Brian Fonseca

Brian Fonseca

Brian is a School of Arts and Science junior majoring in journalism and media studies with a specialization in sports journalism. On the weekends, you can find him at the Portuguese Club in Kearny, New Jersey, or sitting at home, eating pupusas while contemplating the inevitability of death. Although he enjoys a nice game o’ football (both the English and American versions), Brian can also appreciate some of the lesser-known sports like curling, cheese rolling and tchoukball. To see his tweets on Rutgers sports, as well as being a dedicated Sporting Clube de Portugal supporter, follow @briannnnf on Twitter. You can email him at sports@dailytargum.com.


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Members of the 1966-67 Rutgers men's basketball team reveal the name of the Jimmy V. Court at the College Avenue Gym in a ceremony on Saturday. 
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Rutgers names court at Barn after Jim Valvano

Bob Lloyd warned his speech wouldn’t go without tears. “At 71, I cry at supermarket openings, so I hope you bear with me,” he said when his time began at the podium on a court soon to be named after his college roommate. He first got choked up four minutes in, when he began speaking about his college best friend, and teammate James Thomas Anthony Valvano. “I want to talk about Jimmy as a player, as a coach, as a teammate and,” Lloyd said, choking up before getting to the word.

Jungle Jambooskies, a rap group consisting of first-year students Jason “Big Chill” Morel, Edsel Selengalla, Christian “Sibs” Barillas, Nicco Salgado and Jordy Reyes, has released nine singles since its inception in February. The most popular of the bunch is 'ChEcK mY SAKAI,' alluding to the interface most professors at the University use to communicate with students and post assignments.
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Hip hop group Jungle Jambooskies, consisting of all first-year students, reminds U. to check Sakai

Any student who has attended Rutgers, be it for four years or four days, have all had to do the same thing at some point in time — hop on their computers and type out the five letters that will haunt their nightmares for the duration of their time on the Banks: Sakai.  Rarely is there a time where checking Sakai, the interface most professors at the University use to communicate with students, post assignments and many other not-fun things, is a positive.

Hansel 'n Griddle owner Nicholas Komandis and his staff pose alongside a certificate awarded to them by The Daily Targum after their restaurant were winners in the first edition of March Munchies.
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How March Munchies winner Hansel 'n Griddle grew from small business to community favorite

As the inaugural March Munchies progressed, and the field narrowed by the week, Nicholas Komandis paid increasingly more attention to the competition.  The owner of Hansel n’ Griddle, one of the 32 restaurants competing in the contest held by the Daily Targum to determine the best eatery in the Rutgers—New Brunswick area, began calling his old fraternity brothers, friends, family — anyone he could get — to let them know about the competition. His restaurant began advertising the competition on napkins both in-store and on deliveries, informing customers of its existence without encouraging them to vote either way. “It was fun,” Komandis said.

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March Munchies: Hansel n' Griddle claims first ever title

After six weeks, five rounds of competition, thousands of votes and more calories than anyone could possibly count, March Munchies has narrowed its field from 32 restaurants to the final one standing. A tight battle between Hansel 'n Griddle and Destination Dogs in the competition’s final weekend determined its first-ever winner over the weekend. Following four days of back-and-forth between the voters on polls both on the Daily Targum website and its Twitter account, the votes have been tallied and the results are in.

Top seed Hansel ‘n Griddle takes on No. 2 seed Destination Dogs in the championship round of March Munchies, the final weekend of the competition's first edition.
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March Munchies: Championship game set after hotly contested Final Four

After a month of battles between the restaurants selected by The Daily Targum for the first annual March Munchies, the original field of 32 eateries has been reduced to two following last weekend’s Final Four. Without further ado, here are the results from the penultimate round: FINAL FOUR: Matchup One: No.1 Hansel n’ Griddle 593 (559 Targum Poll + 34 Twitter Poll) defeated No. 2 PJ’s Pizza 542 (525 + 17) Matchup Two: No. 2 Destination Dogs 476 votes (454 + 22) defeated No. 1 RU Hungry?

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March Munchies: Top seeds fall as field narrows to Final Four

Four weeks into #MarchMunchies and there are as many teams remaining in the field. The Elite Eight became the Final Four following another weekend of voting, with each region crowning a champion that took another step towards winning the title. Here are the full results: ELITE EIGHT: Busch: No. 2 P.J’s Pizza 498 (484 Targum Poll + 14 Twitter Poll) defeated No.1 Stuff Yer Face 231 (188 + 43) College Avenue: No. 1 RU Hungry?

March Munchies is a single-elimination tournament between 32 restaurants in the Rutgers/New Brunswick area voted on by members of the community. It is inspired by the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament affectionately known as March Madness and runs through the entire month of March.
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March Munchies: Eight elite restaurants remain following Sweet Sixteen

Another week, another round down in March Munchies, the Daily Targum’s version of the NCAA Tournament pitting the best restaurants in the Rutgers-New Brunswick area against each other.  As the selection committee released their picks for the basketball version known as March Madness Sunday afternoon, we were a few short hours from closing the polls of our Sweet Sixteen round. Here’s how things shook out: Busch: No. 1 Stuff Yer Face 436 votes (370 Targum Poll + 66 Twitter) defeats No. 4 Fritz 165 (151 + 14) No. 2 P.J’s Pizza 400 (360 + 40) defeats No. 3 Sanctuary 229 (195 + 34) College Avenue No. 1 RU Hungry?

Sophomore guard Corey Sanders sits on the court after turning the ball over in the first half of Rutgers' loss to Northwestern in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night.
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Historic scoring run from Northwestern buries Rutgers, bounces Knights out of Big Ten Tournament

The magic was there, if only for a second. The Rutgers men’s basketball team, less than 24 hours removed from its first Big Ten Tournament win, was riding the momentum of a monumental victory early on in its second round matchup with Northwestern. Issa Thiam looked like Reggie Miller, living up to his sharpshooter reputation by nailing his first two attempts from three-point range.

Junior guard Nigel Johnson celebrated with freshman forward Eugene Omoruyi and junior guard Mike Williams after sealing a 66-57 win over Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night. Johnson led all scorers with 21 points, carrying the Knights to their first ever Big Ten Tournament win half an hour away from his hometown. 
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Rutgers hustles its way past Ohio State for first ever Big Ten Tournament win

It took everything they had, every last ounce of energy squeezed out of a team who, for the most part, left it all out on the court all season. Coming off a dramatic win to close the regular season, the Rutgers men’s basketball team had some added momentum heading into the Big Ten Tournament, but the odds of it earning its firs ever win in the competition remained slim. The 14th seeded Scarlet Knights, coming off another last place finish in the regular season, was a heavy underdog to 11th seed Ohio State.

March Munchies is a single-elimination tournament between 32 restaurants in the Rutgers/New Brunswick area voted on by members of the community. It is inspired by the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament affectionately known as March Madness and runs through the entire month of March.
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March Munchies: Foreseeable 1st round results set up savory Sweet 16

The first round of March Munchies has come and gone, taking with it all but one of the favored seeds among its 16 matchups. The only upset of the first round came on the second day in the Cook/Douglass bracket, where fifth-ranked Brother Jimmy’s narrowly defeated No. 4 Mamouns by just 10 votes to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Head coach Steve Pikiell saw his team pull out a win in a tight finish in Big Ten play for just the third time this season Saturday. The Scarlet Knights defeated Illinois 62-59 on Senior Day behind a game-winning three-pointer with seven seconds remaining from junior forward Deshawn Freeman.
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Complete team effort led by top talents propels Rutgers to Senior Day win over Illinois

The Rutgers men’s basketball team concluded its season doing something it’s come close to achieving multiple times in its first year under head coach Steve Pikiell but ultimately fell short — it won a close game with clutch plays down the stretch. The Scarlet Knights (14-17, 3-15) defeated Illinois (18-13, 8-10) 63-59 Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center, closing its regular season off strong.

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Hansel 'n Griddle owner Nicholas Komandis and his staff pose alongside a certificate awarded to them by The Daily Targum after their restaurant were winners in the first edition of March Munchies.
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Hansel 'n Griddle owner Nicholas Komandis and his staff pose alongside a certificate awarded to them by The Daily Targum after their restaurant were winners in the first edition of March Munchies.

Micah Clark, an early enrollee freshman at Rutgers, was the top-rated recruit in New Jersey and the No. 8 offensive tackle prospect in the country, per Scout.com. 
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Micah Clark, an early enrollee freshman at Rutgers, was the top-rated recruit in New Jersey and the No. 8 offensive tackle prospect in the country, per Scout.com. 

Fred Hill, the all-time winningest manager in Rutgers baseball history, is joined by his successor Joe Litterio, former players Todd Frazier and Patrick Kivlehan, major donor and lifelong Rutgers supporter Barbara Bauer and Director of Athletics Patrick Hobbs as he cuts the ribbon in a dedication ceremony for the newly-opened Fred Hill Training Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
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Fred Hill, the all-time winningest manager in Rutgers baseball history, is joined by his successor Joe Litterio, former players Todd Frazier and Patrick Kivlehan, major donor and lifelong Rutgers supporter Barbara Bauer and Director of Athletics Patrick Hobbs as he cuts the ribbon in a dedication ceremony for the newly-opened Fred Hill Training Complex on Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore guard Corey Sanders brings the ball up the court in transition for Rutgers in the second half of Rutgers 66-65 win over Nebraska Saturday. Sanders hit a go-ahead putback with a second remaining to give Rutgers its first Big Ten win of the season and the first of Pikiell's tenure in Piscataway.
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Sophomore guard Corey Sanders brings the ball up the court in transition for Rutgers in the second half of Rutgers 66-65 win over Nebraska Saturday. Sanders hit a go-ahead putback with a second remaining to give Rutgers its first Big Ten win of the season and the first of Pikiell's tenure in Piscataway.

Rutgers broke ground on the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center in November. The facilities will accomodate the basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball programs, and is expected to be complete in July. 
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Rutgers broke ground on the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center in November. The facilities will accomodate the basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and volleyball programs, and is expected to be complete in July. 

Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs and University President Robert L. Barchi are joined by New Jersey State Legislators and prominent donors in breaking ground for the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center.
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Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs and University President Robert L. Barchi are joined by New Jersey State Legislators and prominent donors in breaking ground for the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center.

Ohio Stadium, affectionately known as the Horseshoe, two hours prior to kick-off between the home team Ohio State Buckeyes and the Rutgers football team. The 104,000 seats will likely all be full by the time Homecoming ceremonies begin.
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Ohio Stadium, affectionately known as the Horseshoe, two hours prior to kick-off between the home team Ohio State Buckeyes and the Rutgers football team. The 104,000 seats will likely all be full by the time Homecoming ceremonies begin.

The National Championship Trophy visited Rutgers on its tour of U.S. colleges. Rutgers has a Division I college football team.
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The National Championship Trophy visited Rutgers on its tour of U.S. colleges. Rutgers has a Division I college football team.

Mickey Gall warms up prior to teaching a jiu-jitsu class at Gracie's Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Lebanon, New Jersey, on August 30, 2016. Gall, a Rutgers graduate, will be former WWE champion CM Punk's opponent in his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the main card at UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, September 10.
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Mickey Gall warms up prior to teaching a jiu-jitsu class at Gracie's Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Lebanon, New Jersey, on August 30, 2016. Gall, a Rutgers graduate, will be former WWE champion CM Punk's opponent in his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the main card at UFC 203 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, September 10.

Head coach Chris Ash understands the struggle of preparing for a team that is going through a coaching change, but that doesn't mean he made life any easier for his opponent this Saturday.
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Head coach Chris Ash understands the struggle of preparing for a team that is going through a coaching change, but that doesn't mean he made life any easier for his opponent this Saturday.

The offensive line goes through a drill as offensive line coach A.J. Blazek looks on during the Rutgers football team's practice on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
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The offensive line goes through a drill as offensive line coach A.J. Blazek looks on during the Rutgers football team's practice on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Sodexo is increasing its food options during Rutgers football home games at High Point Solutions Stadium. In addition to adding buffalo chicken meatballs, footlong hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, among others things, the company is also expanding its vegetarian options with kale burgers. It will also sell garden burgers at select stands near the student section.
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Sodexo is increasing its food options during Rutgers football home games at High Point Solutions Stadium. In addition to adding buffalo chicken meatballs, footlong hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, among others things, the company is also expanding its vegetarian options with kale burgers. It will also sell garden burgers at select stands near the student section.

The Rutgers men's soccer team lines up with opponents No. 7 Creighton and the officiating crew as the starting line-ups are announced prior to the season opening match for both side's on Friday, August 26, 2016. Creighton won the match 2-0.
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The Rutgers men's soccer team lines up with opponents No. 7 Creighton and the officiating crew as the starting line-ups are announced prior to the season opening match for both side's on Friday, August 26, 2016. Creighton won the match 2-0.

Rutgers offensive line coach A.J. Blazek participates in a drill with his players during a training camp practice on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Rutgers offensive line coach A.J. Blazek participates in a drill with his players during a training camp practice on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Offensive line coach A.J. Blazek observes as his players perform a drill during training camp on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
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Offensive line coach A.J. Blazek observes as his players perform a drill during training camp on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Defensive coordinator Jay Niemann said Rutgers is growing depth at linebacker and if the depth continues to grow, it will be able to create a two-deep depth chart at the position it is comfortable with.
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Defensive coordinator Jay Niemann said Rutgers is growing depth at linebacker and if the depth continues to grow, it will be able to create a two-deep depth chart at the position it is comfortable with.

Junior quarterback Chris Laviano fields questions from reporters following the first day of training camp on Monday, August 8, 2016. Laviano was listed atop the first depth chart of the season at quarterback alongside graduate transfer Zach Allen.
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Junior quarterback Chris Laviano fields questions from reporters following the first day of training camp on Monday, August 8, 2016. Laviano was listed atop the first depth chart of the season at quarterback alongside graduate transfer Zach Allen.

Offensive coordinator speaks to junior graduate transfer quarterback Zach Allen as the quarterbacks warm up during the first day of the Rutgers football team's training camp on Monday, August 8, 2016.
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Offensive coordinator speaks to junior graduate transfer quarterback Zach Allen as the quarterbacks warm up during the first day of the Rutgers football team's training camp on Monday, August 8, 2016.

Rutgers players get loose in the pregame shootaround before taking on George Washington on Saturday in D.C. The Knights (4-6) ended up on the wrong side of a 34-point blowout, falling by a score of 83-49 to the Colonials (8-1).
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Rutgers players get loose in the pregame shootaround before taking on George Washington on Saturday in D.C. The Knights (4-6) ended up on the wrong side of a 34-point blowout, falling by a score of 83-49 to the Colonials (8-1).

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