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Spare-time sidelines
What Rutgers people are doing after work

Archived article from Nov 5, 1999

By Douglas Frank  

Plant manager David Evans and his parents live in a house in Kenilworth along with hundreds of hungry meat-eating creatures. They are not boarders in the usual sense, they present no danger to the Evanses and they won't bite you when you visit.

With names like bladderwort, pitcher plant, sundew, drosera and, of course, Venus flytrap, they are recognizable as among more than 500 species of carnivorous plants.

Evans, who has some 400 plants in the garden and about 100 more inside the house, began collecting after discovering several species six years ago on a canoe trip in New Jersey's Pine Barrens.

A computer operator in Administrative Computing Services for the past seven years, he now collects many of his plants through (where else?) the Internet, buying, selling and trading with other enthusiasts.

Evans belongs to the International Carnivorous Plant Society, which has a newsletter and sponsors gatherings and meets. A big meet is scheduled for 2000 in California, he says, and people will come from around the world to see slide shows and presentations of the plants.

There are all kinds, sizes and shapes of plants. "Some are ugly and others are very beautiful. Some of them flower. The flowers are for different bugs: they don't want to eat the bugs that go to the flowers. Some get pretty big. They can catch lizards or other things dumb enough to sit on a leaf," he says.

Humans are safe from the plants, he assures us. "The only one that closes up around your finger is the Venus flytrap, and that is a tiny thing and can't hurt you."

Such plants make great pets, Evans observes. "They're quiet, they feed themselves and they just need water."

Asked if his parents mind having meat eaters all over the house, he says: "They don't bother each other. And my parents like the fact that the plants eat bugs."

 

 

Scoring for the Scarlet Chuck Haley has been an expediter in the purchasing department for the past 13 years, tracking the status of orders. But his heart is on the basketball court, where he makes regular appearances on behalf of the Scarlet Knight men's and women's teams.

You may have seen him at work. He's not a player -- by his own admission he's not very athletic -- but he plays an integral role in the progress of Rutgers games.

Haley, a 1982 Rutgers graduate, is the person in the black-and-white striped shirt sitting near the public-address announcer behind the court-side table. He is responsible for keeping track of the official score, the players in the game, the number of fouls and the direction of the possession arrow.

He's been doing the task since the 1988-89 season, Bob Wenzel's first year as coach. His experience as a student manager and sometimes scorer for the basketball team led to his being asked to become the official scorekeeper.

Although not a referee, Haley wears the striped shirt, mandatory in college basketball, so players can easily see to whom they should report when they enter the game. "They know that whoever is wearing the ref's shirt at the table is the guy they should report to."

Sometimes he scores a road game as the visiting scorer for Rutgers, but usually someone in the sports information department takes on that task.

Scoring is a paying job, though not one to quit your day job for, he says. "But I get the best seat in the house. I never had the athletic skills to participate, but I loved sports, so this is my way of being involved." He also works Rutgers home football games as a spotter, telling the WCTC announcer who made the defensive play.

Being the basketball scorer can get a little hectic at times, Haley relates.

"The worst is when you have a basket, a foul and three players checking in at the same time. You have to know who made the basket, the ref is giving you the foul, the players are telling you they are going in and the PA announcer wants to know how many fouls the player has -- all in the space of about 10 seconds."

 

 

Doo-wop deejay Flo Pesquera has worked at Busch undergraduate housing since 1993, getting students into the right rooms and handling complaints when things go awry. At least that's what she does during the week.

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