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Pasqualoni out Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Following an 0-4 start, UConn fires head coach By Tim Fontenault Sports Editor
UConn announced on Monday that Paul Pasqualoni, the all-time winningest coach in Big East football history, has been fired following an 0-4 start to the 2013 season. Offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach T.J. Weist, who was hired from Cincinnati during the offseason, will serve as the interim head coach for the rest of the 2013 season. “The timing of change is never perfect, but change is necessary,” Manuel said. “I want to thank Paul for his hard work and dedication to UConn.” In 28 games, spanning two-and-one-third seasons, Pasqualoni, who won 117 games with Syracuse and UConn in the Big East, compiled a record of 10-18. The Huskies finished each of his first two seasons with a 5-7 record, but are winless through four games for the first time since 1991. “This was not a result of a lack of effort,” Manuel said. “I’m changing now because we have to have different leadership to get different results.” Pasqualoni was not the only coach fired on Monday. UConn also announced that assistant head coach and offensive line coach George DeLeone, whom Weist replaced as offensive coordinator, was relieved of his duties. DeLeone will be replaced by tight ends coach Mike Foley, who worked with the offensive line for six years before being
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Paul Pasqualoni looks on as UConn takes on Towson at the season kickoff game on August 29. After suffering four losses and no wins so far this season, Pasqualoni was fired and will be replaced by offensive coordinator T.J. Weist for the remainder of the season.
moved to tight ends last year. Manuel said that on Sunday, following the Huskies’ 41-12 loss to Buffalo on Saturday, he called UConn President Susan Herbst to tell her he needed time to think about the coaching situation. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, he told Herbst that it was time for a change.
At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Manuel met with Pasqualoni to inform him that he would no longer coach the Huskies. According to Manuel, the decision was not a reaction to losing to Buffalo, but that it was the result of “observations for the last 18 months.” “It’s not a decision I take
Americans anxious as government shuts down NEW YORK (AP) — A bitter budget fight has led to a U.S. government shutdown, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and shutting down federal services all over the country. A midnight deadline to avert a shutdown passed amid Congressional bickering. That could impact Americans’ ability to get government services ranging from federally-backed home loans to supplemental food assistance for children and pregnant women. For many Americans who are civilian employees of the federal government, it means no more paychecks as they’re forced onto unpaid furloughs. For those still working, it means delays in getting paid. Some workers are allowed to work a few hours Tuesday to change voicemail messag-
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to his office after a procedural vote on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington on Monday. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs
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lightly,” Manuel said. “It’s not a decision I want to stand here and make after four weeks.” Weist, a 1988 graduate of Alabama, where he played wide receiver, coached at Alabama, Michigan, Southern Illinois, Tulsa, Indiana, Western Kentucky and Cincinnati before joining UConn ahead
of the 2013 season, serving at wide receivers coach at each stop. In eight years at Western Kentucky, he also coached the running backs, was the offensive coordinator for four seasons and was an assistant head coach for three seasons. Manuel said that Weist’s passion for the game and his desire to win were critical factors in his decision to name the firstyear offensive coordinator the interim coach. Being named the interim coach does not guarantee Weist the permanent position. Manuel said that no coaches on other staffs across the country will be contacted until after the season, and that if Weist wants to be named the head coach, his job is simple. “If he wants any shot at this job, he has to win,” Manuel said. Weist said that he is ready to be the head coach and thinks that he can be successful. He is eager to win the job permanently, and he knows what it will take to show Manuel that he can handle it. “Right now, this is my job,” Weist said. “What happens in December is up to Warde… When he said the bottom line is to win, that’s all there is to it.” Weist, who runs a high-tempo, no-huddle offense, said that there would be changes made on the offense and that UConn will be a multiple formation team. He also did not rule out the possibility of playing freshman quarterback Tim Boyle. Weist will sit down with his coaching staff this week and evaluate what he thinks need to change before UConn plays again on Oct. 12. “Right now our focus is on our team,” Weist said. “For the next two weeks, our focus is to beat South Florida.”
Former UConn hoops star convicted of fraud TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former NBA player best known for his 1990 tournament buzzer-beater for the University of Connecticut was convicted Monday of four counts of federal wire fraud in a Ponzi scheme that netted him $2 milliona. Authorities said Tate George carried out a profitable scheme that lined his pockets from 2005 to early 2011, even though his purported real estate development firm — The George Group — had virtually no income-generating operation. Prosecutors say he used money from new investors to pay previous investors or for home improvements and personal expenses, including his daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday party. George also gave money to family members and friends and spent nearly $3,000 to promote a Tate George “reality show” that is still available on YouTube. A federal jury in Trenton, N.J., returned the verdict after a three-week trial. Prosecutors
say George’s bail was immediately revoked, and his sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 16. “The defendant has an incentive to run,” Joseph Shumofsky, the lead federal prosecutor, told the judge. “If your honor lets him walk out of the courthouse today, there is more than a good chance that we will never see him again.” Each count of wire fraud carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. George spent four seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. He’s best known for catching a full-court pass and sinking a jumper at the buzzer to give UConn a victory in a 1990 NCAA regional semifinal against Clemson. During the trial, prosecutors said George held himself out as the CEO of The George Group and claimed to have more than $500 million in assets under management.
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What’s going on at UConn today... ‘Old Masters to Revolutionaries’ 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Benton Museum From Old Masters to Revolutionaries: Five Centuries of the Benton’s Best is an ongoing installation that presents a changing selection of exceptional works from the museum’s permanent collection. Galery
US-China Relations Lecture 4 to 6 p.m. Library, Class of 1947 Room A talk by UConn graduate Ambassador Paul Speltz will focus on geopolitical and financial relations between the U.S. and China. A panel discussion will follow the lecture.
Acing the Interview 5 to 6 p.m. Laurel Hall, 302 Career services presents an informational session that will walk students through what should be done before, during, and after an interview.
Summer in Copenhagen 5 to 6 p.m. Art Building, 213 An informational session presented by Study Abroad about an opportunity to spend the summer abroad in Denmark.
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Woman who set deadly Conn. fire being moved
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A mentally ill woman who set a fire that killed 16 fellow patients at a Hartford nursing home in 2003 will be transferred to a Rhode Island facility that can better treat her multiple sclerosis, under an order approved Monday by a Connecticut judge. Hartford Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered Leslie Andino, 33, moved from Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown to the Berkshire Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Providence. “Connecticut Valley Hospital doesn’t have the skilled nursing ... to treat someone in her condition, said Andino’s public defender, John Stawicki, who said Andino can no longer walk and needs around-the-clock care.
Conn. use of car’s ignition device triples in year
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Use of ignition interlock devices by motorists convicted of drunken driving has tripled since shortly before a state law took effect in 2012 requiring first-time DUI offenders to have the device installed if they want to drive. The Day of New London reports that 2,698 people in the state currently use such a device in their cars. The device is wired to the car’s ignition and requires a breath sample before the car will start. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is pushing for the device for all convicted drunken drivers and intends to reintroduce state legislation at the 2014 General Assembly. “Some drivers can’t or won’t change their behavior. It’s the only technology available to us right now that can keep a drunk driver off the road,” said Janice Heggie Margolis, executive director of MADD Connecticut. There were 3,773 convictions for DUI in 2012. That does not include first-time offenders who essentially get their cases dismissed after completing the pre-trial alcohol education program. The increase in vehicles with the device installed has led to a spike in violations. Some motorists have committed to an extended use of the device because many violations carry a penalty of a 30-day extension.
Hartford official hurt in hit-and-run crash
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University announced a $250 million gift from a 1954 graduate Monday, saying it’s the largest in its history and will help pay for the Ivy League school’s largest expansion in decades, including an increase in enrollment. Yale President Peter Salovey announced the gift commitment from Charles B. Johnson, who retired last year as chairman of the board of Franklin Resources, parent company of Franklin Templeton Investments. Salovey said the gift brings Yale within $80 million of the $500 million needed to build two new residential colleges. “This is an extraordinary commitment from one of Yale’s most loyal alumni,” Salovey said. “It builds on Charlie’s long history of generosity to Yale. This latest gift, in support of the expansion of Yale College, is truly magnificent, and I am deeply grateful.” The two new colleges are the largest expansion at the exclusive New Haven university since it began admitting women in 1969 and will allow the school to admit about 15 percent more students each year. Yale admits only a small fraction of applicants; the 1,360 members of the class of 2017 were chosen from a record applicant pool of 29,610. The expansion will bring total undergraduate enrollment to more than 6,000, up from about 5,300.
Sandy Hook bell stolen hours after NY park
ISLAND PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a bell dedicated to those who died in Connecticut’s Sandy Hook school massacre has vanished just hours after it was placed at a newly built playground. Nassau County police say the 8-inch by 8-inch brass bell was discovered missing around 1 p.m. Sunday from the playground in Island Park. It was last seen around 9 p.m. Saturday. That’s the day community completed a two-day effort to construct the playground. It is one of 26 dedicated to the 20 children and six educators killed in the December 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn. The playgrounds are being built throughout the region in tribute. Detectives ask anyone with information to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.
56 arrested in raids in Middlesex County, Conn.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Fifty-six people have been arrested in Middlesex County, Conn., in raids involving local, state and federal investigators. Authorities say a total of 85 law enforcement officers took part in the operation that began before dawn on Monday. It was led by Peter McShane, the state’s attorney for the Middlesex Judicial District, and Joseph Faughnan (FOR’nan), the U.S. marshal for Connecticut. Investigators said they were seeking the region’s most wanted people on a range of charges.
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Sept. 21 A man, 29, of Bent Mountain, Va. was arrested at 615 Silver Lane and charged with breach of peace in the second degree. Police responded to an altercation during the football game at Rentschler Field, and witnesses stated that the man punched another male after a verbal argument escalated. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Oct. 1. Sept. 24 A man, 20, of Middlebury, was arrested at Hunting Lodge Road and charged with failure to display two headlights, failure to display proper signal, and operation while under the influence. Police stopped a vehicle operated by the man after he failed to use a turn signal when turning from North Eagleville onto Hunting Lodge Road.
ket is coming back for engineering,” and fresh graduates are in demand. “Participation,” as the UConn School of Engineering website shows, is “limited to 60 companies at each fair.” So with full participation, the industrial fairgoer will have little difficulty in finding companies eager to meet young and talented interns. The true benefits that come out of these events will be seen in the world of engineering in the years to come. The old adage that “it’s who you know, not what you know” still holds true in most career paths today, and there are plenty of lucrative connections to be made by Engineering majors on Oct. 2 and Oct. 24, that will come to pay off handsomely in the end. Those students looking for connections in or informa-
tion about various engineering companies will not want to miss this opportunity to expand their horizons. Brian McClanahan, a 1stsemester graduate studying computer science and engineering, said he’d be very interested in seeing government representation at the fairs. He has “always been planning to go to Homeland Security or the CIA” when he graduates, and the government agencies’ presence (or absence) at the fairs could play a key role in his future. Otherwise, he’ll search for companies who need “data mining” experts, those engineers of the future who will be able to sort through massive data storehouses to move information forward.
Drug violations and arrests are on the rise at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus, increasing by more than 60 percent over the past three years, according to the university’s annual security and fire safety report. The report, released by UConn’s Police Department, was sent to all UConn students on Monday as required by federal law. It included details of all institutional policies and criminal statistics on and around UConn’s campuses over the last three years. The report showed significant increases in both arrests and referrals from drug offenders from 2010 to 2012. In the threeyear time span, there was a 35.5 percent increase in drug violation arrests, rising from 152 to 206. The number of drug violation referrals more than doubled, rising from 86 in 2010 to 177 in 2012. Tyler Williams, chief financial officer of UConn’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy, said the increase in arrests and referrals just proves “better solutions” are needed to address drug problems. “More young people are being arrested by police officers, which is costing the school money, it’s costing people money,” Williams said. “We’re throwing people into a legal system who potentially have health problems.” Additionally, Williams also noted that the passage of Connecticut’s marijuana decriminalization bill in 2011 coincides with the increase in arrests at UConn, which he said went against the state’s overall trend toward significantly fewer arrests. However, the report had several pieces of good news for UConn students. After an increase in the number of burglaries at the Storrs campus in 2011, the number of reported incidents fell from 54 to 39 in 2012, a 27.8 percent decrease. The report also showed a decline in alcohol-related arrests from 2010 to 2012, which dropped from 50 reported arrests to 20, a 60 percent decrease. Alcohol-related referrals also declined slightly, falling from 576 to 554. Data from UConn’s branch campuses was also included in the report, showing minimal crime at all seven of UConn’s other locations. UConn’s Avery Point, Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury campuses all reported no crimes on campus in 2012. The UConn Police Department could not be reached for comment at this time.
keting officer for the exchange, said many in lower-income ranges don’t own computers but instead go online through smartphones, which aren’t considered ideal for browsing the website and filling out applications. As open enrollment in the marketplace begins Tuesday, a team of outreach workers going out into the community will bring laptops to help tech-challenged enrollees apply for cov-
erage. Officials estimate that the workers — known as navigators and assisters — speak more than 30 different languages. “If we’re going to go ahead and push folks to really use the online application, then we need to make sure they have access to those machines,” Madrak said. To make the technology more available, the marketplace, known as Access Health CT, is planning to open storefront
locations in New Britain, New Haven and eventually other locations where consumers can use computers and receive expert guidance. The marketplace, also called an exchange, is also planning a large number of mobile enrollment events, where mini enrollment centers will be set up in communities along with three or four outreach workers and a bunch of laptops.
Police also noticed one of the vehicle’s headlights was not working. After a brief investigation, the man was suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and subsequently failed a series of field sobriety tests. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Oct. 7. Sept. 25 A woman, 20, of Storrs, was arrested at the UConn Co-op and charged with larceny in the sixth degree. Police were dispatched to the scene on a report of shoplifting and the woman was arrested for the theft of a $179.80 textbook. Her bond was set at $500 and her court date is Oct. 8. Sept. 28 A man, 19, of New Haven, was arrested at Hillside Road and charged with failure to drive right and operation while
under the influence. Police stopped the man’s vehicle for failure to drive right and suspected the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The man failed a series of field sobriety tests. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Oct. 7. Sept. 28 A man, 18, of Glastonbury, was arrested at a service road at North Campus and charged with illegally crowded front seat and operation while under the influence. Police observed a vehicle operated by the man occupied by seven individuals and stopped the vehicle on “A” Project Service Road. The man was suspected of being under the influence and subsequently failed a series of field sobriety tests administered to him. His bond was set at $500 and his court date is Oct. 7.
Engineers to host career fair
By David Wiegand Campus Correspondent
The School of Engineering will be hosting two career fairs, held in the Rome Commons Ballroom on Oct. 2 and Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the benefit of the engineering community. Fairs of this kind connect students and businesses in often fruitful relationships. These fairs will place an emphasis on undergraduates “seeking internships and co-op opportunities,” though the scope of the event is not limited to these options. The website gives ample information to companies interested in snagging a spot at the fair. There is allotted space for up to four assistants to greet the students and introduce them to their respective companies. Though the deadline for registration for the first fair has past, companies can register for a space at the second fair with a fee of $295 no later than Oct. 3. Brian Schwarz, the director of advising in the School of Engineering, is looking forward to the fairs and seeks to help his students with more than “finding a job.” For Schwarz, the fairs will allow students to “explore candidates” and “see what opportunities are waiting.” He recommended that even the freshmen engineering students attend this fair to get a sense of the realities of the future. Students have little to fear, said Schwarz, as “right now the mar-
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Joanna Morgan, a biomedical engineering student, talks to Dan Diaz of Quest Global Services at the Engineering career fair last year. This year’s career fair will take place on Oct. 2 and Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rome Commons Ballroom.
Conn. health marketplace addresses tech literacy HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace is urging consumers to compare plans and sign up online, but the request to file on the Internet poses challenges for some, even in one of the nation’s wealthiest states. A survey of 596 residents conducted for the marketplace this year found that 6 percent had no access to the Internet. And Jason Madrak, chief mar-
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US-raised immigrants try to return across border
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Nearly three dozen migrants marched across the U.S.Mexico border without papers Monday, the latest group of a younger generation brought to the U.S. illegally as children that seeks to confront head-on immigration policies they consider unjust. Wearing a colorful array of graduation-style caps and gowns, 34 young people who spent long stretches of their childhoods in U.S. cities like Phoenix and Boston chanted “undocumented and unafraid” as they crossed the Rio Grande into Texas. Customs officials separated them from regular pedestrian traffic and the rest of their entourage before beginning lengthy interviews. The risks borne by their parents’ generation involved dangerous journeys through darkness across desert and river. The teenagers and 20-somethings who crossed Monday face what could be weeks in detention and possible deportation as part of what could be a growing form of public protest. They follow the “Dream Nine,” a smaller group that attempted to enter the U.S. at Nogales, Arizona, in July. They requested asylum and were released after about two weeks
in detention to await their turn before a judge. Monday’s contingent expected something similar. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, whose officers determine who is admitted at the border, said privacy laws prohibited it from discussing any individual cases. At the heart of both groups’ protest was a change to U.S. immigration regulations made in June 2012 giving something called deferred action to immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. Those who were in the U.S. at that time and met a list of criteria they could apply for a renewable two-year deferment and work authorization. But the young people crossing Monday had left the U.S., either voluntarily or through deportation, months, weeks or even just days before the deferred action announcement, commonly known as DACA. “We look at this action today and the Dream Nine as a type of extension of DACA,” said David Bennion, an immigration lawyer travelling with the group. “What we would like to see is the people who left, like these 30 who otherwise would have qualified for DACA, to have that be taken into consid-
eration.” There were several minors in Monday’s group, including 17-year-old Luis Enrique Rivera Lopez. He came to the border from Guasabe in Sinaloa, a Mexican state that he had known only by its reputation for drugs and violence before going there from Los Angeles early last year. “I wanted to have a sense of my roots,” Rivera said of his decision to return to Mexico, where he hadn’t been since he was one year old. “I wanted to know where I was from.” He considered studying to become a chef specializing in the seafood dishes of Sinaloa, but was forced to start high school over
SANTA MONICA, Calif. Investigators called in two (AP) — No problems were cranes to lift the wrecked reported before a private jet building off the plane before crashed into a hangar and burst they tried to retrieve remains into flames while landing at and the cockpit voice recorder, a Southern California airport, McKenny said. a federal investigator said The twin-engine jet took off Monday. from Hailey, Idaho, and landThe pilot of the Cessna 525A ed at Santa Monica Municipal did not report any mechani- Airport at about 6:20 p.m. cal trouble with the aircraft Sunday. during its “There was Sunday flight no communifrom Idaho to cation with the Santa Monica, pilot indictVan McKenny, ing there’s a lead invesproblem with tigator with the aircraft at the National any time durTransportation ing the flight,” Safety Board, McKenny said at a news said. conference. After touchM a r k ing down, “he Benjamin, Van McKenney veered off the CEO of Morley right side of NTSB Investigator the runway Construction, and his and then as son, Luke he continued Benjamin, were believed to down, the turn got sharper and be aboard the aircraft, Vice sharper,” McKenny said. President Charles Muttillo told The plane crashed into a The Associated Press. Luke row of five connected hangars Benjamin was a senior project about 400 feet from the end of manager at the Santa Monica- the 5,000-foot runway, where based company. it caught fire. It was not known if anyone One hangar collapsed, its else was aboard. The plane was steel trusses crossing over the designed to hold eight passen- plane and the sheet metal shell gers and two crew members. wrapping around it, McKenny While the hangar had yet to said. Two other hangars be examined because the struc- received minor damage. ture collapsed, it appeared Fire crews responded quicknobody on the ground was ly because their station was hurt. almost directly behind the
accident site. Still, “this was an unsurvivable crash,” Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. John Nevandro said Sunday night. After hearing a loud boom, several neighbors ran toward the airport and saw the flames and smoke. Witness Charles Thomson told KABC-TV that the plane appeared to make a “perfectly normal landing” before veering off course. Santa Monica Airport’s single runway sits amid residential neighborhoods of this city of more than 90,000 on the Pacific Ocean. The city and nearby residents have expressed concerns that certain types of jets with fast landing speeds could overshoot the runway and crash into homes. The NTSB has issued reports on 40 prior accidents at the airport since the beginning of 1982, according to agency data. In those accidents, 16 people died and 20 were injured. The jet was registered to a Malibu, Calif., address and its corporate owner, Creative Real Estate Exchange, is based in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, according to FAA public records. The plane had no record of accidents or incidents, the FAA said. According to the website flightaware.com, the plane made 12 flights in September, mostly within Idaho and between Idaho and Southern
Wearing graduation-style caps and gowns, Mexican youth raised in the U.S chant slogans outside a migrant shelter before crossing the international bridge from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on Monday.
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again in Mexico. The experience was rewarding in some ways. He got to know both sets of grandparents. But after 19 months away he missed his parents and three siblings who remained in Los Angeles. He also found he didn’t fit in after having grown up in Los Angeles. “When I got to Sinaloa I didn’t dress like anyone. My haircut was different. My style of walking was different. My Spanish was like way off,” he said. David Leopold, an immigration lawyer and past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the tactic concerned him.
“The focus now should be on getting the House of Representatives to do its job and fix the immigration system,” Leopold said. “I don’t know that these actions move that issue forward.” The group underwent detailed planning for the crossing. The participants arrived at a migrant shelter in Nuevo Laredo several days early. A series of meetings trained them on how to conduct themselves. What they wore, the order they walked in and what they carried was all determined. Lorena Marisol Vargas, 19, left her home in Tucson, Arizona, in April 2012, less than two months before the deferred action announcement. She had travelled to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas, to interview in the hope of getting a visa to be in the U.S. But the visa was denied and she was not permitted to return. Vargas’ mother, a naturalized U.S. citizen, had to return to the United States without her. The teenager who had lived in the U.S. since she was 6 went to Uruapan in Michoacan state to live with relatives she hardly knew. “To me, my home is Tucson, Arizona. I was raised there,” Vargas said.
TOP: Investigators stand near a hanger at the site of a plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif. on Monday. BOTTOM: Investigators stand near a hanger at the site of a plane crash. Investigators awaited the arrival of a crane Monday at a Southern California airport where a private jet crashed into a hangar after landing, but they did not expect to find any survivors on the flight from Idaho, officials said.
California. Mark Benjamin spent time in the Sun Valley area of Idaho since his youth and served on the board of directors of the Idaho Conservation League, according to the executive director of the organization, Rick Johnson. He described
Benjamin as “an extraordinary, thoughtful businessperson who brought a lot of passion and energy to our organization.” Johnson said that Benjamin typically piloted a plane between the two states, though he did not know who was the pilot on Sunday’s flight.
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He pitched prospective investors, including several former pro athletes, to invest with the firm and told them their money would be used to fund the purchase and development of real estate projects, including some in Connecticut and New Jersey. George told some prospective investors that their funds would be held in an attorney trust account, prosecutors said, and he personally guaranteed the return of their investments, with interest.
Syria refugee crisis hurting region’s economy
BERLIN (AP) — The exodus of Syrians from their country threatens economic development throughout the Middle East because neighboring nations cannot cope with the influx of refugees, a top U.N. official said Monday. A U.S. diplomat, meanwhile, called for an action plan to deal with the extraordinary refugee crisis. The conflict in the Arab state, which began as an uprising in March 2011 and has evolved into a civil war, has claimed more than 100,000 lives and driven another 7 million — around a third of Syria’s pre-war population — from their homes. At least 2.1 million Syrians have fled the country entirely, and many are now in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, which are straining to aid the newcomers. Helen Clark, the head of the U.N. development agency, told a gathering in Geneva, Switzerland, that aside from being a humanitarian crisis, the refugee influx also threatens the economies of the various states in the region — affecting trade, agriculture, tourism, employment and water use. By the end of the year, she said, nearly 25 percent of Lebanon’s population will consist of refugees. The figure has already reached 10 percent in Jordan. “Clearly the costs on host communities and countries cannot be borne by them alone,” Clark said. Also speaking at the U.N. in Geneva was U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who described the crisis as “the world’s largest mass displacement in over three decades.” “More people have been displaced from Syria than from genocide in Rwanda or ethnic cleansing in the Balkans,” he said, noting that half of those identified as refugees, meaning they’ve left Syrian soil, are children. Burns called for an action plan to address the challenges posed by the refugee crisis, and pushed for an increase in support to governments and communities hosting the displaced Syrians. He also called for an increase in humanitarian aid to ease the suffering inside the country, where rebels are trying to oust President Bashar Assad.
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Looming government shutdown reflects badly on Congressional leaders
t the time of writing, our nation is still in a situation where the members of Congress cannot come to an agreement over spending appropriations. Failure to do so would result in a government shutdown for the first time since Bill Clinton was in office. Regardless of whether a last-minute deal is reached or if we do end up shutting down the government, this whole debate has reflected poorly on our representatives. In the event of a shutdown, not all aspects of the government would be closed. There are plenty of government workers and functions that have been deemed as “essential” and will continue to receive pay and function as normal. However, there are also about 783,000 government employees that would stay home according to current contingency plans. Those furloughed would include national park workers, for example. Originally, pay would also have been cut for men and women serving in the military should the government shutdown. However, a bill ensuring payment for military members in the event of a shutdown unanimously passed the House and should pass the Senate as well. The government has shut down multiple times in the past so it certainly is not anything new. However, its effects will largely depend on the length of the shutdown. If it is only for a few days, the overall economic impact will be relatively minimal. If it lasts for three or four weeks, it could reduce GDP by 1.4 percentage points for the quarter according to economist Mark Zandi. Perhaps the larger issue is we have allowed ourselves to get to this point. A simple stop gap measure should be easy to pass through the legislative body; however there is a self-made impasse on the issue of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. As part of the deal proposed by Republican lawmakers, the health care law would be delayed a year and a tax on medical devices would be lifted. This proposal was promptly turned down by the Senate, as will any other one that involves changes to Obamacare according to Democrats. Each side has pointed fingers at the other, but there will be shared responsibility if the government shuts down. The level of uncertainty alone that has been created by this talk of a government shutdown is bad for our economy. And if we do shut down it will not just be a financial hit to thousands of workers but also a continuation of the notions of impenetrable gridlock and failure to compromise that has plagued Congress.
Diversity training for instructors is beneficial
ver a week ago, a graduate student studying history at the University of WisconsinMadison, Jason Morgan, made a big stink regarding the nature of the diversity training he was required to complete as a teaching assistant in the department. Calling it “suffocating political indoctrination,” Morgan has demanded that the training, or rather “intellectual tyranny,” be made optional for all TAs at the university immediately in an e-mail he sent to his advising professor that was also sent to various news outlets. His most specific complaints were regarding the alleged charge By Victoria Kallsen by the diversity program that Weekly Columnist he was a racist and the training covering “trans students,” which he described as completely unnecessary to his work in teaching Japanese history. As exciting as Morgan’s disregard for his students is, his letter was insulting. With all of this outrage over the diversity training program, I did my best to investigate the university’s diversity program. I looked online to see what handouts the Office for Equity and Diversity described for their Graduate Assistants’ Equity Workshop. Their website happily detailed their program with handouts. To begin, the e-mail Morgan wrote appears to make it seem as if race was the only matter discussed, which is silly because the website further describes topics such
as relationships between faculty and students, religious accommodations, sexual assault and sexual harassment among others. Secondly, I did not see listed the “Detour-Spotting: For White Anti-Racists” article which is the only handout Morgan mentioned. However, I took the time to read this article; I must say, and it must be the liberal in me, but I really valued some of the commentary in this article. Perhaps the term “re-education” is a bit too strong for Morgan, who so gleefully discusses the destruction of the Taira Clan during the Genpei War. One would have assumed that as a student of history, Morgan might have perceived that a country, in which race has been such a societal factor for centuries, might still have some difficulties in removing the institutional racism inherent in the system. That is what is meant by “white privilege,” my friend; that as a white person in society I have not dealt with the oppression faced by ethnic groups. I do not know Morgan’s race, but I can speak personally to my own “white privilege” and assure him it does exist. Perhaps he should re-read that article so he can see it not as an insult, but as a guide for how to better conduct himself as human beings with empathy toward the experiences of those with different ethnic backgrounds. While I can accept Morgan’s disagreements with the handling of the race aspect program to a certain extent, it is very disturbing to have him degrade the experiences of transgendered and transsexual so that his inclusion in the workshop would be to “play along with fantasies or accommodate public cross-dressing.” A statement like that is exactly why education on this topic is so important. In his email,
he quotes his handouts saying he will learn about “how to let students ‘choose their own pronouns’...[and] ‘important trans struggles, as well as those of the intersexed and other gender-variant communities,’ ...and a very helpful glossary of related terms and acronyms.” Following this, he inserted that he is “not making any of this up,” but whereas Mr. Morgan sees this syllabus as a joke, I see it as a Godsend. I heartily congratulate the University of Wisconsin for such an encompassing and proactive program. While described unsurprisingly by “The American Conservative” as an “American hero,” I assert he is really anything but. The aforementioned newspaper described him as theatening because he is “an independent thinker who will not keep his mouth shut,” but I don’t mind that. I welcome a healthy discussion on what diversity workshops should offer. What is appalling is the mind set that we don’t need them. This email and all that it derides are exactly why this is so important. While I’ll allow that perhaps Morgan has no interest for improvement in this area, the mandation of this training is because he is to be a teaching assistant. In such a position, dealing with students as their instructor, he will be actively dealing with students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. To strip away the importance of that doesn’t make you a hero, it makes you a coward unwilling to address these important social issues in favor of hiding away in a Japanese history textbook.
Weekly Columnist Victoria Kallsen is a 5th-semester mechanical engineering major. She can be reached at Victoria.Kallsen@UConn.edu and @Oh_Vicki
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n Sept. 12, the “Harry Potter” fans of the world meandered their way onto the Internet and found news of the impossible. Or at least that is how it seemed. That was the day that J.K. Rowling announced her new film series, which will be based in the world of her popular “Harry Potter” books and movies. The first By Melissa Collins movie in the series, Staff Columnist “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be set 70 years before the first book of “Harry Potter.” The response was deafening. Fans across the world called and messaged each other, confirming the news. The Internet exploded with fan art, theories and speculation about what the other movies in the series would be. But, despite an overwhelmingly positive response, some of the reactions were hesitant. A post on the Tumblr blog fandoms-confessions said, “I’m scared that ‘Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is going to be bad, considering we had 10 amazing years of film.” Other fans expressed similar thoughts, concerned that Rowling is losing sight of the integrity of the series in order to milk the franchise for more money. While few seem to outright object to the new material, there is a general sense of hesitancy, waiting and hoping that the movies are not gut-wrenchingly awful. This concern is made all the more real by the introduction of “Pottermore,” an online Harry Potter interactive experience which launched to the public April of last year, and which was perceived by many fans to be a let-down, if not an all-out failure. However, as a “Harry Potter” fan myself, while I can understand the nervousness, I tend to agree with the gung-ho excited portion of the fan base. Rowling has always exhibited a love of the “Harry Potter” series and a firm desire to maintain its values. She has always proven loyal to her fans, and has stayed connected with them
long after the release of the final movie. While there are certainly plenty of movies and books that have worn out their potential, “Harry Potter” is not one of them. The world of the books is one that is thriving with complexity. All subjects are filled out, from science and medicine to literature and history, all waiting eagerly to be further explored. Rowling cut no corners in the creation of the “Harry Potter” universe, and the work shows, enabling her to have seemingly endless options as far as what is available for expanding into more books or movies. Rowling’s decision to make another series of movies is not an example of her scrambling to keep a fandom alive, but is rather an indication that she is listening to a still-thriving fandom, giving them what they are requesting because, thanks to years of hard work creating her series, she is capable of doing so. Even if the movie is not quite up to the two-thumbsup, best-movie-of-the-year experience we are hoping for, that does not make it any less
important. When I walked out of the movie theater after seeing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” there was a sense of loss. Never again would I read or watch something from the “Harry Potter” universe and have it be brand new. Never again would I be amazed, enraptured, terrified, sitting on the edge of my seat and waiting for what was going to happen next. It was over. I could rewatch or reread, but it would never be quite the same. Or so I thought, as did the majority of other fans. Now, suddenly, that has become a possibility, and even if the quality does turn out a bit lower than we are hoping, it will still reveal for us a whole new section of the “Harry Potter” universe for our enjoyment. So put your reservations aside and relax. A breath of fresh air has hit the world of “Harry Potter,” and now all we need do is wait.
Staff Columnist Melissa Collins is a 5thsemester journalism major. She can be reached at Melissa.Collins@UConn.edu
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cate hi-hat patterns. For only three men, the band was able to make a great deal of noise, which only echoed backand-forth off the small walls of Pub 32. Quite frankly, Grinning Dog needs an arena to handle their sound. While the viewers seemed to enjoy the music and the bar, the space is simply too small for their sound. According to Calibey, “It’s not about the size, it’s what you do with it as far as the crowd goes.” The three dedicated musicians seem to be more grateful for the fact that they have fans to begin with, let alone how much space they have to perform. That is not to say that the band is not putting full force into broadening their fan-base and
making it out of the bar scene. “We credit our band growth so far to our incredibly involved fan-base and our ever growing relationship with our [un]official beer Narragansett,” Calibey said. The band has played in several bars and venues across Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island and has released a demo, and later, a full album. “Endlessly Toward the Sun,” the full-length LP by Grinning Dog is available for free from the band’s BandCamp page, which can be found from their Facebook page. The album is over 40 minutes worth of material, and Friday night the band played from 9:30 p.m. until midnight with a 45-minute break, which leaves
at least an hour’s worth of unreleased material and improvisation. Usually when Pub 32 books bands, they book multiple bands at a time, but Grinning Dog needed no relief except for their “Gansett Break.” “The crowd seemed excited to have us back,” Siegel said. “And our new material we debuted went over real well. It’s a lot easier for us to play when the crowd is into the tunes.” Grinning Dog is currently working on a new release, being recorded and produced in a private location by the band members, but Strauss said, “this rock album will destroy worlds” and “will take no prisoners,” Calibey added. According to Calibey and
Siegel, the “undisclosed amount” of previously unreleased material “is classified information.” “It was good to be back at the venue where we played our first show,” Strauss said. The band was very friendly with the crowd, partly because they knew most of them, and partly because that is simply the manner with which the band operates: play music, have a good time, and do it with pride. Grinning Dog, not long ago was sitting inside Arjona 143 learning about the Age of the Dinosaurs and neurobiology and are now heading down the path of musicianship with Pub 32 as a major stepping stone on the way.
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It has officially been autumn for a week now, and there is no better way to get in the spirit of the season than picking fresh produce at a farm. The colors are richer and darker to match the deepening hue of the leaves. It can be a stress-relieving way to get off campus for a couple of hours and forget about midterms for a while. Despite the abundant farms and open land surrounding Storrs, there aren’t many farms offering pick-your-own apples and pumpkins in the immediate area. For students without a car on campus, I realize this can be a deal breaker. But make friends with someone who has a car and offer to pitch in for gas money. It’ll be worth the effort. Arguably one of the best orchards in the state, Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, has every fall activity you could want. Through the end of October, they offer pick-yourown apples and pumpkins, along with seven other fruits. Lyman grows 12 different varieties of apples, so your favorite variety is bound to be included. The orchard also offers sugar pumpkins and carving pumpkins for picking, depending on your use for them. In Ellington, Johnny Appleseed’s Farm has free tractor rides on weekends and you can pick-your-own apples and pumpkins throughout the fall season. All of the apple trees at Johnny Appleseed’s are dwarf trees, meaning they are low to the ground and therefore easy to pick from. Like Lyman Orchards, they grow 12 varieties of applies, and nearly all are
From the crisp red leaves to the abundance of pumpkin spice flavoring, fall is in the air. Beach trips, ice cream and baseball games are all classic ways to celebrate the hottest season of the year, but now that summer has passed, it is time to embrace autumnal activities. Aside from apple and pumpkin picking, the go-to favorites for fall activities, there are an abundance of corn mazes in the Storrs-Mansfield area. The Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry offers a haunted corn maze full of ghosts and goblins (they are really UConn Drama students) that surprise you around every corner. Upon entering the maze, you are provided a map that highlights 12 spooky scenes to visit, but beware of meeting the witch who was not satisfied with just Hansel and Gretel or the lovely ladies looking for customers at their “Body Shoppe.” Journey through the corn and try not to scream when an axe murderer is waiting around the corner. Bring friends, grab a flashlight and get ready to have your pants scared off. The Nathan Hale Homestead provides an eerie setting as it is one of Connecticut’s most haunted sights and was featured on season nine of “Ghost Hunters.” For those brave enough to conquer a haunted house, the Dark Manor in Norwich is rated Connecticut’s No. 1 haunted house year after year by The Venue newspaper. Full of gruesome sights and spooky bumps, the Dark Manor is not for the faint at heart. Buy your
tickets online to ensure your admission and grab your most fearless friends. If you are easily spooked, Foster Family Farms in South Windsor offers a corn maze free of hauntings and surprises. With four miles of maze on eight acres, this location promises a fun time navigating the way out. After the maze, visitors can enjoy a rustic hayride to relax. To enjoy the fall scenery as the leaves change, take a hike through the fall countryside. Nickerson State Park is 20 minutes from Storrs and provides beautiful ponds for fishing and kayaking, hiking trails and mountain biking. Around Halloween the campground provides activities such as pumpkin carving to celebrate the season. Whether you want to camp or simply take a day hike, Nickerson has something for everyone wishing to enjoy the season. Old Furnace state park is 40 minutes from Storrs and boasts 367 acres, complete with a three mile hiking trail that ends in a 10-mile panoramic view. At the height of autumn this trail will have sweeping views of the foliage that will encapsulate the spirit of fall for any hiker. For those who want to enjoy the fall scenery from a moving vehicle, look no further than the Naugatuck Railroad. A 1920s styled coach that takes riders through the Naugatuck Valley and Litchfield Hills, leaving from Thomaston. The ride promises spectacular foliage views during the height of autumn.
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Not playing your stereotypical bar music, Grinning Dog, the power trio rooted in UConn’s 2013 graduating class, blasted high decibels of sound through the room at Pub 32 in Mansfield last Friday night. The power trio of Andy Siegel, Rob Strauss and Skyler Calibey figuratively blew the doors and windows off with their original blend of psychedelic progressive rock. Another way to describe their sound might be funk metal, but even that does not do the music justice. They meet half way between groovy bumping bass lines and lightspeed solos supported by intri-
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suggested to be harvested late September/early October. If you are willing to make the drive, try Belltown Hill Orchards in Glastonbury. Throughout the year they offer 10 fruits that can be picked on your own, including apples and pumpkins through the end of October. Six types of apples are offered for picking on the weekends, and tractor rides are available. Once you have picked your fall harvest, the trouble is storing it. To best preserve your apples’ crisp and juicy consistency, store them in the crisper or in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Never leave them on the counter because apples will ripen 10 times faster at room temperature than when refrigerated.
If you need to extend the life of your apples beyond a week or two, another option is to freeze them. Cut the apples into slices and coat them with lemon juice before storing them in the freezer. The lemon juice will help to cut down on the brown coloring, giving you farm fresh apples all winter. If you are looking to use the pumpkins in a recipe rather than as decoration on your doorstep, there are tricks to preserving them as well. Similarly, cut and prepare the pumpkin by boiling in cubes on the stove. After mashing the cooked pumpkin, the vegetable can be stored in the freezer for up to a year, and can be used in pumpkin pie, breads or served on its own.
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Pictured above: a pumpkin patch from Foster Family Farm in South Windsor, Connecticut.
items, including donuts, muffins, iced coffees and espressos. Are there really people who feel the need to consume this much of one type of food? It is not just the typical breakfast and coffee fare either. Even higher end restaurants do everything they can to somehow include some pumpkin-flavored food on their menu. Pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin salads and steaks with pumpkin mash are just a few of the ones I have personally seen, and there are
undoubtedly more than that. Think you can get away from it by not going out to eat? You would be wrong. All of the major food brands use this time of the year to churn out as much of the stuff as they can. Is this really necessary? Is pumpkin flavoring the end-allbe-all of the fall season? Isn’t there a single other flavor that could potentially fill up some of the space where pumpkin is present? What about apple cider? Doesn’t this savory drink deserve
some attention as well? Past serving actual cider, most restaurants don’t do anything with the flavor. I am sure there are plenty of people who would happily purchase an apple cider donut or apple cider latte. Cinnamon spice is another one that’s commonly overlooked. Less pumpkin muffins, and more cinnamon ones! Some might say I am overreacting to this issue; that it is only around for a month or two, and then it’s gone for the rest of the year. To those people, I
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say grow your own pumpkins then! Don’t make the rest of us suffer because you have to have your treats. The other day when I went to McMahon to get some chocolate lovers ice cream, there was not any, because they had ordered pumpkin ice cream instead, and they had to use it up before the season ended. There is a point where this needs to stop, and we have clearly passed it.
Pumpkin isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as a seasonal flavoring Pumpkins are the absolute bane of my existence, but it has not always been that way. When I was younger, I used to love the bright orange squashes. Like most kids in the U.S., I have wonderful memories of the time I would spend with my mom, scooping out the goopy insides and carving a spooky face into the pumpkin, but let me be very clear about this: none of these memories outweigh how much I hate pumpkin flavored foods. Pumpkins themselves taste like some sort of bizarre, sweet vegetable and I am not having any of it. Past the seeds, when salted and baked, I do not want to put anything that has ever come from a pumpkin in my mouth, and I cannot understand why anyone else would either. Each fall, every restaurant and grocery store busts out the pumpkin flavoring and fills literally everything possible with the yucky garbage, but the absolute worst offender of all is the coffee shops. Right now I do not think there is a single one in America that has not fallen victim to it, whether it is a small independent shop or a large international chain. Head into Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks today and you will find no less than five different pumpkin flavored menu
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The New York Times divides their bestseller lists into multiple categories. I have always noticed that there are specific lists for “Young Adult,” “Children’s Middle Grade” and “Children’s Series.” Since these distinctions are made, are the remaining categories assumed to be strictly “adult books?” In my opinion, dividing books into these supposed age-appropriate categories is restrictive and prevents you from seeing which books are truly the bestsellers. It would be interesting to see how young adult and children’s books would fare on the bestseller list if clumped with the fiction and nonfiction categories. Would they be spread evenly throughout the list or would they dominate at the top or bottom? When these distinctions are made, certain books risk being immediately ignored by readers, depending on their age. If a 40-year-old is searching for a good book to read, they will most likely look at the fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists; lists that exclude young adult and children’s books. Conversely, a 13-year-old will be directed towards the young adult and children’s lists. This automatically prevents both parties from potentially finding a great book simply because they have eliminated particular categories. I feel that these discrepancies have the ability to hold younger readers back. Some assume that the child would not appreciate a book aimed toward adults or would not be able to understand it. This is very true, depending on the book. You would not give your third grader a copy of “Gone with the Wind” and expect them to get through it. However, a younger reader may be bored with the topics he or she is expected to enjoy at their age. They may find themselves with interests more aligned with adult books but may never realize this if their reading experiences never include them. This can hold them from learning new vocabulary and information. Adults can find themselves thoroughly enjoying books in the young adult or children’s category as well. However, they may feel embarrassed that they are enjoying a book categorized for youngsters. Embarrassment should not occur when you think of children’s book successes like “Harry Potter.” Is it really a children’s series though? Maybe the first few books in the series were, but as the series progressed, the books became noticeably darker and more mature. When adults read to their children, they became fans of the books, bringing together readers of all ages. This shows that the distinctions are arbitrary. I wonder if authors who are considered writers of young adult or children’s books have a harder time being taken seriously for their work. Is there a stigma associated with writing for younger people as opposed to adults? Hopefully not. I feel a book should not automatically be ignored just because the reader may not fit the theoretical age bracket the book was aimed towards. From my experiences, books are on a spectrum. Some are more suited for adults than others, but they all have elements that everyone can enjoy and find meaningful. The author wrote the book to be read and will be happy, regardless of the reader’s age, to know the book was worthy of someone’s time.
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A patron at Foster Family Farm in South Windsor broses their selection of pumpkins.
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The Exorcist (1973)
This film image released by Relativity Media shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Don Jon”.
By Randy Amorim Staff Writer In the opening credits of “Don Jon,” we see a cartoon where a woman in a short dress is objectified by a man’s obnoxious stare. We then see commercials and clips where women are shown in bikinis as a further objectification. After that we see several clips of pornography flashed at an alarming rate. What does this all mean? A young boy sees the cartoon and is already learning unrealistic things about men, women and sex. He gets older and watches pornography and it all culminates into one big, unrealistic lie. This is what is happening to our society, but more importantly it has already to Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and has led to his heavy addiction to Internet porn. Jon has sex with a different woman every night, but he is not enjoying it. He is not lonely, he just prefers porn. He says he “cannot lose himself” in sex like he does in porn. It is so bad that after having sex, he sneaks out of bed to watch porn. Jon begins
to wonder if he cannot enjoy sex because he is missing something and decides to try a real relationship. He pursues Barbara (Scarlett Johnason) because she is beautiful and refused to let him have sex with her. They start dating and he falls in love, but he still cannot enjoy sex or stop the porn. Levitt does a lot of things right. The dilemma every writer faces is that while they can research characters and roles, they can never see things from outside their perspective. A male can never experience being a female. This is clear here. We see Jon’s perspective, but we never see a woman’s perspective outside of a male understanding it. It both works for the film and causes it to lack depth. Like Jon, Barbara is a victim. She has seen too many romantic films and it has led her to have unrealistic expectations of men and relationships. She tries to change Jon and at first it appears to be for his own good, until it turns out she may see things dif-
ferently than we would expect. Levitt hits the nail on the head with the unique look at porn and its effects on men, as well as the media on women, but the film seems to introduce a lot of other themes without giving them much insight or solutions. There is a look into the Jersey Shore lifestyle and the culture of these angry Italians, but it is done subtly. Outside of movies and porn, other media is shown to be exploitative, but it is also shown subtly. There are themes of religion, male vanity and a lot of other interesting things, but they are all subtle as well. It is unclear if Levitt is attempting to create a puzzle for us to put the pieces together and analyze, or if it is just there. Don Jon reminds me of “Shame,” the disturbing NC-17rated depiction of a sex addict. Unlike “Shame,” this is a date movie, so everything is much more lighthearted, which works since Levitt succeeds here as the lovable but flawed Jon. He may have struggled a bit in a darker
Don Jon 8.5/10
role like Michael Fassbender in “Shame.” Don Jon seems to be missing a final act. As soon as the main point is made, the film ends and everything resolves itself. We never see the horrifying sequence of his addiction ruining his life or Jon hitting rock bottom. He just quits the next day when he realizes he is wrong and that is the end of it. And while “Don Jon” is explicit and disturbing, it never really pushes the limit or shows enough to make the audience cringe as it should in the way that “Shame” did. Despite these flaws, I cannot complain because the cast is great and they bring a lot of humor to lighten the subject, the themes are interesting and important, and Levitt impresses as a screenwriter and director. Women especially, may gain an insight into men they never understood or experienced. It’s not Oscar-worthy, but “Don Jon” is an important, very welldone film.
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows director Ron Howard, left, and Chris Hemsworth on the set of “Rush.”
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Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
I am not a fan of car racing. I find that watching cars drive around in a circle can be quite boring. The high speeds and loud, boisterous noises are exciting, but these qualities are often overshadowed by the tedious, repetitive nature of the sport. NASCAR does not get a lot of respect in the sports community, but Formula One is even more distant from prestige and viewership here in the United States. It is an international format of car racing, which alienates it from the ethnocentric perspective of American sports. Despite all the burnt rubber and checkered flags on the surface, “Rush” is not a movie about car racing. It is about the rivalry between James Hunt
(Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) as they race to become world champions during the 1976 Formula One season. That idea alone would appeal to hardcore fans of the sport, but what makes this movie really work is the focus into the human natures of the rivals as they progress through their careers. The engine that runs this movie is the simultaneous animosity and respect that Hunt and Lauda have for each other; the races themselves are just the chassis. As these two men reflect upon their competitiveness and desire to win at all costs, they both realize that they need the other driver to fully appreciate winning. What caught my eye was the stark contrast between Hunt and Lauda and how their fun-
damental and strategic differences are represented throughout the movie. Despite Hunt’s flashy personal life and reckless behavior, he is perhaps most nervous of anyone to race. He vomits before jumping into the driver’s seat, willing himself to do whatever it takes to win. Lauda is depicted as a racer-calculator who knows the exact measurements of every part in his car. He analyses the cost/benefit scenarios of every race and acts according to plan. There is no doubt that he expects to win, but there is a method to consistency that he must follow if he wants to be successful. Perhaps being the movie that truly begins Oscar season, “Rush” has no shortcomings in terms of production qual-
ity. Both Hemsworth and Bruhl give incredibly convincing performances, unexpectedly solidifying their statuses as quality actors. The actual racing scenes are beautifully shot: loud, flashy, and accompanied by plenty of camera shake. The audio quality transports you to the racetrack, ready to plug your ears once the engines start to rev and sputter. A few moments of the movie are actually spent looking into the mechanisms of a racecar. The pistons pump in time with the heartbeats of the racers that drive their cars through high-speed danger in order to cross the finish line for perhaps the first – or the last – time. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you enjoy car racing or not. This movie is sure to thrill.
Since the turn of the millennium, there has been no breed of film more successful than the young adult adaptation. The shining jewel of the trend is obviously the “Harry Potter” series, which proved that a multi-installment book series can be converted into a cultural touchstone worth billions of dollars. Right alongside it was “The Lord of the Rings” (arguably an adult series, but it would have been marketed as young adult if written today) and not long after Disney responded with “The Chronicles of Narnia,” a series that it appears will sadly never be concluded. With these three blockbusters, or maybe even without them, it is not surprising to see a massive boom in the genre. Young adult fiction has the benefit of having an increasingly large scope of audience. Because their primary target are kids aged 9-14, and school institute mandatory reading assignments, it is highly likely certain books will fall into their hands, and circulate in popularity. The writing is also mature enough to catch the attention and affection of older students and actual young adults; who also happen to be the target audience of most major movie studios. By the time the series is popular enough to adapt and film has been completed, there is already a fan base big enough to ensure box office success. It is a moneymaking formula so perfect; I am amazed it took as long as it did to take off. But like the sports movie boom in the 1990s and the musical boom of the 1970s, oversaturation is starting to set in. We have already expended most of the top tier of source material, and have turned to less commendable entries in the genre. The obvious example here is “Twilight,” but there was also the recent failure “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” not to mention “The Hunger Games.” But the primary issue lies not so much with the books, as any book can be converted into a good film, but the actual adaptation itself. Constructing a movie from an original screenplay is by no means simple, but creating an atmosphere based off of skeletal screenplay is much easier then translating and realizing the vision of a fleshed out and immersive novel. Screenplays leave the world they take place in is largely up to the construction of the director, who sometimes is also the screenwriter. But the world of a novel is already created, and the readers already have a sense of what that world should look and feel like. In order for an adaptation to succeed, the process needs to be careful and meticulous, and because the novel often contains more than can be told in a two hour film, cuts in the story must be made without removing essential fragments. But because money is the primary motivation for a lot of these projects, the necessary care is not applied. This was true of “Eragon,” which deserved much better treatment than it received. Casting and directing decision are being made based on what would make an interesting trailer and will fill seats. The “Mortal Instruments” had a much darker and more serious tone than it’s literary counterpart, and the base story could not stand with it. “Wings,” an adaptation of an epic about a faerie who was born human to protect the gateway to her home world was set to be an excellent fantasy film, until Miley Cyrus was cast in the lead role. I rest my case.
NBC, CNN back out of Hillary Clinton TV projects Tuesday, October 1, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — For a couple of months, NBC and CNN had been working on high-profile television projects about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Within a few hours on Monday, both projects were dead. NBC said it was pulling the plug on a planned four-hour miniseries on the Democratic former first lady and secretary of state. “Hillary,” which was to star Diane Lane in the feature role and appear before the 2016 election, was the target of external protests and internal unhappiness at NBC. Earlier Monday, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker who was making a documentary about Clinton for CNN said that he was backing out because few people would cooperate with him. The network said the film would not be produced. The Republican National Committee had protested both projects, fearing they would lionize Clinton when she might be a candidate for president. The RNC said it would not allow either network to air televised debates among potential GOP candidates for president for 2016 if the films continued. NBC Entertainment issued a statement saying that “after reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie and miniseries development, we’ve decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries.” The statement gave no reason for the change, and spokesman Richard Licata did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The announcement by NBC’s entertainment division this summer that it was making “Hillary” took people in the network’s news
division by surprise. They were concerned that the news division would be blamed if the entertainment series took liberties with facts or leaned too far in making a positive or a negative portrayal of Clinton. NBC News Washington correspondents Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell made their unease about the miniseries public. CNN, meanwhile, had contracted with Charles Ferguson to make a documentary on Clinton. Ferguson won the 2011 Academy Award for his documentary “Inside Job,” about the 2008 financial meltdown. But Ferguson wrote in a column posted on The Huffington Post on Monday
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a victory for the media, or the American people. I still believe that Mrs. Clinton has many virtues including great intelligence, fortitude and a deep commitment to bettering the lives of women and children worldwide. But this is not her finest hour.” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill, asked for a comment on Ferguson’s decision, said, “Lights, camera, no reaction.” The decision doesn’t necessarily open the door to the networks to televise Republican debates in 2016, the RNC said. Spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said CNN hadn’t decided on its own to abandon the project but was only doing so because the filmmaker quit. She said the party plans to take firmer control of its debate process in 2016; many Republicans thought there were too many debates in 2012.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For Mayor Eduardo Paes, it’s not enough that Rio de Janeiro is both an Olympic and a World Cup host city. He’s determined to turn Rio into a Woody Allen city, too, and has gone to extraordinary lengths to persuade the director to shoot a movie here, meeting with Allen’s sister, dispatching him handwritten notes and even pledging to underwrite 100 percent of production costs. Allen hasn’t taken Paes up on his offer, but the mayor continues to lobby hard. Scoring a film by the legendary director would help cement Paes’ vision for the city: to turn Rio into a cinema hub, the Los Angeles of South America. While Hollywood needn’t watch its back just yet, there’s no doubt that Brazil’s film industry is booming, as the Rio film festival that runs through Oct. 10 puts on display. The country is on track to
make 100 feature films this year, up from 30 in 2003, and it’s increasingly sought out by foreign productions cashing in on the government’s generous subsidies and incentives. New studio complexes are in the works, and cinemas are mushrooming across Brazil to keep pace with ever-growing numbers of movie-goers, many of them new members of the middle class who were pulled out of poverty by a decade of booming economic growth. “The big shift is that now many more people have disposable income,” said Adrien Muselet, chief operating officer of RioFilme, the city government’s film finance company. “Once you’ve covered your basic necessities, bought your fridge and your washing machine, what do you want next? Fun. And for many people, that means the movies.” The new viewers have helped
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7. “50/50” – Based on a true story, Levitt plays a young man diagnosed with cancer whose odds of surviving are 50/50. Seth Rogen plays his best friend. Rogen’s character was actually himself in real life. While the two struggle with the news and the battle against cancer, their friendship helps them get through it. It sounds depressing, but it is also very funny. 8/10 6. “Don Jon” – The film may not be as deep as it thinks it is, but it certainly has a lot more heart than expected. Levitt’s impressive directorial debut tells the story of a young, handsome gym rat who has sex with an “eight” or higher every weekend, but cannot connect with a real woman or even enjoy sex because he is addicted to online pornography. The film tells the intriguing story of this young man’s addiction, his life changing relationships with two different women and takes a good look at how not just pornography but the media and entertainment in general exploit people and create unreal expectations in both men and women. While it may be disturbing to some, the great cast and the humor lighten the mood and it tells an important story. 8.5/10 5. “Stop-Loss” – When a group of traumatized veterans come back from Iraq to Texas, they all have a hard time readjusting to normal life. When the Army stop-losses them and orders them to do another tour unexpectedly when they believed they were done, one of them attempts to flee the country. Levitt plays a traumatized war veteran in a supporting role. It is really an eye-opening film on the effects of war on soldiers. 9/10 4. “Looper” – Set in the future, time travel has been invented and outlawed. The mob now uses it to dispose of its victims by sending them to the past and having a looper execute them. Eventually a looper kills their future self and then retires rich until the timeline catches up. Levitt plays a troubled drug addicted looper who flinches when he sees his future self
(Bruce Willis) sent back and escape. While the sci-fi action is outstanding and the film is much more original and creative than what you normally see nowadays, it raises a lot of interesting questions and themes that really allow it to resonate with you after viewing. 9/10 3. “Inception” – You have all seen this movie and if not, you are at least familiar with it. In a role that arguably launched Levitt into the mainstream popularity and larger roles he plays today, we may not have gotten deep into his character at all, but Christopher Nolan managed to make him look tough fighting in a spinning room, and I never would have imagined that to be possible. If you have not seen “Inception” and have missed out on popular culture for the last five years, then you should probably go see it right now so your friends will stop making fun of you. 10/10 2. “The Lookout” – Perhaps his most underrated film, Levitt gave a great performance as a handicapped man with brain damage from a high school accident tricked into robbing the bank he works nights at by a gang of criminals. Levitt is great, the thrills are non-stop and it is a film that you may not have known existed, but no fan of crime films should ignore. 10/10 1. “The Dark Knight Rises” – Yes, people think it was overrated and I don’t know how Bruce Wayne got back to Gotham at the end, but you know what? It was still amazing. Tom Hardy is great as Bane. Bale gives his definitive “Batman” performance as a burnt out vigilante and its climax is mind-blowing. Levitt’s full acting potential may not have been used here, or in “Lincoln,” but he got the job done as an interesting new addition to the cast. It may not be as perfect as its predecessor, but the film delivered so much that I am willing to overlook its flaws and enjoy the epic conclusion to an epic trilogy. I hate the word “epic,” but it’s the only one that fits here. 10/10
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that he concluded he couldn’t make much of a film: Clinton wouldn’t agree to be interviewed, and of the more than 100 people he approached only two who had dealt with her agreed to speak on camera. Ferguson said nobody was interested in helping him make the film. “Not Republicans, not Democrats — and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration,” he said. CNN understood and respected Ferguson’s decision, CNN spokeswoman Barbara Levin said Monday. Ferguson, through his manager’s office, declined an interview request. But he wrote: “It’s a victory for the Clintons, and for the money machines that both political parties have now become. But I don’t think that it’s
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push Brazil’s box office gross from $327 million in 2008 to $737 million last year, according to the trade publication Filme B. That puts Brazil among the top 10 movie consuming countries in the world, said Muselet, and the industry is taking note. With its population of 204 million, this South American giant is increasingly factoring into the major United States studios’ strategic calculations. “When you take an American blockbuster and you set it here in Brazil, even for just a couple of scenes, it just explodes in the box office here,” said Muselet, pointing to “Breaking Dawn,” part of the “Twilight” series of teen vampire movies, which was filmed partially on location in Rio and the coastal colonial city of Paraty. Brazilians flocked to the movie, and the country ended up being the film’s second biggest market. Other big Hollywood productions such as “Fast Five” of the “Fast and Furious” franchise and the Sylvester Stallone vehicle “The Expendables” were also partially shot here in recent years. “Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” is currently rolling. Rio officials also hope movies made here will help burnish the image of a city mostly notorious for its grinding poverty and drug-fueled violence, particularly as Rio gears up to host next year’s soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. In a bid to attract more foreign productions, Rio’s state government created an agency to walk teams through Brazil’s Byzantine bureaucracy, helping them get the dizzying number of permits and permissions needed to shoot. The Rio Film Commission also hopes to increasingly help foreign productions find Brazilian investors, allowing them to qualify for the government subsidies and incentives that make up the lion’s share of practically all movie budgets here. Producer Aaron Berger, an
American who works in both Rio and Los Angeles, said the subsidies helped get things rolling for his series “Gaby Estrela,” which is about to premier on Globo TV’s kids cable channel Gloob. “It was a tremendous boost for us,” he said. Over the past decade, the federal government has spent more than $450 million on films, and many state and city governments also invest in movies made locally, provided they meet requirements that typically include hiring at least a certain number of local employees. And since Brazilian law allows corporate tax write-offs for cultural projects, companies such as petroleum giant Petrobras and cellphone provider Claro often underwrite movies. Brazilian films have made inroads internationally in the last five years, notably the “Elite Squad” films probing gang violence and political corruption in Rio. Other domestic fare includes smart comedies and smaller budget films aimed at the art-house circuit. The industry also got a boost from a 2011 law requiring all cable television channels to show at least 3 1/2 hours of independently produced local content each week during prime time. “All of a sudden there’s a huge demand for this sort of content,” said Steve Solot, president of the Latin American Training Center, a Rio-based audiovisual consultancy. “It’s a fantastic new market.” The industry’s sudden growth has caused shortages of qualified technicians, such as electricians, camera operators and sound people, and RioFilme is scrambling to fill the gap through training courses. “We wouldn’t be seeing this kind of shortage if there weren’t a lot of demand,” said the agency’s president, Sergio Sa Leitao. “In a strange way, it’s a really good thing.”
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Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- For the next two days, fulfill promises you've made. Chores need attention. New information threatens complacency. Communicate with teammates. Caring for others is your motivation. Minimize risks. Catch your dreams in writing. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- You'll soon have time to pause and relax. Invest in success. Take a new angle. Keep a dream alive with simple actions. Avoid a controversy. It's a good time to ask for money ... be creative with your budget. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Allow yourself to dream, but don't buy treats, yet. Accept the support that's offered. Stay close to home as much as you can the next few days. Passions get aroused. Make a delicious promise. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- It's easier to find family time. You're extra brilliant today. A solution to an old problem is becoming obvious. Costs are high. Arguments about money inhibit love. Keep a secret. Recount your blessings.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Give loved ones more attention. They want your time, not money. An invitation says to dress up. Let another person take over, and defer to authority. Accept encouragement. Share your dreams ... the audience is receptive. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Get yourself moving! Make sure you have the facts. Get serious about your strategy, but don't get stuck. You're very persuasive. You'll think of something. It's easier to finish projects. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Work quickly but carefully. Obligations get in your way. Being polite is a virtue. Talk over plans with family. Try not to provoke jealousy. Don't waste your money. Friends offer comfort and advice. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Begin a new project. Take time out for love. Include a female in your plans. You'll have to report on your activities. Assume responsibility. Exceptional patience could be required. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -Let yourself be drawn outside your safety zone. The possibility for hurt feelings is high now. Don't get stuck. Write down long-range goals today. Goodness comes your way. Act quickly to gain your objective. Balance is essential. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- It's time to get started. There's a temporary clash between love and money. Review your current budget. Note all the considerations. Passion grows now that the stress is reduced. Travel boosts your self-esteem. Follow your fascination. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Have faith. Negotiate your way through minor adjustments. Temporary confusion could befuddle. Get family to help. Let another take the lead. Invest in your future without gambling. Respect your partner.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Money's rolling in over the next few days. Costs are higher than expected, too. Avoid reckless spending. Make sure others know their assignments. Feel the magnetism. Your greatest asset is your own determination.
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Jets, Geno Smith have lots to fix after 4 games FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Geno Smith walked up to his teammates on the New York Jets' defense after another turnover-filled performance and said he was sorry. For two more interceptions. For two more fumbles. And, for letting another game slip away. "I felt that I owed the defense an apology," the rookie quarterback said Monday. "I just wanted to talk to those guys and let them know that I was aware of my mistakes and that I wanted to clean them up and that I will clean them up." Smith had a miserable game in the Jets' 38-13 loss at Tennessee on Sunday as New York fell to 2-2. His four turnovers directly resulted in 28 points for the Titans. "It's just taking ownership to your mistakes and manning up," he said. "I think guys respect that more than anything." Smith has eight interceptions and three lost fumbles, tying him with the Giants' Eli Manning for most turnovers in the league. There was lots of talk by the Jets in the offseason about limiting mistakes after Mark Sanchez led the league with 52 turnovers over the last two years. Unfortunately for the Jets, it's a new season and a
new quarterback, but the same results so far. "A lot falls on my shoulders as far as taking care of the ball, but that's something I have to do," Smith said. "I know that I've been coached hard. No one wants to make those mistakes. "It's something that has to stop now in order for us to progress and to get better as an offense and as a team." Despite Smith's struggles, coach Rex Ryan isn't considering benching him in favor of the inexperienced Matt Simms or veteran Brady Quinn. "It's not a thought at this point right now," Ryan said. "Not a thought." Sanchez, meanwhile, is on the injured reserve list with a designation to return with a shoulder injury. He has so far chosen to rehabilitate the injury rather than have surgery, so there's a slim chance he could play later this season. But until then, it appears it's Smith. Turnovers and all. Both Smith and Ryan pointed at a few of the five sacks, and how Smith needed to get rid of the ball quicker, even if it was to just throw it into the ground. The offensive line was inconsistent, too, giving Smith loads of time on some plays, while collapsing immediately on others.
As for the fumbles, Smith acknowledged he needs to make sure he keeps both hands on the ball when he scrambles. He had a 3-yard run for a first down on a third-down play in the second quarter, but had the ball tomahawked out of his hand as Tennessee recovered — and later scored a touchdown. "It's just one of those habits you need to break in order for this team to be the team that we want to be," Smith said. "A part of that is my job to take care of the ball and put two hands on it." Ryan, however, refused to place all the blame on Smith for the team's inconsistent performances through the first four games. A week after racking up a team-record 20 penalties in a 27-20 victory over Buffalo, the Jets had 10 more at Tennessee. So there will likely be plenty more penalty pushups at practice this week. Even the defense, ranked No. 2 in the league, had some subpar moments. The Jets also have caused only two turnovers, second least in the NFL, something Ryan said also needs to improve. "We've got to fix a lot of different things," Ryan said. "Penalties are obviously one. We have to take care of the football better. We've got
Though the Jets are a somewhat surprising 2-2 this season, they still have plenty left to fix over the remainder of the season.
to really look at what we're doing, and are we putting our players in the best situation? We've got to take a hard look. Not just with the players, but the coaches as well. "And that's exactly what we're going to do." There are some health concerns on offense with wide receivers Stephen Hill (concussion) and Santonio Holmes (hamstring) dealing with inju-
ries that leave uncertain their status for the Jets' next game at Atlanta next Monday night. Ryan said Hill is going through the NFL's concussion protocol after getting hit in the head by Michael Griffin on the Jets' second offensive play — an interception thrown by Smith. Running back Chris Ivory remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and his status is also uncertain, but the
Jets' backfield should get a boost from the return of Mike Goodson. The versatile running back finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and could serve as a pass-catching threat and kick returner. "Words can't even express how excited I am," Goodson said, "just being able to be back out there."
A-Rod begins arbitration hearing Young Huskies enter the fold, NEW YORK (AP) — The grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The New York Yankees third baseman was wearing a business suit and accompanied by lawyers when he arrived for the session at Major League Baseball’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan. A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez was suspended Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. Because he’s a first offender under the drug program and the players’ association filed a grievance to force an appeal, a suspension can’t start until it is upheld by an arbitrator.
The union argues the discipline is without just cause and is excessive. If the case doesn’t settle, a decision by Horowitz is expected this winter. Rodriguez was among 14 players penalized by MLB this year following the sport’s investigation of Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. The others accepted their penalties, including former NL MVP Ryan Braun, who missed the season’s final 65 games. Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch was at the hearing to testify — a publicist released a photo of him in a hallway outside MLB’s conference rooms.
In Florida, state authorities said they had started a criminal investigation of the clinic. “A subpoena was issued for documents, and we are looking into several areas of state interest,” said Ed Griffith, spokesman for Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Existence of the state prosecutors’ criminal subpoena was disclosed at a recent hearing in MLB’s lawsuit in Miami against Biogenesis, also pending in Miami-Dade County court. It’s not known whom the subpoena targeted or what specific documents are being sought. A federal probe involves the sources of drugs the clinic is accused of selling to players.
Napier helps ease transition from MEN'S, page 12
The transition from high school to college basketball, both in terms of physicality and style of play, is never easy, and Ollie is not expecting to see the same intensity from his new players as he will from his veterans right away. “For Jeremy’s [Lamb] case, we couldn’t even play him at the beginning of the [2010-11] season,” Ollie said. “I think we hit the DePaul game and a light came on, and the rest is history. It takes different freshmen different times, but they sure don’t have it now. They’ve got a long way to go, and we’ll push them to
that, I don’t expect them to know the intensity and how hard we go…and the sooner they get it, the sooner the better.” Kromah averaged 10. 1 points and 3.7 rebounds at George Washington last year, and Ollie is looking forward to having him on the court this season. “He’s going to impact a lot of different areas,” Ollie said. “He’s a very versatile basketball player, very smart. He doesn’t have any questions when I say something. There’s never a change of face. He just gets on the baseline, on the sideline, he steps up…He’s going to be a welcome addition to our team.”
Samuel praises Napier’s leadership Samuel called Saturday’s practice the hardest he’s ever endured, but the newcomer says that he has settled in well at UConn, thanks in large part to senior captain Shabazz Napier, who announced on April 26 that he would return for his senior season. “From the first day I got here, he’s a leader,” Samuel said. “He’s been teaching me from the first day I got here. In pickup, he’s teaching me how to play the down screens, teaching me how to split a pick-and-roll. He’s teaching me day by day, and it’s going to make me better in the long run.”
Weist must win to stay in charge from T.J., page 12
Asked what Weist needed to do in order to keep the job longer than just the next eight games, Manuel replied simply, “win.” “I can stand up and I can be as fired up as I want to be,” Weist said. “I can be enthusiastic, I can go crazy every single day, I can bring energy every day. But if we don’t win, if we don’t execute, it doesn’t matter what style I have.” The excitement that Weist put on display Monday did not come without some hesitation, however. As someone who was hired and brought into the fold by Pasqualoni, Weist admitted that he was initially hesitant to take charge, but later added, “I’m
ready for this and I want this.” But with the increased spotlight comes increased scrutiny and a plethora of problems that need fixing, especially on the offense that he was originally brought in to oversee. Over the first four games of the season the Huskies have ranked dead last in the nation in rushing yards per game with 47.8, third-to-last in sacks allowed with 20 and tied for 108th – out of 123 teams – with eight interceptions thrown. With that in mind, Weist noted that we would be willing to consider playing freshman Tim Boyle at quarterback – though he still needs to discuss options with his staff – and that some schemes may need to be reworked in the coming weeks. Perhaps most importantly, Weist stressed the change in
leadership as a chance to hit the restart button on the season. “This is a great opportunity for us, for this team,” Weist said. “In our mind, we’re starting over. We’re 0-0. We’re 0-0 in the conference. It’s a great opportunity for us to take this off week and get healthy, focus on the fundamentals. We need to get better and evaluate every facet of everything we’re doing – on offense, on defense, on special teams – and see what fits best.” The first game for UConn under their new coach will be Oct. 12 against South Florida, which currently sits 0-4 and is widely considered one of the worst teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
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October is here, let the playoffs begin By Dalton Zbierski MLB Columnist
“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered. But legends never die.” Is it fair to call that “Sandlot” quote a bit overused? Yeah, it is. A bit corny too? Probably. But does it capture the essence of this month we have now entered to the fullest degree? It absolutely does. The calendar has turned. It is a new day. And if you read this column or the sports section of this paper, it has flipped to the month you have waited for, October, a time of year where a player can change the image of his entire career. This is when America’s pastime peaks – where heroes and legends emerge from obscurity. Baseball fans have had this week scheduled on their calendars since spring training kicked off seven months ago. The playoffs are finally upon us. This year’s edition of fall ball is as interesting as ever. With 2012’s intro-
duction of the single-game Wild Card round in each league, multiple games have to be played out to decisively clear the picture. Ironically enough in the American League, a play-in game had to held in its own right to decide the second Wild Card match-up participant. The winner of last night’s Rays – Rangers match-up in Texas will fly to Cleveland to play the Indians this evening. The victor of that battle will face off against the Red Sox at Fenway on Friday. The possibility of a Red Sox – Indians divisional round match-up could make the mouth of any baseball fan salivate. Terry Francona, in his first year back at the helm of a major league team, led his upstart Indians to a playoff berth few could have predicted. If he comes out of tomorrow’s one-game playoff victorious he will travel to Fenway in hopes of eliminating the team that showed him the door two years ago. Who would have foreseen that in 2011? In the other A.L. Division Series, the Athletics will play host to the Tigers.
The two duel for a second straight postseason. Oakland fans, haunted by the Tigers’ sweep of their A’s in the 2006 ALCS and five game loss in last year’s ALDS, hope their money-ballers find retribution this time around. The National League features a dose of intriguing match-ups. The Wild Card round will take place in Pittsburgh tonight at 8 p.m. as the Pirates look to defeat their rival from a state over, the Cincinnati Reds. Competition remains “divisional” as the winner faces N.L. Central foe St. Louis on Thursday to begin the N.L.D.S. The Braves and Dodgers also play on Thursday. Turner Field in Atlanta will play host to the first two games of a series that could go the distance. Both teams won their divisions by 10+ games. Who will play the hero this fall? And can anyone enshrine himself as the next legend? We don’t have long to wait to find out. October is here. Let the playoffs begin.
The Rays celebrate during their 5-2 win against the Rangers in game No. 163 Monday. They will now take on the Indians in a wild card play-in game on Wednesday.
Kaka returns to old club AC Milan for final years of career By Robert Moore Soccer Columnist
AC Milan forward Kaka appears at a charity dinner in Italy. The Rossoneri legend has returned home to finish his career after a four year stint with Real Madrid.
Four years removed from AC Milan, it's as if Kaka never left. After a record move nearly four years ago worth £65 million sending the Brazilian to Real Madrid, he's returned home. Call his stint with the Galaticos a bust, mediocre or even injury prone, but realistically Kaka was never truly given a chance to shine in Spain. Under Jose Mourinho, albeit a good manager, Kaka was forced to the bench as Mesut Özil and Cristiano Ronaldo highlighted the midfield. Too often we've seen careers fall at the wayside at the Santiago Bernabeu, but luckily enough for Kaka it is not too late to make amends. While his best years may have come and gone, Kaka can still contribute to the Rossoneri. What Kaka brings to the table now is experience, exposure, and a better understanding for the game. Unfortunately for Kaka after suffering an injury in the
beginning of his newest stint for AC Milan, he's been missed on the field. Off the field, Kaka's a huge asset to the entire Milan organization – he's been there and done that. Without question, (four years ago) Kaka was one of the biggest names in world football. Some of today’s stars, like Gareth Bale, hadn't even been heard of back then. While it would be negative to say that Kaka could inhibit some of the younger players at Milan whom may have the potential desire to seek a bigger club like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United, he certainly could offer his insight as to what it takes emotionally and physically to exceed at the highest level. Kaka serves as a mentor to the younger players in Milan. Imagine the insight he must be handing down to Stephan El Shaarawy, who has been making a big case for himself as one of the better strikers throughout Europe. As for Mario Balotelli, who seems to have quieted down his controversial play and lifestyle, Kaka may lend a gentle hand to the
feisty Italian as if to say "follow and you shall succeed," as Andrea Pirlo and Paolo Maldini did during the Brazilian's first stint with AC Milan. His eternal love for the Rossoneri is readily apparent. The recognizable face, sporting the No. 22 jersey, many argue that he's not the best for Milan at this point in time. El Shaarawy has even made it clear that Kaka is his idol, which may prove to be that vital link between old and new players at the San Siro. There is one catch to Milan's newest member. Real Madrid can receive a fee for Kaka which is dependent upon how Milan does this season, says Real Madrid Chief Florentino Perez. If Milan are able to quality for the Champions League, the Rossoneri will subsequently hand over £3 million to Madrid. Some may say, "What's his value?" Well, first off while 31 may seem old he's anything but. Look at Andrea Pirlo, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, all players who have arguably played better as they've aged, become more aware of their abili-
Women's tennis travels to face Quinnipiac By Robert Moore Campus Correspondent
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The UConn women's tennis team travels to Quinnipiac Tuesday to take on the Bobcats. The Huskies have fared well in Hamden so far this year, as they won three flights at the Qunnipiac Invitational in mid-September.
Fontenault: Pasqualoni firing comes at the right time from HASTA, page 12 McClain normally notes that he played at UConn, and his background picture on Twitter is from his UConn days, but on Sunday, the message was loud and clear. “Robert McClain, Patuxent High School.” It certainly says a lot when a player who did not even play for the coach that has led the program recently is too embarrassed to mention that he played at UConn. Watching UConn play football for the past 28 games has not exactly been the most entertaining and hope-inspiring of things. For 12 years, UConn fans watched Randy Edsall quickly transition the Huskies from a middle of the road FCS program into a bowl-winning, conference title-competing and respectable FBS team that was capable of beating Notre Dame and South Carolina. It did not take Pasqualoni very long to destroy what had been built. “But he beat Louisville,” one of the few supporters of Pasqualoni would say.
Yes, a UConn team with a terrible offense that did nothing to reward the nation’s ninthbest defense, made of mainly Randy Edsall’s recruits, went to Louisville last season and beat the eventual Sugar Bowl champions in triple overtime. Teddy Bridgewater also played most of that game injured. “But he almost beat Michigan,” they will also add. Yes, UConn almost beat Michigan a couple weeks ago, and it is highly unlikely that Pasqualoni would be gone if the Huskies had knocked off the Wolverines. But as was the case against Towson and Maryland before, UConn was outplayed in the second half. Getting close is not the same as reaching the goal. A touchdown is not awarded if a player is downed inside the one-yard line. Manuel picked the right time to fire Pasqualoni. The Huskies are 0-4, and with Central Florida, Cincinnati and Louisville all ahead on the schedule, it is hard to imagine UConn overcoming its worst start since 1991 and reaching a bowl game for the first time in the post-Edsall era. Why not get rid of him now?
This is Damage Control 101. The players do not have faith in the coach. The administration lost its faith. The fans lost their faiths long ago. By firing Pasqualoni on Sept. 30, UConn is protecting against a slew of potential transfers – not that players have not already transferred because of Pasqualoni – and against the chance of playing in front of a crowd of 10,000. Attendance may still drop, and it makes sense that it will. UConn is a ship at the bottom of the ocean right now. But by getting rid of Pasqualoni now, the attendance drop will not be as severe, as fans know that a new coach will mean an opportunity to resurrect a once-respected program. There is no knowing what the next eight games will bring or who will lead the Huskies onto the field next season. But Monday was an important day for UConn football. For the time being, the right decision was made. Follow Tim on Twitter @Tim_ Fontenault
After participating in the Army Invitational this past weekend, the UConn women’s tennis team travels to Hamden to face Quinnipiac. UConn has enjoyed recent success at Quinnipiac already this fall, winning the A, B and C Flight singles at the Quinnipiac Invitational in mid-September. The Huskies’ top players struggled this weekend in West Point, N.Y. In the first singles, Maxie Weinberg lost in straight sets 6-2; 6-2 to Seton Hall’s Chloe Sher in the round of 32. In the first singles, Srna Stosljevic performed well but lost to Seton Hall’s Hannah Liljkevist in straight sets in the round of 16. Freshman Emma Alderman
continues to be one of Glenn Marshall’s biggest assets this season, as she advanced to the finals where she took on Stony Brook’s Adesuwa Osabouhien. Lucy Nutting played well for the Huskies in the second singles, progressing to the quarterfinals. Other notable standouts moving forward for UConn are Shea Flanagan and Jen Learmonth who took part in the singles event over the weekend. Alex Bergman and Marie Gargiulo also worked tirelessly before falling to players from Seton Hall and Stony Brook, respectively. For doubles, UConn will rely on the contingents of Alderman and Nutting along with Weinberg and Stosljevic.
Nowitzki think Mavs can do something with Plan B DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki is a new dad with a couple of new guards joining him in the starting lineup for the Dallas Mavericks. The 7-foot German star hopes his knee acts like new as well. Nowitzki, whose daughter was born during the summer, thinks the Mavericks can make Plan B work after saying during the offseason that the franchise had to have one in case Dwight Howard chose to play elsewhere. When the former Orlando and Los Angeles Lakers center picked Houston, Dallas made long-term commitments for the first time since Nowitzki re-signed before the franchise's first championship season in 2010-11, adding guards Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon to a roster with nine newcomers. The idea was to make life a little easier for the 35-year-old Nowitzki after knee surgery kept him out the first 27 games last season and the Mavericks missed the playoffs for the first time since his second year in 2000. "I think as much pressure as we'll take off Dirk, I think he'll take more pressure off us," said
Ellis, who figures to shoulder some of the scoring load. "How defenses play him, it will really open up a lot to drive, kick, find players. My ability to create for myself and others I think is going to be great." Center Samuel Dalembert is Nowitzki's new partner in the starting frontcourt, and three veterans were added to the bench in guards Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington, and forward DeJuan Blair. Harris started his career in Dallas as the No. 5 overall pick nine years ago, and Blair was with the rival San Antonio Spurs his first four seasons. Defensive stalwart Shawn Marion and Vince Carter, whose career was rejuvenated at the 3-point line, are the other two key veterans coming back alongside Nowitzki. "We've got some drivers, we've got some shooters, we've got some playmakers, we've got some defenders," Nowitzki said during media day Monday, the eve of training camp. "Hopefully we can all make it work and mesh."
ties as footballers and how to make their respective teams more well rounded. Giggs used to run up and down the pitch like a mad man and now comfortably sits in the midfield patrolling any onrushing attacks. Kaka may not have the lightening quickness of Ronaldo or Bale but his vision to thread a pass may again make his entire squad look better. While Kaka settles down once again in Milan, Bale will be temporarily renting his mansion in Madrid so he doesn't go stir-crazy like Michael Owen did during his time in Spain. Kaka will make his money elsewhere, claiming nearly £12,000 per month off Bale's temporarily residence. With his heart in the right place, Kaka can do no wrong. While his long-term fitness is not in question, according to Milan vice president Adriano Gallaini, the Brazilian will serve his cause properly in Milan, where he will likely end his career.
Coughlin laughs off Victor Cruz criticism
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Being 0-4 for the second time in his coaching career hasn't cost Tom Coughlin his sense of humor. The two-time Super-Bowl winning leader of the New York Giants was ready Monday when asked about receiver Victor Cruz's postgame criticism of his decision to punt one day earlier on fourthand-less than a yard from the New York 30 with the team down 10-7. The ensuing punt was returned 89 yards for a touchdown by Dexter McCluster, and the Chiefs never looked back in a 31-7 win on Sunday. Coughlin downplayed the criticism as frustration and said he challenged his best receiver on Monday to duke it out. "I gave him a chance to say something today, and I won't tell you what we said," Coughlin quipped. "I asked him if he wanted to fight." Cruz wasn't in the locker room Monday to discuss the playful exchange. "That's between he and I, but it was in good humor," Coughlin said. " I didn't ask him what his thinking was. I don't understand why you guys are making so much out of something like that. It's kind of comical." The punt return came one play after Cruz came up about two feet short of a first down on a third and 17. The officials originally marked the ball at the Giants 31 and ruled a first down. Chiefs coach Andy Reid challenged the spot, and the call was overturned. Coughlin didn't hesitate to punt. "Come on. Come on," Coughlin said Monday. "The ball is at the minus 30. It's the third quarter and it's 10-7 and we've had little or no success with our short yardage. We're 0-2 (on fourth down) on the year. I'm not concerned." After the game, Cruz had complained the Giants needed to take a risk and make something happen down late in the third and sporting an 0-3 record.
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Oct. 19 Cincinnati TBA
Oct. 5 UCF 7 p.m.
The UConn football team’s average rushing yards per game this season, the worst by any FBS team.
Oct. 26 UCF TBA
Oct. 9 Rutgers 7 p.m.
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Nov. 8 Louisville 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 SMU TBA
Like NFL, players considering law suit AP
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“I’m changing now because we have to have different leadership to get different results.”
Football (0-4) Oct. 12 USF Noon2
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Oct. 12 Memphis 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 Columbia 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (8-4-0) Oct. 4 UCF 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 USF 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 Temple 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 Louisville Noon
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Field Hockey (9-0) Oct. 4 Providence 12:30 p.m.
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Oct. 18 Georgetown 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 Rutgers 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 Temple 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 Oct. 5 Oct. 10 Quinnipiac Quinnipiac Quinnipiac Invitational Invitational 3 p.m. All Day All Day
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Volleyball Oct. 4 UCF 7 p.m.
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Oct. 11 Louisville 6 p.m.
(8-8) Oct. 8 Sacred Heart 7 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (3-0) Oct. 4 Quinnipiac Invitational All Day
Women’s Tennis Today Quinnipiac 3 p.m.
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Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 13 Women’s Women’s Women’s College Inv. College Inv. College Inv. All Day All Day All Day
Women’s Cross Country Oct. 12 New Englands 3 p.m.
Oct. 19 Wisc. Adidas Inv. Noon
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Nov. 15 East Regional 11 a.m.
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Moriah Jefferson brings the ball up court in a UConn women’s basketball workout. The Huskies held their first media session of the season before an informal workout in Gampel Pavilion Monday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Known as “Mr. Devil,” Ken Daneyko lost front teeth playing hockey, had a pretty stout fight card, and often displayed ruthless aggression en route to winning the Stanley Cup three times. He laments the fading of the pure “enforcer” role, and the on-ice code of justice that was so ingrained in hockey’s culture. But Daneyko, who spent 20 years with the New Jersey Devils, understands the game had to evolve. The elbows to the head, the vicious checks, the cheap shots absorbed for most players not long after they were toddlers on skates add up, and take a brutal toll on a man’s health. While the game is still violent, it clearly has changed. With a greater emphasis on head injury awareness these days — in all sports — it pretty much had to. But look no further than hockey for proof. “I know certain guys have had some serious head injuries over the years,” Daneyko said. “But we play a game with a lot of risk. We understood that at the time. I knew the risks. I played the game hard and got out of it — fortunately — relatively unscathed.” He’s a lucky one. But check the headlines and it’s easy to find retired athletes who built careers in contact sports like hockey and football, who now suffer from brain trauma or other ailments directly caused by years of taking — and delivering — the big hit. And for one league, the bill has come due. Just a month after scores of former NFL players were awarded damages in a highly publicized lawsuit against the NFL, might it be time for some of the NHL’s retirees to do the same? The NFL agreed to pay out more than threequarters of a billion dollars to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players, perhaps the kind of action that could be on the horizon for the NHL, where each blow to head is as punishing as the ones dished out on 100-yard fields. The crux of the NFL lawsuit wasn’t as much about players — living with the miserable effects of dementia or other concussion-related health problems — wanting their cut of the bounty, but how they instead accused the NFL of concealing the long-term dangers of concussions. That might not be the case with the NHL, but there is enough to draw a comparison. “Medically and scientifically, the similarities are there,” said Philadelphia lawyer Larry Coben, who filed the first concussion lawsuit against the NFL. “Legally, there may be distinctions that are tougher and easier.” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman declined comment on the impact of the NFL lawsuit. But he said the league has been proactive for decades in addressing head injuries. “We have, on our own, a long history, going back to 1997, of taking concussions very seriously,” Bettman said. “We spend a lot of time, money and effort working with the players’ association on player safety.”
Miller speaks out against Russia’s anti-gay law PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Bode Miller felt no need to measure his words when asked about Russia’s anti-gay law. “’I think it’s absolutely embarrassing that there’s countries and there’s people who are that intolerant and that ignorant,” he said Monday, one of the few athletes willing to take a stand on the subject at the U.S. Olympic media summit featuring Sochi hopefuls. ‘But it’s not the first time,” Miller said. “We’ve been dealing with human-rights issues probably since there were humans.” At 35 and with five Olympic medals to his credit, Miller is trying for his fifth Winter Games. He has, over the years, built a reputation as an unconventional firebrand, unafraid to state his opinion on sports, skiing or society in general. He said the Russian law puts athletes in an awkward position. “I think it’s unfortunate when they get stuffed together because there are politics in sports and athletics,” Miller said. “They always are intertwined, even though people try to keep them separate or try to act like they’re separate. Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of a philosophy and ... then tell them they can’t express their views or
they can’t say what they believe, I think is pretty hypocritical or unfair.” The USOC’S official stance, first communicated in August in a letter to athletes and others in the Olympic community, is that it disagrees with the law but that a boycott is out of the question. “We’re trying to educate the athletes that we’re getting all the assurances we can from the IOC that athletes will be safe, fans will be safe, and everyone in Sochi will be able to focus on competition,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. The USOC, which brings more athletes to the games and more TV and advertising dollars to the table than any Olympic federation, has shown no desire so far to use that heft to lead a protest that might pressure the Russian hosts. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun and chairman Larry Probst have a news conference set for Tuesday, but aren’t expected to break any new ground on the issue. Like Miller, figure skater Ashley Wagner was also irritated by the law, which bans propagandizing “nontraditional” relationships. “I firmly believe that your preferences don’t make you any less of a being. It’s not what defines you,” said Wagner, who has gay friends
and family members. “It’s inconvenient to talk about,” she said. “But it’s something I feel so strongly about.” Last week, a top Olympic official said the IOC didn’t have the authority to intervene in Russia’s lawmaking and is convinced there will be no discrimination against athletes or spectators at the games. Jean-Claude Killy, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, gave his stamp of approval of Russian preparations for the games during a news conference at the conclusion of the commission’s final visit to Sochi before the Olympics, which begin on Feb. 7. Killy said the commission considered the issue carefully and in the end was fully convinced that Russia will respect the Olympic charter, which prohibits discrimination of any kind. He said the IOC had received written assurances from Russian officials there would be no discrimination. Typical of the responses from the 30 or so athletes at the summit was the one from defending figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek, who said he trusted the USOC’s judgment. “They’re there as our organization and association to protect us, make sure that we — our coaches,
our trainers, our teams — are all safe, and I have no doubt they’ll do that,” Lysacek said. Bobsledders, including Lolo Jones and Olympic gold medalist Steve Holcomb, said athletes knew this topic was going to come up. “It’s tricky, because, obviously, the Olympics is about uniting everyone,” Jones said. Holcomb said: “A lot of people were talking about boycotting it and my two cents on it is: Boycotting it, that’s exactly what the Russians want. Do you know how excited they would be knowing I’m not going to show up at the Olympics? Sweet! Gold medal, right there. “It would be so much better to go over there and kick their butt. That, right there, would say so much. That’s just my opinion.” Political issues envelop almost every Olympics in one form or another — a fact not lost on Miller. “If they let me make the rules, I’ll switch it for you, and I can solve a lot of stuff real quickly,” he said. “Unfortunately, no one has elected me or given me that kind of power so far. I’m not holding my breath. My main emotion when I hear and deal with situations like that is embarrassment. As a human being, I think it’s embarrassing.”
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
T.J. TAKES CHARGE
Offensive coordinator T.J. Weist named interim head coach By Matt Stypulkoski Associate Sports Editor
Tim Fontenault When UConn walked off the field on Saturday after a 41-12 loss to Buffalo, Warde Manuel stood on the sidelines. Paul Pasqualoni walked past him without getting a second look from the boss. If the writing on the wall was not visible before, it certainly became clear then. Pasqualoni had just coached his final game for UConn. On Monday morning, Manuel made the move fans and taxpayers across Connecticut had been waiting for; Pasqualoni was relieved of his duties as the head football coach of the Huskies. Pasqualoni has indeed been relieved of his duties, but it may be more accurate to say that UConn fans were relieved of Paul Pasqualoni. What a difference 28 games can make. It now seems like a lifetime ago that the Huskies were playing in the Fiesta Bowl against an Oklahoma team that barely missed out on a spot in the National Championship Game. In 28 games, Pasqualoni has taken a BCS-bound team and coached it into the ground. In 28 games, he turned the UConn football team into a weekly special on Comedy Central. In 28 games, he lost the faith of the fans, the administration and his players. The only people that were upset at UConn on Monday were the people who failed their first exam of the semester. Not even the football players were upset. At 11 a.m., five of them were sitting around a table, laughing and smiling the entire time. Twitter was abuzz with talk of players celebrating in classes and walking around campus, and former players, some who never played for Pasqualoni, are making their opinions known. “About damn time,” said Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler, a second-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. “Now let’s WIN,” said New York Jets linebacker Danny Lansanah, who played at UConn until 2008. Robert McClain, now a cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, started in Sunday night’s game between the Falcons and Patriots on NBC. During NBC’s player introductions, starters will commonly mention the school they played at before they jumped to the NFL.
» FONTENAULT, page 10
The performance of T.J. Weist’s football team is still very much to be determined, but his brief work in front of the podium Monday was full of “energy.” That was a word that beared repeating throughout the new interim head coach’s 30 minutes in front of the media. “It’s time to get to work,” Weist said. “I don’t need to talk a lot…it’s time to get back to work and get back to work with energy, with passion, with enthusiasm and like I told our guys today, we need every guy to be all-in. We need every guy in our program – male, female, everybody – to buy in and to be part of what we’re going to do.” The refocusing of the UConn football program comes after four straight losses to open the season, including a humiliating 41-12 loss at Buffalo this past weekend that ultimately cost Paul Pasqualoni his head coaching job. Weist, who was hired this past offseason as the Huskies’ new offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, became the man for the job when athletic director Warde Manuel decided change was afoot. “I’m changing now because we had to have different leadership in order to get different results,” Manuel said. Despite the changes, Manuel stressed that he refused to surrender the rest of the season and simply begin looking to the future, a message that Weist seemed to take to heart. “We have to play every single week so that we set our focus to execute on offense and defense and special teams,” Weist said. “Execute with passion, with energy, with class, with character, with pride in this university and come out to work every single day to win and to be successful.” Of course, the former Alabama wide receiver and, most recently, Cincinnati wide receivers coach is also well aware that he is coaching for his future within the program.
T.J. Weist is flanked by his son, James, and wife, Karen, at a press conference in the Burton facitility on UConn’s campus Monday. Weist, the Huskies’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, was made interim head coach following the dismissal of Paul Pasqualoni.
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Men’s basketball opens practice, kicks off new season By Tim Fontenault Sports Editor The UConn men’s basketball team began practice for the 2013-14 season on Saturday, 41 days before the Huskies open at the Barclays Center against Maryland. Huskies focus on rebounding UConn ranked 243rd in the country in rebounding with 33.1 boards per game during the 2012-13 season. The struggles on the boards showed in the rebounding margin, as the Huskies ranked 290th in the country with -3.5. After spending about two hours in Guyer Gymnasium, second-year head coach Kevin Ollie brought his team over to Gampel Pavilion where they only worked on one thing: rebounding. “I want to be plus on the backboards, and I want to put a number up there that’s going
to allow us to win,” Ollie said. Calhoun recovering well “Just look in the stats; if you’re after surgery plus five, you’re doing good. Following an impressive That allows you to be keeping freshman campaign, UConn teams under 40 percent.” guard Omar Calhoun had offUConn used the time in season surgery that kept him Gampel to work on clearing out for four months over the out defenders to create oppor- summer. tunities to rebound, Calhoun, who sending out one big averaged 11.1 man at a time to points and 3.9 work on creating rebounds per game rebounding chancduring the 2012-13 es. The goal, Ollie season, suffered said, is to work on from femoral acetechnique. tabular impinge“We’re getting ment, which better,” Ollie said. required surgery “We’ve got to get during which surstronger. We’ve got geons shaved off to get in the weight part of his hip Notebook room. We’ve got to bones. hit first, and then we have “I’m surprisingly happy with some techniques that we put his progress and the different in [Saturday], and we’re going things he’s able to do, to be out to keep working on them and for four months,” Ollie said. sharpening them up. Guys “He pushed through.” aren’t getting them yet, but this The sophomore could have is a marathon, not a sprint.” signaled to be taken out of
practice on Saturday without judgment being passed. But Calhoun never asked to sit out or to receive medical attention. “A couple times I thought he was going to tap out but he didn’t, and that’s showing character,” Ollie said. “I think all of our team fed off of that, and him being out for four months and coming back… shows a lot to me. It shows that he has heart, shows that he’s getting better, that he’s matured as a freshman to a sophomore.” Freshmen, transfers make first appearance The Huskies have added three freshmen – guard Terrence Samuel and forwards Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey – for the 2013-14 season, and welcomed in two transfers, Lasan Kromah from George Washington and Rodney Purvis from North Carolina State. Purvis is not eligible to play this season due to NCAA
rules about transfers, but is still practicing with the team. Kromah, meanwhile, is eligible right away as a graduate student, having only used three years of eligibility during his time at George Washington. All five players took the floor on Saturday, despite Purvis being out this season and the uncertainty surrounding Facey’s eligibility, as the NCAA continues to evaluate the situation. Ollie was pleased with what he saw, but is being cautiously optimistic. “I see them playing hard. I see they’re long and athletic, and they move well, so it’s not some slow bigs,” Ollie said. “They move well, they cover different areas. They rebound out of their areas, so I was impressed with their work ethic. But they’ve got a long way to go for them to even touch the court.”
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Men’s tennis wins three titles in UConn Invitational tourney By Matt Zampini Campus Correspondent Over the weekend, the men’s tennis team hosted the UConn Invitational on the Storrs campus where six other schools traveled to compete. Among the other teams that participated in the tournament were Boston University, the University of Hartford, Merrimack College, Sacred Heart University and Bryant University. The Huskies had an impressive performance over the weekend, making six appearances in flight finals and winning three titles. UConn junior Jacob Spreyer was the big winner for the Huskies this weekend capturing two titles. Spreyer is coming off a recent injury but performed like he had been playing all sea-
son. On Saturday, Spreyer and freshman teammate Chris Toner combined to win the doubles championship in Flight D by defeating the duo of Matt Dean and Brian Power of Sacred Heart, 8-1. On Sunday, Spreyer won the singles championship in Flight 2 by fighting back from a set down to defeat Patrick Sell of Quinnipiac, 0-6, 7-6, 10-8. Junior Josh Palmer and sophomore Zac McEntee were also winners over the weekend. The two earned the doubles championship of Flight D by defeating Brandon Phan and Mario Sandoval of Boston University, 8-3. The dynamic duo in doubles for the Huskies this season has been senior captain Ryan Carr and junior Wayne Harrell. The two reached the finals of the A Flight before losing to Boston University’s Chanon
Varapongsittikul and Jesse Frieder, 6-8. The Huskies had two other players reach finals in the single flights. McEntee advanced to the finals in Flight 6 after winning two matches in straight sets. He then lost to BU’s Emilio Teran, 3-6, 0-6 in the championship match. Palmer made it to the finals in Flight 8 before dropping the championship match to Bryant’s Joe Sterry 4-6, 6-4, 8-10. The top team performance over the weekend went to Boston University, a team that the Huskies beat just over a week ago. BU appeared in nine flight finals, winning five of them (four in singles, one in doubles). UConn has the week off before heading to Hamden for the Quinnipiac Invitational.
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The UConn men’s tennis team hosted an invitational tournament this weekend. The Huskies made an appearance in six flight finals and won three flights. Winners included Jacob Spreyer, Chris Tomer, Josh Palmer and Zach McEntee.