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U. receives $1.5 million donation for adult autism BY HANNAH SCHROER CORRESPONDENT
The University’s newly donated faculty position aims to help alleviate the dif ficulties that autistic adults face through new training and research opportunities. The Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism will focus on training graduate students in dealing with adolescents and adults with autism, said Stanley Messer, dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. The chair was named after Amy
and Mike Lillard and Dina Karmazin Elkins, who teamed up to donate $1.5 million to fund the new full-time faculty position. Messer said the Karmazin and Lillard Chair is the fifth faculty position created as part of the 18-Chair Challenge, a campaign that began after an anonymous donor made a pledge of $27 million to the University. For every $1.5 million raised for a chair, the donor will give the University an additional $1.5 million until 18 chairs are created, he said. SEE
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Ezekiel Emanuel draws attention to lack of innovation in health care Penn professor says health care costs to severely decrease by 2020 BY SHAWN SMITH CORRESPONDENT
The United States has the highest health care spending in the world, but by 2020 the cost of health care may drastically decrease. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the principal architects of Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, spoke to members of the University community yesterday afternoon about health care reform at the University’s Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.
“I’m an optimist when it comes to health care reform,” he said. “And the ACA, while not responsible for ever ything, is a major catalyst in that improvement.” Emanuel, vice provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, said health care reform is a globally historic event and would take some time before its effects are seen. Marsha Rosenthal, a professor at IHHCPAR, said Emanuel is an insightful and a highly provocative speaker and writer. SEE
Clockwise from top left: Dan Xie, NJPIRG organizing director; Justin Habler, NJPIRG’s state board chair; and Stephanie Farino, University affairs chair for RUSA; Sherif Ibrahim, vice president of the Rutgers University Student Association; discuss the NJPIRG $11.20 opt-out term bill fee at the RUSA meeting last night at the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus. SHIRLEY YU
NJPIRG students defend funds sent to Ariz. chapter Rutgers University Student Assembly passes revised labor bill to oversee student workers on campus BY ALEX MEIER CORRESPONDENT
Representatives from the University’s New Jersey Public Interest Research Group student chapter addressed concerns and answered questions at last night’s Rutgers University Student Assembly meeting in regards to their $11.20 optout term bill fee. According to the Form 990 filed in 2010, the
University’s NJPIRG chapter allotted $120,234 to help fund a non-existent PIRG student chapter in Arizona. Dan Xie, the University chapter’s organizing director, said NJPIRG loaned this money to organizers in Arizona who wanted to create their own PIRG chapter. “[Arizona] made a huge case for us, basically SEE
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Art librarian finds ideal fit between career and passion BY MARISSA OLIVA STAFF WRITER
Ezekiel Emanuel, famed bioethicist from University of Pennsylvania, spoke about the good and bad of the American health care system. He lectured yesterday at the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research as a part of the Institute’s “Brown Bag Seminar Series.” ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
MEGAN LOTTS Art Librarian
Megan Lotts, University librarian, has found a per fect fit between her passion for art and her histor y in working at university libraries. Lotts, 38, said she moved to New Jersey from Illinois this year to take a job as a librarian at the Art Librar y in
Voorhees Hall. Her career combines her two passions: art and the University. “I like that my job is what I make of it,” she said. “Every day is different, and I never have time to get bored. There are so many exciting opportunities and possibilities on the Rutgers campuses.” Her daily work includes helping students with reference and research questions and planning events for the library. Since beginning her job in June, Lotts planned and implemented a variety of programs including a banned books exhibit, a research guide and coordinated a holiday-card making activity at Kilmer Library.
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CAMPUS CALENDAR Friday, Feb. 8 Senses Fail and The Early November perform at 8 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center multipurpose room at the College Avenue campus. The event is part of the Rutgers University Programming Association’s “Changemakers Week.” The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts an event estimating climate, environmental and health benefits, gained by using renewable energy at 10 p.m. at the Alampi Room in the Marine Sciences Building on Cook campus. The Asian American Cultural Center hosts a New Year’s celeberation at Livingston Student Center’s Livingston Hall.
Monday, Feb. 11 Career Services hosts an event to teach students how to get the most of our a telephone or Skype interview at 4 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center, Room 174. Pre-registration at email@example.com 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.
METRO CALENDAR Friday, Feb. 8 Yo Gabba Gabba! performs at the State Theatre at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets range from $25 to $45. Show times are at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Pat Bianchi Quartet performs at Makeda Restaurant at 338 George St. in downtown New Brunswick. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. and there is a $5 cover charge. The C.S. Lewis Society begins its series of discussions based on The Four Loves of C.S. Lewis at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Rutgers Barnes and Noble Bookstore at 100 Somerset St. For more information, contact Chaplain Gregor y Bezilla at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Phillip J. Levin Theater opens its performance of “Uncle Vanya,” a play by Anton Chekhov, at 8 p.m. at 87 George St. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for alumni, seniors and staff, and $15 for students. The play will close on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Saturday, Feb. 9 The State Theatre holds a performance of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. at 15 Livingston Ave. Tickets start at $32.
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Students, faculty debate ethics of oil company investment BY JUSTINA OTERO CORRESPONDENT
With the University’s recent disassociation with Adidas for its unethical practices, the debate over which companies the University should invest in has turned to oil corporations. Members of the nationally ranked Rutgers University Debate Union joined with professors Wednesday night at the Cook Campus Center to debate whether the University should discontinue its investments in fossil fuel to address the issue of climate change. Arbi Llaveshi, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, opened the debate in opposition to investment. He said the future benefits of divesting far surpass that of any financial reasons the University has to continue its investments now. “Even if … we have some financial incentive to invest in our students, I would say that the impact we make by changing the world … not only economically but through a fundamental [way], that would outweigh that,” Llaveshi said. He said the University should set a standard and take more action toward becoming environmentally friendly to send a strong message of support in combating climate change. “Where we stand as a green institution — not just a partially green institution that places solar
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panels as shade under our parking lots, but a fully green institution which is actually consistent — then we can maintain a firm stand,” Llaveshi said. Though this does not force change on the entire world, he said it opens the door for discussion and gives the University the opportunity to begin a movement. Raman Maingi, a School of Ar ts and Sciences sophomore, countered Llaveshi, and said if the University ceases financing companies who produce and burn fossil fuels on moral grounds, it would have to cease any investments it has with any companies. “All companies are icky. Walmart and Nike invest in sweatshops … Cracker Barrel actively lobbies against gay rights and refuses to hire anyone [with] dwarfism,” Maingi said. “This clearly demonstrates that no matter what company you pick … there is always something wrong with [their] agenda and there is always a skeleton in the closet.” He said instead of removing the company’s funding, the University should put its ef for ts toward holding the company accountable by forcing them to pay for the damages they have incurred. “What they are advocating is hitting companies over the head with a hammer instead of using a targeted scaffold to go in and cut out the part of the companies that are bad and make them actually
Top: Arianna Magrini, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, looks at crochetted items last night at the Douglass Campus Center. The Rutgers University Programming Association sponsored the event featuring Krochet Kids International, which teaches women in poor countries to crochet and sells the wares at fundraisers.
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internalize the cost that they have to society,” he said. Removing the funding for oil companies will not initiate any changes, Maingi said. “[Oil companies] have a disapproval rate around 60 to 70 percent and are always ranked the last of all the major industries in our countr y,” he said. “But they don’t change their practices or don’t actually go off that differently.” David Hughes, associate pro-
“We think that’s a very small price to pay ... so our future is not breathing in asphalt.” BHARGAVI SRIRIAM School of Arts and Sciences Senior
fessor in the Department of Anthropology, said the issue is not whether the companies heed public opinion, but holding politicians accountable for the scale of the companies’ autonomy. “This is about sending a message to our Congress and saying that our congress should find this sector icky … too icky to take its campaign contributions … too icky to take it to its private chambers, too icky to trade favors with. That is about putting pressure on a government,” Hughes said.
He said the University should still engage in actions against the companies regardless of how much popularity is gained initially, because movements take time to grow and be ef fective. “This is a turning point for the United States and for the world,” Hughes said. “I think [it is] shameful for an institution of higher learning —for a scientific institution to be on the wrong side of history here.” Sean Leonard, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, said divesting in companies like Exxon Mobil that invest in solar power infrastructure, would be illogical as these are efforts the University aims to support. “These companies are actually doing good things for the environment. … They are actually going to be hurting one of the companies that … is giving solar power the ability to exist on college campuses in a way that is beneficial,” Leonard said. He said divesting would negatively af fect University students who gain from the financial incentives provided by these companies. “When you take away these profitable things … what you are doing is taking away from the total amount of money that Rutgers has. You are taking away the money that goes toward financial aid … that goes towards having better buildings, better teachers,” he said.
Bruce Mizrach, a professor in the Department of Economics, said the focus should be on taxing the companies’ individual unethical practices rather than removing funding completely. “[Taxes] are exactly the scaf folds the opposition has been talking about that target not the entire the activities of a par ticular company, they do not target one par ticular type of economic activity over another, but in fact strike directly the things that are harmful to the environment,” he said. Bhargavi Sriram, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said though divestment might injure the companies’ investments in solar power, the long-term benefit outweighs the negatives. “It’s not harming somebody else, it is our own lives that are going to be harmed and we think that’s a very small price to pay … so our future is not breathing in asphalt,” Sriram said. She said it is a contradiction for the University to have solar paneling and at the same time invest in companies burning fossil fuel. “Rutgers has the largest solar panel field of any university in the nation, in the whole entire nation. I think we are taking a strong stance here that de-carbonization is good,” she said. “We think that we should be a leader in putting this pressure on the government.”
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STUDENTS Xie says University’s PIRG chapter focuses on local policy CONTINUED FROM FRONT saying ‘we got it on the ballot, you should fund an organizer for one year so we can actually run the program,’” she said. “It’s basically investing in a startup for a long term, so we can have some votes in a swing state.” Organizers in Arizona used this money to hold a referendum, but Xie said the vote did not pass. Funded by other sources, the Arizona state director is currently working with the students to pass the referendum.
PASSION Lotts says students fuel her research as librarian and artist CONTINUED FROM FRONT Lotts said she also planned “Navigating Rutgers 101,” an event that helped students with directions around campus during the first week of classes. Even though she grew up in the Midwest, Lotts said she spent a few years of her childhood in Brussels, Belgium and recalls finding an interest in art there. “I can remember things being very different than in the United States. I was exposed to very different architecture and traditions
Justin Habler, NJPIRG’s state board chair, said the Arizona organizers have yet to pay the loan back. “It’s about student power, not really about the money,” he said. “We have a really high-grossing chapter here in New Jersey.” Xie said having an Arizona PIRG helps students because more national representation gives students more power over law. “If we could have … a PIRG chapter in all 50 states, imagine the power we can have,” she said. “A long-term goal for us is [to] make sure that students across the country can represent ourselves.” Xie said NJPIRG does not have as much power to influence state policy because of a legislation that prevents them from lobbying the state. “We were incredibly effective in suing polluters and they got
really mad at us,” she said. “As a result, basically [polluters said] ‘well we can’t win against them in Congress so I guess we’ll cut their funding so they can’t attack us anymore in the state legislature.” Xie said the University chapter focuses on local policy, such as getting money out of politics, banning plastic grocery bags and Hurricane Sandy relief. RUSA passed a resolution that formally declared RUSA’s backing of Brooklyn College’s right to academic freedom. The resolution is a response to public officials who called to defend Brooklyn College’s controversial sponsorship of a panel of academics discussing the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign in the state of Israel, said Sherif Ibrahim, vice president of RUSA.
He said the BDS movement encourages Palestinians to boycott, divest and sanction against Israel, but RUSA does not support the BDS movement itself. He said academic freedom is an essential right. “Academic freedom has gotten us so far at the University level, and it will get us further if we keep it the way it is now,” said Ibrahim, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “If we at all damage academic freedom … our power to challenge society the way it stands now will be gone.” A revised version of the Student Labor Bill was also passed, which mandated the creation of a student labor board responsible for overseeing student workers on campus and forming lasting relationships with labor unions, said Natalie
Sowinski, creator of the bill and member of Rutgers Student Union. Sowinski, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, proposed the bill at the last RUSA meeting, but voting members saw problems with the logistics, including the proposition to take action concerning student labor violations, said Sam Berman, a RUSA member. But the revised version proposed to investigate any student labor violations and act upon the violations if they are legitimate, said Berman, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “Student workers on campus have no representation,” Sowinski said. “They’re not in any unions. We wanted to give them a kind of forum so that they can get representation in the student workers system.”
than I was used to,” she said. Lotts said she enjoys playing instruments, listening to a variety of music and attending numerous theater and cultural events. Despite Lotts’ passion for all things art, she said she was not always sure of which career path she would choose. She said she earned a bachelor’s degree in painting and fine arts in art histor y at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in 2000, a master’s degree in fine and applied arts at the University of WisconsinMadison in 2004, and a master’s in library and information sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lotts’ first job was as a studio artist.
“Being that I had to eat in college, I worked in multiple library positions, so I guess it is a natural progression that I am now an art librarian,” she said. When she is not at work, Lotts said she enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking and spending time with her partner and their three dogs Cleopatra, Willamae and Vincent Vega. Lotts said her goal, as an art librarian, is to gain more visibility for the library and the arts on the University campus. “I see myself as being an ambassador for the library and it’s my job to share the importance of being information literate as well as my role in helping students become better researchers and users of information,” she said. Harry Glazer, communications
director of the Rutgers University Libraries Administration, said Lotts brings boundless energy and remarkable creativity to her work as an art librarian. “I intend to stay tuned to the Megan Lotts channel, because there’s always a fascinating show about to begin,” he said. Lotts said she credits her success as an art librarian to her creativity, efficiency and problemsolving skills. “I think it’s also important that I’m a good listener,” she said. “I can really hear the needs of the Rutgers students, faculty and staff.” Joseph Petraroli, a librarian at the John F. Kennedy Library in Piscataway who interned with Lotts during the summer, said Lotts is completely devoted to students. “She’s never afraid to push
back her own commitments to make sure her students get whatever they need,” he said. “She combines the scholarly attitude of a professor with the creativity and spirit of an arts and crafts teacher.” Lotts is always smiling, laughing and making jokes, Petraroli said. “She has managed the tricky feat of adapting to the speed and demands of the East Coast without losing her Midwestern patience and hospitality,” he said. Lotts said she has also found inspiration in working with college students. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “The students are what fuel my own research as a librarian and artist. They are the inspiration that make me do what I do.”
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INNOVATION Ezekiel says average American will live to 78 years CONTINUED FROM FRONT “This is a major step forward but there are a lot of issues to discuss, both technical and political,” she said. During the presentation, Emanuel gave statistics about current health care and costs per capita. Compared to other countries, U.S. health care spending is way off course, Emanuel said. While most people believe money spent goes toward insurance companies and drug companies, he said this is not the case. “Out of the $2.7 trillion spent on health care, $850 billion was spent on hospital care,” he said. “Drugs are at 10 percent [$263 billion] and have been there for two decades.” Emanuel said Americans spend more on health care than any other developed nation, but do not experience better care. “A 2006 RAND study showed Americans receive only 55 percent of recommended care,” he said. Despite high spending, American life expectancies are in the middle of other developed countries, he said. The average American will live to 78, between a high of 83 years in Japan and a low of 73 years in Turkey. Emanuel said the cost of care is also an issue for all Americans. The U.S. has more CT Scans and MRI’s than nearly every other country in the world, because hospitals make a high profit margin on the procedure. “In our hospital at UPenn, we make our money on five, and only five things,” he said. “Solid organ transplantation, neurosurger y, cardiac sur-
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ger y, or thopedic surger y and cancer care.” Emanuel said right now there is uneven distribution of health care costs in America. The bottom 50 percent of the population spends only three percent of all health care costs. “Half the population, who are those people? They are all the kids who make it to one and live to eighteen,” he said. “They are healthy people who might need some sutures, might break an arm or need antibiotics for strep throat. They are essentially not using health care.”
“Innovation is designed to increase survival, increase quality of care.” EZEKIEL EMANUEL Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania
But Emanuel said 10 percent of the population uses up to 64 percent of health care costs due mostly to chronic illnesses — asthma, diabetes, cancer — that the bottom 50 percent don’t have. “On the other hand, 10 percent of the population uses nearly two thirds of the dollars,” he said. “That’s where the money is going. If we want to reduce costs and improve quality, that’s where we have to focus.” He said the U.S. should focus on innovation in the health care field as well. “Innovation is not just a new pill or device,” he said. “Innovation is designed to increase survival, increase quality of care. It also decreases side effects and costs to the patient.” Emanuel said most new technology is pseudo-innovation, flashy devices to make the cost look like it is worth it.
Hospitals and doctors stand to lose the most if the U.S. improves prevention and effectively keeps people from getting sick. “Machines [like the da Vinci Robot] increase costs but do not improve health,” he said. “They average $4,000 - $5,000 more per surger y.” Emanuel said innovations should not be extreme and even subtle changes would make a big impact on patient care. “Innovations can include updated checklists for IV insertions, checklists for surgery,” he said. “They can even include changes to furniture design in hospital rooms.” Emanuel said one health care company, CareMore, is changing its structure to focus more on patient care and less on costs. They have extended hours and access to patient records, and have instituted “Healthy Start” visits. “Everyone gets an hour [for] a thorough medical histor y, looking at all their medicines and a physical exam,” he said. “They also screen everyone with a community assessment risk score, and someone who is high on that score … meet[s] with someone to figure out what are the risk factors.” Emanuel said their approach is proactive, because they want to keep their patients healthy and out of the hospital. Frank Thompson, a professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at RutgersNewark, said he felt that Emanuel was optimistic about the future of health care reform. Thompson said he was looking forward to seeing some of Emanuel’s innovations in the future. “I really hope he is right,” he said. “He had some really good ideas and was absolutely terrific. He really captured what we are dealing with.”
The Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts hosted a faculty music recital last night at the Schare Recital Hall of the Marryott Music Building on Douglass campus. “Go for Baroque” featured a half century of sonatas, dances and variations performed by faculty members. Rebecca Cypress, assistant professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, played the harpsicord with guest Benjamin Shute, who played a Baroque violin.
AUTISM Messer says 1 in 49 people have autism in New Jersey CONTINUED FROM FRONT Autism spectrum disorders are social and behavioral disorders that cause particular problems and behavioral manifestations and often require specialized treatment and education, Messer said. The disorders are complex, and can have mild to extreme effects on those diagnosed. “It’s very individual,” he said. The Douglass Developmental Disability Center on the Douglass campus specializes in working with children and college students with autism, but the new faculty position will expand the University’s training and research capabilities, Messer said. Since the large amount of children with autism today will inevitably grow up, Karmazin Elkins said she hopes the new faculty member will prepare professionals to work with this future generation of adults who have autism. “I have a son with autism and as I was thinking about his future, I realized that the number of trained professionals focused on adults was lacking,” Karmazin Elkins said. Amy Lillard said she is excited about the increased attention given to childhood autism but also thinks professions should concentrate on issues specific to adults with autism. “The number of adults with autism is exploding,” Amy Lillard said. Amy Lillard, whose two sons have autism, said she and her husband have a first-hand understanding of the roadblocks individuals with autism face. “We’re hopeful that having a chair dedicated to educating students on these issues and look-
ing into and teaching about innovative ways of how to help this segment of the autism population will help not only adults with autism today, but also in the future,” she said. Many families with autistic adults need ser vice and trained people. “Adults with autism face a multitude of issues in their jobs, their communities and their homes,” Amy Lillard said. Nationally, only one in 88 people have autism, but in New Jersey one in 49 people fall on the autism spectrum, Messer said. “The prevalence of autism in New Jersey is roughly double that in the rest of the country,” Messer said. Many autistic children struggle in relating to others and have trouble communicating their needs, Messer said. Some children engage in obsessive or repetitive rituals that can distress family members. “Very often what characterizes autism is this social awkwardness or disconnect,” Messer said. “It’s a challenge for the families, particularly if the autism is severe.” Messer said the cause of autism is still unknown. “Regardless of its cause, people with autism need help to manage in life,” Messer said. “If they get proper education and treatment early on, they do better.” Karmazin Elkins said she made her donation through the Mel Karmazin Foundation, which was created by her father. The foundation has a philanthropic history with the University. Messer said improvements in autism research and care stems from donors like Karmazin Elkins and the Lillards. “The motivation comes from people [who] have to have a strong passion and interest to do this,” Messer said. “The donors are particularly invested because [they] have children on the autism scale.”
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NJ Assembly considers Death with Dignity act THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey Assembly committee has cleared a measure that would allow terminally ill patients to be prescribed medication that would end their lives. The measure cleared by a 72 vote yesterday. Two members abstained. The Death with Dignity Act would let adult patients who are told they have up to six months to live decide if they want to self-
administer the lethal medication. Proponents say it gives these patients a choice to die humanely. The bill’s sponsor says state statutes are outdated and that New Jersey should follow the examples of other states considering similar measures. About a dozen opponents testifying before the panel said the bill is unethical. Many gave examples of people who received a diagnosis of death within six months and ended up living for years.
Senate set to renew domestic abuse act THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Senators tussled yeterday over whether Indian authorities should be able to prosecute non-Indians in domestic abuse cases, an issue that has delayed passage of legislation to renew the federal government’s main law in the fight against domestic violence. A final vote on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is now scheduled for Monday. The 1994 act expired in 2011, but reauthorization was blocked last year by differences between the Democratic-led Senate, which is seeking to extend new protections for gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native American women, and the Republicans in the House, who said the Senate bill goes too far. Advocates of the act have been more optimistic this year because Republicans trying to shore up their losses among female voters in the November election say they are eager to pass a bill.
The Senate had hoped to pass its bill yesterday, but a final vote was put off so that it could debate, and defeat, a substitute by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that would have altered the provision on tribal courts. Grassley, saying subjecting non-Indians to Indian courts would raise significant constitutional problems, instead proposed that more federal prosecutors and magistrates be placed in Indian country for domestic violence and sexual assault cases. He would also have allowed tribes to petition a federal court for protection orders to exclude an abuser from Indian land. How to deal with the alarming level of violence against women on tribal lands, often perpetrated by non-Indian partners, was also a major sticking point last year when the Senate and House passed different bills. The Senate bill would recognize tribal authority to prosecute non-Indians who commit domestic violence against their Indian spouses or partners.
SEVILLE STRIKE Garbage piles up along a street lined with orange trees during the 10th day of the Seville waste disposal strike on Wednesday in Seville, Spain. Workers are striking over demands that they take a 5 percent pay cut and extent their working week to 37.5 hours. GETTY IMAGES
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Boston, NYC prepares for blizzard with salt THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON — A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatens to strike the Northeast with a vengeance today, with 1 to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. From Pennsylvania to Maine, people rushed to stock up on food and other storm supplies, and road crews readied salt and sand, halfway through what was looking like a merciful winter. Boston and Providence, R.I., called off school on today, and airlines canceled more than 500 flights and counting, with the disruptions certain to ripple across the U.S. Forecasters said this could be one for the record books. “This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a
dangerous winter storm,” said Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. “Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don’t plan on leaving.” The snow is expected to start this morning, with the heaviest amounts falling at night and into tomorrow. Wind gusts could reach 65 mph. Widespread power failures were feared, along with flooding in coastal areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in October. Boston could get up to 2 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 14 inches. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby. “We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow, but you never can tell,” he said.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez acknowledged yesterday that his office contacted U.S. health agencies in a way that would help the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic. The senator denied to The Associated Press that he sought to intervene improperly in billing disputes between the doctor and the government. Menendez, D-N.J., said he contacted the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ask about billing practices and policies. The contacts came during a dispute between CMS and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend and campaign supporter of Menendez. The FBI searched Melgen’s offices last week. “The bottom line is, we raised concerns with CMS over policy and over ambiguities that are difficult for medical providers to understand and to seek a clarification of that and to make sure, in doing so, providers would understand how to attain themselves,” Menendez said.
The senator called federal health officials in 2009 and met with them again in 2012, each time urging them to change what he called an unfair payment policy that had cost his friend Melgen $8.9 million, according to an official close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to talk about ongoing investigations. The official said Medicare held firm on the billing dispute and ordered the money repaid. It’s unclear whether Melgen has repaid all or just some of the $8.9 million. He currently is appealing his case. Medicare providers accused of fraudulent or improper billing are allowed to appeal their case, even after being fined or suspended from the program. Melgen contends he didn’t fraudulently bill the taxpayer-funded Medicare program but was confused about what was allowed, the official said. Melgen treated patients suffering from macular degeneration with the costly drug Lucentis, which runs about $2,000 a vial. Melgen was only giving patients portions of the vial, which is allowed, but he was billing the gov-
ernment for the entire amount, the official said. The drug has been the subject of controversy, and in a 2012 report from the Health and Human Services inspector general, the agency recommended that Medicare officials stop using the drug because there was a cheaper and equally effective alternative. Menendez, who spoke during a roundtable with reporters and others on Capitol Hill, subsequently told the AP he did not try to intervene with government regulators on Melgen’s behalf. In a statement, the senator’s spokeswoman, Tricia Enright, said Menendez “was never aware of and has not intervened in any Medicare fraud investigation on behalf of Vitreo Retinal Consultants,” Melgen’s company. During the period that Menendez contacted federal officials in 2009 and 2012, Melgen was dealing with several financial setbacks. In 2008, the Internal Revenue Service filed a $6 million tax lien against Melgen’s Palm Beach estate. Melgen satisfied that lien in 2011, but the IRS slapped a new $11.1 million tax lien on Melgen that same year. Melgen’s home is assessed at $2.3 million.
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NRA Chief: Gun controls will not pass Congress Keene, NRA chief, predicts political peril for those supporting control THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER — The head of the National Rifle Association said Thursday he’s confident that Congress won’t approve an assault weapons ban or a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut. David Keene predicted failure for all congressional measures related to guns, including expanded background checks for gun purchases. “I tell you what these things are. These are all feel-good proposals, because at the end of the day, what do they do to prevent” a mass shooter? asked Keene, the NRA’s president. Keene was in Denver to talk to Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, and state lawmakers. He met with The Associated Press for an interview before sitting down with state officials. He talked about prospects for federal gun control measures under discussion in Congress and predicted political
peril for Democrats who support such bills. “The Senate’s where the action’s going to be,” Keene said. “The House is sort of sitting back, and you can almost hear the House Republican leadership saying under their breath, ‘You know, go ahead. We’ve got a few members that wouldn’t mind sitting in the Senate. If you do this, maybe they will.’ So the Senate leadership is much more cautious.” Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, said he disagreed with Keene’s assertion that Congress would do nothing. “In the wake of recent mass shootings, including one in Colorado, the status quo on gun violence is simply unacceptable,” Udall said in a statement. “Coloradans expect and deserve better than continued inaction from Congress. I simply disagree that Congress cannot or should not try to reduce mass shootings and gun violence.” In recent weeks, Keene has become an increasingly public figure for the powerful gun rights
group in the ongoing debate on gun control. He has offered a softer, if equally staunch voice for the gun lobby’s ideas as compared with Wayne LaPierre, the fiery executive vice president who remains the NRA’s most prominent voice on the public stage. Keene has been active with the NRA for decades, starting as a board member before being elected the group’s president in 2011.
“The status quo on gun violence is simply unacceptable.” MARK UDALL Senator of Colorado (D)
Keene on Thursday called universal background checks a political “sweet spot” but said the plan won’t work in practice. He said current background check systems are underfunded and that requiring background checks on private sales would be a logistical mess. The NRA president indicated he wants to tour the nation and meet with more state officials about looming gun control proposals. However, he dismissed the idea of meeting with New
York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who enacted the first gun control measure in the nation following the Sandy Hook school massacre. “There really isn’t any reasonable discussion you can have with him,” Keene said of Cuomo. Colorado’s governor has called for universal background checks, even on neighbor-toneighbor sales. His gun posture has shifted somewhat from July, in the days following the Aurora movie theater shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens. Hickenlooper said then that stricter laws would not have prevented the mass shooting. “I think Gov. Hickenlooper had it right after the Aurora shooting,” Keene said. “He said it’s not the laws, it’s these kinds of people.” Keene said James Holmes, the man charged with the attack, likely couldn’t have been stopped, not even with expanded mental health flags in a gun database. Holmes met with a psychiatrist before the theater shooting but reportedly was not deemed a danger. He spent months amassing an arsenal, both online and at retail gun stores, and passed background checks.
“What we have argued is that if someone has been adjudicated in one way or another to have been, to be potentially violent and mentally ill, they should be in the system,” Keene said. “We’re not talking about anybody who visits a psychiatrist.” Hickenlooper has proposed enhanced mental health services. But he told the Democratic Legislature in a Januar y address, “It’s not enough to prevent dangerous people from getting weapons.” Colorado Senate President John Morse also has suggested making weapons manufacturers liable for damage caused by the products they make, an idea that appears to conflict with federal law banning such liability. “I’m still trying to figure out what the bill can do and how to do it,” Morse said after meeting with Keene. Colorado’s Legislature already has rejected several GOP proposals to reduce gun violence, including a bill to allow school employees to carry concealed weapons. Democrats proposed bills Thursday that would ban highcapacity magazines and clarify that concealed weapons are not allowed in colleges and stadiums.
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FINISHING SCHOOL Queen of Peace High School of northern Jersey asked girls, but not boys, to take a no-cursing pledge. I’m sorry, but are we still living in 1912? Disgustingly, the principal, Brother Larry, unintelligently suggested that girls have “the foulest language.” Male pupils did not take a vow, and were not taught any equivalent “boy” moral code. Whatever that means. This dart colorfully counters inequality and gender profiling.
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Round Two: Violence Against Women Act QUEER TIMES JEREMY LAMASTER
fter dying in last year’s Congress, the Violence Against Women Act is back with a vengeance. The U.S. Senate has moved quickly and is prepared to pass the bill, again. From there, VAWA will move to the U.S. House of Representatives, again. For the first time since its introduction, VAWA failed to be reauthorized in the 2012 session of Congress. Blame rests on the House, where hang-ups over extended provisions passed by the Senate stalled the reauthorization. In addition to gender-neutral language, the Senate version of the bill addressed services for specific communities including the LGBTQ community, immigrant women and Native American women. Last year, VAWA’s opposition cited the provisions as merely political ploys to bolster the dialogue around a Republican “War on Women.” With election season over, and with Republicans more cognizant of women voters, hopefully the politics will be pushed aside to pass this essential piece of legislation that has dramatically reduced the prevalence of domestic violence (by 67 percent according to members of congress) and increased the support survivors receive. However, regardless of bipartisan politics, provisions for LGBTQ individuals and Native American women should have passed in VAWA’s first round.
In January, the Center for Disease Control vivors with additional trauma, or “secondary (CDC) released the first, comprehensive wounding,” as well as increased financial nationwide study on sexual and intimate-part- costs in seeking support services due to variner violence among lesbian, gay and bisexual ous barriers of access. The LGBTQ provision individuals. The study reports that gay and of VAWA includes non-discrimination lanbisexual men are twice as likely as heterosex- guage to help address these problems. ual men to be victims of sexual violence, and Another main issue with the provisions that bisexual women were almost three times concerned language related to protections as likely as heterosexual women to be victims for Native American women who are vicof rape. To this finding, special provisions for timized on tribal territory. The legislation LGBTQ sexual violence survivors appear to would provide a limited expansion to tribal be direly needed. court jurisdiction to allow prosecution of Early opponents of VAWA’s reauthoriza- non-Native perpetrators who commit tion questioned the necessity of providing spe- crimes on tribal land. Native American cial provisions for women have the LGBTQ individuals highest rates of sexon the grounds that ual violence victim“After centuries of violence the new gender-neuization in the county, and cultural annihilation, U.S. and tral language would Amnesty encompass their International reports legislators should recognize needs. Opponents that 86 percent of that genocide and abuse of also argue that the these perpetrators federal government non-Native men. Native Americans is not over.” are should not be held Essentially, Native financially responsiAmerican women ble for support servicare intentionally tares and claim that individual medical insurance geted by non-native men because of the should be relied upon. Aside from economic functional immunity to prosecution that issues in access to medical insurance, many results from gaps in federal and state govLGBTQ individuals obtain insurance through ernment workings with tribal governments. a caregiver, family member, or intimate part- Opponents raise concern over the extenner. Seeking services through medical insur- sion of tribal court authority and point to the ance threatens the privacy of LGBTQ sur- ability for tribal courts to refer cases to the vivors and could reveal a survivor’s sexual federal government. However, the identity or provide unwanted evidence of the Government Accountability Office and sexual violence. Additionally, the same CDC Department of Justice report that 52 perstudy cites extensive cases of discrimination cent of cases involving violence on tribal against LGBTQ individuals in sexual violence land are declined, and 67 percent of those support services. Discrimination burdens sur- declined cases pertain to sexual violence.
Tribal sovereignty continues to be a contested political topic and it is disappointing to see United States nationalism interfere with the basic protections of Native American women. Allowing tribal court jurisdiction over their own land should not be viewed as a threat to U.S. sovereignty or national pride. After centuries of violence and cultural annihilation, United States legislators should recognize that the genocide and abuse of Native Americans is not over. The U.S. government has an obligation, both moral and constitutional, to protect Native Americans and respect their sovereignty. The United States government should recognize its own failings in addressing this issue and should empower tribes with the ability to protect Native American women. Survivors should be afforded by the United States the basic human right to be free from sexual violence and to have support when sexual violence does occur, regardless of citizenship status, gender or sexual orientation. Currently, the bill has been pushed quickly through the Senate and is poised to pass, albeit with the elimination of the increase in visas for immigrant women. The question remains now whether the House will continue to object to these provisions. Various House representatives report lingering issues with LGBT “special interest” and tribal sovereignty. Jeremy LaMaster is a first year graduate student in the Women’s & Gender Studies Department pursing a Master of Arts. His column “Queer Times” runs on alternate Fridays. Follow him on Twitter: @JWLaMaster
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was going to use this column to wish the 145th editorial board well and to advise them that when faced with multiple problems, they should take a deep breath and face them one at a time, and then they won’t seem so daunting. But something has happened to me in recent weeks that convinced me that there is better advice I can give. I am a firm believer in the notion that you should learn from everything, and that if you have an experience you learned nothing from, then that experience wasn’t worth having. Some of you may use that logic to justify the idea that high school was worthless, but it could also provide a point to having been in a train-wreck relationship. But I digress. I have a different point I want to make. Let me begin by sharing a bit of personal information with you. One of my very close family members recently became very ill and his future is, to put it gently, uncertain. But this was not a surprise to any member of my family (that’s the important part). It was his own vices that put him in this situation, and his own doing.
I tell you that not to gain pity points — where my college experience took a draI’m not that guy — but to prove to you matic upturn. that my sage advice can be applied to Anyone that knows me knows I am realmultiple situations. ly shy until I get comfortable around people. This brings me to my other experience. Some of my friends are perfectly fine around As a journalist, telling stories is a huge part strangers or people they have met twice. I of my job, so for the first time I will tell an am not one of those people. And although I abbreviated version of mine. I spent my had never met anyone on the Targum staff, freshman year at Fordham. I was miserable somehow I got really comfortable really there. It’s not a bad school. It just wasn’t the quickly, and began to love going to work right fit. I classify that as the worst eight every day. months of my life. Then I decided to transfer And between all of the office laughs, the to Rutgers, but had no idea what I wanted to places I have gone to cover games — includdo with my life. And during my transfer ori- ing (but not limited to) Spokane, Wash., entation, I attended a Orlando and seminar on the Pittsburgh — and “I am a firm believer in the Journalism departthe people I have ment by Professor working for the notion that you should learn met, Steve Miller (the first Daily Targum has of two Steve Millers been one of the from everything ...” that had an influence greatest experiences on where I am of my life, and I got today). I was sold. And then while on cam- paid while having it. Go figure. I’m not going pus I learned of the Daily Targum, a daily to name everybody, because I don’t have (duh), student-run newspaper that covered that much room and I don’t want to leave everything Rutgers, something that did not anybody out, but I am going to address one exist at Fordham. group in particular — the sports desk. Naturally, I was mostly interested in Tyler, Josh, Brad (and Steve and the sports section. I decided to try to get Anthony, even though you guys have since involved, and in the spring semester of my gone on to other things), thanks for helping sophomore year, I meekly wandered into make this hands down the best job I’ve ever this building at 26 Mine St., really nervous had. It’s largely the people you are that and shy (just as everybody does), asking make you great to work with and great at for Steve Miller (not the professor), who your jobs, and made Targum great for me, was the sports editor at the time. He took so thank you. me on as the section’s golf beat writer, and And to the rest of the office — current to make a long story short, a year later I editors, departed editors, and editor became an associate sports editor. That is trainees, the same goes for you. Each of you
had a hand in helping make my college experience so much better and so much more interesting, and for that I thank you. But back to the moral of my story. I end my tenure as an editor today, a day I have been dreading since I stepped into the job. When something as important, influential and enjoyable as The Daily Targum comes along, especially to someone like me who was in desperate need of a niche, (even if you don’t want to admit it) you don’t want to give it up. Here is where my first story and my Targum story come together. When it comes time to let something go, whether it be a family member or the greatest job you’ve ever had, knowing when the end is coming doesn’t always make it easier. And that is definitely the case here, even though I haven’t been there nearly as long as some of my fellow editors. So that will be my advice to the 145th editorial board. Even if you don’t like working late, or assigning stories, you have to admit that at the end of the day, Targum is an amazing place to work. So enjoy what you have while you have it, because one day you will have to say goodbye. And when that time comes, make sure you got as much out of it as you possibly could. Joseph Ryan Gregory — who goes by Doughy Gwegowy on the weekends — is a Buf falo Wild Wings specialist with a strong interest in sports writing. He is also the older twin at the sports desk. He loves sharing intimate moments with Bruce Springsteen (The Boss).
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Today's Birthday (02/08/13). Your year starts off with a season of creativity, fun and love from friends, family and community. Stay home this spring and promote the project you'll launch in the summer to great success. Career decisions made have lasting benefit. Nurture health with play outside. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 — Gain clarity with quick thinking. Double-check family scheduling, and then get together with friends for comfort and advice. Hunt for bargains, if that's fun. Take it easy. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — New information turns into action at home. Career matters also demand your attention. Move quickly, yet carefully. Tempers could fray. Keep snark to yourself. Relax. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is an 8 — Work faster and earn more. Household tasks require increased focus. Quick mental action is also required and comes easily. Watch and consider the big picture. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Focus on work for the next few days. Tweak the schedule. You have a choice to make, and it should be easy. Negotiate a financial matter. Unwind with tea. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Despite your typical brilliant insight, accept an idea that others suggest, too. Listen to all the considerations. You and a partner stir things up. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — You're sharp as a tack. The work is intricate but rewarding, and all goes smoothly. Begin a new story. Work on details. Think and act quickly.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — The perfect solution appears. Others spur you into action. Romance blossoms, but there could be difficulties. Hold your temper (especially over stupid stuff). Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You're entering a practical, domestic phase of home improvement. Be quick, yet precise, and conserve resources with smart shopping. Opportunities beckon. Dispel nervous energy with exercise, especially outdoors. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — A distant opportunity develops. Study the situation. Ask questions. Stand for a new way of doing business. Spark some action that catches on. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 9 — There's change at the top. Work now, and play in a few days. Business takes a new direction. Negotiate later. Splurge on a loved one, maybe a child. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Not everyone is ready to make the improvements you envision. Graciously encourage others as you lead the way, full speed ahead. Keep talking. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Increase energy with exercise and fresh air. Clarify your direction with friends, and advance. Wrap up details today and tomorrow, and correct erroneous assumptions. People are watching.
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HOYAS Georgetown boasts second-best scoring defense in Big East CONTINUED FROM BACK Center just a game out of first place in the Big East. Sophomore for ward Otto Porter leads the charge for the Hoyas. Although his 14.8 points per game scoring average is lower than that of Rutgers’ sophomore guard Eli Car ter, Porter is much more efficient, shooting at a 51.3 percent clip from the field. “[Porter is] just what you want in a player,” Rice said. “The trust he has in his teammates and their formula, it’s frightening. He has so much talent and so much natural ability that, [when] you partner that with his discipline and his patience, it’s truly a frightening matchup.” But Georgetown is an example of what Rutgers (12-9, 3-7) wants to be — a team that can fight through adversity. The Hoyas have played their last seven games without sophomore for ward Greg Whittington, the team’s second leading scorer and one of its best defenders. Whittington was declared academically ineligible, but the Hoyas have won six of the seven games he has missed, including a 53-51 conquest of the Cardinals. The one loss over that span, though, does leave the door open for some hope. Georgetown lost a Jan. 19 game to South Florida, one of only three teams below the Knights in the conference. But based on the Hoyas’ season as a whole, Rutgers is still in trouble. Just three days after putting up a season-low 48 points against
Sophomore guard Jerome Seagears has found his shooting stroke in the Knights’ most recent contests. After posting 21 points against UConn, he scored 11 against Cincinnati and made both of his shots Wednesday against Louisville. TIAN LI the conference’s third-best scoring defense, it must contend with the second-best scoring defense in the Big East. On the plus side for the Knights, the Hoyas also have the second-worst scoring offense in the conference.
But Rutgers cannot afford to focus too much on what its opponent does or does not do well. The team has its own concerns, scoring the third-least amount of points and giving up the second-highest amount of points in the conference.
And perhaps worst of all, it has a five-game losing streak over its head. “I’d like to focus on more positive stuf f, but we have around here that [when] a player makes the same mistake, that’s the sign of a bad player,”
Rice said, “and so goes the team … and right now we’re doing that.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @JGregoryTargum.
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FEBRUARY 8, 2013 WRESTLING NO. 14 BLOOMSBURG-RUTGERS, TONIGHT, 6:30 P.M.
Rutgers ends layoff with ranked foe BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT
When the Rutgers wrestling team’s schedule was announced earlier this season, head coach Scott Goodale could not decide whether a twoweek break in between the Scarlet Knights’ matches against Navy and Bloomsburg would be desirable. With the Knights coming off of a 19-15 loss Jan. 26 to the Midshipmen and No. 14 Bloomsburg arriving at the
College Avenue Gym tonight, he is still not sure. “I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing,” Goodale said. “I know coach [Frank] Molinaro and coach [John Leonardis] and coach [Joe] Pollard have put a lot of time into scouting to be prepared. That being said, we’ve been getting to this point of the year the past two seasons and we have been missing a little pop, so the purpose of taking a break was to come out and wrestle hard.” The question will be answered when Rutgers’ first
grappler takes the mat. Whatever weight class Bloomsburg elects to send out first, odds are a Knight will be paired up with a ranked opponent. The Huskies (14-2) feature five wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes, the highest of whom is 133-pounder Nick Wilcox. Wilcox, ranked No. 11 nationally, holds a 20-5 record this season. Luckily for Rutgers (14-3), its hottest wrestler competes at the same weight.
Vincent Dellefave has won his last eight matches dating back to the Knights’ West Coast trip during winter break. Like the junior, Bloomsburg has also won eight straight, something Dellefave knows all about. The Toms River East (N.J.) High School product’s focus is on Wilcox, Dellefave’s first ranked opponent since his last loss — an 8-3 decision to CSU Bakersfield’s No. 14 Ian Nickell. “I know they’re hot right now,” Dellefave said. “They
Junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave enters tonight’s match against Bloomsburg on an eight-match winning streak. He will face Nick Wilcox, who is ranked No. 11 nationally in his weight class. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FEBRUARY 2012
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Laney, Richardson lead Rutgers youth in victory against ‘Nova CONTINUED FROM BACK less from the floor in the extra session. Because of impressive performances from sophomore wing Betnijah Laney and sophomore point guard Shakena Richardson, the Knights improved to .500 in conference action and 13-8 overall. The team’s display of desperation for a victory served it well, and the crowd approved. “We got gritty, hungr y and really stepped it up on the defensive side,” Richardson said after the game. “That was the outcome.” Richardson finished with 14 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, all career bests. Laney capped off the afternoon with 12 points, collecting eight in overtime to propel Rutgers to its backto-back wins. Sharpness on the defensive end will be huge for the Knights against Cincinnati. The Bearcats play at a fast tempo but have been careless with the ball, averaging 16 turnovers per contest. Cincinnati guard Dayeesha Hollins leads the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game and has been the only Bearcat with a consistent answer to her opponents’ tactics. With Cincinnati’s struggles from the
have a good one at ever y weight, so it should be a good one. But for me, I don’t want to change too much because the kid’s ranked.” Senior 157-pounder Scott Winston, junior 197-pounder Dan Seidenberg, sophomore 165-pounder Nick Visicaro and redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith will all face ranked foes in their bouts, but Goodale will pay extra attention to Seidenberg’s match. The Raritan, N.J., native returns to his starting role after a four-match absence when Goodale decided to rest him after the Knights’ 17-16 win Jan. 18 against Lehigh. But the main concern for now is Bloomsburg, which lost to Lehigh, 18-12, earlier this season. The result is a nice reminder of what Rutgers is capable of doing tonight, and a win could go a long way to putting the Navy loss behind it. Dellefave simply wants to get back on the mat to help the team avoid its first losing streak of the season. “No matter who or where we’re wrestling, we just want to win ever y time as a team, so we have that sour taste in our mouth because of the loss to Navy,” he said. “We definitely want to come out and beat Bloomsburg.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @BradlyDTargum.
floor this season, the team will look to get a load of its scoring in the paint. Fans can likely expect a repeat of last season’s outing, which was a grueling, up-tempo contest in which the Knights ultimately came out victorious, 5847. The meeting showcased the talent of some of the blossoming players from both squads. Rutgers has been feeding off the play from its younger players who hope to give a strong performance tomorrow. Stringer believes repetition from the team maximizes its production and minimizes its errors. “We are just young,” she said. “You have to understand what you are trying to get and then you can deviate from that. And we have to do it enough times [until] we are comfortable.” Cincinnati enters the RAC searching for a way to the winning column in the Big East. It is coming off a 24-point loss to Syracuse, a game in which the Orange made it difficult for Hollins, the anchor for the Bearcats. As the end of the season is slowly but surely approaching, the Knights still have adjustments to make, not to mention their necessary improvement in consistency. They hope to build off the momentum gained in their last two victories. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Aaron Farrar on Twitter @AFarrarTargum.
FEBRUARY 8, 2013
SPORTS PAGE 15 GYMNASTICS RUTGERS-KENT STATE, TODAY, 7 P.M.
Senior Danielle D’Elia competed in the floor exercise Saturday at the Livingston Recreation Center, where she performed a career-high score of 9.900. She led the Knights to a season-high score of 49.175 in the event. It was also the third-highest score on floor in program history. NISHA DATT
RU aims for first road victory of year BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER
When the Rutgers gymnastics team competes in a dual meet in Kent, Ohio, today, it hopes to seize what has eluded the Scarlet Knights all season: a road victory. But for the Knights (7-5, 1-2) to capture their coveted first road win, they need to go through No. 24 Kent State, which boasts a 194.875 team score average through five meets. A repeat of Rutgers’ historic 195.000 performance Saturday may not be enough. The Golden Flashes (5-2) posted a 195.800 last week and have already surpassed the 195.000 mark twice this season. But the Knights insist their recent home performance, which well exceeded their 193.570 season average, was not an overachievement. “We even counted a fall [on uneven bars], and we still got a 195.000,” said junior Luisa Leal. “I’m pretty sure that if we do
everything that we’re capable of, and we hit every single routine — we go 24-for-24 — we’re going to get a 195.800 or a 196.000 even.” The fall on bars, which resulted in a score of only 9.175, was Leal’s doing. Leal, arguably one of the team’s most talented gymnasts, has only competed in two meets this season and said her endurance is still returning. Saturday’s meet marked her season debut on bars and balance beam, and Leal expects her production to improve as she continues building up her strength. “I’m just coming back, so I’m not super strong yet,” Leal said. “That’s why after doing two handstand pirouettes it was just too hard to keep going with the actual routine. That’s why I fell, and the rest of the routine was fine.” Rutgers enters the meet with the No. 25 average floor exercise in the nation, an event that has seen steady improvement in three consecutive meets.
Senior Danielle D’Elia leads the team on floor Saturday with a 9.830 score average and a career-best 9.900 ef for t. The Knights aim for a repeat of the 49.000 team mark it eclipsed at home. “I think it’s definitely possible, and it’s definitely something we’re going to do again,” D’Elia said. “I don’t see my team not doing it again. We’re working for it and we work hard every day in the gym.” Head coach Louis Levine anticipates only minor tinkering with Saturday’s lineup. Rutgers may have found both a lineup that jells and a proper frame of mind, but it still needs to overcome persisting struggles on the road. The Knights average a score of only 193.013 on the road in contrast with a 193.942 average at home. Levine understands the team’s mindset must stay consistent if it is to eliminate the disparity. “Road, home — the vault’s set at the same height, the bars
Junior Luisa Leal performed her season debut on the uneven bars Saturday at home, where she posted a score of 9.175. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
are the same distance apart. It doesn’t change,” Levine said. “You’re competing against yourself. You get up there and you’ve got to hit your routine. It’s not like basketball where you’ve got someone that’s tr ying to keep you from
scoring. You get up there and do your job, and that’s all you can do.” For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GJohnsonTargum.
SWIMMING, DIVING BIG EAST QUAD MEET, TODAY, 4 P.M.
Knights use rescheduled meet as dress rehearsal BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers swimming and diving team faces its first Big East competition today when it hosts Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova in its final home meet of the season. The quad meet, originally scheduled for October, was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. It now acts as a primer for the upcoming Big East Championships and will give an indication of where the Scarlet Knights stand in the conference. “It’s going to be ver y important to get this quad meet in for a better understanding of where we are swimming-wise
and diving-wise for when we go into the Big East Championships,” said senior cocaptain Katie Kearney. The late scheduling bridges a gap between the end of the season and the conference championships. “I’m glad we have [the meet] right now,” said senior co-captain Taylor Zafir. “Instead of taking a month off before the Big East Championships, we’re going to be a little fresher when we get [there] because we have this meet. We want to keep everything sharp and ready.” Head coach Phil Spiniello would like to see the Knights decrease their relay times for better seeding at the Big East Championships in three weeks.
Villanova is the only Knights opponent entering the meet on a winning note. The Wildcats defeated Richmond
“It’s going to be very important to get this quad meet in for ... where we are swimming-wise.” KATIE KEARNEY Senior Diver
last weekend, along with William & Mar y. While Villanova had a difficult time with Richmond — winning
only 162-135 — the Knights downed the Spiders on Jan. 18 by a score of 219-80. Seton Hall enters off of a loss to Marist, while George Washington edged Georgetown in its last meet, 147-146. Rutgers looks to build off victories against Fordham and Rider two weeks ago. “I think having a whole Big East-squad meet this close to the Big East Championship meet is great,” Spiniello said. “It’s a preview of the competition we’re going to be up against in three weeks and gives us an opportunity to race and dive against these Big East teams in our home pool.” The meet is the final home competition for Kearney and
Zafir, along with seniors Victoria Macqueda and Melanie Gaffey. The team will have a short ceremony to honor the seniors tomorrow morning, before the second day of competition. “It’s nerve-wracking, it’s exciting, but it’s kind of sad that it is the last home meet and that my career is coming to an end,” Kearney said. “It means a lot that as a senior, I’ve gone this far.” Zafir said she is enjoying her teammates and coaching staff for the final few meets. She will have family in attendance this weekend, along with Rutgers alumni there to support. “I’m really just excited to finish off on a good note,” she said.
HEAVYWEIGHT The Rutgers wrestling team hosts
ARRIVING PREPARED The Rutgers swimming and diving
ROAD TEST The Rutgers gymnastics
No. 14 Bloomsburg tonight, which matches Nick Wilcox, the No. 11 133-pounder, against junior Vincent Dellefave. PAGE 14
team hosts a Big East quad meet that was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy. The event comes three weeks before the Big East championships. PAGE 15
team travels to Kent State looking to build off a season-high performance at home Saturday. PAGE 15
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Road, home — the vault’s set at the same height, the bars are the same distance apart.” — Rutgers head gymnastics coach Louis Levine
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013
MEN’S BASKETBALL NO. 20 GEORGETOWN-RUTGERS, TOMORROW
Reeling RU welcomes Hoyas
Every game counts until tournament
BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The Rutgers men’s basketball team’s recent struggles are no secret. The Scarlet Knights have dropped each of their last five games, most recently a 20-point defeat against No. 11 Louisville, in which they scored 48 points, their lowest output of the season. And with Providence upsetting No. 17 Cincinnati on Wednesday, the Knights slipped to 12th place in the Big East. “[We need to] win a game,” said head coach Mike Rice on Wednesday. While that may not be a revelation, it is the simplest way to put the team’s issue in perspective. But if Rice expected to outplay what he called “a Final Four team,” he would be surely disappointed, especially after Rutgers’ start. The Knights entered halftime down by only two points, but were outscored, 40-22, in the second half. “Louisville turns it up,” Rice said. “That’s who they are. They’re a top-10 team in the country.” Rutgers also has the ability to play at that level, as it showed in the first half, despite missing four early layups. The issue is sustaining that play for more than 20 minutes. That will not be easy in the Knights’ game tomorrow against No. 20 Georgetown (16-4, 6-3), who travels to the Louis Brown Athletic SEE
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BY AARON FARRAR CORRESPONDENT
Sophomore guard Otto Porter leads a Georgetown defense that ranks second in the Big East in points allowed. The Knights scored 50 points last season at the Hoyas. JOVELLE TAMAYO, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / JANUARY 2012
As a nor’easter looms and can potentially damper the tri-state area with snow this weekend, the Rutgers women’s basketball team does not want anything to prevent it from adding to its dominance on its home floor. The Scarlet Knights (13-8, 4-4) complete their short two-game home stand tomorrow in a nationally televised matchup against Cincinnati. Sitting at 10-1 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, they have been competitive and hope to continue their success. “I do feel that we are turning the corner,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer after Saturday’s win against Villanova. “It is extremely important that you get hot as you get down to this part of the season.” Rutgers has little room for error as it attempts to clinch an NCAA tournament berth. As of late, the Knights have been playing some of their best basketball of the season and look to keep the Bearcats (8-14, 0-9) winless in the Big East. The squad is coming off arguably its best win on the year after taking down the Wildcats in a come-from-behind victor y in overtime. Rutgers held Villanova scoreSEE
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FOOTBALL SMITH JOINS NFL RANKS AS LINEBACKERS COACH
Defensive coordinator departs for Bucs, Schiano BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
More than a year after his hiring as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano syphoned another coach from the Scarlet Knights. When he left last winter, he took all but two coaches from his staff, now-head coach Kyle Flood and last year’s defensive coordinator Robb Smith. Schiano cut that number in half yesterday, when he named Smith the Bucs’ next linebackers coach, according to nj.com. Smith, who oversaw the nation’s No. 4 scoring defense, was in charge of the sec-
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Smith was also the secondary coach at ondary under Schiano. Flood is leaning toward promoting current Rutgers, leaving graduate assistant Anthony Campanile in line to take that role if linebackers coach Dave Cohen to Cohen is promoted. defensive coordinator. Rutgers also seeks a new offenCohen previously ser ved as sive coordinator, with Flood having defensive coordinator at Delaware his eye on former Kansas State head and Hofstra before joining the coach Ron Prince to fill the position, Knights’ staff last season. according to an unnamed source. Whoever earns the job will have Prince finished his time at three returning players left to work Kansas State with a 17-20 record with on defense, and only three ROBB from 2006-08. years of experience between them. Rutgers defeated Prince’s Junior safety Lorenzo Waters, senSMITH ior linebacker Jamal Merrell and sen- Former Defensive Wildcats in 2006, then led by current Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. ior defensive lineman Jamil Merrell Coordinator Prince was the offensive line are all that remain on the Knights’ assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars last sea10th overall ranked defense from last season.
was named EAGL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. The freshman leads the league with an average score of 9.835 on uneven bars.
son after working at the same position for the Indianapolis Colts. He has four years of experience as an offensive coordinator from 2001-2005 at Virginia. Dave Brock, the Knights’ former offensive coordinator, took the head coaching job at Delaware last month. Prince interviewed for the position Feb. 5, following Brock’s departure. Schiano’s current coaching staff now includes nine former Rutgers assistants, including former assistant defensive coordinator Bob Fraser and quarterbacks coach John McNulty. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @JGregoryTargum.
RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR WOMEN’S TRACK
at Valentine’s Invite
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vs. Georgetown, Seton Hall, Villanova
Today, 4:00 p.m. RU Aquatic Center
Tonight, 6:30 p.m. College Avenue Gym