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At the first Tyler Clementi Center Humanities Lecture, Professor Richard Miller explained the University’s role in shaping the moral values of students. ALEX VAN DRIESEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Professor addresses issues with youth’s moral values BY JUSTINA OTERO CORRESPONDENT
Professor Richard Miller, who has performed numerous case studies about the events surrounding the life and death of Tyler Clementi, believes it is the role of the University to produce people with moral values and the capacity to focus on things outside of themselves. The first Tyler Clementi Center Humanities Lecture, “Growing Up Digital: Embodied Experience in the Virtual Age” took place Friday on Douglass campus and featured Miller discussing youth and morality. Clementi was a University student who committed suicide in 2011 after his roommate used a webcam to observe him having intimate relations with another man. His roommate, Dharun Ravi, also tweeted about the video and Clementi. Miller, a professor in the University’s Writing Program, said as society changes into a screen-
centered culture, it must also change the ways in which it uses and takes advantage of the thriving virtual world. “As I studied the [Clementi] story … one of the facts that stood out to me the most was that in these tweets, there were 148 followers, and not one of them said ‘no,’” Miller said. “Not one of them said ‘stop.’” He said it is the responsibility of the elderly to create a world in which young people can develop a moral compass. “We live in a time where information is super abundant, this is unprecedented … How will we develop a humane society in the super abundance of information?” he said. Miller said those who simply follow Internet trends are losing the opportunity to use the Internet and all of its capabilities for something more than its usual insignificant comedy. SEE
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Students pitch stock sales in competition BY IJEOMA UNACHUKWU CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers began in 1993 as a club that developed skills such as interviewing and resume writing to help students find jobs on Wall Street. Students were able to practice these skills Saturday at LIBOR’s first competition at the Livingston Student Center.
LIBOR’s stock pitch competition featured seven schools from across the nation and business representatives from companies such as Merrill Lynch and Canadian Capital International Asset Management. “We do a really good job in preparing students, since I have had internships since my freshman year because of this club,” said Steven Cao, president of LIBOR. “I SEE
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State Senator Barbara Buono is running on the Democratic ticket for the upcoming gubernatorial elections. ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FILE PHOTO, FEBRUARY 2013
State Senator says tough economic decisions forced education cuts BY JUSTINA OTERO CORRESPONDENT
Having lived in New Jersey as a young adult and having struggled with dif ficult economic times, State Senator Barbara Buono said she knows how to represent and fight for working and middle-class people in her campaign during this year’s gubernational election.
Buono, who is running on the Democratic ticket, said she was motivated to run against Republican incumbent Gov. Chris Christie because of her experiences growing up in the state. “The New Jersey that I grew up in — if you worked hard enough — anything was possible,” she said. “I grew up in Nutley where … we didn’t have a lot of money but my parents always taught me the
importance of hard work and a good education.” The status of New Jersey’s higher education is a matter Buono said she is looking to improve, as the state has some of the highest costs in education in the nation while still lacking appropriate state funding. She said the state’s tough economic decisions led to education being one of the first entities to receive cuts in funding. “I was on the budget committee, you see that when there is an economic downturn, higher education SEE
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CAMPUS CALENDAR Thursday, April 4 The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance presents the Eve Ensler play “The Vagina Monologues” at 8:30 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for nonstudents. The money collected will go to The Rape Crisis and Intervention Center of Middlesex County and the V-day Organization. The play will also run on April 5 at the same time and place.
Friday, April 5 Rutgers Career Services holds an information session and workshops on internships at 11 a.m. in the Busch Campus Center. Preregistration is required. For more information, go to www.careerservices.rutgers.edu.
METRO CALENDAR Thursday, April 4 Comedian Nick Cannon performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Stress Factory Comedy Club at 90 Church St. in New Brunswick. Tickets cost $25 and attendees must be 16 years old and buy a minimum of two items. The event marks the beginning of a series of five performances by Cannon at the club from April 4-6. For more information, go to www.stressfactory.com.
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Barchi to work on immigration at national level BY JULIAN CHOKKATTU NEWS EDITOR
Because University President Robert L. Barchi could not make it to the University Senate meeting Friday, a chairperson read his report on the strategic planning initiative, according to Pavel Sokolov, representative for the Rutgers Business School Governing Association. Sokolov, Rutgers University Student Assembly treasurer, said the report indicated that the strategic planning initiative was going well, and that Barchi would be meeting with RUSA on April 11 to continue dialogue with the students. Sokolov, a Rutgers Business School junior, said Barchi’s report also indicated he would continue working with federal legislators to make sure comprehensive immigration reform is passed on a national level. The Senate voted to extend the add-drop period due to Rosh Hashanah taking place early next semester, he said. The period has been extended by two days to allow students observing the religious holiday more time to decide if they need to add or drop a course.
More than 300 students signed up for this year’s HackRU, a hackathon hosted by The Underground Student Alliance of Computer Scientists which ran from Saturday at 2 p.m. until Sunday around 4 p.m. at the Cook Campus Center. JULIAN CHOKKATTU, NEWS EDITOR
Students work overnight for HackRU competition BY JULIAN CHOKKATTU NEWS EDITOR
With yellow cartons of coffee from Au Bon Pain lying empty and platters that once held sandwiches now littered with strings of lettuce, the Multipurpose Room in the Livingston Student Center was filled with more than 200 weary students. The Underground Student Alliance of Computer Scientists held the fourth HackRU event from 2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday evening. HackRU is a hackathon where participants split into teams to create software projects overnight within the given timeframe.
Sameen Jalal, co-founder of HackRU, said he began the competition three years ago. “This is my first year competing and not an organizer, and compared to when I started it three years ago, I’m really proud of what HackRU has become,” said Jalal, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Jalal won second place this year for his project involving reverse location search for images. He used a photo he took this winter in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral and mapped out the entire area. “I used Google Street View images of that area, so if I said ‘where was this taken,’ it would give me the exact latitude and lon-
gitude and what direction I was facing,” Jalal said. The practical uses extend to the program automatically geo-tagging photos in an album and more, he said. “If you’re lost, and you just had your phone on you, and the GPS wasn’t working — if you take a [picture] of your surrounding area, it will give you your exact location and the direction you are facing,” he said. The hack took him more than 15 hours to complete, Jalal said. He began around 7 p.m. Saturday and finished it Sunday at 11:30 a.m. He said the first-place winners were a team that made a Google Chrome extension based
around downloads. If a user downloaded a particular item once and then downloaded the same item at another time, the extension would prompt a message asking if the user wanted to download it again. More than 300 people signed up to attend the hackathon this year, Jalal said, with more than 45 teams presenting their projects at the end of the 24-hour long event. Jalal said in the first HackRU, only 9 students presented at the end. Professional companies present at the hackathon, such as Microsoft and Mashery, presented prizes for participants who used their technology the best, said Jalal, who represented Facebook.
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COMPETITION Each team only had 10 minutes to present their case to judges CONTINUED FROM FRONT
Joshua Kamboj, far left, a Rutgers Business School exchange student, pitches stocks to a panel of judges with Ankith Polavarapu, a Rutgers Business School junior, far right. PAUL SOLIN
recommend it to anybody looking for a job out of college.” This year’s Inaugural Stock Pitch competition featured the theme “Who is the Biggest Bear?” A bear stock is a stock losing money that is considered a bad investment. The teams presented short positions to convince company officials to sell off a certain stock, said Cao, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. In the competition, teams from schools as far as Virginia Tech University and the winner, Pennsylvania State University, represented different companies. Each team had only 10 minutes to present their case to a panel of judges, which consisted of one junior and one senior professional. During each presentation, the teams were critiqued on the deliv-
ery of their presentation as well as the factuality of their statistics. “The good thing about this competition and pitching to professionals is that it is a really good skill to learn … there are so many variables in an investment that you will never fully know everything … but at least you guys are practicing,” said Joseph Rizzo, investment manager at Clear Harbor Asset Management. Rizzo said short selling was a much harder skill and was very underappreciated — but if done right, an individual could make a lot of money. Evan Lee, director of LIBOR’s student managed fund, Bender Trust, said short selling was telling a company they should not invest in a stock because the stock is about to fail. “The teams here today are acting as investors that are trying to sell the stocks to the professionals who are from real-life companies,” Lee said. There were two rounds of presentations throughout the day, while the teams who were not competing attended a workshop held by Ben Axler from Prescience Point Research, a shor t-seller specializing in uncovering financial and company fraud. Axler said student competitors who might be interested in short selling should be aware of overseas companies, or those that tr y to rebrand themselves to cover up their monetar y losses. On the other side of the Livingston Student Center, teams prepared to give their presentations. “We’ve been preparing this specifically for about a week, but the club does mock presentations every week, so this is nothing we’re not used to,” said Aleksey Schukin from the Investment Management Group at Baruch College. During the presentations, judges were allowed to interject with questions and give suggestions of what they should include for the next competition. After the first round of presentations, the day continued with networking opportunities from various represented companies including: Prescience Point Research, JAC Capital, Clear Harbor Asset Management, Merrill L ynch, Strategic Value Par tners, Canadian Capital International Asset Management and UBS Financial Ser vices. Lee, a Rutgers Business School junior, said considering they only started planning about a month and a half ago, the event was a success. “We went to Michigan in October for a stock pitch competition and thought it would be a good idea to have it here to get good publicity for the school and build the Rutgers brand,” Lee said. The easiest part was getting professionals to come because they were mostly University alumni who were looking for the opportunity to contribute, Lee said. The hardest part was finding teams on such short notice.
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VALUES Miller says students need guidance from adults CONTINUED FROM FRONT “When the central discourse is humor and parody, are we providing a mental culture that makes it possible for people to become creative beings, to willingly engage in the problems … which are bigger than anyone of us can conceive? How do we get beyond LOLCats?” he said. He said institutions hoping to create a different mindset and value system among their students should provide guidance to shape character. “What we need are people who are resourceful, people who say ‘Hey, I just got a tweet that was about something seriously f—-ed up and I’m going to do something about it,’” he said. “That tweet happens every day.” In order to get to this point, he said people must be willing to open their eyes and see the reality at hand. “We can only get there if we accept this complex-shattering truth. Our students live in a different world than we grow up in, and it’s our responsibility to learn how to teach in that new world,” he said. Jesse Karr, School of Arts and Sciences junior, said Miller brought light to issues that are often unaddressed. “He said a lot of things that need to be said that people in the educational environment are afraid to say,” Karr said. “He’s right when he says … It’s not the student’s responsibility to steel themselves against this change but everyone’s responsibility — we can’t do it on our own.” Miller said this responsibility includes looking at new methods of teaching to address pertinent issues. “Understanding begins in curiosity, it doesn’t begin in certainty. Being creative takes practice,” he said. “The University should be a sacred place that advocates and protects that practice and what we should be cultivating are the habits of the creative mind.” The lack of creativity will be resolved once institutions reorganize their priorities and put the issues of modern society into perspective, Miller said. “We got to … begin to live and work and thrive and create the thing that doesn’t yet exist in the web, which is a vibrant intellectual culture that’s driven to solve the problems of the 21st century,” he said. “That’s the job of the University, not enrolling 47,000 people.” Eric Weber, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said he admires how the professor suggested people open their minds. “He did an awesome job articulating a lot of thoughts that go on in students’ heads, teachers’ heads and administration and puts it out in a way that people can see and really think about it more,” Weber said. “I know everyone there had the same internal feeling the entire time.” Miller said he hopes the Clementi center will be an avenue for research and education centered on creativity to ensure that Clementi’s death was not in vain. “I want us to think about how beautiful it is today and how this could be the day that we decide to change the world,” he said.
class and the working poor. The governor has no economic plans,” she said. Guillermo says David Turner, who is in charge of communications for education funding Buono’s campaign, said the govshould never be cut ernor has not taken a full advantage of opportunities for tuition CONTINUED FROM FRONT reduction and job creation, two is where people go to cut,” Buono significant components of the said. “It’s probably the last place state’s economic future. we should go, because I think “[Education] is the key to that our kids need more educa- equality and opportunity … and tion — more preparation to com- it’s got to be af fordable,” pete in the global marketplace.” Turner said. “That’s the way She said educathat people move tion has not been up in their class, made a priority, “[Education] is the move up in their which is a trend class key to equality and working she hopes to turn and make sure around to open opportunity … and that they have doors for students, the oppor tunity it’s got to be while simultaneto succeed.” ously improving He said this affordable.” New Jersey’s notion of working DAVID TURNER economy. to change social Head of Communications of “Education is standing is familBarbara Buono for Governor the great equaliziar to Buono, maker, and I have ing her an always seen it that way. It ideal representative for enables people to be able to her constituents. pursue their own version of the “Her beliefs are grounded in American dream and without it her experience, she grew up in people are at a disadvantage a working-class family. ... She even more than the conditions had to work hard to get to that they are born into and where she is. That’s where placed,” she said. she’s coming from, she really She said in the past, Christie understands that,” Turner said. has dismissed her legislation, “She’s the best candidate … which she said would have fos- par ticularly for students, tered a better relationship because she understands how between universities and busi- hard it is.” nesses looking to do research. Jah Guillermo, a School of “The governor vetoed it … Arts and Sciences sophomore, and called it a ‘pile of crap,’” said higher education should not Buono said. “And I know every- be first on the list for budget cuts. body [who] thought about it “I want to be a teacher, so I chuckled, but I think it’s just feel like education should another lost opportunity to create never be a thing to cut either jobs and to boost up the middle way,” he said.
IN BRIEF NJ PHYSICIAIN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD CAMDEN, N.J. — A southern New Jersey physician who owns a business that provides homebased medical services has admitted billing Medicare for lengthy visits to elderly patients that they did not receive. Lori Reaves recently pleaded guilty to a complaint charging her with health care fraud. The 52year-old Winslow Township resident faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced July 13. Reaves owns the Hammontonbased Visiting Physicians of South Jersey. Federal prosecutors say she admitted lying about ser vices that the firm provided from early 2008 to late 2011. They say she used Medicare billing codes for problems requiring more than two hours of service when she actually spent 30 to 45 minutes with each patient. They say Reaves received at least $511,068 in criminal profits.
GUN CONTROL ACTIVIST CALLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH DISCUSSION WASHINGTON — Gun control activist Mark Kelly says a proposed national gun background bill under discussion in the Senate should include better access to mental health records that could prevent psychologically disturbed people from obtaining guns. Kelly, a former astronaut and husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said yesterday that the suspect accused of severely wounding his wife could not have bought the guns he wielded if a background check had exposed his mental problems. Jared Loughner pleaded guilty to shooting Giffords and killing six people in Tucson in Januar y 2011. Case records released last week showed Loughner passed a background check despite evidence of his agitated mental state. Kelly pressed for the proposed background check law in an interview on Fox News yesterday. — The Associated Press
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In healthcare fight, Obama turns to mass marketing THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — How do you convince millions of average Americans that one of the most complex and controversial programs devised by government may actually be a good deal for them? With the nation still split over President Barack Obama’s health care law, the administration has turned to the science of mass marketing for help in understanding the lives of uninsured people — hoping to craft winning pitches for a surprisingly varied group in society. The law’s supporters will have to make the sale in the run up to an election — the 2014 midterms. Already, Republicans are hoping for an “Obamacare” flop that helps them gain control of the Senate — while Democrats are eager for the public to finally embrace the Affordable Care Act, bringing political deliverance.
It turns out America’s more than 48 million uninsured people are no monolithic mass. A marketing analysis posted online by the federal Health and Human Services Department reveals six distinct groups — three of which appear critical to the success or failure of the program. They’re the “Healthy and Young,” comprising 48 percent of the uninsured, the “Sick, Active and Worried,” (29 percent), and the “Passive and Unengaged” (15 percent). The “Healthy and Young” take good health for granted, are techsavvy, and have “low motivation to enroll.” The “Sick, Active and Worried” are mostly Generation X and baby boomers, active seekers of health care information and worried about costs. The “Passive and Unengaged” group is mostly 49 and older, “lives for today,” and doesn’t understand much about health insurance.
North Korea threatens nuclear war against US THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEOUL, South Korea — Nor th Korea’s leader said Friday that his rocket forces are ready “to settle accounts with the U.S.,” an escalation of the countr y’s bellicose rhetoric and a direct response to U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers joining militar y drills with South Korea a day earlier. Kim Jong Un’s comments in an early morning meeting with his senior generals are par t of a rising tide of threats meant to highlight anger over the militar y drills and recent U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear test. Nor th Korea sees U.S. nuclear firepower as a direct threat to its existence and claims the annual militar y drills are a preparation for invasion. Pyongyang also uses
the U.S. nuclear arsenal as a justification for its own push for nuclear-tipped missiles that can strike the United States — a goal that exper ts believe to be years away, despite a nuclear test last month and in December, a long-range rocket launch. A full-blown Nor th Korean attack is unlikely, though there are fears of a more localized conflict, such as a naval skirmish in disputed Yellow Sea waters. Such naval clashes have happened three times since 1999. Nor th Korea’s threats are seen by outside analysts as ef for ts to provoke South Korea to soften its policies and to win direct talks with Washington that could result in aid. Kim’s comments are also seen as ways to build domestic loyalty and strengthen his militar y credentials.
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Pope delivers peace plea for troubled times THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis delivered a plea for peace yesterday, in his first Easter Sunday message to the world, decr ying the seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula after celebrating Mass at an outdoor altar before over 250,000 people in flowerbedecked St. Peter’s Square. Francis shared in his flock’s exuberance as they celebrated Christianity’s core belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead following crucifixion. After Mass, he stepped aboard an open-topped white popemobile for a cheerful spin through the joyous crowd — kissing babies and patting children on the head.
One admirer of both the pope and of the pope’s favorite soccer team, Argentina’s Saints of San Lorenzo, insisted that Francis take the team jersey he was waving at the pontif f. A delighted Francis obliged, briefly holding up the shir t, and the crowd roared in approval. Francis has repeatedly put concern for the poor and suffering at the center of his messages, and he pursued his promotion of the causes of peace and social justice in the Easter speech he delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica — the same vantage point above the square where he was introduced to the world as the first Latin American pope on March 13.
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new University study found some startling proper health as well. Instead of simply addressing results when it comes to the effectiveness of medical issues, it’s important that we also take on a New Jersey’s urban medical facilities. The preemptive role in satisfying the needs of citizens Affordable Care Act has brought us a long way when to maintain their health. Whether that’s by ensurit comes to making sure Americans are receiving the ing they are taking the necessar y medication or folhealth care they need, but it turns out that the lack of lowing up on their doctors’ appointments, it is permaintenance of that health is costing New Jersey milfectly within the state’s power to attempt more lions of dollars. Getting treated in a hospital is one effective solutions. thing, but maintaining the benefits of that treatment To address Trenton’s difficult health care problems, is another. competing medical facilities came together to create The study was conducted between 2008 and 2010, the Trenton Health Team, which coordinates proper and it explored how well our facilcare and attention for patients. In ities are treating our poorest residoing so, the township has dents by measuring how many reduced unnecessary emergency “While New Brunswicktreated patients return to a hospivisits by 45 percent and Franklin was the best-per- room tal within 30 days. It also assessed avoidable hospital stays by 56 perhow many times the emergency forming ... every township cent. Clearly, better measures are room is visited for non-emer— all they require is the was found to spend millions possible gency reasons and how often collective efforts of our centers patients are unnecessarily admitand health professionals. of dollars that could have ted to hospitals. As we mentioned in our March been easily avoided.” The study found that within 26 editorial “Soda ban ineffective 2010 alone, the state overspent in end goal,” we can’t address an estimated $284 million it health without also mentioning could have saved with the right precautions. the socioeconomic problems that result in citizens’ The apparent problem is patients aren’t being health issues in the first place. The fact that lack of pubproactive enough in combatting their ailments. Issues lic health facilities is resulting in greater strain on medlike not taking or completing medication, not attending ical services should raise necessary alerts on where doctors’ appointments and not taking the proper vacciour priorities needs to be. It’s also urgent that affordnations create costly problems that could otherwise be able alternatives to lifestyle choices be made available avoided. In the case of Trenton, the third-worst townto the population in order to promote better liveliship in the study, there was not enough money to have hoods. Tackling socioeconomic issues would allow us public-health facilities for things like prenatal care, to get to the heart of health problems. which caused many low-income citizens to go to the With necessary liberties like the Affordable Care emergency room or pursue charity care. Act come necessary responsibilities. In order for the While New Brunswick-Franklin was the best-perhealth of New Jerseyians to be truly tended, the propforming township in the study, every township was er measures must be taken to maintain it — on top of found to spend millions of dollars unnecessarily. providing care for it. With appropriate attention, there It’s important the state take proper measures to is nothing stopping our state from reaching its fullest not only provide proper health care, but to encourage health care potential. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 145th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.
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Student body needs Knights for Change COMMENTARY ROWAIDA ABDELAZIZ
n a time period when freedom of expression and questioning authorities is at its ultimate peak, citizens across the globe are demanding attention from their establishments that proper representation is met. Witnessing movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring, the definition of responsible citizenship has skyrocketed with an increase in accessibility to information and change. On a microcosmic level, change has been seen on campus grounds. Students more than ever are having their voice heard with a year filled with rallies, events and The Daily Targum’s controversies. However, students must acknowledge that much more needs to be done, and this is precisely what running Rutgers University Student Assembly President Sherif Ibrahim and his ticket, Knights for Change, are going to do. One of the largest concerns on campus students face today is the hefty gap. They lack proper communication between RUSA and its constituents. The mission of student government is to connect, communicate and represent its students — students of all backgrounds, needs and concerns — to the administration and outside of the University. The lack of a strong relationship between RUSA and student leadership affiliations such as greek life, religious and cultural organizations and other various communities greatly hinders the University community as a whole. Knights for Change pinpoints this argument greatly and has
prioritized the community in ensuring a smooth line of communication between the two with the concept of shared governance. The key to a successful shared governance and its implementation includes collaboration with the president’s office and other major offices such as the Office of Enrollment Management, the Rutgers University Foundation, Student Af fairs, Dining Ser vices, Department of Transportation Services and much more. The power of this body not only ensures that the proper needs are heard, but it also ensures that they are successfully carried out to better provide for the student body on an individual and community level.
“Focusing on fostering a strong mechanism of representation and communication between the administration and students is a vital change that must be addressed. ” Focusing on fostering a strong mechanism of representation and communication between the administration and students is a vital change that must be addressed. Students need to have the direct capabilities in voicing their concerns of all kinds on an individual basis, and unfortunately, this has been a problem that has ailed the community for too long. Concerns such as stopping student tuition hikes, improving the trans-
portation ser vices, academic affairs and study accommodations are all crucial characteristics to a student’s successful college career. On a legislative level, Ibrahim pledges to continue lobbying for increased aid to address the right of every student to a college education. Improving safety and recycling procedures are all on the agenda — as well as advocating for a light-rail system. No student should have to wait 45 minutes to commute between campuses and during rush hour. Ibrahim has nothing but an extensive and well-developed history in succeeding within the field of public policy. Being on RUSA for two years now as the current vice president and the former public relations chair, he understands the internal flow and logistics of the organization. He is also a current McNair Scholar and one of the major contributors to the latest success of the University’s “Campus of the Year” award that took place at the 44th annual Grassroots Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., a first in University history. Ibrahim’s candidacy has proven to be nothing short of brilliance and quality in fur ther striving to push the University to its greatest potential. As impressive as his experience and his powerful platform continues to be, perhaps what makes his candidacy the perfect fit for RUSA president is his overwhelming love for what he does and his drive to accomplish ever y student’s need — no matter how small. Rowaida Abdelaziz is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in journalism and media studies and middle-eastern studies.
Turn attention to Myanmar atrocities DEREK J. DEMERI
eventy years ago, the world gasped in horror when Allied powers liberated concentration camps in Eastern Europe. The idea that German Nazis would work to destroy Jews and other minority groups in a deliberate attempt to erase their presence from the world completely astonished global citizens. Promises were made while world leaders repeatedly said “never again” and outlawed genocide with the Genocide Convention of 1948. Forty-five years later, 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. After the genocide, President Bill Clinton repeated the words “never again,” despite the fact that the U.S. State Department stood silent while the genocide took place. While the State Department was quick to evacuate the 250 U.S. citizens in Rwanda at the time
with heavily armed personnel, soldiers made absolutely no attempt to protect even one genocide victim. The United States is in yet another position to prevent or hinder genocide, this time in the Southeast Asian countr y of Myanmar. After more than 40 years of
“Genocide Watch categorized Myanmar under ‘Genocide Emergency,’ the rank given to a country when genocide is actually occurring.” militar y rule, Myanmar has been slowly transitioning to a democratic government. However, long-term ethnic tensions have recently flared up against Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority group in the area. In three days of riot-
ing in late March, more than 40 Rohingyas were killed and their homes and mosques were destroyed. Genocide Watch categorized Myanmar under “Genocide Emergency,” the rank given to a countr y when genocide is actually occurring. A United Nations envoy to the region recently stated that Rohingya homes were destroyed with “brutal efficiency,” and Myanmar President Thein Sein just announced that his administration will use force to quell violence. Violence has calmed, but is far from over. The United States must pledge its suppor t to prevent acts of genocide, which it is required to do as a signator y of the Genocide Convention. We cannot bring back the 800,000 lives lost in Rwanda, but we can, as the most powerful countr y in the world, put meaning behind the words “never again” and learn from our past mistakes of silence. May peace be sooner rather than later.
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True Christianity does not oppose homosexuality “This is just an attempt to shape the scriptures into a viewpoint. Paul clearly states that homosexuality is a sin listed right along side adultery, lying and others (Corinthians Chapter 6) that could cause someone to not inherit the kingdom of God. It's not in question.”
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PITCHING Balanced approach on offense allows RU to break game open CONTINUED FROM BACK hit 2-for-2 with a walk, three RBI and a run scored. “I’ve just been taking the same approach that I have been the last few games,” Madden said. “I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere — that was really it. It just happened to go over that time.” In the four th inning, Rutgers broke the game open, scoring three runs on two hits and two walks. The Knights showed patience at the plate — working counts into their favor and punishing the mistakes of righthander Kiki Saveriano. “We talk about having good at bats,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “We want them to be aggressive in the strike zone
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but let those borderline pitches go if you’re ahead in the count, so you get good pitches to hit. Our kids are doing a much better job at that.” Saveriano, who star ted all three games for the Huskies (13-13, 1-2) in the series, had her way with the Knights in the first game Friday — when she tossed a complete game shutout. Rutgers adjusted as it tagged UConn’s ace for two runs in her only three innings in the second game of the doubleheader. “It was kind of a blessing that they threw her to start [Friday’s] second game because our hitters got three more innings to look at her,” Nelson said. “The more you hit off a pitcher, the better you’re going to get.” Junior outfielder Loren Williams blasted her team-leading fifth home run to lead off the bottom of the first after three Rutgers errors in the top of the inning allowed UConn to plate a 3-0 lead. From there, freshman righthander Dresden Maddox
held the Huskies scoreless. Dating back to March 24, she has not allowed an earned run in 13 innings. The Knights then teed eight r uns of f three Huskies relievers over the next two innings — forcing the mercy rule and winning, 10-2. In the first game, Landrith and Saveriano engaged in a pitchers’ duel — dealing zeros for 13 of the 14 total frames. Landrith was the first to blink. Her only blemish of the series came in the top of the 6th inning, when she surrendered four runs with two outs on a double, triple and single. With the offense unable to scratch any runs across while scattering nine hits — it was a frustrating opener for Rutgers as it fell, 4-0. The Knights are proud of how they responded — by easily winning the next two. “I had that one shaky inning [Friday] — but, as a whole, we stayed strong as a team,” Landrith said. “That’s what we’re about, so I’m really
Senior catcher Kaci Madden hit a two-run home run to give Rutgers a 2-0 lead in the second inning of Saturday’s finale. NISHA DATT, PHOTO EDITOR
excited about these next couple of weeks.” More impor tant than the series-win’s historical implications against UConn, Rutgers collected two crucial conference wins to move into the top half of the Big East standings. “This was great — this was huge for us, especially coming
off of USF [from March 23-24], dropping two games and only winning one,” Madden said. “This is big — going into Georgetown, so these two wins were a great motivation for us for this next week in practice.” For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @Greg_P_Johnson.
FRIARS Rutgers, Providence trade goals in second, third periods CONTINUED FROM BACK Two freshmen fueled Rutgers’ performance. Freshman attack Bieda posted a career-high of three goals, including a pair of highlight-reel quality goals. The Knights also received a strong performance from freshman goalie Kris Alleyne, who tallied a career-high 25 saves on 44 shots faced. Alleyne also tallied five ground balls in the loss. “I thought we came out firing scoring a lot of goals and got a big performance out of Scott Bieda,” Alleyne said. “Our guys were performing well on offense, and our defense played well. Obviously, we have to put up a full 60 minutes if we want to win games like that.” The game was evenly matched early on — with much of the scoring going back and forth until Providence took a 4-3 lead with six minutes to go in the second period. Rutgers answered with four goals to end the half — including two by junior attacker Scott Klimchak. The Knights took a 6-4 lead into the break. “I feel like we played well and were up most of the game,” Klimchak said, who had his sixth multi-point game of the season. “Everyone’s kind of shell-shocked right now because we let it slip. We gave this one away.” Rutgers and Providence traded goals again in the third period, including three by freshman attacker Scott Bieda. Providence attack JT Weber scored four goals in the game — while fellow attacker Sean Wright had two goals and two assists for the Friars.
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KNIGHT NOTEBOOK WATERS RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR OF STARTING
Safety leads unproven unit BY JOEY GREGORY CORRESPONDENT
Of the four returning starters on the Rutgers football teams defense, junior safety Lorenzo Waters is in the most difficult position. Senior linebacker Jamal Merrell lines up next to junior Kevin Snyder, who has seen action each of the last two seasons. The defensive line has senior defensive ends Jamil Merrell and Marcus Thompson — both of whom started last season — as well as senior Issac Holmes and junior Kenneth Kirksey coming off of injury. Waters, just one season removed from his first career start, is the only member of the secondary with any starting experience. Waters is not concerned, though. “It’s a little bit different, but we’ve been working together with these young guys for a while now,” he said. “I’m a lot more comfortable with them, and they’re more comfortable with me.” The coaching staff is also in his favor. While the defense has a new coordinator, Dave Cohen spent last season coaching the Scarlet Knights linebackers. The Rutgers coaching staf f also has a face whose last stint at Rutgers even predates head coach Kyle Flood’s tenure in Piscataway. Darrell Wilson, the team’s new secondary coach, spent the 1999 season coaching the Knights running backs.
More recently, he coached the secondary and special teams at Iowa — where he had been since 2002. Wilson is not a completely new face to Waters, however. “He’s a great coach,” Waters said. “I met him before. He recruited me to go to Iowa a few years back, so I know the kind of guy he is.” Waters is going to need that coaching experience with his new role in the secondary. Last season, he was under the tutelage of experienced players
“By the time our first game comes, we’re all going to be ready to play.” LORENZO WATERS Junior Safety
such as safeties Duron Harmon and Wayne Warren. He has now taken on their role — which he said has been aided by the help he received from those former players. “When I’m going over film, I know what to look for,” Waters said. “I know where I messed up — I know where I can get better. I can also see what my teammates are doing, coach them up [and] give them suggestions and tips.” Regardless of Waters’ coaching ability, the group that will enter games will still not have
TENNIS YALE 6, RUTGERS 1
RU struggles before conference action “It definitely helps because we learned some weaknesses that we need to correct going forward,” Balasa said. Yale defeated the Rutgers tenRutgers will need to learn nis team Saturday with a score of from this loss and put it behind 6-1. The Scarlet Knights (10-6) them as the team prepares to will go into the final portion of enter its biggest stretch of their season with four straight Big matches this seaEast matchups. son. The next four The Knights “It definitely helps matches are conknew this would be a difficult matchup, because we learned ference matches that will be imporand it proved to be some weaknesses tant in determinexactly that. ing the Knights’ Yale won all that we need overall seed for three doubles to correct.” the Big East matches early on Championships. and followed by STEFANIE BALASA “All four of our winning five of the Junior next matches are in six singles matchthe Big East — so, es on its way to hopefully, this match will motivate the victory. us to improve for those matches.” Rutgers gained its only point for Balasa said. the match from a singles victory by Rutgers looks to learn from this junior Stefania Balasa. loss, and the team hopes to get Although this was a tough stronger in order to be successful in loss for Rutgers, the Knights will Big East play for the remainder of look to grow from it as they move the season. on this season.
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Offseason allowed junior to increase muscle in attempt to prove himself
much playing experience — aside from Waters. “It’s not a worry,” he said. “By the time our first game comes, we’re all going to be ready to play. We’re all going to have enough experience to do what we have to do.”
of spring practice, there has been little change in the quarterback situation. Flood does not foresee any major adjustments in the near future either. “I think we’ll continue with the way we have it right now,” he said. “Right now, I think [senior] Chas [Dodd] and [junior] Gary [Nova] are taking equal reps — Gary with the ones, Chas with the twos.” Sophomore Mike Bimonte, redshir t freshman Blake Rankin and early enrollee Chris Laviano sit behind Nova and Dodd on the depth chart, but they will have ver y limited opportunity to move up. “I would like to find more reps for the younger guys, but it’s hard,” Flood said. “Right now, we’re … getting about as many reps as we can, so I don’t know if we’re going to have the ability to do that. But maybe some of those things will happen when we get into the true scrimmage situations.” The first opportunity for that will likely be Saturday, Flood said. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @joey_gregory.
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With that comes the role of being the main mentor of the group — something he has not against Cincinnati all season — experienced in his time at Rutgers. something he has not needed yet “I have to be a leader out at the college level. there,” Huggins said. “I was a He will likely receive the bulk leader always, but I really have of the carries for each game — to be vocal this year. I think it’s something he has not done since on me to really help out the his days at St. Peter’s Prep in offensive line and pick people Jackson, N.J. up. I’m just trying to be a role Huggins has been focusing on model out there.” making sure that he is fully prePart of this involves knowing pared for this season’s start. the offense inside and out so that “I know what things I should he can instruct the younger playdo in the offseason to take care of ers. That task has become more my body — not just the cold tub difficult since he and stretching,” and the rest of the Huggins said. “I have to be a offense must con“People say they to adjust to do that, but it’s leader. I was leader tinue the new coordinareally more imporalways, but I really tor, Ron Prince. tant now — espeIt helps that cially when you have to be vocal Huggins is roomget the bulk of the this year.” mates with startcarries.” ing quarterback Huggins said SAVON HUGGINS Gary Nova — with he spent the offJunior Running Back whom he said he season tr ying to discusses plays trim fat and add with frequently. muscle. As a result, he said he The timetable may not have has begun spring practice five worked out the way Huggins pounds heavier. intended, but he cannot change Flood said Huggins’ attention any of that. to his body has shown through. “I didn’t [expect not to have “I do think Savon is in excelthe starting job until my junior lent shape, but I didn’t think at year] — I will admit that, but any time that he wasn’t,” Flood everything happens for a reasaid. “He’s maturing and coming son,” Huggins said. “Now, it’s my into his body.” time to go out there, have fun Not only does Huggins have [and] be a starter.” to protect against the wear and tear of a full workload, but [he] For updates on the Rutgers foothas to deal with the fact he is the ball team, follow Joey Gregory on most experienced member of the Twitter @Joey_Gregory. Knights’ backfield.
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OFFENSIVE PATIENCE The Rutgers softball team worked counts and drew walks at the plate to ice its 6-0 win Saturday over UConn at home. PAGE 14
BULLDOG BULLIES The Rutgers tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss on the road Saturday against Yale. PAGE 15
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The more you hit off of a pitcher, the better you’re going to get.” —Rutgers head softball coach Jay Nelson on facing the same starter for the entire UConn series
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
SOFTBALL RUTGERS 6, CONNECTICUT 0
Huggins looks to flourish as starting RB BY JOEY GREGORY CORRESPONDENT
Sophomore lefthander Alyssa Landrith winds up before delivering a pitch Friday against UConn. Her strong 14 innings in two starts helped Rutgers earn its first series win against the Huskies since 1998. NISHA DATT, PHOTO EDITOR
Rutgers pitching halts Huskies BY GREG JOHNSON CORRESPONDENT
All sophomore pitcher Alyssa Landrith and senior catcher Kaci Madden could do was pound their gloves together in triumph when the Rutgers softball team secured a 6-0 shutout over Connecticut Saturday at the Rutgers Softball Complex. After splitting Friday’s doubleheader with the Huskies, the Scarlet Knights (18-12, 3-3) earned their first series win over UConn since 1998.
Landrith was dominant once more on the mound for Rutgers. She hurled seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out eight and walking only one batter. “Today, for Alyssa, we worked her best pitch — which is her riseball,” Madden said. “We saved her off-speed [pitches] for the last couple innings, so we still had some ammunition when we needed it — and she just brought her stuff today. She was ready to go.” Landrith agreed, emphasizing a strong chemistry with her catcher.
“We were definitely on the same page with how we were setting hitters up and pitch patterns and all that,” she said. Madden also provided the only runs Landrith would need for a win — smacking a two-run home run just inside the left field foul pole in the second inning. The long ball was Madden’s first of the season, jumpstar ting an outing at the plate in which the Saratoga, N.Y., native SEE
Savon Huggins spent a large portion of last season the same way he did the healthy portion of his freshman campaign — waiting behind Jawan Jamison. Huggins finally received his opportunity Nov. 17 against Cincinnati, following Jamison’s right ankle injury. He tied Jamison’s Rutgers football team record with 41 carries and earned a career high 179 rushing yards — a season high for the Scarlet Knights. Once Jamison recovered, the two split reps for the remainder of the season. This year is a different story. Following last season, Jamison announced he would forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to enter this year’s NFL draft. As soon as he did, head coach Kyle Flood put his vote of confidence on Huggins. “He believes in me — he trusts in my abilities, and he knows what I can do,” Huggins said. “Now, it’s my turn to just go out there and prove it to myself. I know what I can do. [I just have to] go out there and do it.” Being handed the starting role immediately, Huggins said, also comes with its own risks. He said there is a temptation to become complacent, and he has to work to avoid that. Living up to his personal expectations will require the effort and strength he showed SEE
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MEN’S LACROSSE PROVIDENCE 10, RUTGERS 9 (OT)
Knights fall short in OT against Friars BY JIM MOONEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers men’s lacrosse team lost Saturday night in overtime against Providence, 10-9, despite career-high performances from two of its freshmen. In the overtime period, Providence (73, 1-2) cleared two potential of fensive
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“I thought we had a good week of practice, and the guys played their butts off tonight,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “We flew around the field. We controlled the tempo and the play, offensively and defensively for most of the game. We just let one slip away at the end.” SEE
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chances for the Scarlet Knights and cashed in on an opportunity of its own when midfielder Greg FitzMaurice scored his second goal of the game — making the Friars victorious. Rutgers (2-8, 0-3) held a three-goal lead late in the fourth period, but the Friars rallied back with three goals in the final three minutes of regulation to force overtime.
MALICK KONE, sophomore forward, informed the Rutgers men’s basketball coaching staff that he will transfer. Kone averaged 2.3 points and two rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game.
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Junior running back Savon Huggins will have an increased role next season. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RUTGERS SPORTS CALENDAR MEN’S GOLF
at Towson Invitational
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. Bainton Field
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. Bainton Field
Wednesday, 4 p.m. Hempstead, N.Y.
Today Towson, Md.
Published on Apr 1, 2013