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Albert Ayeni grew up in Nigeria, where a meal seemed incomplete if it did not include a hot pepper. Now he is working to make Rutgers the go-to center for hot pepper research to appeal to New Jersey’s growing ethnic communities and remind them of home.

It takes a special kind of fan to support a team during rough times. Danny Klein and his classmates started tailgating as Rutgers students. Thirty years later, they still gather on Saturdays to throw the#ScarletParty and cheer on the Scarlet Knights.

On the field playing soccer for Rutgers-NewarkTimothy Fariaslearned the importance of doing his part to help his team succeed. The lesson – that he can make a difference, which impacts others in the game – inspired him to also be a catalyst for change in his community.