Brendan McInerney


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Internal reflection inspires change

There are two types of people at the University: The first will be offended at the masses that placate themselves through debauchery and inebriation on the weekends, the other will get over it and get on with their life. One could consider those who debauch themselves to be a third category, but I am not too concerned with them; they usually don't read the opinions page, let alone read.

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Gathering brings students together

Last week I attended "The Gathering." Students wearing dark robes holding LED lanterns stood in various locations around College Avenue and others were encouraged to follow them as they began to walk to Voorhees Mall. Upon arrival, everyone was given a candle and asked to listen to various students and deans talk about our school's rich history and how great it was to be at Rutgers.

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Words that rhyme with anger

On the days that I am so fortunate to be able to write for the opinions page, I like to approach the hard-hitting issues — things I believe will really have an affect on The Daily Targum community. Today is not one of those days. What I would like to discuss with you today, dear reader, is words and their everyday usage. There are certain words that I find to be overused and misunderstood. These same words have the potential to be used with great effect and force, but due to a lack of creative motivation in our culture, or maybe just a lack of cleverness, they have become damaged. I do not claim to be a word master; I have probably made all these errors in the past. These offenses are not even that egregious, to use them in the sense that they are is not such a bad thing. But the sheer frequency of these infractions has led me to this; it's nothing personal.

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The dangers of crossing the street

I have a strong distaste. For what? I do not know. But it is something that I encounter everyday. It is an anger so strong that as I walk along the sidewalk, it makes me stomp my feet a little bit. I disagree with something so much that every step I take hits the ground slightly harder because I must incorporate this anger into my everyday life in order to fully express it. But whenever I reach the curb and it is time to cross the street and the Red Hand of Ulster forbids me from moving safely, I begin to realize what it is that bothers me.

A PSE&G worker walks by the remnants of 52 Simplex Ave., the
origin of yesterday morning's fire, which destroyed 10 homes.
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Blaze races through entire city block

As day laborers took up their usual post at the corner of French Street and Jersey Avenue, most gave only curious glances up at the column of smoke changing from black to white and back again, signaling the battle being fought inside the two-story building.

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Journalist speaks on civil rights

A worn blackboard containing the remnants of lecture notes from the last class of the day was the background for Gene Roberts as he spoke. Leaning against a small podium resting upon a table that leaned back and forth, he recounted his days covering what he called "the race beat" in the Deep South during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Inexcusable customer service

As a photographer for The Daily Targum, I have spent my fair share of time on airplanes traveling to and from different sporting events. And although I am greatly appreciative of this opportunity to experience the different cities and state of our great nation, having to deal with the airlines that transport me to these locals is anything but pleasant, especially this past Friday.

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Hallowed holiday deserves

Halloween, great holiday, or greatest holiday? This writer submits that it is the greatest, and seeing as how you are already halfway through the first sentence, why not join him for a delightful look into America's most festive event.Even the most passive of celebrators cannot avoid the most prominent feature of this holiday: free candy. Come on, being able to travel from house-to-house receiving sugary treats because you are wearing a ridiculous outfit is the American dream. This is what our founding fathers fought for, this is why terrorists hate us - they envy our free candy. This is also the reason for America's Industrial Revolution, after Halloween laborers would kidnap children that were in a blind sugar rage to work in their textile factories.The second best reason for Halloween is the satanic rituals. The one day out of the month when no one will question you about using dark magic to raze a small village. The reason for this is simple, the institution understands the people's need to express their love for the dark lord but also they know that if it were allowed all the time no one would get any work done. Think about it. Have you ever been stopped for drinking goats' blood on Halloween? Didn't think so, moving on.Halloween is also a time when people can come together and dress in the most ridiculous, offensive outfits money can buy. Hitler, guidos, Paris Hilton, K-Fed, people who say 'K-Fed,' anything your heart desires. This tradition hails from the brave soldiers of the French and Indian war. On the eve of Celoron's expedition on June 14, 1749 a band of English soldiers attempted to prevent their French counterparts from embarking on an excursion. By dressing up as prostitutes they hoped they could lure Roland-Michel Barrin de La Galissoniere into bed. This event is left largely left out of history textbooks.The final and most wonderful aspect of this glorious holiday: Simpsons Treehouse of Horror. Better than Thanksgiving football, A Christmas Story and Tony Danza's Happy-Go-Lucky Easter Extrav-a-danza. Combined. Fond are my memories of sitting against the warm glow of the family TV chuckling heartily at the exclamations of "Eat my shorts!" and "D'oh!"In conclusion, you're welcome. You're welcome for opening your eyes to this festival of festivals. No go out and spread the sentiments of free candy and human sacrifice to all.

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Livingston pipe repairs continue

Outside the Janice H. Levin Building on Livingston campus's Rockefeller Road work is underway to replace the high temperature water pipes that run underneath the sidewalk. The current pipes are being replaced due to their old. This is the continuation of a project started last November. "We have a lot of commitment to Livingston College," said Joseph Witkowski, director of the Utilities Operations division at Livingston College, "There will be construction like this for the next four years." Witkowski also said construction outside the Levin building would probably continue for about a week. Witkowski said after they finished outside that building, they would move across the street and then move back in front of Beck Hall before beginning work on Busch campus, where the central water heating plant is. The project is expected to cost approximately $2 million a year, and the pipes being installed are expected to last from 50 to 60 years.A bright orange plastic fence and a white sign directing students toward either side of the hole mark the site. Construction has taken over the front sidewalk leading up to the door of the Levin building. On the sidewalk parallel to the building the construction area extends about 10 feet in each direction. There is also construction visible directly across the street in a walkway from the Louis Brown Athletic Center parking lot leading up to the street. Construction that will involve the street will be deferred to holidays, and other days when there are fewer students on the campus so as not to disrupt the bus system. Though they will defer the construction involving roads, there will be other construction involving the sidewalks to come for the students of Livingston College.Returning Livingston College students may have noticed the construction that took place between the Ernest L. Lynton Towers, modular classroom buildings and Tillett Hall, which was deemed "an eyesore" by some students.The construction is necessary, officials said, because thee pipes supply heat to most of the buildings on both the Livingston and Busch campuses. The existing pipes range from 50 to 60 years old and have deteriorated.Though the site is not as large or as obstructive as the last construction site, in the center of Livingston campus, it is still forces campus denizens down into the street from the sidewalk. The sidewalk leading to the Levin building is about two feet wide.

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Head coach C. Vivian Stringer has to find a way to replace
Epiphanny Prince, Kia Vaughn and Heather Zurich.
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Head coach C. Vivian Stringer has to find a way to replace Epiphanny Prince, Kia Vaughn and Heather Zurich.

Sophomore Mike Rosario ranked fifth nationally among freshman in
scoring last season with 16.2 points per game.
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Sophomore Mike Rosario ranked fifth nationally among freshman in scoring last season with 16.2 points per game.

Senior guard Brittany Ray, right, started in all 33 games last
season.
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Senior guard Brittany Ray, right, started in all 33 games last season.

EON Executive Board Members Martha Guarnieri, left, and Charlie
Kratovil, right, wait for election ballots to be counted yesterday
in the city clerk's office.
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EON Executive Board Members Martha Guarnieri, left, and Charlie Kratovil, right, wait for election ballots to be counted yesterday in the city clerk's office.

Connecticut junior forward Maya Moore, right, was a unanimous
selection as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year.
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Connecticut junior forward Maya Moore, right, was a unanimous selection as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year.

The Big East coaches awarded Luke Harangody (44) as the Big East
Preseason Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
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The Big East coaches awarded Luke Harangody (44) as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Curtis was named MVP of the
Bucknell Invitational. The Scarlet Knights won all three of their
matches, winning a tournament for the first time since 2004.
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Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Curtis was named MVP of the Bucknell Invitational. The Scarlet Knights won all three of their matches, winning a tournament for the first time since 2004.

Junior Emma Chrystal, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., recorded
double-digit kills in the Scarlet Knights' 3-2 comeback win over
Princeton at the Delaware Invitational.
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Junior Emma Chrystal, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., recorded double-digit kills in the Scarlet Knights' 3-2 comeback win over Princeton at the Delaware Invitational.

Students can donate a maximum of two guest swipes to the
semi-annual Meal Sign-aways program, which will benefit the New
Jersey Community Foodbank.
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Students can donate a maximum of two guest swipes to the semi-annual Meal Sign-aways program, which will benefit the New Jersey Community Foodbank.

Freshman guard Mike Rosario, above, and the Scarlet Knights
closed out their season in a game resembling the rest of their
year' incomplete.
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Freshman guard Mike Rosario, above, and the Scarlet Knights closed out their season in a game resembling the rest of their year' incomplete.

The cast of 'Beatlemania' came to the University Saturday to
play for a group of students and people from neighboring areas.
Last year's event, above, was so well received, the troupe
returned.
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The cast of 'Beatlemania' came to the University Saturday to play for a group of students and people from neighboring areas. Last year's event, above, was so well received, the troupe returned.

Construction of some city schools will commence in the coming
years, including the new high school for New Brunswick, set for
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Construction of some city schools will commence in the coming years, including the new high school for New Brunswick, set for

After coming on in the last three games, senior center Kia
Vaughn earned a spot on the All-Big East Honor Roll. Vaughn had 24
points and seven rebounds Monday, in a 69-59 loss to UConn.
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After coming on in the last three games, senior center Kia Vaughn earned a spot on the All-Big East Honor Roll. Vaughn had 24 points and seven rebounds Monday, in a 69-59 loss to UConn.

Senior forward Heather Zurich (above) was a key part of the
Scarlet Knights' 2007 Big East Championship run
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Senior forward Heather Zurich (above) was a key part of the Scarlet Knights' 2007 Big East Championship run

Rutgers junior guard Epiphanny Prince was honored yesterday with
a First Team All-Big East selection, averaging 19.1 points per game
on the year.
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Rutgers junior guard Epiphanny Prince was honored yesterday with a First Team All-Big East selection, averaging 19.1 points per game on the year.

Rutgers senior center Kia Vaughn (white) closed out r final
regular season on a hheigh note, leading all scorers with 24 points
on 10-of-15 shooting. Vaughn was second on RU with seven
rebounds.
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Rutgers senior center Kia Vaughn (white) closed out r final regular season on a hheigh note, leading all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Vaughn was second on RU with seven rebounds.

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