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Rutgers men’s basketball forward Austin Johnson plays his final game at the RAC tonight in one of the final games of a career where he was a steady presence off the Rutgers bench. SPORTS, BACK

BREAKING STEREOTYPES University alumna Beryl Goldberg

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displays her photography exhibit about the people of Burkina Faso, as she tries to break the stereotypes typically associated with the country. UNIVERSITY, PAGE 3

everyone deserves tuition equality. Columnist Eric Antisell says we might not all be entitled to it. The Public Affairs Vice President believes the focus is misdirected. OPINIONS, PAGE 8

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Zimmerli Museum reopens Z Café BY HANNAH SCHROER CORRESPONDENT

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum’s Z Café on the College Avenue campus reopens today with new managers and a new menu that caters to students and museum patrons on the go. The Z Café provides quick, casual service for students and museum patrons, said Kurt Harmon, one of the new managers of the café and co-owner of The Food Architects that will curate the menu of the café. Along with the usual fair, The Food Architects will collaborate with the museum to design witty foods that match museum exhibits, said Suzanne Delehanty, director of the museum. “Where the opportunity presents itself, we will tie the food into certain

artists [that Zimmerli is featuring],” Harmon said. The Food Architects, a full-service caterer with a storefront, make gourmet New York-style sandwiches using fresh ingredients, said employee Greg Taranto. The owners were first introduced to the University through corporate catering on campus and with the Zimmerli Art Museum itself over board meetings and small lunches, Taranto said. Harmon said the company went through an official bid process and several food sampling sessions before being announced as the new café managers. The first weeks after opening will be spent working out the kinks and adjusting supplies, Harmon said. It will be a team effort to get the café management off the ground, Taranto said.

A support team nearby will bring the freshest and best product to the customer — in case food runs short. The company uses local bakeries and vendors in the area for both paper products and food products, so they can bring in food that is freshly made and of highend quality, Taranto said. “We’re not just doing ham and cheese on white bread and sticking it in the refrigerator,” Harmon said. The company keeps its menu creative by staying in tune with the latest food trends and changing the menu to stay ahead of other food vendors, Taranto said. The Z Café will feature menu items not seen at other quick service cafés — such as fresh chicken barbecue wraps. SEE

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Facing facts: Organs include the face Bioethics symposium highlights facial transplant procedures BY SHAWN SMITH Senior wing Dane Miller has been an asset, but his lack of consistent scoring and his pass-first mentality leaves his legacy uncertain. MICHAEL BOON

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No one knows where to find Dane Miller. The senior wing is supposed to speak to the media following a recent practice, but Miller is nowhere to be seen. He emerges from the locker room 10 minutes later, wearing a tight-fitting thermal long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Miller, once projected as the future of the Rutgers men’s basketball team, sits on the Louis Brown Athletic Center bleachers — avoiding eye contact. He speaks about his identity, stigmas with pass-first players and the relationships he has made in four seasons in Piscataway. “I would say my low point,” Miller said, “would be not understanding people.” Miller ranks in the top 10 in career blocks, rebounds and steals in Scarlet Knights history. Ten assists in the Knights’ last two games, starting tonight on Senior Night against Marquette, would also place Miller in that category. But the enigmatic Miller has often been prodded for more — more scoring, more accountability and more consistency. When a reporter asked head coach Mike Rice last season about getting Miller to be more aggressive, Rice said, “You put him on your couch.” Rice inherited Miller after Miller’s banner freshman season — in which the 6-foot-6 Miller finished second in voting for Big East Rookie of the Year and became the first player since Carmelo Anthony to win conference Rookie of the Week three straight times. Since then, Rice has failed to tap into Miller’s vast potential. After scoring 15 points six times as a freshman, Miller did so in five games during the next two seasons SEE

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Many drivers choose to become organ donors when applying for a driver’s license. They may not realize that their face is now considered an organ that can be har vested after death and worn by a stranger. With developing research in the medical field, face transplants are becoming more commonplace. Potential donors need to be aware of what exactly they are signing away when they check that box. Dr. Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University, spoke about face transplants last night in a presentation at the Busch Campus Center. SEE

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Dr. Arthur Caplan discusses the ethics of face transplants yesterday at the Busch Campus Center. SHAWN SMITH

Student company works on mobile games, websites BY YASHMIN PATEL STAFF WRITER

After the fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi closed its doors last year when the University chapter was kicked of f campus, former president Matthew Gabor said it opened up hours of free time for him to devote to new oppor tunities. Gabor, a School of Engineering senior, said he and former members of the fraternity had a vested interest in computers, and began designing games early in Januar y 2012. After reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, Gabor

said he was inspired to create GabaGames, LLC. He said the company would still exist even if the fraternity had not shut down. “I’m an engineering student — I’ve always been very into computers, but I never really knew what that meant for me,” he said. “Once I read the book it really inspired me to go make the company and put my heart into it and not hold anything back.” GabaGames, LLC., which launched Feb. 5, is a student-run company that creates games on iOS and Android as well as websites for small businesses, athletes, artists and anyone looking to get exposure, Gabor said.

The company has created two live websites: one for professional track runner Robby Andrews and another for Vinny Vintage Music, he said. In the company’s four weeks of existence, it has generated about $4,000 in total revenue with a $1,000 investment, and their Facebook page has received more than 6,000 visits and 450 likes, Gabor said. “We already profited over $3,000 in revenue, and that revenue [is] from down payments on design,” he said. “So when we sign a client for a website they pay $200 for a design and $30 SEE

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Alumna breaks boundaries Photographer’s exhibit looks to remove stereotypes BY NICK SIWEK CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Although Africa is often depicted as a sweltering, desolate and war-stricken hell, University alumna Beryl Goldberg aims to break this stereotype with the photo exhibit “Burkina Faso Portraits.” The Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus will display the photographs until March 15. “There are good stories coming out of Africa, too … and you don’t hear about those,” she said. Goldberg said she first traveled to Burkina Faso in 1963 as a foreign exchange student for a program through Douglass College. Her father disapproved of the trip, because like many other Americans, he believed that Africa was too dangerous a place to visit. But Goldberg’s persistence allowed her to embark to Africa and show him otherwise. She said she loves taking pictures of people in their daily routines. Giving up her career as a schoolteacher to become a professional photographer, she went back to Burkina Faso to capture its people’s lives. “Since I love to travel, [photography] seemed like a natural fit.” Goldberg said. While there, Goldberg said she met a family who was happy to have her stay with them.

She said she returned to Burkina Faso again years later with photographs from her previous trip. Having limited access to cameras, the local Burkinabé people were overjoyed to see the pictures. After this, Goldberg said she became very popular with the families who let her take pictures of them. The exhibit displays an aspect of Africa not often seen by the general public, she said. They portray loving families who embrace hard work and togetherness — values across all cultures. Goldberg has visited Burkina Faso several times and stayed with three different families. The last three times she visited were in 1998, 2001 and 2004. She hopes to go again in the near future. Evolving technologies have made keeping in contact with the families much easier for Goldberg. The widespread use of Internet has allowed her to email them, and she hopes to start using the video client Skype with some of them soon. One family Goldberg stayed with now visits the United States somewhat frequently, she said. A young boy Goldberg met years ago is now a successful businessman with a daughter who goes to school in the United States. “It is great to see [that] people from a relatively poor background are doing well,” she said. Though she did not necessarily

Board of Governors divides funds from Bond Act for facility projects BY ALEX MEIER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The Board of Governors adopted a list of priority facility projects last Thursday that will use more than $410 million of funding through New Jersey’s Higher Education Capital Facilities Program for construction and renovation, according to Media Relations. “All of [the projects] are in alignment with the academic priorities of Rutgers and with the state’s priorities to expand and strengthen New Jersey’s capacity in the fields of health care, life sciences and technology,” University President Robert L. Barchi said. The Wright-Rieman Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building on Busch campus will replace outdated chemistry facilities, featuring state-of-the-art research labs and areas for teaching and instructional support. An addition to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy on Busch campus will add new classrooms, laboratories, a mock hospital lab and a mock cleanroom. Busch campus itself will receive $26 million worth of renovations for better utility ser vices and improved transportation services. Rutgers-Newark’s New Jersey Dental School will

expand to include 80 dental operation rooms, X-ray rooms, a clinical laborator y and support space for patient reception, clinical faculty and administration. The campus’s New Jersey Dental School Oral Health Research Lab and School of Health Related Professions will be renovated. Since most of the departments and functions of the life sciences in Rutgers-Newark are spread across campus, the Life Sciences Center will physically link existing facilities, consisting of teaching laboratories and research facilities. Rutgers-Camden’s facilities cannot support the anticipated enrollment, so the School of Nursing/Science Building will feature specialized instructional spaces to simulate various health care environments and teaching labs for the sciences. Across all campuses, the University will update equipment that would strengthen research in the study of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, DNA, genomics, chemistry, computer engineering and materials sciences. To address growing technology demands for students, the University will enhance wireless ser vices across all facilities, upgrade Rutgers-Camden’s Data Center and upgrade the University’s data network.

set out to prove anything, Goldberg said she is now very interested in showing the world that Africa is not a hopeless place. She feels her exhibit is important in showing that Africa is more than civil war and famine. “They are also just people that work hard and have strong families,” Goldberg said. Claire Giddings, a graduate student in the Mason Gross School of the Arts, helped Goldberg set up the exhibit in the Rutgers Student Center. She said students should see the work of successful people from the University, especially those with such an important message. “[The exhibit] is a different approach to what people see in media depictions of Africa,” she said. Along with Giddings, Mason Gross School of the Arts graduate student Aubrey Kauffman also helped set up the exhibit. Together, they discussed and decided what would work best in the exhibit and how to install the photographs in the space. “It is important to be in contact with a photographer with this diversity experience,” said Kauffman. Goldberg said her favorite photograph in the exhibit is entitled “Woman with Shadow.” She said she loves many of the photographs because she feels they show the beauty, charm and good spirit of the people of Burkina Faso.

The exhibit for the photo series “Burkina Faso Portraits” by alumna Beryl Goldberg, launched yesterday and is displayed on the first floor of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. SHIRLEY YU, ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR


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GAMES Albalah says the company aims to implement guerilla marketing CONTINUED FROM FRONT

GabaGames, a student-launched company, creates games for iOS and Android devices. “Puppy Match,” above, is a game in development and is expected to hit the market this summer. SCREENSHOT COURTESY OF JAMES LYNCH

a month for posting … maintenance and updates [for the site].” He said the design expenses var y depending on what the client wants, but the advertising rate is $200 down payment and $30 a month. “The way that we do it is because we have our own codes and stuff,” Gaba said. “If you do decide to have us make you a website we have to manage it … because you wouldn’t be able to make edits.” He said the company also looks to develop fun games that never really existed before. “We also want to implement our own ideas on previous games that don’t have apps — games that we played as children but now that we’re older — we want to bring those games back,” he

said. “We also want to bring originality too.” The company aims to release about five mobile app games this summer. He said they are currently working on a game similar to Scrabble, except with numbers. “Words With Friends was … one of the most successful apps that’s ever been created moneywise and we want to put out [our] version of it — it’s basically Words With Friends, but it’s Pinto and not Scrabble,” Gabor said. He said they do not currently have any games on the market because it’s hard to get rid of a first impression. “We don’t want to put anything onto the market until it’s perfect,” he said. “Compared to the popular games right now, we just need a little bit more work on the visual aspects.”

James L ynch, vice president of Flash Development for GabaGames, said he works with Flash Professional to code and create apps for Android phones. They use graphic designers first, who draw different things to put in the game in pencil, said L ynch, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “Then using the same program, Flash Professional, we can sort of create it inside of a computer,” Lynch said. GabaGames has created a game called “Puppy Match,” which is expected to hit the market in the summer, he said. “It’s like a matching game,” he said. “You can go through levels and you play the matching game and it’ll count your moves and for each level you earn stars, depending on how many moves it takes you. You can unlock different things with those stars.” Diaa Khalil, vice president of iOS Development for GabaGames, said he creates apps for iPhones through the program Xcode. Khalil, a School of Engineering sophomore, said he fine-tunes codes to make sure the app works properly and checks to see if there are any memory gaps. “Whenever we want something done, we put it across both platforms,” he said. Michael Albalah, vice president of Business Development for GabaGames, said the company’s promotional strategy includes touching base with people through social media and also waiting for the completion of apps before releasing a demo of the game. Albalah, a Rutgers Business School junior, said the other strategies the company aims to implement is guerilla marketing through chalking sidewalks, writing on classroom blackboards and dorm-storming. “It’s all about the timing,” he said. “If we market too early before we have the game, the buzz will die down by the time the game’s already launched.” Danzel Jordan, GabaGame’s vice president of graphic design, said his designs are unique because they are minimal, but he tries to convey the right messages. “My favorite part is getting out my designs and tr ying to get people to see them and show them my take on all design aspects and visuals of what I can produce,” said Jordan, a Mason Gross School of the Arts junior. He said designing is a lot of work, because he always has to find out how to make things better. “It’s all about putting our heads together and tying to make something great,” he said. “We’re all just tr ying to get into the game industr y, and we are, surely but slowly.” Gabor said the employees’ biggest struggle is managing time as full-time students while working at the company. “Star ting your business is never easy,” he said. “You’re going to face a lot of problems along the way — if it’s something that you truly love, you’ll work through those problems and find success.”


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FACTS Caplan says he originally opposed face transplants CONTINUED FROM FRONT “If we use people as donors, your drivers license donor checkoff could include your face,” he said. “These also include your legs, your hands, your arms, ovaries, fallopian tubes.” Neil Patel, president of the Rutgers Bioethics Society, said the second annual symposium attracted a larger crowd than last year because of the well-known speaker. “It took a lot of work to get Dr. Caplan to come here to speak,” said Patel, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “We really couldn’t have done it without the help of Dr. Francis Barchi, President Barchi’s wife. She is the one who got him here.” Spruha Magodia, the former president of the Rutgers Bioethics Society, established the bioethics symposium last year, Patel said. “We really worked hard last year to put the event together, and while the breakout sessions were great, we had no speaker,” he said. “This year we really perfected the model with an awesome speaker.” Caplan said he originally opposed face transplants when he first heard about the research procedure in 2000. “Initially, I thought it was wrong to do it,” he said. “I opposed face transplant on ethical grounds. [Scientists had] no animal studies to base off of. Primates have not

been used as a sample. There are very few animal studies of face transplant, so it raised the question ‘Can we do this?’” Ethical dilemmas arise when face transplant donors come into the equation, Caplan said. “What is the impact of letting people know that we are going to be taking the faces of dead people and using them in transplants,” he said. “Most people don’t identify themselves with their pancreas. They do with their face.” Patel said the symposium is exciting because the first full-face transplant was successfully completed only two years ago. Caplan said he received criticism from surgeons who disagreed with his unfavorable opinion of face transplants, and they pushed him to conduct more research and learn more about the procedure. “I listened carefully and learned some things. It may not look like a life-saving procedure, but if you can’t eat or breathe correctly, there’s a problem,” he said. Face transplants not only correct physical discomforts, but also help alleviate psychological ailments. “Facial disfigurement also has a higher suicide rate. The risk to ratio argument I gave was not quite accurate,” he said. “If suicide is common among these types of people, it now becomes a life saving procedure.” Those in favor of the procedure argue that medical surgeons already know how to perform transplants on noses, jaws, ears and other independent parts of the face. Therefore, face transplants can be seen as an extension of commonly practiced procedures.

Along with other risks involved with the transplant, critics worry that surgeons and assistants will have problems coordinating the new type of surgery. “We had the idea to practice on brain-dead cadavers to remove and replace a face, so teams can learn,” Caplan said. “We thought of it as a double arm transplant, and they have huge coordination problems.”

Caplan eventually shifted his opinion on face transplants and now actively supports the research procedure. “There is a need and a demand. People are willing to take the risks, knowing the drugs associated with the procedure are nasty,” he said. “They wanted something to be able to socially interact. They wanted to eat, to

smile, to cry. They wanted [those abilities] back.” Hopeful recipients of face transplants must pass basic comprehension quizzes, accept of the possibility of the procedure failing, and have a caretaker available before undergoing the procedure. SEE

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MUSEUM About 10,000 students a year take classes inside museum CONTINUED FROM FRONT

Café Z closed in February 2012, because the previous manager left to pursue work on his newly-opened restaurant. The cafe, now called Z Café, opens today under new management — The Food Architects. The group makes New York-styled gourmet sandwiches with fresh ingredients. THE DAILY TARGUM / FILE PHOTO FEBRUARY 2012

Taranto said many customers who visited their store were University students or faculty, and they have received good feedback from them. Zimmerli renovated the café and installed Wi-Fi in 2010 in order to allow people to sit down and enjoy themselves, she said. Students began using the café to meet faculty, eat a quick lunch or pick up coffee between classes, she said. Delehanty said after the previous food manager left to focus on his newly opened restaurant last February, the Zimmerli Café closed for nearly a year. Now, the café will once again as a place to meet up and combine food with art. “I think art and food go together,” Delehanty said. The Food Architects are known for their straightforward foods that are fresh and dependable in quality, she said. About 10,000 students a year take classes inside the museum, and Delehanty said the new café wants to make sure that if they need coffee between classes — they can get it, she said. She said The Food Architects’ customer service is dependable, and the museum knows that if a student wants to purchase a cup of coffee late in the afternoon, the café will still be open. “We want the Rutgers community and visitors to enjoy coming to the Zimmerli — to find it a welcoming place, a place to meet friends and look at art,” Delehanty said. The Food Architects want to do the same thing they have done at their storefront with their café on campus, he said. They are excited to expand their customer base. Some of the storefront experience that the team plans to carry over to the University campus is fresh sandwiches and grab-andgo salads, Taranto said. “A lot of what we do is not your normal, run-of-the-mill turkey sandwiches,” Taranto said. “It’s more gourmet, upscale sandwiches.” Because the company does not know how the previous vendors managed the café, the first weeks will show them how to measure supply and demand — so they can eliminate food waste without running out of supplies for customers, he said. Harmon said they were happy to be at the University and are looking forward to student feedback on the menu. The limited space inside the café and the café’s transient customer base are challenges that they were ready to face, Harmon said. The café will work with the museum’s marketing team and rely on word-of-mouth from satisfied customers for publicity. After years of working in corporate food services, Harmon and Taranto decided to go into business for themselves, Harmon said. Not being restricted from a corporate standpoint means The Food Architects are able to do what is best for their business and customers — instead of being bound by corporate rules, said Taranto. “Ultimately we’re there for you guys. It’s not about what we want to sell, it’s what you guys want to buy,” Taranto said.


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FACTS Caplan says cost of face transplant is about $1.2 million CONTINUED FROM FRONT “This is not something that can be done for aesthetic reasons alone,” he said. “This is not a solution for Joan Rivers.” Cost is another factor that needs to be evaluated, Caplan said. Right now, a face transplant costs about $1.2 million. Non-medical expenditures also empty the wallet. These include daycare, missed work and constant trips to and from the hospital. “[This is] a common phenomena for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. When you wear body armor, what’s not protected? Your hands and face. Due to an explosion, they lose anything that’s not armor,” he said. “The military should cover part of the cost.” Ethics also plays a role when looking at donors, Caplan said. Physicians need to consider the donor’s race and gender. “Legally a donor card is 100 percent valid, even if the family does not consent. Ethically, we will not take from someone without family consent. In a way, they are part subjects in the process,” he said. “If we can get consent while they are dying, we will try to deal with the donor and their family then.” Caplan said the procedure is still a research procedure and needs to be perfected. As with other transplants, the body can possibility reject the transplanted organ. “While there have been successes, this is still a research procedure,” he said. “It’s going to take a while to make sure this will be managed all the way up.” Francis Barchi, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, was a student of Caplan’s at the University of Pennsylvania and is familiar with his work. “He did an incredible job talking about how complex this topic is,” she said. “There are more layers complexity associated with bioethics.” Barchi said the list of organs that can be used for donations has grown over the past few years. “When you think of your own face as an organ, it raises social and policy issues,” she said. “You have to consider the identity of the individual who is getting a new face.” Barchi said she is proud of the University’s Bioethics Society, and hopes the student body understands the resource they have available here on campus. President Robert L. Barchi said Caplan’s presentation was comprehensive and gave an indepth look into the new research procedures, while also raising ethical dilemmas. “He brought up issues and emotionally charged aspects,” he said. “Dr. Caplan also raised some big questions about the procedure.” Robert Barchi said the costs associated with face transplants could cause issues. “The procedure costs about $1.5 million,” he said. “But there is another $3-5 million in life care. We already spend about 18 percent of our [Gross Domestic Product] on healthcare and we can’t cover it with insurance.”

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Obama advocates greener standards, pollution President nominates EPA veteran to head organization for climate change ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signaled his willingness to tackle climate change with his pick of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three major appointments he announced yesterday. A 25-year veteran of environmental policy and politics, McCarthy has worked for Republicans and Democrats, including Obama’s presidential rival, Mitt Romney, who tapped her to help draft state plans for curbing the pollution linked to global warming. Along with McCarthy, Obama nominated MIT nuclear physicist Ernie Moniz to lead the Energy Department and WalMart’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the budget office. McCarthy, 58, a Boston native, has led the EPA’s air pollution division since 2009, ushering in a host of new rules targeting air pollution from power plants, automobiles, and oil and gas production. In nominating McCarthy as the nation’s top environmental official, Obama is promoting a climate change champion at a time when he has renewed his commitment to address global warming and the agency is contemplating a host of new rules that could help achieve that. But McCarthy will have to balance the adminis-

tration’s ambitions with a dwindling budget: Congress has cut EPA’s budget by 18 percent over the last two years, and the automatic budget cuts that went into effect Friday will hinder the agency’s energy efficiency programs and climate research. Moniz, as head of MIT’s Energy Initiative, has worked on developing ways to produce power while curbing greenhouse gas emissions. “They’re going to be making sure we’re investing in American energy, that we’re doing everything we can to combat the threat of climate change, that we’re going to be creating jobs and economic opportunity,” Obama said. McCarthy also brings a distinctive pronunciation of carbon dioxide, the chief pollutant blamed for climate change. McCarthy, in her thick accent, pronounces carbon as “cahbon.” “You wouldn’t know by talking to her, but Gina’s from Boston,” Obama said. He then praised her for putting in place over the last four years what he said were “practical, cost-effective ways to keep our air clean and our economy growing.” Already, McCarthy has orchestrated many of the agency’s most controversial new rules, such as placing the firstever limits on greenhouse gases on newly built power plants and a long-overdue standard to control toxic mercur y pollution from

IN BRIEF NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES LOTTERY NEWARK, N.J. — The National Hockey League is increasing the number of teams eligible to make the No. 1 pick in its draft to 14 and announced that all seven rounds of the draft at the Prudential Center will take place on June 30. The league announced yesterday that all 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, will be eligible for the No. 1 draft pick. The lottery, which will be held April 29, will be weighted with the teams having the fewest points in the regular season having the best chance of winning. Under the previous system, the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity to win the top selection since no team could move up more than four spots.

GOV. CHRISTIE DEFENDS FEDERAL HEALTH CARE MANDATE JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie says his decision to have New Jersey participate in a federal health insurance program was based on state-specific factors. Christie touted health centers like the Metropolitan Family Health Network in Jersey City, as models of how to serve

state residents regardless of their insured status. Christie has said 104,000 more New Jersey residents will sign up for Medicaid as the income limit is raised this coming January. Christie has said he is still “no fan” of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul — although the plan will pay for the first three years of Medicaid expansion in New Jersey. Christie says the state will use various forms of outreach to inform residents about the expanded eligibility.

NIGHTCLUB OWNER FACES DRUG CHARGES WASHINGTON — A judge declared a mistrial yesterday in the case of a D.C. nightclub owner charged with drug conspiracy — two-and-a-half years after his previous conviction was tossed out because police used a global positioning device to track him without a warrant. U.S. District Cour t Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle declared the mistrial when jurors could not reach a verdict for Antoine Jones after more than seven days of deliberations. Jones’ first trial, in 2007, ended in a mistrial. He was convicted in a second trial and sentenced to life, but a federal appeals court reversed. — The Associated Press

burning coal for electricity. On her plate, should she be confirmed by the Senate, will be even more rules — from lowering sulfur emissions from gasoline to controlling global warming pollution from the older coal-fired power plants. Like those regulations, her nomination is all but guaranteed to spark criticism from Republicans, who charge that the agency is killing jobs and undermining the coal industry. Environmentalists, meanwhile, will be looking to ensure that McCarthy issues the toughest rules possible, particularly when it comes to controlling emissions from the existing fleet of power plants. Despite the partisanship in Washington, McCarthy has said the environment is a non-partisan issue, saying that the choice “doesn’t have to be, ‘Can I have a job or can I breathe clean air.’” But she hasn’t backed down when politicians have falsely portrayed her agency’s work, such as suggesting EPA was poised to regulate cow flatulence to combat climate change and was looking to go after farmers for spilling milk. “When I listen to their concerns, I am struck by the fact that what they think we are often doing bears little or no relationship to what we are actually doing,” she said in testimony before Congress in April 2011.

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the center was packed, and University students stormed the court after the win. This year, the football stadium was full with students eager to storm the field after beating Louisville. We lost, but the sentiment remained the same. We get it. Our sports teams could be doing better. While we hate to add to the stigma, just look at what’s been up with our women’s basketball team recently. Coach C. Vivian Stringer’s 899th victory was won Feb. 9, and her team lost the next four games after that. Since January 2013, they’ve played fifteen games. They lost eleven of them. Let’s just say we definitely didn’t hold our breath for Stringer’s 900th. Obviously, no one wants to go to the games when we’re not playing well. But there’s a real problem with that. We shouldn’t only be supporting our teams when they’re doing well, and then turning our backs on them when they’re struggling. We bleed scarlet year-round — maybe the extra support will give our teams the boost they need to take things to the next level.

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e think it’s time that the student body really embraces the cultural diversity our school has to offer. Trust us, your palate will thank you. On Feb. 28, we published a story on a documentary that analyzed the history of Indian cuisine. It touched upon how traditional Indian dishes made their way to Trinidad and Tobago through immigration and melded into the native culture to become Caribbean staples of their own. It got us thinking about just how often different cultural foods have found their way into our own lifestyles in the United States, especially here on our campus. Walking a single block of Easton Avenue, you’ll find Turkish food, Arabic food, Chinese food, Thai food — even bubble tea is a Taiwanese invention that’s made its way to our streets. It’s awesome that we have this wide range of cultural cuisines right in front of us, and we really think enjoying it is a great way to build bridges among our student body. Some would easily call it cultural appropriation, because let’s be honest, the Chinese food we’re eating isn’t really Chinese. It’s American food with a cultural label. But at the same time, it can definitely serve as a

“gateway dish” to the real deal, and the foods we have available to us can be passageways to greater links to other cultures. We know there’s definitely some kind of dish that you never tried before coming to our University. It’s a great thing that our college experience can offer the very unique experience of New Jersey’s diversity and expose us to new and different things. For first-generation immigrants, having cultural foods on our campus can establish a great common ground for them to feel included in our community. For second and third-generation immigrants, those same cultural foods can offer links to their cultural backgrounds and enhance their personal identity. For all of us, it can definitely be a way to expose ourselves to different cultures and eliminate racial barriers within our own community. And yeah, the quality of the foods might not be as great as it originally was — but we are at college after all. Food on any college campus is probably going to be sub-par. At the very least, we can enjoy food that resembles dishes from other countries and offer us that “feelgood multiculturalism” that not many other schools can brag about.

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Everyone deserves tuition equity THOUGHT CONTROL CAFE NAT SOWINSKI

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o you believe that undocumented students should be allowed to pay in-state tuition rates at New Jersey’s colleges and universities — including our very own? I do. And, as research has shown, passing the In-State Tuition Act in the state legislature comes with a reasonable price tag, for the state and the University alike. The Rutgers University Tuition Equity Coalition has made recent efforts to ask President Robert L. Barchi to sign a support letter for the In-State Tuition Act and to give his personal endorsement to the legislation — but these efforts have been met with excuses. According to Barchi, the bill would produce “undesired consequences.” I would like to combat that vague claim and

elucidate some of the implications of similar legislation in other states and universities. As it stands, thirteen states currently permit certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. New Jersey is not one of these states. New York, California, Texas, Connecticut, New Mexico, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, Washington, and, most recently, Colorado — have all enacted this legislation. The legislation is on the floor in New Jersey and comes in two parts, in both the Assembly and the Senate. The one part grants in-state tuition to students who have attended New Jersey high schools for three or more years and have graduated with a high school degree or GED (regardless of citizenship status), and the other part is analogous but includes a financial aid component. The former is revenue neutral — meaning, the state revenues will neither increase nor decrease with the passing of this legislation — and the latter bills have little cost to the state. Usually, the opposition to this bill would be centered on tax increases and other gen-

eral burdens on taxpayers. This claim, however, would be irrelevant. A 2011 study published by the Latino Policy Institute concludes that in-state tuition legislation does not result in higher taxpayer-funded subsidies for the states in which it is implemented. The Latino Policy Institute study also concludes that exempting undocumented immigrants from paying out-of-state tuition does not present any long-term financial net losses to public universities — nor does it present losses to the states that subsidize them. If the University believes that revenue losses would be incurred as a result of undocumented students paying in-state tuition, I would rebut that the number of undocumented students who would attend the University would not be large to begin with. According to the National Employment Law Center, only five to ten percent of undocumented students go to college after high school in our country — compared to the 75 percent of non-immigrant students. And, as stated in a study by Susan James, 28,000 undocumented students are currently being

educated in our state’s K-12 system. Therefore, if one applies the national average to the state level, only about 1,400 of these students will seek higher education degrees in New Jersey after graduation — averaging about 108 students per graduating class. I personally doubt that the University would stand to lose a copious amount of revenue if this legislation was passed. According to a study by Vicky Salinas in the Houston Law Review, “public colleges would incur little or no added cost in accommodating these small numbers of additional students.” This should not, however, be the only factor weighing in on Barchi’s decision to sign the support letter. Granting an affordable and accessible education to one of our state’s most economically marginalized groups — to me — matters leagues more than a mere loss of University revenue. Nat Sowinski is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in Middle Eastern studies and minoring in philosophy. Her column, “Thought Control Cafe,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.

Education is not a positive right RUN WITH IT ERIC ANTISELL

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ertain student groups on campus are particularly fond of the slogan, “Education is a right.” Education is not a right in the sense that you might think. You have the right to an education in the same way that you have the right to a religion. The state has no moral right to compel or interfere with your pursuit of an education, provided your education does not aggress against other people. Like religion, education is a negative right. It is not a positive one. A positive right is something that may be legitimately obtained via the use of initiatory force. Religion is not a positive right because if a religious institution does

not accept someone as a member, he may not force the institution to accept him. Whenever the government funds anything with tax dollars, it is using initiatory force. Taxes are collected via initiatory force. So if joining a religion requires paying a due that you cannot afford, it is illegitimate for the government to give you money for that purpose. Likewise, suppose there is no place of worship in your area. The state is not justified in publicly funding a church. The same is true for schooling, which many students automatically assume means “education.” What is education? It is an exchange of ideas. Does one have the right to force an exchange? Some base their assertion that education is a positive right on the notion that education promotes the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Aside from the fact that schooling does not always equate to education, there are several problems with this argument. Just because something is important for society does not give you the right to

initiate force to obtain it. For example, I don’t know of anyone who would argue that sex is unimportant. It is not only important for mental health, but it is indispensible to human reproduction. If one claims that education is a positive right because it’s vitally important, he must also claim that sex is a positive right. It is not. Why? Because you have a moral obligation to rely on reason and persuasion as means of getting peaceful people to cooperate with you. Individuals and groups of individuals have the moral right to set whatever conditions they like for their interactions with others. If they did not, they would not be the rightful owners of their property. There is a pervasive non-sequitur that says if important things like education are not provided via state force, then they will not be adequately provided. It’s no wonder that after having gone through so many years of government schooling, we lack the imagination to think of solutions to our problems that do not rely on the use of state force.

Suppose that a century ago, the government decided that cars were a right. After all, cars make the lives of many people much easier. If the government does not provide cars, how will the poor get them? What kind of car will be produced? What color? How many car dealerships will there be per town? Political science majors are not supposed to admit this, but my answer would have been “I don’t know.” A competitive marketplace determines that, as it would for education. Without the state providing cars, there is now a wide selection of cars. They are always getting better and more accessible to everyone. Even poor people drive cars now. This is why not even the utilitarian argument for the state to provide schools holds up. We must accept uncertainty to achieve the progress we must make. Eric Antisell is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in history and political science. His column, “Run With It,” normally runs on alternate Thursdays.

Tuition equity on federal level should be priority COMMENTARY PETE MCDONOUGH AND ALEX PEREZ

University President Robert L. Barchi recently wrote to New Jersey’s congressional delegation, discussing the difficulties of undocumented students and the impact their plight has on our communities, state, nation and economy. He called upon our representatives and senators to join in the bipartisan effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform as quickly as possible. He’s right, and we are fortunate that under the bipartisan leadership of Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J., John McCain, R-Ariz., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as well as support from U.S. President Barack Obama and a growing bipartisan chorus in the House of Representatives, comprehensive reform — including the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act — may be within reach. He noted that the current immigration system discourages investment in human capital by making higher education financially impossible for the children of undocu-

mented residents. These children comprise a growing segment of our future workforce, and we must adopt policies that encourage the full development of their intellectual capacity and the breadth of their skill bases. Barchi wrote that under current policies, it is impossible for these young people to gain access to federal loans and to the workstudy programs that help make a higher education affordable. As a result, many gifted young people, who would otherwise seek a higher education that would provide them with the essential tools to become vibrant members of the 21st-century workforce, are relegated to a stagnant future. He also noted that this lack of access negates the billions of public dollars invested in the K-12 education of these young people, and dramatically undermines the potential of these young people and the communities in which they reside. His letter was clear and compelling, but it also underscored the importance of securing comprehensive federal action prior to the enactment of state laws. Comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level is essential if New Jersey’s colleges and universities are to be able to provide in-state tuition rates to undocumented students and not create a whole

new set of problems by creating a broad new definition of what is required to qualify for in-state tuition rates. The National Immigration Law Center, a national legal advocacy organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families, explains that Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 mandates that states that provide a higher education benefit based on residency — like in-state tuition rates — to undocumented immigrants, must provide the same benefit to U.S. citizens in the same circumstances, regardless of their state of residence. What that means is that American colleges and universities that provide in-state tuition rates to undocumented students based on residency must provide in-state tuition rates to all students, regardless of where they live. This provision is known as the “Section 505 Penalty.” In order to circumvent the problem, several states have crafted laws that provide in-state benefits to undocumented students by changing the definition of those qualified for in-state tuition rates to include all students who have attended and graduated from high school in those states.

Legislation has been introduced in New Jersey that follows this model. But this approach is fraught with problems and unintended consequences. While rightly trying to address the plight of undocumented students, this approach actually opens the door for any person — regardless of where they actually live, work or pay taxes — to be entitled to in-state graduate or undergraduate tuition rates for the rest of their lives. The solution is not to try to find a way to circumvent or mitigate the impact of the federal “Section 505 Penalty” — the solution is to eliminate Section 505 of the IIRIRA. Eliminating the “Section 505 Penalty,” is one of the many things that the DREAM Act does. And, because of the unintended consequences of the bills currently introduced in the N.J. Legislature, it is essential that the DREAM Act be enacted first, so that effective reform can occur in New Jersey. There is general agreement that we need tuition equity in higher education. True tuition equity will only come if we continue to push federal lawmakers to enact comprehensive reform and to get on the right side of history. Pete McDonough is Vice President of Public Affairs for Rutgers University. Alex Perez is the University’s Assistant General Counsel.

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NICHE Johnson adapts to collegiate ball as undersized forward CONTINUED FROM BACK since it did not yield the brash numbers most Division-I players enjoy in high school. “I feel that the first year — it varied,” he said of his success. “I went up and down because it was such an emotional rollercoaster for me.” Much of that limited achievement can be attributed to the learning curve. At 6-foot-8, Johnson is considered undersized for a forward — especially in the Big East. To make it even more difficult, he entered college 30 pounds lighter than he is now — which allowed bigger forwards to use their physicality against him. “You’re guarding 6-foot-10 guys ever y night, and they’re strong,” he said. “You have to find how to stop them without fouling them.

SPORTS PAGE 15 You’re already behind the 8-ball being undersized.” Johnson had to find a way to combat that. He needed aggression. The Elkins Park, Pa., native admitted he realized as soon as he joined the Scarlet Knights that it was going to be a completely different world from what he was used to. “[In high school] I just scored by dump-offs and hustle plays and stuff like that,” he said. “As soon as I came here, I saw that I wasn’t going to be able to necessarily jump over people. I was going to have to get into their body because I’m undersized.” That presented another problem. There must be a balance between being aggressive in an effective way and not fouling. This distinction is one that freshmen do not always grasp. Johnson was no different. He considers practice to be the place where he really learned what the difference felt like. “Coaches were calling me for what I thought were ticky-tack fouls — but were actually fouls that got called in the game,” Johnson said. “I learned that you have to

stay on the court and be productive — and help your team out.” He also had some help. Center Hamady N’Diaye, who was later drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, had a hand in Johnson’s development — as did former guard Mike Coburn, who remains one of Johnson’s closest friends. Now a senior, Johnson still does not lead the team in points or rebounds, but he has provided a consistent punch when the Knights need it. More importantly, he has found other ways to impact the team — particularly with his leadership capabilities. “He’s the best when it comes to that,” Rice said. “He’s so experienced and has such a purpose in ever ything that he does, and that carries over to our younger guys.” Johnson now has to hope that all of his teachings have sunk in, since he has just two more regular season games before he leaves. The idea of how many games he has left still has not hit him yet, and it will likely not hit him — at least until tonight during pregame warm-ups.

“It’s crazy,” Johnson said. “I can’t believe I have one game left [at the RAC]. This thing flew by. It’s mostly bitter. I can’t say bittersweet. It’s mostly bitter because it has been a great four years. I wish we could have won a little bit more.” Even if Johnson will not walk away with as many wins as he would have liked in his collegiate career, he has still made an impact on the team — one that Rice said does not always show up in the numbers. “He’s been invaluable behind the scenes,” Rice said. “He’s still fighting and scratching and trying to finish the season strong.” The season and Johnson’s time as a Knight will eventually come to an end, but he said his time at Rutgers has been the most valuable experience he has had so far. “I’ve learned a lot,” he said. “I tell people all the time that you learn, you go to class and you’re taught things. But most of the lessons I learned that I can apply to life — I’ve learned on the basketball court.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @JGregoryTargum. GRAPHIC BY SHAODI HUANG

NIGHT Four seniors receive ovations departing from lopsided win CONTINUED FROM BACK through adversity.” One by one, each senior received a thunderous ovation from fans when the victory was in reach, starting with Oliver with 6:30 remaining. Last but not least, the RAC exploded when Lapidus was pulled from the game with 30 seconds left on the clock. The Knights trotted to the locker room with a commanding 36-22 halftime advantage over the Panthers. Wheeler led all scorers with 12 firsthalf points. Richardson chimed in with nine points and four assists before intermission. Rutgers shot a blistering 63.6 percent from the floor. It attacked the basket, scoring 12 points in the paint. The Knights broke the game open after going on a 9-0 run midway through the half, holding Pittsburgh scoreless for nearly six minutes. They extended their lead to seven, 20-13. Forward Chyna Golden ended the run after connecting on a floater from the paint. Wheeler came back down the floor on the next possession and nailed her second threepointer from the left wing to bump the lead to eight, 23-15. Rutgers trailed the Panthers, 117, after four minutes of action. But after two consecutive layups from freshman guard Kahleah Copper to tie the game at 11, the Knights never looked back. As the Knights begin their run in the postseason, Stringer is eager to see how the team will respond knowing that one loss will end their season. “If our will is great enough, then we will make things happen as best we can,” she said. “I was pleased to see the effort. Better days are ahead and we will look to make that opportunity for ourselves.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Aaron Farrar on Twitter @AFarrarTargum.


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MARCH 5, 2013 WOMEN’S LACROSSE RUTGERS 11, MONMOUTH 8

IN BRIEF

Knights take victory with offensive surge BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER

The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team continued its historical dominance over Monmouth on Saturday with an 11-8 victory over the Hawks. The Scarlet Knights (3-1) improved to 11-0 all-time against Monmouth and have put together back-to-back victories following their disappointing 8-7 loss Feb. 20 against Temple. It was a milestone day for head coach Laura Brand-Sias — as she recorded her 100th career victory. In order to achieve success without senior co-captain midfielder Stephanie Anderson, who was sidelined with a knee injury, the Knights needed other players to step up on offense. Junior midfielder Amanda Trendell and attack Megan Clements both answered the call. Trendell scored a careerbest four goals, including a pair down the stretch that answered

two Monmouth goals. She paced the Knights on the day with five points. Clements strung together four consecutive Rutgers goals in the second half. Head coach Laura Brand-Sias was not surprised by the performances of both athletes. “We’ve seen them do it in practice day-in and day-out, so we were just waiting for that momentum for them to get it done during a game,” she said. The Hawks threatened late when midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons scored twice with less than eight minutes remaining. Trendell responded by scoring after each of Gibbon’s goals to keep the Rutgers lead at three. The offense was able to control the ball and not make small mistakes following Monmouth goals, Trendell said. Clements took over the offense early in the second half with a natural hat trick to break a 5-5 tie. “The way she was scoring her

goals was really impressive,” Brand-Sias said. “That always kind of brings a defense back a little bit, so that was a big momentum swing for us.” Rutgers grabbed a 6-5 lead they would not relinquish when Clements tallied a goal less than 10 minutes into the half. “In the first half, the offense struggled a little bit — and, I think in the second half we took our time, and we all started to work as a collective group,” Clements said. “I wouldn’t have been able to score any of those goals if it weren’t for my teammates.” Both teams traded goals to begin the second half when freshman midfielder Chrissy Schreiber tied the game for Rutgers with her first-career goal after Monmouth took a 5-4 lead. The first half ended with a pair of converted free position attempts, and the game tied 4-4. Momentum shifts were frequent early on, as both teams were tied three times.

Midfielder Karlee Dean ended the first period with a goal for the Hawks — following a Rutgers penalty with one second remaining in the half. Trendell gave the Knights a 43 lead, with less than four minutes left in the first half, when she scored on a free position shot. The first half saw dominant stretches by both teams. The Knights controlled the game from the outset, but Monmouth was soon able to draw even. The Hawks recovered from an early 3-0 deficit by scoring three consecutive goals of their own. Rutgers found the back of the net first with a goal from junior midfielder Katrina Martinelli. She leads the team in scoring with 10 goals to go along with four assists in four games. Trendell and freshman attack Hally Barnes each scored a goal following Martinelli, giving the Knights a three-goal lead 13 minutes into the game.

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he Rutgers tennis team competes at Connecticut today in its fourth road contest and third conference match of the season. The Scarlet Knights (5-2, 2-0) come off a 5-2 win against Marquette on Friday and have won three straight matches. Freshman Gina Li boasts a team-best 6-1 record in No. 2 singles play this season. Rutgers swept the Huskies (1-4, 0-1), 7-0, at home in their only meeting last season. UConn fell in its latest match Feb. 27 to Quinnipiac, 6-1, and its only win came Feb. 20 over Bryant, 6-1. In common Big East play, the Knights beat Cincinnati 4-3 on Feb. 17, while the Huskies fell to the Bearcats on Feb. 15, 6-1.

GONZAGA IS RANKED NO. 1 in The Associate Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll for the first time in school history, boasting a Division 1-best 29-2 record. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 last week, claimed the top spot after Indiana, formerly ranked No. 1, fell Wednesday at Minnesota. The Hoosiers (25-4) dropped only one spot to No. 2. Duke (25-4) remains at No. 3 even after dropping a game Thursday at Virginia. The Blue Devils rebounded Saturday to beat then-No. 5 Miami (Fl.). No. 4 Kansas and No. 5 Georgetown both jumped two spots after pulling off a pair of wins apiece last week. Rounding out the remainder of the top 10 are No. 6 Miami, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Louisville, No. 9 Kansas State and No. 10 Michigan State. BALTIMORE RAVENS quarterback Joe Flacco said despite the fact that his new six-year contract, which pays him $120.6 million, makes him the highest paid player in the NFL — it is not about the money but the earning of respect, according to ESPN. The reigning Super Bowl MVP will also receive a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million in guaranteed money. “It wasn’t necessarily about the money. It was, at that point, about earning that respect and feeling like I was respected around here,” Flacco told ESPN yesterday after signing the contract. “The fact that they have made me that definitely makes me feel good about how I played and how they feel about me.” The 28-year-old threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 Super Bowl win against the San Francisco 49ers in February. In Baltimore’s four-game playoff run, Flacco threw for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions — a playoff ratio only Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana matched. He is also the first starting quarterback in NFL history to make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons, winning at least one playoff game in each appearance.


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SENIOR Miller feels he will make NBA, despite shifty Rutgers career CONTINUED FROM FRONT combined. He is sixth on the team in free throw percentage, and his stat of 5.1 rebounds per game is a career low. “It’s been an interesting ride,” Rice said. “When the focus and determination are there, he certainly helps this team as much as maybe anybody in the Big East. Being consistent with that is something I always discuss with him.” And yet, after practice — as Miller sits adjacent to the Knights’ bench — he is as confident as ever in his NBA future. “A lot of people probably don’t think I have a chance,” he said. “But who would’ve thought I’d be the runner-up my freshman year for Big East Rookie of the Year? Those who are close to me know

SPORTS PAGE 17 what’s going on. You’ll probably be shocked to see what happens.” *** Miller grew up as one of four children in Marion Small’s Rochester, N.Y., home. Basketball served as an outlet, and as an eighth grader he caught the eye of Chris Reed, head coach at Rush-Henrietta High School. Reed suited Miller up in an AAU tournament soon after, and Miller eventually led RushHenrietta to three consecutive appearances in the New York sectional finals. Reed also noticed a shy kid who did not trust adults, especially ones Miller did not know. “He was ver y guarded,” Reed said. Miller was raised by Small and his grandmother — who calls him occasionally from a Bronx nursing home. He said he blacked out during a game on Dec. 12, 2011 against Monmouth when she called

unannounced before the game and gave Miller encouragement. He scored 13 points and added 11 rebounds, seven blocks, four assists and three steals that night. “I was the one that lived with my mom most of the time,” Miller said. “Everybody in my old neighborhood basically watched my back. So I didn’t really say much. I just always kept to myself.” Miller said he still does not trust adults. But, Reed said Miller was comfortable with former Rutgers head coach Fred Hill Jr. and former Rutgers assistant Jim Carr. Miller longed to play for local power, Syracuse — which scouted him as a sophomore, but the coaching staff settled on Brandon Triche, Miller’s friend and AAU teammate, and James Southerland, a 6foot-6 outside shooter from Notre Dame (Mass.) Prep. Syracuse never made an offer to Miller. “I don’t know if he felt slighted,” Reed said. “They ultimately went with someone who they thought could score more. But when you’re from up here, you have to understand, Syracuse is it.” ***

Senior wing Dane Miller will end his Rutgers career ranking in the top 10 in blocks, rebounds and steals in program history. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

MEN’S LACROSSE

RU pushes for record of .500 BY JOSH BAKAN SPORTS EDITOR

The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team faces Holy Cross today at the RU Stadium Complex at 3 p.m. The Scarlet Knights (2-3) are coming off two straight losses, including Saturday’s triple-overtime defeat against Stony Brook. Rutgers reached doubledigit goals in both of its victories and has failed to do so in each of its losses. Despite Rutgers’ sub-.500 record, it ranks 14th in the nation with 11.8 goals per game and 12th in points per game. Holy Cross (2-2) travels to Piscataway most recently coming off Saturday’s 11-9 victor y against Sacred Heart. Junior attack Nick DePaolera leads Rutgers’ offense statistically with 22 points and 11 assists, both team highs.

John Wallace wants to kill Dane Miller. At least that is how Wallace, a basketball legend in upstate New York, feels when he watches Miller play this season. When asked if Miller can be effective offensively, taking 5.4 shots per game — fifth best on the team — Wallace said, “Yeah, if he’s 5-for-5 for 10 points and 10 rebounds.” Wallace first saw Miller play as a 10th grader and has served as a mentor for Miller ever since. The former NBA player used to take Miller to Syracuse, his alma mater, and give input on Miller’s game — talking to him two or three times a week. “I’m going to pass the ball, but our conversations are usually about being selfish and going to

score,” Miller said. “Everybody knows I can score the ball, so it’s basically being selfish and not going against the grain.” Selfish is one of three words Miller uses to describe himself — along with genuine and caring. His selfishness does not extend to the hardwood of the Rutgers Athletic Center, where Miller has developed a pass-first tendency that has both amazed and frustrated fans. He says his motivation is to put his teammates in positions to be successful instead of himself. “I think those people are not accepted publicly because not everybody wants to do that,” Miller said of players who do not look to score. “Everybody wants to score, and they think about making it. They can make it without scoring, but people that really do pass the ball first don’t get as much attention. For me, it’s not really about the points. I’ve been there, done that.” That thought likely makes Rice cringe. Following a Feb. 18 loss at Villanova in which Miller did not take a shot and attempted only two free throws, Rice said he had to figure out what do to. Miller had to step up. The team needed more, Rice said. Reed said a rigid offensive structure under Rice could be to blame for Miller’s dip in numbers. He said he noticed Miller played more freely on offense under Hill. Rutgers’ offense has since become guard-heavy. Wallace has noticed a difference, as well. “I don’t know if it’s the coaching change,” he said, “but it seems like most of his career highs are from his freshman year.” *** Miller said Oct. 17 at Big East Media Day that he dealt with lingering confidence issues during his sophomore and junior seasons. He questioned his defense, sensed others’ doubt in him and

took nearly 100 shots less as a junior than he did the year before. Miller said those problems continue to linger. “Not to compare myself to LeBron or Deron Williams, but those guys are all-stars,” he said. “They play whatever minutes a game and still lose confidence. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing, you still lose confidence.” Still, his faith in his NBA dream has not wavered. Miller says he and Wallace have never talked about playing professionally overseas — where Wallace spent two seasons. “If it happens, it happens,” Miller said. “But to us, that’s not really an option.” “That might be his only option at this point,” Wallace said. “There’s nothing wrong with it.” Wallace said he could not guess how Miller would handle basketball dotted throughout Asia, Europe or the Middle East. Through four years in Piscataway, many unknowns still exist with Miller. But a few things are clear, as well. Wallace knows Miller is a good kid, one who keeps to himself and does not get in trouble or party. Reed knows that the death of Saiquan Moore — a childhood friend of Miller’s who died a year ago because of complications from a stab wound — had a deep impact on Miller. Miller knows that, despite his pro future, his mom will still escort him onto the court for one last game. “I think one of my favorite moments was against St. John’s last year,” Miller said. “It was more because of how happy my mom was … more so that than me getting the [game-winning] tip-in. Because, if that was the case, I could say Georgetown my freshman year, Notre Dame my freshman year — the way I played a lot of my freshman year.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Tyler Barto on Twitter @Tyler_Barto.


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SPORTS PAGE 18 BASEBALL NO. 16 GEORGIA TECH 12, RUTGERS 0

Georgia Tech exposes Rutgers’ inefficiencies in sweep BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

It was only last season that the Rutgers baseball team could at least compete with Georgia Tech during their three-game series. Head coach Fred Hill did not see that same effort this weekend against the No. 16 Yellow Jackets — as the Scarlet Knights were swept in all three games while only producing three runs. “Bad weekend,” Hill said. “I thought Georgia Tech was good, but we played poorly. More impor-

tantly than anything else though, we didn’t swing the bats well.” That was evident in the Knights’ third game — a 12-0 loss to end the series. Senior righthander Charlie Law took the mound for his third start of the season, but the senior only lasted two innings before being pulled. Law allowed nine runs on 10 hits while surrendering one walk. His outing began early in the game, where the Yellow Jackets were successful all throughout the series. Georgia Tech collected six

runs in the first inning before Law worked his way out of the inning. Law’s ERA ballooned to 14.73, a stat line that will need to be addressed — as well as whether it will be a rotation change or more rest for Law. “We’re thinking about it,” Hill said of rotation changes. “We haven’t made any decisions about it yet, but we might make some changes in the lineup and also with some pitchers.” The first candidate that can be plugged into the rotation is the same pitcher who relieved Law in the third game.

Senior reliever Nathaniel Roe tossed four scoreless innings in relief before giving way to the rest of the bullpen. The Plainfield, N.J., native now sports a 1.17 ERA in four appearances out of the pen. Senior righthander Tyler Gebler noticed his teammates’ good performance in a series filled with bad ones. “We ran into a hot team, and they were swinging the bats well,” Gebler said. “I just say that we came out flat in every game and didn’t do anything right early

Senior righthander Charlie Law only lasted two innings after allowing nine runs Sunday to Georgia Tech. Now that his ERA has increased to 14.73, whether he will stay in the weekend rotation is uncertain. THE DAILY TARGUM, APRIL 2012

on in each game. We were put in a hole, and no one really pitched too well except Nate.” Gebler was able to last longer than Law in Rutgers’ 11-2 loss Saturday, but the Toms River, N.J., native could not escape the early offense that the Yellow Jackets were able to produce. Georgia Tech drove in six runs in the first two innings of the second game, but it was not all because of offense. The Knights fell victim to four errors in the field. Gebler was more intrigued with the depth of the Yellow Jackets’ lineup. “When you’re on the mound, and you get through the one through five hitters and then, all of a sudden, six through nine — there are guys ripping the ball, and they don’t miss a beat,” Gebler said. “They’re a good hitting team every year, so it wasn’t surprising.” Their 13-1 victor y in the first game gave validation to Gebler’s claim, but Hill did not feel Georgia Tech (11-1) was that much better than what the score indicated. He remains confident that the Knights (2-7) will be alright before Big East play, but their performance against the Yellow Jackets will have to be addressed. “It was just poor hitting and poor defense,” Hill said. “We work on it enough, and the kids are good. We just made some mental mistakes.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @BradlyDTargum.

GYMNASTICS KNIGHTS CONTINUE PUSH FOR NCAA REGIONALS

Coach emphasizes perspective in up-and-down season BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

If one thing has been constant in the Rutgers gymnastics team’s season, it is that the Scarlet Knights have persistently shown they can keep the big picture in perspective. Through the highs and lows of a relatively inconsistent season, the Knights have stayed the course and never wavered from

their end goal of making the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2007. That much was reaffirmed after Saturday’s historic outing — when head coach Louis Levine made it very clear that his team’s business is far from finished. “I’m way up in the clouds, but I don’t want to get too high,” he said. “We still have three meets left to go. And in all honesty, we

Head coach Louis Levine urges No. 39 Rutgers to stay focused as they shoot for the top 36 to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. NISHA DATT, PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR

can still do better than we did [Saturday]. We’re going to keep striving for better and better.” Levine also does not want to downplay Rutgers’ school-record accomplishment — which did not come about by chance. It is no coincidence the Knights have produced two straight scores of 195 or better at home, where they end the season with a 10-1 home record. Levine believes there is something special about the atmosphere of the Livingston Recreation Center that has helped propel the program to another level this season. “The energy of the crowd is amazing,” Levine said. “Really, it’s been standing room only for almost every meet this year. The girls can play off of that. When you get off to a hot start like we did on vault … you just carry it along through the rest of the meet — and so it was great.” Results ultimately come down to the gymnasts executing under pressure, and there have been numerous times when the Knights ver y well could have wilted. After posting the program’s first 195 score in almost 13 years Feb. 2, Rutgers was confident it

broke a barrier that would mark a pivotal turning point. The very next week — Feb. 8 at Kent State — the Knights plummeted back below a 194, largely because it counted numerous falls and scored its second-worst balance beam total of the season. But, just as the Knights refuse to become overly enamored with high points, they also do not allow low points in their season to demoralize them. Rutgers responded with its highest road score in program history Feb. 17 at Maryland and — at the time –— its second-highest beam score of the season. The ride did not stop there, though. The Knights dealt with what they considered to be overly strict, inconsistent judging that often awarded scores either too high or too low Feb. 23 at Denver. Once again Rutgers dropped below the 194 score range. The Knights remained levelheaded and persevered through it all — even when fizzling may have been a much easier alternative. After Saturday’s history-making team score of 195.975, Rutgers ranks 39th nationally with a Regional Qualifying Score of 194.315 — only 0.400 points

behind No. 36 Iowa State, who currently holds the last spot for the NCAA Regionals. To jump three more coveted spots in the rankings, it comes down to two more road meets and the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships for the Knights. They have no choice but to stare down a road nemesis that has granted Rutgers just one team score above a 194 all season. “When you go to away meets, some of our parents go — but we don’t really have fans going,” said junior Luisa Leal on Saturday. “But when we’re home, everybody’s here. When you stand there, and you feel a thousand people screaming your name and screaming the name of your school — you’re like, ‘Oh God, it’s my moment.’” Levine still insists the location has no effect on his gymnasts’ routines. If Rutgers finishes off its historic season by qualifying for the NCAA Regionals, it will need to prove him right. For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GJohnsonTargum.


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SPORTS PAGE 19 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK THREE KNIGHTS ECLIPSE DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING

Sophomore guard Shakena Richardson, far right, drives for a lay-up last night against Pittsburgh, where she led a consistent Rutgers offensive output across the board in the Knights’ 65-44 win against the Panthers with 15 points, three rebounds, seven assists and four steals. WILLY MELOT

Balanced attack offsets poor decision making BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Only a team like Pittsburgh would allow leeway for the Rutgers women’s basketball team to get away with miscues. The Scarlet Knights turned over the ball 21 times in last night’s 65-44 win against the Panthers, with errant passes and questionable decisions on of fense. The Knights also had to deal with the foul troubles from both senior for ward Monique Oliver and freshman wing Kahleah Copper. Oliver picked up her fourth foul with 17:12 remaining in the second half and fouled out with a little more than six minutes to play. Copper was forced to the bench at the 10:42 mark with her fourth. Luckily for Rutgers, it compensated by spreading out the offense. Three players hit double figures, with senior guard Erica Wheeler and sophomore guard Shakena Richardson each dropping 15 points. Sophomore wing Betnijah Laney contributed 10, while Oliver and Copper still chipped in eight. “It feels great,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer on the scoring distribution. “We’ve been looking for that. It was good to see so many people contribute as they did.” Wheeler shot 3-for-7 from 3point territor y, her third straight game in which she has connected on three or more attempts from behind the arc. Richardson contributed closer to the basket, as she connected on five of her six

attempts from the field, including a jumper from the right side of the court to give Rutgers a 53-36 lead with 7:33 left. For Richardson, it was a vast improvement from her previous two games, where she dropped three points in each of the last two contests. “I think it is always positive if I can just help my team whether it be giving assists, getting rebounds, any contribution I can give is a positive,” Richardson said.

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record is not something that will scare away teams, the Panthers str ung together a strong opening per formance against the Knights. Pittsburgh matched Rutgers on ever y possession in the first six minutes of the game, extending its lead to as much as four, 11-7, early in the game. But that changed once their leading rebounder went down with a shoulder injur y. Forward Asia Logan fell to the floor of the Louis Brown Athletic Center at the 14:25 mark in the first half, grasping her right shoulder. The coaching staff helped her off the court, but she did not return until the start of the second half. Logan entered the game averaging 7.5 rebounds per game to go along with 14.7 points per game, the second highest total for the Panthers. Before she went down, Pittsburgh held an 11-9 advantage. With one of its better players forced to the bench, Rutgers was able to pull away, outscoring the Panthers, 27-11, before both teams entered the locker room.

Sophomore wing Betnijah Laney scavenges the court for a pass last night against Pittsburgh. Laney contributed double-figure points for the third straight game. WILLY MELOT But Stringer did not pay any mind to Logan’s absence. “To be honest with you, I didn’t even focus on that,” Stringer said. “I just consider one going in and one going out. … We just look at what we have out there and match our players up accordingly, consider the foul situation and what we have been doing well, and keep working it until they stop it.”

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honored before last night’s contest as par t of the senior night festivities. Guards Brittany Lapidus and Wheeler and for wards Chelsey Lee and Oliver were escor ted to center cour t by their families. They were each given a framed jersey.

“This is personal, ver y, ver y personal to me,” Stringer said. “...When I look at how they came in as young ladies and how they are leaving, I’m ecstatic and I believe for all of them, better days are ahead.” Lapidus, a walk-on, was inserted with 2:01 to play in the second half.


NEW YORK ROOTS Growing up as a shy child who

100 DOWN The Rutgers women’s lacrosse team landed

PUMMELED The Rutgers baseball team

did not trust adults, Dane Miller was groomed in high school before joining Rutgers under then-head coach Fred Hill, Jr. PAGE 18

head coach Laura Brand-Sias her 100th career victory Saturday after the Knights defeated Monmouth, 11-8, in a high-scoring affair. PAGE 16

surrendered 36 runs this weekend to Georgia Tech in a three-game sweep by the Yellow Jackets. PAGE 18

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m way up in the clouds, but I don’t want to get too high.” — Rutgers head gymnastics coach Louis Levine on keeping perspective of the team’s season

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013

MEN’S BASKETBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RUTGERS 65, PITTSBURGH 44

Johnson finds niche at Rutgers BY JOEY GREGORY CORRESPONDENT

Austin Johnson is about to play his final game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. After 90 career games for the Rutgers men’s basketball team — 33 of which he started — the senior forward will take his home court for the final time. And yet, there was a time in Johnson’s career when it was possible that his final game at the Rutgers Athletic Center was going to be March 4, 2010 — in an 11-point loss to Seton Hall. Following that season, Johnson — along with the rest of the team — faced a decision. Fred Hill Jr. was relieved of his head coaching duties and replaced by former Robert Morris head coach Mike Rice. “I wasn’t certain,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know who [Rice] was. Anytime there’s uncertainty, you become skeptical about the situation. I definitely had a lot of skepticism.” Players such as Mike Rosario, Patrick Jackson and Gregory Echenique chose to leave for other programs. Johnson, meanwhile, went down a different path. He remained as part of the program for the remainder of his availability. In making that choice, he had to adjust to his second coaching staff in two years — something he called a “minor speed bump.” Johnson’s freshman campaign could have been classified as a speed bump as well, SEE

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Senior guard Erica Wheeler attempts an outside jumper, as she shot consistently from the perimeter in her final game at the RAC. Wheeler recorded 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Knights to last night’s 65-44 blowout win. WILLY MELOT

RU routs Pitt on Senior Night BY AARON FARRAR CORRESPONDENT

Senior forward Austin Johnson plays his final home game tonight at the RAC. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Senior guard Erica Wheeler and sophomore guard Shakena Richardson had 15 points apiece as the Rutgers women’s basketball team cruised last night to a 65-44 victory against Pittsburgh. The Scarlet Knights dealt the Panthers their 16th consecutive loss and kept them winless in Big East competition. With the blowout victor y, Rutgers clinched the No. 9 seed in the Big East Tournament and will face No. 8 South Florida in the second round Saturday in Hartford, Conn. The Knights ended their regular season on a high note before they continue their quest to make the NCAA Tournament. “It is positive because we know how that feels,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “We will get some rest tomorrow and look

forward to doing our damage against [South Florida]. So that promises to be a great game and we’re looking forward to the challenge.” The Knights celebrated Senior Night last night and had an impressive outing for their final game of the regular season. Rutgers’ four seniors — Wheeler, guard Brittany Lapidus, and forwards Chelsey Lee and Monique Oliver — ended their careers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center with a win and a convincing performance. The Knights dominated the Panthers and took advantage of the absence of their leading rebounder, forward Asia Logan, who went down with a shoulder injury in the first half after only scoring two points. Richardson added seven assists. She made sure she found open teammates whether they were cutting in the paint for an easy finish or passing the ball behind her to someone who drained an uncontested shot from the perimeter.

EXTRA POINT

NBA SCORES New York Cleveland

102 97

Miami Minnesota

97 81

Utah Milwaukee (OT)

108 109

Atlanta Denver

88 104

Orlando New Orleans

105 102

LOREN WILLIAMS

was named yesterday to the Big East softball weekly honor roll for the second time in three weeks. The junior outfielder hit .400 this weekend in Virginia.

Sophomore wing Betnijah Laney was the other Knight who ended the night in double figures, finishing with 10 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Rutgers did not allow Pittsburgh to gain any momentum in the second half. The Panthers got within 12 points several times, but could not get any closer. Every time Pittsburgh was on the verge of making a run, the Knights ended any hopes it had by connecting on the ensuing possession. Wheeler finished the night shooting 3-for7 from behind the arc before exiting the game with 1:30 left to play. She had yet another solid performance and hopes to carry her good play to the postseason. “The coaches have been telling me to never give up,” Wheeler said. “That has been my main thing — just to keep moving even SEE

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RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR TENNIS

MEN’S LACROSSE

MEN’S BASKETBALL

at Connecticut

vs. Holy Cross

vs. Marquette

Today, 2 p.m. Storrs, Conn.

Today, 3 p.m. RU Stadium Complex

Tonight, 7 p.m. RAC

WOMEN’S LACROSSE vs. Penn Tomorrow, 3 p.m. RU Stadium Complex


The Daily Targum 2013-03-05