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Roof collapses in Delta Gamma sorority house By Mike Corasaniti Associate Managing Editor
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A large chunk of ceiling collapsed in the Delta Gamma sorority Husky Village house common room around 7 a.m. Thursday morning as a result of a pipe burst. There were no injuries. The burst pipe set off a fire alarm in the house around 5 a.m., which evacuated the building as well as the neighboring Pi Beta Phi sorority house. At that point, water was coming from the ceiling of the common room and fire department responders came to the scene. “A pipe froze and burst in the common room,” said Lauren Bent, a 6th-semester communications major and Delta Gamma member.
Around 7 a.m., the large piece of the ceiling common room collapsed onto the floor and furniture. Delta Gamma members were unable to comment any further on the incident because they were told to follow crisis procedure for the remainder of the situation. Initial reports of the incident show that the television and some other furniture in the common room was destroyed along with some property belonging to first floor residents of the building. Renovations were recently done in Husky Village that included new floors in the Delta Gamma house and other houses. It is unclear at this point how badly the floors were damaged by the water from the burst pipe.
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The Delta Gamma sorority Husky Village shown above was damaged when a pipe burst caused part of the ceiling to collapse in the common room. The extent of the damage remains unknown.
Ban on women in combat overturned Spring Weekend revival aims for
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By Jackie Wattles Campus Correspondent The US Department of Defense announced Thursday it will lift the ban on women in combat positions, opening about 237,000 positions to women. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made the announcement in a press conference Thursday afternoon. “It’s clear to all of us that women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military’s mission of defending the nation,” Panetta said. “Women represent 15 percent of the force, over 200,000. They’re serving in a growing number of critical roles on and off the battlefield. The fact is that they have become an integral part of our ability to perform our mission.” The service of women in the military is one large reason it remains all-volunteer. Panetta made the decision at the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in the midst of lawsuits by military women who have been passed over for positions because they were female. Former UConn men’s basketball Head Coach and Army veteran Dee Rowe said he supports the decision. “I have six daughters. My
By Megan Merrigan Campus Correspondent
In this May 9, 2012 photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez of the 101st Airborne Division walks through the woods during the expert field medical badge testing at Fort Campbell, Ky.
daughters would be thrilled for this, and I would want to fully support it. I know my daughters will be cheering. I was taken with the decision. You say ‘equality,’ I’m all for equality,” Rowe said. But Rowe said as a veteran, he recognizes there must be an adequate vetting process for allowing soldiers on the front lines. “I never served in combat, but I know it takes a mindset that not everyone has. I’d want to know how the decisions were made to put these people on the front lines. That goes for men and women.”
Panetta, who gave the official announcement shortly after Rowe’s interview, said those standards are not going to be compromised. “Not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier, but everyone is entitled to a chance,” Panetta said. “If they can meet the qualifications for the job, they should have to serve regardless of creed, color, gender or sexual orientation.” Col. Ellen Haring was one of two women who filed the first lawsuit to reverse the ban said she is “stunned and then
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The Spring Weekend Programming Committee held an information session for students, faculty and University of Connecticut organizations Thursday night to discuss this year’s Spring Weekend policies, describe the new theme and explain how individual students and organizations can get involved. Following the passing of Jafar Karzoun during Spring Weekend 2010, the university decided to put an end to what was formerly known as UConn’s annual three-day-long party. The Spring Weekend policies that were mandated in the years following Karzoun’s death, including limited access to roads leading to campus, the banning of guests from residence halls and regulating guests in local off-campus apartment complexes, are being somewhat relieved after what Becca Herman, of UConn’s Student Activities office, described as both a successful and calm Spring Weekend 2012. During Spring Weekend 2013, organizations can have events and meetings as normal, as long as they go through the Union and university services; build-
ings and buses will be available to UConn students and will be operating “somewhat normally,” according to Herman. One policy that is not budging, however, is the strict no guest policy. No guests will be permitted to participate in any of the weekend’s events, nor will they have access to dining or residence halls, according to Herman. As far as restrictions for off campus housing during Spring Weekend, “property managers have the ability to make decisions on their own, we only talk to them about what they’re planning to do. Many have discussed about doing some guest restriction, hiring state troopers, so they are discussing that now. But, at this point we’re in the preliminary planning of all that,” said John Armstrong, the director of Off-Campus Student Services. Though Spring Weekend is making a comeback, it is not the same event it was in years past. This year, the Spring Weekend Programming Committee has introduced a new theme, “UConn Learns, UConn Serves, UConn Cares,” and each night of the weekend will compliment that theme. Thursday night will be “UConn Learns.” The
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Violent video games come under fire in wake of Newtown shooting
By Stephen Underwood Staff Writer In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting that left 26 people dead, there has been a renewed debate on violent video games as a possible motivator behind such attacks. Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old alleged gunman, was addicted to violent video games. According to The Sun, who interviewed the Lanza’s family plumber, Peter Wlasuk, “The (Lanza) boys were fans of the military,” Wlasuk said. “They had posters all over the wall in the basement. They had one poster of every piece of military equipment the US ever made. It was a huge poster with every tank ever made. The kids could tell you about guns they had never seen from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The kids who play these games know all about them. I’m not blaming the games for what happened. But they see a picture of a historical gun and say ‘I’ve
used that on Call of Duty’.” Classmates of Lanza also describe an awkwardly shy student who was obsessed with games like “Call of Duty” and referenced guns on many occasions. While violent games may or may not have played a role in the shootings, they have sparked an intense debate over the influence such games have over children and whether they play a role in gun violence. In his first press conference of his second term, President Obama called for funding to research the potential effects such games have on youth. Obama has detailed a plan that would give $10 million to the Centers of Disease Control that would investigate causes of mass violence, including violent video games as a possible incentive. However, are violent video games a determining factor in gun violence? Ashish Billava, CEO of
This screen shot, taken from the popular video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, allows the player to experience a war situation. These video games have come under fire for promoting violent behavior.
UConn Game Developer’s Club, believes that video games are not to blame. “There is no definite evidence that shows causation between violence in video games and
acts of violence in real-life,” Billava said. “Many flaws and shortcomings were found in the scientific review of previous video game and violence related research that attempted
What’s on at UConn today... Social Security Services for International Students 9 to 11 a.m McMahon, 185 Social Security officials will take applications for social security numbers for students have a F-1 or J-1 visa.
“Rainbow Lounge Presents...” 6 to 9 p.m. SU, 403 The Rainbow center will offer free coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and treats, along with board games, poetry, and music as part of this weekly event.
Men’s Hockey vs. American International 7:05 to 10:05 p.m. Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum The men’s hockey team will face American International tonight.
to find a correlation between them. Also, the Supreme Court in 2011 voted 7-2 to overturn California’s proposed ban to sell violent video games to minors
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Welcome Back to Late Night 2013 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Student Union SUBOG host the first late night of the new year tonight, featuring free 3D flip photos, personalized dog tags, ad a dance party. – KATHERINE TIBEDO
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Financier in Conn. fraud ordered into custody
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan financier awaiting sentencing in a massive Connecticut-based fraud scheme has been ordered into federal custody. A judge has directed Francisco Illarramendi (ee’-yah-rah-MEHN’dee) to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service in Bridgeport by 10 a.m. Friday. Illarramendi had been under house arrest in New Canaan since pleading guilty in 2011, but the sentencing has been postponed several times as Illarramendi has changed attorneys. The detention order was handed down last week by Judge Stefan Underhill. Illarramendi ran unregistered hedge funds out of offices in Stamford. He has pleaded guilty last year to several counts of fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Victims have been exposed to losses totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Illarramendi’s biggest client was a pension fund for state oil workers in the South American country.
Police arrest teen in New Haven killing
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven police say they’ve charged a 17-year-old boy in the fatal shooting of a man found wounded at a doughnut shop. Officers say they executed a search warrant at the boy’s home at about 4 a.m. Thursday and took him into custody. Police say they found a gun in the home. The teen’s name was withheld because of juvenile offender laws. Police were called to a Dunkin Donuts store shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and found 29-year-old Lonni Star suffering from a gunshot wound. He later died at a hospital. Police believe he was shot at another location and driven to the store by a woman who called 911 for help. Star was New Haven’s second homicide victim in two days, and the second homicide victim of the year.
Gay marriage bill advances in US state
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow gay couples to marry. The House passed the legislation 51-19 Thursday following an emotional debate that touched on religion, civil rights and the nature of marriage. The bill now moves to the state Senate, where supporters and opponents say its fate is difficult to predict. The vote was personal to Ken Fish, who showed up at the Statehouse early to get a seat in the viewing gallery. The 70-yearold says he and his partner of 25 years have long waited for Rhode Island to pass gay marriage. He called Thursday’s vote “history in the making.” Rhode Island is now the only state in northeastern New England region that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to wed.
US hit by new stomach bug spreading around globe
NEW YORK (AP) — A new strain of stomach bug sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S., health officials say. Since September, more than 140 outbreaks in the U.S. have been caused by the new Sydney strain of norovirus. It may not be unusually dangerous; some scientists don’t think it is. But it is different, and many people might not be able to fight off its gut-wrenching effects. Clearly, it’s having an impact. The new strain is making people sick in Japan, Western Europe, and other parts of the world. It was first identified last year in Australia and called the Sydney strain. In the U.S., it is now accounting for about 60 percent of norovirus outbreaks, according to report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Norovirus — once known as Norwalk virus — is highly contagious and often spreads in places like schools, cruise ships and nursing homes, especially during the winter. Last month, 220 people on the Queen Mary II were stricken during a Caribbean cruise. Sometimes mistakenly called stomach flu, the virus causes bouts of vomiting and diarrhea for a few days.
Courts cut $172 million from Bratz doll verdict
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday tossed out $172 million in damages Mattel Inc. had been ordered to pay the maker of Bratz dolls, the latest twist in a bitter 9-year legal dispute over commercial rights to the ethnically diverse, pouty-lipped toys. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a jury should not have been allowed to consider MGA Entertainment Inc.’s claims that it was the victim of trade secret theft during a trial convened to consider Mattel’s lawsuit alleging MGA stole the idea for Bratz from Mattel. The convoluted case dates back to 2004 when El Segundo-based Mattel first filed a lawsuit claiming Bratz designer Carter Bryant was working for Mattel when he did the initial drawings and early work on the provocative, hip hop-inspired dolls with large eyes, heads, lips and feet, and tiny noses.
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Neag prepares students for changing education standards By Christian Fecteau Senior Staff Writer Since Connecticut recently won an exemption waiver from the “No Child Left Behind Act,” the Neag School of Education is teaching future educators how to prepare for different assessments in classrooms. “We are preparing our candidates in our teacher education program to embrace the new common core standards so they can have a curriculum and a pedagogy that measures those standards,” said Mary Yakimowski, Neag director of assessment. “The curriculum and the assessment go hand in hand. The content, which is the curriculum, has to be taught by the teacher and then it’s going
to be assessed. Then, based on the assessment, we can see where there needs to be further improvements.” The “No Child Left Behind Act,” signed into effect by President George W. Bush in 2002, required states to test students in grades three to eight annually in the subjects of reading and mathematics, according to the Education Week website. The act also required states to bring all students up to proficient levels in these subjects by the 2013-2014 school year. Under the act, all teachers have to be highly qualified in every subject that they teach. “No Child Left Behind” has a premise to have better prepared teachers and we wanted our candidate to be the best prepared, and sometimes that
actually means two degrees,” Yakimowski said. “That was a focus that the Neag School of Education and CLAS worked together to pass. It was approved by the board of trustees and the senate that allowed for students to, for example, get a degree in mathematics and education.” In total, 34 states and the District of Columbia have received waivers exempting them from the “No Child Left Behind Act,” according to NBC News. These states use different methods of assessment, which results in differences in the curriculum. “Across the nation, we now have two consortiums,” Yakimowski said. “We belong to one consortium called the Smarter Balanced Assessment
system. This assessment will be tied to the core standards of English language arts and mathematics.” Yakimowski said that Neag is constantly striving to improve its program, regardless of whether or not the “No Child Left Behind Act” is in effect. “No Child Left Behind” didn’t impact our program, but we always look at our program to identify areas of strength and areas of improvement,” Yakimowski said. “Even without NCLB we would be doing the same thing. We prepare our alumni to go out and effectively teach our students in our K12 schools.”
Committee working to redefine Spring Weekend Thousands
of combat jobs opened to women
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Programming Committee is encouraging professors to plan academic presentations for that night, and they are hoping to collaborate with the School of Fine Arts to put up displays. The Student Union Board of Governors is also planning on playing an outdoor movie once it gets dark, according to Elise Yonika of SUBOG and the Programming Committee. Friday will be “UConn Serves,” and the Undergraduate Student Government and Community Outreach will host the anchor events. Community Outreach is in the process of planning three volunteer events for students to participate in throughout the day. They have joined UConn’s Facilities Operations and have planned a variety of campus beautification projects for the morning, local outreach efforts, such as cleaning the yards of residents in areas close to campus who have been negatively affected by Spring Weekend activities in the past, and a series of kit-making stations on campus that night, according to Julie McGarry of Community Outreach. Some of the kits include art kits for kids in hospitals and foster homes, as well as bagged dinners of non-perishables. To get involved in one of these projects, e-mail uconn. firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday will also be Student Appreciation Day, which will include giveaways and a food truck in Fairfield Way, according to Johan Tajada, the USG event
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In this file photo from April 22, 2010, students gather outside a house party during Spring Weekend. After imposing a lock down in 2011 and 2012, the university in bring a safe Spring Weekend back with precautions.
ecstatic.” “It sounds today like they plan to open everything to women. Nobody ever asked for special consideration or reduced standards. Just let us compete at the standards as they exist,” Haring told NPR news. Of the approximately 237,000 positions now available to women, 184,000 are in combat arms professions and 53,000 are assignments that were closed based on unit type. This expands Panetta’s 2012 decision to open certain battalion level jobs in combat positions and lift the ban on allowing women to work in field jobs required to be “colocated” with ground combat units. That announcement was made on Feb. 9 and opened an additional 14,325 jobs to women. Both decisions have effectively ebbed away the 1994 decision by the department to keep women banned from direct combat, and is the largest expansion of military jobs to women since reforms in April 1993 opened 200,000 non-combat.
coordinator. “We want to say thank you, basically, if you are serving and following the rules of Spring Weekend,” Tajada said. SUBOG is also planning a food truck festival to take place Friday evening, which will tentatively include, a cupcake truck, a fried dough truck and a pizza truck, “to say thank you to students for a great day of service,” Yonika said. WHUS will DJ the event. Fresh Check Day, a day coordinated by the Jordan Matthew Porco foundation, which raises awareness to suicide prevention will also be held on Saturday. “Fresh Check Day is a big fun wellness fair with interactive elements,” according to Leah Nelson, the outreach coordinator
games has been shown to be effective in minimizing their exposure to minors. I am encouraged by President Obama’s decision to invest $10 million in the CDC to research links between violent media and real-life violence. This is preferable to a knee-jerk reaction of subjectively banning certain types of games which can compromise growth across the gaming industry.” Other critics of correlating violent video games to gun violence argue that violence has existed in society through different mediums including books, comics,
radio, TV and various other formats. “We should be worrying about real world violence, not fantasy violence. Humans have always found ways to express their predilection for violence: books, movies, plays and now video games. The arrival of a new medium didn’t have anything to do with it,” said Aaron Carta, a 6th semester math and physics major. “What we should be concerned with is our people - the culture of keeping to yourself and ignoring the problems of others has had more to do with these acts
of violence than anything else.” Whether or not video games are connected to gun violence, President Obama believes that everything should be looked at in assessing factors that could have triggered the Newtown shooting. “Congress will fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds,” Obama said. “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”
for the foundation. Fresh Check Day is teaming up with UConn’s Suicide Prevention Committee, ResLife, Active Minds, and other health and wellness oriented clubs and organizations to plan events and activities for the day. “I think it’s great that they’re allowing students to have their freedom again in a constructive and positive way that will benefit the entire UConn community,” said UConn student Alli Cohen. Spring Weekend 2013 is April 25-27. To participate in any of the anchor events, contact the organizations directly to find out how to get involved.
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stating that the effects of playing video games are both small and indistinguishable from effects produced by other media.” Billava also believes that video games should not be censored but still advocates researching potential links into gun violence. “I personally believe that video games as a source of entertainment and art should not be subjected to censorship even in the portrayal of violence,” Billava said. “ESRB’s (Entertainment Software Rating Board) enforcement of the sales of violent video
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As layoffs keep dropping, hopes rise for job gains
WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers are laying off fewer workers, a trend that normally suggests hiring is picking up. The January jobs report next week will show whether employers have begun to hire more freely or are still waiting for the economy to strengthen. The number of people seeking unemployment aid has reached a five-year low. Some employers, such as health care companies, restaurants and retailers, are hiring steadily. Yet overall job growth remains modest. And the unemployment rate is the same painful 7.8 percent it was when Barack Obama became president four years ago. The economy isn’t growing fast enough to accelerate hiring. Flat pay and high unemployment are holding back consumer spending, which rose at a meager annual rate of 1.6 percent in the July-September quarter. The economy expanded at a 3.1 percent annual pace in the same period, partly because companies stockpiled more goods, which boosts production. Most economists think growth dipped below a 2 percent rate in the October-December quarter because consumer demand remains tepid. Another factor has been uncertainty about federal spending and budget deficits. Most companies don’t seem worried enough to cut jobs. But many
may not boost hiring until further progress on the budget is achieved. This month, Congress avoided the “fiscal cliff” in part by postponing automatic spending cuts. And this week a deadline for raising the government’s b o r r o w i n g cap was put off for three months. Significant hiring gains are “unlikely ... when there remains so much political uncertainty,” said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics. First-time applications for unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 330,000, the government said Thursday. That’s the fewest since January 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, also fell to nearly a five-year low. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They fluctuated between 360,000 and 390,000 for most of last year. At the same time, employers have added an average of 153,000 jobs a month. Weekly applications have now fallen below that level for two straight weeks. That suggests that job gains could accelerate. Still, economists caution that the figures are particularly volatile in January. The government has difficulty adjusting its numbers to account for layoffs after the holiday shopping season. Layoffs typically spike in the second week of January as retailers and other employers cut staff.
Then layoffs plummet in the following weeks. The government tries to adjust for those seasonal trends. But the figures can still be volatile. Tom Gimbel, CEO of the LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting firm in Chicago, says he’s seeing more demand for temporary and contract employees. Demand for temp employees is up 25 percent in the past three months. “Companies are putting their foot in the water,” Gimbel said. But they’re reluctant to make more permanent hires, partly because they don’t want to have to lay off workers if the economy falters, he said. Many businesses still have painful memories of undergoing layoffs during the recession. “Companies do not want to do that again,” he said. Some sectors are already picking up. Manufacturers added the most jobs in nine months in December. Retailers posted three months of big gains last fall. Restaurants and hotels have been hiring at a healthy pace since the summer. Health care companies added nearly 30,000 jobs a month last year — almost one-fifth the overall total. Construction companies may step up hiring soon. They added 30,000 jobs in December, though some of the increase likely reflected temporary hiring
penalty-points system that DUBLIN (AP) — A license removes licenses from danto drive drunk? Some smallgerous drivers, particularly town politicians think it’s just drunks. the tonic for rural Ireland. The effort has slashed roadCouncilmen in Kerry, southrelated deaths from more than west Ireland, passed a motion 400 annually in the 1990s to this week asking the governjust 162 last year, a modern ment to create a permit that low in this country of 4.6 milwould allow isolated farmers the ability to drink a few pints lion. Kerry pub owners say their and then return home in their business has plummeted right car, or on their tractor, withalong with that nationwide out fear of being busted. carnage — yet deny any Its backers say the measure connection between the two is needed to combat an epidemic of boredom and depres- trends. They describe the often narrow, lightly trafsion on farms ever since ficked roads near their busiIreland imposed tough new nesses as safe for people to blood-alcohol limits on drivnavigate even after three pints ers in 2011. (57 ounces) of But Justice beer. Minister Alan Danny HealyShatter shot Rae, who owns down the a pub and comes proposal durfrom Kerry’s ing a speech most famous and in parliament flamboyant politThursday as ical family, says “grossly irrefarmers should be sponsible.” allowed to drive “There is no tipsy on their question of this tractors because government, or they don’t go indeed I don’t fast enough to believe any kill anyone. He future government, facilitatAlan Shatter said those drinking two to three ing individuals Ireland Justice pints at a pub drinking in excess of the Minister should be issued a permit allowing blood alcohol them to drive home so long as limits,” Shatter told lawmakthey stay below 30 mph (50 ers. kph). A generation ago, drunken He was one of five Kerry driving was commonplace in County Council members who Ireland and even the smallest voted for the motion Monday villages or forlorn crossroads night. Three others voted would feature a pub. But in against, seven abstained and this century the country has 12 council members didn’t steadily improved road safety standards, introducing manda- show up. Their decision has no legal standing because tory driving tests, blood and the national government, not breath tests and above all a
councils, sets policy on road safety. Healy-Rae — who like his politician father is nationally famous for wearing a cap everywhere and talking in rapid-fire local dialect easy to parody but hard to understand — said pub-loving farmers “are living in isolated rural areas where there’s no public transport of any kind. They end up at home looking at the four walls, night in and night out, because they don’t want to take the risk of losing their license.” He said the older generation provided the sociological fuel to Ireland’s tradition of pubbased music and “craic,” Irish slang for entertaining conversation. “All the wisdom and all the wit and all the culture that they had, the music and the singing, that’s all being lost to the younger generation,” Healy-Rae said. “These older people might as well be living in Japan and Jerusalem, because the younger generation don’t see them at all anymore.” Yet even in Kerry, many have dismissed the idea as both dangerous to public safety and impossible to enforce. And alcohol-abuse campaigners say Healy-Rae’s logic is twisted, since alcohol is a depressant and hardly a cure for the blues. “The link between alcohol use and suicide has been well established and drinking alcohol will exacerbate, not alleviate, any mental health difficulties that a person may be struggling with, such as depression or anxiety,” said Conor Cullen, spokesman for a pressure group called Alcohol Action Ireland.
Ireland won’t ease drunkendriving law for farmers
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In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Racheel Weston, stood in line with a few hundred other job seekers, during the job fair that the Miami Marlins hosted at Marlins Park in Miami. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five years, a positive sign that layoffs have fallen and hiring may pick up.
for repairs and rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. But the once-battered housing sector is recovering, which bodes well for construction jobs. Home builders started work in 2012 on the most new homes in four years. And sales of previously occupied homes reached their highest level in five years last year. Patrick Newport, an economist
at IHS Global Insight, forecasts that construction companies will add 140,000 jobs this year, up from a meager 18,000 in 2012. Other industries may also benefit. Home improvement retailer Lowe’s said Tuesday that it will hire 45,000 temporary workers for the busy spring season. It also said it would add 9,000 permanent part-time employees. State and local governments,
Connecticut panel begins task of responding to Newtown shooting
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A panel charged by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with recommending a broad range of state policy changes after the deadly Newtown school shooting began its work Thursday, urged to focus on the issue of mental health and how it can intersect with gun violence. The panel embarked on the task as the top prosecutor in the case, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, said he’s prevented from turning over information about the shooter’s mental health background. But Malloy said even though the mental condition the late shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, won’t be available to the commission, he believes the group can address ways to improve mental health care and reduce the stigma of seeking treatment, a key focus of the 16-member panel of experts. “That incident is an isolated incident, but we know a lot about other incidences and mental health issues,” he said, adding how Vice President Joe Biden’s recommendations to the president also looked beyond the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “We know a lot about mental health. We know that mental health treatment is stigmatized in the United States to a greater extent than it is in many other countries and we need to move in a direction where it is less stigmatized.” Sedensky, meanwhile, said the case remains under investigation and could take until June before a report is
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Capital in Hartford, Conn., where he announced the creation of an advisory commission to review and recommend changes to state laws and policies on gun control, school safety measures and mental health services.
ready from the state police. He acknowledged, however, that no prosecution “appears on the horizon” for the crime that left 20 first graders and six educators dead. Lanza also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at the Newtown home they shared and later committed suicide as police approached the school. Sedensky said while Lanza’s mental health information is privileged, he expressed a willingness to work with the commission, which is charged with the wide-ranging task of reviewing school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention and providing the governor with recommendations for law and policy changes. “Anything that would not encumber or somehow hinder the investigation, we will try to provide you with,” Sedensky said. “At the same time, we may have limitations based on the confidentiality, but we will strive to get you
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what you need.” Commission members on Thursday received advice from two members of similar panels created after school shootings that occurred in Colorado and Virginia. Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, a member of the panel that reviewed the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, urged the Connecticut group to focus on the intersection of mental health and gun violence. He said “incident after incident” since Columbine has shown there’s a relationship between the two issues. “What we don’t want is a policy debate in this country, I think, or in Connecticut, that gets locked down around the polar opposites around gun control or the polar opposites around mental health or mental health funding,” Ritter said. “Part of this has to be this broad discussion and a discussion about the intersection.”
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Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -Focus on home and family warms the hearth. It’s good medicine ... take as much as you can, with tea and company. Renew your spirit to go back out into the world again. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Changes could seem abrupt to others. Why not think it over? Handle the basics, do the routines and then take a walk to get lost in thought. No need for decisions. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- You have this tendency to say yes when people ask, and then the tasks pile up. Keep checking stuff off the list, and earn some time for yourself. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -Your self-discipline is impressive, but you don’t have to go it alone, you know. You have plenty of friends. Everyone wants to contribute. You would do the same. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- An arrogant mood could take over, if you allow it to. Grand statements from the past could echo back. Own up to them if that happens. Laugh at yourself. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Practical efforts are favored, with Mars retrograde in your sign. There could be changes. Consult with experts and partners. Rules simplify. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -Concentrate on great service, and the orders flood in. The workload is getting intense. Consider the previously impossible, and listen to your partner. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- You don’t need “no more trouble.” The love of your family is available, as long as you’re willing to harvest it. Fixing a leaky faucet can save money. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- It’s easier to express your thoughts or to start a new writing project. Find an answer in meditation. Others depend on you. Share your peace of mind. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Figure out new ways to bring in income, without sacrificing your core values. Bring the money in before you send it back out. Be proud of your contribution. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re the top dog, and you know it. You’re back in control, but don’t let it make you lazy. Continue growing. Change is good now. Play with it. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 5 -- There’s no time for procrastination now. Complete a project in private. Listen only to the positive voice in your head. Hot chocolate could be nice.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Discovering Storrs Center Iconic coffeehouse arrives with Dog Lane Cafe
By Kathleen McWilliams Staff Writer Places like “Central Perk” from Friends, “Lukes” from Gilmore Girls and “Restaurant” from Seinfeld play a central role in the routines of our lives. Everybody fantasizes about the cozy café or diner where the wait staff knows names and orders by sheer thoughtfulness and regularity. The Dog Lane Café, recently opened in the Storrs Center, promises to be a hub of student activity on campus with its comfortable accommodations and superb menu. With weekday hours between 7 a.m and 10 p.m and weekend hours between 7:00 a.m and 11 p.m, the “European-American” styled café is anticipated to draw students throughout the day to study, socialize or simply enjoy a bite to eat. As far as the menu is concerned, there is something for every meal of the day. The breakfast menu features typical breakfast sandwiches, like bacon, egg and cheese, bagels, pastries and an impressive array of omelets and burritos, as well as a hearty breakfast plate consisting of two eggs, an English muffin, bacon and fruit. The rest of the food options satisfy both the lunch and dinner category, but the selection is far from limited. Soups and chilies are offered daily in the form of a bowl or a smaller cup. The salad selection is small, yet interesting, with the arugula and beet salad being the most unusual, but delicious combination. The artisan grilled cheese sandwich selection is where Dog Lane really adds an exciting and colorful culinary experience, with offerings from apple and carmelized onion to andouille and pepper jack with avocado.” The rest of the sandwich selection is standard fare, consisting of favorites such as ruebens, paninis and wraps, all of which are delectably described on the menu. Burgers are also offered and the grass fed local burger is well worth the $12 for an antibiotic and preservative free meal. All of the sandwiches are served with kettle chips and a pickle, which makes a simply delicious sandwich
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Dog Lane Cafe offers a non-chain coffee house with the perfect atmosphere for students and community members to “Come. Sit. Stay.” It’s sure to be an iconic hang out similar to those in television shows like “Friends”and “Gilmore Girls”.
into a simply delightful meal. One of the most unexpected offerings at Dog Lane is their selection of beer and wine. For students old enough to imbibe, the casual and relaxing setting of the café could be the perfect place to kick back on a Saturday night to catch up on reading or chat with friends over a glass of wine. Their menu boasts of their student budget friendly alcohol selection saying, “We look for inexpensive wines with good character that will complement our offerings.” For students who are underage, the café offers more than standard coffee and tea concoctions. While the variety
of tea and coffee is impressive, the café also serves a range of diverse smoothies. Some of the offerings include the mixed berry blast and the dirty monkey, a mix of banana, chocolate milk and peanut butter, as well as other options. The basil-watermelon smoothie was delightfully refreshing and if it wasn’t below freezing outside, it would be the perfect beverage to grab before class or to take over to the library for a late night study session. Other interesting beverages include the ginger lemonade and the caramel hot chocolate. Unlike Starbucks, the prices are tailored towards students at Dog Lane
Café. The sandwiches are reasonably priced given the portions you receive and the beverages are extremely well priced. A cup of coffee and the espresso drinks are under $3, an affordable option for students on a small budget. That said, the prices do not reflect the quality of the café. The inside is clean and new, the staff is friendly and the food is delicious. It is highly anticipated that The Dog Lane Café will become a UConn classic and the location of many student gatherings in the future.
Moo-rific burgers, fries and shakes Healthier versions of
Storrs Center favorites
By Cole von Richthofen Campus Correspondent
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Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes offers a fresh and fast answer to burger cuisine. The constant lack of seating in the restaurant is a testiment to the community’s interest one of the newest Storrs Center additions.
By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent Best Burger Ever: Now that may be a wee bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Mooyah Burger, which recently opened in the developing Storrs Center shopping district, makes a burger which is right on par with what one might expect from a sandwich ordered at an elegant hotel restaurant. Mooyah Burger is a Texas-based chain of rapidly growing fresh, made to order food and fast-service restaurants, similar to Moe’s Southwest Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Last year, a location was opened near UConn’s Greater Hartford Campus in West Hartford, and it is quite exciting to see a location open in Storrs. Unfortunately, unlike the West Hartford location, available seating space was in short supply during my lunch rush visit and many other customers were left without a place to sit. Despite this drawback, make no mistake Mooyah’s grub is can’t miss fare. Many comparisons can be drawn between Five Guys and Mooyah Burger. Both have a limited menu of burgers, hot dogs, and fries, but Mooyah expands upon its competitor greatly. Mooyah offers both turkey and veggie burgers in addition to the customary beef patties, as well the ability to take the sandwich with either a white or wheat bun or wrapped in lettuce (known as an iceburger). In addition, Mooyah offers both regular and sweet potato fries, as well as milk shakes. The fries are excellent, all are fresh cut “boardwalk
style” (a la Five Guys), seasoned with both salt and house seasoning, and served in generous portions. On the beverage side of things, Mooyah offers great milkshakes, ranging from typical flavors such as vanilla to the ever so slightly more exotic flavors such as mint chocolate chip. The restaurant serves Coca-Cola products (as well as Dr. Pepper), via a fantastic “Coke Freestyle” soda fountain which offers over 100 unique soda and flavored beverage flavors. Of course, the burgers are the real star of the restaurant. Mooyah uses only the freshest burger ingredients possible, beginning with the fact that all buns are baked fresh in the restaurant daily. All sandwich veggies from the pickles to the lettuce are incredibly fresh and crisp. The excellent burgers themselves are served rather thick and incredibly juicy. And while a large variety of toppings are offered at no extra charge, some do merit the extra price. For those willing to pay to add bacon to their sandwiches, I can honestly say I have never had bacon served thicker, crispier or more generously on a burger than at Mooyah. Tips for diners: make sure to remember that a regular Mooyah Burger sandwich contains two beef patties and, considering their size, rookies are advised to order the one patty Little Moo burger. Despite the seating issue, all in all you can’t find a burger and fries done better than at Mooyah Burger. Soon to be a star of Storrs Center, Mooyah Burger is a can’t miss burger joint.
Whether they’re sick of the dining halls, or just need a break from ramen noodles, almost every UConn student goes out to eat at some point; and with the new Storrs Center, options for food right off the southeast corner of campus, hungry students have more options than ever. With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, however, and with bitter temperatures keeping students inactive, many may be asking themselves: “how do I stave off winter weight given the new dining options?” If one is looking for a meal at Moe’s Southwest Grill, be careful to avoid excessive cheese and dressings. The “Close Talker” a grilled chicken salad in a taco bowl, contains over 1000 calories – nearly 300 of which lie in the chipotle ranch dressing alone. Instead, one can opt for the vegetarian “Personal Trainer”, which comes out to a little less than 700 calories without dressing. Secondsemester Business major Mike Rosenthal commonly orders a Moe’s chicken burrito when UConn dining hall food won’t do, which is second only to fish burritos in its proteinto-fat ratio. However, any customer to a restaurant that offers “free chips and salsa with every order, house rules” should be prepared to consume 360 calories on the free side alone. Though sacrilegious for some, forgoing bacon, cheese and other burger extras is one of the easiest ways to eat
healthier at Mooyah burger. Nick Greene, an eighth-semester student wrapping up his degree in Human Development and Family Studies, says that he doesn’t always eat fast food, but after hearing rave reviews about the new burger joint in class the other day, he ordered a standard (i.e. without bacon) “Mooyah Burger” and will “definitely come back.” Other suggestions for a lighter Mooyah experience include skipping the milkshakes, most over 600 calories for twelve ounces and going for the sweet potato fries. The Dog Lane Café is the only non-chain addition to the Storrs Center line of restaurants, which unfortunately means that they lack corporate resources to compile a nutritional breakdown of their menu. This being said, much of Dog Lane’s options are relatively healthy. Kylie Hill, a fourth-semester psychology and communication disorders student has been to the Café multiple times for the atmosphere. It’s not a chain she said, describing the restaurant as “relaxing and inviting.” Because it’s locally based and sourced, the impression for Hill and friend Hannah Rudd has been one of a healthy alternative to fast food. Nearly every one of the sandwiches can drop a few calories if the dressing, mayo or cream cheese is left out. Furthermore, the house soups and chili – options differ daily – are filling yet healthy, and the turkey burger is a leaner alternative to traditional beef hamburgers.
Economic environment detrimental to green goals Nearly all of the serious environmental problems facing the world today are a direct result of the Industrial Revolution. Pollution of the water, soil and atmosphere, landfills overflowing with toxic materials, communities fragmented by highways and urban sprawl and the many threats of climate change can ultimately by traced back to businesses and the way they have been allowed to operate over the past 150 years. These environmental concerns are social problems as well. Often, the poorest people in a community are the ones cheated out of a clean environment and general wellbeing. Landfills, sewage treatment plants and garbage incinerators are often located in poor urban districts, and poor areas are often left without adequate transportation services, isolating residents from job opportunities and community cultural life. In fact, it is hard to think of any issue that is unaffected by the economy – whether you are personally concerned about curing cancer, the prison system, children’s education or how we get our food, the issues that you care most deeply about are dependent upon wealth and how it changes hands. In short, our economy currently operates in a way that generates an unacceptable amount of human suffering and environmental damage. The answer for some has been to shirk the economy altogether, to go “off the grid,” and produce to meet all of their own needs through farming and homesteading skills. This is an admirable feat. However, it is not the answer for all of us. Buying and selling goods and services has been a central part of human life for thousands of years, and there is nothing inherently wrong with it. Industry does not need to be an evil; it can actually be a very powerful and effective means for creating positive social change. And while the modern economy and its millions of interactions, connections and networks may seem like an overwhelming and firmly established entity, it is going to need to change in order to build a better world. Restructuring the economy so that it is in the interest of businesses to promote human well-being and environmental health is an absolutely essential step for human progress. If it is done, it will lead to a future with much diminished suffering and greater amounts of happiness for everyone, if we do not do it, all of the issues that everyone is most concerned about will almost certainly get worse. Building a “green economy” is going to take a lot of courage, strategy, and dedication. It will be no small effort to change the way that modern industry operates. Today, the men and women at the top of big business are the most powerful and influential people in the world – more powerful than any government leader. I, for one, believe that we can do it, because we all deserve an economy that promotes our individual and collective well-being. Throughout this semester, the articles featured in this column will focus on real and practical steps that we can take as a society to transition to a green economy.
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Keep both your stomach and wallet full at Storrs Center By Joseph O’Leary Focus Editor Storrs Center: nine new places to grab something to eat, from burritos and sandwiches to cookies and candy. It is a nice addition to the UConn area, sure, but eating out can be expensive. For those fond of the snacks and meals now available for purchase without unlimited wallets, some of these tips to save money at Storrs Center might help out. First off, do not write off the tablets available in some storefronts, including Moe’s Southwest Grill and Mooyah Burgers and Fries. By entering a phone number into their system, not only are free burgers or meals attainable through their reward system (ten visits at either store nets you a free entrée, as long as you purchase
a side and drink), but they will frequently text special coupons; for instance, a Mooyah text on Jan. 22 offered a free turkey burger with purchase of a drink. UConn basketball games, for both men and women, are another good place to get a deal. Not only can coupons, such as a buy-one getone for Moe’s, be found in the free booklets available at games, but other giveaways are common. For instance, the calendars given away at recent games include 24 Subway coupons, two for each month. Another smart tip: watch portions. It’s way too easy to load up on too much food at some places, so being careful with orders can end up saving a bunch of cash by the end of the semester. Moe’s offers mini burritos on their menu, for
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instance, which are a buck cheaper than the normal ones and are somewhat healthier (if only by having less calories) than their big brothers. A regular order of a Mooyah burger comes with two patties; asking for a single burger will knock $1.25 off an order. And instead of a full pizza, two slices and a drink will only cost $4 from Husky Pizza. Froyoworld and Sweet Emotions weigh orders by the ounce; avoiding that extra scoop of candy or that extra dollop of yogurt or toppings can keep a buck or two off the final price, which will add up over time. But there’s no denying the easiest ways to save money will be on stores’ menus or social media pages. 7-Eleven, the center’s new convenience store, offers small items like hot dogs, as well as some ridiculous yet delicious novel-
ties (for instance, a stick of buffalo chicken, complete with cheese inside), all of which are decently priced (under $2 in most cases) for those needing a snack. A small cup of coffee, for those needing just a small kick, can be purchased for under $2 at Dog Lane Café or 7-Eleven. And, of course, Subway’s five-dollar footlongs, though there are only about half-a-dozen options at any time, have helped the company become one of the biggest restaurant chains in the country. Finally, some stores including Insomnia Cookies and Sweet Emotions put deals, coupons or sales on their Facebook pages; giving them a “Like” might pay off.
Positive impact for ‘Buck, Ship’ residents
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Moe’s Southwest Girll was recently featured on CBS’s “Undercover Boss” where upper management masquerades as an entry level employee in their corporation to assess company policies.
By Michael McGuigan Campus Correspondent
On Jan. 18, 2013 CBS aired a new episode of “Undercover Boss” centered on Paul Damico, President of Moe’s Southwest Grill. The reality show “Undercover Boss” initially appeared in Britain during 2009, when it was created by Studio Lambert, an independent production company based in London. In 2010 the show arrived in the United States with the airing of its first episode on CBS on Feb. 10. The premise of the show involves a person in a high management position in a company going undercover to experience firsthand the circumstances of the company’s front line workers. Managers go undercover by radically altering their appearance, and giving a false reason to employees for why they have a camera crew following them. At the end of the show managers reveal their identity to the employees they interacted with while filming, and generally set
the employees straight or offer them praise for a job well done. Damico took over as the President of Moe’s in 2007 to oversee the continued growth of the company. Growing up, Damico worked in the restaurant industry eventually putting himself through culinary school, and he has been in the industry ever since. When Damico was younger one of his siblings came down with Hepatitis and was in need of a liver transplant as a result. A liver was matched to Damico’s sibling, but it would only last for two hours despite the fact Damico’s family lived six hours away from the hospital. Damico’s father’s boss sent the company plane to pick up Damico’s sibling, which got him to the hospital in time and saved his life. Damico wanted to repay this act of kindness, which he did at the end of the “Undercover Boss” episode. Damico went undercover as a food service employee named Mark Richards at Moe’s, tell-
ing coworkers that he was a failed restaurant owner who was trying to get back into the business. His cover story was that he was competing on a reality show in an attempt to win his own restaurant, which explained the camera crew following him around on the job. The fake reality TV show host interviewed Damico’s coworkers in order to get input on his performance and whether or not he deserved to win. In adopting his disguise Damico went so far as to get fake tattoos. Interestingly the Moe’s located in Storrs differs from the way Moe’s was portrayed on “Undercover Boss” in several ways. For instance the Moe’s in Storrs does not always greet customers with a hearty “Welcome to Moe’s!” each time they walk in like the Moe’s locations on the show did. One thing that can be said of the Moe’s in Storrs though, is that they always seem to have a line.
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Students that live on the South-east corner of campus appreciate the new stores and restaurants in Storrs Center because they offer a closer destination, especially for late night food.
By Michael McGuigan Campus Correspondent Life has radically changed in the BuckleyShippee area over the past several months thanks to the long awaited opening of the Storrs Center. The Storrs Center is the new downtown area of the Town of Mansfield, and is located right next to Buckley Residence Hall. The Center features various restaurants and shops for UConn students to enjoy such as the recently opened Dog Lane Café and Froyo World. More locations are set to open in the Center over the coming months. One of the big hits in Storrs Center for students living in the Buckley-Shippee area has been Insomnia Cookies, which offers a wide array of sugary treats such as cookies and brownies. Insomnia allows students in Buckley and Shippee, referred to as the Buck and Ship respectively by residents, to get the sugar rush they need to stay up late studying. Insomnia Cookies was founded by students at the University of Pennsylvania who noticed that college students could benefit from a late night sugar rush to help them study. Insomnia offers various varieties of cookies such as chocolate chunk and snicker doodle. Thankfully for students outside walking
distance, it delivers. One of the more recent additions to the Center, The Dog Lane Café allows UConn students to get a caffeine fix thanks to its self serve-coffee bar. The Café also offers a variety of food and drink for patrons to enjoy. One of the biggest fans of the Storrs Center is 2nd semester undecided major David Luchs, a resident of Buckley. He said the stores that have opened in the Storrs Center have had a positive impact in his life. Specifically he said by “making it easier to get food, especially late at night and giving me and my friends something to do that doesn’t involve a fifteen minute walk in the freezing cold.” Luch’s favorite place in Storrs Center is Husky Pizza because of the deal Husky Pizza offers at $4 for a small soda and two pizza slices. When asked about 7-Eleven, Luchs said its discovery was one of the “seminal moments” of his college experience, because you can buy a bag of doughnuts for $2.50. Luchs said of his overall experience with the Storrs Center, “It has certainly made my waist line richer, at the expense of my wallet.”
Are Hollywood awards by gender out of touch?
Anne Hathaway poses with the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture in “Les Miserables” at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.. Actors and actresses compete separately at awards shows, a tradition some in the industry consider vital for women but others question.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren really need a category just for women — a singular kind of affirmative action — to snare one of Hollywood’s favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy? In a society tilting steadily toward gender neutrality, the separatebut-equal awards that divide actors into one camp and actresses into another have the whiff of a moldy anachronism. True, the Association for Women in Science gives honors to encourage female success in male-dominated fields. But to mark enduring achievements, would its members ever yearn for a Women’s Nobel Prize in physics? In contests of intellect or artistry, should gender ever matter? “It’s not like it’s upper body strength,” Gloria Steinem dryly observed of the requirements of acting. The separate labeling of male and female performers is losing favor in the industry. Actresses often swat the distinction away by calling themselves “actors,” standing shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts. Usherettes are long gone from movie theater lobbies, after all. And defense officials said Wednesday the Pentagon will be lifting its ban on women in combat. SAG, which holds its awards ceremony Sunday, edged toward neutrality with its trophy dubbed the Actor, although the guild gives separate honors to best performance by a male actor and by a female actor. That cracks the door open, but only slightly. Fling it wide so that Daniel Day-Lewis’ majestic performance in “Lincoln” and Jessica Chastain’s steely turn in “Zero Dark Thirty” vie for the grand prize! “That’s a great idea,” said Mark Andrews, writer-director of the animated film “Brave.” ‘’At the end of the day, we’re all storytellers, and I don’t think when we’re defining a character that the gender is the major defining factor.” In all other awards-eligible fields, including directing, writing or
cinematography, everyone is “going for it,” male and female alike, Andrews said. That may be progress in theory for performers but not in practice, according to Sally Field, a SAG and Oscar best supporting actress nominee for “Lincoln.” “If you do that you won’t see any actresses up there (on stage) at all,” she said. “The percentage of roles is so weighted toward actors. That’s the way it’s always been.” Exactly, concurred Naomi Watts, “The Impossible” best actress SAG and Academy Award nominee. “There’s so much competition in life and I do think we are different,” she said. “Yes, we should be able to have the same things as much as possible ... (but) life’s a battle already and there’s so many great roles written for men. Women are definitely at a disadvantage when it comes to volume.” Rapper Nicki Minaj, who’s considering launching an acting career, has a pragmatic take on the issue. “You see all those divas in the audience looking so pretty, and they all want to beat each other out,” she said. “It’s entertainment.” Hathaway, in the running for SAG and Oscar supporting actress honors for “Les Miserables,” considers the gender split “an awesome question worthy of an awesome debate.” “Can I conceive of a world where performance becomes a genderless concept? Absolutely. Do I think it’s going to happen anytime soon? No,” she said. As Field pointed out, the bedrock challenge is that women get fewer substantive roles than men. Ironically, that’s obscured by the artificial parity on stage each year at awards shows. Five women compete, five men compete, two winners are crowned. So what’s the problem? A quick numbers check makes it clear: Females comprised about a third of the characters in the 100 topgrossing films in 2011, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
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Q&A: fun. lead singer on Grammy nods
Netflix shuffles the TV deck with ‘House of Cards’
The band fun., from left, Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess pose for a photo backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! at Bridgestone Arena, in Nashville, Tenn. The band is up for six Grammy Awards, including the top four categories: album, song and record of the year, and best new artist.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fun. is learning to have fun — with less alcohol and more sleep. Lead singer Nate Ruess says the band’s successful year has taught him “that I need to take better care of myself.” “Really, that’s been the big thing,” Ruess said in a phone interview from Detroit last week. “(The year) really put us through the ringer as far as everything is concerned, and we didn’t get a lot of sleep, so it was pretty rough. But what was cool is that I quit smoking and I cut back on drinking and I just made sleep a priority — and I think that’s what all of us did.” The trio, which includes guitarist Jack Antonoff and keyboardist Andrew Dost, has been on a wild ride since its dark pop-rock sophomore album, “Some Nights,” was released last February. They performed at an inaugural ball for President Barack Obama, and had one of last year’s biggest anthems with the six-time platinum No. 1 hit, “We Are Young.” The group’s second single and title track is a multiplatinum radio smash, and their album is near platinum status with 958,675 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (One million units sold means platinum status.) Fun. is nominated for six awards, including best album, song and record of the year, and best new artist, at this year’s Grammys, to air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. Ruess, 30, talks about the multiple nominations, collaborating with other pop stars and the band’s current tour, which wraps up Feb. 16 in Nashville, Tenn. AP: The band is back on the road after a month off. How does it feel? Ruess: Everybody got in and everybody looked healthy and everybody just looked happy and so excited to be with each other, and I think that’s because we learned to take care of ourselves. AP: Have you been working on new music? Ruess: I had just written (a song), and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. And (“Some Nights” producer Jeff Bhasker) was like, “That absolutely has to be on the next fun. album.” So,
that was really cool. And then we were with some friends and he like made me play it because he was like so proud of the song. AP: How does it feel to be nominated in all of the top categories at the Grammys? Ruess: It was just crazy. Someone from the Grammys right before they announced the first award was like, “Buckle your seatbelt.” AP: How did you celebrate? Ruess: I’m not a celebratory kind of guy, but I will say that I started drinking champagne. It’s my alcoholic beverage of choice, but perhaps then that makes every moment a celebration. AP: You’re one of five songwriters listed on Ke$ha’s current hit single, “Die Young.” How did the collaboration come about? Ruess: I just wrote the hook and I wrote it for something else, and then a couple of producers got a hold of it and worked on the rest with her. I was not involved in anything other than the (hook). Somewhere around the world there’s me singing that chorus. AP: Do you want to do more of that? Ruess: I don’t do it that often. Jeff and I did the Pink song (“Just Give Me a Reason”) and I think we have a couple other things on the horizon, but it’s not something that I, I don’t know. It takes definitely a certain artist for me to want to do it. I don’t write songs that often and for “Some Nights,” I wrote them songs like a month before we went into the studio, and a lot of them were fueled by meeting Jeff and getting really inspired. And for me, I don’t write that often, and when I do, I like to keep it for fun. AP: How’s the tour going? Ruess: I write the set list every night before we go onstage. I like to change it as much as possible. I spent my month off figuring out what new songs we’re going to play. We’re going to be adding a cover, adding songs off of “Some Nights” that we never really played before and expanding the set list. I’ve been studying Coldplay and U2, and how those bands do their set lists and how they choose songs and their light shows and everything like that. I got really heavy into all of that stuff.
NEW YORK (AP) — In Netflix’s bid for a flagship original drama of its own — a “Sopranos” to its HBO — the subscription streaming service is presenting a high-class adaptation of a British political thriller offered up all at once, with its first season immediately ready for TV-viewing gluttony. The show, “House of Cards,” is a bold attempt to remake the television landscape with the kind of prestige project cable channels like HBO, AMC and Showtime have used to define themselves. But “House of Cards,” produced by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey, won’t be on the dial of that refuge of quality dramas — cable television — but streamed online to laptops and beamed directly to flatscreens through set-top boxes and Internet-enabled devices. “It’s sort of like we’re the new television series that isn’t on television,” says Spacey. On Feb. 1, all 13 hours of “House of Cards” will premiere on Netflix, a potentially landmark event that could herald the transition of television away from pricey cable bundles and toward the Internet — a process well under way at YouTube, Hulu, Yahoo and others, but not yet tested to the degree of “House of Cards.” The show is no low-budget Web series, but an HBO-style production for which Netflix reportedly paid in the neighborhood of $100 million for two seasons. “When we got into original programming, I wanted it to be loud and deliberate,” says Ted Sarandos, head of content at Netflix, who only will say the cost was in the “high end” for a TV show. “I wanted consumers to know that we were doing it and I wanted the industry to know that we were doing it so we could attract more interesting projects. Doing it in some half way, some small thing, it wasn’t going to get us there.”
The revered British original aired in three seasons from 1990 to 1996 and was adapted from the books by Michael Dobbs, a notable politician and adviser to Margaret Thatcher. It starred Ian Richardson as a scheming, manipulating politician who shared his power-hungry strategies directly into the camera. With a darkly comic antihero as protagonist, it was a forerunner to characters like Walter White of “Breaking Bad” and Dexter Morgan of “Dexter.” Independent studio Media Rights Capital, a producer of films like “Ted” and “Babel,” purchased the rights to “House of Cards” and paired Fincher with the project, along with Beau Willimon, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of another political drama, “The Ides of March.” When MRC approached different networks (HBO, Showtime and others), it reached out to Netflix about adding the show to its digital library following a run on TV. But Netflix wanted “House of Cards” as a statement show to launch a crop of original programming. Sarandos says their wealth of data on user viewing habits proved there’s a large audience for Fincher, Spacey and political thrillers. As licensing rights have gotten pricier and harder to land, and the streaming business has grown more competitive, Netflix has focused on adding exclusive programming to entice viewers. “When you look at ‘The Sopranos’ or ‘Sex and the City’ on HBO, or ‘Mad Men’ on AMC or ‘The Shield’ on FX or ‘Weeds’ on Showtime, if you have the opportunity to earn your way into becoming that sort of anchor flagship show that defines a network, it’s a very special thing,” says Modi Wiczyk, co-CEO of MRC. “I’m sure going in, all of those folks that produced all of those shows said, ‘This is not an incumbent. What’s it going to look like?’”
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Funding needed to protect from nuclear fallout
adiation is both a blessing and a curse of modern science. It can provide life-saving treatments like chemotherapy and is vital to countless modern instruments (smoke detectors for example). On the other hand, it’s also the source of the damage caused by nuclear weapons and made the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima more dangerous than they should have been. That being said, radiation is nothing new. It exists naturally (technically everywhere) but is one of the greatest dangers of space flight. Astronauts are protected from the worst of it by Earth’s magnetic field, but strong bursts of radiation can pierce the field and be felt on Earth. Too much of it will disturb life on earth, perhaps even destroying it. Enter a mysterious fossil record from the eighth century. Scientists found a surge of carbon-14 in the rings of ancient cedar trees. Scientists soon put away the obvious candidates for increased radiation (supernovas are the usual suspects) and were stumped for a while. The new theory posits that two black holes collided, merged and sent out a strong yet brief burst of gamma radiation, causing an extra layer of carbon-14 on the fossil record, and a mysterious line in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recording the appearance of a “red crucifix” seen in the skies after sunset. Why is this important? Well scientists have estimated that whatever caused the radiation surge had to be at least three thousand light-years away. Otherwise the radiation would have killed us all. The years 774-775 were a time of primeval technologies and agrarian non-industrial economies. If there were to be another black-hole collision at the non-lethal distance of 3,000 light-years, the current world economy based on electricity, wireless connection, computerized air travel and an electronic infrastructure would face intense damage, if not total collapse. But scientists are positive that we, as a species, can prepare for these sorts of events. While excuses for science funding are often referenced as “money-spending endeavors without profitable benefits,” the continued survival of the human race, and life-as-we-know-it might be profitable. It becomes an effort of minimal comfort now, for an unsecure future, as opposed to small sacrifices, for a secure future. Science has produced so many benefits, but it’s most important use is to protect us from foreseeable harm. Here’s to science funding. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
Armstrong deserves the liar’s punishment
hen George Bernard Shaw wrote in 1891 that, “the liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else,” was he revealing an uncharacteristic naïveté about belief and deception? After all, the daily life and basic functioning of human society requires that every one of its members be skilled liars and subtle deceivers. We treat the lie, the conscious and calculated untruth and bearing of false witness against the universe, as the great moral transBy Chris Kempf gression of our exisWeekly Columnist tence, but nowhere is it a criminal act outside of the antiseptic space of the governmental tribunal. The problem remains that it would be as impossible to enforce a law that banned the lie as it would to enforce one that prohibited people from blinking. We all lie with abandon, with ease and without remorse. The prospect of being compelled always to be truthful, reminiscent as it is of tales of science-fiction dystopias, is so horrifying that we could never desire it even if it does represent moral perfection. When we ask the question of others, “how are you?” we do not expect to receive, and are rarely told, the truth. Neither do we volunteer an honest answer when we are asked the same question in turn. That is because we all experience
the world in deeply personal and emotional terms and struggle to convey those terms intelligibly to others. The opportunity to truly open one’s heart and mind to the inspection of someone else is one from which we usually shrink from fear – the potential for being hurt, ridiculed or misunderstood is too great. Lying is thus a defensive maneuver, a cloaking device for our identities and insecurities. We’ve become accustomed to the lie and strive to detect it wherever we can for our own benefit, but we remain remarkably willing to trust and to believe. What would become of us if it were otherwise – a Hobbesian world of ruthless deceit and malice? Just as we require for our survival the defensive stance provided us by the lie, so too do we need the spiritual succor of trust. Perhaps then, Shaw was wrong. The liar’s punishment is that he cannot free himself from belief. He – we – must look outwards even more desperately in hope of forthright and unashamed spiritual communion with others, but all the while knowing all too well that his lies have made that impossible. Thus having witnessed the downfall of professional cyclist Lance Armstrong this past week, I found myself unable to join the chorus of indignation and outrage surrounding his eventual admission to having taken performance-enhancing drugs over the course of his hugely successful athletic career. Perhaps I should have felt enraged. I had, after all, selected Armstrong as the subject for a 5th-grade essay of mine on the subject of who I admired, believing him at the time to be the paragon of human heroism and utterly beyond reproach in his personal and athletic exploits. But somehow I could
not muster the acute sense of betrayal that the situation demanded of me. I felt that I could only pity him and wonder absently at the moral crisis that must have ravaged his soul for so long. What was notable about Armstrong’s fall from grace? Certainly it was not his presence for well over a decade in the public eye, the high financial stakes involved by his deception or the nobility of his charitable endeavors. It was not even Armstrong’s unremitting vehemence in lashing out at his detractors with lawsuits and vitriol. It was, instead, our willingness, by the millions, to believe him. We wanted, even needed, to confide in the potential for miraculous resurrection after a catastrophic illness, for an athlete to remain “clean” amidst the thoroughly soiled sport of professional cycling and to attain unrivaled, unaided dominance in competition – shame on us, not him. It turns out Shaw was right, but in an unexpectedly subtle way. The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, nor in the least that he cannot believe anyone else’s lies, but that he cannot believe others’ belief in his own lies. But those others, too, cannot believe that their belief in his lies can in turn be believed. Thus the web of deceit spun by Armstrong may have been exceptionally intricate and tangled, but we should not be fooled by the comparative size of our own into believing that we, unlike him, are not spiders of the same genus and species.
Weekly Columnist Chris Kempf is a 6th-semester political science major. He can be reached at Christopher.Kempf@UConn.edu.
Instant runoff system would benefit American system #ForTheCup “I think we should all want to be Hufflepuffs.” -J.K. Rowling “I need more snowfall, that’s my f**king problem.” -A$AP Hickey Where’s all that climate change to make things warmer? I’d like to believe there’s a short-term benefit to all the damage we’re doing to the earth. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Ack! The talking UConn buses kind of sound like Rhenna. Please don’t discontinue your Orient Apple flavor, Absolut. Love, a 21-year-old. Mooyah butt out of the way, I’m trying to eat here. I put cream in my coffee because coffee was running low. How fattening! I can’t stop doting on Doty, hoping one day I can be dating on Doty. Everybody huddle for warmth! UConn needs a rival or something.
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nder the current voting system, many people tend to vote for the “lesser evil” of the Democrat and Republican rather than vote third party and risk the “greater evil” being elected. Although I disagree with that idea, there is an easier solution than changing the mindset – we can change the voting system instead. Instant By Gregory Koch runoff voting, a form Staff Columnist of ranked choice voting, is a significant improvement to the current “first-past-thepost” system, where whichever candidate gets the most votes wins, regardless of how many votes he receives. This system is already used by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland. Under instant runoff voting, voters rank all the candidates on the ballot in order of preference, and if nobody receives more than half of the first place votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated from the ballot and their first place votes are distributed to the voters’ second choices. This will continue for however many rounds it takes for someone to get more than half
of the votes, but this process happens instantaneously once the votes have been recorded, so it takes no more time to determine the winner than it does under the current system. As an example, suppose there are five candidates running in a fictitious race – the two major party candidates, the Libertarian, a candidate from the AntiProhibition Party (a New York party with libertarian views) and the American Nazi Party candidate. Almost everyone would have the Nazi Party as their last choice, while a few neo-Nazis would have him as their first. The Nazi would have the fewest first place votes. If none of the other four received a majority, then he would be eliminated and the voters who had him as their first choice would instead have their votes cast for their second choice. Suppose the AntiProhibition candidate is now in last, and nobody has a majority. Most of that candidate’s supporters would probably vote for the Libertarian as a second choice, so most of their votes would be redistributed there. If nobody had a majority yet, the process would repeat until somebody did. My choice of parties in that example was deliberate. Under the present system, the
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Libertarian and Anti-Prohibition candidates would split the libertarian vote, hurting both their totals. This is what happened when they both ran candidates for Governor of New York in 2010. Under instant-runoff, voters would be able to select one party as a first choice and the other as a second choice. This way, the candidates will not take votes away from each other and swing the election to someone else. Instead, once one of them is eliminated, the other will get most of their votes. Another main benefit of this system is that people would not have to decide whether or not to vote for the “lesser evil.” Most supporters of the Libertarian and Constitution Parties would rather have a Republican than a Democrat, while supporters of left-wing parties like the Green Party would pick the Democrat over the Republican if they had to. However, they would all rather see their own party’s candidate win. Under the present system, they have to make a choice: vote for the “lesser evil” of the two major parties or vote for their own party and risk the “greater evil” winning. Under instant runoff voting, they could do both. They could put their own party’s can-
didate as their first choice, and further down the list, rank the “lesser evil” above the “greater evil” so that if it became necessary, they would vote for that candidate. In addition to San Francisco, Oakland, and some smaller cities, instant runoff is used by several private organizations. For instance, the Academy Award for Best Picture is selected under this system. After expanding the award to ten nominees in 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided that ranked choice would be the best way to express the members’ judgment. Similarly, in an election with many third-party candidates in addition to the Democrat and Republican, ranked choice voting is the best system to accurately reflect the collective opinion of the electorate. It is time for America to implement instant runoff voting in local, state, and even national elections. This would create a fairer election system.
Staff Columnist Gregory Koch is a 6thsemester actuarial science major. He can be reached at Gregory.Koch@UConn.edu.
did we go wrong ? T he R epublicans had everything going for them – a terrible economy , an unpopular incumbent , and a positive message for the A merican voter : ‘ less than half of you are parasites .’” –S tephen C olbert
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US must cease exploiting weak, underdeveloped countries
t’s almost noon when Dr. Ali Shakibai, receives a disturbing phone call. His brother-in-law, who recently had abdominal surgery, has developed sepsis, a By Omar Allam complication that Staff Columnist o c c u r s post operatively. Sepsis is an infection, and in most cases, is easily treatable with certain anti-biotics that are readily available, but if left untreated this infection can be fatal. However, his brother in law lives in Iran. Iran, due to its nuclear agenda, has been the target of a non-stop barrage of coercions, ranging from removing its recognition to war. America, with international support has placed economic sanctions against Iran. The sanctions imposed restrictions on Iranian banks and trade, resulting in dramatic inflation and a lack of vital resources. A shortage in necessities including medicine has resulted in a vivid decrease in the quality of life for Iranians. The ideology behind sanctions is to create fewer good choices, which in turn lower investments deteriorating the market. This results in
citizens utilizing their power to push their government to subside with the belligerent nation. However, in Iran’s government there is a large disconnect between the citizens and the government. Dr. Jamshid Marvasti, an Iranian-American psychiatrist, explained the psychological impact these sanctions have on Iranians, “Iranians are traveling hundreds of miles to search for the proper medicine in cities for their loved ones, only to find the drug depleted or unaffordable.” Mothers are slowly losing their children, due to particularly painful diseases that are easily treatable. The idea that the person you love the most can be cured but is not due to a lack of availability, instills the feeling of helplessness and anger in many people, stated Marvasti. He affirmed that many would rather “go to war than suffer from the painful and psychological trauma Iranians are facing today.” Marvasti continued to explain that there are shortages to treatments for several heart conditions, scoliosis, cancer and much more. Some cardiologists are even forced to put two short stents in a patient’s
arteries due to a lack of available longer stents, acknowledged Shakibai.
tions is rampant and tragic consequences are innumerable.
“Iranians are traveling hundreds of miles to search for the proper medicine in cities for their loved ones, only to find the drug depleted or unaffordable.” - Dr. Jamshid Marvasti
Iranian-American psychiatrist These shortages due to sanctions are immoral and unethical, and lack of proper medical care due to sanc-
America is targeting the weakest and the most vulnerable, innocent and sick civilians, many if not all
of which have very little to do with the nuclear agenda. And even then Iranians insist that their nuclear program is only for energy use. Ironically, the United States boasts of its human rights record and vows to protect these rights. “A central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights,” the Department of State declared. However, to promise to promote human rights, and to be the cause of human rights violations in another country is hypocritical, in the eyes of many. And according to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, these “economic sanctions are putting millions of lives at risk.” What is even more upsetting is the lack of awareness, especially in “western” media, and the lack of publicity this issue is receiving. Many people know very little about the difficulties Iranians are currently facing, and the media does very little to acknowledge this issue. Iran, like Pakistan, China and Israel, have every right to nuclear energy, and no one has the privilege to prevent these rights.
“Iran has not attacked or invaded any country for the past 80 years. We are not looking for war; we just want energy ” Marvasti said. America, on the other hand, has invaded more than 15 countries in the past 30 years, and has both nuclear warheads and energy. As Americans and as human beings, we should try to push for a more effective and humane method of trying to accomplish our goals, instead of traumatizing and injuring the weak and helpless. America’s actions are adding more misery to the lives of millions of innocent people and will create more hatred toward the west and keep the people further away from a more democratic society. Dr. Shakibai was able to obtain the proper medication for his brother-in-law and shipped the treatment to Iran. His brother in law died, as the medication touched down in Tehran.
Staff Columnist Omar Allam is a 2nd-semester chemistry and English major. He can be reached at Omar.Allam@UConn.edu.
» TOTALLY RAD/TOTALLY BAD Beyonce, leader of the free world, is a victim of jealously.
Your perspective: “I’m frozen solid.”
The New Orleans Pelicans’ logo Your perspective: “Winter is great, because you can bundle up!”
Oh right, this is what classes are like.
Totally saw it coming
If you could pelt anyone with a snowball, who would it be? – By Rachel Weiss
“My older brother – he’s graduating in the spring and I’ll probably never get another chance.” Jess Berner, 4th-semester pre-communications major
“Mother Nature, for making it so damn cold!”
“Steve Moffat, and all the rest of BBC. Their shows make me cry!”
Bryan Burgos, 8th-semester political science major
RJ Yarrish, 8th-semester linguistics and psychology major
Benjie Ding, 6th-semester pathobiology major
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Pair of Hockey East foes await Huskies By Scott Carroll Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s hockey team is back in action this Saturday at Freitas Forum against the Maine Bears at 1 p.m. The Bears will enter Freitas at 4-17-2 with a 1-10-1 record in Hockey East. Maine has won tw of their last 10 games, but are coming off a win against conference foe, Vermont. This is the third time the Huskies and Bears have met this year. The series is currently split 1-1 with this Saturday’s game acting as the rubber match. The
first game of the series was the Huskies' first win of the season and their first overtime win since 2009. The game-winning goal was scored by sophomore Kayla Compero just 50 seconds into overtime. The 2nd game of the series was played the very next day. After a goal by Caitlin Hewes, the Bears answered back with three straight goals of their own before the horn sounded for the end of the first period. The Huskies would cut the lead to one after a goal off the stick of freshmen Michaela Cava, but could not recover the lead. The Huskies will come into Saturday’s game on a six-game losing streak having only won one of
their last 11 games. However, with both of these teams at the bottom of the Hockey East standings and with similar records, this is an outstanding chance for the Huskies to come away with a win. Of course, UConn will need to get the offense going as the Huskies have only scored multiple goals in a single game once since the beginning of 2013. On Sunday, the Huskies will be shipping up to Boston to play the Boston College Eagles. The Eagles are currently tied with their cross-town rivals, Boston University, for first in Hockey East. Boston College currently lead Hockey East in scor-
ing offense, scoring defense, power play offense, shots and goals allowed. The Eagles are ranked No. 3 in the nation. Boston College is led by their senior in net, Corinne Boyles, who leads the Hockey East in goals against average, save percentage and winning percentage. They also boast the two top scorers in Hockey East, Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa. The Huskies play the Bears at Freitas Forum in Storrs on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Boston College Sunday in Boston at 3 p.m.
UConn skydiving takes trip over break
By Jack Mitchell Campus Correspondent
While many UConn students were enjoying time with family, opening gifts and celebrating the holiday season this winter break, the UConn Skydiving Team was busy jumping 13,000 feet out of airplanes over the Arizona desert, during the United States Parachute Association Collegiate Nationals. “It’s weird because a lot of people don’t even realize competitive skydiving even exists,” team representative and UConn grad student Will Harris said. “Even when I started jumping, I knew almost nothing about it, but there’s a whole hidden sport that’s sort of below the surface.” While the team may not be well known in and around Storrs, in
the world of competitive collegiate skydiving, the Huskies are regarded as one of the top teams in the country, as well as a mainstay at the USPA Collegiate National competition. The team’s season, which begins in April and typically ends in October, includes weekend training jumps at Connecticut Parachutists in Ellington, summer training and multiple competitions during the early months of the fall semester. “What we primarily do [during competitions] is formations, which means that we jump in twoperson, four-person or six-person teams,” Harris said. “The idea is that beforehand, the judges will say ‘you have to make these formations as many times as you can.’ Someone jumps with us with a camera and they film the whole
jump. We go through the sequence of formations, with each formation worth one point. After the jump, the judges add up the points and the team with the most wins.” The sport of skydiving is one of passion and fearlessness. In Harris’ case, immediately after his first jump, he was hooked; another victim of the adrenaline bug. “I did a semester abroad during my junior year to New Zealand, and naturally with the beautiful scenery, I wanted to skydive there, and I did. It was a great time,” he said. “After that I told myself I wanted to do it again, and just before I graduated undergrad I decided to check out the [UConn skydiving] club. I knew some people that were doing it, and I somehow just talked myself into it. It sort of took off from there.” A group of 11 students led
by Harris embarked for the Collegiate National competition on Christmas afternoon, “much to the dismay of our family members,” Harris said. Team members who participated included freshman Sarah Chamberlain, junior Kevin Duignan, senior Joshua Ellenberg, junior Brandon Gilbert, grad student Doug Hendrix, sophomore Justin Jetmar, senior Jim Marcum, sophomore Daniel Pace, sophomore Andrew Stipicevic and junior Jon Szylobryt. The competition took place at Skydive Arizona, the largest and busiest skydiving dropzone in the United States. “The place is unreal,” said Harris of the facility. “They have their own fleet of planes, facilities, a hotel, restaurants and so on. Its like Disneyland for skydivers.” The Huskies – who had a three-
Huskies celebrate seniors By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent The UConn swimming and diving team resumes their season with a home meet this Sunday against Seton Hall. The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, but was moved to Sunday to accommodate scheduling conflicts. Sunday also marks the last home meet of the season and Senior Day for Nicole Borriello, Jordan Bowen, Danielle Cecco, Nick Cerra, Sean Cook, Mary DeMarrais, Katie Dobler, Grant Fecteau, Kim Fleming, Joe Glowacki, Isabelle Nat, Kate O’Leary and Kyungsoo Yoon. The Seton Hall Pirates are undefeated winning all five of their meets, including triumphs over Providence College and Drexel University. UConn’s record for the season thus far is 2-1. The Huskies came out strong in their first two meets defeating Bucknell, Fordham and the Army. Due to the hurricane, UConn lost the opportunity to compete in the Big East Quad Meet. Even though the team missed opportunities
to compete and practice, they have shown to be a dominant force. The second half of their season is more difficult, yet the team seems to be right on track and ready for tough competition. Although the Huskies had a long eightweek gap between meets, they have the upmost confidence in their abilities. “To make up for the long gap we were on training trip for thirteen days where we trained almost twice a day every day,” senior diver Danielle Cecco said. “We did a lot of diving and everyone’s skills have improved from the trip.” This long break gave the team time to hone in and fix their weaknesses from the first half of the season. “The break in between meets has its advantages like more time to fix the little mistakes made during a race. Also, more time to mentally prepare for your event,” freshman Diguan Pigot said. “But on the down side, you get off your racing game meaning you forget what it feels like to race. I will overcome these obstacles by paying attention to the little things in practice and also doing a lot more race anticipated work in practice.”
The team’s expectations are exceedingly high because the Big East Championships and the NCAA championships are right around the corner. “My expectations for the team are for everyone who hasn’t qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship to qualify and for the team to dive their best this upcoming meet,” Danielle Cecco said. “My expectations [for myself] are to do my best in all the meets for my last semester of diving. I want to improve on becoming more consistent on all my dives and getting higher scores each meet.” Despite Seton Hall’s undefeated record this season, the Huskies plan to challenge the Pirates and triumph. “I’m definitely expecting us, as a swim team, to win that meet,” Diguan Pigot said. “And as for me, I hope to get at least close to my personal best times.” Senior Day ceremonies will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium; the meet itself will start at 11 a.m.
day window of practice jumps and preparation upon their arrival in Arizona – competed in the meet on Dec. 29 against over a dozen other collegiate skydiving teams. The competition included Air Force, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Kansas State and Navy, among others. The Huskies’ four-way jump team, took silver with a point total of 76. One of UConn’s two-way jump teams, comprised of Doug Hendrix and Andrew Stipicevic, also netted a silver medal. Justin Jetmar won gold for his efforts in the novice level accuracy jump, while Doug Hendrix took silver in the same event. While the skydiving team’s season is now over, Harris is confident that the rapidly-growing program has a very bright future. The team has plans to assemble a
roster to send to the 2013 USPA Nationals, the largest and most competitive skydiving competition in the United States, next September. Attending the event, which is open not just to collegiate skydivers but to seasoned professionals as well, would be a major benchmark in the growth of the club. “Our team has grown tremendously in the past few years. We went from just a few people a couple of years ago, to fifteen people this year,” Harris said. “The team has a sort of contagious enthusiasm. Its just sort of the way the sport is. I’m expecting big things from them over the next couple of years. We’re just going to keep getting bigger and stronger.”
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Jan. 31 Providence 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 Villanova 7 p.m.
Feb. 3 USF 2 p.m
The number of UConn men’s soccer players drafted into the MLS over break.
» That’s what he said
» WOMEN’S SOCCER
Drowned athlete had epilepsy
‘’I’ll be playing next year.’’ -Baltimore Ravens’ free safety Ed Reed on his future in football and with the Ravens. Feb. 10 Seton Hall 12 p.m.
Feb. 6 St. John’s 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (17-1) Tomorrow Cincinatti 8 p.m.
Stat of the day
Men’s Basketball (12-5) Jan. 27 Rutgers 2 p.m. Jan. 31
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Feb. 2 St. John’s 2 p.m.
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I think I broke it.
Feb. 5 Feb. 10 Marquette Depaul 7 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (9-11-2) Today Jan. 26 Feb. 1 Americon Americon RIT International International 7: 05 p.m. 7:05 p.m 7:05 p.m
Feb. 2 RIT 7:05 p.m
Feb. 8 Bentley 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (3-19-2) Tomorrow Maine 1 p.m.
Jan. 27 Boston College 3 p.m.
Feb. 9 Feb. 1 Feb. 2 Providence Providence Northeastern 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Mar. 2 IC4A Championships All Day
Women’s Track and Field Feb. 1 Armory Collegiate All Day
Today Terrier Invite Alll Day
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Tag Ridings lines up his tee shot on the 18th hole of the south course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament.
Feb. 2 Dartmouth 1 p.m.
Tomorrow Seton Hall 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Tomorrow Seton Hall 1 p.m.
Feb. 2 Dartmouth 1 p.m.
Softball Feb. 15 FIU Tournament 11 a.m.
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Huskies to honor seniors before meet
By Sarah Levine Campus Correspondent
Returning after a long Christmas break and a refreshing training session in Puerto Rico, the UConn men’s swimming and diving team will host the Seton Hall Pirates on Senior Day Sunday. Despite a long break from racing, swimming head coach Bob Goldberg is confident that the team’s performance will not be negatively affected by the long winter break. The team has just returned from a two-week training trip in Puerto Rico where it benefitted from access to a great pool and equally great weather. “We had a really good trip and we’re in great shape, but now we’ve got to convert that into our racing speed, which I don’t really think will be a problem,” Goldberg said. Coach Goldberg thinks that though the winter break hiatus has left the team “a little bit on the rusty side,” all universities have the same break and the Huskies should be able to fare well. The Huskies are in fairly good health, although questions remain about Captain and butterfly swimmer Nick Cerra who was set back
DETROIT (AP) -- A Northern Michigan University women’s soccer player who drowned during a team workout in a campus pool had epilepsy and may have had a seizure as recently as last summer, according to newly released investigative reports that detail the frantic attempt to revive her. The medical examiner’s office ruled Arianna ‘’Anna’’ Alioto’s death an accidental drowning, and didn’t mention her epilepsy or suggest that any health condition may have contributed to her drowning. The newly released reports, which The Associated Press obtained through Freedom of Information act requests, don’t contradict the medical examiner’s findings, but they do show that the 18-year-old freshman midfielder needed medication to keep epileptic seizures at bay. Among the material obtained were police reports, witness statements, school administrator emails and a copy of the 911 call made after Alioto was spotted floating face-down in the pool after practice ended and the area was closed. Alioto’s death shocked many in the 9,400-student campus community, particularly because she was an athlete whose drowning went unnoticed by her teammates, coach and the lifeguard on duty at the campus pool that evening. According to the newly released reports, Wildcats women’s soccer coach Matt Granstrand oversaw the aquatic conditioning session that afternoon inside the Marquette school’s Physical Education Instruction Facility. During a player-pull exercise, Alioto teamed with Cassandra ‘’KC’’ McCary and Taylor Smith, both of whom noticed how tired she looked. When the drill was over, Granstrand ordered the players into a deeper pool where they were to spend 10 to 15 minutes completing their workout. In her statement, Smith said she ‘’jumped out first’’ and put some equipment away and was ‘’pretty sure everyone else had gotten out of the pool at that point.’’ ‘’I turned and looked at (Alioto), we made eye contact,’’ Smith wrote. ‘’She was standing in the shallow end by the diving board. She looked tired (everyone did). Her face was just blank. She looked fine just like she was tired and was taking her time. I didn’t think anything of it.’’ By 5 p.m., Granstrand ended practice and sent everyone to the locker room. None of the players interviewed by police remembered seeing Alioto in the deeper pool or in the locker room. Meanwhile, lifeguard Michele Kolin, believing everyone had left, told campus police she completed her pool-closing duties, switched off the radio and locked the men’s locker room. ‘’Kolin advised she then scanned/checked the pool to make sure everyone was out of the water. When asked if she walked around the pool to visually check the pool perimeter, she stated, ‘no,’’’ the police report said.
with a case of mono that was diagnosed in early December. Cerra has been back in the pool for two weeks and appears to be swimming well, however, so his prior illness should not have significant impact on his performance on Sunday. This season, Seton Hall holds a 4-8 record while the Huskies stand at 2-2, not including their third place finish at the Virginia Tech Invitational. In their last encounter, the Huskies defeated Seton Hall by a score of 187-111, with three swimmers even winning multiple events. The divers had similar success, with current seniors Grant Fecteau and Anthony Cortright winning in the one–meter and three meter diving, respectively. With this meet also being Senior Day, emotions are likely to run high amongst the program’s six seniors: swimmers Nick Cerra, Sean Cook, Joe Glowacki and Kyungsoo Yoon, and divers Grant Fecteau and Anthony Cortright. A special Senior Day presentation begins 30 minutes before the ceremony, and many family members and supporters will be present for the occasion.
Colts’ Luck excited for first career Pro Bowl INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Andrew Luck is getting down to business in Hawaii. He attends quarterback meetings in the morning, practices in the afternoon and tries to glean as much information as possible from some of football’s biggest stars. For the record-setting rookie, it’s just another football week. ‘’That’s Andrew being Andrew, I think that’s the only way he knows how to roll,’’ Colts coach Chuck Pagano said with a chuckle Thursday. To Luck, the Pro Bowl is about more than just fun in the sun. Rookie quarterbacks rarely get the opportunity to play in Hawaii, and Luck only made it because New England’s Tom Brady pulled out of the game Monday with an injury. Luck, the first alternate for the AFC, was hoping for the call and was staying near his alma mater, Stanford, so he would have a shorter flight to Honolulu. Now that he’s in Honolulu, Luck is working again with Peyton Manning, an old friend who gave him a chance to be both a student and a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. Together, the Colts’ past and present franchise quarterbacks, both perfectionists by trade, are
trying to take the lead in making sure the Pro Bowl is taken seriously. ‘’I guess some folks weren’t happy with the play last year, but I think guys will take it upon themselves to keep this game going for many years to come and play hard,’’ Luck said after listening to Manning’s speech. ‘’I think it is part of our obligation to make sure we play hard and this game continues.’’ The hard-working Luck does have other plans this week. Two of his Colts’ teammates, outside linebacker Robert Mathis and receiver Reggie Wayne, also are expected to play for the AFC on Sunday. Wayne has brought along the Colts’ receiving corps for the trip and Luck picked up the tab for third-string quarterback Chandler Harnish, the last pick in April’s draft. Backup Drew Stanton declined to go, Luck said, because he wanted to stay home with his newborn son. ‘’Obviously you’re going to have fun, you’re in Hawaii, that’s what it’s about,’’ Luck told Indianapolis reporters during a conference call Thursday. ‘’But anytime you’re around so many great football players, it’s not an obligation, but close to it, to try to get better at football.’’
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P.11: Colts’ Luck excited for first Pro Bowl. / P.11: UConn skydiving makes big trip over break. /P. 10: Swimming/Diving team celebrates seniors.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Preparing for battle
» MEN’S TRACK
The Huskies head to BU
Huskies to take on Scarlet Knights
By Nick Danforth Campus Correspondent
By Danny Maher Staff Writer
The UConn men’s track and field team returns to action this Saturday at Boston University’s Terrier Classic. Coming off of a dominating performance last week at the Great Dane Classic, Head Coach Gregory S. Roy and Co. are chomping at the bit to keep this roll going. “While the Terrier Classic this weekend is not a scoring meet, we’ll face top notch competition in all of our events,” Roy said. In addition to the Huskies capturing three first place titles in the 800 meter run, 60 meter hurdles and distance medley relay, junior pole vaulter Cory Duggan (Staten Island, N.Y.) was also named the Big East Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Great Dane Classic. Duggan, a first time winner of the accolade, matched his personal best with a leap of 4.95 meters, placing him in 3rd for the meet. The jump is this year’s 4th highest in the Big East. UConn will look to continue their overall success, as they have been showing strength in long and short distance running, as well as in the field events. The Terrier Classic is scheduled to being at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
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UConn’s junior guard Shabazz Napier drives toward the basket during a UConn men’s basketball game against the University of New Hampshire.
» WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Bearcats next after big win against Blue Devils
By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer Monday night against Duke, the No. 3 UConn women’s basketball team raised the bar for itself, and now it’s time to live up to it. The Huskies started sluggishly against the No. 4 Blue Devils, and went into the locker room with just a twopoint lead due in large part to 12 first half turnovers. But in the second half, a 16-0 run broke the game open and turned it into a 30-point UConn victory. Now, the real work begins. “That’s the standard now, that’s our precedent,” Kelly Faris said of the second half
After a 2-1 start to begin Big East play, Connecticut has suffered back-to-back losses to No.1 Louisville and Pittsburgh. UConn looks to end its two-game losing streak Sunday at 2 p.m. as the Huskies host conference rival Rutgers at the XL Center. The Huskies enter Sunday 12-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big East. Junior Shabazz Napier was limited in the 69-61 loss at Pittsburgh because of a left shoulder injury suffered early in the first half of the game against Louisville on Jan. 14. Despite scoring just eight points, he still leads the team in scoring, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, steals and defensive rebounds. Napier was held out of practice on Wednesday but is expected to fully participate in practice Saturday and will be ready for Sunday’s game. After several off-court distractions last season, Ryan Boatright has proved to be a lightning rod for Preview the Huskies. After trailing Pittsburgh by as many as 14, Boatright led the comeback charge as the Huskies tied the game late in the second half before running out of gas. The sophomore guard finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with six assists, four rebounds and four steals. Sophomore DeAndre Daniels has also improved immensely from last season. After averaging just 3.1 points per game a year ago, Daniels has scored 10.5 ppg this season, has led the team in rebounding seven times and is the only Husky to grab double-digit rebounds. The Huskies have only out-rebounded their opponent four times and have won all four of those games. UConn’s - 4.1 rebounding margin is second worst in the Big East, only ahead of South Florida. Freshman Omar Calhoun also averages in double figures with 10.9 points in 30 minutes per game. The highly touted guard out of Brooklyn certainly has the confidence to be the next great New York City guard at UConn. “I know what I can do on the court,” Calhoun said. “I feel like there isn’t anyone stopping me besides me stopping myself.” For the Scarlet Knights, they are looking to repeat the dismantling of the Huskies from last season. During former Head Coach Jim Calhoun’s suspension for NCAA violations, Rutgers pulled away late to preserve a 67-60 win at the RAC. Eli Carter scored a team-high 19 points to snap UConn’s ten-game winning streak in the series. The Huskies still holds a 17-2 edge in the regular season series. As a sophomore, Carter leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring with 15.6 points per game. But he has proved to be a bit erratic; he has turned the ball over 49 times and shoots just 38 percent from the field. He shot just 1 for 14 in Wednesday’s 72-60 loss to St. John’s. Rutgers (12-6 overall, 3-4 Big East) has loss three out of their last four games with the lone win coming over USF. The Scarlet Knights join the Huskies and seven other teams separated by just one game of each other in the Big East standings. Sunday’s game can be seen on SNY and heard on WHUS 91.7.
against Duke. “And if we go below that that’s unacceptable. So anything less than that should not be acceptable during practice, during games, during shoot-around, whatever it may be.” On Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati, Faris and her teammates will face their first test in keeping that same intensity rolling for the remainder of the season. The Bearcats enter the contest in the midst of a fivegame losing streak and having lost seven of their last eight games, are struggling to overcome the injuries that have plagued them throughout the year. Only four Cincinnati players have played in all 18 of
their games this season, and just three have started at least 15 games, leading to inconsistencies in their lineup from game to game. On the other side of the matchup, the Huskies are just now returning to full strength. Morgan Tuck, Breanna Stewart, Kiah Stokes, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley have all been battling injuries throughout most of the season, but all five are expected to be available on Saturday. Having the entire roster at their disposal will be key for the Huskies in what Faris considers a crucial stretch in their schedule. “It’s pretty much now or never,” Faris said. “I think
[after the Stanford game] was our other opportunity that we could have really built on the way we played and just really thrive after that, and we didn’t. It’s getting later in the season and there’s not going to be many opportunities to do that. So like I said it’s now or never and there’s not a lot of time left to try and fix certain things.” One of those things that still might need fixing, however, is the team’s penchant for turning the ball over. Despite leading the country in four offensive statistical categories, UConn is No. 28 in turnovers per game and has given the ball away an average of 14.2 times per game. On Monday, the Huskies’ sloppy play in the first half
prevented them from pulling away despite shooting at a 15 percent better clip than the Blue Devils. But UConn turned the ball over just three times in the closing 20 minutes and outscored Duke 47-19 in the second half as a result. A game against the Bearcats – who rank No. 305 in the country in steals – could provide the Huskies with an opportunity to work on improving their ball security problem. Game time is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. The game can be seen on SNY or heard on 1080 WTIC AM.
» MEN’S HOCKEY
After a near upset of Quinnipiac, UConn is ready to take on AIC
By Tim Fontenault Staff Writer
After nearly upsetting No. 2 Quinnipiac on Tuesday night, the UConn men’s hockey team returns to the ice in Storrs on Friday to take on American International College. The Huskies (9-11-2, 6-8-1 AHA) dropped a 2-1 decision in Hamden on Tuesday against the Bobcats. UConn came out flat in the first period, but the intensity picked up over the final 40 minutes. Using physical play to instigate Quinnipiac, the Huskies almost pulled off the biggest upset in college hockey this season. “We came in and wanted to be tied or ahead in the third,” said forward Billy Latta, who scored the lone goal for the Huskies. “We did that but didn’t pull it off. We aren’t really satisfied with a 2-1 loss. We wanted to win this
one tonight.” UConn now heads into the home stretch, as they will play only Atlantic Hockey Association teams for the final 12 games of the regular season before the conference tournament in March. Sitting in 10th place with 13 points, the Huskies will look to gain some ground in order to avoid a tough tournament matchup. Playing into the Huskies’ advantage is that four of their final 12 games are against the two teams below them in the standings, starting this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Yellow Jackets. AIC (5-13-3, 2-10-3 AHA) have struggled all season, producing only seven points in Atlantic Hockey play while allowing about four goals per game. UConn and AIC met in Storrs on Dec. 29 in the UConn Hockey Classic. The
Huskies had no problems putting the Yellow Jackets down, taking the game 7-2, their most lopsided win of the season. The biggest question mark in the UConn lineup this weekend will be who Interim Head Coach David Berard decides to play in net. Matt Grogan and Garrett Bartus have been splitting time since mid-December, with both showing the ability to be a No. 1 goaltender. Following Tuesday’s loss to Quinnipiac, Berard said he would likely go with the hot hand from here on out. That hot hand has more often than not been Grogan, who made 48 saves on Tuesday. Friday’s game in Storrs begins at 7:05 p.m. The series moves to Springfield on Saturday for another 7:05 p.m. start. Both games can be heard on WHUS 91. 7 FM.
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UConn’s senior defender Alex Gerke hits a shot for the Huskies during a UConn men’s hockey game against Canisius at Freitas Ice Forum.