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Oceanographic explorer recounts aquatic adventures Fabien Cousteau explains his passion for aquatic life, development of shark-shaped submarine BY CHELSEA PINEDA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Fabien Cousteau speaks yesterday in the Cook Campus Center about his aquatic adventures and achievements, such as the development process for his sharkshaped submarine. Cousteau, an oceanographic explorer, has also produced films depicting sharks in a new light. FIRAS SATTAR

Recounting his experience working incognito among sharks in the wild, French aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer Fabien Cousteau described his world of aquatic exploration to members of the University community. To a crowd of 150, Cousteau presented the lecture “Documenting the Underwater World” at the Cook Campus Center last night, reflecting an unstoppable sense of adventure and love for all things aquatic. Cousteau developed and uses a sharkshaped submarine to study sharks up close, said Richard Ludescher, dean of Academic Programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He used this machine to create his film “Shark: Mind of a Demon.” Cousteau, who also founded the nonprofit organization Plant A Fish, said he aspired to be like his ocean explorer grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who was one of the first explorers of the ocean depths. His grandfather implemented an innovative underwater breathing apparatus to help

explorers dive into the ocean and take blackand-white pictures of the underwater world. Fabien Cousteau, a third-generation oceanographic explorer, said he first started scuba diving at the age of four. Since then, he has interacted with whales, watched the life and death struggles of octopi and manta shrimp and studied the lives of sharks. He said since childhood, sharks have fascinated him and he wondered why sharks have always had a vicious, bloodthirsty stereotype. After producing works with National Geographic and the Public Broadcasting Service on sharks, Fabien Cousteau noticed that people stigmatized sharks as big, scary animals — but he said they should not be feared. About 100 to 120 million sharks are decimated every year, and in 10 years, they may become extinct, he said. Many fear shark attacks, but statistically, only a dozen fatal shark attacks occur each year. Fabien Cousteau said his fascination with sharks led to his development of a sharkshaped submarine named Troy, after the legendary Trojan horse from Greek mythology. SEE


Student wins research fellowship for cancer BY IJEOMA UNACHUKWU CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Student researchers working at the Summer Cancer Research Fellowship often work six to eight hours each RAFAEL BRAVO day — and then go home and do additional School of Arts and work and research for Sciences Senior their project, said Betty Tarnowski, director of the Division of Cancer Biology. Rafael Bravo, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, is the newest winner of a highly competitive fellowship from the National Institute of Health, and he was chosen out of over 100 upperclassmen around the country, Tarnowski said. Next summer, he will join the Integrated Cancer Biology Center at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, said David Axelrod, a professor in the Department of Genetics. “I’m not surprised at all that he got the award. He’s imaginative, determined and a pleasure to work with. He also has a great initiative ... He’s not afraid to make suggestions

about the research and ask questions,” Axelrod said. Bravo is the third University student to win the award since the program started in 2006, he said. All the students who have won the award have been students of Axelrod. Bravo first heard about the summer program after he took a class titled “Cancer,” Axelrod said. Bravo then became interested in the mathematical model of cancer and expressed interest in developing it fur ther. The two star ted working together, and Bravo learned the program quickly. Since then, Bravo has been working under Axelrod and learning techniques in collecting and analyzing data, Axelrod said. He said most students in the interdisciplinary Genetics Program do at least one year of research with a professor. They use the time to learn skills such as how to find where new information comes from and how to design experiments to obtain data — and then, they turn that data into information. The Integrative Cancer Biology Program attracts undergraduate students in the sciences to apply for the summer internship each year. It matches as many as 25 students with a SEE



The Latin American Student Organization raised money for Hurricane Sandy victims yesterday at the Rutgers Student Center. Turn to PAGE 4 for more photos. ALEXA WYBRANIEC

Fire disrupts U. bus routes BY JULIAN CHOKKATTU NEWS EDITOR

A fire on the roof of the C-Lab in the Nelson Biology Laboratory on Busch campus yesterday caused University buses to divert from their usual routes. Shortly after 10 a.m., construction workers accidentally ignited insulation, which caused smoke to enter the unoccupied laboratory, said Director of University Media Relations E. J. Miranda. “The building has negative pressure, so it pulls in outside air, which created a

smoke condition inside the building,” he said. “But the building was evacuated of the small number of people in there.” Miranda said the area of the building that was affected by the fire was undergoing renovations, and the building only had limited occupancy restricted to the first floor. No injuries were reported. Firefighters responded to the scene and the fire was brought under control at 10:51 a.m. The building was reoccupied by 11:46 a.m., he said. FOR PHOTOS, SEE




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CAMPUS CALENDAR Tuesday, Feb. 26 Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, an Iranian writer and women’s rights activist, lectures at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass campus. The reception is at 4 p.m. The event is part of the Institute for Women’s Leadership Director Series.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 Rutgers University March of Dimes hosts “Bundles of Joy” at 8 p.m. in the Livingston Student Canter. Participants will wrap baskets of supplies for parents and family of premature babies staying in the hospital, including toothbrushes, hand towels, hand sanitizer. The event is free and food and drink will be provided.

Thursday, Feb. 28 Rutgers Student Life holds the 4th Annual “Rutgers on the Runway” at 8 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. It will feature University students modeling University apparel. Students interested in modeling can visit Tickets are $5.

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Author illustrates problems with US incarceration rate BY HABEEBA HUSAIN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Even though the countr y imprisons more citizens than ever before, guest lecturer Marc Mauer said crime rates have not decreased. Mauer spoke to a class enrolled in the University’s Signature Course “Lessons from Europe” in Loree Hall on Douglass campus yesterday to highlight the flaws in the United States’ race to incarcerate. The Center for European Studies hosted the lecture. “It may make us feel good in our gut to send [criminals] to prison, but it’s not solving the problems,” he said. Mauer is the executive director of “The Sentencing Project,” an organization which focuses on reversing this incarceration issue, said Roger Kelemen, the course’s professor in the Department of Political Science. “It’s an organization dedicated to doing research on our criminal justice system and to advocate for alternatives to incarceration as we’re dealing with crime in our society,” Kelemen said. The United States imprisons more of its citizens than any other country, Mauer said. This trend creates more hardships than it prevents by threatening American democracy, illustrating racial prejudice and causing harm to families. “We are world leaders not only in the death penalty, but the length of sentences and life sen-

Author and guest lecturer Marc Mauer spoke at the “Lessons from Europe” course yesterday in Loree Hall on Douglass campus about the country’s rising incarceration rates. Joshua Pirutinsky, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, approaches Mauer after his lecture to ask him a question. JOVELLE TAMAYO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER tences without parole,” he said. Mauer, author of “Race to Incarcerate,” said imprisonments in the U.S. remained stagnant from the ‘20s to the ‘70s. But in the past 40 years, the number unprecedentedly increased. Mauer said he blames the statistical increases and harsh prison sentences on what he calls the “Get Tough Movement,” an ideology affirming that treating prisoners jarringly and giving longer prison sentences will decrease the crime rate. California’s three-strike-policy illustrates this movement, Mauer said. When the state

deems a person’s first two offenses as violent, the third offense, even a minor felony, can lead to his or her imprisonment. Mauer noted a case where a man stole three golf clubs, but since this was his third felony the state sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison. Another man’s third felony was stealing $153 worth of videotapes, and he is now serving a 50-year sentence. “This is what their three-strike policy has brought us,” Mauer said. In jail, penalties prevent prisoners from exercising their voting rights, which reflects poorly on American democracy, he said.

In last year’s presidential election, nearly 6 million people could not participate in voting. Increased incarceration also demonstrates racist undertones, he said. One out of three black males born today are likely to go to prison, compared to one out of six Latinos and one out of 17 whites, he said. Mauer said serving jail time affects prisoners’ family and friends as well. Children of prisoners grow up without their parent’s emotional and financial support, and deal with the stigma attached to having an incarcerated parent.

He said keeping one person in jail for a year could cost $25,000. Instead of wasting $125,000 of taxpayers’ money for a drug dealer’s five-year prison sentence, Mauer suggested the government use the money to directly ease the drug problem. The money spent to keep a drug dealer in prison is wasted — Mauer said another drug dealer would easily take his or her place. All these issues arise from a faulty prison system, which so far has failed to solve criminal problems, and Europe’s more relaxed policies made Mauer’s speech applicable to the signature course, Kelemen said. “We look at different areas of public policy where there are controversial issues that we’re trying to deal with in the U.S.,” he said. “Then we try to look at what we can learn from how European countries addressed the same issues.” Mauer said while most societies’ punishments are typically conducted proportionally to crimes, this disproportional race to incarcerate is causing problems for America. For example, European countries do not sentence prisoners to death and those in jail have the right to vote. Elizabeth Kantor, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, said the guest lecture was helpful in the context of the class. “It showed a really detailed picture of a major problem we have in America that is not so much of an issue in other countries.”



Students from organizations including the Arab Cultural Club, the Association of Mediterranean Organizations at Rutgers and the Latin American Student Organization popped balloons and participated in a three-legged race to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. ALEXA WYBRANIEC

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Axelrod, said the experience gave him an oppor tunity to research lab at a major American learn different ways of analyzuniversity, Tarnowski said. ing data and how use it to tell an “It’s a very individualized proeffective story. gram, and the students get a He said it also taught him how chance to show how interested to use new and innovative techthey are in the topic,” she said. nology — and how to keep an Tarnowski said the nine-week objective perspective while lookprogram fully trains students in ing at patient data. generating new information in a Shah’s research on breast readable format. cancer prognosis was pubThis summer, Bravo will be lished in the international jourworking one-on-one with a faculty nal “Cancer and Clinical mentor while using bioinformatOncology” in 2012, he said. He ics as a tool for effectively collectis now a biomedical engineer ing information, Tarnowski said. designing drug deliver y sysAt the end of his research, he will tems at Johnson & Johnson. be encouraged to present his Jacquelyn Russell, a 2012 findings in scientifresearcher, said ic meetings and she recommends “Students get a work on publishing the summer felthe information. chance to show how lowship to anyone If the project is and ever yone interested they are who has the not finished, students are encourchance to apply. in the topic.” aged to continue to “This opporBETTY TARNOWSKI work on it, tunity taught me Director of the Division of Tarnowski said. a lot about the Cancer Biology “I can say that scientific process the overall impres— helped me sion from the evalunderstand the uations is that this is an outstandresearch process as well,” said ing program, and it has signifiRussell, a School of Arts and cantly improved the students’ Sciences junior. “The professor understanding of what research I was working under allowed really is,” Tarnowski said. me to find my own hypothesis Kinsuk Shah, who won the and draw my own conclusions.” first Summer Fellowship in 2006 Bravo was not available for comand worked directly under ment by the time of publication.

The submarine can swim undetected while studying and filming sharks in their natural habitats. Afi Mizan, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore, said Cousteau’s creation amazed her. “I was so amazed by how one can get an idea to do that — just to know about sharks,” she said. “It’s people like Fabien Cousteau that make the world to see the true nature of sharks.” Fabien Cousteau and his crew used Troy to record more than 200 hours of film for the documentary film “Shark: Mind of a Demon,” which aired on PBS, Ludescher said. The aquatic filmmaker said everyone is connected to the oceans. “We are very much affected by the oceans. We are, in a sense, beholden by the oceans,” Cousteau said. “It connects each and every one of us in very fundamental ways.” Fabien Cousteau said ever yone should care about what happens in the oceans because the ef fects can impact the whole world. For example, he said few people still talk about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But the spill’s detriments are lasting, and those dangerous chemicals can absorb

into the foods, such as fishmeal found in toast and kelp found in ice cream. “We should care,” Cousteau said. “It’s not about whales and dolphins and hugging them — it’s about giving back to our future generations that we have taken for granted.” He said, one night he woke up at 3 a.m., ruminating on the

“People protect what they love. My grandfather used to say that all the time.” FABIEN COUSTEAU Oceonographic Explorer and Aquatic Filmmaker

concept of planting a tree. From this, he developed the concept for his nonprofit organization, Plant A Fish. Plant A Fish conducts projects in and near different bodies of water, such as planting oysters in the Hudson River, which provide habitats for 250 different species, he said. The nonprofit plants coral, a habitat for more than 70 percent of sea life, he said. They also employed more than 800 local community members and fisher-

men in El Salvador to release more than 500,000 baby sea turtles back into the ocean in just two years. “People protect what they love,” he said. “My grandfather used to say that all the time.” Fabien Cousteau said those who volunteer for Plant A Fish are involved for their children and future generations. Barbara Turpin, the dean of Cook campus, along with the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, and Technologies Without Borders sponsored the event, among others. “We wanted him to come to Rutgers because scientists spend most of their time working on discoveries and Fabien Cousteau is an expert at communicating discoveries and exciting new knowledge with the broader public,” Turpin said. “I think we can learn a lot from him.” Fabien Cousteau said everyone should share adventure stories like his. “The language of adventure is a universal one,” he said. “It is something either we are born with, aspire to, or are scared of, but it always grabs attention.” Brian Curr y, a University alumnus, said Fabien Cousteau’s stories motivated his own passion for exploration. “To listen to somebody that actually does it, to hear him talk — it’s inspiring, especially when you’re in the midst of tr ying to figure out what your career is going to be and how you’re going to begin it,” he said. “It’s always good to find that passion again.”

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TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Education says it will distribute $1.25 million in grants to help schools that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last year. The money comes from a federal government program. Schools got word yesterday that they can seek the funds. School districts or char ter schools may apply for funds to reimburse post-storm costs, such as mental health assessments, over time for staf f, substitute teachers and emergency transpor tation. Schools in nearly 60 districts are eligible for a share of the money.

NEWARK, N.J. — Eight Indonesian Christians who defied U.S. deportation orders by seeking refuge in a church have been granted a temporary reprieve, immigration officials and church leaders confirmed yesterday. The Indonesians — five who had been living for months inside the Highland Park church and three who lived nearby — were granted a temporary stay of their deportation orders, allowing them to remain in the United States legally for a year. The eight have been placed on orders of super vision and will be allowed to remain in their community instead of being placed in detention but

PATERSON, N.J. — Prosecutors say a northern New Jersey high school teacher arranged to meet a student at a fast-food restaurant and pay the youth $50 for sex acts. Thomas Weir was arrested Saturday night at the restaurant in Paterson. Authorities say the 50-year-old John F. Kennedy High School teacher contacted the student through Facebook. They did not disclose details on the student, including their age or gender. Paterson school officials say Weir, who lives in Monticello, N.Y., has worked in the district for 21 years. He’s charged with official misconduct, attempted sexual assault, attempted child endangerment, luring and enticing a child and official misconduct. He faces decades in prison if convicted on all charges.

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will be required to report to immigration authorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Harold Ort said. The Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, had been pushing to help them and similar communities of Indonesian Christians in New York, New Hampshire and elsewhere reopen their bids for U.S. asylum. He said the Feb. 14 decision by ICE officials led to “tears of relief, expressions of gratitude and a whole lot of food and celebration” among the Indonesians and their supporters. “We have a deep appreciation for ICE to meet with us human to human, and we are very thankful to ICE for their flexibility,” he said.

Hundreds of Christians fled Indonesia between 1996 and 2003, when more than 1,000 churches were destroyed by anti-Christian extremists in the majority Muslim countr y. The U.S. government allowed many of them to enter the United States on tourist visas in the chaotic aftermath of the fall of the regime of dictator Suharto, who ruled Indonesia from 1967 to 1998. Many worked, established lives in the United States and had U.S.-born children. But after male Muslim extremists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and destroyed the World Trade Center, the U.S. government required all boys and men between the ages of 16 and 65 to register if they had

entered the U.S. on temporary visas from Muslim nations. Indonesians, coming from the most populous Muslim nation in the world, had to register with the U.S. government, regardless of their religion, or be classified as terrorist fugitives. That’s when the deportation orders began, and Indonesian Christians, fearing persecution if they were sent back to Indonesia, found themselves in legal limbo as they had surpassed the time limit for applying for U.S. asylum. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, DN.J., and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., are sponsoring legislation that would allow Indonesian Christians to reopen their U.S. asylum bids.

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PROSECUTORS SAY NJ MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING MOTHER PLAINFIELD, N.J. — Murder charges have been filed against a northern New Jersey man after police found his mother dead inside her home. John Quakenbush was arrested early yesterday at a motel in Green Brook. He was being held on $1 million bail. Union County prosecutors say Gail Vandewalle was found Sunday by Plainfield police, who went to the home to check on her after she was not seen for several days. She was found dead underneath a blanket in her living room.

NJ JURY AWARDS WOMAN $3.35 M IN J&J IMPLANT SUIT ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey jury has awarded $3.35 million to a former nurse who says Johnson & Johnson’s vaginal mesh implant caused severe chronic pain despite 18 unsuccessful repair surgeries. It’s the first verdict in about 4,000 lawsuits filed against the health products maker. At least one plaintiff has won a lawsuit against another maker of the once-popular implants, used to lift sagging pelvic organs back into place.

Activists hold signs during a protest in front of the Hale Boggs Federal Building on the first day of the trial over the Deep Water Horizon oil rig spill yesterday in New Orleans, Louisiana. Eleven men were killed during the accident and over 4 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. GETTY IMAGES

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW ORLEANS — BP bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico because it cut corners and put profits ahead of safety, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged yesterday at the opening of a high-stakes trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay billions more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged it made “errors in judgment” before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well. The civil case went to trial after attempts to reach an 11thhour settlement failed.

Eleven workers were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by the BP exploded on April 20, 2010. An estimated 172 millions of gallons of crude spilled into the Gulf over the three months that followed. Justice Department attorney Mike Underhill said the catastrophe resulted from BP’s “culture of corporate recklessness.” “The evidence will show that BP put profits before people, profits before safety and profits before the environment,” Underhill said in opening statements. He added: “Despite BP’s attempts to shift the blame to other parties, by far the primar y fault for this disaster belongs to BP.” BP attorney Mike Brock acknowledged that the oil com-

pany made mistakes. But he accused rig owner Transocean Ltd. of failing to properly maintain the rig’s blowout preventer and claimed cement contractor Halliburton used a “bad slurr y” that failed to prevent oil and gas from traveling up the well. BP has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges — and has racked up more than $24 billion in spill-related expenses, including compensation for businesses and individuals, cleanup costs and $4 billion in criminal penalties. But the federal government, Gulf Coast states and individuals and businesses hope to convince a judge that the company and its par tners in the

ill-fated drilling project are liable for much more in civil damages under the federal Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is hearing the case without a jur y and — barring a settlement — will decide months from now how much more money BP and the other companies must pay. During opening statements, attorney Jim Roy, who represents individuals and businesses hurt by the spill, said BP executives applied “huge financial pressure” to “cut costs and rush the job.” The project was more than $50 million over budget and behind schedule at the time of the blowout, Roy said.


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Capt. Kirk’s Vulcan entry wins Pluto moons contest THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — “Star Trek” fans, rejoice. An online vote to name Pluto’s two newest, itty-bitty moons is over. And No. 1 is Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. Vulcan snared nearly 200,000 votes among the more than 450,000 cast during the two-week contest, which ended yesterday. In second place with nearly 100,000 votes was Cerber us, the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the under world. Vulcan was the Roman god of lava and smoke — and the nephew of Pluto. Vulcan was also the home planet of the pointyeared humanoids in the “Star Trek” shows. Think Mr. Spock.

“174,062 votes and Vulcan came out on top of the voting for the naming of Pluto’s moons. Thank you to all who voted!” Shatner said in a tweet once the tally was complete. Don’t assume Vulcan and Cerberus are shoo-ins, though, for the two tiny moons discovered over the past two years with the Hubble Space Telescope. The contest was conducted by SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., the research base for the primary moon hunter. The 10 astronomers who made the discoveries will take the voting results into account, as they come up with what they consider to be the two best names. The International Astronomical Union has the final say, and it could be another month or two before an edict is forthcoming. Now known as P4 and P5, the moons are 15 to 20 miles across.

JUMPING STONES A villager wearing traditional costume jumps over a stone in front of their ancient houses in Bawomataluwo village on Feb. 22 in Nias Island, Indonesia. Stone Jumping is a traditional ritual, with locals leaping over large stone towers, which in the past resulted in serious injury and death. Stone jumping in Nias Island was originally a tradition born of the habit of inter-tribal fighting on the island of Nias. GETTY IMAGES

Maine man can whistle, Adolf Hitler runs in Indian election but he must keep moving Northeast Indian state has variety of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS POR TLAND, Maine — A man charged with disorderly conduct for his loud whistling in downtown Portland has reached a deal with the city — he can whistle, but he can’t linger in one spot. Robert Smith, of Westbrook, has been cited by police twice in the past year after businesses complained. He pleaded guilty last summer and reached a deal with the city in which he can keep whistling as long as he’s moving. Smith maintains that his whistling — audible a block away — is protected free speech and usually brings smiles. “God is showing me what I’m doing is OK,” he told The Portland Press Herald. “He shows me every day with laughter.”

But downtown businesses have complained about the 32-year-old Smith’s never-ending noise-making. Janis Beitzer, of the Portland Downtown District, understands why some business owners are upset. “Just like if somebody plays an instrument in front of your business or has the radio on constantly, it’s irritating,” Beitzer said. Smith said he works a construction job during the summer, but when he’s not working he usually takes a bus into Portland and walks downtown streets from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., wearing a baseball cap, wrap-around sunglasses and a backpack while listening to classic rock and oldies through his headphones. As he walks the streets, some people laugh and smile. But others scowl or roll their eyes in disgust.

unusually named candidates THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GAUHATI, India — Adolf Hitler is running for election in India. So is Frankenstein. The tiny northeast Indian state of Meghalaya has a special fascination for interesting and sometimes controversial names, and the ballot for state elections Saturday is proof. Among the 345 contestants running for the state assembly are Frankenstein Momin, Billykid Sangma, Field Marshal Mawphniang and Romeo Rani. Some, like Kenedy Marak, Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem and Jhim Carter Sangma, are clearly hoping for the electoral success of their namesake American presidents. Then there is Hitler.

This 54-year-old father of three has won three elections to the state assembly with little controversy over being named after the Nazi dictator. His father worked with the British army, but apparently developed enough of a fascination with Great Britain’s archenemy to name his son Adolf Hitler — though he also gave him the middle name Lu, Hitler said. “I am aware at one point of time Adolf Hitler was the most hated person on Earth for the genocide of the Jews. But my father added ‘Lu’ in between, naming me Adolf Lu Hitler, and that’s why I am different,” Hitler told The Associated Press from the small village of Mansingre, 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Gauhati, the capital of the nearby state of Assam.

Hitler said his name has not stopped him from traveling the world, including to the United States and Germany. “I never had problems obtaining a visa but I was asked many times during immigration as to why I should have such a name. I told the immigration staff I possibly didn’t have a role in my naming,” he said. India had thousands of troops fighting alongside the allies in World War II, especially in North Africa and Burma, but many Indians view Hitler not as the personification of evil but as a figure of fascination. Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” is prominently displayed at many Indian bookstores. The owner of a menswear shop named his store “Hitler,” then expressed puzzlement last year after Israel complained. Musfika Haq, a teacher in Meghalaya’s capital, Shillong, said such names are common in the state.

BUDDHA WALK People walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles for prayers during Makha Bucha Day at Buddhist Park yesterday in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Makha Bucha Day is celebrated by Buddhist monks in local temples across Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month. The holiday is an important religious festival held in honour of Buddha that is marked in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. GETTY IMAGES



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he N.J. Assembly last week passed a series of quite impressive, we do agree that the legislation might gun control legislation laws that greatly restrict be deserving of more time and comprehensiveness — gun purchases in the state. The set of 22 bills, especially when it comes to mental health. largely supported by state democrats, are now on their The bills do a great job of addressing the loopholes way to the Senate where they will undergo further delibin current gun laws, but they seem to only concentrate eration. While the move is definitely in the right direcon preventing massacre-style shootings. We can’t help tion, it focuses primarily on limiting guns rather than but wonder about other manifestations of gun violence, addressing the root causes of violence in the first place. like gang activity and how the legislation seems to The set of 22 bills aim to limit the sale of live ammunioverlook addressing current issues in the state. tion, establish stricter requirements for obtaining permits Camden is argued to be the most dangerous city in the and improve mental health services. The bills do allow peocountry — that’s right, even before Detroit, which is ple who can own firearms to obtain them, but also focus on really saying something. Yet, we see no measures tightening up the current firearm policies in the state. being rapidly created to address the problems that Among the many proposals in the bills, one is preallowed 59 murders in the N.J. city in 2012 alone. venting suspected terrorists Plus, how can we be sure that from getting their hands on the new pro-gun control attitudes “We need to take a long, hard aren’t just a passing fad ignited by firearm permits — to which we ask, that wasn’t already a law? a national tragedy? During these look at what our institutions More new measures include trying times, Americans are quick reducing the maximum rounds to immediately throw their supare failing to do — or what of ammunition in a legal magaport behind more gun restrictions. they are doing — that fosters zine from 15 to 10, banning If we are really to be sincere armor-piercing and .50-caliber an environment and mentality about our state and national dedibullets, and outlawing state pencation to gun control, let’s at least that encourages violence.” sion funds from going toward place attention where attention is companies that manufacture due. Our state should invest assault weapons for civilian use. more time on shooters before So far, Gov. Chris Christie has not taken an official they become shooters — such as by improving high stance on the new gun control measures. school and college mental health programs. Why can’t All that sounds great —but of particular interest to we do a better job of pinpointing and addressing probus was the attention paid to the mental health of gun lems before they become lethal? We need to take a long, owners. If a mental health specialist deems someone to hard look at what our institutions are failing to do — or be a threat, then the bills allow that person’s firearms what they are doing — that fosters an environment and to be confiscated. They would also mandate backmentality that encourages violence. ground checks for all private gun sales, as well as ban The new N.J. gun bills are definitely needed, but Internet and mail-order ammunition sales. If you recall, they are absolutely not all that is needed. Instead of the Aurora movie theatre shooter was found to have exploiting a tragedy for political gain, let’s give it due purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online. justice by truly addressing the issues that allowed it to Opponents of the bills feel that the new legislation happen in the first place. And of course, that means our was drafted poorly and rushed in order to exploit the state, and federal, government needs to dedicate itself Newtown massacre for furthering a political agenda. to the eradication of indiscriminate gun and weapon While the speediness of the assembly in this regard is violence in every respect. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 145th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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Students’ priorities are out-of-whack COMMENTARY ALEX LEWIS


reetings from out here in the “real world.” Friendly advice to graduating seniors: Learn to cook. It’s been nine months since I left the banks, and I nearly starved to death during the first three for want of Brower sustenance. What was true back then is still true now — The student body remains painfully apathetic about important issues, and there’s little the Rutgers University Student Assembly can do about it. Need proof? Last week, Ed Reep wrote a column in defense of creationism so ridiculously asinine that somewhere, deep in his underground lair, Aaron Marcus must have been very proud. It’s been seven days, 39 online comments, and a whopping four letters-to-the-editor since Reep penned his straw man hackjob. That makes it by far the most contentious issue to have graced the Daily Targum’s pages in years. With apologies to the good Mr. Reep, there’s barely anyone (reasonable) on the other side of that issue. Meanwhile, at time of writing, 52.4 percent of your fellow students answered “No” to the Targum poll querying them as to whether or not they’d be attending President Barchi’s recent town hall. Rutgers — where on Ear th are your priorities? RUSA President John Connelly recently circulated a document on Facebook that details the organization’s efforts during his term. Hold on to your hoodies — most of them are actually student-centric. Highlights

include investigating new late-night study options and championing the crucial Building Our Future Bond Act this past November. Their efforts to ease student strife post-Hurricane Sandy were inspired. It’s the exact kind of list that, if produced this time last year, would have read like an Occupy Wall Streeter’s resume, instead of a student government’s rap sheet. RUSA will take issue with that characterization. On that point, we’ll have to continue to disagree. But what we can agree on — and what you, the student, should realize — is that they’ve done some phenomenal work for students since September. I’d like to take the opportunity to give credit where it’s very clearly due. Now, RUSA wants to add a line item to your student bill to support the United States Student Association. Some oppose the fee, arguing that USSA isn’t effective, or that it’s not RUSA’s place to concoct new student fees. RUSA’s response to the criticisms? Put it to a vote. Let democracy decide, they say, even though they know full well that elections on the banks are the ver y antithesis of the democratic process, since turnout is so abysmally low. After all, a little old thing like representativeness matters little to the RUSA rank-and-file — most of them only have their seats because their friends are the only ones voting, and — oh, wait, I’m supposed to be praising RUSA in this letter. Oops. In this case, RUSA’s right. Referendums for opt-out fees require at least 25 percent student-voter participation. One of my gripes with past Rutgers United party debacles like the Walk Into Action protest was how woefully mistargeted

they were. Back then, RUSA seemed to believe that just by pulling on their activist pants and marching on down to Old Queens with visions of Malcolm X and Abbie Hoffman in their heads, they’d manage to effect change. They didn’t seem to care that McCormick (and now Barchi) have far less sway over tuition policy than do the legislators in Trenton and Washington. Now, it seems like their aim has improved — and an investment in USSA is a much better use of your seven student dollars than say, I don’t know, cage-free eggs. The whole point of USSA is to train student leaders to advocate for policy at the state and national levels. In effect, it’s a solution to one of the longest-standing RUSA ineffectualities. If it lets Connolly and Co. get their antiestablishment jollies in at the same time, then so be it. Que sera sera, and all that. There were many other problems with RUSA back in my day — notably, the chilling effect for discourse they established in the government. Several sources disclosed how impossible it was to voice criticism or advance new ideas unless they fell in lockstep with what the majority party had already declared. All this came from the party that so gleefully accuses its opponents of being sycophants and yes-men — pot, kettle, black, etc. It’s unknown to me if there’s been any improvement on that front. For now, though, Rutgers United and RUSA deserve your support. They’ve earned it. And, when it comes to this particular opt-out fee, they really do know best. Alex Lewis is class of 2012 University alumnus and former columnist for The Daily Targum.

Learn from The Onion and take a joke COMMENTARY AMY ROWE


he Onion — America’s finest news source — tweeted a joke last night during its Oscars coverage that sent just about everyone into an uproar. It even prompted an unprecedented apology from the satirical news organization’s chief executive, Steve Hannah. What led to all this damage? It was a tweet about the adorable nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, star of last year’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” who impressively snagged a nomination for Best Actress. The tweet, which was sent out around 10 p.m. Sunday, read, “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013.” An hour later, the tweet was taken down from the Onion’s Twitter account — and yesterday afternoon, Hannah apologized for the remark via Facebook, citing the tweet as “crude and offensive — not to mention, inconsistent with the Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.” I think the Onion was within its rights to post a tweet like that, and they should not have backed down in the face of flack from oversensitive people. Upon reading the tweet today, I laughed to myself — because, clearly, the tweet is ironic. This is the sweetest little girl ever, a conclusion I came to after watching five minutes of her red carpet coverage, and you’re going to call her a cunt? That’s such a preposterous idea that I find it hilarious. Wallis is clearly the antithesis of a cunt. So why did ever yone get so peeved? Maybe they don’t understand satire. But, that’s probably not the case — though

likely for some (there are a lot of idiots out there). More likely, it is because the tweet included a word that is infamously offensive to women. The Onion referred to cute-as-all-hell Wallis as a woman’s vulva or vagina, if you want to get technical. I think it is more often used as an insult against someone disagreeable, and I will admit that it is extremely offensive in certain contexts. It is offensive when a man calls a woman a cunt in the midst of an argument — when you can hear the disdain in his voice. People should bear semantics in mind when reading tweets on the Internet. Although, it might be difficult to discern sarcasm through social media because you can’t detect a person’s tone when you are just reading the words. But you have to consider the Onion’s context — clearly, the reporter or editor who sent the tweet was not at all serious about what he or she was saying. Since some people took such offense to this, it warranted the head honcho breaking the entire paper’s tone to do the “professional” thing and apologize. I think Hannah is lying when he says that this tweet was a mistake masked as satire. The Onion has featured much greater offenses that they have not issued apologies for. This measly tweet is an exception. As a journalist myself, I know the Onion was most certainly covered under the First Amendment. This is all a matter of taste and what’s politically correct. This reminds me of an incident on campus a year ago — when the Medium, the University’s own satirical paper, made a joke about former Daily Targum columnist Aaron Marcus. In a fake column, printed under Marcus’ name, a Medium writer elaborated on the “good things” Adolf Hitler did. I will venture to say what the Medium wrote was even more offensive than what the Onion wrote.

Marcus, a Jewish man with family members who suffered in concentration camps, was rightfully offended. I think what they wrote was also funny because of how ridiculous it is. I do not think they ended up apologizing for it because they can pretty much say whatever they want. This tweet about Wallis was even less offensive because the word “cunt” is not really attached to a minority group or atrocious historical event. It’s widely used, and — while unanimously regarded as distasteful — the 103-character phrase that pissed everyone off was not said in a malicious way. In fact, the use of this word is the only thing that makes the tweet offensive. I do not think that everyone should go around using this word in unwarranted insults, but we really need to get past the politics of some words. They’re just words — they become hurtful only when a specific meaning is attached through tone and body language, cunt included. As I wrote this column, I dashed out some of the letters to censor this horrific word. It’s the Targum’s policy to run any and all obscenities by the editor-in-chief for approval before printing, and opinions vary from EIC to EIC on which words should be censored. Some were cool with “ass” but not with “fuck” — as is the rule with the Federal Communications Commission today, I guess. We’ll see what the current EIC thinks, but I’m prepared for the censorship. It just goes to show that the interpretation of a word is purely subjective. While there were many who thought the Onion’s joke went too far, plenty —including myself — laughed at it. That’s the point of a joke. Amy Rowe is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies with minors in art history and American studies. She is the former news editor of The Daily Targum.



wo weeks ago, in his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted his objectives for the 113th U.S. Congress, and the direction he would want to see the country take for at least the next two years. In his address, he outlined a “Fix-It First” program to upgrade our infrastructure in the United States, which is badly aged and neglected. Obama even mentioned something that I have supported for a while now and will be the subject of this article: a national high-speed rail system. Now, the United States already has a national rail system, Amtrak, which provides intercity rail service across the United States. However, as with most government agencies, Amtrak is slow and unreliable. It has acknowledged these issues, and as most recently as last year proposed a plan to upgrade their tracks to high speed capability by the year 2040, with $8 billion as allocated by the federal stimulus of 2009. The numbers are crazy and ridiculous, and it’s because the infrastructure of the United States is, to bluntly put it, pathetic. The Society of Civil Engineers gave the United States infrastructure a D rating. It’s not an F, but for the richest nation in the world, it’s pretty sad that our infrastructure is that bad. Former Governor Bill Richardson, D-NM, once said, “We’re a superpower with a third world [infrastructure] grid.” The rail project itself costs 8.5 times more than the worldwide average per mile. Repairing our infrastructure creates jobs that politicians have been promising for the last four years. A rail system alone could create 150,000 new jobs and generate $19 billion in revenue. Just imagine what repairing the other parts of our infrastructure could do to create new jobs and generate more revenue. Obama wanted to do this through his American Jobs Act. So what did our politicians do when they were presented with these plans? Just about nothing. The bill had to be broken up in Congress, because the GOP wouldn’t support it, and those bills addressed smaller infrastructure issues. In my home state in 2010, Governor John Kasich, R-Ohio, followed through with his campaign promise to kill the rail line and infrastructure proposals for Ohio, effectively wasting $400 million in construction. California is the only state to have followed through in developing a rail line, and projects to generate about 100,000 new jobs and approximately $2 billion in revenue after the first phase of the line is completed. Our politicians sure liked to talk about creating jobs, but in the end they didn’t do much. The high-speed rail system is much more than just jobs and money. It’s also providing cheap transportation for those that don’t drive, or can’t afford to fly. It’s promoting alternative energy and a break from the reliance on foreign and even domestic oil. We save time, money and energy by building something like this. And that’s true for our entire infrastructure — we’ll save time, money and energy. The recent Chinese hacking scandal augments the concerns about our aged and neglected infrastructure, as the hackers could have easily entered into our power grids and lines and effectively crippled the United States. So when the new jobs report comes out in a few weeks, don’t expect me to praise it. We have a potential gold mine in a rail system and infrastructure upgrades, but it’s sad that our politicians continue to ignore them. Mike Denis is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student majoring in political science. His column “Straight Up and Down” runs on alternate Tuesdays.

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Today's Birthday (02/26/13). Constant monitoring gets you ahead financially this year. Group efforts advance the furthest. Fix your place up for happy times at home until summer, when your playful side gets sparked to pursue art, travel, culture or a romantic adventure. Dream muses inspire. 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 an 8 — Allow yourself more quiet time this month. You may as well tell the truth; it saves hassle. Stick to old rules and your schedule to avoid misunderstandings. Think before speaking. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Dress for power and practice success. Watch for short tempers if you're going to be late for a family affair (or just be on time). Group activities go well. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — For the next month, it's easier to advance your agenda, especially by listening to other people's considerations and taking actions to support them. Work smarter and make more money. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — You overcome new challenges and set ambitious goals to further you career. A glitch in the communication could rain on your parade. Don't take it personally. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — It's becoming easier to save, not just now, but for the next month. It's also easier to make money. Offer a calming voice to a loved one. Rediscover a gift or talent that you have. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 9 — You have superpowers to clean up messes now. Move quickly through your stack of stuff and request promised benefits. Reassure one who's easily upset. Add time for the unforeseen.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — The days ahead are good for achieving romantic or creative goals. Take action. Keep checking the quality and integrity of the project without obsession. Play it cool and easy. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Full speed ahead, you're in high gear and extra lucky. Watch for opportunities at the top; you can be well-paid. But beware, costs could be higher than expected. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Household chores are more enjoyable. Keep home fires burning by updating finances. Gossip could arise ... it would be wise to avoid falling into that trap. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Get off to a quick start. You're even smarter than usual. Discover hidden resources. Keep on schedule for best results. Visit a local establishment for supplies. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Be patient with a passionate partner and get rewarded. Re-evaluate your work habits for greater fulfillment. Start a lighthearted fire under procrastinators. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — You'll feel especially appreciated for the next four weeks. Offer corrections to erroneous assumptions; you may find some resistance. Defend your position with love. It's important that they know.



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LIONS Smorol gives up four hits in eight innings for Rutgers’ first win CONTINUED FROM BACK Though Ross Costello has struggled in the Knights’ first six games of the season with a .125 batting average, the junior third baseman blasted a grand slam to put the Knights up, 5-0, in that first inning. Head coach Fred Hill said the offensive production was a positive because of the quality of the opponent. “I thought they were a pretty sound club,” Hill said. “It would be different if you were playing a poor team, but they’re pretty decent.” That was evident in Game 2, where Rutgers lost in the final innings. The Lions broke up a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth when catcher Michael Perez drove in outfielder Ben Verlander with an RBI single.

YEAR Twin guards provide offensive options that Rutgers lacks CONTINUED FROM BACK South Florida made its first and only NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006, and will have an opportunity to make it two after the Big East Tournament. Guard Andrea Smith leads the Bulls as the reigning Big East Player of the Week, having averaged 26.5 points against Louisville and Syracuse. Her 17 points per game significantly surpass any Knight’s consistent offensive output. That also goes for her twin sister, Andrell Smith, who averages 14.1 points per game out of the Bulls’ backcourt. The Smith twins both make 3pointers consistently, leading a team second in the conference with a .350 percentage from downtown. Containing the perimeter is one of Rutgers’ defensive weaknesses. Rutgers is fifth-to-last in the Big East with a .314 3-point shooting percentage allowed. A NCAA Tournament is improbable for the Knights at this point without a deep Big East Tournament run. But Stringer sees the rest of the schedule as a chance for Rutgers to amend its season. “We have [four] more games,” Stringer said. “We [will] get invited to the Big East [Tournament].” It might serve as motivation for Rutgers’ foes that its opponents are in prime position to defeat a prominent program and a legendary coach. Stringer has built enough of a résumé to garner that respect. “I’ve just started my career, but I can certainly respect and understand what Coach Stringer has meant to the game of women’s basketball,” said St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella on Saturday. “I know that she’s done a lot, and a lot for her players over a period of time.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JBakanTargum.

SPORTS PAGE 15 Part of Rutgers’ problem in the second game was the eight runners left on base. “I think we had our opportunities to score,” Hill said. “We only had two errors on the weekend, so we’re not giving them runs. … I don’t think there was too much going on in terms of bad play. I think we thought the weekend went really well.” One of those errors occurred in the first game, but clutch hitting and a strong performance on the hill from senior lefthander Rob Smorol produced a 3-0 shutout for the Knights’ (2-4) first win of the season against Old Dominion (2-3). Smorol sprinkled four hits through eight innings, an effort he credits to his command in his second start. “I felt good. After about the second inning I got into the groove with all my pitches,” Smorol said. “I was able to throw my fastball, changeup, cutter, curveball — all over for strikes. When all of your pitches are working, you feel pretty good.” For his effort, Smorol was named to the Big East Honor Roll, an acknowledgment that can

only make Hill more confident in his No. 1 starter. “It’s extremely important,” Hill said on Smorol’s performance. “Obviously, you need a guy on your staff like that — and a guy you send out there, who is going to start the series out for you and beat almost anyone he gets.” Though Smorol pitched the Knights’ best game of the season, it was not until the eighth inning when the Clark, N.J., native could feel safe with his performance. With one out, junior second baseman Nick Favatella drove in fellow classmate shortstop Pat Sweeney with an RBI double to break the 1-1 tie. Junior outfielder Brian O’Grady brought in Favatella later in the inning for the insurance run. With the first win away, Hill said the team could relax. Smorol shares that feeling. “It’s definitely getting the monkey off of your back,” Smorol said. “When you lose three, you’re just looking to get one, and we did.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @BradlyDTargum.

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Knights perform at NFL Combine BY JOSH BAKAN SPORTS EDITOR

Out of the six former Rutgers football players invited to the NFL Combine, five have auditioned so far. Linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais took part in the event yesterday. Running back Jawan Jamison, wide receiver Mark Harrison and tight end D.C. Jefferson went Sunday. Cornerback Logan Ryan will participate today. Jefferson suffered an injury, possibly tearing his pectoral

muscle, during the 225-pound bench press, according to USA Today. Former Iowa tackle Markus Zuseviks suffered the same injury at the Combine last year and went undrafted. Greene had a strong showing, running a 4.71 40-yard dash in his second attempt and recording a 30-inch ver tical jump, according to The Star Ledger. The 6-foot-1, 241pounder posted 20 reps on the 225-pound bench press. Beauharnais ran a 4.84 in the 40, posting a 40-inch vertical and

19 reps. He is officially listed as 6foot-1 and 240 pounds. Jamison ran a 4.68 40, which was not as fast as former Knight Ray Rice’s time of 4.42 seconds. The 5-foot-7, 203-pounder posted a 29-inch vertical and 20 reps. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 231 pounds, Harrison ran a 40 of 4.46 seconds. He reached a 38.5-inch vertical and 17 reps in his impressive workout.


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Rookie contributes in first season on campus BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers swimming and diving team finished the regular season with a 9-2 record with wins against two Big East schools. The final home meet was on Senior Day for the Scarlet Knights’ two captains. But that would not stop freshman Joanna Wu from taking her share of the spotlight. The Kent, Wash., native arrived at Rutgers this year after swimming for four years at KentMeridian (Wash.) High School. She qualified for the Washington state championships each season and was named the team’s MVP three times. Wu has displayed her value to the Knights all season. She grabbed a victory in the 200-meter freestyle in the Big East quad meet Feb. 9, where she outswam athletes from Villanova, Georgetown and Seton Hall. Her weekend did not stop there, as she took the top spot in the Knights’ sweep of the 100meter backstroke and competed in the 200-meter relay, where Rutgers secured a victory. Wu’s immediate success at the collegiate level can be attributed to years of prior experience in the pool. She swam at an athletic club for 10 years and qualified for the Olympic trials last summer in the 100-meter backstroke.

As one of five freshmen on the Knights this year, Wu has been the most productive. She has found herself on winning relay squads throughout the season. Against Fordham on Jan. 26, she helped Rutgers take the win in the 200-meter medley event. Wu has taken the spotlight on various occasions this season with her performances in individual swimming events. The standout meet of her short career came Jan. 19 against Richmond and Central Connecticut State. In that competition, Wu took home three top individual performances and was later named Big East Athlete of the Week. Head coach Phil Spiniello thinks Wu can hold her own at the Big East Championships, as she competes against the best swimmers in the conference in events she has had success in throughout the year. Spiniello said the goal for Wu at the Big East Championships is to place in the top eight in all three individual events she will compete in. Wu will partake in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events and the 200-meter freestyle swim. “It’s great to see her buy into this program and do what’s asked of her and really just take her swimming to the next level,” Spiniello said. “I’m excited to see what comes of that this week.”

FEBRUARY 26, 2013


Freshman Jenna Williams scored less than 9.000 Saturday on the beam, an event in which Rutgers struggled in that meet. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Difficult judging challenges Rutgers BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

Despite witnessing his team fall short of first place on the road for the third consecutive week, Rutgers head gymnastics coach Louis Levine had almost nothing negative to say about the Scarlet Knights. Even if it does not always show up on the scoreboard, he can see his gymnasts improving. Even when Rutgers finished third Saturday at No. 13 Denver –— in its first quad competition since Feb. 2 — Levine took it as another stepping stone in a process priming the Knights for a historic postseason. “There were some little things here and there, but overall I thought it actually was a pretty darn good meet with some very tight judging,” Levine said. “Obviously when things are judged, it can be one way or the another — you can get scores that are way too high, you can get scores that are way too low and some of our scores I thought were way too low.” The Knights (8-10, 1-3 EAGL) scored a 193.925 overall, slightly better than their season average, but they still had their hands full. Denver won the meet with a score of 195.800 and thenNo. 16 Boise State — now unranked — came in second with a 194.525 total. Utah State, who finished in last with a 192.150, was the only team Rutgers was able to outperform. Difficult judging is not an excuse for the Knights. It only further fuels them to get to the next level. “You run into that stuff. Good teams can overcome that, and that’s what we’re trying to get to,” Levine said. “We’re still in the phases of trying to be able to overcome that.” Rutgers’ top performances of the night came on vault, where the Knights tallied a 48.800 through a consistent unit. Junior Luisa Leal earned a 9.800 — with junior Alexis Gunzelman and freshmen Jenna Williams, Danielle Verdon and Nicolette Wilson all scoring a 9.750.

After averaging only a 48.275 on vault in the first month of the season, Rutgers has averaged a 48.719 in four Februar y meets since. Levine attributes the improved results to his continuous philosophy of competition in practice before competition in meets. “I think it’s a combination of competition in here, and at the beginning of the year we were a little banged up,” Levine said. “It was a little bit of, ‘OK, who’s ready this week to go?’ And now it’s, ‘Who’s going to win the competition to compete this week?’” On the uneven bars, Williams continued her consistency with a score of 9.775 to lead the Knights to a 48.375 total in the event. The Bordentown, N.J., native boasts team-high 9.806 season average on bars. But for the second time in three meets, she had a hiccup on the balance beam, scoring less than a 9.000. As a team, Rutgers tallied only a 48.050 in the event that continues to hold back its overall score. With sweat dripping down her face at the Livingston Recreation Center yesterday, Williams showed determination to make amends and lead the team through its struggles on beam. “I just need more confidence in my beam. That’s really it,” she said. Another asset for Rutgers proved to once again be the floor exercise, where four Knights earned at least a 9.700 to amass a team score of 48.700. Senior Danielle D’Elia and Leal both hit a 9.800 to tie for fourth out of 24 competitors in the event. Rutgers’ morale remains strong through what has been a grueling yet rewarding threeweek road trip. “Overall as a team, I think that we held together pretty well, and we didn’t let the judging get to us and bring us down,” Williams said. “We stayed positive throughout the whole meet.” For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GJohnsonTargum.

FEBRUARY 26, 2013


Goodale faced with replacement of veterans BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

As 174-pounder Greg Zannetti was one of the seven seniors honored before Sunday’s match against Penn State, it signaled a glaring question that will have to be addressed for the Rutgers wrestling team. How will the program respond to the group’s departure?

“Hopefully the other guys pick up where we left off and carr y the momentum, like a snowball,” Zannetti said. “Just keep going hard.” The Scarlet Knights will graduate five senior starters from this year’s team, exactly half of the starting lineup. Both 157-pounder Scott Winston and 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi will leave the program

with more than 100 career victories to their name. Zannetti has been arguably the Knights’ most consistent grappler this season with a 15-5 dual record and No. 14 national ranking to back up that claim. Trevor Melde has star ted ever y match this season at 141 pounds, while 125-pounder Joey Langel fought of f the injur y bug in the preseason

to compile a 15-5 record in dual matches. “We have quality wrestlers. We’re building a tradition here, but programs don’t come over night,” Winston said. “What we teach in this program is get it done today, get it done today.” While getting it done today works for this team — as its senior-laden lineup is built to

Senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti will be one of five starters from this season’s team that will need to be replaced. Zannetti has gone 15-5 this season in dual action, tied with senior 125-pounder Joey Langel for wins. ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

do so — it will be interesting to see how head coach Scott Goodale replaces the production. The five seniors have contributed 70 wins in dual action. Winston does not see the team skipping a beat. In fact, he only sees the program going higher. “It takes years to build college programs,” Winston said. “It takes consistent great recruiting classes, which we are getting now, and I think the results of this program are going to blow people out of the water.” According to Amateur Wrestling News, Rutgers landed the 11th-best class in the country, with six grapplers coming into the fold for next season. The group includes Anthony Ashnault, who will have an opportunity to become the first wrestler in state histor y to be a four-time, undefeated champion at South Plainfield (N.J.) High School. Goodale said the class has the potential to mirror the talent of his first class — which happens to be the one that is departing after the national tournament in March. But losses like the one that occurred against the Nittany Lions do not help in the recruiting world. “Until you start beating those teams, and we were close a couple of years ago — and it helped us with some recruits — but until we do it on a consistent basis, we are not going to land the blue chip kids,” Goodale said. “We have to knock off a couple of those guys to attract those guys.” Redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith and junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave will anchor the team next season. And though the replacement for the production that will be lost because of graduation will need to be addressed, for right now, Goodale can only worry about the present. “I like where we are at right now,” Goodale said. “It’s been a good season, and I think we are going to star t wrestling really well in these next couple of weeks.” For updates on the Rutgers wrestling team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @BradlyDTargum.


Rutgers blanks Black Knights for second shutout of season BY JIM MOONEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rutgers tennis team won its second consecutive match Friday against Army, 7-0, its second shutout of the season. “This has to go down as one of the most hard-fought matches that I’ve seen as a head coach,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “This is a huge confidence booster for the team.” In singles play, Rutgers (4-2) looked to its wins leaders to get it jumpstarted.

Junior Vanessa Petrini dominated the No. 1 singles match with a shutout, 6-0, 6-0, against Erin Colton. Freshman Gina Li did not have it as easy in the No. 2 spot, needing three sets to defeat Jamila Paul. Petrini and Li both improved to 5-1 on the year in singles play. “I was really excited to play after we won all of the doubles matches,” Petrini said. “We were all really pumped up, and I just wanted to go out there and play my game.”

Three-set victories were a theme for the day in singles competition for the Knights — as four of the six matches needed a deciding third set. Freshman Mariam Zein and sophomore Lindsay Balsamo both came back from losing their respective first sets to win in three sets. The No. 4 singles match featuring freshman Lindsay Kayati against Carolyn Pitman went to a final set tiebreaker where Kayati finally earned the victory despite the rowdy Black Knight (6-3) crowd right behind her.

“I just try to ignore the crowd as best as I can,” Kayati said. “I just have to block it out and focus on the match.” Bucca was impressed with how Kayati handled the crowd. “Instead of being intimidated by 50 or so screaming cadets, she thrived in it,” Bucca said. Even though the doubles competition was not necessary to seal victor y, the Knights finished strong and did not lose a match against Army. The team of Petrini and Li defeated Della Taylor and Elle Taylor to improve to 3-1 on the

year. Kayati teamed with Zein, and they earned an impressive victory over Colton and Paul — who were undefeated entering the match. Balsamo and sophomore Noor Judeh completed the clean sweep for Rutgers, winning their match, 8-4. “Being two freshmen that play together, we just try to stay positive and win the mental battle,” Kayati said. “If we can do that, we can compete athletically against these upperclassmen.” Rutgers returns home Friday to continue Big East play against Marquette.

FEBRUARY 26, 2013




or the fourth consecutive week, Indiana is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll. Gonzaga jumped to No. 2 for the first time in school history after being ranked No. 3 the week before. The Bulldogs are the first team outside the major six conferences to be ranked in the top two since Memphis in 2008, a span of 92 polls. Rounding out the top five are Duke, Michigan and Miami, in that order. The Blue Devils and Wolverines both jump three spots from last week, while the Hurricanes dropped three spots in the rankings. Six Big East teams were represented in the rankings with Georgetown the highest at No. 7. Louisville remained at No. 10, while Syracuse moved down four spots to No. 12. Notre Dame came in at No. 21, while Marquette placed at No. 22 and Pittsburgh took No. 23 spot. At the bottom of the poll at No. 25, Louisiana Tech is ranked for the first time since the 19841984 season, their only other appearance in the poll.




Thunder signed point guard Derek Fisher yesterday to a contract that runs through the remainder of the season, according to ESPN. The 38-year-old veteran also played the remaining 20 regular season games for the Thunder and all throughout its playoff run to the finals. He signed with the Dallas Mavericks prior to this season. Fisher asked for his release from the Mavericks after only nine games, citing his desire to retur n to his family in Los Angeles after suf fering a knee injur y. He won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Houston Rockets last season. During his first stint with Oklahoma City, head coach Scott Brooks credited Fisher as a key locker room presence for the Thunder.

Sophomore guard Myles Mack drives past a Providence defender during Saturday’s 76-72 loss to the Friars at the RAC. Mack scored below double-digits for just the fourth time this season in Big East play. MICHAEL BOON

Rutgers lacks second scoring threat BY JOEY GREGORY CORRESPONDENT

By the time the Rutgers men’s basketball team takes the court next — a trip to Georgetown on Saturday — it will have had two weeks to figure out how to work around the loss of sophomore guard Eli Carter. Carter, who fractured his right fibula Feb. 16 against DePaul, was the team’s leading scorer and one of three solid options at guard. Sophomore guard Myles Mack became the Band-Aid to the issue, but the team cannot depend on him scoring 20-plus points every night. Providence proved one player cannot produce for the whole

team Saturday night, when they defeated the Scarlet Knights. “They are a talented offensive team,” said head coach Mike Rice postgame. “So you are not going to completely shut them down.” Friars guard Bryce Cotton — the Big East’s leading scorer — scored 22 points, but he was not alone. Four of Providence’s five starters scored at least 12 points and accounted for all but six of the team’s 76 total points. In their time without Carter, the Knights have had to learn how to produce offense in a similar fashion. Against the Friars, Mack posted nine points, which marked only his fourth non-double-digit performance in Big East play.

Rutgers needs a player to emerge that can provide Mack with support “We still have games left,” said junior guard Mike Poole after Saturday’s game. “We still have opportunities. I hope we figure it out, but we’re close to it.” The matchup with Providence, although not the outcome Rutgers would have liked, showed there are players besides Mack who are capable of putting up the offensive numbers the team needs. Poole scored 11 points and senior wing Dane Miller posted 17 — his second-highest total of the season — and looked more like the leader the Knights have hoped he would become all season.

WITH NEW YORK YANKEES outfielder Cur tis Granderson ruled out with a broken arm until May, former Yankee outfielder Johnny Damon is making a pitch to his former team, according to ESPN. In an interview yesterday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s Michael Kay Show, Damon said he is willing to fill in for Granderson for the estimated five weeks he will miss of the regular season. Money is not a factor for Damon, who said he would take a league-minimum contract to return to New York. The 39-year-old outfielder played four seasons for the Yankees from 2006-2009. The franchise won its last championship in Damon’s final year with the team. But he was not able to re-sign when his agent, Scott Boras, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman could not come to terms on a new deal. Since leaving New York, Damon has made stops in Detroit, Tampa Bay and Cleveland over the last three seasons.

Junior guard Mike Poole dribbles Saturday against Providence’s Vincent Council. Head coach Mike Riche will look to Poole for scoring to compliment Mack. MICHAEL BOON

Perhaps the most impressive performance was that of sophomore forward Kadeem Jack. Jack earned his first-career double-double thanks to 15 points and 10 rebounds. Rice’s only issue with Jack’s performance is that he thinks the Queens native may have been too generous and needs to take more shots. “That’s something he has to get accustomed to doing,” Rice said of Jack shooting more. “Now that Eli’s not in, I need a second option who is consistent. Right now it’s Kadeem. His effort and his focus have been great.” This increased production comes at a time when the Knights need it — because of the loss of Car ter and the inconsistencies in the rest of the frontcourt. Junior forward Wally Judge, who has started all but one game this season, earns limited minutes in some games because of foul trouble. This pattern shows in the numbers he puts up — after consecutive double-doubles to open the season, his scoring and rebounding averages have consistently declined. Senior for ward Austin Johnson has produced in spurts, but he has reached 10 points only twice this season and has not pulled down more than six rebounds since his sophomore year. That leaves Jack as the most viable option in the frontcourt. “We’re going to make some adjustments,” Rice said. “He’s earned [starter’s minutes]. Right now, the last two games he’s come off the bench, and he has [played well]. He’s a bright spot in a tough last month.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @JGregoryTargum.

SENIOR CHALLENGE The Rutgers wrestling team

NFL COMBINE RESULTS Five former members of the

HELP WANTED Though guard Myles

will have to replace five senior starters after this season, a tall order next season for head coach Scott Goodale. PAGE 18

Rutgers football team have participated in the NFL Combine. Tight End D.C. Jefferson injured himself during the bench press. PAGE 16

Mack has done his part to fill the scoring load left by Eli Carter, Rutgers still needs a second option. PAGE 19



QUOTE OF THE DAY “When you lose three, you’re just looking to get one, and we did.” — Rutgers baseball senior lefthander Rob Smorol on the team’s first victory





Of the three games against Miami on Feb. 16 and 17, the Rutgers baseball team collected 20 hits in the series. In the Scarlet Knights’ 17-7 win Sunday against Old Dominion, they nearly matched that with 16 hits. The surge in offense was somewhat of a relief for senior catcher Jeff Melillo, who hit 2-for-4 with four RBI in the victory. “It’s definitely a good thing to have all of that hard work pay off and to see the results on the field,” Melillo said. “I know a bunch of us started off slow, but we just kept working all week — and the results paid off.” For a team that had a hard time bringing in runners in scoring position the week before, all nine starters touched home plate in the contest. The game was put away in the fourth inning, when Rutgers brought in five runs on three hits. Melillo drove in two runners with a double off of the fence — while junior designated hitter Lou Clemente brought in the last run of the inning on a double himself to put the Knights up, 11-5. Rutgers had no problem generating offense early. It drove in five runs in the top of the first as well. SEE


Senior forward Monique Oliver has been Rutgers’ top scoring option with 10.2 points per game and ties for the team lead in rebounding with 5.2 per game. The Knights face a South Florida team tonight that has won five of its last six. TIAN LI

RU gets chance to save year BY JOSH BAKAN SPORTS EDITOR

In the midst of a tough stretch of its schedule, tonight’s game against South Florida appeared weeks ago to be the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s best chance at securing head coach C. Vivian Stringer’s 900th victory. Now that the Bulls (19-7, 8-5) enter the Louis Brown Athletic Center winning five of their last six, including recent victories against

No. 12 Louisville and No. 21 Syracuse, Stringer may end up looking beyond this game. A four-game losing streak for Rutgers (1412, 5-8) supports that possibility. After Saturday’s 61-48 loss to St. John’s, Stringer is without answers. “I was shocked at how poorly we played, but we’ve been playing that way all year, so I guess that’s just business as usual,” the Hall of Fame head coach said postgame. The match against the Bulls is the Knights’ next opportunity to prove this

season is about more than watching other programs surpass them. Charlie Creme’s Bracketology on ESPN projects eight Big East teams for the NCAA Tournament, and Rutgers is not one of them. Creme lists the Knights among the “next four out” teams, meaning he believes they have at least four teams to surpass — the “first four out” — to make it into the NCAA Tournament. SEE



NBA SCORES Washington Toronto

90 84

Los Angeles L. Denver

108 119

Atlanta Detroit

114 103

Boston Utah

110 107


made the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team after the junior attack recorded 10 points, including nine goals, last week.

Senior catcher Jeff Melillo drove in four runs in Sunday’s 17-7 win against ODU. THE DAILY TARGUM, APRIL 2012





at Big East Championships

at ECAC Championship

at IC4A Championships

Tomorrow, 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Indianapolis

Friday Boston

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