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Thursday, January 31, 2013
BOT approves funds for major projects Money to be used to buy land for expansion, make repairs to South Campus
Huntington Lodge Roads. “[This purchase] is very important to use for future things we want to do,” said chairman Lawrence D. McHugh. The purchase comes as the university is rapidly running out of large land parcels to purchase near the Storrs expanding campus. In addition, the property contains the area formally known as X Lot, which has approximately 300 parking spaces and Farmer Brown’s lot with 360 parking spaces. The university used X Lot until its lease ran out in August 2010. In the long run, the land purchase will be used to continue to develop the university. However, for the time being, it will be used to increase the available parking. The additional 660 permits are expected to earn the university $75,000 to $125,000 for 2014. The property is currently owned by a relation of People’s Bank. Attempts to come to a sales agreement with previous owners were unsuccessful.
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CROSSING THE ATLANTIC: THE LONDON STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM Past participants return, share experiences FOCUS/ page 5
RHODE AHEAD Napier, Huskies take on Providence at 7 p.m. SPORTS/ page 12 COMMENTARY: WOMEN IN COMBAT CREATES CASE TO ABOLISH THE DRAFT Military is appealing to people of all backgrounds.
COMMENTARY/page 8 INSIDE NEWS: TEN YEARS SINCE LOSS OF SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA Families of astronauts on board the shuttle discuss aftermath of the tragedy. NEWS/ page 2
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The university will spend $3.1 million on repairs, an investigation into water infiltration and masonry and exterior envelope damage for the South Campus Building Complex this semester. The Board of Trustees approved the money for the project at the Jan. 30 meeting, which includes legal council to recover damages incurred from the shoddy work of the original builder. An investigation conducted by the architectural firm, Wiss, Janney Elster, revealed that many of the leaks are due to improper weatherproofing, deteriorated masonry and deteriorating roofing and caulking. It was also discovered that concrete capstones throughout the complex had been incorrectly secured when the complex was built, creating a potential and significant safety hazard. Following the investigation and repairs of the first phase, additional costs for completing the work will be presented to
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Dr. Nancy Bull, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer on the Board of Trustees, speaks at Wednesday’s meeting, where the Board approved two major projects.
the board. The first construction phase is expected to take six to eight weeks. In addition to the $3.1 million
approved for the South Campus Building Complex project, the Board approved $3.8 million for the purchase of land adjacent to
the campus. The lot includes 17 King Hill Road, 29 Kill Hill Road, 29A King Hill Road and Lot 5 at the corner of North Eagleville and
USG approves large budget for spring
Boy Scouts may allow openly gay members
By Jacqueline Wattles Campus Correspondent
USG unanimously approved a budget for the spring 2013 semester on Wednesday night. With a more than $250,000 surplus from the previous semester, and $20,000 in a reserve fund that can be used to supplement new initiatives or student organizations that missed funding in the fall, this semester’s budget is markedly robust, according to Comptroller Edward Courchaine. “We are funding more in this semester than we ever have,” Courchaine said. “We have had more requests than ever before, and our new funding structure handles this influx better.” This semester is the first in which additional funding can be given to Tier II student organizations, such as club sports, by applying for money from a “reserve fund,” which was allocated to the funding board by the comptroller. The new system requires organizations to contact a senator and have a bill drafted. The organizations can get funding if the bill receives two sponsors and passes a Senate vote. Courchaine reiterated Senate Speaker Shiv Gandhi’s comments at the informal senate meeting last week. The new funding system aims to provide an easier,
By Stephen Underwood Staff Writer
for a week we’ll do that, too.” One of the more humorous displays was presented courtesy of the UConn Wrestling Club, aka “The Mustachioed Wrestlers.” The colorful group was once again sporting their eye-catching fake mustaches to attract passersby to the booth. Wrestling Club member Joey Vattinelli, a 2nd-semester ACES major, explained the genesis of the club’s famous faux facial hair to us. “Back when the club was first founded, they made a promotional video for the team. In the video a freshman has
The Boy Scouts of America is considering dropping its longstanding ban on allowing openly gay members and volunteers. The proposal, announced on Monday, would allow local scouting chapters to decide their individual policy towards openly gay members. Each chapter would be able to decide whether to implement such policies based on their individual beliefs. According to an interview with USA Today, Deron Smith, spokesman for Boy Scouts of America, commented on what the proposed changes mean and how they would be implemented. “The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver scouting to determine how to address this issue,” Smith said. “The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members or parents. Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs.” The recent announcement comes after protest and a yearlong, highly debated campaign sponsored by organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) and Scouts for Equality to change the national policy. According to the GLAAD website, more than 1.2 million people signed the petition to end the nationwide policy banning openly gay members. Fleurette King, the executive director of the Rainbow Center, believes that the proposal is a step in the right direction. “The beautiful thing is that we can look to the example of the Girl Scouts to see how
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USG President Stephen Petkis speaks, while Shiv Ganghi, left, and David Rifkin, right, sit on the panel at the USG meeting on Wednesday night. USG unanimously approved a large budget for the spring semester at the meeting.
more efficient method of allocating funds. “We don’t necessarily want to fund more dollars, we want to fund more initiatives,” Couchaine said. The surplus budget, which currently holds $250,086.98, can be used for planned or coincidental initiatives by USG. Though the fund has already been allocated out to various USG budget line
items, the reserve fund can grow. The comptroller has the ability to allocate more funds to the reserve, and the reserve is expected to fluctuate. Student organizations that come in under budget or do not spend their allocated funds are required to return the money to USG. The money can then be reallocated to student organizations via the reserve fund.
Funding Board Chair John Giardina said he expects the reserve fund will grow a least a little bit throughout the semester, and though this is the first year, he is optimistic the reserve fund will be adequate to fund the priorities among Tier II organizations. “Because this is the first time
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New and popular organizations table at Fair By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent Yesterday, UConn once again held its biannual Involvement Fair. The event was held in the Student Union, returning to the building after the Fall 2012 fair was held in the Field House. There were quite a few colorful characters to be found amid the usual flock of student clubs and fraternities/sororities. One of the most popular booths at the fair was for the Epic Meal Time Club that was founded last semester. John Sinnorai, a 4th-semester political science major, is the event
coordinator of the Epic Meal Time Club. Inspired by the YouTube channel of the same name, John’s pitch for the club is “if you like meat, if you like bacon, you’ll love our club.” Although some may consider the dishes prepared by the club “excessive,” Sinnorai pointed out that “out of all the student organizations on campus we are the only culinary club.” All is well at the UConn Outing Club. The organization holds the distinction of being the oldest consistently run student organization at the university. The Outing Club was founded in 1855, four years
before the UConn Student Government. Jonathan Le May, an 8th-semester accounting major, said, “We make your outdoor dreams become reality. Our outdoor activities include caving, climbing, hiking, backpacking, swimming, bridge jumping – pretty much anything you can think of.” Although that line-up sounds as if this club is designed for the experienced outdoorsman, Le May said, “If you’re a beginner and just want to try things out, we can work with that. We’ll teach things on the weekends, and if you’re advanced and want to go on a specific caving trip
What’s on at UConn today... Stuff-A-Husky Noon to 4 p.m. Student Union, North Lobby Fill up and take home your very own stuffed husky.
Study Abroad Fair 4 to 7 p.m. Rome Ballroom Come to speak with staff members and past participants about UConn’s 300 different study abroad options.
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Cause of fatal Putnam fire may never be known
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PUTNAM (AP) — Investigators say the cause of a house fire that killed two girls in Putnam last week may never be known because the damage was so extensive. The fire in the early morning hours of Jan. 22 killed 6-month-old Ava Auger and her 3-year-old sister, Alexis, and destroyed the multifamily home on Prospect Street. Fire marshals and police believe the fire was an accident. But they said Tuesday that the cause probably will remain undetermined. The girls’ mother, Lauren Auger, and Ava’s father, Michael Bandlow, escaped from the burning home. Lauren Auger is pregnant. Bandlow was among dozens of people who gathered in Putnam Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil in memory of the two girls.
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Students table for their organization and peruse the displays at Wednesday’s Spring Involvement Fair at the Student Union.
Changes being made to budget presentation
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director is making changes to how the state budget will be presented. In a memo distributed to agency heads on Wednesday, Benjamin Barnes said there will be a line for each agency budget that accounts for the cost of implementing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, new accounting standards Malloy wants to apply to state budgeting. Barnes said the administration also plans to streamline the budget. Certain appropriations will be consolidated and the number of line items will be reduced from 675 to 530. Barnes said restructuring the budget should give agency heads more latitude to find cost-effective ways to meet their statutory requirements. Malloy, a Democrat, is scheduled to present his new, two-year budget to the General Assembly on Feb. 6.
Prominent developer cited in alleged scheme
HARTFORD (AP) — Two witnesses in a trial alleging a pyramid scheme say a prominent New Haven businessman and onetime Republican office-seeker praised the business and volunteered to talk it up. The New Haven Register reports that Kathryn Midgley, a participant who allegedly made $20,000 in the scheme, and Ivy Mangan testified in U.S. District Court in Hartford on Tuesday that Joel Schiavone, a New Haven developer, recommended that group members treat the scheme like a business. “Joel spoke at one meeting and offered to speak to our business partners or husbands if they have questions,” Midgley said. “At the meeting, he stood up and was very theatrical and gave a credentialing of his own successes, almost like that was why we should believe him.” Schiavone’s wife, Donna Bello, Jill Platt and Bettejane Hopkins are accused of filing a false tax return and fraud. Platt’s lawyer says she acted legally, and Bello’s lawyer denies it was a pyramid scheme. Hopkins has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the IRS. Schiavone, an unsuccessful candidate for New Haven mayor in 2001, refused to respond to the accusations during a court recess.
Newtown charity making money available to families
HARTFORD (AP) — Families of those killed in December’s massacre inside the Sandy Hook Elementary school began receiving money Wednesday from one of the many charities set up following the tragedy. Rob Accomando, the co-founder and director of the My Sandy Hook Family Fund, said that organization has been working closely with all 26 families and has begun dispersing some of the just under $1.2 million it has raised. He says each family is entitled to 1/26th of the fund, but not everyone needs or wants their entire share right away. “Basically, we’re responding to their individual needs in a comfortable private conversation,” he said. “This is the first chunk that people are going to see, so they won’t have to worry about their mortgages, their taxes, their car payments. And as we get more money in, 100 percent of it will go to the families.”
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Cleopatra Pendelton, center, is escorted under the shelter where Pendelton’s daughter Hadiya was shot and killed, during a news conference seeking the public’s assistance in finding the gunman, Wednesday, in Chicago.
Bullet not intended for 15-year-old CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-yearold girl who had performed in President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities is the latest face on the ever-increasing homicide toll in the president’s hometown, killed in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. Chicago police said Hadiya Pendleton was in a park about a mile from Obama’s home in a South Side neighborhood Tuesday afternoon when a man opened fire on the group. Hadiya was shot in the back as she tried to escape. The city’s 42nd slaying is part of Chicago’s bloodiest January in more than a decade, following on the heels of 2012, which ended with more than 500 homicides for the first time since 2008. It also comes at a time when Obama, spurred by the Connecticut elementary school massacre in December, is actively pushing for tougher gun laws. Hadiya’s father, Nathaniel Pendleton, spoke Wednesday at a Chicago police news conference, which was held in the same park where his daughter died. “He took the light of my life,” Pendleton said. He then spoke directly to the killer: “Look at yourself, just know that you took a bright person, an innocent person, a nonviolent person.” Chicago
to earn his mustache (i.e. his “wings”) from a senior in order to become a full member of the team. It’s a tradition that stuck.” One of the new up-and-coming organizations making an appearance at the fair was the Astronomy Association. Club CFO Remi Loeser, a 6th-semester mathematics and computer science major hopes the fledgling club will allow those inter-
ested in stargazing to indulge their astronomical passions themselves without having to be science or math majors. “We have really powerful telescopes which allows us to see some very interesting phenomena, including storm patterns on the planet Jupiter and the surface of the sun, with the help of our solar filter telescope,” Loeser said.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy consoled him, the girl’s mother and 10-year-old brother. Hadiya was a bright kid who was killed just as she was “wondering about which lofty goal she wanted to achieve,” her godfather, Damon Stewart, told The Associated Press. Hadiya had been a majorette with the King College Prep band. “She was a very active kid, doing dance, cheerleading, who felt like she could accomplish just about anything, a very good student who had big dreams about what she wanted to be, a doctor, an attorney,” said Stewart, a Chicago police officer and attorney. “She was constantly getting good grades.” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president and the first lady’s “thoughts and prayers are with” the teen’s family, adding: “And as the president has said, we will never be able to eradicate every act of evil in this country, but if we can save any one child’s life, we have an obligation to try when it comes to the scourge of gun violence.” In Chicago, gangs routinely and often indiscriminately open fire. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy are pushing for tougher local, state and national gun laws and longer prison sentences for offenders.
Man acquitted in Waterbury bar killing
WATERBURY (AP) — A Waterbury man has been acquitted of all charges in connection with a 2011 fatal stabbing at a city bar. A Waterbury Superior Court jury found 34-year-old Garland Hunter not guilty of murder and manslaughter Tuesday after deliberating for seven days. He was accused of killing 34-year-old Mikyle Frank at the now-defunct Kriola’s Cafe on East Main Street. The Republican-American reports that Hunter smiled and declared his innocence after the verdicts as he walked out of the courthouse a free man for the first time since being jailed on bond in November 2011. Hunter was seen leaving the bar after Frank was stabbed. But a key piece of potential evidence – recorded surveillance camera footage at the bar – was lost because police didn’t preserve the cameras as evidence.
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Ten years since loss of space shuttle Columbia
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - He was just 8 when NASA lost the space shuttle Columbia and he lost his astronaut mom. Now, 10 years later, Iain Clark is a young man on the cusp of college with a master’s rating in scuba diving and three parachute jumps in his new log book. His mother, Dr. Laurel Clark, loved scuba and skydiving. So did her flight surgeon husband and Iain’s dad, Dr. Jonathan Clark, who since the Feb. 1, 2003 accident, has been a crusader for keeping space crews safe. Altogether, 12 children lost a parent aboard Columbia. The youngest is now 15, the oldest 32. One became a fighter pilot in Israel, just like his father, and also died tragically in a crash. The oldest son of the pilot of Columbia is now a Marine captain with three young children of his own. The commander’s daughter is a seminary student. “It’s tough losing a mom, that’s for sure. I think Iain was the most affected,” said Clark, a neurologist. “My goal was to keep him alive. That was the plan. It was kind of dicey for a while. There was a lot of darkness - for him and me.” Clark’s wife and six other astronauts - Commander Rick Husband, co-pilot William McCool, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, Dr. David Brown and Israeli Ilan Ramon - were killed in the final minutes of their 16-day scientific research mission aboard Columbia. The space shuttle, with a wing damaged during launch, ripped apart in the Texas skies while headed for a landing at Kennedy Space Center. NASA will remember the Columbia dead at a public memorial service at Kennedy on Friday morning. Clark, now 59 and long gone from NASA, said he turned to alcohol in the aftermath of Columbia. If it wasn’t for his son, he doubts he would have gotten through it. “He’s the greatest kid ever,” Clark said in a phone interview from Houston with The Associated Press. “He cares about people. He’s kind of starting to get his confidence, but
he’s not at all cocky.” Iain is set to graduate this spring from a boarding school in Arizona; he wants to study marine biology at a university in Florida. “His life is like about as idyllic as you could imagine, considering all ... he’s been through,” said Clark, who is still protective of Iain’s privacy. He would not disclose where Iain attends school, but he did provide a few snapshots. Mother and son were extremely close. After the accident, Iain insisted to his father: “I want to invent a time machine,” If he could go back in time, the child reasoned, he could warn his mother about the fate awaiting her. “He asked me why she didn’t bail out, that kind of stuff, because he knew she had been a parachutist,” Clark recalled. Father and son were among the astronauts’ families waiting at the Kennedy runway for Columbia that early Saturday morning. Once it was clear there had been trouble, the families were hustled to crew quarters, where they got the grim news. Rona Ramon’s sharpest memory about that fateful Feb. 1 is how “the joy and the longing” to see her husband return from space turned so quickly into anguish. “I just looked up at the sky and said, ‘God, bring him back to me.’ “ Her husband, already a heroic military pilot, became Israel’s first spaceman on the flight. Clark hastily came up with a plan: Disappear with his son as soon as they got back home to Houston. Grab the dog, the car and as much money as possible. Then, “drop off the grid.” But that didn’t happen. A few years went by before father and son finally made their escape. Clark bought a house in Arizona, keeping a small apartment in Houston as he went from working for NASA at Johnson Space Center, to a teaching job at Baylor College of Medicine and an adviser’s position at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Clark won’t divulge his exact whereabouts, even now. He
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This photo provided by NASA in 2003 shows STS-107 crew members,from the left (bottom row), are astronauts Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; Rick D. Husband, mission commander; Laurel B. Clark, mission specialist; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist. From the left (top row), are astronauts David M. Brown, mission specialist; William C. McCool, pilot; and Michael P. Anderson, payload commander.
moves every few years. He has a girlfriend, but doesn’t see himself remarrying. “I don’t ever want to go through losing a wife again,” he explained. Clark remains bitter over the “really bad people” who came after him in Houston for money and favors, spurred by NASA’s $27 million settlement in 2007 with the Columbia families. “There was a lot of grief. There was a lot of sorrow. There was a lot of destructive behavior. There were a lot of people taking advantage of you,” he said. But Clark holds no grudges against NASA, neither the agency as a whole nor the managers who, during the flight, dismissed concerns from low-level employees about the severity of damage to Columbia’s left wing. It was gouged by a piece of insulating foam that peeled
off the fuel tank at liftoff. Clark learned of the foam strike during the mission, while working a shift in Mission Control. Like so many others, Clark wishes he’d done something. But no one knew during the flight how badly Columbia was damaged. And no effort was made to find out while there still was time to consider what would have been a risky rescue attempt by another shuttle. Surviving the actual breakup, during re-entry, was deemed impossible by all involved. At 210,000 feet going Mach 15, it was “much, much worse than anything we had ever planned for,” former NASA shuttle manager and flight director Wayne Hale wrote in his blog earlier this month. For four years after the Columbia accident, Clark assisted a NASA team that looked
into how the astronauts died and how they might have survived. For Clark, it was about “trying to find something good out of something bad. I kind of threw my heart and soul” into crew survival issues and, most recently, the faster-than-thespeed-of sound, stratospheric jump by Felix Baumgartner. Clark was the medical director for the Red Bull-sponsored feat last fall in New Mexico. The tragic end to NASA’s 113th shuttle flight prompted President George W. Bush to take action. He announced in 2004 that the three shuttles left would stop flying in 2010 once they finished delivering pieces of the International Space Station. The shuttles resumed flying with new safety measures in place and eked out an extra year, ending on No. 135 in 2011.
successful a policy of nondiscrimination has been,” King said. “The Girl Scouts’ nondiscriminatory policy has not led to any large scandals that we know of, unlike other organizations that exclude certain members based on their sexuality. In the meantime, having such policies that exclude openly gay members and making them hide their true identity only creates a predatory atmosphere.” King believes that the proposal should be implemented on a national level and not left up to individual chapters. “If the Boy Scouts want to do it right, then they will implement non-discriminatory practices on a national level instead of allowing individual chapters to decide,” King said. “The Boy Scouts, being a national organization, should set an example. While trying to prevent predators and misconduct by being exclusive, the Boys Scouts are in fact creating a predatory environment by making members closet their true identities.” However, questions have been raised as to what the decision means financially, given that many organizations that sponsor scouting are against the proposed policy changes. An Eagle Scout, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “The Boy Scouts is an old organization that has strived, first and foremost, to create leaders and better communities. In recent times, there has been strong and clear feedback from some of these communities that prohibitive bans and policies in place ought to be modified. Regrettably, the decision is not quite so simple, for some organizations that provide substantial support to the Boy Scouts of America have expressed their interest in maintaining the status quo.” The proposal is scheduled to be voted on by the Board of Directors at the National Board meeting next week.
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we’ve done this, we don’t have a frame of reference on the reserve fund,” Giardina said. “But this is not inordinately low. There should be enough to fund exceptionally important and useful requests.” Student Body President Stephen Petkis briefly addressed USG’s Spring Weekend policy during his address to the Senate. He reiterated that the plan is not to bring back the notorious three-day partying weekend, but rather to turn it into “a positive thing for the community.” Petkis said the Friday of Spring Weekend will be dedicated to various community service projects and Saturday will have “carnivallike” festivities. The funding for Spring Weekend will come from a portion of the executive budget, which contains $71,249.32 total.
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Women in combat creates case to abolish the draft
he U.S. Supreme Court decided in the case of Rostker v Goldberg (1981) that the Selective Service System – the government agency responsible for military draft registration – was not acting outside the bounds of the Constitution’s due process clause by excluding women from the draft. At the time of the case’s filing, President Jimmy Carter had proposed to register women along with men, but an act of Congress reauthorized the agency responsible for conscription without implementing the President’s recommendation. Falling back on the military’s policy of excluding women from combat roles, the Court held Congress’s action to be within its Constitutional powers regarding the maintenance of the nation’s armed forces and concluded that introducing women into the conscripted ranks would cause enough cultural and administrative problems in the military to warrant maintaining the status quo. The status quo has now changed in a dramatic way. Last week, military officials announced that enlisted female soldiers in the U.S. Armed Forces would be permitted to take combat assignments and thereby become more frequently eligible for promotions. It seems that every advance in terms of civil rights occurs first in the military: perhaps it is in service to their country that the distinction between black and white, gay and straight, male and female seems most irrelevant and reveals to us the promise of equality in all institutions and occupations in American life. But while this news has been rightly exalted as further evidence of the slow, steady push toward equality for women in American society, we must now consider that women may now be compelled against their will – as well as with it – to serve and fight in the armed forces should the draft be instituted again in response to some future military conflict. Given the recent frequency of and future prospects for foreign embroilments, the possibility that America’s standing army may be insufficient to meet its needs is a real one, and the extra burden ought to be shared equally – or not at all. That is why, since fairness now demands that men and women both register for the draft if they are to carry out equal military roles, now is an opportune time to reconsider the necessity of having a draft at all. If the military can be made appealing enough as a career option for people of all identities and backgrounds, the draft would not be necessary. Much remains to be done – sexual harassment, suicide and mental health remain serious stumbling blocks for the military – but we can be encouraged that the work of making the military more inviting and appealing is moving well ahead. 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.
I felt like being classy tonight, so I ate my Grab n’ Go cookie with a fork and knife. Nothing makes you feel quite as awful as going all the way back in your Facebook messages. I really don’t get emojis. I would like to be as relaxed as those happy ducks waddling on the ice of Mirror Lake, but my professors feel otherwise. The InstantDaily needs to invent a Like button. Then again, I’m not sure if you could like things on AIM. Rudy Gay is now a dinosaur. I’m sure there’s quite a few UConn students with newly developed claustrophobia after today’s Involvement Fair. My teacher said in class today that he bases his theory off of donkey dongs. Not sure what to make of that. Sometimes I can’t look at someone’s fraternity or sorority letters and wonder if they’re just making it up. Like, I would have no idea. Is it me or did it just get significantly sweatier around here? There’s nothing quite as scary as getting a missed call from a number you don’t know with a New Jersey area code. I want to check the voicemail...I’m just too scared.
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Abrams bridged gap between fans
he first movie-going experience that I can remember was when my father took me to go see “Star Trek First Contact,” further proving that my dad is cooler than your dad. He talked about the film for a few days before we went, and I remember the anticipation was almost as good as the movie itself. Once we left the theater, two things became very clear. The first was that going to the movies is best when it is a big event, something that you and those close to you can By Tyler McCarthy get excited about and an experience Commentary Editor that you can all share. The second was that our household would be a household of Trekkies, a philosophy that I continue to religiously follow to this day. In 2009, after pop culture had thrown the last rose on top of the “Star Trek” franchise’s coffin, J.J. Abrams, best known for his work on the hit show “LOST,” stepped up to the captain’s chair. He not only revived the series but brought it right back to the mainstream, where it belongs. Not only was the new “Star Trek” giving contemporary life to otherwise dead characters, it was an event-level movie if I’ve ever seen one. Everyone and their mother went out to see it, causing phenomenal word-of-mouth. For the first time in a long time I had that same feeling in a theater that I had with my dad back in 1996. Abrams had brought back the characters that we love, and America was 100 percent on board. Earlier this week, hot off the newest trailer for the sequel to his Trek masterpiece, Abrams was announced as the new director
of the upcoming seventh installment of the Star Wars movies for Disney. I was about to dust off my phaser and support my fellow Trekkies against the Star Wars fans – like the Jets rumbling with the Sharks, except at Comic-Con. However, in true Picard fashion, a cooler head prevailed and I began to wonder if this silly rivalry has been a bit unnecessary by now. After all, Star Wars and Star Trek have been competing for top spots in the science fiction zeitgeist for decades now. Like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, they’ve dared each other to be greater throughout the years. Both have had their missteps (see “Star Trek Generations” and “Jar Jar Binks”), but they’ve always given the two most devoted fan bases reasons to be so devoted. So rather than have fans of each franchise get into a tug-of-war over Abram’s attention, let’s consider the positives. Abrams has garnered a reputation for being a bit of a movie doctor, coming in at the 11th hour and rescuing troubled projects like “Armageddon” (you know, that really huge summer blockbuster of 1998). The man has a knack for creating movies that become events for the whole country. When he was only a teenage film nerd, he landed a dream job restoring Steven Spielberg’s old teenage films. Since that time J.J. Abrams has kept America on the edge of its seat with “LOST,” “Alias,” “Super 8,” “Mission Impossible III,” “Cloverfield”
and many others. His movies hit pop culture so hard that his name should be on a banner over every water cooler in the country. Abrams understands big budget blockbusters because he’s been learning from the best ever since his youth. If anyone has a shot at taking the troubled Star Wars series and making it into something that is worth friends gathering and a bucket of popcorn, it’s him. With Star Wars in good hands, it means that whatever comes next for the Star Trek franchise needs to be that much better. Luckily, the only man capable of topping Abrams’ rising star is Abrams himself. The rivalry is over, science fiction is back and it’s in the hands of a visionary director who makes nothing but popular films. He’s proven that he can do something wonderful with one of America’s most beloved franchises. So why not let him take a crack at the Jedi? Those light saber-wielding maniacs deserve to experience the same renaissance that Trekies have been going through for the past three years. After all, fans are the greatest thing in the world, and whether they use the Force or live long and prosper, they deserve to be rewarded for being capable of that kind of love.
“The rivalry is over, science fiction is back and it’s in the hands of a visionary director who makes nothing but popular films.”
Commentary Editor Tyler McCarthy is an 8thsemester journalism and English double major. He can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
Why the blame does not lie with video games
n the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, discussion aimed at ending gun violence has focused on the popularity of violent video games. This has lead Joe Biden to hold talks with the game industry. As has been the case with many shootBy Kayvon Ghoreshi ings in the Staff Columnist past, video games have become a scapegoat. This has led to the mindset that eliminating violent video games will somehow resolve the problem. As a gamer, it pains me to see such misplaced outcry. A lot of the flack that violent video games receives is not deserved. In fact, the game industry often takes a lot more heat than other media such as movies and television, which are often just as violent. If Quentin Tarantino can make films that contain over-the-top violence, then game developers deserve the same freedom within their medium. The Bioshock series contains some of the most violent games an individual can play. That being said, the series
is probably one of my alltime favorites, and I personally haven’t gotten any more aggressive as a result. In fact, numerous studies have shown that, when isolated, video games and violent media in general hardly contribute to an increase in aggression or violent behavior. Most people that play video games are able to distinguish between reality and fantasy and thus will not put down a controller and go out to perform grand theft auto. There are also numerous shootings every year where the culprits have had little to no interaction with video games. Mental and behavioral disorders also need to be considered when looking at the causes of mass shootings. In fact, the NRA has about as much basis for blaming Call of Duty for shootings and gun violence as PETA does for blaming Mario for violence against turtles. One of the other big issues with video game violence that is often overlooked is the ESRB (Entertainment Service Rating Board). They give ratings based on the content in the game and attribute it to the
appropriate age group. People complain about the influence violent games have on little kids. What they fail to realize is that almost all of the violent games that people are up in arms about receive a rating of M, meaning no individual under the age of 17 can purchase the game. Further, the game industry cannot control a parent who decides to buy the new Call of Duty for their 12-year-old. There is also a lingering sense of hypocrisy in the gun control debate when talking about video games. For example, the NRA, which attributes fault to violent video games, argues that the majority of legal gun owners in the US are responsible and not sociopathic mass murderers. In a society where violent video games are a popular pastime, sociopathic mass murderers remain the rare exception. In fact, in a time of everincreasing video game usage, youth violence has actually hit a 40-year low. Japan consumes more video games than the United States, but still has less violence. Sadly, some critics do not seem to see it that way.
This is not anything new. Video games were blamed after the Virginia Tech shooting, even though the shooter didn’t play violent video games. After the Columbine shooting, proposals of violent video game laws were properly shot down as unconstitutional. Not only would banning violent video games be an issue from a legal perspective, but it also would not do much to curb the problem of gun violence. Gun control is a multifaceted issue with a wide variety of factors such as mental health, background checks and cracking down on illegal guns. However, it confuses me that video games are receiving so much attention. Research has shown, barring some outliers, there really is no link between violent video games and actual violence. Therefore, for what video games actually contribute to gun violence in America, they are receiving an unfair amount of criticism. Staff Columnist Kayvon Ghoreshi is a 2nd-semester molecular and cell biology major. He can be reached at Kayvon Ghoreshi.Allen@UConn.edu.
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Crossing the Atlantic: Studying abroad in London
One of the greatest luxuries of attending UConn is having the opportunity to travel during your studies. UConn’s business and economics program in London is one of the more popular destinations. The program is offered in the fall and spring and is open to third year and higher students. On Wednesday, January 30, Dorothea Hast, the assistant director of Global Affairs and Study Abroad at UConn, held a
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meeting for students interested in living in London this coming fall. Hast explained that there are two components to the program. First, students must attend mandatory classes in business ethics and global finance. Since London is considered a hub for banking and finance, these classes are crucial to the second component. The second component is an internship where students are expected to participate in and learn about large business and how economics work on a global scale.
Student interns work four days a week for globally known companies such as Citigroup, Viacom and JP Morgan. Newly returned UConn student Andrew Butterworth completed his internship for Universal Pictures. During his internship, Butterworth gained experience in largescale accounting, record keeping and financing for a large company. According to Butterworth, all of the employees of the company were incredibly friendly and easy to work with.
Butterworth said, “The best part about London was that it was easy to get around, and there were no language barriers, which made working all the more practical.” Thomas Hague, a resident assistant to the students, said, “Students are encouraged to stay in London because there are so many great things to see there, but many want to see the rest of Europe, and you only have so much time.” According to Hague, “Florida University [where the program is based] is right in the center of London. So
Chris Brown in trouble again By Maurilio Amorim Campus Correspondent
Singers Chris Brown and Frank Ocean fought in a parking lot on Sunday, Jan. 29. Details are sketchy surrounding the incident, but what is known is that the fight involved a parking spot, both their entourages engaged in the fight, and Chris Brown and his entourage left before the police arrived. An anonymous source told MTV News that Frank Ocean approached Brown in a threatening manner and told them that he did not want him at his studio. The same source said Brown tried to cool the situation and tried to shake his hand when Ocean refused and attacked him. Another source told MTV News that Brown instigated the fight and hit Ocean first. Details are not quite clear. However, Brown and his entourage did flee before the police arrived and Ocean said that Brown attacked him first and that he will be pressing charges. The two singers have a history of bad blood. Prior to this fight, Ocean and Brown had a fight via Twitter. Following their altercation in the parking lot, Brown posted a picture of a cross on Instagram and compared himself to Jesus. At this same time a few years ago on the eve of the Grammys, Chris Brown was arrested for the viciously beating Rihanna. According to the police report, she was beaten within an inch of her life. He was sentenced to five years of probation. This extremely light punishment for a severe crime is one that the artist has not taken very seriously. In the last few years, he has aggressively responded to other celebrities and fans who
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An image of the Parliament, in London. In the far right of the photo is London’s famous Big Ben. UConn students are given the opportity to visit London for a study abroad program, offered in both the spring and fall semesters, and is open to third year students and higher. Most popular is UConn’s business and economics program in London, which can educate students in anything from accounting to business on a global scale.
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students have an easy time walking wherever they need to in the city.” Sarah Harris, who has just returned from her second semester studying abroad in London, said she would highly recommend the program to anyone. Harris was a part of the education program, which is run through the same office as the business and economics program. She said the whole experience “prepared her for anything [she] would have to do in the future.”
UConn A Cappella prepares showcase By Michael McGuigan Campus Correspondent
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Chris Brown, right, was involved in an altercation with Frank Ocean on Sunday, Jan. 29. Several sources cited that Brown started the fight, whereas others disagree. Brown’s history, however, is certainly not in his favor.
speak poorly of his actions with derogatory, offensive and even homophobic language. Most of these ignorant responses have been through Twitter. He once Tweeted that he does not understand why people will not get over what happened when people continue to praise Charlie Sheen. He quickly deleted this Tweet. Less than a year ago, he was in a fight in a bar with the rapper Drake. Two months ago, he engaged in a vicious battle via Twitter with comedy writer Jenny Johnson in which he said, “ask Rihanna if she mad” and other vulgar Tweets. He has repeatedly shown no remorse for his actions and continues to cause trouble. It seems that Chris Brown is not eager in any way to turn his life around or change in any way. At his most recent probation hearing, he failed a drug test. Despite the failure and all his
behavior, the judge gave him a positive report and gave him a warning not to fail another drug test. Not very long after that he posted pictures of himself smoking marijuana overseas via Instagram. MTV News contacted the Los Angeles Probation Department for a comment, but they refused to comment and said only that they would investigate this as a violation of his parole. It is not clear who started this fight, but Frank Ocean continues to speak out in the press, stating that he will press charges against Chris Brown. This would be bad news for Brown, who has continually pushed the limits of his probation. Could this possibly be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? But what if Brown did not start the fight? There seems to be different stories from different witnesses which is most
likely due to their bias as all involved were friends with one of the singers. If Brown did not start the fight, it may come down to Ocean’s word against his, and given Brown’s track record as well as his constant need to instigate conflicts it does not look good for Chris Brown. It is certainly hard to imagine that Frank Ocean went out of his way to attack Chris Brown or that Brown responded to Ocean’s alleged aggression as calmly as one witness reported. Despite what did or did not happen, Brown’s prior actions have pushed his probation far enough before this incident and has been practically begging to be punished. Perhaps when this is all sorted it out, he will get what he has asked for and deserves.
The UConn A Cappella Association will present its Spring Rush Concert for prospective new members on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. The doors to the event will open at 6 p.m. There will be a recommended donation of $2 at the door. Donations from the concert will be split between two memorial funds dedicated to aid those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. These funds are UConn’s own memorial fund and a fund organized by UConn’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. The concert will feature all eight of the a cappella groups on campus, including the men’s group Conn Men and the women’s group Rubyfruit. Rubyfruit’s repertoire includes pieces such as “Lights” by Ellie Goulding and “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland. On Feb. 4, the a cappella groups will be holding auditions in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Prospective members should go to atrium of the building. There will be a short informational meeting at 6 p.m. at which presidents will brief prospective members on the requirements of being in one of the groups. Auditions will begin at 6:30 p.m.
As many an introvert can attest, speaking can be overwhelmingly difficult. Every word stands the chance to be overanalyzed; every phrase could sound less acceptable when spoken. Surprisingly (or not), there are many similar issues that can plague the writing of good dialogue. But I think that most, if not all, can be summed up with these terms: fluency and believability. Believe me when I say I am unbelievably picky when it comes to written dialogue. Dialogue is one thing that I am rarely completely happy with when it comes to my own writing. It all comes down to fluency and believability. What I mean by fluency and believability is how natural the dialogue sounds. Nothing can ruin perfectly good characters with rich backstories faster than stilted dialogue. I don’t just mean relatively simple things like overly dramatic statements or jokes that aren’t funny; there’s also personality to consider. That is to say, an aristocrat is likely to speak in a more refined, sophisticated manner, with command of an impressive vocabulary. He or she is unlikely to use contractions in their speech. By contrast, a child, unless extraordinarily precocious, is likely to use shorter, easier words. Realistically, most children are unlikely to offer the eloquent pearls of wisdom that so often drop from Calvin’s (from Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes) mouth. Another important thing to consider is the length of dialogue. Sometimes, it is necessary to have a page or two be entirely dialogue. However, doing so effectively can be tricky. After all, a page of dialogue can be hard to follow, and the more characters that are participating in the conversation, the harder it can be. Furthermore, while conversations in real life can take hours (especially with mothers), it’s important to remember that brevity is a virtue when it comes to writing dialogue. Make sure that the dialogue you’re writing is doing its job, and only that. Writing a character ’s thoughts is a similar process to writing dialogue. A problem that I come across all too often is making the character too self-aware, or worse, putting my own thoughts as theirs. First of all, doing that introduces the problem of being too meta. Second, and more importantly, it makes your character boring. What about a self-aware character is boring? If your character is too self-aware, they will be aware of their flaws and thus in too strong a position to fix them quickly and easily. That is boring, not to mention unrealistic. People are seldom aware of their flaws in real life, and your characters should be no different. That being said, I don’t think there are any truly concrete rules to be had in writing. If you think there’s a good reason to do something unconventional, go ahead and do it. Little quirks and idiosyncrasies are what make up a writer’s style, and you definitely want to encourage that.
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Local Natives return with an ‘undoubtedly impressive’ EP
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“Pink Matter” Frank Ocean ft. Andre 3000
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It’s been four years since we’ve had a full-blown studio album from Local Natives. Sometimes such a wait indicates a lack of success, ideas or musical material from a band, but not in this case. The wait was worthwhile and their evolution as a band is apparent. The LA-based indie quartet has clearly put in the work and their sophomore EP delivers nothing but acoustic excellence. “We were always strong … it was enough to keep me on,” belts lead vocalist Taylor Rice on the first track, “You & I.” The group borrows a sound similar to that of its debut single, “Sun Hands.” This song is just as melodic and attractive to the ears. The lyrics exhibit depth and clarity, one of Local Natives’ best attributes. The instrumentals are constructed of acoustic and electric guitar, some fittingly haunting synths and Matt Frazier’s unique drumming. The song lays the foundation for the quality of songs to come. The second track, “Heavy Feet,” provides a thoughtfully crafted segue to the rest of the album. It includes thumping drum beats and perfectly imperfect overall production. The song has a
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“You and I” Local Natives quality best described simply as beautiful. The constant transposition of dynamics engages the listener, maintaining melodic interest and provoking delight. The EP in its entirety seems ideal for relaxation purposes, much like a quaint trip that takes one’s ears to a Southern California spot on the sand. Not all lyrical themes are as “beach-y” keen, however. “The Black Spot” is another gem, highly reminiscent of material that we might have heard from indie-alternative Snow Patrol several years back. It’s a sorrowful, but a similar sound.
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The cover of Local Natives sophomore EP, “Hummingbird.” The EP shows the band broadening their horizons while remaining true to their “Gorilla Manor” aesthetic.
The single criticism of the album would likely be the slight lack of variance from song to song. Although the album is a wonderful creation as a whole, the components of Hummingbird don’t accomplish much in the area of diversity. “Ceilings” sounds much too similar to “Wooly Mammoth,” as does “Colombia” and its sistersong “Black Spot.” Perhaps the broadening of the band’s musical “horizons” will come in time; after all, this is only their second album.
Local Natives intertwines indie with noise-rock. An experimental quality (held close to many shoegaze/postpunk groups) can be detected in many of the songs, with the fuzzy guitar and other hints. Hummingbird is a little Arcade Fire and maybe a tad Deerhunter, but the fusion proves awesome. For a relatively immature music group, the final product is undoubtedly impressive.
Tegan and Sara experiment with new style– and it’s a ‘Heartthrob’
By Kathleen McWilliams Staff Writer
It’s a new year, and people all around the world have celebrated 2013 with resolutions to reinvent themselves. Tegan and Sara, the duo comprised of the eponymous Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara Quinn, have celebrated 2013 with a divergence from their signature indie rock sound on their newest album “Heartthrob.” While the sisters gained popularity for their hyper-acoustic indie rock jams and relatable lyrics about frustration, love and angst, this album takes the pop approach and produces an album full of danceable pop tracks. While the new album presents a new side of the duo, it does not fail to impress. As a long-time Tegan and Sara fan, I can confidently say that it is one of their best albums. This album is overwhelmingly pop-oriented and does not boast a single acoustic track. While this was unexpected, to say the least, it is actually refreshing and fun to hear the sisters take on a new direction. The content of their songs is still independent and unique, which gives the familiar pop aesthetic a new edge. Songs like “Goodbye, Goodbye” and “I’m Not Your Hero” are sassy responses to past lovers that walk the fine line between breakup ballad and strong female anthem. “Goodbye Goodbye” actually
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Canadian twin sisters, Tegan and Sara, who have released seven studio albums since 1999. The artists began recording their most recent album, “Heartthrob,” on February 20, 2012. It was released nearly a year later on January 29, 2013.
contains elements similar to Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” with the line, “You never really knew me never ever, never ever saw me saw me like they did,” but without the twee cute factor of Swift’s mega-popular
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tune. The album as a whole actually sounds a lot like a mix of La Roux of “Bulletproof” fame and Canadian band Metric, with similarly powerful female vocals, messages of empowerment and synthetic pop melodies. While the album is predominantly pop-themed and is a new beginning for the sisters, some tracks contain hints of their past as an acoustic and piano duo. For example, “I Was a Fool” features a delicate piano melody over the pop beats and is reminiscent of their past acoustic albums.
“Love They Say” also harkens back to their past albums, with the gentle guitar part that gradually transforms into synthetic beats. The blending of their new and old styles is interesting, and reminds us that Tegan and Sara are true to their musical roots. With the great messages from their empowering lyrics, the fantastic synthetic pop melodies and the beautiful duet of vocals from the sisters, Tegan and Sara’s newest album is sure to be a “Heartthhrob.”
I’ll never forget the 2006 Superbowl. While I can’t recall which teams played in the game, or even who won, the halftime show will remain forever engrained into my brain. “Dad! Why the hell are these senior citizens running around with long hair and skinny leather pants?” The 2006 Superbowl Halftime show was the first time I had ever seen a live performance of The Rolling Stones. I’ve never been a big British Invasion guy, but when the Stones come on the radio, I don’t dare turn the tuner dial. Their music isn’t my favorite, but it certainly isn’t bad. Their halftime performance however, was worse than bad – it was horrific. The music was bad, the band’s outfits were worse, and their mannerisms were puzzling. Between their loss of sex appeal, diminishing ability and countless line-up changes, The Rolling Stones were, and are, a shell of their former selves. Their refusal to recognize or embrace their age leaves fans in a state of nostalgic chagrin and their critics in a permanent state of disgust. In the entertainment industry, particularly in music, old usually means boring, and boring always means death. Like the Stones, many aging artists embarrass themselves under industry pressure to remain relevant and young. Few artists embrace their age and instead opt to fight wrinkles, weight gain and a family oriented lifestyle in a battle to preserve a youthful, ‘cool’ image. But listeners and viewers aren’t stupid. The Rolling Stones didn’t fool anyone in 2006. Despite their best effort, the world plainly saw The Rolling Stones for what they are – an aging, albeit legendary rock band. Like The Rolling Stones, Kanye West has aged poorly. At age 35, West acts like he’s not a day over twenty. His public antics and increasingly shallow lyrics depict a man growing in age, but not in maturity. West’s latest work, while extremely polished, lacks depth, sincerity and focus. Take for example his verse on “Mercy.” He sloppily moves from suicide doors to his reputation at Def Jam to his ability to buy entire buildings. This verse, like most of his more recent raps, lacks a cohesive topic and flows like a cross between a grade-school boast and a child’s Christmas list. West brags about his wealth and public stature through lyrics hardly differentiable from a myriad of other rappers with high salaries and large lifestyles. But West’s lyrics weren’t always so shallow. His debut album, “The College Dropout,” introduced the world to an artist who succeeded by the sounds of his own beats. His soulful production, and socially aware, yet brutally sincere and personal lyrics on “Dropout” made it one of the previous decade’s best releases. West continued to tackle personal topics in a meaningful way on his next four releases. While his production skills only improved, becoming more visionary and experimental over time, his voice has never been as crisp, and his message never as clear or accessible as it was on “Dropout.” Kanye West is, for all intensive purposes, aging backwards. A once strikingly mature, promising young rapper seems to be purposefully transforming himself
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Touché Amoré and MSNBC criticized for editPianos Become the Teeth ing gun hearing video release split album By Anthony Glaser Campus Correspondent Next to Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World, 2010’s collaborative split with La Dispute, Touché Amoré’s split EP with Pianos Become the Teeth is as logical as split releases come. Both bands have come to symbolize the movement jokingly deemed “the wave,” whose actual origins reflect the observation that bands falling under this umbrella term tend to all be friends with one another. The two tracks on this 7” nonetheless illustrate the striking musical commonalities between Touché Amoré and Pianos Become the Teeth. While each group retains its own identifiable sound, perhaps some influence has rubbed off on one another, and both songs are complementary not just in their lengthiness, but in their emotional resonance as well. At four minutes, “Gravity, Metaphorically” is Touché Amoré’s longest track to date. For a band that has previously expressed its preference for concision, “Gravity, Metaphorically” is a remarkable deviation. The first two minutes are very characteristic of Touché Amoré – speedy, aggressive, emotional hardcore. At the center of the song’s reflective, cynical lyrics is an allegory comparing vocalist Jeremy Bolm to a precarious building, bluntly underlined by the song’s forthright title. Midway through the song, following a subdued guitar interlude, the tempo shifts,
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The cover of Touché Amoré and Pianos Become The Teeth’s new split album. Released under Topshelf Records and Deathwish Inc., the collaboration is both original and economic.
at which point Bolm hammers in, “At least I tried” over a climactic crescendo. Much like the stellar closing track on the band’s 2011 sophomore effort The Lack Long After, Pianos Become the Teeth’s “Hiding” explores the melodic angle of post-hardcore, with clean vocals driving a progressive 3/3 rhythm. Vocalist Kyle Durfey is wistful and almost nostalgic, lyrically, and “Hiding” is an examination – or, more specifically, self-examination – of the trivial interactions that replace honest, meaningful conversation. “There’s no good in your eyes anymore,” sings Durfey. “It makes you almost miss the smell of smoke in your clothes.” The 7” is a joint release
by both band’s respective labels, Topshelf Records and Deathwish Inc., with double-sided artwork designed by Touché Amoré guitarist Nick Steinhardt.
“Hiding” Pianos Become the Teeth Anthony.Glaser@UConn.edu
NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC invited viewers Wednesday to draw their own conclusions about whether the parent of a Connecticut school shooting victim was heckled at a legislative hearing, but did not address criticism that it aired a deceptively-edited video of the event. The NBC-owned cable news network found itself under attack for its editing practices less than a year after three employees of NBC or an NBCowned station lost their jobs over the editing of a 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case. On Monday, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir reported on hearing testimony given that day by Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was killed last month in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. At one point in the hushed hearing room, Heslin said, “I ask if there’s anybody in this
room that can give me one reason or challenge this question: why anybody in this room needs to have ... one of these assaulttype weapons or military weapons or high-capacity clips.” Heslin paused for five seconds and looked around him. No one else spoke. “Not one person can answer that question,” he said. Then, someone in the audience shouted: “The Second Amendment shall not be infringed.” After the audience was admonished by a legislator not to speak, Heslin said, “Anyway, we’re all entitled to our own opinion, and I respect their opinions and thoughts, but I wish they’d respect mine and give it a little bit of thought.” Video aired by Bashir Monday omitted the challenge, depicting Heslin saying: “Why anybody in this room needs to have ... one of these assaulttype weapons or military weap-
ons.” At that point, without any pause, the audience member’s interjection about the Second Amendment was heard. Heslin’s comment about respecting opinions was omitted. The camera then focused on Bashir, who said, “a father’s grief interrupted by the cries of a heckler.” The passage as aired by MSNBC received criticism for being deceptive. “This is not how a legitimate, professional news organization operates,” said Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog. “MSNBC’s relentless anti-gun advocacy is bad enough, but this is downright dishonest.” MSNBC spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski did not immediately address questions about why MSNBC made the changes or whether criticism that it was misleading is valid.
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tent trended from socially aware to financially motivated. Like West’s recent tracks, Nas’ lyrics, while always fierce, lost depth. Like West, Nas struggled to balance pressure to fulfill his reputation with his aging stature in hip-hop. Recently, however, Nas has used his age to his advantage. His 2012 single, “Daughters,” shares his struggles and worries as a single man raising an adolescent daughter. It is a truly beautiful song in which Nas nervously anticipates his daughter’s growing interest in men, admits his faults as a father and shares his dreams for his girl. “Daughters,” an honest, sincere and mature track about parenting and family, fits Nas’ age and introduces an important topic generally for-
eign to popular music. Nas’ work in 2012 serves as a reminder that making great music has never been about youth, but honesty. In the coming years, Kanye West will either continue to follow childish signees like 2 Chainz, Pusha-T and Big Sean or, like Nas, will finally graduate to adulthood. West can choose to remain a paparazzi icon or he can decide to turn the camera on himself, re-tap the old soul hiding behind the leather pants and sham lyrics, and seek out the small piece of honesty that remains buried somewhere inside the mind of a cocky college dropout from Chicago.
The rise of Nas and decline of West
into a laughable character, devoid of both substance and maturity. West’s early work was intelligent, raw and unique. His more recent material – loud, obnoxious and simple – follows hip-hops worst trends. Though age 35, West’s music was smarter, more soulful, and wiser when he was 27. Faced with growing older, West is struggling and unless something changes very quickly, he will soon, like The Rolling Stones, embarrass himself in front of fans and critics alike. But West has an alternative: he can follow a path recently blazed by hip-hop legend Nas. Following his debut 1994 Illmatic, Nas’ con-
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PHOTO OF THE DAY
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These birds may be the only critters on campus sad to see the ice melt! The last of the frozen water in Mirror Lake proved to be a good feeding spot for some very grateful UConn ducks. Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
Lazy Girl Michelle Penney!
Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz & Chan
by Brian Ingmanson
Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Provide excellent service, with the finest ingredients. Stand for quality. Use resources with maximum efficiency for real satisfaction. Share a feast. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- All turns out well, although it may not go according to plan. Adaptability and a sense of humor are where the fun comes in. Your intuition’s right on target. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 9 -- You’re getting into your studies, and, with the support of a loved one, your career zooms forward. There’s a bonus available if you move quickly. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -There’s some distance in the picture. Actual travel could be involved, or just an exotic meal or a cultural experience. Education can be fun. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- You can find a really sweet deal today. Save more than you spend, and stash more pennies into savings. Pay back a debt. Dream up a new income source. Ideas are popping. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Your partner’s getting impatient. Let them take charge. They have energy and enthusiasm, so enjoy the ride while they do the heavy lifting. Extra effort earns a bonus. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Show respect and gain love. Do what you can to help, and take urgent action for a cause that’s important to you. This feeds your spirit. There’s more work coming. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -You can figure out a coming trend. Employ an exotic theme. Do something that you promised for a loved one, and you’re the one who feels good about it. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Old considerations could hold you back, even though a loved one is anxious to make improvements. Make adjustments to get the perfect picture. Make time for love. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re boiling over with ideas. Channel this energy in the right direction to get the advantage. Children or youth may play an important part. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Complete the month with a home improvement project that makes a difference in your quality of life, no matter how small. Play for no particular reason. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Your willingness to listen and learn is attractive. Assertiveness equals romance. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Add a little sweat equity.
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Take your Super story pick: Ray Lewis or the Haurbaugh brothers? from WHAT, page 12 coaches and how they’ve revolutionized how to run an NFL team as shown by them turning around their respective franchises. And as overstated as this point is, how about the fact that they are brothers? This is a story that is somewhat worth talking about – not some tale about a washed-up player that’s already had his time in the limelight. Scott: But it’s not about this season. Lewis has been a model of physical dominance, persistence and determination on the field with a strong sense of passion for the game as demonstrated by his infamous “squirrel dance” performed prior to every game. His role as a mentor throughout the NFL is extremely understated, as he has been a guiding light for many young players, including current Ravens running back Ray Rice. After the Ravens' wild double overtime win over the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional playoff, it was well-documented that Peyton Manning, despite a costly interception that helped set up the game-winning field
goal to defeat his team, waited around after Lewis’ postgame conference to speak with him. Anokh: You’re talking about generalities right now. We get it; he is a team leader and all that jazz. What about tangible evidence? Did he teach Rice how not to fumble the ball during the playoffs? Did he suddenly teach Flacco how to take his time in the pocket and read a defense? All the guys I already mentioned earlier do just as much leading as Lewis. Maybe a lot of them don’t get the same type of universal respect as Lewis, but that’s because of what Lewis has done throughout his career: dominate as one of the best linebackers ever. I’ll give you that, but what does his career have to do with a Super Bowl now, especially seeing that he basically is a minor part of the Ravens defense? Scott: Again, you’re missing the point. Not many players are afforded this kind of universal respect throughout the league, yet Lewis is one of them and this development is interesting, considering his checkered past. On Jan. 31, 2000 during Super Bowl
festivities in Atlanta, Lewis and two of his friends were involved in an altercation that left two men dead and the trio each charged with murder and aggravated assault. A dense fog still swirls around that night, as the white suit Lewis wore has never surfaced and the blood of one of the deceased was found in Lewis’ limousine. Lewis accepted a plea deal to drop the murder charges down to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice in exchange for his testimony against his two companions also involved in the fight, though they were eventually were acquitted of all criminal wrongdoing. Despite hitting rock-bottom publicly and gaining an unshakeable “murderer” perception, Lewis re-built his image through his play and an outspoken faith in a higher power. His career statistics paint him as one of the best linebackers and overall defensive players in history; a few of these accolades include 13 Pro Bowl selections, Super Bowl XXXV MVP, NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and the only member of the 40 sack/30 interception club.
Anokh: See, I don’t understand how what you’re saying here has any relevance to it being a story people care about now. I also never denied that Lewis is one of the best linebackers of our time – probably the best middle linebacker I have ever seen. But this is an old story that shouldn’t have relevance right now, especially since it was one of the biggest storylines heading into the Ravens’ first Super Bowl victory. That’s like saying if the Patriots won the Super Bowl that the main story was Tom Brady winning, despite being the 199th pick of the NFL draft. People know his story already and know that he supposedly redeemed himself. Why tell the same tale? Scott: It’s a tale worth telling because that’s not all he came back from. His type of play can yield injuries, none more serious than a complete tear of his right triceps on Oct. 15, 2012 seemingly ending his season and possibly his career. However, Lewis amazingly persevered despite a projected 6-12 month recovery period and returned to play Jan. 6 of this year in the Wild Card
match-up with the Indianapolis Colts, but not before stirring the pot and motivation up in his locker room one last time, declaring that he was retiring after the season. Of course, Lewis is prone to controversy and this week speculation has surfaced of Lewis using deer antler spray, which contains IGF-1, a substance prohibited by the NFL that stimulates a quicker recovery period from injury. He denies any use of the substance while in the midst of preparing for the conclusion to his Hall of Fame career. Some may argue he’s already been here before and was an MVP, he doesn’t need the spotlight, let alone deserve it, considering the murky past of this maniacal, yet phenomenal player. But he’s hanging up his pads in order to watch his kids grow, to watch his son Ray Lewis III play at his alma mater Miami University this upcoming fall. The timing is right and regardless of personal opinions and biases, we all enjoy seeing a champion’s career end on top. Anokh: Even if you want to believe that Lewis never touched any illegal substances
(which is opening a whole can of worms), this doesn’t beat the Harbaughs. Throughout sports, we’ve always seen the stories of veteran players finishing out their careers with a ring, riding out into the sunlight. Michael Strahan, Jerome Bettis, Michael Jordan (no, I don’t count his stint with the Wizards as a real thing), etc. When have we ever seen two brothers face against each other in the same Super Bowl? This has never happened before in NFL history and is a story that may or may not jokingly have everything that makes one sexy: family drama, jealousy, brotherly love and so on. As NFL fans, we now have our very own version of the Williams sisters – only coaches. And who is to say that they won’t keep facing each other in the Super Bowl and lay the groundwork for more football coaching families? A story – no, a rivalry like this, one that may just be in its infancy, is worth telling. Not a Paul Bunyan-like legend of a star about to fade away. It’s time for a new NFL with new figures to lead the way.
Even as the NHL returns, don't forget hockey's still been here all along
By Matt Stypulkoski NHL Columnist In the week leading up to the first NHL games of the season, the league put out a twominute promotional video that had a singular theme: hockey is back. While I watched that video, I could not have been more excited to finally see the puck drop on the season. But I was also exceptionally mad. The entire video was a diatribe on why the game of hockey is such a great sport,
focusing mainly on its fans and their unwavering dedication to its intensity and beauty. And throughout the promo, the creators make one assumption that irked me beyond believe. To them, the NHL is hockey. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love the NHL. I love watching my Devils play and I’ll watch just about every minute of action from any other game that I get a chance to see. In fact, some buddies and I all chipped in to buy the league’s online streaming package this season so that we could watch every single outof-market game over the next
few months. But is the NHL all there is to hockey? No. Not even close. If there’s anything this latest money-grab of a lockout proved, it’s that the NHL is merely a small piece of the hockey pie. American Hockey League, college hockey, junior hockey and even youth hockey vastly contribute to the hockey world. Hockey is a sport with dedicated and passionate followings at just about every level. For the NHL to assert itself as the only form of hockey was
just plain insulting. Fans of the league didn’t sit around and mope during the four months of cancellations; they just found a way to get in touch with the game’s other forms. Between October and January, if you went to any local rink, lake, pond or river, you didn’t find a deserted ghost-land with unworn gloves and sticks strewn across the ice like the game had up and left. No, you found people playing the game they loved harder than ever. While I was home in New
Jersey for winter break, my old high school teammates and I didn’t stare at our blank TV sets hoping that an NHL game would magically appear on the screen. Open hockey at the local rink, shinny on the ponds around town, mini-hockey in our basements – we found a way to play. And when the playing ended, the watching began. Credit to NBC Sports: they gave my friends and I our fix throughout the lockout by regularly broadcasting college games to keep us entertained. When the NHL announced
on Jan. 6 that it had agreed to terms with the players union, myself, my buddies and hockey fans everywhere rejoiced. Yes, we were glad to have the league back on our television sets, in our arenas and churning out YouTube highlights. But no, we weren’t saying “hockey is back.” Because it had never left. You are not hockey, NHL. You’re just a small piece of the game we love.
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Kilpatrick leads No. 24 Cincy over Rutgers CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and No. 24 Cincinnati intensified its defense in the second half, overcoming a 10-point deficit to beat Rutgers 62-54 on Wednesday night for a sweep of their season series. Cincinnati (17-4, 5-3 Big East) blocked eight shots, forced 21 turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to 24 points in the Cincinnati second half. The Bearcats also won Rutgers at Rutgers 68-58 on Jan. 12. Myles Mack scored 15 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 3-6), who have lost four in a row with an offense that can't find any consistency. The Bearcats trailed by 10 early in the second half and didn't lead until Kilpatrick's fastbreak layup put them
ahead with 11 minutes left. Point guard Cashmere Wright hit a 3-pointer that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati had eight days off following its 57-55 loss at Syracuse, giving Wright more time to recover from a sprained right knee. Wright missed one game and returned at Syracuse even though the knee wasn't fully healed. He played minutes and went 62 29 only 2 of 13 from the 54 field, missing seven of eight shots from behind the arc. Wright started Wednesday but picked up his second foul at the 16:07 mark and headed to the bench. He was limited to 20 minutes and finished with six points and three assists on 1-of-6 shooting. Justin Jackson had seven points, seven rebounds and six blocks for Cincinnati.
Kilpatrick has carried the offense while Wright was either sidelined or limited by the injury. He missed his first four shots on Wednesday, and the Bearcats' offense bogged down again. He finished 5 of 13 from the field and 3 of 8 behind the arc. Cincinnati missed its first nine shots from long range and opened the game only 2 of 13 from the field, helping Rutgers pull ahead 13-5. The Scarlet Knights never trailed, leading by as many as nine in the half. Mack leads Big East guards in shooting percentage and averages a team-high 12.8 points, but had been in a shooting slump during the Scarlet Knights' previous three losses. He was only 3 of 16 from 3-point range during the three games. He didn't start Wednesday, coming off the bench at the
14:33 mark. He had a steal and layup, four free throws and a 3-pointer that helped Rutgers hold a 30-22 lead at halftime. Wright picked up his third foul only 53 seconds into the second half but stayed in the game. Wally Judge's two free throws gave Rutgers its biggest lead, 32-22. That's when Kilpatrick asserted himself. He made a driving basket and a pair of 3s, helping the Bearcats cut the lead to 36-35 with 14:49 left. Kilpatrick got a loose ball and drove for a layup that gave Cincinnati its first lead, 42-40, with 11:06 to go. Wright missed his first four shots, but made a long 3-pointer from the top of the arc that gave Cincinnati a 49-46 lead. The Bearcats never trailed again, finishing it off with 11 free throws down the stretch.
"We’re going to have our hands full with them. Every team that goes down there is going to have a challenge.” The Huskies haven’t won at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since Jan. 28, 2006. UConn is led by both Napier (16.7 points per game) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (15.9 points per game). In Big East contests, the trio of Napier, Boatright and sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels has combined to average 45.5 points per game, which is the highest of any triumvirate in the conference. On the flip side, Providence’s biggest threat is junior guard Bryce Cotton. Cotton is the Big East’s leading scorer, at 21.7 points per game, and is also the fifth-most prolific
scorer in the nation. The 6’1” guard is shooting a scorching 41.8 percent from behind the arc and is also averaging more than three three-pointers made per contest. Napier isn’t exactly sure how to stop Cotton’s offensive game. “I don’t know, you just got to try your best,” Napier said after practice on Wednesday. “He puts up a lot of shots… you just got to contest them, and hopefully he misses them.” Providence point guard Vincent Council has already missed half of the season with a hamstring injury, but the senior is averaging 7.1 assists per game in Big East play, which is best in the conference. Two of UConn’s starting guards, Napier and Boatright, are dealing with minor inju-
ries. Napier didn’t participate in rebounding drills during practice after suffering a left shoulder contusion in UConn’s loss to Louisville two weeks ago. Napier said that his shoulder felt good but that he has had “trouble sleeping.” “It hurt a little bit today during practice, but it feels a little better,” Napier said. Boatright has been dealing with left knee tendinitis all season, according to Ollie. Ollie said Boatright’s knee “flared up a little bit” during practice, so he decided to hold UConn’s second-best scorer out of a late practice scrimmage. Both players are expected to play on Thursday. Thursday’s game will be the first of two games pitting the lone New England Big East squads against each other this
Callahan: Only storm the court for biggest of upsets
AP Maryland players sift through the crowd after a 51-50 win two weeks ago over NC State.
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season. Providence will come to Gampel Pavilion on March 9, which will close out the regular season for both teams. In last season’s contest, the Friars were able to pull out a 72-70 win at home. Cotton scored 22 points in the victory. “Last year we just didn’t play well,” Napier said. “We were winning the whole game and we just kind of gave it to them at the end.” UConn is 42-28 all-time in 70 games against Providence, but the Friars have beaten the Huskies in five of the last seven contests. The game will be televised on SNY and a broadcast can be heard on 91.7 FM WHUS and online at whus.org.
from ORDER, page 12 2.) Rushing is only allowed if there’s a disparity of 20 or fewer spots between the teams in the coaches’ poll. This rule does a couple of things. Primarily, it prohibits court-rushing after victories over teams outside the top-five, because the greatest disparity can only be between an unranked club and a No. 5 team. Now, recall that these rules are simply ideal, so if our old friends at NJIT were to beat anyone in the top-five they probably should rush. But, generally speaking, stay in your seats. Now, what if a No. 18 team beats the no. 1? Seems storm-worthy. Except, if you’re the no. 18 team, you’re likely just as good as the teams a few spots both above and below you, from 15 down to 21, meaning that you’re better than every single team in the country except a handful. You’re not likely to fall out of the top-25 and are thus accepted as a pretty darn good team. 3.) Rival fan bases should never, ever storm the court, no matter what. Listen, a rival school in your eyes is no better
than your own. So, why act as if beating them was a rare event? Why give them the satisfaction and make it seem like you had so little faith that your squad would win? Yes, rivalries are built on healthy hate, so that win will feel much better than a lot of others in a season. But more importantly, rivalries only exist when there is consistent competitiveness between the two teams, back-andforth victories over each other. You should expect to win regularly and not celebrate like it’s a rare thing when you do. Only if there has been years and years of losing to those sons of b*tches, should you rush the court. 4.) Finally, if there is a lastsecond desperation heave from beyond NBA range to beat the buzzer and win a decent upset (if we’re now talking about a disparity of 10 spots), throw these rules out the window. Because you likely just saw a game for the ages and there’s no time to think. Just celebrate. Happy storming.
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Stat of the day
The goal differential for UConn men’s ice hockey in the third period.
» That’s what he said
“You just pray that it won’t be repeated and that they learn from it and you forgive them..... We all make mistakes.”
Feb. 3 USF 2 p.m
Feb. 6 St. John’s 7 p.m.
Feb. 10 Seton Hall 12 p.m.
Feb 13. Syracuse 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (19-1) Feb. 2 St. John’s 2 p.m.
-U.S. striker Jozy Altidore on facing racist abuse during matches. Tonight Providence 7 p.m.
Where are they now?
Feb. 12 Feb. 5 Feb. 10 Marquette DePaul Providence 7 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
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By Mike Peng Campus Correspondent
Picking a Boger
Feb. 16 Rutgers 4 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (10-11-3) Tomorrow RIT 7: 05 p.m.
Feb. 2 Feb. 8 Bentley RIT 7:05 p.m 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 9 Bentley 7:05 p.m
Feb. 15 Holy Cross 7:05 p.m
Women’s Hockey (3-20-3) Feb. 9 Tomorrow Feb. 2 Providence Providence Northeastern 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
Feb. 12 New Hampshire noon
Feb. 16 Boston College 2 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Mar. 2 IC4A Championships All Day
Women’s Track and Field Feb. 8 Valentine Invite Alll Day
Tomorrow Armory Collegiate All Day
Men’s Swimming & Diving AP
Feb. 2 Dartmouth 1 p.m.
Feb. 9 Colgate 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Feb. 2 Dartmouth 1 p.m.
Feb. 9 Colgate 1 p.m.
Softball Feb. 15 FIU Tournament 11 a.m.
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NFL referee Jerome Boger signals during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints in Tampa, Fla. Boger will be the referee Sunday in his first NFL title game.
It wasn’t long ago when Tyvon Branch anchored the defense for UConn football and made a name for himself in the Big East. Since then, Branch has found himself a stable home in the Bay area, playing safety for the Oakland Raiders. Branch grew up in Cicero, N.Y. and attended the local Cicero-North Syracuse High School where he excelled in both football and track. His outstanding athletic prowess had earned him numerous accolades in both sports, and eventually landed him football scholarships from Syracuse, New Hampshire and his eventual commitment, Connecticut. In his first season with the Huskies in 2004, Branch spent most of his playing time on the special team and finished with 20 tackles (12 solos), with 20 yards per return on 10 kickoffs. Prior the 2005 campaign, Branch was caught up in some legal troubles. He was one of five UConn football players arrested and charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, after an incident in which the driverside window of a vehicle was shot out by a pellet gun in Willimantic. All five players were released on bail bonds shortly after, and went on to served brief suspensions by then-head coach Randy Edsall. Nevertheless, Branch didn’t let the incident affect his on-field performances. Midway through the 2005 season, Branch was tabbed as the starting right cornerback for the Huskies and went on to collect 42 tackles (21 solos), four pass deflections and two interceptions. From that point on, Branch established himself as one of the premier pass defenders in the Big East. In 2007, he led the Big East in kick returns with 28.9 yards per return and became the first player in school history to return two kickoffs for a touchdown in the same season. Branch would finish up his career with the Huskies with 224 tackles (133 solos), 18 pass deflections with three interceptions and forced fumbles before declaring for the 2008 NFL draft, where he was selected as the first pick in the fourth round (100th overall) by the Oakland Raiders. In his five seasons with the Raiders thus far, Branch has started 62 out of the 70 games he played, registering 441 total tackles, six sacks, 19 pass deflections, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. The Raiders have since placed a franchise tag on Branch in early 2012 before signing him to a four-year contract for $26.6 million.
Lillard making case for NBA Rookie of the Year By Eddie Leonard NBA Western Conference Columnist If I asked you to name a rookie in the NBA, what would be the first name to pop into your head? I can almost guarantee the name would be Anthony Davis. He was the most dominant player on the best team in college basketball last year, the Kentucky Wildcats, and was the first pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He even won a gold medal in the Olympics this past summer while learning from the best players in the world. Most people would think Davis would be the sure pick for the Rookie of the Year. I just am not that sure. The player I am thinking of is a different kind of Wildcat. He was a Weber State Wildcat who was the sixth pick in the NBA draft selected by the Portland Trailblazers. I know what you are about to say: “Oh yeah, Portland, they really know how to pick players in the draft. They had a lot of great picks like Sam Bowie and Greg Oden. I am sure this guy is awesome.” Okay, you are right, in that Portland has had multiple busts in the NBA Draft. But this rookie is far
from a bust. The rookie is Damian Lillard, a 6’3” point guard with tremendous talent and play making ability. Lillard is one of the most talented young players in the game and at the same time one of the most underrated players in the game. Let’s be honest, unless you are an immediate superstar like LeBron James, you are not going to get the publicity you deserve on a small market team. If you don’t get the primetime games it takes much longer to make your name known, but that is not a problem for Lillard because he lets his game do the talking for him. The Portland star averages 18.1 points, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds. He leads all rookies in scoring and averages two more buckets a game than the second leading rookie scorer. On top of this, he leads all rookies in assists per game as well. He has the highest fantasy rating of any rookie and he shoots 84 percent from the charity stripe. Now you are probably thinking to yourself, stats can be deceiving. These stats are not deceptive because Lillard backs them up with big time games and clutch performances.
Lillard proved he had ice in his veins when he buried a cold-blooded three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the New Orleans Hornets. He is a rookie that does not shy away from the big shots. He can’t shy away anyway, because the plays at the end of the game are run for him because Coach Terry Stotts knows he is the future of the franchise. Lillard has defined himself in many other games besides the buzzer beaters. For example, he dropped a staggering 29 points to beat Tim Duncan’s top ranked Spurs 98-90. He also nailed multiple nail biting shots down stretch in the final minute to seal a home game win over the Rockets. Damien also had a career high game of 37 points in a tough loss in Oakland against the Warriors. Lillard faces double teams occasionally but he handles it like a pro. He dishes the rock to open teammates, like two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge who can bury any shot if you leave him open. This really makes the opponents pay for their decision to double-team. Lillard is Portland’s next hope for a superstar after the tragic career ending injury
of Brandon Roy. In a couple of years Lillard will be among the top point guards in the NBA, alongside another young player, Kyrie Irving. Lillard has a lot of weapons around him with Aldridge, Batum, Mathews, Leonard and Hickson, who will enhance his individual skills and their team development. The Rose Garden is always a tough place to get a win on the road since the crowd is so energetic. The only problem is that the Blazers struggle on the road. Lillard’s new presence in the lineup will help the Trailblazers become a better road team, which is the first step in becoming a better all around team and a championship contender. Lillard deserves to win the Rookie of the Year award. He is playing at a top-notch level and he has quickly earned the respect of his locker room at such a young age. There are a lot of great players in this year’s rookie class but no other player stands out with the skill, leadership, stats and hard work that Damien Lillard has shown this NBA season.
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Order on the court
Napier, Huskies take on Providence at 7 p.m. By TJ Souhlaris Staff Writer
Andrew Callahan It is a wonderful thing. An exhilarating event. A happening unlike anything else in sports. But it needs to stop. Storming the court has got to slow down before we all whip ourselves into a sport-wide hurricane. The rush of charging onto the floor and forming makeshift mosh pits after the final buzzer is awesome. But right now, it has become more watered down more than any beverage boasting “Zero calories.” Don’t believe me? As of this past weekend, there were eight courts stormed over a span of the last two weeks. Were all of these actually once-in-a-lifetime upsets worthy of special celebration? No. Now, this is generally the time of year when elder experts and analysts typically start to clamor about we young folks rushing the court after every horn, honk and hoot. Conference play lends itself to upsets and extra excitement, so naturally more courts become crowded and as a result, more complaints are made. Fire off a quick Google search, and you’ll see. But to me, this season’s been different and has in fact proven the depreciated standards we fans hold for games that are appropriate to storm. So, I think it’s time for some guidelines. Now, this idea of course is flawed in and of itself, as predetermined rules for an act that’s spontaneous and against the rules is silly. I’m also sure you ‘ll soon imagine exceptions to these rules, times when rushing the court seems perfectly OK (for example, the crowd who rushed the floor after the New Jersey Institute of Technology broke its 51-game losing streak a few years back. If anyone had tried to stop them, they should’ve gone to sports Hell). But hear me out, because there’s no denying the increased frequency of storming has diminished how special it is and that shouldn’t be. 1.) No rushing the court if you’ve won a national championship in the last three years. Think about this - your school reached the absolute pinnacle of college basketball in very recent memory. Now you’re going to celebrate a regular season win accomplished by a team that still has players from that incredible championship run? And you’re going to do it in the same exact way you did after the title? Ya, I don’t think so.
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After snapping a two-game Big East losing streak with a double-digit home victory against Rutgers on Sunday, the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team will be looking to continue its winning ways and defeat a New England rival, as they travel to Rhode Island to take on the Providence Friars on Thursday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 7 p.m. UConn (13-5 overall, 3-3 in the Big East) was 13-5, 3-3 able to defeat Rutgers 66-54 by making 10 of their final 17 shots of the game. UConn’s leading scorer on the season, junior guard Shabazz Napier, dropped 19 points in the victory for the Huskies. 10-10, 2-6 Providence (10-10, Tonight, 7 PM 2-6) is riding a two-game losing streak after fallDunkin’ Donuts ing 81-71 in the team’s Center most recent contest, an away game against No. 25 Marquette. Although the Friars haven’t exemplified Big East dominance this season, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie praised Providence’s talent and its ability to win games at home. “They’re always tough in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center,” Ollie said after practice on Wednesday.
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Junior guard Shabazz Napier dribbles in transition last Sunday against Rutgers at the XL Center. UConn won 66-54 over the Scarlet Knights.
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Freshman Biedscheid leads Notre Dame past Villanova at home SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame shut Villanova down from 3-point range, and then the Fighting Irish beat the Wildcats by making their own long-range shots. The Irish held Villanova to 3-of-11 shooting from 3-point range, while the Irish were 9 of 21. Freshman Cameron Biedscheid scored a season-high 18 points, including going 5 of 7 from 3-point range, to lead Notre Dame to the 65-60 victory Wednesday night. The plan by the Irish (17-4, 5-3 Big East) to focus on shutting down the Wildcats from outside worked. “It was a matter of our big guys helping our guards over the top,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “We got into enough of an offensive rhythm to get some separation.” Villanova coach Jay Wright said the Wildcats (13-8, 4-4)
were hurt by their inability to 16 rebounds for the Irish. score inside. Brey said Biedscheid apolo“It’s a chess match. They let gized to him after going 0 of 8 us go to Daniel Ochefu inside; from the field, including 0 of 5 they just let him go. We have to from 3-point range, in a 16-point make a decision. Do we go to loss at home to Georgetown last him and let him try to score, or week. Brey told Biedscheid to not? If he had started scoring, keep shooting if he had a good they would have adjusted. But he shot. had trouble scoring “I just told him, inside.” don’t worry about Ochefu was 2 of it. Just keep tak8 shooting for five Notre Dame good shots. As 65 ing points. long as you keep 60 taking good shots, Brey said the Villanova Irish decided to we’re going to be focus on shutting down the all right,” he said. Wildcats outside after Villanova Biedscheid scored in double used 3-point shooting to beat figures in a Big East game for Louisville and Syracuse in the first time to spark the Irish, back-to-back games last week. who had lost two of three at Villanova had no answer when home. He scored six straight on Biedscheid started hitting his own early in the second half 3-pointers. to give the Irish a 35-34 lead. “Once he gets going, it’s Biedscheid was fouled by Ryan almost ruthless,” said Jack Arcidiacono on a 3-point attempt Cooley, who added 17 points and and made all three free throws.
He added a 3-pointer on Notre Dame’s next possession. Moments later, after Villanova opened a three-point lead on a three-point play by Pinkston, Cooley answered with a slam dunk and Biedscheid hit a 3 from the corner to give the Irish a 41-39 lead. The dunk by Cooley ended the streak of nearly 13 minutes without a 2-point basket by the Irish. “Well, you better be playing defense if that happens,” Brey said. Later, JayVaughn Pinkston hit a jumper as the shot clock expired to cut Notre Dame’s lead to 44-43. When Ryan Arcidiacono answered with a 3, Biedscheid responded with another trey to make it 50-46. The Irish also got some help from little-used Zach Auguste, who hit back-toback baskets inside to give Notre Dame a 54-48 lead. A three-point play by
Mouphtaou Yarou, who led Villanova with 20 points, cut the lead to 54-51. But the Irish quickly answered with a 15-foot jumper by Tom Knight, who scored 10, and a 3-pointer by Jerian Grant to open a 59-51 lead. Villanova never got closer than three points down again. “We’ve got to rotate better and take away the 3-point shot,” Yarou said. Biedscheid said he never lost confidence in his shot. “One bad game doesn’t make you a bad player, and one good game doesn’t make you a great player,” he said. Darrun Hilliard added 14 points for Villanova and Pinkston had 11. Wright said he was pleased with his team’s effort, but he added that winning two tough games at home and then losing to Notre Dame shows the Wildcats are an average team.
What is the better storyline of Super Bowl week?
Ray Lewis’ retirement By Scott Bernier Campus Correspondent
Ray Lewis has had anything but a boring career. With his checkered past and swirling rumors of recent PED use, everyone is curious as to what will happen in Ray’s final act on football’s biggest stage. Lewis has the chance to be a part of both of Baltimore’s potential two Super Bowl titles, a team he has played for his entire 17-year career. He’s among the most respected players in the league and his retirement announcement has rejuvenated a now-dangerous Ravens team. Either way a Harbaugh wins. Does it matter which one it is? Will you be following Ray Lewis...
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT Scott: Even though the Harbaugh brothers will meet for an epic encounter in sibling rivalry history on Super Bowl Sunday, an even more intriguing and unforeseeable storyline has also dominated sports media airwaves long before this matchup was conceived, and that is of the legendary Ray Lewis’ imminent retirement after this season. Ray Lewis is known as the stalwart of the Baltimore Ravens’ defense; a 240 lb. behemoth in his 17th season with the team as well as the last remaining member of Baltimore’s only other Super Bowl winning team following the 2000 season. Anokh: Okay, but Ray Lewis isn’t even the best player on the Baltimore Ravens defense. They played a good portion of the year without him and did just fine. Guys like Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs have had larger impacts on their team actually get-
ting to the Super Bowl. Hell, Lewis is less valuable this year than guys on the other end of the ball – Joe Flacco, who has given Baltimore something they’ve thirsted for nearly all of last decade: a quarterback they can trust to ride with for a Super Bowl appearance. Torrey Smith has had a really good year too, highlighted by his destruction of Champ Bailey in the playoffs. Ray Lewis isn’t even the best Ray on his team – what about Ray Rice? I understand it’s Lewis’ last year and everything, but he is certainly not anything close to a stalwart right now and has nowhere of the amount of impact a head coach has. Give me a break. I know everyone’s sick of hearing about the Super Baugh, Harbowl and all the other Haurible (sorry, I had to) puns, but it’s important to look at two relatively new
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By Anokh Palakurthi Campus Correspondent
Ray Lewis’ time is up. He has already won a ring and everyone knows his story. It’s nothing new and he’s not even relevant enough of a player to warrant the discussion. But never in NFL history have there ever been two brothers coaching against each other in the Super Bowl. This story has everything you want: family, jealousy, rivalry, and brotherly love. By the sheer uniqueness of it, the brothers have a better story. It’s all about Jim and John Harbaugh in Super Bowl XLVII.
...or Jim Harbaugh and brother John?
The Jan. 31 edition of The Daily Campus