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New Brunswick picks Board of Education incumbents in election, passes school levy tax BY JULIAN CHOKKATTU NEWS EDITOR

New Brunswick Board of Education incumbents Benito Ortiz, John Krenos and Patricia Sadowski won yesterday in the city’s first regular school board election, according to Russell Marchetta, city spokesman. Last fall, residents voted to elect the school board, rather than have members appointed by New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill. Ortiz received 682 votes. Krenos, a University administrator in the Department of Chemistr y and Chemical Biology, received 584 votes and Sadowski received 675 votes. Newcomers Sean Monahan, a University alumnus, received 379 votes. Martin Arocho, a city resident, received 297 votes and Stephanie Rivera, a School of Arts and Sciences junior received 344 votes. A $27.3 million tax levy in support of a $195 million school budget was also on the ballot and passed with 473 yes votes and 203 no votes, Marchetta said.


Barchi appoints dean for diversity, inclusion BY HANNAH SCHROER CORRESPONDENT

University President Robert L. Barchi officially announced yesterday his choice for appointment to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. School of Communication and Information Dean Jorge Schement will become vice president of the office as of July 1. Delia Pitts, assistant vice president for Student Af fairs, will become associate vice president in the new office, reporting directly to Schement. At least three cultural centers, the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, the Asian American Cultural Center and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, as well as the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities will be transferred to the banner of the new office, Pitts said. Pitts, who supervises the three cultural centers, said their programs bring experts to campus to enrich campus community and will continue to do so under a different umbrella.

The new office will encourage dialogue about inclusion and diversity at a national level and promote research into the field as well, she said. “Finally, with this office, we are creating vice chancellors for diversity and inclusion on all campuses — Camden, Newark, New Brunswick and Health Sciences — in order to further diversity and inclusion initiatives at the campus level,” Barchi said in an email released yesterday to the University community. Schement said the University is still exploring what the office can be and does not have one specific focus. The University has a long history of caring about diversity and promoting it on campus, he said, and the new office plans to bring together student and faculty groups to explore what diversity means at the University. “It’s been done in thousands of individual ways,” Schement said. “It’s part of our strength. It’s part of our spirit.” SEE


School of Communication and Information Dean Jorge Schement will become the first Dean of Diversity and Inclusion July 1. PHOTO COURTESY OF RUTGERS TODAY

Students share work within U. film program BY ALEX MEIER ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Driving down Route 27 over Spring Break, Ricky Kuczynski rolled down the New Jersey state highway at a sluggish 25 miles per hour. Friends Dominick Nero and Jeff Prentky drove alongside for the next half hour filming Kuczynski, as a line of cars accumulated behind them. Although incidents like this may be embarassing or inconvenient, they reflect the similar experiences of the growing population of student filmmakers at the University. “Everybody at Rutgers is making movies and making videos, making films, it’s starting to get really competitive,” said Nero, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. The group used this footage for Nero’s film “CUT-UP,” which he wrote, produced and directed. He created “CUT-UP” as a project for the course “Advanced Directing.” The course is offered as a part of the Digital Filmmaking Certificate program, a program he would have joined if he had more time at the University. The program has been active for three semesters and formed as a response to the demand for a film production program, said Dena Seidel, director of the Center for Digital

Filmmaking. It gives students handson training in filmmaking, using skills she believes students can take into the marketplace. “You need it regardless of your career trajectory,” she said. “You need to know how to tell stories for the screen. This gives you power in the world. This makes you an effective communicator. The storytelling skills that we teach wind up advancing anyone.” The program offers courses that train students in all aspects of the filmmaking process, such as directing, video editing, cinematography and animation. The program has an esteemed group of faculty, including an Academy Award winner. Students taking classes in the program, as well as Writers House Digital Storytelling classes, can enter up to two film projects in the New Lens Student Film Festival, hosted by Mason Gross School of the Arts. Seidel said the festival is necessary for rising filmmakers, as it gives them the opportunity to show their work on a big screen and hear feedback from a live audience. “You can hear people responding to your story on the screen,” she said. “You’ll present to a large audience. You’ll hear the ‘ohs’ and ‘ahs’ from the guests.” SEE


Dominick Nero, a student in the “Advanced Directing” course, wrote the script for the film, “CUT-UP.” PHOTO COURTESY OF DOMINICK NERO

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CAMPUS CALENDAR Wednesday, April 17 The Mason Gross School of the Arts presents “B.F.A. Thesis Exibition I: but no, yeah” at 10 a.m. at Civic Square at 33 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick. The program will feature the theses of students earning Bachelors of Fine Arts. The exhibition will run until Monday, April 22, and the gallery will be open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesdays until 6 p.m., and from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The University Office of the President presents a Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting featuring University President Robert L. Barchi at 10 a.m. in the Douglass Campus Center. Barchi will give a short speech followed by a question and answer session. Rutgers Sinfonia performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. The performance is free and open to all. Tickets cost $15 for the general public, $10 for University employees, alumni and senior citizens and $5 for students.

Thursday, April 18 The Rutgers Jazz Chamber Ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Maryott Music Building on Douglass campus. The performance is free and open to all.



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Former federal official addresses issues with US education system BY SABRINA SZTEINBAUM CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Former Director of the Domestic Policy Council for the United States, Melody Barnes believes one of the nation’s major challenges is connecting the youth with the ability to get a comprehensive education. Barnes, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, spoke last night at the Kirkpatrick Chapel on the College Avenue campus. Barnes’ speech was a tribute to Wynona Lipman, who was New Jersey’s first African-American woman state senator. “For many of her years in senate, she was the only woman there … and she was always speaking up for those with least access to the political process,” said Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics. Barnes said Lipman deeply believed in the right to a quality education. She became committed to improving the lives of women, children and the poor. “She became an indomitable force for change, for change that was so desperately needed across the state of New Jersey and across the entire country,” Barnes said. Women received fewer than half of all undergraduate degrees in 1970 and fewer than 10 percent of all professional and doctoral degrees. Though these numbers

have greatly improved since then, Barnes said the United States continues to face challenging education-related reforms that need to be made. “Those postsecondary credentials are so critical to economic security and to the jobs of the future,” Barnes said. She tied in the importance of obtaining postsecondary and professional degrees with the fact that 42 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line. “We have got the get the policy right, because as these demographic shifts take place in our country, we can’t have a growing population that is also undereducated and economically insecure,” Barnes said. She talked about the policies that must be implemented so the vast majority of high school graduates are either prepared for college or for careers. She said it starts earlier than high school, with the most important age group being zero to three-year-olds. “We have complex, multifaceted challenges sitting in front of us … if we start focusing on this when folks are in middle school, we are far too late — we have to start at the beginning,” Barnes said. Barnes spoke of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that passed when she working for Obama, which gave a $2.1 billion grant to the Head Start program, which gives comprehensive

support for education and health for low-income families. This opened spots for more children to attend preschool and helped ensure that Head Start programs were quality programs ensuring underprivileged children could enter kindergarten and not be left behind, she said. “Right now, we see about a 70point achievement gap between low-income children going into kindergarten and their peers,” Barnes said. She said it is the nation’s duty to make sure that Head Start and similar programs are not glorified babysitting services. Studies have shown by third grade, these children are so far behind that it is almost impossible for them to catch up to their peers. Barnes also addressed the changes that need to be implemented with high school students who, as of now, are not graduating prepared to enter the world of higher education or the world of employment. “What the goal must be is that when someone finishes high school, they are ready for college or they are ready for a career,” she said. “Right now, too many of our young people are not ready for either. That is a national tragedy. Telling our young people that they are is a national lie.” Barnes said the country needs to work closely with governors to

Former Director of the Domestic Policy Council for the United States Melody Barnes spoke about the issues with the education system yesterday at Kirkpatrick Chapel on the College Avenue campus. RAZA ZIA raise the standards, making sure students are getting the analytic and communication skills they are currently lacking after high school graduation. Barnes is not afraid to set large goals. She informed the audience the United States is ninth in the world regarding the proportion of college students who graduate, but said by 2020, it must be first. “We have to set those big goals,” she said. “We have to

measure and make sure that we are moving forward, not standing still or moving backward.” Sara West, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, thought that Barnes’ speech was amazing and inspiring. “As a woman, to hear another woman speak about why issues that I’m concerned with are impor tant … that’s really neat to hear,” she said. “It was more inspiring than I was expecting.”


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PROGRAM Nero says he wrote screenplay for “CUT-UP” over winter break CONTINUED FROM FRONT Nero looks forward to screening his film at the festival, which will take place May 8 at Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Before college, Nero and his friends would film comedies for fun, which in turn sparked an interest in filmmaking. His minor in cinema studies at the University and his experiences studying abroad in Rome last spring helped shape and enhance this interest. “I became very interested in art cinema,” he said. “This is my first real attempt at making something truly personal and truly artistic. It’s not a comedy at all. It’s very, very special to me.” “CUT-UP” tells a story that Nero describes as spiritual, poetic and surreal — a film about loss. It depicts the life of Nico, a film editor who must use his footage to find the man who burglarized his home. Nero said he has a vested interested in Italian films, which like “CUT-UP,” often center on the theme of cinematography. “CUTUP” pays homage to the 1966 Italian film “Blow-up,” and is reminiscent of “Taxi Driver.” He said creating the film was the most difficult process of his life, coinciding with his transition period from student to graduate. “I spent a lot of time by myself, thinking about the film, thinking about what I’m going to do with my life, why I’m making this film and where I’m going. … There’s a lot of expectations,” he said. He wrote the screenplay over Winter Break, and began

filming during Spring Break, using lens, cameras, lights, tripods and other professional equipment provided by the Digital Filmmaking Certificate Program. Nero cast his friend and fellow film enthusiast, Kuczynski, to play the role of Nico. Kuczynski, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said the movie-making process was sometimes tedious. “We took a lot of time, especially Dom, to make sure everything was planned out,” he said. “We were very patient with it. The first four days we shot like everyday putting close to 30 hours of just shooting and setting up.” This was Kuczynski’s first time acting, and he said he had trouble portraying such a complicated role. But Nero had a good sense of how he wanted the characters to act, and helped Kuczynski along the way. “[Nico’s] a very sad and quiet person. … He’s very sorrowful I would say,” he said. “I think I did as I could have.” The group hoped to complete filming over Spring Break, but it proved to be a much more daunting task, lasting almost two weeks more, Nero said. He is currently in the process of editing. Nero plans to release the film online April 30 on his website,, and will submit it to film festivals in the area. “I showed a cut of the film to my friends, just a rough cut … and everybody seems to like it,” he said. “It’s definitely the best thing I ever made.”

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DIVERSITY Faculty discussed office plans more than 10 years ago CONTINUED FROM FRONT The office will become a staple on campus, allowing the University to take on bigger projects within the realm of diversity and inclusion issues, he said. “At this point, we’re thinking we’re in it for the long haul,” he said. “People here really deeply care about diversity and inclusion.” Schement said he has plans to focus on how the University recruits a diverse faculty base and exploring the basic practices for developing sound recruiting policies. The office will be charged with developing diverse programs for students, so they feel at home on campus. “The University is big and it’s full of lots and lots of different people,” he said. It is one of the great universities for services to veterans, Schement said, but it only became so in the last few years because the University saw it as a need. “[Diversity] doesn’t just happen,” he said. “People have to think about it, and they have to care, and then they have to be committed.” Pitts said faculty and staff members have been talking about starting an office since she joined the University 10 years ago. Though the University already does a good job supporting diversity among its faculty, students and staff, Pitts said the new office goes a long way by focusing attention and resources. The University has diversity activities and research projects, but Pitts said many of the events are not well communicated among departments. “A lot of us don’t know what the other parts of our University are doing,” she said. Schement worked with Senior Associate Dean Hartmut Mokros to hire quality faculty members across departmental boundaries, said Karen Novick, associate dean at the School of Communication and Information. Schement spearheaded the initiative to design a new building for the school that would enhance the campus environment and add student benefits such as study lounges, she said. Claire McInerney will step in as acting dean of the School of Communication and Information as of July 1, while the University searches for a permanent replacement, she said. “I think the school has been in a good trajectory,” Novick said. “[McInerney] will do a good job helping us build on our strengths.” McInerney, the associate dean of the School of Communication and Information, said she has spent the past few years working on curriculum development. She oversaw academic expansion projects that added specialties in strategic communications in public relations as well as video games. She also began developing a minor in social media open to multiple disciplines within the school, McInerney said. McInerney plans to take on full responsibilities of the dean and does not intend to defer any decisions during her two-year term, she said. She will begin developing the school’s strategic plan as a part of the University’s overall plan.


Students held a candlelight vigil on the steps of Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus last night to show support for the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. More than 145 people were injured and three people died as a result of the bombings, which took place Monday. Karachi Ukaegbu, above, a senior from The College of New Jersey, lit a candle to show her support. SHIRLEY YU, ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR




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According to, Rutgers is the sluttiest college in the U.S. Is the University losing its respect? “Negative media attention makes it seem that way, but there are many other good aspects that go unnoticed.”

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“A lot of people believe that, but my friends are not like that. The ratings weren’t justified.”

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CHRISTIE OFFERS SUPPORT AFTER BOSTON TRAGEDY MENDHAM, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie says he has offered Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick any help New Jersey can provide in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. He said yesterday he spoke briefly with Patrick just to say, “We are here to help.” The governor says that in a post-9/11 world, all citizens need to be vigilant and shouldn’t be shy about contacting police if they see something unusual. Says Christie: “You can’t ever have enough police — enough agents to patrol a state as big as this state, or a country as big as this country.” He says asking citizens to be vigilant doesn’t mean asking them to change their lives, only to be aware and alert.

CHRISTIE APPOINTS NEW BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSIONER TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie has nominated the wife of his first Board of Public Utilities president to join the agency as a commissioner making $125,000 a year. Dianne Solomon’s nomination must be approved by the state Senate. The Asbur y Park Press reports the 58-year-old Haddonfield resident is a tennis official. Her husband, Lee Solomon, is a Camden County state Superior Court judge. He was Christie’s first BPU president in 2010 and 2011. The Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel says he’s “deeply troubled” that the governor would nominate someone with no background or experience in energy policy or utility law to the board, especially when New Jersey is trying to improve its utility infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy. The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond yesterday to a request for her background or education.

POLICE UNCOVER DRUG SCAM MINEOLA, N.Y. — Narcotics police on Long Island say two men advertising “pain relief” online were actually selling heroin. Two men from Elizabeth, N.J., were arrested Monday afternoon in Bethpage, N.Y. They face charges of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. Nassau County police say Daniel Bigelow and Gustavo Arce-Giron placed an ad on Craigslist for pain relief for sale. Undercover detectives contacted the telephone number in the ad and arranged a meeting. That’s when police say they bought 40 bags of heroin from the duo and arrested them. It was not immediately known if the men are represented by attorneys. — The Associated Press

WRAPPED IN ANXIETY A woman reads the New York Post as police stand guard outside Penn Station April 16 in New York City. Police were out in force throughout New York, a day after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed 3 people and wounded more than 170 others. GETTY IMAGES THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON — The bombs that ripped through the Boston Marathon crowd were fashioned out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, packed with nails and other fiendishly lethal shrapnel, and hidden in duffel bags left on the ground, people close to the investigation said Tuesday. President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism, whether carried out by a solo bomber or group, and the FBI vowed to “go to the ends of the Earth” to find out which it was. Scores of victims remained in Boston hospitals, many with grievous injuries, a day after the twin explosions near the marathon’s finish line killed three people, wounded more than 170 and reawakened fears of terrorism. A 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition. Officials zeroed in on the nature of the bombs, discovering they were made of common 1.6gallon pressure cookers, one containing shards of metal and ball bearings, the other packed with nails, and both stuffed into duffel bags, said a source close to the investigation.

A second person briefed on that the bombs were packed the investigation confirmed that with shrapnel intended to at least one of the explosives was cause mayhem. “We’ve removed BBs and made of a pressure cooker. Both spoke on condition of anonymity we’ve removed nails from kids. because the investigation was still One of the sickest things for me was just to see nails sticking out going on. Pressure-cooker explosives of a little girl’s body,” said Dr. have been used in international David Mooney, director of the center at Boston terrorism, and have been recom- trauma mended for lone-wolf operatives Children’s Hospital. At Massachusetts General by Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen. Hospital, all four But informaamputations pertion on how to there make the bombs “We just completed formed were above the is readily found the ugly job that the knee, with no online, and U.S. hope of saving officials said bomb did.” more of the legs, Americans should DR. GEORGE VELMAHOS said Dr. George not rush to judgChief of Trauma Surgery at Velmahos, chief of ment in linking Massachusetts General Hospital trauma surgery. the attack to over“It wasn’t a seas terrorists. hard decision to The bombs exploded 10 or more seconds make,” he said. “We just comapart, tearing off victims’ limbs pleted the ugly job that the and spattering streets with bomb did.” In the wake of the attack, secublood, instantly turning the festive race into a hellish scene of rity was stepped up around the White House and across the confusion, horror and heroics. The blasts killed 8-year-old country. Police massed at federal Martin Richard of Boston, 29-year- buildings and transit centers in old Krystle Campbell of Medford, the nation’s capital, critical Mass., and a third victim whose response teams deployed in New York City, and security officers name has not been released. Doctors who treated the with bomb-sniffing dogs spread wounded corroborated repor ts through Chicago’s Union Station.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged Americans “to be vigilant and to listen to directions from state and local officials.” But she said there was no evidence the bombings were part of a wider plot. Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 intelligence report by the FBI and the Homeland Security Department. One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, the report said. “Placed carefully, such devices provide little or no indication of an impending attack,” the report said. Investigators said they have not yet determined what was used to set of f the Boston explosives. Typically, these bombs have an initiator, switch and explosive charge, according to a 2004 warning from Homeland Security. “We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime, and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice,” said Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston.



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Boston crowds chased down and apprehended a Saudi ur nation was hit with a heartbreaking tragedy Arabian man because they assumed he was the attacker, this week. A terrorist attack at the Boston though it has been confirmed that he had nothing to do Marathon shook the country, as two explosions with it, and why a plane leaving Boston was brought back claimed the lives of, so far, three people — including an to the gate because two men, not sitting near each other, eight-year-old child — and injured countless more. Some were speaking Arabic. news outlets have rushed to claim it as the worst attack Our immediate need to feel secure is not a free pass we have seen since September 11, but that probably has for arbitrary assumptions. to do with how you define terrorism. It is necessary for us to remember that tragedy is not The incidence has brought about many almost-forgotan excuse for ignorance; confusion should not breed ten feelings of urgency and insecurity. Along with those chaos; and, most importantly, that sometimes taking a feelings has resurfaced the often misguided and highly moment to actually think and comprehend the situation reactionary response of our society, easily resulting in can do much more good than inaccurately responding to grave inaccuracies, racism and scapegoating. it in a moment’s excitement. And with the incomparable rise However, just as much as those of social media, that is much easier “Our immediate need to feel quick reactions can reveal the vices to spread now than ever. our society, they reveal its It’s how a picture of a little girl secure is not a free pass for in virtues even more. running at a marathon was able arbitrary assumptions.” Social media was flipped on its to go viral within mere hours, as head when Google organized a the masses shared the picture out “person finder” where people could of respect for the eight-year-old find loved ones that may have gotten caught up in the that died in the explosion, who wasn’t even the child in Boston turmoil. Google also set up a public spreadsheet the picture. where people living in Boston could open their homes It’s how a frequent FOX News correspondent was able and offer shelter to those displaced after the marathon. to tweet — and get retweeted — a call to kill all Muslims Social media was also how people all over the world in response to the attack. were able to discuss the event, share their condolences It’s how a fire at the University of Massachusetts and post comforting messages to remind everyone of our library was immediately assumed to be another explosion shared humanity. Comedian Patton Oswalt was able to — even prompting a trending hashtag on Twitter — publish an inspiring and highly moving Facebook status despite not having any connection to the marathon attack. that went viral with hundreds of thousands of shares. Moments of extreme stress compel us to collectively In trying times like these, it is important for us to search for answers. We immediately took to Twitter to remain grounded, not act hastily or get so caught up in find out what happened, who did it and how many people finding someone to blame. Though we are instantly hit got hurt — as well as to publish our own theories or with an insatiable curiosity, it’s important for us to keep responses. We wanted to feel like we were doing someone thing in mind: there are victims that need our help. thing about it, so everyone rushed to put up Facebook We must direct all our energy to the devastation that our statuses telling friends to “Pray for Boston” or “Keep fellow Americans are going through. Boston in your thoughts,” despite any real comprehenAnd most of all, we must remember the timeless sion of what has taken place. thought that Oswalt reiterates in his message: “The good Our shared nature to instantly react also reveals trououtnumber [the bad], and we always will.” bling national attitudes towards race, as it was why 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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was given an assignment yesterday in one of my journalism classes to practice writing concisely. My professor likes to keep our assignments lively, and he chose to use a briefing from a lawsuit, in which a dog sexually assaulted a neighbor’s female dog. The instructions included that we type in 24-point font, that we finish in class and that we “don’t write that the bitch got raped.” The words were said with a smile, and evoked a few chuckles from both the professor and students. The class continued on as a few of my female classmates locked eyes with me. “Oh my God,” they mouthed. I decided to walk out. In his email to me, my professor claimed that the statement was said to avoid having students write useless material. But while he could have easily said something along the lines of “don’t be vulgar,” or “don’t write that the dog was sexually assaulted,” he chose to use the line “bitch got raped.” The line was not only an instruction, but also a humorous pun. It was a joke, but it was one that went too far. Aside from the emotional response that this statement could evoke from survivors of sexual assault, it also creates a hostile environment for anyone who is threatened daily by gendered violence — typically women and members of the queer community. “Don’t write that the bitch got raped” is offensive on more than just a surface level, because the statement evokes the

deeper power dynamics of a patriarchal society. The lighthearted manner of the statement only reinforces a culture in which gendered violence is normalized. The statement was yet another verbal reminder that we are unsafe, and that is not the type of atmosphere we should create in any of our academic spaces. I am not writing this column as personal vengeance against my professor, but rather because I know that my professor happens to read most of my columns. It is my belief that this type of statement rarely comes from a place of ill intent, but rather from a gap in understanding.

“However, if they are willing to push boundaries, they should also be willing to listen if a student feels their boundary has been crossed. ” See, I typically appreciate a professor’s desire to keep his class interested, even if it involves slightly offensive comments. However, if they are willing to push boundaries, they should also be willing to listen if a student feels their boundary has been crossed. But this is the response I received regarding my decision to leave: “As for your leaving: In journalism, we don’t have the option of turning our backs on what’s happening. What if you’d done that on Saturday? What if the reporters and photographers in Boston did that yesterday? They, undoubtedly, felt uncomfortable.” My professor directly disproves his point that I am unable to endure my

discomforts for the greater good of journalism, by referencing my recent coverage of “Delafest.” However, this discussion should have much less focus on my personal abilities (which he underestimates) and more of an emphasis on how to create beneficial academic spaces. The inevitable discomfort that accompanies documenting painful events in society, such as the bombings in Boston, is not the same as enduring his unnecessary triggering comments in a classroom setting. He seems to suggest that creating a triggering environment would be preparation for his students’ careers in journalism. This is not the method of teaching which led me to come to this university, nor is it a productive one. In order for students to learn properly, they require and deserve a safe space. This means being in an environment where they feel they can express themselves fully, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome on account of biological sex, race, orientation or gender identity and expression. Sometimes this teaching environment can include telling lively stories to connect to students. This means respecting the boundaries of the people in the room, always. The only thing that this professor is preparing me for is continuing to deal with people who blatantly ignore and enforce their privilege with no regard. Unfortunately, this probably will come in handy in my journalism career. I’ll give him that. Lauren Varga is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies and English. Her column, “Everything in Moderation,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.

The Daily Targum needs student support COMMENTARY ASHLEY MAGNO


ver since I was a freshman, the University has repeatedly made national news for some sort of controversy. The Dharun Ravi trial, paying Snooki $32,000, the Rutgersfest shootings and the recent former head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice scandal are only some of the controversial events that have taken place during my time here. Imagine, during these times specifically, that there wasn’t a campus newspaper. When these events took place, The Daily Targum immediately reported them. That’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to report strictly on the happenings at the University. The particular thing about the above events is that all received national attention. Ever y time something negative takes place at the University, the national news is all over it. Some students have complained recently that the news has had a field day reporting on events such as the Mike Rice situation or “Delafest,” but not one national news source has recognized that students just raised over $500,000 for the Embrace Kids Foundation. That story, however, was a front-page story for the Targum. Yes, we are a “watchdog” for the University, but that’s not all we do. If the Targum didn’t exist, how would anyone hear about all the positive things that happen here? These things range from students win-

ning prestigious scholarships to student organizations volunteering for charities to students reaching breakthroughs in research. If the prime campus news source didn’t exist, how would anyone ever recognize these things?

“What most people don’t know about us is that we are actually not a part of the University. ” One of the most vital things about the Targum is that we are free to write what we want, when we want. What most people don’t know about us is that we are actually not a part of the University. The Targum became an independent, non-profit company in 1980 in order to ensure journalistic freedom. If we want to write a controversial article, we can. If we want to criticize the University, we can. Allowing students to express themselves freely is one of the beauties an independent school newspaper provides. Becoming independent is one of the greatest decisions the Targum has ever made, but there is a catch. Because we are not under the University’s jurisdiction, we are not allocated any funds. We also do not accept any donations under any circumstances, in order to keep our content completely neutral. So how do we fund our production? For starters, producing a newspaper is

certainly not cheap, especially one as large as ours. We deliver 18,000 copies daily at over 200 drop-off locations. With advertising revenue on a steep decline, the only way for us to keep our doors open is through student funding. On each student term bill, a refundable fee of $10.75 appears. In order to maintain our status on the bill, students must vote every three years if they wish to support the Targum or not. Mandated by the University, we need 25 percent plus 1 of our fellow students to support us. Why should you care? Because as mentioned above, imagine the University, one of the largest state schools, without a newspaper. It is our job to help keep the University in check and to keep students informed with what’s happening on campus. If there was no Targum, students wouldn’t be able to publicly express their concerns regarding the University, and some of the great accomplishments at this school would go unnoticed. As the second-oldest college newspaper in the countr y, the Targum has been doing this for more than 144 years. We thank ever yone who has supported us up until now and hope that you choose to support us in the future. Please make sure you get to the polls this week and vote yes, so we can continue to ser ve the University effectively. Ashley Magno is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in economics and political science. She is the business manager of Targum Publishing Company.

Make college decisions one at a time ASK ATK AHMED T. KHALIL

Hey, Kal. I’ll be a sophomore in the engineering school next fall and I need to choose a major. I have no idea what I want to do. Do you think you can give me some advice?


ll right, my dude, let’s see if I can help you. As an engineer myself, I know how stressful it can be choosing a major. You have all of these questions that just eat away at you — these doubts. You think to yourself, “what if I start heading in one direction and realize that is not what I want to do? I would have to star t all over.” Honestly, calm the hell down. You need to realize that your instinct is usually right. The biggest problem people have in deciding on a major is that they confuse it with determining the rest of your life. But, it does not. What you are actually doing is choosing what books you are going to torrent. The knowledge you get only ser ves to direct your life where you want to see yourself down the road. The difference is a little difficult to dis-

“The knowledge you get [in college] only serves to direct your life where you want to see yourself down the road. ” cern, but let me give you a simple example: you are studying engineering as of now; does that mean that you are going to be a loser for the rest of your life? Probably. (Haha, I am only kidding.) Just because you are studying it does not mean you have to pursue an engineering career. You can potentially go into anything analytical in the future, from business to politics. With that tangent clarified, let’s go back to choosing a major. The way I think about it is: you start off with a huge circle of ever ything you could possibly do with your life, and then start eliminating shit. Think to yourself, “All right, male stripper might not be for me,” and slowly start to narrow your scope. You might even realize that you do not even want to be in engineering. You might prefer the pure sciences or, if you are like one of my friends, English. Once you start getting down to the home stretch, look at the individual courses that you would be taking in each curriculum and just ask yourself, which hell you would rather put yourself through. Don’t even think about the ultimate goal. Making simple decisions will make it a lot easier. You probably know what you want to study. All you need to do is ignore all of the opinions other people have, breathe and follow your instinct. Ahmed T. Khalil is a School of Engineering first-year student. His column, “Ask ATK,” runs on alternate Wednesdays.

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Sophomore reliever Jon Young pitched 4.2 innings with four strikeouts in relief yesterday to earn his first win of the season. TIEN LI, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2013

RELIEVER Knights combat early offense from Lafayette for second straight victory CONTINUED FROM BACK

gle to centerfield drove in first baseman Campbell Lipe to make coach Fred Hill since 2010, strugit a 6-5 game. gled in his starting debut. It completed the early portion Shuttle lasted two and a third of the game that resembled the before Hill made the switch to Knights’ performance last week Roe, as Shuttle allowed four runs against the Rams. on five hits and two walks. But Rutgers produced 15 hits But unlike Rutgers’ last midin its first midweek victory since week game against Fordham, April 3 against Iona. where the Knights bullpen could “It seems like we have been not deliver, the Leopards were struggling a little bit with midunable to solve Young. weeks,” Zarrillo said. “But I It also helped thought our that their offense pitching did betproduced doubleter today, and we “I thought our digit runs and hits. executed with pitching did better the bats again, “I was pleased to see the team we have [yesterday], and we which jump out and been doing in score runs early the past couple executed with and then continue of games.” the bats again.” to do that as the Rutgers plays game went on,” again today against VINNY ZARRILLO Hill said. Monmouth at Sophomore Right Fielder Rutgers’ highBainton Field, and est-scoring pera victory will formance was in the top of the secure a winning record for the sixth, when five Knights crossed Knights when they travel to home plate. Pittsburgh this weekend for a With the bases loaded and three-game series. one out, senior designated hitter “We feel we should win each Charlie Law hit a sacrifice fly to midweek game, so ever y right field to bring in Zarrillo. game’s a big game and we don’t Four more runners scored take anyone lightly,” Zarrillo before Lafayette reliever Robert said. “This win was big for us, Tatum retired senior catcher Jeff and hopefully we get another Melillo on a groundout to third. one [today].” Rutgers needed all the offense it could get in the beginning For updates on the Rutgers innings to combat Lafayette’s baseball team, follow Bradly early hitting. Derechailo on Twitter The Leopards posted four @Bradly_D. For general Rutgers runs in the bottom of the third sports updates, follow inning, when Kramer’s RBI sin@TargumSports.



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Sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo said Nova’s leadership this spring seems more natural than last year. ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

MENTALITY Carroo sees flashes of Nova’s attitude from his time at Don Bosco Prep CONTINUED FROM BACK “Seeing Savon getting stronger and breaking squat records in the weight room, it motivates guys to get stronger and makes guys more hungry.” Carroo views the current version of Nova more like the quar terback he was in prep school, where he went 24-0 and threw only six interceptions in two seasons. The confidence was not there during Nova’s struggles last year, beginning with a six-interception performance Oct. 27 against Kent State. Nova was visibly hard on himself and said he had a tendency to let a bad play stay in his mind. If he can lose 15 pounds, he thinks he can leave that attitude behind as well. “When you want to win so bad and you want to complete every ball so bad,” Nova said, “you kind of hang on [mistakes] too much or get down on yourself, and you can’t do that as a quarterback because guys are looking at you. And even though you’re down on yourself, they might think you’re down on one of them.” Strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole helped Nova monitor his diet, which involved eliminating fast food and reducing bread. “With my body, I feel like I’m moving better, … able to distribute the weight of my body [and] balancing,” Nova said. New offensive coordinator Ron Prince looks to make Nova an improved quarterback in an offense head coach Kyle Flood said is 90 to 95 percent installed. Nova said Prince brings an NFL discipline with the amount of material the offense must

learn at the beginning of each week and then master. Flood thinks they have been successful so far, especially with the quarterbacks. “It’s what I thought it would be in that room from Gary and [senior] Chas [Dodd] and all the way down to [freshman] Chris [Laviano] as the youngest guy in that room — an extremely intelligent, extremely competitive room both mentally and physically,” Flood said. Carroo used to often console Nova last season when the quarterback struggled. Now with his move from special teams to his natural position of wideout, Carroo sees a reversal of who is motivating whom. He also sees Nova’s leadership as more natural. “During the end of the season, it kind of looked like Gary was just trying to be our leader and be our quarterback,” Carroo said. “But now it looks like he’s our leader, our quarterback with confidence and having fun out there.” Nova gets the chance April 27 in the Scarlet-White Game to show a crowd how much he has changed. Fans last saw him in the Russell Athletic Bowl, when he wore No. 15 instead of No. 10, threw 17-for-40 and was sacked three times. When Nova turns 20 that day, a performance that puts his past further behind him might be his best present. “Being able to play football on your birthday, you can’t ask for more than that,” he said. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Josh Bakan on Twitter @JoshBakan. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.

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isconsin-Green Bay head men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle has received several complaints accusing him of verbal abuse and bullying, according to ESPN. Gina Cougill, the mother of senior forward Brennan Cougill, wrote to University Chancellor Thomas Harden last week and provided a copy of her letter to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “These young men were entrusted to the UWGB coaching staff to mold and shape them into adulthood,” she wrote. “That statement itself makes me quiver because, from my perspective, the only shaping has been verbal abuse and bullying toward most of the players.” Her letter came after the parents of a former player, Ryan Bross, filed a complaint against Wardle. Details of the complaint have not been released. Bross is one of four players to leave the program since Februar y. At least one other transfer, Kam Cerroni, said he had “differences” with Wardle, according to ESPN.




forward Shabazz Muhammad announced yesterday he will enter the NBA Draft, according to ESPN. The Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year will forgo his remaining three years of eligibility, which does not come as a surprise to the program. Muhammad led the Bruins in scoring this season at 17.9 points per game, fourth-best in the conference. He also helped UCLA win the Pac-12 regular-season crown and finish runner-up in the conference tournament. The Bruins went on to lose in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Minnesota. ESPN NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford currently has Muhammad ranked ninth overall in the pool of prospects.



deal yesterday to return to the NBA and join the San Antonio Spurs, according to ESPN. McGrady last played in the NBA during the 2011-2012 season with the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 5.3 points per game in only 16.1 minutes per game. The guard played in the Chinese Basketball Association this year, averaging 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. It remains to be seen how much the soon-to-be 34-year-old can still contribute in the NBA. McGrady is 10th in total points among active players, with 18,381 career points.

THE BOSTON RED SOX placed closer Joel Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list yesterday, according to The righthander tweaked his right hamstring April 3 against the New York Yankees and continues to deal with lingering soreness. He recorded consecutive saves after the injury, but struggled in his last two appearances. Hanrahan left after just 12 pitches Saturday, walking the only two batters he faced. The 25-year-old was acquired in a trade December with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season he recorded 36 saves with a 2.72 ERA in 59.2 innings.

Junior defenseman Nicholas Contino leads a strong duo, along with classmate Andrew Parrilla, who helped RU’s defense hold the Orange to only five goals Saturday through the first three quarters. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO, SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR

Defense remains strong despite losses BY JIM MOONEY STAFF WRITER

With the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team in the midst of its toughest stretch of the season, it needs to find an answer to some of the countr y’s top offenses. Junior defensemen Andrew Parrilla and Nicholas Contino have answered that call, playing some of their best games of the season against the Scarlet Knights’ toughest opponents. Head coach Brian Brecht noted the effort of his defensemen in Saturday’s high-scoring game against Syracuse.

“Andrew and Nick stepped it up in a big road game,” Brecht said. “It may not show in the box score, but their effort was crucial to building the lead we had going into the fourth quarter.” Contino and Parrilla only combined to force two turnovers and three groundballs, but Rutgers held the Oranges’ offense to five goals in the first three quarters. Junior midfielder Anthony Terranova made note of his teammates’ effort in the last few games, especially Saturday against Syracuse. “We played some of our best lacrosse of the season against

one of our best opponents, and we really tried to deliver,” Terranova said. “With a record like ours, there really isn’t a ton to play for at this point, so we go into ever y game playing with nothing to lose.” Against Princeton on Tuesday, Parrilla and Contino were a force in the defensive zone in a back-and-forth game that Rutgers eventually lost after Princeton went on a latescoring run. The pair of defensemen had their best statistical game of the season, combining to cause nine turnovers and scooping 10 groundballs in the contest.

The duo provided the Knights’ season high for caused turnovers in a game in which the extra defensive effort was necessary for Rutgers to stay competitive. Parrilla credited the improvement in his game to Brecht in practice and meetings. “I was struggling a little bit in the beginning of the year and I had a few meetings with Coach [Brecht] about where I was last year and where I should be this year,” said Parrilla. “I knew I had to pick it up, and we were struggling defensively. I knew I had to do more to work on myself to help my teammates out. I basically am doing this for them.”

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Junior outfielder Loren Williams is second on the Knights with a .331 batting average and five homeruns. Entering home action against nonconference teams, she said Rutgers needs to focus on complete performances. NISHA DATT, PHOTO EDITOR

RU looks to rebound from weekend sweep BY GREG JOHNSON CORRESPONDENT

Throughout the season, Rutgers head softball coach Jay Nelson stressed the importance of stringing together wins in bunches. When the Scarlet Knights return to midweek game action today at the RU Softball Complex, starting a hot streak is precisely the focus. Rutgers (23-18, 6-8) faces Stony Brook (22-17) in a doubleheader this afternoon, followed by one contest tomorrow against Iona (8-28). While nonconference games do not provide Big East implications for Rutgers, the Knights refuse to trivialize them. “I think the nonconference games are important just because

Coach Nelson always says we need to get on a roll and stay on a roll,” said junior first baseman Alexis Durando. “I think that it helps us work out the kinks in the best way because it’s preparing us for Big East.” Durando thinks it may lessen the pressure on the team, allowing Rutgers to comfortably get back into a groove. That is essential now more than ever, as Notre Dame swept Rutgers in a series last weekend for the first time this season. “I think this week especially we want to get the taste of last week out of our mouths,” Nelson said. “Part of it is playing these three games tough all the way through and getting that mental mindset back of being a winner.”

Nelson said the Knights were upbeat, worked hard and played well in all facets through the first six innings of Sunday’s finale with the Irish. But it was all erased with one mental lapse in the final frame, when Rutgers coughed up a five-run lead. A lack of focus plagued the Knights in the first two games too. “I wasn’t real happy with how we competed the first two games [against Notre Dame],” Nelson said. “We need to continue to work on our slap defense and I think it was more of a mental thing than physical.” But why Rutgers often shows an ability to bounce back yet struggles to limit mental hiccups is uncertain.

Junior first baseman Alexis Durando said the Knights want to use this week’s nonconference games to get back on a roll after Notre Dame swept them. NISHA DATT, PHOTO EDITOR

Nelson thinks the answer is simply inexperience. That was prevalent in the final inning against Notre Dame, when freshmen comprised four of six infield positions. “That’s part of it — the maturing process,” Nelson said. “They’re good at it. The freshmen are a good group of athletes. Physically they’re ver y good and mentally they have a good time, and I think they’ll get over being a little bit tentative in big situations.” And the best time for Rutgers’ youth to get reps in is during lowpressure contests. Nelson said he could mix up his lineup this week to get others some playing time as the Knights strive to reestablish their focus. Senior catcher Kaci Madden is a candidate to sit at some point for freshman catcher Elizabeth Adams, who has played only eight games. Junior outfielder Loren Williams understands ever y game is an opportunity for the team to clean up its mechanics regardless of whether it is a conference contest. She said the Knights’ collapse at Notre Dame taught them a valuable lesson. “The last game was pretty good, except we couldn’t finish off that last inning,” Williams said. “We just have to make sure that we play seven innings of softball and not six or five or four. We have to make sure we continue to finish games, and if we continue to do that, we’ll be fine.” For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @Greg_P_Johnson. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.

When head coach Rob Shutte took over the Rutgers men’s golf team, he knew it was going to be a challenge, as the culture of the squad was not going to transform immediately. Now in his second season, he believes he has begun to relate to the Scarlet Knights and his approach is translating to the links. “The relationship with the players is a big aspect of it,” Shutte said. “They have let their guard down a little bit to understand the positive aspects that I could bring to the team. They have been getting tired of the changes that [have] been going on through the years.” Before Shutte’s arrival, Rutgers had an influx of leaders. For senior John Fagan, this has been his first full season with the same coach. Although it has been challenging for the program, the golfers have kept positive attitudes. Fagan’s season has been unstable thus far, but he credits Shutte for his passion and desire for the team to reach its maximum potential. “It is great,” Fagan said. “We have a coach that really pushes us and coaches us hard to keep improving.” Shutte has displayed his willingness to do whatever is necessary for the Knights to make the next step at contending for a coveted tournament title. He had to find several combinations for lineups this season because of circumstances beyond his control. But it seems to be working for Shutte to this point. The squad is in the midst of a two-week layover, but it came after it played its best event this spring. The Knights placed third April 2 at the Whiting Turner Towson Invitational. Junior captain Doug Walters led the Knights to the top-five finish with an individual score of 224, tying for fourth place and receiving alltournament recognition. Shutte’s goal was to encourage the Knights to anticipate difficult situations. Rutgers held its routine practice sessions with early morning workouts and plenty of time out on the drive. Establishing a particular format was not only crucial for that tournament, but it is a characteristic Shutte possessed when he took over. “Most of my job is the preparation aspect,” he said. “It is preparing the team to be the best that it could be with recruiting or offseason workouts, the day-today details to get the program to run smoothly every day.” Shutte believes the support he has and continues to search for will propel him to continue the players’ respect for him. “I have gotten to develop better relationships with the people I work with every day,” Shutte said. “It really helps. The one thing about golf is that we do not have to adjust to scouting different teams. We are really just playing the course and it is all about helping the team and the relationship with the players.”

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Senior linebacker Jamal Merrell, right, is the only starting linebacker returning, as former linebackers Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais have graduated and declared for the NFL Draft. Junior Kevin Snyder has the most experience of any returning linebacker besides Merrell. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Returning players in front seven offer stability BY JOEY GREGORY CORRESPONDENT

One year removed from the program’s first-ever share of the Big East Championship, the Rutgers football team has a few more questions thanks to several player losses to graduation and the NFL draft. Many of those questions exist on the defensive side of the ball. The Scarlet Knights lost twotime Big East Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene, defensive tackle Scott Vallone — the program record-holder for most consecutive starts — and six others who earned significant playing time in their tenure. But the team’s front seven still has some experience remaining, which head coach Kyle Flood expects to be the center of the defense. “I think the defensive line and the linebackers … they play like an experienced group and they should,” Flood said. “I think they [look like the most experienced group].” The linebackers, though, appear to have lost more than the defensive line. Greene is projected for the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, and former middle linebacker Steve Beauharnais had been starting since his sophomore season. Only senior linebacker Jamal Merrell remains from last season’s starting unit. Junior Kevin Snyder has the most playing experience after Merrell, but the rest of the group’s game time is extremely limited. But the defensive line is a different story. Senior defensive lineman Jamil Merrell and senior defen-

sive end Marcus Thompson started almost all of last year. The Knights also see the return of senior defensive tackle Isaac Holmes, who missed nearly all of last season with a broken wrist. “Ike is going to be Ike,” Jamil Merrell said of Holmes. “You know every time he is going to give you [everything he has]. He’s a big part of our defense in the middle. He holds it down in the middle.” The experience those three bring to the lineup will be key in the defense, especially since the main focus in the past has been to stop the run. The naming of last season’s linebackers coach Dave Cohen as this season’s defensive coordinator means that focus will not change. And stopping the run begins with the defensive line. “We always feel like we’re the center of the defense,” Jamil Merrell said. “We’re the first line of the defense. We have to be the toughest in order to stop the run.” But Holmes, Jamil Merrell and Thompson will need some help, especially since Flood said he can foresee at least a six-man rotation, similar to last season. That means the defensive line will feature at least three players who have never started a game for Rutgers. One of those players, barring injury, will be sophomore defensive tackle Darius Hamilton. After not quite living up to the expectations that come with being the program’s first-ever five-star recruit in the 2012 season — partly because of limited playing time — Hamilton is out to prove he deserved that ranking.

Junior running back Savon Huggins missed spring practice yesterday for undisclosed reasons. Huggins is projected as the starting back next season. ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER “I’m trying to have a breakout season,” he said. “It’s time to produce. Everybody knows me as a high recruit. For my sophomore year, expect bigger things from me.” That leaves at least two open spots along the line that are far from claimed. Junior defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey and sophomore defensive ends Max Issaka and Myles Jackson — all of who saw

time last season — will figure in the decision.




Savon Huggins — pegged by Flood as the starter — missed practice yesterday for undisclosed reasons. With sophomore running back Paul James also absent from practice, players such as redshirt freshman tailback Desmon Peoples earned extra carries.

“[Peoples] continues to be a guy who is hard to get your hands on,” Flood said. “He’s slippery. He’s got excellent change of direction.” Early enrollee Dontea Ayers and junior fullback Michael Burton also earned extra carries. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @Joey_Gregory. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.

POWER UP FRONT The Rutgers football team boasts

GETTING DEFENSIVE A pair of junior defenders helped

BACK HOME The Rutgers softball team

three returning starters among its defensive line, and linebackers to give it experience. PAGE 19

the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team hold No. 9 Syracuse to only five goals in the first three quarters. PAGE 17

returns to the RU Softball Complex today, looking to start a winning streak. PAGE 18



QUOTE OF THE DAY “We just have to make sure that we play seven innings of softball and not six or five or four.’” — Rutgers softball junior outfielder Loren Williams



Nova’s weight loss shifts his mentality BY JOSH BAKAN SPORTS EDITOR

Sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo saw a video message on his phone from junior quarterback Gary Nova after Saturday’s scrimmage. It was a pass where Nova and Carroo — a dynamic combination at Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep — failed to connect. “He’s actually sending me videos through my phone of the play saying, ‘hey, we need to connect on this play,’” Carroo said. “‘You could’ve done this better, I could’ve done this better on this play so that we connect next time.’” Nova has changed a lot since he lost 15 pounds in the offseason, bringing him down to 225. He says he is quicker. Carroo says he is more accurate. Nova’s greatest change has been his confidence, which is contagious throughout the offense. His weight loss coupled with junior running back Savon Huggins’ weight gain has inspired the offense. “Going in the weight room, seeing Gary step on the scale, saying, ‘hey, I lost [15] pounds,’ it makes guys say, ‘wow, he really wants to make himself better so that guys around him can be better,” Carroo said. Sophomore quarterback Gary Nova shed 15 pounds in the offseason. His increased quickness has helped him dodge hits in the pocket, which he struggled with as he was sacked three times in the Russell Athletic Bowl. ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER




Sophomore reliever delivers in back-and-forth road win BY BRADLY DERECHAILO ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

Back-and-forth contests have been a constant for the Rutgers baseball team during its midweek games. While yesterday’s game against Lafayette (6-31) was no dif ferent, the Scarlet Knights (17-16, 8-4) were able to escape Easton, Pa., with a 14-8 win against the Leopards. While Lafayette managed to plate runs in three of its first five innings, sophomore righthander Jon Young prevented any runs after that. “He pitched great,” said sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo, who went 3-for-5 yesterday with one RBI. “It was a great job by him to step up like that.” Young entered the game in the fifth inning after senior righthander Nathaniel Roe

allowed a two-run homerun to Lafayette right fielder Matt Lawrence. Young then retired shortstop Jackson Kramer on a fly out before center fielder Andrew Santomauro was thrown out at second when he tried to stretch his two-out single. The single to Santomauro was the only hit Young allowed in his four and two-thirds innings of work. Young struck out four runners and allowed no runs in his first win of the season. Young (1-0), who said both his fastball and slider were working for him on the mound, was also pleased with his performance. “I felt good,” Young said. “I was just trying to keep the ball low and throw strikes to get their hitters out.” Freshman righthander Reed Shuttle, who made the first start for a rookie under head SEE


Sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo hit 3-for-5 in yesterday’s 14-8 win against Lafayette. Zarrillo also had one RBI in Rutgers’ first midweek victory since April 3. NISHA DATT, PHOTO EDITOR / FILE PHOTO / APRIL 2013


NHL SCORES Florida New York I.

2 5

New York R. Philadelphia

2 4

Toronto Washington

1 5

Tampa Bay Winnipeg

3 4

Carolina Ottawa

2 3

Vancouver St. Louis

1 2

JENNY VLAHOS helped the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team cause 13 turnovers last Saturday against Villanova. The sophomore midfielder forced three turnovers in the effort.





vs. Stony Brook (DH)

vs. Monmouth

at St. John’s

vs. Iona

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

Today, 3:30 p.m. Bainton Field

Tomorrow, 12:30 p.m. Tampa, Fla.

Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. RU Softball Complex

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