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Volume CXIX No. 72 » INSIDE UConn budget slashed by $15 million By Kim L. Wilson and Katherine Tibedo Focus introduces QR codes All music articles to contain links to additional content by scanning with a smartphone app. FOCUS/ page 5 Rolling the raiders Huskies crush Colgate with balanced attack. SPORTS/ page 12 EDITORIAL: FLORIDA EARLY VOTING PROCEDURES SUPPRESS THE MINORITY VOTE Suppression of early voting rights could change election outcomes. UConn is facing an approximate $15 million budget cut after Gov. Dannel. P Malloy announced that Connecticut spending will be reduced $170 million across state agencies for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget cut is the first step in a plan to close Connecticut’s $365 million deficit in the current year’s budget, according to The Associated Press. A press release issued by the office of President Susan Herbst to UConn students and staff said, “Painful cuts will have to be made to many non-academic areas, but we will absolutely not allow them to endanger the work of our faculty or the academic success of our students, which are, after all, the reasons we exist.” According to University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz, the university is still unsure what nonacademic areas and programs will have their budgets cut. “We are still actually figuring out specifics and what that would be,” Reitz said. “It’s still relatively new to us, too.” USG officials said UConn’s ACC rejection and budget cut has been a hard hit to the university. » BUDGET CUT, page 2 Thursday, November 29, 2012 UConn’s ACC aspirations rejected By Tyler Morrissey Associate Sports Editor The Atlantic Coast Conference has extended an invitation to the University of Louisville to become the conference’s 14th member, denying UConn the chance to leave the Big East and join the ACC. ACC presidents and chancellors awarded Louisville entrance into the conference when the school received three-fourths of the vote necessary to earn the invitation. Louisville will replace Maryland, who recently left the ACC for the Big 10 conference. The Cardinals are expected to begin conference play in the ACC in 2014. However, Louisville will soon begin the process of negotiating with the Big East to allow them to leave the conference early and bypass the 27 month notification period. The Big East waved the 27-month notification rule for Syracuse and Pittsburgh when they left for the ACC, but required the two schools to pay stiff fines of $7.5 million dollars for exiting the conference early. The Big East has since raised that fine to $10 million, according to the Associated Press. Tom Jurich, Vice President and Athletic Director at Louisville, said in a statement on Wednesday that he is excited to join such a prestigious con- JESS CONDON/The Daily Campus In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, UConn plays Louisville at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Although UConn beat Louisville in three overtimes, Louisville beat out UConn for the No. 14 ACC spot. ference like the ACC and is appreciative of what the Big East has done for Louisville athletics over the years. In a statement yesterday, ACC commissioner John Swofford said that the addition of Louisville will enhance the conference that already has a proud history. “With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will 7-Eleven opens in Storrs Center INSIDE NEWS: 7-ELEVEN HOSTS GRAND OPENING Students said they look forward to having a 24-hour convenience store located at the nearby Storrs Center. RACHEL WEISS/The Daily Campus » weather Thursday Partly cloudy High 41 Low 26 FRiday/saturday High 33 Low 27 High 38 Low 35 » index Classifieds 3 Comics 8 Commentary 4 Crossword/Sudoku 8 Focus 5 InstantDaily 4 Sports 12 The Daily Campus 1266 Storrs Road Storrs, CT 06268 Box U-4189 24-hour convenience store franchise 7-Eleven opened at Storrs Center Wednesday. The store offered customers free coffee and Slurpees during the day and students . See the story on page two for more information. UConn student will study in the UK with awarded Marshall Scholarship By Abby Mace Campus Correspondent When Ethan Butler first arrived at UConn in 2008, he joined Engineers Without Borders, a small, loosely organized group of students with a common interest in math, science, building things and solving problems. Little did Butler know that his decision to become part of this organization would drastically impact his future career. Now Butler is a UConn graduate and one of just 34 college graduates nationally to earn the Marshall Scholarship. His active role in Engineers Without Borders helped him earn the prestigious honor. As a Marshall Scholar, Butler will receive a fullyfunded graduate education at his choice of institutions in the United Kingdom. Butler has his sights set on the Imperial College London, a university that excels in his fields of chemical engineering and innovation, entrepreneurship and management. Imperial College London has made several noteworthy contributions to the field of science, including the discovery of penicillin, the creation of fiber optics and the development of holography. The Marshall Scholarship Program, established in 1953 by the British Parliament, was designed to express Britain’s gratitude toward the United States after they implemented the Marshall Plan in 1948, which helped to rebuild Europe’s economy after World War II and protect the weat from Soviet Communism. In addition to seeking the most highly qualified scholars, the selection committee looks for students who understand the importance of British and American relations and would be able to build upon this connection in the future. Butler’s leadership ability made him a perfect candidate for the Marshall Scholarship. After all, the current state of UConn’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders-a thriving organization of more than 40 members, backed by upwards of 50 supporting organizations and contributing individuals-would not have been possible without Butler’s leadership. “[Butler’s] most significant contribution was restructuring the group when he first became president. This allowed our organization to grow in size and capability. He was also very successful in building connections that help EWB develop its projects,” said Andrew Silva, the current president of UConn’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. » STUDENT’S, page 2 the ACC to be the 14th member of the conference, but the ACC declined to invite either school. When Maryland first announced they were leaving the ACC, UConn emerged as a leading candidate to fill the void, based on the success of UConn’s sports teams as well as the New York television market that the Huskies would bring to the table. » LOUISVILLE, page 2 USG debates fairness of funding university organizations By Katherine Tibedo Senior Staff Writer COMMENTARY/page 4 NEWS/ page 2 enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago,” said Swofford. “The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the longterm future.” UConn and the University of Cincinnati made strong cases to An alternative spring break organized by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will not receive funding from Undergraduate Student Government due to questions of the fairness of funding a closed event planned by a university department, not a student organization. USG Vice President Jigish Patel said, “Equality is the question here, not the merit of the trip.” He later added, “We need to make sure we are not making this fair for 10 percent of the student body at the expense of 90 percent.” OFSL submitted the funding request for $3,100 outside of the normal process via an act put forth by USG President Stephen Petkis and Comptroller Edward Courchaine. Petkis, a 7th-semester political science and human rights major, explained that since 2009, the USG executive committee has funded 50 percent of the participation costs of alternative breaks planned through Community Outreach. He said since OFSL had worked closely with Community Outreach, their alternative spring break fell into a similar category. “This is a CO trip, that is being managed by a different department,” he said. “I do believe the [2009] agreement was made with this in mind.” Debate, however, centered on the process OFSL used to ask for money. While all sorority and fraternities are Tier II organizations and thus can apply for funding through the Funding Board, there is no process established for university departments to apply for USG funding. External Affairs Chair Michael Daniels, a 5th-semester political science and economics major, said that the group had the wrong way of applying for funding. He said that the new funding policies set in place would allow those involved in the OFSL spring break to apply for funding next semester when the rest of the student body had access to the same funding process. Concern also arose over the potential for USG to develop a reputation as a bank to be used by both the students and university departments. “Because of this legislation we have become a bank,” Patel, a 7th-semester history, political science and chemistry major, said. “Is this where we want to go, to hurt our reputation,” he said. CLAS Senator Ian Schofield, a 7th-semester political science major, disagreed. He said that the fact OSFL was the first department to seek funding this way, was not grounds to deny them that funding. He said, “It’s not Greek life’s fault that they’re pioneering this.” Still, the fairness of funding on university department was discussed. Senator Ozzie Gooding stated that no other department knew that this was a way to receive funding and funding OSFL was unfair to the rest of campus. Northwest Senator Kevin Alvarez, a 1st-semester political science major, said in relation to the debate over fairness, “It’s not fair. It’s not representing the student body, which is what we’re elected to do.” Ultimately the act failed 17-5, with five abstentions. What’s on at UConn today... UConn ECE HDFS Workshop 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. SU, Ballroom UConn Early College Experience and UConn’s Human Development and Family Studies department invite all certified UConn ECE HDFS instructors to attend the annual professional development workshop. CHIP Lecture Series 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Video Conference Rm. 204, 2006 Hillside Road Juan C. Salzar, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center will give a talk about HIV/AIDS education in public schools. HIV/AIDS Vigil 7 to 9 pm. SU Room 310 - Art Gallery In honor and remembrance of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, those living with HIV, and those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, UConn is holding a candlelight vigil. Derek Hughes Comedy 7 to 9 p.m. Student Union Theater UConn is pleased to welcome Derek Hughes and his magic meets comedy combo. – KIM L. WILSON

The Daily Campus: November 29, 2012

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