Volume CXIX No. 38
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Transformer explodes and catches fire Incident causes UConn server to crash, text alert system proves essential
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By Mike Corasaniti, Kim Wilson, Christian Fecteau Daily Campus Staff A transformer in front of the Charles B. Gentry School of Education Building exploded and caught fire Wednesday, leaving several buildings on campus without power and leading UConn emergency response personnel to block off parts of Glenbrook Road. There were no injuries, said UConn Fire Chief John Mancini. Conn. Light and Power and the UConn electrical department are still investigating the cause of the explosion. Fire Chief Mancini said there is no danger and that the area was evacuated immediately following the explosion as a precaution. Wood Hall and Jorgensen will remain without power until CL&P and the UConn electrical department are able to repair the switchbox, Mancini said. Capt. Hans D. Rhynhart of the UConn Police Department said it is uncertain how long repairs could take. “Repair could be anywhere from two hours to twelve hours depending on whether they would need additional equipment,” Rhynhart said. As a result of the explosion, the UConn server was down. Students could not access UConn
sites, log into library computers or use Huskymail. “The other thing that happened, I’m not sure, but as a result of the power outage, the university server stopped working so people were not able to receive e-mail,” Rhynhart said. “I think if you tried to access your email, it wouldn’t be able to. That’s where texting was the most efficient way to reach people. We wanted people to stay safe and stay away from that area to allow our emergency electrical workers to work there.” The road was blocked off with emergency vehicles and police lines from one end of the Gentry Building to past the Central Utility Plant down the road. “There was a big boom and flash and then the power went out,” said Joshua Wilson, a doctoral student of educational psychology who was in the Gentry Building at the time the transformer overheated. “A fireman told us it was possibly leaking PCBs, which might be flammable and hazardous to breathe in,” he said. Polychlorinated biphenyl molecules, or PCBs, were often used as coolant fluids and often mixed with mineral oil in transformers. PCBs were banned by U.S. Congress in 1979 due to their environmental toxicity and pollutant qualities.
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A transformer in front of the Charles B. Gentry School of Education Building, pictured above, exploded and caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Many buildings were without power and surrounding buildings were evacuated immediately after the explosion as a precaution. A fireman on the scene who did not give his name was asked if the transformer was leaking anything, and he replied, “No.” Several UConn emergency response personnel and vehicles were on hand at the scene, including firemen, policemen and two men in hazmat suits that arrived via a Special Hazard High Voltage truck. “This has happened before, the last time it happened was about five years ago up at Storrs Hall,” said another fireman at the scene who did not want to give his
name. “Nothing was damaged.” UConn students were notified by the UConn alert system shortly after 2 p.m. that there was an “electrical emergency in the area of the Gentry Bldg.” and to “stay clear of the area until further notice.” “The lights went out and then they came back,” said Jennifer Wiley, a second-year graduate student in the school of counseling who was on the third floor of the Gentry Building when the transformer overheated. “We all got the alerts on our phone but
at this point nobody has told us what to do or where to go.” Some rooms in the Gentry Building were closed, including the Department of Educational Psychology, which is located on the ground floor on the side of the building closest to Glenbrook Road. The door had a sign on it that read, “Do not enter per UCFD 6-4925.” Shortly after 3 p.m., UConn Alert sent out a message that read, “The electrical emergency has ended. It is now safe to return to your buildings and resume normal activities.”
Questions on the focus and purpose UConn to receive $2.1 of USG result in heated discussion million in federal grants
Funds will be distributed to graduate students in five different departments
By Katherine Tibedo Senior Staff Writer A heated discussion arose about the focus and purpose of the Undergraduate Student Government at its caucus Wednesday night. “I don’t think we know what we do other than funding,” said Speaker of the Senate Shiv Gandhi, a 4th-semester molecular cell biology major. Being a USG member, Gandhi added, “It’s an influential position; we have the students behind us.” The discussion came out of talk of a new program aimed at Tier II organizations which are those that can apply for USG funding. President Stephen Petkis questioned the program’s proposed goal to reach out to Tier II organizations specifically. “We do not represent Tier II organizations,” he said. While he agreed that new outreach programs are needed, Petkis, a 7th-semester political science and human rights double major, expressed concern that the Tier II outreach program would create a new set of constituents that would divert Senators’ time away from the constituents whom they represent.
By Jackie Wattles Campus Correspondent
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At the University Student Government meeting this Wednesday, members questioned the focus and purpose of the organization in what became a heated discussion.
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Student seeking master’s degree dead By Samm Roberts Campus Correspondent Scott Henry Guild, a UConn student, passed away Monday, Sept. 24. He was pursuing a Master’s Degree in accounting so that he could teach full time at the college level.
He is survived by his wife Linda, children Rogan and Katelyn Guild, sisters Joanne Sorenson and Jeanette Ryder, and brothers Robert and James Guild. A memorial service to honor Guild’s life will be held at the Elk’s Lodge in Eureka, Calif. on Thursday,
Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made to the Scott Guild Memorial Scholarship Fund via the Humboldt Area Foundation. Condolences to the Guild family can be sent to the Office of Student Services and Advocacy, Unit 4062.
Departments of the UConn graduate school will receive $2.1 million in federal grants over the next three years. At UConn, five different departments will be receiving portions of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (Gann): the School of Nursing; Neag School of Education, department of chemical, materials and biomolecular engineering; department of electrical and computer engineering; and the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the school of engineering. Grants are awarded annually to institutions of higher education from the US Department of Education. The funds are distributed in the form of fellowships to students pursuing the highest degree in areas deemed in “national need.” The interim vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate school, Kent Holsinger, said the grant speaks volumes about the quality of UConn’s graduate school. “Few institutions receive more than one of these awards,” Holsinger said. “For UConn to receive five is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the quality of the graduate programs in which these fellowships will be awarded.” The funds are awarded to stu-
dents at the discretion of the grantwinning department. Recipients are selected on merit and financial need and are selected from the pool of students who have gone through the admissions process. The fellowships are used partly to cover tuition and fees but may also be used to cover books, computer hardware or other expenses incurred throughout a student’s research. Mun Choi, the interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the department of mechanical engineering, said the grant money provided to the Office of the Provost and engineering department is for research in sustainable green energy and will allow the department to give out about 100 different fellowships. The School of Nursing will be receiving the largest grant at $540,000. Carol Polifroni, an associate professor of nursing instruction and research, said this grant is in response to the nation’s growing need for nursing educators. “You read all the time there’s a shortage of nurses, but there’s a bigger shortage for nursing faculty,” Polifroni said. “This money lets us provide students with the opportunity even if they’re not financially able.” John Chandy, the associate head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, said this grant is significant for American
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Human Resources and the Work/Life Oversight Committee are supporting National Work and Family Month for October 2012.
A traveling visual display of t-shirts made by survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence aimed at raising awareness about gender violence.
Bruce Cohen Poetry Reading 6 to 7 p.m. Co-Op Bruce Cohen will be reading from his newest book of poetry, Placebo Junkies Conspiring with the Half-Asleep. Admission is free.
Lipsync 8 to 10 p.m. Gampel Pavilion Join the 6,000+ audience and watch the student organizations compete for the first place trophy in this Homecoming 2012 event.
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Boy, 1, injured in New Haven shooting
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say in New Haven say a 1-and-half-year-old boy has been injured in a shooting. The boy was in the arms of his sister on the front porch of a multi-family house Wednesday afternoon when he was shot in the abdomen. Police say the boy was rushed into surgery at a nearby hospital and is in stable condition. Investigators say they are pursuing leads including the possibility that the gunshots were fired from a dark-colored sedan as it drove through the neighborhood.
Ex-sports club director accused of sex with kids
LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The former director of a now-closed sports center in New Milford has been charged with sexual assault allegedly involving two children. The Republican American and Register Citizen report that David Armory of Brookfield was arraigned in Bantam Superior Court on Tuesday on charges of sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and having illegal sexual contact with children under the age of 16. Amory’s lawyer said the allegations are “absolutely untrue.” The 48-year-old Amory was released on $30,000 bond. He was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 18, excluding his own children. The website of Top Flight Gymnastics Center Inc. in New Milford says it closed on Aug. 5 due to financial problems.
Dozens protest shooting of naked Alabama student
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of students gathered at the site of a deadly campus shooting on Wednesday to protest the killing of a naked, unarmed student by a University of South Alabama police officer. A smaller group rallied to support the embattled police department and officer Trevis Austin, 27, who fatally shot 18-year-old Gil Collar early Saturday. Investigators have said Collar took the hallucinogenic drug LSD at a Mobile music festival before returning to campus and having a bizarre drug-induced meltdown and pounding on the police station’s glass door. Austin came out of the station with his weapon drawn and shot and killed Collar after the one-time high school wrestler continued to advance and refused to follow police commands, authorities have said. The protesters said they want campus police to carry Tasers and believe the officer should have subdued Collar without killing him. “The kid was 18 and kids that age experiment with stuff like that,” said Caroline De Freitas, 34 and a nursing student. “We really need a way to deal with that type of crisis without using deadly force.” De Freitas circulated a petition demanding that administrators change the police department’s guidelines and supply officers with Tasers. “Gil was murdered,” read one sign. “Students want solutions,” read another. Jason Carey, 29 and a former student, said the problem is the police officers’ training.
Mass. gov: Drug firm may have misled regulators
BOSTON (AP) — The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday. Meanwhile, a second pharmacy connected to the New England Compounding Center in Framingham has shut down for state and federal inspection. The New England Compounding Center made a steroid that was used in injections for back pain that were later found contaminated. More than 130 people in 11 states have been sickened. Twelve have died. On Wednesday, Patrick told reporters that state and federal agencies “may have been misled by some of the information we were given” by the New England Compounding Center. The company was licensed to fill specific prescriptions for specific patients but exceeded that, he said. “What they were doing instead is making big batches and selling them out of state as a manufacturer would, and that is certainly outside of their state license,” he said. Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Ed Markey seized on Patrick’s statement, and sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking if it believes it was misled by the company. “This company may have disregarded federal guidelines, and we need to know from the FDA whether the company misled regulatory authorities and if sanctions against the company are available or warranted,” Markey said.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
College Republicans hold first meeting of semester
By Chris Kelly Campus Correspondent
About 20 students packed into a Student Union meeting room Tuesday night to discuss the business of the College Republicans, plan speaker events and elect a Vice President. They are starting the semester with events such as a visit from Alex Epstein to speak on energy, a trip to see the premiere of “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” and an upcoming debate between the College Democrats and College Republicans on Oct. 29. The College Republicans organized themselves by electing a Vice President from a pool of four candidates and began the process of creating committee chairs. The committees operate independent of club meetings and
include divisions such as Recruitment and External Affairs which are two especially important committees for the organization this year. “With our new vice president elected and Mark [Sargent] setting up the Chairs, I think that our Recruitment Chair will be really important in getting things done,” said member Kristine Douglin, a 7th-semester political science and history double major. Recruitment is the self-stated focus of the College Republicans this semester, according to fifth-semester Political Science and Economics major and College Republicans President Mark Sargent. Sargent spent a majority of the meeting stressing the importance of publicizing through demonstrating on campus and being well-organized through the committees. He admitted
that the organization has been through a rough patch in terms of recruiting and maintaining a presence on campus but that they were in a strong position this year. It is a crucial time for the political organizations on campus with the Murphy-McMahon debate hosted by Fox CT and The Hartford Courant coming to the Jorgensen and the elections in November. Many of the organization’s members have participated in campaigns in Conn., and they discussed the first presidential debate and recent poll numbers. A representative from Paul Formica’s campaign was present to encourage students to be politically active. Many of the College Republicans’ efforts focus beyond campus, and include reaching out to other organizations in the state and
getting out presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign message. One of the challenges the College Republicans face is lack of awareness and interest by students. While college students have notoriously low levels of voter turnout, there is a high level of activism that is to be expected on campus with the upcoming election, as some students like Drew Pett, a first-semester women’s studies major, are well aware. “I hope to see further involvement in political organizations on campus in the upcoming weeks as the election draws closer and they realize what impact it’s going to have on their lives,” Prett said.
McMahon remodel fails to change student perceptions
By Olivia Balsinger Campus Correspondent For students who ate in McMahon Dining Hall before the remodeled building opened this semester, the differences are clear. The new dining hall is about twice the size and boasts many international options on its daily menus. Additionally, there is a multitude of seating arrangements, such as stools that look directly into areas where the food is prepared, as well as smaller tables with wider chairs. Some students, such as Jennifer Porch, a 3rd-semester communications major, believe that while the new dining hall serves tasty and varied food options, it can be overcrowded. “I think the food is better than other places, and I really like how they give you portions,” said Porch. “The only thing is that the lines get way too long. Unless you get there at the start of each meal, it is not worth going across campus for it.” Another common complaint about McMahon Dining Hall is that there are no trays available for students to carry multiple plates at once. Therefore, it is necessary to make more than one trip to the food lines. However, the tray prob-
lem is not new to the new dining hall set up- in fact, the old McMahon Dining Hall did not have trays available either. “The lack of trays is inconvenient,” said Byron Bunda, a 5th-semester management major. “But McMahon has never had trays. It’s just not set up for it.” Others students complain they haven’t seen much improvement. “As a former resident of West campus, I was disappointed to be moving after the renovation of McMahon was announced,” said Emily Collins, a 7thsemester sociology major. “I usually avoided McMahon because the food was just bland, but figured that would change with the new renovation. I went with my friends a few times and it’s aesthetically pleasing, but that’s about it. The menu it offers isn’t any better or worse than what it used to be. Needless to say I was unimpressed.” Despite the complaints, a fair share of students are generally excited about McMahon Dining Hall and its selection. “The food is awesome,” said Bunda. “It’s constantly changing and it’s all international. It’s something completely different from what the other dining halls serve.”
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The interior of McMahon Dining Hall is about twice the size it was before remodeling.
Funds to be awarded to areas in ‘national need’
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students pursing careers as engineers. “The biggest benefit is that it allows us to recruit American students into our graduate program,” Chandy said. “In engineering we’ve relied a lot on foreign students and these grants allows us to attract and keep American students.” Chandy’s department has been a GAANN recipient for the past three years and a new award this year will provide fellowships for students to continue research and training to increase the security of computer systems. A grant was also awarded to the Neag School of Education to develop a way to increase the number psychometricians—people skilled at measuring psychological elements such as knowledge and personality traits—and educational research methodologists. This grant was awarded based on the national need for increased accountability in education a clear means of measuring improvement.
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USG considers 2 dead, 1 trapped in Fla. parking garage collapse representing tier II organizations
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Neel Rana, a CLAS senator and 5th-semester political science major, pointed out that communication issues exist within the Senate as well. Many ideas discussed by the Senate were also discussed in committee meetings “We as a Senate don’t know what’s going on in the committees,” Rana said. He added that the communication gap between USG and the student body detracts from USG’s power. “Without student support we cannot do anything, “ he said. Senator Daniel Violette, a 7thsemester materials sciences engineering and physics double major and the lead Senator on the Tier II project team, said that the project’s focus is education and communication. Part of the suggested plans include educating Senators about the new funding policies and creating USG cheat sheets, as an easy
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In a photo provided by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, firefighters look over the rubble after a section of a parking garage under construction at a Miami-Dade College campus collapsed, Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Doral, Fla., killing one worker and trapping at least two others in the rubble, officials said. MIAMI (AP) — A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing two people and trapping two others in the rubble, officials said. One worker was rescued amid the debris, but authorities said it could be days before they are able to get the other one out. At least one other was unaccounted for. Eight workers were hurt when the roof of the five-story concrete garage fell, creating a pancake-style collapse on the campus of MiamiDade College, officials said. “It was a floor upon floor, collapsing all the way down to the ground floor,” Miami-Dade FireRescue Capt. Louie Fernandez said. Some workers were taken or brought themselves to the hospital, while others were treated on the scene and sent home. The trapped worker was pinned inside a vehicle. He was receiving oxygen, had an IV inserted into him and was being treated by a physician and a paramedic. Workers were using a crane to try to free him and had the Jaws of Life and hydraulic equipment on site. “The way he’s pinned, we are unable to determine the full extent of his injuries,” Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Lt. Arnold Piedrahita Jr. said late Wednesday, without elaborating. Piedrahita said workers would remain on site all night if necessary. Earlier in the day, authorities said it could be days before they could free the worker. “It’s an inch-by-inch type of thing. Very slow,” Piedrahita said. “There is a big slab of concrete that is crushing where he is. They may have to move that slightly because you don’t want to hurt him.” Asked if the worker was expected to survive, Piedrahita respond-
ed: “He’s not in a good predicament. But he’s talking.” Dogs, firefighters and other people in hard hats walked over piles of concrete, plywood and metal to look for other possible victims. Authorities said at least one worker was still unaccounted for, and a man at the scene who declined to identify himself said he believed his brother, who was working at the garage at the time of the collapse, was still inside somewhere. Victoria Buczynski of Miami said she saw the collapse while she was working at Gurkha Cigars across the street from the construction site at the Miami-Dade College. “It fell to the ground like a house of cards,” Buczynski said. “The construction workers started running out, screaming. It was loud. Our entire building shook.” No students were in the area at the time. The campus was evacu-
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Library bike rental program should be a year-round benefit
he UConn Library allows students to rent more than just books. For the past few semesters, it has implemented a system in which students may rent out bicycles to use every day until 5 p.m. Students from all walks of life have found a use for these bike rentals from getting to classes across campus to just leisurely seeing the sights and getting some exercise. The bikes are subject to safety inspection each time they are used and students are forced to sign a safety waiver and even rent helmets if need-be. Theoretically, the university is not held liable for any injury sustained to students as a result of their use of the bikes. Why then, does this very useful and beneficial system shut down for a majority of the school year during the winter months? Last year, around mid October, the campus stopped allowing students to rent bikes until just after Spring Break. A likely reason is that with weather conditions like snow and black ice, the risk of injury is too high. Having said that, bike rentals do require students to sign a waiver releasing the university of all responsibility. Therefore, risk is one hundred percent on the students. If they wish to continue using the bikes in the off-months, they should have that option. This is especially true for students who use the bikes for transportation to classroom buildings far away from their residence halls. Logic would dictate that the winter months are when those people would want to take advantage of the rentals the most. It is likely that the university will put a hold on the bike rentals again this year and restrict students, specifically those who want the use of the bike but cannot logistically bring one of their own to campus, from riding. Those who implemented the bike rental idea and have made it such a success should be proud of their accomplishment, proud enough to let it continue for as long as possible and provide a service to the UConn community throughout the troubling winter months. It’s possible that there are logistical factors that aren’t available to the public, but the nuts and bolts of the decision seem to be that winter is a bad time for leisure riding and therefore they scrap the program. Students should call on the university to allow the bike rentals year-round so that they may continue to take advantage of a smart, ingenuitive and helpful service that their school has provided for them. The Daily Campus editorial is the official opinion of the newspaper and its editorial board. Commentary columns express opinions held solely by the author and do not in any way reflect the official opinion of The Daily Campus.
Oh McMahon dining hall, how you confuse me so. If I see one more girl tweet about the beautiful fall weather I am going to lose my mind. Today wasn’t beautiful, it was cold and crappy. Let’s embrace that cold crapiness and move on. Fun fact: every InstantDaily has at least one haiku in it. Another fun fact: It’s not this one. So a transformer blew up on campus yesterday and left a ton of buildings out of commission for a few hours. Why is nobody worried about the decepticon revolution?? My bucket lists are probably some of the most inspirational works of literature on this entire campus. But not even they were enough to muster enough motivation to go outside when it rains here. Today is 10/11/12. EVERYBODY FREAK OUT!!! I got a package today. That automatically makes me a better person than you for 24 hours. Hey. You’re awesome. ;) I bet you’re counting the number of syllables in this right now to see if it’s a haiku. Well guess what, IT ISN’T. So what’s the deal if UConn loses to Temple this Saturday? Can we all, like, transfer? There really isn’t anything better than a Panda Bowl when you’re starving your face off. It’s pretty cold out. Maybe I’ll go back to bed. Refrigerator.
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How our dealings with race will define us
hatever the outcome of the presidential election in November, the date will mark a significant anniversary of one of the most proud and historical moments in American history. Roughly four years ago, in 2008, the citizens of this nation chose to allow the office of the commander-in-chief to be held by the first African-American person since our nation’s founding in 1776. Tuesday night, I attended a lecture that Dan Rather gave at Eastern Connecticut State University. During that lecBy Tyler McCarthy ture, he said that Commentary Editor when history is written, hopefully several years down the line, how our generation decides to handle racial equality will be a huge factor in the way that those pages of history are written. He was right. And I think that, as a nation, we have treated the historical nature of Barack Obama being the first African-American to hold the office the best way that we possibly could – by mostly ignoring it. Before I explain myself further, I have to say that my compliments are geared toward the American people and are neither a condemnation nor a defense of the president himself. I say that because, in this volatile time, opinions about the man are being flung left and right and I don’t wish for my point to get clogged up in bipartisan noise. As I mentioned, Barack Obama as an African-American man, has not come up a
great deal in the past four years. When he be praised for not giving him cart blanch was first elected, I didn’t subscribe to the over every decision simply because they idea that he won the race simply because didn’t want to step on the toes of the first Americans wanted to show off their pro- black president in history. Having said gressive attitude by electing a black man. that, I would argue that it was a legitimate However, I had concerns that people would concern for many following the 2008 elecbe willing to give him a tion. So while it is a narpass on key issues because row view that I’m using, they wanted their children specifically to draw to be able to read hisattention to this particutory books about the first lar point of race, I must African-American presicongratulate Democratic dent being a wild success and Republican critics story. I made the unnecalike for making Barack essary proclamation sevObama stand on merit as eral times in 2008 that it a president and not a hiswould be history’s job to torical African American judge the president on his figure and, although adequacy as the first black I cannot speak for the man to be commander-inman, I’m sure that he chief and that it was our would, too. job, as citizens under his I’m proud, as a young administration, to pretend American, that the danger Tyler McCarthy, of writing off the previthat his race was a nonissue. It is not the job of Commentary Editor ous four years as being the people in the present too historical to touch to begin writing history. was no real danger at all. While Rather was right to remind our gen- I’m proud that the race for the next four eration that the future will be reviewing our years is in a dead heat that has precious performance someday, we can not allow little, if not nothing, to do with the fact that the wish of a successful African-American one candidate is a white man and the other president to be the father of the story. a black man. I’m proud that, for everything I say that this was an unnecessary claim that our generation seems to be keen to because, through what I’m sure has nothing screw up, we’re at least not allowing our to do with my constant proclamation, the view of history to skew, tire or get away president has not been held to any histori- from us. cal standard as a black man – yet. It would seem that, as a generation, we’re allowing the historians of generations to come to Commentary Editor Tyler McCarthy is a 7thworry about that issue. As well we should. I admit that it is a weird thing to think semester journalism and English double major. He about, the fact that Obama’s critics should can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
“We have treated the historical nature of Barack Obama the best way that we possibly could – by mostly ignoring it.”
If you are thinking about graduate school, think again
f I told you that one or more of your professors might qualify for food stamps, would you be surprised? There is a rising underclass in the academic world and it goes by the inoffensive name of “adjunct.” Adjunct, sometimes known as “visiting assistant,” professors are fully qualified scholars in every By Nate Herter sense of the Staff Columnist term – though the proper term might be “disposable.” They are not eligible for tenure and are regularly hired on limited one-year contracts that their college is not required to renew. They do not receive benefits and too often are not considered a regular part of the university faculty. UConn employs more than its fair share of them. They also happen to be paid less – a lot less. These hardworking educators can be paid anywhere between $2,000 – $4,500 per class per semester, with lower pay all too common. Do the math – at a generous $3,000, and teaching the regular load for tenured faculty of 4-5 classes a year, that nets a dehumanizing $15,000 dollars a semester, or slightly over the federal poverty before taxes.
The numbers of adjunct faculty at universities is also growing at an alarming rate. Spurred ever on by the desire to farm out for even cheaper labor, universities are accepting graduate students well out of proportion with the actual opportunities in any given field, and employing them as TA’s in large courses for free. When they graduate, there are so many newly minted Ph.D’s available that it is easy to get them to accept a job, any job, even if it is adjunct labor. This is the vicious cycle of modern academia that your advisors haven’t told you about. Any sane person can see this is unsustainable, but there are few within college administrations, lured by their lower pay and often compelled by budget cutbacks. Presidents everywhere continue to hire temporary faculty at a rate drastically outpacing tenure-track hires. An estimated 67 percent of all professors at public universities are temporary workers. All the while, the howls of frustration from this exploited and invisible class are collected online, on websites like Adjunct Project and College Misery. Is it any wonder, then, that many are looking to college as the next big bubble about to burst?
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But not everyone sees this as an entirely bad thing. I spoke with Roger Travis Jr., tenured professor of classics – and my advisor – about the issue. He sees the decline of the tenured professor as an opportunity for substantive change: “This system we’ve had for the past few hundred years is going away - and that’s good,” he said. Travis sees the shift towards part-time labor as an inevitable shift in how we think of universities and a college education. He’s not alone. The New York Times reported recently on the rising trend of online classes and their potential to change the game. It is undeniable that online courses will change the way that faculty relate to the university, at least. There have also been serious and compelling proposals for a dramatic reform of the university itself: these include the abolition of departments, tenure, and traditional degrees. These would be replaced with program and area concentrations, seven-year faculty contracts and new credentialing systems. All must be considered to make teaching at the post-secondary level an option once again. But, to put it callously, this does nothing for me. Or for you, if you have always dreamed of an academic life. Still the
ranks of adjuncts grow, and the adjuncts themselves grow more miserable. It is not clear what can be done for those already trapped in the system, though Travis suggests that any current grad students immediately check out the world of alt.ac, or Alternate Academia, where Ph.D’s who reject the gristmill work together to create new opportunities for the untenured and unappreciated. As for potential students? “Realize that you’ve been in school all your life,” Travis carefully responds, “and that the misery you will put yourself through if you go to grad school is much more avoidable than you think it is.” Some comfort. But perhaps it is time to adapt to this new reality or maybe to consider changing things ourselves. Our professors deserve better, and we can and should do something for those that come after us, too. If you think this doesn’t affect you, ask yourself whether or not you want your favorite professor to have to live this way. I didn’t think so. Staff Columnist Nate Herter is a 5th semester classics major. He can be reached at Nathaniel.Herter@UConn.edu.
is upset that empty headed puppets are trying to brain wash and indoctrinate A mericans . P erhaps they could sue them for copyright infringement .” –J on S tewart on PBS
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Senior Scoop 2013 winner
» FROM THE WRITER’S DESK
Writing The Class of 2013 flavor is mint Oreo fudge; up to seniors to pick official name about other cultures
By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer
Continuing a tradition started last year, student judges decided on a Senior Scoop for the Class of 2013 in the Student Union. The winner was a mint Oreo fudge flavor. The Senior Scoop is a collaborative effort between the Senior Transition and Engagement Program, the UConn Dairy Bar and Dining Services. Making over 26,000 pounds of ice cream each year and having over 200,000 visitors from all over New England, the Dairy Bar has won numerous awards and will hold the newest flavor chosen this year. The Senior Scoop event was created by President Susan Herbst as a way for seniors to leave their mark on the school. “Last year was the first year UConn kicked off this idea,” said Navi Cheema, the hostess of the event, who was crowned Homecoming Queen on Tuesday night. “We had so many more participants this year. I think it’s gonna stick around.” Cheema was the Master of Ceremonies for the Senior Scoop where UConn seniors were able to select an ice cream flavor combination that represents their class. To begin the process for the selection, the Senior Transition and Engagement Program sent out emails to seniors with choices for ice cream flavors. They were able to choose between 15 to 18 base flavors of ice cream, 10 to 12 mixes to put in the ice cream and 10 to 12 different kinds of swirls. “We took seven or eight flavors that had the most entries,” said Dan Doerr,
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UConn’s homecoming queen Navi Cheema hosts Senior Scoop for the Class of 2013. The panel includes five judges: Stephanie Elliot, Heng Chen, Molly Callahan, Nisarg Chhaya and Darlene Desir. Of three final flabors, the group chose mint Oreo fudge.
Director of the Senior Transition and Engagement Program. “We gave the panel those flavors and they decided what they thought would best represent their class.” The panel included five judges who were present at the Scoop Selection to make a final decision between three flavors. They included Stephanie Elliot, Heng Chen, Molly Callahan, Nisarg Chhaya and Darlene Desir. Cheema gave brief introductions the judges while sharing
information about them with the audience, including their favorite ice cream flavor and asking what they have on their UConn Bucket List. There were three finalists. The first flavor had a mint base with Oreo mix and fudge swirl. Each judge had their own sample, and after tasting each sample, they were able to share their opinions with the crowd. Chen liked the first flavor, claiming that it was “something you could eat after a spicy
meal that’s refreshing.” The next flavor was a red velvet cake ice cream that had chocolate chips and fudge swirls in it. Finally, the last scoop had peanut butter cups and fudge swirls in a banana base. Desir thought that, although the peanut butter wasn’t overwhelming, the taste was really rich. Cheema gave the judges time to deliberate while making announcements about “One Ton Sunday” where students are able to get buckets
of free ice cream outside of the Student Union. She also encouraged seniors to submit creative names for the flavor chosen and reminded them that voting begins next semester. After announcing the mint Oreo fudge flavor as the Senior Scoop of 2013, students ate complementary ice cream.
UConn music group Prank Skate opens up
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UConn band Prank Skate, made up of Tessara Baldi and her fiance, Jenn Jewett. The group mixes genres like rap, dubstep and electronic, creating a hybrid sound all their own. The group prides themselves on their performances, which incorporate smoke machines, strobe lights, glow sticks and confetti cannons.
By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer “PS no BS” is the motto for Prank Skate, a group that mixes a variety of flavors including rap, dubstep and electronic to create catchy songs and memorable performances. Formed last year, Prank Skate started with UConn student Tessara Baldi, her fiancé Jenn Jewett, and Jewett’s cousin who has since faded
from the group. The trio was just joking around at first and spitting raps to beats they made for fun, which Jewett described as “three ridiculous white girls who would just rap battle.” They decided to take a shot at recording a song and threw a house party in which all the guests had to rap. What began as shenanigans among friends evolved into a serious musical endeavor, and Baldi and Jewett got into touch with a music producer, Sean Brennan.“He was a miss-
ing puzzle piece,” Jewett said. Jewett and Baldi started collaborating on their single “Breathe Out.” Why Prank Skate? The group adopted the name after a store that Baldi envisioned owning. “I had been telling Jenn how bad I wanted to open a skate shop where I’d sell longboards,” said Baldi. “I was going to name that skate shop “Prank Skate,” and that was going to be our headquarters,” As a present, Jewett let Baldi
name the group. (Just to go on record, the girls of the group DO longboard.) Prank Skate’s first show was April 20 at another house party, but this time they performed three of their songs with Baldi’s sister, Toni Baldi. Setting up blacklights and strobe lights throughout their house, the group set up equipment in their dining room for all the guests. They set up several house parties for friends before moving on to play at a venue in Vermont and playing
clubs in Hartford. “We like to bring the show way bigger than the venue,” said Baldi. The group prides itself on giving memorable performances that include glow sticks, smoke machines, strobe lights and confetti cannons. Their next show is Saturday, Oct. 13 at Vibz Uptown in Hartford. They plan to have more shows within the next few months. Taking every opportunity to do house shows, the group puts on performances for crowds of all sizes and encourages anyone looking for a show to contact them. “We definitely have some electronic components to our music, we definitely have a pop twist and maybe three of our songs hit the R&B range,” said Baldi. “But most of it is pop and rap.” Or as Jewett described, their music would be the baby of Ke$ha, Beyonce, Skrillex and Wiz Khalifa. Having already made a selftitled CD with 11 tracks, Prank Skate is working on a mixtape that’s dropping before the end of the year called “Party of 3.” The group will give the CD away for free. “It’s just what we love doing,” said Brennan. “We just want people to hear our music. We just want to rock out with a million people.” The group has a Facebook page, an Instagram page, a Twitter, a YouTube channel, an OurStage page and a SoundCloud which they update frequently with new songs and events, and where they check in to make sure they’re doing all they can for their fans.
Due, at least in part, to the English classes I’m taking this semester, this week’s column is going to discuss writing about other cultures. Writing about other cultures is a surprisingly difficult and intensive process – it’s not the sort of thing you can research for a day and call it “good enough.” As society becomes increasingly globalized, I suspect writing on other cultures will become more popular, so I also write this in the hopes that it is relevant. First off, I should clarify what I mean by “other cultures.” Basically, I mean a culture in which you have not lived or grown up. Especially in today’s politically correct climate, it is important when writing about people or places of different cultures to be as authentic as possible. In general, I’d say there are two basic things to keep in mind when writing about different cultures: cultural accuracy (is what you’re writing based on fact?) and cultural immersion (is what you’re writing relatable to somebody of that culture?). There are other things to think about, but I think these two questions offer a good starting point. The most important advice I can offer is to not, under any circumstances, write a romanticized account of any culture. Not only has it already been done (and overdone), it can easily be construed as ethnocentric, inaccurate and even racist. For example, “The Last Samurai” overly romanticizes Japenese samurai culture. On a related note, be careful not to reinforce stereotypes about any culture in your writing. The Disney movie “Pochahontas” portrays Native Americans as serene, spiritual nature-worshipers. A more recent example occurs in “Frankenweenie” with the character of Toshiaki – an über smart Japanese student who speaks broken Engrish. Doing any of the above connotes both casual racism and lazy writing. So should we write people and places of different cultures? In my opinion, places are generally easier. If you’ve spent time in the foreign place you’re writing about or have read memoirs/stories by people who have lived there, you’re in a pretty good position to write. People are far more difficult to write about. For one thing, it is easy to fall into the aforementioned clichés and stereotypes. A lot of writing can and has become successful despite being unpalatable on that front. I recommend talking to people of the culture that you’re writing on, or at very least, reading literature about or by them. For example, if you’re writing an Asian-American character, try reading books like “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri, or “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua. Books like these can provide immeasurably useful information to help your writing along. At the end of the day, I think any character of another culture should resemble Albus Dumbledore, in the sense that while he is gay, that aspect of him is not the defining measure of personality. It should be the same with characters of another culture – if their race/culture is defining who they are, you’re nearing dangerously trite territory.
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Album Of The Week
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Best song wasn’t the single » CD REVIEW
“U Don’t Know” Jay-Z
‘Transcendental Youth’ showcases TMG’s talents
By Aaron Burnstein Senior Staff Writer
“Neon Bible” Arcade Fire
“If I Had”
“Gimme the Loot” Notorious B.I.G.
“Turn Blue” Iggy Pop
“Pilot Jones” Frank Ocean
“This Velvet Glove” Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Lie in Our Graves” Dave Matthews Band
The Mountain Goats’ latest release, “Transcendental Youth,” is an album that seeks glory in self-destruction and when it hits right, the effects can be beautiful, evocative and utterly implosive. An example of this self-destruction is “Lakeside View Apartments Suite,” which I would argue is one of the best songs they’ve ever done. It’s a harrowing portrayal of a drug den “dream in switch grass and concrete.” It even contains a subtle Elliott Smith reference. Alongside the life-affirming, post-rock style buildup of “White Cedar,” “Lakeside View Apartments Suite” demonstrates that Darnielle’s songwriting has the greatest emotional resonance when the musical arrangements are at their most subdued. The two tracks are twin peaks, casting a tall evening shadow over the entire album. On the other side of the coin, songs like “Harlem Roulette,” “Cry for Judas” and “Spent Gladiator 1” & “2” all feature that tight, jaunty folk-rock sound that has come to define The Mountain Goats over the past few years. It is likely that these songs will come to represent some of the band’s quintessential material.
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Likewise, the band has retained the same solid lineup they’ve had on the previous few albums, with Pete Hughes on bass and Jon Wurster (of Superchunk fame) on drums. Likewise, “Transcendental Youth” maintains a crisp production, relegating the bedroom recordings that defined Darnielle’s earlier work to B-sides. Because this is such a contrast to their lo-fi roots, these stylistic decisions have become a point of contention for many fans. If you’re a lo-fi Mountain Goats purist, this album will not convert you. If anything, their sound has become more grandiose on this album, incorporating a full horn section. However, if you’re a fan of The Mountain Goats’ cleaner side, their latest album comes highly recommended. Although The Mountain Goats have worked with some larger record labels, initially 4AD and currently Merge, they’ve kept it independent. As
a result, their sound is slicker, but not overpolished. While I still consider “Transcendental Youth” to be a step down from 2011’s “All Eternals Deck,” their previous effort and their first Merge release, the follow-up is still a very consistent album. The only track that struck me as somewhat bland was “Counterfeit Florida Plates.” Overall, “Transcendental Youth” is not an album that will
appease The Mountain Goats’ divided fanbase. However, it still effectively showcases one of the most talented and charismatic of today’s working songwriters. He receives a solid production and strong support from his fellow bandmates. It’s an album that ought to strike a convincing chord for any fans of small-scale tragedy.
guessed it – loneliness. The album opens with, “Be Above It,” an ode to the therapeutic nature of telling yourself “I’ll just close my eyes and make it so that
closer, will I ever get there, does it even matter?” The climax of the song found at the closing minutes is an epic buildup of waves of synthesizers and powerful guitar
an expansive listen. There isn’t a bad moment found on the album. “Elephant” starts off as a Black Keys rip off before Kevin Parker mixes up the formula with a bridge that follows the band through space travel. The production of the song builds into laser-beam guitar lines and synths that sound like planets smashing into each other. My personal favorite, “Why Won’t They Talk To Me” is the closest song that resembles a clear cut strong structure but bursts with strange synth sounds and an incredibly catchy melody. Where the album’s lyrics focus on the desolate feelings that the world can bring an individual, the music is so experimental and spellbinding that it creates an incredibly unique sound. There is nothing not to like about “Lonerism.” Although it can be an overwhelming listen, the passion that Parker has put into a genre that should be past its expiration date is transcendent. This has “Album of the Year” written all over it.
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“Transcendental Youth,” The Mountain Goats 14th album, comes highly recommended.
Sophomore slump is not an issue for Tame Impala
By Zach Fisher Campus Correspondent Australia’s Tame Impala, much like other contemporary psychedelic rock bands, returns to the sounds of their forefathers of psychedelic rock rooted in the 60’s and 70’s. To start, Kevin Parker sounds a lot like the ghost of John Lennon. His voice is coated in a heavenly reverberation. The guitars are run through countless effect pedals and explode from ancient tube amps. The steady drumbeats that unravel into elaborate fills and groovy bass lines are the epitome of retro. So why even bother listening to some revivalist hippy band? Because Parker (who wrote, performed, and recorded every aspect of “Lonerism”) has effectively constructed an album with the spirit of his psychedelic forefathers and the technical advances of the new millennium that elevates the genre to unforeseen heights. “Lonerism” sounds huge. “Lonerism” finds Parker exploring the feelings of – you
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all these things don’t affect me now.” The song begins with the title’s mantra repeated as crushing drums and echoing guitar chords build a hypnotic atmosphere. By the end of the song this strange atmosphere will take over your senses and transport you into the world that is “Lonerism.” The epic “Apocalypse Dreams” is a patchwork of catchy refrains where Parker sings “am I getting
blasts that would make it okay if the world ended now. “Keep on Lying” is simply one long jam where synth lines build a carnival-esque rhythm while fuzzy bass lines and the chattering of strangers makes for a surreal experience. Moments like these adds to “Lonerism’s” world and the dynamics of slow jams where the music lets the listener breath is what makes the album
MellowHype ‘still have yet to mature fully’ “The Shrine/An Argument” Fleet Foxes - Tom Teixeira
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By Cole von Richthofen Campus Correspondent Wednesday marked the release of the third studio album by the alternative hip hop duo MellowHype and “Numbers” is the first album by OFWGKTA rapper/producer Vyron “Left Brain” Turner and rapper Gerard “Hodgy Beats” Long to be published on the Odd Future Record label. Pushed back to coincide with the release of “119” by punk/grunge labelmates Trash Talk, “Numbers” was heavily promoted by Odd Future’s founder Tyler, the Creator on social networks and alternative venues. A self-made rap collective based out of Los Angeles, Odd Future (short for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, stylized OFWGK†Δ) has a reputation for a very amateur sound and a diverse collection of sub-projects, including R&B artist Frank Ocean, as well as the production of the “Loiter Squad” miniseries on Adult Swim.
Much of the album takes advantage of syncopated rhythm, starting with the first track “Grill.” The beat makes ironic use of action movie sound effects, yet the song is intended to introduce Left Brain and Hodgy Beats and their love of smoking (“correlate, circulate, percolate, a work of fate, for me there’s no surrogate”). Following up in the third track, “Astro,” Frank Ocean provides a memorable hook that lyricizes the youthful Odd Future mentality: “Think I’m-a wear the yellow tux at the Grammy’s...who gives a flying floating f**k what people say, or think,” criticizing the lack of humor and serious nature of the contemporary music industry. “La Bonita” is a cat-call to a Latina of unknown origin, a threeminute competition between Left Brain and Hodgy as they attempt to impress her with their raps; though thematically simple, the track is delightfully funny as the pair try to outdo each other in ego and lyrics – “It’s ridiculous, how promiscuous,
she looks delicious, put her name on my hit-it list” is one of Hodgy’s best lines. Easily the dominant track on the album, “Monster” is classic Odd Future in every way: offensive, vulgar, full of trivia, highly sexualized, and full of references to OFWGKTA – and they pull it off beautifully. However, tracks like “P2” (the only track to feature OF member Earl Sweatshirt) and several other tracks on that album are simply average; they don’t impress, but they aren’t necessarily bad. “Snare” and “Leflair” follow in this vein, and might have a hard time finding a home with non-fans; this being said, the only truly weak track is “Beat,” where even the hardcore “Golf Wang” folk will find themselves bored. Some tracks, such as “Untitled L” and “65/Breakfast,” try far too hard to impress with backing beats, distracting the listener from the rap (which isn’t terribly creative, so not much is lost). In “NFWGJDSH,”
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Hodgy Beats goes completely solo, again emphasizing his love of marijuana – this time as a means of coping with hatred. He raps that he “ain’t steady hating on another sucka,” but instead gets high and takes care of his own family, never forgetting “that Wolf Gang clan camp.” Though MellowHype has come a long way since the release of “BlackenedWhite” in 2010, the album isn’t quite at the level of Tyler, the Creator, and the pair still have yet to mature fully beyond their hipster-hop roots.
» THE DOWNBEAT
Music and muses
By Julie Bartoli Senior Staff Writer
People (generally women) almost always find the idea of dating a musician attractive. There’s just something enticing about the lifestyle, the money (ideally this is a successful musician we’re talking about), the impromptu trips to tropical islands. Of course, the most egotistic part of the fantasy is the small chance that your musician beau could make you the topic of his or her next world-famous single. Now, I’m not talking Taylor Swift here. No one wants to be publically humiliated, especially not via an album titled “Speak Now.” (Speaking of which, can someone get this young woman a journal?) What drives me wild is the concept of the music muse—the person that inspires an artist and moves them. Very few women (and almost no men) are lucky enough to become said person. However, some do make the cut. Here are some of the most noteworthy muses:
Anna Gordy – Co-founder of Anna Records and ex-wife of Marvin Gaye. Gordy was the subject matter on Gaye’s early hits such as “You are a Wonderful One” and “Pride & Joy.” More notably, Gordy was the subject of an entire album—Gaye’s 1978 “Here My Dear,” which focused on he and Gordy’s divorce.
Claudette Frady – Ray Orbison’s first wife and the woman behind the songs “Claudette” and “Oh Pretty Woman.” The two divorced quickly, courtesy of Frady’s infidelity.
Marianne Faithful – Mick Jagger’s girlfriend of four years, known then for her rampant drug use and now for her successful music career. Faithful inspired several Stones songs, including “Wild Horses,” “I Got the Blues” and, allegedly, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” She was also the wanton protagonist in The Hollie’s “Carrie Ann.”
Linda Eastman – Better known as Linda McCartney, the inspiration behind Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Linda played keyboard alongside Paul in “Wings,” and she had four of Paul’s children. She tragically died of breast cancer at age 56.
Sharona Alperin – The inspiration behind The Knack’s “My Sharona.” Lead singer Doug Fieger met 17-year-old Sharona and was immediately inspired, stating, “I fell in love with her instantly.” He wrote The Knack’s one-hit wonder in 15 minutes, and his relationship with Sharona lasted four years.
Pattie Boyd – Perhaps the most reputable rock muse, Boyd was the subject of George Harrison’s “Something” and of Eric Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Boyd was married to Harrison when Clapton began making advances. After hearing “Layla,” the model quickly divorced Harrison, marrying Clapton in 1979. The two divorced nine years later.
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DETROIT (AP) — Alex Karras was a man of many roles. Fearsome NFL defensive lineman. Lovable TV dad. Hilarious big-screen cowboy. And in the end, a dementia victim who blamed the NFL for his illness along with thousands of former players in lawsuits accusing the league of not doing enough to protect them from the long-term effects of head injuries. The 77-year-old Karras, who managed to be tough, touching and tragic in the span of a lifetime, died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras’ attorney. Karras was one of the NFL’s most ferocious — and best — defensive tackles for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70, bulling past offensive lineman and hounding quarterbacks. The charismatic bruiser went into acting after his football career, and in his signature scene dropped a horse with a punch as the soft-hearted outlaw Mongo in the 1974 comedy “Blazing Saddles.” He also portrayed the father in the 1980s sitcom “Webster,” along with his actress-wife Susan Clark, and was in the “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth along the way. “Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex,” Lions president Tom Lewand said. Born in Gary, Ind., Karras starred for four years at Iowa and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Detroit drafted him with the 10th overall pick in 1958, and he was a three-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise. He was the heart of the Lions’ defensive front that terrorized quarterbacks. The Lions handed the champion Green Bay Packers their only defeat
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This is a 1971 file photo showing Detroit Lions football player Alex Karras. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras’ attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family.
in 1962, a 26-14 upset on Thanksgiving during which they harassed quarterback Bart Starr constantly. Packers guard Jerry Kramer wrote in his diary of the 1967 season about his trepidation over having to face Karras. “I’m thinking about him every minute,” Kramer wrote. Karras was All-Pro in 1960, 1961 and 1965, and he made the Pro Bowl four times. He was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a defensive tackle on the All-Decade Team of the 1960s and retired from the NFL in 1970 at age 35. But Karras also had run-ins with the NFL long before his lawsuit. He missed the 1963 season when he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in a gambling probe. Karras insisted he only wagered cigarettes or cigars with close friends. “Alex Karras was an outstand-
ing player during a time when the NFL emerged as America’s favorite sport,” the league said in a statement. “He will always be remembered as one of the most colorful characters in NFL history.” For all his prowess as a player, Karras may have gained more fame as an actor. He had already become known through George Plimpton’s behind-the-scenes book “Paper Lion: Confessions of a LastString Quarterback,” about what it was like to be an NFL player in Detroit. Karras and Plimpton remained friends for life, and one of Karras’ sons is named after the author. Karras played himself alongside Alan Alda in the successful movie adaptation of the book, and that opened doors for Karras to be an analyst with Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford on “Monday Night Football.”
In Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” Karras played a notso-bright, rough-around-theedges outlaw who not only slugged a horse but also delivered the classic line: “Mongo only pawn in game of life.” In the 1980s, he played a sheriff in the comedy “Porky’s” and became a hit on TV as Emmanuel Lewis’ adoptive father, George Papadapolis, in the sitcom “Webster.” “I had a very heavy heart this morning and I did not know why. I understand now,” Lewis said. “Rest in peace, my friend.” Karras also had roles in “Against All Odds” and “Victor/Victoria.” He portrayed the husband of famed female athlete “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias in the TV movie that starred Clark in the title role. The two later formed their own production company.
It’s that time of the year again. The time when ghosts and goblins come out of hiding and we have fun scaring ourselves silly. It’s October, and in a few weeks, we’ll be celebrating Halloween. So what better way is there to get in the Halloween mood than watching a few scary movies? This month, we have three new flicks: “Sinister,” “Paranormal Activity 4” and “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.” “Sinister,” which is set to be released Oct. 12, tells the tale of an author of non-fiction crime novels who stumbles upon a series of videotapes that depict grisly murders. As he struggles to decipher the tapes, he realizes that they may be about more than just simple murders and that his whole family may now be in danger. Pre-release critics have given the film mostly positive reviews, scoring 76 percent on “Rotten Tomatoes.” This supernatural horror flick is likely to make even the most seasoned horror movie veterans squirm in their seats at the violent and disturbing imagery. Next is “Paranormal Activity 4,” the next (and presumed to be final) installment in the popular Paranormal Activity series. Before reading this preview, note that it may contain some spoilers. I’ve done my best to keep any out, but there’s only so much I can do. The story begins when Katie and Hunter, missing for five years since the conclusion of “P.A.” and “P.A. 2,” move in next door to a young girl named Alice and her family. Frightening events then begin to occur. Although this is the fourth film in the series, it is the first true
sequel. Ever since the first film, we’ve only been given two prequels in the form of “P.A. 2,” and “P.A. 3.” Now we’re getting a real follow up to the first film, which will hopefully clear up some of the mysteries that have been building since the ending of the first film. Will we finally find out the goals of the demon, or the Witch Coven from the third movie? You’ll have to watch to find out. I’m as excited as you are. Finally is “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.” This spooky flick is a sequel to 2006’s “Silent Hill,” which in turn was based on the popular video-game series of the same name. Viewers will get to witness the story of Heather Mason, who, upon turning 18, discovers that she is not who she thought she was and that evil demons, cultists, and other various monsters are all out to get her in the mysterious dimension that lies within the town of Silent Hill. Although the original received mainly negative reviews, “Revelation” features a new director/writer who seems to be distancing the film from the original with a new cast and story. Movies based on video games tend to have trouble doing justice to the source material, so fans of the series may want to avoid this installment. However, for those unfamiliar with the game, the film may provide a fresh enough experience to make the trip to the movies worthwhile So there you have it, children of the night. Go gather your friends or brave the trip to the movies alone. Nightmares await those brave enough to travel to the strange realms that these movies have created.
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PHOTO OF THE DAY
COMICS Vegetables and Fruits by Tom Bachant and Gavin Palmer
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Classic Toast by Tom Dilling
Who says you can’t have fun when the sun goes down? Students of the Medieval Weaponry Club enjoy some fun and action with some live action role playing on Oct. 3 by Mirror Lake.
Classic Phil by Stephen Winchell and Ben Vigeant
Classic Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose Classic Based on True Sean Rose by Sean Rose
Horoscopes Aries (Mar. 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Use your talents to create beauty from chaos. A possible conflict or misunderstanding could slow you down until compromise gets achieved. Don’t gamble. You
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have what you need. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- You’re getting even more interesting. Make hay while the sun shines. Do what you promised, with a friend’s help. Together, anything is possible. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- You can see the big picture. Good judgment is required. Stick to tested techniques. Let others know what you want, and ask for help. Invest in home and family. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Motivate those doing good work. Provide unexpected service, and the money will follow when you least expect it. Success builds upon success. Travel is not favored now. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -Controversy arises and makes you stronger. Use wits and charm to clear the miscommunication. Note the emotional flow at work. You don’t have to control everything. Let it be. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- If at first it doesn’t work, don’t despair. Re-do, until you get it right. A new opportunity arises from working out the bugs. Postpone a romantic conversation. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Be patient with a talker. Accept a nice compliment. Gentle persuasion reveals a brilliant suggestion. Do what you promised. It’s not a good time to travel. Socialize. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -Loved ones believe you can succeed. Gather data and question theories. Think quickly and move slowly. Financial conditions have changed for the better, despite resistance. A hunch pays.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- If words do not come easily now, express yourself with pictures, or with some other creative expression. Accomplishing a goal provides a great feeling; savor it. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 5 -- Provide support for those who are weaker. Fan the passion flames. Misunderstandings may be more abundant than usual. Clean up any messes as they come. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Listen carefully to the team’s suggestions, and keep everything on track. One good friend leads to another. List the pros and cons before proceeding to your dream. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Postpone a romantic interlude (temporarily) and avoid arguments at all costs (even/especially if you’re right). Invest in renewable solutions for energy. You’re gaining confidence. Tomorrow words flow.
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Lincecum, Giants top Reds 8-3, tying NLDS at 2-all
CINCINNATI (AP) — Facing elimination again, the San Francisco Giants came out swinging. Got a saving relief appearance from Tim Lincecum, too. Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday, evening their NL division series at 2-all. Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young winner relegated to the bullpen, also delivered. He entered in the fourth with the Giants ahead 3-2, struck out six while giving up just one run in 4 1-3 innings, and allowed his team to pull away. "I knew he would play a huge role in this," manager Bruce Bochy said. "And I know of other situations where starters have been in the 'pen and really done a great job to help their team win. We knew Timmy would play a critical role in the series like he
did tonight." The Giants can complete an unprecedented comeback on Thursday. No team has recovered from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning three on the road, according to STATS LLC. "Thanks to the win today, there will be a tomorrow," Pagan said. "And we are ready for that." Matt Cain, who lost the series opener and has yet to beat the Reds in three tries this season, will start Game 5 against Mat Latos. The Giants' hitters emerged from a series-long slump and extended Cincinnati's playoff misery. The Reds haven't won a postseason game at home in 17 years. One thing in the Reds' favor — they haven't dropped three straight at home all season. "I'd like to think that we still have the advantage," Reds outfielder Jay Bruce said. "We're at home. I expect Mat to come
Huskies take on hapless Panthers tonight at 7 p.m. from ON THE, page 14 coach Anson Dorrance. of the game against Marquette. By rule, she’s required to sit out a game. Head coach Len Tsantiris thinks the team will miss Schulmann, but doesn’t think it’s devastating. “We are going to lack her experience and she is the leading scorer,” Tsantiris said after the Marquette game. “We do have the players that can go in. We got to adjust.” Tsantiris currently sits at 498 career wins, just two shy of 500. He’ll become only the second coach in the history of NCAA women’s soccer to reach the mark, joining North Carolina head coach Anson
Dorrance. Pitt (5-10-2) has been dreadful in the Big East this season and sits in dead last in the American Division. The Panthers haven’t won a single game against conference foes and have only scored five goals in eight conference games. Their most recent result was an away tie against fellow American Division rival St. John’s. With only two points on the season and three teams to leap frog, the odds are stacked colossally against the Panthers making the Big East postseason. The game can be heard on 91.7 FM or streamed online at whus.org beginning at 7 p.m.
up with a big game. I'm looking forward to it." The Reds were hoping to start ace Johnny Cueto, but had to drop him off the roster a few hours before Wednesday's first pitch because he was still bothered by a strained muscle in his right side. He won't be available if Cincinnati wins Game 5 and reaches the NL championship series. The way the Giants have started hitting, that's now in doubt. San Francisco managed only four runs in the first three games of the series. The Giants avoided the sweep by pulling out a 2-1 win in 10 innings on Tuesday night with the help of a passed ball and an error by third baseman Scott Rolen. They broke out against Mike Leake, who replaced Cueto and had a rough time. Leake threw his first career complete game in San Francisco on June 29 and was 3-0 career against the Giants.
Giants players celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 in Game 4 of the National League division baseball series, Wednesday.
Pagan homered on his second pitch of the game. Blanco hit a two-run shot in the second. The Giants had another breakthrough in the fifth, when back-to-back
doubles by Joaquin Arias and Pagan ended an 0-for-14 slump with runners in scoring position during the series. Sandoval's two-run shot in the
seventh made it 8-3, matched the Giants' season high for homers and drew loud boos from the crowd of 44,375 — the third-largest at Great American Ball Park.
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College Football week six: Top 25 pick 'em By Scott Carroll NCAA Football Columnist The college football season hit turbulence last week as the Top 25 got shaken up by a series of upsets and big games. Most notably was the performance of North Carolina State against Florida State, defeating the No. 3 Seminoles in an unbelievable upset. Almost everyone had Florida State running the table in the ACC, but now the conference has appeared to open up. Florida upset the No. 4 LSU Tigers. The game was just another example of how the power has shifted from the Western to the Eastern Division in the SEC. With schools like Auburn and Arkansas stumbling over themselves this season, the Western Division of the SEC has taken a step back while the Eastern Division has been flourishing. Two of the top competitors in the division played this weekend as South Carolina took on Georgia in Columbia. South Carolina
flexed its muscles against the Bulldogs and proved that they mean business. The shake-up in college football has just begun, with highly competitive games coming up this weekend. With that being said, here are my picks in some of the marquee games. No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma The Red River Rivalry never ceases to be one of the most exciting games of the season. Texas is coming off a loss to West Virginia and Geno Smith. However, it was a close competitive matchup that the Longhorns could have won. So this could be a strong bounce back game for Texas, right? As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast!” The Longhorn’s defense has let up over 30 points to its last three opponents, two of which are currently unranked. The dual quarterback threat Oklahoma presents will be too much for the Longhorns to overcome. Sooner roll and the Longhorns continue to fall. Oklahoma- 28 Texas- 17
No. 3 South Carolina vs. No. 9 LSU The last time LSU lost back-to-back games was four years ago in 2008. I don’t see this streak being broken this Saturday. There is no way that Les Miles is going to allow that to happen Saturday night at Death Valley in his home stadium. In fact, the Tigers haven’t lost at home and at night in over three years. I’d look for their defense to come out fired up and create multiple turnovers. Of course the Gamecocks won’t just lie down against the Tigers. The Gamecocks are rolling right now after a big win at home. Quarterback Connor Shaw has been having a great year on the ground and through the year, but he has been injured in past games. The hard hitting Tigers defense could knock out the Gamecock quarterback leaving them one dimensional. At the end of the day, I expect this to be a very low scoring affair. The atmosphere will make the difference and the Tigers win. LSU-13 South Carolina-10
Iowa State vs. No. 6 Kansas State Book it and just remember where you heard it first, Kansas State will lose to Iowa State this weekend one way or another. Iowa State is coming off a major upset of TCU at TCU. Iowa State will return home to a raucous crowd that can smell the upset coming. Kansas State has been performing well this season and their quarterback, Collin Klein, has proven himself to be a top Heisman candidate. However, this is a trap game for the Wildcats. The following week Kansas State plays West Virginia and their stud quarterback, Geno Smith. I see the Wildcats overlooking this game and suffering the consequences. Iowa State took down No. 2 Oklahoma State last year in a similar scenario as the Cowboys were set to face Oklahoma the following week. The Iowa State Cyclones continue to be giant killers and take down the Wildcats. Iowa State-31 Kansas State-24
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UConn went 2-1 against the Big East's current top five with a loss to Marquette last Sunday.
By Diego Fragachan Campus Correspondent 15. Providence (=) Big East (0-3-0) Overall (2-7-2) This week, Providence recorded its fifth game in a row without a win. It lost against Seton Hall (2-1) in its conference game, and tied against Columbia (1-1) later that week. 14. DePaul (=) Big East (0-4-0) Overall (3-8-2) DePaul had two games this week. It lost its fourth conference game of the season against Villanova (0-1) and tied its game against Valparaiso (1-1). 13. Cincinnati (-2) Big East (2-1-1) Overall (5-5-3) Cincinnati had two conference games this week. It tied its first against USF (0-0), and later had a harsh away loss against St. John’s (3-0). 12. Rutgers (-3) Big East (1-2-1) Overall (5-5-1) Rutgers also lost one game and tied another this week. It tied its conference game against USF (2-2), and lost its away game against Maryland (2-1). 11. Seton Hall (+1) Big East (2-1-0) Overall (6-6-0) Seton Hall beat Providence in its conference game early this week (2-1). Later in the week, it crushed Pittsburgh in a home game (4-1),
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but later lost an away game against NJIT (1-0). After scoring two of the six goals for Seton Hall this week, George Velasquez (Jr.) was included in the Big East Honor Roll. 10. Pittsburgh (=) Big East (0-4-0) Overall (6-5-2) This week, Pittsburgh was harshly beaten by Notre Dame in an incredibly high scoring game (7-1). Later in the week, it lost another away game against Seton Hall (4-1). Pittsburgh advanced to its next game without a single conference win. 9. USF (-1) Big East (1-0-3) Overall (6-2-4) USF played two conference games this week. First it tied against Cincinnati (0-0), then it tied a home game against Rutgers (2-2), its third straight conference tie. 8. Louisville (+1) Big East (3-1-0) Overall (7-4-0) Louisville had a great week after beating DePaul (3-0) in an easy game, and later achieved an important victory against Syracuse (1-2). Andrew Farrell (Jr.) contributed to both victories with one goal and two assists in the games and was included in the Big East Honor Roll 7. Syracuse (-2) Big East (2-2-0) Overall (9-4-0) This week, Syracuse played two conference games. First it beat
Rutgers (2-1) and later lost its game against Louisville (1-2). Rookie Jordan Vale (Fr.) scored two goals and was Rookie of the Week. 6. Villanova (+1) Big East (1-0-2) Overall (9-2-2) Villanova had three games this week. It tied St. John’s (0-0) first, later beat DePaul (0-1), and finally beat Lafayette (2-1). After these three great games, John Fogarty (R-Sr.) was named Goalie of the Week. 5. Notre Dame (+1) Big East (2-2-0) Overall (10-3-0) The Fighting Irish had an amazing week with two great victories. The team beat Pittsburgh (7-1) with the biggest scoring difference this season. It also beat division rivals Georgetown (3-0) in another great game. After these victories, Ryan Finley (Sr.) was named Offensive Player of the Week. 4. St. John’s (=) Big East (2-1-1) Overall (8-1-4) St. John’s had two conference games this week. It tied its game againstVillanova (0-0) and later beat Cincinnati (3-0). After a week with no goals conceded, Jack Bennett was named Defender of the Week. 3. Georgetown (=) Big East (2-2-0) Overall (11-2-1) Georgetown lost its second game of the season this week against Notre Dame (3-0), but later beat Lehigh (2-0). . 2. Connecticut (=) Big East (3-1-0) Overall (11-1-1) The Huskies lost its first game of the season this week against Marquette (3-2), but beat Iona (2-0) later in the week. The team wasn’t able to remain undefeated, but it continues to have an amazing season, and it seems like Marquette will be its biggest rival in postseason. 1. Marquette (=) Big East (3-0-0) Overall (12-0-0) Marquette remained one of two teams in the whole NCAA to have won all its games. This week it beat its closest conference rival, UConn (3-2), in a close matchup. Later this week, it beat Northern Illinois (1-0). After another perfect week, Andy Huftalin (Sr.) was included in the Honor Roll.
Can the football team win six games? from WILL, page 14 Mike: Scott, yes I love this school, but just because I am an optimist does not mean I’m blind. Yes, the offense needs to figure out why they can beat Maryland in College Park one week and then falter seven days later against a team like Western Michigan. But the Huskies have never been an offensive powerhouse. Heck, I’m pretty sure the majority of our firepower the year we went to the Fiesta Bowl came from our kicker. UConn is a defensive-minded team and always will be. Behind
the prowess of Yawin Smallwood, Sio Moore and Trevardo Williams (11 sacks between the three of them so far), no quarterback is going to go out of their way to take on our defense. Scott: Yes, Mike, you’re right. The only difference between our team in 2012 and the 2010 Fiesta Bowl runner-ups is a great kicking game. You’ve really cracked the case. Clearly it wasn’t our first team pre-season All-American at linebacker and the rest of the defense that is light years beyond where we are now. Might I also address the fact that we had Randy
Edsall at the helm of that team? Any comparison to that team is asinine and unfair; we’re a different program now. UConn’s defense isn’t strong enough to carry the whole team. A team still needs to score. While we were able to score against Maryland (a respected member of the ACC), I believe this was more due to the high emotion surrounding the game since their head coach is our ex-head coach. Until UConn figures out how to score consistently, we will not be bowling.
Callahan: Dr. Drew checks back in from DR. DREW, page 14 Dear Dr. Drew, I’ve lost my mojo. Some people are comparing me to Vince Young and I don’t like what’s going on. Things aren’t fun and it’s not my fault. We’re suffering injuries as a team, getting beat badly and the playoffs don’t look good. What do I do? Kitty without claws, Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers Cam Complainer, Listen, snap out of it. There’s not a single player in the NFL that hasn’t struggled in their career for a stretch of games; now it’s your turn. Teams have seen you enough to take advantage of your tendencies, Lady Luck apparently is on vacation and your team is simultaneously struggling. It’s time to hone your focus and not let the first time you’ve faced adversity in football get you down. This team will take after you, so quit pouting on the sidelines. Bad plays happen. Losses then follow as a result. There’s no avoiding it. You might as well pout about the fact you won’t ever be eligible for the Heisman again. Focus on what you control, and start working back up to that Superman image. Dear Dr. Drew, The Cardinals have us one game away from elimination after we brought the first playoff game
to D.C. since the FDR administration. Oh yeah, and we had the best record in baseball this year. Two places we’ve never been before. What do we do to avoid a National disaster? On the edge, Washington Nationals Nats, You’re not going to like this, but warm up your fireballer Stephen Strasburg. Right now, you face a one-game problem until a “winner take all, may the best team win” game 5. All you need is a one-game solution. He’s your best hurler and the Cards are the only team he’s ever faced not to score against him. Sure, it was just one start, but speaking of that outing— how does six innings of two-hit ball and nine strikeouts sound right about now? Pretty darn good, indeed. Dear Dr. Drew, It’s me again. I know we talked a couple times last year but I need some help again. We’re 2-3, have a quarterback situation that has Obama and Romney agreeing blows harder than anything and we can’t find a solid running game. How do we get out of this? Slim but with a heavy heart, Rex Ryan, Head coach New York Jets Rex, You’ve got a ways to go before this Jets team does anything but crash land. That’s just the way it is.
It’s unfortunate that your biggest playmakers on both sides of the ball are out for the season, but as you know, you have to move on. In addition, you need to execute two complete opposites. Offensively, keep it simple and play ball control. If you believe without a doubt that Greg McElroy is not a better option at quarterback than Mark Sanchez, stick with Sanchez until week 17 ends. You have two subpar backs behind an average offensive line and at this point, you have to settle moving the ball in small increments. Mix in the Wildcat with Tebow but focus on stringing small plays together for long drives. Defensively, throw out your odd fronts and best coverage disguises. Simply manning up on the outside with Revis and Cromartie is not an option anymore, just like guaranteeing Super Bowls. Hold teams at bay against the run on first downs, move your guys around pre-snap and use the exotic blitzes you’re known for. Mix it up on special teams, too. You’ve got one of the best coaches in the league in charge there. Otherwise, get on your knees and start praying like the Pope.
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TWO Thursday, October 11, 2012
What's Next Home game
Oct. 19 Syracuse 8 p.m.
Nov. 3 USF TBA
Oct. 20 Pittsburgh 4 p.m.
Oct. 24 Providence 3 p.m.
Tonight Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Nov. 9 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Nov. 24 Louisville TBA
Nat on the wall
Oct. 27 Oct. 31 Providence Big East 4 p.m. Tournament
Field Hockey (13-0)
Volleyball Tomorrow Cincinnati 4 p.m.
Oct. 18 Boston College 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 Princeton 1 p.m.
Oct. 27 Syracuse 1 p.m.
Oct. 21 Pittsburgh 1 p.m.
Oct. 27 Rutgers 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 3 Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 14 Louisville 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 USF 7 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (0-0-0) Tomorrow UMass 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 27 Union 8 p.m.
Oct. 13 Colgate 4 p.m.
Oct. 20 Maine 2 p.m.
Oct 21. Maine 2 p.m.
Oct. 26 Syracuse 7 p.m.
Women’s Cross Country Tomorrow Oct. 19 Wisconsin CCSU MiniInvitational Meet 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 BIG EAST Champ. TBA
Donald Brown 2006-2008
By Nick Danforth Campus Correspondent
Can you name the last running back in college football to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season? It wasn’t Trent Richardson. Mark Ingram? Wrong again. Tim Tebow? You can’t be serious. The answer is former UConn Husky Donald Brown, who rushed for 2,083 yards in 2008. Brown began his freshmen year as the second string running back behind starter Terry Caulley. However, an injury to Caulley pressed Brown into duty and he didn’t disappoint. In his first two games, Brown ran for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. From there, the starting job was his. He finished his freshman year on the All-Big East second team with 896 yards and nine scores. There were big expectations for Brown’s second season at Storrs, but he fell short due to the emergence of fellow sophomore running back Andre Dixon, as well as injuries. He finished the season with just 821 yards and eight touchdowns. His yards per carry average also dropped to 4.8, down from 5.6 his freshmen season. Brown entered his junior year as a starter thanks to an ankle injury suffered by Dixon during the preseason. Brown didn’t let his chance slip by as he began the season with eight straight games of at least 100 yards rushing. Brown later passed Caulley as UConn’s all-time leading rusher with 1,822 yards, the most in Division I. However, he was not done quite yet. The Huskies went to the postseason, playing in the International Bowl against Buffalo. Brown ran wild in the game, totaling 261 rushing yards and one touchdown in UConn’s 38-20 win. Brown finished the season with 2,083 yards and became the 14th player in FBS history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season, joining Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen and LaDainian Tomlinson. After his stellar junior season, Brown elected to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The Indianapolis Colts selected Brown with the No. 27 pick of the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Brown was the first Husky to ever be selected in the first round of the draft. Brown played sparingly his rookie season behind former Colt Joseph Addai. He finished with just 281 yards and three touchdowns. However, Brown has improved every year he has been in the league as his attempts, yards, and yards per carry have increased each year. Last season he ran for 645 yards with five touchdowns. This season AP Brown is on pace for 956 yards.
Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth leaps into the wall unable to catch a double by St. Louis Cardinals’ David Freese in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the National League division baseball series on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 in Washington.
Women’s Hockey (0-2-1) Tomorrow Colgate 7 p.m.
Where are they now?
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Oct. 20 Providence 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Stanford 1 p.m.
team through 13 games this year
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Women’s Soccer (7-6-2)
Oct. 13 Georgetown Noon
The number of losses for the Field Hockey
– Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on his past experiences coaching in New England and New York.
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Stat of the day
“Getting spanked and getting knocked out of there was a great chance for me to regroup.”
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Robert Griffin III returns to practice
work and some throwing on Tuesday and will get evaluated every day before he’s cleared for full contact, joked that his only symptom is “irritability” from continually being asked the same questions by the Redskins’ medical staff to see how he’s doing. While Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft, has been doing well since last Sunday, coach Mike Shanahan limited his participation in Wednesday’s practice — even though quarterAP backs wear gold Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looks for an open man during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. jerseys in practice in order to prevent ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — There “I went home, watched some TV them from sustaining contact. was a major sigh of relief at Redskins and kinda just relaxed. I haven’t had “So far so good,” Shanahan said. Park Wednesday when Washington any symptoms at all. Practice went “He had a good practice today. I rookie quarterback Robert Griffin good. I felt sharp. I felt good. No thought he performed well. Each III practiced and showed no effects symptoms of a concussion: no diz- day we’ll monitor him and if he from a mild concussion. ziness or (feeling) off-balance. I feel feels good, we’re gonna go with Barring any unexpected set- right today. We’ll see what happens him.” backs between now and Sunday, come Sunday.” Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier is Griffin will start against the visiting Against the Falcons, Griffin preparing his team to face Griffin, Minnesota Vikings. was hit by Atlanta linebacker Sean but Shanahan said that despite the “It’s a serious issue, but I felt Witherspoon while scrambling on Heisman Trophy winner’s good fine when I left the locker room” third-and-goal in a 7-7 game, which condition Wednesday, he has to preafter being injured in Sunday’s the Redskins’ lost 24-17. pare for the eventuality that backup game against Atlanta, Griffin said. Griffin, who did some cardio Kirk Cousins might make his first
start against the Vikings. Cousins, who relieved Griffin against Atlanta and threw a touchdown and two interceptions in his pro debut, took more of the practice snaps than the fourth-round pick did last week when he only threw passes as the scout team quarterback preparing Washington’s defense to face the Falcons. “You gotta look at both ends of it,” Shanahan said. “Something could happen tomorrow or the next day and you gotta be able to go; just like you do in a game when somebody takes all the repetitions during the week and you lose (him) on the first play, the person behind him has to be ready to go.” Griffin, the NFC’s third-leading passer and its leading rusher among quarterbacks, said that he saw Weatherspoon coming as he ran towards the Atlanta sideline but didn’t react quickly enough to protect himself. “If I had slid a half-second earlier, I’d been safe. I tried to get down too late and he had already launched,” Griffin said. “At that point, it was just a matter of absorbing the hit and I absorbed it the wrong way. I can’t do that to my team, to the fans or to my family because a life is more important that the game of football. “These things that happen to us (affect) us down the road and I gotta make sure I Iimit that. I gotta make sure I keep myself safe while still being the same player I am.”
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Dr. Drew VI
Women’s soccer travels to Pitt for final away game
By TJ Souhlaris Staff Writer
Exactly one year ago, desperate citizens of the sports world sought my help in a big, misguided way. I don’t know how they found me. I don’t know why yours truly was confused with celebrity pseudo-expert Dr. Drew Pinsky. But, the call-for-help emails began to pile up mid-Fall and it was terrific. Back then, as any good media member would, I chose not to keep the star’s issues to myself but rather, splattered them across the pages of this good paper. So, on a bimonthly basis, we heard from players, coaches and others about their problems and printed my answers for them. This semester is no different and boy, has the mail been climbing high. New year, new fun, same ol’ Dr. Drew. Let’s go. Dear Dr. Drew, West Virginia just scored again. West Virginia just scored again. West Virginia just scored again. Even with our best offensive units contending against them, we can’t compete against the Mountaineers. They’re 2-0 in our league now. What should we try? Figured you guys in Storrs could help us out given your experience with this. Oh, and you know who just found the endzone again. Offensively, The Big 12 conference Little defenses of the Big 12, Good freakin’ luck. WVU head coach Dana Hologorsen has his ‘Air Raid’ attack rolling better than a greased up bowling ball on hard ice. Geno Smith looks like he’s shooting darts to his receivers out of a shotgun and the scoreboard operator is the one getting the biggest workout when the games are over. 69 points or better in half of your last six games isn’t just not half bad—it’s 100 percent criminal. But, there was one team in that stretch who held the Mountaineers to 31 points and just one offensive touchdown in the first half; a team we here in Storrs are all too familiar with: Maryland. If Randy Edsall’s 3-3 bunch can hold West Virginia down, so can you. Don’t kid yourselves, the games won’t be shoot-outs but limit big plays with deep, disguised coverages and stiffen in the redzone. Allowing yards won’t matter if points aren’t allowed in conjunction. He runs nearly the exact same system that Oklahoma State has been using for years, so there will be familiarity. Use that experience, keep them in front of you and say a couple Hail Marys so by the end of the fourth quarter, they might have to throw some.
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After becoming the first Big East team this season to tie the No. 20 Marquette Golden Eagles Sunday, the UConn women’s soccer team will head to Pennsylvania Thursday, to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in a Big East American Division matchup. The Huskies (7-6-2 overall, 3-4-1 Big East) sit in fourth place in the American Division with 10 points, just one point ahead of Providence, who they’ll face in their season finale next 7-6-2, 3-4-1 weekend. The top four teams from the seventeam National Division are guaranteed a spot in the Big East Tournament along with the top four from the eight-team American Division. Of the remaining seven 5-10-2, 0-6-2 teams that don’t qualiTonight, 7 p.m. fy for postseason play, will be selected to 91.7 FM WHUS two advance regardless of division. A victory for whus.org the Huskies against Pitt would put them in great position to advance to the tournament, which will take place at Morrone Stadium in Storrs. Unfortunately for the Huskies, however, they will be without senior striker Danielle Schulmann against the Panthers. Schulmann picked up a red card after receiving her second yellow card of the
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The Huskies take on a struggling Pittsburgh team tonight in the Steel City. UConn will wrap up their season next week at home against Providence.
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Huskies looking for a late push in packed Big East
By Peter Logue Staff Writer 10. Providence 8-7-1 overall, 3-5-0 Big East. The Friars have been led this season by freshman forward Catherine Zimmerman. Despite having only played in 10 games this year, she leads the team in points (15) and goals (7). She was recently named the No. 36 freshman in the country by Topdrawersoccer.com (UConn’s Andrea Plucenik was No. 33). 9. DePaul 8-7-1 overall, 3-4-0 Big East. Depaul snapped a three game losing streak when it beat Seton Hall on Sunday, 1-0. Unfortunately for the Blue Demons, after a Friday night contest with Villanova, they will conclude their regular season with matchups against two of the conference’s top teams, Notre Dame and Georgetown. 8. Connecticut 7-6-2 overall,
3-4-1. UConn lost a heartbreaking game last Friday night when USF broke a 0-0 tie in the final minutes, but the Huskies battled back Sunday when they tied Marquette, one of the nation’s elite teams – previously perfect in Big East play. They will travel to Pittsburgh Thursday night before concluding the season a week from Saturday at home against Providence. Head coach Len Tsantiris is currently sitting at 498 career wins. 7. Louisville 8-3-3 overall, 3-2-3 Big East. The Cardinals made a statement on Sunday afternoon when tied No. 11 Georgetown 1-1, spoiling what had previously been a perfect conference record for the Hoyas. Louisville will look to build on that momentum this weekend with a pair of road games in New Jersey against Rutgers and Seton Hall on Friday and Sunday, respectively. 6. Villanova 6-7-2 overall, 4-3-0
Big East. The Wildcats have been on the wrong end of several thrilling games in recent weeks, including a 2-1 double overtime loss at UConn on Sept. 23rd. However, they were able to reverse that trend when they scored early Sunday afternoon against Cincinatti and were able to hold on for the 1-0 win. The Wildcats will conclude the regular season with three home games against Depaul, Notre Dame, and Georgetown. 5. USF 8-4-2 overall, 4-1-2 Big East. The Bulls won a pair of 1-0 shutouts last weekend, earning some hardware in the process. On Friday night they stunned UConn with a last minute goal and Sunday, they hold on against Providence to earn the critical weekend sweep. Freshman goalie Christiane Endler was honored as the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week while Taylor Patterson picked up the conference’s Defensive Player of
the Week for her efforts. 4. Syracuse 8-4-2 overall, 5-1-1 Big East. The Orange appear to have caught fire at the perfect time. They are on a four-game winning streak during which they have only allowed one goal. They will hope to continue their defensive dominance when they travel to South Florida and Marquette. 3. Notre Dame 10-3-2 overall, 6-0-1. All three of the Big East’s top teams entered the weekend unbeaten and all three went 1-0-1. The tie for Notre Dame came at the hands of a resilient Rutgers team, who ended an eight-game winning streak for the Irish with a 2-0 tie in South Bend. Notre Dame will look to get back to their winning ways in an enormous showdown with top-ranked Georgetown Friday. 2. Marquette. 10-2-2 overall, 6-0-1 Big East. After blowing out Providence last Friday 5-0, the
Golden Eagles rolled into Storrs with confidence but received all they could handle from the Huskies, eventually settling for a 1-1 tie. They have three home games remaining on their schedule to try to earn the top seed entering the playoffs. 1. Georgetown 12-1-2 overall, 6-0-1 Big East. The Hoyas have led the Big East throughout the season, but could not capitalize on an opportunity to separate themselves from Marquette and Notre Dame. Georgetown was handed its tie of the season last weekend. They are led by Player of the Year candidate Daphne Corboz (15 goals, 36 points) and will host Notre Dame on Friday for an opportunity to establish themselves as the team to beat entering the playoffs.
Will UConn football make a bowl game? `
Yes By Mike Corasaniti Associate Managing Editor Last year, the UConn football team fell 35-27 to No. 25 Cincinnati to end their season just out of bowl reach.This is not last year’s UConn football team. Unfortunately, this is also not the 2010-2011 team that made it to a BCS bowl. Though the defense has impressively let up less than 17 points per game so far (good for Top 25 in the country) and you cannot beat the fact that that we have a clear starting quarterback in Chandler Whitmer as opposed to the three-man rotation last year. The team has room for improvement, but you can bet that this year’s Huskies will be bowling come December. Can the offense score enough to win 6 games..
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT Mike: Logistically, UConn needs four wins against Big East opponents in their final six games to earn a spot in a bowl game. If all goes according to plan (and I do not mean to be pessimistic, only realistic), UConn will lose their final two games to No. 18 Louisville and No. 21 Cincinnati. But before that is Temple (2-2) this Saturday, whose passing game is currently last in the nation, South Florida (whose only convincing win this season has been over Chattanooga in their opener) and Pittsburgh (whose convincing loss to Youngstown State almost made me want to Google where Youngstown State is). Syracuse (3-3 after they lose to Rutgers this weekend) is also on the schedule and will undoubtedly be the biggest challenge in that four-game stretch. But with a little bit of offensive consistency, UConn should easily come
out of the Carrier Dome with a W on Oct. 19. Scott: Mike, your school spirit has blinded you from seeing the reality of what’s happening this season. UConn is not consistent enough to win four straight games going into Louisville and Cincinnati. Our offense doesn’t exist. Since you like stats so much, I’ll use a couple of my own. The Huskies ranked 89th in passing offense and 116th in rushing yards. To translate that for you: We can’t run and we can’t pass. Plus, our “creative” play calling of running right, running left, and then throwing for a mile on third down hasn’t really been fooling people as of late. You claim that we can beat Syracuse, but I’m not sure we can. With their passing attack and our road performances this year, I don’t see it happening.
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By Scott Carroll Campus Correspondent
No, the Huskies will be golfing. The Big East is having too strong of a season for this to happen. Ordinarily, the magic number of wins for a bowl appearance is six. If a team gets six wins they are “bowl eligible.” It’s just not going to happen. During the final stretch of the season, UConn plays two currently ranked opponents and a Pitt team that took down Virginia Tech. Even victories against weaker opponents can’t be assumed as they’ve been inconsistent. With a stagnant offense, there is no doubt UConn will be absent during this year’s bowl season.
...or will the Huskies fall short again?