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Inside the ConnPIRG hierarchy
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
UConnPIRG’s parent groups criticized by employees for strict fundraising quotas
students say ConnPIRG is a dif-
By Annie Pancak and Julia Werth ficult organization to participate Staff Writer and Campus Correspondent in, due to their high expecta-
benton brings student activism to life New photography exhibit on Civil Rights highlights student involvement FOCUS/ page 5
UCONN SOARS OVER OWLS SPORTS/ page 12
EDITORIAL: U.S. PLACES ECONOMIC BENEFIT AHEAD OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN IN POLAR REGION COMMENTARY/page 4
Many students take advantage of the opportunities provided by UConnPIRG to play a role in community activism, but high expectations set by ConnPIRG can be discouraging to some. Last spring semester, UConnPIRG asked students to sign a petition so the group would keep its university funding. Hundreds of students signed and UConnPIRG succeeded in reinstating this five dollar student fee. PIRG is a national activism group. ConnPIRG is the Connecticut chapter. UConnPIRG is a ConnPIRG branch at the university. While many students find participating in UConnPIRG a fun and rewarding experience, some
tions. “The way ConnPIRG is, is number centered, so if you don’t meet your numbers, then you haven’t succeeded, even if you put in so much work,” said UConnPIRG member and leader for the Hunger and Homelessness Campaign Josephine Ankrah, 4th-semester human development and family studies major. Though Ankrah works for UConnPIRG, any project that the UConn branch undertakes falls under certain criteria set by ConnPIRG - such as numbers of volunteer sign ups - in order to be deemed a successful project. Ankrah said those baselines can seem overbearing. Students typically join activ-
By Tim Fontenault Sports Editor
UConn running back Lyle McCombs was involved in an altercation at the Student Recreation Facility at approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, multiple witnesses have told The Daily Campus. McCombs was playing bas-
ketball when he became tangled up with another student. According to witnesses Chris Ambrose and Matt Zampini, a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus, McCombs allegedly attacked the other student, punching and slapping him in the face. The two then wrestled each other to the ground, according to Zampini.
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ist groups as summer jobs. They are paid to be ‘canvassers’ who drive to different towns in the state each day with their coworkers and walk along streets, knocking on people’s
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UConnPIRG members converse in their office on the second floor of the Student Union in this Jan. 20 photo. The group is an offshoot o its parent organizations: ConnPIRG and PIRG. Those groups have been criticized by some employees for implementing strict fundraising quotas.
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UConn running back Kyle McCombs gains yards in a game aginst Louisville in this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo. McCombs was reported by witnesses to have been involved in a fight at the Student Recreation Center yesterday. The police arrived on the scene for questioning shortly after.
UConn police officers were at the scene to speak with the individuals involved, according to Zampini. According to UConn Deputy Chief Hans Rhynhart, no arrests have been made as the police department continues to investigate the altercation. “At this time we are investigating an altercation that occurred at the field house during an informal game of basketball,” Rhynhart said. “We will be interviewing those involved as well as any witnesses to determine the nature and extent of the reported altercation. As this is an ongoing, active investigation the identities of those involved will be withheld.” While Rhynhart and the Student Recreation Facility can not release specific details, Ambrose and Zampini both confirm that McCombs did indeed attack the other student. McCombs was UConn’s leading rusher during the 2013 season. The redshirt junior rushed for 670 yards and five touchdowns.
State sues charity, says it misused funds HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut accused the head of a Hartford scholarship foundation of using donations for personal expenses and said Tuesday it will sue to shut the charity down. An investigation found the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation has no remaining assets, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein said. They are seeking unspecified penalties. The foundation funds scholarships for Hartford-area high school students about to enter college. “The fact that funds intended to benefit needy scholarship recipients were apparently used to support someone’s personal lifestyle
is simply unacceptable,” Jepsen said. The lawsuit accuses the executive director, Muriel HurleyCarter, of using donations for personal expenses, including cash withdrawals, dog daycare and grooming, retail purchases and a personal trainer. Connecticut says the foundation’s assets “have been improperly depleted, which has resulted in the cessation of its core corporate mission.” Officials have identified $200,000 that was misspent, Jepsen said. Subpoenas that have been issued could yield information about more money that may have been taken from the foundation, he said. Hurley-Carter did not immedi-
ately respond to an email seeking comment. She is the daughter of the charity’s founder, Walter “Doc” Hurley Sr. Hurley, a youth mentor and former high school vice principal, now 91, established the charity in 1975. The charity says it has awarded more than $570,000 to 550 high school seniors. The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, a community foundation, will administer the Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund for Greater Hartford to continue the charity’s work. When the fund reaches a minimum of $10,000, it will provide annual scholarship awards of $3,000 for up to four years to students meeting various criteria.
doors to raise awareness about an issue and ask for a monetary donation. Different groups have different quotas that a canvasser is expected to bring in. For example, Connecticut
Citizens Action Group, another activist group in Connecticut that employs students - but without as much presence at UConn - has a quota of $80 a
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom Tuesday, killing a teaching assistant and prompting officials to put the campus on lockdown, police and the university said. Cody Cousins, who is believed to have targeted Andrew Boldt inside the Electrical Engineering Building, surrendered to a police officer within minutes of the attack, Purdue Police Chief John Cox said. Investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting, which happened around noon on the campus in West Lafayette, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. No one else was injured. “This appears to be an isolated and intentional act,” Cox said. Boldt, a 21-year-old senior and teaching assistant from West Bend, Wis., died at the scene. Cousins, 23, who according to police has addresses listed both in Warsaw, Ind., and Centerville, Ohio, was being held on a preliminary charge of murder Tuesday night at the
Tippecanoe County Jail. Students described a chaotic scene on the campus. Sophomore Nick Wieland told the Journal & Courier that he was in a basement classroom adjacent to the one where the shooting occurred. “I heard a couple (shots) and then I heard a man scream,” Wieland said. “Then the last few kind of trailed off as I got under my desk. . (I was) just very scared. That’s what I felt the entire time.” Julissa Martinez, a freshman in nursing, told The Associated Press that she was in a psychology class on another part of the campus when she received the text alert from university officials telling students to seek shelter. She said her professor briefly kept teaching, then stopped lecturing so that students could contact people to let them know they were safe. “He tried to get everything under control because people were freaking out,” Martinez said, adding that students were nervous because there was a lot of speculation about the severity of the situation.
By Julia Werth Campus Correspondent
friends, before the trip she only knew one of her fellow Jewish Huskies. Metzger says, “I knew one kid before I went and now I specifically look for birthright kids.” Metzger recalled a freezing night the group spent camped in the desert as the experience that truly formed these new friendships. “Staying in the Bedouin tents in the desert really brought us together as a group, that’s when we bonded the most.” Although Metzger said she was “raised pretty religious,” during the fall semester she didn’t attend any Friday night services at Hillel. “This trip was a chance to meet more people that are Jewish here at UConn.
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One dead in Purdue school shooting
Birthright trip takes Huskies abroad While many students spent their winter break enjoying the cold and snow, Jill Metzger, a second- semester business major, took advantage of UConn’s ten-day Hillel Birthright trip to Israel. During the trip, Metzger, and over forty other students visited the historical cities of Jerusalem, Telaviv and Haifa, as well as the famed Dead Sea. A highlight, Metzger said, was riding a camel through the desert. “How often can you say you rode a camel?” Metzger said. “It was so much fun.” Although Metzger now considers the other students who joined her on the trip close
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What’s going on at UConn today... Art Exhibition: Persepolis: Word & Image 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Benton Museum of Art Inspired by both the format and content of Perseoolis, the memoir by Marjane Satrapi, this display draws from the Benton’s permanent collection.
Art Exhibition: Civil Rights and Student Activism 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Benton Museum of Art This exhibition highlights the powerful images of Ernest Withers and Danny Lyon, prominent photographers active both as observers of and participants in the Civil Rights Movement
Yiddish Tish Discussion 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rainbow Center, SU 403 The Yiddish Tish Discussion provides an opportunity for faculty and students to practice their Yiddish listening and speaking skills in an informal manner.
Women’s Basketball vs. Memphis 7:00 p.m. XL Center The Women’s Basketball Team will take on the Memphis Tigers tonight at 7 p.m. Student buses will leave from the Student Union at 5:30 p.m. and the bus fee is $4. – JACKIE WATTLES
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which the man confirmed he did not have a prescription for. His non-surety bond was set at $1,000 and his court date was Dec. 17. DWI
DRUGS Dec. 13 A man, 20, of Southport, was arrested at 2374 Alumni Drive and charged with drug paraphernalia; illicit manufacturing, distribution, or selling by non drug dependent; possession of a hallucinogenic; possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory and possession of narcotics. Police responded to Garrigus Suites to investigate a possible weapons and narcotics complaint. After a brief investigation, police found him to be in possession of 12.6 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, two digital scales, drug paraphernalia, packing materials and $4,120 in cash. A sword and knife were also seized. His non-surety bond was set at $100,000 and his court date was Dec. 23.
arrested at the UConn Police Department and charged with forgery in the second degree and misuse of a prescription. The woman turned herself in on an outstanding warrant issued by the Connecticut Rockville District Court. The warrant stemmed from an incident in which the woman was accused of forgery for altering her prescription for a narcotic medication on Nov. 11, 2013. Her surety bond was set at $5,000 and her court date was Dec. 10.
ished smoking marijuana. The officer administered a field sobriety test, which the man subsequently failed. His nonsurety bond was set at $500 and his court date was Dec. 16. The man was arrested again on Jan. 20 for failure to appear in the second degree. He turned himself into police after a warrant was issued for his arrest and failing to appear at his Dec. 16 court date.
Dec.10 A woman, 18, of Rye, NY, was
Dec. 7 A man, 20, of Storrs, was arrested at North Hillside Road and charged with failure to have headlights on, operation while under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. The man was stopped in C Lot for failing to have headlights on at 11:30 p.m. The officer observed a marijuana cigarette while conducting the stop, and the man admitted he had just fin-
Dec. 6 A man, 22, of Ashford, was arrested at Y Lot and charged with a first offense of possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with less than half an ounce of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Police conducted a vehicle check on a “suspicious” car in Y lot and discovered the man to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, four unused syringes and one used syringe containing 30cc of suspected liquid Adderall,
NEW YORK (AP) — A second fierce blast of winter weather is sapping fuel supplies in many regions and sending prices for propane and natural gas to record highs. Higher natural gas prices are also leading to sharply higher wholesale electricity prices as power utilities snap up gas at almost any price to run power plants to meet higherthan-normal winter demand. Propane users will get pinched the most. Those who find themselves suddenly needing to fill their tanks could be paying $100 to $200 more per fill up than a month ago. Homeowners who use natural gas and electricity will see higher heating bills because they’ll use more fuel. But prices won’t rise dramatically because utilities only buy a small portion of the fuel at the elevated prices. A swirling storm with the potential for more than a foot of snow clobbered the mid-Atlantic and the urban Northeast on Tuesday. The snowstorm will be followed by bit-
ter cold as arctic air from Canada streams in, causing homeowners to crank up the thermostat. Michael McCafferty, a propane expert at Platts, an energy information provider, said the wholesale spot price of propane rose 70 percent between Friday and Tuesday to a record $2.45 per gallon. Both the size of the jump and the price itself he called “unprecedented.” According to the Energy Department 5.5 million U.S. households heat with propane, mostly in the Midwest and South. Propane supplies were already low for a few reasons. Farmers harvested corn late in the year, and much of it was wet, forcing them to buy propane to dry the grain before storage. Then the polar vortex that swept the country in early January pushed up heating demand and drained supplies further. At the same time, less propane is arriving from Canada because of higher demand there and a reversal of a pipeline that had brought propane
south. The Energy Department said last week supplies of propane fell to the lowest level on record for the second week of January. On Tuesday, prices for natural gas for immediate delivery averaged $120 per thousand cubic feet in the Northeast, a record, according to Samantha Santa Maria, managing editor for North American natural gas at Platts. By comparison the futures price, for delivery a month from now, finished the day at $4.43 per thousand cubic feet. “We’ve seen record high prices from New York to the Carolinas,” she said. Santa Maria said the prices are being driven higher by power generators desperate to make sure they have enough gas to run power plants — and not because supplies in the U.S. are particularly tight. “We think a lot of this is fear factor,” she said. Natural gas is the most-used fuel for heating — the Energy
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four days a week. Desideraggio said they would not negotiate when she asked to work less than four days a week so she could take a summer class. “It was frustrating because the flier didn’t say you had to work full time, and I was locked in once I had the job,” said Desideraggio. In regards to working at CCAG, Desideraggio said she loves it. CCAG asks canvassers to work two days a week, said senior field manager for CCAG Danielle Donnelly, 8th-semester English and political science double major. “The campaigns are not a money making machine,” said Donnelly, “we want people behind us more than anything, so when advocates go to the state capital they can say there are this many members.” CCAG has recently worked for labor rights, including performing at fast food strikes and
extending insurance to uninsured children in Connecticut. PIRG and CCAG are often aligned together on issues, said CCAG canvass director Sam Chaney. UConnPIRG offers an outlet for several students to put their dreams of change into action. Current chapter President of UConnPIRG Sam Hollister said that “the UConnPIRG internship program is the best way for students to get involved” and truly become an active member of the group. ConnPIRG interns take on key leadership roles in one or more of ConnPIRG’s campaigns such as the Bigger Better Bottle Bill or Hunger and Homelessness. During their internship, which can be used toward course credit in almost all departments across campus, students sharpen their communication, campaign and leadership skills.
Jan. 20 A woman, 22, of Woodstock, was arrested at Hunting Lodge Road and charged with failure to drive right, operation while under the influence and a stop sign violation. The woman’s vehicle was stopped after officers observed her failing to obey a stop sign at the intersection of North Eagleville Road and Hunting Lodge Road and then failing to drive right on Hunting Lodge Road. She subsequently failed a series of field sobriety tests. Her non-surety bond was set at $500 and her court date is Jan. 27. Jan. 20 A man, 21, of Trumball, was arrested at Hunting Lodge and charged with operation while under the influence, stop sign violation and traveling at unreasonable speeds. Police stopped the man after observing his vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign and travleling unreasonably fast on Hunting Lodge Road. Police suspected the man of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and he failed a series of field sobriety tests. His non-surety bond was set at $500
and his cort date is Jan. 28. Jan. 19 A man, 19, of Avon, was arrested at 195 Storrs Road and charged with operation while under the influence and traveling at unreasonable speeds. Officers stopped the man on Route 195 for traveling unreasonably fast and suspected he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He failed a series of field sobriety tests. His nonsurety bond was set at $500 and his court date is Jan. 27. Jan. 4 A man, 24, of Rocky Hill, was arrested at Birch Road and charged with improper hand signaling for turns or stopping, operation while under the influence and stop sign violation. Officers observed the man failing to stop at a stop sign and suspected him of being under the influence. They subjected the man to a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed. His non-surety bond was set at $500 and his court date was Jan. 16. DISORDERLY CONDUCT/ ASSAULT/TRESPASSING Jan. 17 A man, 22, of Southbury, was arrested at 126 North Eagleville Road and charged with criminal trespassing in the first degree. The man turned himself in to
police on a warrant stemming from a Nov. 17, 2013 incident where the man was found to be in the Towers dining hall in violation of a sanction letter issued by the UConn Division of Student Affairs. His nonsurety bond was set at $10,000 and his court date at Rockville Superior court is set for Jan 29.
Dec. 14. A man, 21, of Mansfield, was arrested at 16 King Hill Road and charged with assault in the third degree. Police responded to a fight at Ted’s Bar where the bar’s bouncers had detained the male. The man had allegedly been causing a disturbance at the bar and when a bouncer escorted him from the building, he punched the bouncer in the face causing injury to his mouth. His non-surety bond was set at $500 and his court date was Dec. 30.
Dec. 14 A woman, 18, of New Britian, was arrested at McMahon and charged with disorderly conduct. Officers responded to McMahon residential hall for a report of disturbance. The officers reported the woman allegedly had been aggressive and physical toward a second party. Her non-surety bond was set at $500 and her court date was Dec. 16.
Cold snap draining fuel supplies, prices spiking
A utility truck is parked on a street to help restore power to a neighborhood in North Lansing, Mich. on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Winter arrived in Michigan with an icy blast, sending freezing rain across a wide section of the Lower Peninsula and knocking out electrical service to at last 294,000 homes and businesses.
Department says 58.6 million households rely on natural gas. It is the second-most used fuel to
generate electricity, after coal, but because of the way power is priced, the price of natural gas-powered
electricity often sets the wholesale price for all electricity in a given region.
Hollister said that, “the internship was a great experience” and he “would recommend it to anyone interested in helping to change our campus, state, or country.” For example, students involved at various Colleges and Universities across Connecticut in recent years have helped thousands of students register to vote as well as “worked to pass a bill to stop student loan interest rates from doubling,” said Hollister. Other students, like Ankrah, do not get involved through an internship. Instead, they find in UConnPIRG a place where they can volunteer and help others so easily. Ankrah got involved her first semester with UConnPIRG, although not through the traditional way. During the recruitment period she filled out an interest card, but when
UConnPIRG called her to work on the voter registration campaign she “wasn’t interested in it and didn’t join.” However, a few weeks into the semester she said she “found out about the hunger and homelessness campaign and was interested.” She began going to My Sister’s Place, a homeless shelter in Hartford, every Wednesday, and to the soup kitchen every Saturday. Ankrah says, “helping out was so much fun every time.” This was the type of activism Ankrah wanted to be a part of. Other students do not get involved with ConnPIRG at school, but become a cavasser during their summer breaks. Abe Scarr, the current Director of ConnPIRG, started out this way 11 years ago. Scarr says that canvassing is a great way to start your career in activism because it “gives you basic
skills that you need to be a professional advocacy worker.” Scarr insists that canvassing for ConnPIRG is “Not just about money – they want to educate, get student signatures, and new members.” He says that, “getting people involved longer term is our pride and goal.” Going door to door and asking for money while pushing a particular social or political view is not for everyone. “Going out and talking to strangers about political issues and asking for money can be uncomfortable,” said Scarr. However, those who work for multiple summers and often, like Scarr, find themselves as a full-time, professional activist “do it because they enjoy it.”
Employees say PIRG is driven by quotas, turnout numbers day, said a CCAG field manager Katie Feer, 6th-semester classics and ancient Mediterranean studies major. Not making quota can lead to a canvasser losing their job. ConnPIRG’s number standards and quotas make “the organization difficult to please,” said Ankrah. A 4th-semester psychology major at Central Connecticut State University, Hillary Desideraggio, left PIRG for CCAG after a week and a half because of the high quota pressure and overall intensity the group had, she said. Desideraggio said she requested one Monday holiday off in May because of a family barbeque, and PIRG, upset she was taking a day off, said she had to work on a Saturday. PIRG asks canvassers to work
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Conn. tribe drops suit over taxes on slot machines
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino will not appeal a ruling that upheld the government’s authority to collect property taxes on slot machines, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation said Tuesday. The tribe, which had fought the taxes collected on leased slot machines since 2003, said it will not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it will take up the issue in discussions with the state of Connecticut. The tribe said in a statement provided to The Associated Press that it sued “because such taxes are an affront to the tribe’s sovereign authority over its territory,” especially since it provides government services within the reservation.
In July, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled against the tribe, which operates one of the country’s largest casinos. The decision overturned a lower-court judge who had earlier ruled for the tribe in its lawsuit against the town of Ledyard and the state of Connecticut. The 2nd Circuit noted that a ruling favorable to the tribe would have invited other nonIndian owners of personal property on the reservation to bring similar lawsuits, costing the town hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in litigation costs. The lawsuit pertained to two slot machine companies that generated about $20,000 in property tax income annually. The attorney who represented the town, Benjamin S.
Sharp, said the town could have suffered much more severely if the tribe blocked tax collection from other vendors such as restaurants with a presence at the casino. “The amount of dollars involved in a single year are probably not huge, but over many years, particularly if the principle used by the tribe applied to all property, it became a significant hit to the revenues of the town,” Sharp said Tuesday. Attorney General George Jepsen said he had no comment on the dispute. But he said he applauded “the willingness of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe to seek an amicable resolution to this matter through discussions with the appropriate local government authorities.”
A worker moves slot machines from the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City NJ to a truck on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The machines are going to be moved from the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel to casinos across the country owned by Tropicana Entertainment.
Newtown parents push expansion of gun checks in NH CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The parents of two young boys killed during the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut urged New Hampshire lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation expanding gun background checks to include private sales. Nicole Hockley, whose 6-yearold son, Dylan, died in the December 2012 mass shooting, told legislators that the horrible pain Sandy Hook families are experiencing from gun violence could easily happen in New Hampshire. She said background checks didn’t save her son’s life, but government must explore sensible solutions to stopping gun violence. “This law would not have stopped the deranged young man who murdered my son, but it will save someone else’s son, daughter, sister, brother, father or mother,” she told the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee. Her son was among 20 children shot to death, along with six educators, at the school in December 2012 before the gunman killed himself. The bill would require background checks for gun sales and transfers whether at gun shows or
Family members of two children killed in a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Mark Barden, left, who lost his son 7-year-old Daniel, and Nicole Hockley, who lost her 6-year-old son Dylan, listen to questions during a newsconference on a bill introduced that would expand gun background checks in New Hampshire. , Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in Concord, N.H.
online. Private sellers would be required to conduct background
checks through federally licensed dealers using a system already in
place in all dealer sales. The penalty for breaking the law would be a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Exemptions included transfers among immediate family members, law enforcement and temporary sharing at a gun range or while hunting. Mark Barden, who lost his son Daniel in the shooting rampage, said that when he was considering coming to New Hampshire, he knew Daniel would want him to fight for passage of the legislation to close a loophole in New Hampshire’s law. “Having a background check accompany only some sales is like fixing only part of the hole in the boat,” he said. But a bill sponsor acknowledged that while the proposal would expand background checks to private sales, it would not close another loophole and require New Hampshire to report the names of people judged mentally ill to the government to be part of the background check system. Federal law bars people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility or declared mentally ill by a judge from legally buying guns from licensed dealers. More than 30 states report names of people
judged mentally ill to the government, but New Hampshire is not one of them. The legislation could only alert a dealer if someone was in the federal background check system due to a report from another state. The federal law also bars gun purchases by felons, fugitives, drug addicts, people under domestic violence retraining orders and convicted of certain misdemeanor domestic violence crimes. Rep. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn, the prime sponsor, said background checks have proven to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. “Fewer guns in the hands of dangerous people means that maybe, just maybe, fewer people will be shot,” said AndrewsAhearn, D-Hampton Falls. But bill critics said criminals would simply sidestep the law to get guns. Ralph Demicco, owner of Riley’s Gun Shop in Hooksett, said state law already requires people selling a gun privately to know the buyer. “Do you actually suppose someone intent on committing mayhem will go through a background check or seek a firearm someplace else?” he said.
ACLU sues Utah for not recognizing gay marriages
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the state of Utah over the issue of gay marriage, saying the official decision to stop granting benefits for newly married same-sex couples has created wrenching uncertainty. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children. “They’ve put a giant question mark over the lives of all these people that have married,” said John Mejia, legal director for the ACLU in Utah. Utah governor’s spokesman Marty Carpenter responded by saying that Gov. Gary Herbert “has said throughout this process that his responsibility is to follow the law. That is exactly what the administration is doing, and we respect the rights of those who disagree to take their grievances before a judge.” The four married gay and lesbian couples in the lawsuit spoke Tuesday during a news confer-
ence about how the state’s action is harming them. They cited a range of concerns that include emergency medical decisionmaking and child-raising. Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner have a 4-year-old son, Jesse, but only Barraza is legally recognized as a parent. “Heaven forbid if something should happen to one us, Jesse would have the security of having the other parent take care of him,” said Milner, 34. “Now, because of the state’s refusal to recognize our marriage, this peace of mind is once again out of reach.” The four couples are among more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples rushed to marry after a federal judge in Utah overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban on Dec. 20. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that the same-sex marriage ban violates gay and lesbian couples’ constitutional rights. Those weddings came to a halt on Jan. 6 when the U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah an emergency stay — something two lower courts denied them.
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After the Supreme Court issued the stay, Herbert told state agencies to hold off on moving forward with any new benefits for the couples until the courts resolve the issue. Agencies were told not to revoke anything already issued, such as a driver’s license with a new name, but they are prohibited from approving any new marriages or benefits. More recently, the state tax commission announced that newly married gay and lesbian couples can jointly file their taxes for 2013. The state made clear it was not ordering agencies to void the marriages, saying instead that validity of the marriages will ultimately be decided by the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing an appeal from the state. Mejia of the ACLU disagrees with that assessment, saying the marriages performed during the 17-day window when gay marriage was legal are valid no matter what the court rules. He said the couples have vested rights in
Plaintiffs Matthew Barraza, left, looks on as his husband Tony Milner, right, holds their son Jesse, 4, following a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
their new unions and should be able to move forward with efforts to make partners legal guardians of children, or add their spouses to their health insurance or pension plans. It could take more than a year for the courts to rule on Utah’s
same-sex marriage ban, especially if it moves to the U.S. Supreme Court, Mejia said. “These families need to plan their lives going forward,” Mejia said. “We’re seeking a declaration that these valid marriages must be recognized.”
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Now I’ll feel more comfortable to go to Hillel because I know people. I never went before because I didn’t feel comfortable.” Metzger found out about this amazing experience in September when she attended an informal coffee and chat at Hillel. Those she met then suggested she apply for Birthright. To be eligible for free trips to Israel with Birthright, UConn students must be between the ages of 18 and 26, identify as Jewish and have at least one parent who is Jewish. To apply for one of Birthright’s trips, students must fill out a two-part application and attend an interview with the Hillel Center. The purpose of the Birthright trips is to help students connect with their religion. The experience in Israel “gets you more interested in being religious again” Metzger said. For any Jewish students who have considered traveling to their religious homeland, Metzger said, “Definitely go. It’s so fun and you make so many friends. It was the best 10 days of my life.”
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U.S. places economic benefit ahead of environmental concern in polar region
arlier this January, the world was treated to what many perceived as an amusingly cruel instance of irony when a team of climate scientists became trapped aboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, in the middle of an Arctic Ocean glacier. The irony was further compounded by the arrival of the Chinese research vessel Xue Long, which subsequently became stuck in the same ice sheet. In the midst of these arctic antics, Washington made two decisions: first, dispatch the USCGC Polar Star - the world’s strongest ice breaker - to rescue both stranded vessels. More importantly, the Navy, with cooperation from the Pentagon, announced plans to dominate a new shipping lane as the Arctic Ocean ice recedes in the coming decades, all in what appears to be an emerging culture of economic climate change exploitation. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the US Navy’s top officer, remarked “The inevitable opening of the Arctic will essentially create a new coast on America’s north,” which would give American energy enterprises increased access to oil and gas resources worth an estimated $1 trillion. The trade generated by these emerging opportunities would be shipped along the new “Transpolar Route,” which the US Navy expects to be navigable by 2025. Despite facing $73 billion in budget cuts over the next two years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel committed the Pentagon to extending its security operations into a region that holds an estimated 30 percent of undiscovered gas deposits. This joint Navy-Pentagon announcement signals the death knell of climate change denial; the WSJ shared the Navy’s outlook that, “Climate change has had a visible and direct impact on the Arctic region.” Julian Barnes of the WSJ continues on to explain that an area of sea ice more than four times the size of Texas has melted, and that even in the middle of winter, the 2013 sea ice levels are the sixth lowest in recorded history. The Navy believes that by 2045 the Transpolar Route will be open year round. Rather than concern itself with addressing an impending ecological disaster, Washington prepares itself to reap the economic rewards of an iceless Arctic. The Polar Star, for example, was originally commissioned in 1970, but the Coast Guard put the vessel through a $90 million refit in 2010; refitting a standard warship for arctic conditions will cost $300 million, and constructing just one of the 10 new ice-breakers that some in the Navy clamor for, will require $784 million. Rather than being alarmed by the monstrous and blatant effects of climate change, Washington has become ecstatic as part of an increasing enthusiasm over potential economic exploitation of ecological disasters.
Conn. governor’s race already heating up
e’re not even a month into 2014 and it already looks like it’s going to be an interesting election year. In Connecticut, governor Dannel Malloy is up for reelection. While incumbents are usually at an advantage for reelection, support for Malloy has been shaky in recent months and several people have already stepped up to challenge him. A look at the Republican candidates: Tom FoleyThe Greenwich millionaire and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate had raised over $130,000 as of Jan. 10. That’s pocket change By Kristi Allen Associate Commentary Editor compared to the $10 million of his own money that he spent on his campaign in 2010. Foley came within less than one percentage point of beating Malloy, losing by only 6,400 votes. Prior to running for governor, Foley ran the investment company NTC corp and served as the ambassador to Ireland from 2006 to 2009 Mark Boughton- Foley’s 2010 running mate has announced his own campaign for governor this year. Boughton is in his sixth term as mayor of Danbury (making him the longest serving mayor
in the city’s history) and he’s running on his successes there. He claims that unemployment is far lower in Danbury than the rest of the state (about 6 percent compared with 7.9 percent unemployment in the state as a whole). Boughton was a high school teacher and has 13,000 followers on Twitter (@MayorMark). Boughton comes in third for fundraising at the moment with about $40,000. He is attempting to qualify for public financing, which means he will have to raise $250,000 in small donations in order to receive $1.25 Million in public money for the primary election in August and $6 million for the general election. Foley is also considering using the public financing system, as are several other candidates. John McKinney- McKinney is currently the minority leader in the state senate and at the at the head of the fundraising race, beating out Foley by just a few thousand dollars with $134,000 in hand. McKinney is an eight-term senator and has served as senate minority leader since 2007. He serves on the Environment Committee in the state legislature. State senator Toni Boucher, Mayor Mark Lauretti of Shelton and former West Hartford town council member Joseph Visconti have also declared, but they’re far behind the three front runners. No Democrat has announced that they’ll be challenging Malloy this summer. So who’s going to win? Most early
polls have put Malloy ahead of Foley and the other Republican challengers, and he’s at a definite advantage as the Democratic incumbent in a heavily Democratic state. His narrow victory over Foley in the last election, however, should be a good indicator of how competitive the upcoming race will be. Foley only lost to Malloy in the inner cities and other candidates–particularly Boughton, who has branded himself as a “blue collar Republican”–could do a much better job at appealing to voters outside the suburbs than the Greenwich millionaire. The state Democrats seem to be very aware of this. They’ve been sending out constant press releases condemning the Republicans who are running or thinking of running and it is surprising even those who are used to aggressiveness of a Connecticut governor’s election. Hartford Courant columnist Colin McEnroe described them as “incessant and hectoring.” In time, the Republicans will roll up their sleeves as well. The outcome of this race is far from certain right now, but we can count on plenty of name calling, misleading “facts” and attack ads in a few months. Whether you’re excited about an election year or not, we’re all in for some serious political theater. If 2010 was any indication, it will be a long election year in Connecticut.
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N.S.A. reforms do not correct greatest abuses
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ast Friday, President Obama gave a speech in which he pledged to institute several reforms to the NSA’s controversial surveillance program. Throughout the speech, he emphasized the importance of intelligence gathering to our national security, but also asserted the need to balance national security concerns with our fundamental civil liberties. Though some of the reforms are indeed a step in the right direcBy Brian McCarty tion and the tone of the Staff Columnist president’s message seems promising, few steps are being taken to address the most flagrant abuses of the program. Among the beneficial reforms include increased oversight of the intelligence community by senior executive officials. This will prevent the NSA from acting in ways that are inconsistent with the policies and goals of Congress, as occurred when the agency conducted surveillance on German chancellor Angela Merkel. The president also pledged to make the intelligence community more transparent and accountable by declassifying some of the actions of the FISA Court. He has also promised to reform the collection of communications made
by foreigners and increase the transparency of national security letters (requests for information from companies requiring said companies not to disclose the request to its subject). Though these reforms will be beneficial and, if implemented correctly, will likely increase the transparency and accountability of government, the president failed to adequately address public concerns with the NSA’s collection of telephone data. The president has proposed a few possible solutions that would end the government’s holding of telephone metadata. He has proposed that either the telephone providers or some third party hold the data with government using it as needed. Fortunately, the president expressed hesitation at the prospect of a private third party exercising a government function in the bulk collection of telephone data for national security purposes. The use of a third party would not solve the problem; it would simply place a middleman between the government and telephone providers. This third party would do the bulk collecting currently done by the NSA and would likely work in deep collusion with the government, functioning as a government agency in all but name only. Having the telephone service providers hold their own business records is the
most reasonable and appropriate, yet the government likely fears that will make intelligence gathering more inefficient as they will have to contact a number of service providers instead of querying a bulk database. Conspicuously absent from all the president’s commitments to reform was commentary on the level of access the NSA has been given to telephone records by the FISA Court. When the government has reason to believe that an individual is involved in activities harmful to the national security of the United States, it may seek a warrant from the FISA Court to take appropriate surveillance activities. Perhaps the most alarming abuse in the NSA’s collection of telephone records is the FISA Court’s blatant disregard for the Constitution’s restrictions on warrants. The Fourth Amendment reads “…no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The FISA Court has granted warrants for the NSA to seize and collect the telephone records of every person using the service, not merely those whom the government has probable cause to suspect of terrorist activity. There is no probable cause for seizing
the records pertaining to citizens not suspected of terrorism. Nor does the court particularly describe the things to be seized. It seizes all records, not the particular records connected with its suspect. This would be akin to a warrant being issued to seize the financial records of all clients of a bank, when only a few are suspected of committing financial crimes. The president assures us the government will no longer hold the telephone data, but unless major changes are instituted in the way the FISA Court grants access to these records, our civil liberties will continue to be violated. In his speech, the president repeatedly stated that we must balance security and liberty. The Constitution admits no system of balancing. The Bill of Rights is not merely a factor on one side of a scale, but clear restrictions on government invasions of our inalienable rights. Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” While it is important for the NSA to take actions for our security, we should not let it violate our fundamental liberties.
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Benton brings student activism to light:
New photography exhibit on Civil Rights movement highlights student and youth involvement By Kathleen McWilliams Senior Staff Writer The William Benton Museum of Art welcomed a new exhibit that features the work of photographers Ernest Withers and Danny Lyon. The exhibit, entitled “Making the Movement Move: Photography, Student Activism and Civil Rights,” focused on the involvement of young people in the movement. The installment also strives to emphasize the role of photography in helping the Civil Rights movement come to fruition. The gallery was filled with black and white photographs with historical background on each photo. The subjects of the photos ranged from high school student activists to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. In the back corner of the gallery, a loop of news footage from CBS highlighted events of the movement as well as popular opinions from both sides. The footage showed live scenes of the violence in the South, bringing the struggle to life. Similarly the photos bring the history of the Civil Rights movement closer to UConn students. Many of the subjects of the photos are students or children who participated in the movement. For example, one photo by Lyon showed high school student Taylor Washington being arrested after peaceful demonstration. Other photos demonstrated parts of the movement whose history is less known. One such photograph showed African American fighting for voting rights by registering to vote despite death threats. The Benton provided some historical background to the event saying, “More than 1,000 white northern students travelled south to volunteer with the Mississippi Freedom Summer Campaign… the program allowed for a racially and culturally diverse com-
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A new exhibit at the Benton displays photographs that tell the story of the Civil Rights movement. The installation focuses on student activism and the power of photography to accomplish necessary change.
munity to form around a shared cause.” Other photos opened new doors for learning about Civil Rights. One photograph of police using fire hoses in Danville, Virginia reminds students that the Civil Rights movement was not just a phenomenon of the Deep South, but active in Virginia, North Caroline and Tennessee. Other photographs included
How to make the most of Google advanced searches By Michael McGuigan Campus Correspondent
Utilizing Google’s advanced search functionality allows a user to leverage the site’s full potential while seeking answers to their questions online. By tapping into these features you’ll soon find yourself among the most advanced Google users. First, let’s begin by exploring how Google works so you can utilize it more effectively. Google produces search results for users by using its proprietary search method. This method compares the keywords users enter against Google’s database of websites in order to find the items that most closely relate to the keywords the user entered. Google does not search the entire Internet when it returns your search results to you. Rather it explores its version of the Internet, which it compiles with programs known as “web crawlers,” that add webpages into Google’s database. When utilizing Google it is important to remember that Google doesn’t have access to some online information such as information on Facebook and other sites that web crawlers can’t access, making it so that it may not be possible to find a suitable answer to some of your questions online. Let’s turn our attention to increasing our effectiveness as searchers. Google calls the words you enter into the text area called a “search query.” You can utilize search operators in your search query in order to affect the results Google returns to you. For instance, if you want to perform an exact keyword search you would place double quotations around the phrase you wish to search for. A search query of “I like pie” will return only results that contain the words “I like pie.” You can exclude key-
words from your search results by placing a minus sign in front of the word you wish to exclude from the search. A search query for dog –Dalmatian will return results about dogs but exclude information about dogs that are Dalmatians. Besides symbolic operators like this Google offer special key word operators. These operators, like Site and File type, allow a user to narrow their results even further (these operators require you to use a semicolon after them and no spaces). The site operator allows users to narrow their search results to a specific web site or specific high-level domain ending such as .gov. An example of this would be a search for Huskies site:uconn.edu, which would only search the uconn. edu site for results pertaining to the keyword “huskies.” While a search for President of the United States site:.gov would return results only from websites with a .gov ending about the POTUS. The file type operator allows a user to specify the file type of the search results Google returns by specifying a common file ending such as .doc or .pdf . A search for UConn Next Generation filetype:pdf will return only results formatted as PDFs. To further enhance your searching capabilities you can combine various search operators in a search query. An example of this would be an exact key word search on a specific website such as “UConn Student” site: uconn. edu which will perform an exact keyword search of the UConn website for the exact keywords “UConn student.”
in the exhibit are the icons of Civil Rights. The photo of Walter Gadsen being held by his sweater by Birmingham police as a dog vicious bites his stomach has become the symbol of the brutality that protestors faced, but also helped protestors gain some ground in their struggle. “Hudon’s photograph of sixteen-year-old Walter Gadsen’s encounter with Birmingham policeman and dogs on May 3,
1963 appeared the next day on the front page of the NYT. The image had a strong impact on perceptions of the movement,” the information next to the photo read. One photo of Withers’ captured the arrival of the Little Rock Nine in 1957. Unlike the famous photos of Elizabeth Eckford arriving alone at the school, Withers’ photograph focused on the other eight students arriving in a car
and gathering their belongings. The lesser known photograph shed new light on the individuals who helped desegregate schools. On the whole, the exhibit was informative and eye opening. For those looking for a way to celebrate, albeit belatedly, the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, the exhibit will be open until March 30.
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By Imaani Cain Campus Correspondent We’re all around that age where we can become much more candid with our parents. They’re aware of the wild goings-on at college, and probably aren’t as worried, since their children are now considered legal adults. The distance doesn’t hurt either; without constantly having each other around, we can gain a bit more perspective on each other’s lives and begin to forge a bond that’s more similar to a friendship than a child and authority figure relationship. However, this transition doesn’t always come easy: there are some subjects that still might make you feel leery about discussing—for instance, sex. I never talked about sex with my parents when I was younger. We didn’t talk about it in my household that much, and the Catholic private school I attended either gave it only a passing glance, or was horrifically vague about the mechanics of it all. Looking back on it, my mother wasn’t exactly tight-lipped about it; there were detailed medical books all over the house, and she was forthcoming with any information I might’ve wanted. I felt a hideous sense of awkwardness even when offhandedly referring to sex around my parents—sex is such a taboo still in our society, which was always so confusing to me. You were meant to lose your virginity as soon as you could, but you couldn’t have sex too many times or with too many people. You were supposed to have quite a lot of it, but couldn’t talk about it, especially if you were a girl. Everything about sex was spoken about as if it was some sort of knowledge we had all been aware of since birth. In retrospect, this whole assumption of knowledge could’ve ended very poorly. Before I opened up to my mother about sex, the majority of my sexual education was taken from the cheesy harlequin romance novels in the library and HBO. Although it seems lighthearted enough, there’s no mention of condoms or birth control in either. No one gets STDs in Danielle Steel’s novels or ever requires an abortion. However, when I finally got the courage to ask my mother about it, she laid quite a few queries to rest. My days of trawling the internet for definitions and debating heatedly with friends whether or not you could get pregnant if you had sex standing up were gone. Talking about sex with my mother has been eye-opening. It’s definitely eased our relationship into a much more companion-like one, free of harsh judgment. While I felt, and still feel strange speaking to my doctors about being sexually active, despite them being professionals, there is surprisingly little weirdness in the talks that my mother and I have. There is no clinical detachment that comes with speaking with a doctor. My mother cares about me, and wants to ensure that any sort of entanglement I’m in (be it purely sexual or romantic or both) is one in which I feel happy and healthy. It seems ludicrous to advise everyone to start talking about sex with their families. However, it may want to be something you consider if you feel as if you have an open enough relationship with your parents. There is, of course, no need to know or spill all the nitty-gritty details, but it might make you feel a bit more casual with your parents. At any rate, it’ll cause them to realize that you aren’t just their little baby anymore. Imaani.Cain@UConn.edu
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Now let’s get something straight. “Pokémon Channel” is not a great game. At best, it’s a poor excuse for pre-school aged entertainment. However for a young kid absolutely obsessed with Pokemon at the age of nine, a title that let you interact with your very own pet Pikachu might as well have been the holy grail. It’s really a novel idea. Make a “game” where your sole purpose is to interact with your very own pet Pikachu. Want to take him fishing? Go to the beach! Want to explore some mysterious ruins, because why not? Head up the mountain! Feel like staying in the backyard? No way! There’s a wild Treecko outside! By now you get the point: “Pokémon Channel” wasn’t really a game but more of a way of letting a child with a very active imagination live out a fantasy of living in the Pokémon world. And hey it included a bonus “Pichu Bros” cartoon. Winning! -Alex Sferrazza
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while but cannot run as quickly) making playing as each character worth a try. “3D World” is the first title in the series to allow for cooperative multiplayer in a free roaming 3D environment. Unlike the cooperative multiplayer modes seen in the “New Super Mario Bros.” titles for Wii and Wii U, which while fun, inevitably ended with each player attempting to humorously impede the other’s progress; I found myself playing more cooperatively with my fellow gamers and I truly attempting to clear levels to the best of our ability. That being said, due to the open nature of the levels when 3 or 4 players are on screen, the camera can at times become cumbersome. The title can also prove to be quite hard. However, it increases in difficulty so gradually that
both new players and hardcore series veterans should be able to enjoy the title equally. Although the first half of the title is, in retrospect, a little too easy. It’s unfortunate that Nintendo couldn’t have this title ready for the launch of the Wii U last year. A far better piece of software than anything else released on any platform in 2012, “3D World” could have given Nintendo’s struggling console the immediate boost it needed to attract a following. Super Mario 3D World isn’t the killer app the Wii U needs (Metroid, Zelda, please!), but it’s the one it deserves. A quality piece of showcase software that’s nothing less than an absolute blast to play either alone or with friends. While it doesn’t quite reach the unfathomable heights of the “Galaxy” games, 3D World stands as another brilliant addition to Nintendo’s flagship franchise.
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“Super Mario” or “Pokemon” titles, nearly every single installment has been welcomed with an unprecedented streak of universal critical acclaim, with multiple entries frequently cited as contenders worthy of the title “the greatest game ever made”. However with such great success, critics have been quick, almost gleeful, to criticize new installments in the series over the past few years for a perceived lack of innovation. Whether or not you agree with these sentiments, rest assured such claims are no longer with merit. “Between Worlds” greatest accomplishment lies in its remarkable ability to remain fresh and innovative while staying true to the legacy of the franchise and conjuring up nostalgia for long time fans. The game shakes up the traditional “Zelda” model significantly enough to consistently feel fresh and exciting while never abandoning the core mechanics that have made the series what it is. Classic items such as bombs and the boomerang can be acquired fairly early in the game. No longer do
2013 was a fantastic year for the video game industry. In a year of transition marked by next-gen headlines, it seems as though media interest in video games has never been higher. As more and more people continue to play games, developers around the world craft unique experiences, from the hardcore to the casual, for this expanded audience. The gaming industry is now more mainstream than ever. The big stories of the year were the launches of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 both of which were released to record sales numbers this past holiday season. Their releases followed months of hype, and a bloody PR battle between Microsoft, Sony and gamers everywhere, regarding the future of used games and online connectivity that culminated in a triumphant Sony press conference given at E3. On the software front, Irrational Games, Rockstar North and Naughty Dog, each individually raised the bar for future software. Crystal Dynamics’ hit it out of the park with their incredible “Tomb Raider” reboot, while “Super Mario 3D World” and “Rayman Legends” continued to defy expectations by re- invigorating the platformer genre yet again. Dedicated gaming handhelds are as popular as ever, the PS Vita seeing a surge in popularity thanks to Playstation Plus and its usefulness as a Playstation 4 companion device. While the Wii U has continually struggled to attract an audience, Nintendo’s 3DS remained the best selling system of the year backed by one of the strongest first party software line ups in recent memory with amazing titles such as “Fire Emblem: Awakening”, “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon”, “Pokemon X and Y” and “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” gracing the platform. Despite 2013 being its final year as Sony’s flagship console, the Playstation 3 was aggressively supported by quality first party software all year with the likes of “God of War: Ascension”, “The Last of Us”, “Beyond: Two Souls”, “Gran Turismo 6” and “Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus”. While traditional MMOs continue to decline across the board, online battle arena games such as “League of Legends” and “Dota 2” continue to increase in popularity at an astounding rate. Gabe Newell and Valve continued their quest for world domination with the Steam digital distribution platform continuing to gain popularity and the announcement of the SteamOS “Steamboxes” which will hit shelves later this year. The ongoing development of the Oculus Rift and the promise of true virtual reality gaming headsets have developers and gamers everywhere on the edge of their seats. The industry is on the verge of its next great change and it’s
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“Super Mario 3D World” is an excellent addition to the Nintendo company’s series of games. A title released for the recently released Wii U, it is one the best to play on the console.
By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer “Super Mario 3D World” isn’t just another amazing Mario game and the best platformer released since “Super Mario Galaxy 2”. It’s the very best title ever released for the Wii U hands down. I’m not sure why I ever doubted that “Super Mario 3D World” would be the incredible game that it is. Perhaps it was because the game isn’t “Super Mario Galaxy 3,” or perhaps it was the revelation of the cat suit power up. “Gee they’ve really run out of ideas” I recall thinking. After finally getting my hands on the title and devoting countless hours of my life to its sheer unabashed brilliance I have reached an inevitable conclusion: The game designers at Nintendo possess a far greater level of genius and creativity than I could ever hope to achieve. “Super Mario 3D World” copies the same blend of mixing the free roaming mechanics of the 3D Mario titles with the gameplay style and level design of the 2D Mario titles first fea-
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tures in 2011’s “Super Mario 3D Land” for the Nintendo 3DS. Building off of what it’s predecessor and “Super Mario Galaxy 2” accomplished, “3D World” feels both familiar and incredibly fresh at the same time. Add in the absolutely charming art style, gorgeous visuals and an incredibly catchy soundtrack and you’ve got yourself recipe for yet another amazing “Super Mario” adventure. New power ups like the amazing cat suit which allows for wall scaling open up a whole new sting of level design possibilities, which the latter half of “3D World” capitalizes upon in every way imaginable. The “double cherries” allow you to “clone” yourself multiple times. Even baseballs can be thrown. “3D World” is jam packed with so many unique and creative innovations you’ll be astounded by the sheer variety seen throughout the levels. The title is a blast to play whether your alone or with friends. In addition to Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad all make appearances as playable characters in the title and with slightly altered abilities for each (i.e. Peach can float in the air for a
The future of Playstation is now By Alex Sferrazza Staff Writer Without question, the biggest piece of gaming news to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month was Sony’s announcement of the PlayStation Now video game streaming service. One of the few disappointments consumers expressed with the PlayStation 4 console upon its launch was the system’s inability to play the prestigious backlog of PlayStation 3 titles including the 2013 blockbuster “The Last of Us.” Many had been wondering how exactly the talents of Gaikai, a company which provides technology for the streaming of video games, would be utilized following their acquisition by Sony in 2012. At CES Sony announced their plans for the company. PlayStation Now is a new steaming distribution platform for PlayStation games that have been released on the PlayStation, the PlayStation 2, and the PlayStation 3. Similar to what services like Netflix currently offer for movies and television programs, no physical copies of the game are necessary and the games are streamed from a server over the Internet. Since the games are being streamed, hardware requirements are a moot point. In addition to PlayStation 4, Sony intends to implement PlayStation Now support for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In a somewhat surprising announcement, Sony also announced their intention to
bring the service to certain Smart TVs, tablets, and mobile devices, including some not manufactured by Sony. Any such non – PlayStation devices will require the use of a PlayStation 3, Dual Shock 3 controller to play games. Additionally, while Sony has stated that the service is recommended for users who have 5 Mbps Internet connection speeds or higher. For now, not all details are clear. We know that the service will be accessible by either a subscription fee, separate from PlayStation Plus, or on a per title basis with pricing yet to be announced. PlayStation 4 titles will eventually be released to the service as well, however it is not determined as of right now. The service is expected to launch in the United States sometime this summer or fall.The announcement of PlayStation Now fulfills a longstanding promise from Sony to bring legacy PlayStation titles to the PlayStation 4, which notably lacked backwards compatibility at launch. The previous two Sony home consoles each featured full backwards compatibility at launch and even after the PlayStation 3 had its’ ability to play PlayStation 2 titles removed, it retained the ability to play PS1 titles, while PS2 games were soon re-released for digital download.The Microsoft Xbox One does not currently support backwards compatibility for legacy titles and the company has not announced plans for any such support in the future.
“Super Mario 3D World” 9.5/10
Latest Zelda: Old Dog, New Tricks
“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” marks a triumphant return for one of Nintendo’s most storied franchises. Infusing the long running franchise with a breath of fresh air while remaining true to its roots, “Between Worlds” might just be the best piece of software ever released for Nintendo 3DS. A direct sequel to the SNES classic “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past”, Between Worlds features the same over world of Hyrule that first greeted players over 20 years ago. Set centuries after its predecessor, you are once again put into the shoes of yet another incarnation of the legendary hero, Link, in a quest to save Princess Zelda and the land of Hyrule from the forces of evil. The “dark world” where much of “A Link to the Past” took place does not appear but its place is taken instead by “Lorule” an alternate version of Hyrule ruled by Zelda’s counterpart, Hilda. “The Legend of Zelda” has long been the crown jewel of the Nintendo franchise line up. While it has never achieved the unrivaled popularity of the
“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” 9.5/10
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Making the switch: DOTA 2 vs. Leauge of Legends
By Zachary Lederman Staff Writer I’ve been playing games online probably since I was about six or seven, with games like Counter-Strike. In the span of nearly fifteen years since then, I’ve probably been called all manner of names and slurs that you could think of, and I won’t deny having vented my frustrations in a similar manner whenever I became frustrated. Really, it’s become a given that when you play video games online, you’re going to be subject to various taunts and insults, thanks to the anonymity of the online universe. There’s a reason that whenever we gamers talk about online games, discussions about what the community is like will invariably come up at some point or
another. All communities have their nasty players, but some are just infinitely worse than others. No matter how many idiots I’ve dealt with playing “WoW” and “Team Fortress 2,” those types of players seem to multiply tenfold when playing “Call of Duty” or “Halo.” But there’s a level further than I didn’t actually think possible. It’s a level that I didn’t even discover until earlier this year when I started playing Valve’s newest release, “DOTA 2.” I honestly did not think that this combination of vile ineptitude existed. Admittedly, in most of the games I participated in, I was a noob and didn’t preform so hotly, but I experienced rage on a new level. No matter what I did or said, it seemed I only became more hated in each game I
played. The things that were the game and haven’t looked said about myself, parents, and back. I talked to a friend of other loved ones mine about it, are not suitable “The difference who confirmed for the printthat he too had ing press. For was immediately become sick the first time in of the DOTA fifteen years, I noticeable. Upon c o m m u n i t y, found myself and decided to entering my first so turned off by leave. It was at the community game, and letting that time that that I actually he encouraged decided to stop my teammate know me to try a new playing what game: “League was otherwise I was a new player of Legends.” a reasonably I was treated to a The games fun game. For played effectivethe first time, series of encourag- ly the same, but instead of feela different coming like I was ing messages.” pany developed just participatLeague. The ing in an othdifference was erwise standard online setting, immediately noticeable. Upon I felt bullied and legitimately entering my first game, and hated. letting my teammates know I So I quit. I uninstalled was a new player, I was treated
to a series of encouraging messages, helpful tips, and useful websites for learning the game. One player in particular offered to stay in my lane with me and help me learn the role of the champion I had selected. It should come as no surprise that I still play “LoL” today, and that I encourage all of you to do so as well. So, what’s League’s secret? It’s actually a pretty simple reputation system. At the end of each match, you are treated to a list of all players, each with a few buttons next to their name; one green and one red. If your experience with that player was an exceptionally positive one, hit the green button. If not, press the red one. If you hit the green button, you grant them an honor point, and the game asks you what about that player was positive. Hit
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the red button and the player both loses an honor point, and the game will avoid matching the two of you in the future. If you have a higher level of honor, you will be matched up with similarly friendly and skilled players. If not, you will have a more difficult time finding matches, and the other players will be less than desirable. It’s the simplest system in the world, and it works. League has figured out a way to reward people for being friendly and helpful, and it has made an absolute world of difference. Hopefully game developers in the future can utilize systems like this in order to create more positive online environments and, maybe one day, the hostility of the online gaming environment won’t have to be
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you have to wait to clear a certain dungeon to obtain an item. For the most part, the game’s dungeons can be completed in any order whatsoever. You’re allowed to chose where and when you go to each, a luxury which hasn’t been seen since the original “Legend of Zelda” on the NES. The puzzles in the game are some of the most ingenious seen from the series in years. Many of which utilize the game’s brilliant new ability to have Link transform in a flat 2D drawing (resembling an Egyptian hieroglyphic) and walk around walls. Better yet, the helpful hint system from “Ocarina of Time 3D” and “Skyward Sword” return in case you ever find yourself stuck. On the downside, this is a very likely prospect as “Between Worlds” is one of the most difficult series entries in years. The story and writing are brilliant, as expected from the series. As a warning, with wonderful references and homages, the title will be best appreciated by long time fans. Consider catching up on the main titles in the series before you try “Between Worlds”. The nostalgia inducing art style updates the classic look of “A Link to the Past” and the title continues Nintendo’s fantastic implementation of 3D effects in their games. The title is rapidly paced, always entertaining, and doesn’t overstay its welcome. Accomplished players with complete the main story around 15 hours in, not counting the countless hours of additional content provided via minigames and side quests such as the baseball-like “Octorok Derby”. It’s a little bit short for a typical Zelda game but it’s still more than worth the price of admission. Long story short, “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” is the best handheld installment in the series yet. It’s a must buy for long time fans, and if you’ve left the series and have waited to return to something fresh and new, you couldn’t have picked a better time.
Bidding adieu to 2013 Alex.Sferrazza@UConn.edu
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never been a better time to be a gamer. But for the present, we must answer one final question that remains from this landmark year in gaming: Just what was the very best title of 2013? While the year featured no shortages of quality software, in this humble critic’s opinion there were three titles that elevated the medium to new heights never before reached in the industry. On the surface they are each very different titles but they all share an unrivaled degree of fine craftsmanship unmatched by anything else we’ve seen in 2013. These masterpieces are “The Last of Us,” “Bioshock Infinite,” and “Grand Theft Auto V”.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Recapping Championship Sunday By Mike McCurry NFL Columnist If we’ve carried anything over from the NFL playoffs the last few years, it’s to not be surprised when unexpected results occur. Much like the NCAA Tournament in college basketball, it is not uncommon to see the “hottest” team survive and advance rather than the better team. Professional football, as well as college hoops, produces many more shocking upsets in the postseason than, say the NBA and to a lesser extent, Major League Baseball. A big reason why is that an NFL playoff round consists of a single game, whereas the NBA has series that seem to drag on for months. Taking a look back at the 2011 playoffs, do you think the Jets really would have moved on to the AFC Championship if, rather than a sixtyminute affair, they had to endure a full seven-game series against the Patriots? Then again, at that point in time the Patriots had already been caught with video cameras in the stands directed at the Jets’ sidelines. How about last season, when the fourth-seeded Ravens stunned the top-seeded Broncos in the divisional round? I’d bet my house, my two dogs, and maybe even my sister on Denver over Baltimore in a series format. As a Giants fan, too, I know perfectly well the magic that can occur in a one-game, winner takes all scenario. All that brings us to this season. Not to say we haven’t had minor upsets occur the last few weeks (How you living, Andy Dalton?), but all things considered the “Final Four” was probably the four best squads in the offseason and for a good portion of the regular season. Patriots, Broncos, 49ers, and Seahawks—the two top seeds in the AFC plus the two best in the NFC. Yes, Championship Sunday was set up to be outstanding, nail-biting, must-watch football. Only one of them really lived up to the hype, however. In the end, the Super Bowl will pit the greatest offense we’ve seen in a while against the best, most consistent defense (at least the
secondary) in the NFL. But my Super Bowl preview doesn’t come out until next week. For the sake of this column, let’s relive Championship Sunday and figure out exactly how we’ve come to a Broncos-Seahawks bowl. Brady-Manning was all we ever heard about leading up to Sunday, but perhaps the real storyline should have been “Brady’s weapons vs. Manning’s weapons.” As we saw on Sunday, that was the genuine difference in the Broncos’ 26-16 win. Consider this: Due to multiple factors including Peyton Manning’s brilliancy, his elite receiving package, and the severely decimated New England defense, Tom Brady and the Patriots had only eight possessions on offense. On their opening two drives, both of which were three-and-outs, Brady was forced to put his trust in Austin Collie and Matthew Slater, who had one career catch. On the other side of the ball, Manning was putting on a clinic, orchestrating methodical drives that must have felt excruciatingly long to Tom and Gisele. Then again, look who is on the receiving end of Manning’s often wobbly deliveries. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas make up the most complete pass-catching bundle in the NFL. Brady, meanwhile? He’s connecting with dudes named Collie, Slater, Hoomanawanui and Mulligan. That has to want to make Tom throw back an Appletini or twelve. In addition to the Broncos’ glaring advantage in offensive weapons (Speaking of weapons, what say you, Aaron Hernandez?), Denver was able to contain a Pats running attack that was all-universe against the Colts only a week earlier. LeGarrette Blount, proving once again that he is a mediocre-atbest back in the league (he can thank the O-line for his career day versus Indy) had 6 yards on the afternoon. Shane Vereen led New England with 34 rushing yards. So the running game was Lennay Kekua-like, the Broncos dominated the time of possession stat (Denver had the ball for 36 minutes, also known as 60 percent of the game), and we were reminded that this Patriots group is totally not built to play from
behind. And please, don’t argue with me on that by bringing up the 24-point comeback victory the Pats pulled off against the Broncos in Week 12. This is the playoffs, people. Manning improved his record against Brady to 5-10, but the cooler tidbits to me from this one are as follows: First, Mother Nature could not have been any nicer to Manning, as the weather was in the 60’s and very sunny. Second, Broncos punter Britton Colquitt has punted one time in the playoffs. On to the NFC West showdown in the other conference championship, I really hope that viewers remember more from this one than Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman’s postgame rant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with what he said. Was it one of the most appalling, most captivating interviews in sports in recent memory? Yes, and seriously, what’s the last interview involving Erin Andrews that you were totally drawn more to the subject than to Erin? Still, that interview itself had absolutely nothing to do with the 23-17 outcome. So let’s focus on what did contribute to Seattle’s win. I want to throw kudos toward the entire Seahawks defensive unit, also known as the Legion of Boom. After 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran wild in the first half, Seattle limited Kaepernick to a single big run in the final 30 minutes. As if that adjustment wasn’t impressive enough, the Legion of Boom shut down big-game Vernon Davis, who not only had a fabulous regular season but tends to shine in the playoffs. And, as quiet as Blount was for the Pats, Frank Gore provided just as little of an impact with his 11 rush, 14-yard stinker. Out of three fourthquarter 49er drives, Kaepernick threw two interceptions and also lost a fumble. Seattle’s defense can undoubtedly talk the talk, but they continue to prove that they walk the walk just as efficiently. Another facet of the NFC Championship that will hopefully be talked about for a while is the legend of Russell Wilson. Wilson never puts up Brees or Brady-like numbers, but the guy wins. And he wins with a shoddy offensive line and the services
Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch breaks away for a touchdown run during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle
of no-namers like Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, both of whom are solid but unknown to the average football fan. The eventual go-ahead game-winning score, a 35-yard 4th-down link-up between Wilson and Kearse, was equal parts heady and special. Wilson drew 49er Aldon Smith offside, using the free play to take a chance and deliver a pretty pigskin over the outstretched 49ers secondary into the hands of Kearse. That was one of two Seattle touchdowns on the afternoon, as the other was a typical beastmode sprint. Marshawn Lynch is capable of two things at all times: tasting the rainbow and having a field day against any defense. Before we part, I go back to Sherman for a minute. Hate him or love him, it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t really care
and, if you really don’t think he’s the best cornerback in football, ask yourself how many guys can make the play that he did to vault the Seahawks into the Super Bowl? He blanketed Crabtree the entire route, wasn’t fooled at all by the 49ers gameplan, and had the presence of mind to realize he wasn’t going to intercept the pass. So what does he do? He tips it to teammate Malcolm Smith. After being avoided all game long by Kaepernick, San Francisco thought they were being cute and attempted to catch Sherman sleeping. The man doesn’t sleep though. He talks, talks some more, and balls out. Now he’ll be balling out against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the Super Bowl.
Fontenault: Daniels and Napier pour in a combined 58 points from UCONN SOARS, page 12 new career high with 31 points to go with 12 rebounds. The junior made 11 of 19 shots, including four of six from behind the 3-point line. “He’s got to continue to grind,” Shabazz Napier said. “You’re going to miss shots. You have to have a Reggie Miller mindset. You miss one, you’re going to make the next one. And he did that today and definitely was grinding it out.” The Owls had no one to contain Daniels or Napier, who followed up a 30-point performance against the Cardinals with 27 points,
eight rebounds and six assists. UConn’s offensive explosion, primarily through Daniels and Napier, looked like it came easy, and it came without junior shooting guard Ryan Boatright, who was in Illinois for the funeral of his cousin, Arin Williams. Williams was murdered last week in a Chicago-area restaurant. Ollie said Monday that Boatright was “50-50” for Tuesday’s game and that the Huskies were preparing as if he would not make it. Without Boatright, UConn still managed to shoot 53.4 percent from the field. Daniels and Napier combined
to take 33 of the Huskies’ 58 they missed him.” shots and combined for 58 With Boatright gone, Lasan of the 90 points, but Niels Kromah and Omar Calhoun Giffey quietly produced picked up some slack, but another efficient shooting so did freshman Terrence game, scoring 11 Samuel. In 10 points on 3 of 7 appearances before shooting, includTuesday, Samuel ing two 3-pointaveraged 6.3 miners. utes of play, but “ B o a t r i g h t ’s the Brooklyn native obviously a very was out there for 15 talented player, against Temple. and I’m sure Samuel played that they would well in his extendRecap rather have had ed appearance, him,” Temple scoring two points coach Fran Dunphy said, and assisting twice, but after “although they obviously almost every defensive posdidn’t miss him as much as session in the second half, we would have liked that he could be seen getting a
lecture from Napier in almost the same fashion that the captain was lectured by UConn great Kemba Walker during the 2010-11 season. “I told him that we’re going to need him down the line,” Napier said. “We’re going to definitely need him in games where I have two fouls or Ryan has two fouls. He’s just got to continue to be ready… He’s a great talent and he’s going to be a good Husky in the future. But he needs to know how to keep his composure, because as a point guard, you need that and for the team to understand that you’re the leader and the guy they need to follow.”
Now back at .500 in the conference, UConn goes back on the road for its final visit to the Rutgers Athletic Center for the foreseeable future, as the Scarlet Knights are bound for the Big Ten Conference at season’s end. The Huskies are 1-2 on the road in the American, knocking off No. 17 Memphis last Thursday after an 0-2 swing through Texas to begin conference play. “Now we get back on the road and try to get a road kill out of New Jersey,” Ollie said.
Minn. Supreme Court dismisses Vikings stadium suit ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the funding plan for a new Vikings football stadium, eliminating a legal obstacle that threatened a last-minute derailment of the project. Minnesota finance officials postponed a $468 million bond sale while the case was pending. After the ruling, the chairwoman of the government authority managing the construction said she believed the project could be kept on schedule, despite earlier worries about possible delays and cost overruns. "We are confident that we will be able to move forward very quickly, to get the financing in place for the bond sale and to keep things on track," said Michele Kelm-Helgen, board chairwoman for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The nearly $1 billion stadium, on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis, has a planned opening of July 2016. Doug Mann, an activist and former Minneapolis mayoral candidate, filed the Supreme Court lawsuit on Jan. 10, arguing the stadium funding plan was unconstitutional. But the state's highest court disagreed. State law "does not confer
original jurisdiction on the court to resolve all challenges to legislation authorizing the use of appropriation bonds," the court's five-page ruling read. It was unsigned and issued "per curiam," meaning on behalf of the entire court. Justice Alan Page, a former Minnesota Vikings player, did not participate. In other words, the court told Mann that he should have challenged the constitutionality of the bond sale in a district court lawsuit, not to the Supreme Court. Mann had previously filed a similar lawsuit in Hennepin County, which a judge dismissed. The Supreme Court ruling noted that Mann had a petition on that matter pending with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. But that court also denied Mann's petition on Tuesday, saying he filed the wrong type of appeal and has now missed the deadline for filing a proper one. Mann did not immediately return a call seeking comment. A spokesman for the state's Management and Budget office, which processes bond sales, couldn't immediately say when the stadium bonds would be sold now that the legal obstacles have fallen away.
This artists rendering released on May 13, 2013, by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings is the new Minnesota Vikings stadium
It's likely to be soon, though Kelm-Helgen said possibly not soon enough to meet several planned payment deadlines. However, she said several contractors working with the state on both the stadium and a related development project have signaled they are open to slightly delayed payments to keep original timelines intact. Gov. Mark Dayton, who earlier Tuesday had expressed worry that the lawsuit could put the project at risk, thanked the Supreme Court for acting quickly. The stadium project has seen its share of stumbles since the
Legislature signed off in May 2012. The initial plan to use electronic gambling proceeds to cover the state's debt fell miserably short. Last year, lawmakers reopened the financing plan to substitute other tax dollars for the state's $348 million share. An additional $150 million is coming from a sales tax diversion in Minneapolis. The city component is what triggered Mann's lawsuit. He contended the agreement illegally circumvented a Minneapolis charter provision that should have put the matter before voters.
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What's Next Home game
Men’s Basketball Jan. 25 Rutgers 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 Houston 9 p.m.
Feb. 6 Cincinnati 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Tomorrow Memphis 7 p.m.
Jan 26. USF Noon
Feb. 12 USF 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 UCF 6 p.m.
Jan. 28 Temple 7 p.m.
Stat of the day
The number of UConn women’s basketball players players averaging double digit points per game.
Brees is top pick in Pro Bowl Draft
» That’s what he said “What it comes down to is just pride -- pride in your effort and your performance” - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees after being selected first overall in the Pro Bowl Draft
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Doing things their Norway
Feb. 1 Cincinnati 2 p.m.
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Feb. 4 SMU 7 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (10-7-4) Jan. 24 Jan. 25 AIC AIC 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 31 Feb. 1 Feb. 7 Air Force Air Force Bentley 9:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (6-16-2) Jan. 31 Feb. 1 Jan. 25 Jan. 26 Boston Boston Providence Providence University University 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m.
Feb. 8 Boston College 2 p.m.
Men’s Swimming and Diving Jan. 25 Feb. 1 Princeton Dartmouth 5 p.m. Noon
Feb. 8 UConn Huskiy Open
Feb. 2 Colgate Noon
Feb. 19 AAC Championships All Day
Women’s Swimming and Diving Jan. 25 Princeton 5 p.m.
Jan. 26 Feb. 1 Seton Hall Dartmouth Noon Noon
Feb. 2 Colgate Noon
Feb. 8 UConn Husky Open
Men’s Track and Field Jan. 25 Feb. 1 Terrier Coaches Classic Tribute 10:30 a.m. TBA
Feb. 8 Skykes Sabock 10 a.m.
Feb. 14 Feb. 22 Lafyette/ Alex Wilson Ryder Invitational Invitational 12:30 p.m.
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Women’s Track and Field Jan. 24 Jan. 25 Jan. 31 Feb. 1 Jan. 24 Cherry & Cherry & Penn State Penn State Terrier Invite Silver Silver Invite National National 2 p.m. 10:30 a.m. All Day 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
What's On TV
NCAAB: No. 18 Duke vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m., ESPN 2
Talented Duke freshmen Jabari Parker will take his talents to South Beach as Duke looks to continue rolling after their dismantling of NC State 95-60. Miami comes into Wednesday ‘s game looking to win their first game against a ranked opponent this year against a Duke.
NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8 p.m., ESPN The Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs are separated by only a game in the very competitive Western Conference. High-flying Kevin Durant will lead his Thunder against league veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan as the new-school Thunder attempt to trample the first-place Spurs.
HONOLULU (AP) — NFL great Jerry Rice is already bucking conventional fantasy football wisdom in a new Pro Bowl format inspired by the popular hobby. Rice picked New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn to anchor his Pro Bowl team on Tuesday, opting for a passer over a runner. Rice made the selections in Hawaii after winning a coin toss against Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders. Rice called tails. The decision prompted Sanders to select Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles and Houston defensive end J.J. Watt for Sunday’s game. “Don’t think we forget Jerry picked them first,” Watt said when asked whether the new schoolyard-style format would leave players with bruised egos. The toss and selections started a new process for the NFL in selecting this year’s Pro Bowl teams. Rice and Sanders are serving as captains and general managers in charge of divvying up the NFL stars. “I’m so pumped — I’m ready to run some routes,” Rice said at a news conference after winning the toss, picking his players and embracing them as active player captains. “That’s exactly how I thought it was going to go,” Sanders said. The toss gave Sanders and Rice another chance for good-natured trash talk in a game that’s become as much about showcasing their personalities as celebrating the accomplishments of the NFL’s best. Rice and Sanders split up interior lineman, punters, fullbacks and special teamers during the first part of the draft, with the 22 picks announced on a tape-delayed show. Rice and Sanders went position by position, skipping the usual fantasy strategy of prioritizing positions — an element that will be in play Wednesday when the rest of the 60 players are divvied up. Sanders picked Ndamukong Suh with his first defensive tackle selection, and then opted for Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. Rice grabbed Jason Hatcher and Marcell Dareus, and was assigned Kyle Williams. Among guards, Rice picked two of Brees’ New Orleans teammates, Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs, along with Evan Mathis. Sanders picked Marshal Yanda and Logan Mankins and was assigned Kyle Long. Centers Mike Pouncey and Alex Mack went to Sanders, while Ryan Kalil and Nick Mangold went to Rice. Rice picked Mike Tolbert at fullback while Sanders got Marcel Reece. Sanders said Reece will not get the ball. “He’s blocking for that man over there,” Sanders said, pointing toward Charles. Punter Johnny Hekker and special teamer Justin Bethel ended up on team Rice, while Sanders picked punter Brandon Fields and special teamer Matthew Slater.
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UConn men’s basketball remains unranked
Knicks future with Carmelo Anthony in doubt
By Dalton Zbierski Campus Correspondent After splitting its Week 11 matchups against two top-20 opponents the UConn men’s basketball team received votes in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll. However, UConn was left out of both polls. Receiving 62 votes in the AP Top 25, Connecticut fell 49 votes shy of 25th ranked Oklahoma. With their 62 total votes, UConn received the second most of any teams who failed to enter the rankings. In the Coaches’ Poll, UConn received 12 total votes, 76 less than Michigan and Oklahoma. In college basketball, the methodology behind the AP and Coaches’ Polls can be quite complex. This week, top-ranked Arizona received 1,621 votes in the AP Poll and 798 votes in the Coaches’ Poll. The Coaches’ Poll is based on input from a panel of Division I head coaches. The members of the panel represent each of the 32 conferences eligible to receive an automatic bid into the NCAA
Tournament. Each coach on the panel fills out their “Top 25.” A first place vote is worth 25 points and a second place vote is worth 24 points, while a 25th place vote is worth only one point. This week, Arizona received 30 of 32 possible first place votes allowing them to remain the top ranked team in the country for the seventh week in a row. For UConn to have received 12 votes, it is likely they were placed on the outskirts of the top 25 in several coaches’ rankings. The AP Poll is decided by a point system using the same basic guidelines. Conducted by the Associated Press, more input allows for larger point totals. Coming off of last night’s contest against Temple, UConn will also square off with Rutgers this week. If they win both, UConn may once again find themselves in the top 25 rankings.
By Scott Carroll Staff Writer
lose Anthony for nothing this off-season, so it only makes sense to maximize their opportunity and deal him for a highly valued 2014 first round draft pick or a veteran player. Amare Stoudemire will also be departing from the Knicks this off-season as his contract, the third highest in the league, will be up. With Anthony and Stoudemires’ contracts off the books, the Knicks will hopefully be in a position to make some moves this off-season. The Knicks should look no further than New England for their rebuilding plans. The Celtics turned their two aging stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, into several first round picks and expiring contracts that wouldn’t affect their salary cap. Boston also traded their star head coach, Doc Rivers, into a future unprotected first round pick in the 2015 Draft. The Knicks need to trade their assets to get future picks and young talent, just as the Celtics have done.
With the trade deadline as well as the All-Star break steadily approaching, the reeling Knicks may be looking to shake up their roster by trading perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks are having a very disappointing year thus far, with a current record of 15-26. The Knicks have the second highest payroll in the NBA behind their cross-town rival, the Brooklyn Nets. A rebuilding phase may be in the works as they may try to move their superstar. Rumored deals have the Knicks possibly trading for Los Angeles Clippers’ posterizer Blake Griffin. Anthony’s year is up at the end of the year although his contract does include a player option that would allow Anthony to return to the team for an extra year. With the Knicks still spiraling, reports indicate that Anthony has lost his patience with the team and will leave at the end of the year. The Knicks could seemingly Scott.Carroll@UConn.edu
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USA hockey team ‘snubs’
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
UCONN SOARS OVER OWLS Daniels records doubledouble in blowout win By Tim Fontenault Sports Editor
Matt Stypulkoski The NHL’s Winter Classic is always a hit, but the most important part of this year’s spectacle may well have come after the final buzzer. Following a 3-2 Toronto win by virtue of the shootout, USA Hockey had a special announcement to make–the unveiling of its Olympic teams, both men’s and women’s. To be sure, plenty of the usual suspects were there on the men’s side of things–Jonathan Quick, Zach Parise and Patrick Kane all made the cut–but there were also some serious “snubs.” That word gets put in quotes because it’s tough to define. Yes, people in hockey circles were quick to point out that Bobby Ryan and Kyle Okposo are better than probably a good half of the forwards on the roster. And fans and media alike were fast to raise issue with the selection of Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik, both of whom play for U.S. coach Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh, as well. But while those arguments may be valid talent-wise, they fail to take into account a few major factors that go into compiling the roster–not the least of which is that said roster must be a team, not just the best collection of individual players. Chemistry, as overused a word as it may be, is vital to the success of an Olympic team. As Herb Brooks put it (or may not have put it, because who knows how many of his lines in “Miracle” are actually accurate), “I’m not looking for the best players…I’m looking for the right ones.” That, in essence, was the job of USA Hockey over the past weeks, months and years. Deciding, based on their intimate knowledge of these players and their games, which group would best gel together, best mesh and make the best team. There’s another factor in play here too, and a major difference from the brand of hockey these players are used to playing; unlike in the Vancouver Games, these Sochi Olympics will be played on a full international sheet of ice, as opposed to the NHL-sized rink that players are accustomed. While the difference in the two may be just 15 feet in width, that relatively minor change makes for an entirely different brand of hockey. The bigger sheet emphasizes speed and makes strong skaters that much more deadly due to the extra open ice that’s available. It also deemphasizes size and physicality, which is rewarded in the tighter quarters of the NHL. With both those things in mind, pure talent isn’t necessarily the best indicator for who qualifies for the Olympic team and USA Hockey made that perfectly clear. Ryan, Okposo, Dustin Byfuglien, Kieth Yandle and a whole host of other players may have deserved to make the team– or at least deserved a shot–based on their credentials, but roster space is limited and, in the eyes of the selection committee, their criterion didn’t quite match up. Of course, making decisions based on abstract concepts like chemistry isn’t exactly a science and leaves USA Hockey open for some serious criticism if the team fails to perform on the ice in Sochi. Detractors and frustrated fans will have quick and easy arguments to be made if things go awry, and perhaps they’ll have a point. But at the same time, these gambles could pay dividends come mid-February. Really, it just comes down to this–let’s wait until the puck is dropped before we judge whether the “snubs” were really snubs.
HARTFORD – Against Louisville on Saturday night, the UConn men’s basketball was ripped apart inside, especially by Montrezl Harrell, who finished with 13 rebounds to add to the Cardinals’ plus-15 differential on the boards. But in a 90-66 win Tuesday night against Temple at the XL Center, the Huskies (154, 3-3 American Athletic Conference) clamped down, outrebounding the Owls by 20 and holding Anthony Lee, the leading rebounder in the American, to zero boards. “It was a team effort,” forward DeAndre Daniels said. “Everybody was going in and rebounding, and I felt like that’s what helped us get going. When we rebound and just play our game, we get easy buckets, we get fast breaks, we get into our offense more easily.” Lee entered the game averaging 9.9 rebounds per game, the best in the AAC. Given UConn’s struggles this season inside, Lee seemed ready for a big game on the glass, but the combined effort of the Huskies’ big men kept him at bay. “I just told the guys, ‘If we rebound, we win. Just commit to hit.’ And they did that tonight,” coach Kevin Ollie said. After a dismal three points and four rebounds against Louisville, Daniels finished with a doubledouble against Temple (5-12, 0-6 AAC), posting a
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UConn Sophomore Phil Nolan (0) shoots over two Temple defenders during the Huskies’ blow-out of the Owls.
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UConn women look to avoid Memphis blues By Erica Brancato Staff Writer
The No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team will match up against Memphis for the second time this season. In the Huskies’ seventh conference game, the Tigers–who are 10-8 in the regular season and 3-3 in the American–will visit Connecticut and the Huskies on their home court. The two teams played only a few weeks ago on Jan. 4 at the FedEx Forum, where UConn won by 41 points. Although the Tigers had a few early leads, they were no match for the Huskies. UConn outshot Memphis 53.6 percent to 30.8 percent and forced 19 turnovers, which the Huskies turned into 34 points. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis dominated the court in her fourth game back post-injury, scoring 21 points and playing 30 minutes. Breanna Stewart racked up 17 points, while Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson scored a
combined total of 25 points to defeat the Tigers 90-49. Ariel Hearn and Pa’Sonna Hope kept Memphis in the game scoring 20 points and 11 points respectively. Without these two opponents Memphis would have no shot. No other member on the team scored more than seven points throughout the game. Although UConn has been beating opponents by an average of over 30 points, their mentality has not changed. The team has made it clear that they want to go above and beyond the high expectations that have been already set. With their struggles in injuries and adjusting to the new rules, the Huskies proved their depth. However, Baylor recently gave UConn a run for their money. The much anticipated game against the then No.7 Lady Bears was one of the few lessons the Huskies were able to acquire during the regular season. Despite such a close match up, this game not only gave
UConn more confidence and reassurance, but it also gave opposing teams more ammunition against the Huskies. Memphis has the opportunity to revamp their game, in hopes of improving their record and play like Baylor did. However Memphis’ task will not be taken lightly, especially with the forces UConn has in the frontcourt. For the second time this season, Hartley was named the America Athletic Conference Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points in two games against ranked opponents. Hartley also had a career-high of 30 points against Rutgers on Sunday, and was fittingly named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List and the 2014 Wooden Top-20 Midseason Watch list. Hartley and the Huskies will look to keep their game at its best tonight at the XL Center in Hartford. Tip off will be at 7 p.m. on SNY or ESPN3.
Freshmen Saniya Chong (12) brings the ball down the court against the Houston Cougars during a 90-40 victory for the Huskies.
with high expectations as one of the primary scorers for the Huskies, junior forward DeAndre Daniels has had a subpar season so far, averaging just 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Daniels was also held to just three points and four rebounds in Saturday’s loss against Louisville, but managed to bounce back in a big way Tuesday night, registering career-highs of 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies’ offense. “I just wanted to bounce back because I had a bad game,” Daniels. “I felt like I let my teammates down and my fans down, but everybody has bad games. Tonight, me and Shabazz [Napier] just wanted to be aggressive without playing with Ryan Boatright. So we just wanted to fill his spot and
be aggressive tonight.” Ollie said he would like to see Daniels put up this type of performance every night. “I want him to be more consistent,” Ollie said. “He just came out with some fire. I don’t know what he ate, but we’re going to make sure we find out and we’re going to keep him on that same plan.” “Just stay aggressive every time I’m on the court,” Daniels said on how he can stay consistent. “No matter what, just always stay aggressive. I feel like if I can stay aggressive all the time, I can help the team even more.” As for reaching his personal expectations on the season so far, Daniels said he felt like he’s doing “alright.” “I can do a lot more for this team,” he said. “At the end of the day, I just want to win
games and get to the NCAA tournament with this team.” Control the boards, control the game After getting outrebounded 45-30 by Louisville on Saturday, the Huskies turned the table and grabbed 45 rebounds themselves, as opposed to the Owls’ 25, making it the team’s largest winning margin of rebounding of the season. “I just told the guys, if we rebound, we win,” Ollie said. “Just commit to hit and they did tonight.” Temple came in the game with a 36.5-35.4 rebounds per game advantage over UConn as a team, with junior forward Anthony Lee–the conference’s leading rebounder–grabbing 9.9 boards per game himself. Ollie said one of the keys to the game was to keep Lee off the boards. UConn managed
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DeAndre Daniels explodes in Huskies’ victory By Mike Peng Senior Staff Writer HARTFORD – Amid a snowstorm and a scarce crowd of 4,741 without the cheerleaders and the dance team, the UConn men’s basketball team trounced Temple, 90-66, Tuesday night at XL Center to improve to 15-4 (3-3 American) on the season. UConn’s 90 points was the team’s highest output since their 95-68 win over Maine on Dec. 6. “To get 90 points, I don’t care who you’re playing, we’ve played Division II teams and haven’t scored 90 points,” UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said. “Ninety points is great.” Daniels’ career night propels Huskies Coming into the season
to hold Lee to zero rebounds Tuesday night. “That’s big time,” Ollie said. “[Lee] is not as big as [Montrezl] Harrell [of Louisville], but activity-wise, he’s got a motor just like him… I know those seven guys have played a lot of minutes, so we wanted to make sure we continue to push the pace, push the tempo and get those guys tired.” Apart from Daniels’ 12 boards, Napier and Lasan Kromah had seven and eight rebounds, respectively. “It was a team effort today,” Daniels said. “Everybody was going in and rebounding. I felt like that’s what helped us get going. When we rebound and just play our game, we get easy buckets, fast breaks and get into offense more easily.”