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SCHOOL TAKEOVER Gov. Chris Christie has decided its time for the state to place the failing Camden school system under its control. But did we forget about its poverty and crime rates? OPINIONS, PAGE 8
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University professor runs for State Senate
Co-founder of DREAM Act 1 of 12 awarded for Women’s History month BY MEGAN MORREALE STAFF WRITER
Marisol Conde-Hernandez said she has known she was an undocumented immigrant since kindergarten. “I told every teacher that I had that I was undocumented,” she said. “I didn’t feel ashamed. We weren’t doing anything wrong. We did the best we could as human beings and workers.” Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula honored University alumna Marisol CondeHernandez March 21, with a resolution on the New Jersey General Assembly floor for her outstanding civic involvement co-founding the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act and being an active social voice for her community, he said.
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The 2011 University graduate was one of 12 women awarded for Women’s Histor y month and received a floor resolution, which recognizes women who have contributed to society, Chivukula said. “Marisol is active in [her] work for social justice, helping people to get state tuition, putting herself through college and acting as a leader and a champion for her community,” Chivukula said. Her own fight as an undocumented immigrant, along with the struggles of people in her community is what inspired her to become a co-founder of the DREAM Act and other civic involvements regarding undocumented students, CondeHernandez said. SEE
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William Field, a professor in the Department of Politcal Science, wants to battle legistlative corruption in New Jersey. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SMARANDA TOLOSANO, MULTIMEDIA ASSOCIATE
Candidate hopes to reform higher education, facilitate healthier economy BY ALEX MEIER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula honored University alumna Marisol Conde-Hernandez March 21 for outstanding civic involvement. PHOTO COURTESY OF LENOX CONSULTING
Spray-painting the Berlin Wall and sneaking through three different subway systems and a bus to avoid KGB spies are a few memories that William Field believes built his interest in politics. Fur thering that interest, University Professor William
Field will run for state Senate of New Jersey’s 33rd district this fall, representing the Democratic Par ty. “These little snippets of experience built my interest in politics,” he said. “I had this experience of what a different culture was like, what a different living experience was like, what a different political experience was like.”
Observing New Jersey politics, Field, a professor in the Department of Political Science, feels the need to run for state senator because he believes New Jersey needs decent legislators to fill seats in Trenton. When he lost the seat for mayor of Lakewood last fall, he recognized the layers of corruption that plague the state. “The real reason for politics is how to you translate public opinion into public policy,” he said. “How SEE
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RU UNICEF to educate students against extreme poverty Project to explore different solutions for students to practice
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Aiming to educate and engage the University community in the fight against extreme poverty, the Global Poverty Project’s multimedia presentation, “1.4 Billion Reasons,” will make a stop at the University tonight on its world tour.
The presentation, sponsored by Rutgers University UNICEF, will be held at the Busch Campus Center at 7 p.m. and will be open to all students and faculty at the University. RU UNICEF focuses on advocacy and fundraising on campus concerning global health issues like extreme poverty, said Eva Mendelson, treasurer of RU UNICEF.
“We advocate on behalf of UNICEF to raise awareness about issues effecting children around the world,” said Mendelson, a College of Nursing junior. “The second thing we do is fundraising for UNICEF, which focuses on providing aid such as getting access to clean water and building schools in areas around the world.” SEE
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CAMPUS CALENDAR 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.
Saturday, March 30 The Eagleton Program on Immigration and Democracy holds a free citizenship application assistance drive for legal permanent residents at noon at the Rutgers-Camden Campus Center. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, go to www.epid.rutgers.edu/gallery/citizenship-rutgers.
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University faculty from various academic disciplines displayed their latest work at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus yesterday as an opening event for a month-long exhibition. The published works cover a wide range of subjects such as education, social movements, history and historical fiction. Fernanda Perrone, the University librar y’s archivist and curator, said the books published for this exhibition will be on display for approximately one month. They will then become part of the librar y system, since the faculty donated them. Ann Jurecic, the event’s keynote speaker, said her book “Illness as Narrative” explains how the illness narrative emerged as a genre. Documents of people’s struggles with disease became popular in the late 20th century. “When I researched the literature about the illness narrative, I was shocked to have found nothing about the 1918 flu, which killed about 50 million people — except for one book about an American girl with a cough,” said Jurecic, a professor in the English Department. This trend of silence about illness drastically changed in recent
decades, particularly with the emergence of AIDS in the early ’80s. “Now, there are books on cancer, chronic pain and much more,” she said. While researching for her book, Jurecic noticed how the role of experiencing pain af fects how the narratives are written. “For decades, people bought the theory that pain made language impossible, so that pain was impossible to empathize with,” she said. “However, I found that for people with chronic pain, their struggle is not to find words to express it, but how to make the audience receptive to them.” Jurecic said literature should have a greater role in the medical profession. “Health-science students need to study the humanities,” she said. “They need to be reading more and writing more.” John Bushby, the chief operations officer for the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, said he wrote a historical fiction novel titled “The Warszaw Express.” Bushby said his novel portrays a fictional character named Harry Braham, a World War I veteran who decides to stay in Europe after the war because he was an orphan as a child — and therefore had no family in the United States. Braham then decides to fight in the Polish Air Force to defend
Poland from a Russian invasion. Bushby said Russia at the time became communist under Vladimir Lenin, who wanted Poland back after losing it at the war’s end. The novel centers on Braham’s experiences in the battle known as “The Miracle of the Vistula,” where Poland managed to secure its independence by turning away the Russian Army. Even though Bushby said his characters were fictional, he based the situations on historical events. “I am, in essence, a child of World War II — so I like to explore what it’s like to live in the middle of earth-shattering experiences such as these,” he said. “I hope readers learn a little bit about the [historical] events in the book.” Andrew Parker, a professor in the French Depar tment, wrote a novel called “The Theorist’s Mother,” which explores how the mothers of philosophers influence the way philosophers think. Parker said his novel mentions how philosophers disregard their mothers’ influence on their thinking and how they write about motherhood. “Mothers may, in fact, have a philosophical perspective, since philosophers and mothers both teach — so what I wanted to explore is how they
Faculty authors from the University displayed their latest published work yesterday at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. PAUL SOLIN are similar and how they are dif ferent,” Parker said. “One question to think about is: In what way are mothers also thinkers and philosophers?” “The faculty had such a good time interacting with each other that we decided to repeat this on an annual basis,” she said. Lila Fredenburg, the University Library’s director of administrative ser vices, said this was the 10th annual exhibition. This year’s exhibition displayed 95 publications — six being from John Yau, an associ-
ate professor in the Department of Visual Arts. “It’s a great picture of University scholarship and scholarly output,” Fredenburg said. Marianne Gaunt, University librarian and vice president of Information Ser vices, said the exhibition helps faculty members interact across the disciplines and helps the University plan its future scholarly projects. “This event helps us think strategically about where we are going as a university,” she said.
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PROFESSOR Field says his opponent, State Sen. Robert Singer, R-33, has done very little CONTINUED FROM FRONT do the people in power shape public opinion to shape policy? Who is in office matters, how they respond to the public matters, how the public communicates matters.” Field sees many problems in the way New Jersey politics function, especially in regard to higher education. “Two thirds of the running cost of Rutgers came from state allocations [in 1980]. Today, it’s about 25 to 27 percent,” he said. “The cost of student tuition is
getting out of reach. … The legislature does not seem to understand that Rutgers and higher education really are the future of New Jersey.” Although it is the richest state, Field believes New Jersey has no economic backbone. The agricultural, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries once thrived, but high proper ty taxes forced businesses to relocate to other states. Due to the lack of business opportunities, the state loses 90,000 high school graduates to out-of-state colleges and universi-
ties. Field believes higher education must leverage the engineering and medical fields and the state must harbor an entrepreneurial climate. “Businesses are leaving the state whenever they can. We have the fourth highest unemployment in the country, but I just don’t see anybody really focusing on how to shape the state to move us forward,” he said. “The politicians really do create the culture and environment in which the economy flourishes.” Even though he runs for the Democratic ticket, Field said he wants to take a more conser vative approach on fixing the economy by cutting back on spending. Since his district spans from Bradley Beach to Point Pleasant, Field wants to prepare the state for the next storm, fix
the energy grid and work to stop for international politics climate change. and economics. His opponent, N.J. State Sen. Field worked at the Robert Singer, R-33, has done University since 2007, an experivery little for the district, said ence he believes helps him Field, and even failed to visit the stand out. He teaches a course shore damage. on N.J. politics and runs the “He’s just not being out there internship program for the representing the people as far as Department of Political Science. we can tell,” he said. “We are a Since the program requires Democratic state — Republicans him to connect students with don’t get listened to. If you have a state legislatures, Field has good idea, doesn’t matter. No one become very familiar with the gives him attention.” inner-workings of the state. With Field was born in Chicago Field’s help, eight of these and moved to Bridgeton, New interns wrote proposals that Jersey in the ’60s. By watching passed as state laws. his parents actively involve “One of my students wrote a themselves in the Civil Rights proposal to save Barnegat Bay, Movement, 7-year-old Field which mirrors surprisingly began to immerse himself into close to what Gov. Christie put the world of politics. into effect last year,” he said. “I “My very first political memodon’t think I can claim credit for r y is marching the day after that, but clearly the minds were Martin Luther King was shot,” he thinking along the same path.” said. “We were singing ‘We Shall John Connelly, president of the Overcome.’ Very, very early that Rutgers University Student sparked some sort of focus, Assembly, took Field’s class on N.J. curiosity, involvement with peopolitics, and is confident he will ple and politics.” make a successful Field received a state senator. “My very first PhD in Political “He dealt Science from political memory is extensively with B r a n d e i s the New Jersey marching the day l e g i s l a t i v e University, where he conducted after Martin Luther process, and to research on British say that he’s King was shot.” voting behavior. overly knowlHe taught at edgeable with WILLIAM FIELD Temple University how that process Professor in the Department of and Georgian works is an Political Science Court University, understatement,” and helped run the Connelly said. congressional campaign for the “He’s also someone who has John Anderson in the 1980 presishown himself time and time dential primaries. again to be incredibly But Field believes his expefair-minded.” riences working and traveling Connelly appreciates Field’s abroad marked pivotal stance on higher education. moments that influence “It’s definitely reassuring to his desire to work as a hear folks in politics taking highpolitical innovator. er education seriously. We used to He observed the French elechave a really good tradition in this tions as an exchange student, state with folks like Tom Keene while casting his first vote via taking a stance for higher [educaabsentee ballot. tion]. It’s good to see someone He interned for the German taking up that mantle again,” government during massive Connelly said. anti-nuclear protests in 1982 Sherif Ibrahim, vice presiand the over turning of dent of RUSA, ran the social Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s media account for Field’s mayexisting government. He recalls oral race and appreciates spray-painting the Berlin Wall his ambition. with his friend, and a Soviet hel“His aspirations for a politiicopter flew over and chased cal audience are different in the the two away. way that he’s seen the things He worked in Moscow years that are wrong with his district later tr ying to open up and his city first had and he just American-Soviet trade relacouldn’t tolerate it anymore and tions. He believes these experiwanted to do something about ences gave him a taste it,” he said.
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POVERTY Around 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day CONTINUED FROM FRONT The presentation this evening aims to inform the University community about the reality and prevalence of extreme poverty in the world and steps they can take to push for solutions, said Priya Parikh, president of RU UNICEF. “The national organization UNICEF has partnered with a nonprofit organization called the Global Poverty Project, and together they have created this presentation which discusses the steps toward eliminating extreme poverty,” said Parikh, a Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy senior. Tara Broughel, a representative from the UNICEF headquarters in New York City, will present “1.4 Billion Reasons” and discuss how communities can move forward with a solution to extreme poverty, Mendelson said. According to the Global Poverty Project’s website, there are 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty in the world, meaning 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. There are many different ways for students to take action against world poverty, Mendelson said, such as volunteering for local charities that focus on poverty, organizing or joining in campaigning and fundraising or even blogging and using social networking sites to talk about the issue with the community. “The program is going to give us background on why people in poverty become stuck in this cycle and how we as students can help them get out of that,” she said. UNICEF and the Global Poverty Project are also advocating purchases of Fairtrade products, which support fair trading conditions and rights for producers and workers especially in thirdworld countries, Mendelson said. “It’s basically all about knowing that the products you buy and the places where they are from are supporting the workers and traders who produced them,” she said.
The presentation will also feature interactive conversation with audience members and visual media content, Mendelson said. “The Global Poverty Project is so much more than just a lecture,” she said. “It is mobilizing our generation to speak out against extreme poverty because it is an issue that is solvable.” Parikh said many students at the University have expressed an interest in helping in the fight, and coming to the presentation tonight would be a first step in mobilizing for action. “It’s mostly focused on what the students of today’s generation can do to catalyze that movement and help further the progress of the U.N. in the fight against world poverty,” she said. Parikh said it will be important for students interested in donating their time to come to the presentation and learn what extreme poverty is and what is happening with this issue in the world today. “I think it is very important for everyone to know what is happening with global health issues, but it is mostly targeted to those who are interested in social accountability and what we can do for others who are not as fortunate,” she said. The Global Poverty Project first came to the University last year to give a similar presentation through RU UNICEF. Parikh said the event was such a big success that the organization aims to make it an annual event. The program also touches on a wealth of other topics such as gender equality, economics and ethics, Parikh said. “It is targeted to many different departments and different students from different majors. It can be tailored to so many different audience members,” she said. Emily Chen, webmaster for RU UNICEF, said she did not realize global pover ty was such a widespread problem in the world today until she joined RU UNICEF. “Students should come out to the event to really learn about it and to realize that it is something that we can solve. Even though we are just students in the United States, we do have the power to make change in this world,” said Chen, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore.
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ACTIVISM Conde-Hernandez says she could be deported at any moment CONTINUED FROM FRONT She said she was denied wouldn’t be questioned in the entrance into a program in midsame way as me. I fear for my dle school where she could have family being separated.” studied for free in private schools Conde-Hernandez continues because she did not have a Social to fight for the rights of undocuSecurity number. mented immigrants, and said she “In eighth grade, I was the learned much what she knows student with the highest here at the University. grades, known for my leader“While I was in college, I ship abilities and my involvedid academic work on immiment in extra curricular activigration policy and histor y,” ties,” Conde-Hernandez said. she said. “I got to know the ins “Nobody understood why I didand outs of the political system n’t have one or couldn’t apply. and how it works. Most people There were a lot don’t know of cool opportuhow hard it nities I had to is to become “I’m more fearful turn down.” a citizen.” for my parents, they Because of W o r k i n g these struggles, toward more wouldn’t be C o n d e rights for undocuquestioned in the mented immiHernandez not only co-founded Condesame way as me. I grants, the DREAM Act, Hernandez is also but consulted fear for my family involved in other with schools and civic activities being separated.” undocumented such as Rutgers students to proMARISOL Future Scholars CONDE-HERNANDEZ vide them with and New oppor tunities University Alumna B r u n s w i c k she missed. Leadership Now, “We make C o n d e sure that these Hernandez said. undocumented youth aren’t tar“The DREAM Act is what I’ve geted,” she said. “We talk to dedicated most of my time to,” guidance counselors and teachConde-Hernandez said. ers, providing them with “Educating people about the sysresources and knowledge so tem is what’s important.” that the applications don’t Giancarlo Tello, who works require Social Security numbers closely with Conde-Hernandez or anything that might deter to combat difficulties for undocthese students from applying.” umented immigrant students, An undocumented immigrant said he applauded her efforts herself, Conde-Hernandez is at and character. risk being so public about her Tello, a Rutgers-Newark status, since she could be deportCollege of Arts and Sciences juned for that information. ior, said Conde-Hernandez gives However, she said she fears ver y little time for herself, more for her family than she despite her other obligations to does for herself. family and work. “Because I lived knowing the “Her passion is unquestionrisk, I’ve learned to cope with it able,” Tello said. “Without it, she psychologically,” she said. “I’m wouldn’t be able to do what she more fearful for my parents, they does now.”
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Largest publicly disclosed cyberattack throttles Web THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — A record-breaking cyberattack targeting an antispam watchdog group has sent ripples of disruption coursing across the Web, experts said yesterday. Spamhaus, a site responsible for keeping ads for counterfeit Viagra and bogus weight-loss pills out of the world’s inboxes, said it had been buffeted by the monster denial-of-service attack since mid-March, apparently from groups angry at being blacklisted by the Swiss-British group. “It is a small miracle that we’re still online,” Spamhaus researcher Vincent Hanna said. Denial-of-service attacks overwhelm a server with traffic — like hundreds of letters being jammed through a mail slot at the same time. Security experts measure those attacks in bits of data per second. Recent cyberattacks — like the ones that caused persistent outages at U.S. banking sites late last year — have tended to peak at 100 billion bits per second. But the furious assault on Spamhaus has shattered the charts, clocking in at 300 billion bits per second, according to San Francisco-based CloudFlare Inc.,
which Spamhaus has enlisted to help it weather the attack. “It was likely quite a bit more, but at some point measurement systems can’t keep up,” CloudFlare chief executive Matthew Prince wrote in an email. Patrick Gilmore of Akamai Technologies said that was no understatement. “This attack is the largest that has been publicly disclosed — ever — in the history of the Internet,” he said. It’s unclear who exactly was behind the attack, although a man who identified himself as Sven Olaf Kamphuis said he was in touch with the attackers and described them as mainly consisting of disgruntled Russian Internet service providers who had found themselves on Spamhaus’ blacklists. There was no immediate way to verify his claim. He accused the watchdog of arbitrarily blocking content that it did not like. Spamhaus has widely used and constantly updated blacklists of sites that send spam. “They abuse their position not to stop spam but to exercise censorship without a court order,” Kamphuis said. Gilmore and Prince said the attack’s perpetrators had taken
advantage of weaknesses in the Internet’s infrastructure to trick thousands of servers into routing a torrent of junk traffic to Spamhaus every second. The trick, called “DNS reflection,” works a little bit like mailing requests for information to thousands of different organizations with a target’s return address written across the back of the envelopes. When all the organizations reply at once, they send a landslide of useless data to the unwitting addressee. Both experts said the attack’s sheer size has sent ripples of disruptions across the Internet as ser vers moved mountains of junk traffic back and forth across the Web. “At a minimum there would have been slowness,” Prince said, adding in a blog post that “if the Internet felt a bit more sluggish for you over the last few days in Europe, this may be part of the reason why.” At the London Internet Exchange, where ser vice providers exchange traffic across the globe, spokesman Malcolm Hutty said his organization had seen “a minor degree of congestion in a small portion of the network.”
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ov. Chris Christie has announced that the safest — Camden rates a 1. The city definitely has a highstate will officially be taking over the Camden er crime rate than the state average, and at the end of last school system. After prolonged difficulty in year, after Camden set a new homicide record, stories improving student performance and a warning last were emerging of city officials dismissing the entire year that the district might suffer sever repercussions, police force. These statistics don’t set a foundation for a the Christie administration is making the ambitious thriving student population. move in hopes of giving students what they need to be The city’s poverty is hard to sweep under the rug, better prepared for college. The decision makes too, and offers a very depressing reality into the life of Camden the fourth district in New Jersey to be taken its students. Camden is suggested to be the country’s under the state’s wing. most impoverished city. The poverty rate for children, Christie is focusing his endeavors on a complete who make up the student bracket that Christie is conreform of the educational programs and curricula cerned with, is at 56.7 percent — higher than the offered by Camden schools. He city’s already sky-high poverhopes that the changes will posty rate of 42.5 percent. The “While the takeover shows action economic setbacks are defiitively impact students’ grades and test scores, as well as better nitely escalating many hardtoward a situation that prepare them for a higher eduships being faced by its popunecessitates concern, it will not lace, and these are all probcation. The current school board will perform as an advilems that must be addressed be the only action needed to sory panel. alongside educational reform ensure the Camden school Camden has one of the if any real impact will be made worst performing school syson students’ lives. system’s betterment.” tems in the state. Camden One of the biggest conschools made up 23 of New cerns of districts under state Jersey’s worst schools in 2011, and as of 2012, have a control — such as Jersey City, Paterson, and Newark graduation rate of 49 percent. Of Camden students that — has been the inclusion of residents in decisions take the SATs, less than 1 percent prove to be prepared regarding education. In order for this to have the for college. According to USA Today, 9 out of 10 schools greatest impact possible, it is necessary to keep parin Camden are in the state’s bottom 5 percent of schools. ents in on the discussion, as well as to prepare them While the takeover shows action toward a situation for how to best supplement their children’s education that necessitates concern, it will not be the only action at home. The whole saying of “it takes a village” defineeded to ensure the Camden school system’s betternitely rings true in this situation. ment. Schools, and the quality of the educations they It’s important that Christie is trying to do what is provide, are often a reflection of their city. In this needed to alleviate a truly dire situation for N.J. resicase, attention can’t be drawn to the educational prodents. However, the administration can’t pick and grams during school hours while ignoring the poverchoose the problems it wants to be concerned with. If ty and violence that students return to as soon as helping students is the goal, then it’s important to do so school is dismissed. completely. And that can’t come without offering the Camden has been repetitively declared to be one of necessary attention and support to the problems of viothe top ten most dangerous cities in the country. On a lence and poverty that children in Camden are exposed crime index of 1 to 100 — 100 being the to everyday.
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United States set precedent for immoral actions SWIMMMING UPSTREAM JOE AMDITIS
he story of U.S. Army Col. James Steele is a long one that has its roots in one of the darker periods of American foreign policy, often referred to as America’s “Dirty Wars.” I’m talking of the course about the U.S. support for death squads and counterrevolutionary forces in Latin America, including El Salvador and Nicaragua. For Steele, however, Latin America was just the beginning of his long and devious relationship with anti-democratic forces and murderous thugs across the globe. After avoiding punishment for his involvement with Oliver North in the IranContra affair, Steele took a break from his work in professional treason and served as an international energy consultant. Eventually, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the gang called on him to help deal with the ongoing insurgent rebellion in Iraq. The idea was to “fight ter-
ror with terror,” a phrase that was now being used to describe the techniques that would be necessary to combat insurgent forces in Iraq beginning in 2004. The result of these policies was a staggering flow of nearly 3,000 deaths in Iraq each month. As the Sunni insurgency began to bubble over, U.S. soldiers were surprised at the ferocity and unwavering dedication of the rebels. The influx of flag-covered coffins and growing anti-war protests back in the United States were also beginning to raise serious concerns in Washington, D.C., especially with the 2004 presidential election looming just around the corner. As U.S. casualties continued to climb, it became clear to U.S. commanders on the ground and to politicians on Capitol Hill that something had to be done. The George Bush administration knew it needed to put a few notches in the win column if it wanted a second round in the White House, so they sent Steele to Iraq in 2003 to assess the situation. Steele and the Bush administration decided that the Salvador option would be the best way to suppress the Sunni uprising without getting their own hands dirty. Playing on the latent hatred against recently deposed Saddam Hussein,
the United States recruited and armed thousands of Shiite militants, including the infamous Badr Brigades, and released them into the streets of Iraq to take out their frustrations against Sunni supporters of the fallen regime. These Special Police Commando brigades were bankrolled using a multi-billion dollar fund under the control of U.S. Army Gen. David Patreaus, while Steele oversaw the commandos as they tortured detainees and committed countless human rights abuses. Using locations like the Samarra public library as their headquarters, the U.S.backed militias took to the streets and began a campaign of death and terror that borders on ethnic cleansing. Reports of torture, rape and brutalization poured out of the country, including one report of a 14-year-old boy tied up by his legs, his body black and blue from being beaten repeatedly with metal cables. Most of these crimes occurred in close proximity to U.S. personnel. In fact, one unit from the Oregon National Guard even attempted to blow the whistle on these torture chambers, but the national news networks conveniently failed to pick up the story. In a sickening, yet hardly surprising twist, when confronted about the abuses, the
Pentagon said, “Obviously we have seen the reports, and we are currently looking into the situation. As you know the issue surrounding accusation of abuse and torture of Iraqi detainees is a complex one that is full of history and emotion. It will take time to work a thorough response.” Admittedly, the Pentagon is right to a certain extent. Allegations of torture and abuse are certainly full of emotional complexities and moral turmoil. Yet, if I recall correctly, the United States didn’t seem too emotional when they locked up John Kiriakou, or when Bradley Manning was rotting in solitary confinement for 11 months and imprisoned for three years before even receiving a trial. Should we expect Rumsfeld to be thrown in a dark cage wearing only his underwear for a year? If not Rumsfeld, then perhaps Steele? Of course not, because that would be looking backward, and the United States only looks backward to make sure it’s covering their ass. Joe Amditis is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in criminal justice and political science with minors in psychology and criminology. His column, “Swimming Upstream,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
Arbitrary government response inexcusable RUN WITH IT ERIC ANTISELL
ny reasonable person would likely object to the idea of the U.S. government blowing up a café with a drone on U.S. soil. Why only object to the tactic on U.S. soil or its use against U.S. citizens? Do moral rules really change when you step over the border? Suppose there was an individual in Maryland who was actively plotting to terrorize Canada. The Canadian government knows the restaurant in which this individual spends much of his time and the times when he is there. What would be our response if the Canadian government sent a drone to blow up the restaurant and kill this individual? What if they sent in their military to get this person, raided the restaurant and
claimed American law did not apply to them? What if the number of innocent Americans killed during the operation was one or two? It would be a national outrage if any other country used these techniques to fight terror on U.S. soil. So why do some Americans feel it is justified to do it on foreign soil? “That’s war” — oh, that perennial copout to so many moral questions. There is an idea that because an action is undertaken by the state, the action is exempt from moral judgment. Physical capacity is equated to moral legitimacy. The state has the capacity to extort you or kidnap you or blow you up in a restaurant, so it is morally legitimate. It is the idea that for the state, but perhaps no other entity — might makes right. The state is magically unique. This is the twisted logic that many of us have been conditioned to accept. The degree of dehumanization that is legitimized with nationalism is damnable. How could a human right be determined by one’s legal status or where he or she stands
on the map? Could it really be that by living under a particular state’s jurisdiction, one is implicitly “asking for” whatever a state might do to him or her? If you don’t want to be blown up, don’t live in a country that might be bombed. Just live in America if you don’t want to be treated like human garbage in that regard. And make sure you have your papers when you come. Only documented Americans count as humans with rights. What happens if a hawk like Dick Cheney or Hillary Clinton is in the White House when there is an emergency? That is not to say I expect either of those two warmongers to be elected president, but it raises the question: Does Barack Obama get a pass? Would there be more outrage about drones if the Bush administration were still in power? Would there be more Democrats standing with an anti-war senator’s filibuster to protest the policy? Of course. Ironic that after the Sandy Hook shootings, the Obama administration would make
such bold statements regarding the importance of preventing American children from being killed but not about American drones killing foreign children. Are children in the Middle East really that much less valuable, President Obama? Mr. Cheney? Mrs. Clinton? Answer that. I admit, it is difficult to imagine the use of drones on American soil. Maybe it is farfetched. Prior to World War II, it was farfetched to imagine 120,000 innocent Japanese-Americans on the West Coast being concentrated in internment camps. Before 1970, it would have been hard to imagine student demonstrators being shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University. But don’t worry, citizen, you are safe. The government promises. Eric Antisell is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in history and political science, with a minor in organizational leadership. His column, “Run With It,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
Dining Services better than detox COMMENTARY ANDREA FICARRA
s a nutritional science major, I am naturally driven toward foods that are both nutrient-dense and mouth-watering. I know you’re probably thinking that I follow some strange, unappetizing, strict diet and never ever indulge in dessert. That is not the case at all. My secret to living a healthy lifestyle while living at the University is easier than you think — it’s all about choices. For those of you who would like to improve your diet or maintain your already healthful eating regimen, I advise you to look no further than your nearest dining hall. While every dining hall provides its students with classic fast food items such as french fries, hamburgers and soda, Dining Services also enables University students to eat healthfully if they choose. Salad bars are always stocked with several vegetables,
grain-based salads and fruit options. Grilled chicken is available daily, and steamed vegetables can also be found at the wok or vegetarian stations of any dining hall. Whole grains are abundant in the various bread and cereal selections. Students are also encouraged to create meals to their own liking, at the cook to order stations. For example, opting for an omelet with egg whites, no cheese, tons of vegetables and a side of whole-wheat toast is perfect example of how you can turn your favorite omelet into an option that is lower in fat and cholesterol and higher in nutritional benefit than its red-meat-andcheese-laden cousin. It is important for students to recognize that sauces, dressings and large portions are never required. Asking for smaller portions, choosing a lower fat dressing or deciding on a sauce that is not creambased are alternatives to the unhealthy selections available in the dining halls. While many students claim that cutting out a certain food or food group has aided in favorable weight loss, I would like to point out that the field of nutrition is a science-
based profession, rather than one based upon personal opinions and successes of its scientists. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages a “Total Diet Approach,” which states that consuming nutrient-dense foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) in abundance and energydense foods (cakes, cookies, sodas) in moderation is ideal for leading a healthy lifestyle. For example, while it is true that a diet high in sugar has been associated with unwanted weight gain, eliminating it completely from your diet can lead to overeating or intense cravings. Any food can be incorporated into a healthy diet — it is your choice to moderate your indulgences and portion sizes. At the University, it is fairly simple for students to receive evidence based nutrition information and counseling. As student director of the RU Healthy Dining Team, it is our mission to educate University students on eating healthfully in the dining halls through interactive nutrition education booths and evidence-based newsletters available each Monday in the dining halls and on
the Dining Services website, food.rutgers.edu. These newsletters are specific to the dining halls at the University, providing specific menu suggestions that are healthier alternatives. The Rutgers Dining Services Website also provides daily menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and takeout at each dining hall, enabling students to check the nutrition information available for each dish before they even enter the dining hall. Improving your health is your own personal decision, and the choices you make everyday test the commitment you make to yourself. While our environment is filled with temptation and false information, proper education and dedication may prevent us from steering off our healthful course. Eating a healthy diet does not mean cutting out your favorite foods. It is about small changes that can make a big difference. Andrea Ficarra is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior majoring in nutritional sciences with a minor in psychology.
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were ahead we buried guys, so we have to get back to that.” Gebler pitched in the Knights’ only loss of the series against the Cards, but allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings of work to earn a no decision. The Tom River, N.J., native gave up four hits with one strikeout. Gebler, along with senior lefthander Rob Smorol and righthander Charlie Law, combined for only four earned runs between them in the series. The recent success for Hill’s starting rotation should be able to control games against Villanova, who is dead last in the Big East with a .223 team batting average. But sitting just one spot ahead of the Wildcats in that categor y is Rutgers with a .259 average.
third baseman Jordan Whitley chipped in three RBIs of her own. The Knights (16-11) also made a habit of running early and often. They aggressively swiped four bases in the first four innings of action. It helped Rutgers move r unners into scoring position and generate more runs. “I knew that the catcher didn’t have a real good ratio of throwing people out,” Nelson said. “Even though she had a pretty strong arm, she took a while to get rid of the ball.” In the first game, sophomore lefthander Alyssa Landrith hurled a complete game. With runners on second and third in the seventh inning and her shutout in jeopardy, the Vacaville, Calif. native closed the door on the Hawks when she recorded her eighth strike-
out to end the threat in a 5-0 win. Fresh off a weekend in Tampa, Fla. in which she surrendered nine runs in six and two-
“As hitters, we feed off those pitchers, and they keep us in the game ... we’re able to focus. ASHLEY BRAGG Senior Middle Infielder
thirds innings, the Knights’ ace redeemed herself with only three hits and two walks allowed. It was the first time all season different Rutgers pitchers tossed back-to-back shutouts, and the Knights offense simply sat back and enjoyed the ride. “As hitters, we feed of f those pitchers, and they keep us in the game,” senior shor tstop Ashley Bragg said. “When they come out here and throw like that, it really makes the game move quicker, gets us in
and out on defense and we’re able to focus on our approach at the plate.” Rutgers carried a slim 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning when sophomore designated hitter Ashley Alden blasted a two-run home run with two outs to centerfield. It was the third longball of the year for the Ivyland, Pa. native. The Knights tacked on a fifth run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth when freshman catcher Elizabeth Adams drove in junior outfielder Loren Williams with a floater to center. Aggressive base running and clutch two-out hitting proved paramount all afternoon in manufacturing runs. “I think a big thing for us is we strung big hits together, where in the past it may have been an issue for us,” Bragg said. “We had a lot of timely hitting, did the little things right. We had solid pitching and solid defense, and that really is what got us to where we were [yesterday].” For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @Greg_P_Johnson.
utgers men’s track and field senior thrower James Plummer earned Big East Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, the league announced. The conference honored Plummer for his performance from March 15-16 at the Bulls Invitational, hosted by South Florida. Plummer earned second place in the discus throw with a distance of 58.30 meters which currently ranks first in the Big East and sixth nationally.
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basketball coach Chris Collins is close to reaching a deal with Northwestern to become its next head coach, according to ESPN. Collins remains a leading candidate for the position after the firing of former head coach Bill Carmody. A former player for the Blue Devils, Collins worked as assistant since 2000 under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. No. 2 seeded Duke advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last weekend after a 16-point victor y against Creighton and will face No. 3 seeded Michigan Friday. The Wildcats are the only BCS Conference member to have never played in the NCAA Tournamemt.
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defenseman Kris Letang was placed on injured reserve yesterday for the second time in less than two weeks. Letang suffered a broken toe in Tuesday’s victory against the Montreal Canadians, his first game back after suffering a separate lower body injury. He missed three games following his first injury and is now expected to miss an additional 710 days. Letang recorded 28 points in 28 games this year and played more than 24 minutes in Tuesday’s contest. The Pens recalled defenseman Simon Despres on Wednesday from WilkesBarre/Scranton of the American Hockey League after he was sent down to fill a spot on the roster for Letang. Pittsburgh acquired defenseman Douglas Murray in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on Monday.
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SPORTS PAGE 17 SWIMMING, DIVING
Season highlighted by strong Big East finish BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER
When Junior Nicole Scott took her final dive at last week’s NCAA Championships, she closed the book on a successful season for the Rutgers swimming and diving team. She finished 21st overall in the platform event, but put together a solid routine — one that fell short of a higher score after issues with her arm stands. Scott was the only athlete to represent the Scarlet Knights at the NCAA Championships, but was not the only one to finish the season on a high-note. At the Big East Championships on Feb. 27, the Knights set three different school records en route to a fifth place finish in the meet. “It’s a huge stepping stone for us,” said head coach Phil Spiniello about the top-five finish. “It shows — in the past three years — the work that we’ve done is beginning to pay off.” The 400-yard medley relay managed a third place finish by setting a record time of 3:40.52. Freshman Joanna Wu, who found success this season in backstroke events, was part of the relay squad. Junior Brittany Guinee — along with competing in the historical relay event – eclipsed the school record in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:00.17. Sophomore Greta Leberfinger and Junior Mary Moser rounded out the relay squad. Moser also led the Knights in the 50-yard freestyle swim at the Big East Championships, while Leberfinger grabbed a sixth place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. Finally, Scott brought home Gold in the platform event — setting a record she would later break on March 15 at the Zone A Diving Championships. In that meet, she earned a qualification into the national championships by finishing in second place. “We really stepped it up this year,” said head diving coach
Fred Woodruff. “We went to the conference meet and the first night — in the 200-medley relay — the girls just turned it up a notch. From that moment on, we’ve been running on a high.” The Knights’ two senior cocaptains, Taylor Zafir and Kate Kearney, both finished out their collegiate careers in the pool. In the two meets leading up to the Big East Championships, Zafir won the 400-meter individual medley both times. Rutgers hosted a Big East quad-meet against Villanova, Georgetown, and Seton Hall on February 8., which would act as a foreshadowing of their success at the conference championships. The competition was decided by a final relay event in which the Knights nearly completed a comeback. They fell just short of defeating Villanova, but were able to grab two conference victories. “That Big East quad-meet got me really excited for what was ahead,” Spiniello said. “This team has a lot of heart, a lot of fight ... when we got to Big East, I knew it was going to be a good meet because this team prepared themselves all year for that.” The Wildcats finished directly in front of Rutgers at the Big East Championships, and earlier in the season at November’s Frank Elm Invite, where the two teams finished in first and second, respectively. A loss to James Madison on Jan. 19 is the Knights only other defeat in non-invitational matchups this season. Prior to that competition, they began the season with a perfect 5-0 start. The Knights showed good signs early on, beginning with the Frank Elm Invite and ending with the Big East Championships, Spiniello said. “I think this team is at a point where they want to get better,” Spiniello said. “They want to win meets, they want to move up in the Big East, they want to put people in NCAA’s. As a coach, that’s really fun to be a part of.”
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MARCH 28, 2013 WOMEN’S LACROSSE
Sophomore Jenny Vlahos leads the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team with 29 draw controls. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Sophomore adds value as attacker BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER
With goals in two of her last three games, sophomore Jenny Vlahos added a new scoring dynamic to her game. As the only player on the team listed as both a midfielder and defender, her contributions have spanned the length of the field along with the stat sheet. “I’ve just gotten a lot more confident in myself,” Vlahos said. “I’ve become a lot closer with the team. Each game I mesh a lot better with the team both defensively and at attack.” Vlahos currently leads the Scarlet Knights with 29 draw controls to help on the defensive end, where the team ranks first in the nation in goals allowed. She also snagged 15 groundballs to go along with nine caused turnovers. Almost each time Vlahos has turned the ball over this season, she has caused one of her own to give the ball back to her offense. While Vlahos is primarily a defender, her scoring contributions have made her one of the more valuable players on the field for Rutgers. She provided much needed offense in last Friday’s 9-6 loss to No. 7 Notre Dame — a game in which the Knights put up their lowest scoring output this season. She entered the game on attack after Rutgers’ leading scor-
er, junior Katrina Martinelli, was substituted out after acquiring a yellow card. In the previous outing March 19 against Princeton, she found the back of the net against the rival Tigers. It was a high-scoring affair that resulted in a 12-10 victory for the Knights, and Vlahos broke a 9-9 tie late in the second period to secure the victory. She went on to win the final three draw controls of the game as Rutgers was able to sweat out the close win. “I just go into each game knowing that I take the draws, so I’m under a lot of pressure,” Vlahos said. “But I just have so much confidence in ever yone around me on the draw.” Her highlights on defense this season have come at opportune times. In a 6-5 upset over No. 20 Penn on March 6, she secured the final groundball of the game and cleared the ball from her own zone. The confidence and chemistry Vlahos has developed is a result of more time on the field, whether on offense of defense. Vlahos has started ever y game this season, playing a larger role on the team than in her freshman campaign. In 2012, she saw time in seven games and recorded one goal to go along with one caused turnover. She secured a single draw control.
MARCH 28, 2013
SPORTS PAGE 19 MEN’S GOLF KIM RETURNS FOR TOWNSON INVITATIONAL
Deeper lineup gives Shutte confidence BY AARON FARRAR CORRESPONDENT
After competing in one round of golf on Tuesday in what was originally slated to be a three-day event, the Rutgers men’s golf team hopes to come out aggressive this weekend in Mar yland. The Scarlet Knights will compete in the Towson Invitational, teeing off this Sunday and do so with a fully-loaded roster. “We have three tournaments left,” said head coach Rob Shutte. “Our best lineup will be in for the last three tournaments. We have not had that yet. With the best lineup that we can put out there and with continued reps, we expect to be in the hunt for tournament wins.” Rutgers was without sophomore Hyung Mo Kim at the C & F Bank Intercollegiate due to undisclosed team disciplinar y actions. Shutte believes Kim’s return to the lineup should be a boost to the team. The Knights placed 24th at the shortened tournament on Monday, carding a team total of 306 in the 32-team competition. Junior Jonathan Renza paced the Knights by ending tied for 25th with a three-over par 73. Renza played well in disruptive weather conditions, but he is
more concerned with seeing more positive results. “I have been hitting the ball well, so I would like to see myself improve on the putting,” he said. “I missed a couple of easy ones. Other than that, it is just to keep the momentum. As a team, we are playing pretty well.” Junior Doug Walters, sophomore Jacob Stockl and freshman Louis Bodine rounded out the rest of the team’s scorecard. Walters tied for 91st with a 77 and Stockl tied for 135th with an 81. Bodine came in 153rd. It was a good rebound from the team’s last place finish in its season debut tournament, when it competed at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular in Howey-inthe-Hills, Fla. After plenty of time to practice following that performance, Rutgers understands how vital it is to return to what they believe they are capable of. “[My goal] is to have fun and not put too much pressure on ourselves,” Walters said. “We are all good enough players to know how to actually play the game. The whole idea is to keep the fun mentality and also, do our best, tr y our best and compete.” Shutte provided Rutgers with multiple opportunities to practice fundamentals in Florida as the Knights worked on chipping, ball flight and tee shots.
As the roster inches closer to 100 percent health, Rutgers hopes to continue to improve individually and collectively, rather than becoming complacent.
“Every day, somebody else is working to beat you,” Walters said in preparation for the rest of the season. “So we have to keep at it and be that person that is trying to outwork everybody. We try
to compete in everything and be that guy that is putting in that extra 10 percent, and that 10 percent should put out the kind of performances we are looking for.”
Sophomore Jacob Stockl carded an 81 at the C & F Bank Intercollegiate. Stockl will get an chance to improve his play this weekend at the Towson Invitaional. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
MULTI-TALENTED Sophomore defender Jenny Vlahos
ELITE LEVEL The Rutgers swimming and diving team
contributes on both sides of the ball for the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team. PAGE 18
finishes its season with a strong record and a top-five finish at the Big East Championships. PAGE 17
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MARYLAND BOUND The Rutgers men’s golf team will compete Sunday in the Townson Invitational. PAGE 19
QUOTE OF THE DAY “They want to win meets, they want to move up in the Big East, they want to put people in the NCAA’s.” — Rutgers head swimming and diving coach Phil Spiniello
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013
SOFTBALL RUTGERS 7, HARTFORD 0 (9 INN.),
Nova gives RU stress to perform BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Senior outfielder Jackie Bates puts the ball in play yesterday in Rutgers’ second game against Hartford, a 7-0 victory. Bates drove in two runners on three hits in the second game of the double header. NISHA DATT, PHOTO EDITOR
Knights sweep Hawks at home BY GREG JOHNSON CORRESPONDENT
Dresden Maddox promptly jogged off the mound and high-fived her teammates after the Rutgers softball team completed its second shutout of the afternoon yesterday at the RU Softball Complex. The freshman righthander went the distance for the second straight time as the Scarlet Knights downed Hartford, 7-0, in the second game of their doubleheader. Maddox allowed only five hits and two walks while striking out five.
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Head coach Jay Nelson saw an opportunity to calm his young pitcher down. “He came out and he just reminded me to get ahead of the batters because we had a five-run lead,” Maddox said. “And he basically just wanted me to know to just throw to them, because they weren’t really hitting it super hard.” Complementing Maddox was a balanced attack on offense throughout the contest, scoring in four different innings. Sophomore outfielder Jackie Bates collected three hits and two RBIs while freshman SEE
Three of those hits surrendered came in the first two innings, and the Kennesaw, Ga. native made a key adjustment to keep the Hawks hitters off balance. “When they were hitting at the beginning of the game, it was because I wasn’t switching zones, and towards the end I started to switch back and forth,” Maddox said. “Definitely getting ahead of batters helped, and then moving in and out.” With the Knights holding a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, Maddox started the frame with two pitches well out of the zone.
HOLLIE DIMURO scored her first goal of the season in the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team’s 9-4 win at Marquette last Sunday. The sophomore defender tallied five ground balls in the game.
There is at least one luxury for the Rutgers baseball team Tyler Gebler knows will kick in once his teams gets over the .500 mark. “I mean, for practice we get Gatorade, so I guess that’s an incentive right there,” said the senior righthander. Only water will be available for the Scarlet Knights if they keep producing losses like the one suf fered Tuesday against Rider. The Knights (8-12, 2-1) struggled against the Bronc’s pitching staff, as they generated just three runs in Lawrenceville, N.J. The performance was an obvious letdown from the previous series Rutgers had against Louisville on March 22-23, when it clinched its first series victory against a ranked team since 2010. From the way the team acted leading up to the midweek game, the loss did not surprise head coach Fred Hill. “We just didn’t show up,” Hill said. “Our attitude before the game was poor, and I don’t think we were ready to play, and obviously everybody we play wants to get a piece of us. We just weren’t ready to play.” Senior outfielder Steve Zavala backed up Hill’s claim Rutgers underestimated its last opponent. “We expected to win just on talent alone,” Zavala said. “It was a classic case of coming off a huge victory and getting complacent. We kind of showed up expected our talent to speak for itself and the loss just shows that we can’t take anyone for granted.” The Knights will have to deal with avoiding a letdown to a less talented team again beginning today, as they will play away at Villanova for a three-game series. The Wildcats (6-16, 0-0) have lost their last four games, including a three-game sweep at the hands of Cornell. Rutgers cannot keep looking back to its performance against Louisville to show what it is capable of, But Gebler believes the team needs to replicate that kind of production, at least on the mound. “We just had a lot of energy,” Gebler said. “Every pitch we were kind of fighting. We were just getting ahead of guys and once we
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NOVA ON PAGE 16
RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR BASEBALL
Fred Hardy Invitational
Fred Hardy Invitational
Tomorrow. Richmond, Va.
Tomorrow Richmond, Va.
Today, 3.15 p.m. Villanova, Pa.
Tomorrow, 1 p.m. RU Softball Complex