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BANNING SODA? A judge recently overturned New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg’s new ban on large sugary drinks. We think the initiative to combat obesity misses the mark. OPINIONS, PAGE 8

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RUSA PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS TO FACE OFF With Rutgers University Student Assembly elections set for April 8, two students have announced their candidacy and are preparing their campaigns this week. Current RUSA Vice President Sherif Ibrahim, left, will run against current RUSA Treasurer Pavel Sokolov, right. NISHA DATT, PHOTO EDITOR


Vice President hopes to establish shared governance with University BY JUSTINA OTERO CORRESPONDENT

Sherif Ibrahim will be running for presidency of the Rutgers University Student Assembly and, if elected, he wants to immediately implement shared governance within the University, which would allow for students to be appointed to almost every University department. Ibrahim, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said working with friends at the

University of Wisconsin, where students have a functioning shared governance system, inspired this idea. “Each student would have a say in the office they’re working in … it wouldn’t be at the top where the student would have a vote at the Board of Governors meetings but rather at the lower end of how things work,” he said. “It would be more of a specific basis.” SEE


Treasurer seeks to improve budget to lower tuition rates for students BY JUSTINA OTERO CORRESPONDENT

If elected as Rutgers University Student Assembly’s next president, current Treasurer Pavel Sokolov said he would lower tuition increases, work with University administration, and coordinate student organizations to solve their issues. Sokolov, a Rutgers Business School junior, said his platform will be finalized this

week. One of his main goals is to work with tuition increases that would greatly affect both current and future students. Even though many people view increases, often only a few hundred dollars, as insignificant amounts, they can still prohibit prospective students from enrolling, said Sokolov, treasurer and chairman on the Student Advisory Committee and Allocations Board. SEE


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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Student Association awarded the University the “Campus of the Year” award on March 16 at its 44th Annual Grassroots Legislative Conference. Citing University students’ work and accomplishments on student debt, tuition equity and voter

mobilization, USSA Vice President Sophia Zaman presented the delegation of 53 students with the award on the second night of the conference. “When Hurricane Sandy struck the week before Election Day, students mobilized to support those displaced by the storm and were still able to [run a voter mobilization operation] resulting in student victories on state and municipal questions,” Zaman said.

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CAMPUS CALENDAR Wednesday, March 27 Cabaret Theatre and the Rutgers University Slam Poetry team present the “Slam Poetry Coffeehouse” at 10 p.m. at the Cabaret Theatre on Douglass Campus. The night will feature slam poetry, performances by Cabaret Productions, music and comedy. It is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Thursday, March 28 The University Office of the President presents a Strategic Planning town hall meeting featuring University President Robert L. Barchi at 3 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. Barchi will give a short speech followed by a question and answer session. Rutgers UNICEF and the Global Poverty Project present “1.4 Billion Reasons,” a multimedia presentation on extreme poverty, at 7 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center. It is free, and light refreshments and food will be provided for attendees. The Rutgers University Programming Association presents a concert by the bands Yes, Virginia, Hands on the Stereo, Senses Fail and The Early November at 9 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. Admission is free for University students with valid University ID.



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Professor talks managing personal finances after graduation MELISSA KLANG CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After graduation, students will be thrust into the so-called real world, where they will be responsible for their personal finances and many will be unprepared for the task. But Professor Barbara O’Neill detailed tips last night to prepare future graduates to take the plunge. O’Neill, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics spoke at the Cook Campus Center for her lecture “Millionaire in the Making,” specifying what upperclassman should know about finances while approaching graduation. O’Neill, an extension specialist in Financial Resource Management, based her lecture on Jump$tart’s “12 Principles of Personal Finance and Literacy,” detailing how to successfully manage money. “Managing money wisely is an essential life skill,” she said. She touched upon many of Jump$tart’s tips that help lead to a successful financial future. First, she advised that everyone should know his or her takehome pay, the amount of money that remains after deductions and bills. She then told attendees that people should pay themselves first, meaning savings should be treated as expenses. A portion of

Barbara O’Neil, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, spoke yesterday at the Cook Campus Center on strategies for students to save money after graduation. ELAINE ZHANG every paycheck should be put aside for savings or signed-up for a specific saving plan. O’Neill said University students should star t saving young. “You have time on your side,” she said. “If you start early, try to save larger amounts. Take advantage of as much financial gain as you possibly can.” Barbara Turpin, Cook campus dean for undergraduate education, said the lecture was important for college students.

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Johnny Malpica, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, asks cashier Allison Bittner, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, about donating to Rutgers Against Hunger yesterday at the University’s Barnes and Noble. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SMARANDA TOLOSANO, MULTIMEDIA ASSOCIATE


Rutgers Against Hunger, a college-wide initiative working to aid hunger in New Jersey, is partnering with the University’s Barnes and Noble college bookstore for the sixth time to raise funds for local food pantries and food banks. The fundraiser, which began in 2010, usually takes place at the beginning of every fall and spring semester. But Kathleen Decker, program coordinator for RAH, said it kicked off yesterday to prepare for food donation shortages in the summer. “Summer is when they have lowest supply, [having the fundraiser] in the middle of March through May would

help [food] banks purchase food for their clients in the summer,” Decker said. “This is the first year that we are doing it a bit later.” Donations are not included in any purchases at the store, but cashiers ask customers if they would like to donate $1 or more toward RAH. With all the events planned in the spring, Decker said RAH is hoping the bookstores will have extra traffic increase donations. RAH raised about $5,500 in the 2012 fall semester, and since 2010, more than $15,000. The Starbucks in the bookstore cannot accept tips, so it donates any money from its tip jar to RAH as well, Decker said. The fundraiser will run until May 20.

“Toward the end of the school year, our graduating students and recent alumni need to know how to manage money so they can sur vive,” she said. “[O’Neill] speaks all over the state, and it will be nice for students to take advantage of her expertise.” O’Neill believes her lecture will be useful for University students entering the professional world. “[The lecture] stemmed from a lecture given by Dr. David

Ehrenfeld that showed how many students did not necessarily have a lot of life skills and the resources to cope,” she said. These life skills range from learning how to gain compound interest to preparing nutritious meals and fixing basic problems on a computer. O’Neill also acknowledged that students should be aware of how debt plagues the United States. “[Last year] 25 percent of all homeowners were underwater,

meaning your mortgage is worth more then the value of your home,” she said. Individuals can detect warning signs of debt problems when they pay the minimum balance, notice their total balances increase each month and miss loan payments or make late payments, she said. But she said people can prevent falling into debt by budgeting finances, recording spending accounts and setting financial goals. O’Neill said students should begin to map their financial futures by categorizing their goals — short-term goals to be completed within a three-year time period, medium-term goals to be completed in 3 to 10 years and long-term goals to be completed beyond a 10-year time span. “Planners take control of what they want to do and are usually more successful about saving money,” O’Neill said. Melissa Tar ver, a School of Ar ts and Sciences first-year student, said she attended the lecture to get a head star t on her financial future, while most people wait to do so during their senior year. “I think if you like money, want to earn it and get out of debt, you should definitely come to O’Neill’s next lecture,” Tarver said.


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CONFERENCE Students met with lawmakers to discuss education accessibility CONTINUED FROM FRONT seeing the work of University students on issues of higher education accesses rewarded. “I am glad that such a large group of University students could come share the experience,” said Connelly, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Two hundred students marched to the Department of Education to kick off the conference, calling for Secretar y of Education Arne Duncan to renegotiate the department’s contact with Sallie Mae, the largest holder of student debt in the county. Department of Education officials subsequently addressed the rally, announcing their intent to schedule a meeting between Duncan and the USSA. Stefany Farino, the Legislative and Governmental Affairs officer for New Jersey United Students, said the professional march made it successful. “Students were concerned that 85 million in federal tax dollars goes toward paying a corporation known for predatory lending and for lobbying against student interests,” said Farino, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “We didn’t look like we were just kids, and because of that our demands were met.” For the duration of the conference, students had the opportunity

to attend workshops that addressed issues such as immigration reform, progressive media, education, the law enforcement system, student debt and student movements. Students were able to discuss issues regarding their gender, sexual, racial and ethnic identities in closed spaces, and their allies could deliberate on the issues facing those communities in open spaces. The legislative conference ended with a meeting between students and their district lawmakers to discuss education accessibility. This meeting provided students with a rewarding opportunity, said Kristine Baffo, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore who attended the conference. “Students who had never had the opportunity to meet a congressman or a senator had the opportunity to sit down and discuss policy with one,” Baffo said. “It is important that lawmakers see that students remain on the forefront of fights for equity.” The conference aimed to foster a positive learning experience in which students could learn about how to build on their passions. The USSA’s National Student Congress, where the organization decides its campaigns and elects new leadership for the year, will be held at the University on July 19.

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS Male students from residence halls on the College Avenue campus competed in the College Avenue Campus Rutgers Residence Hall Association’s “Mr. College Ave” yesterday in the Multipurpose Room at the Rutgers Student Center. Attendees donated money under their candidate’s name. All proceeds go to the Rutgers Dean of Students Emergency Funds. SMARANDA TOLOSANO, MULTIMEDIA ASSOCIATE

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Implementing shared governance would allow students to have more active positions in dealing with the University’s issues and decisions. “I see it as way for every average student who wants to be involved with the way things work to have a say,” he said. “I see it connecting RUSA with the students and the administration. I see it as forging a new beginning.” In addition to working on governance outside of RUSA, Ibrahim aims to make a few internal changes to the assembly that would include reducing the number of members as well as reorganizing each committee. “There are too many seats, as of now there is about 65 members on the assembly,” he said. “In terms of attendance we have a problem with that, in terms of committee turn out, in terms of productivity, how people are elected. … We have problems with how people care about it.” Because of the large number of assembly members, Ibrahim said people often do not show up to committee meetings and fail to contribute to the workload. He wants to hold meetings weekly, rather than biweekly, and delegate specific assignments to each member. “It’s a huge issue. In the student assembly we can’t have messups like that,” he said. “I want every committee member to have a specific role. The only time that has been done this year is through university affairs. As a result of that it was incredibly organized and incredibly productive.” This potential for organization and productivity is something Ibrahim said he would like for the students to be included in through his plans for a new inclusive means of outreach. He said he believes internal reforms will be strengthened as RUSA’s connections with students are strengthened. “We will get to sincerely hear every kind of feedback because it’s so diverse,” he said. “Only when we have a real collaborative sense of every individual’s specificity we will be able to work as a better student assembly.” Ibrahim hopes to reach out to the student body by holding biweekly accountability sessions and updating the webpage. “There is no direct connection of feedback between RUSA and the entire student body,” he said. “I want it to be a way for students to hold myself or whoever is elected to their promises too. I see the accountability sessions as having a dual purpose.”

Ibrahim pledges to collaborate with students with religious needs as well. As a diverse institution, he said the University does not properly accommodate these students. “If students don’t have a place to pray they will ask administrators to work it out. It’s pretty bad that students have to request this and it’s not done already. It should be something that is already accounted for — students should have a place to pray on campus,” he said. Because of his experience and involvement, Rowaida Abdelaziz, who works on public relations for Ibrahim’s campaign, said Ibrahim will reach out to students of all backgrounds, interests and cultures and will make himself available on a personal level. “He communicates with people of all cultures. He’s the type of person that seems to know everybody and he actually gets back to [students],” said Abdelaziz, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “He’s not that politician that has a face and then all of a sudden he’s hard to reach.” She said the candidate’s diverse involvement on campus in cultural, political and business organizations makes him personal. “I think that is an important quality to have with someone who is a leader and who is going to represent students,” she said. Abdul Rehman Khan, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said Ibrahim’s experiences outside of RUSA sets him apart from other students. “He is able to connect with students and genuinely care with what students are going through and he realizes that there is some deficiency right now in the student government and in the administration,” Khan said. Ibrahim said he would work to fix deficiencies in order for RUSA to effect change. He believes the assembly can work toward a greater potential. He also seeks to establish a student textbook exchange, in which students can buy and sell their books outside of the expensive NJ Books and Barnes and Noble sellers, he said. He wants to establish a better bond between RUSA and student commuters, and change the roles of the president and vice president. “We can affect different mediums and build connections between students. I want to be just that,” he said. “I want to connect my vision with reality so badly. I want it to happen, that’s the primary reason I want to run. I am not doing it for any other reason.”


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mindset is crucial in establishing the student’s needs and also in making sure those “It really [affects] the stuneeds are met. dents that are on the margin, “It’s important to establish where ever y next dollar deterthat we’re here, we have a voice mines whether or not they and you need to listen to us come to Rutgers,” he said. because we pay tuition here. We “That’s really what we are workare just as a part of the Rutgers ing towards.” family as any professor, any He said RUSA’s responsibiladministrator and any staff faculities include communicating ty,” said Patel, a Rutgers student’s disagreement Business School junior. regarding costs to University Sokolov said he would also administration and working work toward making closer relawith them to calculate managetions within the able tuition. University comThere has munity. He been a lack of “If you work hard in wants to form communication high school, I don’t see bonds with the between the two professional entities, he said, why your schools, culturwhich he aims financial situation al councils, new to repair or ganizations through the should prevent you and off-campus presidential from getting college relations. position. “I feel we’re “The admineducation.” more legitimate istrators are PAVEL SOKOLOV as a student well-meaning Rutgers University Student Assembly government people, they Treasurer when we work just might not with others getalways know ting real feedback and input what the student interest is,” he instead of just deciding we know said. “By building that bridge better,” he said. “One of my big and showing we are capable … things is … making stronger conand do care, we will get more nections with the other organizaand more access, and from tions, making sure we’re all workthere we will get more ability to ing towards a common goal.” [help] make those decisions.” Sokolov said his current job Sokolov said to ensure a as treasurer for RUSA involves reversal in the rising tuition overseeing what executive board trend, RUSA must work with members are doing within their both the budgeting department organizations, allowing him to and the state legislature to keep better understand and streamline costs low and remind the legislaprocesses. ture of the reasons why they Farino, a School of Arts and need to fund higher education. Sciences junior, said Sokolov’s He said putting this pressure considerable level of experience on the administration, deans and in talking and working with legislatures would help him furadministrators will assist him in ther work toward his goal. implementing the changes he “I want to keep Rutgers believes are needed. affordable for all students,” he said. “If you work hard in high school, I don’t see why your financial situation should prevent you from getting college education.” Stefany Farino, who is running on Sokolov’s ticket as vice president, said their platform aims to highlight the will of the students. “We want to make sure the students’ voices are heard [and] they are not silenced, that administrators don’t make all these decisions without having our input involved …We want to ensure students have a stronger voice,” said Farino, a School of Arts and Sciences senator-atlarge for RUSA. Sokolov said in addition to working with issues surrounding University tuition, one of the issues on his agenda will be magnifying students’ wants and needs to push back the inconsiderate tendencies of the administration. “It kind of feels disingenuous when administrators make decisions and then just tell students after the fact,” he said. “I think that as primary stakeholders to the university, the student body should be the first people the administrators reach out to when making big decisions.” Krupa Patel, a RUSA parliamentarian who is running with Sokolov as treasurer, said this

“Right now he is treasurer and sits on [the] Allocations [board], so he talks to administrators about finances and how student fees are spent. I think that’s a very important role.” She said many administrators know him because of his position, which will be beneficial as he works to support students in the future. “As president, he will probably take that a step further by

advocating for students concerns to be heard and making sure that there are people out fixing these problems that we have as students,” she said. Patel said Sokolov’s team looks to be a resource to unite students to get rid of any problems on campus. “We want to show students they’re not alone when tackling issues they’re facing,” Patel said.

If elected, Sokolov said he plans to reach out to the executive boards personally to build goals for the University in a collective manner. “I am all about actually speaking to people and that kind of approach really benefits the student body,” he said. “I am not trying to think I have a holier-thanthou attitude — no, I am just a regular guy who has a great opportunity to help.”



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consumer more so than actually educating the consumer to ast September, the New York City Board of Health make better decisions for themselves. Cigarettes are bad for approved a new regulation to ban large sodas and our health, too, but we don’t ban them — we place a warnother sugary drinks throughout the city. Mayor ing label on them highlighting their terrible side effects and Bloomberg initiated the ban and spawned widespread potential hazards. If the Bloomberg administration, and debate on the possibility of regular soda bans in other other administrations, would be interested in combatting cities. The N.Y. State Supreme Court struck down obesity, then maybe legislative energy would be better spent Bloomberg’s initiative on March 11, to the relief of many on warning labels and other educational programs. They’d business owners and consumers in New York. be much easier to implement, at the very least. The ban aimed to prevent soda drinks larger than 16 Further, it’s almost impossible to ignore the fact that ounces from being sold in restaurants, movie theatres and many people consume soda because it’s cheap. It’s an street carts. Bloomberg wrote the new regulation in the unfair reality in our society that unhealthy options are hopes of combatting obesity and diabetes, and even super-affordable, while healthier options are more expenencouraging the consumption of healthier beverage sive. Consumers can buy a douoptions. While the Bloomberg ble cheeseburger for $1 but administration is currently appealing the decision, we don’t “Ensuring optimal health for its have to pay $7 for a salad. Lower income families are consuming think it would be so bad if the citizenry should be a top priority more soda and other unhealthy judge’s opinion held. foods for economic reasons. In The soda ban has the right of every administration. With order for governments to truly goals in mind, but is definitely that responsibility comes the care about health and nutrition, not the best way to go about they should focus their attention them. State and local governnecessity to do so in the most on making healthy options more ments should not be making effective way possible” accessible to the general populalifestyle decisions for contion. If they can pay for it, they sumers or limiting the options are more likely to buy it. That, in they have. Even if they banned collaboration with educational efforts, can transform large sodas, there are plenty of other food options that are health as we know it. just as unhealthy, if not worse. If we’re going to start banIf bans are to be implemented, they can be done in a ning Big Macs, where will we draw the line? much less arbitrary way — such as tackling the harmful Logistically speaking, the law is also unenforceable. substances that make sodas so unhealthy in the first place. Because it has so many loopholes, it’s almost impossible Why did we move so far away from the aspartame controto fairly apply it throughout the city. The law only applies versy? There are very legitimate concerns about what the to certain sugary drinks, so beverages like milkshakes are FDA allows into our food and how it affects our health that exempt. It also only applies to some types of businesses, we should all be concerned about. so while the law is enforced in places like restaurants and Ensuring optimal health for its citizenry should be a top movie theatres, it does not apply to other places like conpriority of every administration. With that responsibility venience stores. With the huge diversity of businesses in comes the necessity to do so in the most effective way posNew York, a soda ban seems unnatural. sible, and a soda ban misses the mark. It’s important for us It is also clear that if fighting obesity is the priority, then to keep the bigger picture in mind and truly address the a soda ban would be almost ineffective. The government issues that affect our society’s health on a grander scale. should not be making the lifestyle decision for the 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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Detach yourself from social media THOUGHT CONTROL CAFE NAT SOWINSKI


ou’re sitting down for dinner with someone — someone you hope will turn into that “someone special.” You’re telling them your hopes, dreams, wishes and desires. Your words carry meaning. They tell lengthy, colorful tales about a person with a diverse array of nuance and complexity. You yearn to find a way in which these subtleties in personality can connect seamlessly to theirs, slowly fitting together pieces of a puzzle that you wish to complete — at least by time you hit 30. You look up from your drink to find that they’re on their smartphone. “It must be something important,” you think. And then — you see that glaring and noble blue bar at the top of their screen. A pervasive element of our generation and life in the digital age is the fact that we’re constantly submerged in the worlds of digital and of social networking — submerged to the point that it spills out into our real lives. Time that could be spent exploring the intricacies of other people through live conversation (or, for that matter, gaining real knowledge by reading or studying languages) is often instead spent whittling away at one’s social media presence. Try your best to enumerate all the many hours you’ve spent on Facebook alone. Does

it seem large and unquantifiable? Though I acknowledge that there are exceptions, this is often the case. If I could take back all the hours I’ve spent on social networking sites in my lifetime and spent them instead on learning languages, I’d be a U.N. interpreter by now. Obsessively checking Facebook to look for new notifications is indicative of being caught in the cycle of endlessly searching for gratification and validation. We answer an impulse — one that speaks lengths about our

“Though it may be hard, you can choose to decrease your social networking time.” drive for recognition. Our brain’s reward pathway smiles whenever it sees a new notification or a “like” on a status. In this way, I think, Facebook use resembles addictive behavior. To no benefit (and often to our detriment), we spend time on Facebook rather than partaking in other more productive and fulfilling activities. Compulsive Facebook use in our generation may even have a biological basis. While I’m no expert, I think our tendency to rapidly check Facebook (and the underlying mechanisms behind it) is correlative to an increase in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is linked to problems in the brain’s reward center. From a young age, our

generation has been exposed to rapid-fire entertainment. We watched “Sesame Street,” which introduced the concept of short, backto-back video clips. We were a generation of Nicktoons, of Cartoon Network, of flashy, colorful entertainment — content that television companies attempt to maximize by seconds of airtime. Our internet use has followed much the same pattern — we browse websites like StumbleUpon and Reddit, which optimize the content we view for the amount of time it takes to view the content. It’s no surprise to me that many of us find it difficult to commit our full attention in class without checking our phones. I think it is this trend that has caused us to tend toward rapidly checking Facebook — counting rewarding and validation, generating notifications and absorbing small bursts of useless information about our friends. But we can fight back. Ultimately, we are in control of our own actions. Though it may be hard, you can choose to decrease your social networking time. I can’t say I’ve won this battle, either — I checked my Facebook a few times while writing this. It can, however, be quite easy. Sometimes all it takes is putting your phone away and listening. Nat Sowinski is a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior majoring in Middle Eastern studies with a minor in philosophy. Her column, “Thought Control Café,” runs on alternate Tuesdays.

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or my next two columns, I am going to be explaining something that has probably bored and confused you to no end: money. I mean I know it did — until I was about three quarters through my economics major. For this column, I am going to do my best to explain why people use money and why if you hand someone that weird paper with the pictures of famous rich people on it, you can get stuff. For starters, I am going to explore the economy of a ver y tiny fake countr y to help explain this. This countr y is called Ornamentopia, and they have an extremely unusual economy. Based on their agricultural availabilities, the only food that people make in this countr y is ornamental food that you find in bars. Now, say you’re some guy — Joe — living on this island, and you are extremely good at making pickled eggs. And down the street is your friend Thomas. Thomas grows limes. Thomas loves pickled eggs, and he wants to trade them with you. Without money, this society uses bartering, and you can trade his limes for eggs. However, there are two problems. One is that you are ver y picky and hate limes. In

fact, the only food you really like eating is green olives. You can get olives from Fred down the street — unfortunately, he is not really crazy for pickled eggs. Furthermore, you don’t want all of your olives now because they’d go bad. You want some today, some tomorrow and some next week. So it seems like ever yone is at a standstill, ever yone in Ornamentopia has something, but they do not like it. Alas, while people were out digging sand castles the other day, they discovered this

“For this reason, money is commonly called a ‘medium of exchange.’ You can also save it for later, making it a ‘store of value.’” new metal called gold. You can’t really use it for anything, but ever yone wants it because it’s shiny and rare. In fact, some people even wear this thing around themselves. Since ever yone wants gold, you can trade gold for anything, even olives. However, this thing is pretty hard to carr y around — so from it, they have made tiny little coins that you can trade to get whatever you want. Eventually, you realize that there is another problem. Say you’ve made a lot of

money from selling all your pickled eggs to Thomas, and you now have 1,000 gold coins. Now what do you do with all these coins? You don’t need these many to get all the olives you want. Furthermore, it is extremely heavy and takes up a lot of space. The solution is this new thing that’s come up — a bank. You can take your gold coins to the bank, and they will take your coins to store them. In return, they will give you these paper certificates that can be redeemed for coins at any time. Since the paper can be traded for gold, it is as good as gold, and this paper can be used to get olives. So, I know what you’re all thinking: what just happened? In only 600 words, I just described a ver y simplistic evolution of money as gold coins replaced bartering. You could use the coins to buy anything you want. For this reason, money is commonly called a “medium of exchange.” You can also save it for later, making it a “store of value.” After ward, you see the development of banks and paper certificates — or paper money — as a representative of gold. But wait, our money is not backed by anything, is it? Stay tuned two weeks from now for more on this front. Lee Seltzer is a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior majoring in history and economics with a minor in mathematics. His column, “What’s Bubblin’,” runs on alternate Tuesdays. Follow Lee on Twitter @simplee_bubblin.


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Clover lawns beneficial COMMENTARY STEVEN DANIELS


well-maintained lawn is part of the American dream. It’s a symbol of the suburban lifestyle, and it shows off the property owner’s control over nature. A green lawn is a constant battle with the environment, but it doesn’t have to be. Clover is a low-maintenance alternative lawn that retains the green lawn aesthetic, without infringing on your wallet or your weekend while benefitting the environment. Unlike commercial grasses, clover doesn’t require excessive resources. It produces its own fertilizer. Normal grass fertilizers wash away during the first rain shower. Materials purchased for that lawn are essentially being flushed down the drain. Much of that sewer water then ends up in the local water supply, encouraging bacteria to grow and suffocate fish populations. By using clover, you can save money on your lawn while also befriending the local wildlife. Clover needs very little water to survive. Often referred to as a weed, clover is extremely resilient to seasonal changes. It can survive both flood and drought and stays green while doing it. The plant’s toughness means that it doesn’t have to be watered by property owners to look great. Without a sprinkler, you can save money on water and save our most essential natural resource. Clover lawns require less frequent mowing than a traditional grass lawn. While grass grows vertically, clover grows laterally. This means you can expect fewer cuts per year and less spotty coverage with clover. Fewer cuts not only reduce budgets spent on gas, bags and repairs, but something even more valuable: time. With that extra time, a homeowner might actually be able to appreciate the lawn they’ve sculpted by playing catch or relaxing in the shade. Compared to grass, clover is an easy, cost-reducing way to enjoy your lawn. It leaves more money in your pocket, is less of hassle to maintain, and as a nice side benefit, is a more sustainable practice. When we think of sustainability, we tend to think in terms of large complex objects and technology. Businesses and homeowners are offered incentives to install expensive solar panels on their properties, and automobile manufactures offer more hybrid and electric alternatives, for a price. These are steps in the right direction, but truly effective environmental changes will occur more subtly. Much like re-engineered water bottles and cloth grocery bags, alternative lawns represent a small change that can provide substantial gains. Steven Daniels is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior majoring in marine sciences.

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Rutgers earned four of its six highest team scores in school history this year CONTINUED FROM BACK

CONTINUED FROM BACK series loss of the season and first series win against a ranked opponent since they defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 in 2010. In its two losses, Louisville was not even close. In the rubber game of the series, the Knights turned to Charlie Law on three-days rest, and the senior righthander did not disappoint. Law lasted eight innings in the 7-3 win against Louisville, as he allowed just one run on six hits with three strikeouts for his first win as a starter. He also went 2-4 in the contest, including an RBI single in the top of the 2nd inning to put the Knights up 2-0. Law increased his average to a team-best .412 this season, something head coach Fred Hill can live with from a player who contributes on the hill as well as from the plate. Rutgers (8-11, 2-1) dropped the second game to the Cardinals, a 4-0 shutout where it recorded just three hits — a substantial difference from its performance in the first game of the series. In that game, the Knights slugged for 13 hits while Smorol kept Louisville in check. Smorol gave up six hits and two earned runs over seven innings for his second win of the season. “I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride right now and I feel real comfortable on the mound,” Smorol said. “All my pitches are working real well and I hope I can stay this way, and if I’m able to do that, we’re going to be fine.” The series win is a 180-degree turn from how Rutgers has performed against teams with Louisville’s talent level. The Knights went a combined 0-for-6 against Miami (Fla.) and No. 11 Georgia Tech earlier this season, as they could not string together clutch hits against the Hurricanes and failed to keep the ball out of play with the Yellow Jackets. The combined 13 runs against Louisville is something Hill expected, and a 3-1 combined record against Virginia Commonwealth and Richmond during the break can only give Hill confidence in his lineup with conference about to take full swing. “I thought it would be a matter of time,” Hill said. “It didn’t happen in game earlier in the year ... but it’s the best time to have it happen in the conference portion.” But Rutgers will first have to travel to Lawrenceville, N.J., tomorrow to play Rider in a midweek out of conference matchup, and while the Broncs may not match the caliber of the No. 4 team in the country, it is all the same to Hill. “All wins matter when you’re down under .500 by three games,” Hill said. “We’ve got to get back up and get things done. We try to treat every game like it is a big game now.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D.

into their potential. During focused competitions and practice, they exploited depth and came together — striving to per fect tiny intricacies in their routines. “One of the things we talked about at the beginning of the year was [that] we needed to believe in ourselves,” said head coach Louis Levine. “We finally got to that point — where we knew what we were capable of.” It all culminated with a seemingly scripted Senior Day on March 2 — when Rutgers shattered ever y team mark in program histor y with a 195.975. The Knights then set a new road record score of 195.550 at Towson the following week, proving that they had the same mental for titude outside the Livingston Recreation Center.

put it in perspective, only 27 teams in the countr y averaged that mark this year. Rutgers’ season score average — a 194.179 — surpasses the team’s 2012 season-high Leal — who was just mark of 193.850. named an EAGL Team MVP on “We’ve accomplished so Friday — broke the individual much that not making it to all-around record she set as a regionals and freshman. After not winning star ting the season “Being MVP is like EAGL don’t on the shelf for three weeks with the biggest gift I’ve seem — not that it’s not that injur y, the Cali, been given. I always big of a deal — Columbia, native we’ve helped the Knights try to be the person but already done so stay the course. that helps.” much other “Being MVP is stuf f and brolike the biggest gift LUISA LEAL ken so many I’ve been given,” Junior Gymnast o t h e r s Leal said. “I always records,” said tr y to be the persenior Danielle D’Elia. “You can son that helps — the person honestly still be happy and that has the right attitude and grateful that you had such a the person tr ying to be contagreat season.” gious of good stuff … I don’t do As Rutgers awaits word on its it to be valued, but it’s nice individual qualifiers for the when someone tells you, ‘Hey, NCAA Regionals — which could we like you for that.’” be as many as four — D’Elia In total, the Knights knows that this could be it for her. eclipsed a 195 four times this Despite not finishing her career season — all among the top six by traveling with the team to the scores in school histor y. To

regional tournament, the Colts Neck, N.J., native leaves Rutgers with no regrets. “When you focus on one thing, it tends to get you down,” D’Elia said of the team missing the NCAA Regionals. “When I look at the overview of my entire career as a gymnast, I’m happy that I was able to do the things that I’ve done and have the support that I’ve had from everyone around me.” Before the season, the notion of Rutgers eclipsing even a 194 score was seen a tremendous plunge into uncharted territory. It has become the norm now — the stone-tablet standard for the program. And the Knights see no reason to dip moving forward. “The freshmen that we’re getting next year are really high-level Level 10s,” Leal said. “And, with the attitude and the confidence that we have right now, the team is definitely just going to keep going up. This year was kind of like the boost — we’re getting bolstered now. We just needed to break the wall to get those high scores … Now we know we’re as good as every other team.”

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Defense makes up for lack of scoring BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER

When the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team steps onto the field, it carries at least one advantage, regardless of who its opponent happens to be. The Scarlet Knights (8-2, 1-1) rank first in the nation in scoring defense. As a team, Rutgers is positioned at No. 18 in the current deBeer Media Poll and has won seven of its last eight games. Even with average offensive outputs, the Knights have managed a favorable scoring margin this season. On two separate occasions — Feb. 23 against Fairfield and March 9 against Delaware — the defense allowed only one goal through 45 minutes of action. The offense scored a total of 12 goals combined in those two games, but the team was able to come away victorious each time. While the defense is playing at a level no other team has reached this season, this amount of success has not been immediate. With the bulk of the Knights’ defense consisting of upperclassmen, many of the players have multiple years of experience together. “I think we’re more all on the same page because we’re all juniors in the same grade,” said defender Chelsea Intrabartola. “We all listen to each other and respect one another and there’s no one person that’s been above anyone else.” Intrabar tola said ever yone on the field contributes something different, which has been a reason for the defense’s overall success.

FORMULA Wilson oversees corps of defensive backs in transitional season CONTINUED FROM BACK Flood said Nova must learn how to minimize underperforming games in Year 2 as a full-time starter. “The biggest jump I’d like to see Gary make would be to still have the highs and the great moments, but maybe some of the other games, if we could move them up, then you have a higher level of play,” Flood said. “If we can avoid the lows and keep the highs, we have a chance to be better.” Fifteen spring practices will likely outline how Prince manages to do so. Of Flood’s offseason assistant hirings, none has a bigger undertaking than Darrell Wilson, who will oversee a new-look secondary. Hired after 11 seasons at Iowa, Wilson will work with three new starters, including senior Jeremy Deering, penciled in at free safety after spending the last three seasons on offense.

Sophomore defender Hollie DiMuro leads the team in caused turnovers and groundballs. She recorded five groundballs in Saturday’s 9-4 win against Marquette and managed to register her first goal of the season. The most prominent player on draw controls, sophomore defender Jenny Vlahos, is also third on the team in both caused turnovers and groundballs. Even though the defense works as a unit, it is backed with the leadership of senior co-captain goalkeeper Lily Kalata. Kalata is currently the fifthbest goalie in the nation in save percentage and goals allowed this season — a direct correlation to the play of the defense. “I get the credit for things like that, but it really is the whole defense,” Kalata said. “Just the fact that we work together so well, and as a defense the credit should really go to everyone for that.” While Kalata boasts a .504 save percentage, the defense has been able to limit its opponents’ possession time and number of shots Kalata faces. But when the defense does let one by, Kalata is there to make the stop more often than not. “Usually we try and have a set number of goals that we’re going to allow,” Intrabartola said. “We try and not let it get near that number, so we’re all on the same page with that.” Rutgers has allowed no more than 10 goals in all but one game — a 12-10 victory March 19 against Princeton — which has given them an important edge through the non-conference portion of the season.

“[Wilson] has adapted in a shor t period of time to our system,” Flood said. “They will all benefit from his experience of coaching on the backend of the defense.” Junior Gareef Glashen and sophomore Tejay Johnson, tops on the depth chart at cornerback, appeared in a combined 26 games last season — but with few reps on defense. Johnson subbed in sparingly during the team’s season finale because of injury. Rutgers dealt with a similar turnover in 2011, when three new starters emerged and the lone returner moved to a new position. Flood unveiled the team’s “R” Strong helmets for its April 27 Scarlet-White Game at High Point Solutions Stadium. The helmet features the phrase “R” Strong, which emerged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, along with the state of New Jersey in front of a red background. Names of affected towns from Hurricane Sandy will replace players’ last names on the back of the Knights’ jerseys, which will temporarily return to their traditional look. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Tyler Barto on Twitter @Tyler_Barto.

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End performance shows team needs Smith all emerged in needed weight classes for Rutgers — as the team will be faced with replacIn the media room of the ing half of its starting lineup. Louis Brown Athletic Center on Rutgers even held its first ever Feb. 24 — after the Rutgers EIWA Tournament for the first time wrestling team’s 34-0 loss to in the conference’s 109-year history. Penn State — senior 157-pounder But the Penn State match Scott Winston was asked where began to highlight the talent dishe felt the program would be in parity between what the program five years. has and what it needs if it ever “I think we’ll be national wants to be a contender in the champions. I really believe that,” Big Ten. Winston said. Rutgers was shut out against Before the Scarlet Knights the Nittany Lions, this season’s can worry about having their first NCAA Champions — a loss that national championship in proshowed just how good the best gram history, head coach Scott team in Rutgers’ new home is. Goodale is just focused on proRutgers then produced an ducing the Knights’ first Allaverage showing at the EIWAs, American since 2002. finishing fifth as a team. Confidence was high at the A fifth-place finish in the beginning of the EIWA will not cut season — as six it in the Big Ten — seniors returned the conference “It’s a whole other as to a lineup that featured 30 Allworld. Right now, Americans and six Goodale felt was the most talented a t i o n a l we are a middle-of- NChampions. in recent history. Even after Rutgers had a the-pack Mario Mason — a great season for Big Ten team.” qualifier last seawhere the proson for the gram stands right SCOTT GOODALE NCAAs — quit now — an aboveHead Coach midway through average team who the season, defeats the teams Rutgers still featured three it should and has the talent to pull wrestlers who would eventually off occasional upsets. collect their 100th career victory. That is not good enough for With the Knights’ debut in the its future move to the best Big Ten Conference just two seawrestling conference in the sons away, barring a sooner countr y and Rutgers will have departure by the University, this to improve from where weekend proved that the proGoodale believes his program gram is not ready for the counis at right now. try’s best wrestling conference. Rutgers has and will possess “It’s a whole other world … a all the tools needed to move the whole other world,” Goodale said program in that direction. A new Friday night. “Right now, we are facility that will include four praca middle-of-the-pack Big Ten tice mats will be part of the renoteam. I don’t want to be middlevations to the Louis Brown of-the-pack. That’s not what I’m Athletic Center, providing the in it for. We need to get better and Knights with a much-needed start putting time into our guys, upgrade from the basement of and they need to understand that the College Avenue Gym. this is what it’s all about.” Assistant Coach Frank The performance in Des Molinaro, last season’s national Moines, Iowa leaves a sour end to champion at 149 pounds for Penn Rutgers’ season — a year that still State, will provide experience featured positives — and Goodale and knowledge only few can give continues to prepare his program as a coach on the mat. for the move to the new conference. Rutgers will also bring in its In the top-25 ranking at the highest-rated recruiting class end of the season, the Knights since Goodale took the reins of featured seven wrestlers in the the program in 2007 that features national rankings and finished the undefeated, four-time state with a 16-4 dual record. champion Anthony Ashnault. Rutgers registered an upset So it will be up to Goodale to victor y against then No. 12 get his team where he believes it Bloomsburg on Feb. 8, and its could be. While there were many win at home against Lehigh on highs for the program this season, Jan. 18 was the first for Rutgers the lows provided by the team at against the Mountain Hawks in the end of it only demonstrates the over 50 years. work that still needs to be done. It competed in the first ever “It’s back to the drawing Grapple at the Garden the first event board,” Goodale said. “I’m not of its kind held at Madison Square going to sit here and run from Garden — that featured some of the the challenge. We have to country’s best programs. embrace the challenge and as Junior 133-pounder Vincent long as I’m at Rutgers, we have Dellefave, sophomore 165to keep getting better, and pounder Nick Visicaro and redthat’s what we need to strive shirt freshman heavyweight Billy to do.”


HIGHER STANDARDS The Rutgers wrestling team

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS The Rutgers football team will

enjoyed a good season, but not one that will give it success when it moves to the Big Ten. PAGE 15

wear special jerseys in its Scarlet-White game on April 27 to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. PAGE 14


SOLID BACK LINE A No. 1 scoring defense has allowed the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team to dictate opponents play. PAGE 14


QUOTE OF THE DAY “I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride right now and I feel real comfortable on the mound.” — Rutgers baseball senior lefthander Rob Smorol, after a series win at Louisville



Flood’s subtle hints point to tweak in ‘O’ formula BY TYLER BARTO CORRESPONDENT

From Head Coach Kyle Flood’s public engagements since the end of the 2012 season, few details have emerged about the look of the Rutgers football team’s offense under new offensive coordinator Ron Prince. But Flood has made one thing clear: it will revolve around game-changing plays. “The guys that start to emerge as the better playmakers, you’re going to start to see

the offense move in their direction,” Flood said yesterday during his pre-spring practice press conference. “All the really good offenses do that.” Any of Flood’s revelations about the Scarlet Knights’ offense have been cryptic. The second-year head coach said he will play to the unit’s strengths, and that could involve using less traditional two-back sets. With a staple of proven receivers returning and only junior Savon Huggins at running back, it could prompt Flood and Prince to be more creative.

Flood’s word choice is likely calculated. He probably wants to distance himself from gimmicks that plagued the 2010 season — one in which he served as co-offensive coordinator — namely the Wildcat package. But given a largely untested backfield, the Knights will likely turn to more high-percentage passes and finding ways to get their playmakers in space. The responsibility again returns to junior quarterback Gary Nova, who started all 13 games last season. It was the first time a

Rutgers quarterback accomplished the feat since 2008. Prince ser ves as Nova’s third play-caller in as many seasons and Rutgers’ fifth in five years. Flood admitted it is less than ideal, but he said the same system and terminology will ser ve the team’s five scholarship-quarterbacks well. Flood plans to have the entire offense installed by the end of spring practice. SEE




Historic feats highlight strong season BY GREG JOHNSON CORRESPONDENT

Senior Outfielder Steve Zavala went 3-for-3 with three RBI singles in Rutgers 7-3 win Sunday against Louisville. In 16 games this season, Zavala has batted .351 and is tied for the team lead with 11 RBIs. THE DAILY TARGUM, APRIL 2012 / FILE PHOTO


With a 3-9 record before spring break, the Rutgers baseball team could not have asked for a better remedy than a sevengame road trip.

“Usually every year I’ve been here, we usually get hot during spring break and it’s the time we seem to be swinging the bats the best and getting real comfortable with what we are doing,” said senior lefthander Rob Smorol. “Maybe we needed the four weeks before [spring break] to dust off the cobwebs to now be able to get on a role.”

While the Scarlet Knights went 5-2 during the break, their biggest success came in unlikely territory. Rutgers captured its series, 2-1, at No. 4 Louisville (19-4, 1-4), the Cardinals’ first SEE



NBA SCORES Memphis Washington

94 Denver 107 New Orleans

86 110

Miami Orlando

108 Philadelphia 94 Utah

91 107

Atlanta Indiana

94 100

RON PRINCE, the Rutgers football team’s fifth offensive coordinator in as many seasons, will call plays in his first spring practice with the Knights this morning under head coach Kyle Flood.

Luisa Leal called together her demoralized teammates Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., after the Rutgers gymnastics team failed to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. The team was frustrated with being foiled at the threshold of the top 36 nationally, but the junior implored the Scarlet Knights to not lose sight of the big picture. Despite failing to finish strong at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships, Rutgers raised the standard of its program this season with historic accomplishments. “I said, ‘Hey, yes, we had a rough meet [Saturday] — so what?’” Leal said. “We had a heck of a season. We haven’t done that in a lot of years, so I think we should be proud because … we broke a lot of records. The team is now in the loop again. Everybody knows we’re good.” The surge began Feb. 2 at the Livingston Recreation Center, when the Knights earned their first 195 score in nearly 13 years. Any qualms about it being a fluke were quickly put to rest just two weeks later — when Rutgers topped the 195 mark with a 195.050 at Maryland — its then-highest road score in school history. The Knights refused to become satisfied as they continued to push and tap SEE






at Rider


at Villanova

at Villanova

Today, 3:30 p.m. Lawrenceville, N.J.

Tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. RU Softball Complex

Tomorrow, 2 p.m. Villanova, Pa.

Thursday, 3:15 p.m. Villanova, Pa.

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