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Rutgers recalls students who died this year Sabrina Szteinbaum Associate News Editor
Marcelle Benjamin, Sarah Buckner, Matthew Georgi, Siow Chong Goh, William McCaw, Eyricka Morgan, Santa Pumpura and Julian Sguera left a mark on not just their families and friends but the entire Rutgers community. “Rutgers Remembers” was held yesterday in honor of the students who have died in this past 2013-14 year. The event, sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students in collaboration with Students Life and Counseling, Alcohol (and other Drugs Assistance Program) and Psychiatric Services, was held in the Graduate Student Lounge on the College Avenue campus. “Rutgers Remembers” featured members of the campus clergy, including the Episcopal Campus Ministry, the Center for Islamic Life, the Humanist Community, Rutgers Hillel and the Wesley Fellowship of Rutgers, who read religious passages to comfort those who came to remember their loved ones. Rabbi Akiva Weiss of Rutgers Hillel noted the event’s uniqueness and sensitivity in having a religious component without being a See STUDENTS on Page 6
On Monday, more than 50 students march to the Old Queens Building, carrying posters and shouting chants to protest the Rutgers’ decision to invite Condoleezza Rice as the commencement speaker. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / APRIL 2014
Documents raise issues about Rice’s invitation Julian Chokkattu Correspondent
Newly uncovered documents suggest the selection process for 2014 commencement speaker Condoleezza Rice was hidden from the public and may have been biased by a personal connection with the former Secretary of State. Others have called the process into question based on changes to
the commencement committee that occurred in fall 2012. Rice would receive an honorary doctorate and $35,000 to be the commencement speaker this year, paid by private donations to the Rutgers Foundation. According to The Star-Ledger, Rutgers previously nominated, vetted and approved Rice to be the commencement speaker for the 2012-13 school year. As she had a
previous commitment, she offered to be a speaker this year. Rice’s chief of staff sent an official acceptance of the invitation to be commencement speaker in June 2013. While the process of approving commencement speakers and honorar y degree candidates has already been scrutinized, documents obtained through the Open Public Records Act by a member
of the New Brunswick Faculty Council raised more questions of the process. Previously, the 20-member honorary degree committee and the University would send out a request for commencement nominations to the Rutgers community about a year and a half before graduation day, said Robert Boikess, a See INVITATION on Page 4
Massive debt poses risk for seniors Erin Petenko Associate News Editor
This year’s concert is going to be different than last year’s, Glee Club Director Patrick Gardner said, because of the clubs’ accomplishments within the past year. “We’ll be singing songs at this year’s concert that very few men’s choruses have even attempted to do,” said Gardner, a professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
The average student in the Rutgers University-New Brunswick class of 2012 owed $26,656 worth of debt in student loans, according to the nonprofit organization Project on Student Debt’s website. Of Rutgers graduates, 57 percent owed money on their education. New Jersey ranks eighth in the nation for student loan debt, according to the website. Rutgers-New Brunswick ranks 14th in the state for most debt. Yet the job prospects for alumni hoping to pay off their debt are disheartening. According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, the unemployment rate for graduates under 25 was 16.2 percent in March 2013, more than double the national average. Ben Lin, a Rutgers graduate from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, is familiar with the dilemma. He planned to score a well-paying corporate job to begin paying off his debt. But he now realizes the difficulties of that route. Instead, he is probably going to take two jobs and work hard to get out of the obliga-
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Patrick Gardner, director of Rutgers University Glee Club, guides members at their practices held yesterday at McKinney Hall on the College Avenue campus. TIANFANG YU / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Glee Club calls alumni for 142nd annual concert Erin Walsh Correspondent
Having nationally renowned student voices perform for Rutgers is an opportunity the Rutgers University Glee Club offers the student body through its annual spring concert. They are scheduled to perform their 142nd concert in the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus this Saturday.
Of Rutgers 2012 graduates, 57 percent owed money on their college education. GRAPHIC BY ADAM ISMAIL / DESIGN EDITOR
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Rutgers Center for Global Education “Study Abroad 101: Plan Your Best Semester, Today!” at 8 p.m. at the T. Alexander Pond Science and Engineering Resource Center on Busch campus. The Center for Global Education presents “Study Abroad Information Session” at 8 p.m. at the School of Engineering Building on Busch campus.
Friday, May 2
Rutgers Gardens hosts “Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market” at 11 a.m. at Hort Farm No. 1-Office Building on Cook campus. Mason Gross School of the Arts hosts “DancePlus Spring” at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater on Douglass campus. Tickets for general admission are $25, $20 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors and $15 for students. Rutgers Recreation and Rutgers Student Life/OFSA presents “Color Me RU (Color Run)” campus-wide at Livingston at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Rutgers students with valid identification and $30 for non-students.
Saturday, May 3
Mason Gross School of the Arts hosts “Rutgers University Glee Club” at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus. Tickets for general admission are $15, $10 for Rutgers alumni, employees and seniors and $5 for students. The Rutgers Gardens hosts “Garden Talk – Birding” at 3 p.m. at HORT FARM NO. 1 – Potting Shed Gift Shop on Cook campus. Admission is free for members and $5 for general admission.
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May 1, 2014
Rebecca Cook, a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences senior, presents her research findings about transportation sustainability at the George H. Cook Honor Scholars program held yesterday at the Cook/Douglass lecture hall. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Scholars present research to increase sustainability Jillian Pastor Staff Writer
Students worked for three semesters to conduct original scientific research, much of which is related to ways Rutgers can be made more environmentally friendly. Funded by the Department of Landscape Architecture, the G.H. Cook Scholars program is a three-semester independent research project conducted by the George H. Cook committee, according to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences website. The research is conducted with the guidance of faculty. Students presented their research findings yesterday at the Cook/ Douglass lecture hall. They prepare and plan their projects during the second semester of their junior year and continue to work on it during the summer and throughout their senior year.
The students had to create a plan to make the Cook/Douglass campus more sustainable and usable via transportation, social spaces and storm water usage. The program is designed to develop interest in scientific research or other independent and creative studies, according to the website. Holly Nelson, an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, said the program includes a weekly lecture by three of the George H. Cook Scholars Program undergraduate thesis students. “They are working on three strands of a Cook/Douglass campus sustainability plan — storm water, transportation and social space design,” she said. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences seniors Michelle Hartmann and Rebecca Cook presented their findings yesterday.
With the constant running of buses, inevitable environmental problems crop up, Cook said. Transportation is a major use of energy and burns petroleum, which is a main cause of air pollution and major contributor to global warming. Cook said she conducted her thesis on transportation sustainability. Her project discussed how to make better use of transportation around Cook/Douglass. Her premise combined the basic needs of individual safety, human usability and ecosystem health. “Sustainability must be affordable and combine all the basic needs of social, environmental, and economical aspects of Rutgers campus life,” she said. Her findings united different premises of Rutgers transportation on campus, she said. She completed an in-depth study of the classification
and usage of roads based on traf fic, biking and human interaction. Cook found that the most used areas on the Cook/Douglass campus could be reached by a five-minute walk, eliminating the need for inter-campus busing. Instead of changing the physical transportation system at Rutgers, Cook would rather see a cultural shift, where students want to walk. “Yes, the buses will always be available, but walking is more efficient than taking a bus when maneuvering around Cook/Douglass,” she said. Hartmann introduced her presentation with the question of whether social space can increase the sustainability of the Rutgers campus. She said all students make use of different aspects of the Cook/Douglass campus, and Hartmann said those aspects could be improved.
Her studies found that 97 percent of student hot spots, or the most used areas of the campus, were outside. She found that Passion Puddle is the social space most used by students. She conducted the rest of her research to discover why that is and how other spaces can be made to be more useful. “Making and designing spaces compatible for all students with very different lives is important,” Hartmann said. The challenging aspect of her research is the fact that Cook/Douglass is an old campus and thus hard to change, she said. The scholars hope their research can influence the campus. “Cook/Douglas is set in their ways,” Hartmann said. “Remember when the F bus a few years back changed route and did not go to Red Oak Lane? The students were in uproar, even though it is quicker and more efficient to just walk from another stop.”
May 1, 2014
INVITATION Rice’s chief of staff sent official acceptance for commencement speaker in June 2013 continued from front
A student dons a T-shirt with slogans for the #NoRice protest held on Monday. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRPAHER / APRIL 2014
professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. “And then in the fall of 2012, Barchi changed it for some reason to a committee that had two faculty members,” he said. According to documents obtained through the OPRA, an email from a member of the Honorary Degree Committee sent to Leslie Fehrenbach, secretary of the University, suggests the member did not know who the speaker was months after Rice accepted the offer. “Our speaker is Condoleezza Rice! But please don’t tell anyone. We won’t release her name until [February] or April,” according to the email from Fehrenbach shown in the documents. They also show Board of Governors Vice Chair Gregory Brown has a personal connection with Rice and was a strong proponent in bringing her to commencement at the University. But several members of the Rutgers community have voiced their disapproval based on Rice’s involvement in the Iraq war. Boikess said the United States went to war in Iraq because of claims the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction, and Rice was one of the chief people making that claim. He said she also approved of the United States torturing people.
The 2012 committee consisted of six people: University President Robert L. Barchi, Brown, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Edwards, Board of Trustees member Margaret Derrick and professors Howard McGary and Laura Lawson. The committee reviewed the nominations and sent its selections to the Board of Governors’ Committee on Alumni and University Relations for approval, according to a statement from E.J. Miranda, director of Media Relations. That committee includes BOG members Kenneth Schmidt, Derrick, Anthony DePetris and Mar tin Perez, Board of Trustees members Andrew Berns, Dominick Burzichelli, Anthony Covington, Steven Darien, M. Wilma Harris, John Hugelmeyer, Jennifer Lewis-Hall, Carol Monroe, James Rhodes and Justine Yu, and faculty representatives Ann Gould, Samuel Rabinowitz, Asha Samant and Menahem Spiegel. The Board of Governors is the only University body with the power to award honorary degrees, according to the statement. Boikess said Barchi invited open discourse after he sent an email in May to the Rutgers community, acknowledging disagreements in the choice for the commencement speaker. He said
several faculty members emailed Barchi, but to no avail. “Not only did he not respond to the letters, but he didn’t even acknowledge receiving it right, you know normally people say ‘Thank you very much for your email.’ … But as far as we know he never even looked at the letters,” Boikess said. In other cases, commencement speakers have dropped out or a university has rescinded its offer, such as when Brandeis University withdrew its offer this year to prominent Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, according to The Boston Globe. “It’s not a problem that she’s coming to Rutgers — it’s a problem that she’s going to be at commencement, and there won’t be any opportunities for open dialogue,” Boikess said. Rescinding an offer does not necessarily affect the University, but it may affect Rutgers if it fails to respond, he said. Boikess ascribes a good probability of a protest occurring at commencement, which he said would be the last thing Rutgers needs. “I hope that when she sees all the opposition to her coming here that she might not decide to come,” he said. “Keep in mind that in the last eight years she’s only appeared at two commencements.” Rice has previously spoken at a Southern Methodist University commencement in 2012 and received an award from the Air Force Academy in 2010. Check out our editorial on this subject on page 10.
May 1, 2014
DEBT Jermer says 7.4 million college graduates may see their college costs rise by $1,000 on average continued from front
tions “as fast as [he] can.” “It’s kind of a heavy burden that you don’t realize until you graduate,” he said. He also plans to stay at his parents’ or grandparents’ house rather than pay an extra $400 per month for rent and is carefully looking at his income and spending to be able to make regular debt payments. Joe Cashin, student representative on the Board of Governors, is temporarily relieved of his undergraduate debt. He is going to study at the Graduate School of Education in the fall.
When Cashin, a School of Ar ts and Sciences senior, graduates, he will owe $30,000 on his degree as he pursues his dream job of teaching high school English. It is a “sad state of af fairs” that students go into debt to get an undergraduate education, especially since many employers expect a master’s degree, he said. He disputed claims that students can get through college by working or could go to community college first. “Why should it be the case that you might have to take six years to get a bachelor’s degree?” he said.
CONCERT Mortenson, 1963 Rutgers graduate, is still involved with Rutgers University Glee Club continued from front
The glee club traveled to Baltimore, Mar yland this past year to perform at the Eastern Division conference of the American Choral Directors Association. Along with this performance, Rutgers hosted the 2014 Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus Conference. Both of these per formances were alongside prestigious school choirs such as Har vard University and University of Michigan. Gardner said these opportu-
nities are hard for most school choirs to come by. Cor y Ward, the RUGC director of public relations, said this year, they invited alumni to sing at the concert. One alumnus, Bob Mortenson, has been continuously involved with the program since graduating in 1963. Mortenson accepted the invitation to come back and sing with the choir without hesitation. “I enjoy it immensely, I’m there ever y year,” he said. Ward said Mortenson is still ver y involved in the program,
Graduates can look at different methods to relieve the pain of debt pressure. John Moetz, manager of Billing and Collections at Rutgers, said they have the option of paying off their debt early and avoiding interest. Enrolled students have three main options for receiving loans:
the Federal Perkins Loan Program, Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Each comes with its own interest rates and payment rates. Graduates can apply for payment deferment if they are part of a graduate fellowship program, if they are going through a period of unemployment or can prove economic hardship and if they are in active military service.
They can also register for income-contingent repayment, which allows them to set their payments based on their current income, Moetz said.
consistently donating to the Mason Gross School of the Arts. His contributions resulted in Mason Gross’ new building, Mortenson Hall, which is named after him. Ever y year, alumni and audience members are invited by Gardner to come up to sing at his alma mater. Mortenson said this year’s concert is the first in a few years where an expanded alumni body is invited to sing. “They love singing,” Gardner said. “We want to keep them connected. We work hard to get a huge amount of alumni back to sing along.” RUGC plans to perform a number of pieces, including the song “Brothers Sing on!,” written by Howard McKinney, who was a former glee club director for the University. The building, McKinney Hall, is also named after him. Alumni will be invited to sing this song with the choir along with “Ride the Chariot” and
“They’re not appropriate for everybody, but there are many options available,” he said. He encouraged students to contact the student loan office with questions. Some graduates have resorted to unconventional options for funding college and paying off loans. Besides military aid, the federal agency Corporation for National and Community Service offers to pay off loan debt in exchange for community service work. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, given to volunteers who have completed a full year of service, allows loan forgiveness at secondary education institutions, according to the AmeriCorps website. Since the founding of AmeriCorps in 1994, more than 800,000 members have earned more than $2.4 billion in education awards, according to the website. More recently, SponsorChange.
org has offered to pay student loan debt in exchange for working at nonprofits across the country. The organization asks for sponsors to fund loan payments while recent graduates work for free. Such methods may become more relevant as college costs go up. Nick Jermer, state board chair for Rutgers’ chapter of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, said 7.4 million college graduates would see their college costs go up by an average of $1,000. Along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, NJPIRG aims to create more accountability for private lenders such as Sallie Mae, which has the highest number of complaints in the state. “We’re lucky to have the CFPB because thousands of students can look at its public complaint database [of lenders],” Jermer said. “It all goes to show how powerful students can be.”
“Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain,” a South African piece. Ward, who also sings in the choir, is excited to share the stage with the alumni. “Not ever y one could attend our performance in Mar yland or
“Many people see us sing at football games and other events,” he said. “But many people may not realize that RUGC is considered one of the best men’s choruses in America.” RUGC has an international reputation, even traveling to Rome to perform. Mortenson said the club has undergone a significant change since he was an undergraduate at Rutgers. Then, the glee club had about 50 members, and now the club averages at about 80 members. He credits Gardner for the choir’s success. Its high level of expertise puts Rutgers in league with the ver y best of voices. “They have definitely improved over the years in terms of musical expertise,” Mortenson said. “They have become far more popular. They are more trained and far more competitive in terms of a strenuous audition process.”
“Many people may not realize that RUGC is considered one of the best men’s choruses in America. ” PATRICK garDNER Director of Rutgers University Glee Club
the Intercollegiate Men’s Choir we hosted,” he said. “I can’t wait give the fans and the alumni a taste of what we’ve been working on.” Gardner is highly anticipating this year’s concert.
May 1, 2014
STUDENTS Georgi, who passed away in September 2013, planned to run 18-mile race before his death continued from front
The Rutgers community honored Billy McCaw by lighting candles at his memorial service held on Feb. 19 outside Brower Commons. McCaw, a former Rutgers student, died on Feb. 15. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / FEBRUARY 2014
religious event. Rev. Gregory Bezilla of the Episcopal Campus Ministry said with commencement approaching, it is important to make the time to come together, be sad and tell stories. “Rutgers is such a big place,” he said. “It’s easy to get lost and forgotten. [The] people who gathered today felt a little less lonely and there’s hope in the air.” Jewel Daney, senior case manager in the Of fice of the Dean of Students, said in the past, the campus ministr y would run this event, but this year, her of fice took the leadership role while still collaborating closely with members of the campus ministr y. Bob McCaw, father of Billy McCaw who died in February at the age of 22, expressed faith
saying he knows that he will be seeing his son again someday. Billy’s quiet yet competitive nature characterized who he was as an athlete, and his father noted that Billy’s interest in the rules of sports like soccer, baseball and basketball made him a smart player. “It wasn’t the joy of winning or the sadness of losing,” Bob said. “It was the joy of competition.” Billy was an accounting major who was always good with numbers, and his father said he probably would have become an accountant. One summer, Billy worked as a salesman for Environment New Jersey, a job that required him to go door to door. His father said whenever a frazzled housewife would answer the door to Billy, he would put on a charming British accent to get money. Billy exceeded his sales goal that summer. Bob said he did not realize how much Billy touched the lives of others at school, but his humor, acts of kindness and tendency to make up funny nicknames for his friends became clear to him through anecdotes told by Billy’s friends. Philemon Benjamin, father of Marcelle Benjamin who died in March at age 23, noted his daughter’s love for snowboarding. “Kind,” “loving” and a “little bit impatient” are the adjectives Benjamin used to describe his daughter, who he said inspired him to conquer his fears. “She was petrified to get on the snowboard the first time,” he said. “Watching her conquer her fears and get on the slope … to see her master it, [showed me] to not let your fears conquer you, you have to conquer your fears.” He remembered Marcelle’s colorful style and love of makeup, and would often take his daughter to shop, eat and hang out in SoHo for the day. Philemon said Marcelle taught herself to read as a young child, and she grew into an avid reader who read in all of her free time and developed a broad perspective on things. Marcelle’s dream was to help people, and she was especially interested in aiding the homeless community ar ticulate their needs. Stephen Abel, director of Veteran & Military Programs & Services at Rutgers, said Matthew Georgi, who died in September at the age of 32, was an army veteran who had planned to run an 18-mile race to raise money for the fund that once helped him. Instead, more than 50 veterans ran in his place and raised $10,000 for the scholarship fund. Felicia McGinty, vice chancellor of Student Af fairs, said it is impor tant to come together as a Rutgers community to celebrate the lives of the students who passed away this year and remember them positively, with the ability to laugh at the funny memories. “Experiencing loss impacts us and changes us,” she said. “We’re grateful to have had these students with us. … I think that there’s joy even in the midst of loss.”
May 1, 2014
Florida flash floods cause severe destruction
People survey the damage on Scenic Highway after part of the highway collapsed following heavy rains and flash flooding yesterday in Pensacola, Florida. A major storm system dumped more than two feet of water in a little over a day in the Florida Panhandle. GETTY IMAGES PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast in the span of about 24 hours, the latest bout of severe weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest. In the Panhandle on yesterday, roads were chewed up into pieces or wiped out entirely. A car and truck plummeted 25 feet when portions of a scenic highway collapsed. Cars were overturned and neighborhoods were inundated, making rescues difficult for hundreds of people who called for help when they were caught off guard by the single rainiest day ever recorded in Pensacola. Boats and Humvees zigzagged through the flooded streets to help stranded residents. At the height of the storm, about 30,000 people were without power. One Florida woman died when she drove her car into high water, officials said. Near the Alabama-Florida line, water started creeping into Brandi McCoon’s mobile home, so her fiance, Jonathan Brown, wrapped up her nearly 2-yearold son Noah in a blanket and they swam in neck-deep water to their car about 50 feet away. Then, the car was flooded. “Ever y which way we turned, there was a big ol’ pile of water,” she said. Brown called 911 and eventually a military vehicle picked them up and took them to a shelter. Kyle Schmitz was at his Pensacola home with his 18-monthold son Oliver on Tuesday night when heavy rain dropped during a 45-minute span. He gathered up his son, his computer and important papers and left. “I opened the garage and the water immediately flowed in like a wave,” he said. “The water was coming up to just below
the hood of my truck and I just gassed it.” Schmitz and his son also made it out safely. In Alabama, Capt. David Spies of Fish River/Marlow Fire and Rescue said he was part of a team who found two women and a young boy trapped in the attic of a modular home. Spies said they received the first call of help before midnight Tuesday but they couldn’t find the group until about 8 a.m. yesterday. By then, the water was 2 feet below the roof. A firefighter used an axe to punch a hole through the roof and free them. “They were very scared, they were very upset. I would’ve been, too,” Spies said. There were at least 30 rescues in the Mobile area of Alabama. Florida appeared to be the hardest hit. Gov. Rick Scott said officials there received about 300 calls from stranded residents. At the Pensacola airport, 15.55 inches of rain fell on Tuesday before midnight — setting a record for the rainiest single day in the city. By comparison, the airport in drought-stricken Los Angeles has recorded 15.9 inches of rain — since Jan. 1, 2012. Pensacola and nearby Mobile are two of the rainiest cities in the U.S., averaging more than five feet of rain in a year, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The National Weather Service said forecasters issued flash flood warnings as early as tomorrow, yet many people were still caught unaware. Elizabeth Peaden was at her weekly Bunco game Tuesday night and it wasn’t raining on her way there. On her way home, she drove her van through a flooded intersection and got stuck. “I was scared out of my wits. Water started coming in and I wasn’t sure what to do,” she said. Peaden waded her way to a nearby American Legion post where she and about 20 other stranded travelers spent the night sleeping on tables or the floor.
The widespread flooding was the latest wallop from a violent storm system that began in Arkansas and Oklahoma and worked its way South, killing 37 people along the way, including a 67-year-old driver in Florida. Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons said two vehicles fell 25 feet when portions of a scenic highway collapsed. The truck driv-
Volunteers throw tornado debris in a burn pile yesterday in Vilonia, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than two dozen dead. GETTY IMAGES er was fine, but a woman in a car needed help getting out. Neither had serious injuries, Simmons said. In Gulf Shores, Ala., where nearly 21 inches of rain fell over a day’s time, the scene resembled the aftermath of a hurricane. At the Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach, employee J.J. Andrews couldn’t believe what she saw out the window.
“We’ve got water up in our parking lots,” she said. “Our docks are under water. It’s worse than during Hurricane Ivan, is what they’re saying. It’s crazy.” The 2004 hurricane dumped 3 to 7 inches of rain along the Florida Panhandle. – The Associated Press
Locals and tourist dressed as witches and devils attend a witches prozession yesterday in Schierke, Germany. Walpurgis, named after Saint Walpurga, is celebrated in countries in central and northern Europe and is traditionally marked with bonfires and dancing to usher in the spring season. GETTY IMAGES
May 1, 2014
Execution offers new proof for attorneys ST. LOUIS — A bungled execution in Oklahoma provides death penalty opponents with a fresh, startling example of how lethal injections can go wrong. But the odds of successfully challenging the nation’s main execution method will probably hinge on exactly what caused the apparent agony of inmate Clayton Lockett. If the four-time convicted felon suffered because of a collapsed vein or improperly inserted IV, the legal landscape might not change much. If the drugs or the secrecy surrounding them played a role, defense attorneys for other prisoners could have powerful new evidence to press the Supreme Court to get involved, legal experts say. A day after the execution went awry, some attorneys for deathrow inmates began planning new appeals or updating existing cases based on events in Oklahoma. Many called for moratoriums and independent investigations. “Every prison is saying, ‘We have it under control, trust us,’” said Texas attorney Maurie Levin, who spent yesterday preparing new briefs questioning that state’s execution practices. “This just underscores in bold that we can’t trust them, and prisons have to be accountable to the public and transparent in the method by which they carry out executions.” The 38-year-old Lockett, convicted of shooting a woman and watching as two accomplices buried her alive, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of three drugs was administered Tuesday. Three minutes later, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow. Authorities halted the execution, but Lockett died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after the process began. An autopsy was conducted yesterday to determine his precise cause of death, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin called for an independent review of the state’s execution protocols. The White House said the execution fell short of the humane standards required. Courts, including the Supreme Court, have been reluctant to halt executions over arguments that they violate an inmate’s consti-
tutional guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment. In four rulings over the past 135 years, the Supreme Court has upheld the use of the firing squad (1879), the electric chair (1890), the ability of a state to try to execute a condemned inmate by electrocution again after a first attempt failed (1947) and lethal injection (2008). The Constitution “does not demand the avoidance of all risk of pain in carrying out executions,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in the court’s 2008 decision upholding Kentucky’s lethal injection system. Still, a minority of the high court has shown some recent trepidation about the secrecy of the process used by many states. Many states — Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri among them — purchase execution drugs from lightly regulated compounding pharmacies and refuse to name the supplier, whether the drug has been tested, even who is part of the execution team. In February, three justices — two short of the required five — said they would have blocked the execution of Michael Anthony Taylor in Missouri. A month later, four justices fell one vote short of blocking the execution of another Missouri inmate, Jeffrey Ferguson. They offered no explanation for their vote. If Tuesday’s problems were caused by a collapsed vein, the Supreme Court “probably won’t feel a lot more pressure to step in,” said Thomas Goldstein, an experienced Supreme Court lawyer who also has represented death row inmates. But if the injection chemicals themselves and the state’s secrecy emerge as important factors, “there will be great pressure for them to hear a case and require transparency.” Madeline Cohen represents Charles Warner, an Oklahoma inmate who was scheduled to be executed just hours after Lockett. She said she plans new appeals on behalf of Warner, whose execution was stayed for at least two weeks. She also is pressing for an independent investigation of Lockett’s death, including examination of his remains by an independent pathologist. In Missouri, convicted killer Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die by an injection of pentobarbital on May 21. His attorney, Cheryl Pilate, said she will file new appeals next week seeking to halt the execution or at least postpone it until the state’s procedures and protocol “are subject to full disclosure.” The potential for something to go wrong is escalated for Bucklew, Pilate said, because he suffers from a lifelong medical condition that has left his blood vessels malformed and weakened. It’s so bad that he often bleeds from the eyes, Pilate said. “Executions are not medical acts,” Pilate said. “They are experiments conducted on human subjects with no accountability or oversight.” The White House stopped short of suggesting a moratorium. Legislatures and governors could also order investigations or a temporary halt to executions. So far, only Oklahoma’s governor is taking action. – The Associated Press
May 1, 2014
City library hosts annual photography contest
The above photograph of the NJ State Theater, taken by Angel Escalante, won second place in New Brunswick Free Public Library’s Seventh Annual Photography Contest. Escalante says the photo intends to use lines and detail to bring out the city lights. COURTESY OF ANGEL ESCALANTE
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Forty-five year old Angel Escalante saw New Brunswick Free Public Library’s Seventh Annual Photography Contest as an outlet to develop a new hobby and get something from it, he said. This year’s contest saw more than 90 entries, including one from Escalante, a former leukemia patient, who received second place in the contest’s adult category. Escalante, who participated in this year’s contest for a third time, has always been interested in photography, but it wasn’t until three years ago that he started to explore that interest. The library, in collaboration with the George Street Playhouse and the Heldrich Hotel, is bringing photographs of the city of New Brunswick and of local residents to the public in an exhibition entitled, “New Brunswick: Our Town,” said Robert Belvin, the library’s director. Librarian Kavita Pandey, who has been in charge of the contest for the past seven years, said the theme for this year’s contest came from the collaboration with George Street Playhouse and their show, “Our Town,” she said. To meet the criteria of the contest, entrants were asked to depict an aspect of New Brunswick in a photo, Pandey said. Entrants were invited to use creative license in interpreting that, and Pandey offered examples like photographing the Rutgers Gardens, the train station or any part of daily life in New Brunswick. “The contest is a platform in which budding photographers can showcase their skills,” she said. The contest had no age limit — anyone with the ability to take a photo could enter.
The contest had three categories — the adult category, youth category and a Middlesex County College category for the young photographers who would enter the contest. Judging was really dif ficult, Pandey said. Professional photographers reviewed the entries to figure out which photos captured the essence of New Brunswick. Escalante’s photos were of the State Theatre. He wanted to work with lines and details that would bring out the city lights. He was inspired by the way the street looked one evening after light snowfall. He said New Brunswick’s history is rich, and it has always fascinated him. “I liked the way the sky and the street looked at the time,” he said. “The grayish-blue tint of the sky — it wasn’t too late, and you could see the way the city looked at night.” The program is funded in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission as well as through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Several sponsors donated prizes, like gift cards to 7 Eleven, Walgreens and Chipotle, for the winners, Pandey said. The library hosted three free photo workshops before the contest’s deadline so participants could practice their photography skills, she said. All 97 entries can be viewed at the New Brunswick Free Public Librar y. The winning photographs will be on display at the George Street Playhouse and at the Heldrich Hotel through the end of May, Belvin said.
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#NoRice deserves attention from U.
n Monday, April 28, more than 50 stu- last month acknowledging the clear differences of dents staged a sit-in at the of fice of opinion but completely failing to address them at all. University President Rober t L. Barchi He wrote, “My hope is that we can use these seemat Old Queens. Dozens more rallied outside to ingly controversial moments to reaffirm our commitprotest Condoleezza Rice’s invitation to speak ment to open and civil discourse.” And yet, he has at this year’s commencement, including the not met with concerned students to, at the very least, administration’s decision to award her with an explain his reasoning. And now we know it’s because the entire prohonorar y degree and $35,000 honorarium. The students stayed for more than six hours de- cess of inviting Rice has lacked transparency from manding a meeting with Barchi and the admin- the start. According to documents recently obtained istration to determine how and why Rice was invited to speak at commencement. But Barchi through the Open Public Records Act, the actual procouldn’t even be bothered to at least feign inter- cess by which the commencement speaker is chosen was changed in fall 2012, when Barchi first assumed est in what they had to say. There has been opposition to this year’s com- his position at Rutgers. Before, a committee of 20 members decided on the mencement speaker since commencement speaker. the day it was suddenly an“The Board of Governors chose Now that committee connounced at a Board of Govsists of only six members, ernor’s meeting this past to unnecessarily restrict the including Barchi himself. February, but Barchi has selection committee without The interesting thing is done absolutely nothing any representation from that these documents show to address the concerns of students at all.” that Greg Brown, the vice students, faculty and other chair of the Board of Govermembers of the Rutgers nors, and a member of the community. Putting aside the debate over whether Rice should speak, the fact selection committee, has a personal connection with still remains that Barchi and the University adminis- Rice and was strongly in favor of inviting her to comtration are doing a terrible job of handling the situa- mencement. The commencement ceremony is for students graduating from the University, but instead tion appropriately. Monday’s protest have generated mixed reactions, of considering student input, the Board of Governors from those who think students went too far to others chose to unnecessarily restrict the selection commitcriticizing them for not going far enough — but the tee without any representation from students at all. So the bottom line is this: These students have issue here is that they even had to resort to demonstrations in the first place because the University is every right to protest. And just because these protestors are a relatively small group compared to the barely acknowledging them. Before anyone starts judging protestors (although rest of the student body doesn’t mean we shouldn’t it’s already too late for that), it’s important to know be listening to what they have to say. Especially in that this isn’t some spur-of-the-moment delayed reac- light of the administration’s lack of open and transtion to Rice’s invitation. There have been letters and parent communication with the community, we op-eds published here in The Daily Targum from should be commending these students for standing students, faculty and alumni since Rice’s selection by what they believe in. Now that we have these was announced. They’ve been organizing for a long documents, it seems like there may be more betime to get some kind of response from the admin- hind this entire situation than the administration is istration, but Barchi has completely ignored emails, letting on anyway — and whatever happens at comphone calls and letters. In fact, Barchi made perhaps mencement, it will be on Barchi and the Board of the worst mistake possible in this entire situation by Governors to deal with the ramifications of brushsending out a mass email to the Rutgers community ing aside the student voice. 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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Paterno statue disrepectful, inappropriate Feminism is FRONTLINES TYLER KARALEWICH
f you look around the Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses, you are bound to stumble upon statues and sculptures that pay tribute to some of the great things people have done who are affiliated with the University. If you walk through Voorhees Mall, past the Van Dyke classroom building, it’s hard to miss the statue of William the Silent. Stumbling towards High Point Solutions Stadium, The First Game statue might go unnoticed as your group of tailgaters travels into the stadium prior to a football game. There are countless other representations of our University’s history and the reason behind each one is different, but for the most part it is for purposes of commemoration. Now picture a statue being erected for former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, who was involved in the Rutgers men’s basketball controversy that made headlines last spring. Pernetti’s mishandling of former head basketball coach Mike Rice — after a video surfaced of Rice physically and verbally abusing student athletes — ultimately led to his resignation. The idea of building a statue for a high-ranking member of the University who left on bad terms seems absurd, but no designs have been made yet for a cast of Pernetti. But this is not really about Tim Pernetti. The controversy that befell Rutgers a year ago pales in comparison to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal that emerged at Penn State University in 2011. This involved the former University President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz, former Athletic
Director Tim Curley and head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 out of the 48 sexual abuse charges he was brought up on. As reported by Onward State, a group of people who identify as “Penn Staters” have begun a project to construct a new statue located off campus in downtown State College, Pennsylvania. The new statue follows the decision July 22, 2012 to remove a previous sculpture built in Paterno’s likeness. The new statue will be placed outside of a tavern downtown and will feature Paterno seated on a bench holding a copy of the “Aeneid.” While Sandusky’s role was abhorrent in the scandal, Paterno’s role is one that is not
“Does a coach that was involved in such an incident really deserve our praise and honor?” free of scrutiny. What was concluded in the Freeh Report — an internal investigation organized by Penn State by former director of the FBI Louis Freeh — was that Paterno, Spanier, Schultz and Curley were all involved in concealing the Sandusky’s actions from authorities, The Board of Trustees and the university’s community. Paterno testified in front of a grand jury saying he did not alert anyone after he gained knowledge of a situation reported by former assistant Mike McQueary until Sunday for fear of, “interfere[ing] with their weekends” (Freeh 68). While investigation is still on going as to how much of a role Paterno played and how much he knew, would a statue of someone involved in such a horrific scandal really be appropriate? If anything, the statue would
serve as a reminder of the scandal to the Penn State community. The statue is supposed celebrate Joe Paterno and what he gave back to the university — or at least that is what the project organizers told Onward State. “There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli, one of the organizers of the project, said. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted — it was the whole town.” Does a coach that was involved in such an incident really deserve our praise and honor? I think that any role Paterno played in the Sandusky scandal completely overshadows everything that he did for the community or for the school, be it academically or athletically. If the “Penn Staters” want a chance to remember all that Paterno has done for the community and Penn State, maybe draw up plans to use the money designated for the statue and donate it to victims of sexual abuse instead. At least that way something could be done to help those who are abused, where Paterno failed by turning a blind eye to avoid “interfering” with people’s weekends. When I first heard that a new statue of Paterno would be built, I was confused as to how someone could be honored while being connected to such an incident. Then I was angry a group of Penn State fanatics would wish to only remember the good side of Paterno when clearly several controversies still loomed. Now, I’m simply morose that the bad guy who brought all of his dirty secrets to his grave is getting away with it. Tyler Karalewich is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore majoring in history and journalism and media studies. He is the associate sports editor of The Daily Targum.
Racism, sexism plague Rice dialogue QUEER TIMES JEREMY LAMASTER
utgers has been embroiled in controversy for the better part of the semester over the selection of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a commencement speech and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Dozens of proponent and opponent responses have littered the Daily Targum since February. The responses invoked a variety of issues: human rights violations, activist organizing, Rutgers administration transparency, freedom of speech, political bipartisanship, imperialism, et cetera. A special kudos goes to serial Targum commentator Kenny S. who has religiously commented on every single Rice article. That is dedication. Throughout this dialogue, it felt strange that Rice seemingly bore the brunt of U.S. imperialist foreign policy and its blatant human rights violations. I am no fan of Rice or of the Bush administration, but it is shortsighted to lob an entire critique on Rice’s head. Additionally, it felt just as strange to hear rhetoric around Rice’s accomplishment in the face of adversity (aka racism) and her ability to be a “self-made” woman. Pro-Rice advocates have been quick to use Rice as a token to service post-racist and post-sexist ideologies. Growing up in the Jim Crow South and surviving the male-dominated political machine, Rice becomes a useful role model of “boot-strap” meritocracy. Racism and sexism is over because Rice made it, right? Representation matters, and a black
Secretary of State is important, but there’s a fine line between supporting anti-racism and reinforcing racism by rendering it invisible. On the anti-Rice side, we see the same identities surface as points of entry to critique her character and question her politics. In the service of white liberalism, the same identities of “black” and “woman” that conservatives utilize to efface racism and sexism, liberals use to reify the same oppression in the name of a political agenda. Since the Bush administration, the critiques levied against Rice often carry sexist or racial un-
“There’s a fine line between supporting anti-racism and reinforcing racism by rendering it invisible.” dertones. Rutgers student activists only continued this phenomenon when they selected the artwork of Sam Romero to be featured in their protests of Rice. Romero has done extensive work in “weaponizing” art in the service of resisting systems of domination and power. Romero’s work is brash and thought provoking and forces viewers to confront uncomfortable truths. However, in his efforts to “weaponize” art for anti-Rice protests, he runs into a case of “friendly fire” and hurts innocent bystanders. Two cartoons perfectly encapsulate the ways in which Romero evokes Rice’s identity as a woman and as a black person to further his message. The first cartoon depicts Rice clad in a form-fitting white dress and struggling against the embrace of University President
Robert L. Barchi, all while standing over corpses of Iraqi citizens. The text next to the image reads “Her lips say no ... but her body count says yes!!” Romero’s employment of a rape motif is inexcusable. No amount of progressivism authorizes this style of engagement with rape culture. Even if it is ironic or a parody, it still does the work of reifying a rape narrative that women regularly confront. His work follows suit of political cartoons throughout the Bush administration that sexualize Rice in BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) attire. By attacking her for being a woman, you are attacking women. A second cartoon bears the title “Today in Black History Month” and then proceeds to list human rights violations. Rice is also shown saying if you “Say no to drugs and gangs. ... You too can [be] an unindicted war criminal.” Here, Rice’s race comes in to play, in which Romero evokes a cornerstone of the Civil Rights Movement to, again, further his own points. Lumping Rice’s actions into Black History Month denigrates the purpose and role the month serves in celebrating black achievement in the face of racism. By attacking Rice for being black, you are attacking black people. By evoking race and gender in the political discussion of Rice, all sides (liberal and conservative) lend to politics that are racist and sexist. These “weaponized” forms of engagement are useful, but careless or haphazard foray into the melee leaves you hurting innocent bystanders. Jeremy LaMaster is a graduate student in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. His column, “Queer Times,” runs on alternate Thursdays.
for men, too COMMENTARY JOHN FOWLER
o the men of Rutgers — and by this, I don’t mean all men. I mean men who have a penis and for some reason feel that this simple fact, this chromosomal trick, imbues within them a superiority otherwise undeserved. Many of these men are referred to as “bros” by others, though in truth I feel they must be only children, orphans or else have only male siblings as I cannot fathom someone with a sister or mother they care for acting this way. Let me give you some advice to begin. You know that “rule” about racist jokes? If you have to look around to see if someone of that race is around before you tell it, you shouldn’t tell it. That rule. I hope to help you understand that this rule applies to more than just racist jokes. It applies to speaking about women as well. While riding the bus today, to and from class, I witnessed something I feel is far too common: Men talking about women in degrading ways until a female actually sits nearby, and then quickly shutting up. Just today I’ve heard things like, “She was only a six, but then she opened her mouth and turned into a four” and the somewhat more disturbing, “So I was drinking with this slut who wanted my ‘D’ but she wasn’t hot enough, so I went and got my bro, and he did her instead” the reply to which was a chorus of “Yo, you gotta make sure your boy gets some action.” Now I’ll admit, it’s a bit passive-aggressive of me to write a letter instead of confronting you in person, but I’ll be honest, when there are several of you and one of me, I’m not likely to confront you over words — no matter how hurtful and damaging they can be. This isn’t a personal problem — it’s a cultural one. Our society is growing at a rapid pace, but the ignorance, intolerance and cruelty that spews forth on a daily basis at Rutgers alone is heartbreaking. I consider myself to be a feminist and yes, I’m male. I know that word scares some of you. You think feminists want to take away your rights, your pride, your mojo, whatever. To some of you, “feminist” means “man hater.” Let’s make one point clear: Feminism is not about putting men down — it’s about raising women up. It isn’t about taking men’s power, it’s about equality for everyone. Admittedly, there are some feminists who give the ideology a bad name, but in fairness, many of you give men a bad name. In many ways, the problem is bigger than misogyny alone. Many of these men are the same ones who frequently call things “gay.” Is your Expository Writing course, for instance, two same-sex people in an intimate relationship? No? Then I believe what you’re trying to say is that it displeases you. This isn’t news to any of you and your actions clearly show this. After all, why else would you stop talking the instant a member of the group you’re disparaging sits down nearby? I know that change is difficult and that some of you have been gay bashing, slut shaming and bragging about your conquests for so long that it has become normal for you. But I want to tell you that not only can you change, you need to change. It is a moral imperative. Now, I know none of this applies to some of you. Good on you — you’re an awesome person. But for the rest of you, do me a favor. I want you to take a moment and look in the mirror. Be honest with yourself and ask, “If I were someone I wanted to sleep with, knowing completely who I am and how I act, would I want to sleep with me? Would I like me? Would I even give me the time of day?” If you can’t answer yes to all three of those questions, you have some work to do. John Fowler is a School of Environmental and Biological Sciences sophomore.
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DIVERSIONS Nancy Black
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Today’s Birthday (05/01/14). Study your passion this year. Strengthen partnerships by dedicating exclusive time together. Discuss what you’re learning. Communication, education and travel flow through mid-July. After that, domestic and other arts engage. Creative, musical and dramatic talents thrive. Introspection in Oct. leads to budding romance and winter sparks. Kindle your love.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 7 -- Plans need revision. Pay household bills and get organized. Stash away any surplus. Don’t get goofed up on the deadlines. A conflict about money could waste valuable time. Follow through on what you said you’d do. Keep your sense of humor. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Avoid someone who’s all talk. A lucky break propels your actions farther. Let your imagination run wild. Dress up; you never know whom you’ll run into. Make plans with friends. Motivate them about a dream you share, and figure out who does what. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re energized. Cultivate inner peace. Imagine your future. Make a commitment you’ve been considering, to take advantage of an opportunity. Provide information with a marketing spin. A public meeting holds a surprise. Take critics seriously. Wear appropriate shoes when you go out, and watch your step. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Don’t spend your savings on a whim. Choose priorities carefully, and review details, especially at work. Ask probing questions to get tthe full picture. A friend connects you with the perfect person. Creativity and brilliant collaborations energize your actions. Vivid, complex dreams inform your psyche. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Listen to your conscience before committing to a fantasy. Only buy what you need. A surprise announcement could catch you off guard. Reassure a skeptic. Emotions could flare in the romance department. Talk to your friends. You’re gaining confidence. Ask for what you want. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Nebulous dreams could tempt you to distraction, but required chores interfere. Get everyone in on the action... many hands make light work. Invest in efficiency. Demand explanations. Start imagining life outside your rut. Don’t leave anything hanging. Use what you’ve kept hidden. Provide quick service.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Don’t buy toys or goof off today. Do what you promised before indulging in treats. Make plans, confirm reservations and pay bills. Upgrade work technology. You get a bright idea, but don’t over-extend. Schedule it for action later, as surprises today could distract. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Controversy arises. Don’t fall for a trick. Explain your secret weapon to your team. Others help out, in an amazing development. There’s no need to rush. Expect a response, and prepare for differing scenarios. Clean up any mess. Dream a little dream of love. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- You spot an antique you want. Give up something you don’t need. Collect any money you’re owed. In some cases, study is required. Share information, and review what you’re learning with a partner. New skills are put to the test. Be sure to listen carefully. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Be careful about spending money you don’t have yet. Let a big decision sit overnight. Talk it over, and consider your health and work commitments. Don’t get singed. Money comes in from an unexpected source. Costs vary widely. You get a bright idea. Sparks fly. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Envision sharing fun with family and friends, and getting something done at the same time. Generate the funds. Choose a new paint color. Listen to your intuition. Get the family to help. Imagine fantastic results. Re-affirm a commitment with a partner. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Power past old fears. Use your secret resource to upgrade your home. You’re gaining skills... reveal what you’ve learned. It could get confusing. If so, wait and try later. You’re admired for your clever imagination. Don’t press a controversial point, though. Think about different options and views.
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TOURNEY RU benefits from four days of rest in its second matchup of season versus Denver CONTINUED FROM BACK
Senior defender Andrew Parrilla said that if the Rutgers defense can limit the dynamic Denver offense, he believes that the Knights’ offense can be successful. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Pennsylvania, where the Pioneers fell, 12-10, to Penn. Denver is also 4-2 on the road this season, with a trip to Villanova essentially ser ving as a road contest. The Knights also had only four days to prepare for the Pioneers. Though this may not be enough time for some teams, two of Rutgers’ biggest wins have come of f quick turnarounds, defeating then-No. 20 Army and St. John’s on three or less days rest. Rutgers also has the benefit of playing Denver for a second time this season and enter the tournament with not nearly as much pressure as the Pioneers and more urgency, knowing a loss would ef fectively end its season. Despite all the benefits of facing a team for a second time, if the Knights expect to advance, they will need to figure out a way to slow down Denver’s high-powered attack. The Pioneers are tied for fourth in the countr y with more than 13 goals per game and have five players with 20 or more goals this season. Brecht said Rutgers is coming off its best defensive performance of the season, where it held Georgetown to eight goals to break a streak of six consecu-
tive games conceding double-digit goals. Although the Knights have shown they are fully capable of competing in high-scoring games —Rutgers has scored double-digit goals in 12 of its 15 games — defensive stops will be critical. “The Denver offense, they light up the scoreboard,” said senior defender Andrew Parrilla. “If we do our job, I think our offense is going to put the ball in the back of the net enough for us to be successful as a team.” Practice this week has stayed the same for the Knights, with scrimmages and game management drills mixed in with light lifts and film sessions. But there is a different mentality this time around knowing postseason play is on the horizon — a difference that could pay dividends in the game. “There’s definitely a lot more excitement, there’s a lot more sense of urgency because you win, you go on — you lose, you go home,” Parrilla said. “There’s definitely also a sense of not being satisfied. We’re still hungr y, we still want to win the Big East, still make the NCAA Tournament, but guys are definitely excited and really pumped to be on the practice field still.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
May 1, 2014 BASEBALL IONA-RUTGERS, TODAY, 3:30 P.M.
RU picks up midweek matchup versus Gaels TYLER KARALEWICH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR
It’s the first day of May, and the Rutgers baseball team is only three weekend series away from its inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament. But first, the Scarlet Knights (1922, 6-8) have to make it to that point in the season at the end of the month. What stand in the way of Rutgers’ path to the postseason are two cancelled midweek games. With only the top-eight teams making the AAC Championships — there are nine teams in the conference — the Knights are less than comfortable sitting in the sixth spot in the conference. In order to warm up for this weekend’s series again Temple (1224, 7-8) — the current fifth seed in the conference — Rutgers will now play a previously unscheduled midweek game against Iona.
The Knights have experience playing the Gaels (8-25) — Rutgers and Iona split a midweek series on April 1 and April 2 — with the home team winning its respective game. In the Knights’ win against the Gaels, freshman outfielder Tom Marcinczyk went 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. The Middlesex, N.J., native also reached on a double. In the loss to Iona, Rutgers struggled with its pitching. Eight walks were issued and six earned runs were forfeited from Knights pitchers. While the wins and losses to non-conference teams in the middle of the week don’t count towards the seeding in the postseason, they are pertinent in establishing momentum, which Rutgers has constantly reiterated. With four losses in a row on their mind, the Knights hope an out-of-conference game can get them hot at the right time.
hree members of the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team were named to the All-Big East team yesterday. Senior defender Chelsea Intrabartola and junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli were selected to the first team, and senior attacker Megan Clements was named to the second team. All three Scarlet Knights were selected to the Preseason All-Big East Team prior to the star t of the season. Louisville dominated the awards, winning Big East Coach of the Year, Attack Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. The Knights take on the top-seeded Cardinals in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament today at 5:30 in Washington, D.C.
Freshman outfielder Tom Marcinczyk went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in Rutgers’ April 1 win against Iona. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
and former Rutgers center Derrick Randall was suspended indefinitely Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of a DWI, according to ESPN. Randall was charged with use of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and was arrested on Rutgers’ campus early Tuesday morning. “The incident involving Derrick Randall this morning is not only surprising but incredibly disappointing,” said Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon in a statement. “Although I believe it was out of character for Derrick, he has been indefinitely suspended.” Randall transferred from Rutgers to Pitt last season after the video of former head coach Mike Rice abusing players surfaced.
and Heisman-trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a civil citation Tuesday night after stealing $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish from a local supermarket, according to ESPN. Michael Wood, Major of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, said that the 20-year-old sophomore ordered the seafood at the deli department of the store and then left without paying. In a signed statement, Winston discussed his regret for the incident and said it was “a moment of youthful ignorance.” “I went to the supermarket with the intent to purchase dinner but made a terrible mistake for which I’m taking full responsibility,” Winston’s statement read. Winston, the two-sport athlete, has been suspended from the Seminoles baseball team and is required to complete 20 hours of community service. after
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA, Miami Heat forward LeBron James encourages all owners to vote for Sterling to sell the team, according to ESPN. James was one of the first athletes to publically condemn Sterling for his racist comments over the weekend. In order for Sterling to be forced to sell the Clippers, 75 percent of the league’s 30 teams would have to vote in favor of the move. James told reporters after Wednesday’s practice that although this is a step in the right direction, the job is not done. “It’s a monumental day and it’s going to be remembered in NBA history,” James said. “But the job is still not done. It’s a win, but we still need the owners to do their part.”
May 1, 2014 MEN’S TRACK & FIELD KNIGHTS LOOK TO REPLACE GRADUATING SENIORS
Rutgers prepares for different atmosphere at championships LOU PETRELLA CORRESPONDENT
As the Rutgers men’s track and field team prepare to compete in the AAC Outdoor Championships this weekend, the squad knows that the environment will be much different from last season. The first major difference is the competition itself. This will be the Scarlet Knights’ first and only opportunity to compete in the inaugural AAC Championships as they move to the Big Ten next year. Before this season, the Knights had competed in the Big East Championships, which were held at the Bauer Track and Field Complex on Livingston campus last year. This season’s event will be held at the University of South Florida Track and Field Stadium in Tampa. Junior jumper Corey Crawford said it will be a good opportunity for the team to compete in warmer weather — something they have not been able to do for most of the season. “It’s going to be nice weather which will be a plus for us,” Crawford said. “We performed well last time we had great weather in Georgia, so I think that will be an advantage for us. We’ve been training in 40 to 50 degree windy weather on [Livingston campus] so it should be a nice break.” Another difference will be the team that Rutgers is putting forth to compete.
Junior jumper Corey Crawford is excited to compete in warm weather at the University of South Florida this weekend. EDWIN GANO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER With some of the squads top scorers graduating last year, the Knights will look to some of the younger players to earn some points this weekend. James Plummer won the discus at the Big East Championship last spring en
route to being named First Team All-American. Crawford believes that Plummer pushed a lot of the field athletes, like sophomore Thomas Carr, last season during training. “I think last year, [Carr] was pushed a lot by out [Plummer],”
Crawford said. “They were in the same discipline with the throws and they would always make bets like, ‘I bet you won’t throw this,’ or something, so this year it’s been a little different.” As far as training is concerned, the coaching staff thinks that at this
point there is not much else work to put in. Assistant coach Robert Farrell believes that at this stage of the season, the team’s mentality is as important as their physical fitness. “Generally speaking, a lot of the work is done,” Farrell said. “Now it’s about keeping our focus on the real simple things and getting ready to pour ever ything from the season onto the track and see what happens.” Without the likes of Plummer and Adam Bergo — who won the high jump at last year’s competition — Rutgers will be looking to Carr and Crawford to pick up some impor tant points at the meet. Junior decathlete Mike Fritz will not be competing in the AAC Championships due to injury, but he has been able to watch Carr and Crawford train. He said that one of the reasons they’ve been able to accomplish so much this season is due to their ability to adapt based on the teachings of Farrell. “I think the main reason [Crawford and Carr] are both doing such great things is because of their commitment and belief in coach’s methods,” Fritz said. “Coach really knows his stuff so if you go in 100 percent, you will do great things as the two of them have.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s track and field team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
May 1, 2014 MEN’S GOLF CHANG COMPETED IN EVERY TOURNAMENT THIS SPRING
Knights fail to generate momentum off strong fall season DANIEL LOGIUDICE
tercollegiate at Penn State, where the team tied for third out of 14 teams. The Rutgers men’s golf team Sophomore Jonathan Chang ended its season Tuesday with a had a strong spring season. disappointing last-place finish at Chang competed in every the AAC Championship. event and his best tournament The spring season was was the Rutherford Intercollea bit of a letdown for the giate, where he finished third out Scarlet Knights. of 78 and two under par with a Coming off a strong fall season score of 211 (68-72-71). with two tournament wins, RutThe sophomore also had an gers hoped to carry that momen- impressive showing April 12tum into the spring, but it failed to 13 at the Princeton Invitational, get a win. where he carded 213 (73-66“We went into the of fseason 74) and finished 13th out of the thinking we could compete like 78-player field. we did in the fall, and that just Chang’s consistent play bodes didn’t hapwell for the pen,” said Knights enter“We went into the senior Jonaing the Big Ten than Renza. for the first offseason thinking we “Maybe we time next fall. could compete like we did put too much “Chang has pressure on the chance to in the fall, and that just ourselves.” be very spedidn’t happen.” Head coach cial and could Rob Shutte be an anchor JONATHAN RENZA had high exfor us next Senior pectations for year,” Shutte his team desaid. “He saw spite playing firsthand what in arguably the second-best golf the golfers are like in the Big Ten conference in the country. The and where he needs to be.” two wins during the fall season The spring season also saw the were encouraging, but ultimately final appearances of seniors JonaRutgers could not replicate those than Renza and Doug Walters. results in the spring. Renza was a stalwart pres“I don’t think many coaches ence on the team and competwould be happy with our season ed in ever y spring event. His overall,” Shutte said. “A motivated best performance occurred at coach is never really happy. We the Rutherford Intercollegiate, didn’t finish where we wanted to be.” where he finished fifth in the Despite the lack of a tourna- 78-player field with a score of ment win, the Knights had some 214 (69-66-79). positive results that they can carDespite suffering a shoulder ry over into next season. injury that sidelined him for a few Rutgers’ best finish was weeks, Walters was able to particApril 20 in the Ruther ford In- ipate in four events. STAFF WRITER
Sophomore Jonathan Chang finished third at the Rutherford Intercollegiate, shooting a 68 in the first round and finishing third out of 78 golfers. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A trio of freshmen also consistently competed throughout the season. Ryan Rose, Chase Wheatley and Michael Howe gained valuable experience in the spring. “Being around the culture of the game, you start to learn things you
don’t see in high school,” Shutte said. “The three freshmen played quite a bit and got a lot stronger.” Looking to next season, Rutgers is confident it can compete in the highly talented Big Ten. “We shouldn’t be intimidated by the teams in the Big
Ten,” Chang said. “We want to get to the point where the other teams are intimidated by us.” For updates on the Rutgers men’s golf team, follow @TargumSports on Twitter.
Senior Jonathan Renza competed in every event this season, finishing fifth out of 78 golfers at the Rutherford Intercollegiate. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
May 1, 2014 WOMEN’S LACROSSE RUTGERS-NO. 24 LOUISVILLE, TODAY, 5:30 P.M. (BIG EAST TOURNAMENT)
RU tries to contain Big East’s top-scoring offense CONOR NORDLAND STAFF WRITER
Following its close win against Temple last Friday, the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team has reached the playof fs for the first time since 2008, accomplishing its preseason goal of making the Big East Tournament.
But if you ask anyone on the team, they are not satisfied just to be there. This week of practice has allowed the Scarlet Knights (9-8, 3-4) to adjust their focus from qualifying for the tournament to making a run in the playoffs. Rutgers will need to put together its best performance of the season if it hopes to defeat No. 24 Louisville.
The Cardinals (13-3, 7-0) lead the Big East in almost ever y statistical categor y, including goal per game with 14.88, draw controls per game with 16.75 and average goals against with 8.07. Their offense features the top two scorers in the Big East with attacker Nikki Boltja and Faye Brust. They are currently on a
Junior defender Hollie DiMuro said Rutgers needs to gain the advantage in the draw in order to minimize Louisville’s possessions in the Big East Tournament. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
Junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli said that Louisville has some of the top scorers in the country and are relentless in their attack. TIAN LI / ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
nine-game winning streak, and starts with the draw control,” said have not lost since March 8. junior defender Hollie DiMuro. “They have some of the top The draw control has been one scorers in the country, and over- of the key areas of focus for the all are very strong and relentless Knights all season. on attack,” said junior midfielder They have rotated in a number Lauren Sbrilli. of players throughout the year, The Knights are well aware of including Sbrilli, senior attacker the talent Louisville has on their Megan Clements, junior midfieldteam, and are planning on using it er Jenny Vlahos and freshman to their advantage once the game defender Sara Kramer with the starts tonight. goal of gaining the advantage in “I’m going to be honest to the draw. say that on paper we are the unLouisville leads the nation derdog, so the pressure is not in draw controls per game on us,” said head coach Laura with 16.75. Brand-Sias. “Hopefully they use Faceoff specialist Kaylin that to play loose, have fun and Morissette averages 8.88 controls put our best effort forward to per game. Vlahos, who leads Rutwin the game.” gers in draw controls, only averThe underdog mentality is ages 1.76 per game. something that the Knights have Having the advantage in this accepted for their contest against area of the game — or even comthe Cardinals. ing close to Louisville — will The last be crucial for time Rutgers the Knights’ “I’m going to be honest to success. played Louisville on April “The bigsay that on paper we are 19, the Cardigest key is the underdog. ... Hopefully number nals defeated 6 the Knights, [Morissette] they use that to play loose who takes the 18-6. They had and have fun.” the advantage draw,” Brandin every statisSias said. “She LAURA BRAND-SIAS tical category has dominated Head Coach and controlled on the draw the flow of the against all of game from the their compeopening draw. tition so we’ve stressed to them Despite the lopsided loss, both that it’s not about taking her opteams know that what happened portunities away, it’s about limitin the regular season does not ing them.” matter much once playoffs come The Knights know that not evaround. But the experience the erything is going to go their way Knights gained by playing the tonight. They are prepared to deal Cardinals so recently has been with the momentum swings of the viewed as a positive by the coach- game, much like they have dealt ing staff and team alike. with the up-and-down nature of “I think the sense of familiar- their season as a whole. ity and the negative feeling that “We have to remain mentally we have left over from that last focused when they do get their game will fuel us to put togeth- opportunities,” Brand-Sias said. er a good performance,” Brand- “We need to have the respect for Sias said. them as a team and know that The good performance that they are going to have positive the Knights are planning on put- things go their way in the game ting together will hinge on one — we just have to limit them.” key area — draw controls. “They are really hard to slow For updates on the Rutgers down so we are trying to mini- women’s lacrosse team, follow mize their possessions, which @TargumSports on Twitter.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY “As a team we should be confident going into this game. We could shock the world and come up with a big upset.” — Sophomore goalkeeper Jake Andersen on today’s first-round matchup with No. 2 Denver
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Sophomore goalkeeper Jake Andersen said Rutgers is more prepared for No. 2 Denver’s tendencies after having faced the team earlier this season. Andersen is making his third-straight start in net, and is coming off of a career-high 15 saves in the Knights’ regular season finale against Georgetown. DENNIS ZURAW / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
RU embraces rematch with No. 2 Pioneers SEAN STEWART CORRESPONDENT
It has been a season of firsts for the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team this year. The Scarlet Knights finished with a winning record for the first time since 2007, qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2004 and defeated Georgetown for the first time in program history. Today, when Rutgers (8-7, 3-3) faces No. 2 Denver (12-2, 6-0) in the Big East Tourna-
ment semifinals at Villanova, Pa., the Knights will be looking to hand the Pioneers their first conference loss. “Everything is to play in May,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “We have just what we wanted, and what we’ve worked so hard for is to be one of the four seeds playing this upcoming weekend and to catch lightning in a bottle and have success with two games in three days.” It was hard to predict how successful Rutgers has been following a disastrous
2013 season where the Knights were 2-13 and ended the year on a 12-game losing streak. It’s even harder to imagine Rutgers defeating Denver, a team that advanced to the final four of last year’s NCAA tournament and overpowered the Knights earlier this year, 1711, in Colorado. The Pioneers also enter the game on a nine-game winning streak, while Rutgers finally snapped a three-game losing streak of its own.
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junior jumper, was named AAC Field Athlete of the week for the second time this year. Crawford won the long jump at the Penn Relays last weekend with a jump of 7.90m for Rutgers.
But like they’ve proved all season, the Knights have shown they are capable of pulling out some surprises. “We know what [Denver’s] tendencies are now,” said sophomore goalkeeper Jake Andersen. “As a team we should be confident going into this game. We could shock the world and come up with a big upset.” Though Denver has not lost since March 1, that loss did come in the state of SEE TOURNEY ON PAGE 15
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