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Syracuse prevented Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer from winning her 900th game in last night’s 58-45 Rutgers loss. Syracuse outscored Rutgers, 43-26, in the second half to come back after trailing at halftime. SPORTS, BACK


Columnist Ed Reep argued on Monday in support of creationism. Michael Perino, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, responds with his thoughts on keeping religion out of science. OPINIONS, PAGE 10

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The Wexner Foundation Mentoring Program has selected Rabbi Esther Reed from Rutgers Hillel to mentor a graduate fellow from the foundation. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FEBRUARY 2011

Foundation selects U.’s Hillel rabbi as leadership mentor Program helps guide, empowers graduate fellows BY SIMON GALPERIN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After reviewing more than 100 applicants, The Wexner Foundation Mentoring Program selected Rutgers Hillel’s Rabbi Esther Reed to mentor a Foundation Graduate Fellow for the upcoming year. The Wexner Foundation’s goal is to encourage Jewish leadership in Jewish communities through intensive training and scholarship, Cindy Chazan said, vice president of the foundation. “We selected 20 people who we thought would do a tremendous job and Rabbi Reed is one of them,” Chazan said. Reed, senior associate director for Jewish Campus Life, will partner with Wexner Graduate Fellow Adina Allen, a rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston, for one year, Chazan said. Reed said the foundation awarded her the same Wexner fellowship when she attended the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. “It’s really a tremendous gift that I was able to receive while I was in school,” she said. Leslie Wexner, owner of Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works and Layne Bryant, founded the Wexner Foundation to cultivate Jewish leaders around the world, Reed said. Reed has worked at the University’s chapter of Hillel for 11 years. She said she also serves on the University’s Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes and the Bias Prevention and Education Committee. Reed’s background in Hillel began at the Tufts University chapter where Allen currently interns. “I’ve had the experience of actually working in the very location where she is doing an internship now so it’s wonderful to be able to have that in common,” Reed said. She spent one year working at Tufts University Hillel after her undergraduate education and before entering a five-year rabbinical school program in New York City. SEE


Members of the University community participate in a discussion on School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Dean Matt K. Matsuda’s new book, “Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures” yesterday in the Ruth Adams Building on Douglass campus. The book explores cultures from the Pacific in detail. TIAN LI

Matt K. Matsuda analyzes the diverse history of certain cultures in his latest book BY TAYLOR LONDINO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Professor Matt K. Matsuda travelled extensively to countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan to piece together the history of a variety of cultures in his latest publication, “Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures.” Matsuda, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, said there

are many good textbooks and general studies about East Asia or Southeast Asia, about the Pacific Islands and about the Americas, but nothing about the relations between the people. “There hasn’t been a large historical account in one volume in which we try to talk about the interconnections and the movements of peoples between all of those regions,” Matsuda said, dean of the College Avenue campus.

From the first discussions with his publisher at Cambridge University Press, Matsuda said he focused on drawing from Asian, American, European, modern and ancient cultures to provide a broad context and perspective for the book. “American students have long known about the history of the Atlantic world — the Pacific has been less in the consciousness of Americans. But that has increasingly changed because of the global nature of the world now,” Matsuda said. SEE


Entrepreneurs share experiences Panelists from roundtable event discuss mistakes, give advice BY ALEX MEIER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Students discuss with an entrepreneur ways to develop entrepreneurial skills in the “Creating a Path to Your Own Success: Entrepreneur Roundtable” yesterday in the Busch Campus Center. THOMAS MARKEY

Students may think entrepreneurs lead glamorous and easygoing lives. But entering the world of entrepreneurship involves hard work, dedication and many, many mistakes, according to some members of a roundtable discussion held yesterday titled “Creating a Path to Your Own Success: Entrepreneur Roundtable.” To give students a true glimpse into this lifestyle, Career Services and the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity co-hosted the event in the Busch Campus Center. Zion Kim, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, and his fraternity APD coordinated the discussion, where interested students could converse with and ask questions to accomplished entrepreneurs at six-minute roundtable discussions. Kim himself is an entrepreneur who created E-Z Greek, a company that sells and screen-prints fraternity and sorority clothing and merchandise, he said. Kim said he seized the opportunity to enter the world of entrepreneurship when the store he worked at, RU Crazy, went out of business. RU Crazy sold greek life gear, and before it SEE


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Do you plan to buy food from the University’s new food truck, the Rutgers Knight Wagon? “It would depend on what the [Knight Wagon’s] menu was. I would definitely check it out. Where is it?” Maria Kim Rutgers Business School Sophomore


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“The fact that [the Knight Wagon] doesn’t have fat sandwiches kind of turns me off.”

“Yeah, definitely. Does it visit every campus?”

“It just depends on where it is. If it’s near my classes at the right time, I’d probably go get something.”

“Oh yeah, isn’t that Rutgers’ version of the grease trucks? Why not, I would buy something.”




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26% will eat at Knight Wagon

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Career Services, along with Alpha Phi Delta, hosted an entrepreneurial roundtable yesterday in the International Lounge of the Busch Campus Center. The discussion allowed students to network with established entrepreneurs. THOMAS MARKEY

ENTREPRENEURS JuiceTank facilitates and mentors start-up companies CONTINUED FROM FRONT closed, the store’s owner gave Kim all of his manufacturer’s contact information. He said he convinced the owner of a smoke shop in downtown New Brunswick to lend him free space for E-Z Greek, assuring that his company would attract more customers to the store. “I jumped into it not knowing how to do anything,” he said. “It was kind of just like ‘Oh I have the opportunity, I’m going go start this business now.’” Kim now works for JuiceTank, an incubator that facilitates and advises the development of startup companies, he said. JuiceTank’s founding entrepreneur and CEO, Mukesh Patel, was another speaker at the event. Entrepreneurs can come into JuiceTank with an idea, prototype or an established business and have access to start-up capital, lawyers and creative design services. Patel said he has established a firm that accompanies other businesses with the necessary tools to develop and prosper. But Kim did not have this type of guidance when launching E-Z Greek. “I learned things by making as many mistakes as possible,” he said. Kim said his earliest mistake was when he first attempted to buy fabric for the Greek letters in New York City. “I never walked into a fabric store before it, I Googled it on my phone. I ended up in this really ridiculously expensive fabric store … I think it was on one of the episodes of [America’s Next Top Model],” he said. He realized he was in New York’s garment district and he said he spent ten times more than he should have. Mark Annett, who owns a medical device design company, also said his first entrepreneurial endeavor failed greatly. Annett said he started a business that played on the word scruple, which is commonly known to mean the internal voice that speaks when a person is about to do something wrong. “I actually was reading an engineering manual, and I saw that scruples were a unit of weight,” he said. “I minted coins that were 10 scruples … I was trying to sell scruples to lawyers and politicians

who didn’t have any,” he said. But Annett said his biggest mistake was making his scruples out of expensive material, and usually his products yielded only a low return. “I had a famous Russian sculptor who sculpted metals for the Olympic medallions. I made them out of pure silver,” he said. “I could have gone and tried to market the device with a wooden one, as long as it weighed the 10 scruples.” Jerry Masin, president and founder of CompasScale, said students have much to consider before entering the world of entrepreneurship. “When you’re an entrepreneur, you can’t avoid the goods and bads of your business. A lot of people going into work … they want somebody else to have the responsibility,” he said. “An entrepreneur never has the luxury of not knowing where the asteroid is.” No one should pursue entrepreneurship because they do not want a boss, Masin said, a University alumnus. In most cases, entrepreneurs have to cater to the needs of multiple bosses. He said a strong entrepreneur is resilient, handles the business’ pitfalls and is ready to take on the responsibility of an entire enterprise. “That’s an important soul searching conversation that any student that’s approaching entrepreneurship really needs to think through,” he said. “It’s not a matter of not having a boss, not going to work at 10 in the morning and leaving when you want to leave — it’s about those qualities.” But Jason Goldstein, a University alumnus, said he believes his natural entrepreneurial essence pushed him to success. He created Jason Goldstein Theatricals, LLC, a performing arts and entertainment company that produces a wide variety of events, including the annual Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala and the University commencement ceremony, he said. Goldstein said he began producing at age nine. “I started raising money and renting buildings and having strangers come and buy tickets when I was 14 and putting up full scale shows. I’ve been producing my whole life,” he said. Goldstein said he is driven by his passions. “I’m not really driven by money,” Goldstein said. “I think ‘how do I fix this’ or ‘how do I make people laugh or smile or think and improve things.’” Tom Boylan contributed to this article.

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Matt K. Matsuda, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, facilitated a discussion yesterday on his latest book in the Ruth Adams Building on Douglass campus. TIAN LI

WORLDS Matsuda says inspiration to focus on Pacific came from familial connections CONTINUED FROM FRONT

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The Department of American Studies’ Collective for Asian The reasons for many scholars, American Studies at the professionals and even students to University hosted a book discusbe interested in Pacific and espesion with Matsuda last night at cially Asian history and culture are the Ruth Adams Building on of great concern in society, he said. Douglass Campus as part of their The modern world focuses on cross-cultural series. Asia today as a place of rising Barry Qualls, a professor in economies, a producer of culture, the Department of English, who formerly a major battleground in read the book when it was first World War II, a place of major published, said the unique concern for international politics approach Matsuda takes gave and an area of vital concern for him a whole new perspective on environmentalists, Matsuda said. the Pacific region. Matsuda, who has been at the “For me, it was a revelation University since 1993, traveled to because here’s a book that sees destinations including Malaysia, everything in the plural ... the variAustralia, the Polynesian ous kinds of peoples and the Islands and Fiji to evolution of peoacquire primar y ples and the forma“He’s a musician, narrative and histion of different torical sources for nations over years he’s teaching a the book, he said. is really remarkclass ... he’s the “Books like able,” Qualls said. this — they can’t Clark Edmond, honors Dean, and be done by sitting a School of Arts and he just wrote this in the library here Sciences senior, in New said it was great that great book.” Brunswick. One the University proCLARK EDMOND has to go out. One vides opportunities School of Arts and Sciences has to travel in for students to senior Asia and in the come out and learn Islands, and the about topics outside University has been very supof their majors. portive because it recognizes the “I just really admire Dean value of that,” Matsuda said. Matsuda because he is basically a Matsuda said his interest in master [on] every topic. He’s a the field of history stemmed from musician, he’s teaching a class in a childhood fascination with natusocial entrepreneurship, he’s the ral history, a love of storytelling honors Dean, and he just wrote and a desire to better understand this great book,” Edmond said, different world cultures. who is a student in Matsuda’s The inspiration to focus his honors seminar titled “Social research and his most recent book Innovation: The Business of specifically on Pacific cultures Doing Good.” stemmed from personal and familMatsuda is not only admired ial connections, Matsuda said. by his students and fellow faculty “The oldest part of my family members, but has also been recis from Japan, and then my parognized by the University with ents were both born and raised in the Award for Distinguished the Hawaiian Islands, and I grew Contributions to Undergraduate up mostly in California, so the Teaching and received grants by personal connection is ver y numerous organizations to furmuch that trans-Pacific family ther his research. heritage,” he said. Matsuda said one of the main The research Matsuda congoals of the book is to bring ducted earlier in his career together a number of crossfocused mostly on European regional perspectives and in turn, regions where no one he highlight unique and specific peoknew as a child had ever been. ple and cultures instead of reducAfter many years, his interests ing them to large generalizations. circled back to the more famil“What he does is give you a iar Asian and Pacific cultures, sense of the richness of this highhe said. ly diverse region,” Qualls said.


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Zaneta Rago, assistant director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, shared her experiences in South Africa last night in the Douglass Campus Center. Her film, “Queering South Africa,” is a part of the Reel Queer Film Series hosted by the center. THOMAS MARKEY

Nicaragua during the spring break to do humanitarian relief work. Reed said she sees the Getraer says Hillel University’s Hillel as a place for students to grow into themhelps students selves — not into any particular discover themselves Jewish narrative. “This diversity within Hillel CONTINUED FROM FRONT itself is actually something that we celebrate and that we encourThe mentoring program is an age,” Reed said. opportunity for Reed to use her She said a student recently skills to help guide a Jewish returned from a national leaderleader of the future through their ship conference and directly last few years of study, Reed said. thanked her for encouraging “I have the benefit of having diversity in Jewish life on campus. worked all of these 11 years at “[He said] every Jewish stu[the University] and to really dent can be embraced by Hillel build up my portfolio to be able to no matter what their background advise her,” Reed said. and [he] just Rutgers-New wanted to thank Brunswick has the [me] for making second largest “This diversity such a welundergraduate within Hillel itself is this coming place for Jewish population in the countr y. actually something so many different kinds of stuReed said the that we celebrate dents,” Reed said. University is very A wide variety diverse, and the and that we of students come same diversity is encourage.” into Hillel unsure reflected in the difof what being ferent cultural, ESTHER REED Jewish means to religious, political Senior Associate Director for them, said Andrew and denominationJewish Campus Life Getraer, executive al backgrounds of director of the Jewish students University’s Hillel. she encounters. “Its our job at Hillel to help “Our idea is to empower stuthem discover themselves and dents so they can really own their take that journey without bringown Jewish experience — their ing any specific agenda … so that Jewish story,” Reed said. “We they’re discovering something have a reform rabbi, a conservathat’s essential about themtive rabbi, an orthodox rabbi on selves,” he said. our staff and whatever type of He said the Wexner Jewish … experience a student is Foundation’s perspective on interested in, we will help … make Jewish life is similar to Hillel’s. that happen.” “There is a clear similarity in Students who are non-practictheir approach to Jewish-life ing Jews also have opportunities Hillel’s approach,” Getraer to participate in Jewish life on camsaid. “We want people to be pus, she said. Hillel runs alternaproud and connected to their tive breaks and sends groups of Jewish identity.” students to Missouri and

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Diamond heist takes over German airport THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRUSSELS — When the armored car set off for the Brussels airport carr ying $50 million worth of precious stones from Antwerp’s diamond district, eight gunmen knew all about it. One of the biggest diamond heists in recent memor y was about to go down. The thieves surely knew it would be too risky to make their move in Antwerp, which is the world capital of diamondcutting, 43 kilometers from the airpor t. The city’s diamond industr y has some 2,000 surveillance cameras, police monitoring and countless identity controls to protect its $200 million in daily trade of rough and polished gems. “We are just about the safest place in Belgium,” said Antwerp World Diamond Center spokeswoman Caroline De Wolf. And the thieves no doubt realized that once Swiss Flight LX789 was airborne Monday night on its way to Zurich, the diamonds tucked in its hold, it would be too late to get their hands on the gems. But the airport’s 25-kilometer fence and the transfer of the diamonds from the armored car on the tarmac to the hold of the Fokker 100 twin-engine jet — now that held potential. After weeks of lashing rain, snow, sleet and black ice, Monday evening was finally as good as it gets in late winter in Belgium. Crisp, cold air meant dry roads for a perfect getaway, and winter’s early darkness was a blessing for those needing stealth. About 20 minutes before the flight’s scheduled 8:05 p.m. departure, the robbers hid in a construction site outside the airport fence. Then, they apparently cut through the fence and, in two black cars with blue police lights flashing, drove onto the tarmac, speeding straight to pier A, where the armored car had just finished transferring the diamonds to the Fokker. Dressed in dark police clothing and hoods, the thieves whipped out machine guns and stopped the pilots and the transport security crew in their tracks.

The 29 passengers? “They saw nothing,” Anja Bijnens of the Brussels prosecutor’s office said yesterday. The thieves “never fired a shot. They never injured anyone.” With speed and precision, the thieves opened the plane’s hold, picked out 120 parcels and loaded them into the cars. “Afterward, they made a highspeed getaway,” Bijnens said, estimating the whole operation took five minutes. By late yesterday, investigators had found the charred remains of a van most likely used in the heist but little else. Because of the heist’s clockwork precision, there was immediate speculation the thieves had help from the inside. But Bijnens said only that the investigation is still going on. Embarrassed airport officials were left to explain how thieves could so smoothly get in, stage a robbery and make a clean getaway. Diamond industry officials who pride themselves on the security of their trade were equally mortified. Airport spokesman Jan Van Der Cruijsse could not explain how the area could be so vulnerable. “We abide by the most stringent rules,” he said, noting the same apply to other European airports. Philip Baum, an aviation security consultant in Britain, called the robbery unsettling — not just because the fence was breached, but because the response did not appear to have been immediate. That, he said, raised questions of whether alarms were ringing in the right places. “It does seem very worrying that someone can actually have the time to drive two vehicles onto the airport, affect the robbery and drive out without being intercepted,” Baum said, raising the specter of terrorists exploiting such lapses as well. Air transport is considered the safest way of transporting small, high-value items, logistics experts say, a fact reflected by relatively cheap insurance policies. Unlike a car or a truck, an airplane is unlikely to be waylaid by robbers once it is in motion.

IN BRIEF WASHINGTON — A top executive of a Canadian company that has proposed an oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas says the project will have no measurable effect on global warming. Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines, said opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have grossly inflated its likely impact on emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

Pourbaix said yesterday that Canada represents just 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that oil sands concentrated in Alberta, where the pipeline would start, make up 5 percent of Canada’s total. Pourbaix said simple math indicates that oil sands represent just one-tenth of 1 percent of greenhouse emissions. Opponents say the pipeline would carry “dirty oil” that adds to global warming. – The Associated Press


A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican Gardens on Feb. 19 in Vatican City. When Pope Benedict XVI steps down on Feb. 28, after almost eight years serving as the 265th pope, it is reported that he will live in the Vatican Gardens. GETTY IMAGES

Missiles kill 33 in Aleppo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIRUT — A Syrian missile strike leveled a block of buildings in an impoverished district of Aleppo yesterday, killing at least 33 people, almost half of them children, anti-regime activists said. Many were trapped under the rubble of destroyed houses and piles of concrete and the death toll could still rise further if more bodies are uncovered. The apparent ground-toground missile attack struck a quiet area that has been held by anti-regime fighters for many months, a reminder of how difficult it is for the opposition to defend territor y in the face of the regime’s far superior weaponr y. In the capital Damascus, state-run news agency SANA said two mortars exploded near one of President Bashar Assad’s palaces. It dealt a symbolic blow to the embattled leader, who has tried to maintain an image as the head of a functioning state even as rebels edge closer to the heart of his seat of power. No casualties were reported and it was unclear whether Assad was in the palace. He has two others in the city. The attack was the first confirmed strike close to a presidential palace and another sign that the civil war is seeping into areas of the capital once considered safe. “This is a clear message to the regime that nowhere is safe from now on,” said Khaled alShami, an activist in Damascus reached via Skype. “The fact that they had to announce it means

they can no longer hide what is happening in Damascus.” The news ser vice, SANA, said “terrorists” fired the rounds that struck near the southern wall of the Tishreen palace in the capital’s nor thwestern Muhajireen district. The government refers to anti-government fighters as “terrorists.” Assad often uses the Tishrin palace to receive dignitaries and as a guesthouse for foreign officials during their visits to Syria. The capital has largely been spared the violence that has left other cities in ruins. For weeks, however, rebels who have established footholds in the suburbs have been pushing closer to the heart of Damascus from the eastern and southern outskirts, clashing with government forces. Rebels have claimed to fire rockets at presidential palaces in Damascus before, but this strike was the first confirmed by the government. In the northern city of Aleppo, anti-regime activists said a missile strike flattened a stretch of buildings and killed at least 33 people. The Britainbased Syrian Obser vator y for Human Rights said they included 14 children and five women. Amateur videos posted online showed scores of men combing through the rubble of destroyed buildings in the poor Jabal Badro neighborhood to find those trapped beneath it. “Allahu Akbar,” or God is great, they shout as a group of men lift up a body wrapped in a pink blanket. One man swung a sledgehammer to break through concrete while a bulldozer hauled off rub-

ble. In another video, a man covered in grey dust struggled under pile of concrete. The videos appeared authentic and corresponded with other Associated Press reporting. The Jabal Badro district has been under rebel control for months and had been largely quiet until yesterday’s attack. The strike was the latest salvo in a fierce and bloody sevenmonth battle for Syria’s largest city and economic center, a key prize in the civil war. Rebels have slowly expanded their control over parts of Aleppo since first storming it last summer. The city is now divided between rebel- and regime-controlled zones. Rebel forces have been trying for weeks to capture Aleppo’s international airport and two military air bases nearby, while the government is bringing in reinforcements from areas it still controls further south and regularly bombing rebel areas from the air. The activist group Aleppo Media Center said more than 40 were killed and published the names of 21 off them on its Facebook page. There was no way to reconcile the differing tolls. Both the Obser vator y and AMC groups said the strike appeared to be from a ground-toground missile. The Syrian government did not comment. Activist Mohammed al-Khatib of the AMC said via Skype that the death toll could rise further as residents search the site for more bodies. “There are still lots of people missing from the area,” he said.

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Funeral held for Pistorius shooting victim THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JOHANNESBURG — Reeva Steenkamp’s coffin was draped in a white cloth and carried by six pallbearers at a private funeral yesterday, just a few hours before Oscar Pistorius said in a court affidavit that he mistakenly killed his girlfriend by shooting her through a bathroom door. Reeva’s uncle, Mike Steenkamp, broke down in tears after the cremation ceremony under gray skies in the family’s hometown of Por t Elizabeth on South Africa’s southern coast, saying between sobs, “We are here as a family and there’s only one thing missing and that’s Reeva.” “We’ve got together but we miss one,” her uncle said as he composed himself. Family and friends gathered inside the white crematorium, which had a “Strictly Private” sign outside, to pay tribute to the law graduate, model and budding reality TV star who died at Pistorius’ house in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last week after being shot three times behind a locked door to the toilet. Pistorius said in an affidavit, which was read out by his senior defense lawyer in court in Pretoria, that he loved her deeply and shot her in a tragic error because he thought she was a dangerous intruder in his house. Prosecutors argue he intended to kill her after a fight and he was charged with premeditated murder. Reeva’s parents, Barry and June Steenkamp, hugged mourners after the ceremony, which was closed to the media and the public on the wishes of the family. Singing could be heard from inside the building as reporters waited a short distance away outside the gate of the Victoria Park Crematorium. Earlier, the 29-year-old Steenkamp’s wooden cof fin, which had shining gold handles, the white cloth and white flowers on top, was taken out of a hearse and carried into the crematorium by funeral home staff wearing pink shirts and black jackets. After the service, Mike and Adam Steenkamp, Reeva’s brothers, walked away from the small group of mourners — which included South African international rugby player Francois Hougaard — to offer a statement to television cameras near the entrance to the driveway to the crematorium. “I won’t say very much,” said Adam Steenkamp, who wore jeans, a white shirt and a black suit jacket. “There’s a space missing inside all the people she knew that can’t be filled again. We’re going to keep all the positive things that we remember and know about my sister. “And we will try and continue with the things that she tried to make better. We will miss her. And that’s it.”


A general view of the skyline of central business district on Feb. 19, in Beijing, China. Large amounts of organic nitrogen compounds were found in Beijing smog in January, the worst month in recent years. Most alarming is that the Chinese Academy of Sciences says they have found organic nitrogen particles, a key component in the deadly photochemical smog in Los Angeles in the 1950s and the Great Smog in London. GETTY IMAGES

Ex-police officer faces further murder charges THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — Drew Peterson’s defense lawyers called an ethics teacher and even trial spectator to the stand during an offbeat hearing yesterday as they sought to persuade a judge to grant the former suburban Chicago police officer a new murder trial. The spectacle was in many ways a continuation of public feud between Peterson’s current legal team and his former lead attorney. The current lawyers claim former lead trial counsel Joel Brodsky botched the 2012 trial at which Peterson was found guilty of killing his third wife. If Will County Judge Edward Burmila rejects the motion for a retrial, he has said he would move on to Peterson’s sentencing. Peterson, 59, faces a maximum 60-year prison term for murdering Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in her bathtub with a gash on her head. As a convicted felon, he had to enter court yesterday in blue prison


garb and shackles — a stark contrast from the business suits the then-suspect was allowed to don for his trial. Among those the defense called to the stand was a law school teacher who testified that Brodsky had violated ethical norms by allegedly signing a contract to split future book and movie proceeds with Peterson years before the case even went to trial. “It seems that this is over the line,” Clif ford ScottRudnick, a professor at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School told the judge. Cutting business deals with clients, he said, raises the danger that lawyers will act in their own business interest rather than in their client’s legal interest. The bitter acrimony between a former and a current attorney is the latest twist in the peculiar saga of the former Bolingbrook police sergeant, who gained notoriety after his much younger fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007.

The feud escalated earlier this month when Brodsky filed a defamation lawsuit against colleague-turned-nemesis Steve Greenberg, which claims Greenberg became “irrationally fixated and obsessed with destroying Brodsky” and held Brodsky up to “great public scorn, hatred, contempt [and] ridicule.” In an open letter to Brodsky in September, Greenberg accused him of “single-handedly” losing the trial, adding he “wafted the greatest case by ignorance, obduracy and ineptitude.” As yesterday’s hearing began, Burmila said he was obliged to ask Peterson directly if he had full confidence in the current attorneys sitting next him, including Greenberg. “Yes, your honor,” Peterson promptly replied. Apparently satisfied with that answer, Burmila said proceedings could continue with Greenberg acting as Peterson’s lead attorney. The dispute is in sharp contrast to the beginning of

Peterson’s 2012 trial, the limelight-seeking defense team faced the media horde together. Several times, they joked that Stacy Peterson — who authorities presume is dead but whose body was never found — could show up any day to take the stand. Among the accusations against Brodsky, chief is that he was so bent on publicizing himself that he pressed Peterson into a damaging pretrial media blitz. One decision that backfired at trial was calling divorce lawyer Harry Smith to be a witness for the defense. Greenberg says that was Brodsky’s decision — Brodsky says all the defense lawyers agreed on it. Under questioning by Brodsky, Smith told jurors Stacy Peterson had asked him a question before she vanished: Could she squeeze more money out of her husband in divorce proceedings if she threatened to tell police that he murdered Savio three years earlier?

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he Sandy recovery continues on and new developments are underway, aiming to make Jersey bigger and better than ever. Gov. Chris Christie has announced a new project focusing on rebuilding Route 35 in Ocean County, which has been riddled by sinkholes as a result of the superstorm. Though the timing of the construction seems inopportune — right at the start of the Jersey Shore’s tourist season — any projects to improve infrastructure in the Garden State ought to be welcomed. The efforts, scheduled to start in June, will focus on a 12.5-mile stretch of land that spreads from Point Pleasant Beach to the entrance of Island Beach State Park, and will be using $215 million of federal funding from the Department of Transportation. They will not only be repairing damages, but will also completely replace the infrastructure. Stronger construction material will substitute concrete and underground pipes for utilities and stormwater will be replaced. Starting the project at such an important time for the Jersey Shore — especially in the middle of efforts to reen-

ergize the economy — seems unwise, but overall understandable. Wide-scale projects such as these require extensive planning, which could explain the delay. Plus, greater challenges arise for construction in the colder months. We might not have much to worry about in the first place — the latest poll from the Eagleton Institute of Politics reveals that despite Sandy damage, most New Jerseyans still plan on going down the shore this summer. Eagleton Director David Redlawsk finds that “in-state tourism might decline, but not as much as might be expected after Sandy.” While the timing seems unfortunate, it’s great to know that the efforts are not only going toward reconstruction, but also toward safeguarding New Jersey from similar damage in future storms. Christie is taking advantage of this opportunity to strengthen the state’s infrastructure as a whole. Looking at the long-term benefit of the project, it will enable Jersey Shore tourism for years to come, and shift toward long-lasting infrastructure so this doesn’t happen again. Overall, the efforts are commendable, and the rest of the northeast should undergo similar projects.

High hopes for Barchi town hall tonight


he long-awaited meeting is finally here. After many months of trying to establish contact, University President Robert L. Barchi will be present at a town hall meeting with the Rutgers University Student Assembly at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at the Student Activities Center. The meeting is open to the public and will be the first chance for the community to speak directly with the University president about their concerns. One of the primary issues on the table is tuition equality. Two new bills in the state legislature would, if passed, allow undocumented N.J. students to pay in-state tuition at public universities. We hope that one of the outcomes of this meeting includes Barchi signing letters of support for the pieces of legislation. We staunchly believe that it is unfair for residents of the state to have to pay thousands of dollars more for tuition — or even be barred from the opportunity of higher education completely — because of undocumented status. John Connelly, RUSA president, says that he “will never understand why [he] should be treated differently than any other New Jersey student just because [he] happened to be born on a particular side of an imaginary line.” Connelly and the student assembly passionately advocate

for the bills’ advantages for the University community and have high hopes for the meeting tomorrow night. Along with the question of in-state tuition comes the question of mandatory health care for university students. In our editorial on Feb. 5, we voiced our concern with this impeding change in policy. We are concerned with the possible ramifications of mandated health care, like students who cannot afford and therefore are prevented from enrolling in the University. It will be necessary for Barchi to address this concern, which is likely to affect the entire student body. Barchi’s strategic planning efforts must also be placed in the spotlight. The new initiative, which includes the collaboration of University stakeholders to create a plan for the University’s advancement, holds a lot of potential in realizing students’ vision for our community. We want Barchi to ensure that the planning process will keep all constituents in mind. Town hall meetings, like the one taking place tomorrow night and the many more that Barchi will be holding throughout the semester, are a great first step in doing so. We commend the University president on his newfound efforts to engage the student body and listen to their thoughts on issues that matter.

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Dorner teaches us a greater lesson EVERYTHING IN MODERATION LAUREN VARGA


hristopher Dorner killed four people, two of whom were police officers that he explicitly stated he would kill in his manifesto. Christopher Dorner is a murderer. His actions were clearly executed without empathy and with a dismissal of the value of human life. Dorner’s death eliminates a very severe threat to many people’s lives. The cause of death appears to be a shot inflicted by Dorner himself into his own skull. This would mean that it was not the multiple shots fired at him by the Los Angeles Police Department, nor the tear gas producing a fire that engulfed the house that Dorner was in. Dorner got to himself before police officers could. Thus no one can be blamed but Dorner himself. Recently, someone stated to me that in some places in the United States, the killing of Osama Bin Laden without a fair trial was viewed as an act of terrorism. I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea at first. Its astonishing how easily I abandoned the concept of due process when it came to someone who was so clearly a terrorist — someone who killed so many of my brothers and sisters in my own backyard. But what about when my government places the same order to kill on one of my fellow citizens without due process? What about when that person is Dorner? There were numerous repor ts saying that drones were assigned to hunt Dorner. I don’t know if it’s true, but I know that he wouldn’t be the first U.S. citizen to be hunted by drones.

Dorner ended his own life, but if it weren’t him, it would have been the Los Angeles Police Department that did it. After reading about the way that Dorner was hunted, and the way he eventually died, I wanted to read his manifesto and feel enraged, as I could about other enemies. However, I am unnerved to say that his belief structure did not seem to vary far from my own. Neither did his choice in comedians, or love for Hillary Clinton. As he mentions his fear of missing “The Hangover Part III” and “Shark Week,” one might even say that it was relatable.

“One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. The agenda may vary, but the fearlessness remains.” What led Dorner to such extreme and reprehensible actions as the ones he committed? When someone abandons their fear of death, when they martyr themselves for our country’s interests, they are soldiers and heroes. Could we not say the same for the bravery of all martyrs? Both terrorists and heroes abandon their own lives and the lives of others for the attainment of righteousness of what is believed to be moral and just. One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. The agenda may vary, but the fearlessness remains. In separating terrorists from heroes, it becomes a question of whose morals and interests they were aligned with. What Dorner believed was that all men and women should be treated equal-

ly. According to his manifesto, he believed that the Caucasian men who went to work and abused black men were unjust, that the black men in power who abused subordinate Caucasians in retaliation were immoral, that the lesbian women who expressed misandry instead of feminism were wrong. Dorner condemned those who quietly watch as the fabric of this country’s commitment to equality unwound as corruption tore through the LAPD. Dorner himself lost his name by reporting this type of corruption. When he allegedly witnessed a fellow officer beat and kick a mentally ill person under arrest, he worked within the legal framework to bring justice. His attempts resulted in the loss of his job. As Captain Phillip C. Tingirides said to the Los Angeles Times, “his credibility [was] damaged beyond repair.” I will not make the claim that Dorner was justified in his murdering of anyone, because it violates the more core belief about the value of human life. However, I am forever unnerved at the possibility that Dorner was innocent until this break, and that he exploited every option within the legal framework to find justice and was left with nothing but resentment and pain. Equality and justice are beliefs that many brave men before us died for. If the United States can wage war for democracy, freedom, equality, is Dorner less of a hero because his battle existed outside of a regulated battlefield? Who gets to decide? Lauren Varga is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies and English with a minor in psychology. Her column, “Everything in Moderation,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.


Creationism has no merit


was shocked at the mental gymnastics in Monday’s column in the Daily Targum titled, “Creationism has merit.” I expected a scathing critique of creationism — the debates between scientific fact and religious imagination and how reality will triumph over faith and illusion. I thought the merit of creationism was simply that it presents us with a sober reminder that regardless of our preconceived notions of the way the world works, empirical evidence coupled with observable and testable data will always paint a more accurate picture of reality. Instead, what I read was this: “God’s existence, after all, is the best explanation for any supernatural phenomenon that might exist.” This amounts to saying that magic is the best explanation for magical phenomena, without ever justifying the magical phenomena’s existence. Quickly realizing this, the author writes, “Supernatural phenomena are actually fairly commonplace. I’ve witnessed them numerous times and been a party to them numerous times.” Fortunately, for us skeptics — who can be theists, atheists or agnostics, anecdotal evidence is not evidence at all. Anecdotal evidence is by definition unscientific evidence. Science deals with the empirical. The differences between the two deserve some elaboration. Empirical evidence seeks to limit the error of human subjectivity by analyzing observable, objective phenomena. Science asks questions like

“what are the nature and laws of a phenomenon?” This is in complete distinction from subjective, anecdotal evidence, which, by its very nature, is unobservable and untestable. An outside observer cannot verify on the basis of my sole experience alone whether what I see, do, or hear has any true value whatsoever. This is the fundamental problem of anecdotal evidence. If we assume that my experience is always valid, then we must assume that all people’s experiences are valid, even if they are contradictor y. Evidently, a logical contradiction arises. Anecdotal evidence becomes no evidence at all, since there is no way to verify the veracity of one’s statement without turning to exterior experiences of other people, which then negates the validity of the anecdote based on personal experience alone. However, we aren’t supposed to use this sort of logic, says the author. Rather, we are supposed to simply “take [his] word for it.” He states erroneously, “Evolution is a theory that has a lot of merit, but creationism also has merit because the facts fit just as well with it.” Once again, the scientific use of the word “theory” is confused with colloquial usage. In everyday parlance, theory is synonymous with speculation or hypothesis. In contrast, scientific usage of the word “theory” denotes extensive evidence from observable phenomena synthesized with a model that can provide accurate predictions and descriptions of the world around us. Science disposes of a hypothesis when the observed evidence does not match the hypothesis. A theory is already confirmed and can only be replaced if it either fails to accu-

rately make predictions or if a better, more accurate theory is formulated. “Many people say the theory of evolution is the best explanation for life on earth,” he wrote. The amount of times creationists repeat this mantra is incredible. Evolution does not explain the origin of life on Earth, but rather life’s diversity. The nuance of this argument is entirely missed by creationists. The origin for life on Earth is subject to a grand debate within the scientific community and there are plenty of worthy ideas as to its origins, none of which postulate a divine creator. This letter is not written to present the evidence for evolution. This has already been done innumerable times elsewhere. As a suitable alternative to evolution, creationism has no merit. Creationism does have some merit though. Like flat-earthism or geocentrism, the history of creationism is the story of mankind’s ascent from darkness. It represents our evergrowing understanding of nature and the universe. Does the world not look more beautiful knowing that what we see is not the product of unknowable forces, but rather of nature? And is it not all the more awe-inspiring that from the simplest of origins descend all the diversity of Earth’s species finally culminating in that conscious being who can reflect and shape the world around it? Let the darkness of the past give way to the light of the future. Creationism is intellectually sterile. Let it die along with all the other false ideas.

Divest from fossil fuels COMMENTARY KAITLIN D’AGOSTINO


he University is one of the top in the country in terms of sustainable practices. With singlestream recycling, parking lots equipped with solar panels, hydration stations to reduce non-reusable plastic bottle use and the many other practices that we use every day to save the environment, we set a bar for the rest of the country and the rest of the world for sustainable practices. However, after Bill McKibben, the founder of, an international environmental organization building a global grassroots movement, came to the University, it was clear what our next step must be: divestment from fossil fuels.

“We must remember that by divesting from fossil fuels, we are helping ourselves.” Though we, as a university, contribute in many ways toward preservation of our environment, we must take bigger steps in order to make it clear that we stand for a more environmentally friendly future. Our small actions add up, but by telling big oil companies that we will not support them, we are in turn supporting the energy of the future. There are so many environmentally friendly energy technologies — some of which have been speculated to be 80 percent efficient, 50 percent more efficient than gasoline — which have little to no funding for research and development. If the University were to divest from fossil fuels, capital would be taken away from these fiscal giants. Funds that were previously invested in fossil fuels could then go toward more environmentally friendly energy, and we could be the university that funds the energy source of the future. When taking this idea into consideration, we must remember that by divesting from fossil fuels, we are helping ourselves. Like the trees, plants, animals, and carbon dioxide molecules that float in the air, we are part of the environment. The healthier everything around us is, the healthier we are. Therefore, to take care of ourselves, we must take care of all the factors that help us to survive: the air that we breathe, the trees that supply oxygen, the ground that gives a home to our vegetables and all other natural resources. While the environment is often put on the back burner of political issues, now is the time to stand up and do something. Out with the old fossil fuels, and in with the way of the future. Kaitlin D’Agostino is a School of Arts and Sciences junior.

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Today's Birthday (02/20/13). Happiness at home occupies the first half of the year, which could include a remodel, move or new family member. Sports, hobbies and romance hold your attention. Taste new flavors. Make a habit of saving for a rainy day. 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 9 — Your frustration may be legitimate, but there's no need to get stuck in it. Focus on possibilities and invest in your infrastructure. Stay close home. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Update your educational strategy; there's still a lot to learn. It's a good time to ask for a raise, but don't try to squeeze blood from a turnip. Dive deeper into a favorite subject. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 9 — You may lose some ground on a practical matter, but it's only temporary. Listen carefully for money-making opportunities and win in the long run. Watch out for surprises, though. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Recent accomplishments increase your confidence, now and for the next two days. You're on a roll, so keep going and mark those important things off the list. Minimize financial risks. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Don't brag or argue. There's no time or need for that. You're busy fine-tuning your environment, but there's still room to be sensitive and compassionate. Listen. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Conversing with friends provides insight and clears doubts. Creativity is required, now more than ever. Use your magic, with love and something hot to drink.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Abandon old fears that no longer serve. There's still a lot to do. You've been doing a job the hard way, so try something different. Keep at it. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Begin planning for a trip, but don't leave quite yet. You can have wonderful adventures close to home now, and explore tomorrow. Decorate your abode with love. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — The coming weeks are good for financial planning and for envisioning the future. Be sure the right people hear it. Accept encouragement, especially from yourself. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 9 — Rely on partners, especially the ones who really believe in you. Review instructions again and make it work. Don't assume you know everything. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 9 — The financial situation is unstable, so wait until the check clears. Get busy creating income. Do the research, and set illusions aside. Get plenty of rest after the intensity. Health counts. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Plan some fun for today and tomorrow. Add music to your work. Check electrical wiring, and maintain the flow. Think fast and look good, as you're especially attractive. Imagination brings something new.



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CONTINUED FROM BACK resulted in a two-goal advantage at the break. “I think last year we kind of overlooked Temple, and this year we have to come out fighting and not take any team for granted or lightly,” Martinelli said. Rutgers needs Anderson’s offensive presence and others to fill the spot of former midfielder Allie Steinberg. In last year’s game against Temple, Steinberg led the team with five points. She was the second-leading goal scorer last season for Rutgers. With Anderson taking over captain responsibilities, she looks to continue her productivity. But the Knights still need a second go-to goal scorer. Martinelli showed her offensive capabilities after her first game at the attack position. Yet her role on the team is subject to change. Rutgers brought in freshman

Junior midfielder Stephanie Anderson scored five goals in Feb. 10’s season opener. Anderson was Rutgers’ leading goal scorer last year with 41. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Halley Barnes, the No. 5-ranked attack in the country, according to ESPN Recruiting Services. Barnes scored her first goal and tallied her first assist against Manhattan. A stingy Knights defense allowed only 12 shots on goal against Manhattan.

“They did a great job of executing the things they have been learning in practice, really coming together as a team,” head coach Laura Brand-Sias said. Senior goalkeeper Lily Kalata only needed to make three saves in 30 minutes of play. She split the

workload with senior Aimee Chotikul, who allowed two goals in the second half. The Owls’ top goal scorer from last season, midfielder Stephanie Parcell, returns for her senior year after scoring 35 goals last year.

he New York Jets released four players yesterday as part of a move to improve its salary cap situation, according to ESPN. Among the players released was linebacker Bart Scott. Scott was signed to a sixyear, $48 million contract in 2009. He was due to make $8.5 million this season. In four seasons with the Jets, Scott recorded 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. The Jets also cut linebacker Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith and offensive tackle Jason Smith. In 2012, Pace played 94 percent of the snaps on defense, but recorded only three sacks to go along with 42 tackles. Smith was a prominent contributor on special teams and star ted all 36 games of his career for the Jets. He provided depth as a backup safety and played in situational roles on defense. “Ever y one of these players was a major contributor to our football team,” said head coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday. “I was ver y impressed with Jason this past season while Bart, Calvin and Eric have been an instrumental part of our defense for the past four years.” Jason Smith’s release cleared up $12 million in cap room for the Jets. His contract included an $11.25 million roster bonus. The moves were the first of the offseason for new general manager John Idzik.



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pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced a deal yesterday with Showtime for his next pay-per-view fight, according to ESPN. Mayweather also announced he will defend his welterweight world title against interim titlist Robert Guerrero. The date for the match, May 4th, marks Mayweather’s first fight in nearly a year. Mayweather, who turns 36 on Sunday, has a career record of 43-0 with 26 wins coming by knockout. He plans to stay with Showtime beyond his next fight after spending the entirety of his career with HBO.

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Rutgers continues push for elite national status BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

Alexis Gunzelman said Jan. 28 much work was in order for the Rutgers gymnastics team to reach the top 36 nationally by the end of the season. The junior co-captain was right. The Scarlet Knights were coming off a third-worst season score of 193.225 at Penn State only two days earlier. Since then, the Knights have made a concerted effort to raise their intensity and mindset in practice, and the results reflect the change. In three meets since the Nittany Lions, Rutgers reached a team score of 195 twice — something no other team in program histor y had done once in almost 13 years. It is humbling for the Knights, but they refuse to stop here. “We are very, very happy for what we’ve been doing. We’re not comfortable, though,” junior Luisa Leal said. “We are not going to be comfortable until we hit that 196 kind of number.” For Leal, that will mostly come simply with time. She insists much of breaking the elite 196-point barrier comes down to earning the respect of judges that are not used to seeing Rutgers compete at such a high level.

“Of course there’s room for improvement in gymnastics, but right now the biggest part of it is kind of changing history,” Leal said. “When the judges see Rutgers, they’re expecting to see some kind of routines — however we used to look five, six, seven years ago — and right now it’s different.” The Knights believe their routines are just as strong as any other team’s, but understand they are far from flawless. Gunzelman said each individual focusing on minor holes in their routines should go a long way. “I think it’s just little tenths,” Gunzelman said. “If ever yone can improve their routines by a half tenth to a tenth, and we just hit 24-for-24 like we did, I think that’s really going to help us get to that 196.” The Knights are confident in their ability to consistently hit routines, so score improvement at this point boils down to style points. “This week is more about straightening the legs, keeping the arms straight, pointing the toes,” Gunzelman said, “because all that stuff adds up and I think that’s really going to change the low 195 scores to the top 195 scores.” Leal also acknowledges the minor physical limitations the team has shown.

Junior co-captain Alexis Gunzelman will be instrumental in Rutgers’ goal to score 196 in a meet. She participated in floor last week for the first time this season. NISHA DATT, PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Finishing routines remains essential, she said. “We have to stick landings. If you stick landings, it’s one tenth or a quarter of a tenth extra that you’re going to get,” Leal said. “But I’m pretty happy with where we are right now gymnastics-wise.” Head coach Louis Levine shares the sentiments of his gymnasts. He is happy with the Knights’ recent accomplish-

ments, but still not satisfied, he said. Despite this year’s squad already thr usting itself into the record books, Levine is not wor ried about Rutgers lacking any motivation moving for ward. Postseason aspirations that cannot be fulfilled until the end of the season continue to drive the Knights, he said. “It’s going to come down to

not having a balance check on beam or not taking a step on your floor, or not taking a step on bar dismount — same thing on vault,” Levine said. “Those are the things that are going to make the difference between the 195 and the 196.” For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GJohnsonTargum.




Diver plays role for postseason BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER

Junior outfielder Loren Williams hits atop Rutgers’ batting order. The Los Angeles native led the Knights in their season-opening tournament in San Antonio, where she batted .467 and scored five runs. THE DAILY TARGUM, APRIL 2012

Slugger overcomes injuries to help RU BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

After losing nearly half of its home run production from last season, the Rutgers softball team is searching for a new offensive leader in the power department. The Scarlet Knights may have already found that leader in junior outfielder Loren Williams. In Rutgers’ first tournament at San Antonio last weekend, Williams proved to be the team’s best hitter statistically. The Los Angeles native led the team with a .467 batting average, .500 on-base percentage, five runs scored, seven hits and eight total bases in the five-game series. She was the only Knight to hit safely in every game and currently rides a nine-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Sitting in his office chair yesterday, head coach Jay Nelson was quick to express the potent threat his leadoff hitter poses for Rutgers. “She’s a catalyst for us,” Nelson said. “Now she’s very con-

sistent in hitting. That’s what we need her to do all year is get on base because she can steal a base, she can hit a homerun. She won two games for us last year with home runs.” Nelson also said Williams excels at laying bunts down, beating them out and making pitchers pay for their mistakes. But injuries have always limited Williams’ production in her Rutgers career. For most of this year she has been healthy, but for how long remains a legitimate question mark. “I feel like every year I’ve probably had an injury, but it’s just something you have to work through,” Williams said. “You have to know your body and when you know that you’re ready to play, you just go out and you go 100 percent, and that’s just what I did [last weekend].” Williams’ teammates also appreciate her table-setting prowess after an injur y-riddled of fseason.

“She was hurt in the offseason. She hurt her leg or something,” said sophomore outfielder Jackie Bates. “It’s really good that she was able to recover to start it up for us. She’s a leadoff batter so she kind of does have that leader role for us, and for her to hit so well kind of set the tone for us. So it’s really uplifting.” Nelson believes Rutgers’ fitness program outlines the template for Williams to stay healthy. He affirms, though, that the outfielder’s health should not be an issue this season. “I think it’s under control,” Nelson said of the injury history. “I’m being hopeful that it’s under control. I think that our strength and conditioning program will help to keep her healthy.” While nagging injuries during her freshman and sophomore campaigns limited Williams’ participation in the program, Nelson said she has been a full participant since the preseason despite a minor hairline fracture.

“She’s been doing everything that ever ybody else is doing now,” Nelson said. “So hopefully that will protect her from further injuries or even a speedier recovery if it’s a minor injury.” The Big East conference placed Williams on its weekly honor roll, it announced yesterday. The outfielder feels humbled by the accolade. “Making the honor roll makes me feel really good,” Williams said. “It shows that all the hard work and time that was put in did not go unnoticed. It ser ves as a great start to our season and I’m happy I could represent our program in such a great way.” Williams is the first Knight to earn the honor this season. With a long road ahead, she aims to build on what has the potential to be a breakout year. For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GJohnsonTargum.

As junior Olivia Harry of the Rutgers swimming and diving team enters her first Big East Championships, she sits in an established role on the Scarlet Knights’ diving squad. Harry has made progress in her first year of diving in competition, and has become a prominent scorer with the increase in opportunities. She took third place in the 3-meter dive Jan. 26 against Fordham and Rider and was given what senior cocaption described as ‘hero of the day’ honors. Harr y also finished third in the 3-meter event — which the Knights swept — Dec. 1 against George Washington and Old Dominion. Upon qualifying for the Big East Championships, Harry said it was the biggest accomplishment of her life. Now that the event is just more than a week away, it is evident what the Rumson, N.J., native has left to do. “I want to finish all of my dives,” Harry said. “I’m just excited to even be going, so whatever happens, happens — but if I finish all my dives then that will ensure that I score well.” In the Knights’ last meet against Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova, Harry managed fifth place in the 1-meter event. She finished with a score of 203.35 in the 3-meter dive, just ahead of Kearney. Head coach Phil Spiniello praised Harry for her preparation and work in her first three years to get to where she is now. “Qualifying for this meet at the beginning of the year was a great stepping stone, but I think she wants more and that’s great,” Spiniello said. It took two years for Harry to find her place on the boards, as she waited to see time in the pool as a swimmer during her freshman year. Harry made the transition following her first season when the opportunity arose to contribute off of the boards. Much of Harry’s ability to adapt can be attributed to her previous experience competing in gymnastics. “If I didn’t have the gymnastics background, then I wouldn’t have been able to dive,” she said. “So I’m very thankful that I had gymnastics because I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It was the reason I started swimming too because I was strong from it.” But gymnastics does not translate smoothly to diving, and Harry faced certain challenges. She said learning how to ride the board and jump properly was the biggest challenge she dealt with in her transition. Gymnastics is an upper body sport, while diving utilizes the legs, and for Harry, was the most difficult adjustment. Harr y competes at the Big East Championships in Indianapolis on Feb. 27 with fellow divers Kearney, sophomore Nicole Honey and junior Nicole Scott.

FEBRUARY 20, 2013


Senior righthander Charlie Law went six innings in Rutgers’ 7-0 loss Sunday to Miami. Law, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, started on the mound for the first time since his sophomore season when he redshirted. THE DAILY TARGUM, APRIL 2012

Senior returns as starter after two-year absence BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

For Charlie Law, Sunday has left a bittersweet taste in the senior righthander’s mouth. “I would have liked a better result out of it, but it felt good to go out there and compete again,” he said. Law lasted six innings in the Rutgers baseball team’s 7-0 loss to Miami, completing a three-game sweep by the Hurricanes. And although he allowed four runs on six hits, it was his first start since the 2010 season. Head coach Fred Hill saw a lot of positives from the Mainland, N.J., native for the amount of time between his last two starts. Hill had problems with where the ball was landing. “Charlie Law was throwing the ball really well, but his location has to be better,” Hill said. “He kept the ball down pretty well, and I think he is going to be a plus for us.” Law issued two walks in his six innings of work, a statistic Hill said affected his whole pitching staff in the series. In Law’s case, Hill chalks it up to the lack of exposure Law has had in a starting capacity.

“The key thing is location,” Hill said. “He hasn’t been on the mound for so long and made some pitches with good velocity — just in the wrong spot.” After suf fering an arm injur y during his sophomore season in 2010, Law under went Tommy John surger y to repair the damage. Hill redshir ted him for the 2011 season and Law returned to action last year, primarily as a designated hitter and relief pitcher. He made 11 appearances out of the bullpen, compiled a 6.35 ERA and went 1-3 in limited action on the hill. His presence last season was more on the offensive side, where he batted .273 with two home runs and 19 RBI. Law was the Knights’ secondleading hitter against Miami over the weekend, with a .333 average, worse than only sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo’s. But making his debut as a starter was Law’s biggest vindication. “After last season, my role was jumping around as a relief pitcher and with having the injury,” Law said. “It felt good to come out and establish myself as a starter.” The No. 3 spot in the starting

rotation was one of the questions Hill wanted answered in the early goings of the season. Hill said that junior righthander Charlie Lasky and senior righthander Nate Roe pitched well for Rutgers in the three-game series and remain candidates for the spot as Hill continues to see

where they fit. But for right now, Law will remain the No. 3 starter. “I think the same three starters will start next week and we will go from there and see what happens,” Hill said. “[Law] will be a plus for us.” As for how his arm feels after his

start, Law is optimistic. He has waited two seasons for the opportunity. “My arm feels fantastic,” Law said. “It feels really good.” For more updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @BradlyDTargum.

Sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo was the only player to have a higher batting average than Law, who also designated hit, in Rutgers’ series against Miami. THE DAILY TARGUM, APRIL 2012


Flood pegs Prince, Cohen as new coordinators BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood announced yesterday the signing of new of fensive coordinator Ron Prince and promotion of Dave Cohen to defensive coordinator. Prince brings more than 20 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. He worked in the NFL last season as the assistant of fensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars and for

the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and 2011. He ser ved as head coach at Kansas State from 2006-2008, where he became the first coach in Wildcats histor y to lead the team to a bowl game in his first season. The Scarlet Knights defeated Prince’s Wildcats in the 2006 Texas Bowl, their first bowl victory in program history. Prince’s last offensive coordinating duties came from 20032005 at Virginia. During his time with the Cavaliers, he led 11 players to

All-ACC honors, including 2002 ACC Player of the Year and nowHouston Texans quar terback Matt Schaub. Cohen was promoted from within to defensive coordinator after serving as the linebacker coach at last season. In his only season with the Knights, he helped guide the No. 1 scoring defense in the Big East at 14.15 points allowed per game. Under Cohen’s tutelage, senior linebacker Khaseem Greene earned Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors after he recorded 125 tackles and six forced fumbles.

Cohen was the head coach at Hofstra from 2006-2009 before the school dropped the program. His previous defensive coordinating experience came with Western Michigan from 20092011, Delaware from 2002-2005 and Fordham from 1999-2001. At Delaware, Cohen coached on the same staf f as Flood, helping the Blue Hens to the 2003 FCS National Championship, where they produced the first shutout in title game histor y. Flood also announced two other promotions on the staff.

Norries Wilson takes over assistant head coaching duties after ser ving as the running backs coach last season. He was previously the head coach at Columbia from 2006-2011. Anthony Campanile has been promoted to a full-time offensive assistant after joining the staff last season as a defensive assistant. He played safety and linebacker from 2001-2004 at Rutgers. The news comes six days after Flood named Darrell Wilson the Knights’ new secondary coach.

LAW FIRM After seeing time out of the bullpen

FLOOD NAMES COORDINATORS Rutgers head football

TABLE SETTER Junior outfielder Loren

last season in limited action, senior righthander Charlie Law made his first start on the mound in nearly two years. PAGE 19

coach Kyle Flood named Ron Prince as the Knights’ offensive coordinator and promoted Dave Cohen to defensive coordinator. PAGE 19

Williams hopes to stay healthy as she leads atop the Rutgers softball team’s batting lineup this season. PAGE 18



QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are not going to be comfortable until we hit that 196 kind of number.” — Rutgers gymnastics junior Luisa Leal



Owls provide chance for self-assessment BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER

Junior attack Katrina Martinelli looks to provide offense for Rutgers in its first game on the road. She scored five goals and three assists in the season opener on Feb. 10 against Manhattan. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team travels to Philadelphia today to face Temple for its first road test of the season. The game is an examination for the Scarlet Knights, one they must pass to put questions surrounding the team to rest. Not only are the Owls a more formidable team than the Knights’ last opponent, Manhattan, they defeated Rutgers in its 2012 home opener, 12-11. The Knights dropped three of four games to start last season, putting themselves in a difficult hole early. With the competitiveness of the Big East, early nonconference victories are vital. “We need to play our best against Temple and prove what Rutgers lacrosse is really all about,” said junior attack Katrina Martinelli. Rutgers enters the game following a 15-5 home victory against the Jaspers on Sunday, when the Knights scored seven unanswered second-half goals. Senior midfielder Stephanie Anderson and Martinelli scored five goals each to lead Rutgers. One similarity between Sunday’s game and last season’s outing against Temple was the Knights’ inability to carry momentum into the second half. Rutgers allowed three unanswered goals at the end of the first period in each game, which SEE



Stringer remains at 899 thanks to ’Cuse BY JOSH BAKAN SPORTS EDITOR

For a while, it looked like junior forward Monique Oliver might carr y Rutgers head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer last night to her 900th victor y. The odds were against the Scarlet Knights and Oliver, who has played limited minutes because of a bone bruise in her ankle. But even with her contributing 23 points and 16 rebounds, Syracuse fur ther delayed Stringer’s 900th win in the Knights’ 58-45 loss last night at the Carrier Dome. Oliver matched up against center Kayla Alexander, who entered the game averagNBA SCORES

ing 17.6 points and 8.5 boards per game. Oliver individually outplayed Alexander, who ended with seven points off 2-for-8 shooting and 8 boards. But the Orange made a run in the second half to extend their winning streak to six and remain undefeated at home. Guard Brianna Butler made a 3-pointer with 4:17 to go to create a 47-36 lead. Guard Rachel Coffey led the way for the Syracuse with 17 points off the bench. Rutgers was not so fortunate with its backcourt play, as senior Erica Wheeler was the only starting guard to score. But she only dropped three points. Unfortunately for Rutgers, sophomore point guard Shakena Richardson fouled out in the second half, departing with no

points off 0-for-8 shooting. But the Knights missed Richardson’s production in other aspects, as she ended the game with six assists and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Syessence Davis also went scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting. Sophomore wing Betnijah Laney supplemented Oliver’s frontcour t play with nine points and eight boards, but also had to compromise her defense because of foul trouble. It was a tale of two halves, as Syracuse set itself apart with a 43-26 advantage in the second period. Rutgers entered halftime leading 19-15, as the Knights had a reasonable chance to upset Syracuse on its home cour t.


Toronto Washington

96 88

Memphis Detroit

105 91

Charlotte Orlando

105 92

Chicago New Orleans

96 87

Milwaukee Brooklyn

111 113

Boston Denver

90 97

MYLES MACK sophomore guard, has scored 40 points, more than 42 percent of the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s total points, since Eli Carter broke his leg against Depaul.

At the half, Rutgers was potentially 20 minutes of play away from putting Stringer in the 900 wins club with Pat Summitt, Mike Kr yzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight, Sylvia Hatchell and Jody Conradt. Instead, Rutgers gets another opportunity Saturday against St. John’s, as Stringer coaches another game dealing with the milestone hanging over her head. But she does so with a recovering Oliver, who is progressively gaining mobility, and a young corps that is putting together longer stretches of solid play. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JBakanTargum.




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Friday, 7 p.m. West Point, N.Y.

Saturday, 1 p.m. Catonsville. Md.

at Temple Today, 3 p.m. Philadelphia

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL at St. John’s Saturday, 2 p.m. Queens, N.Y.

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