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Science, music, awards, and greats from the past. So much to cover, but we've done the heavy lifting for you. Relax, kick your feet up, and look at the good stuff from around campus.

Why Nick Saban you ask?  Read on, my friend, read on.
Why Nick Saban you ask? Read on, my friend, read on.
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Futbol and academics...perfect together

In addition, the Rutgers women's soccer team was also named a College Women's Team Academic Award winner by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for the 2014-15 academic year.

And while we're on the subject soccer....

Two losses cost the women's soccer team in the rankings this week.

Rutgers in the Rankings - 2015

Date

NSCAA

SA

TDS

NCAA RPI

Preseason

24

NR

22

N/A

Week 1

24

NR

21

N/A

Week 2

22

23

18

N/A

Week 3

19

20

13

N/A

Week 4

15

16

13

N/A

Week 5

11

16

10

2

Week 6

25

25

17

9

The Knights host Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m and is RU's annual "Pink Out Game." The first 200 fans to arrive will receive a pink Rutgers women's soccer headband, as the Scarlet Knights will don pink uniforms to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Let's go to the video tape

In going back to look for a tweet from Ryan Dunleavy, I found one that was sadly prophetic.  The first week of the season, Nebraska lost on a last-second TD.  Dunleavy tweeted this:

You know how that Wazzou game ended...kinda...sorta.  Burn the tape.

Sign'em up

Mascots.  Gotta love'em.  I get a real kick out of the commercials for Jack Link's Jerky and their "wildest room on campus" commercials.  I particularly like this one.  But at Homecoming, our own Scarlet Knight took in - and took on - the wrestling team which was having an open practice in Athletes Glen.  The results:

And the practice was well received.  Great promotion by Scott Goodale and the wrestling team.

Rutgers Greats returned for one more ovation

The Rutgers Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its 2015 class on Homecoming.

Some good - make that very good - football news

Senior Quentin Gause has been named a semifinalist for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame announced. The award, presented by Fidelity Investments and displayed at the New York Athletic Club, recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

A journalism and media studies major and digital communication, information and media minor, Gause has worked to a 3.28 GPA and been named to the conference all-academic team the past two seasons. He is on pace to earn his degree in January.

From the classroom....

A research team that includes a Rutgers professor has found that the main ingredient in aspirin targets the activities of an inflammatory protein associated with a wide variety of diseases. The discovery offers hope for the development of more powerful aspirin-like drugs.  A recent study led by researchers at the Cornell University-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in collaboration with RU biophysicist Gaetano Montelione and other colleagues at Rutgers and Italy's San Raffaele University and Research Institute, shows that aspirin's main breakdown product, salicylic acid, blocks the protein, HMGB1, which could explain many of the drug's therapeutic properties.

Now, take two and call me in the morning.

And one more classroom note

The Shaw Prize is an international award honoring scholars who have pioneered significant breakthroughs in their field. And I can barely reconcile my checkbook.  Good stuff.

And from the studio....

Jazz prof. Fred Hersch is featured on the cover of the October issue of DownBeat Magazine. #MGSA #JazzAtRutgers

Posted by Mason Gross School of the Arts on Monday, September 28, 2015

They look great for their age

This past weekend, the RU Marching Band celebrated its 100th anniversary.  And from the archives, a look at what the then "Marching 100" looked like almost 50 years ago.

Rutgers Band 100th Anniversary Flashback - Block R from 1966Photo credit, band alum, Bill Wetzel.

Posted by RAA: Rutgers Alumni Association of New Brunswick on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Men's Golf - Badger Invitational

Rutgers finished 11th out of 12 teams in the three-day event.  Kansas won the tournament.  The Knights Toks Pedro tied for eighth with a four over par three-round total of 220 (71-70-79).

Women's Golf

Rutgers women's golf carded a team record 292 round on Tuesday en route to a program record 893 (298-303-292) total at the annual Johnie Imes Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri and played Monday and Tuesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. The Scarlet Knights finished 12th at the highly-competitive 18-team event.

All five RU entries carded 75 or better over the final 18 holes, including senior co-captain Racquel Zurick, who posted a personal-best 71 on the par 72, 6204-yards course.

Finally, our moment of Zen

Sometimes it seems that the academic folks at Rutgers don't get sports.  Like, at all.  But sometimes you can find humor in athletics that can translate to the classroom.  Like this Ole Miss engineering professor.

Do what you need to do to read the chalkboard, but if you're a football fan, you gotta love it.  For the record, Ole Miss beat the Crimson Tide, 43-37 on 9/19.