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University acquires two world-class microscopes By Sabrina Szteinbaum Associate News Editor
As of Friday, Rutgers University is officially the home to two worldclass microscopes, valued at $5.2 million together. Leonard Feldman, director of the Rutgers Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology, said Friday’s event, “28th Annual Laboratory for Surface Modification Symposium-Advances in Nanoscale Materials Imaging,” hosted by the Laboratory for Surface Modification, saw an outstanding turnout from both the University community and the community at large. “The day produced a great scientific dialogue among colleagues in academia and industry,” he said. “We are very excited about the research capabilities the technology has brought to Rutgers. There was great interest among attendees in the new microscopes and how the instruments will impact research endeavors.” The helium ion microscope and scanning transmission electron
microscope, funded in part by the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are the next step in their field and will be accessible to graduate and post-doctorate students as well as undergraduates under supervision, according to a press release. Friday’s event was divided into two sections, with the morning focused on the electron microscope and the afternoon on the helium ion microscope. The event featured speakers who focused on microscopy. “These two machines really position Rutgers to be at the forefront of any university in the world, certainly the United States, in terms of being able to image, or see, nanoparticles,” Feldman said. Feldman said the seven-year-old Institute focuses on what he calls modern material science, or the creation of new materials that have important electronic or optical properties used in nanobiology. “To see what you’re doing requires microscopes that work at a See MICROSCOPES on Page 7
Thirty-six out of 49 respondents of a survey initiated by professors of Rutgers Business School did not approve of the dean’s performance. GRAPHIC BY ADAM ISMAIL / ACTING DESIGN EDITOR
Faculty disapprove business school dean By Julian Chokkattu Correspondent
Dean Glenn Shafer of the Rutgers Business Schools in Newark and New Brunswick believes his faculty is united — yet in an informal sur vey initiated and distributed by a handful of professors, 36 out of the 49 respondents said they do not approve of the dean’s per formance.
The survey was sent to all 79 fulltime RBS tenured faculty listed in the RBS directory. Only four supported the dean’s performance, and six favored him to be the next dean of the RBS. Benjamin Melamed, a distinguished professor in the Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences Department in RBS who helped initiate the survey, said the dean did not respond to it.
In the comments of the sur vey, several professors expressed that the dean’s direction for the Rutgers Business School has focused on access and diversity rather than excellence. “RBS needs a dean who can bring the school in academic excellence. ‘Jersey Roots, Global Reach’ cannot be achieved with too much emphaSee DEAN on Page 5
Port Authority chairman steps down RUSA votes to support student organizations By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
Port Authority Chairman David Samson has resigned in the wake of the “Bridgegate” scandal that has occupied New Jersey residents since the closure of the George Washington Bridge in August. Gov. Chris Christie announced Samson’s resignation at a press conference on Friday, according to The New York Times. Many analysts believe the governor forced the action to distance himself from the scandal. This has affected the governor’s public perception since the release of the 250,000 pages of the documents in January that contained internal communications among Port Authority traffic officials about the traffic study conducted when the bridge’s Fort Lee lanes were closed. In a repor t per formed after the closure, Samson’s emails seemed more concerned about the political ramifications for Christie than the welfare of trapped drivers, according to The New York Times. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey control the George Washington Bridge and the surrounding hub of traffic. Samson had previously asked to leave, but
By Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
Gov. Christie announced the resignation of Port Authority Chairman David Samson. FILE PHOTO / MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / SEPTEMBER 2013 Christie asked him to stay, the Times reported. An internal investigation of the “Bridgegate” scandal said Thursday that Christie was not involved in the scheme, according to The Associated Press. But the commission, headed by a Christie-approved law firm and spearheaded by the administration, has come under question for bias. The report focused the blame on former Port Authority official David Wildstein and the governor’s for-
mer Chief Deputy of Staff, Bridget Anne Kelly. Wildstein said on Thursday he informed the governor about the lane closure orders at a 9/11 memorial dinner, but Christie denies the conversation. The motive of the closures is still unclear, the Times reported. The report did not give any speculation about the possible cause of the closures, nor did it interview Samson, who had denied involvement in previous statements.
At the Rutgers University Student Assembly elections next week, students will have the option of voting to fund two major state and national groups. RUSA voted last week to include funding for the New Jersey United Students and the United States Student Association as a referendum on the ballot, said Pavel Sokolov, president of RUSA. “We wanted to give students the chance to voice their opinions,” said Sokolov, a Rutgers Business School senior. The additional funding for the organizations would translate to $2.50 per student for NJUS and $1 for USSA. NJUS advocates in Trenton for better higher education appropriation, a higher minimum wage and more student-focused legislation along the lines of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, Sokolov said. According to the NJUS website, it is working on campaigns for more affordable tuition, improving student loaner Sallie Mae’s policies and raising solidarity for the City University of New York in light of the closure of their student center.
It also hosts training program on campus with politicians, union leaders and other influential figures to encourage student development, he said. USSA was founded in 1947 to advocate for students on a more national level in Washington, D.C., according to the organization’s website. Maxwell John Love, its vice president, and John Aspray, the USSA empire garden national field associate, visited RUSA in November 2013, according to an article in The Daily Targum. In the article, Aspray said Stafford loans generate $51 billion in profit for the federal government, so they want to change the program into a nonprofit. They are also looking into increasing Pell Grants and expanding the federal work-study program. Sokolov said the organization works with students and has them talk with members of Congress on issues such as interest rates on student loans. Rutgers has four representatives in NJUS, the largest of any school, including RUSA members, he said. Stefany Farino, the current vice president of RUSA, and Sherif Ibrahim, the former vice president of RUSA, are both part of USSA. Sokolov said he helped found NJUS but renounced his ties to the organization after becoming president of RUSA.
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Children with special needs meet University ‘buddies’ By Alex Grillo Contributing Writer
Nancy Haws has been bringing her 22-year-old son, Taylor, to “Special Friends Day” for 12 years. He doesn’t have many close friends, but this event gives him a way to make new ones and establish connections. “Special Friends Day,” a day joining Rutgers students and special needs children for a breadth of activities, had an uncertain future when the University’s Recreation Activities Crew disbanded last year. With no other organization picking up the event, four previously involved students banded together to reignite it. University students Bridget Thompson, Michael Baldino, Stephen Ramirez and Ryan Griffith did not wish to see the event discontinued. The group took the initiative to prevent the 22-year-old tradition from fading, along with help from some of the staff that previously worked on the event. “Some of these kids have been going here for so long,” said Thompson, a School of Arts and
Sciences senior. “It’s a fun tradition that we wanted to keep going.” Thompson credits Paul Fischbach, associate director of Recreation, as a fundamental player among the previous professional staff. She said Fischbach has been around since the program’s start, and has provided a multitude of accommodations and help for the event’s first student-planned year. “Special Friends Day” took place in the Cook Douglass Recreation Center yesterday. An arc of balloons bearing Rutgers colors greeted special needs children and their parents. The Recreation Center’s basketball court walls bore cutouts of gray-bricked castles. An inflatable castle accompanied the decor, displaying primary colors with a touch of green. Racquetball courts were transfigured into havens of games and activities for the children. Thompson said this all tied in with a medieval theme. She said it would match the Scarlet Knights’ mascot, who paraded across the basketball court. The Athletic Department donated shirts for the event, which was also sponsored
by Rutgers University Programming Association and the Rutgers Recreation, she said. The event offered swimming, crafts, drawing, basketball nets and bouncing balls, Thompson said. One room contained children actively engaged in giant “Jenga” and chess games. The pieces were bigger than some of the children themselves. Thompson said every special needs child is paired with two student volunteers, called “buddies,” for the day. Other volunteers worked tables and game stations. She said there were more than 250 volunteers and 100 registered children. One of these volunteers was Dwayne Jordan, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Jordan said he heard about the program through his girlfriend and felt it was a good opportunity to give back to the community. “I didn’t see it as that much different,” he said. “It’s going to be some type of adjustment, but I was up for the challenge. I wasn’t afraid to do it.” Mike Galley, Rutgers alumnus and former president of the Rutgers Recreation Activities Crew,
Children with special needs team up with college students for a day of fun-filled activities. DAPHNE ALVA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER worked “Special Friends Day” for his sixth time. He said he continues to volunteer because the atmosphere is bright and seeing the children smile is highly rewarding. His favorite part of the day is the ending, where all the volunteers and children spread out a giant parachute and bounce foam balls around it. He said it brings everyone together and lets the event sink in.
As the event came to an end and volunteers and children par ted ways, the vibe was upbeat and the parents and children were grateful, she said. “At the end of the day when people are leaving, there are so many hugs, and people are really excited to come back next year,” Thompson said.
Students relive Renaissance at campus festival By Jillian Pastor Contributing Writer
Students dressed in vests, elaborate bodices and sometimes horns at the “Rutgers Renaissance Fair.” They sold sculpted wood pieces and plaster dragons. At the “Feast of the King’s Tax,” a dancer performed for an audience of authentically-clad par ticipants. The Busch Campus Center looked like it traveled back in time to the 1400s, with members taking par t in sword fights. They wore elaborate medieval dresses and costumes. Students could learn how to make chain mail or listen to medieval stories. Scarlet Cross, an undergraduate organization at Rutgers that examines and re-enacts events from medieval histor y, organized the event.
Ilea Santiago, an of ficer of the organization, explained Scarlet Cross is a society that focuses on medieval histor y from 600 A.D. to 1600 A.D. “We do research,” said Santiago, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. “We tr y to recreate craft, clothing, music, dance and food.” Almost 30 members of Scarlet Cross gathered in the Busch Campus Center Saturday to watch and take par t in these re-enactments. The goal of the re-enactments is to educate the public about medieval histor y. Danielle Horr, secretar y of Scarlet Cross, said more people are apt to learn from the members of organization. “It’s much more fun to educate people when you are dressed in a costume than if you are in a suit talking in front of a
classroom,” said Horr, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior. Most people think Scarlet Cross is a religious organization, Horr joked. The actual origins of the name comes from a group called Companions of the Cross, par t of the Markland corporation, which helped found the Scarlet Cross. Markland aims to educate the public about medieval times. Besides their annual “Renaissance Fair,” Scarlet Cross works with outreach programs and holds workshops to fur ther educate the Rutgers community about medieval craft. “You can learn to make handbags and chain mail, and can learn about heraldr y,” Santiago said. The “Renaissance Fair” was one event during Rutgers’ Geek Week, which celebrates
all things geeky and disproves many stereotypes associated with being a geek. Scarlet Cross aims to educate students about the historical background that some of their favorite geek-related media are based on. Geek culture is becoming more popular among teens and young adults. Shows and movies featuring medieval culture like “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings” franchise and “Game of Thrones” have had a huge cultural impact on society, making the “geek” association more acceptable. When asked why young adults are drawn to geek culture, Santiago explained the term “geek” has gone from a derogator y term to one that should be embraced. “Adults who were shamed for being a geek really allowed
the next generation to be open about what they like and what they do,” she said. Scarlet Cross is an organization where people who have an interest in medieval culture can join and not be judged for their interests. It is a safe, close-knit society. Horr described the club as one huge family. “Even though it is an educational club, it doesn’t feel like school,” Horr said. “You’re having fun while you learn.” Daniel Snyder-Vidmar, a School of Ar ts and Sciences junior, tagged along with a few friends at the fair. “My favorite par t of the fair would have to be either the banners or the face painting,” he said. More impor tantly, students had fun doing what they love in a judgment-free community.
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DEAN Fewer than 20 professors, faculty, staff members voiced their desires to move RBS toward excellence continued from front
sis on diversity and access,” said a comment in the survey. Shafer said the faculty could initiate a “popularity poll” about him amongst themselves if they wish, but he does not approve of the survey posing the same questions discussing vice deans. “I report to my superiors in the administration, and it’s their responsibility to evaluate my work. ... I don’t approve of people who maybe didn’t like some decisions [the vice deans] made going around and campaigning to get a popularity poll saying they don’t like the vice deans,” he said. “I don’t think that’s an appropriate way to run a university.” Rutgers Business School has approximately 170 full-time faculty members and 100 part-time faculty members, Shafer said. At least 80 are tenured, and at least 120 are either tenured or are on the tenure track. But less than 20 professors, faculty and staff members who attended the first meeting of the dean’s search committee in early March voiced their desires to move toward excellence. The school is undergoing a dean search as Shafer’s three-year term nears its end. The school also recently had an accreditation visit, which Shafer said he expects to hear results from soon. On the matter of the dean search, Shafer said applications are treated confidentially. “The only way to be a dean is to act like you’re going to be dean forever,” he said. “You have got to move forward, or you’re going to move backward.” While several comments in the survey mentioned the declining rankings the school is facing, the Rutgers Strategic Plan also noted the decrease in rankings in the undergraduate programs in the business school. “Some of the Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s key undergraduate disciplines are also lagging: For example, in 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked our undergraduate engineering program and undergraduate business programs in the bottom quartile of public AAU members,” according to the Strategic Plan. But according to the 2014 rankings from U.S. News & World Report Graduate Business School Rankings, the school’s part-time Master’s of Business Administration program is seventh largest in the nation, and the Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting, an online-only program, was ranked as the 27th-best online graduate program in the nation. Sengun Yeniyurt, an associate professor in the Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences Department, said he wants to see the business school become one of the best in the country. “[Most of] the faculty are unhappy with the situation. … With the integration into the Big Ten, we think it is increasingly more important that we have a strong business school,” he said. Yeniyurt said the dean’s office is not concerned with the declining rankings at all.
“There are tenured faculty that normally would not move [who] are actively looking for employment … and right now they’re talking to other schools to see if they can find a job,” he said. Yeniyurt has no qualms about the business school pushing access and diversity, but he feels the school should also try to move toward excellence. He strongly believes RBS has the know-how, the faculty and the student body to be ranked in the top 30 in the nation. Shafer said many other schools push for accessibility, and Rutgers’ core values in the Strategic Plan mention access and diversity as well. “Access to excellence, which is more important, you can’t have access to excellence without excellence,” he said. But Melamed said while access is laudable, the school cannot handle access and excellence with the limited resources it has. “If we are trying to become … an AAU-grade university, [access] cannot be the first priority,” he said. “We have no choice but to be selective. In this sense, the schools should be separated mission-wise, and yet, they should stay together to present one face to the world.” Yeniyurt and Melamed expressed their disappointment when Shafer cut the MBA program in New Brunswick, keeping only the part-time “Flex” MBA program, which is the seventh largest in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report Graduate Business School 2014 Rankings’. “We did have a full-time MBA program in New Brunswick, and one of the first things [Shafer] did was he cancelled that program,” Yeniyurt said. “Now in New Brunswick, we have a part-time and undergraduate program, and that’s it.” Melamed said the Ph.D. program is also centralized in Newark. He noted that the dean and other administration cut a program last summer that used to be situated in New Brunswick, Rutgers University Center for Operations Research, or RUTCOR, a first-rate Ph.D. program. Shafer did not want this Ph.D. program to compete with the centralized one. “Everybody objected to it, but they went ahead and cut it,” he said. “Everybody wrote letters to [Richard Edwards, interim chancellor of the New Brunswick campus], but it did not matter. They just killed it,” Melamed said. Yeniyurt was a part of the business school’s building committee when the recently opened business school building on Livingston campus was in its planning stages. He believes Shafer made all the decisions about the building without input from the committee. “I strongly believe the new building is better than what we had before … but it is not enough. … We do have enough space, I don’t think it is allocated the way it should be allocated,” he said. Shafer said the committee was created to provide advice to the administration, and its advice was “often not taken.” The administration and the architect made many decisions that the faculty was not particularly in favor
Students attend the Fall 2013 opening ceremony of the Rutgers Business School building, located at 100 Rockafeller Road on Livingston campus. FILE PHOTO / TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / SEPTEMBER 2013
of, he said. He would have opposed it, but since he joined in the middle of that process, he was not involved in many of those discussions. Several faculty members have complained about the lack of windows in office rooms. Shafer said the planner made some last-minute changes to increase the number of offices with windows to make some of the faculty happy. Several professors and students have voiced other concerns about issues in the new $85 million business building. Yair Aviner, a teaching assistant for the business analytics and information technology major, said the building put design before utility. “There are lab rooms that have these huge all-in-one, 20-something inch screens, but no professor wants to use them because you can’t save any data on the system. … Do I think it’s the best classroom building on any Rutgers campus I’ve been to? Yes, but it also has a lot of flaws,” said Aviner, a Rutgers Business School senior. Jarrett Alderfer, also a Rutgers Business School senior, said one of the most common complaints he heard is that a great deal of space is wasted, and many claim that not enough thought went into the planning and layout of the building. He has trouble seeing and hearing in certain lecture classrooms as they extend far back and are equipped with small projectors. Michael Crew, a distinguished professor in the Department of Finance and Economics, said the large lecture halls are not providing students with the best education. He said there is also a shortage of office space for faculty in the new building. “We’re not doing anything innovative in these large classes,” he said. “That’s another problem, the rooms are not very good for the purpose.” Melamed and Crew said the building is more of a teaching institution rather than a research
and teaching center for the business school. Shafer has heard complaints about the large auditorium, which holds 400 students, and that work is scheduled over the summer to correct those problems. “My perception is, overall, our students are delighted in this building. We haven’t signed off yet, the contractors still have a few things to fix,” he said. Shafer said the school is putting together plans to build a hotel and convention center adjacent to the new business building in New Brunswick. The larger issue behind the survey is whether RBS administrators favor the Newark campus, where the business school first emerged in 1929 as the Seth Boyden School of Business, according to the Rutgers Business School website. “When we started out, we were a very small unit, and it was justified to have us as a satellite of Newark,” Melamed said. “Right now, we enroll more undergraduate students than Newark, and we are still in the growth trajectory. We cannot be run from Newark — we are bigger.” In November 2011, 397 seniors from the Rutgers Business School completed the Major Field Test administered by the Education Testing Services. All of these students enrolled and completed the capstone course in the school, “Business Policy and Strategy.” In the fall of 2011, the results showed a mean of 34 percent for Newark and 98 percent for New Brunswick passed the exam, according to a document obtained from RBS. In the spring, Newark had a mean of 59 percent and New Brunswick a mean of 99 percent. But Shafer said Newark’s location is advantageous for business and Newark reaches a larger population than New Brunswick. The school is closer to New York City, giving them the advantage of access to transportation and businesses.
Shafer said fussing between the two schools and arguing over which school should have a bigger focus is irrelevant. “It’s true there are a few people for a variety of reasons who say we should be less Newark and more New Brunswick, but that’s not a way to move forward,” he said. “The vast majority of our faculty do not want the school to split, do not want to see us as moving things from one place to another. They want to see us as serving a whole university.” The survey initiated by professors also provided space for comments where recipients left long and short comments, such as “the administration has made a mockery of faculty governance.” “Dean Shafer is an imaginative leader but he has two drawbacks — (1) an unwillingness to compromise and (2) a strong bias against New Brunswick,” said another comment. By December 2013, all three faculty councils on the Rutgers campuses approved a resolution to add strong shared governance between faculty and administration into the Strategic Plan. “The faculty wanted this [shared governance] and [President Robert L. Barchi] accepted it,” Crew said. “It has been accepted — it’s not just the faculty councils coming up with this, he accepted it from my understanding. ... We haven’t operationalized it yet.” Crew said some in the school have complained against Shafer, on the grounds that his behavior violates the letter from the councils pushing shared governance. Piotr Piotrowiak, chair of the Newark Faculty Council, said the resolution is about the faculty having a major voice in the direction of the University. He is unsure how this affects day-to-day situations and how it will be implemented, but shared governance is a strong reflection of what the faculty want and the voice of what Rutgers will be down the road.
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MICROSCOPES Gustafsson says new microscopes put Rutgers in unique leadership position in field of nanoscience continued from front
nanometer,” he said. “And what we’re talking about is two new microscopes — very advanced — that are designed to look at materials with this one nanometer kind of what I call spatial resolution so that they could examine the materials and know what’s been created.” Optical microscopes, which Feldman said have been around for hundreds of years, will never be able to see things at one nanometer. Electrons, because of their quantum properties, have wavelengths that are much smaller than the wavelength of light, and therefore scientists can use electron microscopes to view what is impossible to see with the optical counterpart, he explained. “The new microscope … actually has a unique property to look at very small dimensions … close to a tenth of a nanometer, to be able to tell something about the way there are molecules on the surface, what molecules are on the surface and the way atoms vibrate on the surface,” he said. No microscope has been able to do that up until now, Feldman said. Torgny Gustafsson, principal investigator in the development of the helium ion microscope, said the two microscopes put Rutgers in a unique leadership position in the field of nanoscience. “Things are getting smaller and smaller, and devices are getting smaller and smaller, and the advantage of that is they can be faster and faster and they can be less and less expensive,” said Gustafsson, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Not only do the microscopes have applications in physics, chemistr y and engineering, but
also in medicine and biology, he said. In addition to speakers who are pioneers in their fields, the event featured about 30 graduate students who had the oppor tunity to present some of their work. “We are also going to have a poster session where graduate students will present the work they have been doing … in anticipation of the availability of these microscopes,” Gustafson said. Some students presented fundamental studies of cancer cells to further understand how cancer works in human beings, he said. These microscopes will contribute to that understanding. Feldman said a few students are working on making new photovoltaics, which is solar technology that converts sunlight into electricity. The technology does not emit carbon dioxide and is effective and low-cost. The microscopes will also be used to look at catalyst materials, which Feldman said are nanoscale. Related to chemistr y, catalysis makes chemical reactions go faster and at lower temperatures, he said. New energy-saving catalysts can help save millions of dollars that currently go into gas production. “We want to make the best catalysts in the world, and to see what we’re doing we need these microscopes,” Feldman said. Feldman said the Institute has nurtured these two projects. “Each of these microscopes is very innovative, and the innovation is done by Rutgers people in collaboration with other people in the country, so each microscope has a very high tech modification and innovation to be able to do these world class investigations,” he said.
Samir Shubeits speaks at the “28th Annual Laboratory for Surface Modification Symposium-Advances in Nanoscale Materials Imaging.” DAPHNE ALVA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
March 31, 2014
Group aims to make science fun for all By Andrew Rodriguez Staff Writer
Attendees flock to the Life Sciences Building on Busch campus Saturday to watch demonstrations set up by student organizations. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
U. hosts third annual Geek Week By Andrew Rodriguez Staff Writer
The word “geek” is defined two ways according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: A person who is intelligent, but socially awkward and unpopular, and a person who is interested and invested in a particular field or activity. Of these two definitions, “geek” was initially defined as the first — the geek was an intelligent, but socially inept being. The momentum of the geek as an asset of popular culture has transformed the word into a positive image for people — it became a label for a person, who breathes, eats and sweats any TV series, films or music he or she is truly passionate about. This growth and awareness of the geek culture went hand-in-hand with the popularity of local geeky conventions such as New York Comic Con and AnimeNEXT. New York Comic Con, in its seven-year existence, has seen an attendance increase by about four times as many attendees. It started off with
33,000 people in 2006, and accommodated about 133,000 people last year. AnimeNEXT, in its 11th year of existence, increased tenfold from more than 1,000 attendees to more than 10,000. And now, the convention craze creeps into Scarlet Knight turf with the third annual Rutgers Geek Week, “Geek Week: Episode III.” Occurring throughout the week of March 23, “Geek Week: Episode III” was a result of collaboration between many Rutgers organizations such as Rutgers University Programming Association, RU-SciFest, The Intergalactic and Mystical Enthusiasts, Rutgers Underground Gaming Society, Scarlet Cross and Bemani Invasion. Throughout the week, there have been events celebrating nearly all sects of geek culture ranging from “Firefly,” an action-packed space-Western series with a cult following, to the more widely known “Mythbusters,” a series featuring a team of scientific crash-testers searching for the scientifically possible in pop culture.
Geek Week also featured scientifically-packed events and panels such as the 3-D Printing Lecture with Francis Bitonti, a renowned digital fashion designer, a scientific fiction ethics panel and the “Rutgers Science Festival,” arranged by the Rutgers Astronomical Society President Andrew Yolleck. “It was a complete coincidence that SciFest fell during Geek Week, but we still worked together for advertising and sponsoring,” he said. “We are glad to be a part of Geek Week, but we have slightly different visions: We want more science in Geek Week as well.” Ariana Blake, one of the coordinators of Geek Week, considers a geek a person who is interested in an alternate reality, fantasy, story or other forms of media. This means the label of geek can be applied to any type of person of no particular intelligence or social awkwardness. “Rutgers Geek Week was about two things: bringing geeks together through events and exposing nongeeks to geek culture,” said Blake, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
The Rutgers Science Festival on Saturday was centralized on making science accessible and interactive to people of all ages. Just inside the door of the Life Sciences Building on Busch campus, a crowd of children stared with expectant eyes at a demonstration labeled “Elephant Toothpaste,” clearly named for the sake of being silly and approachable. The demonstration started with food coloring, soap and a splash of an unknown liquid. The demonstrator prepared a solution of hydrogen peroxide and a potassium iodide in another container. When combined, both liquids rushed up in a torrent of foam, finally cascading around the container they started in, to the amazement of spectators. In this example, the Rutgers chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers tried to demonstrate an elementar y chemical reaction: The breakdown of H2O2, or hydrogen peroxide, into H2O and O2, or water and oxygen. Katelyn Dagnall, a School of Engineering sophomore, executed some of these reactions at the table with other AIChE members and explained it to the children, who gave them their full attention. Examples of new technologies filled the floor, such as Oculus Rift, a state-of-the-ar t vir tual reality headset, and a MakerBot 3-D printer. Others featured old technologies that could still spark an interest on an impressionable mind, such as a telescope aimed at the furthest areas of the building. Andrew Yolleck, founder of Rutgers Science Festival, organized the event with newcomers in mind — whether they were
children or adults. The goal was to get peoples’ feet wet in the dif ferent fields of science, allowing them to see the curious and fun side of the subject. “We feel that too many children stray away from the sciences because they feel they can’t do it, and that it’s not for them,” he said. “We say that’s not the case. It can be fun and can be done by anyone.” He said the target audience was people without a science background. The point was to get people started and involved in science, especially those that had not been exposed to it before. Their aim, he said, is to be an outreach festival for K-12 students while staying open and involved enough for anyone to enjoy. “Student organizations here share a passion for a cer tain discipline within the sciences, and each of them has a feel for how they can make their field fun to the public,” he said. Fifteen dif ferent student-run organizations, such as the Rutgers Astronomical Society, the Rutgers Photography Club and AIChE ran tables at the event. Children walked away staring at dif ferent objects with dif fraction gratings, and adults walked away with dif ferent oddities to talk about. “All too often when you take a class in science, it’s boring and technical,” Yolleck said. “We want to put a brighter note on it. We have to bring out the brighter side of science.” He hopes next year they can expand on what they have developed this year and continue to increase exposure to science. “I feel like I gained a lot from Rutgers, and I’m hoping this event will be my successful form of giving back,” he said. “At the end of the day, we want people to be happy about science — that’s it.”
EIGHT-BIT BANGER Steven Bagienski, left, a Rutgers alumnus, dressed as Mario and students, center, dressed as fictional characters let loose by dancing and watching live performances, and a member of the band Mean Cree, right, performed at the Livingston Student Center on Friday. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RELIVE THE RENAISSANCE From left to right: Mem Barnett, an alumna, Jasmine Kyle, a cast member from New Jersey Renaissance Fair, and students don medieval clothing to celebrate the Scarlet Cross Renaissance Fair in the Busch Campus Center on Saturday. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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ETHICS Timothy Casey, left, and Daniela Sharma, right, discuss ethics of science fiction. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
TV GEEKS Mythbusters Tory Belleci, left, and Kari Byron, right, recount their experiences during the filming of their science-testing television series. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
NERD GIRLS Influential females in geek culture discuss their interests and gender roles. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Speakers discuss Sci-Fi ethics By Melanie Groves Contributing writer
ARCADE ACTION Students crowd the Livingston Student Center to enjoy arcade games. SHIRLEY YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
After all of the scientific enlightenments the human race has experienced over the centuries, it remains to be seen whether we have succeeded in becoming masters of the environment, or if we remain just a part of it. Students gathered in the Livingston Student Center on Wednesday for a discussion on ethical concerns in the scientific community, hosted by The Intergalactic and Mystical Enthusiasts of Rutgers. Daniela Sharma and Timothy Casey, faculty members in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, presented the discussion. Casey, director of the SEBS General Honors Program, discussed two groups of people as defined by Daniel Quinn in his book, “Ishmael.” Humans can be takers, people who see themselves as the race meant to dominate the environment, or leavers, people who live as one with the environment. Casey urged students to consider the actions the human race
has taken, and which role humans more often fill. Sharma, the undergraduate program director in the Department of Animal Sciences, brought to light the changes in the interactions between humans and animals over the centuries. “A lot of us have a very romanticized idea of how people used to live in harmony with animals and nature,” Sharma said. In contrast, history shows that humans have always separated themselves from animals. Whether they worshipped an animal or claimed it was an ill omen, Sharma said, humans set animals apart and did not try to understand them. She used the animated movie “Princess Mononoke” as a model of animals, humans and the relationship between them today. The movie follows a boy who falls into the middle of a conflict between humans, who are urbanizing the land by cutting down the nearby forest, and the sentient animals that call the forest home. The boy reconciles the issue by learning and understanding the needs of each side, and uses that knowledge to bring the humans and animals together in peace.
Sharma emphasized the importance of cohabiting the earth. She said it is crucial to understand animals rather than use them to further humans’ control of the environment. While the relationship between humans and animals has grown to demonstrate appreciation and understanding, Casey believes similar action must be taken in other areas of our culture. The fight to become masters of the environment may produce results at first, but there are usually unintended consequences, he said. Countries such as China and India continue to over-pump their land by depleting their resources in an effort to produce abnormally high amounts of crops for a short period of time, he said. As the demand for these crops — such as corn, wheat and soybeans — increases, producers leave behind the land they have exhausted and search for more farmland in foreign countries, Casey said. He believes that the growth in agriculture has caused humans to become takers, and this behavior must be changed before the damage becomes irreparable.
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henever election season comes around, representative is RUSA of the entire student body if it brings with it the usual reminders (and they decided not only to take a stance on this issue, arguments) about civic responsibility and but also to “join the Board of Governors in welcomthe importance of recognizing our own political effi- ing Condoleezza Rice … as the Keynote Speaker at cacy. From April 6 to April 8, the Rutgers University Rutgers’ 248th Commencement?” During Thursday’s Student Assembly will be holding elections for the up- discussion, the student representative to the Board of coming academic year — and yes, we are here to tell Governors claimed that he is “in favor of her coming to campus because most of the 2014’s [class] want you that you need to do your part and vote. We should take advantage of this opportunity to her to come to campus,” but how exactly did he or have a direct impact on decisions that are made on RUSA come to that conclusion? While every side of the debate over this issue is our behalf regarding important issues around campus. Although it can be difficult at times to see the certainly entitled to its opinions, RUSA simply does significance of our votes in gubernatorial or presi- not have the level of communication with students dential elections, these RUSA elections are as close that it needs in order to make this kind of claim. How much feedback do they really to home as you can get — so get from the student body? your individual vote really “These RUSA elections are as Yes, the channels of commudoes make a difference in who nication are open: We can visit is representing you and how close to home as you can the office, call or email with you are being represented. get — so your individual questions and concerns at Last Thursday night, RUSA vote really does make anytime — the basic expectaheld a vote to decide whetha difference.” tions of any organization. But er or not they should take even if these channels exist, a stance on the University’s that isn’t enough. In order for highly controversial invitation to Condoleezza Rice to speak at this year’s com- a properly functioning student government that is dimencement ceremony. The arguments that have rectly representative of its constituents to exist, there presented themselves on the Opinions page from has to be more outreach to bring in student feedback. We want to participate in these elections, and we students, faculty, alumni and other members of the community over the last few months are a testament highly encourage the rest of the student body to vote, to the fact that there is definitely not a solid stance too. But frankly, RUSA doesn’t make it that easy to on the issue. The Rutgers University Debate Union make an informed decision. While we understand was present at the RUSA meeting to argue both sides that it is an individual responsibility to take initiative of the issue before the resolution was voted on — it and learn about the process and the candidates, it’s is very clear that this is a controversial topic. As an difficult for the average college student to constantly editorial board, we are opposed to having Rice speak be aware of this between our busy schedules. Repat commencement, as we would be to any other pol- resentatives and executive board members of RUSA itician. Due to the nature of a commencement cere- should be very public figures on campus, but in realmony, an event hosted for all members of the gradu- ity, there are few people who even know why RUSA ating class, Rice is not an appropriate speaker — her exists. And if we want any of this to change, the first invitation to speak would be acceptable for any other step we can take is to make time this week to learn venue at the University. The question is, though, how about the different candidates’ platforms and vote. The Daily Targum’s editorials represent the views of the majority of the 146th editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.
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Complexities of cultural appropriation often missed MEDIA MATTERS RASHMEE KUMAR
ultural appropriation has been the buzzword of popular-culture critique in the last few years. The American media and consumer culture uproot cultural symbols and practices, which originate outside the West, and adopt them into American culture as diluted markers of what is cool. Urban Outfitters sells “Navajo-patterned” shirts and dresses. Yoga is the white girl’s secret to her bikini bod. “Twerking” is a national epidemic. Some people of color condemn white people for assuming ownership over other cultures, while others celebrate non-Western cultures entering the mainstream as an indication of multicultural acceptance. As people of color debate the benefits and offenses of cultural appropriation, white people plead the First Amendment while posting “#burqaswag” selfies on Instagram. If it isn’t already obvious, I take serious issue with cultural appropriation as a form of racial microaggression that disempowers people of color for the preservation of white hegemony. However, I also have an issue with the tendencies of social-justice bloggers and Tumblr activists who regard cultural appropriation as an unambiguous concept where people of color are always right. I want to complicate the racial politics of cultural appropriation in American popular culture and society. Let’s set the scene. You search for “yoga” on Google Images for a research paper,
and your eyes are assaulted with thin white didn’t want to get out of the car over anxwomen sitting in the lotus position by the ieties that people would see us in our shalocean. You walk into a Manhattan yoga stu- war kameez and think that we were FOBs dio to attend a talk on the Yoga Sutras and (which is problematically the worst thing a immediately realize that you, your friend second-generation South-Asian American and the guru are the only brown people in can be called). These may seem like trivial the crowded room. You watch cracked-out issues, but every instance of my conscious hipster girls with bejeweled stickers be- detachment from my Indian roots culminattween their eyebrows flail their limbs to a ed into a cultural self-loathing and a false DJ who presses his palms together before notion that being white was better because playing the worst electronic music you’ve no one made fun of them. So when a perever heard, live at a club in Williamsburg. son of color assimilates through adopting You cringe when white people juggle San- “white” symbols and practices, it is for the skrit syllables on their tongues, attempting need to feel accepted, rather than to make to swallow the language of your mother- a trendy statement. This is like the neocoland, along with its people, symbols and lonial rendition of imperial nations brainwashing practices. natives into Only unbelieving til immers“I want to complicate the racial politics of culing myself cultural appropriation in American popular their ture was in the diculture and society.” inferior and alogue of should be cultural discarded appropriation did I become acutely aware that these in favor of Western culture. Yeah, cultural real-life occurrences bothered me — not so appropriation runs that deep. Starting in the 1960s, white Americans much in a “how dare these white people” way, but more like “these white people prob- have been appropriating South Asian culably have no idea of the rich, layered and ture for decades, with a significant upcomplex meanings of what they’re doing swing in the media and popular culture or wearing, meanwhile, brown people are in the late 1990s continuing into 2014. At still discriminated against, stereotyped and this point, it’s safe to assume whenever attacked on the basis of their race, culture a white person commits cultural approand religion.” I remember the countless priation, they are in the wrong. But what arguments I had with my mother growing about when South Asian-Americans atup when I refused to wear a bindi because tempt to “reclaim” cultural symbols and I did not want to be teased in school or practices as a form of resistance? Media have to explain what that thing was on my scholar Meenakshi Gigi Durham addressforehead. I remember my parents stopping es the complications of South Asian womby the store on the way back from temple, en using symbolic markers of South Asian and my sister and I complaining that we femininity — like nose rings, mehndhi
and bindis — to assert sexual and political agency in Western societies. Because these symbols are used in media and consumer culture to accentuate white beauty, they become less powerful for South Asian resistance against dominant ideologies of assimilation, and more as an affirmation of cultural consumption. On brown women’s bodies, symbols of South Asian femininity are read as reluctance to acclimate to American ways, which warrants discrimination and marginalization. Not to mention South Asian-American women run the risk of self-exoticizing when they embrace their cultural markers, especially in hip and progressively (white) spaces. And then there’s the uncomfortable complication whether it is “authentic” for a South Asian-American woman who previously distanced herself from her cultural and religious heritage to suddenly incorporate it in a very visible way. This ties into the recent emergence of black alternative hip-hop artists lyrically adopting Eastern spirituality, which brings up a series of different questions on the racial politics of appropriation. Ultimately, it all goes back to the commodification of culture, to the denigration of true appreciation and respect for cultural differences. And even then, what it means to respect another’s culture is rife with contestation, so it is important to simply keep in mind that cultures are not accessories, experiments or consumer trends. Rashmee Kumar is a School of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in journalism and media studies with minors in South Asian studies and women’s and gender studies. Her column, “Media Matters,” runs alternate Mondays.
RBS has broad vision, student-oriented future mission COMMENTARY GLENN SHAFER
he world-class faculty of Rutgers Business Schools of Newark and New Brunswick serves a diverse, ambitious and growing student body. Our faculty and staff are immensely proud that we maintain academic excellence while providing business education to more and more Rutgers students. Having increased our enrollment by 60 percent since 2008, we are now the largest business school in the Big Ten, with nearly 5,000 undergraduate students and more than 2,000 graduate students. The Rutgers brand and our location in the New York metropolitan area enables us to attract highly qualified faculty, deliver innovative education and attractive employment opportunities to our students, and make exceptional connections with local, regional, and multinational businesses. Our splendid new buildings at 100 Rockafeller Road in Piscataway — or “100 Rock” — and at 1 Washington Park in Newark are major symbols of the recent growth and increasing stature of our comprehensive, two-campus Rutgers Business School. Our increased focus on undergraduates is especially noteworthy. In 1990, Rutgers decided that separate undergraduate programs in Newark and New Brunswick were impractical and insufficient and merged them with the School of Management headquartered in Newark, with its larger research faculty and greater connections with New Jersey business. During the 1990s, our two undergraduate programs remained small and selective, with fewer than 400 graduates on each campus each
year. But in the past five-to-ten years, the gram in financial analysis at 100 Rock. We University has asked us to more than dou- are expanding our nationally-ranked onble both these undergraduate programs. line program in governmental accounting, During my service as dean of RBS, we have which is also headquartered at 100 Rock. restructured the school to take account of We have recruited dozens of new research this newfound prominence for undergradu- faculty in the past few years, including ate education. We have developed an array two senior scholars whom we recruited of new undergraduate courses, minors and to endowed chairs. This is important for majors, in topics ranging from manage- our undergraduates, not only because the ment skills, ethics and entrepreneurship best scholars are also outstanding teachto supply chain management and business ers, but also because they attract other analytics. We have made unprecedented outstanding teaching talent to the faculty. investments in undergraduate career man- Most of our faculty members teach both agement, and we have developed a variety graduate and undergraduate students and of new mentoring and diversity programs. on both campuses. As dean of RBS, I have formulated a Our student clubs connect undergraduates with businesses and bring them together vision for RBS that emphasizes the diversity of our with gradmission and uate students in a “As dean of RBS, I have formulated a vision our stake— plethora of for RBS that emphasizes the diversity of our holders students, case commission and our stakeholders.” scholars, petitions. alumni, RBS interbusinesses, acts with more than 1,000 different employers, who entrepreneurs and communities in New provide mentors, internships and employ- Jersey, the New York region, the nation ment for our students, speakers for our and the world. Over 100 faculty and staff classes and clubs, part-time lecturers and members, along with students, alumni students in our programs in executive ed- and business supporters, came together ucation. The managers of these companies to support this vision as the basis for the serve on more than 20 boards that advise us renewal of RBS’s accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of on curriculum, research and organization. We are also expanding our world-class Business. All these stakeholders are imgraduate programs and strengthening our mensely proud of our success and our represearch faculty. We are developing new utation across the world. The confidence graduate programs, especially in New of our external supporters is reflected Brunswick and online. Like other business in our having secured two additional enschools, we are emphasizing new specialty dowed chairs in the past two years — one programs rather than trying to expand our in real estate and one in entrepreneurship, master’s program. In Fall 2014, we will ad- and by our success in the “Our Rutgers, mit the first class in our new master’s pro- Our Future” campaign. We are one of the
first schools at Rutgers to reach the goal set for us when former University President Richard L. McCormick launched the campaign in 2010. Rutgers Business School is already incontestably the top public business school in the New York metropolitan region. Having mostly completed the expansion in our degree programs the University asked us to undertake, and having the full support of a strong new president and two extraordinarily talented and experienced chancellors, we are eager to consolidate our academic excellence and our relationships with the businesses and entrepreneurs we serve and the communities where we serve. Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of our faculty and staff, I want to express RBS’s excitement and optimism about the opportunities for public-private partnerships, interdisciplinary studies and student career development opened up by University President Robert L. Barchi’s university-wide Strategic Plan and Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s strategy and vision for community involvement. This excitement and optimism is far more important than the inevitable disagreements about priorities and personalities that engage some of our faculty and far more important than debates about flawed ranking systems that favor schools with small elite missions over those with a mission as broad and worthy as ours. We are proud that our remarkable diversity as a two-campus school providing business education at all levels puts us in a position to serve the entire University in multiple ways. Glenn Shafer is the dean of the Rutgers Business Schools-Newark and New Brunswick.
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Today’s Birthday (03/31/14). Happiness and fun flavor this year. Career is furthered through education and communication skills. Your purpose and passions are becoming clearer. Express what you love to grow your partnerships and bank account. Upgrade your domestic bliss this spring, with summer social buzz leading to a professional launch around August. Refine your image around October. Support a partner’s joy. 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 6 — You’re thinking about romance and beauty. Imagine the possibilities. Let a family member handle a problem at home. Delegate a task you hate. Connect with someone interesting. Add some spice to the package. Slow down to get farther. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 — Take short term, local actions, without force. Paying dues leads to more income. Make a list of what you need. Let someone else win an argument. Being right provides no satisfaction. Patience and flexibility allow greater ease. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 5 — Make love, not war. Be careful with sharp instruments. Argue privately, if you must. Your attentions linger close to home. Resist the temptation to spend frivolously. Talk to friends for consensus. Share from your heart. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 5 — Change your work habits. A new trick doesn’t work, and it could cause a breakdown. Postpone chores, and put in the correction. Make a key decision, and a good impression. Tell friends you’ll see them later. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 5 — Don’t save in a sieve. Study the situation. There’s another possible problem here. Be prepared for physical labor, with discipline. Revise the language to suit the audience. Reward yourself... fall in love all over again. Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 5 — Don’t rush into anything. You’re building your family fortune, and things don’t go as planned. New problems develop. Avoid reckless spending. Make sure all the pieces fit. Stash valuables in a safe place. Concentrate on your love.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Unexpected situations arise, and actions seem to deviate from the itinerary. Revise agreements. Sell more to old clients. Your popularity is growing. Take it slow and easy with travel and big expense. Partnership provides the key. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Take care of your mind, body and spirit. Pursue peace and privacy with inexpensive pleasures, like tea under a tree, or fragrant bath crystals. Restore your energies. Let your emotions flow naturally. Love your lover. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — Play to see who can have the most fun while managing urgencies. Delegate what you can. Pamper yourself. Take it slow, especially around sharp corners. You feel loved and appreciated. Be nice. Share popcorn at family game night. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Proceed with caution, one step at a time. Don’t get stopped by old fears, but don’t rush, either. Get something for your home. Take time to hear everyone’s considerations. Repay a favor with delicious flavors. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — Consider the consequences before diving into action. Wait for more davta. Think it over, and figure the costs. The more you learn, the better you look. Craft the message with care. Create something of beauty. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Take small, persistent actions close to home. Little profits add up, and cash flow arises through community connections. Challenge authority, respectfully. A smile dissolves a confrontation. Make a request. Hold onto your winnings. Your love returns magnified.
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Page 15 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RUTGERS-BOWLING GREEN, TONIGHT, 7 P.M.
Rutgers faces tough road test in WNIT quarterfinals By Greg Johnson Sports Editor
As if withstanding 50 minutes of action, two over times, 11 ties and 18 lead changes Thursday against Seton Hall was not enough, the WNIT only gets tougher from here on out for the Rutgers women’s basketball team. After three home wins through the first three rounds, the Scarlet Knights (25-9) now must go on the road tonight in the quarter finals and do what no team has done this season — win at Bowling Green. The Falcons (30-4) are undefeated in 16 games at the Stroh Center in Ohio this year, most recently topping Michigan, 6353, Thursday in the Round of 16. They have won all of their home games by double digits. But it comes with a twist. Even with the No. 32 RPI, Bowling Green missed the NCAAs because it plays in the lowly Mid-American Conference and faced a modest out-of-conference schedule. It lost its only game against a ranked rival Dec. 22 at then-No. 18 Purdue, 57-48. That makes tonight’s quar terfinal dif ficult to predict. Rutgers, which has appeared in the AP Top 25 several times this year, is one of few major conference teams the Falcons have faced. As one of the bubble teams that just missed the NCAA Tour-
nament, the Knights are one of the best teams in the WNIT field. But if they are to snap Bowling Green’s unbeaten home mark, the Knights need similar mental for titude they showed against Seton Hall, said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “We’ve got to handle [going on the road],” Stringer said postgame Thursday. “It’s all mental. All we want is ever ybody just to make no excuses, step up and [be] mature and consistent. ... All of this is mental. I know that we
“It was really good for us to show us that we can keep fighting through anything, because we’ve been there.” kahleah copper Sophomore Wing
have the skill level that we need. We have ever ything that we need. It’s just mentally being tough.” For Stringer, pushing through Thursday night’s double-overtime grind ser ved as another progression in the Knights’ simulation of the NCAA Tournament — also a 64-team bracket. Freshman guard Tyler Scaife stepped up with a career-high 29 points against the Pirates. Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper and
junior wing Betnijah Laney added a combined 47 points. And the Knights as a whole dished 15 assists, corralled 51 rebounds and got to the free-throw line a season-high 41 times — converting 85.4 percent — to put together one of their most impressive performances of the year. Living to play another day means another chance to gain postseason experience. “We needed to do this [tournament] so that when we go through these ranks as an NCAA team, we know how that happens — the progression, and the games and the way that comes about,” Stringer said. “It was good to see.” Bowling Green, which shot 55 percent from the field against Michigan and also boasts three players averaging double figures, will be a tough out. But after surviving 50 minutes and everything they could handle from their in-state rival, the Knights feel capable of going all the way. “It was really good for us to show us that we can keep fighting through anything, because we’ve been there throughout the season, through practice,” Copper said Thursday. “This is good for us moving for ward.” For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow Greg Johnson on Twitter @GregJohnsonRU. For general Rutgers spor ts updates, follow @TargumSpor ts.
Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper said RU’s close win against SHU on Thursday bodes well for Rutgers’ chances in the WNIT. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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SURGE Rutgers scored nine of its 13 goals in second half with seven coming in fourth continued from back quette won the scrum, leaving Nardella laying flat on the ground in disbelief that Rutgers had let the game slip away. “Give a lot of credit to Marquette, they’re a good team,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “That’s probably the thing that maybe disappointed the most — that maybe sometimes we look at the name on the jersey and pick and choose what we have to do on-and-off the field to get ready for games, and I hope that’s not the case but we’ll find out.” The loss was Rutgers’ second straight in Big East play and also Marquette’s (3-6, 1-1) first conference victory in its first year playing in the league. Although the Knights trailed for a majority of the game, Rutgers appeared to have the game in hand following a remarkable late comeback. The Knights trailed 10-6 early in the fourth quarter and scored five unanswered goals, giving Rutgers an 11-10 lead with 6:17 remaining. After leading the entire game, the Golden Eagles seemed a bit unner ved, with the roars from the Rutgers crowd getting louder and louder following each goal scored. But Marquette responded with a three-goal run of its own, silencing the 1,903 fans in attendance. “Knowing the way we play, we can push in transition and score a lot of goals fast and that’s what we tried to do,” said senior attacker Scott Klimchak. “… I’m proud [of the comeback] but in the end we lost. We just have to put it behind us and move forward.”
Sophomore attacker Scott Bieda looks for an opening in the attack. Bieda finished with a team-high five points on Saturday. GRACE RICHIEZ
Rutgers started off sluggish, falling behind 3-0 in the first quarter. But the Knights started to decrease their turnovers, fighting back to trail 5-4 at the half. Rutgers scored nine of its 13 goals in the second half, with seven of them coming in the fourth quarter. While the Knights did show heart in their comeback attempt, their sluggish start may have been the difference between a win and loss. “We just needed to be more productive in the first half,” Klimchak said. “We came out slow and I think that hurt us in the end.” Klimchak led the team with four goals while sophomore attacker Scott Bieda led the Knights with five points, scoring three times and adding two assists. Nardella, who came into the game winning 108-of-135 in faceoff
attempts, finished 18-of-30 for a 60-percent win percentage. The loss gives the Knights very little margin of error moving forward into conference play. Had Rutgers won, the Knights would have required just one more win in conference play to assure a spot in the Big East tournament. For senior defender Nick Contino, the loss should ser ve as a valuable lesson entering the final third of the regular season. “We have to finish games, it’s 60 minutes,” Contino said. “Doesn’t matter how the first half ends. What matters is that score after the full 60 minutes.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
March 31, 2014 WOMEN’S LACROSSE VILLANOVA 14, RUTGERS 11
Wildcats’ offense overwhelms RU By Conor Nordland
could not contain Villanova’s attack and the Wildcats pulled away at the end of the game. Senior attacker Megan Clements scored a season-high four goals for Rutgers, while sophomore attacker Kim Kolodny netted a hat trick. Junior midfielder Halley Barnes and sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher also added two goals apiece.
While the of fensive output was impressive for Rutgers, the defensive performance was not up to the team’s standards. Rutgers’ 14 goals allowed to the Wildcats tied the second-highest total the Knights have given up this season. Rutgers is allowing 9.55 goals per game, far from the defense that allowed close to two less goals per game last season. Villanova had three players record hat tricks. Midfielder Becca Hetrick, midfielder Shannon Galvin and attacker Ali Judge all found the back of the net three times. The contest was evenly balanced on the stat sheet. The Knights had the edge in shots, 34-26, and draw controls, 15-12. Villanova had the advantage in ground balls, 13-12, and turnovers, 7-10. The game featured two lead changes and five ties. The closest Rutgers came to winning was after Kocher scored her second goal of the game to tie it at 8 with 20:53 remaining in the second half. Both goalies saw action again for the Knights. Freshman Amanda Currell star ted the game, while junior Candice Dandridge came in halfway through the second half. Despite dropping its first game in the Big East, Rutgers has six games remaining to correct the mistakes made against Villanova.
Senior attacker Megan Clements scored four goals in RU’s loss to Villanova. The total was a season high for Clements.
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In the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team’s final conference opener in the Big East, Villanova snapped the Scarlet Knights’ three-game winning streak. The Knights (6-5, 0-1) fell Saturday to the Wildcats (5-4, 1-0), 14-11. Despite multiple attempts to rally, the Knights
Senior first baseman Brian O’Grady went 3-for-6 in two games and scored three runs in the series against UConn. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / MARCH 2014
ROOKIE Baxter earns first career win in long-relief appearence following injury to Fleming continued from back
The long-relief role was unexpected. “He was going to be in the two complete games. The third game on Saturday only made it bullpen this weekend, and unforthrough four outs before it was tunately Ryan [Fleming] got hit in the head,” Litterio said. “We took postponed to Sunday. Yesterday they did not even him out of the game for safety reaattempt to start, and called it a se- sons, and Kevin came in and did a great job.” ries after two games. Rutgers also did not expect The second game on Saturday did not go according to plan to play its first six innings Friday and then resume Saturday. for Rutgers. A strong fifth inning bolstered In the top of the seventh inning the Huskies led Rutgers, 11-0. the Knights’ lead. Rutgers batted The Knights went on to score four around to score four runs on only runs before the game ended, but one hit, with errors from UConn it was too late, as they dropped aiding offensive production. The strong hitting allowed the eventual last game of the seBaxter to earn his first career win ries, 11-4. For senior first baseman Bri- with Rutgers. Coming in to pitch five innings an O’Grady, going up to bat when after Fleming there is a large went down deficit is tough, “I’ve never done anything with an injury but making was not somethings simple like that before where thing that is key. I had to warm up real Baxter ex“Any time pected. Locat[you are facquickly. It was kind ing pitches to ing a deficit] throw strikes like that, you of nerve-wracking.” early also just want to helped the get on base KEVIN BAXTER Wa t e r f o r d , any way you Redshirt freshman right hander N.J., native. can and pass “A lot was it on to the next guy and see what you can working. I was able to consismake happen,” O’Grady said. tently throw strikes and get “But, in that situation, you just ahead early in the count,” Baxdon’t want to be the one to ter said. “I was not prepared for [Fleming going down with an make an out.” After the postponement from injur y] at all. I’ve never done Friday, sophomore lefthander anything like that before where Howie Brey finished the game for I had to warm up real quickly. It was kind of ner ve-wracking, his first save of the season. Although Rutgers won, 7-5, it but I knew from having started was not the way the Knights had games that I could pitch more than an inning or two and go designed it. A batted ball struck Fresh- deep into the game.” man lefthander Ryan Fleming For updates on the Rutgers baseto star t the bottom of the second inning. Fleming was taken ball team, follow Tyler Karalewich out as a precaution, and fresh- on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For man righthander Kevin Baxter general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports. took over.
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March 31, 2014 TENNIS RUTGERS 5, FORDHAM 2
Rutgers extends win streak to three games at Atlantic Club By Sean Stewart Correspondent
Senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini won the top singles match 6-2, 7-7 (2) against Fordham at the Atlantic Club yesterday. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FILE PHOTO / MARCH 2014
Riding a three-match winning streak, the Rutgers tennis team extended it four wins with its 5-2 victor y yesterday over Fordham at the Atlantic Club in Manalapan, N.J. The Scarlet Knights (11-4, 2-1) are now 5-0 in home matches this season and played under an alternate simultaneous format where the teams played one doubles match wor th two points and five singles matches wor th one point. “We played some tough tennis today,” said head coach Ben Bucca in a statement. “This was a ver y convincing win against a solid Fordham team. We have a lot of momentum and are looking to our next conference match against UConn.” The victory was never in doubt as the Knights won all five singles matchups and dropped the lone doubles contest against the Rams (6-6, 0-1). Senior co-captain Vanessa Petrini sparked things for Rutgers, winning 6-2, 7-7 (2) victor y in the top singles slot. Soph-
omore Gina Li played in the No. 2 slot and dominated 6-1, 6-1. Fellow sophomore Lindsey Kayati also easily won her matchup in the No. 3 spot winning 6-0, 6-2, while senior co-captain Stefanie Balasa defeated Fordham’s No. 4 slot player 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Farris Cunningham finished off proceedings by beating her opponent 6-0, 6-4, to conclude the convincing victory. The Knights’ lone loss on the day came in the doubles matchup where the team of junior Lindsay Balsamo and sophomore Mariam Zein fell to Fordham’s Elliesa Ball and Sarah Ali 6-3, 4-6, 13-11. The Knights previously topped Temple last Friday and Tulane on March 19, each by a score of 6-1. Their last loss came March 18 against Southeastern Louisiana. Rutgers next plays Thursday afternoon against UConn in Storrs, Conn., which will conclude American Athletic Conference play for the Knights. For updates on the Rutgers tennis team, follow @TargumSpor ts on Twitter.
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KNIGHT NOTEBOOK JOHNSON RECEIVED FOURTH-TO-SEVENTH ROUND DRAFT GRADE FROM SCOUTS
Aiken gets chance to start in final season
ormer Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and College Athletes Players Association President Ramogi Huma will go to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with lawmakers following last week’s union victory, according to ESPN. Politicians have been split on the issue of unionization in college sports after Chicago’s National Labor Relations Board ruled that football players are able to unionize and are considered university employees. Northwestern football players who are still eligible must vote and a list of the voters must be filed by April 2. A “request for review” must be filed by April 9 with the NLRB in Washington. Northwestern officials will appeal the decision, although it is unclear when the appeal process will begin.
owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell a majority interest in the franchise, according to ESPN. The Islanders will begin to play in the Barclays Center during the 2015-2016 season, though it is unclear whether the team would begin playing there sooner if Wang does sell the team. Wang has been a part of the ownership group since 2000 and the principal owner since 2004. The club has made the postseason only twice since 2004 and been knocked out in the first round both times. “In recent months, there have been numerous expressions of interest in the purchase of the New York Islanders. As I have consistently stated, I have been and remain willing to listen,” Wang said Friday in a statement. “However, potential buyers’ expressions of interest in the team or even my listening to them does not mean that any deal will be reached.”
When Johnathan Aiken talks about football to his friends and family back home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he cannot resist getting amped up. “This is the biggest year. This is my year,” the senior free safety said Saturday post-practice. “I feel like this is my year to shine. I’m going to the Big Ten, I’m excited.” Other members of the Rutgers football team can relate, but few have patiently waited quite like Aiken. After playing sparingly as an injur y fill-in and special teams member for the past three seasons, he will finally get his chance to make a serious impact in his last year of eligibility. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back is listed as the co-starter at free safety with sophomore Delon Stephenson in the Scarlet Knights’ spring depth chart fol-
lowing the graduation of Jeremy Deering. The two figure to compete for the job. Despite having only three career starts, Aiken has as much experience as anyone in Rutgers’ growing secondary besides fifthyear senior Lorenzo Waters, entering his third season as the starting strong safety. “I think it’s a great opportunity for him,” Waters said. “He’s been here only one semester less than me, he’s been here for a long time. I’ve seen him motivate the guys and he’s definitely a leader on this team. ... He’s really fast, can cover a lot of ground, he’s a hard hitter. He’s very dynamic, so he can really do everything.” Under new defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, who looks to amend a program-worst 4,056 passing yards allowed last season, players note an emphasis on versatility and detail. Aiken filled in twice for an injured Waters at strong safety
last season, also making a start at free safety in the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl. He says there is much overlap between the two positions. “[Rossi] wants both of us to be interchangeable — actually all the safeties, so when we go to meetings, me and Delon don’t just study free [safety],” Aiken said. “Me and Delon study free and strong. ‘Zo studies strong and free.’” Through three spring practices, Waters noticed a change in demeanor in the secondary under Rossi’s tutelage. “I see a different level of intensity, energy out there,” Waters said. “There’s a greater attention to detail, because a lot of things we kind of let go by the wayside last year. Now, we don’t let those same things slide. If it takes it a lot longer to get the play right, we’re going to do what it takes to make sure everybody’s doing the right thing.”
pepper spray, pepper canisters and pepper balls at several hundred fans following the Arizona’s 64-63 overtime loss to the Wisconsin in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, according to ESPN. Fans leaving bars and restaurants near the campus filled University Boulevard after the game and responded to a police dispersal order by throwing beer bottles, beer cans and firecrackers at the officers. Fifteen people were arrested for offense varying from resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly. Fourteen of those arrested were released, and one was sent to Pima County Jail with no fans or officers reported injured.
Kaleb Johnson, who has started a team-leading 37 straight games along the offensive line, said his decision to forgo the NFL Draft until next year was never in doubt. “To be honest, I really wasn’t thinking about coming out at all,” Johnson said. “That was just something that I let [the media] do.” Johnson, who said he received a fourth-to-seventh round grade from NFL scouts who reviewed his game tape, wanted to improve under new offensive line coach Mitch Brown, who brings 34 years of experience. The Jacksonville, Fla., native’s decision means the return of all five starters on the unit for the first time in recent memor y. The line looks to build on blocking for 3.7 yards per rush and allowing 35 sacks last season — 102nd nationally. “That’s definitely going to make a great difference, having all of us back together,” Johnson said. “We’ve been doing things together more than we have in the past. We went down to Panama City as an offensive line this year. Just having that bond together, it’s going to take us to the next level.”
split reps through the first three spring practices, head coach Kyle Flood plans to limit the distribution of snaps going forward to advance the competition. “I really want to go back and look at the throws [on film], make sure that the routes are being run where we want them to because I really critique it,” Flood said. “But I think when we come out on Tuesday, the reps are going to be distributed a little bit differently than they have been the first three practices, and those are decisions that between now and then we’re going to have to get together as a staff and make.”
yesterday to the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament yesterday held in Madison Square Garden over Michigan State, 60-54. UConn is the only remaining team in the tournament from the American Athletic Conference and will play No. 1 seed Florida on Saturday at Arlington, Texas. Senior guard Shabazz Napier led the Huskies with 25 points, shooting 6-of-14 from the field and was 9-of-9 from the free throw line. The Huskies become the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Michigan State’s senior class becomes the first under head coach Tom Izzo to fail to reach the Final Four.
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Senior free safety Johnathan Aiken is listed as the co-starter with sophomore Delon Stephenson in Rutgers’ spring depth chart. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR / DECEMBER 2013
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Senior attacker Scott Klimchak runs from a Marquette defender in Saturday’s 14-13 loss at High Point Solutions Stadium. Klimchak led the Knights with four goals, his seventh three-goal performance of the season. The performance raises the Clark, N.J., native’s total to 29 goals this season. GRACE RICHIEZ
Last minute goal thwarts RU’s late surge By Sean Stewart Correspondent
Crouched over with his hands on his knees and head dropped glaring at the turf of High Point Solutions Stadium, sophomore goalkeeper Kris Alleyne’s dejected expression perfectly illustrated
the mood of the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team following its 14-13 defeat Saturday to Marquette. Trailing by two goals with 1:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Scarlet Knights (6-4, 1-2) managed to tie the game in 41 seconds thanks to back-to-back faceoff wins from junior faceoff specialist Joe Nardella. Clutch goals from se-
nior midfielder Anthony Terranova and freshman attacker Christian Trasolini also helped. With 47 seconds remaining, Nardella lined up attempting to win his third consecutive, but Marquette claimed the vital faceoff and called timeout with 37 seconds remaining. With their play set, the Golden Eagles moved the ball patiently in attack waiting for
an opening and found it after a nice spin move from attacker Conor Gately created separation for a shot that went between the Alleyne’s legs for the game-winner with 16 seconds left. The Knights had one final chance to stage a comeback on the ensuing faceoff, but MarSee SURGE on Page 16
BASEBALL CONNECTICUT 11, RUTGERS 4
Rookie earns first career win in relief following injury By Tyler Karalewich
The Rutgers baseball team was tasked Saturday in Storrs, Conn., with having to play 21 innings. Originally, the Scarlet Knights were supposed to play a normal series with a game on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the game on Friday was postponed to resume on Saturday in the top of the seventh inning due to inclement weather.
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Usually in baseball, a team will play nine innings and then call it a day. Occasionally, a team will play a doubleheader and might have to play back-to-back nine-inning games.
The resumption was followed by a doubleheader due to the impending storm coming on Sunday. That scenario was something that neither team could prepare for, said head coach Joe Litterio. “The major part of how it affects us is how you use your bullpen. That was the most dif-
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ficult thing going into Saturday,” Litterio said. “With the rain coming, you are always worried about bringing a kid in, having the rain come and then losing that guy.” The rain played a large factor this weekend, as the Knights and UConn played only See rookie on Page 17
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