A VISION REALIZED The Center for Latino Arts and Culture honors its late founder’s successes at its 20th anniversary awards gala. UNIVERSITY, PAGE 3
The Rutgers men’s basketball team’s guards could not all measure up to their UConn counterparts as the Knights fell to the Huskies, led by the combined effort of guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. SPORTS, BACK
REGULATING TUITION RUSA continues to climb an uphill battle for legislation on undocumented students. OPINIONS, PAGE 8
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Student assembly hopes to reinforce leadership skills
PIRG FEE: A BREAKDOWN New Jersey Public Interest Research Group funds reach far outside U.
NJ PIRG implements a $11.20 fee on all student term bills.
RUSA plans to send more delegates to USSA conference in March
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The student accounting website gives the option to opt out of paying the $11.20 fee.
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The University will send its largest delegation of students to attend the upcoming National Grassroots Legislative Conference and National Student Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. in March. It will also be the largest delegation in relation to other universities, which members of the Rutgers University Student Assembly feel is necessary because of the valuable information learned from previous years, said Sherif Ibrahim, vice president of RUSA. RUSA will send 35 student delegates to the conference, which runs from March 15 to March 18, and is run by the United States Student Association, said John Connelly, president of RUSA. “This gives students a lot to take back to the universities,” said Ibrahim, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “It ties everything together whether it be at a national, state or local level.” The conference consists of about 150 to 200 delegates from schools all over the country, Ibrahim said. RUSA members expect to learn information that is important for legislative advocacy, said Spencer Klein, a RUSA member who plans to attend the conference. The University pays membership fees to USSA, which enables RUSA and the student government to exist, said Connelly, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Ibrahim said the conference also helps give RUSA a close line of communication with USSA. RUSA has about five student representatives on USSA’s Board of Directors, he said. The majority of the conference features a series of workshops and discussions in which delegates learn effective leadership skills and discuss important issues that will be advocated for in the summer, said Klein, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. On the final day, members will speak to representatives in Congress, he said. This year, the delegates will meet with N.J. Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg to discuss student debt issues, and the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. The DREAM Act provides undocumented workers permanent residency if they came to the country as minors and graduated from a U.S. high school, Klein said. Shared governance, the ability for students to vote for the University’s Board of Governors, will be a topic of discussion as well. Currently, the Board of Governors has one
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About 51percent of 57,773 undergraduate and graduate students, or about 29,464 students, pay the semesterly fee.
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very University student’s term bill includes an $11.20 fee from the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Student Chapters. What most students do not know is that in many cases, that funding does not go directly to lobby New Jersey student interests as it was originally intended. Instead, the University’s NJPIRG student chapter in 2010 allotted $120,234 to help a non-existent PIRG student chapter in Arizona. The NJPIRG Student Chapters allotted more than $401,000 in grants, according to the Form 990 filed in 2010. A Form 990 provides the IRS and public with financial information to evaluate nonprofit organizations and how they operate.
Under the section titled, “Grants and other assistances to governments and organizations in the United States,” NJPIRG Student Chapters gave $120,234 to the Arizona PIRG Education Fund in Phoenix, Ariz. “Thanks in part to NJPIRG, we have been able to train hundreds of students to be more effective citizens through work here, and we continue to work with students to engage them in issues ranging from higher education to public transportation,” said Diane Brown, executive director of Arizona PIRG. NJPIRG awarded a grant for Arizona PIRG to establish campus chapters at Arizona universities, Brown said. SEE
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Independent films “Olivia” and “Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey” attract a large crowd on the third night of the New Jersey Film Festival’s opening weekend. Turn to PAGE 6 for more photos. SHIRLEY YU
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CAMPUS CALENDAR Monday, Jan. 28 Registration for Rutgers Recreation classes begins. For more information, visit rec.rutgers.edu/classes. There will be a panel on African-Americans during the Civil War in New Jersey at 3 p.m. at the Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. It will be in the Remigio University Pane Room on the first floor. Speakers include Clement Price, Joseph Bilby and Larry Greene. This event is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Career Services hosts an information session on internships in the health professions at 5 p.m. at the Busch Campus Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit careerservices.rutgers.edu.
Tuesday, Jan. 29 Christina Bilinski speaks at a workshop titled, “Who Are You? Discover Your True Colors Work and Communication” is 9:30 a.m. at the Administrative Services Building on Cook campus. Attendees will learn to develop their leadership skills based on their personality traits. Holly Metz, author of “Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption and Murder in the Great Depression” talks about her book at 6 p.m. at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. The event is sponsored by the Rutgers University Libraries and the New Jersey Historical Commission. Amy Goodman, host of radio show Democracy Now!, visits the University at 7 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. She will discuss her latest book, titled “The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope.” There will be a book signing following the lecture. This free event is sponsored by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs.
METRO CALENDAR Tuesday, Jan. 29 “American Idiot,” the Broadway musical based on Green Day’s Grammy-award winning album of the same name, comes to the State Theatre through Thursday, Jan. 31. The show, which starts at 8 p.m., takes place at the theater located at 15 Livingston Ave. in downtown New Brunswick. Tickets start at $32. For more information, visit statetheatrenj.org.
Thursday, Jan. 31 Rich Vos performs at the Stress Factory Comedy Club at 90 Church St. in downtown New Brunswick. The show starts at 7 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.) and tickets are $20. For more information, visit stress factory.com.
Friday, Feb. 1 Country singer/songwriter Lee Brice performs at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets are $25 and $35.
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Center celebrates founder’s contributions to Latino community Ceremony fundraises for at-risk youth programs, research grant BY ERIN PETENKO STAFF WRITER
Edward Ortiz fought for 18 years to establish a home where Latino students could connect and promote their issues at the University. But he had little to show for his efforts other than a handwritten manifesto. His vision was finally realized in 1992 with the founding of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture. The CLAC celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus with a gala honoring notable members’ contributions while reflecting on its progress over the years, said Carlos Fernández, director of the CLAC. “The center was established to highlight the contributions of Latinos to the United States and also research and promote our understanding of Latin American traditions throughout the world,” he said. The CLAC plans conferences and designs curricula in Latino departments, which CLAC staff sometimes teach, said Sandra Rocío Castro, Acting Dean of Students on Busch campus. It includes study abroad programs in Puer to Rico, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.
The center thanked Ortiz for his effort on starting the center, beginning with his tenure in the 1970s, said Susan Schrepfer, his wife. Schrepfer, a professor in the history department, said though the need for the center now seems obvious, it was difficult to get it established. “There was a struggle for the site, the staff and what the responsibilities of ever yone would be,” she said. Castro said she was another honoree, and was recognized for her 12 years at the CLAC, first as assistant director and later as associate director. Castro said she met artists and worked with the New Brunswick community and began the Alternate Spring Break program, which gives students the opportunity to spend time in the Dominican Republic. She said she plans to continue helping with CLAC programs and advising the board. “The CLAC is small, but it does so much work,” she said. Over the years, the center has hosted art exhibits, music, dance and theater events, Fernández said. The center also coordinates with Latino student organizations, said Karla Torres, chapter representative for Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha Incoporada.
“The [CLAC] helps us put our name out there and gives us great involvement with the Latino community. We get to meet many other people as well at the center,” said Torres, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Luis Rojas, the political chair of the Latino Student Council, said his group hosts all meetings at the CLAC, so the entire board was invited to the event for free. “We all try to give a voice to the Latino student population at the University,” said Rojas, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. After the ceremony, the center auctioned off art by Latino artists from New Jersey and New York, Fernández said. “The art is all excellent and affordable, though hopefully not too affordable,” said LisMery Ramirez, the mistress of the ceremony. Fernández said the money raised would go toward leadership, mentoring and outreach for at-risk youth programs in New Brunswick, as well as an undergraduate research grant. Karen Stubaus, vice president for Academic Affairs and Administration, said she has visited the center and sees it as a gem in the University community. “It has an informal, friendly environment,” she said. “It’s a home away from home and an entry point for Latino students.” She said she often hears about students sleeping over at the center, with Vilma Perez, the special events coordinator, cooking din-
Sandra Rocio-Castro, co-founder of the Rutgers Latino Alumni Association, speaks Saturday about her experiences with the Center for Latino Arts and Culture at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. SHIRLEY YU ner for the entire community. Brenda Lopez, who founded the Latino Student Council and helped found CLAC, addressed not only the contributions of the CLAC but the students who worked for Latino advocacy. “When you as a student think you don’t have power, you’ve been brainwashed,” she said.
“You have the power.” Lopez, director of Student Support Services at the Newark campus, reminded the 60 undergraduates there to continue to fight disadvantageous circumstances to get their degree. “The only thing no one will be able to take from you is your education,” she said.
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Senate sets term dates for fall 2015 BY ALEX MEIER CORRESPONDENT
At the first University Senate meeting of the semester, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard L. Edwards reviewed the progress that the University made in 2012. He applauded the integration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Athletic Department’s invitation to the Big Ten Athletic Conference, and the University’s new contract with Pearson eCollege that expands the possibilities for online learning. “Although any university is constantly changing, improving, evolving, 2012 was no doubt an especially active time of transition,” Edwards said Friday during the meeting, which took place in the Rutgers Student Center. He also said the University must acknowledge its struggles, including the complexity of the UMDNJ integration and the number of endowed chairs it employs. “We cannot rest on our laurels,” he said. Also at the meeting, the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee announced official dates for the fall 2015 semester, which will begin Sept. 1. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Monday classes will instead meet, as Labor Day falls on Monday, Sept. 7. The change enables Monday classes to meet sooner, as those sections would not meet until the end of the second week of classes, said Martha Cotter, co-chair of the committee. The schedule was ammended to include two reading days on Friday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec 14. Joe Cashin, student representative to the Board of Governors, said adding another reading day would benefit students who work on weekends. “[For] students that need to work on weekends, those two weekend days aren’t true reading days,” the School of Arts and Sciences junior said. “They are not free weekends because I’ve worked at a grocery store. They’re going to want you there all day Saturday and Sunday.”
Members of the University Senate vote to approve changes to the fall 2015 academic calendar. LIANNE NG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Students pose with reasons why they are voting during a photo campaign run by the Student Voter Coalition, which includes NJPIRG. Members of NJPIRG worked during the fall 2012 semester to register students to vote. More than 4,000 people registered to vote after groups, including NJPIRG, tabled on campus. EMILY NESI, FILE PHOTO / OCTOBER 2012
FEE Miranda says about $300,000 was collected from fee in fall 2012 CONTINUED FROM FRONT “The idea was that we would be able to establish campus chapters and be able to work with students in N.J. and across the country on issues of concern to students,” she said. But according to Brown, Arizona PIRG still has no student chapters.
the statement, “I do not wish to contribute to NJPIRG, and my payment has been reduced by the NJPIRG fee in the adjustment box, below.” This check box option was added to the term bill in 2007 after a campus-wide referendum was proposed and passed. According to the University Senate’s guidelines, 25 percent +
“Just more than half — 51 percent — chose to pay the NJPIRG fee.” — E. J. MIRANDA, University Spokesman Media Relations “While ultimately we had made an ef for t to have funded student chapters, that hasn’t yet proved successful,” she said.
THE FEE NJPIRG Student Chapters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization with goals of addressing student concerns ranging from rising student loan interest rates to pollution, said Jen Kim, executive director of NJPIRG. “For fall 2012, approximately $300,000 was collected for the NJPIRG fee,” said University spokesman E.J. Miranda. In 1972, the University’s Board of Governors voted to include the NJPIRG fee on the student term bill, he said. The NJPIRG Student Chapters proposed the opt-out fee of $11.20 per semester to appear on the term bill in 2007, according to the “NJPIRG Student Chapters concept plan: 2007.” A student can opt out of the fee by checking the box next to
1 of the eligible students had to vote ‘yes,’ — indicating the approval of the opt-out fee of $11.20 per semester to appear as a check box on the term bill. “For fall 2012, 57,773 students — undergraduate and graduate — on all three Rutgers campuses had the option to pay the NJPIRG fee. Of those, just more than half — 51 percent — chose to pay the NJPIRG fee,” Miranda said. While the fee on the bill is not mandatory, it remains a controversial topic. In the early 1970s, political activist Ralph Nader and other activists helped bring the fee to campuses when they star ted Public Interest Research Groups, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s website. Nader’s activists convinced many universities and colleges to use a referendum for students to vote whether they want to pay the fee, according to the FIRE site. Since then, there has been some disagreement regarding the existence of the fee.
Former student Joseph Galda sued the University in federal court in 1985 to have the right not to pay the fee to NJPIRG. Students expressed their disagreement through a written form even though it was refundable, according to the FIRE site. He argued that University administrators were violating the plaintiff’s rights under the First Amendment by placing a $2.50 term bill fee to support a nonprofit organization, according to the Atlantic Legal Foundation. The court dismissed Galda’s argument while declaring there were educational benefits associated with NJPIRG, according to FIRE. Similar cases have been brought to court in New York and California. More recently, a chancellor at the University of Wisconsin rejected the 2012 budget of the Wisconsin Public Interest Group for a professional staff, according to The Badger Herald, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s student
funding received from the term bill, according to University Senate guidelines. Justin Habler, chapter chair for NJPIRG Student Chapters, said each school was allowed to nominate members to the board, so anyone can nominate anyone they like as long as they are a member of PIRG and a member of the University’s chapter. “We want to make sure it is as fair as possible when we are making decisions that do apply and pertain to the entire student population who does pay our fee,” Habler said.
THE MISSION Edward Lee Rosenthall, a junior at the University at the time, formed NJPIRG Student Chapters in 1972 because he felt local and national governments were not adequately addressing student issues, said Dan Xie, organizing director of NJPIRG Student Chapters. “He star ted a public interest group with the idea that our air
“Student engagement in politics is something we want to maximize given how much impact it can make on people’s everyday lives.” — DAN XIE, Organizing Director of NJPIRG Student Chapters newspaper. The Wisconsin Public Interest Group is a University-affiliated group. The Badger Herald repor ted that the Chancellor’s of fice believes the university should not fund a non-student professional, whose job in par t is of f campus. The University’s NJPIRG Student Chapter has a professional staff, in addition to a student board. The NJPIRG board — composed of 30 students from the New Brunswick, Camden and Newark campuses — directs the
is being polluted right now or textbook companies are taking advantage of students or someone is tr ying to cut a Pell Grant on a national level,” Xie said. She said Rosenthall thought average students do not really have the resources to go and lobby, write a bill or run a campaign to inform a district in South Jersey. She said NJPIRG Student Chapters formed to help students gain professional backup and resources to inform legislation on a national level and
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National Funding NJPIRG has provided funding to organizations across the country. One of these, Arizona PIRG, is a statewide organization that has yet to use the money to start university student chapters.
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An NJPIRG member speaks to interested students at a meeting in Trayes Hall in the Douglass Campus Center.
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also, the NJPIRG water watch program,” she said. Both of these ser vice type programs include students going out to monitor water ways and water pollution problems, she said. These programs have been held at Monmouth University in West Long Branch and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in Galloway Township. “We definitely work with other campuses besides the Rutgers campuses but right now, it’s correct that only [students] on the three Rutgers campuses have a NJPIRG fee [on their term bill],” Kim said.
“The public interest would be way better ser ved if we had students at the University of Hawaii and University of Idaho and it just brings up an entire student movement in the way we are participating with the world,” she said. In addition to funding other PIRGs to help start Student Chapters, the State Board of NJPIRG Student Chapters have the option to fund the USPIRG office, located in Washington, D.C., Kim said. “The funding is all student controlled so if the NJPIRG Student Chapters want to help fund our federal program, which they are a part of, there is an
run a bigger and better campaign,” Kim said. NJPIRG was able to pass several laws to increase the amount of Pell Grant funding students receive, she said, and helped decrease the interest rate on Stafford Loans, she said. The representatives from Camden, Newark and New Brunswick campuses get together to approve future programs, initiate litigation and direct student fees, Xie said. There are 13 board seats in New Brunswick, she said. “We had board elections in New Brunswick [mid-November] and at the meeting they decided what campaign they want to lead
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address student concerns on a more local level. “Student engagement in politics is something we want to maximize given how much impact it can make on people’s everyday lives,” Xie said. The student chapters focus efforts and funds on either local or federal level work, because the student fee cannot contribute to lobbying for state issues, she said. NJPIRG Student Chapters does not lobby the state legislature and is in compliance with Public Law 1995 Chapter 63, according to the “NJPIRG Student Chapters concept plan: 2007.” This law states that student-funded groups at state colleges and universities are prohibited from lobbying the legislature or employing legislative agendas. Instead, the NJPIRG Student Chapters state board is responsible for distributing a portion of the student fee to hire national
lobbyists and lawyers to be on staff, Xie said. Money collected from the student fee is also used to hire a professional staff to train the students on the New Brunswick campuses, Habler said. “We have so many students, which is a great thing, but if we don’t know where we are going, it’s not really useful. So basically we have these three campus organizers. They help organize us [and] train us in what we need to know,” Habler said. The student chapters are based at the University campuses in Camden, New Brunswick and Newark, Kim said. The University is the only college or university in New Jersey funding NJPIRG student chapters, Kim said. “We have had chapters at different schools along the way and then one program that we have run in other schools is called the NJPIRG Energy Ser vice Corps program and
“That is how the PIRGs work: It is collectively funding staff to help students ... run a bigger and better campaign.” — JEN KIM, Executive Director of NJPIRG
CRUNCHING NUMBERS In addition to the grant given to Arizona PIRG in 2010, $111,000 was given to USPIRG in Washington, D.C., $63,518 was given to PIRG in Trenton and $106,282 was given to the Center for Public Interest Research in Boston, according to the Form 990 form. NJPIRG Student Chapters aims to support student activism not just at the University, but across the country, Xie said.
Larry Leung, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences junior, teaches members of greek life how to weatherize houses at an NJPIRG Energy Service Corps event. ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / MARCH 2012
amount of money they can chip in,” Kim said. She said in the past, these advocates have helped address issues regarding federal students loans, like the Pell Grant. “That is how the PIRGs work: It is kind of [a] collectively funding staff to help students try to
on,” she said. “They decided that New Brunswick should make a state-wide recommendation about the national clean air quality.” Xie said another initiative of NJPIRG Student Chapters included the Student Voter Coalition, which helped register more than 100,000 people.
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ASSEMBLY Ibrahim says RUSA will attack at state level CONTINUED FROM FRONT student representative who does not have voting power, Ibrahim said. “This would give students more of a sense of control over their universities, allowing them to have more of a say,” he said.
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RUSA also plans to discuss bills inspired by the DREAM Act — Assembly Bill A1659 and State Senate Bill S2355 — which seek to provide in-state tuition for undocumented students, Ibrahim said. “RUSA is in favor of deferred action for eligible [N.J.] students and is working with New Jersey United Students to endorse this,” he said. Ibrahim said RUSA supports the DREAM Act and has also received student union endorsements. “We believe there will be some light of change in the near
future,” he said. “We are really tr ying to focus it and make tuition equitable in New Jersey.” RUSA will also fight to halt tuition increases for students at the University and other public institutions in New Jersey, Ibrahim said. “Students used to pay for tuition on an incremental basis, meaning that tuition was based on enrollment,” he said. “Now they scrapped that system, allowing them to consistently raise tuition.” Previously, RUSA put pressure on the University administration
to change this, but this year members hope to make change by attacking this problem at the state level during the upcoming conference, Ibrahim said. “We want to make an actual difference,” he said. “In order to do that, we need to attack on the state level.” Klein said the leadership skills delegates gather from this conference would bring positive changes to RUSA. “It has been ver y effective in terms of training successful leaders who now have many
more of the essential skills needed to organize,” he said. “This is important because we really need student organizers in these times of financial hardship for students.” The conference will yield more ef fective campaigns as well as create a better relationship with the USSA and the state legislation, Klein said. “We want to move forwards in terms of advocating for students and issues that are important to them,” he said.
The New Jersey Film Festival kicked off this weekend and will continue through March. All screenings are held in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, on the College Avenue campus. Laci Kay, top left, star of “Olivia,” came from Los Angeles to introduce the film. Rugved Deshpande, bottom left, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, handed out programs to audience members. Festival attendees, right, purchase tickets at the door on Sunday night. SHIRLEY YU
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Obama prefers college football THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Movita Johnson-Harrell takes part in a march for stricter gun control laws on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators included survivors of the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Connecticut. GETTY IMAGES
Military spouses’ club invites same sex couple THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A woman who is married to a female Army officer at Fort Bragg and who was recently denied membership in its officers’ spouses club said late Friday that she has been invited to become a full member. Ashley Broadway told the Associated Press that she received the invitation from the club’s board in an email Friday. The invitation came on the same day that Broadway also learned she’d been named Fort Bragg’s 2013 “Military Spouse of the Year” by Military Spouse magazine. She is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack,
who gave birth this week to the couple’s second child, a baby girl. “I’m pleased, I’m happy,” Broadway said by phone Friday night. “As soon as things calm down with the baby, I want to get involved. I hate that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion. But I think things happen for a reason. I’m a very devout Christian. I’ve had faith in God this whole time. I think if anything it’s brought up a larger issue: We have two classes of service members and how they’re ... not treated equally.” “Looking back, it’s been a blessing in disguise because people are
talking ... in Washington, this is being talked about,” she added. Last month, Fort Bragg received national attention when Broadway was denied membership in the officers’ spouses club at the North Carolina Army post because she does not have a spouse identification badge issued by the military. Though she and Mack have been together for 15 years, the only pass post officials would provide to Broadway named her as a caregiver to their 2 1/2-year-old son — the same credential given to nannies. The club announced it would allow Broadway admittance as a
Birth control coverage under fire Lawsuits over health care overhaul likely to go to Supreme Court THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits against the mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception for free. However, many for-profit business owners are also suing, claiming a violation of their religious beliefs. The religious lawsuits have largely stalled, as the Department of Health and Human Services tries to develop an accommodation for
faith groups. However, no such offer will be made to individual business owners. And their lawsuits are yielding conflicting rulings in appeals courts around the country. “The circuits have split. You’re getting different, conflicting interpretations of law, so the line of cases will have to go to the Supreme Court,” said Carl Esbeck, a professor at the University of Missouri Law School who specializes in religious liberty issues. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that Obama’s fiercely contested health care overhaul, known as the Affordable Care Act, was constitutional. But differences over the birth control provision in the law have yet to be resolved. Under the requirement, most employers, including faith-affili-
ated hospitals and nonprofits, have to provide health insurance that includes artificial contraception, including sterilization, as a free preventive ser vice. The goal, in part, is to help women space pregnancies as a way to promote health. Religious groups who employ and serve people of their own faith — such as churches — are exempt. But other religiously affiliated groups, such as Catholic Charities, must comply. Roman Catholic bishops, evangelicals and some religious leaders who have generally been supportive of Obama’s policies have lobbied fiercely for a broader exemption. The Catholic Church prohibits the use of artificial contraception. Evangelicals generally permit the use of birth control, but they object to specific methods such as the morning-after contraceptive pill, which they argue is tantamount to abortion.
“guest member,” but Broadway said anything less than full membership wasn’t acceptable. In an email Friday, a copy of which was provided by Broadway to AP, the board of the Association of Bragg Officers Spouses writes that “in order to immediately support all military Officer spouses who are eligible for ABOS membership a more inclusive definition of spouse is needed. Therefore, any Spouse of an active duty commissioned or warrant Officer with a valid marriage certificate from any state or district in the United States is eligible for ABOS membership.”
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he’d “have to think long and hard” before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes. “I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” Obama tells The New Republic. “In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.” In an interview in the magazine’s Feb. 11 issue, Obama said he worries more about college players than he does about those in the NFL. “The NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” Obama said. “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about.” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello responded Sunday, “We have no higher priority than player health and safety at all levels of the game.”
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Climate change policy shifts to priority COMMUNITY MATTERS SAM BERMAN
e will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” This was one of the most discussed lines in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. The speech itself, of course, has generated enthusiasm across the left for its full-throated defense of progressive values. While the right has condemned the speech for its lack of policy specifics — usually left out of inaugural addresses and saved for the State of the Union address in Februar y — the president’s second-term agenda is already starting to take shape. And climate change appears to hold a position of prominence. Of course, the president’s first-term agenda started out ambitious as well, but after burning so much of his political capital in his fight to expand access to health care in this countr y, his attempt to address climate change with a cap-andtrade proposal stalled in the Senate. This happened despite the market-oriented approach of the reform, which was designed to provide incentives for industries to switch to cleaner sources of energy as efficiently as possible. In the end, the president was forced to turn to unilateral action — such as increasing fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and
other Environmental Protection Agency predictions that the rise in sea levels that regulations — while impressive in their would accompany even such a small own right, are simply not up to the task of increase might cause some small island altering our deadly trajector y. Hopefully, nations to go the way of Atlantis. the President will continue to take such a The second number McKibben puts regulator y approach in the absence of for ward is 565 gigatons. This is the congressional action. Though the simple amount of carbon scientists say we can truth is that in the end, the only thing release into the atmosphere and still that can stave off the calamity of global have a shot at staying below the 2 climate change is sweeping legislation, degrees Celsius limit. This may seem and it is by no means certain that the like a large budget — after all, a gigaton president will be able to accomplish that seems like an incomprehensively large — at least not without help. That’s where unit of measurement. The third and final we come in. number ought to The dizzying dispel such false speed with which the “Our political leaders ... must confidence: our addiction to total amount of carbe forced to consider dirty energy is drivbon contained in all ing us toward our coal, oil and gas long-term costs — even if the the own demise may reser ves of the top seem dif ficult for most profitable industry in all 200 fossil fuel comus to comprehend. panies is 2,795 gigaof human history It is not. In an artitons. In other cle published last words, the amount would rather they not.” July in Rolling of carbon that Stone magazine, would be released celebrated journalinto the atmosist and environmental activist Bill phere, if business is allowed to proceed McKibben sums up the reality in three as usual, is five times greater than our numbers. The first number is 2 degrees budget. Celsius. As of 2009, the signatories of the In light of these numbers, the urgency shamefully toothless Copenhagen of action has never been clearer. Accord recognize that the global temper- McKibben has begun a campaign to raise ature rise must be kept below 2 degrees awareness and spark movements at colCelsius in order to avoid the worst of the lege campuses all across the country. On environmental reckoning. So far, global Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., he will bring that temperatures have risen by about 0.8 campaign to the University. Named “Do degrees Celsius, and the damage this has the Math,” his campaign uses these three wrought has been greater than most sci- numbers to galvanize college students, entists anticipated. Thus, even 2 degrees who will bear the costs of inaction when Celsius might be too high. There are now regular draughts result in persistent food
shor tages, rising sea levels displace whole populations and changing weather patterns result in superstorms like Sandy becoming a common occurrence. More than 180 campuses across the country have signed on. Our University, whose mission is to educate students to make the future a brighter place, must not be financially invested in those who would profit off the destruction of that future. Our political leaders, so quick to act for short-term benefit, must be forced to consider long-term costs — even if the most profitable industry in all of human history would rather they not. Disaster looms, but there is still time to act — for the moment. I urge ever y student to come to McKibben’s event on Feb. 4 to find out how we as a University community can do our part to fight for a future in which our planet is still inhabitable. At the end of the day, political action on climate change will require grassroots mobilization. While the fossil fuel industr y and those who profit off the slow but inevitable destruction of our planet may have a financial advantage, the histor y of the 20th centur y shows that despite the cynicism which so often plagues our politics, people power is still the most effective force for change in this Republic. It is not an easy force to harness, but once mobilized, it can accomplish anything. Even, we must believe, saving the world. Sam Berman is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science with a minor in economics. His column, “Community Matters,” runs on alternate Mondays.
Slavery: Mauritania’s blatantly kept secret ALEXA WYBRANIEC
t’s 2013 and slaver y still exists. What are your personal requirements of slaver y? What do you need to make it real? Do you need proof? Do you really want proof? There is no way to describe slaver y, modern or past, but we must tr y. We must raise awareness just as we must set up green highway signs and replace their white letters when they’re obscured by rust. We can’t lose sight of what’s important, especially when there are no exciting commercials, nor flashing lights, nor highway signs to remind us. Here is what’s important: Mauritania is an Arab countr y in West Africa, just south of Morocco. Now, Morocco is beautiful. Rabat, the capital city, boasts a thriving tourism industr y, which
glows at nighttime. The sands below, What amazes me, after watching however, groan consistently with the CNN’s feature documentar y on the subweight of a real, engrained phenome- ject, are the interactions between masnon: slaver y. ters and slaves. The amount of docile What makes this a phenomenon is its complacency is disgusting. The counpersistence. Mauritania’s national govern- tr y’s minister, Brahim Ould M’Bareck ment tried, unsuccessfully, to abolish the Ould Med El Moctar, declared his counpractice in 1905, 1981 and 2007. Failing, tr y among the freest on earth. descendants of black Africans (“haratin”) I wanted to grab each side of my comstill serve the Arabs (“bidhan”) as slaves. It puter and shake some sense into these is estimated that 600,000 men, women and people who don’t make sense to me at all. children are illegally But that’s not what forced into slavery. I’m doing. But only one Instead, I’m writ“It is estimated that 600,000 slave owner has ing this because ever been successmen, women and children are Mauritania’s slaves fully prosecuted. know who illegally forced into slavery.” don’t Imagine: You they are, but you wake up. You’re do. You can make tied up so that you progress that they cannot move. Only once, throughout the cannot even recognize. You can do more entire day, you are untied to do your than simply exist. chores. In the end, you are left without According to Mary Pipher, clinical psymuscle, barely able to move your limbs. chologist and author, “Young men need to You make no money, even though you be socialized in such a way that rape is as work for years. You do not know your unthinkable to them as cannibalism.” name. You do not know how you became Education is the gateway to change, but it a slave. You were born one. cannot stop at “young men”. It must
extend to Arabs and blacks, men and women and children alike. What the world is begging us to do is simple: look, listen, and feel. Living reminders of slavery exist. Proof of rape exists. It exists in other humans, in newborn slaves, in people who are unfairly doomed, in those who are about to grow up as domesticated animals. This is not the chained slaver y of our own Civil War. These people live like dogs, unchained because they won’t run away. What twists my heart up is the fact that I’ll be in Morocco over spring break. While I’m excited for my trip, I won’t be able to forget the brainwashed, enslaved people who live in such close proximity. I want to save them all from their daily $2, their racist masters, their anonymity, torture, rape, and their government, which declares them free. I want my government to declare them free. Alexa Wybraniec is a first-year School of Arts and Sciences student. She is a desk assistant at The Daily Targum.
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Today's Birthday (01/28/13). It's a time of fun, exploration and creative play until summer, when ideas sprout and get harvested. Career and income rise; balance time with work and family. Home changes may require a remodel or relocation. Surrender, forgive and have compassion (especially for yourself). To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 9 — Back to work, big time, especially for the next phase. Maintain objectivity. And ignore fear, or at least use it to your advantage. There will be resistance, and you'll be stronger for it. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Be cautious where others are impetuous. Your creativity helps you solve the problem. You're entering a cuddly phase. Things fall together for you today and tomorrow. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is an 8 — The next few days are good for domestic projects, but don't rush into making choices. Double-check data and make sure a partner agrees. Compassion goes a long way. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 — You're even smarter than usual. You may have to decline an invitation, but consider your decision carefully first. Take future appreciation into account. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — Reconsider a risky move, especially around finances. Resist the urge to break things, no matter how justified you feel, and end up on top. Take deep breaths, often. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Assertiveness works well now, but be patient. It works here to have low expectations. Let yourself be surprised. Make a travel or educational plan that fits the budget.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Too many choices can overwhelm and even paralyze. Don't stress about getting the decision right. Trust your intuition, and give yourself permission to change your mind. Be careful traveling now. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — The task ahead seems challenging and maybe even impossible, but you can handle it with a little help from your friends. Consider family opinions, too. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Open communication and risk-taking produces better results. If at first you fail, be patient. You'll get there soon. Tinkering is required. Be nice to everyone to avoid jealousies. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — As you travel the twisty road, look into the distance to see obstacles ahead. Save out some for unexpected expenses. A rebellion flares and your direction may change. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Don't buy trash; it's a waste of money. Invest instead in ideas that make the world a better place. Plant a seed through dialogue. You'll figure out the costs. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Family matters vie with work for your attention. Your relationships count double. See that your actions support your environment in the long run. Add love.
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LOSS Freshmen falter after receiving rare chance in Knights lineup CONTINUED FROM BACK Oscar Huntly against Hr ymack at 4:20. Inserting freshmen into the lineup is not Goodale’s preference, but performance and injuries have forced both into starting rolls, something that is out of Goodale’s hands. “We are giving up bonus points where our two freshman are wrestling,” Goodale said. “Those are two kids who are going to be good as the years go on but right now they are probably not ready for that type of match yet. But they have to be and are growing up quickly.” The loss overshadowed the Knights’ dominating performance against a young West Virginia team (1-7) the night
SPORTS PAGE 13 before, which included seven wins individually. But Rutgers’ effort in its first match may have been a factor — along with its four-hour bus trip — for why it struggled against Navy. Goodale said the factors are no excuse, as back-to-back matches will happen in the near future at both EIWA and the National Tournament. For Goodale, Navy served as a wake-up call for the team, one that the Knights need to respond to before their next competition Feb. 8 against Bloomsburg. “When you go to the national tournament and the EIWA tournament, it’s back-to-back,” Goodale said. “Is the travel part of it? Yeah, but ever yone has to do that with dual meets … There’s no excuses — put your foot on the line and find a way to get it done. We just came up a little shor t against a real good team.”
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First-half woes appear again with 20 points in as many minutes
Sophomore guard Jerome Seagears looks to pass while Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier defends. Seagears scored a career-high 21 points in the loss. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Senior 154-pounder Scott Winston dropped his match Saturday against Navy after previously picking up his 100th-career win. ENRICO CABREDO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / JANUARY 2013
highest-scoring team in Big East play, for more than 30 minutes. But guards on arguably the most guard-dependent team in the conference suddenly had their way. “Take your pick,” Rice said, rattling off a bevy of the Big East’s top two-guard lineups. “It’s what you face when you’re in especially the best guard conference in the country. It’s not close — the guards in this conference are unbelievable.” The Knights, meanwhile, managed only 20 first-half points. They are averaging slightly more than 25 points per first half in Big East play and led at halftime only once — Jan. 5 against Pittsburgh.
A missed transition layup by sophomore guard Eli Carter — turned into a Connecticut alley oop — highlighted Rutgers’ of fensive concerns, most of which have been present for a while. “We thought we could definitely climb back into it,” said senior forward Austin Johnson. “It’s a little frustrating that we feel like we beat ourselves. We have to control the things we can do to be successful on the court, and we didn’t do that.” Senior wing Dane Miller’s absence did not help. The Knights’ best facilitator picked up his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second half. He landed his second foul at the 17:22 mark of the first half, and Rice said he compensated by playing guards like Seagears — with a team-high 34 minutes — for two long. Miller played only 16 minutes, with just five in the first half. “That could’ve af fected some of the ways we defended
those guards in the end,” Rice said. While Miller is outwardly passive — he would prefer to set up teammates for open looks — he has not scored in double figures since Jan. 9 at St. John’s. He has attempted more than eight shots only twice in the Big East. Miller is part of a supporting cast that has yet to materialize behind Carter and sophomore point guard Myles Mack, the Knight’ leading scorers. Seagears did his part, as Ollie made sure to congratulate Seagears — who had yet to score in double figures this season — but it was hollow praise for another hollow loss. “[There is] a little bit of a snowball ef fect,” Rice said. “You just have to get yourself out of this rut, and right now we’re in it.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Tyler Barto on Twitter @TBartoTargum.
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PLAY Seton Hall puts away losing streak through superior tenacity CONTINUED FROM BACK The Pirates (8-12, 3-4) were a step quicker and had more grit to snap their four-game skid. Sophomore forward Betnijah Laney carried Rutgers offensively, finishing the game with 11 points. Senior guard Erica Wheeler helped with 10 points and pulled down four rebounds in the contest. The Knights had their hands full trying to contain the Pirates, but to no avail. It was a tough loss to swallow after watching Seton Hall’s effort pay off. “I thought that Seton Hall played tough,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “I think they played gritty. The kids played hard, and it does not surprise me. We looked like we were sleepwalking and that continues to speak to the immaturity of our team. The Knights gained some life in the second half of action, as they forced the Pirates to find an alternative way to win the game. With nine minutes to play, Laney hit a tough layup in traffic to give Rutgers its first lead of the afternoon, 38-36. On the ensuing possession, Oliver knocked down an open jumper from the wing to extend the Knights’ lead, 40-36, forcing a Seton Hall timeout. The unexpected turn of play cautioned the Pirates to take care of the basketball and play under control for the rest of the stretch. Simmons felt the team reacted well
JANUARY 28, 2013 to Rutgers’ unforeseen intensity and “was determined to give up.” Seton Hall’s win was monumental for Morris, as the Knights have usually faired well against their cross-state rival. “It is showing us that we can do more than we thought we could going into the season,” she siad. “It was just exciting.” The game remained close in the opening stanza after both teams were careless with the ball. Both had 10 turnovers each and were not crisp in play. Rutgers managed to cut Seton Hall’s lead to one, 19-18, after Laney connected on a difficult layup and completed the threepoint play at the free throw line. The Pirates did not take long to respond as Morris hit one of her three baskets from behind the arc the next trip down the floor with 43 seconds left to play. The Knights came out flat to start the game. Seton Hall took advantage of the pace and broke out with a 9-2 run from the opening tip to grab an early lead. Rutgers never led in the first half, although there were moments when it seemed to be on the verge of a run. But the Pirates never let the Knights build momentum. “We just tried to stay in the moment,” said Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan. “We thought we could have a win like this and it is nice now that we have a win like this. We are looking to move forward.”
GYMNASTICS RUTGERS PLACES FOURTH AT QUAD MEET
For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Aaron Farrar on Twitter @AFarrarTargum. Junior Luisa Leal participated in her first meet since Jan. 20, 2012 after sustaining an undisclosed injury. Head coach Louis Levine put Leal on the vault. THE DAILY TARGUM / JANUARY 2012
RU drops event at Penn State BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER
The Rutgers gymnastics team traveled to University Park, Pa., Saturday knowing it would have to be at its best to compete with the most challenging field it has faced. The Scarlet Knights put forth their second-best team score of the season — a 193.225 — but the mark was not enough to capture a victory, as the Knights finished behind No. 22 Pittsburgh (193.575), Iowa (195.325) and host Penn State (195.500). Junior Luisa Leal returned to the Knights’ vault lineup after being out with an injury sustained Jan. 20 of last year and showed no signs of rust. The Cali, Columbia, native immediately made an impact, as she led Rutgers tying for fifth overall in the event with a score of 9.775. “I thought as a team we all did much better [Saturday]. I saw a lot of improvement from everybody,” said head coach Louis Levine said of the team’s performance on vault. “I thought the judging was really tight yesterday. Both [sophomore Sara Skammer] and [freshman Nicolette Wilson] stepped up their vaults to a different level. I thought on vault we did a good job. It’s going in the direction we want.” Despite the loss, Rutgers (4-5, 0-2) delivered individual performances that would lead them to be optimistic moving forward.
“I think we started off really strong, and unfortunately we didn’t finish strong on beam,” Levine said. “I thought we had a chance to bring in a really nice score, and unfortunately it just didn’t happen.” For the third consecutive meet, the Knights improved their score on floor exercise, earning a 48.850. Senior Danielle D’Elia and freshman Katie Stebick finished
“Both [Sara Skammer] and [Nicolette Wilson] stepped up their vaults to a different level.” LOUIS LEVINE Head Coach
at the top of the team’s floor lineup for a second straight week, both scoring 9.825, while freshman Danielle Verdon assisted with a score of 9.775. The scores were career-highs for both rookies, who continue to prove vital for the Knights. “[Verdon] and Katie have done a great job on floor and really helped solidify the event for us this year,” Levine said. “We star ted out on floor [Saturday] and it was a great start for us. They gave us some momentum moving for ward.”
The Knights also took a step forward on uneven bars, regaining some of the consistency lacking the previous weekend. Freshman Jenna Williams produced a team-high 9.825 and finished third overall. For a program that has historically been inconsistent in the event, Williams posted at least a 9.825 on bars in all four meets this season and continues to make a case for EAGL Rookie of the Year. Levine is impressed with the team’s performance on the bars. “Really the expectation this year is that they’re going to get up and they’re going to hit their routines. It’s about how well they’re going to hit their routines,” Levine said. “With Jenna, her routine is the same ever y time. She can just carbon copy her routine over and over again and it’s a great thing to have.” Junior Alyssa Straub recorded a season-high score of 38.400 on the all-around as Rutgers’ lone placing competitor, good for sixth place overall. The Knights return to the Livingston Recreation Center to prepare for a home quad meet Saturday against Brown, Southern Connecticut and Pittsburgh. For updates on the Rutgers gymnastics team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GJohnsonTargum.
JANUARY 28, 2013
SPORTS PAGE 15 KNIGHT NOTEBOOK CARTER SHOOTS 5-FOR-14
RU clocks weak shooting performance BY JOEY GREGORY ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
HARTFORD, Conn. — For the second consecutive game, sophomore guard Eli Carter did not look like the player Rutgers men’s basketball fans expect to take the court, but it was not because for lack of effort. He took 14 shots, five of which went in, ending with 13 points, in yesterday’s 66-54 loss to Connecticut. And most of the shots he did make can be awarded to defensive indifference in the closing minutes, when the game was out of reach. Even a fast break layup fell to the ground without touching net — accurately summing up Carter’s last two games. “I don’t worry about Eli, he just has to play better,” said head coach Mike Rice. “Eli is good. I’m not going to get down on any of my players. I’ve seen Eli play tremendous this year for me. He … is pressing right now. He just had to breathe and let it come.” Even his normally steady classmate and fellow guard Myles Mack did not put up the numbers his team is used to. Both of their point totals were limited by their lack of appearances on the free throw line. Carter hit his only two free throws while UConn (13-5, 3-3) did not send Mack to the line at all. Luckily for the Scarlet Knights (12-7, 3-5) their third sophomore guard, Jerome Seagears, decided to have his best game of the season, as he kept them in the game. The Silver Spring, Md., native finished the game with a
career-high 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting. He went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. “Jerome played excellent tonight,” said senior for ward Austin Johnson. “I haven’t seen him that aggressive this season. At least we got one good thing out of this game, to see that we got Jerome back.” It only took Seagears one half of play to match his season high in points, and he did not stop there. But even Seagears’ best game of the season was not enough to counter the Knights’ mistakes and walk away with the win. Rutgers entered the game averaging 14.3 turnovers per contest. That number rose thanks to yesterday’s contest. The Knights committed 16 total turnovers, a majority of them committed by Carter and Mack. They finished with five and three, respectively, while combining for only seven assists. “Even though we want to speed the pace [of the game] up, the game can’t be fast to us,” Rice said. “We’re playing fast.” That helped contribute not only to the 16 total turnovers, but also to the limited number of points the Knights generated off of the giveaways it caused — nine points of f of 11 UConn turnovers.
showed up to the XL Center as advertised. Thanks mostly to its lack of size, it relied heavily on its talented backcourt. Also to nobody’s surprise, junior Shabazz Napier — the team’s top scorer — headlined
Sophomore guard Eli Carter put up another shaky performance in Rutgers’ loss to Connecticut. Most of his 13 points came with the game out of reach. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER the group finishing the game with 19 points. Napier was not the only guard to leave his mark on the game. The Huskies’ second leading scorer, sophomore Ryan Boatright ended with 15 points. But their contribution extended beyond the scoring column. Napier and Boatright
combined for nine assists and chipped in eight rebounds.
WAS NOT THE
only player to take a step up on the stat sheet in yesterday’s game. Sophomore forward Kadeem Jack had one of his most productive games of the season.
In a season-high 32 minutes, Jack totaled eight points and nine rebounds. It marked the only game this season in which he reached at least eight in both categories. For updates on the Rutgers men’s basketball team, follow Joey Gregory on Twitter @JGregoryTargum.
KNIGHT NOTEBOOK RUTGERS SHOOTS 33 PERCENT FROM FIELD
Poor shooting highlights offensive woes BY GREG JOHNSON STAFF WRITER
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — In attempting to collect its third consecutive victory and reach .500 in Big East play, the Rutgers women’s basketball team failed to end persisting trends, even with favorable conditions in its 45-42 loss to Seton Hall.
The Scarlet Knights (11-8, 2-4) have not won a road game since Nov. 21 at Temple largely because of inefficient shooting from the field and turnover problems. Their contest with Seton Hall yesterday was hardly different. Despite the Pirates (8-12, 34) allowing 60.5 points per game before the game, they granted the Knights only 42,
well below their season average of 57.6. The offensive woes were particularly apparent in the first half, when Rutgers shot only 33 percent from the field and committed 10 turnovers. While the Pirates were equally sloppy with the ball, they scored 14 points off Rutgers turnovers in the period. The Knights offense could
Senior forward Chelsey Lee works through a Seton Hall double team. Lee scored only six points and turned the ball over four times in 37 minutes in the loss against Seton Hall. NISHA DATT
not cash in to the same extent, scoring only nine points off turnovers. Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan stressed how the Pirates forced Rutgers — a poor jumpshooting team — to beat them from the outside early in the game to build instant momentum. “Our plan was to be in a zone press, try to slow them down, give them less clock to work with,” she said. “And I think that boded pretty well for us.” Rutgers had difficulty establishing any sort of balanced offensive attack — let alone a dominant scorer. Senior guard Erica Wheeler was the only Knight to crack double figures with 10 points. Head coach C. Vivian Stringer gave the Pirates credit and said they played tough and gritty, but insists the seniors must step up and help the team stay more composed and aggressive. “I’m not trying to say anything other than they played well, but I’m tired of giving that story,” Stringer said. “We were sleepwalking, which is unfortunate, because it continues to speak to the immaturity of our team.” With the teams deadlocked at the 2:55 mark, the Knights never scored again, and their field goal
percentage plummeted back to less than 40 percent. “We stressed before the game — always keep your composure against them, because they are very aggressive,” said senior Seton Hall guard Brittany Morris. “We just kind of came back together and regained our focus. We took it play by play and made sure we executed.” Rutgers did not execute down the stretch and Stringer believes the Knights were often too lackadaisical. “We walk out of there stunned and upset. I’m more upset than I’m pretending,” Stringer said. “But I look at this and I think we’ll be fine. That’s good for us if that’s the wakeup call. But sometimes you can call somebody and it’s too late.”
REASON FOR THE
struggles this season can be attested to their performance on the road. Rutgers has only captured two victories away from the Louis Brown Athletic Center, resulting in a 2-7 record in away contests. Even a contest less than an hour from campus could not get the Knights a road win. The last time Rutgers found a win in an away game was Nov. 21 against Temple.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I’m not trying to say anything other than they played well, but I’m tired of giving that story.” — Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer on her seniors’ struggles
MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
MEN’S BASKETBALL CONNECTICUT 66, RUTGERS 54
Rutgers falls on road with sloppy play
Loss to Navy overshadows milestone BY BRADLY DERECHAILO
BY AARON FARRAR
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — A costly foul sealed the fate for the Rutgers women’s basketball team yesterday, as it fell to Seton Hall, 45-42. After senior forward Chelsey Lee deflected the ball at half court with 30 seconds to play, she committed a reach-in foul that sent Pirates guard Brittany Morris to the free throw line. The Scarlet Knights (11-8, 2-4) had one last opportunity to force overtime, but senior guard Erica Wheeler came up short after a contested three-pointer from the left corner. Rutgers walked off the floor frustrated and disappointed in a failed attempt to steal a road game against its in-state rival. The Knights players were not available for comment after losing to Seton Hall for the first time since a 61-51 loss back on Feb. 13, 2002. Morris led all scorers with 19, while backcourt mate Ka-Deidre Simmons contributed 11 in the upset. “I always have to go hard against Rutgers,” Simmons said after the victory. “It is a rivalry in-state, and I know Seton Hall has not beat Rutgers in a long time. So it was a good win for us.” SEE
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Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright drives in between Rutgers guards Eli Carter and Myles Mack in yesterday’s 66-54 UConn win. Boatright finished with 15 points. NELSON MORALES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
UConn outlasts RU with timely spurts BY TYLER BARTO SPORTS EDITOR
Guard Erica Wheeler evades Seton Hall guard Alexandra Maseco. NISHA DATT
Florida St. No. 25 Miami
No. 13 Mich. St. 70 No. 7 Indiana 75
No. 2 Michigan Illinois
Virginia Tech Clemson
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES Seton Hall St. John’s
HARTFORD, Conn. — After 40 minutes in which each Connecticut defender struggled to contain him, the man that stopped Jerome Seagears in his tracks yesterday had barely stepped on the XL Center hardwood. Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie watched as Seagears, a sophomore guard for the Rutgers men’s basketball team, scored a game- and career-high 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting. “He just said, ‘Good game, way to shoot it out there,’” Seagears said. But Ollie’s praise came at a cost. Despite arguably Seagears’ best game of the season, the Scarlet Knights lost, 66-54, as Seagears was not even the top player on the court. The distinction belongs to Huskies guard Shabazz Napier, who nailed two 3pointers in a row, as Connecticut
(13-5, 3-3) scored on four consecutive possessions late in the second half. Seagears had his day, but no one impacted the game like Napier, who dealt with a lingering left shoulder contusion. Napier appeared in complete control in his game-high 36 minutes. The junior, arguably the best point guard in the Big East, showed exactly why the conference places such a premium on experienced ball handlers. “The game is slow to him,” said head coach Mike Rice of Napier, who finished with 19 points and six assists. “When he wants to go fast, he goes fast. When he wants to get his shot, he gets his shot.” The Knights (12-7, 3-5) took an early secondhalf lead thanks to a 10-1 run, but Napier and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright led Connecticut on a decisive late-game run. Rutgers had stifled Connecticut, the
KEVIN BOSTICK won the high jump and triple jump during the Metropolitan Indoor Track and Field Championships. The senior jumper led the Knights to a second-place finish overall in the meet.
The last time the Rutgers wrestling team’s fate in a dual match came in the final bout, redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith delivered a victory for the Scarlet Knights. With Nick Visicaro the last one to go Saturday afternoon against Navy, the sophomore 165-pounder dropped a decision against Peyton Walsh, completing a threematch swing for the Midshipmen that resulted in a 19-15 Knights loss. The loss — Rutgers’ first defeat since losing Iowa State on Jan. 11 by the same score — was not a surprise for head coach Scott Goodale considering the Knights’ recent track record with Navy along with its hot streak, as Navy defeated then-No. 23 Maryland last week. Rutgers (14-3) escaped with a 20-19 win last season against the Midshipmen, but could not make it five straight wins against them. “Navy has really become a huge rival for us for the most part,” Goodale said. “The last five matches we wrestled have come down to the last match. We’ve been fortunate against them, but we lost … It was a really good match, but we were just on the wrong end of it.” After Rutgers went up 15-9 on a 2-0 decision by senior Trevor Melde at 141, the Knights lost their last three matches. That included a loss to Navy’s (4-1) Bobby Berg by 154-pounder Scott Winston, who collected his 100th career victor y in the Knights’ 26-10 victor y the night before against West Virginia. But the loss to Berg left a bittersweet taste for both Winston and Goodale, who has seen Winston grow as a wrestler ever since his high school days at Jackson (N.J.) Memorial. “It’s a milestone,” Goodale said of Winston. “It’s a hard thing to do in college wrestling … But Scott has bigger goals and he’s got to somehow find a way to put it all together this month and get his confidence back and wrestle like he is capable of wrestling.” Rutgers also suffered two losses at 149 and 197-pounds, as freshman Ken Theobold continued to take over for senior Mario Mason. Then Theobold’s classmate, Hayden Hr ymack, filled in for senior Dan Seidenberg, who Goodale decided to rest. Both surrendered bonus points against Navy, including a pin by SEE
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