alabama and Notre Dame, receiving around 15 offers in the process. But he remained loyal to his first offer, announcing on MSGVarsity on Nov. 20 he would join the Knights. Miller officially committed to Rutgers on Sept. 28, according to Rivals. He is the only offensive line commit in Rutgers’ 2013 recruiting class. Reports surfaced Monday that Junior College lineman Ali Kassem became the second, but Kassem offered a verbal commitment to NC State hours later. “Every year, there’s going to be different numbers at different classes,” Flood said yesterday. One thing you don’t want to do is say, ‘Well, we have to take another one.’ We’re going to find the players that are right for us.” At 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Dorian Miller offers another road-grading body for a 2014 move to the Big Ten. Flood said Big Ten membership eases concerns from recruits when he makes in-house visits, but Miller offered loftier claims. “This class is definitely a class that’s going to get a Big Ten Championship there and try to win a national championship,” said Miller, who took an official

visit last week. “We’re coming with a mission.” Flood said he continues to look for national championshipcaliber players. Miller, a four-year starter, aided Flood’s search. Miller joins an already crowded offensive line pool in Piscataway, where five commits from 2012 redshirted. Two starters, including All-Big East First Team guard Antwan Lowery, graduate following the 2013 season. Flood said Miller figures into the team’s line plans early on, but the capacity remains to be seen. Miller could benefit from Flood’s pedigree. Lowery credited Flood for his turnaround season, when he started all 13 games for the first time in his career. Several players from last year’s recruiting class pointed to Flood for keeping it intact despite little time to do so. Miller appears eager to contribute. The Metuchen High School tackle said he is ready to immerse himself in the program, which received recruiting boosts from Miller’s native Middlesex County. Nadir Barnwell, the Knights’ highest-rated recruit, played at nearby Piscataway High School. Another projected defensive back, T.J. Taylor, committed from South Brunswick. In Metuchen, Jeremy Miller has waited long enough. He reminds Dorian to put on his Rutgers hat after signing his letter of intent. “Rutgers is different now,” Dorian Miller said. “It’s not what it used to be.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Tyler Barto on Twitter @TBartoTargum.

Who You Should Know: New recruits are coming to the Rutgers football program: Nadir Barnwell Athlete, Piscataway HIgh School (N.J.) Four-star recruit. 6-foot, 190 lbs. Also considered Tennessee.

Lester Liston Linebacker, Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) Three-star recruit. 6-foot-1, 219 lbs. Also considered Cincinnati.

Myles Nash Athlete, Timber Creek High School (N.J.) Three-star recruit. 6-foot-5, 205 lbs. Also considered Kentucky, West Virginia.

Dorian Miller Offensive Lineman, Metuchen High School (N.J.) Three-star recruit. 6-foot-2, 295 lbs. Also considered Connecticut, North Carolina.

TJ Taylor Athlete, South Brunswick High School (N.J.) Three-star recruit. 6-foot-3, 186 lbs. Also considered: Pittsburgh, Syracuse. SOURCE: RIVALS.COM


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Rutgers’ 2013 class includes five defensive backs, but only one offensive lineman. Flood said he is not concerned about only recruiting Dorian Miller on the o-line. TYLER BARTO, SPORTS EDITOR Junior attack Scott Klimchak returns as one of three players to score more than two goals for the Knights last season with 27.



Caliber of class still leaves Flood, staff equally responsible

Knights look to erase losing ways BY BEN CAIN STAFF WRITER

Entering this season, few would think the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team has much to be optimistic about. A 6-9 record last season and loss of 46 percent of their scoring from last year is enough to temper any team’s expectations. This year’s group is not letting last year’s shortcomings stop it from thinking positively. With almost two-thirds of the roster made up of underclassmen and transfers, the Scarlet Knights have a fresh look they insist will help them compete at a high level of energy each game. “The past doesn’t define you, and it’s not going to define us this year,” said junior defenseman Nicholas Contino. “Were going to be workhorses. We know we’re not the biggest, fastest, strongest team, but we’re going to outwork teams. We’ll catch teams sleeping this year for sure. Ever y groundball we’ve got to fight for, and it’s got to come up as Rutgers.” The work starts Saturday in the team’s season opener against Manhattan at the RU Stadium Complex. The Jaspers come off a disappointing season of their own, going 5-9 en route to a last-place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Knights look to set an early defensive tone against a Manhattan offense that finished in the bottom third of the MAAC in goals per game, points per game, assists, shots and shot percentage. But the Jaspers also welcome a new culture with first-year head coach Steve Manitta at the helm. No matter what the opponent, head coach Brian Brecht can only

worr y about an improvement from last season. “I know the first conversation we had, you looked at our record and said, ‘What makes you think we’re going to be better this year after [going] 6-9?’” Brecht said. “And I don’t know the answer to that right now. But I also know that Manhattan has a fresh start, too. So are we going to be able to match the energy that they’re going to have?” Regardless of if the Knights start quickly, they need to find a season-long presence at several positions. After junior attacks Nick DePaolera and Scott Klimchak and sophomore midfielder Brian Goss, no other returning Knight scored more than two goals last year, a potential problem for a team that finished second-to-last in the Big East a season ago in goals per game. The Knights also have to choose from among four candidates for a starting goalkeeper. On defense, there is not much experience behind Contino, senior co-captain Edward Bar tleson and junior Christopher Zybrick. The Knights will most likely go as far as their upperclassmen take them. But whether they can surprise teams in one of the most competitive conferences in Division I depends on if their youth can provide support. “We had a great senior class last year and we rode them,” Brecht said. “Right now with those guys graduating, with our first recruiting class coming in, and then obviously with guys that are returning that are merging into more playing time and bigger roles on game day. … It’s a fresh star t to a new era.”

CONTINUED FROM BACK Flood now has another selling point, now that Rutgers has committed to the Big Ten Conference. “What the Big Ten does for us is it eliminates questions,” Flood said. “Before that, I think we had to answer some questions about what was going to happen in the future.” Regardless, Flood’s first recruiting class lacks flash.

But Flood cannot be judged yet. A head coach’s first season is too much of a product of the talent he inherits. For instance, it would be unfair to compare Schiano’s first season with Flood’s. But from this point on, a part of the program will truly be Flood’s players. It will be easier to assess Flood once these players are upperclassmen and the expectations are higher. Flood redshirted all but three freshmen last year, a product of the returning talent in 2012. The second-year head coach likely will not have that privilege next season with all the talent absent from this year’s team. That will force more freshmen

into pressure situations, given the circumstances. But Flood emphasized that this 2013 class specifically fits Rutgers’ needs, and that the Knights’ assessment is more important than the national one. “Those rankings, they can skew what’s really important,” Flood said. “What’s really important is finding the players who are right for your program. That is so much more important than what a player can be ranked.” Time will tell if Flood’s recruits fit that standard. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JBakanTargum.




RU hosts Manhattan in opener BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER

Louisville wing Wane Blackshear defends sophomore guard Myles Mack’s shot. On offense, Blackshear led the Cardinals with 19 points off 7-for-11 shooting. Rutgers’ backcourt scored more than Louisville’s, but it was not enough for Rutgers in its loss. TIAN LI

Blackshear jumpstarts Louisville offense BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice is not shy about crediting the amount of skilled guards in the Big East. In last night’s 68-48 loss to Louisville, the Scarlet Knights faced two more of those guards in Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. But out of 28 first-half points for the Cardinals, only seven of them came from the duo. Despite the lack of offense from the backcourt when the halftime buzzer sounded, Louisville held a two-point lead despite the resurgence of sophomore guard Eli Carter — he notched 11 points in the first 20 minutes. At halftime Siva, Smith and forwards Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan — the Cardinals’ top four scorers — combined for 12 points, a far cry from their season average of 24.5 points per half. That is where guard Wayne Blackshear stepped in. Blackshear, who sits just below Dieng in scoring, cleared his season average in the first half. The Chicago native accounted for 11 first-half points, holding off the Knights long enough to nurse the Cardinals’ lead into the break. “Our biggest issue was finding him in transition and matching up with him,” said junior forward Wally Judge. “We gave him a lot of open opportunities.” Had he not put up those numbers, the Rutgers guards could have revived the hushed Louis Brown Athletic Center crowd. In addition to Carter’s 11 firsthalf points, sophomore guards Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears each put up five points before the break. But Blackshear’s 5-for-7 shooting performance in the first half

Junior forward Wally Judge struggles to get a shot off last night against Louisville. Judge shot only 1-for-6 from the field, but made five free throws en route to seven points. TIAN LI kept the Cardinals’ lead from tipping to Rutgers’ side. Second-half fouls forced Blackshear to the bench, but not before he set a season-high total with 19 points for himself. And by then Louisville’s scorers found their touch, especially Smith. After being held to 3 points in the first half, Smith finished the game with 14 points. It did not help that the other seven Knights that touched the floor in the first half combined for five points. “We need some balance,” Rice said. “We need some more offen-

sive help. Right now we’re not getting that offensive help.”





not have put up the numbers they are used to in the scoring column, but they did their part on the defensive end. Both held the Knights to only 16 points around the basket. The two combined for 15 rebounds while Dieng chipped in six of the team’s nine blocks. “Gorgui Dieng did a good job blocking shots or altering them, or whatever it may be,” Judge said. “We just have to [score] — we have to go, tr y to dunk [and] everything.”

Rutgers could not return the favor. When Dieng and Behanan could not get their shots to fall, the Cardinals found other sources, ending the game with 28 points in the paint. Although the Knights only lost the rebounding battle by five, they could not cash in on their 18 offensive rebounds, scoring only eight second-chance points. “You have to finish or get fouled,” Rice said. For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @JGregoryTargum.

The start of a new season brings uncertainty for any collegiate program. Luckily for the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team, a noticeable amount of stability remains. The Scarlet Knights open their season Saturday when they host Manhattan. The Knights finished last season at 9-7, but it returns many experienced components that have the ability to build on that result. The Knights’ defense returns its core group and should begin to develop chemistry immediately. Redshirt sophomore Hollie DiMuro — who started all 16 games last season and led the team with 30 groundballs, including a career-high of three against No. 6 Notre Dame — should lead the unit. Junior Chelsea Intrabartola will look to have a prominent role on the Knights’ defense after starting the final seven games last season. She caused her first turnover and scooped her first groundball March 30 against Notre Dame. Senior co-captain goalkeeper Lily Kalata remains behind the defense. Kalata started every game in net for Rutgers last season en route to being named to the IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Second Team. She ranked second in the Big East in goals-against average and was fifth in save percentage. Rutgers will also look to avoid a two-game losing steak to begin the year like the one it encountered last season. Temple and Cornell, which both finished above .500, handed the Knights early defeats. Both losses to begin last year came at home, where Rutgers will play the majority of this season. The team hosts 10 games, along with seven away from campus. The season begins nearly two weeks earlier than average, as the Knights have not played their first game before Feb. 20 in each of the past three seasons. “It’s earlier than we’re used to, so I’m very anxious to see how the team steps out on the field for the first time competitively, and really gels and meshes and uses everything we’ve been working so hard on the past few weeks,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. Manhattan finished last season with only four wins and a road record of 1-8. But the Knights remain focused, unwilling to look past their immediate opponent. “As a team, we really take it one game at a time,” said senior co-captain Stephanie Anderson. “Right now our focus is Manhattan.” The team must work together to give its best effort coming out of a shor t preseason, Anderson said. Anderson enters her first game as co-captain following a breakout 2012 season in which she led the team with 41 goals. The Knights are not short of talent on the offensive side. Kalata expects to see good offensive movement, with everyone working as a cohesive unit.

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Cards’ full-court pressure stymies RU BY TYLER BARTO SPORTS EDITOR

Wally Judge’s put-back dunk was supposed to change momentum. After all, fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center have gotten used to surprise victories against top-15 teams during the last four seasons. Instead, Judge’s dunk, which tied the game at the start of the

second half, prompted a 13-point Louisville run. Instead of adding to its upset streak, the Rutgers men’s basketball team extended to a dubious one, losing, 68-48, its fifth loss in a row. “They turned it up so high in the second half that it seemed like that was the plan,” said sophomore point guard Jerome Seagears.

The Scarlet Knights found catalysts in top-10 upsets a season ago, knocking off then-No. 10 Florida and then-No. 8 Connecticut at the RAC. Judge, a junior forward, appeared to follow the same model, awakening an impassioned crowd in the process. But Louisville’s defense proceeded to press, and the Knights, in turn, pressed on offense.

Louisville executes its press against junior forward Wally Judge. Rutgers only scored 22 points in the second half, scoring less than 50 last night for the third time in as many seasons. TIAN LI

Put-backs around the rim found the outstretched arms of Louisville shot-blocking center Gorgui Dieng. Backcourt turnovers led to Cardinal lay-ins, and what once appeared a résumé-builder quickly fizzled. “No one is going to get us out of this funk except for us,” Rice said. It has become a familiar pattern for Rutgers. The Knights (12-9, 3-7) faced single-digit deficits in each of their last seven Big East losses. Rice insists the team has improved during that span, but improvement in the Big East usually comes with an asterisk. Louisville (19-4, 7-3) has often been around to prove it. Rice was ejected in the team’s 12-point loss last season at the KFC Yum! Center. An 18-point defeat to the Cardinals in 2011 served as the defining low point of a season filled with them. Rutgers has scored less than 50 points three times in as many seasons. It has happened twice against Louisville. “If you’re not on their talent level, they’ll give you some problems,” Rice said. “If you’re inconsistent, which my team is, that’s a bad sign because they’re going to take advantage.” But Rutgers’ second-half performance last night could be even more disheartening, if only because the Knights stood their ground in the first half.

Rutgers’ low-post defense was arguably at its best all season, neutralizing Dieng and the Cardinals’ frontcourt size advantage. Derrick Randall emerged as a major catalyst. The sophomore forward played 16 minutes and went blowfor-blow with Dieng, who scored two points in 34 minutes. Randall logged a season-high 17 minutes Jan. 30 at Cincinnati. “They can’t move him,” Judge said of Randall. “He has to get a better feel for the game to be a complete player, but other than that, he’s a strong, physical guy. He doesn’t even know it.” Randall showed similar poise last season against the Gators, containing Patric Young in a doubleovertime thriller. But that is where the similarities end. Senior wing Dane Miller watched most it from the bench, a Gatorade towel wrapped around his neck and cupped across his mouth. Little went right for Miller, who played only 18 minutes — six in the first half — and did not start for the first time in 44 games. He has averaged 19 minutes during the Knights’ last three games, scoring four total points. For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Tyler Barto on Twitter @TBartoTargum.


Five recruits enroll early for RU spring practice BY TYLER BARTO SPORTS EDITOR

Chris Laviano is as curious as everyone else. The former Holy Trinity (N.Y.) High School quarterback has more invested than most in the Rutgers football team’s new offensive coordinator, who has yet to be announced. But Laviano, one of five early enrollees from the Scarlet Knights’ 2013 recruiting class, has kept faith. “It’s going to be [head] coach [Kyle] Flood’s offense,” Laviano said Monday, “so I’m not too worried about how it’s going to change.” Flood’s coordinator search began Jan. 18, when former playcaller Dave Brock took the head coaching position at Delaware. Flood said he would not discount in-house candidates like quarterbacks coach Rob Spence. But he made clear his next coordinator — the program’s fourth in as many

seasons — must have previous play-calling experience. Flood, Brock and Spence each spent time courting Laviano during a three-year period. Flood suggested to Laviano, the 35th-best quarterback in 2013 according to, he enroll early. “I thought it was a good idea,” Laviano said. “I thought it would be in the best interest of my future career. I made that move.” Flood, a Queens native who played in the same New York Catholic league as Laviano, recr uited Long Island under former head coach Greg Schiano. Following Schiano’s move to the NFL, endorsers lauded Flood’s relationships with high school coaches in the tri-state area. He helped maintain last year’s recruiting class — considered by many the best in program histor y — despite a short

timeframe to do so. Following yesterday’s National Signing Day, Flood can now focus on developing talent. “I think the challenge of this year’s recruiting class was taking nine assistant coaches from nine different areas and really getting them to know the players, getting the recruits to know them,” Flood said yesterday. “We had a lot of moving parts this year.” Nadir Barnwell does not have to worry about coaching stability. The Knights’ lone four-star recruit, according to, is part of a host of defensive backs who plan to vie for playing time under defensive coordinator Robb Smith. Smith, the lone holdover from Schiano’s staff, guided a Knights defense that finished fourth in scoring in 2012. But four starting defensive backs departed after the season, and Smith’s recruiting must take focus.

He has certainly earned trust. “I feel comfortable because I know what he’s talking about,” Barnwell, an early enrollee, said Monday. “Watching the defense, you know Coach Smith knows what he’s doing, and he knows what he wants from his defense.” Barnwell said the defensive staff’s track record of developing NFL-level defensive backs factored into his commitment. Barnwell grew up in nearby Piscataway, where he said he and his family grew at ease with Rutgers. He will sit out spring practice following offseason shoulder surgery. “Even though I won’t be playing in the spring, at least I’ll know all the drills,” Barnwell said. “My body will get used to it. I’ll know all the coverage, so I’ll still have an advantage.” His roommate, Delon Stephenson, hopes for similar results.

The former 2012 commit spent the fall at Milford (N.Y.) Academy because of academic issues. His brother, Daryl, is a sophomore defensive lineman. “It sucked when I first got there,” Stephenson said of prep school. “I didn’t want to be there. I just wanted to leave. But I talked to my mom, my brother. They helped a lot.” Smith, both Stephensons’ primary recruiter, will likely serve as a support system. Delon Stephenson, a high school free safety, said the coaching staff told him he will likely play cornerback at Rutgers. Delon Stephenson has plenty to prove with the Knights, namely adjusting to an added workload. He will have his chance. “[Smith] wants me to succeed,” he said. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Tyler Barto on Twitter @TBartoTargum.

Four- and Five-Star Recruitments Committed to Rutgers Football




























22 former two- and three-star recruits earned time in the NFL. SOURCE: RIVALS.COM


EARLY TO RISE Rutgers head football coach Kyle

HOMECOURT DISADVANTAGE Despite past success at the

BACK TO WORK The Rutgers women’s

Flood welcomed five early entrees from this year’s recruiting class, all of whom are eligible for the Knights’ spring practices. PAGE 19

RAC against top-15 teams, the Rutgers men’s basketball team lost No. 11 Louisville, dropping their fifth-straight loss, 68-48. PAGE 19

lacrosse team opens its season tomorrow with much of its core returning from last year. PAGE 18



QUOTE OF THE DAY “They turned it up so high in the second half that it seemed like that was the plan.” — Rutgers men’s basketball guard Jerome Seagears on Louisville


NATIONAL SIGNING DAY Judgement of Flood’s class needs time

Miller sees success for ’13 recruits





When the NCAA declared punter Dean Crozier ineligible days before National Signing Day, it took some intrigue out of head coach Kyle Flood’s first complete recruiting class. Crozier grabs headlines through uniqueness alone as a 6-foot-7 punter from Australia, but there is more to him than the intangibles. ranks Crozier the No. 5 overall recruit at his position and labels him an NFL prospect. Plus he would fill a position vacancy with the Scarlet Knights. Flood refused to comment on Crozier’s situation yesterday, despite his ineligibility handing Rutgers another issue to settle before next season. “Today is a day that we talk about the signees at Rutgers,” Flood said. Former head coach Greg Schiano compiled the coaching staff that boasts the highestranked recruiting class in Knights history, but Flood kept it together once Schiano departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If the team’s 2012 recruits live up to their billing, Rutgers is lucky Flood did so. Five-star recruit Darius Hamilton and four four-star recruits led the heralded class. Fourstar recruit Nadir Barnwell is the only incoming player with comparable accolades. It might not matter. “If you go back into the 2005 recruiting class … [19] of the recruits in that class were two stars,” Flood said. “We ultimately had eight players play in the NFL from that class. Seven of the eight that played in the NFL were two stars.” The theme of this year’s class on paper is three-star recruits since sixteen received that distinction. The ratings system is a flawed method of judging how college careers will shape, as former two-star recruit Khaseem Greene — now on the verge of the NFL — and others have proven. No matter how much talent Flood brought to Rutgers, he is still equally responsible for molding it into a satisfying product. By bringing in a recruiting class without headliners, Flood puts more responsibility on himself to develop them into players that will “help you with a national championship.”

METUCHEN, N.J. — As Dorian Miller posed for photographs after signing his National Letter of Intent yesterday, his father, Jeremy, confirmed what Rutgers football fans have hoped for. “Jersey’s keeping him home,” Jeremy Miller said. Dorian Miller always kept Rutgers close to home. He had no choice. “I always felt if I went away and Rutgers won a national championship, I would feel like the worst person in the world,” said Miller, who lives about 15 minutes from Piscataway. “They were with me from the beginning. So for them to be successful and I’m just sitting at home watching the game, it would be the worst feeling.” Kyle Flood, then Rutgers’ offensive line coach, recruited Miller as a freshman, when the Knights gave Miller his first offer. Flood also recruited Miller’s brother, Dejuan, a former wide receiver at Oklahoma. When Flood took over as head coach Jan. 30, their relationship remained fluid. “I’ve known him for almost four years now, even more than that,” Dorian Miller said. “From the beginning, I kind of had a



COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES No. 17 Cincinnati 50 Providence 54

No. 18 Minnesota 50 No.12 Mich. St 61

No. 24 Marquette 70 South Florida 47

No. 16 Creighton 57 Indiana. St 76

Connecticut St. John’s

Baylor No. 22 Ok. St

65 71

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Head coach Kyle Flood announced 22 Rutgers recruits in his National Signing Day press conference yesterday. rates the class No. 42 in the nation. TYLER BARTO, SPORTS EDITOR

Flood expects class to fill specific needs BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

After seeing several players lost to graduation and the NFL Draft, Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood had some gaps to fill in the team’s roster. He must do without two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene, his most decorated cornerback in Logan Ryan and the Scarlet Knights’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Ray Rice in Jawan Jamison, among others.

He has only three returning starters from that nation’s No. 4 scoring defense. Flood announced yesterday his 2013 recruiting class, ranked No. 42 by “I feel ver y comfor table with saying [the recruiting class] filled all of our needs,” Flood said. “If I rewind myself to when I was a position coach, you always want more. That’s just the nature of the job. But I feel ver y good that we filled all SEE



is the highest-rated recruit on the Rutgers football team. The Piscataway (N.J.) High School product is New Jersey’s sixth best recruit, according to




Dorian Miller signed his National Letter of Intent yesterday with his family. TYLER BARTO, SPORTS EDITOR





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