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Student survey reveals 45 percent feel stressed By Vaishali Gauba News Editor
A mental health survey completed by 135 University students covered issues such as excessive stress and depression. GRAPHIC BY ADAM ISMAIL
In an attempt to end his life, a Princeton University first-year student ingested 20 pills in his room. A few days after in Februar y 2012, he was asked by university officials to voluntarily withdraw from the school. The student, who was evicted from the school with no refund, was told he would have to leave once he missed about three weeks of classes, said Lewis Bossing, senior attorney at Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, in an nj.com article. Yet issues regarding mental health cannot withdraw from college campuses. About 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function,” according to American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment’s 2011 survey. In response, The Daily Targum gathered statistics to assess the state of Rutgers students’ mental health. The results of the survey were shared with Mary Kelly, lead psychologist at Counseling, Alcohol (and other Drugs Assistance Pro-
gram) and Psychiatric Services at Rutgers, and she provided her interpretation of the data via email. Mental health is not just the absence of a mental disorder. World Health Organization defines it as an individual’s ability to realize their own potential, cope with the ever yday stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully and make a contribution to their community. The Targum surveyed 135 students, with 33 surveys distributed physically and 102 online. The survey encompassed topics such as stress, depression, eating disorders and drug use. Out of students who answered the survey, 84 were female and 47 were male. Forty-three percent identified as liberal arts majors and 40 percent as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors. Ten students were business majors and three were public health majors. While six students said they felt depressed daily, 46 students said they feel depressed “less than once a month,” 38 said “less than once a week,” 27 said “a few times a week” and 15 said “never.” See SURVEY on Page 5
Experts talk negative effects of drug policy U. organization responds to national eating disorders week By Nick Siwek Staff Writer
The Drug Policy Alliance does not want to see people in prison for drug possession, said Meagan Glaser, deputy state director for the New Jersey office of the Drug Policy Alliance. The Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program hosted the panel as well as a screening of “The House I Live In” in their program, “Behind Bars: A deeper look into the Prison Industrial Complex.” Since President Richard Nixon declared “the war on drugs” in 1971, it has destroyed the lives of those in poverty, mostly of black and Hispanic descent. Glaser said the war on drugs is a colossal failure. Sending people to prison for drug possession does not increase public safety. “We’re not putting dime bags in jail — we’re putting people in jail,” Glaser said. Current drug laws cause huge problems for those arrested, their families and the poor, inner city communities the laws target, she said. Drug-free school zones carr y a minimum mandator y sentence of around three years. The DPA led the Compassionate Use Campaign, which focused on passing the bill for medical marijuana in New Jersey, Glaser said.
Brian Snyder, a Rutgers University MountainView Project student, said a RUMVP student is someone who has been incarcerated, and through the project has enrolled in a four-year degree program. “After being released in 2012, I started my career at Rutgers,” said Snyder, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. “This program has undoubtedly saved my life.” He said the war on drugs is a business, and it prevents him from guaranteed job opportunities when his employers read the checked box that says he has been committed for a felony charge. Leonard Ward, director of the Divisions of Parole and Community Programs for the New Jersey State Parole Board, said the state needs more self-motivated members like Snyder in order to make more effective reforms in the correctional system. “We need everyone to advocate for a better correction system,” Ward said. He said the parole board sees the positive ef fects of the MountainView Project firsthand because they receive the people benefitting from the project. In 2000, the New Jersey correctional system had over 30,000 inmates, and currently, it has fewer than 22,000.
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Brian Synder, a MountainView Project student, said the war on drugs is a business of its own. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Forty-two percent of first through third grade girls want to be thinner. Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Thirty-five to 57 percent of adolescent girls engage in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, diet pills or laxatives. These statistics, according to the National Eating Disorders Association’s website, reflect the percentage of young people dissatisfied with their bodies. This week, the National Eating Disorders Association recognized National Eating Disorders Awareness to bring light to this reality. Peggy Policastro, the director of the University’s Healthy Dining Team and a registered dietician on the multidisciplinary Eating Disorders Treatment Team, said disordered eating is common because students have certain mindsets about how they should eat to achieve an end goal in a very short period of time. See week on Page 4
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Institute for Women’s Leadership and Women and the Media & Tech Initiative hosts “Media: More Real than Reality” by Gloria Steinem at 7 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. Admission is free for everyone.
Friday, Feb. 28
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy hosts the “Women’s Leadership Conference” at 9 a.m. at 33 Livingston Ave. on the College Avenue campus. The conference is open to all graduate students. University Career Services presents “Business, Arts and Communications Industry Career & Internship Fair” at 10 a.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue campus. This event is free and only open to Rutgers-New Brunswick students and alumni from all majors. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy hosts the “Women’s Leadership Conference: Lean In and Reach Out” at 9 a.m. at 33 Livingston Ave. on the College Avenue campus. Admission is free for everyone. Rutgers Recreation hosts “RU STRONG 2014 PRELIMS” at 2 p.m. at the College Avenue Gym. Admission is free for spectators.
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February 27, 2014
Professor discusses history of Sufism, society
Erik Ohlander, a professor of religion, explained Sufism, a form of Islam, and its relationship with society throughout history in the Alexander Library yesterday on the College Avenue campus. LOUIS CABRERA
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Between poetry and practice, Sufism is one of the most wellknown forms of Islam in North America, said Jawid Mojaddedi, associate professor in the Department of Religion. Erik Ohlander, professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, spoke about the history of Sufism and the relationship between Sufism and society yesterday at Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus. Sufism has roots in the tradition of Islam, Jewish and Christian philosophies, but its practices make it unique, he said. He said many contemporar y studies forget the social and political context of Sufism and focus on its pure methodological practices. Ohlander tries to put the issues of Sufism in historical context. “I put together a group … to see how a study of Sufism across … different borders would work,” he said. The results were heartening and created better questions about the matter than a more homogenous group would write, he said. He set out to learn
about Sufism in the medieval Muslim world, including a representative Sufi teacher in the 12th centur y. “I want to show you the contours of how a historian would go about understanding Sufism … in a methodological approach,” he said. He said Abu Hafs Umar alSuhrawardi, a prominent leader in Sufism’s history, envisioned and positioned himself in a world where mysticism was a practice of society rather than a series of religious beliefs. Al-Suhrawardi went to the capital of Baghdad as a youth and assumed the position of Sufi mystic from his uncle, Ohlander said. In his lodges, he wrote treatises in Arabic and Persian and invested the public with Sufi beliefs. His followers spread his words across Asia to India and Persia, Ohlander said. His Sufi handbook, “Gifts of Deep Knowledge,” is still widely read in Sufi communities across the world today. “In the larger thought, [the book] creates a bridge between the past and the present,” he said. He quoted several couplets from the book that spoke of the value of passing the cup, that emphasized sharing.
Sufis such as al-Suhrawardi were drawn in by the Caliph, the title for the ruler of an Islamic community ruled by the Shari’ah, who planned to use their power to dominate the region. At the time, the religion was as strongly related to competition and elitism as it was to mysticism.
“I put together a group … to see how a study of Sufism across … different borders would work.” erik ohlander Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
The Sufis believed they were absolutely necessary to the mandate of Islam to the community, Ohlander said. The Sufis called themselves otherworldly, while other non-Sufi scholars were “more worldly.” He described the psycho-spiritual body, which combined the physical organs of the body with the spiritual actor in constant conflict with each other. It is only through following the Sufi path that the body can find its way to its heavenly
source and escape its bodily entrapment, he said. The Sufi communities were centered on endowed brick-andmortar lodges that were organized hierarchically into postions such as master, superintendent and resident disciples. Seeing the amount of respect commanded by Sufi masters, it was no surprise the Caliph patronized them and recognized their power. Toward the end of his life, he joined the religion and became an active religious member. “Al-Suhrawardi tried to circumscribe and integrate many of his competitors,” he said. “He always tried to bring them into the fold.” Texts also played an important role in the religion, he said. “The medieval Muslim context of the text objectified the text as an object of status not only in its contents, but also for its cultural values,” he said. It also connected to the master-disciple relationship as governed by a complex of formal manners and customs, he said. Rituals such as auditions and recitation allowed for the face-to-face transmission of the ideas within the text to disciples.
Each text included authorization and a detailed record of who read the text and when they read it, he said. He has uncovered six licenses of transmissions in al-Suhrawardi’s own hand, he said. He also transmitted his text for centers such as Damascus and Cairo, and served as a diplomat of Sufism, he said. “The couplet I read has new meaning. … When he says ‘pour the cup,’ he is referring to the text as cup to share,” he said. Mojaddedi said the event is part of a religious consortium that holds two lectures a semester for the new master’s program in the department. “Ohlander met with M.A. students, and we are discussing the lecture in our next class,” he said. Siam Siam, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said he came to the lecture because he was interested in mysticism and holistic ways of describing the body and soul. He heard about the event through his New Testament class and decided to attend. “It was interesting to hear an expert talking about Sufism,” he said.
February 27, 2014
week University Healthy Dining Team aims to educate students about nutrition person of the multi-disciplinary Eating Disorders Team. She said the best treatment “That might be restricting your is offering students a team diet tremendously before spring of support. “Once the student is ready to break because you want to fit into your bikini and look good,” she said. be at school, we can offer mediPolicastro said almost every eat- cal, psychiatric, case management ing disorder starts with a diet that services, group services, nutrition consultation, and for students goes wrong. She works with a team of psy- who want to have a long-term chologists, psychiatrists and ad- connection to individual counselvanced nurse practitioners from ing, we can help them get linked the health center and medical and to those services using camcounseling staff from the Athlet- pus and community resources,” ics Department to help students she said. The demands of college living with all types of eating disorders. “My role there is to talk about can cause disordered eating, as the nutrition health of a student,” well as the media and attention she said. “Within the team, we to perfection in body shape and work as consultants for each oth- weight. It is hard to pinpoint one cause er in looking at a specific case and how we would handle it from for every eating disorder. Wooa psychological perspective, a din-Weaver said eating disormedical perspective and a nutri- ders are complicated and could be hereditary, offset by the entional perspective.” The difference between disor- vironment and affected by a dered eating behaviors and eating person’s temperament. She said the disorders like treatment team anorexia nervosa, bulimia “In looking at a specific provides the care beand binge eatcase ... we would handle it best cause it allows ing disorder is how central the from a psychological ..., a the disorder to be seen through problem is in a medical ... and a lenses of person’s life. nutritional perspective.” the different people. “If it beSigns to look comes somePEGGY POLICASTRO for in friends thing that on a Director of Rutgers Healthy Dining Team who might have daily basis, it’s an eating dispreoccupying order are large most of your thought process. If it interferes fluctuations in weight or noticing with normal behaviors, then that’s that a friend never wants to go to the dining hall or eat anything, a problem,” she said. It is normal for an individual to she said. Friends should be friends and feel as if they ate too much or to feel like they want to look good in a spe- not psychologists, Woodin-Weavcific article of clothing, but when er said. They should encourage these thoughts and feelings be- their friends to speak with a procome obsessive, she said he or she fessional about their habits. Woodin-Weaver has been needs to seek additional support. Policastro said the mission of working with students with eatthe Healthy Dining Team is to ed- ing disorders since her pre-docucate students about nutrition and toral internship at the Douglass encourage them to make healthi- College Counseling Center from 1993 to 1995. er food and lifestyle choices. She was drawn to the job beThe team writes weekly nutrition newsletters that discuss top- cause the students and profesics not only pertinent to the col- sionals working in the field work lege population, but specifically to so hard to help those suffering the college population at Rutgers, build the life they want. She said she has seen so many she said. They also offer special pro- students who have worked ver y gramming like cooking shows and hard and have seen real imdemonstrations, as well as compe- provements in their lives that titions that show people eating ca- they can sustain. There is great reason to be lorically dense food is fine as long as it is paired alongside healthy hopeful today about the future of eating disorder treatment, Woooptions, she said. Patricia Woodin-Weaver, a staff din-Weaver said. “Treatment options and repsychologist at the Counseling, Alcohol (and other Drug Assis- search are exploding,” she said. tance Program) and Psychiatric “The likelihood that the student Services center, develops and will become more able to make coordinates services for students connections to good services with eating disorders as the chair- keeps growing and growing.” continued from front
University students answered questions about their eating habits through the survey on eating disorders. GRAPHIC BY ADAM ISMAIL
February 27, 2014
Twenty percent of 135 Rutgers students say they have thought about suicide multiple times continued from front
“I can tell you that according to the 2010 National College Health Assessment, 9.7 percent of Rutgers students who responded to the survey reported feeling so depressed in the past year that it was difficult to function, and 12.5 percent said that they had been diagnosed with depression,” Kelly said. “As such, your numbers look high, but again, it depends how the students you talked to defined depression.” To the survey question about suicide, 20 percent of the students responded they have thought about suicide multiple times, while 58.5 percent said “never.” In the case of Princeton University, the student filed a complaint in July 2012 with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, according to the nj.com article. The student, currently 20 years old, left Princeton for two semesters to secure a partial refund of his tuition, room and board and “to make it less of an issue for his record,” Bossing said in the nj.com article. He returned in fall 2013 as a sophomore and is currently enrolled at Princeton, Bossing said. University officials said they believed the student posed a direct threat to himself and was therefore encouraged to voluntarily withdraw, and the student would have to show six to nine months of “demonstrated
stability” to return, according to the complaint. The survey also asked students if they thought their use of social networks affected their mental health. Kelly said she had seen references in research that suggest a correlation between social media use and depression — yet this correlation may not mean causation. “It’s not clear whether depressed people use more social media or if social media use leads to depression,” she said. “Anecdotally, I’ve talked to many students who find social media to be a source of anxiety and stress, particularly if they are compulsive in their use to the point where it interferes with other important aspects of their lives, such as academics and relationships.” Drug use was another component of the Targum sur vey. Eighty-nine of the 135 students refused to take drugs for treating depression, 12 students said they used alcohol and nine said they used marijuana. “I think it is absolutely true that the majority of students do not use drugs,” Kelly said. ‘It’s also been demonstrated in the NCHA sur vey that many Rutgers students do not drink alcohol at all, and of those who do, two-thirds stop at three drinks or fewer.”
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She said legislators perpetuate a knowingly flawed system because they do not want to apState correction system has a 72 percent pass rate pear soft on crime. “It’s crucial to get inof prisoners obtaining GED volved in our democracy,” she said. Taylor Rotolo, a School of Arts He said the state correction continued from front system has a 72 percent pass rate and Sciences senior, said the Bonof prisoners obtaining a GED, one ner Leaders Program is essentially Margaret Atkins, director of the highest rates from any or- in a partnership with AmeriCorps. The event was part of the annual of the New Jersey Scholarship ganization in New Jersey. “Education is the key compo- weeklong event run with their and Transformative Education in Prisons consor tium, said nent in the success of reintegra- co-sponsor, the MountainView Project, called “Prisoner Awarethe organization could not tion,” he said. Barr y said a felony is a life ness Week.” achieve the work it does with“It’s about bridging the gap beout the par tnership of the State sentence no matter what between the UniParole Board. versity and the She said c o m m u n i t y, ” current drug “It’s about learning to work together. I believe the Rotolo said. laws keep division starts to Jheysson certain decreate more problems than fixing anything.” Garcia, also mographics a School of in the correcjheysson garcia Ar ts and Scitional system. school of Arts and Sciences Senior ences senior, “The rich said it could get richer, be assumed the poor that prisonget prison,” cause of the restrictions it plac- ers live on the College AveAtkins said. James Barr y, assistant com- es on felons in terms of jobs nue campus because members of the MountainView Projmissioner of Programs and and housing. Glaser said she believes stig- ect attend Rutgers as par t of Community Ser vices with the correction system of New Jer- ma is a large issue with the the program. “It’s not about us against sey, said the 85 percent rule — current laws, and it is importwhere convicts must complete ant for people like Snyder and them, but it’s about learning 85 percent of their prison sen- other MountainView Project to work together,” Garcia said. tence before parole can even be students to speak out and show “I believe the division star ts to considered — does not allow for people they are deser ving of a create more problems than fixing anything.” second chance. individual assessment.
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February 27, 2014
George Street Playhouse upholds 40-year tradition By Erin Walsh Staff Writer
When David Saint programs a main stage season, he kind of likens it to a meal. After a meaty, substantial main course, there’s a little teaser or appetizer, then an engaging second course and a light dessert. Saint, artistic director at the George Street Playhouse, runs a similar season to Broadway, with eight shows a week from Tuesday through Sunday. The Playhouse, a nonprofit theater located on Livingston Avenue in downtown New Brunswick, is celebrating its 40th season of productions this year. Eric Krebs, a former University faculty member, founded the playhouse in 1974. A season for George Street Playhouse typically runs from September through May, said Christopher Howatt, associate director of Marketing and Public Relations. Howatt said Saint has held his position for 16 years. “There’ll be one thing that’s really thought provoking, then there will be a light comedy, the musical that could have a heartfelt story, and then there will be something like a classic that we present in a new way,” Howatt said. “Our audiences like the variety we provide.” The last two productions of the season are both scheduled to run this spring. One, a play adapted from the memoir by Giulia Melucci, is titled “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.” The other is an edition of playwright Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”
Jim Jack, the playhouse’s director of education, organizes a touring educational theater that has performed for more than 40,000 students. It consists of four actors and a stage manager, offering four different productions and visiting virtually every public school in New Brunswick, Howatt said. These productions are all original works by the touring theater. Productions cover topics relevant to students, such as cyberbullying, as well as with themes such as history, Greek mythology or the Holocast, to pair with topics the schools are covering in class. Although the main stage of the playhouse has hosted original productions, many established playwrights such as Arthur Laurents, author of “West Side Story,” have led productions there. His particular contribution led to the main stage being named after him, Saint said. R. Michael Miller, head of Design and Production/Set Design for the Mason Gross School of the Arts, has also done set design for George Street Playhouse for more than 20 years. He said working in the presence of famous actors and writers is very humbling, and their productions go smoothly because at the playhouse, everyone has a love for what they do. “I have great passion for this work,” Saint said. “I love theater, I love actors and I love the art of creating and it’s the most wonderful gift anyone can give. This is the greatest job you could possibly have.”
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ight now, it feels like Rutgers is a breeding cation or counseling sessions, and it may be because ground for depression. We have midterms, our of this that mental health is so easily disregarded. It’s professors are drowning us in extra work to just not considered a real problem — “real” diseases make up for all those snow days, visually unappealing are cancer and heart disease and diabetes. At Rutgers, we can’t deny that there are plenty of architecture surround us and the weather is miseraservices available for us should we need them. The ble. February is not a great month. For some of us, feeling down is just as temporary Counseling, Alcohol (and other Drug Assistance as the weather, and it’s much easier to snap out of it Program) and Psychiatric Services — more familiaronce spring rolls around. But for others, it’s not just a ly known as CAPS — has a pretty strong presence typical case of the winter blues. Depression is a serious on campus, with centers on the College Avenue and problem that affects approximately one in 10 Ameri- Cook and Douglass campuses. Many professors, cans, and yet, it is not treated as seriously as other particularly in the Department of Psychology, will health issues. We’re all very much aware of suicide in include information about how to get help in their sylthe news, and yet the cause behind all of this — poor labi, and incoming first-year students are told about mental health — doesn’t get nearly as much attention CAPS and other resources for mental health during orientation. CAPS offers free mental health screenas it should. Instead, we’re told it’s not a serious problem. ings and is staffed by certified professionals — the help you get at CAPS is Everyone has ups and as good as the help you downs. Kids these days can get from other menare too sensitive. “With programs like CAPS, Rutgers tal health professionals. Well, “kids these days” has the facilities and resources to We know that with actually face challenges programs like CAPS, that no generation before provide support for students who Rutgers has the facilities us ever has. Maybe we’ll reach out to them.” and resources to provide never know the struggles support for students of our parents or grandparwho reach out to them. ents, but no one has ever But the thing about depression is you’re probably experienced some of our challenges, either. The culture we as northeasterners belong to not really going to want to reach out. When you’re doesn’t really have much sympathy for those affect- feeling so alone that you can barely get yourself out ed by depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. of bed, the last thing you want to do is have to activeAs college students, we are least likely to seek help. ly look for support. It’s commendable that Rutgers Mental illnesses, unlike physical illnesses, are often takes the issue of mental health as seriously as it treated as shameful or attention-seeking weaknesses. does any other health issue, but having the option of Plus, who has time to talk to a therapist when there counseling and support services isn’t enough. That’s are hardly enough hours in the day just to get through Rutgers for you — if you’re not a self-starter, and if classes and work? We’re expected to satisfy so many you’re not going to take initiative to go out and find roles, and academic excellence alone just doesn’t cut resources for yourself, you’re pretty much screwed. it. You’re supposed to have a job. You’re supposed to There’s already a stigma associated with mental be involved in at least a few organizations. You’re sup- health, so few are really willing to admit they need help, let alone go out and look for it. With more emposed to have a balanced social and family life. Sixty to 80 percent of people diagnosed with depres- phasis on outreach for students, CAPS has the potension can be treated with simple anti-depressant medi- tial to become a great source of help for a lot of us. 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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Snow gives international students new experience RU THROUGH INTERNATIONAL EYES EMILIE BROEK
now is something many in-state students consider a normal part of winter. Even these huge storms we have been getting are not given much thought. However, for many international students, this is the first time they are seeing little cotton balls falling from the sky. Those who have grown up in snowy climates probably experienced their first snowfall a long time ago and may not remember how magical the feeling can be. What I think can make snow seem so mystical is that when you live in a hot and tropical countr y, it’s almost impossible to imagine that snow could ever fall from the sky. The whole idea of making snowmen out of soft ice or being able to cross countr y ski in your own backyard seems nothing more than a dream. Up until the age five, my family and I lived in upstate New York, where it snowed during winter. However, we then moved to Ethiopia, and unless you go to the high mountains, it never receives any snow. For the first five years of our stay, we never returned back home for the winter holidays, so ever y Christmas was green and dr y. I remember how my sister and I would watch win-
ter movies full of snowy Christmas trees and then beg my mom to make our tree white as well. So, my mom bought us a spray that created a snowy effect — if I remember correctly, that spray was one of the greatest presents yet. Nothing stopped me from covering our windows, floors, and even garden in white foam. The only time I came somewhat close to snow was during the rainy seasons where sometimes it got so cold that it would start to hail.
flurries in Belarus. In the five years we lived there, I don’t think we ever had a single snow day. The countr y was really organized in that as soon as the winter began, snow tires were put onto cars, salt was thrown on ever y street and dozens of snow machines began their work. I don’t think I have ever seen a countr y better equipped for winter. Back in Belarus, we used to have a lawn where we could enjoy the snow — however, it was so cold that after a few minutes it was impossible to
“Snow is something many in-state students will consider to be a normal part of winter … for many international students, this is the first time they ever see little cotton balls falling from the sky.” When we finally did spend the holidays in Switzerland and Holland, it was as if I was seeing a whole new world — ever ything was covered in white! Soon after, I learned about the mar vels of snow: skiing, snow fights, and building igloos. However, just as we are witnessing here in New Jersey, snow can become tedious and burdensome after a while. After Ethiopia, we moved up way north to Belarus, which translates to “white Russia.” In Belarus, temperatures would drop to 30 degrees below freezing. What we consider snow days are seen as light
feel your fingers even under three pairs of gloves. Needless to say, the wonders of snow were apparent only from behind warm walls, looking out a window. However, I clearly remember how beautiful my first snow experiences were, and this prompted me to listen to other experiences. I first asked my Chinese roommate, Chenjie Zhu, to share her stor y. “I was so excited about snow. My dream was that I could be walking while the snow fell. Back home, I only saw snow three times, so I was excited. But now I’m tired because classes are always getting
canceled. Ever y time I study hard, the classes get cancelled. So I don’t have any passion to study, now I don’t really like snow.” Chenjie’s friend, Qi Wang from China, added her own opinion: “I like snow. It’s ver y beautiful and so cold. In my hometown it doesn’t snow anymore because it is getting warmer, so in the future we might never see snow again.” Diala Ghneim, from Jordan, shared her experience: “Coming from a place that is ver y hot and humid, this was ver y new to me. I have seen snow, but I was so little. I just remember it being really cold and disliking it. But coming here, ever ything is so pretty, and it’s like a fair ytale. Ever yone is usually happy, and it’s a great way to gather friends — it’s just fun. It is nice to have snow once in a while but not ever y week.” Personally, I would say that I miss living in a warmer climate where I didn’t have to bundle up in layers of clothing. Having watched “Frozen” for the second time, I felt that the movie depicted this entire dilemma perfectly: An occasional snowfall is beautiful, but once the snow outlives its welcome, it can become a burden rather than a gift. Emilie Broek is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student. Her column, “RU Through International Eyes,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
U. plans to increase diversity commendable I am proud to attend one of the most racially diverse institutions of higher education in the United States. This type of diversity exposes us to the many cultures that are present in New Jersey and allows us, as a community, to be more accepting and understanding of people who may share different cultural or political views of the world. But there is a substantial area of diversity that our university lacks. Geographic diversity should be just as important as the races and religions that make up Rutgers today. Our university is lacking in this key area, thereby inhibiting students from receiving a well-rounded and worldly education. How truly diverse of an education are we receiving if almost 90 percent of the student body lives within 150 miles of campus? While Rutgers has an obligation to educate the residents of the state of New Jersey, it lags behind in the out-of-state and international population compared with other public institutions such as the University of California schools and our soon to be peer Big Ten schools. The past month, I have been in Australia preparing to study at Ormond College, one of the residential colleges at the University
of Melbourne. And while the University of Melbourne is a public institution serving the students of the state of Victoria, Ormond College has a substantial population from overseas and the other territories that make up Australia. In this short period of time, I have met some of the most interesting people in my life thus far — all of whom have a unique story as to what led them to travel many miles to study at this particular public university. When you are exposed to others who have grown up in a different environment, it allows you to gain a changed prospective on why people may think differently in another part of your country or world. I’m extremely excited that the Rutgers Strategic Plan calls for more out-of-state and international students to contribute to the University in the next few years. This type of diversity will not only benefit Rutgers, but the state of New Jersey as well. Whether it is students from different states or overseas, more geographic diversity is exactly what Rutgers needs as we progress well into the 21st century and reach our historic 250th year milestone. Andrew Rodriguez is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in political science with a minor in planning and public policy. He is an exchange student at Ormond College - University of Melbourne.
More exposure needed for recovery housing I am writing in response to Marcus Tucker’s article from Sept. 13 entitled, “Task Force Releases Recommendations to Reduce Opiate Usage.” While I am ver y proud to attend a university that offers recover y housing for students overcoming addiction, I am confused to why it is not well known to many students. I understand fear for the stigma it may present to the University, however, since addiction is such a prevalent issue, the University should take pride this wonderful program. According to Max Crowley, a prevention scientist at Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy — a program designed to assist teenagers in overcoming opiate prescription addiction — the best results for recovery is an approach that combines a recovery program that is school-based and one that was home-based. This dual approach intervention system led to a 10 percent decrease in abuse rates within the hosted population. In a university setting for students living on campus, school and living settings are combined. What this suggests to me, keeping in mind the results of Crowley’s program, is that each
university that offers housing should also offer an alternative housing option for recovering addicts. Typically, a university environment is not a very conducive place for a recovering addict. Through the eyes of an addict, I can imagine there is perpetual temptation lurking in every corner of residence halls. According to the New Jersey State Epidemiological Profile for Substance Abuse from 2007, “alcohol use in college populations is normative (almost nine out of 10 students drink alcohol).” In these recovery houses, there would be an absolute zero-tolerance policy for any potential addictive substances to assist in an easier, less temptation-filled recovery process. Seeing how large the issue of addiction is among youth (and any age group for that matter), I believe a policy should be enforced stating that it is mandated for all universities to offer a recovery housing option. The enforcement of this policy will alleviate some of the social stigma associated with a university offering a recovery housing option. This will also assist in motivating young addicts to seek treatment in the faith of attending college once they have recovered. Elana Forgash is a School of Arts and Sciences junior majoring in biological sciences with a minor in public health.
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Today’s Birthday (02/27/14). With disciplined focus, your garden overflows with abundance this year. Creatively, you’re on fire, especially through August, when career takes off. Make time for romance over summer and autumn. Balance home and work responsibilities with organization, partnership and communication. Release stress with delicious food, exercise and rest. Love keeps your batteries charged. Indulge. 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 — Surround yourself with friends. Ask them what they love about their lives, and what contribution they’d like to make to the world. Listening is the key, so open up your ears. Get a sweet surprise. Taurus ( April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Let your partner do the talking first. Advance your agenda together. Double-check the data. Then send out the news. Let others know what you need. Revise your resume to include recent work. Sign on the dotted line. Gemini ( May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Get clear on practical details. Keep track of the numbers involved. Study the situation, and talk it over with someone experienced. Unearth a brilliant idea. Together, you find the answer you were looking for. Cancer ( June 21-July 22) — Today is a 6 — Old business falls away as you grasp a new task ahead. Good communications increases efficiency. Manage responsibilities with integrity. Share what you want for the family. Open a new account. Set up structures for support. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Ask questions about the job. You’re seeking a mutual win. It’s not just beginner’s luck. You’ve got the skills. Conclude negotiations in a stroke of genius. Spirit and mind connect. Review all details. Together, you’re much smarter. Virgo ( Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Clean up your home communication center. Don’t overlook anything. You’re a master of your craft. A conflict of interests could provide obstacles. Account for every penny. Fix something before it breaks. Relax with a good book.
Libra ( Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Complete your personal correspondence, and get the word out. It’s a great time for writing. Listen for your message, and express it clearly. Someone’s saying nice things about you. Include thanks and appreciations in your communications. Scorpio ( Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 6 — Express your affection. Let others know what you want, and listen for what they do. You may be able to work out a trade. Keep track of your hours. Confidence and profit are on the rise. Luxuriate at home. Sagittarius ( Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — Use tried and tested techniques applied to your brilliant idea. Confer with the family. Your commitment is bigger than whatever your considerations are. Evolve your ideals to suit a new perspective. Communicate your vision. Capricorn ( Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Agree to move forward with the plan. You’re fascinated by new ideas. Discuss implications from current events, especially financial. Some of your theories can succeed. Listen carefully for advantage and opportunity. Write down profitable ideas. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Put your feelings into your work, and get playful. An unexpected reaction could be genius. Find a smarter way to spend. Think before you speak. News could seem intense. There’s no need to seek a new partner. Pisces ( Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 5 — Seek fresh inspiration. Find another way to work smarter. Negotiate for a better deal, when you discover a truth you hadn’t seen before. Sign off or cast your vote. Get lost in thought. Begin writing.
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FRESHMAN Butts earns first start at center, tallying eight boards and three blocks continued from back Although Stringer praised the rookie, she added doubt about Scaife’s “shoot-first” mentality going into the postseason. “She knows that we expect her to score in double digits. Again, she has to have a little more discretion and to hear [her teammates’] voices and to not be so toned so she makes the easy pass, which she had a little difficulty today doing that, and that’s going to cost us,” Stringer said. “But you can’t say enough about her as a freshman.” After holding a 9-point lead with 1:42 left in the first half, the Knights went into the locker room only up 3.
They could not pull away from the Owls in the second half. Rutgers led by 9 with six minutes remaining, but Temple fought back with a pair of 3-pointers by guards Monaye Merritt and Feyonda Fitzgerald. A layup and free three-point shot by forward Natasha Thames made it a 3-point game. Rutgers went up by 7 as Temple missed four shots in a row, but the Owls could only muster up two more points in the remainder of the game. “It’s a little frustrating but we have to realize ever ything is not going to be easy,” said junior wing Betnijah Laney. “We have to be able to respond to adversity. … Though it’s not our ideal position, we still came out with a win.” Sophomore center Ariel Butts, getting her first start of the season, tied her season high of 6 points in just the first five minutes of the game.
“It was really good to see that we were versatile in the post,” Laney said. “We had three different body types, three different styles of play, so it was good to have someone else in there that could also get it done.” Butts would not score again until 14:40 of the second half, ending the game with 8 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 20 minutes. She also turned the ball over four times. For Rutgers, a loss to a below-average Temple team would have been detrimental to its NCAA Tournament hopes. While the Knights are third in the AAC, they have no signature wins — with a 1-4 record against top-25 opponents and an RPI of 51, according to realtimerpi.com. For updates on the Rutgers women’s basketball team, follow @TargumSports.
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continued from back of work in on Monday, we really got after it. We threw pretty much almost a simulated game and I got to throw a lot of pitches.” The Knights’ bats found holes in the doubleheader as they continued to hit the ball hard. While many batted balls were finding gloves against FIU, Rutgers’ 23 hits against Jacksonville reflected the change. The responsibility of jumpstarting the hitting has fallen on freshman outfielder Mike Carter, Rutgers’ leadoff hitter. His .364 batting average and .417 on-base percentage reflects his role as the leadoff hitter. “I’ve been leading off for the past four years of high school anyway, so it’s nothing new to me,” Carter said. “I like leading off because I feel comfortable there. My job is to get on base, maybe get in to scoring position and help score some runs.” The steadiness displayed against Jacksonville, and at times against the Panthers, in all phases of the game set Rutgers up for success. Gaining the experience on the mound will help the Knights get
stability they need to be effective, according to Litterio. “Balance is ever ything. It means ever ything,” Litterio said. “You can’t win without good pitching. They keep us in the game. We’re still going out this weekend obviously to tr y and win games, but gain the experience for the pitchers and get them game ready.” For Litterio, the game plan comes down to the Knights’ identity this season, specifically their aggressiveness on of fense. Rutgers will aim to keep building on that uniqueness. “You have to play with an attitude. You have to be defined as a team, what are you going to be?” Litterio said. “I think we have a chance to be a ver y aggressive team. We have great team speed and guys that can swing it. I want that to be a focal point where we will be aggressive and beat you with the bats.” For updates on the Rutgers baseball team, follow Tyler Karalewich on Twitter @TylerKaralewich. For general Rutgers sports updates, follow @TargumSports.
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February 27, 2014 MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Junior jumper Corey Crawford will compete in the long and high jumps at the AAC Championships this weekend. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / ONLINE EDITOR / JANUARY 2013
RU prepares for first AAC Championship By Lou Petrella Staff Writer
The Rutgers men’s track and field team will compete in the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships tomorrow and Saturday in New York. The Scarlet Knights will benefit from returning to the New York City Armor y after already having competed there as a team four previous times this season. Last year, Rutgers was forced to travel to the SPIRE Institute Track & Field facility in Geneva, Ohio, a location the team had never been to in the past. Assistant coach Rober t Farrell believes that with such a young roster, the familiarity of the location should play a major role in the team’s success this weekend. “I think with having a younger team it’s good to have some familiarity,” Farrell said. “Last year, we were out in Ohio at a facility that none of us had ever seen before, but with the Armor y, most of the guys that are competing there have done so since high school so they’re used to the turns, used to the runways. I think there is another level of relaxation and comfor t with that.” One of the many freshmen competing in this weekend’s meet is pole-vaulter Sean McEvoy. McEvoy is excited to compete in his first conference championship meet and feels his coaches have prepared him well for this moment. “It feels awesome knowing I am competing against the best in our conference,” McEvoy said. “It will show where I stand with them and I feel ver y prepared. Coach has done a great job with the schedule of our practices and I feel I am mentally prepared for it.” The Knights hope to per form better than last season’s indoor championships, where they fin-
ished 10th against tougher competition in the Big East. A 10th-place finish this season would result in last place for Rutgers, with 10 schools competing in the inaugural conference event. This Rutgers squad will be forced to compete without many of its top finishers from last season’s indoor championship. Four graduating seniors finished in the top five in various events at the Big East Championships last year, not including James Plummer, who won the Big East outdoor championship in the shot-put later in the season. One returning top-five finisher from last season is junior jumper Corey Crawford. Crawford placed second in the long jump at last year’s event and hopes to win it this season. After battling a sore hamstring for most of the indoor season, Crawford finally feels that he is hitting his stride. Often a par t of the Knights’ 4x400 meter relay team, the junior will solely be focusing on jumping this Friday. “I’m only competing in the long jump and high jump [at the conference championships],” Crawford said. “Our 4x400 team is banged up so we’re not running a team. I feel ver y healthy, more healthy than I have felt all year.” The Oakland, N.J., native wants to remain healthy as he will also be traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., after the AAC Championships for the NCAA Indoor Championships. “I have big expectations for this meet, not just for me, but as a team,” Crawford said. “I want to win the long jump but the competition is ver y good, and in the high jump I just want to go out and have fun. I haven’t high jumped since high school so I want to just enjoy competing. Overall, I want to come out healthy and be ready for nationals in New Mexico.”
February 27, 2014 SOFTBALL
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Knights search for power in California By Justin Lesko Staff Writer
It is uncertain which Rutgers softball team will show up this weekend — the one that hit five home runs in its opening tournament in San Antonio, or the team that only hit one last weekend at the Leadof f Classic in Florida. Junior outfielder Jackie Bates, who hit a home run in each tournament, thinks this season’s team will ultimately be the former. “It’s pretty interesting that we had so many home runs in the first weekend,” Bates said. “I definitely wasn’t expected to hit that many, but I think that definitely this year we’ll have a lot more power, especially the top of the lineup.” Bates is already a third of the way to her home run total (six) from a season ago. She earned tournament MVP at the Leadof f Classic with a .438 average, three doubles and nine RBI in addition to her home run. Bates and the Scarlet Knights (5-5) travel to Northridge, Calif. for three games against Portland State (2-8) and two games against Cal State-Northridge (7-8) starting tomorrow. The Lincroft, N.J., native is not worried about traveling to the west coast. “It’s a little difficult with the time change, but we are kind of used to it because in the fall, we were used to waking up at five in the morning for practice,” Bates said. With seven players who call California home, some may actually feel more comfortable breathing Pacific. For comparison, seven Rutgers players stayed in-state. Junior lefthander Alyssa Landrith (2-3), a native of northern California, is the ace of a young rotation. Despite earning two losses in three decisions last weekend, Landrith impressed.
In a win against Massachusetts, she pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 11 while allowing only three hits. In her third game of the weekend, she pitched 6.0 innings in relief of freshman Aubrie Levine, striking out seven against Louisiana-Lafayette. After senior utility player Natalie Fernandez singled to right for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the bottom of the fifth, freshman infielder Haley Hayden homered off Landrith. “In my mind, I wasn’t going to star t her because she pitched two games,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “I was hopefully going to stay close and bring her in, but I brought her in real early.” Behind her in the rotation is sophomore Dresden Maddox (2-0). With two complete games in four starts, Landrith has benefitted from strong run support. Last Sunday against the College of Charleston, she gave up three runs and six hits in the first four innings, but her team compensated with 11 runs and the game was called in the sixth inning. Against Wichita State on Feb. 14, the lefty gave up a home run to start the second, but her team responded with four runs in the bottom of the third to make the score 6-1. The game ended 9-1 after the fifth. In Landrith’s two other appearances, she was pulled after only 2.1 innings pitched. Maddox is well behind Landrith’s 35 innings pitched for second on the team with 15 and two thirds. “I’ve had a couple innings where I haven’t done outstanding, but the games that I have completed, I’m happy with and hopefully I can keep going,” Maddox said. For updates on the Rutgers softball team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Senior Corryn Hurrington said the team has built confidence off their effective training in the week leading up to the AAC Championships. MARIELLE SUMERGIDO / ONLINE EDITOR / JANUARY 2013
Coaches pursue top-five finishes By Garrett Stepien Staff Writer
After a week of hell for the Rutgers women’s track and field team, all is calm now. In the final days before the inaugural AAC Championship commencing tomorrow, the Scarlet Knights have ended their vigorous training regimen. With the biggest meet of the season right around the corner, it is something that has been in the process since the preparation dating back to the long days of training in the fall. At this point, the coaching staff has seen signs of promise. “It went fabulous,” said sprint coach Lou Tomlinson of the last week’s intense practice schedule. “We did all of the quality stuff that we needed to do at a very high intensity level.” Specifically, last week’s increased intensity involved morning lifts, followed by practices with
heavy emphasis on speed-endurance workouts. The coaches also instituted dry runs geared toward building up the strength and conditioning of the sprinters on the roster. “I like to get good workouts in because it kind of gives you more confidence,” said senior Corryn Hurrington of training last week. “This week is a confidence builder, to give you that extra ‘umph’ to go into the championship season.” Crossing over the Hudson River and into to the Bronx to perform at the NYC Armory will be nothing new to the Scarlet Knights. It is the sixth time this season Rutgers will compete at the prestigious venue. Familiar faces will be lining up in familiar slots. Among the sprinters, senior Tylia Gillon will run the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Seniors Asha Ruth and Ekene Ugboaja will represent the Knights in the long jump. Gillon, Ruth, Ugboaja and Hurrington will all look to make a statement in the 4x400 relay, an
event in which they have dominated all winter. While the results remain to be seen, head coach James Robinson expects his team to put in a solid body of work. Despite the absence of junior Alayna Famble, who will be medically redshirted for the remainder of the season due to a strained right quad, most of the team is at full health and ready to go. “With this conference … we have a good shot hopefully being top five,” Robinson said. “That’s the goal — top five. It’s 10 teams on the women’s side, so we’ll try to be top five.” From top to bottom on the roster and along through the coaching staff, hearts are pumping and the adrenaline is rising as the anticipation for the AAC Championship builds. “I’m excited to see how ever ything comes together,” Tomlinson said. “It’s going to be a ver y competitive conference championship.”
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Central Florida edges Rutgers behind scoring outburst By Josh Bakan Correspondent
A day after Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan emphasized to media that the Scarlet Knights take too many bad shots, Rutgers had to rely on one last night. Senior forward J.J. Moore’s NBA-range 3-pointer hung in the air as Rutgers trailed Central Florida, 65-63. It bounced off the rim, leaving Rutgers with a 67-65 loss in Orlando.
Rutgers (10-18, 4-11) played strong defense overall against UCF, allowing only 38.9 percent field goal shooting. But UCF (11-15, 3-12) made timely baskets, and guard Isaiah Sykes gave his team the lead. Sykes swung past junior forward Craig Brown on the perimeter for a layup to give UCF a 64-63 lead with 42 seconds remaining. Junior guard Myles Mack’s missed floater on the ensuing possession gave Rutgers limited time one possession later. Moore was
open on the 3-pointer but too far away. An 11-0 UCF run put Rutgers at a 54-50 lead with 6:03 remaining. Forward Tristan Spurlock completed the run with a 3-pointer en route to his 23 points. UCF stayed close, as guard Isaiah Sykes made it a one-possession game. His layup made Rutgers’ lead only 61-58 with 2:38 left. Once 4:01 remained in the first half, Jordan implemented the lineup he used for the final 10:19 of last Thursday’s match against Memphis.
It worked for Rutgers, which took a 7-2 advantage in that phase for a 35-26 halftime lead. Freshman forward Junior Etou scored a quick 3-pointer with 3:50 left in the half. Then Etou and Mack closed first-half scoring with layups. It ended a half when Rutgers shot 53.3 percent from the field and UCF shot 34.4 percent in that regard. Rutgers took an early 8-0 lead, holding UCF to 1-for-9 field goal shooting at that point. But UCF stormed back with 9 consecutive points.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NO. 24 RUTGERS 67, TEMPLE 58
Knights look for balance in Virginia By Tyler Karalewich Associate Sports Editor
Temple’s defense crashed Scaife early, yet she was able to hit two impressive step back jumpers over a set of Owl hands. “I have to smile when I look at her,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “She’s getting better. She’s a great scoring threat and we like that she’s playing much more consciously.”
With only six games under the Rutgers baseball team’s belt, it is tough to gauge what sort of balance the Scarlet Knights have between their offense, defense and pitching. The Knights have used all week training to continue to find that balance entering their three-game series this weekend against Old Dominion (6-3). In last weekend’s doubleheader at Jacksonville, Rutgers won both games by a margin of 16-4. The Knights (2-4) were more productive on the mound against the Dolphins than in the four games the previous weekend against Florida International. Quality appearances from sophomore lefthander Howie Brey and redshirt freshman righthander Kyle Driscoll led Rutgers. Although the Knights found a good balance of hitting and pitching, the weekend did not go exactly as planned for head coach Joe Litterio, who saw something to be desired. “We pitched real well and we swung the bats real well. Even though we got two wins there, we are still looking to see what our pitchers can do,” Litterio said. “We lost 11 innings in Jacksonville because of the rain. Those are innings that are important to us, because we have to get this young staff experience.” One Knight who was directly affected by the subtraction of innings was redshirt freshman Kevin Baxter. The righthander was scheduled to start the third game of the weekend series this past Sunday before it was rained out. Although Baxter threw five innings against the Panthers in the opening weekend, he missed the chance to gain some valuable innings. Baxter found a way to make up for lost time this week before going to Virginia to face the Monarchs. “It was definitely frustrating I didn’t get to play on Sunday,” Baxter said. “But, I got a lot
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Freshman guard Tyler Scaife dribbles on the open floor ahead of trailing Temple defenders at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in the Knights’ 67-58 victory last night. Scaife led all scorers with 21 points on 8-for-18 shooting. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Freshman leads RU past Owls By Justin Lesko Staff Writer
Rutgers women’s basketball freshman Tyler Scaife earned AAC Rookie of the Week last Monday for the fifth time in six weeks. The point guard very well may be on her way to winning the award yet again. She had a team-high 21 points in the No. 24 Scarlet Knights’ 67-58 win last
night against Temple at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Scaife scored in double-digits for the 21st time in 26 games this season. She reached that mark with 7:52 left in the first after hitting an inside jumper and making the and-1 for a 3-point play. It was also her fifth game this season with more than 20 points. She shot 8-for-18 from the field and made all five of her free throws in 33 minutes. EXTRA POINT
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sophomore swimmer, is one of six Knights to be named to the AAC All-Conference team. Wu took first place at the AAC Championships in the 100 backstroke (52.97) and the 200 backstroke (1:54.07).
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