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Revised student Barchi addresses faculty surveys code of conduct effective Sept. 1 BY HANNAH SCHROER CORRESPONDENT
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The University’s Student Code of Conduct has been revised for the first time since 1994 to make it easier for students to access and understand its legal jargon. Anne Newman, the director of Office of Student Conduct, spoke at last night’s Rutgers University Student Assembly meeting about changes to the Code of Conduct, the official list of rules and regulations that all students at the University are supposed to abide by in order to remain community members. Newman said the University and higher education in general has made many changes to the code. “We really thought it was time for a new code, and we just happened to have the right time to point the changes in place,” she said. Newman spoke at a RUSA meeting in the spring of 2011 to put together a revision process for the code, and last spring she presented a draft to the assembly so they could provide feedback. Now with the Board of Governors’ approval of the revisions, the new Code of Conduct will become effective Sept. 1. The current code is 46 pages long and filled with complicated legal jargon and endnotes, so Newman said the office changed the language. “It’s written in plain English,” she said. “It’s a process — it’s never going to be completely easy, but it should spell things out for you a whole lot simpler.” The office eliminated unnecessary definitions, including that of the dean of students, and instead categorized and defined every violation in the rules and regulations section of the code. Definitions are now listed alphabetically to make them easier to find, she said. SEE
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University President Robert L. Barchi presented the results of faculty surveys conducted across the University’s three campuses and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey yesterday at the second Strategic Planning Town Hall on the New Brunswick campus. The University sent out 15,000 to 20,000 surveys asking for input on the Strategic Plan and analyzed two-thirds of the response data so far. The faculty survey had a roughly 50 percent response rate with 50 percent return from Newark and New Brunswick and 46 percent from Camden. “That’s unheard of,” Barchi said. Every faculty group surveyed said the University needed a high level of change to reach the end goal of the strategic plan, he said. Barchi said the response was encouraging because it indicated the University community cared about the institution’s future. “We’re all on the same page,” he said. According to Barchi, the responses show that faculty see research and teaching as the two most important aspects of the University’s mission. Regardless of whether the faculty thought research and teaching was more important, ever ybody said the University needs to do better, he said. “It doesn’t diminish the importance of service, but the hierarchy of those three is the same in every of the groups we surveyed,” he said.
responses. Each department then discussed the answers in-house and supplied a 250-word response. Strategic planning officials then pulled out common themes from department answers, which, according to Barchi, confirmed their SEE
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Professor analyzes morbid obesity mortality rates CORRESPONDENT
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Respondents also said the University should take another look at how money is allocated. Besides sending out faculty surveys, strategic planning officials went to 110 departments around the University and asked the deans questions about the University’s future to tease out qualitative
HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES
BY SHAWN SMITH
Students were able to ask questions about the revised code of conduct at last night’s RUSA meeting.
University President Robert L. Barchi observed statistics from the 15,000 to 20,000 faculty surveys that were sent out as a part of the strategic planning initiative. STEPHANIE WONG, STAFF VIDEOGRAPHER
Most professionals agree that people who are overweight have higher mortality rates. Health Policy Researcher Paula Lantz disagrees. David Mechanic, director at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, introduced Lantz at yesterday’s Brown Bag seminar, highlighting some of her achievements and expertise in the field of morbidity and obesity. “[Lantz] has a PhD in sociology and also worked as a scholar at the Robert Wood Johnson in Wisconsin before taking over the program there,” he said. “She has also shown with her work that the informed opinion is wrong at times.” Lantz, a professor and chair for the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University, spoke about a
study conducted between December 2012 and Januar y 2013 on morbidity and obesity. “The sur vey was completed by GfK Custom Research, also known as Knowledge Networks,” she said. “The sample was non-institutionalized U.S. adults aged 18 and up. The group was a sample of 1,999 people from the general population with an oversample of 658 people with a [Body Mass Index] over 35.” While Lantz understands that obesity rates have increased in all age groups over time, she said being overweight or obese can protect those age 55 and older from mortality. Survey results were separated by BMI categories: Underweight, normal weight, slightly overweight, obese and morbidly obese. Although the survey took all results into account, Lantz said she would focus
specifically on those in the morbidly obese category, whose BMIs are 35 or more. She said the sur vey presented the same questions to all participants — but changed the order that each participant received them. Questions presented various topics, including medical opinions from doctors and participants’ thoughts about their bodies. When asked self-perspective questions, few participants called themselves overweight or very obese — most said they were “somewhat obese,” according to the survey. When asked about their ideal weight, the survey reported 43 percent of males and more than 50 percent of females said they were 15 pounds overweight. For those in the categor y of morbid obesity at or above a BMI of 35, the sur-
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NORML members question U. marijuana policy BY ERIN PETENKO STAFF WRITER
The University is obligated to abide by federal laws that mandate persecution for the possession of marijuana, according to Patrick Love, associate vice president of Student Affairs. On Thursday, he and other officials met with University student members of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, who requested clarification of policies and possible equalization of the rules regarding alcohol and marijuana. “If a student is caught in a residence hall with alcohol, they do not call the police, but they do with marijuana,” said Joel Salvino, president of NORML. Salvino, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said any students convicted of marijuana possession lose any federal financial aid, in contrast to the treatment of alcohol possession. NORML came to the University in January to combat policies which led to students convicted of marijuana possession, he said. Though the group consists of University students, it is not affiliated with the University yet. Salvino said the University requires a new club to be active for a full semester before it can request funding.
“We will be filling out the paper work in April,” he said. “Next semester we will be funded by the University.” Administrators have worked on this policy for the past two and half years, Love said, and do not plan to change it any further. “If the goal is to get us to change the student code of conduct, that’s not going to happen,” he said. Since laws designate residence halls as private property, any alcohol convictions can be treated in-house without any legal complications, he said. In contrast, there are strict federal regulations dealing with the possession of marijuana. “Everyone [in the organization] has been arrested or knows friends that have been arrested for this,” Salvino said. “Many don’t like to talk about it because it’s embarrassing.” He said Love could send out an email to Resident Assistants and change the entire system of marijuana prosecution. “We know you have the power to change residence hall policy,” he said. Love said Salvino’s assertion that a convicted rapist would not lose federal financial aid was wrong. Any convicted sexual offender would lose financial aid, have to live off-campus and register with the New Brunswick police.
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“You’ve made that statement a couple of times, and that’s simply not true,” he said. For most first-time offenses, alcohol and marijuana in the residence halls are treated exactly the same, said Anne Newman, director of the Office of Student Conduct. “Most of the time, first-time offenses get a conditional discharge, and get it expunged after a period of time,” she said.
“If [Resident Assistants] choose not to [report], they’re putting their job in jeopardy.” PATRICK LOVE Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
She said intent to distribute is different. Intent to distribute applies when a student has more than 50 grams of marijuana, but even in those cases many students have received conditional discharges. Salvino said the online instructions on the issue are not clear, and he could not find the exact information about marijuana possession online. “I’ll look up the rules, and if they’re confusing, I will add in that policy,” Newman said.
Lisa Laitman, the director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance program, said the University acts this way because they receive federal funding and have to abide by federal law, she said. She said marijuana and underage drinking in residence halls are only considered different because of these laws, and in public they are treated with the same restrictions. “If the police officers catch somebody with a red cup by the grease trucks or on campus, they will arrest,” she said. Federal laws also influence the University’s rules on medical marijuana, she said. Even though medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, they cannot allow it on campus because they receive federal funding. “Students with prescriptions for medical marijuana are allowed to move off-campus without any penalty, but they cannot have the drug in the residence halls,” she said. “There’s a no-smoking rule in the halls anyway, so there’s no point in having it.” In response to Salvino’s questioning, Laitman said for the administration, it was not a moral issue but a public health one. Salvino said the issue is unclear to many students because different Resident Assistants treat marijuana differently —
some would call the police, some ignore it and some address the offense themself. Resident Assistants are mandated to call the police if they find marijuana in their hall, Love said. “If they choose not to, they’re putting their job in jeopardy,” he said. Laitman said NORML should not only work with the University to deal with marijuana legal issues but with their own student body, helping them to use the drug responsibly. She said studies of college student marijuana uses and abuses are rare. Similar studies with alcohol have found the national rate of student alcohol abuse is between 20 percent and 30 percent, and 6 percent to 9 percent of students are considered dependent. “There’s a full spectrum of use, from non-user and recreational users, to late-stage, chronic and addicted students,” she said. Taylor Hadam, a member of NORML, said legalization of marijuana could have helped her family through many health issues. “Students should be trying to have a discussion to get rid of meds and have conversations with their parents about the facts of marijuana, so rumors don’t keep being spread,” said Hadam, a School of Arts and Sciences senior.
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Jersey Strong: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy
Rock bands Senses Fail, The Early November, Hands on the Stereo and Yes, Virginia all started their music careers in New Jersey. The destruction after Superstorm Sandy in the Garden State inspired the bands to join forces last night to perform in the Rutgers University Programming Association’s “Jersey Strong” concert at the Livingston Student Center to benefit hurricane victims.
The Rutgers University Programming Association hosted the “Senses Fail and The Early November Jersey Strong Concert” last night at the Livingston Student Center to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Apart from Senses Fail and The Early November, bands Hands on the Stereo and Yes, Virginia participated in the concert. Above, Dan Trapp, drummer of Senses Fail, performs in front of a packed audience. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Q&A with Senses Fail BY TOM BOYLAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Editor’s Note: Tom Boylan spoke to Dan Trapp, drummer of Senses Fail, over the phone. The Daily Targum: Have you guys been to Rutgers before? Senses Fail: No, we’ve never played there, that’s for sure. Buddy’s sister went to Rutgers, and we have friends and stuff that have gone there and whatever, but I don’t think I have even ever been there, so it’ll be a new experience. It should be cool. We’ve played at random colleges here and there but, you know, it’s seems like kind of a natural thing for us to be able to do that in our home state, you know? DT: How did you get involved in this show? SF: Well, the show originally was supposed to be a few months ago and they just kind of approached us and asked if we wanted to do the gig, and it got cancelled because of the snowstorm we had in February. They just rescheduled it for today and then we start our tour on Wednesday, so timing-wise it worked out perfectly. We would come to town and do a show, like a warm-up show, and then get out there. DT: Do you know anyone that has been af fected by Superstorm Sandy? SF: Oh yeah, absolutely — I mean, I have friends that live down in Brick that have had trees that fell through their house. My friend watched her car float away down her
street when her street became a river. And my wife’s aunt and uncle have a small, like, bungalow kind of beach house that got destroyed. Well, not totally destroyed but you know they had to gut the thing, so they made out better than a lot of people unfortunately. It was crazy. I actually just got the chance to drive through there for the first time like a month ago or so. I mean, considering it’s pretty far out, everything is still really, really badly messed up. It’s a shame, you know, but I definitely feel for anybody who either lost their house or have a ton of damage to their homes. It’s really a shame. DT: You guys recently released an album, what was the inspiration for that and how did your sound develop from your earlier works? SF: We did, we did. Well, we got a whole different line up of members and different songwriters and everything so it was just like a natural thing for us to change, regardless. And I think that we always kind of wanted to lean to the heavier side of things, and I think we’ve [definitely] tried to do that here and there in the last few records and weren’t fully able to commit or rather capable or writing. DT: Your band toured with The Early November before, what’re they like on the road? SF: Great guys. It’s been a while. We toured with them a lot in the early days cause we both kind of started around the same time and we both signed to drive through at the same time and we did a couple tours together. We’ve done a few Warped Tours that they were on. I think the last time we toured with
them was in 2006 — the 2006 Warped Tour — so it’ll be really cool to see them. I mean, I’ve seen a couple of the guys here and there over time, but we haven’t played with them in almost seven years now. They’re really nice guys, really cool, laid back, you know, just into playing music and living life, so it’ll be cool to see them again. DT: When did you start your music career? SF: I started playing drums when I was eight or so, my parents had always played music when they
were younger, and my dad had played drums. A friend of my parents had a drum set that he was selling and my mom bought it for my dad for a birthday or an anniversary or something, I don’t remember, but I was like eight, and then it showed up in my basement and I started playing, playing with some friends, started a band through a high school and doing that, started playing some shows and everyone sort of met up and started the band. I was 15 when the band started, so it’s been a while now.
DT: What are the future plans for the band? SF: As of now, we got this U.S. tour that starts next week and we do that for a little over a month and then were going to the U.K. and a couple places in Europe for a few weeks after and that’s it, but we’re working on a whole bunch of stuff for the rest of the year. We’ll be back in the U.S. by the end of the year. Just like any record cycle were just going to do as much as we can and see as many places as we can get to. So it’s pretty cool, pretty exciting.
Guitarist Matt Smith and Vocalist Buddy Nielson of Senses Fail perform to a sold-out crowd at the Livingston Student Center last night as a part of the concert, hosted by Rutgers University Programming Association. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Q&A with The Early November BY EMILY GABRIELE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Editor’s Note: Emily Gabriele spoke to Ar thur Enders, guitarist and vocalist of The Early November, Joe Marro, guitarist, Sergio Anello, bassist, Bill Lugg, guitarist and Jef f Kummer, drummer. The Daily Targum: How did Superstorm Sandy affect you?
The Early November: Luckily we are a little more inland, so we weren’t too affected. We had little things, but nothing compared to the damage that happened along the shore, so we definitely got very lucky. We all know people who were affected by it. Being from New Jersey, you hear a lot about the horror stories of other people. DT: What were your initial thoughts on this event?
EN: The ironic thing is that the first time it was originally scheduled for February and it got snowed out, so I guess nobody thought that was going to happen either, so we’ve been planning this now for a while. Since January we’ve been waiting to do this and now the day is here, a very nice day, and we’re happy to be doing it for Rutgers. We’ve played RutgersCamden, so this is our return, I guess. We played at Starland
Ballroom right before the storm with All Time Low in October of 2012 and that was 15 days before the storm, more or less. DT: As far as The Early November coming back together, I want to talk a little bit about that. You guys have put out “In Currents” last year, which was 43 on billboard 200, what’s in foresight? What is coming up for you? EN: We go to the U.K. in May, so that’s next on our list of
things to do, then Warped Tour is going to take a big chunk out of the year — it’s an eight-week extravaganza. So that’s where all efforts are going to more or less be. We are working on some new stuff. We’re getting there. And then after that, we may probably do some shows toward the end of the year and then figure out next year. Warped Tour is so giant so you kind of wait until that’s gone.
Left, left to right: Guitarist David Falcone, Vocalist Chris Cunha, Drummer Matt Trawinski and Bassist Corey Reilly-Davis of Hands on the Stereo play their set to contribute to disaster victims of Hurricane Sandy. Right, left to right: Guitarist Joseph Marro and Guitarist and Vocalist Arthur Enders from The Early November were a part of the lead act alongside Senses Fail. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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SURVEYS Survey responders say UMDNJ merger will absorb University’s attention CONTINUED FROM FRONT have since included them in suraspirations to be one of the most veys and interviews, he said. comprehensive, research-intensive The University’s strategic plan institutions in the nation. will play an active role in measur“You shouldn’t expect that every ing the direction and will be a comment is going to be [directly] dynamic document, changing with incorporated, but every comment is the University’s circumstances, read and used,” he said. Barchi said. The secondar y faculty The final strategic plan will be response indicated that the released in September for review University needs to improve its before the board finalizes it in physical infrastructure and better October, Barchi said. coordinate across departments, Barchi’s town halls average schools and campuses. around 100 students, faculty and The University can leverage staff attending, said Patty diversity in its campuses, students Kastner, events coordinator. He and research as well as its exten- will speak at the Rutgers-Newark sive network of 400,000 living alum- campus in April. ni, while also capitalizing on its Nancy Kranich, School of location near one of the world’s Communication and Information major metropolitan and librarian, said hubs, Barchi said. the more people “It’s all about us “This is a huge participate in the asset that you shaping our future strategic planning don’t get at [the] process, the more together, and to me the plan will look University of Iowa,” he said. something that is exactly where like Other responeveryone will get ders voiced con- the University needs behind. cern that the “I think what’s to be.” UMDNJ merger exciting about this NANCY KRANICH would absorb the moment for School of Communication and University’s attenRutgers is the Information Librarian tion and resources opportunity for all or reduce its of us to participate strength in other in a progress. ... academic areas such as the arts. It’s all about us shaping our People are concerned that the future together, and to me that is attention to generating revenue exactly where the University will reduce educational priorities needs to be and where the counand values, he said. try needs to be.” According to Barchi, the conFrangy Pozo, a School of Arts cerns are relevant because the and Sciences sophomore, brought University needs to balance its up immigration issues to Barchi responsibility to students and faculty when the floor opened for queswith the need to generate revenue. tion and answers. “Everyone recognizes that we “Hopefully we can work want to raise the level of excellence together to make sure that immiin the institution,” he said. “We gration issues are included to be don’t want to lose one when we’re a part of the plan,” she said. trying to get the other. And we’re In response, Barchi said the certainly not going to go for excel- University would take more lence by doing away with one.” action in April. Barchi said UMDNJ faculty “We really hope that some of members are latecomers to the the national legislation will move to strategic planning process because the floor in April and we’re going to University officials could not visit the be asking the students to help us campus and interview professors with letter writing campaigns that before the merger was finalized. we will help to orchestrate,” Barchi But once the merger became said. “We’re going to be very public definite, the University brought with op-ed pieces and editorials at in the faculty on discussions and that time.” -
ASSEMBLING AGAINST POVERTY Representatives from the Global Poverty Project and UNICEF visited the University last night to discuss steps students can take against extreme poverty in third-world countries. The event, hosted by RU UNICEF, listed tools such as social media to be strong proponets in the fight against extreme poverty yesterday in the Multipurpose Room of the Busch Campus Center. TIAN LI
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STATISTICS FOR SURVEY PARTICIPANTS CATEGORIZED AS MORBIDLY OBESE
Lantz says survey results have not been published yet
• In a self-perspective question, few participants called themselves overweight or very obese. Most said they were “somewhat obese.”
CONTINUED FROM FRONT vey repor ted 25 percent of participants had sleep apnea, and 20 percent had back and foot problems. Fifty percent said they had a limited ability to climb several flights of stairs or walk several blocks. Twenty percent of sur vey par ticipants said they experienced often or daily trouble tying their shoes, as well as trouble fitting into a public seat at restaurants, theaters or airplanes. Lantz said a surprising statistic from the sur vey emerged when it asked if par ticipants were willing to eliminate time from their lives in order to lose weight now. Par ticipants with 35 and higher BMIs were willing, on average, to give up 1.5 to two years of their lives to lose anywhere from 10 percent of their weight up to their ideal weight. Lantz said the results from the sur vey have not been discussed or published yet, and the group of about 20 people who attended the seminar was the first to hear the results. “I refused to speak with anyone from the pharmaceutical companies while doing the research and until the results are published,” Lantz said. “I didn’t want them to tell me how to measure or look at certain results and have any kind of ef fect of the results.” She said the sur vey showed that while obesity is protective for older people, just getting of f the couch can be ver y pro-
• 43 percent of men surveyed said they were 15 pounds or more away from their ideal weight. • 50 percent of women surveyed said they were 15 pounds or more away their ideal weight. • 25 percent reported sleep apnea. • 20 percent reported back and foot problems. • 50 percent said they experience difficulty climbing several flights of stairs or walking several blocks. • 20 percent said they “experience often or daily” trouble tying shoes or sitting in public seats.
Paula Lantz, a professor in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University, spoke about obesity and mortality rates yesterday at the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. SHAWN SMITH ductive, and a growing number of studies are showing this. It is possible to be over weight and fit. She discussed the ideas that cer tain professionals have about obesity and said many see it as a medical issue — diagnosed as either a disease or a chronic illness. When she asked the attendees of the seminar if they thought obesity was a disease, not a single hand was raised. Lantz said obesity must be addressed at both a primar y and secondar y prevention level.
CONDUCT Revised code details procedures when policy is violated for student organizations CONTINUED FROM FRONT The new code features a student rights section and a complaint party rights section. “Right off the bat in the code, it tells you what your rights are in the process,” Newman said. “So you don’t have to try to find it anywhere — it spells it out. The revised code also recognizes that student organizations need detailed procedures in place when they violate a policy, and created a way that these policies and procedures will be outlined and recognized by the University. Newman said students have the opportunity for a formal resolution rather than taking them through the disciplinary process, and residence life is now able to hear the cases of low-level violations in the residence halls. “For example, if there’s disorderly conduct between two roommates, and it was more about a roommate issue than a danger to the community, we can refer them to mediation and not create a discipline process, not charge
them with violation, not create a file,” she said. The University already handles first-time alcohol and marijuana regulations in this manner. Currently, a senior student affairs officer needs to approve a sanction from a student who commits a separable violation, one that could possibility lead to suspension or expulsion. This step was cut out to mitigate confusion and save time, and the officer can now only weigh in on appeals. In terms of sanctions, Newman said the policy of disciplinary probation had negative consequences. “Students could not represent the University if they were on probation,” she said. “It negatively impacted student leaders and student athletes. Because the impact was so dispropor tionate, we removed that stipulation.” New sanctions were added, called reprimand and disciplinar y restrictive probation, Newman said. “There are a whole lot more options for intervention without
• On average, participants were willing to give up 1.5 to 2 years to lose a tenth of their weight. SOURCE: PAULA LANTZ
The survey showed secondary prevention of obesity plays a crucial role in public health response, Lantz said. The FDA is also interested in the results of the survey for determining guidelines for future obesity medication. “There is no magic pill to take, they are all in the land of risks and trade of fers. The FDA needs to reconsider the risk and benefit equation of weight-loss drugs,” she said. “The real challenge is [informing] consumers, [so they] can make individual risk and benefit assessments.”
At a primar y level, obesity should not exist — especially in children, she said. The secondar y level focuses on preventing the obesity from worsening and creating other complications. People can learn from the parallels and lessons of the current smoking prevention ef for ts, Lantz said, and primar y prevention can also be applied to obesity in the same way it applies to tobacco. Jessica Allen, a postdoctoral fellow at the University, said she thought the seminar was
interesting, and some of the facts presented intrigued her. “It was interesting seeing behind the scenes of the [Food and Drug Administration] and their policies, and how a real-world researcher can influence them,” she said. “It was also interesting to see how people presented themselves.” Allen said it was surprising to see how many people were willing to give up years of their life to lose weight. She said she would like to see how the results broke down by ethnicity and age groups instead of just BMI categories.
removing somebody from the community,” she said. Joe Cashin, student representative to the Board of Governors, appreciates the changes made to the Code of Conduct, especially since it allows student to know their rights. “This one is written in plain English,” he said. “Little things, like definitions being alphabetized and adding students rights are two things that you would assume would be on there. That they’re on there now is a big improvement.” During the meeting, RUSA also motioned to support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Share Your Stories” initiative. The initiative allows students to share feelings about their perspectives on student debt, said Jagpreet Singh Khakh, senatorat-large for RUSA. This year, student loan debt reached 1 trillion dollars, said Marios Athanasiou, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. “The scope of this debt is something people often don’t realize,” he said. “This is more than credit card debt. This is a debt that is $25,000 for an average graduating student. Unlike credit card debt, unlike auto loan debt, even gambling debt — this debt cannot be discharged from bankruptcy.”
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Rumor has it Prince Harry of Wales will be hitting up the Jersey Shore to get a good look at the wreckage caused last October by Hurricane Sandy. Yes, that was last October — why the royal is visiting us now is beyond us. Is this visit really benefiting anyone other than the prince by being a cute publicity stunt? Plus, the last time he was in the United States, he was found naked in Las Vegas. While we welcome the distraction, we have bigger problems to tend to, and you’re no wizard, Harry. This dart is headed toward that not-so-sweet little prince.
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PRESIDENTIAL PRAISE President Robert L. Barchi held another town hall meeting yesterday for strategic planning. His speech was followed by a series of Q&As with students. Furthermore, Barchi was added to business journal NJBIZ’s Power list: a platform that honors commendable contributions in the field of business. Barchi’s laurel is for this prestigious mention and for performing his primar y duties for the University.
CREATIVE CAMPAIGNING If you have recently spotted empty purple folding chairs at different spots around campus, you might want to take a minute to read the sheets placed on them. The Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance has been holding its annual Spring Empty Chair Campaign — and these chairs have notes with fictional accounts from victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The laurel is for VPVA for their innovation to raise awareness for an issue that requires grave attention.
SCARLET SIGNS There are way too many red equal signs taking up our newsfeed, and we’re perfectly fine with darting the Human Rights Campaign for that. First of all, what is changing a profile picture going to do to bring out gender equality? It might do a good job of raising awareness, but Kony 2012 taught us how mindless viral campaigns can be. HRC makes gay marriage out to be the most pressing human rights concern facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community when there are many other issues to pay attention to, such as homelessness and suicide among LGBTQ teens. Plus, the campaign has been criticized for catering only to straight allies rather than the needs of all LGBTQ individuals. Shame.
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True Christianity does not oppose homosexuality PHILOSOPHIES OF A PARTICULAR AMERICAN ED REEP
eople often assume that the New Testament: the defining scripture of Christianity, opposes homosexuality. The majority of Christian groups, after all, probably oppose homosexuality. From listening to those groups, you’d think that the New Testament contained the words: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” It doesn’t contain those words though. Those words are from the law of the Old Testament, which Christians do not have to follow anymore, in Romans 7:2-4: “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth — but if the husband be dead, she is loose from the law of her husband… ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ.” The moral commandments for Christians are simple. Romans 13:8-10 states: “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet — and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehend-
ed in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Essentially, you’re doing well as a Christian if you follow secular humanist morality. Your choice of sexual partner has nothing to do with morality either way.
“Some confusion about Christianity’s stance on homosexuality [comes from] one particular passage ... describ[ing] homosexuality using harsh language.” Some confusion about Christianity’s stance on homosexuality does persist because of one particular passage from the New Testament where Paul, the apostle, describes homosexuality using harsh language. Paul, however, never says homosexuality is wrong in this passage. He just describes it as disgusting and taboo. He actually uses the word “vile” to describe it, which is translated into English from the Greek word “atima.” Consider this other passage where Paul uses the word in 1 Corinthians 11:13-14: “Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even
nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is [atima] unto him?” Clearly, Paul does not mean to say that a man having long hair is immoral, and we can also likewise assume Paul does not mean to say homosexuality is immoral. From his language, we can only assume he means to say these things are disgusting and taboo, which was true in his society. You have to understand that the former Jews who wrote the New Testament had grown up their whole lives thinking things like homosexuality and shellfish were abominations. Even if homosexuality is no longer unethical in their eyes, they might still find it repulsive in the way someone today would find not showering repulsive. A Christian who argues that homosexuality is immoral misunderstands the religion. Christianity was a reformation of Judaism, you know. Judaism was about all the arbitrary rules that were inconsistent with secular humanism — Christianity simplified things and revealed that morality is a universal truth, not just a set of willy-nilly mandates. To argue against gay marriage or in favor of sodomy laws is to argue contrary to God’s will for American public policy. Ed Reep is a Rutgers Business School senior majoring in supply chain and marketing science with minors in business and technical writing and economics. His column, “Philosophies of a Particular American,” normally runs on alternate Mondays.
Dismiss illogical arguments against gay marriage RUN WITH IT ERIC ANTISELL
ew things irritate me more than an easily dismantled argument that achieves a perennial status. Students of political science are bombarded with them. It is one of the reasons I can’t wait to graduate. The arguments against gay marriage made before the Supreme Court, however, do not give me much optimism about the world after college. Justice Antonin Scalia raised a concern that if gay marriages are to be recognized, gay couples must be given the same adoption rights as straight couples. Scalia was unsure if a household without either a mother or a father is harmful to the child, and thus is an unsuitable arrangement for an orphan. As should be done with ever y argument, let’s follow Scalia’s to its logical conclusion. Suppose a straight, married couple is having a baby. The mother dies in child-
bir th. Using Scalia’s logic, the child should be confiscated from the now-single father and placed under the custody of the state.
“Scalia was unsure if a child growing up in a household without either a mother or a father is harmful to the child, and thus is an unsuitable arrangement for an orphan.” On what grounds would Scalia object to this? Surely, he would find this proposal absurd. If he could explain why it is absurd, he could explain why his objection to allowing gay couples to adopt is also absurd. Arranging for a child to grow up with parents of only one sex is not automatically worse than the alternatives. The question is not which scenario is ideal, but which is better? The question
he should ask is: Would it be better to be raised in either an orphanage or foster care, or by two parents? Would it be better to be raised by even a single parent? Justice Scalia was obviously never an orphan in his youth. Another bad argument against gay marriage is the old “slipper y slope” argument. If two individuals of the same sex can get married, what’s next? Will people start marr ying animals? Why haven’t we seen this “spill-over effect” in other areas? We allow humans to eat animals, for example, but how many animal-eaters develop a craving for human meat? Until people start asking for human sandwiches at Chick-Fil-A, this argument can be laid to rest. Emotional thinking is per vasive in the college setting. Who needs logic when we have feelings? Apparently, outside of college, this sentiment is more common than I thought. 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,” normally runs on alternate Thursdays.
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A lack of complacency should benefit the Knights, as the Huskies (12-11, 0-0) are no slouches. Connecticut ranks fifth among the 13 Big East teams in hitting with a .276 average and also ranks in the top half of the conference with a 2.52 ERA. The Huskies arrive after a 4-3 loss in their home opener Wednesday against Quinnipiac. Freshman pitcher Alyson Ambler was given the start, but lasted only 1.2 innings after surrendering three earned runs. Despite three consecutive hits to begin the home half of the seventh inning, the Huskies would fall short. Rutgers understands it will have to grind out each win this weekend, and that starts with an aggressive small ball approach. Runs are often at a premium for the Knights, who are ninth in the Big East with only 15 homeruns this season. In order to manufacture runs, Rutgers relies on its speed on the basepaths and stringing together hits in bunches. It did that against Hartford, stealing four bases — the most in any single game this season. “We have a number of athletes that can steal bases on anybody — Jackie Bates, Ashley Bragg.” Nelson said. “We’re not afraid to
“Now that we’re heading into Big East ... we’re just trying to tighten up our game.” JAY NELSON Head Coach
steal bases, especially if we can get a couple-run lead.” Junior outfielder Loren Williams leads the Knights in that department with eight stolen bases this season. Rutgers’ leadoff hitter has been caught only twice trying to swipe a base. Patience at the plate has balanced aggressiveness, as the Knights feature four batters with at least a .360 on-base percentage. Sophomore outfielder Chandler Howard leads the team with 14 walks and an impressive .443 on-base percentage. The Knights also know they will need to continue to play sound defense. Nelson said the team worked on tricky fly balls in between the outfield and infield earlier this week. Rutgers’ efforts were on full display against Hartford, showing good communication and making the necessary plays to record the outs. “Now that we’re heading into Big East and conference play has started, we’re really just trying to tighten up our game in all areas,” said senior shortstop Ashley Bragg. “Stealing has been something that has troubled us a little bit, so these midweek games are a great time to practice those things and figure out how to make it work on the weekends.” For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @Greg_P_Johnson.
into place really well, with [senior] Antwan [Lower y], [junior] Kaleb [Johnson], [junior] Betim [Bujari], Taj and Civil,” Huggins said. “We’ve all been lifting together, running plays and watching film together in the offseason. We’ll just pick up right from where we left off.” And with a whole group of offensive linemen that redshirted last season working in with the veterans, the unit may continue to be the strength even after the team’s move to the Big Ten.
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area the Knights have enjoyed recent success, being among the best in the nation in blocked kicks and the best in the Big East in kick returns. But the punt team has not been on par with the rest of that area in recent seasons.
Head coach Kyle Flood looks on yesterday during Rutgers’ practice. Flood wants to see more out of his offensive line, his most experienced group. TIAN LI Justin Doerner, last season’s punter, placed eighth in the conference with a 37.2 yards-perpunt average. The Knights lost him to graduation, and the situation does not appear to have gotten any better. “We certainly need to improve, there’s no secret to that,” Flood
said of punting. “We have not been consistent through the first two days [of spring practice]. We’ve been prbably below what my expectation would have been.” Sophomore Anthony DiPaula and redshirt freshman Aidan Murray are the only two punters listed on the depth chart.
Flood said if nobody on the team produces at the level the coaches want, they will have to look elsewhere. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Joey Gregor y on Twitter @joey_gregory.
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MARCH 29, 2013 MEN’S LACROSSE RUTGERS-PROVIDENCE, TOMORROW, 7 P.M.
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The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team finds itself in an interesting situation in its home Big East matchup this weekend against Providence (6-3, 0-2). The Scarlet Knights currently hold a six-game losing streak, but have been a tough out in many of the games, Those contests include a onegoal loss to No. 3 Notre Dame last weekend. Head coach Brian Brecht said the team does not benefit from the separation between games. “Time heals everything,” said Brecht on the losing streak. “If games were every other day then maybe there would be some carry over.” Rutgers (2-7, 0-2) may be on a losing streak, but the Friars have
lost their last three games against the Scarlet Knights. Providence started of its year strong with wins in five-straight games to start the season but have hit a rough patch lately with loses in three out of its last four. “This is a big home game for us, we still have a shot at making the Big East Tournament, and it all starts with a win against Providence,” said sophomore midfielder Brian Goss, who enters off a two-goal game against Notre Dame. The goaltending matchup is one to keep an eye on in this game. Rutgers and Providence both start freshmen in between the pipes — each of whom are having solid seasons for their respective teams. “We have to execute in all phases of the game,” said Goss about attempting to break the losing streak. “We’ve been in a lot of onegoal games this season, it’s all going to come down to execution.”
For Rutgers, freshman Kris Alleyne will be in net against Providence. Alleyne has a standout performance against Notre Dame to his name, which earned him a place on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll earlier this week. Providence will turn to Jack Connelly, who will be between the pipes for the Friars. Connelly has allowed 95 goals on 288 shots this season, compared to 79 goals allowed on 321 shots for Alleyne. Rutgers will need Alleyne to have another good performance in net, as Providence boasts a trio that puts up huge offensive numbers. Attacker Sean Wright leads the Friars in goals scored with 27 and is tied for the team points lead with 34. Midfielder Andrew Barton leads Providence in assists (15), is tied for the team points lead
(34), and is second on the team in goals scored (19). Attacker JT Weber has 15 goals on the year and is third on the team in points (23). Offensively, the Scarlet Knights look to junior attackers Nick DePaolera and Scott Klimchak to continue their strong seasons. DePaolera leads the team in assists (13), points (28), and is second on the team in goals scored (15). Klimchak leads the team in goals (21), and is second on the team in points (26). “Our back is against the wall,” Brecht said. “This is a playoff game for us. Providence is a good team — we only beat them by a goal in overtime last season. We have to come out with the same passion and intensity that we did against Notre Dame, but just execute a little better.”
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Bulldogs give RU challenge MIKE KOSINSKI CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers women’s tennis team travels Saturday to Yale for a match against the Bulldogs. It will be the final non-conference match of the year for both schools. The Scarlet Knights enter this match with wins in three straight matches. Rutgers has become adjusted to the outdoor game once again after playing indoors during the winter season. The Knights (10-5, 4-2) will have their work cut out for them in this match against Yale. The Bulldogs (10-2) are known as one of the strongest teams in the countr y and are undefeated at home with seven wins. “Our objective is to go out and play our best tennis and be the competitors that we are and let the chips fall into place,” said Rutgers head coach Benjamin Bucca. This is the last non-conference match for the Knights this season, so the team wants to
“We are going into this match playing our best tennis, and we are going to see what happens.” BEN BUCCA Head Coach
see improvement going into a long stretch of Big East Conference games. The strong overall team play from Yale this season should provide Rutgers with a dif ficult matchup and help prepare the Knights for conference play. The Knights’ most recent victor y came on March 27 against Villanova as Rutgers controlled the matchup for a 7-0 victor y. Big East play is always competitive for the Knights, so the victory should be able to help prepare the team for their matchup with Yale. The Knights have won their last three matches by a combined score of 22-to-1 during their winning streak. But the match against Yale will be tougher for Rutgers and the team will have to bring their best if it wants to be the first opponent this season to win at Yale. “We are going into this match playing our best tennis and we are going to see what happens,” Bucca said. The Knights’ most recent victories have all been complete team efforts have led to strong play from the team. Rutgers will need another strong effort to defeat Yale and to continue their strong play for the rest of the season.
MARCH 29, 2013
SPORTS PAGE 15 WOMEN’S LACROSSE
FOOTBALL CARROO, RECEIVERS BENEFIT FROM ADDED REPS
Receivers feature speed BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
The only time Leonte Carroo found the field during his rookie campaign was on special teams. Graduation and injuries have allowed the 6-foot-1-inch sophomore to collect more reps at his more natural position, wide receiver — a move he is perfectly fine with. “This year, we had two pretty good receivers graduate, so pretty much the only two receivers with experience is [senior] Quaron Pratt and [junior] Brandon Coleman,” Carroo said. “So, it gives me more of a shot to show the coaches how I can compete and also my speed.” Carroo represents the different look the Rutgers football team will have at wideout — a unit that sacrifices height for elusiveness. Former Scarlet Knights Mark Harrison and Tim Wright last season stood at 6 feet 3 inches,
and 6 feet 4 inches, respectively. Their size allowed junior quarterback Gary Nova to get away with higher throws. Junior wideout Brandon Coleman, the Knights’ returning receiver with 718 yards last season, towers over secondaries with his 6-foot-6-inch frame. But Coleman is sidelined this spring because of minor knee surgery he underwent after last season, allowing for the smaller and less experienced players to get more reps. “It’s always good to get extra reps,” said Pratt. “It helps you learn more about the defense and everyone else along with learning more about the offense.” Besides Coleman, only two receivers who recorded a reception last season return to the offense, as Pratt and junior Miles Shuler had 22 and five catches, respectively. Shuler stands at 5 feet 10 inches, while Pratt stands at 6 feet —
Senior goalkeeper Lily Kalata boasts a .504 save percentage during Rutgers’ 8-2 start. THE DAILY TARGUM / SEPTEMBER 2012
RU prepares for conference slate BY IAN ERHARD STAFF WRITER
With its next victor y, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team will tie its season total in wins from a year ago. As Big East action is upon them, the Knights have set themselves up for a successful second half with their play in the early months. Rutgers is undefeated at home, where it will play its next five conference games. But the level of competition Rutgers faced with its non-conference schedule acts as a primer for what lies ahead. The Knights’ most recent victor y came last Sunday against Marquette — a future Big East member. In what stands as a marquee victor y so far this season, Rutgers knocked off No. 20 Penn on March 6 in a gritty, 6-5 effort. But its success has not come without a variety of challenges through the first 10 games, including injuries to key players and difficult weather conditions. A plethora of midfielders and attackers stepped up to provide offense in the absence of senior midfielder Stephanie Anderson, who is sidelined with an injur y. Junior midfielder Katrina Martinelli has scored from the outset and leads the team with 25 goals. She was followed by the emergence of classmates, junior attack Megan Clements and junior mid-
fielder Amanda Trendell, as they both have become reliable scorers with more than 10 goals each. On the defensive end, senior goalkeeper Lily Kalata has taken control with a save percentage greater than .500 and a top-five ranking among goalies nationally. She is supported by: returning junior defenders Chelsea Intrabar tola, Claire MacDougall and redshirt sophomore Jenny Vlahos. The chemistry developed by the defense has produced strong numbers. The team allowed just more than six goals per game, good for third best in the nation. “There are so many really good teams in the Big East,” Kalata said. “Their offenses are amazing, so we’ve been able to get into a good system now, but in conference we’re going to have to bring it that much more.” With five games in a row decided by three goals or less, the Knights have had to play a full 60 minutes to come away with wins. Even after an 8-7 loss to Temple in the second game of the season on Feb. 20 — a defeat ver y similar to one a year ago — the team was able to bounce back. But with meetings against highly ranked teams such as Syracuse and Loyola on the horizon, the Knights understand the toughest games are yet to come. “The teams are going to get a lot more challenging, we know that we need to work together and communicate together,” Vlahos said. “We just know it’s going to be a lot harder.”
Freshman receiver Leonte Carroo runs downfield yesterday during Rutgers’ practice. Carroo will see more reps thanks to graduation and Brandon Coleman’s offseason surgery. TIAN LI
a drastic change in height from what the Knights were accustomed to last season. While Wright and Harrison gave Nova and the rest of the offense the luxury of size, the smaller core of receivers will provide a different element. “We bring speed,” Carroo said. “Mark was a great receiver, and Tim was a great receiver, but this wide-receiver group that we have, we bring a shifty side with guys you can get the ball and turn it up field and score touchdowns.” That was featured in yesterday’s practice, as the long ball was traded in for intermediate routes that allowed for the receivers to use more of their speed to get open. Practice also showed the amount of reps available for a group that is looking for someone to emerge behind Pratt and Shuler. Carroo and redshirt freshman Ruhann Peele have benefited the most from the lack of experience as receivers, since both have been lining up with the first team offense in spring drills. And head coach Kyle Flood sees no difference in the competition at receiver as he does at any other position — with the spring being more of an audition for who will get first-team reps, come mini camp in the summer. His sample size from that group — unlike years past — will be on the smaller side in terms of height. “I wouldn’t just limit it to them,” Flood said yesterday after practice. “I think all of our young players on the team [are] trying to show us what their role can be, what kind of impact they can have on the team. Certainly, at the positions where there is more openings due to graduation — like the secondary and at receiver, I think that shows up a little bit more.” For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D
BASEBALL RUTGERS 6, VILLANOVA 0
Smorol dominates Wildcats BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
Rutgers Head Baseball Coach Fred Hill said before practice Wednesday he wanted to see a completely different effort than the one on display in Tuesday’s loss to Rider. Hill got all that and more yesterday, as Rutgers (9-12, 3-1) defeated Villanova, 6-0, to capture the first game of a threegame series against the Wildcats. Senior lefthander Rob Smorol went eight innings for the Knights, pitching a shutout on five hits to collect his third win of the season. But despite the dominant performance, Hill signaled for junior reliever Charlie Lasky to finish the game. The move did not come without suspense. Villanova (6-17, 0-1) threatened in the bottom of the ninth as
it had the bases loaded with two outs and second baseman Morris Emmanuel up. After Lasky was brought in to spell Smorol, he gave up two hits. Hill then signaled for Howie Brey to get the Knights out of the jam. Brey responded with a strikeout of Emmanuel to keep Rutgers toward the top of the Big East standings. Rutgers received half of its run total in the top of the inning, when senior second baseman Nick Favatella doubled to right center to drive in junior shortstop Pat Sweeney and freshman third baseman Matt Tietz for a 5-0 lead. For Favatella, it brought his RBI total to three in the game. Junior outfielder Brian O’Grady added an insurance run on an RBI double for the final score. After a first-inning RBI single by sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo, the game became a stalemate until the top of the fifth.
Zarrillo and Favatella each delivered RBI base hits to bring the lead to 3-0. While the Wildcats had a hard time keeping Rutgers off of the scoreboard, they had an even worse time trying to get on it. Though Villanova had seven hits, they produced no runs as Smorol showed why he is Rutgers No. 1 starter. The Knights were also able to avoid a letdown to a less talented opponent with the win, and a sweep against the Wildcats would do wonders for a team who struggled against teams of any caliber earlier in the season. Rutgers will play Villanova in the second game of the threegame series today beginning at 3:30 with senior righthander Tyler Gebler starting on the hill. For more updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Bradly Derechailo on Twitter @Bradly_D.
WILDCAT BEATDOWN Behind three RBI from senior
AWAY CHALLENGE The Rutgers tennis team faces the
SMALL AND STEADY The Rutgers football
Nick Favatella, the Rutgers baseball team pounded Villanova yesterday, 6-0. PAGE 15
challenge of handing Yale its first loss at home this season when they travel to Connecticut. PAGE 14
team’s receiving core features a shorter unit than years past. PAGE 15
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re not afraid to steal bases, especially if we can get a couple-run lead.” —Rutgers head softball coach Jay Nelson
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013
KNIGHT NOTEBOOK FIVE VETERANS RETURN UP FRONT FOR KNIGHTS
‘O’ line remains consistent amid changes BY JOEY GREGORY CORRESPONDENT
One word the Rutgers football team will hear often this preseason will be “new.” The Scarlet Knights have some new coaches with some new personalities, new players and a slew of new starters. One new coach is offensive coordinator Ron Prince, who is clearly dissimilar to his predecessor Dave Brock. But there does not appear to be any issues with his new personality. Junior offensive lineman Taj Alexander said Prince was recently with the team dancing to some hip-hop music, giving the impression he is fitting in just fine. On the field is a slightly different story. “Being out there with him, you just have to get used to little things that are different,” Alexander said. “Some things are different than Coach Brock and we’re learning a new offense, new terminology and things like that. It’s taking a little bit to get used to.” The offense will also have some new faces seeing more time than last season. But one place there will likely be very little novelty is the offensive line. R.J. Dill is the only member of last year’s unit who will not be returning. To make filling his spot easier, Alexander and senior offensive lineman Andre Civil rotated in the starting lineup, so Rutgers still effectively has five starting offensive linemen. That means the unit entered spring practice with no players without starting or playing experience. “We just go out there with the mentality that we need to get better ever y day,” Alexander said. “We’re going to be the strength of our offense.”
Senior offensive tackle Andre Civil participates yesterday during Rutgers’ practice. Civil is one of four starters who return along the offensive line and will be the most experienced unit for the Knights. TIAN LI Head coach Kyle Flood wants more. . “I don’t think we’re where we want to be with that group just yet,” Flood said. “I think we’ve moved in the right direction each of the last two years. Would I have like to have moved further in the right direction each of the last two years? I would.”
One person clearly thankful for the stability along the offensive line is junior running back Savon Huggins. Following former running back Jawan Jamison’s announcement to leave Rutgers early to enter the NFL Draft, Flood gave Huggins his vote of confidence as the team’s starter entering spring practice.
An experienced, established offensive line can only help the St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) product. He also had time to build chemistr y with them. “Ever ything [on the offensive line] fell SEE
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SOFTBALL RUTGERS-CONNECTICUT, TODAY, 1 P.M.
Knights focus on pitching in series against UConn BY GREG JOHNSON CORRESPONDENT
After easily winning its season-opening doubleheader Wednesday behind two shutouts, the Rutgers softball team looks to carry momentum into its second Big East series this weekend against Connecticut. The Scarlet Knights take to the diamond at the RU Softball Complex for a two-day
series with the Huskies today at 1 p.m., followed by the finale tomorrow at noon. Rutgers (16-11, 1-2) fired on all cylinders against Hartford as it tallied 12 runs on 21 hits and tossed 14 shutout innings with only one error in that span. The Knights could not have asked for a smoother homecoming. “It was awesome, especially coming off this weekend when we took a couple losses,”
said freshman pitcher Dresden Maddox. “It was good to get back out there and just throw like we know how to throw.” Maddox improved to 5-1 and lowered her ERA to 2.38 on the season. Despite allowing 39 walks in 56 innings on the year, she walked only six batters in her last three outings combined. Sophomore lefthander Alyssa Landrith lowered her ERA to 1.92 and continues
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BRIAN O’GRADY ,junior outfielder, collected an RBI double in the top of the ninth inning yesterday in the Rutgers baseball team’s 6-0 win to increase his hitting streak to 10 games this season.
to boast an impressive strikeout (88) to walk (24) ratio in 94.2 innings of action. Head Coach Jay Nelson said pitching still is not quite as sharp as he thinks it can be, but notes the positive fact that the pitchers still hurled two shutouts against Hartford. SEE
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RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR SOFTBALL
Fred Hardy Invite
Today, 1 p.m. RU Softball Complex
Tomorrow, 3 p.m. RU Softball Complex
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. Villanova, Pa.
Tomorrow Richmond, Va.