Issue 20 of The New Hampshire. Published Nov. 16, 2012.
Serving the University of New Hampshire since 1911 The New Hampshire Friday, November 16, 2012 www.TNHonline.com INSIDE THE NEWS Chris Setian and the UNH football team are a win away from winning the conference. Vol. 102, No. 20 After a hectic first month at The Cottages of Durham, residents and officials say the number of incidents there has dramatically decreased. Page 20 Page 5 Police search Parsons to be complete by January er working since 2009, for two males Aft ‘closing in on completion’ in Wed. assault By PHOEBE McPHERSON STAFF WRITER By CORINNE HOLROYD STAFF WRITER University of New Hampshire Police issued a campus alert Wednesday around 11 p.m. informing students that a male student was assaulted in C-Lot. According to the alert, the student was “grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground” in an attempt by suspects to take his backpack around 9:15 p.m. that night. The suspects were described as two white males, both approximately six feet tall and of thin build. One man was wearing a white T-shirt and tan pants; the other was wearing a green shirt and jeans. Both suspects ﬂed the scene toward Mill Road and the Mill Road Plaza. Chief of UNH Police and Executive Director of Public Safety Paul Dean said that while there was no new information as of Thursday afternoon, the investigation will continue to be “very active.” The email alert sent by police said that the stu- Walking up Arts Way or down McDaniel Drive any hour of the day brings the same sounds from Parsons Hall: banging of hammers, searing of power tools, and the roaring of engines. By late December, though, all of these sounds will be gone. Since 2009, Parsons Hall has been under hefty renovations as part of the Knowledge Education Economy Program (KEEP). The program’s funding allowed for PARSONS continued on page 3 One of the renovated labs in Parsons Hall awaits students in the spring semester. COURTESY PHOTO ‘MY LIFE WITH AUTISM’ ASSAULT continued on page 3 Non-union staff to get 2 percent salary increase By ABBY KESSLER STAFF WRITER After a lengthy two-year negotiation, the University of New Hampshire ﬁnally reached an agreement on a revised employee contract. Non-union staff will see the beneﬁts of the contract through a 2 percent salary increase, as well as a restoration of one percentage point to retirement savings plans, which will both go into effect Jan. 1, 2013. SALARY continued on page 3 CAMERON JOHNSON/STAFF Temple Grandin, who suffers from autism, Asperger’s Disorder and ADHD, spoke to an overflowing Granite State Room Wednesday in a lecture titled, “My Life with Autism.” For more on the event, see page 4. 2 INDEX Friday, November 16, 2012 Contents The New Hampshire Temple Grandin A thousand thanks 4 Activist, professor and author Temple Grandin spoke to a crowded Granite State Room on Wednesday about her new book, “My Life with Autism.” 7 For National Philanthropy Day, UNH students gathered in the MUB to write 1,000 handwritten thank-you notes to UNH beneﬁciaries. Museum of art Time to shine 18 9 UNH’s Museum of Art is currently displaying an array of sculptures and paintings, featuring exhibitions that will be on display into December. Contact Us: The New Hampshire 156 Memorial Union Building Durham, NH 03824 Phone: 603-862-4076 www.tnhonline.com Executive Editor Justin Doubleday firstname.lastname@example.org Nov. 16 Managing Editor Chad Graff email@example.com • International Food Luncheon, Huddleston Hall Ballroom,11 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Durham Young People’s AA Meeting, Durham Community Church, 12 - 1 p.m. Content Editor Bri Hand firstname.lastname@example.org The No. 4 Wildcats take on No. 1 seed Albany in the America East volleyball tournament. 20 Rivalry Renewed The UNH women’s hockey team will play Maine at home this weekend. Corrections If you believe that we have made an error, or if you have questions about The New Hampshire’s journalistic standards and practices, you may contact Executive Editor Justin Doubleday by phone at 603-862-4076 or by email at email@example.com. The next issue of The New Hampshire will be on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 This week in Durham Nov. 17 Nov. 18 • Towson vs. UNH Football, Cowell Stadium, 12 p.m. • Public Observing Session, UNH Observatory, 8 - 10 p.m. • Barbara Swan: Portraits and Still Life, PCAC - Museum of Art, 1 - 4 p.m. • NH Youth Band and UNH Wind Symphony, Johnson Theater, 3 p.m. • UNH International Education Week: Odaiko New England Taiko Drum Group, MUB Granite State Room, 7 p.m. Nov. 19 • Meditation, MUB - Room 304, 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. • Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail, Dimond Library, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. NEWS The New Hampshire Salary continued from page 1 The increase encompasses all benefits-eligible positions including professional and technical, academic administrators, operating staff, Extension educators, and faculty and librarians. “The settlement of the contract with the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors last spring has improved our ability to recruit and retain the outstanding faculty who are the heart of a University of New Hampshire education,” President Mark Huddleston said in a press release. Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration, commented that after state-level funding to the university was slashed last year, administrators offered early retirement incentives that left positions vacant. The unfilled positions required employees to work harder in order to serve students, sponsors and others who depend on UNH expertise. “We agreed to salary increases for both faculty and staff to reward all for their important and continuing contributions even in the face of these cuts in funding. And also to stay competitive with the set of universities we compare ourselves to,” Cannon said. He also noted that in addition to the 2 percent increase in salaries, there will also be merit and equity awards made from a pool equal to .75 percent of the salary base. Although the increase is generally welcomed by staff members, some believe it is not substantial enough. “The faculty doesn’t have a voice in staff raises, so we are disconnected from the decisions being made about us,” said Deanna Wood, reference librarian. Wood said she does not feel like the 2 percent increase in salary is adequate, due to the rate at which inflation has risen. “Anybody who has been grocery shopping lately knows that food prices have risen and inflation is having an impact that 2 percent doesn’t cover,” Wood said. She said she hopes with the reshuffling of the state government that Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan will restore funding to higher education institutions and that the university will, in turn, seriously reconsider augmenting non-union staff salaries. “Faculty and staff are vital to this university. We shouldn’t be nickel and dimed,” Wood said. Health-care increase In addition, the new contract will also shift a higher percentage of health insurance costs to employees, in an attempt to minimize the university’s health-care expenditure. Health insurance premiums for employees covered by Harvard Pilgrim will increase by 2.5 percent with Delta Dental increasing 1.22 percent, which will both go into effect Jan. 1, 2013. “The employee population will experience a small increase in premiums this year, but much less than the anticipated increased in the marketplace of 7 percent,” Cannon said in an email. According to Cannon, the uni- Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian militants targeted densely populated Tel Aviv in Israel’s heartland with rockets for the first time Thursday, part of an unprecedented barrage that threatened to provoke an Israeli ground assault on Gaza. Three Israelis were killed. Air raid sirens wailed and panicked residents ran for cover in Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial and cultural capital. Israel responded by moving troops and heavy weapons toward Gaza and authorizing the call-up of tens of thousands of reservists. There was no word on where the two rockets aimed at Tel Aviv landed, raising the possibility they fell into the Mediterranean. A third rocket landed in an open area on the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv. The fighting, the heaviest in four years, came after Israel launched a ferocious air assault Wednesday to stop repeated rocket fire from Gaza. The powerful Hamas military chief was killed in that strike, and another 18 Palestinians have died over two days, including five children. Some 100 Palestinians have been wounded. Israeli warplanes struck dozens of Hamas-linked targets in Gaza on Thursday, sending loud booms echoing across the narrow Mediterranean coastal strip at regular intervals, followed by gray columns of smoke. After nightfall, several explosions shook Gaza City several minutes apart, a sign the strikes were not letting up, and the military said the targets were about 70 underground rocket-launching sites. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the army was hitting Hamas hard with what he called surgical strikes, and warned of a “significant widening” of the Gaza operation. Israel will “continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people,” said Netanyahu, who is up for re-election in January. There were mounting signs of a ground operation. At least 12 trucks were seen transporting tanks and armored personnel carriers toward Gaza late Thursday, and a number of buses carrying soldiers arrived. Israeli TV stations said a Gaza incursion was expected on Friday, though military officials said no decision had been made. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he authorized the call-up of reservists, and the army said up to 30,000 additional troops could be drafted. “We will continue the attacks and we will increase the attacks, and I believe we will obtain our objectives,” said Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Israel’s military chief. Hamas, meanwhile, warned it would strike deeper inside Israel with Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets, acknowledging for the first time it has such longer-range weapons capable of hitting targets some 47 miles away. Tel Aviv is 40 miles from Gaza. By nightfall Thursday, Hamas said it had fired more than 350 rockets into Israel. Israel, which esti- 3 Anybody who “ has been grocery shopping lately knows that food prices have risen and inflation is having an impact that 2 percent doesn’t cover.” Deanna Wood UNH reference librarian versity has made strides to educate employees about the cost of services and the wide range of choices they are making related to their health care. Cannon noted that many UNH healthy living initiatives and programs have been launched in tandem with Harvard Pilgrim to encourage employees to know their health risks and work with providers to manage those symptoms to reach an optimal state of wellbeing. “The increase in healthcare premiums will have limited effect on employees’ pay in conjunction with the increase they will receive,” Cannon said. However, Wood felt that the increase in health-care costs zeroed out the salary increase that much of the faculty will receive. “Depending on how much health care you use, faculty will actually be spending more this year due to those increased expenses,” Wood said. Hamas targets Tel Aviv as part of rocket barrage IBRAHIM BARZAK Friday, November 16, 2012 mates Gaza militants have as many as 12,000 rockets, said some 220 rockets struck the Jewish state and another 130 were intercepted by an anti-missile shield. Israel believes Hamas has significantly boosted its arsenal since the last Gaza war four years ago, including with weapons from Iran and from Libyan stockpiles plundered after the 2011 fall of the regime there. “After four years, we became stronger, we have a strategy and we became united with all the military wings in Gaza,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. In the current round of fighting, Israel is facing an emboldened Hamas with a stronger arsenal and greater regional backing. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, like Hamas a member of the regionwide Muslim Brotherhood, said he was sending a high-level delegation to Gaza on Friday in a show of support for the fellow Islamists there. Both Israel and Hamas had largely observed an informal truce over the last four years, marred by occasional flare-ups. In recent days, however, border tensions escalated, then exploded into major violence Wednesday when Israel assassinated Hamas’ secretive military chief, Ahmed Jabari, with a missile strike on his car. Jabari led Hamas’ 2007 takeover of the territory, turning small squads of Hamas gunmen into a fighting force and supervising Gaza’s fledgling arms industry, including rocket production. Courtesy Photo The photo above shows a Parsons Hall lab mid-construction. Renovations to Parsons are scheduled to be completed in December. Parsons continued from page 1 the four College of Engineering and Physical Sciences buildings to sustain significant renovations. Parsons Hall was the last building to undergo changes. As the semester winds down, so will the construction. “We’re closing in on the completion,” said Dr. Charles Zercher, chairman of the chemistry department. According to him, the final phase is on, if not ahead, of schedule. In the beginning of the KEEP initiative on campus, chemistry professor Art Greenburg played a large role. He was the dean of CEPS from 2000-2005 and chaired the Parsons Hall Renovation Committee. But in recent times, the team of Zercher and chemistry department Manager Cindi Rohwer has spearheaded the closeout of the renovation. “Over the past two years, they have really done virtually all of the work,” he said. The renovation was completed in multiple phases, according to the different wings of the building. The last to be renovated was the southwest wing. Included in this final stage is a courtyard area that will face the intersection of Arts Way and McDaniel Drive. “It will be a very nice new entrance with a courtyard, flowers [and] picnic tables,” Zercher said. Some building-wide features include the addition of a new water system that chills water and the replacement of a new HVAC system. The water system is another step in the direction of environmentalism. “It’s a chilled water loop,” Zercher said. “So, we’re not wasting water.” HVAC systems have experi- Assault continued from page 1 dent had minor injuries and did not need medical attention. Dean added that nothing was taken during the assault and that the suspects “weren’t successful” in their attempt to take the stu- enced a complete overhaul, giving all occupants a cleaner air quality while in Parsons. “Air quality is so much better than it used to be,” Zercher said. Zercher was able to move straight into his new office in the West Wing, but others weren’t so lucky. “Some of us have been out for … approximately two years,” he said. Those faculty members who have yet to move back into offices are either displaced out in the North Wings, “jump spaces,” or are in “swing space” around campus. Those buildings include Spaulding Hall, Hewitt Annex and Nesmith Hall. “Everyone will be in their new space and it will just be touch-ups,” Zercher said. Both faculty members are thoroughly pleased with the results and the work effort behind it. “[It was] a terrific team to work with. The construction team was terrific,” he said. According to him, the chemistry department worked hard, too. “Through the entirety of the renovations, the chemistry department has been able to continue on without a lapse in class time. We have not missed any classes during this entire renovation,” Rohwer said. “We’ve all just kept plugging along.” The final budget is still up in the air, and an official number for total cost will come out around March 2013. The chemistry department is in the process of organizing a rededication for Parsons Hall, tentatively scheduled for late May. It would feature seminars, poster projects and historic presentations. “I enjoy the fact that I’m doing something that will make a huge difference and will have an impact for years to come,” Zercher said. dent’s backpack. UNH PD will increase patrols on campus and encourages anyone with information to contact UNH Police at (603) 8621427 or anonymously through their “Silent Witness” program by going to www.unh.edu/upd, and clicking “Contact us,” then “Silent Witness.” 4 Friday, November 16, 2012 NEWS The New Hampshire Presidents’ kids talk about White House life By JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Whether it was to sneak a first kiss or listen to Led Zeppelin, climbing onto the roof of the White House was apparently a common sneak-out practice among presidents’ children. Steve Ford garnered laughs during a panel discussion Thursday with fellow children of former presidents as he recalled dragging a stereo onto the roof with a friend his first night there in 1974. A teenager at the time his father took office, he said, “I think we were playing like Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Literally, it was like ‘Dumb and Dumber.’” Jenna Bush Hager later told Ford, “you can still get up on that roof, because I had my first kiss with my husband up there.” Her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, and Lynda Johnson Robb also spoke during the conference, which is part of a series focusing on the nation’s first ladies. But Thursday’s event was the first in which their children have participated, offering a different perspective about life in the White House. The conference, “The Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies,” was held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin and hosted by American University and the White House Historical Association. Ford noted that his family got to the White House in a “different way.” His father was appointed vice president after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and then became president after the resignation of Richard Nixon. He noted that Nixon’s presidency ended so abruptly that the Nixon family’s possessions were still being packed after Ford was sworn in, so the Ford family returned to their suburban Washington home for several days. After his father was sworn in, his mother, Betty Ford, fixed the family dinner. “She looks over at my dad and says, ‘Gerry, something’s wrong here. You just became president of the United States and I’m still cooking,’” he said. But he also talked of his parents’ deep devotion to each other, noting their decision to frankly talk about Betty Ford’s breast cancer diagnosis just weeks after he became president. “I can remember them holding hands and standing in front of the press and saying, ‘We’re going to take the shame off of this disease,’ which was a closet disease for women back in 1974,” Ford said. When his mother expressed concern after her diagnosis about wearing evening gowns, Ford said, his father told her: “Betty come on, don’t be silly. If you can’t wear cut low in the front, wear cut low in the back.” Betty Ford’s candidness about her breast cancer diagnosis was also noted in an earlier panel discussion Thursday with historians and former White House staffers as they talked about first ladies throughout history. Richard Norton Smith, a historian and author, said first ladies’ causes have at times been dictated by circumstance, noting the impact Betty Ford had when she took on breast cancer awareness after her diagnosis. Her fight against breast cancer also had a significant impact on men across the nation, added Allida Black, historian and director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. “You should read the letters that men wrote to her,” Black said. Other conferences have been hosted in Texas by the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station. The next conference will be held in the spring at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dutch gamer accused of hacking, disabling NH game STAFF REPORT Associated Press CONCORD — A federal grand jury in New Hampshire has indicted a gamer on charges that he conspired to hack into and disable computer servers belonging to a company that hosts an online role- playing game called “Outwar.” The indictment was returned Wednesday against 24-year-old Anil Kheda of the Netherlands. It alleges from November 2007 to August 2008, Kheda and other “Outwar” players accessed computer servers of game host Rampid Interactive in Dover. The action rendered “Outwar” unplayable for days at a time. The indictment said Kheda and alleged co-conspirators used their unauthorized access to Rampid’s servers to alter user accounts. That caused the restoration of suspended player accounts and the accrual of unearned game points. Cameron Johnson/Staff Temple Grandin spoke and signed copies of her book in the Granite State Room of the MUB on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Lecturer Temple Grandin presents new book, “My Life with Autism” to MUB crowd By PHOEBE MCPHERSON Staff Writer Over an hour before the lecture in the Granite State Room was to begin, students, faculty and community members waited in anticipation in a long line that wound its way through Union Court, nearly ending outside the Strafford Room. The Strafford Room and Union Court became overflow and simulcast areas because the crowd was just too big. Meanwhile, the guest speaker, Temple Grandin, sat signing her books. “I wanted to prove to people that I wasn’t stupid,” she said. Grandin suffers from autism, Asperger’s Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but she doesn’t let that hold her back. In her lecture Wednesday, “My Life with Autism,” Grandin highlighted parts of her life that she struggled with, the parts where she strived, and explained where she is headed now. She is currently a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and has written a number of books on both animals and her ways of thinking. “My personal field of work has no academic entry,” Grandin said. She is a consultant in the field of animal science and livestock. According to Grandin, animals are sensory, visual thinkers. She said she understands their anxiety and what they’re going through as they approach their deaths at slaughterhouses. She designed curved corrals to calm their fear. All of her designs were hand-drawn. “I think in pictures,” she said. She went on to explain that her own functioning is visual and sensory-based, like a constant movie playing in her mind. Grandin emphasized this idea by referencing math thinkers who see water turbulence patterns in Vincent Van Gogh paintings. Grandin spoke bluntly about her childhood, saying others “called me tape recorder.” High school was the worst time of her life, she said, but she attributes her success to her mother and numerous teachers who got her interested in science. Grandin spoke of a young autistic boy who is now earning a Ph.D. at age 15 in math and astronomy. She used this example to inform the crowd about how she hoped to shed light on the education system as a whole. “Schools are too single-minded,” she said, addressing the students in the audience. “Avoid the interview … You want to get a portfolio in their hand,” she said. In helping young children and other autistic children, Grandin said she believes that special interest groups are best. Anything from Boy Scouts to computing club, “put them together in the same projects,” she said. Grandin was able to find comfort and relief from early childhood bullying in these kinds of afterschool groups. “The world is in need of different kinds of minds to work together … to complement each other,” she said. While concluding her speech, Grandin reminded the audience that while she is autistic, it’s not something that controls her every day. “I don’t want to get cured because I like the way I think,” she said. NEWS The New Hampshire Friday, November 16, 2012 5 After rough start, The Cottages without major incident By BRIAN WARD STAFF WRITER At the beginning of the semester, The Cottages of Durham had problems with out-of-control parties and transportation woes. But after a few months, the residents of the area think that things have calmed down and will continue to get better. Nick Grafton, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at UNH, moved to The Cottages on the word of his friends. “It seemed like a good idea, ‘cause we [Sigma Chi] didn’t have a house. This gave us an unofﬁcial place where we could hang out and have meetings,” Grafton said. Grafton said that while he thought The Cottages have some issues, he thinks that the good outweighs the bad, naming the clubhouse and the community atmosphere — in particular — as pluses. “I’m having a lot of fun here,” he said. “Some things suck, like the buses, but we can’t control that. I also didn’t expect to be so close to my neighbors when I signed the lease, so there’s a plus to it.” Earlier in the semester, University Transportation Services (UTS), the university-run service contracted to provide transportation to and from the development, eliminated weekend buses due to numerous incidents, including students attempting to ﬂip over a bus. Grafton said that the limited amount of bus times has been a problem, but that he doesn’t think it will last. “That was [an] unfortunate event. I don’t know why anyone would ﬂip a bus in the ﬁrst place. I feel it (the buses) will come back, but for the time being I can understand. They don’t want any more buses ﬂipped,” Grafton said. Grafton said that for him, the best thing about living at The Cottages is the houses themselves, and that he will have high expectations for any future place he will live. He also said he thinks that as time progresses, the problems from the beginning of the year will continue to diminish. “I feel like at the beginning of the year people were acting like, ‘This is The Cottages, I’m going to party every day!’ and now they’re settling down to The Cottages’ rules. It’s deﬁnitely calmed down,” Grafton said. As much as he likes where he lives, Grafton plans to move out next semester so he can be closer to campus and so he will not have to deal with transportation issues. He also said his decision is also inﬂuenced by ﬁnances, as his apartment is currently costing him around $6,700 plus utilities per semester. “The price isn’t bad for what they’re giving us, but a person in my position can’t keep paying this,” Grafton said. Another member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, Nick Tzavalas, moved to The Cottages with his fraternity brothers, as well. He said that life in The Cottages has been very beneﬁcial to the fraternity. “We deﬁnitely achieved our goal of becoming a brotherhood,” Tzavalas said. “We wanted a central location where we can all hang out, have barbeques, and invite alumni to someplace I’m okay bringing my parents to,” Tzavalas said. Tzavalas said that he enjoys living in The Cottages, particularly because he is able to live in a single bedroom with a queen-sized bed. However, he indicated that he did have some worries when he ﬁrst moved in. “I’m having a lot of fun here. Some things suck.” Nick Grafton Cottages resident “In the beginning of the year, there were some problems. They [The Cottages management and UTS] took away the clubhouse, took away the buses,” Tzavalas said. “That was scary. I thought they would keep taking things away. “The bus situation and the driving [are a challenge]. You have to get on a bus a half-hour early for class. Sometimes you have to wait 20-plus minutes, which is going to be rough when it gets colder,” Tzavalas said. Despite the busing problems, Tzavalas said that he still enjoys living together with his friends. “It’s good. We have a bunch of friends here. I have a bunch of friends from the tennis team and from class I’ve known since the beginning of school who’ve seemed to have moved out here, as well. I’m two minutes from close friends,” Tzavalas said. Tzavalas went on to say that aside from a few events, there haven’t been a lot of events aimed at fostering the community yet. He said he hopes to see more of them in the future. “If I was a freshman, sophomore living here, I don’t think I could go back to living in an apartment on campus sharing a double, having a landlord. This is the perfect way to ﬁnish off senior year,” Tzavalas said. Alex Seiger is an electrical engineering major who moved to The Cottages when a friend offered him a spot in his house. According to him, signing up to live in The Cottages was easy and if he were given the choice, he would choose to live in The Cottages again. “I just got tired of living in the dorms, [and] tired of living with a roommate, even though my roommate was my best friend,” Seiger said. One of the things that Seiger likes about The Cottages is how close it is to campus compared to other apartments. However, he said that the lack of buses has left him trapped after classes on more than one occasion. “My main concern is the fact that the bus ends way too early on weekdays. It would be better www.TNHonline.com if it ran like the Gables bus. I get stranded on campus sometimes,” Seiger said. Seiger said that while his class work doesn’t allow him a lot of time to interact with his neighbors, amenities such as the hot tub and the clubhouse helps with The Cottage’s community atmosphere. While Seiger thinks the hot tub is “gorgeous,” it is not the best thing about the living at The Cottages. “Honestly, it’s the fact that I have my own bed, bathroom, walkin closet and don’t have to worry about someone else waking me up in the morning or me waking someone else up,” Seiger said. According to Seiger, things have calmed down after the craziness at the beginning of the year, and now he is happy that he moved in. “I’m not always ecstatic about it when I talk to my friends, but it’s a pretty sweet place to live,” Seiger said. CAMERON JOHNSON/STAFF The Cottages have sorted out some of the kinks from the start of the semester, but some students are still upset by the discontinuation of the weekend bus. Run ads 9 Col. In. or more This ad = $148.50 per issue Between 11/20 and 12/7 in color and get a T N U O C 0% DIS 1 Last chance to try our Mobile App for FREE Any size holiday ad gets a free ad on our Mobile App Call 862-1323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 6 Friday, November 16, 2012 Wind company to hold meetings in Granite State STAFF REPORT Associated Press LACONIA — A company that wants to build about three dozen wind turbines in the mountains of several New Hampshire communities is holding open house meetings. Iberdrola Renewables has preliminary permission to build up to 40, 450-foot-tall wind turbines on private property in Grafton, Alexandria and Danbury. It’s called the Wild Meadows project. Iberdrola is holding an open house Tuesday night in Grafton. Similar meetings will be held Wednesday in Alexandria and Thursday in Danbury. The company operates a similar project in Lempster and is bringing a 24-unit wind farm online in Groton. State officials look at such projects as important steps toward generating 25 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Citizen reports Ed Cherian of Iberdrola said the Wild Meadows project needs approval from the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, which will look at various impact studies to be completed by the company. Iberdrola can then submit a formal application to the state. As with the Groton project, Iberdrola expects to offer the towns of Grafton, Alexandria, and Danbury an annual payment in lieu of taxes. Groton, for example, will get more than $500,000 per year for 15 years, Cherian said. Iberdrola Renewables has preliminary permission to build up to 40, 450-foottall wind turbines on private property in Grafton, Alexandria and Danbury. Most of the Wild Meadows turbines will be at least four to five miles away from Newfound Lake, said Cherian, and will not be visible to most people in that area. He said a three-year study done by Iberdrola under the direction of the state Fish and Game Department found that there are no special or unique habitats on the proposed turbine site, and that the turbines themselves would not pose a threat to migratory birds. NEWS The New Hampshire UNH students prepare to host International Food Luncheon By CAITLIN ANDREWS Contributing Writer The students in the Fairchild Hall kitchen look tired. One works at mixing a thick batter, while her hall-mate chops mushrooms next to her. Another grates lemons while discussing whether they’re on schedule or not. There’s a sense of busyness and exhaustion, but the cooks are determined to power through. “We’ve been cooking since last Friday,” said Marissa Bazarian, a sophomore and Fairchild resident. “We’ve been cooking since about noon today. Tomorrow [Thursday] we’ll start at 8 a.m.” Such dedication is necessary to put on the International Food Luncheon [IFL], held Friday, Nov. 16 in Huddleston Hall. A banquet featuring 21 dishes representing 20 different countries, it is the delicious finale to another International Education Week. Admission is $5 for students and $8 for non-students. The menu will feature a variety of foods from all over the globe, including eight items that are either vegetarian or vegan and two that are gluten-free. Students of UNH, as well as Durham residents, will have a chance to try gyoza [dumplings] from Japan, chana masala from India, or baboosa [semolina cake] from Saudi Arabia, to name a few Got a Smartphone? Contact: TNH Advertising team if you are interested in advertising on the new Mobile App Download it for FREE today on your iPhone or Android (603) 862-1323 • TNH.Advertising@unh.edu of the dishes being served. “We tried to make sure there were no duplicate [countries],” Alex MacKinnon, a junior, said. “Except for Sweden,” Bazarian chimed in. “But that’s because their desserts are so good!” “It’s such a big project, and everyone’s put so much commitment, effort, and time into it.” Nhien Quach Fairchild hall director MacKinnon, along with cofood managers Charlotte Osborne and Bazarian, was responsible for putting the menu together. Cooking for the event is a group effort; members of the hall contribute when they have time, and the food managers have made sure they stay on schedule, working at least three hours a day since last week. The decision to include more vegetarian and vegan-friendly foods was easy, according to Bazarian. “A lot of people from other countries are vegetarian anyway,” she said. “Some recipes just came that way.” Charles True, a senior, said he believes the blend of food and culture will be the event’s biggest draw. “It’s just an eclectic blend of food on the menu,” he said. “Other orgs might have a themed night, like Mexican or Indian or Asian night. We have everything — that’s what sets us apart.” The IFL is a long-standing tradition in Fairchild Hall, going back more than 20 years to when Smith Hall was the international dorm. Residents of the hall completely run the event, from advertising to arranging for the use of the Huddleston Ballroom to cooking the food in their own kitchen. “The students this year have been so passionate — they’ve done a great job,” Nhien Quach, Fairchild hall director, said. “When I got hired in mid-July, the previous hall director gave me a report, and this was one of the big things about Fairchild.” According to Quach, planning for the event has been going on since the third week of school. To make IFL happen, there have been collaborations with Residential Life, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the MUB, and several other organizations. “It’s such a big project, and everyone’s put so much commitment, effort, and time into it,” Quach said. “It’s built a stronger community here.” True has been a Fairchild resident for the past three years. He’s been involved in the IFL before, but as one of two general managers, his job has been to oversee and help out with the luncheon. “With a new hall director and a new crop of residents, I thought it would be good to have someone in charge who had been there before,” True said. “And I thought it would be good to get actually involved my senior year.” In contrast, Francesca Bragan, the other general manager, is new to Fairchild and was eager to get involved right away. As a freshman, she feels the difference between her and True has benefited the IFL. “[He] is a more technical, creative person,” Bragan said. “I’m more creative with abstract thinking. We’re not afraid to try new things.” As the international dorm, Fairchild is constantly trying to build connections between people. There’s hope among the planners that the IFL will do just that. “I think people will realize the most important thing is that there are other cultures than just the American culture. There’s room to grow, and there’s fun ways to do that,” Bragan said. NH Brief UNH to help towns deal with stormwater DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire is using $700,000 in grant funding to help communities use “green” infrastructure to better manage runoff from rainfall that is not absorbed into the ground. Officials with the UNH Stormwater Center say the money will be used to help 42 towns and cities in the Great Bay watershed manage stormwater to reduce flooding and the damage that comes along with it while improving water quality. Examples of green infrastructure include rain gardens that absorb stormwater into vegetation or soil, installing porous pavement or implementing town ordinances that mandate buffers between streams and developments. The bulk of the money comes from a partnership between UNH and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with additional funding from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Got a complaint? Got pictures? Contact Chad Graff email@example.com Submit event photos to firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS The New Hampshire Friday, November 16, 2012 7 UNH Works program looks to restore budget By ADAM J. BABINAT SPORTS EDITOR LILY O’GARA/STAFF UNH students gathered to write 1,000 handwritten thank-you notes to those who donated to the university. Students, faculty, staff give “A Thousand Thanks” to UNH donors and alumni By LILY O’GARA STAFF WRITER Writing 1,000 thank-you notes might seem a daunting task for some, but the members of the UNH community that gathered for the university’s “A Thousand Thanks” party on Nov. 14 were up to the challenge. In recognition of National Philanthropy Day, which is observed on Nov. 15, UNH faculty, students and staff gathered in the Granite State Room to sign 1,000 personal, handwritten cards to send to donors to the university. “The point [of the event] is to educate faculty, staff, and students about giving,” said Megan C. Hales, a graduate of the class of 2001 who now works for the Alumni Association. Hales emphasized that gifts and donations of all sizes are important and appreciated by the university. Maxine Morse and her late husband, Richard Morse, have donated a signiﬁcant amount of money to UNH over the years. Richard Morse attended the university as an undergraduate and later served as trustee and chairman of the Board of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). Morse Hall was named as such in recognition of Richard Morse’s work. Maxine Morse said she believes that philanthropy is important, and that people who are blessed to be able to give have a responsibility to do so. Donating to higher education, particularly public higher education in New Hampshire, is a priority for Maxine Morse. It has become even more critical, she said, due to the recent extreme budget cuts to USNH. Maxine Morse’s donations support scholarships for the arts, and she enjoys attending all of the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance productions, she said. “UNH is such a wonderful “ The point [of the event] is to educate faculty, staff, and students about giving.” Megan C. Hales UNH alumna institution, with such a wonderful faculty and great students. It’s a privilege to help,” she said. Maxine Morse then pointed to her pin, which read, “I believe in UNH.” “It’s true,” she said, smiling. The pins were given out to attendees when they entered the event, and seemed to genuinely reﬂect the atmosphere in the room. The students in attendance were very enthusiastic. “It’s a great opportunity to thank donors,” said Raya Sultan Al-Hashmi, a senior English/journalism major. She added that the free food, drinks and prizes were a nice bonus, but indicated that she did not personally feel that incentive to give thanks was even needed. Julie Skaﬁdas, an undergraduate transfer at the university, works for the UNH Foundation’s Phonathon, an organization that has already raised $150,000 this semester. To raise money via telephone requires that the students bond with alumni, and listen to and share university experiences. Skaﬁdas said that the goal was to try to make alumni excited about UNH all over again, and to remind them that their money would be put to good use. Skaﬁdas stressed that giving really does make a difference. She said she hopes to contribute to funding someday, as well. “I’m looking forward to being an alum and giving back that way,” she said. Lisa Santilli was an English major who graduated in 2011 and is now on the other side of things, as she now works for the university through Donor Relations and University Advancement. “As a UNH alum, I found the beneﬁts of being a student. Working here is a way of giving back,” Santilli said. Santilli added that she enjoys helping other students further their own careers, many of which might not be possible without scholarship donations and other forms of charity. UNH Athletics also had a “Wildcat Fund Station” set up, and staff members were educating students about athletic funding. According to Eric Nappy, the assistant director of athletics for the Annual Giving for Athletics Development, there are currently 19 “friends groups” that raise operational support for athletics. Athletics has to support 20 varsity sports and subsidize an $8 million scholarship budget. While this is a daunting task, Nappy said that they are deﬁnitely making a dent. Last year, athletic donations increased by 24 percent; Fifty percent of donors are athletics alums, so connecting with and engaging alumni is crucial. twitter.com/thenewhampshire For months now, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston and other members of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) board of trustees have been advocating for the New Hampshire House of Representatives to restore funding it cut in 2011 to UNH and other universities within USNH. One way that university ofﬁcials have been pushing for this restoration in funding is through a campaign entitled UNH Works, which asks for students, faculty, staff and parents to talk to their local representatives in order to garner support for UNH. Unfortunately for the administration, the campaign is relatively unknown to the UNH student body. “I have never heard of [UNH Works],” said Marisa Milone, a freshman English major. In fact, out of several students polled about the campaign, very few had actually even heard of UNH Works. According to Mica Stark, special assistant to Huddleston for government relations, the university has been working with campus publications — such as UNH Today and UNH Campus Journal — to make the student body more aware of the effort. According to Stark, so far 1,400 individuals from more than 170 towns and cities have advocated for the UNH Works campaign. In addition, Stark said that both the UNH graduate and undergraduate student senates have been reached out to in order to help support the effort. “We will continue to work with the student organizations as well as The New Hampshire to publicize the effort,” Stark said in an email. “The student senate cre- ated a UNH Works committee and will be initiating various programs and communications to engage more students through the coming months.” The basis for the UNH Works campaign — also entitled “Higher Education Works for New Hampshire” by the USNH board of trustees — is that UNH and the other public universities in the state contribute a signiﬁcant amount of money to the state’s economy, and therefore support should be given so that these universities can continue to offer quality education. According to UNH’s media relations department, the university contributes more than $1.4 billion every year to New Hampshire’s economy. This includes $791 million through revenue, employment and spending. Huddleston made it clear during his State of the University address on Oct. 11 that this is a signiﬁcant contribution to a state that offers little support. “Does it make sense that a relatively well-off state like New Hampshire, whose greatest resources are its skilled workers and its innovation-driving colleges and universities, should slash support for higher education?” Huddleston said during the address. At that same address, Huddleston also noted that this sort of campaign was unprecedented for UNH. “This campaign is new ground for us,” Huddleston said. According to Huddleston and Starks, one promise that the USNH board of trustees has made is that, if their budget is restored, it will impose a two-year freeze for in-state tuition and a dramatic increase in the ﬁnancial aid of students. For students looking to learn about the UNH Works campaign, visit www.unh.edu/works. 8 Friday, November 16, 2012 NEWS The New Hampshire NH cop testifies about UNH dining to host VentiQuattro chase before he was shot Italian-American gourmet dinner By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press MANCHESTER — A police officer testified Thursday that he was almost within tackling distance of a suspect he was pursuing when he heard the racking of a gun pulling a bullet into the chamber and felt his shin explode in pain. Less than eight months ago, Manchester police Officer Dan Doherty was fighting for his life after being shot multiple times. On Thursday, he strode to the witness stand in uniform, a trace of a limp the only visible evidence of his injuries. More than 45 fellow officers sat grim-faced and attentive as he testified about how a routine call for assistance by a plainclothes officer turned into a near-fatal encounter. Doherty was testifying at a motions hearing ahead of next month’s trial for the man charged with his attempted murder — 23-year-old Myles Webster of Litchfield. Webster is being held on $1 million bond. Doherty says he is “100 percent” sure Webster was the shooter. Defense attorney Caroline Smith moved to prevent Doherty and three other witnesses from identifying Webster, citing discrepancies in their descriptions and the possibility they were influenced by media images of Webster. Doherty first caught up with the man he was pursuing between two buildings on March 21. He said he announced he was a police officer and shouted, “Show me your hands!” The man turned and ran, and Doherty gave chase. He said he closed the distance between them from 30 feet to less than 5. “I had gained on him, close enough to where I could tackle him,” Doherty said. “I felt I had the upper hand to sprint and tackle him.” “I heard the action of a gun racking,” Doherty said, his voice steady and matter-of-fact. “I felt excruciating pain in my shin. I had been hit and was falling backwards.” Doherty said he put his hands behind him to brace his fall, then pulled out his gun and returned fire. His shots went wide. The shooter was within 2 to 3 feet and kept firing, Doherty testified. On cross-examination, Smith asked Doherty if he couldn’t remember what color top the shooter was wearing had anything to do with his injuries. “It’s possible, but I don’t believe that’s the reason,” Doherty said. He also initially told a detective the man he was chasing was heavy-set. By BRI HAND Content Editor On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, students, faculty and the general public will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique meal at Stillings Dining Hall as the Department of Hospitality Management, Advanced Food and Beverage Management class presents its gourmet dinner. The dinner, called “VentiQuattro Italian-American Restaurant” will serve authentic Italian-American cuisine, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a cocktail hour from 5 to 6 p.m. The dinner is one of many that are presented by the class, as they give students the opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned in class. “This event showcases the true talent of this program,” said Kat Woods, the general manager. “This semester, we proudly boast a class unlike any other, unmatched in talent and experience. By purchasing a ticket to this event, patrons can truly experience the best of the UNH department of hospitality.” Twenty-four UNH students are participating in the dinner, hence the name “VentiQuattro,” which means “24” in Italian. “The students are responsible for each and every aspect of VentiQuattro, from the selection of the theme, to the creation of the menu, to the décor of the restaurant,” Woods said. “VentiQuattro is truly a product of the students of the UNH department of hospitality management.” The dinner will also feature guest chef Michael Rozzi, the executive chef at The Palm Restaurant in East Hampton, N.Y. Rozzi has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, and is serving as an adviser for the dinner. This event will also be a first for the department, as the dinner will feature the pop-up restaurant concept, a trend that has been gaining popularity in the United States recently. These restaurants appear in surprise locations and often give patrons access to new foods or new dining experiences. “Oftentimes, these locations can be outdoors, converted barns, or a self-standing location in unexpected areas,” Woods said. “VentiQuattro intends to mimic this concept with an elegant Italian-American restaurant.” These temporary restaurants have also been hailed as ways for young chefs to experiment in the industry without committing to opening a full-time restaurant themselves. The dinner’s menu includes hors d’oeuvres of pizza margarita, gluten-free pizza feta, baked clams oreganata and yellow tomato sip. The first course will be hand- Attention Seniors!!! Senior PortraitS A basic portrait session is FREE for each UNH senior so please take advantage of this opportunity! Students can sign up at marklawrencephotographers.brownbookit.com/schedules or by calling Mark Lawrence at 800-998-1088 rolled pear and ricotta ravioli with sage crisps, hazelnuts and brown butter sauce. The second course will be Atlantic flounder rollatini with broccoli rabe and livomaise sauce. The third course will be roasted beef tenderloin with spinach aglio e olio and truffle infused mashed potatoes. The forth course will be warmed mushroom salad with baby arugula, sweet balsamic reduction and shaved Parmesan. The fifth and last course will consist of classica cappuccino panna cotta with cinnamon scented crema and wild fennel pollen biscotti. The cocktail hour will serve hors d’oeuvres, Smuttynose beer and wine from E&J Gallo Winery. “Guests can expect a dining experience like no other,” Woods said. “The menu will appeal to all palettes, and the service to all personalities. Upon entering the restaurant, patrons will escape to the ‘refined, upscale and personable style’ of VentiQuattro.” According to the event’s website, suitable attire for this event is suit and tie for men, and suit, dress or other fine attire for women. Tickets for this event are $60 and are available at www.wsbe. unh.edu/gourmetdinner. Seating for this event is limited. Contact Donna Stickney at Donna.Stickney@unh. edu for information. sittings by Mark Lawrence start November 13-16 and 19-20 for this semester. the Arts In the mood for local music like Fighting Friday? Then turn the page! Page 10 16 November 2012 ‘Total Recall’ is different, but fun By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL STAFF WRITER For those of you looking for an awesome remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger ﬁlm “Total Recall,” keep looking, because the 2012 “Total Recall” is different than the original. That’s not to say the new, updated version is bad. The ﬁlm is quite fresh and offers a new take on the old classic. I have never been one to spoil the plot of a ﬁlm, so why start now? The premise, as one can gather from the trailer, is that Douglas Quaid, played by Colin Farrell, is a factory worker who is looking to have artiﬁcial memories implanted inside his head. Things go wrong, though, and Farrell can’t tell truth from reality anymore. Enough about plot though; the look and feel of the movie is incredible. On a reported budget of $125 million, expect a treat for your eyes. The cinematography isn’t anything out of this world, but it does capture the feel of the dystopian futuristic society. Despite being almost two hours in length, the ﬁlm actually feels short. While the original ﬁlm was well developed in terms of character and plot, the new “Total Recall” lacks in ﬂeshing out what should be very interesting and intriguing characters and stories. The cast is quite recognizable with the star power of Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. The top talent is the magniﬁcent Bryan Cranston, however, who delivers every line and mannerism with perfection. One of the biggest differences between the original and remake is the corniness factor. While there are still some classic throwbacks to the original ﬁlm (a three-breasted woman, for example), the ﬁlm isn’t as far-fetched as the original was. The new ﬁlm is a little darker, more glamorized, and a little bit grittier. It also helps that Farrell is a much better actor than Schwarzenegger could ever hope to be. “Total Recall” is not exactly a ‘total recall’ to the original ﬁlm. It’s relatable, but it’s not the same. It’s pleasantly different and it doesn’t try to be a carbon copy of the original. My advice is if you’re free this weekend and have nothing to do, go drop a couple bucks at the MUB movie theater and check out “Total Recall.” It’ll be worth it. Final Score: 3 out of 4 stars CHARLIE WEINMANN/STAFF Barbara Swan’s “Jazz” shows off her use of water in her work, and how it alters the images around it. Museum of Art offers diverse exhibit By CHARLIE WEINMANN STAFF WRITER Even if you have visited UNH’s Museum of Art in the past, there is always reason to visit again. Located in the Paul Creative Arts Center, the museum is constantly rotating its exhibitions. Currently in the Carter Gallery is Working Model: Figurative Drawings and Sculptures from the Collection, and in the Scudder Gallery is Barbara Swan: Portraits and Still Lifes. The museum’s Carter Gallery, on the top ﬂoor, displays a wide range of art history as well as a diverse style of creation. Oil pastel, pen and ink, and bronze sculptures are examples of the different styles of art being displayed. One piece titled, ‘The Wall,’ by Sumner Winebaum and created in 2002, shows a bronze sculpture of a nude female ﬁgure, hanging in space with her body at a slant, as though pushing against an imaginary wall. The sculpture’s description says that, “The artist ampliﬁes the sensation of weightlessness by extending the body beyond the short base … She remains outstretched, defying the downward force of gravity.” Other pieces displayed in the Carter Gallery include a variety of nudes, various sketches and portraits, some with minimalistic effects. The works in this gallery represent different artists’ views of the CHARLIE WEINMANN/STAFF human form from the early twentieth century to the present. Each piece has a description and sometimes a story to go along with it. The Scudder Gallery, downstairs, mainly features the work of ART continued on page 11 COURTESY PHOTO 10 Friday, November 16, 2012 ARTS The New Hampshire This week in local band and musician performances By MAIREAD DUNPHY CONTRIBUTING WRITER What’s happening this week in local music? Lots. Spread your music horizons and check out some shows in the area! The Press Room Saturday, Nov. 17: Combo Sabroso at 9 p.m. Cover: $8 Sunday, Nov. 18: Jazz Grill: Katie Seiler from 6-9 p.m. Cover: $10 Dover Brickhouse Friday, Nov. 16: The All Good Feel Good Collective Band and Thunder Body starting at 9 p.m. Cover: $5 Saturday, Nov. 17: Worried Well, City Streets Country Roads, and When Particles Collide starting at 9 p.m. No Cover. Sunday, Nov. 18: Jazz Brunch with The Jim Dozet Trio from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rí Rá Irish Pub Friday, Nov. 16: Fighting Friday at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17: Hello Newman at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18: Irish session at 5 p.m. and James McGarbvey at 9 p.m. Thirsty Moose Tap House Friday, Nov. 16: The Bernie Worrell Orchestra with the Watkinsonics from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cover: $15 Saturday, Nov. 17: Rather Large (Modern Alternative Rock) from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18: Open Mic from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Stone Church Friday, Nov. 16: Rustic Overtones at 8 p.m. Cover: $15 Saturday, Nov. 17: Cowboy Dave at 9:30 p.m. Free Show! Sunday, Nov. 18: Open Mic w/ Dave Ogden from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. courtesy photo Fighting Friday, a Boston-based rock group, will be performing at the Ri Ra Irish Pub on Friday, Nov. 16. Gas Light Co. holds FashioNation CAB Presents... Comedian Brian Moote This event is FREE! Funded by SAFC Saturday, November 17th 9 PM MUB Strafford Room By ANNAH TODD contributing writer FashioNation is a fund-raising fashion show that was held at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. The event took place on Thursday, Nov. 15, and profits went to 3S Artspace. The event incorporated music, art and fashion from the Seacoast area and featured up-and-coming styles and products for the holiday season. FashioNation is a communitydriven event that involves local companies. Styles from eight clothing stores represented by models on a runway, artwork, and live DJs were all features of the event. The event featured clothing from LunaChics, I Like That;), Bobbles & Lace, GFC Clothing, Pretty Little Things, Second Time Around, Denimrack and the Wear House, all of which are located in Portsmouth. The DJs included TVP Records and Groove:Lounge, who performed onstage, with performances from Rayel, Ape Undu and special guests. Sam Farrand’s artwork was projected onto screens in the restaurant. Farrand is a local artist from Newmarket. Homestead Digital Design photographed the entire event, including the audience. The fashion show began at 8 p.m. Prior to the start, guests were encouraged to check out the artwork, listen to the sets from TVP Records and sip on beverages from the custom cocktail menu, featuring Belvedere Vodka. The event was media sponsored by NH Seacoast TV and Taste of the Seacoast. Angela Drew, owner of the Wear House, a consignment store in downtown Portsmouth, participated in FashioNation for the first time. Drew said she was hoping to “get exposure, have fun and go for the experience.” Drew said she loves “putting outfits together” and that her favorite part of the job is “creating personas, styles and looks from the ran- dom pieces that come in on a daily basis.” This was the second FashioNation event held. The first FashioNation took place last May, and featured local boutiques, musicians and artists. Each FashioNation event donates its proceeds to a different charity. A portion of the proceeds from last year’s event went to Speaking Up for New Hampshire Children. Scott Ruffner started FashioNation and still organizes the event. About 160 people showed up at the last event, which Ruffner said, “created a packed house.” Ruffner said he reached out to 3S just when the company was getting off the ground and really connected with what they were doing. “This area has a strong creative community, but let’s face it, in many ways it’s a walking, breathing history book,” Ruffner said. “FashioNation is just an honest reflection of what’s going on here.” 3S Artspace is located at 319 Vaughan St., in Portsmouth. It is a 501c3 non-profit organization that should be under renovation by April 2013. As of Nov. 1, 3S had raised $970,000 in donations, nearly halfway to the group’s goal of $2.2 million. There will be four unique spaces inside the building. The second floor will hold 16 studios available for artists to lease. There will be a 1,800 square foot non-commercial gallery space to host exhibitions of many kinds, including installations. Shows of a wide variety can be held in the 400-person capacity performance space. Additionally, there will be a bar and restaurant that will offer “inspired, inexpensive farmto-table dining.” Got an opinion? Submit to the forum email@example.com ARTS The New Hampshire Friday, November 16, 2012 ART CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 Swan. According to the Museum of Art, “The survey begins with the artist’s work completed while studying abroad on a travel fellowship in 1948 to her mature work exploring objective reality as she observed it reflected in mirrors and through water-filled bottles arranged in studio still lifes.” Swan displays an interesting perception of reality and culture with her still-life pieces scene through bottles of water. In one piece titled, “The Renaissance Eye” (1989), Swan uses one tall container of water in the middle of her piece to distort the figures of a doll’s legs and the portrait of an unnamed man, all on a calm blue backdrop. Swan’s work allows the viewer to create his or her own meaning from each piece. One could stare at her paintings for an hour and still not have a concrete idea as to what Swan was attempting to coney in her works. The exhibition also displays a few of Swan’s sketched and painted portraits of close friends, family and fellow poets or artists, the expressions on their faces all mesmerizing. One type of Swan’s work that is displayed in the gallery and is particularly intriguing is her selfportraits. There are a couple of them, and each one was painted at 11 a different point in her life. It is interesting to view the works and to see the expression on her face, along with the colors she chose for that time and place. Her choices on how she depicted herself are telling as to how she may have felt on that day. If studied long enough, the viewer may begin to experience and understand the emotion that Swan was feeling in any particular self-portrait. These exhibitions are on display from Oct. 27 through Dec. 9. You can find the hours of operation on the museum’s website at unh. edu/moa. Barrington Cinema Route 125 664-5671 All Digital Sound Showtimes Good 11/16-11/20 TWILIGHT SAGA: 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00 (F-Sat) BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (R) 1:30, 4:20, 7:10 (Sun-Tues) SKYFALL (PG-13) 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 (F-Sat) 12:40, 3:40, 6:40 (Sun-Tues) 10:50, 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:20 (F-Sat) 1:20, 4:00, 6:50 (Sun-Tues) WRECK IT RALPH (R) FLIGHT (R) 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 (F-Sat) 12:50, 3:50, 6:50 (Sun-Tues) ARGO (R) 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 9:30 (F-Sat) 1:10, 4:10, 7:00 (Sun-Tues) HERE COMES 1:50, 4:40, 10:10 (F-Sat) THE BOOM (PG) 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 (Sun-Tues) www.barnzs.com MUSO Presents…. Movies for the Week of November 16-22 CHARLIE weinmann/staff total recall Summer Winebaum’s bronze sculpture, “The Wall,” is meant to amplify the body’s sense of weightlessness. Friday, November 16 Saturday, November 17 Sunday, November 18 7:15 PM 9:30 PM 7:15 PM 9:30 PM 7:15 PM 9:30 PM the oDD lIfe of tIMothy GreeN Friday, November 16 Saturday, November 17 Sunday, November 18 6:45 PM 9:00 PM 6:45 PM 9:00 PM 6:45 PM 9:00 PM Starts thursday (11/29) courtesy photo Green Bastard hopes to gain new fans By MAIREAD DUNPHY Contributing Writer Green Bastard, a local band, is a metal/post-metal/stoner-metal band that loves the music of Black Sabbath. The band, composed of Max Arbuckle on guitar, Spencer Benson on bass/vocals, and Ryan Coffey on drums, are all UNH alumni, except for Benson, who is currently a UNH sophomore. “We most appeal to the kids who like to bob their heads to groovy metal,” Arbuckle said. Green Bastard is a new band on campus, playing its first show in Newmarket. They already have an EP on Bandcamp called Threshold, and are looking to gain more popularity in the area and on the UNH campus. The band’s dark tones and menacing rage unleash their amplified distortion, assertive beats and general loudness. The first bands who premiered in heavy metal, such as Black Sabbath, had huge audiences, even though they, at first, were scathingly attacked, which is a depiction of what happened commonly in the history of heavy metal. Bands like Green Bastard, who are new and emerging adventurists in the musical world, seek to gain more fans in a new way, through Expendables 2 The Campaign 7:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:00 PM social media. They are on Facebook and Bandcamp, with their music available to stream and download for free. TNH Tuesdays & fridays for more details go to: www.unhmub.com/movies tickets are $2 for students with ID and $4 for others. Movies sponsored by Film Underground are FREE. Tickets go on sale 1 hour before show time. Cat’s Cache and Cash are the ONly forms of payment accepted. For more info contact: MUB Ticket Office - University of New Hampshire (603) 862-2290 - Email: MUB.firstname.lastname@example.org 83 Main St, Durham, NH 03824 12 Friday, November 16, 2012 NEWS The New Hampshire HHS releases report on Medicaid expansion One year later, a Q&A By NORMA LOVE Associated Press CONCORD — New Hampshire could save up to $114 million if it decides not to expand Medicaid under the new federal healthcare law, but it would lose $2.5 billion in federal aid toward health care for the state’s uninsured. The state Health and Human Services Department on Thursday released the first part of a study on the impact of expanding Medicaid that examines the cost to the state from 2014 to 2020. The report offers preliminary estimates of what the state might save if it decides not to expand the program as well as estimates of what it would cost. If New Hampshire expands Medicaid, it could cost an estimated $85 million over seven years. But New Hampshire’s health-care providers would share in the $2.5 billion flowing into the state from the federal government over that period. The agency hired the Lewin Group to look at the pros and cons of expanding the program. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that expanding Medicaid was optional under the Affordable Care Act. The second part of the report is expected to be released next month and will examine the impact that expanding the program would have on the economy, health care providers, other state agencies and health insurers. Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas said the decision on whether to expand Medicaid to cover more of New Hampshire’s uninsured — largely adults — rests with the governor and Legislature. Under the federal health-care law, people under age 65 will qualify for Medicaid if they earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty guideline. For a single adult, that means about $15,000 a year. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost to insure these newly eligible enrollees for three Run up to 8 Col. In. of ad space Between 11/20 and 12/7 in color and get a 5% DISCOUNT This ad = $84 per issue Last chance to try our Mobile App for FREE Any size holiday ad gets a free ad on our Mobile App Call 862-1323 or email email@example.com years beginning in 2014. Eventually, the federal government’s share of the cost begins to shrink annually until it is 90 percent in 2020, and the state pays the rest. The study took into account the so-called woodwork effect of people eligible for Medicaid who aren’t enrolled. Under the new law, their medical costs are matched at the current 50-50 rate with the state. Randall Haught of the Lewin Group estimated that 58,000 of the 113,000 eligible for Medicaid under the new law would enroll. He said 22,000 people would enroll in Medicaid even if the state doesn’t expand because of penalties for not being insured and other provisions in the law. Haught said the study doesn’t take into account the loss of federal aid to hospitals to help cover their costs of caring for the poor starting in 2014. The state qualifies now for up to $160 million a year in aid matched with the same amount of state money. The federal law assumes hospitals would have fewer poor people using emergency rooms for basic care if they are covered by Medicaid or buy insurance through a yet-to-becreated health exchange. Haught estimated the aid available could be half what it is now by 2020. Democratic Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan campaigned in support of expanding Medicaid to extend coverage to people who can’t afford insurance. Hassan said in a statement Thursday that the injection of federal health care funding would help the economy. She said she would review the report but cautioned that “to have a full understanding of the financial impact, we will also need to examine the phases of the report that are still in progress, including an analysis of the benefits to our economy from the influx of federal dollars and the reduction of uninsured emergency room visits.” with UNH’s new social media coordinator By KANG-LI CHENG Contributing Writer When UNH found itself falling behind in the emerging world of social media last year, it began looking for someone to lead the way in building the university’s online presence. UNH soon recruited Jason Boucher, an alumnus, for the position of social media coordinator. Boucher, who was hired last fall, agreed to take a break from tweeting and posting statuses to answer some questions. You worked at UNH IT and DJ’d for WUNH while you were a student. What was your previous job and how did you become coordinator of social media here? I worked within the world of UNH IT as a Help Desk & Support Technician. I also trained faculty and staff on Microsoft Outlook, Windows, Microsoft Office and Apple Mac 101. I also wrote for Signals and participated in various software testing. As an undergrad at UNH, I worked at WUNH 91.3 FM as the Music Director in 199697, Sports Director in 1997-98, and hosted various shows while creating others such as Gammlyte, New Real Rhythm and Monday Jazz. Working at WUNH and UNH IT along with my three years as president of Seacoast Social Media, led me to my current role as UNH social media coordinator. Is there a division of people at the university who work to promote social media? Can you explain your division/department a little bit? I work for New & Emerging Media within University Communications & Marketing. Our team is responsible for design and implementation of both web and mobile UNH websites, all social media, and we work with UCM to create UNH Today. Within the Social Media department, I have two work-study students, who operate @UNHStudents on Twitter and Instagram. Among many other students, they also blog for our new website, UNHTales.com, which is a social website for students, by students (Hint: We’re always looking for more contributions from students). Other accounts we run are listed here: unh. edu/social. Why is the university so interested in promoting an online presence? Having an online presence, especially through various social media channels, allows everyone to have a voice and to contribute. Through contests, conversations, photos and video, everyone can participate and be a part of the conversation. It connects our students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and prospective students, bringing everyone together. What are some of the benefits and also problems that come with increasing social media use? Some of the benefits are increased exposure to various campus events and news. Twitter is the most popular social media app, because it’s quick, easy, and also available via mobile. Some of the problems with social media is inappropriate postings to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that might come back to haunt you when applying for a job, applying for graduate school, or just being out in the public for everyone to view. To maintain professionalism, how are all the Twitter accounts and Facebook updates “censored?” UNH does not censor our Twitter or Facebook updates. If there are comments made on our posts that are deemed harassing or malicious, then the proper action is taken. But a simple disagreement, negative comment or unpopular opinion can be a part of the conversation in which others can also add their voice, making it a discussion and allowing everyone to participate. TNH “The TNH” is redundant NEWS The New Hampshire Federal court strikes down Mich. affirmative action ban By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions was declared unconstitutional Thursday by a deeply divided federal appeals court, six years after state voters said race could not be an issue in choosing students. In an 8-7 decision, the court said the 2006 amendment to the Michigan Constitution is illegal because it presents an extraordinary burden to opponents who would have to mount their own long, expensive campaign through the ballot box to protect affirmative action. That burden “undermines the Equal Protection Clause’s guarantee that all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change,” said Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., writing for the majority at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The court said having supporters and opponents debate affirmative action through the governing boards of each public university would be much fairer than cementing a ban in the constitution, which it referred to as home of “the highest level” of public policy. The court did not comment on a portion of the amendment that deals with government hiring. The decision is limited to states in the 6th Circuit, which includes Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. But it also raises the odds that the U.S. Supreme Court may get involved. A very similar law in California was upheld by a San Francisco-based appeals court, and the Supreme Court could choose to resolve the conflicting decisions of the 9th Circuit and the 6th Circuit on voter-approved bans. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a supporter of the ban, said he will ask the nation’s highest court to take the case. “Entrance to our great universities must be based upon merit,” he said. George Washington, a Detroit attorney for the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, said the ruling is a “tremendous victory.” He predicted the case will move to the Supreme Court. “What this really means is thousands of blacks and Latinos who would not have had a chance to go to our most selective universities will have the chance to become lawyers, doctors and leaders of all fields,” Washington said. As the college admissions process for 2013 heats up, it wasn’t immediately clear what campuses would do in light of the ruling. Officials at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University said they were reading the decision. At the University of Michigan, 8 percent of undergraduates this fall are black or Hispanic, compared to almost 11 percent in 2008. The number of black female undergraduates is down 27 percent compared to 2008, according to university data. This is the second time that the appeals court has examined Michigan’s affirmative action issue. A three-judge panel last year also found the ban unconstitutional for similar reasons. But after a plea from Schuette, the entire court decided to take a fresh look at the matter, with new filings and arguments leading to the new ruling Thursday. In a 32-page opinion, the court’s majority explained the difficulties that it sees for students under the constitutional amendment. For example, there’s nothing barring someone from citing family alumni connections when applying to a college. But the court said a student seeking to use race to influence the admissions process now is shut out unless the constitution is changed again. “Michigan cannot force those advocating for consideration of racial factors to traverse a more arduous road without violating the Fourteenth Amendment,” the court said. “We thus conclude that Proposal 2 reorders the political process in Michigan to place special burdens on minority interests.” In dissent, Judge Danny Boggs said the majority relied on an “extreme extension” of two Supreme Court cases to justify its decision, one in 1969 involving the repeal of a fair housing law in Akron, Ohio, and the other in 1982 involving an effort to stop racial integration in Seattle schools. “We have the citizens of the entire state establishing a principle that would in general have seemed laudable,” Boggs said of Michigan. Another dissenter, Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, said the will of 58 percent of voters in 2006 has been shredded. “Michigan has chosen to structure its university system such that politics plays no part in university admissions at all levels. ... The Michigan voters have therefore not restructured the political process in their state by amending their state constitution; they have merely employed it,” Gibbons said. Besides Michigan, six states have banned racial preferences in admissions: Washington, Nebraska, Arizona, New Hampshire, California and Florida. In Texas and Georgia, leading public universities use a race-neutral system, though the University of Texas has maintained some use of affirmative action. Since a 2003 Supreme Court decision, universities have been allowed to use racial preferences if they choose, though they are not compelled to do so. The court last month heard arguments in a case that could change that precedent. Abigail Fisher, a rejected white applicant, is suing the University of Texas. Friday, November 16, 2012 13 NH court hears first death penalty case in 50 years By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press CONCORD — The New Hampshire Supreme Court — after a day of marathon arguments in the first death penalty case before the court in 50 years — now must decide if the state’s only death row inmate becomes the first convicted killer executed in New Hampshire since 1939. Michael Addison was sentenced to death for gunning down Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006, as Briggs was attempting to arrest him on armed robbery charges. Addison’s lawyers have raised numerous issues on appeal, including the trial judge’s decision not to move the trial out of Manchester, where the courthouse is located roughly 100 yards from police headquarters. Attorney David Rothstein argued Wednesday that holding the trial in Manchester injected passion and prejudice into the death verdict — fueled by prosecutors’ arguments to jurors that Briggs died protecting the community from Addison, an outsider. “The watershed event in this case was not moving the trial out of that courthouse,” Rothstein argued. But Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Woodcock argued that the killing of a police officer — though rare in New Hampshire — is not tantamount to an act of terrorism and mass murder. “It’s not that kind of heart-stopping event, even though it’s a tragedy,” Woodcock said. Prosecutors argued that both sides worked hard to guarantee Addison a fair trial and that jurors certified their verdict was not influenced by arbitrary factors. “This court is not sitting as the 13th juror,” Woodcock argued. “Consider the strengths of the state’s case as well as the weaknesses of the defense case.” Members of the Briggs and Addison families attended the daylong hearing but declined to comment. Briggs, 35, was 15 minutes from the end of his shift when he and his partner — both on bicycle patrol — confronted Addison and another suspect Oct. 16, 2006. Jurors found that Addison shot Briggs in the head at close range to avoid arrest. ing because he was “almost in the shoes of Officer Briggs.” “I felt it was a necessity for people who have been close enough to his position to be here and stand together,” said Doherty. The courtroom was nearly full for the morning session, but the crowd thinned out in the afternoon. Typically, a hearing before Michael Addison was sentenced to death for gunning down Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006, as Briggs was attempting to arrest him on armed robbery charges. Addison was later convicted of going on a violent crime spree in the days leading up to Briggs’ death, including two armed robberies and a drive-by shooting. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin said the justices have waded through thousands of pages of briefs and transcripts of a trial that spanned three months. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if it takes a year or more for them to issue their ruling. If the court vacates Addison’s death sentence on constitutional grounds, Strelzin said, the state would be barred from again seeking a death sentence. Outside the courthouse Wednesday, death penalty opponents held signs in a silent vigil. “This is a momentous occasion,” said Arnie Alpert, spokesman for the Coalition Against the Death Penalty. “Inside the court they’ll be talking about the legal issues. But ultimately, the death penalty is a profound moral issue, economic issue and political issue.” Manchester Police Officer Dan Doherty — recovering from being shot multiple times while pursuing a suspect in March — said he attended part of the hear- the justices lasts a half an hour. Rothstein also told the court Addison may not have faced the ultimate penalty if jurors had been allowed to hear his assertions that he did not intend to kill a Manchester police officer in a dark alley six years ago. “Addison said he did not act purposely,” Rothstein said, noting that he repeated the assertion nearly two dozen times. “He maintained that position under intense questioning.” Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley countered that the trial judge was well within her discretion in keeping the statement out of the record because it was inherently unreliable and rife with lies. The justices peppered the lawyers with questions, but the tenor of the arguments was even, calm and dispassionate. New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Attorney Barbara Keshen thought they were too dispassionate. “The dispassion might be what’s necessary,” Keshen said. “But it lacks the core understanding that what we’re talking about is executing a human being.” Trash 2 Treasure will be collecting any broken or unwanted electronics! If it has a cord or a battery and you don’t want it, we do! Electronic waste accounts for five percent of all municipal solid waste worldwide. Help make a change! Lobbies and community centers will house collection bins in every dorm and on-campus apartment. Find out more at: facebook.com/unhtrash2treasure November 19-21 (Before Thanksgiving Break) December 12-15 (Before Winter Break) March 5-8 (Before Spring Break) 14 NEWS Friday, November 16, 2012 Community Supported Art project offered in NH By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD — A program modeled after the Community Supported Agriculture movement will provide shareholders with a boxful of artwork instead of vegetables this holiday season. The Sharon Arts Center is teaming up with the New Hampshire Institute of Art for its third Community Supported Art project. Instead of buying seasonal food from local farms, CSArt shareholders buy paintings, prints, photographs and other items from artists. Keri Wiederspahn, the center’s director, said she decided to start the project last fall after hearing about a similar program in Minnesota. “It just seemed to really fit with our region and demographic here. There’s a lot of buy local buy-in,” she said Tuesday. “People are obviously very aware of the necessity for food and, unfortunately, the arts have been on the back burner, so trying to use the agricultural model to promote the arts is a nice way to go about it because it does feed you in different ways as well.” The 10 participating artists include faculty, alumni and students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. They will receive stipends for each creating 50 unique, limited edition works. Buyers will pay $350 for 10 items, which will be distributed at a “Pick-Up Party” on Dec. 6. For fall and spring versions of the program, participants paid $330 for nine works of art, which they collected over a three-month span. Wiederspahn said the program attracted a mix of experienced art collectors and those making their first significant purchases. “There were people who just liked the idea that they didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “There’s definitely an element of surprise.” Participants who aren’t thrilled with what they get can make trades on the spot, Wiederspahn said. “It brings a different component in to the whole notion of collecting,” she said. “It brings an element of fun into it.” Gary Samson, chairman of the art institute’s photography program, said he’s excited to be among the 10 artists chosen for the CSArt project. His contribution will be a series of photos taken in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. “It will be the first time I’ve assembled that portfolio and it will be unique,” he said. “It will be an opportunity to create a body of work about something I care very deeply about.” He acknowledged that the buyers will be taking a risk, but said he is confident his work will find a good home. The New Hampshire More American workers to pick their insurance By TOM MURPHY Associated Press For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock. In a major shift in employersponsored health insurance coverage, companies such as Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. are giving employees a fixed amount of money and allowing them to choose their own coverage based on their individual needs. The approach, called defined contribution health insurance, contrasts to the decades-old practice by most U.S. employers of offering workers a one-size-fits-all plan with benefits they may not want. It also means American workers who’ve grown accustomed to having their benefits chosen for them could wind up with bigger bills and inadequate coverage if they don’t choose wisely. “It’s a big, big change in the nature of what it means to have health insurance,” said David Cutler, a Harvard University economist. Until now, defined contribution health insurance plans have been largely limited to small businesses and retirees. But more employers are considering them as a way to control their rising healthcare costs. After all, the average annual premium — or cost for insurance coverage — for an employer-sponsored family health plan has almost doubled in the past decade to nearly $16,000, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. And companies generally foot at least 70 percent of that bill. But now the plans are catching on. Benefits consultant Mercer found that 45 percent of the 2,809 employers it surveyed earlier this year are either using or are considering a defined contribution approach. As a result, insurers and benefits companies are rolling out online exchanges where workers can buy insurance coverage roughly similar to how they buy plane tickets on travel websites. The private sites are similar to the public online exchanges that will enable people to buy insurance starting late next year as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Aon Hewitt, a benefits consulting giant, expects 200,000 people to enroll this fall in coverage offered through its online exchange. Darden, which operates the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains, and Sears are offering their defined contribution plans through Aon’s exchange site. WellPoint Inc., the nation’s second-largest health insurer that runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in several states, plans to debut its exchange next year. The insurer has an ownership stake in Bloom Health, a Minnesota company that expects the number of people covered by plans through its exchange to more than triple to about 100,000 people next year. MORE CHOICES Defined contribution health programs can differ greatly from the typical coverage offered by U.S. employers. Most coverage that companies currently offer gives employees the option of one plan or maybe two. With defined contribution plans, the company gives the employee a set contribution toward coverage, and the worker then picks the plan. That may involve choosing from among a few plans the employer offers or using an exchange to sort through dozens of choices offered by several insurers. The employer’s contribution may cover the entire premium or a smaller slice of it, depending on the coverage that the worker choses. A young, healthy, single worker, for instance, may pick a plan that balances a smaller premium with a higher deductible, which is the annual out-of-pocket amount a patient pays before most of his or her coverage kicks in. The plans are an attractive option for companies that want more predictable health-care costs or more choices for their workers. Neither Sears nor Darden would say how much they’re planning to give employees so that they can buy health insurance. Sears, the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based retail chain, said 90,000 of its employees will be eligible for its new approach, and they will have 15 choices for health insurance instead of about four. Darden, which has 45,000 fulltime employees, said its workers will be able to go online and pick from five medical plans, four dental plans and three that provide vision coverage. The Orlando, Fla., company had previously just offered one health insurance plan. The company said that the sum Darden will give workers to cover costs for their insurance will rise as health care costs climb. Ultimately, it said workers will have about the same out-of-pocket costs that they currently have for about the same level of coverage — but they’ll have more flexibility. “One of the things (employees) asked for was more choice in their health care,” says Ron DeFeo, a spokesman for Darden. “As we looked for a way to do it, this was the best option.” HELPING THE LITTLE GUYS The plans can be a good option for smaller businesses as well. Dick Bernstein owns Security Auto Loans Inc., a New Hope, Minn., subprime auto loan provider with about 40 employees. He wanted to offer health insurance to attract and keep workers. But other small business owners warned him that premiums in more traditional plans could soar as high as 20 percent annually. So in January, Bernstein began offering his employees a defined contribution plan through Bloom Health. Bernstein’s company gave each worker $3,000 and sent them to a secure website run by Bloom to pick a plan. On the site, workers are asked about 35 questions to pin down their health needs, financial situation and comfort with risk. For example, the website offers a hypothetical scenario: A total of $1,500 in medical bills due in 60 days arrives. It then asks if the worker has the money to pay for it. The question is intended to determine whether a high-deductible plan would make sense for that employee. Bernstein says the program is good for his business because he can contribute a fixed amount every year, making his costs predictable. Plus, Bernstein doesn’t have to devote staff to finding the right insurance plan to offer. “That was another key point for me — I didn’t have to be part of this decision-making process,” he says. “I didn’t have to figure out what’s best for my employees.” Heather Lockman, who works as a loan processor at Security Auto Loans, was skeptical at first about the new plan. But she changed her mind after she wound up with 20 different plans — eight pages of options — to choose from after she answered the questions on the Bloom website. In the end, the 36-year-old picked a low-cost option that came with a $3,000 annual deductible. She chose maternity coverage but declined the mental health ben- efit. The $3,000 that Security Auto Loans gave her covered her annual premium, so Lockman will have few out-of-pocket expenses if she stays healthy. “It gives me more control over my health coverage,” Lockman says. “It makes it fit my lifestyle.” THE RISKS AND REWARDS Proponents of the defined contribution approach say it forces people to pay more attention to details like costs, and that could force insurers to compete more on price and quality. That could ultimately lead to lower health-care costs overall. “In every consumer marketplace when you have real competition, prices go down, and we have seen those competitive juices flowing as we have gotten rates from participating insurers (for exchange business),” said Ken Sperling, Aon’s national health-care exchange strategy leader. But critics argue that such an approach can stick customers with bigger bills if the employer’s set contribution doesn’t rise over the years to match growing health insurance costs. And that could mean that employees would be forced to switch to cheaper plans that offer less coverage over time, says Cutler, the Harvard economist who advised the 2008 Obama campaign on health care. “That’s a very big risk,” he says. And workers may find educating themselves about health insurance daunting. “I think people are going to have to spend more time understanding their options,” says Paul Fronstin, an economist with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. “There are all kinds of dimensions of information you’ll be provided, potentially.” Mark Pauly, a University of Pennsylvania health economist, agrees. He says there’s an “enormous amount of inertia” among consumers when it comes to shopping for the right insurance plan. “Life’s too short to spend all your time worrying about health insurance,” he says. Despite the possible downsides, insurers say defined contribution plans are becoming more common. WellPoint Chief Financial Officer Wayne DeVeydt says he expects interest in the plans to pick up in the coming years. “Right now employers are really trying to understand what the health care landscape will look like,” he says. NH Republican House speaker wins recount for seat STAFF REPORT Associated Press CONCORD — Republican House Speaker William O’Brien will keep his seat after a re-count Wednesday confirmed his narrow victory in last week’s election. The vote on Election Day showed O’Brien defeating Democrat Kary Jencks by 67 votes in District 5, which covers Mont Vernon and New Boston. That margin increased to 70 votes in the recount, one of 23 being conducted this week. The House also picked up another Republican Wednesday after a recount in Rockingham County’s District 17, which covers Newmarket and Newfields. Six candidates were competing for three seats, and the Election Day results showed three Democrats winning — Marcia Moody, Michael Cahill and William Connery. But Republican Rep. Adam Schroadter of Newmarket picked up enough votes in the recount to surpass Connery by 15 votes. On Tuesday, a recount confirmed Republican state Sen. Andy Sanborn’s win over Democrat Lee Nyquist in District 9, which covers 14 towns including Bedford, New Boston and Mont Vernon. Election Day results had Sanborn up by 253 votes; the recount made his margin of victory 213 votes. “I’m pleased by the result of the recount, and look forward to continuing my work in the Senate for a more pro-job, pro-growth New Hampshire. Tonight, small business owners, taxpayers and those struggling to make ends meet will be able to sleep more easily knowing that the State Senate majority will remain in Republican hands,” Sanborn said, referring to the 13-11 edge Republicans hold in the Senate. O’Brien, who was elected speaker two years ago, is not seeking a leadership position for the session that starts in January now that Democrats have regained control of the House. Republicans will nominate their choice for speaker Thursday in a private caucus, while Democrats pick their nominee Saturday. If Democrats stick together, their choice will be named speaker Dec. 5 and the GOP choice will be minority leader. NEWS The New Hampshire Friday, November 16, 2012 BP agrees to pay $4.5B; three employees charged By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the deadly Gulf of Mexico spill and pay a record $4.5 billion, including the biggest criminal fine in U.S. history. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter. The settlement with the federal government came two years after the fiery drilling-rig explosion that killed 11 workers and set off the nation’s largest offshore oil spill. In announcing the deal, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said the tragedy “resulted from BP’s culture of privileging profit over prudence.” BP will plead guilty to charges involving the 11 deaths and lying to Congress about how much oil was spewing from the blown-out well. “We believe this resolution is in the best interest of BP and its shareholders,” said Carl-Henric Svanberg, BP chairman. “It removes two significant legal risks and allows us to vigorously defend the company against the remaining civil claims.” The settlement appears to be easily affordable for BP, which made a record $25.8 billion in profits last year. And it will have five years to pay. But the oil giant still faces several billion dollars in additional claims for damage to people’s livelihoods and the environment. Separately, BP rig workers Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were indicted on federal charges of manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, accused of repeatedly disregarding abnormal highpressure readings that should have been glaring indications of trouble just before the blowout. In addition, David Rainey, BP’s former vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, was charged with obstruction of Congress and making false statements. Prosecutors said he withheld information that more oil was gushing from the well than he let on. Rainey’s lawyers said he did “absolutely nothing wrong.” And attorneys for the two rig workers accused the Justice Department of making scapegoats out of them. Both men are still with BP. “Bob was not an executive or high-level BP official. He was a dedicated rig worker who mourns his fallen co-workers every day,” Kaluza attorneys Shaun Clarke and David Gerger said in a statement. “No one should take any satisfaction in this indictment of an innocent man. This is not justice.” The settlement, which is subject to approval by a federal judge, includes payments of nearly $2.4 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, $350 million to the National Academy of Sciences and about $500 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which accused BP of misleading investors by lowballing the amount of crude that was spilling. It also includes nearly $1.3 billion in fines. “This marks the largest single criminal fine and the largest total criminal resolution in the history of the United States,” Attorney General Eric Holder said at a news conference in New Orleans. He said much of the money will be used to restore the Gulf. Holder said the criminal investigation is still going on. Before Thursday, the only person charged in the disaster was a former BP engineer who was arrested in April on obstruction of justice charges, accused of deleting text messages about the company’s handling of the spill. Greenpeace blasted the settlement as a slap on the wrist. “This fine amounts to a rounding error for a corporation the size of BP,” the environmental group said. The largest previous corporate criminal penalty assessed by the Justice Department was a $1.2 billion fine against drug maker Pfizer in 2009. Nick McGregor, an oil analyst at Redmayne-Bentley Stockbro- kers, said the settlement would be seen as “an expensive positive.” “This scale of bill is unpleasant,” he said. But “the worst-case scenario for BP would be an Exxon Valdez-style decade of litigation. I think that is the outcome they are trying to avoid.” On the New York Stock Exchange, BP rose 14 cents Thursday to close at $40.30. Still, BP has yet to close the books on the tragedy, and the cost for the company could climb much higher. For one thing, the U.S. government and the Gulf states are still seeking billions of dollars in civil penalties against BP over the environmental damage under such laws as the Clean Water Act. Also, a federal judge in New Orleans is deciding whether to approve an estimated $7.8 billion settlement between BP and more than 100,000 businesses and individuals who say they were harmed by the spill. They include fishermen, charter boat captains, restaurants, hotels and property owners. The Deepwater Horizon rig blew up 50 miles off Louisiana on April 20, 2010, in an explosion that investigators blamed on time-saving, cost-cutting decisions by BP and its drilling partners in cementing the well shaft. Following several failed attempts that introduced the American public to such industry terms as “top kill” and “junk shot,” BP finally capped the well on the sea floor after more than 85 days. By then, the well had spewed an estimated 172 million gallons of crude into the Gulf, fouling marshes and beaches, killing wildlife and closing vast areas to fishing. BP will plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect of a vessel’s officers, one felony count of obstruction of Congress and one misdemeanor count each under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Clean Water Act. The workers’ deaths were prosecuted under a federal law that protects seamen. Nelda Winslette’s grandson Adam Weise of Yorktown, Texas, was killed in the blast. She said somebody needs to be held accountable. “It just bothers me so bad when I see the commercials on TV and they brag about how the Gulf is back, but they never say anything about the 11 lives that were lost. They want us to forget about it, but they don’t know what they’ve done to the families that lost someone,” she said. Sherri Revette, who lost her husband of 26 years, Dewey Revette, of State Line, Miss., said the indictments against the employees brought mixed emotions. “I’m saddened, but I’m also happy at the same time that they will be prosecuted. I feel for them, of course. You never know what impact your actions will have on others,” she said. Frank Parker, a shrimper from Biloxi, Miss., said: “I just hope the money gets down to the people who need it.” Scientists warn that the spill’s full effect on the Gulf food chain may not be known for years. But they have reported oil-coated coral reefs that were dying, and fish have been showing up in nets with lesions and illnesses that biologists fear could be oil-related. Oil churned up by storms could be washing up for years. The spill exposed lax government oversight and led to a temporary ban on deep-water drilling while officials and the industry studied the risks and worked to make it safer. BP’s environmentally friendly image was tarnished, and CEO Tony Hayward stepped down after some gaffes that included lamenting at the height of the crisis: “I’d like my life back.” The cost of the spill far surpassed that of the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989. Exxon ultimately settled with the government for $1 billion, which would be about $1.8 billion today. The government and plaintiffs’ attorneys have also sued Transocean Ltd., the rig’s owner, and cement contractor Halliburton, but a string of pretrial rulings by a federal judge undermined BP’s strategy of pinning blame on them. Obama vows not to forget storm victims rebuilding By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press NEW YORK — President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to stick with New Yorkers still struggling 17 days after Superstorm Sandy “until the rebuilding is complete” after getting an up-close look at devastated neighborhoods rendered unlivable. Obama brought the spotlight to people still without heat or electricity and hugged many of those trying to rebuild their lives. He also delivered a postelection message of unity, nine days after a closely divided America gave him a second term. “During difficult times like this, we’re reminded that we’re bound together and we have to look out for each other,” Obama said from a Staten Island street that was demolished by the storm. “And a lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences, melt away.” Obama announced that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, a former chief of New York’s Housing Authority, will be his point person to oversee long-term redevelopment in the region. On a three-hour tour, the president encountered many still suffering in Sandy’s aftermath and waiting in lines for food, supplies and other help. He also met privately with parents whose two young boys, Brandon and Connor Moore, were swept away by the powerful storm. Damien and Glenda Moore’s children were among more than 100 people who deaths were blamed on Sandy. “I expressed to them, as a father, as a parent, my heartbreak over what they went through,” Obama said. He said the Moores were “still obviously a little shell-shocked” but wanted to thank the New York City police lieutenant who stayed with them until the bodies were found. “That spirit and sense of togetherness and looking out for one another, that’s what’s going to carry us through this tragedy,” Obama said. Before arriving on Staten Island, his helicopter flew over Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, including the waterfront community of Breezy Point, where roughly 100 homes burned to the ground in a massive wind-swept fire. On Staten Island, Obama met with residents waiting in line at an emergency response center at New Dorp High School, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration, IRS, Red Cross and city agencies have set up tents to help survivors. The White House said about 1,500 people had received services at the center, one of several in affected areas, as of Monday. People sought refuge from the cold on “warming buses” and the New York Fire Department provided hot showers. Insurance companies including Travelers and Allstate also had buses where people went to file claims. The president hugged one woman at the business tent, asking where she was staying and if her loved ones were safe. He also visited a tent where food and toiletries were being distributed and thanked the workers and volunteers who came in from around the country. Several hundred people gathered nearby to see the president and shouted: “We love you!” One girl collecting supplies who said her house is unlivable said: “We need help. 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UNH New Hampshire The Nation The World Opinion University of New Hampshire 156 Memorial Union Building Durham, NH 03824 Phone: 603-862-4076 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tnhonline.com twitter.com/thenewhampshire Executive Editor Justin Doubleday Managing Editor Chad Graff Content Editor Bri Hand News Editors Business Consultant Susan Doucet Emily Hoyt Julie Perron Sports Editors Adam J. Babinat Nick Stoico Design Editor Julie Fortin Annie Sager Arts Editor Business Manager Danielle Simpson Advertising Assistants Jenia Badamshina Matt Doubleday Graphic Designer Kristen Kouloheras Commander in question Obama has chance to prove critics of his leadership wrong T here is a serious misconception among many Americans about the power our president actually wields. For better or for worse, the president is praised for many of America’s successes and blamed for the country’s failures. In President Obama’s case, many Americans feel that he has failed to bring the economy back to an acceptable level of prosperity through his ﬁrst four years. A frightening number of Americans feel that Obama’s vision of the country is one where the unemployed are able to live comfortably off of entitlements funded by working citizens. They should be far more afraid of the president’s use of drones in the Middle East, but that is beside the point. The president does not have the ability to raise or lower taxes on his own, to choose how social programs are funded on his own or to even push through his own health care bill on his own. Bills have to go through the legislative and judicial branches in addition to the executive branch, to repeat a lesson we all should have learned in ﬁfth grade. What a president is, more than anything, is a leader. That is why the country’s success and failures are often put on his shoulders. He might not be able to affect policy change on his own, but he is responsible for leading the national government in addressing the country’s issues. Mitt Romney hammered Obama for his inability to lead in Washington throughout this past election season. His criticisms, while exaggerated, were not unfounded. While Republicans in the House of Representatives were often unwilling to work with Obama during his ﬁrst term, it is still his job to lead these politicians in reaching resolutions. Over these next few weeks, Obama will have a chance to prove that he is a capable leader. He has many lawmakers in Washington, D.C. questioning his administration’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. A committee of senators is currently investigating the attack and the government’s handling of the incident in which four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, were killed. As the investigation moves forward, Obama would be wise to be straightforward about his handling of the attack and take responsibility for any mistakes made. And as the “ﬁscal cliff” looms, it is Obama’s job to unite Democrats and Republicans in reaching a deal on taxes and spending cuts. If a deal is not reached by Dec. 31, the United States faces the likely possibility of a second recession. Perhaps lawmakers will get in the holiday spirit and put aside their differences to put together a plan. Whatever the case, the next month and a half is not a time for partisan division. It is up to Obama to lead legislators from different sides of the aisle to a common ground. 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Bring letters to our ofﬁce in Room 156 in the MUB, email them to tnh. email@example.com or send them to The New Hampshire, MUB Room 156, Durham, NH 03824. Opinions expressed in both signed and unsigned letters to the Editor, opinion pieces, cartoons and columns are not necessarily those of The New Hampshire or its staff. If you do not see your side of the argument being presented, we invite you to submit a letter to the editor by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. OPINION The New Hampshire M y thoughts in the early morning hours of Nov. 7 brought me back to a passage in a book I read some time ago. The passage from Walter Krauffman’s translation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra reads: “Alas, the time is coming when man will no longer give birth to a star. Alas, the time of the most despicable man is coming, he that is no longer able to despise himself. Behold, I show you the last man. ‘What is love? What is creation? What is longing? What is a star?’ thus asks the last man, and blinks. The earth has become small, and on it hops the last man, who makes everything small. His race is as ineradicable as the flea; the last man lives longest. ‘We have invented happiness,’ say the last men, and they blink. They have left the regions where it was hard to live, for one needs warmth. One still loves one’s neighbor and rubs against him, for one needs warmth... One still works, for work is a form of entertainment. But one is careful lest the entertainment be too harrowing. One no longer I And then we blinked... becomes poor or rich: both require too much exertion. Who still wants to rule? Who obey? Both require too much exertion. No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse. ‘Formerly, all the world was mad,’ say the most refined, and they blink... One has one’s little pleasure for the day and one’s little pleasure for the night: but one has a regard for health. ‘We have invented happiness,’ say the last men, and they blink.” In this passage, Nietzsche develops the last man, a thinly veiled and brutal critique of bourgeois society. Here, he cites the absence of creativity, a tendency toward materialism, and the exhibition of herd behavior to demonstrate the weakness of man in this stage of human history. Perhaps the most disturbing quality of the last man is his ability to convince himself that he has found happiness in these qualities. Are the results of last Tuesday’s election indicative of the fact that modern America has now come to epitomize the last man’s reign? From the Right Nick Mignanelli “Who do we love?!” the campaign staffers asked. “Maggie for Gov!” the poll standers shouted back. That was the scene in Exeter a little after 7 a.m. last Tuesday. In the weeks before Election Day, I couldn’t help but notice the manifestation of “Obama Cares” stickers adhered to the bumpers of Honda Civics and Volvos around the state. This is the state of contemporary American political discourse: Who cares about me? Who loves me? Who will take care of me? Could it be that the denigration of the family and the breakdown of the community have given rise to an age in which citizens now look to the government for these commodities of human emotion? Could anything be more masochistic than looking to politicians and You don’t need handguns ’m reasonable. You can keep your shotguns and rifles, but not automatic rifles of course. Anyone who believes they need a Kalashnikov lives on a completely different planet from me. But isn’t it great that we live in a country where you can have one? We have so much more to learn from Somalia. Rifles and shotguns have traditional uses. People have hunted for as long as humans have existed. I’ve dabbled in it myself and can say without shame that I’ve reverse-drowned many a fish. I’m not interested in stopping hunters, nor in getting sidetracked by complicated animal rights issues, as much as I love distractions. What I am interested in is telling you that you don’t need handguns. The Constitution is a little vague. It doesn’t say what types of arms you get to bear, which allowed us to enforce the now expired assault weapons ban. But more importantly, if the Constitution told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it? I didn’t think so. We could bend the rule without breaking it. We could pick a type of weapon to ban. Handguns don’t serve a recreational purpose. Anyone could understand that target practice might be fun. But you can do that with shotguns and rifles, and that’s all that handguns are good for, that and shooting people. People are injured or killed by a firearm over 100,000 times per year in the United States, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention data, and every time it happens that is a big “F U” from the second amendment. But if people are going around shooting each other, don’t we need guns to defend ourselves? Not really; people are killed by their own guns more than by those of others. Over 18,000 people were acciden- Friday, November 16, 2012 From the Left Miles Brady tally shot in 2009, and in 2007 over 600 died of accidental shootings, according to CDC data. However, what is really striking is how rarely guns are used successfully in self defense as opposed to murder. There were an average of 213 fatal justified shootings per year between 2005 and 2010, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In a pure, but probably fairly accurate, extrapolation of the data on my part, you can assume that 15 percent of self-defense shootings are fatal and thus there were only around 1,400 injurious self-defense shootings. For transparency, I get 15 percent from CDC statistics which show that of around 86,000 non-suicidal shootings, there are over 12,000 gunshot fatalities. Excluding suicide, there are around 54 gun murders for every one selfdefense fatality, according to CDC and FBI data. About one in 225,000 (approximate – USA population divided by 1,400) Americans will fire a gun in self-defense each year, though about 1 in 2 has one (47 percent according to a Gallup poll from 2011). Many gun owners are convinced that there is a strong possibility that they’ll need their gun for self defense, but that would be like winning the lottery. Gun-lovers love to think they are responsible. No matter how responsible they are, or think they are, there is a strong possibility that kids will find their guns. My grandfather (to be honest, I question his responsibility) left his gun in the trunk of his car. My cousins and I touched it as kids, and may have picked it up. I don’t know if it was loaded. Around five kids are injured or killed by handguns each day in the United States, according to the The Survivors Club. The children of parents you’d probably consider responsible, in one recent case of a police officer, find guns and hurt or kill themselves. This column has become dark and depressing. It is depressing because we live in the world’s most gun obsessed wealthy country. Our culture is too accepting of devices that have no use other than killing people. Having a rifle or shotgun for hunting is understandable, but handguns don’t serve this purpose. Just because they are occasionally used in self defense doesn’t make up for all the lives lost. The Constitution was designed to do what’s best for us (at least us white men). What was best for us over 220 years ago is not what’s best for us now (not just white men). We need to continue to adapt, for the betterment of the people. Another amendment clarifying the second amendment would be good but, as the (unfortunately) expired assault weapons ban shows, we don’t even need to change the constitution to improve things. We could ban handguns outright. We could also prevent purchases from gun owners, instead of dealers, as this allows convicts and the mentally ill to bypass background checks. But unless you are in law enforcement or the military, you don’t need handguns. bureaucrats for the sort of support that only family members and neighbors can provide? And what are the values of this new age of paternal government? One might say we are now living in the midst of an envy epidemic. Rigid class structure and permanent class struggle are not features of American life, but the rhetoric of economic division, too, has now entered into the realm of American political discourse. The stillborn Occupy Wall Street movement gave us the absurd 99 percent -1 percent dichotomy, while politicians like Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren have attributed the accomplishments of every successful man and woman in this country to the government. The president: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Senator Warren: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own – nobody! ... You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless – keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.” Crippling taxation and regulation are a small price to pay for utilizing one’s innate abilities and sharing one’s creativity with others via a market system. The wealth created by some, said the politician, ought to be rendered to the state for the material comfort of others. In this way, human happiness will finally be achieved. The herd agreed and then we blinked. s Nick Mignanelli is a senior political science major and a former intern at the Heritage Foundation. Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to the end of the semester approaching and a nice, long break from classes. Thumbs down to the end of the semester approaching and all the exams and papers that come with it. Thumbs up to the Thanksgiving dinner at the dining halls. Thumbs down to any professors not canceling class the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break. Thumbs up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bicycle kick goal from 30 yards away. Thumbs down to having to do laundry less than a week before going home. Thumbs up to one week before Black Friday shopping deals. Thumbs down to the inevitable tramplings that happens during Black Friday. s Miles Brady is a junior English major. He is a running enthusiast, a sports fan and very liberal on most issues. He also likes to think that he is very rational. 17 twitter.com/thenewhampshire 18 Friday, November 16, 2012 SPORTS The New Hampshire VOLLEYBALL UNH faces Albany in AE semifinal By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL Staff Writer The UNH Volleyball team is preparing to travel to and take on Albany on Friday, Nov. 16 in the America East semifinals at 7 p.m. The Wildcats (15-3, 7-5 conference) are the fourth seed while the Great Danes (13-15, 10-2 conference) are the first seed. Incidentally, UNH and Albany last squared off for both team’s season finale on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Lundholm gymnasium. After losing the first two sets, the Wildcats fought back with two impressive sets, winning each 2518. The Great Danes controlled the fifth and final set. Albany won the set 15-11 and the match 3-2. The two teams also met earlier in the season at Albany, on Oct. 12. The Great Danes won that game, 3-1. Albany has been the powerhouse in America East volleyball for years. This will be Albany’s fifth consecutive hosting of the America East championship, and eighth in nine years. The Great Danes have also won seven of the last nine championships. UNH has won three America East championships in 1998, 2002 and 2003. All three years the America East tournament was hosted in Durham. Current head coach Jill Hirschinger was also the head coach for all three of those championship teams. Last year the Wildcats earned the number two seed and faced the number three seed Stony Brook. The Wildcats ended up losing that match 3-1. Then senior Amy Keding was named to the All-Tournament team. Despite being heavy underdogs in the match, the Wildcats are staying positive and excited for the America East tournament. “Our biggest goal right now is to win conferences, to do it as a team,” junior captain Morgan Thatcher said. “Everyone has a role and a job on this team and as long as we all do that job, we’ll be okay.” Football continued from page 20 set the pace for the offense. The rushing attack, which is ranked No. 2 in the conference, will be facing a challenge as they face the CAA’s second-ranked rushing defense in the Tigers. Leading the defense for Towson is freshman linebacker Monte Gaddis, who leads the team with 70 tackles, 30 solo on the season. Gaddis is currently tied for second in the conference in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (5). The defense will have to deal with the loss of All-American free safety Jordan Dangerfield. Dangerfield broke up six passes and had 69 tackles on the season, but was suspended for Saturday’s game by the CAA for receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Rhode Island. The Towson defense leads the CAA in total defense. On the offensive side, senior quarterback Grant Enders leads the Tigers and ranks fifth in the CAA in passing yards per game with 208.7. The Towson rush attack averages 210.4 rushing yards per game, good for fourth in the conference. Running back Terrence West ranks third in the conference in rushing yards per game with 90. Thatcher continued from page 20 finer points of the game.” Despite her raw ability, Thatcher quickly developed into a special player for Brockton, becoming a three-time captain, being named first team All-American and winning the Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year award in 2009. “Sophomore year, I took a leadership role on our team after all our seniors graduated,” Thatcher said. “I started learning the game and got a lot better knowing this was something I wanted to do.” Despite her accomplishments, Thatcher almost did not end up attending to UNH. “I thought she was going to be play basketball in college, so we didn’t really pay too much attention File photo Cornerback Dontra Peters (1) returns to the lineup after suffering a minor leg injury during the Rhode Island game. “On the offensive side, they are running the ball very well,” McDonnell said. “It starts with their offensive line and then it’s all set around their running back West.” Historically, UNH has been very successful against the Tigers. But Towson got the better of the ‘Cats last season, knocking UNH out of the top-10 with a 56-42 victory. Saturday’s kickoff is at noon. ing the Rhode Island game. Peters did not play in the ‘Cats’ last game against William & Mary. The byeweek gave Peters extra time to heal. s McDonnell is 8-5 in his career following a bye week. s UNH is on its first six-game winning streak since Nov. 26, 2005. s Notes Dontra Peters will return after suffering a minor leg injury dur- The Wildcats are 22-1 in their last 23 home games. to her in high school,” Hirschinger said. “It wasn’t until her senior year, when she really started to blossom, that we really started taking a closer look.” The closer look led to a visit to UNH by Thatcher and her family. “UNH was my second visit and I fell in love with it,” Thatcher said. “I loved the coaches, the players, the area. I didn’t take any more visits because I knew it was where I wanted to be.” When she arrived at UNH, Thatcher knew, despite her successful high school career, she had to improve. “I was behind when I first came in,” Thatcher said. “Some of these girls came from places where they practiced five times a week. My school only practiced once a week, so I was behind from the start.” “She was raw at first, even more behind than the other freshmen,” Hirschinger said. “But she practiced hard and continues to practice hard. She gets better everyday.” Coaches and teammates cite Thatcher’s aggressive and competitive nature on the court as the biggest reason she has gotten better. “When she gets mad, she gets aggressive,” Hirschinger said. “I want to say controlled mad. Her game elevates. She does, at times, get too emotional, over-critical. She’ll make an error or two and then lose that aggressiveness.” Thatcher’s teammate, Destiny Tolliver, recalls how that competitiveness has been there since day one, and is a big part of their friendship. “We both came in, and being the same year and being the same person, huge lefties, we competed for the same spot,” Tolliver said. “A lot of competitiveness between us. I ended up playing a different spot. We still compete, but it’s not as in- M Hockey continued from page 20 the early part of the season, working to keep the puck away from DeSmith. The defense leads the Hockey East in goals allowed, allowing only six goals in six games. Umile said the team play comes down to senior leadership. “The seniors are playing well,” Umile said. “I’m a big believer in seniors. That is all the leadership, the experience; they’ve been through the wars and know what it takes and when they are playing well, it just spills over to the younger guys.” This weekend could present a set of challenges for the Wildcats, starting with the River Hawks. UMass Lowell (2-4-1, 1-3-1 Hockey East) split games with Maine last weekend. Their slow start doesn’t represent their skill, though. UML went all the way to the NCAA Frozen Four last season and won the season series with UNH. River Hawks goaltender Doug Carr was named a Hockey East second team all-star last season, as well as the runner-up conference player of the year. “This will be a battle between Carr and DeSmith,” Umile said. Following a day of rest, the Wildcats will head over to Boston University to take on the No. 11 Terriers. The Terriers are led on offense by sophomore Cason Hohmann who has 10 points on three goals and seven assists. The team is averaging 3.00 goals per game this season. New Hampshire beat the Terriers earlier this season 4-1 in Durham, but Umile said that a lot has W HOCKEY continued from page 20 shootout opportunity to seal the victory for the Black Bears. The key players to watch for on the Maine squads are senior forward Brittany Dougherty who leads the team in assists (7) and points (11). Also, freshman forward Autense and we always keep it on the court.” Thatcher believes that she has gotten better at controlling her on court emotions. “My freshman year, I let my emotions show on the court and I could get real high and low,” Thatcher said. “It definitely got bad at times, affecting my game. I still have it now, and I’m glad, but I’m a lot better at controlling it than I was.” While Thatcher appears to be a brutal presence on the court, but is also a very approachable, talkative person. “I am a real ‘talk-about-it’ person,” Thatcher said. “I love talking about it. You can’t ignore the pink elephant in the room, so let’s talk about it. My freshman teammates are really good about that, because they’ll come talk to me about it. That makes me feel really good and that I’m doing the right thing.” The seniors are “ playing well. I’m a big believer in seniors. ... What we did to them [BU] in the first game, you can forget about that one. Plus this game is at BU.” Dick Umile Head coach changed since then. “What we did to them in the first game, you can forget about that one,” Umile said. “Plus this game is at BU.” The weekend is the start of a four-game stretch on the road. A few wins on the road over the next two weeks could give the team an extra edge and build to its national resume. Voters have the Wildcats at No. 5 in the nation. “We can make a statement here,” junior forward Kevin Goumas said. Goumas recently took over as the team leader in points and assists with 10 and nine, respectively. Boston University (5-3, 4-2 Hockey East) is coming off of a 4-2 loss to No. 1 Boston College, a game in which the Terriers took the lead in the third, only to lose it to two quick BC goals in the last two minutes of the game. “This is the easy part of the season,” assistant captain Greg Burke said regarding the Wildcats’ early success. “From here on out, it becomes a grind.” dra Richards who leads the team in goals (5) and is second in points (6). Also, watch for Maine goaltender Brittany Ott who posts a goals against average of 2.54, save percentage of .933 and a record of 2-2-1. After the Saturday afternoon matchup against the Black Bears, New Hampshire will come back home to host Quinnipiac University at the Whittemore Center on Tuesday Nov, 20 at 7 p.m. Hirschinger believes Thatcher’s talkative nature also aids in her thirst to get better. “Morgan’s always up here, talks to the coaches a lot,” Hirschinger said. “She’s very open to us, very fun to be around, and she’s always looking to learn more.” Thatcher is one of the three captains on the team and proud to continue the leadership she showed in high school. “I feel I’ve matured and gotten better,” Thatcher said. “I love playing and being a captain is a great thing because I can show leadership, even if I have the title or not. I love leading the younger kids.” Even with Thatcher’s MVPcaliber season, the multiple player of the week awards, she is all about her team and all about winning. “I’m happy to win all these awards, but I know I wouldn’t have any of them without my teammates. All that matters is the win.” SPORTS The New Hampshire Friday, November 16, 2012 Game to Watch 19 No. 16 Towson at No. 7 UNH Saturday at noon; Cowell Stadium, Durham; TV: CSN (3:30 p.m. tape delay) Towson is 6-4; UNH is 8-2 overall Key matchup: vs. Towson rushing attack Heading into the last game of the season, New Hampshire is faced with a diffcult task at hand, the Towson Tigers. The Tigers’ season is best deﬁned by its performance against SEC power and then-No. 3 LSU Tigers, whom Towson held to 17 points in the ﬁrst half while going on to score 22 points against the FBS’ No. 3-ranked defense in a 3822 loss. Sophomore Terrance West is the Tigers leading rusher this year with 815 yards and 12 touchdowns and is second in the CAA with 176 carries. Cornerback/safety Manny Asam will play a big role in trying to stop the Towson ground game, playing close to the line in order to disrupt blocking schemes. Offensively, it will be important for Sean Goldrich and Andy Vailas to have adequate time to ﬁnd their receivers on Saturday. All-American free safety Jordan Dangerﬁeld will not be available for the Tigers, after being suspended by the CAA after receiving two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in last week’s game against Rhode Island. Terrance West TYLER MCDERMOTT/STAFF Sophomore running back Nico Steriti has been a force in the backfield for the Wildcats offense. Through 10 games, Steriti has rushed for 807 yards with nine touchdowns. What stands out the most, though, is Steriti’s 6.9 yards per carry average this season. TNH Football Picks UNH vs. Towson on Saturday Justin Doubleday, Executive Editor: 28-14, UNH Adam J. Babinat, Sports Editor: 21-20, UNH Nick Stoico, Sports Editor: 31-24, UNH Chad Graff, Managing Editor: 31-24, UNH Manny Asam Scouting Report GAME CHANGER Nico Steriti UNH rush defense When the Wildcats pass When the Tigers passes The Wildcats will continue to work with their two-headed attack at quarterback with redshirt freshman Sean Goldrich and sophomore Andy Vailas. Goldrich has returned to the starting role, but Vailas, whose role has been primarily as a runner, will see time as well. RJ Harris continues to be a downﬁeld threat and the Wildcats’ leading receiver with 71 receptions, 961 yards and eight touchdowns. Vailas (17) and Goldrich (7) have accumulated 24 touchdowns through the air. The Tigers like to spread the ball around. Nine Tigers have accounted for at least one receiving touchdown this year and no one with more than three. Senior quarterback Grant Enders has 17 passing touchdowns and eight interceptions this season and averages 209.2 yards per game. Senior receiver Tom Ryan leads the team with 39 receptions and 473 yards. Because the Tigers are a run-ﬁrst team, UNH’s secondary should expect a lot of play action. When the Wildcats rush When the Tigers rush UNH has continued its dominance on the ground with the trio of running backs. They average 237.4 yards per game. Chris Setian and Jimmy Owens have rushed for 469 and 402 yards, respectively, this season and Vailas has added 339 yards as well. As a unit, the ground attack has totaled 25 rushing touchdowns. Towson is a run oriented team, averaging 210.4 rushing yards per game led by sophomore Terrance West who has accumulated 815 yards with 12 touchdowns. Senior Dominique Booker has started the last four games and has rushed for 374 yards on just 55 carries with two touchdowns. STAT DAY of the 6.1 UNH has averaged 6.1 yards per rush against CAA opponents, best in the conference. TNH Hockey Picks UNH at BU on Sunday Justin Doubleday, Executive Editor: 3-2, UNH Adam J. Babinat, Sports Editor: 3-2, UNH Nick Stoico, Sports Editor: 3-2, BU Chad Graff, Managing Editor: 2-1, BU sports An unnamed Jets player recently called Tim Tebow “terrible,” creating yet another rift in the struggling Jets locker room. In other words, business as usual in New York. Friday, November 16, 2012 www.TNHonline.com/sports FOOTBALL Golden opportunity Win would give UNH conference championship By NICK STOICO A love of the game Morgan Thatcher’s journey to the top of UNH volleyball I The Wildcats have an opportunity to win the Colonial Athletic Association outright for the ﬁrst time in UNH football history with a win Saturday at home against No. 19 Towson. The team is already guaranteed at least a share of the conference championship. A win, though, would guarantee the Wildcats a berth in the Football Conference Subdivision playoffs for the ninth straight season, more consecutive appearances than any other team. “You control your own destiny,” head coach Sean McDonnell said. “The kids worked very hard for this. … They put themselves in a position in November to be playing for a championship. [There] is not much more you can ask for as a college football player.” Once again, McDonnell’s No. 7 Wildcats are expected to play two quarterbacks. Sean Goldrich will get the start, but electric Andy Vailas will see playing time too. But it’s the rushing attack that will TYLER MCDERMOTT/STAFF FOOTBALL continued on page 18 Sean Goldrich and the Wildcats have fought hard all season long and are now on the verge of being named CAA champions. STAFF WRITER f Morgan Thatcher could have it her way, she would play volleyball forever. “I don’t want to ever stop playing volleyball, ever,” Thatcher said. “If I ever have to stop playing, I want to go into coaching at whatever level possible.” The 6-foot-2-inch junior from Brockton, Mass. has been surrounded by volleyball her entire life. Two of Thatcher’s aunts played volleyball in college, inﬂuencing her to start playing volleyball in seventh grade. Only a few years later, University of New Hampshire volleyball head coach Jill Hirschinger met Thatcher for the ﬁrst time. “We ﬁrst saw Morgan when she was 14 years old at a Massachusetts recruiting combine,” Hirschinger said. “She tried everything that the big kids were doing. It was funny because you could see potential in her at such a young age.” Morgan Thatcher Thatcher’s high school coach, Jack Olson, saw the same potential, putting her on the varsity team. “Freshman year, I made varsity and I was petriﬁed,” Thatcher said. “I didn’t know what to do, how to play the game really. I learned more as I went on, but it THATCHER continued on page 18 WOMEN’S HOCKEY MEN’S HOCKEY UNH travels to UMass Lowell, Boston University By NICK STOICO SPORTS EDITOR M HOCKEY continued on page 18 VOLLEYBALL By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL SPORTS EDITOR The New Hampshire Wildcats take to the road this weekend, facing off ﬁrst with UMass Lowell on Friday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. before heading south for a Sunday matinee with Boston University at Agganis Arena. The Wildcats (6-1, 3-1-1 Hockey East) were dominant in their last two games, beating border rivals Maine and Vermont by a combined 8-0 score. Goaltender Casey DeSmith has been superb between the pipes this season allowing on average 1.36 goals per game and recording a save percentage of .953. The netminder has given up just two goals in the last four games. “As far as team defense, [DeSmith] has been a big part of that,” UNH head coach Dick Umile said. UNH’s defense has been strong in The New Hampshire Wildcats prepare for bitter rival Black Bears By ROBERT WILSON STAFF WRITER TYLER MCDERMOTT/STAFF Defenseman Eric Knodel takes a shot last Saturday against Vermont. UNH travel south this weekend to UML and BU. SCORE 72 58 57 51 CARD MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-0, 0-0) UNH DARTMOUTH Tuesday, Hanover, N.H. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (1-0, 0-0) UNH YALE Wednesday, New Haven, Conn. The University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team will travel to Orono, Maine to take on its Hockey East rivals, the Maine Black Bears on Saturday at noon. Coming into the game, UNH posts an overall record of 4-7-1 and a Hockey East record of 2-2-1, while Maine enters the game with an overall record of 2-7-1 and a 1-5 record in Hockey East action. New Hampshire is at a change of pace at this point in the season. The ‘Cats have played well their past two games, which consists of an upset victory over BU, 4-2, last Friday and a tie with a competitive Providence team last Sunday, 2-2. UNH looks to carry this momentum and bring success as they move for- IN THIS ISSUE - Check inside for a full preview of UNH and Towson football including matchups and predictions. Page 19 ward. The key players to watch for on the UNH squad are freshman standouts Jonna Curtis (6 points), Sara Carlson (7 points), Alexis Crossley (7 points), seniors Kristine Horn (7 points) and Kristina Lavoie (10 points), who returns for the 20122013 as the leader in career goals (48) and points (91) among active UNH players. Maine is coming off a contested matchup with Bemidji State, where the Black Bears won in a shootout, 2-1. The key highlights of the game consisted of senior forward Brittany Dougherty who notched the only two goals of the game, along with teammates Hailey Browne and Audra Richards who capitalized on the W HOCKEY continued on page 18 IN THIS ISSUE - The Wildcats travel to Albany to face off with the Great Danes in the America East semifinals. Page 18